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An eerie Halloween to you all. Is this the hottest Halloween since records began? We think so. If you’re not out there sunbathing with your pumpkin or terrorizing people at the stoop of their private doors, then you might want to check out our Top 50 scary Halloween themed records. Just for fun, no discount this time. We’re not made of money.

We are, however, keeping on our Dead Albatross 10% off promotion going ‘til midnight tonight. Congratulations to Ibibio Sound Machine for winning top prize and to Young Fathers for scooping the relatively obscure Mercury Music trophy.

Do you want to know something? It’s been our busiest month EVER! It’s all down to you, so major plaudits to all of you for all your custom. Round of applause. This week our master Phil has been in Lanzarote, yet somehow we’ve managed not to set the building alight and have even hosted a famous guest: Sir Anton of Newcombe, who left with a bagful of albums. Don’t worry -- he paid for them (or his record company did).

Enough! Here’s all this week’s good things. If we still had Album of the Week, my choice would be Dean Blunt. It’s an oddball corker -- get it checked out. Brian might argue for Virginia Wing’s splendid new effort of Broadcast-y pop and some others here would plump for the soulful and rhythmic new Wildbirds and Peacedrums record.

However, if those are not for you, don’t worry. There are always these…….

  • Deerhoof have been going for 20 years! That’s older than many people. They have a new album out, named after a Madonna song.
  • Phil’s favourites Maston compile all their early psych atmospherics onto one easy to buy and wonderful to listen to LP.
  • Circus Devils feature Robert Pollard, who must have a lot of time on his hands now that GBV have split up (again).
  • Tarwater have been around the block a few times, and they’ve just unleashed a new album of their polite, Germanic pop.
  • Flaming Lips waste everyone’s time with a hideous attempt at covering ‘Sgt Peppers’. Miley Cyrus guests.
  • Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and his Dust release an album of their acoustic work.
  • Magic Castles make hypno psych pop on our Anton’s ‘a’ recordings.
  • Cinematic prog-pop comes from The Wharves, who unleash a new effort on Gringo.
  • Useless Eaters fire up some slicey post-punk and fuzzy garage rock on Castle Face.
  • Swearing At Motorists find new and innovative ways of being slightly upset on their new album.
  • Robin thinks although Joanna Gruesome are good, Trust Fund are even better. Let him tell you all about their split EP.
  • Loveable Geordie oddball Richard Dawson releases his first big league record. Think somewhere between Robert Wyatt, Captain Beefheart and Paul Gascoigne.
  • Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura's latest bonged up riff-a-thon is limited to just 100 copies!
  • Check out Catalonian instrumental rock trio Iepi, a whirlwind of wacky, galloping noise-prog.
  • Acoustically arranged jazz dissonance comes from Chicago’s Rob Mazurek (not Chicago the band - he lives there).
  • EL-P and Killer Mike return for their second Run the Jewels opus.
  • Ryan Teague’s Max Richter-style rhythmic beauty makes Laurie wish for a train and some rain.
  • Further new albums are out from Sir Neil Young, Shellsuit, Dels, His Name Is Alive, Arca.

In the marvellous world of ELECTRONICS…...

  • As Warp continue their quest to treat fans of bleepy things to the point of bankruptcy, we have a big new album of electronic fun from Clark, which doesn’t disappoint.
  • Mouse on Mars celebrate reaching the ripe old age of twenty one with an album of collaborations. Lots of star turns on this.
  • Scottish Bjork-a-likes Conquering Animal Sound squiggle and bleep in a most clever manner on Chemikal Underground.
  • Shinichi Atobe went missing after recording one sought after record for Basic Channel. Now he’s back thanks to Demdike Stare -- but the vinyl’s already sold out.
  • The Function re-issue programme continues with this tremendous 12”.
  • Drumm roll please. Kevin Drumm releases one 50 minute track and it’s utterly awesome, says Jim.
  • Shimmering, yawning, blissed-out series of shivers and swells come from the prolific Celer.
  • The Toro Y Moi guy has made some pre-tay sweet slinky dance as Les Sins.
  • Panabrite kindly provides us with another album of cosmic synth driftiness.

And these RE-ISSUES caught our fancy…..

  • Doomy riffsters Electric Wizard’s 2002 album ‘Let Us Prey’ get’s a vinyl re-issue.
  • Fire continue their The Chills re-issue programme by making available all their ‘80s Peel Sessions.
  • The good people at Finders Keepers have made available Emerald Web’s therapeutic new age space-synth loveliness.
  • Take one Kitchen of Distinction and add a Heidi Berry and you get Lost Girls -- unreleased, unheard music from the decade we now know as the 1980’s.
  • New Wave Devo-esque jerky movements are about from San Fran’s Null and Void.
  • Try Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik -- twenty five rare and mostly unheard tracks by the 80’s German lo-fi lunatic fringe compiled by Felix Kubin.
  • Or you could try Normalised: The Dectonic Collection, featuring idiosyncratic bedroom goth from Australia.
  • Finally, shorts-brandishing punk-funkers A Certain Ratio have had their second album ‘Sextet’ re-issued.

Loads of 7”s in this week. They’re like normal records…. but smaller. Try these…… ‘90s sci fi punks Bis are back in action and indie rockers of the same decade, Modest Mouse, have a re-issue 7” out. ‘90’s sounding Madrid indie-lassies Deers burst forth with a second 7”, while Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs are now called simply the Voyeurs, and release a new 7”. Rock Action give us a fuzzy pieces of electronica from dark electronic lord Xander Harris, and finally, depressed darkwave electronica types Yosoy have a great 7” available. For those thinking about going to a wedding soon, that one comes with a free bag of confetti.

That’s it for now. Good luck if you are off out begging tonight. I, for one, won’t be answering the door.

Night Night

Clint and everyone but Phil


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Virginia Wing

Measures Of Joy

10/10 from Brian

A prime example of a band getting gradually better, stronger and more defined to the point that they deliver that "stunning debut album" is found in the career thus far of Cam...read on »

Hookworms

The Hum

9/10 from ReviewBot300

It was only three short years ago that Hookworms' debut EP kick-started the band's inexorable rise to prominence; first a limited cassette on Sun Ark and then the 12" on Gring...read on »

Clark

Clark

9/10 from Laurie

It's about 3 quarters of the way through the year and Warp seem to be intent on spoiling all fans of bleepy nonsense music to the point of bankruptcy. As if mammoth relea...read on »

Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund

Split EP

9/10 from Robin

For me, Trust Fund remains one of the most exciting developments British indie rock has seen in forever, an act with an endless wealth of musical versitality who never loses h...read on »

Adrian Younge

Black Dynamite (Original Motion Picture Score)

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Nice to see Adrian Younge on my review pile today. Last year this guy put out an album with Ghostface Killah, '12 Reasons To Die', which I listened to incessant...read on »

Dean Blunt

Black Metal

9/10 from Clinton

A truly singular and unique voice, my interest in Dean Blunt was first piqued with his first solo album ‘The Narcissist II’ with its smoky oddball grooves and spok...read on »

Useless Eaters

Bleeding Moon

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Having already put out a crapload of singles, EPs and LPs on all sorts of labels, garage rock prodigy Seth Sutton's Useless Eaters find their way onto thee mighty Castle Face ...read on »

Bruce Lacey

The Spacey Bruce Lacey Vol.2

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here's Reviewbot's review of the CD containing Volumes 1 and 2.  Before today I wasn't familiar with the name Bruce Lacey, but a little bit of reading tells me that he's...read on »

Wooden Wand

Ogre 99: Live in Fort Collins

9/10 from Brian

As the sarcastic review from the label guy was so funny and spot-on I decided that I would repeat it in full below. This is a live gig, the fidelity isn't representitive of&nb...read on »

Maston

Opal Collection

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Frank Maston's debut album 'Shadows', which came out on Trouble in Mind last year, quickly propelled him from complete unknown to office favourite with its perfectly balanced ...read on »

Iepi

New WR

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here we have a debut mini-LP from Catalonian instrumental rock trio Iepi, a whirlwind of wacky, galloping noise-prog which takes its cues from the jagged repeato chaos of band...read on »

Deerhoof

La Isla Bonita

9/10 from Robin

My favourite Deerhoof tune to date is Offend Maggie’s “Fresh Born”, but I only ever listen to the first twenty seconds. The guitar melody is to die for, an a...read on »

Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting

8/10 from Nathon

I hereby 'fess up to being the promo thief in question. I would apologise, but this album is so thoroughly enjoyable that I ain't gonna. It's doing nothing original, unless i...read on »

Swearing At Motorists

While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth

8/10 from Robin

Dave Doughman's band are one of the more severe, stone-faced acts to have come out of Dayton, Ohio's indie rock scene, which has long had a pretty understandable attitude to m...read on »

Sunil Sharpe

Cadya

8/10 from Jim

Sunil Sharpe lives up to his reputation as purveyor of some of the meanest techno around with this 12" on Trensmat. Whereas the general trend in techno over the last 20 years ...read on »

Kevin Drumm

Trouble

8/10 from Jim

There's no let up in Kevin Drumm's release schedule. He's already put out some pretty astonishing recordings this year, but this is probably gonna be the most talked about. An...read on »

The Chills

The BBC Sessions

8/10 from Clinton

There are a lot of Chills things around at the moment and rightly so. They are gearing up for a brand new album next year so why not have a little rifle through some of their ...read on »

Ryan Teague

Block Boundaries

8/10 from Laurie

With comparisons to Max Richter and Philip Glass, Ryan Teague has a lot to live up to on 5th LP Block Boundaries, continuing his toeing of the minimalist boundary between the ...read on »

Magic Castles

Sky Sounds

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Brian "Anton Newcombe" Jonestown from Brian and the Jonestowns popped in yesterday for a shop and a chinwag and very charming he turned out to be too. I mention this because t...read on »

Electric Wizard

Let Us Prey

8/10 from Robin

An Electric Wizard record is best evaluated under two criterion: how misanthropic is Jus Oborn feeling, and how sick are his riffs? ‘Let Us Prey’, the band’s...read on »

Xander Harris

Cry Havoc / Heathen Birth

8/10 from Laurie

Wriggling out of Rock Action's electronic tentacle is American dark synth explorer Xander Harris' latest 7" single Cry Havoc / Heathen Birth. Contrary to the tr...read on »

Emerald Web

Whispered Visions

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Those crate-digging maestros at Finders Keepers have something a bit special for us this week. Emerald Web was the Floridan husband and wife duo of Kat Epple and the late Bob ...read on »

Various

Normalised : The Detonic Collection

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Melbourne-based Detonic Recordings shine a light on the shadowy international goth underground this week with this nicely put together compilation LP full of slinky DIY synthp...read on »

Itasca

Unmoored By The Wind

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Itasca is the alter-ego of New York State-based singer-songwriter Kayla Cohen, who has been self-releasing a series of cassettes and CDrs over the past five years but has only...read on »

Celer

Sky Limits

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Celer's once-frantic release schedule has slowed to a more manageable trickle of late, but he still pops his head up every three or four months with a new CD or LP so we don't...read on »

Les Sins

Michael

8/10 from Clinton

I really enjoyed Chaz Bundick’s first two records as Toro Y Moi but he started to lose his way on ‘Anything in Return’ which didn’t reap the dividends ...read on »

Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura

The Empire Never Ended

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Manchester psych-jammers Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura are back this week with a surprisingly limited (only 100 pressed) new LP of bonged up riff-a-thons with maximum guitar...read on »

Insect Heroes

Apocalypso

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Looking at the cover of this CD I thought it was going to be some kind of high-energy rock business, but actually Insect Heroes deliver something rather more understated and c...read on »

Joseph Coward

The World Famous Joseph Coward

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I haven't heard of Joseph Coward before, but then it's often the case in this business that the first time I hear of someone is when their first record comes out. This is pret...read on »

Rob Mazurek And Black Cube SP

Return The Tides

8/10 from Robin

Sound the alarm and let it play in my band. That seems to be the direction conductor Rob Mazurek is giving on ‘Return The Tides’, which begins with a couple minute...read on »

Richard Dawson

Nothing Important

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The North East's revered and unpredictable acoustic guitar-slinging troubadour Richard Dawson returns this week, now on Domino offshoot Weird World, with the four lengthy trac...read on »

Mndsgn

Yawn Zen

8/10 from ReviewBot300

An LA-based producer crafting a laid back and mostly instrumental brand of hip-hop, Mndsgn (pronounced "mind design", real name Ringgo Ancheta) has an interesting backstory. H...read on »

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust

Acoustic Dust

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Following the messy and much-publicised demise of his former band, Lee Ranaldo's 'Between the Times and Tides' remains, to my ears at least, the best of the post-SY records an...read on »

Featured albums

Shinichi Atobe
Iepi
Yosoy
Maston
Tarwater
Null And Void
Neil Young
Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund
Various
Panabrite
Mouse On Mars
Kevin Drumm
Xander Harris
Richard Dawson
DELS
Various
Modest Mouse
Ryan Teague
Clark
Circus Devils
Deerhoof
The Voyeurs
Rob Mazurek And Black Cube SP
Emerald Web
Run The Jewels
Function
Virginia Wing
The Chills
Magic Castles
Shellsuit
bis
The Wharves
Swearing At Motorists
Les Sins
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
Dean Blunt
His Name Is Alive
Conquering Animal Sound
Celer
Arca
Deers
Useless Eaters
The Flaming Lips
Electric Wizard
Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura
Lost Girls
Ibibio Sound Machine
A Certain Ratio