Thursday May 5th 2016
- Record of the Week. 10% off til the clock sweeps midnight tonight.
- Pre-order the hotly anticipated new Ian William Craig LP.
It’s been a really busy week here. First up we opened a window for the first time this year. Second, we found a CD player that actually works and third we collected a pallet of the very new Public House record which you won’t find out about until a week after next. This is known as a tease. We learnt that off Radiohead.
Oh and there are loads of things in this week and some of them are very good indeed. Shall we take a look? It’s a bumper week - so grab a mivvi and enjoy.
The General Round-up Of Good New Sound
Top new sounds for your turntable…..not re-issues. This is new music that you haven’t heard before.
- The Anohni record is good. Very, very, good. Read my report.
- Field Mice fans should really check out the new Lightning in a Twilight Hour record. Bob Wratten and crew have made something as good as anything in their back catalogue.
- Good to see Yoni Wolf (aka Why?) back alongside Serengeti as Yoni and Geti (natch).
- Psychic Temple were a man who is now a band and he/they does a take on that Laurel Canyon sound.
- Klaus Johann Grobe is a band, not a man. These people make summer dream-pop. Have an ice cream.
- Imagine living in a cloud. Hakobune would make the soundtrack.
- Mamiffer make drone that’s just woken up. Like a big animal.
- Loose pop vignettes from Manchester crate diggers Whyte Horses.
- J Dilla. A ‘new’ album. This is the one you might have bought on Record Store Day.
- Winner of record title and band name of the week is ‘Pile’ by A Giant Dog.
- Loads of Cohen’s in stock this week, first up complica-pop guy Chris Cohen and secondly ex Peaches Geldof hubby Thomas Cohen.
- Have a look outside. It’s sunny. Therefore Beverly’s sunshine guitar pop is perfect.
- OOFJ. That’s not an exclamation, it’s a band name.
- The Liminanas are a French band. They make music. (Put the cheque in the post as promised Liminanas press guys...yeah?)
- Jaye Bartell seems a fun guy on his record cover. His music is Leonard Cohen bleak though.
- Orchestral pop combo Left With Pictures draft in vintage tape enthusiast Richard Formby for their third record.
- The Duke Spirit make big music for big venues that has a plaintive subtlety to it.
- Former indie punks White Lung make Robin howl from his corner of the office.
- Julianna Barwick makes looped and non-looped vocal songs with synth and piano.
- Acoustic bedroom emo balladeer Into It. Over It get Robin misty eyed about when emo had a purpose.
- Bad record corner: Former Wu Lyf screechers LUH, big music indie folkster RY X. Neither of whose name you’ll remember in one second - despite them being written in shouty capitals.
Enough for you? Ok then you could try records by industrial hardcore lot Youth Code, melancholy post punkers Alaric, cold punkers Synthetic ID, indie electro-pop friend to the stars Little Scream, grown up Americana starlet Joana Serrat, unstoppable electric guitar wizard Loren Connors, polished dream poppers Memory House.
The Round Up Of Old Sound Renewed:
Skip to here if you don’t want new things. These are old and have the familiarity of a rather wonderful old cushion.
- Pavement’s ‘Wowee Zowee’ is back in print on a double vinyl to accommodate it’s sprawl.
- Lesser spotted Bonny Billy LP ‘More Revery’ has been re-hashed by Temporary Residence.
- Autumnal orch-poppers the Clientele have the magnificent ‘Strange Geometry’ re-hinged.
- There’s this guy called Prince.
- Quite a few the Durutti Column re-issues in this week including ‘Live at the Venue’ and ‘Amigos Em Portugal’.
- Josef K’s singles collection is in. Hits from another more jagged stratosphere.
- Italian avant-soundtrack maestro Piero Umiliani’s strange music to an early 70’s documentary about ancient Rome is re-issued as ‘Il Mondo Dei Romani’.
- Two Bernard Herrmann big hitters in on vinyl including ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Twisted Nerve’.
- 10,000 Maniacs. Remember them? Certainly better than 10,000 Things.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
Wharfedale’s actually biggest techno head takes you on an electronic journey...
- Official reissue of Mort Garson’s Lucifer - Black Mass LP on 180g wax with download code. Darkside of the Moog.
- Kane Ikin LP on Type is like like being hunted down by a herd of Cyborg Wooly Mammoths. Fun.
- Tranquilizing ambient offerings from Nhung Nguyen and Cinchel and Hakobune. Zzzzzzz.
- Nu-kosmische meets dubby techno on Driftmachine’s LP for Umor Rex.
- Retro 80’s synth pop from Drab Majesty and modern EBM from Youth Code both on Los Angeles label DAIS.
- Minimal Robert Curgenven 2CD.
- Cititrax: Tracks Volume Two blood red wax of party smashers from Tzusing, L/F/D/M, Silent Servant and Maelstrom.
- Return of The Gasman (not the one that got gaffer taped to the ceiling on TV show Bottom - the Planet Mu one.)
- Coupla tracks from Nils Frahm and chums nonkeen album on R&S now on 12”. Tomfoolery with varying speeds is apparently encouraged.
- LP of live coded electronics from clever people Benôit and the Mandelbrots.
- Junior Boys managed to blag Robert Hood to do a remix on Jiaolong.
- Willie Burns 12” (insert sexually transmitted infection gag).
- Bleak cinematic drone action from Kreng on super posh 2x10” coloured wax.
- Limited hand-stamped Butcher Bear 12" EP on Gangsigns with Shit & Shine and Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program remixes.
- 12” EP on Broken Call featuring Opal Tapes / Unknown Precept folks J. Albert / Patricia / Segv / Nick Klein / Gaul Plus.
- Constant flow of Dark Entries reissues… this week there’s ye olde Italo disco from Some Bizzare and Dario Dell’Aere.
- Represses on Proibito from Huerco. S and Anthony Naples. Plus Greg Beato on Apron.
What a ‘spool’ believes...
- Pregnant sound like Animal Collective smashed to smithereens. Something some of us would be happy to do after that last LP.
- We’ve told you once, we’ve told you twice and we are now telling you three times that this collaboration between Ought’s Tim Darcy and AJ Cornell is rather ace.
Albums too long for you? Try one of these little things.
- The B52’s Kate Pierson (now 237) releases her first solo 7” on Third Man of all places.
- In information that could burst the internet Wavves have teamed up with Cloud Nothings.
- Members of Echobelly give old-time London tunes a bawdy new electrified spin as the Blood Tub Orchestra.
And it’s all over. I’ll be off next week (please don’t celebrate so enthusiastically) so you’ll be in Robin’s capable hands. Weather update: hot. Don’t spend all your record money on ice cream.
Words by Clint and Ant. Some words lifted from text originally scribed by Robin.
The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & his little lad Laurie.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“Fandabidozi stormin’ Norman”
Best records this week
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