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Pere Ubu
The Art of Walking

This album was originally released in 1980. Twenty years later, it still sounds contemporary and intriguing. The closest comparison I can draw are recordings of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band in the early 1980s. . There is only one terrifically annoying tune best avoided here, "Los...view item »

Still House Plants
Long Play

Long Play is the debut long player from extremely Cafe Oto/Wire Magazine band Still House Plants. The Glasgow trio's interest is in riding the line between art and music, leading to an incredibly liberated experimental approach to song writing. Expect wildly varying song lengths, rawness, violins and artful...view item »

Talking Heads
Speaking in Tongues

If Fear of Music showed Talking Heads consolidating and perfecting the quirky, innovative sound of their initial phase, Speaking in Tongues is where they completely incorporated the world beat and funk explorations of Remain in Light and made them their own. This was the group's warmest and most exuberant disc since More Songs about Buildings an...view item »

D.U.D.S.
Immediate

Has a record ever been a co-release between three labels before? Well LP on Red Wig / Opal Tapes / Et Mon Cul C'est Du Tofu? are all involved in putting this out but it's the involvement of Opal Tapes that is the headline here. The North East England label usually specialises in the sort of esoteric electronica and techno Ant writes about b...view item »

ESG
Moody EP

If you don't know ESG then you must have been hiding under a rock somewhere. The Scroggins sisters a.k.a. Emerald, Sapphire & Gold were an art-funk ensemble from the South Bronx who provided poly-rhythmic dancefloor bombs in the 1980's and then found themselves sampled by everyone from the Beastie Boys, ...view item »

The Birthday Party
Live 81-82

Historic all-boy group The Birthday Party’s only band-approved live album is back on vinyl this week. Yes, here’s ‘Live 81-82’, an album cobbled together from a London date in 1981 and a German date in ‘82 plus a night in Athens where they covered The St...view item »

A Certain Ratio
Force

Factory records signing A Certain Ratio have teamed up with Mute for a series of reissues and special releases. Here we have the reissue of their 1986 album Force which is such a defining record in their catalogue of leftfield post punk and disco inspired sou...view item »

Indifferent Dance Centre
Flight & Pursuit

The second release on Outer Reaches is a rare nugget of ‘80s post-punk. Indifferent Dance Centre put out one record, 1981 single Flight & Pursuit...view item »

Pere Ubu
Final Solution

Reissue of the second and arguably best single by Pere Ubu. Controversially titled, Final Solution was informed by the bleakness of the band’s hometown, Cleveland, Ohio in the mid-seventies. It’s a prime slab of noisy, American punk rock and pretty essential to any record collection. Limited to 1000 copies, 7" on Fir...view item »

The Callas with Lee Ranaldo
Trouble and Desire

The Callas are a post-punk band from Greece who are one part of an arty, multi-media factory. Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo felt compelled to work with them after being drawn into their whole thing. Trouble And Desire is their first album together, however they have previously worked on a soun...view item »

Donny McCaslin
Blow.

First album from veteran saxophonist Donny McCaslin since he helped define the sound of David Bowie's final album, Blackstar. On Blow McCaslin enjoys the liberation he learned from Bowie, drawing on everything from 90s hip-hop to contemporary electronic ...view item »

48 Chairs
70% Paranoid

Described as one of Manchester's best kept secrets, this was an album of the bringing together of free jazz honker Lol Coxhill and synth wannabees Gerry and the Holograms.  Originally made in 1981,  the album bridges electronic jazz and punk jazz with vocals supplied by punk one-timer Fran Kershne...view item »

Blondie
Heart Of Glass EP

Blondie’s origins are in New York’s lower east side punk scene - CBGBs and all that, but they also made a huge impression in the world of pop too. Heart Of Glass was the monster hit that transformed their fortunes. Here we have 6 versions of the track packaged with an essay detailing the song’s history and new ...view item »

Colored Music
Colored Music

Japanese duo, Colored Music’s 1981 debut is for fans of weird and obscure music. Their sound is utterly their own, however, if you imagine David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy spliced with the work of Japanese electronic pioneer Haruomi Hosono, it may give you an insight into their world of ...view item »

Talking Heads
77

This is a great reissue of a essential album by the incredible Talking Heads. The album kicks off with the great "Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town" which is catchy fun and great. This high energy is kept up through the entire album. Other highlights include the great classic Talking Heads song "Psycho Killer" which is still as great and when it was fir...view item »

Talking Heads
Remain In light

Every so often, an album comes out that sounds like nothing else. “Remain In Light” is one such album – from a completely different planet. The African rhythms and electronic bleeps of “Born Under Punches” together with David Byrne’s urgently exclaimed lyrics, “Take a look at these hands!”, for exa...view item »

Various
Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-81

They love a compilation down at Cherry Red Records. The label’s latest box-set is Harmony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-1981. As you might have guessed...view item »

Wingtip Sloat
Purge & Swell / The Lost Decade

Who remembers Wingtip Sloat from the 90s? Well I certainly do. Their slash and burn, lop sided lo-fi sat somewhere in the minefield between Pavement and Truman's Water making them regulars on the John Peel show. Well, now they are back with not only a brand new album but a 31 track bonus disc of...view item »

Chandra
Transportation EPs

Not to be cynical, but I suppose one of the perks of being the child of a world famous conceptual artist is a show at CBGB when you're 12. Despite that, Chandra's 1980 Transportation EP still sounds pretty sharp, lying within the perfect New York storm of post-punk/no-wave/disco. This release also comes with a second EP tha...view item »

The Passengers
Queen Of Weird / Danger Zone

The Passengers hail from Brussels and in 1978 in their early 20s played a pop-oriented version of New York punk. Taking their cues from The Velvet Underground, Richard Hell, Television, and Talking Heads with the a hefty dose of ...view item »

The Passengers
All Through The Night / New Life

The Passengers injected pop sensibilities into the Belgian punk/new wave scene of the late ‘70s. They took all that was good from band’s who would frequent New York’s CBGBs and The Velvet Underground to make their music. They later evolved into Factory Records ba...view item »

SWANS
Die Tür Ist Zu

Lovely double-LP reissue of Swans’ 1996 EP Die Tür Ist Zu here by Mute. This release takes material from their towering Soundtracks For The Blind and translates it into German, while also including tracks unique to DTIZ. It finds them at their most alarming, fearso...view item »

Eno
Here Come The Warm Jets

Here Come the Warm Jets was Brian Eno's debut solo album, credited under the name Eno it marked a continuation from the glam/art rock of Roxy Music but with a much more experimental bent. Tracks like the storming opener Needles in a Camel's Eye and Baby's On Fire anticipate the forward thinking art rock...view item »

Capital Punishment
Roadkill

Capital Punishment were a teenage band who formed in New York City in 1979. They took their influences from Throbbing Gristle, Brian Eno, Chrome and Cabaret Voltaire. Roadkill was their only album and was self-released. The interesting thing about them is their ...view item »

EP-4
Lingua Franca-1

Kyoto sextet EP-4 first released this bizarre no-wave mutant funk album, rich with cheese-bass, drawled vocals and fab percussion, in 1983. WRWTFWW Records thinks you should hear it again in 2018 and it’s good advice. The pace tends to be quite slow and groovy, but speeds up a bit on the B side. Style ranges from grinning ...view item »

Sneers
Heaven Will Rescue Us, We’re the Scum, We’re in the Sun

Sinister goth-psych duo Sneers are at it again with their voluptuous, pensive titles, energetic vocal catharsis and religious imagery. On their third outing here, they’re joined by Kristof Hahn of Swans ...view item »

Japan
Gentlemen Take Polaroids

David Sylvian fronted new wave synth-pop outfit Japan’s fourth studio album Gentlemen Take Polaroids was originally released on Virgin in 1980, and was their first album with the label. This half-speed mastered reissue is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM...view item »

Japan
Tin Drum

David Sylvian fronted arty-odd-synth-pop-new-wavers Japan originally released their fifth and final album Tin Drum in 1981 through Virgin. This half-speed mastered edition is available as a single LP as per the original, or a 2LP edition cut at 45 RPM for a better noise floor. Includes the singles G...view item »

The Birthday Party
Junkyard

Well it’s good to see this back on vinyl! This deluxe reissue not only has the entire LP but also a bonus 7” and a CD with all the tracks from both records. Nice! It probably doesn’t need a lot of introducing but I’ll jump at an opportunity to say some nice things ...view item »

Guerilla Toss
Twisted Crystal

Weeee’re not gonna take it! No, we ain’t gonna take it! We’re not gonna take it! Any… ... Whoops, might have misread the title of this one. Twisted CRYSTAL is Boston disco-rockers Guerilla Toss’s third LP for DFA...view item »

Noseholes
Danger Dance

On Harbinger Sound (Sleaford Mods etc), Noseholes (yup we all have two of them) make a kind of rackety no-wave and post-punk that it sure to blow any cobwebs away. Comparisons have been made to bands like Bush Tetras and Shopping and so this distinctly lop sided tangle of g...view item »

Drahla
Twelve Divisions of The Day

Oooph! Well, well, well. Wakefield's finest post-punkers have reached the rarified air at Captured Tracks Brooklyn, NY HQ and not only that the fine label has decided to release a 7" by the band who more likely than not are going to be pretty big especially now that Robert Smith has invited them to play his Meltdown. ...view item »

Devo
Total Devo

Total Devo was originally released in 1988 and universally panned by critics. Devo were playing a joke, however, but their mocking of the state of pop music only backfired. As time has passed, it has become a more common belief that Total Devo was just completely misunderstood. Time for reappraisal, then, This is a super-limited...view item »

John Cale
Vintage Violence

"Vintage Violence" is John Cale's debut solo album following his departure from the Velvet Underground. John Cale has suggested that he is finding his feet and that the cover, which shows a picture of Cale with his face obscured by a mask, suggests that you can't yet see hi...view item »

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Re-ac-tor

This is where it all began. Not Neil Young’s whole career, obviously, but the period of it where Young and his then-label Geffen started their legendary beef. Kicking off with 1981’s Re·ac·tor and lasting for most of the subsequent decade, Geffen were tearing their hair out at ...view item »

SWANS
Soundtracks For The Blind

Soundtracks For The Blind was the final Swans album before their break up in 1996 and when the band reformed in 2010 this was the one Michael Gira referred to in order to push the band forward. Already a sprawling varied epic of an album, this reissue has been expanded to include the rare German languag...view item »

Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins
All Sorts Of Heroes

Pressed for the first time on vinyl this is a lost experiment by legendary Factory producer Martin Hannett and Invisible Girls Steve Hopkins.  Initially soundtracking a short film which never saw the light of day this is a bass heavy piece of cartoon funk/disco which draws parallels with Hannett's work with ESG. Also we are...view item »

Sparks
Exotic Creatures Of The Deep

The Sparks success is measured through their cult following and critical acclaim rather than commercial chart success. Their 2008 album Exotic Creatures Of The Deep is their most commercially successful album, however, although it still never broke into the Top 50. Now it is available on vinyl for...view item »

Pere Ubu
Raygun Suitcase

After three albums that flirted with pop for major label, Fontana, Pere Ubu returned to the comfort of an indie label and the darker, more avant-garde sound of their origins for 1995’s Raygun Suitcase. The album received a mixed critical response but was well thought of by Rolling Stone magazine, and they tend to know thei...view item »

Pere Ubu
Cloudland

Prior to Cloudland being released in 1989, Pere Ubu had been silent for seven years. In the intervening years the band’s only constant member, the ‘out-there’ vocalist David Thomas, had kept his hand in by releasing a solo album. Cloudland was a critical success and contained the single Waiting...view item »

Alan Vega
Alan Vega

As one half of electro-punk pioneers Suicide, Alan Vega deconstructed punk and was central to the birth of post-punk, new wave and most that followed. On the side he worked on his solo efforts, focusing more on rock and roll and rockabilly, stripping it and pulling it apart. Not re-pressed since the 1980s, comes...view item »

Martini Ranch
Holy Cow

Here’s one that might be news to you. As a tribute to the passing of Bill Paxton Futurismo have unearthed his avant-synth-pop project Martini Ranch, from 1986-1988 he worked with Andrew Todd, and also featured members of The B52’s and Devo. The reiss...view item »

Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings And Food

This is the second Talking Heads record and the first with Brian Eno on board. On this album the rhythm section is brought to the fore and points towards the more dance-able Talking Heads of the near future which can be found on record...view item »

SWANS
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Swans’ seventh studio album, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, is considered to mark the start of the group’s second stage. Here their uncompromising and abrasive post-punk music became uncompromising and abrasive post-punk music with complex arrangements and diverse instrumentation. This essen...view item »

SWANS
Love of Life

Mute records continue their killer Swans reissue series with 1992’s Love of Life. Not only has the record been out of print for a really long time, but now you can get it with remastered sound, poster, download code and 18 bonus tracks with the digital download. This album was when Michael...view item »

The Necessaries
Event Horizon

A total rarity for over 35 years, even many Arthur Russell fans don't know about his involvement in this post punk band. He not only plays keyboard, cello and but contributed half the songs and sung in his unique style.  This is taut and muscular new wave though Russell's contributions sit weirdly at odds with the breezily ...view item »

The Jellies
Jive Baby On A Saturday Night

If this record was any cooler you might have to put on some mittens to pick it up and put it on your turntable. I'm not talking a dog in Ray Bans cool, I mean glacial cool. It could probably get into any ultra hip New york night club, where after a few lines of Colombian Devils Dandruff it could be seen draped over a Bolivian supermodel, talking...view item »

Bodega
Endless Scroll

What’s Your Rupture? have already released records by Parquet Courts. Their latest release is a debut LP from an urbane bunch of Brooklynites named Bodega. It was produced by ...view item »

Carol
Breakdown / So Low

Weyrd Son reissue some long lost 80s no-wave synth experimentation on vinyl 7”. Breakdown and Low by Carol were first released in 1982 and are both blissfully slow and atmospheric cold wave classics. The synthesizers are cheap, the drum machines are always distorted and th...view item »

Sparks
The Best & The Rest Of The Island Years 74-78

Although they've intermittently done brilliant stuff over the years (and continue to do so), the golden era for Sparks was probably the 1974-1978 era when they were signed to Island. This included great albums such as Kimono My House and Propaganda. This collection comprises the 'best' bits and on LP2 you ...view item »

Aggi Doom
Bring Me The Head

Aggi Doom are a girl from Remember Remember and The Royal We and a girl from Divorce, which I'm ...view item »

Drahla
Third Article

One sided 12" on Blank Ad, so...every track is an A side. Produced by MJ of Hookworms fame at the newly resurrected Suburban Home in Leeds, this is proper ace post-punk from a very promising outfit. Big time echoes of Sonic Youth with the noisy/melodic guitar work and Kim Gordon-esque spoken wor...view item »

Various / I.B.M
Reflection Series #3

Jamal Moss, the human being behind the Hieroglyphic Being, applies his special techno technique to three tunes by Public Image Limited, Kissing The Pink and Bigod 20. Perhaps not what you might expect Jamal to be delving into, but of course he t...view item »

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...view item »

The Names
Swimming

The sound is classic Hannett: sharp and crisp, drums and bass high in the mix, with treated guitar and washes of synths pushed out to the edges, creating an atmospheric, hypnotic swell. Most songs feature catchy but understated hooks, and the various sounds/tones employed suit the melodies perfectly, resulting in lush, colourful textures. Songs ...view item »

Glenn Branca
Lesson No.1

Well this is a welcome development. Superior Viaduct have reissued the 1980 debut solo album by everyone's favourite no-wave curmudgeon Glenn Branca, and as a special bonus they've included a second one-sided 12" of 'Bad Smells', originally commissioned as a dance piece in 1982 and featuring the talents of a certain ...view item »

Nouvelle Vague
Bande A Part

Now I have the much talked about album by Nouvelle Vague called Bande a Part. Apparently they sold 200,000 copies of their last album which if they sold them for a pound each would have made £200,000 .. a lot of cash no!. Anyway the thing is they record famous punk and rock tunes and make them all loungy and delicate. They also ...view item »

Talking Heads
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads

Talking Heads are no usual '80s band -- David Byrne, with the assistance of Brian Eno, would unleash some of the most sonically rich and diverse music ever recorded. 'The Name of this Band is Talking Heads' gives us some glimpse into the majesty of their music with very different but intensely entertaining live versions of their cherished s...view item »

Suburban Lawns
Suburban Lawns

Cult favourite Suburban Lawns have their 1980 debut album reissued by Futurismo. Suburban Lawns is a wonderful thing, a tight, rubbery, bouncing example of an underground new wave / post-punk group in their creative prime. Available as a CD, or as Green Sprinkler or Silver Flying Saucer coloured 180g vinyl....view item »

Mamitri Yulith Empress Yonagunisan
Yulith Lilith

‘Dizzying no wave psych’ only begins to describe what you’re in for on the new double album Yulith Lilith from Japanese mouthful Mamitri Yulith Empress Yonagunisan. There’s also post-punk, garage and plenty of improv… it’s a bit of everything of this ilk, with jangly guitars, underst...view item »

Alan Vega & A.R.E. Weapons
See Tha Light / War

The ever-amusing ARE Weapons have finally gone and achieved what seemed to be the purpose of their existance by recording with Alan Vega on this single sided 12" from Blast First Petite. In fairness they've provided him with a decent track to groan his graveyard Elvisisms all over on 'See Tha Light'; a slow beat, sci-fi effects and chimey, tre...view item »

Guerilla Toss
Flood Dosed

Originally released in 2015 on cassette and digital formats only, now DFA revisit Flood Dosed for a vinyl edition with a bonus track for extra spice. Noisy art rock performed with feverish aplomb, fragmented glitched out guitar licks and synth bloops create a schizophrenic kraut groove with a Sonic Youth tonal disregard...view item »

Pill
The Dull Tools Tapes

Dull Tools, the label run by Parquet Courts's resident dilettante Andrew Savage, tends towards deceptively complex and subversive art-punk. Pill...view item »

The Exorcist GBG
The Exorcist GBG

Not, in actual fact, the soundtrack to the classic horror, but a Swedish trio. Exorcist GBG play a giallo-tinged kind of techno. And they are a real band too, using bass guitar, drums and synths to make floor-fillers, though they are floor-fillers with a bit of a psych-rock flair. Self-titled debut LP on Hoga Nord....view item »

Victrola
Maritime Tatami

Whoever is acquainted with the history of new wave scene cannot but admit that there appeared to be enjoyed a very glorious period for electronic music. Among the best and most acclaimed names in Europe, some Italian artists emerged in the early 80s. Victrola is a duo from Messina and, unfortunately, &ldq...view item »

Bush Tetras
Take The Fall

New York post punk four-piece Bush Tetras are back, a full 38 years after their classic debut single Too Many Creeps. They haven’t been the most prolific of bands, with new album Take The Fall being only their fourth in all that time. The 2018 incarnation of the band sees original bass player Laura Kennedy replaced by Val ...view item »

Pere Ubu
Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991

This is the third and final vinyl boxset compiling remastered editions of the Cleveland veterans’ earlier albums. 1988’s The Tenement Year is a particularly solid set of tunes, less spiky and more reflectively mature than earlier work, boasting the clever yet heart-wrenching We Have the Technology. Follow-up Cloudland moves even more...view item »

Camberwell Now
The EP Collection

Ocean-inspired weirdery from London's Charles Hayward (The Heat) and an ensemble of friends, including a former BBC sound engineer and a ukulele player. Compiled from a selection of EPs originally released in the late 1980s, this vinyl is just one of The Heat / Camberwell Now's quirky recordings to enjoy a reissue on Modern Classics this year....view item »

No Babies
Someone To Watch Over Me

Oakland, California’s post-punk no-wavers No Babies just want what we all want - someone to watch over us. And, uh, no babies? Doubtless spoilt for choice of lyrical content with recent political and social developments of their US base of operations, the group are channelling fury and friendship just as effectively as on ...view item »

Your Food
Poke It With a Stick

Fascinating. Here is a re-issue of these Louisville legends who once blew the mind of the then 11 year old Britt Walford (Slint). They were a crazed raggle- taggle collective sonically out of kilter with the then thriving hardcore scene with songs that referenced ESG and Bush Tetras. They didn't...view item »

The Raincoats
Odyshape

At first I didn't like this Raincoats album as much as their first one. The songs were so ethereal, insubstantial. Later I came to love it for just those same reasons. The music wraps around you, beautiful and airy, and pulls you along with it. You'll find yourself crying and rejoicing with these songs, and not because of the profound lyrics. Th...view item »

Thiago Nassif
Três

After co-producing Arto Lindsay’s 2017 LP Cuidado Madame, Lindsay returns the favour for Brazilian bandleader Thiago Nassif’s latest album. While Tres is an album that works with many of the best-known Brazilian musical styles - samba, funk and tropicalia to name but three - it is t...view item »

The Jazz Butcher
The Violent Years

The Jazz Butcher were formed in 1982 by Pat Fish. After making four albums for the Glass label, they signed to Creation, which is where The Violent Years begins. The 4 CD set, presented in a 20-page hardback book, collects together their first four albums for Creation: Fishcotheque, Big Planet, Scarey (sic) Planet, Cult of the B...view item »

Intense Molecular Activity
I.M.A.

I.M.A. were a pair of New York sound industry people back in the early 80’s: their jobs gave them access to some interesting studio spaces out of hours, which they utilised to record their own versions of the sounds they loved. Synths and percussion were performed, recorded, and then bounced...view item »

Pill
Live at Third Man Records

Brooklyn punks Pill come through with one of the most unusual and thrilling releases in the Live At Third Man Records 7” series. The live setting makes the band’s already-frenzied no wave by turns more no-ey and more wave-y. ‘Afraid of the Mirror’, for instance, pits garbled vox and sax against a...view item »

The Wibbley Brothers
Go Weird

One of the most bizarre Record Store Day releases comes from 1982 era Bonzo's meets Half Man Half Biscuit lunatics The Wibbley Brothers. Comprising of brothers Terry and Ronnie Wibbley and having done nothing in the subsequent 33 years it comes as no surprise that 'Go Weird' is as out there as a fish on flexidisc. Madcap '80's mayhem. This is wh...view item »

Trisomie 21
Chapter IV

When Trisomie 21’s Chapter IV, Le Je-ne-sais quoi et le presque-rien dropped in the mid-80s, it was very much ahead of its time, especially for the French post-punk scene. While now it just sounds of its time, that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of reissue, in this case via Dark Entries...view item »

Liars
Pro Anti Anti

Liars’ recent album ‘Mess’ polarised opinions in our generally Liars-sympathetic office, with certain members of our number being put off by the stomping Laibach/Rammstein-ish industrial electro-rock sheen that represents their latest incarnation. I’m not too f...view item »

Various
Ghosts Of Christmas Past

Who doesn’t love a good old alternative Christmas album? Les Disques du Crepuscule’s one Ghosts Of Christmas Past was first released in 1981, and has been updated in 1982 and also 2015. This version features old mate...view item »

The Glove
Blue Sunshine

Ok, for those of you who don't know, this record, made in 1983, was the one-off side project for Steve Severin (The Banshees) and Robert Smith (the Cure), operating under the moniker The Glove. The lead singer on most of Blue Sunshine's tracks was an obscure lady called Jeanette Landray. Robert Smith has called thi...view item »

The Apartments
The Evening Visits and Stays for Years (Expanded Edition)

The Apartments main man, Peter Milton Walsh made a big noise in the Brisbane alternative music scene of the late seventies and early eighties. So much so that none other than Grant McLennan and Robert Forster from fellow Brisbanites The Go Betweens asked him to join their band. He did, but not for long. They wer...view item »

The Soft Moon
Criminal

Luis Vasquez is angry. His latest album as The Soft Moon is Criminal, named for those that have hurt him, including himself. The songs are an aptly furious mixture of krautrock grooves, indie rock melodies, all lathered in so much distortion that this record could only come from Sacred Bones. Av...view item »

Roxy Music
Roxy Music

Roxy Music’s game-changing eponymous debut from 1972 has been given some fancy reissue treatment. A 3 CD and DVD set featuring tons of outtakes, demos, rare stuff, a 136 page booklet and 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson is the version people want to get their hands on. It has been p...view item »

Ted Milton / Blurt
Ruminant Violence

Optimo Music here give a proper dancefloor context to an underappreciated weirdo gem by Ted Milton from 1984: the cult joy of Love Like A Violence. This reissue places the track in a DJ-friendly 12” context, along with its original B-side (‘It’s Only Recently That Stalins Have Begun To Roost’) an...view item »

The Brotherhood of Lizards
Lizardland

Been waiting a long time for this to be re-issued. This is the short lived 'other' band of the Cleaners From Venus main man Martin Newell but there's not all that much difference in the sound. It still has that perfect '80s update of classic '60s pop and the sort of melodies that other bands would kill for. Once again it was ign...view item »

Eaters
Eaters

As a self-titled 2014 full-length from Eaters, this ten-track release is a beautifully crafted example of daring art-rock. As a band with one foot in contemporary art projects, and the other dedicated live music shows (such as Moogfest), the group manage to tie the two journeys together - forming a rich and colourful u...view item »

Wire
Red Barked Tree

This is an unusual move from one of the UK's most enduring alternative units. Gone are much of the angular, aggressive walls of searing confrontational guitar; in place is an atmospheric return to their mid-80s psychedelic pop pastures (albeit with much fuller production!) As with a band of this pedigree, you're not gonna feel too cheated as a m...view item »

Sparks
Propaganda

Since adding a portable CD player to my kitchen I've needed some interesting upbeat music to listen to whilst doing the dishes. First on my list was Sparks Propaganda  - an absolutely incredible album which showcases the band at their pomp. Almost as good as Kimono My House I reckon. This catches ...view item »

Sparks
Indiscreet

Indiscreet was the fifth album by the wonderfully weird duo Sparks. It was originally released in 1975 as the follow-up to Propaganda and produced by none other than Tony Visconti. Whilst it didn’t meet the commercial heights of Propaganda, or Kimono My House, which was arguably their best-known work, it w...view item »

Normil Hawaiians
More Wealth Than Money

From 1982, here is Normil Hawaiians’ remarkable double debut album More Wealth Than Money, an experimental post-punk epic that utilised tape loops, strange echoes and kosmischey psych to create four sides-worth of unique sonic space. Never properly released in the UK at the time, now we can relish this great work ...view item »

A Certain Ratio
The Graveyard and The Ballroom

The Graveyard and the Ballroom was the very first album released by A Certain Ratio. It was recorded by legendary producer Martin Hannett and shows the band in their beginning stages, starting to perfect the danceable post-punk that yielded true rewards on their follow up opus To Each. Re-issue on Mute. ...view item »

Liars
TFCF

Liars are back. After a three year absence the off-kilter group return with a new footprint in their skewed journey in dark experimental lands. This time, with eleven-track TFCF, the band couple their line up upheaval with a revolutionised sound - one which smears the line between acoustic and electronic....view item »

Drab Majesty
Careless

Drab Majesty is the solo project of Deb Demure, who you may have seen drumming with the band Marriages. On Careless he jams the sounds feelings of his 1980’s LA childhood into Depeche Mode-esque dark synth-pop. The vinyl is a fetching shade of black, pressed in a ...view item »

Wire
Nocturnal Koreans

After finishing their self-titled 2015 album, post-punk unit Wire discovered they had material that didn’t fit that album’s themes. So, we get Nocturnal Koreans, a compilation of album offcuts that are as jagged and powerful as anything the band have recorded. The freedom of releasing music outside&n...view item »

SWANS
The Glowing Man

The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all...view item »

Sauna Youth
Distractions

Originating from Brighton, Sauna Youth are everything a post punk band should be: impossible to categorise, totally wild live performers with a sound that is contradictorily harmonious and brutal at the same time. ‘Distractions’ consists of 14 instinctive songs about desire, carried by a sound that is both superhuman and super weird....view item »

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