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Johnny Thunders
Que Sera, Sera (Resurrected)

This Resurrected edition of Johnny Thunders’ often maligned 1985 album Que Sera Sera aims to put right the reputation. One of the coolest rock’n’roll/punk figures of all time, Thunders’ penultimate album before his 1991 death comes on purple and white vinyl, new sleeve notes and a 12”x24” lyric insert. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (FREUDLP129)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

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. 
  • Artist(s):
  • UT

Thou / Ragana
Let Our Names Be Forgotten

Thou and Ragana join forces for a record in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the 2016 Ghost Ship fire. Both bands here bring a darkly majestic blend of black metal, doom, sludge and Americana to new split Let Our Names Be Forgotten. Ragana’s tunes are a tad more melodic, while Thou’s are unrelenting Gothic drudges. A fantastic and necessary record.

Mekons
Deserted

Look everyone, it's Mekons, but now with brand new material! The inventive Leeds punk / post-punk group went to Joshua Tree in California in order to record Deserted (it's a desert, geddit?), but managed to avoid absorbing too much of the ghost of U2 into their sound. It’s brand new Mekons guys, what more do I need to say? On Glitterbeat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Gang of Four
Happy Now

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

Witching Waves
Persistence

London DIY post-punks Witching Waves have been steadily building up a cult following owing to their high-energy live set and constant gigging. Their new album Persistence finds them in an assertive mood, with confidence gained from previous records Fear Of Falling Down and Crystal Cafe. On Specialist Subject.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

NONN
NONN

Fuzz Club begin to sonically diversify the fuzz with new band NONN, who cover coldwave and post-punk territory reminiscent of Suicide and New Order. If you're expecting endless psych dirges, then you'll probably be refreshed by this debut release from a band that's taking the label to fresh places. There's more to life than psych??
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

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.

Metro Crowd
Planning:

Ah the commute. The daily mass migration of workers away from their homes, and away from their loved ones. You either love it.. actually you probably just hate it. Commuters! Metro Crowd see your struggle, your stress, your anxiety. Planning: sees the band channeling those feelings into industrial post-punk reminiscent of Chrome and Cabaret Voltaire.

Pozi
PZ1

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Martha
Love Keeps Kicking

County Durham’s DIY punks and melodic racket-makers, Martha, are back with their third album, Love Keeps Kicking. On this album, they want to fight back against the increased visibility of fascism whilst our world spirals down the plughole. The album also deals with heartbreak and the bit afterwards where you get over it. A big dose of noisy positivity. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Steven R. Smith
A Sketchbook Of Endings

Steven R. Smith presents his first solo album under his own name (rather than as Ulaan Markhor or Ulaan Passerine) in eight whole years. A Sketchbook Of Endings is a suite of fifteen instrumental pieces that manage to establish whole worlds in mere minutes. Lots of semi-abstract guitar and big sweeping moods. On Soft Abuse.

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.

Nyah Fearties
A Tasty Heidfu'

Nyah Fearties released this scraggy old thing in 1986, and it has been a secret jewel of the Glasgow underground music scene ever since. The Nyah Fearties sound is kind of Celtic-folk via post-punk and (genuinely) industrial percussion. All very Scottish. Now a proper full vinyl reissue, thanks to the Good Energy label!
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Kevin Harrison
Inscrutably Obvious

Early days DIY electronic music from 1981! Kevin Harrison released his one and only LP album in that year, and it’s been an underground find ever since then. Kevin is making songs here, but the restrictions of bedroom production and the bounties of a unique sensibility make these songs suitably somewhat weird. Grand. First time reissue, on Superior Viaduct.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Show Me The Body
Dog Whistle

Very hyped New York punk rockers Show Me The Body return with their new album Dog Whistle. There's is a muscularity about them that makes it very easy to fall under their spell. As the name implies, Show Me The Body have been as impacted by the current political climate as anyone, and aren't afraid to lash out.

Wipers
Is This Real?

Unquestionably Portland's most well-loved punk group, the Wipers formed in the late 1970s and in 1980 released their debut LP, "Is This Real?"- twelve songs of stabbing, jittery guitar, snapped vocals, and unabashed teen angst. Full of desperation and yearning, the LP has stood as a blueprint for wretched youth for over 25 years. In the early 1990s "Is This Real?" was given mainstream attention when Nirvana covered two tracks off the record and Cobain announced it was one of the primary influences on his group. While it was reissued on compact disc and available as a part of the Wipers Boxed Set (Zeno), this is the first time "Is This Real?" has been available on vinyl in the U.S. since its initial release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Corners
The Floor

The final release from Los Angeles stalwarts Corners. The Floor is an EP of nervy and anxious post punk anchored by cold guitars and atmospheric synths. The band have now moved onto solo pursuits, but their work together is well worth remembering. The Floor is also the first release on Light in the Attic's Jack Sills' new label, Day End. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Suddenly

Scrappy and belligerent garage-punk group from Australia, treading that sloppy-tight balance with a real sense of vigour and gnarled energy. Yelped vocals, scathing guitar lines, this isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it knows what it is and does it well. A. Swayze & The Ghosts are a promising young band and this 12” single titled ‘Suddenly’ comes out via Rough Trade.

FACS
Lifelike

‘Lifelike’, the second album from Chicago-based trio FACS - a group formed in the wake of band Disappears - has its heart in the ongoing legacy of post-punk, comprised of bass riffage and effect tamperings, it’s a music which strips away and then plays around with what's left, minimal but purposeful and open with an attention placed as highly on tone as on might.

The Fall
The Rough Trade Singles

Superior Viaduct reissue a collection of seminal early singles from The Fall. All released in the first few years of the 1980s by Rough Trade, these eight studio originals and two live versions snapshot a band in their element. Mark E. Smith & co made so many essential pieces in their time, but even by The Fall’s standards the ten tunes here stand as some of the definitive band’s definitive work. Contains, among other things, ‘Totally Wired’.

The Fall
Mark E Smith’s Personal Holiday Tony Tapes

It has started. Ozit Dandelion the label that brought you that fake Martin Hannett compilation have now been given access to a mixture of live and studio recordings from the late and great Mark E. Smith and his the Fall. We all know it will be utter rubbish barrel-scraping stuff but it's the Fall innit? Expect plenty more similar releases over the coming years.   

Joy Division & New Order
Total (From Joy Division To New Order)

It’s never before been possible to study the trajectory of post-punk pioneers Joy Division and synth-rock sequel New Order in one sitting. The technology simply hasn’t been there. You’d need some kind of ‘play list’ - what a notion. But now, thanks to the latest developments, New Order are proud to present Total - a partial history of both.

The Coathangers
The Devil You Know

Garage rockers The Coathangers have been around for a while, making unpolished punk for over a decade. Based on first single Bimbo, it sounds like The Devil You Know is actually going to stray away a bit from the band we know. The three girls seem to have taken a deep breath and embraced a somewhat more polished sound. Let's see how it pans out.

Circuit Breaker
Hands Return To Shake

If you can imagine the vocal stylings of ‘80s goth-punks such as Bauhaus and Killing Joke and the angular new wave of Wire paired with the pristine synth work and dissonant electronic sounds of acts such as Autechre and Pan Sonic then you’re close to imagining the sound of sibling duo Circuit Breaker. Their debut album Hands Return To Shake will please fans of industrial rock, new wave and IDM alike.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Hot Water Music
The New What Next

Florida punk rock outfit Hot Water Music gifted their album The New What Next to the world in 2004, and now its back, in a nice new vinyl re-pressing. Notably this was the record where the band started bringing falsetto harmonies into their melodic emo-tinged songwriting. Reissued for the band’s 25th birthday by Epitaph.

Low Life
Downer Edn

Second album by Aussie punks Low Life after their killer 2014 debut. Although Downer Edn ("Edition" in Strayan) features arguably less intense cover art, the music will match your expectations. Think Protomartyr but darker and more urgent, accelerated sun-bleached post-punk. So if you're into that, this album might actually not be a downer at all. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

EXEK
A Casual Assembly

A speedy follow-up the their 2018 LP, Ahead Of Two Thoughts, Australian arty types, EXEK release A Casual Assembly EP. The music within could be compared to the work of Jah Wobble, Laurie Spiegel and The Gift by The Velvet Underground. The music is supplied by synth strings, bass and trumpet with narration that recalls Samuel Beckett and Robert Ashley, this could also soundtrack a film by Derek Jarman or Stanley Kubrick. Fans of Normil Hawaiians, Jenny Hval and Harmonia should check this out. LP on W.25th

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
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Television Personalities
Some Kind Of Trip: Singles 1990-1994

Some Kind Of Trip collects the singles released by Television Personalities in the later part of the career, from 1990-1994. Here you'll find 26 tracks, including a number of remixes, such as 'Strangely Beautiful', ‘Far Away And Lost In Joy’ and ‘Goodnight Mr Spaceman’. The historians among you will be pleased to hear the tracks are sequenced chronologically.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Jackson Politick
Psycho-Mania / Well Adjusted Australians

Jackson Politick is the musical project of the wonderfully named American, Andy Human, Human by name human by nature, I guess. Psycho-Mania b/w Well Adjusted Man sees Human juggling with influences ranging from Roxy Music to Chrome to mid-period Television Personalities, whilst mixing lo-fi sounds and punk attitude lyrics. 7” single on Market Square.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Potty Mouth
SNAFU

US East Coast rockers Potty Mouth finally laying down their first album in over 5 years. SNAFU sounds mostly like the soundtrack you’d expect for a 2000’s feel-good movie: poppy fuzzy guitars, tasty harmonizing vocals, and great grooves, but all of it soaked with just enough of that indie sauce to make it properly palatable.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Hot Water Music
Caution

Hot Water Music’s sound is one of gruff force, but it’s a force rich with melody. The band are going to be celebrating 25 years together next year with a world tour and reissue campaign. 2002’s ‘Caution’ is one of three LP’s being re-released by the label Epitaph, a 13-track LP of tune-driven punk rock.  

Muscle Barbie
Muscle Barbie

This self-titled full length from Muscle Barbie is the band's second release and promises more of the same from their first release on tape All Your Stuff. This release has been described as being super super limited, so if you want one you need to act fast! Again, only available on vinyl LP, and released on Harbinger Sound. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

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.

Future Glue
Devil's Pulpit EP

Glasgow group Future Glue have the sleazy twang of americana, but the bark and bite of post-punk. Like, say, The Cramps or The Gun Club, they observe that the gap between the two need not be large, and maneuver between these styles with a debauched sense of swagger, as displayed on four-tracker ‘Devils Pulpit EP’.

Various
Big Gold Dreams: A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

They make good box sets down at Cherry Red Records, and their latest is another feather in the cap. Big Gold Dreams focuses on the Scottish post-punk explosion of the ‘70s and ‘80s. This means that there are tonnes of your favourite bands on here - The Jesus And Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, you know how it goes. Big Gold Dreams also features informative essays and band histories in its accompanying 70-page booklet.

Cellar Doors
Cellar Doors

Cellar Doors are a band from San Francisco, but they have connections closer to home as they are managed by Stephen Holt of Inspiral Carpets. Their music is rooted in psychedelia with elements of indie rock and post-punk. All-in-all, a melodic, powerful and danceable proposition, I reckon. Their eponymous debut is released on LP and CD via Hear Here.

Drenge
Strange Creatures

The Deputy Leader Of The Labour Party’s favourite band return with their third LP and first full-length since 2015’s Undertow. Strange Creatures is a ten-track affair that sees Drenge’s muscular brand of hardcore indie-rock refigured for the night-time. Not in a they’ve-gone-disco sense - in the eerie, uncanny, nocturnal sense.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG

Ramones
Ramones

1, 2, 3, 4! As one of the most influential documents in rock’n’roll history, Da Brudders’ 1976 debut hardly warrants an introduction. Still, it’s always a shock to hear how raw and minimal the Craig Leon-produced album is. And all done and dusted in 29 minutes, baby. This LP reissue is cut from analogue masters, decently priced too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Arabrot
The Gospel

New record from heavy adventurers Arabrot. The Gospel follows Kjetil Nernes’ recovery from throat cancer, so it is understandably thoughtful about mortality. Not that the band hold back here: grinding basslines and pounding industrial rhythms are very much present, and The Gospel remains super-weighty. Released on the Fysisk Format label.

N0V3L
NOVEL

N0V3L’s NOVEL EP comes from a novel place. Rather than seeing themselves as a band, the Vancouver group style themselves as more of a ‘self-sustaining creative collective’. DIY-ing it to the max - the group live in the same house and do all the legwork when it comes to producing and recording their own music - pays dividends for their brand of sparky post-punk. Think Gang Of Four, Preoccupations, that sort of thing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

The Ruts
The Crack

The Crack was the first album by The Ruts. It was originally released in 1979. The band spliced together punk and reggae and were loved by John Peel. It contained the singles Babylon’s Burning and Something That I Said. The band’s lyrics were aimed at social and political problems, none more than the track Jah War, which criticised unjust actions of the police. 40th anniversary remastered vinyl reissue, cut at Abbey Road.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Horror Section
Horror Section

My mind is blank when I read 'grindhouse cinema inspired punk-rock'. Honestly, nothing. If you're like me and your mind is also completely and utterly void of what this kinda' clutching-at-straws genre could be, then maybe we should all listen to Horror Section's self titled debut release and join the other 1990 Horror Section fans on Facebook and dance around to this record. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released on Eccentric Pop Records. 
  • Vinyl LP (ECP46LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Vintage Crop
Company Man

Vintage Crop hail from south-eastern Australia, and as their urgent and energetic punk sound may suggest, they don’t hang around. Following hot on the heels of their last LP, New Age, comes Company Man, an EP dealing with the mundane life of suit wearers and discrediting the corporate world. 7” EP on Drunken Sailor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Entracte Twist
Entracte Twist

Self-titled album on Requiem Pour Un Twister from Parisian band Entracte Twist. Post-punk in the 70s style which means: jangly guitars, driving drums and a tasteful amount of synthesiser. This is the sort of music that is described as being effortlessly cool, which certainly isn't helped by the band singing in the language of effortlessly cool, French. 

Various
Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices

Cool compilation from Static Shock Records (Beta Blockers, Sievehead) here. Raise Your Voice Joyce: Contemporary Shouts From Contemporary Voices chronicles the current rotation of strong female artists in the world of European punk rock. The eight contributions here come from members of, among others, Good Throb and Sauna Youth.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Buzzcocks
Time's Up

The Buzzcock’s legendary 1976 demos, now known as Time’s Up and originally only available as bootlegs, capture all the shambling, deadpan and violent joys of punk’s first wave. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s first EP, Domino are bringing these joys back to heavyweight vinyl LP (with download code) and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Mission Of Burma
Vs

Post-punk survivors Mission Of Burma are still going strong, god bless ‘em, but here we have an opportunity to look back at their earliest days, with a reissue of their 1982 debut. Vs sounds damn rad, scratchy and furious and driving and abrasive. The reissue on Fire comes as CD or LP, and a few bonus tracks are thrown in to sweeten the deal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

FIDLAR
Almost Free

LA noiseniks, FIDLAR, take on the frustrations and anxieties in life - the false, the tragedies, and being woke (yes, I said it). They turn the bad and wrong into pure unadulterated visceral joy, exploring new territory whilst staying true to their core sound, with their third album, Almost Free. LP and CD on Mom & Pop Records.

NONN
XVII

Second album of brooding post-punk and gnarled electronics from Scandinavian artist Christian Eldefors, also known as NONN. Following his debut record last year, Eldefors has now roped in a full band - one member being his brother Alexander - in doing so creating a denser and more claustrophobic sound. It's a cohesive but varied record, switching from taught menace to goth inflected 80s style pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Amebix
Monolith: The Power Remains

This Amebix record has had a slightly tricky release history (something to do with label wranglings), but the important thing is that this slab of classic heavy rock is now properly available again. What’s more, this reissue of Monolith: The Power Remains adds one side of demos and one side of a live gig in Bath, Somerset. Fresh liner notes too! Just 1000 2LP copies out there.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Bikini Kill
Revolution Girl Style Now!

Sweet! This is the absolute earliest material of furious Riot Grrrl legends Bikini Kill, consisting of their first demo tape. This is also the first ever vinyl appearance of Revolution Girl Style Now! on the vinyl medium, and includes three extra tracks not on the original release. So DIY that the tape runs out before one of the tracks is done.

Bikini Kill
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah EP

You cannot beat a bit of proper riot grrl. Here's a re-release of Bikini Kill’s second EP Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah, featuring both the original tracks, and on the b-side, seven previously unreleased recordings of live shows and tapes. Vinyl that's better than you and that will kick your arse. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Bikini Kill
Bikini Kill

Early Riot Grrl protagonists Bikini Kill get their debut 12" re-issued for a 20th anniversary special. As well as the initial six songs on the EP (four of which were produced by Ian Mackay), you get a brand new fanzine in the form of a poster featuring interviews, liner notes and photos from the bands personal archives.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

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.

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.   

Public Service
I'm Gonna Kill That Man

Public Service’s brand of rock is a scathing and caustic one, full of thudding rhythm and yelped voice. There’s tunes in the carnage, sometimes punk-chant sometimes melodic. ‘I’m Gonna Kill That Man’ is the groups first studio recording, a three-track EP that unflinchingly gazes upon power dynamics but does so with a thrilling mixture of intense fury and intense anxiety. 
  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

This Heat
Live 80 - 81

It sometimes feels incongruous to think of This Heat as a live act, so fiercely experimental were (and still are) they as a studio band. But they can also make a ferocious racket live, as these recordings of an early-80s European tour will testify. Copping recordings from a microphone near the sound desk, this reissue of Live 80/81 comes remastered from the initial analog tapes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Alison Statton & Spike
Bimini Twist

After Young Marble Giants and Weekend, Alison Statton's third major contribution to proto indie were her collaborations with Spike. In fact the duo had already worked together in Weekend but this collaboration is somewhat lesser known. After a few years of doing normal family type stuff the duo have reconvened for further recordings. Anyone who has heard Statton's voice knows that it's a beautiful unique thing so it will be lovely to hear it again after all these years.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

The C.I.A.
The C.I.A.

The 1,436,893th record that Ty Segall has had a hand in this year drops on In The Red (Chain And The Gang, Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds). The C.I.A.'s eponymous record (try Googling it) finds Segall joined by his wife Denee and The Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelly for an album that is part-Velvet Underground garage meditation, part-Suicide-style electro-punk and part-post-Crass abandon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

This Heat
Repeat / Metal

Despite dropping in 1993 - long after trailblazing avantists This Heat had split - Repeat/Metal was recorded during the fruitful period between the band’s 1979 debut LP and 1981’s Deceit. Even by their standards, these twenty-minute opuses broke new ground for the group. Drawing on everything from music concrete to dub reggae to post-punk, you can see why This Heat were a favourite of the late John Peel. Now issued on vinyl for the first time ever.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Public Practice
Distance is a Mirror

Distance Is A Mirror is the debut EP from a bunch of New Yorkers calling themselves Public Practice. Their approach takes post-punk, disco, Talking Heads and Yellow Magic Orchestra to make a funky, danceable sound with dark yet optimistic lyrics on subjects as simple or as complicated as love. Vocalist Drew Citron’s delivery is perhaps at odds with the excitable band behind him. 12” EP or CD on Wharf Cat Records.

Annie Anxiety
Soul Possession

Check out the personnel on this one: for her 1984 debut album, Annie Anxiety managed to assemble members of Crass, African Head Charge, Flux Of Pink Indians and more, all under the production oversight of the legendary Adrian Sherwood. Soul Possession is the result, a weird and amazing industrial dub odyssey that still sounds like little else. This DAIS reissue is the first vinyl release for this album in three decades.

John Paul
No Filter

Harbinger Sound gets back into the grimy seam from which Sleaford Mods came and comes out with John Paul (no relation to the former Pope), whose No Filter is a cynical journey through small-town shit-time England, with witty slam-poetry wordplay bluntly delivered over simple electronic backing. Yes m8. On Harbinger Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Champagne Dub
Drops

Capitol K’s Faith And Industry drops an LP by psychedelic groove-jazzers Champagne Dub. Given that the band contains members of Melt Yourself Down, Acoustic Ladyland and The Comet Is Coming it was always likely that Drops would be an intense affair. The band’s trick is to keep things fun even when it gets heavy - ‘Gatito Ven’, for instance, combines the weight of Free Nelson Mandoomjazz with the propulsive rhythms of Boredoms’ drum period.

Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer 001

A veritable feast for fans of late Clash legend Joe Strummer here. Joe Strummer 001 actually doesn’t feature any of his recordings with the trailblazing group. Instead the focus is on his solo material - all of his LPs feature here along with some soundtrack work and unreleased wares - and his time with The Mescaleros and The 101ers. Several lavish packages are available including a box-set full of goodies.

Habibi
Habibi

Classic girl group stuff from Habibi who you'd think from the name and the artwork were a kind of world music thing but they are actually four lasses from New York making music in the style of Vivian Girls, Shangri Las and Frankie Rose.  Post punk lo-fi pop with a Motown edge. What is not to love?   

Acid Cannibals
Horny For Tomorrow

It’s described in the press release as “Christmas stocking filler for sure”, but don’t worry about finding any other kind of filler here. Scottish punk rockers Acid Cannibals, who despite their rather brutal name are all about having a positive mental attitude, follow their debut single with EP Horny for Tomorrow. Punk rock with a happy twist and a lot of good riffs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Laughing Hyenas
Life of Crime

Life Of Crime was the second album by Michigan garage rock band Laughing Hyenas. Released in 1990, it’s arguably their finest moment, with the band mixing the power of punk with conviction of the blues. It was produced by Butch Vig, and it has been said that it was his work on this album that led him to produce Nirvana’s Nevermind and Sonic Youth’s Dirty. LP on Third Man.

Laughing Hyenas
Hard Times + Crawl / Covers

Laughing Hyenas were a garage rock band from Michigan. Their last album was Hard Times, released in 1995 on Touch & Go. It saw the band eschewing their usual Nick Cave-meets-Iggy Pop aesthetic in favour of some Chicago blues heroes such as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. This reissue on Third Man pairs the album with their final two EPs, Crawl and Covers. Liner notes by original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert and Allyson Baker from Dirty Ghosts. Double LP on Third Man Records.

Duds
Of A Nature Or Degree

In this years incredible (but welcome) news, Manchester's Duds  - a band I described as simply 'ok' when I saw them live have now signed to John Dwyer's Castle Face. They update the short, sharp, shock of the likes of the Fire Engines and Josef K with jittery post punk moves and now sit alongside their heroes on this legendary label. This could be your new favourite and they are local (ish). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Pussyliquor
What Of It?

Empowerment over shame is the name of the game for young Brighton five-piece Pussyliquor on new EP What Of It? The disgrace of toxic misogyny and social inequality are what led them to come together and pound out this provocative, alt-rocky punk music; in their own words: “Inequality cannot last / So shove your archaic views up your arse”.
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Fucked Up
Dose Your Dreams

Fucked Up have pulled out all the stops to make, arguably, the album of their career with Dose Your Dreams. Whilst it kicks off in a familiar punk fashion, they then take unexpected turns into psychedelia, groove work-outs and even doo-wop before is brought to a close with a Krautrock epic. LP and CD on Merge.
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Surfbort
Friendship Music

Surfbort are a Brooklyn band who take their influences from ‘80s US punk bands. This is in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll that is delivered with love. Friendship Music has been released through a joint venture between Fat Possum and Cult Records, the label owned by Julian Casablancas. Available on LP or CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Street Sects
The Kicking Mule

Debut album, End Position showed influences such as Chrome and Nine Inch Nails. Street Sects, the Austin, Texas post-punk industrial screamers change gear for album number two, The Kicking Mule. Here, they use Roxy Music, Brian Eno and Bowie’s Berlin trilogy as inspiration for it’s follow up, The Kicking Mule. there’s still plenty of rattling industrialism, screaming and Nine Inch Nails-ness, though. LP and CD on The Flenser.

Qlowski
Pure As Fear

Maple Death Records (The Wound, His Clancyness) with a dose of short, sharp garage rock here. Qlowski impressed with their eponymous 2016 cassette, even making it onto a Bandcamp article about the best releases of the year ('so far'- it was June at the time). Follow-up EP Pure As Fear sees the Italian group everything that made that the first record so good and run with it. That means influences of Aussie punk, golden-age CBGB’s and Killing Joke are still clearly audible.

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Down To Kill – Complete Live At The Speakeasy

There he goes, old Johnny Thunders. Jabbing his finger. Thrashing his guitar. Cooking his … never mind. The old reprobate was at his iconoclastic best one night in March 1977 at London’s Speakeasy. With his Heartbreakers in tow the former New York Dolls man sang a few tunes and mercilessly bated his audience. Down To Kill - Live At The Speakeasy became one of the more infamous live LPs in rock history after its initial release in 1982, but some extra recordings from the gig were discovered a few years ago. As such, this new Complete version runs to fifteen tracks as opposed to the original’s ten.
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Uranium Club
Human Exploration LP

Static Shock bring the debut from these Minneapolis punks to vinyl LP for the first time. Uranium Club’s Human Exploration LP was previously only available as a hard to find cassette. The group’s itchy, nervous punk music blends no wave and hardcore influences into a different sound entirely. The guitars are cheap and the vocals shouted.
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Big’n
Knife of Sin

‘90s noise-rock luminaries Big’N have got the band back together in recent years. Their latest EP, the six-track Knife Of Sin, shows their powers to be undimmed. This is tortured, needling hardcore noise of the Jesus Lizard school. Steve Albini’s had a hand in this one, which seems about right.

Neurotic Fiction
Pulp Music

Or do they mean: Neurotic Music, by Pulp Fiction? They don’t, but this Norman Records™ blurb writer may have initially read it thus. Anyway, Bristolian quartet Neurotic Fiction bring plenty of spark to their debut LP Pulp Music (got it right this time). The band’s brand of jangly indie-punk sees them slot in nicely alongside Fresh and Muncie Girls on the Specialist Subject roster.
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Redd Kross
Teen Babes From Monsanto

Teen Babes From Montasano was the critically acclaimed second EP by Redd Kross, originally released in 1984. The EP features covers of songs by Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kiss and The Shangri-Las along with one original composition. Jeff and Steve McDonald were a relatively baby-ish 21 and 17 respectively when they made this EP. LP and CD on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Johnny Mafia
Princes De L’amour

French garage guys Johnny Mafia announce themselves to the wider world with second album Princes De L’amour, a high-energy rush of frenzie punk underpinned with solid songcraft. It’s not the most original of sounds, but it is hard to deny the bouncing, grinning appeal of garage-punk done right like this. Out on Dirty Water.

Redd Kross
Hot Issue

Redd Kross are a Californian punk/power pop band led by brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald. Hot Issue gathers together rarities and other unreleased nuggets from the band’s archive. The songs date from 1980, when they were known as Red Cross, and go as far as 2007. Reissue vinyl LP and CD on Merge.
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk
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  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk
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The Intelligence
Live In San Francisco

The latest release in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series comes courtesy of The Intelligence. Lars Finberg and his band of Seattle punks tear through a bunch of live-wire tunes that take in everything from Country Teasers to Wire. Recorded in a tiny basement beneath a vintage clothes store and coming with the John Dwyer seal of approval, this one is American as apple pie.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

This Heat
Made Available

Always ones for a good pun, serial groundbreakers This Heat have compiled their 1977 Maida Vale sessions for John Peel on this Made Available compilation. The eight tracks here may be the group’s earliest public recordings - they were taped fully two years before their self-titled debut LP saw daylight - but the mixture of New Wave, post-punk, music concrete, electroacoustic music and about a million other genres demonstrate that the group were light-years ahead of the competition even at this early stage.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Siglo XX
The Art Of War

The Art Of War was the third release by Belgian band Siglo XX. It was originally released in 1982. The band fall into the punk rock drawer of the big musical filing cabinet with additional dividers labelled ‘Gothic Rock’, ‘Coldwave’ and ‘Darkwave’. For fans of Joy Division. 12” Ep on Onderstroom, limited to 300 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk

Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries
Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries

Riotous queer-core and vibrant punk pop from San Franciscan five piece Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries who play dayglo riot-grrl inspired pop with serious messages about gender and body image. Fans of the B52s, the Gravy Train and Le Tigre should be taking careful notes.    

The Fall
58 Golden Greats

There aren’t many bands who could release a career-spanning retrospective and call it 58 Golden Greats without stretching the truth as to the number of songs or the golden greatness of the music. The prolific nature of The Fall means that they can, however. This trans-label overview was compiled by Daryl Easlea, who knows a thing or two about the Manchester post-punk and beyond legends. The material is picked from albums running right up to their final album, New Facts Emerge. 3CD box set on Cherry Red.

Capital Punishment
This Is Capital Punishment

Right, this is getting ridiculous. It was a pretty far fetched idea for us to expect to believe that the earlier Capital Punishment re-issue was made 35 years ago by an all future star line up including Ben Stiller. Now we are told that the quartet including Supreme Court Justice judge Peter Swann, professor Peter Zusi, actor/TV 'funny' man Ben Stiller and Kriss Roebling, whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge have gone back into the studio to make new material.  You expect us to believe this? 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Punk / Hardcore / Post-Punk