This Week’s Stuff:
- Record of the Week. Well the best one was the Annabel (lee) album that sold out, so this will have to do. Plus a beautifully blurry Weekly Playlist.
- Time is running out. Let our Christmas Gift Guide do its job and sort out your Christmas worries. If not then may we suggest to you, um, a lovely gift voucher?
- Christmas-ready box sets, more posh vinyl, books, accessories, etc. All here.
OVERSEAS FOLK: in the unlikely even you’re still shopping with us for Christmas gifts...good luck with that, you are cutting it *very* fine indeed, to put it mildly.
UK FOLK: if you haven’t placed your Christmas orders yet then we urge you to do so immediately, otherwise you might find yourself caught up in a throng of Saturday shoppers and hurled unceremoniously into the ladies gloves department of Fenwicks. It’s nasty out there. As is the weather: we’ve had to start burning Elbow records to keep warm.
Here are some other records that we saved from becoming cinders…..
- Christmas-loving guitar twiddler Yellow 6 releases his latest seasonal opus.
- Darren Almond plays all kinds of indian ethnic instruments to relax you. Marc’s lad, y’know?
- Swans chanteuse Jarboe hooks up with Father (not John Misty) Murphy.
- Blissful ambience from Winchester’s very own Good Weather For An Airstrike.
- Heart wrenchingly, the new OMD song is about having a dog put to sleep. Cheer them up by getting their B Sides and Bonuses disc.
- Two new things on Sound In Silence from Panoptique Electrical and Test Card.
- Our esteemed colleagues at Rough Trade have released another of their Counter Culture comps.
- Leeds llama/alpaca lovers Treeboy & Arc are produced by Sir Matthew Johnson of Twitter fame.
- Big JamieXX/Jon Hopkins-style beats and widescreen electronica from Turtle.
- Information that will probably see me sacked as a marketing guru…. the sold out Annabel (Lee) album is so good you should head over to their Bandcamp page to listen to it.
- James...nothing wrong with ‘serviceable’.
- Roy Harper. Now completely cleared of any wrongdoing.
- May we present the Beatles. For fans of Guided By Voices/Oasis.
- A marvellous BBC session by the clanking dark witch of doom Nico
- Where to start with Fela Kuti? How about here?
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
His enjoyment of the new Merzbow album has been ruined by having to attend yet another Christmas Nativity.
- Lush drone works on Editions Mego from The Transcendence Orchestra aka Surgeon and Daniel Bean. Highly recommended.
- Batch of fine echospace [detroit] CDs from Radius, Phase90 and DC Trax (DeepChord) who also rebuild Fluxion on a 10”.
- Snazzy 76pp book + 33 track ‘Movements’ CD set on Touch incl. Mika Vainio, Philip Jeck, Russell Haswell, Eleh, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi, Chris Watson etc.
- Biosphere’s2002 gem ‘Shenzhou’ remastered w/ bonus ‘'The Samphire Tower' album.
- Claude Speeed and Ekoplekz augment their recent Planet Mu albums with some limited edition tapes.
- Rrose cuts straight outta the Plastikman school.
- Golden era 90’s electronics from RX-101. Check if you dig early μ-Ziq, Rephlex etc. Also on Suction, ‘Snow Robots Volume 4’ EP incl. Beau Wanzer, Morah, Civil Defence Programme, June, Digital Poodle, June, Celldöd, and Ceramic Hello!
- Serene ambient reworks of DeepChord from The Chi Factory on Astral Industries.
- Marcel Dettmann presents Rauch - his drone work for photos of post-World War II European monasteries.
- Tasty ‘The Acceptable Presence Pt. 2’ compilation on Light Sounds Dark.
- Cold Wave action on Dais from Martial Canterel aka half of Xeno & Oaklander.
- Stomping 7” of comatose acid sleaze from Skull Defekt Jean-Louis Huhta as Dungeon Acid.
- CP Smith 'DJ Tools Volâ.â1 - 808 Tracks' Ronseal 12" on CPU.
- Kompakt’s Speicher series hits a ton with a celebratory ‘Speicher 100’ 2x12”.
- UK producer Future Beat Alliance’s vision of Detroit techno collected on 3LP.
- Pair of Street themed soundtrack tapes on Spun Out Of Control from Timothy Fife & Dave Ellesmere and Remote Viewing. 150 copies of each.
- Vanligt Folk break the 11th Commandment - Thou shalt not sample Autechre.
- Trippy stuff from Digital Release, who make “deep-psychic-technology sounds”.
- Broken English Club / Claus Fuss techno/EBM nailers-on Khemia.
- If you don't already own Aleem's 1984 electro-uber-classic 'Release Yourself' then now’s your chance to buy 100% street cred.
- Laurel Halo’s ‘Hour Logic’ record from 2011 back in print.
- Deep, dubby techno clobber from Brendon Moeller on Echocord Color.
- Very nice man Graham Coxon has done a disc for charidee.
- Trouble were on Twin Peaks and a certain Lynch offspring.
- The Western Caravan do a knees-up, crowd pleasing Christmas anthem.
- Dungeon Acid give us a bit of dog acid. Woof!
- Visit our graveyard. 70% off hundreds of vinyl (and CD) corpses.
- Label cheaps: Constellation, Home Normal, Front and Follow, Leaf, Faux Discx are all touting their bargainous wares.
- Get some really good Discounted Vinyl including titles by Sonic Youth, R.E.M, Elliott Smith, The Cure, Portishead, Beck etc.
- Cheap CDs...all from 2017!
That’s your lot. We’re getting an early night in preparation for our Christmas do on Friday which will hopefully include an alcohol-fuelled burning of Croydon House.
Words: Clint and Ant. Work: Kim, Daoud, Jamie, Benn, Hats, Nathon, Laurie, and Mr Shoegaze.
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