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Screw the Mainstream

Mark J. Nicholls "rock_connoisseur"
 
Just Another Diamond Day
Just Another Diamond Day
"The greatest musician and human being walking the planet. Drop to your knees at the pastoral transcendence of these haunting little songs. One of the best albums ever made."
Can't Stand The Rezillos
Can't Stand The Rezillos
"The best art-punk/new wave album to emerge from the gloom of a 1970s art school. You will die dancing."
Excerpts From a Love Circus
Excerpts From a Love Circus
"Lisa Germano is the most naked and honest and breathtaking songwriter of the 1990s. Astonishing songs that capture the human soul with the perspicacity of a true artist."
Heroes To Zeros
Heroes To Zeros
"The four most talented men in Scotland bring their all-too short career to a rip-roaring climax with this witty, stirring and energetic cavalcade of pop ingenuity."
Learn To Sing Like A Star
Learn To Sing Like A Star
"Hersh epitomises the spirit of the artist existing outside the mainstream, and makes music of vital originality and arresting power. This is a fabulous album. See more at cashmusic.org."
History
History
"The opus from this hilarious, deeply personal and trailblazing humorist and songwriter. You will laugh, cry and drop your pants."
Lullabies To Violaine, Volume 1
Lullabies To Violaine, Volume 1
"The band that made 4AD, the ultimate non-mainstream pioneers of original and fresh music. This collection abounds with early riches from the band's essential '80s period."
Dragnet
Dragnet
"A vital sophomore effort from the diehard garage art-punk hellraisers. This album captures their ramshackle, madly experimental and highly literate style perfectly."
Stepping Out Of Line - The Anthology
Stepping Out Of Line - The Anthology
"You will not find a sassier, classiest and funkier post-punk unit out there. These two discs showcase a band of remarkable talent and originality."
69 Love Songs
69 Love Songs
"Stephen Merritt is a remarkable talent whose lyrics wipe the floor with Morrissey, and whose musical talent sucker-punches Johnny Marr into oblivion. You will fall in love with all sixty-nine songs."
Sentimental Hygiene [Bonus Tracks] [Us Import]
Sentimental Hygiene [Bonus Tracks] [Us Import]
"Zevon's finest work. Ten perfect bombs of scalpel-sharp wit and lyricism, performed by REM before they went mainstream. Incalculably enjoyable music."
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
"A phenomenal album from the grandfather of non-mainstream innovation. This is Beefheart's most melodious, artful, impassioned, way-out and hilarious work."
Songs For The Jetset
Songs For The Jetset
"Late-night paeans to loneliness, desperation and doomed romance. A haunting album of simple beauty from an underrated Portuguese talent."
Teenage Snuff Film
Teenage Snuff Film
"The ultimate dark-year-of-the-soul album. Full-blown rock and misery from the former Birthday Party guitarist."
The Milk-Eyed Mender
The Milk-Eyed Mender
"An irresistible debut from a bursting talent. Terrific lyrics, sublime harp playing and seriously weird alt-folk music. A treat."
Sunny Moon
Sunny Moon
"This overlooked gem from the former Vaselines starlet is a dark and brooding folk epic. Gothic ditties wrapped in epic cellos, light plucks and Mckee's ghostly vocals."
This Is Our Music
This Is Our Music
"A life-changing shoegazing album. Stupendously moving guitar work and  woozy moments of deep melancholy and elation. A staggering album."
Wildwood Flower
Wildwood Flower
"A tear-jerking farewell to the First Lady of country music. A family affair with incredible contributions from Laura Cash, Norman Blake and husband Johnny. You will weep and hug everybody."
This Island
This Island
"Magnificent fun. Angsty feminist new wave served in a package of cheeky humour, swelling bile and Blondie-beats. Kathleen Hanna's muse delivers."
Parallelograms: the Definitive Edition
Parallelograms: the Definitive Edition
"The Californian Vashti Bunyan serves eleven songs of dark, inspired and sonically interesting beauty. Perfect for dreaming away those listless hours on holiday."
I Am Kloot
I Am Kloot
"Moving songs of simple beauty from this oddball Mancunian pop trio. Produced by Ian Broudie. "Untitled #1" is a truly spine-chilling number."
Smoke In The Shadows
Smoke In The Shadows
"Stylish aggression from the gutter poet and no wave princess. This is a dazzling album of slow-building late-night smoky music, and some bad-ass female rapping."
Milk White Sheets
Milk White Sheets
"Low-key folks songs performed with hushed resignation from the blonde bard of ancient gloom."
Grinderman
Grinderman
"Vital rock and roll from Nick Cave and his cronies. A blast of middle-aged angst and loopy melodies with killer hooks."
Bryter Layter
Bryter Layter
"The best is saved to last. This is Nick Drake's finest album: a breathtaking look at the desolation of the modern city from the POV of a jaded outsider, turned into a hymn of love to life. Wow wow."