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Albums, Best of 2014, Calypso, Chain & The Gang, Cherry Ghost, clipping, Courtney Barnett, Essex, Fresh & Onlys, Gil Scott-Heron, Greg Gives Peter Space, Linda Perhacs, Lone, Luke Abbott, Mark Mcguire, Ought, Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Pure X, record shop, So Far, Soul Jazz, South, Southend, The Amazing Snakeheads, The Clientele, Woods, Young Fathers -

So like clockwork as June comes to a close everywhere will be pushing their best of the year (so far) lists on you.  And we're no different! Our list isn't as long and exhaustive as some, because let's face it, nobody can be bothered to trawl through lists in the hundreds.  So without further ado, here's what's been tickling our fancy so far in 2014. (In no particular order) Ought - More Than Any Other Day Debut album from one of Montreal’s most talked-about indie-rock bands. New studio recordings supplant the band’s 2012 Bandcamp release, one of Weird Canada’s “Albums...

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Amphetamine Ballads, Barbed Wire Kisses, book, competition, Damon Albarn, Domino, Jesus & Mary Chain, Record Store Day, Southend, test pressing, The Amazing Snakheads, The Horrors, The Wobby Lamps, Thee Oh Sees, With Light And With Love, Woods, Zoe Howe -

A week on from Record Store Day so as good a time as any to say thanks to everybody that made it down, DJ'd and did singings.  Should've done this last week, but I was knackered, soz. If you didn't get a chance to come down we had Zoë Howe signing copies of her Jesus & Mary Chain book, Barbed Wire Kisses (copies still available in-store, a month before it's official release), and we had DJ turns from Gregory Wells from Domino Records, Paul Lagden from the Wobbly Lamps and my mate Dean.  It was a busy old day, opening...

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Amphetamine Ballads, Castle Face, Do To The Beast, Domino, Drop, LP, South, Southend, Sub Pop, The Afghan Whigs, The Amazing Snakheads, Thee Oh Sees, Vinyl, With Light And With Love, Woods, Woodsist -

Four great new albums out this week, all with lovely artwork. Thee Oh Sees new one, Drop, which was preceded by this trippy video, premiered on Stereogum last week Woods return with their new LP With Light And With Love which continues their form of the last few records.  Last time I saw them play (at the ever expensive Cargo in London) they'd added more muscle to their Kraut-folk, which translates well on this album. The legendary Afghan Whigs are also back, with their first album in 16 years Do To The Beast.  And they're back on Sub Pop to top...

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