This Week’s Stuff:
- A Record of the Week so good that even Clint bought it.
- All the latest Staff Reviews.
Actual Big Week alert with lots of records to buy and lots of rain forecast over the weekend so you can sit at home in the warm and listen to them. Get in!
These ones have never been released before….
- Yo La Tengo… or Yo La Tenki as my dad still insists on calling them.
- Save money on the new Thundercat by playing the last one a bit slower.
- The Decemberists can’t quite escape the renaissance fair.
- Hot Snakes. After 14 years these snakes are still pretty warm.
- More fractured sad from Mount Eerie.
- Creep Show. Features John Grant. Apt I guess.
- Fellow psych fellows Dungen and Woods collaborate to chill effect.
- Dreamweapon is confusingly named after a record re-issued last week.
- The Oscillation win this months Robert Pollard Award For Outstanding Work In The Field Of Prolificity.
- Good harsh chamber music from Rare Form.
- Racket-making collective from Ukraine Bichkraft.
- 90s joke. Tonight on Stars In Your Eyes Starlight and the New Romantic is Prince.
- Typical Girls...Vol 3….or Vol 4! Your choice….or both!
- Fragile acoustics with a ‘Nebraska’ haunt from Caroline Says.
- The Bunny Tylers win this weeks Worst Named Band Award.
- Young Jesus will appeal if you like Modest Mouse, Built to Spill and Slint all on one album.
Everything New In so far.
From the good old days…
- Those two re-issues of Cocteau Twins ‘Treasure’ and ‘Head Over Heels’ are here.
- Cindy Lee.
- Classic sounding psych pop from Jacco Gardner back in at last.
- Slo mo songwriter Chris Weisman is like a warped McCartney.
- Brilliantly monikered indie sole practitioner Pat Fish and his The Jazz Butcher.
- This Keane album sold 222,297 units on initial release (UK only).
- A lovely sun dappled album of proto Yacht rock from Batteaux.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
Blasting out Dopplereffekt on the 33A to Otley.
- Delicious batch of tapes from Mexico City’s Umor Rex; Kohl, LogarDecay and Byron Westbrook. All with download codes and housed in neat recycled stock boxes.
- Biosphere gets his microphones dirty down on the farm.
- Fragile piano trails float over gently whirring backdrops and electro-acoustic canvases on duo Vanessa Amara’s new one on Posh Isolation.
- Space Afrika make silvery, dubwise, spaced out ambient - best consumed while horizontal.
- Celer / Oh Yoko fellow Will Long back in deep house mode with ‘Long Trax 2’ on CD or spread across 3 separately available 12”s on Smalltown Supersound.
- Turntable botherer Philip Jeck has his Vinyl Coda III-IV recordings from around the turn of the millenium double vinylized on GOD.
- Minimal Wave compiled ‘The Bedroom Tapes’ LP feat. new wave, experimental electronic, early industrial body music, minimal synth from around the World (1980-1991).
- The mysterious Secret State re-imagines Detroit electro on Central Processing Unit.
- Second editions follow that Kevin Drumm tape with Eva-Maria Houben's ‘Breath For Organ’ CD. Fans of Francisco López should peep this one for sure.
- Yuzo Koshiro & Motohiro Kawashima’s insane ‘Streets of Rage 3’ video game soundtrack on Data Discs will have your brain melt out of your ears.
- One Way Static compile Berlin-School rarities 1968-1971 from embryonic Tangerine Dream/Ash Ra Tempel dude Klaus Schulze.
- Sparse rhythms and crystalline metallic electronics from Berlin's Electric Indigo on Monolake's imbalance computer music label.
- Joyously demented tape on Container’s new Plastic Bags label from Wilted Woman.
- New York industrial/no wave electro duo Wetware’s LP on Dais twitches anxiously.
- Glasgow’s The Modern Institute is members Golden Teacher and they make utilitarian post-punk type, man-machine electro on Diagonal.
- Zk capture the nervous energy of Bangkok after dark with echoes of Coil, occult electronics, musique concrete etc. on Hallow Ground.
- "Post-rave power ambient poems" from Broshuda on Haunter.
- Villa Åbo aka Börft boss and Frak man Jan Svensson has a tape from a couple of years ago pressed onto wax by Dark Entries, plus a reissue from NYC’s Intense Molecular Activity.
- Re-press action; Shinichi Atobe’s ‘Butterfly Effect’ 2LP on DDS, Dopplereffekt classic 'Gesamtkunstwerk', ‘Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil’, 1978-1992’ on Music From Memory.
- Plus 12”s from Kellen 303 on Keysound, Space Dimension Controller on Dekmantel, Night Christ w/ Illum Sphere Remix on All City, Antemeridian EP on The Bunker New York...
Stick another button in the jukebox baby.
- Saddle Creek went round the world and found Palehound in Boston.
- London up and comers Goat Girl.
- Daphne & Celeste. Good idea.
- Three (count ‘em) Polytechnic Youth 7”s.
We had a sale last Monday but next Monday please get prepared for another kind of sale. Hint: they are smaller.
Team Norman x
Words: Clint, Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and Looking Back With Love.
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