- PRE-ORDER ALERT! Bon Iver. He knows some numbers.
- Record of the Week: 10% off until midnight tonight.
- Runner-up of the week: the Dead C make a broken Jenga tower.
Yep. Still here. Most of us, anyway: Clint is off on his holidays, presumably in the peaks somewhere, trying to keep the romance between himself and Yorkshire alive. No such rekindling in office, though, where it’s business as usual, forever ad nauseum thank you very much. We’re all grumpy: the music’s too loud and not loud enough.
The actual sounds have been fine, though. The big news is that Bon Iver is going to be a contestant on Robot Wars or he’s got a new album, I forget which. I feel obliged to tell you about this never before pressed Low record, now as pressed as orange juice. Also, we’re selling lots of new Factory Floor records, because that’s what you do when you’re a record store. Any other silly questions?
New this week, hardly knew ye the next:
- Blood Orange is better than us at music.
- Factory Floor are two people nodding towards eternity.
- Petting zoo ambassador Ryley Walker makes a new album. Maybe it’s about trees.
- Serein serve up an ambient platter on this excellent compilation.
- He’s weird, he’s wacky, and now he’s trapped inside a film: it’s Scott Walker.
- This Pill record is just so good. I’m not even going to snark about it.
- We are late to Kaiju. Tell us off.
- Bleak digital noise-blasts from long time no see Gonjasufi.
- Footworker DJ Earl picks a team of pals, including synth-glitch bard Oneohtrix.
- “Are you going to Scarborough Fair?” No, I’m trapped in a tomb.
- Be sporadically emo with Thalia Zedek Band.
- Stephen O’Malley’s label release Daniel Higgs’ new seminar for fools.
- Darkwave synths plus a Body of Light makes for… an album.
- Prog ambient footnoting from the excellent Marielle V Jakobson.
- Here’s the latest from rapper and genre-flipper Sheefy McFly.
- Jamie considers dinner, the universe and everything in his Slow Club review.
- Burger Time! Mind the Gap Dream, play Cosmonauts and crosses, listen to this 7” split.
- Susan Matthews went to Bulgaria and brought back some postcard tones.
- Guruguru are on to another winner with Taipei’s finest avant-guardians Prairie WWWW.
- Still don’t know who Dom Keller is but his cult are pretty good.
- The Chemical Brothers “do a great job” with this soundtrack. Bless ‘em.
- Lisa Hannigan is At Swim. I am on work.
- Dear Ezra Furman: I am sorry.
- Life is complicated. Japanese Breakfast are a band.
- More like Jeff The Brotherweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed. Right?
...and taking up the arbitrary bit of prose that goes below the bullet points of varying significance this week are bath enthusiasts Cold Pumas, ho-hum ‘n’ strum expert John Paul White and lost theatre troupe Arc Iris. A fellow out of the art rock Kaiser Chiefs known as Alt-J makes a very long electronic(a) album, the Dead C continue to be the worst people to play a casual game of Jenga with and Phil literally thought it’d be a good idea to buy in this David Brent soundtrack. The darkest day in Norman Records history.
RIYL reminiscing and entry-level time travel.
- A repress of the Shinichi Atobe, which is lovely and sick. Is there a portmanteau for that?
- Lovely groove whisperers Gaussian Curve get their LP remembered.
- Repress of the popular and quiet Huerco S. album made in tribute to all the people ever.
- Masked foodie MF DOOM pronounces it Doomsday once again.
- The Prophet Hens once released the one and only record Clint has enjoyed in his life. Here it is.
- Cakekitchen is indie Kiwi Graeme Jefferies with brother Peter sliced out of the equation. LP one; LP two.
- Piero Umiliani is Rovi is reissued.
- Beloved renaissance psych rockers Cosmic Dead get their wee 74-min long opus remade.
- “Max Richter is a fucking legend” -- Sweary neo-classical enthusiast Phil on this boxset.
- Faith Once More.
- William Basinski gets an album that once made Phil feel like “a fucking cloud” reissued.
- In other Williams, here’s S. Burroughs.
- Together at last: Pharaoh Overlord and wax.
- Suicide synth hero Martin Rev organises his electronic orchestra.
- A thoroughly ‘90s toothbrushing for Grifters. Go in!
- Ever fantasised about compressing Damien Jurado into tape form? Sure you have.
- Remember when Godflesh wasn’t a Mark Kozelek dinner party?
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
His weekend was good. He made a sandcastle of Berghain.
- The Bug unleashes some almighty sound murderation on Ninja Tune with microphone lords D Double E and Riko Dan.
- 6-track 12" EP of electro-funk, booty, house action from Detroit’s Sheefy McFly on Moodymann's Mahogani Music.
- 4 tracks of deep industrial-tinged techno from Terence Fixmer on Ostgut Ton.
- Adam X returns as Traversable Wormhole, this time on Hospital Productions for a heavy sci-fi, futuristic techno session.
- Datach'I is back on Planet Mu after aeons, this time armed with gargantuan modular synthesizer and no laptop.
- Also on Planet Mu: trap meets industrial musique concrète on WWWINGS’ album.
- Mickey Pearce drops his debut album of skewed house for Loefah’s Swamp 81.
- Federico Leocata 12” on Central Processing Unit - sounds like Der Zyklus/ Dopplereffekt.
- Ghostly, zoned electronics from Ectoplasm Girls.
- German DJ/producer Gerd Jansen is the latest selector to mix things up for troubled club Fabric’s mix CD series.
- Not one but two Africans With Mainframes (Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse) ‘Voices of Africa’ 12”s on Mathematics.
- EP of noise-scarred dark ambient laced, grim, sluggish, monotone bunker techno from Scheich in China.
- Deep acidic house from Lnrdcroy on ultra trendy label Mood Hut. Plus an Unknown Artist 12” job on the label
- Deep, spacey, trippy, dubby, echospace [detroit] goodness from cv313.
- CHI remix some old tracks from the ‘80s as The Chi Factory on the reliable Astral Industries label.
- LP of modern darkwave synthpop from Body of Light on DAIS.
Tape Corner and 7” Corner are on gardening leave.
And that’s it. Thank you for travelling with Norman Rail. I’ve been the replacement bus; swing by next week for Clint’s delayed train.
Words by Robin and Ant
The Normanites this week were Kim, Laurie, Phil, Jamie, Nathon and Ian. The customer dog of the week was Luna.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
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Best records this week
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8/10 from Jamie