Thursday, 19 September
"The album was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Wild Nothing) and features 12 tracks, including ‘Comets Crossed’, new single ‘Silver Sisters’ and rerecorded versions of EP tracks ‘Reunion Message’ and ‘Constantly In Love’. The band namecheck The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, Television, The Modern Lovers, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Broadcast, Wire, Otis Redding, Thee Oh Sees, Can, Electrelane, Stereolab, Delia Derbyshire and Talking Heads among many, many others into something that is at once experimental and accessible."
*CD housed in deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jackets with liner notes by Joe Nick Patoski in an 18 page booklet featuring rare / unseen archive photos and ephemera* "If The Evil One was the album that broke Erickson out of the indie ghetto and brought him to a worldwide audience, the follow-up, 1986’s Don’t Slander Me was the one that showcased his rock and roll sensibilities like no recording before. Losing the more out-there and exotic elements of earlier and future albums, it presents us with Erickson the rocker, playing punk, rockabilly, blues and – in ‘Burn The Flames’, later found on the… Read more
The label says: "Often when you're in your mid-20's heavy realities start to settle in. Relationships that seemed like they'd last forever lose their spark, your aspirations and self-perception shift, you marvel at friends your age getting married and having babies, and you feel powerless and small, realizing that people you've known and loved for a lifetime can suddenly die. It's a serious psychological shakeup, made even more difficult if your frontal cortex hasn't fully matured yet. It's a beast, a mountain, a wall, or as in Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey, a mysterious obelisk th… Read more
Thursday, 12 September
"Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) are Body/Head. The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012. Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental — lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim’s voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the voc… Read more
"Nature Noir sees The Stilts bridging and expanding their intensive tastes in soul, folk, psych, country, proto-punk and onward. Like any creation worth loving, it’s the quality of the ingredients and the unique perspective of the creators that produce a marvel such as this. Pleasingly distilled in celestial darkness, floating in a sea of color drenched dreams, and grounded in protean mythology, Crystal Stilts third LP sounds refreshingly bold and deep rooted within the current musical climate. With lyrical themes probing the dark connections between the individual and its environment, along… Read more
"‘Return Of The Silkie’, 1983’s third chapter in the as-yet unfinished saga of the nomadic West Coast harpist Carol Kleyn, offers a slice of the wild and free utopian dream that changed so many lives in the 60s and 70s. Pure and simple, harp and vocals, accompanied only by scatterings of harbor seals and sea lions, this loosely woven concept album includes gentle reminders that life is short - take it in while you can and, along the way, try to preserve the magnificence of this world for the next generation. Sentiments and music as hauntingly true today as the day they were first sung … Read more
*CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.* "'Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy' is the third album from Dustin Wong, and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with 'Infinite Love' (2010) and continued with 'Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads' (2012). Dustin will be touring the US extensively in the Autumn, including a run of dates with The Dodos. He will be joined by Takako Minekawa on select dates, and possibly other collaborators as well. Mediation' follows the limited vinyl release 'Toropical Circle', a collaborative album with Japanese singer Takako Minekawa."
"Indie rock pioneers Sebadoh announce the release of their first new album for 14 years, 'Defend Yourself'. The long-time project of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico, Sebadoh reemerge with the first self-recorded Sebadoh album since 1994’s ‘Bakesale’."
"Announcing...Golden Tickets - the latest EP from WHY? The Wolf brothers' pop-inflected psychedelic folk-hop was nominally referred to as hip-hop at the beginning of their career. At this point— certainly on Golden Tickets— the project has outgrown any easy genre-categorization. With the musical eclecticism, pop-twist, and experimental bent of artists like the Flaming Lips or Beck. WHY? shimmers on this album in vibraphone stippled, sweetly riffed songs with characteristically gut-wrenching subtext"
Thursday, 05 September
Exquisite new album by the sought-after Icelandic singer/songwriter, very much focussed on lusher production with some gorgeous highlights in the cinematic 'Elisabet' and the supercooled slow-disco diamond 'Speed Of Dark'. "‘Tookah’ is Emiliana Torrini’s fourth album and follows 2008’s fantastically received ‘Me And Armini’. The album sees Emiliana back in the studio with her long- term producer / collaborator Dan Carey. As well as Emiliana’s three previous albums the pair co-wrote and produced Kylie Minogue’s Grammy award-nominated track ‘Slow’ which went straight to Number 1 upon release. ‘Ju… Read more
*CD version in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with artwork by Phil French (Stunned Tapes founder)* "‘Drifter’s Temple’ is Plankton Wat (aka Dewey Mahood)’s second album for Thrill Jockey, following last year’s ‘Spirits’. Mahood utilized 6 and 12 string guitars, lap steel, bass, organ, and synth to realize these richly detailed songs. ‘Drifter’s Temple’ harkens back to Mahood’s childhood in Northern California, both sonically and conceptually. A loose narrative is woven through these ten instrumental tracks, touching on the Gold Country and Mt. Shasta that populate his native cou… Read more
Thursday, 29 August
NZ's most legendary rock troopers bowl out an incendiary session on 'Armed Courage' - their first new album proper in three years. Following their split with Randga, Michael Morley, Bruce Russell and Robbie Yeats flex some well-detuned muscle over two headstrong side-long sloggers that reaffirms every gush you've read in The Wire and justifies their legion of die-hard followers. A-side 'Armed' is a combatant 22 minutes of turbulent percussive roil and amorphous feedback sculpture careening, lunging and squeezing every last bit of No Wave energy from their instruments with impeccable intuition.… Read more
"Featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on vocals. ‘Repave’ brings Volcano Choir into sharp focus. The glitch-laden, cautious presentation of the band’s previous work serves as points of both reference and departure across these eight songs, the product of growing conviction and trust, of a fully-operational rock band, gifted in shading and nuance, and rumbling with power. ‘Repave’ is the sound of confident musicians extending their reach to anthemic peaks and pulling back to reveal moments of real vulnerability, sure enough of themselves to let them stand on their own"
"There are many kind of stitches: seams to secure sleeves into armholes ... sutures closing wounds and deep incisions ... loops or crosses of embroidery floss ... a sudden pain in the side. Stitches, the new album from Califone, touches on all these definitions, its episodes of discomfort and healing rendered with exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. Intimate timbres--garage sale drum machines, slack guitar strings, hushed vocals--offset the album's cinematic inclinations. The listener moves through a landscape of Old Testament blood and guts, spaghetti Western deserts and Southwestern horizons, zeroi… Read more
**Flawless French pop produced by the legendary Isabelle Antena** "I'd Rather Be Naked (TWI 1152) is the debut album by Penelope Queen, a young French singer-songwriter, produced by cult pop polymath Isabelle Antena. Written and recorded between 2010 and 2013, the album features 13 original songs by Penelope, together with a cover of Silly Things, the heartbreaking ballad originally recorded by Antena on Camino Del Sol, their debut for Crépuscule back in 1983. Also written in the south of France, Penelope's own new album captures many of the same moods, sometimes insouciant, sometime… Read more
Thursday, 22 August
'Era' captures Chicago's stellar four-piece rock unit, Disappears, possessed with a real gothic post-punk swagger. It was recorded in the depths of a gloomy windy city winter at Electrical Audio by their regular foil John Congleton and powers thru with stark, propulsive rhythms and wiry squalls of lush guitar noise to achieve the most favourable comparisons with everyone from Sonic Youth and Blood Music to The Fall and My Disco, and more obviously group-founder Brain Case's previous group, 90 Day Men and parallel operations in Acteurs. They've really got everything right here, from the dubwise economy o… Read more
"From the time we started Latitudes, we’ve held a secret wish list of bands that we intended to lure into our studio. We’ve cut a major notch in our bedpost by finally scoring with Arbouretum, a band that meets universal approval at Latitudes HQ. Arbouretum offer up four cover versions of the brilliant Gordon Lightfoot, the oft-overlooked Canadian singer-songwriter who helped define the folk-rock sound of the Sixties and Seventies. The highlight of the session is unsurprisingly the song that Lightfoot considers to be his finest work, the ballad telling the tale of the doomed cargo ship the E… Read more
*Collection of rarities, collectibles and non-album tracks from the last decade. Initial CD copies come housed in a hardback book cover* The album can be seen as the follow-up to ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’ (2005), a compilation of the Belle And Sebastian singles and EPs released on Jeepster Records.
Well-studied post-punk pop hailing from the possibly unlikely source of LA. Flaamingos know their Factory eggs well and present a crisp yet hollow-cheeked brace of songs well crafted songs rent with cavernous empty gig space reverbs where their guitars can shimmer and jangle over high staccato drum machine patterns. They're maybe best taken as a less maudlin and much poppier parallel to fellow LA gloom mongers Silent Servant and Tropic Of Cancer.
"James Hoare and Max Claps formed The Proper Ornaments in 2010. The first line up included bassist Michael Lovett (NZCA Lines) and Lets Wrestle front man Wesley Patrick Gonzalez. To date they have released a 7“ on cult San Francisco label Make a Mess Records and an EP with Londons hip independant label No Pain In Pop who released an early single with James’ other musical project Veronica Falls."
Thursday, 15 August
*Canada's burgeoning dream-pop scene just got another new band to swoon over* "Diana are an enigmatic foursome from Toronto. (They must be putting something in the water, what with the number of great bands hailing from there.) Consisting of Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, and singer Carmen Elle, with Paul Mathew recently joining the live line up. Shabason and Adams met while studying jazz at music college where they played extensively together. Having lent their skills (saxophone and drums, respectively) to many bands, including Bonjay, The Hidden Cameras and Shabason’s recent contribut… Read more
"Drawing from the latter years of the Beggars Banquet recordings (1987-1989), this set features often overlooked albums and a compilation of singles and alternative takes. Out of all the late 70s punk and post punk bands, none were longer lived or more prolific than The Fall. Throughout their career, the band underwent myriad lineup changes, but at the centre of it all was vocalist Mark E. Smith. With his snarling, nearly incomprehensible vocals and consuming bitter cynicism, Smith became a cult legend in indie and alternative rock. Over the course of their career, The Fall went through a numb… Read more
"After having released their debut ‘Native Speaker’ in 2011, Braids return with new album ‘Flourish // Perish’ on Full Time Hobby. Features Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Blue Hawaii and demonstrates the band’s exploration of dance music, and a more introspective, electronic approach to songwriting. Sonically, the songs are delicate and tight, yet they thoughtfully open up to the rich lushness reminiscent of their older material. RIYL Cocteau Twins, Bjork and Four Tet."
"Interchange is Warm Digits' experimental film and album of music inspired by photography and illustrations drawn from the Tyne and Wear Archives, of the 1970s' biggest civil engineering project on Tyneside – the construction of Metro. Invited to investigate the archives to find inspiration to make some new music, Warm Digits found a selection of photographs documenting the transitions between the crumbling, decommissioned British Rail stations of Tyneside and the new, futuristic Metro stations. The songs on Interchange, and the accompanying films which use the images as source material, take a… Read more
**Incendiary garage rock from Jay Reatard's former group** "Destruction Unit are an American band formed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Formed by Ryan Rousseau, D. Unit was initially a synth-heavy three piece whose other members were Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds); likewise Rousseau was also in the Reatards before Jay went solo. Born out of the nucleus of the Memphis Goner Records scene and transplanted into Tempe, AZ, Rousseau has grown the band in the last few years into a full sonic assault, which now includes three guitar players (himself, Nick Nappa & Jesco Aurelius), his… Read more
*CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package* "Simon Price is a master of creating music that is at once infinite and immediate. As a member of British heavyweights The Heads he has journeyed with the band through two decades of brain-bending heavy psych, releasing 20 full-lengths in various editions, recording several Peel Sessions, and cultivating a following that surpasses most definitions of ‘cult’. As kandodo, Price offers a more introspective take on the empyrean. On ‘k2o’, kandodo’s second full-length, Price presents listeners with languid expanses of guitar and keyboard that are… Read more
"Five short years into the Ty Segall expedition and we’re farther and farther out with each and every record. Between two minds, between two places, beyond previous album ‘Twins’, ‘Sleeper’ envisions a world of haves and have-nots, but the currency that separates them is psychic. With ‘Sleeper’, Ty Segall explores your mind, coming through his own head to slip inside with thought sharing. Ty engineered this one from beginning to end, and his ultimate sonics were accessed with a freaky hand and an instinct for what makes something perfect. ‘Sleeper’ flows more colours through your mind’s eye than ever… Read more
**2-disc, 29-track retrospective of feral Aussie punk starring two members of Dirty Three - most on CD for the first time** "It was the mid-80s and everything was going fine. Melbourne had launched the career of the legendary Birthday Party, but there were loads of other interesting and great things going on, like Sick Things for instance. Dugald McKenzie and Mick Turner were part of that extremely raw and intense band, whose ‘Committed To Suicide’ had changed so many lives. Mick had also played in The Moodists and was in Fungus Brains and some others. Also on the scene was Jim White, who was… Read more
"This is a great list of track choices! Finally, not the hits again, but hidden gem obscurities. I dig it lots….” - R Stevie Moore "There can’t be many who possess a back catalogue containing more hidden gems and scarcely touched upon curios than R Stevie Moore. Dubbed “The Grandfather of DIY” by some, it’s the only tag that’s ever stuck for this prolific, chameleonic artist, whose cult status has grown over nearly half a century of music making, and whose back catalogue – which numbers in the hundreds of releases - has influenced everyone from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore to recent lo-f… Read more
Thursday, 08 August
Ernest Greene brings his Washed Out sound back into the spotlight two years since his 'Within and Without' for Sub Pop charmed the pants off the indie-pop scene. Consummating his new relationship with Domino's Weird World, 'Don't Give Up' feels measuredly mature, settled, as though he's left the gap year dream daze behind and got down to writing gently motivational ditties for recently graduated summertime commuters who'd rather be driving to the lake with their mates to reenact a Gap advert than slogging their 9-5.