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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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aw, it's no secret: I love indie rock just as much as I love indiepop. Give me the energetic sounds of bands like Superchunk or the Thermals anytime! That's why this record, though it sticks out among the rest of the generally poppier Jigsaw releases, should make total sense in the overall label canon as it relates to my musical taste (as it should!). This is highly spirited indie rock that reminds me of both of those afore-mentioned bands, but even more so, some brilliant lesser-known bands like Failures' Union, Shallow Cuts and Bedford Falls (seriously, go look 'em up). State Drugs' debut album contains a dozen really catchy songs (one of them a classic Replacements cover) with plenty of loud guitars and gritty, earnest vocals. Oh, and I happen to know that there's plenty more where this came from...
Not limited. All songs written by State Drugs, except track 12 by the Replacements. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
last summer, we brought you "Waves Collapsing", a compilation of all of Space Daze's digital EPs and singles from the past few years; now we're proud to present the second proper full-length album from this Seapony off-shoot! This album contains nine tracks of mellow, tender indiepop songs in the same vein as Seapony but would also fit nicely alongside the Arctic Flow, Real Estate or Beach Fossils. Space Daze has a unique ability to write beautiful melodic songs with perfectly effortless guitar leads and an air of distinctly northwest mysticism. An altogether brief but highly enjoyable listen!
Not limited. All songs written by Space Daze. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
We've been releasing a fair amount of local Seattle bands on Jigsaw lately, and here's another one! The Regrets fuse the tuneful, romantic simplicity of '60s pop with the energetic, jangling underground garage-pop sounds of the decades since. With wistful lyrics, reverb-fringed guitars and catchy melodies, these guys make fuzzed-out, infectious songs about youth, love & self-doubt. This is their second release (following a self-released EP from a couple years back), and it was superbly produced by Dylan Wall at the renowned Hall Of Justice studio. I'd keep my eye on this band, as they're obviously poised for greatness!
Not limited. All songs written by the Regrets. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Slum Summer formed a few years ago in San Diego, and is led by recent UK expat, Hugh J Noble (who released a number of entertaining solo records throughout the '00s), and rounded out by another Brit and a pair of Americans. The band mostly plays low-key indie rock with catchy melodies and storytelling-style lyrics, replete with obscure references, literary and otherwise. For that very reason, Hugh's songwriting often reminds me quite a bit of Graeme Downes of the Verlaines. Overall, a very cool and solid debut from this promising new band.
Not limited. All songs written by Slum Summer. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
though a new band, the members of Crabber from Hamburg, Germany have been around the block a few times, playing in bands such as the Legendary Bang, Kristallin and Dr. König Arthus since the '90s. One of their biggest influences is the Wedding Present, and though that does shine through clearly in these noisy janglepop songs, the band they actually remind me of the most is the more obscure Dot Dash, with whom they share many similarities both musically and in the overall sound and production. With a title like "Bluesbusters", Crabber's debut album is sure to brighten up your day!
Not limited. All songs written by Crabber. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
Bruce Robert has been self-releasing digital singles from his Boise, Idaho home over the last couple years, and as the title of this disc may suggest, this is a collection of the best of those songs. Though a multi-instrumentalist, who created the majority of the music on this album, Bruce is helped out by a number of friends, including Jeremy Jensen of the Very Most (on a variety of instruments) and Raine Saunders-Irving, Gia Trotter and Sean Samuel Kelly (all taking turns on vocals). Touchstones for these songs include the Essex Green, Pale Lights and the Yearning - all equally wonderful jangly indiepop bands who also sometimes enjoy playing in a minor key.
Not limited. All songs written by Bruce Robert. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
eleven months ago, we brought you the reissue of this Indonesian band's debut album, and now (as promised) we're happy to present to you their second full-length! As you might expect, their sound has grown considerably in the couple years since their debut was recorded - ie. the production sounds much better and clearer this time around - but their general style has not changed too much. They still play easy and refreshing jangly guitarpop in the style of Beach Fossils, EZTV or a male-led Seapony, and boy, do they ever play it WELL. These nine songs shimmer and sparkle along with the best of 'em, and are a pure aural treat, as well, proving that geography is not what makes a band, but plain old stellar songwriting...
Not limited. All songs written by Kaveh Kanes. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
after a few sought-after EPs released on micro-labels in their home country and a couple more compilation appearances on Cloudberry and Quince, at long last, we have the debut album from Indonesia's Sharesprings. And though it only clocks in at around 20 minutes, this mini-album was well worth the wait! The band excels in pure and dreamy indiepop in the style of early Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, the Drums and Beach Fossils, but they aren't afraid to turn up the noise in songs like the Talulah Gosh-esque "Elza, I'd Write You A Song". The songs have roughly equal parts boy and girl vocals, and they even sometimes sing together, for a beautiful effect. Yes, this is indeed the perfect POP! album you didn't know you were waiting for... until now!
Not limited. All songs written by Sharesprings. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
after releasing a successful debut EP a year and a half ago on Jigsaw, Davina Shell (from Amsterdam via Vancouver, BC) is back with a full-length from her mostly solo project, Ghost Thoughts. And once again, she's given us another collection of highly personal songs about relationships and their pitfalls. Musically, she's continuing to grow from her formative days in Thee Ahs, branching out into further territories mined by contemporary artists such as Waxahatchee, Eskimeaux and Japanese Breakfast - folk-based pop with a bigger sound, augmented by Vancouver producer-extraordinaire, Jay Arner (who also provided the drums). Overall, this is a stunning batch of deceptively bittersweet pop songs!
Not limited. All songs written by Ghost Thoughts. Available digitally on Bandcamp
the Sunbathers splashed onto the scene in 2012 with a cdep and 7" on the sorely-missed Dufflecoat label, and immediately impressed us with their gentle and hushed seaside-themed tweepop in the style of the Marine Girls. The duo have mostly been silent ever since, but we're now proud to present their debut full-length album, titled "A Weekend Away With...". Like their earlier works, this has a very strong Marine Girls vibe to it, complete with beach sounds and minimal hand percussion accompaniment to the gently strummed guitars. Side note: Julie's voice sounded very familiar to me when I first heard the band, but it wasn't until much later that I found out that she was actually the singer of Confetti (who released some wonderful 7"s on Sunday, Heaven and Marineville in the '90s)!
Not limited. All songs written by The Sunbathers. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
even before Seapony went on their hiatus, their chief songwriter, Danny Rowland, started his solo project, Space Daze. He released a tape on the Beautiful Strange label back in 2014, titled "Follow My Light Back Home", but everything he's put out since then has been digital-only on his own Bandcamp. Well, this collects all of those digital releases onto a packed disc clocking in at nearly 74 minutes! Musically, this is not all that different from Seapony, only there is quite a bit more variety to the songwriting, as is often the case with solo projects. Also, with Danny's voice at the front, this sounds a bit less like his other band, and more like, say, Beach Fossils or Real Estate. A gentle and pleasant listen!
Not limited. All songs written by Space Daze. Available digitally on Bandcamp.
following on the heels of their fabulous 4-song debut 7" on Kingfisher Bluez, Jigsaw is proud to present the debut album from Pre Nup, a husband/wife duo from Calgary, Canada. This blink-and-you'll-miss-it classic is only about 24 minutes long (when you include the hidden bonus track available only on the cd - how '90s!), but man, is it ever packed with hit after hit! Their sound is best described as energetic crash-pop, similar to that which bands like Cause Co-Motion, So Cow and Times New Viking have mastered. The songs are short and catchy with lots of fuzzy guitars and self-deprecating lyrics. A fun ride, for sure!
Not limited. All songs written by Pre Nup. Available digitally on Bandcamp.