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Welcome to all the million and a half of you who subscribe to this update and the 7.5 million who bought records from us this week. No need to check these figures as they are correct. As the week has seemingly been a competition between the world’s worst men to see who can be the biggest c*ck we would rather lose ourselves in the magical world of music and until Trump declares music to be a conspiracy invented by the Chinese let’s keep soothing ourselves with the sweet sweet balm of sound.

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New:

Brand spanking new things by people who bring good to the world.

  • Mark Eitzel delivers a lovely breezy new album with Bernard Butler’s solo-ing kept on a thankfully short lead. Also this has snagged Ian’s coveted Album of the Week.
  • Brent Cash sounds like something that resides in Ricky Gervais’s wallet.
  • White Dog are Australian punks. Not actually a white dog.
  • Sleater Kinney rocked Paris so much the Eiffel Tower was wobbling. Luckily someone taped it.
  • Japandroids. Probably better than Oasis when all is said and done.
  • Priests make brooding pop somewhere between the Julie Ruin and My Bloody Valentine.
  • Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood collaborate daftly. Really silly people.
  • Mica Levi’s sumptuous Jackie soundtrack is back in.
  • This week’s Brian Jonestown Massacre record is a pulsating kraut treat.
  • Ty Segall. Does he even know what year it is?
  • Minor Victories orchestralize their recent album.
  • The mind boggles at this Officer live album. Who/what/why are these people?
  • Uniform. Recommended if you’ve been trying and failing to mash up power electronics tunes with Big Black hits.
  • Electric Moon make doomed up psych rock that won’t stop repeating.
  • Cloud Nothings sound like the music Ian liked when he was 16.
  • Big changes for the post punkers Nightingales who are now called Nightingales.
  • Alison Crutchfield kind of twangs over vibrant grunge and synth pop.
  • We know girls are good an’ that but why does every band have to have the word Girl in?
  • Rose Elinor Dougall sets sail to claim Sophie Ellis Bextor’s mantle.
  • Well sinewy post punk and sweet harmony from Palberta.
  • Ace guitarist Richard Osborn releases his first album at the age of a million or something.
  • I don’t know when the Menace Beach album snuck into stock but it appears to be here and smelling of lemons.

Re-issues:

Not many. Probably being saved for Record Store Day.

  • Former Fall types Blue Orchids with a couple of live shows.
  • Man who blows into a microphone Bob Dylan and his bootleg series.
  • John Cameron’s ‘Psychomania’ on Trunk.

To pump the list up we could remind you at this juncture that favourites on Ghost Box by the Soundcarriers and Pye Corner Audio have been re-pressed and are in stock to buy. Also back in are popular albums from yesteryear by the Veldt and Survive with their yellow Record Store Day thing.



Ant’s Electronic Round-Up

Confiscating his young ‘uns 3DS to the sounds of DDS.

  • Shackleton & Vengeance Tenfold both in mighty fine form with a darkside 2x12” on Honest Jon’s.
  • Bowel emptying, heavyweight Emptyset album on Thrill Jockey.
  • Floor burning Not Waving 12” on the EBM/Techno/Acid/New Beat tip.
  • Ex-Coil chap Stephen Thrower & David Knight pop up on Touch with an LP as UnicaZürn.
  • Black Void Smith tape on Brassfoot’s NCA label.
  • Trunk have pressed Basil Kirchin’s ‘Silicon Chip’ disco boogie job from 1979 onto limited yellow wax 7”.
  • Jeff Mills soundtracks ancient silent space movie ‘A Trip To The Moon’.
  • Oto Hiax is Mark Clifford (Seefeel) and Scott Gordon (Loops Haunt) and they’ve an album on Editions Mego.
  • The Biosphere expanded reissues keep coming in all their ambient glory. ‘Cirque’ just got the 2LP treatment.
  • Limited single-sided/ etched 12” from Lakker’s Eomac, that’ll leave you gasping for breath.
  • Wolf Eye Nate Young’s 2009 primitive/horror electronics ‘Regression’ album on iDEAL just got vinylized.
  • Glacial techno and cinematic melancholia from Lord Of The Isles on Firecracker. Plus a micro cosmic space opera 10” from Whodamanny on sister label Unthanks. Both in tasty sleeves screen-printed by House of Traps.
  • Berghain resident jockeys Dettmann / Klock have a 2x12” of club tools on Ostgut Ton.
  • Tropical trips from Tornado Wallace on Running Back.
  • Intimate atmospheric electronica 2LP from Marconi Union.
  • K. Leimer’s 1982 soundtrack ‘Land of Look Behind’ expanded and remastered vinyl reissue.
  • Andre Stordeur analog and digital electronic music 1980-2000 retrospective on Sub Rosa.
  • Japanese ambient fellow Chihei Hatakeyama’s been staring at the sky and the desert for inspiration.
  • Cheerful electronica from Tryphéme on CPU. *Beware, review contains shocking revelation about our Clint’s sex life*
  • Limited 7” from Chicago’s Beau Wanzer to get you in the mood for his forthcoming album.
  • After a bunch of white labels, the mysterious Wah Wah Wino crew have cobbled an album together.
  • Post Maybe Mental band Life Garden get gear from the 90’s compiled.
  • Loads of records approximately the size of a baby’s arm (12”s) from Tolouse Low Trax on Antinote, B12 on FireScope, Ellll on Art For Blind, Beneath on No Symbols, Voiski on Sheik ‘N’ Beik, Quarta 330 on Hyperdub, Mori Ra and Black Merlin on Berceuse Heroique, Sam Gellaitry on XL, Aera on Hivern, Dazion on Second Circle.



7”s

More comfortable for Trump’s little hands.

  • Hookworm lead boy MJ unveils his Family Scraps.
  • Stirring mega ballad’s from Whitby (Canada) native Chastity.
  • Enigmatic production duo St Francis Hotel.
  • Girl Ray. What did I say about ‘every’ band having the word ‘girl’ in it?

And that’s it. Wrap up warm because it’s minus a billion out there. See you next week (probably).

Words: Clint, Ant and precisely one eighth of Robin.

Work: Phil, Kim, chopped Robin sections, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and of course how could we forget 'little' Ian in the corner.

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Jessica Curry

Fields Were the Essence of the Song

9/10 from Robin

Soundtracks to imaginary films: have we reached capacity? I think we’ll give Jessica Curry a pass, since she originally made her fake score ‘Fields Were the Essenc...read on »

Japandroids

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

8/10 from Robin

Today, for reasons unbeknownst though secretly knownst, we listened to Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’. In the office. For a while. And while you have now stopped ...read on »

Dimosioypalliliko Retire

On the Administration of Panic (The magazine issue 1)

8/10 from Robin

A weird one from the combined efforts of avant-garde dreamboats Rekem, Orila and Agios Anthropos sees an anthology of works by Dimosioypalliliko Retire, a group concerned with...read on »

ZOFFF

ZOFFF 1

8/10 from Robin

Me: When you think about it, how can a distance be deep? Ian: The sea? This office anecdote is the only way I can foreseeably open a review for a krautrock record in 2017, w...read on »

Chihei Hatakeyama

Above The Desert

8/10 from Jamie

So, it’s a kinda atypical Tuesday afternoon here at the Towers. What with the boss having a ‘work from home’ day, and the office stereo seeping out more blis...read on »

Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa

8/10 from Robin

Ah yes, Yerba Mansa: the kind of band where the drummer wants the rest of the band to keep that racket down. As the band freely romp through any non-idea possible in their ope...read on »

sonicbrat

MURMURATIONS

8/10 from Jamie

Trigger warning: prepare to be astonishingly soothed and relaxed. That’s the general office consensus, by the way; this CD has been noted by none other than the voice of...read on »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Open Minds Now Close

8/10 from Clinton

If I have to hear one more piece of kraut/psych rock today I think I'll...erm....erm...go and squiggle a synth or something. Probably escaping my ire are Brian Jonestown ...read on »

Uniform

Wake In Fright

8/10 from Robin

Uniform are gonna deceive you. They sound like a hardcore band but are in actuality two dudes imitating one, with Michael Berden screaming and co-conspirator Ben Greenberg pro...read on »

Nate Young

Regression

8/10 from Ant

I reviewed this album when it came out on CD back in 2009 but my review seems to have been destroyed by the Gremlins in the Norman Records mainframe. If I ever get my hands on...read on »

Not Waving

Populist

8/10 from Ant

Hard hitting four track 12” EP from Alessio Natalizia on his own Ecstatic Recordings, primed to tear up the dancefloor at your local discotheque. Opening with the EBM/te...read on »

Various

Dreamy Harbor

8/10 from Ant

Over the years, Berlin techno institution Tresor’s compilations have been invaluable surveys of current developments in techno. Their latest ‘Dreamy Harbour’...read on »

Mark Eitzel

Hey Mr Ferryman

8/10 from Clinton

I can safely say that this is the first album I've ever looked forward to hearing that has Bernard Butler on it. It says something about the songwriting of Mark Eitzel that th...read on »

Family Scraps

Mistakes

8/10 from Clinton

Fans of Hookworms grunt and churn may be surprised at the debut 7" from their leader MJ (noted under his full moniker Matthew Johnson on the sleeve).  'Mistakes' is an u...read on »

Marconi Union

Ghost Stations

8/10 from Clinton

My goodness this is hitting the spot. The weather is wintry, the bare branches on the trees are swaying in the breeze. I am drinking a cup of coffee. Meanwhile Marconi Union ...read on »

Tryphème

Online Dating

8/10 from Clinton

'Online Dating' we've all tried it  - often leading to absolutely horrifying consequences. These days I'd prefer to sit at home and listen to some electronica than faking...read on »

Eomac

Temple Of The Jaguar

8/10 from Ant

The first release on Eomac’s (aka Ian McDonnell of Lakker) newly minted Eotrax imprint comes in the form of a limited edition single sided 12” with etching by arti...read on »

Palberta

Bye Bye Berta

8/10 from Clinton

This is extraordinary. Remember Gaggle? Well try to imagine them as a Raincoats/Slits influenced post punk group.  This is the world where ladies sing together over a bl...read on »

Featured albums

Thundercat
Tryphème
UnicaZürn
Not Waving
Voiski
Mori Ra
Sam Gellaitry
Priests
Black Merlin
Shackleton & Vengeance Tenfold
Jessica Curry
Palberta
Bob Dylan
Dettmann / Klock
Mark Eitzel
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Basil Kirchin
Black Void Smith
Emptyset
Sleater-Kinney
Beau Wanzer
Nightingales
Richard Osborn
Blue Orchids
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Quarta 330
Jeff Mills
Aera
Chihei Hatakeyama
ELLLL
Girl
Oto Hiax
Beneath
Mica Levi
Family Scraps
Chastity
White Dog
K. Leimer
Tolouse Low Trax
Uniform
Andre Stordeur
Minor Victories
Brent Cash
Life Garden
Dazion
Ty Segall
St. Francis Hotel
Japandroids
Tornado Wallace
B12
Officer!
Rose Elinor Dougall
Various
Cloud Nothings
Girl Ray
Lord Of The Isles
Menace Beach
Whodamanny
Eomac
Electric Moon
The Veldt
Pye Corner Audio
S U R V I V E
Marconi Union
The Soundcarriers
John Cameron
Biosphere
Nate Young