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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

Excitement abounds this week as my quest to restock, revisit and relive some revelatory Peel discoveries of yesteryear comes in the form of Domino's reissue (is that enough re's for you?) of Young Marble Giants: "Colossal Youth". A band definitely of their time but still of great relevance today. For me the sound of YMG summons up listen...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

SWANS
SWANS

The SWANS EP is the first ever release from those lovely SWANS guys, released back in 1982. Interesting to hear this now with the great weight of their work in the following 30+ years: less brutal and more no-wavey, but still dominated by that heavy grinding mono-rhythm and the shouts of Gira. Reissued 12” on Mute...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 »

SWANS
Filth

"I like the idea of standing in a room full of sledge hammers" indeed. There are simply no rock bands that sound anything quite like Swans, either in their refined post-Millennial incarnation or their original grinding bowel-evacuating manifestation. I realise they've touched on many other genres in their time but b...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Colin Newman
Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish

Colin Newman kept busy during Wire’s temporary early 80’s split, releasing three rather interesting solo records. Provisionally entitled the singing fish is a little unusual, with some entirely non-post-punk sounds creeping in there. Released on vinyl and CD, with the CD edition coming with ...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 »

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 »

Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance

Too many Pere Ubu records have been allowed to slip out of print, so here, to coincide with some shows, the group are reissuing a few early records on Fire. The Modern Dance is their searing 1978 debut, a furiously powerful mash of industrial-tinged rock and weird concreté sounds. Remastered from the original tap...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Cupol
Like This For Ages EP

Experimental synths, wailing vocals, hypnotic rhythms, hellish ambience.... all of this weirdness and more can be found on the vinyl remaster of Like This For Ages EP by Cupol, a unique British post-punk duo from the 80s. Every aspect of the music on this record is discordant, dis...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 »

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 »

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...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Necessaries
Event Horizon

All anyone will tell you about ‘Event Horizon’ and them Necessaries who made it is that Arthur Russell was involved. He played keys, he contributed songs, he brought out the cello. Why say anything else, really, when you can say that Arthur was in a punk band. Possibly the final piece of his genre-fluid puzzle, he certainly makes thi...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 »

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 »

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

Belligerent thrashers, listen up: it’s about to get real messy. No Babies, no wave and no mercy; it all amounts to ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, a record of discordant punk delivered unto us via skronk. The free jazz and nails-against-wall shredding synergise on this record to birth a record of devilled energy and catastrophic po...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 »


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 »

Cowtown
Paranormal Romance

Cowtown can be one of the finest live bands on the planet when they choose to. A whirling ball of sonic fun..... Devo with Status Quo's John Coughlan on drums. It's not always easy to transfer this whirling dervish sound onto record but on 2013's 'Dudes Vs Bad Dudes' they managed t...view item »

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

As well-versed as I think I am in the world of early 80’s Antipodean guitar pop, I hadn’t been aware of the Apartments until I spotted this re-issue on the shelves. It turns out that lead man Peter Walsh had briefly joined the Go-Betweens only to find he had unassailable difference with the other...view item »

The Soft Moon
Criminal

A good alternative soundtrack to Goldeneye 64, ‘Criminal’ is a tour de force in synthetic fury. With his usual mix of psychedelic clock-punching, electronic sheen and striking industrial aesthetic, Luis Vasquez takes his latest Soft Moon record as an opportunity to simply unleash. It’s a furious, futurist record that makes ange...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 »

Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

Hello. It is the return of party fusion contingent Melt Yourself Down and that is good. I am RSVPing to them with this review. We’ve already had hints of their return this year with a side-project by way of the Comet Is Coming, a more cerebral and often more psychedelic workout. ‘Last Evening...view item »

The Brotherhood of Lizards
Lizardland

We all know about the Cleaners From Venus don’t we. Don’t we?  Well we should because they produced some of the very best guitar pop of the 1980s most of which has been re-issued on Captured Tracks in recent years so you have no excuses whatsoever. ...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sparks
Big Beat

Big Beat was the 6th album by Sparks. It was the follow up to the rather fabulous Indiscreet. Like its predecessor, it failed to reach satisfactory sales figures, but don’t let that put you off, things were different in 1976, this was probably buried under a pile of fresh punk. It led to them appearing, and playing two son...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 »

Peter Westheimer
Cool Change

Australian native Peter Westheimer is a qualified doctor, an actor and a musician. We’re here to talk about his involvement in the latter. Cool Change compiles his experimental electronica made over a twelve year period in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Westheimer’s sound sees him striding between ambient and d...view item »

Lydia Lunch
Honeymoon In Red

A Lydia Lunch album recorded in 1982 is an exciting enough prospect even before I tell you that her backing band for Honeymoon In Red was none other than Nick Cave’s original band of bruisers The Birthday Party. And Thurston Moore even pops up for good measure! Wh...view item »

Brian Eno
Before and After Science

Eno's first four solo albums are all among the most underrated releases of the 1970s. Experimental, catchy and genre-hopping releases similar to that of contemporary David Bowie over the same period. Before and After Science might even be the pick of the bunch, combining the best elements of Taking Tiger Mountai...view item »

Suicide
First Rehearsal Tapes

Check out this chunk of alternative music history: Suicide’s first ever rehearsal, captured on tape in 1977 as Alan Vega and Martin Rev were just starting up their legendary dirty NYC synth-punk project. These formative recordings contain quite a lot of what was to come in embryonic form, ...view item »

Ut
Ut + Confidential

First out the gate for the Ut reissue series are the debut EPs from the New York no wavers. Ut’s is a darker and more angular take on the bass and rhythm centred approach they share with contemporaries Liquid Liquid and ESG. Admirably inventive and non-hierarchical. Available on CD or 12” cut at 45 rpm....view item »

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 s...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 »

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 »

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 ...view item »

Sauna Youth
Dreamlands

This debut LP proper from Sauna Youth is very much an album of two sides, with the first being taken up by the opening track ‘Town Called Distraction’, “a spoken-word short story written by Patrick Fisher (of Cold Pumas) ...view item »

Eyeless In Gaza
Drumming The Beating Heart / Pale Hands Loved So Well

Eyeless In Gaza were an artsy duo operating first in the 80’s, and then in the 90’s after a break of a few years. Inspired by an Aldous Huxley novel of the same name, Martyn Bates and Peter Becker work strange wonders. Two albums reissued together here as a double LP...view item »

Eyeless In Gaza
Rust Red September

Eyeless In Gaza were an artsy duo operating first in the 80’s, and then in the 90’s after a break of a few years. Inspired by an Aldous Huxley novel of the same name, Martyn Bates and Peter Becker put together a highly atmospheric set of tracks with Rust Red Sept...view item »

No-Man
Returning Jesus

First released in 2001, here is another chance for you to get your hands on Returning Jesus, a key statement from no-man. A sublimely subtle suite of art-rock songwriting with a smooth, lush, ECM-jazz instrumental palette. This reissue is available as a double LP or as a double CD, with the CD edition also including a s...view item »

Diaframma
Siberia

DIaframma are considered, by those who know, to be among the very best bands ever produced by Italy’s 1980’s new wave rock scene, and now you have a chance to prove this for yourself with this reissue of their Siberia album. Period synth and guitar textures and a serious mood, with the Italian language perfe...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 »

The Jazz Butcher
The Wasted Years

The Jazz Butcher was an indie band born in the 80’s, and here we have their fantastic earliest albums, as released for the Glass label. That’ll be Bath Of Bacon, ...view item »

Pere Ubu
20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo

Quack quack Pere Ubu are back. It seems that every other record I've heard this week references them in one way or other but it's nice to hear the original art rockers still on the go. Pere Ubu have got long past the time where you might worry they'd gone soft and instead their latest recordings carry on the buzzing angular rock template they st...view item »

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 s...view item »

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 »


Trevor Jackson Presents - Metal Dance 2: Industrial New Wave EBM Classics & Rarities 79-88

Strut Records bring you the second instalment in the 'Metal Dance' series, a great compilation of classic and rare industrial dance and new wave EBM. Compiled by Trevor Jackson (Playgroup, Underdog, Output Recordings) this 2 CD/LP set features a heady mix of...view item »

Gang of Four
Entertainment!

Entertainment was the the debut album by Leeds post-punk band Gang Of Four. It was originally released in 1979. The band incorporated elements of funk, dub and reggae into their choppy and angular punk sound. Features the tracks Damaged Goods, At Home He's A Tourist and I Found That Essence Rare....view item »

A Middle Sex
Soul Sways West

A little history. The sadly defunct A Middle Sex - Karl Sveinsson and Matthew Ashworth with Phil Sykes on drums originally replaced by Edwin Stevens - first came to our attention way back in 2009 on their split LP with Temperatures on the Carnivals label. They were then responsible for releasing the first ...view item »

Spray Paint
Cussin'

Purposefully loose, mixing no wave and post punk, Spray Paint display their rockin’ chaos through three tracks recorded live in the Blue Room at Third Man Records. There was a studio version of Cussin’ released as a single back in 2014, but this version, for its perfor...view item »

The Residents
Intermission

Available on 180 gram clear vinyl on Music on Vinyl. Avantgarde and anonymous art collective The Residents Originally released Intermissions in 1982. They made it very clear that it was not the 3rd chapter of the Mole trilogy (which seemed to never actually exist), but a cutting of related materials. Limited repressing ...view item »

Housewives / Massicot
Exc. 281016 / Kokteilis

The no wave repeato-brutality of Housewives and the hip-hopped tropical pop-noise of Massicot both commit themselves to wax on this exciting split 7”, with a totally new track from each band. EXC. 281016 / KOKTEILIS is released by a powerful coalition of five labels: Harbinger Sound, Hands In The ...view item »

MarQ Spekt & Gary Wilson
Broken Mazes

Collaboration between MarQ Spekt (Broady Champs/School Of Sharks) and Gary Wilson (Stones Throw/Cleopatra Records). Mixing hip-hop and the psychedelically mad world of Wilson’s back catalogue they plunged into his archival recordings sampling it into slick joints for Spekt to flow over. LP on Grilchy Party....view item »

Liars
Mess

Liars are a band who seem to make a point of confounding people's expectations of them, starting out as scratchy post-punk types and then setting themselves adrift in all manner of conceptual and textural explorations. Their new album 'Mess' dropped on my review pile this week with Phil apologetically saying that nobody else in the office likes ...view item »

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