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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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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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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.     
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Alison Chesley, Steve Albini, Tim Midyett
Music from the film Girl on the Third Floor

Look at that terrifying house. It depicts the upcoming horror film Girl on the Third Floor made by director Travis Stevens. To create a suitably creepy soundtrack he recruited Steve Albini to put together a collective and he in turn drafted in Tim Midyett (Mint Mile, Silkworm) and Alison Chesley (Helen Money). A truly fascinating sounding concept. 
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Negative Approach
Tied Down

Here's the debut album from Detroit hardcore group Negative Approach. Their first EP became a punk classic with its ferocious pace (ten songs in under nine minutes), and 'Tied Down' only furthered the impact with more breakneck speeds, razor blade riffing and John Brannon's inimitable barked vocals. Napalm Death named a song after this group and there's even a hint of Oi! and UK82 in here too! 
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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. 

Negative Approach
10-Song EP

Negative Approach were a hardcore band from the early '80s and one of their first moves was to squeeze ten examples of their racket onto a 7" slab of vinyl. It's been out of print since 1983 so it's high time someone re-issued it. Step forward Touch & Go who have remastered and provided you noise fiends with another 300 copies to paw over.  
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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. 
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Brainiac
Electro Shock For President


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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. 

TV On The Radio
Return To Cookie Mountain

TV On The Radio were such a breath of fresh air when they emerged from their Brooklyn hideaway. The band melted dub, post-rock, electronica and soul with a singer who sounded unnervingly liken Peter Gabriel. Return to Cookie Mountain was their second full length album and the moment where their art rock started to cross over to more commercial territories. The fact that it contains a guest appearance from Dame David Bowie tells you the high regard the band were held in by rock royalty.  

TV On The Radio
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Remember the first time you heard ‘Staring At The Sun’? Feels good doesn't it. You know, you can live the experience of listening to Pitchfork’s 41st-best song of the 2000s all over again if you want. The way to do that is by copping ‘Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes’, the 2004 debut LP by TV On The Radio. On this record ‘Staring At The Sun’ is just one of many bluesy, fuzzy, ‘OK Computer’-y things served up by Tunde Adebimpe, Dave Sitek and the rest.

TV On The Radio
Dear Science

Just when we worried that TV On The Radio were going to get worse they actually got better. Dear Science was the Brooklyn band's third LP but carried on where earlier work left off introducing a real distinctive edge into their sound which married pop and soul and electronica making their sound more user-friendly without selling out completely. Stellar stuff that refuses to age. 

TV On The Radio
Young Liars

We all remember where were were when we first heard TV On The Radio, right? Well this Norman Records Description Writer (tm) was actually working at Norman Records old Armley office when we were all blown away by this EP. The band mixed innovative pop with electronica and dub and appeared to have Peter Gabriel on vocals. I'll still maintain this was their best release and *that* acapella Pixies cover is just inspired. 

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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Shellac / Mule
Soul Sound

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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.
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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.
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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.   
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The Jesus Lizard
Down

When we are remembering the alternative American rock greats of the '80s and '90s let's not forget the Jesus Lizard. Down was the final of  four albums recorded by Steve Albini and released on Touch & Go. By now the band had their sound down pat  - intricate song structures, a hard edge but moments of stellar pop tempered with the psychotic vocals of David Yow.  
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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.
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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 New Year
The New Year

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The Jesus Lizard
Head

Head was the first album from American noiseniks the Jesus Lizard. It was the first of four albums to be produced by Steve Albini and their first to feature a real, live drummer. Their sound was...well...astonishing. Shards of piercing guitar, stop/start arrangements and vocalist David Yow sounding like a cat trapped in a box and yelping to get out.  
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Don Caballero
Singles Breaking Up (Vol. 1)

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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.
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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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Urge Overkill
Stull EP

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Crystal Antlers
EP

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CocoRosie
Noah's Ark

Cocorosie were part of the nu-folk movement of the early 2000s alongside the likes of pal Devandra Banhart and have proved surprisingly durable and still releasing records to this day. Noah's Ark was their second album and reels in the collaborators. Banhart is there of course but you also get the former Antony (of the Johnsons) and French rappers Spleen. The cover was voted by the Guardian newspaper as one of the worst of all time.   
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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.
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Girls Against Boys
Bulletproof Cupid / Sharkmeat

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Arcwelder
Captain Allen / White Elephant

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Urge Overkill
Ticket To L.A.

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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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The Black Heart Procession
Amore Del Tropico

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CocoRosie
La Maison De Mon Reve

La Maison De Mon Reve was the debut album by Parisian via New York sisters CocoRosie and fitted perfectly into the early 2000s freak folk movement alongside the likes of Joanna Newsom and Devandra Banhardt. Their sound is unique, squeaky harmonies over acoustic instruments and an arty hippified vibe. The band have proved long lasting but this was perhaps their most inspired work. 
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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.
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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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Jawbox / Tar
Static

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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.  
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Big Black
Pigpile

Big Black were the uncompromising and acerbic punk rock band formed by Steve Albini. They didn't last all that long but made quite the impact. Pigpile was a their final album  - a live album recorded in 1987 but not released until 1992 capturing the band on their final European tour before they imploded forever. Jagged, loud, brutal and nasty are just some of the adjectives used to describe their sound-  add in the thrill of the live experience and you have a quite astonishing set of recordings.   
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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.
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Scratch Acid
The Greatest Gift

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Big Black
Il Duce

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Dirty Three
Horse Stories

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Rapeman
Budd

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Blonde Redhead
Mélodie Citronique

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Mi Ami
Echononecho

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Die Kreuzen
Due Kreuzen

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Arcwelder
Raleigh

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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.
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CocoRosie
The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn

The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn was the third album by kooky duo CocoRosie and was noted for being at least 50% less kooky than their previous work. They hooked up with Bjork collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson to record the album in a barn in the south of France. Though somewhat more streamlined and adventurous than earlier efforts it is still notable for the organic recording process with the sound of squeaks from the wood of the barn and squeaks from the animals audible beneath the duo's quiet folk music.  
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The Jesus Lizard
Chrome / 7 vs. 8

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Didjits
Hey Judester

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Flour
Flour

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Didjits
Little Miss Carriage!

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Big Black, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Various
Gods Favorite Dog

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Dirty Three
Whatever You Love, You Are

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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.  

The Delta 72
OOO

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Shellac
Uranus

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Tar
Toast

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Girls Against Boys
Red Bar

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Arcwelder
Xerxes

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Polvo
Cor-Crane Secret

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Man Or Astro-Man?
A Spectrum of Infinite Scale

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The Jesus Lizard
Puss / Oh The Guilt

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New Wet Kojak
New Wet Kojak

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Crystal Antlers
Tentacles

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Flour
Machinery Hill

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Flour
Luv 713

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Blonde Redhead
Slogan / Limited Conversation

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The Jesus Lizard
Inch

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All The Saints / These Arms Are Snakes
Host/ Washburn

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Flour
Fourth & Final

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The New Year
Newness Ends

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The Jesus Lizard
Mouth Breather

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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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The Monorchid
Who Put Out The Fire?

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All The Saints
Fire On Corridor X

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Killdozer
Twelve Point Buck

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Girls Against Boys
Venus Luxure No.1 Baby

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Silkworm
Blueblood

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Don Caballero
2

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Shellac
The Rude Gesture

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Xiu Xiu
Knife Play

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