My Whole Life - Gun Outfit
Gun Outfit threw everyone a total curveball with their demos. We thought they were another albeit brilliant american lo-fi band... Gun Outfit's album is a complete step up, splicing the best of Jim O'Rourke, Silver Jews and Sebadoh. There album's out now on No Age's PPM label and they play Trof NQ in October.
Fever Dreaming - No Age
We've always been pretty big fans of No Age...their first two albums were great and the way they conduct themselves as a band sets an example to all new bands in this major label-less void (thank god). The new album out really soon on Sub Pop is their most accessible yet, packed with hooks, melody but unmistakenly No Age
Oh Baby - Colleen Green
Avid readers of these playlists might realise that this is where the seeds of our record label Suffering Jukebox were sown. Colleen Green was our second release and the album 'Milo Goes To Compton' is our favourite this year. Great things are in store for our favourite Cali-stoner and 'Oh Baby' just shows how great a songwriter she is. Available on Colleen Green's MySpace
Twelve Roses - Beach Fossils
Beach Fossils seven inch on Captured Tracks was one of our number ones last year and the album carries on where they left off. This isn't lo-fi, were The Byrds lo-fi? It's just really well recorded pop music. Beach Fossils play the Deaf Institute in October
Celestica - Crystal Castles
How weird is it that Crystal Castles are this HUGE band? They make really weird, abrasive, experimental noise yet the strength of their songs and melodies make it totally immediate and catchy. The fact that they are HUGE makes us sleep better at night ha
Eyes Hands Mouth - Explode Into Colors
Just as we really got into Explode Into Colors they went and split up. Not completely sure how to describe them but they have alot in common with the New York No Wave scene, PiL and maybe even ESG. Really enamoured with their album 'Quilts'
Peppermint - Spectrals
Spectrals first seven inch on the Moshi Moshi label sees them disgarding the wilfully obtuse sound of their Captured Tracks debut. Peppermint could have been written at any point in the last 60 years and reminds us weirdly of 'Build Me Up Buttercup' from There's Something About Mary and there really is no higher compliment
Can't You See - Milk Maid
This is the B-Side from their forthcoming release on our label. Coming on like the best skewed romantic since Bob Pollard; Martin Cohen's Milk Maid are just going from strength to strength. This is awesome