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Weekly Update Beneath, Grenier + Archie Pelago, Inga Copeland, Chad VanGaalen, Anthroprophh, and more...

Will you look at the weather? O! but it's gorgeous in grimy ol' Leeds today! The sun is glinting off the tower block and a soft summer breeze is wafting off the ring road...

We are trapped inside a sweating brutalist tower block surrounded by an unbelievable amount of quality records just waiting….pining for a loving home. Come this way and let me tell you all about them.

First up, a year ago if you searched for Sleaford Mods on t’internet you’d probably only find a description of a gig in a Nottingham back pub attended by a dog. Now, they are everywhere and our 2013 Album of the Year winners have two new records out this week. First up is the long awaited ‘Divide and Exit’, championed by everyone from Guardian, to NME, to Horse and Hound magazine. We have it in on CD (with free sticker) at the moment, vinyl to follow. But not only that, we have copies of their ‘Retweeted’ double LP compilation of early work. It's sat there just gagging for you to buy it. But running them pretty close for most essential record this week is the wonderful new Brian Jonestown Massacre record. A sprawling masterpiece of an album and a blazing return to form, read Nathon’s 10/10 review here.

And that's not all. We’ve just got the Inga Copeland album in stock, her first full length since (whatever happened to?) Hype Williams is dark, sultry and rather sinister. The Soundcarriers return from London’s swinging Carnaby Street circa ‘68 to give us another album of their Broadcast-style cinematic lava-lamp pop, whilst Chad VanGaalen pops up with a brand new album of oddball rock. Mike was breathless with excitement when he heard the new Archie Bronson Outfit, describing it as their best album ever and comparing them to a finely-bevelled spiral bannister. He was similarly taken with the wonderful new Eastlink record: quadruple guitar churning post punk for fans on The Fall, Warm Widow etc.

Electronic maestros Plaid have a lovely new record of grin-inducing electronica out on Warp, whilst Yann Tiersen delves further into the murky world of epic post-rock on an annoyingly titled new record. Even better than that according to Ian was the PJ Philipson album of gentle guitar evocations or David Douglas downtempo ambience. The Heads man Paul Allen returns as Anthroprophh on Cardinal Fuzz with an album of cosmic loveliness; Kate Tempest has a cracking collection of astute socially observant rhymes and warm, eclectic rhythms out on Big Dada and theres other top-notch things in from Watery Love, Black Bombaim, USA out of Vietnam which may give you the noisy thrill you are after.

On the disco front, smart genre bashing producer Powell has another impressive 12” of eclectic techno on the shelves, CV313’s “Live Excusions’ does what it says on the tin - Deepchord’s Rod Modell is one of these two men creating Basic Channel style dub techno to a crowd of real, live people. There’s a fine 12” of ambitious, experimental bass music from Beneath you need to get your ears into. We must point you in the direction of Function/Inland’s deep drifting pulse of glacial techno on Infrastructure but if sweetness is what you are after then try the lush Bonobo-style cinematic electronica of Grenier + Archie Pelago.

Some super re-issues this week, Yo La Tengo’s gorgeous ‘Fakebook’ back out on vinyl, there’s an essential 3LP collection of mystic composer Laraaji and The Clientele’s brilliant debut ‘Suburban Light’ is back out on vinyl with CD of bonus stuff.

If you fancy something smaller yet lovingly packaged try Michael Flower & Neil Campbell’s amazing looking ‘Wharf Cat’ CD & 7” set, David Chatton Barker’s 7” of field recordings from a dozen different railway stations around the UK. If you like your music 60s and jangly you could do worse then plump for the Triptides/Frankie & The Witch Fingers/The See See/Young Sinclairs split 7” on Stroll On.

And thats not it! You can also purchase any of our remaining Record Store Day Stock with 25% off. And we have a Cheap Promo sale too.

That’s it - we are off to bathe. Have a great weekend (hopefully) in that lucky old sun.

Clinton and the TeamNormans
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

3108

3108

10/10 from Mike

Ahhhh, fuzz. Not to complain about my lot in life or anything but Perfect Pussy 7" aside I've not heard enough distorted guitars this week...until now! Trouble In Mind have sp...read on »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Revelation

10/10 from Nathon

I spent the best part of eight years or so listening almost exclusively to The BJM. But following the largely disappointing (to me) 'Sgt Peppers' and 'Aufheben', things c...read on »

Covered In Sand

Crescent Shaped Scars

9/10 from Ant

Covered In Sand is an alias of Guy Brewer aka Shifted, Alexander Lewis, delete_everything, Relay and Pacific Blue. ‘Crescent Shaped Scars’ is his second 10” ...read on »

Orbit Over Luna

Transit

9/10 from Mike

Here's a really beautiful CD of ambient guitar and piano from Toronto's Orbit Over Luna, known to his friends as Shannon Penner. The name of the game here is drones, but Penne...read on »

Matt Berry

Music For Insomniacs

9/10 from Mike

It's 5am on Friday morning and I'm wide awake - what more perfect time to write about Matt Berry's latest offering 'Music for Insomniacs'? Now those of you with long memories ...read on »

Perfect Pussy

I

9/10 from Mike

I've been hearing a lot about the world's least Googlable band Perfect Pussy but I've only just now got to finally hearing them on this 7" from our friends at Art Is Blind. (I...read on »

SWANS

To Be Kind

9/10 from Brian

I've spent my life a little afraid of Swans. They're pretty violent bastards. I saw one proper going for somebody's arse on a canal barge once. Serves them right for drunkenly...read on »

K. Leimer

A Period of Review (1975-1983)

9/10 from Brian

This is totally excellent. It spoke to me last night when I popped into work to pick up some other records, whispering at me from across the vast lonely space of the office. I...read on »

Dibiase

Schematiks

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Quick one, Dibia$e is a new name to my ear but, according to his press release, he’s a much sort after producer by the likes of Blu, Guilty Simpson, Elzhi [Slum Village]...read on »

Sculpture

Membrane Pop

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Daniel Lopatin’s Software label is a strange beast. At first it looked to be an outlet for dance music primarily but as it’s matured the label has naturally veered...read on »

Young Widows

Easy Pain

9/10 from Mike

Young Widows are a hard band to pin down: not exactly post-hardcore, not exactly doom or metal, not exactly noise-rock, they live in that strange in-between world of filthy di...read on »

Katie Gately

Pipes

9/10 from Brian

I've had this lying around my room for months now, burned into a hand-scrawled CDr which I put on one evening and went on a profoundly strange journey with. I realised this LA...read on »

Jac Berrocal

MDLV

9/10 from Brian

Blimey this is a pretty out-there platter. This is apparently Berrocal's first release for 20 years. But wait a sec...it seems these pieces were recorded at different ti...read on »

Valerio Tricoli

Miseri Lares

9/10 from Ant

My first introduction to the output of Valerio Tricoli was via his ‘Forma II’ CD collaboration with Thomas Ankersmit, released on on PAN back in 2011. This is his ...read on »

Alexander Turnquist

Flying Fantasy

9/10 from Phil

I loved Hallway Of Mirrors so much that it was my favourite album of 2011. I was 40 then and I still did things like that. Anyway his new album sounds like a return to form an...read on »

Fear of Men

Luna

9/10 from Clinton

Look at the packaging on this! A lovely 5" flexi disc containing music, of course, but also with a little 20-page fanzine. A 'Flexizine' they call it. All housed in a sea...read on »

Black Bombaim

Far Out

9/10 from Mike

As a special treat, I get to start this week with a little stack of records that are relevant to my interests. There's stuff from In The Red and Castle Face and Siltbreeze and...read on »

Powell

Club Music

9/10 from Ant

Powell makes a most welcome return to his Diagonal label with the functionally titled ‘Club Music’ 12” aimed straight at the sweaty ravers. It get’s go...read on »

Eastlink

Eastlink

9/10 from Mike

On delivering this CD to my door, Norman honcho Phil assured me that everybody in the office liked it. No pressure then. Thankfully everyone in the office is right, this is re...read on »

Watery Love

Decorative Feeding

9/10 from Mike

In The Red are already in my good books this week thanks to the cracking new album by the Total Control-related Eastlink, and now they're making me even happier with this LP o...read on »

Diane Coffee

My Friend Fish

9/10 from Kate

California-spawned Shaun Fleming, aka Diane Coffee, is perhaps best known as the sometimes drummer in avant-garde rock outfit Foxygen. His debut solo album 'My Friend Fish' wa...read on »

Yo La Tengo

Fakebook

9/10 from Clinton

Back in 1990, I was a gangly Datsun Cherry driving, golf loving stick insect. It was around this time that I discovered Yo La Tengo and purchased this beautiful album from the...read on »

Archie Bronson Outfit

Wild Crush

9/10 from Mike

Much like the latest Dan Sartain album, this newie from the indie rock journeymen Archie Bronson Outfit starts with a bang, opener 'Two Doves on a Lake' packing quite a kick w...read on »

Michael Flower & Neil Campbell

WHARF CAT

9/10 from Mike

What a package this is! There's a 20-page 7"x7" book of screenprints in lovely thick ink, and mounted in the middle are a 7" and a CD containing a set from Vibracathedralites ...read on »

Plaid

Reachy Prints

9/10 from Ian

Andy Turner and Ed Handley return with their long awaited album on Warp Records, their first since 2011’s ‘Scintilli’, ‘Reachy Prints’ has the du...read on »

Fushitsusha with Peter Brötzmann

Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself

9/10 from Ant

Why did this recording take 18 years to become available for public consumption? Well all good things come to those who wait as they say. This is suitably housed in a gor...read on »

The Clientele

Suburban Light

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Merge reissue The Clientele’s debut LP on 180g LP complete with a bonus discs worth of covers, b-sides and demos. I’m new to the album but it’s a Clinton fav...read on »

Traxman

Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2

9/10 from Li'l Biz

The (I’m mean ‘Da’) mind of Traxman is littered with little audio snippets and broken samples all filed away in an ad hoc fashion within the confines of the ...read on »

Kate Tempest

Everybody Down

9/10 from Brian

“English rapper - Brian to review” said the post-it. I could not correlate the picture of the sad Dickensian person on the sleeve with those ominous words. I thoug...read on »

Function / Inland

Odeon / Rhyl EP

9/10 from Brian

I'm not familiar with Infrastructure, a label that has been dormant for 8 years. I know of Function and its sole pilot David Sumner. I wrote a silly, irreverent review of a re...read on »

The Soundcarriers

Entropicalia

9/10 from Phil

I miss Broadcast. I miss Broadcast a lot! Fortunately The Soundcarriers are (sound) carrying their torch and keeping that sound alive. It's only been on for 10 minutes before ...read on »

Chad VanGaalen

Shrink Dust

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I’ve got a lot of love for Chad Vangaalen. His last album ‘Diaper Island’ was spinning on my turntable for the longer than most. The video for 'Peace On The ...read on »

Transformation

Sketch I

8/10 from Ant

The limited L.I.E.S. black label 12”s seem to arrive unannounced and then vanish in the blink of an eye. The story goes that German factory workers Sandro Stebnitz, Man...read on »

Inhalants

Inhalants

8/10 from Ant

Out of nowhere collaboration between Matthew Morandi and Max Ravitz aka Opal Tapes Patricia and Jahiliyya Fields who’s already done a coupla records for L.I.E.S. The ill...read on »

Daywalker & CF

Supersonic Transport

8/10 from Ant

This is the second 12” on L.I.E.S. from this duo which pairs Willie Burns and Entro Senestre both of whom have also has solo releases on the label. Supersonic Transport ...read on »

Matthew Shaw

Lamorna

8/10 from Mike

From one drone straight to another. I just finished writing about Orbit Over Luna's graceful new processed guitar and piano drift-a-thon 'Transit' (which is really beautiful a...read on »

Shannon and The Clams / Guantanamo Baywatch

Mama / Love Kin

8/10 from Mike

'60s-loving garage popsters Shannon and the Clams and Guantanamo Baywatch finally share wax on this new 7" from good ol' Suicide Squeeze. I'm fond of both these bands already ...read on »

Emanuele De Raymondi

Ultimo Domicilio EP

8/10 from Mike

Here's a small but beautifully formed EP of sound designy electro acoustic alchemy which was originally recorded as a collaborative piece with photographer Lorenzo Castore, wi...read on »

CoH

To Beat

8/10 from Clinton

Languishing in the pile marked ‘don’t bother reviewing’ was this little gem of an electronic record. Starting with a lengthy buzz, opener ‘Wave to Beat...read on »

John Roberts

Ausio EP

8/10 from Clinton

It took a little while to get going but the lead track here ‘Ausio’ firmly welds itself into your soul around the two minute mark. Its one of those electronic reco...read on »

Bastard Mountain

Farewell Bastard Mountain

8/10 from Clinton

So much stuff this week, its hard to cope. This is a darkly folky collaboration between members of Mersault, Eagleowl and James Yorkston’s band. The ten tracks unfurl sl...read on »

The DeSoto Caucus

The DeSoto Caucus

8/10 from Clinton

Liked this one immediately. These lads are part of the Giant Sand touring band and have played with Lambchop and assorted alt country types. Some of this type of music I find ...read on »

Inga Copeland

Smitten

8/10 from Li'l Biz

In advance of Inga Copeland’s (formerly of Hype Williams) debut solo LP ‘Because I’m Worth It’ we’ve managed to score a small quantity of this se...read on »

Talking Heads

Performance

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Quick one, Talking Heads are great. They piss on the crappy modern, saying nothing, doing nothing and wasting my time band or freeform improv duo you’re currently playin...read on »

The Congregation

Garden

8/10 from Brian

One for the stoner twitchers out there from Leeds renowned stable of the psychedelic and sublime, Vanity Case. I last heard Steve and Felix on the cosmic mindwarp that was th...read on »

Les Big Byrd

They Worshipped Cats

8/10 from Mike

Anton Newcombe's A Records seem to have been particularly busy of late, which is fine by me because I love all this hazy good-times psych stuff. This album by Stockholm's Les ...read on »

kidkanevil

My Little Ghost

8/10 from Mike

Leeds's very own Kidkanevil has a new CD out on Flau this week. What's happening on this CD is a subtle kind of downbeat electronica stuffed with gentle melodies, intricate mi...read on »

Hiss Tracts

Shortwave Nights

8/10 from Mike

Two debut albums in the space of a month from Constellation. When was the last time that happened? The LP of angular indie rock from Montreal's Ought is very good of course, b...read on »

Various

Fort George EP

8/10 from Phil

Clint, you massive alkie!...read on »

Matthew P. Hopkins

Vent

8/10 from Brian

Penultimate Press is shaping up to be a very interesting label. Here we have ex-Naked on the Vague dude Hopkins doing his freaky solo thing which is not for the more linear-mi...read on »

Papir

III + IIII

8/10 from Mike

Copenhagen weed-rocker trio Papir have by now firmly established themselves as one of the top names in European psychedelic stoner jams, with a warm and krauty style where eve...read on »

Fossil

Ancram

8/10 from Ant

I have literally not a clue who’s responsible for these sounds. I kinda like that in a way because I have no expectations and genuinely feel like I’m actually disc...read on »

Oootini

Sample​/​Hold

8/10 from Ant

Further Records aren’t dishing out much info on their latest batch of tapes which is all good because I read so much bullshit hyperbole press releases it almost puts me ...read on »

Pulling Out The Light

Radiant Color

8/10 from Ant

Two sides... erm obviously as it’s a tape. The first side ‘Light’ is not quite as fluffy as the title suggests. An unnerving sluggish heartbeat drum machine ...read on »

Waki

Duality

8/10 from Ant

This ferric sucker clocks in at just under an hour of “abandoned office drones”. I think this is the work of Tokyo’s Wakisaka Akifumi who on ‘Office&rs...read on »

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell

Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em

8/10 from Mike

They say you shouldn't judge a record by its cover, and they're right, you only need to look at the amazing sleeve to Nils Lofgren's disappointing self-titled solo LP from '75...read on »

Mamiffer & Circle

Enharmonic Intervals (For Paschen Organ)

8/10 from Mike

Circle team up with Mamiffer (featuring Isis man Aaron Turner) for this slow and serious voyage of dread-drones and chilly textures. Over the course of three sides, we get a l...read on »

Anthroprophh

Precession

8/10 from Mike

Here's the second Cardinal Fuzz offering for the week. This one is the sophomore LP from The Heads' Paul Allen's Anthroprophh, and this time his touring rhythm section, aka Bi...read on »

Darren Hayman

Wembley Eiffel Tower

8/10 from Mike

The industrious Darren Hayman is back this week with a very new limited CD and it's not what I expected at all! If you're after lightly whimsical heart-on-sleeve indie pop, lo...read on »

Beneath

Vobes EP

8/10 from Ant

After enjoying the Beneath Remix for Pev & Kowton a coupla weeks back I couldn’t think for the life of me where I’d heard his stuff before. Later the penn...read on »

La Sera

Hour Of The Dawn

8/10 from Mike

On the newest La Sera album, the former Vivian Girl who's not a Baby, Katy Goodman, heads into a harder-edged full-band territory than her previous bedroom efforts. She talks ...read on »

Triptides / Frankie & The Witch Fingers / The See See / Young Sinclairs

Split

8/10 from Clinton

Well this has been flying off our shelves....and so it should as its jam packed with all your and my favourites. I've been listening to it whilst nursing a fig roll and now fe...read on »

Laraaji

Celestial Music 1978 - 2011

8/10 from Clinton

Now that they've exhausted the Arthur Russell back catalogue by re-issuing, re-packaging til there's no more life left in it you may want to switch your attention to this guy....read on »

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

8/10 from Mike

Latest offering from Siltbreeze is this six-song LP from New Zealand's Dark Matter, featuring the talents of Stephen Cogle (Vacuum, The Victor Dimisich Band, The Terminals). I...read on »

Dylan Shearer

Garagearray

8/10 from Mike

San Francisco's Dylan Shearer has an LP out on Castle Face this week, full of breathy, pensive and slightly magical psychedelic pop packed with gently twisting melodies and wi...read on »

David Chatton Barker

Twelve Stations

8/10 from Mike

I think it's fair to say that it's going to take something spectacularly bizarre for this this not to be the most unusual single I'll be hearing this week. I recommend you tak...read on »

Grenier + Archie Pelago

Grenier meets Archie Pealgo

8/10 from Clinton

Listened to this earlier and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not hindered at all by it being accompanied by a luscious bowl of fruit and fibre. Equally lush is the music on offer whic...read on »

USA Out Of Vietnam

Crushing Diseases And Incurable Airplanes

8/10 from Mike

Looks like post-rock is back, just don't call it post-rock. A sticker on the front of this CD says USA Out Of Vietnam "combine elements of psych pop, prog rock and drone pop" ...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Retweeted

8/10 from Brian

It’s been an entertaining few months for British underground music as these Notts rabble-rousers have now all but conquered the greasy pole that is today’s indie c...read on »

cv313

Live Excursions

8/10 from Ant

If you missed out on the pair of cv313/ Echospace [detroit] Record Store Day CD’s then why not attempt to heal your pain by picking up this disc of ‘Live &lsq...read on »

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Uzu

8/10 from Mike

Here's a strange and ambitious album of futuristic prog rock from the awkwardly-monikered Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (a name combining their twin passions of Eastern theatre and...read on »

Various

The Light of Day

8/10 from Mike

This is a lovely little package. For your £7.49 you get a nine-track CD and a 20-page zine. The concept is pretty simple - a selection of electronic musicians and visual...read on »

Ezra Furman

My Zero / Caroline Jones

8/10 from Mike

This record is for lonely sad people who need something good to listen to", Ezra Furman explains on the back cover of this new 45. On side A we get 'My Zero' which is a nice b...read on »

David Douglas

Moon Observations

8/10 from Ian

Atomnation brings us this debut full length from Dutch electronic producer David Douglas, what I’m treated to on this sunny Thursday morning is a blissful but beat heavy...read on »

P.J. Philipson

Peaks

8/10 from Ian

I’m quite new to the Little Crackd Rabbit label but I’m becoming more and more attracted to it as I hear each new release, with the sounds of A.R.C Soundtracks &ls...read on »

Beastmilk

White Stains on Black Wax

8/10 from Mike

Finnish metallers Beastmilk have been making milky waves with last year's 'Climax' LP, recorded with Converge's Kurt Ballou, and Svart are doing us a favour this week by reiss...read on »

Beastmilk

Use Your Deluge

8/10 from Mike

Here's the second of today's reissued Beastmilk 7"s from before their breakthrough 'Climax' LP. There's a serious step up here production-wise in comparison to the 'White Stai...read on »

Tame Impala

Live Versions

8/10 from Clinton

As wonderful as they are, there is an argument as to whether a Tame Impala live album is strictly necessary, especially one which has already come out twice, the only differen...read on »

Jerry Goldsmith

The Omen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

8/10 from Ant

I used to play this to my first unborn child while still in the womb to see if he/ she would become evil. It didn't work....read on »

Ex-Cult

Midnight Passenger

8/10 from Mike

Grimy psych-garage post-punks Ex-Cult are back this week with the follow up to 2012's self-titled, Ty Segall-produced debut. The garage rock wunderkind isn't twiddling the kno...read on »

Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses

Maelstrom

8/10 from Mike

Imagine if Jeff Buckley had lived, and got into prog. That's the timeline I'm finding myself in today as I investigate the new album from Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses, wh...read on »

Dolly Dolly

Antimacassar

8/10 from Mike

Berkshire based artist and poet David Yates, here using the alias Dolly Dolly, has a head-scratching album of cut and splice oddness for us on Exotic Pylon this week. His spok...read on »

Tobacco

Ultima II Massage

8/10 from Mike

Oddball Pennsylvania producer Tobacco is back with his third album this week. Much like the substance he's named after, 'Ultima II Massage' isn't for everybody. For every pers...read on »

Inga Copeland

Because I’m Worth It

8/10 from Clinton

Just arrived so its a mini review til we can get one of our lads/lasses on it. Starts out with some dark, brooding atmospherics and the highest of high pitches whistles. The s...read on »

Old Smokey

Wester Easter

8/10 from Mike

Here's a really unusual and very American-sounding record from Old Smokey, a kind of modern day country rock ensemble with quite an unique style. The sticker on the front info...read on »

Quirke

Acid Beth

8/10 from Mike

Hey, you know what would be a good idea? Printing the speeds of records somewhere on the artwork so that hapless reviewers like me might not have to go into their 32nd review ...read on »

Sun Ra & His Band From Outer Space

Space Aura

8/10 from Mike

Closing up my review marathon for this week is this delightful 10" from late, great jazz magician Sun Ra. It's totally enjoyable stuff, classic Ra if you will. These seem to b...read on »

Blueprint Blue

Undertoad

8/10 from Mike

Got a lovely EP of Neil Young-ish Americana-rock business this week from those fabulous people at Italian Beach Babes. There are four song on here, all fairly long and slow, w...read on »

Satan's Satyrs

Die Screaming

8/10 from Mike

In the world of Satan's Satyrs, the riff is king. They don't even give us a whiff of vocals until we've banged our heads through a five-minute barrage of non-stop pummelling r...read on »

Featured albums

P.J. Philipson
cv313
Powell
Beneath
David Chatton Barker
Sleaford Mods
Function / Inland
Archie Bronson Outfit
David Douglas
Kate Tempest
The Soundcarriers
Yo La Tengo
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Grenier + Archie Pelago
Black Bombaim
Anthroprophh
The Clientele
Triptides / Frankie & The Witch Fingers / The See See / Young Sinclairs
Chad VanGaalen
Watery Love
Eastlink
Sleaford Mods
Yann Tiersen
Plaid
Inga Copeland
Michael Flower & Neil Campbell
Laraaji