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Weekly Update Peverelist, Post War Glamour Girls, William Onyeabor, Grateful Dead + John Oswald, Russell Haswell, and more...

As the week drags kicking and screaming to a halt, we are here again to brighten up your lives with our wonderful wares. Next week comes the Shellac album....but not yet....hold your horses. Instead, to get you through, we have a plethora of nice releases for you to cherish. It seems cruel to even mention the Sleaford Mods 7” which came and went within 20 minutes on Wednesday, so we’ll press on and tell you about records you actually can buy. Before we rabbit on about the new stuff we’d best inform you that we have more copies of that Delia Derbyshire 7” that you all lapped up a couple of weeks ago. Best be quick, though. They are selling like hot pies. Oh, and…..

...COMPETITION TIME: We have a super duper deluxe signed version of the new Karen O album to give away to one lucky person who buys the normal version from us. It’s good, too says Mike: “I was ready for this to be terrible”, he admits “but it's actually quite good”.

So what else? Weeeeell…..

  • Interpol have a new album out. They have no idea how to title their records these days but can still produce bleakly affecting raincoat rock for their legions of fans. We have the indies only red vinyl version in stock.
  • Sweet voiced strummy popsters Avi Buffalo release a charming new album on Sub Pop.
  • Avant rap guy Busdriver returns with a cohesive and inventive effort with his ‘Perfect Hair’.
  • Liverpool proggers The Laze have decided to make their own soundtrack to Robert Julian’s 1925 silent horror, ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ (don’t worry, Michael Crawford is nowhere near).
  • In further peculiar news, John Oswald has spliced 25 years of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Dark Star’ into 2 hours.
  • Mazes are back with a third album which marries the fuzzy indie of their first album with the motorik pulse of their second.
  • The God Help The Girl soundtrack is out on vinyl. God help anyone who tries to listen to it.
  • Robert Pollard is really starting to take the piss with the hopeless clanking mess that is his Teenage Guitar project.
  • Tricky has brought another one out. Again, its a bit of a mess
  • 60’s obsessed popsters The Resonars unleash ‘Crummy Desert Sound’, which is far from crummy.
  • There’s a William Onyenaor tribute of sorts, with versions of his tracks performed by Hot Chip, The Vaccines and Daphni, amongst others.
  • Another strong album from Cleveland avant weirdos Pere Ubu. How do they remain so vibrant at their age? I’ll have some of what they’re taking.
  • There are three soundtracks you maybe interested in all on lovely big vinyl. First up is the ‘Game of Thrones’ score, by ever creepy mood-setter Ramin Djawadi. Then there’s Brad Fiedel’s ‘Terminator 2’, and Jeff Russo’s soundtrack to the TV version of the magnificent ‘Fargo’.

In the left field/electronica field, there’s plenty to keep you going while you wait for the Aphex Twin effort to drop.

  • First up: Cygnus on Central Processing Unit, who burst forth with a 12” of spacious, electro minimalism.
  • Dopplereffekt / Objekt conjure up a sorta techy drum and bass/electro hybrid with good party vibes pretty much guaranteed.
  • Too tame for ya? Try Russell Haswell’s powerful beast of a record, ‘Conceptual N0!se’, recommended for any true n0!se fiends, or anyone seeking catharsis through pure sonic oblivion.
  • Japanese sound sculptor Imugem Orihasam takes the listener from straight-up dance beats to distorted acid bass and all points in between.
  • There’s a nicely paced, back-room dubstep mood setter from Peverelist (remixed by Kowton).
  • We have some stuttery synths on top of downtempo beats from Moleskin,
  • There’s a 12” from Italian dub squelch master Donato Dozzy with lush vox from Tin Man.
  • Simian Mobile Disco return with a really good album of analogue, fist pumping electronic music.



Plenty of marvellous 7” records this week. First up are three re-issues from Finnish repeato lords Circle. There’s a second installment of Ghost Box’s super ‘Other Voices’ series, this time featuring the 70’s synth and scary childrens TV themes of Listening Center. Most excellent. On the other end of the spectrum, The Drums return with a harsher sound and a pretty smart new single ‘Magic Mountain’, Leeds’ Post War Glamour Girls unleash a new single of Cramps/Pixies style rawk, Uncle Acid give us a big riffy slab of psych-glam pop, Spray Paint give us a lairy, insistent rumble of psycho-surf destruction, and Spain’s Lost Tapes -- with such a ‘now’ name for a band -- offer up a very ‘now’ style of hazy shoegaze.

Re-issue time. There aren’t as many as usual this week, but Brian goes apeshit over Zed’s ‘Visions of Dune’, awarding it 10/10 and describing it as blistering cosmic synth-scapery and epic kraut-flecked trance-rock. There’s a heap of Pauline Oliveros re-issues, including a 12 CD box set of early recordings and unreleased electronic experiments. Red Krayola’s weird-pop classic ‘Parable of Arable Land’ is back out on double vinyl. There’s also a re-issue for Morton Subotnick’s unhinged electronic experiment ‘The Wild Bull’, on vinyl for the first time since ‘68.

Oh and before we go we’ve compiled a list of 35 Things You Might Have Missed while the summer’s been on. So have a look and see if you can pick up some lost gems. It’s looking pretty nice outside so we’re off. Have a great weekend everyone.

Clint and the merry bunch

xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Zed (aka Bernard Szajner)

Visions Of Dune

10/10 from Brian

I think this brilliant album must be my favourite record this week, maybe of the entire month. As usual, it's rather old. 'Visions of Dune' is from way back in 1979. When you ...read on »

Tangerine Dream

Phaedra

9/10 from Mike

What is there to say about Tangerine Dream's 'Phaedra' that hasn't already been said? Precious little, I expect. The 1974 classic makes a welcome return to vinyl this week cou...read on »

Body Hound

Rhombus Now

9/10 from Mike

Super group time! 'Rhombus Now' sees ex-Rolo Tomassi bass Joe and guitar Joe joining Antares axe wizard Calvin and Redmist Destruction sticksman Ryan to form four-headed math-...read on »

Imugem Orihasam

More Anxious, More Favourable Terms

9/10 from Laurie

How many different levels of irregularity can you fit in one record? This is one of the great unanswerable questions of our era, up there with 'What is the universe?' and...read on »

Ballet School

The Dew Lasts An Hour

9/10 from Ian

One of Bella Union’s newest signings Ballet School really impressed me with their last EP ‘Boys Again’ so I’ve been quite excited about their debut alb...read on »

The Resonars

Crummy Desert Sound

9/10 from Mike

'60s-obsessed power pops veterans The Resonars are back this week with a newie on Burger Records. I reviewed the best-of-the-first-five-albums LP that Trouble In Mind put out ...read on »

Loscil / Fieldhead

Fury and Hecla

9/10 from Ian

This is a magic collaboration in the form of Loscil and Fieldhead, just the idea of these two drone giants Scott Morgan and Paul Elam bashing their heads together completely f...read on »

Dopplereffekt / Objekt

Hypnagogia

9/10 from Ant

Dopplereffekt return to Leisure System following up the wicked 'Tetrahymena' EP and also the lovely 12" with Visonia for Last Known Trajectory. I've always been a sucker for G...read on »

Russell Haswell

CONCEPTUAL nO!se

9/10 from Ant

Because I think I'm hard, plus I'm stupid, I've elected to review the latest offering from Poland's fine Bocian imprint by professional racket-monger/ braincell destroyer Russ...read on »

Rudiger Lorenz

Invisible Voices

9/10 from Mike

As rosy-fingered dawn cups Holbeck in its hands and thumbs open the new day's crack, I'm starting another mammoth review-a-thon with the gorgeous new age kosmische sounds of t...read on »

Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics

Jaiyede Afro

9/10 from Mike

Fun times ahead! We've got two seriously funky serial collaborators going head to head here. Afrobeat pioneer Orlando Julius has worked with everyone from Louis Armstrong to H...read on »

Brad Fiedel

Terminator 2: Judgement Day

9/10 from Mike

Time to fill the 'Terminator 2'-shaped hole in your soundtrack collection. It's not often I have to review a record that needs no introduction, but I think this qualifies. I'm...read on »

Spray Paint

Cussin'

9/10 from Brian

This is a fucking great single. They look like a nice bunch of dudes too, undeniably funny and endearing sleeve photo. You don't quite expect the psychotic, twanging nihilist ...read on »

Pere Ubu

Carnival Of Souls

9/10 from Mike

Last year's Pere Ubu album 'Lady From Shanghai' was a bit hit around the office, with the decades-spanning avant-popsters hitting a rich seam of form, and now they're back wit...read on »

Donato Dozzy / Tin Man

In Bed

8/10 from Ian

Italian acid dub squelch meister Donato Dozzy throws out this lovely warm throbathon of a twelve inch, released on the Absurd imprint, 'In Bed' dips you in a hot bath of acid ...read on »

Lorenzo Senni

Superimpositions

8/10 from Laurie

The 10th release of the Boomkat Editions series welcomes the evolving synth spirals of Presto Records founder Lorenzo Senni. The initial billing of the record as 'pointil...read on »

In Aeternam Vale

Jealous God 05

8/10 from Ian

Now the solo project of Frenchman Laurent Prot In Aeternam Vale releases this twelve inch on the Jealous God label, Prot brings you a dark breed of synthwave with bouncy bass ...read on »

Kikagaku Moyo

Mammatus Clouds

8/10 from Mike

We've got another tasty offering from the cardinal of fuzz Cardinal Fuzz this week, and this time they've gone all-out with sleeves screenprinted in metallic ink and an insert...read on »

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Runaway Girls

8/10 from Mike

To celebrate their first ever US tour, Uncle Acid drop a new single, and not just a new 7" with a song from their album, we've got new material here! They seem to have dropped...read on »

Neg Fi

Unmergency

8/10 from Mike

This is fun! Housed in a lovely hand-assembled sleeve is the new album from Neg-Fi, a Brooklyn noise-rock duo whose short, rhythmic and dissonant compositions carve out a surr...read on »

DNMF

DNMF

8/10 from Mike

Sound art titan Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt teams up with unpredictable metal-tinged jazz combo Dead Neanderthals here for two lengthy tracks on this new LP. As you wou...read on »

Lost Tapes

Lost Tapes

8/10 from Ian

A brilliant little seven from the always great Beko label, this is Spanish shoegazers Lost Tapes and only their second single so far, the other being an EP called poetry dates...read on »

Karen O

Crush Songs

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a collection of home-recorded ditties created by Yeah Yeah Yeah Karen O around 2006/07, which comes extravagantly packaged with a 12"x12" 36-page booklet full of lyric...read on »

Mazes

Wooden Aquarium

8/10 from Mike

Customer reviewer Samuel has made my job that bit harder this morning by already pithily summing up what's going on with Mazes' new album in a single sentence. He's bang on th...read on »

Grateful Dead + John Oswald

Grayfolded

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is an interesting and epic 3LP which sees plunderphonics maverick John Oswald taking on 25 years' worth of the Grateful Dead's definitive jam rock statement 'Dark Star', ...read on »

High Lucia

Wash

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Post-driftstep's not dead! Here's a delicious mini-album of woozy basspop/trip-hop concoctions full of mumbly vocals, smudgy synths and slo-mo beats, tailor made for those who...read on »

Avi Buffalo

At Best Cuckold

8/10 from Clinton

Its taken Avi Buffalo a good few years to follow up their sweet self-titled debut and in general I’m pleased to report its been worth the wait. I’ve been enjoying ...read on »

My Panda Shall Fly & Mau'lin

Push (feat. Lakker)

8/10 from Mike

Two up and coming sampley electronica types team up on this here 12". The one with the big beard is Suren "My Panda Shall Fly" Seneviratne, whose recent 'Tropical' EP impresse...read on »

Drew Lustman

A Thorough Study

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Drew "FaltyDL" Lustman drops the pseudonym on this new 12", heading in more of a clubby house direction than the dreamlike wooze-hop he's best known for. On side A we've got '...read on »

Pulled Apart By Horses

Blood

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Leeds rock lads Pulled Apart By Horses return this week with album number four, 'Blood'. They've slickened up their act since their early days of bulldozing post-hardcore-pop,...read on »

Post War Glamour Girls

Gustave

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Hot on the heels of their excellent 'Pink Fur' LP, Post War Glamour Girls have a single out on Too Pure this week. On side A of this green disc is 'Gustave' which sees boy sin...read on »

The Laze

The Phantom Of The Opera

8/10 from Jim

Don’t worry, this is not an Andrew Lloyd Webber recital but maverik Merseyside septet The Laze’s original soundtrack to Robert Julian’s 1925 silent horror fi...read on »

The Drums

Magic Mountain

8/10 from Clinton

I see The Drums have gone mental. No more the sweet C86 ish influenced jangle pop of their debut. Now halved in size, they still have the same drum machine and hooky guitar th...read on »

Listening Center

Other Voices 02

8/10 from Clinton

Like synths? Like incidental music from slightly scary 70's children's TV? Like Kraftwerk? Well you've stumbled into the right place. This is the second in Ghost Box's series ...read on »

Busdriver

Perfect Hair

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Indie-hop veteran and serial collaborator Busdriver is back again this week with his eighth solo album 'Perfect Hair', an explosion of expansive, unpredictable, tough-sounding...read on »

Middlemarch

Wolf Hall

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This latest edition on Time Released Sound is from the duo of Middlemarch, featuring pianist Dimitris Avramidis on piano and ambient soundscaping fellow Ross Baker on electron...read on »

Various

No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds Of The North-West Grunge Era 1986-97

8/10 from Mike

As a child of the grunge generation myself, this compilation is very much relevant to my interests. The ever-reliable Soul Jazz have put together this expansive compilation wh...read on »

Tully

Tully

8/10 from Mike

Here's the final, erm, chapter of Chapter Music's series of Tully reissues, and the first time the Aussie band's debut has been reissued on vinyl since its 1970s release. I've...read on »

Esben And The Witch

A New Nature

8/10 from Brian

I was once very dismissive of this Brighton band. I think it was their first EP on Matador that irked me. Their name too. I think a lot of music in 2010 annoyed me. Maybe I wa...read on »

Jeff Russo

Fargo - Original Soundtrack

8/10 from Mike

I have to admit I haven't yet seen the TV adaptation of the Coen brothers' classic 'Fargo' (although I have seen the film). I don't really have time to watch telly, I have too...read on »

Filastine

Alphasia EP

8/10 from Brian

Hmmm.....this dude used to be an affiliate of DJ/Rupture back in the day, read in the Wire he was back in the game recently so knew not what to expect. I recall carrying his '...read on »

Christian Wunsch / Oscar Mulero / Sleeparchive

The Spirit Molecule

8/10 from Brian

'The Spirit Molecule' is the brainchild of electronic artists Oscar Mulero and Christian Wunsch, a collaborative 12" on Tsunami (Wunsch's very own home label), that brings tog...read on »

Cygnus

Tesseracter

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Cygnus returns with a second 12" instalment for the prolific CPU label. 'Tesseracter' and the accomapanying three tracks play like a aural love letter to the sound of electro ...read on »

Sister O.M. Terrell

Sister O.M. Terrell

8/10 from Mike

I'm struggling to find much information about this tape by Sister O.M. Terrell. So far I've figured out that she lived in Greenville, South Carolina, and recorded these tracks...read on »

Featured albums

Listening Center
Post War Glamour Girls
Mazes
Simian Mobile Disco
The Red Krayola
Lost Tapes
Imugem Orihasam
Jeff Russo
Circle
The Drums
Avi Buffalo
Busdriver
Ramin Djawadi
Russell Haswell
Peverelist
Dopplereffekt / Objekt
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Pere Ubu
Moleskin
Zed (aka Bernard Szajner)
Karen O
Teenage Guitar
Interpol
Delia Derbyshire
Spray Paint
Shellac
The Laze
God Help The Girl
Tricky
Brad Fiedel
Donato Dozzy / Tin Man
Grateful Dead + John Oswald
William Onyeabor
The Resonars
Pauline Oliveros