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Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
 
 
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Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared appreciation of Cream and other classic British blues acts, but their interests soon moved on to artists that were more melodic but still with prominent and layered guitars, including Neil Young, Jellyfish, Wilco, and Teenage Fanclub.  In early 2017 they rewarded fans with “Selection Box Vol. 1” followed in five months by “The Appleyard Sessions” (both download-only releases).  They now make their CD debut on this 2CD collection!  Although “Selection Box” is ostensibly the “pop” album and “Appleyard” the “folk” album (they even contain songs titled “Pop” and “Folk,” respectively), when paired together, they seem not so much two different genres as two different ways of conveying the writers’ inner lives.  “I love power pop, be it from the Mod 60’s, the skinny-tie 70’s, or any of the genre’s various revivals, up to the present day. But if I am honest with myself, I will admit that whereas power pop classics retain a timeless immediacy, many of them have something missing. That something is emotional maturity.  Hence, for the listener who loves catchy melodies, ear-candy harmonies, guitars that alternately jangle and fuzz, and simple rhythm, there is a crisis built into power pop: how can an artist take a medium designed to express teenage angst and adapt it to say meaningful things about adult life? Is such a task even possible?  I submit that it is, and that the proof is in the Amoeba Teen recordings that comprise this collection. There is no doubt that ‘Selection Box’ wears its emotions on its sleeve. From the supercharged starburst of ‘This Spark’ to the defiantly above-the-weather ‘Good Morning Sunshine,’ to the tenderly encouraging ‘Fade Out,’ the message is clear. Adult life is messy and often disappointing.  The frankness of the lyrics finds its complement in the intensity of the album’s musical arrangements.  Save for a couple of tunes where the band lightens the mood, such as the lush ‘Memory Lane’ (which manages to capture the mood of ‘Penny Lane’ nicely without falling into soundalike territory), there is a surfeit of nervous energy in its grooves. It’s palpable in the crunchy staccatoed guitar lines of ‘This Spark,’ the slightly neurotic high-hat on ‘Hearts and Minds,’ and the plaintive Al Kooper organ line feeling its way through ‘Fade Out.’ Often, it threatens to bubble over into a kind of ecstasy, and sometimes it does. But even when it doesn’t, it’s always satisfying, because it speaks to the experiences of people who are trying to find beauty in everyday life. That same search for beauty is evident in ‘The Appleyard Sessions’, but there it is expressed far more delicately, with lyrics that read like poems and arrangements that feel like soundscapes.  For my money, the standouts are ‘Folk’ and ‘3 a.m., Here I Am,’ which combine to give the impression of a swatch of a soundtrack to a lost film.  There’s an entire story just in the reverberations of the opening guitar chord of ‘Folk,’ with its mysterious tuning recalling Jimmy Page in his most Bert Janschian mood. I’m also taken with the subtle ambient effects that pan left-right left and the other elements of ‘musique concrete’ that waft through the mix. Add Mike’s tensile voice as it chimes in with haiku-like verses, and Amoeba Teen succeeds in creating a sound collage that evokes ‘Bookends’-era Simon and Garfunkel.  A sense of melancholy pervades those songs and others throughout this disc.  With the recordings on this collection, Amoeba Teen successfully stretch the boundaries of power pop to make it express grown-up ideas. At the same time, they display a unique and beautiful flair for the familiar-yet-new melodies that keep the genre forever young. Their sound has real substance, and I’m excited to discover where their muse will take them in the years to come.” - Dawn Eden Goldstein  Eloquently stated Dawn….thank you!  GREAT!!


 
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Price: $15.00
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Description:

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Price: $16.00
Artist: Andrew Taylor
Description:

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Price: $12.00
Artist: Andy Bopp
Description:

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Price: $14.00
Artist: Bill Lloyd and The Tallymen
Description:

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Brinsley Schwarz
Description:

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Price: $16.00
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Description:

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Price: $11.00
Artist: Denny Smith
Description:

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Price: $8.00
Artist: Dogmatics
Description:

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Emperor Penguin
Description:

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Price: $18.00
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Price: $12.00
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Price: $16.00
Artist: Little Murders
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Price: $12.00
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Description:

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Mapache (Expanded)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mapache
Description:

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Marshall Crenshaw
Description:

Between 1994 and 2003, Marshall Crenshaw recorded five albums for the Razor and Tie label. Now, the singer-songwriter is returning to those acclaim ... read more »

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Price: $20.00
Artist: Nick Haeffner
Description:

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Price: $15.00
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Price: $12.00
Artist: Rich Williams
Description:

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Shindig! Magazine - Issue #99
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine
Description:

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Price: $12.00
Artist: Shplang
Description:

Shplang is an alternapop band offering an eclectic mix of psychedelia, pop and folk with e ... read more »

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Price: $17.00
Artist: Squire
Description:

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Theatre Royal
Description:

Medway, UK’s Theatre Royal were formed in 2009, naming themselves after the now demolished Theatre Royal in Chatham, Kent. The band released their debut album ‘from rubble rises…’ in 2010. ... read more »

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Price: $15.00
Artist: Thee Moot
Description:

Thee Moot cite the usual British rock royalty as influences - the Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, as well as first-wave punk bands like the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks.  But that still doesn’t give you ... read more »

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Price: $9.00
Artist: Thee Moot
Description:

Thee Moot wish it could be 1982 again!!  Born out of the ashes of the fabulous Onlookers, who delivered a strain of New wave-tinged Power Pop in the late ‘70s into the early ‘80s. While The Onlookers music ... read more »

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Price: $12.00
Artist: The Brothers Steve
Description:

After several starts, stops, and multiple hiccups, the utterly fantastic debut from The Brothers Steve is finally available on CD!read more »

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Price: $16.00
Artist: The Fast Camels
Description:

Brand new one from Scotland’s finest purveyors of Floyd/Barrett-inspired psych pop with hints of jangle of the highest order!  “The past decade or so has been a fine one for Scottish bands. Where a ... read more »

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Price: $18.00
Artist: The Flys
Description:

After witnessing the Birmingham leg of The Clash's White Riot tour in the spring of 1977, Coventry rock band Midnight Circus adopted a more streamlined, urgent sound and a more punk-friendly name. ... read more »

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Price: $8.00
Artist: The Gotham Rockets
Description:

The Gotham Rockets are a rock ’n’ roll band. A band in the simplest form - brothers bonded not by blood but by the rhythm. The kind of band whose record is played to get the party started!  Matt La ... read more »

When Seasons Change
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Greek Theatre
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  AVAILABLE JANUARY 24 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The third overall release (and second on the Kool Kat label) from these Swedish psych-pop maestros!!  "... a sumptuous, cinematic-style panorama all in all, that shows The Greek Theatre to be a very capa ... read more »

Giant On The Beach Anniversary Edition (2CD)
Price: $22.00
Artist: The Grip Weeds
Description:

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Price: $10.00
Artist: The Inside Passenger
Description:

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Price: $16.00
Artist: The Kite Collectors
Description:

On their latest offering, The Kite Collectors invite you to flick back through a well crafted sepia toned snapshot album of memories, recollections, bygone days of steam trains, picnics, and long journ ... read more »

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Price: $16.00
Artist: The Kite Collectors
Description:

Led by Robby Allen (Mild Mannered Janitors), and known for well-crafted songs with a strong lyrical content, The Kite Collectors take their influences from the Mod movement, early psychedelia and ... read more »

Never Look Down
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Kite Collectors
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Price: $15.00
Artist: The Pernice Brothers
Description:

Joe Pernice recorded a full length Pernice Brothers record a few years back, but ditched it after it was mixed. Scrapping it had everything to do with him not liking the songs. The playing, the recording and mixing were fantasti ... read more »

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Price: $10.00
Artist: The Pozers
Description:

The Pozers’ 7th album, “Crybaby Bridge,” may be the closest thing to a concept record we’ve seen from them in their 25 y ... read more »

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Price: $11.00
Artist: The Real Impossibles
Description:

The Real Impossibles were an L.A. based Power Pop band (1983-1988).  They recorded two EPs and one 45 RPM single.  read more »

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Price: $12.00
Artist: The Speedways
Description:

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Price: $15.00
Artist: The Weeklings
Description:

RELEASED ON JANUARY 17 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Don't let read more »

Dirty Snakes
Price: $11.00
Artist: Tom Baker
Description:

Tom Baker delivers his first solo release backed by both of his bands - The Dirty Truckers and The Snakes – who ably assist in delivering a sonic wall of 70’s FM thunder welded by earnest blue collar rock n' roll.read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #52
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine
Description:

Legendary rock photographer Chuck Krall (Creem, Rock Scene, At the height of psychedelia and the worldwide Summer of Love, Traffic retreated from the bright lights of the city and the music industry hurly-burly to get their act together in the wilds of rural Berkshire - where, away from ... read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Fourth Wave
Price: $14.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

As a collection, “The Fourth Wave” goes far beyond offering more of the sublime same. Its literal and spiritual centerpiece is a brand new track from LA's Joe Normal & The Anytown'rs, “Even Now”, written especially for the Giving Tuesday event w ... read more »

For The Record - A Tribute To John Wicks
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE JANUARY 31.  ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!WOW!!!  The inoffensive Transcription Disc has been i ... read more »

British Beat Collection Volume One: Rare British Broadcasts The Beat Era 1965-67
Price: $30.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

WOW!!!  The inoffensive Transcription Disc has been i ... read more »

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Price: $14.00
Artist: White Reaper
Description:

White Reaper’s brand of rock is a typical one — loud, fast, energetic and loaded with pop hooks. But it's also the sound of a band who don't feel burdened by the task of carrying the torch of rock music, and with no interest in ... read more »