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Friday OCT 17th 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to this week's Norman Records update. It’s been all change at the towers this week, as we wave a sad goodbye to Li'l Biz but give a cheery hello to Robin and Laurie who are now with us on a more full time basis. A nicer couple of lads you couldn't wish to meet and unlike us wizened old sods they have youth firmly on their side. We made them listen to the entirety of the new Scott Walker and Sunn O))) record, which is this week's biggest -- if perhaps least palatable -- release. You can read Jim’s full-marks musings here. Other big things in this week include a new album from ex-Sonic Youth member and official tallest man on earth Thurston Moore, one from tobacco eatin' and whiskey sloshin' (and still gravel voiced!) Mark Lanegan, and a brand new mini LP from repeato-mavericks Sh*t and Shine. There’s also another repress (this time with an added poster, for all you lucky people) of Boards of Canada’s legendary ‘Hi Scores’ 12”.

Also in:

  • A very, very limited Caught in the Wake Forever/The Sly and Unseen split LP on Rural Colours.
  • An impressive, lengthy recording of These New Puritans live in concert.
  • Nice bontempi-pop from Ian Dury soundalike -- and son -- Baxter Dury.
  • Some smart ‘80s sophisti-pop from Lukas Cresswell.
  • Rejoice! There’s a fantastic new Half Man Half Biscuit album.
  • Tindersticks release the bleak soundtrack ‘Ypres’, which is sombre even by their standards.
  • Old funny hairs The Melvins return with what we think could be their best album yet.
  • Jane Weaver welds folk to kraut on her pulsating new album.
  • The Budos Band’s brand of psych influenced afro-soul is right up Reviewbot’s street.
  • Hushed electronica outfit Lamb drift back to us with their new album. Ewe know you want it.
  • And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead get themselves all cluttered up on their newest and ninth LP.
  • Woods-man Kevin Morby channels the ghost of the not dead Sir Bob of Dylan on his second full length.
  • Mirfield area sonic madcap Neil Campbell, going as Astral Social Club, releases a brilliant new LP of ecstatic electronic whirls, squeaks and bleeps.
  • Leeds Big Wow um… wow us, with an excellent debut on Northern indie/punk.
  • Repeato-rockers Cave kindly provide us with a mop up of their singles/splits, etc.
  • Who says the supergroup isn’t dead? Silver Servants are comprised of half the Second Language roster and serve up enticing improvised folk.
  • Welsh lady Cerys Matthews releases an album of Dylan Thomas’ poetry.
  • The Oren Ambarchi/Jim O'Rourke/Keiji Haino album is a surprisingly relaxing listen.
  • The Body and Sandworm are two rising sludge and black metal acts -- check their split LP. Trust me on this.
  • Cooly G gets sexy on Reviewbot’s ass.
  • Inspiral Carpets have a new one out -- their first in 20 years. What have they been doing?

In the world of the discotheque…

  • We have an exclusive on this new Dalglish 12”. Did we tell you about this last week? If not -- well, we’re telling you now.
  • Dauwd returns with a new 12” on Kompakt.
  • Manchester techno/noise-sters aNd scare and thrill Laurie, and bully him into proclaiming it a possible techno record of the year.
  • A Witch 12” is the first release on new label PT5, and what we have is an updated take on ‘90s style techno, augmented by remixes from Truss and Shifted.
  • Arcing Seas give us a sombre album of primal techno.
  • Lapalux gets his ‘Many Faces out of Focus’ 12” re-issued.
  • Cut Hands ‘Festival of the Dead’ is a great overview and insight into their vision of primal rhythm fused with contemporary electronics.
  • Some things just in at the last minute: acid-drenched techno from Dez Williams, as well as a nice bit of techno, house and assorted euro junk from 2562. There’s also some repeato-techno out on Trilogy Tapes from Chemotex.

A few RE-ISSUES to get you lookin’ back with lurve…

  • There are a whole pile of Nightmares on Wax 2LP re-issues to get you longing for those mid ‘90s smoky afternoons.
  • Fennesz classic ‘Venice’ album has been given the 2LP-with-bonus-stuff treatment.
  • The next installment of Slumberland’s Aislers Set re-issue campaign is in, and has been placed on shelf.
  • Someone has kindly put out They Might Be Giants ‘Flood’ album out on vinyl, to the satisfaction of sad old nerds like me.
  • Meanwhile, the re-issue of Jawbreaker’s ‘24 Hour Revenge Therapy’ takes Ian back to his angst-ridden youth.
  • There’s a third installment of the re-issue campaign for the spacey and elegant George Edwards Group.
  • Who wants the theme music to Doctor Who from 1989? Loads of you? Ok, here it is.

Finally, there are a few good 7”s in this week which, makes a refreshing change. Check out the Broadcast-in-a-blender Storms or the British Tame Impala-isms of Purple Heart Parade. Or try the grungy types Dilly Dally, a re-issue of a lost jazz classic ‘La Maison Fille’ by Francois Tusques & Don Cherry, and Ukrainian loop-mongers Waltz.

And that’s almost it from us. Check out our special feature on one of our favourite bands Warm Widow. We really aren’t kidding, you know -- they’ll change your life.

Right then, I’m off on holiday for a week. God knows who will be doing this next week -- it could be anyone but I’ll leave it in their no doubt capable hands.

Clint and the all-new gaggle of bodies.


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Scott Walker & Sunn O)))

Soused

10/10 from Jim

I really hoped this was going to be a load of shite. There was something so predictably laudable about the fallen angel of easy-listening pop teaming up with the group who&rsq...read on »

Melvins

Hold It In

10/10 from ReviewBot300

I'm only two songs into the new Melvins record and my mind is already blown, I'm not sure I'll make it through the full twelve today. Now boasting a quartet line-up which feat...read on »

These New Puritans

Expanded (Live At The Barbican)

9/10 from Clinton

When I reviewed These New Puritans groundbreaking album ‘Field of Reeds’ a year or so back I had a feeling I had not gone far enough in my praise. My hunch was pro...read on »

Jawbreaker

24 Hour Revenge Therapy

9/10 from Ian

This takes me right back to my angst ridden emo youth, getting the re-issue treatment here is post-hardcore/melodic punk originators Jawbreaker with their classic 1994 album &...read on »

Astral Social Club

Fountain Transmitter Medications

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Ever-prolific Neil "Astral Social Club" Campbell is back once again this week with 'Fountain Transmitter Medications', a marathon 107-minute romp through the spaceways of his ...read on »

Fennesz

Fennesz: Venice (10th Anniversary Edition)

9/10 from Robin

Christian Fennesz is a true romantic. He recorded 'Venice' on location, and the music he created betrays his love for its natural beauty, its unique position in the world and ...read on »

The Budos Band

Burnt Offering

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Daptone's ten-piece instrumental Afro-soul outfit The Budos Band return this week with 'Burnt Offering', which introduces a newfound psych-rock influence to their already-bulg...read on »

Boards of Canada

Hi Scores

9/10 from Clinton

Re-issue ! Re-package ! Re-package !Re-evaluate the songsDouble-pack with a photographExtra Track (and a tacky badge) So said The Smiths on ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture&rsqu...read on »

Cave

Release

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Repeato-rockers CAVE have won a place in all our hearts with the three LPs and three EPs they've dropped so far, and here's a career-spanning LP which mops up singles and spli...read on »

AnD

Cosmic Microwave Background

9/10 from Laurie

There's a word missing from Cosmic Microwave Background and that word is Noise. Funnily enough, it's the first thing that I'm greeted with on mad Manc duo ...read on »

Dalglish

Dorcha Aigeann

9/10 from Ant

The latest piece in the Dalglish puzzle emerges as the ‘Dorcha Aigeann’ 6 track EP on new San Francisco label Ge-stell. Pressed on clear vinyl in a PVC screen-prin...read on »

Shit & Shine

Tropical

9/10 from ReviewBot300

It seems like just yesterday that I was reviewing Shit & Shine's most recent double-LP offering 'Powder Horn', and he's already got another mini-LP out. Okay, it was about...read on »

Silver Servants

Silver Servants

8/10 from Mike

Here's a curious little album on Second Language from a band you may not have heard of, Silver Servants, which actually turns out to be a loose collective of Second Language a...read on »

Giulio Aldinucci

Aer

8/10 from Mike

Our latest CD from the good people at Dronarivm is this meditative selection of soundscapes by Giulio Aldinucci, who also records under the alias Obsil. On 'Aer' he "focuses o...read on »

NeoTantrik

Omnichrom

8/10 from Laurie

On 2nd LP Omnichrom NeoTantrik continue their journey down the electronic rabbit hole into Tangerine Dreams and wavering drones, and so soon after previous...read on »

Fuxa

Dirty Frequencies

8/10 from Mike

Randall Niemann's long-running Detroit spacepop troupe Fuxa are back with a new album that's not really a new album, although none of these songs have made it onto vinyl befor...read on »

Caught In The Wake Forever / The Sly and Unseen

Split

8/10 from Ian

Rural Colours release this magical split from twinkly folk bods The Sly And The Unseen and pastoral minimalist Caught In The Wake Forever. First off we have Katie and Jonathan...read on »

Jeff Grace

House Of The Devil - Original Score

8/10 from Mike

In one of their rare 21st-century soundtrack reissues, Death Waltz have this week dusted off Jeff Grace's score to Ti West's 2009 shocker 'The House of the Devil' for its firs...read on »

Kevin Morby

Still Life

8/10 from Robin

The CD for Kevin Morby's 'Still Life' is laid across a decadent white and red pattern that recalls the presentation of Dylan's early wax for Columbia Records, immediately conj...read on »

Auclair

Semaphore

8/10 from Mike

The beautiful brightly-coloured packaging which holds this CD is sealed with a sticker so I must apologise for the lateness of this review as I spent some time trying to figur...read on »

Storms (Lori Scacco + Eva Puyuelo Muns)

Colores (Para Lole Pt. 2)

8/10 from Clinton

Imagine the sound Broadcast chopped and spliced thrown in the air and re-arranged blindfolded? That is something you get from this eerie hallucinatory 7". There are two tracks...read on »

Ora Clementi

Cover You Will Softer Me

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ora Clementi is an international duo comprising of Canadian sound artist and improvisor crys cole (all lower case, it would seem), who has previously worked with the likes of ...read on »

Lapalux

Many Faces Out of Focus

8/10 from Laurie

This reissue of Lapalux's 2011 Many Faces Out of Focus is an essential part of the early 10s dubstep-ish sound, when producers realised that they didn't have to rely...read on »

Acid Mothers Temple et Rosina de Peira

Live in Tolosa

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This CD documents a collaborative concert between no-introduction-needed Japanese psychedelic titans Acid Mothers Temple and Rosina de Peira, a traditional singer of the Roman...read on »

The Body / Sandworm

Split

8/10 from Robin

I wanted to get Varg Vikneres to review this split between the Body and Sandworm -- two rising sludge and black metal acts -- but he was too busy being an awful human being, s...read on »

Weyes Blood

The Innocents

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Natalie Wiseblood is one of the Jackie O Motherfucker lot but she also releases solo material as Weyes Blood (and variations thereof - just on the promo CD in my hand there ar...read on »

Half Man Half Biscuit

Urge For Offal

8/10 from Clinton

Ah a new record from everyone’s favourite comic Merseysiders Half Man Half Biscuit. One of my greatest nights out of recent years was seeing this lot in Blackburn Town H...read on »

Various

Next Stop Soweto Presents Spirit of Malombo: Malombo, Jabula, Jazz Afrika 1966-1984

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Rather than cast the net wide for this latest compilation, Strut focus on the work of South African drummer and singer Julian Bahula between the years of 1966 to '84, with the...read on »

I.N.T

Percy La Rock EP

8/10 from Clinton

Gotta get some hip-hop into the store. With Li’l Biz gone I bet we are going to see even less of it. Opener ‘Choices’ is smooth and Brit-hop sensible but &ls...read on »

Islands Of Light

Ruebke

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Vienna's Dino Spiluttini is something of a modern day renaissance man; a designer, illustrator and photographer, he also runs one and a half record labels, releases "irreveren...read on »

Cooly G

Wait ‘Til Night

8/10 from ReviewBot300

London producer Merissa Campbell, aka Cooly G, has come a long way since bursting onto the scene in 2009 with the clinical rhythmic madness of the 'Narst' 12". She made big wa...read on »

Tindersticks

Ypres

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Tindersticks are hardly famed for being the most cheery of bands, but even by their standards the subject matter here is sombre. On this album are four pieces composed and rec...read on »

Gregor Curten & Anselm Rogmans

Planes

8/10 from Jim

This is a reissue is of an ultra-rare private press LP of drone recordings made by Cürten and Rogmans in Germany in 1974. Cited by many as a long lost Krautrock classic, ...read on »

Witch (techno)

Vent (inc. Truss and Shifted Remixes)

8/10 from Ant

PT5 is a new label curated by Samir Alikhanizadeh aka Leeds techno prodigy Happa and Al Gill. The inaugural release comes from Witch whose origins at this point remain unknown...read on »

Bruce Lacey

The Spacey Bruce Lacey

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Before today I wasn't familiar with the name Bruce Lacey, but a little bit of reading tells me that he's been around for years. Now 85 and still performing, Lacey has collabor...read on »

Cut Hands

Festival Of The Dead

8/10 from Ant

If you’ve recently caught a performance by William Bennett as Cut Hands chances are you’ll recognise some of the material on his second long player for Blackest Ev...read on »

Wrekmeister Harmonies

Then It All Came Down

8/10 from Robin

The overarching drone that metalhead-turned-composer J. R. Robinson sets in place on 'Then It All Came Down' is unrelenting, with one chord kept in place for what feels like a...read on »

Big Wow

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's the debut mini-LP from Big Wow, a trio of characters who've been knocking around the West Yorkshire punk scene for years as practitioners of the "Wakey Sound" (a distin...read on »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi

Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away...

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The experimental mega-trio of Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke and Keiji Haino has proved a much longer-lasting collaboration than anybody anticipated, with the group's annual ritu...read on »

Kate Tempest

Circles

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Kate Tempest's new LP 'Everybody Down' has propelled the Londoner from arty but acclaimed performance poet (with a Ted Hughes Award under her belt for 'Brand New Ancients') to...read on »

Featured albums

Indirect
Dez Williams
Fennesz
Lapalux
Purple Heart Parade
Chemotex
Dalglish
Arcing Seas
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
2562
Lukas Creswell-Rost
Caught In The Wake Forever / The Sly and Unseen
They Might Be Giants
Cave
The Body / Sandworm
The George-Edwards Group
Dauwd
Francois Tusques & Don Cherry
Jane Weaver
Dilly Dally
AnD
Cerys Matthews
Tindersticks
Lamb
Cooly G
Mark Ayres
Half Man Half Biscuit
Thurston Moore
Melvins
The Budos Band
Kevin Morby
Jawbreaker
Astral Social Club
Cut Hands
Inspiral Carpets
These New Puritans
Mark Lanegan
Scott Walker & Sunn O)))
Big Wow
Silver Servants
Baxter Dury
Witch (techno)
Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
The Aislers Set
Boards of Canada