MAGIC MIX

indie

WEEK STARTING 21 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of >>> by Beak>.
The mighty Beak> – made up of Billy Fuller, Will Young, and Geoff Barrow of that band fame – return with their most claustrophobic album yet, chock full of the krautrock grooves, meandering structures and off-kilter melodies that fans of the band have come to expect from them. Having knocked it out of the park with their ‘Sex Music’ single earlier this year, >>> carries on in the same subtle, bass-led vein.
The trio flirt with chaos throughout the album, pushing each instrument through layers of distortion and reverb to the brink of recognisability, and the countless eerie squeaks, sci-fi synths and fucked-with-strings only add to its otherworldly nature. >>> is as mesmerising as it is uneasy, teetering on a tightrope stretched between soft, winding compositions and edgy, no nonsense heft.
Pretty much every song is a highlight. ‘Birthday Suit’ is devastating, all fluttering synths, lo-fi vocals and heartbreak, while ‘Allé Sauvage’ is a dangerously danceable seven-and-a-half-minuter, with blips galore and razor sharp hi-hats driving the song along nicely. ‘RSI’ is a motoric gem. Scratch that – Beak> are a motoric gem.
But ‘When We Fall’ is on another level entirely. First released under the band’s Like easy listening music thrown off a cliff and pieced back together again, >>> is a Frankenstein’s monster of atmosphere, griminess, groove and space. Transcendent.

STAFF COMMENTS

Javi says: You’d be right to judge >>> by its brilliant cover because it’s a brilliant album, and one that’s likely to win 2018 for me. Buy it / play it / love it.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Autarkic operates as part of an unspoken alliance from Tel Aviv, which is currently altering the state of contemporary house and techno music. "Heavy Dreamer", the artist’s first, four track outing on Life and Death, showcases much of what this bold movement is about, all while pushing it forward into progress.
Ever present tones of kraut and punk rock flow throughout the EP, beginning with "Some Things To Keep", a pumping, warehouse floor filler. Autarkic steps up to the mic, often re-amping and distorting his vocal delivery, placing it alongside finely programmed keyboard riffs, tough drums and further psychedelia. "Realistic Guru", the trippiest of the lot, is tailor made for an early morning DJ Tennis afterparty excursion.
Slowing down the pace on "Powerhouse", Autarkic hints at moments of Bauhaus’ and Tones on Tail’s doom and dance pop, while offering up a digital only, stripped down, bonus version. The title track stands as a testament to this new wave of artists, coming from the shores of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline. Bass, drums and guitar are recorded through bespoke boxes and presented through the lens of modernist club culture.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Blurring punk funk, minimal wave, techno, industrial and goth, Autarkic brings his own vision of the dark wired sound to a record deck near you. LCD Soundsystem fans should check 'Powerhouse' for a DFA style winner.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: 12” white vinyl.

Black Belt Eagle Scout

Mother Of My Children

    “Having this identity—radical indigenous queer feminist—keeps me going. My music and my identity come from the same foundation of being a Native woman.” Katherine Paul (aka KP) is Black Belt Eagle Scout, and Mother of My Children is her debut album. Recorded in the middle of winter near her hometown in Northwest Washington, Paul’s connection to the landscape’s eerie beauty are palpable throughout as the album traces the full spectrum of confronting buried feelings and the loss of what life was supposed to look like. Paul reflects, “I wrote this album in the fall of 2016 after two pretty big losses in my life. My mentor, Geneviève Castrée, had just died from pancreatic cancer and the relationship I had with the first woman I loved had drastically lessened and changed.” Heavy and heartbroken, Paul found respite from the weight of such loss in the creation of these songs that “are about grief and love for people, but also about being a native person in what is the United States today.”

    On Mother of My Children, the songs weave together to capture both the enduring and fleeting experiences of loss, frustration, and dreaming. The structures are traditional, but the lyrics don’t adhere to any format other than what feels right in the moment. Mother of My Children begins with lead single “Soft Stud,” which Paul describes as her “queer anthem.” It’s “about the hardships of queer desire within an open relationship.” It’s followed by “Indians Never Die,” a call out to colonizers and those who don’t respect the Earth. As Standing Rock was happening, many people in Paul’s life were coming together to fight for the most basic necessity to sustain human life: water. “Our treaty rights weren’t being honored. Imagine hearing on the news that the government doesn’t support you as a human being and never has. They don’t care about the water, they don’t care about how they are destroying what is around them. Indigenous people are the protectors of this land. Indians never die because this is our land that we will forever protect in the present and the afterlife.”

    Paul grew up in a small Indian reservation, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, surrounded by family focused on native drumming, singing, and arts. From an early age, Paul was singing and dancing at powwows with one of her strongest memories at her family’s own powwow, called the All My Relations Powwow. Paul reminisces, “When I was younger, my only form of music was through the songs my ancestors taught the generations of my family. Singing in our language is a spiritual process and it carries on through me in how I create music today.” With the support of her family and a handful of bootleg Hole and Nirvana VHS tapes, Paul taught herself how to play guitar and drums as a teenager. In 2007, she moved to Portland, Oregon to attend college and get involved with the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls eventually diving deep into the city’s music scene playing guitar and drums in bands while evolving her artistry into what would later become Black Belt Eagle Scout.

    Mother of My Children is a life chapter gently preserved. The access listeners have to such vulnerability feels special and generous.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Black Honey

    Black Honey

      Bursting out of the ether in 2014 with their squalling guitars, vivid colours and cinematic vignettes, there’s no other British band out there quite like Black Honey. Having spent the last four years perfecting the indie game, everything you think you know about them and their unique surrealist world is about to be wonderfully shaken up as they prepare to release their hugely anticipated debut album. With contradiction at every turn, it’s an album that celebrates being human, in all its different forms and by doing so, will touch the hearts of everyone that hears it. We’ve already heard ‘Bad Friends’ earlier this year, but with the exception of 2016’s ‘Hello, Today’ (the track that saw the band become a household name at Radio 1), and the 2017 closer ‘Dig’, the album is made up of entirely new music with 9 brand new songs on offer. Album opener ‘I Only Hurts The Ones I Love’ – which you can listen to now – is a fascinating Garbage-flavoured meander that sets the tone for the record brilliantly. From there, there’s stone cold classic ‘Wasting Time’, Lana Del Ray nodding slow-burner ‘Blue Romance’ and disco-pop Trojan horse ‘Midnight’ – to name just a few. However, across the entirety of the record, you can always feel the bare bones of front lady Izzy B Phillips diary scribbles are just around the corner as the varying tracks switch between chart-headed bangers and scuzzy, industrial David Lynch inspired strangeness. It’s the weird and wonderful mind of Philipps - her lovable but villainous, Milky-Bar-kid-meets-Debbie Harry persona – that you find very much at the heart of ‘Black Honey’. An open sufferer of both dyslexia and ADHD, she’s a huge advocate for self-expression without limit and has relied hugely on her band – Tom Dewhurst (drums), Tom Taylor (bass) and Chris Ostler (guitar) – to channel everything that comes from her obsessive and dizzyingly creative head and bottle it into music. The album as a result is ultimately a collage of chaos, shot straight at the heart – honest, inspiring and deeply infectious.

      Doncaster bred and Manchester based, The Blinders are Thomas Haywood (guitar, vocals, word), Charlie McGough (bass guitar), Matthew Neale (drums, backing vocals). Influenced as much by the daily news as music, their impact, even at this early stage, cannot be over stated.

      Out 3rd May, ‘L’etat C’est Moi’ is the new single from Manchester based trio The Blinders and the second track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album. Described by the band as “A self-proclaimed war-dance told by the Idiot King himself. The first-person perspective of a madman, and his obsessive fantasies for power over all, and insolence from none.” The quote is attributed to Louis XIV declaring “I am the state” at the end of the 18th century.

      The track is the follow up to ‘Gotta Get Through’ which has been featured heavily on 6 Music (they played their first session for the station last week on Steve Lamacq’s show who described them as "the fastest emerging UK band at the moment") and hit the number 1 slot on Amazing Radio. The band have been playing several shows since the start of the year including many sold out dates. The have a busy summer planned live with headline shows in Manchester and London and festivals, many more of which are to be announced.

      The track was produced by Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios in Wolverhampton and is released on Modern Sky UK.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Manchester's Blinders bring the classic rock vibes with their debut outing, Columbia. Brimming with Arctic Monkeys swagger but imbued with a subtle psychedelic edge and semi-spoken lyrical fire, these young upstarts have set a great precedent for things to come. In the meantime, this should definitely sit well in your collection.

      Blitzen Trapper

      Furr

        Blitzen Trapper is the Portland, Oregon-based experimental country and folk rock band, who in 2008 released Furr, its breakthrough album and label debut for Sub Pop. The record was met with universal acclaim, earning praise from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, Paste, AV Club, and Rolling Stone, who in its four-star review called the album “an engaging album full of rootsy beauty.” The album would earn the no. 13 spot on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2008 later that year.

        For the newly remastered and expanded deluxe edition of Furr, Blitzen Trapper have compiled over two LPs worth of material: the original album and twelve rare and previously unreleased tunes. The added songs are from the same recordings that become Furr, with the exception of the “Live at KCRW” tracks, which were recorded during the Furr tour. The songs “War is Placebo,” “Booksmart Baby,” and “Maybe Baby” appeared as limited-edition singles for Record Store Day in 2009 and 2011. This reissue also features new liner notes from Eric Earley reflecting on the album, as well as a track-by-track description of the bonus songs, and a Q&A with the stage and screen actor Rainn Wilson (of The Office fame).

        “It's difficult to remember exactly where my head was in those days, recording Furr in a leaky, dilapidated, pre-boom Portland building, all but condemned, where the migrant workers congregated at the curb outside hoping to get picked up by desperate contractors, the dealers working the opposite corner, two blocks up the Burnside bridge running with pitched tents and sleeping bags all the way to the West Side Mission, the black river sliding by beneath. For those in the know enough at the time to have heard it when Sub Pop first released Furr in 2008, listeners had to have been underwhelmed by the hit and miss production, the furry overdriven vocals and perilous sounding dubs, all industry-standard production fare now. But the songs must have shone through the noise even then. The stand-out title track recorded on a nearly defunct cassette four-track in one take and mixed on a couple-hundred-dollar PC was almost an afterthought at the time, but its message was real enough: that life consists of change and growth, love and transformation.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Loser edition Clear vinyl and gold swirl!

        Christine And The Queens

        Chris - 2CD Edition (English And French Versions)

        Christine and The Queens announces her eagerly anticipated second album. Titled Chris, the record will be released by Because Music in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxset, There are two versions of the album; one sung exclusively in English and one sung exclusively in French.

        Chris was written, arranged and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine, released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Christine and the Queens return after their lauded 2014 outing, 'Chaleur Humaine' with their newest, sensual slice of shimmering synth-pop and smoothly delivered percussive vox. Brilliantly reminiscent, harking back to the days of Linn drums and gated reverb, but handled with a bang-up-to-date production sensibility and knowing nod to the classics of yesteryear.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xCD Info: 2CD in 3-panel softpack, 28-page stapled booklet.

        Christine And The Queens

        Chris - English Version

          Christine and The Queens announces her eagerly anticipated second album. Titled Chris, the record will be released by Because Music in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxset, There are two versions of the album; one sung exclusively in English and one sung exclusively in French.

          Chris was written, arranged and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine, released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP Info: 2 black vinyls with discobag inner-sleeves in gatefold sleeve.
          30x60cm English version poster.
          1CD English version included.

          Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

          Christine And The Queens

          Chris - French Version

            Christine and The Queens announces her eagerly anticipated second album. Titled Chris, the record will be released by Because Music in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxset, There are two versions of the album; one sung exclusively in English and one sung exclusively in French.

            Chris was written, arranged and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine, released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Info: 2 black vinyls with discobag inner-sleeves in gatefold sleeve.
            30x60cm French version poster.
            1CD French version included.

            Christine And The Queens

            Chris - Limited Vinyl Box Set Edition (English And French Versions)

              Christine and The Queens announces her eagerly anticipated second album. Titled Chris, the record will be released by Because Music in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxset, There are two versions of the album; one sung exclusively in English and one sung exclusively in French.

              Chris was written, arranged and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine, released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Christine and the queens return after their lauded 2014 outing, 'Chaleur Humaine' with their newest, sensual slice of shimmering synth-pop and smoothly delivered percussive vox. Brilliantly reminiscent, harking back to the days of Linn drums and gated reverb, but handled with a bang-up-to-date production sensibility and knowing nod to the classics of yesteryear.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd Box Set Info: 2LP+CD French Edition + 2LP+CD English Edition
              Limited numbered edition (10 000 copies worldwide. 3K in the UK)
              Contains: French version: 2 black vinyls with discobag inner-sleeves in gatefold sleeve with exclusive alternate cover.
              30x60cm French version poster.
              1CD French version included

              English version: 2 black vinyls with discobag inner-sleeves in gatefold sleeve with exclusive alternate cover.
              30x60 alternate English version poster. 1CD English version included.

              Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters

              Come & Chutney

                This London band (including former Dopefight frontman Owen Carty) have been turning heads on the UK’s burgeoning underground scene not least because of their combination of tie-dye and corpsepaint, but with a staggeringly heavy live show that has everyone who sees them agreeing that they’re about to become huge. The band’s tongue-in-cheek approach belies their dedication to all things heavy and riff-shaped. A jaw-droppingly powerful live band, Bad Kush have already completed countless European tours including shows with Bongzilla and Boss Keloid, and repeated circuits of the UK’s underground and festival scene since their inception in late 2014. Debut album from London’s tie-dyed corpsepaint-wearing fuzzy trio. UK national and local radio campaign. Amazing live reputation in the UK and Europe’s stoner/doom/psych scene. 

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Coloured LP Info: Slurry brown coloured vinyl.

                What do you do when you’ve done a private gig performing MJ classics in Quincy Jones’ lounge in front Mr. Jones himself, supported Red Hot Chili Peppers on tour, co-written tracks on Thundercat’s opus ‘Drunk’ and written a song for the Lego ‘Ninjago’ movie? Sign to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, of course. ‘Time’ is Cole’s third album - a casual but addictive blend of quickfire, hook-laden electrofunk bullets and wistful, soft-focus balladry - and it’s compelling. Featuring guests Thundercat, Brad Mehldhau, Genevieve Artadi and Dennis Hamm. For fans of Mac DeMarco, Thundercat, Connan Mockasin and KNOWER.

                An incredible mix of cosmic new wave, unconventional disco, avant-garde synth pop, and hybrid electronic funk, Colored Music is enchantingly unique, a sort of experimental and magnetizing take on David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy with a psychedelic Haruomi Hosono touch.

                From the groovy post-punk glam title track to the proto-house dance floor killer "Heartbeat", Ichiko Hashimoto and Atsuo Fujimoto hit all the right (and sometimes not-exactly-right-but-truly-genius) notes to create the odd and beautiful, an unparalleled audio escape to the best elsewhere you can think of.
                Also playing on the album are celebrated musicians Mansaku Kimura, Shuichi “Ponta” Murakami (Pacific, KI-Motion by MKWAJU ensemble, collaborations with Jun Fukamachi, Yasuaki Shimizu, Haruomi Hosono…) Kiyohiko Semba, Tamio "Doyo" Kawabata, and Tatsuhiko Hizawa.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: WRWTFWW continue to mine the rich seam of underground Japanese gems with an ace reissue of Colored Music's self titled LP. Fusing glam, art-rock, avant pop, synth wave and twisted disco, the duo created a unique album for thinking, dreaming and dancing.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: 140g Vinyl, Stoughton Tip-On Sleeve, Liner Notes (English & Japanese) by Chee Shimizu, + Sticker.

                CD Info: Digipack, Liner Notes (English & Japanese) by Chee Shimizu, + Sticker.

                Consumer Electronics

                The Weight / Hostility Blues

                  Two all-new studio tracks by the experimental electronic trio of Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and producer Russell Haswell. Limited edition ‘album-style’ picture sleeve with printed card inner sleeve containing full lyrics to both tracks. It’s late 2018. President’s Health Club, USA. Time to plot a hazy progress from Al’s Spa Tub Motel to the Free Speech Cafe before termination at Pilgrim Drugs. Sahara Sue’s been diagnosed with ‘Closing Down Syndrome’ and has retreated ghost-like to a queasy mirage of bleached-out condos and multi-lane freeways basking under great wheels of light.

                  Long hours in dim warehouses scanning shelves and trying not to notice the declining shadow or gathering rot on display. Airless back rooms piled high with stacks of handwritten pages, academic journals and unfathomable tracts - ‘Human Remains Index,’ ‘Keep Christ in Chains,’ ‘Mortuary Therapy Explained.’ Outside the use-of-force team waits primed. She remembers a childhood visit to Atmosphere, the highest restaurant in the world, maybe from up there she did, in fact, look down and see a plan to it all. How blessed and fragile and perfectly planned everything truly was. The floor tips down and away. For the Jane and John Does. PB / Austin, TX 2018

                  Julee Cruise

                  The Voice Of Love

                    25 years after its initial release, Julee Cruise’s sophomore album The Voice of Love is being issued for the first time on vinyl as a deluxe 2xLP, and returning to print on CD.

                    In 1992, after the release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, and Julee Cruise returned to the studio with new compositions as well as the intent to craft previously instrumental score-based material from Fire Walk With Me and Wild at Heart into Julee Cruise songs. The result was 1993’s final studio album The Voice of Love, a gorgeous ethereal album, which like her debut “Floating Into The Night” had a dreamlike, cinematic feel to it.

                    “In the studio, David would always say ‘[sing] like an angel, like an angel…” Cruise remembers.

                    Dunbarrow

                    Dunbarrow II

                      There’s a hauntingly classic feel to Dunbarrow’s sound that gives it, in the band’s own words, “an eerie rawness.” It’s not raw in a lo-fi or distorted sense — far from it, the production is exceptionally clean and powerful. It’s the vibe to the music that has a dreamlike and ghostly quality, like a mysterious recording imprinted onto an old cassette tape.

                      Dunbarrow’s pristine, unadorned sound shares the unpretentious brilliance of classic heavy progenitors jamming in basements and barns, before the big budgets and bloated habits diluted hard rock records into an echo chamber awash in reverb and layered in distant, screeching hobbits. “It’s a heavy sounding record without being just tons of over-distorted guitar tracks,” says guitarist Kenneth Lønning. “We’ve never been fascinated by that, and we’re trying to push in the other direction.” Its heft comes from the band’s use of space in their songs.

                      Without the Haugesund, Norway quintet’s exceptional musicianship, such an intimate sound would be impossible. Drummer Pål Gunnar Dale sets the skeletal core with driving urgency and tastefully punctuating triplet fills, Bassist Sondre Berge Engedal slinks throughout with the limber bounce of John Paul Jones, while Lønning’s and Eirik Øvregård’s guitars weave dark, bluesy tapestries with emphasis on melodic chord structures without burying them in distortion or other effects. Vocalist Espen Andersen ties it all together with his warm, folky delivery that gives it all the feel of a bygone era of storytelling in song.

                      “Maybe more than the previous record, this one is more vocal driven,” Lønning says. “But it still has those quirky transitions, eerie build ups, folk-inspired parts and the haunting solos.” Many of the album’s poetic lyrics were written by former bassist/vocalist Richard Chappell, whose writing personifies the group. Along with the album’s running theme of love and despair, is that of recognizing one’s own dark sides and developing your shadows into something you can control, inspired of the work by Carl Jung.

                      Key to the band’s impressive sound is that the singer is also the recording and mixing engineer. Andersen also recorded the band’s excellent 2016 debut (formally released wordlwide by RidingEasy in late 2017), now with more studio experience for both Andersen and the band, Dunbarrow II is a truly refined experience. To further perfect their sound, the group teamed up with one of the most prominent producers in Norway, Christer Cederberg (Anathema, Tristania) for the first few days in order to get the sound just right. Then, Espen did the rest. The result is as eponymous and definitive as its title. 

                      Elbow

                      The Best Of - Deluxe Edition

                        Elbow release a handpicked collection of their best moments to date. The album features tracks from all the band's seven studio albums to date and highlights their incredible musical output over the last eighteen years from the release of the Newborn EP in 1999. Also featured on the album as a bonus track is the band's version of The Beatles 'Golden Slumbers', as heard on the John Lewis Christmas advert directed by Michel Gondry.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        3xLtd LP Info: Triple heavyweight vinyl, double gatefold, download card included.

                        Eyelids

                        Maybe More

                          After coming home fired up from their 2017 tours (which included UK / Euro / US dates with Drive-By Truckers, Dream Syndicate, Fruit Bats, The Cribs) Eyelids headed into various studios in Portland to finish up a new batch of songs they had been working on. They ended up with a perfect combination of the lilting, powerful hooks of their recent Peter Buck-produced album or alongside the spookier, more meditative moments from their debut 854. Oh and they added in a fiery rendition of The Gun Club’s “Sex Beat” (with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M. throwing down alongside them) just to hammer the point home.

                          Now Eyelids could always write a earworm of a song (which is why or ended up many best of 2017 lists) and from the minute the needle hits this vinyl, there it is again. With its rolling and intricate jangle the band (like XTC, R.E.M. and The Byrds— their three biggest comparisons from the press) make their three distinct personalities / guitars become an amazingly powerful whole. “With more than a hint of the Beatles, drenched in three West Coast guitars and as great as any alt American record gets .” - Chris Hawkins, BBC6 Radio.

                          Felt

                          Forever Breathes The Lonely Word: Remastered

                            Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                            CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                            Felt

                            Me And A Monkey On The Moon: Remastered

                              Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                              CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                              Felt

                              Poem Of The River: Remastered

                                Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                                CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                                Felt

                                The Pictorial Jackson Review: Remastered

                                  Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory. 

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                                  CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                                  Felt

                                  Train Above The City: Remastered

                                    Following the release of FELT’s first five albums in February, the band’s reissue campaign continues with the second half of their discography. During the ‘80s Felt recorded ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This gorgeously-produced series explores the work of one of the greatest indie groups in recent memory.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    LP Info: Limited edition vinyl featuring the original front cover artwork.

                                    CD & 7" Info: The CD version comes in a bespoke 7” box, complete with various ephemera consisting of: the original album in a special gatefold sleeve - long deleted 7” vinyl single pertaining to the original year of the album’s release – reproduction gig flyers – double-sided wall poster – and four button lapel badges for displaying with pride!

                                    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

                                    If Love Is The Law

                                      Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce new single ‘If Love Is The Law’ – taken from the Number 1 album ‘Who Built the Moon?’. The track – glowing riffs and ringing bells teamed with a cinematic chorus and instantly catchy sing-along melodies – features a guest performance from the legendary Johnny Marr on guitar and harmonica. 

                                      The vinyl features the album version of the single and an instrumental rendition, plus rare track ‘Alone On The Rope’ on the B side.

                                      ‘Who Built the Moon?’, the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released last year on Sour Mash Records, is gold certified and debuted at Number 1 – making it a hat trick of Number 1 solo records following 2011’s eponymous album and 2015’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’. This is also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album for Noel – no other artist has a perfect streak of Number 1 studio albums as long as Noel.

                                      After bringing their rousing live show to the stage in the UK, Europe and North America, plus festivals around the world, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds continue the huge ‘Stranded On The Earth World Tour 2018-2019’ with a string of headline festival appearances this summer across the country. 


                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      12" Info: Limited edition purple vinyl.

                                      ‘Garage bands suddenly obtain cult status and become the antithesis of their initial appeal’

                                      Garage Class were a group of reluctant outliers who produced one of the finest contributions to the wave of UK DIY music that emerged during the late 70s and early to mid-80s.

                                      Hailing from Alsager in North West England and comprised of Tim Shutt (vocals) Phil Murphy (lead guitar) Clive Williams (guitar) Lynne Sanders (bass) and Phil Bourne (drums / bass on studio recordings) Garage Class originally went by the name of The Pits before their then manager Steve Hurt imposed an alias which, though unpopular within their ranks, would nevertheless reflect the shambolic art they would eventually capture on their first and only single.

                                      As The Pits the group offered a loutish inflection on glam-punk flamboyance, evoking Johnny Thunder hitting the north and remaining disowned yet undeterred in a dreary old boozer. But as Garage Class the group distilled a roughcast and homespun primitivism that felt quintessentially their own. In this they proved too unruly to be assimilated into any wider scene. Early gigs descended into acrimony and recognition proved elusive. Yet what they managed to make back then now sounds like an extraordinary article of underdog ambition.

                                      Released in 1984, four years after it was originally recorded, the Terminal Tokyo single is an unlikely triumph of exceptional messthetic punk. Though raw and unpolished the songs here are precariously pop-minded and indisputably anthemic. The titular A-side reveals the dry and detached drawl of Shutt aka The Subliminal Kid, a sharp, jaded and poetic voice that has some of the most iconic lines never heard in punk. Accompanied by second-hand guitars, on-the-fly handclaps and a chorus like a terrace chant this is the cult hit that never was, a heroically artless masterpiece that has all the ragged character and misfit euphoria of Swell Maps and The Buzzcocks if they were more impulsive and boisterous, and left to their own devices in the remote margins of a Cheshire town. The original B-side is here substituted for I Got Standards, a track that, until now, has somehow remained unreleased. An ideal twin to Terminal Tokyo there’s the same brusque and dog-eared quality to the band’s delivery, as well as the same upfront emphasis on strong hooks and insistent momentum. Yet again, Shutt is on impeccable form, perfecting an inflated, adolescent antagonism that has all the sardonic, malcontented charm of similarly ‘shirty’ buggers like Dan Treacy (Television Personalities), Patrik Fitzgerald and Mark Perry (Alternative TV).

                                      Although never accepted in their own time both tracks represent a brief but inspired moment of fervent imperfection, one that epitomized the best of a diffuse and autonomous underground movement spearheaded by The Desperate Bicycles and built upon by the likes of Amos & Sara, The Homosexuals, The Cleaners From Venus and Family Fodder. Like them Garage Class were situated at a point where punk, art, humour and a sense of stubborn independence all intersected.

                                      In the years since Terminal Tokyo has accumulated a retrospective appeal among certain trusted circles, with Jon Dale celebrating the single in his exhaustive and essential Story of UK DIY for Fact Magazine, and original copies regularly changing hands for a foolish forty quid or so. With this inaugural release on the Outer Reaches label Terminal Tokyo is not only restored for the very first time but given a worthy expansion courtesy of JD Twitch (Optimo).

                                      Continuing his own fascination with the fringe history of UK DIY – documented on his own outstanding compilation Cease & Desist: DIY! (Cult Classics From The Post Punk Era 1978-1982) and in his re-edits of Crass Records classics for an early release on RVNG INTL – Twitch reinterprets I Got Standards as an incisive, dubwise outing that pictures Jaki Liebezeit and Muslimgauze on a bender in England’s provinces, tasked with remixing the raw product of local punks. A new slant on Garage Class’ crude magnificence, built to play loud on contemporary soundsystems.

                                      Although the latter part of 1980 spelled the end for Garage Class with members moving on to other projects (Bourne fell in with The Colours Out of Time, Murphy went on to front The Regular Guys and Shutt eventually left to form Happy Refugees) this reissue attempts to give their fleeting time together and the unique single statement they made the treatment it deserves. If this means Garage Class have obtained cult status, their initial appeal remains. Just listen for yourself.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: MEGA release here from new Ransom Note sublabel and brought to attention via Scottish demigod JD Twitch who's remix / extention will find its way onto many a floor - oh my!

                                      Thee Headcoats

                                      In Tweed We Trust

                                        Thee Headcoats were mainly Billy Childish (Git/Vox) Bruce Brand (Drums) and Johnny Johnson (bass), they formed in 1989 after Billy's previous band Thee Mighty Caesers gave up the ghost. By 1992 they had already released something like 6 albums and 15 singles.Lots more releases followed including this great LP In Tweed We Trust originally released in 1996, the follow up to the equally great Conundrum. Thee Headcoats carried on touring and releasing records in every corner of the world until mid 2000 when they called it a day. During the '90's I must have seen them 60 times, I even went over to Japan with them in 1993. There was something really natural about them, no bullshit. We did the 'We hate The Fuckin' NME' single after NME journo Johnny Cigarettes walked out of their gig in Archway after insisting that he should get in for free as he was from the NME and then reviewing Thee Headcoatees by saying their was no girls in the band (he left before they came onstage!!). 

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Coloured LP Info: Limited Lp Pressing On Duck Egg Blue Vinyl To Match The Cover

                                        It was 10 years ago, in a house on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, that Ives Sepúlveda Minho and Manuel Parra started playing music together, and The Holydrug Couple was effectively born. A decade later, they’ve made ‘Hyper Super Mega’, an album that represents the culmination of everything they’ve learned in their years as a band.

                                        Following the release and surrounding tours of their second album, 2015’s ‘Moonlust’ (Sacred Bones), the duo found themselves back at home, feeling directionless and listless. “The over-riding feeling was one of exhaustion,” Sepúlveda recalls, “exhaustion of the planet and of culture, the overuse of references and information that you see everywhere, in fashion, literature, tourism, music, technology and so on.”

                                        So, the duo immersed themselves in these feelings and started to build the foundations of their new record. Amidst eleven tracks of perfectly-formed, heady psych-pop, ‘Hyper Super Mega’ speaks of immediacy, internet and social media, consumption, love and a comfortable despair at the state of the planet. It tells of a world over-connected through cell phones and information, whilst hinting at the place of occult language and imagery in an attempt to convene different and unknown places, or places that are open to interpretation.

                                        Sonically, if ‘Hyper Super Mega’ feels, in places, like a classic pop record, that’s because Sepúlveda and Parra spent much of the recording process thinking, too, about the classic pop records of the ’60s and ’70s. Masterpieces by bands like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Fleetwood Mac were all reference points, not always explicitly in sound, but certainly in spirit. The duo approached the mythos of the “classic album” from their own inimitable perspective, hoping to make a record that felt authentically like The Holydrug Couple that might fit into the same canon.



                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Longing Indie anthems bolstered with swooning, classic rock solos and huge, soaring synthlines. Cosmic and dreamy but intermittently propulsive, The Holydrug Couple have hit the perfect combination of melancholic, wandering instrumentals and pointed melodicism. Ace.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Coloured LP Info: Limited red vinyl version!

                                        The Intelligence

                                        Live In San Francisco

                                          “For folks who dig A Frames, Country Teasers, Wire, Gang of Four, pita chips and dad’s boozy breath, may we present The Intelligence, captured live in a truly subterranean underground show space below SF vintage clothier Vacation.

                                          “Lars Finberg: a name synonymous with artisanal hand-crafted, locally brewed, and organically-farmed song lasers. Hilarious, fast, tour-tight and ballsy—the band has all these perks in pocket, and all that on borrowed gear! I’ve watched this band go through many variations over the years and in their own right all of them have been marvelous. This particular version of the line up is constructed entirely of road-dogs. These guys don’t fuck around—or maybe they only fuck around, who can tell anymore? They drink, they get bawdy, they shred, and when we asked Lars if the band would be into doing a small show in a basement in the Tenderloin in SF for a live LP, he asked ‘What should we play?’ and I replied ‘nothing but the hits’— and they did exactly that.

                                          “The Intelligence and Lars himself are masters at the penning of hits—hit after hit after hit—and with a soft-shoed tippity-tap of crowd work and banter, you can really smell the basement on this one and feel the cobwebs grazing the top of your head as you go deaf in one ear from the eye level PA pointed directly at your soul hole. If you love this band then this is a great live LP of them scorching the hits and talking trash. If you don’t know this band (shame on you) then this is a good place to start.” —John Dwyer

                                          Johnny Moped

                                          Motorhead / City Kids - Picture Disc Edition

                                            **Cover of classic Motorhead 7”** We asked a few of the bands we've worked with over the years to come up with a cover version of one of their favourite 7" singles. The interesting thing is that they also had to do the original b-side as well. That made it a lot trickier and a few fell by the wayside but we've ended up with a great set of seven singles.

                                            Graham Jones

                                            The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen

                                              ‘The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen is the story of the vinyl revival through the eyes of those who made it happen, the independent record shops. It explains why more than a hundred more record shops have opened since 2009, and how others have gained the reward from their hard work. Budget turntables, manufactures, supermarkets, chain stores, clothes shops, pressing plants and even the government are among the many who have benefited from their efforts.

                                              Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. This book guides you around the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by our much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters. It is perfect for vinyl fans to keep with them on their travels around the country.

                                              Intriguing anecdotes include:
                                              ** The shop manager who sold his vinyl collection to save his life.
                                              ** Record shop owner wins £148,000,000 and sets up his dream shop.
                                              ** The shop where John Lennon cried.
                                              ** How an international rock star was mistaken for a motor vehicle.
                                              ** Rock star offers to be best man after a proposal of marriage takes place in a record shop.
                                              ** The shop where a customer saves the day by giving world famous band a lift to the stadium in his Ford Focus.
                                              ** The record shop who attracted a huge crowd for a signing by world famous soul singer only for him to send one of his backing singers to fill in for him.
                                              ** The Buckinghamshire record shop who pretended they were in Yorkshire.
                                              ** The record shop blown up by a bomb.
                                              ** The shop owner who sold his house to buy more vinyl.

                                              Lala Lala

                                              The Lamb

                                                “The Lamb was written during a time of intense paranoia after a home invasion, deaths of loved ones and general violence around me and my friends,” says Lillie West, the Chicago-based songwriter behind Lala Lala. “I began to frequently and vividly imagine the end of the world, eventually becoming too frightened to leave my house. This led me to spend a lot of time examining my relationships and the choices I’d made, often wondering if they were correct and/or kind.”

                                                West initially started Lala Lala as a way to communicate things that she felt she could never say out loud. But on The Lamb, her sophomore LP and debut for Hardly Art, she has found strength in vulnerability. Through bracing hooks and sharp lyrics, the 24-year-old songwriter and guitarist illustrates a nuanced look on her own adulthood -- her fraught insecurity, struggles with addiction, and the loss of several people close to her.

                                                Across the album’s 12 tracks, West carefully examines the skeletons in her closet for the first time, hoping to capture honest snapshots of her past selves. Many of the songs show West asking herself agonizing questions about her life with a clever and hopeful curiosity. On the album’s first single and opening track, “Destroyer,” she reflects on feeling self-destructive and the delayed realization something in the past has irrevocably hurt you. In “Water Over Sex,” West laments her old precarious lifestyle, while trying to readjust to her newfound sobriety, and ”Copycat” confronts her feelings of alienation and boredom. “Some of this album is about being frustrated that everything is always repeating itself and being bored with your own feelings,”she explains. “‘Copycat’ in particular is about how everyone talks exactly the same on the Internet and how it sometimes feels futile to try and be yourself.”

                                                Mountain Man

                                                Magic Ship

                                                  Mountain Man did not intend to disappear for the better part of a decade, or to take eight years to release its second album, Magic Ship. But for a trio of devoted friends for whom music has always seemed so effortless and graceful, that’s simply how life went. The wondrous Magic Ship—a magnetic fourteen-song reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence—was well worth the wait.

                                                  In 2009, when she was a student at a small liberal arts college in New England, Amelia Meath heard a gorgeous sound coming from the living room of her dormitory. She raced downstairs to find Molly Erin Sarlé singing “Dog Song,” a tender tune about lust, longing, and responsibility. Meath demanded that Sarlé, nearly a stranger, teach her the tune, which she, in turn, taught to a friend, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. The next time the pair saw Sarlé, they sang “Dog Song” to, and then with, her. And so, Mountain Man was born.

                                                  The three weren’t quite yet friends when they performed, recorded, and even toured for the first time, but they each felt the chemistry within their combined voices, a sense of artistic kismet and kinship that some spend lifetimes seeking. Acclaim came quickly, with their debut—2010’s Made the Harbor, humbly recorded on rickety equipment in an abandoned factory—earning praise from the New York Times and the Guardian and prompting big tours.

                                                  But before they could return to the studio, post-collegiate life intervened: Meath moved to Durham, North Carolina and eventually started Sylvan Esso. Sarlé headed for a Zen center along the California coast. Sauser-Monnig returned to Minnesota, then decamped to a farm in the North Carolina mountains. They kept in touch with near-weekly conference calls, growing as friends while taking a break from making music together. When Sarlé was ready to leave California, though, Meath and Sauser-Monnig implored her to return east, saying they would even fly to her and drive with her across the country, so long as she settled in North Carolina.

                                                  Together as friends, not as a band, the three made an all-American road trip. They camped beneath endless desert skies and partied with true New Orleans abandon. Finally home, they focused first on their relationship, singing together only as an extension of this personal reunion.

                                                  At last, they tested their again-blossoming friendship onstage in the summer of 2017 at the Eaux Claires music festival. On a tiny, cabin-like stage tucked into a forest, where audiences of a few hundred are considered big, Mountain Man captivated several thousand, with people climbing trees and fighting through stinging nettles to catch a glimpse or whisper. Hanging on every note and between-song quip, the crowd stood transfixed and silent—a festival miracle, there in the woods. And so, Mountain Man was reborn.

                                                  Months later, the trio reconvened at Meath’s home studio in Durham for two recording sessions, each bringing songs destined to be sung with old friends. The result, Magic Ship, is every bit as captivating as that day onstage: The stunning “Boat,” where cooing harmonies frame Sauser-Monnig like drapes around a sunny window, sees a world of possibility in a little vessel along the riverbanks. The dashing “AGT” finds inspiration in flower blooms and bumble bees, discovering in the sights of nature a pure self-reliance. The magnetic “Rang Tang Ring Toon” celebrates a night spent hosting friends, sharing beans and music, and a skinny dip under the stars. There is sincerity and humour, depth and mirth, all rendered with three voices that have never been more connected.

                                                  These songs distill eight years of experience between Made the Harbor and now—of sights seen, pleasures had, feelings hurt, forgiveness extended. These tunes are wise and tender, open and honest. Magic Ship conveys absolute warmth—like a snowbound afternoon spent indoors, passing a bottle of brown liquor between friends while putting old favorites on the turntable, or a long summer evening spent lounging beneath a shade tree, swapping stories and sharing laughs until the sun has vanished.

                                                  At a moment when the way forward for the world seems uncertain to the point of unravelling, when it feels that decades of impetuous decisions are catching up to the society we’ve created, Magic Ship offers a necessary sort of return and reassurance, a promise that goodness and truth remain available in our least-mitigated forms of expression. A weekend morning spent with a lover in bed, an innocent memory of pure childhood delight, a threadbare shirt from your parents: These are the experiences that Magic Ship so candidly shares, the moments of splendour that make the struggles worth it.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: Stunning harmonies form the basis to this newest LP on the ever-reliable Bella Union. Mountain Man mix rhythmic harmonised vocals with lo-fi bluegrass leanings and tender, melancholic sparse instrumentation.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  Coloured LP Info: Limited edition 180 gram clear vinyl.

                                                  Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Muscle Barbie

                                                  Muscle Barbie

                                                    "Vicious, thumping, rough and readsy UK82 snot punk. Angry, inspired and catchy as hell " - Sig Vishnu ( Heavy Metal ) Berlin punk bands debut album. Rumour says featuring folks from Heavy Metal amongst other gutter celebs from Berlin's less cool quarters.

                                                    Very limited. Very ugly


                                                    Mutual Benefit, the songwriting outlet for multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Lee,announces a new album Thunder Follows The Light via Transgressive Records.

                                                    Following his last outing, 2016’s acclaimed Skip A Sinking Stone, Lee marks his return with a patient and prismatic collection of songs accrued over the past two years.

                                                    Lee — who grew up in Ohio and is currently based in New York — has crafted pop experiments for almost a decade, blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. His new album features an array of friends and many returning collaborators.

                                                    He has also confirmed an all-too-rare solo UK show - playing London’s The Lexington this week (May 24th).

                                                    Commenting on New History, one of the two first tracks to be taken from the album, which features vocals from Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), he says:

                                                    “I think people in power benefit greatly from a general lack of historic memory in the US. I’ve been wondering if the first step to imagining a more just world is to study our history better, not just the linear revisionist one that is oft-repeated but all the unsung champions of equal rights as well as the acts of unthinkable cruelty that humans are also capable of.”

                                                    New History is the album’s truest folk song, with twangy harmonica and slide guitar. Its inspiration came to him while spending time in the economically depressed area of Ohio where his parents grew up.

                                                    The other song shared today, Storm Cellar Heart, is an ode to taking shelter and the fraught impulse to hide from the loudness of the outside world. It’s more of a long question than an answer: “Is it storms that help make the heart grow?”

                                                    Says Lee: “Writing this provided a reminder that while moments of recharging are important, I didn’t want to get too entrenched in escapism instead of the messiness of living.”

                                                    It was whilst sitting through a huge storm in rural New England that Jordan found himself becoming transfixed by the time in between the lightning and thunder – “The silence thick with inevitability”, he notes, before continuing that, “While I was writing the record, everywhere I looked, I saw massive societal strain on both people and the environment, and began to wonder if this is the lightning before some thunderous change. If we are living in that in-between time.”

                                                    The Myrrors

                                                    Fuzz Club Session

                                                      The Myrrors are a mythical force in contemporary psychedelia and one of our favourite bands over here at Fuzz Club HQ. That's why when they came over to the UK a few months back we dragged them along to The Pool Studio in London to lay down a Fuzz Club Session. The Arizona band's Fuzz Club Session is comprised of three utterly bewitching tracks that invoke images of the sandy plains of the Sonoran desert which they call home, yet also draped in an influence of traditional Eastern psychedelia. Complete with the band's signature meandering violins, droning vocals and sprawling instrumentation, the live recording of the Fuzz Club Session allows the tracks to take on an even more hypnotic form. The session is comprised of one track from their 2015 opus Arena Negra ('Juanito Laguna...'), one from a special 45 released back in 2016 ('Semillas Sembradas') and a cut from their forthcoming album to be released later this year ('Note From The Underground'). 

                                                      Nots

                                                      Anxious Trend / In Glass

                                                        The unrelenting Age of Anxiety that surrounds us all on both a personal and political level influenced the newest Nots 7” “Anxious Trend / In Glass”. It’s a rhythmic mess punctuated by lyrics dealing with turmoil and shock as the new normal. Both songs were recorded with Andrew Mccalla straight to tape in a top secret Memphis haunt late July 2017.

                                                        Ramones

                                                        Road To Ruin (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

                                                          The Ramones released the band’s fourth studio album, Road To Ruin, 40 years ago this September. Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny were joined for the first time by drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone, who’d left to do more producing and writing for the band. It was also the album that introduced a nation of pinheads to the all-time Ramones’ classic “I Wanna Be Sedated.” To celebrate the milestone, the band will release two versions on September 21st, a day before the anniversary of the album’s original release on September 22, 1978 - a 3CD/1LP 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and a newly remastered 1CD version of the original album.

                                                          The first disc of the Road To Ruin: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the original stereo mix for Road To Ruin and a new 2018 40th Anniversary Road Revisited mix created by Stasium, who strips off the original record’s commercial gloss and restores the album to its punk rock core. Stasium’s new mix is also featured on the 180-gram LP that accompanies this deluxe edition.

                                                          The second disc offers up over twenty unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for every album track, starkly different alternate takes of two songs, and two unreleased outtakes: “I Walk Out” and “S.L.U.G.” – unfinished during the original recording sessions in 1978, and completed by Stasium for this anniversary release. Other highlights include three different versions of “I Wanna Be Sedated,” including the “Ramones-on-45-Mega-Mix!” released in 1988 as part of the campaign for the Ramones Mania compilation, as well as acoustic versions of “Questioningly,” “Needles And Pins,” and “Don’t Come Close.”

                                                          The final disc has a previously unreleased recording of the band’s entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, which was mixed live by Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rockaway Beach,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” along with several songs from Road To Ruin: “I Don’t Want You,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” and “I Wanted Everything.”


                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Ltd Box Set Info: 3CD/1LP in 12x12 Hardbound Book + Booklet.

                                                          Ty Segall

                                                          Mr. Face

                                                            Repress!!!!

                                                            Famous Class is proud to announce the brand new TY SEGALL: Mr. Face EP!!! Not only is this gatefold double 7” EP packed with 4 killer jams, it doubles as a playable pair of 3D glasses! Pressed on translucent red + blue coloured vinyl you just look through the records to activate the supercharged 3D artwork. Get weird with us.

                                                            The Shifters

                                                            Have A Cunning Plan

                                                              After two 7”singles and a demo cassette (recently pressed to wax), Melbourne quintet The Shifters ¬finally unveil their ¬first, proper full-length album "Have a Cunning Plan". Recorded at (Australian legend) Al Montfort of Total Control/Terry’s home studio, “Have A Cunning Plan” ups the ¬fidelity a bit, tempering the up-front crunch of their previous demo/LP. The sonic space suits the band, allowing the unpretentious complexity of the songs & lyrics to generate the “oomph” rather than bludgeoning the listener with treble and feedback.

                                                              The album showcases ten new tracks by the band at their best; scrappy, self-destructive, stumbling and brilliant pop music that seems tossed off or nonchalant on the surface but is rife with rewards upon further listening. Early album bangers like “Molasses” and the first single “Work/Life, Gym Etc” are instant earworms, (as are “Straight Lines” & “Pyramid Scheme”, the latter reworked from a recent 7”) but it’s the simple-yet-sophisticated songcraft of tunes like “How Long?” or the languid strum of “Andrew Bolt” that are heavy on mood and are vehicles for vocalist/guitarist Miles Jansen’s erudite lyrics that simultaneously celebrate and decry the banality of life, while also tackling larger issues of colonialism conservatism’s effects on society at large.

                                                              On the surface, there’s no denying the band owe a heavy debt to The Fall, but whatever seeds were planted by the late, great Mark E. Smith, have gestated into an animal all their own. “Have A Cunning Plan” aims to take them towards a greater plane. 

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Coloured LP Info: Limited orange vinyl version.

                                                              Sobrenadar

                                                              Y

                                                                Sobrenadar is the solo project of Buenos Aires-based Paula García and translates as supernatant – essentially floating on the surface of a liquid – the perfect description of the music she has been making since 2006. Inspired by “soundtracks, music of past times, ’70s, ’80s, ambient, downtempo, Air, Boards Of Canada, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Grouper”, her mix of reverby beats, electronica, guitars and vocals are like a deep-sea dreampop.

                                                                Following her guest appearance on Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s album On The Echoing Green, this is Sobrenadar’s first international release. It is called y (and) because it combines her two most recent self-released EPs, Dromer and Habita – and follows a succession of singles and remixes by Slowdive, Gwenno, XAM (Hookworms) and Mark Peters. 

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Coloured LP Info: Randomly Selected Aqua / Orange vinyl.

                                                                Sudden Infant

                                                                Buddhist Nihilism

                                                                  SUDDEN INFANT is a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band based in Berlin. Their 2014 album „Wölfli’s Nightmare“ on Voodoo Rhythm Records was produced by Roli Mosimann (Swans, The Young Gods, Wiseblood) and was very well received by critics and audiences. In the past Sudden Infant toured with Sleaford Mods and played alongside Wolf Eyes, Ben Frost, Merzbow, Derek Bailey, Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore and many others. The brand new 2018 album „Buddhist Nihilism“ coming in August on Harbinger Sound (Harbinger189) will consolidate the bands ability for bizarre and intense compositions full of left field humor, powerful rhythms and twisted structures.

                                                                  Brilliantly mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert (Radian) in his Vienna studio. „Buddhist Nihilism, the new Sudden Infant album is a real fistful of sturm und drang, a real departure for the band. The new record leaves some of the noise and industrial elements behind and sees the band streamlining its approach. The barebones, minimal throb recalls fellow travelers The Ex and Suicide, with your somewhat unstable downstairs neighbor screaming at the daily horrors flashing on the television screen.“


                                                                  After the critical and commercial success of the top 10 album – ‘Night Thoughts’ (2016) Suede are set to release their stunning new album ‘The Blue Hour’ on the 21st September 2018.

                                                                  The Blue Hour was produced by Alan Moulder and Suede; it shares the same line-up as 1996’s Coming Up – vocals by Brett Anderson, guitars by Richard Oakes, bass by Mat Osman, drums by Simon Gilbert, synthesizers and piano by Neil Codling.


                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  2xColoured LP Info: RSD stores exclusive blue vinyl.

                                                                  Sumac

                                                                  Love In Shadow

                                                                    SUMAC - guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, ISIS), drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion) and bassist Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch) - deliver their third full length album, ‘Love In Shadow’, a brutalizing dive into love and all its raw emotions.

                                                                    The album was recorded live in a single room at Robert Lang Studios (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) in Washington by Kurt Ballou (Converge), who later mixed the album at his own studio GodCity.

                                                                    The album flows with the continued momentum from their acclaimed collaborative release with legendary Japanese artist Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha, Painkiller) earlier this year, ‘American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On’, incorporating more freeform abstraction into their raw, bombastic, and jagged sound. (“One of the year’s best rock records” - NPR)

                                                                    Each member of SUMAC has remained prolific within their own right, with Turner continuing to release albums with myriad projects and through his own SIGE imprint, Yacyshyn recently releasing new music with Baptists as well as scoring a horror film soundtrack and Cook consistently touring the world, sharing the stage with bands like Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe and many more.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: Exclusive to independent retailers on pink with black streaks
                                                                    vinyl.

                                                                    Dark Entries is honored to reissue the debut 12” single ‘Courage’ from Scottish band Talking Drums. Formed in Glasgow in 1981 when Charlie and Dot lived above a pub and discovered their downstairs neighbor, Carol, was a sensational singer. They quickly recruited Stewart on bass and Derek on drums and started gigging. Scotland in the early 80s had a live music scene where unsigned bands could gather a serious following and the band played every major city, helped by catchy, indie-pop tunes and Carol’s explosive performances. The recorded their debut album ‘Fighting To The Finish’ all in a week in March 1982 and released it on cassette. ‘Courage’ was their first vinyl outing in the independent, cottage-industry spirit of the times, originally released on Sticky Music in late 1982. The group added a horn section and congas extending the song to 8 sprawling minutes of dubby disco funk in the vein of ESG and William Onyeabor. The studio owner, Ian, had just bought a new piece of equipment called an Aphex Aural Exciter and put the whole mix through it – maybe one reason why “Courage” sounds strangely ahead of its time. For this first time vinyl reissue we’ve added bonus track “Lost in the 20th Century” from 1982, previously available only on their debut cassette album. All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Each copy includes a double sided insert with ephemera, photos and liner notes by the band.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Patrick says: The latest reissue from US archivists Dark Entries points a spotlight at Talking Drums (no relation), the 80s Scottish indie ensemble who's killer disco-not-synth-pop cut "Courage" became a diggers classic thanks to its inclusion on Sonar Kollektiv's "Computer Incantations..." comp. Highly recommended from all of us at Piccadilly.

                                                                    Villagers

                                                                    The Art Of Pretending To Swim

                                                                    Always restless and inventive while always true to the power and glory of song-writing and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, released by Domino on Friday 21st September.

                                                                    Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, O’Brien’s new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut Becoming A Jackal and 2013’s {Awayland} while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, The Art Of Pretending To Swim is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Barry says: Beautifully played acoustic guitars, bolstered with tender electronic flourishes and a driving percussive backline, Villagers perfectly mix the appeal of melodic indie with the silken, shimmering swagger of synth pop to great effect. Beautiful stuff.

                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    Indies Exclusive LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight vinyl plus bonus red vinyl 10" with 2 exclusive tracks.

                                                                    Indies Exclusive LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                    Thalia Zedek Band

                                                                    Fighting Season

                                                                      Thalia Zedek’s ‘Fighting Season’ is direct and raw, at times scorching and others fragile. The album features performances by guitarists and friends J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) and Chris Brokaw (Come).

                                                                      Thalia Zedek has been a been a seminal figure in the independent music scene for over 30 years as a member of Come, Live Skull and Uzi and, most recently, her trio E. ‘Fighting Season’ showcases her best songwriting and performances to date, featuring musicians she has worked with for many years, including longtime collaborator and violist Dave Curry, pianist Mel Lederman, bassist Winston Braman and drummer Jonathan Ulman.

                                                                      ‘Fighting Season’, a term originally coined for the period of time in Afghanistan when winter comes to an end and fighting resumes, is reinterpreted by Zedek with a the focus on a rebirth of resistance brought on by the deteriorating US political landscape. Zedek deftly combines the force of her playing with the urgency of her unmistakable voice to spin tales of discord and struggle from the personal to the political. The potency of her message reflects her exceptional songwriting and playing.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive purple vinyl.


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