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The Jesus Lizard

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 »

Do Make Say Think
And Yet And Yet

Also quite liked the Do Make Say Think LP but to me it wasn't enormously different to the others. But then I did only get chance to play it once this week. And Yet And Yet And yet is yet more experimental instumental guitar post rock stuff for you... They do it very well too.... bless.... ...view item »

Do Make Say Think
Other Truths

Do Make Say Think kick their new one off with one of their best tunes to date in 'Do' (the other tracks are called 'Make', 'Say' and 'Think'.. Yeah, I know). It's quite the little rocker, sporting chugging guitars and a cheeky little riff that keeps popping up like a persistent wee meerkat who just won't stay dead. It's quite poppy actually, remind...view item »

Do Make Say Think
Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn

Do Make Say Think are my favourite of the Constellation bands. They avoid the unrelenting pomposity of your Godspeeds but have the melodic and arranging know-how to create records that are varied, emotional and huge in scope. Being a wanker muso, I'd say that the best thing about this record are the...view item »

Do Whatever You Want All The Time

Didn't even realise this was on the way which has made for a pleasant surprise. Those of you already familiar with this frantic psych-rock outfit will probably be as excited as me but I get the impression they are relatively unknown round these parts so maybe not. Time to listen up kids. You may already be familiar with guitarist Dustin Wong's e...view item »

Giving and Receiving

While not as musically interesting as Lake's other releases, this album's lyrics have a little more occasional bite to them as well as a bit more humour. There are not a lot of surprises on this album if you've already listened to the band, but it is nonetheless a nice addition to their previous works, offering more enjoyable lo-fi odes to bette...view item »

Dead Peasants

Now these guys sound pretty cool, albeit play music that absolutely screams 1999. You know, The Redneck Manifesto, Billy Mahonie, El Hombre Trajeado & Reynolds - that sparse instrumental post-rock stuff. This CD is forged from a single 27-minute long jam that has some nice intertwined guitars, jazzy inflections & steady quietly dynamic d...view item »

Connan Mockasin
Forever Dolphin Love

Instant classic! If you manage to hear during that time when one is half awake half asleep, you'll see how far that takes you....view item »


This is the second album by Found and this time they have the walloping might of Chemikal Underground behind them. Initial impressions - very Scottish, dodgy rhyming couplets but it gets better as it goes on. It sounds a little like a Hot Chip that grew up on Wire and Josef K rather than Sylvester or whatever it was they were listening to, in th...view item »

Parts & Labor
Constant Future

Having been a fan of Parts & Labor for years now, seeing them live in small and large venues, I was originally wowed by their powerfully thrown up walls of noise, their anthemic joyfulness of their experimental “noise rock”. But Parts & Labor seem to have raced to bring out album after album and in their last outing...view item »

The Luyas
Too Beautiful To Work

Debut album from artsy Canadian experimenters who create gorgeously strange, echo-ish space age faerie noise dream pop; where tender fragility is tied to an exploratory sense of adventure by angelic strings of wonderment. These are otherworldly forays into sparkly star-float realms of mischievous Elvin innocence. Includes members from ...view item »

Lia Ices
Grown Unknown

"Love is Won", the opening track on "Grown Unknown" by Lia Ices is a stunning piece of work - the kind of song you get completely lost in. It's like she's uncovered this great, soulful lost track by The Beatles and claimed it as her own, or something. Admittedly, a lot of this is down to the production but you co...view item »

House of John Player/ Toddlers
Shyrite/ Son Esqueet not...actually...placing my...fingers on the here is my review for the House Of John Player/Toddlers split 7"..................Great stuff wasn't it? Only joshing chief, its good for morale. The House Of John Player side is sort of downbeat electronica, that has a sweet hazy feel to it....view item »

Sonic Youth
Simon Werner A Disparu

I'm liking this shit. I think it might be my favourite SYR release actually. I think I got a little bit bored with the 'solid, dependable and consistent' thing with The Eternal; I guess I felt like it was more of the same thing they've been doing since about the turn of the century only less inspired than the likes of Murray Street, Sonic Nurse ...view item »

The Phantom Family Halo
Music From Italian T.V.

Going into this as a total virgin to The Phantom Family Halo's world I'm not sure what to make of the first couple of minutes and I'm certainly not confident about rattling off a load of shite telling you what this album's like because it sort of seems as though it could go just about anywhere and by the end might have completely contradicted wh...view item »

Terror Bird
Human Culture

I remember us getting a 7" in by Terror Bird a while back and thinking 'that's some nice Gothic infused pop music'. Well, Terror Bird return with a full on debut LP thanks to the lads at Vendetta and Night People ('night night people people...'). It's been said before, and i think it's fair to repeat the claim that Terror Bird's stuff is basical...view item »

My Bloody Valentine
Isn't Anything

Remastered version of My Bloody Valentine's groundbreaking, genre-defining, genre-defying 1988 album. As every MBV fan agrees, this is by far their best album - literally no-one on the planet of sane mind believes 'Loveless' is better. ...view item »

Phil Manley
Life Coach

Phil Manley is an awesome guitar player. You know dis. The man (ley) has paid his dues to the underground music community tenfold with bands like Golden, Trans Am, The Fucking Champs and Oneida plus he now engineers for a living so he's passing on his skills to a new generation of musicians! Aw bless! I'm surprised it's taken him this long t...view item »

At Last An Atlas/ Paul O'Reilly
Ships Leaving

'Ships Leaving' is a split cd release by At Last an Atlas (Greg O’Brent) and Paul O' Reilly who are two singer songwriters from Ireland. First up i'm admiring the classy Stumptown printers cd design and packaging! Beautiful recycled hard card offset printed in posi-vegan inks, nice. At last an Atlas stumps up five tracks of ambient pop beauty. Pr...view item »

Soft Circle
Shore Obsessed

Okay so the speil on this is that it is the work of Hisham Bharoocha who was apparently a founding member of Lightning Bolt and Black Dice. It's pretty much a one-man band type affair with the dude rocking the drums, electronics, bass, guitar and vocals. Benjamin Vida takes pity on his tired hands and helps out with guitar and synth. Together th...view item »

Small Town Boredom
Notes From The Infirmary

This is quiet, very quiet indeed. I can hear the footsteps of the last remaining Norman Records workers over the top of it. The guitars are picked delicately and intimately and the vocals are hushed in the extreme. The vocals immediately remind me of something, I guess one could be Tindersticks and also Sophia but there's something else - its on...view item »

Cocteau Twins

Every bit as brilliant as their later work although not nearly as accessible, "Garlands" demonstrates what Cocteau Twins are really about: originality. No one else has ever sounded like them at any stage they were ever at. The songs here are towering, oddly menacing, star-eyed gems of minimalism, from the days when Robin Guthrie's only guitar ef...view item »

Phil The Tremolo King

Aw man I'm sooo tired.... I really need more sleep! I'll see if my namesake can keep me awake! It's a quirky one this one alright. It's packaged in one of those arigato packs with a silk screened cover. Inside you get a little booklet with some info with some drawings and words in. Musically it's very different to the kind of music which normall...view item »

As Good As Gone

Nudge's last album was called Cache, which is quite funny because I've had to read the press release for As Good As Gone via Google's cache because the rickety old website is broken. Well I tittered. Nudge is dudes from Fontanelle, Strategy and Valet and they make an interesting broth of ambient dub post-rock soul pop which skillfully walks the t...view item »

Not Music

Are they no longer high-frequency discs? I was obsessed with these lot when I was around me early 20's. Yes I sent off for all the limited 7"s, made sure I bought the spangly vinyl 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' and sat there on my bed poring over it like it was an artifact from space (I think it actually was...) then they went lounge kitsch jazz and ...view item »


Fuck Buttons aren't the only band with a single out on ATP this week... Oh no... For Apse also have seven inches of single in the form of double A side single. The did an album for the label around a year ago and have also recorded for Equation and Acuarela. '3.1' is a slab of deadly serious indie rock. I wasn't convinced on first play but a quick ...view item »


This 23rd record from New York vocal/electronics outfit Excepter is a pretty crazy affair that creates double confusion due to the fact that the A-side plays inside out (or is it back to front?). Can't work out if it's a pressing fault or what but the B-side plays normal style?? Strange. Other than that it's business as usual for this mysterious...view item »

77 Boa Drum

Five just on principle y'knarr? Five just 'cos it's Boredoms. Five just 'cos they got seventy-seven drummers (cool dudes like Brian Chippendale, David Grubbs, Alan Licht etc. etc. etc., not boring session geeks) to hit things all at the same time on the seventh of the seventh oh-seven in Brooklyn while Eye jumped around twatting his weird guitar...view item »

Mystery Twin
Mystery Twin

Ooh! Pretty pictures! All done by Cailan Burns, aka Mystery Twin. The music's similarly lovely and, combined with the fact that the sun's just popped out for its brief daily afternoon jaunt around these parts, is making me want to go and find a field to run around in. I guess mellow instrumentation and light, laid-back and airy electronica style...view item »

No Age

Just spent 10 minutes ordering some shoddy fast food only to be told they don't deliver to these grimy streets. Tsk! Have to console myself with the adrenalized experimental fuzzgarage squall of No Age's 1st proper big record, 'Nouns' If the EPs didn't stir your broth then there's no hope for you. This is the best thing Sub Pop have unleashed in an...view item »

Magic Lantern/ Ben Nash

Back to less clubby pastures with this new split effort on Blackest Rainbow. Ben Nash takes us on a journey with shimmering drone, sinister cosmic ambience and erm, a kind of wavering cosmic chamber drone piece that reminds me a bit of the Cluster/Eno stuff. It's all fairly hypnotic gear & rather than the one epic, you get four different moo...view item »

Cocteau Twins
Stars And Topsoil

On Stars & Topsoil, most of the key cuts from their 4AD studio albums and EPs are present, and the overall output of songs like "Aikea-Guinea", "Sugar Hiccup" and their minor hit "Heaven Or Las Vegas" provide the ultimate snapshot of the Twins unique brand of ethereal guitar pop. Stars & Topsoil does manage to connect the metamorphosis t...view item »

My Bloody Valentine

Fully remastered version of My Bloody Valentine's 1991 classic, Loveless. Done by the man himself it is, as ever with MBV, difficult to work out where the myth ends and the truth begins. Kevin Shields claimed that listening to these new versions would "definitely" produce a different emotional effect from the originals. Listen through headp...view item »

Stem Stem In Electro

That Constellation label are back with a CD/LP by Hrsta. Nice post rock stuff which starts off like Quickspace on mogadon being shat through a wind tunnel. As is the nature of this bleak & apocolyptic Canadian imprint, there's big desolate instrumental passages & a kind of neo classical longing present throughout ...view item »

Fuzzy Lights
Twin Feathers

"Twin Feathers" is the second album by Fuzzy Lights and was released in 2010. It's a kind of post-rock soundscape where violin is mostly used as the lead instrument. Most of the tracks build from slow, mournful pieces into crescendos of disturbed, screeching strings and clattering drums. Some tracks are instrumental and some have either a male o...view item »

A Silver Mt Zion
Pretty Little Lightning Paw

A Silver Mount Zion release a new mini album (though almost full price so thanks Constellation). Four tracks of pompous avant garde oddness. Me likes.... Hints of Godspeed and in the last track earlier Flaming Lips came to mind. Very interesting and if you like yr music big then this will suffice. Quality....view item »

Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth

The addition of the superb live material makes this one of Sonic Youth's best albums. The musicality is more accessible than with Confusion and Bad Moon Rising but it's still Sonic Youth and it captures their Branca influence strongly. I would rate this alongside Evol, Sister, the Whitey Album, Goo and Sonic Nurse as the very best albums capturi...view item »

Thurston Moore
Psychic Hearts

Away from Sonic Youth, Thurston has done some super avant-garde, weird stuff and also some fine pop stuff in this. These are very good 'stick in your head for days' songs, particularly those on the first half of the album. Some of the others are slow and lazy, maybe because they're more personal stuff, the title track and "Queen Bee" have some of h...view item »


There are placid sounding records... then there's this. Deekie don't so much come roaring out of the traps. They come prancing out of the dimly lit bedroom of the depressed. It sounds pretty good though. It's mostly gently plucked guitars and hushed vocals. A mouse might consider auditioning for lead vocal duties next time as I reckon it could p...view item »

The Intelligence
Crepuscule With Pac-man

Another great Intelligence release! My personal favourite tracks include a raw and very enjoyable " I Walk In A Lonely Light". Another favourite is "Crushed Up" which is one of the more psychedelic and experimental tracks off the albums. The opener "My Ears Are Dust" is a great opener and introduces the album brilliantly....view item »

Cruising & Gross Odour

Not since a Harry Pussy 7" I picked up years ago have I seen so many tracks on a seven inch single. 'Cruising + Gross Odour' the debut from Always has nine in total. Always is Alex Vivian from Melbourne and his work is very much based around his vocal. This is Lo-Fi as hell and has strange chanting, spoken word bits...view item »

Windsor For The Derby
Against Love

One of post-rock's quiet fringe concerns, they've (Secretly Canadian) sold us this one as a drone record. It's rather more than that. There's a steady percussive "pulse" on most tracks which could actually fool you into thinking they had (gasp!) a DRUMKIT in the studio. Also I keep on getting rather "tuneful" passages of guitar, albeit sometimes...view item »

Plantagenet 3
Plantagenet 3

Blimey, someone's got their baritone guitar out for the lads. And if it's not a baritone then it should be as they're using it to make a kind of instrumental Morricone/post-rock hybrid somewhat in a Labradford vein but a fair bit more overtly riffy and hook-oriented.. I mean it's not Man... Or Astro Man? or anything but it's not done in a po-fac...view item »

Here We Go Magic

I was tempted to go see these folks at Primavera and i'm kinda regretting now as this is a great sounding LP. The follow up to last years self-titled LP on Western Vinyl, 'Pigeons' is the sound of a fully evolved group gaining a ton of momentum. Whereas their last LP was based primarily on the four track recordings of lead man Luke Temple, 'Pige...view item »

Her Space Holiday
The Young Machines- Remixed

Wichita (again) have joined forces with Mush (US alt hippety hop label) to bring us a CD by Her Space Holiday. Not very hip hop you'd think and I'd be inclined to agree with you. Though when you look at the list of shiny remixers, namely, The Album Leaf, Arab Strap, Matmos, Super Furry Animals, Dntel, Blockhead, Broken S...view item »

Doomsdayer’s Holiday

Grails I've never really got. Try as I might I just find the music a bit too hoary, stonery and proggy for my tastes. And here's their brand new album Doomsdayer's Holiday on Temporary Residence! It's well proggy.... the production I like though and there's some nice bits in it. Clearly a bunch of talented folk here and the homage to John Barry on ...view item »

Dead Western
Suckle At The Supple Teats Of Time

If someone else shouts "put it on the right speed Clint!" I'm going to explode. Its on CD - I simply can't speed it up anymore. Its true to say that the vocals on this are odd. Kind of like the already odd sounding Wild Beasts guy at 16rpm. Takes some getting used to. The music is nice gently folk stuff with plucked acoustics and haunting violin...view item »

High Places
High Places vs. Mankind

Pretty Excited about this new High Places LP. Their split 12" with Soft Circle on PPM was super sweet so my expectations are high for this release. High Places are Mary Pearson and Rob Barber of Brooklyn, NY who've recently relocated to sunnier of climes of Los Angeles. What is immediately apparent on listening to '...vs Mankind' is that the su...view item »

Glass Rock
Tall Firs Meet Soft Location

Glass Rock are a band made up from Tall Firs - a band clearly influenced by the like of Pavement and Sonic Youth - and Soft Location, a band I know nothing about other than they have a female singer who sings on this album. They decided to collaborate after Tall Firs heard and liked a song on the radio by the apparently then defunct Soft Locatio...view item »

The Doozer
Great Explorers

This one came out on CD a bit ago but when Siltbreeze deem fit to stick something out on vinyl it usually pays to sit up and take a bit of notice. The press release mentions proper good shit like Syd Barrett and The Shadow Ring and it's to The Doozer's credit that this one-man band doesn't suffer from the comparison, combining the whimsical oddn...view item »

Josef K

Ooooh wibble, gurgle, gush, fawn....faint. BANG!!! There. I've crashed again. It's all the fault of upstart Scots post punkers JOSEF K. Or Domino spending all the profit they've made off lesser "disposable" bands on lavish re-issues of old music that begs, deserves nee DEMANDS to be heard again. 'Entomology' is a nif...view item »

Ill Ease
The Whole Sha-Bang!

The lovely Ill Ease is back with a 7" on the reliable Parlour records. I recall she used to drum in New Radiant Storm King and her slightly wonky, infectious take on indie reminds me of Life Without Buildings a bit, crossed with her old band. That's on one side at least, I can't tell which is which as the labels are maps, with little or no inf...view item »

Bleeding Heart Narrative
Tongue Tangled Hair

Well the last Bleeding Heart Narrative CD was a monster hit for us, many, many months ago and now 'Tongue Tangled Hair' is a fresh offering from Oliver Barrett & friends so 'tis time to get proper excited!! Beginning tentatively with stately organ drone switching into a choral barbershop piece with charming minimal percussion, that then blossom...view item »

Wolfram Wire & Alisia Casper
The Bookshelf EP

The Bookshelf EP is brought to you by Wolfram Wire & Alisia Casper with help from the nice people at Drahtwald. It's quite a curious little 7" with it's cut-up male/female improv vocal duets and odd instrumental accompaniment, coming in at the cuddlier end of the avant garde spectrum.. But maybe that's just the artwork talking. Phil reckon...view item »

Bipolar Bear/ Hiroshima Rocks Around

Just got a bunch of sweet imports from the Kill Shamen label. First up is a split 12" from Hiroshima Rocks Around and Bipolar Bear. Hiroshima Rocks Around are an Italy post punk band affiliated with the duo Trouble Vs Glue and they make an awesome rockin' noise. The vibe is garage rock orientated but i can hear the XBXRX, Weasel Walter, Load reco...view item »

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