This Week’s Stuff:
- Record of the Week ….as chosen by Phil.
- JUST IN! Retep Folo red wax ‘Galactic Sounds’ LP on Clay Pipe Music.
Fact of the week: Michael Stipe wrote “Drive” ‘at his computer’.
This week we’re really happy for Phil -- overjoyed, in fact, to see his face light up when listening to the new Cavern of Anti-Matter album. Good to know he’s still enjoying life. The remainder of the week has been less emotional.
No doubt you’re still reeling from our fact of the week, which opens up many questions: did Michael Stipe have MySpace back in the day, and is Peter Buck on LinkedIn? Do the members of R.E.M. have a WhatsApp group and has Bill Berry ever been removed from it? Is “Everybody Hurts” about torrenting? All questions to ponder while you read up about the week’s music.
I’d rather be listening to ‘The Best of Bread’.
- Polytechnic Youth vinyl action from The Home Current and Cosmic Ground. You know the drill on these.
- Cavern of Anti-Matter. Not as good as the Decemberists in my (Robin’s - ed) opinion.
- Courtney Marie Andrews serves up gospel overdrive.
- Now generic as a rule, it’s Preoccupations.
- Jack White is essentially a bad person.
- No Babies are tenacious little shredders.
- The Ex have 27 passports but I’ll bet none of them are blue.
- Guided By Voices. As long as Bobby Bare Jr.’s getting a paycheck....
- Hand over heart, Alasdair Roberts has no idea what folk music is.
- They still exist. Good for Sunflower Bean.
- Brother JT describes Kettle Chips.
- Erika Wennerstrom is usually in a swearword band.
- Air Formation split up and then stopped splitting up. Quitters.
- The Total Rejection. Chandler Bing’s favourite band.
- Ever dreaming of 90s fuzz are Car Crash Sisters.
- Pale Waves pick up where the 1975 left off.
- I’m pickin’ up Dead Vibrations.
- New one from Japanese rhythmic quartet goat who of course aren’t the same as Goat.
Here’s everything New In so far.
Bread had some good hits, you know.
- Remember when M83 made overblown synth emo?
- A Certain Ratio throw back their dance punk for you.
- The amazing Equiknoxx get their DDS instaclassic reissued.
- Missed legend Johann Johannsson gets tributed with this reissue and rework.
- Get tucked in with a deluxe iteration of Kruder & Dorfmeister’s midnight classic.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
Our starting man for the Norman/Boomkat Mario Kart tournament.
- Ultra-posh LP from Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson on Sonic Pieces. Gin & Dubbonet and cigars at the ready...
- Rolando Simmons on a melancholy mission.
- Deadly batch from the unstoppable Opal Tapes incl. Cosmin Nicolae aka Cosmin TRG, David Terry of Trollman Av Ildtoppberg / Bong. Plus an incredible disc from Siavash Amini & Matt Finney on Vanilla.
- Class stuff on Mana from De Leon... outernational rhythm, field recording, techno, gamelan in dub…
- Luke Vibert in acid mode, tweaking his 303 for an EP on De:tuned.
- Huerco S. ambient heartbreaker 'For Those Of You...' re-pressed on Proibito complete with new artwork.
- Kate Carr Brixton sound survey and reissue of the 'Absence' compilation of Iranian experimental music CD incl. Sote Siavash Amini etc. Both on her fine Flaming Pines label.
- Super eerie LP of phantom sounds from Anne Guthrie on Students of Decay.
- Taraval follows 12”s on Four Tet’s Text label with an EP of jagged and psychedelic techno tackle on Hypercolour.
- DiNT brings the gloom on Horo with an EP of comatose zombie techno, plus an EP of lethal remixes from OAKE, Codex Empire, Ontal and ANFS.
- Retro 70’s kosmische inspired, analogue, melodic synth-based ambient from Egyptology on Hands In The Dark.
- NON affiliate Nkisi lands on Arcola with a dark and banging EP where West African club music meets Euro tekno/hardcore styles. 500 copies, no re-press.
- Brutalist noise sculptures from ex-Wire / Dome man Bruce Gilbert.
- Murky, lo-fi, minimal/rudimentary, spacey, creepy, futuristic clobber on the Dual Action 2LP on Hospital Productions.
- Ian Hicks 100% sexual, trippy, sleazy bliss on Optimo Music.
- Andrew Liles doesn’t do things in halves. 6CD + DVD Gonzoid box set on Dirter.
- Pioneering Musique Concrète LP 'Musique Expérimentale' re-mastered on Cacophonic. Featuring Luc Ferrari, Michel Philippot, André Boucourechliev etc.
- Mark Pritchard builds other-worldly landscapes on Warp with ‘Four Worlds’.
- Explosive EPs on Bedouin Records from Arad aka Dara Smith of Lakker and AQXDM aka Deapmash and Aquarian.
- The Midnight Manual 2x12" on Midnight Shift incl. Hodge & Gramrcy, Harmonious Thelonious, Mark Forshaw, Amato (The Hacker), Terry Lamborgini (Marco Bernardi), INNYSTER, etc.
- 12”s from Cottam on FCR, Brainwaltzera remixes, London Modular Alliance on ART, Hypnoskull w/ Surgeon remix, Villalobos remixing Phuture, Neue Grafik on Rhythm Section International.
Phil. Bless him. He’ll sleep well tonight.
Team Norman x
Words: Robin, Clint and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a Nottingham Forest ball boy.
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