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Bill Fay - Life Is People

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

The Kinks - The Kinks At The BBC

The Kinks - The Kinks At The BBCFrom the beginning the Kinks’ career was intimately entwined with the BBC. In the year following...

James Yorkston - I Was A Cat From A Book

James Yorkston - I Was A Cat From A BookAlt.folkie calms down, but still delivers some classics...

Ry Cooder - Election Special

Ry Cooder - Election SpecialRyland’s points a righteous finger at the “deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar”...

Lee Hazelwood - A House Safe For Tigers

Lee Hazelwood - A House Safe For TigersSoundtrack album, from Hazlewood’s mysterious exile in Sweden...

Elton John - 5 Classic Albums (1970 - 73)

Elton John - 5 Classic Albums (1970 - 73)From humble ivory-tickler to global sensation - the singer-songwriter's rise chronicled...

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature ThemesNow available in stereo: LA minstrel’s junkshop hi-fi comes to life...

Ride reissues

Ride reissuesShoegazing icons majestic catalogue reissued...

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard Lounge

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard LoungeMomentous all-star blues jam in Chicago...

Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings 1972 - 1982

Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings 1972 - 1982Remastered, if not remade or remodelled: Roxy’s radical motherlode...

Blur - 21: The Box

Blur - 21: The BoxHolding on for tomorrow… The definitive British band of the 1990s unveil their definitive boxset (...

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem - HandwrittenFourth album signals a slight shift. But is it in the right direction?

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo MagellanBrooklyn brainiacs go back to basics? Not quite...

Philadelphia International Records:The 40th Anniversary Box Set

Philadelphia International Records:The 40th Anniversary Box SetSleek, mammoth 10 CD box from Seventies soul’s orchestral kings...

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me BackDefinitive statement from the whip-smart, uncompromising string band...

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - reissues

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - reissuesSix core, transitional works of Will Oldham's canon remastered...

Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hotdog Streets

Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hotdog StreetsLawrence unveils his Novelty Rock masterpiece...

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy - Live From The Artists Den

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy - Live From The Artists DenRelaxed session from the Golden God of Nashville...

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee ReaperThe vanguard's first three albums are difficult, but peerless...

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The UniverseHeroic comeback album from soul giant...

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Editor's Letter

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...