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Talking Heads
77

Not the title of a late period Adele record but the debut album from fidgety New Yorkers Talking Heads. It introduced the world to their distinctive strum 'n' yelp sound coming across as something like the Modern Lovers on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Contains their early hit Psycho Killer famously parodied in the Fools 'hilarious' Psycho Chicken.  
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New Order
Everything's Gone Green

One of them there old New Order EPs gets a reissue. 1981’s Everything’s Gone Green is one of the most important early works in the band’s discography. The last thing they did with famed producer Martin Hannett at the controls, this trio of tunes are synthetic post-punk par excellence. Now they’re getting remastered and reissued.
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The Birthday Party
Junkyard

The sleeve always looks to me like the contents of Nick Cave's brain around the era of 1982. This was the final album by his art rock scuzz collective the Birthday Party and sees them sorta trying to weld the Stooges and Captain Beefheart together whilst taking copious amounts of drugs. A brutal and skewed album which was way ahead of its time in producing uncompromising sludge and primal racket.    
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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 Gira’s group started to use pop and rock elements, but it’s still nasty, abrasive and brilliant.

Aktionskunst Gerasdorf
Radikalkur EP

Produced in the Eighties by the short-lived act Aktionskunst Gerasdorf and lying dormant for decades, this bonkers EP Radikalkur seems to collide early American techno with cool European vibes. The beautiful vocals from Melanie Delval add texture and feeling to the pulsating drum machines and mechanical rhythms. 

XTC
English Settlement

English Settlement was the moment when XTC decided to do what every band should do at some point in their lifetime  - make the sprawling over-indulged double album. Yet it was this freedom that enabled the band to play in different styles other than their hitherto seen arty agit pop. It marked a move towards the the eccentric and pastoral music they would subsequently mine over the rest of their career and it spawned a top 10 hit in Senses Working Overtime. It might take you a week to get through it but it will be worth it.   
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Glenn Branca
Lesson No.1


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Talking Heads
Speaking in Tongues

None more jittery New Yorkers Talking Heads had already released four well regarded studio albums before they embarked on Speaking in Tongues. Though 1980's innovative Remain in Light had spawned the mega hit Once in a Lifetime, Speaking in Tongues was their true commercial breakthrough blending their arty beginnings with an increasingly danceable sound and giving them a top ten hit with Burning Down the House.
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The Hecks
My Star

Chicago group The Hecks are back on Trouble In Mind (Ultimate Painting, Omni) for their third LP My Star. The band have expanded to a four-piece for this record, a move that gives them greater control over their helter-skelter indie-rock sound. As such, My Star contains some of the tautest, peppiest work yet - tracks like ‘So 4 Real’ are the sort of jerky post-punk we heard a lot of in the years after Is This It. Frankly, here at Chateau Norman it’s a sound we could roll with all day and all night.
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Big Supermarket
1800

Elusive Australian group Big Supermarket get their 1800 LP released outside of Oz for the first time courtesy of Tough Love (TOY, Ulrika Spacek). This is an unusual and likeable lo-fi post-punk record. The tracks on 1800 often feature the tick-tock grooves of early Parquet Courts, but there is a zaniness to the instrumentation and vocal performances that recalls Ween and Uranium Club.
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Bush Tetras
There Is A Hum

More new music from no wave legends Bush Tetras comes in the form of 7” single, There’s A Hum, on Third Man Records. It follows the release of 2018’s Take The Fall EP (Wharf Cat) which was their first new material in more than a decade. Bush Tetras are now made up from original members, Cynthia Sley, Dee Pop, and Pat Place with Val Opielski on bass replacing Laura Kennedy who sadly died in 2011. 

The Raincoats
Odyshape

Odyshape was the second LP from post-punk legends the Raincoats and it really is odd shaped music they made. It's the sound of music plunging headlong into previous unseen areas and at times can be a challenging listen but with moments of pure inspiration such as opener Shouting Out Loud. It was notable for featuring a host of drummers following on from a Spinal Tap-esque drummer crisis. When those drummers were of the calibre of the likes of Robert Wyatt and Charles Hayward then it seems to have been a blessing. Marble vinyl edition remastered from the original tapes.    
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The Raincoats
The Raincoats (40th Anniversary Edition)

Luckily for record labels everywhere, a lot of good music was released in 1979 so we have plenty of 40th Anniversary re-issues to look forward to this year. The latest is the debut LP from the Raincoats, their spindly surprisingly tuneful art-rock influenced generations of future legends such as Kurt Cobain and Kim Gordon and is now available on marble vinyl, re-mastered from the original tapes with limited edition prints from founding members Gina Birch and Ana Da Silva.  
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!!! (chk chk chk)
Wallop

Like Hot Chip or Har Mar Superstar, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are one of those acts that everyone likes. They’re funky, fun and cool in a dorky kind of way. They’re the act that you and all your pals can agree on seeing at a festival. They’re always good for an LP, too - Wallop, their eighth, is yet another set of dance-punk goodness in the vein of fellow NYC luminaries LCD Soundsystem and ESG.
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Special Interest
Spiraling

For those that enjoy coarse music made by menacing individuals in dank, musty rooms then look no further than New Orleans' Special Interest. They fuse a punk sensibility with primitive drum machines and arrangements that sound like they've been forge welded together (which wouldn't be surprising, given that one of their members operates 'power tools'). Their debut album 'Spiraling' is a beautiful, joyous ode to feedback, distortion, and rickety electronics. FFO evil. 

Lunch Lady
Angel

Angel is the debut album by LA four-piece, Lunch Lady. Their sound is influenced by early ‘80s UK post punk and new wave. The two girls and two guys that make up the band add a dreamy, Californian sun-drenched quality to their otherwise Brit-influenced indie noodling, making for an original meeting of sounds.

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, fearsome and brilliant. Few bands would even attempt something like the Titanic, shapeshifting ‘Ligeti’s Breath/Hilflos Child’. Even fewer would be able to pull it off.
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Minimal Compact
Creation is Perfect

A band often overlooked when discussing the white-hot creativity of post-punk, Creation Is Perfect finally does justice to the back catalogue of Amsterdam band Minimal Compact, renowned for their unsettled, propulsive rhythms and riotous live shows. Seven fan favourites, plus a new track ‘Holy Roller’, are re-recorded with Wire’s Colin Newman behind the production desk. Comes as a 80-page hardbound book including CD, on top of regular vinyl and CD releases. 
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

David Bowie
Storytellers

20 years ago David Bowie recorded a set for the VH1 series Storytellers. It has previously been released on CD, Digital and DVD, but never on vinyl. This vinyl edition is the most complete and faithful version of events that day (23/08/1999) and includes 4 songs that were not on the original CD release. It contains songs from Hunky Dory, Low, Aladin Sane and more. 
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Exek
Some Beautiful Species Left

Broadly taking a post-punk template for their music, but infusing it with elements of dub, classical music and krautrock, Melbourne band EXEK return with their third studio record Some Beautiful Species Left. Thematically concerning the human-driven degradation of nature, it was specifically composed in the studio, during the recording process itself. 
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Atomic Forest
Disco Roar

A newly exhumed gem from the only-recently re-discovered Indian underground / psychedelic scene of the 1970s, Disco Roar is the third album from the collective Atomic Forest. It comes on Now-Again records, who’ve made it their mission to tell the story of the band itself and the scene of which they were a part on 2011 anthology Obsession, but even they weren’t aware of this hidden treasure at the time. 

Konk
The Magic Force of Konk 1981-1988

KONK (their capitalisation) were a sort of post-punk band that played the clubs of New York and elsewhere in the early 80s. I say sorta post-punk because their sound encompassed hip-hop, jazz and latin music and created a wall of kinetic rhythms for hip clubbers of the era to dance to. This 3LP box set is the ultimate collection of their work and comes on three different flavours of vinyl. Bound to appeal to fans of ESG, James Chance, Liquid Liquid and LCD Soundsystem. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (FUTNO30)
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Normil Hawaiians
What's Going On?

High-grade reissue of the 1983 album of Normil Hawaiians, who were not Hawaiian but were based within the vivid Brixton squat scene of the time. Operating in the grim depths of Thatcherism and following the suicide of a close associate of the band, Normil Hawaiians recorded this remarkable suite of unusual and highly-collaborative group music, which sadly sank without a trace as a consequence of label failings. But this reissue gives What’s Going On? the love it deserves, with lots of liner notes and seven bonus tracks, as well as a fine remastering job.

Jade Imagine
Basic Love

Yet another terrific new band from Australia, Melbourne-based Jade Imagine deliver their debut studio album Basic Love on Marathon Artists. Fusing modern synthwave sounds with new-wave and art-rock influences, the group’s focal point is the engaging Jade McInally and her subtle, dark observational humour.
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Takayuki Shiraishi
Missing Link

Studio Mule presents Missing Link, a collection of unreleased music spanning post-punk, krautrock and ambient, recorded during the Eighties by Japanese electronic music producer Takayuki Shiraishi. A cult figure for many musicians, Shiraishi originally released music via the now-hugely popular Vanity Records. 
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The B-52's
Wild Planet

Some bloke called John Lennon once cited weird pop/new wave band, The B52’s, as his favourite. High praise indeed. Wild Planet was the Athens, Georgia band’s second album, originally released in 1980. It is widely regarded by fans and critics alike as their best album. It contains the single, Private Idaho. 
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

MOHIT
Yoghurt

Here is the second release by MOHIT, nevertheless featuring their earliest recorded material. Yoghurt showcases the avant-art-rock trio’s sound very well, with lots and lots of elements in play. The B-side ‘Reggaeezer’ additionally features the words of a homeless man named Marky Mark, who the group worked into one of their jams. Out on DVTT Records.

Suicide
Suicide

The 1977 debut by Alan Vega and Martin Rev is a conceptual and sonic assault. Vega’s pithy lyrics and echoed rockabilly vocals over Rev’s seething, primitive beatbox and fuzzed-up synths are a simple and devastatingly effective combination. Ghost Rider and Rocket USA is a killer double whammy to open the album. Frankie Teardrop makes your neck hair stand up, and Springsteen fave Cheree calms you down again.

New Order
Movement - Definitive Edition

It's probably about time we celebrated properly the very early clankings of New Order. The metamorphosis from Joy Division was a difficult one for the group but this fascinating era contains some of their most powerful and overlooked music. Now you can get a box set containing the original album plus a CD full of rarities, demos and rehearsal takes, a DVD of of-the-era performances and a 48 page hardback book.   
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Various
Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor (1980 - 1983) Part 1

Here we have the first of two records that will be released as backup to Tim Lawrence’s excellent book Life & Death On A New York Dancefloor, 1980-1983. The Love Saves The Day author and Arthur Russell biographer is surely the perfect curator for a compilation such as this one. Russell appears here in Dinosaur L form. We also get some big-hitters of the era (David Byrne, Alan Vega) rubbing shoulders with more obscure acts like Tuxedomoon.

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 later to explored by David Bowie and the more out there post punk bands. 
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Mars
3E / 11,000 Volts

A 7” single re-issue of the first ever release from the short-lived but highly influential New York no-wave band Mars. Originally released on Lydia Lunch’s self-run label Widowspeak, the punk icon described ‘3E’ and ‘11,000 Volts’ as “obtuse and unforgiving” and “sickly sexy”. 
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

UT
Conviction

Reissue of UT's debut album Conviction. By 1986 the band had left behind no-wave New York for post-punk London. On the album the trio of Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young, explore the shared space between no-wave, post-punk and even the more improvisational space of free jazz to create songs that are simultaneous taut and expansive. 
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  • UT

Eno
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) is the second solo album by Brian Eno and was the first to employ his oblique strategies cards. Like a lot of Eno's early solo work some of the music is surprisingly upbeat an accessible at times but also delves deep into the sort of dense art rock that his work with Roxy Music only hinted at.  
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Grauzone
Eisbär

12” single re-issue of ‘Eisbär’, the 1981 hit single from short-lived German outfit Grauzone. Meaning ‘polar bear’ in German and evoking an icy, Arctic atmosphere, this synthy post-punk gem was a substantial success in the band’s native country and is now regarded as a minor genre classic. Contains Grauzone’s two other minor hits ‘FILM 2’ and ‘Ich Lieb Sie’ on the B-side. 
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Batteries
The Finishing Line

Bis like their Record Store Day releases and this is the 'solo' project of one of their number 'sci-fi' Steve and his Batteries project. Previously described as Devo meets Queen of the Stone Age, it's not hard to imagine what he is doing here. Expect bouncy new wave pop fun with a metallic edge. Fans of Bis, in fact, could enjoy.
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New Order
Ceremony (Version 1)

This was the record that could have perhaps been the next Joy Division single. ceremony was originally recorded in March 1981 by the surviving Joy Division members with guitarist Bernard Sumner taking over on vocal duties from the late Ian Curtis. The track was eventually re-recorded with the new line up featuring Gillian Gilbert but this is the original and most Joy Division sounding version. 
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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.

The B-52's
The B-52's

Kooky lyrics, nimble rhythms and irresistible pop harmonies met on The B-52’s self-titled debut album when it was released back in the summer of 1979, putting them at the front of the new-wave scene. This is a fortieth anniversary re-issue on vinyl, featuring printed lyric inserts. Eventually the SEO friend RuPaul would feature in one of their music videos.
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Company Of State
Company Of State

In the 1980s Belgium was quite the hotbed for the sort of new wave that was so inspired by the likes of Joy Division. Part of this scene were Company Of State who take the template created in Manchester and make it darker and more brittle. This self-titled EP was their first release, and shows the band to be just as capable of capturing melancholy as any of their peers.

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 spacey new wave, weird disco, avant-garde synth pop, proto-house and post-punk glam. Interested? LP and CD on WRWTFWW Records.

Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn
Cubist Blues

Alex Chilton (Big Star), Alan Vega (Suicide) and Ben Vaughn (er, mostly solo) made only one album together, intensely improvising together. The result, Cubist Blues, is a darkly atmospheric trip, sounding not quite like anything else. Originally released in 1994, this has been remastered and features an exclusive new interview in the liner notes.
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Iggy Pop
Zombie Birdhouse

Iggy’s sixth solo album is getting a reissue for the first time since its 1982 release. Produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein, the vinyl will contain sleeve notes written by Irvine Welsh. Zombie Birdhouse sees Iggy at his monologuing best, spinning tales over a mix of Afrobeat, drone and chugging guitars. Also featuring an unseen version of ‘Pain and Suffering’ with Debbie Harry singing backup.

Elisa Waut
Elisa Waut

A undercover classic of minimal wave, first released in 1982 as a limited run of cassettes, hand-dubbed for demo purposes. Elisa Waut was a trio of Mitteleuropean youth, and this self-titled debut of theirs is cold and detached and moody, singing of depression and Cold War vibes. You know you want it. Resurrected to vinyl by Numero Group.
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

The Birthday Party
Live 81-82


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  • 4AD
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Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

Frenzied super-group Melt Yourself Down (members of Polar Bear and Zun Zun Egui, plus Shabaka Hutchings) return with a second album! Last Evenings On Earth, which takes its name from a Roberto Bolano text, is a pre-apocalypse party record of immense energy and joy: vocals, saxophones and everything else all operating at peak level throughout. Released by The Leaf Label.

Martin Rev
Cheyenne

Long overdue re-issue of Cheyenne, the third solo album from Suicide’s Martin Rev. Although it was released in 1991, its origins went all the way back to the recording of Alan Vega / Martin Rev eleven years previously. Infusing the street-level immediacy of Suicide’s proto-electro-punk with pastoral pop-inspired sounds, Cheyenne is a lost gem. 

Martin Rev
Clouds of Glory

As one half of electro-punk pioneers Suicide, Martin Rev was responsible for some of the most influential and significant music of the late Seventies and early Eighties. Less well-known, however, is his solo career, something that this re-issue of 1985’s contemplative Clouds of Glory (Rev’s second outing) seeks to put right. 

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. 

New Order
Temptation

There have been other songs called 'Temptation' but the New Order one is surely the best. Released as a standalone single in 1982 it was the first music the band produced themselves. On this re-issue we get the full 12" version along with the full version of B side 'Hurt'. Both track have been remastered and 'Temptation' still sounds as thrilling and visceral as it did in 1982.    
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Ixna
Knotpop

Although the name of this record sounds like the kind of boring trance that XL used to put out, it is in fact an album of bizarro New Wave, a bit like a slightly less evil Captain Beefheart remixed by Warm Jet-era Brian Eno. Knotpop by Ixna is for fans of all things weird and synthetic. Recorded in 1981 and reissued on Concentric Circles.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

The Scaners
The Scaners II

The Scaners return with a second album of breakneck retro-futurist garage-punk… From space! Every track is within spitting distance of two minutes duration, and the vibe is kind of The Ramones piloting a UFO, with a touch of Man Or Astro-Man surf fun. The Scaners II is released by Dirty Water, and it is a lot of fun.

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 that was never released, recorded in 1983.
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Beige Palace
Leg

Brilliant Leeds band Beige Palace have finally got round to releasing their debut LP, Leg. Odds are if you've been to enough gigs in Leeds, you've caught their stark post-punk meets folk sound. Live they're completely effervescent, the three-piece (guitar, drums, violin, everyone on vocals) have a chemistry that never fails to catch me off guard. Leg somehow captures all that on record. 

Various
Lullabies For Catatonics: A Journey Through The British Avant-Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967-74

Presented over three CDs in a special ‘clamshell’ box set, the Grapefruit imprint’s latest exploration of the various off-shoots of British psychedelia turns to the avant-garde pop / art-rock scene of 1967 to 1974. Lullabies For Catatonics spans everything from early Bowie to the so-called Canterbury Scene, and includes three previously unreleased tracks. 

Nouvelle Vague
Bande A Part


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Talk Show
Fast and Loud

With an highly literal title, South London outfit Talk Show present their latest single ‘Fast and Loud’ on 7” vinyl. Addressing the daily grind and increasing struggles that young people have just keeping their heads above water living in cities, the band don’t forget to add some humour and levity into their angst. 

Human Switchboard
Who's Landing In My Hangar?

Human Switchboard come from Cleveland, Ohio. Their early ‘80s punk leanings are inspired by The Velvet Underground. Who’s Landing In My Hangar?  was their debut studio album from 1981. It was critically successful upon its release, but poor sales at the time means has to go down as one of those lost classics. Fortunately, you have your chance again, though. On Fat Possum

Wolfmanhattan Project
Blue Gene Stew

The Wolfmanhattan Project is a nice little noise-rocky effort. After releasing a first single in 2015, the band’s finally pulled themselves together for their debut album Blue Gene Stew. I guess it must be difficult to find time to record if your members are also playing with Sonic Youth, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Gories.

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.

The Human Switchboard
Fly-In

Human Switchboard were a new wave/punk band from Cleveland, Ohio. Fly-In was their debut EP from 1977. The songs were mixed by David Thomas of Cleveland, Ohio new wave/punk legends, Pere Ubu. The band went on to sign for the IRS label, know for their early REM releases. This reissue EP contains a 25-page zine with relevant articles, gig posters and flyers.
  • Vinyl 7" (FP17057)
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  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Talking Heads
Remain In light

Relentlessly innovative classic from new-wave legends Talking Heads. ‘Remain In Light’ is the peak of their Brian Eno produced era, with spliced up lyrics pared against extensive experimentation with loops and polyrhythms. These experiments have stood up remarkably well over the passage of time, the songs here remaining as jerky and unpredictable as ever. This LP reissue is available via the label Rhino.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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.

Peter Simpson
Peter Simpson

Sometimes, things are divisive. You see, there's a certain spread. A good one. And it has managed to completely own this idea. But I'm not going to mention. Not when describing Peter Simpson's confidently wacky vocals. He over pronounces every word in a way utterly unique to him. On this self-titled mini album accompanies himself on simple synth lines to create an utterly bizarre pop music. 

David Chesworth
Layer On Layer

Reissue of Australian David Chesworth's second album Layer On Layer. After his first, a mostly solo affair, Chesworth started to work with other musicians to bring his sophomore to life. Bringing together punk and funk musics in an incredibly detailed, dense, but quite relaxed package. Sounds the work of a musician more mature than the 21 years Chesworth had at the time. Om Chapter Music.

New Order
Ceremony (Version 2)

'Ceremony' was the first song New Order recorded following the tragic demise of Joy Division. Strangely, they recorded and released it twice. The original featured just the surviving Joy Division members, whilst the second recording was made with new member Gillian Gilbert. This is the re-recording. B side 'In A Lonely Place' was also slightly remixed for this 12" which was originally released in 1981.  
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

John Cale
Fear

Fear is the first of John Cale’s 3-album mid-1970’s hot-streak, and a very strong example of Cale in dramatic songwriter mode. It is at once stagey (especially when just Cale and the piano), experimental, and a little bit punky. Also features Richard Thompson and Brian Eno! White vinyl reissue, limited to 1000 copies only.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Devo
Smooth Noodle Maps

Devo’s 8th album, Smooth Noodle Maps, was originally released in 1990. It received a lukewarm reception from critics and fans initially, but time has been kind and it is now a fan favourite. It includes a version of Bonnie Dobson’s Morning Dew, which was also famously covered by The Grateful Dead. Devo were never a band to do things in a normal way, and that has continued into their reissue program. It is being released on three different coloured vinyl versions and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Rema-Rema
Fond Reflections

This has got to be good news for a certain breed of early 4AD worshippers. Rema Rema made one EP back in 1980 before splitting up and ending up in such bands as Renegade Soundwave, The Wolfgang Press and Adam and the Ants. Fast forward to now and some pretty committed people have got together to try to stitch together what would have been their debut LP by way of live recordings, alternate takes and rehearsal recordings.   
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

A-Moms
Strawberry Cheesecake / Modern Noise

Third Man aficionados among you will have spotted the label’s recent Algebra Mothers compilation A-Moms = Algebra Mothers. That LP was an odds-and-sods collection focussed on long-defunct Detroit punks A-Moms. The band only released one single when together, the 1979 split ‘Strawberry Cheesecake’/‘Modern Noise’, so Third Man have decided to complete the circle and reissue that one as well. This is chaotic, maniacal new wave from a group who count Pere Ubu among their fans.

Drama
Loneliness

Drama were making electronic music before it was cool. In the late '70s and into the '80s, bands in Eric Simpson and Don Stagg's local Ontario, Canada, were playing in guitar rock bands. Loneliness is the band's debut LP from 1978 and it's a brooding piece of electronica which shifts between New-Wave and Krautrock.

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, this triple-disc collection contains some power pop and new wave songs that were written by UK artists between the years of 1977 and 1981. The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Eddie & The Hot Rods and a bunch more feature. Also comes with an informative booklet.
  • CD box set (CRCDBOX62)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Fist Of Facts
Fugitive Vesco

Fist Of Facts is the project Liquid Liquid singer, Salvatore Principato, started following the demise of the New York no-wavers in 1984. He started recording Fugitive Vesco in a rented studio with Ken ‘man’ Cladiera. Liquid Liquid drummer, Scott Hartley, Mark Cunningham from Mars, Felice Rosser and a whole bunch of other people contributed to the album. The project expanded on the groove, politics and exploratory dub furrow that was ploughed in Liquid Liquid. LP+7” set on Telephone Explosion.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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 soundtrack for a film made by the arty collective called The Great Eastern. CD on Dirty Water.

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay
Ice Exposure

Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay return to Blackest Ever Black (Carla Dal Forno, John T. Gast) with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Antigravity. On Ice Exposure (great title) the trio come up with a sort of Gothic jazz style that is as cold as the record’s name. Imagine if The Birthday Party had ever allowed themselves to become untethered from pop song structures and cast off into the deep. Scott Walker’s late period also springs to mind.

The Rebel
Riding In The Sun / Why Must I Pay

Country Teasers mainman Ben Wallers is also The Rebel, and it is under this guise that he does some of his most fascinating work. Outsider punk that peels the genre apart and shows you some of its guts and contradictions. Here The Rebel presents two tracks on a seven inch single on Jack White’s Third Man.

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 but D.U.D.S are firmly in the post punk category. Their blend of the Fall and Liquid Liquid certainly has dancefloor impact and this album (whoever is releasing it) should not be missed.   

XTC
Apple Venus Vol. I

Not many bands release their finest album 20+ years into their career but XTC aren't really like other bands. After a long lay off whilst they were in a contract dispute with Virgin, the band returned in 1999 with this stunning collection of pastoral and orchestrated pop music. Great throughout, the final three songs are the best of their career. Surely this is Swindon's answer to Pet Sounds. 
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

XTC
Skylarking

Now the stuff of legend, XTC were holed up with eccentric producer Todd Rundgren for this 1986 album in which band and producer battled, sniped and argued throughout. You'd never guess listening to the more pastoral parts of the record and despite what the band think, it's a really great album. This version is the reverse polarity edition which sorted out some of the original album's sound issues. Also includes notorious US hit 'Dear God' which was inexplicably left off the original album.  
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

Lydia Lunch
Marchesa

Lydia Lunch is known for being part of New York’s No Wave scene with her band Teenage Jesus and Jerks and as a solo artist. She has also collaborated with Sonic Youth, The Birthday Party, Foetus, Henry Rollins and more recently, Cypress Grove. Her new album, Marchesa, is inspired by the writing of Marquis De Sade, of whom Lunch is a longtime fan. LP and CD on Rustblade.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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 Fire, b/w Cloud 149.

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 melodic pop on offer.   

oh800
Character Building

London trio Oh800 drop their debut LP. On Character Building the band demonstrate that they can do two kinds of post-punk - the wiry Talking Heads kind and the more languid Deerhunter kind. Cuts such as the title track, very much of the former mode, show off great Liquid Liquid-style work from the rhythm section. Character Building is a strong opening salvo from the group.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Various
Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor (1980 - 1983) Part 2

The second accompanying compilation to Tim Lawrence’s Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor 1980 - 1983 drops on Lawrence’s new label Reappearing Records. It’s another collection of tunes that capture the spirit of early-80s NYC, a time when the city’s hip-hop, club and punk scenes were all beginning to mix freely. Contains cuts by Loose Joints, George Kranz and Peech Boys.

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, during their time together. Recorded in a church hall in Chichester, the group’s style is an ethereal, tranquillised take on the moody sounds of Joy Division and The Durutti Column. The title track, with its ‘Come As You Are’ bassline and floaty vocals, prefigures the work of the much-missed High Places. A worthy reissue.

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 funk to mild freakout.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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 Kershner. A collision course of DIY and out there jazz that stands the test of time.  

Siouxsie and The Banshees
The Scream

Initially released in 1978, The Scream is the debut offering of post-punk outfit Siouxsie and The Banshees. The 10-track offering represents what was one of the more audacious and experimental waves in alt-rock history, which both smashed rules and peaked at number 12 in the charts. Features hit single 'Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)'
  • Vinyl LP (4792496)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

XTC
Wasp Star (Apple Venus Vol II)

Thank the lord the mooted double Apple Venus album was split into two and therefore the magnificent Apple Venus Vol 1 could stand on it's own two feet. Wasp Star was a more muscular, guitar orientated XTC album but lacks the colour provided by the departed Dave Gregory's guitar playing and arrangements. A good album but always trails slightly in the wake to it's predecessor. 
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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 artwork by Shepard Farley. Limited edition 12” on Virgin.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

A Certain Ratio
To Each

To Each captures A Certain Ratio in their post punk roots just before they got a little too interested in jazz and wearing shorts. Here they combines Ian Curtis style vocals with funky dance-pop sensibilities, and proto Happy Mondays guitar sounds. A brilliant blend. Dance and be miserable at the same time.  

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 sound. On LP and CD. CD comes with three extra tracks.

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 dance music. On how many other albums would you find a Deadmau5 cover and a Mark Kozelek feature?
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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 line-up, however. Supreme Court Justice Peter Swann, professor Peter Zusi, actor Ben Stiller and Kriss Roebling, whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge. LP and CD on Captured Tracks.

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 Ghosts and The Art of Parties, as well as the ever infectious Talking Drum.

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 multi format release for the album's 30th anniversary offering three colours of vinyl LP (when they’re gone, they’re gone) with poster, postcards and liner notes and a double CD with poster and liner notes on Futurismo.
  • Genre(s):
  • New Wave / No Wave / Art Rock

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 language EP Die Tür Ist Zu (CD only alas), as well as some lavish packaging treats. 3CD and 4LP editions on Mute.

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 Austin Brown - you know, from Parquet Courts - and was recorded onto the same Tascam tape machine as Light Up Gold, the acclaimed second LP from Parquet Courts. Guess who Endless Scroll sounds like.

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