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Hollie Cook
Sweet Like Chocolate

Hollie Cook follows her third LP, Vessel Of Love with a cover of ‘90s garage classic, Sweet Like Chocolate. The track which was originally recorded by Shanks & Bigfoot lends itself to Cook’s romantic reggae stylings. It came a...view item »

Redd Kross
Researching The Blues

Whilst not the best Redd Kross album, that accolade would go to "Third Eye"' possibly, this is certainly a very good hard-edged power pop offering from the McDonald brothers. The album opens with the scorching title track. "One Of The Good Ones", "Choose To Play" and "Winter Blues" are the other highlights of a c...view item »

Redd Kross
Teen Babes From Monsanto

Teen Babes From Montasano was the critically acclaimed second EP by Redd Kross, originally released in 1984. The EP features covers of songs by Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kiss and The Shangri-Las along with one original composit...view item »

Redd Kross
Hot Issue

Redd Kross are a Californian punk/power pop band led by brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald. Hot Issue gathers together rarities and other unreleased nuggets from the band’s archive. The songs date from 1980, when they were known as Red Cross, and go as far as 2007. Reissue vinyl LP and CD on Merge....view item »

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....view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers

M.C. Taylor is the folkie who hides behind the Hiss Golden Messenger moniker. 'Lateness of Dancers' is second record in as many years, and he follows on from the dark and fractured tones of 'Haw' with a warmer, more welcoming vibe. It continues his pattern of recording his records wherever he damn well chooses, made in a small barn in his home-s...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Bad Debt

Although I’m the biggest fan of MC Taylor’s previous band The Court and Spark, his latest (more successful) outfit Hiss Golden Messenger have never quite hit as hard. They have, however, enjoyed the patronage of Sir David of Bowie amongst other cri...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Haw

Hiss Golden Messenger’s last album ‘Poor Moon’ saw singer-songwriter MC Taylor’s profile increase dramatically with a positive critical reception and praise from the likes of Sir David of Bowie. He plays weary country/Americana ballads ...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Poor Moon

According to the press release this guy/band is endorsed by none other than Saint David of Bowie himself, which pretty much doubled my expectations upon spinning this beautifully packaged platter - not to mention that he's accompanied on this record by members of just about every current ...view item »

Bob Mould
Sunshine Rock

Just look at that sleeve. Bob Mould is obviously in a better place than where he was around the time of his 1990 album Black Sheets of Rain. But there's a point to the all the happiness. Bob is content in Berlin and instead of a raging anti- US administration album as you might expect, he's celebrating the good thi...view item »

Titus Andronicus
Home Alone on Halloween

Special releases for Halloween now, eh? That’s what we have with Home Alone On Halloween, the new 12” single from New Jersey's favourite Shakespeare aficionados Titus Andronicus. The three tracks here were recorded at the same time their last album, A Productive Cough. The title t...view item »

Fucked Up
Dose Your Dreams

Fucked Up have pulled out all the stops to make, arguably, the album of their career with Dose Your Dreams. Whilst it kicks off in a familiar punk fashion, they then take unexpected turns into psychedelia, groove work-outs and even doo-wop before is brought to a close with a Krautrock epic. LP and CD on Merge....view item »

The Clientele
Strange Geometry

2016 update: 'Strange Geometry' is perhaps the most lush and fully realised of all of the Clientele's excellent LPs. The use of production maestro Louis Philippe seemed to warm their sound up a bit and expand their palette. It's now back out on lovely vinyl with bonus download tracks. Here is my original review from 2005  - a time when ...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children

North Carolina country/folk type collective Hiss Golden Messenger, led by MC Taylor, have been quietly going about their business for a decade now, releasing 9 albums in that time. It wasn’t until Merge got hold of them and released 2014’s Lateness Of Dancers that they were noticed out...view item »

Destroyer
City of Daughters

Not satisfied with being a critically acclaimed prolific singer/songwriter Dan Bejar, AKA Destroyer is also a member of Canadian band The New Pornographers along with AC Newman and Neko Case. Destroyer, however is his main focus. City Of Daughte...view item »

Destroyer
Thief

Destroyer AKA Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Bejar used a backing band for the first time on his third album, Thief. At the time of its release in 2000 it was considered his best to date, the sound of an artist hitting his stride, and remains a jewel in his back catalogue to this day. Bejar is also a member of ...view item »

Waxahatchee
Great Thunder

Katie Crutchfield returns with a mini album of recordings she started whilst making her previous albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. These were more experimental jams recorded with a collective called Great Thunder that is no longer active. Fascinated by the material Crutchfield took it into the studio and reworked it resulting in a strippe...view item »

Eric Bachmann
No Recover

Former Archers Of Loaf/Crooked Fingers mastermind Eric Bachmann drops the third LP under his given name. No Recover isn’t a title that screams positivity, and despite the many gentle acoustic treatments and ringing vocal harmonies that crop up here the overall feeling of the album...view item »

The Clientele
Suburban Light

Merge reissue The Clientele’s debut LP on 180g LP complete with a bonus discs worth of covers, b-sides and demos. I’m new to the album but it’s a Clinton favourite and on first spin I really enjoyed it. Sits somewhere between The Velvet Underground stuck in ‘Candy Says’...view item »

Escape-ism
The Lost Record

Escape-ism is of course ex Make Up, Nation of Ulysses and professional irritant Ian Svenonious. With this latest project he has decided to make an album that could be considered a 'lost' record. However he doesn't want to go through the usual process 'lost' records have to endure such as poor in...view item »

The Love Language
Baby Grand

Extremely big rock music from Stuart McLamb’s The Love Language. Baby Grand (more grand than baby) is a product of McLamb picking up sticks and moving from Virginia to California, where he found the light to be particularly inspirational. Soaring choruses and huge production...view item »

Spider Bags
Someday Everything Will Be Fine

Nice sleeve, nicely raucous garagey rock and roll but.... Spider Bags? Spider. Bags. Anyway the Bags have gone back to basics by using a vintage Tascam machine to record this second album giving the record a better punch to it leading the band to make a record that makes you think about all the worlds problems in so much as 'ah fuck it, let's ro...view item »

The Essex Green
Cannibal Sea

The Essex Green were a part of that much-loved Elephant 6 collective, though this grouping was all gone by the time they released their third album Cannibal Sea in 2006. Positively lovely psychedelic pop to make you happy and the sun come out. Here reissued on vinyl by Merge, with a download code that a...view item »

The Essex Green
The Long Goodbye

Fifteen years after initial release, here comes The Long Goodbye again, reissued in all its glory. This is the second album from The Essex Green, and their sound on it comes pouring through the speakers in waves of lovely joy. Psychedelic pop music just like they used to make it. Reissued by Merge on vinyl with a downlo...view item »

The Essex Green
Hardly Electronic

After taking a break of nearly a decade to pursue other interests, Brooklyn-based Elephant 6 Collective associates, The Essex Green are back with Hardly Electronic - their first album since Cannibal Sea in 2006. If lead track Sloane Ranger is anything to go by, expect some delicious, catchy pop synonymous with other Elephant 6 b...view item »

The Rock*A*Teens
Sixth House

20 years ago The Rock *A* Teens played a small part in the history of the Atlanta, Georgia indie scene with a few EPs and albums. Some were released on the Superchunk-owned Merge label. This led to a reunion appearance at the Merge 25 festival and now a new album, Sixth House. Pre...view item »

Crooked Fingers
Red Devil Dawn

Eric Bachman was the driving force behind ‘90s American indie dudes Archers Of Loaf. After four albums the band called it quits and Bachman formed Crooked Fingers, a more singer/songwriter-y affair that told stories of people down on their luck with a poetic turn of phrase. Their third alb...view item »

Tracyanne & Danny
Tracyanne & Danny

This is a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin collaboration between Tracey Anne Campbell of Camera Obscura and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby).  A classic get together story, they liked each other's music then decided to collaborate. This took a number of years to sort out but they hooked up at Edwyn Collins' highland st...view item »

Wye Oak
The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Wye Oak are a duo made up of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. They formed in Baltimore but after two albums moved apart to North Carolina and Texas, respectively. Their long distance working relationship has now produced three further albums. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs was made as they wrote apart and recorded together. It...view item »

Various
I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

A niche but nice one - covers album and companion to the Night Vale Presents podcast I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats, curated by podcast evangelist Joseph Fink and Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle. Featuring covers from the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine and Andrew Bird. Out on Merge, o...view item »

Superchunk
Cup Of Sand

Cup of Sand is a super-sized compilation of Superchunk singles, B-sides and rarities, originally rounded up in 2003 and now made available on vinyl for the first time (with a few extra songs appended). Loads of quality Superchunk treats here, including covers of David Bowie and ...view item »

Titus Andronicus
A Productive Cough

Pretty much the world's most preposterous band 'A Productive Cough' could well be seen as the album Titus Andronicus went too far. These haughty singalongs sound something like the Pogues channeled through Bruce Springsteen but even more rambunctious than that sounds. Features an extre...view item »

Superchunk
What a Time to Be Alive

Although Superchunk leader Mac MaCaughan rightly says he would swap eight years of terrible music for having his country not run by a child, much great art is coming out of the Trump years. Superchunk have a lot to say but have tried to make an album that is uplifting and not depressing to listen to. It also features more guest ...view item »

Ought
Room Inside the World

For their third album, Room Inside The World, Canada’s Ought have allowed previously alien elements into their tight post punk sound. Here, frontman Tim Darcy’s aping of Ian Curtis, and the spiky guitars and frantic drums are interspersed with the obligatory vibraphone, synths, drum ...view item »

Hollie Cook
Vessel Of Love

After a VERY auspicious start in music, joining The Slits aged 19 when they reformed in 2006, Hollie Cook is now releasing her third album. She’s moved up the genre family tree, Vessel Of Love is a vivid selection of soaring reggae tracks released by Merge on CD and limited edition transpa...view item »

H.C. McEntire
Lionheart

Lionheart is the debut solo album by indie/country band Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire. The album is personal and autobiographical in terms of people and places and mixes her own slants on country, pop and gospel. It came about through her wish to rescue country music from the hideous stereotypes which ar...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Heart Like a Levee

New material from Hiss Golden Messenger, written during challenging times, like all the best country-derived music is. Heart Like A Levee is available in regular and fancy editions of both the CD and the vinyl versions: the deluxe ones add grand packaging, a poster, and a CD of a whole extra album, named Vestapol...view item »

Escape-ism
Introduction to Escape-ism

Like Jon Spencer, Ian Svenonius is one of the hardest working men in contemporary rock 'n' roll. Over the years he's amassed an awesome discography with The Nation Of Ulysses The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War etc. but hasn't stepped out on his own. Until Now. Here he is, but naked and armed with a guitar, drum box and casset...view item »

The Mountain Goats
All Hail West Texas (Remastered)

Reissue of the seminal 2002 release by Californian psychobilly band The Mountain Goats. Part rockabilly, part 1960s pop, this is considered to be one of the band's most respected and lo-fi albums. Recorded with a condenser mic and a boom box, with most tracks laid down immediately after being composed. Available now remastered and as a pleasing ...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hallelujah Anyhow

Imagine having the self confidence to have that as your album sleeve. MC Taylor certainly isn't lacking in a belief in his own ability something that must have been even further boosted when David Bowie once said he liked him. This new album is a rather quick follow up to 'Heart Like a Levee' and comes with his own impenetr...view item »

The Clientele
God Save The Clientele

The Clientele make timeless 60's west coast US pop music. They've been doing it for ages now and they're so good at it now, listening to the new album now you'd think they were from the US west coast and not London. 'God Save The Clientele' is more classic vintage Clientele gear and put simply it's great pop music. Great stuff!...view item »

A Giant Dog
Toy

The fourth full length record from A Giant Dog entitled Toy. A solid mix of indie-rock and percussion pop that combines nicely with joint male and female lead vocals. The band continuously refuses to lose any of its charm and spontaneity that has kept the fire burning oh so bright. Available on vinyl LP and CD.  ...view item »

Mike Krol
Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records

Well, simply put, high octane garage pop-meister Mike Krol’s first two records were very limited and sold/given away on his first tours and are long out of print. Here, the folks at Merge have put them together as a double vinyl alongside outtakes and demos and a massive poster. Comes with download code....view item »
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Superchunk
Superchunk

Merge bring us this reissue of North Carolina based Superchunk’s self-titled debut full length. Available on vinyl for the first time since 1990. It’s their first album, so it is suitably raw, messy, fun filled and damn pleasing. What more do you want from punky indie-rock? Includes download code for an 11 track live...view item »

William Tyler
Modern Country

William Tyler’s music actually is a kind of Modern Country: although his songs are instrumental, and thus not about your wife leaving you, they feel essentially of contemporary rural America. His backing band is fantastic here, including Glenn Kotch...view item »

Waxahatchee
Out In The Storm

Waxahatchee presents her fourth album Out In The Storm, which is borne out of the ashes of a relationship collapse. As ever, music and songwriting provide a vehicle to self-love and renewal. With a mostly live-in-the-room production, Out In The Storm is a strong indie-rock record with a real personal punch behi...view item »

Superchunk
Tossing Seeds (Singles 89-91)

The super-bummed and super-good Superchunk made themselves a lot of pop-punk back in the '90s, and still make a fair bit now. If you're still seeking it out, there's now 'Tossing Seeds', which collects their singles from the early days (specifically '89 onto '91). It's been out of print on wax for a while so hey, why not get it and enjoy the nas...view item »

The Clientele
Bonfires On The Heath

The Clientele LP is dead good. It has a real sophisticated sound to it. The 12 tracks on this baby (!) cover a lot of emotional ground. It sounds like an autumn with the love of your life. Track 6 is my favorite, a really urgent sounding song called Sketches. I don't know what its about though..I think its about painting..with your momma. The sound...view item »

Mikal Cronin
MCIII

Prolific garage rock character and Ty Segall associate Mikal Cronin returns with his third proper solo record, its properness signified by the official-sounding title MCIII. It is also ‘proper solo’ in another sense, in that Cronin himself plays virtually every scrap of soun...view item »

Ibibio Sound Machine
Uyai

Ibibio Sound Machine is an excellent bit of Afro-electro, forged in London via Nigeria and combining funky highlife rhythms and horns with brash electro-synths. And you know what? It sounds addictively good and irresistibly groovy: supreme good time music! Uyai is the group&r...view item »

The Mountain Goats
Goths

Wordy and literate storyteller John Darnielle (and his Mountain Goats) has this time turned his attention to goth, both the music and the movement. Keenly eyed observations on those bands that didn't quite make it or what it meant to be goth all delivered nasally over Mountain Goats regular brand of strum-a-long folk -- or not, in this case, sin...view item »

Coco Hames
Coco Hames

The debut solo album from Coco Hames, an American songwriter in a classic 60’s pop vein. As the frontwoman of The Ettes, our Coco knows her way around a tune, but Coco Hames gives her the chance to get really stuck into her personal favourite pop and country influences. Coco H...view item »

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....view item »

Sneaks
It’s a Myth

Minimal synth-pop from Sneaks, who operates from within Washington D.C.’s DIY punk scene while pointedly avoiding almost all of that genre’s trappings. No, the music on It’s A Myth is icily precise and stripped back to crisp beats and a cool vocal delivery: Sneaks sounds compellingly u...view item »

The Clean
Getaway

The Clean’s Getaway album (geddit?) was released in 2001, by which point New Zealand’s finest underground indie boys were in a position to apply fancy production to their sound. They still sound gorgeously shambling however, e.g. just the way you want them to be. Two tracks even feature members of Yo...view item »

Allison Crutchfield
Tourist in This Town

Swearin’s Allison Crutchfield returns with a solo debut full-length in tow. “Tourist in This Town” re-introduces Crutchfield with a more complete realisation of her skill in songwriting, arranging and instrumentation. Bringing synths into the mix, the album was recorded with Jeff Zeigler and shows off its sheen...view item »

Sneaks
Gymnastics

Lo-fi and minimal post-punk from Washington based one woman band Sneaks. There’s an air of Siouxsie and The Banshees, but stripped back to bass guitar, drum machine and Eva Moolchan’s dry and tongue in cheek lyricism thrown in with a Sleaford Mods gritty punk-come-po...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Southern Grammar

Triumphant folk rock star Hiss Golden Messenger released the excellent Lateness of the Dancers last year and he returns now with Southern Grammar, a miniature release that houses unwanted cuts from the record itself as well as an official place for "Brother, Do You Know The Road?" to la...view item »

Will Butler
Friday Night

Will Butler really is in a no Win situation both literally and figuratively. The lesser known Arcade Fire Butler struck out on his own last year away from his enormo-band with the 'Policy' album and this brief follow up showcases him attempting to play the songs live. Aptly he is introduced by a comedian and there are new songs ...view item »

Titus Andronicus
S+@dium Rock : Five Nights at the Opera

If you loved the songs of Titus Andronicus’ epic punk-rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy but maybe shied away from the 90 minute running time, you might do well to try S+@dium Rock: Five Nights At The Opera. It’s a live album, picking out highlights from the longer suite and presenting them with...view item »

Polvo
Celebrate the New Dark Age

So… this is what Polvo sound like? Nosediving shoegaze pedal rawk that sounds like Swirles doing self-parody stand-up and a super emo approach to songwriting? Such a thing could surely only be sustained for as long as an EP, which is good because I am indeed listening to one of those things, by them, called &...view item »
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Little Scream
Cult Following

Little Scream makes catchy indie electro-pop, the kind you can certainly shimmy to in your local discotheque. That said, some songs here go pretty deep and dark. Some of the guests on this record are pretty impressive: think Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio, Sharon Van Etten, and...view item »

A Giant Dog
Pile

A Giant Dog are a Texas outfit who boldly bring back the glory days of glam rock, splashing sequins and sparkles all over the place with their riff-centric boogies. Plus, lyrics that can be favourably compared to Sparks! Pile is thei...view item »

Bob Mould
Patch The Sky

Now that Husker Du aren't reforming (good), Bob can get on with making his solo albums. This latest one is a result of him spending six months in solitude (a long time to not see a human) and promises to be his darkest record in some time. I'd be interested to see a return to the 'Workbook' sound but who knows with Bob. His latt...view item »

Eric Bachmann
Eric Bachmann

You know Eric Bachmann from his time in Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, but this solo record finds him breaking away from his typical character-based approach for a series of personal songs written around th...view item »

Crooked Fingers
Crooked Fingers

Merge launch their Crooked Fingers reissue project with the band’s self-titled debut from 2000. This first time vinyl pressing comes with mp3 code and additional downloadable tracks.  After Archers of Loaf ceased to exist, lead singer Eric Bachmann created this group ...view item »
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Crooked Fingers
Bring On The Snakes

Crooked Fingers are Eric Bachmann’s post-Archers Of Loaf project. Here Come The Snakes was their second album. It is issued on vinyl for the first time with extra tracks and liner notes by The National’s Matt Berninger and you can see how Bachmann’s so...view item »
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Benji Hughes
Songs in the Key of Animals

‘Songs in the Key of Animals’ was recorded over two years at Frisbie studios in New York and will be pop adventurer Benji Hughes’ first album release on Merge. The album has a sun drenched feel that balances emotional depth with a very natural eccentricity resulting in a record that can be lots of fun without sacrificing substa...view item »

Mount Moriah
How To Dance

Mount Moriah are back with a third album, ready to teach you How To Dance. Heather McEntire and her crew play Southern-tinged rock with firm riffs and excellent vocal harmonies, plus proper low-slung groove skills. Guest vocals come from Angel Olsen, Mirah Zietlyn and ...view item »

Destroyer
Streethawk: A Seduction

The 2001 album from Destroyer, Streethawk: A Seduction, properly reissued. Smart indie-tinged epic pop of the high quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar: indeed, this early album was one of the albums that established his remarkable reputations, containing many fan favourites. CD or LP editions avai...view item »

The Mountain Goats
Beat The Champ

Wordsmith, genius song-writer, metal enthusiast and all-rounder nerd John Darnielle has released roughly ten billion records as The Mountain Goats, and since transitioning from lo-fi cassette underdog to established folk hero, he's released classics such as Get Lonely and Transcendental Youth...view item »

Destroyer
Destroyer's Rubies

The 2006 album from Destroyer, Destroyer’s Rubies, reissued by Merge. Smart indie-tinged pop of the high-quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar. The (double) LP edition comes with a useful download code, and the download code comes with an exciting, exclusive bonus track, the 24-minute ‘L...view item »

Destroyer
This Night

The 2002 album from Destroyer, This Night, properly reissued on vinyl by Merge after a Record Store Day exclusive release a few years ago. Smart indie-tinged epic pop of the high quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar. CD or double vinyl LP editions available, the LP coming with  a handy downloa...view item »

Telekinesis
Ad Infinitum

An assured fourth album from Seattle-based Telekinesis, Ad Infinitum is gloriously bathed in analogue electronics and features Michael Lerner's trademark knack for infectious power pop melodies of the highest order. Out on Digipak CD and vinyl LP from Merge. LP includes 3 bonus tracks and free download code....view item »

Mike Krol
Turkey

Mike Krol presents his third record, and his first for famed indie label Merge. Turkey is a direct thrashload of lo-fi indie-punk-pop, rich with analogue hiss. In fact, the instruments all seem to slide together into one big high-energy mess. This is a lot of fun. LP comes with a nice newsprint-esque insert....view item »

Titus Andronicus
The Most Lamentable Tragedy

American Indie stalwarts Merge Records presents the new record from Titus Andronicus, and what a record it is. Over three LPs (or two CDs) and five acts, The Most Lamentable Tragedy is a full-blown goddamn hardcore rock-opera, with suitably sweeping sound and melodramatic storyline. Titus’ biggest...view item »

Seaweed
Actions and Indications

Seaweed are eighties northwest punks, formed by singer Aaron Stauffer (Spook & the Zombies) and best friend Clint Werner (guitar) who then recruited Wade Neal on guitar, John Atkins on bass, and drummer Bob Bulgrien. Seaweed played over a thousand shows throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as recording five pop punk albums from 1989 to 1...view item »

Superchunk
Come Pick Me Up

Recorded in 1999 at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago and produced by Jim O’Rourke, ‘Come Pick Me Up’ allowed Superchunk to evolve into a more experimental sounds directions including accompaniments from horn sections provided by Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, and Bob Weston and string instrument contributions from Fred Longberg...view item »

Richard Buckner
The Hill

Richard Buckner's ‘The Hill’ was born in 1996 at The Ranch Olancha Motel, a converted garage near the mouth of Death Valley, while Buckner was staying a week in a room with nothing for company but his guitar, a four-track recorder, and a copy of Lee ‘Masters' Spoon River Anthology’. The resulting recordings of Buckner&rsq...view item »

Mac McCaughan
Non-Believers

Superchunk fans rejoice because Mac’s back! This time with a solo album under his own name, Mac McCaughan delves into the soft-focus nostalgia of ‘80s introspection. Non-Believers is a sweet collection of personal songs about the ambiguity of transition. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Merge....view item »

Will Butler
Policy

Policy is the debut solo LP from Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Though with contributions from Jeremy Gara and various other musicians, most of the music here was played by Butler himself. Using traditional song structures and clean arrangements, Policy depicts a variety of clashing emotions, and recalls the best in American ...view item »

Ex Hex
Rips

Firmly rooted in late seventies North American pop-punk-rock, Mary Timony’s new band, Ex Hex, have given us an album to jump around and sing-a-long to. An instant and instantly essential record that knocks Wild Flag, an album I love by the way, into a cocked hat. She’s al...view item »

Twerps
Range Anxiety

Twerps have spent some time touring with indie rock's chillest, including Real Estate and notorious shoe merchant Mac Demarco. Their record, Range Anxiety -- which, from its title, sounds one half Pavement, one half Parquet Cou...view item »

Destroyer
Your Blues

Dan Bejar's indie rock eye-rolling continued with 'Your Blues', his sixth record, which wasn't a testament to how bored he was hanging about with the twee and sickeningly lovely New Pornographers, but was a wonderful bit of abandon for him. As is custom for the Destroyer project, it shows him in high-drama form, performing pantomimic songs in hi...view item »

East River Pipe
The Gasoline Age

East River Pipe is the lo-fi recording project of singer-songwriter Fred Cornog. Originally released in 1999, 'The Gasoline Age' is a road trip record from an artist you'd usually call bedroom pop, for all his disregard for production values. It's being reissued by Merge to celebrate its twenty-fifth birthday, along with ten unreleased tracks fr...view item »
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Teenage Fanclub
Man-Made

I need brightening up....hey look whose coming along the road  - Teenage Fanclub with their brand new sparkling pop record. They always seem like such unassuming chaps and aren't afraid to wear a comfortable jumper with pride.  As usual there's a host of 60's derived melodies with soft vocal harmonies but this time the producti...view item »
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The Clean
Anthology

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-f...view item »

Teenage Fanclub
Shadows

The Fannies. These chaps are well reliable. A bit like Burt Reynolds (or Burnt Remnants as my Gramps used to say) you know what youre getting with them. No nonsense, professional and hugely enjoyable....but with a moustache. Teenage Fanclub probably don't have 'taches but they know how to write a fucking great tune (or ten). This album has some ...view item »
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David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights
End Times Undone

There's something incredibly comforting about New Zealand indie music of a certain pedigree. Just seeing how popular The Clean and The Chills remain after so many years is most heartening; I've been a raging fan of The Clean since finding a vinyl of 'Vehicle' for three quid in ...view item »

Spider Bags
Frozen Letter

I must have listened to Spider Bags' most recent album 'Shake My Head' at least 100 times. To my ears it's right up there with Bikes' self-titled LP and anything by Ty Segall or The Intelligence in terms of untouchable modern-day garage pop (if you know me, you'll know that's...view item »

Reigning Sound
Shattered

Greg Cartwright hasn't got Reigning Sound, his rotating band of merry men, in gear to release a record since 2009, but now they return with their debut for Merge, 'Shattered'. Cartwright decided he wanted to make a perfectly balanced kind of rock record: some heart-breaking balladry, some raucous bits, and the magic number of eleven so...view item »

Bob Mould
Beauty & Ruin

If not exactly seen as a comedic character, it sometimes seems that Bob Mould isn’t taken quite as seriously as he should be when the heroes of underground rock are discussed. Check yo’ history though;  two hugely successful bands in Husker Du and Sugar, some great ...view item »

William Tyler
Lost Colony

Ladies and Gentlemen, the William Tyler house band! For those who are unfamiliar with William Tyler, he is an extremely talented twenty something guitarist, with already two brilliant records to his name. Following his debut, a hazy and dreamy experience, he showed great progression in his sound with last year's release, with greater concentrati...view item »
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Superchunk
Majesty Shredding

Damn! Superchunk!!! It seems like it's been a while since I heard from these guys and girl and what a happy day it is. Saw them at Primavera earlier in the year and i felt like I'd been transported back to a better time and place. Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav sang a song with them and he looked like the happiest man in the world...i was super ...view item »

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