Rough Trade Shops have compiled an new CD entitled Indiepop 09, due out on December 7 via V2 Cooperative, just in time to fill the Christmas stocking of your nearest sullen cardigan-wearer. Like we said, it’s called Indiepop 09, and it does exactly what it says on the tin.

There’s an ever-widening global network of new bands inspired by the heady days of C86 and assorted 80s Rough Trade releases, from the Young Marble Giants-inspired pop minimalism of The xx to the lo-fi scuzz-outs of Blank Dogs and Wavves. None of these three particular acts feature on Indiepop 09, but a whole host of their peers do: L.A. based ‘Dogs collaborators Dum Dum Girls (pictured) contribute the fantastic ‘Longhair’, while Girls – currently riding high on the critical success of their Album – weigh in with ‘Morning Light’. You want more girls? Vivian Girls also drop by with, er, ‘Moped Girls’ (which along with The Boy Least Likely To’s ‘The Summer of A Dormouse’ is exclusive to this compilation). 

There are a few lame ducks – life for us seems to short to countenance bands like Los Campesinos! and Sad Day For Puppets – but in the main this is a fine collection of retro-fetishist pop songs. Still, do you really need to buy these songs when they’ve already been blogged to within an inch of their life? Are we allowed to say that?

Full tracklist over the page.



1. Betty & The Werewolves – David Cassidy

2. Cause Co-Motion – You Lose

3. Celestial – Some Days We Are

4. Dum Dum Girls – Longhair

5. Faintest Ideas – Nosebleeders On The Track

6. Girls – Morning Light

7. Liechtenstein – Security By Design

8. Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!

9. Love Is All – Wishing Well

10. Minisnap – Leave It To You

11. Moscow Olympics – No Winter, No Autumn

12. Play People – Goes Out

13. Pocketbooks – Fleeting Moments

14. Sad Day For Puppets – Marble Gods

15. Shrag – Hopelessly Wasted

16. The Bobby McGees – L.O.V.E./: A Masonic Youth

17. The Boy Least Likely To – The Summer of A Dormouse (exclusive)

18. The Girls At Dawn – Never Enough

19. The Legends – Seconds Away

20. The Manhattan Love Suicides – Clusterfuck

21. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – 103

22. The School – And Suddenly

23. Tullycraft – The Punks Are Writing Love Songs

24. Veronic Falls – Beachy Head

25. Vivian Girls – Moped Girls



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