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New Year Pre-orders

As the music industry shuts down for its annual putting it's feet up let's take a look at some of the things we have to look forward to in 2018.   
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A Grave With No Name
Passover

A Grave With No Name is a fitting moniker for purveyors of a downbeat and melancholy strain of Americana (despite being London-based). Their fourth album sees the continued expansion of their originally lo-fi sound, with central figure Alex Shields drafting in Frank Ocean’s bassist Ben Reed. For fans of Neil Young, Silver Jews and Sun Kil Moon.

Arcade Fire
Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort is taken from Arcade Fire’s 5th album Everything Now, which divided fans. However, this limited edition white vinyl 12” might win a few back. It features the track in two forms - a 12 vinyl version and - WAKE UP PORTISHEAD FANS - a Geoff Barrow remix, which he has also re-titled Comfort My Sleng Teng.
  • Vinyl 12" (88985490051)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Arcade Fire
Put Your Money on Me

Put Your Money On Me is taken from Arcade Fire’s most ‘pop’ album to date, Everything Now. Fans will no doubt be clambering over each other to get their mits on this limited edition transparent red vinyl 12”, featuring a different version of the slow burning yet catchy track on each side.
  • Vinyl 12" (88985493061)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Big Black
Racer-X

This is the one where Albini was aiming for a big rock sound but made a mess of it and instead came up with something samey and monolithic  - no bad thing as it turns out. It was released in April 1985 just before their 'Atomizer' debut as they slowly got to the vicious sound we know and (perhaps) love.   

Butterfly Child
Onomatopoeia

One of those records where you have to mention the album art. There you go, I've mentioned it. It's very good. Butterfly Child's Onomatopoeia was first released in 1993 but has been given a smooth remaster on Dell'Orso. A great mix of electronica and post-rock and for fans of Bark Psychosis...I suppose? Available on double vinyl LP and CD. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (EDDA45LP)
  • £21.99 £13.19 (saving: £8.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Dope feat. Julian Cope
The Dee Dee Ramone Story

First time on vinyl for this previous cassette only release from the warped brain of Sir Julian Cope. This contains two side-long explorations that have been described as somewhere else as being between Ash Ra Temple and Brainticket's classic LP 'Cottonwoodhill'. A sonic overload of what Cope seems to describe as rastakrautpasta. 
  • Vinyl LP (ES002LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Fire!
The Hands

Fire! is of course the fabulous power trio of Andreas Werlin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), Johan Berthling (Tape) and Phil’s least favourite saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (of over a million different avant-jazz projects and combinations). The Hands is their sixth record of dark, simmering, propulsive, muscular music, and if you liked their previous noise-jaz-rock-kraut explorations, you’ll love this too. On Rune Grammofon.

Ghost Music
I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here

Mumbling quartet Ghost Music quietly crawl into existence with I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here, an understated debut of brushed-aside melodies that harkens back to the second-tier of classic indie rock: think of all the New Zealand shamble bands on Flying Nun and all the bands who made Pavement a little bit more melancholy and you'll already be familiar with this record of lo-fi serenity.

Half Japanese
Why Not?

Why Not? is the latest instalment of twisted shambolic indie-pop from Jad Fair’s Half Japanese. Over a 42 year career the band have made 16 studio albums that will make you laugh, cry, dance, shout and whatever else you feel like doing. Album #17, Why Not? is no exception. Vinyl LP and CD, and if you’re quick enough, you might get a copy of the limited edition indies only white vinyl version!

Ian Hawgood + Giulio Aldinucci
Consequence Shadows

More somnolent, slow-burning electroacoustic ambience courtesy of Ian “Home Normal” Hawgood and rippling fieldrec soundscapist Guilio Aldinucci. There are sometimes more layers to these arrangements than first meet the ear, as it seems great care has gone into ensuring all elements blend into undifferentiated calm as easily as possible. On duty for the last twenty minutes, Stijn Hüwels contributes a remix in exactly the same style.

John Tejada
Dead Start Program

More techno please John. Thanks. Mr. Tejada returns with yet more for Kompakt with Dead Start Program, which demonstrates his trance-inducing and haze-imbibed style in its totality. With a tinge of signature Tejada soul, these eleven tracks mark an unbelievable thirteenth album in a catalogue of hard-hitters.

Jon Brion
Lady Bird

This is the first time this soundtrack has come on the music market as a full release. A collection of rather mellow and easy-listening music, Jon Brion's Lady Bird is available on three different formats: CD, LP and a limited edition white vinyl LP. This original motion picture soundtrack has been released by Fire Soundtracks. 

Lucy Dacus
Historian

Indie-rock sensation Lucy Dacus returns with her second album, Historian. She feels as though, she left every bit of herself on the tape, saying everything she wanted to say. A fuller sound than debut record, No Burden, has been brought about with mixing input from producer John Congleton (He’s worked with just about everyone) and instrumental help from guitarist Jacob Blizzard. LP and CD on Matador.

Palm
Rock Island

The nervously invigorating Palm have impressed us plenty already and return with an obnoxiously captivating record in Rock Island. It swerves away from their common, jangly lexicon and then points back towards it, offering a noisy, danceable, jubilant and melancholic record of stutter pop. They make loops sound like they're being played over and over, one at a time.

Postcards
I'll Be Here In The Morning

Postcards are a Lebanese dream-pop type outfit who are releasing their debut record I'll Be Here In The Morning on Ruptured. Made up of four friends, this record is a great collection of lush vocals and simple to follow music scores that fit together like bees to honey. Available on vinyl LP and CD. 
  • Vinyl LP (T31036-2)
  • £19.99 £11.99 (saving: £8.00)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Psychic TV
Kondole / Dead Cat

This box set contains David Lewis’ obscure film Dead Cat on DVD, featuring Genesis P-Orridge and Derek Jarman. The CDs contain the sparse, eerie soundtrack in both full length and edited versions. Also included is Thee Whale, the tribal percussion-driven score to an abandoned short film, and a third track, Thee Shadow Creatures. All were recorded on the 23rd of January, in the years 1988, 1989 and 1993 respectively.

SS MD / Pye Corner Audio
Issue No. Twenty-Two

You'll want this. It's a very limited split 12" between everyone's favourite Head Technician Pye Corner Audio who contributes three brand new tracks and Silent Servant & Marcel Dettmann who hook up together as SS & MD to provide one side long track. Out on Jealous God.  Clear vinyl all gone now so don't get hopes up for that. 

Television Personalities
Beautiful Despair

Beautiful Despair is an unreleased album by cult indie band, Television Personalities. Unreleased until now, that is! The album was recorded, but unfinished in 1990. Some tracks appeared in different guises elsewhere, but this is the first time they’ve been released in their original form. A couple of the tracks mention their indie contemporaries, Lawrence from Felt and Evan Dando from The Lemonheads, recalling experiences they’d shared. If you’re quick you can get a limited edition indies only marble vinyl version, otherwise it’s black vinyl or CD.

The Courteeners
St. Jude Re:Wired

The Courteeners frontman, Liam Fray, went on a little jaunt around the country playing acoustic shows. Inspired by this, and to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut album, The Courteeners have decided to re-record St. Jude in an unplugged stylie to make St. Jude Re:Wired. LP and CD on Ignition.

The Shins
The Worms Heart

The creative whizz behind The Shins, James Mercer had an itch he needed to scratch following the recording of their last album, Heartworms, and scratch it he did. He re-recorded the album, introducing acoustic guitars and a slower tempo to fast tracks and injecting the slower tracks with a bit of rock oomph. The Worms Heart was born, a reversal of the original album in every way. LP and Cd on Columbia.

Twin Peaks
Sweet '17 Singles

'Sweet '17 Singles' is a compilation of 7" tracks that were released earlier this year, selling out almost immediately. Together they form a consistent and quite lovely record, full of wistful bluesy swing that's reminiscent of Women, though with a pastorally psychedelic tone not a million miles from Van Morrison.