Thursday, October 5, 2023

New PopKid Release: Shoplifters - Second Nature LP

Rejoice!  PopKid and Shoplifters ride again!

It's been 4 years since Shoplifters now certifiable classic album Secret Free World was released.  What have they been doing since then?  Resting on their laurels?  Of course not.  Our very favorite people from Novi Sad, Serbia have been hard at work, creating new group of tunes destined to become permanently stuck in your head.  The result is their new full length album and 3rd release on PopKid, Second Nature

We've often said that Shoplifters remind us of early China Drum and that's still the case.  But as always, they continue to impress with guitar lines that will make you think of Leatherface, hooks that hit as hard as anything Snuff has ever released, the sort of intensity and fire you'd expect from Bob Mould/Hüsker Dü and the melodic punk vibes of Big Drill Car or All.  

Throughout Second Nature the band uncorks classic after classic, from the hook filled title track “Second Nature,” to the more angular and aggressive “Hungry Lions” to the Leatherface-esque guitar work on “Braced for Fall.” We couldn’t be happier that Shoplifters are back on PopKid. Second Nature will be taking over our stereos for the remainder of 2023 and we hope it takes over yours too.

The record is up for preorder today.  But do not fret, this is a short preorder.  The release date is Friday, October 20th, but the records are in hand and will begin shipping right away.  If you order today, you'll have the record in time for the release date.

Purchase the record from our webstore here:

Purchase a specially priced bundle Shoplifters bundle that includes the Second Nature LP, the Secret Free World LP and the Forgiver 7":

Buy the digital version on our Bandcamp page here:

The is a co-release with the fine folks at Brassneck, Rad Girlfriend & Waterslide.  Wonderful folks, all of them.

Friday, August 16, 2019

New PopKid Release: Shoplifters - Secret Free World LP

Here we are. 2019 and another release for PopKid Records.  2019 is the 25th year that PopKid has been a thing and even though we haven't put out records every year, it's been a really important part of the past twenty five years for us.  Being able to put out this Shoplifters LP certainly feels like the sort of celebratory event that one would want to commemorate their silver anniversary.

Following up on their incredible Forgiver 7", Shoplifters have returned. The boys from Novi Sad, Serbia have turned in eleven songs of the sort of hook filled rock and roll that keeps me up at night singing the songs back in my head.  I think that Shoplifters have managed to string together the sort of melodic vocals that China Drum perfected and have mixed the with energy and pop mastery of Snuff and the bouncing bass lines of Big Drill Car.

It's nearly impossible for me to pick my favorites on this album as I love the entire thing so dearly.  For those looking for a straight forward blast of catchy hooks, I'll direct you to "Eraser," Secret Free World" or "Fortifier."  If you are looking for something a little bouncier and poppier "Overdoser" and "Fortifier" will likely scratch that itch.  If it's something a little more melodic, with perhaps a darker edge to it then look no further than "Between Us" or "Saved By The Bell."  And of course if you are looking for a perfect, anthemic singalong album closer, you'll be hard pressed to find a better one than "Do Better."

I do realize I am biased as I am helping to put this record out into the world, but let me assure you that my love of this record is so genuine.  Even if I had nothing to do with it, this would be my favorite record of the year.  It's hits that perfect sweet spot for me bringing together sounds from the 90s that I know and love and mixing them in with twenty additional years of influences.  I cannot say enough great things about this record.  Shoplifters have hit it out of the park and I can only hope others will like it as much as I do.

This record is available to purchase on vinyl right now.  It would mean the world to me if you would check out the record and pick up a copy if you like it.

Purchase the record from our webstore here:

Stream all 11 songs and buy the digital version on our Bandcamp page here:

PopKid is the lucky label releasing this record in North America.  If you are from another land, there may be a label close by that is co-releasing this great LP with us:

Available in North America from PopKid Records 
Available in the UK from Brassneck Records 
Available in Japan from Waterslide Records
Available in the Netherlands from White Russian Records 
Available in Spain from Bartolini Records 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

New Release & Preorder Coming on Monday, July 15

PopKid Records is waking up from hibernation once again.  On Monday, July 15th we will be announcing the preorder for the newest PopKid release (don't worry, it's a short preorder and the records are already in hand).

There will be a video.  It's all very excited and we can't wait to share these new songs with everyone.  Stay tuned.

In the mean time, feel free to window shop at  You never know what back catalog you've missed that you'll want to add to your preorder.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Distro: R.S.V.P. - A Tribute to Broccoli

We have an extraordinary small amount of the new Tribute to Broccoli CD that just came out on Fixing A Hole records in Japan.  Broccoli has long been one of our very favorite bands here at PopKid and this CD is packed with 38 bands from around the world paying tribute to them.

Chestnut Road is one of the bands on this compilation (appropriate since the band is named after a Broccoli songs) and even the goofy band that Alan & I are in (Sun Tan Lake) makes an appearance.  Not to mention tons of others like The Hum Hums, The No Marks, Bows, Short Straw Fate, Cradle To Grave and more.

Probably not a whole lot of places in America to buy this right now, and I can't stress enough we really only have a few - so go buy one and pick up some other PopKid fun while you're there.

New Store on

Just a quick update that we've moved our store over to Limited Run (  The free Big Cartel store just wasn't working anymore, not enough room for our vast catalog.  This also will open things up a little bit for other products as well.  We may start doing just a tiny bit of bistro in addition to PopKid stuff. Not much, but maybe a random thing here or there.  One of those random things is coming sooner than you think.

Anyway - for all your CD and vinyl needs!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hey, we're making shirts!

It's taken us over 20 years, but we're happy to say that you can finally own a PopKid Records T Shirt.

This vacation inspired shirt will be available on tri blend shirts, in 3 different colors.

We're putting up a preorder now.  We will likely not have these shirts until late February, but we are only having a small batch made.

If you want a specific color shirt in a specific size, we suggest you order in advance so we can have one made for you.  We will probably have a few extras, but we may not have all sizes and colors available.

You can grab the shirts in our store here: 

Monday, November 13, 2017

New PopKid Release: Shoplifters - Forgiver 7"

We thought that there probably wouldn't be a new PopKid release in 2017, but we are happy to report that we were wrong.  Please join us in welcoming Shoplifters to the PopKid records family.

Shoplifters are from Serbia, but listening to their songs you might think they're actually from the 1994. Here at PopKid we first heard of Shoplifters through their incredible album Believe that came out on the mighty Waterslide Records. We were immediately taken with their stormy mix of Snuff and Big Drill Car punk rock. However, for this new 4 song 7", Shoplifters have cast their net even wider and caught a sound that that builds off of their prior work but incorporates new elements.

This time out, you can feel the melodic side of the band come through even stronger. Often it brings to mind early, at their best, China Drum. At the same time, Shoplifters are tapping into a vein of even more ferocious energy than before with a whirlwind of forceful, Bob Mould-style guitar shredding. If you are looking for loud guitars, big hooks and melodic vocals you'd be hard pressed to find a band more up your alley than Shoplifters.

The 7" is limited to 314 copies and is only available on Black Vinyl.

This is available for sale right now from our webstore and also through our Bandcamp page.  The 7" is $6 plus shipping and all records come with a download code.

Purchase the record from our webstore here:

Stream all four songs and buy the digital version on our Bandcamp page here:

PopKid is releasing this record in North America.  If you are from another part of the world, there may be a label close by that is co-releasing this great 7" with us:

Available in North America from PopKid Records 
Available in the UK from Brassneck Records 
Available in Japan from Waterslide Records
Available in the Netherlands from White Russian Records 
Available in Spain from Bartolini Records 

If you haven't picked them up yet, this could be a good time to grab the recent Custody 7" and Chestnut Road LP that we put out last year.  Shipping is $4 no matter how much you buy, so why not save on those shipping costs and pick yourself up an early present.  Remember the season of giving to yourself is all year long.

Chestnut Road - LPII:

Custody - Blistered Soul 7":

Tim & Alan