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Cave
Allways

Heady funkadelia jammers Cave are back, so come a-diving into their… rock chamber. Once again on Drag City, the nowadays quintet put this one together after a world tour and it’s quite a melting pot of giddy grooves. There’s electric bass, ...view item »

Silver Jews
American Water

Is American Water different from UK water?  Find out by buying the 20 year re-issue of this classic album by Silver Jews. Hear David Berman's lyrical poise set to a half speed master for extra good sound. Wallow in the gentle alt rock of tracks like 'Honk If You're Horny' and 'Sent in the Clouds'. Where is he by the way? We...view item »

Smog
A River Ain't Too Much To Love

A River Ain't Too Much To Love is Callahan's first pretty straight forward country record, a sound he's kept pretty much in tact ever since. The whole thing is somber and delicate, but bursts of melody shine through on each track and (more importantly) Bill's gut-wrenchingly brutal lyrics are here in full-swing. Tracks like "Say Valley Maker", "...view item »

Gastr Del Sol
Camoufleur

On this, their most accessible collection, more barriers have been broken. The lines between Folk, Rock, Pop, Jazz and International Electronica have never been more blurred. They are smart, exceptionally skilled musicians with talents that seemed to complement each other in ways few bands together for twice as long ever reached. "Each Dream Is ...view item »

Cave
Pure Moods EP

Some how i managed to miss Cave's big breakthrough LP 'Psychic Psummer' but i did pick up the totally awesome Hunt Like Devil/Jamz LP which has spent many an hour rotating on the record deck. Going from Hunt Like Devil/Jamz to Pure Moods is a massive leap, first off it's obvious that someone has given them some money to record which can often be...view item »

Bitchin Bajas
Rebajas

Bitchin Bajas have worked at a rate of knots this past decade. Since releasing their debut LP Tones/Zones in 2010 the group have averaged a new full-length each year as well as plenty of solo records, EPs, split-releases and live albums. They’re the Wu-Tang of Kraut-y, psych-y electronica. ...view item »

Olivia Wyatt & Bitchin Bajas
Sailing A Sinking Sea

Olivia Wyatt recently made a documentary film about the Moken people. This is the soundtrack. Rather nicely, this vinyl release contain both the original incidental music by Bitchin’ Bajas and the field recordings and sounds of the sea that ...view item »

Papa M
A Broke Moon Rises

The main morsel of information to glean from the press release is that David Pajo's son is at least 29 years old.  Dad meanwhile after having thrown it all out there with the cathartic 'Highway Songs' returns to a more acoustic based sound using layers of guitars to build up his affecting compositions. This could be very lovely indeed. ...view item »

Papa M
Highway Songs

Suprise! David Pajo (who became known from his time in Slint) releases a new solo album under his Papa M alias, the first for absolutely ages. Nine tracks of American sound that we predict, on the basis of the single ‘Walking On Coronado’, to be excellent. LP / CD / cassette tape edi...view item »

DRINKS
Hippo Lite

Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley reunite as DRINKS for the project’s sophomore LP. Le Bon and Presley have always been the sort of friendly weirdos you could take home and show off to your mum, and Hippo Lite captures their playful sides. Singles like ‘Real Outside’ promise...view item »

Jim O'Rourke
Eureka

Sometime Sonic Youth guitarist and general all-round musical genius Jim O’Rourke likes to experiment with gentle, well recorded repetitive loops of musical phrases, immediately evident here on the opening track “Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World”. He will occasionally shock you with a bi...view item »

Cosmic Invention
Help Your Satori Mind

Masaki Batoh was more than a decade deep into his time with Ghost when he formed Cosmic Invention. Intended as a fun and carefree endeavour to contrast with the intensity of his commitments with Ghost, Batoh and his group made one LP, 1997’s Help Your Satori Mind. More than twenty...view item »

Ty Segall & White Fence
Joy

The Second Coming Of Marc Bolan aka Ty Segall releases his umpteenth album, and this one’s a collaboration with fellow retromaniacs White Fence. Joy - the pair’s first LP together since 2012’s Hair - sees the duo sticking to their guns and cranking out fifteen...view item »

Al Cisneros
Ark Procession / Jericho

Al Cisneros is of course best known for his work as singer and vocalist in stoner rock legends Sleep and Om, but lately he’s been going it alone with some dubby post-industrial dark ambient type sounds. That’s very much what you’re getting on...view item »

John Renbourn
Live In Kyoto 1978

John Renbourn passed away a couple of years ago, but his contribution to the folk revival of the 60s and 70s means his memory should live on a fair while. LPs like Live In Kyoto 1978 will help, too. This intimate recording is a fine example of Renbourn’s talent as both a guitarist and vocalist. His quicksilver pla...view item »

The 4th Movement
The 4th Movement

The recent revival of interest in 1970s Detroit proto-punk trio Death has lead to a re-release for an album the brothers Hackney made under the name The 4th Movement. Originally self-distributed in 1980, The 4th Movement sees the group retain the fuzzed hard-rock sound of Death but narrow their lyrical ...view item »

Nuno Cananvarro
Plux Quba

Plux Quba was first issued in 1988, to little attention. But over the years (following a reissue courtesy of Jim O’Rourke in 1998), people have recognised the value of Portugal’s Nuno Cananvarro and this, his masterpiece of sampletastic abstracted electronics. Reissued in a replica of the or...view item »

Wand
Perfume

Although it runs to over half an hour, this thing from LA psych-pop luvvies Wand is technically an EP rather than an LP. Either way, Perfume is a substantial new release from a band who only dropped their Plum full-length last autumn. There are some cracking songs on here - ‘The Gift’ sounds like ...view item »

Rafael Toral
Sound Mind Sound Body

Early work from Portuguese sound-worker Rafael Toral. Sound Mind Sound Body is composed almost entirely out of guitar sounds, though the processes Toral has used in the devising and processing of the work have smoothed out the instrument almost completely, into a rich, ever-stretching plane of ambient d...view item »

Ty Segall
Fried Shallots

Being a non Ty Segall fan I am currently saving a whopping £58 per year not buying his endless stream of records. Someone please tell Martin Lewis. However this new 6 track EP from the garage rock rackateer gives its profits to the American Civil Liberties Union -  a charity protecting the civil liberties of people li...view item »

Bill Callahan
Expanding Dub / Highs In The Mid-40's Dub

What’s he up to now? What is he up to? Ol’ maudlin Bill, brought up in the lovely split level Yorkshire town of Knaresborough, likes the ladies, you know the fellow. He has a new album out soon and this taster contains two dub versions of tracks that will appear on it. I’ve really enjoyed Callahan’s recent work and I wasn...view item »

Mike Donovan
How to Get Your Record Played in Shops

San Fran rocker and Sic Alps & Peacers lead singer Mike Donovan is in the mood for dishing out advice on his latest solo outing, How to Get Your Record Played in Shops. He’s often in a gentle, piano-led garage or rock & roll mode for this collection, with a lot of peace an...view item »

Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuiness
What News

Classic Scottish folk singer (he hates that term that's why I put it there) Alasdair Roberts lurches out of his comfort zone on this his twelfth solo album by casting away his guitar and collaborating with Concerto Caledonia director David McGuinness. McGuinness was charged with arranging Roberts songs and he brought in&nbs...view item »

Ty Segall
Freedom's Goblin

Freedom’s Goblin, the new album from Ty Segall, is a biggie. 19 tracks that eek out every emotion from the listener on the way. This time out, Segall’s fuzz wraps itself around elements of r’n’b, synths, horns and harmonies, but is still very much Ty Segall...view item »

Your Food
Poke It With a Stick

Fascinating. Here is a re-issue of these Louisville legends who once blew the mind of the then 11 year old Britt Walford (Slint). They were a crazed raggle- taggle collective sonically out of kilter with the then thriving hardcore scene with songs that referenced ESG and Bush Tetras. They didn't...view item »

No Age
Snares Like a Haircut

Been a while, hasn't it? Fuzz punks No Age have been dwelling in slumber since they released An Object, their last and most thoughtful record in a back catalogue full of discarding and distorting. Here comes the shred: they're back with Snares Like a Haircut and it sounds like they're g...view item »

Various
Hexadic III

Six Organs of Admittance guitarist Ben Chasny has this compositional method called ‘The Hexadic System’. He’s done talks on it and written a book about it and, after two records composed by Chasny adhering to its principles, it’s now starting to be adopted by other artists. These other ar...view item »

Joanna Newsom
Milk Eyed Mender

“The Milk-Eyed Mender” is the highly accomplished debut album from Joanna Newsom. Each album she has done has been quite different, whilst still having a defining stamp of Joanna Newsom’s originality. Her harp playing adds richness to songs that are already original in structure and execution...view item »

Smog
Red Apple Falls

Like all Smog albums, "Red Apple Falls" is good. I've always found it to be Bill Callahan's most Nick Drake-ish album, it's not that much like Nick Drake, but the opening track "The Morning Paper" could almost be on "Five Leaves left" or "Pink Moon" - but a more wonky version of either. Like lots of good albums, ...view item »

Bill Callahan
Woke Up On A Whaleheart

I still don't know why Bill Callahan dropped the Smog alias to record under his own name. At the time, before this came out I assumed it must be to mark a change in direction for him. That doesn't seem to be the case however. "Woke On A Whaleheart" is just another Smog album, really. You could point to songs like "Foot...view item »

Smog
Julius Caesar

This treat from the early Smog years was looking sad without a review, so I thought I would extol its virtues for the benefit of any passing shoppers. Monsieur Callahan doesn't have his wise-old-country voice here, nor the obtuse, elegant lyricism that carries his later albums. This is a record full of blunt edges and ...view item »

Cory Hanson
The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo

This is the first solo record from Cory Hanson, of the psych-rock band Wand. It turns out that, without the band back-up, Hanson is a rather sensitive folk voice, almost recalling some of the more interesting artists of the '70s. The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo is available via LP, CD ...view item »
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Wand
Plum

The first album in two years from West Coast psych outfit Wand and for this they've added two new members which has brought about a much more democratic songwriting process than before. The album was borne out of improvisational sessions which yielded dense and wildly chromatic music, pushing the envelope of their previous psych...view item »

Bitchin Bajas
Bajas Fresh

Bitchin Bajas centre around guitarist and organist Cooper Crain, also of Chicago Psych/drone band Cave. In the 4 years since their last album, they have released collaborative efforts with Natural Information Society, Olivia Wyatt and Bonnie ‘Princ...view item »

Ty Segall and White Fence
Hair

Ty Segall and White Fence are two of the finest oddballs from the United States making that lo-fi garage pop that's all over the place at the moment. Segall shits out catchy scratchy ...view item »

Om
Advaitic Songs

Fuck. I love Om! I saw them play live at Supersonic a while back with our Ant and they blew both of our faces right off. They were totally the highlight of the festival and even though we were picking up face scrapings for the rest of the night I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Pilgr...view item »

Ed Askew
A Child In The Sun: Radio Sessions 1969-1970

After recording the acid folk classic Ask The Unicorn LP in 1968, Ed Askew ostensibly stopped making music. It was only in the early 2000s when a second album was discovered that more research was done. It was this snooping that unearthed a whole load of treasures, including the tracks that make up A Child In The Sun: Radio Sess...view item »

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
SpiderBeetleBee

2015 saw the release of Land of Plenty, a collaboration between Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker and 2017 sees them joining together again with SpiderBeetleBee. The guitar duo continue with their impromptu style but this time with Celtic instrumentation and themes coming to the fore...view item »

Chris Gantry
At The House Of Cash

Chris Gantry was a songwriter to the stars and  performer in his own right. He’d been offered lodgings at Johnny Cash’s Nashville home in the early ‘70s after some police/weed trouble. He also convinced Cash to let him record in his studio. At The House of Cash was the result and is one of...view item »

Pearls Before Swine
One Nation Underground

We've had Sergeant Peppers and Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th anniversary specials but now it's time for something much more out there. It's a big re-issue of this legendary psychedelic folk group who in 1967 produced this almost impossible to characterise blend of Donovan style folk whimsy, repetitive mi...view item »

Ka Baird
Sapropelic Pycnic

You might recognise Ka Baird’s sounds from Spires That In The Sunset Rise, but here she lets her musical style stand alone. Flute and extended vocal techniques are used, looped, processed and layered into mystic pieces of avant-world-folk. Sapropelic Pycnic indeed. Released by good old Drag City....view item »

Dead Rider
Crew Licks

Chicago based art rockers Dead Rider return to Drag City for their fourth full length album. Ever developing their almost unclassifiable sound you get glitchy time shifted R’n’B mellow grooves alongside twanging dark blues licks and layered vocal harmonies, and they don;t skip a beat in hitting the atonal either. Inc...view item »

Fumio Miyashita
Live On The Boffomundo Show

Fumio Miyashita, captured live in performance for the public access TV show Boffomundo in 1979. Miyashita was a spacey synthesiser maestro and the leader of The Far East Family Band, and his kosmische-ambient sounds, made with a healthy array of synths and keyboards, are perfectly repre...view item »

Mark Fosson
Solo Guitar

Mark Fosson has been playing guitar for about 50 years now which makes him..what? ...well at least 51. This is only his fifth album in that time which makes him either a perfectionist or lazy. I'd err towards the former though as he twists and swoops with a nimble fingerpicking style and the sort of eclectic thought process you ...view item »

Royal Trux “Live”
Platinum Tips + Ice Cream

American rockers Royal Trux called it quits in 2001 and went their separate ways, forming Black Bananas, RTX, and The Howling Hex. The first full length release since the reunion was recorded live over two days and covers most of their 12 albums in their rawest and purest form. ...view item »

Peacers
Introducing The Crimsmen

This all sounds like the kind of lo-fi damp basement fare that could have been projected out of the gut of someone like Neutral Milk Hotel. Gentle psych, acoustic laments and a dysfunctional recording process all add up to idiosyncratic and laconic lo-fi folk with nods to Syd Barrett and ...view item »

John Mulaney
The Comeback Kid

This is the third comedy album from John Mulaney, the popular US comedian who has worked on Saturday Night Live and has even won an Emmy. This is a recording of show recorded at the Chicago Theater in his home town of (yes) Chicago and drawn from material from his Netflix special. Funny man, funny voice. ...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance
Burning The Threshold

The inside of Ben Chasney’s head must be like a forest. His music sounds like a brave guitar player treading through a maze of brown branches and red leaves, never breaking his pace. The result is, invariably, an album full of hypnotizing songs, and Six Organs of Admittance’ latest is no exception. ...view item »

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble
Find Me Finding You

New sounds from a new outfit of Laetitia Sadier, the queen of Stereolab. This debut album of the Source Ensemble features some familiar collaborators, as well as guest spots from the likes of Rob Mazurek and Alexis Taylor. The smoothly groovy flavour of all ...view item »

Bill MacKay
Esker

Bill MacKay releases his third, and arguably deepest record, entitled Esker. A record that contains a combination of percussion, guitars, piano and glass slide all performed by himself. Esker is a well known and genial presence on the Chicago music scene and here creates warm folk rock that also taps into psych and expe...view item »

Alasdair Roberts
Pangs

Deep-rooted Scottish folksman Alasdair Roberts presents a new mixture of traditional and original songs, as nuanced as ever. Unlike his previous album, Pangs is a full-band electric affair, with trusty sidemen Alex Neilson and Stevie Jones on board (plus several other guests). Excellent...view item »

Ty Segall
Ty Segall

Another year, yet another album from prolific garage rock guy Ty Segall. You would perhaps think that a self titled album (his second) would have a back to basics approach but as Master Segall revels in a stripped back sound it's hard to figure the concept other than this is described on the press release as 'visceral' and ...view item »

Major Stars
Motion Set

Having been active since the last century, veterans Major Stars prepare to release yet another rough' n 'ready slice of psychedelic-rock. As the ninth offering from the Massachusetts-incepted outfit, Motion Set recognises its predeceasing catalogue whilst still exploring new ideas and st...view item »

The Silence
Nine Suns, One Morning

Amounting to the third album of Tokyo-based outfit The Silence is Nice Suns, One Morning. As it shifts across an array of styles and variations of modern rock, the offering prioritises free-flowing improvisation over the cull of safe and easy songwriting - amounting to a highly creative recor...view item »

Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex
Full Moon In Gemini

Full Moon In Gemini is a typically punchy slice of Howling Hex sound, marshalled as ever by bandleader Neil Michael Hagerty. Please note that, excitingly, every individual copy of the 7” has been hand-packaged by Hagerty himself, meaning that each one is a little different and uni...view item »
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Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex
Denver

Neil Michael Hagerty has played with Royal Trux and Pussy Galore, but is now returning to his group The Howling Hex. Denver is a guitar-heavy garagey record where the band let the energy fly free: lots of fun. The album is available as an LP or as an alternately-mixed ...view item »

Tim Presley
The Wink

No relation to Elvis, Tim Presley has obviously spent far too much time hanging out with Cate Le Bon if the sounds of 'Clue' are anything to believed. It's not dissimilar to their collaborative effort as the Drink in that it features jerky post-punk rhythms and weird detached vocals. In fact the...view item »

Purling Hiss
High Bias

High Bias is studio album number six for Purling Hiss. They are the project of Philadelphia-based musician and slacker Mike Polizze. Polizze mixes sludgy grunge, psychedelic shoegaze and lots of guitar solos. Following on from his previous two albums Water On Mars and Weirdon I think it’s probabl...view item »

Boris with Michio Kurihara
Rainbow

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Various
Galactic Zoo Dossier #10

What a lovely thing: the 10th edition of the Galactic Zoo Dossier zine! Hand-illustrated artwork makes every page beautiful, and you’ll learn a lot from 16 interviews with cool people like Michael Chapman, Arthur Brown and Shirley Collins! The zine also comes with trading cards (w...view item »

Faun Fables
Born of The Sun

Faun Fables are an alt. folk duo comprising of Dawn McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Nils Frykdahl. They have been making music since 1998 and in 2004 signed to Drag City. Born Of The Sun comes six years after their l...view item »

The Red Krayola with Art & Language
Baby and Child Care

Baby and Child Care is a 1984 production by The Red Krayola (with Art And Language) that has unfortunately never been previously put out into the world. Now we can hear it! The album uses transposed psychoanalytic texts for lyrical c...view item »

Bill Callahan
Dream River

I was thinking this morning: "Why don’t I own more Bill Callahan records?"   I tend to always like what I hear of him (certainly post-Smog, who didn’t always do it for me). For the uninitiated, he has a rich, chocolate-brown voice and sings sad, slow laments which could eventually see him be...view item »

Rangda
The Heretic's Bargain

All I know is that it’s heavy...Rangda’s surreal The Heretic’s Bargain incorporates surf guitar, free-improv shronk and all type of post-rock weirdness. Chris Corsano, Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny have now completely nailed the dynamics in their raw guitar and drums trio. Drag City are put...view item »

Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is back, and he’s brought some pals along too. Bitchin Bajas make an experimental din of synthesizers and horns and together they make Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties a strange and fascinating collaboration. This vinyl LP, CD or cassette is ...view item »

Elisa Ambrogio
The Immoralist

Elisa Ambrogio is a principle member of the most uncaring noise rock band of all time, Magik Markers -- who released the joyfully abstract and feedback-taunting 'I Trust My Guitar, Etc.' -- and also makes an awful mess in her own right. 'The Immortalist' actually relents a little bit, offering pop structure to the razor-sharp tones of Magik Mark...view item »

Laetitia Sadier
Something Shines

Here's a new album from Stereolab vixen Laetitia Sadier’s which was recorded in Switzerland with a man called David who has lots of keyboards. In fact  Its a truly international record with the drummer recording his parts in Paris, the bassist in Valencia and the strings done in St Etienne. Sadier's own parts were overdubbed in London...view item »

Bitchin Bajas
Bitchin Bajas

Bitchin Bajas have been around the world and they STILL can't find their baby. Instead they have been chasing sonics through space and time. Good lads. The press release I'm working off is full of such pretentious twaddle "they have mapped and traversed their own ecosystem" is one particular stand out line. I'm trying to find something to hold o...view item »

White Fence
For The Recently Found Innocent

'For The Recently Found Innocent' is many things: the fifth White Fence album the first White Fence album to be recorded outside the bedroom fence (with live drumming!) the first White Fence record to be produced for Drag City the second time that Tim Presley and Ty Segall have met to record music....view item »

Bill Callahan
Apocalypse

Bill Callahan very rarely disappoints and 'Apocalypse' is not likely to dissuade me from the belief that he's one of America's finest singer/songwriters. You'll be pleased and not particularly surprised to hear that this is another solid collection of songs from Mr. Smogman. It's a livelier collection than last years rather somber yet completely...view item »

WOO
When The Past Arrives

Well here is a treat for anyone who snuggled up to Woo’s beautiful ‘Whichever Way You Are Going You Are Going Wrong’ or ‘Its Cosy Inside’ re-issues from last year. Following the success of those records, brothers Mark and Clive Ives who make up Woo have revisited hours and hours of lost recordings left on th...view item »

Alasdair Roberts & Friends
A Wonder Working Stone

Prolific Scots folkie Alasdair Roberts is back again with a troupe of buddies accompanying him as he romps through another series of his updates to traditional Scottish music. The accompaniment (and even occasional use of electric instruments) does give...view item »

Om
God Is Good

I think there's been a fair bit of fretting over Om since Chris Hakius left early last year which isn't really surprising considering he was half the band. Emil Amos from Grails has since stepped in and, despite initial reservations over a contrast of styles, seems to have fitted right in if the couple of times I caught them live last year and t...view item »

Cave
Neverendless

Cave are SO good. They've been scorching the earth with their searing kraut psych jams for a few years now and I'm still yet to hear anything of theirs that hasn't kicked my arse. In fact after listening to this I'm painfully aware that I need to fill in the gaps while their earlier records are still available. On this album we've got five t...view item »

Damon & Naomi with Ghost
Damon & Naomi with Ghost

As far as I can tell this unlikely collaboration was recorded way back in 2000, back when we didn't even know what an iPhone was. Very lovely it is, too, with Eastern psych rockers Ghost keeping everything tasteful and low-key and adding a real mystical feel to the pastoral folky goings-on...view item »

PG Six
Starry Mind

P.G. Six - The Patrick Gubler Six are an indie-folk-Americana type band, well probably more of revolving cast of characters with New Yorker, Gubler being the the mainstay. "Starry Mind" is their fifth album and came out in 2001, four years after its predecessor, "Slightly Sorry" which I rather enjoyed. For quick comparisons sake, they have ...view item »

Scout Niblett
The Calcination of Scout Niblett

My friend Charlotte named her dog after Scout Niblett, and believe it or not, Scout Nibbler is probably one of the loveliest canines out there, proper daft-as-a-brush but with some rather intriguing human-like traits. It's nice to se the lady herself returning to the fray with a new album, 'The Calcination of.....', especially as she is one of the ...view item »

Carol Kleyn
Love Has Made Me Stronger

Lady with harp alert. We have reports of another lady with a harp releasing a record on Drag City. This lady, is not, I repeat not Joanna Newsom. Is she a fraudster, a charlatan, a trickster?? Is she Mum of Newsom? Nah, not really -  this is one of those lovingly re-released earl...view item »

Six Organs of Admittance
Asleep On The Floodplain

In which Ben Chasny strips away the dense layers and Current 93-esque studio tomfoolery of his last LP proper (Luminous Night) in favour of a more back-to-basics home solo home recording style, more in the vein of his stellar early shit. This one does differ from the likes of Dark Noontide though in that there aren't really any interludes of dro...view item »

Death
Spiritual-Mental-Physical

I'm still yet to hear Death's only official release '…For The Whole World To See' but on the strength of this collection of ra reties and demo's I reckon it's got to be top of my 'albums to listen to as soon as i get home' list. Death were a short lived pre-punk Detroit rock'n'roll band consisting of three brothers who liked to 'Kick Out ...view item »

Laetitia Sadier
The Trip

The Sadier steps out of the 'Lab and the results are great. The LP kicks off with a really strong track, a song called "One Million Year Trip". It's a song that has an ascending keyboard line that Rick Wakeman would be proud of and a motorik drum beat. The rest is great and its a solid album. It's a bit like Burt Reynolds. It's reliable and quit...view item »

Rangda
False Flag

Oh my oh my what we have here is a super trio: Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasney and Chris Corsano. I could probably stop writing there and for many those three names alone would be a deal clincher... Opener 'Waldorf Hysteria' is a full on manic and intense psych rock freakout and then we get 'Bull Lore' which could be a score for a Sergio Leo...view item »

Sir Richard Bishop
Polytheistic Fragments

Sir Richard Bishop, guitar lord, treats our ears with his spanish gypsy inspired string wizardry. 'Polytheistic Fragments' 'Phil reckons the raw power of pure flamenco can reduce you to tears. It's always nice to listen this guys music. You just get the sense that he's mastered his art and is completely at one with his instrument. Lush Indian artwo...view item »

Jim O'Rourke
Halfway to a Threeway

A classic EP from Jim O’Rourke’s sweetly melodic late 90s period. Halfway to a Threeway combines arrangements that you could hear on the radio with darkly comic lyrics. O’Rourke is sometimes critiqued as a pastiche-merchant, but you can’t listen to this without realising that he ...view item »

Jim O'Rourke
The Visitor

Drag City mainstay Jim O'Rourke's returned to his Nic Roeg obsession (see Bad Timing, Eureka and Insignificance) for new LP The Visitor, which takes its name from David Bowie's character in The Man Who Fell to Earth and is billed as a kind of sequel to Bad Timing. It's easy to see why, with its mixture of neo classical elements and vaguely country-...view item »

Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh
Overloaded Ark

Masaki Batoh is the mainman of the fantastic Ghost and Helena Espvall is in the very nice Espers so it was no surprise that the first LP they did together last year was a highly enjoyable (if slightly unfocused) 'round the world trip that stopped off at various country's traditional folk train stations and threw a suitcase of avant-garde mentality ...view item »
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Scott Walker
Tilt

Well, I’ve been given the mammoth task of reviewing this absolutely now legendary album by Scott Walker, Tilt. Although many people think they are familiar with Scott’s music, this will change their perception entirely; although his velvet voice is still there, this can be a very uncomfortabl...view item »

Sir Richard Bishop
The Freak Of Araby

The Freak of Araby is the new guitar action from Sun City Girls virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop. Any album that makes me want to do foreign dancing is alright by me and all I can think about at the moment is getting up and doing some sort of mental tango-y flamencoizing all over the office, maybe wearing some tassles on my nips and wielding a sexual ey...view item »

Papa M
Live From A Shark Cage

Papa M (one of the many aliases of former Slint guitarist David Pajo) comes in many forms. As an outlet for Pajo's quieter impulses, Papa M have released albums of largely acoustic folk songs (Papa M Sings, Whatever Mortal), electronic-tinged post rock (Hole of Burning Alms) and more recently the fractured ideas that Pajo has come up with since ...view item »

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