New & featured releases, updated February 28th, 2024

Blue Ocean "Fertile State"

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Fertile State

Blue Ocean Fertile State LP/CD

Oakland CA's Blue Ocean blend elements of shoegaze, pop, noise rock and electronics, striking a precarious balance between noise and melody that recalls forebears like Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis and Flying Saucer Attack. "Fertile State" shows the band at their noisy best. Reverberating guitars swirl around what is at it's heart a lovely pop song, erupting into peels of feedback a la early Jesus & Mary Chain. It's a bracing, intoxicatingly fresh take on noisy pop from a band to watch.


Tony Jay "Perfect Worlds"

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Perfect Worlds

Tony Jay Perfect Worlds LP/cassette

"Perfect Worlds," the newest album by San Francisco's mysterious lo-fi pop legend Tony Jay, delivers an intimate record of thirteen dreamy, assured arrangements that further cements Tony Jay's status as a dejected crooner of the quotidian par excellence. Drawing inspiration from failed relationships, lack of sleep, a bicycle injury, and depression, Tony Jay (helmed by SF scene mainstay Michael Ramos) pairs catchy melodies and hushed vocals with ethereal instrumental tracks.


The Laughing Chimes "Laurel Heights"

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Laurel Heights

The Laughing Chimes Laurel Heights 7"

The Laughing Chimes have, over the course of one album and several singles, breathed new life into classic jangle and paisley pop. Gathering up 3 future-classic tunes from their 2021 debut album and two subsequent singles onto one 7", Laurel Heights is a brilliant distillation of the bands' considerable charm -- a superb vinyl introduction and a compact "greatest hits" package.


The Laughing Chimes "Zoo Avenue EP"

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Zoo Avenue EP

The Laughing Chimes Zoo Avenue EP cassette

The Laughing Chimes is a musical project formed by teenage brothers Evan and Quinn Seurkamp. The band draws inspiration from American and British jangle pop from the 80s and 90s, creating timeless songs that could just as easily have originated in Athens, GA or Dunedin, NZ as eastern Ohio. The "Zoo Avenue EP" is terrifically assured follow-up to their 2020 debut album, one that sharpens their sound and broadens their musical palette while retaining all of the considerable charm of their debut.


Jeanines "Each Day"

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Each Day

Jeanines Each Day 7"

Supremely well-executed pop that recalls a diverse swathe of indie history, from 60s folk-pop and girl-group tunes to 80s DIY pop to solid gold 90s touchstones like The Aislers Set, The Cat's Miaow and the post-Black Tambourine bands of Pam Berry. "Each Day" is moody jangler that delivers melodic and emotional heft that belies its brief 1:43 length. "What The Echoes Say" and "Tilt In Your Eye" are both strummy delights, showcasing Alicia Jeanine's lovely vocal harmonies to maximum effect.


Chime School "Coming To Your Town"

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Coming To Your Town

Chime School Coming To Your Town 7"

Following up their very well-received 2021 self-titled debut album, Chime School are back with more perfect pop, this time on the most pop of formats, the 7" single. "Coming To Your Town" was recorded while sick with COVID and rather fittingly is a feverish attempt to describe the reactionary political moment that seemed to infect the Bay Area during the pandemic. Leave it to Chime School to pen a classic 12-string jangle pop tune about the breakdown of civil society. It's not all cats and motorbikes chez Chime School! On the flip side we have the band's lovely Brighter/Field Mice-esque take of Buzzcocks' "Love You More." Originally released on the Oakland Weekender Buzzcocks covers cassette, it's available on vinyl here for the first time.


The Reds, Pinks and Purples "The Town That Cursed Your Name"

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The Town That Cursed Your Name

The Reds, Pinks and Purples The Town That Cursed Your Name LP w/bonus 7"/LP/CD

The Reds, Pinks & Purples' new collection "The Town That Cursed Your Name" gathers together twelve perfectly-constructed pop gems, some previously unheard and some released for just a few days and then withdrawn, but all adhering to the absurdly high standards of song-craft that the band's Glenn Donaldson adheres to. Echoes of everything from The Go-Betweens to Felt to Magnetic Fields reverberate through his songs, informed by an extreme dedication to detail and no small amount of outright fandom.


The Reds, Pinks and Purples "They Only Wanted Your Soul"

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They Only Wanted Your Soul

The Reds, Pinks and Purples They Only Wanted Your Soul LP

Limited edition reissue of a very scarce 4 song EP, now expanded to mini-LP length with the addition of six bonus songs. Recorded around the same time as the songs that went on to comprise the beloved "Uncommon Weather" album, "They Only Wanted Your Soul" contains some of the best examples of Glenn Donaldson's melancholy but wry take on indie pop. It has songs about record shopping, religion, worker's rights, dysfunctional holidays, and of course heartbreak, sung over a maze of shimmering fuzzy guitars and drum machine beats -- an essential chapter of the Reds, Pinks & Purples story.


The Reds, Pinks and Purples "Summer At Land's End"

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Summer At Land's End

The Reds, Pinks and Purples Summer At Land's End 2xLP/LP/CD

"Summer at Land's End" is the 4th LP from The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Glenn Donaldson's solo kitchen pop "band." Since 2019 The Reds, Pinks & Purples has built an obsessive, ever-growing following by combining a vinyl-oriented release schedule with regular drops of new songs on Bandcamp. 2021's "Uncommon Weather" was something of a breakthrough and now Donaldson is back with the brilliantly ambitious "Summer At Land's End." Like the blossoming flower-themed sleeve might imply, it's bursting with heart-ripped-open vocals, ringing guitars, and warm reverberations. As before, "Land's End" contains plenty of concise indie-pop songs, but it also expands into hazier acoustic sounds and some extended mood pieces. You might hear '80s and '90s influences in the echoing guitars, but more so you might hear melodies and words that resonate deep down in some mysterious, transcendent space.


The Pains of Being Pure At Heart "Belong"

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Belong

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart Belong LP

In 2011 The Pains teamed up with Flood (Depeche Mode, U2) and Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride) and delivered a second album that was as amazing as we had all hoped. It's a massive sounding album, sonically ambitious but still grounded in the peerless song-craft that The Pains are known for. Anchored by classic tunes like "Belong" and "Heart In Your Heartbreak", Belong is every inch a Pains record, but louder, bolder and and brighter.


Go Sailor "Go Sailor"

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Go Sailor

Go Sailor Go Sailor LP

Vinyl-only reissue of all the recordings made by this GREAT 90s super-group that featured Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, The Softies, Gaze, Brave Irene), Linton (Henry's Dress, The Aislers Set) and Paul Curran (Crimpshrine). Fourteen slices of classic, timeless indiepop.


Frankie Rose "Love As Projection"

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Love As Projection

Frankie Rose Love As Projection LP/CD

After spending nearly two decades establishing herself across New York and Los Angeles independent music circles, Frankie Rose returns with a fresh form, aesthetic, and purpose embodied in her new album "Love As Projection." Celebrated by countless critical and cultural outlets over the years for her expansive approach to songwriting, lush atmospherics, and transcendent vocal melodies and harmonies, "Love As Projection" is a reintroduction of her iconic style through the new lens of contemporary electronic pop. Featuring beautiful, ethereal songs like lead-off single "Anything," "Sixteen Ways" and "Come Back," this album is more than a rebirth, a refinement, a resurgence – it's a culmination of influence and the most personal and accessible collection of art-pop that Frankie has delivered yet.


 

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