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Protomartyr
The Agent Intellect

Did I imagine it or did I really like Protomartyr’s previous record ‘ Under the Colour of Official Right‘? Because listening to this third album it just doesn’t sound like the sort of thing I’d ever champion.   Opener ‘The Devils in his Youth’ sounds like ...view item »

dEUS
Zea

Here's an interesting and arresting re-issue: Antwerp, Belgium's finest export dEUS with their debut EP. 'Zea' is now available for the first time since 1993 and for the first time on 10" vinyl, in a gold coloured edition no less! The original release launched just prior to their contract with big boys Island Records and their s...view item »

The Cure
Disintegration

The album is beyond solid and I don't think statements that this may be the best album ever are far off. After reading some reviews, I can tell that some get it and some don't, and that's just how it goes. I have listened to many songs from different groups off and on over the years, but this is one of the few whole albums that I listen to in it...view item »

The Cure
Torn Down: Mixed Up Extra 2018

The Cure’s classic 1990 compilation Mixed Up is a round-up of the very finest remixes of their material in existence at that time: well worthy of a reissue now eh? Town Down: Mixed Up 2018 is the vinyl version of the most interesting disc in the CD reissue box: a set of sixteen totally new remixes by ...view item »

Eric's Trip
Forever Again

Eric’s Trip were a Canadian band led by singer/songwriter Julie Doiron. Their initial career lasted six years from 1990-96. They have the auspicious accolade of being the first Canadian band to sign for Sub Pop. Forever Again is the band’s second album and sees them nicely balance melodic hooks with ...view item »

Fatherson
Sum of All Your Parts

 Fatherson release their third LP via Easy Life (Amber Run, Arcane Roots). The group bridge two great Scottish rock tradition...view item »

Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent ethereal ghost-folk and grainy drone-scapes to bits. As these tunes are from the 'Dragging a Dead Deer...' sessions they fall largely in t...view item »

Robert Pollard
100

The most recent Guided By Voices album August By Cake was the one hundredth studio album that Robert Pollard has been involved in, a fairly impressive thing by anyone’s standards. To celebrate, this book is being released, featuring the front and back covers of every single one of those 100...view item »

Beach Skulls
Las Dunas

Dream pop. Psych pop. Grunge revivalism. Whatever you want to call it, Mancunian group Beach Skulls most certainly are it. Las Dunas is the band’s sophomore LP, and it sees them sticking to the template that made 2016 debut Slow Grind a minor hit. The song on it entitled ‘That’s Not Me’ ...view item »

Drahla
Third Article

One sided 12" on Blank Ad, so...every track is an A side. Produced by MJ of Hookworms fame at the newly resurrected Suburban Home in Leeds, this is proper ace post-punk from a very promising outfit. Big time echoes of Sonic Youth with the noisy/melodic guitar work and Kim Gordon-esque spoken wor...view item »

Mass Gothic
I've Tortured You Long Enough

Husband and wife duo Mass Gothic drop their sophomore LP via Sub Pop. If a title like I’ve Tortured You Long Enough...view item »

LIFE
Grown Up

It had to happen sometime. We’ve entered the era which we could call post-Slaves, but we’ll more charitably call post-Sleaford Mods. LIFE - who have an album called Popular Music, but neither of these songs are on it - do a sprightly sort of Sex Pistols-with...view item »

Guided By Voices
Bee Thousand

Not only is Bee Thousand widely regarded as one of the best Guided By Voices albums, but it is also widely regarded as one of the best indie rock albums ever made. Reissued for its 20th anniversary, the album has been remastered, is housed in a hefty gatefold sleeve and is pressed on high-quality vinyl. This album ...view item »

Protomartyr
Consolation EP

It's not happening.  As Protomartyr get more and more popular and receive more praise from you our valued customers I keep hoping that their music will click with me but it just doesn't. After liking a small portion of their previous 'Relatives In Descent' I'm back in square one with this EP. As always my issues are with the derivat...view item »

Eric's Trip
Purple Blue

Purple Blue was the third album by Canadian indie-rockers Eric’s Trip, originally released in 1996. The band, who are named after a Sonic Youth song, are led by Julie Doiron who has since gone on to have a distinguished solo career. The band split in 1996 but have reformed twice since. The...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Henry's Dream

Reissue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seventh album, thanks to Mute. Henry’s Dream is something of a fan favourite as Cave albums go, and includes ‘Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry’ and ‘Jack The Ripper’. Very much a proper reissue, overseen by Mick Harve...view item »

Sleep
The Sciences

Sleep have been absent from our lives for an incredibly long time -- 2003, at the latest, as it was when the real, good and true version of 'Dopesmoker' came out -- and may be surprised to learn that things have changed. People still love weed, I'll give them that, but like, this is 2018; no one's getting high and listening to stoner metal now t...view item »

Black-eyed Snakes
Seven Horses

Seven (7) horses? That is loads. Tread very carefully. Black Eyed Snakes is of course the scorch blues project of Low's Alan Sparhawk. Almost as different from his other band as it's possible to get the Black Eyed Snakes are known for incendiary live shows  showcasing their love of punk and electrifying blu...view item »

A. Savage
Thawing Dawn

A.Savage is the new name for the Parquet Courts singer who here goes down the solo route inviting such friends as folks from Woods and Ultimate Painting to help him out. We're expecting an album which tries to get inside the heart of love by means of Leonard Cohen...view item »

John Bramwell
Leave Alone The Empty Spaces

John Bramwell does it the hard way. Playing 300+ shows per year, travelling in all weathers in a camper van armed with only a guitar and a dog. No wonder it's taken him time to come up with his first album of original material away from I Am Kloot. His careworn voice and melancholy songwriting has won him lots o...view item »

Swervedriver
Mezcal Head

Originally released in 1993 through A & M and Creation, now Swervedriver’s second album has been reissued through Music on Vinyl on numbered copies. Mezcal Head was lauded over by the music press at the time and is still seen as one of the best shoegaze albums today. Limited edition comes with booklet....view item »

The Sisters of Mercy
Greatest Hits Volume One: A Slight Case of Overbombing

Greatest Hits Volume One: A Slight Case Of Overbombing is a compilation of Sisters Of Mercy’s classic material that has now reached classic status in its own right, having been released in 1993. Naturally all the best of the Sisters is represented here, in a fantastic tracklisting that has been un...view item »

Built To Spill
Keep It Like A Secret

Ah, gotta love a bit of Built To Spill. This classic album, first released in 1997 saw the band experiment with a bigger, cleaner, and tighter sounds - courtesy of the luxuries of a well-stocked Warners studio no doubt. Anyway, this is the album that put Bult To Spill on the map. A map that should come in handy as they crank up the tour ...view item »

The Cure
Mixed Up (Remastered)

The Cure’s classic 1990 compilation Mixed Up is a round-up of the very finest remixes of their material in existence at that time: well worthy of a reissue now eh? And what a reissue: Mixed Up’s fancier editions include an extra disc of rare, deleted 80’s remixes alongside the original trackli...view item »

The Wave Pictures
Brushes With Happiness

The new album from the The Wave Pictures, Brushes With Happiness, has a name inspired by the drummer, Jonny Helm’s positive way with the trap set. Content-wise, the album follows a similar to path to their laid-back 2016 effort, A Season In Hull, and like that album it was recorded live in one day. Violet sparkle coloured ...view item »

Hole
Live Through This

Second album by Hole, first released in 1994 during a busy time in Courtney Love’s life. The grunge hardcore thrashings of their debut were still present, but coated with a poppier sheen and with clearer, catchier song constructions. Live Through This is possibly Hole’s fine...view item »

Irma Vep
Evil / Holiday

Handsome Dad Records (The Big Moon, Babeheaven) provide the latest pitstop for prolific home-taper Irma Vep. This two-track single is another piece of Welsh psych-pop du jour from one of the best exponents of the style currently working. Cate Le...view item »

Blitzen Trapper
Furr (Deluxe Edition)

Blitzen Trapper’s Furr gets a tenth-anniversary reissue. Over the years, this LP has come to be considered one of the signature Sub Pop releases - quite a feat when you consider the competition. Dropping at a time when The Shins were still accepted as a good band and freak-folk wa...view item »

Peter Murphy
5 Albums

Peter Murphy kept it nice and productive after the demise of his prime group Bauhaus, recording five solo albums in under decade. This handsome book-bound boxset neatly presents all of those five, from 1986’s Should The World Fail To Fall Apart to 1995’s Cascade. Plus! Rare alternat...view item »

Sorry
Showgirl

Domino have snapped up London group Sorry off the back of two promising early mixtapes. Following on from Spring single ‘2 Down 2 Dance’ we now get ‘Showgirl’, a pleasant grungy slope. The press release describes it as ‘ferocious’, which it isn’t, but it’s a nice b...view item »

Von Sudenfed
Tromatic Reflexxions

Von Sudenfed: "Tromatic Reflexxions" (Domino), if you didn't know already is the irrepressible Mark E. Smith and Mouse On Mars. By turns MC, singer, rapper and raconteur over crunching disco beats, industrial style 2-step garage, sub grime, dubstep and all manner of electronic trickery from the ever inventive kraut mice. On first listen i...view item »

Yo La Tengo
Electr-O-Pura

"Electr-O-Pura" is from the heyday of Yo La Tengo albums: it's the one after "Painful" and the one before "I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One" and it's bloody brilliant. All the hallmarks of what makes Yo La Tengo great are here. There's the dreamy, shoegazey opener "Decora" which is followed by the mid-fi Krautrock groove of "Flying Lesson" an...view item »

Belly
Star

Let’s take it back to the world of 90’s indie rock with this reissue of Belly’s debut album. Star is what happened after Tanya Donelly split from Breeders and ...view item »

Omni
Deluxe

When a friend pleaded with me to go and see Women at the Brudenell Social Club a fews years ago I could have not had any inkling of the breadth of influence their short-lived career would increasingly have. It seems that Women/Viet Cong is the go-to influence for todays young guns  ...view item »

Six By Seven
Abstraktion 12

Some Krautish psychedelia here from Nottingham’s Six By Seven. There are some long-ass tracks on Abstraktion 12, man - three of them clock in at well over ten minutes and a fourth isn’t far off. Value for money if nothing else. These numb...view item »

Crimen
Silent Animals

The latest freaky tome to be released by Fuzz Club is the debut LP by Italian trio Crimen. Despite Silent Animals be...view item »

Garbage
Version 2.0

Rejoice! Garbage's second album is getting the re-issue treatment. This classic album that contains hits like.....um.... I don't recognise any, is now available in a £64.99 box set which includes a poster, sticker inserts and a condom. So if you are too nervy buying a sheath from your local chemist then this is the place t...view item »

Sandy (Alex G)
Live at Third Man Records

Sandy (Alex G)'s last album 'Rocket' was just superb. A favourite here for both home and office so it's nice that he got invited to play hits from that and his other albums live at Third Man. Not only that it got recorded and now unleashed for his adoring fans. Listen to his lovely songs being played live and just imagine for a ...view item »

Fuck
The Band

After knocking out 8 albums between 1994 and 2003, Oakland, California indie rockers, Fuck seemed to disappear. 15 years later they return with ...The Band, an album title you’d have expected them to use earlier in their career. In fact, they haven’t plundered the obvious album title m...view item »

William Carlos Whitten
Burn My Letters

I’ve never seen a press release have a dig at another band before but this one for Burn My Letters, the new cassette from William Carlos Whitten has a little stab at The Decemberists. Apparently, their cleverness ruins their music, but the booksmarts of William Carlos Whitten enhance his b...view item »

Calpurnia
Scout

Calpurnia are, among other things, fronted by Finn Wolfhard - you know, from Stranger Things. Their debut EP Scout is a sunny set of indie-pop chugs in the vein of Girls and Kurt Vile, replete with lovely harmonies and sprightly licks. It also benefits from som...view item »

Echo & The Bunnymen
Ocean Rain

'Ocean Moon' was initially released in 1984 by Echo & The Bunnymen, who are now recognised as one of the most formative post-punk bands. The record carried on the band's interest in using ornamenting arrangements to complement their despondent sound, including a string section, a la what the Waterboys did in order to make their simple rock m...view item »

Johnny Marr
Call The Comet

In which universe can Johnny Marr describe this as the best thing he's ever worked on? It's an incredible thing about musicians that they continually think their best work is what they are currently doing. Imagine this happening in other fields  - Peter Beardsley's best football was played at his short late spell at Hartlepool United, Tiger...view item »

DRINKS
Hippo Lite

There’s odd pop and there’s bad pop. Please go figure. Our newest member of staff, Daoud, listened to this record and remarked: “there’s that song bands put on their albums that’s like, intentionally annoying and bad. This band are like that... but with the entire album”. It’s true, and dare I say that o...view item »

The Fiery Furnaces
Blueberry Boat

Here's a new Fiery Furnaces album called Blueberry Boat. Not got into these yet but the others here love em. I notice the NME gave this 1 out of 10 (a bit harsh maybe) but Mojo say 'one of the most spectacular musical creations of recent times' . So who to believe? I don't know and I can't really help. Its quite a strange soundin...view item »

The Libertines
Time For Heroes - The Best Of The Libertines

That moment when BBC's Seven Ages of Indie arrived at the Libertines after graduating through the Smiths, Oasis et al was really an eye opener. That what was basically a sloppy school band could ever be seen in the same bracket as indie legends and billion selling stadium bands seemed implausibl...view item »

Goon
Dusk of Punk / Happy Omen

Goon is led by L.A musician and visual artist Kenny Becker who has a medical condition that sometimes deadens his sense of smell and hearing. Though such a condition would be most useful in our office, it must be tougher for a musician. Between bouts of illness Becker has made splendid indie rock which has gained praise all...view item »

Between You & Me
Everything Is Temporary

I don't know about you but I'd love to squash a rose and have the paint ooze down my wrist. This pop punk band from Melbourne are about a lot more than just squashing roses though. This is their much anticipated debut full length which has already gained comparisons with Neck Deep, New Found Glory and State Champs. ...view item »

Thou
Magus

Thou claim greater influence from 90s proto-grunge groups like Alice In Chains and Soundgarden than contemporaries like EYEHATEGOD, a band to whom the Baton Rouge outfit are frequently compared. Magus - Thou’s first LP since 2014’s Heathen - lands s...view item »

Smokescreens
Used To Yesterday

Slumberland (Joanna Gruesome, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) with a very Slumberland-y LP here. LA transplants Smokescreens app...view item »

Cowboy Junkies
All That Reckoning

It now seems a lifetime ago that the Cowboy Junkies released the Trinity Sessions. Their slow moving music was surely an influence on Low et al but the band have been happy to continue just under the radar, in their own musical bubble. 'All That Reckoning' is their 17th album continuing their gentle take on alt ...view item »

Sleep
Sleep's Holy Mountain

Well yeah, Sleep. Lords of weed chords and at least 99% responsible for every single metal band that has the word bong in their name. Masters of that thing that most stoner bands immediately forgot after listening -- that all this gloomy, low-end bravado needs to be complemented with sweet, innately good riffs. ‘Holy Mountain’ is pre...view item »

Tim Burgess
Inspired Again

Nearly a decade ago The Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess got together with Ladyhawke, Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine, Martin Duffy of Primal Scream, Josh Heyward of The Horrors and Stefan Halperin of The Klaxons to fight the p...view item »

Young Marble Giants
Colossal Youth

Excitement abounds this week as my quest to restock, revisit and relive some revelatory Peel discoveries of yesteryear comes in the form of Domino's reissue (is that enough re's for you?) of Young Marble Giants: "Colossal Youth". A band definitely of their time but still of great relevance today. For me the sound of YMG summons up listen...view item »

Butthole Surfers
Locust Abortion Technician

Easily one of the most bizarre, nightmarish, acid-drenched albums ever to bubble up from the gutter, Locust Abortion Technician will make you redefine the meaning of "wierd." This is the Butthole Surfer's best and most avant-garde album, filled with tapeloops, slowed/sped-up/reversed vocals and sfx, sludgy distortion and chaotic song structure. ...view item »

Connections
Foreign Affairs

The fact that Connections feature people who were once in a band  famed for being the only non Guided By Voices band signed to Robert Pollard's  label Rockathon should give you an idea where they are coming from. They play a similarly ragged style of near pop glory that sounds like the band are playing really good songs blindfolded. 'C...view item »

Jack Name
Lune Spettrali

This cassette release from Jack Name gives you the whole of his Castle Face full-length Weird Moons from earlier this year, with the addition of a live show recorded in a humid gallery in Bologna. Flaring odd-pop from some cosmic beach. Lune Spettrali is a hand-stamped transparent cassette, released by Maple De...view item »

Menace Beach
Black Rainbow Sound

Yeah, a Leeds band! Menace Beach are Liza Violet and Ryan Needham of 'the scene'. Their third album, Black Rainbow Sound, is distinct from their past efforts in that it was conceived entirely in the studio. Though more dense and experimental than before, their poppy no-wave is still as fun as...view item »

The Flaming Lips
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: Rarities, B-Sides & Flexi-Discs 1986-1990

An extremely exciting release for all you fans of The Flaming Lips’ somewhat underrated earlier days. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: delvers two LPs-worth of rare material, previously only sited on B-sides, compilations, and even flexi-discs, all dating from the chaotic yet fertile period 1986 to 1990. Double LP...view item »

The Flaming Lips
In A Priest Driven Ambulance

It's sometimes hard to recall when they are rolling round in oversized hamster balls and hanging round with Miley Cyrus that the Flaming Lips were once an incredible band. That's band not sideshow. In a Priest Driven Ambulance was their fourth album originally released in 1990 and features Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev...view item »

Death Cab For Cutie
Thank You For Today

Once upon a time we'd have been as excited (or as excited as it's possible to get) about a new Death Cab For Cutie record but since Chris Walla left I'm not exactly sure why they are still here.  Perhaps Ben Gibbard's quite extraordinary fringe is the reason. It really is super-lush on the Verve-esque video...view item »

The White Stripes
The Complete John Peel Sessions

Strangely the sound quality of the vinyl is very disappointing, and I know it's not my system. The vinyl is also missing the interactions between John and the band, which fortunately the download does includes. The sound quality of the mp3 is also superior to the vinyl, which just isn't right. I would have thought Jack White would have got the h...view item »

WHIMM
A Stare Ajar

After several years of live actions and careful sound development, WHIMM are ready to share their debut album with the world. Recorded in two days, A Stare Ajar is an inten...view item »

Whirlwind Heat
Do Rabbits Wonder

Now for another three piece indie band. Whirlwind Heat are XL's latest hopes & their debut, 'Do Rabbits Wonder?' is probably the most exiting thing I've heard from the other side of the Atlantic since the Radio 4 LP. Completely off the wall post-hardcore mentalism & new wave dynam...view item »

The Warped Wave
Oooh-ahhh

Lo-fi Americana weirdo Russell Hoke keeps sending us records with grubby handmade covers and music which I think it’s fair to say divides office opinion. Phil thinks he’s a country-fried Daniel Joh...view item »

Volcano Choir
Unmap

Well Volcano Choir is a collaboration from that Bon Iver bloke & Collections of Colonies of Bees and I'm reluctant to open a copy as they've not sent us a promo but the track 'Island, Is', generously broadcast on their MySpace comes across very much like erm...Bon Iver remixed by Axel Willner (AKA The Field) and is quite terrific as such - wist...view item »

Half Japanese
Why Not?

Prompt follow up to last year's 'Hear the Lions Raw' and just as vibrant at that album which proved that after 42 years of 'music' making, the brothers Fair still have a lot of ideas at their disposal. Like Pere Ubu, Half Japanese's system seems to consist of producing reasonably inspired art rock and letting a cra...view item »

Mourn
Sorpresa Familia

Okay this is fun. “Barcelona City Tour” is how I would like all the quasy-gnarly noise rock boy bands of the past to actually sound: angular but driving with gang vocal chants that come completely out of leftfield instead of languishing through the whole thing. Despite its brash punky feel, Mourn’s opener for ‘Sopresa Fam...view item »

Teen Creeps
Birthmarks

Teen Creeps hail from Ghent in Belgium. Their debut album is throwback to the ‘90s with noisy guitars and melodic vocals. It was produced by Rory Attwell who has previously brought the nineties-ness out of Yuck and Veronica Falls as well as helming albums by The Vaccines. ...view item »

Waxahatchee
Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee re-emerges as a full on indie rock star on Cerulean Salt, crafting songs with small flourishes and delicate melodies that work around a proper band structure. The same emotions of relationship grief resonate as did on the sparse American Weekend, but this record shows a maturer a...view item »

Half Man Half Biscuit
Let's Not

This is the third single by Birkenhead surrealists Half Man Half Biscuit. Released in 1990, this follow-up to the indie smash hit 'Dickie Davies Eyes' failed impact on the charts despite the band being championed by the late John Peel, who called them a 'national treasure'. It is, nonetheless, a classic. Available on 12" vinyl. ...view item »

Iceage
Beyondless

I’m looking at these song titles and I’m just applauding their quintessence. How Iceage is a song titled “The Day the Music Dies”, placing them cynical and prescient beyond their years? How classic is “Plead the Fifth” for a band who’s basically trying to make sense of their dreams for a co-headlined tou...view item »

Mansun
Attack Of The Grey Lantern (21st Anniversary Remastered Edition)

At last we have a deluxe version of Mansun's 'Attack of the Grey Lantern'. This 21st anniversary remastered edition contains the original album plus on the deluxe edition 5.1 stereo versions, B Sides, radio sessions, photos and Paul Draper adolescent notebook. Features the 'classic' 'Stripper Vicar'.  ...view item »

Swervedriver
Raise

Oxford shoegaze veterans Swervedriver present a tasty reissue of their 1991 debut album Raise, which was itself made up of a mixture of new songs and material from prior EPs and singles. For many Swervedriver fans this is the one baby, a heavy but catchy blast from a band still emerging. Reissued by Mus...view item »

Girls Names
Stains on Silence

Like the world itself Girls Names music just seems to have got darker and bleaker over the last few years. Though the fact that they previously appeared on labels such as Captured Tracks and Slumberland would suggest (correctly) that there was a part of their sound that was brighter and poppier.  But this is bleak going on unbearabl...view item »

Arthur Buck
Arthur Buck

I'm not overly happy with Joseph Arthur here. What I don't understand is this. When in R.E.M Peter Buck hated guitar solos and wouldn't have them on the records yet here he is happy for someone (presumably not him) to screech them and then for them to be actually left in the mix. Did they get put on after he left the...view item »

Virginia Wing
Ecstatic Arrow

I dunno if you know, but it’s pretty hard to do what Virginia Wing do. Maybe it sounds like it, sometimes, and maybe at others it doesn’t: in that conflict is the charm of their sound, as widescreen and blissed out as it is tinkered on a whim in someone’s bedroom. On “Be Released”, the intro to their new record &lsq...view item »

Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes

Although the Violent Femmes took their cues from Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers, their self-titled debut blended folk and punk unlike anyone before or since. The album is a true classic. Contains Femmes fan favourites Gone Daddy Gone, Add It Up and the world famous Blister In The Sun. LP and CD on Concor...view item »

The Vaselines
Enter the Vaselines

Kurt Cobain bummed The Vaselines and quite rightly so, they're brilliant. Like a gift from a shiny happy New Testament God, Sub Pop (who else?) have seen fit to issue a deluxe collection of basically everything you're ever gonna need by the band. You can buy this one, look at it, go "I never need to buy another Vaselines record in my life" th...view item »

The Love-Birds
In The Lover's Corner

Here's a weird thing. This record by these San Fran power poppers has been mastered by Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub. Nice of him to get involved but I never had him down as a mastering engineer. Could he be the Taylor Dupree of guitar pop? Anyway his name gives a fair idea of where this is coming from. Crystalline guitar po...view item »

The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding

Doesn’t it just make you sick? Their babysteps in the bag, the War on Drugs have moved from Secretly Canadian to major league label Atlantic. This is, of course, absolutely fine, but that Atlantic sticker in the middle of the wax for their double LP really gets to me; straight out of a time when I would buy Bob ...view item »

Liam Gallagher
As You Were

It's really hard to figure out who is the worst.. Noel or Liam Gallagher. Musically both seem firmly stuck in the world of latte period Oasis with no hopes of getting out. But I assume this is fine amongst their fan base of feather cuts. No Damon Albarn style working with Malawi musi...view item »

The Sea and Cake
Any Day

The Sea And Cake are comprised of John McIntire (also a member of Tortoise), Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt and Eric Claridge. They basically write pop music, but their sound is unique: pop music that avoids every cliche with subtlety as its key. There’s a fai...view item »

RVG
A Quality of Mercy

RVG are an Australian band, kicking off their career of recordings with a tight eight-song debut set. A Quality Of Mercy was recorded at the group’s favourite Melbourne venue, a pub called The Tote, and the flavour of old pub rock is certainly mixed in here, along with more angular influences. Vinyl release, court...view item »

Omni
Multi-task

We drank some particularly strong coffee today; so it goes, Omni would say. Jumping about the place like an over-piqued collective of office drones mid mass-walkout, their guitars work themselves into a frenzy and thrive on it. Their last record, the snarkily titled ‘Deluxe’, was a fine blueprint to riff-spangled indie rock. This one...view item »

Wolf Parade
Cry Cry Cry

Hi. Um. Could this be a little better, please? Thanks. I’m not about ready to let go of one of my favourite indie rock bands yet, even if their discography has already been detailing a steady decline into uselessness. Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug made one of their genre’s most exciting ever records in ‘Apologies to Queen Mary&...view item »

METZ
Strange Peace

The good thing about Metz is that they will literally be writing the same song until they break up. This is not a slight: it’s the realest praise I’ve ever given out as a gatekeeper of this stupid website. Both propulsive and mind-numbing, with throughlines and middle fingers, theirs is an endlessly listenable song. It’s noise-...view item »

Real Estate
In Mind

When I saw that Matt Mondanile had left Real Estate I have to admit I panicked. You see for me their whole sound was based around the way the guitars of Mondanile and singer Martin Courtney tangled around one another. Yes Courtney's songs are generally great on their own but as was noted when listening to hi...view item »

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

Well I never thought I'd be talking about this on the site. One of my all time favourite albums which I now have the excuse of playing again so I can write this! Ba Da Bing have fortuitously decided to release the vinyl of 'The Laughing Stock' which has been unavailable since the year dot in ...view item »

Wire
Nocturnal Koreans

Robotic post punkers Wire really do write some great songs. This should not be forgotten.  Their previous album ‘Wire’ had a clutch of great ones including ‘In Manchester’ which I was pleased to see soundtracking one of the many features on Manchester on BBC 6 Music. They have an economy of composition...view item »

SWANS
The Glowing Man

The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all...view item »

Half Man Half Biscuit
Urge For Offal

Ah a new record from everyone’s favourite comic Merseysiders Half Man Half Biscuit. One of my greatest nights out of recent years was seeing this lot in Blackburn Town Hall. A venue so sophisticated that I was refused a glass of tap water as according to the barman I “wouldn’t want to drink it”. Aah the beautiful sparklin...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Live From KCRW

A stripped down Bad Seeds and Cave recorded in front of an intimate audience. You know what to expect, and it doesn't disappoint. Push the Sky Away was one of last years best records for me, which was a bit of a surprise since ole Nick has been making records long enough now that he should either be doing his vers...view item »

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