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In Love With Oblivion

Crystal Stilts

Amazing second album that deftly combines the spooked 60s Texas psych of 13th Floor Elevators and Red Crayola, the gothic blues/punk howl of Gun Club, the dark, experimental DIYism of early Flying Nun/Xpressway groups and a dash of classic 60s pop by way of early Mary Chain b-sides and LA's Paisley Underground. Includes the single "Shake The Shackles."

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Sarandon's Age of Reason

Sarandon

Brilliant post-punk pop that pays homage to the best of 80s UK DIY. Short, angular tunes that combine the brusque drive of Big Flame and Bogshed with the spiky melodicism of June Brides and Josef K. "Sarandon's Age Of Reason" tells the story of Big Trev, a man frustrated with his lot and determined to change his life, and is Sarandon's finest, most focussed record yet.

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Evening Tapestry

Brown Recluse

The long-awaited debut full-length from this brilliant Philadelphia band. Imagine the sunshine pop of Curt Boettcher's The Millennium/Sagittarius projects crossed such familiar touchstones as Brian Wilson, The Clientele and the Elephant 6 collective and you're on your way there. Amazing song-writing and savvy arrangements make this one of the top pop albums of the year.

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God Bless Jim Kennedy

Phil Wilson

Ex-June Bride Phil Wilson is back with a new band and his first new songs since the late 80s, and it's an absolute tour de force of smart, punk-infused power pop. Quality tunes that are simultaneously rocking and tender, tough-minded and honest but not immune to a dash of sentimentality. Features the single "I Own It."

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Sports

Weekend

Sports 2xLP/CD

Aggressive, noisy music that combines dark post-punk with the squall of the noisy end of shoegaze, scything No Wave racket, nearly psychedelic soundscapes and surprising bursts of melody. Features "Coma Summer" and "End Times."

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Frankie Rose And The Outs

Frankie Rose And The Outs

Smashing debut album from Ms Rose and her excellent new band. Spooked, melancholic pop with echoes of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, The Aislers Set, Shop Assistants and Opal. Features "Candy" and "Little Brown Haired Girls."

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Dansette Dansette

Tender Trap

Helmed by Talulah Gosh and Heavenly alums Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey, Tender Trap combine the harmonies, oohs, ahs and sha-la-las of classic girl-pop with the stripped down beats and dirty guitars of the Shop Assistants and The Vaselines. Revitalized by the addition of key new members, Dansette Dansette is a smashing and very welcome return for some of indie-pop's most influential players.

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Doomed Forever

Procedure Club

Noisy lo-fi pop with the emphasis on NOISE from this Connecticut duo, wherein carefully constructed tunes are given a fierce work-over by layers of guitar fuzz and synth scree. An amazing album packed with excellent songs that strike just the right balance between the songs and the noise, between structure and chaos.

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Angelic Swells

Neverever

Brilliant power-pop that takes in 50s rock 'n roll, 60s girl-group sounds, the 70s glam heyday of Slade and Suzi Quatro and 80s power-pop on its way to creating a bang-up-to-date idea of what pop should sound like in 2010. Timeless tunes, fuzzy riffs, pounding rhythms drive these tales of teenage love and lust. Includes "Young & Dumb," "Coconut Shampoo" and "Teardrop Tattoo."

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Flashbacks

The Lodger

Flashbacks LP/CD

Super third album from our Leeds pop heroes. A bold step forward from 2008s well-received Life Is Sweet, this excellent album is simply a must-hear for fans of smart, soulful guitar pop. Touching on crucial references like The Jam, Orange Juice and Aztec Camera, The Lodger have created something at once familiar and totally new.

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Black Tambourine

Black Tambourine

Crucial compilation from one of the first Slumberland bands. A feedback-enshrouded collision of noise and pop that owed a lot to The Jesus & Mary Chain, Shop Assistants, Galaxie 500 and 14 Iced Bears, but of course is marked as totally unique by their dark, haunting tunes and Pam's lovely vocals. This reissue includes new liner notes, new art, never before seen band photos, and SIX unreleased songs, including four new recordings made in the Summer of 2009.

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Received Pronunciation

Pants Yell!

Lovely, literate pop from this excellent Boston band. This superb album features some of their best song-writing to date and, dare we say, rocks. If you dig Felt, Belle & Sebastian or Go-Betweens be sure to check this out.

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Introducing

Brilliant Colors

Introducing LP/CD

Ace punk-informed pop from San Francisco's finest. Brilliant Colors have an unbeatable DIY punk-meets-DIY pop sound that they've honed over a series of highly sought-after singles. This eagerly-awaited debut album is packed with guitar buzz, stick-in-your-head melodies and infectious energy.

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Songs For Tuesdays

Summer Cats

Debut album of infectious fuzz-pop from this great Australian band. Perfect upbeat summertime listening with an added kick of guitar and organ fizz.

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Survival Strategies In A Modern World

Liechtenstein

Brilliant pop with post-punk influences, connecting the dots between The Mo-Dettes, Dolly Mixture and The Aislers Set. Nine songs of minimal melodic perfection.

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Bricolage

Bricolage

Bricolage LP/CD

At last, the debut album from this remarkable Glasgow pop group hits the racks. Touching all the bases from Orange Juice to Teenage Fanclub to Franz Ferdinand, this is the classic Sound of Young Scotland. Includes "Footsteps," "The Waltzers" and "Turn U Over."

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart

Long-awaited debut from NYC's brightest pop hopes. An amazing and infectious distillation of everything great about indie pop from it's inception straight up through 2009 when it was recorded. Rightly considered a modern classic and now one of the crucial albums of the last decade.

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Alight of Night

Crystal Stilts

Melodic garagey post-punk with 60s psych flavors and classic pop hooks. Alight of Night is a hypnotic, haunting slice of rock primitivism.

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