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Last minute Christmas gubbins

What? You STILL haven't treated your loved one to a musical Christmas gift? We could get niche on your ass and tell you only about the wonderful, strange and exotic items on our shelves that you should buy. That would be the Norman Records way. But instead we've mixed it all up with some of the year's biggest and most popular items of the year. All of which are in stock NOW and ready to buy. Final shipping date for UK orders is Friday 19th December but you can turn up at our shop right until 4.30pm on Tuesday 23rd December where you will be greeted by friendly festive staff and perhaps a complimentary mince pie. 
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A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Atomos

Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran return with their second studio album inspired by contemporary dance and new instrumentation. After releasing a first glimpse in the form of the ‘Atomos VII’ EP earlier this year, A Winged Victory For The Sullen finally reveal their second full-length album entitled ‘Atomos’, which besides familiar piano, string and drone sounds also sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesisers. IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “As a wise man once said, one who procrastinates their own choosing will inevitably have their choice served to them by circumstance. We had virtually no time for second guessing ourselves. That being said, we tried to balance the discordance between being creative, and fulfilling our duties for a commissioned soundtrack with a very strict deadline, and all the while staying true to our collective melancholy.” – Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie “We never imagined 2013 would be such an explosively creative year. The first record took us two years from start to finish, but in the micro span of time over last summer we were able to change the formula for the way we write, record, liberating.” – Dustin O'Halloran

Alex G
DSU

Right, people. We've been listening to this in the office for what seems like the last 6 months and we think it's going to take you by storm. Think of all the '90's lo-fi greats (but particularly Pavement) rolled up into a one man slacker-pop songwriting machine and you are in the ballpark.  Get in on the ground floor. 

alt-J
This Is All Yours

'This Is All Yours' is experimental rock act Alt-J's first record since their  conceptual debut, 'An Awesome Wave', and was mostly written in free time around touring that record. "Hunger of the Pine", the record's first single, features a sample of Miley Cyrus' "4x4".    Tracks Intro Arrival in Nara Nara Every Other Freckle Left Hand Free ❦ (Garden of England) Choice Kingdom Hunger Of The Pine Warm Foothills The Gospel of John Hurt Pusher Bloodflood pt.II Leaving Nara

Aphex Twin
Syro

Well we'll be blowed. The threats have actually finally come true. Aphex Twin's first proper new studio album for Warp since the divisive confused bulk of 2001's 'Drukqs' is due towards the end of September 2014. The artwork is quasi-cryptic and minimal as you can see. What the material will sound like is the stuff of many an "IDM" fanboy/girl's social networking dreams. What we do know is that this is the most exciting news in electronic music we've heard since the deluge of Analord material for his own Rephlex that seems like many, many moons ago. Yes, he could have written it on his laptop in the bog last month or yes, it could be archive stuff more than a decade old. Will there be a "Windowlicker" on there? Whatever, we can surmise all we like but this is literally amazing news for his countless fanatical devotees around the globe and is bound to hold some surprises. 

Ariel Pink
Pom Pom

All-nonsense indie rock artist and all-round asshole Ariel Pink continues to make music for cartoons and the adverts you watch in-between with the romantic and also exceedingly irritating 'Pom Pom'. As always, that's probably the point. There's a song -- or jingle -- about Jell-O, so yeah. Good luck with that. Pink says this is his most collaborative work yet despite also being his very own solo record.

Belle and Sebastian
Tigermilk

Belle & Sebastian released their first record, 'Tigermilk', way back in 1996, when indie pop was fresh and new and barely a teenager. It's the start of a long songwriting career for Stuart Murdoch, who was the only songwriter for the band at this point, and shows off soft, delicately made songs that hadn't quite become fanciful and twee yet. Also, the album artwork is really something, huh?

Bing & Ruth
Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

This one's important for fans of plaintive instrumental rock action and neo-classical hibernation: pianist David Moore leads the band Bing & Ruth into making minimalist pieces that meditate for a seemingly endless time. 'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is focused around his resounding piano performance, much in the fashion of Steve Reich or Dustin O'Hallaran. 'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is that good kind of ambient vibe: modest, unobtrusive, but forceful at the same time.

Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma, Forever Ago is the 2007 debut album by Bon Iver, who at the time consisted solely of Justin Vernon. After his band DeYarmond Edison split, and he’d suffered a bout of serious illness, he set off for a cabin in the woods to write and record the album. The resulting recording is now a firmly established classic and appeared at the top of many critics ‘best of’ lists at the end of 2007.

Brian Reitzell
Hannibal Season 2 (Original Television Soundtrack)

Brian Reitzell is doing a myriad different things in the musical sphere, but he's been a master of neo-classical for a minute, and his soundtrack for Hannibal Season 2 is another high watermark moment in his career as a composer. As dark and violently transgressive as the TV show, Reitzell's music wavers between form and formlessness, playing them off against each other until they come to a bloody end in the dark. Turn the lights off on your way out.

Bronnt Industries Kapital
Turksib

From multi-instrumentalist and general muso whiz Guy Bartell comes this fourth album Turksib by Bronnt Industries Kapital. The soundtrack to the British Film Institute's examination of Soviet propaganda’s influence of British filmmaking titled From Turksib to Nightmail. Coming from the place where man meets machine on the harsh Siberian tundra. Vinyl.
  • Vinyl Double LP (OWN003)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Cristobal Tapia De Veer
Utopia - Original Television Soundtrack

Utopia lays claim to having one of the best and innovative TV scores of recent times, as evidenced in its critical acclaim from writers far and wide. So, this September it will be getting a vinyl release for the first time. Recorded entirely in Borough train station, it features sounds and field recordings from the eclectic to the eccentric, this is a must-have for any Utopia fanatic. What’s more- it comes in yellow coloured vinyl, naturally. 

Diplo
F10RIDA

Dance dad Diplo has been doing his own thing for a decade now and 'F10RIDA' nods at the time lapse sheepishly, offering a bunch of new tracks that celebrate the long, strange trip he's had in being a solo artist. It's a tribute to Florida, his old stomping ground, where a lot of his musical magic began.

Gazelle Twin
Unflesh

Uncompromisingly DIY, exclusively punk and very terrifying, Gazelle Twin has of course named her new record 'Unflesh'. More menacing than ever on her new record, adding an industrial vibe to her electronic palette, Gazelle Twin deliberately restrained her sound for the record in order to make something more direct and lo-fi in aesthetic.

Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins' finds Harris either performing spectral ballads, fashioned after her ambient leanings, or thrumming on the piano like it's just another part of the natural environment. It's arguably her sparsest record yet -- right down to the incidental recordings of rain and animals chirping -- and the closest the listener will get to hearing Harris' voice upfront.

James Blackshaw
Apologia

Modern 12-string guitar master James Blackshaw returns with some old recordings on a limited vinyl release. Apologia marks a time when Blackshaw was still working with a 6-string in less-than salubrious recording environments. The resulting material makes for a raw and charming contrast to the fleshed out soundworld achieved later on. Released on Bladud Flies!

Kasabian
Empire

If you thought Kasabian were a recent epidemic, then you should know they released their second record, 'Empire', in 2006. Back then they were having a good time rubbing elbows with Oasis and making slightly less spaced-out, electronic stuff -- because, you know, in 2006, we all thought Britpop was cool. We don't have to lie. Now the record is getting a reissue so we can remember how slightly different Sergio Pizzorno's songwriting used to be

Lawrence
A Day In The Life

Lawrence, who is actually called Peter Kersten but never you mind, is set to release the follow-up to his last effort, 'Film & Windows'. Lawrence has managed to face the contradiction of the genres he works in by approaching each and every one with the same gentility and respect, and on 'A Day In The Life' his ambient compositions feel like a completely natural shift. It's a record dedicated to the collaborations and friendships of Kersten, label boss Toshiya Kawasaki and Stefen Marx. Aw.

Maston
Opal Collection

Opal Collection is the new vinyl LP from Maston. Continuing the current dream-psyche-indie-rock vibes, Opal Collection is akin to the likes of Real Estate and Mac DeMarco. Think guitars drenched in reverb and lyrics brimming with nostalgia, OC will whisk you away to the west coast in the summer time. Out on Stroll on and limited to 300 copies.

Mogwai
Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP

They released 'Rave Tapes' earlier this year, but post-rock heroes Mogwai don't really know the meaning of slowing down -- they're always gearing up to explode. 'Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1' is a new EP with a grab bag of tricks, offering up new, unreleased tunes as well as remixes from their most recent, electronically driven venture. Nils Frahm takes on "The Lord Is Out Of Control", which is sure to be an interesting crossroads meeting.

Molly Drake
Molly Drake

Molly Drake is Nick Drake’s mother, and these are home recordings made in the 1950s, never intended for public consumption. Of course, we cannot escape the Nick context when listening, but Molly is a bewitching musician in her own right, and although the songs are her own, she imbues them with the feeling of familiar standards. Also, one of the crispest accents you’ve ever heard sing.

Morton Subotnick
The Wild Bull

A pioneer of electronic music, composer Morton Subotnick is a legend to those in the know. Coming from a genre of avant garde, Subotnick differed in his approach by using regular rhythm patterns rather than just weird noises, meaning you can dance to his music as well as sitting around on bean bags listening and scratching your beard. This is the follow-up to the 1967 classic 'Silver Apples on the Moon' which is still considered a classic and is hugely influencial to this day. 

Motorpsycho
Demon Box

The Legendary Demon Box by Motorpsycho gets a lavish reissue for its 21st birthday. The Norwegian rockers’ 3rd album is 1st in the minds of many fans. Demon Box is available as a 4CD+DVD box set containing the original album, 2 EPs, live recordings, rarities and a film of a concert recorded in Groningen, Netherlands or 2LP vinyl of the original album.

Parquet Courts
Content Nausea

Content Nausea is the second release of 2014 from Parquet Courts. Issued under a slightly different name (Parkay Quarts) due to some of the band members completing degrees and starting families, it hints at sounds akin to the likes of Dylan and Warren Zevon, and is the inevitable aftermath of Sunbathing Animal – accessible but more dissonant than ever. 

Peaking Lights
Cosmic Logic

The lush dub pop of Peaking Lights returns for another round with the dutifully titled 'Cosmic Logic', offering up more squeaky electronics, flat-lining beats and eerie good times. They last appeared with 'Lucifer', but 'Entity' makes the synth pop more overt, keeping the minimalist approach but upping the playfulness. 

Pixies
Doolittle 25

In celebration of its 25th anniversary (yes, 25th!) 4AD is releasing a deluxe version of the Pixies’ pivotal second studio album Doolittle. This three-CD/double vinyl package includes all the album’s B sides, Peel Sessions and demos alongside the original album for the first time ever, with nearly half of the tracks being commercially released for the first time. Featuring memorable tracks like "Debaser", "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone To Heaven", this reissue is a reminder of just how important Doolittle was.

Shellac
Dude Incredible

FACTS!This is Shellac’s fifth LP following Axtion Park, Terraform, 1000 Hurts and Excellent Italian Greyhound.  The recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in ‘Dude Incredible’; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example. PACKAGING Both the CD and LP version of Dude Incredible come packaged in a chipboard album jacket with two high gloss, full color monkeys on the front cover. The LP includes a CD of the full album. QC Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI  in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.

Sleaford Mods
Austerity Dogs

Austerity Dogs is the 6th album by Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, but it’s the one that got them noticed. Since its release in 2013, the band have gone from strength to strength, being a necessary mouthpiece and cathartic outlet for many in the these austere times. They mix a punk snarl with pepped-up hip-hop beats and socially aware lyrics to make an original, energetic, angry and often witty statement that has become essential.

Sleaford Mods
Chubbed Up +

Here's a Sleaford Mods album on Mike Patton's Ipecac of all labels. This one already came out as a digital-only compilation but this is its first physical release. It features previously unreleased tracks 'Bring Out The Canons', 'The Committee' and 'Fear of Anarchy' alongside crowd favourites like 'Jobseeker', 'Jolly Fucker' and 'Tweet Tweet Tweet'.

Smashing Pumpkins
Monuments To An Elegy

Now that Billy Corgan is done composing and performing eight-hour tributes to Herman Hesse novels -- and making Oneohtrix Point Never laugh in the process -- he's decided to return to that little side project of his, also known as the Smashing Pumpkins. Monuments To An Elegy is their eighth record and hold the indie rock: we want it as pretentious as we know you can make it, Billy.

Songs: Ohia
Magnolia Electric Co. (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Magnolia Electric Co was the final album Jason Molina released under the name Songs: Ohia. Whilst touring the album, he decided to change the name of the band to Magnolia Electric Co (who never released an album called Songs: Ohia). You can hear something had changed - this Steve Albini-produced record has a harder edge than previous releases. Sadly, Molina died in March 2013 of alcohol-related organ failure. Double vinyl album, 10 year anniversary edition. 

The Humble Bee & Players
Snowflake

Limited to a mere 280 copies on white vinyl + Bonus CD, from Other Ideas. Stemming from research on the formation of snowflakes Craig Tattersall curates 6 musicians to create individual pieces which are then brought back together. With a bonus CD of the original results, and LP of 6 remixes from Tattersall.

The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

The third Monochrome Set LP, 'Eligible Bachelors', is overlooked in terms of their more renowned previous work, but it is just as good as their first two albums. It includes many witty indie pop classics such as "Jet Set Junta” and "The Ruling Class". Released on coloured vinyl by Optic Nerve, included here is a poster and two bonus tracks. 

Various
Decadubs 5

It’s been a weird year for hyperdub’s Kode 9 - losing two of his closest friends, one being his greatest collaborator, just as hyperdub reach their creative and critical peak, and the grand old age of ten. Decadubs 5 (decade dubs, geddit?) is part of a series of compilations and EPs released to commemorate the label’s birthday, and this double 12”, the fifth and final, features the near legendary Burial track ‘Lambeth’, released here for the first time.

Various
Natural Born Killers

Trent Reznor-produced soundtrack to the 1994 Oliver Stone movie Natural Born Killers, featuring music from an eclectic mix of artists including Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Cowboy Junkies, Dr Dre, L7, Bob Dylan, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails etc. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVATM012C)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl

Wilco
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Wilco have never been particularly good at hiding their so-called rarities away, half of their fan-base having already been treated to the stellar, suffocatingly intimate early versions of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot songs. Here, though, the band leave another offering: Alpha Mike Foxtrot collates songs they've been commissioned to record for cover albums and film scores, and also throws in some of the band's quintessential b-sides, letting us live in an parallel universe where alt-country is still going strong.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Rhythm

An office favourite and the promo has only been in the place a week. It has since disappeared into various homes for night listening which is as good a recommendation as you can get. Therefore I'm the wrong person to write the press blurb as I was the only one to spit the words "experimental Winehouse" in it's direction. It certainly sounds like the career defining record that the press release talks about, based around the primal rhythms and soulful vocals of the Swedish husband and wife team it hold no punches whatsoever. Certainly fans of Neneh Cherry's last album, or the 80's pounding of Pigbag or ESG are going to find much to enjoy.