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Thursday May 5th 2016

  • Record of the Week. 10% off til the clock sweeps midnight tonight.
  • “Got a new Radiohead album for you, mate” -- Thom Yorke on Skype to a coat nobody’s wearing.

Well, the verdict’s in: the new Radiohead album is pretty good. Look, they’ll never make an album as good as ‘HmmmmmmmmmMMmm Oxford Is Weirrrrd’, and I know it’s hard for them to follow up one as seminal as ‘Trains Aren’t As Good As They Used To Be, Are They?’, but good on ‘em for trying. Thom and Jonny can only do their best, and I admire their decision to replace Ed O’Brien with a self-service checkout.

You’ve ordered a lot of those records, and we thank you for that, but there’s plenty more sound where that came from -- in fact this week is so full of high-scoring musical aptitude tests I think we should shut down the school. Go get your A-Levels somewhere else, ya nerds.

Just kidding. Come back. Please.

New Music To Listen to Midweek On This Old Planet:

  • Dance through a corridor of your choice while listening to this great Jessy Lanza record.
  • Oliver Coates brews fine timbre soup with his cello. Bonus: Laurie’s review makes fun of Jamie XX.
  • Yak make “enjoyable” noise. Sweet of them.
  • We’ve got a new one from the jazz orchestra/excuse for a dinner party that is Fire!
  • Sanitation rockers Orchestra of Spheres tentatively clear up their psychedelic swamp.
  • Yay: Britta Phillips debuts!
  • Dip into this magical bag and pull out a monolithic psych comp featuring Los Pecadoras, Lazer Boy, Val Denham and, of course, more.
  • J.D. Emmanuel sooths the soul.
  • The newest Folklore Tapes edition is in for all our warlock pals out there.
  • Stian Westerhus is a scary pop liar.
  • There’s nostalgia pop to be had from Papernut “Would You Like a Bag With That?” Cambridge.
  • This great Madegg record deftly drowned out the Eagulls record playing in the room next door, which Laurie deemed “not my fucking tempo”.
  • Fog. It stops you from seeing things. Andrew Broder knows.
  • What if the Beatles were spiders? Connie Acher neither asks nor answer this question.
  • And speaking of that Eagulls record: it sounds like the Cure.
  • I enjoyed mistyping “plaintive” as “plaintibe” so much I’ve left the error in this Library Tapes review for all to see.
  • Pedro Soler bonds with his son, a guitar.
  • Michael Tanner has a psaltery and a dulcimer? What a lucky boy.
  • I’ll be the bigger person and admit to loving a psych rock record -- it’s by Kikagaku Moyo.
  • Meet David Grubbs’ guitar.
  • Two lovely books masquerading as CDs this week: one involves dreamcatcher Gigi Masin and the other soundsoother Tomas Phillips.
  • Future meteorologist Amanda Bergman predicts an indie pop storm.
  • Embrace your early-morning eyelids with this beautiful sound blur from Nhung Nguyen and Cinchel.
  • Some folks from Alif, Land of Kush and Sun City Girls birth a supergroup called the Dwarfs of East Agouza.
  • There’s a band called Virgin Suicide but their music serves as jangly repentance for their name.
  • Okkylung Lee jams with Bill Orcurtt at experimental Wembley Cafe Oto. Also present at Oto this one time: Georgian folk musician Yurt Yeri.
  • Urashima offer up horrid sounds from the expertly horrid Vidna Obmana and Taint.

I can tell you’re bloated by bullet points at this point, so I’ll run down the rest in blank verse: grind-doom duet The Body and Full of Hell are mad about something, though pop hopeful Slow Steve doesn’t see the problem. Oscar is oblivious. Crywank have a hilarious name but make humourless music, while David First refuses to make pop songs with his guitar. Karl Blau gives Nashville a kiss and Kvelertak do some riffs. Bitchin Bajas and Olivia Wyatt offer music ‘n’ found sounds respectively for a docusoundtrack. Earthless and Harsh Toke swap skateboard stories and Nothing release… something.

Reissues

It’s like visiting your gran’s house but she’s just sitting there making indie rock mixtapes.

  • The happy ghosts of Death and Vanilla apply their invisible sunscreen for reissues of their self-titled, their EP and a nifty lil’ 7”.
  • “Well I re-issued an album called Old Ramon and thought about how my dad used to like these songs and incidentally I’m on the phone to my dad right now aren’t I dad” -- Mark Kozelek
  • John Bender did a thing once: it was one of them “no waves”. He did not catch a wave.
  • There will never not be Fall records. Trust me.
  • Cass McCombs sounds like Catacombs. As such, here is Cass McCombs with his album Catacombs.
  • Domino saw it in their heart to release the two latter-day Pavement records where they sound tired of it all. Brighten The Corners is pretty great, if you ask me; Terror Twilight has a song about carrots, which is important.
  • “Some” -- Four Tet on the amount of love in your tummy.
  • Morbid Angel get all late ‘80s death on us with a reissue of Altars of Madness.
  • Robert Wyatt… more like… Robert Wynott (buy this record)?
  • The Red Krayola seem fine. I’ve run out of jokes. This is a reissue but it was never released to begin with.
  • In his old review of ‘Avatar’, Ant called Comets on Fire “COMETS ON FIRE”. I like it. And speaking of Ant...

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He lives on top of a hill and listens to techno while fixing quaint leaks.

Arriving any second now:


Tape That:

[Warning: spoolers ahead!]

Chris Herbert provides us with a dimensional multipack of drone, while stranded sound processor Secret Pyramid makes it winter in May and we ultimately forgive him for it.

7”s:

It’s the little sound that could. Inspirational stuff. Braving the minidisc-of-vinyl world this week are brilliant goth submariners Exploded View, Beach Boys clones Explorers Club, plus psych-pop karaoke pros Crystal Jaqueline and July (both via Fruits de Mer). The Big Moon make a contradictory small record, while Jack White joins forces with the Muppets -- that isn’t a Clickhole headline.

That was a lot of records, wasn’t it? We haven’t been making little castles and forts out of them all. I promise.

Words by Robin and Ant, in loving tribute of blissed-out holidaymaker Clint.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Ian, Thom Yorke’s disgruntled TV remote & Laurie.
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Customer Compliment of the Week:

“You are going to ruin my life.”


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Kehrschleife

EP

9/10 from Jamie

Some previously long lost recordings from early-80s Berlin now, on Polytechnic Youth. The EP contains 8 tracks, 4 on either side of this 45rpm 7” record. ‘Kehrschl...read on »

Various

The Vanity Case Reality Tunnel Volume Three, Where is Tomorrow?

9/10 from Jamie

Well. Vanity Case have, erm, got on the case (see what I did there? Cue long sigh..) and finally released the third in their series of ‘Reality Tunnels’ -- on cd, ...read on »

Chris Herbert

Katushki

9/10 from Robin

It’s only the beginning of the week and we’re barely out of breakfast, but Low Point have already served up a fine dessert of ambient crumble -- ‘Katushki&rs...read on »

Jessy Lanza

Oh No

9/10 from Robin

Yes come on. We’re out in Holbeck with my favourite record of the year so far, Jessy Lanza’s chill but staggered ‘Oh No’, which sees her carefree in a ...read on »

Oliver Coates

Upstepping

9/10 from Laurie

A friend of mine tried to start a blog called ‘Step Up’ about kool elektronik musik back in 2012 when everyone was starting a blog to unearth the latest Dauwd-ish ...read on »

J.D. Emmanuel

Electronic Minimal Music

9/10 from Robin

I’m glad the music world eventually decided to make J.D. Emmanuel a thing. Like a quiet, reliable friend with prescient things to say (and occasionally a new age curveba...read on »

Madegg

NEW

9/10 from Laurie

This crazy chicken by the name of Kazumichi Komatsu is returning to Tokyo label Flau to provide your ears with some pulsing, challenging textures that discogs has kindly label...read on »

Various

Conspiración Progresso

9/10 from Ant

Only 300 copies of this bad boy on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil label - already sold out at source. Compiled by one of the Janus crew it showcases some fine underground forward ...read on »

Pedro Soler + Gaspar Claus

Al Viento

9/10 from Laurie

This is the recorded audio documentation of an intimate father / son bonding session between daddy Soler and his flamenco guitar, and the slithery slide of Gaspar Claus’...read on »

Laniakea

A Pot of Powdered Nettles

8/10 from Laurie

What I thought would be some powerskronk due to the presence of even one single member of Zu is actually drone. I guess all the powerskronkers are making drone now, it’s...read on »

Jensen Interceptor

M

8/10 from Laurie

CPU’s latest funky 12” electro offering, release number 29 if my binary is as good as it used to be, comes from a man called Mikey Melas (once of a group called Li...read on »

Magpahi / Paper Dollhouse

Rituals & Practices

8/10 from Jamie

Folklore Tapes’ latest edition of ongoing records documenting and celebrating -- oddly enough -- folklore and ‘arcana of the farthest-flung recesses of Great Brita...read on »

KKKMO

Are You Land Or Water

8/10 from Robin

Tight rhythms, rockin’ basslines, post-punk atmospheres? It could only be a band of people obsessed with caving! Yes, cave-lovers KKKMO (Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O) were de...read on »

Stian Westerhus

Amputation

8/10 from Robin

A strange thing, this: Stian Westerhus, a collaborator saviour in Rune Grammofon-affiliates such as Supersilent, Jaga Jazzist and even the way-proggy Motorpsycho, has made a p...read on »

Papernut Cambridge

Love The Things Your Lover Loves

8/10 from Jamie

‘Love the Things Your Lover Loves’ is, it seems, the fourth album from Papernut Cambridge. The main Papernut, Ian Button, was a founder member of Thrashing Doves a...read on »

Yak

Alas Salvation

8/10 from Jamie

NOISE! Yak are a London-based trio -- Oliver Burslem, Andy Jones and Elliot Rawson -- who make rawcous, thrilling, and did I say noisy rock music. From those who hav...read on »

The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Bes

8/10 from Jamie

The Dwarfs of East Agouza -- trio made up of Maurice Louca (Alif, Bikya), Sam Shalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect) and Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands) met ...read on »

Britta Phillips

Luck or Magic

8/10 from Jamie

‘Luck or Magic’ is, surprisingly, Britta Phillips' debut solo album; she has worked with her husband Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) on three Dean & Britta albums; ...read on »

Library Tapes

Escapism

8/10 from Robin

You ever tried to listen to an ambient album for piano and cello while someone else blasts Islam Chipsy through the office? It’s not easy. I’ve managed to immerse ...read on »

Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt

Live at Cafe Oto

8/10 from Jamie

Recorded live at London’s revered stage and bastion of experimentalism, Cafe Oto, this record is the documented result of the meeting of two of the most singular voices ...read on »

Exploded View

No More Parties In The Attic / Strange Coincidences

8/10 from Robin

It’s rare that 7”s are frightening -- not enough time, damnit! -- but put your faith in Exploded View to provide the exception that proves the rule. “No More...read on »

Orchestra Of Spheres

Brothers and Sisters of The Black Lagoon

8/10 from Robin

They’ve got a good name, have these psychedelic bait ‘n’ switchers: their sound, both full-sounding and cyclical, has all the qualities necessary to an Orche...read on »

Fire! Orchestra

Ritual

8/10 from Robin

The Fire! Orchestra is what happens when you try to arrange an end-of-year office party but you’re an avant-garde/free-jazz hybrid label, so everything goes to shit. Hav...read on »

Torn Hawk

Union and Return

8/10 from Laurie

Ah, Torn Hawk, you and I have had some tumbles in the past. The Cowboys 12”, mmm, the good times, and the ok times that were his last record which I think I said I liked...read on »

Lakker

Struggle & Emerge

8/10 from Laurie

Well, Lakker, hello again. That was quick, blasting out a new album of stuttering, gnarled and grooving electronic sounds barely a year after the wonderful Tundra. While that ...read on »

Kikagaku Moyo

House In The Tall Grass

8/10 from Robin

Hello it’s me psych rock. I just came to borrow some sugar. Hey it’s me psych rock again. Can I use your wifi? Hey! Me again. Do you have any tupperware going spar...read on »

Gigi Masin / Micro Salvadori

Hazkara

8/10 from Laurie

Italy’s prince of chill Gigi Masin teams up with multitalented muse Micro Salvadori for a tender excursion into the world of the piano in an attempt to build a unified p...read on »

The Body & Full Of Hell

One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

8/10 from Robin

Giving grindcore their sternest glare, Full of Hell team up with doom pop stars the Body for a record of quite unkempt intensity, and it’s actually special: you might th...read on »

Michael Tanner

Suite for Psaltery and Dulcimer

8/10 from Robin

Lovely Kit with their lovely records. Having recently released Mary Lattimore’s harp drones via a swell tape slash beam of light called ‘Luceferin Light&rsquo...read on »

John T. Gast

Invocations II (The Obelisk of TJ // Age of Apathy Tape)

8/10 from Ant

Long overdue vinylization of this Blowing Up The Workshop mixtape mp3 that’s been lurking in cyberspace for the past coupla years. The mysterious John T. Gast did an al...read on »

Carla dal Forno

Fast Moving Cars

8/10 from Ant

Bittersweet 7” of gloriously melancholy lo-fi DIY bedroom pop from Carla dal Forno who's previously appeared on Blackest Ever Black as a member ...read on »

NGLY

NGLY

8/10 from Ant

Sidney Reilly returns to L.I.E.S. with three floor burners, kicking off with ‘Psychosis 1’ which comes across as a more stomping take on some of the late 90’...read on »

Ross 154

Until My Heart Stops...

8/10 from Ant

Much needed repress of this sought after 2004 production from Dutch techno veteran Jochem Peteri aka Newworldaquarium. The tracks actually date back to as early as 1993 so we&...read on »

Omar-S

The Best!

8/10 from Ant

Fifth album from revered Detroit deephouse producer Omar-S on his own FXHE imprint - now spread over four slabs of red wax. As with all Omar-S albums there’s a good va...read on »

JiFlure

Extraits

8/10 from Ant

Bunch of tracks on Low Jack’s label created with Jean-François Plomb’s strange home made contraptions for his JiFlure installation. They come across like th...read on »

Paper Eyes

Source Cognitive Drive - Transmissions 1996-1998

8/10 from Laurie

So here is techno man Gavin Russom in his element, pulling taut raw noises from circuitry that pull heavily from his mid-to-late 90s New York City surroundings. Processed skel...read on »

Perc & Truss

Leather & Lace

8/10 from Laurie

Thump, thump, thump, it’s, techno. BIG techno, too, from big fella Perc and his buddy Truss, who’s been releasing on Perc Trax for a while now. They’ve made ...read on »

Sparky

Things Fall Apart

8/10 from Laurie

Sparky is Dave James Clark, one who has contributed three 12” discs to the Numbers label, all in the space of 2 years (‘13-’15). Now that’s an endorsem...read on »

Fog

For Good

8/10 from Robin

Having slipped off into worlds unseen for a good ten years, we’d all but forgotten that we liked Andrew Broder, whose forlorn electronic pop fragments can often cause ey...read on »

Featured albums

Bizarre Uproar
Vidna Obmana
Taint
Madegg
Radiohead
The Big Moon
Paper Eyes
Pita
JiFlure
Locks & DDM
RM
Gantz
Various
Chris Herbert
David First
Kikagaku Moyo
Stian Westerhus
Connie Acher
Secret Pyramid
Occult Orientated Crime
Magpahi / Paper Dollhouse
Jensen Interceptor
NGLY
Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt
Asiq Nargile
Gigi Masin / Micro Salvadori
Tomas Phillips
Slow Steve
Oliver Coates
MIDDEX
Kvelertak
Lakker
Morbid Angel
Sparky
Nothing
Torn Hawk
Exploded View
Omar-S
Nhung Nguyen and Cinchel
Pedro Soler + Gaspar Claus
The Red Krayola with Art & Language
David Grubbs
Olivia Wyatt & Bitchin Bajas
Mark Pritchard
Forest Drive West
Machine Woman
Papernut Cambridge
Kerrier District
Earthless / Harsh Toke
Perc & Truss
Various
Michael Tanner
Jack White and The Electric Mayhem
Sam Kidel
Jessy Lanza
Fire! Orchestra
The Explorers Club
Orchestra Of Spheres
Crywank
Crystal Jacqueline
Amanda Bergman
Britta Phillips
July
Larry Levan
Lucy
Fog
Stephane Laporte
Virgin Suicide
The Dwarfs of East Agouza
John Bender
Derek Plaslaiko
Eagulls
Suso Saiz
Karl Blau
HOLOVR
Surgeon
The Body & Full Of Hell
J. Albert / Person of Interest
Library Tapes
Copeland & Gast
John T. Gast
Ansome
Death And Vanilla
Anthony Naples
Death And Vanilla
Dariush Dolat-Shahi
Death And Vanilla
Pavement
Robert Wyatt
Pavement
Four Tet (Fourtet)
The Fall
Cass McCombs
Comets On Fire
Red House Painters