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Judson Claiborne
We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys

Musician and yoga teacher Christopher Salveter and his friends, otherwise known as American band Judson Claiborne release their third album. It's based around the concept that people communicate more with body language than verbal language (hence the title). Lo-fi and Morphine-esque, with various guests including The Swell Season's Marketa Irglo...view item »

Ryan Russell
Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham

Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham is a book of photographs by rock photographer Ryan Russell, who is known for snapping such bands as Death Cab For Cutie and Blink 182. The book is a photographic document of a trip Russell took from his home in Alabama to the north...view item »

Ma Turner
ZOZ

For my money Louisville's Sophomore Lounge surprise and delight more consistently with their weirdo indie rock discoveries than any comparable DIY label active today. If you don't believe me, try to think of a better one. Theirs is a diverse roster, ranging from minimal psych experiments (PC Worship, ...view item »

3108
3108

Ahhhh, fuzz. Not to complain about my lot in life or anything but Perfect Pussy 7" aside I've not heard enough distorted guitars this week...until now! Trouble In Mind have sprung to the rescue with this triumphantly enjoyable debut by London bedroom pop newcomer Tyler Zypreska, whose opening instrumental 'Shooting Chickens' has fuzz by the buck...view item »

Ex-Cult
Midnight Passenger

Grimy psych-garage post-punks Ex-Cult are back this week with the follow up to 2012's self-titled, Ty Segall-produced debut. The garage rock wunderkind isn't twiddling the knobs this time but 'Midnight Passenger' is nonetheless a shuddering juggernaut of slamming repeato rhythms and shattered-glass guitar....view item »

Brett
Brett

Imagine calling a band Brett. Just imagine. Out of Washington (DC not Tyne and Wear) they peddle an in-vogue style of 80’s influenced post chillwave pop. Opener “Chalon’ sounds like Small Black interpreting Heart’s ‘These Dreams’, it has a...view item »

Tom Williams & The Boat
Easy Fantastic

Got a CD of pedestrian blues rock business here from Tom Williams & the Boat. It appears to have angered our post-it sprinkling stockroom goblin who simply says "Bluesy R6 rock, Gomez meets oh fuck". Gomez is a fair comparison, as are Razorlight in the...view item »

Secret Cities
Walk Me Home

After nine long years of making music together, Secret Cities have finally made an album with all three of them in the same room. 'Walk Me Home' is a gentle bit of indie rock with boy/girl vocals and a chameleon-esque changeability, although the songs are without exception smooth and pleasant. Sometimes they're opting for windswept ...view item »

Principles Of Geometry
Streamsters

A 12” vinyl from Principles of Geometry, here we have the single Streamsters, a lush '80s synth tune which flirts with soul through the vocals of 1970s/80s duo the Alessi Brothers, and it even breaks into some kind of sonic trance music with those glistening synths building ever higher. Re...view item »

Marques Toliver
Land Of CanAan

Vocalist, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Marques Toliver is good at everything. And really good looking as well. Discovered busking in London, the young Floridian has been named 'Adele's favourite new artist' and had stunning reviews in The Guardian and Dazed and Confused. Part pop, part classical, and politically motivated. Available on do...view item »

Alessi's Ark
The Still Life

Alessi steers her Ark into more varied waters on The Still Life. The loveable songwriter and singer crafted this new one largely with new US producer Andy LeMaster, hitting a Feist-esque rich streak of sound at times. The vinyl of the new one from Alessi’s Ark ...view item »

Night Moves
Colored Emotions

Minneapolis three-piece Night Moves' debut release on Domino Records is bluesy, wholesome Americana with a psychedelic soundscape twist. The band gained prominence in their native town by releasing this for free on Bandcamp, the brilliant 'Headlights' in particular proved a live smash and the band are gearing up for some serious recognition. Ava...view item »

We Cut Corners
Think Nothing

Think Nothing is the second album from Irish duo We Cut Corners. The album was produced by Tommy Mcloughlin (Villagers) and mixed by Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode, The Horrors, Elbow). The band believe that their sophomore effort marks a progression from their debut. Think No...view item »

Sleep Kit
Sleep Kit

This is sounding good, its a one sided 12" by these German noiseniks onto which they manage to cram five tracks. Taking their principal cue from Sonic Youth it has all those screwdriver-in-the-guitar wierdly tuned things but married to a plaintive vocal which comes across more Jawbre...view item »

TEEN
The Way and Color

I seem to remember hearing TEEN's debut album a year or two back and being fairly underwhelmed by their somewhat lo-fi multi-personality pop. Now they're back with a second album and 'The Way And Color' sounds like a whole different band, with slick, crisp production underpinning a series of confident, playful and punchy doses of future-pop. Eve...view item »

Kirk Degiorgio
Sambatek - Album Sampler

Far Out Recordings releases this 12” of three tracks from Kirk Degiorgio’s ‘Sambatek’ album from last year, the techno legend showcases his talents here with the epic detroit house stomper ‘Prazeres’ and it’s squelchy synth line. The B-side has a completely different flavour though with a Brazili...view item »

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Live On Planet Earth

The Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra is one of Alien Transistor’s craziest and biggest acts, always going their own path, somehow defining a route between the 18 of them. Known for their work on label buddies the Notwist’s work, they also draw their own weight: Live On Planet Earth was recorded live and is m...view item »

Dustin Hamman
Beneath The Harvest Sky: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Dustin Hamman (who can normally be found lending his distinctive vocals and songcraft to Portland, Oregon outfit Run On Sentence) presents his eclectic and engaging soundtrack for Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly’s indie rite-of-passage flick Beneath The Harvest Sky. Styles range from bedroom ...view item »

Liz Green
Haul Away!

Charming folky Manc songstress Liz Green is back with her difficult second album, after her well received debut 'O, Devotion'. It's an enjoyable collection of songs with her northern accented sing-song voice backed by lushly understated arrangements sometimes led by piano and sometimes by a gently plucked acoustic guitar. It's quite a varied col...view item »

Monolyth & Cobalt
Polarlicht

Those lovely people at Time Released Sound have another offering for us this week with the usual normal/nice packaging dilemma. They've really outdone themselves with the fancy version this time around, combining my twin passions of film canisters and polar exploration into a bespoke listening item that even I am struggling to resist. Th...view item »

We Have Band
Movements

They have band! Billed as a return to the dancefloor, this is the third album from London electro rockers We Have Band. Movements was produced by the band in their studio at home, with help from DFA/LCD Soundsystem man Tim Goldsworthy. Plenty of that familiar DFA shine, here.&nb...view item »

Stallone
Mire

Stallone are heavy, fast and technically proficient. Their talent is showcased on their debut 7-track mini-LP Mire. This will appeal to fans of bands like Converge and Dillinger Escape Plan. The album was recorded by Lewis Johns (Vales, ...view item »

Nat Baldwin
In The Hollows

If you were to tell me that someone played low-key indie rock with falsetto vocals and understated violins it’d probably be enough to keep me from checking them out, but Dirty Projector Nat Baldwin’s latest effort is actually something a bit special. It has the clarity and purity of focus that ma...view item »

Nine Black Alps
Candy For The Clown

Hailing from rainy Manchester, Nine Black Alps have been delighting us with their brand of English indie-grunge since 2003. Candy For The Clowns is their fifth album and is guaranteed not to disappoint. Features the singles Novokaine and Supermarket Clothes. Candy For Th...view item »

Candidate
Side By Side

Side by Side is the debut album from French duo Candidate and was originally released in 1987. The boy-girl pair from Nancy followed on from the success of Nancy bands such as Kas Produkt, by singing in English yet remaining popular elsewhere in Europe. Side by Side is available on blue vinyl, limited to 300 co...view item »

Rodney Crowell
Tarpaper Sky

For his fourteenth studio album, Tarpaper Sky, Rodney Crowell has teamed up once again with Steuart Smith, his long-time collaborator. Tarpaper Sky has been warmly received by the music press and is already being touted as a classic to rival albums such as Life is Messy and Diamonds and Dirt....view item »

Chris Garneau
Winter Games

Oh... man. Jonsi from Sigur Ros. Ol’ squeaker from Bon Iver. So much to answer for. So so much to answer for. Its now completely fine for men with silly voices to sing navel gazing anthems which make Aha seem understated. A macabre result of this is ...view item »

Gameface
Now Is What Matters Now

Despite being quietly influential all over the world since they formed in 1990, Gameface have managed to elude the media attention given to their peers. Now Is What Matters Now is the sixth album from the poppy rockin’ punkers. The album was produced by Eric Stenman who has also worked with the likes of ...view item »

Evan Ønly
No Matter What EP

Hello. I’m from the 80’s and I’m here to review the new maxi single from Evan Only. Certainly those boys from Johnny Hates Jazz should be watching their backs as Evan Only are here to claim their sophisticated pop crown. With a voice one part Green...view item »

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

Not to be confused with their eponymous third album, The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground is a much-prized-by-collectors "best of" consisting of tracks from their first three albums. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground is available on 180gm vinyl...view item »

FAMY
Donkey

Here’s some soaring indie pop business from London quartet Famy, who’re rocking a bit of an epic pop aesthetic like Alt-J with yelpy and strained vocals that will divide opinions right from the start I suspect. They do help contribute to the epic aesthetic, particularly with ganged-up whoa-ohs backing him ...view item »

Ruined Fortune
Ruined Fortune

Yo yo yo, more goodness from Hozac. This time around it’s Circle Pit’s Angie Bermuda and Nic Warnock (of RIP Society Records fame) bashing it out in their new free-rock guise Ruined Fortune. This self-titled LP features some impressively ramshackle jamz pulling from the garage rock, psych, noi...view item »

Eugene Skeef & Rae Howell
Heavy Forest Air

Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell recorded this collaborative piece live at the Rolston Recital Hall at The Banff Centre, Alberta in Canada. In a room full of percussion instruments, the project began as a three month study of winter musics. Recorded by Jared Miller, the three collaborators have produced something won...view item »

Gammelfleisch
Kicker

We've got a couple of old LPs in from German noiseniks Gammelfleisch along with their hypno-themed split LP with psychedelic golden boys Gnod. I'm having a spin of 'Kicker' and it's an entertainingly grotesque repeato racket. The formula is a fairly simple and well-worn one; the bass and drums lock into a primal thumpi...view item »

Ricardo Donoso
Iron / Verse Remixes

Digitalis are on a bit of a roll right now, well I guess it always kinda is, but it seems like the label is on fire right now with great releases these past coupla weeks from Koenraad Ecker and ...view item »

Art of Noise
Live At The End Of A Century

This limited edition picture disc, Live At The End Of A Century, features three tracks from the Art of Noise album Reconstructed….For Your Listening Pleasure, which was originally released in 2004. The line-up featured three original members: Paul Morley, Trevor Horn and Anne Dudley with the edition of 1...view item »

Dimitrios K
RMXS

Liking the opening track here. This is a 12” of remixes from the self titled debut as reviewed enthusiastically by Brian here. The Van Rivers mix is a nice slab of housey techno with a...view item »

Michael D Donnelly
I’ve Come to Love You Forever

From one nightmarish-sounding record to another, I've just tackled the dark recesses of Jakob Riis & Bill Horist's psyches and now I have to dive headlong into the paranoid crevasses of a certain Michael D Donnelly's tortured id. Opener 'With Ease' here gives us electrical crackles and a meandering droned synth melody along ...view item »

Vinny Peculiar
The Root Mull Effect

If you've never heard Vinny Peculiar before, 'The Root Mull Effect' is a great place to get started. The songs span ten years of recordings, and include some of his finest works. He's played in many bands, including with ex members of The Fall, Oasis and The Smiths and has performed poetry, as well as music, on many stages. Available on CD....view item »

Team Spirit
Team Spirit EP

The sleeve of this record looks pretty evil, so I figured it was going to be a bit of a bad-vibes metal band or something, but that’s not the case as I put the disc on the player. In fact Team Spirit are peddling a relentlessly upbeat take on that late ‘90s pop-rock sound, nice chunky rhythm section, S...view item »

Pyrolator
Pyrolator's Traumland

The Ata Tak label founder and experimental musician known as Pyrolator strayed off his usual path with his 1987 album, Pyrolator’s Traumland. The album was more of a conventional pop/jazz effort which could have seen him break the charts. The album polarised opinion between fans and critics. This reissue gives eve...view item »

Karlist
Russian Torrent Versions 6

With an album name that is almost as hard to torrent as Album by Girls, Karlist has a brilliantly named series underway. Add to that the fact that the music is also tight, sounding like it was commissioned by an early 80s factory overseer who wanted his workers to even harder after he had them ingest sp...view item »

Bronze
World Arena

Bronze impressed us a lot when they released 2011's 'Copper' LP but nobody else seemed to be paying much attention so they're back at you with another one, 'World Arena'. I'm going to review it as if I didn't already know what they sound like since nobody bought that last one. This lot have a clever and woozy aesthetic which pairs repeti...view item »

Various
Forever Singles

Delightfully green limited edition LP from the good people at Suicide Squeeze. Forever Singles brings together all the singles the label has put out, by bands including Meat Market, The Coathangers, and Dirty Beaches, whose Stateless album has been going down very well in 2014....view item »

Greg Ashley
Another Generation Of Slaves

Greg Ashley seems a bit vexed out about something. I'm not sure what, I mean he's got his record deal with Trouble In Mind and he seems to have a lot of friends who want to play with him but still, something's just not right. He's telling us all about it on his new album 'Another Generation of Slaves' which imbues his ...view item »

Nicolas Bernier
frequencies (a / fragments)

Get ready to stroke your beard, there's a new CD from Line in the office! This one's from Nicolas Bernier and contains a combination of sine wave drones and "a series of custom made devices in which computer-controlled solenoids activate a variety of tuning forks", it's a detailed exercise in high pitched, glassy drones in which the physical rin...view item »

Arthur Beatrice
Working Out

Working Out is the new album by English indie-poppers Arthur Beatrice. The band Formed in 2010 and were awarded the accolade of the Guardian’s New Band Of The Day in 2011. They have been compared to The Sundays, The Smiths and The XX but all you really need to kno...view item »

Operations (Monoton aka Konrad Becker)
Posession

A thumping, groovy beast from electronic arts pioneer Monoton. For Operations he teams up with Viennese vocalist Sela to present a unique project fusing modern technology with ancient communication techniques. Taken from the vaudevillian live show it’s a dark trip into the Twilight Zone. Out on 10...view item »

Juan Wauters
N.A.P. North American Poetry

I went dog-eared into the cinema yesterday to watch ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’. Two hours of unrelentingly bleak Coen Brothers brilliance which exemplifies the struggles of the solo singer songwriter troubadour, as true today as it was in the ‘60’s in which it was set. The conclusion being  - if you aren’t ...view item »

Mississippi Sheiks
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 4

Jumping into my time machine for another one from that ace Third Man reissue series of the people who influenced the people who influenced your favourite musicians. This is the fourth volume from the Mississippi Sheiks with recordings spanning 1932-34. This crew had a fluctuating line-up mostly consisting of members of the Chatmon family - cousi...view item »

Malkuth
Hathir Sakta

Malkuth launch a treble-heavy experimental black metal assault on your ears with their album Hathir Sakta. The New York trio comprise two untamed guitarists and an equally wild drummer who are let loose on the world - there’s no bass to hold things together. Hathir Sakta is available on vinyl LP....view item »

Jeffrey Novak
Lemon Kid

Cheap Time frontman Jeffrey Novak drops his third solo effort this week, and it’s a rambunctious trip through the psych-pop backwoods as you would expect from this chappie, only this time round he’s reined in his more anarchic instincts to put together a collect...view item »

Hatti Vatti
Worship Nothing

It's taken me a couple of listens to get my head around this album, not so much because of what goes on as because of how little happens, but it happens in a very tasteful and listenable way, especially enjoyable whilst cooking dinner I found. Hatti Vatti seems to be re-disturbing the soil under which the short-lived post-driftstep movement of a...view item »

Epicycle
You're Not Gonna Get It (1978-81)

Chicago's Epicycle were much lauded in the late '70s scene they sprung from, but fizzled out before they made any significant impact on the musical landscape of the time. HoZac haven't forgotten them, though, and here's a collection of their studio recordings ready to be discovered by fresh ears. The quartet barely look old enough to shave on th...view item »

First Base
First Base

HoZac have some hot platters for us this week in the shape of a couple of new additions to their Archival series, resurrecting some overlooked power-pop by Chicago's Epicycle and Toronto's First Base. Oh wait, what's that? This is a new album, apparently. You wouldn't know it to listen to it, though - this is by-...view item »

D33J
Gravel

Do you want to float across pretty horizons while dreaming of nicer days? That’s all producer D33J ever does, and his new 12” EP Gravel is a fancy continuation of his work so far. Floaty beats and trippy vocals is really all you need to have a good night by yourself, and DEEJ wants to be there with you....view item »

Naked Lights
Chime Grove

Krautrock. Much like the weather and Owen Wilson in ‘Zoolander’, it’s so hot right now. So hot. Here then are Naked Lights, a quintet from sunny California doing their version of the genre, a warm and immersive repeato sound with reasonably brief songs (they managed to squeeze 14 onto this LP) and bright, approachable tones. Ea...view item »

Jim Woerhle & Michael Yonkers
Borders of My Mind

Michael Yonkers recorded an album way back in 1968 which passed by unnoticed until it was released again a decade ago and he finally got the acclaim that he so richly deserved. This is another of his earlier pieces, showing the folksy heart of the man along with his friend and co-musician Jim Woerhle. Recorded o...view item »

Dan Haywood
Dapple

Damn, another bell is struck. I remember loving Dan Haywood’s New Hawks record of a couple of years back which I only didn’t fall in love with because weeks after the review when I got round to buying it I couldn’t remember who it was by. This is a less ambitious work, more content to potter ...view item »

Given
Piano Improvisations / Electrical Interferencies

Very limited (50 copies) CDr release from Given, aka Italian Dona Basile. Basile’s practice is broad, encompassing all manner of musics, up to and including Drum & Bass. Here though, he turns to the piano, for a series of improvisations. Surprisingly melodic, at least in comparison with most of the improvising I usuall...view item »

Ghedalia Tazartes
Voyage à l‘ombre

Hinterzimmer are really spoiling us this week. Not only have they sent us a stunning new hour-long CD by Lubomyr Melnyk, there’s also this new offering from another underappreciated veteran of the European experimental community, France’s Ghedalia Tazartes. Originally released in 1997 and ...view item »

Various
Amada

Lithuanian Mamiko Motto curates a mix of electronic music from producers across the globe. Obey City weighs in with some dreamy chords, whilst Bobby heads straight to the dancefloor with the funky ‘Tame The Shrew’. There’s enough variety to maintain interest whilst offering a c...view item »

DJ Harlow
Waxwork

Rough and raw club music from the unknown quantity DJ Harlow. Waxwork is frantic and busy but with a real ear for negative space. Fuzzed out tape sound phase in and out of earshot as clickity clackity hi hats dance across the waveform, all held together by a pummeling kick drum that causes earthquakes on the dancefloor....view item »

Bee Mask
Pear Growers Series 1 (Surgeon & Abdulla Rashim remixes)

This is the The inaugural release on Chris Madak’s (AKA Beemask) new Pear Growers Series label. He’s commissioned a fine pair of remixes from two artists I’m very familiar with. Surgeon I’ve been following since he ...view item »

Chance
In Search

Chance Martin began his career as stage manager and lighting designer for his friend, the man in black himself Johnny Cash, and his first guitar was a present from the man himself. Hard to imagine a cooler start! Slightly scary and aggressive, this is the real deal from a man whose life story would no doubt make for quite a read. Vinyl LP c...view item »

Alien Radio
Kugeln

The second edition of Dekorder’s limited Hybrid-Vinyl 12” series celebrating 10 years of the label. With a picture disc on one side and a standard vinyl release on the other it’s a unique piece of usable memorabilia for fans of the label. Kugeln is the work of Alien Radio (a.k.a Ulf Schütte) ...view item »

Aquariana
Aquariana

Aquariana was one of Father Yod’s 13 (thirteen - count em!) wives. And there she is one the cover looking suspiciously like Rick Wakeman in a dress. Father Yod looks on eerily in the background as if wanting his money back after finding out his new wife was the lank haired composer of ‘Journey to the C...view item »

Max Elibacher
Red Anxiety Tracers

From Baltimore comes the first long player Red Anxiety Tracers from avant-garde musician Max Eilbacher. A collection of found sounds ands synthesised noises, the album glides through a frenetic land of peculiar auditory hallucination and complex sound structures. Contemporary electronic oddness, done just right....view item »

Papillon
Papillon

Papillon is one of my favourite films. I’ve seen it more times than I can possibly remember and I can’t think of a better film to watch on a Sunday afternoon. Watching Steve Mcqueen deteriorate from hardnut to frail old man over 3 hours is a feast for the mind. It also features lepers and to date this is my only experience of lepers ...view item »

The Bang Girl Group Revue
Soul Shangri-La

Inspired by the old days of heart-wrenching and life-affirming soul music -- back when it was the much idolized '60s -- The Bang Girl Group Revue take retro and reroute it for the current day. The trio try and keep their sound on Soul Shangri-La as true to their vision as possible, doing soul re...view item »

Samantha Vacation
Samantha's Vacation / Postcards From Mssr Perdu

Twisty mutated house from Samantha Vacation. Here first 12” release for L.I.E.S, White Label consists of two side long tracks that fuse Detroit techno, bass music and a definite leaning towards a headphone listening experience. It’s wickedly warped and a little uneasy. Out on 12” vinyl from L.I.E.S....view item »

Pyrolator
Wunderland

A distinctly German take on easy listening, Wunderland by Pyrolator (aka Kurt Dahlke of Der Plan fame) is speckled with weird and wonderful sampled and lush arrangements. Originally released in 1984 it’s stacked with the bombast and production tropes of the decade. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Bureau B....view item »

Bloodgroup
Disquiet EP

A gothic blend of post-rock and electronica from Iceland’s Bloodgroup. Shimmering synths and unapologetically glitchy beats combine with icy vocals like Evanescence covering Depeche mode. Featuring remixes from Com Truise, Girl Unit, Keep Shelly in Athens and Renaissance Man. Out on 12” vinyl from Sugarcane Recording...view item »

Derek Piotr
Raj

Not heard either of Derek Piotr's first two records so I’m a little lost for reference. He was nominated for the Rix Ars Electronica for Digital Musics prize last year so his music is definitely recognised within it’s field but somehow his output has passed me by. Sorry Poitr lad. His digital cut-up approach makes for a slightly diso...view item »

Nat Baldwin
Dome Branches: The MVP Demos

Western Vinyl release 'Dome Branches' by double bass/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwin, a collection of demos from his 2008 album ‘Most Valuable Player’. As well as performing with such critica...view item »

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