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Weekly Update Kate Tempest, Sleaford Mods, Thought Criminals, Mini Dresses, Abrakadabra / Magnapinna, and more...

As sure as day follows night, as inevitable as Miles Kane making a guest appearance at an Arctic Monkeys concert, as certain as Joey Barton saying something stupid, Friday has lumbered round yet again like a weary commuter stumbling towards the last train of the night.

Anything new for you? Well, two of our most sought-after releases of recent times are now in stock, namely Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips ‘Love/Falling in Love’ 7” (must stop saying Damon and Naomi) and Sleaford Mods ‘Divide and Exit’ on vinyl. We also have a load of Led Zeppelin re-issues in stock if you like that sort of thing.

Onto this week's NEW releases. Parquet Courts's new album has certainly been selling well, even if not all of us are convinced by its merits. It's certainly different from previous releases but our reviewer Mike is finding lots to enjoy. The other big release is by Teleman who make a very decent stab at making a catch-all pop album with tunes a plenty for all the family. Too happy for ya? Try Watter’s slow moving post-rock. It features members of Slint, Grails and Rachels so you should know the drill by now.

Ex-Walkmen man with a veritable mouthful of a name Hamilton Leithauser unleashes his solo debut on Domino. Noisy punk rockers Fecked Up growl their way through a third album whilst big sellers The KVB are back with a mini album of gothy coldwave dreampop. We were very impressed by Popstrangers second album of off-kilter pop music: fans of Deerhunter, Sonic Youth and 80s New Zealand bands - this could be for you.

Two good split LPs in stock: Grimm Grimm/Tapers acid folk/experimental dub and Abrakadabra/Magnapinna’s twisty, post-hardcore indie rock. Maybe album sharing is the future after all?

Remember when Rod Hull appeared on the Jonathan Ross show without Emu? Well this week Windy & Carl’s Carl Hultgren turns up without Windy in tow for a lovely set of solo guitar explorations and it's in no way a similar disaster to Rod’s. There’s a lovely album by Sela on Flau - Bibio/Dilla-style woozy drifty hip hop influenced goodness; "Don't Worry, Be Happy" Taylor McFerrin (Bobby’s lad) is here with a wonderful album of laid-back, West Coast, jazz-inflected jamzzz on Brainfeeder; while in other quality electronica news, Inigo Kennedy delivers a lovely record of sleek ambient electronica reminiscent of Plaid.

Like your ‘tronica darker? Then try Carsten Nicolai and the wonderfully monikered Olaf Bender’s Diamond Version’s debut LP on Mute; and/or you could veer off towards the latest instalment of verbose rhymes from future-hop legend Sage Francis.

Brian thought he was falling out of love with indie music 'til he heard the new Gold Bears album on Slumberland which reminds him of Wedding Present, Boyacer and all those noisy, fuzzy bands he used to worship. Another Brian favourite Kate Tempest has a vinyl edition of her spoken word/street poetry album ‘Brand New Ancients’ in stock. As usual on a Bank Holiday things are turning up as we type including Spartak’s Hood/Notwist style electronic melancholy, Donato Epiro’s experimental psych drone, Blaue Blume’s retro Cocteaus shoegaze, Herbstlaub’s gentle electronics and Dead Days Beyond Help’s noisy, jazzy math-rock.

In the 7” pile there are two things on the excellent Box Bedroom Rebels label - Mini Dresses providing the dreamy pop and Watchmakers providing the 60s psyche. There’s a strong single from Breeders-loving duo Honeyblood on Fat Cat; Fuzz bloke Meatbodies plays us distorted garage rock; Watery Love provide a 7” of squalid gutter-racket; and JC Satan is armed with, erm, more 60s psyche.

RE-ISSUE time! Jon Hassell’s 1990 exploratory sci-fi masterpiece ‘City: Works of Fiction’ gets a nice 3 CD re-issue (wax to follow). Punk-era DIY Aussies Thought Criminals deliver a double album of their scratty, scratchy back catalogue; and there's a gorgeous re-issue of Sandy Denny’s fabulous work with The Strawbs. There are loads of re-issue of 80s New Zealanders The Bats; lower-fi but still from New Zealand are The Spies who have had a load of home recordings re-issued on Siltbreeze; finally, cheap as a bag of chips is a nice compilation round-up of the best bits of the eccentric Trunk label.

And that is it from us for the week. There’s probably lots of stuff we forgot so head over to our website for more things. Have a wonderful weekend, one and all.

Clint and Team Norman
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Napolian

Incursio

10/10 from Li'l Biz

LA based youth genius Napolian (a.k.a Ian Evans) follows his killer debut EP ‘Rejoice’ (still in stock slow lads) with an epic full length LP for Daniel Lopatin&rs...read on »

Derek Piotr / Mikah Meyer

Weather Patterns

9/10 from Brian

It's worth glancing at the passionate little press release for this set to glean just what you are getting for your money. The box alone is a cracking, sturdy piece of graphic...read on »

Ben Frost

A U R O R A

9/10 from Brian

No wolves on this. 'By The Throat' scared the bejesus out of myself and many others but I totally, utterly loved it. This long awaited follow-up proper (after his relatively s...read on »

Sharon Van Etten

Are We There

9/10 from Mike

Sharon Van Etten's last album 'Tramp' turned a lot of heads, and the live shows shortly thereafter confirmed that this lady is the real deal, so the expectations are high for ...read on »

Genius / GZA

Liquid Swords Instrumentals

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I won’t bang on about this for long as we’re all familiar with GZAs masterpiece ‘Liquid Swords’. Infact, it’s been reissued in a number of guises...read on »

Cheater Slicks

Destination Lonely

9/10 from Mike

Influential garage rockers Cheater Slicks have been going for years now, with over a dozen albums behind them, and I'm very happy to see this gem from 1991 back in print. &nb...read on »

Death and Vanilla

Vampyr

9/10 from Jim

A prime slice of hauntology to get your teeth into here. Originally released on cassette last Halloween, this double LP features a live recording of Death And Vanilla’s ...read on »

Parquet Courts

Sunbathing Animal

9/10 from Mike

Way back in the heady days of February 2013 I awarded a full 10 out of 10 for Parquet Courts’ previous effort ‘Light Up Gold’, and now, a good hundred or so ...read on »

J.C. Satan

Italian Summer / I Don't Feel Like Dancing

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Trouble In Mind have made a deal with JC Satan and this week put out the French psych-poppers' latest single 'Italian Summer'. It's a pleasantly stomping little thing full of ...read on »

Gold-Bears

Dalliance

9/10 from Brian

It's weird. I was listening to the Paws record and despairing that I maybe, possibly didn't like indie music anymore. It made me feel really sad. Then I heard the new Gold-Bea...read on »

Watery Love

Sick People / I Don't Care

9/10 from Brian

Less than half-a-minute in and I'm nodding to myself saying "I can see why they've made this one a single", which is stupid really. Every Watery Love tune should be a massive ...read on »

Gunter Schlienz

Contemplation

9/10 from Brian

Second diskette I have had the fortune to hear on Preservation this week. Must admit I've not heard anything much from them bar the Olan Mill album in the last couple of years...read on »

Dead Days Beyond Help

Severance Pay

9/10 from Mike

Here's a pretty nifty album of noisy jazzy math rock from drum and guitar duo Dead Days Beyond Help. This is their debut LP and the first time I've encountered their frantic, ...read on »

Various

Bosporus Bridges - A Wide Selection Of Turkish Jazz And Funk 1968-1978

9/10 from Mike

My head's just taken a bit of a battering from the slicing math rock of Dead Days Beyond Help's debut LP, but here to massage it better is this superb compilation on Twimo. It...read on »

Various

The Sound of Siam Volume 2 - Molam & Luk Thung from North-East Thailand 1970 – 1982

9/10 from Mike

I've just had a trip to '70s Turkey courtesy of Twimo's 'Bosporus Bridges' comp and now I'm heading over to Thailand 1970-82 for the second instalment of Soundway's brilliant ...read on »

Sela

Anniversary

9/10 from Clinton

Following our policy of liking a record so much we bought the company, we've pressed up 200 vinyl copies of what we feel is one of the most unusual and innovative records of t...read on »

Alan Licht & Brian Chase

We Thought We Could Do Anything

9/10 from Mike

Noisy guitarist Alan Licht teams up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase here for an obnoxiously crunchy LP of blazing jazz rock improvisations and feverish noise experime...read on »

Donato Epiro

Fiume Nero

9/10 from Brian

Well that's me stumped. A perusal of the press for this LP mentions a load of Italian composers, none of whom I know anything about so without spending five hours in a frenzy ...read on »

Various

Funny Old Shit (Volume 1) - A Trunk Records Sampler

9/10 from Mike

Trunk Records is a funny old label, isn't it? Releasing obscure old avant-garde beardy nonsense alongside children's TV soundtracks and long-forgotten whimsy with a supreme di...read on »

Sage Francis

Copper Gone

9/10 from Mike

Hip-hop legend Sage Francis is back with his first album in four years this week, and 'Copper Gone' starts with a rap-metal bang on 'Pressure Cooker', all gang-vocal chorus ch...read on »

Bruno Nicolai

The Case Of The Bloody Iris

8/10 from Clinton

Everyone knows that the best 'incidental' music was performed by Ronnie Hazlehust; the theme tune from 'Sorry' is a career highlight sharing its DNA with both Boards of Canada...read on »

The Revellions

Give It Time

8/10 from Mike

The Revellions are back this week with their first album in five years on Dirty Water! These Irish garage-popsters are peddling a very authentically '60s sound full of Hammond...read on »

Brötzmann / Miller / Moholo

Opened, But Hardly Touched

8/10 from Mike

Here's an album recorded in 1980 and originally released in '81 from the groundbreaking free jazz mavericks Peter Brotzmann, Harry Miller and Louis Moholo. It's a raucous and ...read on »

Cleared

Drown

8/10 from Mike

Tone-worshipping Chicago duo Cleared are back this week with another LP of their distorto-drone compositions, mixing electronics, guitars, and lots of sounds whose original so...read on »

Damien Dubrovnik

Patterns of Penetration

8/10 from Ant

A friend and I recently witnessed this Copenhagen based duo perform in an art space in Bradford where over a backdrop of crude power electronics, one of the pair was dunking h...read on »

Bok Bok

Your Charizmatic Self

8/10 from Clinton

Careful not to confuse this with the Bok Bok that featured The Fall drummer Karl Burns which we were selling on Record Store Day. This is a different proposition altogether. A...read on »

Black Narcissus

Varla

8/10 from Mike

"Jodey Kendrick, Drexciya type stuff" says the post-it on the front of this new Black Narcissus double LP, on which all of the tracks are named after Faster Pussycat Kill Kill...read on »

Mordecai

Neil's Generator

8/10 from Mike

Here's an LP of nicely clattery slacker indie business from Montana's Mordecai, and apparently this album was recorded in a YMCA bathroom complete with "unique aroma". It's ve...read on »

Joe Mansfield & 7L & Esoteric

The Drumulator

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Joe Mansfield’s ‘Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession’ coffee table book is a tasteful little affair that once perused will give you ultimate drum machine jeal...read on »

No Babies

Yo No Soy Como Tu

8/10 from Li'l Biz

No babies are a wild bunch. I bumped into them a few years back promoting their Upset The Rhythm self-titled debut. The show lasted about 13 mins tops and they totally killed ...read on »

Various

The Brown Bunny

8/10 from Li'l Biz

I’ve not seen ‘The Brown Bunny’ and it’s unlikely I ever will as I can’t deal with Vincent Gallo. I know he means well and obviously watching The...read on »

Big Boys

Lullabies Help The Brain Grow

8/10 from Mike

Early '80s Austin punk legends Big Boys had their 'Where's My Towel/Industry Standard' debut reissued last year on Modern Classics, and this week their other two albums have t...read on »

Experimental Audio Research

All Things Being Equal

8/10 from Mike

I'm finally putting this interminable week to sleep with this gorgeous one-sided 12" of cosmic synth bliss from Experimental Audio Research, aka Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember. &nb...read on »

Spidergawd

Spidergawd

8/10 from Mike

The relentlessly tuneless experimentalism of this week's review pile is getting me down so I'm dipping into this new LP from Spidergawd for a little respite. These guys have t...read on »

Teleman

Breakfast

8/10 from Clinton

Listen to 6 Music on a regular basis and between the Elbow records, they sometimes sneak in songs by other people. One thing they’ve been getting rather excited about of...read on »

Jon Hassell

City: Works Of Fiction

8/10 from Clinton

An important release says Phil so I have to write a few words even though I’m not allowed to open it. This is a remarkably nicely priced three CD re-issue of Hassell&rsq...read on »

Various

Greater Lengths: An All Saints Compilation

8/10 from Clinton

Another thing we don’t have time to review but for £11 you get tracks from Laaraji, Brian Eno, Rog Eno, John Cale, James Blackshaw, Peaking Lights, Ela Orleans, Od...read on »

Only Real

Cadillac Girl

8/10 from Clinton

Its by Only Real but it says nowhere on the sleeve that’s who its by apart from a small "vocals by Only Real" credit  to the bottom of the rear sleeve. Why? Why doe...read on »

Sandy Denny & The Strawbs

All Our Own Work

8/10 from Clinton

Fans of late 60's dark hued pop and the mid 70's folk revival groups will find lots to enjoy on this collection of Sandy Dennys early work with The Strawbs. Opener 'On My Way'...read on »

Mini Dresses

Mini Dresses

8/10 from Clinton

Mmm Mini Dresses. I think this is going to have plenty of appeal to those of you who adore the Shangri-La’s-worshipping surfy pop of the likes of early Best Coast, Tende...read on »

Bob Mould

Beauty & Ruin

8/10 from Clinton

If not exactly seen as a comedic character, it sometimes seems that Bob Mould isn’t taken quite as seriously as he should be when the heroes of underground rock are disc...read on »

Honeyblood

Killer Bangs

8/10 from Clinton

I was patiently explaining to a young lady friend how a fringe is known as ‘bangs’ in America. “Of course I knew that you fucking patronising idiot” sh...read on »

Grimm Grimm / TAPERS

Grimm Grimm / TAPERS

8/10 from Mike

Split CD here from Grimm Grimm and Tapers. Grimm Grimm is the London-based acid folk outfit of ex-Screaming Tea Party Koichi Yamanoha, with a rotating cast of characters from ...read on »

The KVB

Out Of Body

8/10 from Mike

After their last LP ‘Always Then’ on Clan Destine sold out pressing after pressing, and the follow-up on Anton Newcombe’s A imprint dazzled both our Nath and...read on »

Watter

This World

8/10 from Mike

Grails/Slint blokes. Nuff said.” That’s all the post-it on the front of this CD has to tell me, and listening to it now I’d say that’s a valid point. W...read on »

Meatbodies

Wahoo / Steps

8/10 from Mike

New 7” here on the ever-reliable In The Red. This one’s from Meatbodies, formerly Chad & The Meatbodies, who are fronted by Fuzz bassist Chad Ubovich. ‘W...read on »

The Watchmakers

The Watchmakers

8/10 from Mike

Box Bedroom Rebels have quickly established themselves as a boutique label worth paying attention to with a series of micro-run 7”s with extravagant packaging and consis...read on »

Haunted House

Lost in a Forest / Shoulders

8/10 from Mike

There’s a post-it on the front of this 7” where a colleague notes “Orbital dude and lo-fi troubadour Lianne Hall together. How did that happen?” Well, ...read on »

Abrakadabra / Magnapinna

Split

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a split 12” between a band I’ve not heard, Berlin trio Abrakadabra (“groove-ridden dissonance” says the press release), and one I have hea...read on »

Molly Nilsson

These Things Take Time

8/10 from Mike

Molly Nilsson has made quite a name for herself since this debut album first came out on CD in 2008, so it’s only right that it’s finally seeing a proper vinyl rel...read on »

Popstrangers

Fortuna

8/10 from Clinton

You know that feeling when you like a bit of guitar so much that you just want to stop and cuddle it.....well the opening few seconds on this second album by Australia’s...read on »

Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham

Love / Fallin' In Love

8/10 from Clinton

All week we’ve been talking about when these Damon and Naomi 7”s are coming in forgetting that they are actually by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. On the A sid...read on »

Octo Octa

Where Did You Go?

8/10 from Clinton

Gosh I've needed this. Here is Octa Octa's debut on a label that is not 100% Silk and its a fantastic slice of atmospheric house music. Despite the press release stating that ...read on »

Joe Evans

Septimal

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I have here a CD of chin-strokey delights from composer Joe Evans, the title taken from a musical term referring to intervals derived from the 7th harmonic. The composer asser...read on »

Isobel Ccircle

Fluttercage

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Isobel Ccircle is the duo of Matt Bower and April Larson and they've got a new CD of highly intoxicating psychedelic dark ambient filth on Exotic Pylon this week. It's a lengt...read on »

Inigo Kennedy

Vaudeville

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Inigo Kennedy's 'Vaudeville' is in fact, as you may have guessed, not particularly vaudeville in the traditional theatrical sense, being as it is a collection of sleek ambient...read on »

Howling Bells

Your Love

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Moody Americana-rockers Howling Bells have another 7" out this week ahead of their forthcoming 'Heartstrings' LP. 'Your Love' is a big achey epic country ballad with sweeping ...read on »

Dusted Lux

Neverended

8/10 from Brian

'Neverended' begins with some rumbling granular fuzz, meandering exploratory string picking and what sounds like a crazed whirring oscillator. It binds the worlds of experimen...read on »

Taylor McFerrin

Early Riser

8/10 from Clinton

Oh how we guffawed, “I bet...huh...I bet its Bobby McFerrin’s son”. Well of course it is Bobby’s lad and McFerrin senior even makes a guest appearance ...read on »

Diamond Version

CI

8/10 from Mike

After five EPs in a row I was starting to question whether Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) and Olaf Bender's (Byetone) duo Diamond Version would ever actually make a full-length L...read on »

Carl Hultgren

Tomorrow

8/10 from Clinton

Some things were meant to go together, cheese and tomato, fish and chips, salt and vinegar (or pepper?) and Windy and Carl. But after 20 odd years of working together, Carl ha...read on »

H.Grimace

H.Grimace

8/10 from Clinton

I'm glad I picked this up as I’m quite enjoying it. They are a trio playing a kind of murky form of left field rock that has traces of grunce and 90’s slacker rock...read on »

Kadavar / Aqua Nebula Oscillator

White Ring

8/10 from Mike

This is ace! Kadavar and Aqua Nebula Oscillator team up here for two LPs of big dirty stoner rock, with two sides which stick to the former band's swaggering vocal-led testost...read on »

Black To Comm

Providence

8/10 from Mike

One of my favourite customer reviews ever submitted to this site came in just under a month ago from a certain "Vanessa Emma Goldman", who had apparently never heard Black To ...read on »

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Coomassi

8/10 from Mike

Got a tasty 12" here of international psych-funk fusion from Karl Hector & the Malcouns, a vibrant cultural fusion from band leader Jay Whitefield and his unlikely troupe ...read on »

Spartak

Five Points

8/10 from Brian

How tempted I was to give this 5 points. I was hoping it was my rubbish record of the week but unfortunately the first track on this wee EP is so good that even if the rest of...read on »

Art Trip & The Static Sound

Nothing Is Static

8/10 from Brian

Liked this record straight away. The fold out sleeve courted controversy in the office with its fierce odour of hard-core printing ink which took me somewhere magical but made...read on »

Herbstlaub

Hauch

8/10 from Mike

Here's a lovely 12" EP of drifty electronica from Herbstlaub, who I've not encountered before but I'm finding this quite lovely, if a little too relaxing for the all-out revie...read on »

Roedelius

Remixes (Peaking Lights and Hieroglyphic Being)

8/10 from Mike

Ooh, I like this. Here we've got two top current artists, Peaking Lights and Heiroglyphic Being, paying tribute to elder statesman of kosmische Hans-Joachim Roedelius. I'm sta...read on »

Featured albums

Mini Dresses
The Watchmakers
Watery Love
Sela
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs
Kate Tempest
Dead Days Beyond Help
Meatbodies
Thought Criminals
Grimm Grimm / TAPERS
Blaue Blume
Carl Hultgren
Abrakadabra / Magnapinna
Inigo Kennedy
Jon Hassell
Teleman
Hamilton Leithauser
Taylor McFerrin
Spartak
Gold-Bears
Honeyblood
Sage Francis
Various
Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
Watter
J.C. Satan
Popstrangers
Diamond Version
Donato Epiro
Parquet Courts
Fucked Up
Sleaford Mods
Spies
The KVB