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New Music Friday: the top releases out this week.

New Music Friday: the top releases out this week.

Fred MG | Friday 23rd October 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more... ...


Label Watch: Rough Trade

Label Watch: Rough Trade

Fred MG | Wednesday 21st October 2020

Our take on some of the best albums and artists to grace one of British music's most important indie labels.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 16th October 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more... ...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 9th October 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Vinyl Soundtracks (TV, Movies, Video Games)

New Vinyl Soundtracks (TV, Movies, Video Games)

Team Norman | Friday 2nd October 2020

Great new records from screens both big and small.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 2nd October 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more... ...


Best Albums Of September 2020

Best Albums Of September 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 1st October 2020

Featuring Run The Jewels, Kate NV, Marie Davidson, Nicolas Jaar and more...


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed September 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed September 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 1st October 2020

Featuring Naked Roommate, Joanne Robertson, Hen Ogleed, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, and more...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 25th September 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 18th September 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more... ...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 11th September 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more... ...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 4th September 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Vinyl Soundtracks (TV, Movies, Video Games)

New Vinyl Soundtracks (TV, Movies, Video Games)

Team Norman | Thursday 3rd September 2020

Great new records from screens both big and small.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 28th August 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed August 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed August 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 27th August 2020

Our latest celebration of the records that appear to have slipped your attention this past month, you fools.


Best Albums of August 2020

Best Albums of August 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 27th August 2020

From rapidly-rising new artists to returning favourites, here are the biggest and best albums which came out in August.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 20th August 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Thursday 13th August 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Interview with Immigrant (Graeme McNab)

Interview with Immigrant (Graeme McNab)

Team Norman | Thursday 13th August 2020

We caught up with Immigrant (Graeme McNab) to bend his ear about the hand-crafted, gorgeous packaging he delivers all his music in.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 6th August 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 31st July 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed July 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed July 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 30th July 2020

Our latest celebration of records that might have slipped under your radar in the past month.


Best Albums of July 2020

Best Albums of July 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 30th July 2020

Featuring Courtney Marie Andrews, Arca, Fiona Apple, Max Richter and more...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 24th July 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 10th July 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Mid-Year Review 2020

Mid-Year Review 2020

Team Norman | Wednesday 8th July 2020

Not much has really happened so far this year. It's all been a bit uneventful. Let's just hope the rest of 2020 livens up a bit. Some music was released at least. Here's the best of it.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 3rd July 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed June 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed June 2020

Team Norman | Friday 26th June 2020

Our latest celebration of records that might have slipped under your radar in the past month.


Best Albums of June 2020

Best Albums of June 2020

Team Norman | Friday 26th June 2020

Featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Neil Young, Hinds, Khruangbin and more...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 25th June 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 19th June 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 12th June 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 4th June 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Best Albums of May 2020

Best Albums of May 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 4th June 2020

Featuring Einstürzende Neubauten, Mark Lanegan, ADULT., Perfume Genius and more...


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed May 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed May 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 4th June 2020

Our latest celebration of records that might have slipped under your radar in the past month.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 29th May 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Most Popular Lockdown Albums, Part Two

Most Popular Lockdown Albums, Part Two

Team Norman | Thursday 28th May 2020

We've still got a file on you...


Interview with Rian Treanor

Interview with Rian Treanor

Team Norman | Thursday 28th May 2020

Over the next few months we're conducting a series of interviews with those for whom packaging a record is a real labour of love. After kicking off the series by talking to esteemed visual artist/THESIS label boss Gregory Euclide we’ve followed up by interviewing rave innovator Rian Treanor.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 22nd May 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Friday 15th May 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 7th May 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed April 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed April 2020

Team Norman | Friday 1st May 2020

Our latest celebration of records that might have slipped under your radar in the past month finds the Hodge beautifying the club, Arash Moori blowing up the workshop, Savage Mansion and Irma Vep delivering different takes on the Scottish indie-rock tradition and much more besides...


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 30th April 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Best Albums of April 2020

Best Albums of April 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 30th April 2020

Featuring Yves Tumor, Windy & Carl, Plone, Rina Sawayama and more...


Great Rare Japanese Album Reissues

Great Rare Japanese Album Reissues

Team Norman | Friday 24th April 2020

We train our gaze on some of the best Japanese records reissued in the past few years - including some ones you may have missed first time around.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 23rd April 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Vinyl Soundtracks (TV, Movies, Video Games)

New Vinyl Soundtracks (TV, Movies, Video Games)

Team Norman | Thursday 23rd April 2020

Great new records from screens both big and small.


New Music Friday: the top releases this week

New Music Friday: the top releases this week

Team Norman | Thursday 16th April 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Most Popular Lockdown Albums

Most Popular Lockdown Albums

Team Norman | Thursday 16th April 2020

In the words of Blur, we’ve got a file on you.


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Thursday 9th April 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed March 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed March 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 9th April 2020

Our latest celebration of records that might have slipped under your radar in the past month includes beautiful songwriting, banging club tackle, monolithic drone and much more besides...


Best Albums of March 2020

Best Albums of March 2020

Team Norman | Friday 3rd April 2020

It has been the most remarkable and distressing month in collective memory. But amidst it all, some fantastic albums made their way into the world.


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Friday 3rd April 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


The Best Music Documentaries Now Streaming (UK)

The Best Music Documentaries Now Streaming (UK)

Team Norman | Friday 27th March 2020

As of 27th March 2020, here are the finest music documentaries and concert films you can watch in Blighty, plus some LPs to check out afterwards.


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Friday 27th March 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Friday 20th March 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


The Best TV/Movie Soundtracks Streaming Right Now

The Best TV/Movie Soundtracks Streaming Right Now

Team Norman | Friday 20th March 2020

There's a lot of time for streaming at the moment, for some of us at least. Which means more time for checking out soundtracks. Here's a short guide to some of our faves, perfect for binge-watching as you self-isolate and contemplate your next trip to the sink to wash your filthy hands.


Dinked Editions: Our Favourite Releases

Dinked Editions: Our Favourite Releases

Team Norman | Wednesday 18th March 2020

Dinked Editions have provided us with some of the loveliest vinyl pressings of recent times. Allow us to wax lyrical about a choice few below. Dinked. Independent but stronger together.


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Friday 13th March 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


Our favourite coloured vinyl records

Our favourite coloured vinyl records

Team Norman | Tuesday 10th March 2020

As vinyl continues its resurgence we thought it about time we said a thing or two about the many colours which our friend (and yours) polyvinyl chloride has been squished into.


New Music Friday

New Music Friday

Team Norman | Friday 6th March 2020

It's Friday, which means it's New Music Friday, which means it's time for us to pick out some of the biggest and best releases of the week. Grab our weekly YouTube and Spotify playlists to hear more......


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed February 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed February 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 5th March 2020

We've got idiosyncratic jazz-rap, woozy psychedelic pop, jangling Scottish indie and much more for you in this month's round-up...


Best Albums of February 2020

Best Albums of February 2020

Team Norman | Friday 28th February 2020

February 2020 will be remembered for its storms. It will also be remembered for some storming albums (sorry).


Interview with Gregory Euclide

Interview with Gregory Euclide

Team Norman | Thursday 27th February 2020

As the first in a series of interviews of the folk behind some of the most beautiful artwork and packaging ever to grace your humble vinyl, CDs and tapes we had a word with Gregory Euclide - artist behind the brilliantly-executed THESIS project.


10 Best Albums You May Have Missed January 2020

10 Best Albums You May Have Missed January 2020

Team Norman | Thursday 6th February 2020

So many records, so little time. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Allow us to help you out ...


Upcoming soundtracks on vinyl

Upcoming soundtracks on vinyl

Team Norman | Thursday 23rd January 2020

A guide to some of the best TV and movie soundtracks hitting the vinyl presses over the next few months.


From Brian Eno to Celer: our guide to the best ambient music

From Brian Eno to Celer: our guide to the best ambient music

Team Norman | Friday 3rd January 2020

What do you think of when you think of ambient music? Gently keening synthesisers? Ever-so-soft piano playing? Yoga? Brian Eno’s shining bonce?


Albums of the Year 2019

Albums of the Year 2019

Team Norman | Monday 30th December 2019


Albums of the Decade

Albums of the Decade

Team Norman | Friday 13th December 2019

Teenies. Millennials. The 2010s. Whatever you call the last ten years, this decade has been one that we didn’t want but probably deserved. At least we’ve had some good music...


Mid-Year Review 2019

Mid-Year Review 2019

Team Norman | Wednesday 3rd July 2019

The first half of 2019 will forever be remembered in the UK for its, ahem, underwhelming summer. Luckily for us, black midi graduated from Brit School, we got a double dose of Kevin Martin, and Big Thief failed the 'classic album title' test. Plus Mort Garson wants to remind you to water your plants...


Underrated 80s albums

Underrated 80s albums

Team Norman | Tuesday 21st May 2019

What about hair back then, eh? Maybe you too were swishing your Nick Beggs beads to the aspirational pop of the day, but beneath it all the 1980s was the first decade when independent music started to really come through.


How to be a more environmentally-friendly vinyl collector

How to be a more environmentally-friendly vinyl collector

Team Norman | Monday 13th May 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years. Good news, yeah? Well, there is a cost...


Label Watch: RVNG Intl.

Label Watch: RVNG Intl.

Team Norman | Wednesday 24th April 2019

The brains behind the routinely excellent FRKWYS series, RVNG Intl. aren't just allergic to vowels. They're also one of the most interesting, forward-looking labels around.


Underrated 70s albums

Underrated 70s albums

Team Norman | Monday 8th April 2019

It was all just Barry Manilow, disco balls, big flares, cock rock, actually quite-shit Chopper bikes, Gary Glitter, Christmas-ruining #1s and your poor, overworked mum dancing along to Mud on Top of the Pops, wasn’t it?


How to store vinyl records

How to store vinyl records

Team Norman | Thursday 4th April 2019

Store your records with the care they deserve by following some simple rules from our guide to vinyl storage.


How to clean vinyl records

How to clean vinyl records

Team Norman | Thursday 4th April 2019

A short guide on how to clean your vinyl records, whether you are on a budget or have money to burn.


How to repair vinyl records

How to repair vinyl records

Team Norman | Thursday 4th April 2019

Most of the time you will just have to live with scratches and even warping because there's often sweet FA you can do. But there are a few things you can try before giving up.


Vinyl Jargon Buster

Vinyl Jargon Buster

Team Norman | Monday 18th March 2019

Whether you're a newbie when it comes to buying vinyl records or are one of those (excellent) people who've moved the kids into a smaller room to make way for your collection of wax, here's a handy guide to all that tricky vinyl terminology.


Underrated 60s albums

Underrated 60s albums

Team Norman | Wednesday 13th March 2019

The 1960s - when we all had flowers in our hair. Except I didn't because I wasn't even born then. Anyway, there's no way you're putting vegetation in my hair so forget it.


Label Watch: Tresor

Label Watch: Tresor

Team Norman | Thursday 28th February 2019

More than just a record label, Tresor is a Berlin club which since the early 1990s has been synonymous with an almost militantly underground strain of hard techno.


Label Watch: Mute

Label Watch: Mute

Team Norman | Tuesday 19th February 2019

Mute Records was set up in 1978 to release some songs made by label founder Daniel Miller. More than forty years later and it’s still here, although not just releasing songs by its founder.


Label Watch: XL Recordings

Label Watch: XL Recordings

Team Norman | Tuesday 12th February 2019

Beggars Group satellite, talent scout extraordinaire, Mercury Prize collector. Here's the lowdown on the indie label who sign up the biggest stars: XL Recordings.


Vinyl still ain't dead

Vinyl still ain't dead

Team Norman | Monday 11th February 2019

In an era of music increasingly dominated by online streaming, there has been plenty of speculation about the ‘death’ of the physical formats: vinyl, CD, tape. However, judging by the UK’s music buying habits across the last year, it looks like there is still plenty of resistance and more than...


Label Watch: Mexican Summer

Label Watch: Mexican Summer

Team Norman | Tuesday 5th February 2019

Maybe we're just suckers for their coastal, sun-drenched appeal because we're stuck in the cold, grey, landlocked English North. Or maybe it's because their roster is deceptively deep and challenging. Either way, Mexican Summer are a label we love here at Norman Records in Leeds (average July temper...


Label Watch: Constellation

Label Watch: Constellation

Team Norman | Thursday 31st January 2019

It's been a few weeks since we last spoke of our favourite Canadians. Can we get away with a piece on Constellation that doesn't go big on Godspeed? Maybe we can, maybe we can't. Read on to see.


Label Watch: Soul Jazz

Label Watch: Soul Jazz

Team Norman | Friday 25th January 2019

By rights, Soul Jazz Records should really be called Soul Jazz Reggae House Funk Punk Ska Dub (etc. etc.) Records. We take a closer look at this legendarily catholic (small c) label, who've done more than most to broaden our musical horizons.


Label Watch: Sub Pop

Label Watch: Sub Pop

Team Norman | Thursday 24th January 2019

Shout out Sub Pop. They don’t need it, but shout out Sub Pop nonetheless.


Label Watch: Domino

Label Watch: Domino

Team Norman | Tuesday 22nd January 2019

From Norman stalwarts like Hood through to megasellers like the Arctic Monkeys, Domino are one of the UK's biggest and best indie labels. Let's take a closer look.


Label Watch: 4AD

Label Watch: 4AD

Team Norman | Wednesday 16th January 2019

Trendsetting indie heavyweight 4AD turns 40 in 2020 AD. Almost there! Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of its many accomplishments old and new.


2019: Music We're Excited About

2019: Music We're Excited About

Team Norman | Thursday 10th January 2019

As you may have noticed, 2018 has ended now. New numbers have taken its place: this one is called 2019 and it is set to ROCK! Now, we're not foolhardy enough to try one of those BBC-type 'Ones To Watch' pieces. Instead, we're just gonna focus on some of the things that are making us that little bit ...


From Throbbing Gristle to Skullflower: our guide to the best UK experimental underground

From Throbbing Gristle to Skullflower: our guide to the best UK experimental underground

Team Norman | Saturday 5th January 2019

A few months back we tried to tackle experimental music. Call us biased, but we think the UK artists we featured then deserve their own feature now.


Albums of the Year 2018

Albums of the Year 2018

Team Norman | Friday 28th December 2018

2018 saw MALK hitting top bins, the triumphant return of Yo La Tengo, Sons of Kemet blowing open the doors for London’s jazz scene, and Daughters scaring away the non-believers. Also a surprise cameo from Arctic Monkeys.


Label Watch: Kranky

Label Watch: Kranky

Team Norman | Monday 17th December 2018

Formed way back in the unimaginable depths of 1993, Kranky has run concurrently with the development of modern experimental music.


The Hardest Touring Artists of 2018

The Hardest Touring Artists of 2018

Team Norman | Monday 17th December 2018

Who travelled the most in service of their music this year? We crunched the data...


Label Watch: Drag City

Label Watch: Drag City

Team Norman | Thursday 13th December 2018

Since 1990 the two Dans of Drag City have put up a roster of artists that's as close to Norman Records canon as you're gonna get...


From Juan Atkins to Blawan: our guide to the best Techno

From Juan Atkins to Blawan: our guide to the best Techno

Team Norman | Wednesday 21st November 2018

Music that humans can't make without machines. Music that machines can't make without humans.


Label Watch: Ostgut Ton

Label Watch: Ostgut Ton

Team Norman | Friday 16th November 2018

The infamous in-house label of an infamous techno temple. With a resident DJ also called Norman. We like.


From Ruth White to Aphex Twin: our guide to the best electronic music

From Ruth White to Aphex Twin: our guide to the best electronic music

Team Norman | Tuesday 16th October 2018

Tape tinkerers, Moog botherers, oddball visionaries, dancefloor heroes...


From Coil to Muslimgauze: our guide to the best experimental music

From Coil to Muslimgauze: our guide to the best experimental music

Team Norman | Thursday 27th September 2018

No, there's nothing wrong with the stereo. It's meant to sound like that.


From Ennio Morricone to John Carpenter: our guide to the Best Soundtrack Composers

From Ennio Morricone to John Carpenter: our guide to the Best Soundtrack Composers

Team Norman | Wednesday 26th September 2018

Two notes is all it took John Williams to make the world even more scared of sharks.


From Fargo to Bob’s Burgers: our guide to the Best TV Soundtracks

From Fargo to Bob’s Burgers: our guide to the Best TV Soundtracks

Team Norman | Tuesday 25th September 2018

Binge-watching telly used to be for losers. Now it's for winners.


From Doom to Minecraft: our guide to the Best Video Game Soundtracks

From Doom to Minecraft: our guide to the Best Video Game Soundtracks

Team Norman | Monday 24th September 2018

You've worn out your thumbs, now it's time to wear out your ears.


From Big Black to Radiohead: our guide to the best Indie Rock

From Big Black to Radiohead: our guide to the best Indie Rock

Team Norman | Thursday 20th September 2018

For all those who still miss Melody Maker...


From Orange Juice to Broadcast: our guide to the best Indie Pop

From Orange Juice to Broadcast: our guide to the best Indie Pop

Team Norman | Thursday 13th September 2018

Cardigan washed? Fringe looking good? Guitars set to jangle? Let's go!


Studio Ghibli soundtracks

Studio Ghibli soundtracks

Team Norman | Wednesday 12th September 2018

A collective cheer went round the office when we heard that Tokuma were reissuing Joe Hisaishi's soundtracks for Studio Ghibli on vinyl for the first time...


From Can to Hookworms: our guide to the best Psychedelic Rock

From Can to Hookworms: our guide to the best Psychedelic Rock

Team Norman | Wednesday 5th September 2018

Load up the bong. Sit back. Relax.


From Talk Talk to Swans: our guide to the best Post-Rock

From Talk Talk to Swans: our guide to the best Post-Rock

Team Norman | Wednesday 5th September 2018

Post-rock is dead. Long live post-rock.


From Psycho to Reservoir Dogs: Decade-Defining Soundtracks

From Psycho to Reservoir Dogs: Decade-Defining Soundtracks

Team Norman | Sunday 2nd September 2018

An in-depth look at the film soundtracks that have helped to define their times, from John Barry to Cliff Martinez.


From Jaws to Star Wars: Genre-Defining Soundtracks

From Jaws to Star Wars: Genre-Defining Soundtracks

Team Norman | Sunday 2nd September 2018

An in-depth look at the film soundtracks that have helped to define their genres, from Hitchcock to Tarantino.


From Neil Young to Ryley Walker: our guide to the best singer-songwriters

From Neil Young to Ryley Walker: our guide to the best singer-songwriters

Team Norman | Saturday 1st September 2018

Tortured poets, hippies, folkies, truth-tellers, all-round sensitive souls...we may scoff sometimes, but the world wouldn't be the same without them.


From Black Sabbath to Pig Destroyer: our guide to essential Metal

From Black Sabbath to Pig Destroyer: our guide to essential Metal

Team Norman | Friday 31st August 2018

It’s nearly impossible to sum up a genre with more sub-genres than there are problems with Lars Ulrich, so we’re gonna lay down the bare essentials and hope you agree with us. Or you can call us names, if you want.


Norman Records Vinyl Album Challenge

Norman Records Vinyl Album Challenge

Team Norman | Wednesday 29th August 2018

Test your knowledge of some of the best albums from the 60s onwards with our cryptic image quiz. Do you have what it takes to identify all 30?


Mid-Year Review 2018

Mid-Year Review 2018

Team Norman | Sunday 1st July 2018

Half time at Norman Records 2018. So far we’ve like righteous polyrhythmic punk from The Ex, top tier summer-time jangle from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and future-facing emotional soul from serpentswithfeet. Plus a bit of rainy patriotism from Concretism.


Record Store Day 2018

Record Store Day 2018

Team Norman | Monday 19th February 2018

Check the site at 8am on Saturday 28th April to see what RSD2018 stock we've managed to get hold of.


Albums of the Year 2017

Albums of the Year 2017

Team Norman | Friday 1st December 2017

In 2017 Mount Eerie broke our hearts. Bark Psychosis finally reached the audience they deserved, Richard Dawson released his epic, and Kara Lis-Coverdale dissolved us using an organ. Also Godspeed You! Black Emperor kept us very, very busy.


Mid-Year Review 2017

Mid-Year Review 2017

Team Norman | Saturday 1st July 2017

2017 is six months old, let’s celebrate. We’ve had accordion fractals from Mario Batkovic, instrumental experimentations from Sarah Davachi and a happy comeback from Do Make Say Think. Plus Fleet Foxes developed a sense of humour.


Albums of the Year 2016

Albums of the Year 2016

Team Norman | Thursday 1st December 2016

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s music sounded sweetest to our ears, Gold Panda had some words of encouragement, BEAK> fell for that Hollywood glamour, and Radiohead were at it again. Also David Bowie said goodbye.


Mid-Year Review 2016

Mid-Year Review 2016

Team Norman | Friday 1st July 2016

As we wave goodbye to June 2016 and hello to July, it’s time to reflect. On how Tim Hecker’s cleaned up his act, on how Jessy Lanza made us dance and on how Idris Ackamoor found the space to skronk. Plus Breadwoman is coming to get you.


Albums of the Year 2015

Albums of the Year 2015

Team Norman | Tuesday 1st December 2015

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld went head to head, Grouper joined a band, Ian William Craig remade ambient music in his imagine, and Steve Hauschildt kept glistening. Also Kamasi Washington released the longest album in the world.


Mid-Year Review 2015

Mid-Year Review 2015

Team Norman | Wednesday 1st July 2015

Are we halfway through the 2010s now? Maybe. What is certain is that we loved Sleater-Kinney as much as we ever have, that Sufjan Stevens made us cry and that Dutch Uncles are from Greater Manchester. Plus what is that on the Blanck Mass album art?


Label Watch: Hibernate

Label Watch: Hibernate

Team Norman | Tuesday 19th May 2015

We have a quick word with Jonathan Lees, who runs the ever-excellent Hibernate label.


Albums of the Year 2014

Albums of the Year 2014

Team Norman | Monday 1st December 2014

Bracken didn’t resist existing, Kate Tempest spoke truth to power, Neneh Cherry came back from a 18 year break, and of course there was a Brian Jonestown Massacre release. Also Aphex Twin sent us his invoice.


Sleaford Mods - interview

Sleaford Mods - interview

Team Norman | Wednesday 26th November 2014

Interview with the UK's narkiest band, Sleaford Mods.


Warm Widow - interview

Warm Widow - interview

Team Norman | Tuesday 14th October 2014

Interview with Manchester's noisy, brilliant Warm Widow.


Spool and Rewind: The Joy of Cassette Tapes

Spool and Rewind: The Joy of Cassette Tapes

Team Norman | Sunday 14th September 2014

Like many others, Clinton's reaction to the announcement last year of 'Cassette Store Day' was of the "What are they going to do next, 8-Track Day?" kind. But he's come to love tapes again.


Interview with Emotional Response's Stewart Anderson

Interview with Emotional Response's Stewart Anderson

Team Norman | Thursday 14th August 2014

Ex-Boyracer and general all-round top chap Stewart Anderson puts out choice 7"s on his Emotional Response label. Despite being one the busiest people in the world he took the time out to tell us where he's been and what's he got up his sleeve for us...


Mid-Year Review 2014

Mid-Year Review 2014

Team Norman | Tuesday 1st July 2014

As we’re halfway through 2014 we should revise what we’ve learned. We learnt that no ensemble is too big from Ex-Easter Island, how to make decent post-punk from Protomartyr and how to love with EIAFUAWN. Plus Perfect Pussy upset the right people.


Albums of the Year 2013

Albums of the Year 2013

Team Norman | Sunday 1st December 2013

Year of the Austerity Dog. These New Puritans started over, Blixa Bargeld turned crooner, Oneohtrix Point Never invented the future, and Parquet Courts introduced themselves. Also My Bloody Valentine actually finished something.


Mid-Year Review 2013

Mid-Year Review 2013

Team Norman | Monday 1st July 2013

2013’s been good so far eh? Let’s review. Nick Cave released an album! Grouper released an album! The Knife released an album! Boards of Canada released an album! Plus, most improbably, Zomby released an album!


Albums of the Year 2012

Albums of the Year 2012

Team Norman | Saturday 1st December 2012

Windy and Carl will always be our album of the year 2012. Death and Vanilla did that 60s psych pop thing, Grimes became queen of the blogs, and Mac DeMarco was precocious. Also Drive ruined soundtracks forever.