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Shellac
1000 Hurts

'1000 Hurts' was the third album by professional grump Steve Albini and his Shellac comrades. The album did nothing to dispel the notion that the band are very clever, hard rocking nerds. Contains the usual slash and burn guitars, math-rock arrangements and in jokes that will delight their cult following. Shellac never compromise, they don't need to and '1000 Hurts' is another album of them not compromising to good effect.     

Pinback
Summer In Abaddon (15th Anniversary Edition)

Now I feel old. It's been 15 years since Pinback released 'Summer In Abaddon'-  an album which came after the two albums I really liked by them which are now presumably even older. 'Summer In Abaddon' hardened their lovely guitar pop a little, bringing in more obviously emo-influences to the duos rhetoric. For the uninitiated, these former members of 3 Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable are somewhat in the literate style of Death Cab for Cutie. 
  • Vinyl LP (TG237LPC2)
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Negative Approach
Tied Down


  • Vinyl LP (TG003LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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The Jesus Lizard
Goat


Brainiac
Electro Shock For President


  • Vinyl LP (TG174LPC1)
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Big Black
Bulldozer

Big Black. You know ‘em, you like ‘em, you wanna hear more of ‘em. Bulldozer was the second EP (mini-LP?) released by Steve Albini etc. Originally issued in 1983, the follow-up to the previous year’s Lungs is notable for being the first record on which Big Black nailed their sound. Bolstered by Urge Overkill’s Pat Byrne on drums, the group’s pointed and frenzied brand of hardcore falls into place here. Albini and his pal Bob Weston have given the record a remastering job for this reissue.

Brainiac
Hissing Prigs In Static Couture

With their career tragically cut short due to the death of vocalist/guitarist Tim Taylor in 1997, Brainiac’s third record (and first for seminal indie imprint Touch & Go) Hissing Prigs In Static Couture ended up being their valedictorian effort. Highly acclaimed for its intelligent, noisy take on contemporary indie, this ‘blue swirl’ vinyl re-issue is the perfect memento for this sadly unexplored dead-end in American alternative rock. 
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Shellac
The End of Radio

It's not too easy being a Shellac fan is it? Their studio records are few and far between and their tours seem to happen just when they feel like it. So here's something to get starved Shellac fans juicing at the mouth, it's a collection of the band's two Peel sessions including their 2004 live set in front of a small (lucky) audience. Full of alternative versions of tracks you now know and love, the band were known for testing out future material on these sessions. Essential. 

Shellac
Excellent Italian Greyhound

Excellent Italian Greyhound was Shellac's fourth record dating from 2007. If you believe the press release all the songs are about Italy or greyhounds....and just look at that dog sleeve. It came with the usual non fanfare  - no promos, no shows around the album, no photos but Shellac can get away with it because..well...they are Shellac and if you like them you'll buy their records unconditionally.  

Big Black
Atomizer

Atomizer was the very first full-length album released by Steve Albini’s original group, Big Black. The band arrived fully formed, with trademark violent lyrics and violent production, grinding and growling vigorously along. Contains their particularly classic track ‘Kerosene’. The reissue LP is only available through independent record stores like ours!
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Big Black
Headache (Remastered)

1987 EP from Big Black, as short and to the point as anything in this band’s tight brutal oeuvre. Headache has that wiry Steve Albini guitar as well as his blasted no-fi howling and the pummelling drum machine. Four tracks are punched through in twelve minutes, and that brevity just makes it more good. Remastered reissue on Touch And Go.

Shellac
Dude Incredible

FACTS!This is Shellac’s fifth LP following Axtion Park, Terraform, 1000 Hurts and Excellent Italian Greyhound.  The recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in ‘Dude Incredible’; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example. PACKAGING Both the CD and LP version of Dude Incredible come packaged in a chipboard album jacket with two high gloss, full color monkeys on the front cover. The LP includes a CD of the full album. QC Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI  in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.
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Silkworm
Italian Platinum

Silkworm split up in the mid-2000s but they left a decent back catalogue behind. The good folks at Touch & Go have decided it’s time to give Italian Platinum, their 8th album from 2002 another run out. The album was produced by Steve Albini and his girlfriend. The band are admired by many in the indie world including Stephen Malkmus, Jeff Tweedy and Gerard Cosloy of Matador Records. On Touch & Go.
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Slint
Spiderland (Remastered)

2014 remaster of Slint's beautiful second and final album. It comes with various outtakes and demos, as well as Breadcrumb Trail, the documentary about the album’s creation directed by Lance Bangs. The band's use of dynamics gave them an uncanny ability to bottle emotions; the words "he decided to piss", have never sounded so tragic.

Shellac
At Action Park

Shellac At Action Park is Shellac's debut LP following on from the "The Rude Gesture (a pictorial history)", "Uranus" and "The Bird Is The Most Popular Finger" 7" singles. 'At Action Park' was recorded electrically, and features no overdubs, no guest appearances and no tiny cymbals that go "pish". The vinyl format is an audiophile pressing, manufactured to classical standards. Mastering is all analog, direct-to-metal (DMM), and the records are virgin, dye-blackened vinyl, weighing 177 grams (the nice thick ones that don't bend).The LP and CD packaging were printed by Fireproof Press.

Rapeman
Two Nuns & A Pack Mule

They are still calling themselves that? Ok.  Well this was Steve Albini's second band after Big Black and out of all the words in the English language this is what they chose for a name. This was the only album they made and this re-issue contains 'the 'Budd' EP as a bonus. Contains a song called 'Kim Gordon's Panties'. I do hope he's grown up a bit now.  

Shellac / Mule
Soul Sound

Two of post-hardcore’s most beloved bands team up for a split 7”. Soul Sound finds both Shellac and Mule de-noisifying a bit. Each group choose one of their old tunes - Shellac opt for ‘The Rambler Song’ while Mule take ‘Beauteous’ - to give a ‘soul’ rework to. Whether the pastiche here is sincere or tongue-in-cheek is up for debate, and Shellac’s effort still sounds very much like Shellac, but either way it’s a fun release.
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The Jesus Lizard
Pure

Ahh yes, The Jesus And Lizard Chain. Here we have a new edition of the seminal noise-rock outfit's 1989 debut EP Pure. Containing classic cuts like ‘Blockbuster’ and ‘Rabid Pigs’, this set now comes with liner-notes from The Jesus Lizard and their entourage. Often copied, never bettered, and now reissued by Touch & Go.

Big Black
Racer-X

This is the one where Albini was aiming for a big rock sound but made a mess of it and instead came up with something samey and monolithic  - no bad thing as it turns out. It was released in April 1985 just before their 'Atomizer' debut as they slowly got to the vicious sound we know and (perhaps) love.   

Big Black
Heartbeat

When Big Black were in their endgame they got quite into doing covers. One of the most successful was their take on Wire’s seminal ‘Heartbeat’. In the hands of Steve Albini and his crew, Colin Newman’s anti-punk original turns into a menacing noise-rock chug. The Heartbeat EP, which first came out in 1987, is fleshed out by the short and sweet original tunes ‘Things To Do Today’ and ‘I Can’t Believe’. Thrilling stuff.
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Big Black
He's A Whore/ The Model

Here we have Big Black’s final single. Originally released in 1987, this parting gift saw Steve Albini et al take a crack at covering Cheap Trick and Kraftwerk. Both 'He's A Whore' and 'The Model' are nice noise-punk wedges - despite sluicing the tunes with huge slurries of distortion Big Black are savvy enough to keep the original melodies at the fore.

Big Black
Lungs

Noise-rock overlord Steve Albini made Lungs, the first Big Black EP, when he was just 19 years old. Bar a bit of saxophone supplied by a mate from college, Albini played every instrument on the release and taped it on a borrowed reel-to-reel recorder. This incubated feeling sets it apart from the rest of Big Black’s releases - it’s less skull-shaking post-hardcore, more dystopian minimal wave. Albini hates it now but we beg to differ.
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Slint
Glenn / Rhoda (untitled)

Sort of named after the strangely stork-like man who used to manage Newcastle United, this is an appendage to Slint's two classic albums 'Tweez' and 'Spiderland'. If I remember correctly it takes one unused track from the sessions for each of the albums. Essential stuff particularly as they didn't release anything else after this. 
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The Lee Harvey Oswald Band
Blastronaut

The Lee Harvey Oswald Band, hailing from 1990’s Texas, have their final (and arguably finest) record reissued by Touch And Go. Blastronaut is proper old rock’n’roll, with lots of shiny glam fittings installed. Its 11 songs fly past in 36 speedy minutes, no room for timewasters here.

Silkworm
It'll Be Cool

Silkworm’s final album finds itself reissued 11 years after initial release: and for the first time, it is being made available on vinyl. By this point in their career, the band know exactly how to craft scuzzy indie rock tracks, and the standard here is high. It’ll Be Cool was recorded by Steve Albini and is released by Touch And Go.
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Silkworm
Lifestyle

Silkworm’s year 2000 seventh album makes a welcome return to circulation on vinyl with this Touch And Go reissue. Lifestyle is totally into both old-school classic rock and shambling indie-rock, meeting in the middle for an honest set of guitar-led American indie. Black vinyl or, while stocks last, pink vinyl, on Touch And Go.
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Don Caballero
American Don

If you’re a math-rock band who’ve come of age in the 21st Century, it’s pretty much a given that your style will bear some influence of Don Caballero. Records like American Don, the band’s fourth studio LP originally issued in 2000, threw down the gauntlet for geeky guitar bands the world over with its crunchy, witty, tempo-mangling style. Like American Football but way more fun. Many die-hards consider American Don to be Don Caballero’s best record.

Slint
Spiderland

Spiderland by Slint is post-rock ground zero. It was the band’s second and final album, but it’s THE ONE when it comes to defining a sub-genre. The band featured Brian McMahan who went on to play with Will Oldham and then form The For Carnation, and David Pajo who has done many good things since such as Ariel M, Papa M as well as being in Tortoise for a bit. He was also a member of Billy Corgan’s Zwan. If you buy this on CD, be prepared to be told off. It clearly states on the back that this is meant to be listened to on vinyl. However, both are available.
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Don Caballero
What Burns Never Returns

What Burns Never Returns. They’re not wrong, you know. The third LP from Don ‘Draper’ Caballero found the Pittsburgh math-rock pioneers locking down the style that would become such a huge influence on so many bands that came after them. This is due, in part, to the way that they start to bring electronics and effects pedals into play alongside their gnarled, time-signature-befuddling rock style. What Burns Never Returns is a seminal record now reissued courtesy of Touch & Go.

Don Caballero
For Respect

Reissue of Don Caballero’s 1993 debut LP here courtesy of Touch & Go. The seminal instrumental rock group have the bulk of what would become their signature style down here, but For Respect is significantly heavier than the noodle-fests that they would deliver later in the decade. There’s as much post-hardcore and noise as there is math-rock across these eleven tracks. Also, For Respect is a wicked name for an album.
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The Jesus Lizard
Liar

Touch & Go are currently in the middle of a big Jesus Lizard reissues project. Of course, no set would be complete without the band’s third LP, 1992’s Liar. A defining moment in post-hardcore and noise-rock, this record proved that the band could marry their weirdo-punk style with tight song structures. It’s all very Pixies. This new edition of Liar features bonus tracks, though for the vinyl version they only appear as an additional download and not on the wax.

Blonde Redhead
In An Expression Of The Inexpressible

Blonde Redhead’s fourth studio LP here, courtesy of Touch & Go. Boy does In An Expression Of The Inexpressible sound 1998. This is no bad thing, of course - the late 90’s saw a lot of experimentation in alternative rock and produced some great genre cross-pollinations. On the album Blonde Redhead fold plenty of reggae, dub and hip-hop into their grungey-alt-rock sound. As a result In An Expression Of The Inexpressible has shades of Skunk Anansie, No Doubt, The Slits and Pavement to it.
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Supersystem
A Million Microphones


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Slint
Tweez

Slint’s chronology is weird. Tweez, their first LP, was actually recorded after the music that would make up their final release, 1994’s untitled EP. As such it’s up for debate whether this record counts as the band’s first statement, but what’s beyond dispute is that this sure set the group up well for the seminal Spiderland that followed two years later. Originally issued in 1989, Tweez has now been re-pressed via Touch & Go. Honk if you're post-hardcoreny.
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Supersystem
Always Never Again


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Pinback
Summer In Abaddon

After a couple of LPs for Ace Fu around the turn of the century, Touch & Go provided a home for Pinback’s third full-length Summer In Abaddon. The 2004 album is a prime example of the stirring indie-rock that the band did so well around that time. Contemporaries like Wolf Parade, Les Savy Fav and Death Cab For Cutie would have all been happy to have come up with something like Summer In Abaddon.
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Shellac
Terraform

This is the second full length record by Shellac released in 1998. The LP comes in suitably thick gatefold sleeve and the players are Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer.
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Big Black
Songs About Fucking

You already know it, but Big Black are Steve Albini's old band of pisstakey punk-churners, offering transgressions at a super-fast rate as they squirm and snarl their way through the classic Songs About Fucking. This was the band's second and last record, offering industrial noise bluster like never before and even propping up a cover of Kraftwerk's "Model".
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  • Touch and Go