Well this was the week that the Record Store Day list was announced and by jiminy were you split on the quality of what was on offer. With 600+ titles there’s bound to be a bunch of absolute toss amongst it but there’s plenty of stuff in there to get excited about so take a look at the full list here. You can indicate titles you are interested in (which will help us out in knowing what stuff to order) but please, please, please don’t ask us to reserve stuff or ask us to sell 'em online. Come and see us in sunny Holbeck on April 18th and throughout the following week. Any unsold stock will ONLY be sold online from Saturday 25th April onwards.
Aaaaanyway...there’s still loads to be getting on with this week. The long-awaited and superb new album from Bjork is in (on CD at least), there’s a filthy new Sh!t and Sh!ne record to weird you out, and a whole host of other goodies. Goodies you won’t have to queue up at 5am for. Let’s take a look shall we?
- Odd couple Scotsmen Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat reconvene once again for another album of Bill’s exquisite melodies married to Aidan's grisly Scottish bark.
- The Frames/Once/Swell Season man Glen Hansard makes a beautiful job of covering the songs of the dearly departed Jason Molina.
- Guess which style of music Weedeater make? Yup, it’s stoner rock in a Sleep/Om style.
- Plastic Mermaid make our reviewer redundant with a sticker on the front of their record that reads “Mercury Rev on a road trip with Flaming Lips”.
- Former Hood guitarist Mark Wright is back with the extraordinary indie meets Bollywood inventions of his Maggie8 project.
- Unique packaging of the week again comes from Immigrant with 12 songs 3” on a CDr inside a folded-up card thing inside an envelope.
- Ach, eyebrows aloft veteran indie types Monochrome Set have a new album of arch, knowing, sophisticated guitar pop.
- There’s a second dollop of avant folk in a Nick Cave, Tom Waits style from Stone Jack Jones.
- Tobias Jesso has nice curly hair and does impressions of solo Beatles.
- Nic Hessler makes jangly introspective American power pop on Captured Tracks.
- Sacred Paws on Rock Action make the Slits post punk moves fun and danceable.
- Papir exist seemingly just to keep our Ian happy. He’ll love their new kraut-tastic new live album.
- Dick Diver feature members of Total Control and play sweet, straightforward indie-rock.
- Lilacs and Champagne are both nice things aren’t they? Lilacs look nice and champagne tastes nice. Put together Lilacs and Champagne make idyllic hip hop instrumentals somewhere between Madlib and Scott Herren.
- Cardinal Fuzz release the Dead Meadow Peel sessions showcasing their early raw psych rock sound.
- Eternal Tapestry make monolithic psych jamzzzz (yup, with that many z’s).
- Joey Fourr have released one of the years secret pop gems with the funky and smooth ‘To the Floor’.
- Lilting folkie Brigid Power Ryce recorded her second album ‘I Told You Twice’ in a church whilst hiding from the vicar. Premise for ‘70s sitcom alert.
- A strange mix of jazz-kraut and Pixies from Planes of Satori. Tight as trousers.
- The new Modest Mouse didn’t last long on the office stereo. The first track is smart enough though...so there’s something.
- Houstonian bigshot beatslimer Rabit plays ping pong with Laurie’s ears.
- Xosar’s ripped out euphoria and tunneling techno impresses a 9/10 wielding Ant.
- Laurie’s face was pale as he emerged from listening to Hacker Farm types R.O.C.
- MNLTH is the latest great record on the ever great Central Processing Unit imprint. Recommended for all who like their dance music intense, mad and melodic.
- If super-mysterious techno projects from Germany whip your waggler try this Shards 12”. Warning: sheep on sleeve.
- Martial Canterel perfectly recreates noisy 80’s cold wave.
- Weird gurgling electronics and off-kilter, jackin’ rhythms from Naturkunde Museum Ostkreuz. Remember the name.
- Big manly pumping techno for ur legs n ears from Matrixxman.
- Spectre’s ‘98 mix tape is back out on 2LP version showcasing experimental mid ‘90s hip-hop.
There’s a thick-as-sausages, deluxe-as-double-glazing-windows 2LP version of Cannibal Ox’s classic ‘The Cold Vein’ in stock and one time composer now hermit, always French Jean-Pierre Decerf has his 70’swork re-issued.
...and that’s it on the reissues front. But don’t worry - there’ll be millions of them on Record Store Day.
Quite a few of these little buggers out this week from the likes of Aussie shoutlady Courtney Barnett’s self reviewing ‘Pedestrian at Best’, nu-gazers White Noise Sound, Northern 50-something shouters Interrobang, Om fella Al Cisneros and a nice remix 7” from The Vacant Lots with music industry legends Alan Vega and Anton Newcombe re-works and a new one from big fat expensive bluesman Jack White.
Weekend weather outlook: grey.
Words from the pen of Clinton
All Work done by Everyone Else
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
8/10 from Robin