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Catch Your Cold

Evans The Death

Evans The Death are back with this ace new single, truly on the the highlights on an album that's full of them. Insanely catchy and bursting with youthful energy, "Catch Your Cold" is the kind of tune that makes you realize that there is still plenty of joy to be found in good old guitar pop. Look out too for B-side "Crying Song" for which the band persuaded comedian Stewart Lee to sob uncontrollably over their rambunctious musical backing. All copies on white vinyl with a cool silver-embossed sleeve.

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Night Swim

Frankie Rose

Night Swim CD EP

To cap off Frankie's amazing 2012 we're offering this FREE ep that features "Night Swim" from her brilliant Interstellar album, plus two demos and remixes from Fort Romeau and The Go! Team. Free with purchase of the LP or CD, or for the cost of postage and handling if you have the album already.

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Enterprising Sidewalks

Lorelei

DC's Lorelei are back with their first album since 1994 and they haven't lost a step. Their distinctive blend of post-rock dynamics, sneakily melodic song-writing and ear-blasting guitar noise is 100% intact, and is paired with some very sophisticated song-writing. Rich with rhythmic twists and melodic intrigue, the ten songs on this new album stand tall as Lorelei's best material yet. Excellent.

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Girls Names/Weird Dreams split

various artists

Fantastic split featuring two non-album tunes from these exciting young bands. With "A Troubled See" Girls Names continue the evolution of their sound into something leaner and darker, charting a course between early Echo & The Bunnymen and David Bowie's Low. Weird Dreams' contribution "House of Secrets" is a perfect match - a slow-burning, sinister lullaby, buoyed by an insistent and spidery guitar line. Their next album should be VERY interesting indeed!

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Wild Peace

Echo Lake

Wild Peace LP/CD/LP bundle

Brilliant debut album by this London band that ably combines tripped-out psychedelic pop (think Deerhunter or Spiritualized) with dense layers of guitar noise and catchy song-writing. The overall vibe is pastoral, perfectly treading the boundary between atmospherically hypnotic and shimmeringly poppy. Add in flawlessly hazy production and subtly driving rhythm and you have one of the best dream-pop albums in recent memory. Gorgeous.

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A January Moon

The June Brides

We are absolutely thrilled to herald the return of these UK pop legends, helmed by the inimitable Mr Phil Wilson. The June Bride's 80s heyday produced some of the finest pop records of the era, and we're happy to say that with this new single they pick right up where they left off. "A January Moon" is as fine a pop record as we'll hear all year, bristling with melody and sharp pop smarts. Welcome back!

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Europe

Allo Darlin'

Europe 7"

The second single from Allo Darlin's superb second album is none other than the title track, Europe. It's lovely celebration of togetherness and band unity in the face of the tedium and hard graft of life on the road. The B-side is an alternative version of the song Some People Say, recording during the mostly abandoned original album recording sessions in Manchester. It's a slower version than the album version, and is quite beautiful.

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True

Violens

True CD

Amazing album that stakes out a totally unique place in the dream-pop landscape. Combining the sonic guitar-driven sound of bands like Pale Saints and Boo Radleys with stellar song-writing, peerless arranging and lovely 60s-tinged vocal harmonies, Violens have managed to create a truly new sound. Tunes like "Totally True", and "Der Microarc" are at once visceral and ethereal, typical of an album that delivers some of the most accomplished, powerful and challenging pop you'll hear this year.

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OneTwoThreeFour

Black Tambourine

Never say never! To commemorate and help finance their Spring 2012 reunion, Black Tambourine decided to do some recording, and this tribute to one of their favorite inspirations, Ramones, is the result. Four great tunes spread across two 7" vinyl records, this EP is a fine addition to the band's catalog. A lot of thought went into these interpretations, each one bearing the band's unique stamp. From the chaotic noise-pop blur of "I Want You Around" to the dreamy version of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", OneTwoThreeFour, these songs could have fit in perfectly on any of Black Tambourine's original records. Featuring guest backing vocals from Linda Smith, Rose Melberg, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Jenny Robbins from Honeymoon Diary.

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Backstreet Pages

English Singles

Excellent four song debut from this great Sacramento band. Containing members of bands like The Bananas, Ski Instructors, Bright Ideas and Nar, this is some top-notch DIY pop that will scratch that TVPs/McTells/Cause Co-Motion! itch just fine. With added flavor provided by angular 12-string guitar leads, English Singles have been described as a cross between Buzzcocks and Razorcuts and we concur. Top quality.

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Evans The Death

Evans The Death

The eagerly-awaited debut album from Evans The Death more than delivers on the promise of their brilliant "Threads" and "Telling Lies" singles. Tough, smart pop that touches on the best bits of Brit-Pop (Echobelly, Sleeper), Pulp, The Long Blondes and The Pixies. Great song-writing combined with noisy, passionate playing and Katherine's amazing vocals all add up to uniquely assured debut.

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Europe

Allo Darlin'

Europe LP/CD

The stellar follow-up to their excellent 2009 debut. Achingly personal, incredibly poignant and familiar all at once, Elizabeth Morris' songwriting has deepened and developed since their debut, serving only to enhance the band's ability to create sophisticated, intelligent pop music with an uplifting, joyous feel. Featuring the singles "Capricornia" and "Europe", this beautiful album is one of the finest, most complete pop records in recent memory.

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Totally True

Violens

Absolutely gorgeous pop from this Brooklyn three-piece whose music eludes classification, expertly blending percussive guitar work and silky harmonies in a way reminiscent of 90s sonic pop forebears like Pale Saints, Lush, McCarthy and The Chameleons. The lovely vocals on "Totally True" have an almost 60s feel; their debt to such soft-rock touchstones as The Association and Sagittarius is one of the many unique elements of Violens' sound. The non-album b-side "Something Falling" is a dreamy ballad marked by an effectively spare production, sweeping synths and the band's trademark harmonies.

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Winnifred

Roommates

Totally fantastic power-pop from Ben Cook Aka Young Guv (Fucked Up, Marvelous Darlings, The Bitters) and Marvelous Mark Fosco (Marvelous Darlings). Four smash shits that wouldn't sound out of place on any great mix tape from 1977, 1987 or even 2012. Radio hits in some weird parallel universe where The Raspberries are on Midnight Special every week and Bram Tchaikovsky is still in The Records.

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Telling Lies

Evans The Death

This great young band draw as much from the lyrical dexterity of Morrissey and Jarvis Cocker as they do from the scuzzed-up melodic exuberance of early My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies. This great single is taken from their forthcoming album is a perfect introduction to their distinctively brash brand of smart, energetic pop. Includes a lovely non-LP b-side in the original version of "Morning Voice."

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Capricornia

Allo Darlin'

The first single from the eagerly anticipated second album from Allo Darlin' entitled Europe, Capricornia is a lovely bit of jangle-pop that rides in with a country-inflected lilt and ends with an impressive bit of guitar squall. In between you get all the melodic beauty that we've come to expect from Allo Darlin', a master class in how to write a proper pop tune. "When You Were Mine" on the flip side is no mere b-side -- it's an excellent folky tune of love lost that's sure to pull the heartstrings.

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Interstellar

Frankie Rose

Interstellar LP/CD

The eagerly-awaited second album from Frankie Rose handily exceeds all expectations. Foregoing much of the fuzzy girl-group pop of previous releases, Interstellar is a gorgeous record marked by Frankie's very unique take on dream-pop, shoegaze and electronic pop. Stellar tunes combine with Le Chev's imaginative production to create something quite special.

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Killing Time

Terry Malts

Killing Time LP/CD/cassette

Smashing chainsaw pop from this great San Francisco group. Smart, funny punk-pop with all the hooks, energy and attitude you could ask for. If you're into The Undertones, Buzzcocks and/or The Exploding Hearts you should definitely check out Terry Malts. Fourteen big tunes, including "Something About You," "Nauseous" and a slamming cover of Negative Approach's "Can't Tell No One."

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