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Carlton Melton
Mind Minerals

The truth at the heart of the matter is that if I listened to this whole Carlton Melton record right now I’d have chewed up a good hour plus of my work day, and also would be incapable of doing anything outside of the rhythm of particular, churning drumbeats. As such I’m giving ‘Mind Minerals’ a primer. To call it the ban...view item »

Last of the Easy Riders
Unto The Earth

Trust me: this is a scam. Last of the Easy Riders sound chill, I know -- there’s Grateful Dead in the lilt of their vocals and Allman Bros’ in the twang of their geetars -- but they think you’re philistines. I opened up my jewel case of ‘Unto the Earth&...view item »

Moon Duo
Catch As Catch Can / Set It On Fire

I'm partial to Moon Duo... If you don't already know then this is Ripley Jonson from Wooden Shjips on guitar/vocals and Sanae Yamada on keyboards. I dig their authentic old analogue sound. Good and grubby sounding gear. 'Catch As Catch Can' is pretty driving with its drum machine rhythm and fuzzed up guitar. The vocals are pretty indecipherable ...view item »

Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys
Rot

Two steps ahead of anyone hoping to insult them with a jeering nickname since 2009, Sydney’s Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys return to peddle their rather raucous, slightly punkish and unapologetically dated rock & roll. Rot is their second LP, released on LP/CD by their own label R.I.P. Society and brims with filt...view item »

White Manna
Bleeding Eyes

The times really are good for modern psych rock fans at the moment, with bands like White Manna turning out quality records on a regular basis. Bleeding Eyes is a potent se...view item »

Joel Silbersher
No Teeth

There's only 500 of those beauties to get your grubby mitts on. This a distinctly weathered Melbourne veteran - having been performing for an astonishing 41 years and still strong - who is not rolling over yet; Joel Silbersher's solo offering No Teeth is a witting and snarling edition with a ...view item »

Howlin Rain
When The Morning Comes

I don’t really get/understand/like Howlin’ Rain. I’ve heard a few records by ‘em and it just sounds like 70’s hoary old rock to me.  I don’t get it.... Anyway here’s a tour 7” ...view item »

Moon Pool & Dead Band
Moon Pool & Dead Band

It's a busy week for Agitated. First that wacky psych business from the mysterious Koolaid (Global Tyranny) and now this bleak bit of retro-futurism from Wolf Eyes' Nate Young's Moon Pool & Dead Band. Accompanied by Sights/SSM man Nate Shettler, Young here sculpts nocturnal minimal sy...view item »

White Dog
Sydney Limits

This is some straight up hardore bollocks from Sydney, which of course gives rise to an adjustment period where I try to anticipate not Yorkshire skramz but Australian ones. Going in on some of the genre’s traditions -- such as liking Black Flag, worshipping the riff you came...view item »

Feral Ohms
Super Ape / The Snake

“Super Ape” comes into the world like one of those punk rock songs that’s been kicked out of the club and is now falling backwards down the stairs. The chords dive forwards before chugging back with the power of a train stopping, the drums following suit and halting at the last minute. From there, psychedelic riffs tumble and s...view item »

Straight Arrows
Turn It Off / Dead and Bored (It Happens Again)

Straight Arrows have thrown together this tight 7” single for an upcoming tour of the states. Turn It Off and B-side Dead and Bored (It Happens Again) are a pair of high-energy, low-bullshit garage rockers, precision-tuned like a fast motorcycle. There are 300 copies of this 7” in existence, but 120...view item »

Last of the Easy Riders
Last of the Easy Riders

Free like a bird, or more like an american eagle. Last of the Easy Riders’ EP that precedes their forthcoming debut full length is chocka block with midwestern twang, hazy road trips on route 66 through desert and rocky mountains alike. Big organ, big everything, car drives off, camera pans up, credit roll stuff. ...view item »

Miss Destiny
Miss Destiny

The girls are outshining the boys once again with this debut album from Melbourne based Miss Destiny. Bullet belts, leather jackets, pounding fists, and banging heads. Raucous big stage presence with a DIY edge and a serious message as well as Danzig, beer, punk rock, friends, and the open road in tow. ...view item »

The Green Bananas
The Ape / Green Banana

The Green Bananas are a side project of Australian weirdo indie band Straight Arrows. With their new single, and sure-fire massive hit The Ape, they attempt to create a primitive yet electrifying new dance craze. The b-side contains an eponymously titled instrumental. Limited edition of 350, on Agitated...view item »

The Royal Sitars
Eloise / Distant and Vague

Royal Headache are an Australian band who play proper rock music, with proper guitars and proper haircuts. But no guitars here… For on this single, The Royal Sitars perform sitar versions of 2 Headache tunes, ...view item »

Spacin'
Total Freedom

Spacin’ make a super loose, stripped-back rock ‘n roll and on Total Freedom they get even more minimal. The motorik drumming and angular guitar are clearly inspired by The Velvet Underground, but the band also bring a trippy southern groove that locks into extended jams. Out on CD an...view item »

Cereal Killer
No Life 'Til Cereal

Cereal Killer make that thrashy, poppy kinda punk where the chords sound like yo-yos being gracelessly lifted back to their launch point. Unlike the twee and slightly more enjoyable likes of Menace Beach and Sauna Youth, of whom they sound a lot like, these Australians go for a...view item »

The Icarus Line
All Things Under Heaven

The Icarus Line are true rockers to the core, though All Things Under Heaven finds them fraying at the edges at points, sometimes straying almost into furious free jazz passages. Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and The Bad Seeds joins them at times, and you know he has tast...view item »

Evil Acidhead
In The Name Of All That Is Unholy

Shockingly, given the name, this isn’t the kind of psychedelia that lounges bucolically in sunny pastoral scenes. No no, Evil Acidhead is much more of a bad-trip kind of project, which In The Name Of All That Is Unholy captures perfectly. 80’s cassette reissued as coloured (red or green) vinyl with a free po...view item »

The Sunset Strip
Stone Lazy

Aussie indie heroes The Sunset Strip took their influence from The Byrds, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Dinosaur Jr creating a brand of melodic, sludgy, guitar-heavy alt. rock that wowed the critics but not the cash registers. Stone Lazy was supposed to have been rel...view item »

Carlton Melton
Out To Sea

On ‘Out To Sea’ there are few, if any surprises, because psych rock is a creature of habits. Over eleven tunes, Carlton Melton continue to do what they do rather fucking adequately, swirling their guitars around and around like they’re caught in slow-mo rapids. When we last checked in with them on their split with ...view item »

The Living Eyes
Living Large

Crumbs  - we’ve sold a right lot of these. The Living Eyes are a bratty four piece punk outfit from Australia who rejoice in having some Ausmuteants and Wet Blankets amongst their number. Their music is propulsive and snotty hook filled punk, sloopy and tuneful with ...view item »

Night Flights
Night Flights Vol: 1

There’s a growing trend of late in which artists and labels are releasing cosmic records deeply rooted in '70s nostalgic wonder. From new excursions like The Advisory Circle’s From Out There and Ambidextrous’ Geek Mythology to the reissue of Vangelis’...view item »

The Living Eyes
Guilty Pleasures / Lowlife

Aussie garage-pop-punksters The Living Eyes are back with a new single this week! Though it doesn't yet seem to have earned them much attention on this side of the globe, their self-titled LP was one of the garage rock gems of last year, and here they're casually knocking out a couple of noisy, fast-paced and dangerously catchy fuzzpop gems that...view item »

The Icarus Line
Avowed Slavery

This new Icarus Line EP is being touted as a companion piece to last year's 'Slave Vows' LP, which wasn't so much a return to form as a career peak for the band, distilling their hypnotic, tribalistic, violent noise punk sound into its most potent shapes yet. 'Avowed Slavery' continues that momentum with five brand new tracks full of that vitr...view item »

Straight Arrows
Rising

When Phil handed me this LP saying it'd be "noisy" I was picturing some scratchy late '80s Chicago sounding scuzz-rock, but actually Straight Arrows are dealing in '60s style garage-pop fuzz that makes me think of The Seeds, The Milkshakes, the Pebbl...view item »

People's Temple
Utopia

The People's Temple seem to be on a Ty Segall-esque run of good form lately. Each release seems to be more impressive than its predecessor, and their latest album 'Musical Garden' is probably my most-played record of the year so far. On this 7" we've got three songs which were recorded in spring 2012, so I guess b...view item »

Howlin Rain
Live Rain

Here's album number two in my "live album corner" for this week, 'Live Rain' by Howlin Rain. It's strident Americana-rawk from the Blueshammer school of subtlety, the vocal affectations are getting on my nerves quite quickly. The gatefold has loads of photos so you can look at the beardy man shouting at the microphone and close your eyes and ima...view item »

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy
You Are Everything

Nice package! This new LP by the former The Church man in collaboration with friend Martin Kennedy from All India Radio contains a vinyl, a download AND a CD of remixes, and bonus tracks! I never got massively into The Church but my dad always reckoned they were ...view item »

Carlton Melton
Always Even

Cosmic rock’s prolific bong voyagers Carlton Melton are back once again this week with yet another full-length offering of hypno-drones deep space whooshes and bobbling repeato riffs. In case you’re unfamiliar with this lot by now, they specialise in a head-nodding soup of astral drones and krauty...view item »

Star Spangled Banana
Pebbles 2000

Claiming to be the creators of a whole new genre called bubble-grunge, and then claiming to be the pioneers of said paradoxical genre, Star Spangled Banana play a kind of gorgeous alt rock that uses low-end and gruesome amps to a joyous end. Pebbles 2000 is a tribute to a bunch of fun-time old p...view item »

Straight Arrows
It's Happening

This new Straight Arrows album is really hitting the spot today. This quartet specialise in that reverb-drenched ‘60s garage pop sound, only with more reverb. It smothers everything like a warm fluffy blanket, filing down the sharp edges of their hi-gain guitar and hollerin’ vocals to something blurry and distant and thoroughly palat...view item »

Mugstar
Axis

Mike was shocked the other day when I told him I had never seen Mugstar live. That is if you can imagine Mike actually registering anything as horrifying as shock. I think all of us here'd be quite disturbed to see his sleepy smiley face transmit such a con...view item »

Carlton Melton
Photos of Photos

Carlton Melton are a band whose releases I almost invariably enjoy, with a mixture of deep, dark riffing and detailed psychedelic chuntering creating an uniquely meditative stoner vibe which falls somewhere between the riff-mongering of the likes of ...view item »

Mugstar
Serra (Distant Sun Remix)

Mugstar are a great band! Along side Bristol's The Heads and Manchester's Gnod they are the  finest examples of Kraut-infused cosmic rock currently doing the rounds in the UK. When Agitated records pushed for a repress of the groups 'Lime' LP they also suggested the possibility of...view item »

Koolaid (Global Tyranny)
Koolaid (Global Tyranny)

Well, this one's madder than a box of frogs. It comes with a wildly diverse mixtape (WHICH HAVE ALL GONE NOW... SORRY!), awesomely bonkers sleeve art and a CD of the material on the LP, and even the label themselves (claim they) don't know who these guys actually are. As for that material ...view item »