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Various
Thee Sheffield Radiophonic Workshop

Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation wouldn't be a label you would associate with releasing stuff by electronic artists. Behold Thee Sheffield Radiophonic Workshop. 'An esoteric collection of electronic artists from sheffield' This really does what it says on the packet although it still has its roots in indi...view item »
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Nat Johnson
Dirty Rotten Soul

Nat Johnson used to sing in Monkey Swallows The Universe but she appears to have left them to pursue her own career in music. 'Dirty Rotten Soul' is a 4 track CD single only release! The lead track has some nice skiffley shuffley drums, and a lovely jangly chorus about infidelity which is nothing short of catchy. Somewhere between Sons & Daught...view item »
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Heartyeah
Traps

Again on top label Sheffield Phonographic Corporation we have Heartyeah with their album Traps. An angry and jolted mixture of contemporary electronic bass and beats with "classic" rock electric guitar action. The chanting and shouting vocals are driven to distortion creating a chaotic and juvenile sound that is energetic and innovat...view item »

Charles E Cullen
Welcome To The World Of

Welcome to the world of Charles E Cullen is what it says on the front of this CD I have next to me. It's by Charles E Cullen if that weren't obvious and it's on that splendid label called Sheffield Phonographic Corp. I like this as well. It's stupid. Probably as stupid as you get. It makes the Moldy Peaches sound lik...view item »
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Cats For Peru
Attack of The Pitching Machine

The cover of this Cats For Peru CD looks well indie pop. I guess it's a tiny bit indie pop but there's more ambition on show here (I'm not even sure what ambition means in this context to be honest) with some twisty, turny tracks that rock and prog around a bit while the singer guy does his singing bits. He's clearly the main focus with his Thom Yo...view item »

Meat For A Dark Day
Vanity Unfair

First up I have Meat For a Dark Day with a single called Vanity Unfair on the fantastic label Sheffield Phonographic Corporation... (lets hope they ain't swimming in the Yorkshire floods). A great 7" showcasing the differing sides of the band with a slow smog-esque A side with haunting dulcet vocals, tinkling piano and plucked guitar...view item »
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Champion Kickboxer
Candlepower

Champion Kickboxer have a great 10" on Thee SPC. This one is produced by Kramer of Shimmy Disc fame and it's numbered of 300 copies. I saw these live with Brian a while back and we both thought they were ace. 'Candlepower' is a superb 5 track EP with their trademark amazing vocal harmonies... perfect pop music which doesn't really sound like a...view item »
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Japanese Sleepers
Little Victories

Another tender sounding bunch on Thee SPC. The man who runs this label is a local hero I've heard & he still insists on releasing his astute, original musical finds in nice formats like this bag 'o treats. The first singer from this band has a mellow breathy purr to his voice that recalls both Bobby Wratten from The Field Mice & Paddy Mc...view item »
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Standard Fare / One Happy Island
Split

I've got a bit of a soft spot for Standard Fare, especially Emma Kupa's wild vocal style. I reckon they've released some pretty decent singles and they are a treat to observe live, very frenzied and excitable indie pop. Think Pains Of being Pure At Heart if they had a little more punk rock spirit. On this split with kindred spirits and US tour b...view item »
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Nat Johnson & The Figureheads
I'm Across I'm Ashore

From the opening dreamy glide of 'Astronomy', I know I'm gonna like this album, loads. Old skool-indie pop with verve and bite. Nat has a proper sweet breathy voice and the song just vaults along with propulsive grace, tender hooks riding a spirited rhythm section. The production through...view item »
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This Many Boyfriends
Getting A Life With

Indie thing of the week goes to This Many Boyfriends with their fun packed package on Sheffield's finest Thee SPC. If 'I Don't Like You ('Cos You Don't Like The Pastels)' doesn't give you a clue of what you're getting then you probably shouldn't be reading this. If you're into maxi funtime indie pop with catchy choruses and more quirkyness than ...view item »
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Little Man Tate, Forward Russia, Various
Thee Humbug issue 4

Now the official centre of the world has been moved to Sheffield we thought it time to bring Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation to your attention once more. Firstly we have a new Thee Humbug (issue 4) mag and CD in featuring tracks by Little Man Tate, Forward Russia, Umlaut, Scaramanga 6, The Real Losers and ...view item »
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Slow Down Tallahassee, Various
Thee Humbug #5

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Grammatics, Champion Kickboxer, Various
Thee Humbug Issue #6

Issue #6 of Sheffield Phonographic Corporation's zine Thee Humbug has landed in our laps and if you like your Sheffield indie then it's a bit of a treat. It features interviews and features on The Long Blondes, Laura Groves, The Grammatics, The Indie Tracks festival, MJ Hibbett, Champion Kickboxer and a whole load of Northern pie and peas eating, f...view item »
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Standard Fare
Fifteen / Understand

There's a little buzz about this band Standard Fare. That is totally justified as their debut single proper 'Fifteen' recalls classic, sprinting C86 shamble 'n' jangle indie, spilling with spirit & gusto. Musically it reminds me of a less twee & more muscular Heavenly or Liechtenstein's less angular, more straight guitar pop stuff. Singer Emma ha...view item »
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Slow Down Tallahassee
The Beautiful Light

Back to the indie, Slow Down Tallahassee are defiantly old school. 'The Beautiful Light' CD makes me think of those old late 80s girl fronted bands like The Heartthrobs & The Darling Buds or The Popguns. I like her pissed off girl vocals and when she swears you know she's proper angry. There's a bit of a Transvision Vamp chug to it all, a fist ...view item »
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Cats For Peru
We Had This Problem Last Winter

Funny title this. It's like the kind of thing everyone says but it has a sort of poeticism to it eh? I'm unsure what to write about these as they don't really fit comfortably into a box which is obviously a good selling point from the off. The first track is mid-paced anthemic indie rock with a mild skank & bags of personality. He has a stro...view item »
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Slow Down Tallahassee
Curly Cuh

I've been listening to this whilst eating cheesy jacket spuds. I find such a food & music combo to be quite comforting & extra nutritious. I'm trying to recall their last album, I think it was a little more retro sounding & rudimentary than this album, their second & their last. Now with bands such as Standard Fare, Allo Darlin' ...view item »
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Monkey Swallows The Universe
Science

Now I have a limited edition single from Monkey Swallows The Universe called 'Science' on Thee SPC. They're are an acoustic five piece from Sheffield with fans including Richard Hawley, The Long Blondes and Camera Obscura.. It's a delicate affair with intelligent construction and with as much bui...view item »
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Horowitz
Popkids of the World Unite!

Ba da da ba ba ba da da! I've not heard a chorus like that in a while. You might know Horowitz from their releases on such labels as WeePOP!, Cloudberry, Paper Tiger! and Glo-fi. They totally do guitar-based indie pop (like, TOTALLY do it) that makes me feel like there's some whole other worry-free world out there that maybe you're only allowed ...view item »
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Katsen
It Hertz!

Electroclash ain't dead, it's just currently schmoozing in some backroom in Brighton dressed up in a 2 person catsuit and calling itself Katsen. I'm really digging this duo's brand of melody drenched electro pop actually. Nice to hear catchy, unfussy music with euphoric harmonies that completely bucks any sense of fashion & just does what the f...view item »
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Chuck
Umm Na Nagay

Thank god for Sheffield rabble rousers Chuck then sending us a slightly less berserk second single on aqua blue heavyweight blue vinyl. They've still got that mad Mexican barroom insanity thang going on throughout this rather brilliant rising & falling stomp-along, 'Umm Na Nagay'. The flip, the superbly titled 'We Got Squeezed (insid...view item »
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Smokers Die Younger
Sketchpads

Loved the ramshackle nature of the last Smokers Die Younger album. They've been low key for a while but return with a rollicking little single called 'Sketchpads'. The vocalist sounds like he's been on the hard fags, his rusty yelp of a voice more than adequate to prop up this slightly schizo old skool indie wonkathon. It starts with a fairly Smith...view item »
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Slow Down Tallahassee/ Standard Fare
Split

This split 7” Slow Down Tallahassee/Standard fare record comes with a FREE download code!!! YES!! Vinyl + download = future!! Slow Down Tallahassee play fuzzy, ecstatic indie pop with dark vocal undertones sung with unnervingly ecstatic delight. On the pure twist and shout pop of 'Angel of death' and the punk pop work out of 'Trick' I'm subje...view item »
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Beachbuggy, Chuck, Various
A Box of Odd

There's a nifty bargain CD in on the top notch Sheffield Phonographic Corp called "A Box Of Odd" containing exclusive nu-skool punka surf garage classics with nods to Dick Dale, The Fall & Man Or Astroman amongst others. Great bands featured on this handsomely priced 13 tracker are The Motherfuckers, Beachbuggy...view item »
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Smokers Die Younger
X Wants The Meat

Another hugely enjoyable CD is by Sheffield's Smokers Die Younger who've been working on their remarkably unhinged debut album, 'X Wants The Meat' for about 16 years or something. They've got a drummer called Trout who has played with, amongst others, Coping Saw, AC Temple (ancient Sheffield noise crew) Bear & Leeds' ...view item »
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Champion Kickboxer
Perforations

Adopted Sheffield sons Champion Kickboxer have their debut CD out this week. On esteemed Steel City label Thee SPC, this fragile & underrated band twist the best bits of Teardrop Explodes, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Field Music & Super Furries into new shapes to create a bizarre & understated w...view item »
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The Motherfuckers
I'm A Fucker

Another cool label, this time based this side of T'Atlantic, is Sheffield Phonographic Corp. Responsible for that ace Chuck 7" &, hopefully, the psycho-surf revolution, previously patented by Man..or Astro Man & Huevos Rancheros, here is a red vinyl 7" by The Motherfucke...view item »
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Horowitz
I Need A Blanket

Here's a thing. It's a magazine which comes with a CD and a DVD, postcard and a badge all courtesy of those nice fellas/ fella at Thee SPC. Not had chance to play the DVD but I've had a flick through the magazine (suitably DIY), enjoyed both the badges (especially the one that says I Need a Blanket) and I've played the CD. Musically they're indie I...view item »
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The Scarlet Tuesday/ Balor Knights
A Perfect Quarter

The Scarlet Tuesday & Balor Knights 7" split on SPC. a freewheeling cacophony of post-Delgados pop, colliding harmonies, twinkly keyboards & recorder. Audacious to say the least. Like a big bubblegum bubble chewed up with chunks of Novak, Delgados, & god knows what else. The Balor Knights shar...view item »
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Slow Down Tallahassee
So Much For Love

Thee SPC, launchpad for the Long Blondes, Monkey Swallows the Universe & erm..The Motherfuckers have a spanking new 7" out by SLOW DOWN TALLAHASSEE. It's a nutritious, if rather plain stew of Transvision Vamp meets JAMC lite style sonic chuggery called 'So Much For Love'. Catchy yet nonchalent vocal refrain over a cheap 80s keyboard and bu...view item »
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The Mardy Bums
Who The Chuff Are The Mardy Bums?

Who indeed, the chuff, are The Mardy Bums? Not so much a tribute to der Arctics, more a trad indie homage to catchy working mans club singalonga pub rock. I can imagine our Peelie loving this actually with it's sardonic Southern baiting lyrics coming across like true tongue in cheek Yorkshire prose. The refrain 'You tight arse bugger' ...view item »
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Chuck
No, Not Ah!

I opened a brown envelope this morning containing some blue vinyl 7"s by Chuck, had a fag & put one of the buggers on t'phonogram....and out came some mad Mexican surf tribute to Man ....or Astroman & Pixies. Totally ace. The kind of thing that Peel slips in half way through his show ju...view item »
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Champion Kickboxer
Supertram/ Like Him & Her

New one on the interesting  Sheffield Phonographic Corporation label. Its a 7" by Champion Kickboxer. Its an interesting thing this  - its kind of folky with clattering glockenspiels. The A side is probably the best song  I've heard this week. I don't know how to describe it. The vocals are really interesting...view item »
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Smokers Die Younger
SDY

Another new band. This time the rather tastefully named Smokers Die Younger release their debut 7" on Detail recs. There's a bit of Bright Eyes in there, a bit of Half Man Half Biscuit too. It's pretty interesting and it really doesn't sound like anything else that's out at the mo which is a good thing. They're ...view item »
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