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ChameleonsVox
Strange Times... Live!

English post-punkers The Chameleons originally released Strange Times back in September 1986. This new live version of the album was recorded during the group’s 2019 reformation tour at a gig at Preston’s Guildhall, and includes the Where In The World EP that consists of four of the group’s original songs, re-recorded in 2017. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

IDLES
Joy as an Act of Resistance

Imagine if Slaves were not the worst ever of things, and if there were more of them in the band, and if that band also wasn’t Shame. Thus have we IDLES. The Bristol band's second LP Joy As An Act Of Resistance can get a bit punk-by-numbers at times, but there are some properly good tunes in here. ‘Danny Nedelko’ will be a massive festival song for years to come, and I’m absolutely fine with that.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SWANS
Filth

This is the first official reissue for Swans' aptly-titled 1983 debut album in nearly 25 years, featuring a foetal incarnation of their brutal no-wave violence in seasick waves of clattering, clanking noise rock and viscerally howled chants. 'Filth' is the blueprint for many years of harsh, damaged intensity that followed and remains a powerfully unsettling listen. "Fun", said Christgau at the time.

Soft Walls
Not as Bad as It Seems

Not As Bad As It Seems is the third album by Soft Walls. It was recorded to tape on a trusty 8-track recorder. The guitar-based, drum machine-backed songs trawl through rock, punk, raga, and lo-fi ballads. Thematically it mixes self-critical lyrics with self-help positivity. Apparently, everything is "cranked".
  • Tape (SOFT001)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Mark Mulcahy
The Gus

The Gus is the seventh solo album from singer/songwriter, Mark Mulcahy. The lyrics for the album are inspired by the writing of George Saunders. His short stories made Mulcahy sit up and take note, improving his lyric writing and abilities as a storyteller. In recent years Mulcahy has been touring with a reformed Miracle Legion - the band he started his career with in the early ‘80s - alongside his solo work.

Trash Kit
Horizon

Trash Kit are a three-piece comprising of Rachel Aggs (Shopping, Scared Paws), Rachel Horwood (Bas Jan, Shopping, Bamboo) and Gill Partington. Horizon is their third album and first in five years. With the members being active in many other musical projects, lots of influences feed into the Trash Kit sound, but it’s fair to say that The Raincoats and Sleater Kinney have been fairly influential here.

Weezer
Make Believe

Weezer reissues! Everyone’s favourite US power-indie-pop hitmakers get pressed up to wax by Universal, getting their post-2000’s work fully available again. Make Believe was released in 2005, smashing into the popular consciousness via the super-single ‘Beverly Hills’. 180g vinyl reissue on Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Total Control
Laughing At The System

Laughing At The System is the first music from Melbourne’s Total Control since their second LP, Typical System in 2014. The band are essentially a post-punk band influenced by the likes of Joy Division, but throw a bit of ‘80s electro in the mix too. The band don’t necessarily always tour with the full line-up, and they like the fact that this makes them a bit enigmatic, however, they are happy to point out that the full five-piece contributed to this. 12” EP on Alter.

Cowboy Junkies
All That Reckoning

It now seems a lifetime ago that the Cowboy Junkies released the Trinity Sessions. Their slow moving music was surely an influence on Low et al but the band have been happy to continue just under the radar, in their own musical bubble. 'All That Reckoning' is their 17th album continuing their gentle take on alt country with lyrics marrying the personal and the political. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Julia Shapiro
Perfect Version

Having recorded and toured exhaustively with Chastity Belt for over half a decade, frontwoman Julia Shapiro recorded her first solo record during a period of upheaval in her personal life, suffering from depression as well as the collapse of her relationship. Perfect Version is an album about re-discovering control and personal satisfaction. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Crushed Beaks
The Other Room

The four year wait for London’s Crushed Beaks to follow up their debut album is over. Everything that had made Scatter such a compelling listen is amplified and underscored on The Other Room, from the lyrical introspection and realism to the sounds derived from the more inventive end of Britpop. Post...post-Britpop?
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Olympia
Flamingo

Australian singer/songwriter and guitarist, Olivia Jayne Bartley, makes music under the name Olympia. Flamingo is her second album, following on from 2016’s Self Talk. Judging by lead track, Hounds, Flamingo will be an album of punchy, 6 Music-friendly alt-pop which could well shift a few units.

The Black Keys
Let's Rock

Surely The Black Keys’ new LP Let’s Rock is named in lieu of the scene in School Of Rock where Jack Black gets Lawrence to do the special handshake that includes doing the can-can with your fingers and saying ‘let’s rock let’s rock today’. It must be, because there’s no way that The Black Keys have already exhausted all possible album titles and ended up plumping for Let’s Rock as anything other than a homage to one of the best films of the 21st Century. I mean, they’re only nine albums deep! You'd have to have really run out of ideas to do a thing like that...

Cranes
Forever

The 1993 album by British shoegazers Cranes is now being made available again on vinyl! Forever is perhaps the best-loved of the band’s albums, with an all-round gorgeous sheen cast over the songs, some of which overwhelm with full-band power, and others of which peel things back to just piano and voice. Limited edition of 1000 records, reissued by Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1850)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Juliana Hatfield
Weird

After an album full of Olivia Newton-John covers, Bostonian songstress Juliana Hatfield has reverted to good ol’ original songs. Weird is her new album and it finds her trying to explain how uncomfortable, disconnected and, well, weird she feels in this mixed up, muddled up, shook up world. Former band mates Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies) and Todd Phillips (Juliana Hatfield Three) play drums on most tracks, Juliana Hatfield plays all the other instruments herself. LP and CD on American Laundromat.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Taffy
Deep Dark Creep Love

Taffy are an indie pop band from from Tokyo, Japan. They take their influences from British indie music, melding the C86 sound with shoegaze and Britpop. Deep Dark Creep Love is the band’s fifth album. This time out they’ve upped the sing-a-long-ability of their choruses and added an extra dimension with lush backing vocals.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jamie Lenman
Shuffle

Shuffle is the third album by multi-instrumentalist, illustrator and former member of Rueben, Jamie Lenman. It is an album of covers, and judging by his very metal version of the Popeye theme, he hasn’t just added his own twist to the songs, but smashed them to smithereens and rebuilt them in his own vision. Also includes a song by The Beatles and the Taxi Driver theme.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blaenavon
Let's Pray / I Will Be The World

Let’s Pray is the second track from Blaenavon’s upcoming debut album and it certainly sounds like the real deal. Some heavy bass circling around some quiet-quiet-loud guitar and stellar vocals. It reminds me of The Maccabees or a rockier Alt-J. Backed with I Will Be The World, out now on Transgressive.
  • Vinyl 7" (TRANS239X)
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  • Last copy

Pat Dam Smyth
The Last King

Pat Dam Smyth makes music influenced by various life-affecting events. He grew up in Belfast during the troubles and experienced psychosis whist in Berlin. He also takes influence from the artwork of Nirvana’s In Utero, although seemingly not the music. There are, however, musical nods to Pink Floyd, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

R.E.M.
In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003

In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003 covers the band’s most commercially successful period. It includes tracks from the popular albums Green, Out Of Time and Automatic For The People as well as the single Bad Day. One of the band’s biggest hits, Shiny Happy People, was left off the compilation presumably because everyone hates it. Reissue double LP on Concord.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bilge Pump
WE LOVE YOU

We're all Leeds aren't we? Well yes, but none more so than Bilge Pump who have been considered stalwarts of our city's DIY scene for about as long as I've been alive. WE LOVE YOU is their first full length in ten years and the feeling is very much mutual. It's all big riffs and tight grooves, and they're as tight as they've ever been.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

FEET
English Weather

NME-touted FEET hail from Coventry, and here’s their debut single. The cover is a bit 1994 alt-rock, isn’t it? So is the music, in fact. The song even bears an uncanny resemblance to ‘Stupid Girl’ by Garbage; just a bit less electronic and dancey, a bit more about the need to bring an umbrella when going outside in England.
  • Vinyl 10" (0855380008609)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mastersystem
Old Team / Mogwai Remix

Right. We tried but we can't get many of these so you are going to have to move very quickly Mastersystem is of course the 'other' band of the late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison and here their track 'Old Team' has been remixed by one time Young Team Mogwai. Proceeds will be going to the Scott Hutchison Foundation.  
  • Vinyl 7" (PERS003VB)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

The Breeders
Title TK

Title TK is the third album by The Breeders. It comes after the band’s 7 year hiatus, following Kelley Deal’s drug bust and stint in rehab. Kim and Kelley deal are the only original members on this record. The album has a sparse feel, like their classic debut, Pod. No doubt down to Kim Deal’s excellent musical efficiency and producer Steve Albini’s unfussy style.
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  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Courtney Barnett
Nameless, Faceless

Excitement alert! We've scored some copies of the brand new 7" by Courtney Barnett. This is the first taster of new material from her upcoming as yet unannounced LP. This lass is getting very popular indeed and her recent collaboration with Kurt Vile was something of a winner here at the towers. Get in quick as these could be collectors items in years to come.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East

Ex-Sonic Youth man Lee Ranaldo has announced a new live album! Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East was recorded solo at the intimate setting of the popular East London record shop, on the first date of the UK leg of his Electric Trim tour. Performed excitingly 'just-as-he-wanted-them-to-be', the songs in this set are fresh and stripped-back of arrangements, pared down to the simplicity and sturdiness of the structures and the songs themselves. LP on Mute, with a download included for 2 bonus tracks.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ty Segall
Fried Shallots

Being a non Ty Segall fan I am currently saving a whopping £58 per year not buying his endless stream of records. Someone please tell Martin Lewis. However this new 6 track EP from the garage rock rackateer gives its profits to the American Civil Liberties Union -  a charity protecting the civil liberties of people living in a country dictated to by an orange clown. 

Parquet Courts
Performing Human

Swaggering New York indie-punks Parquet Courts released Human Performance, their third or fifth album (depending on which ones you count), earlier this year. This is an EP of alt-versions and remixes of the title track, cannily titled Performing Human. The remixes come from Eaters and from Chris Pickering out of Future Punx. 12” vinyl EP.
  • Vinyl 12" (RTRADST807)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mudhoney
Tomorrow Hit Today

Tomorrow Hit Today by Mudhoney, originally released in 1998, was the last album by the grunge pioneers to feature the original line-up. Bassist Matt Lukin left once the album was in the can. The album marks the point where Mudhoney brought elements of blues and garage rock to their sound, influenced by the legendary figurehead of Memphis music, Jim Dickinson, who produced the album. Reissue LP on blue, black and white mixed coloured vinyl. Limited to 1500.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2229C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Feelies
Here Before

Ah the lovely lovely the Feelies. We all thought that 1991's Time For A Witness might have been their swan song  - I mean they were old even then. Never ones to move quick, they waited just the 19 years for the follow up and Here Before was well worth the days, years and months. Their brand of post the Velvet Underground jangle pop had barely changed in the two decades since - Here Before was another enjoyable jangle and mumble piece from this glorious New Jersey band.   
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Outer Spaces
Gazing Globe

Born out of a need to move on with her life following the disintegration of a long-term relationship, Cara Beth Satalino’s new Outer Spaces album Gazing Globe puts up a defiant front of bold, melodic indie-pop tunes reminiscent of early R.E.M. It's the old trick of music as therapy, the positive trappings soundtracking her recovery process.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Shudder To Think
Ten Spot

Shudder to Think’s 1990 LP, the first that they dropped on Dischord, is put to wax once again here. In some senses - the palm-muted rhythms, the ferocious tub-thumping, Bad Brains-y squaws of guitar - it’s classic Dischord fare. In others - the theatrical flourishes that pepper each track, some strong glam influence, and a singer pitched somewhere between Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley - it is an outlier in the label’s discography. Worthy of exploration, this edition comes with new artwork by Heather Hendrix Russell.
  • Vinyl LP (DIS46V)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Hot Water Music
A Flight and a Crash

Late 90s punk-rockers Hot Water Music (not to be confused with classic 90s hip-hop outfit Cold Water Music) are reissuing some their most successful albums. On A Flight and a Crash you can hear the band starting to get the hang of the classic call-and-response choruses. The record is back out on vinyl for what is probably the 17th time.

Starcrawler
I Love LA

LA rockers Starcrawler were lucky enough to have their forthcoming debut album produced by alt. Country superstar Ryan Adams. I Love LA is the second single to be lifted from it and is the follow up to debut single Ants. The band formed after high school buddies Arrow De Wilde (voclas) and Henri Cash (guitar) searched Hollywood for a rhythm section, finding bass player Tim Franco and drummer Austin Smith. Limited edition 7” on Rough Trade.
  • Vinyl 7" (RTRADS873)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Wintersleep
In The Land Of

In The Land Of is the eighth album by highly-rated Canadian indie band, Wintersleep. It was produced by Tony Doogan who has worked with Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai. This, sound-wise, probably lands somewhere between the sound of the two bands as they embrace the quiet/loud dynamic. On Dine Alone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Interpol
El Pintor - Remixes

Having run out of anagrams for their own name, NY post-punks Interpol now look to other artists to create them for their music. If you ever wanted to know what one of their sounds would sound like run through by sample goblin Panda Bear, look no further; we've also got edits by industrial dance crew Factory Floor, fuzz droner Tim Hecker and the Field, among others. Maybe they can help Interpol be less bored with themselves.
  • Vinyl LP (SOFTLIMIT01RSD)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

From humble roots as teenagers totally surprising audiences in small venues with their mature, brutal take on hardcore, this now legendary group show no signs of slowing. Further adding progressive and psychedelic elements to their bruising metallic core, this new album is a further progression of their enormous sound.

Sophia
As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours)

Sophia are back after a seven year hiatus and their droning shoegaze is as razor sharp as ever. As We Make Our Way (Unknown Harbours) is an epic collection of indie-rock with plenty of post-rock guitars and some neoclassical touches added for good measure. Released by The Flower Shop Recordings on vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Tallest Man On Earth
I Love You. It's A Fever Dream.

Despite previously complaining about how uninspiring a tour can be for writing songs, The Tallest Man On Earth has lyrically taken on the tumbleweed lifestyle of continuous touring in his latest release, I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream. Expect more very obviously Bob Dylan-esque vocals and harmonica from the Swedish singer-songwriter on this, his fifth album.

Lewsberg
Lewsberg

Debut self-titled album from Rotterdam based Lewsberg. There's something about English spoken in a Dutch accent that shades everything said with a cutting drollness that perfectly suits the band's Modern Lovers and Minutemen inspired very stripped down rock music. Self-released by the band on Lewsberg Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Idaho
Hearts of Palm

We all remember Idaho from the time they were kind of third in line after American Music Club and Red House Painters in your slowcore hit parade. This is a re-issue of their fifth album released circa 2000. Jeff Martin and pals have always been a bit of an underrated band in the annals of atmospheric rock and  this re-issue precedes a brand new album for 2019.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

New Order
Republic

Remember Republic? The New Order album with sleeve art that looks like a straight-to-video action movie languishing in a VHS bargain bin? Here it is reissued, by Rhino. The 1993 album includes the hit ‘Regret’, and was the last thing released by the band before their long hiatus. Remastered audio!

Body Type
EP1 & EP2

Scruffy lo-fi indie and jangly C86 melodies meet on these two EP releases from Sydney-based quartet Body Type, who have supported the likes of Courtney Barnett and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. EP1 was released late last year, while the second instalment EP2 is soon to follow. For those who want the full picture, we've EP1 & EP2. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dan Lyons
Special People

Former Fat White Family member and co-founder Dan Lyons continues his solo career with his first EP Special People, a five-track collection containing last year’s single ‘Gargoyle’ and the blistering title track that righteously skewers the shallowness of celebrity culture in 2019. 

Echo Ladies
Echo Ladies

If you’re looking for the precise intersection of Alvvays, The Jesus and Mary Chain and New Order, then Echo Ladies’ EP could be exactly what you need for those late nights lying (alone) on your bedroom floor. Defining their sound as, “the feeling of nostalgia and hope for the future mixed with angst”, these Swedish school-friends are giving shoegaze the defiant female vocals it needs. 

Deerhunter
Fading Frontier

At last, new Deerhunter! With their seventh album, the band have taken a fairly accessible approach, crafting songs with a strong melodic thrust and clear production. Lovely stuff. But they can’t hide their inherent weirdnesses entirely: Fading Frontiers is full of the odd little touches that make this band so special. On 4AD.
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  • 4AD
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Van Coeur
Crosshairs

Excellent moody guitar-led business from Van Couer, a band who have learned all the lessons of the 90’s slow alternative underground, and learned them well. For Crosshairs, a double LP, the core trio is augmented at times by accordion and viola from Caroline Weeks and Abi Fry respectively, plus the great Thomas House working the soundboard for maximum sonic character. Released by Mulso Primary Records.

The Claim
Boomy Tella

The Claim were part of the mid '80s Medway Scene (see also The Prisoners, Billy Childish and The Dentists) and this is a re-issue of their second album which originally emerged in 1988. Theirs was a mod-influenced pop that had serious repercussions on the sound of the young Blur. Here it is remastered and re-presented with liner notes by guitarist David Arnold.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
In The Capital

Woo-hoo! New music from one of the best bands to emerge over the last few years. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever may be a mouthful to speak but their music is remarkably enjoyable, a sun-dappled ride through the best bits of the Go Betweens, the Triffids and (yes I'm going to say it) Midnight Oil. Here are two new tracks to whet your appetite for whatever they do next. Enjoy.  
  • Vinyl 7" (SP1316)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Thee Oh Sees
Grave Blockers

You’re thinking how on earth do Thee Oh Sees manage to put so many new records out, right? Well, in the case of this one it’s a reissue. Grave Blockers was originally released in 2006 and sees John Dwyer et al in a gentler mood, playing some psych-folk rather than the unhinged garage rock to which we’ve become accustomed.

Sonic Youth
Battery Park, NYC: July 4th 2008

Hear Sonic Youth  in the twilight of their great and mighty career, performing live at New York’s Battery Park on the Fourth of July 2008 (USA! USA!). This storming and comprehensive live recording was previously only available with special pre-orders of The Eternal, but is now readily available, and on tasty vinyl too, Thanks Matador.

Echobelly
On

Everything was simpler back in the ‘90s, wasn’t it. New Labour. ‘Three Lions’. The Millennium Bug. Lovely old job. Slap bang in the middle of the decade we found ourselves contending with Echobelly’s sophomore LP On, a fine collection of Breeders-inspired Britscuzz. Fast forward to the present day and you’ve got yourself this here reissue.

Delta Sleep
Ghost City Rarities

Although they formed in 2008 Delta Sleep only managed one album and one EP in the subsequent 10 years. Their second collection of rarities follows up on 2018s Ghost City LP, and features two tracks with re-recorded Japanese vocals courtesy of fellow mathrock bands Tricot, plus two acoustic demo versions of other songs.
  • Vinyl LP (BSM251)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fruit Bats
Gold Past Life

Gold Past Life by Fruit Bats is the final part of a cathartic trilogy which included singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson’s 2014 solo album and 2016’s Absolute Loser. The thematic arc that joins the albums involves personal loss and political dissatisfaction, culminating in Johnson working on projects out of his comfort zone whilst recording this album. Neal Casal, Meg Duffy and Greta Morgan are among the guest performers.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band Of Holy Joy
Neon Primitives

Band of Holy Joy’s latest studio album Neon Primitives attempts to capture the state of political and social unease gripping the country three years after the Brexit referendum - coincidentally, the last time that the band released a record. Rage and melody clash consistently on their latest record, which includes a weird Vincent Gallo cover... 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Titus Andronicus
An Obelisk

An Obelisk is the the sixth album by Shakespeare-monikered New Jersey-ites, Titus Andronicus. This time they chose the legendary Bob Mould to produce their album. It was recorded in Steve Albini’s Chicago studio. All this has led to the band making a more concise, rockier record which clocks in at an efficient 38 minutes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Vital Idles
EP

Glasgow’s Vital Idles follow up 2018’s debut LP, Left Hand, with a new EP simply titled, EP. Their music recalls The Velvet Underground, Young Marble Giants and The Raincoats in a kinda post-punk-meets-indie-pop way. So, this is a good thing, we are sure of it. 4-track 7” EP on Upset The Rhythm.

Baroness
First & Second

A remixed and remastered new issue of the First and Second EPs by American heavy metal act Baroness, originally released in 2004 and 2005 respectively and first put together for the First & Second compilation in 2008. This version comes in a foil-stamped gatefold sleeve and shows the band at a critical juncture in their career. 

Placebo
Sleeping With Ghosts

Sleeping With Ghosts was Placebo’s massively-selling 2003 album. Full of all their usual angst (including big singles like ‘The Bitter End’ and ‘English Summer Rain’) it saw Brian Molko dissect relationships by way of nasal whine over their usual brand of emo guitar racket. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Placebo
Battle For The Sun

Another Placebo album we completely forgot about, Battle For The Sun was their sixth album and was released in 2009 to the delight of eurogoths everywhere. The album sees the band utilise new sounds and instruments and move Brian Molko's squeak higher in the mix so everybody can hear what he's been whining on about.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Divino Nino
Foam

Heavily rhythmical and soulful Latinx guitar-pop rules on Foam, the latest effort from bi-lingual Spanish/English outfit Divino Nino. Hailing from Chicago but founded on a childhood friendship from Bogota between between guitarist Camilo Medina and bassist Javier Forero, these ten tracks are masterfully observed marriages of different musical traditions. 

Travis
Live at Glastonbury 1999

Double-LP live album of Travis’ momentous set on the Other Stage at Glastonbury 1999. With their star-making second album The Man Who released only a month before, their televised performance shot them to international recognition. Those who were there remember a gloriously sunny day being serendipitously interrupted by a downpour during ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ 

Travis
The Man Who (20th Anniversary Edition)

20th anniversary re-issue of The Man Who, the multi-platinum, BRIT Award-winning album that briefly put Travis at the top table of British guitar acts in the aftermath of Britpop. Beyond gutted that noted Travis-fan and post-Britpop theorist Robin no longer works at Norman because his description would have been a lot better than this. 

Night Flight
Night Flight

Night Flight have been likened to Coldplay, although I’m not too sure they’re happy with that comparison. There is a video of them on Twitter covering a Steely Dan song with a strategically placed Big Star album in the background, though, perhaps this points more to their influences. Their self-titled debut album is made up from two previously released EPs and two brand new tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
Going, Going…

Could you have ever imagined that in 2016 there'd be a new Wedding Present album? They have seemingly been content to rest on their nostalgia laurels over the past few years but they show that there is some fire still there with this 20 track album of linked songs which begins with four instrumentals.  "Some things just don't change" sings David Gedge on 'Bear' and he's still wittering on about break ups and relationships and stuff like that but there's nothing here that suggests that this won't appeal to long term fans. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 2

Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 2 is the second part, believe it or not, of a career spanning singles compilation by Primal Scream. This installment covers the period from 2000 to 2016 and features tracks such as Country Girl and Accelerator, along with collaborations with Kate Moss and Sky Ferreira. Double 180g LP on Columbia.

Liars
Titles With The Word Fountain

Last remaining Liar Angus Andrew, who continues to compensate for solitude by cloning himself in every promo photo and video, returns with new album of definitely-not-TFCF-outtakes Titles from the Word Fountain. Packing seventeen not-leftover songs into the programme, from ‘Face in Ski Mask Bodies to the Wind’ and ‘Fantail Creeps’ to ‘Gawking at the Accident’, we at Norman can confirm 100% that a word fountain was involved.

Julian Lynch
Rat's Spit

Rat’s Spit is the new album from Real Estate guitarist and Norman Records favourite, Julian Lynch. His music generally sounds like a slightly weirder, less pop, more fractured version of his parent band, but is certainly not lacking in quality. It’s his 7th album, but first since 2013’s Lines. It sees him mining inspiration from Tears For Fears, Kate Bush, George Clinton, Cocteau Twins, Yes and Steve Vai (Steve Vai?! really?! but he had custom-made guitars with carrying handles cut out of them!) Anyway, if the past is anything to go by, it should be a good ‘un. LP on Ya Reach / Underwater Peoples.

Placebo
Without You I'm Nothing

Reissue of Without You I’m Nothing, the second album by Placebo and a landmark record for alternative (but still successful) rock groups in the '90s. Brian Molko expresses his inner pain over the band’s tight riffing. Includes their hit ‘Pure Morning’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juan Wauters
Introducing Juan Pablo

Here he is. That funny little man from the Beets. Makes interesting Jonathan Richman type stuff and has that whole 'who me?' shtick going on. He's a little like Pedro Sanchez from Napolean Dynamite. Does pretty well for himself and has supported Mac De Marco. This is his third album. Enjoy him.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Reed Parry
Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2

Richard Reed Parry is of course part of that colossus of a super-indie band Arcade Fire, but there has always been more to his musicianship than that. Quiet River of Dust Vol.2 is the second part of his newest solo work, which draws considerably on folk and composed music for a really rather rich song-suite. Out on Epitaph.

Fontaines D.C.
Dogrel

I've never heard of them. Seriously, I've never heard of them. They made four hotly received double A-side singles last year which I never knew about and got airplay on Steve Lamacq (which I never heard) and have played sold out shows across Europe which I never attended. Turns out they play snotty indie/post-punk with vocals that seem to sit somewhere between Mark E. Smith and Cathal Coughlan. But what do I know?  

Spring King
A Better Life

The North can party too you know. Manchester's Spring King show us how it's done with their second album of primal, joyous and thundering party anthems. The lads have got the party started for the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian on recent tours and so know how to make lots of people stay awake at the same time.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eagles Of Death Metal
Death by Sexy

Death By Sexy was the second album by Eagles Of Death Metal. It was originally released in 2006. This is the first vinyl pressing of the album since its initial release. The band get their name from the time Josh Homme referred to Polish death metal band, Vader, as ‘the Eagles of death metal’ when describing them to band mate Jesse Hughes. 180g reissue LP on Polydor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Young Marble Giants
Colossal Youth

Young Marble Giants made just one album but it was a solid gold classic. Colossal Youth pretty much invented the fact that you could play songs slow and quietly with minimal instrumentation. It's a brilliant patchwork on clicking drum machines, ticking guitars and comical organs. Topped off of course by Alison Statton's remarkable voice. 
  • Artist(s):
  • Low
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Deerhunter
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Well here is something to look forward to. As we know by now each Deerhunter album is uniquely different and this one they say is a science fiction album for 2018. They've spent their time since 2015s Fading Frontier redefining their recording process going so far as to not use microphones for their instruments and plug them straight into the desk. Should be interesting. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Mary + Stew
You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

Barely forgivable attempt at the Meatloaf 'classic' by members of Even As we Speak and Boyracer. They slow it down to indie ballad pace and add in some sweet harmonies. Comes on lesser spotted flexi disc with download card in case you actually want to play it without having the needle slide across the flimsy plastic.   

Melvins
Houdini

American noise (then) trio Melvins were named after a grocery store supervisor who was despised by the band member who worked under him. Houdini was their fifth studio album, and the first on major label Atlantic (who dropped them 2 albums later). Championed by grunge Gods Nirvana, 'Houdini' was essentially the band's break-through album. Reissued for your pleasure on lovely gatefold vinyl.

The Dandy Warhols
...The Dandy Warhols Come Down

The Dandy Warhols Come Down was the Portland, Oregon band’s second album. It was released in 1997. It saw the band’s first taste of success - much to the chagrin of Anton Newcombe - containing the singles Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth and Boys Better. Greater success followed with subsequent albums and mega hit singles, but this album certainly showed they were destined for bigger things.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Idlewild
Interview Music

One of the very few bands with not one but two members named Rod, Idlewild have come a long way since their punk rock beginnings. The Scottish band are very adept and marrying their highlands heritage with a kind of widescreen poetic rock music that has garnered lots of comparisons to R.E.M. Here they are with their first since 2015's Everything Ever Written and shows them still as inspired as ever.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Adorable
Against Perfection

Adorable, a band that phased Shoegaze into Britpop, began their short but sweet full-length album career in 1993 with Against Perfection, a very smart title for a debut I’d say. This is a pretty underrated slice of the 90’s, fronted with the anguished swagger of Pete Fijalkowski’s vocals and backed-up with a big swirl of guitars. Vinyl reissue on Music On Vinyl.

The New Year
Snow

Snow is the first release from The New Year in nine years, since several members are in Bedhead and Overseas they have been away, but continued to write slowly. Snow is crystalline indie rock that is softly under-exaggerated and softly nuanced, it won’t kick you in the face, more go for a nice walk with you. Think a laid back indie version of the softer parts in Tortoise or The Sea & Cake.
  • Vinyl LP (GHVC113LPX)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Duster
Stratosphere

Stratosphere by American indie band, Duster, was originally released in 1998. It is a forgotten gem of the the slowcore genre. Just like Irish musical grandad, Val Doonican, they rock, but gently. Unlike Val Doonican, they will appeal to fans of mid-fi American indie-rock of the ‘90s. Reissue on Numero Group.

Duster
Contemporary Movement

Contempary Movement was the second and final album by American slowcore band, Duster. It was originally released in 2000 and followed their impressive debut, Stratosphere. It saw the album working as a fully-fledged three-piece for the only time. This is indie-rock to lie down to. A warm hug of under-produced analog sound and tape hiss.

Crumb
Jinx

High-school project turned full-time band Crumb release their first full-length album in June, following the warm reception given to their previous EPs Crumb (2016) and Locket (2017). Two years’ worth of intense touring have sharpened this Brooklyn four-piece’s mix of psychedelic rock and jazz, which can be heard on Jinx. 

Peter Perrett
Humanworld

Permanently sunglassed former the Only Ones frontman Peter Perrett had not been seen for many years before he returned with 2017s  How The West Was Won and now he's back again with Humanworld which as with his previous record was recorded with the help of his two sons Jamie and Peter Jr. Truly the renaissance man of post punk. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Nothing
Chris

Philadelphia's Big Nothing play a mix of indie rock and pop punk which is high on energy and melody. Superchunk spring to mind when listening to their debut album, Chris. There’s also the indie/pop/rock sensibilities of Teenage Fanclub are poking through here and there with the odd descending bassline.

A Beacon School
Cola

Grind Select (Kazimier, Moon Bounce) provide a home for the latest project from Patrick J. Smith. Having previously played in Modern Rivals, Fiasco and Max Savage’s Maxband, new project A Beacon School sees Smith creating some lovely shoegaze indie jams out of loops and effects pedals. Panda Bear and Atlas Sound are quite similar to what's going on on A Beacon School’s debut LP Cola, and there’s also some techno and a smidgen of math-rock to this thing. Very pretty.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pinky Pinky
Turkey Dinner

LA indie rock three-piece Pinky Pinky have a name that sounds cute but it’s origins are actually rather more sinister: it’s the name of mythical South African monster used to scare young girls into not wearing pink. Turkey Dinner is their debut album. Two previous EPs and relentless touring have earned them fans in high places: Dave Grohl, Brian Bell (Weezer) and Albert Hammond Jr.

Dressy Bessy
Fast Faster Disaster

20 years into their career, Denver, Colorado indie-rockers Dressy Bessy release their eighth album, Fast Faster Disaster. The band follow an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it philosophy. For fans this means more sharp lyrical content, earworming melodies and some rockin’ tunes. The band have connections with the Elephant 6 collective in that guitarist, John Hill, also plays for Apples In Stereo.

The Catenary Wires
Til The Morning

You may not know of the Cetenary Wires but when I say that this is the duo of Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher then some bells may clang. The latter is the star of the likes of Heavenly and Tallulah Gosh of course and together they make indie duets with more of a folk nod than their riot grrl/indie pop beginnings. From Kent too. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Papernut Cambridge
Nutlets II (1978-2001)

Papernut Cambridge release their second album of covers to date, and its a proper job: Nutlets II contains twenty tracks, each sourced from crucial young-person memories of bandleader Ian Button. These songs have great personal weight, and you can hear that come through in Button’s re-imagining of them. Includes tunes by Throbbing Gristle, Suede and Daft Punk!

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
There Is No Feeling Better

Do you like your guitar pop to come via ‘60s and ‘70s influences such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and Big Star? Then There Is No Feeling Better, the new album by Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, is just the thing for you. Jangling riffs and glorious melodies and harmonies abound.

The Pheromoans
County Lines

The Pheromoans started life as a sort-of-garage-rock band before introducing electronics to their music, which upped the experimentation somewhat. Their fifth and latest album, County Lines, brings together all their past sounds into what is, arguably, a more coherent record. Think Clinic but weirder.

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