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The Mountain Goats
All Eternals Deck

The Mountain Goats John Darnielle is either a lyrical genius or a huge irritant depending on your viewpoint. Personally, I've never got it myself. Their music inspires nothing in me other than a feeling of 'meh'. His voice is that kind of whiney American somewhere between Stipe, the bloke from Neutral Milk Hotel and oh I dunno a Hootie and the B...view item »
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Advance Base
Nephew In The Wild

Advance Base has spent the three years since his last record contributing to the works of Sun Kil Moon and Serengeti, but now the time is right for a proper new album. Nephew In The Wild is an American record, full of old-time tales put to a slightly lethargic indie-rock tune. Released ...view item »


Hearts Hearts
Goods / Gods

Second album from fidgety Austrians Hearts Hearts. You may have noticed their penchant for forward slashes which for them represents a kind of freedom. Well here we have an album that is somewhere nearer the experimental end of pop / rock. In the end all I can do is leave you with the decision to buy / don't....view item »


O.D. Davey
Catgut Tape

Available on 12” LP or CD. O.D. Davey’s debut album Catgut Tape is made up of high romanticised electronic folk, having already been compared to the stripped back stylings of Thom Yorke there’s a definite taste of a younger version of a contemporary David Sylvain to hi...view item »


The Mountain Goats
Transcendental Youth

I’m somewhat on my own in this office as far as my affection for John Darnielle’s Mountain Goats is concerned. I don’t know what it is about him that polarises opinions so much...perhaps his earnest, slightly nasal bleat rubs peopl...view item »
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O.D. Davey
Some Waking Woman

O.D. Davey is a British singer/songwriter and film maker who, to these ears at least, sounds like Richard Hawley singing Sparklehorse songs. There’s a lo-fi tinge to the shimmering songs on his second album, Some Walking Woman with close, intimate vocals akin to those of the late, great&nb...view item »


David Shrigley, Various
Worried Noodles

Here's another great release. That complete loon David Shrigley has had a load of his lyrics/ stories turned into songs by a load of cool folks and put it in a box called 'Worried Noodles'. Now I'm not just talking about a bunch of no hopers here.... I'm talking about folks like Grizzly Bear, Mt Eerie, Aidan Moffat, Psapp, Simon Bookish, Deerhoof, ...view item »


Mount Eerie
Wind's Poem

I've been given the Mount Eerie CD - its called 'Winds Poem'. Mount Eerie is the alter ego of Phil Elverum aka The Microphones. His output over the years has certainly been hit and miss, the highlight was for these ears The Microphones album 'Mt Eerie'. So the band is now what used to be the album title. Confused yet? The album seems to be split be...view item »
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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Advance Base Battery Life

Casiotone FTPA. Oh!... the sound of one lovelorn bearded fellow & his lo-fi acoustic/electro pop gems. Not much new to say about this man as I seem to get every fucking release he does just about & I've already waxed lyrical about how fond I am of his stuff! This latest 'Advance Base Battery Life' is a compilation of obscure singles, split ...view item »
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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Vs Children

Casiotone for the painfully alone is the work of singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth and 'Vs. children' is his fifth studio album proper. The first thing I notice is the suspicious absence of Casio keyboards on the record. In fact I'm not hearing any electronic keyboard tones, what's up with that? I'm confused? Okay, so he's still tinkling the ivories ...view item »
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Heimer
Teilzeit Swag

Berlin based Heimer’s got a bit of everything going in his little mixing pot, with the stop start stabs of Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, and the cheeky groove of Débruit, spanning hip-hop, dubstep and chiptune it’s fun and big-room danceable. After we got a taste...view item »
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Thee Oh Sees
The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In

Thee Oh Sees never caught a ride on the psych garage wave; they've lived on it, made their bed on it, champions of the genre and masters of its energy levels. The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In, originally released in 2008, showed them in peak form, covering their quick-fire melodies in a trench-coa...view item »
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Hearts Hearts
Young

Debut album from Hearts Hearts, a group proud to combine the various disciplines of electronica, traditional heart-on-sleeve songwriting and contemporary classical music. On Young they keep every element carefully under control, creating sparse soundscapes of strings, drum machine beats and mournful vocals. Released on ...view item »
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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Bobby Malone Moves Home

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Son (Christopher Schiel)
Alphabet Series 'O'

Now on the Alphabet Tomlab Singles series we're up to O and taking the baton this time here we have a split from  THE ENVIRONS and  SON. First up the Environs sounding like indie electro Craig David. Really like the song by SON which is an electro pop ...view item »
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Khan
Stripdown

It's gone all Finnish here in the office this week. Khan I am guessing is from Finland as 'Strip Down' Has a Khan Of Finland Version. This is a stripped down funky pop type thing. Its the first single from the new album on Tomlab. Not my bag but better than going to the dentist. My dentist is fuc...view item »
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Dat Politics
Alphabet Series 'P'

Electronic funsters DAT POLITICS make an appearance on Tomlab with letter P in the alphabet single series. 'Daddy Long Legs' sounds like a bunch of deranged hamsters on helium and absinth with access to a load of analogue synthesizers and drum machines. Not their finest moment but typically wacky. 'Like Me' is ...view item »
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Alig Fodder
Alphabet Series- Q

Alig Fodder is from Post-Punk band Family Fodder and his 7" 'Infamy' is a catchy 60's sounding pop track. You'd swear it was a cover version, it sounds so familiar. You never know what to expect with these limited singles. The B-side has some really nice strings and the overall production sound is very nostalgic. May appeal to those of you tha...view item »
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Advance Base
A Shut-In's Prayer

So this is the new project from the man who brought you Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and its a beautiful collection of downbeat torch songs which brings mostly to mind Magnetic Fi...view item »
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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Pocket Symphonies For Lonesome Subways Cars

We have a couple of rather super CDs in by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (on Tomlab). This is great stuff, namely because it takes the melancholic songwriting skills of the likes of Grandaddy & Death Cab For Cutie & puts 'em through a low fi electro shredder. It sounds so fresh ...view item »
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Jeff Phelps
Magnetic Eyes

OK, this is a good one. A re-issue of Jeff Phelps' super-rare private press electro soul LP 'Magnetic Eyes'. Having not heard Phelps' material before it's hard to believe this one's been over-looked in re-issue circles for so long as this guy's a fucking genius! Phelps dabbles in a rare form of soulful electronic music that brings to mind the li...view item »
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Niobe
The Cclose Calll

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Islands (Arcade Fire)
Alphabet Series- S

Installment 'S' comes from Islands who is apparently some dude from Arcade Fire and they had an album out on Rough Trade. It's a decent effort with a nice wobbly bassline and dramatic vocals......view item »
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The Curtains
Go Lucky

My favourite joke at the moment is Q/ "Why are Venetian blinds the best invention the world has ever seen?" A/ "Because without them it would be curtains for us all!!" Boom fucking boom. Well That leads me onto a 7" on Tomlab by The Curtains. It's sweetly quirky 60's inspired psych folk gear with a wonky eyed...view item »
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The Books
Lost And Safe

The Books come & save me. Books always save you. Full of wonder, mystery & intrigue, every page is a revelation. Like this strange, clanky, dusty & timeless band on Tomlab. Reminiscent of an old creaky cuckoo clock full of sound. Sinister locked rooms full of spirits, forgotten ephemera from times go...view item »
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Gigi
Maintenant

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Final Fantasy (Arcade Fire)
Has A Good Home

Hey you kids (& old people too!) You dig Arcade Fire & gentle gay troupe The Hidden Cameras? Fancy an album by their violist (why not "violinist" eh? EH?) Well It's on Tomlab, by Final Fantasy & called 'Has A Good Home' Which it should do. Really lovely, magical stuff with jaunty neo-classism ru...view item »
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The Books
The Lemon Of Pink

Anyway on with the show. First up we have a very interesting CD by The Books. Now 'original'  is not a word I'd use about many of today's pop acts but this is one CD that's worthy of the word. Its cut up acoustic weird sounding  music with snatches of vocals, odd sounding voices and some really lovely c...view item »
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Diamond Rings
Wait And See

"We can't figure out how he makes it look that good" not my words thats the ringing endorsement from those movers and shakers at Pitchfork. What does it mean exactly? The music is the kind of lo fi electro pop anyone could have spat out in the early 80's - with a slight industrial/Depeche Mode feel. The B side is a Sebadoh song done in a darker ...view item »
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The Blow
Parentheses

The Tomlab Alphabet 7" series continues with letter K which is by Portland's The Blow. Phillip says there is something quite charming and quaint about this. It does little for me if I'm honest but I do think the girls voice is very cute. Apparently they're recording for Calvin Johnson's K label. Which isn't...view item »
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Angelika Köhlermann
Care

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Why?
Eskimo Snow

I still think 'Elephant Eyelash' is the best Why? album. That's the one with the real cross breed of avant hop and slacker indie rock where you can barely see the lines being blurred. Last years 'Alopecia' was reasonably good but ...hmm.. I just found it a little - how shall i put this- major label-y despite it not being on a major label. We're not...view item »
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Niobe
Black Bird's Echo

If I'm to review the sounds I'm hearing I'll tell you that they're pretty revolutionary. I've got the new Niobe album on on headphones while the latest banger from Teh Beng@lat0r plays on the stereo behind me - amazing scenes and no doubt the germ of a future collaboration. Shitting Nora, she's got David Grubbs and Trevor Dunn playing on this one.....view item »
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Patrick Wolf
Tristan

Also on Tomlab is the fine Patrick Wolf. A new single called 'Tristan' is now available from the quirky wunderkid. I've seen mention of Bright Eyes' recent electronic opus in reference to this tune but I'd say Marc Almond meets Tom Waits doing electronic Nick Cave inspired cabaret POP. Fats rightly says...view item »
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Patrick Wolf
The Libertine

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Skeletons
Money

We're a bit rushed for time just now but we felt this Skeletons album deserved a review, sadly it's going to have to be a brief one. It's high-quality experimental discord-pop with echoes of all sorts of greats, from the more rock-based Tzadik stuff (Massacre, Killing Time etc.) in it's jazzy maelstrom to Silver Apples in the propulsive basslines. ...view item »
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Simon Bookish
Everything

On to Simon Bookish who is a right theatrical chappie. His new album 'Everything/ Everything' has landed courtesy of those quirk pop lovers Tomlab. And they don't come much more quirkier and poppier than Mr Bookish. When I hear him he's everything I wanted Patrick Wolf to be without the twatty jumpers. Part poet, part musical genius he strings toge...view item »
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Deerhoof, The Books, The Blow, Various
Puppy Love

These days to celebrate 10 years of something you release a CD. When the wife and I celebrate our 1st decade of marriage we'll release a CD with the finer moments of our life on. Worra great idea. It's such a great idea that in fact Tomlab have done the same thing and released a Puppy Love CD jam packed with the best of their roster from the last t...view item »
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Parenthetical Girls
Entanglements

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Why?
Alopecia

And onto Why? with his brand new album on Tomlab. 'Alopecia' is it's name and what a filthy quirky pop beast it is. On first listen I was disappointed with it... it just didn't do it for me. Elephant Eyelash was a total piece of genius but it took a good few listens to get into. Which is exactly what you need to do with this new album. Stick with i...view item »
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Dog Day
Lydia

Dog Day with Lydia. A sonic shimmering pop song with DIY sensibilities and fast strummed drop shoulder guitar action. Female vocals break into the slack arse approach of lead single Seth Smith. All clocking in in 2 minutes. B-side sounds like early REM from the Mumour period or contempary Notwist. Cool shit for fans of Pavement and american Indie r...view item »
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Dead Science
Alphabet Series V

The Dead Science:White Mane (Tomlab) Letter V in Tomlab's continuing series of 7" singles plays at 45 but could easily be played a 33 as it's a slow coach crawl with semi-whispered vocals, thrummed guitar and barely there bass and drums. I started listening to it at the slower pace and it's hardly made any odds at all except, now I can ju...view item »
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Numbers
Alphabet Series W

Numbers: Is That Really True (Tomlab) Letter W in Tomlab's ongoing, soon to end series? Is all fuzzing bass throb and wonky keyboard refrain. It's almost like a garage band take on a drunken Stereolab. Rough and ready vocals almost shouted in a call and response style. The flipside is a cover of Crimson and Clover originally by Tommy James and The ...view item »
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No Kids
Come Into My House

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Why?
Hollows

OK here's a fantastic 12" by Why? called The Hollows on Tomlab of all labels. They appear to be tracks from the forthcoming album Alopecia due March next year. What we have is a great 4 track EP by Why?. I love the fact he's moved over from hip hop to a more poppy/ indie area and it works brilliantly. He's such a talented songwriter that you c...view item »
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Final Fantasy (Arcade Fire)
Alphabet Series X

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Erase Errata
Clear Spot/ Pass The Crimson

On Tomlab alphabet series we are up to U this time with guests Erase Errata covering Captain Beefheart stomping rocker Clear spot. Gutsy girl rock in the style of PJ Harvey or the like . B-sides pass the crimson is a meandering breathy wig out like the Velvet Underground or someone else. (This completely rules 100%... Life doesn't get much better t...view item »
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Misha
Teardrop Sweetheart

Now its New York Duo Misha with their debut album Teardrop Sweetheart. The lads think it sounds like Prince (who apparently is giving his album away free with the sunday papers). Its pretty lovely stuff actually. flowery pop with with electronic beats and analogue keyboards and softly sung male vocals. It sounds really gentle like floating down a s...view item »
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Tussle
Alphabet Series- R

Tussle's contribution to The Alphabet series then. 'Meh-Teh'is a chipmunk / munchkin vocal punk funk track that reminds me of pinky and perky doing a CSS track. Phil reckons the flipside is a Can rip off but concedes it quite good. It's like a big Krautrock sandwich with some Neu beats. Tasty!...view item »
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Von Spar
Von Spar

Von Spar's: "Xaxapoya"/"Dead Voices In The Temple Of Error" (Tomlab) is some creepy almost gloomy amalgam of motorik Krautrock grooves, subtle electronica drift which veers off towards the end into some sort of gothic rock build for stadiums. There's definitely some wrongness in the combination of genres but somehow they manage ...view item »
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Dog Day
Night Group

Dog Day: "Night Group"is a12 track debut offering from Halifax (Canada) on Tomlab is the sort of fare that used to be described as power pop. A peculiar name for a genre, but one that neatly sums up the almost punk like attitude that comes across in these simple, raw and unsophisticated pop songs (for want of a better description). Good s...view item »
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Hey Willpower
Hundredaire

The rhythms in Hey Willpower's 'Hundradaire' reminds me of The Cure's 'Close To Me'. In fact imagine Prince doing a cover of it. That's it in a nutshell. The Cd Comes with remixes from Community Library's Strategy and Copy who does a 80's new wave electro pop bleepy mix. Comes well as a Quicktime video (though not on the 7"!). Out on Tomlab. ...view item »
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Khan
Who Never Rests

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Hey Willpower
PDA

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The Blow
Paper Television

Talking of maverick, fantastic talent spotting genius label Tomlab are unleashing a new album by THE BLOW, former K records cult popsters. 'Paper Television' is mischievously sassy, morphing electronic pop with verve, soul, humour, lashings of fresh hooks, furiously forward looking production & perfect songwriting....view item »
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Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett)
Many Lives- 49mp

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Hank
God Slick

4 track 7" EP by Hank On Tomlab, This is J in the Alphabet singles series. Kind of like The Go Team, B52's type stuff with a cover of Womack and Womack's Teardrops which is quite fun. ...view item »
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Final Fantasy (Arcade Fire)
He Poos Clouds

Hey here's an interesting product. It's by Final Fantasy who is merely one project among many for Owen Pallett, who's been busy with Les Mouches, the Hidden Cameras, Picastro, and the Jim Guthrie Band. He also co-wrote the string arrangements for the Arcade Fire's Funeral. He's only gone and c...view item »
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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Etiquette

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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Twinkle Echo

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Xiu Xiu
Fabulous Muscles

I don't play Xiu Xiu records for my friends or recommend their stuff to people I know because I'm a defeatist and I think it's pointless. Jamie Stewart's music is too weird. It's gonna be pretentious noise to most people. Musically, "Fabulous Muscles" is not that different from "A Promise," but the overall effect is just a little more profound, ...view item »
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