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Weekly Update The Neutrinos, Imaginary Forces, Trepaneringsritualen, The Saint James Society, Steve Mason, and more...

Well, we’re well into the middle of March now and here at Norman Towers it’s still deeply chilly as we all battle off our respective winter ailments, sniffling and limping around like men (and ladies) possessed trying to get all your records packed and shipped ‘cause nobody else is going to do it if we don’t. We’ve still found time to listen to the week’s new releases of course, and while it’s not been quite such a bonanza week as we’ve seen previously this month there’s still plenty for you to look forward to getting your ears around!

Great Pop Supplement’s cosmic offshoot Deep Distance have sent us a couple of particularly interesting limited LPs this week, with neo-kosmische wizard Kosmonaut returning after his sterling work on the imprint’s first ever release, and veteran astral trailblazer JD Emmanuel providing an LP of digitally created (though you wouldn’t be able to tell) synth jams on the first 12” from the label not to have a plain single-coloured embossed cover. Another label we like, Glasgow’s Clan Destine, have an epic swirl industrial-cosmic-techno-disco weirdness on the new LP from Bernardino Femminielli as well as super-limited tapes from ex-Divorcees World Peace and DNBL/Apostille (Pheromoans’ Dan Bolger and Please’s Michael Kasparis respectively), while the otherworldly debut Hieroglyphic Being full-length finally arrived from +++. The Microphones’ welcome reissue of his original 2LP ‘Song Islands’ collection is here, along with the as-exciting-as-you-want-them-to-be returns to the world of phonorecording of both Billy Bragg and Suede.

Meanwhile Winebox Press have a rare vinyl outing in the shape of an LP of intimate slide guitar improvisations by Jon Collin, supergroup Ensemble Pearl (featuring bits of Sunn O))), Boris & Ghost) have an album of epic dusky doom-drone introspection, Rothko’s Mark Beazley’s bass and synth heavy neoclassical solo effort ‘Stateless’ has finally made it to vinyl with three extra tracks, Lightning Bolt Brian Chippendale switches to his Black Pus alias for a coruscating yet euphoric LP of splattery rock noise, there’s a couple of classic punk reissues on Noise Not Music in the shape of ‘82 Brazilian hardcore comp ‘Grito Suburbano’ and an ‘80s Brit-punk private press gem from Ad Nauseam, Vietnam have some slow paced and expansive Americana for Mexican Summer, and Rhyton/Psychic Ill Jimy SeiTang has a solo album of analogue synth fiddling as Stygian Stride. Also there are albums by The Neutrinos, Anthony Child, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Prostitutes, Ra Ra Riot, Thalia Zedek, Youth Lagoon, Steve Mason, Daughter, The Saint James Society, Sachiko, Uton-Courtis, Les Baxter, Dreamend, Johnny Powell And The Sad Face Of Infinity, Night Works, King Ayisoba, o13, A Terrible Splendour, and cassettes from Silk Dune, Pak, dtcpu and Imaginary Forces.

As for the singles, hypno-rockers Dead Skeletons have two superb and surprisingly surf-inflected new psych cuts on an extravagantly packaged one-sided screenprinted 45rpm 12” with a disheartening £20 price tag, while on Invada there’s a regular priced 7” of dark and dramatic indie pop from Wild Smiles that’s really quite good, the Rocketnumbernine & Fourtet 12” came and went, noisy art-trash bro-rockers Dope Body have a swaggering new 7” on Drag City, while on Brian Records there’s a beautifully packaged 3” CDEP with seven new tracks of simple beauty from Clem Leek in a long, thin hand-stamped envelope with accompanying photo booklet, Julianna Barwick has a 7” of piano-led prettiness on Suicide Squeeze, and there’s an EP of tasteful synthtronica from the lesser-spotted Collectors. Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is back with a cover of a classic ‘80s hardcore song and two newies of his own on Third Man, who’ve also got hard rocking live-to-tape 7”s from The People’s Temple and Hell Beach. Besides that we’ve got singles from Presents For Sally, Dave Clarke, Anthony Naples, Various, Trepaneringsritualen, Blaenavon, Pulled Apart By Horses/Blood Red Shoes, Krystal Klear, Test House, The 65D Mavericks, Covered In Sand and Shifted.

Be excellent to each other.

Mick & Ted and the Norm Stallyns


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Dope Body

Saturday

9/10 from Mike

Oh hey, two new Dope Body songs! The Baltimore quartet’s bombastic sophomore LP ‘Natural History’ was one of my favourite releases of last year so this new s...read on »

Mark Beazley

Stateless

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Mark Beazley, one of the esteemed Rothko bassists, has a new solo album today, with Phil passing it to me (in my capacity as office bassist) for review saying it would just be...read on »

Julianna Barwick

Pacing

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the latest 7” from Julianna Barwick, coming out on Suicide Squeeze this time, with a couple of piano-oriented compositions this time round. On the first sid...read on »

Black Pus

All My Relations

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the latest CD from Black Pus, aka Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer notoriety, who here blasts out a chaotic collection of upbeat lo-fi noise-pop...read on »

Dead Skeletons

Buddha-Christ

9/10 from Mike

Stoner rock ritualists Dead Skeletons have another limited 12” this week in ‘Buddha-Christ’, which comes in a fancy gatefold sleeve and boasts two songs on i...read on »

World Peace

World Peace

9/10 from Mike

The lovely Clan Destine Records have not only sent us the mind-melting new Femminielli LP this week but also two new and very limited tapes, one of which is this one from Glas...read on »

DNBL / Apostille

Split

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the other limited Clan Destine tape this week, and it’s the one where people from bands you like do their other thing you’re not so familiar with. I&r...read on »

Anthony Child

The Space Between People And Things

9/10 from Ant

Anthony Child is better known to the techno and electronic music community as Surgeon (Dynamic Tension, Counterbalance, Downwards, Tresor etc.). With just a few previousl rele...read on »

Kosmonaut

Orange

9/10 from Mike

Shadowy Texan synthkraut practitioner Patrick “Kosmonaut” Park is back again after a busy couple of years of releases including the very first release on GPS&rsquo...read on »

Alex Calder

Time

9/10 from Clinton

Choosing an album of the week this week has been a bit of a nightmare, the one everyone liked was about to sell out, Low was a contender but I wasn’t totally convinced a...read on »

Natural Snow Buildings

Snowbringer Cult

9/10 from Ant

Here's what our Ant had to say about the original 2CD release back in 2009!: I've been somewhat blown away by the pure magic flowing from the speakers and into my ears. A dou...read on »

Isengrind

Snowbringer Cult

9/10 from Ant

Here's what our Ant had to say about the original 2CD release back in 2009!: I've been somewhat blown away by the pure magic flowing from the speakers and into my ears. A dou...read on »

Twinsistermoon

Snowbringer Cult

9/10 from Ant

Here's what our Ant had to say about the original 2CD release back in 2009!: I've been somewhat blown away by the pure magic flowing from the speakers and into my ears. A dou...read on »

The Black Dog

Darkhaus Vol. 01 EP

9/10 from Ant

Sheffield techno warriors The Black Dog make an appearance on Ostgut Ton's sub-label Unterton with what presumably is the first instalment in a series of 12"s. Kicking off wit...read on »

X Ray Pop

Pirate! The Dark Side Of The X

8/10 from Clinton

We are in despair. We’ve listened to three records in a row that were so bad we just couldn’t bring ourselves to review them and I’ve thrown them into stock ...read on »

Soap&Skin

Sugarbread

8/10 from Clinton

Today could pretty much be the bleakest day since records began. It’s almost pitch black outside, so much cloud you’d think it was going out of fashion and it&rsqu...read on »

STRFKR

Miracle Mile

8/10 from Clinton

This lot a from Portland, Oregon and seem very happy chappies. Well you would be wouldn’t you? I’m sure it’s better living there than grim old West Yorkshire...read on »

Conforce

Time Dilation EP

8/10 from Clinton

Welcome to a new regular feature. Clint’s Friday morning techno corner. We have at least two techno experts amongst our resident reviewers, sadly neither of whom are reg...read on »

Various

A Short Life Of Trouble

8/10 from Clinton

Way back in the day, people were just as affected by misery, death, disease, famine, atrocious weather conditions, idiots, romantic catastrophe, poverty, appalling television,...read on »

The Black Dog

The Return Ov Bleep

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The Black Dog are back with this 12” of chilly, futuristic techno with that familiar insistent bass pulse alongside some gliding synth drones and electro bleeps. It&rsqu...read on »

Nung Lamyong Kularbseemuang

Kati Sorn Jai / Chanpen Dennapa - Lam Toey Dai Lao Leaw Luem Mia

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a superb little slice of ‘70s Thai exotica from the tongue-tangling Nung Lamyong Kularbseemuang and Chanpen Dennapa I think, it's all a bit cryptic...either...read on »

Jon Collin

High Peak Selections

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s one of Winebox Press’s rare vinyl outings, this time from slide guitar droner Jon Collin, apparently a continuation of his two ‘High Peak Vibrations&r...read on »

The Peoples Temple

Live At Third Man

8/10 from Mike

I like People’s Temple. On their two albums so far they’ve managed to knock out a disarmingly vital mixture of ‘60s garage rock and r’n’b for a s...read on »

Blaenavon

Into the night / Denim Patches

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Good grief, these bands just get younger and younger don’t they! Well the latest lot to try to follow in the footsteps of The Arctic Monkeys, Hanson, The Osmonds and The...read on »

Trepaneringsritualen

Judas Goat

8/10 from Mike

Well this band name’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it! This single is not, as the vast majority of you probably assumed, a cover of Filastine’s 2006 hit ‘...read on »

Bernardino Femminielli

Shanghai, C'est Beau

8/10 from ReviewBot300

As well as a couple of very interesting looking tapes, reliable Glasgow art freaks Clan Destine have another of their limited LPs for us this week, this time from live Dirty B...read on »

Purling Hiss

Water On Mars

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Hey, remember grunge? It’s back, apparently...or did it never go away? I suppose it depends who you ask. Anyway, there’s been some really great neo-grunge out in t...read on »

Anthony Naples

El Portal EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

We’ve got some very tasteful techno in this week from the mysterious Anthony Naples, last seen remixing Fourtet and this time showing off his minimal skills in a quartet...read on »

Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers)

Paul's Not Home

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes is the latest character of historical interest to be resurrected by Third Man Records for this here 7” where he blasts his way through minor...read on »

The Collectors

Midnight Bulbs

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’m reliably informed that The Collectors’ 2006 album ‘Galapagos’ was really good, and our Phil and Brian were both big fans. I however didn’t st...read on »

Justin Greaves

The Devil's Business

8/10 from ReviewBot300

In a slight break from routine, horror soundtrack reissue specialists Death Waltz are taking a brief intermission from their systematic excavation of cinematic chills from the...read on »

Vietnam

an A.merican D.ream

8/10 from Mike

I put this CD on the stereo gingerly, keeping my fingers crossed that Vietnam were not attempting the literal with their album title and dropping an Americanised version of D:...read on »

Ensemble Pearl

Ensemble Pearl

8/10 from Mike

We all love a supergroup, and groups don’t come much superer than Ensemble Pearl, boasting members of Boris, Sunn O))) and Ghost amongst their ranks, who here spread the...read on »

Youth Lagoon

Wondrous Bughouse

8/10 from Ian

Trevor Powers’ second outing for Fat Possum Records ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ is a queasy but fantastical listen. Wobbly psych-pop is the order of the day here, so...read on »

Stygian Stride

Stygian Stride

8/10 from Ian

Stygian Stride is Rhyton and Psychic Ills member Jimy SeiTang and here on his debut solo album he ventures into completely new territory. The guitars have been replaced with v...read on »

Hell Beach

Live At Third Man

8/10 from Ian

Third Man Records’ live series release this 7” from psych rock‘n’rollers Hell Beach, two rock dirges with the volume cranked up to 11. Side A ‘Oc...read on »

Presents For Sally

Anything Anymore

8/10 from Ian

“Dream pop” is a pretty loose term these days with a lot of bands that come under this label being quite poor. Presents For Sally however really stand out from the...read on »

Om

Advaitic Dubplate (Ababa Dub/Addis Ababa)

8/10 from Clinton

Oh it’s been a right moan-fest here today. I came in to my usual greeting. Namely everyone is either off ill or are here and ill. Everything is busy, everyone is stresse...read on »

Low

The Invisible Way

8/10 from Clinton

There is no such thing as a bad Low album, just good, very good and mediocre. Their last effort ‘C’mon‘ had a few killer songs but also a fair few forgettabl...read on »

Wild Smiles

Tangled Hair / Sweet Sixteen

8/10 from Clinton

‘Tangled Hair’ has already received plays on Zane Lowe as his ‘Next Hype’ record but despite that fact, this is actually pretty good. Geoff Barrow has ...read on »

The Black Keys & The RZA

The Baddest Man Alive

8/10 from Clinton

I just couldn’t imagine such a thing when I read of this collaboration, but here it is and it sorta works. The Black Keys churn the track along with fuzzed out bass and ...read on »

J.D. Emmanuel

Trance Formations II: Into Separate Realities

8/10 from Clinton

It’s Comic Relief!!! And your favorite zany Norman Records guys are doing their bit today. Li’l Biz is off sick with a bad back, MikeBot has dragged himself out of...read on »

Featured albums

Kosmonaut
Blanche Blanche Blanche
J.D. Emmanuel
Anthony Child
Dead Skeletons
Clem Leek
The Peoples Temple
Pak
Trepaneringsritualen
Imaginary Forces
Uton-Courtis
Hell Beach
Silk Dune
Sachiko
Les Baxter
Bernardino Femminielli
DNBL / Apostille
Anthony Naples
Prostitutes
Julianna Barwick
Dreamend
World Peace
Blaenavon
RocketNumberNine and Four Tet
Johnny Powell And The Sad Face Of Infinity
Ad Nauseam
Hieroglyphic Being
Various
The Collectors
Krystal Klear
Pulled Apart by Horses / Blood Red Shoes
dtcpu
Various
Jon Collin
Suede
A Terrible Splendour
o13
The 65D Mavericks
Test House
Covered In Sand
King Ayisoba
Thalia Zedek
Steve Mason
Stygian Stride
Youth Lagoon
Shifted
Ensemble Pearl
Dope Body
Black Pus
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Daughter
Vietnam
Ra Ra Riot
Billy Bragg
Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers)
The Saint James Society
Night Works
Wild Smiles
Dave Clarke
Presents For Sally
The Neutrinos
Mark Beazley
The Microphones