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Big Sunset
 
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Veterans of the Portland, OR music scene, Jay Castro and JP Ramos are essentially Big Sunset (though this record is a collaboration with a lot of others, songwriting-wise).  Jay explains how the project came to fruition “I had the pleasure of recording, producing, and mixing an album for some good friends in a band called The Contestants.  In the process of recording the records I ended up contributing some extra instrumentation and vocal harmonies.  I found that I really loved the way JP Ramos wrote and that our voices worked well together.  After the album was finished, I reached out to JP to see if he wanted to write some songs together.  For me, it was a chance to explore the pop side of my musical tastes.  Both JP and I are huge Jellyfish (and associated acts) and XTC fans.  Writing together was a blast.  We would each bring fairly finished songs to the table and then take them home to write our own take on them.  This process distilled a product we felt was better than our solitary vision had brought to the table.  Initially, as we continued to hone the songs an idea came to our minds to not play on our own album. If we broke out of that traditional songwriting mentality, where would these songs lead?  We both had a roster of versatile friends who agreed to come to the table.  Notably was Don Schwarz, of Tales Untold on Tuba and Todd Bayles on pretty much everything.  I had the pleasure of working with both of these guys over the years and they are both amazing.  We did a few rehearsals with JP and I reworking parts to better fit the instrumentation, eventually we both caved and added our own performances back to the mix. Todd was such an inspiration that we eventually asked him to just be a part of the project as a whole.  The result is a labor of love and an exercise in setting lofty expectations for ourselves.”  I think I know what's going on, but what always delights me more is discovering something that I had no idea about. I heard the Big Sunset album and loved it.  It is a great example of a pop rock album that takes chances.  None of the push button instrumentation is present here.  You will hear accordion, tuba, double bass and ukulele in some pretty stunning arrangements.  Having said that, the stand out song is the stripped down, ‘The Night I Was Murdered’, a brooding hypnotic listen that just grips you.  Five years in the making, this is a beautifully arranged affair. There is so much going on, but the album's themes and song structures never lose track of melody. ‘Invisible Men’ comes in as a cross between Jellyfish and ELO, but with Beach Boy harmonies and accordion. In all of these fine arrangements, there is very little electricity, so the big sound is even more admirable. I can't recommend this album highly enough. It's a cracking listen.” – IDontHearASingle.com  It is indeed!  GREAT!!


 
The In Part Of The Out Crowd
Price: $11.00
Artist: Acid
Description:

The third record from Asbury Park, NJ’s Acid is by far their most cohesive, catchiest, and a ... read more »

Footnotes 1992-1994
Price: $16.00
Artist: Adorable
Description:

Re-release of an 18-track compilation from (in our opinion) the very under-rated, former Creation Records Britpop act, Adorable.  & ... read more »

Blue Gold
Price: $16.00
Artist: Al Manfredi
Description:

“Blue Gold” is a little-known West Coast rock masterpiece from 1973.  Al Manfredi’s dreams of securing a reco ... read more »

No Love Lost
Price: $15.00
Artist: Andy Kentler
Description: Kudos to Steve at Absolutepowerpop for hipping us to this 2014 effort from this Aussie roots rocker! The former guitarist for Aussie rockers Glide (and previously bassist for The Gammarays), "No Love Lost" is Andy's sophomore release - ten years after his debut! "The biggest influences I hear are Tom Petty, Lou Reed and B ... read more »

Love In The Time Of Shark Attacks
Price: $19.00
Artist: Attic Lights
Description:

Scotland's Attic LightsAfter breaking a 7-year hiatus with the terrific Befor ... read more »

The Whole Shebang
Price: $13.00
Artist: Charlie Faye & The Fayettes
Description:

Charlie Faye and her backing group the Fayettes (consisting of individually accredited vocalists Bettysoo and Akina Adderly) with emulating a vintage style circa the ‘60s and ‘70s. As their handle implies, the trio ... read more »

So Far So Good So Cool
Price: $12.00
Artist: Death By Unga Bunga
Description:

The Norwegian indie rock outfit's fifth studio effort sees them delivering a taut, 11-track set of snappy power pop confections tha ... read more »

Pineapple Pizza
Price: $12.00
Artist: Death By Unga Bunga
Description:

Ludicrously named and delightfully retro, Norway’s D ... read more »

Whatever Suits You
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gerry O'Keefe
Description: As a child in the early 80's, just as his peers were discovering Journey and REO Speedwagon, Gerry found himself swept away by the timeless sounds artists like The Monkees, The Beach Boys and Buddy Holly had long ago lodged into America's collective unconscious. "I caught an old clip on TV of Herman's Hermits singing 'I'm I ... read more »

Brass Knobs, Bevelled Edges (And in 23 Different Positions) – 15th Anniversary Issue
Price: $16.00
Artist: Green Circles
Description:

Hot on the heels of 2017’s gap filling Kool Kat Musik compilation, “I Was a King team up with Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub (and, musically, it shows!) to create their most energetic, homesick and captivating album to date. Originating from the w ... read more »

Love Club
Price: $14.00
Artist: Joel Sarakula
Description:

Do you like love songs?  After spending a lifetime spent avoiding this subject in song, Joel Sarakula finally admits that he does. He has travelled th ... read more »

Sparkle And Shine
Price: $12.00
Artist: Jonny Kaplan & The Lazy Stars
Description: Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jonny Kaplan is a travelling troubadour in the truest sense. Whether sailing to a far off island, playing sold-out shows in Europe with his stellar band, The Lazy Stars, riding motorcycles up and down the West coast or wandering around a developing country with his acoustic guitar in hand, it's a ... read more »

Unreleashed: Demos and Rarities 1996-2018
Price: $13.00
Artist: Jonny Polonsky
Description:

With a musical pedigree comprised of work with Frank Black (The Pixies), Puscifer, Johnny Cash and Tom Morello, Jonny Polonsky is one of the most interesting and talented musicians we've come to know.read more »

Heartaches and Hot Problems
Price: $9.00
Artist: Justine and The Unclean
Description:

Justine and The Unclean have delivered a sophomore release (produced by Dave Minehan of The Neighborhoods) that’s stacked with songs that ought to be all over rock radio - if such a thing still existed.read more »

Not Only Sunshine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Kai Danzberg
Description:

Kai Danzberg emerged to take the pop world by storm in 2018 with hi ... read more »

Orbital Amusement
Price: $9.00
Artist: Little Man
Description: Their 6-song, 2011 release slings into the musical stratosphere from Chris Perricelli's studio launching pad. Subscribing to the less-is-more mentality for rock ‘n’ roll, over the course of four LPs and this EP, he has cultivated a collection of songs steeped in the trappings of rock tradition, and the group’ ... read more »

Of Mind and Matter
Price: $10.00
Artist: Little Man
Description: Based in Minneapolis, and led by Chris Perricelli, the ... read more »

Medium Cool
Price: $15.00
Artist: Luther Russell
Description:

You may already know Los Angeles native Luther Russell from his years as a hard-working guitarist/singer with The Freewheelers, and ... read more »

Days Go By
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Released in the UK on vinyl only, the follow up to 2010’s release "The Grown Ups" makes its CD debut.read more »

The Grown Ups (2CD)
Price: $15.00
Artist: Mick Terry
Description:

Mick’s 2010 debut is now back in print and on the Kool Kat label!!   Debut albums, more often than not, are a collection of songs over which the hip, young songwriter ... read more »

Open Sky
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description:

“Open Sky”, the sixth full length album from Mothboxer, is the follow up to 2017's “Secret Art Of Saying Nothing”. The record contains 12 tracks writte ... read more »

In Colour
Price: $13.00
Artist: Nathan Persad
Description: Since his debut, the south London songwriter with an obsession for The Hollies and The Move has been indulging in what sounds like new loves for surf, doo-wop, girl groups, glam rock and Dexys Midnight Runners. Such diverse inspirations have certainly made the results more filling. It sounds as if it was a gas to record. ... read more »

Better Late Than Never
Price: $11.00
Artist: Nat Freedberg
Description:

WOW!!  Nat Freedberg is a singer, guitar player and songwriter best known in the Rocque ‘n' Roll community as the front man o ... read more »

Nezrok
Price: $12.00
Artist: Nezrok
Description:

Florida-based Nezrok’s (aka Chris Korzen – he trades under his last name spelled backwards) latest release features a host of guests that includ ... read more »

Tell Me All About It
Price: $18.50
Artist: Oberon Rose
Description:

Oberon Rose is the result of the musicianship of Tommy Oberon (an ace guitarist) and the lyrics of Rebecca Rose.  “Tell Me All About It”, is their ... read more »

Pilots
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pale Hollow
Description:

Talk about a long time between first and second records – how about 11 years!  Singer-songwriter ... read more »

Pale Hollow
Price: $11.00
Artist: Pale Hollow
Description:

Their 2007 debut!  If you didn't know better, you'd swear that Cleveland's Michael Allen was British! Even the photo on the CD cover looks like something outta the UK! The songs on his brilliant, ... read more »

Carousel Of Kites
Price: $17.00
Artist: Paul Steel
Description:

What do you do when your debut album is a concept one, a ‘dreaded’ rock opera, so to say, that is hailed as genius by the likes of Andy Partridge of XTC and Van Dyke Parks? Well, you get signed t ... read more »

It Tastes A Little Sweeter
Price: $10.00
Artist: Pill Hill
Description:

Dan Fowlds penned much of Pill Hill’s second album in a secluded cabin hanging from the cliffs of the shores of Lake Superi ... read more »

Pill Hill
Price: $10.00
Artist: Pill Hill
Description:

Before forming LowRay, Dan Fowlds led this band of roots rockers!   Pill Hill plays g ... read more »

Black Throated Blue
Price: $11.00
Artist: Richie Parsons
Description:

Boston’s Richie Parsons is back with a new Ken Stringfellow-produced effort (Ken also sings and plays on everything.)  “Parsons approximately sounds like a combo of J ... read more »

Diana Dors
Price: $8.00
Artist: Rogers & Butler
Description:

The new collaboration between Ed Rogers and Stephen Butler (Smash Palace), certainly two names that are familiar to pop fans everywhere, is one to behold.  ... read more »

Fairweather
Price: $10.00
Artist: Sam Hoffman
Description:

JANGLE ALERT!!  Nashville’s Sam Hoffman delivers an outstanding debut that’s sure to please fans of Teenage Fanclub!  “Lis ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #90
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #90
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The sophomore effort from this LA-based, New Zealand-esque band Sunshine Boys are singer/guitarist Dag Juhlin (The Slugs, Poi Dog Pondering), bassist Jackie Schimmel (Big Hello), and drummer Freda Love Smith (The Blake Babies).read more »

Effluxion
Price: $15.00
Artist: Telekinesis
Description:

The fifth full length recorded by Michael Benjamin Lerner as Telekinesis.  It is a back-to-basics album-not j ... read more »

Those Years Songs
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Beatpunkers
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – RELEASED MARCH 29!!  WOW!!  We’re thrilled to present to you this “lost but n ... read more »

This Is My Voice
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Chocolate Watchband
Description:

The Chocolate Watchband made a name for themselves in the late 60’s, touring with both The Mothers of Invention and The Doors, along with a cameo appearance in the cult classic film “Riot On Sun ... read more »

Sometimes When
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Golden Rail
Description:

Their Nick Batterham-produced sophomore album was put together over the southern winter of 2018. The same four GR members are all present – Saki Garth, Ian Freeman, Dave Chadwick and Jeff Baker – but with ... read more »

Nothing Doing
Price: $11.00
Artist: The John Sally Ride
Description:

The followup to “A New Set Of Downs” (a Kool Kat label release that sat atop a lot of “Best of 2017” year-end lists) is here!read more »

Grand Reopening
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Keys
Description:

Finally it's happened! The music of the The Keys< ... read more »

Varshons II
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Lemonheads
Description:

The Lemonheads follow up ... read more »

Something In The Air
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Maureens
Description:

A wonderful new power pop album by this terrific Dutch band, featuring stunning harmonies and beautiful melodies.  JANGLE ALERT!!  Lotsa guitars (6, 12-string, and pedal steel) colour ... read more »

Some Kinda Life
Price: $14.00
Artist: Two Sheds Jackson
Description:

It only took 11 years, but in 2018 this, their sophomore effort, was finally released!  The result is more extraordinarily widescreen baroque power pop. ... read more »

Memory Lane
Price: $14.00
Artist: Two Sheds Jackson
Description:

In 1987, Tom Loffler crossed the border into East Berlin one day to take a look at the local music scene.  Guitar case in hand, he quickly came to the realization that it was ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #50
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #50
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The latest from Vanilla is another pop gem!  The band features Jayson Jarmon (Liar's Club), Sean Gaffney, Danaread more »

Waiting: The Van Duren Story
Price: $15.00
Artist: Van Duren
Description:

Memphis musician Van Duren had it all going for himself. He was managed and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (The Rolling Stones) in the 70’s, he was a contemporary of Big Star and was in a post-Big Star band (B ... read more »

3 X 4: The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Previously a Black Friday 2018 Record Store Day release, this is a very kool reord that features brand new recordings from four of the core “Paisley Underground” scene’s ... read more »

The Physical Kids
Price: $11.00
Artist: Zombies Of The Stratosphere
Description:

Taking their name from an old sci-fi movie about a zombie invasion, the band's style seems more influenced by the British Invasion of the 60’s than a 50’s-era B Movie.