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Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon

Machester's favourite artful wonk-pop outfit Dutch Uncles continue to churn out material, with their latest being 2017-due Big Balloon. Fronted by a self-titled and explosive lead single, with the typical addition of Duncan's (lead) off-kilter dance moves, this edition takes li...view item »

Honeyblood
Bud

The perfect valentines gift - stock up for next year! Sickly sweet, infectious melodies over battered guitars and drums. Not game changing, rule breaking or genre defining, but certainly a lot of fun....view item »

Hello Black Hole
In No Good Hand

Hello Black Hole, a trio hailing from sunny Helsinki, are a smoothly dark listening prospect, but with plenty of gnarls hiding beneath the surface. This is amped-up post-punk with production that puts the band right up in your face. Four track vinyl release In No Good Hand is released on the Svart label....view item »

Novella
Change of State

London based Novella provide a soul warming slab of indie rock with a psychedelic tinge. Returning to Sinderlyn with a follow up album to their debut Land, Change Of State is a reflection on returning from touring to a very different Britain, politically and socially. Stripping back to bare basics by recording ...view item »

Tobin Sprout
The Universe and Me

Increasingly responsible for the better bits on recent Guided By Voices albums, Tobin Sprout doesn't quite have the all or nothing genius/madman approach of Robert Pollard but what he does have is consistency. It's very hard to find a bad Tobin Sprout track. They are all sort of enjoyable....pos...view item »

The Whistles & The Bells
Modern Plagues

Modern Plagues is an album that grew from The Whistles & The Bears main-man Bryan Simpson’s dreams of a wild fantasy dinner party: key figures from history arguing and getting drunk together. Although this isn’t a straight concept album, the smart indie-pop songs of Modern Plagues...view item »

Cloud Nothings
Life Without Sound

Cloud Nothings have a fourth album ready to go: not bad going given that main man Dylan Baldi is still just 25 years old. Derek Bailey once said that “Life without music would be a mistake”, and we can only assume that Life Without Sound would be even worse. Fortunately, the...view item »

Modern Baseball / Thin Lips / The Superweaks
Split

Now this is pretty damn sweet isn’t it. All three bands finished and released a full length in 2016 - so, fair enough, they jump on a bus together and tour support each other. Now for the final farewell they put together this little love gem. A spanking new and unreleased track from each band. Those indie pop-punk lovelies....view item »

Cameron Avery
Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams

Cameron Avery, best known as the bass player in Antipodean psych-rock outfit Tame Impala, presents some solo work. It turns out that Avery has a lovely deep voice and a skill for writing smooth soft-rock tunes as well as a dab hand at playing the bass. Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams is releas...view item »

The Molochs
America's Velvet Glory

Out on Innovative Leisure (BadBadNotGood, Nosaj Thing, Holy Fuck), this release pushes the envelope rather less than the aforementioned, sticking as it does to Jonathan Richman-style proto-punk and skittering skiffle. America’s Velvet Glory (indee...view item »

Honeyblood
Honeyblood

Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood announce the release of their eponymous, debut LP. Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of...view item »

Melvins
Joe Preston

As a close look at the cover art might reveal to you, this 1992 EP is part of Melvins’ tribute to Kiss, in which three members of the much-loved sludgelords each made a solo record to line-up with Kiss members’ solo records. Obviously, nobody will confuse the morass-thick rock-noise ...view item »

Melvins
Dale Crover

Dale Crover has assembled a surprisingly good collection of mind melting hard rock with this solo offering. Easily the heaviest of the three solo albums,and arguably the best. Although it's hard to say that for sure because each one of them has its own personality and sound. Dale Crover features singing from the quiet Melvin, and his songs exami...view item »

Interpol
El Pintor

Well, they're now five albums old but one of the most influential (in both good and bad ways) bands to stumble from NYC in the last 15 years are back with their anagram-tastic new big record. The lead track from this, "All the Rage Back Home", is a strangely addictive blast of energising emo-tinged radio-rock that totally retains that oh-so...view item »

Band Of Holy Joy
Brutalism Begins At Home

Bad Punk/urban folk group Band of Holy Joy approach their longest stint of remaining active with a new release. Their new EP is titled “Brutalism Begins At Home” and it’s a 10” because of course, though it does include a download card. Featuring the most modern and British of urban hymns in “Removal...view item »

The Replacements
Pleased To Meet Me

Rhino are reissuing a bunch of The Replacements’ albums to vinyl, and 1987’s Pleased To Meet Me is one of them. It finds the band in a transitional phase, with their early punkish rock sound mingling with newer approaches, such as the inclusion of horns and a more accessible flavour. Vinyl reissue....view item »

Summer Moon
With You Tonight

With members of The Strokes, The Airborne Toxic Event, Uh Huh Her and Jane’s Addiction, new band Summer Moon are well placed to capture the hearts of alternative rock fans. With You Tonight is a pretty cool set of songs with a light touch and slee...view item »

Modern English
Take Me To The Trees

One for all old school 4AD enthusiasts as Modern English return with a record that sounds, looks and probably smells like a classic '80s 4AD record. The fact that this is their first record in 30 years doesn't seem to have prevented it from having the dark, wiry sound you associate with records of the era. The fact that it was p...view item »

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Tourist

Whilst you might ruminate whether Clap Your Hands Say Yeah might now be residing in the 'where are they now?' files, they have in fact been producing music at pretty regular intervals over the last decade. This latest is an effort to pack lyrics into folk based compositions and so there's a heavy nod to Paul Simon in the in...view item »

The Pigeon Detectives
Broken Glances

Dance to the Radio returns in order to release the new album from Leeds platinum selling (sorry this must be a mistake.....no...it's true) rockers the Pigeon Detectives. They've previously been known for their meat and potatoes non-threatening rock but with Wild Beasts, Ghost Poet and local tape...view item »

Behind Closed Doors
Exit Lines: The Brief History of Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors were a Baltimore band who popped up and then dissolved again with just a few years in the late 90’s. Exit Lines: The Brief History of Behind Closed Doors contains everything that the band ever recorded (which isn’t a lot), on red-with-black-splatter vinyl with a laser etching of the lyric...view item »

One Eyed Wayne
Attack Of The Luxury Flats

In the wake of Sleaford Mods and Hard Left here's another bunch of older lads getting really annoyed with stuff. Taking their cue from the London 'poetry' of Ian Dury this London four piece have made a scabrous, snarling album which has enough melodicism and bite to appeal to fans of t...view item »

H. Grimace
Self Architect

First full-length record from H. Grimace, one of those post-punk bands they have in that London. Self Architect slices its way through contemporary issues (patriarchal pressure on women, ‘the end of nature’ etc.) with slick guitars and Hannah Gledhill’s sweetly-strong vocals. CD / LP o...view item »

INHEAVEN
Bittertown

INHEAVEN release their second single to date, a capable slice of indie rock with Phil Spector-esque drumming. Lots of reverb on the guitars and the vocals, but not so much that you can’t make out some lyrical clunkers. The 7” sounds big Bitter Town is released in a limited edition on the Hom...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

The subject of a much-anticipated forthcoming documentary by Andrew Dominik, 'Skeleton Tree' is the latest offering from much-revered Aussie dark overlord Nick Cave and his inimitable Black Seeds. Hot on the heels of 2013's critically acclaimed 'Push the Sky Away', this new work will no doubt delight Cave's many admirers. Released the day after ...view item »

The Clean
Getaway

The Clean’s Getaway album (geddit?) was released in 2001, by which point New Zealand’s finest underground indie boys were in a position to apply fancy production to their sound. They still sound gorgeously shambling however, e.g. just the way you want them to be. Two tracks even feature members of Yo...view item »

Ty Segall
Ty Segall

Another year, yet another album from prolific garage rock guy Ty Segall. You would perhaps think that a self titled album (his second) would have a back to basics approach but as Master Segall revels in a stripped back sound it's hard to figure the concept other than this is described on the press release as 'visceral' and ...view item »

Allison Crutchfield
Tourist in This Town

Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield returns with a solo debut full-length in tow. “Tourist in This Town” re-introduces Crutchfield with a more complete realisation of her skill in songwriting, arranging and instrumentation. Bringing synths into the mix, the album was recorded with Jeff Zeigler and shows off its sheen...view item »

Family Scraps
Mistakes

In between recording almost every band under the planet and leading Leeds drone-krauters Hookworms, Matthew Johnson (aka MJ) has also found time to work on some solo music. Compared to Hookworms gruntings it's rather tuneful. Turns out Johnson's sky-high voice works pretty well well with melodic indie rock. Fans of the c...view item »

Mark Eitzel
Hey Mr Ferryman

Once called ‘America’s greatest living lyricist’ by The Guardian, Mark Eitzel certainly knows his way around metaphor and allegory. The ferryman, in question, is quite probably the same Charon that Nick Cave grappled with on The Boatman’s Call. However, Eitzel is far wryer than C...view item »

Sacred Paws
Strike A Match

Sacred Paws, the new band name of members of former noise pop group, Golden Grrls, is a pairing of Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers. “Strike a Match”, the pair’s debut as Sacred Paws, will be released through Glasgow’s Rock Action Records. If you are a fan or Sleater Kinney or The Raincoats you are sure to like this co...view item »

Blue Orchids
Bomb Manchester! / Bomb Hamburg!

Manchester post-punk mainstays Blue Orchids unearth some heavily bootlegged live recordings from Manchester, 1981 and Hamburg, 1985 for this double CD. Two very different setlists, both sought after by fans and treated in the studio by Richard Trubridge and Stuart Moxham respectively. Limited edition, 300 copies worldwide and ex...view item »

The Cure
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

The Cure’s seventh album, from 1987, was a sprawling, raucous 18-track double that gave them scope to hit all the bases. There’s doomy bombast (The Kiss), Eastern exotica (If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, The Snakepit), whimsical pop (Why Can't I Be You?), a Baudelaire rewrite (How Beautiful You Are…), straight...view item »

Pontiak
Sun On Sun

Three brothers (Van (guitar, lead vocals), Lain (drums, vocals) and Jennings Caney (bass, organ, vocals)) makes up Pontiak, who've reissued their second full-length Sun On Sun, in which fuse together leftfield folk-rock with elements of stoner, psychedelica and classic Americana. The opener "Shell Skull" combines the influences of Comets On Fire...view item »

Nightingales
Become Not Becoming

New music from Nightingales, one of the very first of the original punk crew to start spitting and riffing. Of course, they’ve grown with the times, still sounding tight and fresh in 2016. Becoming Not Becoming is available as a six-track 10” release with a bundled download code: that’s the only format...view item »

Sleater-Kinney
Live in Paris

The reformed Sleater-Kinney, captured live in concert in 2015. Live In Paris is a punchy and fierce document of a great live band, as any attendees of recent shows can attest. CD, cassette tape and multiple vinyl editions are available, packaged in a pleasingly old-school photo-collage sleeve. On Sub Pop....view item »

Sodastream
Little By Little

Australian duo Sodastream return to recorded music for the first time in a full decade. Little By Little is a record in the band’s classic guitar-pop tradition, full of songs that have lovely details squeezed into every corner: intimate and epic at the same time. CD and LP editions on their own Sodastream Music im...view item »

Japandroids
Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Japandroids have been delighting fans of straight-down-the-line noisy indie-rock for years now, though they’ve left it four years since releasing their last album. Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, their third full-length, apparently dispenses with the rules the band imposed on themselves beforehand, meaning that su...view item »

Krause
2am Thoughts

Krause is a dirty alliance made up of alumni of bands including Casual Nun, Straighthate and Progress Of Inhumanity, and they play fierce and filthy noise-rock in vintage style. It really does sound blasted and distort-damaged to hell. 2am Thoughts is their debut releas...view item »

Animals That Swim
Workshy

Animals That Swim are one of those 90’s indie bands deeply beloved of a small gang of close fans, but for the most part comfortably under the radar. But these bands quietly created some of that decade’s best music, and are well worth revisiting, as One Little Indian are doing with this reissue of ...view item »

Wand
Golem

Los Angeles psychedelic warriors Wand return with their second album of heavy, heavy jams. Whereas their debut for Ty Segall’s God? imprint was heavy on the ol' synthetic texture, this one has more of a live feel. In short, it rocks, as you might expect given that it's the group's inaugural relea...view item »

Masters Of Reality
Deep In The Hole

Masters Of Reality is Chris Goss’s classic long-running desert rock outfit, and Deep In The Hole is a 2001 record that never got quite as widely-released as it should have done. Until now! On Deep In The Hole, Masters Of Reality had a stunning line-up, including all the m...view item »

Grey Hairs
Serious Business

Grey Hairs play heavy metal / heavy punk / heavy grunge from the perspective of disaffected fortysomethings from Nottingham who’ve put the years into various DIY scenes. So Serious Business contains some proper desolation and some proper fierce riffs to match. Don’t mess with experience. CD and blue vinyl ed...view item »

Joan Of Arc
He's Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands

Joan Of Arc are veterans of the game by now, having been crafting post-rock in Chicago since 1995, when post-rock still meant ‘inventive and interesting’. He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands, their first album in five years, is as brimming with melodic detail as any of their work. Ou...view item »

Cherry Glazerr
Apocalipstick

Cherry Glazerr have announced Apocalipstick, their new album, set for release on 20th January 2017. Recorded at Hollywood’s nominal Sunset Sound studio with celebrated producers Joe Chicarrelli (The White Stripes, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket) and Carlos De La Garza (Paramore, Bleached, M83), this is the band’s debut album for Secr...view item »

Luxury Death
Glue

One half of them used to be in Nai Harvest but now they do this sort of Stevie Nicks-type thing called Luxury Death. ‘Glue’ is a very good synth-pop song - the verse ticks along pleasingly, with Ben Thompson (the Nai Harvest one) and Meg Williams sharing vocal duties. However, the wa...view item »

Dude York
Sincerely

Seattle label Hardly Art have been killing it since day now, and their career-long purple patch continues with new signing Dude York. Producer John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney) coaxes the raditude out in spades here - opener ‘Black Jack’ is a pleasin...view item »

The Replacements
Don't Tell A Soul

Rhino are reissuing a bunch of The Replacements’ albums to vinyl, and 1989’s Don’t Tell A Soul is one of them. This was the band’s sixth album, and their first with Bob “Slim” Dunlap as guitarist. It has a particularly introspective lyrical perspective and  also ...view item »

Tim Cohen
Luck Man

Tim Cohen, who you might know from The Fresh & Only’s or from Magic Trick, strikes out with a solo record. Luck Man is filled with songs that are apparently Tim’s way of filling an existential void, meaning that we get to go nice and deep with him. Not t...view item »

The Stray Trolleys
Barricades and Angels

If, like me, you've fallen in love with the music of Martin Newell via the various the Cleaners from Venus and the Brotherhood of Lizards re-issues on Captured Tracks then here's another one to add to the list. This delves further back in time to the late '70s and Newell's rickety new wave outfit the Stray Troll...view item »

Chavez
Gone Glimmering

Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney is probably better known than his cult '90s band. He recorded the album Superwolf with Will Oldham under his Bonnie Prince Billy moniker and was a member of Zwan with Slint's Dave Pajo and the ...view item »

The Dears
Times Infinity Volume One

The Dears are a Montreal band who’ve been around for long enough (since 1995) to have an established handle on their own sound. Their sixth album, Times Infinity Volume One, shows off that sweeping orchestral indie pop sound to the max, with song subjects that the band ...view item »

Dave Hause
Bury Me In Philly

Dave Hause is an authentic punk voice, having put the years in with his band The Loved Ones: this is his third solo album. Bury Me In Philly is made-up of full-hearted anthems and Americana-tinged rock energy: proper American songwriting, delivered with a smooth fire. Released on CD and (clear vinyl) LP...view item »

The Flaming Lips
Oczy Mlody

Fewer band's have remained so deliciously weird and consistently influential in the universe of alternative rock than The Flaming Lips. Led by the eerie and pounding The Castle, Oczy Mlody becomes the latest addition to a bulging catalogue - which continues to reinvent and surprise o...view item »

Beachheads
Beachheads

Beachheads is a spin-off band from good-times heavy metal band Kvelertak, with two of that band’s members joining another drummer and a synthpop singer. Their music is more pop-friendly than Kvelertak, with sun and beaches replacing black skies and forests. Fun times! Their self-titled deb...view item »

Nicole Sabouné
Miman

Deep down, we’d all like to know what happens when talent show contestants go that extra mile by making an offering to Satan. And now we can find out. Nicole Sabouné’s new album, Miman, takes a poppy approach to gothic and doom metal. The instruments accompanying her lucid voice are both sober and hau...view item »

Weezer
Weezer (White Album)

Weezer return to their ‘Colour’ series of albums with The White Album. Songwriter Rivers Cuomo tells us that it is supposed to be a ‘beach album’, and the energetic power pop thrills it contains would go nicely with a long afternoon on the Los Angeles beaches that inspired it. Ou...view item »

Half Japanese
Hear The Lions Roar

Everyone either does or should love Half Japanese, the expression of a brotherly love for weirdo rock music to be played with no regard for conventional technique. Hear The Lions Roar is their brand new record: it's as fun as ever, and apparently features many of the musicians who worked with the band in the 90’s ...view item »

Dryjacket
For Posterity

Indie rock from South Jersey, USA. Dryjacket’s new one For Posterity is a set of spunky US-indie with emotions openly bared and rhythms slightly mathy. For Posterity is released on ivory and maroon splatter vinyl (not an everyday colour combination eh?), housed in a diecut jacket. Released on the Hopeless...view item »

The Courtneys
The Courtneys II

After stints with Burger Records and Gnar Tapes, sunshine-grungers The Courtneys have found a new home on Flying Nun (Deerhoof, The Clean and loads of others) for their second full-length LP. It’s another collection of 90’s-ass guita...view item »

Lower Plenty
Sister Sister

Lower Plenty are a Melbourne-based four-piece who make mature, reflective and idiosyncratic folk music. It takes a certain gift to be able to pull off blatantly detuned strings, guitars and vocals but somehow it works in this band's favour, making their dawdling, introspective arrangements instantly recognisable. ...view item »

Destruction Unit
Deep Trip

Here from reliable purveyors of gritty darkness Sacred Bones this week is this album from Destruction Unit. I’ve never heard of them before but I trust the label so here goes. From the off they’re making lots of nasty noise, which eventually turns into some pounding goth-punk business with a noisy p...view item »

Black Mamba Fever
Feeling The Strain

Black Mamba Fever are a four-piece band playing a slightly messed-up sounding indie rock / punk-pop hybrid music. Feeling The Strain has good old fashioned riffs and dementedly hollering vocals, delivered with all the enthusiasm you’d expect of youth. Feeling The Strain is a 7” single, released by a...view item »

Xiu Xiu
FORGET

Xiu Xiu has finally returned from their stint at the Black Lodge, but perhaps they have taken some madness with them. After recording and touring with the popular Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, they are now returning with FORGET, packed with eccentric electro-pop, overdriven vocals and utterly danceable rh...view item »

Communions
Blue

Danish kids here making a delightful post-punk dreampop hybrid record. After releasing a few singles over the past two years, Communions are finally ready to release a debut album. Blue is dripping with youthful enthusiasm and eagerness. Fat Possum Records have hooked us up with a lim...view item »

Cairobi
Cairobi

Youngsters these days just keep cranking out brilliant band-names. Cairobi’s self-titled debut album is released in a tragically inappropriate season, as is evident by the very first chords of their single Lupo - this is summertime music. Fuzzy guitars, fuzzy bass in fact, hazy vocals, and dreamy drums, this is th...view item »

Elbow
Little Fictions

Look, new Elbow! This band of friendly Mancunians have been known to split opinions in the Norman office, but they are beloved to many, and with good cause. Little Fictions is the band’s seventh album, put together by Garvey and the gang with special contributions from the The Hallé...view item »

VANT
Dumb Blood

Here is the debut album from VANT, a new alternative rock band with punk flavours. Dumb Blood is polished enough for a few tracks to have a good stab at achieving festival anthem status, but the band’s bite remains. And if you really dig these guys, a deluxe double CD version is also available, featuring nine addi...view item »

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

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

Yung
These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores

Young Danes Yung are a energetic indie rock group very keen on DIY aesthetics: the artwork and production of this EP was handled by the band themselves. These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores bounces along vigorously with a nicely overdriven guitar sound, sharp slices of feedback punctuating the songs here and there. ...view item »

Mazozma's FATUFAIRFE
Mazozma's FATUFAIRFE

It looks like this release is the only opportunity to hear the full-sized band Mazozma’s FATUFAIRFE, a group unwieldy in both name and line-up. Ma Turner and John Philip Farmer are at the core, playing their compositions with musicians previously sighted alongside R. Stevie Moore...view item »

Braid
Closer To Closed

From 1993 to 1999 emo pioneers (back when emo wasn't a dirty word) Braid tore through the post punk world with catchy, chugging riffs, layered with slightly off kilter guitars and slightly off kilter vocal melodies. But these songs built a memorable scene that went missing about 10 years ago. On this EP though...where are the noisy off kilter gu...view item »

Banks & Steelz
Anything But Words

Here is the collaboration that no-one could have expected...or indeed asked for. Funny haired Interpol leader Paul Banks hooking up with Wu Tang's RZA. The result is the kind of rap rock we could only have dreamt of back in the '80s. Careful what you wish for though - they make strange bedfellows these two. &nbs...view item »

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place
You're Doomed. Be Nice.

Returning from self-imposed exile, prolific math rock wonder Rob Crow has assembled a band and begun making jittery US indie-punk again. You’re Doomed. Be Nice, on vinyl LP and CD from Temporary Residence, is immediately recognizable as a Rob Crow record; his relaxed vocals and tense, jagg...view item »

Dim Peaks
Time of Joy

It’s a strange contrast going from reviewing the mind-bending new Oneohtrix Point Never offering to this thoroughly pleasant bit of twinkly Americana-pop by Dim Peaks. It’s all gently plucked guitars and tasteful shuffling arrangements strongly reminiscent of The ...view item »

Milburn
Midnight Control

After 8 years away, Sheffield local boys are officially back, and with a new double A-sided single. Definitely matured in the 8 years away as well, and with the members playing in acts such as Dead Sons and Backhanded Compliments in the gap they have pushed away from the jingle jangle, and into more matured indi...view item »

Sacred Paws
Every Day

Preceding their debut full length album in 2017 Sacred Paws (two members of Golden Grrrls) give us this double A side, which are to be the first two tracks from the album. Bittersweet tracks with earwormingly catchy pop melodies, with an almost steel drum rhythm, and a DIY joy that brings the sense of them playi...view item »

You Me At Six
Night People

Weybridge's finest rock practitioners You Me at Six are back with their fifth album of Reading/Leeds festival-friendly big rock moves. The band churn along like a juggernaut of rock with emotional vocals and big singalong choruses. One for the younger people generally but comes on cassette so your rock loving dad can listen...view item »

American Wrestlers
Goodbye Terrible Youth

Last year's American Wrestlers album was one of those who-is-this-and-why-is-it-so-good? moments. A fantastic swirl of indie rock shoegaze and yes yacht rock. Here is a swiftly made follow up but this time Gary McLure has swapped his rickety 4 track for an actual studio and so it has a cleaner sound without destroying any of that lo-fi charm. Ge...view item »

The Bunny Tylers
Glitches and Drones 2013-2016

Charbel Haber and Fadi Tabbal have inspiring track records as solo artists pushing the alternative and experimental sides of everything they touch. Working within projects such as Scrambled Eggs, Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, The Incompetents, and ...view item »

Has A Shadow
Sorrow Tomorrow

Hailing from Guadalajara, Mexico, Has A Shadow release their second full-length dark offering of gothic, grunged-out post-punk on a black, 180gm slab of vinyl. And CD. Theirs is a sound that haunts and stalks the night, with stark, eerie vocal chants and murky bass rhythms serving as undercurrents to moonlit riffs and scuzz of &...view item »

Bright Eyes
Fevers and Mirrors

Most people either love or hate Conor Oberst (singer/songwriter of Bright Eyes). His voice is full of emotion to say the least. Yes, he warbles at times, screams at times, sounds like he's on the verge of tears pretty often. This would probably annoy me but it doesn't because his voice fits his lyrics. There is a sense of put-on and a slight sense ...view item »

Pond
Man It Feels Like Space Again

Man It Feels Like Space Again is a futuristic sliver of psychedelic pop from the crazy men/children of Australian band Pond. It continues on the same road laid down by previous album Hobo Rocket by delivering yet more hyperactive rock/pop tunes lathered in strange psych effects with obscure...view item »

Heart Beach
Kiss Your Face

Tasmanian indie-pop trio Heart Beach follow up their 2015 self-titled debut album with “Kiss Your Face” on Sydney’s Spunk Records. Lead single “Brittle” channels the downcast melodies, waning vocals and bittersweet grooves that form the group’s ten-track LP. Record comes with a handy download ...view item »

Biffy Clyro
Puzzle

Puzzle is the 4th album to come from Biffy's locker. I came across them due to my sister being obsessed with them from their early days and I've become a fan since. The experimentation is there for this genre of music and the hard hitting tracks are there as well. Although it is not as heavy as previous albums there is almost, if not any, scream...view item »

Women
Public Strain

'Public Strain' was the second and sadly last album from Canadian art-fuzz-pop-rock band Women. Taking cues from softly psychedelic 60s rock and dialling the reverb a long way up, the album is somehow immediate and distant and the same time, concluding in the lovely, yearning repeated riffs of 'Eyesore'....view item »

Little Barrie
Love Or Love

Little Barrie drop a little preview of what we can expect from their incoming 2017 album Death Express (definitely a Little Barrie album, not a Metallica one). Love Or Love is a tight little rock tune, with a pulsing synth-line and a super-energy drum rhythm that at one point a...view item »

El Hombre Trajeado
Fast Diagonal

El Hombre Trajeado were a big deal for Glasgow’s alternative music makers back in the day, but they’ve been away since 2004… No longer! Now, new album Fast Diagonal is here. Joining the original cast (including RM Hubbert!) are several guest vocalists, including Ela Orleans...view item »

Mike Watt
“ring spiel” tour ’95

In 1995, the Minutemen man Mike Watt embarked on a solo US tour, enlisting other alt-rock lifers like Eddie Vedder and Dave Grohl to back him up. “ring spiel” tour ‘95 is the first commercial release of a performance from this excellent tour, being a d...view item »

Sundara Karma
Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

You must have some lovely karma, to encounter such a gift on your life's travels. Some might argue that Youth Is Only Fun in Retrospect, but listening to Sundara Karma’s energetic and youthful debut album is already fun while you’re doing it. Just be ready to be bob your head and hum catch...view item »

Willard Grant Conspiracy
Regard The End

I don't sense any of Harold Bloom's 'anxiety of influence', in the work of Willard Grant Conspiracy. Rather, Fisher has used the Nick Cave template to fashion and fathom a body of work of equal conviction and intensity: brooding soundscapes that resonate from some dark longing for the winter solstice to interminably delay its thawing. Regard The...view item »

Foals
Holy Fire

Foals continue where their excellent debut album left off on this, their second lp. In other words, they are still the embodiment of the soul of indie rock with a sound that is clearly influenced by New Order, Echo and the Bunnymen, ...view item »

Bright Eyes
The Studio Albums 2000 – 2011

Here, have a massive motherload of Bright Eyes: six full albums from the era 2000 - 2011, each of them remastered to perfection. That comes to 6 CDs, or a back-breaking 10 LPs if you choose the vinyl box, which also includes photo prints and a new essay on Conor Oberst’s prime project. Limited edi...view item »

The Dean Ween Group
The Deaner Album

Dean Ween makes his debut as a solo artist. Ween’s skills like in his classic rock style guitar playing, but it is his backing band that really give him the vehicle in which he can shine. I mean, multiple members of Parliament-Funkadelic and a Meat Puppet are all involved,...view item »

fuck
Pretty...slow

fuck, a difficult band to google, were a premium example of slowcorey slackery American indie rock when they recorded Pretty… Slow in 1996. The songs sound like they needed some real encouragement to get out of bed this morning, but it’s a wonderful thing that they did: plenty of low-key majesty and minimal...view item »

Soviet Soviet
Endless

Soviet Soviet, who are Italy (as opposed to any post-Soviet country), release their second full-length album Endless. They plough a slickly energetic furrow, with several songs showing off that windswept epic-indie-swoop sound that people used to call ‘anthemic’. Released by the Felte label....view item »

New Fries
More

New Fries are such a lively-sounding band that you feel like you must be missing something by not getting the visual aspect: these songs are so bursting at the seams with *stuff*, they must be sprouting out colours or something. Anyway, for now we must settle for the kaleidoscopic sound of New Fries: 10 inches w...view item »

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