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Another week slithers by and so we're another week closer to the excite-fest we call Record Store Day 2014. So then...

Record Store Day 2014

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  2. If you are planning on coming down on the day (Saturday 19th April) please read the Visitor Information. We will open at 9am on the day from our brutalist outpost, where there is of course ample free parking but little else.
  3. We are absolutely not allowed to sell RSD stock online until Saturday 26th April. No exceptions!

What about this week's stuff? Glad you asked. This week has been pretty exciting, what with the Slint box coming and going before you could even speak the words "One Hundred And Thirty Four Pounds, Ninety Nine Pence". Plenty of other stuff to spend your money on though. Try Woods who deliver another superb album of their delicious back porch organic pop. Hit after hit. Or what about the new Thee Oh Sees album which is so good it might let you forget for a moment that they are splitting up? Or fellow Castle Face fellows Warm Soda with their oh-so-catchy '70s power-pop influenced fun?

There’s a first album in 15 years from Afghan Whigs; an all-star psych tribute to the INXS of their day, The Doors, featuring Psychic Ills, Dead Meadow, Dead Skeletons and many, many more. Quirky folkstrel Liz Green has a new album of lovely winsomeness; whilst ex-folky duo and now Kate Bush-like ladies Smoke Fairies have a plenty nice new one out.

Bluesy Glasgow hardnuts The Amazing Snakeheads have an incendiary debut of Birthday Party-style rantings out on Domino; the man from the Make Up returns for another offering of Chain and the Gang; 80s cinematic popsters Yello’s name apparently means 'a yelled hello' and we have the return of main man Dieter Meier on wax or disc. The Driftwood Manor’s the name, and folk’s the game - so pick up the limited CDr before its all too late. Get some sweeeeeet ambience from David Newlyn on Hibernate or Rene Margraff (aka Pillowdiver) on Home Normal. At the other end of the sound spectrum there’s a tremendous album of punk/hardcore from supergroup OFF!

Swell were one of the greatest bands of the ‘90s. There. I’ve said it. We have the latest from their former frontman David Freel under the Be My Weapon moniker. New wax from arch 80s wordsmiths The Monochrome Set too, and a nice split between Esben and the Witch and Thought Forms.

Plenty of little records for ya. Couple of great splits on Famous Class: Fuzz/CCR Headcleaner on one, Mikal Cronin/Wand on the other. All good. All good. Leeds popsters Girl One and the Grease Guns flip us a fabulous 7” (plus CD) of synth-led 80s lovin’ indie. Satan’s Satyrs do some Uncle Acid style 70s rawk, whilst Manchester’s Bernard and Edith channel the oddball dream pop of Hype Williams.

Worelse? Big-style re-issue from Bobby Beausoleil which sold hundreds last time round - a 4LP set of fantastic proggy rock goodness. A nice reissue of Bikini Kill’s second EP, ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah’ with seven unreleased tracks. Seven! Amazing re-issue from Die Partei too, from ‘81 - it's a playful and fun take on the cold wave sound.

Now let's head over to Ant’s electronic corner...

A plethora of techno, house, bass and other delicious electronic gubbins for the dancefloor and beyond has fallen upon us; with tough industrial tinged techno from Szare on Frozen Border and the keenly anticipated 12” on Downwards from Chicago duo Talker (featuring Stave!). The second release of techno gloom on Unknown Percept has arrived courtesy of Damaskin. Sigha makes an appearance on Shifted’s Avian imprint along with a repress of AVN005 on the label from MPIA3. Paul Birken’s ‘Acid Youth of Malibu’ gets the remix treatment from Blawan, Truss and Bas Mooy. The third release from the mysterious He/aT has landed. The Fourth Selected Edits 12” features contributions from Giorgio Gigli, Cassegrain and Markus Suckut.

Meanwhile, Desire have some new wave/ synth-pop reissue wax happenings from oTo, Candidate and Live Skull. Dutch synth/ box wizard Danny Wolfers latest Legowelt album ‘Crystal Cult 2080’ for Creme Organization is fresh in the door. Ron Morelli has his second LP out on Hospital Productions plus there’s a slammer from Ngly on his L.I.E.S imprint. Legendary French DJ/ producer Laurent Garnier pops up on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons stable, there’s a repress of Sealion 1 from The Unknown Prankster (surely Marquis Hawkins?!?!?!). Then Detroit action with a double pack from Omar S with ‘Romancing The Stone’ on his own FXHE label and some lush soulful Detroit house represses from Theo Parrish and his Sound Signature imprint. Other represses come by the way of Delroy Edwards’ ‘Teenage Tapes’ LP on The Death of Rave and Boddika and Joy Orbison’s ‘More Maim/ In Here’ plate on SunkLo.

Cop DJ Clent’s footwork action with ‘Hyperfeet’ on Planet Mu. Dalhous are back on Blackest Ever Black complete with Regis on remix duty. Djrum has a pair of knockers on 2nd Drop as well as techno/ bass mutations from Hodge on Livity Sound’s backwards label and Sleeper on Osiris Music. Golden Teacher Bring the Party via Optimo Music and there’s a dancehall ‘Stinger’ from a Mystery Artist through Scotch Bonnett. If don’t like reggae but love it then Michael Prophet’s ‘You Are A No Good/ Love and Unity’ is back in print on Greensleeves and there’s some Ska and Rocksteady Archival compilations on Voice of Jamaica.

Poland’s Bocian bring the noise complete with Jazz skronk with vinyl action from Ballister and Mats Gustafson joined by Lasse Marhaug and Paal Nilssen Love on a coupla records. Harsh/ extreme noise aplenty from Italy’s Urashima label with brain shredders from Caen, Nyodene D and Hypnosis and finally we’re happy to now be carrying a shit tonne of avant/ free jazz titles on Roaratorio.More things we didn’t have time to review include DJ Clent’s footwork trax ‘Hyper Feet’ on Planet Mu, Mungo's Hi-Fi dancehall reggae rubadub stylings.

And that's it! Enjoy your weekends. We’ll be back next week for a bumper Bank Holiday/Record Store Day. Frankly, we're bricking it a little bit but, hey, we'll look back fondly I'm sure.

Clint and your pals at Norman Records

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Wohoaah!! Hang fire tigers. Some late arrivals have just landed which we’ll get reviewed next week. They are (in no particular order) a new 7” by The Mispers, a new Too Pure singles club 7” by Dracula Legs with your dad on the cover, Omi Palone LP on Faux Pas which is probably brilliant, a collection of ole garage rock by Danko Jones which looks like fun times, Everything Apart the Girl- ie Ben Watt’s 1st new album in a milion years is here, Indie hepcats The Jungle’s new 12” has landed and some interesting looking vintage beard electronics on Finders Keepers.

Phil
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Suzanne Ciani / Clone

Logo Presentation Reel 1985 (Instrumentals) / Octabred

9/10 from Li'l Biz

SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT RELEASE! I’d like to think that Suzanne Ciani needs no introduction, so much so I’m not going to give you one. Wiki her you lazy Normanites. Her...read on »

Ingram Marshall

Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem

9/10 from Mike

I haven't encountered the work of Ingram Marshall before but this label's last reissue was Arthur Russell so they have my attention here. On this LP is a shortish piece called...read on »

Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine

9/10 from Mike

Fronted by British/Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine combine, so says their press release, "elements of West African highlife, disco, & psychedelic elec...read on »

Mikal Cronin / WAND

Soul In Motion / Screaming Eye

9/10 from Mike

These Famous Class splits seem to attract some reliably high-calibre artists and this week's contributions are no exception, with Mikal Cronin and Wand sharing this disc and F...read on »

Warm Soda

Young Reckless Hearts

9/10 from Mike

Warm Soda return this week with album number two. Now it might be a bit of a controversial stance but I struggled to connect with their enthusiastically received debut last ye...read on »

The Driftwood Manor

Of The Storm

9/10 from Mike

The Driftwood Manor return to break your heart once again with a new collection of slow-paced folky wistfulness. One thing that's immediately notable is that for an album comi...read on »

René Margraff

phasen

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Rene Margraff is perhaps better known under his alter egos Pillowdiver and Le Mepris, but this week he's using his real name for this beautiful CD of slow-drifting drones and ...read on »

OFF!

Wasted Years

9/10 from Ian

YES YES YES!!! Hardcore punk legend and original Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris is back with his supergroup Off! and their second full length LP ‘Wasted Years’ o...read on »

Thee Oh Sees

Drop

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Hi. Below is some information regarding the new Oh Sees album - listen up. ‘Drop’ is a John Dwyer Oh Sees record, as with previous non-band outings like ‘Ca...read on »

Golden Teacher

Party People / Love

9/10 from Li'l Biz

We didn’t sell a single copy of this on pre-order. I’m deeply disappointed in you all. How could you pass up this little sweetie? You gotta get your priorities rig...read on »

Luke Vibert

Ridmik

8/10 from Li'l Biz

After spinning ‘Ridmik’ for a month or so now I’m kicking myself for neglecting the talents of Luke Vibert and his many pseudonyms (Amen Andrews/Kerrier Dist...read on »

Man Forever (with So Percussion)

Ryonen

8/10 from Li'l Biz

John Colpitt’s (a.k.a Kid Millions) is a truly awesome drummer. If you’ve ever heard Adhesive X, Pocket Monster, Oneida or Soldiers Of Fortune (or perhaps on of hi...read on »

Beisspony

Brush Your Teeth

8/10 from Mike

Munich duo Beisspony have an LP of quirky experimental pop here. The first thing I'm reminded of is CocoRosie - this is very melodic and playful music with a very clear sense ...read on »

Andrzej Korzynski / Awkward Corners

SOS / The Sweet Decay

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Another great double header from Disposable music, this time featuring recordings by The Sweet Decay (a.k.a Sound Of Water/Paradise Bangkok compiler Chris Menist) and a soundt...read on »

Made To Break

Cherchez la femme

8/10 from Mike

Here's a pretty crazy LP from sax wizard Ken Vandermark's latest project, an electro acoustic whirlwind of bouncy and melodic free jazz and minimal electronic experimentation....read on »

Saaad

Deep / Float

8/10 from Mike

Saaad. That's the name of a drone band if I ever did hear one. And yes, that's what's on this record. Drones of the deep space variety. I'm assuming the two sides have been ti...read on »

Charles-Eric Charrier

Petite Soeur

8/10 from Mike

Here's an interesting and beautiful record. Charles-Eric Charrier leads his quartet in a series of contemplative minimal jazz pieces, often blurring the lines between jazz and...read on »

Good Willsmith

The Honeymoon Workbook

8/10 from Mike

We do stock a lot of weird shit here at Norman, don't we? This week's review marathon has turned hallucinatory today as wave after wave of the very trippiest sounds our empori...read on »

Andrew Liles

Fast Forward Through Time (Illusion Four)

8/10 from Mike

Andrew Liles's new album is a concept piece involving piano loops, a kind of mathematical musical experiment inspired by the idea of self-replicating machines. The idea is tha...read on »

Inventions

Inventions

8/10 from Mike

I've had a lot of "challenging" music to review today, which I don't mind in principle but after a few hours it can really clog up your brain. Here to give me a little mental ...read on »

Eric Holm

Andøya

8/10 from Mike

London-based American electronic musician Eric Holm has a curious and immersive new LP out. He's recorded some sounds on a single contact mic on a telegraph pole on the arctic...read on »

Hallock Hill

Kosloff Mansion

8/10 from Mike

I seem to recall being fairly unmoved by the last Hallock Hill offering I heard, but 'Kosloff Mansion' is really hitting the spot today, possibly because I've just had a taxin...read on »

Glass Animals

Gooey

8/10 from Clinton

Its funny that no-one thought of singing like Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts earlier. But since his wibbly falsetto whine was introduced onto an unsuspecting world, we are start...read on »

Bavaria

We'll Take a Dive

8/10 from Mike

Jon Tejada and singer Kimi Recor have collaborated previously, but on Bavaria they've finally made it official and become a duo. They're keeping it simple here with Tejada foc...read on »

Girl One And The Grease Guns

No Longer Spellbound

8/10 from Mike

Leeds-based indie pop good 'uns Girl One and the Grease Guns have a new EP out this week with a slightly unconventional format. First there's a 7" containing two songs and the...read on »

Nid & Sancy

The Cut Up Jeans Technique

8/10 from Mike

Got a really fun bit of oddball samplepop madness here from the comedically monikered Nid & Sancy. It's got a hard-hitting synthpunk feel in its wild synth tones and relen...read on »

David Newlyn

Disintegrating Suburban Dream

8/10 from Mike

I'm having another of my early morning ambient sessions. This time the man easing me from sleepy confusion into another week's review onslaught is David Newlyn, whose new CD '...read on »

Fuzz / CCR Headcleaner

Till The End Of The Day / Free The Feeks

8/10 from Mike

Here's my second Famous Class split for the day. I just tackled Mikal Cronin/Wand, now it's Fuzz/CCR Headcleaner's turn. The Wand song from the previous 7" actually sounded qu...read on »

Kepler

Attic Salt

8/10 from Clinton

Stunning packaging on this luxury re-issue of forgotten gem from oh so many years ago from the same people who brought you that amazingly packaged Workhouse 10". Beautiful big...read on »

Djrum

The Miracle

8/10 from Clinton

A couple of releases in from Djrum this week but I thought I'd tell you about this one as I liked it marginally better than the other one. Not that the other one was poor. No ...read on »

Liz Green

Haul Away!

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Charming folky Manc songstress Liz Green is back with her difficult second album, after her well received debut 'O, Devotion'. It's an enjoyable collection of songs with her n...read on »

Bernard + Edith

Poppy

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This isn't bad at all. Bernard & Edith are a duo from Manchester is the only thing I have learned about them from the press release. They play a kind of silky minimal weir...read on »

Satan's Satyrs

Black Souls

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Yuh-yeah! Here's a 7" of cheesy'n'sleazy '70s style rock from highly entertaining trash monkeys Satan's Satyrs, whose clattering retro assault of wah and fuzz has been impress...read on »

Mats Gustafsson / Lasse Marhaug

The Oslo Tapes

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Mats Gustafsson, aka King Skronk, aka Skronkmeister General, aka The Skronk Controller, aka Squeaky Pete, aka Skronkmaster Flash, joins forces with another experimental giant ...read on »

Linda Guilala

Xeristar

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a six-song mini-album of Spanish-language dreampop which is in thrall to British bands of the early '90s, specifically Lush, MBV and Ride. It's a very well-realised sta...read on »

The Amazing Snakeheads

Amphetamine Ballads

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Aren't there a lot of Birthday Party-inspired bands popping up at the moment? It's like an epidemic! It seems to be what people want to hear, though, given how popular the lik...read on »

Ulver

Blood Inside

8/10 from Mike

Who's up for some Norwegian prog? Good, because that's what you'll get on this latest album from Scandi legends Ulver, last seen on a thoroughly enjoyable collaborative LP wit...read on »

Thought Forms / Esben And The Witch

Split

8/10 from Mike

We have a split LP here from two bands you already like, so I shouldn't have to work too hard to sell this one to you. I'm listening to the Thought Forms side right now, it's ...read on »

Woods

With Light And With Love

8/10 from Li'l Biz

It’s unlikely Woods will ever make an unlistenable or bad album, I can’t see it happening. Generally, when reviewing Woods it’s a matter of assessing whether...read on »

Die Partei

La Freiheit Des Geistes

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Wow, this is really good. A short lived but highly effective pairing of Tom Dokoupil and Walter Dahn, two (at the time) young and wild characters immersed in the krautrock and...read on »

Damaskin

Unseen Warfare

8/10 from Ant

Following the sold out ‘Black Ideal’ compilation, Unknown Percept continue the mission into the depths of gloomy techno with a 4 track EP from Damaskin. I know zil...read on »

Sigha

The Purification Loops

8/10 from Ant

Following a pair of crackers as A Vision of Love, James Shaw returns to pal Guy Brewer’s Avian label under his most well known alias Sigha with a sizzling loop based 6 t...read on »

Various

A Psych Tribute To The Doors

8/10 from Mike

Well, here's an album with a self-explanatory title if I ever did see one. It's modern psych bands playing Doors songs, obviously. The Doors are one of the ultimate "Marmite b...read on »

Talker

Cut The Weight

8/10 from Ant

Stave’s ‘Reform’ and ‘Trust’ records have been getting some hammering round at mine so when news that the man behind Stave, Jonathan Krohn had a ...read on »

Ron Morelli

Periscope Blues

8/10 from Ant

With eight tracks across 32 minutes I guess you could perhaps call this a mini LP or EP. Call me cynical but I’ll bet one or two of these tunes will appear in extended f...read on »

Claypipe

A Daylight Blessing

8/10 from Mike

This is the second LP on MIE I've had to review this week and it has some striking similarities to the other one, Gang Wizard's 'Important Picnic', in that they're both improv...read on »

Ballister

Both Ends

8/10 from Mike

The title 'Both Ends' seems innocent enough until you read the back sleeve of this record and discover the circumstances behind this recording. The experienced free jazz trio ...read on »

Dalhous

Visability Is A Trap

8/10 from Mike

The duo formerly known as Young Hunting have a new EP here, with four originals on one side at 33 and a Regis remix at 45 on the other. I'm listening to the originals first an...read on »

JUCE

Braindead

8/10 from Mike

"LIVE GIRL BAND" JUCE like capital letters, apparently, but don't let that get in the way of your good times because 'Braindead' is a thoroughly entertaining single. It's a mi...read on »

Silo

Work

8/10 from Mike

I've not encountered Danish "digital power rock" trio Silo before, but their last release was 12 years ago when I was a mere teen so I suppose I can be forgiven. The music her...read on »

Zaimph & Yek Koo

L’interieur De La Vue

8/10 from Ant

Weird and wonderful emissions from Marcia Bassett and Metal Rouge's Helga Fassonaki appearing as Zaimph and Yek Koo respectively. Zaimph’s output I know and love while I...read on »

Featured albums

The Monochrome Set
Legowelt
NGLY
Michael Prophet
René Margraff
Be My Weapon (Swell)
Live Skull
Szare
Edit Select w/ Giorgio Gigli, Markus Suckut & Cassegrain
The Driftwood Manor
Djrum
Sleeper
Mungo's Hi-Fi
oTo
Ron Morelli
Caen
Hypnosis
Nyodene D
Damaskin
Talker
David Newlyn
The Unknown Prankster
Bernard + Edith
Ballister
Die Partei
Ben Watt
Candidate
He/aT
Mikal Cronin / WAND
Fuzz / CCR Headcleaner
Golden Teacher
The Afghan Whigs
Liz Green
The Amazing Snakeheads
Dieter Meier
Omi Palone
OFF!
Martial Solal joue Michel Magne
Smoke Fairies
Danko Jones
Sigha
Hodge
Paul Birken
Satan's Satyrs
Thought Forms / Esben And The Witch
Girl One And The Grease Guns
Chain & the Gang
Thee Oh Sees
Woods
Bikini Kill
Dalhous
DJ Clent
Delroy Edwards
Jungle
Various
Omar-S
Garnier
Boddika & Joy Orbison
The Mispers
Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen Love
Warm Soda
MPIA3
Slint
Bobby Beausoleil