- Record of the Week. 10% off until midnight tonight.
- Back in: Kate Bush ‘Before the Dawn’ on big 3LP box, more copies of Cavern of Anti-Matter’s ‘Blood Drums’ on vinyl and the latest pick from the Rolling Stones.
- Remember David Bowie? There’s a load of re-issues due.
- Did you know we now sell luxury Turntable Mats?
A really good week for great releases has cancelled out the really bad week for sun so we’ve been sat under the thick cloud and drizzle listening to great new stuff by Piano Magic, bvdub, William Basinski, Age Coin and lots more. Also we should take this opportunity to wish a Happy Birthday to our Phil who on Saturday is another year closer to his inevitable death. Without him we’d be nothing/a lot less harassed (delete where applicable).
On then with the ‘show’......
Fresh like newly chopped parsley.
- Mica Levi’s insidious soundtrack to Jackie is unwrapped.
- Austra. What are they for exactly?
- Tim Cohen stutters into life eventually on neat album of off kilter psych pop.
- Quiet, nicely strummed psych pop from Toy/Ultimate Paintings dudes Proper Ornaments
- Grizzled veteran guitar pickin’ man Michael Chapman celebrates 50 years in ‘showbiz’
- Big and shiny LA guitar pop from Cherry Glazerr.
- Piano Magic majestically wrap up their career with the stunning ‘Closure’.
- Pavement’s new album has been hi-jacked by the guys from Clearance.
- Why is David Bowie dead and yet Foxygen are still alive?
- Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche. Euphoric, symphonic and an unwieldy name.
- Sharp and shouty lot Grey Hairs have an ok time.
- Joan of Arc make another intentional mass of shit if you like that sort of thing.
- Brian Jonestown Massacre give you a taste of their upcoming millionth LP.
- Sad post Trump heartland rock from Courtney Marie Andrews.
- Former Gallows chap Frank Carter coughs up a new album.
- Ever-popular Mark Lawrenson-approved hip-hoppers Run the Jewels do a third.
- Stef Ketteringham plays primitive and technical guitar with the finger he later busted.
- There’s a load of lovely finger pickin’ 10”s on Okraina records including Ed Askew (with Steve Gunn/Joshua Burkett) and David Greenberger, Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano.
As wizened as the modfather’s ragged face.
- ...speaking of whom here he is! Those expens-a-re-issue Paul Weller albums are in. Prices kindly hiked by ‘the man’ so you pay more.
- Hey they’re The Replacements.
- ‘77 era punks Dead Boys.
- These two re-issues of Pink Floyd’s later work perfect for Ian and his new telly.
- The Stray Trolleys are the earlier power-pop/new wave band of Martin Newell (Cleaners From Venus etc).
- No messin’ hip-hop from Run DMC.
- Were the Hives ever anyone’s ‘new favourite band’?
- Portishead’s ‘Third’ and ‘Portishead’ get much needed LP re-issues.
- Sly and the Family Stone. That’s the guy with the underpants isn’t it?
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up
Playing on the car stereo on the family trip to the seaside: “The Death of Rave”..... all of it.
- Tape loop wizard William Basinski makes a welcome return. Sounds like a Rothko painting melting to a soundtrack of opiated saxophone.
- Whopping 6CD box set of avant Illinoise on Sonoris from Kevin Drumm.
- Deep, dark and dubby rattling percussion driven tracks and gloomy soundscapes from Age Coin on Posh Isolation. Like if Burial was a Danish techno goth or something.
- Naaahhh darkside 12” on Blackest Ever Black. Yaaahhh.
- Clutch of CDs on US electronica imprint Sun Sea Sky Productions from the likes of Northcape, Signal Hill, SineRider, Melorman, Boy Is Fiction and Boc Scadet.
- Jazzy ambient/postrock/ ivory tinkling from FJORDNE & stabilo and lush ambient melters from bvdub on Sound In Silence.
- Throwing Snow -- single handedly transforming the sound of County Durham into Fabric compatible dancefloor groovers.
- Deadbeat 12” on Echocord Colour. Dubby techno? Correct.
- A Dave Phillips live show featuring videos of beautiful animals getting squished by evil humans still gives me nightmares. His new LP on iDEAL Recordings is a cracker.
- LP of decomposed sound and rotting radio transmissions from Jim Haynes.
- Album of glorious racket from Black Mecha on Profound Lore aka Fortress Crookedjaw from Saskatchewan’s amazing black metal/ noise duo Wold.
- Orior LP on DDS repressed on gold wax.
- Repress of Benedek’s in demand sun-drenched ‘Test pressing’ LP of modern electro-funk on Peoples Potential Unlimited.
- New Tycho album. Meat and potatoes.
- One-sided 12” of minimal and pretty deep house from You Speak What I Feel (DJ Sprinkles & SND).
- Previously unreleased heat from ‘91-’92 courtesy of Swedish electro-freakers Frak. Raw and lethal as an uncooked sausage.
- Chinese lady Pan Daijing makes techno on United Arab Emirates based label. You couldn’t make it up.
- Tough electro-hardcore-rave nailers from Prostitutes on Diagonal. As filthy and hard as your gran.
- Mark Fell Gabor Lazar LP on Shelter Press. For fans of Mark Fell.
- Hessle Audio represses from Joe, Objekt and Pev & Kowton.
Round enough to eat.
- Warpaint release a new single. Well spidery.
- Also sounding a but like Warpaint are tuneful and sad London nippers the Big Moon.
That’s your lot. We’re off to see if we can cobble a band together to play at the Trump inauguration. See you next week if the world is still here.
Words: Clint, Ant and a slither of Robin.
Work: Phil, Kim, the remains of Robin, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian the man with the new telly.
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