Weekly Update The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jason Williamson, The Fernweh, David Firth

All the week’s stuff including Drew McDowell, The 1975, Yellow6, John Carpenter, Rrose, Pixies, and Acid Mothers Temple. 


Festive links

My goodness it’s gloomy. We know exactly what Guns and Roses meant when they said ‘November Rain’. We all need a cheer up, don’t we? Well, guess what? Records. Records, records, records and records. That’s what we do, and below you can read about the ones we have in this week.

New vinyl and stuff

  • Every new Brian Jonestown Massacre 10” makes us remember the time Anton Newcombe called Phil "a grumpy tit" - an insult as true today as it was then.
  • Stunning folk/pop psychedelia from The Fernweh.
  • Loads of Live at Third Man releases, with Bill Callahan and Why? the highlights.
  • Who knew that when Tim Healey and Denise Welch got together that The 1975 would be the result?
  • He’s been! He's been! We have this year's Yellow6 Christmas treat under our tree.
  • Jeff Tweedy talks about a condition/feeling we have never experienced.
  • We’ve had Cat Power for as long as we can remember. Now it’s time for DOG Power.
  • Causa Sui drummer Jakob Skøtt makes polyrhythms following a terrifying brain leak.
  • Beans on Toast...as produced by a Mumford and Son.
  • Catchy alt rock on Thurston Moore’s new label from Big Joanie.
  • Tiger Hatchery make power jazz with a noise-rock slant.
  • Riotous queer-core and vibrant punk pop from Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries.
  • Lovely Aussies The Ocean Party mourn the sad passing of their drummer.
  • If the previous million Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O releases haven’t slaked your thirst here's another.
  • Eyedress is that Philippines guy.
  • Senyawa mix traditional Indonesian music with black metal, to Daoud’s delight.
  • Stefano Leproto’s vintage synth gear was apparently found at a Preston car boot sale. Ok.


Ant’s Electronic Round Up

Happy Birthday Ant. He’s the exact same age as The Man Machine you know?

  • Drew McDowall (Coil, PTV, Compound Eye) constructs immersive hallucinatory environments on his superb third LP for NYC’s Dais Records.
  • Deep deviations from the standard techno template from the ever reliable Rrose.
  • Rare COIL 'The Side Effects of Life' tape re-branded as ‘Love's Secret Demise’ on CD. LSD demos, basically.
  • Immense 3LP of cyberpunk techno/rave action from Clouds on Electric Deluxe.
  • Hypnotic, minimalist ambient electronica from Jonathan Fitoussi.
  • Matthias Puech builds modular synthesizers which take us up into the Alps.
  • Lost ambient cosmic gem from Liquid Liquid founding member Dennis Young.
  • Cracking 2LP from Underground Resistance alumni Nomadico on Yaxteq.
  • Lush ambient techno LP from Soluce aka Fluxion and Savvas Ystatis.
  • Synesthesia-like tones and drones from KTL (Stephen O’Malley and Peter Rehberg).
  • Sublime, deep atmospheric cuts from young artist Perko on Numbers with a few trax for the floor referencing UK soundsystem culture. Sweet record - 300 copies.
  • Best grab that 303 tweaking, acid-tastic Posthuman album while you can!
  • Clear vinyl repress of Morphology's 'Traveller' on FireScope, finally in!
  • Ames Sanglantes 3CD reissue of scarce noise tape set on Hospital Productions.
  • Fine mix of DJ tools and home listening tracks on the Rings Around Saturn 2LP on brokntoys. Limited edition of 300 copies.
  • Stakker Humanoid 30th anniversary edition of eternal UK acid house classic.
  • NHK yx Koyxen off-kilter techno action on Diagonal and a coupla nice weirder tracks with Eartaker’s Masayuki Imianishi.

(deep breath - and more)

  • Kompakt peer into their crystal ball for ‘Pop Ambient 2019’.
  • Marie Davidson remixed by John Talabot and Silent Servant on Ninja Tune.
  • Batida/Kuduro mutant rump shakers from RS Produções outta Portugal via Príncipe.
  • Killer, bleak synth-wave from Bloom Offering on The Helen Scarsdale Agency.
  • Digital dub steppas 'Floor Weapons Vol. 1' from Japanese crew G36 does what it says on the tin. 500 copies on The Bug’s Pressure label.
  • Throwing Snow album on Houndstooth. Winter is coming...
  • Longtime UK techno warriors Steven Rutter (B12) & Kirk Degiorgio join forces > Limited copies on orange & red splatter vinyl.
  • Pacific City Sound Visions compilation of works by MAAT - German artist Dörte Marth AKA Xyramat. Proper far out gear.
  • Tech-wiz Finlay Shakespeare debut on Editions Mego with a 7" of techno/synth-pop.
  • Hanno Leichtmann LP on Karlrecords, remixing and collaging sounds from the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music 70 year old archive.
  • Neville Watson lands on Don't Be Afraid for his first album since that Crème Organization job with plenty of tackle for the ‘floor.
  • First-time vinyl edition of sophomore Loscil album ‘Submers’ on Kranky.
  • Tresor have re-pressed 'Skynet' by Infiniti aka techno lord Juan Atkins.

Plenty of 12” action from Laurel Halo & Hodge on Livity Sound, Mr. Mitch on Gobstopper, Reckonwrong on Whities, Marc Romboy & Petar Dundov on Systematic.


Miniature poodles...

  • Bristol heavyweights IDLES / Heavy Lungs go toe to toe.
  • Mohit were generously described by our description bod as ‘perfectly competent pop’.
  • Copies of the latest Arctic Monkeys 7” have emerged.
  • New Ethan Gold single with none other than John Grant singing.
  • If hearing members of Even As We Speak and Boyracer sing Meatloaf is your thing check this Mary + Stew flexi disc.
  • Two new Guided by Voices singles taken from the forthcoming albums ‘Ween the Opulent’ and ‘Car Crash Mezzanine Slate Fortress’.

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Words: Clint, Ant.

Work: Jamie, Benn, Kim, Nathon, Keith, Daoud, Phil and Ian Love In An Elevator

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

The Recounting Of Night Time

9/10 from Ant

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project are an enigmatic entity to say the least - their sound equally as mysterious as its creators. In many ways, they are sonic archaeologists, but wh...read on »

Drew McDowall

The Third Helix

9/10 from Ant

Drew McDowall as I’m sure many of you well know, was at one point a member of Coil and a big part of some of their greatest achievements; particularly their incarnations...read on »



9/10 from Daoud

Metal is one of the most aggressively pigeonholed genres out there. There is a degree of specificity that makes getting into the genre feel like learning about one of the drie...read on »


Private Life II

8/10 from Andy

When Private Life appeared on Music From Memory there was a brief period of 'where has this come from?' However the secret didn't last long - Garrett was promptly re...read on »

Peder Mannerfelt

Daily Routine

8/10 from Ant

Ace new album from Peder Mannerfelt who has produced Fever Ray and is also half of duo Roll The Dice alongside Malcolm Pardon. But there’s no real need for name dropping...read on »

The Fernweh

The Fernweh

8/10 from Clinton

Lots of Twitter love for this lot over the last few weeks which makes us prick up our ears to find out what all the fuss is about and...yes  -my goodness this is good. Ju...read on »

Jacco Gardner


8/10 from Clinton

Hands up who enjoys the human voice in music? Not many. It seems that many times the criticism of why we don't like music is along the lines of 'I don't like his/her voice'. W...read on »

Bloom Offering


8/10 from Ant

Killer album of bleak synth-wave from Seattle's Nicole Carr, who has released a whole bunch of cassettes as Bloom Offering, but this is the first of her recordings to make its...read on »


The Pyre: Versions Distilled To Stereo

8/10 from Ant

It's been something like six years since we last got an album from KTL -- Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O)))) and Editions Mego bossman Peter Rehberg (Pita). Their sound has ...read on »

NHK yx Koyxen / Kohei Matsunaga & Masayuki Imanishi

Self Split EP

8/10 from Ant

Fresh from records for DFA, Kohei Matsunaga returns to Diagonal, somewhat confusingly splitting a record with two tracks by himself under his own name alongside Masayuki Imani...read on »

Featured albums

Hanno Leichtmann
Neville Watson
NHK yx Koyxen / Kohei Matsunaga & Masayuki Imanishi
Ames Sanglantes
RS Produções
Stefano Leproto
Steven Rutter & Kirk Degiorgio
The Roots
The 1975
Marc Romboy & Petar Dundov
Jeff Tweedy
Ethan Gold
The Fall
The Fernweh
Throwing Snow
Laurel Halo & Hodge
Arctic Monkeys
Rings Around Saturn
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Marie Davidson
David Firth
Bloom Offering
Bill Callahan
Jakob Skøtt
Big Joanie
John Carpenter
Beans On Toast
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Joy Division & New Order
DOG Power
Tiger Hatchery
Finlay Shakespeare
IDLES / Heavy Lungs
Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries
Mary + Stew
The Ocean Party
David Bowie
Jonathan Fitoussi
Matthias Puech
Jason Williamson
Mr. Mitch
Drew McDowall
Dennis Young