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J Fernandez
Occasional Din

Joyful Noise Recordings (Chad VanGaalen, Swamp Dogg) drop an LP of pleasant jangle-fuzz from Chicago singer-songwriter J Fernandez. Occasional Din is an apt title for this record. From time to time things get loud, but as a general rule Fernandez is happy to allow his a...view item »


Colin Potter
A Gain

Back in 2014, especially for Cassette Store Day, Colin Potter reissued his first six cassettes spanning 1980-1982. They were originally released on Mirage and his own ICR label. These new editions sold out in an instant, and reignited interest in his long out of print and fairly difficult to obtain early work. Gradually some of those tapes have ...view item »


Anal Trump
The First 100 Songs

Inspired by the late Seth Putnam’s pan-offensive Anal Cunt, this San Diego project transforms 100 of 45’s most absurdist utterances and disturbing ideals into blink-and-you-miss-em grindcore tracks. There’s a terrible fittingness in ‘I Like The Soldiers Who DON'T Get Captured’ and &...view item »


Tropical Fuck Storm
A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Psychrockers Tropical Fuck Storm are finally dropping their debut album, a bewildering bomb of disorienting five-minute middle fingers raised at easy-listening. Expect no respite on A Laughing Death in Meatspace...view item »
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Danielson
Snap Outtavit

Despite being known to dress as a tree, Daniel Smith is surely one of America's most underrated musicians. His Danielson Famile and Danielson and Bro Danielson records are wild joyful rides through the back roads of avant indie folk. Recent albums show a newfound maturity gained from being a dad...view item »


Swamp Dogg
Love, Loss and Auto-Tune

Despite his recording career running to over half a century at this point (!), Jerry Williams, Jr. shows no signs of taking it easy in his old age. If anything, his latest LP might be his boldest move since abandoning the pop ditties of his Little Jerry years for the gnarled psych-soul sound of ...view item »


OHMME
Parts

Experimental but in the fun way indie rock from Chicago duo OHMEE. As both Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart are classically trained pianists they decided to leave the keys behind for Parts and focus on the humble guitar to constrain themselves into making something interesting. Best here though i...view item »


Why?
Alopecia (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Ah 2008.... when we nodded to the sounds of 'Alopecia', the Brudenell Social Club full to bursting with backpacks. All those guys are dads now so it's time to squirrel away bits of the childcare money on a lavish re-treatment of the album featuring a bonus demos LP and Boards of Canada and Dntel remixes. It's the 'star' record, the 'road' r...view item »
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Optiganally Yours
O.Y. In Hi-Fi

I remember these from the '90s. They were based around the Optigan chord organ a curiosity made by Mattel which played back lo-fi sound loops on flexible LP-sized discs. Astonishing. The magnificently named Pea Hix had one of these things and had the idea of starting a band and Rob Crow (Pinback etc) got involve...view item »


The Ophelias
Almost

After self-releasing the Creature Native LP back in 2015, Cincinnati group The Ophelias have signed to Joyful Noise (Joan Of Arc, Of Montreal) for their new album Almost. There’s a nice balance of influences here ranging from Joanna Newsom...view item »


Perfecto
You Can't Run From The Rhythm

Perfecto’s 2015 LP for Joyful Noise (The Low Anthem, No Joy) is back on vinyl. You Can’t Run From The Rhythm is an enjoyable hip-house record with a winking, parodic element to it. Think PC Music if the sound they were playing with was music...view item »


Dumb Numbers
Stranger EP

Aussie grunge revivalists Dumb Numbers came about a new way of presenting their songs after their drummer was forced to pull out of a US tour with Lemonheads. After having bought their pricey plane tickets, the rest of the band didn’t want such a financial outlay to go to waste so carried on with their pla...view item »


Joan Of Arc
1984

Yellow vinyl? Hello sailor. This limited-edition release from Chicago's Joan of Arc, out of Joyful Noise, is a sidestep from the indie band's usual output, complete with almost-a capella performances from vocalist Melina Ausikaitis. Backed up with sparse instrumentation, Ausikaitis' Midwest twang swings from soft and gentle...view item »


Richard Edwards
Verdugo

Indiana's Richard Edwards loves his fans, which is why he's releasing new record 'Verdugo', out on Joyful Noise, on coloured AND black vinyl. It's an uplifting listen, the story of a man stitching himself back together after personal trauma. Here his vocals swing between tender falsetto and deep melancholy, backed with soaring g...view item »


Helvetia
Dromomania

Helvetia make a guitar-rock that sort of lopes along casually: not so much in a slacker way, more in the sense suggested by the name of the album. Dromomania is a sort of ‘dissociative fugue’, and the band sound somewhat dissociated from the world around them. Surprisingly, this is a big plus, giving the alb...view item »
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The Coke Dares
Fake Lake

The Coke Dares are a long running and now long distance power trio whose main claim to fame was that Jason Molina tapped them out to play on his raw and raucous Magnolia Electric Company LP. Their own music however is a tight and taut blend of the Minutemen, Wire and with a bit of Sparks...view item »


No Joy / Sonic Boom
No Joy / Sonic Boom

This is a collaboration between this Canadian chanteuse and the... um... forgetful Spacemen 3 legend. In fact neither can remember quite how they met but here they pass compositions back and forth across the big pond resulting in a record way out of both artists comfort zone taking in electronica, noise and even trip hop along t...view item »


Oneida
Romance

The heads have been waiting a few years for this moment, but here it is… a full new Oneida album! Romance is a considerable proposition, with eleven tracks over two LPs (or one CD), each exploring a different facet for the astonishing beast that is the O. So much going on in here, you are really ...view item »
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The Low Anthem
The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depths of the Sea

The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depths Of The Sea is the fifth album by The Low Anthem. From their origins as folk revivalists through to their last album, Eyeland (2016), being wildly experimental, this is a subtle yet resolute effort that reins in the experiments. Here, they combine the folky sound of their early days with e...view item »


Big Business
Head For The Shallow

Reissue of the Seattle duo’s debut, originally on Hydra Head in 2004. The pair hit on a simple but immediately agreeable formula - bombastically heavy and fiercely rockin’ songs brought to life by the powerful but nuanced drumming of Coady Willis and Jared Warren’s fuzzed-up ba...view item »


Sound of Ceres
Nostalgia for Infinity

Nostalgia for Infinity is technically the debut for Sound of Ceres, but their dreamy pop and sample-heavy bossa nova sound has actually be honed through previous bands and live performance. Delicate guitar and drums are hidden within a patchwork of samples and soft boy/girl harmonies. We have the CD, vinyl LP an...view item »
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Dale Crover
The Fickle Finger Of Fate

Dale Crover is, of course, one of the core members of sludge legends Melvins, and as such has about a thousand releases to his name. But The Fickle Finger Of Fate is the first time, in all those decades of music-making, that Dale has released a full-length solo album! This rare treat mi...view item »


Sound of Ceres
The Twin

Follow-up album time with The Twin churning them out. After 2016’s debut LP, Nostalgia for Infinity, pop duo The Twin ain’t waiting abo...view item »
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Deerhoof
Mountain Moves

Jittery art rockers Deerhoof normally make their splintered music in isolation but here on their new album they have opened the door to the outside world and collaborated with the likes of Matana Roberts,Lætitia Sadier and Juana Molina. They also have a go at a Bob...view item »


Jad Fair, Tenniscoats and Norman Blake
Raindrops

What a team-up: Jad Fair of Half Japanese plus the wonderful Tenniscoats, as well as Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub. With this personnel, Raindrops could hardly fail to be one the most playful and odd records of the year, and it does not disappoint! Lo...view item »


Surfer Blood
Snowdonia

Snowdonia is the fourth album by Floridian indie band Surfer Blood. It’s the band’s first album since the tragic death of guitarist Thomas Feteke. Bassist Kevin Williams also left the band, prompting high school friends Michael McCleary and Lindsay Mills to be recruited on guitar and bass respectively. ...view item »


Psychic Temple
IV

Chris Schlarb’s band Psychic Temple recorded IV, their fourth record (apart from their full-length cover of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports) in an LA studio in the old way, with big grand sessions. Guests like Terry Reid and Nedelle Torrisi...view item »
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Jason Loewenstein
Spooky Action

Here is the first solo album in 15 years from the 'other one' in Sebadoh. Whilst Lou Barlow always had his pop chops to hand, Loewenstein was a bit more ragged and out there and so it proves on this album of inventive grungy pop with hints of Beefheart in some of tangled guitar playing. Sebadoh fans, you ne...view item »


Sleep Party People
Lingering

Sleep Party People started out as the solo home recording project of Brian Batz, and although he’s picked up some bandmate assistants for touring, he still writes, performs and produces everything you hear on Lingering. Quite the feat when you hear how fully-formed these bright-eyed epic-pop minia...view item »


Richard Edwards
Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset

Richard Edwards, formerly of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, has had a pretty rough time in the last few years: a stomach condition almost killed him, and both his band and  his marriage left him behind. But, like any good artist, Richard was able to use these experiences as ric...view item »
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Why?
Moh Lhean

Ah some nice news for 2017 we have Why? back. It's been awhile since his last missive the rather underwhelming 'Mumps etc' but opener 'This Ole King' promises a return to the enjoyable twisty pop of 'Elephant Eyelash' etc. Entirely recorded at home for the first time since his very early work the oddly titled 'Moh Lhean' promise...view item »
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Tall Tall Trees
Freedays

This is pretty much a Mike Savino solo-effort. Recorded somewhere in the hills of Georgia (the state, not the country... probably), the Tall Tall Trees-frontman poured his heart and delayed guitar into his own record. Freedays, the result, is an up-tempo folk-pop effort that breathes both warmth and opt...view item »


Joan Of Arc
He's Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands

Joan Of Arc are veterans of the game by now, having been crafting post-rock in Chicago since 1995, when post-rock still meant ‘inventive and interesting’. He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands, their first album in five years, is as brimming with melodic detail as any of their work. Ou...view item »


Rafter
XYZ

XYZ is the brainchild of San Diego-born experimentalist Rafter which is influenced by a sprawling range artists, from Talking Heads to The Beatles. Its spearhead single, You Are The Last Of Your Kind, particularly showcases creativity as bombasti...view item »


Why?
Golden Tickets EP

West coast backpack hip-poppers Why? continue their slow metamorphosis into They Might Be Giants this week with a whimsical EP based around the lives of their own fans, selecting people who bought records from their webstore and internet stalking them before composing tracks ba...view item »
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Busman’s Holiday
Popular Cycles

Popular Cycles is the rich, bold, authentic folk album from songwriting duo Busman's Holiday. Recreating folk with their own brand of kooky orchestral instrumentation and adventurous composition, the duo's third studio album brings a fun, charming and uplifting spirit to the genre. Available on Blac...view item »
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Goblin Cock
Necronomidonkeykongimicon

Look, I don't know what the music sounds like yet, but that's easily the greatest album cover of the century. The conversely awfully named Goblin Cock is the pseudonym of soft Pinback feelings guy Rob Crow. He likes to make heavy metal sometimes, going after a different kind of catharsis...view item »
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Dumb Numbers
II

Dumb Numbers is the dream supergroup of any respectable fan of heavy, sludgy, grungy guitar music. The rotating line-up includes representatives of Melvins, Dinosaur Jr, Einstürzende Neubauten, Jesus Lizard and more besides. II is the sound of some...view item »


Kishi Bashi
Sonderlust

Sonderlust may sound merry and shimmery, but it is a record produced from the depths of a challenging personal struggle: Kishi Bashi’s marriage was on the brink of collapse. The heavy situation inspired a heartfelt record of beautiful electronic / orchestral pop music, with Bashi’s soul bare...view item »


Jad and David Fair
Shake, Cackle and Squall

Jad and David Fair will be more familiar as the brothers behind Half Japanese, but this session sees them casting off other members and the moniker for stripped-back fun. Shake, Cackle and Squall is a drums-guitar-voice set of wonderfully-titled weirdo rock songs, as uninterested in doi...view item »


Big Business
Command Your Weather

Good old-fashioned shouty guitar rock from LA's Big Business, aka Coady Willis and Jared Warren (The Melvins). Apparently it has a concept, something to do with nature and its power over mankind, but aside from that it's a good record to destroy your brain cells to on the dance floor. Available on vinyl or CD. Rock on. Yeah....view item »


Sugar Candy Mountain
666

Get old-school psyched with Sugar Candy Mountain, an LA group featuring former solo artist Ash Reiter and Jason Quever (Papercuts), who also produces. 666 is their second record, a good and warm melodic ride through some relaxed old California Valley vibes. Not much of ...view item »
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Yoni & Geti
Testarossa

Yoni & Geti are Yoni Wolf of Why? and Serengeti, and they’ve not been heard together since 2011. But now Testarossa is here, and it just so happens to be a narrative-heavy record, the pair telling the tale of 2 characters in a troubled relationship. This is to...view item »
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Tim Kinsella
Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors

Tim Kinsella of Joan of Arc and Cap’n Jazz shares some of his solo songwriting with the world, cutting back the branches of other instrumentation to let things stand with just voice and guitar. Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors is a lot less violent-sounding that its title suggests:...view item »


Saqqara Mastabas
Libras

Close collaborators from their shared time in Fiery Furnaces, Matthew Friedberger and Bob D’Amico (also of Sebadoh) have gone wild and spiritual with this Saqqara Mastabas project of theirs. Libras sounds something roughly like the kind of pagan r...view item »
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Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
Casino Drone

I’m frankly a little disappointed that Casio Drone isn’t just an album of Casio keyboard drones. But that’s probably a minority opinion, as the actual sound of Mike Adams At His Honest Weight is richly-textured independent pop, warm and friendly and full of wit. There is some ambience too to be fair&he...view item »


Kishi Bashi
String Quartet Live!

Kishi Bashi is a singer and violin-player, and String Quartet Live! is as bold and exciting a collection of compositions as that exclamation mark in the title would suggest. The performance contains his finest chamber-pop tunes, as well as a very welcome version of ...view item »
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Half Japanese
Perfect

After a very welcome reissue campaign of their essential old records, the time has now come for a brand new Half Japanese album! Perfect is as full of energy as ever, boldly jolting through a joyful set of tracks. They have picked up some instrumental abilities over the years (like it or not), but their sound remains on...view item »
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Lil BUB
Science & Magic

Lil BUB is a cat! An actual cat! Whooah! Quirky! From the cutesy name through to the cutesy concept, this is truly a contemporary internet-age record. Science & Magic is the debut full-length for this cat (and its band): turns out felines really like electro-pop! Who knew. CD / LP, with the coloured vinyl available ...view item »
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Built In Sun
Built In Sun

Built In Sun is a new project from drummer Joe Plummer (The Shins, Cold War Kids and Mister Heavenly). This self titled LP began life as an instrumental idea positioned somewhere between the work of soundtrack artists John Brion and Clint Mansell and the punk rock stylings of of The Wipers and John Reis, however, once the tracks were mixed, Plum...view item »
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J Fernandez
Many Levels of Laughter

J Fernandez sounds like he has been sitting out in the sun for a long time thinking about these songs, enjoying the warmth but also feeling a bit sad. Not too sad, but a touch of melancholy. Many Levels Of Laughter is a very well crafted piece of psychedelic songwriting, pressed to LP (including some indie-store-exclusi...view item »


Jad Fair & Norman Blake
Yes

Jad Fair and Norman Blake last worked together in 2003 on the Jad Fair & Teenage Fanclub album, Words Of Wisdom And Hope. Musically, Yes is more in the vein of Teenage Fanclub’s hook-laden guitar pop than the jarring stabs of Half Japanese, but Jad Fa...view item »
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Stranger Cat
In The Wilderness

Sufjan Stevens’ right hand woman takes centre stage here with her new project Stranger Cat. With a CV that takes in the likes of The Shins, Sharon Van Etten and Son Lux, Cat Martino belts out a number of tunes with her sights trained directly at the radio. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Joyful Noise....view item »
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Reptar
Lurid Glow

College kids make the darndest music. Reptar's debut was recognized as a collection of crazy phantasms when it was released, and Lurid Glow promises to go in the same direction - but bigger, better and a tad more orchestrated. Expect danceable afrobeats with disorienting breaks, all soaked in an optimistic twe...view item »


Pfarmers
Gunnera

Anyone up for an indie rock supergroup with a ridiculous name that isn't The New Pornographers? If so, might I interest you in Pfarmers, who of course, with their very Menomena-esque name, are led by Danny Seim. Other members include Bryan Devendorf of The National&nb...view item »
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Victor Villarreal
Sleep Talk

One of math rock's original emos, Victor Villarreal is best known for his work perplexing in early twinkle band Owls and as part of the post-hxc kinship Cap'n Jazz. His guitar chops are once again on display with this solo record, Sleep Talk, which keeps co...view item »
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Yonatan Gat
Iberian Passage

Aw yeah -- we all need a bit of surf tinged rock 'n' roll in our lives, and it's all the better when it comes with oscillating acoustic guitars and cowbell. 'Iberian Passage' is a joyous journey into the world of New York/Tel Aviv artist Yonatan Gat, who makes an ecstatic ruckus by implementing both Western and Eastern approaches to garage rock....view item »
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Serengeti
Kenny Dennis III

I've not encountered Kenny Dennis before, Serengeti's scarred everyman who across this album relays the story of his band Perfecto. With partner in crime Ders they embark on an adventure that is in turn funny, poignant  always interesting. Thick moustached KD finds things don't always pan out but as a listener, I feel better for g...view item »


Half Japanese
Overjoyed

Shambling dissonant geek-rock/fidelity-eschewing godheads Half Japanese shock the indie world with their first new studio album in 13 years. Always an acquired, divisive taste, this brother-led band of envelope-pushing ragamuffins nevertheless are hugely influential on the US underground and way beyond. This is a real treat for haters of contemp...view item »
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Sleeping Bag
Deep Sleep

Sleeping Bag's third record, 'Deep Sleep', is angrier and more ferocious than their past two, frontman and drummer Dave Segedy making his indie pop louder and prouder. Recommended for fans of bedroom pop and shoegaze alike, taking the fuzz of My Bloody Valentine and the careless punk rock of Weezer as primary influences. ...view item »
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Man At Arms
A Waste Of Time And Space

Man at Arms makes music that has been called "The most masculine thing I've ever heard," "articulate" and "like Primus" (which they sympathize with, but are reluctant to understand). A gracious critic once wrote of them: "Fuck you America, this is what you should be listening to." The band's first full-length album A Waste of Time and Space (com...view item »
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The Delicious
Postcard To My Sewing Circle

In response to the over-intellectualized, exclusive world of high art, singer/guitarist David Woodruff dropped out of art school to form The Delicious. With accessibility and sincerity as its goals, the Delicious craft strangely accessible indie-art-pop in their own complex, honest, light-hearted, and well-equipped fashion. Their disjointed pop ...view item »
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Son Lux
Alternate Worlds

You're talking dark and odd electronic chamber pop somewhere betwixt Zola Jesus and How to Dress Well with de-rigeur lop-sided beats and the stop-start-isms of Alt J. All perfectly pleasant and well constructed but its passed by a couple of...view item »
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Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
Best of Boiler Room Classics

"What if Todd Rundgren produced a Cass McCombs record?", ponders the press release to 'Best of Boiler Room Classics', "Find out !!!" Well I simply don't have the funds to find out something like that, so instead I'm doing the next best thing and listening to the new album f...view item »
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Kishi Bashi
Lighght

Lighght is Kishi Bashi’s follow up to his acclaimed debut, 151a for which he was awarded the accolade of Best New Artist by NPR. 151a was recorded over a stretched out 4 years when, The singer, composer and violinist went on tour with the likes of Sondre Lerche, Regina Spektor an...view item »
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Busman's Holiday
A Long Goodbye

Busman’s Holiday are a duo made up of brothers Lewis and Addison Rogers. The boys make indie-pop music together and harbour little quirks such as using a suitcase as a bass drum. Their musical cvs include touring with Swedish indie-popper Jens Lekman when Addison played drums and Lewis being the original guitarist in Sleeping Bag. A Long G...view item »


Sisyphus
Sisyphus

This surprise collaboration between sweet-voiced indie minstrel Sufjan Stevens, and Anticon types Son Lux and Serengeti often sounds like a choir boy trying to hang out with some tough hip hop dudes. Some great stuff comes l...view item »
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Tim Kinsella
Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate by LeRoy Bach featuring Angel Olsen

An album of high concept, as poet Marvin Tate and musician LeRoy Bach recruit various Chicago luminaries for this album on Joyful Noise. Who could have guessed that results include Tim Kinsella (Owls, Cap’n Jazz) sounding so sweet, singing with bright-youn...view item »
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Jorma Whittaker
Jorma Whittaker

Best known as the frontman in Indianapolis dark pop band Marmoset, this eponymous debut is very much a one-man affair despite featuring an array of interesting instruments. Dealing essentially with relationships, and with some impressive Phil Spector-inspired production, it's definitely worth a spin. ...view item »


DMA
Pheel Phree

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Son Lux
Lanterns

Here’s a slice of super-polished experimental indiepop from Son Lux, another band who have managed to be active for quite a while without me hearing them (until now!). I’m listening to them now, though, and this is pretty solid stuff, vocal-heavy arrangements with subtle synth details and dark ‘80s...view item »
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Dumb Numbers
Dumb Numbers

‘Have You Ever Seen Such Name Droppage?’ screams the nicely self-aware blurb on the front of this cd and its true, we may not have even noticed this record if it didn’t have guest spots from Lou Barlow, Dale Crover, ...view item »


Sleeping Bag
Women Of Your Life

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David Yow
Tonight You Look Like A Spider

You already know David Yow’s garbled vocalisations from his historically important work in such legendary bands as Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard, but now, 15 years after the ‘Lizard last put out a studio record, he has a solo album for us to list...view item »
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Various
Cause & Effect

Limited to 2000 on Joyful Noise Records this was originally meant to be a Record Store Day release but got held back, six artists have contributed here, Lou Barlow brings us a lovely acoustic number, Dumb Numbers add a little psych rock to the party, we also have the usual guitar noise piece from dear old ...view item »
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Kishi Bashi
151a

It's pop brilliance, it's musical majesty, it's freaking Kishi Bashi. 2012's album of the year (in my mind) is Kauro Ishibashi's 151a, with violin reminiscent of Andrew Bird, vocals as heavenly as Sigur Ros and hooks as catchy as of Montreal this album is sugar for the ears. "Intro/Pathos Pathos" introduced me to what would soon become one of my...view item »
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Kishi Bashi
Manchester / A Sunday Smile (by Beirut)

This 7” is part of a set of three singles from Kishi Bashi. Joyful Noise do their usual alluring job with the artwork and present a nauseating slab of splatter vinyl. The A-side "Manchester" is an album cut, whilst on the flip Kishi takes on Beirut’s most famed piece of Francoph...view item »
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Kishi Bashi
Bright Whites / This Must Be The Place (by Talking Heads)

Kishi Bashi out of Athens Georgia has one of the most promising solo careers in music today; from this small sample of his music, it's easy to see why. "Bright Whites" is one of his earliest solo recordings, appearing on the 'Room for a Dream' EP and his solo debut '151a'. He's obviously very proud of it, and you can't blame the man -- ...view item »
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Talk Normal
Sunshine

On vinyl that I can only describe as half red and half pink, this is a messy, scratchy take on New York cool by way of post punk. The usual influences are present, Sonic Youth, Wire, The ...view item »
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Racebannon
Wrap The Body

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Hi Red Center
Assemble

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Marmoset
Record in Red

The album's simplicity belies a deeply psychotic streak in this Hoosier hoedown: talk of monsters speaking in the singer's voice ("telling me what to do"), artists as Green River Killers, etc. Tremendous, creepy stuff. Pretty simple execution (indie guitar, bass, drum rattle) but with nice parsley on the side: echo, keys, sha-la-las. For fans of...view item »
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