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Blitzen Trapper
Holy Smokes Future Jokes

Holy Smokes Future Jokes is the 10th album by Portland, Oregon band Blitzen Trapper. Musically, the album continues in their experimental country-folk- rock vein. Lyrically and thematically they have taken inspiration from two books - Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Born Ruffians
Juice

It did well for Lizzo, so Born Ruffians thought they’d piggy back her success by calling their new album Juice. Of course, the Canadian four-piece play an angular brand of indie rock and not scantily-clad flute pop. This album has a more polished approach from the band and sees them mining the mid-70s for  sounds.

Grant-Lee Phillips
Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff

Former Grant Lee Buffalo lead singer Grant-Lee Phillips delivers his tenth solo album. Even as he approaches 60, Phillips’ ear for finding poetry and significance in everyday events is as keen as ever, as Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff demonstrates in spades. One of the finest records of his long career. 

Nick Lowe
Lay It On Me

Backed up by his masked band Los Straitjackets, English songwriting veteran Nick Lowe produces this fascinating new four-track EP, Lay It On Me. Featuring two new compositions and a cover of Dorsey Burnette’s ‘Here Comes That Feeling’, he gets behind the production desk for the final track, his backing group’s cover of Bananarama hit ‘Venus’. 
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The No Ones
The Great Lost No Ones Album

The No Ones are a supergroup featuring R.E.M's Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey of The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5, plus Frode Strømstad and Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen from Norweigian band I Was A King. The sum of which makes for The Great Lost No Ones Album highly charged with guitars and melody. 
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Mapache
From Liberty Street

Mapache are a duo from Los Angeles featuring  Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch. They play a blend of folk and cosmic country, the latter being the term coined by Gram Parsons for his take on country music. From Liberty Street is their latest album. There are some laid back, dusty vibes, glorious harmonies, gorgeous melodies and even some Spanish coming from these grooves.

The Third Mind
The Third Mind

The Third Mind sound, look and probably smell like a folk rock band from the late '60s/early '70s but are made up of members of the likes of Cracker, Counting Crows and Better Than Ezra. This debut album is mostly made up of covers of tracks by the likes of Fred Neil, 13th Floor Elevators and Alice Coltrane. If it smells of anything it smells of patchouli.   

Josh Rouse
The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse

The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse by Nashville-based folk/pop singer/songwriter Josh Rouse is, what we’d call over here in Blighty, an album of Christmas songs. These songs have a ‘60s jazz flavour about them with its overriding influence seemingly being the 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio.  

Robyn Hitchcock
Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock’s new one, which bears his own name, is the first time he’s settled into the studio with a full band in almost a decade. He’s used the opportunity well, marshalling the full heft of the group to give weight and groove to these latest psych-rocky compositions. Robyn Hitchcock is released in CD and vinyl editions on the Yep Roc label.

Various (The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade)
3 x 4

3 x 4 is a compilation album featuring The Bangles (yes, they were cool), Rain Parade, The Three O’Clock and Dream Syndicate covering each other’s songs. The bands were all part of the Paisley Underground scene of the early-mid ‘80s. All songs were recorded in 2018. Double LP and CD on Yep Roc.

Dressy Bessy
Fast Faster Disaster

20 years into their career, Denver, Colorado indie-rockers Dressy Bessy release their eighth album, Fast Faster Disaster. The band follow an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it philosophy. For fans this means more sharp lyrical content, earworming melodies and some rockin’ tunes. The band have connections with the Elephant 6 collective in that guitarist, John Hill, also plays for Apples In Stereo.

The Felice Brothers
Undress

Prolific folk and country-rock outfit The Felice Brothers return with yet another studio album, Undress. Now in the second decade of their existence and having spent a lot of their career in introspection, their latest record sees the group turn outwards and address the political tumult around them. 

The Minus 5
Stroke Manor

My goodness what a backstory. This ain't no average the Minus 5 record. Turns out leader Scott McCaughey suffered a stroke which nearly killed him and wiped his entire musical history from his brain. But rather than wallow in misery he started his recovery by writing a new album. The results are as fragmentary and scattershot as you would imagine. Peter Buck (REM) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) helped him makes sense of it all. 
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Mandolin Orange
Tides of a Teardrop

Tides of a Teardrop is about as sad as it sounds, with the songs on this album searching for weights to bear. Country music mister and misses Mandolin Orange try to deal with the death of Andrew Marlin’s mum by writing songs about it. The result is a quiet and introspective album with mournful tunes, wailing violins, and slow-paced vocals. 

Dawn Landes
Meet Me At The River

For her fifth album, Dawn Landes has decided to fully focus on the most countryish parts of her sound, by making a full-blown Nashville album. Therefore Meet Me At The River was recorded with Fred Foster as producer, has song titles like ‘Why They Name Whiskey After Men’, and a classic country style cover. Oh and it really sounds the part too. Out on Yep Roc.

The Apples In Stereo
Velocity Of Sound

'Velocity of Sound' was where the Apples in Stereo took all their Ramones and power pop influences and went full on buzzpop. The Georgian collective ramped up not only their amps but their songwriting chops too on an album jam packed with fun and fuzzy guitar miniatures. Insanely catchy power-pop that should really be seen as a classic of the genre.   

Josh Rouse
Love In The Modern Age

Seemingly like everyone else who used to make music with guitars these days, Josh Rouse has put down his axe and bought some synths to inspire his 12th album, Love In The Modern Age. He’s thrown ‘80s sophisti-pop, indie rock, latter-period Leonard Cohen and New York new wave into the pot to cook this up. LP and CD on Yep Roc.

The Apples In Stereo
Her Wallpaper Reverie

Album the third from The Apples in Stereo, first released in 1999. Her Wallpaper Reverie is a relatively quick spin, clocking in at just under half an hour, and is notable for including more brief interludes than fully-fledged songs! But for fans of this delightful band of alt-pop weirdos, that’s got to be a good thing eh? Reissued to vinyl by Yep Roc.

The Apples In Stereo
Tone Soul Evolution

It's the second album by The Apples In Stereo, released in 1997 but apparently never available in its originally-intended master until this reissue right here! Tone Soul Evolution is a fabulous example of the band’s experimentally-tinged dreamy-psychedelic indie pop, produced in a 24-track studio for maximum expression and detail. Reissued on Yep Rec.

Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet
Savvy Show Stoppers

Formed in Toronto in 1984, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet were an instrumental indie-rock band fronted by Don Pyle. They made three albums, Savvy Show Stoppers was their debut outing. It contains the song Have An Average Weekend which was the theme song to Canadian comedy sketch show Kids In The Hall. The three-piece disbanded in 1996 following the death of bassist Reid Diamond. They reformed in 2012 with Dallas Good on bass.

Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet
Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham

Formed in Toronto in 1984, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet were an instrumental indie-rock band fronted by Don Pyle. They made three albums, Dim The Lights, Chill The Ham was their second. The three-piece disbanded in 1996 following the death of bassist Reid Diamond. They reformed in 2012 with Dallas Good on bass.

Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet
Sport Fishin: The Lure Of The Bait, The Luck Of The Hook

Formed in Toronto in 1984, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet were an instrumental indie-rock band fronted by Don Pyle. They made three albums, Sport Fishin’: The Lure Of The Bait, The Luck Of The Hook was their third and final recording. The three-piece disbanded in 1996 following the death of bassist Reid Diamond. They reformed in 2012 with Dallas Good of The Sadies on bass.

The Felice Brothers
Life In The Dark

The Felice Brothers are favourites of Uncut Magazine and make a soulful mix of rock, country and folk. The five-piece, who hail from Palenville in the Catskill Mountains, recorded and self-produced Life In The Dark in the garage of a farm in upstate New York. Expect catchy melodies, joyous harmonies and a good ol’ time.

Dressy Bessy
Kingsized

Dressy Bessy move in the same axis as the famed Elephant 6 Collective, and have the same open approach to collaboration: noted guests on Kingsized include members of The Apples In Stereo, Polyphonic Spree and, most impressively, R.E.M.! Well who wouldn’t want to take part in bright, shiny power-pop like this? Released on Yep Roc.

Born Ruffians
Ruff

Ruff by Canadian four-piece Born Ruffians sees the band back on form, but perhaps sounding a little different than you might expect. Their roots as Pixies/Strokes/Talking Heads loving basement dwellers are back. They’ve scraped away the polish of 2013’s Birthmarks to reveal the tarnish and scratches of earlier recordings. You’ll hear a mix of rage, ambition, optimism and shoulder-shrugging ambivalence in front man Luke Lalonde’s lyrics.

Josh Rouse
The Embers Of Time

Available on either 12” vinyl or CD from Yep Roc. Josh Rouse seems to manage to create a unique take on country folk, adding a little bit of joy and tongue-in-cheekness. So you get his Bob Dylan esque confession filled vocals surrounded by playful pop like arrangements. For fans of Glen Campbell, Ryan Adams.

Various
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

3LP tribute album to the remarkable talent that was Arthur Russell. Rather than incur the wrath of the webmaster and simply paste the tracklist, here are some of the names you can expect to see on here covering Arthur's songs: Jose Gonzales, Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Devandra Banhart, Scissor Sisters, Cults, Autumn Defense, Sam Amidon and, as they say, many, many more. 

Robyn Hitchcock
The Man Upstairs

Robyn Hitchcock has been prolific in recent years, releasing a slew of singer-songwriter records with the Venus 3, but 'The Man Upstairs' takes on a different tack, billed by Hitchcock and collaborator/producer Joe Boyd as an intimate and varied performance: some of these songs are rock standards reworked, others are obscure favourites Hitchcock has covered, and there are a couple of his own originals in the mix, too. The record took a week to record; it's Hitchcock's sparsest and quickest work in a while, backed only with flourishes of cello, piano and additional vocals.    Tracks: The Ghost In You San Francisco Patrol To Turn You On Trouble In Your Blood Somebody To Break Your Heart Don’t Look Down Ferries Comme Toujours The Crystal Ship Recalling The Truth

Fujiya & Miyagi
Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners is the fifth album by Brighton-based four-piece Fujiya & Miyagi. The album sees them going back to their electronic roots that made their first two albums by using their old synthesizers and samplers in conjunction with the modern equipment they have become accustomed to. Artificial Sweeteners is available on vinyl LP, the first 1500 of which will be on splatter vinyl, and CD.

Robyn Hitchcock
Love From London

The man with the best and most luscious swept over hair in psych-pop history returns with a new album of whimsical English pop gems. As many artists have found this year, their muse has taken them in the direction of commenting on the utter chaos that is modern life both politically and environmentally.  Love From London celebrates the culture that exists despite this mess. 

Giant Sand
proVISIONS

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John Doe
Forever Hasn't Happened Yet


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The Forty Fives
Fight Dirty


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Nick Lowe & Wilco
Cruel To Be Kind (40th Anniversary Edition)

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Jonah Tolchin
Fires for the Cold

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Dawn Landes
My Tiny Twilight

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Alejandro Escovedo
The Crossing

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John Doe And The Sadies
Country Club

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Josh Rouse
Julie (Come Out Of The Rain)

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Southern Culture On The Skids and Fred Schneider
Party At My Trouse

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Los Straitjackets
Deke Dickerson Sings The Great Instrumental Hits

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Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band
Take It Like A Man

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Liam Finn
The Nihilist

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Autumn Defense / Josh Rouse
Sentimental Lady / Trouble

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The Autumn Defense
Fifth

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Various
Mondo Zombie Boogaloo

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The Sadies
Internal Sounds

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The Kissaway Trail
Breach

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Robyn Hitchcock
There Goes The Ice

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Born Ruffians
Birthmarks

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Josh Ritter
The Beast In Its Tracks

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Chris Stamey
Lovesick Blues

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Young Fresh Fellows
Tiempo De Lujo

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Andre William & The Sadies
Night & Day

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The Apples In Stereo
Funtrick Noisemaker

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John Wesley Harding
The Sound Of His Own Voice

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Jukebox The Ghost
Under The Sun

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John Doe
Keeper

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Sloan
The Double Cross

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Minus 5
Down With Wilco

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Cities
Variations

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The Soft Boys
A Can of Bees

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The Soft Boys
Underwater Moonlight

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The Autumn Defense
Once Around

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The Sadies
Darker Circles

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The Apples In Stereo
Travellers In Space and Time

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Reverend Horton Heat
Laughin' and Cryin' With

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Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Sex, Food, Death,... And Tarantulas

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Robyn Hitchcock
I Often Dream Of Trains In New York

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Gordon Gano & The Ryans
Under the Sun

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Robyn Hitchcock
Goodnight Oslo

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The Apples In Stereo
#1 Hits Explosion

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Robyn Hitchcock
Luminous Groove

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Heavy Trash
Going Way Out With Heavy Trash

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Sloan
Parallel Play

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The Apples In Stereo
Electronic Projects For Musicians

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Robyn Hitchcock
I Wanna Go Backwards

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Marah
Can't Take It With You EP

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The Sadies
New Seasons

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Rock Plaza Central
Are We Not Horses?

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The Apples In Stereo
Energy

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The Apples In Stereo
New Magnetic Wonder

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Southern Culture On The Skids
Countrypolitan Favourites

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Heavy Trash [Jon Spencer & Matt Verta -Ray]
Heavy Trash

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Los Straightjackets With The World Famous Pontani
Twist Party

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The Chris Stamey Experience
A Question of Temperature

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Reverend Horton Heat
Revival

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