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The Cavemen
Nuke Earth

Nuke Earth is the new album by New Zealand garage punk band The Cavemen. Their name gives a few clues about their music - it’s primal, visceral rock ‘n’ roll for beer-fuelled nights. Guaranteed to cure what ails ya, if what ails ya is lack of vintage punk rock. LP and CD on Slovenly.

Brother JT
Tornado Juice

Brother JT, aka John Terlesky has been exploring psychedelic music for years by way of ace underground labels like Siltbreeze and Drag City. He's still at it though and this latest opus on Thrill Jockey continues melting his love for classic songwriting with a more out there approach to garagey psych.  

Jack White
Boarding House Reach

Jack is back. First new album for four years for the former White Stripes polymath. This time he holed himself up in an apartment and let his creativity run wild. Boarding House Reach explores rock and roll, punk, electro, gospel and everything in between. A tour de force of his abilities to experiment and surprise. 

Swampmeat Family Band
Too Many Things To Hide

The excellently-named Punk Slime Recordings release the latest LP from the excellently-named Swampmeat Family Band. Morphing from a duo into a four-piece for this record, the additional members have allowed the Swampmeat stalwarts of Daniel Finnemore and T-Bird Jones to put (swamp)meat on the bones of their sound. Tracks like ‘Long Way Down’ barrel along with a good energy and come across like The Ramones covering T-Rex.
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Led Zeppelin
How The West Was Won

Led Zep’s beloved 2003 live compilation How the West Was Won turns fifteen this year and its legal guardian (Atlanta) is really splashing out in celebration. Pick your poison: a vinyl pressing (for the first time) over four waxy discs, a remastered 3CD set or the good ol’ 5.1/stereo Blu-Ray audio DVD (with photo gallery). Buy the box set containing the lot and enjoy also a 96kHz/24-bit download, a commemorative photo book and a print of the album cover. No minidisc version though - what were they thinking?
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Wreckless Eric
Construction Time & Demolition

I guess Wreckless Eric was true pop-punk before it was bastardised by a bunch of short-lived MTV-friendly ‘comedy metal’ bands in the early 2000s. Famed for his catchy 1977 single, Whole Wide World, he has happily operated under the radar ever since. Construction Time and Demolition is his new album, his first in three years, and finds Wreckless Eric in fine form.  
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Spiny Normen
Spiny Normen

Never before released, it’s about time the mid-1970s LP Spiny Normen by heavy Houston psych-fuzzers Spiny Normen finally met contemporary UK mail-order record shop Norman Records by Norman Records. Recorded in a technical college, these eight tunes span hard rock, Jethro Tull-esque flute prog, offbeat acid scuzz and more.

Jimi Hendrix
Both Sides Of The Sky

Excuse me while I listen to this guy! Both Sides of the Sky is a baker’s dozen of recordings that ol’ Jimi Hendrix cut between 1968 and 1970. The majority have never previously seen the light of day. This album the trio of deep-cuts LPs that also includes Valleys of Neptune and People, Hell & Angels. Stephen Stills appears on ‘$20 Fine’ and ‘Woodstock’. 

Mark Sultan
Let Me Out / Be The Blood

Rising star of garage rock, Mark Sultan presents us with two sides of acid-drenched, fuzzy garage punk. Sultan, who has also recorded under the BBQ moniker displays his ability to write classic hooks with instant garage rock classic Let Me Out and psychedelic fuzz racket Be The Blood. 7” on Wick.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Monster Magnet
Mindfucker

New Jersey rockers Monster Magnet are back in demure form as ever, with their family-friendly tenth album 'Mindfucker'. Jokes, obvs. This record is as savage and raw as you'd expect from the stoner-rock five-piece, with seductive splices of proto-punk, neckbreaking guitar riffs and psych-laced solos.

Various
Fools Paradise Favorites

There's a man in New Jersey called Rex who has radio show where he favours forgotten skronking rock 'n' roll bops from the 50s and 60s. Through the magic of radio he's managed to give them a new lease of life and now Jazzman have compiled some of the bst. The LP comes with an extra "chicken-themed twin spin bonus 45 single". I don't know what that means but thought you'd like to know.  

Black Moth
Anatomical Venus

Anatomical Venus is the third album by Leeds/London stoner/psych rock five piece Black Moth.Their sound is more focused and with this they have made arguably their best album yet. They take their influences from the classic rock of Black Sabbath and The Stooges, the emotionally intense music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Swans to more recent noiseniks such as Pissed Jeans. Black & White Marbled LP and CD on Spinefarm.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Turbonegro
RockNRoll Machine

New business from the Norwegian cult rock juggernaut that is Turbonegro. Rock’N’Roll Machine, their first album in more than five years, is a big fat rawk slab full of crunching riffs, though there is also a keyboard player in the band again for extra synthy textures. And just look at that cover art! Rock’N’Roll Machine is released by Burger Records.
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Hinds / Los Nastys
Holograma / Castigadas En El Granero

Here's a split 7" by two of Madrid's most lively punk and garage rock bands. In time worn style Hinds and Los Nastys have a go at playing each others songs and as a result have created a document of the much overlooked Madrid rock scene of which these two lots are major players. Brought to you on vinyl as red as the blood produced when a bull gores a picador. 

David Bowie
Heroes

Anyone who hasn’t previously had the chance to pick up some of the key David Bowie albums doesn’t have to worry any more, as Parlophone are furnishing us with some fine new reissues of the great man’s Berlin period! Heroes is of course defined by its massive and infinite title track, but the rest of the tracklisting is also extremely worth digging into. CD and LP reissues.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

The Jam
Sound Affects

Sound Affects is widely thought of by critics, and Paul Weller himself, as the best record by The Jam. Their fifth album, it was originally released towards the end of 1980. It turned out to be their penultimate release and featured the singles That’s Entertainment and the Taxman-aping Start! The latter was the band's second no.1 hit.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Thick Syrup
Living In Leeds

Judging by the title this should really be the most depressing album of all time but to their credit Thick Syrup have made quite an uplifting set of avant rock songs with nods towards Shocking Blue, the Meters and even Sabbath. They are made up of members of The Wharves and Broken Arm and only one of them lives in Leeds so that's good. 

Table Scraps
Autonomy

Table Scraps are helmed by former Poppy & The Jezebels member Poppy Twist, who has ditched the twee indie of that group for the more robust garage rock stylings of this new three-piece. Their debut LP Autonomy is a short, sharp blast of punk that’s done in under 30. The likes of ‘Sick Of Me’ buzz with far more energy than her old group ever conjured up on record.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Control Of The Going
I Love You But It’s Going To Rain

Looks nice and good and appropriate for this month of valentine -- but their rock music is apparently one of sound walls. Tinged with the psych rock beloved by so many, I Love You But It's Going to Rain is the first record by Control of the Going and offers an emotively pronounced session of restructured jams.  

Bat Fangs
Bat Fangs

Ex Hex’s Betsy Wright and Flesh Wound’s Laura King come unite under the banner of Bat Fangs for this LP. The resulting sound finds a pleasing midpoint between the former’s grunge-pop tendencies and the garage-y tub-thumping of King. Tracks like ‘Wolfbite’ are fun revivalist shredathons ala early Wavves.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

David Bowie
Stage (2017 Edition)

Wanna hear what it would have been like to see David Bowie play on his 1978 world tour? Stage was released that same year (although later reissues like this one include a full and proper set-list rather than edited highlights), and it features a great band (Adrian Belew, Carlos Alomar, George Murray) and great Berlin-era Bowie songs. 2CD and 3LP reissue editions from Parlophone.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is Bowie at the dawn of the 80’s, trying to produce a more commercial sound than the preceding Berlin records, although Robert Fripp and his magic guitar are still in the game. Features ‘Ashes To Ashes’, among other classic Bowie cuts. CD and LP reissues from Parlophone.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

David Bowie
Lodger

Lodger is the third and final entry in David Bowie’s late 70’s ‘Berlin’ trilogy, featuring his continued Brian Eno and Tony Visconti collaboration. Lodger is generally reckoned to be an underrated art-pop gem in the Bowie catalogue, so if you’ve not lodged yet, this reissue from Parlophone would be a perfect opportunity.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

David Bowie
Low

You’d be a fool to try and pick out a ‘most classic’ album from the hefty David Bowie discography, but it you did, Low would be a very good shout. The 1977 album, which began the Berlin-based Brian Eno and Tony Visconti collaboration trilogy, is notable for having a more experimental second side, but is fabulous all the way through. CD and LP reissue editions.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Koes Barat
Koes Barat

Koes Barat by Koes Barat is essentially a collection of tracks from Alan Bishop covering his favourite Indonesian songs. It's an odd mix that is probably a result of the multiverse theory, because let's face it, I'm not too sure how normal that mix is for our known universe? Anyway, Koes Barat is available on vinyl LP and it is worth noting that this is a Record Store Day 2015 item. Released on Sub Pop.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

The White Stripes
Merry Christmas From...

Originally cut in 1998 for a Flying Bomb Records Christmas single, The White Stripes’ ‘Candy Cane Children’ was reissued first in 2002 and then again in 2011 by (among other labels) Jack White’s own Third Man. This is the latter reissue that we’re dealing with here. ‘Candy Cane Children’ is the kind of rawer-than-raw garage-blues stomp that Jack and Meg built their empire on. The Merry Christmas From… B-sides find the duo getting a bit more festive - Meg sings ‘Silent Night’ while Jack reads from the Bible. God bless us, every one.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Dick Stusso
In Heaven

Given that most of the original tapes for Dick Stusso’s sophomore LP were lost after his house was burgled, it’s a miracle that In Heaven has seen the light of day at all. However, after that misfortune the Oakland raconteur rolled up his sleeves and redid the LP. Now the wrong side of 30, Stusso’s lyrics turn away from the post-Beck zen-bum outlook of Nashville Dreams to deal with mortality and the future. The music, however, steers close to the bluesy-croonerdom that has served Stusso well in the past. Think Mac Demarco if he paid more faithful homage to his influences.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Mind Crawler


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Twin Peaks
Sweet '17 Singles

'Sweet '17 Singles' is a compilation of 7" tracks that were released earlier this year, selling out almost immediately. Together they form a consistent and quite lovely record, full of wistful bluesy swing that's reminiscent of Women, though with a pastorally psychedelic tone not a million miles from Van Morrison.

Shannon & The Clams
Onion

Quickly recorded with caution out in the wind, Onion is the fifth and most savoury of Shannon & the Clams releases. They cite a quick and impulsive recording environment, as studio man Dan Auerbach just had his instruments ready to go at all times. Expect the usual and avid throwback pop majesty that the Clam crew live for.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Last of the Easy Riders
Unto The Earth

Hm, not too sure how I feel about 'psych-infused country-rock', doesn't seem right to me. But, if psych-infused country-rock is your thing, then Unto The Earth by Last of the Easy Riders may be the perfect thing for your ears. Available on vinyl LP and CD, and released on Agitated. It's worth noting that the LP, is red, limited to 500 copies and includes a poster. 

The Double
Dawn Of The Double

The Double (a duo featuring Emmett Kelly of Cairo Gang and Jim White of Dirty Three!) have identified Dawn Of The Double as a kind of twist to Rhys Chatham’s noisy minimal classic ‘Guitar Trio’: guitar and drums perpetually accelerating into amplified bliss. Except here, you can (and should) dance to it as well as lose your mind. LP on In The Red
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Fu Manchu
Clone Of The Universe

Did you miss Fu Manchu? Well here they are, back again with their twelfth album after four years away. Clone Of The Universe is a fuzzed-up epic, particularly when it comes to the eighteen-minute goliath of a track that takes up all of side two. That track features none other than Alex Lifeson of Rush(!) as a very special guest. Very nice. Released by At The Dojo.

The BellRays
Punk Funk Rock Soul, Vol. 2

You know the scene in Wayne’s World when Wayne and Garth go into the bar and Cassandra Wong’s band are playing? Well, The Bellrays sound quite a lot like that band (who, for the record, were called Crucial Taunt). Fusing hard-rock stylings with soulful vocals and banging choruses got CT a record deal, and it seems to have worked for The Bellrays too.

The Black Keys
Brothers

Brothers was the sixth studio album from US super duo the Black Keys and came amid a series of tensions between the pair which threatened to split the band for good. Luckily the pair sorted out their differences and recorded the album at the legendary Muscle Shoals recording complex. It ended up becoming their most successful record and scored an alternative radio hit in Tighten Up. 
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  • V2
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

John Moore
Knickerbocker Glory

I don’t know what it is about that album cover, but I like it. Anyway, John Moore, the man who replaced Bobby Gillespie in Jesus & Mary Chain and formed Black Box Recorder with Luke Haines has a new solo album out called Knickerbocker Glory, hence the literal cover art. According to Moore he began working on it in 1702 and it’s full of mostly love songs. Fans of Black Box Recorder will enjoy the laid back anthem Rabbit Hole, whilst tracks like Philosophical Man see Moore reaching right back into rock ‘n’ roll history for inspiration.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

The Liminanas
Shadow People

Shadow People is the fifth album proper by Perpignan’s hazy psych-pop duo The Liminanas. Their sound is harks back to Serge Gainsbourg’s work with female vocalists such as Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. Needless to say, then, that they exude cool. 180g vinyl LP, in a gatefold sleeve, and CD on Because Music.

Ben Miller Band
Choke Cherry Tree

Well we've already had the Steve Miller Band ('Abracadabra' et al) but this is something new. It's the Ben Miller Band  - a totally different thing. They make a kind of sprawling Americana with washboard bass and slide guitar alongside cello and four part harmonies. This is the first record to feature new member Smilin' Bob. For fans of ZZ Top. 
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Led Zeppelin
II

Led Zeppelin II is the second album, believe it or not, by Led Zeppelin. They are, as many people would tell you, widely regarded as the greatest rock band of all time. II is the album with Whole Lotta Love and Heartbreaker on it - so what more do you need to know? It’s essential stuff…..and now, it’s available in a variety of spiffy vinyl and CD versions.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Starcrawler
Starcrawler

I’m not quite sure how a band who formed at a high school have ended up recording with Ryan Adams and being released on Rough Trade within two years (though my guess would be family money and some industry connections), but there we go. Starcrawler are just such a band, and their high-energy youthful rock debut is now available from Rough Trade.

The Liminanas
The Woods / The Inventor

Melding sugar-sweet vintage pop with sun-bleached psych, The Liminanas beam their utopian brand no better than on their The Woods / The Inventor release. Formed by Lio and Marie Liminana, the two-track pressing offers Django Django-esque outback guitars and the odd stark, haywire synth to boot.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac

Reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s classic eponymous 1975 album, the first they released with their most iconic line-up, and which laid the foundations for their world-beating future. The album is available on CD, deluxe CD, and in a very deluxe box set featuring alternate takes, live recordings, and a surround and stereo mix.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

The Galileo 7
Tear Your Minds Wide Open!

Allan Crockford shows off his songwriting chops on Kent band The Galileo 7's fifth album, a rollicking psych-pop record packed to the rafters with stormy guitars, body-rocking bass and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Recorded live to tape, you can hear just how tight the foursome’s harmonies are, unfettered by production wizardry.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Wrong Creatures

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club remain firmly committed to the leather-clad rock’n’roll sonic lifestyle, standing up for their chosen ways. They have a new album, titled Wrong Creatures, that is positively overflowing with garage guitar riffs, oily basslines and raw vocal hollerings. Roll up roll up, BRMC fans. Wrong Creatures is released by Abstract Dragon.

Ghost
Ceremony and Devotion

Recorded during the Popestar tour during the summer of 2017, this is Ghost's Ceremony and Devotion. Apparently the record that follows the band into becoming one of the biggest arena bands in the world. Available on double vinyl LP and CD on Spinefarm. The 2LP comes housed in a gatefold sleeve and contains a 20-page booklet.  

The Kitchen Cinq
When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68

The Kitchen Cinq are very much an in-the-known band, beloved by those that know, but generally lurking in the shadows, including behind frontman Lee Hazlewood’s solo career. When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-1968 collects the whole lot of their sparky garage-rock’n’roll, including very early, very rare stuff. On Light In The Attic.

The White Stripes
There's No Home For You Here / I Fought Piranhas

The White Stripes invite you to remember a time when they released killer singles and existed as a band and whatnot; that time had something to do with an Elephant, if I recall, and "There's No Home For You Here" is invited along in the crew of 7"s that seeks to canonize their best moment. Comes with a b-side known as "I Fought Piranhas".

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Holy Mountain

The new album from Noel Gallagher’s current project High Flying Birds, Who Built The Moon?, is out now, and here to accompany it is this natty Maxi single. Holy Mountain is a storming track featuring Paul Weller on the old organ, and this release adds an instrumental version and an exclusive session recording bonus track. 12” on Sour Mash.

Jim White
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus

This is his sixth studio album and is finely produced, journeying across the vast American continent. I’m not sure if that is a place I wish to visit these days, but Jim White makes it feel magical, heartwarming and limitless, helped in turns by his hometown (Athens) finest musicians, plus Dead Rock West and Holly Golightly. It’s a fine ensemble. The vinyl version is a double vinyl with MP3 download and includes ‘Memories Of Sochichiro’, exclusive to vinyl editions.

Spice Boys
Glade

Did it really take this many years for somebody to think of the band name ‘Spice Boys’? The answer is no. There are many of them. This is one of the latest, formed in Sweden in 2015. Their music doesn’t resemble the Spice Girls’ style as rendered by men, which would be cool, but rather some pretty dirty garage rock with heavily-pedalled guitars, crunchy riffs and filtered vocals. Also quite cool.

Sonny Smith
Rod For Your Love

He deserves to recline on his sofa-shaped car, does Sonny Smith: this is his tenth studio album, and if that's not cause for celebration, what is? Rod For Your Love draws on old-school country rock and employs big, communally yelled melodies to share its portion of sunshine with you. Rockin' and rollin' and everything we've come to expect from a Smith record, it's a celebration rather than a redefinition. 
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The Pretty Things
Greatest Hits

The Pretty Things have evolved through several genres of music since the British R&B of their early ‘60s releases. This even included a stab at New Wave in the early ‘80s. Their most notable foray was into psychedelic rock, however, with the 1968 psych-rock opera SF Sorrow. The band featured guitarist Dick Taylor, who played bass in an early incarnation of The Rolling Stones. Although this new Greatest Hits anthology only contains a few actual chart hits, the set documents the music of one of the UK’s greatest ever rock bands. LP, 2CD with extra disc ‘Live at The 100 Club’ and CD.

Dead Moon
Defiance

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’s Got a Gun and Walking on my Grave.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Rust Never Sleeps

Classic Album Alert! Famously Canadian singer-songwriter guy -- that has a great voice and is actually very good -- Neil Young sees an album that he did in '79 with raucous band Crazy Horse reissued on pristine 180g vinyl. For the most part recorded live, with a few studio overdubs, it's an energetic and dynamically enlivening record. Young coined the phrase Rust Never Sleeps to avoid complacency and try a more positive and progressive approach to live performance. On Warner Bros.

Dinner Party
Too Live To Die

Dinner Party are a fuzz-rock band from Manchester. The Three Piece are made up from members of other Manchester bands such as Former Bullies, Irma Vep and Sex Hands. Too Live To Die is their second album and follow-up to their debut, Swinging. Fans of their debut will need no further encouragement to buy this, but newcomers can think of this as a welcome winter warmer. Vinyl LP on Icecapades.

The Cult
Choice of Weapon

We all knew The Cult from their 1980s big rock moves and international hits but they were still making albums all the way up to 2016. Choice of Weapon was their 2012 effort which saw them sign to Cooking Vinyl (ahh...um) and deliver an album concerned with the destruction of eco systems. It was though aimed at the heart of the Cult fans and was a raw and cinematic concept.  
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf
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Iggy & The Stooges
Raw Power

It's called 'Raw Power', but much of the conversation around this seminal punk rock record from Iggy Pop & The Stooges is about its recording. Originally mastered by David Bowie, it got the remaster treatment from Iggy himself just over a decade ago, showing off both's approach to these ferocious songs. Both are available on this reissue from Music On Vinyl, but concentrate on the songs, yeah?
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

La Luz
Weirdo Shrine

Recorded by Ty Segall in a makeshift surf shop studio, ‘Weirdo Shrine’ is doom surf band La Luz’s follow up LP to their 2013 debut ‘It’s Alive’. With songs about loneliness, infatuation, obsession and death, ‘Weirdo Shrine’ is eleven tracks of bittersweet, garage/sixties girl group inspired dark surf. 

Various
International Vicious Society Vol. 4

The International Vicious Society compilations achieved that powerful double-whammy of being extremely good and rather rare, which makes the University of Vice’s reissues very welcome. The album compiles international 50’s / 60’s dance music with a novelty twist. Limited edition of 500 vinyl copies!

The Sonics
Live At Easy Street

In 2015, garage legends The Sonics released their first studio album in five straight decades! They also spent Record Store Day 2015 performing a live set to a capacity crowd at Seattle’s Easy Street Records, and it sounds like it really went off that day! Live At Easy Street is a crisp and clear document of a remarkably potent set from these veterans. LP release on Re:Vox.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

CTMF
In The Devil's Focus

Billy Childish and pals did sessions for both Marc Riley and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music in July. This 10” collects both. These 10 tracks betray a new-found interest in the possibilities of granular synthesis… nah, you know exactly what to expect! Hashtag rocknroll, hashtag 77. Only 800 copies of this little beaut.

CTMF
What About Brian (Alt. Version) / The Fields In Mist

Billy Childish's current crew with an alternate version of a track from their fifth album, Brand New Cage. The A-side is an impassioned and perplexed protest at the omission of Brian Jones’ name from the plaque in Dartford Station commemorating the formation of the Stones. B-side exclusive to this 7”. As ever, zero progression, maximum class of 1977 vibes.

The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers

An album that probably needs no introduction here: The Rolling Stones trouser-bulging Sticky Fingers. This has of course never gone out of print, so this latest reissue goes all out, with three CDs (original remastered album, live tracks and outtakes), a DVD of footage, hardback book, prints, posters… Its all here. Or you could get the vinyl.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

The Fame-Beats
Don't Tell No Lies / The Watford Stomp

Aussie rockers The Fame-Beats are here with their debut release ‘Don’t Tell No Lies’, a lilting beat-inspired homage to mid-century British pop, courtesy of Wick Records. But the kicker here is ‘The Watford Stomp’, a rollicking party-starter that wouldn’t sound out of place on an early Beatles-B-side.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

U2
Songs Of Experience

Latest creation from the inevasible U2. On Island Records. Available on double LP cyan blue vinyl. Or there’s a limited edition deluxe box-set version including CD, blue double LP, a themed ‘newspaper’ and a handful of extra tracks if the regular 13 wasn’t enough for you. There you go.
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  • U2

The Monkees
Good Times!

Hey hey they’re the Monkees! And weirdly enough, this ain’t no reissue: Good Times! is a brand new studio record from the classic 60’s pop boys. The tracklisting is star-studded with guest writers, from Rivers Cuomo to Noel Gallagher to Paul Weller, plus some old previously-unrecorded songs by Harry Nilsson, Carole King et al. On Rhino.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Wild Evel and the Trashbones
Digging My Grave

Wild Evel and the Trashbones are a knockabout good-times garage-punk gang from Austria, with lots of lessons learned from both the original 60’s garage rockers and Billy Childish’s trash aesthetic revitalisations. Digging My Grave is a driving messy fuzzy torrent of leathery guitar action, released by Dirty Water.

Razz
Time Frames

Razz are led by ex-Pets guitarist Dan Wood whose guitar and songwriting skills revive a classic new wave sound making it relevant for today. Backed up by members of Reptoids, Talkies and Sob Stories, Time Frames is blistering rock record with memorable melodies, 'ooo-ooos' all in the right places and a cracking debut. On Emotional Response.

Des Demonas
Des Demonas

Debut album from fresh young band Des Demonas, although be aware that this isn’t the first outing for most members (who’ve played with Kid Congo Powers, The Make-Up and Thee Lolitas variously). Des Demonas is an album of fast-chugging repeato-rock from that fertile and every-growing US garage-punk universe. Released by In The Red.

The Rolling Stones
On Air

On Air showcases The Rolling Stones in a 1960s BBC recordings stylee. So you get them at their rawest, most direct and bluesy, bringing us their R&B love and Country influences which characterised their early sound. You fans will love this. All restored using ‘Audio Source Separation’ for that bit more clarity. In heavyweight double LP, CD and deluxe double CD packages.
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  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Peach Kelli Pop
Peach Kelli Pop III

The third (obviously) release of Allie Hanlon’s bubblegum pop solo project. Peach Keli Pop’s sound is damn lovely to be quite honest, sounding just exactly like you want it to, where 50’s aesthetics meet with punk drive. Hanlon plays all instruments and writes all songs: great work! On Burger Records.

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
The Visitor

For many years now, Neil’s M.O. has been to rush into the studio and unburden himself of whatever his latest preoccupation might be. Unsurprisingly, this time it involves the current occupant of the White House. Young’s always had a habit of proclaiming his US patriotism, but here at least, the title undercuts the irony of his status as a Canuck blow-in. Judging by the preview tracks, his intent is to combat the crassness and divisiveness in American politics with rousing affirmations of positivity and defiance. The dense clutter of Already Great and the orchestral bombast of Children of Destiny don’t give much indication as to what the album as whole will be like, but it’s reasonable to expect a couple of gems in there. and that Promise of the Real will lend the songs their mixture of comparatively youthful energy and rootsy swagger.

OCS
Memory Of A Cut Off Head

What must it be like to make a record every week? Well John Dwyer is trying to find out with his various Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees and OCS records simultaneously causing panic within our filing system. This latest release sees him reunite with vocal foil Brigid Dawson creating a hushed affair at odds with his recent energetic garage rock. Back to the roots. Quiet and sumptuous. 

Ultimate Painting
Live at Third Man Records

Ultimate Painting is the pairing of James Hoare and Jack Cooper, known for their excellent indie bands Veronica Falls and Mazes (respectively). A tour together made them realise they had something going on, leading to the lovely sounds we hear here. This release captures a live performance at Jack White’s Third Man Records.

David Bowie
Pin Ups

Parlophone reissued a range of David Bowie albums in the Five Years boxset in 2015: now these nice 180g vinyl versions are being released individually too. Pin Ups, released in 1973, finds Bowie covering a number of his 60’s favourites, including tracks by The Who and Pink Floyd. This LP release uses the 2015 remasters.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Table Scraps
Sick of Me

Brummie garage punks Table Scraps follow a slew of cracking singles and an LP with a new 7”. Sick Of Me continues in their tradition on self-produced, self-styled, reverb-soaked garage rock. The band have notably been picked to support legendary punk acts The Stranglers and Buzzcocks. On Zen 10.

Iggy Pop
Apollo

This 10” contains versions of everyone’s two favourite songs from Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life album (the title track and The Passenger), recorded live in 1977 at a concert in Manchester’s Apollo. These fiery performances have never previously been issued in full form, and punchy audio is housed within a sleeve that boasts a muscular pin-up image of Iggy. Nice. On Easy Action.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Who Built The Moon?

Who Built The Moon? is the third album by 4 parts ex-Oasis, 1 part ex-Zutons band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Noel Gallagher insists that there are a number of far-flung influences on his new band’s music and the band name, intentionally or otherwise, named after the Judy Henske song, suggests psychedelic overtones. However he made this soup, fans of Noel Gallagher’s output to date will find plenty to like here. LP and CD on Sour Mash.

Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys
Rot

Two steps ahead of anyone hoping to insult them with a jeering nickname since 2009, Sydney’s Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys return to peddle their rather raucous, slightly punkish and unapologetically dated rock & roll. Rot is their second LP, released on LP/CD by their own label R.I.P. Society and brims with filthy bass, fabulously harsh guitars mixed high and hoarsely-barked vocals.

Those Pretty Wrongs
Those Pretty Wrongs

Those Pretty Wrongs is a collaboration between legendary Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and producer, musician and former member of roots-rock band The Freewheelers, Luther Russell. The pair got together when Stephens asked Russell to perform with him to promote the Big Star documentary film Nothing Can Hurt Me. If lead single Lucky Guy is anything to go by then fans of Big Star's gentler, melodic side will find plenty to like here.

Paul and Linda McCartney
Ram

Universal have a full brace of Paul McCartney reissues to show off. 1971's Ram is Paul’s first record made with his wife Linda McCartney, and it is widely interpreted as a dig at John Lennon: Ram was of course being recorded and released in the aftermath of the break-up of some band called The Beatles. CD and LP reissues.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Paul McCartney
McCartney II

Universal present a full brace of new Paul McCartney‘s post-Beatles material in reissue form. McCartney II was recorded in 1979, as Wings were on their way out, and was assembled entirely by Paul himself, using a stack of synthesisers. And it includes the wonderful deep McCartney cut ‘Temporary Secretary’! CD and LP reissues.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Paul McCartney
McCartney

Universal have a full brace of Paul McCartney reissues to show off, giving the listening public an opportunity to examine the Beatle’s solo work once more. McCartney was his very first, released in 1970 and recorded in secret while his main band was still just about active. Paul plays almost every single part of the album, which has a nice and loose feel to it. CD and LP reissues.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Paul McCartney and Wings
Band On The Run

Universal present a full brace of new Paul McCartney‘s post-Beatles material in reissue form. Band On The Run is perhaps the best known of Paul’s records with Wings, featuring the big hit title track among other 70’s easy-rock bangers. CD and LP reissues, both with restored artwork and a download code.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Witch
Lazy Bones

'Lazy Bones!!', the third record by Zambian garage rockers Witch, trawls through rollicking guitar riffs (with plenty of fuzz action), avid drum fills and sublime vocal harmonies, creating a sound that's joyous and communal whatever genre it ends up slinking into (be it their preference for funk or psych rock). It's being reissued by Now-Again Records, for all to hear.

Various
Paul Major: Feel The Music Vol. 1

Paul Major, the man behind the band Endless Boogie, has been collecting and distributing weirdo music rarities for decades now, focusing on those individuals operating from outside the established industry. Feel The Music Vol. 1 compiles twelve favourite cuts from this intriguing catalogue of unique performers, forming a fascinating listen. Out on Anthology Recordings.

Alex Lipinski
Alex

With The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe (also the label runner of ‘a’ Recordings, who are putting this album out) at his side as producer, Alex Lipinski has crafted a snappy record of sixties-style pop-psych rock. Alex was recorded in six hours apparently, and feels suitably energetic. Rock’n’roll!

The She's
"all female rock and roll quartet"

The She’s present their most snarkily-titled album yet in the form of all female rock and roll quartet, neatly skewering precisely the kind of lazy musical writing we try to avoid. This is the band’s second album, and it is packed with both raw energy and direct lyrics on the one hand and carefully-assembled textures and arrangements. Out on Empty Cellar.

Various
Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares is a compilation of what happened when the 60’s drug dream started to turn dark and demented: rock bands started losing it maaaan, and the good vibes turned heavy. For the listener of course, that means all manner of weird and gnarly fuzz-psych trippiness, and Numero Group have done an excellent job of curating a fine obscure selection from the period. CD and double LP editions, with lovely informative liner notes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM68LPC7)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

  • Label(s):
  • RCA

Escape-ism
Introduction to Escape-ism

Like Jon Spencer, Ian Svenonius is one of the hardest working men in contemporary rock 'n' roll. Over the years he's amassed an awesome discography with The Nation Of Ulysses The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War etc. but hasn't stepped out on his own. Until Now. Here he is, but naked and armed with a guitar, drum box and cassette player.
  • Genre(s):
  • Rock / Garage Rock / Rock 'n' Roll / Surf

Various
Brown Acid: The Fifth Trip

Fifth compilation LP in Lance Barresi and RidingEasy Records’ Brown Acid series, packed with obscure tracks from the 60s and 70s. Including Captain Foam, Mammoth, Zebra and more, The Fifth Trip is another carefully curated selection of heavy psychedelic rock. For Led Zeppelin and The Who fans looking to discover rarities and gain some extra niche knowledge to brag about.

Fox Face
Spoil + Destroy

Fox Face are Milwaukee’s best feminist punk outfit, applying lots of riot grrrl ferocity along with a bit of old-school heavy riff’n’chug, and even some brighter surfy sections. Spoil + Destroy is their debut album, and it definitely does the job if you are after powerful guitar music with a strong anti-bullshit filter. On Dirtnap.