Ages and Ages "Me You They We" LP (Needle and Thread)
Limited pink colored vinyl LP pressing. "Art is supposed to help get at the root of the human experience and what it's like to be alive," Tim Perry says. "And the challenge is how do you make music that confronts these complicated, important and sometimes very dark questions and do so in a way that still bounces around and maintains some level of optimism?" It's a thin needle to thread but Ages and Ages have done just that on their fourth album Me You They We. The 10 songs on this self-released LP don't shy away from the uneasy feelings so many of us have been having since 2016. They shine a light through the murk with a glistening sound and lyrics that are unblinking yet suffused with a sense of hope.
"Don't You Think You've Had Enough?" LP/CD/CS (Dead Oceans)
Don't You Think You've Had Enough? is what Jennifer Clavin asked herself when she hit a turning point in her life. It's also the title of the new record from Bleached, Jessie and Jennifer Clavin's first LP written from a place of sobriety. That newfound perspective serves as the guiding force, yielding a courageous, honest, and sonically ambitious album. It's a record about fighting both literally and figuratively for your life -- and the clarity born from that struggle.
Body Type "EP1 & EP2" LP (Partisan)
First physical release from this buzzy female foursome! Body Type patched themselves together in Sydney in 2016, and found they each contained pieces that perfectly complemented one another's. They soon set about articulating their ideas through jangling guitars and scuzzy, lo-fi production, and found that audiences at home and around the country were eager to get sucked in. Following the debut release of EP1 in late 2018, and the sophomore release of EP2 in May 2019, both Body Type EPs are presented together on vinyl for the first time. The band has received widespread critical acclaim from tastemakers and have toured thus far with the likes of Alex Cameron, Courtney Barnett, Frankie Cosmos, Big Thief, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
Bones UK "s/t" CD (Sumerian)
This is the bands debut album and first release under Sumerian Records.
Cantu-Ledesma, Jefre "Tracing Back The Radiance" LP (Mexican Summer)
2019 release from Brooklyn-based ambient artist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Tracing Back the Radiance includes contributions from Mary Lattimore (harp), Chuck Johnson (pedal steel guitar), Gregg Kowalksy (synthesizer), and others.
"Spinal Injuries" LP+7" (Sacred Bones Records)
Informed by deep and enthusiastic underground music knowledge, Cortex were key in the ongoing musical narrative of Swedish punk and post-punk. The late frontman of Cortex, Freddie Wadling (1951-2016) is a legend of enormous stature in Sweden and has been a key influence for generations of Swedish artists over the past four decades. His work ranges from proto-punk to equilibrist jazz vocals, and the trajectory of his cultural life from the Swedish underground of the early 1970s to his final years as an iconic interpreter of the Swedish songbook in the mainstream has to include a discussion and the experience of what many consider his greatest album: Cortex's debut LP Spinal Injuries. Recorded in April 1981, released in August 1983, Spinal Injuries by Cortex stands as one of a handful of masterpieces of Scandinavian post-punk, an extraordinary record that does not necessarily resonate Swedish, or post-punk, or 1981, remaining a highly original rock record to this day.
Cosmonauts "Star 69" CS (Burger Records)
Calling their distorted, amped sound "drug punk," Cosmonauts are a California-based garage punk band known for their simple, physically powerful songs and punishing stage volume.
Craft, Kyle "Showboat Honey" LP/CD (Sub Pop)
There is this curious equilibrium to existence: In order to create balance, the universe must giveth, and the universe must taketh. Kyle Craft, with his now solidified backing band, dubbed Showboat Honey, know this all too well. And this is why their self-titled album, the contemplative yet restless Showboat Honey reflects that sturm und drang.
Dandelion War "We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes" 2xLP (Northern Range Records)
New album from California post-rock group.
Dehd "Water" LP (Fire Talk)
Veterans of Chicago's increasingly fruitful DIY scene Jason Balla (Ne-Hi and Earring) Emily Kempf (Vail and formerly with Lala Lala) and drummer Eric McGrady share a strange and inexplicable chemistry. The music is hazy and reverb-drenched, a scuzzy and hyped-up take on surf rock. Its all animated by the red-lining feel-good spirit of the Velvet Undergrounds Loaded and the breezy melodicism of C86-era indie rock, with a dash of the Cramps spooky-hop bop courtesy of McGradys locomotive drumming.Its a clear-eyed look at the wild nature of everyday life thats been spun up in sugary sweet melodies and scratched-crystal sounds.
Dope Lemon "Smooth Big Cat" LP (BMG Australia)
Limited picture disc vinyl LP. Dope Lemon's second studio LP, Smooth Big Cat follows up the project's classic 2016 debut, Honey Bones and was written and recorded over just three months at Belafonte, Angus Stone's ranch studio hidden in the wilderness of northern New South Wales. A dream zone layered with melty moments, mischief and romance, the 10-track collection is ushered in by the swagger drenched lead single "Hey You."
"Modern Mirror" LP/CD (Dais)
Drab Majesty's third album, Modern Mirror, is a journey of self-reflection, nostalgia, love, beauty, and heartbreak told across eight addictive and emotional synth pop anthems - a seemingly classic tale delivered unblinkingly through the frame of the modern world.
Enigma "The Screen Behind The Mirror" LP (Polydor)
Reissue of the group's 2nd album, originally released in 1993. Following the unexpected worldwide commercial success of the first Enigma album, MCMXC A.D. (1990), Cretu began to write and record music for a new album at A.R.T. Studios, his home studio in Ibiza, Spain. Cretu samples songs from several artists, including Vangelis and U2. The Cross of Changes was a commercial success. It became Enigma's second consecutive number one album in the United Kingdom and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 in the United States, where it sold over two million copies.
Glitterer "Looking Through The Shades" LP/CD (ANTI)
Debut full-length album, featuring Ned Russin, bassist/vocalist of Title Fight. This is Glitterer all glown up. Now there are live drums (twin brother Ben did the honours) and dopamine-releasing fuzzy guitars to go with the synths, the bass, and the voice. Now there's a full 14-song tracklist to luxuriate in. Produced by Alex Giannascoli and Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Power Trip, Sumerlands) the album delivers Glitterer's best-yet sonics and songs.
Halo Maud "Je Suis Une Ile" CS (Burger)
Hailing from the French proggy, psychedelic and experimental pop scene that birthed Melody's Echo Chamber, Moodoïd and cult label La Souterraine, Halo Maud's ethereal songs flit between English and French language, focussing on notions of freedom and power through a wild and playful lens.
Hives "I'm Alive b/w Good Samaritan" 7" (Third Man Records)
It's been nearly two decades since the Swedish rock-n-roll heroes The Hives unleashed their debut album on the world and almost 5 years since new music has been released. Now, they will drop TWO intoxicatingly brash new songs I'm Alive and Good Samaritan on a limited edition double A-side 7" via Third Man Records.
Jointpop "From Trinidad... With Love" LP (Northern Range Records)
New album from Trinidadian rock group.
Kaina "Next to the Sun" LP (Sooper Records)
In Chicago, cutting edge hip-hop and R&B artists are forging influential new sounds and catapulting one after the other into the national spotlight. City native KAINA has been at the periphery of many of these successes and is one of the most prominent Latinx voices in this developing story. In the last two years she has regularly collaborated with some of the biggest names in Chicago hip-hop, graced the stages of major festivals, and amassed several million online streams over a couple of EPs. With the release of her debut full length Next to The Sun (Sooper Records, 2019), KAINA is poised to break out and join her contemporaries in the ongoing saga of this Chicago story.
"Hasta El Cielo" LP+7"/CD (Dead Oceans)
Globetrotting Texan trio Khruangbin release 'Hasta El Cielo', the band's glorious dub version of their second album 'Con Todo El Mundo'. The full album has been processed anew along with two bonus dubs by renowned Jamaican producer Scientist. Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald "DJ" Johnson on drums; Khruangbin's sounds are rooted in the deepest waters of music from around the world, infused with classic soul, dub and psychedelia. Their 2015 debut album 'The Universe Smiles Upon You' was heavily influenced by 60's and 70's Thai cassettes the band listened to on their long car journeys to rehearsal in the Texan countryside. 2018's follow up 'Con Todo El Mundo', which received hugely positive critical reactions and radio play around the world, took inspiration not just from South East Asia but similarly underdiscovered funk and soul of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly Iran.
Knife Wife "Family Party" CS (Sister Polygon Records)
Family Party is the regurgitation of the tear inducing boredom and ecstasy that is being 15 years old. The album is a medley of violent indifference, sorrow, general nastiness, bitter joy, and the symbolism of dogs.
Lizzo "Cuz I Love You" DLX CD (Atlantic)
Deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks. 2019 release. Cuz I Love You is the third studio album and major label debut by rapper and singer Lizzo. The album is Lizzo's first release since her 2016 Coconut Oil EP. Lizzo stated at the album preview party at the Crazy Girls strip club in Hollywood on January 30 that she has been working on the album for three years. She also previewed a collaboration with Missy Elliott titled "Tempo". Along with the lead single "Juice", the album includes the empowering dance track "Like a Girl" and a song dedicated to an ex titled "Jerome".
Mal Blum "Pity Boy" LP (Don Giovanni)
New album from NYC indie rock band.
"Automat" LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop)
The widely-adored and delightfully noisy 3-piece punk band from Toronto have been laying waste to stages around the globe for over 10 years. During that tumultuous chunk of time METZ have cemented their reputation as one of the planet's most exhilarating live acts and trusted providers of bombastic outsider rock. Which brings us to Automat, a collection of non-album singles, B-sides, and rarities dating back to 2009, available on LP for the first time, and including the band's long out-of-print early (pre-Sub Pop) recordings. Included here are the band's first three 7" singles, recorded 2009-2010; a demo version of "Wet Blanket," the explosive single from 2012's METZ; two tracks from the limited-edition bonus single that accompanied preorders of METZ; "Can't Understand," originally released in 2013 by [adult swim]; and both tracks from the band's 2015 single on Three One G. Consumers of the vinyl format of Automat will be rewarded with a bonus single that includes three additional tracks: a cover of Sparklehorse's "Pig," from a very limited 2012 Record Store Day split single originally released by Toronto's Sonic Boom record shop; "I'm a Bug," a cover of The Urinals' art-punk classic, originally released on YouTube in 2014; and METZ's previously unreleased rendition of Gary Numan's "M.E."
Mexico City Blondes "Blush" CS (Burger)
New album from California dream pop duo.
New Order "Sigma (No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.." CD (Mute)
In June 2017, New Order returned to the stage at Manchester's Old Granada Studios where Joy Division made their television debut on Tony Wilson's So It Goes program in 1978. For the celebrated show New Order deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt a wealthof material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new. Featuring tracks not played live for 30 years, like Joy Division's "Disorder" from Unknown Pleasures, as well as new fan favorites like "Plastic" from their critically acclaimed release in 2015, Music Complete - this is the perfect document of those five magical nights. The release includes the full monumental show, including the encore and 3 additional tracks recorded over the residency to give listeners a full representation of the staggering breadth of material performed.
Nivhek "After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house" LP/CD (W. 25th)
Opaque assemblages of Mellotron, guitar, field recordings, tapes and broken FX pedals by Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris, created during and after two contrasting residencies in the Azores, Portugal and Murmansk, Russia and combined with pieces made at home in Astoria, Oregon. The collection's unique dual design functions as a forked path, existing independently of one another but with roots intertwined. She cites her score for HYPNOSIS DISPLAY as a compositional reference point, inspired by "interior mnemonic device landscapes" and "curiosity around a sadness."
Paranoyds, The "Hungry Sam" 7" (Suicide Squeeze Records)
New 7" from LA garage punk band.
Pottery "No. 1" LP (Partisan)
Montreal's Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery's songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It's this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.
"s/t" LP/CD/CS (Drag City)
Purple Mountains is the new nom-de-rock of David Berman (Silver Jews). Purple Mountains is also the name of what will be known as one of his greatest albums-full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of handcrafted country-rock joys and sorrows that sing legendary in cracked and broken hearts. The songs are produced impeccably by Woods' Jarvis Taverniere and Jeremy Earl, buffed up like a hardwood floor ready to be well-trod upon for an evening of romance and dance. The songs of Purple Mountains are a potent brew, stitched together from lifetimes, knitting the drift of the years with the tightest lyric construction Berman's ever attempted. Honesty is archly in the air, but lines of incredible bleakness somehow give way to playful distraction and the hiding of surprises for close listeners.
Secret Machines "Live At The Garage" LP (Run Out Groove)
The three piece alternative rock band from Dallas is best described as progressive rock with some Krautrock mixed in. ROG dug deep into the Warner Music vaults and discovered previously unreleased live recordings that are stellar both in performance and sonic quality and are presented here for the first time in any format featuring the band at their peak.
Sheeran, Ed "No. 6 Collaborations Project" CD (WEA)
Temple of Angels
"Cerise Dream b/w Breathless" 7" (Funeral Party)
TOA return with this dreamy post punk single.
Tijuana Panthers "Carpet Denim" LP (Innovative Leisure)
Tijuana Panthers are back and this time they're all grown up (kind of). Combining their signature surf rock with new experimentations in sound, Carpet Denim is the culmination of nearly three years of work and the band's subconscious evolution into deeper, more personal places.
Universal Togetherness Band "Dreamality b/w Lucky Stars" 7" (Numero Group)
Two brilliant, previously unissued modern soul discoveries from the archive of U.T.B. mastermind Andre Gibson. "My Lucky Stars" rides the 120 BPM crest, with sharp horns, handclaps, triangle, and a wild guitar solo filling out the four and a half minute ride. "Dreamality" cops a Steve Miller vibe and goes on a spaced-out future funk adventure.
Uzeda "Quocumque jeceris stabit" LP (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Last year Uzeda celebrated their 30th anniversary as a band in the most appropriate way they knew: They hosted a weekend music festival in their hometown of Catania, Sicily, and filled it with all of their closest friends' bands. That weekend as they played host to scores of similarly legendary bands (including Shellac, The Black Heart Procession, The Ex, Three Second Kiss, and a reunited June of 44), Uzeda cemented their reputation as Italy's national treasure of underground rock music. Now, one of the longest-running punk bands on the planet returns with their first new album in 13 years, Quocumque jeceris stabit.
We Were Promised Jetpacks "These Four Walls" LP (FatCat Records)
To celebrate their debut album's 10th birthday, and just in time for their upcoming US tour this summer, We Were Promised Jetpacks release an 'Expanded Anniversary Edition' of These Four Walls, including 8 previously unreleased tracks and packaged in imported 2xLP Gatefold colored vinyl. The unreleased tracks feature demos (including the demo version of their hugely successful breakout track 'Quiet Little Voices'), acoustic sessions (including a cover of 'Modern Leper' by fellow Scots and good friends Frightened Rabbit), and live tracks from a very early gig at Barfly in Glasgow, which has since closed. Tracked with Ken Thomas (Cocteau Twins, David Bowie) and mixed by Grammy winner Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit), We Were Promised Jetpacks' These Four Walls has become a modern classic, with the sort of peerlessness to stand as a mainstay and luminary of indie music in the 21st century.
Wildhoney "Naive Castle" 7" (Slumberland)
Formerly based in Baltimore, Wildhoney have moved to the west coast and are now releasing their first new music in over two years. "Naive Castle" shows a new side to the band, dialing down some of the shoegaze haze in favor of gorgeous, chiming pop that recalls the finest from bands like The Sundays and The Cranberries. It's the perfect soundtrack to these melancholic days as summer turns to fall. Pay extra attention to the lengthy ambient outro, a lovely touch that points to more new directions for this terrific band. On the b-side you'll find a dreamy, late-night cover of Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me" that brings a wasted weariness to this tale of teenage yearning. It's a beautiful, earnest take on a tune that turns out to be a perfect match for Wildhoney's swooning style.