Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Priests
The Seduction Of Kansas

Priests made a big impression with their 2017 debut Nothing Feels Natural. The Washington DC post-punk band are back with their sophomore effort The Seduction Of Kansas. Here they added the influence of Massive Attack, Portishead and Nine Inch Nails to their post-punk base-layer. The result is a band with a more rounded sound. LP and CD on Sister Polygon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cowboy Flying Saucer
Travel Lodge

Sparrowhawk proudly present the second album by Walthamstow psych dad-rockers Cowboy Flying Saucer (comprising likely lads BK13, Spanna, Johnny Ven and Dave B), whose sound falls somewhere between Happy Mondays, The Fall and Spacemen 3. Named for the dependable hotel chain, Travel Lodge was recorded at The Sickroom in Norfolk.
  • Vinyl LP (KES03)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Ida Mae
Chasing Lights

Norwich band Ida Mae release their debut album Chasing Lights. Here the pair, who emerged out of Kill It Kid, relish in their chemistry as they create music that lies at the intersection between the xx, the White Stripes and uh, something a bit steamy. They share a producer with Kings of Leon. On Vow Road.

Various
C87

Cherry Red dive back into the 80’s for this imagined follow-up to that legendary NME C86 compilation: the comp that launched a thousand indie bands. Everything on C87’s three discs was recorded in 1986 or 1987, so the tracklisting is ‘realistic’, not to mention stuffed to the brim with wonder: The Vaselines, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Faced Hermans… 3CD box-set on Cherry Red.

Ceschi
Sad, Fat Luck

Purveyor of hip hop tinged with indie and singer-songwriter elements Ceschi Ramos sallies forth an emotional ride through subjects such as lost friends, ageing, breakups and Deplorable Donald’s substantial contributions to the current state of the US. Sammus and Astronautalis feature, to say nothing of many contributing musicians.
  • Vinyl LP (LPFFINC074LE)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only

Froth
Duress

LA’s Froth are back after two years away with their fourth album, Duress. Two years is hardly a long time to be away, but we're glad they're back. The album addresses such hot issues as the Yanny/Laurel debate. Their off-kilter shoegaze, psych, post-punk, slacker sound is all in check, which is the main thing, like. On Wichita.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dylan LeBlanc
Renegade

Just imagine what a collaboration between Bob Dylan and Matt LeBlanc would sound like? Anyway, this is not that, this is Renegade, the fourth and latest album by Dylan LeBlanc. LeBlanc is a singer/songwriter with the spirit of Muscle Shoals coursing through his veins, although the album has an ‘80s pop/rock edge, similar to the recent work of another American singer songwriter we no longer talk about. On ATO.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tim Heidecker
What The Brokenhearted Do…

Tim Heidecker has been taunting Donald Trump and American right-wing radio *expletive deleted* Alex Jones on social media so much that some alt. right trolls started a rumour that his wife had left him. It wasn’t true, but it gave him an idea - what would it feel like if she had? What The Brokenhearted Do is an album exploring how he might feel in the unlikely event of divorce. LP and Cassette on Jagjaguwar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dinosaur Pile-Up
Celebrity Mansions

After a four-year gap, Leeds’ post-grunge heroes Dinosaur Pile-Up return with their fourth studio album Celebrity Mansions. As has been frontman Matt Bigland’s style for the best part of a decade by now, it promises big melodies delivered with ferocious force, evidenced by lead single 'Thrash Metal Cassette'.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Perry Farrell
Kind Heaven

Perry Farrell has had a solo career alongside Jane’s Addiction since 1999. It’s just been lying dormant since 2001. At long last he is releasing his 3rd solo album, Kind Heaven. It seems he’s managed to pull in a few stars to help him too. It was produced by Farrell and Tony Visconti and features Dhani Harrison (George’s son), Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and The Cars’ Elliot Easton.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Desperate Journalist
In Search of the Miraculous

As someone whose job involves a bit of journalist adjacent work, or as other people call it, "writing", I can't help but feel attacked by the name Desperate Journalist have gone for. But I must be unbiased. In Search of the Miraculous is the goth-y rock band's third album and lives its title. Big choruses, big solos, big euphoria. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Weezer
Weezer (Teal Album)

Weezer have been delighting fans all over the world since 1994 with their fun brand of post-grunge guitar pop. They have a penchant for naming more-or-less every other album by colour. Weezer, or The Teal Album is an album of covers headed up by their now infamous cover of Toto’s Africa. Elsewhere there’s versions of songs that were originally by TLC, Black Sabbath, Tears For Fears and ELO, amongst others.

Apex Manor
Heartbreak City

Ross Flournoy’s second Apex Manor album Heartbreak City arrives a whopping eight years after the project’s indie-power-pop debut, The Year of Magical Drinking. In the meantime, he’s been getting sober, scoring the occasional movie and helping out with his father’s homemade cheese business (really!). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minor Poet
The Good News

Remember the days when seeing the Sub Pop label on a record meant that you were buying some sort of lo-to-mid-fi rock produced by Jack Endino or Steve Fisk? Those days are long gone. Sub Pop’s roster has expanded in all directions so you don’t know what you’ll get. With Minor Poet they have a bedroom artist, Andrew Carter, who makes music that seemingly mixes Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, ‘70s pop and Animal Collective. The Good News is his new EP and follows on from 2017’s And How! LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Gotobeds
Debt Begins at 30

There are many reasons to like Pennsylvania band The Gotobeds. Chief among them are the noisy racket they make, another is that Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich loves ‘em. Their new album, Debt Begins At 30, which is their third, has guest appearances all over the place, most notably from members of Protomartyr and Silkworm.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juan Wauters
La Onda De Juan Pablo

The first of a number of albums that Uruguayan visual and musical artist Juan Wauters plans to unleash during 2019, La Onda De Juan Pablo was recorded on the road during a trip across the South American continent and sees Wauters revisit his Latin roots. Furthermore, he reverts from singing in English to his native language.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lungbutter
Honey

From Montreal, an assault on your senses in the form of Lungbutter, a trio with a queasy name and a ferociously-thrashing sound. Honey is built from guitar and drums and voice, but within that pallette lies some absolutely-fucked skeins of noise, some mighty howls, and some real drum pummel. A short and sharp statement, out on Constellation.

Arlo Day
Bad Timing

Then I look at you, and the world's alright with me. Just one look at you, and I know it's gonna be *deep breath* an Arlo Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaay (Arlo Day, Arlo Day, Arlo Day, Arlo Day…) Day’s debut (more like DAY-but, eh ladies and gentlemen?) EP contains none of the positive vibes of the old William Withers’ tune. Bad Timing is, in fact, a set of regret-filled bedroom indie in the vein of King Krule and Angel Olsen. Sorry for misleading you. It’s good, though!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ash
’94 – ’04 – The 7’’ Singles Box Set

During their heyday from 1994 to 2004, Ash were one of the greatest singles bands around, with enough chart-denting firepower to sink a whole navy. This limited-edition box set collects 20 singles over ten 7” vinyls, including ‘Clones’ available for the very first time on the format.  All this reminds me. One R*c*rd St*r* D*y I saw a man dressed like Mario going through the 7" bins at Rough Trade East looking for Ash 7"s. A very fond memory.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ash

Transmaniacon feat. Lydia Lunch and Maya Berlin
The Strange World Of Suzie Pellet

Transmaniacon take their name from a Blue Oyster Cult song and describe themselves as 21st century schizoid people of the blue planet, which references a King Crimson song. It’s clear to see their prog influences, however, the music they make is a heavier brand of prog rock. They have teamed up with Lydia Lunch and Maya Berlin to bring to life The Strange World Of Suzie Pellet in the form a concept album. Suzie Pellet is a character created by horror/fantasy artist and novelist, Ian Miller. Transparent green/mustard half and half vinyl, limited to 300 copies of CD on New Heavy Sounds.

Petrol Girls
Cut & Stitch

UK/Austrian half male/half female feminist punk band Petrol Girls follow up 2016’s Talk Of Violence with Cut & Stitch. As the title suggests, this album is a more experimental work, stitching together a variety of ideas and sounds. If you want a visceral blast of punk energy, look no further. On Hassle.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mercury Rev
Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited

Bobby Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited by Mercury Rev is their version of trailblazing American singer Bobby Gentry’s classic 1968 album. Although, for a band who have links with The Flaming Lips and in the past have had songs called things like Sweet Odysee of a Cancer Cell t’ th’ Center of yer Heart, you could be forgiven for thinking it has nothing to do with her and that they’d reverted back to their wonky roots. Anyway, it features a list  of female singers that is so impressive we're going to have to name them all: Norah Jones, Phoebe Bridgers, Hope Sandoval, Laetitia Sadier, Rachel Goswell, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler, Margo Price, Susanne Sundfør, Kaela Sinclair and Carice Van Houten.

Guided By Voices
Zeppelin Over China

The insanely prolific Robert Pollard releases yet another collection of grungy niceness with his Guided By Voices crew. At thirty-two songs and seventy-five minutes, Zeppelin Over China is long even by GBV standards. Indeed, it’s remarkable that an album with this many songs can remain so consistently good throughout. Then again, Pollard is a pretty remarkable talent.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Plastic Mermaids
Suddenly Everyone Explodes

Like my grandma, Plastic Mermaids hail from Isle Of Wight. They were formed by members of the bands Neon Fetus and Magic Octagon. Their debut LP, Suddenly Everyone Explodes, was recorded in their own self-built analogue studio. It mines the same seams as Mercury Rev and Animal Collective circa Post Merriweather Pavillion. CD and LP on Sunday Best.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Amazons
Future Dust

Arriving almost exactly two years after their Top Ten debut album, Future Dust is the sophomore effort from much-hyped British garage rockers The Amazons. This time, they’ve doubled down on their retro sound and gone even heavier, influenced by the woozy blues stews of Howlin’ Wolf to the rock hurricanes of Led Zeppelin. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Madonnatron
Musica Alla Puttanesca

The latest LP to emerge from the grotty storehouse of Trashmouth Records (Fat White Family, Warmduscher) comes courtesy of Madonnatron. It’s called Musica Alla Puttanesca, and what a fine title that is. The music’s not half bad either - tracks like ‘Sucker Punch’ have taken Trashmouth’s grizzled garage-rock sound and glued it together with the airy post-punk-pop of The Cardigans. Good work all round.

whenyoung
Reasons To Dream

Do people need Reasons To Dream though? Isn’t dreaming, by its very nature, an escape from reason? Whatever. Anyway, whenyoung are a newish band who claim to be ‘London’s premier indie songsmiths’. Them’s big words, but on Reasons To Dream (leave it…) the trio do a pretty good New Order/Echo & The Bunnymen/other prominent post-punk group impression, so maybe they are.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pan Amsterdam x Iggy Pop feat. Leron Thomas
Mobile

New music from enigmatic lo-fi beats producer Pan Amsterdam. Along his travels he's bumped into one Iggy Pop who is clearly keen to develop his electronic music chops after working with Oneohtrix Point Never. Mobile also features jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas, for a track that reflects on the state of Texas and its dependence on oil. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Real Emotional Trash

He's a card isn't he? Stephen Malkmus's solo career is now as long and as wandering as one of the verses he writes. Real Emotional Trash was his 2008 effort and fourth solo album bringing in Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney) on drums. The former Pavement frontman is on his usual eccentric form with big riffs, extended jams and his usual clever wordplay. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fall
Live At The Witch Trials

Originally released through the legendary punk label Step-Forward in 1979, Live At The Witch Trials by The Fall finally gets the reissue treatment for a new generation of fans. As a debut album it’s rugged and repetitive forging the template that Mark E. Smith would become famous for. Out on 2CD and 180 gram vinyl from Castle Music and Sanctuary.

Greys
Age Hasn't Spoiled You

If you believe what you read, Toronto post-punk band Greys have matured into a less noisy, more thoughtful band for their third album, Age Hasn’t Spoiled You. Judging by the track 'These Things Happen' that’s not necessarily the case. They still have that racket-making ability, coupled with an ear for melody. Basically, old fans have no need to worry. On Carpark.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yawners
Just Calm Down

Here haveth we the debut LP from Madrid-based Yawners - originally the solo project of one Elena Nieto that has expanded to include Martín Muñoz on drums. Just Calm Down is a 2019 album with a 1999 sensibility. The tracks here straddle the grungey alt-rock sound of groups like Breeders and Weezer with a little of Millencolin’s big-hearted pop-punk. Yawners are one to file next to yer Snail Mails and yer Courtney Barnetts.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles is a career-spanning compilation by Primal Scream. The music covers a thirty year period from their early singles in 1986 such as Velocity Girl and Ivy Ivy Ivy, through classics such as Movin’ On Up and Rocks, to later hits such as Country Girl and Where The Light Gets In. Double CD on Columbia.

Sebadoh
Act Surprised

Take a look at these grizzled men. Those are the sort of rough hewn looks that only come after years dedicated to lo-fi guitar rock. Yup Sebadoh are back with their first album since 2013s Defend Yourself. With classic original line up in place they return with 15 further dysfunctional college rock tunes harking back to their '90s heyday.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fu Manchu
Godzilla's/Eatin' Dust +4

Californian stoners Fu Manchu have dusted off a couple of classic EPs, combined them and added some previously unreleased early recordings. Godzilla’s and Eatin' Dust were two of the band’s most popular 10” singles due to fan favourites such as 'Mongoose' and 'Eatin’ Dust'. The four previously unreleased tracks include three tracks that were recorded for 1997’s The Action Is Go and a cover of 'Jailbreak', originally by Thin Lizzy. On At The Dojo.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Faye Webster
Atlanta Millionaires Club

Faye Webster takes her influences from disparate genres to make what is ostensibly country music. The album is pedal steel-heavy, just like any self-respecting country album should be, but her pedal steel influence came from the most unexpected of places - Aaliyah. Influences from folk music and the Atlanta hip-hop scene all feed into her debut album, Atlanta Millionaires Club. On Secretly Canadian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mike Donovan
Exurbian Quonset

Right so here’s the thing - since Tyga released his smash hit ‘Rack City’ back 2011, whenever this particular Norman Records™ poundo’flesh comes across an LP released on Drag City he immediately starts singing the song in his head. This is unfortunate not because he doesn’t care for ‘Rack City’ (au contraire), but more because he now finds it hard to take anything released on the esteemed indie-rock imprint seriously. For instance, how about Mike Donovan’s third solo LP Exurbian Quonset. It’s an album of excellent leftfield garage-fuzz from the former Sic Alps fellow, but no matter how many times this thing gets spun it’s still ‘ten ten ten twenties’ this and ‘fresher than a [redacted] peppermint’ that.

Olden Yolk
Living Theatre

Olden Yolk hit us square in the eye with their self titled debut last year. Some lovely watery sounds there.. I'm talking the Feelies and early Yo La Tengo you know. So all is set for their second album proper which has seen the former Quilt duo relocate to sunny Los Angeles where the warm day vibes with hopefully infiltrate their guitar pop sound.       
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Alex Lahey
The Best Of Luck Club

Endearing and accessible guitar-driven pop written largely in Nashville. Alex Lahey touches personal turmoil but with a welcoming ear, as track titles like ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ suggest. Lahey uses songwriting to empathise, to relate her own lived experience to the listener in a open and accepting way.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The National
I Am Easy To Find

Album number 8 from Ohio success story The National. I Am Easy To Find is not just an album, it's also a short film directed by Mike Mills - the guy who directed 20th Century Women, not the R.E.M bassist. Mills co-produced the album with the band. It includes guest performances from a whole host of artists including Sharon Van Etten and Lisa Hannigan. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fangclub
Vulture Culture

Irish alt. Rock three-piece, Fangclub, follow their 2017 eponymous debut with Vulture Culture. If you’re a fan of Biffy Clyro or Muse then you should really check this lot out - you may have already seen them supporting either band. Judging by lead single Hesitations, this lot will be heading to a stadium near you soon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hey Colossus
Four Bibles

Hey Colossus make it a dozen studio LPs with new record Four Bibles. This is at once some of the most direct and the most daring full-length that the sextet have made yet. Tracks like ‘Memory Gore’ are monolithic lopes that blur the boundaries between noise-rock and metal. The risk-taking comes in the instrumentation and ephemera - piano, electronics and violin all crop up on Four Bibles (the latter of which is proffered by This Is Not This Heat/Grumbling Fur man Daniel O’Sullivan), and bassist Joe Thompson has written a book to coincide with the album’s release.

ShitKid
[DETENTION]

Described by Bandcamp Daily in 2017 as “[potentially] The Weirdest Musician In Sweden Right Now”, it’s ShitKid a.k.a., Stockholm’s Åsa Söderqvist, back with Album Two for PNKSLM. [DETENTION] finds Söderqvist and bandmate Lina Ericsson bashing out a suite of pop punk tunes themed around the trials and tribulations of secondary school. Titles include 'SuMmEr BrEak' and 'Grown-ups are KIDS'. WEIRD!
  • Vinyl LP (PNKSLM063RED)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

AJJ
Live at Third Man Records

AJJ used to be known as Andrew Jackson Jihad. They’re a folk punk band from Arizona led by the duo of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty. They have a revolving door policy for the rest of the band. Their live shows are frenetic affairs with air-punching anthems, of which, their loyal fan base know every word. Live At Third Man captures their live magic perfectly.
  • Artist(s):
  • AJJ

Guided By Voices
Warp and Woof

And Another! As Alan Partridge might say. Warp And Woof is Guided By Voices’ ultra-speedy follow-up to February’s double offering, Zeppelin Over China. Robert Pollard and co. have taken their already prolific nature and turbo charged it. This one prides itself on cramming lots of songs into less that 40 minutes, a similar feat to the band’s ‘90s classic Alien Lanes. Let's hope it matches it in quality too. On Guided By Voices Inc.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jack White
Over and Over and Over

If you couldn't face delving into Jack's Boarding House Reach folly then never fear. Here you can listen to it's only listenable moment without having to wade through the other bits. There's a spoken word piece on the flip which gives you a taste of the sort of ridiculous music you can expect from the album.    

Interpol
A Fine Mess

It's not like Interpol to be able to come up with a title for any of their records - they were possibly watching the Laurel and Hardy film when they came up with this one. It was recorded during time spent with Dave Fridmann (big drum alert) while they were in the middle of their Big World Tour and serves as a mini snapshot of where the band find themselves post Marauder.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Vampire Weekend
Father Of The Bride

Vampire Weekend’s new album comes to us without any information other than the number of different formats there are (4). It’s their first album in five years, so yay! It’s called Father Of The Bride and features a bunch of guest artists including ex-Vampire Weekender Rostam Batmanglij. Early single suggest all the jokes people tell about the band will continue to have legs.

The Smiths
Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs was the American counterpart to The World Won't Listen compilation in that it compiled all the Smiths non album tracks that hadn't been available on single or album in the US. Therefore it is a treasure trove of the lesser known part of their back catalogue with well known hits interspersed with rarely heard B sides. Brilliant throughout despite the singer's subsequent attempts at ruining everything.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (0825646658770)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Black Angels
Passover

The Black Angels are a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. Passover is their debut album. The band describe themselves as playing “Native American drone ‘n’ roll”. This psych-rock classic is available on a limited edition cassette of 1500 hand-numbered copies in a custom made stoughton tip-on box.

Mac DeMarco
Here Comes The Cowboy

Now signed to his very own Mac's Record Label here comes dungaree totin' tunesmith with an album he knocked up in a couple of weeks in January. 2019. The subject matter here is cowboys - a word he uses as a term of endearment to his pals. Expect laid back songs masquerading as breezes...or the other way round. Whatever  - it will possibly be 2019s most laid back record. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Smoking Acid

Another one of those brilliant 12"s on non-album tracks from the always entertaining the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe was so full of ideas at the time that he simply had to go to Iceland to record this EP. it's full of schizoid and unhinged psych rock and is as essential any other of their work. Thankfully he runs his own label these days so all of these curios stay in print.  

Wallows
Live at Third Man Records

Suppose we’ve been getting this wrong all along. Suppose the Live At Third Man Records series isn’t a set of concert recordings given at Jack White’s boudoir. Suppose it’s LIVE At Third Man Records - as in, this lot LIVE there. All these rock bands pacing the corridors, smoking in corners, playing cards - generally idling, loitering, waiting for the moment that Mr. White calls their number and they’re ushered upstairs to play. ‘Hey, Wallows, you’re up’ barks Mr. White, nails grubby, Willy Wonka suit fraying at the elbows and knees; ‘and do the hits - I’m not keeping you here ‘cos I like you, y’know’. Lights on. The band play, the crowd cheers, and they’re sent back downstairs. For how long, no-one knows. After all, there are some people who Live At Third Man Records their whole life...
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wannadies
Bagsy Me

Although they’ll always be typecast for that song (brilliant as it is), there was so much more to Sweden’s The Wannadies. This turquoise-coloured vinyl re-issue of their fourth album, 1997’s Bagsy Me, is the perfect distillation of everything that’s appealing about them - big-hearted, puppy-eyed, jet-propelled indie-rock power ballads. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2303C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Liars / Tropical Fuck Storm
Total 3 Part Saga / The Happiest Guy Around

A split between Angus Andrews’ big deal experimental post-punk outfit Liars on the A-side, and a band selected by Liars to join them on the B-side: a group called Tropical Fuck Storm (a side-project of The Drones). So exclusive material from Liars and a band called Tropical Fuck Storm: I really think that should be enough to want to hear this split 7” right? Out on Famous Class

Snapped Ankles
Violations

A four-track EP of cover versions originally released for Record Store Day in 2018, Violations is quite an apt name for these drastically different takes as Snapped Ankles take on Can, The Fugs, Joey Beltram and The Comateens in ways you never previously imagined. This re-issue is on white vinyl, with a download code. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Strand Of Oaks
Eraserland

Strand Of Oaks head-honcho Timothy Showalter keeps on keeping on with new LP Eraserland. As with 2017’s Hard Love the hairy heartthrob sticks to his modern-day Springsteen schtick on his latest record. Cuts like ‘Weird Ways’ have a beefy, grunge-inflected low-end to them. Eraserland is out via Dead Oceans.

Bikini Kill
Pussy Whipped

One of those "everyone who heard this thing started a band albums", in 1993 Bikini Kill released their debut album Pussy Whipped. Righteous and vicious, the album represents the start of what has come to be known as Riot Grrrl. Pussy Whipped features some of the most unrepentant punk music ever recorded.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TV On The Radio
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Remember the first time you heard ‘Staring At The Sun’? Feels good doesn't it. You know, you can live the experience of listening to Pitchfork’s 41st-best song of the 2000s all over again if you want. The way to do that is by copping ‘Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes’, the 2004 debut LP by TV On The Radio. On this record ‘Staring At The Sun’ is just one of many bluesy, fuzzy, ‘OK Computer’-y things served up by Tunde Adebimpe, Dave Sitek and the rest.

Kleenex Girl Wonder
White Lacuna

Given that Kleenex Girl Wonder are gearing up to mark 25 years in the game, you could forgive KGW main man Graham Smith if he wanted to take his foot off the gas a little. However, if anything the band are upping their work-rate these days. White Lacuna is the group’s second LP of 2018, and judging by the energy on display here they might be good for another one before 12 more months are up. This is an LP of typically zany indie jangles - imagine Eels with more pep.
  • Vinyl LP (MVZVM0II)
  • £19.49 £17.54 (saving: £1.95)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Placebo
Black Market Music

Black Market Music was the third album to be released by androgynous alternative rockers Placebo. It followed on from the massive success of their sophomore effort Without You I’m Nothing. The band have sold over 12 million albums inspiring legions of fans to start their own bands.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tacocat
This Mess Is a Place

Is it a taco? Is it a cat? Is it both - or perhaps … neither? Whatever a Tacocat is, we can say with confidence that it’s from Seattle, contains four humans (‘Tacopeople’?) and has just made its fourth LP in the form of This Mess Is A Place. This record is a peppy thing that polishes the group’s lo-fi grunge-pop sound with some pop influences, warm vocal harmonies and great production. It kind of reminds us of The Long Blondes actually.

Ioanna Gika
Thalassa

IO Echo’s Ioanna Gika drops her debut solo LP via Sargent House (Dylan Carson, Chelsea Wolfe). Thalassa is a record of forceful and stirring art-pop that nods to Perfume Genius, Oneohtrix Point Never and Robyn. Gika’s voice, at once both piercing and breathy, dovetails excellently with Thalassa’s broiling synth-pop instrumentals.

Protomartyr
No Passion All Technique

In a music industry where nothing is secret and even less is sacred, Protomartyr’s debut LP No Passion All Technique has long been a refreshing anomaly. Obviously the group are very big now, but no-one knew this back in 2012 - not them, not us, and certainly not the Urinal Cake label who released this record. A tiny run sold out, and the thing’s been neither re-pressed nor available on streaming services at any point since. This Domino reissue allows you to experience No Passion All Technique without paying megabucks for it on the vinyl black market. It’s a damn sight more raggedy than the band’s subsequent work, but the idiosyncrasies of No Passion All Technique work in its favour. Come and see how the post-punk band we deserve ended up like this.

Filthy Friends
Emerald Valley

Oh lord that first Filthy Friends album was just despairing. Let's hope this one is a bit better. With Corin Tucker (Sleater Kinney) and Peter Buck (R.E.M) in the line up, this lot just shouldn't be under achieving.  They've turned their attention to the problems with people and the planet so hopefully this has got their creative juices flowing. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Versing
10000

Versing distinguish themselves on new LP 10000. While there are plenty of bands out there currently drawing from Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies and other alt-rock luminaries of the late 80’s and early 90’s, this Seattle group bring a playful panache to their craft that sets them apart. Vocalist and songwriter Graham Baker is a charismatic presence up front - his half-sung lyrics and mastery of the loud-quiet-loud dynamic place Versing next to Young Jesus and Ought in the contemporary rocksphere. 10000 is out on Hardly Art (Chastity Belt, Colleen Green).

Drahla
Useless Coordinates

Long-awaited debut album from Leeds’ very own Drahla on Brooklyn indie imprint Captured Tracks. Mixing wiry, raw post-punk with the dark and volatile textures of art-rock and Luciel Brown’s abstract lyrical preoccupations, Useless Coordinates was recorded in short gaps between hard touring throughout 2018.

The Wedding Present
Davni Chasy

The Wedding Present are always decent value for a Record Store Day release  - a Marc Riley Session here, some kind of George Best celebration there. This one is genuinely fascinating  - a single that was due to be released in 1988/89 but was deemed not suitable for a major label release by the suits at RCA. Well now it has been mastered and issued on a limited 7" so you can see if they were correct or not. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Forgotten Graves

Ooh they love a 10" don't they? Two new tracks from the ever fruitful the Brian Jonestown Massacre including 'Forgotten Graves' which is exclusive to this release and has been written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first world war. Over on the flip is  “Tombes Oubliées” which has been culled from their forthcoming self titled LP (their second of 2018).  

Editors
The Blanck Mass Sessions

During the creation of 2018’s top 10 LP Violence the Brummie group enlisted the help of Fuck Buttons’ Ben Power aka Blanck Mass to help them shape the record. The final release still bore Power’s mark, but there was a more Mass-ive take on the tracklisting still left in the studio. Now seven of these versions are seeing light of day on The Blanck Mass Sessions. Also included is ‘Barricades’, a new collaborative tune between the two groups.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
End Of Suffering

Finally. At last. Sweet release. No, we’re not talking about a new LP from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, though it’s taken the former Gallows man a couple of years to follow up Modern Ruin. Of course, we’re talking about the End Of Suffering. No more hurt, no more pain. Peace forever. Thank the lord. Also Tom Morello is on this thing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Beths
Future Me Hates Me

Carpark Records (Cloud Nothings, Toro Y Moi) present some fuzzy niceness from Kiwi quartet The Beths. Future Me Hates Me is a peppy synthesis of OG twee-grungers like The Lemonheads with the shy coyness found in the more recent fare of Yuck and Mitski. Nice harmonies, nice melodies, and the fact that the four members all have jazz chops ensures a higher level of musicianship that one usually finds on these sort of LPs.

Spielbergs
This Is Not The End

We’ve all heard of Steven Spielberg’s non-union Mexican equivalent, Senor Spielbergo, (note the 23 year-old Simpsons reference) well here we have his Norwegian equivalents, indie band The Spielbergs. Their new album, This Is Not The End, is subject to a groundswell of excitement following plaudits from Biffy Clyro and Frank Turner. LP and CD on By The Time It Gets Dark.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Johnny Lloyd
Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds

Johnny Lloyd of the extremely Camden band Tribes returns with an album of folk inflected indie rock that is tender and raw. Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds tackles the sort of millennial malaise its title suggests with assuredness. Lloyd was given a bit of help by Eton boy Frank Turner. Released on Xtra Mile.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Simon Bonney
Past, Present, Future

Something old and something new from former Crime And The City Solution tearaway Simon Bonney here. Past, Present, Future has its roots in Bonney’s 90’s solo LPs - 1992’s Forever, 1994’s Everyman and the unreleased collection Eyes Of Blue. Songs from all appear here, with some re-recorded by a band including members of Killing Joke and The Volbeats. Past, Present, Future is quite similar to what Bonney’s mate Nick Cave was doing around the same time - think The Good Son and Henry’s Dream.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mark Mulcahy
Taking Baby Steps

Mark 'bloody' Mulcahy. Thom Yorke's favourite singer no less and if anyone knows about singing it will be Thom. This is a taster single from the Miracle Legion man's forthcoming album The Gus and the B side contains a certain J Mascis on guitar. Mark Mulcahy may not be a household name but he should be. Maybe this is his time.   
  • Vinyl 7" (SHADE 25)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Antlers
Hospice

O.M.G. it's the 10th anniversary of The Antlers 'Hospice' so literally put everything that you are doing down and re-buy the album that Pitchfork gave a whopping 8.5 out of 10 to in 2008. Re-live its swooning and emotional mid-paced indie, glacial atmospheric synth work, heartfelt trumpets and random noise bursts. It's just like Arcade Fire were a shoegaze band.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fever Dream
Squid

Londoners Fever Dream are back with a new album following their 2015 debut 'Moyamoya'. Squid promises us more of their mesmeric guitar work, infused with a blend of grungy psychedelia with wall-of-noise shoegaze manoeuvring. Fluid and expansive sounds to immerse yourself in. LP on Club AC 30.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balance

Catfish & The Bottlemen are back after five whole years with their third album The Balance. The Welsh stadium-filling and festival-headlining indie rockers are hugely popular with the kids. To be fair to them though, they are an incredibly hard working bunch. They’ve been touring pretty much constantly in the last few years. 180g black vinyl LP and CD on Island.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fall
The Fall - Singles 1978-2016

Singles 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number of different labels. With 112 tracks over 7 CDs, this is a hefty retrospective, and to endorse its credibility among fans of the band, all tracks have been remastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

Fu Manchu
Kept Between Trees

Reissue of the first ever tracks from legendary stoner rockers Fu Manchu! Kept Between Trees was first released as a three track 7” in 1990, and this reissue from At The Dojo bolsters that with three extra inches and a previously unreleased track. Listen out for the wonderful vocals that sound devoid of all enthusiasm and hope!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Resonars
No Exit

No Exit is the 7th album by Tuscon, Arizona band, The Resonars. Whilst there’s definitely a whiff of Oasis about this, there’s a stronger sense of the glorious vocal harmonies and melodies of bands such as The Hollies and Big Star. The band is a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Matt Rendon. He has also released a one-off psychedelic album under the name Butterscotch Cathedral. On Trouble In Mind.

PAWS
Your Church On My Bonfire

The fourth LP from PAWS drops through the Ernest Jenning Record Company (King Khan & His Shrines, Sunshine & The Rain). Your Church On My Bonfire is a record that synthesises sadness and noise in a manner similar to fellow Glaswegian rockers Frightened Rabbit and early Biffy Clyro. Meredith Godreau (Gregory & The Hawk) shows up with some guest vocals on ‘The Slow Spirit’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Craig Finn
I Need A New War

Third solo outing from Craig Finn, the songwriter who made his name with good-times rock band The Hold Steady. Their material has always been very lyrical, and Finn’s solo material simply allows more space for his words to spread out just the way they need to. I Need A New War has lots of fine new Finn characters, although with less of a specifically American focus that usual. On Partisan Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Belt Eagle Scout
Loss & Relax / Half Coloured Hair

Following the critical acclaim that greeted last year’s album Mother of My Children, Katherine Paul releases a brand new Black Belt Eagle Scout single, presented on 7” vinyl. ‘Loss & Relax’ has existed since 2017, while ‘Half Coloured Hair’ is a deeply affecting new love song.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Foxygen
Seeing Other People

They keep promising to split after every album but it just doesn't happen. Maybe we'll be sixth time lucky with this one. They really should have gone after the despairing Hang described by us as 'the worst album of 2017' but here they are again for another try. You'll get an LP of demos if you are quick with the limited edition  - that's if you can stomach anymore.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
You Flexi Thing Vol 5 – East & West Side Story

More anti-fascist righteousness from R*E*P*E*A*T Records here. The fifth instalment of the label’s flexi-disc series You Flexi Thing - and I think we can all agree that's an excellent name - East & West Side Story lines up two Welsh groups (Picsel, The Sandinistas) with another two from East Anglia (Lemondaze, Tundra). Lemondaze and Picsel get lost in dreamy psych-rock reveries while the others serve up some good old-fashioned snot-punk.
  • Vinyl 7" (MBRR153)
  • £4.99 £4.49 (saving: £0.50)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Lemonheads
Can't Forget / Wild Child

Always a good interpreter of songs, Evan Dando seems to now just be on earth to rattle through covers of his favourite artists. This Record Store Day 2019 release sees his excellent take on Yo La Tengo's 'Can't Forget' paired with a previously unreleased version of Lou Reed's 'Wild Child'. On the Fire imprint.   
  • Vinyl 7" (FIRE561S)
  • £8.99 £8.09 (saving: £0.90)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres
Who’s Been Having You Over / Paradise Is Under Your Nose

Recently pricked by a hedgehog, Pete Doherty has an innate ability to stay in the news. As you might have guessed he has a new record out with his new band The Puta Madres and this is the first single culled from it. Just imagine the hoards of fans queuing up for this on Record Store Day and their thought process when they realise we have hundreds of them left.    
  • Vinyl 7" (STRAPORIGINALS1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Madonnatron & Meatraffle
Bella Ciao / Brigante Se Mor

Split from two of the finest Italy-adjacent gnarl-rock bands around! Madonnatron turn in a cool and bouncy number with those nice airy vocals, while Meatraffle give it some crunch and some low end. Not recommended for those who dislike having a fun time. Split double A-side 7” single released by Trashmouth Records.
  • Vinyl 7" (TMR3S)
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  • Limited edition

Big Stick
Drag Racing

A beautiful re-pressing of the first ever Big Stick 7”, which simultaneously heralded the launch of their own Drag Racing Underground label when released in 1985. One of the finest products of the New York art-rock scene in the mid-Eighties, this four-track collection was a distillation of everything that was brilliant about them. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mutual Benefit
Just Another Diamond Day

For reasons best known to themselves Sufjan -lite indie folkers Mutual Benefit have covered Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day in its entirety. Jordan Lee must either like the album a lot or see the mutual benefit in getting on board with a record that has become an essential album for bearded post folk hipsters to waffle on about.    
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS399X)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Kevin Morby
Oh My God

After four albums and countless tours, songwriting ace Kevin Morby releases what he says is his most realised record yet. He recognises that the work has a religious theme though Morby isn't himself religious. It may be a more spiritual thing he has going on I guess. Anyway it's a double album opus written whilst away on tour plans and in hotels or whenever he got a minute to himself.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

MOURN and Chastity
Sun

7" featuring collaborative track between MOURN and Chastity as well as a live take from each. MOURN are a Spanish punk band whose main influence is Throwing Muses. Canadian Chastity plays a lil' harder, reaching the distortion ridden, riff heavy end of punk. Together they go at it with full hearts. On Captured Tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Drugdealer
Raw Honey

Before Michael Collins decided on the name Drugdealer he was alternately known as both Salvia Plath and Run DMT. As such, it might be best not to expect anything too serious from the Millennial Ariel Pink on his second Drugdealer LP Raw Honey. This is an album of possibly-post-ironic blue-eyed soul jams that sound like, I dunno, Bread or something. Raw Honey’s general air of disaffected frippery is aided by the fact that Mac Demarco produced this thing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gently Tender
Some Hard Advice

Gentle Tender take their name from an Incredible String Band song. They play a mix of old folk and soul with elements of ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelic pop. They feature members of The Palma Violets and The Big Moon. Some Hard Advice is their new single which follows their debut 7” Two Chords Good. 7” single on Zöetrope Records.
  • Vinyl 7" (GT1)
  • £6.99 £6.29 (saving: £0.70)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock