Why shop with us? 0113 245 4399

Weekly Update Hot Chip, Kandodo, Chord, Grass Widow, Eternal Tapestry, and more...

Afternoon Normbots, gonna be a bit of a quick intro this week because some rich family down south with a superiority complex decided it’d be fun to mess up a working week for everybody for the second year running so apart from packing your orders we’ve had to deal with whole week’s influx of records in two days. Yeah, cheers Liz, real helpful, it wasn’t enough that you already live off us.

We do have some cool stuff in at the time of writing, though, so for now I’ll talk you through that! MIE Records have sent us a couple with impressive pedigrees - a 2LP pressing of a 1992 CD by Dead C’s Michael Morley’s solo project Gate which is full of slow-burning lo-fi weirdness, and a tasty LP of minimal vibes from post-metal (Pelican, etc) fellas’ highbrow sound art project Chord in sexy screened sleeves. Milk Records have sent us a load of great UK DIY type stuff, with bargain-priced tapes including some ace lo-fi organ-heavy garage pop from Gold Bars, deconstructed noise pop from Bloody Knees and one I’ve not listened to yet that’s probably also good from Skinny Girl Diet, as well as 7” from spazzy Scots punks Divorce and a split by noisy London lasses Trash Kit and Woolf. Elsewhere in tapeville, brand new Dublin label Northern Twilights have a new one from drift king Celer and an EP of soundscaping from Tiago Morgado. So I Buried have sent us a CD of blazing spontaneous psych jamming from the formidable team of Bo Ningen & Damo Suzuki, and a furiously upbeat and totally enjoyable bit of showing off from Suzuki-endorsed jazz-psych virtuoso Mandog. Runningonair have sent us another of their super-limited CDs of cerebral minimal, this time an emotional electro-orchestral suite from Regolith that blew my mind. Melvins are back, this time in their stripped down “Melvins Lite” form, doling out a scorching CD of ‘70s-influenced rock. There’s a fairly long 12” of ultra-melodic acid-inflected braindance from EOD which is mega fun, and the prolific Philippe Petit has a new 10” of his spooked neoclambient atmospheres to give you unsettling dreams.

Other nice things include a new A Place To Bury Strangers album, the fifth and final 12” in Bjork’s milking remix series from her latest opus, a rawking White Manna album, a smashing Grass Widow album, das new 7”er from Gold Panda, psych fun time with the new Eternal Tapestry, A brand new Hot Chip album available on a limited indies deluxe vinyl with a bonus 7”, The Heads singer (Simon Price) signs to Thrill Jockey for his solo project Kandodo, check it out...more Thrill Jockey action with a repress of Tortoise’s Millions Living LP...Bobby Womack!...I keep walking around the office saying Bobby Womack...it’s fun...Beck joins forces with Jack White...there’s a nice picture of Beck on the sleeve...check out the 3D fancy sleeve for the SBTRKT 12” with a Sissy Bakbak mix (possibly Thom Yorke?) and Piano Magic have found the time to release a brand new album. It’s good as well!

There’s disappointment too this week, sadly. Important Records deliberately sold too many copies direct themselves of the Eleh/Duane Pitre LP and then failed to provide anyone else with the agreed quantities they were supposed to get. Classy move, lads. Those of you who are excited about that one will just have to hold your breath until the repress in (fingers crossed) two to three weeks.

Okay there’s yr quick overview...Love you.

Mike Pie and the Pipers xo


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Liars

WIXIW

9/10 from Clinton

Liars are such an interesting band. You never quite know what you are going to get but every time its always different and never less than impressive. This album starts o...read on »

Cliff Martinez / Various

Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

9/10 from Li'l Biz

The film Drive was one of the big success stories of 2011 but it was the soundtrack that really interested me. I’ve heard it played out a little recently and was supe...read on »

Debruit

Let's Post Funk! (Ft. Jamie Woon / Om 'Mas Keith)

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Debruit the sample crazy French man on a mission returns with a full length on Civil Music that’s a culmination of his three years of travelling through Africa and sam...read on »

Drexciya

Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller II

9/10 from Brian

Business Lady is into bang into electro funk. I reckon she’s the funkiest chick that works here…hmmmm maybe a-part from the actual chick who works here cos she...read on »

Jeff Grace

Meek's Cutoff

9/10 from Brian

I told Phil I’d seen this film the other week, Meek’s Cutoff, and that landed me with the unenviable job of trying to write some sensible, constructive words ab...read on »

Natural Snow Buildings

Live Sheffield & London 2012

9/10 from Brian

Also on Blinkiest Rangleblow, or should I say its shadowy bootleg alter-ego comes this long-play tape of our favorite French drone mistresses. I know Medi is a boy, yeah OK...read on »

Mandog

Dream of Liquid

9/10 from Mike

This CD comes in a rather unassuming-looking cardboard sleeve but do not be fooled, this guy Keiichi Miyashita is in a league of his own, as explained in the gushing introd...read on »

Divorce

Horseheads

9/10 from Mike

Glasgow’s most obnoxious band are back with a new single! I expect you already know what this is going to sound like. It’s not surprising me at all, anyway, the...read on »

Regolith

And...

9/10 from Mike

The consistently impressive cerebral minimalists at Runningonair have sent us another of their ridiculously limited CDs, this time from duo Regolith. These are process-orient...read on »

Bo Ningen With Damo Suzuki

Foreign Affair Confidential

9/10 from Mike

Well how about this one? We’ve got jazzy Japanese bong rockers Bo Ningen bustling through some incendiary improvised jams with the spontaneously prolific vocaliser and a...read on »

Gate

The Dew Line

9/10 from Mike

Okay, this is Dead C fella Michael Morley doing some solo electronic-ish thing, so I’m told. Actually there’s more garagey lo-fi tones on here than electronic one...read on »

Chord

Gmaj7

9/10 from Mike

Okay, this one is some post-metal lads from the likes of Pelican and Sacred Cities, but they’re going a bit high art on you with this band. Chord’s concept is as ...read on »

DVA (Czech duo)

Botanicula

9/10 from Mike

Minority Records put out a vinyl issue of Tomas Dvorak’s ‘Machinarium’ soundtrack not too long ago, and this time it’s the turn of DVA (a Czech duo, no...read on »

Moon Ate The Dark

Moon Ate The Dark

9/10 from Phil

Sonic Pieces throw another CD our/ your way this week with a newie by Moon Ate The Dark. The duo comprise of Anna Rose Carter (London based pianist who has appeared on labels ...read on »

Bear Bones, Lay Low

El Telonero

9/10 from Phil

Ooh there’s always something exciting about picking something up to review that you’ve never heard of before. It could be amazing or it could be utter gash. You co...read on »

Grass Widow

Internal Logic

9/10 from Clinton

Mike promised me I’d like this Grass Widow record and he’s 100% correct. I’m sure I’ve heard them before on Brian’s recommendation but in the s...read on »

Piano Magic

Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet

9/10 from Clinton

They say great things come to those who wait. Or in musical terms the more you battle on, the more rewarded you will be. Having pretty much cut any musical career I had sho...read on »

Eternal Tapestry

Dawn In 2 Dimensions

9/10 from Mike

Last time we got anything in from Eternal Tapestry it was that ace jammy LP of their collaborative radio session with post-dub titan Sun Araw, and now they’re back to g...read on »

Mordant Music

Post-MorteM / ModeM

9/10 from Ant

A new release on the esteemed Mordant Music is always met with open arms and ears around these parts. Having followed the label since its genesis looking back on the catalogu...read on »

White Manna

White Manna

9/10 from Mike

I’ve got a load of weed rock to review this week from the likes of Eternal Tapestry, Melvins, Mandog, that D Suzuki/Bo Ningen collab, and now this slice of blazing psych...read on »

Kandodo

Kandodo

9/10 from Mike

Kandodo is Simon Price from The Heads. That fact alone would probably enable us to sell at least a dozen of these records even if everybody knew all it contained was a 20-se...read on »

Hapsburg Braganza

Recurring Dreams

9/10 from Clinton

Gorgeous double album of drifty, psychedelic guitar explorations sometimes taking on a stoner rock vibe but more often drifting into a fug of stretched out fingerpicked bli...read on »

Melvins

Freak Puke

9/10 from Mike

This Melvins album isn’t really a Melvins album. Only it is. It’s not business as usual, though, as this time around they’re stripped down to a three-piece...read on »

Advance Base

A Shut-In's Prayer

8/10 from Clinton

So this is the new project from the man who brought you Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and its a beautiful collection of downbeat torch songs which brings mostly to mind Ma...read on »

Cocoanut Groove

Colours

8/10 from Clinton

I fell in love with Cocoanut Groove’s previous album ‘Madelaine Street‘ which married the 60’s pop sensibilities of Love and The Lefte Bank with aching...read on »

Woodbine and Ivy Band/ Sproatly Smith

Gently Johnny

8/10 from Clinton

Two bands, one song, the traditional ballad ‘Gently Johnny’ , two different interpretations. Woodbine and Ivy Band do a Pentangle like wandering folk lament wit...read on »

Lemonade

Neptune

8/10 from Clinton

Recently voted best new track by Pitchfork, the lead track here sounds like a depressed beyond tablets Justin Timberlake after he’s just missed a birdie putt on the 1...read on »

Peak Twins / Scott & Charlene's Wedding

Split

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve always had a soft spot for Australian pop - The Go-Betweens, The Canannes etc etc etc. Here we have a split album of two of Australia’s new up and coming po...read on »

Borealis

Los Ojos Del Sobremundo

8/10 from Brian

This is a funny one. It’s basically pretty J. Rose/J. Blackshaw-like in its yearning hypnotic execution but I’m weirdly sat there thinking….is this still ...read on »

RYAT

TOTEM

8/10 from Brian

Blimey it’s a new Bjork-type lass. Never seen one o’ them before. Ho-ha she’s got it all down-pat has this Ryat. Get the first track and it’s glacial ...read on »

Mum

Early Birds

8/10 from Brian

It’s a shame there’s two grimacing fuck-tards from Leeds City Council digging a hole in the road just outside my window, it would have been nice to sit here in ...read on »

Various

Hare Akedod 002

8/10 from Brian

Really I’ve no idea wtf this thing is. It’s a cryptic looking compilation tape in oversized box, comprised of muffly psych-folk /lo-fi / vintage electronic weir...read on »

Bloody Knees

Bloody Knees EP

8/10 from Mike

It’s tape time! This one here is from Bloody Knees and it’s got some lively garagey noise rock/post-punk business on it. Pretty charming actually. Genuinely nas...read on »

Philippe Petit

Eugenie

8/10 from Mike

Dark lord of weirdness Philippe Petit’s got a new one again. I’m sure he only just did a new one but that’s how these outsider types work sometimes isn&rsq...read on »

Gold Bars

Gold Bars

8/10 from Mike

This tape is one of several winners we’ve got in from Milk Records this week which include the new 7” from our favourite Glaswegian noise-punkers Divorce. On this ...read on »

EOD

Questionmarks

8/10 from Mike

Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve got this record which I’m told is “acid”. Now Brian loves acid, he’s always taking it, some days I can smell ...read on »

Tiago Morgado

Prime Spiral EP

8/10 from Mike

Brand new Dublin-based label Northern Twilights have sent us a couple of tapes this week, and they’re off to a bit of a running start with a brand new tape from Celer...read on »

Simon Scott

Below Sea Level

8/10 from Mike

This CD has a head-scratchingly complex concept which I’m struggling to get my head around in the short time I have to write this review, but it is themed around the ...read on »

Bobby Womack

The Bravest Man In The Universe

8/10 from Clinton

Now that Gil Scott Heron has died,  XL have had to go scratting around for another legend to resurrect. And who better than one of the Womack’s  - Bobby. Reme...read on »

Miaoux Miaoux

Light of the North

8/10 from Clinton

The problem with The Postal Service ‘Give Up’ album is that so many people have tried to ape its melancholic synth pop sound. The opener here sounds so much like ...read on »

Nathan Fake

Iceni Strings

8/10 from Clinton

Swashbuckling, icy electro from Nathan Fake, aiming at the dancefloor but also perfect for home listening. There a 4/4 wallop to the rhythms with squelshy keys and lots of ...read on »

Nick Mott

The Visitors

8/10 from Clinton

On lovely vinyl, a crazed, inexplicable menagerie of found sounds, squeaks, rattles, hums, ticks, drones, tweaks that starts like the soundtrack to some madcap children&rsq...read on »

kevin Greenspon & Nicole Kidman

Already Dead

8/10 from Clinton

Lordy, that Nicole Kidman has let herself go. Here she teams up with no-fi shout/strummer Kevin Greenspon for an EP of child like punk pop songs. For the uninitiated think ...read on »

Adapta

EP. 2

8/10 from Clinton

This is the second EP from the dude from Bitstream who continues a path into brutalist abstract electronica with bleak cityscape juggernaut beats and hard edged crunchy synth...read on »

The One Ensemble

Oriole

8/10 from Mike

This LP sees Daniel Padden's One Ensemble laying down some Eastern European-sounding folk business with accordions and fiddles and stuff. It's all quite dusky and repetitive ...read on »

V.I.V.E.K

Out Of Reach

8/10 from Ant

A welcome return to Mala’s Deep Medi imprint from bass soldier V.I.V.E.K who keeps things pure as ever with his continuing vision of dubstep. First on the plate is &lsq...read on »

A Place To Bury Strangers

Worship

8/10 from Mike

I found out the other day that one of the dudes from A Place To Bury Strangers not only makes his own effects pedals but also sells them. That seems like an incredibly savvy ...read on »

Spaceghostpurrp

Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of Spaceghostpurrp

8/10 from Clinton

Having failed somewhat to cross over to the dubstep arena with the shocking Joker album, former neo-goths 4AD now enter the nether worlds of underground darkwave hip hop with ...read on »

Invisible Sports

The Future Tastes

8/10 from Clinton

How many guys out of Volcano the Bear are releasing solo albums this week? I think this is the third and possibly the weirdest - though the others are not exactly chart fodde...read on »

Gold Panda

Mountain / Financial District

8/10 from Clinton

So here’s Gold Panda’s first new material in ages and it’s...um...okay. Opener ‘Mountains’ is built around a sample of wibbly trumpets over a s...read on »

Thomas Koner

Novaya Zemlya

8/10 from Mike

I’m not really the best person to review this sort of thing. It’s not that I have a problem with it but, well, I like my music to have a little more music in it...read on »

Hauschka / Michael Mayer

Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP1

8/10 from Mike

Got a 12” here with a couple of remixes of modern neoclassical ivory-tinkler Hauschka from techno types Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and Michael Mayer. Both a...read on »

Featured albums

Gold Bars
Skinny Girl Diet
Trash Kit/ Woolf
Tiago Morgado
Mandog
Philippe Petit
Bloody Knees
Divorce
Celer
Bo Ningen With Damo Suzuki
Regolith
EOD
Beck
Bobby Womack
Gold Panda
Hot Chip
Tortoise
Eternal Tapestry
Kandodo
White Manna
Grass Widow
Piano Magic
Melvins
A Place To Bury Strangers
Chord
Björk
SBTRKT
Eleh / Duane Pitre
Gate