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Karate
Operation: Sand / Empty There

Here we have a rare thing, a reissue of a stand-alone single (not grouped into a compilation or anything). Karate were an alternative rock band from the USA, and Sand / Empty Three has two of their stronger tracks for you to listen to, rounded out with two previously unreleased tracks. Vinyl reissue with down...view item »

Bell Gardens
Full Sundown Assembly

Kenneth Gibson (Furry Things) and Brian McBride (Stars of the Lid) have come together to produce this lovingly executed slab of orchestral pop. First things first, it sounds like neither of the projects t...view item »

Cat On Form
A Blanket Over Your Eyes

Fancy an earthy anguished racket? Well you could do worse than the new Cat On Form CD. An unholy amalgam of Fugazi, Sonic Youth & all those two bit (but sadly missed) Camden bands like Fabric & Bob Tilton they are.  The tortured screams bring to mind a man who has just seen his house burned down with all his si...view item »

Boduf Songs
Burnt Up On Re-entry

The excellent Mat Sweet, aka Boduf Songs, has a new album of his hushed late-night introspection on Southern on the heels of a droney offering to their Latitudes series. My first impression of this one is that it comes across as more...view item »

The Owl Service
A Garland Of Song

Am back at work now and you'll notice how much worse the reviews get. Trying to concentrate on writing reviews here while bald headed goons run around like numpties is a nightmare. The Owl Service then....They had a CD out on Static Caravan a while back and here's their 1st full length album 'The Garland of Spring'. I love the word length me....view item »

Geoff Farina
Already Told You

Now I have CD single only by Geoff Farina who apparently is the singer from Karate rock outfit. I bet he's settled down and had kids and the constant scream of his new born baby is enough ear crashing he needs these day. It's just him and his guitar lamenting in Nick Drake way without the guitarmanship. .I can see him now i...view item »

Cat On Form
Structure & Fear

Cat On Form are some band from somewhere or other. Well these fair shores but not sure where?? Wonder if the name is owt to do SMTV morning heroine Cat Deeley? After a particularly good show perhaps???? On Southern Records we have an LP/CD of discordant jerky lo- fi Drive Like Jehu type gear perhaps ...view item »

The Owl Service
A Garland Of Spring

Am back at work now and you'll notice how much worse the reviews get. Trying to concentrate on writing reviews here while bald headed goons run around like numpties is a nightmare. The Owl Service then....They had a CD out on Static Caravan a while back and here's their 1st full length album 'The Garland of Spring'. I love the word length me. Mr Ow...view item »

Chrome Hoof
Crush Depth

The newie from Chrome Hoof is a prog masterpiece. There is a deluge of styles and instrumentation. They seem to be more like a demented orchestra than a conventional "Rock Band". They do rock though, these guys are not making music for baggy trousered ballet enthusiasts. The main ingredients for a Chrome Hoof dish are as follows..Take a pinch of...view item »

The Grifters
Crappin' You Negative

Here come The Grifters, a Memphis-based indie band with a scrappy, lo-fi, happily-noisy kick to them, particularly on their earlier records. 1994’s Crappin’ You Negative is one of those records, and arguably the band’s best. Thoroughly-90’s DIY action. Initially released by Shangri-La Record...view item »

The Grifters
One Sock Missing

The Grifters were a Memphis-based indie band with a scrappy, lo-fi, happily-noisy kick to them, particularly on their earlier records. One Sock Missing is one of those records, a fun alt-rock tumble with a distinctly 90’s feel. Initially released by Shangri-La Records and now reissued by Fat Possum....view item »

Babes In Toyland
Fontanelle

Babes In Toyland's third record, Fontanelle, sees reissue on Rhino. Coming straight outta 1992 with a very grungy rock sound. Some would call it riot grrrl, though I'm hesitant to as I know the group weren't keen on being identified as such. Singer Kat Bjelland wrote most of the songs an...view item »

Antisect
In Darkness There is No Choice

Antisect are totally amazing, been my fave band since the 80s....view item »

Chrome Hoof
Pronoid

Those mentalists from Chrome Hoof, eh? The sleeve for this is great, a kaleidoscope of overtly theatrical show-ery. I'd love to see them live, I bet they're well skill. Here we've got 'Pronoid', one of the best tracks from Pre Emptive False Rapture, and it gets some cool remix treatment from Graham Massey of 808 State turning the weird funk-math-di...view item »

Racebannon
Acid or Blood

Racebannon are back after a few years off from their gentle ballads with a new album that they like to call Acid or Blood. Why not both though, really? This starts off with a right old tune, 'Translucent Lifeforce' pulls your face off with heavymathriffing and nails it back on upside down with drumrollbooms. It's proper, dirty, sweaty ROCK. Imagine...view item »

Todd
Forget The Minions

It's been a wee while since I heard anything from Todd. They're back with a new 7" on Southern Records. The vocal reminds me of Dazzling Killmen. It's reasonably low in the mix to let the big meaty riffs rip your face off with they're angry raw energy. 'Forget The Minions' aint bad a...view item »

Young James Long
You Ain't Know The Man

And onto YOUNG JAMES LONG who has an EP thing out on Southern Records. This is PW Long (from Mule) who was infamously very rude to our Brian and called him a faggot once upon a time. Charming I'm sure.... in fact I'm positive it would have only been meant in a 'nice way'. There's a couple of other folks on th...view item »

The Paper Chase
Now You Are One Of Us

'Now You Are One Of Us' the fourth long player from The Paper Chase. The lyrics on here are dark and slightly disturbed with titles like 'Delivered In a Firm Unyielding Way Lingering For Just A Bit Too Long To Communicate The Message “I Own You”' ,'We Know Where You Sleep' and 'What's So Amazing About Grace' Crikey, I ...view item »

The Paper Chase
What Big Teeth You Have

The Paper Chase- What Big Teeth You Have... brand new single (CD on Southern). Very Chicago sounding but with a massive Bright Eyes influence in both the vocals and the use of piano. Angry and edgey sounding but ace. me like big....view item »

90 Day Men
Panda Park

90 Day Men have an unmistakable sound. I was never really a fan until the last album came out with I thought was ace. Post rock with pianos and Bowie-esque vocals always sums 'em up neatly in my head. Decent tunes, with interesting things going on and an overall good ear for melody which is a bit handy like...view item »

Billy Mahonie
What Becomes Before

Lastly there's a new Billy Mahonie LP out with is fantastic. By far the best thing they've ever done and it rocks out in a big hairy moustached way. Lordy me it's good. So if you like your instrumental rock then love this one up. What Becomes Before is on CD and LP on Southern Records....view item »