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Weekly Update The Mars Volta, Spoils & Relics, London Grammar, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Conor Oberst, and more...

Another week, another update brimming over with news of the finest music discs money can buy. After a massive ‘team building’ attempt to listen to the entirety of the expanded 3CD C86 compilation followed by Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue, we are still alive and ready to roll.

Speaking of Led Zep, Jack White has a new album out, the ultra-vinyl edition of which is some kind of next-level vinyl listening experience with songs playable on the inner label, songs playing from the outside inwards and holograms. The ultra-vinyl edition will be back in stock at the end of June and is now available to ultra-pre-order.

We shouldn’t spend all this time waffling on about Jack when there’s tonnes of great records out which don’t get a millionth of the publicity. Take Dub Thompson for example who have made an amazing record of This Heat/Swell Maps style discordant dubby rock. Craft Spells went easier on your ears with a sweet LP of Wild Nothing/Real Estate style dreamy jangle. Gentle Friendly mix Animal Collective mahem and Feck Buttons bliss out. Brian was enamoured by the ramshackle kraut driven Pheromoans (his favourite UK band he claims). Fresh and Only’s delivered a nice new album of slightly raincoat rock tunes. Verma play volatile kraut-psych. Proper Ornaments jangled along with the best of them. Tom Vek gave us a new album of his danceable bedroom pop. Hollis Brown have decided to cover the Velvet Underground’s ‘Loaded’ in its entirety and done a decent job of it.

Of the more esoteric releases the Erik K Skodvin's album (he of Deaf Center) was a beautifully packaged thing of inspired late Talk Talk style blissed out atmospheres - the vinyl edition comes with his previous album ‘Flare’. Olan Mill collaborates with Keung Mandelbrot for a nice album of ambitious noisescapes and textured ambience, whilst main Olan Mill man Alex Smalley appears as half of Pausal for an album of neo-classical ambience. Ol’ funny hair Leyland Kirby issues his mammoth ‘Death of Rave’ project as a single disc. Mohammad play oddball chamber-doom. Ex-metallers Wife make churning dark Zola Jesus type stuff on Tri-Angle. There’s more dark electronic gear from ex Glissando folks Shield Patterns. Spoils and Relics make swathes of filthy noise. And you should hear the Anemone Tube/Dissecting Table split.

Arcade Fire man Richard Reed Parry has made a nice album of neo-classical gear on Deutsche Grammophon. Loren Dent unleashes and double disc of epic ambient symphonies. Theo Parrish returns with the insanely catchy ‘Footwork’ 12”. Electronica veterans Posthuman return with a nice EP of techno/acid influenced goodness. And there’s a new album by Pitchfork-styled ‘king of drone’ Kyle Bobby Dunn.

In BIG release news, we have stuff in in by whiney Conor Oberst, sweet-voiced twosome First Aid Kit and the saviours of rock Kasabian.

On the ever-busy RE-ISSUE front Phil was WEEPING whilst listening to the wonderful 4 CD box set of Max Richter’s Fat Cat era albums. Ian was similarly emotional when we played the re-issue of twiddly but tuneful neo-emo types American Football, whilst the first 5 copies sold of The Pictish Trail ‘Secret Soundz’ re-issue will get a bonus CD. There are two BBC Radiophonic Workshop re-issues in stock whilst Mars Volta re-issue ‘Amputechtre’ to an excited world.

Fancy a little un’? Ian confirmed what we already knew and announced that he was a fan of Young Boy’s Sarah style dreamy jangle. In further jangle news, Shorts (aka Scott and Charlene’s Wedding/Real Estate-related folks) released a lovely 7” of strummy goodness. Royal Blood married Led Zep blues and Nirvana catchy hooks to good effect for the youngsters, whilst there’s new 7”s from popular lads/lasses London Grammar and Peace.

This weeks most ridiculous release and so in a field of its own is the 11 (eleven) tape 11 ‘Dynasty at Ghosttown’ on Bathetic inc. Lee Noble, M Geddes Gengras and roughly a million more.

Further to our Twitter spat this week with James fans (who took exception to us calling them ‘servicable’) you may want to follow us and help us reach our target of 12000 followers by the start of the World Cup.

That's it from us. As usual we’ve just scratched the surface so get yourselves over to our new in page and fill yer boots with good stuff.

Have good weekend!


Clint and the gang
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Max Richter

Retrospective

10/10 from Phil

Max Richter is a fucking legend. It’s probably not the most appropriate of places to be all sweary and that but I feel strongly about him being a massive legend ‘n...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 »

Mohammad

Zo Rèl Do

9/10 from Jim

Greek ‘chamber doom’ trio Mohammad seem to have hit onto something special. Using double bass, cello and oscillators, they produce a stark, rasping, grunting sound...read on »

Verma

Sunrunner

9/10 from Mike

Verma return this week with an LP on Trouble In Mind, who’ve been putting out a lot of good records lately. I’ve encountered this lot before on a 7” they did...read on »

Colin Potter

I Couldn't Agree

9/10 from Mike

Here’s a reissue from way back in 1981. “abrasive post-punk-come-proto-industrial” says the press release. Basically this is kind of new wavey synth punk tha...read on »

Various

69 Année Mélodique (Une Certaine Idée De La Variété Française 1964 – 1973)

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a load of cheeky French pop songs from the likes of Gainsbourg, Birkin, Dutronc and a bunch of other folks I’m not old enough to know of. This is top fun ac...read on »

Dub Thompson

9 Songs

9/10 from Brian

Was most curious about this as our Clint was enthusiastic about it which means, regardless of his worrying infatuation with Yacht Rock, that it's most likely to be a pretty da...read on »

The Pheromoans

Hearts Of Gold

9/10 from Brian

Not many people know this but The Pheromoans are my favourite band in the UK right now. I do not quite understand why they mean so much to me. Apart from sporting a completely...read on »

Pausal

Along the Mantic Spring

9/10 from Ian

Pausal is Alex Smalley and Simon Bainton and this is their fourth LP released on the Infraction label, with an absolutely stunning cover designed by Charmagne Coe drenched in ...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 »

Uton

Kähe+

8/10 from Jim

Prolific Finnish free music weirdo, Jani Hirvonen takes us on a trip into his own peculiar sonic otherworld on this sprawling album. Across the course of the disc, all kinds o...read on »

Leyland Kirby

The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)

8/10 from Mike

‘The Death of Rave’ was originally a vast project which existed on Leyland Kirby’s V/Vm Test website between the years of 2006 and 2008. You can read all abo...read on »

Olan Mill & Keung Mandelbrot

Seismology

8/10 from Mike

Olan Mill and Keung Mandelbrot have long been friends but this is the first time the two have collaborated together on a record, one which apparently came together quite organ...read on »

Posthuman

Decompression

8/10 from Mike

Nice little EP here from electronica veterans Posthuman, with three new tracks and a House of Black Lanterns remix. It’s likeable stuff, playing the cold, mechanical bum...read on »

Acteurs

I W I

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest 12” of grumbling, groaning dark ambient blurry post-industrial techno action from Chicago duo Acteurs, aka Jeremy Lemos and Brian Case. It’...read on »

Paco Sala

Put Your Hands On Me

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a gorgeous album of seductive ambient pop/sound design business from the duo of Antony Harrison (aka Konntinent) and Birch (formerly Leyli), collectively known as...read on »

Muck And The Mires

Double White Line

8/10 from Mike

New 7” of high octane garage pop fun here this week from Boston’s Muck and the Mires. It’s a brown 7” on King Yum and it’s produced by Kim Fowley...read on »

Omega Massif

Geisterstadt

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a mammoth album of heavy, slow doom metal from Omega Massif, with riffs so gargantuan and slow in their doomiest moments that they head out beyond Sleep and Isis ...read on »

Shorts

Berlin 1971 EP

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a lovely little EP of sunshiney indie pop from Shorts, which features former Scott & Charlene’s Weddinger Mikael Caterer and a Brooklyn-based collection...read on »

WIFE

What's Between

8/10 from Ian

Well here’s a strange one that’s been thrust upon my review pile this afternoon, the former vocalist with critically acclaimed metal band (that’s right, I sa...read on »

Straight Arrows

Make Up Your Mind / Two Timer

8/10 from Clinton

Despite my curmudeonly reputation I like a bit of fun. I can be bright as a button sometimes. Take this 7”. This is fun, its a four chord psych rock stomp with a chorus ...read on »

Craft Spells

Nausea

8/10 from Clinton

The law of averages says I’m going to find an album I actually like this week. Y’know, that I might take home and shit? The fact that this is on Captured Tracks an...read on »

American Football

American Football (debut)

8/10 from Clinton

I refuse to go in the other room til Led Zep have stopped shrieking and by the sounds of it, that aint going to happen anytime soon. Its now been 7 hours and 7 days since we l...read on »

The Pictish Trail

Secret Soundz Vol 1 & 2

8/10 from Mike

NOTE: This is a compilation of volumes one and two of 'Secret Soundz'. Here's Mike's review of 'Vol 2' way back when........ My only previous exposure to this Pictish Tr...read on »

Screaming Peaches

Ads / Mr Fist

8/10 from Phil

Trying to find audio for this on the internet wasn’t that easy. You try searching on Movie Ads... Well this starts with some promising enough with some wonky guitar befo...read on »

Erik K Skodvin

Flame

8/10 from Brian

The follow-up to 'Flare' (soon to arrive back in a double vinyl set coupled with this instalment) is here in one of them snazzy hand-numbered book things. I wish I'd collected...read on »

Kyle Bobby Dunn

Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

8/10 from Brian

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle cl...read on »

Various

C86

8/10 from Clinton

As the world is now full of middle aged men trying to squeeze into ageing, creaking, undersized indie band t-shirts (thanks AJ for that observation), this is the absolute perf...read on »

Theo Parrish

Footwork / Tympanic Warfare

8/10 from Ant

Funky ass shit from Detroit’s Theo Parrish back on his on Signature Sound label with the stonking ‘Footwork’. From the opening hi-hats and bassline it’...read on »

Gene Hunt

Pandemonium

8/10 from Ant

It must be a buzz to release a record by one of your influences on your own label. I imagine that was the case with Delroy Edwards releasing this 12”on his L.A Club Reso...read on »

Richard Reed Parry

Music for Heart and Breath

8/10 from Clinton

I've learned a lot about Arcade Fire this week. I learned that one of them is very tall, one is the others brother and one is married to the other one. What I didn’t lea...read on »

Ski Patrol

Versions Of A Life

8/10 from Brian

Wow.. A couple of months ago, struggling to recall this amazing song Peel played in 1987, I managed to locate said aural earworm on the you tube that the kids have these days,...read on »

Leslie Winer

Witch

8/10 from Brian

Why isn't there a copyright 'c' on keyboards? I'm glad this re-issue is now available under the artist's proper name Wesley Liner or I'd be stuffed here. So yeah, "difficult" ...read on »

Shovels

Shovels

8/10 from Brian

I like a bit of psychedelic post-punk rock me. I don't hear many Aussies doing this type of thing though. They're normally more straight ahead face-fuck garage innit. Early So...read on »

Moon Gangs

Moon Gangs

8/10 from Ian

This one sided 12” out on Sexbeat Records will thrill all you synth fans out there, mixed by MJ of Hookworms,  Moon Gangs is otherwise known as Will Young (not that...read on »

Featured albums

Leyland Kirby
Anemone Tube / Dissecting Table
London Grammar
Young Boy
Erik K Skodvin
Mohammad
Erik K Skodvin
Richard Reed Parry
Kyle Bobby Dunn
Max Richter
Pausal
Loren Dent
Posthuman
WIFE
Dub Thompson
BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Royal Blood
Peace
First Aid Kit
Kasabian
Various
Craft Spells
Shield Patterns
The Pheromoans
Various
The Fresh & Onlys
Theo Parrish
Spoils & Relics
The Proper Ornaments
Hollis Brown
Shorts
American Football
Verma
Gentle Friendly
Olan Mill & Keung Mandelbrot
Jack White
Tom Vek
Conor Oberst
The Pictish Trail
The Mars Volta