Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche Released in 2006 as a follow-up to Sufjan Stevens' 2005 Illinois, Asthmatic Kitty Records is finally releasing Avalanche on vinyl. Initially conceived as part of a double album version of Illinois, Avalanche instead became a "companion" (a polite word for "b-sides") to Illinois. Since its release, fans have had mixed reactions. "3 versions of Chicago?!?! Enough already," wrote ‘biografiend" on Sputnik. But "cravenmonket," who gave the album 4.5 stars on rateyourmusic, suggests that we all "stop thinking of The Avalanche as more Illinois. It actually owes more to Michigan." Cravenmonket may be right. Take "The Mistress Witch" or "Saul Bellow," both of which could have lived on the 2003 Michigan as much as on Illinois. One can hear Sufjan's 2004 Enjoy Your Rabbit in "The Undivided Self." And the band jam on "Springfield" looks forward to 2010's All Delighted People. Then there's "Pittsfield," which, at least lyrically, foreshadows the more personal themes of 2015's Carrie & Lowell. All that to say, a vinyl release of Avalanche is long overdue. With gratitude, we happily present Avalanche as a 2xLP a mere twelve years after its release, complete with all 21 songs from the original release, including the three versions of "Chicago" (you're welcome, biografiend). Rough Trade LP
Amyl And The Sniffers Amyl And The Sniffers We've got some A2 sized posters to give away with the album, they're FREE, you just need to pay a little more P&P. Indies exclusive LP is on green coloured vinyl. The highly anticipated debut full length album from Amyl And The Sniffers, fuzzy garage-punk tunes. Rough Trade Records CD | LP
Soak Grim Town We've got some A2 sized posters to give away with the album, they're FREE, you just need to pay a little more P&P. Indies exclusive LP includes a bonus 7". SOAK returns after 4 years with a new album, bringing with her 4 years worth of growth, introspection and understanding. The result is Grim Town, the follow-up to her Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut Before We Forgot How To Dream, which saw her win the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, and the European Border Breaker Award, in addition to being shortlisted for a Q Award. Rough Trade Records CD | LP
Girl Band the Talkies The second full length album from the Irish post-punk / indie-rock group Girl Band, following on from their acclaimed 2015 debut Holding Hands With Jamie. The Talkies is living, breathing, in a continual state of metamorphosis. It encompasses everything there is to love about Girl Band while simultaneously causing an exciting level of discomfort. The moaning and sawing guitars, atonal blankets of sound, abstractive lyrical repetition, chugging snare and ascending/descending snakes and ladders noise-rock guitar deliver something that is so distinctively Girl Band. Rough Trade Records CD | LP Pre-Order
black midi talking heads / crow's perch 12" single from the acclaimed and enigmatic London-based indie-rockers black midi. “Talking Heads” is a calculated intensity, driven by frenzied percussion, bright, vivacious guitar, and spastic vocals. “We've always tried to make it heavy but danceable, melodic but good rhythms,” says vocalist and guitarist, Geordie Greep. “It is accessible music, there are experimental aspects that we've taken from when we went crazy at the beginning, we've just reigned it in to make something that is pop music.” Rough Trade Records 12"