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In a week when we were ‘treated’ to an all-star demolition of the hitherto indestructible ‘God Only Knows’, we've got plenty of things in stock to suggest that music is still actually a very good thing indeed.

Take the new Last Ex album. This has been living in our CD player for the past few months. It will appeal to fans of Portishead’s third album, Can and Broadcast. And it simply must be heard. Trust us on this one.

To show we haven’t gone soft in our old age, let’s mention the Pharmakon album, which even our Ant (whose inner ears are made of titanium) describes as "not for the faint hearted". If throbbing, existential, electronic doom is your thing then you'll find this to be a healthy alternative to the new Take That single.

Further news in brief:

  • Twin Peaks (not the reformed TV series) are a garage rock/psych band who impressed Mike so much he dug out a rare 10/10 review.
  • If you buy the new album by psych-jammers Eternal Tapestry then you will help save the Orang-utan.
  • French types The Liminanas have a descriptively-titled album of 7 inch and rare stuff.
  • Aussie post-punk garage-rockers Ausmuteants unleash another fine album of distorted sound.
  • Pig Destroyer are back with some crushing feedback-doused doom.
  • But it's the Inter Arma album of black metal and post-rock crescendos that gets our Robin's nod for skudge of the week.
  • 80s indie poppers The Primitives are back with a new album of buzz-pop.
  • Even older than The Primitives is Leonard Cohen. New album in stock now.
  • Unfathomable noise-rocks danceable types Gum Takes Tooth re-wire Mike’s head.
  • Julian Casablancas of the Strokes confuses everyone including himself on his off-the-wall new album. Available on CD and the lesser spotted cigarette lighter formats.
  • Steve Gunn smooths out the edges on the pleasant alt-country wanderings on new album ‘Way Out Weather’.
  • She Sells String Trio are a trio of electronic wizards including violinist Spencer Yeh.
  • Scottish guitar plucker R M Hubbert has a very impressive album of things he does with his hands to a guitar on Chemikal Underground. B sides ‘n’ stuff.
  • Soft sounds for a soft man: Ian delights in the billowy aural delights of Hakobune and Bing Ruth.
  • Metal-style goodness in on Southern Lord: from Today Is The Day, Baptists and Excel.
  • Andrew Liles's terrifying sound track to the fictional film ‘The Equestrian Vortex’ is out on Death Waltz originals. If you like screaming, you’ll like this.
  • Museum of Love are LCD Soundsystem chaps making percussive, dancefloor-influenced fun.
  • Frankly sub-par releases from magazine favourites Foxygen, Kindness, Kele and Peter Broderick. But you may disagree, we are happy to be proved idiotically wrong.

Now...plenty of good things in the world of ELECTRONICA/LEFT-FIELD:

  • Cut Hands return with a new album of aggressive percussion.
  • Gabor Lazar sounds like a Robert Hood LP glitched to smithereens.
  • Saul Freeman was a pop man who once turned down Madonna, but now he’s making downtrodden ambience.
  • Soft, strong and very, very long. Just one way you could describe Marco Furstenberg’s album of dub techno atmospheres.
  • There’s a weird 7” re-issue on Trunk from Delia Derbyshire and the slightly sleazy Anthony Newley.
  • Outstanding glitchy dreamscapes from AN.
  • Russell Haswell hurls another mould-breaking 12” of volatile beatery in our big fat faces.
  • Basic Channel’s ultra-mesmerising ‘Q-Loop’ makes a re-appearance on 12” vinyl.
  • Symphonic 70s synth-influenced loveliness from ex-Seefeel dude Locust.

RE-ISSUES. Another week when there are more old things than new things. Let us take you on a journey to the very distant past:

  • The Pop Group were pretty influential weren’t they? We have a re-issue of an old album (‘We Are Time’) plus a new collection of bits and bobs (‘Cabinet of Curiosities’) both on vinyl.
  • Check this Electri-city compilation of kraut rock goodness inc Neu!, DAF, Der Plan and more…
  • East River Pipe’s yearning mid-fi pop gets another lease of life.
  • Brian waxes lyrical on how Pissed Jeans won him over. Their debut ‘Shallow‘ get’s another burst of fame.
  • Lovely-looking Unwound box set.
  • Even lovelier-looking Fela Kuti box set curated by Sir Brian Eno.
  • More soundtrack type stuff with Harry Manfredini’s ‘Friday 13th’, Goblin's Claudio Simonetti and Fabio Pignatelli’s ‘Phenomena’ and Jeff Grace’s ‘House of the Devil’.
  • There's a brilliant soundtrack to the saturated-filter-fest that was Channel 4 TV's Utopia.
  • Loads of interesting re-issues on Numero Group including Montgomery Express and the Local Customs compilation.
  • There’s a madcap series of terrifying, dark re-issues of 90s tape releases on Urashima by Slogan, Taint and Atrax Morgue.
  • Finally there is some neo-classical loveliness from Balmorhea (a band and not a posh bowel complaint).

That’s it folks. But if you really need more then check out the new in page for about a million more titles out this week. And if even that is not enough we’ve put together a list of the best and brightest of the pre-orders we have available.

We’re off for the biggest lie down money can buy. See you next week for the next exhausting chapter of our continuing musical odyssey.

Clint and whoever is still left in the building
xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Twin Peaks

Wild Onion

10/10 from ReviewBot300

Having barely turned 20, Twin Peaks are already on LP number two. These kids don't hang about. There are 16 tracks on 'Wild Onion', mostly around two minutes long. They may lo...read on »

Noveller

No Dreams

9/10 from Mike

Sarah "Noveller" Lipstate, who has just announced her next album will be on Fire, returns this week with this beautifully packaged new LP full of her delicate, droney guitar l...read on »

Boris

The Thing Which Solomon Overlooked Extra

9/10 from Mike

On this latest release, prolific Japanese noise-rockers have disguised a perfectly decent new album as some kind of retrospective expansion pack to some very hard-to-find rele...read on »

Harry Manfredini

Friday The 13th (Original Score)

9/10 from Mike

It's that classic horror soundtrack reissue time of the week again, and our friends at Waxwork have sent us a right old treat - Henry Manfredini's score to one of the original...read on »

Godflesh

A World Lit Only By Fire

9/10 from Ian

Mister Broadrick and Mister Green have been away for some time but here they return with their first album in thirteen years, a lot has changed musically in that amount of tim...read on »

Anjou

Anjou

9/10 from Ian

Here we have a much anticipated project from former Labradford boys Mark Nelson and Robert Donne who are also joined by Steven Hess who worked with them for Pan American. ...read on »

Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Rhythm

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This promo's been causing waves all around the office, to the point where I'm already being hassled to return the promo I'm reviewing so that other people can listen to it. It...read on »

Pissed Jeans

Shallow

9/10 from Brian

I didn't quite know what to make of Pissed Jeans at first. Too many ravaged, down-tuned hooks and semi-collapsing songs with an Iggy/David Yow crossbreed stomping up and down ...read on »

Gum Takes Tooth

Mirrors Fold

9/10 from Mike

I'm still trying to get my head around the warped rhythmic sugar rush that is 'Mirrors Fold', the second album from London duo Gum Takes Tooth. Following on from the tribalist...read on »

Various

Local Customs: Cavern Sound

9/10 from Mike

Numero Group keep on digging up all sorts of lost musical gems you've never heard of, and this week it's the turn of some underground pop and rock from the Kansas City suburb ...read on »

Inter Arma

The Cavern

9/10 from Robin

Well shit. This is ridiculous. One has to expect a lot of black metal tautology and serious sludge lecturing to come from a band like Inter Arma, but 'The Cavern', their new f...read on »

Ausmuteants

Order of Operation

9/10 from ReviewBot300

"Ty Livingston Seagull's twee equivalent" says whoever wrote the somewhat dismissive item description for the latest offering from Aussie post-punk garage rockers Ausmuteants,...read on »

AN

La Danse Des Substances

9/10 from Jim

Alexandre Navarro condenses his name to AN for this outstanding ep of glitchy dreamscapes on his Disq AN label. Opening up with deep and moody synth exhalations dotted with rh...read on »

Last Ex

Last Ex

9/10 from Brian

You know. The psychedelic rock. That o-l-d psychedelic rock they have these days. It's new, but it's as old as the hills. Then you got yrrr desert rock, yr cosmic wig-out mad ...read on »

Andre de Saint-Obin

Sound On Sound

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This reissue of Andre De Saint-Obin's obscure 1982 cassette release 'Sound On Sound' has been a long time coming. The artist proved elusive, and even after tracking him down i...read on »

Family Fodder

Just Love Songs

8/10 from Mike

Post-punk progressive popsters Family Fodder have been active since I was even born, but I've only recently become aware of them. On 'Just Love Songs' Alig Fodder and his crew...read on »

Marko Furstenberg

Ghosts From The Past

8/10 from Clinton

I took this home with the intention of spending some time with it and writing a thorough in depth review from the comfort of my own home. So I played it twice yesterday, its 7...read on »

Hakobune

Seamless and Here

8/10 from Ian

Otherwise known as Takahiro Yorifuji to his friends and family, Hakobune is a pretty hard working fella to say the least, releasing a crazy amount of records on various labels...read on »

Scuba Death

Nitrogen Narcosis

8/10 from Mike

Electronic producer Ricardo Donoso is best known for his synth trance workouts on Digitalis, but he also has a darker alter-ego Scuba Death, inspired by a near-drowning experi...read on »

Hammock

The Sleepover Series, Volume Two

8/10 from Ian

Ambient post-rock epicness is the order of the day here as Hammock return with a brand new album. This time we have a double (yes double) CD of sprawling, heart wrenching ambi...read on »

Bing & Ruth

Tomorrow Was The Golden Age

8/10 from Ian

Donning my ears this afternoon is a cracking little classical piano album from pianist David Moore under his guise of Bing And Ruth. Released on the independent label RVNG Int...read on »

East River Pipe

The Gasoline Age

8/10 from Clinton

Here is a worthy re-issue. East River Pipe (aka the marvellously monikered FM Cornog) released a series of albums in the 1990’s initially on Sarah Records before disappe...read on »

Russell Haswell

Double A

8/10 from Jim

Russell Haswell is at it again. Hot on the heels of his excellent LP, 'CONCEPTUAL n0!se' comes this lean, mean 12" on Diagonal. The tracks on each side are unedited improvisat...read on »

RM Hubbert

The Ampersand Extras

8/10 from Clinton

Unintentionally, I have almost made it my career to ignore RM Hubbert. Not any more. A chance visit to watch James Yorkston last night has reignited my love of Scottish t...read on »

Institute

Salt EP

8/10 from Robin

Now that Iceage have gone belly up and decided they'd rather be making day-drunk cowpunk, and the Men have metamorphosed into Tom Petty with triangle tattoos, Sacred Bones hav...read on »

Xylouris White

Goats

8/10 from Robin

Have you ever heard Jim White this ecstatic? The Dirty Three's founding man never got too hyped on their music, making plaintive instrumentals with his band that treaded water...read on »

Saul Freeman

Wait: Speak

8/10 from ReviewBot300

"I'm the musician who turned down Madonna," says Saul Freeman, as if he's the only one. His no doubt satisfying opportunity to spurn the material girl came in the early 2000s,...read on »

Gabor Lazar

EP16

8/10 from Ant

Armed with a striking minimal pallate Gabor Lazar applies frantic slippery techno rhythms to a template reminiscent of SND / Mark Fell's work. It's easy to dism...read on »

BJ Nilsen, Stillupsteypa & Anla Courtis

Golden Circle Afternoon

8/10 from ReviewBot300

It's an international sound art love-in here - Swedish sound artist BJ Nilssen and Icelandic experimental electronics types Stillupsteypa are regular collaborators already, wi...read on »

The Liminanas

(I've Got) Trouble In My Mind - 7" and Rare Stuff 2009/2014

8/10 from Brian

They made a truly classic album this band. You know which one it is, the 'Crystal Anis' LP that still sells like crazy every time we manage to actually re-stock it. Tragically...read on »

Detective Instinct

Black Floral

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Detective Instinct is the alter-ego of Middlesbrough's Oli Heffernan, who has put together this unpredictable little gem of an album with the help of a few famous friends. He'...read on »

Pharmakon

Bestial Burden

8/10 from Ant

Margaret Chardiet follows up her excellent 'Abandon' with 'Bestial Burden' On Sacred Bones. Anyone that heard the previous record will be fully aware that Pharmakon's sound is...read on »

Eternal Tapestry

Guru Overload

8/10 from ReviewBot300

If you buy the new Eternal Tapestry LP then not only do you benefit from five brand new cuts of warm, drawn out space rock, but you also help save the orang-utan, since all th...read on »

Kink Gong

Gongs

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Kink Gong is Laurent Jeanneau, an archivist and sound collector who recently put out the 2LP 'Gongs of Cambodia & Laos' which compiled a series of field recorded gong perf...read on »

Balduin

All In a Dream

8/10 from ReviewBot300

At first glance I thought this new album from Balduin was some long-lost bit of '60s psych pop being reissued, but upon closer inspection this is actually a new album, althoug...read on »

Taraval

Streetways EP

8/10 from Clinton

Sometimes, its fair to say, we’re fucking useless. This 12" was filed away in the stockroom, no description or review or press release to hand. I’ve gone to Boomka...read on »

Balmorhea

Balmorhea

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Balmorhea self-titled debut album, originally recorded in 2006 and self-released in '07, finds its way back onto wax this week courtesy of Western Vinyl, who put out the four ...read on »

Locust

After The Rain

8/10 from Ian

Not to be confused with the Jimmy Lavalle fronted math/grind outfit but former Seefeel member and all round ambient dude Mark Van Hoen returns with his latest album as Locust,...read on »

Opal Onyx

Delta Sands

8/10 from Mike

Brooklyn duo Opal Onyx this week drop their debut album of murky and dreamlike darkpop, which pairs clear Zola Jesus-ish vocals with a backing which mixes eerie acoustic Ameri...read on »

Chicks On Speed

Artstravaganza

8/10 from ReviewBot300

"We don't do art like this any more!", shout Chicks On Speed, returning from a lengthy absence a duo but still so full of ideas that their new album takes up the full 80-minut...read on »

Featured albums

Slogun
Atrax Morgue
Taint
Hakobune
Locust
AN
Russell Haswell
Gabor Lazar
Saul Freeman
Eternal Tapestry
Pig Destroyer
Inter Arma
The Primitives
Gum Takes Tooth
Delia Derbyshire & Anthony Newley
Fela Kuti
Peter Broderick
RM Hubbert
Andrew Liles
Jeff Grace
Steve Gunn
Marko Furstenberg
Basic Channel
Museum Of Love
The Liminanas
Various
Unwound
Last Ex
Bing & Ruth
Balmorhea
Cut Hands
Today Is The Day
Baptists
Twin Peaks
Kele
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz
Leonard Cohen
Excel
Cristobal Tapia De Veer
She Shells String Trio
Ausmuteants
Montgomery Express
Foxygen
Harry Manfredini
Kindness
The Pop Group
The Pop Group
Goblin
Pharmakon
Pissed Jeans
East River Pipe