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Weekly Update No Joy, Cannibal Corpse, Clay Wilson, James Blackshaw & Lubomyr Melnyk, Eloq, and more...

It’s the night before Record Store Day, and we’re all getting increasingly nervous. Since it’s our first time we’re not really sure what to expect but if it is the massive pile-up we’re anticipating then please try to be patient while you wait to be served, and if we don’t have enough copies of the titles you were wanting then try not to let it come to fisticuffs. We’re all grown-ups after all.

If you are planning on coming down to our shop on the day, I expect you’ll want to know the finer details such as how to find us and of course what stock we’ll have available, information which can be found right here. As I’m sure you’re aware, some of these items will only be available in very limited quantities, so if you know the thing you’re after is particularly limited then I’d recommend turning up early before we open our doors at 9am to avoid disappointment. If you can come prepared with a print-out of our list where you’ve marked off what you want then that’d be great - otherwise we’ll provide you with one while you’re waiting in line (so if you don’t have a list then try to at least bring a pen). Also please note that we can’t put RSD items on the website until April 27, when you will have your time to pick over what remains after those who can visit our shop have had their fill.

As you’d expect the bulk of the records coming into our office right now are for the big day, but there are still a few regular releases for me to talk you through, with a few obvious highlights. Firstly, the hotly anticipated Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats 2LP ‘Mind Control’ has finally dropped from Rise Above in their gatefold coloured vinyl glory, and they’ve tightened up their act to a slick ‘70s juggernaut with Beatles-esque vocal harmonies which I know will push a lot of people’s buttons. As well as that, Chris Douglas (aka Dalglish, Scald Rougish) has a very limited new CD of cerebral electronic drones as Seaes on the consistently excellent Cataclyst label, krauty Dane Jonas Munk has a stunning soundtrack CD on Darla mixing emotive synth ambience and dusty Americana, Xander Harris has a punchy LP of synth tomfoolery taking in cosmic disco, techno and electro elements to thoroughly enjoyable effect, Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge team up for a Italo-horror-inspired slab of ‘90s style hip hop which is Ghostface’s finest effort in ages, Antipodean post-punkers Ooga Boogas (feat Eddy Current/Total Control folks) have a superb sophomore album, and In Zaire have an LP of expertly crafted churning and mystical bong rock which stoner fans would be well advised to check out!

We’ve also got a some copies of a very limited Felicia Atkinson (aka Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier) 2LP full of gorgeous wistful ambience on bottle green vinyl, Loscil and Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse have a gorgeous LP of ambient drift and sonorous piano, while continuous pianist Lubomyr Melnyk joins forces with continuous guitarist James Blackshaw for a stunningly beautiful album of improvisations on Important. Oh, Daphne Oram’s brilliant and educational ‘Oramics’ box set has been repressed on vinyl too, and there’s some quality grungey business from Milk Music and also Gun Outfit, not to mention that there’s a CD documenting the last 10 years of Canadian label Arts & Crafts and new albums from [PHYSICS], Phosphor, Deathday, Chico Mann, (ghost), Horse Latitudes, Cannibal Corpse, The Big Ship, Shackleton, Djrum, Meat Puppets, No Joy, Lilacs & Champagne, Lansing-Dreiden, Lansing-Dreiden, Lansing-Dreiden, The Sonic Catering Band, a four-way split on Edinburgh’s Song By Toad from Dolfinz, Waiters, Paws and Sex Hands, Sandwell District’s contribution to the Fabric series, coupla live Dead Can Dances, I Am Kloot, Ohrwert, Akamatsu, HK119, The Neighbourhood, Carcass, Lust For Youth, Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Paul Jebanasam, Devendra Banhart, Junip, Mnemotechnic, Die! Die! Die!, Pink Mountaintops, Luc Ferrari, Charlemagne Palestine + Z’ev, Graciela Maria, The New Amsterdams, Sweatson Klank, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Tullycraft, Spacemen 3, The Micah Gaugh Trio, The Tuesday Club, Sweet Baboo, Royal Dust and Iron & Wine!

As for the singles, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Marquis De Tren (aka Dirty Three’s Mick Harvey) have teamed up for a short but superb one-sided 12” and also reissued their previous EP from 13 years ago, ‘Get On Jolly’. Also two of the founder members of ‘90s post-grunge-mo legends Unwound have a 7” on Sub Pop with their new band Survival Knife to show all the nu-grungey upstarts how it’s done, The Child Of Lov channels Gnarls Barkley and Rick James on a funky 10” to prime us for his forthcoming album, and Leeds’s own Post War Glamour Girls go all early-Nick-Cave on us for their new 7”, which has a Robert Palmer cover on the other side. Other singles this week are by Bestial Mouths/Deathday, Itsu Uno, Kit Grill, Clay Wilson, Eloq, Ulrich Schnauss, Baio, Quantum Soul vs Lamb, Austra & Gina X, Rone, The Computers, Plankton Wat, Avrocar, Foxes in Fiction + Benoit Pioulard, Jesse Saunders, Russell Haswell, J Dilla, Dave Hause and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

See you tomorrow! If you spot a panicky bald man, be nice to him. He might be me!

Mikey Mike and the Normy Bunch


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Haxan Cloak

Excavation

9/10 from Ant

The cover on this looks uncannily like a Prurient sleeve, an indicator to the darkness that lurks within. This is the follow up to the well received self titled debut from Bob...read on »

The Raincoats

Extended Play

9/10 from Clinton

A strange thing happened to The Raincoats in the mid ‘90s. After being bigged up by Kurt Cobain, they reappeared and had a little indian summer to their career, having o...read on »

Lubomyr Melnyk

Corollaries

9/10 from Clinton

Lubomyr Melnyk is a Ukrainian pianist who has recently hooked up with Peter Broderick and Nils Frahm to create this wonderful record. Opener ‘Pockets of Light’ jus...read on »

Sightings

Terribly Well

9/10 from Ant

A friend and I recently seized a rare opportunity to catch this NYC band play these shores. We made a 240 mile round trip and it was totally worth it. I could probably count o...read on »

In Zaire

White Sun Black Sun

9/10 from Mike

In Zaire are back to blur the lines between ritualistic psych rock and mystical free chunter on this newest LP ‘White Sun Black Sun’, with each track taking the na...read on »

Felicia Atkinson

Visions/ Voices

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a new 2LP from Umor Rex, whose S ND Y P RL RS LP was a surprise highlight of last year. They’ve been kind enough to send us a handful of copies of the green...read on »

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Mind Control

9/10 from Mike

Uncle Acid's previous album ‘Blood Lust’ triggered a flipper frenzy, with some copies of the first pressing going for frankly insulting prices on Discogs and eBay ...read on »

Loscil (featuring Kelly Wyse)

Intervalo

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Vancouver ambient legend Scott “Loscil” Morgan here teams up with Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse for an LP of sleepy drone drift and delicate minimal tinklings. Pieces...read on »

Jonas Munk

Searching For Bill (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

9/10 from Mike

Jonas Munk is a busy lad. As well as a massive discography of blissed out krauty electonica as Manual and more recently under his own name, he’s delved successfully in p...read on »

Ghostface Killah

Twelve Reasons To Die

9/10 from ReviewBot300

We’re not getting the LP of vocal versions in until next week but I’ve got this platter of Adrian Younge’s instrumentals for Ghostface Killah’s latest,...read on »

Ooga Boogas

Ooga Boogas

9/10 from Mike

In my ignorance I hadn’t been aware of this band before today, but they contain members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control, The Onyas and The Sailors and th...read on »

The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy

Solemns

9/10 from Mike

The Marquis de Tren (aka the Dirty Three’s Mick Turner) and Will Oldham have met before, 13 years ago, to record the now-classic ‘Get On Jolly’ EP - reissued...read on »

Seaes

Liesma

9/10 from Ant

Liesma is a new work from inimitable Berlin based experimental electronic music artist Chris Douglas aka Dalglish, Scald Rougish, OST etc. This is the debut of his Seaes alias...read on »

Survival Knife

Traces of Me / Name That Tune

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Li’l Biz just thrust this 7” in my face, asking “You wanna review the new single from Survival Knife? It’s ex-Unwound.” Well, I didn’t need...read on »

James Blackshaw & Lubomyr Melnyk

The Watchers

9/10 from Mike

In the delightful press release to this record James Blackshaw describes how he met Lubomyr Melnyk - influential Ukrainian pianist and pioneer of the “continuous piano&r...read on »

Fuzz

This Time I Got A Reason / Fuzz’s Fourth Dream

9/10 from Mike

We got a single by Ty Segall’s new trio Fuzz a week or two back which I assumed was their debut, but it turns out I was mistaken and this one on Trouble In Mind which on...read on »

[PHYSICS]

Spectramorphic Iridescence

9/10 from Ant

After playing this a few times it got me wondering who’s behind the music. It’s either an artist that’s quietly been chipping away for a very long time but n...read on »

Guided By Voices

Noble Insect

8/10 from Clinton

Currently on a one-band mission to rid the world of its vinyl resources, this is Guided By Voices’ billionth record this year. The A side has a lovely sound to it, strum...read on »

Solar Bears

Supermigration

8/10 from Clinton

Solar Bears’ previous was another of those records indebted to that kind of hazed ‘70s melancholy that streams through records by the likes of Boards of Canada, Bi...read on »

Machinefabriek / Minus Pilots

Signals

8/10 from Clinton

Dutch behemoth Machinefabriek’s millionth album is a collaboration with Minus Pilots who provide electric basses and looped guitar sounds as a basis for Mister Fabriek t...read on »

The R.G. Morrison

Slumber

8/10 from Clinton

The R.G. Morrison is a lad from Totnes (home of the bickering fair!) who as well as singing in this very un-English sounding group, runs a label, a record shop and has a girlf...read on »

Locust

You'll Be Safe Forever

8/10 from Ant

Who’d have thought that Mark Van Hoen’s Locust project would re-emerge after a 12 year hiatus and nineteen years after the debut album ‘Weathered Well’...read on »

Mark Templeton

Jealous Heart

8/10 from Clinton

My tooth has been aching. It’s okay, I made an appointment at the dentist, I’m going at 2.30 (tooth hurty). Ha!...What??? I’m just trying to cheer everyone u...read on »

Vulgar Fashion

Vulgar Fashion

8/10 from Clinton

Ok, outta Denton, Texas (home of Havergal!), I have no idea who these people are. If that is them on their facebook page then they look kind of like Peaking Lights gone feral....read on »

Various

Fascination / Requiem for a Vampire

8/10 from Clinton

Here you go ladies and gentlemen, a CD re-issue of both the soundtrack to 'Fascination' by Philippe D'Aram and the soundtrack to 'Requiem for a Vampire' by Pierre Raph all on ...read on »

Post War Glamour Girls

Jazz Funerals / Johnny and Mary

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Well liked Leeds power popsters Post War Glamour Girls are back this week with a 7” on very thick vinyl featuring new tracks ‘Jazz Funeral’ and ‘Johnny...read on »

Ohrwert

Tracing Rays

8/10 from Mike

Here’s another of those CDs from the reliable Wil-Ru imprint which come in DVD cases instead of CD cases, this time the fourth album from Dutch dub-ambient producer Arje...read on »

Akamatsu

Infi​(​ni​)​me

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a delightfully understated CD of delightfully silky and soothing future-drift with elements of ‘90s electro acoustic IDM type stuff from Akamatsu, which is ...read on »

The Child Of Lov

Fly / Give Me

8/10 from Mike

With his debut album on the verge of release, the Child of Lov drops this double A side 10” this week to get your mouths watering. On the A side we’ve got ‘F...read on »

Xander Harris

Snow Crash

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Xander Harris, not to be confused with the fictional character, has been a busy lad lately, and since we didn’t manage to find time to review his previous album last wee...read on »

Deathday

Deathday

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is this LA quartet’s debut album on Desire so I’ve no idea what to expect. What I’m getting is a brand of post-punky coldwave with icy synths and percus...read on »

Sandwell District

Fabric 69: Sandwell District

8/10 from Clinton

Techno at 8.30 in the morning. Well unless you are our Brian on one of his marathon good time japes, then its a fairly alien concept. I’ve just had an enormous bowl of p...read on »

Avrocar

Summer Blonde

8/10 from Clinton

Yes please, one summer blonde for me thanks (a beer I mean), ah a summer blonde. Delicious. Avrocar have been going a while now and I think they come from the rich seam of Wes...read on »

The Big Ship

A Circle Is Forever

8/10 from Clinton

As it’s record store eve (better than christmas eve?) there are very few ‘normal’ records out this week, plenty of your £13.99 Pink Floyd 7”s tho...read on »

Milk Music

Cruise your Illusion

8/10 from ReviewBot300

First thing’s first, ‘Cruise Your Illusion’ is a stellar name for a record, one of those goofy but cool slacker puns you wish you’d thought of first, a...read on »

September Girls

Talking / Some For Me

8/10 from Clinton

More garagey action coming at you with a new single from September Girls (and I won’t spend half the review bleating on about the song of the similar name this time thou...read on »

Featured albums

The Tuesday Club
Horse Latitudes
Cannibal Corpse
[PHYSICS]
Austra + Gina X
Djrum
Quantum Soul vs Lamb
(ghost)
Avrocar
Eloq
Baio
Loscil (featuring Kelly Wyse)
Carcass
Deathday
The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy
The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy
Chico Mann
Itsu Uno
Ohrwert
The Big Ship
Akamatsu
The Neighbourhood
Felicia Atkinson
No Joy
Lansing-Dreiden
Lansing-Dreiden
Lilacs & Champagne
Lansing-Dreiden
Sandwell District
Dead Can Dance
Dave Hause
Sweet Baboo
The Child Of Lov
The Computers
Dead Can Dance
I Am Kloot
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Junip (Jose Gonzalez)
Various
Ulrich Schnauss
Rone
Jonas Munk
Iron and Wine
Meat Puppets
Royal Dust
James Blackshaw & Lubomyr Melnyk
Phosphor
Ghostface Killah
Xander Harris
Kit Grill
Paul Jebanasam
Milk Music
The Sonic Catering Band
Post War Glamour Girls
Plankton Wat
In Zaire
Seaes
Bestial Mouths / Deathday
J Dilla
Gun Outfit
Die! Die! Die!
Jello Biafra & The Guanatanamo School Of Medicine
Mnemotechnic
Ooga Boogas
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff
HK119
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Foxes in Fiction + Benoit Pioulard
Sweatson Klank
Devendra Banhart
Luc Ferrari
Graciela Maria
Tullycraft
Charlemagne Palestine + Z'ev
Various
Survival Knife
The Micah Gaugh Trio
The New Amsterdams
Jesse Saunders
Clay Wilson
Lust For Youth
Russell Haswell
Shackleton
Daphne Oram
Spacemen 3
Pink Mountaintops