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The Black Angels
Clear Lake Forest

Previously only available on limited 10" for RSD, features 7 entirely new tracks.  It follows their album Indigo Meadow (2013) where once again The Black Angels proved themselves the undisputed avatars of contemporary psychedelic rock. “Imagine tossing bands from the pantheon of American psychedelia like The Electric Prunes, Count Five, 13th Floor Elevators and The Seeds into your blender, adding a splash of Sabbath and a dollop of early Soundgarden or Mudhoney, and you’ve got Austin’s The Black Angels.” - Associated Press.

Vehicle Blues
Vehicle Blues

Box Bedroom Rebels follow their release of shiny, twilit melancholia by WELFARE with something really rather different. Vehicle Blues bring us their full-on Lo Fi attack with their self-titled 8-track EP -- more like an LP-length release when you factor in the 12-track download arrives with the record. Complete with woozy shoegaze atmospheres and noisy, reverb-drenched haze. Here comes the fuzz. Complete with usual bits and pieces; envelope, confetti, stickers -- you know the drill.

Ethers
Ethers

Ethers are a supergroup. Well, to those who are au fait with the Chicago indie rock scene they are, anyway. They are made up from members of Radar Eyes, Heavy Times and Outer Minds. Their brand of mid-fi, hook-heavy indie recalls band such as Royal Headache, Reigning Sound and The Feelies. LP and CD on Trouble In Mind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
C89

C89 is a celebration of indie bands from the late ‘80s, generously spread over 3 CDs. Bands who made records on small labels without much money, and not much hope of hitting the big time. Following on from the NME’s classic C86 compilation and further unofficial sequels C87 and C88, C89 gave early exposure to bands such as Carter USM, The Family Cat, The Milltown Brothers and The Telescopes whilst further enhancing the reputations of bands that had appeared previously in the series such as The Stone Roses, The Bridewell Taxis, The Pooh Sticks, The Pop Guns and bands who recorded for the now legendary Sarah Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
With Animals

Mark Lanegan - former Screaming Tree, part-time Queen of the Stone Age - teams up with his old chum Duke Garwood for their second LP in a half-decade (though they’ve worked on some stuff together in between). Lanegan’s vocal performance on With Animals is rote at this point - if you’ve liked his rich baritone in the past (and most people have) then you’ll like it here too - but the music is some of the most interesting he’s been involved with in a while. Full of smoky organs and gently pattering electronic drums, this record is reminiscent of when Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds did a stylistic 180 on Push The Sky Away.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Anna Calvi
Hunter

Why is she so wet? What has she been doing? Anyway for this third album for Domino Anna Calvi has made a visceral and truthful record that explores those very 2018 themes of sexuality and gender identity resulting in her most raw and primal record to date. Recorded by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) and featuring Adrian Utley (Portishead) Calvi has made what is sure to be a thought provoking and passionate work. 

OHMME
Parts

Experimental but in the fun way indie rock from Chicago duo OHMEE. As both Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart are classically trained pianists they decided to leave the keys behind for Parts and focus on the humble guitar to constrain themselves into making something interesting. Best here though is the pair's constant vocal harmonising, allowing the different qualities of their voices to play off each other.

Sons Of Raphael
A Nation Of Bloodsuckers

The first ever EP from Sons Of Raphael, the London duo who are not only sons, but also brothers. A Nation Of Bloodsuckers contains four tracks, and if you can look past the come-on-then-mate swagger of the cover artwork, you might find a lot to enjoy in the shoegaze-tinged widescreen indie-pop within.

Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine

Ahh these minstrels will soothe my jangled nerves. Big Red Machine is a collaborative record between Bon Iver Sadboy 2.0 Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, songwriter and guitarist in The National. Dessner seems to be at the desk on this one, while Vernon's doubling down on his 808s And Heartbreaks-in-a-forest thing. It won’t come as a surprise for us to tell you that Big Red Machine’s self-titled debut LP is the most earnest album ever made.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jeff Buckley
Grace

Despite a number of archival and live albums, Grace was the only full studio album released by Jeff Buckley. Still, high points of the singer-songwriter's celebrated but tragically short career - 'Last Goodbye', 'Hallelujah', 'Lover, You Should Have Come Over' - were part of the collection, and deservedly so.

Skunk Anansie
Paranoid & Sunburnt

Finally, after a wait of a few years we have a new repress of Skunk Anansie's scorching debut album, Paranoid & Sunburnt. Their sound was truly multi-racial and (unusually for the times and the height of Britpop) politically-charged. A heavy sound influenced by classic British metal (Sabbath) and sweaty, grimy funk (Sly Stone et al), the band thrust the corruscating and provocative Skin into a ready spotlight. And songs like "Selling Jesus" were the perfect showcase for that thrillingly powerful voice. On One Little Indian records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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 has you imagining brutal metal breakdowns or claustrophobic industrialism, then fear not! For in this instance it’s actually quite a wry choice. The tunes here are more Bat For Lashes than Cancer Bats, albeit with a bit of that quirky Brooklynite flavour that is all the rage these days. Available as CD, LP and tape.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pete Spiby
Failed Magician

Guitarist Pete Spiby, formerly of alt. rock bands Black Spiders, Groop Dogdrill and Future Ex-Wife thought his career was over after an operation on his hand meant he could no longer play. Black Spiders tried a few farewell shows and Spiby realised he could play without pain. He had to get back to doing the only thing he knew how to do - rock. Failed Magician is his debut solo album. LP and CD on Be Lucky.

The Kooks
Let’s Go Sunshine

Still being deafened from the roars of the crowds reverberating in their ears from their last arena jaunt, the Kooks return with a bold album inspired by British life, break up and recovery and lost innocence. They've already had one billion streams on various platforms and by my calculations that should result in about 76 album sales.  

Tony Molina
Kill The Lights

I just can't believe they are marketing this as an album. It's over by the time you've blown your nose but on the plus side the music is absolutely brilliant. Tony Molina writes perfect mini-jangle pop things that sound like a pint-sized Teenage Fanclub or the Byrds. Opener “Nothing I Can Say” is so good but I'd be happy if it was three times it's length. I suppose that's what the repeat button is for. 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Wrong Creatures

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club remain firmly committed to the leather-clad rock’n’roll sonic lifestyle, standing up for their chosen ways. They have a new album, titled Wrong Creatures, that is positively overflowing with garage guitar riffs, oily basslines and raw vocal hollerings. Roll up roll up, BRMC fans. Wrong Creatures is released by Abstract Dragon.

R.E.M.
MTV Unplugged 2001

R.E.M. stepped up to perform on MTV Unplugged twice: once in 1991, coinciding with the release of their first alt country record 'Out of Time', and again ten years later, around the time of 'Reveal'. These two performances show a stripped back, completely acoustic incarnation of an alt rock band that was often murky with their guitars and full of fuzz. The 2001 performance, now available on its very own vinyl release, includes performances of many a classic, including "Losing My Religion", as well as performances of old tracks that rarely got this kind of soft rock treatment -- "So. Central Rain" is given a particularly new vibe. Michael Stipe refers to a handful of his songs as "beautiful" and "real good", the ever modest rock star that he is.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Telescopes
Stone Tape

6 more tracks of distorted noise and out there shoegaze from Stephen Lawrie's now pretty legendary thirty year old project. This time it's a bunch of racket and improvisation exploring 'Stone Tape Theory whereby inanimate objects can absorb energy from living beings. 'Scuse me while I go shout at my sausages.  

Courtney Barnett
City Looks Pretty / Sunday Roast

City Looks Pretty/Sunday Roast by Courtney Barnett is a special release for Record Store Day. The limited edition 12” features two tracks from her second album Tell Me How You Really Feel. The record perfectly displays the two sides of Courtney Barnett - upbeat and quirky vs reflective. On Marathon Artists.
  • Vinyl 12" (MA0124)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Even As We Speak, Boyracer, Action Painting!, Secret Shine
Four Band Compilation (Ex-Sarah Records Bands)

Just in time for the Sarah Records package tour of summer 2018 is this four band compilation featuring all the bands involved in the live extravaganza. Boyracer, Even As We Speak, Action Painting and Secret Shine all contribute a couple of new or unreleased tracks each. Now 'scuse me while I find my anorak.   

SWANS
Soundtracks For The Blind

Soundtracks For The Blind was the final Swans album before their break up in 1996 and when the band reformed in 2010 this was the one Michael Gira referred to in order to push the band forward. Already a sprawling varied epic of an album, this reissue has been expanded to include the rare German language EP Die Tür Ist Zu (CD only alas), as well as some lavish packaging treats. 3CD and 4LP editions on Mute.

Her's
Invitation To Her's

Barrow/Norway hook ups Her's have aligned themselves with a never ending cycle of album titles. 'Invitation to Her's' follows the compilation 'Songs of Her's' and we predict the next one with be 'Thrown out of Her's' or 'The Police Were Round at Her's' or later their Go-Betweens covers album 'Her's Handwriting'. Aaaaaanyway this is tipped to be one of the biggest indie debut's this world has ever seen. 

Pale Waves
My Mind Makes Noises

Their minds may make noises, but it’s the ones they get out of their instruments that we’re more concerned with over at Norman Towers. Pale Waves is the band. My Mind Makes Noises is the LP - their first LP in fact. It contains some already-massive songs (‘There’s A Honey’, ‘Television Romance’) as well as some soon-to-be-massive songs (‘Eighteen’, ‘Black’). The group would say it sounds like the Cocteau Twins, The Jesus & Mary Chain, maybe even Madonna if they were feeling particularly flush that day.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Felt
The Seventeenth Century

Would it be daft to say that Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death is my favourite Felt album? It probably isn't but it is such a unique and unusual thing that it rises to the top when I think of their best work despite it's meagre contents and throwaway nature. Now retitled The Seventeenth Century, this all instrumental album is now available again as part of Cherry Red's re-issue programme of this fabulous band. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Lemon Twigs
Go To School

The Lemon Twigs debut album Do Hollywood was loved by Norman customers despite what the staff thought, so you’d probably like to know about it’s follow-up, huh? Go To School is a concept album telling the life story of a chimp called Shane whose dad just happens to be Todd Rundgren. Jody Stephens from Big Star and Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood make guest appearances. 2LP and CD on 4AD.
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  • 4AD

Alabama 3
Hits and Exit Wounds

Come on Norman Records™ customer, sing it! (8) Well, you woke up this morning Got yourself a One Little Indian reissue of Alabama 3’s 2008 compilation Hits and Exit Wounds Your mama always said you'd be the chosen one (8)   There’s all sorts here. The Sopranos’ theme is on it, of course, as are a fair few other choice morsels from down the years. But there are also hidden gems that make Hits and Exit Wounds worth a cop for even a seasoned A3 fan - an Orbital remix of ‘Ska’d For Life’, for instance. Altogether now!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Green River
Come On Down

Green River’s Come On Down is a piece of history, being one of the first ever releases on the noted Grunge Records label. Released in 1985, this record features two of the guys from Mudhoney and two Pearl Jam lads, making it crucial listening for fans of either band, as well as a top slice of early sludgy alternative rock music. Now reissued by the Jackpot label, with a bonus track to boot.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Out Lines
Conflats

Out Lines is a new band from Kathryn Joseph, James Graham of The Twilight Sad, and producer Marcus Mackay. Their debut Conflats has grown out of conversations with service users of Glasgow community space Platform, giving it a hard-won human weight. These stories are accompanied by dark electronic indie-folk. On Rock Action.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mogwai
Every Country's Sun

There’s not many things in life you can rely upon like Mogwai. Perhaps a really reliable plumber is the best comparison I can make. There they are year in year out to service all your post rock needs and come up with the odd chucklesome song title (check the press release for this year’s entry). This is their 9th album and was recorded in New York with Dave Fridmann. It contains in 56 minutes of their signature sound of post rock elegance and euphoric noise-scapes. Big box set too with demos and all sorts. 

John Parish
Bird Dog Dante

Where does John Parish find time to record his own album? Last year saw him tour with longtime collaborator PJ Harvey and produce high quality albums for This Is The Kit, Aldous Harding and Jenny Hval. His own album, Bird Dog Dante includes duets with PJ Harvey and Aldous Harding. LP pressed on virgin vinyl and CD on Thrill Jockey.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Thee Oh Sees
An Odd Entrances

Thee Oh Sees take a slight break from their constant forward motion by adding something to a previous release: An Odd Entrances is to be considered as a sister album to A Weird Exits. Dwyer and co here explore the flipside to their usual frantic garage thrashings, with a set of calmer tracks full of cellos and flutes. Gorgeous as ever of course. On Castle Face, naturally.

Skunk Anansie
Stoosh

Skunk Anansie’s sophomore LP is re-pressed for the first time in a while courtesy of One Little Indian. Not many bands cite Skin et al as an influence any more, but S A's heavy hybrid of funk, metal, post-punk and hard rock was simultaneously ahead of the curve and very much of its time. Stoosh - containing some of their biggest tunes in ‘Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good)’ and ‘Brazen (Weep)’ - still stands up as one of the group’s most potent statements.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Man Half Biscuit
No-one cares about your creative hub so get your fuckin’ hedge cut

Well that wins album title of the year already. Now that the Fall are no longer around I'd hazard a guess that Half Man Half Biscuit are one of the few Northern English indie cults we can hang onto in these grim days. As always we just have song titles to go on at this stage but it's pretty much worth the admission price alone for examples such as 'Swerving The Checkatrade.' 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Giant Sand
Returns To Valley Of Rain

Giant Sand’s debut album,Valley Of Rain was originally released in 1985, although it was recorded some two years earlier. The band had started to play the songs on tour again, which made them think re-recording the album would be a good idea. They got the original line-up back together, augmented by two newer members and some proper equipment. 

Patti Smith
Outside Society

Patti Smith was quite the thing when she appeared in 1975 with 'Horses'. The album Michael Stipe said "tore my limbs off and re-arranged them in a different order". It's hard now to appreciate how different and unique she was at that time of hoary old rockers. Now you can view her entire career through a new lens as this retrospective collects the best bits of her work in chronological order.  

Thee Oh Sees
Fortress

Thee Oh Sees really love ‘Fortress’ imagery don’t they? I’m sure this is the 3rd or 4th release associated with fortresses, always suggesting that John Dwyer’s garage-punk heroes are mounting a dramatic adventure. Lovely. The Fortress single is a stand-alone release recorded in the same sessions as the recent Mutilator album, plus a live cut on the flip! 7” on Castle Face.

Salvia Palth
Melanchole

Salvia Plath’s 2013 record Melanchole gets a vinyl pressing courtesy of Danger Collective (Boys Age, Current Joys). While the musical landscape has changed considerably in the intervening years many of the current crop of indie lo-fi-ers/bedroom popsters owe a debt to Melanchole. Snail Mail, Waxahatchee and even Black Metal era Dean Blunt could conceivably have cottoned on to Salvia Plath’s brand of abstracted shoegaze.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Oh Sees
Smote Reverser

Seemingly incapable of stopping making music for one second, this is Oh Sees 6th album in the last three years if you include Thee Oh Sees and OCS in that tally. Yet Dwyer keeps pushing forward with his double drum line up with all kinds of alumni making guest appearances. Expect more scorching psych but this time with a heavy prog vibe (see sleeve).   

Slaves
Acts of Fear and Love

It’s 2030 and Britain is hosting the centenary edition of the Fifa World Cup™. A decade on from Brexit, the UK has torn off the shackles of European control to become the richest and most powerful country in the whole world, and Prime Minister Johnson is keen to rub it in the faces of all those naysayers who thought we couldn’t do it. For the opening ceremony, he takes to the Wembley stage with a hologram of Sepp Blatter and a portly, middle-aged Wayne Rooney. The trio shake hands, release a flurry of doves painted the colours of the Union Jack, and introduce the musical entertainment. Rooney wanted the Stereophonics, but the ever-tactful Johnson has plumped for recent Glastonbury headliners Slaves. The greying ‘punks’, lightly pinking in the London sun, run through a short salvo of ‘Vindaloo’, ‘Ooooooh Naughty!’ (the new single that will feature on their upcoming greatest hits compilation) and a couple from their truckload-selling third LP Acts Of Fear And Love. A global audience of over one billion bloody love it, you mug.

Our Girl
Stranger Today

Our Girl are a Brighton / London three-piece indie-fuzz proposition, and Stranger Today is their debut album, drawing together everything they’ve worked on up to this point with the help of Bill Ryder-Jones, who transcended the role of mere producer on this one. We’ve got Stranger Today in a comprehensive array of formats: would you like CD, double CD, LP, double LP with signed print, or cassette? Tuck in. All from Cannibal Hymns.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jealous Of The Birds
The Moths Of What I Want Will Eat Me In My Sleep

Jealous Of The Birds - which to all intents and purposes is the solo project of Belfast singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton - drops an EP of new material and re-recorded takes from her 2016 LP Parma Violets. ‘Plastic Skeletons’, the sole original on The Moths Of What I Want Will Eat Me In My Sleep (what a mouthful), has a nice Placebo/Smashing Pumpkins thing going on. This one’s out on the still-wet-behind-the-ears Hand In Hive label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Man Half Biscuit
Dickie Davies Eyes

Second single from Birkenhead sardonic surrealists Half Man Half Biscuit. Released in 1986, the single reached number one in the indie charts and was championed by the late great John Peel. More recently, the band have been named by Andy Kershaw as 'England's greatest folk band'. This 12" vinyl version also features 'The Bastard Son Of Dean Friedman' and 'I Left My Heart In Papworth'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tim Burgess
As I Was Now

Who would you recruit if you were putting a band together? Me I'd go for Phil Collins (drums), Nick Beggs (bass), Robert Fripp (guitar), Viv Savage (keys) and Elton John (triangle). Tim Burgess went for some lesser names because these were the names he'd already recruited for his band to play on his latest album. Sadly due to our Twitter spat I wasn't considered but little does he know I play a mean cor anglais. His loss. Anyway this was apparently recorded in 2008 which I find hard to believe as Ladyhawke is on it and she was surely about ten at the time.  

Cullen Omori
The Diet

Chicago-born Cullen Omori went through a series of hardships following his debut album, New Misery. There’s always a silver cloud, however, and he was able to pour all of this into the making of his second album, The Diet. He mixes ‘70s art rock with the deftness of a top songsmith and his own specifically adapted guitar set-up to create an album of original, modern indie rock. Limited edition opaque purple coloured vinyl, black vinyl, CD and cassette on Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pere Ubu
Worlds In Collision

Following a seven year break, avant-garde Ohio rockers, Pere Ubu signed to major label, Fontana for a three album run. Worlds In Collision was the second of that bunch and was originally released in 1991. For this album, legendary keyboard player Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart, The Residents) joined the band. LP and CD on Fire.

Average Sex
Melodie EP

Hell yeah bilingual rock music! Average Sex are a London based five-piece whose songs are sung in French and English. On Melodie EP, their second, they rock hard and melodious. Their riffs are as catchy as their choruses, and all four songs have energy in spades. Released and produced by perpetual indie lad Tim Burgess. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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 for lead track 'Gold Rush' but that's as interesting as it all gets. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Traps PS
New Chants

Sometimes press releases can actually muddle things up for a rather than simplify them. What do you mean when you say the band is ‘questing for an expression not yet known’, or 'matriculating the madrigals of mayhem'? Why have you spent a paragraph comparing said artist to Johnny Major-Shakin’-Bacon? Who even is that? Anyway, kudos to whoever wrote the spiel for New Chants by Traps PS. Within the first paragraph they compare the LA trio to The Minutemen and Gang Of Four, and they close out by talking about Wire, and that’s the whole thing sewn up right there. If only more of them were like this.

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'.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Phosphorescent
Live At The Music Hall

Taking inspiration from Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain, Matthew Houck decided for the live Phosphorescent album, rather than churn out a "greatest hits live" collection that he would show the songs in a new light, demonstrating how his songs have an amorphous quality,and how they have been able to develop since their original recorded versions. The song selection spans the 10 year career of Phosphorescent and includes songs from all four albums. Live At The Music Hall is available on triple vinyl LP and double CD.

Wolf Parade
Cry Cry Cry

This first album in seven years from these reconvened indie rockers showcases their energetic brew of glam prog and synth rock with their signature rousing choruses and chaotic arrangements firmly in place. The years off seem to have given them a new lease of life resulting in an uplifting blast for uncertain times. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Afghan Whigs
In Spades

Greg Dulli’s veteran alt-rock outfit The Afghan Whigs have a brand new album to share with the world! In Spades offers up a fresh angle on the much-loved soulful hard’n’punky Whigs sound, with even a bit of brass sneaking into the mix. The record is available on CD, LP and cassette while stocks last. Courtesy of Sub Pop.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TAD
8-Way Santa

Gnarly 90’s alt-rock / grunge band TAD are, it has been decided, due a reappraisal and reissue campaign. So Sub Pop have stepped up to the mark! 8-Way Santa, produced by Bruce Vig, was released in 1991, prime time for grunge. Both CD and LP editions are rounded out with some bonus tracks, taken from a 7”, an EP and some demos.
  • Artist(s):
  • Tad
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TAD
Salt Lick

Gnarly 90’s alt-rock / grunge band TAD are, it has been decided, due a reappraisal and reissue campaign. So Sub Pop have stepped up to the mark! The Steve Albini-recorded EP Salt Lick is a big ugly noisy thing, and this reissue of it includes a bundle of bonuses from singles and EPs. Available on CD or on two different kinds of vinyl.
  • Artist(s):
  • Tad
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TAD
God's Balls

Gnarly 90’s alt-rock / grunge band TAD are, it has been decided, due a reappraisal and reissue campaign. So Sub Pop have stepped up to the mark! God’s Balls is TAD’s debut album, and it seethes with chugging weight. Both CD and LP editions are rounded out with some bonus tracks, some of which haven’t previously been released!
  • Artist(s):
  • Tad
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Soundgarden
Ultramega OK (Expanded)

What more needs to be said about Soundgarden’s Ultramega OK? The grunge rockers debut blended elements of psychedelic rock, heavy metal and hardcore, with the raw, rough edges of the first explosion of grunge in Seattle. Sub Pop bring this incredible record back with a heavily expanded edition available on a range of formats.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
The Hot Rock

Sleater-Kinney's fourth record kept up their knack for iconic artwork, with that classic picture of the dejected-looking band of punks hailing a cab. Other than that, though, it continued their conscious detachment from punk rock as an art-form, the band transitioning into a more indie rock sound with intricate guitar duelling and personal lyricism. They still tear shit up, though.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
Sleater-Kinney

It's the very first Sleater-Kinney record, and it's called 'Sleater-Kinney'. In their earliest inception, the band were nothing but punk rock abandon, creating sharp songs anywhere between one minute and three. This record cuts off at an abrupt twenty-two minutes, with tracks reminiscent of both the peak years of grunge and straight-up hardcore punk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
No Cities To Love

They called Carrie Brownstein home from Portlandia; they politely asked Corin Tucker to stop making her quite excellent solo albums; they pointed out that the Shins aren't cool to Janet Weiss. Sleater-Kinney, one of the most important punk rock bands of the modern era, are back, and No Cities To Love is their new document. It's been ten years. We made it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
Dig Me Out

This is not the Kinks. As evident in the artwork, Sleater-Kinney's third record, 'Dig Me Out', takes its influence less from the raucous underbelly of punk rock and more from the traditions of rock 'n' roll. That said, it's still what you'd call punk rock: full of the same fury and lyrical bite, but with "woah oh oh!"s and pop hooks. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
Call The Doctor

The all guitars, no bass 'Call The Doctor' saw Sleater-Kinney only two records into their career, at their most political -- the political is of course the personal, as we know, and these songs were inspired by Corin Tucker's experience in a commercial and typically dead-end job. 'Call The Doctor' continues to have Sleater-Kinney's fuck-it punk rock abandon, made before 'Dig Me Out' came along and paid tribute to rock 'n' roll.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
All Hands On The Bad One

The strikingly political punks and part-time indie rockers of Sleater-Kinney wrote songs about crumbling ideals, feminism and corrupt American infrastructures. 'All Hands On The Bad One' was their fifth record, boasting their sharpest melodies and most furious riffs, dabbling in pop exercises while remaining vitally furious.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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Queens Of The Stone Age
Villains

Josh Homme and his cohorts return from their latest trip in the desert with their follow up to 2013’s ...Like Clockwork. This time round bringing in Mark Ronson on producer duties. Bringing their sound into new territories whilst still being unmistakably Queens Of The Stone age, it’ll be catchy as hell and you know it. Comes in a wide variety of choices including and indepent only exclusive artwork version.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pissed Jeans
Why Love Now

Sludgy, punky noise-makers Pissed Jeans have been churning out their brand of gnarly rock for thirteen years now. On Why Love Now, their fifth album, they focus their lyrical wit on the more humdrum events of modern life such as office supply deliveries along with the more uncomfortable such as fetish webcams. Why Love now was produced by no wave legend Lydia Lunch along with Arthur Rizk from Eternal Champion and Goat Semen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

METZ
Strange Peace

A new record from probably North America's loudest band promises to be ear-shredding, particularly when recording genius/grump Steve Albini has allowed them into his lair. This live-to-tape recording tries to grasp the full racket of the band in the flesh, resulting in an accessible yet terrifying ride. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

METZ
II

Toronto grungers METZ return with their appropriately titled second album II. If 2012’s self titled release sounded like Nirvana’s Bleach then... well... so does this. Clattering drums and scrawling guitars aplenty. Out on limited ‘Loser’ edition vinyl LP, standard vinyl LP and CD from Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Loma
Loma

While touring together, Texans Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski (Cross Record) became chummy enough with Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater) to start a band; and so it was that Loma (which happens to mean ‘holiday’ in Finnish) came to be. If lead single ‘Black Willow’ represents the entire self-titled debut, we’re in for a fair whack of smokey, unhurried indie melancholy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

J Mascis
Tied to a Star

Dinosaur Junior frontman J Mascis opts for a laid back and acoustic feel with his new offering, featuring guest appearances from Cat Power among others. The prolific singer / guitarist's output has been particularly impressive over recent years, with his 2011 debut solo album 'Several Shades of Why' gaining critical acclaim, and more recently Dinosaur Junior's excellent 'I Bet on Sky'. Available on pink vinyl (exclusive to independent retailers) or just your usual black, complete with download code. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hot Snakes
Jericho Sirens

After fourteen whole years with no new Hot Snakes recordings, the drought is finally over! Hot Snakes got back in the studio to blast out some more of their righteous post-hardcore, with a line-up that now includes both of their notable past drummers. Jericho Sirens sounds precisely as rad as the cover image would suggest. Out on Sub Pop.

Deaf Wish
Pain

Noise is scattered through the songs of Deaf Wish. It wallows through their sighed grunge tunes and their no frills punk shitshows, feedback wailing as if it wants nothing more than to be part of a pop song for once. Pain reconciles the twin forces of melodious songwriting and nauseating dissonance, a blend that best explains how a band stretched across different continents would sound coming together. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chad VanGaalen
Light Information

Chad VanGaalen was of course the man who recorded those brilliant Women albums and also made the spectacular Diaper Island as well as a bunch of other excellent solo albums. Here he is with his first since 2014's Shrink Dust and has been inspired by bringing up his kids who even sing on one of the songs. Nice. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Avi Buffalo
At Best Cuckold

The lo-fi indie pop band, based around the songwriting of Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, are back with their second record, 'At Best Cuckold', a self-produced and homegrown record that carries on from their self-titled debut. 'At Best Cuckold' shows off warm, enveloping guitars and the sweet vocal of Zahner-Isenberg that recalls a good number of twee pop sweethearts -- he's got some harmonies backed behind him too. As you'd expect from an Avi Buffalo record, it's all very nice.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Passenger
Runaway

Tearjerking indie strummer Mike Rosenberg, stage name Passenger, is back with another probable chart-topper in Runaway, packed to the gills with yearning songs about love and heartbreak. The combination of pseudonym, title and cover art suggests a North American hitchhike gone a bit wrong, so let’s hope Mike makes it safely to the next town on foot.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wolfhounds
Hands In The Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions

Now active again releasing a couple of well received albums in the last few years, the Wolfhounds were a great 80s band who had one finger in C86 jangle and strum and another filthy finger in the noise rock of the likes of Sonic Youth. This album collects the band's three four song Peel Sessions on one LP showcasing the band at their most gritty and raw.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Miles Kane
Coup De Grace

Once again Miles Kane is out to prove that he can do a music without Alex Turner at his side. Coup De Grace is Kane’s first solo LP in five years, but it’s almost as if time has stood still since 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are went top ten. That is to say what we have here another bunch of Bond themes from Kane, some of which were co-written by Jamie T and Lana Del Rey. Imagine those three in a room together.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cordovas
That Santa Fe Channel

Hailing from Nashville, The Cordovas harmony-laden Americana sound melds the ‘70s folk-rock of California’s Laurel Canyon with the southern rock from the same era. If you like American Beauty-era Grateful Dead, Little Feat circa Dixie Chicken, or more recently, Dawes, then their second long-player, The Santa Fe Channel is for you. LP and CD on ATO Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Moldy Peaches
The Moldy Peaches

It’s The Moldy Peaches! The Moldy Peaches was naturally the group’s first and kinda only ‘proper’ album, with all the best of their idiosyncratic anti-folk early work rounded up into a wholesome package. Hilarious and charming and messy, you may well have already fallen in love with Kimya Dawson and Adam Green, or if not, jump right onto this reissue!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Editors
The Back Room

If in 2005 you wanted another band that sounded like Interpol then Editors were your go-to people. The British five piece mined the same area of gloom but were possibly even more Joy Division influenced than their American cousins. They had some great songs though and most of them are on this album including the rather great Munich which you'd swear was an outtake from Turn On the Bright lights. Not that that is a problem.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Editors
The End Has A Start

The End Has A Start is the sophomore LP from Joy Division revivalists Editors. After the underground success of 2005’s The Back Room, this is the record on which the Brummie band made a play for the big leagues. They put meat on the bones of their sinewy post-punk style with the anthemic tones of Echo & The Bunnymen and Bloc Party. It worked, too - The End Has A Start hit number 1 in the album chart and produced the top 10 single ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’. This new edition features a bonus track on the CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Coral
Move Through The Dawn

(8) Theeeeere sheeeee gooooooes, theeeere shee … Oh sorry, I always get The La’s and The Coral mixed up. It’s the latter who we’re concerning ourselves with here. The modern Merseybeaters are back with Move Through The Dawn, their ninth LP and second for Ignition Records (Primal Scream, The Courteeners). It features more of their signature jangle-pop fare, now with an added dash of psych-rock flare. Hey, that rhymes. Come to think of it, it might be one of their lyrics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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