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First Hits Free
 
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Price: $13.00
Artist: Tommy Ray!
 
 
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NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!   As we await the release of his band’s third record, Tommy Ray of popsters The Cry! steps out with this punk-pop filled solo debut that will immediately appeal to fans of Ryan Allen’s Extra Arms, Tommy Stinson/Bash and Pop, The Buzzcocks, and the punkier side of Kurt Baker (Bulletproof Lovers/Gold)!  It's reflective of how far he has come as an artist. He's been working hard on this album for a few years now, and you can hear his growing life experience coming into these songs.  “The phrase ‘long awaited’ often turns up in my reviews.  But I don't think it's ever been more suitable than it is today. The Cry! released two of the greatest albums of the last decade in 2011 and 2014, and we've been waiting for a follow-up ever since. The long awaited ‘First Hits Free’ by Tommy Ray! is not quite a Cry! Record, but it is a solo album from The Cry!'s lead singer and primary songwriter.  Many of these songs were written for The Cry! but ultimately not chosen for the band's impending third album.  His album is a little ‘less produced’ (and that’s a big part of the charm) compared to The Cry!, but his songwriting has never been stronger. Musically, the record has more of the power pop feel of the first Cry! album vs. the glam-punk vibes of ‘Dangerous Game’.  Even when he's writing about very serious subject matter (which he frequently does on this album), Tommy has a knack for wrapping it all up in these irresistible pop hooks - very much in The Cry!'s patented style of '70s power pop and punk by way of the timeless melodies of '60s rock and roll.  If you just skim the surface of these songs, you might take this for a textbook power pop album. This thing is full of memorable melodies, hooky choruses, and the catchiest guitar leads you could ever hope to hear. But lyrically, he pushes far deeper than he ever has before. Songs like ‘Life Goes On’, ‘Hey Susanne’, and ‘Trouble’ find him coming into his own as a storyteller.  While he's still writing love songs, they're for the most part about the bitter letdown of failed relationships (‘Ain't No Use’, ‘Tuesday’s Girl’, ‘Good Luv - Gone South’).  ‘Take A Chance’ seems so upbeat and innocent...until you really start paying attention to what Ray is singing!  That's also true of ‘Voices’ - a punky number that tackles the very serious issue of schizophrenia.  ‘No Better’, the album's penultimate track, finds his songwriting ascending to new levels of complexity and sophistication. I'd call it the magnum opus of his songwriting career so far. While rawer than both Cry! records, this ought to delight anyone who loved those albums.  His style of singing and songwriting is instantly familiar, and if anything he has refined and grown his talents over the last six years.  It is just a fantastic pop record, and I find it a very authentic rendering of what it's like to be a young man still trying to navigate adulthood. This is a guy who's busting his ass to make it as a musician, and he's given us an album full of his reality!” – FasterandLouder.com  GREAT!!

 


 
Billy Bremner For President
Price: $15.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to fully realize a dream come true when we’re able to work with artists/bands that are some of our all-time faves!  Several years ago, it was ... read more »

Under The Tidal Wave
Price: $10.00
Artist: Blaine Campbell
Description:

VINYL-ONLY RELEASE! (comes with digital download code)  On his third full-length effort, Blaine Campbell and his band, The California Sound, take you away to discover what goes on “Under the Tidal Wave ... read more »

Backwards Compatible
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

With 2017’s “Limitations Of Source Tape”, Chris laid to rest any notion that his power pop leanings had taken a backseat to any of his other very music musical proclivities.  The record garner ... read more »

Collector
Price: $14.00
Artist: Disq
Description:

Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences.  The record’s title, “ ... read more »

Rebuilding Permit
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dolph Chaney
Description:

AVAILABLE APRIL 3 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  Seven years since the Chicagoland singer-song ... read more »

Fixers and Elixirs
Price: $11.00
Artist: Frederick Julius
Description:

Frederick Julius is an underground, lo-fi pop music that conjures the vital sound of early Beach Boys records with read more »

God Is A Bully
Price: $12.00
Artist: Gershwin Brothers
Description:

The duo of Dave Foster and Lane Steinberg (aka Sol and Al Gershwin) are joined by a local NYC musical crew (Mike Fornatale, Charles Roth, T ... read more »

Mammals
Price: $15.00
Artist: Hanemoon
Description:

Hanemoon is the solo project of Hans Forster who is/was the front man with other great acts such as read more »

Kingdom Of Sleep
Price: $15.00
Artist: Jonny Polonsky
Description:

This is Jonny's sixth full length release.  With also finger cymbals, gongs, bass clarinets, piccolos, harmonica, bass fiddles, and a children’s choir, this record features guest vocals by Cedric Bixle ... read more »

Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out
Price: $9.00
Artist: Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out
Description: Since 1990, Ken Fox has been laying down his bass chops, writing, recording and touring the ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kyle Vincent
Description:

2020 sees Produced by longtime collaborator Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Allah-Las), Mapache's new album captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch read more »

Never Not Together
Price: $15.00
Artist: Nada Surf
Description:

On their ninth album, Nada Surf continue pursuing their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt lyrics. & ... read more »

Bloodshot Red
Price: $12.00
Artist: Popular Creeps
Description:

The debut release from four guys (including Lenny Grassa, formerly of The Leonards) from Detroit who are doing their part to keep a no frills, bar band brand of rock ‘n roll alive.  read more »

We Have The Technology
Price: $10.00
Artist: Protest Kids
Description:

John Brownell, the songwriter and lead vocalist for the Missoula rock band Protest Kids, writes the kind of hooks that people will sing along to at a gig.read more »

35 Years On
Price: $12.00
Artist: Quincy
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  A sonic blast of '77 era Vibrators-Undertones-Motors & Ramones with the sound, look, and ... read more »

Collection 1
Price: $14.00
Artist: Red Skylark
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Columbus, OH musicia ... read more »

Rookie
Price: $13.00
Artist: Rookie
Description:

Rookie is six matching jumpsuit-clad, shaggy-haired friends from Chicago who play rock 'n' roll that's more at home next to their parents' battered LPs than on their friends' streaming playlists. < ... read more »

Anybody Out There?
Price: $12.00
Artist: Sadler Vaden
Description: read more »

Record and Pause + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Seth Timbs
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE APRIL 10 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #102
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #102
Description:

The fabulous Beau Brummels are this issue’s cover stars.  Other features include:  read more »

Elektrafied: The Elektra Years 1979-1982
Price: $30.00
Artist: Shoes
Description:

RELEASED ON APRIL 3!!  ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

A Gentlemen's Guide...to sophisticated savagery.
Price: $11.00
Artist: SMASH Fashion
Description:

On their 2006 debut, SMASH Fashon made it clear that their world is one of vol ... read more »

Heavy Rainbow
Price: $11.00
Artist: Soft Targets
Description:

Still sounding as fresh today, Soft Targets'WAREHOUSE FIND!!  This Top 200 Al ... read more »

Can't trust the rain + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Strand
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Niall Toner Jr. began playing in a post-rockabilly/ garage rock band in ... read more »

The Birthday Party (Expanded) (2CD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Idle Race
Description:

JEFF LYNNE ALERT!!  Having emerged from the ashes of beat boom hopefuls Mike Sheridan and The Night Riders, by late 1966 Birmingham band The Idle Race were ... read more »

Blackie Ford's Revenge
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Revelators
Description:

Born and raised in the wilds of Minnesota, growing up half Irish and half Slav in the land of 10,000 Scandinavians turned young Kevin Bowe into your typical outcast songwriter ... read more »

GOOD/GRIEF
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

The Roseline is the musical moniker of singer/songwriter Colin Halliburton and a myriad of collaborators.  Five albums in ... read more »

Backwards In Reverse
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Tor Guides
Description:

VINYL-ONLY RELEASE!  NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!   read more »

Music For Sale
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

Tommy Sistak has been performing in rock bands since the age of 12, sharing the stage with such international acts as Davy Jones of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Eric Burdon and The ... read more »

On
Price: $10.00
Artist: Travel Lanes
Description:

Travel Lanes are a band with a past. They hail from Philadelphia with only one wish......your time......and maybe a few bucks so they can record a few more tunes.  Since his days leading the local bands Fli ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #53
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #53
Description:

DUE EARLY APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  WOW!!  A very, very kool 2CD tribute to to one of Britain’s best creative ‘n quirky pop purveyors!  The impressive lineup of artists appearing here are Pete Donnelly ... read more »

While You Still Can + bonus disc
Price: $16.00
Artist: Vinny Peculiar
Description:

A tip of the cap goes out to Edward Rogers who has hipped us to Vinny Peculiar (and, interestingly, upon listening, there are definite musical similarities between Ed and Vinny).read more »