Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fat White Family
Songs For Our Mothers

Album number two from Fat White Family, that gang of nihilistic performance upstarts. Songs For Our Mothers promises to be spitting with hatred and negative energy, and probably lots of loud guitars as well. Includes the single Whitest Boy On The Beach. Released on the somewhat dubiously titled Without Consent label, as CD and as LP.

Milk Teeth
Vile Child

Milk Teeth hail from Stroud in Gloucestershire. Vile Child is their debut full length album and follows two well-thought-of EPs. The band are influenced by many american bands of the ‘90s, pairing male and female vocals on top of sludgy guitars. Fans of Wolf Alice and Silversun Pickups will enjoy this!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Replacements
Let It Be

Let It Be was the third album by Minneapolis post-punk-punk band The Replacements and was originally released in 1984. The band were led by Paul Westerberg. Let It Be is one of the band’s best albums and is arguably the best album called Let It Be that’s ever been released. Lyrically it deals with many coming of age issues, musically it is more melodic than their previous work. Vinyl reissue on Rhino.

Massenger
Peeling Out

Peeling Out is the new vinyl LP from Californian garage punk hoodlums Massenger.  This four-piece are hard and fast, but also have a knack for sweet surf-pop melodies and witty lyrics. Following up the dense guitar assault of their Banshee EP, this is groovy, teeth-gritted rock ‘n roll to annoy your parents. The album art for this Burger Records release is awesome too.

Deerhoof
Fever 121614

Fever 121614 captures Deerhoof playing live in concert in Tokyo last year, to the evident joy of their audience. The setlist goes deep into their repertoire, with fan favourites from several albums brought out to play. As ever, the band are melodic, complex and fun all at the same time, and the live audience brings out their energetic best. Out on the Polyvinyl Record Co.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Iggy Pop
Post Pop Depression

Post Pop Depression finds Iggy Pop working with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, a mighty pairing if ever there was one. Gnarly action with Iggy’s urban swagger and Homme’s rugged desert vibes: the rest of the band is made up of members of The Dead Weather and Arctic Monkeys. On Rekords Rekords.

Communions
Communions EP+

This 7 track CD EP from Communions showcases a melodic DIY sound that borrow rough post-punk aesthetics and rigid New Order guitar work. This collection compiles the EP and an impossible to find early 7” and introduces the group’s exuberant mixture of punk and 4AD dream pop. Tough Love release this bittersweet CD.

The Cave Singers
Banshee

The Cave Singers are clearly children of the 1970’s: for much of new album Banshee, they are basically a glam rock band. The bass pulses, the drums shuffle, and Pete Quirk’s vocals are dripping with Bolan. This is their first record since they spent a year on solo and side projects, and they sound happy to be back together. CD and LP editions available on Jagjaguwar

De Rosa
Weem

Third album by De Rosa, containing 11 further tracks of their woozy, motoriked indie. They have a touch of gloom to them (see track titles ‘Prelude to Entropic Doom’ and ‘Fauster’), but there’s nowt wrong with that. Released by Mogwai’s Rock Action label, on CD and heavyweight vinyl (which includes a download code).

The Donkeys
Midnight Palm

The Donkeys make thick nostalgic easy-listening, head-swinging indie. The San Diego four piece went into the studio with Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart) to produce this mini LP. 5 tracks of unabashed looking back on fond memories. Cue old videos of bloody good friends having fun in the sun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ty Segall
Emotional Mugger

Announced through the unusual approach of sending out in the post VHS tapes with the album dubbed on, Emotional Mugger is the latest work from the very busy Ty Segall. Seems it’s another 11 tracks of that delightful garage-pop sound, Ty leading from the front with high-pitched vocals and fuzzy guitar. LP, CD or cassette tape, on Drag City.

The Besnard Lakes
A Coliseum Complex Musuem

The Besnard Lakes return! Strong themes of ghosts and nature run through the songs of A Coliseum Complex Museum, along with their skilled take on heavy-shoegaze-rock-pop (a cumbersome genre tag maybe, but that’s what it is!). Super-detailed ecstatic production duties carried out by band-leader Jace Lasek. Coloured vinyl version only available from indie stores!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Aidan Knight
Each Other

Aidan Knight and his band of squires (I’m so sorry) have imbued the songs on Each Other with a delicate melancholy, carried through by thoughtful lyrics, bold and spacious production, and lots of interesting textures. You’ll feel sad and comforted all at the same time. Released by Full Time Hobby.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Destroyer
Streethawk: A Seduction

The 2001 album from Destroyer, Streethawk: A Seduction, properly reissued. Smart indie-tinged epic pop of the high quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar: indeed, this early album was one of the albums that established his remarkable reputations, containing many fan favourites. CD or LP editions available, on the Merge label.

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts
Manhattan

New record from Jeffrey Lewis, with backing band Los Bolts (which seems to contain most of the usual Lewis regulars). Manhattan has more intimately observed stories about interesting New York characters, sung and played with his usual upbeat bounce. Lewis’ own beautiful comic-style illustrations provide the artwork. On Rough Trade.

Dressy Bessy
Kingsized

Dressy Bessy move in the same axis as the famed Elephant 6 Collective, and have the same open approach to collaboration: noted guests on Kingsized include members of The Apples In Stereo, Polyphonic Spree and, most impressively, R.E.M.! Well who wouldn’t want to take part in bright, shiny power-pop like this? Released on Yep Roc.

Dracula Legs
Bulldozer

Dracula Legs have that whole deep-voiced Southern preacher over Crampsy rock backing thing going on: ‘Grunge Country’ they call it, and that isn’t a bad description. Composed of former members of Friendship, the band have produced a strong new single in the form of Bulldozer, which is backed by last year’s Christmas compilation track. On Kittens Recording Company.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Altered Hours
In Heat Not Sorry

Debut album from Irish group The Altered Hours, working in that fruitful mould of post-punk with a touch of shoegaze. At its best moments, In Heat Not Sorry is a jumble of shrieking guitars, drawled vocals and thick organ, dragged along by a low-slung rhythm section swagger. Released on the Art For Blind label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
Hello, Good Evening, Welcome. And Goodbye: Live At Maida Vale

An hour long live session from the late 80’s indie rockers, recorded at Maida Vale for Steve Lamacq. This was the last radio session and Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine would stop playing as a group two weeks later. Features 14 songs from across their back catalogue and covers of The Pet Shop Boys and Inspiral Carpets.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gengahr
Powder / Bathed in Light

With a name like Gengahr, they should probably be a death metal band who don't hold back on the growls -- but they actually craft squeaky-clean indie rock fashioned after newer Modest Mouse and the clean-guitars of the National, among other artists who like to make sure their melodies are clarified. This 7" consists of two new tracks from the band, "Poweder" and "Bathed In Light". 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Conrad Keely
Original Machines

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead singer and guitarist Conrad Keely releases a double vinyl LP and CD on Superball Music. Original Machines is Keely’s first release and displays his distinctive guitar playing, and singing, in new contexts. Here the arrangements are more elaborate and influenced by his love of folk music. The deluxe CD also has additional demos, unreleased material and 52 pages of original artwork from Keely.

Lonely Walk
Teen

Lonely Walk is a heavy band project that features members of Strasbourg, Panoptique, Magneto and several other bands, plus the brains behind the Simple Music Experience label. With Teen they dive headlong into a synth-streaked dark post-punk tunnel, where the listener is more than welcome to join them. Released on the Born Bad label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Migrant
Flood

The Migrant is the solo project of Bjarke Bendtson, a Danish singer-songwriter with a mournful voice and a taste for slight psychadelia. Flood is a record that sonically crosses the Atlantic to nestle in comfortably with the kind of quality Americana we’ve heard from the likes of Midlake over the last decade. Released by Rockpie.

The Flaming Lips
Imagene Peise

Don’t be shocked by The Flaming Lips’ ability to surprise. The jazzy piano tones of their secret Christmas EP (released in 2010) float along on a bed of analogue synth and holiday cheer, filtered through classic Lips melancholy. "Frosty the Snowman", "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "Christmas Waltz" are all given the Flaming treatment, the band meandering their way through in a continuous festive jam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit is the debut album by Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett. It follows on from the brilliant Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas which was released in 2013. Filled with lyrically sharp, catchy songs, this album confirms Courtney Barnett as a genuinely brilliant and unique artist.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Mountain Goats
Beat The Champ

Wordsmith, genius song-writer, metal enthusiast and all-rounder nerd John Darnielle has released roughly ten billion records as The Mountain Goats, and since transitioning from lo-fi cassette underdog to established folk hero, he's released classics such as Get Lonely and Transcendental Youth, dealing with what it feels like to be hauled up inside your own head, even when there's a world of stories out there. Beat The Champ is a concept album based around pro-wrestling, because of course, and it comes swiftly after the release of his debut novel, so promises narrative prowess of the highest.

Thunderbitch
Thunderbitch

Thunderbitch brings together members of Clear Plastic Masks and Fly Golden Eagle with the frontwoman of Alabama Shakes for a good old-fashioned Southern rock’n’roll thrash-out. This is their debut, as fresh and energetic as could be. Thunderbitch by Thunderbitch is released on the Thunderbitch label.

The Eccentronic Research Council
Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine…... I’m Your Biggest Fan

A really remarkably strange conceptual album here from The Eccentronic Research Council, in which a fictional fan of a fictional band explores their obsession through music. Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan is released on CD, or in a special vinyl edition with a bonus EP from the fictional band (‘played’ by The Fat White Family).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Japanese
Perfect

After a very welcome reissue campaign of their essential old records, the time has now come for a brand new Half Japanese album! Perfect is as full of energy as ever, boldly jolting through a joyful set of tracks. They have picked up some instrumental abilities over the years (like it or not), but their sound remains one-of-a-kind. On Joyful Noise (with indies-only coloured vinyl available).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Destroyer
Destroyer's Rubies

The 2006 album from Destroyer, Destroyer’s Rubies, reissued by Merge. Smart indie-tinged pop of the high-quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar. The (double) LP edition comes with a useful download code, and the download code comes with an exciting, exclusive bonus track, the 24-minute ‘Loscil’s Rubies’.

Destroyer
This Night

The 2002 album from Destroyer, This Night, properly reissued on vinyl by Merge after a Record Store Day exclusive release a few years ago. Smart indie-tinged epic pop of the high quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar. CD or double vinyl LP editions available, the LP coming with  a handy download code.

The Nectarine No.9
Saint Jack

A blend of Scottish and Nottingham heritage (we’ll call it Scottingham), The Nectarine No. 9 released their opus Saint Jack on Postcard Records in 1995. Noisy, dark, humorous but ultimately pop-oriented, this unique album is packed full of tasty ideas. Out on 2CD and vinyl LP from Forever Heavenly.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Earl Brutus
Tonight You Are The Special One

Much-missed cult favourites Earl Brutus have their work reissued by 3 Loop Music. Cutting post-punk super-pop. The CD edition of second album Tonight You Are The Special One comes packaged with a comprehensive B-sides collection on the second CD, which also contains the last track from the band’s last ever gig.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dracula Legs
Sand to the Beach

Some eerie and emotive punkish sounds from Dracula Legs. Sand to the Beach consists of two mid tempo rock n rollers from the hairy fellas. Loads of riffs, an ardent wailing vocals and driving drums hold these two together. Imagine if Morrissey was fronting The 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster. Out on 7" vinyl from Two Piece Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Luckless
Vindication Blues

Second full-length album from Luckless, a New Zealand solo artist who holds her PJ Harvey-esque voice in between moody, fuzzy indie rock backing. There is a strong 90’s alternative feel to his record, very capably pulled off. Vindication Blues is Luckless’ first outing on vinyl, and is released by the Beautiful Strange label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Stargaze & Greg Saunier
Deerhoof Chamber Variations

Greg Saunier, one of the main movers in Deerhoof, has been working with contemporary group s t a r g a z e to turn a number of his band’s songs into an instrumental chamber piece. He’s got great skills, so Deerhoof Chamber Variations turns out wonderfully; totally new but also enticing for Deerhoof fans. 12” on Transgressive.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Soulsavers
Kubrick

Following on from their collaboration with Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan, Soulsavers are releasing another, totally different album. Kubrick’s all-instrumental pieces were informed by the great director’s films and the moods they conjure. Lots of lush string-scapes going on. Out on the San Quentin label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Holy Sons
Decline of The West Vol. I & II

Holy Sons is the solo project of Emil Aros, whose work you’ll know from the heavy drum parts on Om and Grails albums. On Decline of The West Vol. I & II, he plays every single instrument, ending up with an impressive and highly varied set of of songs. This reissue features 7 extra songs from the same sessions. Gatefold double LP on Partisan.

Cage The Elephant
Tell Me I'm Pretty

Cage The Elephant return with their 4th full-length album, another set of sneery rock tracks. Tell Me I’m Pretty is a little bit blues-rock, a little bit garage-rock, and some of those guitar parts even hint at 70’s-esque classic-rock. And what a strong mixture all those different rocks make here. Out on Columbia.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Melvins
Across The USA In 51 Days: The Movie

Merchants of heavy sludge The Melvins evidently have a lot of stamina: not only have they been playing and releasing for many decades, they also undertook a 50 state US tour in 51 days back in 2012: wow. Across The USA In 51 Days: The Movie is just that, a document of that tour shot mostly on the band’s phones for that intimate touch. An essential DVD for Melvins fans.

Fufanu
Few More Days To Go

Fufanu mix together a strong dose of 80’s goth rock and a smaller dose of post-punk with modern day electronic production styles. Few More Days To Go is their first full-length album, and shows off their full range, including unexpected weird little interludes. CD or LP on the One Little Indian label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Man Half Biscuit
Urge For Offal

Birkenhead's realest and most rambling rock band, Half Man Half Biscuit, occasionally creak out of the woodwork to throw sporadic new tunes and records our way. 'Urge For Offal' is one such moment, a completely spur-of-the-moment record that continues the band's tongue-in-cheek and delightfully surreal take on post-punk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pleasure Leftists
The Woods of Heaven

First full-length album from Pleasure Leftists, a four-piece who tear into their tracks pretty aggressively. The songs on The Woods of Heaven have an 80’s-indie tone to the guitar sound and a gothic distance to the vocals, and the rhythm section has an irresistible sense of forward drive. LP on Deranged Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bleeding Heart Pigeons
Anything You Want EP

Bleeding Heart Pigeons are an indie rock band from Ireland. Anything You Want is a four track EP with some solid, impassioned tunes. The sound is like early Radiohead meets a bit of Pulp perhaps, via a bit of White Lies. It’s really solid, catchy stuff with some surprising instrumentation. One to watch for sure. Shame about the band name ‘ey lads?
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Sisters of Mercy
Floodland

Floodland was the first album produced by Sisters Of Mercy version two, released in 1987. One of the most successful examples of their morose gothery. This box-set reissue is a sprawling beast, adding the three 12” singles released in the same period, each of which is rich with alternate and extended mixes and non-album B-sides. On Rhino
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Baroness
Purple

Purple is the fourth album by Baroness. The album is more direct and succinct than its predecessor - the sprawling double album Yellow & Green. It is being released on the band’s own label, Abraxian Hymns. The album was recorded by Dave Fridmann, known for his work with Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and MGMT. Available as an indies only limited edition vinyl (300 copies only), standard vinyl and CD.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Warm Brains
Big Wow

Warm Brains is the solo project of Rory Atwell, who has inhabited the throbbing core of the noisy punkish indie scene for the last few years, through production and engineering work for all the main names. No surprise then that Big Wow sounds exactly as it should: melodic but sharp, with plenty of forward momentum. On Milk Milk Lemonade.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Besnard Lakes
The Golden Lion

Golden Lion (not to be confused with Gold Lion by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) is a taster of what’s to come from husband and wife duo The Besnard Lakes in 2016. With new album A Coliseum Complex Museum cresting on the horizon, this 12” single features three tracks to whet your appetite for their unique brand of melodically rich rock music. Out on 12" EP from Jagjaguwar.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Two Gallants
We Are Undone

Sometimes these artists pick the weirdest titles. We Are Undone seems curious, as Two Gallants in fact just finished this album, their second on ATO records. Then again, the title is a critique of our consumerism-driven society. And of course, we agree. But we’d like to recommend you to buy this record anyway - the vinyl pressing comes with a CD as well!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Country Agenda

Another warm collection of country-tinged tunes from the every-improving Alex Bleeker & The Freaks. As bass player in Real Estate Bleeker knows a thing or two about intelligent songwriting - proven further here with Country Agenda - a passionate yet understated album. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Sinderlyn.

Le Volume Courbe
I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me

Le Volume Courbe is the project of Charlotte Marionneau, a french-born singer songwriter now based in London. I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me is released on Pickpocket Records - a label co-owned by Marionneau with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. The album ranges from stripped back acoustic numbers such as I Love The Living You to the more uptempo dreamy indie of The House. Kevin Shields makes a guest appearance too. I wish Dee Dee Ramone Was Here With Me is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed I Killed My Best Friend. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spray Paint
Dopers

Spray Paint are an Austin, Texas group of post-punk activists, and Dopers is their fifth record, as well as being their second record of this year. Full credit for that work ethic. Their music is audibly the product of a tight discipline crossed with an ecstatic energy. The LP is available on Monofonus Press.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Mini Album Thingy Wingy

Mini Album Thingy Wingy features seven new tracks by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe recorded the songs over the last year in his Berlin studio. Initially influenced by The Rolling Stones’ psychedelic phase, Newcombe has been incorporating ‘90s shoegaze, middle eastern and Brazilian influences into later recordings. On 10” red double vinyl with exclusive artwork (for the fans!), Clear vinyl 12” LP and CD.

Wimps
Suitcase

Wimps are a Seattle-based punk/lo-fi/new wave three-piece who feature vocalist Rachel Ratner from Butts, Matt Nyce from Meth Teeth on Bass and The Intelligence drummer Dave Ramm. Their album, Suitcase has punk attitude, lo-fi scratchiness and the angular nature of new wave. The urgency of the music seems at odds with the lyrics that tell of being happy doing very little and social anxiety.

Wreckless Eric
amERICa

Wreckless Eric releases anew! The old Stiff punk recorded this first new material in a decade in and around his house in the USA, with amplifiers apparently squeezed into every corridor (a vision I rather enjoy). The scratchy attitude of his past mixes with typically American sounds and lyrical themes. amERICa (hmmm...) is out on Fire Records.

The Twilight Sad
Oran Mor Session

Scottish alt-rock miserablists The Twilight Sad have enough full studio albums under their belt to start turning towards compilations and rare track collections. The Oran Mor Session was of course recorded in the venue mentioned in the title, and finds the band in fine form attacking a number of tracks from their last album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave. On Fatcat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Placebo
MTV Unplugged

MTV Unplugged by Placebo sees the band not being content with stripping back their songs to their bare bones. Brian Molko and co. wanted to do something special to contribute to the on-going history of MTV Unplugged. Available on a staggering number of formats: Double vinyl LP picture disc, 180g double vinyl LP, limited edition CD/DVD/Blu-Ray box set with 32-page booklet, Blu-Ray and standard CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Cult
Hidden City

Hidden City is the 10th studio album by The Cult. The album is the final part of a trilogy comprising of 2007’s Born Into This and 2012’s Choice of Weapon. The duo of Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy have been proving they still have what it takes as a live band too with last year’s performance at Coachella leading Rolling Stone magazine to roll out the superlatives.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bill Ryder-Jones
West Kirby County Primary

Ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones wrote and recorded West Kirby County Primary in the bedroom he grew up in at his Mother’s house. The album, his third, was then given some TLC at Liverpool’s Parr Studios. The lyrics are personal to the point that you feel you are listening in when you shouldn’t be. The melodies are soft and gentle with memorable choruses. The album is perhaps most reminiscent of the recent Hooton Tennis Club LP which he produced. He has also played as a live guitarist with Arctic Monkeys and produced The Wytches recently. West Kirby County Primary is available as a deluxe vinyl LP with bonus 7” which is exclusive to independent retailers, standard LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Darren Hayman
Florence

English songwriter Darren Hayman returns with another album of stripped down songwriting in Florence. With 14 albums to his name Hayman offers a steady hand of experience and a DIY aesthetic. Written and recorded in his friend’s apartment in Firenze, Italy, it’s a homely collection of acoustic guitar numbers. Out on vinyl LP from Fika.

Younghusband
Dissolver

Younghusband return with their third and perhaps most advanced album Dissolver. Simultaneously insular and yet somehow endlessly widescreen this cool, calm and confident collection of guitar-loving songs is deliciously dark, tender and authoritative in equal measure. Out on CD and vinyl LP from ATP Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Built To Spill
There's Nothing Wrong With Love

Built To Spill’s second record here, first released in 1994. Their gorgeously slackerish indie sound is pretty much at its peak here, with favourites like ‘Distopian Dream Girl’ and ‘Car’ included. This reissue, on Up Records, is the very first time There’s Nothing Wrong With Love has been re-pressed to vinyl since the original run.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Turin Brakes
Lost Property

Veteran indie guys Turin Brakes are back with album number seven: Lost Property. Eleven new songs that track the band’s journey through life with typically warm guitars, or occasionally something a little darker (as on the last track, ‘Black Rabbit’). Released in a vinyl edition (but also, contrary to the name of the label, a CD edition) by the Cooking Vinyl label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chris Cornell
Higher Truth

This is quite a long stray from Soundgarden and Audioslave. With his songwriting ksills, Chris Cornell seduces the listener to listen to his unique voice, now in a more traditional rock setting. Maybe, above all the searing guitars of a whole grunge movement gone by, there is a Higher Truth. Who are we to judge whether Chris has found it?

The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home

Fourth album from acoustic troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth. On Dark Bird Is Home the Swedish Dylan-voiced songwriter Kristian Matsson brings a welcome touch of Springsteenian/David Brent chord structuring to his palette, whilst retaining that soft, heartfelt tenderness for which he is known and often loved. Out on Ltd coloured vinyl LP, vinyl LP and CD from Dead Oceans.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Car Seat Headrest
Teens Of Style

Car Seat Headrest is the lo-fi indie rock project of Will Toledo, and although he has released before, this is his first full record with a whole band behind him. The extra beef behind the songs on Teens Of Style is very welcome, as are the extra touches (a little synth hovering here, a little counter-melody there) they bring. On Matador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Le Butcherettes
Shave The Pride

Le Butcherettes are a rock group with a dangerous feel to them. Led by singer and whirlwind personality Teri Gender Bender, they grind out fully-fledged rock music, Teri’s snarl setting the tone. The Shave The Pride single is backed by an exclusive B-side that features King Buzzo of The Melvins.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eels
Electro-Shock Blues

Eels! That’s how the brief Superbowl advert that bandleader E put together goes, and it is also how we responded when we saw the crate-load of reissued Eels albums that Universal have sent through to us. Second album Electro-Shock Blues has never been released on vinyl before, and is spread over 2 LPs.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gun Outfit
Dream All Over

Gun Outfit are a closely entwined band who sound very much like they operate out of California, which they do. Carrie Keith and Dylan Sharp’s vocals complement each other perfectly, while the forwards-on-the-freeway rhythm section and the desert-dusty guitars all slot perfectly into place. Dream All Over is on Paradise Of Bachelors.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Then Thickens
Colic

Colic is the new album by Then Thickens. The indie band from Chorley, Lancashire began as solo project of Jon-Lee Martin before expanding to the five-piece we have here. Their debut album, Death Cap at Anglezarke was critically acclaimed with a whole host of DJs from Radio 1 and 6 Music praising their efforts. The band describe themselves as having ‘60s production, ‘70s melody and ‘90s lyrics. After successful support slots with Biffy Clyro, Echo & The Bunnymen and Nine Black Alps, Then Thickens could well be the next big thing..
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Holy Sons
Fall of Man

Holy Sons is the monikor under which Emil Amos picks up his guitar and his four track, and pours his heart out, as i’m sure he does in his other, very different projects - OM, Grails, and Lilacs & Champagne. Apparently he’s written and recorded over 100 songs, but very few have surfaced, in keeping with subtle and withdrawn sound of this project. Vinyl or CD on Thrill Jockey.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Enter Shikari
Slipshod (Urbandawn Remix)

Slipshod (Urbandawn Remix) is an accompaniment tp the Hospitalised version of Enter Shikari’s Mindsweep record, in which the Hospital Records roster of esteemed Drum & Bass producers rework the Shikari originals. So Urbandawn grafts the Shikari howls onto some professional beats. Orange single-sided 10” vinyl.

Batteries
Human Requirements

Sci-Fi Steven from Bis has a new solo project, and Batteries is the name he’s given it. Human Requirements allows you to sample from the debut album of the project with two tracks, one taken from the record and one exclusive to this 7” release. Politically driven indie-pop released on Do Yourself In.
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Vertical Slump
Ruined Value

Vertical Slump are post-punk four piece whose members have been in bands such as Shopping, Gloss Rejection, Omi Palone and Circuit Breaker. Ruined Value is a confident and vigorous 4-track EP which was produced by Mark Jasper. Part sweet and melodic, part dark and discordant with stabbing guitars, squealing amps, minimal percussion and thundering bass.
  • Vinyl 7" (ICECA010)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Girls Names
Arms Around a Vision

Third album from Northern Irish band Girls Names, titled 'Arms Around A Vision'. With their usual abstract approach alongside cross-Europe influences ranging from Italian Futurism to Russian constructivism - it’s one for the muso in you. One for fans of Roxy Music and Joy Division. On cream vinyl, vinyl and CD on Tough Love.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Japanese
Boo!

Boo! documents Half Japanese’ European tour, where they treated our continent to their wild and unique self-trained sound. A full 24 tracks. The LP, part of Fire’s campaign to reissue every one of the band’s records, comes packaged with a mask that you can pop out and wear! How cool is that?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sufjan Stevens
Songs For Christmas

How nice it would be to live in Sufjan world. Each year around the festive season he'd gather round with friends to make a Christmas EP. He'll be there in a massive jumper singing away. Heartwarming. Well this tradition went on for a few years and now you can get all the yuletide fruits on this box set of all the songs. Sufjan's folky and melancholy tones are just perfect for Christmas listening. Let it sleet. 

The Great Tyrant
The Trouble With Being Born

The Great Tyrant is the original band of the members of Pinkish Black, for which the two of them were joined by their sadly now deceased friend Tommy Wayne Atkins. Their second album, The Trouble With Being Born, was never released following the death, until now. Similarly heavy and proggy to Pinkish Black, but with more rock power.

Boy & Bear
Limit of Love

Boy & Bear are an Australian indie/pop/rock five piece from Australia. They’ve been listed in a USA Today feature as one of the five best Australian bands around today. Limit Of Love is their third album and was produced by Ethan Johns, who has worked with the likes of Laura Marling, Ryan Adams and Kings Of Leon. Johns made the decision to record the album live, including vocals, an approach which brought the best out of the band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

(Sandy) Alex G
Beach Music

Beach Music is the seventh album by Lo-fi troubadour Alex G and follow-up to DSU which was no.37 in Norman’s top 50 albums of 2014. Alex G, full name Alex Giannascoli, takes his influences from all sorts of American indie of the ‘90s, mainly the good stuff - Pavement etc. The album was mixed by Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Beach Music is likely to reach the places his other albums didn’t as he has now signed to indie giant, Domino Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cruising
Cruising EP

Cruising’s self-titled debut EP pushes itself forward with post-punk swagger. The Irish band take their name from a gay slasher film from the early '80s, which is a great place from which to start. Cruising probably won’t shock anyone to quite that extent, but it will please with its energetic guitar-led jams. On Tough Love.

The Sunset Strip
Stone Lazy

Aussie indie heroes The Sunset Strip took their influence from The Byrds, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Dinosaur Jr creating a brand of melodic, sludgy, guitar-heavy alt. rock that wowed the critics but not the cash registers. Stone Lazy was supposed to have been released back in 1995 but their label folded, and the album was shelved…..until now! Limited to 250 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Boysetsfire
Boysetsfire

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

DRINKS
Laying Down Rock

Drinks is a collaboration between Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon and White Fence main man and American, Tim Presley. Their sound could be described as Arthur Lee-meets-Nico on the verge of self-destruction. Laying Down Rock is taken from their 2015 album Hermits On Holiday and features the non-LP B-side, Nice.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primitive Parts
Parts Primitive

Tight little garage rock trio from London here, with constituent parts taken from Sauna Youth, Male Bonding and Monotony. That kind of pedigree unsurprisingly makes Primitive Parts a strong proposition, and their almost self-titled debut Parts Primitive serves ten slices of their bouncy sound. On Trouble In Mind.
  • Vinyl LP (TIM100LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chris Cornell
Euphoria Morning

Euphoria Morning by Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell was originally released in 1999 and it was his first solo album. He recorded the album after Soundgarden split up but before he went on to form Audioslave with members of Rage Against The Machine. The single Can’t Change Me was nominated for a grammy too! Remastered and reissued on 180g vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep: Hospitalised

This is the Hospitalised version of Enter Shikari’s Mindsweep record, in which the Hospital Records roster of esteemed Drum & Bass producers rework the Shikari originals. So we have the likes of Danny Byrd and London Elektricity pumping up tunes for the dance. 180g orange double LP on Play It Again Sam.

Shopping
Why Choose

Shopping follow up their self-released debut album with Why Choose, on FatCat. The band’s sound comes from a rich lineage of angular post-punk, which is not to say they don’t sound fresh. You can alternately thrash and dance to their business, good stuff. If you get hold of the limited first pressing of the LP version, the vinyl will be clear!

Editors
In Dream

This is The Editors fifth studio album, ‘In Dream’ and their second release featuring the ‘new’ line up of the band with founding members Tom Smith, Russell Leetch and Ed Lay being joined by Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams. Following two years of intensive world tours, the five piece has taken a step away from the straighter, rock aesthetic of albums like ‘The Weight Of Your Love’ and has moved towards a more electro pop inspired sound, reminiscent of their third album ‘In This Light And On This Evening’. Slowdive's Rachel Goswell guests. 

Mercury Rev
The Light In You

Oooh look, a new Mercury Rev album looms on the horizon! The Light In You is the first we've heard from the group since Snowflake Midnight a full seven (!) years ago. 2015-era Rev material is sweeping and symphonic again, Jonathan Donahue's nigh-on Disney vocals swooping above a mixture of elaborate instruments. Out on Bella Union.

The Vaccines
20/20

The Vaccines released their English Grafitti album recently, and people sure did like it (number three in the sales charts). Those people may be happy to see the release of 20/20, a single from the album released as a 7" single. This portion of guitar energy is pressed in a limited edition, on Columbia.

Girl Band
Holding Hands With Jamie

Debut album time! Here’s Holding Hands with Jamie by Girl Band. Annoyingly enough, Girl Band are actually four Irish blokes. Probably irony or something. Still, they produce some raw, energetic noisy rock and post-punk which fits in nicely with the Rough Trade label they landed with. Available on CD, LP and indies only yellow LP.

Lushes
Service Industry

Service Industry is the new album from Brooklyn duo, Lushes. It is a raw rock record which ditches the moments of serenity from their first album, What Am I Doing, in favour of focusing on the primal and visceral aspects of guitar and drums. The album was recorded and mixed by long-time Sonic Youth associate Aaron Mullan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Telekinesis
Ad Infinitum

An assured fourth album from Seattle-based Telekinesis, Ad Infinitum is gloriously bathed in analogue electronics and features Michael Lerner's trademark knack for infectious power pop melodies of the highest order. Out on Digipak CD and vinyl LP from Merge. LP includes 3 bonus tracks and free download code.

Salad Boys
Metalmania

DIY indie pop in that rich New Zealand tradition, that’s what we have here with Salad Boys. The album title, Metalmania, is a bit of a misnomer really. This debut full-length is a fleet-footed thing, bouncing poppy melodies along over a guitar / rhythm section churn. Satisfying stuff. Released by Trouble In Mind.

Kitchen's Floor
Battle Of Brisbane

Grinding garage rock 'n' roll from Brisbane malcontents Kitchen's Floor. The guitars seethe, the drums pound, the bass thumps and the vocals express existential terror through a filter of cynicism. For fans of Australian legends like The Saints, Radio Birdman and The Celibate Rifles as well as the more contemporary likes of Blank Realm (whose Luke Walsh recorded the album).

Epic Soundtracks
Rise Above

Rise Above by Epic Soundtracks was originally released in 1992 and features guest performances from J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Roland S. Howard (The Birthday Party) and Martyn Casey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds). It was the first solo album by the former Swell Maps founder who also played drums for Crime & the City Solution and These Immortal Souls. This reissue, which has been unavailable for over 15 years, includes 8 bonus tracks and a second disc of early demos. Epic Soundtracks died in 1997 aged just 38.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock