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State Champion
Send Flowers

State Champion have been around a while now, they play what has been described as ‘college drop-out rock and ‘Beard Rock’’. I’d describe it as American mid-fi indie, tinged at the edges by country rock with an occasional classic rock swagger. Edith Frost guests on the album and &nbs...view item »


John Wesley Coleman III / Gary Stewart
Oh Woman b/w Ramona

John Wesley Coleman III and Sophomore Lounge head honcho bond over a love of singer-songwriter Gary Stewart. A relatively unknown country blues singer, Gary Stewart had a patchy career that never quite took flight. Praised by many of his peers (Dylan included) he struggled to make a name for himself and eventually committed suicide after wha...view item »


Lantern
Black Highways and Green Garden Roads

Lantern specialise in a distinctive garage rock that owes a debt to folk as well as high-energy rock ‘n roll from the 1960s. On Black Highways and Green Garden Roads, from the Sophomore Lounge label, they bring together these two extremes and some psych and surf as well, just to be sure th...view item »
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Quilt Boy
I Am Somebody

Quilt Boy is a Detroit outsider dude, making music all by himself that toes the line between proggy excess and lo-fi noise scrabble all at once. This 7” contains five tracks of highly-messy guitar / synth / mumble skronk, and it's a wonderfully fun thing. I Am Somebody is released in a limited edition of 250 by So...view item »


Mazozma's FATUFAIRFE
Mazozma's FATUFAIRFE

It looks like this release is the only opportunity to hear the full-sized band Mazozma’s FATUFAIRFE, a group unwieldy in both name and line-up. Ma Turner and John Philip Farmer are at the core, playing their compositions with musicians previously sighted alongside R. Stevie Moore...view item »
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Soft Gang
Soft Gang

Members of Phantom Family Halo, Dichroics and Sabers, plus Kaori Nakamura, have formed Soft Gang together. Their music on this...view item »
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Lantern
Rock 'N' Roll Rorschach

Sophomore Lounge are an interesting label - they’re so dizzyingly diverse that every time we get something new from them I have to re-evaluate them, but more often than not I love what they’re bringing out, be it the anarchic noise punk of Tropical Trash ...view item »
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Kal Marks
Life Is Murder

The Frogs, Vic Chesnutt, Pere Ubu, Billy Corgan, Kermit the Frog...throughout history there are frequent notable examples of men with weird nasal voices making guitar pop so undeniably brilliant that we hav...view item »
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State Champion
Fantasy Error

‘Fantasy Error’ is the latest LP release by country punk storytellers State Champion. Featuring the vocal talents of the great Catherine Irwin of the Louisville/Chicago band Freakwater, singer Ryan Davis has crafted a series of folklore esque compositions that reveal dreamlike glimpses of American life carried by a ramshackle collect...view item »
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Sapat
A Posthuman Guide to the Advent Calendar Origins of the Peep Show

Sapat finally follow up on their 2007 debut for the mighty Siltbreeze with A Posthuman Guide To The Advent Calendar Origins Of The Peep Show. The group drag their way through two stoned sides of dense jams, dropping genre references by the wayside like it ain’t no thing. Out on Sophomore Lounge....view item »


Spiderbags
Papa Was A Shithead

Fuck yeah! This is a lot of fun. Sophomore Lounge are on the button yet again with this 7” from the mysterious Spider Bags, who start out on the A-side with ‘Papa Was A Shithead’, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it blast of white-knuckle ...view item »
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Tropical Trash
Fear of Suffering

Holy shit, where did these guys appear from? On this 7” Tropical Trash are here to fuck with your mind with some amazing psychotic slow punk jams. On the first side there's a single lengthy track, 'Baltimore', with a lean, crunchy, Shellac...view item »
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Last Year's Men
Clawless Paw

I like this instantly! Here’s a 7” from Last Year’s Men on Indiana’s excellent Sophomore Lounge label, with huge drums and handclaps and saturated, fuzzy, overdriven guitars over yelping tuneful vocals which bring to mind Ty Segall’...view item »


Fat Creeps
Must Be Nice

America's most best record label dish up the goods again this week with this short but sweet album from slacker-indie trio Fat Creeps. There's two girls and a boy involved and it's the girls doing the singing with lots of sweetly naive girl group inspired harmonies, and they squeeze ten songs full of punchy hooks and dreamy vibes onto this 45r...view item »
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Giving Up
(Peace Sign / Frown Face)

This is the second new one from Sophomore Lounge I’ve reviewed today, this time from a band called Giving Up, who I know nothing about. This is a pretty sweet package - massive and very cute screenprinted poster, little hand-stitched riso-printed photo booklet, download card, lyric ...view item »
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Ma Turner
ZOZ

For my money Louisville's Sophomore Lounge surprise and delight more consistently with their weirdo indie rock discoveries than any comparable DIY label active today. If you don't believe me, try to think of a better one. Theirs is a diverse roster, ranging from minimal psych experiments (PC Worship, ...view item »
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The Phantom Family Halo
Raven Town Witch

I always struggle to pin down exactly what The Phantom Family Halo really are. It's kind of a flighty mixture of drone, psychedelia, Americana and post-punk with deceptively dense arrangements and everything viewed from a funny angle through coloured glass, wibbled with age. Often there's more than a shade of krautrock to proceedings, given that...view item »
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Jaye Jayle
Pull Me Back To Hell / Evil Windows

It's singles time! First up from my grab-bag of 7"s this week is the latest from my favourite buddies at Louisville's Sophomore Lounge, some fevered primal mumbly Americana raga-blues by Young Widow Evan Patterson. It's got that kind of dusty timeless feel to it a bit like that recent ...view item »
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PC Worship
Preach Under Cooked / Yellow Moon

As well as the lesson in indie rock perfection from Kal Marks, Sophomore Lounge have this week sent us this 7” by experimental indie chameleons PC Worship, which comes in a very cool screenprinted sleeve. On the first side there’s a twangy and percussive acoustic guitar meditation which mixes a steady ...view item »
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Giving Up / Sara Lee
Split Cassette

This one's for the lovesick perma-teens out there. Is this pop-punk for the new lo-fi jangle generation? Whatever it is it's the perfect soundtrack for whatever Dakota Loesch of Animal City's next project in film is going to be. (Kiss Like Big Dogs anyone?) Overlooked and underground? Most definitely and it's such a shame. I'm excited to hear wh...view item »
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Tropical Trash
Think Back Kick A Beer

It’s my lucky day! We’ve got the latest box from Sophomore Lounge containing yet more Lantern LPs (you guys can’t seem to get enough of that one) and a couple of 7”s from two of Louisville, Kentucky’s noisiest beat combos - a blast of vicious pop p...view item »
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Fat History Month
Bad History Month

Here’s the latest LP from are-they-serious?/aren’t-they-serious? indie rockers Fat History Month, who peddle a style of slightly folk-influenced indie rock which will remind you of Three Mile Pilot, Archers of Loaf ...view item »
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Jovontaes
Paranoia Makes A Crazy Gift

Kentucky’s brilliant Sophomore Lounge have more records for us this week, including this lovely LP from Lexington space heads Jovontaes with six hazy jams infused with swamp mud and bongwater. This trio rock a loose and lazy repeato style. It’s one of those wa...view item »
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Animal City
See You In The Funny Pages

As well as getting copies of the first Giving Up album and the ace new 7” of blazing garage pop from Last Year’s Men, this week Sophomore Lounge have sent us this varied album of indie pop from Chicago qu...view item »
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Cross
Die Forever

Cross is the brainchild of Warmer Milks’ Ma Turner and visual artist R Clint Colburn, and this album here that they’ve done is full of quite ‘80s-sounding post...view item »
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The Christmas Bride
Planet Earth's Motto: Someone Just Shit Out A Perfect Sphere

Trash-pop doyens Sophomore Lounge’s last outing, the debut 7” from Tropical Trash, totally popped my skull so it’...view item »
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Fat History Month
Fucking Despair

When the Boss (Phil, not Bruce Springsteen) placed this record into my hands and said "...review this..." it gave me the same feelings you might get when you leave your girlfriend working late with Ryan Giggs/John Terry...something akin to fear and trepidation. The sleeve has a badly drawn picture of a cock insi...view item »
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Bonnie Prince Billy/ The Phantom Family Halo
The Mindeater

I don't think Will Oldham really needs any introduction at this point. If you're on this site reading this review and you don't know who he is then I'm really not sure what you're doing here anyway. The Phantom Family Halo is Dominic Cipolla, who has apparently put out so...view item »
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Fielded
White Death

Onto something with words now. I can't remember the last time I reviewed something with singing in it? Must have been weeks! Anyhoo Fielded is Lindsay Powell (possibly better known as one half of Festival (Language of Stone) who I think are kinda folky. This single is kinda folky and mystical with a massive injection of goth stabbed into it...view item »
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The Phantom Family Halo
Music From Italian T.V.

Going into this as a total virgin to The Phantom Family Halo's world I'm not sure what to make of the first couple of minutes and I'm certainly not confident about rattling off a load of shite telling you what this album's like because it sort of seems as though it could go just about anywhere and by the end might have completely contradicted wh...view item »
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