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.
"Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.'s new album "Astrorgasm From The Inner Space" features their original vocalist Cotton Casino and delivers their most scorching tracks. They've included, appropriately since Important is set to issue Grayfolded on triple vinyl, a brand new re-recording of Dark Star Blues with Cotton Casino. On Astrorgasm From The Inner Space, Acid Mothers Temple look towards their source (the band turns 19 this year) while also evolving towards their next stage."
Thursday, 15 May
Sleaford Mods, arguably the UK's most exciting and popular garage rock unit, follow up the acclaimed 'Austerity Dogs' with 14 top shelf songs on 'Divide and Exit' for Steve Underwood's legendary Harbinger Sound. Featuring guest spot from Rita Ora and produced by Flood… not really, we jest - the duo spray another snotty dispatch from the frontline of the bar, Jason hollering about wanking, pissing and Chumbawumba to Andrew's drum machine (gun) stomps and ball-swanging bass guitar hooks. There's a few anthems-in-waiting with the likes of 'You're Brave' (check their rendition at RSD14!), the sn… Read more
“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."
Saturday, 03 May
Thursday, 01 May
‘Luminous’ follows the success of the silver-selling ‘Skying’. Tasking themselves as ever with moving onwards, The Horrors were determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. “We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I'm happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature - this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The… Read more
"Debut album from one of Montreal’s most talked-about indie-rock bands. New studio recordings supplant the band’s 2012 Bandcamp release, one of Weird Canada’s “Albums we wished were released physically”, praised by HeroHill, Said The Gramophone; “Top 15 Emerging Bands” on ArtInfo.Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in Montreal just before the inspired months of the Quebec student general strike in 2012. The mass mobilization against neo-liberal austerity measures indelibly shaped the emerging sound, vision and social mandate of Ought. Then band’s… Read more
"When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album Bird-Brains (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her "the find of the year." At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly spread, helping to fill every venue… Read more
"Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Punk 45’ album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second half of the 1970s. ‘Punk 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77’ is the third volume in this series, following on from two earlier albums as well as Soul Jazz Records’ massive 400-page ‘Punk 45’ cover art book (compiled by Jon Savage, author of the… Read more
"Long lost Indie-pop heroes Bis return with "data Panik etcetera" - a release that brings us up to date with recordings from the year spent re-branded at data Panik, alongside other aborted attempts to record a 4th, and definitive, bis album. Hardcore fans have been desperate to get their hands on these recordings, and the band have carefully selected and remastered the pick of the bunch - which sit neatly together to create a cohesive whole. The band have still been playing storming sets live over the last few years, surprising punters at places such as Primavera in Barcelona and 2013's Indiet… Read more
Thursday, 24 April
"Imagine a 21st-century amalgam of Talking Heads' Remain in Light and D'Angelo's Voodoo, with a little of OutKast's Aquemini thrown in for good measure, all filtered through TEEN's distinctive musical vision. And listen closely: the tracks are filigreed with all kinds of fascinating events buried deep in the mix. Any great band evolves. And even though TEEN have released some excellent and acclaimed music in their first few years of existence, they knew they were still discovering their voice — in more than one sense of the word. TEEN just might have found it on their brilliant second album, Th… Read more