Joy Division albums re-released on vinyl

They are scheduled for September releases on Rhino records. Most importantly they are being remastered/cut by Steve Hoffman nd Kevin Gray. The UK originals (George Peckham) already sound pretty good but maybe these will sound better. Or at least great in their own right.

Joy Division – Still

Label: Rhino
Genre: Rock
Product No.: ARHI 264636
Availability: Pre Order
Format: 180 Gram Vinyl
No. of Discs: 2
Coming September 11, 2007

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Label: Rhino
Genre: Rock
Product No.: ARHI 73395
Availability: Pre Order
Format: 180 Gram Vinyl
Coming September 11, 2007

Joy Division – Closer

Label: Rhino
Genre: Rock
Product No.: ARHI 73394
Availability: Pre Order
Format: 180 Gram Vinyl
Coming September 11, 2007

Joy Division – Vinyl Box Set

Label: Rhino
Genre: Rock
Product No.: AWEA JOY
Availability: Pre Order
Format: Vinyl Box Sets
Coming September 24, 2007

The Libertines – The Libertines

The second album from the London four piece appears against a background of chaos, scandal and an uncertain future. To condense the story joint main man Pete Doherty is struggling with personal problems of the rock and roll kind and the other singer/guitarist Carl Barat is keeping him out of the band until he sorts himself and stops breaking into his flat, stealing his stuff and heading off to jail and rehab on his days off. It's all true but somewhere during all this self destruction they managed to produce 14 songs in London with ex-Clash man Mick Jones at the mixing desk.

There's been so much hype surrounding The Libertines that I managed to give their debut a miss but I'm big enough to admit defeat as this record delivers where it matters the most, with the music. The Libertines are an essentially English Rock And Roll band and there is no escaping the shadow of the Clash that towers over their writing and sound. It doesn't tell the full story though as the record is peppered with more song based numbers not unlike The Kinks on amphetamines.

The Libertines contains 14 songs with a reasonably wide vision, they play loose but they play controlled and they deliver a strong sense of self that pulls the record back from what could easily be a retro cul de sac. The album kicks off with Can't Stand Me Now and Barat and Doherty swap verses after a standard opening and the staccato chorus becomes more insistent as guitars ring and saw in the background, bassist John Hassal and drummer Gary Powell add the framework as the band deliver a tensioned energetic catchy opening.

Last Post On The Bugle is less commercial but the main guitar line drives the 2.5 minutes along nicely.Don't Be Shy has a twisty vocal from Doherty has an unusual feel but dithers towards the end. The Man Who Would Be King lyrically reflecting that star dom comes at a cost is recounted against a shuffling beat, the words unfolding in uneven rambling style but never losing their impact, it is a high point of the record complete with erratic jazz tinged fade out.

Hitting with equal impact is Music When The Lights Go Out, a strumming acoustic guitar offset with lovely lead guitar line that collides into the chorus and pulls itself back out and is one of the strongest melodies on view.Narcissist is closer to early Britpop and really doesn't fit with the prevailing mood; it doesn't quite fail but merely adds an odd interlude.The Ha Ha Wall strangely fuses Teardrops Explodes with The Clash and Arbeit Macht Frei is a frantic minute of aimless punk.

Campaign Of Hate opens with Television style guitar and mutates into a hard funk that loses control and its message in the process, the sped up ending surely signifying a loss of how to conclude matters.What Katie Did gets things back on track with its shoop shoop opening, jaunty and jolly it is a lightweight number that the band manages to pull off, a tender and reflective moment.Tomblands is a look at London 's dark underbelly recalling The Clash in every sense but crucially is saved by the quality of the song writing.

The finishing trio of songs (as is the opener) is the band playing with their own mythology, The Saga is a fast driven tale of a man with a problem, Road To Ruin warns of the pitfalls of fame and is another well constructed Clash pastiche. What Became Of The Likely Lads sees Doherty and Barat in a face off about their friendship; it's a remarkably honest song that will remain as a signpost in their career whatever the outcome, their duel vocals working better than ever, it's a worthy summation of the talent on show.

Poignantly the album ends on a hidden untitled acoustic number, Barat's lone voice and guitar sings a lonely Blues, a tale of how to survive, it's a lovely calm ending to the noisy 40 minutes that preceded it.

Mick Jones's production is per functionary, it sounds like he basically rolled the tape as the band played and since the intent would appear not to sound in the least perfect you can say he certainly doesn't get in the way of the music, it sounds balanced enough with thud and clarity when required.

The Libertines follow on in the tradition of ramshackle rock and roll from late 60's Stones to The Clash and The Replacements, the band could never be mistaken for being anything other than English but despite very obvious roots they are not short on imagination or instinct.

The internal conflict at the centre of the band is neither a stunt nor is it heroic for that matter but I prefer to concentrate on the music.The album sags in the middle for sure but it's a minor distraction because the bulk of the album delivers some of the best and most exciting material of the year.

© Ben Campbell

The Blue Nile – High

It's a well known story but for those who weren't paying attention I'll briefly summarise the tale for you. In 1984 three young Glaswegians who called themselves The Blue Nile released an l.p. on Scottish hi fi company Linn's record label that chiefly existed to promote the quality of their equipment.

A Walk Across The Rooftops became a bit of a cult classic so a quick follow up on a larger label with more promotional muscle was expected. However it was another five years before the follow up Hats was released, again to worldwide acclaim but with the world at their feet they decided to disappear again, for six years this time before the less anticipated Peace At Last came out. Apparently they were ready with an album three years ago but, perfectionists that they are they scrapped it, so now its eight years on and when most imagined they'd given up, a new Blue Nile CD has appeared.

Don't expect any Bowie or Radiohead like reinventions, c'mon it's The Blue Nile, so you get what you expected namely writer Paul Buchanan's gorgeous almost spoken vocals, largely slow melancholic tunes led by either piano or guitar and an understated production that begins to reveal itself on repeated plays.

Opener Days Of Our Lives is instantaneously recognisable as The Blue Nile and deals with lifestyle stagnation a recurring theme throughout the album. First single I Would Neve r is next. It has a gospel feel reminiscent of U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and is followed by Broken Loves which creates an edgy imagery of a dead end love affair, driven by an insistent piano motif.

Buchanan has stated that he has never been to Toledo , Ohio but that Because Of Toledo came about from an overheard conversation in a cafe during his sojourn in California in the 90's. It's a beautiful, simple melody starting on a lone acoustic guitar. It was during this spell that he dated actress Rosanna Arquette, who could be a possible source of the girl trouble documented in the lyrics despite the fact Buchanan have been back in Glasgow for a while now.

The most upbeat track musically, on the disc is She Saw The World but lyrically it maintains the wistful theme of reflectance on a collapsing relationship. The slow moving title track is another highlight with similar lyrical insight.

The only track previously released is Soul Boy which appeared in a radically different version on ex Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm's Reason album last year. It's another slow burner in keeping with much of the rest of what is a very cohesive album overall.

Calum Malcolm is at the helm for production duties as on previous Nile releases and creates a late night atmosphere similar to that of Hats . Initially sounding bare but with deeper investigation showing that more is going on there than you first imagined. Synthesisers are used with uncommon tastefulness to colour the sound and as on their other releases a drum machine provides percussion which can occasionally grate.

It should be noted that despite absolutely no mention in the packaging this disc that some copies of this disc are heavily copyright protected and will not play on a pc.

© Gordon Russell

ELLIOT SMITH – FROM A BASEMENT ON THE HILL

It's easy sometimes to dismiss music without really examining it, some years back fellow Lugs reviewer Gordon Russell gave me a tape of Elliot Smith's XO album, his first major label release. I played it twice if I'm lucky and dismissed it offhand, a bit tuneless as I remember. My attention was grabbed by From A Basement On A Hill featuring in many of the 2004's best of the year lists. As it turns out maybe I need to go back and check Smith's back catalogue because this is a rather excellent record.

This release is posthumous, the troubled Smith took his own life in 2003.The fifteen tracks are cobbled from the album he was working on, the final outcome has led to some debate about versions and mixes, the end result was overseen by Elliot Smith's father.

As has been stated elsewhere despite this background the record is not disjointed and there is a uniformity of feel and sound throughout.

The Smith I remember was a mostly acoustic performer albeit with a loose punky unpolished feel , of course this didn't stop an Oscar nomination for Miss Misery on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. This album has a garage band sound reminiscent in places of Big Star and The Lemonheads although there are more acoustic based songs with a hint of a Beatles fixation.The fourteen songs (there is also a short sound effect track) take up 58 minutes but there is an awful lot happening on each track and I mean that in a good sense.

The album is particularly strong in melody which makes for a nice counterbalance to the loose and sometimes grungy arrangements. Lyrically you can't escape that a lot of the material is based on Smith's drug culture lifestyle but it is a not an exercise in nihilism as most of the songs seem observational. Ultimately it is the music that lifts this record away from the downbeat; a comparison might be an enjoyable and entertaining film with darker subject matter. The quality of songwriting is consistent and Smith's voice whilst fragile is comfortable within the energetic musical backing and remains the focal point with lyrics that are exceptionally well crafted.

The majority of the material has a strong band presence, guitar breaks and refrains compliment many of the songs and a strong keyboard/ piano sound is offset with economic but powerful drumming. The highlights are tracks such as Pretty (Ugly Before), a real moment of slacker beauty, the complex Kings Crossing where a ghostly piano emerges from a sonic fog before segueing into intense sonics. Similarly the closing A Distorted Reality which features a wider lyrical vision and several dynamic musical changes without ever sacrificing melody.

Even the more acoustic based material feature nice touches. Twilight has a great swirling keyboard break, Little One's Beatles influenced melody has effective backwards taping and A Fond Farewell's great tune is driven by an electric riff as Smith strums the main parts.

Only the Vaudeville balladry of Memory Lane stands alone and a bit out of place.

The remaining tracks condense both of these styles; Strung Out Again with its junkie nightmare take on The Beatles starts acoustic and breaks into band mode as a George Harrison style lead line dominates the song. Don't Go Down has a more metallic, edgier groove.

Opening track Coast To Coast takes a rawer stance and Shooting Star the album's longest track are two of the more ordinary moments.

The production works well, it retains detail whilst conveying the loose live feel that is obviously intended and Smith's vocals never got lost in the sometimes complex mix, the quieter moments also work in this fashion, the elements of grain and dirt fit the context of the music. It all sounds just a bit out of focus and yet it works.

The tragic demise of Elliot Smith has been shrouded in mystery (unusually he stabbed himself) and listening to this record despite its sometimes bleak observations reveals no suicidal intent. The quality and vitality of this music sounds like a man either detaching himself from self-destruction or learning to live with his demons.

This album has become one of my very favourite releases of 2004; its appeal grows on repeated listens. It is full of contradictions; structured arrangements with a loose vibe, a view from the darker side that has an upbeat feel and not least an underground release that reveals itself as a very tuneful and enjoyable record.

© Ben campbell

Road Records Mailout 13-07-2007

Welcome to this weeks Road Records newsletter.
Ok folks, here are this weeks new releases and some older back in stock
items for you to enjoy.
Have a great weekend !
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New In This Week – ( all prices in Euro )
New in stock items on sale at –
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Adebisi shank-Adebisi shank-The debut four track ep from this new irish
based post rock outfit, the ep features horse, jump cut, you shouldnt be in
white and caddyshack, this is some of the finest and most explosive post
rock i have had the pleasure to listen to in quite some time, try to imagine
the heavy early battles eps blended with the complex rhythm changes of
shellac and the explosive metal edged guitar sounds of oxes, with some truly
complex arrangements its hard to imagine how these guys can play this at
such a ferocious speed, the high quality of musicianship on the album is
really something to behold and for long time lovers of heavy math rock then
this is just pure manna from heaven, july 2007-Cds-Armed ambitions organised
ideas-€6.99
Alog-Amateur-Alog are one of norways best known experimental electronic
outfits featuring dag are haugan and espen sommer eide who also records
under the name of phonophani, the album is a weird and wonderful collection
of minimal electronic sounds blended with lots of hybrid acoustic sounds and
homemade instruments produced by roar sletteland, its like the meeting of
the scratchy sounds of fennesz along with some scandanavian and eastern
european folk songs, lots of swirling droning sound effects are delicately
treated and processed to make something sounding like a more organic animal
collective or black dice, very clever and highly intrigueing stuff on the
rune grammofon label, limited double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve, july
2007-2lp-Rune grammofon-€19.99
Angus and julia stone-Private lawns-Limited edition 7 inch only release on
the independiente label, private lawns is a real laid back piece of folky
based songwriting featuring julia stones adorable and very sultry vocal
delivery backed with acoustic guitar picking, brushed drums and a fine bit
of trumpet playing, also features malakai on the flip side, july
2007-7"-Independiente-€3.99
Ann, keren-Keren ann-The fifth full length album from this french israeli
singer songwriter now based in new york, the album is mixed between the slow
dark sounds of the likes of mazzy star and some slightly more uptempo sultry
pop sounds with lots of strings, the more mellow tunes have a similar vibe
to the likes of both mazzy star or susanna and her magical orchestra, the
more uptempo almost chamber pop sounds have a lovely breezy kind of indie
pop feel to them, july 2007-Cd-Emi-€16.99
Apparat-Walls-The fifth album from berlin based musician sasha ring aka
apparat, the album features the vocals of raz o hara on four tracks and
really sees ring move into a more formulated song structure with this new
collection, the album opens with a couple of delicious dubby electronic
instrumentals taking in bits of lush laptop electronica and instrumental hip
hop on the way, at times the album sounds a bit like an instrumental version
of the likes of lali puna or even the notwist as ring blends live
instruments into the glitchy digital soundscapes, there is plenty in here
for both fans of glitchy laptop electronica and underground instrumental hip
hop more than happy, july 2007-Cd-Shitkatapult-€18.99
Artanker convoy-Cozy endings-Collaboration between psychedelic rock outfit
artanker convoy and art collective mux, the dvd section features a
collection of live shows and animated videos including a piece written for
modern dance specialist nicole wolcott for her egoist piece, the album
itself features six fairly lengthy pieces of jazzy tinged post rock sounds
with lots of soulful brass sounds and some moments that would not sound out
of place on an early seventies blaxploitation movie, imagine someone like
mogwai or tortoise jamming with miles davis with james browns brass section
stepping into the session from time to time, it really is an album of very
very diverse sounds with lots of soul and jazz in it too, a perfect mellow
sunday afternoon album, july 2007-2cd-The social registry-€17.50
B music-Cross continental record raid road trip-B music is a regular club
night held in manchester by the finders keepers crew aka andy votal and dom
thomas, this new 18 track collection features a wonderful collection of
outsider psychedelic funk and funk rock, the first 8 tracks are selected by
resident djs at the club andy votel and dom thomas and then the remaining 10
are handpicked by guests from the club including boney votel, gruff rhys,
doug shipton, chris mcbride and many more, the album is a real trip back in
time to seedy psychedelic basement clubs of the sixties, pressed on double
vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with detailed liner notes on each
track, july 2007-2lp-Finders keepers-€27.99
Candidate-Oxengate-The fifth album from candidate and the follow up to under
the skylon from 2005, features long time members joel morris, ales morris
and ian painter along with longtime beth gibbons collaborator jason hazeley
and steven adams from the broken family band, the album features a lovely
blend of slo core indie sounds and some very catchy acoustic based pastoral
folk, there are odd hints of early seventies english folk in there along
with the layered vocal styles of either simon and garfunkel or the mamas and
papas, imagine a more folky lo fi acoustic magic numbers at an english folk
festival in the seventies, july 2007-Cd-Snowstorm-€15.99
Chemical brothers-We are the night-The chemical brothers return with their
most diverse album to date, the album features snippets of their trademark
big beat sounds but coming more into the mix on this album are some very
funky disco sounds, guitar driven electro rock and some totally space age
bouncing floor fillers, this is much more of a song based album compared to
the earlier dancefloor friendly sounds, vocals, guitars and analogue synth
sounds are much more to the fore in the mix, the album features
contributions from willy mason, the klaxons, lightspeed champion, tim smith
from midlake, little barrie, ali love, fatlip and martin duffy, july
2007-Cd-Virgin records-€21.50
Crescent-Little waves-Bristol post rock outfit return with their fifth full
length album to date and their first one for the fat cat label, these guys
have been knocking around for quite a while now and were an integral part of
the bristol lo fi scene including acts like flying saucer attack and third
eye foundation, the band also features some members of movietone which is a
good reference point for their sound along with lo fi folky acts like hood
and then even the likes of galaxy 500, the album is pretty much entirely
acoustic based and sounds like it could have been recorded live outdoors
somewhere, its got a lovely loose rustic feel about it as the band
seamlessly merge mellow folk sounds with lo fi improv indie sounds, one of
those rare gems that gently grabs your attention over time, july 2007-Cd-Fat
cat-€14.99
Crescent-Little waves-Bristol post rock outfit return with their fifth full
length album to date and their first one for the fat cat label, these guys
have been knocking around for quite a while now and were an integral part of
the bristol lo fi scene including acts like flying saucer attack and third
eye foundation, the band also features some members of movietone which is a
good reference point for their sound along with lo fi folky acts like hood
and then even the likes of galaxy 500, the album is pretty much entirely
acoustic based and sounds like it could have been recorded live outdoors
somewhere, its got a lovely loose rustic feel about it as the band
seamlessly merge mellow folk sounds with lo fi improv indie sounds, one of
those rare gems that gently grabs your attention over time, july 2007-Lp-Fat
cat-€18.99
Cure, the-Three imaginary boys-Reissue of the cures debut album from way
back in 1979, features the band at their most minimal with only the original
three members present, features robert smith, michael dempsey on bass and
lol tolhurst on drums, the album features some of their finest post punk
moments before they started to explore the darker side of new wave, this
reissue on the lilith label features the original track listing and comes in
the original sleeve artwork with inner sleeve details too, features 10.15 on
a saturday night, accuracy, grinding halt, another day, object, subway song,
a cover of the hendrix track foxy lady, meat hook, so what, fire in cairo,
its not you and three imaginary boys, july 2007-Lp-Lilith-€17.99
Cyrus-From the shadows-A brand new collection of truly high quality dubstep
vibes from random trio member cyrus on the tectonic label, whilst the album
does feature some of the more ambient dubstep vibes of last years burial
album this one is much more comparable to the uptempo heavy dub sounds of
the likes of digital mystikz, the emphasis is kept on the beats on this one
as he builds songs around these rather than using melodies to structure the
sound, the album is pretty much based in modern digital dub sounds with just
the odd touches of dubby grime and mellow jungle beats, the production is
the real winner on this album though as he keeps the beats really crisp
giving the album a real haunting edge, july 2007-Cd-Tectonic-€17.50
Dalek-A purge of dissidents-Beautifully packaged cd, dvd and 48 page
hardback book featuring the artist dalek and haze xxl aka tom hazelmyer from
halo of flies and also the founder of legendary udnerground label
amphetamine reptile, the album also features contributions from the melvins,
grant hart from husker du, david yow from jesus lizard, john spencer and
kenny greenbaum from princess dragon mouth, the album features a total of 30
track lasting just over 30 minutes, between each full length track there are
short noise excerpts so basically you are getting about 20 full length
tracks, when you consider that most of the music provided is supplied by the
melvins it comes as no surprise that most of the album sounds like a blend
of the grunge rock sounds of the melvins blended with the acid drenched
madness of the butthole surfers, the dvd features a bumper selection of
animations to go with each track, july 2007-2cd-Ipecac-€19.99
Donohoe, david-Moonless and crowblack-This release from irish electronic
artist david donohoe is limited to only 50 copies hand numbered copies, each
copy comes in a large plastic sleeve and features 2 offset lithographic
prints from irish artist peter maybury, the album features six tracks from
donohoe using parts of fluorescent 3 by thread pulls as his source material,
the album features some icy sounding electronic soundscapes with lots of
glitchy and scratchy digital processing akin to a more stripped back fennesz
or some of the drone based sounds on the kranky label, on the third track
donohoe strips the source material right back to just vocals and minimal
piano sounds before heading back into the harsh digital sounds on uncle
softer and net for clues, overall this is a superb collection of icy cold
ambient sounds and comes very beautifully packaged, july 2007-Cd-Ninepoint
records-€19.99
Dubstep allstars-Volume five-Volume five in the ongoing dubstep mix cd
series on the tempa label, this one is compiled by rinse fm dj n type,
features a massive selection of 38 track spread over 73 minutes, the album
features exclusive tracks and collaborations from benga, coki, skream,
slaughter mob, pinch and distance along with classics from kromaster, juju,
matty g, jijak, the others, tes la rok, magnetic man, hatcha, ld, quantum
and more, july 2007-Cd-Tempa-€18.99
Exclusive blend-Volume one-This album was originally compiled and released
on the blow up label back in 1996 and gets a well deserved reissued now, the
album features a collection of sixties and seventies library recordings, the
album features 16 prime cuts of late sixties and early seventies
instrumental soul and funk sounds with lots of added psychedelic soul
sounds, the album features some totally catchy uptempo lounge and funk
sounds that were the order of the day for underground b movies and tv shows,
its like being back in some seedy underground psychedelic disco in the late
sixties, perfect background party music for your outdoor summer parties,
july 2007-Cd-Blow up-€14.99
Exclusive blend-Volume two-This album was originally compiled and released
on the blow up label back in 1997 and gets a well deserved reissued now, the
album features a collection of sixties and seventies library recordings, the
album features 18 prime cuts of late sixties and early seventies
instrumental soul and funk sounds with lots of added psychedelic soul
sounds, the album features some totally catchy uptempo lounge and funk
sounds that were the order of the day for underground b movies and tv shows,
its like being back in some seedy underground psychedelic disco in the late
sixties, perfect background party music for your outdoor summer parties,
july 2007-Cd-Blow up-€14.99
Fay, bill-Tomorrow tomorrow and tomorrow-The much sought after and long lost
third album from bill fay, features a collection of recordings made between
1978 and 1982 with gary smith on guitars, rauf galip on bass and bill
stratton on drums, the album was originally compiled by the durtro jnana
label in 2005, the stripped down arrangements really suit fays songwriting
and the lack of orchestration really allows both fays piano and smiths slide
guitar playing to come to the fore, the album is a really soulful take on
seventies folk sounds and fays voice just gets more and more addictive with
each listen, july 2007-Cd-Durtro jnana-€15.99
Foggy notions magazine-June 2007-The june issue of foggy notions magazine
features beirut on the cover and comes with a free cd featuring 19 tracks
selected by radio dj donal dineen, the magazine features dinosaur jr, candi
payne, super extra bonus party, amiina, yoko ono, battles, low, john cooper
clarke, scroobius pip and much much more too-Lp-Foggy notions-€6.00
For carnation, the-Promised works-Features two long out of print singles
from ex slint member brian mcmahan and his for carnation project, the for
carnation was formed by brian mcmahon after the split up of slint and
features the assistance from fellow slint member dave pajo along with doug
mccombs and john herndon from tortoise, tim ruth from evergreen and his
brother michael mcmahon from dead child, the album features nine pieces of
sublimely beautiful vocal led post rock sounds like a more lush slint meets
the lo fi bedroom sounds of the likes of bedhead, july 2007-Cd-Touch and
go-€16.99
Francis, sage-Human the death dance-The fourth full length release from
underground alt hip hop vocalist sage francis, the album features
contributions from sixtoo, alias, buck 65, odd nosdam, ant, jolie holland
and soundtrack composer mark isham, the album features some really dark and
hart hitting underground hip hop sounds, some of the darker more laid back
tracks remind me quite a bit of some of the earlier dalek sounds with lots
of scratchy noise effects thrown over the distorted beats, its the people in
the background that really make this album work and in particular the beats
of the mighty alias, double vinyl pressing in gatefold sleeve, july
2007-2lp-Anti-€18.99
Francis, sage-Human the death dance-The fourth full length release from
underground alt hip hop vocalist sage francis, the album features
contributions from sixtoo, alias, buck 65, odd nosdam, ant, jolie holland
and soundtrack composer mark isham, the album features some really dark and
hart hitting underground hip hop sounds, some of the darker more laid back
tracks remind me quite a bit of some of the earlier dalek sounds with lots
of scratchy noise effects thrown over the distorted beats, its the people in
the background that really make this album work and in particular the beats
of the mighty alias, july 2007-Cd-Anti-€17.50
Fugs, the-It crawled into my hand honest-This was the fugs second album for
the reprise label and was originally released in 1968, the album followed up
tenderness junction and was their sixth album in a long career starting way
back in 1965, the first side features five excellent pieces of psychedelic
rock along with their first attempts at rootsy country rock and is peppered
with their trademark satirical social commentaries, the second side is a cut
and paste collage of sixteen tracks stretching from a mere ten second up to
five minutes, its like a short mixtape of all your favourite fugs sounds,
these guys were one of the most original outsider psyche rock outfits of
their time, this reissue on the 4 men with beards label comes in the
original gatefold sleeve and is pressed on heavy vinyl, july 2007-Lp-4 men
with beards-€18.99
Fugs, the-Tenderness junction-Reissue of the fugs fifth album and their very
first for the reprise label having parted ways with the esp label just
beforehand, the album was originally released way back in 1967 and now gets
a well deserved vinyl reissue on the 4 men with beards label, the album
comes in the original gatefold sleeve and is pressed on heavy vinyl, the
album features some truly excellent early sixties psychedelic rock with
plenty of the fugs trademark sartire and smattering of lewd lyrics, features
the hare krishna track with allen ginsberg on vocals, a really fine journey
into some of the most original acid drenched rock from the sixties, july
2007-Lp-4 men with beards-€18.99
Gogol bordello-Super taranta-The follow up to the gypsy punk album from
2005, gogol bordello are a new york based bunch of folk punkers blending the
quick fire sounds of eastern european traditional folk music with the
abrasive sounds of early punk rock, on their more acoustic based sounds
these guys would be the eastern european answer to the pogues in their
aggressive high tempo approach to traditional folk sounds, the music is
driven by pure energy and has a feeling of some real goodtime party music,
whens the last time you heard the words violins and accordians in the same
sentence as high octance punk rock, july 2007-Cd-Sideone dummy-€18.99
Grave temple-The holy down-The holy temple features attila csihar who
provides vocals for sunn o, drone supremo oren ambarachi and sunn o founder
stephen o malley, the album was recorded whilst the band were recently on
tour in israel, this limited edition pressing comes numbered and are limited
to only 3000 copies, the album features just one track extending just over
an hour long recorded live in tel aviv in july 2006, the track opens up with
lots of scratching evil drones as attila slowly makes his presence felt with
devil like vocal drones, as you would expect from these three working
together the sedate laid back atmosphere does not last for too long as the
heavy guitar based drones begin to raise the volume along with some
throbbing digital noise and attilas voice comes more to the front of the
mix, the volume slowly begins to increase as things become more and more
like a sunn o concert with thunderous slow riffs and ear piercing white
noise, comes in a lovely heavy card gatefold sleeve, jul7 2007-Cd-Southern
lord-€17.99
Gravy train-All the sweet stuff-The third full length album from the gravy
train, past releases have appeared on the k records label, this four piece
have taken their naughty electroclash sounds and added heaps of fuzzy
sixties sounding organ sounds to come up with a new sound that resembles an
all girl motown outfit fronting the likes of peaches, the album is a real
blast of fun particularly with the addition of the sixties garage pop sound
which gives the overall sound a much more live feel compared to previous
outings, july 2007-Cd-Cochon-€17.50
Gravy train-All the sweet stuff-The third full length album from the gravy
train, past releases have appeared on the k records label, this four piece
have taken their naughty electroclash sounds and added heaps of fuzzy
sixties sounding organ sounds to come up with a new sound that resembles an
all girl motown outfit fronting the likes of peaches, the album is a real
blast of fun particularly with the addition of the sixties garage pop sound
which gives the overall sound a much more live feel compared to previous
outings, july 2007-Lp-Cochon-€17.50
Interpol-Our love to admire-Album number three from interpol and their first
for their new label capitol records, first thing you notice is that this
album is a much more lush affair with big studio production qualities about
it, the songwriting hasnt changed too much since the last album, the sounds
of the darker side of eighties new wave are still the predominant sounds on
this new one with some obvious references to the likes of echo and the
bunnymen, the cure and joy division, features the single the heinrich
maneuver, july 2007-Cd-Capitol-€21.50
Isbell, jason-Sirens of the ditch-The debut solo album from the former
guitarist with southern rock obsessed outfit drive by truckers on the new
west label, the album also features some assistance from drive by truckers
members shonna tucker on bass, brad morgan on drums, john neff, patterson
hood and also the legendary spooner oldham, the album was recorded in his
hometown muscle shoals in alabama and was co produced by patterson hood from
drive by truckers, whilst there are still some soutern rock influences this
solo project reminds me a lot more of a slighly more country tinged take on
the older sounds of the likes of tom petty, classic old style american rock
is what you get basically with some exceptional guitar playing and isbells
lovely rustic voice, july 2007-Cd-New west-€17.50
James cotton blues band-James cotton blues band-Absolutely classic eleven
track album from james cotton with was originally released way back in 1967
on the verve label, the album features some totally rocking soulful blues
sounds with a full brass section, imagine the early sounds of james brown
transferred into a rocking blues band, this is some really dancefloor
friendly uptempo good time blues, the album was originally released on the
mgm label back in 1967 and is now reissued in the original sleeve by lilith
records, july 2007-Lp-Lilith-€17.99
Kings of leon-Because of the times [red vinyl]-This is real back to basics
rock n roll from the kings of leon again, more reminiscent of their debut
album again with a real emphasis on classic balls to the wall southern rock,
the album opens up with the hypnotic seven minute long track knocked up
before launching into twelve more short sharp blasts of old school rock n
roll, this is the reason we all fell in love with these guys, very very
limited red vinyl pressing, july 2007-Cd-The control group-€19.99
La otracina-Tonal eclipse of the one-La otracina were formed in brooklyn in
2003 by drummer adam kriney and guitarist joshua anzano, the album features
five fairly lenghty acid drenched psyche rock workouts with plenty of early
prog rock influences, you could call this drone based stoner rock but rather
than let the guitars simply drone away these guys crank think up quite
regularly with some sublime guitar solo workouts as the drummer heads off on
some thunderous jazz workout, there are some truly awesome guitar workouts
here sounding a wee bit like the mars volta slowed down and fed through a
massive distortion pedal, things really begin to kick off on the final two
pieces as the band up the pace a wee bit and rock out with some truly superb
psyche rock meets guitar heavy prog rock instrumental noodling, if you are a
fan of mars volta, earthless and that kind of instrumental rock then you
will adore this stuff, july 2007-Cd-Holy mountain-€15.99
Malajube-Trompe loeil-The debut album on the city slang label from this damn
fine french canadian outfit, these guys sound like some giddy young take on
the sounds of the likes of the flaming lips meets arcade fire and the
pixies, the album is full of explosive uptempo art rock sounds with a real
goodtime kind of psyche pop feel to it, everything goes for this band as
they seamlessly slip from piano led indie rock sounds to thunderous drum
machine led electro rock to the kind of euphoric psyche pop that the flaming
lips are famous for, i particularly love the fact that the band have stuck
to their guns and sung entirely in french on the album, a lot of reviews
seem to mention this quite a lot but lets face the fact that it is their
native language to why shouldnt they sing in french, it certainly didnt
interfere with my enjoyment of the album, a truly fine debut that isnt
afraid to rock out at times too, july 2007-Cd-City slang-€16.99
Milanese-Adapt-Eight track mini album from milanese on the planet mu label,
the album features a collection of remixes of tracks from this extend album
along with three new tracks, the new track mr good news kicks off the album
like some noisy gameboy take on the new dubstep sounds featuring distorted
crunchy beats and lots of echoing sound effects, another new track barry dub
sounds like some evil slowed down piece of dubstep with harrowing distorted
aphex twin like vocals, the other new track double face with guest vocalist
kate kestrel is probably one of the most poppy sounding pieces of dubstep
that milanese has put his name to so far, the remixes included are from
hrdvsion, clark, cold, dj distance adn venger, july 2007-Cd-Planet mu-€13.99
Monkey dont-Gubbins-Gubbins is the debut album from one man music machine
mark robson aka monkey dont on the manna label, the album is a lovely
collection of lo fi indie pop sounds with lots of quirky song constructions
calling to mind a slightly more psychedelic pop sounding pavement at times,
there are lots of off kilter synth and oscillator sound effects along with
some almost hawaiian like slide guitars and jazzy guitar licks, imagine the
beta band without the funky beats behind them, july 2007-Cd-Manna
records-€14.99
Neon neon-Trick for treat-Neon neon is a new project from boom bip and gruff
rhys from the super furry animals, this limited edition 12 inch release is
their first material to be released on the lex label, the track features
vocals from gruff along with spank rock and sean tillman, the single is
pressed on super limited picture disc, the ep features some seriously bass
heavy underground hip hop sounds with a big dirty electro like synth bass
riff, the flip side features a pulsating dancefloor friendly instrumental
mix, july 2007-12"-Lex records-€7.50
Nomeansno-0+1=2-Reissue of this classic nomeansno album, the album was
originally released way back in 1991 and was originally released on
alternative tentacles, the album has now been fully remastered and is
released on their own label wrong records, the album features the original
eleven track album in its original sleeve, this bunch of canadian punk
rockers have been making some of the finest quirky post hardcore sounds
since 1984 and this was their fifth album and the follow up to wrong, july
2007-Cd-Wrong records-€17.99
Paulusma, polly-Fingers and thumbs-The second album from polly paulusma on
one little indian, the features some very catchy electric folk sounds coming
on like some modern day version of joni mitchell with the kookiness of the
likes of tori amos, the album is a lush and quite catchy collection of
sounds with some lovely jangly guitars and paulusmas husky voice, july
2007-Cd-One little indian-€19.99
Perkins, elvis-Ash wednesday-On first listen you can tell that perkins must
have a great love of artists like bob dylan, fred neil and even tim buckley,
one thing that really stands out for me on this album is the amazingly
sparse production qualities when you can hear every string being hit and
every brush across the drum kit, this is some really really beautiful sombre
folk music, if you like your folky sounds somewhere between early bonnie
prince billy and elliott smith you will simply adore this album, this album
was originally released earlier this year in very limited quantities on his
own label but now gets a proper release on the xl label, july
2007-Cd-Xl-€18.99
Pissed jeans-Hope for men [with free mp3 download]-Its great to hear such
top quality sludgy avant rock just like it should be again, this album
really brings me back to the heyday of labels like amphetamine reptile and
early touch and go, these guys are like a great big melting pot of jesus
lizard, johnboy, unsane, tad and killdozer, its pure angry but controlled
noise, thunderous basslines and drums meets the lizard like sleazy guitar
riffs and one hell of an angry man on vocals, if you still dream about the
great days of jesus lizard and killdozer then i really cant recommend this
highly enough, the album comes with a special coupon for a free mp3 download
of the entire album too, june 2007-Lp-Sub pop-€17.99
Poem rocket-Invasion-Poem and rocket are a new york based outfit on the
atavistic label based around the duo michael peters and sandra gardner, the
first cd features ten tracks of mostly acoustic based sombre folk sounds
with the kind of psyche edge that bands like current 93 are famour for,
sounds something like a more acoustic based swans meets the slightly
ethereal sounds of the 4ad label, the second cd in the collection is much
more of a band effort with live drums and electric guitars with subtle
comparisons to the likes of the swans again along with the god machine and
even the young gods, a much heavier album compared to the first cd with some
thunderous layers of guitars and pounding drums, july
2007-2cd-Atavistic-€21.99
Polyphonic spree-The fragile army-The twenty strong army return with their
third album to date and if possible the sound has become even bigger again,
the band carry on their sixties tinged psyche pop sounds like some blend of
later pink floyd meets the flaming lips and arcade fire, throw in their
utterly addictive and highly uplifting choral sounds and you have one of the
happiest albums of the year so far, limited edition double vinyl pressing
pressed on two slabs of 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve, july
2007-2lp-Gut records-€20.99
Pop levi-Pick me up uppercut-Propably one of my favourite tracks from the
recent pop levi album the return to form black magick party on counter
records, the single is a really catchy piece of sixties pop blended with
some weird catchy pop version of t rex, also features skip ghetto holywood
version on the flip side, july 2007-7"-Ninja tunes-€6.50
Queens of the stoneage-Era vulgaris-Finally a real return to form from
queens of the stoneage, these guys look like they are returning to their
stoner rock roots having dabbled in the more mainstream sounds with the last
album, the songs are much more to the point on this album and they even dip
into the heavy riff action of older outfits like kyuss or fu manchu, the
emphasis is still on the more uptempo and slighty catchy side of stoner rock
but the riffs are much heavier this time around which all round makes this
album a much more well balanced affair, july 2007-Cd-Interscope-€21.50
Ra-Ev panic redone-Ra is the alias of parisian based electronic producer
raoul sinier, the ep features a collection of remixes and reworkings of his
recent ev panic single on the planet mu label, the ep features the original
version along with venetian snares remix, u ziq remix ddamage remix and new
track le cimetiere des elephants, the original track is a lovely dubby piece
of instrumental hip hop with little hints of some strange psychedelic
dubstep, le cimetiere des elephants takes us further into the realms of bass
heavy dubby hip hop with layers of dramatic almost cinematic synth sounds,
the single is pressed on very very limited heavy vinyl picture disc, july
2007-Lp-Planet mu-€8.99
Ratkje, maja-Stalker-Maja ratkje is a member of two or norways most
respected improvisational outfit fe mail and spunk, on this new collection
of live and studio experiments ratkje has put together a collection of harsh
sound effects that at times would not sound out of place on a merzbow album
with her use of screeching white noise and underlying glitchy sound effects,
at times the album sounds like fennesz played at 45 rpm with a bunch of evil
devils on helium arguing in the background, as ever with ratkje solo
releases she likes to stretch the boundaries of what we call music nowadays
and achieves just that too, comes on very very limited picture disc, july
2007-Lp-Important records-€16.99
Readymade-The sartorial sampler volume 2-18 track budget priced sampler from
the sartorial label, features past and present releases from the sartorial
label, features tracks from gallon drunk, terry edwards, butterfield 8,
robyn hitchcock, the higsons, the scapegoats, serious drinking, nitwood, the
treecreepers, new york new york, ralph littlejohn with michael cunningham,
lob and lydia lunch, july 2007-Cd-Sartorial-€7.50
Rough bunnies-Weisse westen dreck am-Swedish based duo with their first
album to be made available outside sweden after having released three very
very limited cdr releases, you will hear little bits of the velvet
underground, early beck, beat happening, the vaselines, moldy peaches and
even shonen knive, the album is full of short lo fi sounds like some old
style indie pop meets the sounds of the anti folk movement, the album comes
in a lovely hand made card sleeve using recycled old vinyl sleeves turned
inside out, july 2007-Lp-Ypsilanti records-€17.99
Rouse, josh-Country mouse city house-Josh rouse returns with his seventh
full length album and the second on his own label bedroom classics, the
album was recorded in his new home in spain and was then mixed in nashville,
the lush country sounds of the classic nashville sound is all over this
album from start to finish, right from the opening track with smooth slide
guitar sounds there is a real feeling that rouse has rediscovered his love
for old time country sounds along with some lovely electric folk vibes, july
2007-Cd–€20.50
Shadow project-A beauty to fight for-The shadow project are a suffolk based
outfit and this is their debut album on the nr one label, the album is based
in the meandering guitar led post rock sounds of the likes of mogwai or
explosions in the sky, mingling in with this basic sound are the cleverly
crafted sounds of the likes of tortoise, some of the dreamy pop sounds of
shoegazing and heaps of clever electronic beats and sampling, an album that
crosses over several genres whilst still remaining steeped in the intricate
guitar sounds of post rock, these guys may well have just invented post rock
pop, july 2007-Cd-Nr one-€14.99
Souvaris-A hat-Souvaris return with their second album for the gringo label
and the long awaited follow up to i felt nothing at all from 2005, the album
features some hard hitting and at times explosive instrumental post rock
sounds with lots of clever electronic tinkering thrown in for good measure,
lots of intricate guitar work over off time drum sounds and heavy meandering
bass riffs, throw some lush rhodes and electric piano keys over the top of
that, comparable at times to a much more uptempo early mogwai or even
irelands very own redneck manifesto, july 2007-Cd-Gringo-€14.99
Strange death of liberal england-Forward march-The debut mini album from
this new five piece signed to the fantastic plastic label, the album
features the singles oh solitude and a day another day along with six new
tracks, this bunch make some really euphoric sounding indie rock in a
similar vein to the likes of arcade fire, pretty much everything goes here
as explosive psychedelic tinged indie rock gives way to some much more
mellow post rock passages, with their use of multiple vocalists on the album
it sounds a wee bit like a chorus line fronting the flaming lips with a
slightly more rootsy folk rock feel to it, there is also plenty of guitar
heavy freakout post rock moments in here, a very solid and rather diverse
collection of sounds from one of the more interesting new outfits to come
out of england recently, july 2007-Cd-Fantastic plastic-€10.99
Stuffy the fuses-Angels are ace-The second album from this london based four
piece and their first to be produced by the legendary steve albini, the
album features some really thunderous indie rock sounds with lots of old
school post punk sounds, these guys definitely owe a fair bit of their sound
to the post punk sounds of the likes of the pixies with some of the angular
guitar sounds of the likes of fugazi and a vocal delivery sounding like a
more indie rock take on the sounds of xtc, deep at the heart of this album
is a really catchy collection of heavy indie rock sounds with lots of clever
tangents and breakdowns, july 2007-Cd-Sour puss records-€14.99
Stuffy the fuses-Angels are ace-The second album from this london based four
piece and their first to be produced by the legendary steve albini, the
album features some really thunderous indie rock sounds with lots of old
school post punk sounds, these guys definitely owe a fair bit of their sound
to the post punk sounds of the likes of the pixies with some of the angular
guitar sounds of the likes of fugazi and a vocal delivery sounding like a
more indie rock take on the sounds of xtc, deep at the heart of this album
is a really catchy collection of heavy indie rock sounds with lots of clever
tangents and breakdowns, july 2007-Lp-Sour puss records-€14.99
Takeovers-Bad football-The takeovers are a new outfit featuring ex guided by
voices member robert pollard and chris slusarenko, since the break up of
guided by voices pollard seems to have no end of new side projects on the
go, this new one sees him rock out quite a bit more compared to his recent
solo release silverfish trivia, the album also features guitars on one track
from the legendary tad doyle, the album features some of the slacker rock
influences of guided by voices but also features a lot more sixties garage
rock sounds, the album features lots of heavy indie rock sounds with lots of
clever pop edges, july 2007-Cd-Off records-€15.50
Tauchsieder-Louder-Tauchsieder are an electronic based three piece made up
by innes smith, stuart mclean and ben hayes, the album also features guest
appearences and contributions from optimos dj twitch, colin newman from
wire, richard x and also tom elland from severed head, the album features 19
pieces of pure laid back electronic ambience, mellow pulsating analog
keyboard sounds slowly mingle with lots of oscillator sounds along with
sampled vocals and lots of rustic field recordings, the sounds range from
the totally ambient sounds of early brian eno to the slighly more synth
based sounds coming across like some kind of ambient drumless space rock,
there are odd touches of dubby ambient sounds comparable to the orb or even
pole, perfect headphone music, july 2007-Cd-Prank monkey-€18.99
Tied and tickled trio-Aelita-The tied and tickled trio were formed in
germany in 1994 by notwist members markus acher and micha acher along with
christoph brandner, andreas gerth and carl osterhelt, having already
released albums on drag city and payola its only right that they should
return with a new album on the morr music label, if ever an album of
electronic sounds deserved to be on morr then this is it, whilst some of
their earlier material leaned towards the slightly more noodling side of
electronica this new album is simply perfect late night electronic pop
music, downtempo beats are met with some lovely electronic tinkering as well
as some rather delicate dulcimer and glockenspiel sounds, with sounds
ranging from the totally downbeat ambient pop to some more slightly dubby
effects this is a real gem of a late night headphone album, july
2007-Cd-Morr music-€17.50
Toymonger-The nightvision-Toymonger is a project featuring deserted village
mainman gavin prior and dublin based guitarist andrew fogarty, this ultra
limited vinyl only release comes in a wonderful hand painted stencil foldout
sleeve, the album features four lengthy pieces of improvised harsh and very
dark ambient soundscapes, slow building drones give way to high pitched
slices of guitar driven white noise as deep bass keyboard sounds battle
around in the background, fans of the likes of yellow swans or maybe
thurston moores solo work will absolutely adore this, superb packaging too,
july 2007-Lp-Deserted village-€17.99
Young marble giants-Colossal youth-This truly seminal album was originally
released way back in 1980 and still stands up as one of my all time
favourites from the burgeoning new post punk diy scene of that era, the
album has a pure simplicity about it with minimal guitar strumming, the
simpliest of bass plucking, some odd keyboard noodling and the sparse but
very beautiful voice of alison statton, with pretty much all their songs
ranging between one and three minutes this three piece really knew how to
keep things simple, punk rock had just shown bands that they didnt need
expensive studios to make records and thankfully this cardiff based outfit
were quick to discover that if songs were good enough it didnt really matter
how well you could play, this is rustic indie music before the phrase was
even invented and long before lo fi was a trendy work in music, the album
now comes with 2 bonus cds including all their eps and radio sessions,
features a total of 31 bonus tracks, comes in a lovely box with detailed
liner notes and rare photos, july 2007-3cd-Domino records-€19.99
Young marble giants-Colossal youth-This truly seminal album was originally
released way back in 1980 and still stands up as one of my all time
favourites from the burgeoning new post punk diy scene of that era, the
album has a pure simplicity about it with minimal guitar strumming, the
simpliest of bass plucking, some odd keyboard noodling and the sparse but
very beautiful voice of alison statton, with pretty much all their songs
ranging between one and three minutes this three piece really knew how to
keep things simple, punk rock had just shown bands that they didnt need
expensive studios to make records and thankfully this cardiff based outfit
were quick to discover that if songs were good enough it didnt really matter
how well you could play, this is rustic indie music before the phrase was
even invented and long before lo fi was a trendy work in music, pressed on
heavyweight vinyl and comes with new liner notes from simon reynolds, july
2007-Lp-Domino records-€18.99
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Aethenor-Deep in ocean sunk the lamp of light-A collaboration between daniel
o sullivan from guapo, stephen o malley from sunn o and vincent de roguin,
its not really what you might expect considering the people involved in this
project, the album opens up with a slowly strummed detuned guitar whilst all
manner of reverb heavy found sounds and clattering noises take over, there
are vocal samples like some weird underground horror movie and lots of
dramatic high pitched sounds like some devilish string section, its like a
more atmospheric sounding sunn o or even similar to the the last earth album
hex, highly meditative and haunting stuff, comes in a lovely heavy card
screen printed gatefold sleeve, march 2007-Cd-Vhf records-€15.99
Alex delivery-Star destroyer-The debut full length album from this new york
based outfit with a deep obsession with all thing krautrock and space rock,
the album opens up the the ten minute epic track komad setting the tone with
a pulsating krautrock like beat before heading off into several psyche rock
like tangents taking in some weird electronic sounds akin to the likes of
black dice or animal collective, things calm down a wee bit on the second
track rainbow as the band move into a sound more akin to the likes of
sparklehorse before moving on again after that into some space rock take on
glitchy electronica, this is highly inventive stuff and one of more original
albums i have heard in quite a while, try to imagine the meeting of either
can or faust and the likes of animal collective or panda bear, may
2007-Lp-Jag jaguwar-€16.99
Aliens-Astronomy for dogs-The aliens are a three piece outfit formed from
the remains of the truly excellent beta band, the band features former
founding member of the beta band george anderson aka lone pigeon along with
robin jones and john maclean, the album features the infectiously catchy
single the happy song along with ten more superb pieces of psychedelic pop,
at times they sound like some sixties garage pop version of the super furry
animals with plenty of that early beta band feel to it, march 2007-Cd-Pet
rock-€17.99
Awesome color-Awesome color-This is the debut release from awesome color
released on thurston moores ecstatic peace label on cd in late 2006, the
album kicks off in totally rocking style sounding like a heavenly blend of
early rolling stones and the drug fuelled rock of spacemen 3, there is heaps
of early sabbath stoner rock influences along with the snarly punk rock of
the stooges, then finally throw in some motorik krautrock and some very fine
southern rock and you have one hell of a genius rock album, its really got
all the great ingredients of every classic eras of rock, if you were to make
just one cd of all your favourite rock songs it would most likely end up
souning like this, its both totally fresh and retro at the same time, the
album is also produced by sonic youths thurston moore, limited edition vinyl
version on the american dad label, limited edition red vinyl pressing and
comes in a gatefold sleeve, february 2007-Lp-American dust-€18.99
B music-Cross continental record raid road trip-B music is a regular club
night held in manchester by the finders keepers crew aka andy votal and dom
thomas, this new 18 track collection features a wonderful collection of
outsider psychedelic funk and funk rock, the first 8 tracks are selected by
resident djs at the club andy votel and dom thomas and then the remaining 10
are handpicked by guests from the club including boney votel, gruff rhys,
doug shipton, chris mcbride and many more, the album is a real trip back in
time to seedy psychedelic basement clubs of the sixties, june
2007-Cd-Finders keepers-€18.99
Battles-Mirrored-One of post rocks finest outfits finally delivery the
proper full length debut having already released a couple of mini album, the
band features john steiner from helmet along with ian williams from don
caballero, whilst their previous releases have proved them to be perfect
pioneers of blasting math rock they have now added some very very clever
electronic and space rock touches to their sound, their sound now uses the
motorik guitars and drums along with the new sounds of pulsating electronic
bass sounds and plenty of analogue keyboard sounds, the end result is
something both funky and heavy at the same time as only bands like trans am
can do as well, this is journey through something very very new and also
very brilliant too, comes in gatefold digipack sleeve with large foldout
poster, may 2007-Cd-Warp records-€18.99
Bell x1-Tour de flock-Deluxe double package comes in flocked velvet
wallpaper style foldout digipack sleeve, the package features a 13 track
live cd and a 16 track live dvd recorded in the point depot in dublin in
december 2006, the dvd is region free and is in pal format, please consult
your players manual to make sure it will play in pal format, june
2007-2cd-Belly up records-€25.99
Biosphere-Dropsonde-Excellent new album from biosphere on the touch label,
biosphere is norwegian based electronic producer geir jenssen, jenssen has
taken on a bit of loose jazz and krautrock in addition to his trademark
ambient techno sounds to create a beautifully hypnotic, looping and
repetitive sound, march 2006-Cd-Touch-€17.99
Bird and the bee-The bird and the bee-Multi instrumentalist greg kurstin and
inara george are the bee and bird in question, inara george is the daughter
of little feat songwriter lowell george, kurstin also produces this debut
album of breezy psychedelic chamber pop with an icy lyrical edge, shades of
bacharach and the beach boys but with a very modern indie ironic sensibility
akin to the likes of broadcast or even stereolab, may 2007-Cd-Metro
blue-€16.99
Black, frank-93 03-A double cd collection of tracks taken from his nine solo
albums to date, the album also features the first new track threshold
apprehension from his forthcoming album, as the title suggests the album
features tracks recorded between 1993 and 2003, the album also comes with a
bonus live cd featuring tracks from blacks north american tour in 2006 and
features a full live band, june 2007-2cd-Cooking vinyl-€19.99
Blakey, art-Jazz messengers-Reissue of this classic six track album from
1956 on the columbia label, the album features donald byrd on trumpet, hank
mobley on sax, art blakey on drums, doug watkins on bass and horace silver
on piano, this was to be one of only four albums that horace silver cut with
the jazz messengers before moving on to his solo work, features infra rae,
nicas dream, it you or no one, ecaroh, carols interlude, the end of a love
affair, american reissue which comes in the original
sleeve-Lp-Columbia-€12.99
Blonde redhead-23-Brand new album on the 4ad label from blonde redhead, the
album opens up with the title track sounding like some dreamy modern take on
my bloody valentines loveless and pretty soon you begin to realize that
blonde redhead have finally made a luscious pop record, they have been
hinting at this for several albums now but finally they have gone all the
way, the album is seeped in classic shoegazing sounds with lots of layers of
echoing guitars perfectly complementing kazu makinos dream like vocals,
there is still heaps of clever intricate rhythms and guitar work going on
but deep down this is a pure indie pop records and damn fine it is too,
april 2007-Cd-4ad-€18.99
Blonde redhead-23-Brand new album on the 4ad label from blonde redhead, the
album opens up with the title track sounding like some dreamy modern take on
my bloody valentines loveless and pretty soon you begin to realize that
blonde redhead have finally made a luscious pop record, they have been
hinting at this for several albums now but finally they have gone all the
way, the album is seeped in classic shoegazing sounds with lots of layers of
echoing guitars perfectly complementing kazu makinos dream like vocals,
there is still heaps of clever intricate rhythms and guitar work going on
but deep down this is a pure indie pop records and damn fine it is too,
april 2007-Lp-4ad-€19.99
Books, the-The lemon of pink-First time for us getting this is in on vinly,
originally released in 2003 on tomlab and was very hard to find for many
years, finally available again from tomlab, an album that manages to be
quite weird and very very beautiful at the same time, a mix of experimental
folky sounds with acoustic guitars, banjo and plucked violin along with
stream of conscience vocals and spoken word passages, then throw in some
weird glitchy electronic moments and repetitive post rock sounds, a truly
rewarding listen, its almost different with every listen,
2003-Lp-Tomlab-€16.99
Box of dub-Soul jazz presents-The soul jazz label have made a name for
themselves over the years for the high quality reggae reissues so it was
really only a matter of time before they started delving into the new sounds
of dubstep and this is a fine introduction to the modern reggae hybrid
sounds of dubstep, features tracks from digital mystikz, kode 9, skream,
burial, sub version with paul st hilaire, scuba, tayo meets acid rockers
uptown and king midas sound aka kevin martin, may 2007-Cd-Soul jazz-€18.99
Buffalo tom-Three easy pieces-Fifty minutes of pure bliss for long time fans
of buffalo tom as they return with an album to match the great big red
letter day, these guys have put some of the finest grunge pop sounds to disc
in the past and this here is a real return to form, the guitars are turned
up again after a couple of acoustic solo albums from mainman bill janovitz,
his raspish voice is in top form on this new collection and yet again gives
their sound a perfect raw edge, july 2007-Cd-New west-€18.99
Burial-Burial-The debut album from burial on the hyperdub label, finally we
have managed to get our hands on this absolute gem of an album, this is
probably one of the finest dubby ambient albums of the year so far, based in
some truly heavy electronic dub sounds the album is quite reminiscent at
times to some early orb sounds blended with the more ambient dubby sounds of
massive attack, the album is being hailed as a dubstep record but there is
so much more going on with this to throw it into one particulal genre,
basically if you like your mood music with a bit of deep bass, a hint of dub
and lots of ambient soundscapes then look no further than this, limited
double vinyl pressing, may 2007-2lp-Hyperdub-€19.99
Burial-Burial-The debut album from burial on the hyperdub label, finally we
have managed to get our hands on this absolute gem of an album, this is
probably one of the finest dubby ambient albums of the year so far, based in
some truly heavy electronic dub sounds the album is quite reminiscent at
times to some early orb sounds blended with the more ambient dubby sounds of
massive attack, the album is being hailed as a dubstep record but there is
so much more going on with this to throw it into one particulal genre,
basically if you like your mood music with a bit of deep bass, a hint of dub
and lots of ambient soundscapes then look no further than this, august
2006-Cd-Hyperdub-€18.99
Burial-South london boroughs-Originally released a couple of months ago and
we have finally managed to acquire a few copies, features four more examples
of this mans true skill at reinventing the sound of electronic dub, the
beats are strange and not the usual dub beats but once you get past that you
will simply love this stuff if you are into your ambient dub sounds, the ep
features south london burroughs, southern comfort, broken home and nite
train, 2006-12"-Hyper dub-€10.99
Cash, johnny-American 5-A hundred highways, this album features some of
johnny cashs very last recordings with producer rick rubin and were to be
the last chapter in the american recordings series, features some covers of
tracks by larry gatlin, bruce springsteen gordon lightfoot, hank williams,
don gibson, hugh moffatt, ian tyson, rod mckuen and lou herscher along with
two originals which are said to be two of the last songs cash ever wrote,
the voice was really beginning to warble on these recordings but their pure
emotion make them a totally essential album and i am so glad they have
finally decided to release them, thankfully the backing band were kept to a
minimum as it really is the voice we all want to hear on this album, july
2006-Lp-Lost highway-€21.99
Chemical brothers-Do it again-The first single to be taken from the new
album we are the night from the chemical brothers, features do it again and
also no need on the flip side, the boys return with some summery heavy
techno sounds with guest vocalist ali love, the track is less bigbeat and
much more old school detroit techno, limited edition white vinyl pressing,
july 2007-7"-Virgin-€2.99
Clark, sonny-Cool struttin-A reissue of the classic 1958 blue note album,
the lineup boasted some considerable talent with jackie mclean, art farmer,
paul chambers and philly joe jones, the highlight for most is the opening
and title track which now stands as a preeminent jazz classic, but there is
not a bad note on this albums four tracks, other titles include blue minor,
sippin at bells and deep night-Lp-Blue note-€12.99
Cotton, elizabeth-Shake sugaree-Originally released in 1965 and now reissued
and expanded to feature 10 extra tracks, mostly a collection of cottens
instrumental work and what a guitarist she is too, amazing country and folk
picking, one of the finest guitar pickers of all time in my humble opinion,
just one listen is all it takes to become addicted to this womans music, a
real joy, 2004-Cd-Smithsonian folkways-€19.99
Deerhunter-Cryptograms-This is one of the most varied album you are ever
likely to hear from the kranky label, its a big distance from the usual
electronic and drone based sounds that kranky are famous for, there are
still moments of layered guitar based droning sounds within this album but
its much more of a full live band affair with lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock thrown in, there is also lots of bass driven angular math rock
sounding a bit like a more psychedelic girls against boys meets the gang of
four, january 2007-Cd-Kranky-€17.99
Digitalism-Pogo-The german duo of jens moelle and ismail tuefekci drop a new
single from their forthcoming album on the source label, pure infectiously
catchy electronic indie pop calling to mind an eighties synth pop take on
the sounds of the likes of the rapture or lcd soundsytem, the ep also
features mentalism version, shinichi osawa remix and on the road to paris
version, june 2007-12"-Source-€4.99
Dinosaur jr-Beyond-I have to say it sounds like dinosaur jr have never left
us with their first album together in many many years now, the band features
the original three piece line up of j mascis, lou barlow and murph on drums,
this is pure back to basics grunge rock with their trademark squalling
guitar sounds, the album really does hark back to their earlier days of
albums like bug and the self titled debut, eleven examples of why these guys
are still one of the most influential underground rock bands of all time,
may 2007-Cd-Pias-€16.99
Do make say think-Do make say think-Features members of godspeed you black
emperor, 8 track album from 1998 on the wonderful constellation label, this
is the debut album for this outfit taking their influences from early
krautrock, a bit of kraftwerks repetitive beats and psychedelic space
rock-Cd-Constellation-€18.99
Explosions in the sky-All of a sudden i miss everyone-Finally explosions in
the sky follow up the fantasic album the earth is not a cold place with a
new album on the bella union label, this new album takes off right where the
last album left us with the trademark dramatic and explosive brand of
instrumental post rock, fans of the likes of mogwai and japans mono are
going to fall in love with this immediately, slow building swirling guitar
sounds slowing give way to explosive blasts of distorted noise with massive
drum sounds bursting from the speakers, the guitars all have a lovely twangy
almost americana feel to them at times and the drums sound more like a line
of marching bands at times, every now and then an album in the instrumental
post rock genre grabs you by the scruff of the neck and makes you realise
why this music can be so good and this is definitely one of them, february
2007-Cd-Bella union-€17.50
Feist-Reminder-The second album from the calgary born songwriter leslie
feist and the long overdue follow up to the stunning debut album let it die
from 2004, she also appeared on the broken social scene debut album along
with performing live with them, this is another fine collection of late
night pop sounds featuring lots of piano led quirky ballads along with some
lovely late night jazzy tinged laid back electronic pop sounds, limited
edition white vinyl pressing, april 2007-Cd-Polydor-€20.99
Fleischmann, b-Melancholie-B fleischmann returns this time on the morr music
offshoot label sound of a handshake with this lovely double cd featuring two
extended live performances, incredible stuff here on two tracks that both
clock in just over fifty minutes, the two pieces remind me of a modern day
henry flynt record, melancholie is the showpiece for me here, beginning with
layers of synths that provide the main focal point of the track, they build
slowly before playful electronics and a downtempo hip hop type drum beat
comes in at the end, the second track begins a bit more difficultly with its
glitchy beeps, that gives way to an engaging melody and then turns into a
cracking experimental shoegazing style wall of sound, highly recommended,
march 2007-2cd-Sound of a handshake-€19.99
Forster, robert and grant mclennan-Intermission-The best of their solo
recordings from 1990 to 1997, excellent collection of solo recording from
the two mainmen behind the sounds of the go betweens, both artist have
released four solo albums in the period and the track listing for each cd
was hand picked by the artists themselves, the album comes packaged in a
lovely card outer case, both cds feature 16 classic solo tracks, each cd is
individually packaged in a digi pack sleeve inside and you also get a lovely
book of lyrics, june 2007-2cd-Beggars banquet-€20.99
Guthrie, woody-Some folk-Excellent budget priced four cd introduction to the
world of one of the finest protest folk singers of all time, comes with a 48
page booklet with informative liner notes and some wonderful photos, the box
features a total of 99 classic guthrie recordings broken down into four
different themed cds, this man was such a huge influence on modern folk
music and even down to the way that folk music is delivered with his truly
authentic vocal style, october 2006-4cd-Proper-€23.99
Higgs, daniel-Atomic yggdrasil tarot-Ever wondered what traditional
appalachian folk music would have sounded like if they were all doing acid
instead of drinking hooch, well this ex singer with the legendary dischord
outfit lungfish is about to answer that question, higgs has taken john
faheys experimentations in early twentieth century folk music and just made
it more weird, the album features mainly solo works on both guitar or banjo,
the totally rustic and almost distorted recording quality add a real feeling
of authentic field recordings that the great alan lomax would be proud of,
at times you feel you could easily be listening to the hypnotic sitar work
of the great ravi shankar on his legendary monterray performance, what at
first sounds like a difficult listen turns into one of the most meditative
and hypnotic albums i have heard in quite some time, its scratchy and
distorted but after one or two listens you dont even notice that and after a
while you will be sucked into one of the most original pieces of modern folk
music i have heard in ages, probably not to everbodys tastes but if you like
your brain to be challenged from time to time then i recommend a listen,
june 2007-Lp-Thrill jockey-€16.99
Interpol-Our love to admire [special edition]-Album number three from
interpol and their first for their new label capitol records, first thing
you notice is that this album is a much more lush affair with big studio
production qualities about it, the songwriting hasnt changed too much since
the last album, the sounds of the darker side of eighties new wave are still
the predominant sounds on this new one with some obvious references to the
likes of echo and the bunnymen, the cure and joy division, features the
single the heinrich maneuver, this version comes in a very limited hardback
book sleeve with 24 page booklet and foldout poster, july
2007-Cd-Capitol-€29.99
Lcd soundsystem-Movement-Very limited 7 inch release from the dfa artists,
also features yr citys a sucker, november 2004-7"-Emi-€2.99
Lcd soundsystem-North american scum-The first single to be lifted from the
brand new album the sound of silver, its back to basics heavy bass driven
punk funk with lots more guitars in this track than previous offerings but
its still as catchy as hell, sounding like some guitar heavy talking heads
or dare i say it lcd soundsystem, also features kris menace remix and
onastic dub on the flip side, march 2007-12"-Dfa-€4.99
Lcd soundsystem-Sound of silver-Lcd soundsystem return with the first great
funk album of the year so far, the album slowly opens up with the ten minute
track get innocous and just gets better and better as it goes along, there
are moments of the early minimal punk funk sounds of the likes of talking
heads along with the pure dancefloor orientated bass driven funk sounds of
the tom tom club, there are a lot more lush keyboard sounds on the album
this time with some lovely heavy rhodes sounds along with the odd kicking
guitar heavy moment like the single north american scum, its been a long
time coming but its definitely worth the wait, march 2007-Cd-Dfa-€17.99
Lcd soundsystem-Tribulations-Limited 3 track ep featuring tribulations album
version, tigas out of the trace closet mix and lindstom mix, september
2005-12"-Dfa-€4.99
Lcd soundsystem-Tribulations-2 track ep on heavy vinyl, comes with free
foldout poster, features tribulations edit and tribulations shallow version
which was recorded for the bbc radio one zane lowe show, september
2005-7"-Dfa-€2.99
Leadbelly-The tradition masters-Features a selection of leadbellys more
famous tunes, contains goodnight irene, house of the rising sun, where did
you sleep last night, the gallis pole and many more, most recordings made by
alan lomax, features a total of 23 tracks, an exceptional introduction to
one of the most influential blues and folk singers of all time,
2002-Cd-Ryko-€15.99
Lightning dust-Lightning dust-Brand new project from black mountain members
amber webber and joshua wells, the album is a really beautifully haunting
collection of psyche folk and country tinged sounds with minor comparisons
to the likes of early cat power or even marissa nadler, the album is pretty
much acoustic based with the majority of the album featuring just acoustic
guitars and some lovely minimal piano sounds, webbers voice is what will
really win you over on this album with its hauntingly brittle sounds, fans
of modern alt folk sound will simply adore this record, june 2007-Lp-Jag
jaguwar-€16.50
Low-Drums and guns-The eight studio album from low and the second album with
producer dave fridmann, this first thing to hit you on first listen is that
low have discovered how to incorporate glitchy electronic trickery into
their trademark sounds, at first it sounds wee bit strange to longtime low
fans but after a few listens you begin to realise that the minimal drum
patterns of old have simply been replaced by chunky beats and scratchy
processed sound effects but the songwriting aint that much different to the
previous two albums, limited edition includes a coupon for a free mp3
download of the entire album, april 2007-Lp-Sub pop-€17.50
Lucky soul-The great unwanted-This could already be the summer album of 2007
after only three months of the year, its like some joyous blend of the
supremes, st etienne and the pipettes, the album is jammed with infectious
motown tinged indie pop sounds, classic female led vocal harmonies meet
driving soulful drum beats and heaps of dexys like punchy brass sounds,
features the excellent singles one kiss dont make a summer and lips are
unhappy along with eleven more pure sixties soulful gems, as far as pure pop
goes this is a good a debut album as you will hear, april 2007-Cd-Ruffa
lane-€16.99
Melt banana-Bambis dilemma-One of the most explosive bands on the planet
return with a new collection of 18 blistering tracks on the a zap label,
this japanese outfit have managed to blend everything from old school punk
rock to riot grrrl to techno to grind metal to digital hardcore and gabba,
the entire thing is held together with a real dose of fun and whilst its all
played at 100 miles an hour you can still hear some high quality
instrumentation, breakneck drum beats and some blistering guitar playing are
met with some really clever scuzzy electronic sound effects and a vocal
delivery that sounds like some angry ten year old kid, if you approach this
album with the right attitude this can be a lot of fun, 18 blistering tracks
spanning only 36 minutes, may 2007-Cd-A zap-€15.99
Mice parade-Mice parade-Adam pierce and his mice parade project returns with
a brand new nine track album on the fat cat label, the minimal electronic
moments of his earlier albums has pretty much been put away on this new
collection as pierce seems to completely concentrate on live instruments,
the album calls to mind the almost jazzy post rock noodlings of the likes of
tortoise, sea and cake, karate and the later gastr del sol albums, the album
features some lovely intricate guitar work from pierce coupled with the
perfect tortoise like percussive sounds and a voice to match the great david
grubbs, a perfectly mellow piece of post rock songwriting, june 2007-Cd-Fat
cat-€14.99
Miss kittin and the hacker-Hometown ep-Its been nearly six years since this
pair have released a record together and they return with a real electropop
gem on the good life label, analog synth sounds recall the synth pop sounds
of the eighties while miss kittin provides the most sultry of vocal
deliveries, imagine a really poppy version of kraftwerk with sexy almost
spoken word vocals, also features dimanche on the flip side, july
2007-12"-Good life-€7.50
Modest mouse-We were dead before the ship even sank-Modest mouse return with
their fifth album to date and now boast ex smiths guitarist johnny marr as a
full time member, i cant say his addition has changed the overall sound of
modest mouse in any way though, main songwriter and vocalist isaac brock is
in fine form again on this album and its packed with some left of centre but
still infectiously catchy indie pop sounds with some hints of classic
americana and the quirky pop sounds of acts like arcade fire or the flaming
lips, a really fine follow up to the good news from 2004, limited edition
double vinyl pressing on 180 gram vinyl, may 2007-2lp-Epic-€19.99
Mumblin deaf ro-The herring and the brine-Album number two from mumblin deaf
ro aka dublin based songwriter ronan hession, the album features some truly
lovely laid back lo fi indie folk sounds, the album is pretty much mostly
acoustic based with the majority of tracks just featuring hessions vocals
and some really excellent acoustic guitar picking, on the odd track with a
full band things sound a little more like a folky take on the sounds of the
likes of sebadoh but still retaining a distinctly irish folky sound, the
album features some very clever and intricate arrangements but still manages
to retain an overall simplicity, this is some really high quality modern
irish folk music that should appeal to lovers of acoustic folk sounds along
with fans of old school lo fi indie rock, june 2007-Cd-Villain records-€9.99
Nadja-Touched-The second release on alien 8 from this new ambient doom
outfit, nadja features leah buckareff and one of our favourite artists aidan
baker who released the truly excellent album the sea swells on a silent
place not too long ago, this is a totally different beast compared to his
solo work though, imagine a blend of the ambient doom sounds of the likes of
sunn o or jesu with the utterly heavy sounds of sleep and in particular
their dopesmoker album, huge washes of distorted guitars slowly created some
haunting metal edged wall of noise whilst the slowest pulsating drum beat
pounds away in the back of the mix, there is quite a lot of this doom rock
going around at the moment but this one stands out for its pure wall of
noise sonic assault which at times could be compared to a more doom rock
sounding my bloody valentine, probably one of the finest doom rock albums i
have heard in quite some time, may 2007-Cd-Alien 8-€13.99
No age-Weirdo rippers-The debut full length album from this two piece outfit
on the fat cat label, the band were formed from the ashes of wives, these
guys should probably have called themselves no wave instead of no age as
this album contains some of the finest punky edged no wave sounds, imagine
early sonic youth with lots of added punk rock influences all fed through a
big fuzzbox, choppy punk rock sounds give way to some really heavy hitting
no wave sounds with blistering drums and bass reminiscent of the mighty
lightning bolt at times, there are also plenty of sonic youth like
meandering noise rock moments with lots of detuned distorted guitars and
heavy bass moments, a really fine collection of clever and very explosive
art rock sounds, june 2007-Cd-Fat cat-€16.99
Original silence-The first original silence-On the avant garde noise rock
scene this band could be considered a supergroup, features mats gustafsson
on sax, massimo pupillo on bass, terrie ex on guitars, thurston moore on
guitar, jim o rourke on electronics and paal nilssen love on drums, the
album features two long tracks recorded live at their first ever show in
italy in 2005, the album swings from pure improv noise rock with lots of
avant jazz elements to pure pumelling bass heavy math rock sounds, try to
imagine an avant jazz version of shellac with added brass and electronic
trickery, april 2007-Cd-Smalltown superjazz-€19.99
Pagoda-Pagoda-Vocalist and guitarist in pagoda is probably best known for
his roles in gus van sants last days and bernardo bertoluccis the dreamers,
thurston moore from sonic youth heard pitt perform on the nirvana film last
days and immediately signed him to his ecstatic peace label, you can see why
moore liked the sounds as pitt seems to blend the grunge rock sounds of
nirvana with the messy no wave sounds of early sonic youth and the kooky
indie rock of the pixies, june 2007-Cd-Ecstatic peace-€16.99
Parsons, gram-Grievous angel and gp-2 absolutely classic albums on one cd,
features grevious angel from 1974 and gp from 1973, one of the most
influential and talented figures on the country rock and alt country scene,
some people still maintain this man invented country rock and is still a
huge influence on the no depression genre, compiled onto one cd by reprise
in 1990-Cd-Reprise-€9.99
Pelican-City of echoes-The chicago based metal edged post rock outfit return
with their third album for the hydra head label, the album blasts off with
thunderous bass and drums sounds met with meandering metal edged guitar riff
action calling to mind the mighty neurosis meets the likes of isis along
with the more meditative elements of the mogwai sound, the songs have become
slightly shorter with the longest on this album clocking in at only 7
minutes so the sound is much more precise and to the point, june
2007-Cd-Hydra head-€16.99
Pollard, robert-Silverfish trivia-The legendary robert pollard from guided
by voices is back with a brand new label and a brand new laid back style
too, the album was produced by one time guided by voices member todd tobias
in ohia, the album sees pollard stretch out his ideas a bit more with
slightly longer songs and a much more laid back sound, the psychedelic
tinged pop sounds are still in there hovering around but this is a much more
lush collection of songs complete with heavy keyboard sounds and lots of
strings, he hasnt lost the talent for writing perfect indie pop songs
though, may 2007-Lp-Prom is coming-€13.99
Reatard, jay-Blood visions-This is a fine collection of scuzzy punk rock
meets indie rock meets the gonzoid synth sounds of devo on in the red
records, the album has a totally fuzzed up sound with almost everything
sounding like it was fed through a distortion pedal, try to imagine the
early punk sounds of graham coxons recent solo outings blended with the
weird vibes of devo, this is garage something but i am not sure if its
garage rock or garage punk or just garage devo, its lots of fun though,
march 2007-Lp-In the red-€14.99
Schnauss, ulrich-Goodbye-The god of new shoegazing sounds returns at last
with the follow up to his truly amazing album a strangely isolated place
from 2004, whilst his previously album gave the shoegazing sound a bit of an
injection of lush electronica this new one seems to go back a bit as
schnauss adds his voice to the mix, imagine the guitar sounds of the cocteau
twins blended with the euphoric slow building noise of slowdive and the
slightly warped vision of my bloody valentine, there are still plenty of
lush electronic beats but this is really all about the building of layers of
guitars to create some kind of dreamlike noise, june
2007-Cd-Independiente-€16.99
Scott heron, gil-Pieces of a man-This is probably the album that made gil
scott heron most famous as opens with the track the revolution will not be
televised, originally released in 1973 on rca records, other highlights
include lady day and john coltrane, save the children, pieces of a man and
home is where the hatred is, reissue on the flying dutchman label-Lp-Flying
dutchman-€13.99
Sea and cake-Everybody-One of chigagos most respected quartets return with a
new ten track album on the thrill jockey label, the band features john
mcentire on drums, sam prekop on guitars, eric claridge on bass, archer
prewitt on guitars and ken champion on pedal steel, along with the likes of
phoenix these guys are one of the few bands to be capable of making light
seventies jazz rock still sound so cool, its all down to the exceptional
standard of musicians on the album and their detailed execution, everything
is so precise and in the right place at all times, this could quite easily
turn into one of those great summer albums as its perfectly upbeat and quite
catchy at times, imagine a blend of tortoise and phoenix put through a
seventies jazzy folk rock blender, may 2007-Cd-Thrill jockey-€13.99
Sea and cake-Everybody-One of chigagos most respected quartets return with a
new ten track album on the thrill jockey label, the band features john
mcentire on drums, sam prekop on guitars, eric claridge on bass, archer
prewitt on guitars and ken champion on pedal steel, along with the likes of
phoenix these guys are one of the few bands to be capable of making light
seventies jazz rock still sound so cool, its all down to the exceptional
standard of musicians on the album and their detailed execution, everything
is so precise and in the right place at all times, this could quite easily
turn into one of those great summer albums as its perfectly upbeat and quite
catchy at times, imagine a blend of tortoise and phoenix put through a
seventies jazzy folk rock blender, comes in a lovely heavy card gatefold
sleeve, may 2007-Lp-Thrill jockey-€13.99
Seasick steve-Cheap-This was seasick steve debut album and was originally
only available as an import on his own label theres a dead skunk records,
the album was originally relaesed in 2004 and features the two piece outfit
the level devils, if you like your rocking blues in a rough and ready style
like rl burnside or junior kimbrough then this is one that is well worth
checking out, fans of the sounds of the fat possum label will love the raw
stripped down sounds of this album, this is bar room blues just as it should
be, excellent stuff, may 2007-Cd-Bronzerat-€16.99
Sebadoh-The freed man-Domino records reissue this totally classic sebadoh
album from way back in 1988, the album was almost entirely recorded on old
school four track tape and still stands up as one of the finest lo fi indie
rock albums of all time in our opinion, the album has now been expanded to
include a total of 52 tracks and includes lots of early demos and ep tracks,
june 2007-Cd-Domino-€18.99
Seven up-Various artists-A collection of old seven inch rarities from the
crippled dick hot wax label, gathered together from the english underground
scene between 1978 and 1982 the album features some fine obscure punk, indie
pop, new wave and obscure but highly enjoyable sounds, features tracks from
mark beer, glaxo babies, contact, i jog and the tracksuits, gerry and the
holograms, brian brain, they must be russians, moondogs, thomas leer, cult
figures, monochrome set, henry badowski and weekend, you may have only heard
of one or two of the artists but dont let that get in your way as this is a
real gem of a collection, november 2006-Lp-Crippled dick hot wax-€15.99
Sigur ros-Hoppipolla-Limited 3 track ep, the main track is taken from the
most recent album takk, also features med blotnasir along with a new 10
minute version of hafsol which originally appeared on their debut album von,
you may know this track if you have seen them recently as they have finished
all their shows with it, limited vinyl pressing comes with a free poster,
november 2005-12"-Emi-€4.99
Sigur ros-Saeglopur-Limited edtion 12 inch pressing of saeglopur taken from
the album takk, a moving and haunting piece of music with clever use of
subtle electronic effects, layers of processed guitars and that distinctive
voice, also features three brand new tracks refur, o fridur and also kafari,
july 2006-12"-Emi-€4.99
Sigur ros-Saeglopur-Limited edition cd single and dvd double pack, features
saeglopur from the album takk along with three new tracks refur, o fridur
and kafari, the dvd feutures the videos for saeglopur, glosoli and
hoppipolla which is one of my particular favourites as it features lots of
old people fighting and generally acting the maggot, comes in a lovely
cardboard foldout digi pack, august 2006-2cd-Emi-€8.99
Sill, judee-Live in london-The bbc recordings 1972 to 1973, a collection of
rare live recordings from the bbc archives, features in concert at the paris
theatre in london from march 23rd 1972, in session with bob harris from
april 5th 1972 and finally live at golders green from february 15th 1973,
the album features a total of 18 rare live tracks along with an interview
with whispering bob harris during the recording of her session with him, the
album comes in a lovely card gatefold sleeve with a nice detailed booklet,
june 2007-Cd-Troubadour-€18.99
Slint-Spiderland-6 track second album from 1991, features david pajo from
papa m and brian macmahon from the for carnation, hailing from austin texas
this album is one of the most influential on the modern post rock sound,
lengthy instrumental passages broken up with mumbled spoken word passages
and explosive metal edged guitar breaks, no home should be without this
album-Cd-Touch and go-€16.99
Smith, elliott-New moon-Features a collection of 24 tracks recorded between
1994 and 1997, the tracks have all been remastered and mixed by elliott
smith archivist larry crane, the majority of tracks are from smiths earliest
period and are more comparable to his first three albums when he was
recording without a band and finds smith in a much more stripped down mood
with just his voice and acoustic guitar, the album features the very hard to
find version of the big star classic track thirteen, comes in a lovely
gatefold digipack sleeve with detailed booklet, may 2007-2cd-Domino-€20.99
Smith, elliott-New moon-Features a collection of 24 tracks recorded between
1994 and 1997, the tracks have all been remastered and mixed by elliott
smith archivist larry crane, the majority of tracks are from smiths earliest
period and are more comparable to his first three albums when he was
recording without a band and finds smith in a much more stripped down mood
with just his voice and acoustic guitar, the album features the very hard to
find version of the big star classic track thirteen, double vinyl pressing
on heavyweight vinyl, may 2007-2lp-Domino-€17.99
Sonic youth-Sonic youth-The long out of print debut album from sonic youth
gets a well deserved vinyl reissue on the geffen label, features the
original full debut album plus 7 bonus live tracks and an early bonus studio
track from 1981, the album was originally released in 1982 on the neutral
label and has now been fully remastered, features the burning spear, i
dreamed i dreamed, she is not alone, i dont want to push it plus the good
and the bad which was the original album, april 2006-Cd-Geffen-€10.99
Stevens, sufjan-The avalanche-A collection of songs that were originally
written and part recorded for the illinois album, at the time stevens
decided to cull the album down to just one cd and so kept these songs aside
to release at a later date, the 21 tracks featured here have all been
finished off and recorded in full as stevens never felt happy with just
leaving them unreleased, features 3 tracks that appeared on the vinyl
version only, the album is more a continuation of illinois rather than being
a collection of outtakes, a perfectly finished and fully formed album on its
own, the themes and sounds of illinois are simply carried on with on the
album, features much of the brilliant brass sounds that first appeared on
illinois along with some very beautiful folky based laid back sounds, yet
another excellent collection from stevens, july 2006-Cd-Rough trade-€18.99
Taken by trees-Open field-Taken by trees is the new solo project from the
former concretes vocalist victoria bergsman, this is a really lovely
collection of very laid back indie pop sounds with a somewhat more stripped
down sound to her work with the concretes, bergsman keeps things simple with
mostly just piano and lush strings to accompany her beautiful voice along
the way, there is even a cover of lost and found by camera obscura and you
can see why she picked one of their songs to cover as the album does have a
similar feel to a slighly more sparse take on their sound, if you dont
already love her voice then this album should more than convince you,
perfect late night folky sounds, the album also features some assistance
from bjorn yittling and john eriksson from peter bjorn and john, june
2007-Cd-Rough trade-€20.99
Trans am-Sex change-The math rock meets synth pop specialists are back on
the thrill jockey label with a brand new eleven track album, the album opens
up with classic trademark trans am sounds where lush eighties synth sounds
meets clever post rock songwriting, these guys have all the good parts of
hawkwind, jean michelle jarre, kraftwerk, can, neu and heavy instrumental
post rock, they always seem to approach their music with a certain element
of tongue in cheek too and therefore adding a slighly humourous edge to the
chin stroking post rock genre, these guys can also rock in the best way
possible when they let loose too, check out track ten shining path if you
dont believe me, february 2007-Cd-Thrill jockey-€16.99
Trembling blue stars-The last holy writer-Bobby wratten and company have
been quietly making some of the finest underground indie pop sounds around
for many years, this is their sixth ablum to date and references some mid
eighties indie pop along with some clever electronic beat driven synth pop
sounds and some of the darker guitars sounds of the likes of the cure or
even the cocteau twins, some of the more uptempo tracks kind of remind me of
early go betweens, its all very very laid back and very very beautiful too,
may 2007-Cd-Elefant-€17.99
Van zandt, townes-Poncho and lefty-Double cd collecton featuring a massive
36 tracks covering a period from the late sixties to the late seventies from
one of the truly great singing poets of our time, july 2004-2cd-Atom-€9.99
Von sudenfed-Tromatic reflexxions-This is brand new project featuring mouse
on mars members andi tom and jan st werner along with the truly legendary
fall frontman mark e smith, no prizes for guessing what this one might sound
like, dare i say try to imagine the pulsating and crunchy electronic sounds
of german based mouse on mars with mark e smith on vocals, the album
features heaps of motorik kraftwerk like heavy electro sounds peppered with
smiths snarling vocal delivery, there is plenty of material on this album
that could quite easily have found its way onto several of the falls albums
from the late eighties or early nineties, if you have ever wondered what
kraftwerk would sound like remixing the fall then mouse on mars have
answered all your questions, this is a real match made in underground music
heaven, may 2007-Cd-Domino-€18.99
Von sudenfed-Tromatic reflexxions-This is brand new project featuring mouse
on mars members andi tom and jan st werner along with the truly legendary
fall frontman mark e smith, no prizes for guessing what this one might sound
like, dare i say try to imagine the pulsating and crunchy electronic sounds
of german based mouse on mars with mark e smith on vocals, the album
features heaps of motorik kraftwerk like heavy electro sounds peppered with
smiths snarling vocal delivery, there is plenty of material on this album
that could quite easily have found its way onto several of the falls albums
from the late eighties or early nineties, if you have ever wondered what
kraftwerk would sound like remixing the fall then mouse on mars have
answered all your questions, this is a real match made in underground music
heaven, may 2007-Lp-Domino-€17.99
Whipping boy-Submarine-The debut album from irelands whipping boy, finally
available again on cd, this album has been out of print for far too many
years, recorded way back in 1991, features 10 cuts of pure raw sounding
whipping boy, features safari, beatle, sushi, favourite sister, astronaut
blues, bettyclean, buffalo, snow, valentine 69 and submarine, may
2006-Cd-Whipping boy recordings-€17.50
Williams, hank-Long gone lonesome blues-A nice price introduction to the
world of one of the finest country singers of all time, features love sick
blues, lost highway, mind your own business, im so lonesome i could cry, a
house without love, help me understand, my buckets got a hole in it, therell
be no teardrops tonight, long gone lonesome blues and so many more gems for
only €7.99-Cd-Imc music-€8.99
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Sigur Ros 3 albums repressing

There is currently available a gorgeous 7LP set of Sigur Ros' last three albums, A B, () and Takk. It is called In a a frozen sea : A year with Sigur Ros and is limited to 5000 copies. (Somehow that doesn't seem that limited. But all the first two of these albums were at some point claiming quite silly prices on Ebay)

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As the website says..

"The vinyl LP collector's set of In a Frozen sea is the ultimate collectible for any Sigur Ros fan. Encased in a hard cover album, this deluxe version contains a re-pressing of three classic Sigur Ros albums: Agaetis Bryjun, () and Takk. Also included in this set is Smaskifa, which has never before been released in a 12" vinyl format. These LPs(7 pieces of vinyl total) come encased in a hard cover book and slip into seven customized vinyl sleeves. As a bonus, 50 limited edition copies will be personally autographed by Sigur Ros and shipped at random. This collectors' set is limited to 5000 units and includes the classic publication. Each of these units is individually numbered and foil-stamped, signifying its authenticity.

Available for $150 US plus shipping and handling."

in a frozen sea – tour book (april 2007)

artist in residence (a+r), is a quarterly publication that is destined to become the finest purveyor of artist appreciation, the epitome of ultimate fandom. created by music industry veteran jeff anderson, a+r's publication regards the artist it covers with a large degree of intimacy, previously unseen in other media formats. a+r's first book, in a frozen sea: a year with sigur ros, follows internationally renowned band, sigur ros, through their native iceland on the last leg of the 2006 takk world tour. featuring original, striking imagery from the viewpoints of both the fan in the crowd and the fan backstage, the publication presents a unique insight into the artist by way of exclusive interviews and observations.

being the music lovers that they are, the creators of a+r understand the excitement and value surrounding a collector's item – and for sigur ros fans, in a frozen sea: a year with sigur ros is absolutely it. the 32-page publication comes encased in a 12" vinyl jacket, and features photography of both the band and the vast icelandic landscape, setting a beautiful context for the band's music. during sigur ros' gratis tour of iceland, the band found themselves playing everywhere from the nation's capitol of reykjavik to small towns in the icelandic countryside, setting up stages wherever they went (with full brass and string ensemble, of course). the publication's images give sigur ros' songs a visual backdrop like no other – from behind the stage and beyond the crowd, you see vast mountains, glacier tips, coniferous trees reaching skyward, all blending in with the bend of an azure sky. a+r captures all the details, from information about iceland's most famous musical church (and the stunning photo of sigur ros playing in front of it) to the faces of fans enraptured with the band's live show, to a shot capturing singer/guitarist jonsi in a shoe-less moment on stage, curling his socked toes under as he performs. artist appreciation, indeed.

in a frozen sea: a year with sigur ros is available to order on june 1, 2007 at a+r's website – http://www.ainr.com – and will also be stocked in select stores. for the true fan, there will be 5,000 limited edition vinyl album collections. this special edition run contains in a frozen sea, as well as three of sigur ros' 12" lp's including agaetis byrjun, ( ), takk and smaskifa, which has yet to be released in a 12" format (seven pieces of vinyl total). these albums have been re-released and repackaged solely for this artist in residence exclusive.

in addition to the publication, a+r offers an interactive web playground for the ultimate fan through www.ainr.com. the website is the ultimate fan experience, featuring unique loft-style rooms where you can listen to sigur ros' music, screen sigur ros' videos and community flash message boards where fans can interact. in addition, a+r contains a special studio and lounge section for independent and unsigned acts to submit their music, which will ultimately be judged by a+r's panel of judges. for the first book, the judges will include famed producers alan moulder and flood, as well as sigur ros themselves. a small handful of these undiscovered acts selected by a+r's judges will ultimately be presented in a unique showcase in a+r's lounge.

The classic publication is a coffee table style book it seems.

Order here

Craig Kallman (Atlantic Records) interview

http://www.stereophile.com/interviews/607kal/

Craig Kallman of Atlantic Records: Listen Closely

Robert Baird, June, 2007

Label heads—those at the very highest positions of power at music companies. To anyone who's spent time near the record business, they're a mythical breed. Like gnomes. Or dragons. Often, it's their vision that spells success or failure for the label they run. And what they say goes. Over the years, many a legendary creature has assumed the title: Goddard Lieberson, Clive Davis, Mo Ostin, to name just a few of those who have survived and prospered. The list of those who did not is at least twice as long.

Several years ago, the head of publicity at Atlantic Records engineered (with my help) a meeting between Stereophile's editor, John Atkinson, and Atlantic's Chairman and CEO, Craig Kallman. JA confirmed all the personal details, charming if hard to fathom, that I'd already heard about Kallman. He was an audiophile, a record collector, and someone who, without fail, spent time every week being an addicted record shopper, slogging through the bins of the proud remnant of what used to be the world's greatest collection of indie record stores, south of 14th Street in Manhattan. Most record execs aren't exactly out beating the streets, hunting vinyl, and keeping their ears on the tracks. When I asked him about his habit, Kallman never cracked a smile.

"For 25 years," he said as we sat in the one of the label's artists lounges located in a building near NYC's Rockefeller Center, "religiously, every Saturday that I'm physically in New York City, that's where I'll be from 12 to 6."

Okay, so the big-label Macha likes records.

Then there was talk that Kallman, 41, was an audiophile. A roomful of rolling eyes would almost equal my skepticism. With some obvious exceptions, the major labels virtually invented thin, lifeless, overcompressed sound. So now one label, whose catalog is among the proudest in the business, but who's also made a slew of loud (read: compressed) hip-hop and urban records, has a president who cares about sound?

More at the following link…
http://www.stereophile.com/interviews/607kal/

White Stripes – Icky Thump

Well the record came in yesterday.
The first thing I can say is WOW!

If using the 1 inch tape is going to be the wave of the future then great, if not then it should be.

This album has the most dynamic range I have ever heard in my life on any vinyl pressing from an analog master tape.
Even the Direct to Discs records will be hard presses to match the dynamics the 1" tape 2 track master can reproduce.
Now, I said the D2D will be hard pressed, because I still do not think any pressing is more superior than D2D…IMO.

OK Back to the Record…
The artwork is beautiful and the cover is a sturdy gate fold.
It had a unique red seal (shown above) that clasps the gate fold cover together that will have to be cut to get to the vinyl inside.

So, I carefully cut directly in the center of the seal in order to fold and stick the same equal amount into the inside of the front and back of the gate fold cover.
I recommend not attempt to peal off this seal for the adhesive may pull off the artwork with it.

The 180g vinyl is pressed lovingly onto 4 sides and is perfectly flat and very quiet.
Inside is a lyrics insert and the sleeves are poly lined.

I wont go into too much detail on each song because all of them are new, will say the musical genre is an eclectic mix and is interesting to listen to.

If your a bass nut then this album will rock your woofers hard with little effort, the guitar and percussion are as real as it gets and Jacks voice is right up front and clear as a bell.
In one song Meg is tapping the drum sticks together and they sound exactly like that like that, wooden drum sticks being tapped together very real very…

I hope to hear more vinyl that is cut from a 1 inch 2 track master tape soon and expect that this is the wave of the future.

Its just really cool to see new technology like this being applied to todays vinyl.

I will say that on a 1-10 scale I'll give it a 7.
Mostly because the music itself does not reach out to me as it did with the Elephant Record Like Seven Nation Army, In the cold cold night heck I like the entire album.
I don't believe any of the songs will make the top 10 it may or the top 20 for that matter.
This cut is unusual and has variety a mix of all sorts there is even the use of Bagpipes which I love.
Nothing catchy I probably wont get a song stuck in my head or anything like that it is just interesting to listen to very interesting.

Actually reviewed by Brandon in forum.