New releases, updated March 31, 2014
Withered Hand "New Gods"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [Ltd Edition LP » $16.00] [more info]
Withered Hand New Gods LP/CD/Ltd Edition LP
The long-awaited second album from this respected Edinburgh artist. Produced by Tony Doogan (Mountain Goats, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, The Pastels) and featuring a stellar array of guests including members of Belle & Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, Black Tambourine and The Vaselines, New Gods is a brilliant and impassioned piece of songwriting and arranging. Calling it "folk" or "pop" really only tells part of the story -- Withered Hand's music is beautiful, melodic, honest and beyond easy categorization.
Tony Molina "Dissed And Dismissed"[LP » $11.00] [cassette » $6.00] [more info]
Tony Molina Dissed And Dismissed LP/cassette
Breathless, lightning-quick power-pop songs that feature some of the best tunes we've heard in ages. Taking his cues from Thin Lizzy, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Dinosaur Jr and Guided By Voices, Tony has an unerring grasp on what makes great pop work, and these twelve songs (including an ace GBV cover) could all be lost 70s radio hits, albeit ones filtered through a love of punk and hardcore. Brevity is the name of the game here - most songs run under one minute and yet don't skimp at all on melody or self-deprecating humor. Awesome.
Girls Names "The Next Life"[12" vinyl » $10.00] [more info]
Girls Names The Next Life 12" vinyl
Belfast four-piece Girls Names follow-up their critically acclaimed second album, The New Life with this new limited edition EP, entitled "The Next Life." On the A side is an awesome cover version of Brian Eno's "Third Uncle" recorded this past August, the first Girls Names tune to feature new drummer Gib Cassidy. On the B side are two sterling remixes, one from legendary producer/composer David Holmes and the other from Gabe Gurnsey of electronic/post punk iconoclasts Factory Floor.
Black Hearted Brother "Stars Are Our Home"[2xLP » $21.00] [CD » $10.00] [more info]
Black Hearted Brother Stars Are Our Home 2xLP/CD
Brilliant space-rock/shoegaze/post-everything album from this new group that features Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel) and Nick Holton (Holton's Opulent Oog). They've all worked together for years on various projects and now team up to give us wide-ranging double-LP that could only come from a band with this much talent and experience. A gorgeously-textured yet experimental album, it's rich tapestry of sound creates an almost synaesthesic experience, overflowing with enraptured, glowing textures, flaring white light like magnesium, in consort with brilliant red-blue waves of psychedelia.
Veronica Falls "Broken Toy"[7" » $5.50] [more info]
Veronica Falls Broken Toy 7"
With their second album "Waiting For Something to Happen," London quartet Veronica Falls progressed remarkably from the ramshackle charm of their critically lauded eponymous debut to create something sleeker, more polished but no less poignant and affecting, packing an emotional punch even as the choruses and hooks were more infectious and addictive. In keeping with our penchant for perfect pop, we're now releasing one of the album's highlights, "Broken Toy," as a limited edition 7" vinyl single. It's the kind of song that singles were invented for -- driving and catchy, an ideal distillation of what makes Veronica Falls such an exciting young band. It's timeless and, dare we say, classic. On the b-side we'e included an exclusive demo version of the moody "If You Still Want Me."
Joanna Gruesome "Weird Sister"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
Joanna Gruesome Weird Sister LP/CD
We're excited to announce the release of the debut album by thrilling Cardiff-based noisepop five-piece Joanna Gruesome. Brimming with irresistible pop melodies and spiked with dissonant fuzzy jangle, their songs are shot through with loud discordant feedback and super-fast, hardcore punk drumbeats. Kicking against sexism and homophobia, nothing is off-limits, drawing inspiration from DIY scenes such as Riot Grrrl/noisepop/C86/K Records as well as post-hardcore like Drive Like Jehu/Converge and the art rock of The Velvet Underground, Swirlies and My Bloody Valentine.
Weekend "Jinx"[2xLP » $18.00] [CD » $10.00] [cassette » $10.00] [more info]
Weekend Jinx 2xLP/CD/cassette
Weekend's insanely great second album more than delivers on the promise of their first album and EP, and renders the lengthy wait moot. Blazing, cathartic post-punk that thoroughly transcends its influences, creating something uniquely effecting and powerful. A mile away from their debut "Sports" but instantly recognizable as the same band, Jinx is loud, dark, melodic, brutal, beautiful, danceable and utterly unique.
Spectrals "Sob Story"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
Spectrals Sob Story LP/CD
Second album of sterling classic pop from the pen of Leeds' Louis Jones, with help as always from his brother Will. Produced by Girls' JR White, "Sob Story" displays Louis's wide-ranging influences - from Big Star and The Rolling Stones, through Nick Lowe, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Dave Edmunds. Recorded in White's SF studio, they've created a wide-ranging album that traverses many styles while remaining totally cohesive, and never losing Jones' own style and voice. "Sob Story" sees Spectrals back and better than ever, brimming with confidence and the best songs of the Jones brothers' careers so far.
The Mantles "Long Enough To Leave"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
The Mantles Long Enough To Leave LP/CD
The Mantles are back with their second great album! Recorded with Kelley Stoltz, this fine album delivers all the classic Mantles 60s-tinged garage-pop thrills of their previous record, but with an even clearer, punchier, dare we say better sound. Sharp ears may spot bits of early Love, New Zealand's Flying Nun label and LA's Paisley Underground, but The Mantles are very far from revivalists and have more song-writing and arranging skill at their disposal than many bands could hope to have.
Girls Names "The New Life"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $10.00] [more info]
Girls Names The New Life LP/CD
Amazing second album from this unique Belfast group. Following up the superb, driving "The New Life" single, this album is the sound of a band on the fringes striving to forge their own path, purposefully out of step - and time - with their surroundings. Dark, almost psychedelic post-punk that brings to mind early Cure and Bunnymen, but with Girls Names' signature melodies and fluid guitar work. Gorgeous, euphoric, bold and totally compelling.
Veronica Falls "Waiting For Something To Happen"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $10.00] [more info]
Veronica Falls Waiting For Something To Happen LP/CD
Simply superb second album from London's finest export. At once more immediate and deeper than their excellent debut album, Veronica Falls have created a pop album full of rich melodies, shimmering guitars and perfectly harmonized vocals, all wrapped around a baker's dozen of the best pop tunes you're likely to hear this year, or next. A complete triumph.
Wax Idols "Discipline And Desire"[LP » $14.00] [CD » $10.00] [cassette » $6.00] [more info]
Wax Idols Discipline And Desire LP/CD/cassette
Dark, dramatic post-punk from Oakland's awesome Wax Idols. Helmed by Hether Fortune, Wax Idols have improved on their already-great debut album in just about every way. The melodies are stronger, the vocals echoed and haunting, and the playing is at an unflagging level of intensity. While early 80s Siouxsie And The Banshees and 4AD are decent reference points, the song-writing is all Wax Idols and they bring a very modern sensibility, along with sterling production help from Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon). It's pop in the largest sense - strongly melodic, confident and impossible to ignore.