It’s all plums and raspberries this week at the towers as we feast on late summer fruit. We’ve got a new kettle which is near perfect but the intercom has been intermittent all week. In between all this we’ve added records to the shelves despite us being down to 1999 era staffing levels and a grappling with broadband that is just one step above dial up. This is the point where we usually tell you all about the biggest releases of the week but this week there’s been nothing. Nowt. Zilch. Zero. Scraping the barrel there’s a Pavement issue of all the tracks that didn’t go on ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ and some Red House Painters vinyl reissues that have now sold out so you can’t buy them even if you wanted to.
Still we plod on and we’ve found these small nuggets of glory for your delectation….
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- Daniel Bachman isn’t from Bachman Turner Overdrive and produces glorious finger-picked guitar very similar to Michael Chapman.
- More guitar loveliness from Matt ‘MV’ Valentine. Stargazing, slow-burning, stoned - just like our Laurie.
- Slime is a new man on Weird World who makes kinda nice downbeat squelshtronica to nod at late at night.
- Day Ravies are an Australian lot who make rinky dink indie pop. Next week new records from Stod Rewart.
- Mallee Songs make really nice slowcore songwritery stuff like Sophia or By the Fireside.
- Terry de Castro is one bit of the Wedding Present and has unleashed a 10” of dusty Americana a la Cowboy Junkies or something.
- Jock Scot is a Scottish man.
- Sweet Baboo is so sweet our reviewer aches for a little more sour.
- Ben Lawless and Squinchy split a 12” and both make a Beefheartian racket.
- Former Clash / Gorillaz / Big Audio Dynamite man and all round sound bloke (says my mate Tony) Mick Jones is back with a breezy new album.
- Those Meg Baird and Neil Young albums which were previously out on CD only are now here on luscious vinyl.
- In soundtrack news we have those for Low Down (jazz thing) and Slasher Dave’s ‘Chubbies’ soundtrack.
- Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand made everyone in the office calm.
- Breezy roadtrip rock from Pega Monstro. ‘Sick’, says Robin (that means good, old people).
- Lush and beautiful slowcore folk from Blood Warrior.
- Shaun Nunutzi of Dead Skeletons gets the closest the Fuzz Club have gotten to having a proper and straightforward song appear on their label, with TAU.
Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup
Here he is….this week direct from Wales…..
- A tasty pair of waxes on Opal Tapes with the oxidised techno of Body Boys and Michael Vallera of Cleared bringing the darkness.
- A mighty triple whammy from Project: Mooncircle with slabs from Deceptikon, Nuage and repress action from Robot Koch.
- A stonking quadruple lot from The Trilogy Tapes (insert buses arriving at once cliché) with bangers from Slack DJs (Low Jack and D.K.), Ekman, EMG & Battista, and Chemotex aka Marcos Cabral. A gargantuan thanks to RCC who saved me a job by writing great customer reviews for the lot of them. Go read.. I think I owe him a pint!
- There’s a big wobbler on Mala’s Deep Medi Musik from K Man The Phantom for those of you that like to reside inside bass bins.
- Boxcutter man Barry Lynn switches aliases and styles as The Host with an LP of psychedelic ambient, new age type chillscapes.
- Yko Tao Remixes (Bee Mask / Max Loderbauer) sounds pretty lush, particularly the gripping Bee Mask mix on Ako.
- Party like it’s 1991/1993 with 180g double vinyl reissues of Orbital’s first two long players complete with download codes which didn’t exist back then; Orbital (Green Album) and Orbital 2 (Brown Album).
- The Black Dog elaborate on William Burroughs’ disdain of control through electronic music with Neither / Neither on their Dust Science imprint.
- Two men with artist names that make me hungry make beats; Chunky does ‘Oun_C’ on Loefah’s 81 and Appleblim did ‘Avebury’ on foundation bass label Tempa. I need a Twix now.
Reissues that time forgot:
These are records which were out once but then sold and now are out again and one day will sell and then will be out again.
- I don’t know where to put this Pavement ‘Secret History’ LP...technically it’s a reissue, as the tracks have all been out before, but it’s also a new release. Confusing. Anyway if you want everything from the ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ era that didn’t go onto that album on vinyl, then this is for you.
- To demonstrate how low we’ve stooped, we have Gary Numan’s Greatest Hits on vinyl.
- Remember before Bjork was Bjork? When The Sugarcubes thought it was a good idea to let the other guy sing? Well their debut is back out on green vinyl.
- New on Lights in the Attic, we have an album by Noo Wave person and friend to Kid Creole and the Coconuts Lizzy Mercier Descloux.
- Jimmie Haskell and His Orchestra is a synthy oddball as is anything which had something to do with space in the ‘50s/’60s.
- The Vinyl Factory are living up to their name and releasing three records by bedroom classical composer Keaton Henson.
Here are some 7”s that exist
Oh where have all the 7”s gone, long time passing?
Where have all the 7”s gone, long time ago?
Arctic Monkeys-styled young lads Fronteers have one as do Band of Pain who have decided to set the poem printed on the inside of the first Black Sabbath LP to music. Raft Records is a new vinyl venture from The Vinyl Factory (remember them from above?) -- they release a compilation of new garage stuff and the debut from sleaze-rockers Loom. Oh...and maybe this will tickle that fancy of yours...that Goat 7” from last week now in on GREEN vinyl - be very quick.
Fans of laziness will be pleased to know I’m on holiday yet again next week. Robin will be with you in the first part of the week whilst I will storm back on Thursday to pretend I’ve been missed.
Most words by Clint, electro words by Ant.
The Normanites this week were: Kim, Phil, Robin, Laurie and a slither of Ian.
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