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Weekly Update Al Cisneros, Nails, The Charlottes, Bruno Spoerri, Kwes, and more...

It’s Friday again, and you know what that means. Yep, it’s me again with another quick ramble through the week’s releases in the increasingly rocky world of the physical format as we all tread ever-thinner lines to make ends meet. We can distract ourselves from our worries with yet another haul of great records from the musical aether though, so chin up, I’m going in...

Ty Segall fans will be super-psyched this week to discover that In The Red have done us the favour of reissuing both the awesome ‘Reverse Shark Attack’ LP he did with Mikal Cronin AND the surf-trash greatness of the sole ‘08 LP from his shortlived trio The Traditional Fools, and he’s got a new 7” out on Drag City to boot. Good news for your ears, bad news for your wallet. Those who like the loud guitars may also be interested to note that there are new albums from John Reis’s Night Marchers and stoner riffers White Hills, and Vampisoul have unleashed their third 7” box set of sweet crate diggin’ R&B Hipshakers. Something else I’m getting excited about this week is Mondo’s awesome gatefold pressing of Michael Perilstein’s brilliant synth-drenched ‘The Deadly Spawn’ OST from ‘83.

If you’re more into the ambient times there’s some big reasons to get excited too - Barn Owl’s Jon Porras has a gorgeous gatefold LP of guitar and drone sleepiness, Aidan Moffat’s L. Pierre drops the electronics for an LP of wistful sampledelic ambience, the mighty Mountains carve their most ambitious and lush LP of layered synthy electro acoustic drift to date, the late Danielle “Chubby Wolf” Baquet-Long has a beautiful posthumous CD of tranquil drones and field recordings, the 2013 instalment of the ever-consistent Pop Ambient comp series is here, whereas if you like things a bit darker we’ve got a couple of excellent LPs from Decimus’s Kelippah imprint with some nightmarish psych jams from Pat Murano & Tom Carter and some eerie electronic dark ambient creep-outs from Les Conversions, and you may also be interested in this squeal’n’skronk live LP from the Body/Gate/Head super-trio of Michael Morley, Kim Gordon and Bill Nace.

Meanwhile in electronicaville there’s a great new offerings from FaltyDL, Japanese audio-visual maverick and all-round mouthful Okamotonoriaki has a delightful CD & DVD set, and the legendary Drexciya have a third volume in their awesome ‘Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller’ series. And that’s not all because this week also sees new albums from Adam Ant (?!), Toro Y Moi, Pascal Pinon, Helios, Art Of Burning Water, Menace Ruine, The Joy Formidable, Jasper TX, The Charlottes, Bruno Spoerri, Lubos Fisher, Gunman & The Holy Ghost, This Town Needs Guns, The Children’s Hour, Nosaj Thing, Cleaners From Venus, Waltones, Arbouretum, Brokeback, Chris Darrow, Esben And The Witch, Foxygen, Jane Weaver, Alasdair Roberts & Friends, Lord Huron, Matthew E White, Nightlands, Ulrich Schnauss, Ben UFO’s Fabriclive, Wave Machines, Die Geister Beschworen, MCMXCI (1991) and Sculpture! Cripes!

Thankfully it’s not quite such a heavy week for singles, with my personal faves (besides the aforementioned Ty Segall seven) being the solo effort from Sleep/Om legend Al Cisneros, Tim Burgess’s lovely warm psychedelic pop, and a lively four-song 7” from Shaun Hencher’s ‘90s-style indie shitkickers Virals. The confectionery-themed novelty 7” from Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation is better than you probably think it’ll be, too, and the other singles are from Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band/Rodriguez, Golden Teacher, Nails, Kwes, Roots Manuva, Blood Red Shoes, Jeremy Greenspan/Laurie Spiegel, Terrence Dixon and two by Jared Wilson.

Bam! That’s me done. See you next week babez.

Miketanian and the Normskerhounds


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Peoples Temple

More For The Masses

9/10 from Clinton

Sounding not unlike a Rolling Stones who have grown up solely on The White Stripes and Beck, the opening title track here blasts in with a guttural scream, riffs churn effecti...read on »

Jeff Keen

Noise Art

9/10 from Ant

Hats off to the good people at Trunk for unearthing these archive recordings from maverick avant-garde UK film-maker Jeff Keen as they really deserve to reach a wider audience...read on »

Thee Cormans

Mingo

9/10 from Mike

I like this band! I’m glad they put out so many records. This one’s on Total Punk and guess what? It’s got two cracking cuts of lo-fi reverb-drenched surf ro...read on »

Silver Pyre

AeXE

9/10 from Brian

You know, we got this album pushed at us with the legendary comment "Think The Fall meets Autechre". Even the phrase had me shaking my head in disbelief. That sounds fucking a...read on »

Heavy Times

I'm Single

9/10 from Mike

We’ve had a couple of these guys’ records in before from HoZac but I’ve never found time to check them out so this is my first exposure to Chicago’s He...read on »

okamotonoriaki

A Little Planet

9/10 from Mike

I missed the boat on Okamotonoriaki’s debut ‘Telescope’ a couple of years ago, although I hear it was good, but now I get to review his new one ‘A Litt...read on »

Tom Carter and Pat Murano

Tom Carter and Pat Murano

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The brilliant Pat Murano (NNCK member who has brought out a staggering amount of high quality electronic darkness under his Decimus alias in recent years) has sent us two new ...read on »

Les Conversions

Les Conversions

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Since I’m a self-professed Decimus fan I get the special treat of reviewing both of his Kelippah label’s offerings today. First was the confrontational creepscapes...read on »

Michael Perilstein

The Deadly Spawn (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

9/10 from Mike

Now I’m not going to sit here and pretend I’ve ever seen (or even heard of) Douglas McKeown’s 1983 low budget schlock-horror flick ‘The Deadly Spawn&rs...read on »

Ty Segall

Would You Be My Love

9/10 from Mike

This guy doesn’t stop, does he? Here’s the latest offering from the hectic Ty Segall release schedule (in fact his ‘Reverse Shark Attack’ LP with Mikal...read on »

Mountains

Centralia

9/10 from Mike

Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg, collectively known as Mountains, are back with their most grandiose album of soothing electro acoustic ambience to date. They’ve pain...read on »

Jon Porras

Orilla Oscura

9/10 from Mike

I just listened to half this ruddy album before I realised it’s supposed to be played at 45rpm and not 33. I just thought it was really slow pop-drone stuff. That’...read on »

The Traditional Fools

The Traditional Fools

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Who doesn’t like Ty Segall? Nobody worth knowing, from my experience. The hardworking garage dynamo has built up a reputation and body of work in the past five years tha...read on »

Sculpture

Slime Code

9/10 from Ant

Ahhhh now this is a whole bag of fun. It’s like some wild trippy cartoonish bleepy tribal techno. This is a re-worked vinyl edition of an album that was originally relea...read on »

Toro Y Moi

Anything In Return

9/10 from Clinton

Whilst clearing out the loft the other day, I stuck on Justin Timberlake’s ‘Justified’ album and wondered why no-one has made an album quite so good since. T...read on »

The Charlottes

Things Come Apart

9/10 from Phil

Well I’m tearing myself away from the last Beak> album (still...) to write some words about the new spanky reissue of ‘Things Come Apart’ by The Charlotte...read on »

Yo La Tengo

Fade

8/10 from Clinton

I was massively MASSIVELY into Yo La Tengo for many, many, years. Pretty much from ‘New Wave Hot Dogs’ through to ‘I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One’...read on »

Serafina Steer

The Moths Are Real

8/10 from Clinton

This album has an opening track so good that everyone might as well pack up and go home when it’s finished. It opens with delicate harp and lovely warm bass. The voice e...read on »

Colin Stetson & Mats Gustafsson

Stones

8/10 from ReviewBot300

When it comes to free jazz/fusion sax honkers, there are two names which seem to keep cropping up, but aside from Brotzmann and Edwards there are other uniquely expressive bra...read on »

Mil Mascaras

Fuzz

8/10 from Clinton

From what I can gather this is/was a French all women band from the turn of the 2000s (was it really so long ago?). Presumably this is some kind of reissue thing and as such s...read on »

Beat Hotel (featuring Jim Shepherd)

Best of Our Years / The Fire

8/10 from Clinton

It says ‘featuring Jim Shepherd’ all over it but I didn’t know who Jim Shepherd was. Turns out he was the lead singer in the Jasmine Minks. It also features ...read on »

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory

Elements Of Light

8/10 from Clinton

This is described on the press release as a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument comprising 50 bronze bells. And certainly from the...read on »

Michael Price

A Stillness

8/10 from Clinton

This is a four track EP from composer Michael Price who from the sounds of this works within the parameters of a very ‘nice’ take on neoclassical composition. Util...read on »

Tod Dockstader

Electronic Vol. 2

8/10 from Clinton

This is the long awaited next installment to the original ‘Electronic Vol1’ as written about expertly by Ant here. For the uninitiated what we have are 23 short pi...read on »

Ergo Phizmiz

Eleven Songs

8/10 from Clinton

Phil had to wake me, dribbling and drooling from packing the records in order to “persuade” me into reviewing this. “Remember,” he said in a calm voice...read on »

Die Geister Beschwören

Those Who Came Before...

8/10 from Mike

Die Geister Beschworen are not a German band as I assumed when I first grabbed this CD off the review pile, but is in fact the brainchild of a certain ‘Oryan Peterson-Jo...read on »

Chubby Wolf

Seasick

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The now sadly departed Danielle Baquet-Long, one half of Celer, here receives a posthumous release for her album Seasick, which is full of graceful, blurry, rumbling drones in...read on »

Gunman & The Holy Ghost

Things To Regret Or Forget

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This one is on Anton from the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s ‘A’ label and features Berliner Hakon Adalsteinsson shuffling his way through 10 overtly miserable c...read on »

Body / Gate / Head

Glare Luring Yo

8/10 from Mike

In the spring of 2011, Michael ‘Gate’ Morley from The Dead C paid a short visit to the USA, and while he was there he performed two one-off collaborative improv sh...read on »

L. Pierre

The Island Come True

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Former Arab Strap Aidan Moffat’s Lucky Pierre/L. Pierre sideline has established itself as one of the most interesting strings to the Scotsman’s impressive bow, an...read on »

Alasdair Roberts & Friends

A Wonder Working Stone

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Prolific Scots folkie Alasdair Roberts is back again with a troupe of buddies accompanying him as he romps through another series of his updates to traditional Scottish music....read on »

Tim Burgess

The Doors Of Then

8/10 from Mike

The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess has been keeping busy lately, with his O Genesis label putting out a succession of excellent records, his autobiography ‘Telling Storie...read on »

Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation

It Takes All Sorts…

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a weird little novelty single. It’s on stripy black and white vinyl like a liquorice allsort and both the artist and song titles are all confectionery-based...read on »

Virals

Strange Fruit

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Shaun Hencher out of Lovvers and The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg has a new band, and they’re called Virals. Here’s their third single, EP, whatever, with four songs o...read on »

Brokeback

Brokeback And The Black Rock

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Brokeback began as the solo project of Tortoise/Eleventh Dream Day/Pullman’s Douglas McCombs and has evolved over time to a full band, incorporating members of such ace ...read on »

Jane Weaver

Watchbird Alluminate

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is a strange release. A companion of sorts to Jane Weaver’s nautical progressive neofolk concept album ‘The Fallen By Watchbird’, it features all sorts ...read on »

Jasper TX

An Index Of Failure

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Wow, this record’s got a striking-looking sleeve of a grey and stormy sea, and it comes on very cool-looking silver vinyl too. It’s the new album from Dag Rosenqvi...read on »

White Hills

Abstractions & Mutations

8/10 from Mike

This is the first vinyl pressing of what started life as a tour CDr way back in 2007 when White Hills came over here with Dogntank while honcho Dave W was in the early stages ...read on »

MCMXCI (1991)

Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan

8/10 from Ant

I know nothing of MCMXCI (1991) other than that it’s the handle of a Swedish chap. What we have on ‘Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan’ are six tracks of raw, rugge...read on »

Esben And The Witch

Wash The Sins Not Only The Face

8/10 from Clinton

Matador...Matador???? Just another example of how, despite having somehow reached the age of 40, I know utterly nothing. My life is a series of terrible mistakes and unfortuna...read on »

Various

Pop Ambient 2013

8/10 from Clinton

If one thing in life is dependable it’s...my cat...oh and the Pop Ambient compilations. They must have been doing these for...oh how many years? As I said in a previous ...read on »

Al Cisneros

Dismas / Version

8/10 from Clinton

From the sleeve its almost impossible to tell what this is. Thank god for the press release which tells me that it’s the bassist from Om. Phil insists that this sounds l...read on »

Kwes

Rollerblades

8/10 from Clinton

Described in the press release as ‘the Brian Eno of experimental UK pop’ (though isn’t Brian Eno the Brian Eno of experimental UK pop?) it gives you some ind...read on »

Jeremy Greenspan / Laurie Spiegel

Drums&Drums&Drums

8/10 from Clinton

I sit with my head gently lolling in my hands, the cold working its way into every pore. Outside the window the trees sway gently in the frozen breeze, as if waiting for somet...read on »

Featured albums

Jeremy Greenspan / Laurie Spiegel
Jared Wilson
Chubby Wolf
Jared Wilson
MCMXCI (1991)
okamotonoriaki
Sculpture
Die Geister Beschwören
Al Cisneros
Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Les Conversions
Michael Perilstein
Jasper TX
The Traditional Fools
The Joy Formidable
Tim Burgess
Blood Red Shoes
Wave Machines
FaltyDL
Nosaj Thing
Waltones
Ty Segall
Toro Y Moi
Brokeback
Virals
Esben And The Witch
Jane Weaver
L. Pierre
Nails
Lord Huron
Roots Manuva
Nightlands
Ben UFO / Various
Body / Gate / Head
The Children’s Hour
Cleaners From Venus
Adam Ant
Arbouretum
The Night Marchers
Chris Darrow
Foxygen
Golden Teacher
Alasdair Roberts & Friends
Mountains
Kwes
Matthew E. White
Various
Ulrich Schnauss
This Town Needs Guns
Gunman & The Holy Ghost
Helios
Various
White Hills
Jon Porras
Terrence Dixon
Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation
Drexciya
Pascal Pinon
Art Of Burning Water
Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band / Rodriguez
Menace Ruine
The Charlottes
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin
Bruno Spoerri
Luboš Fišer