Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wedding Dress
Desperate Glow

If you collect up all the cosmic gloop oozing from a dozen excellent and oh-so-slightly experimental acts, you get Wedding Dress. The band features members of math rockers Maps & Atlases as well as Suns and Joans of Arc, though there's less of the noodling and more slow-burning. Layers of synth, industrial-sized percussion and sweet acoustic guitar can all appear in one song, making 'Desperate Glow' a very odd little pastiche.
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The Ministry Of Wolves
Happily Ever After

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

Girlpool
Girlpool

Keep things simple and rock 'n' roll will be forever: Girlpool are founded on these honourable principles, sticking to guitar and bass and hoping it'll translate louder than the biggest of the big bands. Their self-titled debut is a love letter to the days of DIY, lo-fi nonsense, a place where all the best pop songs came from. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dilly Dally
Candy Mountain

Toronto’s Dilly Dally formed in 2010 after discovering a shared propensity for dreamy guitars, weed and karaoke. With the addition of their two good friends, Corey Marshall (drums) and Michael Guiliani (bass) the quartet spent the years that followed playing anywhere they could with a PA, be it bar or basement. Now, with a solid fan base, the band are gearing up for the release of their debut LP with the release of a brand new 7” single, ‘Candy Mountain’. Grungy and abrasive, Dilly Dally make music that is steeped in accessible but not overly polished melodies. 

TV Eyes
TV Eyes

Alright! Power pop revival! Let's all have a good time! TV Eyes! Let's go! Taking time off from his work making terrifying abstract compositions for television's 'Hannibal', Brian Reitzell meets up with pals Jason Falkner and Roger Manning Jr., so they can reissue their self-titled 2006 record, which was only ever released in Japan. On record, they pay respects to their not-so-secret favourite era of music: '80s. Expect the word new wave, and feel good with this new self-titled work. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bo Ningen & Savages
Words To The Blind

If we may quote Bart Simpson, "I don't think any of us were expecting that". 'Words To The Blind' is the result of a bunch of punks making one thirty-seven minute track comprised of what they refer to as a "sonic poem" that has its roots in Dadaism and surrealist art. I'd say it's recommended for fans of both bands, but that'd be promising a lot -- maybe if you like Kevin Drumm, though.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

LoneLady
Groove It Out

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

Big Star
Live In Memphis

Big Star were rock 'n' roll's most spectacular failures, ignored in their time but widely beloved now for their underdog story and inspiring power pop hooks. 'Live In Memphis' was one of their only recorded live shows, showing them off in 1994 when the stakes were low and the emotions ran high. Plenty of high points for Big Star are gifted to the crowd, here, along with random T. Rex covers. Those are important.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Green
Green

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

Arms
Are We All In This Together

Twee pop at its most cringe-inducing high -- just check the music video for "Are We All In This Together", which is pretty cat-driven -- Arms are reliving the glory days when guitars where shimmering and yet drab, when only chords where played and drums were softly shuffled. Their debut record, also called 'Are We All In This Together', has shades of the old Sarah days and also sounds like a spryer, more silly version of Allo Darlin'.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mariachi El Bronx
III

Otherwise known as Californian hardcore punk band The Bronx, the band’s alter ego Mariachi El Bronx return with their third album of Mariachi inspired music. Released via ATO Records ‘III’ is a different direction for the band as they come into their own: with a different approach to writing, the band defy tradition here with the help of old sequencers, synths and an ARP. Available in all formats, including day-glo orange vinyl. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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Arctic Monkeys
AM

I have to admit (I'm embarrassed by this) I couldn't work out why Arctic Monkeys called their fifth album AM. Arctic Monkeys. No still don't get it. Anyway after a couple of mixed quality albums where they grew their hairs out and recorded in America, the Sheffield four piece returned with a vengeance on perhaps their most commercially successful album to date. It blended their sound with elements of hard rock, hip-hop and soul and contained several songs that have become concert staples. Barely anything on it suggested where they were headed next but this could almost be seen as Arctic Monkeys Party album before the Pet Sounds of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Das Pain
Joyride / Haunted Heart

Swaying mellow drama from Das Pain. Joyride / Haunted Heart has an air of hopelessness, lost love and gloom tinged whiskey. Both tracks plod along with vocal rasps, woeful guitars and staggering drums. This record will appeal to fans of Nick Cave, The Pogues and urban sea-shanties. This 7" vinyl is being self-released by Das Pain and is limited to 250 copies.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
I’m Your Fan

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

Greylag
Greylag

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

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Intensity Ghost

Drone conductor Chris Forsyth formed a band off the back of last year's 'Solar Motel', enlisting members of a variety of rock bands (including the ambient-leaning War on Drugs) to help him explore his rock 'n' drone'. 'Intensity Ghost' shows that band in full force, soloing until sore on tracks that are often purely instrumental, tightly-knit but resoundingly emotive. "I Ain't Waiting" sounds like modern post-rock mixed with the psychedelic undertones of Michio Kurihara and shades of Yes. 
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Thurston Moore
The Best Day

What's been going on with Thurston Moore? Aside from release a new cassette of experimental space rock, it looks like he got a pet dog. 'The Best Day' is the Sonic Youth frontman's first solo record since he released 'Demolished Thoughts' in 2010, a year after Sonic Youth distributed their final document, 'The Eternal'. The record shows off Moore's dedication to ferocious no wave guitars but also flinches for moments of acoustic balladry. Aside from the dog, there are some accomplished indie rock musicians backing Moore on this one -- Steve Shelley, of course, as well as Deb Googe of MBV and James Sedwards of Nought. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dope Body
Lifer

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

Elisa Ambrogio
The Immoralist

Elisa Ambrogio is a principle member of the most uncaring noise rock band of all time, Magik Markers -- who released the joyfully abstract and feedback-taunting 'I Trust My Guitar, Etc.' -- and also makes an awful mess in her own right. 'The Immortalist' actually relents a little bit, offering pop structure to the razor-sharp tones of Magik Markers. This is Ambrogio at her most linear, as if she were an honest-to-god songwriter and storyteller, rather than just a gruesome noisemaker. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Aislers Set
Terrible Things Happen

Just look at my original review of this. Horiffic innit? That's how shit we were back then. A band who weren't shit of course were Aislers Set who were a bag of fun back in the day but whose stock has risen in recent years as the kids turn back to the twee pop their mums and dads liked back in the '90's. Aislers Set was formed by ex Henry's Dress leader Amy Linton who wrote and played all this stuff herself and she really delivered the goods on this, their debut LP. It's full of mod-ish melodic 60's influenced pop with her sweet vocals plopped on top like a particularly delicious cherry on an already exquisite cake. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
IX

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

Giant Burger
Second

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

'Mission Bulb' is the record and Yes I'm Leaving are the band -- and they are pissed off pretty much all the time. A straight-up noise rock act with only the grittiest elements of their post-hardcore influences, they've created something pummelling and punishing with 'Mission Bulb'. It recalls early era Unwound, back when the notorious noise rockers weren't dispirited and quiet and still screamed their heads off. Homeless Records are releasing the Sydney band's record once more, hoping it won't go unnoticed this time, and will knock out at least half of the people who listen to it. Recommended for fans of rackets and guitar tones that don't want to be your friend -- 'Mission Bulb' is kind of like the second coming of Shotmaker.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Twin Peaks
Wild Onion

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

Detective Instinct
Black Floral

Middlesborough's experimental lover of loops and lo-fi, Oliver Heffernan, adopted the moniker Detective Instinct and inherited a bunch of problems with it (he cites the making of  the record as having a "miserable start and a confusing middle"). On this record, he takes his love of electronic, psychedelia and krautrock and the invites all of his friends over to sing over the top: there are contributions from the Minutemen's Mike Watt, members of Half Japanese and Heffernan's own Year of Birds. Yay for happy endings!
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Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Geeky alt rockers Weezer return with their first studio record in four years, and judging by the record titles ('Raditude', and, uh, 'Hurley'?), the first record they've taken seriously in a very long time. 'Evertything Will Be Alright In The End' sees the band working with Ric Ocasek again, the producer who helped make their seminal 'Blue Album'. On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End', Weezer attempt to throw back to the good ol' days of shredding pop songs.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bass Drum Of Death
Rip This

Garage rock duo Bass Drum Of Death are based around the songwriting of frontman John Barrett, who returns here with his second effort, 'Rip This'. The record continues the band's dedication to a guitar sound dedicated first and foremost to raw power, though this time Barrett brings drummer Len Clark in to do some real collaborative work.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

We Were Promised Jetpacks
Unravelling

Sad Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks match up to their label-mates Frightened Rabbit for songs that try to tug on the heartstrings pretty much non-stop. 'Unravelling' is their third record in five years, trying out the kind of soaring, epic songs indie rock bands tend to make as they grow up. They remain similar to their miserable Scottish compatriots while recalling the melodrama of bands like Shearwater.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Clean
Anthology

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation from across The Clean’s legendary career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

S (Jenn Ghetto)
Cool Choices

The all-too-simply named S is the project of Jenn Ghetto, who makes slow-moving bedroom pop on guitar and records it to four-track. Her sparse arrangements, accompanied by her calmly devastating voals, recall Lotte Kestner in her Trespassers William incarnation. 'Cool Choices' is pretty ironically named for a record this downbeat and scathing, but hey, irony isn't a problem: this is bona fide bedroom pop for when you're sad and in your bedroom.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Smashing Pumpkins
Adore

The fourth Smashing Pumpkins record, 'Adore', was originally released three years after the exhaustive, sprawling double album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'. 'Adore' saw the band move away from their alt rock/grunger perspective into prescient electronica territory. It's being reissued now with unheard demo material, as well as live cuts. 
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The History Of Apple Pie
Feel Something

The History of Applie Pie continue to shoot for that blissful shoegaze sound on 'Feel Something', their washed out second record. It follows up 'Out of View', and sees the band trying to expand again, with "Tame" featuring a piano lead and "Shake" bringing indie rock dude Gary Jarman (of Cribs fame) into the fray. They're still noisy, but they let some new sounds permeate.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Suzerain
Dark Dark / Manhattan

Indie rock quintet Suzerain take a lot of photos in black and white and also occasionally write and record some music; the 'Dark Dark / Manhattan' 12" is a showcase of the latter, with two tracks that meld conventional guitar jamming with some weirder inspirations: hints of New Wave, Trent Reznor and krautrock Bowie. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
Tommy

The ever-prolific pioneers of UK indie, The Wedding Present, are embarking on an extensive reissue campaign, releasing five albums, two compilations and an EP from the band’s ‘80s and 90’s output, all of which are expanded multi-disc sets crammed with bonus material, extensive sleeve notes, art work and general Weddos ephemera. Most synonymous for their familiar depiction of relationships using acerbic wit, frontman David Gedge is a virtuoso when it comes to the bittersweet love song. Originally released in 1988, 'Tommy' is a compilation that gathers the first four singles of The Wedding Present, a long with their B-sides and selected tracks from two early radio sessions, providing a comprehensive overview of the band's familiarly fast-paced, lo-fi output prior to their debut LP 'George Best' in 1987.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Purling Hiss
Weirdon

Purling Hiss continues his stoned out slacker indie rocking on 'Weirdon', following up the heavy action of 'Water On Mars' with a dosage of more relaxed pop. There's still a lot of guitar ascension, though, with feedback smothering the song-writing gleefully. Mike Polizze continues doing exactly what he's best at doing: riffing, cussing and chilling.

Mass Spectrometer
Guild Hall

‘Guild Hall’ is the second release by Mass Spectrometer, which is the output of Leeds based kiwi producer Michael Canning, and drummer Richard Beech. Guild Hall follows on in the melodic but uncompromising footsteps of the first Mass Spectrometer release, the album ‘Music for Engines in Overdrive’. This EP of 6 pieces is a journey through flooded urban landscapes meeting - amongst others - greater horseshoe bats, gnostic sailors, deranged PR executives, economists, UFO watchers, northern soul aficionados, and gentle astronomers. All ending at a full-moon lit shindig with a soundtrack of crackling sinister guitars, echoed vocals, and shamanic-like drumming. Guild Hall features a guest vocal appearance from Red Lorry Yellow Lorry kingpin Chris Reed on the cosmic and critical paean Frames, with Futurists PLC members Wayne Bennett and Nog Cavanagh adding loud and funky guitar and bass respectively to the garage psych stomp of Luminar, plus David Higginson – from avant garde doyens The A Band - adding analogue synth magic to the crashing and hallucinatory realm of The Invisible Man. The 23 minute Guild Hall was recorded and mixed by Canning and mastered by Matt Peel at Cottage Road Studios in Headingley, North Leeds. Peel is also responsible for engineering and producing the new album ‘Blood’ by Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Germ House
Showing Symptoms

Dividing time between Las Cruces, NM & Boston, Justin Hubbard & Tara McManus (MR. AIRPLANE MAN & TURPENTINE BROTHERS) recorded "Germ House" w/Matt Rendon (RESONARS), providing a deranged amalgam of candidly direct & distinctive melodies drizzled atop ragged, lo-fi punk testimonials. Herein lies the uncomfortable duality of Germ House's album - a fascinating suite of tunes that are balancing with equal measure both the melodic & discordant.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lonely Wholesome
Vanity/ Lethargy

This is Jonah Falco of Career Suicide/Fucked Up/Mad Men/Smart Boys fame. These tracks are reminiscent of Wire in their more 'pop' moments and maybe even the Buzzcocks.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JAWS
Be Slowly

'Be Slowly' is the debut album from Birmingham-based indie/dream pop band Jaws. Taking their primary influences from early 90s shoegazers, the band swim in a sea of swirling fuzz, suppressed vocals and subtle melodies that nod towards Ride but also to acts like the Stone Roses. Jaws are devotional to guitar music at large, whether it's got a slacker vibe to it or barely decipherable amidst all the surface noise. 

Honeyblood
Honeyblood

Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood announce the release of their eponymous, debut LP. Recorded at legendary producer Peter Katis' Tarquin Studios (The National, Interpol) in just ten days last November, 'Honeyblood' is an accomplished and delightfully fierce record. "Peter was the perfect match for us," singer/guitarist Stina Tweeddale said of the recording. "He perfectly managed to capture our live performance in the studio." From the urgent guitar and dive-bomb drums of opener 'Fall Forever', the album twists through the gutsy punk of 'Killer Bangs', to reveal discordant anthems like 'Super Rat'. It has pared down alt pop gems in the likes of 'Biro' and 'No Spare Key', but also more country/folk influenced moments like, '(I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here', 'Braid Burn Valley' and 'Bud'. The band started from humble DIY beginnings, organising their own guerrilla show at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to commemorate the release of a raucous two-track cassette entitled, 'Thrift Shop'. Honeyblood quickly ingrained themselves into the bustling Glaswegian scene, fast becoming one of its most talked-about names and going on to play festivals everywhere from The Great Escape to their native T In The Park. But with their full-length debut ready to go, big name supports, and world tours locked, 2014 certainly looks to be the year with Honeyblood's name written all over it.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balcony

Named after a chance encounter between lead vocalist Van McCann and an Australian busker called Catfish the Bottleman, this gaggle of Llandudno-based indie rockers have already been featured on the Radio 1 playlist, and this their debut album was overseen by über producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys / Adele). Add to that a slot at pretty much every UK festival going, it's hard to imagine how they can possibly not acheive mega fame. They can't not. That's how not. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Oldmate
It Is What It Is

Melbourne based Oldmate was initially the solo project of Pat Telfer from Australian band Bitch Prefect (what a name) but has since progressed into a band of 7-10 strong musicians including members of Wireheads and Peak Twins. Still predominantly led by Telfer, ‘It Is What It Is’ is Oldmate’s debut LP, and continues in the same melancholy and discordant vein as earlier material, summoning the spirit of Syd Barrett and Lou Reed, while also recalling Beat Happening circa 1991, not to mention a slightly distinct likeness to their fellow Aussie natives The Go Betweens. Sounds good to me! 
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Kasabian
Bumblebee

Kasabian returned this year with their first record since 2011, the at least accurately titled '48.13', which occasionally hopped genres into electronic experiments and a bit of feature rapping amongst the duo's dedication to making their standard alt rock. Released on a 10" at the same time as lead single "Eez-eh" comes single "Bumblebeee", a track that moves between raucous yelped vocals and ferocious drumming into slow, locked down grooves. It comes with a new track on the b-side, "Gelfling". Tracks: Bumblebeee Gelfling
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Various
No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

If you're a grunge fanatic and feel like learning everything you could possibly learn about the North-West scene that graced the world from the late 80s right through to the decline of the 90s, you should probably listen to 'No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97'. This massive collection brings together and maps the bands that played in Washington and places them in history, featuring interviews and profiles on artists as well as their songs.

Mazes
Wooden Aquarium

It's been a year since 2013's triumphant 'Ores & Minerals' and London based trio Mazes hone in on the best of their craft with 'Wooden Aquarium'; here, the hypnotic motorik rhythms and infectious pop melodies remain firmly intact. Though defying tradition and recording the album completely live in a studio, Mazes have not compromised their lo-fi sensibility as evidenced on their previous two efforts. With the help of Parquet Courts' producer Jonathan Schenke, 'Wooden Aquarium' is probably their most accomplished record to date. 

Blonde Redhead
Barragán

Blonde Redhead are one of those slow burning bands, getting slightly bigger, slightly slicker on each release. Their previous 'Penny Sparkle' was a little too slick for my tastes so it will be interesting to see where they go next.  They are to be admired  -  21 years and still going strong  - as their press blurb states -they're making music, simply, because they have to. This blurb suggests a more organic approach - melodies occasionally flirt with folk music; outdoor sounds, a suite of field recordings that they made in London’s Kew Gardens, are woven gently into the mix; a cursory listen to 'No More Honey', guitars swirl back into the mix showcasing their recently dormant Sonic Youth influences. Yes it sounds polished but its grittier than before and in fact there is the odd moment where the band lets down their guard and leaves imperfections in the finished track such as on the slinky “Cat On Tin Roof”.  Released on a limited Edition vinyl package with accompanying "Peel and Reveal" sticker insert.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pulled Apart By Horses
Blood

Leeds-based Pulled Apart By Horses have returned with a brand new, much-anticipated 12 track album 'Blood', self-released through their own label 'Best of the Best'. Following on from 2012's 'Tough Love', recent single and opener 'Hot Squash' has already impressed the likes of Zane Lowe, while 'Lizzard Baby' was honoured with Radio 1's Track of the Day. Recorded in Leeds with the help of Matt Peel, who has also worked with Leeds' most recent success story Eagulls, 'Blood' is a leap forward in terms of breadth of vision, with the band citing cinematic influences such as Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Japanese
Overjoyed

Shambling dissonant geek-rock/fidelity-eschewing godheads Half Japanese shock the indie world with their first new studio album in 13 years. Always an acquired, divisive taste, this brother-led band of envelope-pushing ragamuffins nevertheless are hugely influential on the US underground and way beyond. This is a real treat for haters of contemporary music who yearn for the brighter, less studious days. The thinking man's GBV are back! Get involved. Yes, we know Kurt adored them yada-yada. Judge them on their own merits though.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Morning Parade
Pure Adulterated Joy

An indie pop band from none other than Essex, Morning Parade offer up a synthy slice of electro-pop on their new record, quite fittingly titled 'Pure Adulterated Joy'. The record recalls Rogue Wave in their colourful electronic phase, while utilising the kind of scorching guitar riffs Coldplay wept into on 'X & Y' and bringing piano to the crux of all matters on songs like "Alienation". It's emotive indie pop to help make the English indie pop pool that bit more emotive. 
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Teenage Guitar
More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush

Robert Pollard is the ringleader of the merry indie rock men Guided By Voices, who have been releasing dozens upon dozens of records since the late 80s. Pollard is renowned for making surreal jangle pop classics that are snipped off at the ends, traditionally playing them out at under two minutes at length. As such, he's got a lot of time to write more songs: his average output a year is about ten records, under about five different aliases. Teenage Guitar is yet another solo project of his, and brings forth the bizarre, experimental reaches of his brain for a concept album with thousands of tracks (well, like, twenty-odd). It's arguably his most conceptual record since Guided By Voices' 'Mag Earwhig!', full of lo-fi humming and loose vignettes. Billed by Pollard and PopMatters as being more Pollard than Pollard, this is definitely an album by Robert Pollard.    Tracks: Go Around (The Apartment Dwellers) Spliced At Acme Fair A Guaranteed Ratio Good Mary's House Skin Ride Full Glass Gone All You Fought For Gear OP No Escape Matthew's Ticker and Shaft  a. come to breakfast b. the girls arrive c. division of swans d. when death has a nice ring The Instant American Normalized New Light Birthplace of the Electric Starter A Year That Could Have Been Worse
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The Rentals
Lost In Alphaville

At last, after a fifteen year wait, The Rentals release their third Album Lost in Alphaville. The band features Weezer bassist Matt Sharp and the glorious tones of Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe from Brooklyn band Lucius. Layers upon layers of rocking guitars, fuzzing bass, pounding drums and analog synths make this a solid block of melodic alt. pop.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Further
Where Were You Then?

Further were an early 90s indie rock band indebted less to the wordy, snarky bands around them and more to the slow, sludgy guitar jams of bands like Dinosaur Jr; just listening to "Filling Station", the guitar duelling instrumental that opens to 'Where Were You Then?', is proof of that. Further were super lo-fi and fit snugly into an indie rock scene that went on to eclipse them. Their own brand of noisy, no frills rock fun is available again with 'Where Were You Then?', courtesy of Bad Paintings.   Tracks: Filling Station Over & Out Generic 7 She Lives By The Castlr 5. Surfing Pointers California Bummer Quiet Riot Grrrl Springfield Mods Spheres Of Influence Wett Katt I Wanna Be A Stranger Be That As It May Grandview Skyline
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Royal Blood
Royal Blood

Rock two-piece Royal Blood have paid their dues doing lots of pleasant tearing up of shit in quaint environments, and are now set to release their self-titled debut, featuring the two singles that have won them love so far: "Little Monster" and "Come On Over". The record continues to try and amp everything up to a volume dial that reads MAX, so you can be overwhelmed by the drumming, roll with Ben Thatcher's gruesome vocal snarl and enjoy some nice old fashioned riffage.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mutual Benefit
The Cowboy's Prayer

This digitally remastered reissue of 2011's 'Cowboy's Prayer' was previously only available as a download. Now, with a new album due and a substantial tour of the US, Canada and the UK in the pipeline, Boston-based Jordan Lee and his ever-changing gaggle of backing musicians release their debut EP on vinyl and CD. Lyrically rich, this record deals with global warming and changing landscapes, to a shimmering backdrop of warm, fuzzy and slightly surreal pop. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Happy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone Family Band

Eighth album from Vermont mentalists The Happy Jawbone Band. The band have generally released home-recorded stuff up to now, and there was a lot of it. Previous album 'Taste the Broom' was a sort of compilation, whittled down to nine songs out of the hundreds these guys have recorded. Here though, they've been into a proper recording studio and you can tell. Crisper and a bit more polished, but no less fun. Available on vinyl or CD. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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The Wind-Up Birds
Poor Music

Leeds locals The Wind-Up Birds make raw post-punk about being British and out of touch with things -- which certainly sounds like post-punk. 'Poor Music' is the follow-up to their debut record, 2012's 'The Land', and retains the band's dedication to black comedy and moody riffs. The record is as loose and meandering as an early 90s indie rock record, and the band cite Pavement's 'Wowee Zowee' as inspiration for their looseness.    Tracks: There Will Be No Departures from This Stand Poor Music Bus Drove Off Two Ambulance Day Glue Factory I The Gristle The Jesus Puns Bar Sadness Addis Ababa A Song or Two The Wind-Up Birds Songwriting Worskshop Glue Factory II Mate Crime RSVP / Crackers Guy Ritchie Glue Factory III On the Ropes... But Then
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Gaslight Anthem
Get Hurt

'Get Hurt' is the fifth record from New Jersey's proudest punk rockers the Gaslight Anthem, known for a nostalgic, Springsteen-touting sound that rivals even the Hold Steady. The band's Americana tinged punk is set to be changed up on this record, as frontman Brian Fallon has expressed a wish to try something new, dipping into folk as well as -- according to the video for lead single "Get Hurt" -- dance music. The record was produced with Mike Crossey, who is known for his work with New Wave/indie pop band the 1975 as well as the Arctic Monkeys.   Tracks: Stay Vicious 1, 000 Years Get Hurt Stray Paper Helter Skeleton Underneath the Ground Rollin' and Tumblin' Red Violins Selected Poems Ain't That a Shame Break Your Heart Dark Places
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Engineers
Always Returning

Always Returning comes with a 2-Disc 24 page booklet media book with the second disc being an instrumental version of the album. Engineers, who currently comprise Liverpudlian multi-instrumentalist Mark Peters, celebrated  German ambient artist/producer Ulrich Schnauss and London based drummer and composer  Matthew Linley, have been creating mesmerising music with brilliantly shaded guitar textures and  teasing lyrical ambiguities since 2004.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Childhood
Lacuna

South-London indie band Childhood's debut album Lacuna is a chilled out, melodic record. Featuring the singles “As I Am” and “Falls Away”. Lacuna was produced by Dan Carey (Steve Mason, Toy). This is an indies-only vinyl version including a bonus 7” featuring two brand new tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Districts
The Districts

Pennsylvania indie rock four-piece The Districts are now three albums into their career. Skip back five years and you’ll find their eponymous debut EP for Fat Possum. Here it is reissued with an additional track, Silver Couplets, a BBC session version of a live fave from their debut album, Telephone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

John Garcia
John Garcia

With VISTA CHINO, Garcia makes music very close to his Kyuss roots, but on this self-titled solo album, he ventures into first-class, very catchy rock songs that commute equally between classic rock and concise stoner elements. Featuring legendary Robby Krieger (The Doors) on guitar duties in 'Her Bullets Energy' - John Garcia has delivered a multi-faceted and extremely intense solo album that will stir up more dust than a sandstorm in the Californian desert. Danko Jones, Tom Brayton (Vista Chino), Mark Diamond (The Dwarves, Mondo Generator) and also Nick Oliveri (ex-Kyuss, ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, Mondo Generator) shows up throughout the record as guest musicians.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Man At Arms
A Waste Of Time And Space

Man at Arms makes music that has been called "The most masculine thing I've ever heard," "articulate" and "like Primus" (which they sympathize with, but are reluctant to understand). A gracious critic once wrote of them: "Fuck you America, this is what you should be listening to." The band's first full-length album A Waste of Time and Space (coming after of the Being and Commerce EP recorded for Friction Records, and a rather remarkable split with Abner Trio) manages to simultaneously capture the essence of the band's raucous live sound with more polish than any of its previous efforts. Expanding in all directions, the band continues in its musical explorations of repetition, concision, dynamic shifts and stagnancy.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Modest Mouse
The Moon & Antarctica

The third full length album by the popular American group was their first for a major label. Here it is repressed on lovely vinyl.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Modest Mouse
This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About

Originally released in 1996, ‘This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About’ is Modest Mouse’s debut LP, and made a significant mark for the band. Expanding upon the themes of emotional and geographic isolation present in their early material, the album sees the band mixing slow, brooding numbers with thrashing guitar assaults, and is worth a revisit. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Black Angels
Clear Lake Forest

Previously only available on limited 10" for RSD, features 7 entirely new tracks.  It follows their album Indigo Meadow (2013) where once again The Black Angels proved themselves the undisputed avatars of contemporary psychedelic rock. “Imagine tossing bands from the pantheon of American psychedelia like The Electric Prunes, Count Five, 13th Floor Elevators and The Seeds into your blender, adding a splash of Sabbath and a dollop of early Soundgarden or Mudhoney, and you’ve got Austin’s The Black Angels.” - Associated Press.

Fatherson
I Am An Island

Ross Leighton's reflections on isolation - all packaged up in the kind of "propulsive, anthemic indie-rock" that their fans believe this band offers. "For me it's about being busy all the time and thinking that you're always seeing everyone, but you're not, really." Not sure what that means, Ross, but I'll take your word for it. Recorded live. Available on LP and CD. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tyler Mae
Warriors / Do Or Die

Tyler Mae have had a run of festival appearances and support slots with Example, Enter Shikari and King Blues and Warriors/Do Or Die has been played on Radio 1, XFM and appeared on the Kerrang playlist. Look out for their tours in 2015. Warriors/Do Or Die is available on 7” single through Rouge Industry records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Django Django
Django Django

Django Django hail from Edinburgh but without doing a disservice to the city sound like they are from somewhere more exotic. Their debut album blends electronics, guitar twangs and Beach Boys-esque vocals to produce a sound that is meticulously crafted. The Beta Band meets Bo Diddley meets Animal Collective. What's not to love? 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dignan Porch
Observatory


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Wolf Parade
EP2


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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bob Mould
Beauty & Ruin

Presumably the 'beauty' is the pale and drawn young Mould sucking a cigarette and the 'ruin' the grizzled, bespectacled version to his left. That's what 30 years of making really noisy music and screaming a lot does to a man but Bob Mould is still going strong. This was his 2014 album featuring the fizzing pop textures and growling vocal dynamics he has made famous with Husker Du and Sugar and all of those solo LPs. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Archers of Loaf
White Trash Heroes

White Trash Heroes, the fourth and final LP from Archers Of Loaf, gets a new lease of life on Fire. This deluxe edish of the 1998 record pairs the original ten tunes with a bunch of demos, B-sides and rarities. By AoL standards White Trash Heroes is an unusual listen, full of songs that wend through indie, post-rock, post-hardcore and even a little electronica. Bloc Party, The Postal Service and Parquet Courts can all claim lineage to this album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal

Jewelcase CD. LP in gatefold sleeve, printed inner bag, download code. An exclusive LP version featuring a bonus one-sided 7” with an unreleased track. Tracks: 01 Bodies02 Black and White03 Dear Ramona04 What Color Is Blood05 Vienna II06 Always Back in Town07 She's Rollin08 Sunbathing Animal09 Up All Night10 Instant Disassembly11 Duckin and Dodgin12 Raw Milk13 Into the Garden

Gold-Bears
Dalliance

Slumberland records is something of an indie institution and if you want your records jangly, strummy and '90s fixated it should be one of your first ports of call. Gold-Bears are a typical Slumberland band in that they recall the shambling grind of the Wedding Present but have something a little more exotic to offer. This is by way of classically influenced structures that bring to mind the oddball antipodean pop of the Verlaines and the Bats. 

The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream

I was labelled 'off my rocker' by one of our customers for 'only' giving this album 6 out of 10 upon release. Well it seems I've been proved 'wrong' by the millions out there who love this album and the War On Drugs in general. Including it has to be said my own father who is convinced of their uniqueness when all I hear is Tom Petty, Tunnel of Love era Bruce Springsteen and Lindsay Buckingham. It has sold bucketloads of copies and spawned quite a few imitators to people who are, I presume, fully on their rocker.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock