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Wilkerson
 
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Price: $13.00
Artist: Danny Wilkerson
 
 
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Stand-alone CD version of what’s already being hailed as “what might just turn out to be the finest album of 2018”!  Danny Wilkerson is a Texas native who has been making music for many years (most notably as a drummer/vocalist for the Pengwins, a pop band that includes labelmate Lannie Flowers).  Kudos go out to John Borack who, in our opinion, sums the record up beautifully “Sometimes an album is just so good – so perfect in nearly every way – that I feel the need to shout it from the rooftop. So please excuse me for a moment while I climb to that rooftop to praise Danny Wilkerson’s most excellent 10-song debut, a record that floored me on first listen, and one that should be a cause for celebration for fans of well-crafted, supremely melodic, lyrically meaningful pop music.  Several years in the making, great care has been taken with every aspect of its creation, from the deeply felt songwriting, magnificent performances, and gloriously expansive arrangements and production down to the pristine-sounding mastering. He was more than ably assisted during the songwriting and recording phase of the record by singer/songwriter/producer Bleu McAuley, whose imprint is all over the powerfully intoxicating songs.  Other luminaries offering vocal and instrumental support include Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Jellyfish); Joe Seiders (The New Pornographers); Jesse McGinty; the Boston Symphony Strings; and Pat Buchanan (Idle Jets, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Don Henley).  While the contributions from his supporting cast are certainly impressive, it’s Danny’s vision – always positive, upbeat and thought-provoking – that makes this album the special gift that it is.  Influences are plentiful – Beatles, ELO, Burt Bacharach, Jellyfish, and various ‘70s and ‘80s hitmakers – but are never overpowering.  Rather, they’re sweet little musical nods to those who have inspired Wilkerson and Bleu.  Wilkerson’s pure, emotive lead vocals appear right out of the box.  Opener ‘Everybody Loves to Love,’ begins with a Bacharach-inspired flugelhorn bit, then moves on to a jaunty, Jellyfish-informed verse which feeds into a chorus that just may have been inspired by Tears for Fears’ ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love.’  But before the listener gets too comfortable, the tune takes a quick detour into more rocking, almost surf music territory, with Wilkerson intoning, “I’m just looking for a sitar and a Hofner/a Rickenbacker and a giant stack of ‘ahhhs’” – which, of course, is followed by giants stacks of said “ahhhs,” delivered in a near Queen-like fashion. From there, the song takes a mellower turn, with Roger Manning’s ethereal keyboards taking center stage until the song winds to a conclusion. Not unlike one of Paul McCartney’s late ‘60s/early ‘70s episodic pieces, a wonderfully evocative piece of work that neatly folds the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s into one five-minute tune that sounds wholly current. And that’s just the first song!  From there, the hits just keep on comin’ – and as a matter of fact, the next number, ‘Enough for Somebody,’ is a joyous romp that fairly explodes from the speakers, and is hooked by McGinty’s horns, a wonderful melody and Wilkerson’s confident vocals. ‘Endless Haze’ is a powerful, cautionary tale of drowning in the bottle, with some clever lyrical turns (“When I pour, it rains” and “I can’t outrun my makers mark”) and an ‘Eleanor Rigby’-inspired string quartet as the sole instrumental accompaniment. ‘You Still Owe Me a Kiss’ is another full-bodied pop song with an unshakeable chorus, and ‘When Your Number’s Up’ is a lovely rumination on life and death, with a quirky little mid-song interlude that recalls McCartney’s ‘Woke up, got out of bed…’ bit on ‘A Day in the Life.’  The ebullient ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ sounds like some sort of perfect world intersection of Supertramp, 10cc and ELO at their poppiest. ‘How She Lost My Heart’ has an insistent melody and a distinctly psychedelic vibe, with a ‘Ticket to Ride’-styled drumbeat throughout.  A vaguely McCartneyesque influence is apparent on the mid-tempo ‘Carry the One’ (with a strong vocal performance from Wilkerson and some tasty massed backing vocals), and ‘Let it Go Tonight’ is a strong contender for ‘Best of Show’ honors. With an acoustic guitar figure reminiscent of Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’’ and some sharp slide guitar action from Bleu, the tune glides along on another memorable melody.  The disc closes out with an absolutely gorgeous, ‘circle of life’ number titled ‘Comes in Waves.’ Over nothing more than a beautiful Roger Manning piano figure and Isaiah Gage’s perfectly placed cello, Wilkerson (with Manning also providing some beautiful backing vocals on the bridge) turns the song into an emotional, near-spiritual experience. Simply lovely, and a fitting capper to a wonderful album that truly is a feast for the ears.”  GREAT!!


 
Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

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 apprecia ... read more »

Medium Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team of Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, the pair began writing together back in the dying embers of ... read more »

September Gurls (Expanded Edition)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell & Squire
Description:

Fronted by Anthony Meynell, Squire were arguably the best Mod act around when The Jam brought attention to this burgeoning scene in the late 70’s. With an impressive canon on timeless pop songs, as danceable as they are me ... read more »

And The Losers Choir Sings
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description:

A few years back, Colman ... read more »

Run It Again
Price: $13.00
Artist: Criminal Hygiene
Description:

A record that shines a fresh light on a raw sort of g ... read more »

Electric Bloom
Price: $11.00
Artist: Cromm Fallon
Description:

Cromm Fallon’s debut full-length contains 10 s ... read more »

Pulling Out All The Stops
Price: $11.00
Artist: Geoff Palmer
Description:

As a member of Description:

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Parloursounds
Price: $12.00
Artist: James Clarke Five
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Price: $11.00
Artist: Joe Sullivan
Description:

Joe Sullivan returns with a highly anticipated sequel to his 2014 gem ‘read more »

Another Land
Price: $0.00
Artist: Lucille Furs
Description:

Recorded direct to tape, this is the kind of record you can get lost in on a cross-country drive from the Midwest to the West Coast.  It’s a record w ... read more »

Shape Shifter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Very kool show recorded live at The Petrillo Bandshell in Chicago on July 4, 1993 and broadcast on WXRT-FM.  ... read more »

Hello, All You Happy People
Price: $10.00
Artist: Mondello
Description:

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good ‘ol throwback of a charming, DIY effort, but Mondello’s debut fits the bill quite nicely!read more »

Long Shot
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

Nick Eng is back with his second album in a little over a year. No Win's debut album is a strong collection of songs nestled comfortably in between indie rock, pop punk, and power pop.read more »

Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Price: $16.00
Artist: Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Description:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic self-titled, only album by San Francisco new wave legends Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. read more »

Humanworld
Price: $14.00
Artist: Peter Perrett
Description:

Peter Perrett(The Only Ones) returns with “Humanworld”.  In this new chapter, Peter continues to dissect romance and politics with his trademark sense of sardonic wit and wry ... read more »

Cover To Cover Remixed
Price: $15.00
Artist: Pezband
Description:

Originally released in 1979, “Cover to Cover” was Pezband's third album.  Fast forward to 2019, and it has been completely remixed and ... read more »

In Concert – Archive Series Vol. 3
Price: $19.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

THIS 2014 ARCHIVAL RELEASE IS NOW BACK IN PRINT!!  Drummer gui ... read more »

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Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
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Pop Circles
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard X. Heyman
Description:

“Pop Circles” is the 13th solo record from Richard, containing 18 new tracks full of melody, harmony, jangly guitars, ferocious keyboards and brilliant songwriting, in the grand traditi ... read more »

The Infinite Now & Then
Price: $12.00
Artist: Rick Fink
Description:

In 2003 Rick Fink started a band with the express purpose of defying category.  Early on, the Gas House Gorillas became a virtual who’s-who of the Rockabilly, Swing and Blues communities, sort of a wise ... read more »

This Is The Sound
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts
Description:

Ryan Hamilton has been on our radar since he partnered up with Bowling For Soup’s Jaret as part of double act People on Vacation.   ... read more »

Thirty Nine
Price: $10.00
Artist: Shake Some Action!
Description:

For these Rickenbacker-janglers newest album, James Hall tried something different. He wrote an entire alb ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #93
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #93
Description:

Cover boy for this issue, is truly a “cover boy” – Brian Jones: He’s remembered 50 years on.  Other features include Badfinger: The fame before the fall.read more »

Once Upon A Time b/w Town…Revisited
Price: $6.00
Description:

BRAND NEW VINYL 7” RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE MAY 24 – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Side Three
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

The Armoires are back with their first new release in three years.  The “Side Three” EP isn't the new album – that's coming in August in the form of the “Zibaldone ... read more »

Art's Gallery
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Artwoods
Description:

The Artwoods - Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord - recorded for Decca, Parlophone and Fontana from 1964 to 1967 and their Decca back catalogue in particular has been ... read more »

Dead Calm
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness
Description:

AT LAST!  THIS BRILLIANT, PREVIOUSLY VINYL-ONLY RELEASE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD!!  Debut al ... read more »

Platinum Rats
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Briefs
Description:

The Fall of 2000 was a time of innocence.  Saxophonist Bill Clinton was our President. The Twin Towers were still standing…  Then the Brie ... read more »

Ask Again Later
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Dates
Description:

WOW!!!  The fabulous debut album by The Dates is one that’s brimm ... read more »

A Sides B Sides
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Elevators
Description:

Another piece of 80’s Brit Pop history has been rescued!!  “The Elevators started off life as The Stains but decided to change their name in 1978.read more »

There Is Only Now
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

The 6th effort from one of the best garage, psych, and Freakbeat bands going in the UK!  “Heritage can be a harsh mistress.read more »

Pearls.
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description:  

Originally a studio project, The Gold Needles have since beco ... read more »

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Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description: RELEASED ON JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

The Last Bees
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Last Bees
Description:

There's an undeniable scent of nostalgia in the air. Our distraction-filled digital lives have us craving something that is organic, real and spontaneous.read more »

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Price: $12.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK!!  The Lunar Laugh is a pop band based in Oklahoma City. At the group's core is the singer/songwriter trio of Connor Anderson, Jared Lekites, and Campbell Young backed by Jimmy Jacks ... read more »

Stroke Manor
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Minus 5
Description:

“Stroke Manor” BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Glasgow's magnificent PearlfishersOriginally released in 2001, ... read more »

Dreaming
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On the title track of their latest EP they join forces with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (of Jellyfish/Imperial Drag fame) who contributes backing vocals!read more »

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Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On their 2016 debut, Canada’s The Top Boost (Hunter Gogo and Kiri ... read more »

Consolation Prize Fighter
Price: $8.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

Reforming a couple of years ago after a 20 year “hiatus”, Chicago’s Thrift Store Halo return with their second effort since the reformation.  2017’s Marty Schneider Jonas Stein of Exceptional cover stories for this landmark issue include the tragic mystery story of the Lost & Found from California, an expansive interview with writer/musician/archivist Lenny Kaye ( ... read more »

Le Beat Bespoke 8
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Rob Bailey (a/k/a Dr. Robert) has an intense passion for discovering long-forgotten 60’s club sounds and giving them a new lease of life via his DJ sets and this co ... read more »

Poppies – Assorted Finery From The First Psychedelic Age
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Very kool 2019 compilat ... read more »

Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave”