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The Last Match

The Aislers Set

Where The Aislers' debut Terrible Things Happen's synthesis of 60s mod-pop, 70s punk and 80s/90s indie flavors provided an end-of-the-century summation of where pop had been and where it was heading, 2000's The Last Match upped the ante even farther. More ambitious in conception, The Last Match expanded the band's sound into more orchestral areas. While the songs are still driving and catchy as a fish hook, the arrangements are far more sophisticated. It's a must-listen album, one that fueled fond memories, sparked love affairs, set off spontaneous dance parties, and reminded us all of the power of song-craft and melodies and POP. 2014 reissues available now!

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Terrible Things Happen

The Aislers Set

The Aislers Set began as a vehicle for the songs of Linton, who had most recently co-led San Francisco's legendary Henry's Dress and drummed in Go Sailor with her pal Rose Melberg; this is their debut album from 1998. Not content to merely (!) write some of the most sublime pop tunes this side of Ray Davies, Linton got busy in her garage studio and recorded and produced almost the whole record by herself. It's a remarkable feat, and a love for such producers as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson shines from each and every groove. It's a beautiful, multi-layered record and a genuinely great achievement of home recording. 2014 reissues available now!

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Central

Nord Express

Central LP/CD

Dark, personal pop constructions that pay homage to such critical influences as third lp-era VU, Galaxie 500 and The Go-Betweens. The Nord sound is unique, though, and fans of groups like Bedhead and Empress should definitely check this out.

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Just A Taste

various artists

18 song compilation drawn from the rare, early Summershine singles, including great songs by The Sugargliders, The Rainyard, The Earthmen and others. Brilliant 90's pop from this under-appreciated Australian label.

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Beezer

Beatnik Filmstars

Beezer CD

Huge compilation of rare cuts, single tracks and outtakes from this Bristol group that specializes in spiky, Wedding Present-meets-Fall style pop.

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Everyone Must Touch The Stove

Lorelei

Lorelei was a Virginia trio that took the sound of mid-80's alienation (think Cure, Crispy Ambulance) and added a shoegazer's love of wall of sound guitars and the rhythmic tangle of Moonshake or PiL. Deep, twisted stuff that stretches pop to its limit.

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Cabled Linear Traction

Hood

Unique and accomplished first album by this Leeds group who combined FSA fuzz/folk with post-rock and Antipodean pop. An essential document.

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Love It, Be It/State

Jane Pow

Smashing mod/pop in the Kinks/Jam tradition with truly great songwriting. Love It, Be It is one of THE lost, great albums of the 90's -- a Beach Boys/Bee Gees-influenced masterpiece with a caustic, cynical lyrical point-of-view.

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Punk Rock City USA

Sleepyhead

Debut album from this great NYC love-rock (remember that term?) band. Rocking pop with snappy songs and spirited power-trio playing. Fans of Superchunk, Built To Spill and Small Factory be sure to check this out!

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