Peaks and Valleys

Chris Richards and the Subtractions

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Veterans of the mid-west power pop scene, Chris Richards and The Subtractions, are back with their new full-length record “Peaks and Valleys”, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Get Yer La La’s Out”. The new record is the first with newly added Subtraction Andy Reed, who also is in The Legal Matters with Chris Richards along with longtime rhythm section consisting of Todd Holmes and Larry Grodsky. Reed brings along his guitar and some of the famous Matters’ harmonies to “Peaks and Valleys, the first recording bringing Chris and Andy together since The Legal Matters critically acclaimed “Conrad”, released in late 2016 on Omnivore Recordings. “Peaks and Valleys’ is packed with some of Richards’ best songs ever, with more guitar interplay and bigger harmonies this time around. Any and all guitar pop fans will find a new home in these “Peaks and Valleys”! The digital download will also feature a bonus track- a cover of Matthew Sweet's Someone To Pull The Trigger.

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  1. 1 Half Asleep 03:13
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  2. 2 Just Another Season 04:36
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  3. 3 The Coast Is Clear 04:25
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  4. 4 In A Sense 03:58
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  5. 5 Wrapped In A Riddle 04:22
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  6. 6 The End Of Me 03:55
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  7. 7 Call Me Out 03:51
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  8. 8 Maybe That's All 03:52
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  9. 9 Thirteen 03:35
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  10. 10 Weekend 04:51
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  11. 11 Someone To Pull the Trigger 03:33 Free
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Conrad

The Legal Matters

We have some copies of The Legal Matters critically acclaimed second record (featuring Chris Richards - Andy Reed - Keith Klingensmith) that we will be selling on this site. Bundle features both 180 gm LP as well as full artwork CDs.

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Get Yer La La's Out

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Follow up to 2009's - Sad Sounds of the Summer. A perfect soundtrack for your summer. Also available on CD and LP.

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  1. 1 Don't Do Anything Tonight 03:14
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  2. 2 It's Something 03:08
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  3. 3 And Suddenly 03:28
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  4. 4 They Won't Mind 04:03
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  5. 5 Sleep All Day 02:13
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  6. 6 I'm No Better Than You 03:34
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  7. 7 Head Under Water 02:27
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  8. 8 I'm No Saint 03:06
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  9. 9 December 02:18
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  10. 10 Uncertainly 02:11
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  11. 11 Dogs (vinyl bonus track) 02:59
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  12. 12 I Got Kinda Lost (demo) 02:36 Info
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  13. 13 I'm No Saint (demo) 03:13 Info
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  14. 14 Uncertainly (demo) 02:20 Info
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  15. 15 Sleep All Day (demo) 02:14 Info
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  16. 16 Head Under Water (demo) 02:35 Info
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  17. 17 December (demo) 02:30 Info
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  18. 18 Don't Do Anything Tonight (demo) 03:23 Info
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  19. 19 They Won't Mind (demo) 03:58 Info
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  20. 20 It's Something (Pushrod mix demo) 03:12 Info
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Sad Sounds of the Summer

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A power pop tour de force that was released in 2009 to much love and critical fanfare. Chris Richards has been kicking around the Detroit music scene for the better part of 20 years, releasing a handful of noteworthy records as a member of Hippodrome and the Pantookas, but he didn't start recording under his own name until 2004 with his fine solo debut Mystery Spot, and Sad Sounds of the Summer, his first disc with his new backing combo the Subtractions, confirms his status as one of the Midwest's unsung heroes of contemporary power pop. Richards has been in the game long enough to have a firm command of the classic hard pop lexicon, and he's learned to write a memorable hook and a ear-catching melody with the same ease and aplomb as Tommy Keene, the Posies, or Sloan. But Richards' tunes have a freshness, energy, and punch that shows he's a kindred spirit, not a follower, and the big guitars, spot-on vocal harmonies, and walloping backbeat of songs like "I Can't Quit Her," "I, Miss July," and "I Do Declare" are pure pop bliss of the sort that was supposed to have died out in the 1990s. Richards' guitar work is straightforward but powerful throughout this album, lending the melodies plenty of body and force, and bassist Todd Holmes and drummer Larry Grodsky (both veterans of Richards' earlier bands) give these performances the rock-solid framework they need. Dave Feeny's clean, resonant recording makes this album sound just as good as the songs deserve, and the result is one of the best examples of Nuevo power pop to emerge from the Rust Belt in many a moon; the title might be Sad Sounds of the Summer, but this disc is 37 minutes of guitar-powered joy that will satisfy your craving for hard-rocking pop all year round.

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  1. 1 I Can't Quit Her 02:56
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  2. 2 I, Miss July 04:24
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  3. 3 Consolation 03:59
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  4. 4 Sunny Day 03:32
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  5. 5 Oh Canada (Pt Deux) 03:16
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  6. 6 Take It From Me 05:03
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  7. 7 Ordinary Man 03:14
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  8. 8 I Do Declare 03:51
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  9. 9 Beg Or Borrow 04:07
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  10. 10 Southern Belle 02:46
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  11. 11 Consolation (demo) 04:16 Info
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  12. 12 Sunny Day (demo) 03:36 Info
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  13. 13 I Do Declare (demo) 03:29 Info
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  14. 14 Sleeves (demo) 02:46 Info
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  15. 15 Call Me Out (demo) 03:46 Info
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  16. 16 Adding Up (demo) 03:52 Info
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  17. 17 Oh Canada (Pt Duex) (demo) 03:26 Info
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  18. 18 Burned (demo) 02:47 Info
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  19. 19 Beg or Borrow / Oh Canada Part 2 (Live 2007) 08:54 Info
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Mystery Spot

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Chris Richards moves to the head of the modern-day power pop class with his first solo record, Mystery Spot. His work with the Phenomenal Cats and the Pantookas was solid and engaging pop, but this disc moves beyond that and should put him in the big leagues next to guys like Michael Penn, Matthew Sweet, and Velvet Crush. He has everything that those guys do. Hook-filled tunes you will be humming before they are half over, ringing guitars, soaring harmony vocals, heart-tugging lyrics about girls, girls, and more girls. Although the disc is on a microindie (or maybe because it is), the production is first-rate; Richards and Dave Feeny came up with a guitar-heavy sound that rocks, but has a light and poppy feel. Hmmm, power plus pop....That must be where they got "power pop" from back in the day. Tracks like the thudding "She Belongs to Me" and the chunky "Come Clean" are textbook examples of that sound. Elsewhere, Richards conjures the ghost of Marshall Crenshaw on "Everyday Girl," drops some sweet pedal steel into the mix on the pair of beautiful ballads "Draining" and "She's Just Falling Out of Love," sits behind the electric keys and brings it down a bit on the sweet "Gracefully," and rocks quite convincingly on the excellent opener "Is There Anybody Else?" The rest of the album is packed with great tracks, not a stinker in the bunch. If you dig Falkner, Sweet, Keene, or any of the other giants of the power pop continuum, you need to seek this record out.

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  1. 1 She Belongs To Me- Mystery Spot 02:59
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  2. 2 Gracefully 03:24
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  3. 3 Don't Forget About Love- M Spot 03:12
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  4. 4 Is There Anybody Else? 02:20
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  5. 5 Your First Mistake 02:22
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  6. 6 By Your Side 02:21
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  7. 7 Everyday Girl 02:18
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  8. 8 So Dumb 04:04
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  9. 9 Gone For Sure 02:38
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  10. 10 Draining 03:30
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  11. 11 Doesn't Sound Like You 03:26
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  12. 12 Come Clean 03:53
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  13. 13 She's Just Falling Out Of Love 03:26
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  14. 14 Holy Jeans (demo) 03:50 Info
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  15. 15 I'm No Better Than You (demo) 03:11 Info
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  16. 16 Is There Anybody Else? (demo) 02:25 Info
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  17. 17 She Belongs To Me (demo) 03:05 Info
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  18. 18 Gracefully (demo) 03:39 Info
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  19. 19 Gone For Sure (demo) 02:42 Info
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  20. 20 Your First Mistake (demo) 02:27 Info
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A Smattering Of Mystery And Sound

Chris Richards + the Subtractions

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The Subtractions turned ten years old officially in 2014.

Coinciding with the UK (vinyl only release on Sugarbush Records) of A Smattering of Mystery and Sound - featuring tracks never before on wax from 2004's Mystery Spot and 2009's Sad Sounds of the Summer - including two newly recorded tracks - In A Sense and Call Me Out (2014). LP's will ship in mid November.

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  1. 1 In A Sense 03:48
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  2. 2 Call Me Out 03:48
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  3. 3 She Belongs To Me 03:00 Free
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  4. 4 Don't Forget About Love 03:13
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  5. 5 Doesn't Sound Like You 03:26
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  6. 6 Everyday Girl 02:18
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  7. 7 She's Just Falling Out Of Love 03:26
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  8. 8 I Can't Quit Her 02:56
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  9. 9 Consolation 03:59
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  10. 10 I, Miss July 04:22
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  11. 11 Oh Canada (Pt Deux) 03:16
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  12. 12 Sunny Day 03:30
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  13. 13 I Do Declare 03:52
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Chris Richards - Chris'tory- the Complete Studio Album Collection 1989-2018 (6 CD Set)
  • Chris Richards - Chris'tory- the Complete Studio Album Collection 1989-2018 (6 CD Set)
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Chris'tory- the Complete Studio Album Collection 1990-2018.

This bundle offer features all the officially released full length single CD's in one specially priced package. The set includes- The Pantookas- Salad (97), Chris Richards- Pathetic History (2000), Chris Richards- Mystery Spot (2004), Chris Richards and the Subtractions- Sad Sounds of the Summer (2009), Get Yer La La's Out (2012) and the latest release Peaks and Valleys (2018).

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Pathetic History 1990-2000
  • Pathetic History 1990-2000
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Standard CD pressing of Pathetic History 1990-2000. Featuring ureleased recordings by Chris, the Pantookas, the Phenomenal Cats and Hippodrome.

1.Hippodrome - Superman II 03:37
2. The Pantookas - Easy Come, Easy Go 02:20
3. The Phenomenal Cats - Seagirl 02:41
4. Hippodrome - Red Post 04:38
5. The Pantookas - Chance 03:13
6. The Phenomenal Cats - Greatest Lullabye 02:37
7. The Phenomenal Cats - I've Got Something On My Mind 03:18
8. Chris Richards - You Wear It Well 03:01
9. Chris Richards - Gabrielle 03:00
10. Chris Richards - Play For Time 04:26
11. Hippodrome - Ball 03:23
12. Chris Richards - Holiday 03:36
13. The Pantookas - All I See Is You 03:16
14. The Pantookas - Two For Me 03:37
15. The Pantookas - I Need a Heart 03:06
16. The Phenomenal Cats - Maybe I Need You 03:05
17. The Pantookas - Falling Again 07:11

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The Pantookas- Salad
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1997 release that features Chris Richards and Subtractions drummer Larry Grodsky.

  1. Bedbugs 03:02
  2. You're All I Need 03:39
  3. I'm On My Way 02:22
  4. Oh Marie Marie 03:50
  5. Chance 03:13
  6. Tears at the Table 02:40
  7. Mistake For You 03:30
  8. All I Think About Is You 04:48
  9. Seagirl
  10. Greatest Lullaby
  11. Wah Wah 03:12
     
    Bonus CDR
    1.Leave It Up To You (Salad outtake) 02:56
  12. If My Heart Was Too (Salad outtake) 02:17
  13. Don't Get Me Started (Salad outtake) 02:33
  14. So She Threw It Away (Salad outtake) 03:50
  15. Bedbugs (rough mix) 03:09
  16. You're All I Need (rough mix) 03:38
  17. I'm On My Way (rough mix) 02:23
  18. Tears at the Table (rough mix) 02:41
  19. Mistake For You (rough mix) 03:29
  20. Wah Wah (rough mix) 03:10
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