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Moody Gowns / Bearfoot Beware
Split

We're doing our supporting the local scene thing here with this new split 7” from Leeds's own alt-pop weirdos Moody Gowns and Bearfoot Beware. On the Moody Gowns side there's a bouncy little number called 'Stepmother' which marries Oingo Boingo-style wonky outsider pop with a kind o...view item »

The Times
This Is London

The Times were an ‘80s post-punk/indie band formed from the ashes of Teenage Filmstars by Ed Ball (Also previously of Television Personalities). This Is London was their 2nd album, originally released in 1983 and had a sound influenced by &l...view item »

The Icarus Line
Live In London

The Icarus Line are a severely underrated band with 5 excellent albums under their belt and this live album is no exception. Live cuts from their 4th album Wildlife mixed with some then unrecorded tracks (now available on the 2014 mini album Avowed Slavery) make for a good time. For fans of guitars and good music....view item »

Light Asylum
Light Asylum

Light Asylum is a solid debut from the duo which encompasses the might of their sound without overstating its concept. While its lyrical content is often more associated with the biblical imagery that peppers goofier strains of heavy metal, its passion lain out over hard synths and pulsing beats makes for a new kind of dance music, where the foc...view item »

The Liftmen
Luftwaffe Pond

I've just written 'Life Without Buildings' on the skin of my banana. Breakthroughs come only once in a while in this reviewing lark and my brain is so scattershot that if fleeting thoughts are not noted they will be forgotten by the time I've typed out the album title. Anyway, there is so...view item »

Shinies
Shola/ Pillow Talk

One thing I like about this time of year is that everyone seems to save their summery records for the sun coming out so we suddenly get a glut of more positive-sounding vibes hitting the office speakers. This one here from Manchester three-piece Shinies has a really summery '90s indie vib...view item »

Spiritualized
Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Think you know what to expect from Spiritualized by now? Well, you'd be right! Yup, the English band with the American spelling are back with a new platter of their ambitious indie-psych-pop-gospel-drug music packed with 11 cuts that sound jus...view item »

Heavy Blanket
Heavy Blanket

"Ever wondered what Band of Gypsies would sound like if you mixed it up with Japanese hard psych and smoked it through a giant power bong?"Well, not really but I'm hearing it now and me is very, very impre...view item »

Logikparty
Oh Cult!

Nice bit of hard grooving post-punk business here from Logikparty. I'm quite partial to a bit of post-punk so the spidery shrill guitar tones and Poly Styrene-esque vocal delivery are really floating my boat. In the poppier moments things can &ld...view item »

John Wesley Coleman and Morgan Coy
Nightmare On Silly Street

Lee Ranaldo
Between The Times And Tides

With the current turbulent and possibly terminal times in the SY camp, it seems like a welcome respite in fortunes that their resident axe-mangler Lee Ranaldo already had this solo record in the bag before their majestic liner ran aground. As was the case with the recent Thurston Moore so...view item »

The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet

Evolution and drastically changing is business as usual for The Mars Volta. Noctourniquet feels like it might be half trying to do something genuinely new and half trying to keep one foot in their previous style. As always with The Mars Volta a lot of fans will hate this album just because it isn't like their debut, a lot of fans will blindly lo...view item »

Low
Things We Lost In The Fire

On Low albums, the heart flutters and then stops altogether, the hushed harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker slowing into nothingness -- whether over delicate strums or ascendent and doomy rock fanfare. Things We Lost In the Fire is arguably the band's opus, offering each iteration of their sound at its ...view item »

Vegas Fame Index
Leisure land

You have to wear so many hats in this job that I could really do with another head to put them on. Having just reviewed lo-fi country and banging dubstep I'm onto the Brit rock and roll stylings of these young whippersnappers.  Checking in somewhere between Supergrass, early Oasis an...view item »

Les Cox (Sportifs)
Neverheed

Newcastle's Les Cox Sportifs join that hallowed club of scratchy lo-fi indie bands who carry the old indie flame aloft. A bit like David Cronenberg's Wife & old hands like I Ludicrous, they've the wonderful knack of making quirky, sideways songs full of eccentric lyrics, shambling guitar, biscuit tin drums & a kind of irresistible homespun ...view item »

Sore Eros
Know Touching

I had a dream last night that I owned a rabbit and I went away for the weekend and forgot to feed it. When I got back it had been forced to eat its own ears. So is it just a coincidence that I get the new Sore Eros album to review? (boom boom!). Its currently playing and what I'm thinking about is this:- isn't The Wire's so called 'hypnagogic' p...view item »

Soap&Skin
Narrow

Anja Plaschg, a.k.a Soap & Skin makes very serious music. Often diagnosed as 'an old soul in a young body', Plaschg work so far can only be categorised as music made by a lady wise beyond her years. On new mini-album 'Narrow' Plaschg is strips back to the bare essentials, in this case...view item »

Tearist
Living: 2009 - Present

This record is a live album that sees Tearist doing what they do best. These L.A. types have forgotten more than I know about playing live and this collection of songs (culled from various shows at various locations) is a rather heady offering. Building on songs driven by synths and intens...view item »

White Fence
Is Growing Faith

Woodsist are kranking 'em out at the mo. What with the new Ducktails record landing and now this beastie. Not heard White Fence before but they sound pretty interesting on first listen. Female vocals over swirly sounding 60's psych pop. The opener sets the pace with it's chugging rhythms and later gets quite disorientating as the guitars start t...view item »

White Rabbits
Milk Famous

After a debut riddled with ideas, but lacking any concrete direction, White Rabbits turned to Spoon's own Britt Daniel for assistance. The result was 2009's It's Frightening, an album with far more focus, but less originality. In fact, with the exception of the explosive opener, "Percussion Gun", most of It's Frighten...view item »

The Do's / Fur Blend / Clandestines
Spectemur Agendo

Bargain priced little three-way split here between The Do's (can't look at that without thinking the apostrophe shouldn't be there...but if you take it away you get The Dos, which sounds like a Spanish duo...but wouldn't that be El Dos [or even Los Dos]?), Fur Blend and Clandestines. They eac...view item »

Colours
Drip Haze

Ooh, bit of a surprise, this one. I was expecting some straight up indie pop clattering, but instead it's quite a drifty psychedelic thing with Hooky-style bass chords and washed out vocals and bright, chiming guitars keeping the melodies focused. I'm really impressed, actually. Quite an unus...view item »

The Black Heart Procession
3

If you like the BHP's style, and enjoyed 2, this album is for you. They stick with the same basic structure of emphasis on piano, with guitar and light drums (and don't forget the saw and background effects) which prove to once again blend together perfectly. It seems like a continuation of 2 with just more of an emphasis on drums. I must admit ...view item »

One Day, After School...
The Future Is Not Ours, Comrade EP

Ludicrously cheap lo-fi alt rock from Wakefield (what do they put in the water there? ) this is your typically raucous driving pop punk type sound with nods towards AC Acoustics, Wedding Present, Boyracer and anyone who slung a guitar in the 1990's. Interestingly, they throw a whole load of...view item »

Wet Hair / Naked On The Vague
Split

Night-People return with a couple of newies, this one being a split between Iowa's Wet Hair & Sydney's Naked On The Vague. I have faint memories of hearing both these duo's in action but my brain ain' t helping much with the details so I'll have to take this one on face value. First up we have four psych tinged compositions from Wet Hair. Op...view item »

Pulled Apart By Horses
TOUGH LOVE

So 'Tough Love' has dropped and apparently it's make or break time for the band. The name itself may even be a dig at industry pressure to succeed? I don't know? Little fanfare is being made of it but they've managed to secure the production skills of Gil Norton (Doolittle dude) which has help...view item »

The Buccaneers
Don't Breakdown

The Minster, tourists, a clueless City Council, the highest percentage of tea shops per square mile in the whole of Europe. York is famous for many things but not yet swampy bluesy rock bands, This could set to change with the arrival of The Buccaneers,  a raucous three piece from th...view item »

The Young Republic
Balletesque

Beach Fossils
What A Pleasure

A lot has been made of Wild Nothing's ability to re-create the finest moments of 80's melancholic indie pop but from the sounds of this EP these guys take the biscuit (lollipop?). They have a clearer, less cluttered sound and the sparseness of the drum machine, melodic bass and dual jangling guitars are exquisite reminders of those particular da...view item »

Pavement
Terror Twilight

I wasn’t as filled with glee as I usually would be when I first heard Pavement’s final album “Terror Twilight”. There are some brilliant songs on here; I just feel that Nigel Godrich’s production took the Pavement out of Pavement, made them operate in a more confined space and reined t...view item »

Milk Maid
Yucca

Ramshackle sounding odes and ditties from the shitgazing Madchestah urchins. It's a rather nice sounding record is this. It's full to the brim with melodies and enough hooks to get yerself wedged into. Not a million miles away from such acts as Psychedelic ...view item »

Raw Geronimo
Faustine / Magnetic Love

I don't know what stone I've been living under but I'm amazed at the price of 7's. And isn't chocolate expensive these days? And beer and sausages? It's everything really isn't it. Here is a nice 7” from Raw Geronimo with is the alter ego of Laena Geronimo. Still a preposterous name...view item »

Tiny Planets
The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

Remember the early '90s?  I lived in a crumbling house with a drunk, a dysfunctional band, an influx of slugs, a man next door who used to appear unannounced at our kitchen window with food no-one would dare eat and a toilet block across the road where men used to have sex with each o...view item »

Milagres
Glowing Mouth

Ever wondered what it would sound like if Chris Martin fronted The National? Well, wonder no more, because Milagres are here with an LP where they illustrate this exact fantasy scenario. Bit of a Wild Beasts feel in its more interesting moments, too, but what we're looking at here is epic ...view item »

Golden Calves
Collection: Money Band + Century band

Bit of history lesson, this. Before he was Wooden Wand, James Toth put out a couple of weird little Jandek-influenced psych-folk records under the name Golden Calves way back in the mid-'90s. They contained elements of noise influence within their music and played predominantly within the ...view item »

Kurt Vile
Childish Prodigy

Kurt Vile has signed to Matador!!! What a bad ass!!! Ok, Vile put out an awesome record earlier in the year on Woodsist which i thought was mint-os. Now he's kicking it with the big boys and it shows. 'Childish Prodigy' sounds both ambitious and energized whilst maintaining a lo-fi sensibilities. The tracks presented here cover a spectrum of influe...view item »

Buffalo Moon
Selva Surreal

Moon Glyph reappear on my radar with 'Selva Surreal', the debut LP from plucky upstarts Buffalo Moon. I'm pretty sure I've heard these folks before and I remember them giving of the same Stereolab-esque vibe they're nailing on opening tracks 'Vida Canibel' and 'Amores Perros'. It's an aff...view item »

High Places/ Soft Circle
Split

First up this week is a tasty little 12" split from High Places and Soft Circle on PPM. The labels are printed the wrong way around which has caused a little confusion but I think I've sussed it out. Soft Circle is Hisham Bharoocha of Black Dice/Lightning Bolt/Pixeltan who unleashes two dancefloor style party numbers. 'Light Bright' is mutated...view item »

Widowspeak
Widowspeak

Here are a band that have settled in Brooklyn after decamping from their native cities of Tacoma and Lakewood, WA. I'm actually most enjoying their crisp, moody take on post-Mazzy Star rock. Singer Molly has one of those sultry and nonchalant voices that falls half way between Nina Nastasia...view item »

Twisted
Stockholm

Twisted are a band from round these parts and they offer a rather Northern take on emo. I'm not saying that they yelp on about pie n' peas but they are from round here so there you go. All songs on this single are quite good. The song structures are taut and the musicianship's competent. I hope they don't think I'm being too harsh and start self ha...view item »

Mike Rep and The Quotas
Stupor Hiatus

Man, i hate it when someone's entire career seems to have passed me by, especially when it's someone as crazy as lo-fi pioneer and mad ranty man Mike Rep. I know fuck all about this guy but he sounds like a genius. I guess he may have come to prominence for his production work with Guided By Voices, Strapping Fieldhands and Times New Viking but ...view item »

Miles Kane
Colour Of The Trap

I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening to Miles Kane. I loved The Last Shadow Puppets so I was excited when I found out the other half of Alex Turner's side project put out a record. On this album, you'll find simple, catchy alternative British rock songs. That's really all there is to it. If you are a fan of the ...view item »

Throwing Up
Mother Knows Best

Not sure what I think of the artwork from this one. It's a beautiful two-colour (risograph? That's certainly what it looks like to me anyway) print of a girl who appears to be puking blood. It's printed both sides, though, with a less lurid collage on the other side, essentially making th...view item »

The Static Jacks
Into The Sun

The Static Jacks are pioneers in the reinventing the sound of early 90's commercially viable rock music. Hailing from New Jersey (of all places) the group have built themselves a reputation supporting the likes of Biffy Clyro, Young The Giant, The Futureheads, Wild Beasts, White Denim and The Wombats creating quite a 'buzz' along the way. L...view item »

Dead Gaze
Dead Gaze

Fat Cat/Palmist have plucked this dude from a Mississippi backwater and brought his catchy songs out of hiding. In some ways a bit all over the place, there seems a unhindered approach to Dead Gaze’s fluid pop-song culture cherry-picking. However, it’s all held together by a fuzzy be...view item »

Carter Tanton
Freeclouds

I listened to the rest of this album after catching the waning moments of the opening track on satellite radio. The last few chords struck me, and I was optimistic that there was more attached to them. Damn, was I right. The first track, "Murderous Joy," should have been all over the radio, but I do not recall having heard it anywhere. The songs...view item »

Nobunny
Live At Third Man

There's a nice amount of stage banter and joking (something that a lot of bands don't do enough of) and the energy is served raw, coarse, and foul; It's REAL. I guess the band (or someone in it?) got arrested the same day as this recording and they were late to this show -- that tells you right there about their moods on stage. If you're up in t...view item »

A Classic Education
Call It Blazing

A Classic Education hit us up with their debut after a slew of well received EPs and singles. 'Call It Blazing' sees the Bologna four-piece relocate to Brooklyn, NY to record with acclaimed producer Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Vivian Girls, Real Estate, Widowspeak, Ganglians). The results ar...view item »

Ghost Eyes
Phantom Mountain

I put this on at the wrong speed at first and thought it was some kind of totally cracking dub pop weirdness, but then Dave went and shattered my illusions by pointing out it should have been at 45. If you do purchase it, I strongly recommend you give the A-side a go on 33rpm. It's still a meaty and unconventional slice of synth pop, though,...view item »

Coliseum
Parasites

For an EP's worth of material, this is as diverse and lengthy an offering as you're likely to find. If you aren't familiar with Coliseum, it's a tough band to describe, as they tend to not pigeonhole themselves. Are they punk? Sure. Are they hardcore? A little. The confidence exuding from the curveball awesomeness of "Ghost of God", "The Fiery E...view item »

Gauntlet Hair
Gauntlet Hair

More weird American electronic indie pop with a reverbed tropical sound? Oh go on, you can't have had enough of these kooky kids yet surely? From the sloppy but gregarious sounding opener which carries hefty DNA samples siphoned from Animal Collective and MGMT we're in a delirious peyote ...view item »

Supreme Dicks
The Emotional Plague

If you want to hear the Supreme Dicks before they morphed into their current incarnation, The Superdicks, then this is the disc. This disc captures the old lineup in all of their glory, before the infighting compromised the band. The Kapelovitz led Superdicks do have some of the main members of the old band, but they lack the onstage fury of Jim...view item »

Acid Glasses
My Pale Garden

Acid Glasses is the work of Memphis resident Nick Burk who offers a slightly skewed take on modern psychedelia. This lush composition reminds me of summat like Epic 45 meets Animal Collective. It has a heady concoction of reverbs and loop delays all over the shop. It doesn't outstay its ...view item »

Iran
Dissolver

I listened to this after hearing "I Can See The Future". It took a few listens to really appreciate the rest of the record, but it won me over. "Airport '79" is a beautifully wistful song that sounds as if it was scribbled in real-time. The album evokes a number of 'classic rock' artists. "Can I Feel What?" sounds like something Peter Gabriel wo...view item »

Women
Women

You try searching for a Women CD! Anyhoo this album has been out for a while in the US and it's finally surfaced over here now it's all been Pitchforked up. The first time this was played on the stereo I was blown away by it. It's essentially a great experimental rock album but that makes me feel like a bit of a twat so I won't say that. Bi...view item »

Love Inks
Blackeye

Hmmm? Indie pop with a sweet female vocalist, twinkly guitars and drum machine.. Kinda sounds like The xx. Or somewhat similar to Young Marble Giants if you wanna go back to 'da source'. It's a nice tune I've got to say. All pretty and understated and not remotely outstaying its welcome. The B-side mines a similar furrow and although it's also v...view item »

Zechs Marquise
Getting Paid

Zechs Marquise's first album had some really original sounds on it--a great combination of progressive rock, jazz fusion and latin influence--but it was more of a soundtrack to itself than a musical album. Getting Paid is everything that was great about My Delicate Stranded Nightmare, without all of the other random tracks. This album keeps the ...view item »

Half Man Half Biscuit
90 Bisodol (Crimond)

Apart from the demented yelps and mangled proto-raps of Mark E Smith and his rumbling Fall, there's barely a more distinctive sounding (or reassurance giving) English "indie" band than the Biccies, the Wirral's most celebrated musical export. I'm not one for concentrating on lyrics much in music. I find that I miss the hooks, dynamism, textu...view item »

Kill It Kid
Feet Fall Heavy

I listened to this based on the general awesomeness of the song Run. I came to find that there were no others like that song but the rest of the album is rich in character and uniqueness. There is heavy influence from deep southern blues and that is mixed up with rough and loud rock chords, all topped off with other unique flavours and samplings...view item »

O.C.D
Sha-Na-Na / Caocastorous

These guys are well grungey. They're brothers from Bolton and I believe this is their first single. It's got two tracks and comes on a CDr in some pretty crazy packaging with fuzzy felt on the outside and a lurid pop-up card illustration on the inside. As for the music, this is high-energy teen post-grunge stuff. The first song is quite riff...view item »

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