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Weekly Update Jackie O Motherfucker, Bikes, Touch33, Austin Cesear, The Beach Boys, and more...

Eek - sorry for resending this! We pasted last week's update into this week by mistake. Please accept our gracious and humble apologies folks!

Wow it’s been a crazy week here at the towers, I’ve been doing as many hours here as humanely possible in order to avoid any sight or sound of the abomination that is the London Olympics. I wish they’d left Boris hanging by that wire and all gone to the pub laughing though. In other news Business Lady has shattered her back a bit from playing pile-driving drums in this aural juggernaut that is her “other” band so cheer her up a bit by buying a copy of their seriously boss vinyl, not that it matters as we only have a couple left and then it’s vamoosed out of our lives (completely sold out).

Mike has had serious cat issues this week and has been most disparaging about the range of flea treatments available from Wilkinson's and head-honcho Phil is looking forward to a well earned mid-August break which we are looking forward to more than him. Bless him, he brought me in an e-cigarette as a present today because I keep smoking all his fags (cigarettes to you, U.S. customers) Oh and our Kim has been on her jollies hence it has been dripping with testosterone, man-sweat and grungy male angst in here all week and I haven’t had a decent fuckin’ coffee. But we haven’t quite yet reverted back to our awful primal potty-mouthed ways but then again old soldiers Brett and Ant were the original office equivalent of the Wu Tang Clan back in the day!

So, here’s a pile of stuff “the hardest workers” here have wrenched out of boxes, stuck on our website and thrown on shelves in compliance with the Western Alphabet in order to make your lives a little less wretched and miserable. Some of it is great, some of it not so great and a little bit of it is a tiny bit shit. But only you know what you want out of life, we can only suggest improvements.......

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Firstly, sorry for the delay, the label geezer was moving house in San Francisco but he’s finally got to us the Inner Tube re-stock and I think his move went OK so all is good on that front. On a more dour note, we have the debut major label from Dry The River, calm down ladies...Ramesses would eat them as a snack so you should buy their ‘Take The Curse’ on wax or they may just eat you too. On a more tragic note we have the new Beach Boys album which Clint assures us isn’t as depressing as it potentially seems. I always loathed them though so to me it’s like a tiny fresh shit on top of a old enormous decayed turd. Hate mail to the usual address....and to recover from this shock I will have to take BL’s advice and check out Manchester lads PLANK!, so fine are their freshy kraut-vibes that they shout it from the rooftops in capitals! Blur are a new band from some little village down south where they wear boaters and cricketer-style costumes, gorge on cheese and act like floppy twats. Their debut single is out this week and the chart people are hoping it may be their first hit!

Our old chums Big Eyes Family Players have their second volume of Folk Songs out, they’re great these guys and once numbered the drummer from Glasgow punk destroyers Divorce amongst their ranks. What actually happened to Andy Brown we’ll never know! Electro-shock therapy in reverse maybe?....I reckon Andy could show the drummer from Mastodon a few things about being totally real and proper “rock”, these tattooed-up tykes are pussies in comparison. But they do have a new album out on Prolapse [sic] records. Two cheap classic Jackie O Motherfucker titles, Fig. 5 and Liberation on vinyl!

Hawgood, Leek, Norbury and Maps & Diagrams head Tim Martin take part in an orgy of collaboration under the Black Elk moniker, I think many of you will like to join them in their orgasmic endeavours. ‘Raw Money Raps’ by Jerry J is an office fave this Summer and the double wax has just landed on FlyLo’s Brainfeeder. You need this album motherfunners! Two terribly exciting releases that are bound to cause massive ripples of excitement at the checkout are the stunning soundtrack to the wonderful Donnie Darko by Mike Andrews and the new Haxan Cloak thingie on Latitudes, both are staple essentials of this weeks musical dietary plan. Worth a punt from different sides of the multi-faceted rhombus that is the musical biosphere are a proper vinyl re-issue of TD’s Alpha Centurai and a 20 track CD anthology of Pete Astor’s almost forgotten Weather Prophets - some cosmic madness and some schmindie jangle - lovely!

There’s a new Spiritualized 7” out but really, who wants that when you can get the Antony and the Johnsons live album? Nice wig Ant....Mirror to Mirror has his cosmic synth explorations reach the land of Preservation on a nice pink sleeved CD. Touch 33 was a cassette in the 80s, it is now a fine white label vinyl of obscure field recordings and music from Java and Mali! Back closer to home, Leeds punk/scruff rock tykesEagulls have a new EP out on 12”, our Mike likes it lots so it must be good eh? Also Opossom are an act led by the brother of the guy who is in charge of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. I reckon if you dig UMO you will want to make Fire rich again by purchasing one of the formats!!

On a more weird tip we had the Eraserhead OST in a deluxe package (this looks amazing btw!) and a Psychic Ills / Moon Duo split which ain’t so strange but Mike and I came to blows over whether it was a snail or a seashell on the sleeve or like, whether there was an eyelash on there, which like, dude, means there may be an eye into the cosmos....wow. If you think THAT sleeve is insane check this crazy shit. Bikes just happen to pretty cool on the musical front but you would so get that for its cover eh? Oh, this is crazy too so it belongs in this paragraph. J. Marks & Shipen Lebzelter come all messily in your ears from the dusty vortex of insanity that was 1968, check this whacked-out weirdness...

Proper curious electronic record from a West Coast of USA musician here on the ever-collectible Public Information. This Austin Cesear [sic] disc really piqued the interest of our Ant who as you all know is an incredibly hard man to please so I’d get involved. Last from me is another oddity to mention, fifteen songs by the bizarrely monikered Ozarks. It has caught our attention primarily due to the sticker that proclaims the album “Sounds complicated” , a quote not from Pitchfork, nor Mojo but, in fact “Robbies Dad” !

big up you all xxx Brian and the Normans


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Goat

World Music

10/10 from Brian

Ahhhh, the mysterious Goat from Korpolombolo in Sweden! Yes, if there was a proper buzz band for 2012 it's these cultists and we're not talking what the bloody BBC would have...read on »

Monoton

Monotonprodukt 07

10/10 from Brian

We wanted to give this album of the week when we first got it but they sold out too quickly so here we are again! Here's Brian's review for the black vinyl but we now have whi...read on »

Johan Soderqvist

Let The Right One In

9/10 from Brian

Well, once again I'm left confused whilst holding a record that the boss deems I’ll do the best job of reviewing, in this case because he realises I’m a huge fan o...read on »

Dimitrios K

Dimitrios K

9/10 from Brian

God this sounds soooo lush! If you dig techno you will surely think so too. Hailing from Gothenberg - home of the Swedish Batman no doubt - our Dimitrios looks like a stern dr...read on »

Lightships

Fear And Doubt EP

9/10 from Clinton

Aaaahh...I woke up this morning in a tremendous mood. Sun streamed through the curtains, there’s a nice late summer/pre autumn vibe to the chill of the early morning air...read on »

Shed

The Killer

9/10 from Brian

The other great techno release of the week from me and it's another stalking rumbler courtesy of the much admired Shedmeister. His music does seem to be retaining the tougher,...read on »

Bronze Age

Antiquated Futurism

9/10 from Ant

The second release on Dominic Fernow’s label comes from Kris Lapke who was Fernow’s right hand man at the Hospital Productions Studio. Bearing that in mind a full-...read on »

David Lynch & Alan R. Splet

Eraserhead: Original Soundtrack

9/10 from Ant

Another holy grail soundtrack reissued in fine style. This has been out of print for some time since its issue on Alternative Tentacles. The film and the soundtrack have long ...read on »

Bikes

Bikes

9/10 from Mike

Last night I went out with some of the other office lads to see the mighty Ty Segall and his band doling out their relentless hi-gain garage pop and it was totally awesome. On...read on »

Eagulls

EP (2012)

9/10 from Mike

Leeds’s Eagulls are hot shit at the moment. From what I’ve been hearing the launch show for this record totally went off, and the platter itself has king Hookworm ...read on »

Atlantis

The Institute Of Technology

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Tim Diagram’s last Atlantis release was a limited CD and from what I remember it was really good. It certainly sold fast anyway! So it’s nice to see a newie from h...read on »

Michael Andrews

Donnie Darko OST

9/10 from Mike

Donnie Darko is one of only a few modern horror/fantasy films that has really captured my imagination in recent years, and Death Waltz are a label who are totally peeling my o...read on »

Psychic Ills / Moon Duo

Take Me With You/ Zoned

9/10 from Mike

Not sure how this could go wrong. Both Moon Duo and Psychic Ills have been on flawless form lately, as have Canada’s classy Sacred Bones imprint, so I was looking forwar...read on »

Scald Rougish

Auen Ansici / Bardachd

9/10 from Ant

The excellent Icasea label go from strength to strength as they unleash arguably their finest release yet. Scald Rougish is yet another alias from Chris Douglas (Dalglish, OST...read on »

Nicolas Bernier

Music For A Piano / Music For A Book

9/10 from Brian

I’ve listened to this chapster before. Here he fleshes out his intuitive brain mumbles and musical pondering into a two-disc set of lush neoclassical tinkering and exper...read on »

The Big Eyes Family Players & Friends

Folk Songs II

9/10 from Clinton

Lovely to see a brand new Big Eyes Family Players album and this time it's a stunner. Whilst flipping through this morning's Guardian (alfresco with coffee and croissant, natc...read on »

Jan Svensson

Pogrom (Electronic Music by Jan Svensson 1990)

8/10 from Brian

Ooooh blimey a mad synthesizer record on minty white vinyl from the label with all the answers, Ideal. It’s a funny one is this, dark imagery abounds. It looks like it s...read on »

Percussions

Bird Song / Rabbit Song

8/10 from Brian

OK, this first number is essentially a Hebden-esque techno track with some twittering birds on it. If you like birdsong which I’m confident many of you do, me included, ...read on »

Dead Fader

Work It, No

8/10 from Brian

This twelve not only has the most alarming sleeve of the week but also finishes with a track called ‘Das Hamster’ which as anybody that knows me knows...automatica...read on »

Nils Quak

Aether

8/10 from Clinton

Nils Quak (pronounced quack, like the duck noise) is a sound artist, writer and journalist living in Cologne, who has released a slew of records under various names including ...read on »

Tor Lundvall

The Shipyard

8/10 from Clinton

There is literally no distinction between the Nils Quak record and this one. When I exchanged discs no-one noticed. Again, it’s an album of ambient drones, a lot more so...read on »

Maninkari

Continuum Sonore

8/10 from Clinton

It took me about six hours to find out who this is by as they’ve forgotten to put their name on the sleeve. Thankfully they’ve paid more attention to the music whi...read on »

Dark Horses

Radio

8/10 from Clinton

Oh! Hurrah! Some music!!! With singing and everything! As Elvis Costello, REM, Queen, the Beach Boys and Wall of Voodoo all proved, put ‘Radio’ in the title and ch...read on »

High Aura'd

Sanguine Futures

8/10 from Clinton

“Packed with ethereal and earthly blackness; a deep and dense wood, a coal-black night, tarry centers where you find the solitude of 100 year old weeping willows.”...read on »

Badun

S.O.T.S.

8/10 from Clinton

I had utterly no idea Schematic were still on the go but here they are with this new slab of vinyl that could be described a spliced electro jazz funk fusion. Imagine Jamiroq...read on »

Infinite Particles

Infinite Particles

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve already reviewed a couple of the Reverb Worship titles this week and that was enough for Phil but then these guys came on twitter asking for a review, all polite l...read on »

N.Racker

Flock Toxicant

8/10 from Ant

Some ultra spooked imaginary soundtrack action here from this mystery artist (Miles Whittaker/Sean Canty/Andy Votel???). **It's Sam McLoughlin of Sam & the Plants - Ed*** ...read on »

Austin Cesear

Cruise Forever

8/10 from Ant

The Public Information label is proving to be very reliable and the latest in its canon is no exception. It’s pretty remarkable to think that this is the US west coast a...read on »

Mirror To Mirror

Body Moving Slowly

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Mirror To Mirror is California’s Alex Twomey, who has already released one album of what the press release from this CD describes as “towering constructions of amb...read on »

The Haxan Cloak

The Men Parted The Sea To Devour The Water

8/10 from ReviewBot300

In the artwork of this very CD Haxan Cloak’s work is described as “rumblescapes” which saves me the trouble of inventing the word myself, although in fairnes...read on »

Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides + Human Combustion Engine

Human Horses

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ah, here’s a match made in free-expression heaven, surely? Jazzy French improv weirdos Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides and Yorkshire’s Human Combustion Engine ...read on »

Opossom

Electric Hawaii

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Opossom is the new project of former Mint Chick Kody Neilson, whose brother and former bandmate Ruban has gone on to form the excellent Unknown Mortal Orchestra. I am of cours...read on »

J Marks and Shipen Lebzelter

Rock And Other Four Letter Words

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a genuinely unhinged oddity from way back in 1968, back before the first Stooges album was even invented! It’s a bizarre mish-mash of performance art, &lsqu...read on »

Taishi Kamiya

Aroma Trace

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This CD opens with some chirruping crickets and it’s taking me right back to summer evenings spent in Texas as a child. Boy, do they have some big insects down there. Th...read on »

Holograms

Holograms

8/10 from Brian

This lot are from Stockholm and the singer has one of those boomy reverbed shouty voices and kind of chants his lyrics purposefully (and slightly tunelessly) over a charming y...read on »

Tidal

Olympus

8/10 from Brian

I really like what I have heard on Chemical Tapes, it’s a right good label it is! This is a real cool effort by young Jimmy Billingham, someone with one of those names t...read on »

TOY

Dead & Gone

8/10 from Brian

Another limited outing for this latest buzz band on the block before their debut album lands. Not gonna rant on about this teaser twelve much as we’ve already described ...read on »

Touch33

Islands Inbetween

8/10 from Brian

Strange record this, taken from an obscure 28-year-old cassette dating back to Touch’s embryonic days as a field recordings tape label and now mastered lovingly onto vin...read on »

The Beach Boys

That's Why God Made The Radio

8/10 from Clinton

Probably the last thing I expected to happen this year was the announcement and release of a new Beach Boys album, and even then any initial thoughts would turn to their previ...read on »

Black Elk

Sparks

8/10 from Clinton

A veritible supergroup of the great and good of that thing they call electro acoustic pastoral driftiness. This features Ian Hawgood, Clem Leek, Danny Norbury and Tim Martin (...read on »

Keel Her

With Me Tonight / Boner Hit

8/10 from Clinton

As we wait with breath ever more baited for the vinyl version of the ace R. Stevie Moore comp (come on, Tim!), here is a mild diversion from a Winchester based chanteuse in co...read on »

Ozarks

Ozarks

8/10 from Clinton

As we found out last week a lot of musicians are so up their own arses that they couldn’t even spell the word ‘humility’ so its nice to see a bit of humour i...read on »

Oberman Knocks

Beatcroff Slabs

8/10 from Clinton

I’m more confused than ever. The website says ‘splinters’ the sleeve says ‘slabs’ the sleeve on the website looks different from the sleeve I&rsq...read on »

Featured albums

Bikes
J Marks and Shipen Lebzelter
Ozarks
Touch33
Mirror To Mirror
Mastodon
Austin Cesear
Spiritualized
Antony & The Johnsons
Tangerine Dream
The Haxan Cloak
The Weather Prophets
David Lynch & Alan R. Splet
Opossom
The Big Eyes Family Players & Friends
Psychic Ills / Moon Duo
Michael Andrews
Jeremiah Jae
Blur
Plank!
Eagulls
Black Elk
The Beach Boys
Nope
Inner Tube
Ramesses
Dry The River
Jackie O Motherfucker
Jackie O Motherfucker