It’s our Christmas party tonight. Check the front page of the Daily Mirror tomorrow morning for full gruesome details. In the meantime we have work to do. Firstly: to remind you that if you live in Western Europe or USA you better get those Christmas orders in pretty darned quick. UK residing people: you have the rest of next week so sit back, relax and let us tell you about all the new things that have come in this week before entering panic mode.
Oh and if you put in an order for over £60 before Christmas, you’ll be in a hat for a chance to win £250 bloomin’ quid! Aren’t we nice?
There’s still NEW stuff being carried through the door by big men…….
- Phil’s favourite plucker James Blackshaw releases a limited edition vinyl of his early recordings.
- Tarcar make a brooding folk and cacked up IDM soundscape, out on Blackest Ever Black.
- Sleaford Mods ‘Chubbed Up +’ is now in on vinyl.
- The thing with Thurston Moore is that he’s pretty tall. The Thing with Thurston Moore is a collaboration with the Sonic Youth lankster and the madcap Scandinavian free jazzers.
- Ellis Island Sound swiftly follow up their last album with another batch of delightful pastoral compositions.
- Psychic TV keep on rockin’ with a new album of pitch-defying psych.
- Nottingham rockers Six by Seven release a very limited vinyl of demos and stuff.
- Avant orchestra Zeitkratzer battle gamely with the work of Whitehouse.
- This Heat chap Charles Hayward releases a solo album of electronics and drums featuring members of Gnod.
- Wee Scottish lassie Pefkin has provided us with some of her eerie, ghostly early recordings.
- Two more things on the Hibernate postcard series. The Inventors of Aircraft soundtrack a move to the country with harsh disorientating soundscapes while Ghost and Tape provide us with some Friday morning spook music.
- On Hibernate’s sister label comes an album of ambient bliss from Chihei Hatakeyama and Good Weather For An Airstrike.
- D.Dumbo -- an Australian man -- releases his first EP on 4AD.
- Stephen Molyneaux releases an album of Grouper-like crystalline folk music.
- Witching Waves release some pretty ace indie pop a la Sonic Youth/Beat Happening. They pose beneath a big concrete thing on the cover.
- Both of Brian Reitzell’s ‘Hannibal’ soundtracks are now in stock on vinyl.
- One-idea grit minstrels Fat White Family claim “I Am Mark E Smith”. In their dreams.
They bleep, they bloop, they cut and they splice: it’s the LEFT FIELD ELECTRONICA family………...
- Ambient lad Wil Bolton soothes our heavy hearts with a limited new album on Sounds In Silence.
- Heavy, nasty techno from Sunil Sharpe.
- Can we use the word ‘fabulous’? Ok then. Two faaaabulous 12”s in stock from Deft. Bright vibrant electronica reminding us of Machinedrum.
- The sprawling and varied Afrikan Sciences LP is in stock at last.
- Deas (aka Cameron Deas) unleashes his first all electronic album. Not an easy listen.
- Two remix 12”s from ‘dog vs babysitter’ bliss-ters Sinner DC, one with Sonic Boom mixes.
- In stock last week -- but finally written about this week -- is a lovely bumper 3 12”s of ambient and techno by Conforce.
- Vintage styled drifting synthesisers from Carlton Melton type folkies Night Flights.
- There’s a very limited (100! whaaaat?) CD from ambient lord Marsen Jules.
- There’s a double whammy of textured techno from Shifted that’s so far up Ant’s street it’s climbed into bed with him.
- Dark and distorted techno comes on the collaboration between Ugandan Methods and Prurient.
- Finally, just to cheer you up, there’s some bleak and atmospheric downbeat techno from Grebenstein.
As much as we moan, if there weren’t any RE-ISSUES out this year we’d be dead by now. Here’s the latest batch…
- Motorpsycho’s ‘Demon Box’ is now in on 4CD + DVD set.
- Eyebrow arched ‘80’s sophisticates The Monochrome Set have their ‘Eligible Bachelors’ album out on cream vinyl.
- Gruff C86 barkers The Wolfhounds ‘Unseen Ripples from a Pebble’ is now in on vinyl with bonus stuff.
- Mop topped ‘60s mod/soul group The Action have some unreleased stuff unleashed on 10”.
- It’s a Komplete Katastrophe. The Kinks Kracking Katalogue is Kicking around on Kool Vinyl.
- Tame Impala’s ‘Live Versions’ was a limited Record Store Day release right? Oh yeah, I forgot. It’s back in again on vinyl.
- Loads of soundtracks in this week from Henry Mancini’s ‘Pink Panther’ to ‘Batman’ to ‘Vertigo’ to Morricone’s ‘Il Prefetto Di Ferro’.
- There’s nothing we like more here at Normans than some Steve Reich in the afternoon.
Pint sized records (aka 7”s)
Indie pop noisemakers Joanna Gruesome and their American counterparts Perfect Pussy have released a split 7” and comic book. Phil likes Kitty Daisy and Lewis. He’ll be chuffed that they have a new single out. Barely listenable (especially when the vol's at 11) noise punksters Electric Eels have a 7” out.
Books are good for reading, especially when you are tired of the computer screen. We’ve got in some of these lovely looking tomes about Mark Burgess -- singer and founding member of legendary post punk band The Chameleons. We’ve also got the massive big bloody Ablaze book of legendary fanzine scribblings in at a cheaper price.
That’s it from us. Give me a beer. I’ll be the one under the table in half an hour. Have great weekends everyone.
Clint and the Christmas Crackers
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