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.
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.
- Warp veteran Mark Pritchard has gone and done an album.
- Nautical industrial clangers from Lakker on R&S.
- Mechanical house from Machine Woman mit ein Kassem Mosse remix.
- Ecstatic compile a bunch of Gavin Russom odds ‘n’ sods as Paper Eyes. First coupla tunes sound like Schooly D meets Hijokaiden. Yowzers.
- Mad boffin contraptions beat out hypnotic rhythms and racket with JiFlure on Low Jack’s label.
- Ye olde Luke Vibert Kerrier District disco album job originally on Rephlex (RIP) reissued on Hypercolour.
- Techno and dark ambient with bonus flutes (?!) from Lucy on Stroboscopic artefacts.
- Detroit house gunslinger Omar-S ‘The Best!’ album on four slabs of red wax.
- Ripped Eagle… erm sorry… Torn Hawk LP.
- First solo album in yonks from Editions Mego man Pita. He’s been at the bloody modulars like the rest of ‘em.
- Seven inches of icy synth blasts from MIDDEX on Polytechnic Youth.
- HOLOVR serves up some new age ambient, battered acid and fried techno.
- Stuttering dubstep growlers from Gantz.
- 3LP of Larry Levan remixes for the disco freaks.
- Bunch of trouser soiling noise/ power electronics LP’s on Urashima Taint, Bizarre Uproar and Vidna Obmana.
- DJ ammo 12” action from Sparky on Optimo Trax, Perc & Truss, Forest Drive West on Livity Sound, J. Albert / Person of Interest on Exotic Dance, Derek Plaslaiko on The Bunker NY,Jensen Interceptor on CPU.
- In detention for arriving late: Sam Kidel LP on Death of Rave, Conspiración Progresso 12” on Halcyon Veil, RM LP on iDEAL Recordings.
- Clutch of represses from Anthony Naples, Surgeon, Ansome and Dariush Dolat-Shahi.
Arriving any second now:
- Retrospective from pioneering Spanish experimental electronic music fella Suso Saiz on Music From Memory.
- Legowelt in ambient mode as Occult Orientated Crime.
- John T. Gast mixtape vinylized plus he’s got a 7” with Inga Copeland.
- NGLY and Locks & DDM goodness on L.I.E.S.
- Varied LP on Antinote from Stephane Laporte ranging from synth bliss to grubby electro and manic footwork type beats.
[Warning: spoolers ahead!]
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.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“You are going to ruin my life.”
Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
9/10 from Jamie
8/10 from Robin
John T. Gast
8/10 from Ant