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Swervedriver
Future Ruins

Actual new album alert from, shoegaze legends Swervedriver....and they've signed to Mogwai's Rock Action imprint for that extra coolness factor. We are told it has all the hallmark hard edged shoegaze with new flicks and tricks for 2018 listeners. Their re-issues have been flying out so time is nigh for their fi...view item »


Helena Deland
From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III & IV

Yes, we know there’s a lot of bedroom synth-pop knocking about these days, but just hear us out for a second. This one’s good. No really, it is. Helena Deland is a very engaging presence on the five songs that make up From the Series of Songs "Altogether Unaccompanied" Vol. III & IV. ‘Claudion&rsqu...view item »


Ian Sweet
Crush Crusher

Ian Sweet, AKA Berklee College of Music-educated Jilian Medford makes experimental but accessible indie rock. Her second album, Crush Crusher was recorded with Gabe Wax at Rare Book Room studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - a place that has seen Bjork, Dirty Projectors...view item »


Value Void
Sentimental

Value Void, from London, have a debut album ready to be heard. One of those bands often sighted at the finest DIY venues in the city, now their lovely indie-pop post-punk can be heard on your stereo. Nothing too fancy, just young, heartfelt music made with guitars, enthusiasm and inventiveness. Re...view item »


Low
The Exit Papers

First-time vinyl and electronic release for Low's 'imaginary film soundtrack' EP (originally released in 2000, a year before the seminal album 'Things we Lost in the Fire'). Largely instrumental, 'The Exit Papers' was definitely one of Low's more experimental records. The band sent copies of this out to movie executives in the hope of securing s...view item »


Bob Mould
Sunshine Rock

Just look at that sleeve. Bob Mould is obviously in a better place than where he was around the time of his 1990 album Black Sheets of Rain. But there's a point to the all the happiness. Bob is content in Berlin and instead of a raging anti- US administration album as you might expect, he's celebrating the good thi...view item »


Manic Street Preachers
This is My Truth Tell Me Yours - 20 Year Collectors Edition

20 years ago the Manic Street Preachers released This is My Truth Tell Me Yours which you can now buy once again on a 20th anniversary special edition. Get not only the original album but a load of demos, live rehearsals and remixes. Don't miss out on the album NME gave 7/10 back in 1998 and features the hit '...view item »


Clutch
In Walks Barbarella / Hot Bottom Feeder

Clutch have been sounding like they’re busy sounding tough for over 25 years. But if regular album-toughness just isn’t enough, true fans can indulge themselves with a limited edition 7” picture disc. Features the US stoner rock band's new single Hot Bottom Feeder, packed with the necessary amount of f...view item »


Mudhoney
Tomorrow Hit Today

Tomorrow Hit Today by Mudhoney, originally released in 1998, was the last album by the grunge pioneers to feature the original line-up. Bassist Matt Lukin left once the album was in the can. The album marks the point where Mudhoney brought elements of blues and garage rock to their sound, influenced by the legendary figurehead o...view item »


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen)

Distant Sky (Live In Copenhagen) contains four tracks from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' sublime Danish gig in October 2017. One track is from their most recent Skeleton Tree album whilst the other three come from elsewhere in the band’s illustrious back catalogue. 12” single on Bad Seeds Ltd....view item »


Indoor Pets
Be Content

Most pets I suppose are indoors. Maybe rabbits, guinea pigs and horses would count as outdoor pets. And bees? Is a bee a suitable (predominantly) outdoor pet? Aaaanyway this is the debut record from this Kent power pop lot whose fuzzy infectious songs recall early Weezer and Ash and have already been grabbing ears on various 6 music playlists.&n...view item »


Crippled Black Phoenix
Great Escape

Great Escape is the tenth full-length studio album from dark, epic UK rockers, Crippled Black Phoenix. The seven-piece are led by Justin Grieves and have included numerous collaborators among their ranks in the past. The album swells with anger in places and is unsettling in others. All this is tempered by a certain amount of co...view item »


Low
Songs For A Dead Pilot

After three wonderful records, Low were dropped by their label Vernon Yard. In the months following, the band set up a studio in their home and began recording some songs on their own. The result is Songs For A Dead Pilot released on Chicago's Kranky label. "Songs..." combines Low's familiar minimalist songwriting with some new elements provided...view item »


La Dispute
The Rooms Of The House

Lingering somewhere between At The Drive-In and Touche Amore, this amazing piece of Post-Hardcore work makes it stand out, and a definite contender for album of year. Indie vocals mixed with hard hitting, well recorded instrumentals makes this album hard hitting on all leve...view item »


The Verve
Urban Hymns

20 years since this much loved album which spawned a handful of classic hits such as 'Bittersweet Symphony', 'The Drugs Don't Work' and 'Lucky Man' was issued and...you guessed it...it's time for the lavish remastered version in a series of formats including a super 6LP or 5CD box set with acres of live tracks and B sides. ...view item »


Pom Poko
Birthday

Norwegian group Pom Poko drop their debut LP on Bella Union. The group cite a pretty mixed bag of influences - Death Grips and Ali F...view item »


Paul Smith
Diagrams

Call this Norman Records™ blurb writer a sentimental old fart, but I will always have a soft-spot for Maximo Park. I can’t say I’ve bothered to listen to anything they’ve done this decade, but the formative experiences of listening to A Certain Trigger round my mates’ houses as a teenager w...view item »


The Charlatans
Up At The Lake

Up At The Lake by The Charlatans was originally released in 2004. In comparison to other albums by the North-West indie old-hats, it doesn’t seem to be quite as well remembered. The critics liked it back then though. Anyhow, here’s your chance to relive it with a lovely vinyl reissue. 180g LP on Virgin....view item »


Proper Ornaments
Foxhole

One of them is in Ultimate Painting and Veronica Falls, another is in Toy and Pink Flames. Thus have we Foxhole, a record that abounds in sweet harmonies, clever songwriting and jangles galore that was put together between bouts of work with their other projects. Lead t...view item »


Sufjan Stevens
Blue Bucket of Gold / Hotline Bling (feat. Gallant)

Sufjan Stevens recently released the live concert film of Carrie & Lowell Live, and this release includes a digital download for the entire audio of that set. But what's on the actual wax? Well that would be ‘Blue Bucket Of Gold’ on one side and a slightly surprising cover of Drake&rsquo...view item »


Blue Orchids
Righteous Harmony Fist

Martin Bramah was an early member of The Fall, but unlike so many of those Fallen soldiers, he has continued to develop and grow the musical territory of his particular Fall period. With his band Blue Orchids, his latest release is the punchy-sounding Righte...view item »


Mohit
Racek / Discover Another

Perfectly competent pop from a group who might have designs on being the next Jungle here. MOHIT are actually much better than the aforementioned - on debut single ‘Racek’/’Discover Ano...view item »


The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Forgotten Graves

Ooh they love a 10" don't they? Two new tracks from the ever fruitful the Brian Jonestown Massacre including 'Forgotten Graves' which is exclusive to this release and has been written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first world war. Over on the flip is  “Tombes Oubliées” which has been culled ...view item »


Razorlight
Olympus Sleeping

Thought you’d heard the last of them, had you? Well, anything can happen in today’s crazy world, and that mortgage won’t pay itself. Dalston indie rock-dispenser Johnny Borrell’s band Razorlight is indeed back. Personnel have changed a...view item »


Pill
Soft Hell

New York’s Pill cite their influences as rock ‘n’ roll legend The Big Bopper (he was on the same plane as Buddy Holly) and Ian Svenonius (Nation Of Ulysees, The Make-Up). This means for their second album, Soft Hell, you can expect a whirlwind ...view item »


D.A. Stern / Jacuzzi Boys
"Nosh Lately​?​": A Tribute to The Beasties Boys' "Hello Nasty"

Slumberland Records (The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Joanna Gruesome) celebrate twenty years of the Beastie Boys’ ...view item »


Ty Segall
Fudge Sandwich

The press release for Ty Segall’s 6,984,431st record ensures us that the eleven tracks that make up Fudge Sandwich ‘aren’t just cover versions’. That will be quite the disappointment for anyone who’s come to this LP to hear how Segall gets on with tunes from the likes of Funkadelic...view item »


Yo La Tengo
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

This album is now one of my favourite albums. The musical style of Yo La Tengo is present in each song even though each song is very different from the last. In fact I am hard pressed to classify this band as just one musical type because of the many styles of music they utilise in the creation of this album. Overall, this stands as one of the b...view item »


Low
Christmas

Now as much of a christmas standard as "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" by Mel and Kim. Low are the perfect band to soundtrack Christmas, coming as they do from the snow-bound city of Duluth which glistens like Christmas half the year round. This short album combines lovely originals "Just Like Christmas" and "...view item »


Barry Adamson
Memento Mori (Anthology 1978 - 2018)

He's been around a long time. From playing bass in Magazine to collaborating with Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker to his nine solo albums to surely his greatest achievement  - finding and wearing the world's biggest pair of glasses. Now it's all been rolled up in an anthology which depicts an idiosyncratic life...view item »


Parquet Courts
Live at Third Man Records

Those hip New York punksters Parquet Courts head on down to Jack White’s Third Man Records in Detroit. They play a show, to rapturous reception, and then cut said show straight into the deep grooves of a vinyl LP, old-time style (just how Jack likes it). Unvarnished and direct, Live At...view item »


The White Stripes
The Complete John Peel Sessions

Strangely the sound quality of the vinyl is very disappointing, and I know it's not my system. The vinyl is also missing the interactions between John and the band, which fortunately the download does includes. The sound quality of the mp3 is also superior to the vinyl, which just isn't right. I would have thought Jack White would have got the h...view item »


The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Behind The Music

The early 2000s were an interesting time. I’ve always wondered what, in retrospect, will be ‘the true classics’ of the 00s. Probably not Behind the Music. But if you missed the chance to acquire The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ breakthrough album, featuring that masterful take on Oasis-derivation, he...view item »


Primal Scream
Screamadelica

We’ve got reissue copies of Primal Scream’s seminal Screamadelica album to suit all tastes! As well as the 2CD and the heavyweight double vinyl editions (remastered by the band and Kevin Shields), we also have the 4CD version, which throws in remixes, the Dixie Narco EP and a live s...view item »


R.E.M.
The Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC

You'll have to be a pretty big R.E.M fan to wade through the various sessions and live performances on the big bumper CD box set that accompanies this release. So how about this truncated version on both LP and CD  - a briefer flit through the best bits of the band's performances over the years at 'Auntie' as Wogan used to ...view item »


The Cure
The Head On The Door

This is the Cure album to start with. But maybe that's because this is the one I happened to start with. The styles of music on this album vary widely and the lyrics are haunting as always. This is definitely one of my favourite albums and seems to fit a variety of moods and settings. If you only know the Cure's recent stuff, definitely go out a...view item »


Death Valley Girls
Darkness Rains

As befitting a band with the name Death Valley Girls, Death Valley Girls have a fuzzy, dirty, blown-out punk-rock vibe to them: they’ve got the riffs, they’ve got the distortion, they’v...view item »


Shogun And The Sheets
Hold On Kid

It’s what Sydney’s garagepunk quartet Royal Headache frontman and restless dancer Shogun did next. He’s started a new garagepunk quartet with some ‘sheets’ (namely Gabby, Seb, Abe and Derro) and bashed out a single of characteristically energetic underground Aussie punk. B-side &lsq...view item »


New Order & Joy Division
Total (From Joy Division To New Order)

It’s never before been possible to study the trajectory of post-punk pioneers Joy Division and synth-rock sequel New Order in one sitting. The technology simply hasn’t been there. You’d need some kind of ‘play list’ - what a notion. But now, thanks to...view item »


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Push The Sky Away

The evergreen Aussie troubadour Nick Cave is back this week with the latest offering from his all-star Bad Seeds. This one is based on a notebook of observations he made from the window of his Brighton home, and is largely comprised of introspective, moody and often heartfelt numbers which showcase Cave’s ...view item »


Kurt Vile
b’lieve i'm goin down…

b’lieve i’m goin down… is album number six from troubadour Kurt Vile. What he has for us is a rich new collection of twelve songs, a kind of country-indie-rock that Vile is obviously extremely comfortable making. CD and 2LP editions, and also available as a triple-LP with six extra tr...view item »


Titus Andronicus
Home Alone on Halloween

Special releases for Halloween now, eh? That’s what we have with Home Alone On Halloween, the new 12” single from New Jersey's favourite Shakespeare aficionados Titus Andronicus. The three tracks here were recorded at the same time their last album, A Productive Cough. The title t...view item »


Grand Blue Heron
Come Again

With Come Again, what started out as a vehicle for Paul Lamont has now bloomed into a fully-fledged band. Lamont, together with collaborator Olivier Wychuyse, are Grand Blue Heron, a band whose influences are of the noisy and hardcore variety, but are also more than capable of holding down a mean melod...view item »


Sauna Youth
Deaths

Sauna Youth’s third album, Deaths, mixes a whole lotta genres into their punk sound. The London-based group forced a deadline on themselves by booking the studio time before anything was written. This meant the creative process was turned on its head and time limits meant whichever band members could make it to sessions ea...view item »


Insecure Men
Karaoke for One: Vol. 1

As we don't work in the London-based media, we don't get on with all the Fat White Family and related stuff we have been told to like so the likes of Insecure Men have rather passed us by. No doubt the Quietus will be on board with this new album from the toothless wonders as they rattle through covers from the ...view item »


Medicine Boy
Lower

Berlin-based Cape Town duo Medicine Boy are now members of London’s Fuzz Club - just in time for their second LP! This one’s called Lower and positively brims with tension. When not actually tipping over into angsty, swirling noise-pop, the songs often sit anxiously right on the edge, ready to go....view item »


The Saxophones
Songs of the Saxophones

The Saxophones started as the solo project of Alex Erenkov. He wanted to incorporate some basic percussion into his sound so recruited his wife, Alison Alderdice, which also meant he could take her on tour with him. As you can probably tell from the cover of Songs Of The Saxaphones, he’s quite fond of her. Their influences...view item »


Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam
Blackout Cowboy

Robert Pollard is referenced in the press release for the new album by Birmingham's Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam. They say it is because they’re comparing the band’s prolific nature to his, but I think the real reason is that the band have taken their name from a ye...view item »


Exit North
Book of Romance and Dust

Book Of Romance And Dust is the debut LP from Exit North, a group which features ex-Japan member Steve Jansen. It’s a record of operatic Gothic folk for anyone who wishes Nick Cave would stop mucking about with samplers and go back to writing murder ballads. Exit ...view item »


Fufanu
The Dialogue Series

Over the course of 2018 Icelandic trio Fufanu released three EPs all entitled Dialogue. Now the ten tracks that made up those records are being released as one compilation entitled The Dialogue Series. The tracks herein veer between sleek, Depeche Mode-y synth-pop (‘Hourglass’) and ...view item »


R.E.M
R.E.M. At The BBC

More audio than you could ever need of R.E.M performing at the BBC. This follows the band from their legendary 1985 performance at Rock City (the first time many UK fans got a proper taste of Stipe & co) all the way through to later live performances, session tracks and most excitingly perhaps, a DVD of all their television ...view item »


Minus The Bear
Fair Enough

Minus The Bear bring their 17-year career to an end with the release of Fair Enough EP. Their career has seen them build up a cult following with six albums and at least two handfuls of singles and EPs. Their sound marries dark subject matter with a brand of indie rock that will get you up on your feet. LP and CD on Suicide Sque...view item »


Jamie Lenman
Devolver

Jamie Lenman has gone for a more focused approach on his second long-player, Devolver. His debut, Muscle Memory, was a sprawling double which mixed thrash metal with country. Here, with the help of Prodigy and Idles producer, Space, he has created...view item »


DOG Power
DOG Power

Following a couple of singles, New Zealand duo DOG Power release their eponymous debut album. The duo are made up of Sam Perry, a singer songwriter with an indie pop slant, and Henry Nicol, an experimental musician. It’s probably down to the latter that, although the pair make pop music, it ...view item »


Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

The damn near-mythologised second album from Neutral Milk Hotel. Idiosyncratic stuff from 1998. Whether you’re die-hard for this one or rediscovering, let Jeff Mangum sing to you about semen-stained mountaintops and Jesus Christ between those stellar brass sections. Reissued on Domino on LP or CD....view item »


Upper Wilds
Mars

Upper Wilds are a three-piece featuring members of Parts & Labor and Models Pterodactyl. Following in the noise-pop footsteps of their parent bands, on Mars, they being to ponder what living there might be like. Guest appearances from Mark Shue (Guided...view item »


Transmaniacon feat. Lydia Lunch and Maya Berlin
The Strange World Of Suzie Pellet

Transmaniacon take their name from a Blue Oyster Cult song and describe themselves as 21st century schizoid people of the blue planet, which references a King Crimson song. It’s clear to see their prog influences, however, the music they make is a heavier br...view item »


Felt
Ignite The Seven Cannons

Ignite the Seven Cannons, though brilliant and featuring the indie chart topping Primitive Painters always sounded as if this most clean and linear bands was lost in the fog of Robin Guthrie's swirling production. Ever the perfectionist, leader Lawrence has now gone back to remix some of these tracks to make the album soun...view item »


Primal Scream
Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings

So here’s how it went down - Primal Scream release Screamadelica in 1991. It's a barnstorming success and wins the band the inaugural Mercury Prize. Bobby Gillespie et al then decamp to the southern states of the U.S.A. to record follow-up Give Out But Don’t Give Up with t...view item »


Bombay Bicycle Club
I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose

I have been waiting for time with great expectations and anticipation to hear Bombay Bicycle Club's album since late 2006 as their Debut ep (boy I used to be) still is fabulous (couldn't stop listening to it for months on end, years now infact) and also had the pleasure of catching them early on in Camden Towns Dublin Castle slightly after, which...view item »


Low
The Great Destroyer

The Duluth rock behemoth Low have a new album out on Rough Trade. This time its produced by David Fridmann (Mercury Rev etc). I think you always have to give Low albums a  long while to grow on you. On first impression this seems as poppy a thing as they have ever done. It still sounds like Low tho...view item »


The Zephyrs
The Witches / The Crown Prince of Lies

Edinburgh indie-rock mainstays The Zephyrs return to the fray after almost a decade out of action. The band’s first new material since 2010 LP Fool Of Regrets sees them back on Acuarela Discos (Tigercats, The Wave Pictures) for a two-track single. Both ‘The ...view item »


Buxton
Stay Out Late

Texas quintet Buxton emerge from an involuntary hiatus of strummer’s block with new album Stay Out Late. Aside from dictating to you how to spend your Friday night, the album comprises the results of reinvigorated creativity, the band having found itself back in the studio for the first time in years. The similarity of pri...view item »


The Cult
Pure Cult

The Cult started life as a goth rock band that introduced elements of post punk to their sound. It was all delivered with a Mick Jagger swagger and Jim Morrison-esque mysticism. By their the time of their third album, Electric, they’d mostly left the goth and post punk influences behind in favour of all-out hard rock. Pure...view item »


Tallies
Tallies

Tallies are very new and very upbeat indie-pop four-piece from Toronto, Canada. From their guitar work influences such as The Durutti Column and Johnny Marr, are clear to see, whilst the vocals hint at the Cocteau Twins and The Sundays...view item »


Chavez
Cockfighters

Chavez went silent in 1996, although they are keen to point out that they never did anything as dramatic as actually break up. This first new material in two decades is a nine minute reminder of Chavez’s swaggering indie-rock power: Cockfighters sounds just the right amount of nineties. 12” ...view item »


The Fall
Perverted By Language

One of the Fall's classic albums. It's style is very similar to previous Fall albums, however its amazing song writing is what really makes the album shine. My personal highlights is classic Fall track and popular live number "Eat Y'self Fitter" which includes a catchy chant and raw vocals. There is also the 8 minute stor...view item »


The Flaming Lips
Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: Rarities, B-Sides & Flexi-Discs 1986-1990

An extremely exciting release for all you fans of The Flaming Lips’ somewhat underrated earlier days. Death Trippin’ At Sunrise: delvers two LPs-worth of rare material, previously only sited on B-sides, compilations, and even flexi-discs, all dating from the chaotic yet fertile period 1986 to 1990. Double LP...view item »


Dinosaur Jr.
Ear Bleeding Country - The Best Of Dinosaur Jr.

Cherry Red Records issue a revamped edition of Dinosaur Jr’s career-spanning compilation Ear Bleeding Country. This new version updates the 2002 original with highlights from the subsequent sixteen years of output from J. Mascis et al. There’s even a couple of tracks from Ma...view item »


Comet Gain
Fingerprint Ritual

Comet Gain return and pour us a shot of twee with Fingerprint Ritual, an EP of four new tracks, including the overwrought epic "Breaking Open The Head Part 2 (The Eye-Shaped Room)", which runs at eleven minutes and continues the narrative weaved in the song's first part. Beyond that there's fuzz, laughs, ...view item »


Madonnatron
Madonnatron

After a couple of tracks released through compilations on Fluffer and Trashmouth, psyche indie rock band Madonnatron drop their debut full length on Trashmouth, joining The Fat White Family and Meatraffle. For fans of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard and The Moonlandin...view item »


Calvin Johnson
A Wonderful Beast

Calvin Johnson, the man behind Olympia’s indie heroes Beat Happening and the label K Records has a new solo album out and it’s called A Wonderful Beast. It was recorded in Nashville and  produced by Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. In a curveball-ish move by Johnson, it also f...view item »


Kagoule
Strange Entertainment

Twee-grungers Kagoule return to the fray with their sophomore LP Strange Entertainment. Now on Alcopop! after a stint with Earache, the band settle into their new surroundings with a playful record of loud-quiet-loud fare. Tracks like ‘Bad Saliva’ have a sort of pumped-up ...view item »


St. Vincent
MassEducation

St. Vincent's new record is new in the quixotic way that 'new records' quickly following the last record are. In fact MassEducation is a reimagined version of Annie Clark's recent LP of blistering and Bowie-adoring pop music. Here the songs are rendered sparser and take on an entirely new way of living. I'm su...view item »


The Smiths
Hatful of Hollow

'Hatful of Hollow' was a wonderful compilation of the Smiths earliest moments with many tracks taken from John Peel sessions. This gives them a rawer feel to their album contemporaries but unlike many session compilations this works pretty brilliantly as an album. It also contains early singles and B sides showcasing some of their very best song...view item »


Du Blonde
Lung Bread For Daddy

Du Blonde is the alter ego of Beth Jeans Houghton, whose first album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (2012) was released under her own name with the backing band The Hooves Of Destiny. Since then she has made one previous album under the Du Blonde moniker, Welcome Back To Milk (2015). Her new album...view item »


Yo La Tengo
Fakebook

Back in 1990, I was a gangly Datsun Cherry driving, golf loving stick insect. It was around this time that I discovered Yo La Tengo and purchased this beautiful album from the proceeds of my job at the local petrol station (now bulldozered). Not only is it a great album but an education too. Through it I delved into the worlds of Gene Clark, ...view item »


Shudder To Think
Ten Spot

Shudder to Think’s 1990 LP, the first that they dropped on Dischord, is put to wax once again here. In some senses - the palm-muted rhythms, the ferocious tub-thumping, Bad Brains-y squaws of guitar - it’s classic Dischord fare. In others - the theatrical flourishes that pepper each ...view item »


Low
Secret Name

Low are masters of restraint. Up until and including their fourth album “Secret Name” they had seemingly worked with the right producers. Their first two albums were produced by Kramer who had squeezed the best out of Galaxie 500, and you can hear their influence in Low’s early work. “The...view item »


Parquet Courts
Performing Human

Swaggering New York indie-punks Parquet Courts released Human Performance, their third or fifth album (depending on which ones you count), earlier this year. This is an EP of alt-versions and remixes of the title track, cannily titled Performing Human. The remixes come from Eaters and from ...view item »


Teenage Fanclub
Thirteen

Thirteen, Teenage Fanclub’s third album was unfairly treated by critics upon release. This may be as it followed up a bona fide classic in Bandwagonesque. Whatever the reason, it was unfair and with this reissue, it’s time to listen and enjoy with fresh ears. The album saw the band referencing their heroes Bi...view item »


Teenage Fanclub
Songs From Northern Britain

Songs From Northern Britain was the 6th album by Teenage Fanclub, originally released in 1997. It was their most polished album but still found the band in fine melodic form. Ain’t That Enough and Your Love Is A Place Where I Come From are worth the admission price alone. Nick Hornby is a fan of the album and included the ...view item »


Velvet Crush
In The Presence Of Greatness

I was a bit of a Ric Menck, Paulie Chastain fan boy back in the early 90's. I loved their twee pop bands Choo Choo Train, and the Springfields (amongst others). Velvet Crush was the moment when they stopped messing about in flowerbeds and decided to rock. Therefore my younger self was a bit...view item »


Haley
Pleasureland

Haley is not a new person. It's a new truncated name for Haley Bonar (now McCallum). But it is a new sound for the Minnesota based artist who has used her name change to make a bold move by removing all vocals from her music. Bold because her music was pretty much based around her golden throated melodies. Instead you get synth ...view item »


Swervedriver
Raise

Oxford shoegaze veterans Swervedriver present a tasty reissue of their 1991 debut album Raise, which was itself made up of a mixture of new songs and material from prior EPs and singles. For many Swervedriver fans this is the one baby, a heavy but catchy blast from a band still emerging. Reissued by Mus...view item »


Miss World
Keeping Up With Miss World

Shit Girlfriend’s Natalie Chahal adopts the excellent moniker Miss World for her new project. Debut LP Keeping Up With Miss World finds Chahal turning in a baker’s dozen of brisk, brusque grunge-punk tunes as funny as they are catchy. ‘Carb Yr Enthusiasm’, ‘Buy Me Dinn...view item »


Young Jesus
The Whole Thing Is Just There

Los Angeles quartet Young Jesus have turned a few heads in recent times, particularly with 2017’s excellent eponymous record. Now less than a year on from that album we get this new six-song set. The Whole Thing Is Just There has a little more of an emo feel (we’re talking Desaparecidos rath...view item »


The Wedding Present
Huw Stephens Session

Twelve years ago Leeds (or Otley as I once heard Dave Gedge specify at gig once) favourites The Wedding Present recorded four covers for Huw Stephens’ One Music radio show. One of them is Take That’s Back For Good.  Here’s Huw Stephens Session for your delec...view item »


Wild Cat Strike
Rhubarb Nostalgia

Essentially Mumford & Sons but from Brighton, Rhubarb Nostalgia is the debut record from Wild Cat Strike. Thus, you can expect some British-style pop-folk on this record and it even brings together vocalists from other bands such as Delta Sleep and Tall Ships...view item »


Birdpen
There’s Something Wrong With Everything

There’s Something Wrong With Everything by Birdpen is perhaps not the doom-laden title it initially appears to be. Whilst they do lament the state of the world that is piped into our living rooms via the TV, they suggest that you do something to find the positives and get out of the endless cycle of negativity because noth...view item »


She Drew The Gun
Revolution Of Mind

Big new album from Louisa Roach who uses the moniker She Drew the Gun to write songs that have a lineage in some of the great scouse bands of the past. The La's, the Coral are cited as influences but Roach brings a feminist queer-friendly energy to proceedings and is a new and unique n...view item »


The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt Pepper

After years of hating the BJM, thinking they were total tosh, I finally gave in with 'My Bloody Underground' and thought they were pretty good. I started to see the fuss. Subsequent releases have been so so with the odd decent track here and there but let's say it's all been reasonably patchy. The opener to 'Who Killed Sgt Pepper' s...view item »


Dirty Three
Sad and Dangerous, Mysterious and Exciting

Well this is exciting. It's very, very early recordings by the Dirty Three that they recorded on a four track machine with only three tracks working. It was initially released as a tape to be sold at shows and eventually got a vinyl release in 1994.  Now back on green vinyl, Mick Turner has raided the archives for bits and ...view item »


The Callas with Lee Ranaldo
Trouble and Desire

The Callas are a post-punk band from Greece who are one part of an arty, multi-media factory. Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo felt compelled to work with them after being drawn into their whole thing. Trouble And Desire is their first album together, however they have previously worked on a soun...view item »


Estrons
You Say I'm Too Much, I Say You're Not Enough

Searing rock music from Welsh rock band Estrons. And I'm not just saying that because they've put a volcano on their album cover, this is proper pulse-quickening exciting stuff. Fast and catchy guitar riffs pair with vocalist Tali's visceral singing to make something with genuine weight. You Say I'm Too Much, I...view item »


Felt
The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories

Before he hit paydirt producing the Stone Roses, John Leckie worked on one of Felt's best and most realised albums. The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories is another meanderingly titled album from this band's whose clipped arty indie pop is anything but flabby. Mixing the Velvet Underground...view item »


KOLARS
KOLARS

Kolars are ostensibly a band that blend already mixed genres - desert disco? Glam-a-billy? Anyhoo, the LA duo are essentially an indie rock act with a USP of a drummer who tap dances on a bass drum whilst playing the rest of the kit in the traditional way. They’ve supported a real mixed bag of artists on their travels from Pussyriot to Ala...view item »


Kinski
Accustomed to Your Face

Kinski are a band from Seattle who formed when three members bonded over analog recording in a boozer. The majority of their releases over the years have been on Sub Pop or Kill Rock Stars, so that should offer some clues to their sound - the heavy end of indie rock with a bit of punk thrown in, comfortably mid-fi. Their new alb...view item »


Yo La Tengo
Fade

I was massively MASSIVELY into Yo La Tengo for many, many, years. Pretty much from ‘New Wave Hot Dogs’ through to ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One’, they were one of those bands I’d buy their new record on day of relea...view item »


The Nightingales
Perish The Thought

The Nightingales formed in 1979. The post-punk Brummies, fronted by Robert Lloyd, were favourites of John Peel and John Robb. They split in 1986 after making three albums. They reformed in 2004 and Perish the thought will be their 7th post-reformation LP. The album features guest performances from members of ...view item »


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