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Weekly Update Knifeworld, Colin Potter, A Model Kit, Newmoon, Alan Vega / The Vacant Lots, and more...

It’s August already. That means there are only 145 shopping days until christmas, we’ll be giving you information on last posting days shortly. Oh and before we get onto this weeks releases just a heads up to check our site on Monday. That’s all we’re saying for now!

Ok onto this weeks stuff. Mogwai’s ‘Come on Die Young’ LP box set is here and ships FREE to UK addresses (in case that helps ease the financial hit). We have the first in the series of ‘Other Voices’ 7”s on Ghost Box. Its by Brooks and O’Hagan (The Advisory Circle & High Llamas chaps) and its rather wonderful. Oh and we have an EXCLUSIVE on the Gareth Davis and Machinefabriek album ‘Lucier: Memoryspace’ in that you can buy it from nowhere else. Good old us eh?

And while you are here, please have a look at these new things:-

  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back with an album of their scrubbed up dream-pop.
  • Inventive hip-hop lad Jonwayne has a great compilation of his cassette releases out on Stones Throw.
  • Futureheads/Golden Virgin chaps Hyde & Beast release a nice album of 70’s style pop.
  • Big hitters Spoon are back with another album of solid/moribund pop/rock that divided the office completely in two.
  • Similarly solid are The Rosebuds who feature Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon amongst their number.
  • Former Cardiacs types Knifeworld make an album of twisty turny prog-pop.
  • Old timer Alan Vega has teamed up with new timers Vacant Lots for a split 10”.
  • The voice of Frightened Rabbit , John...um.. somebody or other appears solo as Owl John.
  • Charalambide Tom Carter hooks up with No Neck Blues Band/Decimus lad Pat Murano for a stunning album of lengthy improv.
  • Folky oddball Russell Hoke has another fine album out with the usual hand-scribed sleeve.
  • There’s an album of scratchy/jerky/no wave type racket by Naomi Punk.
  • Mamaleek’s madcap album was even too mental for the pretty much completely mental Brian.
  • Sun Araw collaber M. Geddes Gengras returns with some ambient explorations.
  • There are some mysterious foggy textures from A Model Kit. Limited to just 100!


Re-issues Re-issues Re-issues. We got ‘em. A few of the classic Stereolab albums are in on double vinyl and there’s three early 80’s re-issues in on Dark Entries by Severed Heads (10/10 according to Brian), Executive Slacks and Xymox. In live album news, there’s a Kraftwerk live album from lovely Luton or you can pay almost £40 to hear Spiritualized rock the Royal Albert Hall back in those hazy days of ‘97.

Also in the news……

  • Check out the strange and spooky ‘70’s kraut emissions from Code III.
  • The Bad Seeds’ Mick Harvey re-issues his two Serge Gainsbourg interpretations albums, ‘Intoxicated Man’ and ‘Pink Elephants’.
  • There’s another re-issue from afro-funkers Batsumi.
  • Weird and appealing minimal synth fun from Hans Edler. Look how proud he is of his synth console.
  • Blissful synth mantras from Nurse With Wound/Current 93 friend Colin Potter from the dark days of ‘81.
  • Mystical, meditative and droney stuff from Peter Michael Hamel.
  • Get your riffs out there’s some proggy proto hard rock from Writing on the Wall.

There are plenty of really good 7”s this week for a change. The couldn’t-be-more-hip Deers re-hash early 90’s lo-fi into sexy new shapes, you wouldn’t know by the sleeve which has no information whatsoever but there’s a nice split between Marissa Nadler and Father John Misty where they cover each others songs. Ah how sweet. 18+ are a new name to attempt to drop and they do good polished minimal electronic pop. Post-punky Belgian shoepop/dreamgaze outfit Newmoon release a new single and check out the flexi/zine/download combo from The Death of Pop.

That’s is from us for the week. Hope you can think of something to do at the weekend. If not then look at our site. Its both fun and informative.

Clint and the desk jockeys




Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Severed Heads

Dead Eyes Opened

10/10 from Brian

As I said last week with the SM Corps 12", somebody out there is preparing the re-release of some cult obscurity or super-rare lost classic every day. Considering how old this...read on »

Tom Carter and Pat Murano

Four Infernal Rivers

10/10 from Mike

The super-duo of Tom Carter (Charalambides) and the intimidatingly prolific Pat Murano (No Neck Blues Band, Decimus, etc) joins forces once again this week, and this time one ...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 »

Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker

9/10 from Kate

Sometimes, I admit, I find myself scratching my head (in a confused way, not in a nits way) when I hear whatever is being bandied about as ‘the coolest thing right now&r...read on »

Various

Music From The Mountain Provinces

9/10 from Brian

This is a brief one. I'm too stupid and poorly-travelled to be an authority on Philippine mountain music played by tiny culturally isolated tribes but this is the record for m...read on »

Colin Potter

Entering Again

9/10 from Jim

Mesmerising, bliss inducing synth mantras fill this vinyl reissue of an early 80s cassette release by Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Organum collaborator Colin Potter. Every...read on »

Deers

Demo

9/10 from Mike

Madrid duo Deers burst onto the scene this week with this 'Demo' 7", featuring two impeccably crafted garage pop gems. On side A there's 'Bamboo', a jangly and slightly twee n...read on »

Marissa Nadler / Father John Misty

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sing / Drive

9/10 from Mike

Here's a rather anonymous-looking 7" with Marissa Nadler and Father John Misty covering each other's songs. There's no text on the sleeve or the disc so good luck remembering ...read on »

Vic Pitts & The Cheaters

The Lost Tapes

9/10 from Mike

Vic Pitts & the Cheaters were Milwaukee's leading R&B act in the tail end of the '60s, even getting their own TV show between '69 and '72 where they performed musical ...read on »

Code III

Planet of Man

9/10 from Brian

The back story behind this is quite interesting. Formed as a vehicle to experiment with their new "dummy head" binaural recording system by the brothers Schunke, This strange ...read on »

Batsumi

Moving Along

9/10 from Mike

Here's another Batsumi reissue from Matsuli, this time their second (and final) album 'Moving Along', continuing their enduring forays into refreshing spiritual jazz and energ...read on »

Hans Edler

Elektron Kukeso

9/10 from Mike

When I think of the electronic avant garde from the late '60s and early '70s I tend to think of dry, studious and methodical sound experiments and impenetrable tuneless noise ...read on »

Various

Murderers' Home

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This one's a bit of a treat! Renowned sonic documentarian Alan Lomax is of course legendary for obsessively documenting the sound of the common man over half a century ago, an...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 »

Hallock Hill

The Union

8/10 from Mike

Here's Mike's review for the Union/ Hem Of Evening double set!   This is a lovely little package. It’s a gatefold 2LP with a sleek little book of pictures and poe...read on »

Brooks and O'Hagan

Other Voices 01

8/10 from Brian

This single is a gem. I enjoyed many instalments in the last series of collectible GB sevens but on none of them did the two idiosyncratic aural worlds of any of the collabora...read on »

Sam Shalabi + Stefan Christoff

родина (Rodina)

8/10 from Brian

Very intriguing and gorgeously packaged record here from the multi-talented Sam Shalabi and Stefan Christoff who I am unfamiliar with (until today). Basically a collaborative...read on »

Various

Monster Skies

8/10 from Brian

This is a labour-of-love collaboration between the ever-canny Finders Keepers and Australian off-beat stable Dual Planet. Essentially a cosmic weirdo's dream compilation with...read on »

Naomi Punk

Television Man

8/10 from Brian

Is that name cool? I can't decide. Remember the late 90s when all the band names were a bit shit? Radiohead started it all with their triple-wank moniker. Well, whatever, like...read on »

Russell Hoke

Through the Hardship of Seasons

8/10 from Brian

We've had loads of records in by this guy, he basically sends us boxes of his vinyl, old-skool fashion, asking us sweetly if we can try and sell them. That is then what we do ...read on »

Knifeworld

The Unravelling

8/10 from Mike

I'm kicking off a couple of gruelling days' review action with this wacky and sprawling offer from psych-prog-pop supergroup Knifeworld, who a sticker on the front proudly pro...read on »

A Sunny Day In Glasgow

Sea When Absent

8/10 from Mike

Here's album number four from A Sunny Day In Glasgow. This is a geographically scattered troupe led by Ben Daniels, who somewhat confusingly resides in the always-sunny street...read on »

Spoon

They Want My Soul

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Spoon are back! I'm not sure what Britt Daniel did to deserve the comparison to dreary-but-popular indie dirgers The National in the press release though - these guys have alw...read on »

Ivor Cutler

Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol. II

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The late great Scottish eccentric Ivor Cutler appears on this oddity which is back on CD courtesy of Cherry Red after initially coming out in 1978 on Harvest. While there are ...read on »

Newmoon

Invitation To Hold

8/10 from Mike

Here's a 7" from post-punky Belgian shoepop/dreamgaze outfit Newmoon, who play a very well observed take on the genre. On the A side we've got 'Invitation to Hold', which star...read on »

18+

Crow / Horn

8/10 from Mike

This single here's by mysterious next-big-things 18+, and it's a cool bit of woozy minimal trap-hop business. On side A you've got 'Crow', which slinks along delicately with a...read on »

The Death Of Pop

Fifths EP

8/10 from Mike

Here's an interesting single. You get a download of five songs, a flexi featuring one of those songs, and a 24-page zine with photos of the band, lyrics and chord patterns and...read on »

A Model Kit

Invention of Love

8/10 from Mike

This is really nice. I'm making a very gentle start today in the company of A Model Kit, aka Russia's Maxim Popov. He's got this ridiculously limited CD out this week in the w...read on »

Hyde & Beast

Keep Moving

8/10 from Mike

Futurehead Dave Hyde and Golden Virgin Neil Bassett join forces here as Hyde & Beast for a quite timeless-sounding album of bold arranged pop with elements of CSNY and Sup...read on »

Jonwayne

Cassette On Vinyl

8/10 from Clinton

New on Stones Throw, one of the few labels that I’d get out of bed for in the morning. This is a collection of some of the best bits from Jonwayne’s cassette relea...read on »

Alan Vega / The Vacant Lots

Split Single No. 4

8/10 from Mike

Fuzz Club have another of their upstart-meets-legend split singles out this week, this time pairing psych-rockers The Vacant Lots with synth-punk legend Alan Vega of Suicide n...read on »

Kelompok Kampungan

Kelompok Kampungan

8/10 from Mike

Strawberry Rain already reissued Kelompok Kampungan's 'Mencari Tuhan' on CD, as well as an LP containing five of its nine tracks, and now they round things off by dropping the...read on »

Pyramids of Space

POS

8/10 from Brian

Of the 90 minutes and 22 tracks on this cassette I have heard less than four minutes of it on Soundcloud. Was I naively led to believe there were wee clips for all the tracks ...read on »

Peter Michael Hamel

The Voice Of Silence

8/10 from Mike

Today's big pile of reissues brings me to Peter Michael Hamel's 'The Voice of Silence' from 1973. Hamel was a man very actively concerned with the meditative and therapeutic p...read on »

Writing On The Wall

The Power of The Picts

8/10 from Mike

I continue my trawl through this week's reissues with this forgotten bit of hard rock from 1969. There's a picture of five hairy nerds on the back cover and the music on the a...read on »

Huerco S.

A Verdigris Reader

8/10 from Brian

Basically one of the hottest underground producers out there at the moment, Huerco S builds really trippy, expansive and daringly experimental back-room house. There's four tr...read on »

World Domination

Solar System

8/10 from Mike

Anthony Pasquarosa of Aerosols, SQRM and Frozen Corn goes it alone here as World Domination, with an album which to this reviewer's ears and eyes seems to be inspired by the u...read on »

M. Geddes Gengras

Ishi

8/10 from Mike

M Geddes Gengras of Robedoor and Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & The Congos fame is back with some more of his meditative solo synth bliss-outs on Stones Throw/Leaving this w...read on »

Padang Food Tigers

Running My Habits Clean

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a lovely tape from Padang Food Tigers that was originally part of an 11-tape collection on Bathetic but now gets a solo release. This lot have an airy and sometimes dis...read on »

Featured albums

Batsumi
Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek
Russell Hoke
A Model Kit
Colin Potter
Newmoon
Hyde & Beast
Spoon
Owl John
Brooks and O'Hagan
Naomi Punk
Marissa Nadler / Father John Misty
Tom Carter and Pat Murano
A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Kraftwerk
Knifeworld
The Death Of Pop
Jonwayne
The Rosebuds
Spiritualized
Severed Heads
Xymox
Executive Slacks
Alan Vega / The Vacant Lots
Mamaleek
M. Geddes Gengras
Deers
Hans Edler
Code III
Writing On The Wall
Peter Michael Hamel
Mick Harvey
Mogwai