CURRENT RELEASES IN STOCK
THE RECORDS TRIBUTE ~Starry Eyed
Finally in production. This tribute gathers a host of bands/artists from around the world to pay tribute to one of the finest power pop bands. Featuring: Bill Lloyd, Off Broadway, Dan Sarka & The Sometimes Why, Donovans Brain (Bobby Sutliff/Dennis Tek), Steven Deal, The Accent, The Split Squad, Lannie Flowers, Zombie Western Baby, Mike Dees, The Injured Parties, The Mold Monkies, The Bottle Kids, Vex and The Vextones, Words, The World Record, The Popdogs, Undecided By Default, The Cheeks and The Broken Rekkids. Original members John Wicks and Will Birch have given it their blessings.
CHOPPER ~ Chopper
This awesome CD finally see's the light of day again. The original release with 13 bonus tracks including tracks from the Supersmile EP, The Nerves tribute EP and some demos. One of the best buzzsaw power pop album of the 90's that deserves to be heard again. 23 tracks of pure power pop bliss.
LOADED DICE ~ No Sweat
Long lost Australian power pop album from 1979 finally gets reissued onto CD. The 12 original tracks plus 10 unreleased bonus tracks all compiled into a nice digipak cover. Includes full history and rare photographs in a pull out booklet. A must have if you are into harmony fueled power pop with lots of hooks. Take a listen and discover this lost gem.
LOADED DICE ~ Rare and Unleashed Vol.1
Companion CD to the 'No Sweat" album. Contains 22 never before released demo recordings from 1975~1979. Recorded during rehearsals at what was known as the 'Dice House' at Leighton Beach Western Australia, The group recorded to 2-track at every opportunity and we are lucky that these reels have survived all these years. This CD features various early line-ups of the group and features many different styles the band was known for. From Beatle Pop to Power Pop, this compilation showcases just how prolific they were, right up to eventually releasing their debut LP in 1979 'No Sweat'
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BLEACHED BLACK ~ A Wrist Slashing Retrospective
Finally available again these tracks have been polished and remastered and sound much better since their 1985/1987 release. New Haven, Connecticut's Bleached Black offers a unique brand of keen-edged power/punk pop. Hard and driving, yet sublimely melodic, the trio intermingles unusual influences (Buzzcocks and R.E.M., to name two), enhanced by the dual vocal attack of guitarist Stevo and bassist Greg Prior. The indie-land debut, Wrist-Slashing Romance, suffers as a result of poor recording. However, what it lacks in production it makes up for with first-class songs. "Prey for Me," "I Can't Be Happy" and the raging instrumental "Chainsmoking with Nigel" are absolutely outstanding. With crisp sound (production by Lou Giordano) and abundant tunefulness, Bleached Black is an excellent full-length debut. "I Was in Your Life," "Chelsea" and "Circuitry Spiders" typify the band's characteristic mix of energetic drive, alluring harmony vocals and modulated guitar roar. Finally available again with a ton of extra tracks.
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CHOPPER - Slogans and Jingles
Connecticut singer/songwriters Steven Deal and Robert Dietrich are Chopper. With a revolving assortment of bassists and drummers, the guitar-playing duo has released three full-length albums of hook-filled pop visions. Each disc is as rewarding as it is different. The two packed away the mod influences on Slogans and Jingles, instead traveling the classic, chiming three-minute pop song route. The results are stunning: 15 tracks of consistently enjoyable, boyishly sung numbers like the cutesy "Swirling Girl," the bubblegummy "Is It Love Inside?. Another cool lost gem.
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DEVIN HILL ~ Stars
Devin Hill was the Dangtrippers' linchpin; five years after Days Between Stations, he resurfaced in Minneapolis, offering up an even more appealing solo debut. With the help of five musicians (including the Dangtrippers' other singer/guitarist, Doug Roberson), Hill adds Byrdsy country flavoring to the purified essence of melodic rock in a sterling set of songs, some of which stash lyrical razors in the candy apples. Stars' title song offers chin-up romantic encouragement in a classic Big Star frame, but its next-track neighbor, "Pretty Baby," is a murderous stalker's threat, misleadingly sung with relaxed affection and no shortage of charm: "Your heart beats now, but it won't beat for long." That's followed by "Run Like Hell" (not the Pink Floyd song), which employs sweet Everly Brothers harmonies and mandolin to announce Hill's revulsion for the song's subject. The R.E.M.-ish "Lovers Again" can't escape its unhappy context; the Shoes-y "19th" evinces ambiguous motives for revisiting old memories. With pristine musicianship and an unsettling vibe, the too-brief Stars brings troubled emotions to pop's amusement park.
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THE DANGTRIPPERS ~ Days Between Stations
Byrdsy Midwest power-pop bands are a dime a dozen, but when the occasional one with that special something (could it be...talent?) comes along, it makes up for all the uninspired strivers. The Dangtrippers, an unassuming rock-pop quartet from Iowa City, Iowa doesn't do anything out of the ordinary on Days Between Stations, but the consistently fine songs and the able-bodied performances make it an eminent delight. Tunes? Strong and memorable. Harmonies? Alluring and modestly employed. Lyrics? Simple but not simpleminded. Playing? Guitars weave in and around each other over a sturdy rhythm section. (Kenn Goodman of the Service provides guest keyboards.) Just wonderful and not available since 1989.
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DEVIN HILL ~ Wayout Lane
In synch with indie-pop's mid-'90s rural current, the high-lonesome singer turns countryward on Wayout Lane, letting acoustic guitars, twangy leads and dusty/pretty harmony blends (plus organ) shape such songs as "Old Armed Robbery" and "Meet Me at Home." "Wish You Luck" upholds Anglo-pop purity (check the recent Colin Blunstone compilation for reference points), but Hill consistently infuses the album with American elements that grant it adequate stylistic unity. Except for "Popping My Balloon," Hill works with a different set of musicians here, and consigns them to a smaller role, doing more himself. A fine album if you like the country side of the Byrds, Poco and Gram Parsons.
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CHALICE - A Retrospective 1974~1977
Chalice were a Western Australian group that originally migrated from Manchester. They release a number of singles and one album. Zero Hour has gathered those releases and a stack of rare never before heard tracks. A lost Australian Power Pop classic coming soon.
LISTEN TO SAMPLES
LOADED DICE~ It's Alright (from the Rare & Unleashed CD)
LOADED DICE~ Come And Take Me Tonight (from the No Sweat CD)
CHOPPER~ You're Tearing Me Up (from the Chopper REISSUE CD)