- Album of the Week. Please try not to cry.
- Let your ears catch up with what’s good this week with our Weekly Playlist.
A big week here particularly with a bunch of exciting pre-orders such as those twin regenerated shoegazers Ride and Slowdive and a just announced new Forest Swords album. Also we’ve managed to score some copies of the new Mount Eerie album which currently unavailable in the UK. Coming soon we have a series of exclusives and promotions throughout April so do keep watching. What else could possibly be happening in April? Nothing we can think of.
Brand new records - who’d have thought it?
- Those Manchester noise tykes Gnod with a big sprawling beast.
- Women’s erstwhile leader Pat Flegel returns as Cindy Lee.
- Corkscrew-haired alternately electro-pop/folky duo Goldfrapp.
- More meanderings from long running post punk foursome Wire.
- My father’s favourites British Sea Power.
- Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick hooked up with the Mattson 2 for some psychedelic space jazz.
- Zone 6 make fun time psych all recorded live.
- Julia Holter and band played live in a room and someone recorded it.
- Busy fingers Hauschka sends Jamie for a peppermint tea.
- Fingers like worms and hellish noise blasts from Pharmakon.
- Laurie’s favourite childhood metallers Mastodon get back on track.
- Phantom Dog Beneath the Moon make nice folk on Rusted Rail.
- Spluttering music legend Bob Dylan ‘re-interpretes’ the great American songbook.
- R.Stevie Moore hooks up with Jason Falkner for a run through some his prime power-pop.
- Richard Edwards had some really bad tummy troubles but got an album out of it.
- Fiercely blasted dark psych from Warp Transmission.
- Flute-wielding long running psych troupe Bardo Pond splurge another one out.
- Coco Hames tries her best to recreate swinging ‘60s pop.
- Where’s Robin? There’s a new thing on Constellation by A Silver Mt Zion cellist Saltland. He’ll need to know about it.
- Cool rock music from 70’s inspired cat Jonny Velon (not actually a cat).
- Jake Xerxes Fussell’s dark folk features three (count ‘em) musicians called Nathan.
- Buy the Sneaks album and be in with the chance of winning a limited test pressing. At 18 minutes long you’ll need something to go with it.
- Tall Ships do some ‘Impressions’. Their Frank Spencer is incredible.
- Not one but two albums by Bill Baird albums. One for the morning and one for the evening. Like tea.
...and here’s the ‘New In’ pages as there’s too much this week as always.
Good for both your eyes and your ears…
- The bleak film of the making of Nick Cave’s ‘Skeleton Tree’ is here.
Old records to whet your appetite for Record Store Day….
- Duck-voiced post punk art crew Pere Ubu re-issue some of their later work.
- West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band do what they say on the tin.
- The Durutti Column ‘The Return of the Durutti Column is back in on the sandpaper vinyl thingy.
- It’s been 15 years since Richard Buckner’s ace ‘Impasse’ so it’s now re-done with extra tracks.
- The INXS it used to be ok to like….it’s the Doors.
- Just remember Animal Collective they way they were next time you hear ‘Kinda Bonkers’.
- A Panda Bear album from back when we used the word Mencap in reviews without being ashamed.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Chairman of the Wharfedale Mens Throbbing Gristle Appreciation Society.
- Objekt returns with ‘Objekt #4’. A pair of nifty dancefloor pleasers. One per customer cuz greedy people tried to buy them all.
- Repitch celebrate 5 years in the game with a 3x12” + CD set. Feat. Pinch, Ascion, Nuel, Galaxian, Drvg Cvltvre, Shapednoise, AnD, Gaja, The Exaltics, Sote, Mike Parker, Skudge, Zenker Brothers etc.
- Drexciya’s ‘Grava 4’ aquatic electro/techno gem 2LP reissue - ships Friday.
- Blurry ambient tranquilizers from Keith Berry.
- Ghostly stuff from Orghanon on Time Released Sound. Peep the eye popping art edition!
- Industrial backdrops, cavernous desolate environments and bass weight from Akatombo. Plus Air Cushion Finish & Lichens live hookup - both on alt.vinyl in editions of 250 copies.
- Electropop on Polytechnic Youth from Vorderhaus - straight outta the early Mute/ Some Bizarre school.
- Zillionth Merzbow album.
- Party time 12” from Rome legend Passarani + limited 12” from MPC wielder Dukwa - 300 copies in screen-printed sleeve. Both on Numbers.
- Person of Interest pops up on Brooklyn’s Exotic Dance label.
- Glistening, polished electronica on Ghostly from Geotic aka Will Wiesenfeld of Baths.
- Pharmakon brings the noise.
- Equiknoxx ‘Bird Sound Power’ dancehall bombs now on CD via DDS.
- Strange Culture and Sordid Sound System electro/disco/kraut plates on Invisible, Inc.
- Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler and Co. do disco as AMOR on Night School.
- Plunderphonics Queen Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us celebrates 25 years of making audiovisual collage records incl. Peel Sesh. Plus a peach from Yannick Dauby - both on Discrepant.
- North Atlantic Drift floatbient CD on Polar Sea.
- Theo Parrish ‘Parallel Dimensions’ 2LP reissued with new artwork on Sound Signature.
- EP of Braindancing electro from Seoul producer Go Dam.
- Plenty more action from Cologne Tape, Tillander, Max Cooper remixed, Maine, Jacques Greene, B12 ft. Yonii, Ron Trent, Vakula, J M S Khosah, Nomine repress etc.
Time for a tiddler?
- Brilliant dreamy lo-fi songwriting from Jefferson on the always good Box Bedroom Rebels.
- Estonian shoegazers Pia Fraus and West Coast indie -poppers Rocketship share wax.
- Brooch are members of Ought and Yung getting together.
- This Will Destroy You’s latest has a lovely Julianna Barwick mix in tow.
- Hardcore punk and harsh noise from Greek rackateers Blank Veins.
Update coughed up by Clint with expert help from Ant (electronics) and Robin (sax).
Actual office work by Phil the fantastic, Kim, laughing boy, Jamie, Laurie, Nathon and Ian who is unwell and will probably die soon.
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'Phil is the best'.
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