We’re playing catch-up this week in the Norman household, in that we only just realised our webmaster, director and general bossman Nathon welcomed his newborn daughter into the world two weeks ago. In our defence, it was a pretty exciting time: the new Mac DeMarco had just come in, with a slipmat to boot. A bunch of other stuff was ostensibly happening. I don’t know. In any case, he can now blame any faulty HTML breakage on his baby. Well played.
In news that doesn’t concern zero-year-olds, there were a lot of spinnable circles hoping for temporary motion this week. Chief among them was a long-overdue new AFX release from prolific monster Richard D. James, a record he has not at all annoyingly defined as playable at 33/45 RPM -- naturally, Laurie listened to both speeds simultaneously. We’ve got a rare reissue of some early drone by gatekeepers La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, who hummed with their tongues and then slithered along gongs. Peluche’s triumphant new single keeps us wondering what the fuck Speedy Wunderground are doing, and
We’re writing this update as a duo this week, because it’s always safer when two pairs of hands are at the wheel of a car.
Thanks Robin. Let me (Clint) just tell you about two promos this week. First up, 20% off about 70 recent items to make your summer cheaper. And, secondly, we’ve found hundreds of records we naively thought out of print but are actually available to buy. We hope you find it useful. Back to you, Robin.
Thanks Clint. Let’s run down the week’s beautiful bullet points:
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- Deradoorian offers up some sleepy hallucinations and sounds kind of like all those bands she’s in, but better.
- Cate Le Bon and White Fence’s Tim Presley get together for a band called Drinks, who assure you everything is fine when actually it’s all on fire.
- Isaiah Owens crafts a sparse ode to the Lord with his lovely new record, which is the only non-techno Laurie has heard in twenty-three years.
- He is neither Al Stewart nor the lover you’ve been looking for: Al Lover is just a dude who makes beats and psych rock.
- John Cusack’s films are now a power-pop band called Terrible Feelings.
- As far as I know, Leeds post-punkers Autobahn are not health goths.
- Public Image Limited release a new 10” record ahead of their new album. Clint wishes they hadn’t.
- Paul Smith is here with an album of sparkling Maximo Park style indie made whilst wearing a hat at all times.
- The Bohicas sound like Mud held together with sticky tape and fuzzy production.
- If you like bleak Radiohead,James Blake weep-step and the haunting ethereal Olafur Arnalds types then Gwilym Gold is for you.
- The original Vibracathedral Orchestra are back with their classic rattling sound of drone and heavy percussion.
- Wavves and Cloud Nothings hook up to be ramshackle together.
- Crooning London indie starlets Spector release an LP that comes with a 7”. You can’t lose. Can you?
- Is ‘Music For Dogs’ by Gardens and Villa terrier-able, melan collie, or shih tzu? It’s safe to say Robin doesn’t labradore it. [Editorial note from Nathon: well played, whoever wrote this.]
- Challenging and lengthy neo-classical compositions from Kenneth Kirschner.
- Whiskey-stained growler Mark Lanegan releases his demos from way back when he barked exclusively for Screaming Trees.
- File the Sankt Otten / Majeure split somewhere between your blade runner soundtrack and your Brian Eno.
- No-one told me there was a new Fratelli’s album on ‘the label where bands go to die’™, Cooking Vinyl.
- An album of the parent-soothing music of the popular children’s (and adults) building block game ‘Minecraft’ is now available on vinyl.
- Some post-apocalyptic Swedish drone has landed from Saturn and the Sun.
- Ever managed to accidentally make an album? Well it turns out Herbcraft have managed to do just that. Woodsist then accidentally released it.
Ant’s Big Electronic Roundup, minus Ant (who's on hols)
- As it turns out, that asteroid due to hit earth in 2036 has hurtled off course, so your Black Rain & Shapednoise record should be fine.
- Riding the crystalwave this week is Metasplice, who make our favourite glass-kissed genre a little noisier.
- So….AFX then….
- Rumbles of deep, dark European techno on Mod Exist’s ‘Beef Chop’ cassette.
- Antenna Happy’s Nathan Pope spent 20 years away from music. The break has done him good as he’s returned with some bright and shiny forward-pushing techno.
- No Pain in Pop presents Bedroom Club III in which they give you techno-leaning tracks from six brand new artists.
Reissues that time forgot:
- There are loads of re-issued Liquid Liquid 12”s in stock.
- There’s that La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela landmark release my colleague Robin told you about above.
- Subtly babbling melodic textures on highly sought-after Ami Shavit re-issue.
- Efterklang’s ‘classic’ debut from 2004 gets a re-issue.
- The Reatards, featuring the sadly departed Jay Reatard have their debut re-issued on vinyl.
- Discover the melodic power of synthesisers on this Clara Mondshine from ‘81 when the rest of us were jiving to the Jo-Boxers.
- On the same label as above (5th Dimension) there are further oddball synth re-issues in Nino Nardini Feat Roger Roger (“a tropical jungle paradise”) Master Wilburn Burchette (“heavily psychedelic experimental”) and Eddie Warner (“electronics and library musics”).
- Pere Ubu’s classic ‘Dub Housing’ is back available. You know what to do.
- Another week, another couple of the Fall re-issues. This time ‘Dragnet’ and ‘Live at the Witch Trials’.
Here are some 7”s that exist
To conclude, things are as they were, but not entirely.
Words and iconic back and forth by Clint and Robin.
The Normanites this week were: Kim, Laurie, Phil, Ian, a beach ball.
And isn’t it ironic; don’t you think?
Best records this week
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