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Band Of Holy Joy

Brutalism Begins at Home
Appealing new EP from London-based alternative rock the Band of Holy Joy which has been released on ten inch vinyl and digitally


What Are We Fighting For
Fantastic latest comeback album from reformed 1990s British indie pop trio, Dodgy

Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions

Now and Then...!
Defiant second collaboration between former Crass front man Steve Ignorant and Irish punk collective Paranoid Visions


Total Depravity
Exceptional latest and fifth album from acclaimed alterative rock outfit, the Veils

Teenage Fanclub

Fabulous comeback album and first album in six years from seminal Glaswegian indie pop act, Teenage Fanclub

Monochrome Set

Brilliant comeback album from durable London-based post-punks, the Monochrome Set

Roy Moller

There is a Thousand Untold Stories
Fantastic sixth album from Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter Roy Moller, the first copies of which come with an extra disc


Solid States
Instantly infectious and likeable power pop on eighth album from the Posies, which has been recorded as a tribute to long term drummer Darius Minwalla who died last year

Lloyd Cole

1D Electronics 2012-2014
Experimental and difficult instrumental-only electronic album from acclaimed 80's star, Lloyd Cole

Alias Kid

Revolt to Revolt
Promising and catchy debut album from Manchester-based indie guitar act Alias Kid, who are signed to former Creation Records boss Alan McGee's new label 359 Music


The Scene Club, Ham Yard, London 1963-66
Excellent compilation of both obscure and classic Northern Soul and R and B tracks, which first came to prominence at the influential Scene Club in London between 1963 and 1966

Wayne County and the Electric Chairs

Live at Rockpalast
First-rate high octane live CD/DVD package from New York punks Wayne County and the Electric Chairs which was recorded for a television music series which was filmed at the Rockpalast in Dortmund in Germany

Thomas Truax

Jetstream Sunset
Compelling eighth album from New York-based singer-songwriter and inventor Thomas Truax, which he has recorded using a set of handmade instruments

Monochrome Set

Spaces Everywhere
Infectious comeback album from influential new wave/indie pop act, the Monochrome Set


Semi Detached
Enjoyable but experimental fifth album from electropop act Blancmange, the first to feature Neil Arthur without his co-founder Stephen Luscombe who has had to retire because of long-term illness

Justin Townes Earle

Absent Fathers
Downbeat but impressive album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Justin Townes Earle

Hector Bizerk

The Bird That Never Flew
Exceptional new EP from much acclaimed Glaswegian hip hop act Hector Bizerk upon which they reflect darkly on their native city

James King and the Lonewolves

Lost Songs of the Confederacy
Fabulous long-awaited debut album from Glasgow-based 1980's post-punks James King and the Lonewolves, who after breaking up acrimoniously thirty years ago have extraordinarily got back together to finish off this record


Exile on Twee Street
Fantastic collection of early, largely unreleased demos from Scottish indie guitar pop band the Bluebells, which were originally due to be released on Postcard Records


Don't Let Your Son Grow Up to be a Cowboy (Unreleased Recordings 1981-1982)
Primitive but enjoyable collection of early demos from Glasgow indie pop act Jazzateers, which were originally to be released on the iconic Postcard Records

Duncan Reid and The Big Heads

Difficult Second Album
Fabulous power pop on second album from Duncan Reid, the former bassist with 70's punks the Boys, and his latest band, the Big Heads

Hamell on Trial

The Happiest Man in the World
Witty and abrasively satirical ninth album from New York-based singer-songwriter and stand-up comedian, Hamell on Trial

Hazey Janes

Language of Faint Theory
Middle-of-the-road and over-polished fourth album from Dundee-based indie psychedelic folk act, the Hazey Janes

Willie Campbell

Heartfelt homage to his native Isle of Lewis, mainly sung in Gaelic. from former front man with indie rockers Astrid and Scottish singer-songwriter, Willie Campbell

Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5

Party To Make Music to Party to Make Music to
Incredible debut album from Glasgow-based alternative/dance rock/comedy group, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5

Roy Moller

One Domino
Impressive lo-fi fourth album from Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter, Roy Moller

Stiff Little Fingers

No Going Back
Predictably vitriolic and abrasive but excellent first album in eleven years from Belfast punks, Stiff Little Fingers

Dr Feelgood

Live at Rockpalast
First-rate live CD/DVD recorded at a show at the Metropol in Berlin in 1980 from Dr Feelgood

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Essential Tremors
Addictive old school rock and roll on third album from fiery Baltimore-based rockers, J. Roddy Walston and the Business

Micah P. Hinson and The Nothing

Micah P. Hinson and the Nothing
Compelling sixth album from Texan-based singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson, which he recorded, after being involved in a car crash , with Scottish group the Twilight Sad and Spanish act the Aquattro String Quartet

Glenn Tilbrook

Happy Ending
Eclectic and charming acoustic fifth solo album from Squeeze front man, Glenn Tilbrook


The Brink
Brooding indie rock on second album from Australian power pop band, the Jezabels

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

California Star
Impressive combination of pop, folk, gospel and country on first album in five years from much acclaimed Sunderland-based singer-songwriter Matin Stephenson and his band the Daintees

Marc Almond

Burning Bright/The Dancing Marquis
Excellent double A-sided vinyl single from former Soft Cell front man Marc Almond, which was produced by Bowie producer Tony Visconti

David Rotheray

Answer Ballads
Unusual concept album on second solo release from Beautiful South co-founder David Rotheray, who with an arsenal of guest vocalists including Kathryn Williams, Alasdair Roberts and Lisa Knapp has compiled a set of songs in answer to a series of classic singles

Young Aviators

Self Help
Infectious indie-punk on debut album from Northern Ireland trio, the Young Aviators

Hector Bizerk

Nobody Seen Nothing
Fiery hip-hop on polished second album from Scottish rap outfit, Hector Bizerk

Justin Currie

Lower Reaches
Fantastic third solo album which was recorded in Texas from Del Amitri front man, Justin Currie

Pigeon Detectives

We Met At Sea
Hit and miss fifth album from West Yorkshire-based indie rock band, the Pigeon Detectives

ally kerr

Viva Melodia
Heartfelt and lavish third album from underrated Scottish singer-songwriter, Ally Kerr


On the Guest List
Fantastic mixture of old and new songs on 21st album from 70's punks the Vibrators, who are joined by several other punk and new wave musicians including Hugh Cornwell, Chris Spedding and MC5's Wayne Kramer

Big Audio Dynamite II

Class of '92: Live in London
Impressive live album, recorded at the Town and Country Club in their native London in 1992, from Big Audio Dynamite, who were now in their second line-up


The Mutant Monkeys and the Surfers from Zorch
Monotonous and boring 1988 album from psychobilly band the Meteors, which has recently been reissued


Demanding and ultimately irksome largely instrumental electro rock on second album from Leeds-based band, Vessels

Alternative Tv

The Image Has Cracked - The ATV Collection
Fine retrospective from 1970's punk band Alternative TV, the group of 'Sniffin' Glue' editor, Mark Perry

Pete Yorn

Deliberately unpolished, yet compelling fifth solo album from New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Pete Yorn, which has been produced by the Pixies' Frank Black


Stunning, harmony-driven debut album from Wellgreen, the project of Glaswegian multi-instrumentalists, Marco Rea and Stuart Kidd

Strange Death of Liberal England

Anthemic indie rock on enjoyable latest single from Portsmouth quintet, the Strange Death of Liberal England


Freaky Trigger
Oddly timed reissue of critically acclaimed Scottish band Win's 1989 second album, irrepairably damaged by its excessive and over sugar sweet 1980's production


Whole Town's Heart
Promising debut album from 70's punk and Britpop-influenced young Southend-on-Sea based quartet, Redtrack

Three Blind Wolves

Sound of the Storm
Appealing combination of 50's-influenced blues and alt. country on six track debut mini-album from Glaswegian band, Three Blind Wolves

King Salami and the Cumberland Three

Fourteen Blazin' Bangers
Fiery mix of rhythm and blues, rockabilly and punk on compulsive debut album from London-based four-piece, King Salami and the Cumberland Three

Sarah Harmer

Oh Little Fire
Sugar sweet and infectiously catchy country rock on fifth album from Canadian singer-songwriter, Sarah Harmer

Neil Sturgeon And The Infomaniacs

Break Me
Defiant power pop on new single from Glaswegian musician and former A Cholocate Morning front man Neil Sturgeon, the first from his forthcoming debut album

Twin Atlantic

Human After All
Biffo Clyro-influenced latest single from Glaswegian band Twin Atlantic, who have recently toured with both the Gaslight Anthem and Blink 182


The Psychedelic Sounds of the Sonic Cathedral
Intriguing tribute covers collection on the Sonic Cathedral label to psychedelic pioneers Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators

Gaslight Anthem

American Slang
Anthemic New Jersey rock on new single from the Gaslight Anthem, the first from their third album of the same name

Robin Guthrie

Sunflower Stories
Summery and lush-sounding latest EP from ex-Cocteau Twins member, Robin Guthrie

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