- Even more September Pre-orders.
- Album of the Week. 10% off until midnight tonight.
- Today’s Daily Deal.
- Just In! A long player of the music from Game of Thrones Season 6.
Well we’ve spent most of the week running our little feet into the ground whilst simultaneously packing up your Twin Peaks vinyl which is out tomorrow. The first pressing is now sold out but never fear more are due in October. Secure your copy here.
Otherwise there’s been plenty of good records arriving down the release chute so let’s stop these bleatings and take a look at what has been getting us through the heat haze….....
New as pins…..
Fresh out of the big record oven…..
- If you like your Velvet Underground with added Joe Mangel then try Scott and Charlene’s Wedding.
- Fellow Australian man Nick Cave is back. Interesting fact: he’s the only artist in our stockroom filed under his first name. Weird but true…. Oh and here he is again with scruffy violin pal Warren Ellis
- Wilco tried really hard to name their new album.
- Robin’s Okkervil River are back with some of their best work yet.
- Ear-splintering hippity hop group clipping bring the racket to our stereo.
- Shapeshifting polyrhythm lovers Tomaga might make your feet spin.
- Sunflower Bean offer covers from the usual lot ..i.e Neil Young, Spiritualized, Modern Lovers and T-Rex.
- The Monochrome Set have another new album out. Their eyebrows are still firmly arched.
- Downbeat and cinematic synth scapes from Shield Patterns.
- Veteran plucker Michael Hurley makes lo-fi but affecting folk.
- Spacey psych drones from Writhing Squares.
- Refrigerator dude Dennis Callaci still has the lo-fi bug.
- ‘70s soft rock vibes from Drugdealer. Let the Andrew Gold revival commence!
- Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, and Symmetry all star in the Lost River soundtrack.
- Echolocation sorta come across as a Leicester answer to the Fall… with horns?
- Lung Dart sound the way you feel when you see really big, lumbering animals doing something sad on Youtube.
- This week’s must-hear: The Veldt. Soulful shoegaze from misunderstood veterans.
- Really pleasant men Teenage Fanclub release really pleasant LP.
- Mild High Club exert a knowledge of ‘70s AM radio and lo-fi recording techniques.
- Another set of horizontally composed ‘60s sounds from LA laid-backs the Allah Las.
- Slinking polished synth songs from Scotland’s very own Pictish Trail.
- Berlin’s Vlimmer is planning on releasing 18 EPs. We’re currently at number 5.
- All New Order singles both good and atrocious have been issued on one big box set.
- Fudge are Prefuse 73 and the magnificently named Michael Christmas in collaboration.
- Daniel Lanois has gone ambient. Who knew?
No bullet points for popular Scottish rock band Twin Atlantic who have a new one out. Nots play noisy indie punk not from Nottingham, J. Churcher run with big weepy indie. Local Natives have gone for big synth pop and Pulp-ish never-weres Spearmint are back with more intelligent Brit Pop tunes.
Old as sausages……
Old as a manky old sausage but now rebranded as fresh as your latest Walls.
- At last! All known Brotherhood of Lizards (Cleaner From Venus Martin Newell and pal) tunes have been collected together in one place. I have already bought.
- More Pearl Jam re-issues this week. Excitement.
- The Cosmic Jokers were an acid friend kraut rock supergroup when Robin was minus 42 years old.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
Trimming the hedge to the strains of Prurient….
- e Konzert archive recording LP on Offen Music from enigmatic Serbian artist Rex Ilusivii.
- Opal Tapes motherlode: Your Planet Is Next, YancityGurl, Emra Grid, E-Saggila, Död plus 12” bangers on sister label Black Opal from Clouds and Cop Envy.
- Jasss launch Mannequin’s 'Death Of The Machines' 12" series.
- Rugged hardware house/ techno/ acid from O. Xander on Nous Disques.
- 12” of South African Gqom tracks from AudioBoyz.
- Heavyweight dread/ bass emissions from Young Echo crew lad Ossia.
- Mystery artist 12” Heorge Garrison drops some Aphex style Braindance flavoured junglist floor wreckers on Record Label Records. Also on the label cassettes from Identity Theft, OtRoM and Robbie Martin’s ‘A Very Heavy Agenda’ documentary 4DVD box set.
- Foggy Northern electronic doom from G.H. on Modern Love.
- Dramatic, melodic gear including dancefloor compatible tunes from Vatican Shadow.
- Killer batch of tapes on Clan Destine: The KVB in monochrome techno mode as Burma Camp, acid filth from Da Goblinn, narcotic sleaze from Soft Metal Ian Hicks and sweaty industrial/ EBM from Spit Mask.
- Bangin’, melodic 4-track EP on Don’t Be Afraid from Karen Gwyer.
- Bunch of disco/ italo/ wave 12” reissues on Dark Entries from Wanexa, Expansives, Jago, The Pool and Zwischenfall.
- Bryce Miller tape of chilling synth and piano works, inspired by author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
- Great batch of wax from UAE based Bedouin Records with plates from Lakker’s Eomac, Ryo Murakami, Hieroglyphic Being and John Heckle.
- LP of darkside vintage synth twiddling from Faten Kanaan on Polytechnic Youth.
- Great tape of industrial primitive synth gloop from Japan’s Carre on Alter.
- Slew of techno 12”s from Lurka on Timedance, Kalbata, Rain Text (Giuseppe Ielasi and Giovanni Civitenga), Blackmass Plastics 2x12” on Uglyfunk, ANFS on Inner Surface, James Ruskin on Blueprint, Makaton on RSB, Ansome remixed by Perc, Randomer and O/V/R (Regis and Ruskin), M/R on L.I.E.S. plus 45 ACP on Russian Torrent Versions.
- +++ Crem'e LP on Alpha Pup, Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek album on Faitche, Teruyuki Nobuchika CD on Oktaf and probably other stuff that has evaded my melting brain.
Stick it in yer telly.
A Very Heavy Agenda - Robbie Martin’s terrifying documentary series on the post 9/11 war on terror.
That’s it. Thank you for reading to the end. It means a lot to the poor sod who writes all this. Next week taster: Preoccupations. Dare you?
Words by Clint and Ant with some Robin pilfering going on.
The Normanites this week were Phil, Laurie, Nathon, Jamie and chief chatterer Ian.
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