Genre pick of the week Cover of And Those Who Were Seen Dancing by Tess Parks.

Tess Parks

And Those Who Were Seen Dancing

    Toronto-born, London-based artist Tess Parks returns with her long-awaited new album ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing’ via Fuzz Club Records. Following years of international touring and a lengthy list of critically-acclaimed collaborations with Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe in recent years (most recently the duo’s self-titled 2018 LP), the new album will be Parks’ first full-length solo offering since her much-loved debut album, ‘Blood Hot’, was released back in 2013 on Alan McGee’s 359 Music label.

    “In my mind, this album is like hopscotch”, Parks says: “These songs were pieced together over time in London, Toronto and Los Angeles with friends and family between August 2019 and March 2021. So many other versions of these songs exist. The recording and final completion of this album took over two years and wow - the lesson I have learned the most is that words are spells. If I didn’t know it before, I know it now for sure. I only want to put good out into the universe.” A growing disillusionment with the state of the world paired with an injury that stopped Parks from being able to play guitar and piano for months meant the album was nearly shelved.

    “I really felt discouraged to complete this album”, she recalls: “I stopped listening to music for honestly about a year altogether and turned to painting instead. I really had to convince myself again that it’s important to just share whatever good we can - having faith in ourselves to know that our lights can shine on and on through other people and for other people. The thought of anyone not sharing their art or being shy of anything they create seems like a real tragedy to me. Even if it’s not perfect, you’re capturing a moment.” Recorded over a two year period but with songs, lyrics and ideas dating back over a decade in some form, ‘And Those Who Were Seen Dancing’ is an album full of such moments, people and places.


    Barry says: The brilliant Tess Parks brings another selection of woozy psychedelic ballads, imbued with a glimmer of 1970's folk and Americana but without a doubt a sound all of her own. Lysergic, heady and hypnotic audio bliss.


    1. WOW
    2. Suzy & Sally's Eternal Return
    3. Happy Birthday Forever
    4. We Are The Music Makers And We Are The Dreamers Of Dreams
    5. Brexit At Tiffany's
    6. Old Life
    7. Do You Pray?
    8. Good Morning Glory
    9. I See Angels
    10. Saint Michael

    A Place To Bury Strangers

    Keep Lipping Away (RSD22 EDITION)


      A Place To Bury Strangers' 2009 single 'Keep Slipping Away', including brand new 'Keep Slipping Away 2022' and previously unreleased 'My Heart Was Empty'.

      Taken from their sophomore studio album 'Exploding Head', released in 2009, the limited edition RSD2022 release also features 4 remixes, including South Central, Cereal Spiller, Maps & Richard Fearless.


      A1. Keep Slipping Away (Radio Edit) (2022 Master)
      A2. Hit The Ground (2022 Master)
      A3. My Heart Was Empty*
      A4. Keep Slipping Away 2022*
      B1. Keep Slipping Away (South Central Remix) (2022 Master)
      B2. Keep Slipping Away (Cereal Spiller Remix) (2022 Master)
      B3. Keep Slipping Away (Maps Remix) (2022 Remix)
      B4. Keep Slipping Away (Richard Fearless Remix) (2022 Master)

      *Previously Unreleased/New

      Altered Images

      The Return Of The Teenage Popstar (RSD22 EDITION)


        Celebrated Scottish new wave / post punk artists Altered Images are back in 2022 with their first new material in nearly 40 years. To celebrate this Cooking Vinyl are releasing a unique 12" picture disc EP for Record Store Day including their timeless hits Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy, Don't Talk To Me About Love and Dead Pop Stars. The picture disc features a great rare photo of the bandís enigmatic lead singer Clare Grogan. Photography copyright Virginia Turbett

        Biff Bang Pow!

        Songs For The Sad Eyed Girly (RSD22 EDITION)


          Classic Creation 1990 lp from Biff Bang Pow! feauring Alan McGee & Dick Green, founders of Creation Records.

          Unavailable on vinyl since it's release. Biff Bang Pow! were a seminal 80s indie group, overshadowed by the success of their label. Time for a re-assessment we think. This is a beautiful pastoral acoustic-led recording. Sleeve notes by Alan McGee.


          She Kills Me
          The Girl From Well Lane
          Baby You Just Don’t Care
          If You Don’t Love Me Now You Never Ever Will
          Someone To Share My Life With
          Hug Me Honey

          Billy Bragg

          Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy (RSD22 EDITION)


            Coloured vinyl version of the 30th anniversary edition of Billy's debut album.


            Big A Little A / You're Already Dead (RSD22 EDITION)


              The original 12" single for Big A Little was released in 1980 and featured Nagasaki Nightmare on the other side. Crass decided that the track You're Already dead if more pertinent in today's society, so are creating a brand new 12" which include an exclusive patch or pamphlet, yet to be decided, keeping with the original spirit of Crass

              The Engineers

              Folly (RSD22 EDITION)


                "British shoegaze band Engineers were formed in 2003 by Mark Peters, Simon Phipps, Dan MacBean and Andrew Sweeney. The band often cites Cocteau Twins, Spiritualized, and Slowdive as direct influences. In September 2004 the mini-album Folly arrived, preceded by the featured single "Come In Out Of The Rain" a week prior. The mini-album also featured a cover of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter".

                Exclusively for Record Store Day, Folly is available as a 10" for the first time. This mini-album is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on solid white coloured vinyl."

                The Farm

                Groovy Train (RSD22 EDITION)


                  1 x 140g colour vinyl, 12" single reissue + 3x emixes of their second biggest track, released following 30th Anniversary of their debut album.

                  Field Music

                  Plumb (RSD22 EDITION)


                    Reissued for the first time since its original release in 2012 and long since out of print, Plumb is one of Field Music's best works, an album that firmly cemented them as one of the UK's most creative and critically acclaimed bands. It was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize and received huge praise from the likes of MOJO, Q, UNCUT, The Guardian and more.

                    Plumb's 10 year anniversary edition is limited to 2,000 copies world wide and comes on clear, plum coloured vinyl for Record Store Day 2022. Plumb digs into the age-old dichotomy between what is reflective or nostalgic and the disorienting immediacy of the outside world. 

                    Fun Boy Three

                    The Best Of (RSD22 EDITION)


                      The Best of Fun Boy Three contains all their hits remastered for the first time. This release is to coincide with the release of a 4CD/1DVD box set of the band's output.


                      City Baby Attacked By Rats (RSD22 EDITION)


                        UK punk legends GBH celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal album 'City Baby Attacked By Rats' with this limited edition transparent yellow vinyl.

                        The Go! Team

                        Proof Of Youth (RSD22 EDITION)


                          The Go! Team reissue their second album Proof of Youth for Record Store Day 2022. Long since out of print, this 15 year anniversary edition comes with an exclusive sleeve and a flexi disc of non-album track Milk Crisis and is pressed on bubblegum vinyl. This edition of Proof of Youth is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. Bombing melodies into the stone-age with its needle-in-the-red, anti-production approach, Proof of Youth lurches from bubblegum pop to white noise in a heartbeat. 

                          La Luz

                          La Luz - Instrumentals (RSD22 EDITION)


                            Instrumental version of the critically acclaimed 2021 album by La Luz. Released in October 2021.


                            Baggy Trousers (RSD22 EDITION)


                              Baggy Trousers is one of the only Madness singles that was never released on 12" back in the day. This EP sees its first 12" outing on 180g vinyl with five additional tracks, exclusively for Record Store Day 2022. Complete with etched messaging from the band. The sleeve features the iconic Humphrey Ocean illustration that graced the cover of the original 7" single in 1980. 

                              The Moons

                              Stand With Me (RSD22 EDITION)


                                Limited clear vinyl 7" single for RSD, 500 copies only. Following their popular 2020 album Pocket Melodies, The Moons return with new single 'Stand With Me'. An upbeat number merging classic moons melodies with a hip groove and hypnotic riff.

                                The Moons are a 4 piece outfit formed in 2008 by frontman guitarist/songwriter Andy Crofts now also a member of the Paul Weller band along with Moons drummer Ben Gordelier. Other Moonies in the band are Chris Watson guitar, Ben Curtis on bass guitar. The B side is an instrumental version and exclusive to this release. 

                                TRACK LISTING

                                SIDE A: Stand With Me - 3.48
                                SIDE B: Stand With Me (Instrumental) - 3.48.

                                Night Beats

                                Live At Valentine (RSD22 EDITION)

                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                  Newly recorded live session on coloured vinyl.

                                  Beth Orton

                                  Central Reservation (RSD22 EDITION)

                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                    Central Reservation makes a welcome return to vinyl having not been available outside the US since its release in 1999. The album which saw Beth win a BRIT Award and a Mercury Prize nomination is presented as a limited edition pillar box red colour.

                                    Beth Orton

                                    Trailer Park (RSD22 EDITION)

                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                      Trailer Park makes a welcome return to vinyl and has been pressed across 2LPs for the first time to ensure a superior audio quality. The track Whenever has been re-instated having been left off the original 1LP release. This BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominated album is presented as a limited edition vinyl in a blue colour you might find on a formica table top in a diner out in the wilds between San Fran and LA.

                                      Sandie Shaw & The Smiths

                                      Hand In Glove (RSD22 EDITION)

                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                        Originally released in 1984 and unavailable for almost 40 years, this was a collaboration between one of the most successful (UK) female stars of the '60s and indie darlings the Smiths, who were big fans. It features three Morrissey/Marr originals on which Sandie is backed by messrs Marr, Rourke and Joyce.

                                        Never previously available on coloured vinyl.

                                        Sun's Signature (Elizabeth Fraser & Damon Reece)

                                        Sun's Signature (RSD22 EDITION)

                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                          A finally finished 5 track EP by Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) and Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack, Lupine Howl).

                                          Pressed on black vinyl, housed inside a single sleeve jacket and printed inner sleeve. Limited to 8000 copies worldwide.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Golden Air
                                          Make Lovely The Day

                                          Super Furry Animals

                                          Rings Around The World, B-Sides (RSD22 EDITION)

                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                            New, limited edition, yellow vinyl 1LP. Cut from master audio files. Original single 'B-Sides' from the 3CD version of the recently remastered / re-issued classic hit album, 'Rings Around The World', Super Furries' most successful, celebrating its 20th anniversary


                                            Moving (RSD22 EDITION)

                                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                              Blue vinyl, 6 track, limited edition, 12" single. Includes rarities East Is East film soundtrack version, extended mix of Moving and Absolute Radio live (previously unreleased). Produced in association with Supergrass. Original single (UK#9, 1999), taken from the Supergrass (X-Ray) album.

                                              Virgin Prunes

                                              Pagan Lovesong (40th Anniversary Edition) (RSD22 EDITION)

                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                1 x 140g clear 12" single, 40th anniversary edition replicating original UK 12" Pagan Lovesong + Art Card. Out of print since release.

                                                Gerard Way

                                                Hesitant Alien (RSD22 EDITION)

                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                  Blue vinyl version of the 2014 release from the My Chemical Romance singer.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Go Ahead Punk... Make My Day (RSD22 EDITION)

                                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                    Any 90s punk fan will surely remember coveting a copy of Go Ahead Punk... Make My Day - a classic sampler CD from Nitro Records.

                                                    Originally released in 1996, the album delivered early cuts from some of the biggest names in West Coast punk, including AFI, the Offspring, and the Vandals.

                                                    Available for the very first time on vinyl, Go Ahead Punk... Make My Day features ten high-energy tracks from AFI, Guttermouth, Jughead's Revenge, The Vandals, and The Offspring, including the latter bandís cover of Hey Joe long-sought-after fan favorite, which was previously exclusive to this compilation.

                                                    Pressed on orange splatter vinyl. 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A:
                                                    1. Guttermouth - God's Kingdom
                                                    2. The Vandals - Marry Me
                                                    3. AFI - He Who Laughs Last
                                                    4. Jughead's Revenge - Tearing Down The World
                                                    5. The Offspring - Hey Joe;
                                                    Side B:
                                                    1. The Vandals - Let The Bad Times Roll
                                                    2. Jughead's Revenge - People's Pal
                                                    3. Guttermouth - Derek
                                                    4. AFI - Wake Up Call
                                                    5. The Offspring - Beheaded

                                                    Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno

                                                    Pink Lady Lemonade - You’re From Outer Space - 2022 Reissue

                                                      First time on vinyl. Originally released as a CD only album on Riot Season back in 2008 and out of print ever since. Fourteen years later it's finally getting the double vinyl release it fully deserves.

                                                      Now expanded, and with new artwork 'Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space' really could be Acid Mothers Temple’s first 'summer album'.

                                                      Here, Acid Mothers Temple's most representative song 'Pink Lady Lemonade' is dismantled and reconstructed as a blissful ecstatic psychedelic trip where chaos and silence intersect.

                                                      These were the first Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno studio recordings since the addition of Pikachu, drummer and vocalist with Osaka grenade-girl duo Afrirampo. The popular AMT standard "Pink Lady Lemonade" showcases a 21st century acid rock update on the 60s San Francisco psychedelic sound.

                                                      This one doesn't reach in the red status often - it’s a more out-there trippy ride. But when it does finally soar, Kawabata's guitar has never sounded more alive.

                                                      "Pink Lady Lemonade, You're soooooooooo sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!"

                                                      Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno :Pikacyu : drums, voice, cosmic shaman Tabata Mitsuru : bass, voice, malatab Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, dancin'king Shimura Koji : drums, latino cool Kawabata Makoto : guitar, voice, electronics, speed guru Audrey Ginestet : voice, cosmos.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space Part. 1/1 (17:11)
                                                      B. Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space Part. 1/2 / Mirage Of Lady Lemonade (16:49)
                                                      C. Message From Outer Space (18:50)
                                                      D. Take Me To The Universe / Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Outer Space Part.2 (20:12)


                                                      Resucitation - 2022 Reissue

                                                        “We’ve wanted to re-release this album for some time,” says ADULT.’s Adam Lee Miller, “but we weren’t ready until now. We have some new material in the pipeline, and we thought this would be a nice way to reintroduce ourselves.”

                                                        It is indeed a nice way for the hugely respected Detroit duo to herald their return to the world of music, especially for anyone who missed out on Resuscitation the first time around — the album was never available digitally until the 2012 re-release and vinyl pressing on Ghostly International. The reissue thus presented the chance to own one of the more influential records of the early 2000s: either on double 12” LP or, for the first time, as a digital release. Now, in 2022, the vinyl is available for the first time in a new red and black marble colorway.

                                                        When it first dropped in 2001, Resuscitation served as a de facto introduction to the duo, collecting a bunch of songs on CD that had only previously been available on hard-to-find singles and EPs. Eleven years later, it does the same thing, except this time around, we can see just how influential its creators’ work has been — and ADULT.’s music only sounds more remarkable with the benefit of hindsight.

                                                        At the time, Resuscitation’s combination of crisp beats, squelch-laden synths and Nicola Kuperus’ detached monotone sounded like a broadcast from the future, steeped in the analog synth sounds of forebears like Kraftwerk but possessed
                                                        of an ultramodern sheen all its own. The duo’s visual aesthetic was just as important — Kuperus’ photography adorned all their album packaging (including this re-release), and their live shows drew on a sense of what a reviewer once called “detached intrigue.”

                                                        Echoes of ADULT.’s aesthetic can be heard today in everything from today’s surfeit of analog synth-toting minimal wave bands to the highly stylized divas who dominate the pop charts. But really, in 2022 Resuscitation still sounds like no-one else.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        01. Lost Love
                                                        02. Hand To Phone (Cordless Mix)
                                                        03. Minors At Nite (Still Sick)
                                                        04. New Object (Edit)
                                                        05. Contagious
                                                        06. Mouth To Mouth
                                                        07. Nausea (Restructured)
                                                        08. Pressure Suit
                                                        09. Dispassionate Furniture (Reupholstered)
                                                        10. Human Wreck (Radio Edit)
                                                        11. Side-Swiped (Extended Mix)
                                                        12. Your Lies
                                                        13. Skinlike (Equation Mix)



                                                          Excess is Automatic’s second album following their 2019 debut Signal. Excess distils themes of 70s and 80s corporate excess, dystopian sci-fi and climate change into 10 new songs. 

                                                          The motorik and icy atmospheres of Automatic’s debut Signal remain, but Excess sees the band widening their scope, folding catchy pop hooks into their sound.  The band has toured nationally and internationally playing headline shows and sharing the stage with Bauhaus, Viagra Boys and Osees.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. New Beginning
                                                          2. On The Edge
                                                          3. Skyscraper
                                                          4. Realms
                                                          5. Venus Hour
                                                          6. Automaton
                                                          7. Teen Beat
                                                          8. NRG
                                                          9. Lucy
                                                          10. Turn Away

                                                          Black Lizard


                                                            Staples of the Scandinavian psychedelic underground since they formed back in 2008, Helsinki's Black Lizard are returning with their fourth album ‘Heads’. Due out June 3rd on Fuzz Club, the new album arrives following 2018’s ‘Celebration Of A New Dawn’, several tours around Europe, collaborations with Anton Newcombe and Sonic Boom, and shared stages with the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, DIIV, Allah-Las, The Horrors and many more. Talking about the record, their first piece of new music in four years, Black Lizard said: “We have been working on ‘Heads’ for the past few years, taking our time. The main theme on this record is going forward in life and getting better. From the more 60s psych of ‘Celebration Of A New Dawn’ we’ve gone for a more straight-up garage-rock sound on this one.” The resulting ‘Heads’ LP sees raw, fuzzy guitars combine with infectious echo-soaked vocals and driving rhythm sections to create a record that trades in a timeless rock’n’roll hedonism.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1) Leather Dreams
                                                            2) Killfire
                                                            3) Trouble Ahead
                                                            4) Trash
                                                            5) Dirty Rug
                                                            6) Aether
                                                            7) Soul Riot
                                                            8) 66Sick
                                                            9) No More Rain
                                                            10) Adore Me
                                                            11) Let The Light Keep Shining On

                                                            Brian Jonestown Massacre

                                                            Fire Doesn't Grow On Trees

                                                              Recorded in Berlin & remotely between 2020 & 2021 , the band returns their 19th full-length studio album. Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees is the beginning of a thrilling new phase for Newcombe and his band. Joining him in the studio & remotely for this album were Ricky Maymi (guitars), Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt (keyboards), Hakon Adalsteinsson (guitar), Hallberg Daði Hallbergsson (bass), & Uri Rennert (drums). The band are on a 34 date tour in North America with Mercury Rev at the moment , with festival appearances at Levitation in Angers, France in June, Elevation in Graz, Austria in July & NOX ORAE in Switzerland in August . With tours in Europe starting in September 2022 & another in February 2023 .

                                                              Originally Newcombe was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones' psychedelic phase - the name comes from Stones guitarist Brian Jones combined with a reference to cult leader Jim Jones, but his work in the 2000s has expanded into aesthetic dimensions approximating the UK Shoegazing genre of the 1990s and incorporating influences from world music, especially Middle Eastern and Brazilian music.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: Even from looking at the cover, I already know i'm going to like it, and upon listening to the record my suspicions are confirmed. It's fiery, effervescent and heavy, it's got the classic BJM riff-soup and soaring groove. Wonderfully immersive and a great listen.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. The Real
                                                              2. Ineffable Mindfuck
                                                              3. It's About Being Free Really
                                                              4. What's In A Name
                                                              5. Silenced
                                                              6. Before And After Land
                                                              7. You Think I'm Joking?
                                                              8. #1 LUCKY KITTY
                                                              9. Wait A Minute (2:30 To Be Exact)
                                                              10. Don't Let Me Get In Your Way


                                                              Freefall EP

                                                                Formed in Reading in 1987, Chapterhouse took the unusual step of rehearsing and gigging for well over a year before recording even a demotape. Initially, the band got lumped in with the British acid rock scene of the time, a mistake hardly rectified by the band's early performances supporting the rather laidback Spacemen 3. Chapterhouse eventually escaped from one genre only to find themselves amongst the infamous shoegaze groups of 1991 such as Lush, Moose and Slowdive.

                                                                Freefall was their 1990 debut EP and includes the popular track “Falling Down”, which was also included in their debut full-length album Whirlpool. The other three tracks, “Need (Somebody)”, “Inside Of Me” and “Sixteen Years”, were never included on their albums on vinyl and only appeared on this EP.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Falling Down
                                                                2. Need (Somebody)
                                                                3. Inside Of Me
                                                                4. Sixteen Years

                                                                The Charlatans

                                                                A Head Full Of Ideas - 2022 Repress

                                                                What can you say about this amazing band that hasn’t already been said? Also rans who out ran, under dogs who became winners, it’s been a long and winding road of heartache and seemingly unpassable obstacles that were always met with an unerring drive and positivity. This is a band who always believed in themselves and, just as importantly, the power of music.

                                                                I think it’s about 13 studio albums which this wonderful compilation covers. They’ve been going since 1989, but the thing is, their last two records are probably in their top three. 2015’s Modern Nature is second only to their Britpop era high, Tellin’ Stories. And it’s follow up, ‘Different Days’, not far behind. They constantly reinvent themselves, always sound fresh, always produce timeless classics which defy pigeon holing. From “The Only One I Know” through “Can’t Get Out of Bed”, “Tellin’ Stories”, “North Country Boy'' and right up to “Come Home Baby” and “Plastic Machinery”, the high quality never seems to drop and, as I said earlier, is possibly even getting better.

                                                                It’s well documented how this group has been beset by awful tragedy, so, I see the majesty of this incredible compilation as a testimony to the belief, dedication, and power of positive thinking that the original members clearly possess. In front man Tim Burgess the Charlatans have a modern-day folk hero. A man-child dreamer, believer, and cosmic schemer who spreads nothing but joy and love. He’s just a conductor for all good music, not just his own, and when his online listening parties took flight over Lockdown, he united a nation of music fans and even drew praise from Paul McCartney. The guy’s a hero and his band are too. This career defining best of is faultless: every home should have one.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: This is pretty much the essential document of one of Manchester's most legendary musical outfits. It's a heady collection that spans over thirty years of music...

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                THEN1CD (CD)
                                                                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                1) The Only One I Know
                                                                2) Weirdo
                                                                3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                                                                4) Jesus Hairdo
                                                                5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                                                                6) North Country Boy
                                                                7) Tellin’ Stories
                                                                8) One To Another
                                                                9) How High
                                                                10) Forever (Edit)
                                                                11) Impossible (Edit)
                                                                12) Love Is The Key
                                                                13) A Man Needs To Be Told
                                                                14) Up At The Lake
                                                                15) Blackened Blue Eyes
                                                                16) Oh Vanity
                                                                17) My Foolish Pride
                                                                18) Come Home Baby
                                                                19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
                                                                20) Plastic Machinery
                                                                21) Totally Eclipsing

                                                                THEN1CDX (2CD Deluxe)
                                                                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                1) The Only One I Know
                                                                2) Weirdo
                                                                3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                                                                4) Jesus Hairdo
                                                                5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                                                                6) North Country Boy
                                                                7) Tellin’ Stories
                                                                8) One To Another
                                                                9) How High
                                                                10) Forever (Edit)
                                                                11) Impossible (Edit)
                                                                12) Love Is The Key
                                                                13) A Man Needs To Be Told
                                                                14) Up At The Lake
                                                                15) Blackened Blue Eyes
                                                                16) Oh Vanity
                                                                17) My Foolish Pride
                                                                18) Come Home Baby
                                                                19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
                                                                20) Plastic Machinery
                                                                21) Totally Eclipsing
                                                                TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
                                                                1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                                                5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                                                6) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1) 7) Tootache (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997). ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
                                                                8) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                                                                9) Just Lookin’ (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997) ***Exclsuive To 2CD Deluxe***
                                                                10) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                                                11) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                                                12) Trouble Understanding (The Church Studios, London) ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
                                                                13) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                                                                THEN1LP (2LP)
                                                                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                A1) The Only One I Know
                                                                A2) Weirdo
                                                                A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                                                                A4) Jesus Hairdo
                                                                A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                                                                A6) North Country Boy
                                                                B1) Tellin’ Stories
                                                                B2) One To Another
                                                                B3) How High
                                                                B4) Forever
                                                                B5) Impossible
                                                                C1) Love Is The Key
                                                                C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                                                                C3) Up At The Lake
                                                                C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                                                                C5) Oh Vanity
                                                                D1) My Foolish Pride
                                                                D2) Come Home Baby
                                                                D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                                                                D4) Plastic Machinery
                                                                D5) Totally Eclipsing

                                                                THEN1LPX (3LP)
                                                                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                                                                A1) The Only One I Know
                                                                A2) Weirdo
                                                                A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                                                                A4) Jesus Hairdo
                                                                A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                                                                A6) North Country Boy
                                                                B1) Tellin’ Stories
                                                                B2) One To Another
                                                                B3) How High
                                                                B4) Forever
                                                                B5) Impossible
                                                                C1) Love Is The Key
                                                                C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                                                                C3) Up At The Lake
                                                                C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                                                                C5) Oh Vanity
                                                                D1) My Foolish Pride
                                                                D2) Come Home Baby
                                                                D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                                                                D4) Plastic Machinery
                                                                D5) Totally Eclipsing
                                                                E1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                E2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                E3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                E4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                                                E5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                                                F1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                F2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                                                                F3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                                                F4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                                                F5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                                                                The Charlatans

                                                                A Head Full Of Ideas - Limited Vinyl Box Set Edition - 2022 Reissue

                                                                  THE CHARLATANS proudly announce their (Covid) delayed release of their 30th Anniversary tour and a 6 vinyl LP Box Set. Released on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music, ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ is a five album, and exclusive 7”, career-spanning box set that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour begins at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finishes in Aberdeen on 20/12/21.

                                                                  The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

                                                                  Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

                                                                  This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five Transparent blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes. Within the box will also be an exclusive Original Demo’s 7” featuring ‘Indian Rope’/’The Only One I Know’, as well as a signed print of a tour poster from the early 90’s, a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.

                                                                  Their iconic and hugely adored live track One To Another (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  THEN1LPXX (6x Vinyl Set Box Set)
                                                                  A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF) (2LP)
                                                                  A1) The Only One I Know
                                                                  A2) Weirdo
                                                                  A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                                                                  A4) Jesus Hairdo
                                                                  A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                                                                  A6) North Country Boy
                                                                  B1) Tellin’ Stories
                                                                  B2) One To Another
                                                                  B3) How High
                                                                  B4) Impossible
                                                                  B5) Forever
                                                                  C1) Love Is The Key
                                                                  C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                                                                  C3) Up At The Lake
                                                                  C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                                                                  C5) Oh Vanity
                                                                  D1) My Foolish Pride
                                                                  D2) Come Home Baby
                                                                  D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                                                                  D4) Plastic Machinery
                                                                  D5) Totally Eclipsing

                                                                  TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
                                                                  A1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                  A2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                  A3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                  A4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                                                  A5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                                                                  B1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
                                                                  B2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                                                                  B3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                                                  B4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                                                                  B5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                                                                  PLEASED TO MEET YOU (DEMOS) (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                                                                  A1) C’mon C’Mon (Demo Version)
                                                                  A2) Sleepy Little Sunshine Boy (Desk Mix Version)
                                                                  A3) Dardanella (Demo Version)
                                                                  A4) So Oh (Demo Version)
                                                                  A5) Always On My Mind (Demo Version)
                                                                  B1) Everybody Ha Ha (Demo Version)
                                                                  B2) Commuter Computer (Demo Version)
                                                                  B3) Crystal Eyes (Demo Version)
                                                                  B4) Polar Bear (Demo Version)
                                                                  B5) I Need You To Know (Demo Version)

                                                                  ONE TO ANOTHER (REMIXES) (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                                                                  A1) Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)
                                                                  A2) Nine Acre Dust (Chemical Brothers Remix)
                                                                  A3) So Oh (Brian Jonestown Massacre Remix)
                                                                  A4) Tellin’ Stories (The Go! Team Remix) **unreleased**
                                                                  B1) Trouble Understanding (Norman Cook Remix)
                                                                  B2) My Beautiful Friend (Jagz Kooner Remix)
                                                                  B3) Hey Sunrise (The Orb Remix) **unreleased**
                                                                  B4) You’re So Pretty, We’re So Pretty (Lo Fidelity Allstars Remix)

                                                                  BONUS DEMOS 7” (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                                                                  A1) Indian Rope (Demo)
                                                                  AA1) The Only One I Know (Demo)

                                                                  Chubby And The Gang

                                                                  Labour Of Love

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1 Who Loves Ya (Coup D'état)
                                                                    B1 Twice Shy
                                                                    B2 Ain't There No One?

                                                                    Ciccone Youth

                                                                    The Whitey Album - Repress

                                                                      Ciccone Youth’s The Whitey Album, the full-length recorded by Sonic Youth’s Top-40 obsessed alter-ego.

                                                                      In 1988, after hinting that a tribute to the Beatles’ White Album was in the works, the band about-faced and delivered this brain-sick celebration of pop-culture, experimental rock, Neu! and The Material Girl in particular. The album features such favorites as “MacBeth” (as well as a hidden bonus alternate mix of the track) and “Into the Groovey,” and includes Mike Watt’s “Burnin’ Up” featuring Greg Ginn.

                                                                      Martin Courtney

                                                                      Magic Sign

                                                                        When Martin Courtney was a teenager, he knew how to get lost. In the late ‘90s and early 2000s, there’s Martin, loaded into a car with friends. They’re navigating the suburban sprawl of New Jersey with no destination in mind. He and his friends would “get thoroughly confused and look for familiar green signs with arrows pointing to towns we’d heard of. We’d call them ‘magic signs,’” he says.

                                                                        That’s the thing about magic: when you go looking for it, you start to see it everywhere. And you can hear it twinklingly throughout the ten songs on Magic Sign, the second solo album written, performed, & produced by the Real Estate songwriter. The album was recorded, mixed & co-produced by Rob Schnapf. Additional performers include Matt Barrick, Oliver Hill, Kacey Johansing, and Tim Ramsey


                                                                        From The Ages - Remastered 2022 Edition

                                                                          2013 third studio album from San Diego psychedelic instrumental rockers.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side A:
                                                                          1. Violence Of The Red Sea (14:49)
                                                                          Side B:
                                                                          1. Ulura Rock (14:12)
                                                                          2. Equus October (5:46)
                                                                          Side C:
                                                                          1. From The Ages Pt I (16:06)
                                                                          Side D:
                                                                          1. From The Ages Pt II (15:55)


                                                                          Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky - Remastered 2022 Edition

                                                                            2007 2nd studio album from San Diego psychedelic instrumental rockers.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Side A:1.Godspeed (Amplified/Passing/Trajectory/Cascade) (20:57)
                                                                            Side B:1.Sonic Prayer (21:15)

                                                                            7” Single Track Listing
                                                                            Side A: 1.Cherry Red (4:36)
                                                                            Side B: Blank

                                                                            Jack Flanagan

                                                                            Jack Rides The Sky

                                                                              The debut album from Jack Flanagan, currently best known for his work as a member of the Mystery Jets. ‘Jack Rides The Sky’ is a magical coming of age record that comprises of 12 tracks written over the last decade, some finished and some left as initial sketches of ideas. As brutally honest as it is escapist and romantic, ‘Jack Rides The Sky’ is a body of work that signals the arrival of a unique, poetic talent finally stepping out on his own and releasing the extraordinary songs that have been parked on his laptop for the last 10 years.

                                                                              Born in Basingstoke outside London in the early 90s, Jack grew up obsessing over John Lennon, Evan Dando, and The La’s. Like any none too sensible kid with great hair, an Irish surname and a romantic view of the heroic nature of rock'n'roll, he drifted to the capital city. At 19 he was making his own music and learning song craft. Through the early Noughties he played bass in scene bands, and the glow of imminent stardom surrounded him.

                                                                              The scene loved Jack and Jack loved the scene. The career planning did not, however, go as intended. Jack's early musical alliance with Rob Skipper from The Holloways ended in tragedy when the singer died of a heroin overdose. For the next ten years Jack's progress was hampered by fate's interventions and his own insecurities. Exciting projects were stop started and brilliant songs were left ignored, until now.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Curses
                                                                              2. Skyhorse X Skyhorse
                                                                              3. Gravy Train
                                                                              4. Unbelievable
                                                                              5. Don’t Ask Me Why
                                                                              6. Something Has Changed
                                                                              7. Misty
                                                                              8. Lately
                                                                              9. Blue Canoe
                                                                              10. Girls And Boys
                                                                              11. Try
                                                                              12. Why Am I Only Here 

                                                                              Fu Manchu

                                                                              No One Rides For Free - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                The fourth release in Fu Manchu’s 30th Anniversary vinyl reissue series, No One Rides For Free, is a new vinyl specific remaster of the band’s debut album. These songs are the only recordings of the band’s line-up of Scott Hill (vocals/guitar), Mark Abshire (bass), Eddie Glass (guitar) and Ruben Romano (drums). The 8 song collection was recorded on April 16 and 17, 1993 at Sandbox Studios in LA, produced by the band along with Brant Bjork. This reissue was remastered by Carl Saff for optimum fidelity. This limited edition 2,000 unit LP run is pressed on red vinyl with white splatter and the newly designed gatefold package includes never before seen photos of the band and flyers from the shows of the era. The limited edition 1,000 unit CD run also features the updated art and a digital specific remaster.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. “Time To Fly”
                                                                                2. “Ojo Rojo”
                                                                                3. “Show And Shine”
                                                                                4. “Mega-Bumpers”
                                                                                5. “Free And Easy (Summer Girls)”
                                                                                6. “Superbird” “Shine It On”
                                                                                7. “Snakebellies

                                                                                G. Love & Special Sauce

                                                                                Philadelphia Mississippi

                                                                                  Mixing old school blues and folk with new school hip-hop and funk, G. Love’s electrifying new album, Philadelphia Mississippi, brings together both sides of the genre-bending pioneer’s eclectic career in a wildly innovative and deeply reverent sonic pilgrimage to the heart of the South. Produced by North Mississippi All-Stars’ Luther Dickinson, the collection is loose and spontaneous, full of joyful, improvised performances and freewheeling collaborations with a slew of special guests including blues torchbearers like Alvin Youngblood Hart and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and rap icons like Schoolly D and Speech. It would have been easy for G. Love to play it safe coming off his GRAMMY-nominated 2020 release, The Juice, but Philadelphia Mississippi is perhaps his most adventurous collection to date, ditching all the rules as it experiments with form and function in an ecstatic celebration of music’s power to connect across genres and generations. Born Garrett Dutton in Philadelphia, PA, G. Love first broke out in the early ’90s with his band, Special Sauce, on their strength of their Gold-selling self-titled debut. Over the next three decades, he would go on to release seven more critically acclaimed albums with Special Sauce (plus five on his own), become a fixture on festival lineups from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza, and collaborate on the road and in the studio with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams, Dave Matthews, The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, Keb’ Mo’, and DJ Logic.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Love From Philly (feat. Schoolly D & Chuck Treece)
                                                                                  2. Mississippi (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart, R.L. Boyce & Speech)
                                                                                  3. My Ball (feat. Freddie Foxxx & Jontavious Willis)
                                                                                  4. Guitar Man (feat. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram)
                                                                                  5. Kickin' (feat. Chuck Treece & Lady Alma)
                                                                                  6. HipHopHarpin' (feat. Alvin Youngblood Hart)
                                                                                  7. Laughing In The Sunshine
                                                                                  8. I Ain't Living (feat. Tikyra Jackson)
                                                                                  9. Lemonades (feat. Cam Kimbrough, Luther Dickinson & Chuck Treece)
                                                                                  10. If My Mind Don't Change (feat. Sharde Thomas)
                                                                                  11. Sauce Up! (feat. Trenton Ayers)
                                                                                  12. The Philly Sound
                                                                                  13. Shouts Out (feat. Trenton Ayers & R.L. Boyce)

                                                                                  Wren Hinds

                                                                                  A Child's Chant For The New Millenium

                                                                                    Wren Hinds brought fresh thematic cogency to his third album, recorded in early 2020. The linking matter is his unerring ability to apply himself to each new situation, in this case a longing for connection - to humanity, nature - in a world tilted towards digital disconnection. While the lockdowns intensified the album's dystopian fears, the beauty and artistry in Wren's song craft counterpoint the shadows eloquently. The title-track laments "digital modification" over gamelan-ish flutters across six delicate minutes. All spectral voices and pining, 'Sign of Life' yearns for "some act of human kindness" to a wind-caressed cowboy lollop. 'The Pearl' longs for blissful quietude, while 'Wrenbird' evokes Sam Beam at his dreamiest. River's Song' adds soft, sure layers of accordion and guitar, before 'The Path' marshals misty harmonies and finger-picked guitar for a gentle declaration of resistance. "Bang your freedom drum," sings Wren, mapping out a singular path with understated assurance.

                                                                                    “Absolutely thrilled to be putting out ‘A Child’s Chant for the New Millennium’ with Bella Union! At the end of 2019 through early 2020 I buried myself amongst instruments, wires, synths, guitars and whatever I could get my hands on, I lost myself in the layering of textures, sounds and vocal overtones, armed with the scribbles of a couple new songs, ‘A Child’s Chant’ was born”.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. A Child's Chant For The New Millennium 06:01
                                                                                    2. Sign Of Life 05:28
                                                                                    3. The Pearl 05:44
                                                                                    4. Wrenbird 04:29
                                                                                    5. River's Song 04:04
                                                                                    6. The Path 02:37
                                                                                    7. Conclusion 00:19

                                                                                    Zola Jesus


                                                                                      There is a way a voice can cut through the fascia of reality, cleaving through habit into the raw nerve of experience. Nika Roza Danilova, the singer, songwriter, and producer who since 2009 has released music as Zola Jesus, wields a voice that does that. When you hear it, it is like you are being summoned to a place that’s already wrapped inside you but obscured from conscious experience. This place has been buried because it tends to hold pain, but it’s also a gift, because once it’s opened, once you’re inside of it, it can show you the truth. Zola Jesus’s new album, Arkhon, finds new ways of loosing this submerged, stalled pain.

                                                                                      On previous albums, Danilova had largely played the role of auteur, meticulously crafting every aspect of Zola Jesus’s sound and look. This time, she realized that her habitual need for control was sealing her out of her art. Arkhon sees Zola Jesus’s first collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Mandy soundtrack, Candyman soundtrack) and with drummer and percussionist Matt Chamberlain, whose prior work appears on albums by Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie. Arkhon runs the spectrum from songs whose weight lies in their bare simplicity, like “Desire,” an elegiac piano composition about the end of a relationship that was recorded acoustically in a single take, to towering, groove-oriented tracks like “The Fall” and the tight, interlocking percussion and samples of a Slovenian folk choir in “Lost,” which propel narratives of collective despair and mutual comfort in kind. Through these turns, Arkhon reveals itself as an album whose power derives from abandon. Both its turmoils and its pleasures take root in the body, letting individual consciousness dissolve into the thick of the beat.

                                                                                      Despite the darkness curled inside reality, there is power, too, in surrendering to what can’t be pinned down, to the wild unfurling of the world in all its unforeseeable motion. That letting go is the crux of Arkhon, which marks a new way of moving and making for Zola Jesus.

                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                      Barry says: Zola Jesus' music has always been uncompromising, and had a distinct identity all of it's own, but on 'Arkhon', Danilova mixes her distinctive compositional style with a number of collaborators, resulting in a fractured, visceral hybrid of modern industrial music and abstracted synth-pop.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1 Lost
                                                                                      2 The Fall
                                                                                      3 Undertow
                                                                                      4 Into The Wild
                                                                                      5 Dead And Gone
                                                                                      6 Sewn
                                                                                      7 Desire
                                                                                      8 Fault
                                                                                      9 Efemra
                                                                                      10 Do That Anymore 

                                                                                      Zola Jesus

                                                                                      Okovi (15 Year Anniversary Clear And Black Splatter)

                                                                                        For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.

                                                                                        Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe.

                                                                                        With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Doma
                                                                                        2. Exhumed
                                                                                        3. Soak 
                                                                                        4. Ash To Bone 
                                                                                        5. Witness 
                                                                                        6. Siphon 
                                                                                        7. Veka 
                                                                                        8. Wiseblood
                                                                                        9. NMO
                                                                                        10. Remains
                                                                                        11. Half Life 

                                                                                        Johnny Moped

                                                                                        The Search For Xerxes - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                          Johnny Moped's “lost album” from 1990, finally gets a reissue! I like this album, Johnny hates it. But why? I think it’s more “Johnny Moped” than any other album out there. What other album has entirely penned JM songs/ditties like ‘Soldiers’ and ‘Moped Crash’ plus ad-libs and all the other little interludes in between the tracks that are pure “Moped”. Johnny thinks it sounds like a “disco” album, which it does in places, but, hey-ho, it was 1989 and it was the age of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. At the time there had been no Moped band since 1985-ish and certainly Slimy hadn’t been in the band since the early ‘80s.

                                                                                          Also, there was only one album out there, Cycledelic so there was a lot of songs destined for a follow up album that never happened and it looked like we were going to be a one album band. So, with so much unreleased material and a chronic lack of “mopedisum” I decided to embark on a little project…This album came out in 1990 on Deltic records but the deal was that I had to produce a finished master tape that could go straight to the cutting room and be pressed, so I borrowed a 4-track Teac and a Roland sampler and Roland drum machine and got to work. Some of the tracks sound like they were recorded in someone’s bedroom, that’s because they were, but Captain recorded some great stuff on his 8-track where I had recorded Johnny “live” and handed over a tape for him to work with (‘I’m a Spasm’, ‘Soldiers’, ‘Cut across Shorty’).

                                                                                          Also, he provided some decent backing vocals on other tracks (‘Corpse Boogie’, ‘Hiawatha’). The album came out in 1990 and to promote it we put the band back together... in a different format. The Johnny Moped Big Band did a series of gigs where we started with two guitarists, bass drums and Johnny for three songs and then swapped to different musicians during ‘Wild Breed’ for another three songs. Then we’d bring the whole lot together for the rest of the set. The photos on the back cover are taken from the “live at the Cartoon” video. Notice Johnny’s original Moped jacket had long gone missing, and he was wearing a grey tasselly “thing” I made for him.

                                                                                          He didn’t like it at all, so I donated my own studded leather jacket and he’s worn it ever since. The front cover is studio shots taken of Johnny for the album that were never used at the time (how did we end of with such a bad drawing of him instead on the original album?!) So… this has been lovingly re-mastered by Jez Larder after Captain managed to retrieve most of the material from the very old DAT tapes. Some of the “interludes” were missing, and I’ve had to get them off the vinyl (see if you can spot ‘em!). Enjoy!

                                                                                          Dave Berk - May 2022

                                                                                          Damien Jurado

                                                                                          Reggae Film Star

                                                                                            Reggae Film Star is Damien Jurado's 18th full length studio album and the second on his own record label Maraqopa Records 25 years since his debut album Waters Ave S. came out, Jurado is more prolific, driven and creative than ever. The twelve mystical songs on Reggae Film Star are gorgeously cinematic and feature a rich production and diverse sonic textures. Reggae Film Star was produced by Damien Jurado at Sonikwire in Irvine, CA, with invaluable help from the dream team of multi instrumentalist Josh Gordon and recording engineer Alex Bush. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Meeting Eddie Smith
                                                                                            Roger's Audition
                                                                                            What Happened To The Class Of '65?
                                                                                            Location, Undisclosed (1980)
                                                                                            The Pain Of No Return
                                                                                            Gork Meets The Desert Monster
                                                                                            Day Of The Robot
                                                                                            Ready For My Close Up
                                                                                            Taped In Front Of A Live Studio Audience
                                                                                            Whatever Happened To Paul Sand?
                                                                                            Lois Lambert

                                                                                            Just Mustard

                                                                                            Heart Under

                                                                                              ‘Heart Under’, Just Mustard’s second album and first for Partisan Records, is an album that asks you to forget what you know. At every turn, this remarkable record reconfigures and stretches the ideas and ambition of a rock band, and turns a year of lockdown and personal struggles into a breathtaking artistic statement.

                                                                                              The music the five friends from Dundalk, Ireland make is strikingly untraditional. Though to look at them, it appears that the band are a five-piece with uniform make-up of a vocalist, two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer, not a single one of them utilizes their instrument in a confined or regular fashion. Guitarists David Noonan and Mete Kalyoncuoglu make their six-strings shriek and wail, the sounds produced sounding like everything from whirring machinery to horror movie monsters. On the introduction to the dark and dangerous ‘Seed’, it’s half-way to being a techno beat. On a great deal of the album, this harshness is juxtaposed by watery, swelling guitar chords that add a dreamy texture to the record alongside the more aggressive, industrial tones. “This is just a piece of wood with some metal strings attached – you can do whatever you want with it,” Mete says of his approach to his instrument.

                                                                                              Behind them, drummer Shane Maguire uses the rim of his drums almost as much as the skins, providing a clattering, metallic backbeat. “I wanted to reinforce the clangy soundscapes of the songs,” he says of his approach to his instrument, and the record includes Shane whacking a metal staircase with a stick in the studio. Most of the melodies on offer poke through from Rob Clarke’s inventive, nodding basslines, which have nods to The Cure, who Just Mustard supported at a Dublin show in 2019. Rob’s sub bass also plays a pivotal role in the sound, creating a sound that feels like an anchor at the bottom of the sea and adding extra emotional weight to the record. “It leaves open the space that a normal bass guitar would normally occupy,” he explains, “and it’s leaving a lot of room in the mid frequencies for vocals and guitars.”

                                                                                              Then there’s Katie on vocals. On the roaring climax to single ‘I Am You’ and the melodic and rhythmic verses in the sprightly ‘Mirrors’, she becomes the transfixing focal point of the band, where past material has seen her voice drop back to within the rest of the band, become an extra texture in the soundscapes.

                                                                                              Since the release of debut album ‘Wednesday’ in mid-2018, the band have undergone a subtle but firm transition, through propulsive 2019 single ‘Frank’ and the gargantuan ‘Seven’ from later that year. While ‘Wednesday’ and subsequent singles pushed Just Mustard away from fitting snugly into the shoegaze category they once occupied, ‘Heart Under’ makes them stand alone as a band that sound like no other.

                                                                                              Across its 10 tracks, the album presents a coherent style and ethos – those scything guitars, Katie’s magical vocals – but still incorporates a wide and untethered vision. There are brooding, atmospheric rock songs (‘Still’, ‘In Shade’) and others that apply a lighter, dreamier touch (‘Sore’, ‘Mirrors’), all tied together with impeccable instrumentation and a united vision. On ‘Wednesday’, the band played with dreamier soundscapes and production techniques, and ‘Heart Under’ serves as the next stage of this development, with every instrument brilliantly pushed to its limit and every boundary of the band stretched.

                                                                                              “This album felt very blue to us,” Katie says of the overarching vision behind ‘Heart Under’. “There was sadness and sorrow in the album, and it felt like being underwater and under something very heavy. We let that influence the music, but it wasn’t a decision – it just naturally happened that way.” Flowing through every part of the album, which unpacks the grief and sorrow that Katie was experiencing at the time of its creation, the theme of water also stretches to its majestic artwork. Commissioned by the band and painted by British artist Graham Dean, it shows a subject up to their chest in water. “His paintings lined up with the emotions in the songs,” Katie says.

                                                                                              The title, ‘Heart Under’, comes from the lyric “the heart under its foot” from the song ‘Sore’, and throughout the recording, the band discussed the idea of wanting the listener to feel like they’re on a train going through a tunnel. In every facet of the album is a physical and emotional intensity, with each note of dissonant guitar, thwack of a drum or piercing lyric hitting you right in the chest, just as intended.

                                                                                              Primary recording took place in Attica Studios in rural Donegal, with additional recording and post-production then completed at home, and this extra time they gave themselves results in an even richer and more intricately composed record. Katie’s vocals were also recorded at home, with extra time and space that allowed her to give a more emotional and honest performance. “The emotion in the vocals is really important to me, and I could really zoom in and take my time when recording at home,” she reflects.

                                                                                              After the band had finished recording and producing the album, ‘Heart Under’ was pushed even further into singular territory when the band worked with mixer David Wrench, whose previous collaborators include Frank Ocean, Let’s Eat Grandma, Jamie xx, FKA twigs and beyond. “We wanted someone who had done pop and electronic records and didn’t just work within rock music,” Katie says, with David adding: “I learned so much from what he did with the record. He put the spotlight on some things in the mix that we had no idea about, and he created so much extra space.”

                                                                                              Though written in the depths of 2020, ‘Heart Under’ is a personal document of a time that doesn’t comment on realities of the outside world. “I always write about what’s going on inside my head rather than anyone else’s,” Katie says. “We all use music to escape, and it’s good to have a break from life with music.”

                                                                                              An album not categorisable by genre or era, ‘Heart Under’ is a guitar album with guitars that don’t sound like guitars, an album that stretches traditional frameworks to make a thrillingly unique sound, and an album like little else you'll ever hear.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Laura says: With brooding basslines, distorted guitar shards and pummelling drums Just Mustard plough their own very unique path through the buoyant Irish guitar scene. Katie Balls vocals go from gentle, almost whispered
                                                                                              melody to wailing banshee like howls as their sound veers between propulsive intensity and haunting soundscapes. It's a stunning, inventive album that while sounding completely unique, wouldn't sound out of place among early 4AD releases.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                              A1 23
                                                                                              A2 Still
                                                                                              A3 I Am You
                                                                                              A4 Seed
                                                                                              A5 Blue Chalk
                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                              B1 Early
                                                                                              B2 Sore
                                                                                              B3 Mirrors
                                                                                              B4 In Shade
                                                                                              B5 Rivers

                                                                                              King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                                                                              Quarters! - Audiophile Edition

                                                                                                At some point in the last decade, the world’s greatest living non-stop psychedelic rock machine hit creative overdrive. Music flowed from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard like lava - super hot and absolutely unstoppable. Thankfully, Heavenly were on hand to help get the out there right out there, releasing ten albums by the band in less than five years.

                                                                                                Now, having been out of print on vinyl for years, the first three of those albums are getting deluxe reissues to help you blow your mind on your top of the range stereo. Or maybe blow your speakers, it’s your choice.

                                                                                                2014’s ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ and their two 2015 releases ‘Quarters!’ and ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’ are reissued as double albums on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                ‘Quarters!’ is cut at 45rpm and includes a downloadable version of the album.

                                                                                                This record is best described in the words of the band:

                                                                                                ‘Quarters!’: “Like an old bone dug up by an even older dog, ‘Quarters!’ is decaying, stinky, flyblown, but still somehow… meaty… and tasty. It’s wonky! It’s wobbly! Warts ’n’ all! The Gizzard Gator flies in, serenades you for 40:40 and is off in search of more flesh. ‘Quarters!’ is a woozy jam recorded to warped tape. Join the cult. Join the ‘Quarters!’ club.”

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                The River
                                                                                                Infinite Rise
                                                                                                God Is In The Rhythm
                                                                                                Lonely Steel Sheet Flyer

                                                                                                Lay Llamas


                                                                                                  Nicola Giunta and Gioele Valenti (the musicians creating the Lay Llamas dimension) seem to communicate from a different solar system their ecstatic gaze towards an imaginary future world. They rely mainly on a narrative tone of mysterious and spectral dark-psych shades, digging abyss of glacial depht of the self, where light filters through lysergic languors and radiant progressions of luminous dust. Oneiric voices refer to the hybrid chaos of a metropolitan jungle, as a hypnotic and psychic dimension of mind layers. Goud is steeped in numerous literary, mythological, philosophical, ecological and alchemical references. Pulsating and magnetic Farfisa, mesmeric basses and flutes or poisonous pinkfloydian and krautrock patterns forge a clear divinatory aspect of the music. The trip ends in the dark night of the forest, with more acoustic flavours and percussive incense of pure acid-folk. The beautiful cover by Virginia Genta by Jooklo, with her amoebic-cosmic graphics, seems to perfectly seal the sound inspiration of one of the most advanced forges of Italian neo-psychedelia.

                                                                                                  Lykke Li


                                                                                                    Lykke Li returns with her fifth studio album EYEYE. The LP is an eight track story about lust, attraction, attachment, and rejection; the landscape of love. The songs are inhabited by moving images that neither start nor end. Each film functions as a visual loop, concise as a haiku, yet continuing in perpetuity. The result is a somatic, repetitious experience. Compounding chapters between a dream and reality.

                                                                                                    Lykke Li creates connection with the depth of emotion in her lyrics and her consistency has made her an iconic staple in music with a decade spanning career having created her own lane when it comes to genre and songwriting. In addition to selling out shows across the world, she has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, Jools Holland, and received praise from The New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, Rolling Stone and more. Last year, Lykke featured on Mark Ronson’s critically acclaimed single “Late Night Feelings” and joined him for a live performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Outside of music, she starred in the Terrence Malick film Song to Song and also co-founded the female owned Yola Mezcal brand, which brought the inaugural all-female music and arts festival Yola Día to Los Angeles and featured performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Cat Power, and Courtney Love.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. No Hotel
                                                                                                    2. You Don't Go Away
                                                                                                    3. Highway To Your Heart
                                                                                                    4. Happy Hurts
                                                                                                    5. Carousel
                                                                                                    6. 5D
                                                                                                    7. Over
                                                                                                    8. Ü&I

                                                                                                    London Odense Ensemble

                                                                                                    Jaiyede Sessions Vol. 1

                                                                                                      In recent years London has become an epicenter for experimental, visionary jazz. On this unique session, two of the finest exponents of the London jazz scene, Tamar Osborn and Al MacSween, join forces with members of the celebrated Danish psychedelic underground - Jonas Munk, Jakob Skøtt and Martin Rude – to create a heady sonic brew. On this first volume of material there's everything one could hope for in such a collaboration: sonically it summons the free flowing euphoria of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders' work in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

                                                                                                      But there's also a focus on rhythmic energy and vitality that calls to mind the grooviest krautrock or electric period Miles Davis, as well as a healthy dose of electronic experiments. Throughout these five tracks the quintet paints with a colourful palette. Tamar Osborn shifts between baritone sax and flutes. Keyboardist Al MacSween doesn't just stick with the tried and true electric piano - an instrument which he masters - but showers these tracks in analog synths and effects as well. Add to that the fact that Jonas Munk took a somewhat creative approach when editing and mixing these pieces – with effects boxes wired in, occasionally giving the mix a dubby, ambient atmosphere.

                                                                                                      Similar to Munk and Skøtt's main project, Causa Sui, digging into the past becomes a vehicle to open up the future. What the quintet has created in these sessions is something quite unique.Bios: Tamar Osborn: Saxophonist, composer and multi-wind instrumentalist is the creative force behind modal jazz ensemble Collocutor (On The Corner Records). She is a member of the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, performs and collaborates regularly with Sarathy Korwar, Jessica Lauren, Emanative, Ill Considered and DJ Khalab. Al MacSween: Keyboard player & founding member of Kefaya.

                                                                                                      Collaborations include American jazz legend Gary Bartz, Syrian qanun master Maya Youseff, London Community Gospel Choir, Palestinian jazz singer Reem Kelani & kora player Kadialy Kouyate.Martin Rude: Multi-string instrumentalist & lead singer in Sun River. Doubles as stand-in bass player in Causa Sui. Jakob Skøtt: Drummer in Causa Sui with a slew of side projects on El Paraiso, including Chicago Odense Ensemble, as well as being responsible for the label’s visuals.Jonas Munk: Guitarist in Causa Sui & studio wizard on most releases on El Paraiso. Also works with a wide palette of electronic music.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Jaiyede Suite Pt. 1
                                                                                                      2. Jaiyede Suite Pt. 2
                                                                                                      3. Sojourner
                                                                                                      4. Enter Momentum
                                                                                                      5. Celestial Navigation


                                                                                                      Please Don't Take Me Back

                                                                                                        New 7” from Durham indie, pop, punks Martha! ‘Please Don't Take Me Back’ is a song about refusing to let rose-tinted glasses distort your visions of the past. The b-side features a rough and ready cover of 'My Heart is a Drummer' by beloved Australian/English indie-pop legends Allo Darlin, who Martha supported at their first ever London gig back in 2012. Recorded at JT Soar, Nottingham. Produced by 'Bad' Phil Booth and mixed by Phil along with Rich Collins and Rob Newman Mastered by Dave Williams.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Please Don't Take Me Back
                                                                                                        My Heart Is A Drummer



                                                                                                          MUNA is magic. What other band could have stamped the forsaken year of 2021 with spangles and pom-poms, could have made you sing (and maybe even believe) that “Life’s so fun, life’s so fun,” during what may well have been the most uneasy stretch of your life? “Silk Chiffon,” MUNA’s instant-classic cult smash, featuring the band’s new label head Phoebe Bridgers, hit the gray skies of the pandemic’s year-and-a-half mark like a double rainbow. Since MUNA — lead singer/songwriter Katie Gavin, guitarist/producer Naomi McPherson, guitarist Josette Maskin — began making music together in college, at USC, they’d always embraced pain as a bedrock of longing, a part of growing up, and an inherent factor of marginalized experience: the band’s members belong to queer and minority communities, and play for these fellow-travelers above all. But sometimes, for MUNA, after nearly a decade of friendship and a long stretch of pandemic-induced self-reckoning, the most radical note possible is that of bliss.

                                                                                                          MUNA, the band’s self-titled third album, is a landmark — the forceful, deliberate, dimensional output of a band who has nothing to prove to anyone except themselves. The synth on “What I Want” scintillates like a Robyn dance-floor anthem; “Anything But Me,” galloping in 12/8, gives off Shania Twain in eighties neon; “Kind of Girl,” with its soaring, plaintive The Chicks chorus, begs to be sung at max volume with your best friends. It’s marked by a newfound creative assurance and technical ability, both in terms of McPherson and Maskin’s arrangements and production as well as Gavin’s songwriting, which is as propulsive as ever, but here opens up into new moments of perspective and grace.

                                                                                                          Here, more than ever, MUNA musters their unique powers to break through the existential muck and transport you, suddenly, into a room where everything is possible — a place where the disco ball’s never stopped throwing sparkles on the walls, where you can sweat and cry and lie down on the floor and make out with whoever, where vulnerability in the presence of those who love you can make you feel momentarily bulletproof, and selfconsciousness only sharpens the swell of joy.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                                                                                          2. What I Want
                                                                                                          3. Runner’s High
                                                                                                          4. Home By Now
                                                                                                          5. Kind Of Girl
                                                                                                          6. Handle Me
                                                                                                          7. No Idea
                                                                                                          8. Solid
                                                                                                          9. Anything But Me
                                                                                                          10. Loose Garment
                                                                                                          11. Shooting Star

                                                                                                          My Bloody Valentine

                                                                                                          Isn't Anything - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                            My Bloody Valentine, the quartet of Bilinda Butcher, Kevin Shields, Deb Googe and Colm Ó Cíosóig, are widely revered as one of the most ground-breaking and influential groups of the past forty years. During an era in which guitar bands denoted, at best, a retro-classicism, not only did my bloody valentine sound unlike any of their contemporaries, the band achieved the rare feat of sounding like the future.

                                                                                                            With their debut album, ‘isn’t anything’ (originally released in 1988), my bloody valentine revolutionised alternative music and heralded a new approach to guitar music for generations to come. The album birthed a sound which became a template for thousands of new subgenres, heralding a new approach to guitar music and studio production. Not only was it a new type of music, it paved the way for a new type of journalism; inciting comparisons to elemental phenomenon, tapping into how the music affected the psyche.

                                                                                                            Shields and Butcher frequently sang in a similar vocal range that allowed their voices to blend together. This had the effect of making their gender indistinguishable, to the point where their voices could be used as another melodic layer to complement the vertigo-inducing sounds made by Shields’ guitars. It is a record characterised by the ominous sense of space that inhabits many of its songs, which veered between the harried and propulsive, to the subdued and eerie.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Soft As Snow (but Warm inside)
                                                                                                            Lose My Breath
                                                                                                            Cupid Come
                                                                                                            (when You Wake) You’re Still In A Dream
                                                                                                            No More Sorry
                                                                                                            All I Need
                                                                                                            Feed Me With Your Kiss
                                                                                                            Several Girls Galore
                                                                                                            You Never Should
                                                                                                            Nothing Much To Lose
                                                                                                            I Can See It (but I Can’t Feel it)

                                                                                                            No Monster Club

                                                                                                            Deadbeat Effervescent

                                                                                                              The improbable missing link between ABBA and Daniel Johnston - RIYL Sparks, Electric Light Orchestra, Orange Juice.

                                                                                                              Their music has been variously referred to as "garage rock" (Austin Town Hall), "no bullshit pop" (Tiny Mix Tapes)
                                                                                                              "jangle-thrash" (My Old Kentucky Blog) 
                                                                                                              " lo-fi-tropicalsurf-pop" (Nialler9) 
                                                                                                              " b e d r o o m indie" (Impose Magazine)
                                                                                                              "sugary artpop" (Gimme Tinnitus)
                                                                                                              "new wave-y indie rock" (Brooklyn Vegan)
                                                                                                              "like a stripped-down, sugar high Pet Sounds" (NYLON Magazine) 
                                                                                                              "a bit like Girl Talk" (Vice Magazine)

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Waterfight
                                                                                                              2. Save The Circus
                                                                                                              3. Black And White
                                                                                                              4. Spaceman's Gold
                                                                                                              5. Telly Worldwide
                                                                                                              6. MacGuyver
                                                                                                              7. The Trundling Path
                                                                                                              8. Ctrl-Alt-Delete
                                                                                                              9. A Bugle Call
                                                                                                              10. Case By Case Basis
                                                                                                              11. Ticker Tape Parade
                                                                                                              12. Walk The Plank 

                                                                                                              Sinead O'Brien

                                                                                                              Time Bend And Break The Bower

                                                                                                                Communing at the triangulation of words, music and image, O’Brien has always conjured powerful worlds: but none more powerful, or as immersive, than on her debut record. In the space that exists between her delivery – at once wry, silky, vicious, and self-assured – and the music – a dynamic, dancing call-and-response from her collaborators, guitarist Julian Hanson and drummer Oscar Robertson – lies a productive tension. Using a method of creating on-instinct, in constant communication with multisensory cues, O’Brien is carving out a space as a musical oracle for an ever-shifting era. The 11-track album was produced by indie super-producer Dan Carey (Fontaines DC, Squid, Black Midi, Kae Temptest, Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) and recorded in his south London studio Mr Dan’s in late 2021.

                                                                                                                “The story of the album is built up in layers; one song giving context to the next” explains Sinead; “I thought about becoming undressed; testing my ideas, my voice. Working myself out across themes of identity, curiosity, creative process. Experimenting with the form and shape of language, using tone and delivery to get to the immediate centre of what I am saying. The record opens and closes with poems, these tracks have a really clear direction - a form which is set apart from the ‘songs’. I hold stops in different places, moving emphatically through the lyrics, changing the meaning. No punctuation - only the voice mapping out the way.”

                                                                                                                “The album title “Time Bend and Break The Bower”, from the song ‘Multitudes’, came into my head and made its demands, an idea that pressed on me throughout the record. It has a very active role. The clock symbol is enlarged, it looms like a moon over my activity watching, counting me down to zero. Dripping with self-sabotage and the feeling of being chased; it pulls and pushes against the verses which talk of ’Multitudes’; the things that faithfully come back - the images, the words, creativity. It is creativity itself.”

                                                                                                                Since 2020, O’Brien has garnered international critical acclaim from titles like Rolling Stone, DIY, Dazed, Dork, Loud & Quiet, NME, Paste, Stereogum, The FADER, The Guardian, The Quietus, and AnOther Magazine, among others. O’Brien has also been consistently supported on national radio: she counts Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, and Steve Lamacq and Amy Lamé at BBC Radio 6 Music as champions of her music, with the latter station giving two tracks a spot on their B List. And O’Brien is building on her US support from the likes of Seattle’s KEXP alongside appearances at SXSW – in virtual form in 2021, and live with her band in Texas later this spring.

                                                                                                                With a background on the design teams for John Galliano and, later, Vivienne Westwood, it’s no surprise that raven-haired O’Brien’s cultural touchstones also span a rich history of art, photography, film, dance and movement: from Helmut Newton femme fatales and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s bleak landscapes to modern performance by Michael Clark and Michael Laub companies, to the writings of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett. Recently tapped by Alessandro Micele’s Gucci to perform, it’s clear that O’Brien’s esoteric instincts will continue to inspire those beyond the industry as well as within it.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Pain Is The Fashion Of The Spirit
                                                                                                                2. Salt
                                                                                                                3. Girlkind
                                                                                                                4. End Of Days
                                                                                                                5. Like Culture
                                                                                                                6. The Rarest Kind
                                                                                                                7. Holy Country
                                                                                                                8. Spare For My Size, Me
                                                                                                                9. There Are Good Times Coming
                                                                                                                10. Multitudes
                                                                                                                11. Go Again



                                                                                                                  Recorded mostly from 2020-2021 in Ryan Olson’s Minneapolis studio with lyrics written and recorded by Channy Leaneagh in her room, Madness is an experimental expansion of the 4 piece family band of Chris Bierden (bass), Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu (drums) to include the anthropomorphic production tool “AllOvers(c)”, designed by Olson and fellow producer & sound-artist Seth Rosetter.

                                                                                                                  This latest release continues within the collaborative enclave in which POLIÇA resides and includes co-production by Dustin Zahn (“Alive” & “Away”), Alex Ridha and Alex Nutter (“Violence”). First single from the album is the anthemic pulse of “Alive” which Channy Leaneagh describes as follows: “Bad things happen, the fire goes out; even with the best flammables it stays dark until nothing matters becomes the fire itself. Channy sums up the lyrics and the startling artwork for Madness as follows: “I am here for you all and I am never truly myself here. I am her for you all and I am never truly her”.

                                                                                                                  POLIÇA began in Minneapolis in 2011 when singer Channy Leaneagh started collaborating with Ryan Olson, the producer of Jagjaguwar signed soft rock collective Gayngs, on a new batch of synthesizer and percussion-heavy arrangements. Channy was in the process of emerging from a personal and creative break up, with this informing much of the lyrical content of the songs. The resulting debut album, 2012's Give You The Ghost, immediately garnered international acclaim, with Rolling Stone hailing it as "the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously" and Q praising it as "a bewitching, urgent, magical debut." Bon Iver meanwhile declared that POLIÇA were “best band I've ever heard” and Jay-Z weighed in with a co-sign. The record became known for Channy's electronically manipulated vocals (using a TC-Helicon voice processor) that lent the album much of its uniqueness as heard on tracks such as Lay Your Cards Out and Dark Star. The albums Shulamith and United Crushers followed in 2013 and 2016 respectively before the release of 2020’s When We Stay Alive. Madness serves as something of a companion piece to When We Stay Alive and Channy sums up the lyrics and the startling artwork for it follows: “I am here for you all and I am never truly myself here. I am her for you all and I am never truly her”.

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Barry says: The thoroughly modern, sleek synthpop of POLIÇA takes a new turn with 'Madness', the instrumentation as shimmering and vivid as ever, but with Leangh's voice being abstracted and stretched into more futurist shapes. Brilliant.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Sweet Memz

                                                                                                                  Porcupine Tree

                                                                                                                  Closure / Continuation

                                                                                                                    Porcupine Tree are Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison. They are a hugely influential, relentlessly creative British rock band.

                                                                                                                    First dreamt up by Wilson in 1987 as an outlet for experimental recordings he was making outside of his synth-pop duo No-Man, Porcupine Tree expanded to become a proper band in the early ’90s in order to further explore his ideas both on record and on stage.

                                                                                                                    Over the years Porcupine Tree have constantly evolved as their expansive music has shifted from pastoral psychedelic rock and ambient electronic soundscapes to experimental pop and eventually - with “21st century masterpiece” In Absentia (Classic Rock) - a propulsive metal sound all of their own. Their latter records effortlessly combined each of those genres and allowed Porcupine Tree to occupy a musical universe unique to them.

                                                                                                                    Michael Rault

                                                                                                                    Michael Rault

                                                                                                                      Follow up to #1 ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR 2018 IN SHINDIG! 'The perfect early summer soundtrack for fans of grown-up feelgood pop" 5 STARS.

                                                                                                                      And now Wick Records is proud to present Michael Rault, the eponymous new album from one of the most talented songwriters in the game. A remarkable re-imagination of '70s pop perfection, the album began to take shape during a time of endings. Michael, on the cusp of turning 30 and freshly off the road promoting 2018's A New Day Tonight, had just ended a romantic relationship, and cut ties with his management and touring band. Returning home to Montreal where his van was already buried in six feet of snow, he hunkered down in his bedroom studio and began writing. Over the span of five months he penned most of the album.

                                                                                                                      From the drug-fueled, dance floor slow-stepper, "Neither Love Nor Money", to the introspective "Inside Your Heart", to the tongue-in-cheek playfulness of "Champagne", the body of work he created in this epoch of uncertainty is proof of just how crucial that time of endings really was. Bruised but certainly not beaten, Michael delivers a lush, timeless collection of songs - continuing his increasingly profound exploration into the worlds of progressive pop, psych folk, yacht rock and beyond. Trust're gonna love it!

                                                                                                                      Redd Kross

                                                                                                                      Neurotica - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                        . Neurotica could be viewed as a This Is Your Life-esque document of what brothers Jeff & Steve McDonald had been working toward creatively since starting Redd Kross in their Hawthorne, CA living room circa 1978. The songs quake with punk rock fury. And how could they possibly have shaken off the untamed energy of their early Red Cross years which laid a foundation for Southern California hardcore punk & DIY culture alongside bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Descendants? But fury is only part of their formula. To find the other parts, travel back to the ‘70s, when the McDonald boys lived for nothing but Saturday morning cartoons, sugary cereal, bubblegum pop singles, Beach Boys LPs, Partridge Family TV specials and the arena rock guitars of KISS & Cheap Trick.

                                                                                                                        Whereas most self-respecting punk rockers would have sneered at ‘60s/‘70s radio and pop culture schmaltz (even if they secretly liked it), that was all a tremendous part of the Redd Kross DNA. And the McDonalds wore those influences on their dayglo sleeves. They decontextualized the macho, sometimes saccharine, sound of classic rock, celebrating its bombast without falling into its pretentious pitfalls. They played what sounded good to them. If along the way they could convince you that those David Cassidy AM radio singles were actually great & subversive in their own way, that was just an added bonus. Their technicolor punk rock was first explored on Teen Babes From Monsanto in 1984. But Neurotica is where the Redd Kross sound gelled into something miraculous.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        SIDE A

                                                                                                                        1. Neurotica
                                                                                                                        2. Play My Song
                                                                                                                        3. Frosted Flake
                                                                                                                        4. Janus, Jeanie, And George Harrison
                                                                                                                        5. Love Is You
                                                                                                                        6. Pink Piece Of Peace
                                                                                                                        7. It’s The Little Things.

                                                                                                                        SIDE B

                                                                                                                        8. Peach Kelli Pop
                                                                                                                        9. McKenzie
                                                                                                                        10. Tatum O’Tot And The Fried Vegetables
                                                                                                                        11. Ballad Of A Love Doll
                                                                                                                        12. What They Say
                                                                                                                        13. Ghandi Is Dead (I’m The Cartoon Man)
                                                                                                                        14. Beautiful Bye-Byes. Bonus Demos:

                                                                                                                        SIDE C

                                                                                                                        1. Neurotica (demo)
                                                                                                                        2. Play My Song (demo)
                                                                                                                        3. Pink Piece Of Peace (demo)
                                                                                                                        4. All Of The Things (demo)
                                                                                                                        5. Janus, Jeanie, And George Harrison (demo)
                                                                                                                        6. McKenzie (demo)

                                                                                                                        SIDE D

                                                                                                                        7. What They Say (demo)
                                                                                                                        8. Peach Kelli Pop (demo)
                                                                                                                        9. Tatum O’Tot And The Fried Vegetables (demo)
                                                                                                                        10. Love Is You (demo)
                                                                                                                        11. Ghandi Is Dead (I’m The Cartoon Man) (demo)
                                                                                                                        12. Beautiful Bye-Byes (demo)

                                                                                                                        Reverend Baron

                                                                                                                        From Anywhere

                                                                                                                          For Fans Of - Richard Swift, Michael Nau, Cut Worms. Danny Garcia is Reverend Baron, Danny was a pro skater for Habitat for many years. Bandmember in Drugdealer. Previous single ‘Let The Radio Play’ added to Spotify’s Folk Arc playlist. Debut LP on Karma Chief Records. Written, recorded, and produced by Danny Garcia. From the academy of deep soul and no ego, Reverend Baron delivers visions of liquor store East LA, the off-the-freeway dry mirage of slow motion graffiti and lonely seagulls. A nylon stringed zen fog with themes of woozy love, layered dimensions of nostalgia and glazed neighborhood tales that roll in with a natural ease.

                                                                                                                          After notching a permanent status in the skateboarding orbit as Danny Garcia, he transferred his effortless style, dedication and authenticity into music. Practicing a philosophy of demystifying the process and doing it yourself, he has become a proficient multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer of his own and other artist's music. All streams of curiosity converge into the river. An enigma, Reverend Baron emerges from the proverbial gray overpass with no sense of urgency. He takes a sharp gaze at his surroundings and processes them through a factory of depth and gentle swag to yield a sound that sits as easy as fallen molasses on the bodega shelf. The songs are an unassuming invitation to either walk through the doorway or lean on the wall outside, either way something beautiful and rare

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Fool On The Ave
                                                                                                                          2. It's My Turn (To Cry, Cry, Cry)
                                                                                                                          3. Vicky's Town
                                                                                                                          4. Advocate
                                                                                                                          5. Mind Like A River
                                                                                                                          6. I See You Runnin'
                                                                                                                          7. Sleep Wakes Me Up
                                                                                                                          8. On The Roundabout
                                                                                                                          9. To Meet Myself
                                                                                                                          10. In The Nowheres 

                                                                                                                          Robocobra Quartet

                                                                                                                          Living Isn't Easy

                                                                                                                            Genre-defying new album from Northern Ireland collective fusing the edgy angst of Black Flag and the leftfield muse of jazz improvisation.

                                                                                                                            Improvisation and experimentation is at the core of Robocobra Quartet's DNA almost intentionally at odds with their roots as a post-punk band. Including members with no musical training alongside European music conservatoire innovators, the resulting is a groove-driven but cerebral blast, invoking the likes of Fugazi, Talking Heads and contemporaries such as Squid and Black Country, New Road. The eclectic free nature of their live shows allows them to channel-hop from moments of joy and playfulness to periods of intense fury, creating a unique sound that has earned them invitations to Montreux Jazz Festival, Latitude and as far out as the Inversia Festival in the polar north of Russia.

                                                                                                                             Toying with modern post-internet realism for a new generation, grasping at all that was cool in Beatnik jazz and throwing it against the post punk axiom.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1 - Flew Close (4:19)
                                                                                                                            2 - Wellness (3:04)
                                                                                                                            3 - Labyrinth (4:24)
                                                                                                                            4 - Heaven (6:45)
                                                                                                                            5 - Micro Person (4:55)
                                                                                                                            6 - Chromo Sud (9:17)
                                                                                                                            7 - Plant (The Succulent Blues) (4:20)
                                                                                                                            8 - Kilmore Close (4:21)
                                                                                                                            9 - Night (4:36)

                                                                                                                            Joan Shelley

                                                                                                                            The Spur

                                                                                                                              Joan Shelley returns with "The Spur" her fi­rst new album in three years. The twelve song set is a profound meditation on light and darkness, recorded in the spring of 2021 at Earthwave Farm in the Kentucky countryside.

                                                                                                                              James Elkington serves as co-producer (alongside Shelley) and the album features collaborations with Bill Callahan, Meg Baird and the British novelist Max Porter along with Shelley’s musical partner and husband Nathan Salsburg.

                                                                                                                              Shelley says: “The Spur” is the result of a period of opposite extremes: of intellectual hyper-connection and physical isolation. This album will forever be fused with the memory of our marriage, the birth of our child, and the intense joy despite the darkness”.

                                                                                                                              "The Kentucky singer-songwriter has come to fully master a sense of radiant calm." - NPR Music.

                                                                                                                              "Her poetic imagery is dazzling" - The Guardian.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Forever Blues
                                                                                                                              2. The Spur
                                                                                                                              3. Home
                                                                                                                              4. Amberlit Morning
                                                                                                                              5. Like The Thunder
                                                                                                                              6. When The Light Is Dying
                                                                                                                              7. Breath For The Boy
                                                                                                                              8. Fawn
                                                                                                                              9. Why Not Liver Here
                                                                                                                              10. Bolt
                                                                                                                              11. Between Rock & Sky
                                                                                                                              12. Completely


                                                                                                                              Spiderland - 2022 Remaster

                                                                                                                                Spiderland is the second and final studio album by the American rock band Slint. It contains six songs played over 40 minutes, and was released by Touch and Go Records in 1991. Slint's lineup at the time of recording were Brian McMahan on vocals and guitar, David Pajo on guitar, Todd Brashear on bass guitar and Britt Walford on drums. Spiderland was engineered by Brian Paulson and recorded over four days in August 1990. The music and vocal melodies were written over the summer of 1990, with lyrics composed in-studio. Formed in 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky, having met as teenagers playing in the Midwestern punk scene, they soon diverged from their hardcore roots. By the time they recorded Spiderland in late 1990, the band had developed a complex, idiosyncratic sound characterized by atypical rhythmic meters, harmonic dissonance and irregular song structures. McMahan's vocal delivery alternates between spoken word, singing and shouting. The lyrics are presented in a narrative style, covering themes and feelings of unease, social anxiety, loneliness, and despair. Slint broke up shortly before the album's release. Spiderland is widely regarded as foundational to the 1990s post-rock and math rock movements, and is cited by critics as a milestone of indie and experimental rock, inspiring numerous subsequent artists.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Breadcrumb Trail
                                                                                                                                2. Nosferatu Man
                                                                                                                                3. Don, Aman
                                                                                                                                4. Washer
                                                                                                                                5. For Dinner...
                                                                                                                                6. Good Morning Captain

                                                                                                                                Soccer Mommy

                                                                                                                                Sometimes, Forever

                                                                                                                                  “Sometimes, Forever” refers to the idea that the good and bad are both temporary and always returning. Feelings of sorrow and emptiness will pass but they will always come back around, as will feelings of joy. This album explores many ups and downs. It moves from the high of love to hopelessness and disconnect. A frustrated loss of control over life and a disconnect from the self reoccur throughout the record, only to circle back to a willingness to let go and be free, whether through love (shotgun, with u) or blissful ignorance (don’t ask me). It’s a coexistence of light and dark, not only lyrically but tonally. Dan once called it the angels and demons record lol.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  01. Bones
                                                                                                                                  02. With U
                                                                                                                                  03. Unholy Affliction
                                                                                                                                  04. Shotgun
                                                                                                                                  05. Newdemo
                                                                                                                                  06. Darkness Forever
                                                                                                                                  07. Don’t Ask Me
                                                                                                                                  08. Fire In The Driveway
                                                                                                                                  09. Following Eyes
                                                                                                                                  10. Feel It All The Time
                                                                                                                                  11. Still

                                                                                                                                  Regina Spektor

                                                                                                                                  Home, Before And After

                                                                                                                                    ‘Home, before and after’ is Spektor at her most inspired and opens with the recently released ‘Becoming All Alone’, a surrealist ballad with a majestically swelling arrangement that comes alive. The album possesses her most palpable New York atmosphere in years, which is fitting as it was recorded in upstate New York, where it was produced by John Congleton and co-produced by Spektor.

                                                                                                                                    The Russian-Jewish-American singer, songwriter and pianist first achieved commercial success with the RIAA Gold-certified breakthrough ‘Begin To Hope’, which included the singles ‘Fidelity’, ‘On The Radio’, ‘Better’ and ‘Samson’. Spektor’s fifth and sixth albums ‘Far’ (2009) and ‘What We Saw From The Cheap Seats’ (2012) both debuted at #3 on the Billboard album chart. She has performed at The White House as well as on Broadway and Saturday Night Live, and has contributed to many projects spanning film, television, and music including ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    01 Becoming All Alone
                                                                                                                                    02 Up The Mountain
                                                                                                                                    03 One Man’s Prayer
                                                                                                                                    04 Raindrops
                                                                                                                                    05 SugarMan
                                                                                                                                    06 What Might Have Been
                                                                                                                                    07 Spacetime Fairytale
                                                                                                                                    08 Coin
                                                                                                                                    09 Loveology
                                                                                                                                    10. Through A Door

                                                                                                                                    Suggs And Paul Weller

                                                                                                                                    OOH DO U FINK U R

                                                                                                                                      ‘OOH DO U FINK U R’ is A gloriously sunny, optimistic and defiant Motown and ‘60’s R&B influenced stomper drawing on Suggs and Weller’s upbringing in Britain’s 1970’s comprehensive school system in London and Woking respectively.

                                                                                                                                      Having known each other on-and-off over the last four decades, the seeds of this collaboration emerged in 2019 when Weller joined Suggs on his Radio Four series ‘Love Letters To London’ to talk about an ever changing Soho. As the world subsequently went into lockdown in 2020, the pair started chatting more and more frequently about music, clothes and football, eventually exchanging half-finished songs, demos and sketches of lyrics. With its working class aesthetic, Motown influenced stomp, and uplifting brass, it’s an intuitive collaboration that sits neatly as a welcome addition to both men’s great songbooks.

                                                                                                                                      That Petrol Emotion

                                                                                                                                      Babble - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                        Following the split of John O'Neil band's former band the Undertones, the guitarist and principal songwriter returned to his hometown of Derry and teamed up with friend and fellow guitarist Raymond Gorman (ex- Bam Bam And The Calling) the two formed first a new songwriting project and then a new band, playing a couple of gigs with a drum machine and Gorman's then-girlfriend as a singer. Another friend, drummer Ciaran McLaughlin (formerly with The Corner Boys), but who had also played a few Undertones gigs covering for an absent Billy Doherty) was the next member to join. In autumn 1984, the nascent That Petrol Emotion relocated to London, where the existing three members were joined by John's brother and former Undertones lead guitarist Damiel O'Neil who turned down an invitation to join Dexy's Midnight Runners in order to work with TPE). Seattle- born American singer Steve Mack (at the time, on a year out from his studies and working in a pizzeria ) completed the lineup. In 2020, comedian Paul Whitehouse revealed that he had unsuccessfully auditioned for the band during this period.

                                                                                                                                        This, The band's second album and major label debut (released in 1987) broke into the UK Album Chart and won universal acclaim, being voted as one of the albums of the year by Rolling Strone Magazine critics, and receiving an A- 'grade' from Robert Christgau. In the UK, the single "Big Decision" charted at number 42. This would be the band's highest chart position for a single release.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Spin Cycle
                                                                                                                                        For What It's Worth
                                                                                                                                        Big Decision
                                                                                                                                        Belly Bags
                                                                                                                                        In The Playpen / Inside
                                                                                                                                        Chester Burnette
                                                                                                                                        Creeping To The Cross
                                                                                                                                        Big Decision (Extended)
                                                                                                                                        Swamp (Extended)
                                                                                                                                        Creeping To The Cross (7 Inch)
                                                                                                                                        Soul Deep (B- Side)
                                                                                                                                        Dance Your Ass Off (B-Side)

                                                                                                                                        Three Three Fives

                                                                                                                                        Kind Of Surreal

                                                                                                                                          Feral Child is a curious label; an on-off, sporadic project with next to no net presence yet held together by a fiercely committed mailorder list and the support of a handful of the more select shops across the UK. It’s first release was an unofficial reissue of 2 classic super rare, French "yé-yé" 45 A sides (by Clothilde & Delphine) in 2009 and subsequent releases have included 45s from Pete Astor, Luna, Cheval Sombre, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard and The Orange Alabaster Mushroom.

                                                                                                                                          Since re-entering the fray in Spring 2022 with a flurry of releases including Roky|Elevators, Nico and Boris Karloff “Black Sabbath” interview & film trailer disks (all kitted out with a stash of inserts such as jigsaws, balloons etc and selling out in an hour apiece) the label has been keen to promote new music in amongst it’s love for releases with a pop culture kind of flavour.

                                                                                                                                          Here is one such release and it’s an absolute beauty. Sheffield based, psych and drone band THREE THREE FIVES take the simple arrangements of bands such as Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground & Suicide, adding layer upon layer of analogue synths, overdriven valve amps and vintage organs to create a warm euphoric sound. A beguiling, often hypnotic mix of blissed out stoned melodies, electronic krautrock and fuzzed up garage rock, replete with a hazy daydream quality.

                                                                                                                                          An absolute must for all Spacemen fans, “Lazer Guided Melodies” era Spiritualized, Mazzy Star and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. 

                                                                                                                                          The Wake

                                                                                                                                          On Our Honeymoon

                                                                                                                                            The Wake formed in Glasgow (Scotland) in April 1981, after singer/ guitarist Caesar teamed up with drummer Steven Allen and a bassist, Joe Donnelly. Previously Caesar had played guitar in Altered Images, writing first single Dead Pop Stars and appearing on the first two John Peel sessions, but left the group shortly before they crashed into the mainstream pop charts with Happy Birthday.

                                                                                                                                            With few opportunities to play large live shows the new group financed a single on their own Scan 45 label, coupling upbeat indiepop number On Our Honeymoon with Give Up, a darker song featuring a keyboard line picked out by band friend Robert ‘Bobby’ Gillespie.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                                                            On Our Honeymoon
                                                                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                                                                            Give Up

                                                                                                                                            The Wild Swans

                                                                                                                                            Revolutionary Spirit

                                                                                                                                              This version is A brand new band approved stereo mix of the only single by Liverpool cult legends The Wild Swans.

                                                                                                                                              Due to studio inexperience, the single originally ended up being perhaps the only 12′′ in history with the A-side recorded in mono and the B-side, God Forbid, in stereo. Despite this , The 12′′ received rave reviews, becoming single of the week in numerous music papers. John Peel played it to death and it quickly gained cult status by ending up as the last record ever released on Bill Drummond’s cult label Zoo Records (Drummond himself went on to proclaim it “the best single we put out on Zoo”).

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                                                              REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT
                                                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                                                              GOD FORBID


                                                                                                                                              Not About To Die

                                                                                                                                                Released on vinyl for RSD 2022 and now available on CD. The original Not About To Die was an illegal /bootleg, released at some point in the early 80s, by the dubiously named Amnesia Records. The album was made up of selections from demos recorded by the group for their second and third albums: Chairs Missing and 154. These demos had been recorded for EMI, with cassette copies circulated amongst record company employees. However, they were never intended for release. A typically shoddy cash-in, the songs on Not About To Die were taken from a second or possibly third generation cassette, with the album housed in a grainy green and red photo-copied sleeve. Compared with the high standards of production and design Wire have always been known for, it was something of an insult to band and fans alike.

                                                                                                                                                Now, in a classic act of Wire perversity, the group have decided to redress the balance and reclaim one of the shadier moments of its history, by giving Not About To Die its first official release. All the tracks have been properly remastered, with the relevant recording details in place. As for the sleeve artwork, whilst it strongly references the original, it is decidedly more artful in its execution. Not About To Die emerges as a fascinating snapshot of Wire in transition with embryonic versions of classic songs such as ‘French Film (Blurred)’, ‘Used To’ and ‘Being Sucked In Again’, that the group would develop considerably for their epochal 1978 album Chairs Missing. Later demos such as ‘Once Is Enough’, ‘On Returning’ and ‘Two People In A Room’ would surface in radically altered form on 1979’s 154. Some songs, such as ‘The Other Window’, are virtually unrecognisable from their later iterations but the biggest prizes here may well be the tracks that were omitted from Wire's later studio albums... Highlights include ‘Motive’, which has an undeniable power.

                                                                                                                                                Robert Grey’s drumming is crisp and minimal, and Graham Lewis’s bass runs are particularly ear-catching. Despite its distinctly un-Wire title, ‘Love Ain't Polite’ is also something of a gem. Meanwhile, the track which gives the album its title Not About To Die (officially known as ‘Stepping Off Too Quick’) possesses what Newman half jokingly calls “The best intro to any song ever”. The intro is so good in fact, that it takes up a third of the song’s entire time frame. These properly mastered tracks have never been available on vinyl before, and they provide an opportunity to hear Wire at a point in their development when they were bursting with fresh ideas and a will to communicate them. This is post-punk at its very finest. 

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Oh No Not So (Save The Bullet 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Culture Vultures 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                It's The Motive 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Love Ain’t Polite 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                French Film (Blurred) 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Underwater Experiences 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Stalemate 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Options R 4th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Indirect Enquiries V1 5th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Chairs Missing (Used To) 5th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Being Sucked In Again 5th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Ignorance No Plea (I Should Have Known Better) 6th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Once Is Enough 6th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                The Other Window 6th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Stepping Off Too Quick (Not About To Die) 6th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                On Returning 6th Demo / Former Airline 6th Demo 
                                                                                                                                                Two People In A Room 6th Demo

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