The Bordellos : Debt Sounds [Small Bear Records]

“The idea behind the LP was to get back to basics, so I set down these ground rules:

1. All recorded on old tape 4 track, using microphones and recording equipment bought from pound shops and cash convertors for under £5.
2. All tracks recorded on 4 tracks only no overdubs
3. All vocal tracks would be first take only even if disaster struck whilst recording ,so a lot of these songs have only ever been sang once.
4. All songs recorded would have been written that week . so the rest of the band would never have heard them before recording.
5. every song started would be completed that night so no going back.

It was recorded over 10 consecutive Friday nights during that 10 weeks. There were two romantic break ups (the two ex girlfriends actually sang on some of the tracks to add to the spice), and only just before the start a marriage had also broken up. There was lots of alcohol consumed lots of madness. It is the sound of four people going out of their minds , Looking back, I wonder how Dan managed as he only turned 17 during the recording of this lp, but his teenage angst mixed with our midlife crises made for a very dark work of art. This was supposed to be our third Brutarian Records release, but a label that boasted in its bumph as releasing uncommercial uncompromising music refused to release it as it was too uncompromising and uncommercial. I have very fond memories of this LP; recording it was an experience that was only matched in madness when recording our ‘Ronco Revival Sound’ LP.

Please sit back and enjoy.”

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Format: 17 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAVE
Released: 15 Mar 2018 (2 Feb 2009)
Style: Indie Pop, Lo-Fi

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Nanaki : Epilogue [Small Bear Records]

Tracklist:
1. Farewell 05:11
2. I Still Remember 05:57
3. What Could Have Been 05:52
4. As We Fade 08:56
5. Like Distant Dreams 05:57
6. Into The Afterlife 18:10

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Format: 6 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAVE
Released: 27 Jan 2018
Style: Indie Rock, Post-Rock

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Gogo Yubari : The Yes Yes Sound Of Gogo Yubari [none]

“DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM.

Download it for free and give any money you would have spent to a charity. A good one. How about these guys? They rock.

www.refugee-action.org.uk

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Format: 14 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAVE
Released: 31 Jan 2017
Style: Alternative Rock, Emo, Experimental, Post-Hardcore, Post-Punk

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Dog, Paper, Submarine : TROUBLE ON EARTH [none]

“Formed in Malmö, Sweden by Martin Månsson Sjöstrand (vocals and guitar), Emil Engblom (bass) and Carolina Carlbom (drums and vocals), Dog, Paper, Submarine’s third Small Bear release may be their catchiest and most immediate yet. Recalling the sound of indie-rock’s golden era, the band have been favourably compared to the likes of Guided By Voices, Pavement and Sebadoh, whilst retaining a recognisable sonic identity of their own. Packing 8 songs into 20 minutes, Trouble On Earth veers from propulsive, fuzzed-up rock to janglier, sometimes more downbeat fare, making unexpected detours but always packed with inviting melodies. Existing fans of the band (and frontman Martin’s lo-fi side project This Heel) will not be disappointed, as everything that has made previous releases great is present here, with enough fresh twists and turns to make this record a vital addition to their catalogue.”

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Format: 8 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAVE
Released: 7 Oct 2016
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

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Reptilians From Andromeda : Sonic Rabbit Hole [Small Bear Records]

“Formed by Aybike Çelik Özbey (Vocals) and Tolga Özbey (Guitar/Bass) in Istanbul, Turkey and joined by Johnny the Tramp (Drums), the band describe their music as No-Wave/Garage/Post-Punk, recorded and produced with a do-it-yourself attitude. Released just in time to soundtrack the return of spring, the EP will be perfect for listening to as the weather improves, or for taking your mind off the rain if the sun is reluctant to return! Five tracks of upbeat and melodic (not to mention sometimes downright strange) indie-rock akin to the likes of The Raveonettes (but with more animal noises!), give ‘Sonic Rabbit Hole’ a chance and we think you might just find yourself with a new favourite record, and band.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAVE
Released: 5 Apr 2016
Style: Alternative Rock, Pop Punk, Garage Rock, Experimental

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Nanaki : Dandelion Radio Session [Small Bear Records]

“The Nanaki session sees Mikie, guitarist of manx alt-rockers Postcode, revisiting material from the early days of the band, in fact it is the setlist from their first gigs. Mainly consisting of tracks originally found on the now unavailable debut album ‘Fashion Is The Enemy Of All Art’, the music found here often exhibits less of a post-rock sound, being closer in some ways to post-punk. As well as being an opportunity to present improved versions of older material and to introduce it to a new audience, the session was intended to provide something of an insight into the Nanaki live experience of days-gone-by. Although it may prove difficult to listen to the EP in a small, smoky venue, to best experience this record it is recommended that it is played at high volume.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC
Released: 20 Jul 2015
Style: Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Post-Rock

Dog, paper, submarine : Signal From Kepler​-​22b [Small Bear Records]

“The follow-up to last year’s eponymous EP, Signal From Kepler 22b comes hot on the heels of two solo releases from DPS frontman Martin Månsson Sjöstrand under the ‘This Heel’ banner earlier in 2015. Completed by bassist Emil and drummer Carro, Dog, Paper, Submarine deal in fuzzy, lo-fi, melodic indie-rock of the sort that journalists once liked to refer to as ‘skewed-pop’, comparable to the likes of Guided By Voices, Pavement, Lilys and Elephant 6-ers like Neutral Milk Hotel but with an identity all their own. ‘Signal From Kepler 22b’ retains the charm, energy and joy that made last year’s self-titled Small Bear debut one of 2014’s great records for those that heard it, whilst in places veering off into spikier, more angular and discordant post-punk territory. Pair this with the recently-released ‘This Heel II’ EP and we promise you’ve got a perfect soundtrack to the summer!”

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Format: 7 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps, FLAC, ALAC
Released: 10 Jul 2015
Style: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Noise Pop