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Weekly Update Cuushe, Robert Hood, Grizzly Bear, Robedoor, Genesis P-Orridge & Stan Bingo, and more...

Afternoon campers. We’re back again for another weekly bombardment of musical mayhem and maximum geek-fun! Both “Massive Sleepy Stoner” Mike & “Responsible Eager Uncle” Clint have been in the dock for service this week (oh and the Reviewbot3000 is currently on holiday somewhere hot where there are lots of sexy girl robots in bikinis) so Phil and I have been doing the majority of the reviews hence multiple grammatical and punctuation errors and needless waffling abounds... that is well “Old-Skool Norman”! Phil is off on his jollies for a week on Tuesday and we can’t wait! It’s gonna be slicing.

The eternally endless runaway train of exciting records continues to chug through Norman’s sticky, humid tunnel and this week multiple carriages have ground to a halt, loose doors a-flapping, spilling their hot, heavy load all over the floor and onto our poor, weary Business Lady’s shoes.....Help her clean up the mess by purchasing some of this aural pleasure-ment, please!

Well, those strange Lee Hazlewood LPs are back in, Detroit minimal don Robert Hood comes muscling back with a brand new technoid wonder....Look at this crazy prog scarcity by Archaia as recommended on the legendary NWW list ......New Man Or Astro Man? 7”, their first release for twelve years so take note - A/ it totally kicks bitchin’ ass, B/ Is recorded by Albini and C/ Mike will be having serious words with you if you neglect to invest....
The ace soundtrack to John Carpenter’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ is in now on Death Waltz with some excellent art from Criterion artist Sam Smith...Great come-back album from the legendary J-S-B-X....grind yer greasy booty here.....and if that ain’t enough rock for you, or you’re a vegetarian and can’t do the sleeve, maybe consider this new mini LP from John Dwyer and co? Yeah man, Thee Oh Sees are back with their first new blast of material since that stunning twin EP collection last year....
Sixties obsessed oddballs Sic Alps could be on their way to being an alternative to GBV with their outta-time gems....a new eponymous collection is out now on the Drag City from over the pond...... Cuddly Irish miserabalist Adi Crowley (who’s not nearly as evil as his namesake) has another heartbreaking opus out on the Chemikal Underground.....cheer up lad, It can’t get any worse, at least they’ve treated yr music to a vinyl issue on this occasion!!
Slacker legends Dinosaur Jr have a melodic rock gem of a new album, sorry some utter retard reviewed it for us though.....FlyLo affiliate The Gaslamp Killer unveils a new genre-splicing odyssey......aaaaaand NY classicists Grizzly Bear are back with their third for Warp too, some heavyweight re-appearances this Autumn I see!! How to Dress Well sound well beyond their years on their second major outing, the lad makes beautiful, mind-melting and lush left-field R’n’B/soul if that is yr bag?
Scratch-tastic hip-hop/breaks cutie Kid Koala makes a welcome return with a new big record.....Noisy free-rock trio Rangda spazz yer face off with album numero deux, Thrill Jockey stalwarts the Sea & Cake deliver album number 153 or something.......Mad-assed psych-dub chong-monkey Sun Araw returns with not ONE but TWO recordings this week, the second a Ménage à trois with Prince Rama ........spawny bugger, fancy getting stuck in a room with those two while a hurricane rages outside.....!!! Oh, dream-folkers Pale Seas have a 7” out so check it oooouuuuuttttt! Another 7” , this one for not-so- sensitive ears (or eyes) comes from the recently re-grouped Aussie synth-punkers Primitive Calculators

Press release of the week has to be for this archive Psychedelic dement-a-thon from Circuit Rider! Or try ONE of two totally mad-as-chips, fucked-up free jazz records of the week....aaaand here’s the SECOND.........If you want to make your cat-loving friend, sibling, partner, parent or neighbor really fucking happy, then check these tote bags out from indie label Jung Und Verloven Recorderlings ........Ace new Robedoor album on the increasingly fascinating Holidays imprint of Italy.....Dunno who Daniel Biro is but with a name as cool as that, he gonna go far senor! Lovely wistful Euro-wave pop from TOPS, their album is wicked too.......Techno-noir and industrial sound-scapery wearing heavy scuffed boots from Silent Servant, this album was sold to us as a double but, alas, it is actually a single slim volume......This crackers Lo-Fi grandaddy has his wonderful recent “best of...” out on the quality wax format it so deserves.....

Weird dark kosmische shit, highly limited, from Robert Jung.....Odd-bod pretty abstract guitar musings from Reuben Son on the incredibly collectable and beautifully packaged Wagtail records.........Another sweet 3” CD package from Cuushe with remixes from lots of very desirable folk......Crazy bedroom meanderings from industrial godfathers Neil & Stanley......Popular shoegaze laddies Ringo Deathstarr return with a brand new 7”...........Sonic Pieces are gradually using up all the colours in the entire world for their lush little hardback packages. This new three-headed baby is a lovely deep aubergine purple and contains some swooping, sombre neo-classical beauty. These ALWAYS sell out on the initial numbered run so stop messing around reading this bullshit and go make our Monique happy instead .
.....Another legend Pauline Oliveros is 80 this year and she has a wicked album out to celebrate which our Ant will have no doubt have reviewed like it’s the most important sonic event of the year .....um....which it probably is?! But as for archive concrete/minimalist/avant-garde treats, things don’t get much more exciting than this unearthed John Cage in Japan set. We have one vinyl left of ‘Shock’ as I type which has probably sold out by the time you read this so sorry, we only got three copies.......

x Brian + teamNORMAN2012


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Django Django

Hail Bop

9/10 from Phil

We’ve sold bucketloads of Django Django records and this is the first time I’ve heard ‘em. I kept wanting to hear the album but every time I went to play it ...read on »

Tame Impala

Elephant

9/10 from Phil

Now I loved these guys’ last album. It was a heady blend of psych rock and Beatles style pop...sounds bizarre but it worked brilliantly and they know how to get a song t...read on »

Roly Porter / Vatican Shadow / Kangding Ray

Violetshaped Remixes (Part One)

9/10 from Ant

This is a super remix package from three heavy hitters. First up is Roly Porter (formerly of Vex'd). I think his album got a bit overlooked upon release as Jamie Vex'd (Kuedo)...read on »

The xx

Coexist

9/10 from Brian

Well well well. I knew I was right about these being something special like, but I never expected their post-modern take on the sensitive indie-soul of Everything But The G...read on »

Ricardo Donoso

Assimilating the Shadow

9/10 from Ant

Does the world really need another synthesizer record for fans of Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster and Manuel Göttsching? When it's done this well it becomes difficult to say n...read on »

Loscil

Sketches From New Brighton

9/10 from Brian

Right-o, over the past two or three years this man here has become a bit obsessed with Vancouver's Loscil. I really liked his last Kranky opus 'Endless Falls' but there's s...read on »

Mohel

The Second Temple

9/10 from Brian

Now, to follow country with Jazz is probably Philthy McNasty’s worst nightmare, I see he divvied up the review pile today hence my curious haul of eclecticism. But the...read on »

Seabuckthorn

The Silence Woke Me

9/10 from Phil

Ooh I like this chap. This is Seabuckthorn’s (aka Andy Cartwright) 2nd album for Bookmaker records. His last one was ace and there once was a time in my life when I did...read on »

Rhyton

The Emerald Tablet

9/10 from Phil

You know, I never knew that Rhyton is someone who used to be in the No Neck Blues Band and someone who was in Psychic Ills. Hey you learn something new every day! Here’s...read on »

Robedoor

Rock Bottom

9/10 from Mike

We’ve got some new stuff in from the good people at Holidays Records, and the most exciting (for me at least) this week is this LP from Robedoor (featuring a certain MG ...read on »

Prince Sunarawma

Irene

9/10 from Brian

Intriguing collaboration here between these two Hare Krishna art-skool babes and sleepy chong-meister dub-face Cameroon Stallone (sic). 'Irene' was recorded during the 2011 h...read on »

Reuben Son

Days Gone By

9/10 from Phil

This is a sweet looking 7” on a boutique label called Wagtail. The image we have for this has a nice flower at the side of it. Looks nice doesn’t it? Alas the re...read on »

The Gaslamp Killer

Breakthrough

9/10 from Phil

The mad-as-a-spanner turntablist that is The Gaslamp Killer is back with his debut album proper on Brainfeeder records. I loved this guys’ single for Twisted Nerve which...read on »

Rangda

Formerly Extinct

9/10 from Phil

I saw these guys a coupla years ago and they were ace. I’d completely forgotten I’d seen them until I held this CD in my fat wet hand and then it all came back ...read on »

Insa / Donja / Kai

Insomnie Joyeuse

9/10 from Phil

I’ve not heard of these guys before and I doubt you have either? If you have then you’ll know they’ve been making cello and percussion based music for yea...read on »

Adrian Crowley

I See Three Birds Flying

9/10 from Phil

It’s sometimes very difficult playing anything in this office unless it’s upbeat or party music. Mainly cos it’s difficult working to the likes of Merzbow ...read on »

Man Or Astro-Man?

Analog Series Vol. 1

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Mikey!!! Where are you Mike?? The new Man Or Astro-Man? 7” is here!!! Yes that’s right people - the original line-up of Birdstuff, Coco and Star Crunch (with the...read on »

The Sea and Cake

Runner

9/10 from Li'l Biz

YES! The Sea And Cake return with another installment of their patented brand of laid back indie rock for Thrill Jockey. ‘Runner’ was initially meant as a compani...read on »

Silent Servant

Negative Fascination

9/10 from Ant

Juan Mendez is a name that will be familiar to techno freaks through his late 90's output on Cytrax and Delay. More recently he's had output on Historia Y Violencia with Santi...read on »

Robert Hood

Motor: Nighttime World 3

9/10 from Ant

I could talk shit for hours about how much I love Robert Hood's records, about what an awesome DJ he is and how he (and let's not forget Baby Ford!) laid the foundations for t...read on »

Pauline Oliveros

Primordial/ Lift

9/10 from Ant

Pioneer, innovator, visionary artist Pauline Oliveros turned 80 years old this year (HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pauline!) and to celebrate the achievements of this remarkable lady there h...read on »

Thee Oh Sees

Putrifiers II

9/10 from Brian

This is more than an EP, it's knocking on 40 minutes long and sports a walloping ten tracks to its name! What it is without a shadow of doubt, is the sound of Dwyer and co. fl...read on »

Mark Eitzel /Sacri Cuori/Isobel Campbell

Split

9/10 from Phil

You know in all the time I’ve been doing this I’ve never really paid much attention to Mark Eitzel. I’ve no idea why so don’t ask. I just haven’t...read on »

Élg

Mil Pluton

9/10 from Phil

My word what is this? My ears are being both spoiled and destroyed by this bonkers Elg record which is officially the craziest thing I’ve heard all week! Elg is Laure...read on »

Josephine Foster

Blood Rushing

9/10 from Phil

I used to be obsessed about Josephine Foster. So much so that when it came to naming my daughter we settled on Josephine (guess whose idea that was!). There’s somethin...read on »

Calexico

Algiers

8/10 from Phil

Calexico have been knocking ‘em out for years now. They’ve been together for 22 years which in this modern day fickle music industry is a remarkable thing! I thoug...read on »

TOY

Toy

8/10 from Phil

After a bunch of sold out singles and mucho hype the debut Toy album has landed on our shores courtesy of Heavenly who I’m sure are hoping it sells a bucketload. I guess...read on »

Society

All That We've Become

8/10 from Phil

I’m inherently suspicious of a band who release a one sided debut 7”. It’s like saying we’ve only got one good song in us and that’s all you&rsqu...read on »

Alpaca Sports

I Was Running

8/10 from Phil

My twee record of the week is the new Alpaca Sports 7” which is such a massive tweefest I think I’m going to break out in dufflecoat-shaped hives (coincidentally i...read on »

Cold Showers

Decay

8/10 from Phil

Here’s a new 7” on Art Fag recordings who brought you the likes of Best Coast, Yohuna and Coleen Green. The A side is a indie goth barnstormer with Smiths-esque vo...read on »

Anthony Reynolds

A World of Colin Wilson

8/10 from Brian

Christ, this is a most unusual release. The spoken word elements of this experimental set were recorded around a decade ago whilst at legendary philosopher, intellectual and...read on »

Claus Poulsen

Terrestial

8/10 from Phil

I had to look twice at this one as it’s spelt ‘Terrestial’ and not with an ‘r’ as I expected it to be spelt. Crazy Claus.... This is a lovely ...read on »

Cuushe

Girl You Know That I Am Here But The Dream

8/10 from Phil

I was confused by this one until I opened it and then it all made lots of sense all of a sudden. Bit simple me sometimes...... It’s a triple 3” CD set and on ea...read on »

Robert Jung

Robert Jung

8/10 from Phil

There’s little info to go on here. I know it’s by Robert Jung, it’s self titled and self released on the Lit label. I know it’s limited to 130 copies...read on »

Genesis P-Orridge & Stan Bingo

What's History

8/10 from Brian

Wow, this is a true curio, recorded by Gen & TG affiliate Bingo at the dawn of ‘81 in the formers slumber-time dwelling. What you have here is a white vinyl record ...read on »

Richard Youngs

Rurtain

8/10 from Brian

Another rather brilliant and interesting recording here from wee R. Youngs who I’m assuming is there gracing his own sleeve in a photo from his more youthful days, look...read on »

Various

Refined Lard: A Trunk Records Sampler

8/10 from Phil

Trunk is a label I’ve become most fond of over the years. They’ve released some cheesey records, some stupid records and some great great records and to remind y...read on »

Thank You

Mother's Nose

8/10 from Phil

Limited 7” alert! There’s 300 of this sucker and they all come in unique hand painted sleeves by the band. Actually it’s not just the band who’ve don...read on »

Wishmountain

Radio

8/10 from Brian

Cracking twelve of organic techno here featuring four deep, itchy, atmospheric and glitchy, minimal but slightly thumping tracks from the original Matthew Herbert project wh...read on »

Tops

Diamond Look/ Easy Friends

8/10 from Brian

I really loved the album by these guys, I like the singer Jane's voice (I cannot hear Dido, sorry Mike!) - it's a bit 80's girl-next-door and endearingly squeaky yet s...read on »

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Meat And Bone

8/10 from Brian

Jeeeesus, I thought these were permanently gonna be on the W-A-T-N? dumper, the geezer singing on the opening tune doesn't even sound much like the man my friend Charlotte ...read on »

Sun Araw

The Inner Treaty

8/10 from Brian

My second visit to the stoned, glistening kaleidoscopic world of "Cammy Stalls" this week.....but this initially seems a more abstract, disjointed and bizarre listen than s...read on »

Ringo Deathstarr

Rip

8/10 from Phil

I like these guys. I think they’re nice. They’re doing nowt new but they do the whole poppy shoegaze/ MBV thing with such panache that you can’t but help dig...read on »

Dinosaur Jr.

I Bet On Sky

8/10 from Brian

Dinosaw Jumper are back with their latest album that sounds like J. Mescalines and the Frog but with the love-lorn one out of ace Indie emo noiseniks September-NO! re-instat...read on »

How To Dress Well

Total Loss

8/10 from Brian

Future soul/R'n'B star Tom Krell returns with this lovingly sculpted and classically metered follow-up to his Lefse/Tri Angle debut that set hearts and minds alight a couple o...read on »

Archaia

Archaia

8/10 from Li'l Biz

This is a one of those rare, private press efforts that kinda slipped under the radar back in 1976 and, due to its genuine oddness and rarity, has found itself coveted by a...read on »

Sic Alps

Sic Alps

8/10 from Brian

Never been completely enamoured of these Drag City mainstays, they're a difficult band to truly love. For the uninitiated they construct rattly, occasionally scrappy and sligh...read on »

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth

Prince Of Darkness

8/10 from Brian

I'm a bit cynical about all these expensive vinyl soundtracks hitting our racks all of a sudden but that's because I usually find that incidental music intended for a film,...read on »

Featured albums

Archaia
Prince Sunarawma
Ringo Deathstarr
Jooklo Danish Group
Young And Lost Club
Daniel Biro
Insa / Donja / Kai
Robedoor
Tops
Cuushe
Genesis P-Orridge & Stan Bingo
Mohel
Silent Servant
Reuben Son
Robert Jung
Circuit Rider
Primitive Calculators
Pale Seas
The Sea and Cake
Adrian Crowley
The Gaslamp Killer
How To Dress Well
Rangda
Sun Araw
Dinosaur Jr.
Grizzly Bear
Kid Koala
Robert Hood
Sic Alps
Thee Oh Sees
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Man Or Astro-Man?
Lee Hazlewood
Tops
R Stevie Moore
Pauline Oliveros