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Hooton Tennis Club
Highest Point In Cliff Town

Wirral based, indie rock four piece Hooton Tennis Club gained attention with debut single ‘Jasper’ on Heavenly Recordings, having signed to the label after being spotted only three gigs into their careers by Carl Hunter (The Farm). ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town’ is their debut album release on the label and if the taster s...view item »

FIDLAR
40oz On Repeat / West Coast

40oz On Repeat / West Coast is the new double A sided single from Fidlar. The L.A. skate-punk four-piece have been gaining interest from fans and media alike since their clutch of EPs in 2011 and 2012 and their self-titled debut which was released the following year. Both tracks featured here are taken from their forthc...view item »

Le Butcherettes
A Raw Youth

Le Butcherettes are a rock group with a dangerous feel to them. Led by singer and whirlwind personality Teri Gender Bender, they grind out fully-fledged rock music, Teri’s snarl setting the tone. The guests (Iggy Pop and John Fruiscante) give some clue to ...view item »

Boysetsfire
Boysetsfire

Boysetsfire are a post-hardcore (or ‘Heartcore’, as their press release would have it) band who’ve been around for over twenty years. The time has come for a self-titled album, a sort of state-of-the-band record: Boysetsfire is an intense hardcore ride through melodic, emotionally charged material, and...view item »

Vetiver
Complete Strangers

Vetiver’s new LP, titled Complete Strangers, is reportedly designed with the strange atmosphere of the can’t-sleep early hours in mind. Consequently, the tracks sound just a little woozy, just a little off. Beautifully easy-flowing songs of course, but with a complex undercurrent. Just how I like it. Out on ...view item »

Million Dead
Harmony No Harmony

Million Dead (lest we forget, the original band of Frank Turner) effectively ceased to be ten years ago, following the release of this album. In commemoration, Harmony No Harmony is seeing reissue, the record’s first outing on vinyl. And what vinyl! Double LP, pressed to transparent yellow wax, in...view item »

Kagoule
Urth

Kagoule are bright young things, newly active and now releasing their debut album, Urth. The trio take their cues from the late 80's and early 90's, specifically post-hardcore. For teenagers, this is accomplished stuff: the drums pound, the bass rumbles prominently, the vocals sound detached. On Earache....view item »

Pavement
The Secret History Volume 1

Pavement were arguably the greatest American band of the ‘90s. The Secret History Vol. 1 compiles 30 tracks from the band’s early days, 25 of which have never been available on vinyl before. There are b-sides, Peel Sessions and a live concert from the time when Slanted & Enchanted was their...view item »

Grant Hart
Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo is an acoustic live album by Grant Hart. It was recorded in Seattle in 1994. The set shows Hart at his most vulnerable as his desperation is laid bare in his honest lyrics from songs that are stripped to the bone. Ecce Homo contains songs from his time with Husker Du, Nova Mob...view item »

Best Friends
Fake Spit

Old school, upbeat and energetic punk rock: Best Friends know the shortcut into our hearts. With fuzzy guitars and youthful vocals, Fake Spit is the second single off their album Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. My mum always warned me about choosing my friends wisely, but with these guys I just can't go wrong....view item »

Various
Raft Records Compilation

Raft Records is a new endeavour from The Vinyl Factory, with an apparent focus on directly targeted garage rock styles. This Compilation shows off four bands, some of them brand new: Niqab, Puffer, Jet Black and Skinny Girl Diet are the groups on offer. Present...view item »

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience
I Like Rain: The Story of the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience were a New Zealand indie rock group operating in a low key way and releasing on the beloved Flying Nun label. Now we have I Like Rain, compiling all three of their albums along with a round-up of bonus material. All remastered and beautifully packaged in both CD and LP formats, on Fire Re...view item »

GT
Beats Misplaced

GT hammer out down-tuned wind-tunnels of blues-rock guitar-noise on Beats Misplaced, to great effect. This is their second album, and clearly the group have figured out what they are about. The beats don’t sound all that misplaced though: sounds like they are busily driving things along to me. On Communicating Ves...view item »

Mudhoney
Since We've Become Translucent

Since We’ve Become Translucent was Mudhoney’s 2002 effort, a typically sludged-out guitar-fest. Arguably they had moved out of the garage a little by this point, but there is no disputing that this is still firmly a Mudhoney record: lyrics are snarled out, and guitar pedals remain ...view item »

Slaves
Cheer Up London

Well this new single, from questionably named Tunbridge Wells duo Slaves, is awful from pretty much all perspectives. Bringing us back to lower-end mid-2000s indie with some patronising lyrics: the B side to the Cheer Up London 7” single is titled Why Would You?, and that just seems to sum it all up....view item »

Seaweed
Actions and Indications

Seaweed are eighties northwest punks, formed by singer Aaron Stauffer (Spook & the Zombies) and best friend Clint Werner (guitar) who then recruited Wade Neal on guitar, John Atkins on bass, and drummer Bob Bulgrien. Seaweed played over a thousand shows throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as recording five pop punk albums from 1989 to 1...view item »

The Strypes
Little Victories

Cherub-like Irish four-piece The Strypes caused a stir with their debut album, Snapshot because they looked (and were) so young yet rocked so convincingly. The band have spent two years touring the world before returning to the studio to record their second album, Little Victories. Expect even bigger things fro...view item »

Babes In Toyland
Fontanelle

Babes In Toyland's third record, Fontanelle, sees reissue on Rhino. Coming straight outta 1992 with a very grungy rock sound. Some would call it riot grrrl, though I'm hesitant to as I know the group weren't keen on being identified as such. Singer Kat Bjelland wrote most of the songs an...view item »

Ultimate Painting
Green Lanes

Ultimate Painting is a bit of a side project, taking up the personal time of Jack Cooper of Mazes and James Hoare of Veronica Falls. Here on Green Lanes they get to kick back a little from the driving indie-rock formula, making low-key lyrically-focused...view item »

The Machismo's
Fake Live EP

The Machismo’s have decided to take on some old tunes with new recordings on this here Fake Live EP: make of that title what you will. Four of their scraggly, messy guitar tunes, including two tracks prefaced ‘Machisimo’s pay tribute to 90’s uk jungle scene’. Excellent. Sel...view item »

Eleventh Dream Day
Works For Tomorrow

Eleventh Dream Day have been going hard at it since the 1980s, indie rocking onwards into the horizon. Works For Tomorrow grew out of a live residency in a small Chicago club, and it shows: sweat and audience energy is clearly the environment these songs dwell in. The album is out as LP or CD with Thrill Jockey....view item »

Ezra Furman
Day Of The Dog

After hearing “My Zero”, the catchy indie-pop nugget, I really didn’t expect “Day Of The Dog” to sound the way it did. Although it’s his fifth album, I was previously unaware of Ezra Furman. This album is basically a rock ‘n’ roll album, and I mean proper milkshakes-at-the-diner 50s rock ‘n&r...view item »

Albert Hammond Jr.
Momentary Masters

From Albert Hammond Junior - the chap from the Strokes - comes this jangly indie pop album titled Momentary Masters. Ten tracks which he thinks ‘are the best that he’s ever written’. Well, we’re not going to argue. Tight, fun guitar tracks - definitely harking back to early Strokes material. One for fans ...view item »

Yourcodenameis:Milo
17

I hate writing Yourcodenameis:Milo. Stupid stupid way of writing your band name.... They have a new single out as well which is emo'ey kind of rock. You can tell they've been listening to Muse & Placebo but they come off whiffing a bit more of Biffy Clyro with hints of the aforementioned bombasts. I believe Brian...view item »

Young Heart Attack
Misty Rowe

Talking of Rex, they also saw fit to introduce Young Heart Attack into the public consciousness. Now on big daddy label, XL, they unleash the worst single yet of their hopefully brief career . 'Misty Rowe is like Jet being spit roasted by The Black Crowes & AC/DC while ...view item »

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mosquito

Karen O was in her peroxide blonde phase for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' fourth album Mosquito, an under-produced, raw sounding album that some said lacked some of the vibrancy of their earlier work. She may have been having more fun in her blonde days, but she also had less energy in the recording studio. On vi...view item »

Whirlwind Heat
Reagan

The story of falling in love and then being betrayed by that person you trusted is a common theme in music and one that I myself can identify with. Well, Whirlwind Heat have put together a four track EP with a track called Reagan. 'I fell in love with you, you stole my heart, now I cant stand you, you love someone else' the simplicity a...view item »

Delta Spirit
Ode To Sunshine

Ode To Sunshine is the debut album of Delta Spirit, first released in 2008. The group are four albums in now, but for fans looking back, this one has been out of print a while, and thus hard to find. Thankfully though, Dualtone have stepped in with this 180g vinyl reissue to sate the fans’ need for Delta S...view item »

Wake The President
Zumutung!

A Scottish based band fronted by identical twins whose tunes are, by all accounts, hook infested earworms...is this the new Proclaimers album? Sadly not, it's the newie from Wake The President. These guys (twins Eric and Bjorn Sanberg) seem to be pretty good at writing literate pop dittie...view item »

Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon

Walk the Moon, from what I can gather, are a horny bunch of guys, but they make some fun music. They are lyrically creative at times, repetitive at other times. The music has a fair amount of synth in the background, and they are upbeat and catchy. So even though I don't always care for their lyrics, the music is usually so darn catchy that it d...view item »

The Vichy Government
Coventry

It's too early in the morning for this. A chirpy James Nesbitt/Gary Lightbody type perky Northern Irishman twittering on and on over some casio keyboard twinkles sounding something somewhere between 'Kissing with Confidence' by Will Powers, Jad Fair and John Shuttleworth. Safe to say thou...view item »

The View
Bread and Circuses

After kicking the indie brit rock scene in the butt with 2006's Hat's off to the Buskers, The View went in a bit of a different direction (a much more unsuccessful direction) with their 2nd album Which Bitch? in 2009. Thankfully, they're a bit more grounded with their 3'rd record. Even on the first spin, I really couldn't identify a bad song on ...view item »

The Twang
Either Way

The Twang release their 2nd single called Either Way on 2 x 7" and CD. Available for 1.95 each for you can buy all 3 formats (all with different B sides on) for 3 quid. Yeah that's a ridiculously cheap deal which makes me think anyone who doesn't buy all 3 is stupid (if you're a fan that is). Of course if you didn't want to buy it at all that'...view item »

The Tumbledryer Babies
Wheat

I don't know quite what I was expecting from this one (big picture of a cow's face on the cover, production handled by Paul Leary who's done the duty for his own Butthole Surfers, Meat Puppets, Daniel Johnston etc.) but I wasn't expecting the first tune to sound like it could've been on the first Pipettes LP, albeit with an amusingly (and hopefu...view item »

Tres Macacos
Take a Breath

Tres Macacos sound quite like Razorlight or Kings of Leon or maybe The Cribs or something at a push. They're from Wakefield, land of the free. Motherland to Black Lace, Ultrasound, Jane McDonald and ME (that's 'me' in capital letters, not yuppie flu). So some good things have come out of there. Is this 'Take a Breath' CD single one of them? Listen ...view item »

The Troubadours
(I'M NOT) Superstitious / Rome

The Troubadours had single of the week a while back with their cracking debut. Here's their new single '(I'M NOT) Superstitious' on hip happening Loog label and I have to say it's another great pop smash. Very merseybeat and I have to say I'm reminded a little of the pop sensation that was Cast. 'I'm Not Superstitious' is on limited edition 7"...view item »

Seconds / JOYA
Split

Alternative indie-rockers Seconds showcase their dissonant-and-catchy sound together with partners in crime JOYA. Made possible by the folks at Soft Power, this split EP gives us a positive outlook on the future of indie pop, with JOYA keeping an eye on the melodic and gentle side of things. A match mad...view item »

Luke Toms
Fools With Money

Luke Toms then. Not to be confused with your uncle who has the cabin. oh no.... This one is some new chap being hunted by record labels so I'm told. They'll tell you anything to sell records these days. Seriously. next they'll be saying this is actually worth some of the hype and you should buy it. Actually they'd be right!! Bouncy piano...view item »

Tiny Masters Of Today
Skeletons

Tiny Masters of Today! I love these little guys! Apparently former Norm-man Mingus Rude (gone but not forgotten) was a big fan too. Kids in rock are so often ridiculously irritating but this pair neatly sidestepped Hanson Drummer Syndrome by writing songs about things that kids should write about, like writing rude words on upside-down calculators ...view item »

Tiny Masters Of Today
Hologram World

Having played major music festivals, SXSW, and many concerts in Europe and New York the band has already generated a huge fan base and received praise from many notable critics/publications. On their first record the band collaborated with many other artists such as Karen O., singer for the band Yeah, Yea...view item »

Switches
Lay Down The Law/ Eye Need To Know

THE SWITCHES re release Lay Down The Law on 2 x 7" and CD. The best thing to talk about is the covers as the music all sounds the same these days . This one features the boys having a greasy spoon, necking some drinks, blowing bubble gum bubbles and they're being interviewed by the fuzz. Presumerably for the awful cover..... Commercial indie r...view item »

Super Adventure Club
Avoid Zombies

Rocking a classic power trio line-up and hailing from Glasgow, Super Adventure Club serve up a mixed bag of takes on classic stylistic approaches. Over eight songs they cover classic indie pop, rock, swing and jazz infusing each with enough quirky good times to keep even the most restless listener happy. Sighting Devo, Soul Coughi...view item »

Best Friends
Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane.

Welcome to the debut album from fresh new Sheffielders Best Friends, setting their stall out with ten tracks of guitar stuff. Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane. almost recalls the sound of the mid-2000s indie wave, except with perhaps a little more in the garage and fuzz departments. Released by the FatCat label....view item »

Art Trip & The Static Sound
Nothing Is Static

Liked this record straight away. The fold out sleeve courted controversy in the office with its fierce odour of hard-core printing ink which took me somewhere magical but made our Kim utter "public toilets" with a grimace. What all this says about my state of mind, or hers, doesn't bear thinking about. It's a real piece of heavy-grade bi-polar a...view item »

The Black Tambourines
Domino / A Forest / Friendship 7

The Black Tambourines are proud to come from Falmouth, from whence they transmit their indie rock energy. This 12” serves as an interim release before their second album comes out, and most excitingly includes a cover of The Cure’s classic track ‘A Forest’, alongside two originals. Releas...view item »

Yung
Blanket / Burning Bodies

The sound of young Denmark here: Yung are fresh and new and enthusiastic, their first release only coming out this year. Blanket / Burning Bodies manages to hold in balance melody and comprehensible vocals with a properly punk sense of forward drive and aggression. 7” single on the Tough Love label....view item »

Some Action
Some Action

More 7" action on Gigantic Music (The last one being that ace Cloud Room single) this time with a new single by Some Action. Its called 'Some Action' as well. Its raucous pub brawl style rock music in the vein of Kings of Leon or the Rolling Stones. Sounds like something else but I can't put my finger on...view item »

RATATAT
Magnifique

RATATAT, (whose wikipedia page helpfully informs us are “not to confused with Rattata”, the Pokemon) are a Brooklynite duo who bring grooves to their listeners via mostly instrumental, predominantly electronic means. With Magnifique, they throw more guitar into the mix than we have come to expect from the la...view item »

Paul Weller
Going My Way

Going My Way is a single taken from Paul Weller’s latest album, Saturn’s Pattern, jaunting along between tender quiet piano-led parts and bouncier bits. He even gets a small choir to join in towards the end. The B-side, ‘I Spy’, is exclusive to this release, not appearing on the album. 7...view item »

DRINKS
Hermits On Holiday / Eighteen Teenage Revenge Fair

Drinks appears to be the bizarro-side-project of Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley, in which they cast aside their usual singer-songwriter / hardcore punk focuses and get unusual. Hermits On Holiday is the initial example of their unexpected sound, out in advance of the full album of the same...view item »

Snow White
EP

New single from Snow White which has been compared to My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. Yeah I suppose you could compare it to 'Feed Me with your Kiss' as performed by The Stooges. The previous sentence makes this sound great but actually it's not. It's just immediately obvious what they've been listening to. It d...view item »

Simple Kid
Lil King Kong

Now SIMPLE KID with his new single Lil' King Kong on Country Gentleman recordings. After a lengthy absence from the music pages "the kid" is back. With the banjo plucking away at the back bone and keeping us bobbing along. There's a definite Beck reference point with the drum beats an...view item »

The Shallow Call
Frank Bruno

Shallow Call With 'Frank Bruno' which is a debut from the band about the ex-world champion/ occasional nut job and constant panto star. Its a quirky pop number following the blue print of pop including all the "unexpected" chords that one would bet your back teeth are coming next. Not made me angry though as it's an ego free number with the Blueton...view item »

Strange Wilds
Subjective Concepts

Strange Wilds are both strange and wild, although on reflection probably more wild than strange. Subjective Concepts is a grungey hardcore record that drinks in the major music history of their native Seattle. Out on Sub Pop, with the option of white vinyl exclusively limited to independent stores (like ours!)....view item »

Scumbag Philosopher
It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing

Scumbag Philosopher are a four piece post-punk outfit most likely from London town, though I can't be sure. 'It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing' is an almost perfect presentation of the post-punk blueprint. It not only features spiky guitars, chunky slabs of bass and repetitive drum grooves, it also contains the kind of wry social commentary y...view item »

The Scaramanga Six
Cabin Fever

Me. I been wandering like a cloud dude. We're all free living, pot smoking JAZZ freaks in here, y' get me? Huh? Are you my soul brothers & sisters? Oh fer fucks sake, get that christing saxaphone OFF the stereo dude & put some grumbling northern caberet rock on instead! I'm called Brian & one of the best local bands I'...view item »

The Frames
Longitude

Irish band The Frames celebrate their 25th anniversary with a new compilation, Longitude. The songs were chosen by the band and features new versions of fans favourites Revelate and Fitzicado. There is a brand new song too, None But I. The Frames were formed in 1990 by ...view item »

Russian Circles
Memorial

Russian Circles give us album number five of their sombre, drenched compositions. Indeed, this is a very layered thing - post-rock in the contemporary style of massive of guitar soundscapes suitable only for equally massive speakers, or headphones at least. Memorial is on CD and vinyl from Sargent House...view item »

Alex Turner
Submarine (Original Songs)

Well, there's a girl very close to my heart who's a bit in love with Richard Ayoade (amongst numerous other wise-cracking contemporary comedians) and she informed me he was making a film. It's one of those coming-of-age comedy drama things but I reckon it'll be proper sound. Especially with these dinky songs forming a dreamy soundtrack of sorts....view item »

Royal Bangs
We Breed Champions

Royal Bangs are a five piece indie rock band from Knoxville Tennesse and 'We breed champions' is the bands first full length offering. This is proper american indie rock played with passion and style with excellent dynamic and rhythmic qualities. The riffage ain' t bad either!! Occasionally the band settler into a modest mouse-esq power ballad that...view item »

The Rumble Strips
Hate Me You Do

Chirpy sub Dexy's toss like The Rumble Strips does nowt for me. I don't wanna hear a cross between Boomtown Rats & Mystery Jets any more than I want to stab myself up. Or I may just go & stab up Razorlight for making this bobbins popular. I'm too old & off for a lie down & a cup of horlic...view item »

Rosemary
40-40

Now Rosemary (my favourite hardy herb) with 40-40 on a limited 7" on Split records. Another fast guitar pop led all boys anthem with catchy sing a long moments and steady kick drum keeping us pogoing in the indie disco. Not my thing really but the B-side, Down like a Domino is a stronger song with some great guitar work underneath the vocals w...view item »

The Retail Sectors
The Starlight Silent Night

The Retail Sectors are a Japanese band who make decent catchy guitar music. Not the shit stuff neither.... think The Workhouse with hints of Pixies in there. It's what I call great indie guitar pop music. All instrumental..... no ones rubbish voice to chatter inane babble over simple melodies. I've heard this album a good few times now and it's wel...view item »

Retro Crooks
Conrad Dangerfield/ Judy Knows

Retro Crooks self release their debut single (I think). It's a CD single only release which is probably quite a rare thing in this day and age. Most singles are a 7" and download, 12" wax or a huge multi formatting bonanza. Well the Retro Crooks have half inched bits of the Arctic Monkeys and Libertines along with some twiddly Foals esque...view item »

Peacers
Peacers

Peacers, by Peacers, is the latest work of former Sic Alps man Mike Donovan. The Peacers sound maintains that psychy flavour, jamming in a low-key way. Production duties were taken on by Ty Segall, but for the most part this set stays away from crushing...view item »

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