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Evans The Death
Expect Delays

These catchy-song producing kids have undergone some line-up changes, but the songs still retain their qualities. Evans the Death’s second album is promised to further venture in their own direction, and as with all second albums, we’re eager to see which path that is. Expect Delays is almost here, and apart...view item »

Aerial
Put It This Way In The Headlines

Featuring members of Simian Ghost, No Coda and Alpha Mound, Swedish collaborators Aerial have produced the perfect and uniquely Aerial mix of post-rock sincerity and an almost poppy/singalong songwriting style. ‘Put It This Way In The Headlines’ is a chillingly atmospheric record with all the visual depth and power of bands like God ...view item »

Motorama
Poverty

If you’ve heard enough UK and American variations on the Joy Division post-punk sound, why not try a Russian version? Motorama are just that, though I don’t mean to disparage the the quality of their approach. Poverty is their third album, and the fact that Talitres are spreading this beyond...view item »

John Wesley Coleman III / Followed By Static
Personality Pancake / Bacon Bear

Raucous garage rock from two of Austins favourite rock bands, John Wesley Coleman and Followed By Static. They have 4 tracks each to offer and they are all quite excellent. Up first is John Wesley Coleman, who gets things going in suitably raucous manner. Their 4 tracks sound great, they have Nuggets style guitar fuzz, served up with the bes...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Good Son

A seminal album from Australia’s finest gets the reissue treatment from Mute. Recorded during Nick Cave’s loved up Brazilian period, The Good Son sees him in a chipper mood following the dark and downbeat sound on Tender Prey. Out on CD + DVD set & vinyl LP w/download code from Mute....view item »

Foo Fighters
Sonic Highways

This year, Dave Grohl was commissioned to travel over the States and document different recording studios, investigating their own distinct sounds and personalities. HBO then turned the footage into 'Sonic Highways', following the band as they made their eighth, probably rawking, certainly growled and definitely guitar-slidin' record. This here ...view item »

Ex Hex
Rips

Firmly rooted in late seventies North American pop-punk-rock, Mary Timony’s new band, Ex Hex, have given us an album to jump around and sing-a-long to. An instant and instantly essential record that knocks Wild Flag, an album I love by the way, into a cocked hat. She’s al...view item »

Krill
A Distant Fist Unclenching

A Distant Fist Unclenching by Krill was produced by Justin Pizzoferato, who has also worked with fellow Bostonians, Dinosaur Jr and Speedy Ortiz. The album marks a progression in their sound whilst keeping everything that was good about their earlier recordings. Their complex and unusua...view item »

Torche
Restarter

Torche are monoliths of the heavy rock scene whose ascent to power came about through a clash of infectiously heavy melodies perfectly complimented by grungey, downtuned, discordant rock. Their debut album with Relapse, 'Restarter' is a ten song manifesto of thunderous, heavy rock glory. In spite of it’s undisputable heaviness it has a pop...view item »

The Black Ryder
The Door Behind The Door

Filled with gentle, carefully built pop songs that swell to a dreamy climax, The Black Ryder is finally back with their sophomore record. The Door Behind the Door promises to please fans of rich, lush pop songs with emotion weight, to draw you into the dreamworld this soft and somehow real world, created specially ...view item »

Twerps
Range Anxiety

Twerps have spent some time touring with indie rock's chillest, including Real Estate and notorious shoe merchant Mac Demarco. Their record, Range Anxiety -- which, from its title, sounds one half Pavement, one half Parquet Cou...view item »

OK Junior
The Floating Formation EP

Finally a CD/10" has arrived on a label called Seldom by a band called OK Junior who have been championed by XFM & featured in the NME. according to the sticker on the back. It sounds like a perfectly competent blend of lo-fi folk & muffled trip-hop beats with spacey vocals. Sounds very much like another...view item »

The Manhattan Love Suicides
More Heat! More Panic!

The Manhattan Love Suicides (less from-New-York than you might think) seemed to be over as of 2009, but lo and behold, 2015 sees the release of More Heat! More Panic!, only their second full-length album. Good fun fuzz-guitar noise-pop action. The LP is available in collaboration with the Squirrel Records and Odd Box la...view item »

The Black Angels
Passover

The Black Angels are a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. Passover is their debut album. The band describe themselves as playing “Native American drone ‘n’ roll”. This psych-rock classic is available on a limited edition cassette of 1500 hand-numbered copies in a c...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Transfixiation

Kings of the effects pedal A Place To Bury Strangers have a new album out after a heavy couple of years touring and writing in Brooklyn. The band have taken an experimental step forward, but still pack a punch with noise-infused rocky smashers. Their love of Joy Division still shines through. On CD and vinyl....view item »

Bad History Month / Dust From 1000 Years
Famous Cigarettes

Their name must be hip, because it’s ironic: Dust from a 1000 Years doesn’t sound old at all, but rather fresh. Which is really just a crazy coincidence because it’s not a Bad History Month at all, seeing as it brought us this swell split EP! Which, I might add, is limited to 308 (curious numbe...view item »

Mourn
Mourn

Mourn like the old-school punks, but, like, the good ones that we don't listen to enough: they cite the song-writing of PJ Harvey as an influence, as well as the lo-fi indie pop antics of Sebadoh. Their sound is fitting: Mourn has confrontation at all costs, and...view item »

Kim Deal
Biker Gone / Beautiful Moon

Although she’s quite possibly completely insane, these Kim Deal 7”s are always worth picking up though you sorta know they’ll all be collected on an album at some point. Here are another two slabs of excellence, the A side is rather Sonic Youth-y with some seriously discordant guitars with th...view item »

Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

Progressing confidently from their classic rock origins, Alabama Shakes deliver a crisp and funky album in the form of Sound & Color. Recorded in Nashville, they retain that Southern personality whilst clearly spending more time on the minutiae of songwriting. Out on 2LP ltd clear vinyl, 2LP vinyl and CD from Rough ...view item »

Grinderman
Grinderman

As easy as it is to describe Grinderman as a dirty album that spits rock bullets, it's actually a quite artful collection of songs, full of inventive twists, turns and sounds. It's challenging to the ear at first because it is so different from anything else you might hear, but great albums are often like that. You expect them to sound a certain...view item »

Cold War Kids
Behave Yourself

I can think of no other way to describe this EP other than to say that it contains the most 'grown up' songs CWK has released. I am very impressed with these four songs. As the band says in the liner notes, these songs didn't belong on Loyalty to Loyalty because they did not quite fit the sound of the entire album. Cold War Kids are not a super ...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Boatman's Call

Originally released in 1997, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ album The Boatman’s Call was a move toward the more gracefully melancholic from the gloomy Antipodean from the previous Murder Ballads, with his most personal album to date. A classic for anyone who doesn't own it yet, and Nick Cave’s most critically acc...view item »

The Districts
A Flourish And A Spoil

'A Flourish And A Spoil’ is Pennsylvania rockers’ debut LP through Fat Possum Records. Produced by the ever-reliable John Congleton, who has previously worked with St. Vincent and Angel Olsen, its bluesy garage rock aesthetic, uplifting guitar and feedback serves as an appropriate follow-up to the band’s debut EP released earli...view item »

Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep

It's the skramz kids! Enter Shikari's deeply sighed post-hardcore emotions are on display agaiin, presented ecstatically on 'The Mindsweep', which continues to see the band swing wildly between the punky fury of the Blood Brothers, the obnoxious EDM of Skrilly, the prog metal of System of a Down and infectuous indie melodies that recall early Bl...view item »

Nirvana
Live At The Paramount

Apparently Nirvana were only ever properly recorded to film on one occasion, and guess what? This is the DVD of that occasion! In 1991, the year of Nevermind, the band were on their way up, up, up, and Live At The Paramount captures them on electric form. HD footage transferred from 16mm film and with a 5.1 sur...view item »

A.C. Temple / The Wedding Present
Miss Sky / Undercurrent

Finally out on vinyl again, this 7” is practically free with any order. Originally released with Ablaze! magazine, the A.C. Temple / The Wedding Present split single, featuring the songs Miss Sky and Undercurrent, makes the excellent addition to your order, not to mention its role in expanding yo...view item »

Triptides / Laser Background
Set You Free / Disappearing Ink

We’ve got this split 7” this week from office favourites Triptides and Laser Background, who I’ve never heard of. I’m listening to the Laser Background side first because I’m pretty sure I’ll like the Triptides one so I’m saving t...view item »

Murder By Death
Big, Dark Love

Country pub rock from Indiana’s Murder By Death. With fifteen years in the business the lighters in the air anthemic nature of these ten songs boast an earned authenticity not always present with this nostalgic, folksy band. Still, Big, Dark Love is sure to soundtrack a few emotional bromance film sequences. Out o...view item »

Sunday International
So Calm

A new single from SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL 'So Calm' is fresh out the box on Future Butterfly Records. The dude singing here sounds well gutted, I'm amazed he made it out of bed and down to the studio. He actually says 'you make me feel like wearing my pyjamas' and then goes on to rhyme pyjamas with bahamas which...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Firstborn Is Dead

Although it's not as wild and frenetic as From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead is a more focused effort featuring better overall playing from Cave & The Bad Seeds, and stronger songwriting. Drawing particularly on the deep well of American blues and folklore for this album, rather than Goth obsessions, Cave here has an album that is a bit...view item »

Perfect Pussy
I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

I Have Lost Desire For All Feeling first gained attention when it was self-released as a demo EP back in 2013. Subsequently, Perfect Pussy's brand of urgent and febrile noise-punk continued to prevail with their 2014 debut LP Say Yes To Love being critically praised...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Tender Prey

I am not a man who gives out 10/10's lightly (despite what me review history may suggest) but Tender Prey is one of those albums that is without a doubt a masterpiece. Tender Prey is a dark album, written in the late 80's when Nick Cave and about half of The Bad Seeds were struggling with a heroin addiction, but s...view item »

Ty Segall
Lemons

Because the fruit equivalent of garage punk is in fact lemons -- citrus is full of lo-fi potential, don't you know -- Ty Segall once called a thing Lemons, and this is that thing. This smattering of psych melds '60s melodies with atmospherics of a dystopian decade that has yet to come. ...view item »

Half Japanese
Volume 2 : 1987-1989

Wow, three whole Half Japanese records in one set! Volume 2 provides you with ‘Music To Strip By’ (1987), ’Charmed Life (1988) and ‘The Band That Would Be King’ (1989). I’m sure you would agree that that is a very healthy portion of these arty-punky-silly legends. Nicely designed book...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
No More Shall We Part

Four years of silence after The Boatman's Call could have left fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds a little disgruntled but then he brought out No More Shall We Part and frankly, he knocked everyone’s socks off yet again. Haunting, beautiful, at times crushingly sad, at others, wryly amused by the ridiculousness of life. A...view item »

Emperor Yes
An Island Called Earth

Emperor Yes is a trio moulded from producer Ash Gardner (known for work with singer-songwriter Emmy the Great), Adam Betts of math rock crew Three Trapped Tigers, and Hugo Sheppard, who was one half of indie pop duo Summer Camp. They come together in a new incarnation to make some truly cosmic rock that focuses on the blustery vocal harmoni...view item »

The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Most albums by The Decemberists have a strong narrative running through them (see The Hazards Of Love for example), but for this record, the band apparently let the songs develop into whatever forms seemed right. Consequently, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World is The Decemberists in a different mode...view item »

The 1975
The 1975

I cannot see how this band have managed to sell out shows at massive venues such as Alexandra Palace. The vocals are so whiny it hurts; they bring absolutely nothing to the table. The instrumentation is awful. There is no raw and real emotion in any of the instruments, the guitars are low in the mix as is the fashion in pop music these days. WAR...view item »

Purling Hiss
Dizzy Polizzy

Dizzy Polizzy started life as a CDR containing six early recordings, circa 2004, Purling Hiss main man Mike Polizze had made with the help of drummer Ben Leaphart. By 2011, due to growing demand, Polizze made Dizzy Polizzy into a tour-only cassette which contained the original six tracks plus a...view item »

Grouplove
Spreading Rumours

Who are these? Some whippersnappers I can barely understand. The opening track sounds like Nirvana's 'All Apologies' as played by McBusted. I've just heard a steel drum. Its wierd though, I can hear melodies nicked from 'cool stuff' but its very tween - pop ...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Murder Ballads

Nick Cave and his perpetual gloomy face released Murder Ballads back in 1996 with the Bad Seeds to great critical acclaim and even commercial success. To his dismay, he was even nominated for MTV Best Male Artist of the Year, although he was withdrawn at his own behest. Also featuring Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey an...view item »

Modest Mouse
White Lies, Yellow Teeth / Buttons to Push the Buttons

Modest Mouse are celebrating the days when they were at their rawest, playing stunningly rough guitar and howling lyrics for lost souls over disorientating dissonance. 'This Is a Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About' and 'The Lonesome Crowded West' are two early entries in the indie rock canon, and they're being reissued so we can ...view item »

Axes
Glory

Math punk. Is that a thing? Apparently so, it's just like math rock but punkier. This lightning-paced riff-loaded offering from London-based Axes (a four-piece hailing from Scotland, Denmark, Iran and... Essex) is fast, frantic and very fun. The sleeve features the band members on horse back. I hope the noisy music didn't scare the poor things t...view item »

Cozy
Button by Button

Cozy Powell. Peeder Powell watch out. This is the debut release from Cozy who play a banging style of 70's glam power pop that gives Gary Glitter a run for his money. Fans of The Sweet and Bay City Rollers take note; there's a new gang in town and they are armed with fuzzy guitars, stack harmonies and stack heels galore. If you are allergic to h...view item »

Owen
Other People’s Songs

New album of cover versions from winsome acoustic guitar plucker Mike Kinsella aka Owen. Other People’s Songs contains 8 tracks tenderised versions of originals from the likes of Against Me! and Depeche Mode. Find out how he treats Descender from ...view item »

Games
Little Elise

Games got a lot of admiration for their debut album of power pop and here they come with a raucous blast of 70's pop fun. One part Big Star, one part Dwight Twilley Band and one part Bay City Rollers this is an absolute heap of be-mulleted fun. They have all those 70's glam moves down pat that you'd swear that this was taken from the lower reach...view item »

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Intensity Ghost

Drone conductor Chris Forsyth formed a band off the back of last year's 'Solar Motel', enlisting members of a variety of rock bands (including the ambient-leaning War on Drugs) to help him explore his rock 'n' drone'. 'Intensity Ghost' shows that band in full force, soloing until sore on tracks that are often purely instrumental, tightly-knit bu...view item »

Bugs & Rats
Adidas

An obnoxious kebab of unrest from Bugs & Rats. Adidas is a bilge pump of evil hardcore/punk-rock with a seriously demented garage ascetic. Overblown with distorted-to-the-max guitars, muddy vocal squawks and a battery of drums. It's somewhere between Converge and The Sonics. Out on vinyl LP from Feeding Tube Records...view item »

Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible

Plenty of super-deluxe box set reissues around these days, but The Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible stands out as an album singular enough to warrant this treatment. Here it is presented on heavyweight vinyl, and is accompanied by a glossy book and 4 CDs: 2 different mixes, a disc of...view item »

Smashing Pumpkins
Monuments To An Elegy

Now that Billy Corgan is done composing and performing eight-hour tributes to Herman Hesse novels -- and making Oneohtrix Point...view item »

The Phantom Band
Fears Trending

Some big sounds from Scots The Phantom Band. Fear Trending is the next installment from the half-dozen bunch. It's full of rocky guitars, wacky electronics and sincere Celtic crooning. It's proggy, post-rockish and has simple melodies which act as a contrast to the raucous instrumental madness. ...view item »

Superfood
Don’t Say That

This Birmingham four piece are a joyous fun-packed group squarely aimed at the late teens/early 20's market with infectious danceable pop with noticeable hip hop and Beck influences. They have nothing important to say, their songs are generally about food and fun but I'm sure would sound life affirming down the indie disco. This is their first f...view item »

Yo La Tengo
Extra Painful

'Painful' was something of an early blueprint for another of Yo La Tengo's more beloved records, 'And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out'. Beyond their sickly blue covers, both are full of mumbled vocals, twilit riffs that slide seamlessly through the night, and romantic shoegaze outbursts. 'Extra Painful' compiles this old, understated effor...view item »

Tyrannosaurus Dead
Flying Ant Day

For fans of fuzzed out indie rock from yesteryear with modern principles and a youthful exuberance, there's Tyrannosaurus Dead, who get by with sickly-sweet vocal exchanges (that recall a gentler Dan Bejar) and scuzzy chords that make you feel a lot of love. The succinct and always catchy enough 'Flying Ant Day' takes you back to the days of 'Sl...view item »

Destroyer
Your Blues

Dan Bejar's indie rock eye-rolling continued with 'Your Blues', his sixth record, which wasn't a testament to how bored he was hanging about with the twee and sickeningly lovely New Pornographers, but was a wonderful bit of abandon for him. As is custom for the Destroyer project, it shows him in high-drama form, performing pantomimic songs in hi...view item »

The Amazing Snakeheads
Can't Let You Go

A Highland tantrum from The Amazing Snakeheads. Dripping with contempt, Can't Let You Go is a deluge of literal monosyllabic rage about how they just cannot seem to let this person go. Drenched in booze, fags, loud guitars, drums and shouting. I knew Limmy was angry, but now he’s bloody livid. Out on 7" vinyl...view item »

Wilco
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Wilco have never been particularly good at hiding their so-called rarities away, half of their fan-base having already been treated to the stellar, suffocatingly intimate early versions of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot songs. Here, though, the band leave another offering: Alpha Mike Foxtrot coll...view item »

Joseph Coward
The World Famous Joseph Coward

'The World Famous Joseph Coward' is more of a projection than a fact: it's actually Joseph Coward's debut record, one that hopes to push Coward swiftly into the indie rock canon. Coward's song-writing is plaintive and traditional, taking inspiration from solo artists with the same wistful Romanticism while also trying to extract the fury and hot...view item »

Primus
Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble

Wacky high energy Californian rockers Primus have been going for 30 years now, their unique brand of bass-heavy prog-funk silliness doesn't really need any introduction. Nor does the soundtrack to the musical film version of Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. On New Year's Eve 2013 the band performed their Zappa-meets-Beefheart-me...view item »

Tyred Eyes
Elevator

Tyred Eyes are a three-piece from Göteborg in Sweden. They used to make clattering punk influenced by the oldies; now, they're opted to take on the oh-so-loud indie of the 90s they know and love. 'Elevator' is their new record and the follow-up to the direct, raucous pop music of their 'Ghost' EP, taking the band's noise in a more chil...view item »

Joshua WF Thomson
Platinum Metres

Calling out to the cosmos, it’s Joshua WF Thomas, via Hong Kong's Platinum Metres. The record, which has the same name as the label, is an attempt to convey human nature and a depiction of music from around the globe. The Plantinum Metres vinyl LP spans many genres and is full of collaborations from a wide ra...view item »

Fugazi
In On The Killtaker

In On The Kill Taker is one of Fugazi's most shamefully overlooked works, too straightforward to appease their later fans and not punx enough to piss off a hardcore kid the way they like it. What you get instead is a furious dance: some of the band's catchiest cuts, including "Public Witness P...view item »

The Afghan Whigs
Gentleman (Gentlemen at 21 Deluxe Edition)

21st anniversary reissue for the seminal 1993 album, complete with 17 bonus tracks - a collection of B-sides, live performances and demos. The album is available remastered, on vinyl (with none of the bonus stuff), CD, or on (Record Store Day only) very limited edition 3-album vinyl which includes the bonus stuff. ...view item »

Wedding Dress
Desperate Glow

If you collect up all the cosmic gloop oozing from a dozen excellent and oh-so-slightly experimental acts, you get Wedding Dress. The band features members of math rockers Maps & Atlases as well as Suns and Joans of Arc, though there's less of the noodling and more slow-burning. Layers of synth, industrial-sized percussion and sweet aco...view item »

The Ministry Of Wolves
Happily Ever After

Weird German fantasists The Ministry of Wolves base their songs around fairytales by The Brothers Grimm. And why not. Suitably dark and sinister, these tracks will surely reignite the nightmares you had as a kid when you woke up convinced there was a wolf under the bed or a headless wood cutter lurking in the bushes outwide. Theatrical, dark Ger...view item »

Dilly Dally
Candy Mountain

Toronto’s Dilly Dally formed in 2010 after discovering a shared propensity for dreamy guitars, weed and karaoke. With the addition of their two good friends, Corey Marshall (drums) and Michael Guiliani (bass) the quartet spent the years that followed playing anywhere they could with a PA, be it bar or basement. Now, with a solid fan base, ...view item »

Mazes
Wooden Aquarium

It's been a year since 2013's triumphant 'Ores & Minerals' and London based trio Mazes hone in on the best of their craft with 'Wooden Aquarium'; here, the hypnotic motorik rhythms and infectious pop melodies remain firmly intact. Though defying tradition and recording the album completely live in a studio, Mazes have not compromised their l...view item »

TV Eyes
TV Eyes

Alright! Power pop revival! Let's all have a good time! TV Eyes! Let's go! Taking time off from his work making terrifying abstract compositions for television's 'Hannibal', Brian Reitzell meets up with pals Jason Falkner and Roger Manning Jr., so they can reissue their self-titled 2006 record, which was only ever released in Japan. On record, t...view item »

Wild Smiles
Always Tomorrow

Debut album from Winchester three-piece Wild Smiles. Catchy angst pop with a droney harmonic kick, the band have garnered attention from all over the shop, landing an endorsement by Gibson and a string of European live shows. Bit like Dinosaur Junior but with shinier shoes to gaze into. Nice if you like that sort of thing. ...view item »

LoneLady
Groove It Out

Outrageous funk-pop from LoneLady. Her new 12" single is a lesson in pure fun, reveling in the sounds of mid-80's Madonna and Talking Heads. Establishing an array of bum-wiggling loops, Groove It Out is undeniable infectious. The B side has a remix by Bristolian electronic avant-nutter Ekoplekz. Out on Warp....view item »

Big Star
Live In Memphis

Big Star were rock 'n' roll's most spectacular failures, ignored in their time but widely beloved now for their underdog story and inspiring power pop hooks. 'Live In Memphis' was one of their only recorded live shows, showing them off in 1994 when the stakes were low and the emotions ran high. Plenty of high points for Big Star are gifted to th...view item »

Green
Green

Finally one of the quintessential '80s pop/rock albums has been reissued! Underappreciated since its release, this self-titled album is sure to surprise you for being so well-conserved. Still fresh as a spring-time leaf, Green’s debut has not aged a bit. Treat yourself to a tasty music history lesson! Only 500 copies avail...view item »

Arms
Are We All In This Together

Twee pop at its most cringe-inducing high -- just check the music video for "Are We All In This Together", which is pretty cat-driven -- Arms are reliving the glory days when guitars where shimmering and yet drab, when only chords where played and drums were softly shuffled. Their debut record, also called 'Are We All In This Together', has shad...view item »

Mariachi El Bronx
III

Otherwise known as Californian hardcore punk band The Bronx, the band’s alter ego Mariachi El Bronx return with their third album of Mariachi inspired music. Released via ATO Records ‘III’ is a different direction for the band as they come into their own: with a different approach to writing, the band defy tradition here with t...view item »

Arctic Monkeys
AM

When Arctic Monkeys announced the first single on their new album, a US online mag ran the story to which someone in the comments below said “Great, I’ll tell my dad”. It perfectly sums up the concerns that have become increasingly evident over their last couple of albums; that their cheeky ...view item »

Portastatic
The Summer Of The Shark

Fourth studio album from Carolina-based indie rock band Portastatic. Fronted by Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, the band started off as a side project then steadily progressed to a fully fledged band. McCaughan stated that 'The Summer of the Shark' was intended as a concept albm about 9/11. Originally released in 2003 on Merge Records. ...view item »

Das Pain
Joyride / Haunted Heart

Swaying mellow drama from Das Pain. Joyride / Haunted Heart has an air of hopelessness, lost love and gloom tinged whiskey. Both tracks plod along with vocal rasps, woeful guitars and staggering drums. This record will appeal to fans of Nick Cave, The Pogues and urban sea-shanties. This 7" vinyl is being self-released b...view item »

Useless Eaters
Bleeding Moon

Useless Eaters is the one man garage rocker Seth Sutton, and 'Bleeding Moon' is shaped from scrappy guitars, snarling bass and a heap of up-to-no-good lyrics. Sutton makes the kind of quick in-and-out guitar pop that makes Jay Reatard and Ty Segall so compelling, bringing to mind the best of the garage rippers who go it alone....view item »

Various
I’m Your Fan

Like "I'm Your Man", get it? Such a fantastic pun is surely worthy of one of the most renowned songwriters of all time -- 'I'm Your Fan' features reinterpretations of Leonard Cohen's work by canonised rock acts like the Pixies, R.E.M., Robert Forster, Nick Cave and John Cale. Some of these covers are light, respectful and affectionate, while oth...view item »

Greylag
Greylag

Rich, moody guitar-powered Americana from Portland three-piece Greylag. This self-titled debut album was produced by the great Phil Ek, who has worked with Band of Horses, The Shins and Modest Mouse, among others. The album was four long years in the making and is available on limited coloured vinyl, as well as your usual black sort. ...view item »

Minus The Bear
Planet Of Ice

In 2007, Minus The Bear were on math rock's biggest roll, having spent plenty of time messing with time signatures until their songs were stretched but bizarrely irresistible -- 'Highly Refined Pirates' and the more experimental 'Menos El Oso' were the proof. They followed those records up with 'Planet of Ice', a widescreen affair of battling gu...view item »

Little Big League
Tropical Jinx

Little Big League are pretty accomplished when it comes to the whole indie rock thing: they've changed their name a couple of times, for starters, and each member comes from a stellar band in another corner of the genre, be it Post Post, Titus Andronicus or Strand of Oaks. So on 'Tropical Jinx', they just rip through these songs like they didn't...view item »

Melvins
Hold It In

Their first full-length as a quartet since 2010’s 'The Bride Screams Murder', ‘Hold It In’ marks yet another return for Washington’s ever-prolific Melvins, this time with the addition of guitar-proficient Paul Leary and JD Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), joining originals and sole constants Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover. Recor...view item »

Thurston Moore
The Best Day

What's been going on with Thurston Moore? Aside from release a new cassette of experimental space rock, it looks like he got a pet dog. 'The Best Day' is the Sonic Youth frontman's first solo record since he released 'Demolished Thoughts' in 2010, a year after Sonic Youth distributed their final document, 'The Eternal'. The record shows off Moor...view item »

Dope Body
Lifer

Baltimore quartet Dope Body's last album 'Natural History' was a superbly bombastic explosion of gnarly wild-eyed noise rock and weird guitar manipulation that showed a significant step forward from debut 'Nupping'. Can they maintain the momentum on third album 'Lifer'? Early tasters suggest so. Expect dirty, tough and weird noise rock party ant...view item »

The Aislers Set
Terrible Things Happen

Just look at my original review of this. Horiffic innit? That's how shit we were back then. A band who weren't shit of course were Aislers Set who were a bag of fun back in the day but whose stock has risen in recent years as the kids turn back to the twee pop their mums and dads liked back in the '90's. Aislers Set was formed by ex Henr...view item »

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
IX

Indie rock band and prog revisionists And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are back with another entry into their prolific and long-winded discography. 'IX' is their first record in two years, which doesn't seem like a lot, but totally is for this band. If you're looking to have that ecstatic and bombastic sound mixed into your in...view item »

Giant Burger
Second

Second vinyl release from those fast food fantasists from Hackney. Describing their music as 'Doom Meat Pop', the band's only review on Facebook is "That's the worst band I've ever heard" - a man outside the New Cross Inn. This 45-er runs to an impressive 13 minutes and is available on limited edition blue vinyl. Do you want fries with that...view item »

Talons
New Topographics

Talons return this week with 'New Topographics', an album which sees the band move from the alt-folk prettiness of previous releases into epic instrumental territory. The press release says "the band have incorporated a stronger neo-classical influence, as well as employing a much more rhythmic and expansive sound, heightening their emphasis on ...view item »

Twin Peaks
Wild Onion

Chicago garage rock smirkers Twin Peaks are releasing their second record, 'Wild Onion', as the follow-up to their brighter, short 'n' sweet debut. This time about, they make a sprawling, more free-wheeling record trading screeching guitars with sad boys indie pop endlessly. A recommended listen for fans of Thee Oh Sees and other garage thrill-s...view item »

Detective Instinct
Black Floral

Middlesborough's experimental lover of loops and lo-fi, Oliver Heffernan, adopted the moniker Detective Instinct and inherited a bunch of problems with it (he cites the making of  the record as having a "miserable start and a confusing middle"). On this record, he takes his love of electronic, psychedelia and krautrock and the invites all o...view item »

Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Geeky alt rockers Weezer return with their first studio record in four years, and judging by the record titles ('Raditude', and, uh, 'Hurley'?), the first record they've taken seriously in a very long time. 'Evertything Will Be Alright In The End' sees the band working with Ric Ocasek again, the producer who helped make their seminal 'Blue ...view item »

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