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Kadhja Bonet
Childqueen

Kadjha Bonet follows up her beautiful 'The Visitor' record of 2015 with another album full of sumptuous chocolatey soul, titled Childqueen. Last we heard of Ms Bonet, the L.A. singer was wrapping her mellifluous vocal tones around some highly melodic and harmonious old-schooly tunes channeling the Memphis sound perfectl...view item »

RVG
A Quality of Mercy

This item has the same name as RVG’s debut full-length album, but please take note! This is the single, featuring the first track from that record along with a B-side you shan’t find elsewhere. A Quality Of Mercy was recorded live in a pub, and bristles with the appropriate energy of the context. 12” s...view item »

RVG
A Quality of Mercy

RVG are an Australian band, kicking off their career of recordings with a tight eight-song debut set. A Quality Of Mercy was recorded at the group’s favourite Melbourne venue, a pub called The Tote, and the flavour of old pub rock is certainly mixed in here, along with more angular influences. Vinyl release, court...view item »

Hoops
Tapes #1-3

Hoops, or in everyday life Drew Auscherman, has released three EPs of lo-fi guitar + electronics pop on cassette over the last few years. Now, the opportunity has arisen to acquire all that tasty material on the vinyl format! The warm warble of the original tape production is still there, but the convenience and...view item »

Soccer Mommy
Clean

Fans of singers and songs, listen up: here’s a damn good singer songwriter. The name is misleading; the song titles are sparse. The devils, though… they’re in the details. ‘Clean’ is an incredibly good and deceptively humble record from the band known as Soccer Mommy and led by Sophie Allison. Its chord sequences a...view item »

Insecure Men
Insecure Men

The Dr. Jekyll to Fat White Family’s Mr. Hyde, Insecure Men sees Fat White-ers Saul Adamczewsi and Nathan Saoudi try their hand at some sort of Lynch-ian sugar-pop. While the ultra-low-budget sound nestles this record next to FWF’s Champagne Holo...view item »

Twin Peaks
Sweet '17 Singles

'Sweet '17 Singles' is a compilation of 7" tracks that were released earlier this year, selling out almost immediately. Together they form a consistent and quite lovely record, full of wistful bluesy swing that's reminiscent of Women, though with a pastorally psychedelic tone not a million miles from Van Morrison....view item »

Al Green
Let's Stay Together

The title track to Let's Stay Together has become Al Green's signature song and a certified r&b classic. The song is one of the definitive Memphis soul songs with its smooth organ punctuated by horns , Rev. Green comes in a low voice and then in the chorus reaches up to a heavenly falsetto. The song became his only his only number one on the...view item »

The Black Keys
Thickfreakness

Back in the early 2000s the Black Keys did a bit of mouthing off in the direction of The White Stripes suggesting that Jack White didn't know what real Blues was and seemed to set a course of showing him exactly how it's done. The early Black Keys music is no better than the White Stripes, I'm a fan of bot...view item »

Townes Van Zandt
Rear View Mirror

Some 27 years ago, master singer/songwriter and master of sadness, Townes Van Zandt began re-recording his best-loved songs for a three disc anthology which ultimately failed to appear. Rear View Mirror was originally released on Austin-based label, Sundown in 1993. It collects together 17 tracks ...view item »

Seratones
Necromancer / Take It Easy

Seratones hail from Louisiana, from whence they launch their southern-tinged garage rock. The most notable thing about the group is vocalist AJ Haynes, who has one of those enormous voices full of fire. 7” single Necromancer / Take It Easy is on Fat Possum, and only available from independent reco...view item »

The Districts
Popular Manipulations

Could they actually sing any louder? It's Arcade Fire isn't it?  They've made it ok to be anthemic but nobody remembers Runrig making music big enough for the whole of Scotland to hear.  So the spectre of the awful Canadians are all over this but there are a myriad ...view item »

Soccer Mommy
Collection

Sounding so similar to this weeks Caroline Says record that at times I'm forgetting I flipped the disc over this is the spindly work of 19 year old Sophie Allison who ploughs a similar path of simple but effective guitar lines, sweet and melancholic vocals and distinctly lo-fi production. She has a very '90s sense of songwriting that recalls suc...view item »

Bash & Pop
Anything Could Happen

Stinson may have played a relatively background role in the Replacements all those years ago, but listening to this fine album it sounds like he has really matured as a songwriter, refining and honing his own songwriting chops. The songs perhaps aren't as introspective as found on some of Westerberg's recent releases, but the "ear" for writing m...view item »

Day Wave
Headcase / Hard To Read

From the first bit of jangle this promises to do everything the latest Wild Nothing didn’t. Namely fantastic tunes over simple homespun dream pop production. Opener ‘Nothing At All’ sounds like an indie classic in the making  - a fantastic and instantly gratifying melody is both c...view item »

Sunflower Bean
Show Me Your Seven Secrets

I had a dream last night that Laurence from Felt was in the Cocteau Twins. What on earth could have brought that on? Oh and he was a professional footballer too. This record sounds like the Cocteau Twins only because I’ve been playing it at ...view item »

Permit
Permit Vol. 1

Ha! Brilliant! They’re not wrong. Indiana based Permit sound like a double time Thin Lizzy, a raucous and fun filled affair with a garage punk-rock flare. Injected with Zeke like energy it’s house party madness to full effect, will get you up on your feet and dancing, but with sub tw...view item »

Hoops
Routines

I call it the sunny day trilogy. This album, the Real Estate one and the forthcoming Beach Fossils all seem to get played in the office on sunny days (rare) or usually by me when I need a cheer up (pretty much every day).  Some days I think H...view item »

Gold Connections
Gold Connections

Let's all stop for awhile and raise a glass to 'ok' music. What would we do without the millions of bands and artists who are neither brilliant nor terrible but who make reasonable listenable music we can enjoy without getting too excited about? Gold Connections fall exactly into this category. They make rackety, distorted lo-fi rock that moves ...view item »

The Dove & The Wolf
Don’t Know What To Feel

Well this is pretty nice. Written in the aftermath of the Bataclan attacks the record is almost the perfect soundtrack to today's sense of unease. The line "I can't stop thinking about it and I don't know what to feel" on 'Seven Days' sums up that kind of sad confusion. It comes near the end of a rather lovely tune that recalls ...view item »

Don Bryant
Don’t Give Up On Love

Don Bryant has spent a life in soul music, singing since the age of five in church, in the family group, in Willie Mitchell’s band and many other contexts. He also continually wrote songs, giving him some very fine material to put to tape on Don’t Give Up On Love, recorded in his seventy-fou...view item »

Communions
Blue

Danish kids here making a delightful post-punk dreampop hybrid record. After releasing a few singles over the past two years, Communions are finally ready to release a debut album. Blue is dripping with youthful enthusiasm and eagerness. Fat Possum Records have hooked us up with a lim...view item »

American Wrestlers
Goodbye Terrible Youth

I really enjoyed American Wrestlers debut last year. It was an unlikely combination of Mark Knopfler influenced Yacht rock and strummy indie pop. It contained a clutch of songs that have become favourites of mine so it's quite a surprise that I'd not bothered to listen to 'Goodbye Terrible Youth' until today....view item »

Kadhja Bonet
The Visitor

Kadhja Bonet has a voice that doesn't seem to come from this world. It's utterly spellbindingly beautiful, so good that I can't in fact think of a comparison. A hint of Dusty Springfield at her most lush perhaps? But in this world of over emotive X Factor wannabes, of Wineh...view item »

American Wrestlers
American Wrestlers

Last week I bemoaned the fact that the War on Drugs had made it perfectly acceptable to try to emulate Christopher Cross and the ‘80s FM radio ‘greats’. This album is another example of how heartland rock is taking back the airwaves. Hey, ...view item »

Adam Torres
Pearls To Swine

I remember the time I was into sad alt country.... I drove to Nottingham to see Smog. But I soon got bored of all the sadness and slowness and only one or two bands survived the cull. Pearls To Swine is probably the sort of record I'd have listened to in those years but I still probably would be put off by the shriekin...view item »

Hoops
Hoops EP

My week off taught me that it is possible to live while only listening to music you like. The first Monday back was therefore a shock to the system especially when the How To Dress Well album got an airing. Thankfully Hoops make my worlds collide, they make music I like which I can listen to while I work. I feel so happy about this that I&rsqu...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 »

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 »

Yung
A Youthful Dream

I described Yung’s previous EP ‘These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores’ as ‘ok'. ‘A Youthful Dream’ does a little bit here and there to make me more enthusiastic.   It is a thoroughly ‘ok’ well put together series of bratty punk blasts that have enough tuneage about...view item »

Country Teasers
Destroy All Human Life

Edinburgh’s Country Teasers released their third album, the ambitiously-titled Destroy All Human Life in 1999. It finds them cutting back on the explosive mess of their earlier sound, allowing the cutting lyrics of Ben Waller and the alt-country musicianship to shine through clearly. Includes a ...view item »

Seratones
Get Gone

Seratones hail from Louisiana, but have wide-ranging ambitions. On Get Gone, which is their debut full-length album, they pull in the finest influences from the surrounding regions, leading to songs that are soulful, jazzy and bluesy all at the same time, not to mention the garage-heat of their riffs. Nice. Out on Fat P...view item »

John Congleton and The Nighty Nite
Until The Horror Goes

John Congleton has made a name for himself producing for eccentric indie artists such as St. Vincent and David Byrne. With Until The Horror Goes he and his band The Nighty Nite show that they can be just as playful and witty. Congleton’s strained and deadpan vocals hold together a den...view item »

Sunflower Bean
Human Ceremony

Here it is: the record that should be the year’s most unremarkable (Sunflower Bean literally sounds like a band name that was made up by someone parodying the Brooklyn music scene, are they from Brooklyn, turns out yes, they are, how about that), but for which I have many remarks. The record that should probably do the least for me and yet...view item »

Youth Lagoon
Savage Hills Ballroom

Weirdly given the record I've just reviewed, Youth Lagoon sound like a Fever The Ghost who have calmed themselves down a bit. They still play frantic psych with helium high vocals and madcap effects but they concentrate more on alternative radio friendly alt rock. The main question is - how does one's voice ...view item »

Jimbo Mathus
Blue Healer

Jimbo Mathus was a founding member of blues/jazz revivalists, Squirrel Nut Zippers. They were absolutely huge in the states but failed to really capture the imagination of the British public. Mathus has been reasonably prolific since his band broke up in the early 2000s, however and Blue Healer is his e...view item »

The Districts
A Flourish And A Spoil

'A Flourish And A Spoil’ is Pennsylvania rockers’ debut LP through Fat Possum Records. Produced by the ever-reliable John Congleton, who has previously worked with St. Vincent and Angel Olsen, its bluesy garage rock aesthetic, uplifting guitar and feedback serves as an appropriate follow-up to the band’s debut EP released earli...view item »

Francisco The Man
Loose Ends

Francisco The Man attempt to bowl some indie rock strikes with Loose Ends, a record that takes queues from the most anthemic of alt rock, crushing together ceaseless vocal melodies with swirling guitar effects and a lot of that "heart" thing. Loud, shoegaze and pop, Loose Ends is a hero...view item »

Liam Hayes
Slurrup

Liam Hayes' brings the occasional and infrequent rain of Chicago (get back to me, city natives) to our shores with Slurrup, his eccentrically titled new record, which delivers more of the same cheeky folk-affected pop rock. With his voice of delighted gravel, Hayes offers up another surprisingly good...view item »

Dilly Dally
Candy Mountain

Toronto’s Dilly Dally formed in 2010 after discovering a shared propensity for dreamy guitars, weed and karaoke. With the addition of their two good friends, Corey Marshall (drums) and Michael Guiliani (bass) the quartet spent the years that followed playing anywhere they could with a PA, be it bar or basement. Now, with a solid fan base, ...view item »


The Soul Of Designer Records

This monolithic boxset attempts to give its listener an idea of the scope of Designer Records' scope. The duo behind the operation, soul men Style Wooten and Roland Jones, recorded up to five hundred singles, many of them now revered as classics in traditional gospel. This set of one hundred (plus one more for luck!) songs shows how distinctive ...view item »

Mutual Benefit
The Cowboy's Prayer

I recall reviewing one of this chap's records before and being fairly underwhelmed, but I'm quite enjoying this short but sweet reissued EP from Mutual Benefit. 'The Cowboy's Prayer' originally came out in 2011 and contains five songs of Jordan Lee's weird brittle atmospheres, part tumbledown ...view item »

Water Liars
Water Liars

Water Liars eponymous album is their third in as many years. The bluesy Americana duo is comprised of Andrew Bryant on drums and Justin Kinkel-Schuster on vocals and guitar. They claim to have started Water Liars entirely by accident after meeting on separate tours. Water Liars is available on v...view item »

The Districts
The Districts

The Districts are my new found favourite band. I was sold when I heard the first line of Lyla. I saw them play at Leeds festival and I was mesmerised, they are so passionate and intense and really know how to rock. The vocals are perfection.. clear but gritty at the same time with so much emotion. I've listene...view item »

Pure X
Angel

Oh, we have a post-it on this one! "Falsetto-voiced laid back nice-ness a la Radar Bros" says the stockroom elf. I'm listening now and he's right, this is proper silky AOR type business with glacially chiming guitars and breathy falsetto harmonies. Opening track 'Starlight' sounds exactly like a half-speed ...view item »

Solids
Blame Confusion

Solids are a duo from Montreal, weaned on '90s bands like Sonic Youth, Superchunk and Dinosaur Jr. They have an understanding that melodies are best served once they have had to drive their way through walls of distorted guitars, sweat and blood. Blame Confusion&nb...view item »

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
Dark Night of the Soul

Jimbo Mathus was a founding member of The Squirrel Nut Zippers, a kind of rootsy-jazzy-rock ‘n’ roll band who were a success in the US. Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition is more of a raw rock record, the sound coming from the live recording o...view item »

Ann Peebles
I Can't Stand The Rain

I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles is a wonderfully sparse yet funky soul record. This fantastic selection is strengthened by the way producer Willie Mitchell chose to use the horns and strings and the cool perfection of the Hi rhythm section. Peebles sings tales from the darker side of love on this southern so...view item »

Self
Subliminal Plastic Motives

Self is a band which combines many different styles of modern music, the thing that ties it all together is Matt Mahaffey's knack for seeding pop hooks within music that typically lives on the indie borderlands. This album is definitely a slice out of the mid 1990's, and should be looked upon as such. Think Beck's Odelay, Weezer's Blue Album, Go...view item »

Leo Welch
Sabougla Voices

For fans of Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, Johnny Farmer and Hezekiah Early, Welch is from that same rough, raw, unsophisticated mould. His rough spoken-sung vocals are backed up with his equally rough guitar style--which at times sounds like it could cut through virtually anything in it's path. His backing band too is rudimentary but perfect f...view item »

Mean Lady
Love Now

When you first start to listen to this- I feel like you wait for a little too long and the all of a sudden Katie starts to sing and you can say...aaahhh.. and just relax and feel a little younger. A little bit country but most of all like you want to put on a flower crown and start to hulu hoop. She has a way of sucking you into feeling mellow a...view item »

Al Green
I'm Still In Love With You

Still in Love with You is a complete album. The type of album that you can play straight through, in order, time after time. Each song flows into the next creating the sense of a man giving a melodic testimony concerning his innermost feelings about love, life, longing, pain, sadness melancholy and redemption. Not a wasted note, sound or breath ...view item »

Townes Van Zandt
In The Beginning

If you don't know about Townes Van Zandt and his music then you really are missing out on of the best songwriters ever. Scion of a prominent Texan oil family, Townes Van Zandt was a high-school over-achiever with good looks, a genius IQ, and a career in high US politics mapped out for him. I...view item »

Boogarins
As Plantas Que Curam

Brazilian psych-pop duo Boogarins are new to me but I’m immediately quite taken by this debut album. Apparently Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz are school friends from the central Brazilian city of Goiania who took to making bedroom recordings on borrowed equipment, working things out as they went along, and have ended up with a surprisi...view item »

Frankie Rose
Herein Wild

When the promo for the latest Frankie Rose album fell through our letterbox here at Norman HQ I instantly fell in love with it. So to get to tell you peeps in internet land all about it is an absolute pleasure. Cutting her musical teeth with indie bands such as Dum Dum Gi...view item »

Jackson Scott
Melbourne

The twelve tracks here are lonely, spacey, and despondent, but Scott's gift for melody makes for an engaging listen. This is a brand of lo-fi shoegaze that sounds (purposefully so) like it was recorded in Scott's own bedroom. The use of lo-fi makes Melbourne feel immediate, and even personal, even though there's a strange distance that Scott kee...view item »

Iggy & The Stooges
Ready To Die

The first album back from the reanimated Stooges a few years ago, ‘The Weirdness’, didn’t really push my buttons at the time, since lots had happened in the years which have passed since ‘Raw Power’ (Incidentally, the press release makes a big deal about trumpeting that it’s the...view item »

Futurebirds
Baba Yaga

This reminds me of my favourite My Morning Jacket albums--The Tennessee Fire, At Dawn and It Still Moves--I say this in the best possible way. I don't feel like Futurebirds are derivative. One time while driving this perfectly matched the tone of the city lights and their conversation with the night...or something. I loved Hampton's Lullaby and ...view item »

Youth Lagoon
Wondrous Bughouse

Trevor Powers’ second outing for Fat Possum Records ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ is a queasy but fantastical listen. Wobbly psych-pop is the order of the day here, songs like ‘Attic Doctor’ and ‘Pelican Man’ have elements of ‘60s ‘Sergeant Pepper...view item »

The Black Keys
Chulahoma

This is an exceptional album and a fantastic tribute to Junior Kimbrough, an obvious influence on The Black Keys' music. Dan and Patrick play these songs with such a great feeling for the blues, and for Junior's style, it is no surprise that his widow wanted to congratulate them on their efforts. There can be no finer endorsement than that! The ...view item »

The Black Keys
Rubber Factory

For me, "Rubber Factory" is the best album by The Black Keys. It has the grooviest, most rocking, catchiest songs and reaches the heights that other albums didn't manage. Also, it's more raw sounding - it was before they started making records that had that more produced glam rock stomp, which I don't particularly care for. "10am Automatic" is t...view item »

Youth Lagoon
The Year Of Hibernation

Apparently this lad has been sending the blogosphere into a frenzy for a while. Once again I actually fail to hear how? I mean, I bloody hate shit like Washed Out, never a more appropriate name in showbusiness though looking at his popularity I am obviously clueless! YL is actually called ...view item »

Mellowhype
Blackenedwhite

I love Hodgy Beats flow. It's so different from any other rapper. Left Brain's beats are different, in a good way. It leaves you bewildered that it's a simple beat, but it's not. I wish they could have left the song "Hell" on the album! That's the best song I think that they ever made. My only other complaint is that Chordaroy isn't on here. Tha...view item »

Bass Drum Of Death
Gb City

This album is full of great energy, noisy guitars and a thumping bass drum. The first track, "Nerve Jamming," is a driving anthem, and I imagine would be great to see live. Oddly, "Gb City," the title track is one of my least favourites, as it lacks a great hook and some of the more interesting ideas of the other songs. I think this is a must ad...view item »

Jaguar Love
Hologram Jams

As with the now defunct Blood Brothers, Johnny Whitney once again seems perfectly content to carve out his own niche based on a singular vision of progressing his own shrieking avant-garde post-punk farther into indie/synth-pop territory. Where the Blood Brothers were floating between the hardcore and indie scenes, and unable to fully be cleared...view item »

Jay Reatard
Blood Visions

“Blood Visions” is an album of frenetic indie-punk that basically sounds like a cross between Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and Supergrass, if you can imagine such a thing. Jay Reatard’s anglicised voice adds the Supergrass element. Reatard plays everything himself other than a couple of tracks where bass duties are h...view item »

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