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Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants

I now feel terribly sorry for Chris Garneau. I've just got extremely irritated by his album and its lack of originality but compared to this monstrosity its perfectly serviceable. Phil passed this to me saying it was noisy but 'pretty good', having sat through an intermidable guitar solo I'm possibly inclined to disagree. Opener 'Extant' has now...view item »

The Crookes
Soapbox

Sheffield four-piece The Crookes met, whilst probably quite drunk, at the Fuzz Club in the city. Soapbox was recorded in Italy in an old church on top of mountain. The band have been fairly prolific since their 2010 inception, releasing a mini album, two full length albums and a single before their latest offering, ...view item »

More Than Life
What’s Left Of Me

What’s Left Of Me is the new album by More Than Life, or MTL to their friends. More Than Life have been operating successfully as part of the UK underground scene for while now, piling up YouTube views and having their vinyl repressed to cope with demand of shifting units. What’s Left of...view item »

Gameface
Now Is What Matters Now

Despite being quietly influential all over the world since they formed in 1990, Gameface have managed to elude the media attention given to their peers. Now Is What Matters Now is the sixth album from the poppy rockin’ punkers. The album was produced by Eric Stenman who has also worked with the likes of ...view item »

'68
Midnight

Here’s a new 7” complete with Nirvana-aping sleeve from grungey duo '68. Their sound is somewhere between the aforementioned grungers and fellow Sub Poppers the Murder City Devils, but in that redux two-piece style. Don’t let their lack of personnel fool ...view item »

The Drones
The Miller's Daughter

The Miller's Daughter is the third release by Australia's most Australian band (that aren't a load of shit) The Drones. If you're familiar with The Drones in the slightest, you know what you're getting in for with this album, which is basically loud guitars, yelling, and some of the best lyrics you've ever heard....view item »

The Wolfhounds
Anthem / Middle-Aged Freak

Indie rockers The Wolfhounds formed in Romford in 1985. The band split, or went on hiatus, in 1990 after releasing four albums. Anthem/Middle Aged Freaks is the third single they have released since their reformation in 2005, following on from Cheer Up and Divide and Fall, which both received great cri...view item »

Faith No More
Album Of The Year

To coincide with 2015’s Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s first album in 18 years, the band embarked on a reissue program. That now draws to an end with the re-release of their 1997 album and predecessor, of sorts, to the aforementioned Sol Invictus, Album Of The Year. This reissue contains a s...view item »

Band of Skulls
Himalayan

Himalayan is the third studio album from saviours of British rock, Band Of Skulls. Their powerful blues riffs, pitch-perfect vocal harmonies and tight playing was overseen by the expertise of producer Nick Launay, who has worked with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, am...view item »

the abc club
Thieving Magpie

Things to Make And Do have a couple of 7”s out this week, both by Leeds bands. There’s one from Blood Oranges and this little indie-pop gem from The ABC Club. Can’t tell you much about the band to be honest. I’ve never seen them and factual information is scarce online but I’m Lee...view item »

Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Light Moving

It’s supergroup time again! This time round we’ve got veteran Sonic Youthite Thurston Moore joining forces with Keith “Hush Arbors” Wood on second guitar, John “Pegasus” Moloney on drums, an...view item »

The Coathangers
Suck My Shirt

These lady garage punkers are now onto their fourth full length album. ‘Suck My Shirt’ released on Suicide Squeeze Records is a brash but intelligent collection of riot grrrl noise, the riffs are simple but effective and the art rock style vocals give it more of a post punk vibe than out and out garage nonsense. Tracks like &...view item »

Life
Money / Crawling

For a brief chilling second I thought this was a new record by Money, a band I don't like. Happy to report that it is no such thing, it's just a song called 'Money' by this band Life. These 'Ull 'opefuls have gone down to London and recorded this with a Kaiser Chief and it's a bouncy...view item »

Dead Rider
Chills On Glass

Can a dead man make music? Can he still ride horses? Nobody knows, and honestly these questions give me the chills. On glass. Chills on Glass. By Dead Rider. On their newest album, they stray from their old sound once again, creating new music in the contrast between several extremes, always innovating and always leavin...view item »

Superchunk
Here's Where the Strings Come In

Merge Records reissues what may or may-not be Superchunk’s greatest album. From 1995, revisit canonical indie-rock hits like ‘Hyper Enough’ and ‘Sunshine State’ on cd and vinyl from the comfort of your own home. Newly package and remastered, there&r...view item »

Superchunk
Indoor Living

It's very easy to read an song or album's title as a mission statement for the music contained within. Whereas this can often be a misnomer (looking at Mogwai) it seems to be appropriate here. On Superchunk's 6th album proper the album begins and ends on some contemplative placid and ...view item »

Superchunk
No Pocky For Kitty

'No Poky For Kitty' is Chapel Hill indie rock kids Superchunk's second studio album. Produced and recorded by Steve Albini in 1991, this sophomore/college rock classic quickly became a fan favourite. Albini is not credited on the record; instead, the linear notes credit the record as, 'Produced with eyes closed by Laura, who sat in the right cha...view item »

Superchunk
On the Mouth

Superchunk’s classic third album On The Mouth was originally released in 1993. It was recorded in L.A. with Rocket From The Crypt’s John Reis in the producer’s chair. On The Mouth features the Superchunk favourites The Question Is How Fast...view item »

Superchunk
Foolish

Superchunk’s fourth album Foolish has been remastered from the original master tapes by Jason Ward. Foolish was originally produced by Brian Paulson who has also worked with Wilco and Slint. Includes the singles Driveway to Driveway and The First Part....view item »

Elbow
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Another Elbow album, their 6th. The Take Off And Landing Of Everything follows the platinum album Build A Rocket Boys and is likely to continue their ascent into superstardom. Jimi Goodwin from Doves and Manchester’s Halle Orchestra make guest appear...view item »

Vertical Scratchers
Daughter of Everything

Here's a very interesting new duo! Vertical Scratchers is the super-team of John Schmersal (Brainiac/Enon) and Christian Beaulieu (Triclops!/Anywhere) who've suddenly materialised on my horizons with this 15-tracker ...view item »

Blood Red Shoes
Blood Red Shoes

I notice that now, on their fourth album, Blood Red Shoes have opted to go down the self-titled album route. Perhaps they feel this is their defining statement, perhaps they couldn't think of anything good enough in time. It's not for me to judge. Either way there's another album of their strident Kills-meets-...view item »

Spain
Sargent Place

Sargent Place is the 7th studio album by slowcore legends Spain. The album is regarded as being the Los Angeles four-piece’s best work since their 1995 debut, The Blue Moods Of Spain. The band are fronted by Josh Haden who is the son of jazz legend Charlie Haden. Sargent Place features a ...view item »

Solids
Blame Confusion

Solids are a duo from Montreal, weaned on '90s bands like Sonic Youth, Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr. They have an understanding that melodies are best served once they have had to drive their way through walls of distorted guitars, sweat and blood. Blame Confusion&nb...view item »

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
Dark Night of the Soul

Jimbo Mathus was a founding member of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, a kind of rootsy-jazzy-rock ‘n’ roll band who were a success in the US. Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition is more of a raw rock record, the sound coming from the live recording o...view item »

Nothing
Guilty Of Everything

Guilty Of Everything is the debut album by Nothing. despite being signed to metal label, Relapse Records, Nothing take their cues from shoegazing maestros My Bloody Valentine and the arena alt. rock of Smashing Pumpkins. The heavy swathes of guitars, introspective, dark lyrics are offse...view item »

Thalia Zedek
SIX

Thalia Zedek is back again this week with this six-song mini album. I'm particularly enjoying the opening track, a moody trudge of dolefully ringing electric guitar, big dramatic piano chords and of course Zedek's vocals sitting atop everything with a weary forcefulness. There's a bunch of scrapey violin on this track which sounds like Warren El...view item »

Arthur Beatrice
Midland

Arthur Beatrice sounds like the name of a man, but this isn't a man singing on this record. Further research indicates that Arthur Beatrice is in fact a four-piece, with vocalist Ella Girardot backed by a man called Orlando Leopard and two brothers called Elliot and Hamish. 'Midland' is their new single, and it's a slick and understated ...view item »

Arthur Beatrice
Working Out

Working Out is the new album by English indie-poppers Arthur Beatrice. The band Formed in 2010 and were awarded the accolade of the Guardian’s New Band Of The Day in 2011. They have been compared to The Sundays, The Smiths and The XX but all you really need to kno...view item »

Blood Of The Bull
Bend Over

There are four songs of indie rock on this 12" EP. It's quite a simple aesthetic - chunky fuzz guitar, Doorsy organ playing and simple Meg White-esque drumming, with Hillary Van Scoy (who also played all the instruments) leading it all with her strangely sing-song voice whose tones blend with the organ in a really strange, almost unnerving way w...view item »

Guided By Voices
Motivational Jumpsuit

They may be noted as one of the more prolific bands in rock but of late I’ve wondered if their albums really are albums at all. They all seem to have about 8 or 9 great tracks and a slew of filler that you’ll just skip next time you play it. ‘Class Clown Spots a UFO’ was a stone cold classic, start to finish but o...view item »

Girl Trouble
Hit It Or Quit It

Interesting reissue alert! As you are probably aware by now, grunge is officially back. We've got youngsters like Cloud Nothings, Henry Blacker, Dope Body and Kal Marks turning up and injecting new life and per...view item »

Les Claypool's Duo De Twang
Four Foot Shack

Plank-slapping goofball Les Claypool's oddball funk-rockers Primus are one of the ultimate "Marmite" bands, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers multiplied by Ween - few people will deny there's talent on display, but their refusal to take themsel...view item »

Maximo Park
Too Much Information

There was something about the early Maximo Park that suggested that they could become one of my favourite bands. Their North Eastern accents, the obtuse lyrics about the Northumbrian coastline and pit villages, just the merest hint of Prefab Sprout. But then everything went rather bland and boring and I lost...view item »

Beat Hotel (featuring Jim Shepherd)
Best of Our Years / The Fire

It says ‘featuring Jim Shepherd’ all over it but I didn’t know who Jim Shepherd was. Turns out he was the lead singer in the Jasmine Minks. It also features a host of other luminaries from the era, the one from The Weather Prophets...view item »

The Stone Roses
Turns Into Stone

Turns To Stone is an odds and ends compilation that has become a classic in it’s own right. It gathers up the singles, B-sides and other material that The Stone Roses couldn’t squeeze onto their debut album. Containing favourites like ‘One Love’, ‘Elephant Stone’ and ‘Fool&rsquo...view item »

Drowners
Drowners

Raised in the Welsh Valley’s, lead Drowner Matthew Hitt (aka ’the Hittmaker’) relocated to grimy old New York to kick start his music career  and by the reaction to the debut single ‘Between Us Girls’ which sold about a million copies then he may have stumbled onto something. That something seems to be ...view item »

The Rifles
None The Wiser

None The Wiser is the fourth studio album from indie/mod rockers The Rifles. The album was recorded by the reformed original lineup of Joel Stoker, Lucas Crowther, Grant Marsh and Robert Pine. Celebrity fans include Paul Weller and Oasis and the production team have previously worked wi...view item »

Matt Pryor
Wrist Slitter

Former frontman of The Get Up Kids, Matt Pryor was attempting to write a sad album when conceiving Wrist Slitter but he believes that it ended up being exactly the opposite. Matt Pryor has recorded an album that holds dear all of the melodic tendencies of ...view item »

You Me At Six
Cavalier Youth

You Me At Six just get bigger and bigger with their new album Cavalier Youth set to send them stratospheric. Prior to the release of their new album they have just completed their first headline US tour and had their biggest UK chart hit, things are on the up for this young rock band from Surrey. Availab...view item »

Hospitality
Trouble

Hospitality's self-titled debut album completely passed me by when it first came out, but now that we're finally getting acquainted I have to admit I'm enjoying what they have to offer. Fronted by big-voiced singer/guitarist Amber Papini, this trio are conjuring up a '90s-indebted indiepop which runs the gamut from spiky guitar-led power-pop to ...view item »

Self
Subliminal Plastic Motives

Self is a band which combines many different styles of modern music, the thing that ties it all together is Matt Mahaffey's knack for seeding pop hooks within music that typically lives on the indie borderlands. This album is definitely a slice out of the mid 1990's, and should be looked upon as such. Think Beck's Odelay, Weezer's Blue Album, Go...view item »

Mutual Benefit
Love's Crushing Diamond

This promo has an endorsement from Pitchfork incorporated into the artwork. I just saw their end of year lists; a grim indictment of the current state of commercial indie rock. It does however give you a decent idea of what this will sound like. Mutual Benefit are peddling a dreamy kind of indie rock with shades of ...view item »

Holograms
Forever

It’s taken me a minute to twig what this CD reminds me of. There’s heavily reverbed guitars, mechanistic drum beats and a post-punky coldness which clearly owes a debt to the likes of Joy Division and Echo and The Bunnymen. It hit me in the end, though...view item »

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Live From KCRW

A stripped down Bad Seeds and Cave recorded in front of an intimate audience. You know what to expect, and it doesn't disappoint. Push the Sky Away was one of last years best records for me, which was a bit of a surprise since ole Nick has been making records long enough now that he should either be doing his vers...view item »

Bitches
Bitches

Can’t get to grips with the cover of the record which seems to be a rubbishy acid face the colour of the Jamaican flag with nods to the artwork to the first Tom Tom Club record. A mess, basically. Musically, what we have is a Neanderthal, grunting punk blast with growly male vocals with some screechy female vocals responding in kin...view item »

TOY
Toy

After a bunch of sold out singles and mucho hype the debut Toy album has landed on our shores courtesy of Heavenly who I’m sure are hoping it sells a bucketload. I guess that goes without say...view item »

Robert Pollard
Blazing Gentlemen

It’s great being a Guided By Voices fan. You certainly never have to wait too long before they drop another batch of great songs on LP, EP or even the humble seven inch (normally about 10 releases in the space of a few months!) and for a few years now we've even been getting the added bonus of Pollard...view item »

Melvins
Tres Cabrones

The MELVINS are busy lads. Eager to keep things interesting whilst maintaining their daft work ethic ‘Tres Cabrones’ sees Buzzo and Crover reunite with original drummer Mike Dillard under the guise of Melvins 1983. It’s not strict reunion as such but it’s a close as the lads are willing to get and, of course, having Dale ...view item »

The Whigs
Enjoy The Company

The Whigs have dropped some of their guitar frenzy on this disc. Vocalist Parker Gispert brings in some great songs on this set in, the pedal steel of "Tiny Treasures", "Waiting", clips by in a good pace, "Summer Heat", a great song, with nice bass work by Tim Deaux, "Staying Alive", a diving pop-rocker, which reminded me the late 80's band ...view item »

No Middle Name
No Middle Name

Solo project of David Bailey from The Title Sequence, released on Mollusc Records. Friends of David all expected him to come out with an introspective acoustic album (as most indie-rock singers tend to do) but instead he's treated us to this pleasant, lo-f...view item »

Destroyer
Five Spanish Songs

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar seems bored with the English language. Therefore he has decided to sing the songs from this new EP in Spanish. I’d suggest that a lot of the point of subtle, nuanced music (such as his) is in connecting with the lyrical content. Therefore, to those of us stuck with English...view item »

Brendan Benson
You Were Right

"You Were Right", The sixth album by Brendan Benson opens with "It's Your Choice", a great song that is reminiscent of any good stuff Steve Miller Band did. (There was some....Jet Airliner?) Like it's predecessor, "What Kind Of World", this is choc-full of great alt-pop. "Rejuvenate Me" and "As Of Tonight" continue on from the opener to make a t...view item »

Robert Haagsma
Passion For Vinyl (A Tribute To All Who Dig The Groove)

I have to say, as a long-time vinyl collector (Nine years this year) and as a fan of many different types of music, this book really blows me away in it's diversity and it's representation of what many consider not just an addiction, but a passion - Collecting vinyl records, all sizes, all genres across many different labels. I only own a modest...view item »

The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries
Mass. Grave

A supergroup featuring the talents of Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), the mighty Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission Of Burma) and Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots) is gonna be pretty tasty no matter what it s...view item »

Shearwater
Fellow Travelers

Featuring former members of Okkervil River, Shearwater originally knocked this record out just to pass the time between full length albums but it’s ended up being a full-on, bona fide release. Covers albums can often be either a little too tongue-in-cheek or too pompous for their own good. &lsquo...view item »

Twinsmith
Honestly

Weezer indebted Twinsmith follow their self-released debut album with Honestly. A well produced slice of radio-friendly pop. B-Side features "1 30" and "Big Deal". Perhaps thinks it's catchier than it is. Out on vinyl 7” on Saddle Creek. Limited to fifty copies in the UK....view item »

The Strypes
Snapshot

It's really encouraging to hear such great rock and roll from these young ones. While their style draws from a number of 60's bands, it's obvious they get most of their material from the mid 70's pub rockers, Dr. Feelgood in particular (several of the songs on this album are ones Feelgood also covered). I'm glad they're so young because that mea...view item »

Big Sister
Lets Go Fly A Kite / Step Outside

Big Sister are Nico and Joahnna Curwood on vocals and guitar and Remi Lamarcq on bass. Loud noise-fired guitars fuelled by a love for the wah wah pedal not matched since the heady days of Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic. On Crocodile Records, who have vowed to smooth the edges off raw bands and send their music out ju...view item »

Midlake
Antiphon

What to make of Midlake. A bunch of bearded Texan’s whose sole remit seems to be to sound as much like early 70’s folk proggers Caravan and their Canterbury scene rivals  as humanly possible. From their early beginnings as a kind of Fleetwood Mac tribute act, &lsq...view item »

Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam’s album Lightning Bolt, unfortunately not named for the avant-metal band, is a comfortable listen for fans of the old rock 'n' roll sound of the band, without being too precious or uptight about it. Recommended for anyone who is a big fan of Vedder’s talent of singing through the nostrils. On ...view item »

Blouse
Imperium

Blouse have made an uncommon move on this, their second for Captured Tracks. Dreamy shoegazers are more commonly found adding layers of synths, electronics, and drum machines as they go on - on Imperium these guys have stripped all that away. Makes for a more rockin' take on their sound over the course of a...view item »

The Young Knives
Sick Octave

The Young Knives stab back with their fourth full-length album: Sick Octave. Credit where credit’s due: this work was self-produced and self-released, and for all the band’s occasional inconceivable quirkiness, the individual drive behind the work really pays off. The band's endeavour cannot be faulted. ...view item »

Joanna Gruesome
Weird Sister

"Heard it all before blah blah blah". I'd like to be all "whatevers" about this album but it's so damn lovable and exuberant that I'd feel like some schoolyard shithead that's just knocked the specs off some poor shy kid and stolen his Monster Munch. I'd feel bad if I accused them merely of aping early ...view item »

Monoganon
F A M I L Y

Scottish art crew Monoganon do some mathy addition and subtraction and cos and sin nonsense, crafting a record that's as exuberant and free-wheeling as it is technically devotional: the time signatures that drive F A M I L Y stutter and change, but these tracks move with the slow, evocative beau...view item »

Mazes
Ores & Minerals

Manchester indie tykes Mazes are back with another album, leading off the press release with the self-same Zane Lowe quote which opened the press release for the debut. While some things haven’t changed, however, it’s immediately clear on listening to the record that these boys have grown up a lit...view item »

Saint Rich
Beyond the Drone

Superchunk's own Merge Records releases this debut album from Saint Rich, a band started by former Delicate Steve songwriters Steve Marion and Christian Peslak; after jamming in Marion’s studio in their native New Jersey they had written ...view item »

School of Night
School of Night

School of Night is the solo project of Antlers dude Darby Cicci, and on this debut EP he’s showing off five tracks of impeccably polished darkpop with an emotional falsetto (Phil points out he sounds like Chris Martin). It’s moody and downbeat but smooth and soulful, with warm round bass tones and flutte...view item »

Foals
Holy Fire / Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The ever evolving Oxfordian quintet decided to accompany the release of their third studio album, Holy Fire, with a CD and DVD recording of their live performance at The Royal Albert Hall. For any Foals fan, this is a must. See the trailer....view item »

The Herms
Drop Out Vol:1

Here we have a collection of demos, rarities and general oddities from The Herms, a ramshackle bunch of lads that make the strangest of lo-fi garage pop with a surreal edge. I'm always amazed at how a lot of these garage rock/pop bands sound so old, like they've stepped into a time machine and recorded their album back in 1975, I guess The Herms...view item »

Jacuzzi Boys
Jacuzzi Boys

Here’s the third album from Jacuzzi Boys, and they’ve decided to go self-titled this time. Their ‘Live At Third Man’ LP resulted in probably my favourite review in Norman history from the much-missed Dave (f'realzies. Look it up), but what’s in store this time round? Well, it&rsquo...view item »

Polvo
Siberia

There's hardly any American rock bands I've heard over the years with a sound as utterly unique as Polvo's. I was greatly touched by something a member of Mogwai once said in the NME (back in the days when it was actually worth picking up) about a friend of theirs who had cried when he hea...view item »

Zoo Zero
Zoo Zero

Here’s the debut LP by Zoo Zero, a band I’ve not encountered before. They appear to be from London and here dish out eight tracks of quirky chiming indie-kraut with a good degree of style, particularly impressing on lengthy opener ‘Fraktion’ which settles into a sweet head nodding groove with minimal fuss. Later on howeve...view item »

Bo Ningen
Line The Wall

Coming at you from London via Japan via outer space, the wailing steam-powered psychedelic juggernaut Bo Ningen has resurfaced for a brand new album of pounding grooves, babbling vocals and swirling buzzsaw guitar scree. Think the metronomic efficiency of ...view item »

Crystal Antlers
Nothing Is Real

I’ve got a lot of time for Crystal Antlers. Their first couple of LPs on Touch and Go and Recreation Ltd both went down a treat and now we’ve got this new one in our office with the group apparently now stripped back to a thr...view item »

Cage The Elephant
Melophobia

Melophobia is the third album by Kentuckian five-piece, Cage The Elephant. Melophobia was recorded in Nashville with the band’s regular producer, Jay Joyce, once again at the helm. With anthemic indie rock songs such as Come A Little Closer, the album is likely to please fans old and new. ...view item »

The Lemonheads
Lick (Deluxe)

"Lick" is the third album and final album to feature founding member Ben Deily. Deily and Evan Dando had fallen out by this time and the band had broken up, but they agreed to do one more album. It didn’t go too well, only 5 or 6 songs were recorded and the holes were patched up with “Glad I Don&rsquo...view item »

The Lemonheads
Hate Your Friends (Deluxe)

“Hate Your Friends” is the Lemonheads punky debut. For the uninitiated, this sounds nothing like “It’s A Shame About Ray”. The songs are short and mostly clock in at under 2 minutes. The songs are pretty basic but do have some merit. “Don’t Tell Yourself”, “Fe...view item »

The Lemonheads
Creator (Deluxe)

“Creator” is the second Lemonheads album. Like their debut it features the original line up of Evan Dando, Ben Deily and Jesse Peretz (Who is now a Film and TV director and directed some episodes of Lena Dunham’s “Girls”) It’s in the vei...view item »

Minus The Bear
Acoustics 2

Following up their first Acoustics EP, this full length unplugged album from Minus the Bear features eight stripped-back, reinterpreted tracks as well as two new tracks, with something for everyone, whether a fan looking for a surprising version of an old favourite or a new listener looking for something different. Limi...view item »

Quasi
Mole City

What makes bands not stop? As far as I am aware there aren’t hoards of people tapping away at the internet hoping against hope that there will be a new Quasi album this year and from the sounds of the initial disorientating organ, the group are not perhaps anticipating world domination. It appears, therefore, an...view item »

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