Test Icicles For Screening Purposes Only (Domino)
Imagine yourself at a thrash metal show attended only by eurotrash, or a rave thrown by heshers—you'd get this band, which is a discombobulating marriage of noise rock, metal and dance punk. Harnessing the power of the Neanderthal, these Londoners have concocted an oddly attractive aural potion that, without a doubt, kills brain cells and will deeply offend Bernie and Madge up in the Heights.
Film School Film School (Beggars Banquet)
Though it's self-titled, this pulsating post-rock album is the second full-length from San Francisco's Film School (the first was released in 2001) and is, so far, among the best releases of this year. The sound, which I'd kind of like to eat, is effervescent with droning guitars, intriguing percussion and songs whose styles vary from grandiose Pegasus-soaring-through-the-air psychedelic rock to basic mid-'90s-tight-pants indie. Tracks 4, 5 and 6 are the juiciest nuggets.
Delta 5 Singles and Sessions 1979-81 (Kill Rock Stars)
Hard-to-find material from the short-lived, female-driven post-punk Leeds band Delta 5 (they did that song, "Mind Your Own Business"), is now available, thanks to Kill Rock Stars. As part of the glorious tradition of superior UK rock bands, this album is more valuable than the $15 it costs.