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Included on this page are selections that have been favourably reviewed in some or all of the following publications NME, Q and Uncut plus any other publication that catches my eye in the newsagent from time to time.

The Year So Far Archive

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In The Shops Soon (UK)


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Biffy Clyro
Cee-lo Green
Damon Albarn
Fat White Family
Fleetwood Mac
Frank Ocean
Frank Turner
Friendly Fires
Grace Jones
Guy Garvey
James Blake
John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Kanye West
Keith Richards
Miles Kane
Mystry Jets
New Order
Primal Scream
PJ Harvey
Teenage Fanclub
The Libertines
The Stone Roses
The Who
The XX


Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To Elegy
AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
D'Angelo & The Vangard - Black Massiah
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - I'm Your Mind Fuzz

Panda Bear - ...Meets The Grim Reaper

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
The Charlatans - Modern Nature
Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again
Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
The Staves - If I Was
Gaz Coombes - Matador
Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band - Take It Like A Man
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Euros Childs - Eilaag

Father Johm Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Peace - Happy People
Bjork - Vulnicura
Bob Dylan - Shadows In The Night
Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space
The Unthanks - Mount The Air
Dutch Uncles - O Shudder
Johnny Greenwood - Inherent Vice OST
Marika Hackman - We Sleep At Last
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
Ghost Poet - Shedding Skin
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
Will Butler - Policy

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
The Cribs - For All My Sisters
Laura Marling - Short Movie
Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers - Seasonal Hire
Matthew E White - Fresh Blood

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase
Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves
Mini Mansions - The Great Pretenders
The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
Drenge - Undertow

Blur - The Magic Whip
Torres - Sprinter
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
David Corley - Available Light
The Prodigy - The Day Is My Enemy
Bill Fay - Who Is The Sender
The Very Best - Makes A King
Villagers - Darling Arithmetic
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
Django Django - Born Under Saturn
Holly Herndon - Platform
Best Coast - California Nights
Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
Hot Chop - Why Make Sense?

The Vaccines - English Graffiti
Palma Violets - Danger In The Club
Graham Parker & The Rumour - Mystry Glue

Florance + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Motorcade Amnesiacs
Muse - Drones
Jamie XX - In Colour
F.F.S. - F.F.S.
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Leftfield - Alternative Light Source
Soak - Before We Forgot How To Dream
Dawes - All Your Favourite Bands
Everything Everything - Get To Heaven
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Jim O' Rourke - Simple Songs

Kathryn Williams - Hypoxia
LA Priest - Inji
Field Music - Music For Drifters
Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

Neil Young - The Monsanto Years
Tame Impala - Currents
Danny & The Champions Of The World - What Kind Of Love
Fraser A Gorman - Slow Gum
The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
Elbow - Lost Worker Bee EP
Wilko - Star Wars
Miguel - Wildheart
Albert Hammond Jr. - Momentary Masters
Field Music - Music For Drifters
The Maccabees - Marks To Proove It
Titus Andronics - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Beach House - Depression Cherry
Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There
Mac DeMarco - Another One
Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People
Ultimate Painting - Green Lanes
Foals - What Went Down
The Bohicas - The Making Of
The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily
Robert Forster - Songs To Play
Low - Ones & Sixes
Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart
Beirut - No No No
Battles - La Di Da Di
New Order - Music Complete
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows
Mercury Rev - The Light In You
The Libertines - Anthems For A Doomed Youth
Public Immage Limited - What The World Needs Now...
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
Craig Finn - Faith In The Future
Squeeze - Cradle To The Grave
Stereophonics - Keep The Village Alive
Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Dead Weather - Dodge And Burn
John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
Euros Childs - Sweetheart
Joanna Newsom - Divers
Sexwitch - Sexwitch
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Re Issues/Compilations

John Grant With The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Live In Concert
Various Artists - Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes
Frank Turner - The Third Three Years
The Go-Betweens - G Stands For Go-Betweens
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible 20
Sparks - Kimono My House
The Pretty Things - Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky
Royal Trux - Pound For Pound
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Dr. Feelgood - Live At The BBC
Super Furry Animals - MWNG
Steel Pulse - Hansworth Revolution
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition]
Audience - The House On The Hill
Ryan Adams - Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall
Pete Townshend - Truancy: The Very Best Of...
Michael Head & The Strands - The Magical World Of The Strands/The Old World
Air - The Virgin Suicides
Taste - I'll remember
Led Zeppelin - Presence/In Through The Out Door/Coda
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath/Paranoid/Master Of Reality
Julian Cope - Fried/World Shut Your Mouth [Expanded Editions]
Roger Waters - Amused To Death
Various Artists - Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85
David Bowie - Five Years 1969-1973
The Band - The Capitol Albums 1968-1977
Michael Head & The Strands - The Magical World Of The Strands
Peter Gabriel - (1,2,3,4)



Belle And Sebastian - The Party Line
PJ Harvey - Red Right Hand
Noel Gallagher - Do The Damage
AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
Smashing Pumpkins - Tiberius
San Fermin - Paradise
Pond - Sitting Up On Our Crane
Coldplay - Miracles
Dutch Uncles - Decided Knowledge
Pand Bear - Boys Latin
Django Django - First Light
St Vincent - Bad Believer
Peace - I'm A Girl
The Vaccines - Handsome
Noel Gallagher - The Ballad Of The Mighty I
Matthew E White - Rock & Roll Is Cold
San Fermin - Jackrabbit
Bob Dylan - Stay With Me
Kate Tempest - Bad Place For A Good Time
Laura Marling - False Hope
Courtney Barnet - Pedestrian At Best
Father John Misty - Chateulobby #4
Villagers - Courage
The Cribs - Burning For No One
The Unthanks - Mount The Air
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
The Very Best - Lat Go
Young Fathers - Rain Or Shine
Palma Violets - Danger In The Club
Paul Weller - White Sky
Kanye West - Wolves
The Barr Brothers - Come In To The Water
The Cribs - I See Your Pictures Every Day
Sufjan Stevens - No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross
Wolf Alice - Giant Peach
Father John Misty - Heart Shaped Box
Laura Marling - Bron-Yr-Aur
Lucy Rose - Our Eyes
Mumford & Sons - Believe
Kanye West - U Mad
My Morning Jacket - Big Decisions
Muse - Psycho
Django Django - Reflection
Johnny Marr - I Feel You
Kanye West - Awesome
Best Coast - Heaven Sent
Villagers - Hot Scary Summer
Kendric Lamar - King Kunta
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
Blur - There Are Too Many Of Us
Brian Wilson - Sail Away
Florance + The Machine - St Jude
Muse - Deep Inside
Blur - Lonesome Street
Wolf Alice - I Saw You (In A Coridor)
Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down
Florance + The Machine - Ship To Wreck
The National - Sunshine On My Back
Hot Chip - Need You Now
Palma Violets - Englist Tongue
Best Coast - Feeling OK
Sufjan Stevens - Exploding Whale
The Vaccines 20/20
Spector - Bad Boyfriend
Muse - Mercy
Tame Impala - Eventually
Mystry Jets - Blood Red Balloon
Ryan Adams - I Don't Feel Like Being Good
Tame Impala - Diciples
Hot Chip - Burning Up
FFS - Collaborations Don't Work
Elbow - What Time Do You Call This?
Florance + The Machine - Delilah
Sun Kil Moon - Garden Of Lavender
The Strypes - Eighty-Four
Low - No Comprende
Mac DeMarco - Another One
Frank Turner - The Next Storm
Neil Young - Wolf Moon
The Maccabees - Something Like Happiness
Jamie XX - Pianna
Blur - Ong Ong
Richard Hawley - Which Way
Kathryn Williams - Tango With Marco
Elbow - Lost Worker Bee
Ghost Poet - Sorry My Love, It's You Not Me
Hot Chip - Started Right
Jamie XX - Stranger In A Room
Kendrik Lamar - Alright
The Libertines - Gunga Din
FFS - Call Girl
Noel Gallagher - Lock All The Doors
Ryley Walker - Sweet Satisfaction
Alabama Shakes - Shoegaze
Courtny Barnett - Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party
Everything Everything - Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread
Marika Hackman - Next Year
Wolf Alice - You're A Germ
Kendrick Lamar - Alright
Ultimate Painting - (I've Got The) Sanctioned Blues
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Paper Mache Dream Balloon
The Libertines Glasgow Coma Scale Blues
Lana Del Rey Terrence Loves You
Chemical Brothers - Under Neon Lights
Foals - Mountain At My Gates
Laura Marling - Feel Your Love
Mercury Rev - Are You Ready?
Wilco - Random Name Generator
New Order - Restless
Gaz Coombes - Matador
Julian Holta - Feel You
Low - What Part Of Me
Paul Weller - I'm Where I Should Be
Richard Hawley - Heart Of Oak
Sufjan Stevens - I Should Have Known Better
Gwenno - Patriarchaeth
Mac DeMarco - I've Been Waiting For Her
Public Image Limited - Double Trouble
Beach House - Sparks


NME Singles/Tracks Of The Week



Laura Marling - Short Movie
Yak - Hungry Heart
The Cribs - An Ivory Hand
Drenge - We Can All Do What We Want
East India Youth - Carousel
Slaves - Feed On The Mantaray
Florence + The Machine - What Kind Of Man
Blur - Go Out
Kanye West - All Day
M83 & Haim - Holes In The Sky
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
The Vaccines - Dream Lover
The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It
Yak - Smile
Tame Impala - Cause I'm A Man
Crystal Castles - Frail
Swim Deep - One Great Song & I Could Change The World
The Big Moon - Sucker
Foxygen - 24-Hour Lover Man
Sunflower Bean - I Hear Voices
The Summer Moon - Happenin' (Blue Room Remix)
Foals - What Went Down
Beck - Dreams
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - Love Ist Free
The Libertines - Gunga Din
Blur - Y'All Doomed
Foals - Mountain At My Gate

At This Point (29th July 2015) NME Stopped News stand publication.
Rest of list taken from where the feature continues...

De Lux - Oh Man The Future
Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Andrew Wyatt and Kirin J Callinan I Sat By The Ocean
Lana Del Rey High By The Beach
Deerhunter - Snakeskin
Sexwitch - Helelyos
Royal Blood - Hook, Line And Sinker
Gerard Way - Pinkish

By the time NME returned to a giveaway print edition in September 2015, the magazine had changed from the IndieRock/Pop bible to a Smash Hits/19 style comic hoping to find a readership with pre pubestant X factor obsessed teens. The Tracks Of The Week feature descended into a 'Best for hip shaking" Best for slamming doors too" drivel no longer worth a mention on these pages for long NME.

NME Albums Of 2015 So Far...

Sleater-Kinny- No Cities To Love
Bjork - Vulnicura
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie And Lowell
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
The Vaccines - English Graffiti
Speedy Ortiz - Foll Deer
Noel Gallagher - Chasing Yesterday
Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Blur - The Magic Whip
Drenge - Undertow
Death Grips - Jenny Death
Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
Du Blonde - Welcome Back To Milk
Shamir - Ratchet
Peace - Happy People
Laura Marling - Short Moovie
Jamie XX - In Colour
Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb
Pie - You're Better Than This
Alabama Shakes - Sound And Color
Holly Herndon - Platform
Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
The Cribbs - For All My Sisters
Courtny Barnett - Sometime I Sit And Hink, Sometimes I Just Sit
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Selected Gigs

Elbow - Feb 2015
Ryan Adams - Feb 2015
Elvis Costello - May 2015
Graham Parker - May 2015
Morrissey - March 2015
Super Furry Animals - May 2015
Blur - June 2015
Ryley Walker - Sept