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Gary Numan
Dance

Gary Numan’s fifth album, 1981’s  Dance, gets a much-needed reissue. After squishing the original 50 minute album onto one LP, compromising the sound of the recording, it now gets room to breathe over three sides of vinyl, with a fourth side being filled with singles from the era....view item »

The Fall
The Wonderful And Frightening Escape Route To The Fall

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route of The Fall gathered together two singles and an EP, and was first released in 1984. The last Fall album with a double drummer line-up by the way. This LP reissue...view item »

The Fall
Schtick: Yarbles Revisited

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! The curiously (kuriously?) titled Schtick: Yarbles Revisited compiles This Nation’s Saving Grace era singles along with their 1985 Peel Sessions, all rounded out with an old track first heard in 2011. Qualit...view item »

Oceansize
Effloresce

Beggars Banquet records continue to leave me in a state of complete indifference with Oceansize's debut album 'Efflorence'. As a guide, imagine a rather ordinary hybrid between a slow Hell Is For Heroes and a rather flaccid Six By Seven. Chuck in some dull stadium pomposity (i.e. Muse, Pear...view item »

Peter Murphy
5 Albums

Peter Murphy kept it nice and productive after the demise of his prime group Bauhaus, recording five solo albums in under decade. This handsome book-bound boxset neatly presents all of those five, from 1986’s Should The World Fail To Fall Apart to 1995’s Cascade. Plus! Rare alternat...view item »

The Fall
This Nation’s Saving Grace (Expanded Edition)

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! This Nation’s Saving Grace, an album by The Fall that almost everyone seems to agree is a classic slice of Fall: impressive, given how hard it is to get that fanbase to agree. This i...view item »

The Fall
I Am Kurious Oranj

Like most Fall albums, this one contains filler, but the strong material is lethal. From the steamroller opening track "New Big Prinz" to the surprisingly pretty instrumental "Overture From 'I am Curious, Orange'" amusingly pockmarked by Brix' ejaculations, to the disturbing "Jerusalem" to the vintage Fall "Wrong Place, Right Time" to the Fall's...view item »

The Fall
5 Albums

The Fall are back with another great release this time in the form of an awesome compilation. Despite its very long length it is a very consistent release with no bad tracks. My personal favourites include the raw "Cab It Up!" which is catchy and great. Another highlight is the fun "New Big Prinz" which is a classic Fall ...view item »

The Charlatans
Melting Pot

A long overdue repress of the greatest hits album covering the earlier career of the Madchester survivors who weren't from Manchester. This has pretty much all the essential tracks from the years 1990 to 1997 when the Charlatans were signed to Beggars Banquet. Including indie disco staples, 'The Only One I Know' and 'Just When You...view item »

The Fall
458489 A Sides

It's taken Beggars some time to start with the Fall re-issue programme but here it is and it starts with the perfect introduction to the Fall for the faint hearted. 458489 A Sides was how I got into the Fall myself as it contains all their singles from the Brix Smith era generally seen as their most user friendly period. Of...view item »

St. Vincent
Marry Me

It's nice to know that Annie Clarke (St. Vincent) would go to the humble beginnings of Marry Me to the critically lauded Strange Mercy and follow that with the commercially successful self-titled. I went through St Vincent's back catalogue backwards and expected this album to be a fairly "cute" affair with simple acoustic pop songs and playful m...view item »

Buffalo Tom
Big Red Letter Day

Buffalo Tom's fourth record was their stab at the 90s alternative mainstream. After the critical success of Let Me Come Over (a great but slightly bloated record that suffered from murky production), they hired the Robb Brothers; the production team who had brought sheen to the sound of the Lemonheads. The hope ...view item »

Buffalo Tom
Let Me Come Over - 25th Anniversary Edition

Flannel shirted Boston rockers Buffalo Tom get their 'Let Me Come Over' classic re-issued to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Full of grungy heartfelt songwriting and quiet loud dynamics the band's music is perfect angst ridden college rock to nurse you through the bad times. Comes with bonus album of the band blastin' t...view item »

The National
Boxer

The Boxer LP (released on beggars Banquet) from The National finds the Ohio quartet, well on the way to perfecting their now trademark dour sound, on this their fourth studio release. Although released in 2007 the LP more than hints at the sensationally, sombre, sound they would perfect by the time last years “Trouble Will ...view item »

Stuart A Staples
Leaving Songs

Stuart A. Staples obviously thinks the big fat 'A' in his name is enigmatic. Well I know it stands for ACE! Even if the bespectacled heathen next to me starts laughing every time he hears the mans voice. I don't care. From the off, his new album takes you straight back into the seedy boozers, sordid hotel rooms, tatty casinos & dar...view item »

Biffy Clyro
Blackened Sky (Expanded Edition)

After having just released a promising EP featuring the massive anthemic "57" and the catchy alternative almost emo sounding "Justboy" Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro embark on their first Studio album with "Blackened Sky" Released during the height of the "Nu-Metal" scene, Biffy Clyro decided to go for a much grungier alternative sound, ...view item »

The Fall
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall (Expanded Edition)

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! Here we have a deluxe double pack that combines the (relatively) ‘mainstream’ The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall with The Wonderful and Frightening Escape Route of The Fall. Bargainous rei...view item »

Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
Premier Hits

Wow! Premier Hits is a full compilation of literal hits from synth-pop pioneer and industrialist Gary Numan, with (of course) his Tubeway Army in tow. The songs are split over four sides of vinyl, the first time this collection has appeared in this format. Includes favourites like ‘Cars’ and...view item »

In Camera
Era

In Camera are late seventies, early eighties London post punkers, early 4AD label mates with Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, MASS, Modern English, Rema- Rema, The The to name but a few. In Camera enjoyed a short lived but intense period of musical innovation during which they released a small amount of much celebrated and sought after material. &ls...view item »

The Fall
The Frenz Experiment

Let's be honest, you simply can't beat The Fall, for their consistent originality and innovativeness. This essential album from 1988 is no exception. Here they also sound like they're having a ball, as opposed to the more somber tone of many earlier outings. From beginning to end, a magical album, so much so, that it's hard for me to single out ...view item »

Buffalo Tom
5 Albums

This collection gathers together Buffalo Tom’s 5 albums recorded in the 90s, spanning 1990-1998. Birdbrain, their second album was produced by J Mascis and, because of this presumably, has a dirtier sound than anything that came after it. The title track, “Crawl” ...view item »

Bauhaus
Mask

I hate the term Goth. It just lumps everyone who wears black into the same brooding category. By that definition Avril Levine is Goth. Bauhaus is much more than the sum of its parts. With sparse atmospheric guitars, haunting vocals and syncopated rhythms Bauhaus has one foot in the graveyard and the other in the land of Ziggy Stardust. With a pa...view item »

Biffy Clyro
Infinity Land: Expanded Edition

Simon Neil's vocals here range from beautiful and touching to incredibly intense, and most of the songs are laced with dark melodies, catchy beats and powerful choruses that are great to sing along with. Standout tracks to me are "Strung To Your Ribcage", "Wave Upon Wave Upon Wave", "Pause It And Turn It Up", with its haunting little traditional...view item »

Bauhaus
Crackle

All the essentials are here ("Bela Lugosi's Dead", "She's In Parites", etc.). However, their producers missed an opportunity to make a perfect Bauhaus collection. Certainly they have made enough great songs to fill one disk. Still, there's a lot of good stuff here and I would recommend this as a good starting place. Those new to Bauhaus really n...view item »

Biffy Clyro
Vertigo Of Bliss

The mechanics of the songs vary on Vertigo Of Bliss, however, the intensity and drive remains consistent - each song with its own bag of tricks and multitude of hooks that will have you rewinding frequently. The music remains complex yet accessible and although catchy many parts will seem unique. This album is a little more prog-rock and "mature...view item »

The Charlatans
Tellin Stories

The Charlatans have never been the luckiest of bands. They have had one member briefly sent to jail and more importantly had to cope with the tragic death of Rob Collins. While I don't feel that this album is as flawless as previous Charlatans albums the lapse is forgiveable in light of the tragedy the group suffered during the recording of this...view item »

Stuart A Staples
Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04

Thank god for the rich grumble of Stuart A. Staples' debut collection of solo brilliance. His suit has more talent than the satan's turd suckers. 'Lucky Dog Recordings' is what all fans of Tindersticks have been waiting for. A gathering of amazing confessionals & redemption songs from the master of the tortured soul. More in k...view item »

iLiKETRAiNS
The Deception

Yet more goodness with iLIKETRAINS. A right old bunch of mardy lads from my end of Yorkshire. They make a most miserable post rock sound which will make you mope around with your head in your hands wondering what on earth you're living for. How dare you. Well there's something spiritually uplifting in their misery and this new tune called 'The Dece...view item »

iLiKETRAiNS
Spencer Perceval

Single of the week- iLIKETRAINS- Spencer Perceval (CDs and 10" on Beggars Banquet) iLIKETRAINS are a great great band. It took me a while to pick up on this fact as the 1st few singles passed me by when they were released. The singles comp thing they did drew me into their catalogue-o-joy and now I'm well and trul...view item »

Tindersticks
Waiting For The Moon

New one from Tindersticks. More of the same. If you like them you'll like this. The first song sounds like "The Drugs Don't Work" and the singer sounds less like Vic Reeves than normal. Waiting For The Moon is on both CD and old fashioned vinyl....view item »

The Fall
The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! Next up is The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, a relatively ‘mainstream’ (gasp!) Fall album, full of hooks. One of the first Fall albums to feature premium...view item »

iLiKETRAiNS
We Go Hunting

Iliketrains- We Go Hunting 7"Q. What is it?A. It's a 7" record you plumQ. What does it sound like?A. A bit gothy really? Well a lot gothy really. In fact it's one of the darkest things I've heard in ages..Think Angels of Light Vocals (the earlier stuff) mixed in with Godspeed esque post rock. Then cover it in...view item »

Tindersticks
The Hungry Saw

Another huge welcome is due for Tindersticks, Phil's fave pub singers. 'The Hungry Saw' is a ltd 7" only taster for forthcoming long playing shenanigans & I'm delighted to inform you this song could be easily shoehorned onto the first couple of albums. It's got that sad twanging guitar, yearning vocals &...view item »

The Fall
This Nation's Saving Grace

Beggar’s Banquet are launching the next phase of their Fall reissue campaign, hooray hooray! This Nation’s Saving Grace, an album by The Fall that almost everyone seems to agree is a classic slice of Fall: impressive, given how hard it is to get that fanbase to agree. Major ...view item »

The National
Apartment Story

The National: 'Apartment Story' (Beggars Banquet) Is all bass heavy thrum and deep sounding croon developing into a jangly guitar and drum smattering sing-along. From the LP 'Boxer', it's on 7" yellow vin...view item »

St. Vincent
Now Now / All My Stars Aligned

St. Vincent is Annie Clark who apparently plays guitar in the Polyphonic Spree and in Sufjan Steven's touring band. Her 7" 'Now Now' is a refreshing take on modern pop music. At times reminding us of Tori Amos but with far more interesting and dynamic sounds. With kids singing the chorus and the whole thing building into a huge crescendo Begga...view item »

St. Vincent
Jesus Saves, I Spend

'Jesus Saves, I Spend' is the second single from St. Vincent's debut long player 'Marry Me'. This is Anne Clark, guitarist from The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens touring band. 7" only on Beggars Banquet. It's a perculiar pop record with the constant "bom bom bom" vocal in the background giving it a christmas feel. I reckon she'...view item »

The National
Abel

Who are The National? Well they are from Brooklyn, New York and 3 of them have beards. They sound like a gruff blue collar update of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Kind of like Violent Femmes playing Jesus and Mary Chain songs fronted by Bruce Springsteen. This is a 3 track single on Beggars Banquet...view item »

Bob Mould
District Line

Bob Mould had a bit of dodgy patch with the two albums preceding this: “Body Of Song” and “Modulate” on which he was experimenting with electronic music. It has to be said “Soundonsound” from the latter was great, though. He hasn’t completely let go of that experimentation for this album, “Shelter ...view item »

Bob Mould
The Silence Between Us

Bob Mould: 'The Silence Between Us' (Beggars Banquet) In which the former Husker Du man comes across like a haunted ghost of Kurt Cobain, with it's angsty lyrics and rockist bombast, it could well be part of some sort of teenage revolutionary rebellion. Pretty ordinary meat and potatoes American rock that's not at all fashionable but produced with ...view item »

iLiKETRAiNS
Elegies To Lessons Learnt

Iliketrains- Elegies To Lessons LearntQ. What is it? A. It's a DVD you plum. Q. What does it do?A. It plays back audio and video at a higher quality than VHS but not as good as fancy pants blu ray discs and thatQ. What's on it?A. Stuff. Well actually it's a full length animated feature which plays along ...view item »

The National
Mistaken For Strangers

Here's a quickie from Our work experience man Alex who's been doing a fantastic job! The National. 'Mistaken for strangers' I never heard The National but now when I hear the song its very similiar to Interpol.The bands singer has a very sad voice, but it matches the song very well. 'Blank Slate' this song is very much the same as the first so...view item »

The Early Years
The Great Awakening EP

'The Great Awakening' is the new EP from THE EARLY YEARS on Beggars Banquet (mmmmmmmm Banquet!!! Drool) Now all I can think about is food. I'm gonna have to dine soon before I eat my own head off. As I'm a believer in deferred gratification I'll tell you about this 4 track CD and first though. 'Say What I want ...view item »

Tindersticks
My Oblivion

Tindersticks continue their year of activity with another single (called My Oblvion on CD and 12" same tracks on each). The lead track is ultra lovely but I just can't take these lot seriously after the Vic Reeves club singer similarities were pointed out. Its a pity as the strings on this are just go...view item »

Luna
Best Of

Never really checked LUNA out properly bar their sumptuous cover of 'Bonnie & Clyde'. Never one for mature college rock me. Too much of a kid y'see. That's why I'd rather listen to Trumans Water or some messed up random barmy crap than the Mojo readers choice. They appear to have got that shiny, polished take on Velv...view item »

The Early Years
The Early Years

Next up on the ever growing shelves is a new signing to Beggars Banquet called The Early Years. If you like Krautrock and more specifically Neu then this is for you as they have wholesale copied the Neu sound completely. Someone should really get some lawyers involved. There's money to be made here I'm sure. Aside ...view item »

The London Apartments
Logistics & Navigation EP

THE LONDON APARTMENTS have their debut single out on Beggars Banquet. It's on 12" and CD and it's called Logistics and Navigation. There's your information rush. It's a pleasing drifting affair instantly bringing a more shoegazey Mum to mind. Probably cos of the guy's breathy vocals. I've never heard anyone sound so ...view item »

Oceansize
Catalyst

Another example of a once respected indie 'major' losing the plot slightly is Beggars Banquets blind faith that Oceansize are the saviours of Rock. Somewhere between Muse, Six By Seven, Mansun & Biffy Clyro (natch) we have bombast, dynamics & stadium shaking angst (not to mention genuine t...view item »

Stuart A Staples
That Leaving Feeling

Phil can't listen to Tindersticks without thinking of Vic Reeves hilarious club singer skit on Shooting Stars. This wildly unfunny revelation does nothing to taint the fact their debut is possibly one of the most magnificent records ever made, the sorta opus that you cling to for dear life when the floor drops out of yr life. An...view item »

Bauhaus
Shadow Of Light/ Archive

If you love Bauhaus, you most certainly must own this DVD. If you love the Gothic sound, you should also purchase this DVD. The live version of "Rosegarden Funeral of Sores," alone, is worth the price of admission. I absolutely love that song, and it should be considered one of the definitive Gothic songs of all time. Occasionally, there are sou...view item »

Tindersticks
Bareback

Oh I must mention the Tindersticks DVD, 'Bareback', 9 films by Martin Wallace. Includes promos for the majority of post 'City Sickness' singles including that very one, co-directed by Jarvis Cocker. A must for 'sticks devotees. ...view item »

Calla
It Dawned On Me

This new single by Calla should see them further along the ladder to success. The lead track is a catchy thing that sits somewhere between House of Love, Swell and Echo and the Bunnymen. It really is an excellent tune with the kind of guitar break advertising execs would kill for. The B-sides are pretty nice as well so I'm pretty ...view item »

Biffy Clyro
Only One Word Comes To Mind

.......Biffy Clyro single. Jesus. Why do I always get these dull-as-dishwater no-marks???? EY???? 'Only One Word Comes To Mind' when reviewing these guys. BORING. 7"/CDs/DVD. Beggars Banquet do the dirty....view item »

Mark Lanegan
Here Comes That Weird Chill

Another QOTSA related thingumybob hits the racks this week in the shape of Mark Lanegan's new solo effort. 'Here Comes That Weird Chill'. On Beggars Banquet, this 10"/CD mop-up exercise of an album contains colllaborative efforts with Josh 'n' Nick from QOTSA, Greg Dulli...view item »

Swell
Whenever You'e Ready

Swell. New.Album,. Three words to warm my heart. As I said before I love Swell. I love that no matter what there's always that acoustic guitar underpinning all their songs. I love the fact that they always seem to be shedding members and I love the drummer's art (I SAID ART!!). Yep,  the sleeve art on ...view item »

Biffy Clyro
The Vertigo Of Bliss

Biffy Clyro are Beggars Banquet's idea of what a cutting edge indie rock band should sound like. Fat Barry infamously slagged thier debut single off so badly his computer resigned and walked out crying, such was the venom with which the keyboard was pummeled in distaste. Well I'm here to tell yo...view item »

Tindersticks
Don't Even Go There

Tindersticks are old faves of mine from long ago (when I still had hair & hated dance music!) so imagine my delight (& apprehension) when their brand new 4 track E.P called 'Don't Even Go There'. landed in my sweaty palms. Now I think there's a time for bands to quit & that was before they ...view item »

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