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Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A Stranger

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A StrangerMore heartbreak and droll humour from one of America’s underrated greats...

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album CollectionMotherlode: Spanning the decades with the Man in Black—59 albums-plus, across 63 discs...

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted ManA stripped-down - yet chart friendly - return...

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box set

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box setThe classic '86 solo album, lavishly packaged with extras...

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light OrchestraELO man upgrades his hits and re-imagines his youth...

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan BA real return to form, though it can't match Van's best...

R.E.M - Document reissue

R.E.M - Document reissue25th anniversary reissue, accompanied by contemporaneous live show...

Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The DistanceDrive-By Trucker lifts the lid on his crisis years...

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing MinstrelBack from the bargain bin, a lost piece of southern-soul-baring...

The XX - Coexist

The XX - CoexistSensual second proves even better than the first...

Produced By George Martin

Produced By George MartinA fascinating journey through the life of the producer who changed the world...

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - 35th anniversary box set

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - 35th anniversary box setShambolic punk artefact gets the grand, 3-CD and DVD box-set treatment, with lavish book. Punk...

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + Bone

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + BoneIt's now seven years since Damage, the last Blues Explosion album, a hiatus during which Jon...

Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - ShieldsClass of '09 grads think bigger; wilder.

Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention reissues

Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention reissuesThe Zappa Motherlode: 12 albums reissued this month and 48 more by the end of the year...

Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - SunThe once-troubled singer returns. Has she finally got her shit together?

Calexico - Algiers

Calexico - AlgiersThe desert rockers soak up some New Orleans spirit, with refreshing results...

Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - TempestBob Dylan’s fantastic new album opens with a train song. Given the wrath to come and the often...

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz“Sometimes you gotta go get mad!” The full gang reconvene in Baltimore for a feral but friendly...

Bill Fay - Life Is People

Bill Fay - Life Is PeopleBeautifully measured return to the studio from this humble master of English song...

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A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!


By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the...