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Bonnie Prince Billy

Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues

    Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s new album ‘Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues’ is released on Domino.

    At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonnie sings for who he was and will be and for all of us, in time.

    Bonnie Billy has been quoted as saying that one of the songs on the album is a conceptual track that’s about “one day in 1973 when only two people died in the whole world.”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Cassette Info: Special cassette format exclusively available to
    independent retailers.

    James Yorkston

    The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society

    James Yorkston, an artist not unfamiliar with the notion of collaboration, has opened the studio doors to a broad and brilliant selection of players on this his eighth studio album.

    Produced by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor in London’s Livingston studio, it features KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo and his long term collaborators Jon Thorne and Emma Smith.

    ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ finds James at his most personal and reflective, following 2012’s ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’.

    What James and his collection of fine musicians have created is an album that connects the intimacy of his hometown life with the camaraderie of good friends. ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ flows with acceptance and relief and is James’ fullest body of work.

    The album artwork was created by celebrated children’s author and illustrator Clare Beaton.

    Resilient and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll outfit White Lung are set to release their third album ‘Deep Fantasy’ via Domino. The band is every bit as confrontational as before but they’ve managed to open their sound up just enough to draw listeners in before kicking them in the face (in a good way).

    ‘Deep Fantasy’ was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who did both ‘Sorry’ and their 2010 debut ‘It’s The Evil’) in just two, ten day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one.

    Vocalist Mish Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on ‘Deep Fantasy’, surveying lyrically addiction (‘Drown With The Monster’), body dysmorphia (‘Snake Jaw’) and sexual dynamics (‘Down It Goes’).

    Ducktails

    Wish Hotel

      Ducktails release their new five track mini album, ‘Wish Hotel’, on Domino.

      ‘Wish Hotel’ consists of five songs recorded by Matt Mondaline (who also plays in Real Estate) and sees him returning to a solo home recording setting and the blown out guitar and synthesizer work of his past releases.

      ‘Wish Hotel’ follows Mondaline’s first album on Domino, ‘The Flower Lane’, a sun-dabbled pop album that has been a big favourite here at Piccadilly.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: More loveliness from Matt and co with five pretty diverse tracks that include the already classic "Honey Tiger Eyes".

      Specially expanded version of Matthew E. White’s celebrated debut album ‘Big Inner, featuring brand new 5 song mini album ‘Outer Face’.

      ‘Big Inner’, Matthew E. White’s first album, was universally lauded by critics. Compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Beta Band, Cat Power, Spiritualized, Lambchop and Randy Newman, it blends vintage soul-pop with blues, funk and gospel to create a soulful masterpiece soaked in a bygone age.

      The expanded 2CD ‘Outer Face Edition’ features ‘Outer Face’ as a bonus CD that sees Matthew experimenting with certain recording limitations, giving the record a different gravitational pull and furthering the record’s soulful minimalism. 

      Guided by restraint and indulgence, Matthew E White expanded the process that created ‘Big Inner’ and began to find its first descendant, ‘Outer Face’, that White describes as “a monument to love, to non-love, to the confusion of feelings, to the last half century of recorded music, to dub, to minimalism, to pure orchestration, to the human voice, to birds in the sky, to home.” It’s ‘Big Inner’ stripped down to the basics - percussion, bass, strings, choir - exploring tape manipulation, a bit of editing à la Teo Macero, and dub-inspired effects.

      Initial quantities include a free CD bonus disc: 'Quasi covers EP'.

      Now in their 20th year as a band, two-piece Quasi return with a veritable Quasi songbook featuring 24 shinning examples of shakin’ blues, percussion freak-outs, chiming minor seventh chords and rock & roll.

      ‘AM’ was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton at Sage & Sound Recording, LA and Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree. The album was engineered by Ian Shea and mixed by Tchad Blake.

      Josh Homme, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones all make guest appearances on ‘AM’ – as do the words of John Cooper Clarke, on the track I Wanna Be Yours.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: The perfect mix of pop and rock. Their best since their debut.

      The third studio album from singular artist Julia Holter.

      New album of avant-pop experimentation from the LA based singer / composer that blends influence ranging from Joni Mitchell to Arthur Russell and the poetry of Frank O’Hara into a daringly unique work as conceptually strong as it is immediately affecting.

      ‘Loud City Song’ follows, and progresses brilliantly from ‘Ekstasis’, one of last year’s most critically lauded records.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Julia Holter's Domino Records debut fittingly feels like the start of something new, honing as it does, everything that's special about her. Dark and dreamy.

      Jon Hopkins releases ‘Immunity’, his fourth solo album, via Domino.

      A powerful, multi-faceted beast, packed with the most aggressively dancefloor-focussed music Hopkins has ever made, ‘Immunity’ is about achieving euphoric states through music.

      Inspired by the arc of an epic night out, the album peaks with ‘Collider’, a huge, apocalyptic, techno monster and dissolves with the quiet, heartbreakingly beautiful closer, ‘Immunity’, a track featuring vocals from King Creosote, which could sit comfortably alongside the gems of their
      Mercury-nominated collaboration, ‘Diamond Mine’.

      Jon Hopkins is also an expert producer, Ivor Novello-nominated composer of film scores, long-term collaborator of Brian Eno and Coldplay, and remixer of artists as diverse as David Lynch, Four Tet, Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, and Purity Ring.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Philippa says: Previously better known for his collaborations with other artists (Brian Eno, Coldplay, King Creosote etc) than for his own work, the release of ‘Immunity’ puts Jon Hopkins centre stage and in the spotlight. Giving the album a filmic breadth Hopkins themed ‘Immunity’ around a night out clubbing. The first half features the “club” tracks, including heavyweight single “Open Eye Signal”, climaxing with the techno anthem “Collider”. The second half of the album (“chilling out”) opens with the beautiful ambient piece “Abandon Window”, pushing Hopkins skill as a classical pianist to the fore. King Creosote joins him for title track “Immunity”, reminiscent of their pairing on ‘Diamond Mine’. Fed up with standard equipment presets, Hopkins set about building his own found sound archive. The backing tracks he created using these samples are what give ‘Immunity’ its distinct feel: the whirr and clunk of organic rhythms and immersive cityscape ambience. Epic and emotionally uplifting, ‘Immunity’ is one of 2013’s electronic music highlights.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP Info: Double vinyl in gatefold sleeve with insert.

      2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Long-awaited reissue of Los Angeles based artist Julia Holter’s debut album.

      Originally released in November 2011 on Leaving Records in two runs of 500 copies only, this modern masterpiece proved to be the most inspired, captivating and unique debut album of the year, and has been out of print - and much coveted - ever since.

      Inspired by Euripides’ ‘Hippolytus’, the sheer scope and scale of ambition evident in ‘Tragedy’s fifty minutes is staggering.

      Comprised of voice, synths, drum machines, piano, cello, saxophone, samples, vocoders, ensemble musicians and a chorus, ‘Tragedy’ is a transcendental amalgamation of avant garde and pop conventions, and of organic and electronic compositional forms - an entire universe of a record blessed with its own beautifully peculiar logic.

      Moving, redemptive and powerfully soulful, ‘Big Inner’ is a timeless record told in seven songs that mingle memory with the rawness of any given human moment.

      The references - from the lyrics that echo the common conditions of love, death, seeking, and finding, to open tributes to artists like Washington Phillips, Allen Toussaint, Jorge Ben, Jimmy Cliff, and Randy Newman - are their own scavenger hunt through music history and through Matthew E. White’s place in it.

      “Country-soul apostle Matthew E. White offers spiritual succour” - Q

      “Bottomless columns of ethereal soul… magical” - Pitchfork

      “Resplendently somnolent funk” - Rolling Stone

      “A dramatic pop-gospel record that hits extremes of the mood spectrum: very easygoing and very obsessive” - NY Times

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: There is nothing like this record around at the moment: ‘70s, Southern, blue-eyed soul; languid, mellow, groovy and heady. Matthew is a big, funky, bearded dude from Virginia, who has taken years to set up his Spacebomb label and gather cool kindred spirits, a house band of sorts, who add lush orchestration, parping horns, and loose, shuffling drums to these subtly uplifting tunes. His voice is a murmur, at times a whisper, but it fits perfectly with the vintage instruments and production; elegant, slowly unfurling songs, bubbling bass-lines, choirs and cosmic vibes. Think Spiritualized, Lambchop, or The Beta Band, then lose yourself in “Big Love”s heavy, pulsing swamp, whilst the words "I am a barracuda, I am a hurricane. Live free!" float up and you just know what he means. And that he means it! This guy is the real deal. Hearing is believing.

      Francois & The Atlas Mountains

      Plaine Inondable

      Following the release of the critically acclaimed ‘E Volo Love’, Domino are to reissue Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains’ previous album, ‘Plaine Inondable’.

      To record ‘Plaine Inondable’, François returned to the comforts of his hometown of Saintes in France, and recruited members of local friends Unkle Jelly Fish and Bost Gehio (an all-female polyphonic vocal group from the Basques country) to be his ‘Atlas Mountains’.



      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Dirty Projectors

      Swing Lo Magellan

        On Dirty Projectors sixth album, 'Swing Lo Magellan', songwriter and leader David Longstreth shows he really doesn't know how to do the same thing twice. Where prior Dirty Projectors albums investigated 20th-century orchestration, West-African guitar music and complex contrapuntal techniques in human voices, 'Swing Lo Magellan' is a leap forward again. It's an album of songs, an album of songwriting. 'Swing Lo Magella'n has both the handmade intimacy of a love letter and the widescreen grandeur of a blockbuster, and if that sounds like a paradox -- it's because it was until now.




        STAFF COMMENTS

        Ryan says: Long time projectors fans won't be disappointed, Swing Lo Magellan takes off were Bitte Orca left off. David Longstreth employs his usual spectacular song writing skills again to maximum effect.

        For a limited period both formats come with a free 5 postcard set in a printed wallet. Each postcard featuring the artwork of the release.

        The mini album 'Hope' was another change in sound, and featured arrangements by Sean O Hagan, then of the High Llamas. Featuring six songs including a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Winter Lady, Oldham’s voice is set in a reflective and soft-hued sound throughout.

        The use of piano as a lead instrument suggest a parlour-song atmosphere, something which is enhanced by Oldham’s frequent repetition of lines in the lyrics, which also expand on his own brand of surrealism. On ‘Untitled’ Oldham sings ‘Did you like the cake? some of it was nice’ as though the importance of the cake is of a more far-reaching consequence than the cake and anyone who may be eating it realises.

        Light and airy, filmic but intimate, carefully arranged but deceptively powerful, "Suck It And See" is Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album.

        Recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer / collaborator James Ford, it has a Summery pop feel, with the bulk of work completed on the West Coast.

        Retaining only a modicum of the heaviness of "Humbug", "Suck It And See" sees Arctic Monkeys in major chord, classic songwriting territory once more.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        The lead track from the stunning ‘Wit’s End’ album. A gorgeous tender slab of country soul from one of the world’s most misunderstood minstrels.

        Featuring the ‘County Line’ demo on a classic Domino jukebox 7”.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Laura says: This is really lovely! Stripped back, soul-tinged country.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 7" Info: Limited to 500 copies worldwide.

        Various Artists

        Franz Ferdinand Covers EP

          Record Store Day 2011 limited edition orange vinyl.

          Cover versions of songs from the Franz "Tonight" album performed by Debbie Harry, LCD Sound System, Peaches, ESG & Stephin Merrit (Magnetic Fields).

          Clinic

          Bubblegum - Inc. Mark E Remix

          Brand new single "Bubblegum", is a perfect example of the Clinic’s move into brighter pop territories whilst still maintaining that slight devilish wink in their eye.

          The 12" contains an extended version of the original and a slo-mo sleazed-out acid house remix by the incomparable Mark E.

          Pavement

          Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

          One of the most influential and distinctive bands to emerge from the American underground of the 90s.

          This re-mastered 23-track Greatest Hits collection, chosen by the band, ranges from their Top 10 ‘modern rock’ hit "Cut Your Hair" to nearly all their singles, some underrated album tracks, three choice pre-Domino cuts
          and one obscure compilation track singing the praises of REM.

          Lou Barlow

          Goodnight Unknown

            In the four years since Lou Barlow's career-redefining, mostly acoustic record "Emoh", he has reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and reissued three of Sebadoh's classic albums. But as the brilliant new "Goodnight Unknown" illustrates, he's hardly living in the past. Borrowing the live band energy of Dinosaur Jr. and the stylistic reach of Sebadoh, Barlow has built on "Emoh"s full production and written a set of immediate, melodic pop songs that Lou describes as, 'a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh…'. From the surging opening track "Sharing" to the surprisingly soulful performances on "The Right", "Goodnight Unknown" benefits from Barlow's tunefulness and his decision to record the record relatively quickly, with old friends and new. The Melvins' Dale Crover adds inspired drum work throughout, and the albums' urgent sound owes just as much to frequent collaborator Imaad Wasif (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alaska!). The record's considerable power also stems from the new talents on board, including producer Andrew Murdock and Lisa Germano.

            One of the most important British bands of recent years, the Arctic Monkeys follow up their first two phenomenally successful albums with "Humbug", their first record in over two years. "Humbug", which was produced by Josh Homme in the Mojave desert and by James Ford in Brooklyn, showcases a brooding and majestic new sound for the band. Influenced by Cream and Jimi Hendrix, "Humbug" features some of frontman Alex Turner's most innovative and profound lyrics yet, whilst also maintaining the Arctic's core sound.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            LP Info: 180 gram heavyweight virgin vinyl, comes with MP3s!

            Pavement

            Brighten The Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed.

            Pavement's fourth proper LP seems to be a direct response to anyone who thought 1995's "Wowee Zowee" sealed a downward spiral from indie-pop heroes to incomprehensible, in-joke nonconformists. On "Brighten The Corners", the rock hero in Pavement re-emerges as the dominant stereotype, making the lyrical idiosyncrasies on which critics of the band like to harp into witty window-dressing. Nowhere is this dichotomy better heard than on the electrifying opener, "Stereo", which rages with anthemic power-chords and a rock-star chorus ('Hey! Listen to me! I'm on the stereo'), while also pondering the longest-standing mystery in rock, the voice of Rush singer Geddy Lee ('how did it get so high/I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy').

            Musically, "Brighten The Corners" extends the rock tradition to the other side of Sonic Youth's dissonant discoveries while staying free of grunge's self-defeatist mentality. No longer a group of lo-fi pranksters, Pavement has tightened up into a mighty ensemble, able to jam like psychedelic maniacs (the closing "Fin") or fly by night like punks on speed ("Embassy Row"). Lyrically, Stephen Malkmus and co-conspirator Scott Kannberg (aka Spiral Stairs) have started questioning where they belong in a late-90s world seemingly devoid of secrets and mysteries. Their declarations present yet another yin-yang to the Pavement whole: Kannberg's answers seem to lie in emotional stability, Malkmus' in the never-ending search itself. These uncertainties of dealing with one's unrecognised worth play out like an Irvine Welsh novel: the chapters full of spunky glee, the ending steeped in melancholy.

            This two CD edition contains the entire 1997 record, remastered from the original tapes, plus all the B-sides and compilation tracks from that period, and a plethora of unreleased live and studio tracks. Comes in an embossed slipcase with a 62-page perfect-bound book containing photos, ephemera, writings and more.

            Correcto

            Correcto

              The band act as a who's who of the Glasgow creative scene, with the members inspired by fact, fiction, surrealism and the mundane, and with sounds reminiscent of the Buzzcocks, Kinks, Fall, Ramones; 'all the good stuff' as Danny Saunders puts it, the driving force who writes and sings on the Correcto tunes. Danny is known throughout Glasgow for various roles in bands throughout the years and soon began playing with Richard Wright, the accomplished artist who makes terrifyingly detailed paintings and works on paper, which feature on the Correcto record sleeves. Paul Thomson from Franz Ferdinand soon joined Danny and Richard, using his break from Franz as an opportunity to play and record alongside his old friends from back in the Yummy Fur days. The band soon became complete with the addition of Patrick Doyle of fellow Glasgow band The Royal We and more recently of hot new Glasgow band Sexy Kids. This is their debut album, following on from a couple of cracking 7" singles.

              "This Gift" is a whirlwind of tarnished sixties glamour and post-millennial celebrity culture, cult-films and literary classics. Executed in contrasting honeyed and caustic tones, with the arresting songwriting and fervent performance that is Sons & Daughters. This is the product of the band's own characteristic intensity and the combative challenge set by the albums famously uncompromising producer Bernard Butler. The album races from the rasping "Gilt Complex", through the souring "Split Lips" (featuring Robbie Stern of Cajun Dance Party on violin), to the Edwyn Collins strut of "The Nest", hitting driving garage rock on "Rebel With The Ghost" via 60s girl-group stomps "Darling" and "Flags", all along hinting at the band's ability to conjure up atmospheres of disturbing unease, most notably on "Iodine" and the desert rock meets Gaelic war cry of the title track. Deluxe heavyweight vinyl in a lovely mirror-board sleeve.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: Deluxe heavyweight vinyl in a mirror-board sleeve.

              2xLtd CD Info: The limited edition CD includes a six track bonus disc.

              Taking the unprecedented step of making Young Marble Giants' first ever release a long player certainly paid off. Released in 1980 "Colossal Youth" became a parallel soundtrack to the unsteady stabs of the post punk early eighties, and quickly became one of (the then nascent) Rough Trade Records best sellers. Becalmed, resigned and a little tense, it created a new vocabulary for song. "Colossal Youth" was followed by a couple of EPs, and then the group split up, to everyone's surprise and dismay. 

              Combining sparse, home made drum machine rhythms, electric organ lines, funky bass and taut guitar chords, along with Alison Statton's clear, true vocal makes for one of the most evocative and atmospheric albums of the post-punk era.  

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl. Includes full colour 12"x12" biography leaflet

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              The much anticipated follow up to Arctic Monkeys' record-breaking debut. Haunting melodies and worst favourite dream characters are trademarks of the comeback album. All the tracks on the album were produced by duo James Ford (The Klaxons, Mystery Jets) and Mike Crossey (Echo & The Bunnymen, The Coral) and also mainly mixed by Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and what they bring is a newfound muscularity, a bassier, punchier sound. This is as much in the playing as the knob-twiddling, actually: the rhythm section rules here. One minute lithe and funky, next all staccato post-punky; the songs are packed with all sorts of nifty diversions so it's not just lyrically that Arctic Monkeys show their intelligence. This is a busy, confident, nicely varied, exciting record, that's definitely a step on from their debut.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl comes in a gatefold sleeve.

              Rediscover The Triffids' most opulent and ambitious album. "Calenture" is the third release from Domino's The Triffids reissue campaign. The "Calenture" 24-page high gloss booklet will include previously unused photos by Lawrence Watson as well as original handwritten notes / sketches from Dave McComb's notebooks and liner notes from Niall Lucy and Sally Collins. Disc one is a 24 bit re-master of the original album, along with five bonus B-side tracks. Disc two tells the story of the 'mystical' "Calenture" through a series of rehearsal and studio recordings.

              Benjy Ferree

              Leaving The Nest

                American troubadour Benjy Ferree kickstarts the new year with an album full of wit and wonder, recorded by Fugazi's Brendan Canty. The album is a combination of acoustic Americana mixed with hints of retro pop (a cross between Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Ray Davies), topped up by an intense rock hit in "Dogkillers".

                Arctic Monkeys

                Who The F*ck Are Arctic Monkeys?

                The million-selling album opener "The View From The Afternoon" kicks off this new EP; also featured are four brand new Arctic Monkeys tunes. These exclusive new B-sides have only just been recorded and are the first traces of where the band's direction will go next: Still dead sharp with the lyrics, but musically a little less spikey, even a bit melancholic at times... and still a million times better than most of the 'competition'.

                Pavement

                Terror Twilight

                  Where 1997's "Brighten The Corners" saw Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of indie rock pranksters shine a light on the band's rock-centric qualities, "Terror Twilight" harkens back to 95's "Wowee Zowee", when Pavement were all about the shambolic sprawl of Alternative possibility. Of course, four years later the context is entirely different - the band's fate as rock's (commercially unsuccessful) great post-Nirvana hope is nearly sealed. And maybe that's where both the terror and the twilight come into play - in the realization that preaching sprawling possibility to the converted is more a noose than an open field, that failed expectations are a setting sun.

                  So, a downbeat spirit pervades "Twilight"'s songs. And in this gloom, Malkmus looks for and finds soft, dark, melodic wonders: "Spit On A Stranger" turns its eye towards relationships, "Major Leagues" towards a careerist's self-worth, and "Ann Don't Cry" tries to be an anthem for outsiders while visibly flashing its own lonely tear. It's not until the closing "Carrot Rope", a sunny bit of mid-tempo Pavement-pop-foolery with two competing and overlapping vocals, that a major-key ray of light is cast upon the proceedings. Let's hope that this little light is enough to get them through the night.



                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                  Pavement

                  Brighten The Corners

                    Pavement's fourth proper LP seems to be a direct response to anyone who thought 1995's "Wowee Zowee" sealed a downward spiral from indie-pop heroes to incomprehensible, in-joke nonconformists. On "Brighten The Corners", the rock hero in Pavement re-emerges as the dominant stereotype, making the lyrical idiosyncrasies on which critics of the band like to harp into witty window-dressing. Nowhere is this dichotomy better heard than on the electrifying opener, "Stereo", which rages with anthemic power-chords and a rock-star chorus ('Hey! Listen to me! I'm on the stereo'), while also pondering the longest-standing mystery in rock, the voice of Rush singer Geddy Lee ('how did it get so high/I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy').

                    Musically, "Brighten The Corners" extends the rock tradition to the other side of Sonic Youth's dissonant discoveries while staying free of grunge's self-defeatist mentality. No longer a group of lo-fi pranksters, Pavement has tightened up into a mighty ensemble, able to jam like psychedelic maniacs (the closing "Fin") or fly by night like punks on speed ("Embassy Row"). Lyrically, Stephen Malkmus and co-conspirator Scott Kannberg (aka Spiral Stairs) have started questioning where they belong in a late-90s world seemingly devoid of secrets and mysteries. Their declarations present yet another yin-yang to the Pavement whole: Kannberg's answers seem to lie in emotional stability, Malkmus' in the never-ending search itself. These uncertainties of dealing with one's unrecognised worth play out like an Irvine Welsh novel: the chapters full of spunky glee, the ending steeped in melancholy.



                    Well it's here at last, the most hotly anticipated debut album since, ooooh I dunno! And don't let the hype put you off, it certainly doesn't disappoint! Clever, cocky lyrics; wry commentary on modern life that Jarvis'd be proud of (must be a Sheff thing!). Add to that loads of hooks and killer tunes and you've got one of the most exciting debut albums in ages! Like The Libertines could've been, if only they'd been Northern!

                    Franz Ferdinand

                    You Could Have It So Much Better

                    "You Could Have It So Much Better" is the hugely anticipated second album from Franz Ferdinand. After setting the world alight with their self titled debut album the boys didn't hang around too long before getting started on the follow up. Recorded in Scotland and New York the band's style has matured and developed. The sound is still unmistakably Franz Ferdinand but they've tapped into something deeper and more resonant from the moving epic "Walk Away" to the stomp of first single "Do You Want To".

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLtd CD Info: The limited edition features a Bonus DVD featuring a making of the album film, the video for "Do You Want To" and a photo gallery. Also the limited edition comes in a deluxe case bound book.

                    Fire Engines

                    Codex Teenage Premonition

                    "Codex Teenage Premonition" features fifteen exclusive tracks that capture perfectly the raw teenage energy of one the most influential and unique British bands of the last twenty five years. The album features tracks recorded at their very first show at Leith Town Hall in 1980 together with unreleased studio versions of tracks that would later appear on their debut single "Get Up And Use Me" and album "Lubricate Your Living Room". Although very different in style, Fire Engines were still very much part of a thriving Scottish post punk scene that featured Orange Juice, Josef K, Aztec Camera and The Associates.

                    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

                    I See A Darkness

                      After abandoning the Palace moniker for a straight-up solo career, Will Oldham seemed to lose his focus a bit, but rechristened as Bonnie Prince Billy, he's regained it in spades. Where his previous solo efforts sounded thrown-together and lacked real songcraft, "I See A Darkness" is probably Oldham's most consistent, rewarding batch of songs since the Palace Brothers 93 debut. For once, the ever-elusive Oldham sounds like he's making a genuine effort to communicate - the relatively straightforward (but still poetic) lyrics, nicely arranged (but still lo-fi) sonic backdrops, and song structures with hummable (!) choruses are all unprecedented and highly agreeable developments. The titular darkness pervades much of the album, but there's an underlying warmth that shines through, making this an emotionally well-balanced effort. A Bonnie Prince Billy classic!!!

                      Papa M

                      Hole Of Burning Alms

                      A clutch of rare tracks, B-sides and a previously unreleased song from David Pajo aka Aerial M, Papa M or indeed sometimes just 'M'! Influential guitar innovator David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Stereolab, Palace Music) presents this collection of rare, hard to find and out of print singles. The very first M 7" single is here: "Safeless" / "Napolean", so is the first M 7" split single side "Vol De Nuit". The Aerial M CD Singles of 97 and 98 "M is…" and "October" are also in evidence. So is the Papa M 1999 Tour Single. An old Christmas card from 2000 is included, a sixteen minute version of The Byrds' "Turn Turn Turn", and a previously unreleased Christmas song, to boot. Plus another fifteen or so minutes of the timeless, eternal sounds of M!

                      Robert Wyatt

                      Shleep

                        "Shleep" is almost a resume for Robert Wyatt's entire solo career. This 1997 release has tracks that would nestle snugly on his early solo albums like "Rock Bottom" and "Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard" or on Eno / Matching Mole / Henry Cow albums of the 80s. "Shleep" is one of his most satisfying releases on so many levels; the variety, the production, the musicianship and above all Wyatt's vocals recorded to perfection.

                        Mouse On Mars

                        Glam

                        Originally released on vinyl-only on the Sonig label in Europe, This LP finally gets a proper UK issue on Domino. It sees MOM at their most melodic (in an abstract electronic kinda way!).

                        Pavement

                        Wowee Zowee

                        "Wowee Zowee", originally released by Matador in April 1995 on the eve of Pavement's infamous mud-bespattered mainstage appearance at Lollapalooza, began life as a controversial release. Fresh off the success of "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" with its chart topping Modern Rock hit "Cut Your Hair", the band went into the studio and came out with a deliberately chaotic and eclectic album that sounded nothing like its predecessor. With influences from the Groundhogs to the Frogs, Captain Beefheart to the more obscure mid- 80s central California hardcore bands featured on Maximum Rock'n'Roll comp "Not So Quiet On The Western Front", "Wowee Zowee" confused critics and alienated fans. How fantastic, then, that it went on to scan 122K copies and became many fans' fave Pavement album. A return to their pre- Crooked cacophony, the songs have a darkness that now seems appropriate, and with Bryce Goggin at the mixing desk, the production was the band's most rocking to date.



                        Pavement

                        Crooked Rain Crooked Rain

                        Originally released in 1994, this was Pavement's second album, and it signaled the end of Pavement seeing themselves as a recording experiment and the beginning of Pavement as a full time touring band. One of the casualties of this change was the eccentric and usually drunk drummer Gary Young (included here are eight tracks of pre-album Gary Young sessions), whom was replaced by Steve West who bought a greater stability to the line up. The new line up recorded "Crooked Rain Crooked Rain" in NYC, and it proved to be an instant indie classic, packed with superb tracks including singles such as the awesome "Cut Your Hair", "Range Life" and "Gold Soundz".



                        Pavement

                        Westing (By Musket And Sextant)

                          This is a compilation of Pavement's early singles and rarities, that shows the band growing from the initial "Slay Tracks" EP through the singles and EP's from their first two albums.

                          Neutral Milk Hotel

                          In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

                            Neutral Milk Hotel were part of the esteemed Athens, Georgia psychedelic Elephant 6 collective and like many of their Elephant 6 counterparts (Olivia Tremor Control, Apples In Stereo), had their origins in a small town in Louisiana. The Neutral Milk Hotel were the heart and soul of the Elephant 6 roster. Shunning the mainstream and performing rarely to the dismay of fans meant that "Aeroplane…" never received its due exposure when it was released originally, on Fire Records. An influence on artists as diverse as Arcade Fire and Boom Bip.


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