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Pinkshinyultrablast
In The Hanging Gardens

Now that Pinkshinyultrablast have released a couple of albums it's time for them to do that thing every band does on their third album  - break out the synths. Their previous hi-octane shoegaze has been replaced by Jean Michelle Jarre style synths wibbles. The verses are ok (if a bit overly synthy) ...view item »

Belong
October Language

Back in 2006, New Orleans’ Belong released their debut album ‘October Language’. Though well received at the time, it deserves so much more. Then it was compared to the shoegaze greats, a much deserved comparison, but I think the spirit of ‘October Language’ has more in common with the bittersweet heft of ...view item »

Colleen
Captain Of None

With the treble viola da gamba as her primary source of sound -- plus a lot of big ideas about looping the strings until they’re off the grid -- Colleen makes a record of charming mindfuckery and altered composition. ‘Captain of None’ is a wonderful example of phasing baroque, of reinventing sound that should be revered, not to...view item »

Broadcast
The Noise Made By People

It’s impossible to name a bad Broadcast record, because everything Trish Keenan's voice touches turns to gold. Their debut album The Noise Made By People, however, is a strong contender for being a favourite in a relatively short list of wonderful LP’s. By melding '60's girl group hooks with wayward jazz and psychede...view item »

Atlas sound
Parallax

Ryan Adams recently commented that he felt his career had been derailed by the sheer number of records he shoved out.  People couldn't keep up and so lost interest. Some may argue that many of them were terrible and that Adams has often behaved like an egotistical clown but he has a p...view item »

The Coke Dares
Fake Lake

To Jason Molina they were known as the Magnolia Electric Co; to themselves, they were and are the Coke Dares, the same band with an entirely different sound. Molina used them to create terrestrial, earth-shattering Americana, and while you can see the weight and the crunch the band used for his twang songs here, their sound couldn’t be fur...view item »

Drowse
Cold Air

Oh what has happened now? Almost every record released these days seems to be on the back of a breakdown, a relationship catastrophe or some kind of hardship. It's terrible. People have it bad  - especially musicians.  All this happened to Kyle Bates during the making of this record: -  a nose broken while blackout drunk, ...view item »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F♯ A♯ ∞

Leftfield even to the post-rockers of its heyday, and arguably the crowning jewel in Constellation's long canon of experimental rock music, 'F A Infinity' still surprises me. Godspeed You! Black Emperor became something else after this record: more structured, and sensitive to the symbiosis of their rock and ambient actions. On their debut ...view item »

Caudal
Fight, Cry, Fight

Post-rock in the extremes of low-key, Caudal will lead you to believe they’re about to do something propulsive and off-the-charts before just keeping on with what they were essentially doing already. Therefore: tension, but also comfort. ‘Fight, Cry, Fight’ is the sound of a band looping some ideas around in a jam and seeing wh...view item »

Mark Peters
Innerland

First things first. Mark Peters isn't toilet brush haired former the Alarm rocker Mike Peters.  This is Mark Peters who used to be in Engineers, might still be for all we know. Here he steps out solo for the first time and you can only get it on tape. It's a series of g...view item »

MØL
JORD

Denmark hasn’t really the reputation of its neighbours in the Nordic metal camp, but there new names do crop up once in a while. Here we have MØL (‘MOTH’) giving it a go. Following two EPs, the debut LP JORD (‘EARTH’) sees the Aarhus quintet going at it hard with the bl...view item »

The Jesus & Mary Chain
Stoned and Dethroned

'Stoned And Dethroned' is part of 1972 Records' plan to reissue all the Jesus & Mary Chain they can on vinyl. Originally released in 1994, the record is a stark outlier in the band's discography, exchanging their noisy, fragmented post-punk sound for what they intended to be a full-on acoustic rock record -- just listen to that twang ring th...view item »

Panoptique Electrical
Disappearing Music For Face

It’s pretty exciting to see and hear a new album from Jason Sweeney’s Panoptique Electrical, following his sold-out debut from last year, Great Panoptique Winter with Richard Adams of Hood / The Declining Winter....view item »

Amp
Switched On And Live

Bristol-London collective Amp, then: a band formed in the early nineties based around core members Richard Walker (The Secret Garden) and Karine Charff. This disc, 'Switched on and Live', features nine tracks recorded live at four different venues in Bristol, London and Breda in the Netherlands, and has all the atmospheric charm and slightly lo-...view item »

yellow6
About The Journey

Ah, Yellow6. It’s not Christmas yet, surely? Joking apart, and listening to his gorgeous ambient vignettes, how I wish I could play guitar; and if I could play guitar, I would want to make it sing the way Jon Attwood does. Then loop it into infinity, hopefully soundtracking mystical new worlds like what Jon ha...view item »

A Silver Mt Zion
Born Into Trouble

The A Silver Mt Zion LP (Born Into Trouble) sounds really good on first hearing. Very floaty in places, incredibly intense at others, big dollops of atmosphere dripping from every available orifice. Folks from Godspeed in case you didn't know. And the vinyl comes with a free poster. Nice!...view item »

Møtrik
Safety Copy

Jealous Butcher have previously released records by The Decemberists, but we’ll forgive them for that if they keep dropping stuff as a good as this. Møtrik are a krautrock four-piece from Portland who stick to the genre’s principles. Motorik grooves, harmonically ambiguous syn...view item »

Wrekmeister Harmonies
The Alone Rush

At one point or another in the history of time, Wrekmeister Harmonies were a weird and sorta tasteful metal band serving up orchestration and drone like they were lurking demons in an earthly dimension of hell. In 2018, the project submits to a modern rule: if it can be made to sound pretty much exactly like Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds...view item »

No Joy / Sonic Boom
No Joy / Sonic Boom

We’ll start with a proud affirmation of the biases that make me unfit to review this album. It involves Sonic Boom, who is the closest thing I have to a nemesis: he once phoned up Norman Records and yelled at me down the phone before realising he was working on misinformation and hung up. I am therefore una...view item »

Gang Gang Dance
Kazuashita

Beloved freak outfit Gang Gang Dance return with a record for 4ad! Still with all the silly track titles you've come to love, their new one is called Kazuashita and sees them melding together ambient and shoegaze in a textural standoff that's sure to knock your socks off or at the very least slowly unravel them. Goo...view item »

A Place To Bury Strangers
Pinned

They may well be ahem...'borrowing' the bassline from Joy Division's 'Transmission' on 'Never Coming Back' but A Place To Bury Strangers make a right old racket that certainly blows any cobwebs away. They have screeching guitars, eerie male/female vocals that sound like they want to kill you and propulsive drum...view item »

Zola Jesus
Okovi: Additions

Darkwave foghorn Zola Jesus releases an accompanying album to her recent 'Okovi'. Featuring four unreleased tracks from the same session there are also some remixes by some pretty impressively big names such as Johnny Jewell and Katie Gately - a combination which makes for an album that actually stands on its own.   ...view item »

Echo Ladies
Pink Noise

Swiftly following up their much-loved EP which garnered attention from the likes of 6 Music, Radio X, Beats 1, The Line Of Best Fit and Clash, this Swedish dream-pop/shoegaze band drop the big debut. Referencing the old sounds of Cocteau Twins, New Order and the Cure but also the modern day son...view item »

Tales of Murder and Dust
Fuzz Club Session

(8) Ohhhhh say can you see Fu-fu-fuzz fuzz fuzz fuzz-yyyyy? (8) *Guitar solo for a minute or so longer than it should have lasted* As the National Anthem Of Fuzz noodles away in the background, we turn and salute the flag of Fuzz Club. Wiping a tear from our eye, our hearts swelling with pride, we l...view item »

Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

This is mint! We bought a bunch cos it's great and if none of you buy one then I'm gonna have 'em all as it's really that good. If you're into '60s psych pop completely influenced by library music and sophisto French pop then...view item »

Mogwai
Every Country's Sun

Like a mostly instrumental version of Runrig that you could bring home to meet your ma, Mogwai have been pleasantly creating soundscapes for so many years now that each album is like a freshly poured dram of whiskey to warm you as you return to Scotland after a long time away on bleak European roads. Opener 'Coolveri...view item »

Memory Drawings
The Nearest Exit

Memory Drawings are such a wonderful conundrum. A band of grayscale shadow-makers, they’re complemented with colourful musical timbres, their sound something like a heavy fall of snow coating itself over green grass. Their two previous records were melodic meditations that never got too grandiose, instead ruminating on compact post-rock me...view item »

Rothko
Blood Demands More Blood

One of the UK's most underrated bands,  Rothko have now reached their 20th anniversary and as a result have decided to bury their signature bass-led sound in a whole pile of murk.  This is their darkest album to date,  a dense brutal affair with only flickers of light allowed to creep past the all encompassing dar...view item »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!

It was a genuine surprise to all of us earlier this week when the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor announced the near-instantaneous release of this new album after a full decade’s studio silence, and I’ve emotionally blackmai...view item »

SWANS
The Great Annihilator

When The Great Annihilator arrived, Swans took the best qualities of their recent chamber-folk tendencies from the last two tepid albums and combined them with crushing post rock catharsis (polar opposites, it would seem), to produce a record firmly centred around the spirit and regeneration. The production is jarring...view item »

Seafang
Motorcycle Song

7” from Florida five-piece Seafang following up their single ‘Sold Gold.’ Motorcycle Song provides a hit of dream-pop. Self-professed devotees of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Lush, they put a sunny spin on the C86 scene. Shoegaze with a shot of caffeine and added pop hooks. 7” on Elephant Stone Records....view item »

Carla Bozulich
Quieter

One of Constellation Record's secret weapons, Carla Bozulich returns with Quieter an album of fleshed out unreleased tracks. The press release only compares her to other female musicians (rightly including the likes of Jenny Hval, Grouper, Noveller...view item »

The Telescopes
Stone Tape

Drone drone drone. The Telescopes have had the sort of career that its difficult to draw on a map. They were once pretty popular shoegazers and we all remember the time they went a bit jazzy. But over the last few years they have been making the sort of very noisy drone music that could appeal to fans of anyone from ...view item »

yndi halda
A Sun-Coloured Shaker

Having spent a near-decade writing 2016’s Under Summer LP, it was only natural than yndi halda would have some stuff left on the cutting room floor. Twelve-minutes-long ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’ grew up alongside that naturalistic, folksy LP, and the track displays many of the same traits as Under Su...view item »

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s excellent second album, first released back in 2000. Awing in its scope and ambition, and uniquely optimistic and joyful within the band’s discography. I’ll never forget when I first heard the trumpets creeping in during ‘Storm’, or on ‘Sleep’ where a New Yo...view item »

Slowdive
Souvlaki

A much needed reissue of Slowdive’s second album, Souvlaki from 1993. Hailed as their best album, it doesn’t take long to see why; the classics are on here and they’re ready to make your eyes glaze over, your shoulders slump and your whole body just sink under the bed covers as their blissed, r...view item »

Slowdive
Just For A Day

Slowdive have their debut reissued on wax by Music On Vinyl. When Creation released this in 1991 a sticker on the front read "like a mind altering substance, without the risk". Compare it to Souvlaki and Pygmalion and decide on your favourite. Lets this 180 gram...view item »

Slowdive
Blue Day

Here is the classic latter day Record Store Day item. A vinyl edition of Slowdive's 1992 compilation 'Blue Day'. At least its not ludicrously limited, 2000 of you have the chance of owning or re-owning these selected tracks taken from their first three EP's. Considered a joke in their lifetime, Slowdive are now one of the most revered bands on t...view item »

Hey Colossus
RRR

Here's a re-release of a fascinating album Hey Colossus made in one big long studio session with Jon (Notorious Hi-Fi Killers) and Leon (Shit+Shine) in tow. The eight of them made a right old racket which has now been re-pressed onto a double LP with a bonus LP of outtakes and tracks which didn't make the f...view item »

The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

When I reviewed the Debutantes previous tape I said they sounded a bit like September Girls...little knowing that actual September Girls were involved in it somehow. Anyway listen carefully to opener ‘Adams Apples’ then you can just about hear a tune nestling under all the sludge. Yes you...view item »

Noon
Disquiet

Well, the signs were there but in my haste to complete my reviews I paid no heed: 'Disquiet' does not start quietly. It's the very antithesis of quiet, as it happens. Who knew? Plainly not me, as these thunderous sounds blasting out of my headphones nearly blew my head off. I was lulled I tell you, by the gentle stream of neoclassical flourishes...view item »

Cindy Lee
Act of Tenderness

Imagine if you could match Pat Flegel's songwriting ability with the band of brother Matt's dynamic ability? Nah. It would just be too good.  Pat Flegel (here Cindy Lee) was instrumental in the alarmingly good band Women but while other members went on to goth rock success, Cindy Lee has forged pretty muc...view item »

Winterlight
The Longest Sleep Through The Darkest Days

Plymouth shoegaze/electronic poppers Winterlight are keeping it in the family with their latest album which sees leader Tim Ingham's daughter Isabel taking over on bass duties. Cute. They've taken seven years over this faffing with all kinds of sounds before realising if it ain't broke don't fix it. Smart. ...view item »

Oneida
A List of the Burning Mountains

Oneida follow up their Thank Your Parents album triptych by getting even deeper and stranger. A List Of The Burning Mountains is two side-long slabs of Oneida-brand improvisation, relying on the gro...view item »

The Jesus Lizard
Down

Bob Weston and Steve did a great job with all of the reissued Jesus Lizard records. Basically, they just gave all the recordings a 10dB boost. That said, if you're not happy with how the original recordings sound then you won't be happy with these either. It's basically just more in your face. I was never a huge fan of Down and I'm still not but ...view item »

Midas Fall
Evaporate

Scottish duo Midas Fall’s new album, Evaporate, broods with gothic overtones whilst being tempered by the fragility of clicking electronics. The voice of Elizabeth Heaton matches the power and grace of the music, at times soaring and powerful, at others, restrained and vulnerable. Ice-like g...view item »

The Third Eye Foundation
Wake The Dead

100% guaranteed not to be a barrel of laughs there's actually no better time for a Third Eye Foundation album than in 2018. Matt Elliott's gruesome drum and bass project initially did what everyone thought Kevin Shields would do in combine noise, shoegaze and dark beats. Fast forward twenty years and the music is no less kinetic...view item »

Thom Yorke
The Eraser

I suspect you may have heard of some duffer called Thom Yorke. He of little known band called Radiohead. Well he's done that thing all musicians seem to inherently want to do .... the solo project. They all want it. Give 'em an ounce of success and they all want to see if they can make it on their own. Me.... I play the drums and...view item »

Slint
Spiderland (Remastered)

2014 remaster of Slint's beautiful second and final album. It comes with various outtakes and demos, as well as Breadcrumb Trail, the documentary about the album’s creation directed by Lance Bangs. The band's use of dynamics gave them an uncanny ability to bottle emotions; the words "he de...view item »

Bowery Electric
Beat

Let's face it, we're inundated with re-issues. 'Lost Classic' albums that have been unearthed to be given a new lease of life many years after the release date. Some good, some bad, some purely as a quick cash grabber but here we have an absolutely essential re-issue. On this album the New York based duo superbly matched trip-hop influenced beat...view item »

MONO
You Are There

I'm rather enjoying this new Mono album on Temporary Residence. I've managed to skillfully avoid Mono til now. Not entirely sure why cos this is fantastic. It's called You Are There and it's recorded by the guitar lord of noise Albini. The main point I have to make about this album...view item »

Mogwai
Party In The Dark

Hurling melodic post-punk together with space-rock expansiveness, Party In The Dark is the second track to be lifted from Mogwai’s forthcoming album ‘Every Country’s Sun’. The 7” is backed with ‘Eternal Panther&rsq...view item »

Pinkshinyultrablast
Miserable Miracles

Now down to a three piece Pinkshinyultrablast release their third album Miserable Miracles. Previous long players Everything Else Matters and Grandfeathered saw the Russian band produce massive walls of hypnotic noise that mixed the shoegaze sounds of My Bloody Valentine with the full on riffage of Smash...view item »

Sonic Youth
Spinhead Sessions

Just look at the sleeve. Nothing looks more Sonic Youth than that. That is Sonic Youth. Unbelievable cool. Since their rather messy and unfortunate end there’s not been much to keep Youth fans happy other than the odd Thurston Moore record so this is a timely dredge up of some recordings they ma...view item »

Mogwai
Zidane

Sooooo if you didn't know there's a film coming out about Zidane. If you're from another planet then you won't know he's an insanely talented French footballer who's feet are made of silk and magic. He's also rather famous for smacking that Italian dude in the world cup final with his big clever football filled monkhead. Golden TV moments eh....view item »

goat
New Games / Rhythm & Sound

Hey: don’t buy it yet. It’s not Goat. It’s goat. Different bands; different strokes. Where the other, famous one is a pseudo-mysterious psych rock band from some mythical narrative in who cares, this one is a quartet of Japanese experimentalists absolutely toying wi...view item »

Rare Form
Six Months in Hiding

Lush and slush, this evil record from some version of hell will swallow you up like an avalanche and I doubt very much you’ll live the tale. Packed with heaving slowburner chord changes, scattered feedback, tangled whispers, haughty synths and emo melodies, Rare Form are on a mission to overdrive themselves out of existence, creating one o...view item »

Car Crash Sisters
Sundance Sea

I'm sick of the '90s but I have to admit that I'd be interested in hearing what Mexico's take on it was. Car Crash Sisters are a four piece band from Aguascalientes, Mexico who are remarkably energetic particularly taking into account how hot it must be over there.  They play a ragged, charming take on the more plaintive end of...view item »

Flying Saucer Attack
In Search Of Spaces

Flying Saucer Attack novice, right here: Clint just thought it’d be funny to see me squirm through an exposition of a band he knows things about. As far as I can understand, this Bristol lot made relatively peaceful and utterly scenic fuzz music as a studio band, doing the space rock thing with come-in-peace aplomb. In some live iterations...view item »

The Angelic Process
We All Die Laughing

The Angelic Process were an ambient drone metal duo from Maicon, Georgia. 50% of the duo and founding member, K.Angylus, died in 2008. In the eight years they made music, they put out four LPs and Two EPs. We All Die Laughing gathers together their career on 6LPs. 6LP Box Set on Burning World Records....view item »

Dorias Baracca
Dorias Baracca

Tragically, Dorias Baracca’s promising career was cut short in 2011 when singer and songwriter Buster Svendsen passed away. The day of his death also happened to be the same day that their self-titled debut LP was completed. As such, the fact that Dorias Baracca has seen light of day at all is a triumph. The seven...view item »

Broadcast
Tender Buttons

Clint here with the new Broadcast album. First off, the widescreen production values of 'Ha Ha Sound' have gone and replaced by a more lo-fi minimalist approach that over the course of the album often makes it sound like a demo. The main change is the lack of those fantastic drums replaced by a tinny drum machine and there's no (or very little) ...view item »

Hoggs Bison
Aeons

If the facts that they are called Hoggs Bison and have a song called ‘Milk Milk Lemonade’ hadn’t signposted it to you already, there’s a sense of fun to the debut LP from this Bristol math-rock trio. The grooves are more playful than those of many of their contemporaries, and the guitar playing is impress...view item »

Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent ethereal ghost-folk and grainy drone-scapes to bits. As these tunes are from the 'Dragging a Dead Deer...' sessions they fall largely in t...view item »

Deerhoof
Super Duper Rescue Heads

More picture disc goodness from the ATP/R crew and it's the new single from my all time favourite band Deerhoof. 'Super Duper Rescue Heads!' is the first single from 'Vs. Evil' which came out last week. First thing of note is that 'Vs. Evil' has gone mad for production fun. Instruments and sounds seem to constantly change and evolve throughout '...view item »

Big Black
Atomizer

Atomizer was the very first full-length album released by Steve Albini’s original group, Big Black. The band arrived fully formed, with trademark violent lyrics and violent production, grinding and growling vigorously along. Contains their particularly classic track ‘Kerosene’. The rei...view item »

Presents For Sally
Colours & Changes

Wow look at the colour of this vinyl. If you are a fan of coloured vinyl you should buy this even if you don't like the music. It's really bright orange with massive great black splodge. Even though their name reminds me of the kind of Fiddlers Dram-like folk ensemble you'd want to kill at twelve paces, this lot play shoe-gaze.....and lots of it...view item »

Drab Majesty
The Demonstration

As Drab Majesty Deb Demure takes the hazy and glamorous atmospherics of 1980s synth pop, but ties it to something darker, weirder and more experimental. The Demonstration, on vinyl LP and CD from DAIS, takes this combination even further, with heavy industrial elements, fingerpicked guitar and l...view item »

TINT
Ricochet Screen

An intriguing record of sound collages from New York artist TINT here. Ricochet Screen builds its compositions up from found sounds and field recordings, often of general chit chat. Over this TINT puts anything from distorted bass guitar (‘Purr XYZ’) to beautiful, Debussy-esque piano improvi...view item »

Amoral Avatar
Amoral Avatar

Instrumental rock label Trestle Records (Noon, Karras) drop another envelope-pusher. Amoral Avatar are a duo who take post-rock about as far as it can go before it turns into, like, music concrete or something. It’s not ‘post-rock’ in the vast, glacial, ...view item »

Bichkraft
800

Every Wharf Cat release day is a miniature Christmas unto itself. This week they’re throwing down a gauntlet and/or record by Bichkraft, a chirpy racket-making collective from Ukraine who use tinges of noise-adjacent genres to ultimately make pretty lovely pop shred. With a touch of production done by Merchandise’s Carson Cox, you ca...view item »

Shellac
Excellent Italian Greyhound

The year of our lord Thursday May 31st 2007 AD. A box arrives at Norman HQ from one of our distros. We are fully aware of its contents. We can barely contain the excitement. I start fumbling as I attempt to open the box... I'm in.... Behold in all its glory 'Excellent Italian Greyhound' the new LP from Shellac !!!!In my teens I was somewhat of...view item »

RLYR
Actual Existence

Chicago experimental rock trio RLYR follow up their 2016 debut LP Delayer with this four-track album. Featuring members of Russian Circles, Cleared and Pelican, RLYR create a heavy but melodious racket here. The instrumental chops are impressive, with m...view item »

Stretchmarks
The Stretch m-ARKhives

The Stretchmarks are a reasonably obscure group from the late 1980’s, featuring a wild mix-up of members from Nico’s backing band, The Blue Orchids, and the plunderphonic avant-messers who would later form Stock, Hausen & Walkman. The Stretch m-ARKhives ...view item »

Black Lizard
Celebration Of A New Dawn

Celebration Of A New Dawn is the third album by self-proclaimed leading Finnish garage rock band Black Lizard. They’ve made what could be their best record yet, taking the best psych rock bits from the Nuggets compilations and ‘90s shoegaze as their influences to make an album relevant for today. LP on Fuzz Club....view item »

Amusement Parks On Fire
Our Goal To Realise

It has been almost a decade since Amusement Parks on Fire have released anything; now they are back with a single that is brilliantly constructed. Shoegaze saturation and a clever use of meter help it sit above the music of their peers, and the sense of nostalgic, summery Ash-like pop rock is there, in buckets, ...view item »

God Is An Astronaut
Epitaph

Inching closer to their third decade, Irish three-piece God is an Astronaut continue to keep the post-rock dream alive on Epitaph. Dutiful and wilting piano motifs, crescendos of wailing guitar, synth and wordless vocals, atmospheric breakdowns leading to more crescendos - these are some of the expertly-crafted musical ...view item »

Fuck Buttons
Brainfreeze

Fuck Buttons’ ‘Slow Focus’ is one of our favourite albums to have graced our shelves this year, and here’s its third-best song on a 12” with exclusive bonus track ‘Royal Flush’ on the other side. ‘Brainfreeze’ is a thumping epic of course, with its casually ...view item »

Tomorrow We Sail
The Shadows

Leeds six piece Tomorrow We Sail issue their second album 'The Shadows' which will be a treat for fans of that brand of post rock that is starting to fade away a bit these days. I'm talking full on soaring heavy duty atmospherics with nods towards Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor...view item »

Death And Vanilla
From Above

Fire Records have kindly re-issued this two track 7" from everybody's favourite post-Broadcast swirling dream-poppers Death and Vanilla. Originally released on the Great Pop Supplement it has already been re-pressed twice selling out quickly each time. Comes on blue vinyl and is re-issued alongside Death And Vanilla’s debut self-titled alb...view item »

The Early Years
The Early Years

Next up on the ever growing shelves is a new signing to Beggars Banquet called The Early Years. If you like Krautrock and more specifically Neu then this is for you as they have wholesale copied the Neu sound completely. Someone should really get some lawyers involved. There's money to be made here I'm sure. Aside ...view item »

Explosions In The Sky
All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY are a new grime act from Cleethorpes I believe. Thier use of sinister B-boy stylings over grumbling quarter-step sludge beats is sick maaaan. Razor sharp social comentary over screaming bass shards, prolapsing seagull yelps & cement mixer distortion make this compelling listening. They even have a voice over on 2 tracks fr...view item »

Death And Vanilla
EP

Possibly coming just that little bit too late to be stashed in your Christmas stocking, Hands in the Dark have very kindly seen fit to reissue the first EP by Swedish dream-pop duo Death and Vanilla. Still, there’s that bleak bit between Christmas and New Year ...view item »

Sonic Youth
Murray Street

Sonic Youth..... You're pleased to have them around still but really they haven't done much worth any salt since Goo I reckon. So the CD was inserted with great fear in to the stereo...... and I actually think it's alright. It's quite poppy and tuneful for them and I think it's the best thing I've heard from 'em since Goo. Yowsers..........view item »

Sonic Youth
NYC Ghosts & Flowers

Reissue of Sonic Youth’s 2000 album NYC Ghosts & Flowers. Scene leaders of no wave and noise rock in NY since beginning in 1981, they had all of their equipment nicked whilst on tour in 1999 so were forced to write without their usual modified guitars and effects. The results are quite profoun...view item »

Oneida
Romance

The heads have been waiting a few years for this moment, but here it is… a full new Oneida album! Romance is a considerable proposition, with eleven tracks over two LPs (or one CD), each exploring a different facet for the astonishing beast that is the O. So much going on in here, you are really ...view item »

Meatraffle
HiFi Classics

Meatraffle are a band who combine weirdo semi-experimental post-punk with keenly Marxist subject matter: check out the aggressively iron-wielding Lenin on the sleeve. HiFi Classics is their first full-length album: I do always admire a band who call their debut a classic. LP ...view item »

Children Of Alice
Children Of Alice

Previously to be found on Folklore Tapes, the fables of Children of Alice are what remains of [revered… hushed tones..] Broadcast, with James Cargill and Roj Stevens inviting Ghost Box co-founder and designer Julian House along for the wobbly ride. Named in tribute to the late Trish Keenan after her affecti...view item »

Shellac
1000 Hurts

One of the greatest things about Shellac is their musical honesty; three guys playing brutal guitar, bass and drums with no frills or overdubs. They are the musical equivalent of being constantly pounded in the face by a metal press. 1000 Hurts is Shellac?s third album, and like it?s predecessors is beautifully packaged; the vinyl record ...view item »

Dead Vibrations
Dead Vibrations

I’m pickin’ up dead vibrations. What are dead vibrations, exactly? Do dead vibrations continue to vibrate? Hopefully, Sweden’s Dead Vibrations can help; the Stockholm hairgaze outfit named themselves and their debut LP after such deceased oscillations. In any case, this lot sound very much alive, plugged in and...view item »

Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

It’s been pretty much a full decade since I saw Rolo Tomassi live doing an extremely didactic take on post-hardcore; we’re both a lot older now and they may have grown up faster than me. Taking the edge off their music with a focus on texture, melody and, uh, prog, they present ‘Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It’ as a b...view item »

Spectres
Dead

Dead is apparently what happens when you submit your music to a whole host of highly creative contemporaries with the request that they “kill” your songs. So Spectre’s material is shaken in all directions by the likes of Giant Swan, Factory Floor, Vision Fortun...view item »

Bark Psychosis
Codename: Dustsucker

Phil's incisive review from back in 2006.  Bark Psychosis have been having somewhat of a resurgence of late. So it would make sense to reform and do a new album. Cleverly that's what the boys did and those nice folks at Fire Records Of Nottingham have released i...view item »

To Destroy A City
Go Mirage

Oh. My. God. For their third album Chicago trio To Destroy A City have unveiled a remarkable new trick. Vocals. Therefore their guitar driven opuses now have an extra human element. They hope you forgive them for this post-rock indiscretion and instead start to file them alongside other be-voiced post rock like Mogwai...view item »

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