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Butch Walker
Stay Gold

Butch Walker has penned songs for all the greats  - Frank Turner, Taylor Swift etc but he also writes tunes for himself. This latest effort will appeal to fans of the lesser spotted these days brand of American 'Cadillac rock' penned by the be-mulleted likes of Bon Jovi, John Cougar Mellencamp and Richard Marx.  

The Buttless Chaps
Cartography


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Purling Hiss
High Bias

High Bias is studio album number six for Purling Hiss. They are the project of Philadelphia-based musician and slacker Mike Polizze. Polizze mixes sludgy grunge, psychedelic shoegaze and lots of guitar solos. Following on from his previous two albums Water On Mars and Weirdon I think it’s probably pretty safe to get excited about this.
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Health&Beauty
NO SCARE

Health&Beauty (their spacing) have been around a long, long time (since 2003 in fact) so why are they cutting through now? Well it's perhaps that this version of the band that backed Ryley Walker on his incredible 'Primrose Green'. We know then that they have 'chops'. The music here appears to be jagged indie rock. Let's give 'em a chance eh?   
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Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Fresh from his recent purchase of a brand new VW Golf, J Mascis returns with his legendary band to prove that he still knows as much about slacker indie rock as he does about best value family hatchbacks. There's a limited coloured vinyl edition that we presume will be just as popular as Volkswagen's flagship brand.      
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Spray Paint / EXEK
Split

Spray Paint are an Austin, Texas post-punk group, with a music that is audibly the product of a tight discipline crossed with an ecstatic energy. Here they share a split with Australians Exek, who synth up their post-punk sound. 400 7" copies pressed up for an Australian tour, released by the Homeless label.

Blossoms
Blossoms

Blossoms are an indie band from Stockport. Their stock is rising fast in 2016: they came 4th in the BBC’s new music poll and their first single, At Most A Kiss shot to number one in the iTunes chart. Its follow-up Getaway also proved to be a success and they’ve wowed with an appearance on Later...with Jools Holland. Expect big things with their self-titled debut album.
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Savoy Motel
Savoy Motel

Members of Savoy Motel have come together after years playing in other bands most notably Cheap Time but here they are enjoying themselves with a kind of slinky take on indie rock that reminds me of a more scratchy Beck or a more sexy the Strokes. All fuzzy guitars and falsetto vocals and feeling rather chuffed with themselves.  

Ed Harcourt
Furnaces

Singer/Songwriter Ed Harcourt has taken on an ambitious project with his latest album Furnaces. Taking a break from writing hits for the likes of James Bay and Paloma Faith, he has enlisted the help of producer Flood to make the colours brighter, the dark bits darker and add an element of danger. Harcourt says his favourite music always runs the gamut of emotions and that’s what he set out to do here. The cover art is by Ralph Steadman, the artist who made Hunter S. Thompson’s books all the more enjoyable.
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The Rifles
Big Life

The Rifles are one of those bands who do very well for themselves thank you despite generally being under the radar. This is their 5th (!) album of driving anthemic mod-ish pop rock. You can see why they are popular on the live 'circuit'. They better watch out though as this is on Cooking Vinyl, the label where bands go to die.  
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Interpol
Turn On The Bright Lights

The formidable debut from Interpol, Turn On The Bright Lights, which turns 15 this year. In that early-2000s city environment, the New York post-punk revivalists dished out generous helpings of gloom, brooding vocals and those headily dark basslines that we’re still enjoying now. LP or CD on Matador.
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Django Django
Born Under Saturn

Born Under Saturn is the second album (at last!) from Django Django. From the sound of ‘First Light’, the initial single, it seems that Django Django will be targeting summer happiness with these thirteen tracks. A blend of '60s harmonies and more contemporary synth-basslines turns out to be pretty fine combo. Out on Because Music.

Cheena
Spend The Night With...

New York five piece Cheena bring a truly American rock ‘n’ roll sound to the table on their debut album, Spend The Night With….They cook up a glam-tinged sound that falls somewhere between Kiss and the New York Dolls that is also likely to please fans of Royal Trux. On Sacred Bones.

The Cobra Lamps
The Cobra Lamps EP

Barrie Cadogan leads Little Barrie, and has also played guitar sideman to acts like Morrissey, Primal Scream and Edwyn Collins. The man knows his rock music, and now he’s doing it on his own for the first time, as The Cobra Lamps. This debut EP finds Barrie trying on some new styles on a slightly different axis to most of his other work. Out on Anton Newcombe’s ‘A’ Recordings.
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Johnny Foreigner
Mono No Aware

Album the fifth from Birmingham’s Johnny Foreigner, who still sound as hopped-up and energetic as ever, somehow. Mono No Aware barrels along with bouncy riffs and those unbeatable of all dual vocals keeping the fun levels high. Premium noisy indie-pop-punk. Released by the Alcopop! label. Yes come on!
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Asylums
Killer Brain Waves

Asylums are new and hungry, apparently born of a need to get on with it and make stuff, regardless of outside support. Killer Brain Waves is a fast and thrashy pop-punk that has some feelings about the state of things: and boy is it going to tell you about those feelings… loudly! CD and vinyl editions on Cool Thing, with remarkable brain-microwave sleeve art.
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Happy Accidents
You Might Be Right

The latest band to bubble up through the UK’s fertile DIY indie-punk scene is Happy Accidents. Several of the songs on debut full-length You Might Be Right deal with social anxiety, but they do so in a totally non-anxious way: this band sound confident in their own powers. Out on the Alcopop! label.
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The Sisters of Mercy
Vision Thing

Classic Leeds hard-rockers Sisters Of Mercy’s third album, 1990’s Vision Thing, gets the deluxe reissue treatment. Now this is called a Vinyl Collection for a reason: as well as the whole original album on wax (naturally), the box also contains the 3 contemporaneous 12” singles, presented on vinyl as they were meant to be. All 180g too. On Rhino.
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Faith No More
We Care A Lot: Deluxe Band Edition

This release looks all the way back to 1985 and the debut of original vocalist Chuck Mosley’s Faith No More. We Care A Lot is roughly produced (the band had no money) but full of flavour and 80’s flair. It has been out of print absolutely years, so here comes a Deluxe Band Edition remix with 9 extra tracks of unreleased material. On Koolarrow Records.

Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Delivered

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are a Melbourne band who play a slackery kind of indie rock. They wear it so naturally that it seems like they might have just tumbled straight out of bed and onto the stage, the loose riffs just pouring off the fingers. It’s got a lovely feel to it. Delivered is out on the Fire label.
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Wilco
Schmilco

Named sorta in praise of Harry Nilsson, and sorta just because Wilco are enjoying a continued burst of self-contented idiocy (Wilco: The Album anybody? Star Wars?), this record sees the alt-country outfit go largely acoustic, following the quick 'n' loose record before it with more of the same. In recent years the band have rekindled some of the freewheeling countrified magic of their youth, largely doing away with the experimental self-seriousness of their golden era in favour of a more plainspoken approach. I'm sure it'll be nice.
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Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest is the project of a man (Will Toledo) who is only 23; and yet this is his thirteenth album under the name. With a production ethic like that you know Toledo isn’t messing around, and indeed Teens Of Denial goes straight for the jugular with slacker-punk swagger. And, as the first Car Seat Headrest album to be recorded in proper studio, it sounds great. On Matador.

Phantom Forth
The EEPP

Phantom Forth recorded The EEPP for release on Flying Nun in 1984. It offers an insight into one corner of New Zealand’s low-key DIY underground scene: apparently a dark and shadowy corner judging by the coldwave / post-punk stylings on display here. This Dark Entries reissue is fully remastered, features 2 bonus demos, and comes with original artwork and a poster!

The Grifters
One Sock Missing

The Grifters were a Memphis-based indie band with a scrappy, lo-fi, happily-noisy kick to them, particularly on their earlier records. One Sock Missing is one of those records, a fun alt-rock tumble with a distinctly 90’s feel. Initially released by Shangri-La Records and now reissued by Fat Possum.
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The Grifters
Crappin' You Negative

Here come The Grifters, a Memphis-based indie band with a scrappy, lo-fi, happily-noisy kick to them, particularly on their earlier records. 1994’s Crappin’ You Negative is one of those records, and arguably the band’s best. Thoroughly-90’s DIY action. Initially released by Shangri-La Records and now reissued by Fat Possum.
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Various
Continental Drift

This release is totally a team effort, with the Fortuna POP! and Slumberland pairing up to release a four-way split between Mercury Girls, Wildhoney, The Spook School and Tigercats. So that’s four different spins on the lively indie-pop sound, dosed with more or less punk, politics and shoegaze depending on the band. Fun, inexpensive variety on CD or blue / white vinyl!

Drive-By Truckers
American Band

Drive-By Truckers celebrate their twentieth anniversary with their eleventh album, very directly titled American Band. It is of course a strange and heavy time to be American, and that’s how the Truckers feel about it. This is a political record that tries to emphasise what's good, over songs that do slightly new things for the Drive-By Truckers. On ATO Records.
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Blind Pilot
And Then Like Lions

It's a sad fact that many of the best album come after periods of loss. Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker has cultivated this album after the death of his father and the end of a relationship. Therefore it's going to be a sad affair though at times uplifting as Nebeker looks to the future. Blind Pilot have performed on ‘Ellen’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ shared stages with the Shins, Andrew Bird and Calexico which gives you some idea of where they are coming from. 

Wallpaper
Domestic Landscape Activities

You just know from that title that this has some severe Pavement influences going on. But these ain't new pretenders this is a re-issue from a cassette only release back in 1994 where every college long hair played their guitars sideways and ranted noisily about appliances. This rabble feature folks from New Bad Things who were a fine noise pop outfit. Expect a good mess. 
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TTNG
Disappointment Island

Bands putting out an album after a few years is like meeting an old friend: they’ve changed, but you still recognize them. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes not so much. This Town Needs Guns added a member and is now known as TTNG. And thankfully it’s not a let-down at all, despite being called Disappointment Island. The music is wonderfully upbeat, with complex time signature-changes drawing you in to listen closely.

Wymond Miles
Call By Night

Singing with a great sense of drama and intensity, Wymond Miles is finally back with a follow-up to 2013’s Cut Yourself Free. Sandwiching more gentle tracks between grand compositions on the beginning and the end of Call By Night, Miles brings his infectious Americana rock to its full potential.
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Cosmonauts
A-OK!

Well it's on Burger so you'll have some idea what to expect. The press release uses words like 'cacophonic' and 'disharmonic' but otherwise makes very little actual sense. The internet throws up phrases like 'garage pop' and 'psychedelic rock'. Hey, it's on Burger - we know what a fun blast it's going to be. 
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The Computers
Birth/Death

The Computers are members of a very exclusive set: rock bands that come from Exeter. It ain’t easy being a rocker in the South-West... Birth / Death is their third album of soulful garage action, and boy do these fellas put some energy into it. Out on One Little Indian, with cover art from veteran 4AD artist Vaughan Oliver.
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Frameworks
Smother

Emotional hardcore band Frameworks return with a second full-length, sounding both more emotional and more hardcore than ever before. The heartfelt anguish of the frontman can’t be disputed as he howls his throat raw over the actually-quite-pretty instrumental tracks, and the whole thing has the epic widescreen scope of a lot of post-rock. Smother is out on Deathwish Inc.

Biffy Clyro
Only Revolutions

Only Revolutions was something of a turning point for Biffy Clyro when it was released in 2009, pushing them up into the big headline-grade rock leagues. Named after a Mark Z. Danielewski novel, it’s full of big storming anthems and heavy melodic crunch. 180g vinyl reissue on the 14th Floor imprint.
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The Garbage & The Flowers
The Deep Niche

The Garbage & The Flowers came and went so fast in the middle of the 1990’s that if you blinked, you missed it: you almost certainly don’t have one of the original 300 hand-printed copies of The Deep Niche. But, collectability aside, this is beautiful, delicate music, special enough to be kept firmly in print. This new reissue encompasses CD and vinyl, courtesy of the Grapefruit label.
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Pylon
Live

Pylon existed right in the centre of that fertile Athens, GA scene in the early 80’s until they spontaneously vanished. This record isn’t just a live Pylon show: it's a document of the last set they ever played. The group sound on premium form, the vocal howls as demented as you like while the rhythm pulses and the guitars slice. Double LP on Chunklet.

Earring
Tunn Star

Earring are a very fine guitar / drums duo from Chicago, presenting their debut full-length on Brooklyn’s Fire Talk label. Tracks like ‘Dark Heart’ almost recall Codeine in their slow speed and thick heft, but the pair are nimble on their feet elsewhere. Top end noisy-fuzzed guitar action here from a band to keep an eye on!

Prose
Home Of The Brave

Prose are three lads from Manchester whose anthems of growing up, life and love are imbued with a working class narrative. The band’s popularity has risen exponentially since signing with British producer Naughty Boy and yet bigger things are expected following their debut album Home Of The Brave.
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Bear's Den
Red Earth & Pouring Rain

Bear’s Den’s latest album Red Earth & Pouring Rain was recorded in Wales, and yet the Drive-like sleeve art and the sleek sheen of the music had me convinced that this was an L.A. affair. These are big heart-pumping ballads, still in-keeping with the group’s alternative folk background but with a big load of synthesisers too. Released by Communion.
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Yeesh
Confirmation Bias

Yeesh isn’t the name of Kanye’s next LP, it’s a Chicago based indie band and Confirmation Bias is their second LP to bring stomping riffs and wailing vocals with plenty of feedback. It’s heavy, raw indie rock and grunge with a lo-fi feel. You really get a feeling that they would be awesome live from the recordings.
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Thalia Zedek Band
Eve

Thalia Zedek has worked in plenty of bands, from Come to Uzi to new group E. But her Thalia Zedek band is the purest Zedek outlet. New record Eve has plenty of driving alt-rock power and emotionally heavy lyrics, although the presence of viola and piano in the group open things out nicely. Out on Thrill Jockey.
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Harm Wülf
Hijrah

Harm Wülf is the solo outing of G. Hirsch, the main man in Blacklisted. He doesn’t sound happy on Hijrah, although it may just be the roughness of his voice giving that impression. This album is 8 tracks of dark americana with a definite literary bent to the lyrics. The whole thing sounds old, of some dusty previous American age. On Deathwish Inc.
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Terry
Terry HQ

With the sad demise of Wogan there's room for another Terry in town. This Terry contain members of Total Control and make music which owes a lot to those scratchy post-punk types. They often sing all together in a kind of communal depressed football team style. For fans of early the Chills, Swell Maps, the Clean and the Go-Betweens I think.   

The Posies
Solid States

Solid States is the first record from The Posies since the death of their drummer last year, and as you’d expect, a clear melancholy is audible here. It isn’t a morose record (indeed, it’s a lovely set of pop songs), but there is a depth of emotion even stronger than on their previous seven albums. Released by the Lojinx label.

Mothers
When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

Mothers are an indie-folk-rock four piece from Athens,GA who have been making waves in the online and printed music press as well as on mainstream radio stations. Their debut long-player When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired explores the big questions: what is our value, what is our place in the universe, mortality and how these questions affect our relationships. The music is, in places, gorgeous, elegant and spacious, whilst in others elements of post rock and math rock are introduced. Vinyl LP and CD on Wichita.

Jad and David Fair
Shake, Cackle and Squall

Jad and David Fair will be more familiar as the brothers behind Half Japanese, but this session sees them casting off other members and the moniker for stripped-back fun. Shake, Cackle and Squall is a drums-guitar-voice set of wonderfully-titled weirdo rock songs, as uninterested in doing anything properly as ever before. Fun and games on Joyful Noise.
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Spring King
The Summer

Spring King have been working hard the old fashioned way by doing actual gigs supporting the likes of everyone before recording their debut album. Therefore they will have garnered a fanbase slavering in anticipation.  This their new single sits somewhere in between Interpol and the England football team circa the '82 world cup. A weird dark rock singalong. C'mon everybody sing with me...'the summer....' etc.  
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Elysian Fields
Ghosts Of No

New York dreamy sleepwalkers Elysian Fields are back once more with their eighth album in over twenty years. Jennifer Charles’ airy vocals drift over deep and melodic soundscapes that will take you outside your body if you’re not careful. Ghost of No features mastering by Mark Plati, creating just that extra space to launch you into a waking dream.
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Nots
Cosmetic

Nots are almost a straight-forward noisy indie-punk band: indeed, they play that role with tremendous success. But they also have prominent daubs of synthesiser all over their sound, sometimes supporting the tune, sometimes adding fizzing texture-blasts. Plus a little riot grrrrl bite: all very good. Cosmetic is out on Heavenly.
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Lucy Dacus
No Burden

Debut full-length from the inquisitive voice of Lucy Dacus. Young Dacus (currently 21) writes and sings of self-identity, difficult friendships and other tricky matters, over some classic indie-guitar. This is mature-grade music-making, an impressive and confident start. No Burden is released by Matador.
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Big Deal
Say Yes

Big Deal consider this new record to complete an informal concept trilogy with their first 2 albums, Lights Out and June Gloom. But Say Yes doesn’t feel like an ending: as might be expected from an album that follows a tour supporting Depeche Mode(!), the duo are in full-bore energetic mode. Out on FatCat.
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Hallelujah! / Holiday Inn
Split

Two Italian groups share some 7” wax on the latest split from Maple Death Records. Holiday Inn play stripped-back synth-punk and Hallelujah! play full-band noise punk, but what we can’t stress enough is how lo-fi, overdriven and just generally blasted both acts sound. Messy and nasty and ever so much fun. Hand-stamped 7”s.
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VHS
Gift of Life

VHS are a bleak-stare post-punk outfit with a fierce outlook and a blasted aesthetic. Main songwriter Josh Hageman uses his day job to provide heavy tales of medical sufferings, which are capably accompanied by the wiry-harsh guitars and relentless rhythm section pummel. Gift of Life is out on Suicide Squeeze (CD, vinyl and clear vinyl editions).
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Snoskred
Empty House

Snøskred (always great to get a chance to use the beautiful ‘ø’ character) are a Norwegian band who, with Empty House, are making the shift from their previous shoegaze approach towards a more slackery indie vibe. There is a very fine warmth to the music, a laid-back approach. Released by Riot Factory.
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10,000 Maniacs
In My Tribe

In My Tribe is an excellent example of early 10,000 Maniacs, being initially released in 1987. The songs are beautiful pieces of folkish alt-pop, although the lyrical themes get pretty heavy if you listen: child abuse, illiteracy, war… A set of politically conscious 80’s alternative classics, now reissued on vinyl by the Rhino label.

Gone Is Gone
Gone Is Gone

Gone Is Gone is super-group assemblage of heavy rockers: members of Mastodon, At The Drive-In and Queens Of The Stone Age are all present and correct. Needless to say, the sound is heavy, well-polished, capital-R rock music with a thick, sludgy tone: exciting times for fans of any of the affiliated bands. This debut EP is available on CD or coloured vinyl, from Rise.
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VANT
Parking Lot / The Answer

‘90s influenced melodic, indie-rock band Vant have been touted as a band to keep an eye on. The London four-piece’s mix of attitude, aptitude and pop-grunge sound has certainly created a buzz with Parking Lot making the Radio 1 playlist. Parking Lot / The Answer is available on 7” single on Parlophone.
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Deap Vally
Femejism

Deap Vally are a punk-poppish LA duo. Like most punk-poppish LA duos, they have stackloads of swagger and a tasty fuzz on their guitars. Femejism rattles through 13 tracks, some of which veer away from noisy pop songs into more experimental / proggy zones. Good time music with kick-ass attitude! On Cooking Vinyl.
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PAWS
No Grace

Pop punkers Paws have reached the sort of crossroads where they had to give up or go shiny. So they've enlisted the Blink 182 producer and made the sort of big pop thing that will make or break them. It's angsty skateboard-friendly pop rock with plenty of tunes to thrash your head around to enthusiastically. 
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Mitski
Puberty 2

New Yorker Mitski makes weird-indie music with a defiant angle: as a Japanese-American woman in a scene dominated by white males, she has plenty of fun mocking and undermining traditions with songs like ‘Your Best American Girl’. Puberty 2 is a sharp and confident songs, released by Dead Oceans.
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The Gotobeds
Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic

The Gotobeds are a fired-up rock band with a jagged-edged, noisy sound: all gnarled and twisted and shouting. Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, which doesn’t appear to contain any Red Hot Chilli Peppers covers, is released by Sub Pop in CD and cassette tape editions, plus two differently-presented vinyl editions.

Bob Mould
Patch The Sky

Now that Husker Du aren't reforming (good), Bob can get on with making his solo albums. This latest one is a result of him spending six months in solitude (a long time to not see a human) and promises to be his darkest record in some time. I'd be interested to see a return to the 'Workbook' sound but who knows with Bob. His latter day albums always have moments of great so this will be well worth keeping an eye on.     
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Parquet Courts
Human Performance

Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Rough Trade.
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Grant Hart
Oeuvrevue

Ouevrevue is a compilation album by Husker Du founder, drummer and songwriter Grant Hart. It gathers together odds and sods from 7” singles, EPs and compilation albums and is available on vinyl for the first time. The album includes cover versions of Love’s Signed DC and Bob Dylan’s Master’s Of War.
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Weird Dreams
Luxury Alone

Weird Dreams is the solo work of Doran Edwards. This album is particularly solo, as no other hands touched it until after it was mixed. That means we can guarantee that Luxury Alone sounds exactly as it was meant to. The making of the album spanned some tough times for Edwards, and there is an emotional catharsis in Luxury Alone’s synth-based songcraft. On Tough Love.

Yung
A Youthful Dream

Though he is only young (A Youthful Dream is a fair title), it is nevertheless surprising that Mikkel Holm Silkjaer, main Yung man, has taken this long to produce a full-length album after the trail of DIY cassettes he’s left in his wake. It’s a well formed record, sounding properly produced but without losing the wild energy of the Yung. On Fat Possum.
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Quasi
R&B Transmogrification

Very welcome re-press of Quasi’s 1997 debut studio album. Quasi’s approach to indie rock always sounded interesting, with rockin’ tunes jammed out on fuzzy guitars and fuzzy harpsichords and low-key vocals. Only the 2 of them, but they knew each other’s musical personalities inside out. R&B Transmogrification is reissued by Domino.

Moonface with Siinai
My Best Human Face

Wolf Parade were Vancouver's banner indie rock band, crafting a melodrama in three parts through 'Apologies to the Queen Mary', 'At Mount Zoomer' and 'Expo 86'. After their dissolution, guitarist Dan Boeckner stormed through creative projects such as Operators and Handsome Furs, while synth-yelper Spencer Krug formed solo act Moonface, a place to hedge his experimental bets. The band are back together, but Krug's got another record up his sleeve: 'My Best Human Face' is the second time he's employed Krautrock band Siinai as his backing band, and you can expect them to fan the fire on Krug's usually melancholy songs.
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Spring King
Who Are You?

Spring King are a band who cite a wide variety of influences, but the ones that they show in their music seem to be Arcade Fire, Ty Segall and Black Lips making a more polished garage sound. Who Are You is their new single which was produced and mixed by their very own singing drummer, Tarek Musa. This 7” features an exclusive b-side, Lanterns.

Sublime
Robbin' The Hood

Ska-punks Sublime went almost experimental with their second album Robbin’ The Hood, which was recorded to a 4-track machine at home, lending it a lo-fi feel. The band also quote, reference and sample a panoply of other artists from the reggae and rock worlds. Double LP, freshly remastered, on Universal.

Sublime
Second-Hand Smoke

Vintage ska-punk from American group Sublime. Second-Hand Smoke is a fairly suitable title: this 1997 release is a compilation with a real mixed-up tracklist, including remixes and recycling of older material, unheard stuff, and covers of the likes of Bob Marley. All remastered and re-released as a double LP on Universal.

Sublime
Sublime

Vintage ska-punk from American group Sublime. This 1996 self-titled album was their third and final, recorded in a heroin haze and cutting in hip-hop and bluesy influences to augment the ska. The tracklist includes cover versions of Bob Marley and Gershwin as well as a pile of Sublime originals. Remastered double LP on Universal.

Sublime
Stand By Your Van

Seminal Californian Ska band Sublime release remastered versions of seven of their albums on vinyl. This one, the amusingly named live recording 'Stand by your Van' was originally released following the untimely death of singer / guitarist Bradley Nowell. Sadly, the band didn't enjoy massive mainstream success until he was no longer around to enjoy it. But we still can enjoy Sublime. 

Sleeping Beauties
Sleeping Beauties

If you’re expecting a babble of beautiful girls then the slouching, hairy blokes which make up Sleeping Beauties may leave you disappointed. The music on their eponymous LP however, is sure to please with its full on rock, primal guitar and slight psychedelia, think 13th Floor Elevators meets a bit of punk.   

Thee Oh Sees
Live In San Francisco

Thee banner garage rawk band played the Chapel out in San Francisco, launching their happy-go-lucky psychedelia into a crowd of possibly stoned hopefuls. This extensive set is presented not only as audio but in DVD format with photos to boot. Musically, it scales more towards their propulsive, loud, noisy side -- but the Oh Sees have so many songs I'd expect you'll feel a little bit of everything.

Savages
Adore Life

Savages return! Second album Adore Life is just as ferocious as their debut, but the intervening touring has allowed them to be even better at it. Jenny Beth’s lyrics and vocal performance are scouringly energetic, especially in the particularly relentless single and leading track ‘The Answer’. Out on Matador.

Royal Headache
Royal Headache

Royal Headache are an Australian garage band, known for their very raucus live shows (a few years ago the police stopped one of their shows at Sydney Opera House after a load of their fans crashed the stage). This is their 2012 debut album, prior to the better-known 'High' (2015). It's fast, noisy, fuzzy indie punk and you should get it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Drowners
On Desire

Despite having a reasonable level of success with their first album, New York based (with a hint of Welsh) outfit Drowners second LP is filled with uncertainty and darkness. This time round the band write the songs collaboratively rather than coming from the pen of singer Matt Hitt. Still, their brand of dark post punk will appeal to fans of Interpol, Echo and the Bunnymen etc.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cellular Chaos
Diamond Teeth Clenched

Cellular Chaos is a band born of the vision of Weasel Walter, who has worked with Jim O’Rourke, Lydia Lunch and The Flying Luttenbachers over the years. This project, now up to their second album, is a no-wave / post-punk glam-action group, with lashings of riot grrrl and occasional free jazz: quite a hectic brew really. Diamond Teeth Clenched is out on Skin Graft.

Prix
Historix

Prix are a lesser-known band that came about when members of later-period Big Star shot off on their own. Historix is a set of ferocious mid-70’s rock music, packed with riffs and flaring vocals. Barely any of this material has been widely heard: 2 singles released at the time and a Japanese CD release 15 years ago is all the attention it has received. So praise due to the efforts of HoZac Archival.

The Blood Tub Orchestra
The End of My Old Cigar

The Blood Tub Orchestra is a project designed to invoke the old of the British Music Hall, with versions of old-time London tunes given a bawdy new electrified spin. Featuring members of London Dirthole Co, Transglobal Underground and Echobelly, The End of My Old Ciga is released on 7” by Phono Erotic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Ashcroft
These People

Former Verve man Richard Ashcroft has more to say in 2016, in the form of his fourth solo album! His songcraft and production styles are comfortably reminiscent of 90’s / 2000’s indie-rock, with Ashcroft’s sentimental loverman vibes emerging in some of the more ballady numbers. Released by Righteous Phonographic Association.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beverly
The Blue Swell

Beverly return with a new line-up, refreshed energy and a second album. Joined by members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Crystal Stilts, the band are more shoegaze-pop than ever, with Drew Citron’s vocals sitting at just the right place in the shimmery mix. The Blue Swell is released by Kanine.

Melvins
Basses Loaded

This Melvins album is named Basses Loaded because it is packed to the gills with notable bass players, up to a total of 6! As well as the regulars, we have Steve McDonald of Red Kross and OFF!, Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers, and Krist Novoselic of goddamn Nirvana. All contributing to the Melvins maelstrom of low-end heavy. Pow.

Man Of Moon
Medicine

Man Of Moon are a crew of young Scottish fellows, playing indie rock songs with a psychedelic, krautrock twist to them. Although it must be noted that the songs themselves always remain paramount: the heavy guitars and the motorik drums carry the songs, they don’t drown them in psych-fuzz. The Medicine EP is out on Melodic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spain
Carolina

Spain is the long-running band project of Josh Haden. Josh’s father was in fact Charlie Haden, the big-deal free jazz bassist who played in Ornette Coleman’s classic quartet, and his recent death appears to have been an influence on the americana-tinged Carolina, the first new music from the group in a while. On Glitterhouse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Business
Command Your Weather

Good old-fashioned shouty guitar rock from LA's Big Business, aka Coady Willis and Jared Warren (The Melvins). Apparently it has a concept, something to do with nature and its power over mankind, but aside from that it's a good record to destroy your brain cells to on the dance floor. Available on vinyl or CD. Rock on. Yeah.

Palace Winter
Waiting For The World To Turn

Palace Winter follow up on their single EP with their debut full-length album. The duo are keen that their alternative rock songs should always carry plenty of atmosphere, and the 9 tracks of Waiting For The World To Turn are thus dripping with fine production details: especially good work, given that they produced it themselves. CD and LP editions on the Tambourhinosouros label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minor Victories
Minor Victories

Minor Victories is a new group, perhaps even a supergroup: it comprises members of Editors, Slowdive and Mogwai. Although the original intention was all-out noise, what seems to have arisen is an album of dramatic, vocal-led songcraft. This self-titled debut album is out on Play It Again Sam: white vinyl only available from indie stores!

The Kills
Ash & Ice

The Kills return after significant (surgery-recovery-related) time away with their fifth album, Ash & Ice. The duo have found a way to squeeze their tense vibe into a tightly restrained sound, though the old sharp blues-rock pokes out of the edges here and there. Released by Domino on CD or as a double LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Honey Radar
Blank Cartoon

Honey Radar is Jason Henn’s free-wheeling fuzzy indie project, an intimate outpouring of his much-beloved psychedelic sounds. He’s been operating DIY fashion for a while now, but Blank Cartoon bucks the trend by being a kinda ‘proper’ release, distributed by What’s Your Rupture in a non-tiny edition. Now we can all enjoy the warm songs of Honey Radar!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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