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Ladyhawk

No Can Do

I stupidly under-rated this album for a few weeks. So many hooks.


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12th Dec 2012

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Band of Horses

Mirage Rock

12 new BoH songs of between 3 and 4 minutes in length. And the variety ends there. It's like a contractually-obliged, post-plane cash Skynerd album.


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17th Sep 2012

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John Frusciante

Letur Lefr

Light on guitars and heavy on MC-ing. A non-related precursor to the forthcoming LP.


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6th Jul 2012

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Neil Young

On The Beach

Who knows why this masterpiece spent so long unreleased? "Revolution Blues", "Walk On". Etc.


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12th Jun 2012

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Billy Bragg and Wilco

Mermaid Avenue Complete Sessions

Great round up of the project with 3rd disc and DVD doc.


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30th Apr 2012

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Black Mountain

Year Zero OST

5 unreleased tracks make this unmissable. Mary Lou will blow your socks off


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1st Mar 2012

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Sinoia Caves

The Enchanter Persuaded

Moody synth soundscapes from @_blackmountain_ 's Jeremy Schmidt.


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12th Jan 2012

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She & Him

A Very She & Him Christmas

Zooey and M. Ward croon through the classics. There's one day this is good for.


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25th Dec 2011

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Off!

- First Four EPs. Keith Morris' punk supergroup provide a welcome punch in the face for tired music.


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14th Dec 2011

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June Tabor & The Oyster Band

Ragged Kingdom

Check Bonny Bunch of Roses, Dark End of the Street and more. #Puskas


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4th Dec 2011

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A$AP Rocky

LiveLoveA$AP Mixtape

Still bitches and money but spat with plodding intelligence. Totally fresh.


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28th Nov 2011

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White Denim

Takes Place In Your Work Space EP

Don't ever accuse these productive boys of filler. All killer. Ish.


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10th Nov 2011

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Kurt Vile

So Outta Reach EP

Another great set of tracks from the busy long hair. 'The Creature' is magnificent.


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10th Nov 2011

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Radiohead

TKOL RMX 1234567

Never thought I'd say this but what a YOL (Yawn Out Loud), totally unnecessary.


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14th Oct 2011

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DJ Shadow

The Less You Know The Better

Got a definite late 90's vibe but these beats are booming. Welcome back.


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7th Oct 2011

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Girls

Father, Son, Holy Ghost

This band just keeps getting better. More muscle, more romance, more great songs.


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27th Sep 2011

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Wilco

The Whole Love

Touching on the musical bravery not seen since A Ghost Is Born this is a return to form. Ish.


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26th Sep 2011

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Skying

The Horrors

Fleshing out their sound with every release, this is the most solid so far. Esp Endless Blue.


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26th Sep 2011

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The Drums

Portamento

Nowhere near as fresh and punchy as 1st album. Even tempo throughout makes for few peaks


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21st Sep 2011

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The War On Drugs

Slave Ambient

Impressive expansion from Future Weather EP. Nicely rocking the Kurt Vile vibe.


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2nd Sep 2011

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The Cool Kids

When Fish Ride Bicycles

Retro style diluted when stretched over a whole album but some nice jams


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2nd Sep 2011

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We Are Augustines

Rise Ye Sunken Ships

Formed out of the ashes of Pela this is a worthy debut. Welcome back boys


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2nd Sep 2011

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My Morning Jacket

Circuital

I'm trying but this really is a big pile of poo. Will the real MMJ please stand up.


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1st Sep 2011

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Baxter Dury

Happy Soup

Sounding more and more like his dad this is a worthy follow up to Floorshow. Loving Isabel


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1st Sep 2011

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Beirut

The Rip Tide

Another joyous installment from Zach Condon. Not a whole lot of change but who cares.


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1st Sep 2011

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers

I'm With You

The focus has shifted post @JohnFrusciante but the band step up admirably.


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31st Aug 2011

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Ian Vine

40 Works For Richard

Party-shuffle ready collection of contemporary classical cuts from chimp alumni.


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30th Aug 2011

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Jonathan Wilson

Gentle Spirit

Deep longjam Laurel Canyon vibes. COMMUTER ALERT so mellow you might miss yr stop


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23rd Aug 2011

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Lifeguards

Waving At The Astronauts

Thundering, rock tinged entry into the Bob Pollard cannon. W/ Doug Gillard


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15th Aug 2011

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John Grant

Queen of Denmark

Midlake create textured backing for John Grant's wacky, hypnotic, Concorde-esque lyrics.


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23rd Jul 2011

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Them Crooked Vultures

Disappointing super group effort that rarely comes close to matching the best of its parts.


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27th Jun 2011

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Vetiver

The Errant Charm

Hazy 70's vibes and a laid back style cement Vetiver's place in the modern-retro camp.


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22nd Jun 2011

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Twin Shadow

Forget

Relatively ambitious, 80's tinged indie disco. Like Elbow on drugs.


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21st Jun 2011

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Neil Young

A Treasure

Unremarkable, newly unearthed, country-tinged live album from a mid-80's Neil.


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20th Jun 2011

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The War on Drugs

Future Weather

Following Kurt Vile's departure WOD seem to have shaken the Waterboys stigma.


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14th Jun 2011

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Stephen Malkmus

The Senator (Single)

On-form return w Jicks in tow & Beck on deck. Love a good outro solo.


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10th Jun 2011

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Film School

Brilliant Career

Thurston Moore-worshipping debut that doesn't signal the band's later clout.


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9th Jun 2011

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Wolf Parade

Expo 86

Solid enough, but lacking the highs that elevated Apologies and Mt. Zoomer up a bracket.


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7th Jun 2011

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Husker Du

Candy Apple Grey

Mostly Bob vs Grant but it does feature "Don't want to know if your are lonely".


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6th Jun 2011

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Mars Classroom

The New Theory of Everything

The worst crime Bob Pollard can commit is to be forgettable.


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6th Jun 2011

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Eddie Vedder

Ukulele Songs

Simply awful. George Formby does #PearlJam


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3rd Jun 2011

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Arctic Monkeys

Suck It And See

Disappointing plod, swapping edgy rock for 60's croon. Track 12 stands out.


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3rd Jun 2011

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Yuck

Yuck

Throwback shoe-gazing indie nostalgia trip. Though it's more Family Cat than Galaxie 500.


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3rd Jun 2011

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My Morning Jacket

Circuital

A lot more even than Evil Urges, but the title track is the only real stand-out here.


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31st May 2011

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Eddie Vedder

Ukulele Songs

Fun, one-dimensional album as Eddie jogs through old and new, adding Hawaiian vibes.


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26th May 2011

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Girls

Broken Dreams Club

Had this for ages but cant stop listening to it. Carolina is endlessly appealing. Perfect


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12th May 2011

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Panda Bear

Tomboy

I'm convinced the world doesn't need Panda Bear AND Animal Collective. One's gonna have to go.


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10th May 2011

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Low

C'Mon

Not as dazzling as Great Destroyer but this puts them firmly back on track after subpar Drums And Guns


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19th Apr 2011

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Foo Fighters

Wasting Light

Despite the near death metal opening, album 7 veers more towards classic 70s rock.


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18th Apr 2011

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The Vaccines

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines

The new Strokes? Err no. The new Editors? Very possibly. So so


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17th Apr 2011

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