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9/10 according to our Brian onWhat the fuck is he on about? When not doing his death rattle Merman gargle (which I think he personally finds endlessly amusing) MES's voice is on fine form here on their unofficial sequel to 1981's Slates. I say it's the new 'Slates' be…view full details.
10/10 according to our Brian onThis is a crazy, wild and amazing record, make no mistake. I had a friend once who on meeting I asked (as the stock ice-breaker between men it's usually either football or music) "what music are you into?" He stared at me through his round…view full details.
7/10 according to our Li'l Biz onThere’s an argument that says this OST reissue business is getting out of hand. Take the soundtrack for classic british TV comedy/drama Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) as an example. It’s a collection of te…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onHaving recently been to a live concert I can vouch for the excitement they provide. Certainly more thrilling, if less comfortable, than sitting in front of an electric fire of an evening. White Fence recently…view full details.
9/10 according to our Phil onRocket Records have been going for 15 years. That’s quite a feat in this fickle industry we inhabit (cohabit?). What with labels, artists and record companies losing money left, right and cent…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onTeam Doyobi are an electronic duo (they are always duo’s aren’t they?) originally from that hotbed of electronic composition the Lincolnshire Wolds, then resident in Leeds for many years but now I think one of them (or both?)…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onStraight outta the mean streets of York, UK come GirlsOnDrugs with this much heralded tune which has been selling like hotcakes within the fair city. And why? Because this is an utterly brilliant tune. …view full details.
9/10 according to our Clinton onI hope you like our new direction. The last time I saw Vessels was many years ago. Drunk as an idiot I had to scramble out of the room as their post/prog twiddling did unspeakable things to my ears. Thankfully we have both moved on since…view full details.
9/10 according to our Ian onThe first thing that struck me about this record by husband/wife duo Trouble Books is that the song ‘All Flowers’ borrows the chorus from ‘All Flowers In Time Bend Toward The Sun&rsqu…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton onIt's getting to a point where if you even thought about strumming a guitar in New Zealand between the years of 1980 and 1990 you might find yourself unwittingly re-issued by Siltbreeze. …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onThis is a reissue of the third album by Can’s Holger Czukay. A quick google search reveals to me that he was the one with the moustache. It isn’t exactly a lavish package, but if you are lucky there …view full details.
8/10 according to our Ant onProper technoid electro action from Adapta aka Steve Connor who was of course 50% of Bitstream. Shit!!! Was their ‘Monolith’ 12” really 15 years ago? Blim…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton onRemarkable. I had absolutely no idea what the recent stuff from the Pet Shop Boys sounded like. My ears last clasped on them circa the utterly brilliant ‘Love etc’ single a few years bac…view full details.
7/10 according to our Clinton onOk I think I’ve worked it out. Sospetto appear to be an Italian duo making music that is indebted to their horror music forefathers but are actually new compositions. And they have made a DVD to go with it. So basically, if you hav…view full details.
9/10 according to our Brian onVery welcome re-issues of the first two Glaxo Babies LPs here through Superior Viaduct - the first time these seminal discs of Bristol post-punk have seen a fresh pressing on vinyl since the last dark blossomin…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onThis seems to be a compilation of singles. The third one. I’m nothing if not perceptive! Here we have singles, rarities, covers, bits (and indeed bats) of stuff that are a lot easier to have all on one LP than to spend a fortune tryi…view full details.
8/10 according to our Phil onTy Segall! That man! He's back! Not that he went anywhere but over the last couple of years he's been busy getting all popular and adored. It's hard work. Anyway, he's continued his quest for musical infamy with a live …view full details.
8/10 according to our Ian onElectronica duo (they’re always duos aren’t they?!) Paul Conboy and Jono Podmore release this new full length album under their Metamono moniker. Having just flicked through th…view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onIthaca Trio are one of Leeds best kept secrets, ploughing an uncompromising path through the backwaters of acoustic and electronic composition having already had notable releases on Hibernate and Under The Spire as well as a split …view full details.
8/10 according to our Clinton onI recall the Thanes from back in the day when I used to peruse Bucketful of Brains magazine as if my life depended on it. Here they are older, wiser and with all their 60’s jangle pop characteristics in place. Its quite astonishing…view full details.
Through wind, through rain, through hail, through snow, through ...um...cloud, and even through the Royal Mail trying to scupper us we continue straining at the leash to get the lovely things you want to the places you want. This week has been one of our busiest ever, so a big "Thank You!" to all who took advantage of our Brown Monday deals. And if you haven’t checked it out already, have a look at The Quietus Albums of the Year, most of which you can buy from little old us. And if that's not enough we have posted our Staff Top 10s so you can find out what we really liked this year.
Christmas edges closer yet there are still big, big things hurtling down the release pipe. For a start, barking ol’ sniveller Mark E Smith and his Fall regale us with more of their off-kilter genius on ltd edition 10”/CD, Thee Oh Sees kindly offer a third compilation of their numerous singles and offcuts, Fuzz and White Fence both have raucous live albums out on Castle Face, and Toy begin to deliver on their promise with their newie Join The Dots.
What else? Anyone having Guided By Voices withdrawal following their solitary 2013 can turn to Robert Pollard’s latest Ian-approved album of solo lo-fi gems. We have not one but three Pet Shop Boys 12”s in this week, but Neil and pal are perhaps outdone by future stars Girlsondrugs with a highly limited 7” of aching electronic pop.
Wanting something less..um...penetrable? Try former Leeds electronic wizards Team Doyobi who release another fantastic 12” on Skam, or the new Silent Servant with its sinister hissy industrial atmospherics and edgy post punk. One of the best 12”’s this week comes from Vessels who have discarded their previous post-rock fiddlings for a hugely enjoyable electronic direction, and former Bitstream type Adapta matches classic electro/ Detroit with modern-day freshness on impressive third 12”.
“Imagine The XX with the ghostly shimmer of Boards Of Canada”. Well thats what Ian says about the new Trouble Books album, which could tempt a few to give it a try. Ithaca Trio are one of Leeds's best kept secrets but maybe not any more as Home Normal unleash a new two part album of stunning piano and tape loop compositions. William Basinski - EAT your piano: Stereocilia have put out an album of beautiful guitar evocations which recall Windy and Carl and other gently lolling types to soothe our stresses and strains.
A few re-issues for your perusal. From New Zealand 1983 we have obscure single 12” wonders The Victor Dimisich Band. From Germany 1981 there is Holger Czukay’s oddball but enjoyable post-Can effort 'On the Way to the Peak of Normal', while pre-Maximum Joy people Glaxo Babies make not one but two albums of their abrasive post-punk available for latter day consumption. Brian nearly wet himself listening to Gunter Schickert's Krautrock genius, and last but certainly not least there is a fantastic influential album of cosmic electro-funk from Cybrotron that has Ant reliving his breakdancing years.
As per usual there are many, many soundtrack LPs including Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Man In A Suitcase, and if thats not enough we have two albums influenced by 70s Italian horror soundtracks by Sospetto which lovingly recreate the eerie vibe of the movies.
Finally, a few words about Christmas. If you're ordering musical gifts from us for people you love then please a. pat yourself on the back for your generosity/excellent taste and, b. make sure you know our Christmas Shipping Deadlines. If you're looking for a safe bet, our gift vouchers kick all kinds of ass. If you're feeling super-generous (or super sorry for yourself) then check out our boxsets and other expensive shit. And, of course, you already know about our free shipping on CDs and DVDs, right?
Is that it? I jolly well think it is. But you can of course read so much more on our delightful website should you find yourself at a loss what to do over the coming days.
Much love as always,
Clinton and his already-tired, soon-to-be-drunk elves