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Vanishing Point

Mudhoney seem to have settled into a bit of a holding pattern over the past 15 years or so, with regular touring and an album every four or five years to remind us that they still mean business. Here’s the latest of those, ‘Vanishing Point’, the first since ‘08’s ‘The Luck...view item »

Ty Segall Band

Those of you out there who keep an ear to the garage will already know about Ty Segall, since he’s made quite a name for himself prolifically doling out a series of lo-fi gems over the past few years on the likes of ...view item »

Thee Oh Sees

Hi. Below is some information regarding the new Oh Sees album - listen up. ‘Drop’ is a John Dwyer Oh Sees record, as with previous non-band outings like ‘Castlevania’ and such, yet it also sounds like a complete band outing which is reassuring. Sadly there’s no Brigid, no Petey (Dammit!) and no Mike whi...view item »

David Bowie
The Next Day

Aiming for comeback of the year before he was usurped by My Bloody Valentine, David Bowie delivers his first album in million years and you have to hand it to him, the silence has paid dividends. Had he been releasing albums and touring over...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Led by the infamous Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded their 14th album, Revelation in Newcombe’s Berlin studio over 18 months between 2012 and 2014. Eastern influences had started to make their way into the band’s psychedelic groove. The band are a swirling collective helmed by Newcom...view item »

Sweet Apple
The Golden Age of Glitter

The Golden Age Of Glitter is the second album by all-star rock band, Sweet Apple. The band features J. Mascis on drums, Tim Parnin from Cobra Verde on Guitar and Dave Sweetapple from Witch on bass and vocals. (Hmm, I wonder where they g...view item »

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin

If you were to assemble a hard rock band you’d probably want John Bonham on drums, John Paul Jones on bass, Jimmy Page on guitar and Robert Plant on vocals. That’s what Led Zeppelin did and they were arguably the best ...view item »

White Reaper
White Reaper

From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, White Reaper – formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/ guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam Wilkerson (bass) -- combines sparkling hooks and fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing an ounce of sonic bite. Th...view item »

September Girls
Cursing The Sea

The process of doling out reviews to our various staff is more fraught than you may think. This record seems to have been knocking about forever and still we wait on the review from its once enthusiastic champion. A sequence of implausible events have scuppered it but we are not letting it get away though, no way,  so September Girls, you a...view item »

The Revellions
Give It Time

The Revellions are back this week with their first album in five years on Dirty Water! These Irish garage-popsters are peddling a very authentically '60s sound full of Hammond organ, jangly guitars and naively soulful vocals, often buoyed by some uplifting brass which gives it a slight British working men's club kind of feel. Opener 'Bitter &a...view item »

Mongol Horde
Mongol Horde

Frank Turner forgets what folk punk is and gets all nostalgic with Mongol Horde, a band comprised of Sleeping Souls contributor Matt Nasir, as well as old punx friend Ben Dawson (of Turner's old band, Million Dead). The result is something like hardcore, this self-titled debut full of a different kind of energy Turner hasn't tapped into for a go...view item »

The Moons
Body Snatchers

A 7” of the single Body Snatchers by The Moons. It’s got quite a theatrical feel to it with some synths bubbling away on classic B-movie horror film soundtrack type themes. It actually sounds like the theme tune to a rubbish American horror flick. It’s unhinged, spooky pop at its finest. The B-...view item »

Straight Arrows

When Phil handed me this LP saying it'd be "noisy" I was picturing some scratchy late '80s Chicago sounding scuzz-rock, but actually Straight Arrows are dealing in '60s style garage-pop fuzz that makes me think of The Seeds, The Milkshakes, the Pebbl...view item »


I don't know what's happened to Boris. I was never a big fan anyway but 'Pink' really had a startling power that pricked my ears up. It's all been a bit downhill from there, however. They've transformed into this kind of "alternative" stadium band, retaining their dynamic structures and eclectic nature but...I dunno. It's all a little over-worth...view item »

Gooch Palms

As you may know, much of the music we stock is Very Serious Music, which has an entirely valid place on the musical landscape and all but when you have to listen to every record it can get exhausting, and it’s a relief when something light and easily digestible comes in. Today my light relief has come in the form of this delightful LP by N...view item »

White Lung
Deep Fantasy

Thought I'd squeeze in a few typed yelps in about this shouty nu-punk stormer.  I think this is Domino's answer to that there quite excellent Perfect Pussy and regardless of their relatively poor showing in the Norman archives for past endeavours, have proved themselves to be a melodic punk force to be ...view item »

Craft Spells

The law of averages says I’m going to find an album I actually like this week. Y’know, that I might take home and shit? The fact that this is on Captured Tracks and that the opening track sounds something like a Wild Nothing/Real Estate hybrid suggests I may have hi...view item »

Led Zeppelin

Despite the slow burning blues of “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and the manic blues of “Celebration Day” Led Zeppelin found themselves moving away from their roots on their third album to incorporate elements of folk music into their heavy rock sound with tracks such as “Frien...view item »

Tijuana Panthers
Wayne Interest

Happy surf pop garage is always welcome during these rainy days. If you need some sun etched into beautiful vinyl grooves, Tijuana Panthers’ Wayne Interest is just what you need. Packed with short songs brimming with bright melodies and upbeat singing, this record would make even the British summer feel ...view item »

Teenage Mojo Workout

Teenage Mojo Workout is divided almost equally between cover songs and originals. It is nostalgic enough for many a retro rock fiend yet cool enough for the 'youth crowd'. Musicians just do not tell us to "do the go-go" or sing songs titled "Hanky Panky" any more and that is where this hard-rockin' girl-trio from Japan comes in. Word has it that th...view item »

Satan's Satyrs
Die Screaming

In the world of Satan's Satyrs, the riff is king. They don't even give us a whiff of vocals until we've banged our heads through a five-minute barrage of non-stop pummelling riffage. Their singer has a weird voice, thin, trebly and sneering, which works oddly well against the backdrop of thick, chunky testosterock.   ...view item »

Royal Trux
Radio Video

Primal indie rawkers Royal Trux made some of the '90s most hectic music, with jaunty punk conjoining their sweet pop hooks to create a nebulous, chaotic strand of rock music. With a title that pushed forward their many idiosyncrasies and contradictions, Radio Video became an EP of five tracks. A wond...view item »

The Black Keys
Turn Blue

Used to hate them but hate them less these days. The opposite to the normal trajectory. They seem to be purveying soulful, smoky atmospheric pop rather than balls out blues on this album and its all the sweeter for it. Nice production touches, 'Fever' does what MGMT used to do before they went mental. Clever lads. &n...view item »

White Fence
Cyclops Reap

One of those names I’ve seen about for ages yet never heard. Despite my employ in a record emporium, its very easy to miss out on loads of great stuff if you are looking the other way, which I normally am, at a tree or the viaduct. This is the latest album in the lifetime of Tim (no relation to Elvis or Reg) Presley and its a lovely surpri...view item »

Howlin Rain
Live Rain

Here's album number two in my "live album corner" for this week, 'Live Rain' by Howlin Rain. It's strident Americana-rawk from the Blueshammer school of subtlety, the vocal affectations are getting on my nerves quite quickly. The gatefold has loads of photos so you can look at the beardy man shouting at the microphone and close your eyes and ima...view item »

Danko Jones
A Collection Of Lost Songs From 1996 - 1998

Toronto's Danko Jones are probably best known for their slick and sleazy high energy hard rock antics of latter years, but this fascinating LP collects together various demos recorded in the two years between the band's formation and their first EP. Far from the radio-friendly theatrics of their latter releases, these recordings are chock full o...view item »

North St. / We’re Gonna Make It

Lots has been said about Death in recent years, especially when compared to how much was said about them at the time. The past few years have seen a succession of reissues, celebrity endorsements, and of course the documentary 'A Band Called Death', which poignantly charts the could-have-been career path of these maverick proto-punks. These two ...view item »

Manchester Orchestra

Anyone who heard Manchester Orchestra's 2011 LP 'Simple Math' will know that this troupe are not from Manchester, and neither are they an orchestra. They are in fact a rock band from Atlanta, but as far as band names go I can see why they didn't go with "Atlanta Rock Band". On 'Cope' they're playing the kind of skyscraping American Rawk ...view item »

Bomb the Rocks - Early Days Singles (1989-1996)

Japanese girl-trio The’s have been providing the world with punked-up rockabilly sounds since 1989, and this compilation captures their earliest singles. Much of this material has never really been properly available outside of Japan, so Bomb The Rocks is a great opportunity to get on board with some high-...view item »

Black Spiders
This Savage Land

Although this album is not quite as strong as the debut, it rocks the same way and has some awesome songs. This is a heavier, faster, darker album than the last. The band sticks to its good fun Rock and Roll tone and attitude, but lyrically, the songs are darker and more aggressive than most of what was on the debut and is overall more metal. Th...view item »

The Coathangers
Suck My Shirt

These lady garage punkers are now onto their fourth full length album. ‘Suck My Shirt’ released on Suicide Squeeze Records is a brash but intelligent collection of riot grrrl noise, the riffs are simple but effective and the art rock style vocals give it more of a post punk vibe than out and out garage nonsense. Tracks like &...view item »

Sudden Death of Stars
All Unrevealed Parts Of The Unknown

So much stuff, so little time. This is a French psych pop band who sound unbelievably if they’ve just emerged from a thatched cottage in the South Downs to play at the village fete. They use all the correct psych pop reference points; The Kinks, Syd Barrett...view item »

Talmud Beach
Talmud Beach

Talmud Beach a bearded three-piece from Helsinki, Finland but their sound recalls the relaxed blues of JJ Cale and Canned Heat with elements of Krautrock and Suicide. Talmud Beach are so laid back they are horizontal and the music matches their demeanor. ...view item »

Dead Moon

Defiance, Dead Moon’s fourth album, is full of attitude and has songwriting chops to match. Originally released in 1990, this is the first time the album has been available worldwide on CD. Defiance includes the fan favourites and Dead Moon classics, Dagger Moon, Johnny&rsquo...view item »

Michael Yonkers
Michael Lee Yonkers

Here's a side to Michael Yonkers I hadn't heard before. You may have heard his fuzzy '60s proto-post-punk weirdness that has been unearthed on labels like De Stijl and hotly lauded in recent years, but in the '70s he also picked up his acoustic guitar and made some very different records. This one I have on my record player, 'Michael Lee Yonkers...view item »

Jim Woerhle & Michael Yonkers
Borders of My Mind

Michael Yonkers recorded an album way back in 1968 which passed by unnoticed until it was released again a decade ago and he finally got the acclaim that he so richly deserved. This is another of his earlier pieces, showing the folksy heart of the man along with his friend and co-musician Jim Woerhle. Recorded o...view item »

Yellow River Boys
Urinal St.Station

Yellow River Boys devise a good ol' honky tonk for you so that you'll forget the fact they called their record Urnial St. Station and are mainly talking about their dicks and the piss that comes out of them. Bearded bros singing about taking a slash, basically: country rock dudes, these folks are your kin...view item »

White Fence
Live in San Francisco

Having recently been to a live concert I can vouch for the excitement they provide. Certainly more thrilling, if less comfortable, than sitting in front of an electric fire of an evening. White Fence recently rocked San Francisco to its core and there to record it on his trusty Tascam was John Dwyer, leavin...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Singles Collection Vol: 3

This seems to be a compilation of singles. The third one. I’m nothing if not perceptive! Here we have singles, rarities, covers, bits (and indeed bats) of stuff that are a lot easier to have all on one LP than to spend a fortune trying to get the originals... There is stuff from a split 7” with Turner prize nominated ...view item »

Royal Trux
Veterans Of Disorder

This really is the quintessential, junk-free Royal Trux. It may not be pretty, but hey, it's art. No Trux album is an easy listen (except, perhaps their major label boogie-fest, Thank You) but repeated listens get into your head and clear away some of the noise, smoke and dust. Neal says that they make music for people who like music, whatever t...view item »

Blind Shake
Key To A False Door

Rattling riff rock from these Minneapolis -raised garage stompers who have recently toured with Thee Oh Sees and collaborated with psych guitar legend Michael Yonkers as well as John Reis. From the sound of these storming, blustery bl...view item »


Pentwater do the whole prog rock thing right by name-checking pretty much every single first wave band there was -- let's just drop the words Yes and Gentle Giant now and be done with it -- and also playing some music. Mentioning their constant usage of "haunting flute lines"...view item »

Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam’s album Lightning Bolt, unfortunately not named for the avant-metal band, is a comfortable listen for fans of the old rock 'n' roll sound of the band, without being too precious or uptight about it. Recommended for anyone who is a big fan of Vedder’s talent of singing through the nostrils. On ...view item »

Purling Hiss
Paisley Montage

Purling Hiss’s recent ‘Water On Mars’ LP was a departure from the meandering blown out stoner fuzz of their early material into a more concise (and some cynical people may say more marketable) gnarly grunge-pop business. Those who lament the move away from those raw, twiddly early days of fu...view item »

Hands On The Controls

Garage rock fans will be happy about this one - Castle Face have just pressed the first Coachwhips album ‘Hands On The Controls’ onto vinyl for the first time ever, and thrown six unreleased tracks in to sweeten the deal. That’s 25 songs on a single LP. ...view item »

Butter Knife

The Goatse-esque cover illustration to this new Audacity album has kind of put me off my lunch, but no matter! I’m a professional and will review through the retches, because this lot actually aren’t too bad. They’re peddling a very ‘90s-ish indie rock sound as seems to be the trend nowadays...view item »

Bed & Bugs

Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu legend Rick Froberg’s latest outfit Obits have their third album out this week on Sub Pop. The quartet are ripping out some more of their loose-limbed bluesy post-punk rock&rsqu...view item »

The Herms
Drop Out Vol:1

Here we have a collection of demos, rarities and general oddities from The Herms, a ramshackle bunch of lads that make the strangest of lo-fi garage pop with a surreal edge. I'm always amazed at how a lot of these garage rock/pop bands sound so old, like they've stepped into a time machine and recorded their album back in 1975, I guess The Herms...view item »

Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos
Live In San Francisco

If you like, or love, Ry Cooder, you'll love this album. Comprised mainly of older songs with some more recent, and all done beautifully. The old Cooder classics, such as Boomers' Story and Goodnight Irene (Leadbelly, I know) have been reworked and sound fresh. The guitar solos aren't done to impress or show off, ...view item »

King Tuff
Live At Third Man Records

This Live at Third Man series seems to quickly be becoming the jewel in the label’s crown, knocking out functional live discs from the likes of The Peoples Temple and Black Lips and with a Melvins...view item »

Manic Street Preachers
Rewind The Film

If you're a fan, consider that every Manics album has its own sound, its own look and its own feel. They're always true to themselves, but they dress their sound (and themselves) differently for every new venture, exploring, creating and reimagining their world. If you're expecting Send Away The Tigers or, going further back, Motown Junk, sure, ...view item »

The Mallard
Finding Meaning In Deference

The press release for ‘Finding Meaning In Deference’ is a bit of a downer as it announces the split of The Mallard, a band that, in my opinion had a lot of potential. Fortunately ‘Finding Meaning In Deference’ is an outstanding swan song that sees Greer McGettrick and Co. (I have no idea who is currently playing the group...view item »

Mikal Cronin

Mikal Cronin’s self-titled solo debut was one of those albums that took a while to creep up on me. What was initially just another innocuous indie-pop record has turned into a much-loved favourite with its mix of ‘90s power pop and ‘60s psychedelia. Cronin has an ability to write carefree, i...view item »

Fair Ohs
Jungle Cats

Despite being quite good at the information thing, the internet doesn’t tell you everything. Its just taken me 10 minutes to try to find out where this raucous band are from. Why in ears' sake do I need to know? Does it matter? Well, the fact that they are from the grimy street of England's London headquarters provides just the fai...view item »

Straight Arrows
It's Happening

This new Straight Arrows album is really hitting the spot today. This quartet specialise in that reverb-drenched ‘60s garage pop sound, only with more reverb. It smothers everything like a warm fluffy blanket, filing down the sharp edges of their hi-gain guitar and hollerin’ vocals to something blurry and distant and thoroughly palat...view item »

Thee Oh Sees
Moon Sick

This is a great listen for anyone interested in John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees early work. Even though these song have lo fi production they show John Dwyer's songwriting talent. It start with first track "Grown In A Graveyard" which starts with spooky synths and a steady drum beat. They also feature John Dwyers spooky guitars. This is followed by ...view item »

Black Sabbath

It's dark, heavy tone and masterful songwriting makes this album a standout amongst Black Sabbath's discography. It's a long album yet it keeps you interested, so it feels like the appropriate length. There are several small issues with this album, though. I can't say Rick Rubin did a spectacular job producing the album. While I don't mind the l...view item »

Miles Kane
Don't Forget Who You Are (the album)

"Colour of the Trap" was good, and I thought this one would be similar to it--but it's a thousand times better! The songs have more substance to them, and they have a lot more "thickness"--bass, guitar, drums, etc.--and overall I think it's written much better than the first. Some songs have a notable 60s sound to them, with an added heavier roc...view item »

Iggy & The Stooges
Ready To Die

The first album back from the reanimated Stooges a few years ago, ‘The Weirdness’, didn’t really push my buttons at the time, since lots had happened in the years which have passed since ‘Raw Power’ (Incidentally, the press release makes a big deal about trumpeting that it’s the...view item »

Rich Ristagno
What Would It Be Like To Be Rich

This guy is totally rockin’ a strong moustache and mullet combo in the photo on the inner sleeve. This record was an autobiographical concept album recorded in 1981 in from a Detroit ex-garage-rocker-cum-accidental-no-wave-tourist. The record just oozes an extremely endearing non-pretentious, humble almost naive vibe. Not a single ...view item »

The Shouting Matches
Grownass Man

In my experience, the average Bon Iver fan doesn’t seem to like Justin Vernon’s rock/blues outfit The Shouting Matches, but this is a decent album. Still imbued with the passion and feeling than inhabits Bon Iver, “Grownass Man” perhaps has more in ...view item »

The Peoples Temple
Live At Third Man

I like People’s Temple. On their two albums so far they’ve managed to knock out a disarmingly vital mixture of ‘60s garage rock and r’n’b for a sound that’s like Ty Segall knocking out some pepped up ...view item »

The Virgins
Strike Gently

There was some debate in our office as to what this record was going to sound like, with a mysterious female hand holding a burning matchbook on the front cover, and the band name not really suggesting any genre in particular. We discussed how it might be gnarly garage, or maybe some kind of gothy coldwave, maybe some kind of hair metal or sleek...view item »

Heaven's Jail Band

Brooklyn’s Heaven’s Jail Band are back after a 2011 debut I didn’t hear, playing some bluesy indiemericana with some high-pedigree buddies from bands like Phosphorescent and Dept of Eagles dropping by to help out. It’s quite dark...view item »

King Salami And The Cumberland Three
Cookin' Up a Party

After a slow and cerebral start to the week things have really livened up today with that superb Castleface Velvet Underground thing and now this latest offering from King Salami & the Cumberland ...view item »

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Specter at the Feast

BRMC is in the right place and right time for me! You also have to be in the right place and right time for this album. I completely enjoyed this album from start to finish. Yes, it is more laid back than their last few albums before it but it is also in line to their earlier work, classic BRMC. Nonetheless, this album is full of great music, fe...view item »

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro is one of those bands which continue to stretch themselves without losing touch with the sound and edge which has made them special. Opposites tends to be a bit more straight-forward than their previous albums which jumped around quite a bit. For many bands that might be a bad thing, and could come off as "one-note", but it never com...view item »

Apache Dropout
Magnetic Heads

This is a lot of fun! What we have here isn’t exactly a “new” Apache Dropout album, but a rummage through their early self-released tapes, made between 2008 and 2009. Great stuff it is too! Murky lo-fi noise scuzz and tape murk do little to diminish the foot-stompin’ country-gara...view item »

Stack Waddy
The Lost Dandelion Jams

The perfect warm-up band for Black Sabbath's tour of their first album. As stated elsewhere, they always played loud, hard and drunk, but pricks in the studio. Told to turn down the amps because they were red-lining the recording device, their reply...Bugger Off...became the title of their second album. It's that attitude which kills this release...view item »

The Killers
Battle Born

The Killers have always been at the top of their game, since 2004’s Hot Fuss the band has been mega-stars, channelling the arena-like grandeur of Bruce Springsteen and U2. However, since the chart topping 'Hot Fuss' each album release since has dropped in quality a little. We...view item »

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