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Bleach Blood
The Young Heartbreakers Club

Are you looking for some post punk which manages to mix gospel choirs with synths? Then you have come to the right place. Bleach Blood have wowed with their debut EP, born from teenage songwriting and transformed into this delightful little four track 12” vinyl. catchy,  foot-tapping, punky and a litt...view item »

Vietnam
an A.merican D.ream

I put this CD on the stereo gingerly, keeping my fingers crossed that Vietnam were not attempting the literal with their album title and dropping an Americanised version of D:Ream’s signature ‘90s pop sound. It’s quickly clear from the droney opening and enormous personne...view item »

Ra Ra Riot
Beta Love

I've loved Ra Ra Riot since the first time I heard Too Too Too Fast off The Rhumb Line and The Orchard was one of my fave albums of 2010 so I was extremely excited about getting a new album in 2013. Unfortunately this time around they took a more dance-y, electronic vibe with Beta Love and it falls a bit flat. Not sure if this has to do with the...view item »

Stornoway
Tales From Terra Firma

Stornoway's second full length record is a showcase of creative songwriting and lush musicality. The collection is perhaps more studio friendly than its predecessor, but still offers plenty of material for the band's exciting live performances. Stand outs include the melancholy "Farewell to Appalachia," "Invite to Eternity," and Brian Briggs' cl...view item »

Buke and Gase
General Dome

Here’s the second album from Pitchfork-lauded experimental indiepop duo Buke & Gase, and a slick and confident effort it is too. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez whip up a catchy, stomping swirl of pop hooks and spiky guitars which on the first track ‘Houdini Crush’ instantly brings to min...view item »

Golden Grrrls
Golden Grrrls

After a couple of singles and a tape, shamblepoppers Golden Grrrls finally have a full-length LP ready for public consumption, and an infectious little concoction it is too. The trio knock out tumbling, busy pop songs with a C86-style unselfconscious abandon which belies the constant stream of inescapa...view item »

Popstrangers
Antipodes

There are a few of us here a little bit in love with New Zealand and the music that comes from it. As a young man, once weaned off Farley’s rusks, I graduated to the school of New Zealand skewed pop as performed by the likes of The Chills, The Verlaines, ...view item »

The Switchblade Kid
The Switchblade Kid

This debut album of garage rock/indie noise pop by The Switchblade Kid is full of JAMC/Stooges cliches and this genre is sounding all too done to death by now but I guess everything these days has been done before so why not stick to what you know. Tracks like &...view item »

Concrete Knives
Be Your Own King

Concrete Knives have a sound that balances experimentally edgy and listenable dichotomies. Be Your Own King nods to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Arctic Monkeys, where a glossy-production carries up-tempo, harmony-fronted rock anthems. Be Your Own King features singers Morgane Colas and Nicolas Delahaye whose youthful call and response and joint-h...view item »

Bauhaus
In The Flat Field

The best thing about this album is not what it sounds like, but what it doesn't. Leave your preconceptions about goth at the door, Bauhaus are at heart a post-punk band with a diverse range of influences. In a way, it's a shame that Bauhaus' work spawned a genre that has been burdened with so many stereotypes, and these do neither the album nor ...view item »

10,000 Maniacs
Original Album Series

Great collection of five great albums. Natalie Merchant is underrated as a vocalist. And lyrically the songs are both intellectual and fun. Some story matters are a bit heady and heavy, but they are presented with such great love that it tends to go unnoticed. This package is well executed; using as little "material" as possible. The set isn't m...view item »

The History Of Apple Pie
Out of View

I initially wrote off The History of Apple Pie as one of those too-sweet-for-my-tastes indie troupes like Allo Darlin’, peddling twee ‘90s nostalgia. I think that was in part because of th...view item »

Palma Violets
180

The single most pretentious piece of music journalism I ever witnessed occurred following the death of the bass player out of Chic when one hack lamented ‘now I know how you all felt when Kurt Cobain died’. A preposterous statement (although these were my thoughts exactly this week following the d...view item »

Esben And The Witch
Wash The Sins Not Only The Face

Matador...Matador???? Just another example of how, despite having somehow reached the age of 40, I know utterly nothing. My life is a series of terrible mistakes and unfortunate events. I am tempted to adopt the George from Seinfeld trick of doing the opposit...view item »

This Town Needs Guns
13.0.0.0.0

A new generation of math kids is led by This Town Needs Guns, who assess the inventiveness and kinetic energy of bands like Ghosts and Vodka and Minus the Bear by way of the sadder, more melancholy works of early indie rock bands -- take the...view item »

Foxygen
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

In a way, they're Ween for the 21st Century. You get the sense they won't stand still for long, and they're next album will probably be something of a departure from this. (er, correction, it is a departure from this) Boatloads of feeling, pop aesthetic and influences from all over the place. Infact, it's pretty fun ...view item »

Wayter
Team Spirit / Urugauy

I’m getting hurled way back into my young adulthood with this breezy little 7”. The A side has a fairly decent stab at the type of sound produced by swathes of plaid-clad rock bands of the early ‘90s who dealt in slightly discordant guitars, plaintive vocals producing a sound...view item »

Then Comes Silence
Then Comes Silence

Here’s an album from a brand new band from Sweden, Then Comes Silence, who formed about a year ago out of the ashes of Sad Day For Puppets and Antennas. Interestingly they recently played their very first gig in support of ...view item »

Memoires d'Automne
Cliche

This one here is the first vinyl issue of a 1996 self-produced tape by French coldwavers Memoires D’Automne, and as you would expect it’s full of metronomic beats, watery guitars, brittle bass and heartfelt vocals, with more than a hint of gothy post-punk retro, re...view item »

The Wind-Up Birds
The Mild Awards

These fellas are one of those passionate feisty homegrown bands you cannot help but be energised by. They're kind of what you'd term new-wave pub-rock doom and channel the urban psychosis of Happy Mondays, ...view item »

Various
By Hook or By Crook

Leeds. I’m in it today. It’s raining, almost pitch black and completely grim. This unrelenting, unremitting greyness is maybe why it produces so many great underground bands and, of course, has spawned the worlds greatest record shop even if we do say so ourselves. Thi...view item »

Dear Thief / The NJE
Split

Got a pretty ace split 7” here from The #NJE# (short for Near Jazz Experience) and Dear Thief. The #NJE#, who I’d never heard of before, are a trio of people I have heard of before; Terry Edwards on sax, ...view item »

Sonic Youth
Smart Bar Chicago 1985

Sonic Youth, let’s face it, are a band we all love and a valued part of our modern lives, so how are we supposed to fill the yawning void left in our lives while they’re taking some time off to figure out their future? Well very thought...view item »

Guided By Voices
White Flag

Bob Pollard’s rejuvenated Guided By Voices have slowly been winning my heart again over the course of the three albums they’ve brought out in the two or three months it must’ve been...view item »

The Lemonheads
Mallo Cup

For me, "Mallo Cup" marks the start of Evan Dando's Lemonheads, where the American pop-punk gave way to melodic indie rock. This was originally included on The Lemonheads third album, "Lick", which was a make-do-and-mend album made up of few tracks recorded by a broken-up band suffering from musical differences and early EP tracks. "Mallo Cup" w...view item »

Stay
The Fourth Dimension

Stay are a four-piece from Barcelona who describe themselves as “space-rock” on their record sleeve but what’s really happening on here is some ‘90s-style indie jangle with more than a dash of Britpop influence. Phil just told me that Liam...view item »

Shinies
Ennui/ Eighteen

I remember Shinies’ previous single was a total Teenage Fanclub worshipping bit of summer indie pop, so it should be no surprise that we’ve got a similar thing going on here, with lead track &l...view item »

The Evens
The Odds

It’s been a while now since Ian Mackaye’s legendary Fugazi went on hiatus and he started recording and touring with Amy Farina as The Evens, producing an altogether quieter and more contemplative style of ...view item »

Edie Sedgwick
We Wear White

Edie Sedgwick is the long-running solo outlet of Justin Moyer, who has also been variously involved in El Guapo, Supersystem, Antelo...view item »

Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Para Vista Social Club

Craig Dermody, head dude of the Neighbourstastic Scott and Charlene's Wedding, should probably try to cheer the fuck up a little.  Because for all the woes of small-town living in Australia it seems to equip one with the wherewithal to produce a superb little album.  An album full of the woes of small-town living in Australia, ...view item »

Cody ChesnuTT
Landing On A Hundred

On “Landing On A Hundred” Cody ChesnuTT gives Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Stevie Wonder a run their money with his brand of funky soul. “Til I Met Thee” has all the hallmarks of a soul classic. “That’s Still Mama” has some amazing bass playing on it. This album is patchy...view item »

US Girls
GEM

From humble beginnings with the murky ‘60s girl-group-channelling spectre-pop and lo-fi psychedelia/grainy hypnagogic noise of her first couple of records, the lovely Meghan Remy lands on old UK hipster stable FatCat with her "most realised album to date...view item »

Waves Of Fury
Thirst

Combining infinitely danceable beats with a swirling maelstrom of guitars that occasionally veer off the page – but never entirely out of the book – and a deeply satisfying overlay of funky horns and born-to-boogie bursts of piano. With Sharp’s heart-wrenching vocals – that owe debts to James Brown and James ‘Iggy P...view item »

The Luyas
Animator

When I started to play the first track for the first time, I was thinking, "Oh, this is kind of boring." But I kept listening, and as the seconds passed, my ears started going, "Wait a minute... yup, this is getting interesting...". It takes its time and builds, but it never makes you feel impatient; just the opposite: pure listening satisfactio...view item »

Azure Ray
As Above So Below

Azure Ray's Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink are known for their delicate, almost fragile vocal harmonies coupled with very introspective perspectives, set in melancholy arrangements of piano, acoustic guitar, cello, and strings. As Above, So Below, despite its 6-song, 23-minute length, shatters the mould. The dream vocals remain, but the acoustic b...view item »

Ty Segall
Twins

How can a band be so damn prolific but also responsible for so many consistently great records? Segall is kinda like The Stones to fellow travellers Thee Oh Sees’ Beatles, to carv...view item »

Frightened Rabbit
State Hospital EP

Doesn't hang together like the albums, but makes me appreciate how well they construct a record. It's a gorgeous extension of the Old Old Fashioned sentiment lyrically, and it's got a killer arrangement. Scott Hutchison and company have continued to move forward with top notch creations that strive for greatness and more often than not hit the m...view item »

Errors
New Relics

The last Errors album ‘Have Some Faith In Magic’ was a pleasing step up for the Glasgow post-electro-pop rockers and I guess they’re just going with the momentum because here’s a brand new eight-song mini-album les...view item »

Ultrasound
Play For Today

It’s hard to say whether Ultrasound were mocked in their day because one of them was extremely fat or that they produced music of unmitigating shite. Probably a bit of both. After several years in the wilderness not phoning e...view item »

The Proctors / Apple Orchard
Split

More indie shenanigans this time from The Proctors on a split 7” with Apple Orchard. Both terrible names in my eyes, one of my first friends had that P surname and he was a total doylum who preferred Erasure to...view item »

Boston Spaceships
The Greatest Hits Of Boston Spaceships (Out Of The Universe By Sundown)

Robert Pollard's second best band of all time, Boston Spaceships, have a lot of pop nuggets scattered in their vast discography, and this compilation -- spanning four years of material -- tries to sum up the band the best it can: silly, jangly and occasionally closing in on the greatness of ...view item »

Unnatural Helpers
Land Grab

Here’s a band I’ve never heard of before, Unnatural Helpers, knocking out a brand of indie rock that sounds ever so familiar already. They’re the kind of band that was ten a penny in the post-grunge era, with spiky mid-paced pop...view item »

Dinosaur Jr.
I Bet On Sky

Dinosaw Jumper are back with their latest album that sounds like J. Mescalines and the Frog but with the love-lorn one out of ace Indie emo noiseniks September-NO! re-instated and doing his day job like what he did in the late...view item »

Menomena
Moms

'Moms' marks the first Menomena record since frontman elect Brent Knopf left to focus on his solo career. The result is a brighter, more emotive and arguably less robotic sound, with remaining songwriters Danny Seim and Justin Harris writing an urgent and touching treatise on their parents. The instrumentation is wacky, colourful and tragic, wit...view item »

Gyratory System
John Frum / 1968

This is just what I needed right now. Right from the outset on this EP we’re treated to a barrage of bright, bouncy melodic synth, building up in insistent looped layers for a shuddering mechanical pop onslaught which is indulgen...view item »

Robert Pollard
Jack Sells The Cow

After the surprisingly excellent second Guided By Voices comeback album ‘Class Clown Spots a UFO’, I wondered whether the newly discovered inspiration found throughout that LP could be transferred to frontman ...view item »

Ombre
Believe You Me

This band Ombre is a collaboration between Julianna Barwick and Helado Negro, so I have high hopes, and so far I’m not disappointed, with a beautifully balanced mix be...view item »

Dead Can Dance
Anastasis

When such acclaimed bands as Dead Can Dance rise from the dead it is always a great event and their new album Anastasis stands up to their high standards and our best expectations. And straight away with the first chords of “Children of the Sun” we are immersed into the atmosphere of grandeur – all melodies show vaguely orienta...view item »

Nu Sensae
Sundowning

I like Canada, I really do. I know they gave us Bieber and Nickelback and those obnoxious canadian pharmacy spam emails, but they gave us good things too. Tegan and Sara, canadian bacon, Rush and so on and so forth. Now add to that hardcore-punk trio Nu Sensae and you’ve got a well rounded list. I kn...view item »

Ape School
Junior Violence

Junior Violence is underpinned by wide influence, but a judicious comparison can be made to David Fridmann's production. Think spastic use of experimental sound and electronic nuances framed by the hook-filled indie rock trinity: bass, guitar and drums. Johnson, a keen but hapless lyricist, has a terrific voice, further hemming a--dare the eclec...view item »

Blairmailer
Best Of

Ah, Blairmailer. Strummy, tuneful Aussie greats who emerged out of the ashes of Crabstick, a band who single-handedly soundtracked my sloppy drunken late teenage years. Crabstick only released one album in their lifetime (although another two posthumously) but it was a good ‘un. &l...view item »

Halo Halo
Manananggal

This Halo Halo single has some weird skeletal post-punk business with a girl singing and some tasteful minimal Afro-style lead guitar lines. It’s kind of like how I’d imagine a Delta 5 acoustic performance to sound....view item »

Lower Dens
Nootropics

Baltimore's Lower Dens return with their sophomore effort on Ribbon music, hitting us with a meticulous and well thought out follow up to 'Twin-Hand Movement'. I'm not a huge fan or owt but I reckon they've got a pretty neat style....view item »

King Tuff
King Tuff

King Tuff are the latest in a line of rock'n'pop hopefuls to dip their toes in the Sub Pop Jacuzzi party pool in the hopes of future immortality. They open big...view item »

Alabama Shakes
Boys & Girls

Jack White favourites Alabama Shakes arrive for real with 'Boys & Girls', their debut album on Rough Trade. Their debut EP and Third Eye 7” has sold well so there's definitely some interest in these kids. If you don't already know, The Shakes specialise in modern Soul, Blues and ...view item »

The Bastards of Fate
Who's A Fuzzy Buddy?

What the fuck is this? I genuinely can't tell if this band is trying to be annoying or not. They're doling out a brand of bouncy, brash indie pop with impossibly irritating yelpy vocals delivered with absolute full-throated confidence and conviction. The tunes are actually dead catchy but...view item »

Dum Dum Girls
I Will Be

This is a collection of rattling, slightly lo-fi indie anthems built from a kaputting drum machine, lolloping female (& occasionally male) vocals plus hollowed-out guitar that are produced in such a way that the songs become quite infectious in their poppy simplicity. I initially disliked the single because I found the chorus a bit too derivati...view item »

J Mascis
Several Shades of Why

J Mascis's new solo offering is quite a... dare I say restrained affair. Gone (but not forgotten) are the usual traits that I would usually associate with the Big J...or Jizzy M if you're feeling Hitman & Her about it. Like dressing like somone who's just walked backwards through a grunge wardrobe (sez me..I'm still flexing the classic long ...view item »

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