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Savaging Spires
National Supper Session

Here we have a super lo-fi reworking of Savaging Spires’ acclaimed debut album, recorded onto cassette huddled around one microphone this duo take us completely back to basics with these folk/psych musings. There’s no real specific track segments here, just side A and B of a constant flow...view item »

Candles
Candles

Tape (CRITTER24, £4.99) is now sold out, sorry.
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Scott & Charlene’s Wedding / Fawn Spots
Split

So much has been made of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and the fact that I have yet to hear them is a weight that has been bearing down on my neck for quite a while now. Luckily,  first impressions are good. The track they provide here, an outtake from recent acclaimed album ‘Any Port in a Storm’, is a ni...view item »

Virginia Wing
Red Sails

A really funny looking bunch. I don’t know why just real funny lookin’. This, I believe is their second single. They peddle a sound which is sort of like an indie-fied take on Broadcast’s 60’s influenced drum and analogue-synth dream pop. It has all manner of influences worn proudly ...view item »
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Fawn Spots
From Safer Place

Fast incredulous punks Fawn Spots take a spot on the floor and listen to the sounds of Husker Du and their likes, hoping one day they can make something half as punx. Forward however many years and From Safer Place tears things up in all the right ways, maintaining that scr...view item »

Savaging Spires
We Should Be Dead Together

Apparently this new Savaging Spires LP is "a precursor to upcoming album 'Horizon'" but in this review I'm going to write about it as if it was an album in its own right, because heck, it's got 11 songs on it and it's on an LP! The artwork is extra confusing because it looks like side A is just one song and side Two has the other 10 songs on it,...view item »

Keel Her
Riot Grrrl

I just had an abortive attempt at reviewing a slab of mid-’90s techno, which really isn’t my area at all, so it’s a refreshing relief to be in more comfortable territory with this latest slab of bright and likeable indie rock from Rose Keeler-Schaeffler, aka ...view item »
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Keel Her
Keel Her

Rose Keeler-Schaffeler has been making music for so long that I had to check that this was her debut album. It is. On it she's put together 18 of her lo-fi pop miniatures for your lucky ears. It can take a couple of tracks to settle in as you get used to the foggy vocals and spluttering guitar trails, it's somehow both tinny and discordant and r...view item »

Keel Her
Don’t Look At Me

Apparently after recording something like a million songs, Keel Her (aka Rose Keeler-Schaffler) has now started releasing some of them and with a new album in the pipeline, its a good time for her summery, lo-fi pop to think about taking over the space vacated when Best Coast went off the boil. Lead track...view item »
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Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Two Weeks

An Aussie living in New York, Craig Dermody has adopted a moniker sure to always remind him of home and bashes out a brand of lo-fi indie pop which straddles the Big Apple and the Antipodes, with shambling grooves and shameless pop hooks which come across like a midpoint between The Clean and ...view item »
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Scott & Charlene's Wedding
Para Vista Social Club

Craig Dermody, head dude of the Neighbourstastic Scott and Charlene's Wedding, should probably try to cheer the fuck up a little.  Because for all the woes of small-town living in Australia it seems to equip one with the wherewithal to produce a superb little album.  An album full of the woes of small-town living in Australia, ...view item »

Wooden Wand / Owen Tromans
Circle/ Guru Femmes

7" (CRITTER01, £1.99) is now sold out, sorry.
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Diva
The Glitter End

If I was the bass player in Pocahaunted I'd be well pleased. Because unlike being the bass player in most bands (I.E. a quiet introverted sensitive kind or a walking penis with wanky hair) you actually get a record deal! JUST FOR BEING THE BASS PLAYER OUTTA POCA-blinking-HAUNTED!! OK, she's from L.A. and every fucker gets a deal in L.A. maaan......view item »