REJOICE! This will be our last update before the Christmas break. Never again will you hear our whines and woes and whinnies...until the New Year, of course, when we’ll be BACK BACK BACK like we’ve never been away.
What a week it’s been, what with shipping four-hundred Bracken albums out and playing Santa by making sure all your Christmas gifts are given at least a chance to turn up before the Big Day. Speaking of which, the suggested last shipping dates have now been and gone but if you want to chance it we’ll be shipping on Monday and Tuesday. Or, if you prefer, we’ll be open on Monday and Tuesday for visitors - and you might even get a mince pie for your trouble. Simply click, then wade through the snow and tinsel to collect. It will be like a Richard Curtis film or something.
Our Gift Guide now shows only in stock items so that’s less hassle for you. Still completely stuck? We have loads of Gift Voucher options including a print your own version. Royal Mail? Who needs ‘em.
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?
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
We’ll be taking a well-earned break over the festive period. We’ll be closed on from 24th onwards, back open with a skeleton staff between 29th -31st, closed on the 1st for hangover recuperation then we open properly again on 2nd. Got it? I’ll be asking questions later.
Onto this week’s stuff and yes there’s still the odd thing coming through our doors by big snowy men on reindeer…
- Parquet Courts are called Parqay Quarts on their new record. It still pulls of the same slanted indie-rock tricks.
- Post-Women guitar manglers Viet Cong’s ‘Cassette’ is a brilliant precursor to their soon-to-be-adored self-titled debut (out Jan).
- Teho Teardo makes a beautiful new album shorn of Blixa Bargeld - and it’s even better reckons Brian.
- TV On the Radio unleash a brand new album which ‘does a job’ says Clint.
- Cozy make 70s glam rock/power pop and their singer is called Bonkers Waddington.
- Zoltan do wibbly prog a bit like a stoned and spooky Goblin.
- Kraut-influenced drones from Alex Cuervo as Espectrostatic.
- Bronnt Industries Kapital have made a record Kim liked so much we had to hide it from her to stop here playing it.
- The soundtrack to the second season of Utopia is in on CD only.
- Heavy sludgy demented metallic punk rock from former Faith No More, The Melvins and Mr Bungle types Fantomas in big box.
- Black Sites make tweaked, gurgling, caustic acid which makes our Ant grin.
- There’s a new Amen Andrews 12” called ‘News of the World’.
- Just scored our copies of the Puce Mary album which has already garnered Quietus praise. It's weird, sinister industrial music - tribal and captivating.
- Loads of stuff in on Hozac including Timmy’s Organism, Games, Miss Destiny and a whole pile of their ace re-issue 7”s.
RE-ISSUES. They’ve been out before and now they are back out again.
- Neo-Classical twinkler Sylvain Chauveau re-issues his 2001 album ‘Nocturne Impalpable’.
- The Afghan Whigs release their “seminal” album ‘Gentlemen at 21’ with a kaleidoscope of bonus stuff.
- Old Smoothie crooner Lewis get’s his second album, the trembling and tremulous ‘Romantic Times’ re-issued by Lights in the Attic.
- Professional idiot and Paris Hilton school pal Ariel Pink picks his favourite R. Stevie Moore tracks
- Khrist there’s more Kool Kinks Krap Kicking about.
- Huerco S gets his legendary impossi-buy techno four tracker ‘untitled’ re-issued by Boomkat editions.
- Aquatic techno legends Drexciya’s ‘Digital Tsunami’ 12” gets a much needed repress to accompany their ‘Harnessed The Storm’ re-issue.
MASSIVE GREAT BIG BOX
We have one copy of the ridiculously deluxe Pixies ‘Minotaur’ box set in stock. This really is the real Deal (ha!) with all their golden era albums on a variety of formats plus unseen Vaughan Oliver artwork, books, DVDs etc. Expensive but you’ll Love(ering) it forever.
We have a pile of tapes in on Baro Records. Now these were the people who brought you the cassette pressing of our Album of the Year Bracken’s ‘Exist/Resist’ so they obviously have good taste. We have cassettes in by Odd Nosdam (cLOUDDEAD), Andrew Broder (Fog) and ambient drifters Br’er.
Finally, we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your custom this year and wish you all a fun packed Christmas, New Year and the bit between Christmas and New Year.
Santa Clint and his merry elves
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
8/10 from Clinton