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Weekly Update Hayvanlar Alemi, Modest Mouse, Claude Speeed, Jim-E Stack, Horsebeach, and more...

Did we mention it was warm? This week has been so hot that it has even necessitated the opening of our outdoor ‘courtyard’ area, pictures of which will soon appear in the next edition of ‘Brutalist Veranda’ magazine. Meanwhile within the confines of the building we’ve been sweating the latest records onto the site, dripping words onto the melting page.

This week’s big album is by The Soft Walls, a slab of kraut rock greatness on Trouble in Mind that more than lives up to their previous tape, which was that rarest of things - an office-uniting release. Check with immediate effect, yes? Hot on their heels come Horsebeach whose wilting Smiths-like jangle will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in 80’s melancholic indie or the recent strummings of the likes of Real Estate. The third of this weeks big ‘uns sees Sub Pop’s hip-hop flagshippers Shabazz Palaces return with their not so difficult second album of celestial cosmic hop.

In other news:-

  • The John Steel Singers impressed our scribe with their Tame Impala-style throw-in-the-kitchen-sink psych fun.
  • Mike has got obsessed with Hayvanlar Alemi’s weird and thrilling experimental instrumental rock and awarded it a ‘rare’ (he says) 10/10
  • Woman’s Hour’s sleek 80’s wine bar soul has its moments of sophisticated beauty.
  • Scott and Charlene’s Wedding-related Aussies Full Ugly play some sweet indie pop just for you.
  • There’s some repetitive stop-start rock from from Man at Arms
  • and Cosines give us some krauty, twee-pop thats not too heavy on the twee
  • Claude Speed do some pretty unclassifiable cosmic synth/repetitive beatmaking
  • Caravan dwellers Hockeysmith concoct some Grimes with added shoegaze noise
  • There’s more '60s psychedelia and raga-ish drone from Big Blood
  • Try the bright and imaginative indie pop from The Delicious
  • There’s a new album from veteran freak-folkers The Iditarod
  • A whole pile of stuff on Trestle, a new experimental/ambient label from London, including really great albums from James Johnston (Gallon Drunk), Matthew Swinnerton, Tout and Ross Downes

On the electronic tip there’s several slabs of excitement out this week including the second part of the SND re-issue campaign. We’re also enamoured by this Lightning Glove album, brought to us by the label curated by the nice people from Gnod, its a chilling slice of raw electronic music with nods to early PIL, Throbbing Gristle and the more recent Factory Floor offerings. In addition to these slabs of minimal experimentalism we have:-

  • A lovely new album of blissed out ambience by 36
  • Hit and miss record of Burial/Flying Lotus referencing downtronica from Jim E Stack
  • Three slabs of 12” vinyl from ntrntnl sprstr SBTRKT
  • Repetitive post-techno from the the Bronze Teeth lads
  • Brian raves about this remarkable lost 12” of electro-tech disco from SM Corporation

Lots of jazz in this week. Check our Reviewbot’s Jazz Corner for full details on releases by Trzaska Mazur Pand, Peter Brötzmann/Sonny Sharrock and Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen-Love. Saxy!

Fancy a 7”? Well there is stuff in from The Chills, Motorama, Space Girl, The Zig Zags and an absolutely despairing effort from D.O.A.

Re-issue time. Loads. Here is a list.

  • Nice vinyl re-issue of Modest Mouse third album ‘The Moon and Antarctica’
  • Bonkers 60’s experimental pop/out there sound collages from White Noise (featuring Delia Derbyshire)
  • Lovingly packaged 2LP re-issue of Craig Leon’s ambient-primitive "synthesizer folk" masterpieces
  • Extraordinary re-issue of shambling “Pagan Folk” LP from The Fall’s Una Baines and friends as The Fates
  • Joy Division’s performance here in sunny Leeds at 1980’s Futurama festival is out on colourful vinyl
  • Meat Puppets raw first album has been given a nice expanded re-issue
  • There’s another collection of 60’s Batman Theme covers
  • A nice compilation of early American minority music ‘I Don’t Feel at Home In This World Anymore’
  • The best bits of Mississippi country blues on one LP ‘Ghost Woman Blues’ and here’s a collection if calypso classics!

And thats it! Our refreshing, cooling Norman Records beer is now in stock and currently available FREE with any ‘Click and Collect’ orders of £50 quid or over so if you live locally, get yourself down and taste the nectar!

That’s it for us for the week. Take it easy in all this sun, we’re just not used to it. Night night!

Clint and the gang

xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Goat

Commune

10/10 from Mike

Finally, Goat's "difficult" second album is upon us. Their debut 'World Music' catapulted the mysterious Swedish voodoo-psych outfit onto the world stage with its mixture of w...read on »

Hayvanlar Alemi

Twisted Souvenirs

10/10 from Mike

I haven't come across Hayvanlar Alemi before but Turkey's premier instro-psych rockers have already got an LP out on Sublime Frequencies that our Phil liked a lot so I'm inter...read on »

Aerial M

Aerial M

9/10 from Clinton

David Pajo has done many things in his life. He's been in Slint, Tortoise, had a minor role in 'Hi Fidelity', collaborated with Stereolab and Will Oldham, been part of Yeah Ye...read on »

White Fence

For The Recently Found Innocent

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I'm kicking off a heavy Friday's reviewing with the latest offering from Tim "White Fence" Presley. The lo-fi psych-popster has been hinting at more and more accessible things...read on »

Electric Eels

Jaguwar Ride / Splittery Splat

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's another one from HoZac's reissue series and it's only the Electric fucking Eels. This lot, in case you haven't come across them before, made snotty and gnarled post-Sto...read on »

Running

Frizzled

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Cool little three song 7" here from noisy punk types Running. I'm enjoying it, it's kind of like Scratch Acid fighting Pissed Jeans in a giant mud pit. The guitar, bass and dr...read on »

Noveller & Thisquietarmy

Reveries

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Brooklyn's Sarah "Noveller" Lipstate and Montreal's Eric "Thisquietarmy" Quach join forces here for a long-player containing four meditative duets. The two guitarists' style s...read on »

NONES

Midwestern Family Values

9/10 from Mike

Having already wowed my ears with a welcome Electric Eels reissue, good ol' HoZac come up with the goods again this week with this LP from dirgey post-hardcore punkers Nones. ...read on »

Royal Trux

Hero Zero

9/10 from Ant

Rewind to 1989, one year after Royal Trux debuted with their self titled LP on Royal Records and the first ever release on Drag City was unleashed. Neil Hagerty (who would lat...read on »

White Noise

An Electric Storm

9/10 from Mike

It's a challenging morning for me today. First I had to tackle the much-anticipated sophomore effort from Goat, and now I've got this head-scratching reissue of a 1969 album b...read on »

Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets

9/10 from Mike

Here's a welcome return to vinyl for the Meat Puppets' incendiary self-titled debut LP. This is where their ramshackle rough'n'ready country-punk started, and they've thrown i...read on »

Mohammad

Spiríti

9/10 from Jim

Super limited triple LP box set of a Mohammad album that originally came out in 2011. Needless to say it comprises yet another utterly compelling set of deeply solemn, resonat...read on »

Modest Mouse

The Moon & Antarctica

9/10 from Mike

I'm enjoying a nice nostalgic start to a long day's reviewing with this newly-reissued Modest Mouse gem. Their third album proper, this was the one where they really started p...read on »

German Army

Jivaro Witnesses

9/10 from Mike

Super prolific industrial/darkwave/post-dub weirdos German Army are back again already. How do they keep up this work rate? There's all sorts going on here - Suicidey electro-...read on »

Various

The International Vicious Society Vol 7

9/10 from Mike

Here's the seventh volume in the International Vicious Society comp series, a reliable source for forgotten worldwide trash/exotica/rock'n'roll nuggets. Think 'Pebbles' but wi...read on »

The Fates

Furia

9/10 from Brian

One of the most obscure, rare and coveted records from the Manchester post-punk scene is actually a sweetly shambling DIY "pagan folk" album from Blue Orchids & Fall keybo...read on »

Shabazz Palaces

Lese Majesty

9/10 from Brian

If there was something that I never expected Sub-Pop to start trading in, that thing was hip-hop. Now with them brandishing the second SB album, shaking it in my gormless face...read on »

Claude Speeed

My Skeleton

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Promising post-it on this one - "Interesting pulsy Glass-y instrumentals from what I hear" says someone else in the office, although I'm listening to it now and it's wild...read on »

Craig Leon

Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos / Visiting

9/10 from Brian

There's been quite a bit of controversy around this definitive re-issue of Floridian producer Craig Leon's two ambient-primitive "synthesizer folk" masterpieces. Known primari...read on »

The SM Corporation

Hammer '86

9/10 from Brian

Every week there's one remarkable twelve inch unearthed from somebody's archives, be it some obscure italo treat or an old techno/house blinder rescued from collector scum obs...read on »

Zig Zags

Brainded warrior / So Stoned

9/10 from Mike

Oof! I think the Zig Zags are ruddy great, me. Right from that first 7" their obnoxious stoner-fuzz garage has been hitting all the right buttons for me. Here's a 7" of one of...read on »

Tout

Second

9/10 from Ian

After receiving a fantastic sampler from relatively new London label Trestle Records I’ve been champing at the bit to say a few words about one of these new releases, I&...read on »

The Raveonettes

Pe’ahi

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Having been a little disappointed at the lack of pop tunes on the new Holly Herndon offering, I now turn to a band who I'm confident will deliver on that front. The Raveonette...read on »

Daydreamer

Camus

8/10 from Brian

A really nice CD here from Russian duo Daydreamer, titled in tribute to our favourite French writer, thinker (and erstwhile goalie). I'd like to say he was an existentialist b...read on »

Mogwai

Come On Die Young

8/10 from Brian

To many, CODY represents Mogwai's most successful long-playing attempt at a "classic". Others cite 'Rock Action' as their masterpiece. I am a bit of a cynical twat however and...read on »

Alex Cobb

Marigold And Cable

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Got an LP of drones here from San Diego's Alex Cobb, two on each side of this LP. This guy likes to take things very, very slow. That's why they call them drones. To start wit...read on »

Various

I Hear The Devil Calling Me

8/10 from Clinton

Xpressway was an amazing tape label run by The Dead C's Bruce Russell which survived through the early part of the 90's releasing a hotch-potch of out-there music from Du...read on »

Pavement

Demolition Plot J-7

8/10 from Laurie

Demolition Plot J-7 showcases a premature version of the band who would be Pavement, comprised of Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg on whatever instruments they feel like, bo...read on »

Dan Melchior und das Menace

Hunger

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Dan Melchior is back...kind of. 'Hunger' is a collection of unreleased recordings recorded between 2008 and 2011, but don't worry, it's way too good to just be dismissed as an...read on »

Piiptsjilling

Molkedrippen

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a lovely mysterious CD on SPEKK from minimal supergroup Piiptsjilling, who feature two Kleefstra brothers and Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt as well as someone I'm ...read on »

Actress

Xoul

8/10 from Ant

Just when we thought Darren Cunningham had retired his Actress moniker this black label 12” arrives out of the blue. Was it bullshit? Is this a posthumous release? Who k...read on »

Various

Hyperdub 10.2

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the second compilation from Hyperdub this year to celebrate their 10th birthday, and it only takes a quick glance at the press release to see why they've been dominatin...read on »

Four Tet (Fourtet)

Beautiful Rewind Remixes

8/10 from Clinton

This is a 12" of Four Tet remixes. We've ran out of time to do our usual in depth assessment of this work but a quick play through suggests that its completely fine. Its going...read on »

Stephen Steinbrink

Arranged Waves

8/10 from Clinton

An office favourite which has not been off our stereo especially on all these sunny days. Then when I get home I just crank up the boombox and play it again- its the...read on »

One Happy Island

Your Flaws Aren't Picturesque

8/10 from Mike

I've got a couple of tweepop LPs from Weepop in my review pile today, the first of which being this one by One Happy Island. I'm appreciating the no-bullshit approach that's b...read on »

Bronze Teeth

A Waif’s Rent

8/10 from Mike

After a little digging I'm finding out that the 12" that I'm listening to right now is by Bronze Teeth, but not just any old bronze teeth. This Bronze Teeth is in fact the sup...read on »

SND

EP2 / newtables (Special Extended Edition)

8/10 from Ant

Rewind some 15 years and I can clearly recall the original of ‘newtables’ landing in the record shop I was working in at the time. It distinctly stood out among th...read on »

Colin Clary

Twee Blues

8/10 from Mike

Here's my second offering from Weepop this week - Colin Clary's 'Twee Blues'. Much like the other one I had to write about, this collection isn't as cloyingly twee as I'd fear...read on »

Sam De La rosa

Chameleon

8/10 from Mike

Led Er Est singer Sam De La Rosa goes it alone for the first time this week on this mini-album for Burka For Everybody. Pretty cool it is too, glacial synth-led pop with wistf...read on »

Lightning Glove

Radical Zoo

8/10 from Ant

Ono Tesla follow the excellent Negra Branca LP with a mighty curveball from Lightning Glove who hail from the Czech Republic. First introduced to the world at large via a cass...read on »

Horsebeach

Horsebeach

8/10 from Clinton

Horsebeach first came to my attention via the superb ‘Faded Eyes’ 7” earlier this year. Its lovely melancholic faded polaroid beauty caught me right in the m...read on »

The John Steel Singers

Everything's A Thread

8/10 from Clinton

Phil sees the word ‘Australian’ and the word ‘pop’ on the same page and immediately sounds the Clinton klaxon. I was hoping to dislike this just to pro...read on »

36

Dream Tempest

8/10 from Clinton

There’s something very ‘Tubular Bells’ about the opening title track of this latest opus by the mysterious soundsourcerer known as 36. It has a new-agey myst...read on »

Krakatau

Water Near a Bridge

8/10 from Mike

The on-form Trouble In Mind drop this tasty morsel of Antipodean psych-prog from Krakatau this week. This threesome employ drums, bass and organ in their pursuit of cosmic new...read on »

Big Blood

Unlikely Mothers

8/10 from Mike

Fresh from appearing on Swans' 2012 epic The Seer, Caleb Mulkerin and Colleen Kinsella are back with a new double LP adventure from their prolific Big Blood outfit, who've put...read on »

Sewn Leather

Sikknastafari Slash Crasstafari

8/10 from Mike

"Minimal proto noise" says the post-it note stuck to the front of this new Sewn Leather LP. I've not come across this chappy before but I'm enjoying this LP. He plays nasty po...read on »

Various

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman Theme Return

8/10 from Mike

Here's the second instalment of obscure covers of the Batman theme from 1966, with a mammoth 17 versions of the 8-bar classic. If you missed out first time, never fear, here's...read on »

Hockeysmith

But Blood

8/10 from Mike

Here's a short but sweet EP of dreamy electronic pop from Falmouth-based sisters Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith, who apparently recently upgraded their living/recording quarter...read on »

The Delicious

Postcard To My Sewing Circle

8/10 from Mike

The sticker on the front of this says breathlessly, "complex, sincere, light-hearted and freakishly disjointed blend of experi-indie-art-pop...with elegantly constructed, cere...read on »

Man At Arms

A Waste Of Time And Space

8/10 from Mike

The sticker on the front of this CD says it's "recommended for fans of The Minutemen's 'Paranoid Time', Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' and Space Ghost Coast to Co...read on »

Brian Reitzell

Watch_Dogs (Original Game Soundtrack)

8/10 from Mike

Since being drummer for Redd Kross, Brian Reitzell has kept himself busy with soundtrack work, with big titles like 'Lost In Translation', 'Stranger Than Fiction', 'The Virgin...read on »

Full Ugly

Spent The Afternoon

8/10 from Mike

Here's an LP from the questionably-monikered Full Ugly, the brainchild of Melbourne singer-songwriter Nathan Burgess, who was previously linked to Michael "Scott & Charlen...read on »

The Iditarod

Foxfur & Rarebits

8/10 from Jim

This is a new collection of material by psychedelic folk group The Iditarod that was originally spread out over short run cdrs, 7"s and various compilations between 2000-2003....read on »

Ross Downes

Dog Day Morning

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We've got some ambient business in from Trestle Records this week. You may be thinking, "Aren't we supposed to be boycotting Trestle?", but don't worry, that's Nestl&eacu...read on »

Tout

First

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the second of three Trestle Recs offerings I have to write about, the first of two albums by Tout. I'm not sure if that's from the French for "all" or the nasty scalper...read on »

James Johnston

Hassan Falls To His Death

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I love the macabre matter-of-factness of this album title, 'Hassan Falls To His Death'...it's got an almost Gabriel Garcia Marquez-ish quality to it, doesn't it? Here's three ...read on »

Trzaska Mazur Pand

Tar & Feathers

8/10 from ReviewBot300

From one skronk to another, I've just written about the Sharrock/Brotzmann set that's been unearthed by Trost and now I'm moving back to the present day (ish) with this CD whi...read on »

The Soft Walls

No Time

8/10 from Brian

The first album by Dan Reeves' Soft Walls was an instant office fave; I don't recall hearing it due to the paucity of copies actually available. Both formats sold out in two s...read on »

Matthew Swinnerton

Lampenfieber

8/10 from Clinton

Loads of new titles on ace London label Trestle this week and we’re all chipping in to ensure you hear about them. This album of krauty guitar instrumentals is the brigh...read on »

Cosines

Oscillations

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the first full-length from Alice Hubley's latest outfit Cosines, offering us an appealing take on twee-pop from a strangely krautrock-ish angle, with the rhythms and sy...read on »

Killing Sound

$ixxx Harmonie$ Version

8/10 from Brian

Enigmatic Bristol bods Killing Sound have pinched the name of Kevin Martin's early vehicle for his Bug releases and like that noisy bearded sound system disturber they special...read on »

BJ Nilsen

Fuse Editions 001

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I've found a couple of colour-coded Fuse Editions cassettes up my tape-hole this week and this first one (Fuse Edition 001, no less) features two live performances by veteran ...read on »

Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love

Arashi

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Legendary free jazzer Akira Sakata teams up with regular Gustafsson-collaborators Johan Berthling and Paal Nilssen-Love as his incendiary rhythm section on this fierce display...read on »

Featured albums

Matthew Swinnerton
James Johnston
Ross Downes
SND
The SM Corporation
Bronze Teeth
Trzaska Mazur Pand
36
Lightning Glove
The Iditarod
The Soft Walls
Shabazz Palaces
The John Steel Singers
The Fates
Claude Speeed
Joy Division
Craig Leon
Motorama
Jim-E Stack
Full Ugly
Cosines
The Chills
The Delicious
D.O.A
Man At Arms
Horsebeach
Zig Zags
Hockeysmith
Meat Puppets
Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love
Space Girl
Peter Brötzmann / Sonny Sharrock
Big Blood
SBTRKT
Various
Hayvanlar Alemi
Woman's Hour
Various
White Noise
Modest Mouse