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Yo La Tengo
Electr-O-Pura

"Electr-O-Pura" is from the heyday of Yo La Tengo albums: it's the one after "Painful" and the one before "I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One" and it's bloody brilliant. All the hallmarks of what makes Yo La Tengo great are here. There's the dreamy, shoegazey opener "Decora" which is followed by the mid-fi Krautrock groove of "Flying Lesson" an...view item »

Iceage
Beyondless

I’m looking at these song titles and I’m just applauding their quintessence. How Iceage is a song titled “The Day the Music Dies”, placing them cynical and prescient beyond their years? How classic is “Plead the Fifth” for a band who’s basically trying to make sense of their dreams for a co-headlined tou...view item »

Interpol
Marauder

A baker’s dozen of tunes from the mid-2000s indie bands who have grown old with the most grace. Marauder’s lead single ‘The Rover’ kind of sounds like Preoccupations having a go at covering ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, and in its own way it’s a charming post-punk ditty. They should have...view item »

Spoon
Hot Thoughts

Released especially for Record Store Day is this special Spoon 12” single, which contains two new and exclusive tracks! On the A-side is a remix of Hot Thoughts by Dave Sitek, of TV On The Radio and general super-producer fame, while the B-side contains a cover of the Elvi...view item »

Snail Mail
Lush

Norman Records website editor Clint is absolutely obsessed with the fact that Snail Mail have a bassist called Alex Bass. He’s so obsessed with it that I’ve been left to pick up the pieces and actually tell you what it is that Snail Mail do. Bolstered by the canny and intuitive songwriting prowess of Lindsey Jordan, the band offer th...view item »

Body/Head
The Switch

Free noise rock duo Body/Head are Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange). They bring together numerous oxymoronic terms: dark/light, black/white, emotion/analysis. Hence, the name of the band 'Body/Head'. Not necessarily oxymoronic, but you get the idea. The Switch is their second full-length stud...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2)

Back in the nineties, Belle & Sebastian were renowned for the extraordinarily high quality of their EPs, so what a pleasure to see them returning to the format with a new trilogy of EPs.. How To Solve Our Human P...view item »

Liz Phair
Exile In Guyville

You could get the super-duper 7LP re-issue or simply re-live the sounds of 1993 with this standard revamp of Liz Phair's classic work. A whip-smart out-of nowhere classic of lo-fi songcraft and lyrics which explored sex from the female point of view. Something that (believe it or not) was a rarity even then.   ...view item »

Yo La Tengo
There’s A Riot Going On

My favourite genre of completely useless televised news is the “What’s your secret?” bulletin, where they find an elderly couple who’ve been married longer than we can imagine holding a short conversation and the interviewer asks them why they still want to sit next to each other. That, but, like, for bands -- you’d...view item »

Liz Phair
Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set

It seems we reference Exit to Guyville in every review we write of the new breed of American singer songwriter which makes us either incredibly lazy or that it really is a true landmark album. Bit of both probably. After being out of print for almost ever we now get it back in on a 7 (!) LP box set or 3CD with the bonus of her previously un...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 3)

Belle & Sebastian have always excelled in the short format of the EP, so it is excellent to see them returning to the format with a new EP trilogy, named How To Solve Our Human Problems. This is the final on...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1)

Back in the day (eg in the nineties), Belle & Sebastian were renowned for the extraordinarily high quality of their EPs, so what a pleasure to see them returning to the format. How To Solve Our Human Problems (Pa...view item »

Lucy Dacus
Historian

Indie-rock sensation Lucy Dacus returns with her second album, Historian. She feels as though, she left every bit of herself on the tape, saying everything she wanted to say. A fuller sound than debut record, No Burden, has been brought about with mixing input from producer John Congleton...view item »

Car Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy

Listening to a Car Seat Headrest album is like those times you see a friend with a new partner and you think "what do you see in him/her"? They are one of our biggest sellers but ....why? I've heard countless songs of theirs in the office/on the radio and every time I've just thought  - well this is pretty average why does it sell ...view item »

Helium
The Magic City + No Guitars

Nineties alternative-rockers Helium have had their catalogue out of print for longer than is really decent, but this wrong is now being righted with a run of vinyl reissues on Matador. 1997’s The Magic City comes served up on a 2LP platter along with Helium’s No Guitars EP, making t...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
How To Solve Our Human Problems (Parts 1-3)

There's always been a lot to like about Belle and Sebastian over the years but one of their big bugbears is when they let anybody but Stuart Murdoch sing.  Suddenly it sounds less like Belle and Sebastien than any given half baked indie-poppers. He always adds a touch of class even on their worst moments. Opener 'Sweet Dew Lee' is not the b...view item »

Algiers
The Underside Of Power

Well they certainly blow the cobwebs away but opener 'Walk Like a Panther' is reminiscent of the person who shouts the loudest in a conversation. Incessant screaming doesn't lead to much if it's not accompanied by a proper invective. What made the title track so impressive when it was teased earlier this year was the way the guttural anger of th...view item »

Queens Of The Stone Age
Villains

Josh Homme and his cohorts return from their latest trip in the desert with their follow up to 2013’s ...Like Clockwork. This time round bringing in Mark Ronson on producer duties. Bringing their sound into new territories whilst still being unmistakably Queens Of The Stone age, i...view item »

Julien Baker
Turn Out The Lights

Julien Baker played her last album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, with an aimless intensity. Largely solo and sombre, the record’s guitarwork would hasten or wander, moving in directions that felt contra to Baker’s wonderfully linear and plainspoken songs. A record largely about loneliness, connectivity and the ambiguous gaps in betw...view item »

Spoon
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

From it's blistering opening track berating George W. to the last tune, a haunting bonus track called "Deep Clean" (and one of the best songs on the album), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga delivers the almost-hooks, clever songwriting, and rock 'n' roll 2.0 that more bands should be listening to for inspiration. "Black Like Me" and "Finer Feelings" are among the...view item »

Helium
Dirt Of Luck

Nineties alternative-rockers Helium have had their catalogue out of print for longer than is really decent, but this wrong is now being righted with a run of vinyl reissues on Matador. 1995’s The Dirt Of Luck was the band’s debut full-length album, and many reckon it their finest. It certainly has the sweet ...view item »

Helium
Ends With And

Nineties alternative-rockers Helium have had their catalogue out of print for longer than is really decent, but this wrong is now being righted with a run of vinyl reissues and this new compilation of rare material! Ends With And is stuffed to the gills with demos, B-sides and  unreleased tracks, sourced from vario...view item »

Spoon
Hot Thoughts

Ladies and gentlemen - Spoon are back! After months of speculation, they return in 2017 with Hot Thoughts - a colourful and sonically inventive episode from the weathered Texans, but written in its entirety by Britt Daniel himself. After 24 years of indie rock innovation, these Austin-ba...view item »

Perfume Genius
No Shape

With widescreen on the mind, Mike Hadreas drops the year’s heaviest record yet, metal and noise and all your transgressions be damned. This record of immaculately detailed pop music opens with the intention of surrounding every single one of us, enrapturing those of us who will hear it on headphones (read: me, a fool) with a production so ...view item »

Chavez
Cockfighters

Chavez went silent in 1996, although they are keen to point out that they never did anything as dramatic as actually break up. This first new material in two decades is a nine minute reminder of Chavez’s swaggering indie-rock power: Cockfighters sounds just the right amount of nineties. 12” ...view item »

Steve Gunn
Ancient Jules

Ancient Jules is taken from Steve Gunn’s recent album Eyes on the Lines. It’s a lovely little swaggering stroll through country-tinged American rock landscapes, with a message of taking it easy delivered alongside tasty guitar li...view item »

Chavez
Gone Glimmering

Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney is probably better known than his cult '90s band. He recorded the album Superwolf with Will Oldham under his Bonnie Prince Billy moniker and was a member of Zwan with Slint's Dave Pajo and the ...view item »

Julien Baker
Sprained Ankle

This is a reissue of Julien Baker’s 2015 debut album, recorded when she was a mere 21 years of age. It’s a very emotionally direct record: Baker just pours everything into her tender songwriting, and the effect on the listener can be very powerful. The LP edition comes packaged with a brand new 7&rdq...view item »

Body/Head
No Waves

Body/Head is Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, each hunched over their avant-guitars and using all their experience from Sonic Youth, Ceylon Mange and so on to whip up feedback storms and heartfelt noises. Gordon also donates some of her beat poetry voc...view item »

Interpol
Turn On The Bright Lights

Starting off with the new album by Interpol. Now I thought this was surprisingly great. Harking back to the days of the mid 80's indie ala Chameleons and Kitchens Of Dinstinction. In fact it sounds an awful lot like the Kitchens Of Distinction in places. Rammed full of pop tunes th...view item »

Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial

Fitting, in the end, that this record was pulled back because of a sample. Car Seat Headrest and co. failed to beat down the machiavellian grump Ric Ocasek, whose preservation of some Cars figure from a long time ago drove Merge to a loss of thirty odd K, and ‘Teens of Denial’ now appears without the offending homage and/or plagiaris...view item »

Lucy Dacus
No Burden

Debut full-length from the inquisitive voice of Lucy Dacus. Young Dacus (currently 21) writes and sings of self-identity, difficult friendships and other tricky matters, over some classic indie-guitar. This is mature-grade music-making, an impressive and confident start. No Burden is released by Matador...view item »

Steve Gunn
Eyes On The Lines

Steve Gunn's previous 'Way Out West' was where he crossed over from serial guitar twiddler to full on laid back singer songwriter guy. 'Eyes on the Lines' is where he takes that move further into territory that is both conventional and a bit dull at times. There are still plenty of things to enjoy, the guitar playing is superb throughout and Gun...view item »

Savages
Adore Life

To be honest I didn’t believe Savages debut album. I didn’t believe that it was anything more than a load of Siouxie and the Banshees exhaust fumes re-badged for 2013. This record is certainly much more original. They may have the appearance and insular ...view item »

Haelos
Full Circle

Debut album from the London trio Haelos after a short run of singles and EP on Matador. They have quite the resume between them, individually being from Get People, Born Blonde, and singer Lotti Benardout being featured on tracks by Redlight and Kidnap K...view item »

Car Seat Headrest
Teens Of Style

They’ll literally call bands anything these days. Alongside new albums from Sticker on Plant Pot and Knob of Kitchen Cabinet comes Carseat Headrest. Now, if you are tired of the currently in vogue fuzzy reverby compressed kraut-pop sound then this album is not for you. The band mine the same ground as the likes of ...view item »

Majical Cloudz
Are You Alone?

First up let's just stop all this misspelling shall we? Not only is it fucking annoying but it takes longer to search for than putting Magical Clouds into the search engine and wading through all the folks selling magical clouds. Their name also doesn't suit the sad electro-pop they play instead giving the impression that they are some ...view item »

Kurt Vile
b’lieve i'm goin down…

Here it is, then: Kurt Vile’s new record, ‘b’lieve i’m goin down..’, also known as ‘zzzzhhmmmmmmlalaasleeeeeeepinOnaBedcigarette’ or ‘uhhhhhhhhhhh?????????cloudsarecoffee’. I don’t know if Kurt Vile is aware that there’s a new Kurt Vile record out, but he’s gone and written ...view item »

Yo La Tengo
Stuff Like That There

It doesn’t matter how hard you try,  there’s no avoiding comparing this record to 1990’s superb ‘Fakebook’. This was the one where Yo La Tengo stopped making a racket, stripped down their sound to barely a whisper and raided their record collections for the finest songs you’ve never heard. It really was a...view item »

Arab Strap
The Red Thread

Probably one of the most underrated Arab Strap records, and it's a blinder. It's sluggish, it's hungover, it's wonderful, and it has some of their best tracks 'Love Detective' and 'Screaming In The Trees' to name a couple. Might be the last slow burning Strap record before their final years (studio releases wise), so what's the point in this alb...view item »

Algiers
Algiers

Algiers, who don’t come from Algiers, release Algiers, their debut album. What they do is a kind of no-wave via Southern gospel, a mixture that certainly sounds strange on paper, but that actually comes together. Unhinged energy and wild spirit are at the core of both genres, so Algier’s str...view item »

Ceremony
The L-Shaped Man

‘The L-Shaped Man’ sees Ceremony abandon all hope of ever resembling a hardcore band, instead following Iceage down the foulest of career paths: start angry and noisy, have a few drinks, loosen up and make confoundingly bad post-punk. Sounding like Joy Division but seemi...view item »

Belle and Sebastian
Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

I have to admit I’ve been a Belle and Sebastian apologist for far too long. I don’t *like* them as such but I’m generally happy that they are around and see them as generally harmless in the whole scheme of things. Let’s say I’ve liked the odd song over the years. This has been tested to the hilt though with the rec...view item »

Yo La Tengo
Extra Painful

A band that is in existence for as long as Yo La Tengo will divide fans as to which is their ‘golden era’. I am seemingly one of the few who believe that the band went downhill after ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One’, that its golden period was the three ‘90’s albums; the aforementioned ‘I Can Hear t...view item »

Thurston Moore
The Best Day

I always wanted Glenn Branca to make dad rock. Seriously, though: 'The Ascension' was good and all -- who doesn't enjoy a formal guitar exercise that spans up to ten minutes at a time -- but the No Wave hero has always been due a left-about turn into the kind of rock music that asks for socks for Christmas. I'm...view item »

Iceage
Plowing Into The Fields Of Love

Copenhagen's Iceage are back already with a third album that expands upon the more melodic direction they were headed on last year's 'You're Nothing'. These lads were barely out of nappies when their debut 'New Brigade' came out, and the back cover of this LP shows four handsome young men who still don't look old enough to shave. Don't let this ...view item »

The New Pornographers
Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers are a twee pop supergroup from Canada that brings together the indie rock stars Neko Case, Dan Bejar (Destroyer) and A.C. Newman under one banner. Their new record, 'Brill Bruisers', is their first since 2010's 'Together', which was stuffed with orchestration and additional players, such as Okkervil River's Will Sheff. 'Bri...view item »

Fucked Up
Glass Boys

Toronto stadium punks Fucked Up are back this week with another ambitious LP of melodramatic three guitar epic-core and they’re sounding as cavernous as ever on ‘Glass Boys’. Every song sounds like a big compressed wall of guitar distortion, pounding drums and roaring vocals. It’s not bad, but aesthetically seems not to r...view item »

Body/Head
Coming Apart

Body/Head, in case you’ve not been reading Elle lately, is Kim Gordon’s first post-Sonic Youth musical offering. I’m approaching it with caution because it’s a collaboration with noise guitarist Bill Nace and Gordon’s been pretty open about approachin...view item »

Darkside
Psychic

I’m stupid enough to note the release of this album in the paper this morning and think to myself how Darkstar have wasted no time in following up their last album. Of course this is Darkside, who are not to be confused with Northside either. Instead it's a collaboration between Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harringt...view item »

Queens Of The Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

I’ve a bit of a soft spot for these Californian rockers. ‘...Like Clockwork’ is their sixth studio album on Matador as they appear to have parted company with Interscope. There’s some decent tunes on here, certainly radio friendly such as obvious single ‘My God Is The Sun’. T...view item »

Majical Cloudz
Impersonator

Majical Cloudz is the alter-ego of Montreal’s Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto, who play minimal electronic pop with bold vocals and understated rhythmic patterns and synth melodies. The two of them seem to have a kind of Pet Shop Boysy symbiosis, with Welsh taking care of the vocals and Otto dealing...view item »

Savages
Silence Yourself

These four wiry Londoners  have been experiencing some serious hype of late for their gritty post-punk pop posturings, looking to be the darlings of this summer’s festival circuit with their theatrical brand of Joy Division-meets-The Kills darkpop. Minimal pound...view item »

Kurt Vile
Wakin On A Pretty Daze

I learned something today. I learned that Kurt Vile is not a pseudonym but in fact the actual name of popular singer and songwriter Kurt Vile. I know! Me neither! Anyway, Mr Vile’s got a new album out this week and he wants me to tell you about it. It’s called ‘Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze&rsq...view item »

Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Light Moving

It’s supergroup time again! This time round we’ve got veteran Sonic Youthite Thurston Moore joining forces with Keith “Hush Arbors” Wood on second guitar, John “Pegasus” Moloney on drums, an...view item »

Iceage
You're Nothing

I really enjoyed Copenhagen youngsters Iceage’s debut ‘New Brigade’, a great midpoint between the clanking paranoia of Joy Division and the unhinged noise rock of latter-era Black Flag. Someone in the office wh...view item »

Esben And The Witch
Wash The Sins Not Only The Face

Matador...Matador???? Just another example of how, despite having somehow reached the age of 40, I know utterly nothing. My life is a series of terrible mistakes and unfortunate events. I am tempted to adopt the George from Seinfeld trick of doing the opposit...view item »

Yo La Tengo
Fade

I was massively MASSIVELY into Yo La Tengo for many, many, years. Pretty much from ‘New Wave Hot Dogs’ through to ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One’, they were one of those bands I’d buy their new record on day of relea...view item »

Paul Banks
Banks

Main Interpol slightly strange man Paul Banks finally releases his debut album although he seems to have changed his name back from Julian Plenti. What on earth goes on in the man’s head? Who knows? Any...view item »

Kurt Vile
Childish Prodigy

Kurt Vile has signed to Matador!!! What a bad ass!!! Ok, Vile put out an awesome record earlier in the year on Woodsist which i thought was mint-os. Now he's kicking it with the big boys and it shows. 'Childish Prodigy' sounds both ambitious and energized whilst maintaining a lo-fi sensibilities. The tracks presented here cover a spectrum of influe...view item »

Kurt Vile
Smoke Ring For My Halo

Celebration time kids. It's time for a new Kurt Vile rekkid! Upping the ante significantly since his last outing on Matador ('Childish Prodigy') 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' is chocker with instantly enjoyable material. This is only my second spin of the LP and I already feel very much at home with the music presented here. Vile's sound brings t...view item »

Yo La Tengo
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

This album is now one of my favourite albums. The musical style of Yo La Tengo is present in each song even though each song is very different from the last. In fact I am hard pressed to classify this band as just one musical type because of the many styles of music they utilise in the creation of this album. Overall, this stands as one of the b...view item »

Spoon
Gimme Fiction

I read a few reviews of Spoon's new album that made me want to go out and buy it. Luckily I get to hear records at work and after one listen I relegated it to the increasingly huge 'disappointment'  and 'its nothing like how they've described it in the reviews' file in my head. It kind of sounds like everything else. Its a bit funky...view item »

Interpol
Antics

Here we go. You know those Interpol guys? They made one of the best albums EVER a couple of years back. Out of the blue. Totally flattened The Strokes with their dark & doomy take on 80's overcoat rock smeared in New York grime & stunning claustrophobic production. Like Pixies & QOTSA, a band who'd made...view item »

Cat Power
What Would The Community Think

Of course all albums worth reviewing are five stars, and every "best of" is so personal as to be meaningless. Cat Power is so insular as to be beyond review. You either feel her pain, or you don't. If you have ever seen Cat Power live, you have been treated to either the most moving or most embarrasing performance of your life-- sometimes both i...view item »

Cat Power
The Greatest

CAT POWER is back with new single 'The Greatest'. Lifted from the long player of the same name this is a sultry piano led smoocher with strings that's somewhere between Mazzy Star and Dido (eeek!). It has that late night crying into your drink vibe'.Love & Communication' is a stripped down acoustic live so...view item »

Yo La Tengo
Popular Songs

I've not really followed the works of Yo La Tengo since 2000's 'And then nothing turned itself inside out'. The record is pretty good but doesn't touch previous greats like 'I can hear the heart beatingh as one' which led me to stray from the Yo La Tengo camp. I wanted to spend some time re-familiarising myself with the band but the Cribs have...view item »

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