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Weekly Update Pye Corner Audio, Nick Cave, Grouper, Scott Walker, Ghedalia Tazartes, epic45, and more...

[Disclaimer: I, your regular introductioneer, was a bit poorly this week so Brian ended up writing this instead. I can only apologise. -Mike]

Yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum. It is Pirate Brian sat here, committing himself to his last weekday (for a wee while) of online record shop sabotaging shenanigans, I am off hunting other pastures to plunder for a stint but will nevertheless still be reporting in to make sure no-one has stolen my treasure trove that I stashed under these asbestos floor tiles. Ooohh arrr, pieces of twelve (inch).

Anyways, enough of that seafaring toss, here is a random sprawling lowdown on this weeks top booty that you have to buy quickly or whatever is left in a weeks time is gonna be hijacked and stolen by my marauding fleet of one-eyed peg-legged bastards. Ooooooh arr, musical brandy etc...

You may have noticed our album of the week. It’s a good one. It is also the third release on Public House, a Norman Records affiliated imprint currently dedicated to re-issuing previously CD-only back catalogue by bands Phil likes but on quality vinyl, with beautiful art on superior stock card. It is not the new Jonathon Whiskey but nothing ever could be. So hold onto your demos for now! Please be aware that once the 100 black vinyl copies have sold there are NO MORE and never will be...

Touch records have been ever so kind and let us (and some other shop that’s not as hard and Northern as us) have copies of the second, and presumably last, edition of this Pye Corner Audio cassette. The first print sold out on the Tapeworm site in five minutes or something and was an edition of 200 in a white spooly shell. This version is presented in a clear shell and there are actually only half as many...hence I really wouldn’t sleep on this if I were you and if, like me, you love a slice of Pye...maybe go to sleep when you’ve bought the tape as it is very relaxing indeed...Beer Damage are a duo, they’ve a cracking name but appear sadly un-engaged in the art of relaxation. This vinyl album appears forged from inventive guitar feedback that sounds like a herd elephants on the loose, noxious Black Dice-esque sound-art, screeing grumble-core and alien swathes of stubborn noise and has seemingly been constructed by a pair of musical clowns. One of them was a Yellow Swan and the other has a Mouth(us) on him. Together they make a stunning racket...buy IT!

Manchester’s The Courteeners have a new CD album out, and a vinyl to follow. It’s pleasing to know Manchester’s indie scene is bursting with such heavyweight innovative talent at the moment. You may fare better with French quintet Concrete Knives although I’ve not personally heard them, this is a taster single for their debut album and is on the more reliable Bella Union (the Xiu Xiu album now almost forgiven)

If you’re still living in the 80s and 90s like me, you can now pick up an expanded anthology of the Archdrude’s chart-shagging, anthem-stuffed classic ‘St. Julian’. Has all the associated b-sides and mixes from the era, no doubt some on CD for the first time ever. Worth checking out his Jonathan Ross interview from the era on YouTube too if you get a chance. Hilarious! Also London/Cornwall straddling Sonic Youth/NME-approved 90’s indie faves and erstwhile friends of Leeds’ lion-pop legends CUD, The Family Cat have a neat and well overdue anthology featuring the shittest painting of a feline I’ve ever seen grace a document of recorded music. Yes it was a great time to follow bands featured in the NME. When they were scruffy, homely and had no money rather than the angular haircuts, immaculately trimmed beards, pristine shirts and pseudo intellectualism of todays vacuous elite...sigh. FACT - The Family Cat’s bass player’s mum taught me at school in Torpoint as a youth and his sister apparently went out with The Aphex Twin! RDJ’s story about making an acid track featuring samples of John Peel saying the band’s name has touched and amused me for years.

Back to contemporary indie bands...London’s twee-goth janglers Veronica Falls have their sophomore long-playing outing ready for consumption. I’ve not heard it yet but the last one was enjoyable enough. They’ll never top ‘Found Love in a Graveyard’ though but given that it is one of the most perfect indie singles ever made, there is no shame in that...Is this guy Stewart Lee’s real father I wonder? Look at them eyebrows...

Check out Poorly Mike’s review of the delayed NNF release of Umberto’s ‘Confrontations’, here he completely fails to explain why you’ve had to wait two months longer than planned. If you’re feeling a bit naughty you can gaze at the sleeve for this Dum Dum Gals/Crocodiles side-project, if you’re not a slavering filth wizard like me you can just settle for reading newbie Ian’s review.

Another naughty sleeved record is the second album from Maine/NZ lo-fi psych popsters Unknown Mortal Orchestra. This wasn’t apparent when we got a couple of promotional posters in the post where they’ve seemingly photoshopped the lady’s smock opaque in order to preserve her modesty so imagine my surprise when the record landed. At least it’s a tasteful, beautiful photograph. The new Nick Cave sleeve looks well sleazy...Is he the new Robert Palmer or something...WTF?

This guy is apparently a bit of a leg-end on the breaks/proto-bass music scene having worked with Howie B, Soul II Soul back in the day etc. We like his new album for Big Dada a great deal. If you liked DJ Shadow when he was good and want to hear someone very skillfully mash-up numerous genres into something funky, itchy and exciting without doing your head in then get involved. This from Darkstar we’re slightly less keen on but then again Ian liked it and obviously Warp do too. Their last long ‘un was for Hyperdub so they’re constantly working for pretty revered labels, go figure.

The latest in a long, long line of chuggy shoegaze/retro indie rock acts are Cheatahs. Here their two EPs from 2012 get bolted together to form an album, no doubt in preparation for their debut proper. Spot it here. Actress has signed this enigma to his Werkdisks imprint, the press release is far too long winded so I’ll say no more apart from expect quality.

Liz Harris has her ‘Dragging...Deer’ album out once more through new home Kranky which is accompanied by an exciting sister-album of out-takes and unreleased tracks from the same session. Phil thinks that is Liz hereself on the sleeve, I don’t. Who is correct? Answers on a postage stamp to the usual. Who wins? We’re all winners here.

The guy from Low, Alan Tescochalk, thatshisface, and his more rockist splinter group RGC (not Rotters Golf Club) has a new album to startle you with, their third. Another Icelandic pixie lady is mewling her way into your affections or will be if you invest in her new album and shout at your state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen to “play it, bitch”. This one doesn’t comprise of a load of sappy covers and is quite pleasant but whether our resident music mauler Clint will be charmed is another matter altogether.

L’il Biz won’t even let us play this single from old Kraftwek bod Karl Bartos. She reckons it is irredeemably awful but then again, she thinks 99% of what we sell is totally useless so maybe she ain’t the best person to ask. I rather think this is more her thing, Ariel Pink AND Dam Funk reworking the Emerson boys ‘Baby’ It looks ace so If you’ve collected the LITA set thus far, you’ll want this but even as a stand-alone curio it is well worth your time as the AP track was only ever a limited 1-sided 12” on 4AD...so now’s the chance to hear it paired with the original.

Geordie doom sludgers Bong have a live vinyl album out. We have two versions for sale. One with a fucked sleeve, one without. You lucky tarts. The Bitter Springs also have an album out too but not a live one and this one is a double CD featuring all their recent download singles on one disc. I didn’t even realise they were still on the go, such is my ignorance ...Kieran Hebden is a man that lots of you like. I actually prefer it when he uses his given name. Four Tet always annoyed me. I call him Foggy Tits. He has a ludicrously titled one-sided white label out which briefly explains the background behind the track but leaves me none the wiser. i’m gonna review it in a few mins so maybe I’ll discover something more profound than the fact Joy Orbison has played the fucker out.

Finally, out on the uber-rocking El Paraiso is a new album from Papir, their third apparently. I’m a rather big Causa Sui fan but haven’t checked this Copenhagen 3-piece out as yet. I think we should all do so ASAP.

So, au revoir from me and the other ladies and lads here, let’s celebrate another busy week here at the towers in order to reduce your unrelenting Seasonal misery.

x Mouthbreather Bri-Bri


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

EOD

EOD Volume 1

10/10 from Brian

This Norwegian electronica super-kind has already amazed us with recent EPs 'Utrecht' and 'Questionmarks', the latter possibly still available from the label in America, the f...read on »

Fluorescent Grey

Ambiente

9/10 from Ant

We are very fortunate to be able to bring you this Norman Records exclusive. A co-release between the Record Label Records imprint and Cataclyst. A hand numbered edition of 10...read on »

Scott Walker

Tilt

9/10 from Ian

Well, I’ve been given the mammoth task of reviewing this absolutely now legendary album by Scott Walker, Tilt. Although many people think they are familiar with Scott&rs...read on »

The Holydrug Couple

Noctuary

9/10 from Brian

I didn't like this album particularly at first, I thought it was a bit "whatevers" in fact. Then me got um 'Noctuary' on me massif stereo at home innit and started to soak up ...read on »

JK Flesh/ Prurient

Worship is The Cleansing Of the Imagination

9/10 from Phil

So I’m sat here at home with a large cup of sweets (yes a cup), cos I’m essentially a huge disturbed looking child and it feels good. Soundtracking my sugary fun i...read on »

Various

Scattered Melodies: Korean Kayagum Sanjo

9/10 from Phil

OK I know nothing about vintage Korean Kayagum Sanjo music from the 1920s-1950s. I bet you don’t either, unless you’re Robert Millis who has obsessively been colle...read on »

Jar Moff

Commercial Mouth

9/10 from Ant

This is the vinyl debut for Jar Moff and is my introduction to the artist whom previously has only released digital files. I've played this a few times now and it becomes incr...read on »

Omar Rodriguez Lopez

Octopus Kool Aid

9/10 from ReviewBot300

With the demise of the Mars Volta on everyone’s lips, the ever prolific O-Rod drops his latest solo LP this week, with his cousin Marcel handling drums and programming a...read on »

Yoshi Wada

Earth Horns with Electronic Drones

9/10 from Ant

Over the last few years drone music seems to have been slowly gaining momentum and popularity. At one point the market become so over saturated it seemed like every other rele...read on »

epic45

Drakelow EP

9/10 from Brian

This was a bit of a milestone in the E45 back catalogue as it centred greatly on their instrumental electronica constructing capabilities and much less on the chiming pastoral...read on »

Ghedalia Tazartes

Check Point Charlie

9/10 from Mike

I’ve encountered Ghedalia Tazartes’s recent work before now but this reissue of an album recorded in ‘89 and released in ‘90, previously only available...read on »

Umberto

Confrontations

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Given the rise in popularity of horror soundtracks over the past year or two, artists like Umberto suddenly find themselves transformed from retro fetishists to hypermodern vi...read on »

Cheatahs

Extended Plays

9/10 from Ian

Wichita Records latest signing Cheatahs are here with a collection of their first couple of EP’s, I’m taken back to the glory days of 90’s indie rock when ba...read on »

TM404 + Morphosis

The Morphosis Korg Response

9/10 from Brian

Well this is a bloody wonderful racket. It’s kind of like seriously twisted out of shape atonal warehouse acid. TM404 is a new project from Andreas Tilliander that utili...read on »

Pye Corner Audio

The Ever Present Hum

9/10 from Phil

I love everything about Pye Corner Audio. I love pie, I like hanging around in corners* and I like music (hence running a record shop). It’s all gravy (which I like too)...read on »

Matthew Collings

Splintered Instruments

9/10 from Clinton

Discipline makes the world go round, baby. So said King Tubby I believe. So labels take note: this is how you produce CDs in the modern age. The packaging is utterly tremendou...read on »

The Asphodells

Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust

9/10 from Brian

I recall being bemused and slightly pissed-off at Two Lone Swordsmen's post-’Tiny Reminders’ musical direction. I (selfishly) wanted more bass-bin worrying electro...read on »

Grouper

The Man Who Died In His Boat

9/10 from Brian

Well it's always nice when an artist you love casually unearths an entire album of unreleased material. Liz Harris is a favourite of many of us here, we love her somnolent eth...read on »

Young Fathers

Tape One

9/10 from Clinton

Not heard much really good on Anticon for a long while but this really eats the proverbial biscuit. A hip hop troupe straight out of the mean streets of Edinburgh these lads b...read on »

Jake Blanchard

Archaic Practices

8/10 from Phil

Jake Blanchard is a visual artist who’s been designing all things to do with music and the odd skate park for a while now. If you’re not familiar with his styles t...read on »

Ducktails

The Flower Lane

8/10 from Clinton

There were audible gasps when the promo of the lead track from Real Estate sidesman Matt Mondanile’s new opus was played here at the towers. It has been known for the wr...read on »

Various

Reason To Believe - The Songs Of Tim Hardin

8/10 from Clinton

During a recent crisis, I drove across the pennines with Tim Hardin’s ‘Hang Onto A Dream-  The Verve Recordings’ on repeat. Partly as I just couldn&rsqu...read on »

Frightened Rabbit

Woodpile

8/10 from Clinton

Frightened Rabbit are on Atlantic Records eh? Home of Hall & Oates, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley and The Pointer Sisters. Who’d have thought? They respond by prod...read on »

Veronica Falls

Teenage

8/10 from Clinton

If you haven’t wept uncontrollably for a while, get onto Youtube and look up the early Kirsty MacColl singles ‘They Don’t Know’ and ‘Terry’...read on »

The Bug

Hardcore Lover

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve spent the last week thinking I’m about to get ill, to the point of annoying everyone around me. Yesterday I spent 30 minutes in the same room as a man sneezin...read on »

Lil Silva

The Split/Venture

8/10 from Clinton

Sadly, I am not street. I’m more of a toasted teacake, cup of tea and double cardigan man. Hence, when I tried to find this on our website I was spelling their name &lsq...read on »

Actress

Silver Cloud

8/10 from Clinton

New 12” from the much heralded Actress, in fact not an actress at all but a man called Darren. The opening track starts with a clicky sound which goes on indefinitely. I...read on »

Joy Orbison

Ellipsis

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a limited repress of Joy Orbison’s ‘Ellipsis’ 12” from last year. Now I don’t know anything about this kind of music but I’ve ...read on »

Joshua Burkett

Xavier's Birds

8/10 from Mike

We’ve got a lush but pricey package here on Time Lag from Joshua Burkett, which you can get either just as a 7” with handmade artwork or in a deluxe package with a...read on »

Thought Forms

Only Hollow

8/10 from Mike

This is one of those 7”s that’s a different speed on each side, so I’m reviewing the B side first because it’s the 33rpm one. It’s quite a length...read on »

Fever Dream

EP

8/10 from Mike

Here’s the debut EP from the latest of these London indiepop types to come out of London playing indiepop, Fever Dream. They specialise in the slightly feedbacky, chimin...read on »

Shape Worship

Observances

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This latest 12” from Exotic Pylon dishes out six tracks by Shape Worship of psychotropic blissed out electronica masterfully mixed with a little post-dubstep wub’n...read on »

Bleeding Rainbow

Yeah Right

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Philadelphia indiepop duo Reading Rainbow have expanded their ranks to a quartet and changed their name to Bleeding Rainbow. I know it all sounds a little bit Snoop Lion but I...read on »

Hartmut Geerken

At the Face

8/10 from Mike

Wow, I’ve really had a lot of weird stuff to write about today, partly thanks to the always good but quite often bonkers Holidays Records dropping “new” ones...read on »

Aaron Dilloway & Kevin Drumm

I Drink Your Skin

8/10 from Phil

I decided to bring this home to review as whenever harsh extreme noise music is played in the office it becomes hard to do your job because a) it’s fucking intense and s...read on »

Beer Damage

Hobo On The Face of Music

8/10 from Mike

You all like weird records, right? Well here’s one of them now. My second of the day that falls into that “bonkers unclassifiable esoterica” bracket after I ...read on »

Darkstar

News from Nowhere

8/10 from Ian

Being a bit of a Warp Records geek I’m surprised that Darkstar have completely passed me by so bear with me on this one, News From Nowhere starts off with a couple of ni...read on »

Various

The Bedroom Club II

8/10 from Ian

London based label No Pain In Pop has released its second compilation of dark underground late night club tunes, artists and DJ’s from the four corners of the globe are ...read on »

Celer

Diving Into A Plasma Pool

8/10 from Ian

Another beautiful warm ambient drone piece from Japan-based artist Celer, this is limited to 100 and comes with a handwritten note on black paper in silver ink, track one &lsq...read on »

Haunted Hearts

Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good

8/10 from Ian

Skuzzy Garage rock duo Dee Dee and Brandon Welchez are here with a cool little 7” on blue vinyl dipped in JAMC fuzz and singalong choruses, both tracks here are lots of ...read on »

KH

The Track I've Been Playing That People Keep Asking About And That Joy Used In His RA Mix And Daphni Played On Boiler Room

8/10 from Brian

Well this track and the subsequent blogosphere queries as regards to what it actually is have apparently been driving Hebden mad, so mad he’s put all the info he can mus...read on »

Chelsea Wolfe

Prayer For The Unborn

8/10 from Clinton

Chelsea Wolfe is a dark, bleak lady. She produces howling, visceral music which relies on the goth/foghorn of her voice which quavers and quivers around the dingy, grimy rock ...read on »

Drowners

Between Us Girls

8/10 from Clinton

This is the first release on the label formed by former (it says here) Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson. I wonder if he stomped out in disgust after their Olympic travesty? Hang on, ...read on »

Fear of Men

Early Fragments

8/10 from Clinton

Whilst making a curry last night I threw on 6music and heard Allo Darlin’ interviewed. I never realised two of them were Australian. I think that makes me like them more...read on »

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

II

8/10 from Brian

I'm the only person in this office who doesn't seem to like Tame Impala all that much, these fellow antipodeans are more my bag. Although they appear to plough a similar furro...read on »

Veronica Falls

Waiting For Something

8/10 from Clinton

Five out of five in The Guardian today for this. Here at the Towers we dish out top marks like confetti but the broadsheets are a little more choosy so this better bloody be g...read on »

Featured albums

Beer Damage
KH
Pye Corner Audio
Julian Cope
Cheatahs
Concrete Knives
The Family Cat
Moire
Courteeners
Olof Arnalds
Dobie
Retribution Gospel Choir
Karl Bartos
Bong
Papir
Haunted Hearts
Grouper
Darkstar
Norbert Möslang
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Veronica Falls
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti / Dam Funk / Donnie & Joe Emerson
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Umberto
Grouper
epic45