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Weekly Update Will Oldham, David Sylvian, Songs: Ohia, Neneh Cherry

Lots of newbies, including The Lucid Dream, Charalambides, Blue Orchids and Hairband. Plus a round-up of the best upcoming pre-orders.  

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Hello. I’m on holiday so I’m beaming this in from yesterday therefore if anything interesting has happened today then I won’t know about it. Ok? Well as of Wednesday we’ve had a pretty exciting week that involved both a printer catastrophe and Phil getting stuck in a door but even more importantly than that if you read below you’ll find out about all the records we have in stock this week.

New records:

  • Minus the Bear help decrease slightly the Seattle emo population
  • Richard Ashcroft. The best thing we can say about it is that he’s successfully made sound come out.
  • Chelsea Wolfe was so good at Roadburn that somebody taped it.
  • Dog-friendly troubadour Will Oldham revisits his old things.
  • How To Dress Well leaves the boyband stuff behind and does one long very serious track.
  • Jason Williamson’s book about concrete, crap pubs, dogging car parks, manky sausages etc
  • Insecure Men. “John Shuttleworth with reverb” - the Quietus.
  • Carlisle psych rockers The Lucid Dream. Produced by Leeds' own forgotten production genius, Ross Halden.
  • BBC sessions from classic artists like R.E.M and...er... KT Tunstall.
  • Hairband come from Scotland so are at least 25% happier than us.
  • Papercuts has recently had the upheaval of moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I think we can all empathise.
  • Neneh Cherry. Daughter of Trevor.
  • Charalambides explain themselves pretty well in the title to their new record.
  • Dancefloor impact post punk from D.U.D.S.
  • Lights On Moscow are a Lantern on the Lake and an Editor. It’s very good.
  • Blue Orchids. Excellent stuff from former the Fall sackee.
  • Upper Wilds do tuneful things but make them noisy.
  • TVAM are like Spiritualized crossed with Nick Owen.
  • Cloud Nothings begin the great Clint reviews noise rock records experiment.
  • Lindsay Clark’s voice is so soft!
  • Superb Michael Chapman/John Fahey like guitar intertwining from Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay.

And all else New In.

Reissues:

Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Kenny Larkin > Kenny Loggins

  • Hyperactive Amnesia Scanner album on PAN will overload and frazzle yr mind circuits.
  • Hypnotic, squirming outernational tribal techno from Shackleton on his Woe To The Septic Heart label.
  • Dub Surgeon’s ‘The Lost Future’ 2LP is back in stock. Highly recommended for fans of early Pole, Rhythm & Sound etc.
  • Dirty acidic electro from Exhausted Modern on brokntoys. 200 hand-stamped copies.
  • Omar-S feat. Simon Black getting freaky.
  • Maria Horn investigates the history of her Swedish home region Ångermanland with a fine album on Portals Editions.
  • Peaking Lights head further onto the dancefloor with an EP on Dekmantel.
  • Fierce electro from Maelstrom on CPU.
  • Cute Toxe EP on PAN reminiscent of Aphex, Bochum Welt, Plaid, Skanfrom etc.
  • Wild vocal manipulations from Audrey Chen on Karlrecords.
  • Jackin’ house, Chi-town style acid and sci-fi-tinged electro from Cromby on Denis Sulta's label.
  • Filthy 5-track 12" EP from Beau Wanzer on L.I.E.S. Comes with a huge 22x28 newsprint poster. True grit!
  • The Future Sound Of London still trawling their vast archives.
  • Zany as ever People Like Us plunderphonics cassette on Sucata Tapes.
  • Emptyset chap James Ginzburg uses hand drum, piano, voice, shruti box, Roland SH-101 and generative music techniques to meditate on technology vs nature..
  • Chill techno-pop from Geotic aka Baths on Ghostly.
  • Peacefrog have re-pressed Planetary Assault Systems ‘The Electric Funk Machine’ and packaged together Neil Landstrumm’s ace slammin’ EPs into a 3x12” set.
  • +++ 12” action; Crotocosm aka Jordan GCZ & Willie Burns on No ‘Label’, Fort Romeau on Spectral Sound, Legowelt on Clone West Coast Series, Bass Clef on The Trilogy Tapes, Overlook, Pessimist, Mønic, Grebenstein EP on Osiris Music +++

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Epilogue:

Office chat: Who is your favourite Leonard?

Words: Clint, Ant.

Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Daoud, Phil, and What’s (Ian) Love Got To Do With It?

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

XTC

Skylarking

8/10 from Clinton

Todd Rundgren has done many awful things in his time, one of which wasn't his production on this 1986 era XTC album in which the band and he fought throughout.  Sure the ...read on »

Matthew Dear

Bunny

8/10 from Daoud

I’ve always found Matthew Dear’s music improbably sexy. It’s so close to being sleazy and ridiculous, but he holds it together with real assuredness that mak...read on »

Yves Tumor

Safe In The Hands of Love

8/10 from Daoud

The looped horns that open ‘Safe In The Hands of Love’ don’t really tell you much about what the rest of the album. What they do tell you is that Yves Tumor ...read on »

Blue Orchids

Righteous Harmony Fist

8/10 from Clinton

One plus point of the demise of Mark E Smith could be that without the Fall's prodigious output we may start to listen closer to some of the bands who splintered off them. One...read on »

Patrick R. Pärk

Library Sounds

8/10 from Daoud

Well this is a surprise. Ever since the release of the Netflix Corporation’s Stranger Things there’s been an awful deluge of music trying to its very best to get f...read on »

Francis Plagne

Moss Trumpet

8/10 from Daoud

The creative process behind Francis Pagne’s ‘Moss Trumpet’ is described in its press release as being, in part, semi-random. I think this is a response to Pl...read on »

Hibernis

Middle Of The Meds

8/10 from Daoud

It’s easy to lose yourself in the middle of winter. The days are short and the nights are long and cold. Without something to focus on it’s easy to disappear insid...read on »

Amnesia Scanner

Another Life

8/10 from Ant

I was just about ready to fetch a pipe and slippers and retire to an old people's home after listening to Amnesia Scanner’s ‘Another Life’ for the first time...read on »

Hairband

Hairband

8/10 from Clinton

If you want to feel good then go to Glasgow. On my last visit - despite it raining and me getting stuck in traffic - I got such a good feeling off the place. This was, admitte...read on »

Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay

The Hawksworth Grove Sessions

8/10 from Clinton

Phenomenally perhaps, these incredibly pretty sounds were made in Leeds. A city known for it's concrete and ill-advised high rise towers has spawned some decent music in it's ...read on »

MoE / Marhaug

Capsaicin

8/10 from Jamie

Capsaicin, then. You’ll probably be familiar with the burning sensation this chemical compound triggers on your lips, tongue, throat, stomach… Whenever you have a...read on »

The Last Hurrah!!

Los Angeles

8/10 from Jamie

Wait, what? This can’t be right… Can it? Rune Grammofon, usually / always known for its most Scandinavian of jazz explorations have released this album of -- ther...read on »

Tangent

Approaching Complexity

8/10 from Jamie

Described by their press writer / editor as; “Netherlands based ambient-beats duo Tangent” -- well, you get the gist of what they’re about from that little s...read on »

Featured albums

Songs: Ohia
Maelstrom
Audrey Chen
Bass Clef
Shackleton
Omar-S feat. Simon Black
Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay
Exhausted Modern
Upper Wilds
Fort Romeau
Charalambides
Papercuts
How To Dress Well
Hairband
D.U.D.S.
James Ginzburg
The Cult
The Telescopes
R.E.M
Blue Orchids
Jason Williamson
The Future Sound Of London
KT Tunstall
The Lucid Dream
Peaking Lights
Insecure Men
Chelsea Wolfe
Will Oldham
Geotic
Amnesia Scanner
Maria W Horn
Lights On Moscow
Neneh Cherry
Cromby
Neil Landstrumm
Planetary Assault Systems
Lindsay Clark
John Carpenter
TVAM
Various (Overlook, Pessimist, Mønic, Grebenstein)
Richard Ashcroft
Cloud Nothings
David Sylvian
Catherine Christer Hennix
Beau Wanzer
Legowelt
Toxe
Minus The Bear
Small Faces
Dub Surgeon
Crotocosm
Concretism
Silver Jews
Low
Big Black