Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Mark Lanegan
I'll Take Care of You

Of course he will...as long as you can cope with a little alcohol and being woken by the snuffling that is the preserve of the whiskey-soaked. This was Mark Lanegan's fourth solo LP and sees his gravel voice being deployed to grunt a selection of covers from the likes of Tim Hardin, Booker T Jones and Tim Rose. Lanegan makes them his own though so the sound and feel isn't altogether different to one of his albums of originals. 

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

Band of Horses
Cease To Begin

Cease to Begin was the second album from gorgeously dreamy USA lot Band of Horses. Their debut Everything All the Time had been a runaway success and Cease to Begin continued to solidify their likeable sound with a blend of country rock, psychedelia led by the keening voice of Ben Bridwell. Listen if you like Fleet Foxes, Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips.  
  • 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

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

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

DRINKS
Hippo Lite

Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley reunite as DRINKS for the project’s sophomore LP. Le Bon and Presley have always been the sort of friendly weirdos you could take home and show off to your mum, and Hippo Lite captures their playful sides. Singles like ‘Real Outside’ promise an album of weirdly beguiling music-box pop ala Micachu and the Shapes. Out on 4/20.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mothers
Render Another Ugly Method

Mothers attempt to carry the acclaim that came the way of their debut LP When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired over to the sophomore. Render Another Ugly Method is another collection of erudite, unusual indie that frequently changes gear and turns into full-on noise-rock. Imagine Ought and St. Vincent and Hella and it’s kind of that. Good record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

GØGGS
Pre Strike Sweep

Pre Strike Sweep is nothing to do with Giggs and very much to do with Ty Segall. The uncouthly prolific fuzz-rocker plays back-up in GØGGS, noodling away on his axe while Ex-Cult bloke Chris Shaw deals with the yipping and yelping. Tunes like the title track do a good job of melding Ex-Cult’s hardcore thrash with Segall’s brand of psych-y garage-rock.

The Psychedelic Furs
Talk Talk Talk

Time to get some of those old Psychedelic Furs records out in the world again. Talk Talk Talk, dating from 1981, was a very popular record at the time, and the brash alt-rock sound shows us why: perfectly primed for college radio!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

William Patrick Corgan (aka Billy Corgan)
Ogilala

William Patrick Corgan is indeed the same Billy Corgan who fronted both Zwan and the Smashing Pumpkins and like a lot of fellow musicians has spent much of his later years having Twitter spats.  This first album under his full moniker was recorded by Rick Rubin and is said to be his most intimate body of work yet.  
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  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mellah
Middle England

Interesting sleeve but for God's sake kids do not do this at home. You'll suffocate. Mellah are do intense indie guitar vocal says the press release and they are produced by Arctic Monkeys production wizard James Ford so this is big league. And it's on Columbia Records of the United States of America.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The National
The National

Before Trouble Will Find Me, before High Violet, before Boxer - hell, even before flipping Alligator - The National were just one of many NYC bands jostling for attention in the fallow years between Sonic Youth’s early successes and the coming of The Strokes. The band’s eponymous LP was released in the same year as Is This It, but as we all know Dessner, Berninger et al would have to wait a few years for their turn. That’s no comment on the quality of this, their debut full-length - the blend of alt-country, Americana and indie-rock here laid the foundations for the group's later successes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spider Bags
Someday Everything Will Be Fine

Nice sleeve, nicely raucous garagey rock and roll but.... Spider Bags? Spider. Bags. Anyway the Bags have gone back to basics by using a vintage Tascam machine to record this second album giving the record a better punch to it leading the band to make a record that makes you think about all the worlds problems in so much as 'ah fuck it, let's rock, let's roll'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rat The Magnificent
The Body As Pleasure

Rat The Magnificent make a big old racket on their debut LP The Body As Pleasure. The London power-rock trio pitch these ten tracks somewhere between McLusky, Girl Band and early Biffy Clyro, delivering ferocious blast of sound after ferocious blast of sound. Singer Perry Anderson’s vocals bring to mind Thom Yorke at his most fried.

The Flaming Lips
Greatest Hits Vol. 1

I remember sitting by my radio cassette player one Sunday evening in 1986 with my finger poised to hit play and record simultaneously to record The Flaming Lips No.3 hit, Jesus Shooting Heroin. This is all lies of course. The Flaming Lips haven’t had any real chart hits as such, but they are releasing Greatest Hits Vol. 1 which is a sprawling 52 track 3 CD collection containing some of their best-loved songs and more obscure ditties from 1992 onward. It even includes that song that was only released on an MP3 stick inside a gummy skull. The LP version is a more concise and recognisable 11 track best of.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ugly Casanova
Sharpen Your Teeth

Ugly Casanova is a project with a fair deal of unclear mythology surrounding it, although it seems like it is probably just Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse doing some solo oddities. Sharpen Your Teeth, a record of slightly-unhinged songcraft, was first released in 2002, and is now reissued by Sub Pop with several bonus tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Afghan Whigs
Uptown Avondale

Originally released in 1992, Uptown Avondale is a cover album by Afghan Whigs paying tribute to the soul and Motown songs that influenced their rock sound. Containing covers of the Holland/Dozier/Holland classic Come See About Me and Beware by the Rev. Al Green, this is the first time Uptown Avondale has been fully released on vinyl by Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

James
Living In Extraordinary Times

I learnt my lesson when I called James 'serviceable' and therefore created a Twitter storm. I later apologised and called them 'functional' instead but were their fans happy? Well, no not really. So I will refrain from saying anything other than they are back with a new album influenced by Trump and all the things going wrong in the world.  

Phantastic Ferniture
Phantastic Ferniture

My instinct was to tell you that hey, Phantastic Ferniture isn't how you spell anything, but then I realised I should probably lighten up, 'cos this band make garage rock that's fun and unthinking. Counting Julia Jacklin among their numbers along with Elizabeth Hughes, Ryan K Brennan and Tom Stephens, they create work much different from their solo pet projects, going a bit harder and janglier in their quest for a good time.

Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!)
Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!)

Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!) by Koolaid (Holy Sunshine!) (some may know them as Koolaid, others may know them as Holy Sunshine!) is your true hippie go-to should you wish to relive your younger days as a progressive peace promoter. This record is available on vinyl LP and CD, and is released on K.Ultrax. 

Deaf Wish
Lithium Zion

The fifth LP from Aussie rockers Deaf Wish also marks their second for Sub Pop after 2015’s Pain. Lithium Zion is a fun and frenzied jolt of garage-punk that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Vocal duties are shared around, which is a nice touch, and overall the thing comes off very likably indeed. Think Bikini Kill, The Scientists etc.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rotten Hill Gang
Teach Peace

Rotten Hill Gang refer to themselves as a rap ‘n’ roll group. They pick up where the likes of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and LL Cool J left off. On Teach Peace, they mix rap and live instruments with left-wing social commentary. Features a guest appearance by Hollie Cook. LP & CD on West Born Records.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Crimen
Silent Animals

The latest freaky tome to be released by Fuzz Club is the debut LP by Italian trio Crimen. Despite Silent Animals being their first crack at a full-length the group have been together over a decade at this point, and the well-worn chemistry between the three of them is a boon for the band. Music-wise we veer between poles of Wooden Shjips-y slinks (‘Flahzz’) and electro-punk-tinged garage-rock numbers (‘Six Weeks’).

Spare Snare
Sounds

Unbelievably perhaps, Scottish lo-fi obscurity Spare Snare asked Steve Albini if he'd mind recording new versions of their best bits and the man with the boiler suit said yes. So off they went, funded by Creative Scotland and damn well made the thing picking out ten of their favourite tracks from their past. I say obscurities but have you done four Peel Sessions? No, me neither.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Astronauts, etc.
Living In Symbol

Anthony Ferraro sounds like an interesting guy. He was studying to be a classical musician until arthritis put pay to those plans. His search for a new life path led him to designing a generative music algorithm which sold for $5,000. He’s mates with Chaz Bear. And he makes a mean music. Living In Symbol, his second LP as Astronauts, Inc., finds Ferraro bringing together Whitney-style retro-pop, some Serge Gainsbourg chansons and the woozy dreaminess of Lee Hazlewood. It makes for a charming listen. Comes with stickers!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Flaming Lips
Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips

Oh My Gawd!!! indeed. 1987’s … The Flaming Lips is Wayne Coyne et al’s sophomore LP. Still half a decade off from their mainstream breakthrough ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’, the band let their classic rock fetishism run rampant on this record. Heavily indebted to The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, the trio’s youthful exuberance comes through on the likes of opening cut ‘Everything’s Explodin’’. Now reissued with full(y horrendous) original artwork.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Psychedelic Furs
Forever Now

Time to get some of those old Psychedelic Furs records out in the world again. Forever Now was the group’s third album, and has their post-punk sound commercially augmented by Todd Rundgren in the producer’s chair. Vocals still snarl though.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Psychedelic Furs
Midnight To Midnight

Midnight To Midnight was the fifth album by The Psychedelic Furs and was originally released in 1986. The band were getting more attention around this time due to a re-recorded version of their song Pretty In Pink being used in the film of the same name. Midnight To Midnight includes their biggest stateside hit, Heartbreak Beat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Psychedelic Furs
The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs might not have done anything new for a while, but their old stuff sure as hell still stands up. With Sony Legacy reissuing all of the London band’s seven studio LPs, now would be a good time to reconnect with one of the foremost post-punk groups of the 1980’s. Their eponymous debut LP, veering as it does between doomy Joy Division-ism, The Birthday Party-style skronk-punk and The Fall-esque stomps, acts as a neat encapsulation of the sound of the country in the first year of Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kyle Falconer
No Thankyou

As someone who proudly wears jeans for more than four days in a row I'd more or less forgotten The View. So imagine my surprise when reading through the press releases I find this, the debut from View frontman Kyle Falconer. No Thank You is all anthem rock and sweeping Boney M strings and apparently The View never broke up?

Spoon
Hot Thoughts

Released especially for Record Store Day is this special Spoon 12” single, which contains two new and exclusive tracks! On the A-side is a remix of Hot Thoughts by Dave Sitek, of TV On The Radio and general super-producer fame, while the B-side contains a cover of the Elvis song ‘Love Letters’. 12” on Matador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ty Segall & White Fence
Joy

The Second Coming Of Marc Bolan aka Ty Segall releases his umpteenth album, and this one’s a collaboration with fellow retromaniacs White Fence. Joy - the pair’s first LP together since 2012’s Hair - sees the duo sticking to their guns and cranking out fifteen tunes of melodious, Aladdin Sane-aping niceness. Out via Drag City.

Kelley Stoltz
Natural Causes

Natural Causes is the new album by Detroit native, ‘60s obsessive, former record store employee and prolific songwriter, Kelley Stoltz. The press release is trying to tell us that this sounds like a cross between The Teardrop Explodes and The Kinks. It’s perfectly plausible given Stoltz ear for a tune. LP & CD on Banana & Louie.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Optiganally Yours
O.Y. In Hi-Fi

I remember these from the '90s. They were based around the Optigan chord organ a curiosity made by Mattel which played back lo-fi sound loops on flexible LP-sized discs. Astonishing. The magnificently named Pea Hix had one of these things and had the idea of starting a band and Rob Crow (Pinback etc) got involved. This time round they rescued all the original studio master tape which held all of the sounds recorded for the Optigan discs and now they can present Optiganally Yours in hi-fi! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SWANS
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Swans’ seventh studio album, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, is considered to mark the start of the group’s second stage. Here their uncompromising and abrasive post-punk music became uncompromising and abrasive post-punk music with complex arrangements and diverse instrumentation. This essential release has been remastered for double vinyl LP and also contains a poster and download code.

Cowboy Junkies
All That Reckoning

It now seems a lifetime ago that the Cowboy Junkies released the Trinity Sessions. Their slow moving music was surely an influence on Low et al but the band have been happy to continue just under the radar, in their own musical bubble. 'All That Reckoning' is their 17th album continuing their gentle take on alt country with lyrics marrying the personal and the political. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cold War Kids
Audience

Well hang me up to dry, Cold War Kids are still alive and kicking. Though they may have slipped down the pecking order somewhat after the success of 2006’s Robbers & Cowards, the Long Beach band have plugged away admirably and released five more LPs in the intervening years. Audience - a live album recorded last year in Athens, Georgia - shows off a quietly impressive body of work.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Horsebeach / The Pheromoans
Alone / Removals

A tiny treat from pop janglers Horsebeach and their maybe friends The Pheromoans, both well-liked for their kindly indie pop musics. The dreaming nostalgia musings of Horsebeach come via "Alone" while the Pheromoans do two tracks at a comparatively frenzied pace. All in all, a sweet and swell pairing.

Between You & Me
Everything Is Temporary

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

The Ophelias
Almost

After self-releasing the Creature Native LP back in 2015, Cincinnati group The Ophelias have signed to Joyful Noise (Joan Of Arc, Of Montreal) for their new album Almost. There’s a nice balance of influences here ranging from Joanna Newsomist baroque kook to the indie-punk twee of Mitski and Girlpool. A joyful noise indeed.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dirty Projectors
Lamp Lit Prose

After their bleak and rather ham-fisted, one sided self titled break up album, Dirty Projectors are hopefully back doing what they do best with this lovely-titled new record. Information is thin on the ground but we hear that Lampo Lit Prose is a return to the band's infectious and inventive pop music as showcased on Swing Lo Magellan. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Jesus & Mary Chain
21 Singles

Career spanning compilation from the legendary Scottish band. This was originally released in 2002 which means we can pretend that last album didn't happen. All the classics are here and some in different versions from the album counterparts. We can also remember fondly the time they told us 'I Hate Rock 'n' Roll' only to change their minds pretty quickly and proclaim 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll'.  

Body/Head
The Switch

Free noise rock duo Body/Head are Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange). They bring together numerous oxymoronic terms: dark/light, black/white, emotion/analysis. Hence, the name of the band 'Body/Head'. Not necessarily oxymoronic, but you get the idea. The Switch is their second full-length studio album, following previous records for Matador and live albums via Deste Foundation and Feeding Tube Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The National
Boxer: Live In Brussels

Well, it's Boxer by the National, but live. In spite of album artwork that clearly indicates the band performing their music out at a respectable function hall, the original record was a studio undertaking. True. Now coloured in, that artwork makes true on its former lie because it's Boxer by the National, but live. In Brussels. Two weeks ago this was a Record Store Day release. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chastity
Death Lust

A re-issue of demos on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks has fuelled a burgeoning interest in Canadian punks Chastity. Support slots with Priests, Fucked Up, Metz and Chelsea Wolfe have only made people more excited about their debut LP Death Lust. The album revolves around the concept that the pain of living knowing we’re going to die is tempered by the ability to cope with that knowledge. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.

Primo
Amici

Amici is the debut album from Australian three-piece, Primo. Their member have previously been in Terry, Shifters and Film Expert. From what we’ve heard they sound a lot like drummer Xanthe’s previous band, Terry with a ‘90s-ish deadpan delivery, similar to Mary Timony’s various musical projects. LP limited to 500 copies and CD on Upset The Rhythm.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Say Sue Me
Where We Were Together

A charming LP from four-piece Say Sue Me here. While they call the South Korean city of Busan home, Say Sue Me’s sound is full of throwbacks to various 90s indie stylings. Grunge, shoegaze, twee-punk and more are recalled on the band’s second album, though the group singing in their native language puts a new twist on these well-worn genres. Excellent songwriting and sprightly playing characterises songs like ‘B Lover’ and ‘Old Town’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Districts
Telephone

Debut full-length album from The Districts, who manage to write and record the whole thing before they even left high school! Nicely done guys. Telephone, from 2012, is an Americana-rock record driven by a rootsy guitar sound and full-bodied vocals that have an impressive amount of character for one so young. 9 tracks pressed to vinyl, with a download code for the full 13 included.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Boyracer
Fling Yr Bonnet Over The Windmill (The Sarah Singles)

Boyracer have released many records over the years but some of the best things occurred when they were signed to Sarah Records. Always an odd fit with the label's more poetic stance, Boyracer were always a punk band if a romantic one. This collection compiles the three singles they recorded for Sarah in the early '90s.  
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Smokescreens
Used To Yesterday

Slumberland (Joanna Gruesome, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) with a very Slumberland-y LP here. LA transplants Smokescreens apparently formed over a shared love of New Zealand’s famous Flying Nun imprint, and one whiff of Used To Yesterday will have you in no doubt that they’re telling the truth on that count. The songs here are the sort of pleasant indie jangles that Yuck do so well.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Breathe Panel
Breathe Panel

I'm very much enjoying the palm tree on the front of this debut album by this Southern Rail linked (ie London and Brighton) band.  The palm suggests that they have the sort of summery sound of the more stretched out and maybe they do but their songs are bold and skyscraping perhaps bringing to mind the wide open spaces of the National. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Night Dials
I've Done More Things / I'll Sleep When I Die

‘I’ve Done More Things’ is the latest double A side release from London based, five piece psyche band Night Dials, produced by Grammy-Award winning British record producer Liam Watson (White Stripes, Hooverdam, The Stranglers) at the legendary Toe Rag Studios. Their music is a mix of psyche, garage and rock with one or more feet firmly planted in the past.

LIFE
Grown Up

It had to happen sometime. We’ve entered the era which we could call post-Slaves, but we’ll more charitably call post-Sleaford Mods. LIFE - who have an album called Popular Music, but neither of these songs are on it - do a sprightly sort of Sex Pistols-with-a-drum-machine thing on ‘Grown Up’. It’s also quite similar to that song from Nathan Barley called ‘Terrorists Are Gay’.
  • Vinyl 7" (AFG005VS)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Hamish Kilgour
Finklestein

Hamish Kilgour was a member of the brilliant New Zealand band, The Clean with his brother, David. Finklestein is his second solo album. Whilst his debut, All Of It And Nothing was an intimate set of songs, Finklestein has production values of a Hollywood blockbuster, bringing to life a concept based on a story Kilgour wrote for his son. Gary Olson of The Ladybug Transistor produced and played on the album. LP and CD on Ba Da Bing!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Asylums
Alien Human Emotions

Essex based Asylums, release their second album Alien Human Emotions. Moodier than their first album but no less energetic, their press release compares into a swig of Jagermeister. I guess that makes it strong, dark, and not to everyone's tastes? Released on Asylum's own record label, Cool Thing.
  • Vinyl LP (CTHING28)
  • £16.99 £10.19 (saving: £6.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jaye Jayle
No Trail and Other Unholy Paths

The latest LP from the doom-mongers at Sargent House (Chelsea Wolfe, Boris) comes courtesy of Young Widows frontman Ewan Patterson in his Jaye Jayle guise. His powerfully charismatic performances on No Trail And Other Unholy Paths recall Tom Waits as well as Nick Cave at his most blood-and-thunder. Tracks like ‘Ode To Betsy’ would have had no problem slotting into Cave classics like Let Love In.