Thursday May 19th 2016
- New on Public House Recordings: finally, a vinyl re-press of Piano Magic’s gorgeous soundtrack to ‘Son De Mar’. First time on vinyl, officially licensed from 4AD. Exclusive to us. For fans of Max Richter, Rachels and the sound of the sea.
- Also check out the new Public House Recordings website. Swish.
- Record of the Week. 10% off til the clock picks at midnight tonight.
This time last week I was on holiday and busy looking at a heron. This week I’m plunged back in the dangerous world of rock and roll where there’s a new Public House record in town by none other than Piano Magic and we have lots of other round things for your fancy. Busy week as usual so let’s get shut me up and get started.
New Music: Things that are about to happen.
- Ever wondered what Talk Talk backing Billie Holiday might sound like? Try Melanie de Biasio.
- 18+ sing about sins of the flesh. A subject us middle aged record store guys know very little about.
- Marissa Nadler sings songs that pull up a chair, sit you down and points you at an impressive cornice.
- Fews make post punk sound playful. Happy lads.
- Thank the lord that in these days of Blossoms someone is still preposterous. Hello Adult Jazz.
- Thick-as-mud sludge, and soulless vocal howls. It’s Deadsmoke’s idea of fun.
- Who wants a 59 track Grateful Dead tribute featuring Mumford and Sons? The National and perhaps you.
- I’d put the Kate Jackson LP on the wall. Possibly not on the record player.
- Young Magic are like a goth synth snowflake.
- On Dead Waves is a collaboration between Polly Scattergood and professional leaking gas pipe impersonator Maps.
- Just trying to work out which is best. Animal Collective ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’ or the new Richard Ashcroft LP.
- Oh here he comes. One part duck, one part human it’s Mister Bob Dylan.
- Highly vintage, old-school synthesizers and still drone on the Sarah Davachi album.
- Pitchfork approved dreamy guy Mutual Benefit is back sounding like he’s tumbling down a waterfall..
- The latest Rail Cables is a four way split between worriesaboutsatan, Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers), Negra Branca (Gnod) and Orcer.
- Smash Hits would never have adorned their mag with anyone this old. Hello Helen Love.
- Josefin Ohrn + The Liberation/Gnoomes split an LP. Weirdly the best tracks are where they remix each other.
- New things on John Dwyer’s Castle Face by Zig Zags and Mountains and Rainbows.
It’s about this time of the update that we get an inkling you are sick of bullet points.
Also in: new 4AD angst pop guy Methyl Ethel (not his real name), torch song psych recorded in an airport from Gemma Ray, Near the Parenthesis make like Nils Frahm having a go at being Emeralds, more dark, reflective homespun music from Bradford artist Val Denham on Vanity Case, Christine Ott prepares pieces for her signature Ondes Martenot (an old piano with its very own desk draws).
Reissues. Already happened - now re-juiced.
- Peace aren’t the rubbish modern day band but mid ‘70s groovy psychedelicists,
- The complete recorded work of Angry Angles (aka Alix Brown and Jay Reatard) has been squeezed onto a CD/record.
- Two nice vinyl re-issues from impossi-say Tom and Christine Carter creation Charalambides.
- Ignored at the time ‘80s kraut guys Circles get their music re-issued now that it is acceptable.
- If you like the days of early Factory Records when music was forward thinking you should check out this the Lines re-issue.
- The Bluetones ‘Expecting to Fly’ has been re-issued. Probably sounds ok now that the Stone Roses have lowered the bar even further.
- Visitors were a post punk gang funded by none other than Sir John Peel. They are scratchy and angry and should not have been forgotten.
- A collection of now music journalist Vivien Goldman’s post punk creations. Music journalists make music? Wow.
- More Dilla.
- Thought this the Little Flames re-issue might be interesting until I saw the name Miles Kane on the sleeve.
- Incredibly, improbably, some of you like Manic Street Preachers. You’ll be delighted to learn that ‘Everything Must Go’ has been re-issued.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
When techno reached the ‘burbs…
- WANDA GROUP returns to Opal Tapes for a second helping of WTF? Plus a 12” on the label from Metrist.
- Album of gnarly, mystical acid and tough jack trax from Jamal Moss and cousin Noleian Reusse as Africans With Mainframes.
- Explosion of inventive/ introspective electronic art pop from Elon Katz on Diagonal.
- Nipper Sam Gellaitry drops some booming trap/ hip hop/ dancehall hybrids.
- 80’s fantasy synth soundtrack time with Pentagram Home Video. Don’t forget to rewind before you take it back to the shop.
- Heavyweight, dark bass skankers from Truth on Mala’s DEEP MEDi MUSIK.
- Karen Gwyer / Raven Cru / Dukwa / Lily share a 12” on Don’t Be Afraid.
- House music from Ametsub on FaltyDL’s Blueberry label inc. a mix by the man himself.
- Grime Time: Slackk 12” on R&S.
- Reissue of Caroline K’s Philip K. Dick inspired 1985 synth tear jerker ‘Now Wait For Last Year’ via Blackest Ever Black.
- Out of the blue 12” from Factory Floor. Surprise, surprise.
- New music from olde Tangerine Dream member / Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, Roedelius producer Peter Baumann.
- New LP from German techno auteur Pantha Du Prince. Well twinkly and lush.
- I am contractually obliged to write James Blake.
- Whitehouse have released a family friendly chart bustin’ best of with newly mastered audio.
- ++ Petar Dundov album on Music Man, dodgy Karl Bartos 7”, Weightausend 12” doomer, Atlas 12” on Keysound and Philippe Petit CD on Glacial Movements.
Stick your finger in the middle of one and pull out a plum.
- The Royal Sitars make something you’ve all been waiting for. A sitar tribute to Royal Headache.
- Here’s that Alan Parker 7” that was late for Record Store Day (remember that?)
- Two popular groups when on tour and commemorated it all on a 7” record Ultimate Painting and Woods fight it out to see who is best.
- CTMF is Billy Childish and pals doing a tribute song to the curly one out of Neighbours.
- Darren Hayman collabs with Papernut Cambridge on some old-ish songs.
- Soon-to-be-popular young London people The Big Moon release actually-quite-good new single.
They are definitely a bit old spool aren’t they? Anyway, blink and you’ll miss the self-released Thought Broadcast ‘Voided’ tape plus second edition of the awesome ‘Social Acid’ tape released on Raspberry Bulbs/ Bone Awl dude’s Personnel label.
Ok we’re done. My typing finger has been worn down to a stump so it’s time to say goodbye for another week. Weekend outlook: wavering.
Words by Clint and Ant, with a few noises nicked off Robin.
The Normanites this week were Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & Laurie.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“nearly wet myself when they threw in about twenty stickers and a Parquet Courts badge”
Best records this week
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