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Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts Of The Great Highway

Out of print for far too long, Ghosts of the Great Highway is a timely reminder of the power and emotion Mark Kozelek's music once had. This was his first 'group' record post Red House Painters and is seen as one of his best. With a band featuring Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Moon...view item »

Elastica
Elastica

In 1994 you would have thought that Elastica would have gone on to become something quite special but instead they dribbled to a halt. Still they released one classic album that although was dangerously derivative at times had the type of killer tunes that filled those indie discos. Vinyl reissue includes a bonus fanzine and fle...view item »

Pantha du Prince
The Winter Hymn

Pantha du Prince is the master of rich, organic techno full of complex composition and beautiful melodies. This Winter Hymn 12” on Rough Trade is his first real release in six years and one in which he has welcomed a handful of collaborators to help out with his pristine minimal techno. It...view item »

Sleaford Mods
Sleaford Mods EP

First new music from Sleaford Mods since 2017's English Tapas and as is their wont it's a five track EP ahead of a promised new LP next March. A bunch of things to tie you over all about people's anger with the political system and the slow descent into slanging matches. Always on the ball it's nice to have them back. They may l...view item »

Parquet Courts
Content Nausea

Content Nausea is the second release of 2014 from Parquet Courts. Issued under a slightly different name (Parkay Quarts) due to some of the band members completing degrees and starting families, it hints at sounds akin to the likes of Dylan and Warren Zevon, and is the inevitable aftermath of Sunbathing Animal&...view item »

Starcrawler
I Love LA

LA rockers Starcrawler were lucky enough to have their forthcoming debut album produced by alt. Country superstar Ryan Adams. I Love LA is the second single to be lifted from it and is the follow up to debut single Ants. The band formed after high school buddies Arrow De Wilde (voclas) and Henri Cash (guitar) se...view item »

Honey Hahs
Dear Someone, Happy Something

Every so often we get one of these, a band of barely-even-teenagers who somehow manage to make music that puts people twice their age to shame. Honey Hahs (average age 13) are a trio of sisters from London who pen charming twee-punk ditties in the vein of Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos. Their debut...view item »

The Libertines
Time For Heroes - The Best Of The Libertines

That moment when BBC's Seven Ages of Indie arrived at the Libertines after graduating through the Smiths, Oasis et al was really an eye opener. That what was basically a sloppy school band could ever be seen in the same bracket as indie legends and billion selling stadium bands seemed implausibl...view item »

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake Remixes

Parquet Courts album Wide Awake has been a big favourite of Norman staff and customers this year so Wide Awake Remixes should be of interest in our little world. This 12” features three tracks - one remixed by Danny Krivit who has remixed and re-edited for the likes of James Brown and ...view item »

Princess Nokia
A Girl Cried Red

Having swapped her PE kit for a Slipknot t-shirt, Princes Nokia is ready for an act of radical reclamation. A Girl Cried Red is as emo as emo gets, and despite it's place within a canon enabled by black musicians, is typically dominated by white ones. Available on l...view item »

This Is The Kit
Moonshine Freeze

Kate Stables’ project This Is The Kit has a new album out, and it is a beautiful and multi-angled thing, with instrumentation and production (by John Parish) that moves lightly around Kate’s songs. Moonshine Freeze feels playful and fleet-footed without bein...view item »

The Fiery Furnaces
Blueberry Boat

Back in the days when it was a proper print rag, you could always tell a good album by a 1 out of 10 score in NME. That judgement ensured I picked up Fiery Furnaces second LP which took the bluesy White Stripes rock of their debut and ran with it to the asylum taking in bits of Beefheart, Zappa and the Cardiacs ...view item »

Gruff Rhys
Babelsberg

Here's the latest from Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys which is his first for Rough Trade in quite some time. He's recorded it with composer Stephen McNeff and the (wait for it) 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. That's an amazing amount of people/instruments. Early indications suggest it is his best al...view item »

Parquet Courts
Total Football

Does anyone remember the very minor furore that surrounded the release of Beck’s 2006 LP The Information? The gist of it was that the album wouldn't be eligible for a chart placing because, rather than having artwork, the album’s sleeve was a blank background on which you could apply some stickers that ...view item »

Parquet Courts
Performing Human

Swaggering New York indie-punks Parquet Courts released Human Performance, their third or fifth album (depending on which ones you count), earlier this year. This is an EP of alt-versions and remixes of the title track, cannily titled Performing Human. The remixes come from Eaters and from ...view item »

Goat Girl
The Man

An indies-only 7” by South London up-and-comers Goat Girl here. ‘The Man’ will appear on their self-titled debut LP, and the track is a good line in the sand for the group. Displaying a similarly sprightly energy to fellow London buzz bands Shame and The Big Moon, the band&rsqu...view item »

Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!

Here they come again with their fifth album which is produced by none other than Danger Mouse. This is another bold and groundbreaking work that benefits from full band arrangements with the group playing with their usual true punk rock passion. More confident with each release this is set to be their biggest missive yet. ...view item »

Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek

Eighty eight further minutes of your life you won't get back again with this latest album from Mark Kozelek's favourite singer.  Recorded partly in hotels, I'm looking forward to hearing what particular accommodation gripes he has this time. If this is not enough for you then there's also a new Sun Kil Moon alb...view item »

Princess Nokia
1992 Deluxe

The New York rapper’s 2016 mixtape gains a remaster and eight unreleased tracks on this first-time CD and double vinyl edition. At a career point where others might feel happy to start making concessions to the mainstream, Destiny Frasqueri maintains her unflinching individualism and uncompromising feminism,...view item »

Goat Girl
Goat Girl

Goat Girl are one of a number of bands in South London who are currently enjoying a bit of the limelight. Contemporaries such as the recently lauded Shame along with Madonnatron, Bat-bike, Horsey and Sorry help each other out with gigs and such....view item »

The Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl

Uh oh. The Decemberists have sought fit to drag in 'super' producer John Congleton and embrace influences such as Roxy Music and New Order on their eighth album. Safe to say that my dad's not going to like this one little bit. Lead single "Severed" though expertly showcases Congleton's abil...view item »

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Seedlings All

Seedlings All is the most personal album yet by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The British folk duo’s previous pair of long-players mixed traditional songs, covers and originals, but here for the first time, all tracks are self-penned. The duo are going from strength to strength and this al...view item »

The Strokes
Angles

This band The Strokes are pretty popular I think. Not sure why really as I thought they peaked with the couple of singles which came out before the debut album then dive-bombed pretty quickly after that.. 'Juicebox' was alright though, come to think of it. These days they're into spending five years making their records, taking their artwork fro...view item »

The Strokes
First Impressions On Earth

Listening to First Impressions of Earth makes me think the Strokes were trying to break out of their own hype and start the process of becoming an original band. The first two Strokes albums were right on formula, eleven 3 minute songs designed for radio airplay yet there were still moments when you knew these guys actually had something unique tha...view item »

Goat Girl
Crow Cries

It's the brand new single from Goat Girl, Crow Cries. Even though all four of the band's members are now at the grand old age of 20, their youth is revealed by a furious sound representative of the geopolitical climate in Britain today. Fresh and vital-sounding post-millennial pop, speaking of a generation and those to ...view item »

Warpaint
Warpaint

This man was initially unsure about what to make of the new Warpaint album. Then either my cluttered house or our chaotic office "ate" the promo, my computer with the MP3 broke so I'm streaming this from the Guardian's site. I 've not read the guys waffle. It bored me to tears after two seconds. This new self-titled album is formed from ...view item »

Alela Diane
Alela Diane & Wild Divine

After releasing two excellent solo albums, one completely on her own, one where the band play more of a part, Alela Diane & The Wild Devine sees the band’s role as even more collaborative, they are named in the title and songs have been co-written by band members who also happen to be her dad and her husband. “El...view item »

Starcrawler
Starcrawler

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

Butterfly Child
Onomatopoeia

One of those records where you have to mention the album art. There you go, I've mentioned it. It's very good. Butterfly Child's Onomatopoeia was first released in 1993 but has been given a smooth remaster on Dell'Orso. A great mix of electronica and post-rock and for fans of Bark Psychosis...I suppose? Available on double vinyl...view item »

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
The Birds

For new EP The Birds, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have stepped away from their full band set-up and gone with a more intimate approach. Electronics and drum machines lap at the edges of these melancholy new folk songs, written with migration and displacement in mind. A great subtle addition to this p...view item »

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour

Rough Trade bring back three quarters of an hour from 2014: that is, Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour by Josienne Clark and Ben Walker...view item »

Warpaint
The Fool

Well after over a year of writhing away to the atmospheric strains of their mini-LP Exquisite Corpse, these 4 LA geniuses finally unleash the beast, I mean "The Fool". 9 tracks this time & their template remains approximately the same. Harmonies mingle with spectral, ethereal guitars, airy fluid bass & steady ever-evolving drum patt...view item »

Antony & The Johnsons
Turning

This is a CD + DVD package of recordings and films from Antony's 2006 tour 'Turning' in which she toured Europe collaborating with 13 trangender women whose images and stories are weaved within the film. Seven years in the making, the film intertwines these stories with Antony's lovely music performed live and featuring songs from all three of h...view item »

Jarvis Cocker
Further Complications

Of all the people to grow a big bristly beard, Jarvis Cocker wasn't anywhere near the top of my list. Not that i'm sad enough to have a list of prospective celebrity facial hair disasters. He looks quite cool although even more like an insane Geography teacher than ever! 'Further Complications' is his new album on Rough Trade and is remarkably be...view item »

Sleaford Mods
English Tapas

Returning with their first full length record for Rough Trade, it will be fascinating to find out what Sleaford Mods made of 2016. The title here refers to cuisine in a pub the pair visited that consisted of "half a scotch egg, cup of chips, pickle and a mini pork pie" - a menu that sums up the useless state of England, as viewed through...view item »

Goat Girl
Cracker Drool

Sort of Christmas-related (presumably 'Cracker Drool' is the slaver that comes out your mouth when pulling.... No?) single from the already much loved newbies Goat Girl. This one has been produced by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes/Kate Tempest) and is the third single from this group of very young pe...view item »

PicaPica
Spring & Shade

I wonder if the surge of CD's will ever become a retro collectors item like vinyls are? If so, this CD EP will more than likely become a collectors item a) for the quality of music on it, and b) for the stunning album art. Spring & Shade is the latest release from PicaPica and is available on CD from Rough Trade. ...view item »

Sun Kil Moon
Universal Themes

New album from Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon project. Universal Themes contains the familiar Kozelek sound and approach (forward-strolling rock and lyrics on whatever is on Kozelek’s mind that day), but this time with help from Sonic Youth dru...view item »

Lankum
Between The Earth And The Sky

Lankum are an Irish band who perform with the full weight of their country’s phenomenal folk tradition upon their shoulders. The four members all sing (in wonderful harmony), and also man a collection of old instruments, from the fiddle to the accordion to the uilleann pipes. Traditional son...view item »

Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White

What now? Leave us alone.  The latest in Mark Kozelek's endless parade of releases. This time he is alongside Ben Boye and The Dirty Three's Jim White. The credits contain the increasingly worrying credit of 'Mark Kozelek: Words'.  Therefore you sort of know what you are getting- vomit...view item »

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 Jol...view item »

Starcrawler
Ants

Los Angeles based four-piece Starcrawler are some youngsters re-igniting rock and roll i a way that Joey Ramone would have approved of. Ants is their debut single, out via Rough Trade and clocking in at under two minutes it it invokes the spirit of The Cramps, The Runaways...view item »

Honey Hahs
OK

Yes, their average age is under 12, but the first single from South London sisters the Honey Hahs is endearing for reasons beyond a that’s-nice-dear encouragement of youthful endeavour. ‘OK’ is a bittersweet acoustic ballad with strong harmonies and lyrics that are wise beyond the years of the people singi...view item »

Parquet Courts
Captive Of The Sun ft. Bun B

Those who have schooled up on Parquet Courts may well know that Austin Brown’s love for Southern hip-hop is sincere. Just check his 2015 piece for The Talk House. Anyway, here Brown gets to live out the fantasy of many a doe-eyed music lover by stepping into the booth with one of his inspirations. Just one of the ...view item »

Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal (single)

After a meteoric rise in a crazy 12 months that saw Parquet Courts go from playing small clubs in their native New York to national TV shows in the USA, they release the first single Sunbathing Animal, from the forthcoming album of the same name. This 7” single is a limited edition of 1000 copies....view item »

Pantha du Prince
The Triad: Ambient Versions

Pantha du Prince’s wonderful album The Triad now returns… in ambient form! Rather than farming out the stems to other producers, Pantha has crafted these versions himself, with the help of his engineer Kassian, turning each track inside out for a deep experience free from t...view item »

Benjamin Booker
Witness

Benjamin Booker’s new record is partly the result of a trip he took to Mexico City, which gave him a broader perspective on his own world. Booker has an excellent sound that mixes all the best hallmarks of classic soul and R&B with an edgy garage blues touch. Witness, which features a guest vo...view item »

The Strokes
Comedown Machine

To my mind The Strokes’ career hit the rails when they failed to title the follow up to wildly successful debut ‘Is This it?’ ‘Is This It?’. On previous album ‘Angles’ the pre-publicity surrounded guitarist Nick Valensi describing the recording process as “awfu...view item »

Sleaford Mods
T.C.R

This is the first new material from Sleaford Mods now that they've handed the keys over to the man at Rough Trade. Not that their sound has changed at all. 'TCR' sees them just as angry and sweary as before with five new tracks recorded earlier this year. The title track details the travails of a man who escapes to the pub only ...view item »

Anohni
Paradise

Is there any artist more needed in the world right now than Anohni? If anyone has access to Donald Trump's ears then please play '4 Degrees' over and over again into them until they bleed sanity. This follow up EP was obviously written before all the recent lunacy but couldn't be better timed. Lead track 'Paradise' is an excelle...view item »

Sun Kil Moon
Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood

If after the ..um...verbose 'Universal Themes' you can cope with any more of Kozelek's ramblings then here is a new double album of the stuff. This one covers events in Kozelek's life from March to October 2016 so if you want to know his thoughts on mass murders or the passing of heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali then this is...view item »

Warpaint
Whiteout

In their trade-markedly eerie fashion, Warpaint have dominated 2016 with acclaimed full-length release Heads Up. Their latest single to be offered from the eleven-track expedition is Whiteout - a atmospheric hit featuring spidery guitar riffs and wide-ranging harmo...view item »

Warpaint
New Song

Warpaint have a new single, or new song, if you will. It’s called New Song. It’s produced by Jacob Bercovici who produced their debut EP Exquisite Corpse. The song has an ethereal pop vibe and the band claim their new material has been influenced by the likes of Bjork, Kendr...view item »

Arthur Russell
Calling Out of Context

This was the album that started the re-assessment of Arthur Russell's life and work. It compiled previously unreleased and unheard work from Arthur's enormous archive and featured tracks written and recorded between '85 and '90. Now here's the re-issue, spread over to 2LP for maximum sound clarity.   ...view item »

The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini

Collaboration can often form cheesy, chart-ready tripe. Not this one. Brought to us by Rough Trade is the self-titled coming together of The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini. This is a truly unique experience and a fully live rendition of a selection of Torrini's old hits along with two bran...view item »

Goat Girl
Country Sleaze / Scum

Country Sleaze and Scum are two of the debut tracks by London based quartet, Goat Girl. This first instalment is a great addition to the English rock/punk scene that packs groggy baselines alongside lyrics that offer a genuine and uncensored critique of the human race at the moment. Released on ...view item »

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Overnight

Josienne Clarke’s lovely vocal and Ben Walker’s steady acoustic picking: perfect. Add in some lush widescreen orchestration and their mix of gothic folk, chill ballads, bluegrass and lunar odes are all set to mirror our circadian rhythms this Autumn. 'Overnight' will track our days and ...view item »

Parquet Courts
Monastic Living

After dipping into pseudonym land for two releases and some shows as Parkay Quarts last year, the band now return to the original Parquet Courts moniker for a brand new mini album. Monastic Living appears to be their attempt at a 'Metal Machine Music', and is their first release since signing to Ro...view item »

Warpaint
Heads Up

Warpaint decide to direct their audience literally by naming the first single from their new record "New Song". Cool: the band's slow, brooding rock ascent may or may not continue on their follow-up to 2014's self-titled effort (plus Lindberg's solo LP), but the opening single has a glitching electro-pop glare and sparkly s...view item »

Dean Blunt
50 Cent

Dean Blunt continues to be the world's most intelligent and infuriating artist on 'Black Metal', another record that reinvents the wheel when it comes to avant-garde -- it's a feeling, not a discipline. This record feels compellingly sparse, and '50 Cent' -- the single taken for this special 12" -- is proof of that, focusing on an emotive vocal ...view item »

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Through The Clouds

Josienne Clarke has the kind of tone in her voice that gives any song she sings the feeling of an age-old traditional folk ballad. Old ballads do turn up in her collaborations with Ben Walker, but there are also more modern covers and original songs. Through The Clouds is a showcase EP designed to intro...view item »

Parquet Courts
Human Performance

Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Roug...view item »

Anohni
Hopelessness

Anohni of Antony And The Johnsons presents her solo project. Production assistance from big-guns Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never make this a kaleidoscopic electronic experience, her ever-soaring vocals above a busy dance-swirl. Ecstatic and experimen...view item »

Jarvis Cocker
Music From Likely Stories

This is the man from Pulp. He also disc jockeys on BBC Radio 6 Music and is expert at looking exactly like a finely ageing lecturer. As you can tell, information is scant on this  - we are told there are four songs and it is a limited 7" on Rough Trade. It will most likely sell very quickly indeed.  ...view item »

Pantha du Prince
The Triad

German techno producer Pantha Du Prince is known for his conceptual mimal works on Dial and Rough Trade. He return to Rough trade with his first album since 2010, working on the concept of collaboration and humanising his music. The Triad has many collaborative efforts on it with Queens, Joachim...view item »

The Prettiots
Boys (That I Dated In High School)

The Prettiots make impressive indie-pop with a bass-drums-guitar/ukulele line-up. Unique. Their debut single Boys (That I Dated In High School) does what it says on the tin, running through a series of micro character studies with a fair amount of wit. Released by Rough Trade on lovely pink vinyl -- the small variety, t...view item »

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

This joint album from Sun Kil Moon and Jesu is the strangest and most natural of collaborations. The groups have different methods (Justin K Broadrick with abrasive post-metal and Mark Kozelek with acoustic ballads and dark wit) but on America's Most Wanted these combine alongside bleak tex...view item »

The Prettiots
Fun's Cool

The Prettiots are New York pop two piece featuring Kay Kasparhauser and Lulu Prat. Their debut album ‘Fun’s Cool’ is playfully themed around modern life in a big city, played with minimal instrumentation (uke and bass) and sugary but raw untreated vocals, their songs are full of catchy hooks and humour....view item »

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts
Manhattan

New record from Jeffrey Lewis, with backing band Los Bolts (which seems to contain most of the usual Lewis regulars). Manhattan has more intimately observed stories about interesting New York characters, sung and played with his usual upbeat bounce. Lewis’ own bea...view item »

Thunderbitch
Thunderbitch

Thunderbitch brings together members of Clear Plastic Masks and Fly Golden Eagle with the frontwoman of Alabama Shakes for a good old-fashioned Southern rock’n’roll thras...view item »

Palma Violets
Last Christmas on Planet Earth

Not many Christmas songs about this year and this doesn't do a hell of a lot to reverse the trend. It starts out quite anthemic and for a millisecond you think it might be ok (seasonal good will to all men and all that) but the vocalist sounds like he's had too much brandy especially when he begins ranting about Rudolph in the second verse. The ...view item »

Jenny Lee
Right On!

Jenny Lee is Jenny Lee Lindberg from Warpaint. Right On! is her debut album. Guests appearing on the album include Norm Block, from ‘90s goth-rockers Plexi, who also produced the album with Jenny Lee, Dan Elkan from Them Hills and Broken B...view item »

Life Without Buildings
Any Other City

Life Without Buildings' only LP, Any Other City, is getting a welcome reissue. The Glaswegian art-rockers have gathered a loyal band of followers since the album was originally released in 2001. This classic album is limited to only 600 copies for the UK and Ireland - so don't hesitate, when it's gone, it's gone!...view item »

Girl Band
Paul

Girl Band (who are a band but are not girls) recently released their debut full-length, Holding Hands With Jamie. Taken from it is this new single, simply titled Paul. A grinding, seething bassline pulls along the group’s angst, building up to a pretty furious crescendo. The B-side, ‘The Wrath Of Ni...view item »

The Decemberists
Florasongs

Florasongs is a new five-track EP by The Decemberists. All tracks are previously unreleased rare as hens teeth. They were written during the sessions for their seventh album What A Beautiful World, What A Terrible World. Florasongs is released on 10” vinyl only and is a must have for fa...view item »

Girl Band
Pears For Lunch

Girl Band (who are a band but are not girls) recently released their debut full-length, Holding Hands With Jamie. Taken from it is this new single, Pears For Lunch, which is presented on a single sided 7” (the other side contains an etching of the drummer’s head). All copies have been hand-assembled...view item »

Girl Band
Holding Hands With Jamie

Debut album time! Here’s Holding Hands with Jamie by Girl Band. Annoyingly enough, Girl Band are actually four Irish blokes. Probably irony or something. Still, they produce some raw, energetic noisy rock and post-punk which fits in nicely with the Rough Trade label they landed with. ...view item »

Micachu & The Shapes
Good Sad Happy Bad

After multiple outings composing soundtracks and contemporary classical pieces, Micachu is back with her band The Shapes for Good Sad Happy Bad. A hefty jam between the three showed them the way, and the record consequently has a beautifully fresh and free sound. Quality energy music, release on Rough T...view item »

The Morning Benders
Big Echo

The Morning Benders' Big Echo is both accessible and elusive. I love their old school 50's sound. Much of the songwriting is simple: beautifully and thoughtfully crafted melodies sung beautifully, seamless transitions, etc. Every song is extremely layered, offering the listener a chance to discover something new even after multiple listenings. U...view item »

Mystic Chords of Memory
Mystic Chords of Memory

Rough Trade have a couple of newies out this week. The 1st 'un is by Mystic Chords of Memory and it's rather lovely summery psyche/ folk lo fi pop. I reckon this will appeal to fans of the Elephant 6 stable as well as The Earlies and that kind of thing. Pretty stuff indeed.......view item »

ARE Weapons
ARE Weapons

Comedy album of the week award goes to ARE Weapons. You've got have some sort of respect for Rough Trade over the years bringing a wide range of quality music to us but what the feck do they think they're doing bringing this pile of absolute cock to my attention. Like a bad Carter The Unstopp...view item »

Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain
WWPRD

Standing for “What Would Pussy Riot Do?” This is a call to arms from Jeffrey Lewis and pals for bands to think first before involving themselves in the likes of corporate sponsorship and basically not to snuggle up with “the man”. Back in the day, I remember being horrified that one of ...view item »

The Decemberists
January Hymn

Seems they're a bit obsessed with months, this lot.. I guess they'd have felt a bit silly doing a December song so they've plumped for crisp, fresh January as the theme for this particular example of their laid-back, baroque indie folk pop. It's quite a nice little tune I reckon, strongly written with the vocals heavily emphasized and possessing...view item »

SOAK
Before We Forgot How To Dream

SOAK is a young Northern Irish singer whose debut album is this right here. Before We Forgot How To Dream melds together her wistful lyrics (just look at that title) with a slinking musical backdrop that channels classic soul crossed with an indie aesthetic. CD or vinyl available, out on Rough Trade....view item »

Palma Violets
Danger In The Club

The Palma Violets return with Danger in the Club to rip things up again after their debut LP, 180, which was hyped to buggery by NME and then ended up to be a decent record. They continue here with some heavy-hitting, punky, chorus driven rock tunes designed to make you rock-out, puke-up and hav...view item »

Alabama Shakes
Sound & Color

Progressing confidently from their classic rock origins, Alabama Shakes deliver a crisp and funky album in the form of Sound & Color. Recorded in Nashville, they retain that Southern personality whilst clearly spending more time on the minutiae of songwriting. Out on 2LP ltd clear vinyl, 2LP vinyl and CD from Rough ...view item »

Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal

Jewelcase CD. LP in gatefold sleeve, printed inner bag, download code. An exclusive LP version featuring a bonus one-sided 7” with an unreleased track. Tracks: 01 Bodies02 Black and White03 Dear Ramona04 What Color Is Blood05 Vienna II06 Always Back in Town07 She's Rollin...view item »

British Sea Power
From The Sea To The Land Beyond

This effort from British Sea Power really caught me off guard. I have always been a fringe fan of theirs, and didn't initially think much of this when I heard about it. After reading a little about the background and listening to some samples from the album, I checked it out. The music is mostly instrumental, there are vocals on a few of the tra...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
The Third Eye Centre

Cheers. Here is a challenge for your Uncle Clint. We have a new Belle and Sebastian album in but as it’s so nicely packaged, the powers that be (i.e Phil) want me to write about it without taking the record or cd out of its sleeve. Never one to shirk a challenge, I’ll give it a go. It...view item »

Micachu & The Shapes
Never

Well, I think I'm safely on stable ground here even if Mica Levi's head is beyond the clouds heading in the direction of the stars, I think she's a bit of a wonderful nutter to be honest. Her obsession with vacuum cleaners hasn't aba...view item »

Mystery Jets
RADLANDS

This album has a bit of southern flavour but is still written from this band's unique musical point of view. Blaine, the main vocalist, has a beautiful voice and imbues the songs with soul and honesty. There is another guy who sings lead vocals sometimes, usually on the less emotional and more poppy songs, which are also great listening. Standou...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
Dear Catastrophe Waitress

new Belle & Sebastian album... This and the Suede single both in the same week. It's a cruel cruel world. All we need is a new French single to review! Anyway despite my well documented dislike for B & S I guess I should pr...view item »

The Moldy Peaches
The Moldy Peaches

The Moldy Peaches CD /LP is lo fi madness. Top little tunes with a distinct American folk feel to it and add a shitload of drugs and you've got an idea what it sounds like. Almost like a cross between Royal Trux and early Sonic Youth (with Kim singing) but without all of the noise and art...view item »

Pantha du Prince
Black Noise

Been liking this here Pantha Du Prince CD on Rough Trade. He seems to have hit on the middle ground between Keiran Hebden's twinkly organic post-housescapes and the uber-talented James Holden's euphoric electro-tinged floor burners. He's got that whole smooth European techno sound sewn up, a sort of funky cerebral electronica that can blur the line...view item »

Gruff Rhys
Candylion

Super Furries front man GRUFF RHYS has his second solo album out this week following the 7" release of title track 'Candylion'. I'm buzzing about the fact that the sleeve notes are also written in my native welsh tongue and that my old Science teacher Gorwel Owen plays Tamboura and Stylophone on a couple of the tra...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
The Life Pursuit

So Brian thinks it's funny giving me the Belle & Sebastian new album (The Life Pursuit) to review. Long term readers will know of my particular love for 'em. Giving me this to review is like putting a load of dead meat in front of a lion after it's not eaten for days and expecting it to leave it alone. Having said that I've grown old...view item »

Babyshambles
Down In Albion

It might surprise a few people to learn that I quite like the new Babyshambles album. Its as dishevelled as a dog in the rain and it features some of the worst singing since .......ever. But I kind of like the whole on the edgy feeling of it and the fact that beneath the mess there are some quite pretty melodies. Of course its no better ...view item »

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