On the week that Clint bought his first ever Arctic Monkeys LP, there’s not much office news other than the return of the missing dustpan and brush and the sad news that our sugar bowl was victim to a fatal accident (my fault). We’re all excited for the great big sham of a marriage... yup Phil ties the knot sometime next year. Boom and indeed boom. As this will now be my last update pre P45, please enjoy the following discs.
- Courtney Barnett. Annoying idiot Twitter men everywhere.
- Ryley Walker can’t hide his prog forever.
- Half Man Half Biscuit make the year worthwhile with lines like “Ground control to Monty Don”.
- Mary Lattimore. Robin’s favourite harp player.
- Stephen Malkmus. He doesn’t like being called Steve… or Stephen.
- Spider Jazz. Music from a well known cartoon.
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre give a 10” taster of their latest churn.
- Quiet Slang are Beach Slang but… quiet.
- Parquet Courts present their latest stop/start juggernaut.
- Boys is a girl. Whatever will they think of next?
- Mark McDowell has friends who he makes gentle folk/psych with.
- Jess Williamson starts sunny, ends up sad.
- Folkies Modern Studies recorded their album in the delightfully named Pumpkinfield Studio.
- Paul De Jong is one of the Books.
- Charles Watson claims to now be a river. Bollocks.
- Jennifer Castle formerly Castlemusic gets deathly on our asses.
- This week’s most ridiculously spelt band name is Ssleeping Desiress.
- The Arndales make skewed English pop inspired by retail jargon.
- Wax Chattels play guitar music but with a twist - no guitars.
- Ash now survive purely on Steve Lamacq airplay.
- In this week’s rock news Rachel Grimes makes a soundscape/soundtrack for a documentary about a holistic health pioneer.
- Malena Zavala make lovely acoustic loops to share with your favourite tree.
- Good Morning tell us not to compare them to Mac Demarco. LIYL: Mac Demarco.
- Loads and loads of The Breeders vinyl re-issues.
- Some pretty lavish Wire re-issues.
- Suburban Lawns. Apologies we’ve run out of the sprinkler green edition.
- The day has come. The Noah and the Whale re-issues are here.
- Sparks ‘Exotic Creatures of the Deep’ has been re-vamped on green wax.
Ant’s Electronic Round-up:
At his wedding Mumdance wasn’t exactly what everyone expected it to be.
- Dark Black Forest gâteau from GAS.
- SMX / Koehler split one in half for the second 12” in Whities Blue series.
- David Ross and Miki Yui discs for adventurous ears on Cusp Editions.
- Aïsha Devi returns with her second album of futuristic electronic pop.
- Heavy, industrial and tribal pounders and some more somber moments on the Cienfuegos debut full-length on LIES Plus tough Chicago school trax on the label from ZZZ aka Tokyo’s DJ Nozaki.
- Vinyl edition of Nicolas Jaar's sample-based disco/house project A.A.L. (Against All Logic) album on his Other People label.
- Liquid metal dub techno compatible ambient melters from uon on Huerco S.’s label.
- CPU keep 'em coming with EPs from UK electro don Silicon Scally and 96 Back.
- Epic 4CD-R set from NYZ on Psøma Psi Phi. Over 4 hours of buzzing synth droners. Limited to a mere 34 copies.
- Evocative, nostalgic ambient from Halftribe on Dronarivm. CD edition of 200 copies.
- On a similar ambient tip, a Tone Color CD-R on Assembly Field. Edition of 50 copies.
- Innovative saxy house cracker from Joy O & Ben Vince on Hessle Audio!
- Soundhog 7” on Castles In Space. Well hauntological.
- King Midas Sounds Kiki Hitomi and DJ Scotch Egg are WaqWaq Kingdom.
- Scored some more copies of the Fret EP on LIES aka Mick Harris - a total destroyer.
- The first Visible Cloaks album returneth.
- Forest Swords went and did a DJ-Kicks.
- Flame 1 (Burial & The Bug) 12” is back on the shelf.
- Plus loads more; The Hug LP, The Boney Burger EP, 7FO LP, Belmer (Fatima Yamaha) repress etc.
- Split release from locals The Boxing/ Park Fires on Come Play With Me.
- Novelty indie parents The Lovely Eggs.
- Decisions. Decisions. Which 7” to buy?
- Dose. This week’s regulation MJ produced record.
- Soundhog. Will help fill any Advisory Circle/ Concretism shaped holes.
- All this week’s Restocks and Warehouse Finds.
- We can’t get rid of all this Record Store Day stuff.
- More grammatically unsatisfactory Staff Reviews.
We’re about to switch off all forms of media for the duration. See you next week.
Words: Clint, Robin and Ant. Work: Kim, Jamie, Benn, Daoud, Phil, Nathon and a domestic shorthair.
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Best records this week
According to our review team at least...
Half Man Half Biscuit
8/10 from Clinton