- Album of the Week. We like penguins, we like cafes (and we like orchestras). So why not?
- Hear exciting new sounds on our Weekly Playlist.
- Noise fiends rejoice! Lots of cheap titles on Dirter Promotions.
Thank you to everyone who took advantage of our Record Store Day leftovers last weekend. We are tired now but glad to get rid of it all. Worth checking the list still as some titles have now become available again.Then there was that Radiohead ‘OK Computer’ re-issue farce. One blue vinyl copy per every 100,000 of their fans was always going to end in tears...and it did.
Hmmm. Thankfully we still have lots of records you can buy and there’s a bumper crop this week so read below and see if there’s something there you fancy.
Strong and stable....
- Hoops jangle even more than Felt and Real Estate put together.
- Slowdive. Now 40% more bearded.
- The Mac DeMarco album has this week’s best sleeve endorsement.
- Really aggressive big hairs At the Drive In return.
- Ian William Craig does his acoustic album. Robin defends it with his life.
- Smooth psychsters Moon Duo make psych safe for the under tens.
- Nick Cave releases all the best bits of his music.
- Old aged growlers Afghan Whigs splutter out a new one.
- Sun Kil Moon/Jesu. Blah blah blah boring, wittering etc.
- Pond are from Australia and make psych rock with their good pal the Tame Impala feller.
- Mysterious and ghostly music concrete from Joni Void on Constellation.
- Typically metallic new racket from Chrome.
- Forest Swords shows something we most likely won’t see in the UK for a long while…’Compassion’.
- Jessica Moss of A Silver Mt Zion brings her violin along.
- Joan Shelley makes sincere and poignant folk with more than one Tweedy.
- Really good guitar pop from Doug Tuttle who might just think he’s the Byrds.
- Swap Babies are jazz people who decided to make….shoegaze.
- Taiwan Housing Project is either a band or they’ve come to the wrong place.
- Asgeir strikes a blow for the lesser-spotted dull artist community of Iceland.
- The family business of Penguin Cafe have been taken over by the son who has dropped the ‘orchestra’ but keeps the aesthetic. Stunning contemporary classical.
- Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy does an album of Merle Haggard covers.
- Kasabian are multiple winners of this week’s worst sleeve art, worst music and worst title.
More folk/americana from the always prolific Wooden Wand, Nite Jewel is still soundtracking the future, Day Wave try to monetize shoegaze, colour splurged indie pop from Theme Park, and finally phenomenal-trousered singing boy Perfume Genius.
So much is out this week we’ll have forgotten some stuff so do give the New In page a glance.
A safe pair of hands.
- Olden days power poppers Redd Kross.
- Swans re-issue ‘The Great Annihilator’.
- The brilliant early years of Disco Inferno collected.
- Noisy shoegaze rockers Swervedriver.
- More unearthed 80s NZ pop this time from Look Blue Go Purple.
- Helium voiced 90s shoegazers Cranes.
- The Black Ryder were making shoegaze as long ago as 2009.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Sorry kids but your Dad has to store his Coil bootlegs somewhere.
- Firstly, a coupla exciting pre-orders for fiends of all things COIL; forthcoming LP from Drew McDowall on Dais, plus Electric Sewer Age (Peter Christopherson and Danny Hyde) CD/LP reissue on Soleilmoon.
- Vinyl reissues of three classic dark ambient works from Deathprod.
- Creepy 4-track Surgeon EP on his own Dynamic Tension label. Last man on earth techno vibes.
- Absolute gold dust retrospective compilation on Recollections GRM from Dutch artist Jaap Vink. Light years ahead of its time sci-fi ambient spanning 1968-1985.
- Superb On-U Sound inspired, dubbed out, primitive electronics on Optimo Music from Glasgow’s Lo Kindre.
- Split EP of mesmerizing, tranquil, modular synth bliss from Kilchhofer / Hainbach.
- Frequency Vs Atkins 'Mind Merge' 2LP aka Orlando Voorn and Juan Atkins - rooted in classic Detroit techno yet sounding distinctively modern.
- Jan Jelinek’s 2001 ~scape classic ‘Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records’ reissued on wax on his own Faitiche label, complete with 2 bonus tracks + download.
- Black Merlin and Don’t DJ represses of cracking 12”s on Berceuse Heroique. Close that Discogs tab.
- Rough ass, mucky, industrial strength slammers from EMG on The Trilogy Tapes.
- Musical travelogue 2LP on Ominira taking in the sounds of five US cities from Move D & Thomas Meinecke.
- Luke Abbott pops up on Gold Panda’s Notown label for an EP premiering his “techno and DJ-heavy project” Earlham Mystics.
- Ominous, ghostly musique concrète/sample collage from Joni Void on Constellation.
- Cosmic floor melters from the unstoppable Jamal Moss as The Sun God.
- The Other People Place ft. Mystic Tribe AI 12” reissue of great electro-weepers from Drexciya’s James Stinson and DJ Stingray.
- Croatian Amor - Imagine a late period Burial EP on Posh Isolation.
- Lush, minimal ambient from Celer on Jason Lescalleet’s Glistening Examples label.
- Much needed reissue of Unit Moebius - Bunker 004. Fine 90's acid jackers from the Hague dream team.
- The Future Sound Of London's RSD release 'Archived : Environmental : Views' gets a CD release.
- Symphonic versions of Carl Craig classics.
- Bibio gets all raw ‘outsider house’ on your ass.
- Cosmic/ Italo-disco inspired party cuts from Bal5000. Edition of 300 copies on the reliable Invisible, Inc.
- Ace old-skool Chicago inspired acid/house on Super Rhythm Trax from Pendle Watkins.
- Metasplice / _bruxist fans should check the new _moonraker EP of futuristic electronics straight outta the Philadelphia underground.
- Sheffield’s John Shima lands on B12’s FireScope label for an EP of 90’s reminiscent Detroit school / Artificial Intelligence style warm techno.
- Amusingly titled ‘The Highland Mob’ EP of Grime hybrids from Scottish producer Proc Fiskal on Hyperdub.
- Lest we forget Ensemble Economique LP on Denovali, Psymun on Ghostly, Luke Vibert 2LP on Hypercolour, Flume EP on Transgressive, M.O.O.N. LP on Friends of Friends.
Warning: not liquorice.
- Slipstream contain former members of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized and are back after ages.
- ‘Put Ears On Yourself’ comp on Art For Blind featuring Trust Fund etc. Ok then... I will!
- HMLTD look ridiculous.
- Liveloves have 5(five) guitarists and contain ex Boredoms folks.
That’s it. Enjoy the wind. See you next week.
Words: Clint (mainstream), Ant (electronics/weird), and Robin (dog).
Work: Phil, Kim, Robin, James, Benn, Nathon and Ian (May the 4th be with him).
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