1 CD / Heavenly / 2014-09-02Tracks: Digsaw; Wide at Midnight; Gravedweller; Fragile Male; Burn Out The Bruise; Wire Frame Mattress; Beehive Queen; Weights and Ties; Part Time Model; Summer Again; Robe For Juda; Crying Clown; Track 13
Artists: The Wytches
Recording information: Toe Rag Studios.
Judging from their debut album, 2014's Annabel Dream Reader, the U.K.-based act the Wytches aim for a deliberately primitive sound, with Kristian Bell's ...continue...
1 CD / Merge / 2014-08-05Tracks: Back with You Again in the World; Japanese Vacation; Chem Trails; Summer of '79; Coffin Car; Walking Bubble; We Got Problems; Eyes of Death
Artists: Spider Bags
Personnel: Dan McGee, Steve Oliva (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Rock Forbes (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Wesley Wolfe.
Recording information: Warrior Sound, Chapel Hil...continue...
1 CD / Grand Jury / 2014-08-05Tracks: I Found a New Way; Strawberry Smoothie; Mirror of Time; Sloop Jay D; Making Breakfast; Strange World; Fade Away; Sweet Thing; Stranger World; Telephone; Flavor; Ordinary People; Good Lovin'; Hold On;...
Artists: Twin Peaks (Chicago)
Personnel: Clay Frankel (vocals, guitar, melodica, piano, organ); Cadien James (vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, sampler); Malcolm Brown (vocals, synthesizer); Connor Brodner (vocals, dr...continue...
1 CD / Mexican Summer / 2014-07-22Tracks: Inside My Fall; Her Way Has Come; Sweet Dear; Beginning Remains the End, The; Everywhere I Go; Last Hit; What You Want You Got It; So High
Artists: La Hell Gang
Personnel: KB Cabala (vocals, guitar); Sarwin (vocals); Nes (drums).
Recording information: BYM Records.
On Thru Me Again, La Hell Gang trade the garage...continue...
1 CD / Merge / 2014-07-15Tracks: North Cackalacky Girl; Never Coming Home; Falling Rain; If You Gotta Leave; You Did Wrong; Once More; My My; Starting New; Baby, It's Too Late; In My Dreams; I'm Trying (To Be the Man You Need)
Artists: The Reigning Sound
Personnel: Greg Cartwright (vocals, guitar); Mike Catanese (guitar, background vocals); Krista Wroten (violin); Jana Misener (cello); Adam Woodward (piano); Dave Amels (organ); Benjamin Trokan (bass g...continue...
1 CD / Castle Face / 2014-06-24Tracks: Wizard Doesn't Need a Computer, A; Night of Fear (Move); Rip It to Pieces; Robotic Footprints; Birdz; Dungeon Blues; Hunger; Her Incredible Shoes; Spooky Eyes; Schadenfreude; Parakeet; Town Feeling
Artists: Dan Melchior und Das Menace
Audio Mixer: Dan Melchior.
Recording information: Columbus Discount Studios.
Moving further from the ragged roots-influenced music that first made his name, Dan Melchior delivers a set o...continue...
1 CD / Polyvinyl / 2014-06-24Tracks: Cool; Funn; Half Bad; She Wants To; Conspirator; Ohh (Yeah)
Artists: White Reaper
Personnel: Lexi Drexelius (vocals, keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Trip Barriger; Jim Marlow.
Recording information: Louisville, KY.
Photographer: Ryan Carter.
The debut EP by th...continue...
1 CD / In the Red Records / 2014-06-24Tracks: Brainded Warrior; Fog, The; Magic; No Blade of Grass; Tuff Guy Hands; Down the Drain; Blazer; Psychomania; I Am the Weekend; Randy; Soul Sound; Voices of the Paranoid; [Untitled]
Artists: Zig Zags
Audio Mixer: Chris Woodhouse.
Pounding out buzzy, doomstruck rock that lurks somewhere between metal, hardcore, stoner rock, and whatever else those kids in Gummo were into, the Zig Zags sound ...continue...
1 CD / Warner Bros. / 2014-06-09Tracks: Judgment, Rage, Retribution and Thyme; Generation Spokesmodel; What Moves the Heart?; Today Is a Good Day; Into Yer Shtik; In My Finest Suit; F.D.K.; Orange Ball-Peen Hammer; Crankcase Blues; Executi...
Mudhoney: Mark Arm (vocals, electric guitar); Steve Turner (electric guitar); Matt Lukin (electric bass); Dan Peters (drums, marimba).
Additional personnel: Jon Wahl (harmonica); Renestair E.J....continue...
1 CD / Innovative Leisure / 2014-06-03Tracks: Four Horsemen; Torpedo; Cherry Street; Dark Matter; Sooner or Later; Fired; Nobo; Time; 7th Seal; Everybody's Happy Nowadays; Reaction; Wayne Interest; Money Jar; Car Crash
Artists: Tijuana Panthers
Photographer: Nick Walker .
Hailing from Long Beach, California, Tijuana Panthers conjure up a lo-fi cloud of surf guitar, garage rock melodies, and punk rock minimalism on their third full-len...continue...
1 CD / Domino / 2014-05-19Tracks: Two Doves on a Lake; In White Relief; We Are Floating; Love to Pin You Down; Lori from the Outer Reaches; Cluster Up and Hover; Glory, Sweat, and Flow; Hunch Your Body, Love Somebody; Country Miles
Artists: Archie Bronson Outfit
Audio Mixer: Boe Weaver.
Recording information: Distillery.
Editor: Capitol K.
Coming four years after the streamlined, roughly danceable sound of 2010's Coconut, Archie Bronson O...continue...
1 CD / Saddle Creek Records / 2014-05-19Tracks: Judas Booth; Manufactured Crisis Control; Pitch Black; Circles; Dark Haired Suitor; Post Grad; Sacred Harp BFK; No Words; Spooky Scary; Small World; Youniverse
Personnel: Clayton Parker, Daniel Lucca Pujol, Brett Rosenberg (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jeremy Ferguson.
Recording information: Studio Z.
Nashville indie hero Daniel Pujo...continue...
1 CD / Hardly Art / 2014-05-13Tracks: Losing to the Dark; Summer of Love; Running Wild; Fall in Place; All My Love Is for You; Hour of the Dawn; Kiss This Town Away; Control; 10-Headed Goat Wizard; Storm's End
Artists: La Sera
Personnel: Katy Goodman (vocals); Tod Adrian Wisenbaker (guitar); Michael Gleeson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Joel Jerome.
With each La Sera album, Katy Goodman switches things up, working wit...continue...
1 CD / Nonesuch (USA) / 2014-05-13Tracks: Weight of Love; In Time; Turn Blue; Fever; Year in Review; Bullet in the Brain; It's Up to You Now; Waiting on Words; 10 Lovers; In Our Prime; Gotta Get Away
Artists: The Black Keys
Personnel: Dan Auerbach (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Brian Burton (piano, keyboards); Patrick Carney (keyboards, drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tchad Blake.
Recording information: Easy...continue...
1 CD / FatCat Records (England) / 2014-05-06Tracks: Erreur Humaine; Tongues; Someone New; Owls Talons Clenching My Heart; Give Up; Alone; Honest Romance, An; Narcissist; Let's All Let Go; Great Bear; YCF; War Cry
Audio Mixer: Peter Katis.
Recording information: Pierce's Place, Highland Mills, NY.
Illustrator: Jill Collins.
Photographers: PAWS; Josh Swinney; Gracie Magee.
1 CD / Goner Records / 2014-04-29Tracks: Shattered Circle; Ties You Up; Midnight Passenger; Confusion Hill; Catholic Entries; Flickering Eyes; Venice Illusion; Sid Visions; Not a Threat; Lights out Club
Audio Mixer: Doug Easley.
Photographer: Jamie Harmon.
Ex-Cult sounded more than promising on their self-titled debut album in 2012, but they really get down to business on their second f...continue...
1 CD / Fortuna Pop / 2014-04-22Tracks: Devitalize; Never Been Properly Loved; I'm a Choice (Not a Child); Stuck In a Box; Got To Have It Everyday; Fairy Dust; Mum's the Word; Crime Don't Pay; What Are You In Here For?; Minimum Rock N Roll...
Artists: Chain & the Gang
Personnel: Chain & the Gang (background vocals); Ian Svenonius, Katie Alice Greer (vocals); Brett Lyman (electric guitar); Chris Sutton (bass guitar); Fiona Campbell (drums).
Audio Mixer: Brend...continue...
1 CD / Castle Face / 2014-04-15Tracks: Penetrating Eye; Encrypted Bounce; Savage Victory; Put SOme Reverb On My Brother; Drop; Camera (Queer Sound); King's Nose; Transparent World; Lens, The
Artists: Thee Oh Sees
Personnel: John Dwyer (vocals, guitar, Mellotron, synthesizer, percussion); Greer McGettrick (vocals); Mikal Cronin (alto saxophone); Casafis (baritone saxophone); Chris Woodhouse (Mellotron, drums)....continue...
1 CD / Burger Records / 2014-04-08Tracks: Water to Wine; Bye Bye Queenie; Broke; Darlin'; Alabama Man; Hooked; Mama's Got the Blues; Pain Pills; Runnin' Through the Woods; Charlie's Blues
Artists: Denney and the Jets
Personnel: Chris Denney (vocals, guitar); Matt Menold (guitar, organ); Charles Garmendia (drums, percussion); Eduardo Duquesne (percussion, background vocals); Andrew Katz (background vocals).
1 CD / Castle Face / 2014-03-25Tracks: Pulse; Moneyman; Submarine; Bye Bye Floating Charm; Spell Breakers; Is It Over; Airplane Ride; Caterpillar; New Heroes of Subscription Services; Mirror Too/You & Me; Sleeping Inn; Pineapple Program N...
Artists: Burnt Ones
Audio Mixers: William Keihn; Mark Tester; Brian Dove.
Recording information: 09/2013-12/2013.
Since their beginnings as a band of fuzztone-wielding, lo-fi garage stompers with a T. Rex f...continue...
1 CD / Suicide Squeeze / 2014-03-18Tracks: Follow Me; Shut Up; Springfield Cannonball; Merry Go Round; Love Em and Leave Em; Zombie; Smother; Dead Battery; Adderall; Derek's Song; I Wait; Drive
Artists: The Coathangers
Recording information: The Living Room, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Jenny .
By their own admission, the Coathangers got their start when they literally couldn't play their instruments, so...continue...
1 CD / Vice / 2014-03-18Tracks: Drive-By Buddy; Smiling; Make You Mine; Funny; Dorner Party; Justice After All; Boys in the Wood; Waiting; Do the Vibrate; I Don't Wanna Go Home; Dandelion Dust; Dog Years
Artists: Black Lips
Audio Mixers: Jimmy Douglass; Beau Vallis.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios (2013); Dunham Studios, Brooklyn, NY (2013); Haptown Studios, Nashville, TN (2013); Living Room Studios, Atla...continue...
1 CD / In the Red Records / 2014-03-18Tracks: 2018; Trouble; Atom Age; Kill the Kool; Rip Up the Streets; Autobahn; Beat You Up; Get Our Kicks; Take Pleasure in Someone Else's Pain (Crap Detectors); Chem Trails; Liars, The; Army Life; Kill the K...
Artists: The Spits
At their best, the Spits sound like the Ramones with one of the guys from Devo sitting in on synth, with everything that description entails. The melodies are catchy but dirt-simple, the forward movem...continue...
1 CD / Metal Postcard / 2014-03-11Tracks: Land of Laughs; Fig Leaf; Mrsa; Trap Door; Girls On the Lake; Dogs; Wick is Sick; Westcoast; Today; Boomerang; Donkey Island; Two Brothers
Artists: The Woolen Men
Compiled from four years of releases on labels like Eggy Records, Gnar Tapes 'n Shit, and Apes Tapes, Dog Years captures the scruffy, lo-fi energy of the Portland trio in 12 short blasts of sparse, Wi...continue...
1 CD / Castle Face / 2014-03-04Tracks: Going in Circles; Postcards; Young Reckless Hearts; Someday You Will Understand; Forbidden Emotion; Save This Dance for Me; When Your Eyes Meet Mine; One I Need, The; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; Things ...
Artists: Warm Soda
Personnel: Matthew Melton (vocals, guitar); Chase Oren, Rob Good (guitar); Robin Milliken (cello); Ian McBrayer (drums).
Recording information: Fuzz City Studios.
When Matthew Melton sta...continue...