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Merchandise

Merchandise

After The End
As their first record under the 4AD label After the End is Merchandise’s poppiest, most accessible record to date. But it comes from the Florida outfit with a distinct vision rather than the hope of cashing in. Read more...


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Meat-Loaf

Meat Loaf

Blind Before I Stop
1986 album from Bat Out Of Hell star re-released. Read more...

Catherine-MacLellan

Catherine MacLellan

The Raven's Sun
More sublime folk blues from Canadian singer with the silky voice. Read more...

Lumberjvck

Lumberjvck

JVCKWOOD EP
LUMBERJVCK Releases Brand-New 4-track EP 'JVCKWOOD' on Rottun Recordings Read more...


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Man

Man

The Twang Dynasty boxset
Another of the Esoteric Man reissues and, for me, the most consistent regular album they released – ‘Back Into The Future’ is special but ‘Twang’ just has great... Read more...

Help-Yourself

Help Yourself

Reaffirmation
Help Yourself was a band with many faces, sounds and line-ups. They were never less than good to listen to and they occasionally hit some real high spots. Read more...

Xombie

Xombie

Capital X
“This city here is like an open sewer full of filth and scum!” – the scornful words expressed at the end of the single ‘Polar Ice’ by an unknown civilian. The c... Read more...

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The Voices of Terror

Rock-Rap Dynasty
New Jersey rap and production team, The Voices of Terror, do exactly what it says on the tin; they’re loud, aggressive and insatiably obsessed with violent imag... Read more...

Black-State-Highway

Black State Highway

Black State Highway
This is the kind of rock I can listen to all day and night – it’s done with the right heart and edge, musically very fine and tons of variety. Read more...

Picture-House

Picture House

Evolution
Dublin band Picture House certainly sound as if they are having good time on this album. It’s rammed full of melody, harmony and general good summery vibes. Fo... Read more...

Pat-Dam-Smyth

Pat Dam Smyth

The Great Divide
...I may have missed some deep and great music along the way but I have stuck with some absolute gems. This album definitely falls into the ‘Gem’ category. Read more...

Jane-Kramer

Jane Kramer

Break & Bloom
American singer makes gentle and emotional full debut Read more...

Joanne-Shaw-Taylor

Joanne Shaw Taylor

The Dirty Truth
... this is powerful and dark Blues with great playing and complete confidence but still with enough of that tender side to make you fall in love with her all o... Read more...

Beth-Orton

Beth Orton

Central Reservation - Expanded Edition
Fifteen years after it was released - new expanded edition of classic second album. Read more...

Andrea-Remondini

Andrea Remondini

Non Sequitur
When most of us were 12 years of age, our fondest memories were of Saturday morning TV, week-long crushes and sleepovers. But while we were embroiled Read more...

Michelle-Renee

Michelle Renee

Michelle Renee
Ms Renee has an excellent voice and classic eighties soul presentation – she certainly could stand comparison with the Whitney’s and Jessie J’s of the soul worl... Read more...

Whiskey-Moonface

Whiskey Moonface

The Blinding Dusky Dusk
....the result is a simply marvellous piece of music that has more facets than the average gemstone. Read more...

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Malaya-Blue

Malaya Blue

Bourbon Street
Malaya Blue has a voice that drips with coffee and treacle – spiced with cayenne. Read more...

Larkin-Poe

Larkin Poe

Kin
Atlanta-based sisters bid for commercial breakthrough in stunning change of direction. Read more...

Ronnie-Lane-Memorial-Concert-DVD---One-For-The-Road

Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert DVD - One For The Road

Royal Albert Hall
Yours truly feels both elated and saddened, but which emotion should take precedence is another matter… This concert at the Royal Albert Hall was held in memory... Read more...

Neil-Innes-and-Fatso

Neil Innes & Fatso

Farewell Posterity Tour
Neil Innes has, of course, been around for some considerable time. Innes has always laughed adversity in the face, and is as much a ‘tonic’ now as he was... Read more...

Greenslade

Greenslade

Large Afternoon
After a 25-year hiatus, English prog-rockers Greenslade recorded another album back in 2000. Yes, we are talking the much-acclaimed ‘Large Afternoon’. Read more...

Clocks-and-Clouds

Clocks & Clouds

The Creation of Matter EP
This six-song EP isn’t a tentative litmus test for a slapdash band of mates just dabbling in the music business; Minneapolis 3-piece Clocks & Clouds’ ‘The Creat... Read more...

Amanda-Rheaume

Amanda Rheaume

Keep A Fire
Canadian singer proud of Aboriginal roots releases classy collection of Americana. Read more...

Jon-Allen

Jon Allen

Deep River
Earnest singer-songwriter's third release. Read more...

Malcolm-Holcolmbe

Malcolm Holcolmbe

Pitiful Blues
As the name suggests, this ain’t an album for depressives but there is a joy and real feeling in the dark and moody numbers on this album. Read more...

Ellis

Ellis

Riding On The Crest of a Slump / Why Not
As a band Ellis were in the rock & Blues space but because of Zoot Money’s remarkable talents, able to bring in touches of country and boogie. Read more...

Danny-Bryant

Danny Bryant

Temperature Rising
...suddenly he has released an album that seems to put all the different strands together into one package that is just stunning. Read more...

Andy-Bell

Andy Bell

Torsten The Bareback Saint
Brave fourth solo album from former Erasure singer. As the frontman for electronic pop duo Erasure, Andy Bell saw his fair share of chart exposure, but it will ... Read more...

Helena

Helena

Levity Remixes
Back with yet another ear-piercing release to satisfy our musically-craving heads, HELENA makes a return out of the dust with Shawnee Taylor to strike us with t... Read more...



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