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Weekly Update Holy Sons, Spider Bags, Girl One And The Grease Guns, Electric Wurms, The Outsiders, and more...

Like a massive, fat, jam roly-poly, Friday has lumbered round once again. And guess what? It's been another bumper week of releases, more than you could count even if you had 20 hands with loads of fingers on them. And some of them, dear friends, are rather good indeed.

Take: Memory Drawings, a collective featuring folks from Hood and Lanterns on the Lake who have lured Phil out of reviewing abstinence with their lovely dulcimer-led evocations. Be quick and you’ll get a bonus disc too, which has remixes by all sorts of good people.

Or: Pye Corner Audio - a project close to Phil’s heart (possibly due to his love of pye’s, corners and audio). Their Black Mist 12” is shitting out. Need we say more? Probably not.

Also: Deaf Center. This shadowy lot have a gorgeous interim release of lovely tones for your ears to enjoy on CD of die cut LP.

Finally: we are also now the sole European stockist for the ace US label Emotional Response. You can check all their fantastic looking releases here and we’ve also interviewed their leader Stewart Anderson in a new occasional feature highlighting our favourite labels and bands.

But that’s not all. God no. Heaven forfend!

  • Scottish folky James Yorkston releases a new, 16 song album of his gentle folk meanderings. Get the limited edition indies-only vinyl version for maximum enjoyment.
  • Electric Wurms are two of the Flaming Lips people having fun expanding on the kraut-themes in the later ‘Lips albums.
  • Japanese free-folker Aritomo readily admits his previous album was “not good music” so he’s made a better one this time. You should see the artwork - amazing.
  • Holy Sons feature a man from Grails doing lo-fi/psychedelic pop stuff.
  • My Panda Shall Fly impress Mike with their excellent electro acoustic tapestries.
  • Death Shanties are a free jazz duo featuring The Wire-endorsed drummer Alex Nielson having a nice mournful twiddle.
  • Brian Jonestown Massacre tambourinist Joel Gion unleashes a solo album and, lo and behold, he knows how to play other instruments too. Nicely, it turns out.
  • The Clean man David Kilgour has another solo album out. Nice New Zealand pop for folks who can’t get enough of the stuff.
  • Literature play nippy 80s indie-pop in the style of Heavenly or The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
  • Latimer House, on the other hand, play unpretentious, shambling, mid-80s indie.
  • Mike has played Spider Bags's previous album over 100 times. He likes the new one's brand of garage/psych pop too.
  • Celebration aren’t the Mike Love-fronted Beach Boys side project of the 70s but an identically named Baltimore psych-rock outfit.
  • JJ release possibly the worst album of all time which begs the question, "What has become of Secretly Canadian?"
  • Larger-than-life indie harmonizers Magic Numbers unleash a new album.
  • As do Manchester indie lot The Courteeners.
  • And Bruce Springsteen-type guys The Gaslight Anthem.

In the mad world of electronica we've also got loads in this week...

  • Anyone any idea what it is with the female alter egos of these left field ‘lectronica guys? The latest to get in touch with their feminine side is Siobhan, a man from Michigan with some seriously gloomy, terrifying techno.
  • Lee Gamble (now that is a man’s name) does some murky, lo-fi hardcore beloved of the fashionable types.
  • Fellow man Daniel McDermott mixes classical flourishes with Burial style atmospheres.
  • Two collabs to finish with, Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell hook up for some future trance & Detroit techno...
  • ...whilst Dam Mantle and Free Association make friends when locking down a house stormer.

Plenty of nice 7”s in too. Quite apart from all the Emotional Response stuff (Boyracer, Cannanes, The Safe Distance, etc.), there’s cool stuff from The Flies, Royal Blood, Saint Pepsi, School of Language, Girl One and the Grease Guns, Meatbodies and many more. A quick shout is in order for the Hot Club Murphy 7” on Messthetics too: prime 70s art/punk/pop.

Now for the re-issues:

  • We have the third installment in Mute’s Can series of vinyl re-issues. Featuring some of the less well-known and less well-regarded end of their catalogue, there is still plenty of joy to be found in albums like ‘Delay’ and ‘Unlimited Edition’.
  • There is another album from proto post-punkers The Outsiders.
  • The term proto post-punk could also be used to describe San Francisco’s Thurston Moore-approved Crime.
  • And to a degree Wire who have their ‘Document and Witness’ out again on extended CD and LP.
  • There’s a series of Sun Ra re-issues in stock.
  • And, finally, a madcap effort from wierd-pop eccentric Ghedalia Tazartes.

That’s it from us. But a little Norman Records offer before you go. On August 21st at 6PM Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds are screening a new film, ‘Svengali’, alongside a Q&A from none other than the man who discovered Oasis and The Others, Mr Alan McGee. They’ve given us a 2-for-1 ticket offer. Email us if you want to take advantage.

That’s it for this week. Oh my word I’m on holiday now. YES!!! But someone else will be with you next week so don’t despair.

Clint and everybody
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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Drexciya

Neptune's Lair

9/10 from Mike

I bring this week's review odyssey to a close with this tasty reissue of a stone cold electroid techno classic, Drexciya's debut full length 'Neptune's Lair'. At this point th...read on »

Can

Future days

9/10 from Clinton

This job can truly be a bind at times. “We need all the Can albums reviewing” Phil says. Sigh...well if I have to. To make this chore easier we’ve got an al...read on »

Hartmut Geerken / John Tchicai

Hindukush Serenade

9/10 from Mike

I've got some titles from the ever-awesome Holidays Records on my pile this week, and the first one I've gripped comes from the seemingly-bottomless Hartmut Geerken archives. ...read on »

Boyracer

Pete Shelley EP

9/10 from Mike

Here's the second of four Emotional Response singles I have to write about this week, and it's by Boyracer. Yes, THE Boyracer. I had no idea they were still going, but as it h...read on »

Ghedalia Tazartes

Hysterie Off Music

9/10 from Mike

Here's a gem from legendary eccentric Ghedalia Tazartes, 'Hysterie of Music' originally came out on CD in 2007 but here is pressed on vinyl for the first time by the excellent...read on »

Memory Drawings

There Is No Perfect Place

9/10 from Phil

I’ve been lured out of my imposed review abstinence by the new Memory Drawings album. Every so often I just get the urge to write about something when confronted with so...read on »

Mirel Wagner

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

9/10 from Mike

From Ethiopia via Finland, Mirel Wagner returns this week with a second album of her bare-bones gothic folk intimacy. This time round she's got some impressive names behind he...read on »

Crime

Murder By Guitar

9/10 from Mike

"Crime will always be relevant." So says the Sir Thurston of Moore on the sticker attached to this long-overdue LP which contains all three of the band's singles along with ni...read on »

The Outsiders

Calling On Youth

9/10 from Mike

This is my second groundbreaking punk album of the day, having already written about Crime's long-overdue anthology of (mostly unreleased) studio recordings. Coincidentally I ...read on »

Joanna Gruesome / Tyrannosaurus Dead

Split

9/10 from Mike

Here's a 7" from a band I've already heard and a band I haven't. I'm starting with the one I haven't. Tyrannosaurus Dead are playing some nice indie rock with big harmonies an...read on »

My Panda Shall Fly

Tropical

9/10 from Mike

My Panda Shall Fly is the alter-ego of South London-based Sri Lankan producer Suren Seneviratne, who paints an intriguing series of electro acoustic tapestries over the course...read on »

Hot Club Murphy

12 Minutes At The Hot Club Murphy

9/10 from Clinton

This is fucking incredible. It's a re-issue from the late 70’s (we think) of an ever-changing collective led by Rob Storey and made up of members of The Homosexuals, Thi...read on »

Pye Corner Audio

The Black Mist EP

9/10 from Brian

I randomly met the guy who's responsible for this benchmark Outer Church project last weekend. Hi Joe, I remembered your name. One of the lucky ones I'd say. Or was it Jim? He...read on »

Aritomo

La Flor De Mi Tulpa

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I wish I could share the press release for this LP with you without being punished by Google but apparently that's not how the internet works any more. In short, Japanese...read on »

Meatbodies

Mud Gals / Rotten

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I've got a couple of sevens on my pile from In The Red today, and they both feature Meatbodies, the "other band" of Fuzz dude Chad Ubovich. The sound here isn't a million mile...read on »

Meatbodies / Wand

Void

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Not content with having their own 7" out on In The Red this week, Fuzz bassist Chad Ubovich's Meatbodies also appear on this split with Wand. For a moment I thought they might...read on »

Arndales

Dog Hobbies USA

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I don't know a lot (anything at all really) about this band but I'm enjoying this new EP by Arndales. Are they English? The singer sounds English but they're on In The Red and...read on »

Can

Unlimited Edition

9/10 from Brian

Look at the sleeve. Look at the sleeve. All sleeves should be that cool surely? Phil used to bore me to death about how he had the 1974 Limited Edition with the rodents on the...read on »

Can

Delay

9/10 from Robin

Gloriously unhinged and totally oblivious to What Record Labels Want, ‘Delay 1968’ is a sign of its time: too early to catch a krautrock wave, and not quite able t...read on »

Hi-Sheriffs Of Blue

NYC 1980

8/10 from Mike

New York in 1980 was an interesting place to be, with the city's vibrant punk and minimalist scenes congealing into the fertile and visceral no wave movement. One of the many ...read on »

East Wall

Silence

8/10 from Mike

Here's a tasty bit of Italian synthpop from 1991. Original copies of this are going for megabucks so it's about due a reissue. This trio were led by Fabrizio Chiari, a founder...read on »

The Rebel

Really?

8/10 from Mike

Country Teaser Ben Wallers is back in his ever-fruitful The Rebel guise this week with another EP of his home-brewed weirdpop. Opener 'Really?' kicks things off nicely, a stum...read on »

FaltyDL

In The Wild

8/10 from Mike

FaltyDL returns this week with his fourth album, and second on Ninjatune. We've got a bit of a soft spot for MrDL here at Norman Towers because he once collected together a d...read on »

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte

The New Standard

8/10 from Mike

With its austere black and grey sleeve and a label name like "Rare Noise" I thought this was going to be some sort of free jazz/noise reissue but aside from the fact it's a ja...read on »

Talons

New Topographics

8/10 from Mike

Talons return this week with 'New Topographics', an album which sees the band move from the alt-folk prettiness of previous releases into epic instrumental territory. The pres...read on »

The Outsiders

Close Up

8/10 from Mike

Before The Sound, Adrian Borland played with punky power-popsters The Outsiders, who brought out two albums, '77's 'Calling On Youth' and '78's 'Close Up', before splitting/mo...read on »

EXTNDDNTWRK

Just Tracks

8/10 from Mike

I've not come across EXTNDDNTWRK before but it doesn't take much digging to figure out that this is the solo project of the "Chris Lowe of Sleaford Mods" Andrew Fearn. Yup, th...read on »

The Kinbotes

The Kinbotes

8/10 from Brian

Really nice lavish re-issue of this naive, off-kilter episode in the tentative music-making world of The Kinbotes; a duo, regardless of the superb schoolboy-quality art adorni...read on »

David Newlyn

Good Luck (Enigma)

8/10 from Mike

I've got another of those pretty and limited CDs from Sound In Silence on my review stack today. This one's by David Newlyn and features 10 tracks of delicate electro acoustic...read on »

Anthony Naples

Zipacon

8/10 from Mike

Up-and-coming house producer Anthony Naples drops an EP's worth of juicy cuts via The Trilogy Tapes this week. The 'Zipacon' 12" contains four tracks of uplifting beats and hy...read on »

Wouter Van Veldhoven

Faroe Islands

8/10 from Mike

"Ooh, is that a lathe-cut?" I said out loud when putting this on the turntable a minute ago. It is indeed lathe cut, hence the super-short run of 70 and hefty price tag. On it...read on »

Demdike Stare

Testpressing#006: 40 Years Under The Cosh / Frontin'

8/10 from Brian

Got to be honest. I have not kept up with these white label obscurities from one of my favourite Manchester acts. They sell out in a week; If you ain't around, they is all gon...read on »

Expansives

Life With You

8/10 from Mike

Here's an Italo-disco classic back on vinyl for the first time since its release in 1982. The Expansive's 'Life With You' is a wild trip, driven by constantly phasing drum ma...read on »

Nozinja

Tsekeleke

8/10 from Mike

Nozinja, for those who aren't aware, is the man credited for the genesis of South Africa's unique dance craze Shangaan Electro, which was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world ...read on »

Slum Of Legs

Begin To Dissolve

8/10 from Mike

Hailing from Brighton's excellent DIY/queer-punk scene this week are Y-chromosome-free sextet Slum Of Legs, who are rocking a rather unconventional sound. 'Begin To Dissolve' ...read on »

Girl One And The Grease Guns

Bashed, Beaten And Broken (Trip The Switch)

8/10 from Mike

Two quite different songs here on the latest 7" from Girl One and the Grease Guns - number five in what feels like about a year. On side A the "mysterious" Leeds bunch drop 'B...read on »

Kickback$ / Shindaggers

Split EP

8/10 from Mike

I've got a whole fistful of 7"s on Emotional Response to write about this week. This is the new label from the dude who brought you 555 Records, now relocated to Arizona. On t...read on »

Sex Hands

Pleh

8/10 from Jim

There seems to be a lot of lofi twee indie pop revivalists around at the moment. Luckily, some bands are not content to just rehash all the retro tropes of the genre but actua...read on »

Fausto Maijstral

Naval Reserve

8/10 from Jim

Had no idea idea what to expect from this other than the fact that the band are named after a character in a Thomas Pynchon novel and have been described as a ‘drone duo...read on »

The Safe Distance

Songs EP

8/10 from Mike

My fourth and final Emotional Response 7" for the day is from wonky indie popsters The Safe Distance, notable for the fact that they all live on different continents and have ...read on »

Butterfly In The Snowfall

Butterfly In The Snowfall

8/10 from Mike

Dreamy supergroup time. Butterfly in the Snowfall sees Sylvain Chauveau joining forces with Vanina, Cyril and Guillaume from astrid for a delicate, earthy collection of floaty...read on »

Deaf Center

Recount

8/10 from Mike

It's time to get (quietly) excited, Deaf Center are back! First thing I'll say is that as an object, this record is very, very classy with its intricate die-cut sleeve, but th...read on »

Konstrukt / Marshall Allen / Huseyin Ertunc / Barlas Tan Ozemek

Vibrations of the Day

8/10 from Mike

The ever-interesting Holidays Records have a few new titles for us this week, one of which is this wild bit of international free jazz madness which sees Turkish free jazz qua...read on »

Le Revelateur

Extreme Events

8/10 from Mike

Godspeed/Fly Pan Am chappie Roger Tellier-Craig is back with more cosmic electronics under his Le Revelateur alter-ego this week, this time on Root Strata. Opener 'Stream Term...read on »

Naked Island

Naked Island

8/10 from Mike

Supergroup alert! Naked Island is the duo of two characters who usually fly solo, Brian "Ensemble Economique" Pyle and Felicia Atkinson alias Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier. Toget...read on »

Joel Gion

Apple Bonkers

8/10 from Mike

'Apple Bonkers' is a terrible name for an album, isn't it? It sounds like an American trying to pretend he's Syd Barrett. Well this week that American is Joel Gion, best known...read on »

Daniel McDermott

The Lullaby Wars

8/10 from Clinton

The pixilated sleeve doesn’t bode well but give this one a chance because there’s some excellent late night Burial style dubstep contained within. Daniel McDermott...read on »

Spider Bags

Frozen Letter

8/10 from Mike

I must have listened to Spider Bags' most recent album 'Shake My Head' at least 100 times. To my ears it's right up there with Bikes' self-titled LP and anything by Ty Segall ...read on »

Yes Blythe

Initiate Screen Prevails

8/10 from Mike

Here's an 30-minute EP which initially came out on cassette on Gnod's Tesla Tapes but has been deemed vinyl-worthy and is now available on wax courtesy of Sacred Tapes. Sound ...read on »

Holy Sons

Lost Decade II

8/10 from Mike

Best known for his sterling drum work with the likes of Om, Grails and Jandek, Emil Amos turns troubadour here with some pretty varied genre-defying lo-fi psychedelic pop/folk...read on »

Boyracer / American Culture

Split EP

8/10 from Clinton

The second Boyracer 7” of the week this time it's a split with American Culture and a whole heap of fun it is too. Opener ‘Everyone’s a Critic’ is a st...read on »

Death Shanties

Crabs

8/10 from Mike

Judging from the title I thought this was going to be an album of sea shanties, but as is so often the case I was very wrong. Death Shanties is in fact a free jazz duo compris...read on »

Broken Bone

Willowbrook EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

"One foot planted in the noise genre, the other planted firmly in your face!", shouts the press release to this six-tracker from Yorkshire duo Broken Bone, aka Daz "Broken" Qu...read on »

Dam Mantle and the Free Association

Heavy Velvet Affair

8/10 from Brian

Belting collaboration here between Glasgow people Dam Mantle and the Free Association. One side is taken up with this stealthy locked-down house stormer that seems to go on f...read on »

Nathan Fake / Wesley Matsell

Cambria01

8/10 from Brian

Semi-fantastic twelve here from the young Fakester and his mate Wes. The two of them have just set up their own label, bless. This is the first installment and being the debut...read on »

King Ayisoba

Wicked Leaders

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the second album of contemporary Ghanaian music by King Ayisoba, following his well received 'Modern Ghanaians' LP. Ayisoba plays a traditional two-string guitar called...read on »

Anchorsong

Mawa EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

London-based Japanese producer Anchorsong has an EP out this week on BBE. This guy's been making waves with his chilled out samplescapes and wild live performance style with l...read on »

David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights

End Times Undone

8/10 from Brian

There's something incredibly comforting about New Zealand indie music of a certain pedigree. Just seeing how popular The Clean and The Chills remain after so many years is mos...read on »

Electric Wurms

Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk

8/10 from Brian

Hahaha I knew this would happen. As soon as The Flaming Lips do a side project I'm on board. I'm not much of a fan of the hairy panto-freaks these days but I've always admired...read on »

Heldon

Allez-Téia

8/10 from Brian

The ever-canny Superior Viaduct of Craig-Leon-pissing-off fame have unearthed another kosmische masterwork here in the form of Frenchman Richard Pinhas and his second stab at ...read on »

Circuit Breaker

TV012

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's a new five-song EP by Circuit Breaker, who've already got a tape out on Tombed Visions. They're a duo of brothers from London, Edward and Peter Simpson, and they play c...read on »

Lussuria

Industriale Illuminato

8/10 from Ant

This I believe is the third vinyl outing for Jim Mroz's Lussuria project on Hospital Productions and follows the excellent 'American Babylon' collection. Sadly this guy's tape...read on »

Siobhan

Southgate

8/10 from Souki

The Trilogy Tapes is to London what Opal Tapes is to the Northeast, or Redcar to be more specific.  I can’t explain what a pleasure it was to find out that the pers...read on »

Zea

The Swimming City

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Zea are back with another 12" slab of their entertaining experimental jazz-pop madness, featuring guest spots including a bit of sax honking from Mats Gustafsson on opener 'Su...read on »

Objekt

The Stitch-Up

8/10 from Souki

Not much to go on here as what we’ve got is a mystery track by a mystery artist released on a mystery label with no back catalogue. It’s just so mysterious I had n...read on »

Flamingods

Hyperborea

8/10 from ReviewBot300

There's a bit of a sad story behind the second Flamingods album 'Hyperborea', which was written after band leader Kamal Rasool was forced to leave the UK due to a change in vi...read on »

Brian Conniffe / Suzanne Walsh / Diarmuid Macdiarmada

Landslide

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the fourth in a series of six mini-LPs featuring collaborations with cross-genre serial collaborator Brian Conniffe. Here he's paired with "visual artist and musician" ...read on »

Beach Day

Native Echoes

8/10 from ReviewBot300

All the way from Hollyweird, Florida, here's Beach Day, who are rocking a similar laid-back and sun bleached garage surfpop sound to La Luz, or maybe Best Coast before sh...read on »

Blackberry Smoke

Leave A Scar Live in North Carolina

8/10 from Robin

Blackberry Smoke are, against all odds, a band from the oughties. Their brand of super-charged Southern rock and country journeying suggests that Neil Young's "Southern Man" c...read on »

Celebration

Albumin

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The latest Celebration 'Albumin' is icumen in this week from Bella Union. This is a band who've already had releases on 4AD as well as previous incarnations Jaks and Lovelife ...read on »

Featured albums

Lee Gamble
Holy Sons
Death Shanties
The Outsiders
Latimer House
Ghedalia Tazartes
Aritomo
Memory Drawings
Deaf Center
The Flies
Daniel McDermott
Royal Blood
The Gaslight Anthem
School Of Language
Can
Celebration
James Yorkston
Joel Gion
Literature
David Kilgour And The Heavy Eights
Spider Bags
My Panda Shall Fly
Siobhan
Wire
Pye Corner Audio
Girl One And The Grease Guns
Courteeners
Electric Wurms
JJ
Can