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Earlier in the year, Audio Antihero and Old Money Records co-released an anthology of recordings by post-rock experimentalists Fighting Kites. It's a intriguing insight into a band which had great potential but never really "made it" outside a hardcore fan-base. Here, founder member Neil Debnam (who also performs as Broken Shoulder and runs the Kirigirisu Recordings label) talks us through some of his record collection in #58 of our Broken Record series.

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You may not have heard of Tempertwig, but you may have heard, and maybe even loved the bands that Tempertwig regenerated into: Nosferatu D2 and The Superman Revenge Squad Band. Tempertwig were together from 1999 to 2004 and featured brothers Ben (Vocals/Guitar), Adam Parker (Drums) along with Daniel Debono on bass, they only ever played a few gigs and then disappeared without a fanfare.

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In 2018 Brexit trundled forwards/backwards, England did quite well in the football and Pete Shelley died. Meanwhile some excellent musicians released some excellent records which I've attempted to put into some sort of meaningful list below. Thanks to all the labels, bands and promoters who sent be things to review this year. See you in 2019!

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Frog, a two piece band from NYC comprising Danny Bateman (Vocals/Guitar) and Tom White (Drums/Bass), are about to release a new mini-LP called Whatever We Probably Already Had It. The last we heard of them was the release of their excellent tour film Kings of Blah (directed by Alex Coppola) which documented their 2016 tour of the UK in support of their acclaimed full length debut Kind of Blah.

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After a couple of albums of instrumental experimentation, Benjamin Shaw has returned to us with a brand new record called Megadead. It's a satisfying mix of DIY folk and electronica and sees Shaw return to the Audio Antihero label that put out his early albums and EPs (this is actually a joint release with Kirigirisu Recordings, who released Shaw's equally excellent Guppy). To celebrate the release we asked Shaw to tell us about some of his memorable live music experiences for Gigography #3.

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Leeds musician break_fold is set to return with his second solo album, a follow up to last years superb 07_07_15 - 13_04_16. This new collection follows the same pattern and is titled 27_05_17 - 21_01_18, and again, every track within is named after the date it was started. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Anyway, in preparation for the release, we asked break_fold (aka Tim Hann) to tell us about some of the most memorable gigs he's attended or played over the years for Gigography #2.

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Ivan The Tolerable is probably the most prolific of Middlesbrough musician Oli Heffernan's many monikers. So prolific in fact that he's preparing to unleash his third collection of the year so far, a new album called Le Monde Inversé, which is "soundtrack to a film that was never made" (it's available to pre-order on limited 10" vinyl now, but act quickly as the cut off for orders is on July 15th). To celebrate the release, we asked Oli to tell us about his own record collection for Broken Record #57, and the results are as vast and eclectic as his own output.

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Jessica's Brother are a new band made up of songwriter Tom Charleston, Jonny Helm of The Wave Pictures and Charlie Higgs previously of Ramshackle Union Band. They play a highly pleasing brand of loose, feelgood indie-pop, with nods to Pavement, Silver Jews and a bit of Nick Cave thrown in for good measure (and perhaps to darken things up a little). They've just released "Humdinger" (listen below), a teaser from their debut album which will arrive on  Fika Recordings on 20 July.

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It took him a fair while, but Mark Peters - co-founder of Engineers and Ulrich Schnauss collaborator - has finally released his debut solo album Innerland. It's an ambitious and atmospheric record which is themed around the local landmarks of Peters' homeland, the industrial English North West (locations that are beautifully presented on the album's sleeve design). To mark the release we asked Mark to tell us about some of the records from his own collection, and what they mean to him. This is Broken Record # 54.

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In case you missed it, Cloud (or Tyler Taormina) is back with a brand new LP called Plays With Fire. It's a partial return to the more dejected and understated mode that graced his debut Comfort Songs, but also finds Taormina branching out into more adventurous avenues. It's also a return to the Audio Antihero label which released that fine debut back in 2013. It's safe to say that Cloud is a firm favourite of this particular website, so who better to kick off this brand new feature?