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Fireworks Night
As Fools We Are


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Dave House
See That No One Else Escapes


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Dan Sartain
Thought It Over


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The Low Lows
Elizabeth Pier


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Josephine Foster & The Supposed
All The Leaves Are Gone

15 years on from its original release, Fire Records are re-issuing All The Leaves Are Gone from Josephine Foster & The Supposed. Many were initially confused by its psychedelic folk leanings back in 2004, but Foster’s background in opera scrambled the expectations and enamoured a cult fanbase. 
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Regina Spektor
Fidelity


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Lavender Diamond
The Cavalry Of Light


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The Secret Show
Impressionist Roadmap Of The West

Tracks LOVERS TWO DROWNED RATS IN THE DESERT THE GIRL FROM CHAPEL HILL WE BLAZE A TRAIL IMPRESSIONIST ROAD MAP OF THE WEST THE DUKE MAÑANA THE WIDO OLD BLACKTOP EVERYONE'S A CRITIC THE ONE THAT I LOVE
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Richmond Fontaine
Thirteen Cities

Richmond Fontaine has always been about the lyrics of Willy Vlautin but they produce some damn fine music too. This was their seventh studio recording and showcases the slightly ramshackle side of the band with a series of enjoyable laments generally about things going wrong for the narrator. One of the better Americana bands out there and the first time on vinyl for this one.  
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David Vandervelde
The Moonstation House Band


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Sancho
Mystery Year


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David Karsten Daniels
Sharp Teeth


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Sachiko Kanenobu
Misora

Produced by Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Haruomi Hosono and originally released in 1972, Misora is the much-admired debut album from Sachiko Kanenobu, often acknowledged as Japan’s first female solo singer-songwriter. The record itself is one of the finest artefacts from the country’s folk scene, and is given a deluxe LP and CD re-issue on Light In The Attic, featuring extensive liner notes. 

Robbie Basho
Venus In Cancer

Venus In Cancer was the sixth album by American acoustic guitarist, Robbie Basho. It was originally released in 1969 on the Blue Thumb label. Often mentioned in the the same breaths as fellow virtuoso players John Fahey and Leo Kottke,  Basho threw a whole load of eastern influences into his music which set him apart. His influence can be seen in the work of acts such as Six Organs Of Admittance, James Blackshaw and Jack Rose, to name but a few. Reissue LP on Traffic Entertainment.
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Tobias Froberg
Somewhere In The City


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Now It's Overhead
Dark Light Daybreak


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A Hawk And A Hacksaw
The Way The Wind Blows

Third album from A Hawk And A Hacksaw, bringing us back to the heady days of 2006. The Way The Wind Blows finds our heroes Jeremy Barnes (also of Neutral Milk Hotel) and Heather Trost working with Romanian folk group Fanfare Ciocarlia (recorded on location) and Zach Condon, soon to be of Beirut when this was recorded. A wonderful Balkan-style folk trip, reissued by The Leaf Label.
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Dan Sartain
Replacement Man / Indian Ink (Toerag versions)


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Sufjan Stevens
Greetings From Michigan

The time Sufjan first came to some kind of international prominence was with this wonderful sprawl of a record that was the first of his supposed 50 albums about US states. That didn't happen but this and Illinois were more than enough. Intricate, literate song craft, beautiful folk melodies and my favourite lyric of all time "and I've seen my wife, at the K-Mart, in strange ideas, we live apart". 

James William Hindle
Joshong


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Josephine Foster
A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Classic renditions of German poems that have been previously released and (as some of you may have noticed) have sold out on all platforms....until now! This is a remaster of A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing sung by Josephine Foster with brand spanking new artwork. But act fast because this is limited to 1000 copies and will more than likely sell like popcorn in a cinema. Available on vinyl LP and released on Fire.  Note: The video used on this page is a sample of one of the same songs (An Die Musik) just with a different album art. 
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Ralfe Band
Women of Japan


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Centro-Matic
Triggers & Trash Heaps


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Simon Joyner
Beautiful Losers: Singles And Compilation Tracks 1994-1999

If you've always wondered where to start with Simon Joyner but were too afraid to ask then this compilation LP could be the answer. Joyner has fans in the biz such as Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes but his own career has been more understated. Beautiful Losers does what it says on the sub-heading and collect together rare singles and compilation tracks from the early part of his career.  
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Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

The damn near-mythologised second album from Neutral Milk Hotel. Idiosyncratic stuff from 1998. Whether you’re die-hard for this one or rediscovering, let Jeff Mangum sing to you about semen-stained mountaintops and Jesus Christ between those stellar brass sections. Reissued on Domino on LP or CD.

Roger Dean Young & The Tin Cup
Casa


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Califone
Roomsound

A 15 year anniversary reissue of the 2001 album by Califone. Mixing up blues and country with a lo-fi, recorded out in the barn feel. Stomping blues licks and slides, dusty tape saturation, and subtle manipulations that bring a texture to the whole. Sound like Six Organs of Admittance playing quiet, reflective blues.
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Smog
Red Apple Falls

Awww Red Apple Falls. A lovely album by Bill Callahan and his Smog. This was where he teamed up with Jim O'Rourke to make a lush album at odds with his earlier lo-fi bedroom style. Here was the album where Callahan started to find his voice...and what a voice that was  - a dark toffee coloured churn dispensing pensive, emotionally affecting words over a gentle folky strum. An autumnal delight.  
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Amanda Rogers
Something Borrowed, Something Blue


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Devendra Banhart
Cripple Crow

The interesting thing about Devendra Banhart was that he claimed that he hadn't heard any of the early Tyrannosaurus Rex recordings before embarking on his music career. It probably is a good job or he might have stopped right there. His fourth album dials down the squeaks and whinnying that made his early work so eccentric and reveals a folk musician with musical warmth and a lyrical ability to connect.  
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The Handsome Family
Milk and Scissors

Still going strong today, alternative country outfit The Handsome Family, formed of husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, are one of America’s most sorely underrated bands. This March, Loose re-issues their sophomore album Milk and Scissors, originally released in 1996 on Carrot Top, and the first time it’s ever been available on vinyl in Europe. 
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Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day

Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan, released in 1970, is notable for being a gentle folk classic, but also for being her only album until 2005’s Lookaftering. The album tells the tell of the time she left civilisation to join Donovan’s community of creative hippy types in the Hebrides. It was produced by Joe Boyd and features the musical talents of Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band, and Simon Nicol and Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention. 180g reissue LP in replica gatefold sleeve, limited to 1000 copies.
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Espers
Espers

While they quietly disbanded in 2009, American psychedelic folk act Espers have enjoyed a cult reputation ever since, with new fans continuing to enjoy the beguiling melodies and textures created by core duo Meg Baird and Greg Weeks. Drag City now re-issues their excellent 2004 self-titled debut album. 
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Sufjan Stevens
Illinoise

Sufjan Stevens had already made his superb Michigan album which blew this listener's socks clean off back in 2003. Illinois was the moment we all really thought he'd go through with his 50 state project. It takes Michigan's clever and complex rural folk and supersizes it with all kinds of compositions mostly with ridiculous titles. Like an enormous pudding buffet that lasts forever,  beautiful heartfelt folk rubs up against orchestrated pop, polka, ambient, neo-classical and everything in between. A brilliant record.   
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Turin Brakes
Fishing For A Dream


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The Postal Service
Give Up

Owl City. Indietronica. Zach Braff's career. Yep, the Postal Service’s 2003 ‘Give Up’ sure does have a lot to answer for. That said, the album itself is not the problem - this is a case of poor imitation rather than dodgy source material. It seems strange to think now, but the blend of wide-eyed emo-pop and twee electronica/IDM beats that Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) presented on ‘Give Up’ caused rather a stir at the time. For better or worse, this was and remains a hugely influential LP. Contains ‘Such Great Heights’ and ‘We Will Become Silhouettes’, but you knew that already.
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Ben Weaver
Blueslivinghollerin'


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Kathryn Williams
Shop Window


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Summer Of Mars
Glaciers


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Smog
Dongs of Sevotion

Typical Bill Callahan to make an album of exquisite dark-hued confessional songwriting the lumber it with that title. The eighth Smog album sees him move further away from his lo-fi roots on a looser collection highlighted by the masterful and darkly humorous Dress Sexy at My Funeral which is perfect fodder for his deep-hued baritone voice. 
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King Creosote
Rocket D.I.Y.

Wee Scottish beard King Creosote aka Kenny Anderson has been a seaside-based purveyor of Scottish indie-folk for quite some time. Rocket D.I.Y was his second album and the first time he'd released a whole new set of songs (rather than raid his extremely large archives). Like a lot of his music its a delight with banjos ukelele, violins and pedal steel fleshing out his spindly fishing songs. 
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William Elliott Whitmore
Ashes To Dust

William Elliott Whitmore drops a new LP on Southern Records (The Melvins, The National). When the album’s called Ashes To Dust and features a daguerreotype of a skull on the cover it’s usually safe to say that it’s not going to be a cheery listen. These tunes are a black-hearted blend of blues, folk and country.
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Phantom Buffalo
Shisimumu


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Damien Jurado
Where Shall You Take Me?

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Songs: Ohia
Axxess & Ace

Axxess & Ace was the third album by Songs:Ohia and was the first to see singer Jason Molina collaborate fully with other musicians and to bring warmth into his hitherto bare sound. Comparisons with Will Oldham are plentiful but from hereon in, Molina would set off on a journey which would yield music far more adventurous than the naked and raw songwriting he began with.    
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Stephen Fretwell
Run


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Micah P. Hinson
Micha P. Hinson & The Gospel Of Progress

Re-issue of Micah P Hinson's first album from 2004 where we all enjoyed his music and didn't know too much about his politics. It's a quiet and spectral record that shows off his rich and dark brown voice which sings sad lullabies sort of in the vein of Smog. Underneath is an orchestrated tapestry of alt country yearnings with organs, flutes and strings fleshing out the quiet meditations.    
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Emiliana Torrini
Fisherman's Woman

A welcome reissue on vinyl of the tender yet powerful Fisherman's Woman by Emiliana Torrini. In 2005 this sumptuous collection of twelve heart-melting songs followed an optimistic, electronic trip-hop opus some six years before. Emiliana since found herself in contemplative mood with textures closer to Nick Drake or Jolie Holland. It's still astonishing to think she collaborated with Kylie Minogue. LP on Rough Trade.
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Charlemagne
Charlemagne


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The International Noise Conspiracy
Black Mask


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Glenn Jones
This Is The Wind That Blows It Out

Glenn Jones is a maestro of the American Primitive style of guitar playing: that sweet sweet Fahey-derived sound we all love so much. This Is The Wind That Blows It Out is Glenn’s 2004 album, now receiving a vinyl release for the first time courtesy of Thrill Jockey. Rich and beautiful music. Oh and by the way, the inner sleeve artwork includes the notes and tunings for all the songs in case you want to have a go yourself.

Elliott Smith
XO

XO was the moment the previously quiet and retiring songwriter Elliot Smith first attempted his cross into the mainstream. First up it was on Big Label Dreamworks and secondly it was properly produced in a functioning studio. The results you'll be glad to hear were absolutely fine. Though more orchestrated and a bit more polished, his superb craftsmanship shone through. Possibly (alongside Either/Or) the pinnacle of his recording career.     

Songs: Ohia
Songs: Ohia

This is where it all started for the late Jason Molina. The eponymous debut LP from his Songs: Ohia venture was released in 1997 as only the fourth catalogue number for the fledgling Secretly Canadian imprint. The slow-/sad-core style that Molina showcased here helped set the tone for the label, the Songs: Ohia project and the late-90’s/early-00’s Americana resurgence. Very beautiful record.
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Drew
Songs from The Devil's Chimney


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Chris Brokaw
My Confidante + 3


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Paul Armfield
Songs Without Words


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Simon Joyner
Lost With The Lights On

Simon Joyner is a bleak singer-songwriter from out Nebraska way. He is one of those singers who is loved by other more successful artists but remains something of an acquired taste albeit with a cult following. Lost With The Lights On was his 2004 era opus and once again saw Joyner writing darkly poetic songs that drew comparisons with Leonard Cohen. 
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Songs: Ohia
Ghost Tropic

If we were all still seeing Songs:Ohia's Jason Molina as nothing more than a Will Oldham acolyte then Ghost Tropic should have been the album that suggested he was truly on his own path. It was a more distracted, dislocated record before with lots of spaces between the notes. It has more in common with late period Talk Talk and Scott Walker than it does with any kind of Americana. It is absolutely brilliant and you need to own it. 
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Smog
The Doctor Came At Dawn

If you don’t have a bit of Bill Callahan in your life then you’re not really doing music right. Arguably the pre-eminent American singer-songwriter of the past couple of decades, Callahan did a lot of his best work under the name of Smog. The fifth Smog LP, 1996’s The Doctor Came At Dawn, is a masterful example of Callahan’s quiet power, all lamp-lit acoustic guitar and portentous musing. The Doctor Came At Dawn was crafted with the help of his sometime collaborator Cynthia Dall.
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Richard Buckner
Impasse

Merge reissue Richard Buckner’s grizzled blues-rock classic on vinyl LP and CD. Impasse is an album of sparse guitar music, with a dense lyricism and some lovely arrangements that deserve to be appreciated on this remastered 15th anniversary special edition, complete with additional rare material.

Jim O'Rourke
Insignificance

Jim O’Rourke’s ‘Insignificance’ dates from 2001, which means that he was also in Sonic Youth at the time that it was made. The music here is a sort of best-case scenario for the kind of solo record that would have emerged from this period of O’Rourke’s career, combining the scuffed-up rock style of Sonic Youth with O’Rourke’s whimsical music-hall/folk musings. No wonder that Pitchfork named ‘Insignificance’ among their top 200 albums of the 2000s.
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The New Pornographers
Electric Version

Nowadays the sophomore LP from The New Pornographers is probably best known for the fact that it’s almost-title track is playable in an edition of Rock Band. Neat as this is, all you Playstation™ shredders would be wise to keep going after Electric Version’s opening track is finished. The group’s 2003 LP showcases one of history’s finest indie-pop bands at their most exuberant, all fizzed-up energy and sunshine melody. At a time when The Lemonheads were missing in action, The New Pornographers plugged the gap in style.
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The International Noise Conspiracy
Capitalism Stole My Virginity


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Beth Orton
Daybreaker

High time for some reissues of Beth Orton albums don’t you think? The Rhino label think so, and thus they have pressed to (180g) vinyl this album, along with Comfort of Strangers. Daybreaker scored into the Top Ten when it was first released in 2002, and it finds Orton in a lounging folktronica mood.
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Golden Synthetic Songbook/ Blue Period
Split


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Jason Walker
Stranger To Someone


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The Arlenes
Stuck On Love


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Tom Waits
Mule Variations

Mule Variations, whilst being typical of Tom Waits later work -- mixing experimental sounds, stomping percussion, jazz and beautiful songwriting, is also a high watermark in his career. Notable tracks include the mournful ballad "Georgia Lee", the creepy and original "What’s He Building In There?" and the gravel-edged blues of "Chocolate Jesus". Essential 180g Vinyl reissue on Anti.
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Silver Jews
Bright Flight

Bright Flight was Silver Jews 2001 era album and perhaps the one where they started to shake off the lo-fi tag and introduce a more obviously countrified twang to their sound. In fact David Berman had moved to Nashviille to record the album and the musical history of that town seeps through its grooves. Here for the first time Berman duets with wife Cassie resulting in a classic harmonic sound possibly comparable to Neil Young and Emmylou Harris's duets from a couple of decades before.....and then there's the lyrics but if we told you about them we'd be here all day. 
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Frankie Sparo
Arena Hostile

A few tracks from Frankie Sparo’s debut LP My Red Scare get reworked for new EP Arena Hostile. Originally taped for Dutch radio, this record sees Sparo’s originals fleshed out by a backing band that includes members of A Silver Mt. Zion. With new musicians in tow the likes of ‘Here Comes The Future’ and ‘Diminish Me NYC’ turn into weird anti-songs reminiscent of Slint and The Magnetic Fields. There’s also a Rolling Stones cover to close out Arena Hostile.
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Ashley Park
The American Scene


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Red House Painters
Old Ramon

The Red House Painters recorded their sixth and final album, Old Ramon, in the late nineties, although it took several years for it to be released due to label wranglings. Its consequent ‘legendary lost album’ status turned out to be fairly warranted, as this is one of Mark Kozelek's strongest statements. Reissued on double LP by Sup Pop.

Frankie Sparo
My Red Scare

Not to be confused with Sam Sparro (he of ‘Black And Gold’ fame), Montreal-based singer-songwriter Frankie Sparo released his debut LP My Red Scare through a then-young Constellation Records back in 2000. The album is an impressionistic set of Americana, folk and ambient textures from a time when those things were just starting to come back into fashion. A mournful and often pretty record, My Red Scare can be filed alongside your Bill Callahan and Jessica Bailiff tomes.
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Kathryn Williams
Soul To Feet


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