Rough Trade Albums of the Month, January 2014


Sleep – Tom the Lion

Total Strife Forever – East India Youth

Strong Feelings – Doug Paisley

Cursing the Sea – September Girls

Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds 1960 – 1978 – Various

Speedvark – Speedvark

A Tell All – Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy

Jinx – Weekend

Love’s Crushing Diamond – Mutual Benefit

Worried Man – Andrew Combs


Rough Trade Albums of the Month, December 2013


Join the Dots – Toy

Kid Face – Samantha Crain

Bowler Hat Soup – Kiran Leonard

The Blow – The Blow

The Double EP – A Sea of Split Peas – Courtney Barnett

Diabolical Synthetic Fantasia – Psychemagik

The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits – The Space Lady

Sum / One – bEEdEEgEE

Rough Trade Albums of the Month, November 2013


Caramel – Connan Mockasin

Shulamith – Polica

Lily & Madeleine – Lily & Madeleine

Lost Memory Theatre Act 1 – Jun Miyake

Let’s Be Still – The Head and the Heart

World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? – William Onyeabor

Torres – Torres

John Talabot DJ Kicks – Various

Free Your Mind – Cut Copy

Wenu Wenu – Omar Souleyman

Rough Trade Albums of the Month, October 2013


Psychic – Darkside

Drone Logic – Daniel Avery

Fuzz – Fuzz

No Way There from Here – Laura Cantrell

Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2 – Industrial / Post Punk / EBM – Classics And Rarities 79 – 83 – Various

Dromes – Younghusband

Troubadour – The Stepkids

Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey! – The Dirtbombs

Until the Colours Run – Lanterns on the Lake

Seasons of Your Day – Mazzy Star

Rough Trade Albums of the Month, September 2013


Factory Floor – Factory Floor

The Shadow of Heaven – Money

If You Wait – London Grammar

Nepenthe – Julianna Barwick

Moon Tide – Pure Bathing Culture

Melbourne – Jackson Scott

Crystal World – Marnie

I Hate Music – Superchunk

Do You Love the Sun – Scud Mountain Boys

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Guardian’s New Band Of The Day 2010 playlist

Am having one or two delays with compiling my own list of 2010’s musical highlights, so throwing someone else’s up seems like the perfect interim solution.

Some great stuff in here, lots of dreamy shoegaze vocals and drifting sounds which seems perfect for the hot summer weather we are having at the moment.

Highlights on first listen would include How to Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, Perfume Genius and some quality dubstep from Girl Unit. Well worth an hour or two of your time.

New Band Of The Day – Best of 2010

I wish the music industry was always like this (email from Asthmatic Kitty)

I received this email from Asthmatic Kitty records today. Asthmatic Kitty is an independent record label run by Sufjan Stevens that got hold of my email address because I bought his recent EP All Delighted People.

I am re-posting the entire email because it presents an insight in to the workings of a small record label in an effective way (and as such, is a fantastic eDM).

It will be interesting to see if this generates as much interest and debate about the future of music distribution as Radiohead, Trent Reznor/ Nine Inch Nails and Saul Williams have in recent years….