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Weekly Update Springtime Carnivore, Amp, Brave Timbers, Pixies, Sparks, and more...

Intro prattle:

So we plod on. Things you need to know….Phil has had his ears syringed but it “hasn’t made much difference”, Laurie celebrated his 12th birthday with lashings and lashings of jelly, our phone went on the blink but then got fixed and we have a new in store payment system which will save walk-in customers literally seconds. Whilst all that was happening these things below came in stock and we got fairly excited…...

Fresh as a daisy:

Perhaps you’ll discover something you quite like?

  • Really busy Gallon Drunk man James Johnston rides out solo.
  • Sam Kogon is one of those really clever pop guys. Like Todd Rundgren or whoever.
  • The new Chocolat album is a mixed bag. A few coffee creams, a few nut clusters.
  • Enjoyably sad piano and vocal weep from really good Scottish lady Kathryn Joseph.
  • Good old time grungy pop from Our Girl.
  • The Junkyard Liberty are like a scrattier Mazzy Star. That’s a good thing though.
  • The Valkarys make laid back psych Americana.
  • Tasseomancy sound like what it would be like if there were two Kate Bush’s.
  • Frank Iero was in My Chemical Romance. That ‘i’ really looks like an ‘l’.
  • Flying Saucer Attack affiliates Amp get some scraps of live stuff released on Sound in Silence.
  • The Mndsgn album is like slinky summer appearing in November.
  • Another really oddball man. Alex Izenberg makes weird pop like Grizzly Bear messing with ‘70’s pop chops.
  • Sombre post-rockers The Eye of Time offer a great opportunity to weep.
  • Warrington’s ‘finest’ Man and the Echo are like an even more northern Pulp.
  • Wonderful pastoral violin etchings from Brave Timbers.
  • Ahhhh Lia Pamina. Hmmmm.
  • Calm and restful sonics from the Green Kingdom.
  • Wang Wen are nothing to do with Wang Chung but are China’s premier post rock band!
  • The Orange Drop are this week’s 56787767th psych rock band.
  • Dreamy indie-pop with its own thing going on from Springtime Carnivores
  • And finally rock behemoths Metallica? Just look at that sleeve.

Rebooted:

Take a peek at Mr Phil’s Novelty Shoppe.

  • Re-listen to the racket provided by Arto Lindsay’s noisy lot DNA.
  • Leonard Cohen. Of course.
  • Hoary old blues from 1969 Tokyo from Blues Creation.
  • Re-issue of the debut from non-more-ridiculous band Sparks.
  • Bar room rock about that one girl and that guy who is always coming over from the Hold Steady
  • BACK IN: ‘Christmas’ by Low.
  • Three letters: R.E.M.
  • “This is Phil talking”. No not that one. Christmas-ready compilation from the Human League.
  • Pink Floyd ‘Animals’. Is that good, bad…..anyone?
  • We’re really sorry but…...Disney?

Daily Deal

Look! The latest Pixies LP is a bit cheaper for today.

Tomorrow though it will be something different.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Winner of Lower Wharfedale’s Snappiest Dresser 2016.

  • Tape of haunted ambient on Hospital Productions from Dedekind Cut aka Lee Bannon.
  • Ricardo Villalobos variations of Oren Ambarchi’s recent Editions Mego album Hubris.
  • Eric Holm manipulates and processes sounds captured from the sea floor. CD on Subtext.
  • 2814 aka HKE (Hong Kong Express) and t e l e p a t h have their ‘Rain Temple’ album on Dream Catalogue repressed on transparent wax, plus we now have CD and cassette copies.
  • Posthumous, intergenerational collaboration from Conrad Schnitzler / Schneider™.
  • Rrose lands on Function’s Infrastructure New York label for some bleeping, tunneling techno action for the wee hours.
  • LP of electronic/ electroacoustic sonic art from Eric Frye on Cejero. Fans of Florian Hecker should check.
  • Snow Ghosts collate digital tracks into a mini-album for Houndstooth, complete with Prurient Remix.
  • Jacques Brodier builds strange, intriguing, sonic worlds on Penultimate Press.
  • Adrian Younge goes fully electronic/synth, with an LP inspired by Dick Hyman, Raymond Scott and Wendy Carlos.
  • Chilling, moonlit techno from Recondite on Ghostly with Ricardo Donoso on remix duty.
  • Hiele soundtracks documentary ‘Saints’ joined by Valgerður Sigurðardóttir on Clarinet.
  • 10” reissue of sought after Night Moves, 1981 UK darkwave tune ‘TransDance’.
  • A beauty from Theo Parrish, Duminie DePorres, Wajeed on Sound Signature.
  • Batch of tapes on Constellation Tatsu from Rose, Hakobune, Stuart Chalmers and Rhucle.
  • Jonny Nash / Suzanne Kraft split a 7” in half.
  • Bunch of floor burners on Amsterdam’s Dekmantel from Matrixxman, Makam and Graze.
  • Justin K Broadrick and Diarmuid Dalton are Council Estate Electronics.
  • Yann Novak combines difficult field recordings and modular synth on Touch.
  • Right ole bunch of brain melting noise on Urashima from Merzbow, Hal Hutchinson, Mortal Vision, and Crash At Every Speed aka Richard Ramirez.
  • Looping, filtering, tribal/ breakbeat techno from Tessela on his own Poly Kicks label.
  • Dreamy, slo-mo house from Anthony Naples on The Trilogy Tapes.
  • Limited Gold Panda ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ remixes 12" on City Slang, with Fort Romeau, John Roberts and Daisuke Tanabe mixes.
  • 12” EP of Gqom tracks from DJ Lag.
  • Compact disc on Room40 of hazey, textured ambient from Mirko, confusingly titled ‘LP1’.
  • Right EBM infused pummeler from S. English aka Corporate Park on L.I.E.S.
  • LP + 7” of funked up synth-pop and beyond from Design A Wave on Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’
  • Fatima Yamaha’s ‘Imaginary Lines’ album gets the deluxe, remastered 2LP treatment.
  • Coming to a dancefloor near you… Population One on Metroplex, Hieroglyphic Being on Technicolour, Strategy on Endless Flight, Oscar Mulero on Token, Plant43 on Central Processing Unit, Silke on Deep Medi Musik.

Book.

He never ever mentions it but Everett True invented grunge and you can now read his tale.

7”s.

Just imagine what this Silver Apples single must have sounded like in 1968.

That’s it from us for the week. We’re off to huddle around a two bar electric fire and hope for the best.

Next week: more records….then Black Friday.

See you then.

Words by Clint with a soupcon of Robin. All bleeps/bloops handled by Ant.

The Normanites this week were: Kim, Phil, Birthday lad, Jamie, Nathon and let’s all stare at Ian over there in the corner.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

R.E.M.

Out Of Time - 25th Anniversary Edition

9/10 from Clinton

General consensus always seems to be that R.E.M's worst song is 'Shiny Happy People' but for me it has always been 'Radio Song'. A desperate hybrid of rap and rock and novelty...read on »

Fogh Depot

Turmalinturm

9/10 from Jamie

Straight outta Moscow, it’s Russian trio Fogh Depot with some soothing/doomy jazzual sounds to caress your ears these coming wintry nights. Two tracks in, I can tell you...read on »

2814

Rain Temple

9/10 from Jamie

Sonically and psycho-geographically today, I have drifted from the placid chill of a Moscow enclave to mystical-mythical soothing lakeside balm, to grubby basement clubs in &l...read on »

Senyawa

Brønshøj (Puncak)

9/10 from Ant

As Senyawa, the Indonesian duo of Wukir Suryadi and Rully Shabara truly are a rare thing - peerless. I could throw some slight references to artists whose listeners they may a...read on »

Carl Stone

Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties

9/10 from Laurie

The infinite lost electronic tape archaeology continues with an American person called Carl Stone, who made all this stuff in the 70s and 80s. You know, the golden eras when y...read on »

Kathryn Joseph

Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled

8/10 from Clinton

It's about midday on a bleak November day. Almost dark outside. Wind and rain is cold but this album is sounding pretty darn apt.  Kathryn Joseph is a Scottish singer so...read on »

Endless Melancholy

In The Shadow Of History

8/10 from Jamie

Hello. My name is Jamie and I am Norman Records’ resident ‘sad and/or elegiac music’ specialist. Today your correspondent is over the [super]moon to discover...read on »

Elizabete Balčus

Conarium

8/10 from Robin

A real flurry, this one -- of flutes, but also emotions. On ‘Conarium’, Elizabete Balčus submerges dream pop in pantomime, using a symphony of instruments without...read on »

Rose

Exile

8/10 from Robin

Rose plumbs the waters and… goes deep house.... as one quarter of the latest Constellation Tatsu batch, providing the furthest outing afield in the bunch. ‘Exile&...read on »

Robocobra Quartet

Music For All Occasions

8/10 from Robin

Straight fucking in with the pointing of the fingers are Robocobra Quartet, whose rhetorical questions, snarky comebacks and seismic meltdowns exist for both words and music. ...read on »

Brave Timbers

Secret Hopes

8/10 from Clinton

The sound of Sarah Kemp's violin playing should be mounted and stuffed somewhere in a museum for future generations to get soothed by as the world gets more harsh. She has pre...read on »

Mndsgn

Body Wash

8/10 from Clinton

I've delayed my lunch while I listen to this so I'm hoping great things come from it (the record not the lunch but I have high hopes for that too). Mndsgn is the sort of geek ...read on »

The Green Kingdom

Harbor

8/10 from Jamie

Moscow would appear to be at the epicentre of this chilled-but-warming brand of classical-ambient, with a few slow-rock and jazz moves neatly slid in hither and thither. It&rs...read on »

Amp

Switched On And Live

8/10 from Jamie

Bristol-London collective Amp, then: a band formed in the early nineties based around core members Richard Walker (The Secret Garden) and Karine Charff. This disc, 'Switched o...read on »

COMBAT!

COMBAT!

8/10 from Jamie

Los Angeles native Combat! (Mark Nieto) has apparently been honing his skills as a guitarist for years now, as much at home on the party scene as with experimental electronics...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being

This Isn't Your Typical 90's Era Techno / IDM Revisionist View

8/10 from Ant

Jamal Moss is back on Technicolour following the superb ‘The Fourth Dimensions Of A Nubian Mystic’ 12” and ‘The Disco's Of Imhotep’ album. Both g...read on »

Our Girl

Normally

8/10 from Clinton

It's nice to see smiley bands. Who is the smiliest band ever? Pixies circa Kim Deal perhaps? The Pixies have always smiled and Our Girl are not only smiling but are playing en...read on »

Dedekind Cut

$uccessor

8/10 from Ant

Dedekind Cut’s previous cassette, the excellent ‘American Zen’ on Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions sold out before I got my review paws on it. Th...read on »

Strategy

Tuff Life

8/10 from Clinton

Strategy's career and mine have run a kind of parallel over the years. Whilst he has moved from early dubby records on Kranky through to clubbier material on the likes of Peak...read on »

Rrose

Arc Unknown

8/10 from Clinton

New genre: Antmusic. Nothing to do with Adam and the Ants but the kind of music listened to and reviewed by our Ant. Recently voted the snappiest dressed man in the whole of l...read on »

1991

No More Dreams

8/10 from Clinton

1991. Ah what a year. The year I worked for a few months in a petrol station. Halcyon days indeed. Not sure what 1991 was doing in 1991 as there's much info here about what al...read on »

The Eye of Time

MYTH I : A Last Dance For The Things We Love

8/10 from Robin

If I’ve learned one thing from my editor-in-chief here at Norman Records, it’s to weep a lot. This Eye of Time record offers a great opportunity, crashing in on a ...read on »

DNA

A Taste Of DNA

8/10 from Robin

This week’s expenso thriller is a reissue, no less, of DNA’s ten minute no wave strategy known as ‘A Taste of DNA’. It is a workshop in falling apart, ...read on »

Featured albums

Wang Wen
Brave Timbers
Tasseomancy
Amp
Brian Eno
The Green Kingdom
Hal Hutchinson
Crash At Every Speed
The Human League
Merzbow
Mortal Vision
Anthony Naples
Dedekind Cut
Conrad Schnitzler / Schneider TM
Lia Pamina
Yann Novak
Plant43
Council Estate Electronics
Silkie
Mirko
Jacques Brodier
Everett True
The Junkyard Liberty
Kathryn Joseph
Theo Parrish, Duminie DePorres, Wajeed
Rhucle
Senyawa
Eric Frye
Sparks
Rose
Stuart Chalmers
Hakobune
Makam
Hiele
Strategy
Ricardo Villalobos & Oren Ambarchi
Rrose
Tessela
Gold Panda
James Johnston
Graze
Adrian Younge
S. English
Hieroglyphic Being
Man & The Echo
Night Moves
The Eye of Time
Snow Ghosts
Metallica
Chocolat
The Hold Steady
R.E.M.
Recondite
The Orange Drop
DJ Lag
Mndsgn
Oscar Mulero
Frank Iero and The Patience
Blues Creation
Our Girl
Matrixxman
Alex Izenberg
Springtime Carnivore
Sam Kogon
Jonny Nash / Suzanne Kraft
2814
Pixies
Design A Wave
Eric Holm
Population One
Fatima Yamaha
Silver Apples
Pink Floyd
Low