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Game Dirt
 
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Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
 
 
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Pop vet Chris Church’s recent releases like “Limitations of Source Tape” and 2020's exploration of “Heavy Melody” (“Backwards Compatible”) have topped many “Best Of” lists.  Between his vast back catalog, and those, it's easy to hear why his music reaches beyond the boundaries of the power pop form.  Undoubtedly, he possesses the requisite command of melody and a powerful, instantly-recognizable vocal presence, but his compositions have an unforced depth and visceral openness that can't be learned.  His tunes have what Neil Young – one of an eclectic clutch of keystone influences – would call “the spook”.  Chris's new album (and Big Stir label debut) “Game Dirt” is once again something different and new, even by the standards of his exploratory career, reflecting a looser, more straight ahead rock and roll element, adding a pinch of alt-country and 90’s indie styles in with his pop rock sensibilities. As the record unfolds, it’s perfectly clear that, musically, the only rule is that there are no rules. It's thus that the twangy “No Depression” vibes of “Lost” and “Smile” rub shoulders with the epic “Trying”, awash with shifting time changes and bittersweet major-7th chords. There are the crunching riffs and searing solos of “Hang”, and there's “Know” (as in “know your enemy”), which sound like the Brian Jones and Mick Taylor iterations of the Stones playing at the same time. There's the '90s alt-rock march of “Down”, the near-new-wave stutter of “Praise”, and a pair of sparkling Big Star-worthy ballads in “Removed” and the closing “Sunrise”, each draped with hooks and indelible choruses that easily stand with those of their influences.  In less subtle hands, the album might play as a virtuoso rock and roll history lesson.  But it’s digging at something deeper than that, as the edges are left rough and he’s found favoring truth over polish. Those who know Chris's music have come to expect an attention to pop songwriting craft, but here he reinvents himself to create a record celebrating reinvention. The fact that he plays all the instruments with a hint of abandon and produced/mixed it himself with a distinctly non-modern sonic approach proves again how his disregard for expectations remains intact.  So too does his gift for following a song wherever it may lead, and giving it the passionate delivery it deserves.  So, perhaps more than ever, does “the spook”.  GREAT!!


 
No Matter What: Revisiting The Hits
Price: $15.00
Artist: Badfinger
Description:

An eclectic line-up of special guest superstars join Joey Molland's Badfinger to create a full-length album of unique twists on the band's all-time favorite hits!  Includes performances by Matthew Sweet, Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, The Legendary Pink Dots, Jethro ... read more »

Big Stir Magazine – Issue #5
Price: $7.00
Artist: Big Stir Magazine – Issue #5
Description:

The long overdue Big Stir Magazine Issue #5 is a whopping 76 full-colo(u)r page, lavishly illustrated affair featuring articles and art from the pop-rock personalities you love!  The contributors are: Champniss, Christina Bulbenko, Rex Broome, David Bash, John Borack, KC Bowman, Nelson Bragg, S ... read more »

Waiting For A Following Wind
Price: $17.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description:

The followup to “Billy Bremner For President” has just arrived, and like its predecessor, it is another glowing tribute to Billy’s days playing alongside Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds in Rockpile.  So, what songs have Billy and his mates tackled this time out?  Glad you asked!  Here they ... read more »

Desperate Days
Price: $12.00
Artist: Brian Bringelson
Description:

WOW!!  The second solo outing from Brian Bringelson (a/k/a Paul Starling) is a “must have” melody and harmony-drenched masterpiece!  read more »

Burning Backwards
Price: $14.00
Artist: Brian Bringelson
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  Brian’s brilliant 2020 release “Desperate Days” has garnered ra ... read more »

Game Dirt
Price: $12.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

Pop vet Chris Church’s recent releases like “Limitations of Source Tape” and 2020's exploration of “Heavy Melody” (“Backwards Compatible”) have topped many “Best Of” lists.  Between his vast back catalog, an ... read more »

5: A Tribute To The Bee Gees Vol. 2
Price: $14.00
Artist: Coke Belda
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL – APRIL 9 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  We started discussing the release of “5” on CD last Fall as Coke was preparing to release it digi ... read more »

A House Divided (Live @ The Borderline 10/29/99)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Diesel Park West
Description:

THIS IS AN OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED CDR ISSUE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM KOOL KAT  WOW!!  Diesel Park West read more »

Televangelist
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dolour
Description:

“Televangelist” is the sixth Dolour record.  The return of Dolour started last year when the pandemic forced the music industry to hit the pause button.  Shane Tutmarc, like so many of us, found himself with a lot of time on his hands, and the ghost of ... read more »

This Is Dolph Chaney
Price: $12.00
Artist: Dolph Chaney
Description:

“This Is Dolph Chaney” is the followup to last year's watershed release “Rebuilding Permit” that features 13 tracks produced by Nick Bertling.  As intimated by the title, it's at once a career summatio ... read more »

Corporation Pop!
Price: $15.00
Artist: Emperor Penguin
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Since early 2020’s “Soak Up The Gravy”, the boys have kept ... read more »

Sing Jimmy Campbell
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ex Norwegian & Friends
Description:

An inspired and eclectic tribute to the songs of Liverpool's Jimmy Campbell by indie rockers Ex Norwegian. Features an array of guest artists to help create these amazing renditions of some of Jimmy's best known work with Rockin' Horse ("Yes It Is", "Stayed Out Late La ... read more »

Songs For These Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Greg "Stackhouse" Prevost
Description:

If the cover art of Greg “Stackhouse” Prevost’s latest release reminds you of Bob Dylan’s “Bringing It All Back Home” LP, it’s probably more than a coincidence.  “Songs For These Times” finds the former Chesterfield Kings frontman sorta coming full circle, embrac ... read more »

Fun Sized
Price: $9.00
Artist: Hayley and The Crushers
Description: One part punk-pop, one part sunny surf, all "poolside glitt ... read more »

Kicked Out Of Eden
Price: $13.00
Artist: Javier Escovedo
Description:

Released in 2016, “Kicked Out Of Eden” was the second solo effort by the founding member of The Zeros and The True Believers, and a pioneer of the 70’s West Coast punk movement.  Arguably Javier is the greatest co ... read more »

Oh Wellness
Price: $13.00
Artist: John Dunbar
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  The John Sally Ride were in the studio finishing up a new album at the tim ... read more »

Citrus
Price: $14.00
Artist: Jon Flynn
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!! While Jon Flynn’s group Diamond Hands prepare their fourth record that’s due for release later this year, “Citrus”, John’s solo debut, has arrived (Joel Wall, Jon ... read more »

Mondo Bizarro
Price: $14.00
Artist: K7s
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  read more »

Sky Children: The Best Of Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour (CD+DVD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour
Description:

First US compilation for this much beloved, yet often overlooked, UK group capturing highlights from their entire recorded legacy. Emerging from the British 1967 psychedelic scene, Kaleidoscope released two fine albums (“Tangerine Dream”, “Faintly Blowin ... read more »

All The Potion In The World
Price: $22.00
Artist: Lolas
Description: VINYL-ONLY RELEASE!!  “When Tim Boykin formed the Lolas in 1998, the Birmingham, AL based singer songwriter and guitarist knew exactly what direction he wanted the band to travel in.  Although the band has encountered a run of personnel changes over the years, Tim has retained the role of ringleader and remain ... read more »

Introducing...
Price: $15.00
Artist: Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers
Description:

Longtime fans of Michael Carpenter know that throughout his career, he has worn many hats (solo artist, songwriter for others, producer et al), but here we see him donning a cowboy hat for this read more »

Pleasure Island
Price: $11.00
Artist: MOM
Description:

WOW!!  Swedish poppers MOM have a somewhat unusual approach to making music, as Frank and Donny share guitar, drum, and synthesizer duties while Luke plays bass and some occasional cowbell. Donny is the primary ... read more »

Lovers Leaping
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ollie Halsall
Description:

We first became aware of Ollie Halsall back in the early 70’s as the blistering lead guitarist for the British band Patto, and Timebox a 60’s band that eventually morphed into Patto.  A virtuoso play ... read more »

What A Rip
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ryan Allen
Description:

Forgoing his “Extra Arms” this time around, “What A Rip” is a brand new “solo” record from popper Ryan Allen who’s known for writing crunchy rock songs in the vein of Superchunk, Sugar and Teenage Fanclub.  “With ‘Wha ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine – Issue #114
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine – Issue #114
Description:

The mysterious and alluring Nico graces this issue’s cover that goes back in black with the albums she made in the late ’60s and early ’70s.  Elsewhere, offered is an inside view of the record shop with 20 Questions with Nigel House from  Rough Trade, a conversation with Ste ... read more »

Silver Synthetic
Price: $15.00
Artist: Silver Synthetic
Description:

A stellar debut from this poppin’, janglin’ and rockin’ band on Third Man Records!!  In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. The new ... read more »

Songs Stuck In My Head (Book + D/L)
Price: $30.00
Artist: Songs Stuck In My Head (Book + D/L)
Description:

Aaron Kupferberg, founder of the Powerpaholic blog has written a book!  He boldy proclaims “This is the book.  Years in the making.  Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no good music being made today.  With& ... read more »

Unswitchable Hits – Volume 1
Price: $18.00
Artist: Sounds Incarcerated
Description:

Sounds Incarcerated: the noise made when two married musicians are stuck at home and unable to record oread more »

Game Day
Price: $14.00
Artist: Star Collector
Description:

In 2017, Vic Wayneread more »

Flash-Arrows & The Money Shot
Price: $14.00
Artist: Star Collector
Description:

Their third record was released in 2003. It was co-produced by singer/guitarist Vic Wayne and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath/The Northern Pikes), and found the band balancing power pop, psychedelia anmd Garage with more 70's-influenced Rock than on their previous outi ... read more »

Demo Model 256
Price: $14.00
Artist: Star Collector
Description:

Star Collector was unleashed to the unsuspecting pop public in 1999, courtesy of their debut - “Demo Model 256”!  It is largely the product of vocalist/guitarist Vic Wayne and original guitarist/vocalist Dave Lawson (Jr. Gone Wild) reuniting to write and record aft ... read more »

Hundred Bullet Proof
Price: $14.00
Artist: Star Collector
Description:

You thought we missed it, right?  Released in 2006, the band's fourth album, and second co-produced by Kevin Kane and Vic Wayne, was their most expansive in terms of influences and approach.  The record also marked the addition of bassist/vocalist Shane Hayes ... read more »

Selections From “Cosmo’s Factory” (and more)
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Album Show
Description:

After four digital-only releases that paid homage to Tom Petty’s “Full Moon Fever”, Sheryl Crow’s “Tuesday Night Music Club”, The Beatles, and performance from various livestreams by the band, here’s the first CD released by The Album Show!&n ... read more »

Incognito
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

The Armoires unmask themselves to present their new album “Incognito”, a unique collection of the singles the band has secretly released under fictional identities over the past six months in a playful g ... read more »

1963-1966
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Beachers
Description:

Relative to the size of the country, Sweden had a ridiculously large number of 60’ s beat groups: The Beachers, The Beathovens, The Beatmen, The Shakers, The Shakemakers and The Shamro ... read more »

See Her In Action!
Price: $7.00
Artist: The Cheap Cassettes
Description: The Cheap Cassettes have joined the ranks of like minded po ... read more »

The Dials
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Dials
Description:

Formed in Brighton, UK, The Dials play a hybrid of psychedelic garage, country and folk music!  This, their 2007 debut takes on board influences from The Byrds to early Pink Floyd, and from classic soul to folk, all the while occupying a space that is completely their own! "At last, spaghetti ... read more »

Companions Of The Rosy Hours
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Dials
Description: Their 2009 sophomore effort takes in influences from psychedelic pop, classic country, American and English folk music, surf and much more. They've been favorably likened to The Byrds, Love, Ronnie Lane and early Pink Floyd. Despite comparisons to artists from the shelves of a vintage record store, they firmly face the fu ... read more »

The End Of The Pier
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Dials
Description:

Released in 2013, The Dials’ third album touches on monster acid rock (Syd-era Pink Floyd on "Mondo Space"), blissed-out acoustic balladry ("Over The Fence") and forgotten underground spy movie theme music ("The Crawling Man") on a twang-tastic, Farfisa-fuelled ... read more »

That Was The Future
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Dials
Description:

There’s much to delight fans of Anglophile psych and early prog (think Charlatans UK meets Caravan) in The Dials’ 2017 effort.  Strong hooks, Hammond and Vox organs, modular synths and swirling guitars abound, however their inventiveness clearly show they are no ... read more »

AND ANOTHER THING…b-sides and asides
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Dials
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL!!  The Dials are a British band that formed in 2002 whose music is a m ... read more »

Rarities Volume 1
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Explorers Club
Description:

Fresh off the heels of not one but TWO critically acclaimed album releases in 2020, retro pop wunderkind Jason Brewer, along with the musical collective he ... read more »

Face Of The Screaming Werewolf
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Fleshtones
Description:

Legendary garage rockers The Fleshtones have been pumping out hits for over four decades, earning them the honor of being "America' ... read more »

Decayed
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

It has been ten years since The Galileo 7 played their first gig!  read more »

What's Tomorrow Done For You?
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description:

In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, a terrific psyche power pop album was create ... read more »

Savage Young Krayolas
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Krayolas
Description:

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Set your sights towards the sun
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Lost Doves
Description:

The Lost Doves are UK singer songwriters Ian Bailey and Charlotte Newman who have collaborated to bring a retrospective album of gorgeous, poignant songwriting, chiming guitars, melody and harmonies.  “What better way to enliven one’s spirits than to have some Byrds-like jangly rock waft you to ... read more »

Uncommon Weather
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Reds, Pinks and Purples
Description:

From the many musical lives of artist Glenn Donaldson (Painted Shrines) emerges The Reds, Pinks and Purples, a project that sifts out the purest elements of pop music while chronicling the point of view of an assiduous songwriter. "Uncommon Weather" is both an elu ... read more »

Live At The Casbah
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Shambles
Description:

Originally released in 2013, and unavailable for some time, Spain’s Snap!! Reco ... read more »

There Is No Light Without The Dark
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Stan Laurels
Description:

The fourth studio album from John Lathrop under the Stan Laurels name.  It's a watershed follow-up to his acclaimed and award-winning 2018 Kool Kat Musik collection “Maybe” that's ambiti ... read more »

Cajun Prairie Fire
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Summer Wardrobe
Description: On their 2009 sophomore effort, The Summer Wardrobe play music that evades easy categorization, though overall it's Texan in character with a blend of swampy roots rock and retro psychedelia. It's no accident that they cover Roky Erickson's "Mine Mine Mind" on this CD, not only because Erickson is also part of this strain ... read more »

A Travers Les Mythes Du Temps
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Total Rejection
Description:

After featuring their first three studio albums that featured a whole host of sounds and arrangements, we often wondered how the band would pull their songs off live.  Well now we know!!  These are LIVE recordings (from over three days) by the Bristol (UK) bas ... read more »

Handful Of Hits
Price: $14.00
Artist: Tommy Ray
Description:

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Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #56
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine – Issue #56
Description:

DUE MID-APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The Velvet Underground are on the cover and inside Jonathan Richman shares exclusive secrets of Lou Reed’s VU era guitar and gear, complete with his own illustrations! We go behind the scenes of the legendary sixties UK TV pop show read more »

Le Beat Bespoke 9
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Dr. Robert’s (Rob Bailey) passion is discovering long-forgotten underground 60’s club sounds and giving them a new lease of life via his DJ sets and this compilation series.  “ ... read more »

Lost Innocence – Garpax 1960’s Punk & Psych
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Top-rated West Coast garage sounds from the vaults of maverick genius Gary S Paxton, who is described as having “few peers” in a business that, certainly during the golden era of the 60’s, thrived on innovation and i ... read more »

Rebel Rousers
Price: $9.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Rum Bar Records artist performing, writing or otherwise making art inspired by alt-punk, heartland-punk, alt-country, heart-on-sleeve, out-of-the-garage rock n' roll.  Tends to inhabit and play said music loudl ... read more »

Flowers In My Garden – Sunshine, Soft & Studio Pop 1966-70
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Teensville Records proudly presents “Flowers In My Garden”, the seventh installment of examining the forgotten and neglected sounds of the late 60’s.  Compiled to give the listener an 80-minute frown-upside-down trip, the CD features ... read more »

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

“Big Stir Singles: The Ninth Wave” continues the documentation of the label’s pandemic-era releases by presenting all of the A- and B-sides released digitally August 28-October 3, 2020, from artists on the global ... read more »

Rebel Rousers – The Best Of The Rebels Vol. 1
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“Rebel Rousers” was conceived and designed with the “Pebbles” and “Nuggets” series of albums in mind, albums became popular in the 80’s, finding rare and unknown bands from the 60’s who a ... read more »

Strange Creatures – The Best Of The Rebels Vol. 2
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

This is the second in the 'Rebels' compilation album series.  Call it Garage Rock, Garage Punk, Mod, Freakbeat, Pop-Psych! DIY Indie! - whatever floats your boat...the bottom line here is this is essential, and life-affirming stuff – made withy LOVE!  Simpl ... read more »

Your Academy
Price: $14.00
Artist: Your Academy
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL AVAILABLE APRIL 23 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!! When semi-legendary Memphis power pop band crash into june acrimoniously split in 2005, founding member and bass player Johnny Norris clinged to hope that the band would on ... read more »