Aaaaaaannnndddd relax. It’s OK. Everything’s back to normal...
As you may have heard, the online part of Record Store Day was disastrous tumultuous at best. We were truly mortified - Monty Python dirty fork kind of mortified. But thanks for all your words of kindness and support. We’ll let our web folk out of their iron maidens soon.
Oh, and there are still a few bits and bats of Record Store Day stuff on our shelves so please have a look and feel free to help yourself.
Onto this week’s fun though, and we have big new records in from Joanna Gruesome, Mikal Cronin, Super Furry Animals, Jacco Gardner, Django Django, Actress and loads more which you can read about below...
Oh, and please check out this new charity compilation from our good friends at Hibernate Records - all proceeds go to the Nepal disaster fund.
- We’re still not sure which kind of peanut butter Joanna Gruesome eat but they make a perfect noise rock/twee-indie sandwich.
- Jacco Gardner knows how to psych-pop and if you get in early he’ll give you a bonus 50 minute CD.
- Twee-pop mums and dads The Lovely Eggs have become slightly less annoying, says Robin.
- Slow-core folkies Refrigerator are back after many, many years.
- Blurring the lines between hip-hop, electronica, abstract sound pieces and r'n'b is the superb Nosaj Thing.
- Piano man William Basinski releases a new album containing just one track. Comes with bonus live stuff too.
- Superchunk leader Mac McCaughan thankfully tars his own name rather than the bands with his so-so solo effort.
- Melodic pop craftsman Mikal Cronin steps up the big on his new guitar rock opus.
- Paul de Jong was in the Books now he uses strings, samples and beats together for something of an art dance record.
- It says something when Mumford and Sons are only the third worst album of the week. Best Coast have made an awful new album of Katy Perry-styled pop tunes. But for the ultimate accolade in uselessness step forward Palma Violets.
- We have an election coming up in the UK where, hopefully, a bad man will be replaced by a marginally less bad man. Hear Richard Youngs’s timely rants about the state of the nation.
- Bonnie Stillwater is a collab between Will Oldham and members of Grails and Tortoise. Nothing to do with late ‘70s southern rockers Stillwater...or Bonnie Tyler.
- Les Big Byrd are fuzzy Swedish psyche types.
- Roots Manuva has a new 12” out with tracks produced by Fourtet and Machinedrum.
- Sweeping rockers My Morning Jacket are back with more of that thing they do.
- Tal National are Niger’s favourite band, not Nigel as how I originally read it. That will be Skrewdriver.
- Metz make a big dissonant racket a bit like ‘Bleach’ era Nirvana.
- I’m confused about all these new Prefuse 73 records. I *think* this new one is the mini album before he drops the big album. So what was that recent thing on Temporary Residence? Something else maybe that’s now sold out. Anyway they are all good so just get them all.
- Rose Windows do a dramatic folk/psych crossover thing for ya.
- Just in at time of going to press is the new Django Django record. Sounds vibrant.
- Mix Mup says ‘Skip Intro’ but Laurie reckons it’s all good
- DJ Spider and Marshallito give us a esoteric techno binge
- Devon Loch is a horse which suffered a mega fail at the 1956 Grand National but has picked itself back up to make minimalistic organ and piano acoustic collages. Guest rider: Ela Orleans.
- Hazy, freefalling electronic fugs from Cankun.
- Francisco Lopez gets up to 300 on his untitled series with a colony of seagulls (side A) and underwater creatures clicking and buzzing (side B),
- PMM makes his vinyl debut with some pounding kicks, noisy loops and trippy bleeps on Berceuse Heroique
- Meditative calm and proper old skool drone on Rrose plays James Tenney.
- My goodness these limited CDs on Echospace will shift quick, deep dark dubby techno from cv313, Variant and Intrusion.
- London artist K15 returns to the dance floor with a new debut 5-track EP
- Eugene Ward also known as Dro Carey/Tuff Sherm releases some tracks taken from a series of performance collaborations.
- Chugging low slung deep house replete with samples of elephants from Jack Pattern
- The eclectic and unusual Actress releases his DJ Kicks mix with tracks from Lorenzo Senni, Mark Fell, John Beltran,, Beneath, Shit and Shine and an exclusive track from the man himself.
- Able Tasmans would win the re-issue of the week award if we had one. They are another example of why New Zealand is grrrrrrreat. They have their debut LP & 12” re-issued on Flying Nun/Captured Tracks this week.
- Everything The Liminanas have ever done has been re-issued. Everything.
- Two albums of 1960s era experimental pieces for tape and electronics from Richard Maxfield are out on Slowscan.
- White Eyes were hard rockin’, hard tourin’, hard livin’ psyche guys from the late 60s. They finally get their break courtesy of The Numero group.
- The Et les Nouveaux Jeunes tribute to Erik Satie is back out in extended form with tracks from Max Richter, Peter Broderick, The Boats, Dustin O'Halloran, Nils Frahm, Pan American, Rachel Grimes and more.
- Guitar picker Loren Connors ‘Blues The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko’ is back out on vinyl. His stuff always sells out y’know.
- Canadian stoner rock doomsters Sheavy have 2 LPs re-issued on big fat stoner-friendly vinyl.
- Ex At the Drive In folks Sparta have their 2001 debut re-issued.
- Barking,clanking Manchester post-punks Tools You Can Trust have a welcome vinyl re-issue out.
- Micachu aka Mica Levi piles on the wooziness on this re-issue of an early cassette on Demdike Stare (label).
- What were you doin’ back in ‘88? I was still trying to master the 14th hole at Wetherby Golf Club. John Savage looks back at the time when aspects of acid-house and aspects of guitar music fused on Perfect Motion: Jon Savage’s Secret History of Second Wave Psychedelia 1988-93
- There’s a couple of re-issues in from French disco boogie lads Cerrone.
Just one 7” (from post punkers Inheaven) and no tapes this week. Weird.
That’s it from us. Remember it’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the grey old UK so your weekend orders won’t be processed until next Tuesday.
Words by Clinton.
Other work done by Everyone Else.