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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.

    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

    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

        The Nightingales / Stewart Lee

        Ten Bob Each Way / Use Your Loaf

          This joint Nightingales / Stewart Lee 7" kickstarts a lengthy campaign of reissues by Robert Lloyd's combo, The Nightingales from Call Of The Void and Fire Records, in the wake of the acclaimed documentary from Fire Films, King Rocker. "Ten Bob Each Way" / "Use Your Loaf" is released in conjunction with the airing of the long-awaited Michael Cumming-directed, Stewart Lee-written film, King Rocker, which tells the tale of Robert's markedly unique four-decade career in music.

          Stewart Lee and Nick Pynn recorded "Use Your Loaf" in the attic of Brighton's beloved mini music café, Jane Bom-Bane's and was originally recorded for a mooted Nightingales tribute album. "Ten Bob Each Way" is a brand-new Nightingales recording, their first since recording the "Four Against Fate" album. It was recorded at Woodbine Street Studios, whose in-house producer, John Rivers, worked previously with Swell Maps and The Specials, among many others. A tale of work drudgery related through the tedium of recurring jokes "handed down like diseases", "Use Your Loaf" is the favourite of many 'gales fans and was widely praised by Mark E. Smith as "typically brilliant". Originally recorded as a single by The Nightingales way back in 1982, for Cherry Red Records. It was subsequently re-recorded for their debut album, ‘Pigs On Purpose’, which will be almost simultaneously reissued in deluxe expanded form through Call Of The Void.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A – The Nightingales - Ten Bob Each Way
          Side AA – Stewart Lee W/ Nick Pynn - Use Your Loaf

          Jane Weaver

          Flock

            ‘Flock’ is the record that Jane Weaver always wanted to make, the most genuine version of herself, complete with unpretentious Day-Glo pop sensibilities, wit, kindness, humour and glamour. A consciously positive vision for negative times, a brooding and ethereal creation.

            The album features an untested new fusion of seemingly unrelated compounds fused into an eco-friendly hum; pop music for post-new-normal times. Created from elements that should never date, its pop music reinvented. Still prevalent are the cosmic sounds, but ‘Flock’ is a natural rebellion to the recent releases which sees her decidedly move away from conceptual roots in favour of writing pop music. Produced on a complicated diet of bygone Lebanese torch songs, 1980's Russian Aerobics records and Australian Punk.

            Amongst this broadcast of glistening sounds is ‘The Revolution Of Super Visions’, an untelevised Mothership connection, with Prince floating by as he plays scratchy guitar; it also features a funky whack-a-mole bass line and synth worms. It underlines the discordant pop vibe that permeates ‘Flock’ and concludes on ‘Solarised’, a super-catchy, totally infectious apocalypse, a radio-friendly groove for last dance lovers clinging together in an effort to save themselves before the end of the night.

            The musician’s exposure to an abundance of lost records served as a reminder that you still feel like an outsider in this world and that by overcoming fears you can achieve artistic freedom. Jane Weaver continues to metamorphise…

            “A mind-expanding delight, devoid of retro posturing.” The Guardian.

            “Ominous and luminous, expansively spacious and sonically imploding, scientific, ephemeral and eternal” The Quietus.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            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

            Vapour Theories

            Celestial Scuzz

              New album from brothers John and Michael Gibbons, the guitarists from psychedelic drone legends, Bardo Pond. A “heavy ambient” instrumental masterpiece that explores the symbiotic relationship of the duo as they build and dismantle sounds on a unique ethereal trip.

              A full-length follow up to ‘Joint Chiefs’ from 2006, ‘Celestial Scuzz’ is a monumental sound piece created from hours of jam sessions and crafted into a cohesive mind-blowing trip. The result has a heavy ambience, like Eno locked in a dark room with Sunn-O))))) rehearsing next door.

              While Bardo Pond’s trajectory takes them deep into rock music’s ever-imploding sound, the brothers Gibbons surf a more ethereal and eclectic plain; from a heady and consuming space, a “sanctuary; balm for the soul.” Describing the writing process, Michael Gibbons explains it as “a kind of spiritual experience. Most of the time it leaves us stunned; the more stunned we are the better the jam.”

              TRACK LISTING

              Side A

              1 Unoccupied Blues
              2 High Treason

              Side B

              1 Breaking Down (The Portals Of Hell)
              2 The Big Ship
              3 Soul Encounters

              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

                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

                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

                  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

                  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

                    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

                      Throwing Muses

                      Sun Racket (Monochrome Edition)

                        ‘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 Kristin 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.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A
                        1. Dark Blue
                        2. Bywater
                        3. Maria Laguna
                        4. Bo Diddley Bridge
                        5. Milk At Mcdonald’s

                        Side B
                        6. Upstairs Dan
                        7. St Charles
                        8. Frosting
                        9. Kay Catherine
                        10. Sue's

                        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

                          Pulp (2020 Reissue)

                          Separations

                            Pulp’s 1992 album ‘Separations’ is part of the Fire Embers reissue series with unreleased bonus material. Their third and last album on Fire, Pulp had already transformed from their debut ‘It’ through the dark electronic phase of Freaks and were garnering significant momentum. Now critically acclaimed and with a live reputation matched by only a few, most of the songs on Separations sound fully-realised in that undeniably Pulp manner that was soon to be experienced everywhere. And, for the first time, there was an inescapable disco pulse. This is the transition album where Pulp, caught between a doomed romantic outsider past and an acid-bright future, made an album that brilliantly reflects both. Remastered and repackaged. Liner notes by Everett True. Featuring 4 bonus tracks ‘Death Goes To The Disco’ and ‘Is This House’, as well as an extended version of the single ‘Countdown’ and the previously unreleased ‘Death Comes To Town’. Separations spawned two of Pulps most successful singles to date in ‘Countdown and ‘My Legendary Girlfriend’ with the latter being placed on many top singles of 1991 lists by major music publications. Pulp’s ‘It’ and ‘Freaks’ will be reissued at the same time for the complete Pulp on Fire collection. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Love Is Blind
                            2. Don't You Want Me Anymore?
                            3. She's Dead
                            4. Separations
                            5. Down By The River
                            6. Countdown
                            7. My Legendary Girlfriend
                            8. Death II
                            9. This House Is Condemned
                            10. Death Goes To The Disco (BONUS)
                            11. Is This House? (BONUS)
                            12. Countdown (BONUS Extended Version)
                            13. Death Comes To Town (Bonus)

                            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 - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                    Ltd edition BOOKBACK Double LP, black vinyl with DL Code (2000 worlwide).
                                    Deluxe 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 LP is accompanied by a second vinyl, ‘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:
                                    A1 Ballarat
                                    A2 Half The Time
                                    A3 Year Of The Cat
                                    A4 Ride With Me
                                    A5 Lil Seed
                                    B6 Stove
                                    B7 Come Downstairs
                                    B8 Left For Dead
                                    B9 Brass Buttons
                                    B10 (The) Door
                                    B11 Untitled.

                                    Disc Two: The Lemonheads - Live At The Wireless:
                                    C1 Come Back D.A.
                                    C2 Stove
                                    C3 A Song For You
                                    C4 Come Downstairs
                                    D5 Nighttime (Big Star Cover)
                                    D6 Year Of The Cat
                                    D7 Ride With Me
                                    D8 Die Right Now

                                    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

                                      Curanderos (Bardo Pond)

                                      Curanderos

                                        With Bardo Pond’s RSD trilogy coming to an end, last year’s acclaimed Acid Guru Pond brought Bardo, Acid Mother’s Temple and Guru Guru together. The Philadelphia groups output for Record Store Day have been some of the most exciting and rewarding releases in recent years. Now for 2017’s RSD they return with yet another special release, this time side project ‘Curanderos’. Formed by the improvised journeys of the formidable Bardo Pond and experimental ensemble Kohoutek, these compositions take you on a cosmic voyage through kosmiche, drone, noise, prog and free jazz. Purveyors of psychedelic rock, Bardo Pond have the outward specifications of a rock band but the rivers that converge into the band’s oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. 

                                        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

                                            Television Personalities

                                            Some Kind Of Happiness: Singles 1995-1999

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                                              Double Black Vinyl.A two-disc retrospective of every single track released by The Television Personalities between the tail end of 1994 and 1999.Featuring legendary songwriter Dan Treacy, a gifted storyteller who places the world in his own hazy shade of focus, heading deep into introspection.

                                              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

                                                  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)

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                                                    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.

                                                    The Groundhogs

                                                    Split

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                                                      Double Red Vinyl.The second of three ground-breaking albums by the ultimate power trio who morphed blues into hard rock and spawned punk.Remastered and packaged with a second disc of out-takes from the original sessions that spawned this spontaneous monster.'Split' is released on double red vinyl for Record Store Day.

                                                      Throwing Muses

                                                      Purgatory/Paradise

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                                                        Double Black Vinyl.Throwing Muses released their long awaited Purgatory/Paradise in 2013, 10 years after their previous studio album - a 32 track opus of tangible bliss.Initially devised as both an album and as a book, with writing by Hersh and art by Narcizo, this vinyl reissue features all 32 tracks from the alt-rock heroes.

                                                        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

                                                        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

                                                          Vanishing Twin

                                                          In Piscina

                                                            Brand new music from the much-praised Vanishing Twin… Following their hugely successful second album ‘The Age Of Immunology’ (roundly raved over by The Line Of Best Fit, PopMatters, Pitchfork, Q, MOJO, The Quietus and 4 Uncut) and one of Rough Trade, MOJO and Uncut’s albums of 2019. Cocktail umbrellas and chlorinated fantasies! It’s time to get cool in the pool with Vanishing Twin. Here are four streams of analogue consciousness to super-soak your deckchair daydreams. “This is a band that fearlessly floats in the hazy space between the real world and an imagined one, blurring the line between warmly nostalgic and eerily haunted” Pitchfork // “Fantastical soundscapes that are as welcoming as they are unusual.”

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Spice Level 7
                                                            2. In Piscina!
                                                            3. Gunky
                                                            4. The Third Door

                                                            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

                                                                      ESG

                                                                      Keep On Moving - Repress

                                                                        It feels like someone left the light on in the studio and it all just ran itself, there had been a funky human input earlier in the day but, by a Darwinian machine-led kind of osmosis, the tracks recorded spent the wee small hours self-reducing and simplifying themselves. Marinated in music. “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil,” said Truman Capote. ”Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” opined Leonardo da Vinci much earlier in proceedings. Yes, it’s the space around the object, what you leave out that makes what you leave in so important. ESG know this. Sure they can play the game but it’s the swagger of the groove and the minimal topping – like an anti-cup cake – that makes this unique New York sisterhood so appealing on ‘Keep On Moving’.

                                                                        Sampled on TV ads, lauded by critics and swooned over on the dancefloor, ESG’s post-punk took out the grunge and polished the basics. Cut them open and “less is more” is written all the way through. ‘Keep On Moving’ was released over ten years ago to much praise (Q said it was “even better” than 2002’s much loved ‘Step Off’). ESG had been sparring partners for PiL and early hip hop and four years after the ‘Off’, they were onto something new – rhythm as core, reflective storylines about relationship management, sensuality and insanity gather around the bass fix but they’re much blurrier than the incessant beats. Inadvertently they unmask techno and glitch and leave out any kind of superfluous fluff. It’s hard and temple throbbing. Turn it up. And keep moving. “If there's one tune which sums up ESG's enduring lust for life, it's the beautifully-judged Black Flag/early techno crossover of the closing 'Gimme A Blast'.” 

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1 Purely Physical
                                                                        2 Keep On Moving
                                                                        3 Insane (Tambourine Mix)
                                                                        4 The Road
                                                                        5 Id Do It For You
                                                                        6 Everything Goes
                                                                        7 Ex
                                                                        8 Insane (Bass Mix)
                                                                        9 Gimme A Blast 

                                                                        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

                                                                        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

                                                                        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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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 

                                                                                  Kristin Hersch

                                                                                  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 

                                                                                    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 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

                                                                                            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

                                                                                              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

                                                                                              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

                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                              The Perfect Prescription

                                                                                                                New version with updated packaging / digipack format. Spacemen 3's second album is a remarkable departure from the band's 1986 debut, "Sound Of Confusion". Reduced to a trio (guitarists / keyboardists Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember, Jason "Spaceman" Pierce, and bassist Pete Bassman) following the departure of the first album's drummer, Spacemen 3 makes an asset out of the newfound lack of percussion, giving "The Perfect Prescription" a considerably less rock-oriented sound with much more open space in its varied, subtle arrangements. 

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Take Me To The Other Side
                                                                                                                2 Walkin' With Jesus
                                                                                                                3 Ode To Street Hassle
                                                                                                                4 Ecstasy Symphony
                                                                                                                5 Feel So Good
                                                                                                                6 Things'll Never Be The Same
                                                                                                                7 Come Down Easy
                                                                                                                8 Call The Doctor
                                                                                                                9 Soul 4
                                                                                                                10 That’s Just Fine 

                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                        Their favourite records are the perfect counterbalance of the considered and the superficial. Whether it’s Madonna, Talking Heads or Holger Czukay - we enjoy these artists in the background with friends or profoundly and alone. Virginia Wing both understand and embrace this concept fully as they return with Ecstatic Arrow, an album which finds them in a place of renewed strength, optimism and clarity.

                                                                                                                        Recorded in Switzerland, in the family home of longtime friend and collaborator Misha Hering within the domesticity and gentle routine of communal life, the album represents a world as predisposed to solemn introspection as it is to blithe conviviality. Ecstatic Arrow borrows from the heterogeneous terrain of The Flying Lizard’s Fourth Wall, the exuberant technology assisted pop of Yellow Magic Orchestra and the playful sophistication of Lizzy Mercier Descloux’s Press Colour, arriving at the evergreen intersection of pop music and conceptual art.

                                                                                                                        The resolute opener of Be Released and album centre point The Female Genius pair resonant Fourth World instrumentation with sonorous, loping drum patterns. Elsewhere, the sentimental march of single The Second Shift plays out like an after-hours ballad re-imagined by Wally Badarou and For Every Window There’s a Curtain is coloured by the blue-lit haze of an Eventide warped tenor saxophone. Three albums in, the voice of Alice Merida Richards is more compelling and expressive than ever. The glacial deadpan of previous records has given way to a more candid, self-possessed delivery, showing an appreciation for the humour and tragedy innate in the downtown Arcadia of Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley or even Lynn Goldsmith’s Will Powers. It’s with this voice that Richards outlines a simple ideality that fortifies the entirety of Ecstatic Arrow - inequality pervades, destructive behaviours are inherited and each subsequent generation has to reconcile the debts of its precursor - yet a space exists within ourselves and each other that houses a fact we must be reminded of - we have the ability to choose. Even in moments of frustration; the ascerbic eye-roll toward male entitlement, Glorious Idea or the world-weary Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, there persists a joy for living that refuses to be confined. A depiction of a group finally at ease with itself, Ecstatic Arrow is a tribute to the internal momentum that quietly guides us toward our destination. 

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        says: Dreamy, floating melodies and drums with reverb for days, Virginia wing manage to craft a delicately airy sound without sacrificing any of the inherent melodic content. A cleverly balanced and thoroughly beautiful journey.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1 Be Released
                                                                                                                        2 The Second Shift
                                                                                                                        3 Glorious Idea
                                                                                                                        4 Relativity
                                                                                                                        5 For Every Window There's A Curtain
                                                                                                                        6 The Female Genius
                                                                                                                        7 Eight Hours Don't Make A Day
                                                                                                                        8 A Sister
                                                                                                                        9 Pale Burnt Lake
                                                                                                                        10 Seasons Reversed

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                          Jazz Butcher

                                                                                                                          Bath Of Bacon

                                                                                                                            ‘Bath Of Bacon’ was an experiment in sound, conjoining that Ronco platter to Todd Rundgren, a guitar from Wes Montgomery’s cupboard and mentions of imaginary monsters set to some funky chops. “The sound of a few mates failing to take note that they’ve an LP to make!” claims the JB site. It’s pop meets bluesy scat with plenty of deadpan irony – a theme that will recur.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Gloop Jiving
                                                                                                                            2. Jazz Butcher Theme
                                                                                                                            3. Partytime
                                                                                                                            4. Bigfoot Motel
                                                                                                                            5. Sex Engine Thing
                                                                                                                            6. Chinatown
                                                                                                                            7. Zombie Love
                                                                                                                            8. Grey Flanellette
                                                                                                                            9. La Mer
                                                                                                                            10. Poisoned By Food
                                                                                                                            11. Love Kittens
                                                                                                                            12. Bath Of Bacon
                                                                                                                            13. Girls Who Keep Goldfish

                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                              Television Personalities

                                                                                                                              Beautiful Despair

                                                                                                                                Television Personalities unreleased album. Recorded in 1990 by Jowe at his flat in Glading Terrace, Stoke Newington (shortly before it was demolished), over a number sessions on a portable 4-track cassette-tape machine. “Over the course of a few weeks, we had amassed fifteen tracks, some of which ended up being re-recorded with very different arrangements on ‘Closer to God’. The intention was to finish and release these tracks at some point, and that time has finally arrived” - Jowe Head… Of the previously unheard songs, “I Like That in a Girl” was based on a conversation Daniel Treacy had with Lawrence of the Birmingham band Felt, hence the peculiar accent that Dan uses towards the end!

                                                                                                                                “Love is a Four-Letter Word” was a song the band would play regularly live; it eventually evolved into “Love is Better Than War”. I Suppose You Think It’s Funny” displays Jowe and Daniels double-falsetto skills. “If You Fly Too High” was based on an encounter with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads in Berlin during a memorable gig with them at the Ecstasy Madhouse in December 1989, when the Berlin Wall was being torn down. The band jammed with Evan on stage that night, playing some tunes by Jonathan Richman and Johnny Thunders. The song also mentions Alan McGee, who was a great fan of the TVPS. Alan openly admits that he emulated Dan’s style of music, and influenced his decision to run a mod-psychedelic club, The Living Room, and to start his label, Creation. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1 Hard Luck Story Number 39
                                                                                                                                2 Razor Blades And Lemonade
                                                                                                                                3 How Does It Feel To Be Loved
                                                                                                                                4 Love Is A Four-Letter Word
                                                                                                                                5 Beautiful Despair
                                                                                                                                6 If You Fly Too High
                                                                                                                                7 Have A Nice Day
                                                                                                                                8 I Get Frightened Too
                                                                                                                                9 Goodnight Mister Spaceman
                                                                                                                                10 Honey For The Bears
                                                                                                                                11 I Don’t Want To Live This Life
                                                                                                                                12 I Like That In A Girl
                                                                                                                                13 My Very First Nervous Breakdown
                                                                                                                                14 I Suppose You Think It’s Funny
                                                                                                                                15 This Heart’s Not Made Of Stone

                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                  The Jazz Butcher

                                                                                                                                  The Wasted Years

                                                                                                                                    Featuring ‘Bath Of Bacon’, ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, ‘Sex And Travel’ and ‘Distressed Gentlefolk’. Remastered by Brian Pyle. "The Jazz Butcher was always something of a unique vehicle, a sort of musical dune buggy - it interweaves the influence of The Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett with the new wave energies of the day and leaves us all richer for looking in" Pete Kember - Spacemen 3…. The ‘Butcher’ delivered a gaggle of albums and many 45s for Glass from 1983 to 1986, the jacket notes on the dusty tome that recalls this period mentions Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Thatcher, DIY post-punk, LSD, surrealist cabaret, The Velvet Underground, a bottle of Cointreau or two, the Amstrad 7090 and Ronco’s ‘Black Magic’ compilation. All that led to the ‘The Wasted Years’:

                                                                                                                                    Four albums, many visions… ‘Bath Of Bacon’ was an experiment in sound, conjoining that Ronco platter to Todd Rundgren, a guitar from Wes Montgomery’s cupboard and mentions of imaginary monsters set to some funky chops. “The sound of a few mates failing to take note that they’ve an LP to make!” claims the JB site. It’s pop meets bluesy scat with plenty of deadpan irony – a theme that will recur. ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ took a “competent little rock band” with a bassist who’d served time in Bauhaus into a world chorused by multi-track vocals and bathroom ambience. “A top-shelf diamond of a record that is filled with excellent, memorable songs.” (All Music). ‘Sex And Travel’ offered a broadening perspective. Competence and European travel beget a narrative akin to an impressionistic cold war spy movie, a “mess of styles” that became coherent. “A great album,” muses All Music before comparing JB mainman Pat Fish to Ray Davies circa 1969. 

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Disc 1 – Bath Of Bacon

                                                                                                                                    1. Gloop Jiving
                                                                                                                                    2. Jazz Butcher Theme
                                                                                                                                    3. Partytime
                                                                                                                                    4. Bigfoot Motel
                                                                                                                                    5. Sex Engine Thing
                                                                                                                                    6. Chinatown
                                                                                                                                    7. Zombie Love
                                                                                                                                    8. Grey Flanellette
                                                                                                                                    9. La Mer
                                                                                                                                    10. Poisoned By Food
                                                                                                                                    11. Love Kittens
                                                                                                                                    12. Bath Of Bacon
                                                                                                                                    13. Girls Who Keep Goldfish

                                                                                                                                    Disc 2 – A Scandal In Bohemia

                                                                                                                                    1. Southern Mark Smith (Big Return)
                                                                                                                                    2. Real Men
                                                                                                                                    3. Soul Happy Hour
                                                                                                                                    4. I Need Meat
                                                                                                                                    5. Just Like Betty Page
                                                                                                                                    6. Marnie (Muscovite Mix)
                                                                                                                                    7. Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present
                                                                                                                                    8. Mind Like A Playgroup
                                                                                                                                    9. Girlfriend
                                                                                                                                    10. My Desert

                                                                                                                                    Disc 3 – Sex And Travel

                                                                                                                                    1. Big Saturday
                                                                                                                                    2. Holiday
                                                                                                                                    3. Red Pets
                                                                                                                                    4. Only A Rumour
                                                                                                                                    5. President Reagan's Birthday Present
                                                                                                                                    6. What's The Matter, Boy?
                                                                                                                                    7. Walk With The Devil
                                                                                                                                    8. Down The Drain

                                                                                                                                    Disc 4 – Distressed Gentlefolk

                                                                                                                                    1. Falling In Love
                                                                                                                                    2. Big Bad Thing
                                                                                                                                    3. Still In The Kitchen
                                                                                                                                    4. Hungarian Love Song
                                                                                                                                    5. The New World
                                                                                                                                    6. Who Loves You Now
                                                                                                                                    7. Domestic Animal
                                                                                                                                    8. Buffalo
                                                                                                                                    9. Nothing Special
                                                                                                                                    10. Angels

                                                                                                                                    Television Personalities

                                                                                                                                    Mummy You're Not Watching Me

                                                                                                                                      Returning with psychedelic dark masterpiece, Television Personalities’ transitional second record ‘Mummy Your Not Watching Me’ was originally released in 1982 on Dan Treacy’s ‘Whaam!’ label. The album features ‘If I Could Write Poetry’, ‘Painting By Numbers’ and includes songs reminiscent of their earlier sound that can be heard on 'Magnificent Dreams'. 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 pop visionaries influenced many people across the industry including Battles, Black Dice, Crystal Stilts, MGMT and Creation Records’ Alan McGee. ‘Mummy Your Not Watching Me’ is reissued for Record Store Day 2017 it will be available on black and white marbled vinyl alongside ‘The Painted Word’, ‘And Don’t The Kids Just Love It’ and ‘They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles’ / “It's a gawky, charming collection of great little pop tunes, clever bits and embarrassing bits, superb songs” Sounds, 1982.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      A1 Adventure Playground A2 Day In Heaven A3 Scream Quietly A4 Mummy Youre Not Watching Me A5 Brians Magic Car A6 Where The Rainbow Ends B1 David Hockneys Diaries B2 Painting By Numbers B3 Lichtenstein Painting B4 Magnificent Dreams B5 If I Could Write Poetry

                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                        Pumping their way out of the South Bronx of New York in the early 80s, this rhythm and dance-punk outfit made unforgettable funk that was also unusually rooted in post-punk. This powerhouse of raw and cutting edge music ultimately made them ahead of their time. ESG enjoyed success sharing stages with PiL and Gang Of Four and have been heavily sampled by many musicians including TLC, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys and Liars. This version, a band-approved reissue of "Step Off" is released with artwork from award nominated illustrator Hannah Alice, who recently gained critical praise for her work on the Bert Jansch reissue of "Avocet". One of their most stripped back and intoxicating offerings, it clearly displays the group's love of dub's minimal and sparse arrangements plus the bass-led song style also purveyed by the genre.

                                                                                                                                        'ESG's fusion of sweet soul and punk attitude with an intuitive understanding of dance music remains.' - The Guardian
                                                                                                                                        “This is still funk with an alien otherworldliness the likes of which George Clinton never envisioned, stripped to its barest essentials for maximum impact.' - All Music
                                                                                                                                        'ESG are as cool as ever.' - Fact


                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1 Be Good To Me
                                                                                                                                        2 Talk It
                                                                                                                                        3 Its Not Me
                                                                                                                                        4 Six Pack
                                                                                                                                        5 Step Off
                                                                                                                                        6 Sensual Intentions
                                                                                                                                        7 My Street

                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                        With Jad Fair at the helm for over four decades, the highly revered Half Japanese still remain “the ultimate expression of punk’s dictum that rock should be accessible to anyone who wanted to pick up an instrument and play” (AllMusic). Born out of the Fair brother’s lo-fi bedroom recordings of the mid-70’s, they reinvented rock music with their off-kilter view and popular outsider rock. Leading the lo-fi movement of the early 90s burgeoning indie rock scene, Half Japanese’s lasting influence and prolific output has seen them experiment with alternate tunings, chords and melody and in recent years they’ve produced more cohesive offerings. Wildly eccentric and humorous, the energetic ‘Hear The Lions Roar’ is an art rock record where Jad’s expertly thrown out lyrics remain optimistic and fresh alongside a fierce and compelling rhythm section. Featuring a cohort of past musicians from the 90’s, their dexterous instrumentation brings further depth to Jad’s songs. 

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        A1. Wherever We Are Led
                                                                                                                                        A2. Attack Of The Giant Leeches
                                                                                                                                        A3. Here We Are
                                                                                                                                        A4. It Never Stops
                                                                                                                                        A5. Of Course It Is
                                                                                                                                        A6. On The Right Track
                                                                                                                                        A7. The Preventers

                                                                                                                                        B1. Hear The Lions Roar
                                                                                                                                        B2. Do It Now
                                                                                                                                        B3. On Top
                                                                                                                                        B4. Its Our Time
                                                                                                                                        B5. This Is What I Know
                                                                                                                                        B6. Super Power 

                                                                                                                                        Harvey Mandel is among the most innovative guitarists to emerge from the Chicago blues scene of the late 1960s. His career began at Twist City and other local hotspots, sharing stages with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy. He came up in that scene alongside Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg and Steve Miller, leading to an invitation from Bill Graham to open for Cream at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium in August 1967.

                                                                                                                                        Mandel was a member of Canned Heat, appearing with them at Woodstock. He played on numerous John Mayall albums, and on the Rolling Stones' 1975 LP Black and Blue ("Hot Stuff", "Memory Motel"), having auditioned for Mick Taylor's job, which ultimately went to Ron Wood. Known for his "tapping" technique and sinewy, sustain-driven phrasing (thus his nickname, "The Snake"), Mandel's solo albums such as Cristo Redentor, Baby Batter and Righteous have been sampled and drooled over by guitar geeks, DJ's, and fans of funky, soulful, otherworldly composition.

                                                                                                                                        Harvey's fifteenth studio LP and his first widely distributed album in 20 years, Snake Pit was recorded in two days at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Harvey teamed with fellow Chicago-based musicians Ben Boye (keys), Ryan Jewell (drums), Brian Sulpizio (guitar), and Anton Hatwich (bass), who have all played with singer/songwriter Ryley Walker. Harvey and the band had not met previously, nor had they rehearsed. He played snippets of song ideas for the band on his iPhone, and then they would lay down a track in one or two takes. Hard to believe when you hear the album, but that's exactly how it went down.

                                                                                                                                        Minimal overdubs with strings and percussion were added, but mostly what you hear is what happened spontaneously in the studio. The album contains six new original compositions by Mandel and two revisited songs : "Baby Batter" from his 1971 Janus LP of the same name, and "Before Six" by Larry Frazier, which appears on his first album,Cristo Redentor. Snake Pit marks a spirited return in a career that now spans six decades -- all the more intense and poignant given Harvey's recent battle with cancer.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1.Snake Pit
                                                                                                                                        2.Space Monkeys
                                                                                                                                        3.NightinGail
                                                                                                                                        4.Baby Batter
                                                                                                                                        5.JackHammer
                                                                                                                                        6.Buckaroo
                                                                                                                                        7.Before Six
                                                                                                                                        8.Ode To B.B.

                                                                                                                                        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 

                                                                                                                                          Pere Ubu

                                                                                                                                          Song Of The Bailing Man

                                                                                                                                            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 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 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 

                                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                              Virginia Wing

                                                                                                                                              Rhonda

                                                                                                                                                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                                                                Virginia Wing are not from the sedate school of dream-pop escapism…a hazy subversion of the traditional monochrome evocations of post-punk, a photo negative of an established form.” - The Quietus // “South London three-piece ally buzz and drone with sweetness and light” Guardian – New Band Of The Week // "A piece of noir-pop majesty that consistently pushes its own boundaries and frequently shatters the listeners’ sense of expectation" Loud and Quiet // "They possess a rare ability to dive deep beneath the skin.. a ghostly mix that flirts hard and fast with the avant garde while retaining a sly pop lustre" Mojo 4* // Following the 2015 release of their acclaimed debut album ‘Measures Of Joy’ on Fire Records, Camberwell based outfit Virginia Wing return with a striking new single. ‘Rhonda’, released for Record Store Day on 12” vinyl with a disco cut sleeve featuring artwork from longtime collaborator Florian Brooks. Recorded at Hackney-based Holy Mountain Studios with Misha Hering, ‘Rhonda’ sees the band expand the deep and varied sonic palette displayed on their debut ‘Measures Of Joy’. Featuring guest musician Koichi Yamanoha of Grimm Grimm, the single unfolds slowly as meditative incantations give way to a sprawling piece of experimental pop for the dance floor. The ambitious A-side flirts with disco beats and draws influence from a variety of schools of contemporary dance music whilst still remaining, at heart, a pop song. This is pop music with texture, depth and nuance; a daring and progressive piece. The B-side includes two new tracks: ‘Sisterly Love’ and ‘Daughter Of The Mind’ which further hint at the deviations we can expect on their second LP. Field recordings, ambient mediations and rhythmic experimentation abound; the new material sees Virginia Wing refining and reworking the sound conjured on their debut, a masterful workout and one that provides a thrilling incentive to await LP2 with baited breath. Following a headline European tour and a UK tour with Hookworms last year, Virginia Wing will be releasing their second album in autumn 2016. Forming in 2012, Virginia Wing are Alice Merida Richards, Sam Pillay and Sebastian Truskolaski. 

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                A1 Rhonda B1 Sisterly Love B2 Daughter Of The Mind 

                                                                                                                                                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

                                                                                                                                                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"

                                                                                                                                                The first thing the listener will notice about Ricked Wicky is that it is the most musically adept project Guided By Voices' mage Robert Pollard has undertaken in some time, at least since late period-GBV (Half-Smiles of the Decomposed, for instance), or even Boston Spaceships. "[Ricked Wicky] is a sophisticated arena rock band," says Pollard, and I Sell The Circus offers in evidence a series of ball-peen hammers to the brain-pan ("Piss Face" with its James Gang-era slide guitar and the proto-punk stomp of "Intellectual Types," for example) alongside more delicate, prog-tinged frippery ("Cow-Headed Moon" features "Court of the Crimson King"-esque mellotron, while the acoustic guitar mastery displayed on "Even Today and Tomorrow" recalls the mellow-era ELP of "Lucky Man").

                                                                                                                                                Credit the players: bolstering the easy mastery of a dizzying array of song writing forms one naturally expects (and receives) from Pollard are the impressive instrumental prowess of fellow Daytonian Nick Mitchell ("no blood relation to Mitch," Pollard stresses), who can otherwise be found in near-weekly performance at Wings, an important Dayton sports bar, multi-instrumentalist and producer Todd Tobias, and "the worldly Kevin March," (Pollard again) who does double duty these days in Guided By Voices. These guys can play, and on I Sell The Circus, they play the fuck out of the songs. "The band named Ricked Wicky is significant in that it is the very first name I created for a non-existent band in my early teens," explains Pollard. Fourteen of its fifteen tracks were recorded at Cyberteknics in Dayton, a studio Pollard has come to use with increasing frequency due to its profusion of vintage analogue gear.

                                                                                                                                                Used to great effect on ISTC: "Rotten Backboards" is as gorgeous and melancholic a tune as Pollard has ever written, and lyrically sounds a note of wistfulness that long-time fans will not find unfamiliar. "She can run, 'cause that's what I did," sings Pollard over a sublimely-textured background of synth-strings, arpeggiated guitar, piano, and clattery drums, and while it's tempting to read real regret into the content ("rotten backboards" as a metaphor for the debris of the past), it's always dangerous looking for autobiography in Pollard's mostly-fictional constructions. And anyway the misty wistfulness is cleared away immediately by the sharply propulsive prime-Who swagger of the next -- and final -- track "A Real Stab." Which seems to be about needles, or the messengers of Oz, or paper bags. It's one of the best songs on an album of standouts. "Some may wish to refer to us as a 'super group,'" says Pollard, tongue practically poking through his cheek, but as with a lot of the pronouncements made by the oracle of Huffman Prairie, as no one has ever called him or ever will, he's joking, but he's not joking. Ricked Wicky may not be a super group as the term is too-commonly used, but there's no real doubt they're a super group.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Well Suited
                                                                                                                                                2. Death Metal Kid
                                                                                                                                                3. Guts
                                                                                                                                                4. Cow Headed Moon
                                                                                                                                                5. Piss Face
                                                                                                                                                6. Even Today And Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                7. Intellectual Types
                                                                                                                                                8. Uranus Flies
                                                                                                                                                9. The Important Girl
                                                                                                                                                10. Frenzy Of Blame
                                                                                                                                                11. Mobility
                                                                                                                                                12. Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                13. Miles Of Concentration
                                                                                                                                                14. Rotten Back Boards
                                                                                                                                                15. A Real Stab

                                                                                                                                                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)


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