Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gang of Four
Happy Now

Post-punk icons Gang Of Four return with their ninth studio album HAPPY NOW, funded by their considerable fanbase via PledgeMusic. Already trailed by a download-only EP last year titled Complicit and a single a few months back ‘Paper Thin’, this new effort, available on CD as well as vinyl, promises the same political urgency as ever. 

Dialect / Talkboy
In My Zone / Wasting Time

The latest 7” from Yorkshire singles club Come Play With Me puts MC Dialect alongside Leeds group Talkboy. ‘In My Zone’ and ‘Wasting Time’ are rather contrasting tunes - Dialect’s a grime tongue-twister with a flow that recalls Ghetts, while Talkboy are a peppy indie-pop band - but for whatever reason they work nicely back-to-back here. Are we witnessing the rebirth of grindie? This Norman Records™ lackey surely hopes so.

Modest Mouse
Too Many Fiestas for Reuben / Cowboy Dan

As a reminder of just how weird and wonderful the Modest Mouse universe was in its early days -- in its scratchy guitar tones, as well as in Isaac Brock's unhinged voice -- Glacial Pace and Fat Possum are reissuing their primitive classics, along with a little helping of 7" to sweeten the deal. The 7" that accompanies the reissue of 'The Lonesome Crowded West' features a take on "Cowboy Dan" taht invovles Mr. Beat Happening (aka Calvin Johnson), as well as a B-side from the record, "Too Many Fiestas for Rueben". A lovely little origin story and a must have for indie rock geeks.

Big Business
The Beast You Are

We don’t get much music catagorised as ‘heavy rock’ these days, it’s always labelled with a more specific sub-genre. Here we have an unashamedly heavy rock band in L.A.’s Big Business. The band are influenced by Melvins, Tad, Torche and High On Fire, so if any of those bands float your boat you best give ‘em a go. On Joyful Noise.

Amusement Parks On Fire
Road Eyes (Deluxe)

Amusement Parks on Fire: a post-rock band so good at doing shoegaze they got accused of ripping off Dino. Jr that one time. In actual fact they just know a good chord progression when it rings in their ear, so we can forgive them for that. Here's a deluxe reissue of Road Eyes for all who want to hear some of their stuff. Remember that time their old label V2 suggested they deprive themselves from sleep and food that one time? People are awful. They were on Invada for a while though, if that raises either one of your eyebrows.

Cage The Elephant
Social Cues

Cage The Elephant’s finest moment will always be the time when singer Matt Schultz guested on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The image of him air-guitaring along with R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ - and the subsequent ribbing of him by Simon Amstell - will linger long in the Norman Records™ hive mind. That said, if you were going to make a ‘best of the rest’ list for Cage The Elephant then their fifth LP Social Cues would have a shot of being amongst it. This is canny art-blues in the Black Keys/Alabama Shakes vein. Der-ner dun-dun derr.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Headless Chickens
Body Blow

Headless Chickens were an anomaly in the Flying Nun stable, making pop, rap and hip-hop infused indie, mostly from electronic instruments, rather than the guitar guitar-led Dunedin Sound synonymous with the label. Body Blow was the band’s second album, originally released in 1991. Remaster on Flying Nun.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Evil Blizzard
VILEVILIVE

This live double album captures Evil Blizzard - the Preston band known for their four bassists and fondness for rubber masks - headlining Summer Rock Solstice Festival in 2018. The sound falls in various places between classic heavy metal and positively grizzy sludge - with the bass turned up to 11.

Porcupine Tree
Signify

First released in 1996, Signify is the fifteen-track record from long running prog/psych outfit Porcupine Tree. A genuinely mesmerising affair, the record gives everything an indie-rock album should give- a classic blend of solid guitar riffs and deep, well thought-out drum patterns that align with the records’ time-period.

Ex Hex
It’s Real

Ex Hex are back with their second album , It’s Real. Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) is joined by Bat Fangs’ Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. It’s Real is the follow-up to 2014’s Rips and like its predecessor, will provide riffs and hooks galore, but this time they’ve used the studio to make their sound bigger, stretching beyond what they thought were their previous limits. One to look forward to for fans of unbridled guitar fun and tunesmithery. LP and CD on Merge.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Idlewild
Interview Music

One of the very few bands with not one but two members named Rod, Idlewild have come a long way since their punk rock beginnings. The Scottish band are very adept and marrying their highlands heritage with a kind of widescreen poetic rock music that has garnered lots of comparisons to R.E.M. Here they are with their first since 2015's Everything Ever Written and shows them still as inspired as ever.     
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band of Skulls
Love Is All You Love

It what seem like an unusual move for a traditional rock band, Band Of Skulls hired producer Richard X for their latest album Love Is All You Love. He has encouraged the band to experiment and add some electronic elements to their sound. It is still a rock album, but with an extra pop punch. Various LP and CD versions available, also available on cassette on So Recordings.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Housewives
Twilight Splendour

Housewives have made the classic move for their second album, moving from a guitar-dominated sound to a more electronic presentation. With this change has come an increased interest in What Technology Means These Days, which makes for some strong lyrical-sonic juxtapositions. Twilight Splendour is out on Blank Editions.

Patio
Essentials

Nearly three years after mini-album Luxury, the long-awaited debut album from Brooklyn-based punks Patio is finally here. Taking cues from British post-punk acts and modern-day acts such as Bodega and Shopping, the ten tracks and 26 minutes that make up Essentials aim at the nitty-gritty of life in 2019. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Holy Moly & the Crackers
Take A Bite

Holy Moly and the Crackers are 6-piece band from Newcastle. They unashamedly do their damnedest to make music that everybody will like. It’s easy-to-swallow mix of folk, blues and indie rock that has drawn comparisons to The Gossip, Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello and the B52s. Take A Bite is their new album. LP and CD on Pink Lane Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The final album from a band who evolved from synth-pop into intricate, unbelievably delicate avant-jazz compostion. This reissue comes 26 years after the original release but the music hasn't aged a bit. 'Ascension Day' churns and whirrs whilst 'New Grass' tugs the heart strings just as strongly as before. Absolutely essential.

The Lemonheads
Varshons II

The Lemonheads first album since 2009 and it's......another covers album. This means that Evan Dando hasn't released one single original song since 2006. Still, the Lemonheads were kings of the cover version in their day and here take on the likes of Yo La Tengo, Bevis Frond, NRBQ, the Eagles, the Jayhawks and loads more.    
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

W. H. Lung
Incidental Music

Emerging out of Manchester, W.H. Lung are a primarily studio-based project making music that between shimmering synth pop and infectious kraut rock. Theirs is a sound that encompasses parts of Talking Heads, BEAK and Cavern of Anti-Matter for a raucous and inspiring groove-ridden sound. The Dinked people love them therefore they get their own Dinked Edition (whilst stocks last). That name? It's a Chinese supermarket in Manchester. Of course!      

Gurr
She Says

It's the first music from Gurr since their riotous, award-winning debut from 2016, In My Head. Recorded at the UFO Studios in Berlin, the psychedelic and dream pop influences across the 7 tracks on She Says create a lush wall of sound around the themes of heady-highs and devastating lows. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ratso
Stubborn Heart

Ratso is a long-term fixture of New York’s music scene, and has written the memoirs of some big stars, including Anthony Kiedis. Now he is flipping the tables and, aged seventy, is releasing his own album for the first time. Stubborn Heart features one Dylan cover and eight original songs, some of them co-written with John Cale, with musical assistance offered by Sharon Robinson, Warren Ellis and Nick Cave. Quite the line-up for a writer’s album!
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Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

Remind Me Tomorrow is the first album in four years by Sharon Van Etten. Despite not making any solo albums in that time she’s been rather busy having a baby, gaining psychology qualifications, working with David Lynch and writing a score for the movie, Strange Weather. All this action has lead to her making a more upbeat album. Produced and arranged by John Congleton. LP or CD on Jagjaguwar.

The Pale Fountains
Something On My Mind

The Pale Fountains were of course the band formed at the beginning end of the long career of Mick Head (Shack/Michael Head and the Strands). They produced two fantastic albums in Pacific Street and Across the Kitchen Table but this anthology concentrates on rounding up their early singles and unreleased material adding in a few live tracks. They also throw a bonus live CD into the bargain.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Sundowners
Ancient Cares / Pig Pen Blues, Stinkeye

The Sundowners are, allegedly, an open project for artists on the Drag City and Sea Note labels. The labels are certainly not giving anything away, but the rumours are that Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and Movietone have been involved at some point, and to be fair judging by previous releases, they do sound that way. The new single is Ancient Cares / Pig Pen Blues, Stinkeye. 7” on Sea Note.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sparrow Steeple
Tin Top Sorcerer

Charmingly shambolic garage rock set in the world of fantasy? It happens! Tin Top Sorcerer is a project from Sparrow Steeple, who are three of the members of Strapping Fieldhands. It takes the sinister and psychedelic that lies at the heart of all fairy tales and transfigures it (like a wizard!!) into something you can move your body to.
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Richard Swift
Ground Trouble Jaw / Walt Wolfman

The wonderfully voiced and sadly late Richard Swift first released Ground Trouble Jaw as a digital EP in 2008. Secretly Canadian are here to give it the vinyl treatment at least, aligning it with 2011’s Walt Wolfman EP for good measure. Both EPs represent Swift’s warmth and humour, kind voice and charming mixtures of indie, doo wop and R&B.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JAWS
The Ceiling

Jaws are back with album number three, The Ceiling. The Birmingham dream pop band get lumped in with the Digbeth B-Town scene - a scene that supposedly revolves around The Twang, Swim Deep and Peace, although they deny existence of such a scene. The band are popular with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. LP and CD on JAWS.

Zefur Wolves
Truth Is In The Stars

Consisting of Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) and Estelle Ios (Baby Queens), indie meets soul on Zefur Wolves’ sophomore album Truth Is In The Stars. Although it’s also available on CD, that eye-catching artwork will definitely look much more impressive rendered in glorious 12 inches by 12 inches.

Acetone
1992-2001

The highly regarded yet never quite made it Acetone are given an anthology for the very first time. They were taken on tour by fans of the band Oasis,  Spiritualised, and The Verve, with their mix of country, psych, surf and indie their songs are timeless and filled with place and feeling. Features tracks taken from across their 5 albums as well as 9 unreleased tracks and demos from recordings in their practice room.

Ty Segall & The Freedom Band
Deforming Lobes

It’s rare that there’s a time without a new Ty Segall studio album either newly released or on the horizon. Just to make sure you don’t forget he exists there’s Deforming Lobes, a live album recorded live to tape in LA by Steve Albini. He’s backed by The Freedom Band who’ve been his musical unit of choice since 2016. LP, CD and Cassette on Drag City.

Show Me The Body
Dog Whistle

Very hyped New York punk rockers Show Me The Body return with their new album Dog Whistle. There's is a muscularity about them that makes it very easy to fall under their spell. As the name implies, Show Me The Body have been as impacted by the current political climate as anyone, and aren't afraid to lash out.

Lower Slaughter
Some Things Take Work

Lower Slaughter’s second album is here, and it is big and good. Still operating with the mighty howl of former Divorce member Sinead Young, even though she lives at the opposite end of the country to the rest of the band, Lower Slaughter deliver loads of big heavy propulsive riffage here on Some Things Take Work: it’s bound to satisfy. On Box Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Brutus
Nest

Et album two, Brutus? Yes, the Belgian trio are back, serving up eleven new songs with Hassle Records. Nest isn’t quite as exciting an album title as that of the debut, Burst, but I wouldn’t worry about it lacking any of the energy and strength of the debut. Nest finds the group more settled and confident than ever.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Suddenly

Scrappy and belligerent garage-punk group from Australia, treading that sloppy-tight balance with a real sense of vigour and gnarled energy. Yelped vocals, scathing guitar lines, this isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it knows what it is and does it well. A. Swayze & The Ghosts are a promising young band and this 12” single titled ‘Suddenly’ comes out via Rough Trade.

Blank Statements
Blank Statements

Blank Statements’ eponymous debut album was released on cassette in 2018. This is the first vinyl pressing. The Melbourne-based band were clearly brought up on a diet of The Raincoats and The Au Pairs, unless they just listened to them lots before decided to make this album. The band count members of The Stroppies among their number, so their influence is present too. LP, limited to 200 copies, on Tough Love.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fall
The Rough Trade Singles

Superior Viaduct reissue a collection of seminal early singles from The Fall. All released in the first few years of the 1980s by Rough Trade, these eight studio originals and two live versions snapshot a band in their element. Mark E. Smith & co made so many essential pieces in their time, but even by The Fall’s standards the ten tunes here stand as some of the definitive band’s definitive work. Contains, among other things, ‘Totally Wired’.

Orville Peck
Pony

New album from the incredibly named Orville Peck (presumably named after a bite by green be-nappied 80s puppet). Mr Peck makes the sort of strung out Americana that also catches a kind of shoegaze drift. It's all love and loss croons, desert highways, no good hustlers, dogs in lying in dust,  pylons glinting in the late afternoon sun.      

Lejana
XII Bestias

Lejana is the name given to the collaboration between a German TV star and four Mexican musicians. Their resultant album XII Bestias combines the gothic drama of the likes of Chelsea Wolfe with an arid and intense rock befitting its Texas recoding location. Already well regarded in Mexico, it's time to unleash them on the rest of the world.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

These New Puritans
Inside The Rose

The twin brothers Barnett are back: it’s These New Puritans, joined by Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis) David Tibet (Current 93) and a sizeable list of other chums. In the bobbing, neoclassical wave wake of 2014’s Field of Reeds, the band seem to have found their way into a more energetic, seething post-punk for this one.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleeper
The Modern Age

No-one thought this would happen, including the band. Sleeper have a new album out. It’s their first in twenty-one years, since the heady days of Britpop, and it’s called The Modern Age. The band used to be made up of three guys and a girl, now they’re made up of a novelist, two music lecturers and the ex-Prodigy bassist. All the old traits are in place - observational lyrics, catchy hooks and producer Stephen Street, but they’ve also been shrewd enough to make an album for The Modern Age (see what I did there?).

Lambchop
This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)

Veteran alt-country mister Lambchop releasing with perhaps his thirtieth. For This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Kurt Wagner teamed up with fellow alternative country scenester Matthew McCaughan, known for playing drums for sad beard Bon Iver. The new album continues with the thoughtful mix of electronics and quiet country sounds started on 2016’s FLOTUS. 

Meat Puppets
Dusty Notes

The Meat Puppets are unique for two reasons. 1) They had really long hair but were good. 2) They made a kind of roots - influenced rock but were also good. This is their (oh I don't know) billionth album and it's perfectly titled for the kind of music they make. Leader Curt Kirkwood's son is involved making this a right family affair along with his dad and uncle. A nice family business.   
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

La Dispute
Panorama

Fourth album from Michigan post-hardcore rockers La Dispute. On Panorama that band continue making very earnest and emotionally accessible hardcore that isn't afraid to experiment with more post-rock structures. See the spoken word delivery and loud-quiet-loud of single 'Fulton Street I'. On Epitaph.   
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wallows
Nothing Happens

Nothing ever bloody happens does it? Well, I think Californian indie rockers Wallows are being a little disingenuous here. They’ve called their debut album Nothing Happens, but things like being lucky enough to release their own music - and on Atlantic Records no less - most definitely counts as something happening. It was produced by John Congleton and features a guest appearance from singer/songwriter Clairo.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Ninth Wave
Never Crave Attention

Latest EP Never Crave Attention from Glaswegian four-piece outfit The Ninth Wave, who wear their love for 80s post-punk on their gothy sleeves and have developed a reputation for an energetic live show on the local scene. Dark riffs and big vocals - appealingly intense. Out on coloured 10" vinyl on Distiller.

The Ninth Wave
Reformation

The press release characterises the debut 10” from Glaswegians The Ninth Wave as noise-rock, but really the four tracks on Reformation are post-punk in the vein of Echo and the Bunnymen. That means soaring guitars, huge drum beats and impassioned vocals. Imagine The Horrors if they swapped out affected dourness for youthful vigour. They’re probably named after a Kate Bush song.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dragon Welding
Dragon Welding

Dragon Welding is the new project and first solo album by The Wolfhounds guitarist Andy Golding. The albums sees his music straying into the post-rock/drone experimentalism of Moonshake and the krautrock of Neu. Ant Chapman of Collapsed Lung mastered the album and it features a guest appearance from Alice Golding of The Othyrs. On A Turntable Friend.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sonic Youth
NYC Ghosts & Flowers

Reissue of Sonic Youth’s 2000 album NYC Ghosts & Flowers. Scene leaders of no wave and noise rock in NY since beginning in 1981, they had all of their equipment nicked whilst on tour in 1999 so were forced to write without their usual modified guitars and effects. The results are quite profound from what you would usually expect from them.

KT Tunstall
Eye To The Telescope

Way back in 2004 a wee Scottish lassie wowed TV viewers around the country with just a voice, acoustic guitar and a loop pedal. KT Tunstall made her debut on Later….with Jools Holland performing Black Horse And The Cherry Tree. The question is, was Ed Sheeran watching and is she to blame for his career? Anyway, the song came from her debut album Eye To The Telescope, which went on to sell bloody loads. 

The Fall
Mark E Smith’s Personal Holiday Tony Tapes

It has started. Ozit Dandelion the label that brought you that fake Martin Hannett compilation have now been given access to a mixture of live and studio recordings from the late and great Mark E. Smith and his the Fall. We all know it will be utter rubbish barrel-scraping stuff but it's the Fall innit? Expect plenty more similar releases over the coming years.   

Markers
Heaven in the Dark Earth

What do you get when you get two math rock stalwarts who've worked with the likes of Earth, Exes and Sex Swing and reconnect them after they drifted apart. The answer it turns out, is Markers. On Heaven in the Dark Earth, Jason Carty and Jodie Cox make vulnerable sounding stripped back post-rock in the vein of Rodan's more introspective moments.

Sonic Youth
Washing Machine

A return to in-print and on-vinyl status for a few Sonic Youth albums. 1995’s Washing Machine contains examples of the band in weirded 60’s girl-group mode (‘Little Trouble Girl’), as well as ‘The Diamond Sea’, the only 20+ minute, whole-side noise jams ever to make it to a ‘proper’ Sonic Youth studio album. Double LP reissue.

Witching Waves
Fear Of Falling Down

London based Witching Waves are a post-punk/indie pop duo that trade in music influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, Beat Happening and Tiger Trap. ‘Fear Of Falling Down’ is the band’s debut LP and is evocative of their DIY roots: recorded on to 8 track tape, their sound here is lo-fi but detailed, echoing 60s pop and garage with an obvious nod to the DIY underground. 

Look Blue Go Purple
Still Bewitched

Look Blue Go Purple are a great example of New Zealand’s 80’s underground indie scene. Released on Flying Nun, they had a wonderfully bright and fun sound. Here on Still Bewitched you’ve got all the tracks from all the EPs the band did, plus six nice live recordings that have never previously been issued! All served up on a double LP.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Joy Division & New Order
Total (From Joy Division To New Order)

It’s never before been possible to study the trajectory of post-punk pioneers Joy Division and synth-rock sequel New Order in one sitting. The technology simply hasn’t been there. You’d need some kind of ‘play list’ - what a notion. But now, thanks to the latest developments, New Order are proud to present Total - a partial history of both.

Stephen Malkmus
Groove Denied

We've all had mid-life crisis moments. For example, my dad sold the family car and bought himself a motorbike. This album is most likely Stephen Malkmus's mid-life crisis moment. For many musicians a mid-life crisis moment sees them embracing electronica and IDM after years of chugging along with guitars. So this could be as good/bad as Bob Mould's 'Modulate' album.   

BLANc
Chameleon

The Maccabees were nice weren't they? In the light of their recent break-up, keys player Will White is keen to get back in the game, this time as BLANc (what does the lowercase 'c' mean? answers on a postcard). On Chameleon White makes the move from his old band's decidedly British sound to a more American one. He's also found the space to feature one Stereophonic.

The Coathangers
The Devil You Know

Garage rockers The Coathangers have been around for a while, making unpolished punk for over a decade. Based on first single Bimbo, it sounds like The Devil You Know is actually going to stray away a bit from the band we know. The three girls seem to have taken a deep breath and embraced a somewhat more polished sound. Let's see how it pans out.

Hot Water Music
The New What Next

Florida punk rock outfit Hot Water Music gifted their album The New What Next to the world in 2004, and now its back, in a nice new vinyl re-pressing. Notably this was the record where the band started bringing falsetto harmonies into their melodic emo-tinged songwriting. Reissued for the band’s 25th birthday by Epitaph.

Stella Donnelly
Beware of the Dogs

Stella Donnelly ain't going to take any shit. Abusive men, idiot bosses and clueless exes all get it in the ear on this debut album but, as on her debut EP Thrush Metal, she is armed with loads of lovely tunes. Her winsome, post-grunge songwriting has something in common with the early records of Liz Phair and she has a way of tempering her anger with an ability to bring out the beauty in the world. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bec Stevens
Why Don't You Just

Bec Stevens is a singer/songwriter from Tasmania, now based in Adelaide, Australia. Her songs start out as you might expect - girl and guitar. But then her band comes in and it seems to aid her catharsis. Something pissed her off, and here she is on her second EP, Why Don’t You Just, letting it all out. 12" vinyl and CD on Hobbledehoy Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Get Up Kids
Problems

It’s been eight whole years since Kansas emo types The Get-Up Kids graced us with an album. Problems is their new long-player, and they’ve had problems. From loss to loneliness their catharsis comes from massive, anthemic, sing-a-long choruses. You’ll aid their recovery more by joining in with them when you go and see ‘em live. On Big Scary Monsters.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Better Oblivion Community Center (Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst)
Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center might be a brand new name but the betting is that you'll know the people involved. Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst are both well known solo artists in their own right but here they work together on an album conceived and recorded in the hot L.A summer of 2018. Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is on it, John Congleton co-produces. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Snow Patrol
When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up

When It’s Over We Still Have To Clear Up. As much as it pains us to say it, Snow Patrol are correct. It appears that what is being cleared up here are the golden years of the Northern Irish group. A decade on from ‘Chasing Cars’ and eighteen years after the initial release of When It’s Over… the band are re-releasing their sophomore LP. It’s a perfectly clement collection of soft-rock, but the fact that you can picture a young Marcus Mumford lustily belting these tunes out in his university dormitory somewhat taints the experience. Comes with a couple of bonus tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Perfect Son
Cast

My mum tells me that I’m the Perfect Son, so I’m not really sure what this fella’s playing at. Get off my turf, Perfect Son! Anyway, the artist born Tobiasz Biliński and known for a few years as Coldair has come out swinging on Cast, his first LP for Sub Pop. Cast is a record of brash, confident electro-pop of the Gary Numan/Depeche Mode school.
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Howe Gelb
Gathered

Former Giant Sand frontman Howe Gelb makes it a cool two-dozen solo albums with Gathered. On his latest LP we find Gelb doubling-down on that Tom Waits-inspired sound that has served him so well of late. We’re talking more The Heart Of Saturday Night than Mule Variations, by the way - crooners instead of howlers. Guests include M Ward, Anna Karina and the superbly-named Juan Panki.

Indoor Pets
Be Content

Most pets I suppose are indoors. Maybe rabbits, guinea pigs and horses would count as outdoor pets. And bees? Is a bee a suitable (predominantly) outdoor pet? Aaaanyway this is the debut record from this Kent power pop lot whose fuzzy infectious songs recall early Weezer and Ash and have already been grabbing ears on various 6 music playlists.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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 brand of dirty rock ‘n’ roll. William Carlos Whitten AKA Bill Whitten learned his trade in the gritty New York bands Grand Mal and St. Johnny. Mastered by Dave Fridmann. Cassette tape on I Heart Noise.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

I Was A King
Slow Century

I Was A King sang about him on their eponymous debut and now they’re recording album No. 5 with him. The him we refer to is Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub. Slow Century is the fifth album by Norwegian indie-rockers I Was A King. The band are influenced by greats such as Big Star, The Byrds and The Beatles and have worked with such luminaries as Robyn Hitchcock, Danielson and Sufjan Stevens. You know you want to give this a go don’tcha? LP and CD on Coastal Town Recordings.

Foals
Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1

Oxford's second biggest band return with more stadium-sized teeth gnashing. It's part one of a two part extravaganza of new music that is said to be their most ambitious work yet with prog structures ambient interludes, the kitchen sink and lots of pontificating on the state of the world. You'll get this one first then once you've recovered, part 2 will follow later in the year.    
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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The Minus 5
Stroke Manor

My goodness what a backstory. This ain't no average the Minus 5 record. Turns out leader Scott McCaughey suffered a stroke which nearly killed him and wiped his entire musical history from his brain. But rather than wallow in misery he started his recovery by writing a new album. The results are as fragmentary and scattershot as you would imagine. Peter Buck (REM) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) helped him makes sense of it all. 
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arctic Monkeys
Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair

Thankfully Domino keep these Arctic Monkeys 7"s in print  - each a little essential part of their history. We were all worried about Arctic Monkeys at this stage thinking they'd lost their personas and gone down a Queens of the Stone Age-produced vacuum but with the benefit of hindsight and that they got out the other side it seems somewhat clearer what they were doing. Features non LP B side I.D.S.T. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Old Time Relijun
See Now and Know

It has been some time (seriously, a decade), but Arrington de Dionyso’s group Old Time Relijun is back in action, recording a speedy new album that weirds its way through seven tracks in 23 minutes. Sheer feeling and wild personality pushes through this groovy gnarly mix. See Now and Know is released on K Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SASAMI
SASAMI

Debut album from SASAMI, the very exciting Los Angeles based indie rock songwriter. Written partly while on tour with Cherry Glazer, SASAMI's song are a painful but necessary look inward that everyone can learn from. Melodic but restrained, and with instrumentation that can veer between the more dreamy and the more rocky. On Domino. 

Flight of The Conchords
Live in London

The Flight Of The Conchords TV series finished its run way back in 2009 - that was 10 whole years ago. Since then Brett McKenzie has become an Oscar-winning songwriter and Jermaine Clement has been adding his voice to films such as Despicable Me, Moana, and The Lego Batman Movie.  The duo reunited to tour the UK in 2018. Their London show was recorded for an HBO TV special, and now it’s available on LP, CD and Cassette via Sub Pop. Includes two bonus tracks that were not included on the TV special.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kristin Hersh
Crooked

Reissue of the eighth LP from Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh here. Crooked is a set of moody, brooding ballads that coalesce around Hersh’s stoic lyricism. Her husky alto adds real gravity to these already heavy tunes. As such, Crooked is an LP in the best Americana tradition, up there with Mark Lanegan and Wilco.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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 Music On Vinyl.

Mansionair
Shadowboxer

Coming to the B-list of a commercial radio station near you! Shadowboxer is the debut album of Sydney based stadium-indie rock band Mansionair. Incredibly slick songs with huge catchy choruses and a looming atmosphere made of whooshing synths. Ideal music to drive home or cook a nice dinner for you and your family to.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Weezer
Invasion Of Privacy (The Black Album)

It had to happen at some point. Yes, after Red, Green, Blue and the rest, we now have Weezer’s Black Album. Technically this thing is called Invasion Of Privacy but we can pretty much guarantee no-one will be referring to it thus five years from now. This LP has been produced by Dave Sitek and sees the band going for that sort of nerdy white-boy funk thing that has been tried by everyone from Nickleback to Jack Penate over the past few years. We could have seen that coming too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TEEN
Good Fruit

Good Fruit is the fourth album by TEEN. The band have trimmed down to a core three-piece of sisters Teeny, Lizzie and Katherine Lieberson for the release, with Boshra AlSaadi contributing to songs before leaving to pursue a solo career. It’s a harmony and hook-laden synthpop album that deals with loss, specifically the death of the sisters’ father, capitalism and womanhood. Limited coloured vinyl and CD on Car Park.

The Icicle Works
5 Albums

It's easy to forget how popular the Icicle Works once were. They were a band who took the power of post-punk and blended it with classic '60s inspired songwriting but added a stadium-leaning sheen which made you want to pump your fist in the air but avoided the cliches and bluster of the likes of U2. They scored lots of hits such as Love Is a Wonderful Colour and Hollow Horse and this box set gives you the opportunity to own their first five albums on one big box set. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Maximo Park
As Long As We Keep Moving

Maximo Park are still going strong, still wearing the hat, and still nailing it live. As Long As We Keep Moving is a live document, recorded at Vada Studios, with an array of the band’s finest tunes from across their career represented, with all the extra energy of a Maximo Park performance. On Cooking Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dr. Dog
Critical

Dr. Dog released their latest album, Critical Equation, last year. They also began to tour. Then they took a break from touring. To celebrate the tour getting back up and running they’ve found two tracks from the Critical Equation sessions that never made it on to the album. Can She Dance and Can’t Catch Me make up the Critical 7”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Adorable
Footnotes - Best Of (92-94)

We'll all remember when we woke up on February 7th 2019 (or 2008 when it was originally released) to the news that there was a best of Adorable out. It's got all the classics including 'Sunshine Smile' plus loads of B sides, hard to find rarities and even an unreleased edit of a track off their debut album. That not enough for you? Well there's liner notes from all four band members plus photos and things from their personal archives. We are truly blessed.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wyldest
Dream Chaos

Wyldest are an English/Estonian band who have enjoyed critical success following a couple of EPs in 2018. Here we have their debut LP, Dream Chaos. It mixes dream pop, shoegaze and certain ethereal qualities that make you want to reach for comparisons to Slowdive, Warpaint and Cocteau Twins. LP and CD on Hand In Hive.

Sundara Karma
Ulfilas' Alphabet

Reading hipsters Sundara Karma attempt to transition from buzz band to in-it-for-the-long-haul band with sophomore LP Ulfilas’ Alphabet. The nuts and bolts of this shift are that they’ve done a Tame Impala and beefed up their arena-indie sound with some disco and that. Single ‘One Last Night On This Earth’ sounds a bit like ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ by Kiss.
  • Label(s):
  • RCA

Hot Water Music
Caution

Hot Water Music’s sound is one of gruff force, but it’s a force rich with melody. The band are going to be celebrating 25 years together next year with a world tour and reissue campaign. 2002’s ‘Caution’ is one of three LP’s being re-released by the label Epitaph, a 13-track LP of tune-driven punk rock.  

FEWS
Into Red

The hotly-tipped FEWS return with their sophomore LP. Much like their buzz-building 2016 debut Means, Into Red contains a string of powerful post-punk tracks that also draw plenty of influence from noise-rock. Motorik grooves backbone tracks such as ‘Business Man’. It all adds up to something not dissimilar to Iceage.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Coldharbourstores
Vesta

Coldharbourstores have succeeded in making an album in a shorter time than fourteen years! Hot on the heels of 2017’s Wilderness is 2019’s Vesta, which was produced by Graham Sutton. Vesta has that classic gorgeous bright sound, somehow ambient and exciting all at once. Coldharbourstores’ third album is released on the Enraptured label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Du Blonde
Lung Bread For Daddy

Du Blonde is the alter ego of Beth Jeans Houghton, whose first album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (2012) was released under her own name with the backing band The Hooves Of Destiny. Since then she has made one previous album under the Du Blonde moniker, Welcome Back To Milk (2015). Her new album, Lung Bread For Daddy sees her taking from both previous albums, mixing proto-punk, psych rock and ‘70s songwriter styles. Lyrically she is unflinching in her catharsis with themes of loneliness, anxiety and the problems arising from living in too many different places. LP and CD on Moshi Moshi.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Lemon Twigs
Brothers of Destruction

We got into a few arguments with customers about this lot. You love 'em, we find them intensely annoying. Anyway we're in the minority as they are doing pretty well for themselves with their brand of showmanship, music hall and proggy pop. This features an extra six tracks that weren't released on the recent 'Do Hollywood' so like 'em or loathe them you can't complain you are not getting value for money.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Death From Above 1979
Heads Up Demos

Heads Up Demos, by Canadian elephant-nosed bass and drum duo Death From Above 1979, contains demo versions (believe it or not) of songs from their very first EP which was called Heads Up (believe it or not). It is released on 7” through Third Man Records. The cover comes in three different colours which are distributed at random, so don’t pin yr hopes on getting the lovely green one pictured.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Big Gold Dreams: A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

They make good box sets down at Cherry Red Records, and their latest is another feather in the cap. Big Gold Dreams focuses on the Scottish post-punk explosion of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This means that there are tonnes of your favourite bands on here - The Jesus And Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, you know how it goes. Big Gold Dreams also features informative essays and band histories in its accompanying 70-page booklet.

Cellar Doors
Cellar Doors

Cellar Doors are a band from San Francisco, but they have connections closer to home as they are managed by Stephen Holt of Inspiral Carpets. Their music is rooted in psychedelia with elements of indie rock and post-punk. All-in-all, a melodic, powerful and danceable proposition, I reckon. Their eponymous debut is released on LP and CD via Hear Here.

Drenge
Strange Creatures

The Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party’s favourite band return with their third LP and first full-length since 2015’s Undertow. Strange Creatures is a ten-track affair that sees Drenge’s muscular brand of hardcore indie-rock refigured for the night-time. Not in a they’ve-gone-disco sense - in the eerie, uncanny, nocturnal sense.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG

Feels
Post Earth

Feels make equal amounts of noise and melody. Post Earth is the L.A. four piece’s follow-up to their self-titled debut, released through Castle Face, which was produced by none other than Ty Segall. Here, they switch labels to Wichita and soak up influences from The Breeders to Warpaint to Queens Of The Stone age.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pom Poko
Birthday

Norwegian group Pom Poko drop their debut LP on Bella Union. The group cite a pretty mixed bag of influences - Death Grips and Ali Farka Toure are both name-checked in the press release for Birthday, but unfortunately so are Vulfpeck, so this could really go either way. As it is they don’t really sound like any of that lot - groups like Deerhoof and The Mae Shi spring to mind as Pom Poko power through a collection of zany power-pop-punk numbers.

Major Murphy
Lafayette EP

A selection of bedroom recordings made by Major Murphy while they were still figuring what exactly Major Murphy was going to be. The Lafayette EP, named for the house which contained said bedroom, shows a more gentle and less assured side of the band. A fascinating document for anyone who enjoyed their debut No. 1. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock