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Open Your Eyes

Bright Coloured Lights

Post-Black Tambourine noisy pop from Pam and Mike finally given a proper release. Includes a nifty little Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes cover.

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The Last Match

The Aislers Set

Where The Aislers' debut Terrible Things Happen's synthesis of 60s mod-pop, 70s punk and 80s/90s indie flavors provided an end-of-the-century summation of where pop had been and where it was heading, 2000's The Last Match upped the ante even farther. More ambitious in conception, The Last Match expanded the band's sound into more orchestral areas. While the songs are still driving and catchy as a fish hook, the arrangements are far more sophisticated. It's a must-listen album, one that fueled fond memories, sparked love affairs, set off spontaneous dance parties, and reminded us all of the power of song-craft and melodies and POP. 2014 reissues available now!

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Terrible Things Happen

The Aislers Set

The Aislers Set began as a vehicle for the songs of Linton, who had most recently co-led San Francisco's legendary Henry's Dress and drummed in Go Sailor with her pal Rose Melberg; this is their debut album from 1998. Not content to merely (!) write some of the most sublime pop tunes this side of Ray Davies, Linton got busy in her garage studio and recorded and produced almost the whole record by herself. It's a remarkable feat, and a love for such producers as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson shines from each and every groove. It's a beautiful, multi-layered record and a genuinely great achievement of home recording. 2014 reissues available now!

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Central

Nord Express

Central LP/CD

Dark, personal pop constructions that pay homage to such critical influences as third lp-era VU, Galaxie 500 and The Go-Betweens. The Nord sound is unique, though, and fans of groups like Bedhead and Empress should definitely check this out.

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Sharky

Nord Express

Sharky 7"

Stripped-down melancholic pop with an understated grandeur. Still, quiet catharsis.

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Just A Taste

various artists

18 song compilation drawn from the rare, early Summershine singles, including great songs by The Sugargliders, The Rainyard, The Earthmen and others. Brilliant 90's pop from this under-appreciated Australian label.

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The Softies

The Softies

The first ep from Rose and Jen. Sad, plaintive strummy pop for those rainy days. 8 songs unavailable anywhere else!

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Nord Express

Nord Express

Nord Express 12" vinyl/CD EP

Nord's superb and entrancing first release, featuring vocals from Pam Berry and production from Archie Moore. Understated, dark folk-pop with a stark presence.

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Beezer

Beatnik Filmstars

Beezer CD

Huge compilation of rare cuts, single tracks and outtakes from this Bristol group that specializes in spiky, Wedding Present-meets-Fall style pop.

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We Are Made Of The Same Wood

Boyracer

The last release by the classic Stew/Matty/Nic/Ged line-up. A perfect summation of the Boyracer sounds up to that point.

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Everyone Must Touch The Stove

Lorelei

Lorelei was a Virginia trio that took the sound of mid-80's alienation (think Cure, Crispy Ambulance) and added a shoegazer's love of wall of sound guitars and the rhythmic tangle of Moonshake or PiL. Deep, twisted stuff that stretches pop to its limit.

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Cabled Linear Traction

Hood

Unique and accomplished first album by this Leeds group who combined FSA fuzz/folk with post-rock and Antipodean pop. An essential document.

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Pink Noize

Beatnik Filmstars

Scrappy, edgy guitar chaos with a fair dose of twisted/repetitive songwriting by way of The Fall and Pavement.

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Belreve

Belreve

Belreve 7"/CD EP

Simple yet charmingly effective pop from this Ohio group featuring New Bomb Turks punk hero Matt Reber.

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Radio France Sessions EP

St. Christopher

Chiming pop from this one-time Sarah band with echoes of The Walker Brothers and Aztec Camera. Elegant, finely-crafted songs recorded live in the studio for French radio.

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Til Another Time

Linda Smith

Intimate lo-fi folk/pop from this pioneer of the bedroom recording community. Strong songs should please fans of early Magnetic Fields.

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Asleep

Lorelei

Asleep 7"

Our uncategorizable post-rock heroes, who somehow manage to blend Moonshake with early Cure and The Smiths. Essential.

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Something To Hold Onto

The Parasites

Brilliant sunny day punk-pop for fans of The Ramones, Mr T Experience and The Descendents. With a Leonard Cohen cover on the flip.

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