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Weekly Update Sam Shalabi, Diesel Dudes, Ben Watt, Lydia Lunch, Heterotic, and more...

Ok people. You see the date? You see it? Yup, we are 2 days off Record Store Day. Hope to see many of you on Saturday when we open the doors at 9am sharp. If you come earlier remember to check the weather forecast as you’ll be waiting outside. And bring something warm, like a flask of pure fire.

And yet...and yet...there are still new releases out this week and we’ve been desperately trying to get them in stock and assessed for your listening pleasure.

First up, we enjoyed the album by Omi Palone, a group of Londoners who successfully take on that shambling, jangly NZ indiepop sound. We have bright, modern, electro-soul from the much hyped Jungle. Head across the Pennines and Brown Brogues have a 10” AND 7” of well grafted grungy pop. Down in Brighton, Mike (U-Ziq) Paradinas and his wife construct some sweet chillwave-style electronic soulful pop under their Heterotic banner, whilst not far away near London the man bit of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt, returns for his first solo effort in over 30 years.

Huddersfield’s Maia give us a lovely little taste of their winsome folk compositions housed in a lovely wooden box whilst from nowheresville those mysterious people The FLK have a one-sided 7” on the racks. Owls return with an album of great post/math rock just like we swayed to back in ‘97 and there’s a beautiful tribute to the late, lamented Jason Molina on the ‘Farewell Transmission’ double disc featuring My Morning Jacket, Wooden Wand, and loads of others.

Everyone here enjoyed the Christian Loffler which is bursting with the sort of lovely electronic sounds Phil likes to drive his car to. Back to Brighton and Fear of Men produce a lush album of dream pop for fans of Broadcast, Cocteaus and Smiths. Sounds yummy, and from beeps land comes Dead Fader with a woozy eerie album of Boards of Canada playful electronica.

Two big 12”s on Deep Distance. First up is Cavern of Anti-Matter who feature Stereolab’s Tim Gane amongst others doing a 45 minute track of Modular synth wibbles. Next is Umberto doing that whole John Carpenter/Zombi thing with remixes by his cuz Silvio. Both are dead cheap at just £5.99.

Three 7”s on Fruits de Mer: Schizo Fun Addict cover Goblin and Russ Meyer, Schnauser cover Soft Machine and Yes, whilst '60s-style posters Bronco Bullfrog sound as if the last 50 years haven’t happened but reference us in the 7” title. In other news Dracula Legs play a nasty swaggering hard country-blues type thing and unleash it on 7”.

Kim Deal has a new 7” out. It's available tomorrow which is a Bank Holiday here in the UK (the silly sausages) but you can pre-order it now. Diesel Dudes' goofy digital punk comes off sounding like steroid-chugging transatlantic cousins to Sleaford Mods, whilst on the same label Multiple Man’s Aussie Synthpunk may appeal to those who liked the recent Golden Teacher offering.

Now for a few things we haven’t had time to review. Lydia Lunch returns with a live show pressed onto wax; Johnny Osbourne and The Sensations classic 1970 LP ‘Come Back Darling’ gets re-issued; whilst Odd Future lad Tyler the Creator’s ‘Wolf’ album gets a special re-issue on girly pink vinyl. There’s a new Kelis album produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, a new album from Nine Black Alps and an intriguing album from Sam Shalabi (featuring a Sun City Girl). And big apologies to Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides whose nice screenprinted record we didn’t have time to write about. Next time, next time…. as always there’s loads more so check yo site for the rest.

That’s it for now. We’re off to spend Good Friday lying in a prostrate position, awaiting the onslaught.

Clint and Team Norman
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Jungle

Busy Earnin'

9/10 from Mike

Who are Jungle? The press release tells me there are two of them, sometimes expanding to a seven-piece live band, but I genuinely have no idea if any of these people photograp...read on »

Christian Loffler

Young Alaska

9/10 from Clinton

New one from the German producer reviewed in war-like conditions in the middle of the office with chuntering going on round my ears. The first track that rises above the cacop...read on »

Diesel Dudes

Hercules Initiative EP

9/10 from Mike

Ace 7” here of goofy digital punk from the amusingly named Diesel Dudes, whose homoerotic opening paean to weed and working out is a hilarious mixture of dirty Atari-Tee...read on »

Multiple Man

Guilt Culture

9/10 from Mike

I’m liking this single from Brisbane’s Multiple Man. On the A side is ‘Guilt Culture’, a paranoid pop gem built around echo-treated spoken vocals, omin...read on »

Cavern of Anti-Matter

Interlude Music

9/10 from Mike

The records from Deep Distance just seem to get cheaper and cheaper, and my pick of this week’s £6.99 wonders is this LP from Cavern of Anti-Matter, a synthesizer ...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 »

Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen Love

Sin Gas

8/10 from Mike

Wire Magazine's official King of All Skronk Mats Gustafsson is back with his partner in time Paal Nilssen-Love for a new duo record this week. I'm rather struck by t...read on »

Omi Palone

Omi Palone

8/10 from Mike

Here we have a short but sweet debut LP by London quartet Omi Palone, who play a kind of post-punky take on that shambly jangly NZ indiepop sound. It's pretty strong stuff, to...read on »

Danko Jones

A Collection Of Lost Songs From 1996 - 1998

8/10 from Mike

Toronto's Danko Jones are probably best known for their slick and sleazy high energy hard rock antics of latter years, but this fascinating LP collects together various demos ...read on »

Dracula Legs

Heartburn Destination

8/10 from Mike

Here's a band called Dracula Legs who I've not heard before. They're from London via various places. One of them is from Canada and I'm assuming that he's the singer because t...read on »

Martial Solal joue Michel Magne

Electrode

8/10 from Mike

Here's a pretty historic reissue from Finders Keepers' baby sister Cacophonic, significant not only because it is Jean-Claude Vannier's first full-length commission as album a...read on »

Brown Brogues

Zoloto

8/10 from Mike

That scuzzy garage rock duo from the other side of the Pennines, Brown Brogues, are back with a new 10" EP, initial copies of which come with a bonus copy of their six-song de...read on »

Maia

Finite World EP

8/10 from Clinton

Huddersfield’s Maia seem to do tremendously well amongst folk-loving sorts yet as yet remain relatively unheard of above sea level. Their previous album was a technicolo...read on »

Schnauser

As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still

8/10 from Mike

More psychedelic covers from Fruits De Mer. This one's by Schnauser, which sounds appealing to me, like a cross between a much loved synth twiddler and a friendly domestic dog...read on »

Schizo Fun Addict

Suspiria

8/10 from Mike

The first rule of covers is to be wary when approaching an iconic piece of music - there's already a definitive version and most likely already a long list of people who've do...read on »

Clipd Beaks

You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Volume 10

8/10 from Mike

Couple of tracks of woozy experimental rock from Minneapolis veterans Clipd Beaks on this new 7". On side A there's a number called 'North Hard Daze', a blurred, dreamlike bit...read on »

Agathe Max

Ambience2

8/10 from Mike

Here's the latest from the reliably good short-run 7" label Box Bedroom Rebels, who've focused on indie rock thus far but this time venture off-piste into the chin-strokey wor...read on »

Owls

Two

8/10 from Mike

There’s a post-it on this one saying “‘97 math rock/twiddly post rock”, but thankfully an explanation is not needed today, for this is the long-awaited...read on »

Various

Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina

8/10 from Mike

Listen. I feel very heavy-hearted on reaching this 2CD set in my review pile, which pays tribute to the late, great Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame,...read on »

Fear of Men

Loom

8/10 from Mike

Brighton’s Fear of Men drop their debut LP this week, an ambitious and sprawling piece which takes in elements of dreampop, coldwave and minimal indie rock for a delicat...read on »

Tinniens

Dub Guns

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a tape featuring Landing’s Aaron Snow and Daron Gardner, producing delicate songs full of drones and loops that occupy a space somewhere between dreampop an...read on »

Umberto

The Child

8/10 from Mike

‘80s soundtrack loving dude Umberto is back this week with the full-length 12-minute version of ‘The Child’ which appeared in an edited form on his debut. A ...read on »

Dead Fader

Blood Forest

8/10 from Ian

Electronic producer Dead Fader comes at us with a double release this month, here we have ‘Blood Forest’ on the excellent Robot Elephant label which throws both wa...read on »

Vikesh Kapoor

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins

8/10 from Mike

Say hello to the new contender for the Great American Songwriter crown, Vikesh Kapoor. His debut LP ‘The Ballad of Willy Robbins’ follows in the traditions of song...read on »

Nat Baldwin

In The Hollows

8/10 from Mike

If you were to tell me that someone played low-key indie rock with falsetto vocals and understated violins it’d probably be enough to keep me from checking them out, but...read on »

Morthound

Mortology 1990-1996

8/10 from Mike

Morthound was the creative alter-ego of the man we now know as BJ Nilsen between the years of 1990-96, starting when he was just 15, so all this stuff must’ve been over ...read on »

The FLK / Marry Waterson

Rosy

8/10 from Mike

Mysterious post-folk experimentalists The FLK (definitely nothing to do with the KLF since you were wondering) have a new 7”! Fans of their last CD, and I know there are...read on »

Featured albums

Diesel Dudes
Maia
Kim Deal & Morgan Nagler
Brown Brogues
Dracula Legs
Umberto
Cavern of Anti-Matter
Ben Watt
Nine Black Alps
Kelis
Christian Loffler
Omi Palone
Various
Fear of Men
Dead Fader
Heterotic
Lydia Lunch
Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations
Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides
Sam Shalabi
Jungle
Owls
Bronco Bullfrog
Schnauser
Schizo Fun Addict
Tyler, The Creator