- Record of the Week. 10% off til midnight tonight.
- All your Black Friday goodness for the special day.
- Pre-order: The Hardy Tree ‘Passages Through Time’ on Clay Pipe Music.
This is the week we got so cold that we had to resort to this to at least pretend to keep warm. Also we don’t currently have telephonic communication with the outside world so apologies to anyone who has dialed….please don’t panic as I’m sure we’ll be re-attached soon. In the world of music there has been some new records out so perhaps we should think about telling you about them so here goes….
If you are still interested then read on…...
Just stepped out of the pressing plant....
- Here comes power pop’s busiest granddad R.Pollard with yet another incarnation. This time it’s ESP Ohio.
- One for the underground hip-hop nodders from L’Orange and Mr Lif.
- Lovely songs for voice and guitar from Gareth Dickson.
- My Morning Jacket chap Carl Broemel gets his big chance to do his solo thing.
- Post punk funk swirly types Ravioli Me Away always know how to look good.
- Feral Ohms (+ beard) played live in San Francisco. Someone taped it.
- Fahey-esque guitar tamperings from Dylan Golden Aycock.
- Former Giant Sand feller Howe Gelb with some smooth jazz.
- Sadly passed Sharon Jones with the soundtrack to the documentary of her life and work.
- Pleasant Icelandic people Amiina.
- We were just about to sell you the Kate Bush live extravaganza but it’s not back in ‘til January. Drat.
- Nouvelle Vague are still doing bossa nova takes on post punk classics.
- Psych rock and more from Argentinian lot Kill West.
- First album in a billion years from loud noise makers Terminal Cheesecake.
- Dean Ween has shed his Gene Ween.
- Dreamy instrumental music by Test Card. Once of Preston, now of Vancouver. How?
- Oddly-monikered emotional types Immanu El channel their inner the National.
- Oooh... get that Immersion on.
- Mica Levi hooks up with Oliver Coates for a curious blend of cello sound sorcery.
- Jam Money are two chaps from other things messing about with home made and broken instruments.
- Really noisy kraut blastings from Sex Swing. They also win most horrible sleeve of the week.
- Ah now this is good. Surface to Air Missive make another album of really twisty pop.
- Also good is Ex Confusion, like the history of ambient music in miniature.
- Being in Leeds we know how to be gloomy. So do nu post punk types Fehm.
- Strum and drum C86 indie pop from Real Numbers.
- Matthew and Me make grandiose proggy pop in the tradition of Mew.
- Early Warpaint/Sleater Kinney tightly controlled rock from the Wharves.
For people even smaller than Phil…...
- Kind of proto metal for kids from Bunny Racket.
As satisfying as clinking shut a really reassuring car door.
- Loads of vinyl re-issues on Domino including Pavement, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Galaxie 500 and Robert Wyatt.
- Absolute classic LP from Bowery Electric re-issued. Essential for fans of MBV, Low, Massive Attack.
- The ‘difficult’ 5th album ‘Decatur’ from those Silver Apples.
- The latest Britxotica compilation on Trunk.
- High energy melodic super-rock from 60s starlets Blonde on Blonde.
Here’s a cheap thing just for today that most special of days.
Ant’s Electronic Roundup:
Cats don’t like techno.
- Whopping 180g vinyl, 25-track 6x12" ‘Brainbox’ box set. Edition of 300 numbered copies Incl. µ-Ziq, Meat Beat Manifesto, Mike Dred, Deepchord, Locust, Scanner, Plaid remix, Heinrich Mueller remix, Mika Vainio, FSOL and tons more.
- Demdike Stare take a more colourful, playful approach, warping electronic templates on ‘Wonderland’. Deluxe first edition 3CD set includes the ‘Testpressing’ series on CD for the first time.
- Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig return as Porter Ricks after 17 years, with aquatic, experimental, dubby techno with advanced sound design.
- Pop Ambient 2017 The year Arnie flick The Running Man was set in. My God, we’re in the future!
- Les Graciés aka Afrikan Sciences and Gaël Segalan album on Firecracker with tasty screen printed artwork.
- Zeitkratzer man Reinhold Friedl takes on John Cage’s Songbooks with help from Rashad Becker
- Spacey ambient from HOLOVR and lovely shimmering, cosmic electronica from Jonathan Fitoussi both on Further Records.
- Tortoise’s John McEntire compiles a bunch of Cluster tracks. Nice of him.
- Debut album of Detroit house from Jay Daniel -- check if you’re into Moodymann, Theo Parrish etc.
- Experimental techno from Lawson Benn, with Moire and Best Available Technology mixes.
- TOMAGA & Orlando do video game noises.
- Industrial/musique concrete/computer music from RLW (Ralf Wehowsky) on Dirter.
- Letherette’s album on Ninja Tune’s a bit of a mixed bag. But has “some really enjoyable moments” according to Clint. (true - Clint)
- Raw electro/acid filth from Smersh on Dark Entries. Don’t let that title fool ya.
- Avalon Emerson on Spectral, GIL on Danse Noire, Lawson Benn, Ellen Allien on BPitch, Big Miz on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Anthony Naples repress on Proibito, Cottam 1 repress, Kit Grill on Primary Colours, Shan on Beats in Space, Deadboy on Ten Thousand Yen, Boot & Tax on Optimo Trax.
- Deerhoof thought we were friends. No, not when your 7” costs £11.99.
- TVAM play good kraut rock with a KGB mix on if you flip it over.
- ‘Funny’ York lad Mark Wynn will do it himself for a tenner.
- Children Girl Ray release a lovely plaintive pop song instead of doing their homework.
- Clean Cut Kid try to be joyous in a vain attempt to dint this year’s ongoing bleak despair.
NEXT WEEK! We will be unveiling our Albums of the Year and there is a very exciting record due which we have been begged by the authorities not to tell you about. Oh and also: Brown Monday.
Words by Clint with a piece of Robin pie. Bleeps/bloops handler: Ant.
The Normanites this week were: Kim, Phil, Jamie, Nathon and ‘big’ Ian.
Customer Compliment of the Week:
“Nothing to complain about”.
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