Jigsaw Records is the label/mailorder that sticks up for the little guys, specializing in indiepop, 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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soft, string-filled gem on the A-side and an even better East Village/Sea Urchins-ish tune on the flip from this highly revered Japanese group
another soft janglepop band from Australia that sound like the Zebras and Ocean Party? Yes, please!
debut EP from this London trio of girls who play punky pop in the vein of All Girl Summer Fun Band or Cub - so, so good!
I love getting unsolicited demos and emails. There, I said it. Sure, the odds are not always in favor of the band being good (the world is filled with mediocrity and worse), but sometimes, you get lucky. And boy, did Argentina's Sol Marianela ever get it right the first time! Within the first ten seconds of the lead track on this album, "Los Novios", I was hooked, and things only got better from there! Imagine the twee-pop joy of All Girl Summer Fun Band or Heavenly, but with a little touch of That Dog or Juliana Hatfield-inspired grittiness on top, only sung in Spanish. Originally released last year in a short-run of cd-rs and cassettes in her home country, this is Sol's debut album under her own name, but she has recently recruited a band and is already planning her follow-up album (using the new moniker of Amor en la isla). Until then, though, please enjoy this little gem from the southern hemisphere...
I knew of the Concubines because they were once an IndiePage (you know, back when that was a thing), and this album was actually recorded over a decade ago, but the band never found a suitable outlet to release it. A couple months ago, I came across the mp3 files for a cd-r of this album that I lost long ago, and immediately looked up the chief songwriter, Jeff Whiteaker, and asked him if he'd like to release the record posthumously on Jigsaw, and he went for it! One mastering session later, and here we have this, the "lost" album from a band that just never made it. What does it sound like, you ask? Well, this would've fit absolutely perfectly on Shelflife Records the first time around, among bands like Sushi, the Autocollants, the Arrogants and the Castaway Stones. Classy indiepop with Rachel's strong voice (think Sarah Cracknell or Tracey Thorn) and a cool, breezy jangle throughout. No idea why this pearl was overlooked back then, but it's certainly a welcome addition to our catalog now!
Not limited. All songs written by The Concubines. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
remarkably, this is Bob Collins’ first album under his own name, despite his prolific and accomplished songwriting tenure in The Dentists and other assorted acts over the years. "Telescopic Victory Kiss" brings together the finest songs from his latter day career performing as a solo acoustic artist or with the three piece Full Nelson combo. Bob’s signature passion-fueled jangle is as in evidence on the new album as it is on any of his former band’s past catalogue, now combined with his own rich vocal delivery, doing justice to the lyrics like only the writer can. Recorded in Medway’s analogue Ranscombe Studio, this ten-song album is as fresh, heartfelt and engaging a collection of guitar pop nuggets as you are likely to have heard in a long time.
Not limited. All songs written by Bob Collins, except track 6 lyrics by Andrew Day. Available digitally on Bandcamp.