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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 »

Semifinalists
DVD

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 »

Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard

Following up an album as good as The Rhumb Line is a difficult task. Ra Ra Riot had a major element working against them: the untimely passing of John Pike, their original drummer and a great lyricist (who penned various songs for The Rhumb Line). They also faced the possibility of a dreaded sophomore slump. Now, I've read some early critiques o...view item »

Rags & Feathers
The Other Side of Morning

What a beautiful record... imagine Gram Parsons having cups of tea with the Decembrists on a crisp autumn morning. A heartwarming lush, lyrical , folksy oddysey! These guys are ones to watch for the future... ...view item »

The Rain Band
Knee Deep & Down

The Rain Band (who gave me this?). Its a new single. Its dark swirling heavy overcoated guitar rock somewhere between Mansun, The Chameleons and something altogether more scary like the Sisters of Mercy. Knee Deep & Down is released on 7", 12" and CD ...view item »

Punks On Mars
Bad Expectations

Punks On Mars are actually a garage pop crew from Not Mars, and are fans of the Japandroids manifesto: thrilling nights playing easy chords and sick riffs. Bad Expectations is quick power pop for those who like the sound of loose guitars and thrown off ideas. The name is a good signi...view item »

Poor Moon
Poor Moon

This is a beautiful album, and while there will be comparisons to Fleet Foxes, Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott have really tried to make this something else with the help of brothers Ian and Peter Murray. The overall aesthetic has a similar vibe to Fleet Foxes but doesn't have quite the same intensity or energ...view item »

Panico
Kick

I haven't listened yet the album but I hope is so great as the album art. I really loved the album art made by Rodrigo Pereda....view item »

Cheatahs
Sunne EP

A sunny panzanella (an Italian salad, ok?) from Cheatahs. Their first release since their debut record, Sunne EP is yearning for optimism. Awash with reverb on everything, big hazy vocals, a wall of guitars and grooving drums. This is a nice slice of spring light at the end of the wintery tunnel. Think No Age, Cave-In a...view item »

The Ordinary Boys
Brassbound

Odd Shaped Head
Egomatic

Whoooo, OSH rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   They are so cool, a definate must see! x ...view item »

Of Arrowe Hill
Dulce Domum

Here's a new album by Of Arrowe Hill... 'Dulce Domum' is a sprawling opus of Guided By Voices/ Oasis style alt rock.... Sometimes it's quite trad and other times it's kind of quirky. It's very polished sounding indie rock which will appeal to those who like the rocki...view item »

The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers
Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

Mid-tempo psych rock from these suave Lahndoners. They have a shoegaze slant that I find interesting. They have a well produced sound. It is a psych rock record without the wailing walls of guitar and tin can percussion. I guess it reminds me of something like Wolf People but with less rock. It defiantly comes from the same ball park. This CD is...view item »

Noisettes
The Count of Monte Christo

The Noisettes with 'The Count Of Monte Christo' on Vertigo. Saw them play this live at the Reading festival particularly stoned on my couch and was very very blown away. She is an impeccable performer and her harmony and vocal interaction with the guitar player was amazing. In the cold light of day it seems slightly less impressive but heavens it's...view item »

The Maccabees
Marks To Prove It

Marks To Prove It is the fourth album produced by indie rock group The Maccabees, following a three year gap. All the hallmarks are still in place though, don’t worry: omnipresent guitars and choruses that are probably anthemic or something. This was available on lots of different colours of vinyl but it's just av...view item »

Sauna Youth
Distractions

Originating from Brighton, Sauna Youth are everything a post punk band should be: impossible to categorise, totally wild live performers with a sound that is contradictorily harmonious and brutal at the same time. ‘Distractions’ consists of 14 instinctive songs about desire, carried by a sound that is both superhuman and super weird....view item »

The Marigold
Erotomania

We can't find much out about The Marigold here so the music's got to do the talking for them (as it should be really), judging by their names I'm assuming they're Italian though. Their sound brings to mind everything from grunge to early Sebadoh to a less intense Isis, most of the tracks are all-out rockers but there's the odd little experimental i...view item »

Magnet
The Tourniquet

Magnet's boyish charm comes through with a decided strength as many of the songs, although still questioning life; start to find a new direction and purpose within the stage of intimacy and comfort. I listen to Magnet because I like being able to listen to dreamy romantic contemplations savouring each inflection of his voice in his magical elect...view item »

Looking Glass
The First Real Target EP

Looking Glass is the work of My Sad Captain main man Jim Wallis. This is a self-released effort prompted by support from Marc Riley who seems to have a soft spot for the band. Can't really think of any wordy anecdotes that might help describe such humble sounding indie pop as it's all far too earnest, well played and serious for all that. Wallis...view item »

Loose Talk Costs Lives
Wax & Gold

Loose Talk Costs Lives are a Leeds band who are peddling this Afrobeat-inflected indie rock that's so fashionable currently. I guess the most obvious and lazy comparison here has to be Vampire Weekend. I bet they get that a lot but whatever, they're making slightly smug indie pop with a nod to ...view item »

Like A Stuntman
Fresh Air Is Not The worst Thing In Town

Remember that Like A Stuntman 7" we liked the other week? You wanting more? Bet you are... Your prayers have been answered and we have a whole album on CD here for you by the afore mentioned quirky indie warriors. But it's not all indie... oh no. There's a fair selection of electronics here as well just to confuse. Overall I'd say i...view item »

Lime Headed Dog
KFUM&KFUK/ Lorenzo

Got a two track debut CD single from Lime Headed Dog which is the work of Joel Cox who used to be in Good Shoes. 'Kfum & Kfuk' is experimental schizoid indie pop that's quirky and fun reminding me a little of The Chap. There's lots of energy and plenty going on. I asked Phil if he could describe it and he couldn't and neither could I so just go...view item »

Muse
Absolution

Absolution is renowned for being the Muse album on which Matt Bellamy checks the time and then reads it out to us, and really, who could forget the catchy refrain from "Time Is Running Out": "Hey hey, folks, there isn't much time left", etc. Also some other songs in a maximalist rock opera bubble of solipsism....view item »

Muse
Black Holes & Revelations

The prog rock equivalents of Russell Brand attempt to delineate their super anthemic pop rock and turn it into something big, bold but nuanced and experimental on Black Holes & Revelations. I'm sure you'd love me to tell you that it's awful and they fail unequivocally, but I'm not going to do it, leaving this item des...view item »

Muse
The Resistance

It's quite an achievement to be the actual worst band in the world but over a series of albums Muse have done it time and time again. New one 'Drones' is the one even Muse fans say is bad. 'The Resistance' from 2009 is somewhat better but that's only a relative thing. You'll like it if you like Queen and importantly the album got the Brian May s...view item »

Leaving the Fold
Contort

LEAVING THE FOLD (I'm convinced they used to be just The Fold!!!) have a pretty darn cool single on Marquis Cha Cha too. It's nowt particularly new (like, so whaaat?) but if I were 18 again I'd be well into the melodic post hardcore of 'Contort for the Two of Them' with its dense walls of dive-bombing guitars stabbed up by...view item »

Superchunk
Come Pick Me Up

Recorded in 1999 at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago and produced by Jim O’Rourke, ‘Come Pick Me Up’ allowed Superchunk to evolve into a more experimental sounds directions including accompaniments from horn sections provided by Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, and Bob Weston and string instrument contributions from Fred Longberg...view item »

Large Mound
Go Forth & Amplify

So if Clint can bow out with a Scientific Laboratories release then I can begin with one. A thoroughly excellent CD in by Large Mound. A hugely enjoyable collision of punkey Irish indie & adrenalized rifferama coming in somewhere between Dinosaur JR, Teenage Fanclub & most noticeably, St. Johnny, old mat...view item »

Large Mound
Raised On Rock

Large Mound release a CD on Julius Geezer which is Ross from Joan of Arse's label and it's lo fi shambling indie rock. The best band name I've heard in some time though why I don't know??? Honest to goodness indie rock in an early Lemonheads/ Dinosaur Jr way but more Irish sounding...view item »

Cheatahs
Murasaki

‘Murasaki’ is Cheatahs third release, following their debut album and underground hit ‘Sunne’ EP. The record sees Canadian Nathan Hewitt, Californian Dean Reid, British James Wignall and German drummer Mark Raue more consciously exploring their cultural diversity over distorted guitars and breaking synth lines. For fans o...view item »

The Kull
Transference

The Kull- Transference- CD on City Silenced Records... The first impression I got of this album was that a couple of middle aged blokes had got together and tried to get in touch with their youth. Basically a mid-life-crisis on CD. There is still something there though, no doubt. Would recommend this to fans of Placebo....view item »

Kit
Broken Voyage

KIT are a band featuring members of XBXRX, Hawnay Troof, Snowsuit*, Warbler, Lil Pocketknife, Boxleitner and have their debut long player Broken Voyage' out on the ever fun Upset The Rhythm. It's a tremendous blend of upbeat noise thrashings with a pop sensibility Reminding me of Deerhoof at times. Short and sweet little songs. Just like this revie...view item »

Kingsize
The Daze

Weekender Records have chirpy single out by Kingsize who are a London band that make us think of a less shambolic Libertines. It's fairly commercial indie rock . I struggled with words to write about this so Phil told me to write ' if you like this kind of thing you'll be singing it on the way back from the pub while you're clubbing peoples faces o...view item »

The Juniper Band
Time For Flowers

THE JUNIPER BAND 'Time For Flowers' CD is a far more conventional affair, with it's rather traditional approach to alternative / indie music. Utilising Electric guitar, Bass, Drums, Rhodes, Synth, Hammond etc. Quite dramatic sounding at times and made more interesting with some additional effects. Slightly depressing at times with a few...view item »

Jesus H Foxx
Endless Knocking

Jesus H. Foxx are a Scottish seven-piece who include three guitarists and a cornet/glockenspiel player within their ranks. This long-player here came together “almost immediately” over the course of two and a half years, apparently...view item »

iLiKETRAiNS
Sea Of Regrets

I Like Trains are leeds very own bleak pop pioneers. New single 'Sea of Regrets' is a song inspired by the environmental musings of natural scientists James Lovelock and George Monbiot and seems to touch on themes of a doomed human race. It's the first single from thier new self produced/released LP expected later this year. It's a thoughtful track...view item »

I'm A Robot
I'm A Robot

I'm A Robot are a new band and tthis is their debut album out on Virgin. It sounds like John Lydon/ the fella from Hot Hot Heat singing and it's got an early eighties feel to it (like everything at the mo). Catchy and quite different to anything else that's kicking around in this e...view item »

Idle Times
Idle Times

Is it just me or is every band "on the up" in the current pool of U.S. Underground acts obsessed with sounding lo-fi, 80s or just really fucking druggy? These guys don't sound 80's though. They do sometimes fall into the 90's post-Slanted & Enchanted category. Those wonderful bands that buried their rambling, shambling tunes under swathes of...view item »

The Icarus Line
On The Lash EP

Jesus. The Icarus Line are constantly touted as the most dangerous band on the planet. They're about as "dangerous" as The Bronx. Bad eyeliner & Tinderstick's old suits. Marlboro "cool" & fake blood. They also sound like a tuneless dirge of OTT rock 'n' roll clichés & are one of the du...view item »

Hot Hot Heat
Let Me In

This nostalgia stuff is getting ridiculous. Can you believe mad cow disease is back already? Its only just gone away. Just like Hot Hot Heat. Around 2004 they sounded a bit scratchy and Talking Heads like. They have a new single out called "Let me in" They now sound like (insert big mega-bucks band name). Truly awful faceless indie nonsen...view item »

Heartyeah
Traps

Again on top label Sheffield Phonographic Corporation we have Heartyeah with their album Traps. An angry and jolted mixture of contemporary electronic bass and beats with "classic" rock electric guitar action. The chanting and shouting vocals are driven to distortion creating a chaotic and juvenile sound that is energetic and innovat...view item »

Heat from A Dead Star
Seven Rays Of The Sun

Heat from a Dead Star are on Ace of Hearts, the label probably best known for bringing Mission of Burma to the world, so it's probably not surprising that there are links all over this 'Seven Rays of the Sun' CD from Roger Miller playing piano on one track to newer Burma member Bob Weston grungily engineering. All signs point to AMAZE but in realit...view item »

Harrisons
Wishing Well

Here come yet another buzz band called The Harrisons. Its decent pop rock with a bit of Maximo Park about it but you're not really buying it for the music are you? Comes on CD and 7"....view item »

The Gossip
Movement

As much as I love Beth Ditto's voice, this is an inconsistent, incomplete album. It differs from 'That's Not What I Heard' in that there are actual "songs" here, as compared to the "skits" that defined the first album. Because of the clarity of the production and the longer songs, The Gossip's flaws are more obvious here; the lyrics are bad (and...view item »

Gold Sounds
Home Schooled

GOLD SOUNDS HOME SCHOOLED EPGold Sounds are a London based 5 piece that have been bubbling away on the London scene for a couple of years now, and just released their first EP. Although their name has more than a nod to 'Pavement', their sound is firmly in 'The Shins' camp, weaving melodies around the vocals of lyricist and front man George Nap...view item »

Kid Wave
Gloom

Beach pop forever, right? It's kind of weird that this record is called 'Gloom', considering Kid Wave's emotive guitar tones, slick bass and wide-eyed melodies. These songs have the feel of despondent garage rock, but remind of acts like Best Coast and Beach House, giving off waves of that summery, nostalgic sound that used to rule our live...view item »

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