This Week’s Stuff:
- Panic not about the festivities. Let our Christmas Gift Guide do its job. If not then…ahem....Gift Voucher?
No top 50 lists this week, sorry: we’re all judged out. Instead it’s back to the sad old drawing board and you’ll have to settle for our routine top one album of the week, plus a general list of other things we mused on. As the weeks wearily struggle towards the end of 2017, we’d just like you to know that we’re buying Phil a Christmas hat. He’s gonna hate it.
It’s the circle of...
- First of the Belle & Sebastian trilogy. Directed by Peter Jackson.
- Wiki’s early years memoir is spectacular.
- Locals Engine like Pharoah Sanders. A lot.
- Grump punks Total Control are back!
- Our review of Mini Dresses is quite incompetent. Album not.
- The Soap Opera remind us we haven’t lost indie pop yet.
- Ex-B52 Cindy Wilson throws a curve(disco)ball. Good.
- 2017 is the new 1986. Just ask Cyanide Scenario.
- Much like Charles, I doubt Bonnie ‘Prince Billy will ever be king.
- Tom Rogerson joins forces with Roger Eno’s unremarkable brother Brian.
- The Staves & yMusic wrestle folk with classical.
- J-Walk writes about summertime in Manchester. Perfect for a winter in Leeds.
- LPs of vintage sounding electronics from Alexandre Bazin and Polypores on Polytechnic Youth.
- Molly. My mums sadly deceased dog…. or a slow paced band with unexpected climaxes.
- All Thom Yorke ever wanted was to be famous.
- Biosphere. No snark here; we like them.
- Palace, but not Crystal.
- Am I reading this right? Johan Johannsson worked for IBM?
- Let’s ask Harry Potter: what’s the spell for pressing a reissue?
- Sun Ra. He’s cosmic.
- Help Prurient get his mum a Christmas present by getting the Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement records.
- Current 93. Now it’s purple.
- Dog Faced Hermans get their post-punk slab in new cement.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
Spring cleaning? I call it Deep House.
- Colin Potter eventually figured out what to do with sounds he began working on over 20 years ago.
- Mini LP from Visible Cloaks, depicting a surreal, utopian future..
- Seance Centre bundle together Dutch sound artist Michel Banabila’s LSD inspired first LP from 1983 with a compilation of works spanning 20 years.
- Surprise album of warped, deep techno emissions from Kassem Mosse.
- Classy, intricate, cinematic album on PAN from M.E.S.H.
- ‘EXO3’ compilation 2LP on Ekster incl. Gigi Masin, Suzanne Kraft, Polysick, Hiele, Hantrax, Elko B. etc.
- New 4-track EP of Detroit dub techno bliss from DeepChord, plus ‘Auratones’ wax back in stock.
- Thought-provoking ambient from Minais B aka Villads Klint of Khalil (Posh Isolation). Edition of 250 copies, single-sided 12" in a printed PVC sleeve.
- Post-punk/electro-wave EP on Mannequin from Led Er Est’s Sam de la Rosa.
- Blawan’s stomping and grinding ‘Nutrition’ 2x12” on his Ternsec label repressed.
- Dub drenched LP from Terekke and a diverse 12” ranging from tough to dreamy from Florian Kupfer, both on L.I.E.S.
- Uplifting and feel good mash of styles from the impressive Damiano von Erckert.
- Pure class, urgent, Detroit techno futurism from Terrence Dixon in his unique style.
- Model 500 eternal classic ‘No UFOs’ 2x12” on Metroplex with Moodymann and Luciano remixes.
- Scored some copies of George Harrison’s underrated 1968 ‘Electronic Sound’ LP of trippy Moog soundscapes.
And a few more before the school nativity gets cranked up……..
- Heavyweight, dancefloor detonations from The Bug feat. Flowdan and Killa P + Irah.
- Mystical techno from 6D22 aka Giorgio Luceri, incl. ominous remix by Heinrich Mueller (aka Gerald Donald of Drexicya / Dopplereffekt).
- Limited yellow and white splatter vinyl 12" EP on FireScope Records from Steven Rutter who produces all the B12 stuff these days.
- Greg Beato compiles a bunch of bangers produced under his El Tipo Mas Bonito En La Generacion De Los Feos alias.
- Goner's wonderful 'Yogascum' tape on Hospital Productions now vinylized by Hallow Ground.
- The Truss and Tessela brothers return to XL as Overmono with a touch of nostalgia for Welsh raves.
- Pulverizing Merzbow power-tronix EP on Bedouin.
- Superb sci-fi techno from DJ Spider & Franklin De Costa with colder than a witch’s tit remix from Shifted.
- Prins Thomas boots off his new label with a full-range album veering from dark acid to disco.
- Spanish techno fiend Oscar Mulero remixed by Donato Dozzy, Shlømo and Chevel.
- Chill, “fourth world ambient” styles from Palta on Melody As Truth.
- Psychedelic melters on Lullabies For Insomniacs from Tarotplane.
- Hallucinatory dreamworlds CD from tape looper Stuart Chalmers. 50 copies with scavenged individual negative film.
- Twelve inches / EPs; John FM on The Trilogy Tapes, Molinaro on Apron, Move D & Jordan GCZ on Off Minor, Neal Howard on Clone Classic Cuts, Colm K on All City, J.G. Biberkopf on Danse Noir, Lastminuteman on Wherethetimegoes, John Selway / Seltav on Future Times, Sabla on Disk, Nukubus on Laura Lies In etc.
- And the winner of Christmas this week is… Girl Ray. That’s out on 7”.
- Goat Girl tell us about the saliva that comes out your mouth when pulling crackers.
- Excellent solo Deerhunterings from Moon Diagrams.
- Dream Themes play TV Theme tunes. Guaranteed to clear the office Christmas party.
- The runner-up for Peters of the week is Mike Peters; Mark Peters wins with an album on cassette.
- Visit our graveyard...70% off hundreds of vinyl (and CD) corpses.
- Label cheaps: Home Normal, Front and Follow, Leaf, Faux Discx.
- Discounted Universal stuff inc Sonic Youth, REM, Elliott Smith, The Cure, Beck etc.
That’s your lot. It’s cold...why not wear a big cloak?
Words: Robin, Clint and Ant. Work: Kim, Daoud, Jamie, Benn, Phil, Nath, Laurie, and Star Wars.
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