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Pere Ubu

Pennsylvania - Reissue

    From the turn of the millennium, ‘Pennsylvania’ was the eleventh studio album from this uncompromising and influential group, presenting their dark take on pop music. This edition is newly remixed by David Thomas in 2021 and reissued on Fire Records. “Everyone talked about our artiness and our unlikeableness, people completely ignored for decades me saying, ‘We’re a pop band’.” David Thomas. With ‘Pennsylvania,’ Pere Ubu welcome you to a barely recognisable secret country drawn out of its own spectral geography... This is much more than just music.

    “[Pere Ubu] were still creating great works of abstract art, pushing the limits of rock ‘n’ roll to twist into avant-garde explorations of the darkest recesses of the human mind” Classic Rock // “From the beginning they obviously understood the nuts and bolts of popular music, and then loosened them.” Mojo

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1 Woolie Bullie
    A2 Highwaterville
    A3 SAD.TXT
    A4 Urban Lifestyle
    A5 Silent Spring
    A6 Mr Wheeler
    A7 Muddy Waters

    Side B
    B1 Drive
    B2 Indiangiver
    B3 Monday Morning
    B4 Perfume
    B5 Fly's Eye
    B6 Wheelhouse

    Pere Ubu

    St. Arkansas - Reissue

      Pere Ubu's darkest and most dramatic statement, ‘St Arkansas’ remains a work of offhand brilliance by a band who often seem capable of miracles. This edition is newly remixed by David Thomas in 2021 and reissued on Fire Records. Following ‘Pennsylvania’, ‘St Arkansas’ (2002) was Pere Ubu’s next studio album featuring a travelogue of characters encountered on the Mighty Road from Conway Arkansas to Tupelo Mississippi, I-40 to US 49 to State 6. “I drove the route and wrote down what the Road was telling me.” David Thomas. Pere Ubu are the mainstream.

      “Immediate, energised and claustrophobic.. It's difficult to think of a more important band.” Mojo.

      “Straddling the extremes of pure, uncompromising modern art and pure, uncompromising loud rock.” The Sunday Times.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1 The Feverered Dream Of Hernando DeSoto
      A2 Slow Walking Daddy
      A3 Michele
      A4 333
      A5 Hell

      Side B
      B1 Phone Home Jonah
      B2 Lisbon
      B3 Mr Steve
      B4 Where's The Truth
      B5 Dark

      Josephine Foster

      Blood Rushing

        Tenth anniversary reissue of Josephine Foster’s lauded ninth album ‘Blood Rushing’. The North American Colorado based singer-songwriter has lent her warbling mezzo-soprano and interpretive wit to nearly two decades of self-produced recordings. Foster’s songs are rooted in early American folk-blues as well as classical art song and Tin Pan Alley. A rock-ballet chanté, the music is set to a Pueblo drum's metapulsing Pan-American heartbeat. Recorded in Colorado by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) with the collaboration of her partner Spanish guitarist Victor Herrero, and musicians Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band), Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) and Ben Trimble (Fly Golden Eagle). A story within a story, ‘Blood Rushing’ is a glimpse into the world of Blushing, a heteronym of the artist Josephine Foster. “North American folk linage from Jean Ritchie and Hedy West through to the present, via the chugging, churning electronic (folk) rock of The Velvet Underground, all the time infused with a joyous communal warmth.”

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Waterfall
        A2 Panorama Wide
        A3 Sacred Is The Star
        A4 Child Of God

        B1 Blood Rushing
        B2 The Wave Of Love
        B3 O Stars
        B4 Geyser
        B5 Underwater Daughter
        B6 Words Come Loose

        Lucy Gooch

        Rain's Break EP

          An exploration of repression, longing and ‘otherness’ amidst illusory landscapes, ‘Rain’s Break’ EP is inspired by the early technicolour films of Powell and Pressburger. Lucy Gooch uses synthesisers and vocal layering to concentrate elements of each film’s score and narrative into songs which move through different moods of yearning and renewal:
          “I first experienced their strange cinematic worlds in childhood, and they stayed with me, like waking dreams – their vibrancy seemed to capture the hidden emotional lives of everyday people. The films’ fantastical sets were often met with the complexities of the inner female experience, as portrayed by each heroine. People wrestling with post-war isolation, changing attitudes to women and sexual repression alongside their struggle to establish equality and autonomy of their own lives.”

          So, it is amidst 1940’s austerity that these films were an escape, an over-rich backdrop of possibilities. A snatched piece of dialogue, the film’s score, the crackle of uncertainty all succumbs to the layered ambience of Lucy’s music as she traces moods of yearning and renewal on ‘Rain’s Break’ EP.

          Originally from Norfolk, Lucy studied Fine Art and later moved to Bristol to join the emerging ambient scene there - gradually developing her writing and finally releasing her debut ‘Rushing’ EP in early 2020. Over the past year, she’s dipped into a wealth of long gone celluloid as the basis for a filmic journey, a five song EP that relives formative movies in her unique take on ecclesiastical pop.

          ‘Ash and Orange’ emerged after listening to old recordings of women’s choirs from the 1930’s, their stoic sopranos circling churches and halls. In two parts, it touches on an everyday person’s hidden life that leads to an emotional breaking-down. A change from Lucy’s trademarked looping style it takes its inspiration from choral composition.

          ‘Chained To A Woman’ by contrast, is more playful, nodding to ‘80s synth pop, a homage to some degree to Blue Nile, pop music tinged with melancholy.

          “I sought to stick to that tradition of talk-singing the verses, and it seemed to fit in with the feeling of the song, which is more ambiguous. I wanted the words to be about being devoted to something, like family, a person or religion and all the things that come with that kind of devotion.”

          Inspired by the monsoon scene at the end of Black Narcissus (1947), the title track ‘Rain’s Break’ takes its lead from the weather to reflect an emotional journey.

          “That amazing tradition in early film of using weather to reflect the character’s emotional journey - it seems cliched now but at the time it was revolutionary. This is my attempt at trying to recreate the feeling of total surrender to drama, of something totally sensual.”

          This is music that takes you places, shifts focus, paints large canvases.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: There are all sorts of musical touchstones flying out of the player for this one. It's essentially widescreen ambient music but with a focus on the walls of echo and reverb-effected synths more akin to shoegaze. Slowly building into crescentic waves of layered tones, brilliantly warm but undeniably massive.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          1 Rain's Break
          2 It Brings Me Back To You
          3 Chained To A Woman

          Side B
          4 6AM
          5 Ash And Orange

          ESG

          Come Away With - Repress

            Come Away With ESG - 35-year anniversary release of the classic genre-busting debut album by the Bronx sisters ESG. The sample-friendly opus that’s the inspiration for hip-hop, house and post punk. Music that falls outside of the no wave, new wave and post punk library, it’s for the dance floor but it’s not funk, there’s no horns, no driving organ; it’s the opposite of Sly And The Family Stone but no less cool and no less groovy. “A lasting document of their unique brand of minimal funk that would influence subsequent post-punk, hip-hop, and dance music acts. Stripped down to the most basic of drumbeats and rudimentary bass lines, ‘Come Away’ confirms the notion that the real rhythm is what happens between the beats.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Come Away
            2. Dance
            3. You Make No Sense
            4. Parking Lot Blues
            5. Chistelle
            6. About You
            7. It’s Alright
            8. Moody ( Spaced Out )
            9. Tiny Sticks
            10. The Beat
            11. My Love For You

            Television Personalities

            Some Kind Of Happening: Singles 1978-1989

              “Treacy is the outsider's outsider, committed to a raw honesty, constantly bearing witness to his own suffering, his own weakness and fallibility.” The Quietus // A comprehensive remastered collection of all of the Television Personalities’ ground-breaking single releases from the Peel-approved ‘14th Floor’ through to the effervescent ‘Salvador Dali’s Garden Party’ EP. Includes the super rare Creation flexi, the TVPs as The Gifted Children, and the even rarer Caff 45 where the band tackle Stock, Aitken And Waterman.Purists will also find two shelved 45s for the Dreamworld label plus their take on Syd Barrett’s ‘Apples And Oranges’ from the ‘Beyond The Wildwood’ tribute album. Features the seminal ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now’ and the self-effacing ‘Part Time Punks’ alongside a host of pop culture-bating gems. A celebration of the songwriting of Dan Treacy

              TRACK LISTING

              Side One

              01 - 14th Floor
              02 - Oxford St., W.1
              03 - Part Time Punks
              04 - Where's Bill Grundy Now?
              05 - Happy Families
              06 - Posing At The Roundhouse
              07 - The Prettiest Girl In The World
              08 - If That's What Love Is

              Side Two

              01 - Smashing Time
              02 - King And Country
              03 - I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives
              04 - Arthur The Gardener
              05 - Three Wishes
              06 - Geoffrey Ingram
              07 - And Don't The Kids Just Love It!

              Side Three

              01 - A Sense Of Belonging
              02 - Paradise Estate
              03 - How I Learned To Love The Bomb
              04 - Then God Snaps His Fingers
              05 - Now You're Just Being Ridiculous

              Side Four

              01 - She's Only The Grocer's Daughter
              02 - A Girl Called Charity
              03 - Salvador Dali's Garden Party
              04 - The Room At The Top Of The Stairs
              05 - This Time There's No Happy Ending
              06 - Part One: Fulfilling The Contractual Obligations

              Howe Gelb

              Hisser (RSD21 EDITION)

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


                1500 pressed on Creamy White vinyl & DL card. First time on vinyl since 1998 for this magnificent patchwork collage of the Giant Sand main manís eclectic muses; a cut and paste gem, meandering, melancholy and beautiful. Classic solo album from Giant Sand's main man Howe Gelb circa 1998, re-issued with new liner notes and remastered on cream vinyl. A catch-all collection from the much-travelled troubadour that brings together a wealth of personal recordings edited into an intriguing ponder wander through the manís thinking.

                A truly intoxicating set of songs buoyed by Howe Gelb's prosaic prose and effortless use of the mind-bending one-liner. ìíHisserí is the vision of a truly unique and engaging talent, and in its pure heart and soul lies a masterpiece.
                College Music Journal // Pure genius and usually chaotic, Howe Gelb is a cottage industry often labelled the Godfather of alternative country. BOMB magazine // There are wonderful glimpses of what Gelb is capable of when heís not rushing off to dabble with the next nugget in a seemingly inexhaustible flow of ideas. The Line Of Best Fit // One of those albums that could have a semi-permanent spot next to the hi-fi for late-night playing. The Independent 

                TRACK LISTING

                Side A. 1 Temptation Of Egg 2 4 Door Maverick 3 This Purple Child 4 Shy Of Bumfuck 5 Propulsion 6 Catapult 7 Creeper.
                Side B. 8 Tanks Rolling Into Town 9 Halifax In A Hurricane 10 Living On A Waterfall 11 Like A Store Front Display 12 Explore You 13 Nico's Lil Opera 14 Thereminender 15 Hisser 16 Intro Speck 17 Soldier Of Fortune 18 Lull 19 Short Way To End The Day

                Half Japanese

                I Guess I'm Living: The Charmed Life Tapes (RSD21 EDITION)

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


                  1000 copies pressed on Yellow vinyl & DL card. Fist time on vinyl. All-enveloping superbly alternative third take on 1988's Charmed Life album featuring previously unissued versions and a half dozen previously unreleased songs. Includes brand new liner notes and an interview with Jad and David Fair.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A. 1 Said And Done (Alternate Version) 2 Evidence (Alternate Version) 3 Vietnam (Alternate Version) 4 Love At First Sight (Alternate Version) 5 Snake Line (Alternate Version) 6 Fun For All 7 Face Rake (Alternate Version) 8 Later In A Magazine (Alternate Version) 9 Red Dress (Alternate Version) 10 Charmed Life (Alternate Version 1).
                  Side B. 1 Day And Night With Angie 2 Madonna Nude (Alternate Version) 3 Ashes On The Ground 4 T For Texas 5 I'll Change My Style (Alternate Version) 6 Fortunate (Alternate Version) 7 Please Crawl Out Your Window 8 30 Seconds In Heaven 9 Charmed Life (Alternate Version 2)

                  Bardo Pond

                  Volume 1 (RSD21 EDITION)

                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


                    1000 only pressed on limited edition ORANGE Vinyl & DL card.

                    Super rare self-released recordings from 2000, from the Philadelphia psych rockers; a must-have insight into their long, strange trips. Collated from a limited run original CDr, remastered and double-dosed for maximum sound. A viral jam session remastered onto vinyl for the very first time.

                    "The missing link between John Cage's 4'33 and Merzbow's ultimate noise; a grinding cacophony tempered with motorik precision. Immerse yourself in the gloopily transcendental pleasures of the world's finest purveyors of psych-rock magnificence."The Quietus.

                    "Few contemporary bands understand psychedeliaís weird mix of weightlessness and heaviosity better than Bardo Pond." Uncut.

                    A deconstructed masterclass that concludes with the mystical rampage of Into Something Else, a ten-minute slice of sludge blues at its gnarliest. Bardo Pond are no ordinary band." Drowned In Sound.




                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A. 1 Sit Sleep 2 Cymbals 3 Syn Dept.
                    Side B. 4 Before 5 Into Something Else

                    Marina Allen

                    Candlepower

                      Marina Allen glides on angelic highs, surfing the husky deep; she is one of the great new voices of her generation. Writing songs that carry notes from other realms; these are kitchen table tales about love and fear, the capturing of the wild heart, sketching the breaking of dawn, bringing real life back to life. Every song on stunning debut album ‘Candlepower’ is a tick box of influences, asides, inspirations, quickfire theories, storylines and melodic progressions that galvanise a chemical reaction for each dramatic scene that unfolds on this genre-traversing seven song epic.

                      One listen to opening track ‘Oh, Louise’ underlines the range of Marina’s talent, it’s a filmic play on words, with an arrangement that’s like a Kate Bush dream sequence. It’s the perfect foil for the plaintive strum of ‘Sleeper Train’, a haunting, folky paean fit for Judee Sill brought up to date with some echoey electric guitar; or the conversational ‘Believer’; with a nod to Joni Mitchell in the lyrics it sounds every bit like Simon And Garfunkel at their Big Apple best listening to the ‘7 O’Clock News’ re-imagined on Sunset. The stuff of legend for a voice that surfs many musical tangents, hovers, and persists, that stings with honesty; morphing from Karen Carpenter’s gentle reverence to Laura Nyro’s soulful grit, moving through the phases like some possessed Dada performance artist before throwing in a melody from Joni at her jazziest or from the close harmonies of the lamented Roches when they flipped out with Robert Fripp. ‘Candlepower’ is a juxtaposition of melodies, an achingly beautiful set of songs set against the clank of the mundane world, a beguiling commentary on the everyday and everywhere. It’s all here, in under 20 minutes… every second counts.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1 Oh, Louise
                      A2 Original Goodness
                      A3 Belong Here
                      A4 Sleeper Tran
                      B1 Believer
                      B2 Ophelia
                      B3 Reunion

                      The Chills

                      Scatterbrain

                        New studio album from the Dunedin (NZ) songsmiths helmed by the enigmatic Martin Phillipps with artwork by Trees’ David Costa. Dunedin’s finest, The Chills release their seventh studio album ‘Scatterbrain’, a glorious self-examination of Martin Phillipps’ songwriting hot (ish) on the heels of the hugely successful ‘Snowbound’ (2018) and the critically-acclaimed movie ‘The Chills: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps’ a year later. “It’s about artistic integrity, self-realisation, self-acceptance and a reflection on mortality.” The Guardian Now in 2021, Phillipps is now taking stock of things – everything. Yes, everything.

                        The result is this triumphant new Chills’ album ‘Scatterbrain’, a thought-provoking and evocative take from a man who has lived through good times and bad. A mature and honest reflection on life, destiny and the fate of our times delivered in beautiful melodies with Phillipps’ trademarked incisive turn of phrase. Viewed from the perspective of a man understanding his age and indeed his own mortality, the new album takes a mature look at matters arising with a side order of perspective. ‘Scatterbrain’ is a life passing before your ears as uncertainty increases and fake news rumbles on; during which aliens invade, Phillipps scales the walls beyond abandon as he probes the minutiae of worlds within worlds and the hourglass fills. A landmark album from one of the great modern song writers, it’s pure pop music for the new normal and we can’t wait to see how it ends…

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A

                        A1 Monolith
                        A2 Hourglass
                        A3 Destiny
                        A4 Caught In My Eye
                        A5 You're Immortal

                        Side B

                        B1 Little Alien
                        B2 Safe And Sound
                        B3 Worlds Within Worlds
                        B4 Scatterbrain
                        B5 The Walls Beyond Abandon

                        One of the North-West’s finest exponents of otherworldly pop has landed back on earth with an album of shimmering space age bliss. Elements of disco, new wave and krautrock are undoubtedly present in Flock, but Jane never relies on genre tropes to carry her work. Instead, she harnesses familiar rhythmic devices and choices of instrumentation in her own distinctive way. And while comparisons could be drawn between Jane and contemporaries like Vanishing Twin and Gwenno, she has undeniably staked out her own domain within the realm of off-kilter synth pop.

                        Throughout Flock Jane demonstrates her delicate vocal agility over a series of hypnotic loops and clever synthesis. The lazy disco strut of “The Revolution Of Super Visions” sets up a jangling interplay between Jane’s sweetly sung declamations, new wave style guitar interjections and Cowley-esque synth squelch. While “Modern Reputation” is propelled forwards by a Broadcast style motorik rhythm with electronics whirring in the background and mantra-like vocal loops swirling in a strange ecstasy.

                        In the title track Jane’s gauzy vocals reverberate over the ebb and flow of a loose knit groove, while in “Sunset Dreams” ornate guitar riffs weave in amongst a haze of twinkling chimes and fizzing sawtooth synthesis. The album culminates in a moment of escapist pop euphoria with final track “Solarised”, laden with cascading arps and irresistible vocal hooks. Once again Jane has succeeded in creating something playful, fresh and unpretentious which is in equal parts a fun and intelligent listen. All hail the cosmic synth queen! 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: This new outing from Jane Weaver sees Jane and co skirting the outer reaches of Disco, Synth-pop and ambient to stunning effect, rich with hooks but unmeasurably deep, it's one that will reveal more and more with each listen. Unsurprisingly superb.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        A1 Heartlow
                        A2 The Revolution Of Super Visions
                        A3 Stages Of Phases
                        A4 Lux
                        A5 Modern Reputation
                        Side B
                        B1 Flock
                        B2 Sunset Dreams
                        B3 All The Things You Do
                        B4 Pyramid Schemes
                        B5 Solarised

                        Virginia Wing

                        Private LIFE

                          One of the year's most daring and true pop records, private LIFE comes as the result of Virginia Wing living through, and with, huge personal emotional and mental traumas. It is a document of how the very process of music creation in a group can be of huge therapeutic benefit to people. The three members of Virginia Wing have explored the depths of their creative and artistic inspirations within performance, production and composition, and have made a candid and brash pop record that speaks clearly about hope, desperation, impulse, addiction, urge and shame.

                          More tumultuous than its predecessor, private LIFE knocks hard. The evolution of Virginia Wing’s sound continues to build on the broad creative flow of the last album whilst being another audacious contribution to contemporary pop. The drums are huge and playfully unquantized. Edits are both assured and heavy handed, the instrumentation lightly mediates the two and finds itself on the edge of collapse alongside them. The icy facade of Merida Richards’ words are still front and centre, but are contrasted by dense, multilayered improvisations, vying for attention throughout the record. Over ‘I’m Holding Out For Something’s relentless juggernaut of 90’s R’n’B beats, Richards examines the relentless hope and desperation glued to modern consciousness, and speaks of how we often find the answer, or the route through, right at the breaking point. Subsequently, ‘St Francis Fountain’ compounds the issue, observing that often our own coping mechanisms can grow into full blown traumas of their own. Virginia Wing’s last record opened its arms into euphoric light, private LIFE invites you through a door and closes it. It examines what we’re doing at night, on our own, after work. What we do to enjoy ourselves, to cope, to be together, to be alone. It shines a dim blue light on what might be happening, causing us anxiety, stress and desire.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Barry says: Virginia wing bring another nuanced slab of moody synth-indie, with 'Private Life' displaying all of the superb songwriting prowess which made 2018's 'Ecstatic Arrow' such a heavy hitter, but with a more world-weary experience and depth of feeling. Superb stuff.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A
                          A1 I’m Holding Out For Something
                          A2 Moon Turn Tides
                          A3 Soft Fruit
                          A4 Michael Returns To The Garden
                          A5 99 North
                          A6 Return To View

                          Side B
                          B1 St. Francis Fountain
                          B2 Private Life
                          B3 Half Mourning
                          B4 Lucky Coin
                          B5 OBW Saints
                          B6 I Know About These Things

                          Rats On Rafts

                          Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths

                            The third album from Dutch punk-laced noiseniks adds new maturity and a conceptual feel that pulls the extremes of their sound together. A psychefuelled journey into the id punctuated with rhythmic kabuki modal mood swings, thunderstorms, digital beeps, traffic noise, and just plain old beautiful cacophonous reverb-drenched sound when needed.

                            The ‘third chapter’ refers to the last five years that the Dutch band have spent creating their “difficult” third album. Each song spins a yarn; there are plagues, dreams, wind and fire, ‘mythical’ characters, and the search for the secret government warehouse. Lead single, Tokyo Music Experience, resonates with a conveyor belt-propelled modal guitar, reflecting the halcyon days of Japanese super-productivity; a mesmerising mantra, infected with news bulletin on-thehour bleeps underlining its time-sensitive nature; a pristine super-commercial anthem to drive loyalty and reinforce solidarity with the party!

                            Having been described as creating “underground noise with a bracing, warped pop appeal” (Mojo), their new album is a coming-of-age post-classic with a unique worldview - inspired by Van Dyke Parks (Song Cycle) Scott Walker (3 & 4), Moondog (Elpmas), White Noise (An Electric Storm) and Beach Boys (Smile).

                            If their previous effort (Tape Hiss) was their very own sketch of a sketch for an incomplete concept album, a noisy reaction to their previous life, then ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3..’, with all its interlaced intricacies, is the realisation of their transition from punk-spiked-pop to psyche-pop protagonists. Evolving, testing, infectious...

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: This wild and superb outing from Rats On Rafts shows that the bands playful spirit and whimsical melodies don't have to give way when things get serious. A brilliantly deep and eminently enjoyable third outing.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            1 Prologue: Rain
                            2 A Trail Of Wind And Fire
                            3 Second Born Child
                            4 Tokyo Music Experience
                            5 The Rise And Fall Of The Plague
                            6 Another Year

                            Side B
                            7 Fragments
                            8 The Disappearance Of Dr. Duplicate
                            9 Excerpt Taken From Chapter 3
                            10 Where Is My Dream?
                            11 Part One: The Long Drought
                            12 Part Two: Crossing The Desert
                            13 Epilogue: Big Poisonous Shadows

                            Bonus Dinked Edition 7":
                            1. Tokyo Music Experience (Single Edit)
                            2. Osaka

                            Half Japanese

                            Crazy Hearts

                              Half Japanese return with another thrilling ride into unknown charters encountering beasts, celebrities, and menaces.

                              Purveyors of noise and indie rock for over four decades, Half Japanese have inspired generations of fans from musicians and critics alike.

                              Now set to release their 19th studio album ‘Crazy Hearts’ continues with their detuned, outsider pop capturing you in the way that only Jad Fair ever can.

                              A philosophical psych-tinged journey, these whip-smart observations are uplifting with life-affirming sentiments (‘Wondrous Wonder’) that we are familiar with. They meld melodic classic rock riffs with heavier bass lines and darker, more twisted tones on ‘My Celebrity’ and ‘A Phantom Menace’.
                              Their last excursion saw Uncut praising them for their “unchanged, more ecstatic musings on love and science fiction” that continues to resonate here.

                              Half Japanese deliver another well-wrought album with their usual DIY ethos and art punk spirit at its core (‘Undisputed Champions’), all whilst wearing Jad’s heart firmly on its sleeve (‘Crazy Hearts’).
                              Recorded across various studios in Spain, France and the US, Jad Fair is accompanied by his longstanding band members John Sluggett, Giles Vincent Rieder, Mick Hobbs and Jason Willett. Mastered by Brian Pyle and mixed by Jason Willett of the band. Album includes artwork from American illustrator and cartoonist, Gary Panter and David Fair.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. The Beast Master
                              2. Wondrous Wonder
                              3. Dark World
                              4. And It Is
                              5. My Celebrity
                              6. Late At Night
                              7. Undisputed Champions
                              8. Crazy Hearts
                              9. As Best You Can
                              10. A Phantom Menace
                              11. A Job Well Done
                              12. Let It Show

                              Josephine Foster

                              No Harm Done

                                Brand new album from Colorado’s freewheelin’ melodist Josephine Foster.

                                Revolving between her adopted Spain and her native American West, Josephine was stationed this spring in Nashville with maverick guitarist and comrade-in-arms Matthew Schneider. The result: ‘No Harm Done’, a spacious and enveloping love letter of an album.

                                Eight new slow-burning songs branch forth from idiosyncratic country folk blues, sung with sibylline wit and a hint of the absurd, awash in sensually anachronic lyricism.

                                “The Wheel of Fortune”, nearly a title track by virtue of its refrain: 'No harm will come/if there's no harm done', are words of a homebound wanderer finding refuge in healing stillness with her beloved, having 'time to kill' in the midst of 'hard times to feel at home'. All delivered with calm sagacity upon the pedestal of Mr. Schneider's pedal steel and underscored by a knowing trebled chorus in Foster's lower register. Going nowhere never felt like so righteous of a destination before.

                                Devotion in all its permutations, spiritual to carnal, are seamlessly explored.

                                In 'Conjugal Bliss', overtones of the 12-string and autoharp gently interplay, sounding like some unearthed Carter family wedding hymn (it bears the subversive subtitle '69' ) while 'How come, Honeycomb?' bounces low in the hips like a sultry old music hall number à la Harry Nilsson. The obliquely sapphic 'Leonine', it's unquiet harp scaling right out of ancient Lesbos, dreams of a kingless land; in 'Sure Am Devilish', a stargazer humbly confesses to a lowercase lord. 'Old Saw', the mesmeric album closer, is a medium's petition to cross the threshold and merge with the holy spirit.

                                Josephine's enigmatic voice captured once more by frequent co-producer Andrija Tokic in his analog Bomb Shelter studio, where layers of her guitar, piano, organ entwine with Schneider's 12-string, pedal steel and electric bass to rouse a spectral yet full blooded band. The ensuing cycle of songs pulse and glow within the ruins and deep fundamental roots of American song.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Side A
                                1 Freemason Drag
                                2 The Wheel Of Fortune
                                3 Conjugal Bliss
                                4 Love Letter

                                Side B
                                5 Sure Am Devilish
                                6 Leonine
                                7 How Come, Honeycomb?
                                8 Old Saw

                                Bardo Pond

                                On The Ellipse - RSD Edition

                                  The sixth album by Bardo Pond, a critically revered space rock masterpiece, lovingly reissued on double purple vinyl for the first time since 2003.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Jd
                                  Every Man
                                  Dom’s Lament
                                  Walking Clouds
                                  Test
                                  Night Of Frog

                                  The Bevis Frond

                                  Valedictory Songs - RSD Edition

                                    Recorded in Gold Dust Studios with a new sense of optimism and a fuller sound down to lots of extra energy (Nick believed it might be their last ever record) and the addition of piano and keyboards brings an instrumental direction.

                                    Released on double LP with gate-fold sleeve for Record Store Day.

                                    The Bevis Frond

                                    What Did For The Dinosaurs - RSD Edition

                                      Originally released in 2002, two years after Valedictory Songs, The Bevis Frond returned with a more progressive sound with complex structures and instrumentation.Bursting with their trademark guitar licks, impeccable songwriting and a more upbeat sound.

                                      Out on double LP with gatefold sleeve for Record Store Day.

                                      The Lemonheads

                                      Lovey

                                        Ltd edition BOOKBACK CD companion to the Deluxe vinyl reissue of The Lemonheads ‘Lovey’ for Record Store Day 2020, housed in a bookback sleeve with expanded liner notes and unseen photos – this is the definitive document of Dando’s first steps towards the mainstream. The lovingly repackaged CD is accompanied by a second disc, ‘Triple J Live at the Wireless’, an unearthed radio session taken from their 1991 trip to Australia.

                                        The major label debut for Evan Dando’s Lemonheads from 1990, following three “ramshackle punk” (©Select magazine) albums for Taang! Pivoted on a more approachable set of sweet melodies still rife with punky spirit. A light and dark album, polished in the arrangements, nodding to the excess of American culture (Manson and Gummi Bears), hectoring Reagan’s drug laws (‘Lil’ Seed’), riffing on everyday life.

                                        Remastered with a freshly-dusted off second album featuring a full radio session recorded during their trip to Australia to promote the album and their gorgeous cover of Gram Parsons’ ‘Brass Buttons’.

                                        “Like Hüsker Dü when they were at their most ferocious or REM when they were at their most Byrdsian hypnotic.” NME

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Disc One
                                        The Lemonheads - Lovey
                                        1 Ballarat
                                        2 Half The Time
                                        3 Year Of The Cat
                                        4 Ride With Me
                                        5 Lil Seed
                                        6 Stove
                                        7 Come Downstairs
                                        8 Left For Dead
                                        9 Brass Buttons
                                        10 (The) Door
                                        11 Untitled

                                        Disc Two
                                        The Lemonheads - Live At The Wireless
                                        1 Come Back D.A.
                                        2 Stove
                                        3 A Song For You
                                        4 Come Downstairs
                                        5 Nighttime (Big Star Cover)
                                        6 Year Of The Cat
                                        7 Ride With Me
                                        8 Die Right Now

                                        Dead Famous People

                                        Harry

                                          Back in the 80s Dons Savage of Dead Famous People joined her first band Freudian Slips which soon ended so she along with fellow Freudian Slip refugee Biddy Leyland could pursue their own talents. A chance encounter with Flying Nun's spiritual guru, Chris Knox, led to a one-off deal with the label that resulted in a five-song EP, ‘Lost Persons Area’. Moving to London in 1986 the fabled "Flying Nun sound" began making an impact outside New Zealand. The release of near-perfect compilations by The Clean and The Chills except Dead Famous People were a little early for that buzz. Stumbling into a deal with Utility Records, Billy Bragg and legendary manager Pete Jenner. Dons later started singing with new combo, Saint Etienne, her vocals feature on the original version of their cover version hit, ‘Kiss And Make Up’, as well as a cover of Gil Scott-Heron's ‘Winter In America’. Around this same time, Martin Phillipps of The Chills asked Dons requested she sing on ‘Heavenly Pop Hit’. Dons soon returned home to Auckland without an outlet for her music, three decades later Fire tracked her down and the rest is history. Now set to release her new album ‘Harry’, it’s more philosophical than her earlier work. It feels like the right one for a world of apocalyptic pandemic, uncertainty and quarantine. Dons' power over melody and knack for profundity remains unchanged since Dead Famous People's original incarnation. A rare record in a time of musical factionalism and a world divided into camps of willful obscurity and grotesque mockeries of stardom and art, it’s a document of unadorned perfection.

                                          "Bob bought a DFP single which we both really liked, we were drawn to the mystery of the band's name and the melancholy tone of Dons' voice." Pete Wiggs - Saint Etienne.

                                          “There was a sense of excitement that something special was happening." Martin Phillipps – The Chills.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side A
                                          A1 Looking At Girls
                                          A2 Goddess Of Chill
                                          A3 Safe And Sound
                                          A4 Turn On The Light
                                          A5 Dead Birds Eye

                                          Side B
                                          B6 Groovy Girl
                                          B7 The Great Unknown
                                          B8 Dog
                                          B9 To Be Divine
                                          B10 Harry

                                          Graham Reynolds

                                          The Lodger

                                            Part of Fire’s ongoing series of re-imagined soundtracks. Following on from Fenella, Jane Weaver’s score for Marcell Jankovics’ ‘Feherlofia’, and Death and Vanilla’s reworking of ‘The Tenant’ and ‘Vampyr’. A specially recorded soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary Ripper-based drama by multi-award-winning composer Graham Reynolds (Where Do You Go, Bernadette/A Scanner Darkly). ‘The Lodger’ – based on Marie Belloc Lowndes’ 1913 novel with a nod to the infamous Jack The Ripper case – set many hearts racing when visiting the East End of London and an unexpected fog descended.

                                            The drama was afoot, and the tension has been further escalated with a re-imagined score by multi award-winning composer, bandleader, and innovative improvisor, Graham Reynolds. This tale of murder and suspense set on the streets of terrorised London is eerily completed as Reynolds’ sweeps from light to dark; it’s playful in places, haunting, a tease – like Hitchcock at his best. Nowhere is safe, even the seemingly innocuous ‘Police Station’ which is accompanied by a brooding piece of maniacal piano that underpins a gloriously evocative theme; a haunting and suggestive muse that stutters with tension. It’s another Reynolds’ master stroke on the heels of his score for Richard Linklater’s ‘Where Do You Go, Bernadette’, his work on Ballet Austin’s ‘Grimm Tales’ and his contribution to ‘The Sound Of Science’, a multimedia collaboration with Kronos Quartet’s former cellist Jeffery Zeigler.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Side A

                                            A1 - The Lodger
                                            A2 - When He Sits At The Table
                                            A3 - Golden Curls
                                            A4 - Tempting Providence
                                            A5 - You Will Not Rest

                                            Side B

                                            B1 - The Satchel
                                            B2 - Keep Your Handcuffs Hidden
                                            B3 - Police Station
                                            B4 - A Kiss On The Hand
                                            B5 - The Chase

                                            Tobin Sprout

                                            Empty Horses

                                              Artist, illustrator, writer and lo-fi innovator, Tobin Sprout was the super-productive partner of Robert Pollard in the legendary Guided By Voices. The gifted songwriter returns with a pensive, expansive part autobiographical new album ‘Empty Horses’. Here he’s part Townes Van Zandt, part John Prine, part Robbie Robertson at his retrospective best.

                                              The album is a meticulously observed study of America and Americana (not the music, but the state of mind). An alternative American Songbook, if you will, a collection of laments to simpler times and the struggle for what’s right, peppered with an examination of faith and the search for a sense of justice. Close up and personal, ‘Empty Horses’ is a poignant carefully etched experience, a rolling journey in modern times, nodding back to tradition, a personal snapshot filled with honesty.

                                              ‘Empty Horses’ is released on vinyl LP and also a deluxe bookback CD, beautifully packed with 24 pages of paintings and lyrics by Tobin Sprout, a true collectors piece for fans of Tobin’s music and art.

                                              “The perfect aural encapsulation of melancholy: in turns somnambulant, romantic and all-consuming” Rolling Stone.



                                              “Raw, honest and often revelatory” Consequence Of Sound

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              1 Wings Prelude
                                              2 The Return
                                              3 Breaking Down
                                              4 On Golden Rivers
                                              5 The Man I Used To Know

                                              Side B
                                              6 Every Sweet Soul
                                              7 Empty Horses
                                              8 Antietam
                                              9 All In My Sleep
                                              10 No Shame

                                              Throwing Muses

                                              Sun Racket

                                                ‘Sun Racket’ is the brand new album from legendary Boston trio Throwing Muses, consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges. The follow up to 2013’s ‘Purgatory/Paradise’ is an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristen Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines. A ten-song opus of suitably wrought tales set against a wall of sound that’s at once calm and ethereal before building into glorious cacophonous crescendos. When Throwing Muses wrote their last album, they were shattered. Pieces were coming and going, elements repeating and charging the whole. “It sounded beautiful jumping around like that”.

                                                Two-minute songs reappearing as twisted instrumentals or another song’s bridge. They mimicked the effect live which kept them on their toes. Whatever was happening was already over in other words. ‘Sun Racket’ is the opposite. It refused to do anything but sit still. It says, “sit here and deal”. “All it asked of us was to comingle two completely disparate sonic vocabularies: one heavy noise, the other delicate music box. Turns out we didn’t have to do much. Sun Racket knew what it was doing and pushed us aside, which is always best. After thirty years of playing together, we trust each other implicitly but we trust the music more” - Kristin Hersh And so, they continue. Business unusual.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: Throwing Muses bring us their newest selection of gritty, fuzzed-out rock and / or roll, classic rock tinged melodies and deep, bluesy grooves. It's an intoxicating and exciting mix, and one that hasn't tempered any over time.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1 Dark Blue
                                                2 Bywater
                                                3 Maria Laguna
                                                4 Bo Diddley Bridge
                                                5 Milk At Mcdonald’s
                                                6 Upstairs Dan
                                                7 St Charles
                                                8 Frosting
                                                9 Kay Catherine
                                                10 Sue's

                                                Josephine Foster

                                                This Coming Gladness (RSD20 EDITION)

                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE AUGUST 29TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                  LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                                                  Black Vinyl.Essential reissue of Josephine Foster's crucially revered classic 'This Coming Gladness' ñ for the first time on vinyl since 2008.Comes with brand new artwork and housed in a reverse board sleeve with a download card.

                                                  Brigid Mae Power

                                                  Head Above The Water

                                                    Brigid Mae Power paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten.

                                                    The third album from the celebrated singer/songwriter, ‘Head Above The Water’ is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work.

                                                    Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It’s a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes…

                                                    Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics.

                                                    “Power meditates on the dichotomy that’s always existed in her work, melding atmospheric bliss and stark desperation.” Pitchfork.

                                                    “Power invokes the elements, either in contrast to internal weather or in sympathy with it.” The Guardian.

                                                    “Haunting and haunted” (The Line Of Best Fit), ‘Head Above The Water’ continues in that vein becoming more ethereal, more personal and even more alluring.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    A1 On A City Night
                                                    A2 Wearing Red That Eve
                                                    A3 Wedding Of A Friend
                                                    A4 Not Yours To Own
                                                    A5 I Was Named After You

                                                    Side B
                                                    B6 We Weren't Sure
                                                    B7 You Have A Quiet Power
                                                    B8 I Had To Keep My Circle Small
                                                    B9 The Blacksmith
                                                    B10 Head Above The Water

                                                    Giant Sand

                                                    Ramp

                                                      A Deluxe remastered edition of Giant Sand’s 1991 album ‘Ramp’ with a second disc featuring the Mad Dog sessions from earlier that same year. “Convertino's brush-work and Burns' upright bass provide the perfect foundation for Gelb's parched voice and chaotic guitar, and guests include Rainer, Victoria Williams and country veteran Pappy Allen. It’s one of Giant Sand's strongest and most complete albums.” The Quietus // Featuring piano lounge music for an off-world colony interrupted by an onslaught of guitar when needed, it’s light and dark and the better for it, a musical journey on a road less travelled. With Gelb’s lyrical invention to the fore: “His thoughts unfold in long, rolling sentences that don't always follow conventional rules of grammar or syntax.” The Quietus // The Tucson sound at it very best.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Disc 1

                                                      1 Warm Storm
                                                      2 Romance Of Falling
                                                      3 Wonder
                                                      4 Welcome To My World
                                                      5 AntiShadow
                                                      6 Neon Filler
                                                      7 Jazzer Snipe
                                                      8 Z.Z. Quicker Foot
                                                      9 Seldom Matters
                                                      10 Resolver
                                                      11 Nowhere
                                                      12 Always Horses Coming
                                                      13 Patsy's Blues

                                                      Disc 2 - Live At Mad Dog Studios – 30th January 1991:

                                                      1 Back To The Black And Grey
                                                      2 Trickle Down System
                                                      3 Bible Black, Book II
                                                      4 Still Too Far
                                                      5 Romance Of Falling
                                                      6 Can’t Find Love
                                                      7 Shadow To You

                                                      Modern Studies

                                                      The Weight Of The Sun

                                                        New album from kosmiche folk-rock quartet Modern Studies. A glorious compendium of haunted disco hallelujahs, mercurial krautrock chorales, cosmic pop adagios and euphoric, resilient, anthems. ‘The Weight of the Sun’ sees principal songwriters Emily Scott and Rob St John further their warm, esoteric field studies with Pete Harvey and Joe Smillie, as previously reconnoitred on ‘Swell To Great’ (2016) and ‘Welcome Strangers’ (2018).

                                                        “The exact point where Fairport Convention meet Jim O’Rourke at a remote Scottish railway station.” Tim Burgess.

                                                        “Melancholic magic… recalls Johnny Marr’s hazier reveries and the febrile, electrified folk of Polly Harvey’s Let England Shake.” UNCUT

                                                        There is a strange familiarity, and a welcome strangeness, in the quiet alchemy of Modern Studies.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Side A
                                                        1. Photograph
                                                        2. Run For Cover
                                                        3. Heavy Water
                                                        4. She
                                                        5. Corridors
                                                        6. Signs Of Use

                                                        Side B
                                                        7. Brother
                                                        8. The Blue Of Distance
                                                        9. Back To The City
                                                        10. Jacqueline
                                                        11. Spaces
                                                        12. Shape Of Light

                                                        Josephine Foster

                                                        I'm A Dreamer

                                                          Popping up unassumingly in the second season of the popular series ‘End Of The F**cking World’ on Netflix and Amazon. This new release is sided with exclusive B-side ‘All Glow Now’. Taken from her 2013 album of the same name, ‘I’m A Dreamer’ beckons with a gentle hand, each note clear and crisp. ”Another stellar effort” (NME) the album “collects together a set of early country-esque songs” (The Quietus) and is produced by Andrija Tokic. The song sits comfortably at home in salon or saloon with its delicately arranged piano, woozy harmonica and soul-searching lyrics. “A masterclass in songwriting that perfectly invokes old Americana” Time Out // The North American Colorado based singersongwriter breathes new life into archaic forms, embodying the cultural archelogy of Harry Smith’s old weird America. She has lent her warbling mezzo-soprano and interpretive wit to nearly two decades of self-produced recordings. Her songs are rooted in American folkblues as well as classical art song and Tin Pan Alley. (E. Gades)

                                                          Las Kellies

                                                          Suck This Tangerine

                                                            Argentinian grrl group Las Kellies return with new album ‘Suck This Tangerine’ out 27th March on Fire Records and will be touring Europe in Spring 2020. Sucking you in, Las Kellies takes us straight back to the party reminding us of what we’ve been missing with their libidinous mix of garage, punk and dub. Thrashing it out on the dancefloor, ‘Suck This Tangerine’ deals with the difficulties of a society in never ending crisis (‘Funny Money’) to the highs and lows in relationships (‘He’s Who’, ‘Let You Go’) and there’s a guest appearance from ex-Kellie Julia Worley on ‘Close Talker’. Recorded at home in Buenos Aires, the chemistry of the duo’s formative years remains as does their febrile new wave post-punk sound soaked in fiery dance beats and dub-pop. Their first release since 2016’s ‘Friends & Lovers’ was “impressively varied” (The Vinyl District) whilst “seamlessly melding psych/fuzz pop, post-punk attitude and dance beats” (Louder Than War). Las Kellies are Cecilia Kelly (bass, guitars, vocals) and Silvina Costa (drums, percussion and vocals). "Absolutely love 'em" Lauren Laverne

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Closer
                                                            2. Funny Money
                                                            3. Baby
                                                            4. He's Who's
                                                            5. Matrixland
                                                            6. Despite.
                                                            7. Charade
                                                            8. Rid Of You 
                                                            9. Weekdays
                                                            10. Let You Go 
                                                            11. White Paradise
                                                            12. Close Talker

                                                            Bardo Pond

                                                            Bardo Pond - Repress

                                                              Critical praise from Pitchfork, Clash, The Wire, Q Magazine and more upon release. New inverted LTD edition artwork. Fire re-issue Bardo Pond’s eponymous eighth studio album from 2010, their debut for Fire from way back when. A lysergic brain wrestler in which the Pennsylvanian drone outfit perfect their modal sound. Teasing the artistry of LaMonte Young and Terry Riley into a guitar shaped cauldron, the album’s compulsive reverbed guitar shapes slowly simmer behind Isobel Sollenberger’s esoteric vocals “Like hearing a tannoy at a station in the voice of Jesus.” The Quietus. A claustrophobic stuttering raga interlocks with their psychedelic leanings best exemplified on ‘Cracker Wrist’ which sounds like something that’s intentionally always just about to happen/and/or spin back in time. Featuring lengthy fully nurtured play offs between the quintet ‘Bardo Pond’ is a heady statement that’s like the most wholesome kind of vegan-friendly mushroom trips. Pitchfork reckons they’re “playing fuzzed out stoner dreams.” Vice’s musical brother Noisey likens them to “Fugazi On Acid.” Allmusic intervenes with: “These are epic, soaring psychedelic ambient power-drone rock noise melodies where partially buried, distant female vocals are laced throughout a roaring, murky/sludge guitar soundscape

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1 Just Once
                                                              2 Don’t Know About You
                                                              3 Sleeping
                                                              4 Undone
                                                              5 Cracker Wrist
                                                              6 The Stars Behind
                                                              7 Wayne’s Tune

                                                              Islet

                                                              Eyelet

                                                                A Powys trio whose free-spirited invention and exuberant intensity flows through experimental pop: hypnotic, exhilarating and defiantly unique. The Welsh band Islet return with the release of their long-awaited new album.

                                                                Eyelet was recorded at home tucked away in the hills of rural Mid Wales. It took form the months following the birth of band members Emma and Mark Daman Thomas’ second child and the death of fellow band member Alex Williams’ mother. Alex came to live with Emma and Mark, and the band enlisted Rob Jones (Pictish Trail, Charles Watson) to produce.

                                                                ‘Caterpillar’ described by Emma as “a song for my unborn child”. It's followed by syncopated lullaby ‘Good Grief’ with its haunting keyboard hook and icy percussion thawed by Emma’s yearning vocals about the quiet strength of generations of women. With nods towards Arthur Russell and Jenny Hval, ‘Geese’ is a mini symphony of driven electronica inspired by Welsh cultural theorist Raymond Williams’ novel People Of The Black Mountains.

                                                                Young Fathers inflected rhythm can be heard on ‘Radel 10’ that accompanies the multi-tracked variations of Emma and defiant lyrics that were inspired in part by The Good Immigrant - the landmark anthology of essays on race and immigration by BAME writers.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Islet were one of the first bands I saw play when I moved to Wales, and remained a mainstay on my shelves since that day. Whilst their groove has morphed, and the frenetic energy has both waxed and waned, the output has remained undeniably brilliant. 'Eyelet' is on the more relaxing side, but absolutely glimmers with astoundingly written pop songs and immersive, soaring heft. Their greatest work to date, in a catalogue of gold.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side A
                                                                A1 Caterpillar
                                                                A2 Good Grief
                                                                A3 Treasure
                                                                A4 Geese
                                                                A5 Sgwylfa Rock

                                                                Side B
                                                                B1 Radel 10
                                                                B2 Clouds
                                                                B3 Florist
                                                                B4 Moon
                                                                B5 No Host
                                                                B6 Gyratory Circus

                                                                Bold, weird, wild, wired, sonically luxurious yet never losing touch with its DIY-‘til-I-die roots, Thumb World is a voyage to the outer rings of Pictish Trail’s mind at its darkest, funniest and most inventive – a plugged-in, fuzzed-out, fucked-up contemplation on, as he puts it, “life repeating and gradually degrading, the inevitable cyclical nature of things, and the sense of their ultimately being no escape.”

                                                                Expect alien abductions, thumping beats, Trump-haired pigs, paternal panic, astronaut sex, bad acid trips, worse hangovers, lashings of distortion and a lot of anthropomorphic thumbs. “Our opposable thumbs are the things that separate us from most other animals on Earth,” Pictish explains, of the fat digit symbolism, “they are also the things that we use to swipe on screens, to separate ourselves from our normal lives, but which in turn trap us within an artificial reality.”

                                                                Produced and mixed by Rob Jones, featuring string arrangements from Kim Moore and drumming from Alex Thomas (Squarepusher, Anna Calvi, Air), Thumb World is Pictish Trail’s most collaborative album to date.

                                                                An audio-visual dialogue with Swatpaz, AKA Scottish artist Davey Ferguson – the man behind the Turbo Fantasy series and an entire episode of cult TV phenomenon Adventure Time – furnished Johnny with not just a graphic aesthetic for the album, but even helped him to shape the sound of the finished record. “I sent Davey a work-in-progress mix of the album,” Johnny says, “he came back with sketches in which he had reimagined Thumb World as an 80’s arcade game. Some of the songs are centered around specific visual images, inspired by Davey’s sketches.”

                                                                Due for release on Fire Records on February 21, 2020. Four years in the making, Thumb World is the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Scottish Album of the Year Award public vote winner Future Echoes.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: This definitely falls solidly within my realm of interests,

                                                                videogame aesthetic [x]
                                                                superb production [x]
                                                                brilliantly written tunes [x]

                                                                It's got it all, and only goes to show how the super talented Johnny Lynch keeps smashing it out of the park. Ace stuff.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side A
                                                                1 Repeat Neverending
                                                                2 Double Sided
                                                                3 Pig Nice
                                                                4 Lead Balloon
                                                                5 Fear Anchor

                                                                Side B
                                                                6 Slow Memories
                                                                7 Bad Algebra
                                                                8 Heart Eyes
                                                                9 Turning Back
                                                                10 Thumb World

                                                                “What Black Lips do so well is tease the horror out of wholesomeness and recast golden-age rock’n’roll in a strange, discomforting light” Pitchfork.

                                                                “Cosmic country that comes strutting off a dusty back porch with gritted teeth” Consequence Of Sound.

                                                                It’s country music but not as we know it which begs the question: Have these Bad Kids of 21st Century rock ’n’ roll finally grown up on their ninth studio album? Are they at peace with themselves? Have they made a record their parents could listen to? The Black Lips new album ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ continues to flick the middle finger to one and all. This ain’t another gaggle of bearded southern sons fleeing their collective suburban upbringings and collegiate music education. There aren’t the usual clichés about drinking, honkytonks, and heartbreak. These are, after all, the same Black Lips who rescued the waning garage punk subgenre by not sounding or dressing their musical predecessors. They also dug contemporary hip-hop and punk and actualized themselves Like so many dramatic moments in the Black Lips career, ‘Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart’ was born out of crisis. The band’s stylistic evolution through decades of prolific touring and recording took them where no garage punk band had gone before - huge venues, network television shows, and major music festivals. Here Black Lips are at their grimiest, most dangerous and equipped with the best collection of songs since the aughts. Skidding onto the asphalt in a shower of sparks, they roll on with an unapologetic southern-fried twang, pacing the beast, every now and then dropping a psycho howl into the rubber room madness lurking underneath the truckstop fireworks. This ain’t your granny’s country album. And conversely this ain’t your mama’s Black Lips.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Just as the thigh-slapping hoedown starts, it fades away into rich psychy rock and swinging blues riffage. Black lips have always been one of the most distinctive bands that start with 'Black___' (of which there are A LOT), and 'In A World That's Falling Apart' provides a feelgood alternative to that exact scenario. Turn it up and don't stress. Black Lips got this.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Hooker Jon
                                                                2. Chainsaw
                                                                3. Rumbler
                                                                4. Holding Me Holding You
                                                                5. Gentleman
                                                                6. Get It On Time
                                                                7. Angola Rodeo
                                                                8. Georgia
                                                                9. Odelia
                                                                10. Dishonest Man
                                                                11. Locust
                                                                12. Live Fast Die Slow

                                                                Josephine Foster And The Supposed

                                                                All The Leaves Are Gone

                                                                  Could it be that the world is finally ready for the tempestuous folk-rock opera that is "All the Leaves are Gone?" In 2004, only the truly informed and forward-thinking heads "got" this mini masterpiece. Critics scratched their heads and usually resorted to comparisons of past artists, like ol Grace Slick and her Great Jefferson Society, Fairport Convention (but which era? SURELY Judy Dyble's early reign?), and at best, Shirley Collins. A few fans attempted to connect the record to even more obscure "freak folk/rock" like Mellow Candle, Fear Itself, or Trees. "All the Leaves are Gone" was made by unique personalities not concerned with influences or copying any bygone era. Surely, some things are in our DNA or even early childhood, as Josephine Foster's roots in opera manifest themselves as much as any other influence in this organic song cycle. Sure, guitarist Brian Goodman may have heard Richard Thompson before, but his alchemical and molten guitar spray is purely his own, in tunings and intervals still not meant for normal humans to understand, mostly because his 2004 guts were poured into every sublime note (I think even Brian himself never even understood how good he was). That fiery emotion is also in every nuance of Foster's songs--like life, there's disquieting, jagged moments of unease, and there's calm both before and after the storm. There are moments of utter gentleness along the journey---because yes, every concept album should be a voyage, and this is one everyone should take. - Steve Krakow

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Well-Heeled Men
                                                                  The Most Loved One
                                                                  All The Leaves Are Gone
                                                                  Nana, Deathknell
                                                                  Silly Song
                                                                  Jailbird (Hero Of The Sorrow)
                                                                  Worried And Sorry
                                                                  Who Will Feel Bitter At The Days End?
                                                                  John Ave
                                                                  Seen From The Gray Train
                                                                  Don't Wait Mary Jane
                                                                  (You Are Worth) A Million Dollars

                                                                  Jane Weaver

                                                                  Loops In The Secret Society - Deluxe Edition

                                                                    This unique package successfully archives the key elements of Jane’s ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour. Housed in a concise limited-edition pocket-compendium the new CD version brings Jane’s fully realised ‘Loops Variations’ and sonic installations into your own environment with new illustrations based on the songs by Andy Votel and DVD featuring the experimental film installation featured on the tour by Nick Farrimond. When science fiction turns science fact the effect can be truly momentous. The state demands that no-one wants an unlicensed machine-hum from an outbuilding; no-one wants clever prose mapping the future, no-one wants “music” that is attention-seeking, soul-defining, beneficial, Biblical, baroque and beautiful.

                                                                    No-one told Jane Weaver that. Jane Weaver’s multi-layered synthetics evolved into a welcoming slew with 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’, continuing through to 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ is a re-imagined journey through parts of both albums, with new ambient pieces primed and polished; with new tangents explored in a lab-friendly blossoming of the Weaver vision that travels yet further into the psych of our future. A continuous experience with one-line observations set in glorious sense-stimulating sound. That source material was then united in an expansionist experiment in late 2018. The ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour fused unrelated sounds set off against sympathetic new textures, tones and drones; hot-housed into an idealistic soundscape that formed the conducive parts of the imminent album of the same name. Co-conspirators include Henry Broadhead, PJ Phillipson and Andy Votel. Renegades all, headed by the enigmatic Weaver all under surveillance. 

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1 Element (Loops Variation)
                                                                    2 Milk Loop
                                                                    3 Arrows (Loops Variation)
                                                                    4 Found Birds
                                                                    5 H>A>K (Loops Variation)
                                                                    6 Did You See Butterflies (Loops Variation)
                                                                    7 Sun House
                                                                    8 I Wish (Loops Variation)
                                                                    9 Mission Desire (Loops Variation)
                                                                    10 Battle Ropes
                                                                    11 Found Birds
                                                                    12 Slow Motion (Loops Variation)
                                                                    13 Margins
                                                                    14 Cells (Loops Variation)
                                                                    15 Code (Loops Variation)
                                                                    16 Signs Are Rising
                                                                    17 Ravenspoint (Loops Variation)
                                                                    18 Sous Le Même Soleil, Vie Disparu Dans Le Ciel (Loops Variation)
                                                                    19 Majic Milk (Loops Variation)
                                                                    20 Conduit
                                                                    21 Ivana Vessel
                                                                    22 Battle Ropes

                                                                    Giant Sand

                                                                    Glum

                                                                      A conceptual masterpiece, complete with a second disc capturing a classic KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic session just prior to the original album’s release in 1994, plus five bonus tracks available for digital download. An epic windswept desert dry encounter with one of America’s greatest bands that traverses genres and styles to create a complete masterpiece. “While the guitars still squall and roar, they're used more sparingly, erupting to devastating effect in gloomy, low-key songs.” The Quietus // Emotional and uplifting, and always thought provoking, the band’s line up of Howe Gelb, latter day Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino are joined by Victoria Williams, Pete Holsapple, Chris Cacavas, Pappy Allen and Lisa Germano, the whole shebang produced by Daniel Lanois protégé Malcolm Burn. “Giant Sand move to the darker side of their emotional stew. Within is jazz, country, folk, blues even Glam, we’re led to believe the mainstay is downbeat but the result is monumental

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1 Glum
                                                                      A2 Yer Ropes
                                                                      A3 Happenstance
                                                                      A4 Frontage Road
                                                                      A5 Painted Bird

                                                                      B1 1 Helvakowboy Song
                                                                      B2 Spun
                                                                      B3 Left
                                                                      B4 Faithful
                                                                      B5 Bird Song
                                                                      B6 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

                                                                      C1 World Stands Still – KCRW SESSION
                                                                      C2 I Wish You Love - KCRW SESSION
                                                                      C3 Interview - KCRW SESSION
                                                                      C4 Lester Lampshade - KCRW SESSION

                                                                      D1 Get To Leave - KCRW SESSION
                                                                      D2 Left - KCRW SESSION
                                                                      D3 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - KCRW SESSION
                                                                      D4 Interview - KCRW SESSION
                                                                      D5 Instrumental - KCRW SESSION

                                                                      Fenella

                                                                      Fenella

                                                                        ‘Fenella’ is the latest project from Jane Weaver - musical polymath and one of the most respected electronic composers of recent times - and her long-term bandmates Peter Philipson and Raz Ullah.

                                                                        Having already released three critically-acclaimed LP’s within the last five years Weaver’s creativity continues to expand ever further into the (modern) kosmos with this reimagined soundtrack to Marcell Jankovics’ cult animation Fehérlófia.

                                                                        Released in 1981, Fehérlófia is a remarkable animation based in ancient folklore with a narrative culled from mythical tales of the Scythans, Huns and Avars.

                                                                        Weaver’s richly emotional and psychedelic music offers a perfect contemporary dialogue with Jankovics’ astonishing visual aesthetic.

                                                                        A mixture of ambient textures, menacing drones and spine-tingling vocals combine to create a lavish soundscape saturated with hypnotic moods and cinematic atmosphere.

                                                                        Fenella’s self-titled LP is a continuation of Fire Records re-imagined score series.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: F'in-ell-a, this is good. As you'd expect, a project from Raz, Jane and Peter being anything but wonderful would be a rare day indeed, but this woozy slab of arpy psychedelia is pushing the boundaries. Intricate but easily digested, this rich tapestry of fizzing oscillators and analogue saturation is a gift straight from the white mare's mouth. AT LEAST 250ug of pure joy.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side A
                                                                        Slow Swoop
                                                                        Three Heads Rising
                                                                        Bright Curse
                                                                        Occurring In Waves
                                                                        Triangular Journey
                                                                        The Seed
                                                                        Pendulum
                                                                        Shard Of Glass
                                                                        Truly Seduced

                                                                        Side B
                                                                        The Spectacle
                                                                        Battle
                                                                        Echo Chamber Of Your Heart
                                                                        Strength In Air
                                                                        Rotation Wells
                                                                        Gilded Griffin
                                                                        Transfiguration Into One

                                                                        Groundhogs

                                                                        Thank Christ For The Bomb

                                                                          A hugely influential album cited as the embryo for punk, grunge and beyond. Featuring epic 1970 concepts from this far reaching trio much praised by Underworld’s Karl Hyde, Captain Sensible, Stephen Malkmus and a host of others. ‘Thank Christ For The Bomb’ is a visionary tale of cold war fear, alienation and everyday drama. “This is a masterpiece!” New Musical Express.

                                                                          A thinking man’s rumination on alienation, the album is a game of two halves; side one tackling the thermo nuclear threat while side two traces riches to rags alienation in everyday London. First of a trio of ground-breaking albums that steered the band from the Blues into a heavier, more prog-based sound and a true reflection of their much-praised live sound. 

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Side A:
                                                                          1 Strange Town
                                                                          2 Darkness Is No Friend
                                                                          3 Soldier
                                                                          4 Thank Christ For The Bomb.

                                                                          Side B:
                                                                          5 Ship On The Ocean
                                                                          6 Garden
                                                                          7 Status People
                                                                          8 Rich Man, Poor Man
                                                                          9 Eccentric Man

                                                                          Kristin Hersh

                                                                          Crooked

                                                                            “Her significant solo output has been remarkable” Drowned In Sound. Following a special vinyl release for this year’s Record Store Day celebrating its tenth anniversary, ‘Crooked’ will be reissued on black vinyl and CD on 27th September.

                                                                            ‘A figurehead for feminist indie rock’ (Classic Rock), Kristin Hersh achieved a music and publishing first when her eighth solo album was initially released as a multi-media book in 2009. Hersh’s “poetic, provocative and puzzling songcraft” (The Washington Post) makes ‘Crooked’ a stunning record. The resplendent, melancholic ‘Flooding’ came to Hersh in the form of song but was also a premonition of the imminent death of close friend and musician Vic Chesnutt. Mainstay in her recent live shows, ‘Mississippi Kite’ is snarly and unsettling whilst the spectral psychedelic tones of ‘Rubidoux’ stem from a 50foot Wave car ride and a late-night recording session. The songs still lead the way hitting Hersh fully formed but it’s her beguiling raspy vocals paired with guitar, and any other instrument that she chose to play on this album, that has a beautiful intensity that’s jarring, unpredictable and inherent in her music. “She's still as powerful a presence as she ever was.” Pitchfork… 

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Moan
                                                                            2. Sand
                                                                            3. Glass
                                                                            4. Mississippi Kite
                                                                            5. Fortune
                                                                            6. Coals
                                                                            7. Crooked
                                                                            8. Krait
                                                                            9. Flooding
                                                                            10. Rubidoux 

                                                                            HTRK

                                                                            Nostalgia

                                                                              HTRK’s seminal debut gets a new cut to white vinyl with white sleeve and gloss cover. An abrasive record shrouded in sonorous pulses, deafening feedback and tension-soaked reverb that immerses you deep into their world. HTRK’s lo-fi post-punk, post-industrial noise-electronica echoes Suicide, Throbbing Gristle and Joy Division. "Nostalgia" took inspiration from the sound and imagery of David Lynch, The Birthday Party and electronic artist Pita. Rowland S Howard’s ‘Teenage Snuff Film’ was also cited as a big influence, HTRK notably caught the post-punk legend’s attention with their live gigs which saw him endorse the band and go on to co-produce their next release "Marry Me Tonight". A compelling introductory statement that delves into their guilty nostalgia for the nihilistic energies rampant in the 80s underground. 'An agitated haze of addictive ambivalence instead of the swagger and violence of their influences, the overall feeling is of beautiful disharmony'.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1 - Hate Rock Trio
                                                                              A2 - Look What’s Been Done
                                                                              A3 - Look Down The Line

                                                                              B1 - Look At That Girl
                                                                              B2 - Look At Her
                                                                              B3 - You Injured Me
                                                                              B4 - I’m All Broke Up 

                                                                              Giant Sand

                                                                              Recounting The Ballads Of Thin Line Men

                                                                                It’s 33 and a third years since the seminal Giant Sand and its country cousin The Band Of… Blacky Ranchette entered the studio to lay down their second albums. Yes. Both bands had recorded their second albums each. Two sides of the multi-faceted hyper-productive Howe Gelb. “I was turning 28,” he recalls, “and had been wanting to make and release albums since my early 20s, but only recently had figured out how. It was time to make up for lost time.”

                                                                                Time was of the essence. That thin line between then and now has seen journeymen Giant Sand release 27-ish albums, their latest, ‘Recounting The Ballad Of The Thin Line Men’ turning the clock back to 1986’s ‘Ballad Of A Thin Line Man’, picking over the bones and making a whole new soup. All these years on, the latest incarnation of Giant Sand: Howe Gelb (guitars, piano) Tommy Larkins (drums) and Thøger Lund (bass), have dusted off the old vinyl and re-imagined those heady days – they’ve polished these buried gems, reignited some truculent tirades and rekindled an ageless angst. The revamp re-orders the tracks, drops a couple and adds ‘Reptillian’, a previously lost song hailing from their album’s 25th anniversary re-issue, a tune that opens proceedings and basks in all its crinkly glory. There’s also two takes of ‘Tantamount’. The unique thing about Giant Sand’ is they make it all their own, they sound like no-one else. The songs remain the same, but somehow completely different. Howe: “We were a fine storm. The greatest storm in terms of tumultuous velocity and pelting bluster. It proved unstoppable... for a minute”.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1 Reptillian
                                                                                2 Hard Man To Get To Know
                                                                                3 Desperate Man
                                                                                4 You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
                                                                                5 Tantamount
                                                                                6 Who Am I
                                                                                7 Body Of Water
                                                                                8 Graveyard
                                                                                9 The Chill Outside
                                                                                10 Thin Line Man
                                                                                11 Tantamount Blast (Bonus Track)

                                                                                Hater

                                                                                Four Tries Down / It's A Mess

                                                                                  “Swoony Swedish indie-pop.” Record Collector. Two new tracks from Malmo’s much-praised Hater. “One of the best bands in the world” Gorilla Vs Bear. Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘Siesta’, their second studio album and first for Fire Records. It’s a compelling slice of angular pop music; dysfunctional, dreamy, tempting, and teasing. ‘Four Tries Down’ presents an acute hand-tooled angular rasp, with its chiming guitar chopped out against a disengaged rhythm, topped with the dreamy ambience of Caroline Landahl’s whispered confessional that cuts through the mesmerising hum. ‘It’s A Mess’ is more subtle, with a teenage Nico admitting to inevitable boyfriend trouble. Drums rattle before cutting down to the basics to let Landahls pontificate as it all goes wrong – it’s a beautiful mess. Beautiful. “Nostalgic for ‘90s indie pop innocence.” MOJO Set for release this Autumn, 7" 'Four Tries Down' coincides with Hater’s first US tour. “Too noisy to be indie pop, too sweet to be post punk.” Clash.

                                                                                  Modern Studies And Tommy Perman

                                                                                  Emergent Slow Arcs

                                                                                    Modern Studies’ much praised ‘Welcome Strangers’ album from 2018 re-imagined by designer / musician Tommy Perman. “A heady compendium of haunted disco lullabies for foggy urban woodland raves and psychotropic campfire sing-alongs,” said The Quietus of the original Perman (Random Audio Therapy Unit, Cybraphon) re-invents it as a series of modern electronic compositions, like Brian Eno, John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream’s offspring hanging out with Aphex Twin’s twin. “My solo work follows an analytical documentary style and much of it has taken the urban environment as inspiration.” On their previous work together as Water Of Life, The Vinyl Factory claimed Perman and Rob St John’s music as "a fascinating and ambitious project that tests the boundaries of what we perceive as music in the environments we live in". A Frankenstein moment? A monster of ambient ardour, ‘Emergent Slow Arcs’ is something else. An electronic homage, a mystical re-telling that sounds so askew from the sum of its parts it has a life all of its own, traversing an arc previously unchartered. 

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1 Ephemeris Mist
                                                                                    A2 Faraway Hills
                                                                                    A3 Celestial Dance
                                                                                    A4 Moonshot

                                                                                    B1 Ghost Skies
                                                                                    B2 Spectral Cannon
                                                                                    B3 Edgeland Duet
                                                                                    B4 Sunup Shutdown

                                                                                    Television Personalities

                                                                                    Some Kind Of Happening (Singles 1978-1989)

                                                                                      A comprehensive remastered collection of all of the Television Personalities’ ground-breaking single releases from the Peel-approved ‘14th Floor’ through to the effervescent ‘Salvador Dali’s Garden Party’ EP. Includes the super rare Creation flexi, the TVPs as The Gifted Children, and the even rarer Caff 45 where the band tackle Stock, Aitken And Waterman. Purists will also find two shelved 45s for the Dreamworld label plus their take on Syd Barrett’s ‘Apples And Oranges’ from the ‘Beyond The Wildwood’ tribute album. Features the seminal ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now’ and the self-effacing ‘Part Time Punks’ alongside a host of pop culture-bating gems. A celebration of the songwriting of Dan Treacy

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Disc One -

                                                                                      01 - 14th Floor
                                                                                      02 - Oxford St., W.1
                                                                                      03 - Part Time Punks
                                                                                      04 - Where's Bill Grundy Now?
                                                                                      05 - Happy Families
                                                                                      06 - Posing At The Roundhouse
                                                                                      07 - The Prettiest Girl In The World
                                                                                      08 - If That's What Love Is
                                                                                      09 – Miracles Take Longer
                                                                                      10 – Apples And Oranges
                                                                                      11 - Smashing Time
                                                                                      12 - King And Country
                                                                                      13 - I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives
                                                                                      14 - Arthur The Gardener
                                                                                      15 – Painting By Numbers
                                                                                      16 – Lichtenstein Girl
                                                                                      17 - Three Wishes
                                                                                      18 - Geoffrey Ingram
                                                                                      19 - And Don't The Kids Just Love It!
                                                                                      20 - Biff, Bang, Pow!
                                                                                      21 - A Picture Of Dorian Gray (Live)

                                                                                      Disc Two -

                                                                                      01 - A Sense Of Belonging
                                                                                      02 - Paradise Estate
                                                                                      03 - How I Learned To Love The Bomb
                                                                                      04 - Then God Snaps His Fingers
                                                                                      05 - Now You're Just Being Ridiculous
                                                                                      06 - She's Only The Grocer's Daughter
                                                                                      07 - A Girl Called Charity
                                                                                      08 - Salvador Dali's Garden Party
                                                                                      09 - The Room At The Top Of The Stairs
                                                                                      10 -This Time There's No Happy Ending
                                                                                      11 - Part One: Fulfilling The Contractual Obligations
                                                                                      12 - I Still Believe In Magic
                                                                                      13 – Respectable
                                                                                      14 – Privilege
                                                                                      15 – Me And My Desire
                                                                                      16 - My Imaginary Friend
                                                                                      17 - I Remember Bridget Riley

                                                                                      Television Personalities

                                                                                      Some Kind Of Trip (Singles 1990-1994)

                                                                                        “Television Personalities have been England's great forgotten band for too long.” Melody Maker // A comprehensive remastered collection of all of the Television Personalities’ ground-breaking single releases from the evocative ‘Strangely Beautiful’ EP through to the dark introspective terrain of ‘Far Away And Lost In Joy’. Includes the super rare ‘Favourite Films’ 12-inch (only previously available on12-inch vinyl) plus the exquisite ‘Goodnight Mr Spaceman’ and ‘You, Me And Lou Reed’ EPs. Sequenced in chronological release order including every track and remix, embracing a host of pop culture threads from art, music and writing with all the ironic wit and wisdom of a master tunesmith – a veritable L-shaped room of pop desire. A further celebration of the songwriting of Dan Treacy. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        CD1 -

                                                                                        1. Strangely Beautiful (7" Mix)
                                                                                        2. Reaching For The Stars
                                                                                        3. Not Even A Maybe
                                                                                        4. Strangely Beautiful (Chill Out Reprise)
                                                                                        5. She's Never Read My Poems (7"mix)
                                                                                        6. The Day The Dolphins Leave The Sea
                                                                                        7. Christ Knows I Have Tried
                                                                                        8. She's Never Read My Poems (12" Mix)
                                                                                        9 - Favourite Films
                                                                                        10 - The Dream Inspires
                                                                                        11 - Happy All The Time (Ten Years Ahead Of Its Time Version)
                                                                                        12. We Will Be Your Gurus (7” Mix)
                                                                                        13. An Exhibition By Joan Miro
                                                                                        14. Love Is Better Than War…

                                                                                        CD2 -

                                                                                        01. Goodnight Mr Spaceman (12” Mix)
                                                                                        02. If I Was Your Girlfriend
                                                                                        03. She Loves It When He Sings Like Elvis
                                                                                        04. Goodnight Mr Spaceman (Lost In Space Mix)
                                                                                        05. You, Me And Lou Reed.
                                                                                        06. My Imaginary Friend
                                                                                        07. I Remember Bridget Riley
                                                                                        08. I Wish You Could Love Me For What I Am
                                                                                        09. I Don’t Want To Live This Life
                                                                                        10. Far Away And Lost In Joy
                                                                                        11. Do You Know What They’re Saying About Me Now?
                                                                                        12. I Get Frightened

                                                                                        When science fiction turns science fact the effect can be truly momentous. The state demands that no-one wants an unlicensed machine-hum from an outbuilding; no-one wants clever prose mapping the future, no-one wants “music” that is attention-seeking, soul-defining, beneficial, Biblical, baroque and beautiful. No-one told Jane Weaver that.

                                                                                        Jane Weaver’s multi-layered synthetics evolved into a welcoming slew with 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’, continuing through to 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ is a re-imagined journey through parts of both albums, with new ambient pieces primed and polished; with new tangents explored in a lab-friendly blossoming of the Weaver vision that travels yet further into the psych of our future. A continuous experience with one-line observations set in glorious sense-stimulating sound.

                                                                                        That source material was then united in an expansionist experiment in late 2018. The ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour fused unrelated sounds set off against sympathetic new textures, tones and drones ; hot-housed into an idealistic soundscape that formed the conducive parts of the imminent album of the same name.

                                                                                        Co-conspirators include Henry Broadhead, PJ Phillipson and Andy Votel. Renegades all, headed by the enigmatic Weaver – all under surveillance.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Andy says: Beautiful reinterperations of tracks from Jane's last two albums, interspersed with new ambient style pieces to make a brand new album in its own right. Gorgeous.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1 Element (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        2 Milk Loop
                                                                                        3 Arrows (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        4 Found Birds
                                                                                        5 H>A>K (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        6 Did You See Butterflies (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        7 Sun House
                                                                                        8 I Wish (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        9 Mission Desire (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        10 Battle Ropes
                                                                                        11 Found Birds
                                                                                        12 Slow Motion (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        13 Margins
                                                                                        14 Cells (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        15 Code (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        16 Signs Are Rising
                                                                                        17 Ravenspoint (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        18 Sous Le Même Soleil, Vie Disparu Dans Le Ciel (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        19 Majic Milk (Loops Variation)
                                                                                        20 Conduit
                                                                                        21 Ivana Vessel
                                                                                        22 Battle Ropes

                                                                                        Lemonheads

                                                                                        Take It Easy

                                                                                          The Lemonheads bring together two unique takes on The Eagles’ ode to romance and the road, ‘Take It Easy’. From their ‘Varshons II’ album that brought together intriguing takes on everyone from Nick Cave and The Bevis Frond through to John Prine, Yo La Tengo, Lucinda Williams and Paul Westerberg. Version One is a piece of itchy white line fever, switching gears as the eight-track spirals on, a singalong variation with a right arm tan – all alt-country and joyous, with an undertone of pain and remorse. Evan: “‘Take It Easy’ is kinda rough. It was my girlfriend's idea, but it was my idea to make it sound anaemic and bloodless... enjoy!” Version two is a Matthew Cullen production – a suicide mix, with Schneider and Hutter sharing the wheel, as the road map heads right into the soundtrack of Tron – that’s Satnavs for you… 

                                                                                          'Vanishing Twin is songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, synth/guitar player Phil MFU and visual artist/film maker Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion; and on this album they have made their first artistic statement for the ages. Some of its great power comes from liberation. The album was produced by Lucas in a number of non-standard, non-studio settings. ‘KRK (At Home In Strange Places)’ summons up the spirit of Sun Ra’s Lanquidity and Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio was simply recorded on an iPhone during a live set which crackled with psychic connectivity on the Croatian island of Krk. The magical Morricone-esque lounge of ‘You Are Not an Island’, the blissed-out Jean-Claude Vannier style arrangement of ‘Invisible World’ and burbling sci fi funk ode to a 1972 cult French animation, ‘Planète Sauvage’, were all recorded in nighttime sessions in an abandoned mill in Sudbury.

                                                                                          The only two outsiders to work on the recording were ‘6th member’ and engineer Syd Kemp and trusted friend Malcolm Catto, band leader of the spiritual jazz/future funk outfit The Heliocentrics, who mixed seven of the tracks (with Lucas taking care of the other three). Vanishing Twin formed in 2015 - their first LP, Choose Your Own Adventure, which came out on Soundway in 2016; followed by the darker, more abstract, mostly instrumental Dream By Numbers EP in 2017. The band explored their more experimental tendencies on the Magic And Machines tape released by Blank Editions in 2018, an improvised session recorded in the dead of night, offering a glimpse into their practice of deep listening, near band telepathy, and ritually improvised sound making. These sessions formed the basis of The Age Of Immunology.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Emily says: Vanishing Twin have returned this year with a second album of transcendent psychedelic pop. Drawing on far reaching influences in a similar manner to Stereolab, they incorporate elements of krautrock, tropicália and lounge into their expansive soundworld. The comparisons which can be drawn between the two bands are abundant - you can even hear echoes of Lætitia Sadier in Cathy Lucas’ pure, unaffected lead vocals. But the output of Vanishing Twin is not simply derivative. Its members are unique artists in their own right, and their collective sound already bears its own significance.
                                                                                          Listening to ‘The Age Of Immunology’ feels like drifting off to a strange, mythological world somewhere in the unknown depths of space. Each track glides effortlessly into the next and is steeped in dreamlike imagery. In “KRK (At Home In Strange Places)” Lucas’ vocals weave around a loose, polyrhythmic groove and soaring string arrangements. The acoustic guitar steadily sets the pulse in “You Are Not An Island”, suspended above gently glowing electronics and hints of Reichian minimalism. And “Planète Sauvage” is an ode to the cult animated sci-fi film of the same name, featuring a french spoken word monologue which gives way to cinematic strings and a curious synth-organ solo.
                                                                                          It seems Vanishing Twin are a group intent on creating music that defies borders and dissolves genre into genre. Perhaps they fit into an alternative definition of “World Music”, with their influences which reach as far around the globe as their combined nationalities - Belgian, Japanese, Italian, French and American. Who knows where their psychedelic voyage will take them next? For now, let’s delight in their twinkling, cosmic splendour.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1 KRK (At Home In Strange Places)
                                                                                          2 Wise Children
                                                                                          3 Cryonic Suspension May Save Your Life
                                                                                          4 You Are Not An Island
                                                                                          5 The Age Of Immunology
                                                                                          6 Magician’s Success
                                                                                          7 Planète Sauvage
                                                                                          8 Backstroke
                                                                                          9 Invisible World
                                                                                          10 Language Is A City (Let Me Out!)

                                                                                          The inventors of lo-fi indie rock return with a 15-track blast of melodic melancholy, all delivered by the smudged middle finger of Dinosaur Jr original Lou Barlow - 'The auteur of the subterranean lovesick blues.' (Houston Press).

                                                                                          Their first studio album since 2013’s "Defend Yourself" and their first release with Fire Records, Lou Barlow and team return with a smorgasbord of beautifully dysfunctional tunes harking back to their finest college rock anthems.

                                                                                          It’s Barlow at his introverted songwriting best; matter-of-factly delivering a stream of self-questioning stories, punctuated by detuned guitars, spine-tingling time changes and throwaway one liners. A grainy post grunge postcard wrapped in bittersweet melodies with an aftertaste that’s pure heartbreak.

                                                                                          More songs about growing up wrong for those who continue to act surprised at life itself - all illegibly handwritten and lovingly submitted to vinyl.


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Phantom
                                                                                          2. Celebrate The Void
                                                                                          3. Follow The Breath
                                                                                          4. Medicate
                                                                                          5. See-Saw
                                                                                          6. Vacation
                                                                                          7. Stunned
                                                                                          8. Fool
                                                                                          9. Raging River
                                                                                          10. Sunshine
                                                                                          11. Act Surprised
                                                                                          12. Battery
                                                                                          13. Belief
                                                                                          14. Leap Year
                                                                                          15. Reykjavik

                                                                                          New album from the Malmo-based trio of Marleen Nilsson, Anders Hansson and Magners Bodin.

                                                                                          Following the critically-acclaimed ‘To Where The Wild Things Are’ from 2015 and their haunting collection of soundtracks in between.

                                                                                          “Lush and enveloping, reminiscent of Curt Boettcher and Margo Guryan.” The Wire. 

                                                                                          “Fantastically eerie.” Clash.


                                                                                          Exposing the trio’s love of all things retro with a nod to everything from Fun Boy Three to Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Contonou, while still roaming somewhere between an ambient Eno and Cocteau Twins at a late-night soiree. A unique, individual sound: Longer, more plush and pampered; more hypnotic and haunting, mixing mellotron and affected guitar with a refined rhythm. Electronic melancholy at its most evocative, riddled with super-memorable motifs and melodies that nestle in reflective echo.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: Death and Vanilla have eschewed their classic sound slightly for a more open and airy offering, channelling the vibes of 70's soundtracks, hazy psychedelia and tie-dyed synthplay as well as their more direct offerings mixed in for good measure. Definitely the soundtrack to the summer. Stunning stuff.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. A Flaw In The Iris
                                                                                          2. Let's Never Leave Here
                                                                                          3. Mercier
                                                                                          4. Eye Bath
                                                                                          5. The Hum
                                                                                          6. Nothing Is Real
                                                                                          7. Vespertine
                                                                                          8. Wallpaper Pattern

                                                                                          Howe Gelb

                                                                                          Dreaded Brown Recluse

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                                                                                            1000 only. “A wandering troubadour in search of treasured happenstance, Howe Gelb is an enigma.” The Quietus // Long out of print, Howe Gelb’s debut solo album ‘Dreaded Brown Recluse’ is re-imagined on for Record Store Day on brown vinyl. Back then, circa 1991 Howe’s main squeeze Giant Sand were nothing short of prolific, songs were oozing from every pore, their creative id was effervescing, overflowing. With Giant Sand’s colossal new album of ’91 ‘Ramp’ imminent what to do with those further outpourings? An idea: Disguise the band as Howe Gelb solo and produce a song cycle that, on repeat, melds into an eclectic stew that’s easy to dip in and out of but still remains potent several hours in the oven. It’s music as soundtrack to your day, a playful, anarchic piece of situationism that unfolds like all the best dramatic prose. ‘Dreaded Brown Recluse’ includes a rethunk ‘Warm Storm’ with strings (it also appeared on ‘Ramp’). It also features songs about faxing (how quaint), blankets and the insect world, as it straddles territory lost somewhere between psychotic ramshackle punk and slimmed down acoustic reverie. Track List A1 Spirit Lie A2 Picture Shows A3 Loretta and the Insect World A4 Actually Faxing Sophia A5 Cello of the City A6 Still too Far B1 Warm Stone B2 Always Horses Coming B3 Vigdis B4 Vienna Two-Step Throw Away B5 Bible Black Book II B6 Brown Recluse B7 Blanket for Tina

                                                                                            Half Japanese

                                                                                            Charmed Life

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                                                                                              1000 only. Special art edition with extra LP of unheard material on Blue Vinyl. 30 years on Half Japanese’s ‘Charmed Life’ is reissued for Record Store Day. Less love and more monster, Half Japanese sound more realised and fully formed on their sixth studio album. Jad Fair had “become increasingly adept at funnelling his obsessions into songs charming, frank, comical and weird.” Marc Masters, Pitchfork. “As accessible as Half Japanese get” The Quietus // Track List 1 Said And Done 2 Penny In The Fountain 3 Evidence 4 Vietnam 5 Roman Candles 6 Love At First Sight 7 Snake Line 8 Bright Lights, Big City 9 Face Rake 10 Later In A Magazine 11 Red Dress 12 Trouble In The Water 13 Charmed Life 14 Day And Night 15 One Million Kisses 16 Miracles Happen Every Day 17 Terminator 18 I'll Change My Style 19 Fortunate 20 Real Cool Time 21 Poetic License

                                                                                              Daniel Pemberton

                                                                                              Black Mirror: USS Callister - OST

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                                                                                                1000 only - soundtrack from much loved cult episode of ‘black mirror’.

                                                                                                first time on vinyl, bespoke artwork from butcher billy, includes ltd edition poster art print. 2lp red vinyl. “a brilliant take on star trek homages, gaming and toxic geekery” the guardian // the emmy nominated soundtrack from the much-loved emmy winning episode of black mirror. daniel pemberton’s score for black mirror’s ‘uss callister’ is available for the first time on vinyl with bespoke artwork from butcher billy and limited-edition poster art print. taken from the first show of the show’s fourth season, it’s the ‘star trek’ episode when a gifted programmer becomes frustrated with his job and creates digital clones of his co-workers for his own dark adventures in space. the ivor novello award winning, golden globe award and multi bafta nominated and acclaimed composer shifts effortlessly between symphonic and electronic instrumentation. “a brutal star trek scenario that’s half comedy, half indictment of silicon valley leadership” the verge // “one of hollywood’s most sought-after composers” screen daily.

                                                                                                Bardo Pond

                                                                                                Big Laughing Jym

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                                                                                                  1000 only. Purple vinyl edition. First time on vinyl since initial press in 1995. ‘Big Laughing Jym’ follows 1994’s ‘Bufo Alvarius’ and between 1996’s ‘Amanita’, inducing tenebral states with their sludgy yet beguiling psychedelic rock. On “"Dispersion" and "Clearhead" whirlpools of bass, feedback-clogged flute, and John and Michael Gibbons' high-dosage, irradiated guitars, are definitive Pond.” (AllMusic). The record also includes ‘Hummingbird Mountain II (A Return Trip’) and ‘Dragonfly’. “Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid ‘90s.” Pitchfork // “Today they stand as an elder statesman at the epicentre of an international underground of psychedelic extremists” Sunday Times // “They’re still making jaw-droppingly visceral spine-tingling music” Shindig // Track List 1 - Dispersion 2 - Respite 3 - Clearhead 4 - Champ 5 - Soaked 6 - Hummingbird Mountain II 7 - BLJ

                                                                                                  The Lemonheads

                                                                                                  Can't Forget / Wild Child

                                                                                                    LTD pressing of AA 7" single. 1000 pressed. “No strangers to a cover, The Lemonheads perfect the art” NME // Limited edition pressing of AA 7” single, ‘Can’t Forget’ is the lead single, and Yo La Tengo cover, from the new Lemonheads album. AA-side is unreleased cover of Lou Reed’s ‘Wild Child’ this is an exclusive and not on the album. Produced by Matthew Cullen and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Beastie Boys, Nirvana, The Ramones). It’s nearly ten years since The Lemonheads strummed to a halt on their ninth studio album, a perky well received set of covers that brought together many unlikely bedfellows (Gibby Haynes produced, Kate Moss did a cameo vocal). The band’s follow up repeats the formula with Evan way out upfront, his emotive slow maturing vocal making sense of another wide-beam playlist. He really has become one of the great expressive singers. “Heartfelt songs and a honey voice with which to sing them” GQ // “Boppy, overcast alt-rock delivered at a fast clip and sung in a whiskey tenor” Pitchfork // Track List A – Can’t Forget AA – Wild Child

                                                                                                    Television Personalities

                                                                                                    Some Kind Of Trip: Singles 1990-1994

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                                                                                                      2000 only. Gatefold Sleeve, Double LP + Bonus DL tracks. Singles collection. “Television Personalities have been England's great forgotten band for too long.” Melody Maker // A comprehensive remastered collection of all of the Television Personalities’ ground-breaking single releases from the evocative ‘Strangely Beautiful’ EP through to the dark introspective terrain of ‘Far Away And Lost In Joy’. Includes the super rare ‘Favourite Films’ 12-inch (only previously available on12-inch vinyl) plus the exquisite ‘Goodnight Mr Spaceman’ and ‘You, Me And Lou Reed’ EPs. Sequenced in chronological release order including every track and remix, embracing a host of pop culture threads from art, music and writing with all the ironic wit and wisdom of a master tunesmith – a veritable L-shaped room of pop desire. A further celebration of the songwriting of Dan Treacy. Track List Side One 1. Strangely Beautiful (7" mix) 2. Reaching For The Stars 3. Not Even A Maybe 6. The Day The Dolphins Leave The Sea 7. Christ Knows I Have Tried Side Two 8. She's Never Read My Poems (12" mix) 9 - Favourite Films 10 - The Dream Inspires 11 - Happy All The Time (Ten Years Ahead Of Its Time Version) 12. We Will Be Your Gurus (7” mix) 13. An Exhibition By Joan Miro 14. Love Is Better Than War Side Three 15. Goodnight Mr Spaceman (12” mix) 16. If I Was Your Girlfriend 17. She Loves It When He Sings Like Elvis 19. You, Me And Lou Reed.

                                                                                                      Howe Gelb

                                                                                                      Gathered

                                                                                                        A wandering troubadour in search of treasured happenstance.” Quietus / The 24th solo studio album from Giant Sand mainman Howe Gelb. Following two much-praised jazz-tinged ‘Future Standards’ collections, a wider bet captures Gelb’s discordant phrasings and clever romantic lyricism. Joined by a host of collaborators from all over the world, including M. War, Gabriel Naim Amor, Fernando Vacas, Juan Panki, The Lost Brothers, Anna Karina, JB Meijers, Kira Skov and Gelb’s own daughter Talula.

                                                                                                        Focussing on Gelb’s celebrated song-writing style, filled with emotive tunes and heart-warming arrangements invariably offset by gorgeous discordant moments. A chance meeting of the indie/alt country Sinatra annotated by clever wordplay, teased by tongue twisters and an earthy ramble. “Gelb’s long-held fascination with words, particularly the way certain ones rub up against one another or encourage an allusive phrase, usually stretched over an odd meter, is a joy.” Uncut… Previous press coverage from Pitchfork, Mojo, Q, Clash, Uncut, NPR and more. 

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1 On The Fence
                                                                                                        2 A Thousand Kisses Deep Feat. M. Ward
                                                                                                        3 Not The End Of The World Feat Anna Karina
                                                                                                        4 Anna
                                                                                                        5 Give It Up
                                                                                                        6 The Open Road
                                                                                                        7 Moon River Feat. Talula Gelb
                                                                                                        8 Flyin’ Off The Rails
                                                                                                        9 Gathered Feat. Pieta Brown
                                                                                                        10 All You Need To Know
                                                                                                        11 The Park At Dark
                                                                                                        12 My Little World
                                                                                                        13 Presumptuous Feat. Kira Skov
                                                                                                        14 Storyteller
                                                                                                        15 Steadfast (CD And Download Card Only) 

                                                                                                        Half Japanese

                                                                                                        Invincible

                                                                                                          “Still creating some of the most engaging recordings of their lives, and that's truly something to believe in.” AllMusic… New studio album from Michigan’s greatest outsider combo. An inspiration to Kurt Cobain, post grunge deep thinkers and veterans of the “Can’t Play/Will play” fraternity. Pop music for those outside of pop music. Songs for those still bedevilled by one liners and abrasive melodies. Thematically succinct tales of puppet people, vampires and the walking dead juxtaposed with discerning love songs and eternal affection.

                                                                                                          “Half-Japanese are a respected institution. They've been making noise since the late '70s.” Pop Matters “Innocent abandon is still at the heart of the band” Pitchfork. An off-kilter classic that shouldn’t sound right but ultimately does, in the best tradition of The Residents, Richman, Johnston, Brain Wilson at his most bamboozled and any number of out there talents. Uncategorizable, joyous, detuned, quizzical, alluring, childlike, charming, innocent, questioning – invincible. New album from Half Japanese, an inspiration on Kurt Cobain. Jad Fair of Half Japanese has previously collaborated with Teenage Fanclub, Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground) and Daniel Johnston. 

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1 Swept Away
                                                                                                          2 Love Explosion
                                                                                                          3 The Puppet People
                                                                                                          4 Return Of The Vampire
                                                                                                          5 Or Ever Will
                                                                                                          6 No More
                                                                                                          7 All At Once
                                                                                                          8 The Walking Dead
                                                                                                          9 Forever In My Heart
                                                                                                          10 What Are You Gonna Do?
                                                                                                          11 It's Here
                                                                                                          12 Invincible
                                                                                                          13 No Wonder
                                                                                                          14 It Has Me
                                                                                                          15 Indestructible

                                                                                                          The Lemonheads follow up the critically acclaimed ‘Varshons’ from nearly ten years ago with another eclectic collection of covers.

                                                                                                          Produced by director Matthew Cullen and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Beastie Boys, Nirvana, The Ramones), their tenth studio album brims with the slowly-matured vocal of Evan Dando as he lures a host of personal faves to his melodic lair. He really has become one of the great expressive singers of our time.

                                                                                                          ‘Varshons 2’ is a hokey jukebox filled with unique versions of Yo La Tengo, Nick Cave, The Bevis Frond, NRBQ, The Eagles, Paul Westerberg, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams and John Prine.

                                                                                                          Like Hank Williams slumped in his car between gigs, strumming and hollering, reasoning and weeping, humming it on over, Evan and his Lemonheads make every tune their own.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: Though it's been ten years in the making, the second iteration of their 'Varshons' series sees The Lemonheads covering a host of excellent originals with style and grace. Where else could you get a masterful combo of John Prine and Nick cave on the same LP? Not many places i'd wager. A superb second outing, and yet more proof of the Lemonheads' continuing relevance.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1 – Can’t Forget
                                                                                                          2 – Settled Down Like Rain
                                                                                                          3 – Old Man Blank
                                                                                                          4 – Things
                                                                                                          5 – Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
                                                                                                          6 – Abandoned
                                                                                                          7 – Now And Then
                                                                                                          8 – Magnet
                                                                                                          9 – Round Here
                                                                                                          10 – TAQN
                                                                                                          11 – Unfamiliar
                                                                                                          12 – Straight To You
                                                                                                          13 – Take It Easy

                                                                                                          Spacemen 3

                                                                                                          Sound Of Confusion

                                                                                                            New version with updated packaging / digipack format. Spacemen 3’s debut album "Sound Of Confusion", released in 1986, was a blistering affair - establishing their love of the two-chord song and also expressing their admiration for the likes of MC5, The 13th Floor Elevators and The Stooges. Sound of Confusion was 7 tracks of overdriven assault, with a strange bleakness and despair creeping through the hypnotic sprawl. R Hunter Gibson would later say: "It boosts the value of unlit rooms, unpaid debts and unfeigned terror and it would rather tackle the gradients than settle for level best. 

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1 Loosing Touch With Your Mind
                                                                                                            2 2.35,
                                                                                                            3 Little Doll,
                                                                                                            4 MaryAnne,
                                                                                                            5 Roller Coaster,
                                                                                                            6 Hey Man,
                                                                                                            7 OD Catastophe.

                                                                                                            Bardo Pond

                                                                                                            Bardo Pond

                                                                                                              The self titled album Bardo Pond is the first new release from Philadelphia's psychedelic rock unit to be released on Fire.

                                                                                                              'The first time I saw Bardo Pond, I was, as probably most people are when they first encounter this batch of beatific weirdos, horribly unprepared. To describe the experience as "psychedelic" is an understatement on the order of saying that whacking oneself in the nuts with a ball-peen hammer is "mildly irritating." Needless to say, priorities were rearranged, etc.

                                                                                                              Fast-forward 15 yrs, and Bardo Pond have put out many LPs, most of them named after hallucinogens that make you throw up all night and see things - which was kind of them, I always thought. Let ya know what you were in for. All of this recorded output is pretty staggering to me, because, without exception, they seemed able to toss a lasso around some sort of ineffable hoodoo that felt like it was a million yrs old. If Carl Sagan would have 1.) smoked a little more weed and 2.) not croaked, I'm hoping he would have cut a BP track onto that gold LP that they put on the Voyager units. Would've been a way better representation of the best parts of the human spirit than Chuck Berry, I say.

                                                                                                              Anyhoo. One night not long ago in the Bardo Compound in Philly, Michael says in a kinda offhanded way, "Hey man, you wanna hear this? ..." And there I was, being bathed in the songs you've got in yr grubby little mitts right now.

                                                                                                              I was, once again, unprepared.

                                                                                                              This cauldron is a bit of a different brew. It made total sense to me (as it will to you) when he later told me the name of the LP is just "Bardo Pond." Why? It's a distillation. Two decades of playing together have sandblasted away everything unessential and left us with what we have here. It was like no one else before them had ever gotten near the plagal cadence, not Lou Reed or the Stooges or 2,000 yrs of church music. They invented it all over again, independent of any of that, after gawd knows how many yrs of flailing away and burning themselves up.

                                                                                                              I fucking love these songs. And while I hate writing almost as much as I hate third-degree burns, I have to say it is a joy to be able to tell you about this record. I feel like Neil Fucking Armstrong.

                                                                                                              It took years for them to get here, but this record is the most goddamned beautiful thing they've ever done. Sorry for the superlatives. But really, the only thing left for them to do at this point is explode'. - Fire Records.

                                                                                                              John Gibbons: Guitars
                                                                                                              Michael Gibbons: Guitars
                                                                                                              Isobel Sollenberger: Voice, flute
                                                                                                              Clint Takeda: Bass, next-level comedy
                                                                                                              Aaron Igler: Electronics
                                                                                                              Jason Kourkounis: Drums

                                                                                                              with
                                                                                                              Jeremiah Misfeldt: Farfisa
                                                                                                              Dan Baltzer: Harp


                                                                                                              A highly personalised sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din. A ten-track album, her tenth studio set.

                                                                                                              Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of ‘dark sunshine’, a brooding solo record creating with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty.

                                                                                                              Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet. Messing with both extremes of the sonic spectrum: atonal and arrhythmic, a unique sound and a glorious return to form for one of alternative rock’s true innovators.

                                                                                                              “Sometimes the most subversive thing I can do musically is adhere to standard song structure, sometimes the creepiest chords are the ones we’ve heard before, twisted into different shapes, and sometimes a story is lived a thousand times before we can ride it like a roller coaster. Nothing wholly unfamiliar is gonna make you look twice. When you can describe a record as being “deceptively” anything, you’re hinting at the sociopathic nature of music. Something I love. Imagine truly buying your own sunshine and charm, but also your darkness and violence; the two sides of your psychology showing each other off in relief. Songs can do that...we can’t, really. Darkness we’ve seen.” Kristin Hersh, July 2018.

                                                                                                              “She's still as powerful a presence as she ever was.” Pitchfork

                                                                                                              “The prodigious output and commitment to quality is pretty staggering, but then Kristin Hersh is a very, very special musician.” The Quietus.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. LAX
                                                                                                              2. No Shade In Shadow
                                                                                                              3. Halfway Home
                                                                                                              4. Fox Point
                                                                                                              5. Lethe
                                                                                                              6. Loudmouth
                                                                                                              7. Gin
                                                                                                              8. Tulum
                                                                                                              9. Breathe In
                                                                                                              10. Lady Godiva

                                                                                                              Hater

                                                                                                              Siesta

                                                                                                                Hater’s powerful vulnerability and charm has seen them rise quickly through the ranks earning kudos from NPR (Austin 100), Stereogum (Best New Bands Of 2017), The Fader, BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and more. Effortless and assured, the Scandi quartet drift eloquently into well-structured and stunning melodies. Resolute in their sound, ‘Siesta’ is the perfect soundtrack for that summer romance and the inevitable break up. Heartbreak has never sounded so sweet!.

                                                                                                                Produced by Joakim Lindberg (Yast and Hey Elbow) at Studio Sickan within old railway sheds outside of Malmö Sweden. Hater tackle their personal experiences of life, love and relationships yet through their shared songwriting there's a togetherness. Synth pop earworm ‘It’s So Easy’ contrasts the slower paced 'I Wish I Gave You More Time Because I Love You' that blends beautiful sweeping sax from Inge Petersson Lindbäck. Hater “boast Marr-esque guitars and vocals reminiscent of fellow Swedes and The Concretes” (Norman Records) whilst having the pop sensibilities of The Chills, Alvvays, Snail Mail and Makthaverskan.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. From The Bottom Of Your Heart
                                                                                                                2. It's So Easy
                                                                                                                3. I Wish I Gave You More Time Because I Love You
                                                                                                                4. Closer
                                                                                                                5. Fall Off
                                                                                                                6. I Sure Want To
                                                                                                                7. Things To Keep Up With
                                                                                                                8. Your Head Your Mind
                                                                                                                9. Why It Works Out Fine
                                                                                                                10. The Mornings
                                                                                                                11. Cut Me Loose
                                                                                                                12. All That Your Dreams Taught Me
                                                                                                                13. Seems So Hard
                                                                                                                14. Weekend

                                                                                                                Josephine Foster

                                                                                                                A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing

                                                                                                                  ‘A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’ (2006) is an unusual album, first because it does things with classical music that aren’t usually done. The songs Josephine Foster sings here are classical pieces, written (the texts are German poems) by some of the greatest German composers of the 19th century, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Hugo Wolf. “Foster has found perhaps the most appropriate vehicle yet for her singular and affecting talents – 19th century German art-songs, wholly reconstructed here via Foster’s skeletal arrangements of voice and guitar” Pitchfork. Remastered and repackaged with new artwork

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. An Die Musik
                                                                                                                  2. Der König In Thule
                                                                                                                  3. Verschwiehene Liebe
                                                                                                                  4. Die Schwestern
                                                                                                                  5. Wehmut
                                                                                                                  6. Auf Einer Burg
                                                                                                                  7. Nähe Des Geliebten

                                                                                                                  Television Personalities

                                                                                                                  Closer To God

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                                                                                                                    ‘Closer To God’, as with all TVP albums, is mightily personal. Dan Treacy provides the antidote to the opening of the ill-fated Disneyland Paris and the first McDonald’s in China – it’s a white knuckle ride through his innermost hopes and fears with off stage giggling, half heard dialogue and feedback that sounds like an opera is expiring in an adjoining L-shaped room. ‘Closer To God’ is a spiritual rollercoaster that sounds as poignant and pressing as ever. Remastered double LP on limited edition on marbled black and white vinyl. 1500 copies.

                                                                                                                    Half Japanese

                                                                                                                    Why Not?

                                                                                                                      Half Japanese have returned to peel further layers from their onion. They have a new album that's a square further on in their unpredictable musical snakes and ladders board. ‘Why Not?’ is a magical thing – it’s Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ recorded in a cupboard, it’s an ode to love, it’s a Wire song with two duelling guitarists being Zappa on helium, it’s Parquet Courts in a tantrum, it’s The Crickets contorted into? and The Mysterians, it’s everywhere and nowhere, baby, it’s where it’s at. On ‘Why Not?’ nuances are mused, situations explained, questions asked.

                                                                                                                      Outside, zombies and demons roam and everyday aliens emerge from spaceships: it’s a technicolor film transcribed by Jad Fair and friends John Sluggett, Gilles-Vincent Rieder, Mick Hobbs and Jason Willett, their faces at the cracked window of their subterranean habitat looking out at the real world. They’re on a high from their last release: “After all these years, his wiry voice still hits every song with a shock that’s equal parts joy buzzer and defibrillator, each barely in-key bleat alternating between laughable and life-affirming,” said Pitchfork of their last opus ‘Hear The Lion Roar’.

                                                                                                                      To which All Music added that “after nearly 40 years of music-making, they're still creating some of the most engaging recordings of their lives, and that's truly something to believe in.” ‘Why Not?’ goes further. It’s an even more intense concoction, it’s further out there. It contains pieces of fluffy thought-provoking music, a bag of sentiments delivered with a real sense of wonderment at how the normal world revolves; all powered with heart and soul, some crunchy guitars, a cello and reverb set-to-kill infiltrating their storytelling. ‘Why’d They Do It?’ quizzes track 11. Because they can. 

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Barry says: Why not indeed?

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. The Future Is Ours
                                                                                                                      2. The Face
                                                                                                                      3. Why Not?
                                                                                                                      4. Amazing
                                                                                                                      5. Demons Of Doom
                                                                                                                      6. A Word To The Wise
                                                                                                                      7. Bring On The Night
                                                                                                                      8. Zombie Island Massacre
                                                                                                                      9. Better Days
                                                                                                                      10. Spaceship To Mars
                                                                                                                      11. Why'd They Do It?
                                                                                                                      12. Magic
                                                                                                                      13. Falling

                                                                                                                      Bevis Frond

                                                                                                                      Son Of Walter

                                                                                                                        When the sleeve of The Bevis Frond’s ‘Son Of Walter’ arrived circa 1996 it was a mystery. The title is scratched on a window overlooking an Islington block of flats, the sunset is distorted. Today it would be the view from a banging grime pirate radio station. Back then, it was one man locked in his bedroom with too many ideas and too many instruments (and a Portastudio). It’s the Frond’s 15th studio album. “The release of this work signals a resurgent appreciation for the noodly psychedelia of which this Brit is the master,” claimed the beautifully named Jennie Ruggles in Addicted To Noise. “Guitar fans will eat this album up,” Calendar, a magazine in the US argued and Pulse! Magazine reckoned: “’Son Of Walter’ offers new recruits a generous and reasonably representative introduction both to Saloman’s deeply ingrained mastery of ‘60s-vintage idioms and to the humanity and tunefulness that sets him apart from less imaginative retro-formalists.” Ah, retro formalists, we love them.

                                                                                                                        "Don't ask why, but for this album I decided to make the long-awaited(?) return to the style of the first few BF records. So it's back to the home recording facilities, and back to being the only person involved. So it's definitely worse than the recent stuff. (Feel free to disagree)," Frond mainman and, indeed the only Frond left standing on this opus, reasoned on the sleevenotes when it first sneaked out on the super cool Flydaddy label in the US. So, what is it all about? The trademark folk strum with multi-harmonies is there. There’s a slight nod to a country-ish CSN&Y thing, but that’s only for four bars. Who remembers that when there is the colossal ‘Garden Aeroplane Trap’, a proper wig out at 12 minutes 20. Elsewhere we have the kind of timeless psyche pop that people with ears really love, two songs that namecheck Elvis and a song about a dead man on a train. That was London in the late ‘90s. Hey, rock ‘n’ roll. 

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1 Plastic Elvis
                                                                                                                        2. Beautiful Sister
                                                                                                                        3. Red Hair
                                                                                                                        4 You Saw Me Coming (But You Won't See Me Go)
                                                                                                                        5. Barking Or False Point Blues
                                                                                                                        6. Forgiven
                                                                                                                        7. All Hope Is Gone With You Away
                                                                                                                        8 Dead Man Sitting On A Train
                                                                                                                        9. It's Not Like You
                                                                                                                        10. Garden Aeroplane Trap
                                                                                                                        11 Driven Away
                                                                                                                        12 Raining On TV
                                                                                                                        13 Requiem
                                                                                                                        14 Winner's Way
                                                                                                                        15 Goodnight From The Band

                                                                                                                        Television Personalities

                                                                                                                        And Don't The Kids Just Love It

                                                                                                                          Ahead of its time, ‘And Don’t The Kids Just Love It’ was Television Personalities’ influential debut album released in 1981 and features ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’. The legendary lo-fi release sees them produce British inspired 60s pop and post-punk that captured the period and ‘sounds remarkably prescient’ (Pitchfork’s Best 100 albums of the 1980s). With the formidable Daniel Treacy at its core, Television Personalities remain one of new wave’s longest serving and seminal artists with a career spanning over three decades. The indie visionaries directly influenced virtually every major pop uprising of the period including artists as diverse as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pavement and Creation’s Alan McGee. ‘And Don’t The Kids Just Love It’ is reissued for Record Store Day 2017 on 12” black and white marbled vinyl alongside ‘Mummy Your Not Watching Me’, ‘The Painted Word’ and ‘They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles’. “They provided the inspiration and motivation for me to start the label.” Alan McGee, Creation Records. / “A remarkably influential album that holds up extremely well.” Allmusic. 

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          A1 This Angry Silence A2 The Glittering Prizes A3 World Of Pauline Lewis A4 A Family Affair A5 Silly Girl A6 Diary Of A Young Man A7 Geoffrey Ingram B1 I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives B2 Jackanory Stories B3 Parties In Chelsea B4 La Grande Illusion B5 A Picture Of Dorian Gray B6 The Crying Room B7 Look Back In Anger

                                                                                                                          Death And Vanilla

                                                                                                                          Vampyr

                                                                                                                            A Standard LP and CD release will follow later. Now re-issued as a double vinyl package, ‘Vampyr’ is full of “eerie haunted ambience” (©The Guardian), an atmospheric and spaced out 78 minutes that galvanizes Moog, glockenspiel, zither and vibraphonette in a beautiful piece of claustrophobia, a timeless slice of suitably scary sound filled with an unnerving sonic vibe that sticks in the psyche. “The retro leaning Scandi duo fire up their Moogs and mellotrons, sonic archaeologists with a hauntological bent.. there is an alluring sexiness to their avant-Kraut Moog-pop excursions.” 

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. Vampyr Pt.1
                                                                                                                            B1. Vampyr Pt.2
                                                                                                                            C1. Vampyr Pt.3
                                                                                                                            D1. Vampyr Pt.4
                                                                                                                            D2. Vampyr Rehearsals

                                                                                                                            Modern Kosmology sees Jane Weaver's melodic-protagonist channeling new depths of creative cosmic energy within. After the huge critical acclaim of 2012's “Fallen By Watchbird”, followed by 2014's exploratory "Silver Globe" LP winning her unanimous "record of the year accolades" and hefty measures of radio play-listing Jane Weaver's conceptual trajectory has sent her neo-kosmische penchants to the point of no-return. Jane Weaver's unwaning yearning for psychoactive pop energy has just reached a new level of magnetism. As snowclones go, Modern Kosmology is the new Silver. Another Spectrum to add to the tension.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1 H>A>K
                                                                                                                            A2 Did You See Butterflies?
                                                                                                                            A3 Modern Kosmology
                                                                                                                            A4 Slow Motion
                                                                                                                            A5 Loops In The Secret Society
                                                                                                                            B1 The Architect
                                                                                                                            B2 The Lightning Back
                                                                                                                            B3 Valley
                                                                                                                            B4 Ravenspoint
                                                                                                                            B5 I Wish

                                                                                                                            Pere Ubu

                                                                                                                            The Art Of Walking

                                                                                                                              Released in 1980, ‘The Art Of Walking’ sees Pere Ubu ‘moving even further from the conventions of rock music - and from their own past - but still moving forward, without a doubt, and losing none of their integrity as a group.’ (Melody Maker, Chris Cutler). The album features in new box set, ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’, released in March. It gathers together ‘New Picnic Time’ with its companion releases, ‘The Art Of Walking’ and ‘Song Of The Bailing Man’ plus LP of extras, ‘Architectural Salvage’. Coed Jail! Live dates mark the release of the box with a set list drawn exclusively from the recordings of 1975-1982. Tom Herman, guitarist from 1975 to 1979 and from 1997 to 2002, rejoins the band for the tour. The line-up is David Thomas, Tom Herman, Robert Wheeler, Michele Temple and Steve Mehlman. Wheeler and Temple have been in Pere Ubu since 1994, Mehlman since 1995. 

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              01 Go
                                                                                                                              02 Rhapsody In Pink
                                                                                                                              03 Arabia 04 Misery Goats
                                                                                                                              05 Young Miles In The Basement
                                                                                                                              06 Loop
                                                                                                                              07 Rounder
                                                                                                                              08 Birdies
                                                                                                                              09 Lost In Art
                                                                                                                              10 Horses
                                                                                                                              11 Crush This Thorn 

                                                                                                                              Rats On Rafts / De Kift

                                                                                                                              Rats On Rafts / De Kift

                                                                                                                              The best act I've ever seen at a festival" Paul Thomson, Franz Ferdinand. Rats On Rafts have joined forces with legendary underground Dutch punk band De Kift - Zaandam punk vs Rotterdam punk! A playful revisioning of each other’s music which began at Metropolis Festival in 2013. The record brings together songs from Rats On Rafts critically acclaimed second album ‘Tape Hiss’ and De Kift’s huge catalogue. The two bands locked themselves up for a month to record a completely analogue album. Together they will play this material live on tour. Instantly recognisable as Rats ‘Last Day On De Zon’ is shot through with brass - enter De Kift. Dark, dub infused ‘Meggy’ sees Rats bringing their explosive and unrelenting rolling crescendos. ‘Sleep Little Links 2 3 4’ is uplifting with the addition of brass whilst folk tinged ‘Dit Schip’ sees them bring further depth to the collaboration. Energetic and raw, the spirit of their festival performances prevails throughout. De Kift have released music for three decades with father Heijne only retiring in 2013, brothers Marco & Ferry Heijne and cousin Pim remain alongside co-founder and drummer Wim. The nine piece brass ensemble have released eleven albums, collaborated in theatre, film and various media projects which has seen them win a number of Dutch awards across film and music. Both formats have unique sleeves made from recycled LP/CD sleeves, with the front and back cover printed and stuck on to the recycled sleeve. The band have assembled and fulfilled each one themselves. 

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Last Day On De Zon
                                                                                                                              2. Voorbij
                                                                                                                              3. Brass Poison Face
                                                                                                                              4. Dit Schip
                                                                                                                              5. Powder Monkey
                                                                                                                              6. Melk En Benzine
                                                                                                                              7. Moonlight Flit
                                                                                                                              8. Meggy
                                                                                                                              9. Swan Song
                                                                                                                              10. Sleep Little Links 2 3 4 

                                                                                                                              Death And Vanilla

                                                                                                                              Death And Vanilla EP (Reissue)

                                                                                                                                The first release for the Swedish Psychedelic dream-pop band, their self-titled EP caught the attention of French label ‘Hands In The Dark’. They originally released EP in 2010 on CD an extremely limited edition run of 100 copies. The EP is reissued on blue vinyl to match the cover alongside the ‘From Above’ 7” and their self-titled debut long player.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                01 Ghosts In The Machine
                                                                                                                                02 Godspeed
                                                                                                                                03 Run Rabbit Run
                                                                                                                                04 The Colour Of Space
                                                                                                                                05 Ascend And Descend
                                                                                                                                06 The Dödens Vaniljsås Theme
                                                                                                                                07 Between The Circles

                                                                                                                                Death And Vanilla

                                                                                                                                Death And Vanilla Album (Reissue)

                                                                                                                                Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson AKA Death and Vanilla released their first full length self-titled eponymous debut LP in 2012. It radiates sophisticated retro-futuristic psych-pop whilst channeling their passion for hauntology, library, krautrock and radiophonic music. Mastered by Linus Sjölund at RED audio it was initially released on French label ‘Hands In The Dark’ which like their EP sold out on pre-order.

                                                                                                                                Fire Records now release the album on black/yellow splatter vinyl and CD alongside the ‘From Above’ 7” and their self-titled debut EP. 

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Andy says: Krauty, moog, hushed, library baroque pop that breezes along in a sultry fashion.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                01 Rituals
                                                                                                                                02 Dreams Of Sheep
                                                                                                                                03 Cul-De-Sac
                                                                                                                                04 Somnambulists
                                                                                                                                05 The Unseeing Eye
                                                                                                                                06 From Elsewhere
                                                                                                                                07 Library Goblin
                                                                                                                                08 The Clearing
                                                                                                                                09 The Unseeing I

                                                                                                                                Released in 1982, 'Song of the Bailing Man' is an ‘inspired, invigorating, confounding, disturbing... yeah, one hell of a swinging way to go. Still the futility Ubu must have felt making far sighted music in a chronically near-sighted world is pressed hard into these grooves.’ (Melody Maker, David Fricke).

                                                                                                                                The album features in new LP box set, ‘Architecture Of Language 1979-1982’, released in March. It gathers together ‘New Picnic Time’ with its companion releases, ‘The Art Of Walking’ and ‘Song Of The Bailing Man’ plus LP of extras, ‘Architectural Salvage’. Spring dates mark the release of the box with a set list drawn exclusively from the recordings of 1975-1982. Tom Herman, guitarist from 1975 to 1979 and from 1997 to 2002, rejoins the band for the tour. The line-up is David Thomas, Tom Herman, Robert Wheeler, Michele Temple and Steve Mehlman. Wheeler and Temple have been in Pere Ubu since 1994, Mehlman since 1995. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                01 The Long Walk Home
                                                                                                                                02 Use Of A Dog
                                                                                                                                03 Petrified
                                                                                                                                04 Stormy Weather
                                                                                                                                05 West Side Story
                                                                                                                                06 Thoughts That Go By Steam
                                                                                                                                07 Big Ed’s Used Farms
                                                                                                                                08 A Day Such As This
                                                                                                                                09 The Vulgar Boatman Bird
                                                                                                                                10 My Hat
                                                                                                                                11 Horns Are A Dilemma

                                                                                                                                Building on the breakthrough of her “Glacial Glow” album, and coming off of tours opening for St. Vincent and The Jesus Lizard (something that only makes equal sense for Noveller), guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate emerged with what AllMusic called “an incredible and complex statement, and one that clearly stands as a challenge to herself and her audience alike.”

                                                                                                                                The album. “No Dreams” would continue to elevate her songwriting and soundscaping to new heights, with Pitchfork raving; “Sarah Lipstate creates miniature musical worlds, places that you feel like you’ll never leave as long as the record is playing.” Lipstate, a former member of Parts & Labour and Cold Cave, as well as a collaborator with such luminaries as Lee Renaldo and Jim Thirlwell, along with being a member of both Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army and Glenn Branca’s 100 Guitar Ensemble, has emerged as one of the most exciting and interesting guitarists of this era. “No Dreams” cements her as a talent on the rise. Originally released as a limited edition on the experimental label Important Records, following the success of her most recent “Fantastic Planet” album, Fire Records is reissuing the album on 180 gram vinyl to a wider audience. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Fighting Sleep
                                                                                                                                2. Mannahatta
                                                                                                                                3. No Dreams
                                                                                                                                4. Purchase
                                                                                                                                5. Gathering The Elements
                                                                                                                                6. Rue De Montmorency
                                                                                                                                7. The Fright
                                                                                                                                8. Outro 

                                                                                                                                Blank Realm's transformation across the Australian mystic from sprawling spaced out psychotic punk blues, through the startling maverick pop psychedelia of ‘Go Easy’ to the widely acclaimed ‘Grassed Inn’, continues in its unrelenting quest for that quintessential synergy of chiming pop anthems.

                                                                                                                                Hook-laden throughout they unleash their wild yet tender new album ‘Illegals In Heaven’ which offers up freaked out reflections on life, love and circumstance. As knowing as the Chills or the Pretenders, loner ballads are as gnarled and world weary as Dylan in a cacophony as bruised as Royal Trux yet with the playfulness of Half Japanese.

                                                                                                                                Recorded and produced with Lawrence English (head of the Room40 label) on a late night at The Plutonium studio in Brisbane, the album sees them on their first foray into a recording studio. While it wasn’t exactly Abbey Road, it truly captures the chaos and majesty of the band’s formidable live shows.
                                                                                                                                It would be all too easy to say that ‘Illegals In Heaven’ is their finest work to date, but the simple truth is that Blank Realm have been without peers for a trilogy of albums, so it just might be as Sarah huskily intones, "Gold" too.

                                                                                                                                “Blank Realm are still bent on mixing the diamonds with the rough, and on Grassed Inn that particular swirl is at its most intoxicating.” Pitchfork 8/10

                                                                                                                                “Balancing the arty with the party to make for a set of danceable, hook-filled songs that bubble and bloom with an almost biological rampancy, shooting out tendrils of strange, snaking melody in every direction like vines enveloping a ruin” Guardian 4*

                                                                                                                                “A cracking selection of scuzzy, fuzzy psych-rock songs that recall Royal Truax and Sonic Youth” Uncut 8/10

                                                                                                                                “Blank Realm generate scruffy, VU’s-Sister-Ray-loving grooves, coloured up with blooping synths, and yowling, way-off vocals” Mojo 4* 


                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Andy says: Catchy but cool as you like jangle'n'fuzz psych pop/rock from down-under. A big hit on the shop stereo.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. No Views On It
                                                                                                                                2. River Of Longing
                                                                                                                                3. Cruel Night
                                                                                                                                4. Costume Drama
                                                                                                                                5. Dream Date
                                                                                                                                6. Flowers In Mind
                                                                                                                                7. Gold
                                                                                                                                8. Palace Of Love
                                                                                                                                9. Too Late Now

                                                                                                                                Josephine Foster And The Victor Herrero Band

                                                                                                                                Anda Jaleo / Perlas

                                                                                                                                Bringing together both of Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band’s Spanish albums in one place, with a previously unreleased track. Anda Jaleo was originally released in 2010. Federico Garcia Lorca's popular folk song collection "Las Canciones Populares Espanolas" was banned under Franco's dictatorship and today the music survives but marginally within the Spanish sub-conscious.

                                                                                                                                Taking their cue from Lorca and La Argentinita's infectious 1931 recording of the songs, Josephine Foster and her partner Spanish musician Victor Herrero arranged the poetically rich collection for their acoustic band, formed while living in the Grenadine Sierra. Anda Jaleo is the band's live recording of "Las Canciones"; a visceral celebration of the persistence of popular anonymous song.

                                                                                                                                This new edition includes an additional track not featured on the original release, an interpretation of ‘Sones de Asturias’. La colección de "Canciones Populares Españolas" recopiladas y armonizadas por Federico García Lorca fue censurada en tiempos de Franco, y hoy en día la música sobrevive aunque de una manera vaga en el subconsciente del pueblo español. Inspirados por la contagiosa grabación de las canciones de Lorca y La Argentinita de 1931, Josephine Foster y su compañero el músico español Víctor Herrero han arreglado esta poética y rica colección para su banda acústica , formada mientras vivían en la sierra de Granada. Anda Jaleo es la grabación en directo de su versión de "Las Canciones"; una celebración visceral de la canción popular anónima y su persistencia. Following from Anda Jaleo, Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band created a superb follow-up entitled Perlas (Pearls). It is a jewel of a collection, with songs and poems selected by Josephine herself, gathered from dusty old scores and brought vividly to the present with warm performances full of flesh-and-blood emotion. Made with a variety of stringed instruments and simple percussion, the songs were recorded live in the studio on to analogue tape by Paco Loco in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Foster breathes new life into timeless traditional melodies, drawing from the Spanish-folk traditions of Castile, the Basque, Santander and the Costa Brava.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Anda Jaleo:
                                                                                                                                1. Los Cuatro Muleros
                                                                                                                                2. Los Pelegrinitos
                                                                                                                                3. Las Morillas De Jaen
                                                                                                                                4. Anda Jaleo
                                                                                                                                5. Las Tres Hojas
                                                                                                                                6. Los Mozos De Monleón
                                                                                                                                7. Sevillanas Del Siglo XVIII
                                                                                                                                8. Los Reyes De La Baraja
                                                                                                                                9. El Cafe De Chinitas
                                                                                                                                10. Zorongo
                                                                                                                                11. Nana De Sevilla
                                                                                                                                12. Sones De Asturia……

                                                                                                                                Perlas :
                                                                                                                                1. Puerto De Santa Maria
                                                                                                                                2. Sangre Colorada
                                                                                                                                3. Cuando Vienes Del Monto
                                                                                                                                4. Cuatro Pinos
                                                                                                                                5. Peregrino
                                                                                                                                6. Dame Esa Flor
                                                                                                                                7. En Esta Larga Ausencia
                                                                                                                                8. Abenámar
                                                                                                                                9. Perlas
                                                                                                                                10. Brillante Estrella

                                                                                                                                Half Japanese

                                                                                                                                Volume 3 : 1990-1995

                                                                                                                                Formed in the mid-70s, and setting the standard for post-punk ever since, Jad and David Fair and Half Japanese return with a new volume that finds us twenty years into their story. The 90s would see them under a new spotlight as Kurt Cobain used his celebrity to tell anyone that would listen about their greatness, and had the band tour with Nirvana. They would respond with three of the most wild and varied albums in their career.

                                                                                                                                Continuing their Fire deluxe reissues of the entire Half Japanese catalogue, Volume Three: 1990-1995 is the third of four volumes containing three LPs/CDs. This next set of Half Japanese LPs begins with 1990’s explosively, noisy and chaotic (sometimes improvised) ‘We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love’ featuring their cover of the Them garage rock classic “Gloria” and two tracks “Titanic" and "Hand Without a Body” that were co-written with the like-minded Daniel Johnston. Two years later the notably more delicate and, dare we say, jangly, ‘Fire In The Sky’ (1992) arrived at a pivotal time for the group when they gained notable recognition from the likes of Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo (whose Ira Kaplan guests on the record).

                                                                                                                                This highly anticipated third installation closes the trio with 1995’s ‘Hot’ which became MTVs album of the week on release, with Michael Goldbery writing “Hot, mixes Sonic Youth-style noise, Stooges primitivism and ’60s pop with excellent results. “Lucky Ones” is a simply charming number (“A good thing just got better/ As better as better can be”) reminiscent of Jonathan Richman, while “Drum Straight” is dose of feedback drenched skonk and “Vampire” rocks hard liken the Sonic’s “Bull In The Heather.” Fire’s colossal Half Japanese series began last year with the Record Store Day exclusive of ‘Half Gentleman/Not Beasts’, this set contains the records in their original form with extras that later appeared on CD formats available. It will also include original artwork from Jad Fair and liner notes by Half Japanese hall of famer Mark David Jickling. “Cutting straight to the gut. Jad’s phrasing matches surging sentiments, creating a counterpoint to the spot-on music. When they grind out a groove half-rhythmic/half-blank cadences, the woozy disconnect is oddly compelling” Pitchfork’s Best New Reissue (Volume 2: 1987-1989)

                                                                                                                                “An impressive and well-assembled study of one of this band's more interesting periods” - All Music.

                                                                                                                                “This should also lay to rest any questions about the importance of Half Japanese. Without them, we wouldn’t have the primitive pop of Beat Happening nor the id-bearing beauty of Daniel Johnston” - Paste Magazine. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love:
                                                                                                                                1 "Every Hour "
                                                                                                                                2 "Elevator Boy"
                                                                                                                                3 "Gloria"
                                                                                                                                4 "Ear "
                                                                                                                                5 "The Titanic"
                                                                                                                                6 "Our Eyes"
                                                                                                                                7 "Spin "
                                                                                                                                8 "Up And Down"
                                                                                                                                9 "Run "
                                                                                                                                10 "All Of Me"
                                                                                                                                11 "Hand Without A Body"
                                                                                                                                12 "Going Home"
                                                                                                                                13 "Three Rings"
                                                                                                                                14 "How Did You Know? "
                                                                                                                                15 "Then We Walk"
                                                                                                                                16 "Secret "
                                                                                                                                17 "Best "
                                                                                                                                18 "The House I Live In"
                                                                                                                                19 "Shanty Town"
                                                                                                                                20 "Everything Is Right "

                                                                                                                                Fire In The Sky:
                                                                                                                                1 "UFO Expert"
                                                                                                                                2 "Tears Stupid Tears"
                                                                                                                                3 "Always "
                                                                                                                                4 "This Could Be The Night"
                                                                                                                                5 "Possum Head"
                                                                                                                                6 "Frosty"
                                                                                                                                7 "Turn Your Life Around"
                                                                                                                                8 "I Love A Mystery"
                                                                                                                                9 "12 Houses"
                                                                                                                                10 "Hangar 18"
                                                                                                                                11 "Magic Kingdom"
                                                                                                                                12 "It's No Wonder"
                                                                                                                                13 "Fire In The Sky"
                                                                                                                                14 "Good Luck"
                                                                                                                                15 "Gates Of Glory"
                                                                                                                                16 "Everyone Knows"
                                                                                                                                17 "I Heard Her Call My Name"
                                                                                                                                18 "Eye Of The Hurricane"
                                                                                                                                19 "It's A Clear Night"

                                                                                                                                Hot:
                                                                                                                                1 "Drum Straight"
                                                                                                                                2 "True Believers"
                                                                                                                                3 "Well"
                                                                                                                                4 "Dark Night"
                                                                                                                                5 "Part Of My Plan"
                                                                                                                                6 "Vampire"
                                                                                                                                7 "Lucky Ones"
                                                                                                                                8 "Vast Continent"
                                                                                                                                9 "Guess Again"
                                                                                                                                10 "Black Fruit"
                                                                                                                                11 "Sleep Talk"
                                                                                                                                12 "Smile"
                                                                                                                                13 "Lucky Town"

                                                                                                                                Fire Records are delighted to announce the addition of Sterling Roswell to the fold. The former Spacemen 3 drummer and multi-instrumentalist self-released and sold out of a limited run of 300 copies of the album earlier in the year to great acclaim, including a rave review in Mojo (as well as a pick by Andrew Weatherall in the same magazine) and it was album of the month in Rough Trade Shops who described the album like this: "Lavishing in pop structures but drawing in myriad influences to the wondrous black hole, The Call Of The Cosmos features some shimmering spaciousness but also sleazy exotica-themes, not unlike a Lee Hazelwood production infected with Joe Meek's ghost.

                                                                                                                                Roswell's own songwriting and voice recalls a solar-fried Bobby Gillespie, an artist he no doubt originally influenced with the Spacemen 3. Elsewhere, there's truly psychedelic excursions into outsiderdom which come off like The Seeds mutating ever larger into lysergic-dipped monsters." Any attempt to categorize Sterling Roswell, runs the risk of misrepresenting a true radical. Artist, musician, poet and producer, Roswell is all of these and more and over the years he has embraced a myriad of artistic forms to great effect. For the live shows he will be joined by the band The Psychedelic SRB featuring a rotating collective of musicians including the fantastic George Frakes (lead guitar), Syd Kemp (bass) and Tucker Nelson (drums). They not only bring the album The Call Of The Cosmos to the live stage but in the midst have created their own unique space age sound.

                                                                                                                                Live appearances, both solo and with The Psychedelic SRB, always hold audiences spellbound and is THE act to see in this new age of psychedelia. The Call of the Cosmos features the singles 'Interplanetary Spaceliner','Give Peace Another Chance' and 'a remix of The Girl From Orbit', cementing the elements which have infused Sterling's work since his days with Spacemen 3, his multi instrumental driving force behind The Darkside and his innovative psychedelic soundscapes as a studio engineer and producer. The album stands testament to a new message for Interplanetary Peace and features a truly fitting tribute to the late, great front man of THE SEED, Sky Sunlight Saxon with a cover of the song 'Tripmaker', which was originally featured in the Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda movie The Trip in 1968. "Baudelaire once wrote, 'music excavates heaven'. Listen to this record and you might just have to agree." Andrew Weatherall / Mojo

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Interplanetary Spaceliner
                                                                                                                                2. Give Peace Another Chance
                                                                                                                                3. The Girl From Orbit In Dub
                                                                                                                                4. Asteroid No. B – 612
                                                                                                                                5. Island Of Ether
                                                                                                                                6. Tripmaker
                                                                                                                                7. Outskirts Of Infinity
                                                                                                                                8. Counter Clock World
                                                                                                                                9. Time Is Of The Essence

                                                                                                                                Robert Pollard, head lunatic of the Guided By Voices' asylum, has a surfeit of original thoughts. (Most people are lucky to have even one, ever). That this even needs to be expressed is evidence enough for its "truth," as only obvious or obviously untrue things can ever hope to be true. Or to approach the truth. Something Pollard does with uncanny regularity, and which is further on display on every track on the gloriously unkempt, roiling-with-ideas More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush, the second record Pollard has released under the nom-de-rock Teenage Guitar.

                                                                                                                                Here's a song title: "Matthew's Ticker and Shaft a. come to breakfast b. the girl's c. division of swans d. when death has a nice ring." It starts with distorted guitar over a primitive snare-and-bass-drum beat (all instruments on all songs played by Pollard), shifts into an out-of-tune piano clumping along a simple seven-chord progression, lurches into a wall of distorted guitar as two tracks of Pollard wail wide-panned in each speaker, before finally resolving in a pretty harpsichord (or some synthesized version thereof) figure inelegantly trips over itself before trailing off into the next track: "The Instant American," which presents a multi-tracked Pollard vocals chanting over a background of what sounds like a bunch of people at a party drinking. These are not the two strangest tracks on the fifteen-song album, which clocks in at just over thirty minutes.

                                                                                                                                If there are times when Pollard's musical ambition seems to overwhelm his ability to present his ideas coherently, that's a feature, not a bug. The spazzy machine-generated beat of "A Guaranteed Ratio," the ham-handed church organ of "Good Mary's House," the off-key crooning, the awkwardly plucked possible-banjo on "All You Fought For" the general (but not always) sloppiness, the rumbling toms and slashing power chording of "New Light": it's all of a piece, and that piece adds up to a sense of urgency and what sounds an awful lot like unconstrained joy suffusing every single track on More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush. For those who like their Pollard stately, tuneful, and elegiac – sure, he can do that without effort, but that's not what Teenage Guitar is about. Teenage Guitar is about trying hard without seeming to try hard.

                                                                                                                                The result is that rare thing: a completely original album. Which is also a true delight, a sky-blue gem, a timeless and untimely cabinet of wonder. And by some few miles the greatest musical artifact your ears will have the pleasure of encountering this year.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                CD DISC 1 & LP – More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush:

                                                                                                                                1. Go Around (The Apartment Dwellers)
                                                                                                                                2. Spliced At Acme Fair
                                                                                                                                3. A Guaranteed Ratio
                                                                                                                                4. Good Mary's House
                                                                                                                                5. Skin Ride
                                                                                                                                6. Full Glass Gone
                                                                                                                                7. All You Fought For
                                                                                                                                8. Gear OP
                                                                                                                                9. No Escape
                                                                                                                                10. Matthew's Ticker And Shaft
                                                                                                                                       A. Come To Breakfast
                                                                                                                                       B. The Girls Arrive
                                                                                                                                       C. Division Of Swans
                                                                                                                                       D. When Death Has A Nice Ring
                                                                                                                                11. The Instant American
                                                                                                                                12. Normalized
                                                                                                                                13. New Light
                                                                                                                                14. Birthplace Of The Electric Starter
                                                                                                                                15. A Year That Could Have Been Worse

                                                                                                                                DISC 2 – Force Fields At Home:
                                                                                                                                1. Court Of Lions
                                                                                                                                2. Come See The Super Moon
                                                                                                                                3. Current Pressings Colors And Styles
                                                                                                                                4. Still Down Stairs
                                                                                                                                5. 8 Bars Of Meaningless Mathilda
                                                                                                                                6. Harvest Whale
                                                                                                                                7. Strangers For A Better Society
                                                                                                                                8. It Takes A Great Promise
                                                                                                                                9. It Doesn't Mean I'm Underground
                                                                                                                                10. Baby Apple
                                                                                                                                11. Peter Pan Can
                                                                                                                                12. Alice And Eddie (Fabulous Child Actors)
                                                                                                                                13. Alfred Never
                                                                                                                                14. Gymnasium Politics
                                                                                                                                15. Atlantic Cod
                                                                                                                                16. Suburban Cycle Saccharine
                                                                                                                                17. Postcard To Pinky
                                                                                                                                18. Let Me

                                                                                                                                The music of Scraps is a unique cosmic universe of emotions, thoughts and bedroom sound. Utilising a minimalist set up of drum machine, keyboard and synth mixed with a life time obsession of the electronic pop music of yesteryear allow Laura Hill's ideas to come alive. These are not cute brainless love songs however. Although love is an inspiration in a lot of the songs, the lyrics and themes mostly deal with the darker painful side of that irrational emotion. Depth comes in the way Hill can effortlessly blend the banal drudgery of everyday living with the abstract and surreal. Meditations on the sadness of a fleeting human existence, strange attractions to machines and the technical world, to the ever present escapist allure of outer space and the dream world. All this set to some of the finest and (I dare say) catchy pop music this side of the 21st century.

                                                                                                                                Scraps is a distinctly unique artist borne directly out of her environment. Scraps has not gained her small but incredibly loyal and growing cult following through media saturation, blog hype, or a money backed promotional whirlwind. It has been acquired through the independent and uncompromising nature of her spirit, the authentic DIY quality of the music, and her honest approach to songwriting and performing. Strong releases on hometown Brisbane record labels Bedroom Suck and Disembraining Machine have complimented an already dense discography of hand made, self released material. Scraps has performed relentlessly all over Australia and abroad to a wide variety of people alongside an even wider variety of bands and artists. From drunken suburban house parties, inner city generator squat shows, art galleries, cafes and bookstores, museums, drug fuelled nightclubs, rural raves, reputable and disreputable pubs, to some of the biggest venues in town as international support. The fact that Scraps can effortlessly transcend these often starkly contrasting spaces is a testament to the quality of her abilities as a songwriter and performer.

                                                                                                                                Electric Oceans is a culmination of years spent lost in the independent music wilderness. Experience has been gained through Hill continuously pushing herself as a musician, artist and human. Scraps is not your typically modern spoilt rich kid flash-in-a-pan solo synth songsmith. Tough battles have been fought and either won or lost, both personally and creatively - the results of which are more than evident on this record.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Mushroom Gods
                                                                                                                                2. Lonely Motorbike
                                                                                                                                3. Saphire Plaza
                                                                                                                                4. Electric Ocean
                                                                                                                                5. Asleep
                                                                                                                                6. Projections
                                                                                                                                7. Flying
                                                                                                                                8. Holiday
                                                                                                                                9. Gone

                                                                                                                                The first thing you might notice about Hospitality's second album Trouble is what you don't hear. The process of completing Trouble was, for the band, one of learning to accept silence, to let that empty space exist no matter what it might awaken or evoke. You could catch glimpses of these dark and unexplored places in the margins of Hospitality's 2012 self-titled debut, but they are at the very heart of Trouble. If you listen closely, you can hear a band pushing against their own boundaries and limitations until they find the very air around them subtly but perceptibly changed. The trio of Amber Papini (guitar, vocals), Brian Betancourt (bass), and Nathan Michel (drums) approach Trouble with the force and unity of a well-rehearsed touring rock band. They supplement their performances with strategically placed strings, synthesizers, and drum machines. But silence is an inescapable force on Trouble, an invisible fourth player that draws you into the unexplored corners of familiar sounds: the full, ghostly decay of a reverb tail, the round pluck of a bass string, the exact syllables where a doubled vocal line diverges. In its lyrics and its musical construction, Trouble is an album that wonders about the mysteries that lurk just beyond our field of vision. Slyly and sympathetically, Papini ponders a Saturday afternoon fishing trip as a wrenching interplay of life and death, the perfect blue sky at an air show as a setting for a soured romance.

                                                                                                                                Papini elaborates: "Most of the songs are about everyday environments that arouse anxiety or unease. The ocean isn't meant for people; we aren't supposed to be there, and some of the animals that live there are much bigger and faster than we are in the water. I think a lot of the songs deal with this 'out of place' kind of theme, feelings of unease and the questions of what is under you or what surrounds you." Trouble creates a space where conflicting sentiments and experiences are given room to coexist, where small and seemingly mundane observations pose big questions that hang in the air, unanswered and unanswerable. With a title referencing the artist's endless struggle in the battle between creativity and outside forces, Trouble also explores the universal themes of loss, love, and loneliness with Papini's trademark wit. Lines like "And if I'm lost and low / And need you / I'll disconnect the line" from "Inauguration" somehow make the ultimate kiss-off seem charming, while nature makes clear the loneliness felt when leaving someone you love behind in these lines from "I Miss Your Bones": "And all the stars will / Twinkle in the midst of a sea / Of black and lonely /An everlasting loss lack abyss." It's fitting that the album was hashed out in band practices that blurred the boundaries between work and leisure, darkness and light, creative collaboration and friendship.

                                                                                                                                Foregoing the usual night-time hours kept by musicians, the band chose to work on these songs during daily morning rehearsals that proved in many ways more demanding than characteristically relaxed night-time gatherings. Through these sessions, the band sought to take their music as far as they possibly could as a three-piece, to make sure that every small gesture fell into place and played a vital role in constructing the shape and feel of the songs. The band carried this daylight-infused clearheadedness with them into the studio with chief arranger Nathan Michel and engineer Matt Boynton acting as co-producers. Nathan describes the process: "We really wanted to avoid the ornamental, but I always like to add more sounds. Matt was helpful in keeping the arrangements as simple and direct as possible. We all wanted the record to have a warm and open sound." When put to tape, some of the songs for Trouble worked better than expected as fierce and focused trio performances, while others called for more substantial re-imaginings. "I Miss Your Bones" emerged almost entirely from a live performance, while "Inauguration" found the band ripping apart their live arrangement and reconstructing the song with drum machines and synthesizers. The album unfolds like a walk on the beach or a journey to a place you didn't know you were going. Perhaps a darker sound overall, but Trouble begins with the trademark Hospitality pop then unfurls to reward the listener with the more expansive stripped-down instrumentation of side B. And here, again, is that distinctively present silence, creating a space where an undulating synthesizer feels as alive and mysterious as a single voice in a room.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Nightingale
                                                                                                                                2. Going Out
                                                                                                                                3. I Miss Your Bones
                                                                                                                                4. Inauguration
                                                                                                                                5. Rockets And Jets
                                                                                                                                6. Sullivan
                                                                                                                                7. It's Not Serious
                                                                                                                                8. Last Words
                                                                                                                                9. Sunship
                                                                                                                                10. Call Me After

                                                                                                                                Sleep Dreamt a Brother is the new album from musician and artist Mathew Sawyer, due for release on Fire Records in October. Mournful, lush arrangements that sound almost medieval at times with stark strings, classical guitar and piano overlaid by Sawyer's bare, distinctive vocals and creepy foley sound effects. The record is a place. Not the representation of a place, but something inhabitable. With a clearer vision than his other records, the album is very notably about death. Sawyer wrote and recorded the majority of the album following the loss of three friends a few months apart in 2011 and completed it two weeks before his son was born. As Mathew explains: "When I talk about death or loss I want it to be the feeling itself, not just a representation of that feeling."

                                                                                                                                Mathew Sawyer is a renowned painter and artist and has a Masters from The Royal College of Art. He has exhibited all over the world (he was The Guardian's artist of the Week and his exhibition at the Rokeby Gallery was previewed in Time Out). He created a painting as cover art for Sleep Dreamt a Brother, which features a man raising his arms with death mirroring this action. They're a reflection of each other. They're brothers. In Greek mythology, Hypnos and Thanatos are brothers. They are Sleep and Death. The title Sleep Dreamt A Brother imagines Sleep dreaming his brother into being. The record views life and death as just a memory or a dream of the other, and tries to reconcile the gap between them. It considers the dream world to be just as valid an experience as the waking world, and that death is like a dream we'll have. Mathew says; "When I die, I'd like to die in the night time as dreaming in sleep is not of this world anyway. Lost in a dream is nothing to be afraid of." The album was recorded and produced by Sawyer at his home. "I like recording to be hand in hand with everyday living. The sound of cars come through the windows, the phone rings, floorboards creak. These sounds all played an important role in making this record. Studios are quiet and lifeless." Although this record is under his own name, previously he has gone by the name of Mathew Sawyer and The Ghosts, and before that just The Ghosts.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. New Bird To Be
                                                                                                                                2. Feeeeling
                                                                                                                                3. Don't Tell The Others What We Were Singing
                                                                                                                                4. The Forgetting Head
                                                                                                                                5. October All The Time
                                                                                                                                6. Sleep Dreamt A Brother
                                                                                                                                7. Death Is Like A Dream We'll Have
                                                                                                                                8. Another World
                                                                                                                                9. The Golden Heart
                                                                                                                                10. How To Work

                                                                                                                                Fire Records will be reissuing the first 3 albums by the Lemonheads, Hate Your Friends (1987), Creator (1988) and Lick (1989), featuring copious bonus tracks and many never-before released rarities and live recordings. Together, these seminal albums showcase the band's early punk rock roots and trace the Lemonheads’ transformation towards becoming one of the most successful and influential bands in indie rock. Before the 90s. Before the internet. Before Nevermind. Back when something called “independent music” first began reaching a wider audience, through college radio, word-of-mouth, and that small “underground” record store you seem to find in every town…there was a band from Boston called Lemonheads.

                                                                                                                                High school friends Ben Deily and Evan Dando, Lemonheads’ primary songwriters, co-guitarists and co-vocalists, first recorded together on 4-track cassette in the spring of 1985; by the end of the decade they—together with bass player Jesse Peretz, sometimes-guitarist Corey Brennan, and successive drummers Doug Trachten and John P. Strohm—had created a body of recordings which would see them on MTV’s fledgling “120 Minutes,” beating out the Grateful Dead on college radio charts, and entering the consciousness of a generation of music fans. Cited as influences by artists as varied as Billie Joe Armstrong and Ryan Adams, these fledgling Lemonheads recordings—part rock, part pop, part unique hybrid of the 80s punk styles beloved by the band members—mark the start of the trajectory that would eventually lead to “mainstream” success and stardom for a later version of the band. But they also represent a distinct, never-repeated phase of the band’s history: one that is finally receiving the attention it deserves.

                                                                                                                                Lick is the third full-length album by the Lemonheads, and the last to feature founding member Ben Deily. It was the group's last independent label-released album before signing to major label Atlantic. An odd mixture of brand-new, and considerably older, sounds, 1989’s Lick brings together the output of several distinct recording sources: six brand new songs recorded with Minneapolis-based band friend and producer Terry Katzman, and a collection of older, B-side and never-released material originally overseen by producer and engineer Tom Hamilton. The difficulties of writing and creating a new full-length album every year (Hate Your Friends and Creator were released in 1987 and 1988, respectively) are clearly in evidence on Lick. While the newest material (“Mallo Cup,” “A Circle of One,” “7 Powers,” “Anyway”) hints at promising new song writing directions for both Deily and Dando, there’s an almost valedictory sense of the past in the inclusion of versions of “Glad I Don’t Know” and “I Am a Rabbit” (from the band’s first-ever, self-released EP), and the now-classic track “Ever,” a previously-unreleased tune from the original 1986 Hate Your Friends sessions.

                                                                                                                                At moments, Lick almost sounds like an elegy for itself—or an elegy for a band that has reached the end of the beginning. Also audible in the heterogeneous songs are the tensions of line-up changes—and inchoate, growing frustrations. After various band break-ups or threatened break ups (such as Dando’s brief departure to play bass for Boston band the Blake Babies), the Lemonheads convened to record new material for Lick now featured Dando on drums, Peretz on bass, Deily on guitar (and “piano,” according to the album credits) along with the addition of long-time band friend—and former member of TAANG! labelmates Bullet LaVolta—Corey Loog Brennan on lead guitar. And yet the frenzied, quasi-ironic hammer-ons of Corey’s axe provide some of Lick’s most entertaining moments—like the unaccountably-translated-into-Italian paen to 70s detective Ironside, “Cazzo Di Ferro.” (The song’s music was originally composed by Brennan for his Italian punk band, Superfetazione.) After the album’s completion, Deily opted out of the subsequent European tour, before leaving the band permanently. Jesse Peretz stayed on to record their Atlantic records debut Lovey, but left after the supporting tour in '91. Since then, Dando has been the Lemonheads' sole permanent member.

                                                                                                                                BONUS TRACKS: Features bonus tracks including several never-before-released live tracks from a 1987 radio session, live tracks and an interview from the 1989 European tour, and the 4 tracks of the Lemonheads self-released debut EP, Laughing all the way to the cleaners.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Mallo Cup
                                                                                                                                2. Glad I Don't Know
                                                                                                                                3. 7 Powers
                                                                                                                                4. A Circle Of One
                                                                                                                                5. Cazzo Di Ferro
                                                                                                                                6. Anyway
                                                                                                                                7. Luka
                                                                                                                                8. Come Back D.A.
                                                                                                                                9. I Am A Rabbit
                                                                                                                                10. Sad Girl
                                                                                                                                11. Ever
                                                                                                                                12. Strange
                                                                                                                                13. Mad
                                                                                                                                14. Sad Girl (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                15. Nothing True / Glad I Don't Know (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                16. Luka (Live On VPRO 1989)
                                                                                                                                17. Interview With Lemonheads (Holland 1989)
                                                                                                                                18. Mallo Cup (Live On VPRO 1989)
                                                                                                                                19. Glad I Don't Know (Original EP Version)
                                                                                                                                20. I Like To (Original EP Version)
                                                                                                                                21. I Am A Rabbit (Original EP Version)
                                                                                                                                22. So I Fucked Up (Original EP Version)

                                                                                                                                Creator is the second album by legendary Boston band The Lemonheads. Still featuring the full original line-up of Evan Dando, Ben Deily, and Jesse Peretz, the album also includes John P. Strohm (of the Blake Babies, Antenna, and Velo-Deluxe) on drums. From the oddly surreal album cover image (a snapshot of friend and high school classmate Ivan Kreilkamp, originator of the name “Lemonheads,” clutching a box of Cheerios) to the themes of death, dreams, obsession, and mayhem that haunt the material, Creator is weird, ambitious, and markedly moodier than its predecessor—without having lost the band’s irreverent sense of humour. Also evident in this sophomore effort is a newfound attention to idiosyncratic detail—from the precisely timed inter-song pauses and sound clips, to the carefully-crafted song order of the album’s original 13 tracks.

                                                                                                                                Creator finds Ben Deily once again slipping in quotations from Emily Dickinson (“Burying Ground”) and references to Matthew Arnold (“Come to the Window”), while Dando breaks new ground in song writing complexity (the rich sonic tapestry of “Out”) as well as arrangement, ushering in the band’s first-ever acoustic recording (his cover of Charles Manson’s “Your Home Is Where You’re Happy”). At the same time, the band still fires off blistering punk rock (“Clang Bang Clang,” “Die Right Now,” “Take Her Down”) and finds time to lovingly trash Kiss’ 1977 classic “Plaster Caster.” Recorded in one coherent series of sessions—unlike its predecessor, Hate Your Friends, and its follow-up Lick—Creator is, for all its musical schizophrenia, arguably the most coherent of the Lemonheads’ TAANG-era recordings.

                                                                                                                                BONUS TRACKS: This Fire Records re-issue features bonus tracks including never-before-released live tracks from a 1988 radio session (featuring a never-before-heard configuration of the band, including guitarist Ben Deily on bass and vocals); also includes an original song (“Cease to Exist”) never released on any album, and a performance by Juliana Hatfield.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Burying Ground
                                                                                                                                2. Sunday
                                                                                                                                3. Clang Bang Clang
                                                                                                                                4. Out
                                                                                                                                5. Your Home Is Where You're Happy
                                                                                                                                6. Falling
                                                                                                                                7. Die Right Now
                                                                                                                                8. Two Weeks In Another Town
                                                                                                                                9. Plaster Caster
                                                                                                                                10. Come To The Window
                                                                                                                                11. Take Her Down
                                                                                                                                12. Postcard
                                                                                                                                13. Live Without
                                                                                                                                14. Sunday (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                15. Cease To Exist (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                16. Burying Ground (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                17. If Only You Were Dead (Early Mallo Cup) (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                18. Out (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                19. N.I.B. (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                20. Clang Bang Clang (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                21. Take Her Down (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                22. Falling (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                23. Instrumental (1988, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                24. From Here To Burma (With Juliana Hatfield) (1988, Live On WERS)

                                                                                                                                Hate Your Friends is the 1987 debut album by the Lemonheads, one of only three full-length releases to feature the original band line- up of Evan Dando, Ben Deily, and Jesse Peretz. The album showcases a hardcore-punk-to-pop-rock sound and sensibility as playfully fierce as it is surprising…especially to listeners who know the band only from their better-known major label recordings of the 1990s.

                                                                                                                                The roots of Hate Your Friends begin with the genesis of the band itself: when high school friends Ben Deily and Evan Dando—inspired by a shared love of the 70’s absurdist comedy troupe the Firesign Theatre, literature, and punk rock—began playing their own songs together in 1985. Dando and Deily first started out as a two-piece ensemble: swapping back and forth between a shared Guild guitar (and a crappy amp) and vocal mic, and pounding a drum kit “borrowed” from the high school jazz band. With the addition of classmate and friend Jesse Peretz on bass, the two-man outfit quickly became a power trio. With a handful of original songs, a passionate love for their favourite bands—from Husker-Du, the Replacements, Black Flag and the Germs, to the Saints, Wire and ‘77 UK punk—and a tiny recording budget, the Lemonheads set about their first studio session within days of their high school graduation in June of 1986.

                                                                                                                                During that summer, a significant amount of what would become the band’s debut album was recorded in Brookline, Massachusetts, with Deily and Dando sharing vocal, guitar and drumming duties. Above and beyond bass, Jesse proved pivotal as the band’s manager, booker and tireless promoter—helping arrange for the Lemonheads self-released debut EP, Laughing all the way to the cleaners, later that summer, and shortly thereafter helping establish the relationship with Curtis Casella of TAANG! records that paved the way to full-length LP Hate Your Friends. Finally, with the addition of full-time (and fairly short-lived) drummer Doug Trachten, the last songs of Hate Your Friends were recorded in the winter of 1986-7.

                                                                                                                                BONUS TRACKS: This Fire Records re-issue features bonus tracks including 12 never-before-released live tracks from a 1987 radio session, rare tracks from the early compilation Crawling From Within, and additional tracks not included on the original release of Hate Your Friends (“Buried Alive” and “Gotta Stop”).

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. I Don't Wanna
                                                                                                                                2. 394
                                                                                                                                3. Nothing True
                                                                                                                                4. Second Chance
                                                                                                                                5. Sneakyville
                                                                                                                                6. Amazing Grace
                                                                                                                                7. Belt
                                                                                                                                8. Hate Your Friends
                                                                                                                                9. Don't Tell Yourself It's OK
                                                                                                                                10. Uhhh
                                                                                                                                11. Fed Up
                                                                                                                                12. Rat Velvet
                                                                                                                                13. Fucked Up
                                                                                                                                14. Mod Lang (From 'Crawling From Within' Compilation)
                                                                                                                                15. Buried Alive
                                                                                                                                16. Gotta Stop
                                                                                                                                17. Sad Girl (From 'Crawling From Within' Compilation)
                                                                                                                                18. Belt (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                19. 394 (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                20. Falling (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                21. Don’t Tell Yourself (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                22. Uhhh (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                23. Amazing Grace (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                24. Rat Velvet (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                25. Second Chance (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                26. Sneakyville (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                27. I Like To (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                28. So I Fucked Up (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                29. Sick Of You (1987, Live On WERS)
                                                                                                                                30. Hate Your Friends (1987, Live On WERS)

                                                                                                                                Scott & Charlene's Wedding

                                                                                                                                Any Port In A Storm

                                                                                                                                The impeccably named Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are back with not so much a brand new album, as a generation's glimpse of love, home-sickness, basketball, alienation, rock and roll and all things that matter to an expatriate Aussie stranded in New York. Any Port In A Storm is fated to become your essential backdrop to the summer of 2013.

                                                                                                                                The brainchild of the amiable and unashamedly charismatic Craig Dermody, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding offer a sonically charged take on the Lemonheads’ ramshackle melodicism and Pavement’s lo-fi drawl. Following the success of Critical Heights' recent reissues of the band’s debut album Para Vista Social Club and the follow-up EP Two Weeks, the new album sees their first new recordings for over two years capturing Dermody at a pivotal time in his life. He has further developed his gloriously ragged anthems to reach new heights of nonchalant perfection.

                                                                                                                                Having uprooted from Melbourne, Australia to New York, New York, the Big Apple has replaced Melbourne as inspiration his latest trials and tribulations. His heart-on-sleeve lyrics reveal tales of everyday Dermody life, somehow more absurdly unhinged, humorous and poignant than the lives of his peers. All coming from a man with a clear mission to update the rock’n’roll template beyond his inspirations and influences as Scott & Charlene's Wedding effortlessly sprawl across the generations, linking the vintage swagger of the Velvets to the off-kilter pop perfection of the Only Ones by way of the Stooges and Television. The eleven electrifying tracks taking us on an intimate journey with Craig Dermody and his daily struggles, like a peak in to his personal diary.

                                                                                                                                He documents his move from Melbourne to New York to follow a girl. ‘Fakin NYC’ sees him adjusting to life in a new city, having to find a new job and feeling out of place as a security guard for a trendy bar. ‘Lesbian Wife’ sees him being caught in the middle of the biggest storm ever to have hit NYC and feeling homesick for Australia.

                                                                                                                                "... the execution for his frustration is point perfect-- his sleepily conversational vocals fold into his sunny, jangling guitars seamlessly" Pitchfork.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Junk Shop
                                                                                                                                2. Lesbian Wife
                                                                                                                                3. 1993
                                                                                                                                4. Fakin' NYC
                                                                                                                                5. Clock Out And Leave
                                                                                                                                6. Jackie Boy
                                                                                                                                7. Downtown
                                                                                                                                8. Spring St
                                                                                                                                9. Gammy Leg
                                                                                                                                10. Charlie's In The Gutter
                                                                                                                                11. Wild Heart

                                                                                                                                Spacemen 3

                                                                                                                                Sound Of Confusion

                                                                                                                                  Spacemen 3’s debut album "Sound Of Confusion", released in 1986, was a blistering affair - establishing their love of the two-chord song and also expressing their admiration for the likes of MC5, The 13th Floor Elevators and The Stooges. Sound of Confusion was 7 tracks of overdriven assault, with a strange bleakness and despair creeping through the hypnotic sprawl. R Hunter Gibson would later say: "It boosts the value of unlit rooms, unpaid debts and unfeigned terror and it would rather tackle the gradients than settle for level best.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Loosing Touch With Your Mind
                                                                                                                                  2. 2.35
                                                                                                                                  3. Little Doll
                                                                                                                                  4. MaryAnne
                                                                                                                                  5. Roller Coaster
                                                                                                                                  6. Hey Man
                                                                                                                                  7. OD Catastophe

                                                                                                                                  Opossom

                                                                                                                                  Electric Hawaii - Limited Triple 7" Edition

                                                                                                                                    Triple deluxe 7” pack on 3 different coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                    After eight years fronting New Zealand's acclaimed "trouble gum art punks" The Mint Chicks, Kody Nielson unveils a new project Opossom with the captivating album Electric Hawaii. Following a June release in Australia and New Zealand on Create/Control, the album will be released in the rest of the world via Fire Records in August.

                                                                                                                                    The Mint Chicks chapter in Kody's career closed with the band splitting time between their American base in Portland OR and hometown Auckland. Brother Ruban formed a new band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Kody began producing diverse projects including Bic Runga's recent album and Auckland punk up-and-comers, The DHDFD's.

                                                                                                                                    Electric Hawaii presented a new challenge, an album written and performed with just a little help from others - Bic Runga lending a vocal while Kody's father Chris Nielson (a regular Mint Chicks collaborator) plays trumpet. The rest comes directly from the brain, hands and heart of Kody. Home-written, recorded and mixed by himself with just the final mastering courtesy of Howie Weinberg, Electric Hawaii is a unique beast - it is not the singer-songwriter solo album of a former punk rock band singer. It's a further exploration of Kody's musical journey into a lively, engaging world of carefully layered sonic layers of light and dark. It's an album about love, DIY, drugs and freedom. And why end up Opossom? The mental escape from daily life during the creation of "Electric Hawaii" produced Kody's nocturnal instinctive animal... feisty, vicious and enigmatically cute.

                                                                                                                                    The new direction and new sounds incorporate what Kody terms as an overt attempt to add some of his personal Polynesian background to his blend of beatnik psychedelica made from out of context genres, surf rock to the Velvet Underground, modern and ancient electronica and jazz.


                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Girl
                                                                                                                                    2. Fly
                                                                                                                                    3. Blue Meanies
                                                                                                                                    4. Getaway Tonight
                                                                                                                                    5. Watchful Eye
                                                                                                                                    6. Why Why
                                                                                                                                    7. Cola Elixir
                                                                                                                                    8. Electric Hawaii
                                                                                                                                    9. Outer Space
                                                                                                                                    10. Inhaler Song

                                                                                                                                    More than 18 years since he left the public spotlight, mysterious mad-genius David Baker, legendary frontman of the original incarnation of Mercury Rev, is back with new band Variety Lights. The masterful new album 'Central Flow', due for release in May, is a collaboration between Baker and fellow vintage synth addict Will MacLean and demonstrates that Baker has lost none of his flair for the extraordinary, the experimental and the exceptional. As co-founder and vocalist of Mercury Rev, Baker helped to forge their revolutionary sound with their first two (and most critically acclaimed) albums; 'Yerself Is Steam' (1991) and 'Boces' (1993).

                                                                                                                                    The band were highly innovative and weren't afraid to experiment but above all they were loud, fun and hugely influential. In the UK, the critics embraced enthusiastically, as Chris Roberts in Melody Maker said (in his review of 'Yerself Is Steam'): "At last, one of those rare records that revolve along once in a blooming moon and have something new to struggle to say... A daring, brazen, and demented juxtaposition of voice and guitars and timpani flings Mercury Rev, lemming like at your more responsive caches of fear."

                                                                                                                                    Having left the band in 1993, Baker went on to release a solo album 'World' under the moniker Shady, which featured members of the Boo Radleys, Rollerskate Skinny, Swervedriver and Th' Faith Healers. At times soaringly catchy and lightheartedly loony, 'World' is a sonic adventure which Vox described as "... awash with fragments of dense noise, stumbling, narcotic-laced tempos and lyrics from outer space... that mutate into spiky, bittersweet pop." Although there has been much speculation about his life during his time away from the public eye, Baker has continued to make recordings and is an avid music fan, working as a producer for various artists.

                                                                                                                                    Now he is back, morphed and transmogrified into Variety Lights (a name lifted from Fellini's first film). When he met Will MacLean, Baker found a songwriting partner who shared a passion for analogue synths and electronic psychedelia. Initial experimentation together live to tape – to see how big and crazy just the two of them could sound – started to reveal melodies and Variety Lights was born. Much of Variety Lights’ debut was recorded by Baker at his own Over the Trees studio. The sound was created using a mixture of chained around-the-room 80's era midi expanders as well as the duo's collection of vintage keyboards and combining them with an array of drum machines and effected guitars. In creating 'Central Flow's sound, Baker says that "personal adventure is and always has been the most important thing". Baker and MacLean found themselves using references to colours, pictures and describing film scenes to help them communicate about their music. As in his early work, Baker took a richly layered approach, using multiple vocals in a search to find emotion in noises and sounds.


                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Starlit
                                                                                                                                    2. Establishment
                                                                                                                                    3. Sea Faraway
                                                                                                                                    4. Invisible Forest
                                                                                                                                    5. Silent Too Long
                                                                                                                                    6. Oh Setting Sun
                                                                                                                                    7. Sell Your Soul
                                                                                                                                    8. You Are So Famous
                                                                                                                                    9. Crystal Cove
                                                                                                                                    10. Feeling All Alone
                                                                                                                                    11. Infinity Room

                                                                                                                                    Musician, misfit, culture warrior and bullshitter: Robert "Bobby" Conn. Recorded with his new band The Burglars, this album is the first since 2007’s King for a Day, and his first new release on Fire Records. Bobby has equally delighted and annoyed hipsters since first appearing on the Chicago music scene in the mid '90s. Blending aggressive showmanship with an omnivorous love of musical genres, from Suicide to Streisand or from The Sweet to Stravinsky, Bobby has often irritated and provoked audiences, but never bored them. Bobby Conn's lyrics document the continuing absurdities of contemporary Western culture, illustrating and celebrating the convenient hypocrisies that allow us to sleep soundly every night.

                                                                                                                                    He developed "The Continuous Ca$h Flow System" in 1995 as a critic of the magical thinking that Americans employ concerning their debt fuelled lifestyles. 15 years later, Bobby's "Continuous Ca$h Flow" is revealed as the operating principle of the entire financial system. He has accurately described the Armageddon based world view of America's Christian right since 1996, and tracked its evolution from fringe fanaticism to its current place in the heart of America's political mainstream.

                                                                                                                                    But despite the relevance and prescience of his songwriting, his devotion to total entertainment in glitter and heels has confused as many as he has enlightened. He continues to collaborate with his wife and musical partner, Monica Boubou. Fully his equal as an entertainer herself (and more than his equal in stature), her electrified violin defines the epic melodic reach of their music. In between bouts of touring, Bobby and his band, The Burglars, headed to the studio to create this collection of new tunes, titled "Macaroni". Macaroni is Bobby Conn’s first album in 5 years (and first for Fire Records) will be released on CD/LP in March - followed swiftly by a re-issue of his landmark debut "Bobby Conn".

                                                                                                                                    Macaroni is a contrast between "this is what you want" (the packaged predictable blandness of a Macaroni dinner) but this what you get (the violent mess of reality). Macaroni will be supported by a 7" Single "More Than You Need" backed with a cover version of the Walker Brothers "Fat Mama Kick.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Cant Stop The War
                                                                                                                                    2. GREEED
                                                                                                                                    3. Underground Vktm
                                                                                                                                    4. The Truth
                                                                                                                                    5. Afterschool
                                                                                                                                    6. Macaroni
                                                                                                                                    7. Govt
                                                                                                                                    8. Face Blind
                                                                                                                                    9. Walker's Game
                                                                                                                                    10. More Than You Need

                                                                                                                                    Pulp

                                                                                                                                    It - 2012 Reissue

                                                                                                                                      Pulp’s debut and one of their most honest recordings - capturing a band at the beginning of their startling career. ‘It’ is a gentle, mainly acoustic album that hints at the musical directions Pulp would later pursue. The album touches on the majestic, theatrical ballads of Scott Walker, as well as the stark, folky song poems of Leonard Cohen. Certainly an album by a young band trying to pinpoint their direction, and absorbing many an influence from all around, ‘It’ has aged beautifully into a charming collection.

                                                                                                                                      Fire are to reissue Pulp’s 1983 debut album ‘It’ as part of the Fire Embers reissue series with bonus material. Re-mastered and repackaged. New liner notes by Everett True. Featuring 4 Bonus tracks including single version of ‘My Lighthouse’ and alternative mix of ‘Blue Girls’, the previously unreleased ‘Sink Or Swim’ and ‘Please Don’t Worry’ from Pulp’s John Peel session in 1981.


                                                                                                                                      Pulp

                                                                                                                                      Freaks - 2012 Reissue

                                                                                                                                        Fire are to reissue Pulp's 1987 album 'Freaks' as part of the Fire Embers reissue series with a special 2 disc release, with the second bonus disc packed with singles and b-sides from the Freaks era. Pulp had changed significantly since their debut 'It'. By this time every member bar Jarvis had moved on but the addition of Russell Senior proved to be a pivotal turning point for the band. No longer did Pulp sound pastoral, easy-natured; now they were darkly romantic, brooding, noisy and a little bit Gothic, in the way young folk who brush their hair a certain way are always a little bit Gothic. Pulp were out-of-tune with the times: but the times didn't satisfy Pulp. The album is quite marvellous. Most of these songs stand the distance of time: it was here, possibly even more than 1992's Separations, that Pulp started coming into their own as a band with a fully-realised aesthetic.

                                                                                                                                        The first disc is the original album, unaltered and in its entirety. The second is a bonus disc comprising of tracks from the two big non-album singles from the same era, 'Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)' and 'Dogs are Everywhere'. Two further b-sides 'Tunnel' and 'Manon' complete the second disc for the definitive 'Freaks' period release. Pulp's 'It' and 'Separations' will be reissued at the same time for the complete Pulp on Fire collection.


                                                                                                                                        After the critically acclaimed release of Pumajaw's "Curiosity Box" comes a retrospective of the first four albums by Pinkie Maclure and John Wills (Pumajaw). These 14 gems that make up "Favourites" have been hand-picked by Pumajaw, highlighting their incredibly productive and creative collaboration for the past 10 years, from the self produced albums. "From Memorial Crossing" (2000) was recorded in an abandoned school in Tottenham, London and features versions of songs by Tom Waits, Artie Shaw and David Lynch. "This Day and Age" (2002) uses samples from 1920s cabaret records, field recordings from the Outer Hebrides and John's hypnotic rhythms as a foil for Pinkie's most expressive vocal explorations. "Cat's Cradle" (2004) is a blend of folk melodies and soulful electronica, featuring concertina and psychedelic guitar. "Becoming Pumajaw" (2006) throws some French chanson into the mix (Jacques Brel's La Chanson des Vieux Amants), along with an untraditional versions of traditional folk songs, psychedelic guitar wig-outs, concertina and darkly humorous laments Pumajaw are a duo that weave, multi-octave voice with looped guitar, mandolin, samples, concertina and hypnotic rhythms, they have their own seductive sound that defies categorization and stretches from psychedelic pop through sultry folk songs to eerie, cacophonous, trance-inducing laments.


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