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new music 2015

Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance : witty and sophisticated, also a touch dull; #toodancey
Cool Sounds – Healing Crystals : easy, breezy indie-pop; #nicesax #nothingtoseehere
Death Grips – Fashion Week (Instrumentals) : well, sure…
Decemberists, the – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World : still sprawling and odd, but less strictly thematic; #forbetterorworse
Disappears – Irreal : jittery, scattered and motorik – veering toward art-rock
Dodos, the – Individ : tepid, swirlie psych-pop/rock; #everyonewantstoAnCo
Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight : tries hard, sometimes too; the grittier bits are gold
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special : dumb-fun r&b-funk-pop
Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun : solidly interesting – complex rhythms metered by a steady psych vibe
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper : hollow and dull attempt at sample-based psych-pop; #sticktoAnCo

Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues : extremely ridiculous; #hipsterbluegrass
Ryan Bingham – Fear and Saturday Night : strip out the sappy ballads and it’s quite good (and very short)
Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love : a brash and bold kick-to-the-balls (ova?) ‘comeback’
1976 – Goodbye The Kingdom Of You And I : minimally compelling indie-rock; #taiwan
Alex Calder – Strange Dreams : fun and quirky psych-pop
BC Camplight – How To Die In The North : that old-style pop venture; #rundgren #newman
Bjork – Vulnicura : arty and emotional, also weird as hell
Chadwick Stokes – The Horse Comanche : sedate adult/indie-pop
Erase Errata – Lost Weekend : twitchy, propulsive indie-rock
Guster – Evermotion : boring as fuck.

Menace Beach – Ratworld : no-frills, 90s inspired, garage-rock-pop
Mondo Drag – Mondo Drag : excellent 70s-scented psych/prog/blues
Night Terrors of 1927 – Everything’s Coming Up Roses : sappy widescreen synth-pop
Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters : chiming, femvox shoegaze-pop
Pond – Man It Feels Like Space Again : lush psych feels; #betterandbetter #agrower
Sonny & The Sunsets – Talent Night at the Ashram : beautifully odd and arty psych-pop
Twerps – Range Anxiety : delightfully NZ-feel indie rockers
A Place To Bury Strangers – Transfixiation : chaotic, noisy, and mostly a bore
Andrew Bird – Echolocations Canyon : very gorgeous, but also ‘experimental; #nosongs
Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night : sweetly sensitive ol’ Uncle Bob

Breakfast in Fur – Flyaway Garden : nice widescreen lofi-psych-gaze-pop
Charlatans, the – Modern Nature : keep on swinging, lads; #dullbutnicetry
Cody Canada and the Departed – HippieLovePunk : compelling rockers, less country more punk; #wellnamed
Damon & Naomi – Fortune : lovely, short, film companion; typically pleasant
Danny Kroha – Angels Watching Over Me : real roots; primitive folk/blues
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors – Medicine : at times quite good; #arenafolk
Froth – Bleak : deliciously lo-fi, buzzing indie rock
Geographer – Ghost Modern : fairly shit, (and probably popular)
H. Hawkline – In the Pink of Condition : quirky, somewhat fey indie-pop/rock
Jon Hardy And The Public – Restless City : anthemic rockers; u2-ish; #wakemeupwhenitsover

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – The Third : very fun and diverse pub-rockers; #theearthdoesnotmove
Lone Bellow, the – Then Came The Morning : “retro” (2010-ish) roots-folk-rock; #impenetrablydull
Mary Bue – Holy Bones : very good indie-pop; #depthandexcitement
Murder By Death – Big Dark Love : darkly atmospheric folk/rock; #cellolove
New Raemon, the – Oh Rompehielos : seems nice, although the Spanish s/s is largely lost on me; #sillygringo #NoSe
of Montreal – Aureate Gloom : words words words words words
Pop Group, the – Citizen Zombie : interesting back-from-the-dead post-punk
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space : awesome premise, executed very well
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner – Make It Be : mostly compelling mixture of crazy-experimentation and lucidly delightful melody and structure
Ralph Stanley & Friends – Man of Constant Sorrow : loving tribute

Ryley Walker – Primrose Green : lushly guitar-focused rock/folk/”Primitive”, all the songs sound the same (but its a good sound…); #thenewsoundofindiefolk
Shortstraw – Youthless : attempt at diverse rock palate ends with poorly cloned aesthetic
Sink Tapes – Creases : mid-tempo indie-rock, reaching for sound-alikes; #needsoriginalityanddepth
Steve Earle – Terraplane : v good blues-heavy rockers
Surf City – Jekyll Island : summery surf/psych/indie jams
Two Gallants – We Are Undone : bbbbbb-boring
Verdena – Endkadenz Vol.1 : interesting/bizarre Italian noise-rock (?)
Wildhoney – Sleep Through It : jangly, reverb-y pop-gaze
Willis Earl Beal – Noctunes : great voice; new-gospel?
Zun Zun Egui – Shackles Gift : crazy tempos, instrumentation and beats; #notrockbtwhatisit

Airborne Toxic Event, the – Dope Machines : shitshow Coldplay-lite goes shitshow synthpop
And The Kids – Turn To Each Other : “accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music” = so-so indie
Black Pussy – Magic Mustache : classic stoner-rock feat. killer metal guitars
Black Ryder, the – The Door Behind the Door : narcotic and atmospheric s/s
Blood Sound – Nightclub : goth/new wave/synth; #mostlycrap
Carl Barât & The Jackals – Let It Reign : snappy, snotty punk-rockers
Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up : very fun early-career pop-punk; #moretocome #newcrush
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit : very fun take on indie-rock
Crushed Beaks – Scatter : emphatic, energetic noise-pop
Dalton – Dalton : DIY s/s; #movingon

Diamond Rugs – Cosmetics : rockin’ fun barroom burners
Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida : pleasant little adult/indie-rock nuggets
Divers – Hello Hello : http://www.stereogum.com/1737492/stream-divers-hello-hello/mp3s/album-stream/
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late : surprisingly enjoyable #onelistenisenough
Elvis Perkins – I Aubade : ramshackle, lo-fi folk/psych/ss
Fireworks, the – Switch Me On : hooks, reverb, and dueling he-she vocals – check
Franz Nicolay – To Us, the Beautiful! : singalong indie-rockers
Gang of Four – What Happens Next : somewhat edgy, and mildly confrontational; #writsmall
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin : interesting and unique
Grave Pool – Mnemonics : retro-ish synth-gaze indie-pop; #nostalgia

Grooms – Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair : fairly entertaining indie-pop/rock; #losttoomucholdsound?
Haunted Leather – Gone So Long : throbbing, stoned, psych-rock
Havalina – Islas De Cemento : doom-y heavy rock from Madrid with some great melodies
Hey Colossus – In Black and Gold : (mildly) noise-rock with enough subtlety to be interesting
Jack Name – Weird Moons : darkly lo-fi rock; #conceptalbum
José González – Vestiges & Claws : sweet, sensitive, boring
Juliana Hatfield Three, the – Whatever, My Love : mostly ho-hum throwback alt-rock
Kate Pierson – Guitars and Microphones : interesting dance-y indie-pop; #fadesfast
Lower Dens – Escape from Evil : fairly mmeh synth-rock
Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood : lite, white-boy, 70’s soul/r&b

Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves : vexing lyrics, elastic grooves, strange breaks, … MM!
Neon Lights – Heaven : 80s ‘new wave’ lives on; #psychedelicfurs
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday : attempting to be relevant in the “rock anthem” game is such a gamble; #goodhighspots #albumtitleoftheyear
Radical Dads – Universal Coolers : (over)loud anthemic indie-rock
Lieutenant – If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat for a Week : sincere, boring, s/s
Screaming Females – Rose Mountain : solid, crunchy rockers; toned down the crazy – better?
Secret Head – Vision In The Tapestry Fields : very diy garage/psych/pop/rock from the basement
Shores. – Precedents : not very interesting ‘slowcore’
Sorry Kisses, the – Play Along : fun femvox indie rockers
Stereo Twins, the – Good News : goofy Christ-based powerpop

Steve Gunn & Black Twig Pickers – Seasonal Hire
Suburban Living – Suburban Living : mid-tempo bedroom indie-pop
Subways, the – The Subways : big dumb arena-rock
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell : astonishing
Sundowners – Sundowners : terribly trite AOR
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake – Modern Surf Classics : very fun and wacky surf rock; #itsallinthename
Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born to Lose You : completely toothless, but true to their rock-gaze sound
Tall Tales And The Silver Lining – Tightropes : “sunlit indie folk dipped in ’70s pop/rock”; #naptime
THEESatisfaction – EarthEE : deep and enticing amalgam of r&b/electronica/hip-hop/indie
Trust Fund – No One’s Coming for Us : precious diy indie-pop; #lametrend

Tuxedo – Tuxedo : groovy, cheezy, white-people-dance-funk
Wave Pictures, the – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon : cleverly executed, but dry and in need of some editing
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp : sweetly beguiling teen indie-pop/rock
Will Butler – Policy : all the fun, none of the musicianship; #aforeffort #backtothefun
µ-Ziq – XTLP : interesting #notwhatImlookingfor
99 Call, the – Cover Me : superty duperty melancholy
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color : many sounds, textures, and styles. Ultimately forgettable tho
Balthazar – Thin Walls : groovy indie-pop/rock, via Belgium
Black Atlass – Jade : largely forgettable R&B/synth/pop
Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressure : almost interesting; #deathbyautotune

Built To Spill – Untethered Moon : piles of shredding and melancholy all around
Calexico – Edge of the Sun
Cribs, the – For All My Sisters : quite well-done pop-punk; #needsmorebratty
Death – N.E.W : ‘B’ for effort, ‘D’ for execution; boring proto-punk
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi : brutally, punishingly, unerringly, dull; #likeaslowdrowning
Death Grips – Jenny Death : wot?
Drenge – Undertow : powerful grunge-rockers
Faith Healer – Cosmic Troubles : femvox, 60s-influenced indie-pop; #tiredears
Freaks, the – How To Keep Nothing : mildly interesting Russian indie/alternative-rock/pop
Gateway Drugs – Magick Spells : occasionally compelling heavy-pop/rock

Go! Team, the – The Scene Between : crazy pop-pastiche, samples-vocalists-cut/paste
JEFF the Brotherhood – Wasted On the Dream : heavy, riff-riddled, garage/psych
Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band – Take It Like a Man : super-fun bluegrass-ish ditties
John Andrews & The Yawns – Bit By the Fang : amusing psych-pop ditties; #woodsist #yawns
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the – Freedom Tower No Wave Dance Party : fun blast of qiurky bluesy power rock; #rearviewmirror
Josh Rouse – The Embers Of Time : some fantastic high-points; #reflective
King Khan & BBQ Show, the – Bad News Boys : punky garage doo-wop; #besttakenlive
Limblifter – Pacific Milk : jittery, quirky, hooky, CAN indie-rockers; #quitefun
Local H – Hey, Killer : nothing great, but solid fun heavy ‘grunge’
Looper – Offgrid-Offline : simple little melancholic twee pop songs & spoken word

Lord Huron – Strange Trails : super well-done indie-folk/s-s; some brilliant high points
Love of Diagrams – Blast : fun little noise+melody fuzz attacks; #blast #welltitled
Madonna – Rebel Heart : is the sexy-grandma act fun for anyone?
Manhattan Love Suicides, the – More Heat! More Panic! : noise/fuzz/melody; #headache
Matt and Kim – New Glow : astonishingly stupid; #liveshoworbust
Metz – II : brutal and harrowing noise rock; #fun!
Moon King – Secret Life : some interesting moments, but overall a bit of a bore; #sofullofsynth #needsroomtobreathe
Mountain Goats, the – Beat the Champ : fun MG with an interesting ‘theme’
Mowgli’s, the – Kids In Love : crappy indie-pop for neutered white people
Pokey LaFarge – Something in the Water : delightfully “retro” Americana

Seasick Steve – Sonic Soul Surfer : gritty slide-guitar blues; lots of LCD tracks
Sexy Zebras – Hola Somos Los Putos Sexy Zebras : ball-busting blues-rock rippers; #madrid #awesometitle
American Wrestlers – American Wrestlers : delicate bedroom indie ditties; #fakedrums
Beauty Pill – Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are : quite lovely and lush
Best Coast – California Nights : stoned slacker indie-rock, bigger and sanitized
Blur – The Magic Whip : solid comeback; highs are good, lows are horrid
Brian Jonestown Massacre, the – Musique de film imaginé : densely sparse; #agrower
Damnwells, the – The Damnwells : straight indie-rock & power-pop; #vanillacanbeyummy
ESKA – ESKA : wonderfully inventive modern R&B’ #uneven
Hollerado – 111 Songs : #thatsalotofsongs

Mew – +- : ethereal prog-indie; #smashinghighspots
Mighty Mocambos, the – Showdown : super-solid mostly instrumental funk/soul/rnb
Mikal Cronin – MCIII : old skool power-pop returns! ; #abitunfinished #stillajourney
Monophonics – Sound Of Sinning : rock-solid funky psych rock; #awesome
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – Loved Wild Lost : honey-soaked countrified 70s smooth rock; #sundaydrive
Peach Kelli Pop – III : fun/silly/wacky indie-pop/rock
Person Whale – Person Whale : super lo-fi surf/do-wop/rock; #weedsongs
Rah Rah – Vessels : suitably decent indie-rock/pop
Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshakes : tender s/s; #evermoreAOR

Sam Cohen – Cool It : “vintage, sunny psychedelia”
Slug – Ripe : inventive and diverse “funked” rock; #leavesmeflat
Sonics, the – This Is the Sonics : stupid-fun garage rockers; #oldmen #bringit
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer : smart, snarling, razor-sharp indie rockers
They Might Be Giants – Glean : fine mid-table TMBG release; #maturenotgrownup
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love : very fun ‘kaleidoscopic psych-pop’
Unlikely Friends – Solid Gold Cowboys : fun, widescreen indie rock/pop/powerpop; #viaSEA #brilliantintrooutro
Vanilla Fudge – Spirit of 67 : super-cheezy bar covers; #stillfun
Wand – Golem : mildy glammed-up doom/psych-rockers
Waters – What’s Real : excellent modern power-pop

Wire – Wire : tight blend of experimentation and POP; #innovateordie #relevant
zZz – Juggernaut : mix of sleazy noise-rock and motorik psych; #highsaresohigh
Algiers – Algiers : brimstone-haunted punk-gospel; #heavy
Ash – Kablammo! : pogo/power-pop #exclamationmarknotneeded
Ben Lee – Love Is the Great Rebellion : solid indie-pop
Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man : i’ve heard this crappy record a hundred times before
Christopher Owens – Chrissybaby Forever : simplest, tweest, basicest of all indie-pop records
Crocodiles – Boys : very good pop tunes wrapped in fuzz, feedback, and (new!) polyrhythms
Dale Watson – The Truckin’ Sessions Vol. 3 : trucker songs
Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands : super polished and astoundingly boring

Delta Moon – Low Down : solid, although dull, roots blues-rock
Dommengang – Everybody’s Boogie : experimental rock-psych-blues-prog; #damninteresting
Elvis Depressedly – New Alhambra : lo-fi slow indie-pop, at times a touch sadcore
Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone : lushly reverbed indie-pop/gaze
Fall, the – Sub-Lingual Tablet : snotty punk; #movealong
FFS – FFS : kooky-fun art project; #sparks #franzferdinand
Future – Horizons : very lo-fi and super reverbed -gaze; #cantseethroughthefog
Giant Sand – Heartbreak Pass : classic GS, odd-ball take on alt-country/AZ; #eclectricdelight #suchgreat
Girlpool – Before The World Was Big : growing up is weird
Guantanamo Baywatch – Darling It’s Too Late : super-fun, raunchy surf-punk; #PDX

Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones : tepid indie/roots-rock
Holydrug Couple, the – Moonlust : chilled-out and dreamy psych-rock; #air
Icky Blossoms – Mask : very overdone club-pop; #kitchensinkofsound
iji – Whatever Will Happen : jittery indie-pop; #decent
Jaill – Brain Cream : fun, jittery power/indie-pop
Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl : weird, experimental pop
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs : adult indie?, needs more psychedelica
Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter : short, rough+sweet, noise+pop; #fundiverserock #femvox
Kid Wave – Wonderlust : nice take on 90s indie-rock/dream-pop; #4ad
Kopecky – Drug for the Modern Age : very sleek synth-driven radio pop; #isvanillabeigeathing?

Lovely Eggs, the – This Is Our Nowhere : oddball quiet-loud rockers; #weirdgrunge
Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers : chirpy synth/key-driven indie rock; #reallydoessoundlikean80ssoundtrackcomp
Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind : successfully removed everything interesting from their sound, now 100% vanilla soccer-mom crap
No Joy – More Faithful : super-well-executed dream-gaze
Orange Peels, the – Begin The Begone : indie pop/rock; #mildlypsych #dull
Pale Honey – Pale Honey : excellent modern take on minimal rock; ‘sparse yet emphatic’
Palma Violets – Danger in the Club : tepid attempt at a cross between ‘arena-bangers’ and ‘post-punk-chaos’; #maybetimetostartover
Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern : adventurous late-career outing; #rockin’
Pfarmers – Gunnera : complex, engaging avant-rock; #butisitanygood?
Rose Windows – Rose Windows : straightforward classic-rock sound, with a touch of psych; #powerinthevoice

Shamir – Ratchet : wacky electro-r&b
Shopping – Urge Surfing : mildly crazed English post-punk; #unhinged
Muse – Drones : big ol’ idiotic arena-rock, cribbing all teh rock101 spots
Slaves – Are You Satisfied : loud – simple – bratty, punk
Spectors, the – Light Stays Close : heavily reverbed indie-pop/rock; #boilerplate
Splits, the – II : straightforward garage-punk; #finland #femvox
St. Polaroid – Diaphones : pleasant jingly-jangly twee/indie-pop; #abitb&s #netherlands
Surfer Blood – 1000 Palms : sterile and unexciting; #backsliding
Terranova – Restless
Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last : gloriously noisy, tight-as-hell, yet spastic energy filled

Vaccines, the – English Graffiti : radio friendly indie-pop/rock; #morepopthanrock
Warm Soda – Symbolic Dream : delightful indie/bubblegum/power-pop
Backhomes, the – Tidalwave : very enjoyable psych-jangle
Beach House – Depression Cherry : solidly mmeh
Best Friends – Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane : short, sweet and trashy lo-fi rockers!
Blank Realm – Illegals in Heaven : very interesting and adventurous rock
Bomba Estéreo – Amanecer : electro-cumbia (?) – I do not understand
Bully – Feels Like : good howling indie-rock; #femvox
Cayucas – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon : hooks, (fake exotic) rhythms, etc; #paulsimonlite
Chemical Brothers, the – Born in the Echoes : pop-friendly dance grooves, some great vox guests

Christian Nesmith & Michael Sherwood – Groovy Lemon Pie : really delightful power-pop; #XTCish
Dale Watson – Call Me Insane : Austin-y ‘Ameripolitan’; #good
Destroyer – Poison Season : wildly interesting with turns aplenty, but uniquely Destroyer
Duck Duck Grey Duck – Here Come : solid psych/garage/blues
Ducktails – St. Catherine : lazy, hazy, lo-fi summer psych
Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People : sentimental and diverse indie; wobbly and uneven, but still quite good
EZTV – Calling Out : bright and catchy pop-rock; #someclunkers
Giorgio Moroder – Déjà Vu
Gliss – Pale Reflections : glistening (heh) reverb-filled femvox *-gaze
Hex Dispensers, the – III : strong ‘dark’ garage-rock; #goofyghoulmotif

High Wolf – Growing Wild : wacky edm; #tribal
Holychild – The Shape of Brat Pop To Come : occasionally brilliant pastiche of modern pop
Hunter Hunted – Ready For You : big, soaring arena-indie; #itsnotALLterrible
Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell – Sing Into My Mouth : very, very boring; #allcovers
John Graham – Cold Sun : occasionally interesting alt-rock/pop; #notbadforadj
Joss Stone – Water For Your Soul : diverse r&b +reggae/dub/soul/rock; not very memorable…
Kill West – Smoke Beach : fuzz, reverb, drone, mucho psychedelic guitar; #stonerrock
La Luz – Weirdo Shrine : lovely surf-pop ditties; #needsmuscle
Left Lane Cruiser – Dirty Spliff Blues : dirty, weed-soaked, raw blues
Mac DeMarco – Another One : lovely little soft-rock ditties; #lovesongs

Machine, the – Offblast! : stoner/heavy rock/metal; #dutch
Mark Mothersbaugh – Myopia : art!
Matt Pond PA – The State Of Gold : very professional s/s; also, boring.
Messer Chups – The Incredible Crocotiger : surf!, also rockabilly #fromrussia
MS MR – How Does It Feel : pop that tries SO hard to be popular; #fails
Nev Cottee – Strange News From The Sun : interesting and mellow psych-pop haze
Nick Diamonds – City of Quartz : unique, outsider indie-pop; some ideas best left out?
Orange Humble Band, the – Depressing Beauty : classic power-pop excellence
PINS – Wild Nights : fun femvox indie-rock/pop
Pomplamoose – Besides : clever, cute and mostly fun

Pre New, the – The Male Eunuch : snarky, lyrically dense, indie-punk; VERY English
Quiet Company – Transgressor : power-pop; lurching headlong to a generic/everyman/beige/nondescript sound
Ratatat – Magnifique : better than expected, still pretty mmeh
Ricked Wicky – King Heavy Metal : good pollard
Sandwitches, the – Our Toast : sunny, wide-screen pop with enough bite to interest; #swansong
Shark Week – Beach Fuzz : ‘under the dark pier’ version of surf-garage; #promise
Tame Impala – Currents : excellent, innovative modern pop music; #justenoughpsych
Teen – Little Doods : sweetly DIY/lo-fi indie pop; #reaching #femvox
Tenement – Predatory Headlights : insanely adventurous power-pop/rock/classic/indie/etc ;#doublealbum
Tess Parks And Anton Newcombe – I Declare Nothing : revelry in the form of mid-tempo psychedelic hypnosis; #stateofmind

Triptides – Azur : delightful little psych-surf-pop ditties; #CAviaIN
Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes
Vukovar – Emperor : very, very interesting indie rock; #funanddiverse
Walter TV – Blessed : very very weird, but damn good; #processedvox
Wavves X Cloud Nothings – No Life for Me : fun, albeit tossed-off, pop-punk riffers
White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again : lo-fi, snotty, sneering punk-rock fun with a side of bubblegum; #dickies #recordedwithapotato
Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – Sonic Ranch : old-school honky-tonk country
Wilco – Star Wars : less-serious Wilco is the best Wilco
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool : damn near interesting
Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There : fun, mellow, collection of (mostly) remakes and covers

Yukon Blonde – On Blonde : soulless indie synth-pop; #dimeadozen
Adult Mom – Momentary Lapse of Happily : well-execute indie-rock/jangle/folk/pop nicely venturing into some emotional depth; #femvox
Albert Hammond Jr. – Momentary Masters : nopenopenope
All Dogs – Kicking Every Day : high-energy, 90s-inspired indie, #femvox #powerful
Arcs, the – Yours, Dreamily : classic blues-inflected rock, Auerbach-style
Atlas Genius – Inanimate Objects : quite compelling indie-pop, if you’re gonna go the ‘dance rock’ route here it is; #promise
Battles – La Di Da Di : math
Big Talk – Straight in, No Kissin’ : impressively terrible
Bohicas, the – The Making Of : good arena-ready rockers; #thinsongwriting
Cold Showers – Matter Of Choice : dark and gloomy post-punk-gaze/wave

Dam-Funk – Invite The Light : sure is interesting, but I still don’t think I like it….
Digital Leather – All Faded : pretty interesting synth-punk
Drug Cabin – Wiggle Room : very groovy, swinging indie-rock/pop; #simpleandsmart
Fidlar – Too : clean(er) party rockers; the best is still a mess; #fuckitdoglifesarisk
Field Music – Music for Drifters : all instrumental atmospheric ‘rock’, quite compelling
Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People : Ted Leo v2
Gardens & Villa – Music for Dogs : not-very-good synthpop
Grace Potter – Midnight : fucking terrible; #gonnatakeasexscandaltobemoreknown
Helen – The Original Faces : VERY interesting pop-gaze, perhaps overdone with the reverb ‘haze’
Jack + Eliza – Gentle Warnings : so much harmonies; #summery

Jungle Giants, the – Speakerzoid : super-catchy, super-interesting psych-indie-weird
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down : modern slacker superhero; #imsohooked
KVB, the – Mirror Being : very weird and atmospheric electro-psych-drone-gaze, ?darkwave?
Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves : solid, if nondescript, ‘rootsy’ rock
Left Outsides, the – The Shape Of Things To : atmospheric/symphonic neo-folk/pop; #noir #classics #
Lou Barlow – Brace The Wave : simple, reflective, folk-inflected rock songs
Maccabees, the – Marks To Prove It : so boring; #wasteoftime
Melanie Martinez – Cry Baby : I. Am. Old.; #notterrible
Miracles of Modern Science – Mean Dreams : nice chamber/symphonic pop
Mynabirds, the – Lovers Know : very earnest, very-very serious indie-pop; #notashredoffun

Nathaniel Rateliff – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats : very fun neo-soul; #stax #dragson
Nest Egg – Respectable : gritty kraut/psych-rock
New Politics – Vikings : anthemic-dancepunk-emo?; #zeroedge
Palehound – Dry Food : compelling, complicated indie rock; #femvox #muchpromise
Paul Smith And The Intimations – Contradictions : mmmeh ‘adult’ indie, feels so serious…; #somegreathooks
Seapony – A Vision : lovely indie dream-pop
Slim Twig – Thank You for Stickin’ with Twig : very weirdo rock; #weirdforsakeofweird
Smoking Trees, the – TST : druggy, psychedelic pop-rock; #nodtoE6
Strange Wilds – Subjective Concepts : aping Seattle when ‘grunge’ was still just punk
Tamaryn – Cranekiss : synth-driven dreampop; #beggingforguitar

Twinsmith – Alligator Years : 100% forgettable guitar-pop; #tryingsohard
Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes : fun, bright summer ditties; #channelingVU
Danny and the Champions of the World – What Kind of Love : country rock/soul; #mostlybeige
Holly Golightly – Slowtown Now! : slinky, sexy, (mildly) country rockers
Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz : gloriously weird semi-disaster freak-out
Painted Palms – Horizons : 80’s synth with modern dance-floor feel; #notmythingbutdamngood
Shannon and The Clams – Gone By The Dawn : excellent!, retro-rock with a girl-group/doo-wop vibe; #greatsongwriting
Thunderbitch – Thunderbitch : grittier and more garage-y than AS; elsesame
Tijuana Panthers – Poster : groovy, surfy, rockers

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – The Night Creeper : retro metal (dirge-style, not speed-style), authentic?
Valkarys, the – (Just Like) Flying With God : very fun psych/garage + a bit of “Stone Roses”
Verdena – Endkadenz Vol.2 : interesting/bizarre Italian noise-rock (?)
Wands, the – The Dawn : really great classic-rock/psych; #danish
Weed – Running Back : hazily textured, super-reverbed, lo-fi rock; #somuchreverb #notdruggyatall #tiredears
Weeknd, the – Beauty Behind The Madness : solid! modern r&b; #notmycupa
What’s Eating Gilbert – That New Sound You’re Looking For : simple throwaway throwback power-pop
Work Drugs – Louisa : fucking terrible ‘yacht rock’; #musicforteenstogropeto
Brideshead – Never Grow Up : upbeat indie-pop; #c86 #swedishpop #fromGermany
Dead Weather, the – Dodge and Burn : (faux) dirty, greasy Zep-inspired rock; all seems a bit precious

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier : really excellent indie rock/pop/weird
Duran Duran – Paper Gods : oh sure, why not
Eagles Of Death Metal – Zipper Down : fun party rock; #snarky
Front Bottoms, the – Back On Top : fairly terrible emo/pop-punk
Futurebirds – Hotel Parties : shimmering, sauntering pop-country-psych
Grounders – Grounders : interesting (but a bit thin) indie/psych-pop
Here We Go Magic – Be Small : mmeh stab at modern synth/yacht/elastic-pop
Infinity Girl – Harm : hazy and atmospheric shoegaze rock; #pleasureinchaos
Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler : always sounds contemporary…
Joseph Arthur – Days of Surrender : thoroughly enjoyable poet-rock

Le Butcherettes – A Raw Youth : well-done, pounding rock/punk
Libertines, the – Anthems For Doomed Youth : historical reverence aside, a decent brit-rock album
Love Amongst Ruin – Lose Your Way : occasionally solid brit guitar-rock; #losesitsway
Lucero – All a Man Should Do : whiskey-soaked alt-country roadhouse-rock
Meg Myers – Sorry : exciting, dark, propulsive, catchy, sexy, …
Mercury Rev – The Light In You : into a nice and easy headspace
Metric – Pagans In Vegas : racing to the shit bottom of “popular”; #winning
Peaches – Rub : glitchy electro-art; #weird
Prince – HITnRUN Phase One : lame
Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows : very pleasant campfire s/s

Ricked Wicky – I Sell the Circus : quite good pollard, just shy of very good
Salad Boys – Metalmania : jubilantly messy/jangly pop-rock via New Zealand
Silversun Pickups – Better Nature : oh-so-easy-and-non-challenging indie rock
Soda Shop – Soda Shop : summer-soaked melancholia pop; #momentsofbrilliance
Stereophonics – Keep The Village Alive : kinda decent arena-facing rock
Stone Foxes, the – Twelve Spells : loose, (mildly) fun blues rockers; #bestservedlive
Strypes, the – Little Victories : “about as necessary as your Myspace password”
Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum : quite nice synth-rock; #bitofabore
Thrushes – Exposing Seas : swirling pop-gaze, femvox, decent listen
Vanilla – Origin : v interesting experimental/indie/beats/ambient; #grooves

Wavves – V : over-thunk and over-produced; a couple interesting spots
Widowspeak – All Yours : delightfully hazy Americana/indie/pop
Woolen Men, the – Temporary Monument : nicely jangly, sinewy rockers
!!! – As If : funky and brash dance-party workhorse
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – Country Agenda : laid-back, Dead-ish, country psych
All Them Witches – Dying Surfer Meets His Maker : solid, adventurous hard/psych/jam-rock
Andra Day – Cheers to the Fall : noice
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars : solidly mmeh, part deux
Beach Slang – The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us : anthemic teen power-punk; #fun!
Black Box Revelation, the – Highway Cruiser : fun blues-rock barroom rompers

Blank Tapes, the – Sha-La-Love : excellent DIY lo-fi psych-pop
Born Ruffians – Ruff : generally lousy pop/rock
CeeLo Green – Heart Blanche : mildly groovy; #whybother
Cheatahs – Mythologies : expansive rock, based in *-gaze; #uneven
Chris Walla – Tape Loops : fascinatingly expansive ambient space; #sowarm
Cinerama – Valentina : lush and delightful
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Angels & Ghosts : solid dusky rockers
Dead Ghosts – Love and Death and All the Rest : solid, retro (50s-60s) garage rock
Dilly Dally – Sore : fun, howling, and wild 90s-style grunge-punk; #Hole2.0
Dogs on Acid – Dogs on Acid shit emo

Echo Lake – Era : enjoyable gauzy indie-gaze-pop
EL VY – Return to the Moon : forgettably tepid
Fuzz – II : awesome old-skool power rock trio; #wellnamed
Grey Lands – Right Arm : fuzzed-out melodic indie-rock; #decentnotgreat
Grimes – Art Angels : oscillates between genius and insufferable
Hatcham Social – The Birthday Of The World : “science fiction themed art-pop odyssey”, an odd and strangely fulfilling ride; #latenight
James Leg – Below the Belt : kick-ass, gruff, blues/punk/gospel(?); #barritone
Jesse Malin – Outsiders : nice-enough heartland rock; #withsomegrit
Kickback, the – Sorry All Over the Place : decent pop-rock
Ludovico Einaudi – Taranta Project

Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? : subdued, introspective feels; #zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Mantles, the – All Odds End : very excellent jangly neo-psych; #bayarea #chills
Moon Taxi – Daybreaker : odd combo of mid-tempo prog, southern jam rock, and arena pop; #toopolished
Moving Panoramas – One : some interesting things, sounds like they ran out of ideas
Oberhofer – Chronovision : decent psych-pop
Ordinary Boys, the – The Ordinary Boys : so boring…
Pauw – Macrocosm Microcosm : loose and jangly 2015-era psych rock
Pearls – Pretend You’re Mine : a couple almost good tracks, else ultra-blah
Ricked Wicky – Swimmer to a Liquid Armchair : awesome pollard. This is why we pay attention…
Sonic Jesus – Neither Virtue Nor Anger : intense, dark and haunting psych

Space Daze – Capture A Thing : lovely, fuzzy, summery, indie-rock/pop
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar : nice-enough Americana cocktail party tunes
Summer Twins – Limbo : fun mix of sunny pop and fuzzy (psych-)rock
Supersuckers – Holdin’ The Bag : darn-enjoyable country-rock
Sweet Spirit – Cokomo : a fun, loose, party
Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy : very long, very ambitious, quite good; #requirespatience
White Fang – Chunks : loose ‘melodic’ punk
Winter Passing, the – A Different Space of Mind : shouty diy emo; #forshit
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Paper Mâché Dream Balloon : super-fun psych-rock/pop; #!!!!!!
JEFF the Brotherhood – Global Chakra Rhythms : great stoner/Eastern rock; #durgesandriffbombs



Parquet Courts – Palisades, Brooklyn NY 02-09

Luna – McCarren Park, Brooklyn NY, Northside Festival 06-11

Luna – The Garage, London UK 07-31

Luna – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK 08-01

Dr. Dog – Live at a Flamingo Hotel
Jack White – Live From Bonnaroo 2014
Gnarwolves – Daytrotter Session
Ty Segall Band – Live in San Francisco
Aerosmith – Up In Smoke
Karen O – Live from Crush Palace
They Might Be Giants – Flood Live in AUS
Afghan Whigs, the – Live at The Audio Club
Eels – Royal Albert Hall : “total bummer soft rock”
Mark Lanegan Band – High, Wild and Free Live in Cleveland

White Stripes, the – Under Amazonian Lights
Blitzen Trapper – Live Harvest
King Tuff & Ty Segall – Live at Pickathon 2013 (live)
Ryan Adams – Live At Carnegie Hall
Belle and Sebastian – Live 2015
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live in Paris
Rolling Stones, the – Sticky Fingers Live
Sonny Knight & The Lakers – Do It Live
Mazzy Star – Ghost Highway
Parquet Courts – Live at Third Man Records

Aerosmith – Rocks Donington 2014
Dead Moon – Tales from the Grease Trap, Vol. 1 Live at Satyricon
Drive-By Truckers – It’s Great to Be Alive!
Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream; Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Terminal Cheesecake – Cheese Brain Fondue Live in Marseille
Tame Impala – Riverside Theater Live



va – MOJO Presents: DavidHeroesBowie
Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 27
Mac DeMarco – Demos, Volume 1
Mantles, the – Extended Dorkout Singles and Leftovers
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound: The Collection
Universal Togetherness Band – Universal Togetherness Band
Mark Lanegan Band – A Thousand Miles Of Midnight Phantom Radio Remixes
Ronettes, the – I’m Gonna Quit While I’m Ahead (remaster)
St. Vincent – St. Vincent [Deluxe Edition]
US 69 – Yesterday’s Folks (reissue, orig 1969)

va – Jon Hopkins Late Night Tales
va – MOJO Presents: Change The Beat
va – MOJO Presents: Physical Graffiti Redrawn
Minus 5, the – Dungeon Golds
Happyness – Weird Little Birthday [Deluxe Edition]
Ataris, the – Record Store Day 2015
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (in Wingdings) [Remix]
Guru – Jazzmatazz Vol. 5 The Classic
Tom Z‚ – Tom Z‚ (reissue)
Useless Eaters – Singles 2011-2014

Lvl Up – Dark Sided Stuff
Twin Peaks – Mind Frames
Stones, the – Three Blind Mice
Actress – DJ Kicks
Pissed Jeans – Shallow (remaster)
Replacements, the – The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990
va – 12 Inch Dance Indie (3cd)
va – Los Angeles Soul Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy
va – Mojo Presents: Modern Life Is Rubbish
va – Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Volume 5

va – PC Music Volume 1
va – Pitch Perfect 2 OST
va – Uncut Into the Mystic
va – Whatever Nevermind A Tribute to Nirvana’s Nevermind
Arthur Russell – Corn
DJ Cam – Miami Vice (Inspired by the Series)
Rancid – All the Moonstomper’s
va – Modernists A Decade of Rhythm & Soul Dedication
va – Mojo Presents: Beyond Saturn
va – Mojo Presents: My Generation

va – Mojo Presents: The Roots of Fleetwood Mac
va – The Brighter Side: A 25th Anniversary Tribute to Uncle Tupelo’s No Depression
va – Tropical Disco Hustle, Volume Two
va – Uncut’s High Numbers
Frames, the – Longitude
va – Dore L.A. Soul Sides 2
Pavement – Secret History Vol 1 (1990-1992)
Minus – Beta Bugs
va – Dylan, Cash and The Nashville Cats A New Music City
va – Here Today! The Songs of Brian Wilson

va – MOJO Presents: David Gilmour & Friends
va – MOJO Presents: Life Companion – 15 Tracks That Shaped Keith Richards
va – Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock, vol.5: 1972
Cows – Stunning Cunts Volumes 1 and 2
Ryan Adams – 1989 : sounds exactly like a Ryan Adams album
va – Uncut Reason to Believe
Beat Happening – Look Around
Prins Thomas – Paradise Goulash
Brian Setzer Orchestra – Rockin’ Rudolph
Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Where the City Meets the Sky: Chasing Yesterday: The Remixes
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – It’s a Holiday Soul Party
Son Volt – Trace (20th anniv ed)
together PANGEA – The Phage EP
va – MOJO Presents: Costello- A Collection Of Unfaithful Music
va – MOJO Presents: Songs The Beatles Taught Us
va – Uncut: Back to the Garden
Ty Segall – Ty Rex



Ty Segall – Mr. Face EP
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP
Mamuthones/Evil Blizzard – Collisions 04 EP
Ryan Adams – No Shadow 7″
Teen Daze – A World Away EP
Amen Dunes – Cowboy Worship EP
Cee Lo Green – TV on The Radio EP
Angel Stanich – Cuatro Truenos Cayeron EP
Ex-Cult – Cigarette Machine EP
Shakey Graves – Nobody’s Fool EP

Slutever – Almost Famous EP
Surfer Blood – I Can’t Explain bw Death and The Maiden 12”
Grupo de expertos Solynieve – Lucro Cesante EP
Los Planetas – Dobles Fatigas EP
Death from Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979 single
Foo Fighters – Songs From The Laundry Room 10”
Violent Femmes – Happy New Year EP
White Stripes, the – Let You Down bw Ain’t No Sweeter Than Rita Blues Vault 23 single
Zero 7 – EP3
Amon Tobin – Dark Jovian EP

My Brightest Diamond – I Had Grown Wild EP
Ryan Adams – I Do Not Feel Like Being Good 7”
Sheer Mag – II EP : awesomely blown-out lo-fi swaggering indie-rockers
Spoon – Inside Out Remixes EP
Tracey Thorn – Songs from The Falling EP
Bonnie McKee – Bombastic EP
Class Actress – Movies EP
Colleen Green and Jeff The Brotherhood – split 7″
Fucked Up – Year Of The Hare single
Lvl Up – Three Songs 7″

Royal Blood – The Amazing Burger Planet EP
Prefuse 73 – Every Color of Darkness EP
Loop – Array 1 EP
FKA twigs – M3LL155X EP
Le Butcherettes and Melvins – Chaos As Usual split 10″
Arcade Fire – Get Right bw Crucified Again CDS
Decemberists, the – Florasongs EP
Poncho Brothers, the – Disco Azteca EP
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Planning Weed Like it’s Acid/Life Is Loss EP
Chromatics – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun single

Half Japanese – Bingo Ringo EP
Hinds – Very Best Of Hinds So Far EP




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