Oh my dear Thursday update, why do you mock me so? A recent study has revealed our Tuesday update to be more popular than this Thursday one. So it’s time for Thursday to bite back. I mean just look at it - look at all the lovely juicy information below. ‘Funny’ jokes, tidbits of information, links to where you can buy stuff. Genius.
Anyway, it’s been the first week in a long time for big releases. Out this week, a roll call of bands you might like such as Low, Stars of the Lid, Beirut, Natural Snow Buildings, Sh!t and Shine and more...
Anyway please come with us while we take you down the back alleys of the new releases ….we’re nice and not at all scary y’know.
This week’s all important Things That We Have™:
- Low. Good aren’t they? Robin pours over their new ‘Ones and Sixes’ album and it emerges with a comfortable 7. I’ve been listening to the Guardian stream of it all week in an attempt to block out the office rattle. The more I hear it, the better I think it is. Invest and let it consume you.
- Beirut overly trombones on his latest orch-pop effort, but he’s never been about ‘subtlety’, has he?
- The Petite Noir album is completely ridiculous. The singer can’t decide if he wants to be Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears or John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.
- Simon Scott (of Slowdive™) has released a long awaited album of his driftings. Well, he has been a bit busy of late.
- Natural Snow Buildings churn and drone for almost an hour. “Too short” says Ian.
- That Helen album of ‘88 style shoegaze made by people including Grouper’s Liz Harris is out on vinyl.
- You know it’s Christmas when… ah, the new Yellow6 album is his first non Christmas effort in years. Let’s celebrate Autumn with it.
- Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing make wonderfully sludgy shoegaze/churn rock from New Zealand and are impressively not for the faint hearted.
- Phil once released a single by Noonday Underground. Whilst the Noonday Underground guy went on to work with Paul Weller, Phil continued to sit in his chair. This week they are re-united.
- I’m worried that the very good Farao album will be overshadowed by the unstoppable Julia Holter effort. Can’t stop worrying about it. Comes on clear vinyl with decent bonus ‘influences’ CD.
- Presents for Sally have the kind of name you’d associate with Fiddler’s Dram type folk. Instead they do shoegaze.
- Ornate rock from Shannon and her Clams.
- The latest on Anton Newcombe’s ‘A’ imprint is from Magic Castles. They do stoned out psych. Of course they do.
- Little James Horner sits in the corner doing his ‘Aliens’ soundtrack’
- Castle Face put out an anthology of early stuff by the Fresh and Onlys. Expect pop nuggets lost in time.
- The only band the BBC are aware of
- Woolen Men are anything but wooly. They use lo-fi scream pop to upset the rich.
- Micachu and the Shapes is Mica Levi who did that thing everyone liked.
- Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley has his new lilt-pop opus released. He’s still not run out of Sheffield places to name his albums after.
- The Libertines are back. Buy it and maybe they can afford that extra microphone.
- Robin sends us a postcard telling us how much he loves the strange, lazy psych pop of Gold Celeste.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
- Tourettes syndrome afflicted Shit & Shine pop up on Editions Mego, continuing their mutation from sludgy noise rock into warped and mangled “dance” music with ‘Everybody’s a Fuckin’ Expert’.
- Just when we thought dubstep had died a gruesome death Commodo, Gantz & Kahn prove there’s still some mileage with their ‘Volume 1’ 2x12” on Deep Medi.
- 180g vinyl slab from Benny Ill who rewinds to 1991 jungle styles with ‘Swamp91’ on Loefah’s Swamp 81. See what he did there.
- Inaugural release on promising new label Cusp with an LP of acousmatic/ abstract/ weird electronic music from Lu Katavist on ‘Inburst’ that allows the listener to create their own little universe.
- Chris & Cosey team up with Factory Floor’s Niki Void for a second album on Mute as Carter Tutti Void. Sounds like ‘f (x)’ scared our Laurie’s tender young ears.
- Coupla tracks from Lakker’s R&S album Tundra get remixed by Raster Noton’s Kyoka and SND’s Mark Fell. Someone pick him up.
- Dubby electronica man Pole unleashes his first album in like 8 years with ‘Wald’ on his own Pole label.
- Reassuringly expensive red vinyl 12” of EBM inflected techno from Amato (The Hacker), Tzusing (L.I.E.S.), A-ni and Broken English Club (Oliver Ho) on Cititrax: Tracks Volume One
- 12” of “Pure Trance” on Optimo Music from the mysterious Rita Furstenhof with ‘Hadron Collider EP’. Bound to be soundtracking many a good time on the dancefloor.
- Ratking’s beat maker Eric Adiele debut’s as Sporting Life with a tape for R&S.
- Cloudy synth textures and noisy ambient action on crystal clear 180g wax from Baldruin. Numbered edition of 260 copies.
- Rejections (Opal Tapes) fella Michael Hann has some otherworldly sounds out on Alien Jams under his Marreck handle.
- Also worth a mention are James Place tape on Umor-Rex, INIT job on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs, Jens Uwe Beyer album on Kompakt and Nick Hoppner gets remixed on Ostgut Ton.
- As you may have heard, those mind crushingly luscious 2LP re-issues from ambient lords Stars of the Lid are in stock.
- Two jangle pop classics are back in. McCarthy’s ‘I Am A Wallet’ sounds like the time Jeremy Corbyn discovered indie-pop whilst Primal Scream’s ‘Sonic Flower Groove’ shows what they sounded like before they discovered leather trousers.
- Precise German men the Notwist release ‘Neon Golden’ for precisely the 437th time.
- Horrible men Whitehouse have their horrible ‘Halogen’ horribly re-issued. It’s the one Steve Albini recorded.
7 inches of desperation:
- I’ve yet to hear the Everything Everything album. Maybe I should start with this new 7”.
- Manchester people Pins have a new 7” out that’s only available from us and selected outlets.
- Loads of Fruits De Mer 7”s out including Nick Nicely, Magic Bus and more but be quick as our gnomic ever present customer Dusty has already bought most of them.
- Kevin Morby makes nice Bob Dylan-ish folk. He played my town on Tuesday but I watched the most boring football match ever instead.
- Mammoth Penguins release a 7” from their recent album of decent indie pop stuff.
That’s it. Finally, spare a thought for the Guardian journalist who escaped from a burning plane, somehow managed to quickly pen an article about it and still got snarky comments underneath. Let’s have a snark free weekend eh?
Words by Clint with Ant and some stuff nicked from Robin.
The Normanites this week were: Phil, Laurie, Kim, Ian, Simon Le Bon and Nathon.
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