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Weekly Update Nick Nicely, Citizens!, Sensate Focus, Marielle V Jakobsons, Damian Valles, and more...

Woof! There goes another week. It really is relentless, this whole living business. I don’t know how we all cope. It’s certainly easier when you’ve got some records to wrap your ears in and insulate your soul from constant exposure to the harshness of life’s unremitting truths, though, isn’t it? I suppose it’s pretty handy that so many people keep on making more of them really.

Before I get started Phil says to tell you we’ve added an exciting new feature this week which allows you to sign up for daily email updates where we will let you know everything new that has been added to the site each day, so the really dedicated shoppers amongst you now have even less excuse for missing the more limited titles that pass through our system. Also sorry to anybody scouring our new in pages for new titles who’s finding it harder to find stuff amongst all the used titles we’ve added this week (which you should take a look at because there’s loads of good 7”s!) - we hope to set up a separate section for used records soon to make it easier to browse the new new stuff.

The best thing we got this week isn’t remotely new and we’re listening to it right now. It’s a fancy 3CD box with a big colour booklet and a load of unreleased archive recordings from Can (or “that German band” as that Japanese singer calls them) which is patchy in places but mostly brilliant. Another thing you’ll almost certainly want to hear is the new album from post-dubby synthy types Peaking Lights, who also have a one-sided 12” out. We’ve got a couple of Pye Corner Audio tapes in that are bound to go fast - Black Mill Tapes: Volume 1: Avant Shards and Black Mill Tapes: Volume 3: All Pathways Open - and the krauty scuzz rock on the new Vision Fortune cassette is geting us all pretty excited too. Shit and Shine’s amazing new CD has some of their most accessible krauty jams to date, noisy Manchester indie types Easter have their first full-length out, there’s a new one from Zwan...er, I mean the “Smashing Pumpkins”, and Bob Mould’s post-Sugar albums have been reissued, and there’s a warm and lively and totally likeable bit of tropical indie pop from Ohio’s Way Yes too. If you like real rock music like me and Business Lady do then you’ll probably want to turn this reissue of Iron Monkey‘s self-titled LP way up loud. If you don’t, Doseone’s back for a new long player on Anticon, and there’s a totally stunning bit of lavishly packaged neoclassical drone business from Olan Mill which is a total labour of love. Joining Doseone, Pumpkins and Mould in the we-thought-you-were-dead section there’s newies from The Walkmen, Maximo Park and Dntel. How ‘bout that.

In other news, indie babe Mary Epworth has a brand new album, Silver Jews have an album of old things, the Galactic Zoo Dossier Vol.9 magazine that just arrived is a total labour of love that justifies its asking price, particularly if you’re into weirdo folky types. Aguirre Records have sent us some good stuff including some hazy laid back vibes from Russian weirdster Mpala Garoo, synthy business from the mysterious CVLTS, the latest harmonium drones from Mind Over Mirrors and a split LP of shimmering synthy drone from Tidal and Rambutan. Garage popsters Crocodiles have a new album, and Blues Control have an LP of piano-heavy weed-lounge soundtracky weirdness, and the new Gary Sloan and Clone is utterly bonkers and all over the place...and that’s not to mention the other new albums we’ve got in from CITIZENS!, O. Children, Jurgen Muller, Mere, Dana Buoy, The Durutti Column, Lemonade, Lorn, PLVS VLTRA, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ametsub, One Man Nation & Machinefabriek, Damian Valles, Marielle V Jakobsons, Jean Piche, Nataria Kraudia, Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti and last but far from least, Akatombo.

As for singles, there’s a bonkers Scargill-sampling 12” from DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell, and Matthew Herbert’s ‘One Pig’ has been distilled into a 7” which comes with a completely artistically valid and not at all macabre patch of cloth dyed with the blood of the pig whose life he recorded. Those fine retro-thinking types at Fruits De Mer have sent us not one but four newies from the likes of Nick Nicely, The Pretty Things (with a new live recording of a classic and a never-before-heard oldie that sounds ace!), The Baking Research Station / Cranium Pie and The Lucid Dream. The See See make a rare appearance on the 7” format, Vatican Shadow has another twelve of his creepy weirdness, and Tropic Of Cancer have dropped a 12” EP of their distinctive darkwave sounds too. Other short-players include Mark Ernestus, Dro Carey, Sensate Focus, 4-Songs, Function, Doldrums, 2:54, Hotel Mexico, and last, Maximo Park.

Much love to you and your mother,

Mikony and the Normsons


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Can

The Lost Tapes

10/10 from Phil

Here's Phil's review for the original 3CD version in the box which is now gone. It’s a well known fact that Can are the best band that have ever existed. They’re ...read on »

White Manna

White Manna

9/10 from Mike

I’ve got a load of weed rock to review this week from the likes of Eternal Tapestry, Melvins, Mandog, that D Suzuki/Bo Ningen collab, and now this slice of blazing psych...read on »

Kandodo

Kandodo

9/10 from Mike

Kandodo is Simon Price from The Heads. That fact alone would probably enable us to sell at least a dozen of these records even if everybody knew all it contained was a 20-se...read on »

Hapsburg Braganza

Recurring Dreams

9/10 from Clinton

Gorgeous double album of drifty, psychedelic guitar explorations sometimes taking on a stoner rock vibe but more often drifting into a fug of stretched out fingerpicked bli...read on »

Melvins

Freak Puke

9/10 from Mike

This Melvins album isn’t really a Melvins album. Only it is. It’s not business as usual, though, as this time around they’re stripped down to a three-piece...read on »

Mpala Garoo

Ou Du Monde

9/10 from Mike

This is a curious little album. It’s by the mysterious Russian Mpala Garoo and was originally released on tape. The press release says that it fits somewhere between Duc...read on »

Nick Nicely

Hilly Fields (1892 + The Mourning)

9/10 from Mike

Nick Nicely recently had a load of his classic tracks polished up and re-released on the excellent ‘Elegant Daze’ collection, of which the track ‘Hilly Fie...read on »

Peaking Lights

Lo Hi

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Peaking Lights return with ‘Lo Hi’, the first single from their much anticipated ‘Lucifer’ LP on Domino/Weird World. It’s unlikely that anyone i...read on »

Vision Fortune

Vision Fortune EP

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Not heard Vision Fortune before but they’ve got the approval of the increasing strange Italian Beach Babes label so I’m willing to give them my ears for a few minu...read on »

DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell

Complete Spiral EP

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Liking this one. DJ Sprinkles a.k.a Terre Thaemlitz (‘Midtown 120 Blues’) and Yorkshire lad Mark Fell (of SND) indulge their shared love of late ‘80s/early &...read on »

CVLTS

Realiser

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Aguirre have always got something interesting up their sleeve to take The Business Lady by surprise. Today they hit us with Kansas based ‘post-hypnagogia’ enigm...read on »

Marielle V Jakobsons

Glass Canyon

9/10 from Mike

This is a record from Marielle Jakobsons (not some kind of contest between Marielle and Jakobsons as the title may lead you to expect), a Californian droney minimalist soun...read on »

Shit & Shine

Le Grand Larance Prix

9/10 from Mike

Everyone’s favourite repeato-noise terrorists are back with yet another full lengther of their trademark weirdness. To my ears they seem to be calming down a little, ...read on »

Studiocanoe

Soothe

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a newie on the Nomadic Kids Republic record label which is a label I’ve become fond of lately mainly because it’s a hard one to pin down  due to...read on »

Akatombo

False Positives

9/10 from Phil

Ooh, a new Akatombo album. I liked his last one. In case you didn’t know (and I suspect you don’t) he’s a Scottish dude living in Japan. It’s a small ...read on »

Olan Mill

Paths

9/10 from Phil

PLEASE NOTE. WE'RE OUT OF THE DELUXE VERSION WITH THE CD AND FANCY THINGS. NOW IT'S JUST A REGULAR ALBUM WITH INSERT AND DOWNLOAD CODE (AND ITS MUCH CHEAPER!) Wow! This is po...read on »

Jean Piche

Heliograms

9/10 from Ant

Digitalis have dug up and resurrected somewhat of an electronic music treasure here. Originally released on Melbourne Records in 1982. It was apparently one of the first r...read on »

Vatican Shadow

September Cell

9/10 from Ant

Just when I was losing the will to live three Vatican Shadow vinyl’s drop and save me from the vultures. Following a slew of Cassettes and eventually wax via Type and...read on »

Ametsub

All Is Silence

9/10 from Clinton

Are ya ready for some gorgeous, glacial electronica? Are ya???? Well, really this album is absolutely wonderful. Its outta Japan, the fellas last effort was praised to the hil...read on »

Easter

Innocence Man

9/10 from Brian

I utterly adore it when I encounter a recording that I cannot stop listening to; believe me in this job you sometimes tire of the constant barrage of new music, all you wan...read on »

A Place To Bury Strangers

Worship

8/10 from Mike

I found out the other day that one of the dudes from A Place To Bury Strangers not only makes his own effects pedals but also sells them. That seems like an incredibly savvy ...read on »

Spaceghostpurrp

Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of Spaceghostpurrp

8/10 from Clinton

Having failed somewhat to cross over to the dubstep arena with the shocking Joker album, former neo-goths 4AD now enter the nether worlds of underground darkwave hip hop with ...read on »

Invisible Sports

The Future Tastes

8/10 from Clinton

How many guys out of Volcano the Bear are releasing solo albums this week? I think this is the third and possibly the weirdest - though the others are not exactly chart fodde...read on »

Gold Panda

Mountain / Financial District

8/10 from Clinton

So here’s Gold Panda’s first new material in ages and it’s...um...okay. Opener ‘Mountains’ is built around a sample of wibbly trumpets over a s...read on »

Thomas Koner

Novaya Zemlya

8/10 from Mike

I’m not really the best person to review this sort of thing. It’s not that I have a problem with it but, well, I like my music to have a little more music in it...read on »

Hauschka / Michael Mayer

Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP1

8/10 from Mike

Got a 12” here with a couple of remixes of modern neoclassical ivory-tinkler Hauschka from techno types Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and Michael Mayer. Both a...read on »

Spaceships Are Cool

We Were Here

8/10 from Mike

These guys Spaceships Are Cool have sent us a couple of albums. Their old one and their new one. It's my job to write some words about their new one, which comes in a really ...read on »

Blues Control

Valley Tangents

8/10 from Mike

Okay, I've heard at least one Blues Control record before and I seem to remember them being hazy minimal stoner weirdo types, but I've just shoved this record on and there's ...read on »

Mind Over Mirrors

High & Upon

8/10 from Mike

According to the sleeve this was made as a companion piece to Mind Over Mirrors’s ‘The Voice Rolling’ LP from last year, where Jamie Fennelly showcased his...read on »

Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti

Gramercy

8/10 from Mike

On this CD we’ve got a neoclassical/dark ambient collaboration between that clarinetist Gareth Davis and that cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, which runs the gamut from slow...read on »

Tidal & Rambutan

Tidal & Rambutan

8/10 from Mike

On this very limited split LP we’ve got a long drone from Tidal (aren’t they a rock band? Not this one anyway) and a long drone from Rambutan. The Tidal one is ...read on »

Shrag

Show Us Your Canines

8/10 from Mike

Bristol’s Shrag are back with a new 7” on Fortuna POP!, which offers the most polished example of their jangly indie pop I’ve seen yet. It reminds me of a ...read on »

The See See

Sweet Hands

8/10 from Li'l Biz

The See See are a ‘60s psych-rock aping London group fronted by ex-Eighteenth Day Of May Richard Olsen. These lads are ridiculously popular with our customers so my op...read on »

Dro Carey

Leary Blips

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Dro Carey a.k.a Eugene Hector is a fairly fresh entity in these modern post-dubstep times. This Sydney based producer impressed with his hyper mental ‘Journey Of The H...read on »

Ex Confusion

Embrace

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Ex Confusion a.k.a Atsuhito Omori hits us with a second record of warm, nostalgic jams entitled ‘Embrace’ for the emotional dependable n5MD label. Omori’s ...read on »

The Deddingtons

The Deddingtons

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Cloudberry continues its series of career retrospectives of barely recognised late ‘80s/early ‘90s UK indiepop groups with a collection of tracks by the practica...read on »

The Pretty Things

Honey, I Need (Live) / I Can Never Say (Demo)

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Big day for the lads at Fruits De Mer as they’ve managed to secure the release of two previously unreleased cuts by probably the UK’s best R&B/Psych band of t...read on »

Reptile House

4-Songs

8/10 from Mike

This one here is a reissue of an EP originally co-released by Druid Hill Records and a certain little DC label called Dischord. It has a garagey rock sound with quite thin, t...read on »

Tops

Tender Opposites

8/10 from Mike

The first thing that’s striking me about this LP from Montreal’s Tops on the opening track ‘Evening’ is the similarity between the voice of singer J...read on »

Lorn

Ask The Dust

8/10 from Mike

I’ve not heard this fella before but looking at what Clint wrote about his last release for Brainfeeder he makes music which falls somewhere between Bristol hip-hop and ...read on »

Way Yes

Walkability

8/10 from Mike

I shoved this brightly coloured CD on the player and within about 30 seconds the bright summer Afro-grooves caused me to remark, “sounds like Paul Simon”, just ...read on »

Nils Quak

Long Forgotten Days Under A Dust Covered Sky

8/10 from Phil

Another Nomadic Kids Republic release! This one is by Nils Quak is a name I’m not familiar with but he’s released things on labels such as Kitty Yo, Progressive Fo...read on »

Dana Buoy

Summer Bodies

8/10 from Clinton

You’d never think that this was the drummer/percussionist from Akron Family - its a pure burst of pop sunshine to blast away the grimy, grey, wet shit that passes for Br...read on »

Shimmering Stars

Ghosts Past EP

8/10 from Clinton

First and foremost, I was upset to learn of the problems faced by Jason Molina (Songs Ohia/Magnolia Electric Company) which have culminated in a fund being set up in his name ...read on »

Gary Sloan and Clone

Harmonitalk

8/10 from Clinton

Now this is interesting. Coming out of Alaska in 1980 this a rag tag hybrid of of synth pop, New Age, lo-fi blues, techno, folk funk and prog rock, throughout its extremely me...read on »

Silver Jews

Early Times

8/10 from Clinton

Led by David Berman, the man with the blackest beard in the whole of the western world, its strange to think that The Silver Jews were pre-Pavement and even stranger to hear e...read on »

Function

Obsessed

8/10 from Brian

These things eh, these bloody records, they never stop arriving. Just one week would be nice where we could put our feet up and sigh with relief as the trucks and the (mostl...read on »

Fugenn & The White Elephants

Archetype Zero

8/10 from Brian

I keep listening to this over and over again, not just because I like it but because I'm so easily distracted I'm considering going for ADD therapy. Then the Ethernet cable ...read on »

Peaking Lights

Lucifer

8/10 from Brian

Well our Ant wrote a bleedin' thesis on their last excursion. I'm not gonna attempt anything like that for 936's successor especially when this laptop I'm using/cursing is ...read on »

Mere

Mere

8/10 from Brian

How do you pronounce Gizeh? Is it like how Yosser Hughes would once have requested, in casual earnestness, for a job? Or is it a little more distinguished and pretentious th...read on »

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Mind Over Mirrors
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