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The Wannadies
Bagsy Me

Although they’ll always be typecast for that song (brilliant as it is), there was so much more to Sweden’s The Wannadies. This turquoise-coloured vinyl re-issue of their fourth album, 1997’s Bagsy Me, is the perfect distillation of everything that’s appealing about them - big-hearted, puppy-eyed, jet-propelled indie-rock power ballads. 
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Snapped Ankles
Violations

A four-track EP of cover versions originally released for Record Store Day in 2018, Violations is quite an apt name for these drastically different takes as Snapped Ankles take on Can, The Fugs, Joey Beltram and The Comateens in ways you never previously imagined. This re-issue is on white vinyl, with a download code. 

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

Pete Doherty is still out here doing his thing, with another new band behind him, The Puta Madres. This self-titled pseudo-debut features all your favourite Doherty stylings, with love and loss and darkness all expressed through Pete’s cheeky-chappy doomed-romantic persona. Available via Strap Originals, in a whole bevy of formats.
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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
No More Shall We Part

Four years of silence after The Boatman's Call could have left fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds a little disgruntled but then he brought out No More Shall We Part and frankly, he knocked everyone’s socks off yet again. Haunting, beautiful, at times crushingly sad, at others, wryly amused by the ridiculousness of life. A masterpiece on CD and DVD from Mute.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Strand Of Oaks
Eraserland

Strand Of Oaks head-honcho Timothy Showalter keeps on keeping on with new LP Eraserland. As with 2017’s Hard Love the hairy heartthrob sticks to his modern-day Springsteen schtick on his latest record. Cuts like ‘Weird Ways’ have a beefy, grunge-inflected low-end to them. Eraserland is out via Dead Oceans.

Bikini Kill
Pussy Whipped

One of those "everyone who heard this thing started a band albums", in 1993 Bikini Kill released their debut album Pussy Whipped. Righteous and vicious, the album represents the start of what has come to be known as Riot Grrrl. Pussy Whipped features some of the most unrepentant punk music ever recorded.
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Kleenex Girl Wonder
White Lacuna

Given that Kleenex Girl Wonder are gearing up to mark 25 years in the game, you could forgive KGW main man Graham Smith if he wanted to take his foot off the gas a little. However, if anything the band are upping their work-rate these days. White Lacuna is the group’s second LP of 2018, and judging by the energy on display here they might be good for another one before 12 more months are up. This is an LP of typically zany indie jangles - imagine Eels with more pep.
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Placebo
Black Market Music

Black Market Music was the third album to be released by androgynous alternative rockers Placebo. It followed on from the massive success of their sophomore effort Without You I’m Nothing. The band have sold over 12 million albums inspiring legions of fans to start their own bands.
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Tacocat
This Mess Is a Place

Is it a taco? Is it a cat? Is it both - or perhaps … neither? Whatever a Tacocat is, we can say with confidence that it’s from Seattle, contains four humans (‘Tacopeople’?) and has just made its fourth LP in the form of This Mess Is A Place. This record is a peppy thing that polishes the group’s lo-fi grunge-pop sound with some pop influences, warm vocal harmonies and great production. It kind of reminds us of The Long Blondes actually.

Ioanna Gika
Thalassa

IO Echo’s Ioanna Gika drops her debut solo LP via Sargent House (Dylan Carson, Chelsea Wolfe). Thalassa is a record of forceful and stirring art-pop that nods to Perfume Genius, Oneohtrix Point Never and Robyn. Gika’s voice, at once both piercing and breathy, dovetails excellently with Thalassa’s broiling synth-pop instrumentals.

Protomartyr
No Passion All Technique

In a music industry where nothing is secret and even less is sacred, Protomartyr’s debut LP No Passion All Technique has long been a refreshing anomaly. Obviously the group are very big now, but no-one knew this back in 2012 - not them, not us, and certainly not the Urinal Cake label who released this record. A tiny run sold out, and the thing’s been neither re-pressed nor available on streaming services at any point since. This Domino reissue allows you to experience No Passion All Technique without paying megabucks for it on the vinyl black market. It’s a damn sight more raggedy than the band’s subsequent work, but the idiosyncrasies of No Passion All Technique work in its favour. Come and see how the post-punk band we deserve ended up like this.

The Rifles
Freedom Run

The country may be in a mess but here is some good news...there's a new the Rifles re-issue! Guess where it was recorded.. go on... Paul Weller's studio! It's full of the sort of soulful pop/rock the band are known for. Billions of bands who started ten are so years ago have fallen by the wayside but you have to hand it to the Rifles... they are still here.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (COOKLP722)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Versing
10000

Versing distinguish themselves on new LP 10000. While there are plenty of bands out there currently drawing from Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies and other alt-rock luminaries of the late 80’s and early 90’s, this Seattle group bring a playful panache to their craft that sets them apart. Vocalist and songwriter Graham Baker is a charismatic presence up front - his half-sung lyrics and mastery of the loud-quiet-loud dynamic place Versing next to Young Jesus and Ought in the contemporary rocksphere. 10000 is out on Hardly Art (Chastity Belt, Colleen Green).

Filthy Friends
Emerald Valley

Oh lord that first Filthy Friends album was just despairing. Let's hope this one is a bit better. With Corin Tucker (Sleater Kinney) and Peter Buck (R.E.M) in the line up, this lot just shouldn't be under achieving.  They've turned their attention to the problems with people and the planet so hopefully this has got their creative juices flowing. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Drahla
Useless Coordinates

Long-awaited debut album from Leeds’ very own Drahla on Brooklyn indie imprint Captured Tracks. Mixing wiry, raw post-punk with the dark and volatile textures of art-rock and Luciel Brown’s abstract lyrical preoccupations, Useless Coordinates was recorded in short gaps between hard touring throughout 2018.

Nirvana
Live At The Paramount

Apparently Nirvana were only ever properly recorded to film on one occasion, and guess what? This is the DVD of that occasion! In 1991, the year of Nevermind, the band were on their way up, up, up, and Live At The Paramount captures them on electric form. HD footage transferred from 16mm film and with a 5.1 surround sound soundtrack to boot. Also, the recording is being made available on vinyl for the first time.
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Baroness
Yellow & Green

Big heavy hard-rock rifftastic action from Baroness here: a whole 18 tracks, spread over 2 LPs. Yellow & Green has it all: arena dynamics, pseudo-mythical sleeve art, bellowed vocals and pyrotechnic guitars. This was the group’s third album, initially released in 2012 on Relapse and now reissued by the same label.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Forgotten Graves

Ooh they love a 10" don't they? Two new tracks from the ever fruitful the Brian Jonestown Massacre including 'Forgotten Graves' which is exclusive to this release and has been written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first world war. Over on the flip is  “Tombes Oubliées” which has been culled from their forthcoming self titled LP (their second of 2018).  

Editors
The Blanck Mass Sessions

During the creation of 2018’s top 10 LP Violence the Brummie group enlisted the help of Fuck Buttons’ Ben Power aka Blanck Mass to help them shape the record. The final release still bore Power’s mark, but there was a more Mass-ive take on the tracklisting still left in the studio. Now seven of these versions are seeing light of day on The Blanck Mass Sessions. Also included is ‘Barricades’, a new collaborative tune between the two groups.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
End Of Suffering

Finally. At last. Sweet release. No, we’re not talking about a new LP from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, though it’s taken the former Gallows man a couple of years to follow up Modern Ruin. Of course, we’re talking about the End Of Suffering. No more hurt, no more pain. Peace forever. Thank the lord. Also Tom Morello is on this thing.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spielbergs
This Is Not The End

We’ve all heard of Steven Spielberg’s non-union Mexican equivalent, Senor Spielbergo, (note the 23 year-old Simpsons reference) well here we have his Norwegian equivalents, indie band The Spielbergs. Their new album, This Is Not The End, is subject to a groundswell of excitement following plaudits from Biffy Clyro and Frank Turner. LP and CD on By The Time It Gets Dark.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Patio
Essentials

Nearly three years after mini-album Luxury, the long-awaited debut album from Brooklyn-based punks Patio is finally here. Taking cues from British post-punk acts and modern-day acts such as Bodega and Shopping, the ten tracks and 26 minutes that make up Essentials aim at the nitty-gritty of life in 2019. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Johnny Lloyd
Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds

Johnny Lloyd of the extremely Camden band Tribes returns with an album of folk inflected indie rock that is tender and raw. Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds tackles the sort of millennial malaise its title suggests with assuredness. Lloyd was given a bit of help by Eton boy Frank Turner. Released on Xtra Mile.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Simon Bonney
Past, Present, Future

Something old and something new from former Crime And The City Solution tearaway Simon Bonney here. Past, Present, Future has its roots in Bonney’s 90’s solo LPs - 1992’s Forever, 1994’s Everyman and the unreleased collection Eyes Of Blue. Songs from all appear here, with some re-recorded by a band including members of Killing Joke and The Volbeats. Past, Present, Future is quite similar to what Bonney’s mate Nick Cave was doing around the same time - think The Good Son and Henry’s Dream.
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Mark Mulcahy
Taking Baby Steps

Mark 'bloody' Mulcahy. Thom Yorke's favourite singer no less and if anyone knows about singing it will be Thom. This is a taster single from the Miracle Legion man's forthcoming album The Gus and the B side contains a certain J Mascis on guitar. Mark Mulcahy may not be a household name but he should be. Maybe this is his time.   
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The Antlers
Hospice

O.M.G. it's the 10th anniversary of The Antlers 'Hospice' so literally put everything that you are doing down and re-buy the album that Pitchfork gave a whopping 8.5 out of 10 to in 2008. Re-live its swooning and emotional mid-paced indie, glacial atmospheric synth work, heartfelt trumpets and random noise bursts. It's just like Arcade Fire were a shoegaze band.   
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fever Dream
Squid

Londoners Fever Dream are back with a new album following their 2015 debut 'Moyamoya'. Squid promises us more of their mesmeric guitar work, infused with a blend of grungy psychedelia with wall-of-noise shoegaze manoeuvring. Fluid and expansive sounds to immerse yourself in. LP on Club AC 30.

Catfish and The Bottlemen
The Balance

Catfish & The Bottlemen are back after five whole years with their third album The Balance. The Welsh stadium-filling and festival-headlining indie rockers are hugely popular with the kids. To be fair to them though, they are an incredibly hard working bunch. They’ve been touring pretty much constantly in the last few years. 180g black vinyl LP and CD on Island.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fall
The Fall - Singles 1978-2016

Singles 1978-2016 is a career-spanning singles compilation by The Fall. Mark E. Smith’s revolving door collective have released 60-odd albums, if you include live albums and compilations, in their career. This is the first collection to bring together singles from a number of different labels. With 112 tracks over 7 CDs, this is a hefty retrospective, and to endorse its credibility among fans of the band, all tracks have been remastered by Fall engineer Andy Pearce.

The Replacements
All Shook Down

Rhino are reissuing a bunch of The Replacements’ albums to vinyl, and 1990’s All Shook Down is one of them. This is the band’s final studio album, recorded largely by Paul Westerberg as a solo album staffed by session musicians but later developed into a full-blown Replacements release, full of bittersweet moments and the sense of an ending. Vinyl reissue.
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OCS
Live In San Francisco

OCS. Oh Sees. Thee Oh Sees. All the same thing. This is OCS Live In San Francisco. This was originally released as a very limited 4LP set. Now we have a 2LP version which will be much easier to get your hands on. It is released via Rock Is Hell, a label which released some early stuff by Thee Oh Sees. 2LP on Rock Is Hell limited to 1700 copies.
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Fu Manchu
Kept Between Trees

Reissue of the first ever tracks from legendary stoner rockers Fu Manchu! Kept Between Trees was first released as a three track 7” in 1990, and this reissue from At The Dojo bolsters that with three extra inches and a previously unreleased track. Listen out for the wonderful vocals that sound devoid of all enthusiasm and hope!
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Resonars
No Exit

No Exit is the 7th album by Tuscon, Arizona band, The Resonars. Whilst there’s definitely a whiff of Oasis about this, there’s a stronger sense of the glorious vocal harmonies and melodies of bands such as The Hollies and Big Star. The band is a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Matt Rendon. He has also released a one-off psychedelic album under the name Butterscotch Cathedral. On Trouble In Mind.

PAWS
Your Church On My Bonfire

The fourth LP from PAWS drops through the Ernest Jenning Record Company (King Khan & His Shrines, Sunshine & The Rain). Your Church On My Bonfire is a record that synthesises sadness and noise in a manner similar to fellow Glaswegian rockers Frightened Rabbit and early Biffy Clyro. Meredith Godreau (Gregory & The Hawk) shows up with some guest vocals on ‘The Slow Spirit’.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Craig Finn
I Need A New War

Third solo outing from Craig Finn, the songwriter who made his name with good-times rock band The Hold Steady. Their material has always been very lyrical, and Finn’s solo material simply allows more space for his words to spread out just the way they need to. I Need A New War has lots of fine new Finn characters, although with less of a specifically American focus that usual. On Partisan Records.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleeper
The Sun Also Rises

Sleeper have a new album coming out after all these years! The album's first single is The Sun Also Rises, named after the famous Ernest Hemingway novel. It is not, however, a song about bullfighting and booze, it’s about singer Louise Wener eventually seeing the light from a dark place. 7” pressed on transparent blue vinyl, limited to 600 copies, includes exclusive non-LP track on Gorsky Records.
  • Vinyl 7" (SLEEP20)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Belt Eagle Scout
Loss & Relax / Half Coloured Hair

Following the critical acclaim that greeted last year’s album Mother of My Children, Katherine Paul releases a brand new Black Belt Eagle Scout single, presented on 7” vinyl. ‘Loss & Relax’ has existed since 2017, while ‘Half Coloured Hair’ is a deeply affecting new love song.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
The Complete Ukrainian John Peel Sessions

The excellent Hatch Records (Nine Black Alps, Napoleon IIIrd) are the ones behind this Wedding Present reissue. They’ve tacked all kinds of bonus goodies onto this new edition of the band’s famous Ukrainian-language John Peel outings. Not only are all three of the live sessions included here, but there is also an informative booklet and a DVD featuring interviews, concert videos and footage from a rare BBC2 show on The Wedding Present. New artwork, too - they weren’t lying when they put Complete in the title of The Complete Ukrainian John Peel Sessions.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Foxygen
Seeing Other People

They keep promising to split after every album but it just doesn't happen. Maybe we'll be sixth time lucky with this one. They really should have gone after the despairing Hang described by us as 'the worst album of 2017' but here they are again for another try. You'll get an LP of demos if you are quick with the limited edition  - that's if you can stomach anymore.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
You Flexi Thing Vol 5 – East & West Side Story

More anti-fascist righteousness from R*E*P*E*A*T Records here. The fifth instalment of the label’s flexi-disc series You Flexi Thing - and I think we can all agree that's an excellent name - East & West Side Story lines up two Welsh groups (Picsel, The Sandinistas) with another two from East Anglia (Lemondaze, Tundra). Lemondaze and Picsel get lost in dreamy psych-rock reveries while the others serve up some good old-fashioned snot-punk.
  • Vinyl 7" (MBRR153)
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The Lemonheads
Can't Forget / Wild Child

Always a good interpreter of songs, Evan Dando seems to now just be on earth to rattle through covers of his favourite artists. This Record Store Day 2019 release sees his excellent take on Yo La Tengo's 'Can't Forget' paired with a previously unreleased version of Lou Reed's 'Wild Child'. On the Fire imprint.   
  • Vinyl 7" (FIRE561S)
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Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres
Who’s Been Having You Over / Paradise Is Under Your Nose

Recently pricked by a hedgehog, Pete Doherty has an innate ability to stay in the news. As you might have guessed he has a new record out with his new band The Puta Madres and this is the first single culled from it. Just imagine the hoards of fans queuing up for this on Record Store Day and their thought process when they realise we have hundreds of them left.    
  • Vinyl 7" (STRAPORIGINALS1)
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Madonnatron & Meatraffle
Bella Ciao / Brigante Se Mor

Split from two of the finest Italy-adjacent gnarl-rock bands around! Madonnatron turn in a cool and bouncy number with those nice airy vocals, while Meatraffle give it some crunch and some low end. Not recommended for those who dislike having a fun time. Split double A-side 7” single released by Trashmouth Records.
  • Vinyl 7" (TMR3S)
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  • Limited edition

Big Stick
Drag Racing

A beautiful re-pressing of the first ever Big Stick 7”, which simultaneously heralded the launch of their own Drag Racing Underground label when released in 1985. One of the finest products of the New York art-rock scene in the mid-Eighties, this four-track collection was a distillation of everything that was brilliant about them. 
  • Vinyl 7" (DRU001)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mutual Benefit
Just Another Diamond Day

For reasons best known to themselves Sufjan -lite indie folkers Mutual Benefit have covered Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day in its entirety. Jordan Lee must either like the album a lot or see the mutual benefit in getting on board with a record that has become an essential album for bearded post folk hipsters to waffle on about.    
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS399X)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Half Japanese
Charmed Life

Charmed Life is the 6th album by Half Japanese. It was originally released in 1988. The band’s leader, Jad Fair, is known for his weird take on music, mixing lop-sided, lo-fi indie rock with strange-yet-heartfelt lyrics. Here, he does it over a mere 31 songs. The album also features US indie legend Don Fleming on guitar.  
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MOURN and Chastity
Sun

7" featuring collaborative track between MOURN and Chastity as well as a live take from each. MOURN are a Spanish punk band whose main influence is Throwing Muses. Canadian Chastity plays a lil' harder, reaching the distortion ridden, riff heavy end of punk. Together they go at it with full hearts. On Captured Tracks.
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HEALTH
VOL4::SLAVES OF FEAR

HEALTH are back on Loma Vista (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent) with new LP VOL4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR. Much like 2015’s Death Magic, this set finds the LA group streamlining the noise-barrages of their early work into sleeker, poppier song structures. There are flavours of cyberpunk, industrial rock and even a little nu-metal to many of the cuts here. The manner in which Jacob Duszik’s vocals glide serenely over the frenzy gives VOL4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR a strong Placebo vibe.
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Drugdealer
Raw Honey

Before Michael Collins decided on the name Drugdealer he was alternately known as both Salvia Plath and Run DMT. As such, it might be best not to expect anything too serious from the Millennial Ariel Pink on his second Drugdealer LP Raw Honey. This is an album of possibly-post-ironic blue-eyed soul jams that sound like, I dunno, Bread or something. Raw Honey’s general air of disaffected frippery is aided by the fact that Mac Demarco produced this thing.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gently Tender
Some Hard Advice

Gentle Tender take their name from an Incredible String Band song. They play a mix of old folk and soul with elements of ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelic pop. They feature members of The Palma Violets and The Big Moon. Some Hard Advice is their new single which follows their debut 7” Two Chords Good. 7” single on Zöetrope Records.
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Gang of Four
Happy Now

Post-punk icons Gang Of Four return with their ninth studio album HAPPY NOW, funded by their considerable fanbase via PledgeMusic. Already trailed by a download-only EP last year titled Complicit and a single a few months back ‘Paper Thin’, this new effort, available on CD as well as vinyl, promises the same political urgency as ever. 

Dialect / Talkboy
In My Zone / Wasting Time

The latest 7” from Yorkshire singles club Come Play With Me puts MC Dialect alongside Leeds group Talkboy. ‘In My Zone’ and ‘Wasting Time’ are rather contrasting tunes - Dialect’s a grime tongue-twister with a flow that recalls Ghetts, while Talkboy are a peppy indie-pop band - but for whatever reason they work nicely back-to-back here. Are we witnessing the rebirth of grindie? This Norman Records™ lackey surely hopes so.

Modest Mouse
Too Many Fiestas for Reuben / Cowboy Dan

As a reminder of just how weird and wonderful the Modest Mouse universe was in its early days -- in its scratchy guitar tones, as well as in Isaac Brock's unhinged voice -- Glacial Pace and Fat Possum are reissuing their primitive classics, along with a little helping of 7" to sweeten the deal. The 7" that accompanies the reissue of 'The Lonesome Crowded West' features a take on "Cowboy Dan" taht invovles Mr. Beat Happening (aka Calvin Johnson), as well as a B-side from the record, "Too Many Fiestas for Rueben". A lovely little origin story and a must have for indie rock geeks.

Crows
Silver Tongues

Its Crows! The debut Crows album is Silver Tongues, and it is arriving any day now. The Crows sound is fairly gnarly post-punk, with low vocals, grinding basslines and distorted riffs. Not quite stoner, but with a good dose of motorik momentum driving the tunes. Crows. Silver Tongues is released by Bailey Records.

Big Business
The Beast You Are

We don’t get much music catagorised as ‘heavy rock’ these days, it’s always labelled with a more specific sub-genre. Here we have an unashamedly heavy rock band in L.A.’s Big Business. The band are influenced by Melvins, Tad, Torche and High On Fire, so if any of those bands float your boat you best give ‘em a go. On Joyful Noise.

Crippled Black Phoenix
The Resurrectionists

It’s about ten years since Crippled Black Phoenix first released The Resurrectionists, and as such the time feels right for a reissue. They’ve got one via Invada. The album is a Gothic and magisterial listen. From a base sound not dissimilar to Low the band incorporate everything from industrial textures to ambient piano interludes. This latest edition of The Resurrectionists is remastered and comes with new artwork.

Crippled Black Phoenix
Night Raider

Crippled Black Phoenix, if you didn’t know, are a sort of doom-/post-rock supergroup that features members of Electric Wizard and Mogwai. They make huge-sounding LPs of ‘endtime ballads’ called things like I, Vigilante and Night Raider. The latter, which initially came out in 2011 but has now been remastered and reissued, is what we’re dealing with here. This is music to satisfy the doomsday prepper in all of us.

Amusement Parks On Fire
Road Eyes (Deluxe)

Amusement Parks on Fire: a post-rock band so good at doing shoegaze they got accused of ripping off Dino. Jr that one time. In actual fact they just know a good chord progression when it rings in their ear, so we can forgive them for that. Here's a deluxe reissue of Road Eyes for all who want to hear some of their stuff. Remember that time their old label V2 suggested they deprive themselves from sleep and food that one time? People are awful. They were on Invada for a while though, if that raises either one of your eyebrows.

Cage The Elephant
Social Cues

Cage The Elephant’s finest moment will always be the time when singer Matt Schultz guested on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. The image of him air-guitaring along with R.E.M.’s ‘Shiny Happy People’ - and the subsequent ribbing of him by Simon Amstell - will linger long in the Norman Records™ hive mind. That said, if you were going to make a ‘best of the rest’ list for Cage The Elephant then their fifth LP Social Cues would have a shot of being amongst it. This is canny art-blues in the Black Keys/Alabama Shakes vein. Der-ner dun-dun derr.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Field Medic
fade into the dawn

You ever listen to something and think, I bet this has a video shot on tape. That's what Kevin Sullivan aka Field Medic sounds like on his debut album proper fade into the dawn. Incredibly dreamy lo-fi indie folk that will leave you looking wistfully out a window. Woozy might not be a strong enough word for this one.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Headless Chickens
Body Blow

Headless Chickens were an anomaly in the Flying Nun stable, making pop, rap and hip-hop infused indie, mostly from electronic instruments, rather than the guitar guitar-led Dunedin Sound synonymous with the label. Body Blow was the band’s second album, originally released in 1991. Remaster on Flying Nun.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Evil Blizzard
VILEVILIVE

This live double album captures Evil Blizzard - the Preston band known for their four bassists and fondness for rubber masks - headlining Summer Rock Solstice Festival in 2018. The sound falls in various places between classic heavy metal and positively grizzy sludge - with the bass turned up to 11.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CANKLP004)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Elliott Smith
Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Twenty years on from its initial release, Elliott Smith’s much-beloved third album Either / Or receives an Expanded Edition reissue. As well as the original album in remastered form, this edition adds a disc of 1997 live recordings and as-yet-unreleased studio recordings. 

Porcupine Tree
Signify

First released in 1996, Signify is the fifteen-track record from long running prog/psych outfit Porcupine Tree. A genuinely mesmerising affair, the record gives everything an indie-rock album should give- a classic blend of solid guitar riffs and deep, well thought-out drum patterns that align with the records’ time-period.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ex Hex
It’s Real

Ex Hex are back with their second album , It’s Real. Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) is joined by Bat Fangs’ Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. It’s Real is the follow-up to 2014’s Rips and like its predecessor, will provide riffs and hooks galore, but this time they’ve used the studio to make their sound bigger, stretching beyond what they thought were their previous limits. One to look forward to for fans of unbridled guitar fun and tunesmithery. LP and CD on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Tepid Peppermint Wonderland Vol 1

Re-mastered for vinyl release, this 15 track compilation covers the years of 1995 up to 2004, and provides ‘key’ tracks from all the albums that fans have come to adore. The collection also includes live recordings and many unreleased tracks, stretching out its arms to both the listener of old and new. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band of Skulls
Love Is All You Love

It what seem like an unusual move for a traditional rock band, Band Of Skulls hired producer Richard X for their latest album Love Is All You Love. He has encouraged the band to experiment and add some electronic elements to their sound. It is still a rock album, but with an extra pop punch. Various LP and CD versions available, also available on cassette on So Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleep
The Sciences

Weed obsessed stoner rock legends Sleep release their first album since Dopesmoker on 4/20 as a nod to the code-term in cannabis culture and day of celebratory toking. 'The Sciences' feature six tracks of relentless, stoned and heavy psychedelic metal from chess master Al Cisneros also of Om, High on Fire axe wielder Matt Pike and Neurosis stickman Jason Roeder.

Housewives
Twilight Splendour

Housewives have made the classic move for their second album, moving from a guitar-dominated sound to a more electronic presentation. With this change has come an increased interest in What Technology Means These Days, which makes for some strong lyrical-sonic juxtapositions. Twilight Splendour is out on Blank Editions.

Silkworm
Italian Platinum

Silkworm split up in the mid-2000s but they left a decent back catalogue behind. The good folks at Touch & Go have decided it’s time to give Italian Platinum, their 8th album from 2002 another run out. The album was produced by Steve Albini and his girlfriend. The band are admired by many in the indie world including Stephen Malkmus, Jeff Tweedy and Gerard Cosloy of Matador Records. On Touch & Go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Swift
Dressed Up For The Letdown

Late singer/songwriter and producer Richard Swift probably wasn’t appreciated as much as his talent suggests he should have been in his lifetime. The closest he came to making it big was with his 2006 album, Dressed Up For The Letdown. It’s an album of great songs and nicely smudged mid-fi production. Reissue LP on Secretly Canadian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Holy Moly & the Crackers
Take A Bite

Holy Moly and the Crackers are 6-piece band from Newcastle. They unashamedly do their damnedest to make music that everybody will like. It’s easy-to-swallow mix of folk, blues and indie rock that has drawn comparisons to The Gossip, Arctic Monkeys, Gogol Bordello and the B52s. Take A Bite is their new album. LP and CD on Pink Lane Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beach Slang
Broken Thrills

Beach Slang have never released anything in Europe until now. Broken Thrills brings together their first two EPs, which were released stateside last year, as one album. This will appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem as Beach Slang bring a similar level of streetwise rock to the party. Broken Thrills is pressed on coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

The final album from a band who evolved from synth-pop into intricate, unbelievably delicate avant-jazz compostion. This reissue comes 26 years after the original release but the music hasn't aged a bit. 'Ascension Day' churns and whirrs whilst 'New Grass' tugs the heart strings just as strongly as before. Absolutely essential.

The Lemonheads
Varshons II

The Lemonheads first album since 2009 and it's......another covers album. This means that Evan Dando hasn't released one single original song since 2006. Still, the Lemonheads were kings of the cover version in their day and here take on the likes of Yo La Tengo, Bevis Frond, NRBQ, the Eagles, the Jayhawks and loads more.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gurr
She Says

It's the first music from Gurr since their riotous, award-winning debut from 2016, In My Head. Recorded at the UFO Studios in Berlin, the psychedelic and dream pop influences across the 7 tracks on She Says create a lush wall of sound around the themes of heady-highs and devastating lows. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ratso
Stubborn Heart

Ratso is a long-term fixture of New York’s music scene, and has written the memoirs of some big stars, including Anthony Kiedis. Now he is flipping the tables and, aged seventy, is releasing his own album for the first time. Stubborn Heart features one Dylan cover and eight original songs, some of them co-written with John Cale, with musical assistance offered by Sharon Robinson, Warren Ellis and Nick Cave. Quite the line-up for a writer’s album!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pozi
PZ1

Pozi are a London trio formed of violin, bass and drums. On their debut PZ1 released on PRAH Recordings, they channel their emotions into their voices and their instruments, making for a ramshackle post-punk din. Their press release compares them to both Sleaford Mods and IDLES which at this point is probably a bit of a no-no. 

Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

Remind Me Tomorrow is the first album in four years by Sharon Van Etten. Despite not making any solo albums in that time she’s been rather busy having a baby, gaining psychology qualifications, working with David Lynch and writing a score for the movie, Strange Weather. All this action has lead to her making a more upbeat album. Produced and arranged by John Congleton. LP or CD on Jagjaguwar.

The Pale Fountains
Something On My Mind

The Pale Fountains were of course the band formed at the beginning end of the long career of Mick Head (Shack/Michael Head and the Strands). They produced two fantastic albums in Pacific Street and Across the Kitchen Table but this anthology concentrates on rounding up their early singles and unreleased material adding in a few live tracks. They also throw a bonus live CD into the bargain.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Razorlight
Up All Night

Back in 2004, Razorlight were the hot new things on the block, cooler, edgier and more rock ‘n’ roll than contemporaries The Kooks, for example. Up All Night, their debut album, came flying out of the traps with its high energy indie-cum-punk that ostensibly took its influences from The Strokes and Television. 180g vinyl reissue on Mercury.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mogwai
Party In The Dark

Hurling melodic post-punk together with space-rock expansiveness, Party In The Dark is the second track to be lifted from Mogwai’s forthcoming album ‘Every Country’s Sun’. The 7” is backed with ‘Eternal Panther’, a new track exclusive to this single release. The band recently played a successful surprise show at Primavera Sound. On Rock Action.

The Sundowners
Ancient Cares / Pig Pen Blues, Stinkeye

The Sundowners are, allegedly, an open project for artists on the Drag City and Sea Note labels. The labels are certainly not giving anything away, but the rumours are that Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and Movietone have been involved at some point, and to be fair judging by previous releases, they do sound that way. The new single is Ancient Cares / Pig Pen Blues, Stinkeye. 7” on Sea Note.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sparrow Steeple
Tin Top Sorcerer

Charmingly shambolic garage rock set in the world of fantasy? It happens! Tin Top Sorcerer is a project from Sparrow Steeple, who are three of the members of Strapping Fieldhands. It takes the sinister and psychedelic that lies at the heart of all fairy tales and transfigures it (like a wizard!!) into something you can move your body to.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Swift
Ground Trouble Jaw / Walt Wolfman

The wonderfully voiced and sadly late Richard Swift first released Ground Trouble Jaw as a digital EP in 2008. Secretly Canadian are here to give it the vinyl treatment at least, aligning it with 2011’s Walt Wolfman EP for good measure. Both EPs represent Swift’s warmth and humour, kind voice and charming mixtures of indie, doo wop and R&B.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JAWS
The Ceiling

Jaws are back with album number three, The Ceiling. The Birmingham dream pop band get lumped in with the Digbeth B-Town scene - a scene that supposedly revolves around The Twang, Swim Deep and Peace, although they deny existence of such a scene. The band are popular with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. LP and CD on JAWS.

The Fall
The Wonderful And Frightening Escape Route To The Fall

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route of The Fall gathered together two singles and an EP, and was first released in 1984. The last Fall album with a double drummer line-up by the way. This LP reissue is freshly remastered.
  • Vinyl LP (BBQLP2133)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Sonny & The Sunsets
Hairdressers From Heaven

Sonny Smith of Sonny & The Sunsets has set up a label called Rocks In Your Head to showcase some of the best bands in San Francisco that don’t seem to be getting a look-in elsewhere. The label’s first release is by Sonny & The Sunsets themselves and is called Hairdressers From Heaven. They have a kinda punk-ish sound, influenced by ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, and a whole lot of cool stuff that came after. Jonathan Richman would be a sensible reference point. LP and CD on Rocks In Your Head.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Zefur Wolves
Truth Is In The Stars

Consisting of Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) and Estelle Ios (Baby Queens), indie meets soul on Zefur Wolves’ sophomore album Truth Is In The Stars. Although it’s also available on CD, that eye-catching artwork will definitely look much more impressive rendered in glorious 12 inches by 12 inches.

The Saxophones
Singing Desperately Suite

When their recent album, Songs Of The Saxophones was in the can, The Saxophones, Alex Erenkov and Alison Alderdice, kept hold of the musicians that helped them to record some more songs. Singing Desperately Suite is the result. It recalls the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim and the recent output of Low. 4-track 7” EP on Full Time Hobby.
  • Vinyl 7" (FTH334S)
  • £5.99 £5.39 (saving: £0.60)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Ty Segall & The Freedom Band
Deforming Lobes

It’s rare that there’s a time without a new Ty Segall studio album either newly released or on the horizon. Just to make sure you don’t forget he exists there’s Deforming Lobes, a live album recorded live to tape in LA by Steve Albini. He’s backed by The Freedom Band who’ve been his musical unit of choice since 2016. LP, CD and Cassette on Drag City.

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