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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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two releases on the label from two brilliant French artists in one year? Ouh la la! Le SuperHomard is the work of a French fellow named Christophe, with help from his brother, Olivier on drums and Pandora Burgess on vocals (for the songs that actually have vocals), and this is their debut album. The music here is delightfully classy and elegant, with lots of jazzy chords, muted basslines and vintage synths, drawing obvious comparisons to Stereolab and St. Etienne (though I would also add Broadcast and Fugu to the list). A gorgeous listen from start to finish on this brief, yet rewarding glimpse into the mind of Le SuperHomard!
after a couple very limited cassette EPs, this is the much-anticipated debut album for As Ondas, a tri-lingual trio from London, who split their lyrics between English, Spanish and Portuguese, the latter language being where their name comes from (As Ondas means "the waves", if you're curious). Their sound is very simple: a sparse guitar/bass/drum line-up, with boy/girl vocals and very few layers of instrumentation. In fact, Moema barely even plays any chords on the guitar, generally opting more for singular note melodies, which just adds to the sparseness (which is frequently filled with Andrew's bass - the liveliest instrument on the record). Their sound is very reminiscent of some of the mid-period Unrest stuff (think Imperial FFRR-era), but the two bands they really remind me of are Yellow Fever and Orca Team, two bands who also excelled in simple yet powerful songs. This is a very interesting and intriguing album that improves on each listen.
once known as Santa Monica Swim And Dive Club, Blue Jeans are led by Tim Sendra, who elder indiepoppers will recognize as the one of the forces behind Veronica Lake in the early 90s. Whereas that band was known for their songs being shrouded in layers of fuzz, Blue Jeans are a much cleaner affair, with relatively straightforward pop songs that occasionally border on bubblegum. In addition to the songwriting of Tim, we also have the production and general hands-on-ness of Fred Thomas from the very like-minded Saturday Looks Good To Me, giving things a perfect pop polish. These ten exciting songs may only last about half an hour, but they will likely fuel your entire summer!
the first ten seconds of the album's opening track, "I Found Out", were enough to convince me that I needed to release this record. A simply beautiful and pure janglepop song in the vein of Choo Choo Train or the first Posies album may start off the record, but soon afterwards you realize that this French band's sound is much more varied than that. Popincourt is not only the name of the band, but also the pseudonym of its leader, who receives assistance from Hervé Bouétard (Bertrand Burgalat's drummer) and (perhaps not coincidentally) Ken Stringfellow on bass, among others. Popincourt himself is admittedly very influenced by the Style Council (though my ears also hear a close similarity to Eggstone), with his songs exhibiting a classy sound filled with trumpets, subtle organs, female backing vocals and jazzy guitar chords. With twelve quality pop songs clocking in at nearly 35 minutes, this is a surefire hit for the much-anticipated summer!
there's something about Scandinavia and icy pop music - we've heard it in so many of their bands, including Azure Blue, the Mary Onettes, Sambassadeur (and lots of other Labrador Records artists, for that matter) -and now we can hear it in Denmark's A Novel Resort. A one man show, starring Michael Kornbeck (also of Northern Portrait), these four songs are cold and dense - but that's not to say they are uninviting. Rather, they each are filled with many memorable melodies found in both the distant vocals and the softly jangled guitars, all of which are nicely nestled in warm blankets of synths and keyboards. Four songs that make for a fine snapshot of winters past and winters to come.
this one's an interesting story: this UK band self-released their debut single last year and it sold out ...or so they thought! They found a box of 25 records left over with no sleeves, so they approached me with the offer to send me the singles and have Jigsaw make its own sleeve design. This was not far from Record Store Day 2016, so I thought why not make it a special limited release for the day - and after all, it was also the day of the Jigsaw Records physical shop's grand opening party! So here you have it, probably the rarest Jigsaw release (even the early tapes had more than 25 made!): a terrific pair of insanely catchy powerpop hits from this little known band!
we were happy to introduce the world to the Marlovers' debut album back in 2014, and now in 2016, we proudly present their fabulous follow-up, "Waves". This album is like a beautiful ray of sunshine (or, if you're solar-challenged like me up in Seattle, the sun lamp equivalent), which makes sense, given that the band hails from the gorgeous Palma De Mallorca off the coast of Spain. Everything on here shimmers and glows, and rivals anything the Cardigans or Cinnamon ever gave us. And even when Marina sings a simple 'I hate you' in the chorus of "I Hate", her voice still sounds simply delightful. A real sparkly gem, this record, and not one to be missed!
Not limited. All songs written by Marlovers. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Les Autres existed for the first half of the '90s, and in their time, gave us an album and a couple singles, as well as numerous compilation tracks (back when the European comp tape scene was going strong). This is not a collection of those works. No, instead, we have a disc full of alternate versions from the album, re-edits of a couple 7" tracks, and a whole bunch of unreleased songs, including demos and even a live track. Presented in mostly reverse chronological order (a few tweaks were made to the timeline to improve the album's flow), this disc captures a rawer side of the band than you've (probably never) heard before. They didn't get much recognition outside of France, but if they had, they would've fit perfectly alongside contemporaries such as Lorelei, Bugskull and Hood (circa early/mid '90s), as well as the Lavender Faction before them. The sound quality varies as the disc goes on, from the re-mixes of studio tracks from their album and unreleased EP to a number of 4-track demo recordings, but remains relatively decent throughout. Overall, this is an interesting artifact of top-quality French '90s indie rock.
Not limited. All songs written by Les Autres. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
if Jigsaw 50 (a two-disc collection involving every band from our first 49 releases) was our most ambitious project, then Jigsaw 100 is surely our most audacious! Get this: our 100th release is our first 99 releases. Seriously! For a hundred bucks, you get a custom flash drive emblazoned with the Jigsaw logo (tucked inside a small silk-screened cloth pouch), which contains high-quality mp3s for PZL001-PZL099 (with cover artwork and even a few extras). That's 1322 songs in all, for an average cost of 7.5¢ per track!
That's not all, either; if you are already a loyal Jigsaw fan (or even just have a few of our releases), all you have to do is take a picture of all of your Jigsaw cds and records collected together and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag it with #jigsawrecords (on Facebook, tag Jigsaw Records) and we'll send you a discount code taking a dollar off for however many physical Jigsaw releases you already own! So, for example, if you've already got 20 Jigsaw cds or records in your collection, then you'd get Jigsaw 100 for only $80. This discount also applies to any Jigsaw release (pre-100) that you buy in the same order, so, if you buy 5 Jigsaw cds along with the drive, I'll knock $5 off the order. (If you're a regular on the Jigsaw Bandcamp, send me a note and we'll work something out!) This drive will only be sold on the Jigsaw site, and is strictly limited to 100 pieces, so don't delay!
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.
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.