- Record of the Week. 10% off til midnight tonight.
- Pre-order the new Brian Eno album. Other good pre-orders.
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.
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?
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.
He never ever mentions it but Everett True invented grunge and you can now read his tale.
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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