- Album of the week! Sip it politely.
- New album from reformed musicians/Twitter personalities Minor Victories.
- Pre-order the fine-tuned sounds of Okkervil River, Lake Ruth , Ryley Walker and crikey The Avalanches.
What a week at the Norman Towers. Nathon brought in his adorable dog in the name of office morale; Clint sliced a banana in half in the name of science; Ian wore a checkered shirt in the name of nothing. It’s been a big one. We’ve got that summer feeling. We’ve also got records, which you might argue is fitting for what is ostensibly a record store. I guess you’d be right. Let’s have a look in at all the sound-affected things that happened this week, shall we?
The News (Contd.):
They’re the musical equivalent of the comedic “and finally...!” bit:
- This delightfully tiny CD somehow contains the bold trombone drone of Sophie Cooper.
- Psychic Ills get corny and attempt to legitimise the new genre Harmonica Psych.
- It’s true: there’s a new Cat’s Eyes record.
- Ilyas Ahmed and Golden Retriever set sail as ambient tour-de-thing Dreamboat.
- Hendrix-worshipping astronauts Rhyton release a snoozy but plenty-soloed 12”.
- Xeno & Oaklander play synths as if they were spic-and-span teaplates.
- Someone has let Sean Lennon make another record. This time as the Claypool Lennon Delirium.
- Amber Arcades glisten like Real Estate on candy floss.
- Palace Winter do drive time War on Drugs/Metronomy pop.
- Oh Fear of Men. Wh’appen?
- Steve Gunn channels his inner lower-league player/manager on his new album.
- Minor Victories are a supergroup/intervention for Mark Kozelek, and they’re alright.
- The Melvins have six bassists, Phil has six hairs. A fine ratio.
- I still don’t really know who Darren Hayman is. Don’t tell.
- Clint was rude about this new Kills record. He’s often quite rude.
- William Tyler makes soothing alt-country for the next time a bully takes your lunch money.
- Will this Spain record ever end?
- One man horror-flick Umberto transposes the word “boo!” for music.
- Whitney are the latest high voiced country guys on the block.
- Alan Bishop, brother of illegitimate knight Richard, makes sound soup with “A” Trio.
- Mourn fail to laugh but make decent garage pop.
- Former Spacemen 3 dude Pete Bassman is the walrus as Tross.
- Nico Yaryan does his bit for general purpose indie rock.
- The Strokes try to give a shit, but ultimately don’t.
Flowing gently into this section’s prosaic stream are entries from dulcimer dreamteam Coypu, psychedelic layabouts Lay Llamas (who sleepily release their first ever tape) and post-picnic psych rockers Qujaku. There are promising sounds on this Kib Elektra tape and indecisive art pops Wild Palms finally made a new album. Good work everybody.
Reissues (working title: Reissnews):
The old newspaper you used when you paper mached that shitty volcano you made in Year 4… but as a nostalgic photograph, aw, bless:
- For one millisecond back in ‘98 we swooned to Mercury Rev ‘Deserter’s Songs’.
- Birgé Gorgé’s free noise confuses our considerably befuzzled Laurie.
- For a while the Brilliant Corners were the ‘80s best pop group. There I said it. Big compendium out.
- The Horrors had insane amounts of hair circa ‘Strange House’.
- Industrial gang Konstruktivists get their early work re-issued on Dark Entries.
- Lights in the Attic re-issue Bernard Purdie’s Lialeh Soundtrack. These are literally porn grooves.
- Phil once promoted a show by Tarentel. They now have their ‘classic’ ‘From Bone to Satellite’ deluxe expanded. Nothing about Phil is deluxe, much of him has expanded.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup, which counts as news, don’t argue:
His quaint village home is a delorean of 130BPM crockery.
- Belbury Poly back on Ghost Box, dishing out krautrock, folk and glam - complete with flutes. Blimey!
- LP of occult/ new age/ meditation collaged samples ripped from YouTube from the mysterious Tongues of Light on Demdike Stare and Andy Votel’s label.
- Gate does disco on a smashing LP from The Dead C’s Michael Morley.
- Coupla LP’s from COIL chums Black Sun Productions including... erm.. ‘Toilet Chant’. Plus guitar botherer Norman Westberg drones out on Hallow Ground.
- Necro Deathmort bring some bass filth and heavy electronic doom on an album for Rocket.
- Gloomy, tricky electronica from Yen Towers aka Age Coin’s Simon Formann and a slab from supergroup Body Sculptures feat. Puce Mary, Varg, Loke Rahbek, Erik Enocksson - both on Copenhagen’s Posh Isolation.
- Classy techno/ house/ acid from Russell E. L. Butler on Opal tapes sister label Black Opal.
- Umberto’s dark fantasy soundtrack ‘Alienation’ LP on Not Not Fun.
- Xeno & Oaklander LP of modern electro-pop - their second for Ghostly.
- Demdike Stare Testpressing #005 and #006 repressed.
- Naples producer NPLGNN has an album of grubby distorted electronics out on cassette.
- Future Sound Of London get to grips with the EMS Synthi AKS as Synthi A.
- Dag Rosenquist aka Jasper TX ‘elephant’ ambient disc in posh sleeve. 300 copies.
- Second album from Machinedrum and Braille’s Sepalcure project on Scuba’s Hotflush.
I’m not gonna lie, this update got a little high-concept and I ran out of header ideas. It’s no frills from here on out.
- PJ Harvey… 7”... music… and so on.
- I don’t recommend 7” as drone format of choice, but I do recommend Benoit Pioulard.
- Woah now: two new tunes by Dischord dads Dag Nasty.
- Darren Hayman? Yeah he’s that guy who… does the thing, right?
- Veronica Falls frontwoman shows Patience.
Next week Phil is back, so consider us told off for everything we did.
Words by Robin and Clint (the Pollard/Sprout of weekly updates) as Clueless Lodging Maze Eats Our Airplane.
The Normanites this week were Kim, Lulu, Jamie, Nathon, Ian & wandering boy poet Laurie.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“Still impressed by the lack of gristle”
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