Thursday, 19 June
"Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab spent the years of 2011 - 2013 as full-blown pop junkies in a group called Honeydrum. Seeking ephemeral moments of truth and self-relevance, the two spent day after day on the third floor of a rundown building in a hole of a city in New Jersey, churning out what would become Honeydrum’s nine EPs. These releases stand as sonic manifestations of the two hook addicts’ pop addled brainwaves buried deep in blurry mires of fizz and fuzz. As with all growth both physical and metaphysical, the inevitable mutation of their vision was governed by evolutionary laws be… Read more
If Anything, the first full-length by Greys, is the young quartet’s own warped update of vintage post-punk; frenetic guitars running against walls of noise, held together by sharp strands of melody. Emerging from the vibrant Toronto punk scene, Greys are economical in their swift punches of noise, anchoring short bursts of mania with huge choruses. “Each song exists in its own space and represents different aspects of the things we like about noisy, dissonant music,” says singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani. “But instead of being built solely around riffs, they were built with hooks in mind, too.” The … Read more
"The words and primary voice are those of Jad Fair, that enduringly idiosyncratic artist revered in discerning pockets of the global indie rock underground for decades. Danielson’s Daniel Smith has long admired Fair, drawing inspiration from Half Japanese (the band Fair formed with his brother in the ‘70s) on through to his prolific career today. Their discussions of collaborating finally came to fruition when Joyful Noise Recordings designated Fair its “Artist In Residence” for 2014 and Danielson was tapped as one of 4 artists (including R. Stevie Moore; Teenage Fanclub's Norman B… Read more
Thursday, 12 June
Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth’s sixth full-length, their first double-LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with Geffen. Widely considered to be their watershed moment, the album catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision. More recently, Daydream Nation has been recognized as a classic of its time: Pitchfork ranked it #1 on their “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”; It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Re… Read more
*All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes, liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie & Joe* "Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own. As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut "Dreamin’ Wild… Read more
"Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to the lyrics of Alexis Taylor’s ‘Await Barbarians’, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion, though the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun. ‘Await Barbarians’ is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music. It is rich in deep insight and pro… Read more
"Lower make intense music. ‘Seek Warmer Climes’, the Copenhagen quartet’s debut album, sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground rock forebears but Lower also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry. The result is an affecting rock album that enters personal and unusual sonic and topical spaces…."
"Resilient and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll outfit White Lung are release their third album ‘Deep Fantasy’ via Domino. ‘Deep Fantasy’ was made primarily in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (who did both ‘Sorry’ and their 2010 debut ‘It’s The Evil’) in just two, ten day-long sessions at the end of last year and the start of this one. Vocalist Mish Way is more provocative and melodic than ever on ‘Deep Fantasy’, surveying lyrically addiction (‘Drown With The Monster’), body dysmorphia (‘Snake Jaw’) and sexual dynamics (‘Down It Goes’)."
*Melvins Front Man Buzz Osborne Releases Solo, Acoustic Full-Length* "What started as a trio of kids making their own weird noise grew into the Melvins, a sludge-rock outfit that helped usher in the grunge era and influenced countless bands to come, including Mudhoney and Nirvana. For more than three decades, Buzz Osborne and bassist-drummer Dale Crover have been the only consistent members, experimenting with their music as well as their bandmates along the way: two drummers here, a standup bassist there, the return of a founding member who’s been gone for 29 years. King Buzzo: … Read more
Monday, 09 June
Wildest Dreams are a Modern Day Equivalent of the L.A wrecking crew. They make music inspired by the landscape of L.A and it's surrounds for your road and acid trip. The brainchild of DJ Harvey as a means to keep his multi-instrumentalist hand in so to speak. The album was recorded over a week a couple years ago and unearthed by Smalltown Supersound.
Thursday, 05 June
*Deluxe expanded edition of the hugely influential C86 cassette - adding some 50 bonus tracks curated by original compiler Neil Taylor, all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986* "Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pa… Read more
"Jack White presents his new album ‘Lazaretto’ - inhabiting an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified ‘Blunderbuss’."
*CD version also includes the 1988 EP 'Four Songs' as well as never heard before studio tracks from The Law Of Things sessions. Presented in a 3CD box which includes all original art work as well as accompanying, posters, flyers and ephemera from the time* "This box set contains three re-¬issues of New Zealand indie pop pioneers The Bats ranging from early original recordings to previously unheard studio out takes. Featuring tracks from 1984 to 1988, this compilation shows a group that has gone on to influence countless bands around the world with their jangling guitars that express both an… Read more
*CD format comes in a jewelcase with an ‘O’ card* "After a dormant period following the release of the ‘Gallery’ EP in 2012, Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious ‘Nausea’. It’s Craft Spells’ second proper full length album and first since 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Idle Labor’. Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area’s music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a s… Read more
A new album from Tom Vek drawing on the modern anxiety of finding your place in a world saturated by information, ‘Luck’ plunges the personal to deliver tracks that are sincere, angry and poignant."
Thursday, 29 May
Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness, Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk, Holding The Mirror For Sophia Loren. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen over twenty years ago and this is no less than their 12th studio album. Their extensive career has seen them be remixed by the likes of Matthew Herbert and Mouse on Mars. Regina Janssen has also worked - amongst others - with the French musician Bertrand Burgalat who released a compilation of Donna Regina's work on his label Tricatel.
Following their quietly released 2011 debut ‘American Specialties’, ‘Light Up Gold’ caught the ears of everyone paying even a little bit of attention, garnering glowing reviews across the board for its weird colours and raw energy-saturated punk songs that offered crystal clear lyrical snapshots of city life. It was immediately memorable - a vivid portrait of ragged days, listlessness, aimlessness and urgency, broadcast with the intimacy of hearing a stranger’s thoughts as you passed them on the street. ‘Sunbathing Animal’ isn’t a record about hopelessness, as any sort of incarc… Read more
"Glass Boys’ carries echoes of some of the more ragged and adventurous bands from America’s punk past (Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr.) but it also has some of the anthemic charge of The Who and the guttural intensity of Negative Approach. Singer Damian Abraham still growls like a demon but he’s found more range and depth in his bark. Drummer Jonah Falco does something innovative on the album, adding two separate drum tracks, one of them in half-time, adding a psychedelic, disorienting feel. The triple guitar battalion of Mike Haliechuk, Ben Cook and Josh Zucker still builds symphonies out of feedback an… Read more
"Second release on Happy Death from Alice Boman, whose voice hits with the emotional force and haunting fragility of Nina Simone. Recorded in a cabin in the woods near her home town of Malmö, Sweden. Boman has a penchant for creating beauty through simplicity, her lyrics are direct and incredibly revealing. For fans of Stina Nordenstam and Joanna Newsom."
Thursday, 22 May
"For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 breakthrough ‘Tramp’, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is ‘Are We There’, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth. For this album, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. Originally work… Read more
"The Lay Llamas consist of the Sicilian-born and raised but now Rome-based duo of Gioele Valenti and Nicola Giunta, who are now set to release their debut album 'Ostro' - a constantly shifting record, never remaining stuck or fixated on anything for too long. Crossing continents, be it musically, stylistically or physically, seems to be something the pair return to over and over again, the subtle radiations of Africa that can be heard on the record are no accident, “I think that Sicilians are more like Africans than Europeans in some way. We have almost the same weather and architecture. We feel in o… Read more
"‘In Conflict’ is the new album from Owen Pallett, written and produced by Owen and recorded by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel, Last Shadow Puppets). It features contributions from Brian Eno on synth, guitar and vocals and also The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra amongst others. “It’s meant to approach insanity in a positive way” says Owen of the record. It’s full of love songs, conveyed in Owen’s inimitable cinematic, indie pop style.
Thursday, 15 May
“Luke Jones has this great big voice; not just recording-booth big, but grain-silo big, the kind so rousing, so grandiose, it’d overpower anything short of an anthem.” Pitchfork // A few years ago, an unknown group from an unlikely town began generating the kind of "next big thing" blog buzz that eventually leads to a big label bidding war, support slots on major tours, and unanimous praise. For Bloomington, Indiana's Dreamers of the Ghetto, it resulted in a divorce and a devastating break-up. "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, … Read more
**Prime yacht rock classics and previously unissued demos juiced from Ned Doheny's legendary catalogue** "With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of Los Angeles road bearing his surname, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of notoriety. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen—each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel … Read more
"Archie Bronson Outfit’s musical journey is built on a code of brotherhood; instinctive and intuitive, with distinct nods to their shared musical passions, from driving Krautrock motorik beats and moments of classic psych disorientation, to journeys deep into the heart of the Mississippi blues heartlands or ‘O Superman’ pioneering spirit of NY circa 1981. Featuring long-time friend of the band Duke Garwood on baritone sax, ‘Wild Crush’ is the sound of Archie Bronson moving forward with confidence and surety, an album that finds them rooting down yet unafraid to explore hidden musical corners and produce their most exhilaratingly direct music to date."
"This 2CD set collects Papir's two latest albums, previously released on vinyl only. III originally came out in February 2013, IIII in February 2014. Papir from Copenhagen, Denmark have gradually developed their unique vision of instrumental psychedelic rock over the course of four albums. The band manages to transform heavy, psychedelic music into something new and relevant, something truly unique. Sure, Papir knows their kraut- and progrock history, but unlike the majority of bands in the present day psych-rock scene they venture far beyond mere pastiche. Guitarist Nicklas Sørensen and Bassist Christ… Read more
Thursday, 08 May
*Deluxe 2CD and DVD Edition, includes a Swans live in 2013 DVD* Michael Gira's musical vehicle pulls up to its thirteenth and possibly most outstanding album yet. Featuring guest spots from Little Annie (vocals), St. Vincent (vocals), Cold Specks (vocals), Bill Rieflin, and Julia Kent (strings) among others, Swans two hour-long 'To Be Kind' is nothing short of an American epic, fittingly recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, with further recordings and mixing accomplished in Dallas, Texas. It's also the group's first album for Mute, and a… Read more
Parallax Sounds features Ken Vandermark as its leading original music composer, interpreted by Parallax Ensemble, which comprises some of the key members of the post-rock movement including David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait), Steve Albini, John Herndon, Nate Wooley and more.
"Bo Ningen’s third album ‘III’ is a rich and accomplished album that has seen the band evolve musically. Collaborations with Jehnny Beth of Savages and Roger Robinson of King Midas Sound feature and the band have sung partly in English for the first time. ‘III’ illustrates Bo Ningen as a group with a singular vision, reaching for what they define as ‘pure music’, by turns esoteric and a no holds barred sensory assault."