This Week’s Stuff:
- Pre-order the new King Gizzard. Really simple this time. Orange vinyl or CD.
- JUST ARRIVED! Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless 7”.
Well here we are again: in our prison. Bare trees sway outside, rain lashes at our wooden window frames. We are all huddled ‘round a two bar heater. Here in Holbeck it’s still 1981, but we’ve seen into the future and this week we bring you records from a time as far away as 2003.
Let’s peek into the future and see if we like it:
Records are really ‘in’ this month.
- Dapple the sun with country rockers The Hanging Stars.
- Belle & Sebastian in redundant EP compilation scandal.
- The sweet and kind Superchunk get grouchy.
- Ought aren’t good anymore but Robin still pretends to like them.
- US Girls do their best yet says Robin (do we still trust him?)
- Marlon Williams barges in with love.
- Fast punk misery from the excellent Alien She.
- More prog pavementing from Car Seat Headrest.
- The Orielles are bright bairns with swish guitars.
- It’s 1981 and Soft Riot are the best band since Fad Gadget.
- Loma is the collaborative folk alchemy of Shearwater and Cross Record.
- Karen O enlists Michael Kiwanuka. Rejoice!
- Get high with these metal bands.
- The Green Child deliver a small turn of robot kindness.
- Ride: RIYL Oasis and fog machines.
- Raise your white wine spritzers to Pete Astor.
- Avant-classicism from Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet.
- Burlesque revivalist Dita Von Teese joins up with synthspert Sébastian Tellier.
- This is the last Wild Beasts release. We promise.
- Remember when we cared about Sun Kil Moon’s dad?
- Also from Ohio: Songs: Ohia!
- Wasn’t Elijah Wood in the Apples In Stereo?
- Postgaze pranksters Amusement Parks on Fire get Red Eyes reissued.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
Tripping over scalextrics on the way to his Technics.
- Tangled technoise from Black Mecha aka Forest Crookedjaw of black metal fiends Wold.
- Darkside half-step techno b/w sinister, pounding rave cut from Pinch on Loefah’s 81.
- Melodic acid-tronix from Maelstrom on CPU.
- Roman brothers and former Rephlex stalwarts D'Arcangelo in lush Braindance mode with a 4-track EP.
- East Man aka Basic Rhythm/Imaginary Forces assembles an army of grime MCs for his album on Planet Mu.
- **EXCLUSIVE! Dalham 'Janus' for your Boards of Canada/Ghost Box fix.
- First-time vinyl reissue of Steve Roach’s 1984 new age odyssey Structures From Silence.
- Limited edition, hand cut, transparent vinyl 12" with screen printed art on Gang of Ducks from Quicksails. Includes Shit & Shine, Brett Naucke and Khaki Blazer remixes.
- Primitive World LP on Ecstatic inspired by the life and work of British constructivist artist Marlow Moss.
- Enigmatic American Midwest sound archaeologists Fossil Aerosol Mining Project with more stirring collages of processed sonic detritus.
- Rhythm & Sound LPs finally back in print. Music does not get any better.
- Mammoth 12CD box set from musique concrète don dada Pierre Henry.
- Daniel O'Sullivan and Steve Moore almost go fully Depeche Mode as Miracle.
- 12" of rough as a badgers bottom, rusty rattlers on Where To Now? from Metrist.
- Kaltès & Nene H. 12" EP on Lakker fellow’s label Eotrax incl. remixes from LAIR and Christina Sealey of Orphx.
- Moody acid melts glacial atmospherics on a 12” from S & M Trading Co. aka Fit Siegel and DJ Sotofett.
- Gospel infused jazzy house from Theo Parrish in his Sound Signature style.
- We scored some limited white vinyl copies of the new Factory Floor 12”.
- Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto present a minimalist masterclass.
- Tapes: Father and daughter duo Yeah You on Alter, Sunset Graves on Spun Out Of Control, sound scavenger Stuart Chalmers and shimmering electro-pop from Hattie Cooke both on Third Kind Records.
If you’re reading this it’s too late. You already read it. How unfortunate.
Team Norman x
Words: Clint, Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a 44-year old nerd.
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