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Onto this week's new stuff and while indie veterans Belle & Sebastian and Sleater-Kinney have very strong new records out, Viet Cong take our weekly biscuit for best album with their dark, dingy and dank debut which receives a previously unseen 10 from our reviewing maestro Robin. Mmm, biscuits.
- This week’s second best record for fans of warped distorta-indie could be the second album from NZ style pop mangler Alex Calder.
- There’s some late-career dad noise from Thurston Moore alongside new pal, Sunburned Hand of the Man’s John Moloney.
- Wear a t-shirt over your sweatshirt and celebrate your inner ‘90s indie kid with the new Menace Beach album.
- Lesser spotted Slits-a-likes Erase Errata return with their first album in yonks. Sh!ts all over Sleater-Kinney, says Brian.
- Tunng’s Sam Genders returns with some pleasant middle of the road dad-coustic strumming as Diagrams.
- It’s not often we have the pleasure of hosting a Golden Globe winner but Johann Johannsson’s pop classical workout for ‘The Theory of Everything’ is now in.
- Alt-country troubadour and son of Steve Justin Townes Earl returns with an ambitious double LP set.
- Shoe salesman and genius/idiot straddler Mac DeMarco releases his lovely, hazy demos for the ‘2’ and ‘Salad Days’ albums.
- Black Lamps make ambitious long raincoated ‘80s style rock with plenty of post-rock ambience to boot.
- Raggy Aussie Garage rockers Living Eyes blast out some rootsy punk rawk!
- The 12” split between Italians Mamuthones and Brit eccentrics Evil Blizzard is both musically rewarding and proves psych rock has its sense of humour intact.
- Nigel Farage’s least favourite band Immigrant return with an amazingly packaged album. Every CD is different and you get incense sticks and all sorts housed in a cloth bag.
- BC Camplight celebrates swapping sunny Philly for rainy Manchester by releasing an album of harmony pop and ‘70s piano ballads.
- The latest Fuzz Club split single sees hypno rockers The Black Angels and Sonic Jesus out fx each other.
- Sweet chanteuse Via Tania’s melodious chamber folk is the perfect ear soother.
- Mantra-ish acoustic songwriting from Amen Dunes on a new, well decent out-takes 12”.
- Taylor Deupree has delved into his archives and found some early versions of future works and released them on a CD collection.
- Deupree also appears on this Ryuichi Sakamoto remix disc also including smooth remixes by Fennesz, Alva Noto and a slew more.
- Melodia make a stunning record full of cyclic picking and gentle plucks on Home Normal.
- Guitar & electronics duo Charles Sage and Tim Diagram (Maps and Diagrams) appear as Hessian and peddle sweet haze on their latest offering Your Empire, In Decline.
- Italian doomsters Gondwana make gruesome tech-noir on Opal Tapes.
- Weirdos Fourth World Magazine Vol. II make tropical-flecked sonic mayhem and transgressive sonic new age.
- Another wonderful 12” from Deepchord. Why does the on-the-surface generic dub techno genre still work, time after time? We dunno, but enjoy it while you can.
- There’s a bag of ‘90s referencing bangers from ‘next big thing’ (says Phil) Paranoid London.
- Woahhh there… the Melvins have four of their more sought after albums re-issued; ‘Ozma / Bullhead‘ are released together and so are ‘Eggnog / Lice All‘.
- Another week, another batch of lavish Ennio Morricone re-issues.
- The Stalin were a bunch of staunchly political hardcore punkers. Check out their ‘Stalinism’ re-issue. Out today.
- Altogether now… ’Seether’… ‘la la la’. Find out what else Veruca Salt did on their re-issued pop/grunge classic ‘American Thighs’.
- Two Roberto Cacciapaglia re-issues are in stock ‘The Ann Steel Album’ sounds like a ‘happy Kraftwerk’ whilst ‘Generazioni Del Cielo’ contains fresh sounding modern classical compositions.
New 7” records are out from Canadian post-chillwavers Drug Train, the preposterously monikered Aussie jangle/noise-sters Day Ravies, Norwegian/Mexican chanteuse Carmen Villain, Australian blues soul troubadour Fraser A. Gorman, an amazing 7x 7” box set from ‘Hotwire My Heart’ punk people Crime and sultry twilit synth pop from Kent Odessa.
And that’s yer lot. Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom. There’s no more. Goodnight.
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