New releases, updated April 17, 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] [CD » $6.00] [more info]
Tony Molina Dissed And Dismissed LP/cassette/CD
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 » $9.00] [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"[CD » $9.00] [more info]
Joanna Gruesome Weird Sister 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 » $9.00] [cassette » $9.00] [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.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart "The Pains of Being Pure At Heart"[LP » $12.00] [CD » $9.00] [more info]
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart The Pains of Being Pure At Heart LP/CD
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.
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 » $9.00] [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.