Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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

The Essex Green
Hardly Electronic

After taking a break of nearly a decade to pursue other interests, Brooklyn-based Elephant 6 Collective associates, The Essex Green are back with Hardly Electronic - their first album since Cannibal Sea in 2006. If lead track Sloane Ranger is anything to go by, expect some delicious, catchy pop synonymous with other Elephant 6 bands such as Apples In Stereo. Red & orange swirl vinyl (limited to 1000 copies), standard black vinyl and CD on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Nude Party
The Nude Party

As you might have guessed the Nude Party are all about having fun.  On this their self titled debut that have made the sort of groovy and exciting records that you'd want to play on a summers day. Produced by Oakley Munson of the Black Lips it was recorded in Woodstock, a place which in the 60's was fun all day long, all night strong. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Routine Death
Parallel Universes

You expect a sense of intimacy from a husband / wife duo, but Routine Death complicate the proposition by living 7000 miles away from one another, despite being married! But, like with any good relationship, they make the band work, using file-sharing approaches in order to precisely focus what they want to achieve. Parallel Universes is a tightly put-together noisey shoegaze-pop debut, perfect for the Fuzz Club label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Messthetics
The Messthetics

What happens when you take the rhythm section out of Fugazi and add a jazz guy? Something like the Messthetics I imagine.  Here's nine songs they recorded in their practice space, semi structured with lots of room for improvisation. Simple guitar, bass, drums set up explored by some of the finest players in the biz.  

Jack White
Connected By Love / Respect Commander

Jack White continues ploughing his solo furrow with a new single on his Nashville-based Third Man label. It’s a double A-sided affair containing the tracks Connected By Love and Respect Commander. A new album will follow at some point in the not too distant future and Jack White has already alerted us to the fact that it’s ‘bizarre’. 7” single on Third Man.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Liz Phair
Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set

It seems we reference Exit to Guyville in every review we write of the new breed of American singer songwriter which makes us either incredibly lazy or that it really is a true landmark album. Bit of both probably. After being out of print for almost ever we now get it back in on a 7 (!) LP box set or 3CD with the bonus of her previously unissued and rather legendary 'Girly Sound' songs.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Francois Virot / Phern
Split

A split 7” single with a bit of wax or the Atlantic ocean separating the sides, depending on how you look at it: Phern are from Montreal, Canada, and Francois Virot is from Lyon, France. Both acts are in great form here, firing out bright and sharp indie rock and representing themselves very well. 7” on Atelier Ciseaux.
  • Vinyl 7" (AC39)
  • £8.49 £5.09 (saving: £3.40)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Flaming Lips
Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990

Before signing a major label deal with Warner Bros, The Flaming Lips made four albums with Restless Records. Now you can buy all four: Hear It Is, Oh My Gawd, Telepathic Surgery and In A Priest Driven Ambulance (which some may argue is still their best album) plus a disc of rarities and The Mushroom Tapes (previously released as part of the The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg comp) together as Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips. It documents the band’s first outing as a three piece to the point where the band included Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev fame. 6 CD Box Set on Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

HESITATION
HESITATION

Following on from 'The Trip' and 'Gone Fishing' this is the next instalment of guys get together telly. Except it's not on telly (yet) and these two old pals make improvised lo-fi using any instrument that came to hand culminating in an all-over-the-shop album of lo-fi jazz, shoegaze, electronics and whatever else came out of the melting pot.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Buffalo Tom
Roman Cars

Boston flannel lovers Buffalo Tom, release a second 7" from their recent 'Quiet & Peace' LP. This one is a Japanese import on Formosa Punk records and there's only 300 of the buggers. You'll want it because there's an exclusive track on the B side which you won't be able to get anywhere else.  
  • Vinyl 7" (Shade 023)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fuck
The Band

After knocking out 8 albums between 1994 and 2003, Oakland, California indie rockers, Fuck seemed to disappear. 15 years later they return with ...The Band, an album title you’d have expected them to use earlier in their career. In fact, they haven’t plundered the obvious album title mine (eg: You, Off, Up) in their previous efforts at all. Perhaps they have returned to right this wrong. Also, reports suggest they’ve just made the best album of their career. LP and CD on Vampire Blues.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tindersticks
Simple Pleasure (Expanded Edition)

Simple Pleasures is the fourth album by Tindersticks, and a great example of the band’s mid-90’s songcraft. In fact, Simple Pleasures marks the beginning of a movement towards lighter songs, with more soul and gospel in them. This reissue adds twelve bonus tracks, including a remix by Adrian Sherwood. Double LP from Music On Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dawes
Passwords

The importance of passwords may be lost on Twitter, but not on Dawes. The group's sixth record broadens what the term "relationship" means in 2018, thinking politically and interpersonally through considered songwriting that's as confused as we are about the world at large. Though personal in tone, this is also one of Dawes' most expansive records.

alt-J
RELAXER

It's hard to say how Alt J were Grammy and Brit award nominated for their last album This Is All Yours but it did actually happen. They've been all over London recording this one and the sounds of the lead track 3WW this could be their most experimental work yet. Pretty interesting stuff it has to be said.      

The Rock*A*Teens
Sixth House

20 years ago The Rock *A* Teens played a small part in the history of the Atlanta, Georgia indie scene with a few EPs and albums. Some were released on the Superchunk-owned Merge label. This led to a reunion appearance at the Merge 25 festival and now a new album, Sixth House. Previously blurred by reverb, their sound is sharpened up and the songs are more anthemic. Limited translucent green vinyl, standard black vinyl and CD on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Room In The Wood
The Room In The Wood

The first thing to note about this record is that the vinyl version has 9 tracks, where as the CD has 10. The added track on the CD is called Vermillion Sands, in case you wanted to know. This self-titled record from The Room In The Wood is a cracking combination of pop-punk, rock, blues and folk. Available on vinyl LP and CD, and released on A Turntable Friend. 

The Cure
Torn Down: Mixed Up Extra 2018

The Cure’s classic 1990 compilation Mixed Up is a round-up of the very finest remixes of their material in existence at that time: well worthy of a reissue now eh? Town Down: Mixed Up 2018 is the vinyl version of the most interesting disc in the CD reissue box: a set of sixteen totally new remixes by Robert Smith himself! Double LP on Universal
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kody Nielson
Birthday Suite

Formerly known as Silicon, the Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Kody Nielson drops his first LP under his given name. Birthday Suite will appeal to anyone who’s enjoyed the rise of that bloody Vulfpeck lot. Berkley funk abounds on this set of self-satisfied conservatoire fluff. You either like it or you don’t.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Blank Tapes
Candy

Calling all lovers of sun-baked, ‘60s influenced psych-soul-pop! The Blank Tapes is essentially one man, Los Angeles resident, Matt Adams, although he’s drafted in the help of Fruit Bats’ main man Eric D. Johnson as producer of Candy to shape his purple-hazed vision. If you like The Kinks and Big Star or Dr. Dog and Beck you should check this out. Limited edition opaque violet coloured (obviously!) vinyl, standard black vinyl LP and CD on People In A Position To Know.

Crooked Fingers
Red Devil Dawn

Eric Bachman was the driving force behind ‘90s American indie dudes Archers Of Loaf. After four albums the band called it quits and Bachman formed Crooked Fingers, a more singer/songwriter-y affair that told stories of people down on their luck with a poetic turn of phrase. Their third album, Red Devil Dawn, is the one where those tales are deemed to be the most poignant. Limited edition red vinyl LP, standard black vinyl and CD on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Preoccupations
Cassette

Oh hang on so this is the same 'Cassette' released by Viet Cong but now that they are called Preoccupations the name has been altered to match their new identity. To be honest I'd hoped to have drawn a line between Viet Cong and Preoccupations as this was from the time of their superior initial garage influenced recordings but it also begs the question of when their follow up debut album 'Viet Cong' is re-issued  - what will it be called and who will it be by? 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eric's Trip
Forever Again

Eric’s Trip were a Canadian band led by singer/songwriter Julie Doiron. Their initial career lasted six years from 1990-96. They have the auspicious accolade of being the first Canadian band to sign for Sub Pop. Forever Again is the band’s second album and sees them nicely balance melodic hooks with guitar noise. LP on Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Robert Pollard
100

The most recent Guided By Voices album August By Cake was the one hundredth studio album that Robert Pollard has been involved in, a fairly impressive thing by anyone’s standards. To celebrate, this book is being released, featuring the front and back covers of every single one of those 100 albums. 100 is a 200-page book in a 12” x 12” format, so all the LP covers are ‘life-size’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beach Skulls
Las Dunas

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

Protomartyr
Consolation EP

Now that they are quite popular, Protomartyr have made a new friend. She's not just any old friend though. She's none other than Kelley Deal from the Breeders. Everyone's favourite 'jellied eel' cockney rhyming slang appears on two tracks on this new EP which follows the bands rather successful Relatives in Descent LP. 

Eric's Trip
Purple Blue

Purple Blue was the third album by Canadian indie-rockers Eric’s Trip, originally released in 1996. The band, who are named after a Sonic Youth song, are led by Julie Doiron who has since gone on to have a distinguished solo career. The band split in 1996 but have reformed twice since. Their mix of melody and noise struck a chord with many of us hanging around in the ‘90s underground. LP on Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black-eyed Snakes
Seven Horses

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

The Cure
Mixed Up (Remastered)

The Cure’s classic 1990 compilation Mixed Up is a round-up of the very finest remixes of their material in existence at that time: well worthy of a reissue now eh? And what a reissue: Mixed Up’s fancier editions include an extra disc of rare, deleted 80’s remixes alongside the original tracklist, plus another extra disc of new remixes by Robert Smith! CD, 2LP and 3CD box editions available.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wave Pictures
Brushes With Happiness

The new album from the The Wave Pictures, Brushes With Happiness, has a name inspired by the drummer, Jonny Helm’s positive way with the trap set. Content-wise, the album follows a similar to path to their laid-back 2016 effort, A Season In Hull, and like that album it was recorded live in one day. Violet sparkle coloured vinyl, black vinyl and CD on Moshi Moshi.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Peter Murphy
5 Albums

Peter Murphy kept it nice and productive after the demise of his prime group Bauhaus, recording five solo albums in under decade. This handsome book-bound boxset neatly presents all of those five, from 1986’s Should The World Fail To Fall Apart to 1995’s Cascade. Plus! Rare alternate version bonus tracks for each album. Five CD boxset on Beggars Banquet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Six By Seven
Abstraktion 12

Some Krautish psychedelia here from Nottingham’s Six By Seven. There are some long-ass tracks on Abstraktion 12, man - three of them clock in at well over ten minutes and a fourth isn’t far off. Value for money if nothing else. These numbers are heady psych-rock brews, all wailing guitars and rumbling bass. The record's best moment comes when Six By Seven ease up a little and deliver the charming dawn chorus ‘Would You Die For Me?’. Also three of the four band members are called Chris, which probably makes practices a little confusing.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SNSM08LP2018)
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Johnny Marr
Call The Comet

Johnny Marr is nothing if not confident. In a recent Uncut interview he described this, his third solo album, as the best thing he's ever worked on. Therefore I'm really looking forward to hearing a record that is better than Meat is Murder. Still, he's pretty much the only Smith it's now ok to like so he's always welcome round here.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Goon
Dusk of Punk / Happy Omen

Goon is led by L.A musician and visual artist Kenny Becker who has a medical condition that sometimes deadens his sense of smell and hearing. Though such a condition would be most useful in our office, it must be tougher for a musician. Between bouts of illness Becker has made splendid indie rock which has gained praise all over the place. Here are his first two EPs ‘Dusk Of Punk’ (2016) and ‘Happy Omen’ (2017) on vinyl for the first time with bonus tracks. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Connections
Foreign Affairs

Trouble in Mind welcomes Columbus, Ohio indie rock quintet Connections (former members of 84 Nash) with their fifth record Foreign Affairs. The album is decidedly pleasanter and more interesting than the sequence of words “Connections - Foreign Affairs” might suggest. Right down to the mucky late 1980s-style cover art, it’s a charming, lo-fi DIY affair.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Whirlwind Heat
Do Rabbits Wonder

You may wonder why the relatively unheard Do Rabbits Wonder by Whirlwind Heat has a re-issue on Third Man. Well it's possibly due to the fact that it is produced by and guest stars a certain Jack White. The album initially came out on XL and garnered lots of interest despite being at at time impenetrable blur of punk blues with a colour coded tracklist. Certainly a unique back corner of Mr Jack's storied history.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Japanese
Why Not?

Why Not? is the latest instalment of twisted shambolic indie-pop from Jad Fair’s Half Japanese. Over a 42 year career the band have made 16 studio albums that will make you laugh, cry, dance, shout and whatever else you feel like doing. Album #17, Why Not? is no exception. Vinyl LP and CD, and if you’re quick enough, you might get a copy of the limited edition indies only white vinyl version!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

U-Men
U-Men

Simple to put this one. A triple LP or double CD anthology which includes literally everything U-Men released from the studio, plus an additional 5 tracks that have never been released, all remastered. Their unique sound paved they way for the grunge generation in Seattle, so if you like your alt-rock punky, avantgarde, frantic and party centric, hail the U-Men.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teen Creeps
Birthmarks

Teen Creeps hail from Ghent in Belgium. Their debut album is throwback to the ‘90s with noisy guitars and melodic vocals. It was produced by Rory Attwell who has previously brought the nineties-ness out of Yuck and Veronica Falls as well as helming albums by The Vaccines. Fans of Dinosaur Jr, Fugazi, Cloud Nothings and Yuck should give this a spin. LP and CD on PIAS.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Iceage
Beyondless

Posh punks Iceage continue their champagne toasts to Nick Cave and fellow goth brooders with Beyondless. Further deconstructing the form of their early hardcore tunes, they continue to ramble their way through their new aesthetic style, this time sharing runtime with Sky Ferreira, who guests on "Pain Killer". Very serious music that's actually very silly.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Hope Downs

Summer’s coming, which means that we must brace ourselves once more for a deluge of new records featuring pretty guitar riffs and nice singing. Getting in there early are Melbourne group Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Their debut LP Hope Downs features more of the sunny jangle-grunge that characterised their buzz-building 2017 EP The French Press. Hit play if you find it uncomfortable to listen to Surfer Blood or Real Estate but want similar kicks. Out via Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kevin Krauter
Toss Up

A mirage of indie rock and old-school glitz comes into focus on Kevin Krauter's Toss Up, his first full record of songs. Nine in total, they reflect a period of time hauled away with guitars and throwback keyboards, which he wasn't too hot at playing -- learning on the sly, he's made a record that leans on '80s new wave and '90s alt rock for comfort. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Girls Names
Stains on Silence

It looked like Girls Names were really onto something a few years ago with their dark swirling Echo & the Bunnymen style rock but then their drummer left and that was followed by a crisis of confidence about the recordings that have turned into 'Stains of Silence'. However, re-grouped, refreshed the band have reworked the album and have created a short sharp work that they hope will stand up to the intense, jagged records that have influenced them.  

The Sediment Club
Stucco Thieves

NYC punk trio The Sediment Club are back with their latest album, a collection of songs that charts the culmination of a decade of urgent and noisy music, the band's trademark concise, brutal sound unwavering 10 years into their career. Expect guttural howls, screeching guitars and climactic, surging drums. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arthur Buck
Arthur Buck

Peter Buck has dyed his hair blonde!  Arthur Buck is the new collaboration between legendary former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur who once had one of his songs used in an aftershave ad. This is polished rock ‘n’ roll, featuring Buck’s crunching guitar and Arthur’s gravel-scratched voice. Eponymous album available on limited edition indies only red and blue split colour vinyl, standard black vinyl and CD on New West.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ty Segall
Ty Rex

Ty Rex is the name under which garage-rock wunderkind Ty Segall covers the material of Marc Bolan’s T-Rex, as you do. This record compiles an EP and a 7”, both long out of print, and adds an exclusive new version of ‘20th Century Boy’. The project is clearly borne of love, and sounds pretty wild. Out on Goner Records.

Fantastic Negrito
Please Don't Be Dead

I know Jack White is angry but does that justify his newest album? All I'm saying is that Fantastic Negrito is also angry and he's managed to avoid making a confused mess. Please Don't Be Dead is a furious, righteous, and most of all hopeful beast of an album. Blues rock as it ought to be.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kississippi
Sunset Blush

Kississippi! This project that Zoe Reynolds has been working with since 2014 at last reaches the fruition of a full-length debut album, and she’d reckon that Sunset Blush is exactly where she wants her music to be. Zoe’s intimate indie-rock comes covered in lovely reverb, and arrives just in time for the summer. Vinyl release on Alcopop.

This Kind Of Punishment
This Kind Of Punishment

Following the demise of their previous band Nocturnal Projections, New Zealand brothers Peter and Graeme Jeffries began to deconstruct their post punk sound into something more pastoral and intimate. This became the handful of recordings they made as This Kind of Punishment. This is superb, intimate and thoughtful music with classical and baroque overtones.  

ASG
Survive Sunrise

If you like Jane's Addiction, you're going to love North Carolina rockers ASG. 'Survive Sunrise', their first album in five years, expands on their trademark blend of southern-fried alt-rock and earworm hooks, weaving together soaring melody and summery riffs to electrifying effect. An infectious record, by an hard-rocking band. 
  • Artist(s):
  • ASG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Charlatans
Totally Eclipsing

Now with their own exhibition, these indie veterans are having a pretty nice later career burst thank you very much. 'Totally Eclipsing' is a mini album released here as a standalone vinyl edition but also comes as part of a special expanded version of their most recent full length effort 'Different Days'. 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Longcut
Arrows

The Longcut have certainly changed from when I last heard them. Their brooding the Cure stylings seem to have been replaced by a form of brash indie/dance crossover. They certainly have some bold ideas. The fact that I'm not sure as yet what to make of lead track 'Deathmask' is surely a good thing in these days of easi-pigeonhole.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Snail Mail
Lush

Guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Jordan released her debut EP under the name Snail Mail two years ago at the age of just sixteen. Two years later, she’s added a bassist (quite literally called Alex Bass) and a drummer (Ray Drums, sorry, Brown) to the mix and 'Lush', the new band’s first album, is upon us. This is basically classic-sounding American indie. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, and entirely suited to its new label - Matador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Virginia Wing
Ecstatic Arrow

Changes can take time and Virginia Wing have slowly been morphing from a Broadcast-like psych pop band into something much more psychedelic and esoteric. Hints of greatness were found on their previous 'Measures of Joy' album but 'Ecstatic Arrow' should see the full hatching of the new band. Last year's collaboration with XAM Duo was excellent so we have high hopes for this.  

Stereophonics
Word Gets Around

Welsh band Stereophonics were one of the most successful acts to survive Britpop. Word Gets Around was their debut album and was originally released in 1997. It had a steady growth in popularity before tracks like Traffic and Local Boy In The Photograph really caught the imagination of the general public. Now you can get a copy on vinyl, if you so wish.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Evil Blizzard
The Worst Show On Earth

Just look at that cover. Bloody terrifying isn’t it. One of the late Mark E. Smith’s favourite bands - he apparently paid for Evil Blizzard to record their debut LP out of his own pocket - the group are in particularly malevolent form on The Worst Show On Earth. A group with four bass players was never going to go quietly, and given that Evil Blizzard seem to have about ten other members they make another unholy racket on these seven tracks (eight on the CD). It’s like … what’s it like … Marilyn Manson … and … Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs … and … Richard Dawson? It’s good, anyway. Don’t buy it for your kids.

ANMLPLNET
Fall Asleep

One of only a few bands this spring to sing about the tricky business of sex with clouds. ANMLPLNET is the duo of Leah Wellbaum and Mickey Vershbow, and Fall Asleep is what they managed to create while living on opposite coasts of the US. With its dream-diary lyrics, warm texture and emotive crescendos, the record falls somewhere between Americana, indie and dream pop.

No Joy
Blue Room Sessions

Well well well. What have we here. Seems Jack White’s Third Man Records have gone and done themselves another live session. We told you about those, didn’t we now Jack. Too many of them and they’ll be the death of you, Jack. Even if they are spunky shoegaze-grunge numbers from the lovable duo No Joy. Careful now, Jack.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Stereophonics
Decade In The Sun - Best Of Stereophonics

Yup Stereophonics actually have a re-issue of their 'best of' out. In another blow for our credibility we have it in stock. Features all your sandpaper-voiced favourites including 'Have a Nice Day', 'Maybe Tomorrow' and the other one. In its own way this is as anti music as John Zorn.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Liz Phair
Whitechocolatespaceegg

To coincide with the expanded 25th anniversary reissue of her classic debut, Exile In Guyville, Liz Phair is releasing the three albums that followed it. Whitechocolatespaceegg was her third album which was originally released in 1994. Liz Phair is known for her incisive lyrics but she also knows how to knock out a melody. 180g 2LP on Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Box Recorder
Life Is Unfair

Black Box Recorder serve up a pretty damn definitive boxset here for those either wanting a comprehensive introduction to these 90’s indiemen or for long term fans who want the tasty rarities. Life Is Unfair contains three albums as well as an extra CD of rare and unreleased stuff (BBC Sessions, remixes and the like) and a DVD of a 2008 live performance. All for a very fair price on One Little Indian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Flasher
Constant Image

Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum FLASH! … ER! Yes, it’s Washington, DC trio Flasher with their debut album Constant Image, which comes courtesy of the Domino Recording Company. The group go for lively indie rock in a graceful balance between heavy and light, while all three members (Taylor, Daniel and Emma) contribute vocals in various combinations.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Boy Azooga
1, 2, Kung Fu!

Hotly-tipped Cardiff four-piece Boy Azooga drop their debut LP via Heavenly. As its title suggests, 1, 2, Kung Fu! is a fun listen, full of youthful abandon and some smart songwriting choices. Tracks like ‘Loner Boogie’ are fuzzy romps ala early Tame Impala, while ‘Face Behind Her Cigarette’ has a sort of Dutch Uncles-meet-William Onyeabor vibe.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Young Widows
Decayed: Ten Years of Cites, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain

This 15-track collection charts the first decade of Young Widow's career, and mines their vast catalogue of singles, b-sides, splits and rare songs, including four previously unreleased tracks. This record maps out the band's evolution form post-hardcore to pos-punk monsters, their genre-hopping and mastery of technique attesting to their longevity. 

Port Sulphur
Paranoic Critical

The ominously named Port Sulphur turns out to be a collective collaboration that involves members of Orange Juice, Fire Engines, The Pop Group, Subway Sect and a stack of Glasgow musicians, not to mention Alan Vega(!) in places. Marshalled together by Douglas MacIntyre, these guys have produced a remarkably cohesive alt-indie-pop record in the form of Paranoiac Critical. Released on Creeping Bent.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dumb Numbers
Stranger EP

Aussie grunge revivalists Dumb Numbers came about a new way of presenting their songs after their drummer was forced to pull out of a US tour with Lemonheads. After having bought their pricey plane tickets, the rest of the band didn’t want such a financial outlay to go to waste so carried on with their plans. Instead of replacing their drummer, they hired cellist Aniela Perry. The songs became longer and slower and took on a new life. After a successful tour the band decided to record the songs. Stranger EP is the result. Features Melvins drummer Dale Crover, Swans’ Thor Harris on Tubular Bells and Geordie Stafford from fellow Aussies, Golden Bats. Olive and Oxblood swirl coloured vinyl on Joyful Noise, limited to 500 hand numbered copies.
  • Vinyl LP (JNR231LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Jamie Lenman
Devolver

Jamie Lenman has gone for a more focused approach on his second long-player, Devolver. His debut, Muscle Memory, was a sprawling double which mixed thrash metal with country. Here, with the help of Prodigy and Idles producer, Space, he has created an album that explores digital sounds and dance floor rhythms. Lenman took risks making this, purposefully avoiding his usual ways to force himself to be more creative. LP and CD on Big Scary Monster
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juliana Hatfield
Hey Babe (25th Anniversary Edition)

Looks like the folk at American Laundromat have taken great care with this 25th Anniversary re-issue of Juliana Hatfield's much-loved debut. it comes on purple vinyl, housed in gatefold vinyl and has been remastered from the original quarter inch tapes. What better way to enjoy reliving those old times with the likes of Mike Watt and Evan Dando as guests.  
  • Vinyl LP (ALR-0042)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cabbage
The Extended Play of Cruelty

Following on from their long sold out Record Store Day collection of early singles and *that* horrific assault allegation, Manchester lad punk outfit Cabbage return with a five track EP of their increasingly popular indie rock. Now signed to Infectious it looks like we are now in for the long haul. 

The Fall
Levitate

Unsurprisingly, Mark E. Smith fell out with Kier Stewart and Simon Spencer, the production duo initially chosen to produce Levitate. Lack of payment meant that The Fall’s 19th album disappeared with the the pair. An album was finished but only three tracks survived from rehearsal sessions including Spencer, which Mark E. Smith renamed Spencer Must Die! Levitate was the last album to feature bassist Steve Hanley and drummer Karl Burns, both had been with the group long enough to help shape the sound of The Fall. 3LP or 2CD on Cherry Red, remastered by Andy Pearce with sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

LUMP
LUMP

Mike Lindsay (Tunng etc) was probably pretty chuffed that he got introduced to ace songstress Laura Marling at a glittering show supporting Neil Young. Whereas I would have mumbled a few platitudes before fleeing the building, Lindsay became pally and the two decided to collaborate on a collaboration of wonked out guitars, moogs and wordplay. And is that a dog on the sleeve? We need to know.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Vital Idles
Left Hand

Scottish art-punks Vital Idles follow up some promising EPs with a debut LP for solid-as-a-rock imprint Upset The Rhythm (John Maus, No Age). The lean, erudite no-wave of Left Hand recalls fellow Glaswegian legends Life Without Buildings. Singer Jessica Higgins does a good line of combining the plainly-spoken delivery of Alanna McArdle with the abstract diatribes of the late Mark E Smith.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Palm Springs
No Love Is Ever Lost

Palm Springs are from London and from Brighton, where they seem to have tapped into a deep lineage of guitar-focused classic indie rock. But with a few licks of electronica around the edges too! No Love Is Ever Lost is released on 12” vinyl via an imprint operated by Palm Springs themselves: Random Acts Of Vinyl.

Melvins
Stag

A welcome vinyl reissue of 1996's Stag; Melvins' 8th studio album and the last to be released on a major label (they were dropped by Atlantic the following year). American trio / sometimes four-piece Melvins were named after a supermarket supervisor that a band member worked under, and despised. Get yourself hooked up with this double gatefold edition, mastered from the original analog tapes. Or, the single LP (as per the original pressing) on Music On Vinyl.

Joan Of Arc
1984

Yellow vinyl? Hello sailor. This limited-edition release from Chicago's Joan of Arc, out of Joyful Noise, is a sidestep from the indie band's usual output, complete with almost-a capella performances from vocalist Melina Ausikaitis. Backed up with sparse instrumentation, Ausikaitis' Midwest twang swings from soft and gentle to a fearsome roar. A great listen. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Daniel Blumberg
Minus

Daniel Blumberg. Not a name we now well but he's already played in the likes of Yuck, Oupra and Hebronix. Further selling points are that Blumberg had a hospitalization just before recording the record and also broke up with his long term partner weeks before so expect some pretty raw emotional songwriting on this debut. 

Paul Draper
Live at Scala

Once of Britpop middleweights Mansun, Paul Draper made a return to the fray in the mid-2010s with two EPs and a UK top-twenty album Spooky Action. This live record, recorded at London’s Scala (surprise surprise), sees Draper tear through his Jeff Buckley-ish solo stuff as well as wheeling out some of the old guns. Features nice versions of ‘Wide Open Space’ and ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KSCOPE975)
  • £18.49 £14.79 (saving: £3.70)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Typical Girls Volume Three

Emotional Response has had great success so far with their girls-to-the-front compilation series Typical Girls, so much so that they have been deluged with a wealth of the highest grade material from punks and post-punks and now have enough material for two more editions! Wasting no time, they are consequently releasing volumes 3 and 4 simultaneously! Volume 3 features ace artists like Rata Negra, Sick Bags and Karen Meat.

Warmduscher
Whale City

Warmduscher is various London people hanging out and recording something they feel is Really Important no doubt aided and abetted by a truckload of cocaine. They contain members of the Fat White Family and Insecure Men and this debut full length has been described as a rock opera that could send you into outer space. For fans of S.M.A.S.H etc. 

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Something Else

Something Else is the first of two full-length albums promised to us by The Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2018. After dabbling in experimentation - using Brazilian and Middle Eastern Music along with shoegaze as inspiration for a couple of albums, Anton Newcombe returns to the sound his fans know and love. 180g white vinyl LP and CD on ’a’ Recordings.

Sam Evian
You, Forever

From the music of his sophomore LP You, Forever, It’s easy to see how New York songwriter Sam Evian has scored opening slots for bands like Whitney and Teenage Fanclub. The influence of the former is particularly strong on this album, a collection of wistful jangles that owes quite a debt to bands like The Byrds. The reel-to-reel machine used to track You, Forever lends the record a nice sheen of authenticity too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood

Californian pop-rockers The Neighbourhood drop their third LP via Columbia. Anyone who has enjoyed their recent EPs Hard and To Imagine (we see you what you did there, lads) will likely be able to get behind The Neighbourhood. Four cuts from those releases are fleshed out by eight newcomers. The likes of ‘Void’ and ‘Scary Love’ are a little bit The Weeknd, a little bit Imagine Dragons, and will probably be summer smashes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

S.M. Wolf
Bad Ocean

Indianapolis power-poppers S.M. Wolf are back with this limited-edition coloured (and black) vinyl, out on People In A Position To Know, a record full-to-bursting with ravishing multi-instrumentation and deeply personal, charmingly vulnerable lyrics. Expect trademark fuzzed-out pop hooks that could put most chart stalwarts to shame.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Vaselines
Enter the Vaselines

Loads and loads and loads of the Vaselines material on this bumper packed compilation of the Scottish duo's early EPs and debut album Dum Dum alongside a host of demos and rarities. As good a place as any to start on the band loved by indie enthusiasts across the globe including one Sir Kurt Cobain. Classic, shambling cool-as-a-pair-of-sunglasses indie pop. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juliana Hatfield
Sings Olivia Newton-John

Ok this is actually a thing. Juliana Hatfield trawls the archives of her hero Olivia Newton John and has hand selected a load of her favourite songs to sing including 'Physical' and 'Xanadu'. But there's actually an important side to this too.... a dollar from the sale of each record will go to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Love-Birds
In The Lover's Corner

Here's a weird thing. This record by these San Fran power poppers has been mastered by Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub. Nice of him to get involved but I never had him down as a mastering engineer. Could he be the Taylor Dupree of guitar pop? Anyway his name gives a fair idea of where this is coming from. Crystalline guitar pop reminiscent of all your '90s favourites.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blues Lawyer
Guess Work

Blues Lawyer weren’t supposed to last long, two shows in fact, but they decided to keep going. Founding members Rob I. Miller and Eylse Schrock met in a record store and realising they shared a fondness for Flying Nun bands such as The Clean and The Bats, started a band. Guess Work is their debut album, combining the punk and pop of The Vaselines, Television Personalities and Wire. LP on Emotional Response.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lithics
Mating Surfaces

Angles and rhythms aplenty from Portland's Lithics. Second album Mating Surfaces maintains momentum with fast riffs, mobile bass lines and tight drumming. Their rhythmic approach to the overlap between indie and punk is reminiscent of Dutch greats, The Ex. And if you know me that is certainly high praise.

The Dean Ween Group
rock2

The second LP from The Dean Ween Group arrives hot on the heels of the band’s last LP, but that doesn’t mean rock2 sounds rushed. Rather, the record brims with life and melody, suggest that Dean’s hiatus from Ween has done him a world of good. Songs like ‘Don’t Let The Moon Catch You Crying’ are beautiful, swooning rock jams in the vein of Eels and … well, Ween.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arndales
Shops

Brilliant. These former members of Country Teasers, Art Brut, Collapsed Lung and Thrilled Skinny have got together over a love (or hatred) of retail jargon with songs inspired by the gobbledegook that is spouted in their workplaces. Should be fun, and musically it would appear to appeal to fans of the Fall, Half Man Half Biscuit, Sleaford Mods etc.  

School Damage
Sings... Four Songs About One Cat

Australian quartet School Damage have followed up their debut LP, Battered Lives with Sings….Four Songs About One Cat, an EP dedicated to their maverick cat, Lumpy. The band started as a bedroom project for Carolyn Hawkins before expanding into a four piece. They take their influences from The Particles, Young Marble Giants and The Vaeslines and feature members of Chook Race, Parsnip, Ausmuteants and Frowning Clouds. 7” on Upset The Rhythm.