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Jigsaw Records is the label/record shop/mailorder that sticks up for the little guys, specializing in indiepop, janglepop, lo-fi pop, indie rock, powerpop, twee, punky pop and pretty much any other kind of fun music that we fancy. We carry records/cds/tapes from small independent bands and labels from all over the country and world, and strive to keep our prices as low as possible.
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reading like a who's who of the Long Island, NY indiepop scene, the Chandler Estate features Darren Amadio, Todbot Karasik and Andrea Vaughn - all original members of the infamous My Favorite - as well as Tara Emelye Needham of the under-appreciated Mad Planets, and Bryce Edwards of Boycrazy (who were actually from Portland). With that pedigree, this band's debut EP sounds just as you would expect: lofty indie rock that is both intelligent and dramatic. The production style is very similar to My Favorite, with layers of effected guitars and spot-on vocal harmonies. This all-too-brief disc is a perfect start for a promising band.
Not limited. All songs written by the Chandler Estate. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
this is the first album from Toronto, Canada's Persian Rugs (distantly following their debut 7" on Cloudberry back in 2011), and it almost slipped through the cracks into obscurity! I found it purely by chance on Bandcamp a few months back and instantly wrote the band requesting that they let me give it the Jigsaw treatment, and lucky for me, they were into it! Have a listen to this band's brand of classic indiepop infused with some dreampop influences - it's as if you melded Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes with Poundsign, adding a bit of Velocity Girl for good measure. Lots of jangly guitars, but with a fair amount of synths involved, as well. It's also a record of many moods, from the ferocity of the opener "Bedhead" to the easy-going pace of "I Wanted Something More" to the gentle "Cotton Candy", with many points in between (and there are only eight songs!). A truly multi-dimensional record and we're proud to have it in our catalog!
Not limited. All songs written by Persian Rugs. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
last year, Animal Daydream appeared on the scene and took the indiepop world by storm, garnering positive press from all around the globe - pretty impressive for a new, enigmatic duo from Gothenburg, Sweden. Now, just over one year after the release of their debut single, we are proud to present another small batch of songs that will just melt away in your ears. Not too far off from what they gave us the first time, these songs are reminiscent of later Teenage Fanclub and Fleet Foxes, but also borrow liberally from the sound of '70s soft rock, particularly Fleetwood Mac and CSNY, with their strong vocal harmonies and overall smooth, almost slick production. And once again, all four tracks are pure gold, solid gold.
the Arch Menaces of Adelaide, Australia recorded this album (their debut) back in 2012, but ran into trouble after trouble finding a suitable outlet for it, with artwork snafus and two label deals falling through. After a couple of frustrating years, the band just kinda lost steam and fizzled out. Fast forward to late 2015 and with a simple email to Jigsaw HQ, this excellent record has found a home! Lucky for the band, I've long held a soft spot in my heart for Aussie powerpop, which this found its way straight to. Any fan of the Sunnyboys, the Stems or DM3 (or their US counterparts, such as Paul Collins' Beat and the Plimsouls) will love this record, with its instantly catchy songs, big sound and general attitude and confidence befitting a veteran rock band - even though this is only their first record. Let's just hope that this album's belated release will revive the band and get them back into gear!
Not limited. All songs written by the Arch Menaces. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
as the legend goes, Halfsour started out as a Guided By Voices cover band. Well, I can sort of hear it when I squint my ears, but this coed trio from Boston actually reminds me a lot of the harder-edged indiepop bands of the late '90s/early '00s, specifically New Grenada (of whom they are a dead-ringer, at times) and Wolfie (and its many off-shoots, such as the Like Young and National Splits). Their songs are generally short and punchy - only a few times do they pass the three-minute mark, blasting you with catchy guitar melodies and bratty boy/girl vocals. Following up a short-run demo tape and a split 12" EP with Reports on Ride The Snake Records, this is Halfsour's debut album, and it certainly shows a lot of promise - definitely a band to watch out for!
CD not limited. 300 lps pressed with silk-screened sleeves. All songs written by Halfsour. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
this is the third album from Michael Knight, a German (by way of Ireland) band that does not actually contain a person with the name Michael Knight. And this is also the best album from said band, which is saying something as their previous records were already pretty great. The core of the band is just two fellows, but they receive a lot of help from friends, making for a nice overall orchestral sound, with strings, horns and backing vocals galore. One band they really remind me of is Walker Kong, but I suppose a more recognizable name would be Explorers Club or a clean Hidden Cameras. But they also harken back to the simpler time of bands like the Left Banke, the Zombies and the Millennium, with bits of whimsy scattered across the album's 13 tracks, which makes for a very pleasant and easy listen.
CD not limited. 300 lps pressed; co-released with the band with Jigsaw getting 100 copies. All songs written by Michael Knight. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
This is the cd debut for Bloomington's Cozy Catastrophes (after a digital-only album and a cassette on February Records), and it is quite possibly the best bedroom indiepop album I've heard all year, and the year's nearly finished! This one-man project reminds me a lot of the highly underrated James And The Express (whose album we released last year) - I mean, you know it's just one guy, but the sound and production are so full that you could easily mistake it for a full band. Plus Greg exhibits enough charm and general friendliness to give Colin Clary a run for his money! The songs and lyrics are innocent and endearing (just pick out "Go Steady With Me" and "Every Girl Deserves A Song" for perfect examples), but not overly twee. This album is sure to brighten your day, as you'd sure have a hard time not smiling and tapping along to it!
Not limited. All songs written by Cozy Catastrophes. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
this new band from Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, Softies, Brave Irene, etc) was formed because Rose had a new batch of songs that she felt really needed a full band treatment; and with her friends Tracey and Kaity (both from Love Cuts) and Gregor, she has certainly found the perfect outlet! Any fan of Rose's previous bands will adore this, of course, but in case you're not already familiar with her work, just look to any of the countless bands that have followed in her footsteps, such as Brilliant Colors, Grass Widow or Vivian Girls. And this new album of hers stands just as tall (and deserves as much attention) as any of those bands, and any of her previous records, for that matter. Simply put, this is yet another masterpiece from one of the leaders of indiepop today!
Not limited. Released in conjunction with Lost Sound Tapes. All songs written by Knife Pleats. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
this band has been around for quite a while, hailing from New Jersey, then Providence and now New York City, and though they have many assorted releases under their belt (some homemade cds, a few cassettes and a really cool flexi-book!) this is actually their proper debut album. Their sound is hard to pin down, but the easiest/laziest comparison is Guided By Voices, with an emphasis on short, punchy songs. But there's so much more to them than that; listen for nods to early(ish) XTC, the Buzzcocks, '60s psych pop and some straight-up "Yellow Pills"-styled powerpop - it's all in there. Released on lp by Bleeding Gold Records, this cd version contains three bonus tracks - one exclusive track and a couple from past releases - which add a nice coda to an already solid album.
Not limited. All songs written by Lame Drivers. Available digitally soon on Bandcamp.
this is the second album from Brazil's Postal Blue, who have been around (though not very actively) for nearly 18 years now, with previous releases on Drive-In, Shelflife and Cloudberry Records. One listen and anyone could easily be convinced that this was a lost Sarah Records release, with its songs echoing the Orchids and Field Mice (in both their exuberant AND melancholic moments) at some times, a less fragile Blueboy at others, and even Secret Shine at their dreamiest in a few spots. The production is crystal clear and shimmers brightly throughout the entire 35 minutes of this album, making it easy to see how it took so long to complete (you just can't rush perfection!). Overall, this is a very beautiful batch of songs that will make you wistful for the indiepop days of old and elated that the torch is still being carried on...
Not limited. All songs written by Postal Blue. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Brad San Martin has been crafting indiepop classics for several years with his group, One Happy Island, but did you know he also had a solo project called Secret Charisma, who released a pair of excellent cds? Well, Brad's dropped that moniker, and is now going by his own name, as he branches out into further territories than before. Oh, there's still plenty of good old-fashioned twee pop that you'd expect from him, but you'll also find that he's taking more chances, and sounding great in the process! Imagine a vintage Harry Nilsson or Van Dyke Parks album, but on Elephant 6: catchy pop songs with added noises and little instrumental flourishes. And ukuleles - do we ever have ukuleles! This is a gorgeous half-hour ray of sunshine that is sure to perk up any lover of light-hearted pop music!
I go way back with this Brazilian band, having made and hosted their website over ten years ago, so it's nice to get to join forces with them again - this time to release their debut album! The band formed in 2000, and released a couple cdeps before going on a long hiatus. A few of these songs date back to the early days, but most were recorded over the last four years. Yet even though the recordings span over a decade, they manage to fit together well to form a cohesive album - or at least as cohesive an album made by people with a wide range of musical tastes can be! If I had to pick one band to liken Magic Crayon to, it would have to be the Cannanes: quirky and catchy songs that shamble and jangle along, with a combination of male and female vocals. But then there are times when they change it up a little, from the straightforward bossa nova of the opening track to the droney "Human Species" (which could've been taken straight off an early Flying Nun single) to the mock country of "Farmer San's Ranch". Over a decade in the making, this is a fitting introduction to the sound of Magic Crayon!
Not limited. All songs written by Magic Crayon. Available digitally on Bandcamp.