Weekly Update Tim Hecker, Pixies, Macintosh Plus, Stereolab, The Caretaker
Big box Pixies and Stereolab records to help you remember your indie roots plus new ambient music from Tim Hecker and the Caretaker and so many Pigs you won’t know what to do with them.
- BACK IN! Macintosh Plus - Floral Shoppe. Limited re-press of vaporwave classic on Olde English Spelling Bee.
- ALBUM OF THE WEEK! No arguments necessary!
- 50+ GOOD PRE-ORDERS. Hand chosen by ourselves.
Just 18 years until Phil’s retirement so we’ve started our wallchart countdown. Only 6000 days or so to go. Meanwhile, here’s another week of stuff as we ourselves also edge slowly towards sweet death. Old Pixies and Stereolab albums, rebadged! Mudhoney and Soft Cell are back! Hell, we even got a Foster and Allen album sent to us by mistake this week...we might put that into stock later as well.
There is good new stuff too, though, so ignore us.
- Occasionally a tree, Danielson is usually a music.
- Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs . “They’ve still got it” - David Cameron.
- Unlike the Manic Street Preachers The Joy Formidable are both Welsh and good.
- “And the academy award for father/son drone LP of the week goes to… Tashi and Yoshi!”
- CD edition of harvest festival favourites Epic45 is here. LP to follow next week hopefully.
- Have you ever seen souls as happy as Winter + Triptides?
- Wingtip Sloat were the ‘90s most underrated lo-fi lopsiders.
- Father John Misty. He’s no Al Stewart.
- Soft Cell. In 2018. Really strange.
- New Nick Cave live album. Does not come with sweaty towel.
- Thank god Mudhoney are talking about the internet.
- Hiro Kone apes Factory Floor on this excellent LP.
- Amber Arcades slows time like a Bernard with a watch.
- This John Paul album, eh? Compare it to Sleaford Mods and we’ll all be fine.
- Rock and sludge from Brooklyn’s Exploded View.
- Miss World. You know - it’s that lass from Shit Girlfriend.
- Liars / Tropical Fuck Storm. Big deal band Liars got to pick who was on the B side. Could be worse.
- Sudden Infant are a Swiss Industrial-Dada-Noise-Rock band. Are you?
- Hater say they hate but they are so sweet. As cherubic as the more aptly named the Cardigans.
- This the Field album from last week is rather good. Sorry we’re late on that.
- Lashings of Stereolab singles compilations re-issued. All three on vinyl or big CD box.
- The House of Love’s debut now magically swelled out to 5CD box set.
- Winsome 60s folk minstrel Donovan gets re-issued in nasty old 2018.
- All the classic Aretha Franklin tracks collected.
- Someone’s unearthed a Thelonius Monk live album.
- Pixies first two things re-badged.
- Cherished the Clash mainstay Joe Strummer’s solo work boxed.
- Technical Space Composer's Crew. Stockhausen influenced experiments from Chan feller.
- Bikini Kill..the original riot grrrrrls.
- John Carpenter & Alan Howarth’s Halloween III ...comes with mask!
- Should have gone to Robert Rental mate.
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Ant’s Electronic Round Up
Derrick May pencil case.
- The Caretaker penultimate sonic account of dementia deterioration.
- Tim Hecker manipulates traditional Japanese instruments from inside a temple.
- Kode9 & Burial mix it up for FABRICLIVE 100. Mix CD out now, wax to follow...
- Killer Massimo Toniutti electro-acoustic haunted ambience reissue via Oren Ambarchi’s increasingly stellar Black Truffle label. Highly recommended.
- Jlin’s footwork moves from the streets to dramatic stage production with her score for choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography on Planet Mu.
- Legendary/elusive vaporwave classic from Macintosh Plus now on white vinyl!
- Brixton's Gaika mashes up dancehall, hip-hop and soul on his first Warp full length.
- Detroit duo ADULT. are back, this time on Dais. All uppercase, don’t forget the full stop/period and don’t you freakin’ dare say electroclash, alright?
- Siavash Amini + Umchunga semi-mutilate and reconstruct ancient piano recordings for a tape on Kate Carr’s Flaming Pines label.
- Music From Memory reissue rare LP from G.B. Beckers at the intersection or art rock and electronica.
- EP of scuzzy nailers from O/H on L.I.E.S. aka Rich Oddie (Orphx) and Dave Foster (Huren/Teste).
- Explorations in Estonian Electronic Folk Music 1979-1983 from Olev Muska.
- Super bluuuuurrrry tranquilizer blissouts from SK U KNO aka Suzanne Kraft.
- Masterful sound design/ultra-dramatic ambient from Giulio Aldinucci on Karlecords.
- Enchanting, playful and bizzaro LP from Foodman on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label.
- Aux Field draw mutated urban landscapes with synthesizers.
- Domenique Dumont’s electronic pop gets kinda freakier and tropical on Antinote.
- Pure murk from Universal Eyes aka Universal Indians and Wolf Eyes.
- Seriously groovy EP of rugged trax from Ayln on Nous.
- King of sampling Carl Stone teams up with Miki Yui as Realistic Monk.
- Sweet batch of spools on Umor Rex from Alejandro Morse, Slows, Rafael Anton Irisarri and Dino Spiluttini.
- Herbert Bodzin Electronic Tapes 1979-1982 compiled on wax. Edition 300 copies.
- Afrobeat and techno titans Tony Allen & Jeff Mills space jazzers on Blue Note.
- Roll The Dice captured Live At Berlin Atonal 2017.
- Badalamenti/Carpenter inspired soundtrack concept tape on Isle of Jura from Filmico.
- Atrax Morgue harsh noise filth 5CD set on Urashima in a red wooden box.
- Tashi Wada With Yoshi Wada & Friends FRKWYS action for drone fiends.
- Doublepack of pure slammers from Matrixxman on his new label The Grid.
- Ye Olde Kettel 'Myam James Part I' reissued on wax.
- Superior Viaduct reissue of majestic, minimalist inspired work from Alvin Curran. 'Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico' blends field recordings with synth etc.
- Susumu Yokota ‘Acid Mt.Fuji’ 180g vinyl 2LP reissue now on it's 3rd pressing!
- +++ E-Unity on FTD, Omar S on FXHE, Maoupa Mazzocchetti on Editions Gravats, Yuri Urano on CPU, Peverelist on Idle Hands, John Daly and David Kitt records on All City, Melody As Truth 2CD compilation, King Ende Shneafliet on Artificial Dance +++
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Mustn’t Grumble. 6000 days.
Words: Clint, Robin, Ant.
Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Daoud, Phil.
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