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It’s that time of the week again, and all eyes seem to be on us right now as tomorrow we’re unleashing what’s left of our Record Store Day stock onto a suspecting public. To be precise, the leftovers will go up for sale on our site at 8am BST tomorrow (Saturday April 27), so if there’s something specific that you’re yearning after you should set your alarm and get on there at eight sharp because many of the titles are almost sold out and I expect the more desirable ones to be snapped up fast! If you’re one of the faithful Leodensians who ventured into deepest Holbeck to find our store this week, or if you travelled from further afield as I know some of you did, thanks ever so much! You made our first Record Store Day a truly memorable experience!


I’m not just here to talk to you about our Record Store Day stock, though. Record Store Day is so last week - there’s a mountain of brand new titles on our doorstep, and some of them are good! For starters, Leeds post-punk party trio Cowtown raise their game with an infectious third album of Devo-meets-Deerhoof-meets-Talking Heads goodness recorded by Mr MJ the Hookworm, Colin Stetson’s third ‘New History Warfare’ volume of mind-melting circular breathing sax drones, and after mysteriously vanishing in the post for several weeks our copies of the Conet Project 5CD set have just as mysteriously turned up at last - shadowy recordings of sinister numbers stations which will be a chilling delight for anyone with so much as a passing interest in conspiracy theories. Guided By Voices are back again after their recent run of quick-fire 7”s with their fourth post-reunion album ‘English Little League’, the iconic Vangelis score to Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ has a gorgeous red LP gatefold reissue, Melvins have an ace CD of cover versions featuring some famous friends, Iggy & The Stooges finally deliver album number five with the patchy but occasionally excellent ‘Ready To Die’, and Daniel Johnston offers up a soundtrack to his new comic book with the tracks shared between DJ himself and various other bands. Third Man’s Document Records series continues with the second volumes of the ‘Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order’ of Mississippi Sheiks, Blind Willie McTell and Charley Patton, B13 have some more of their ace mysterious-looking bootlegs by Miles Davis and Don Cherry, while Roger at Reverb Worship has sent us some super-limited CDs from Owl, Temple Music and TILT/THE/SKIES.


Silky-voiced Norwegian Jenny Hval has an extraordinary album of brittle experimental pop on Rune Grammofon, from whom we’ve also got Bushman’s Revenge’s latest jazz-prog romp, The Heliocentrics have an epic album of their unique futuristic brand of spiritual jazz/Afrofunk, Akron/Family have a new LP of their loved up explorative indie-psych, there’s a cool Black Bug LP of deliriously dark synthpunk on HoZac, the stunningly packaged deluxe edition of Kavinsky’s epic synth-house debut LP ‘Outrun’ is finally here, there’s some Electric Wizard-related doom-sludge from Moss on Rise Above, something else heavy from Coliseum, plus albums from Micah Blue Smaldone, Pan American, Merzbow, Ambarchi/O’Rourke/Haino, Kinski, Coma, Tiago Sousa, Glorytellers, Pieter Nooten, Dean Blunt, The Boy Least Likely To, Coyote Clean Up, Xenia Rubinos, Forest City, !!!, The Computers, Cayucas, Guards, The Phoenix Foundation, Wolf People, Orchid (no, not THAT Orchid, it’s a new band), Miss Kittin, Har Mar Superstar, Brutality Will Prevail, Art Brut, Animal Kingdom, The Pigeon Detectives, The Lovely Eggs, Gnod/White Hills, Loren Connors, Arrington De Diosyno’s Malakait Dan Singa, Let’s Say We Did, Jonas Reinhardt, Chico Mann, Alessi’s Ark, Geoff Mullen, Tortoise/The Ex, Paal Nilssen-Love & Terrie Ex, Drowningman, Broaddaylight, Evening Hymns, Charlie Parr and Ghost Capsules.


And the singles, there’s some singles too. I really like the latest in Casual Acid Tea’s puntastic ‘Secret History of Kind Men’ series, which has Brooklyn psychedelicists Ramble Tamble offering trippy modern interpretations of historical recordings, Leeds riffsters Black Moth have a new 7”, there’s some bold goth-punk vibes on the Population 7” on HoZac, Aaron from Peaking Lights has a very limited and mysterious 12” of lengthy looptastic edits as APC, and the other singles are by Hannes Rasmus, Pokey Lafarge, Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu, Schonwald, Shovels & Rope, Mike Rep & The Quotas, Daughter, Palma Violets, Kode9, ASC, Pinch & Roska, Delta Funktionen, Paul White ft Danny Brown, Vampire Weekend, Grass Widow, SP:MC, Hero & Leander, Buen Chico and Fur Blend! Oh and it’s not a record but the latest issue of The Wire has turned up too.


And one last thing before I go. We received a mislabelled box of Uncle Acid records and sent out black vinyl to a few people instead of coloured vinyl without realising. If you are one of those people and want to trade it for a coloured copy, just drop us an email at phil@normanrecords.com with your order number and we’ll sort that out for you. Our apologies for that - they were sealed so we didn’t know until someone got in touch to tell us!


Stay crispy!

Mikeyanna Jones and the Temple of Norm


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Various

The Conet Project: Recordings Of Shortwave Numbers Stations

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a head-scrambling 5CD collection (the original 4CD set plus a book and a newly added fifth CD) of recordings of shortwave numbers stations called The Conet Projec...read on »

Cowtown

Dudes Vs Bad Dudes

9/10 from Mike

Now on their third long-player, Cowtown are increasingly becoming Leeds’s worst-kept secret, earning plaudits from an endless stream of touring visitors but rarely makin...read on »

Ramble Tamble

Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 2 (Epirus / Tunisia)

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest installment in Casual Acid Tea’s ‘Secret History of Kind Men’ series, which sees modern bands reinterpreting songs from the classic h...read on »

Colin Stetson

New History Warfare Vol. 3 : To See More Light

9/10 from Mike

Sax machine Colin Stetson has been turning ever more heads of late with his innovative and unique playing style, and finally this week we have the third in his ‘New Hist...read on »

APC

APC Edits Vol.1

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Got a shadowy 12” here, not on any label, with just a bright psychedelic design on the sticker instead of information, but I happen to know that it’s APC, aka Aaro...read on »

Jenny Hval

Innocence Is Kinky

9/10 from Mike

Norwegian experimental pop crooner Jenny Hval is one of the artists to drop a new long player on Norway’s iconic Rune Grammofon imprint this week. Produced by John Paris...read on »

Vangelis

Blade Runner

9/10 from Ian

This is truly the greatest soundtrack ever created, the now legendary Vangelis-produced ‘Blade Runner’ OST has made a long awaited comeback to the world of vinyl a...read on »

Wold

Freermasonry

9/10 from Ant

My mate turned me onto these guys a few years back and I’ve been hooked ever since. They are absolutely incredible, plus the band members have great names - Fortress Cro...read on »

Loren Connors

The Departing of a Dream

9/10 from Ant

This man is without question a true master of his artform. His minimalist / reductions of the delta blues are some of the most haunting music I think I’ve ever heard. It...read on »

Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi

Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery

9/10 from Ant

These guys are now on their fourth album, I guess they really qualify now as a “proper” band i.e not just guys getting together sporadically for an improv session....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 »

Owl

Demo Tape

8/10 from Mike

We’ve got more limited CDs from Senor Linney from his Reverb Workshop this week, and one of those is this long-player of fuzzed out stoner rock by Owl, which I have pick...read on »

Akron/ Family

Sub Verses

8/10 from Mike

Perennial live favourites and some-time Gira backers Akron/Family are back this week with their seventh album ‘Sub Verses’, yet another strident collection of love...read on »

Daniel Johnston / Various Artists

Space Ducks

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Everyone’s favourite songwriter-savant Daniel Johnston has a new album to soundtrack his first ever cartoon book ‘Space Ducks’ (a 24-page excerpt of which co...read on »

The Heliocentrics

13 Degrees Of Reality

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The Heliocentrics are a hard band to pin down, mixing all sorts of aspects of spiritual jazz, Afro-jazz, funk, krautrock and psychedelia into a restlessly inventive collection...read on »

Black Bug

Reflecting The Light

8/10 from Mike

Here’s a 45rpm LP from French-stationed Swedes Black Bug on the ever-reliable HoZac, ripping through 11 tracks of coldwave-influenced post-punk darkness drenched in chil...read on »

Population

White Crosses

8/10 from Mike

I’ve not come across this Population band but I trust HoZac so I’m giving it a go! They’re peddling some kind of synthy ‘80s teen movie angle on goth-p...read on »

Iggy & The Stooges

Ready To Die

8/10 from Mike

The first album back from the reanimated Stooges a few years ago, ‘The Weirdness’, didn’t really push my buttons at the time, since lots had happened in the ...read on »

Black Moth

Savage Dancer / Tree Of Woe

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Leeds rockers Black Moth have been picking up a lot of praise for their recent LP ‘The Killing Jar’, a chunky chug through vintage sounding rumbling riffs and fema...read on »

Forest City

Peloton

8/10 from Ian

French experimental artist Christophe Bailleau teams up here with C-J Larsgarden (Ondo, Yrsel) and Thomas Jonsson (I’m Kingfisher) to create a lush ambient sound of swee...read on »

Guided By Voices

English Little League

8/10 from Clinton

Due to their plethora of never ending releases surely GBV must now be our most reviewed band. I’ve been a little harsh on some of their recent singles, particularly the ...read on »

Dean Blunt

The Redeemer

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Being a reviewing machine, I don’t often have trouble figuring out what to say about a record. Much of the time it’s actually difficult to stop talking about thing...read on »

Wolf People

Fain

8/10 from Clinton

Whilst firing up the stove, putting the wood on the fire and tucking into my latest pot noodle I turned the wireless toward Marc Riley and a progressive, rambling folk inflect...read on »

Pieter Nooten

Haven

8/10 from Clinton

In an unusual twist, Phil arrived at work this morning to find a ‘man’ sleeping in our kitchen. On closer inspection it was the eccentric-bordering-on-lunatic Bria...read on »

Quicksails

Mayville Dream

8/10 from Clinton

I used to live on Mayville Terrace. Not the bleakest time in my life but certainly one of them. I wouldn’t describe my time there as a ‘dream’ exactly especi...read on »

Hannes Rasmus

Analog ist Besser

8/10 from Clinton

Roughly translating as ‘analogue is better’, this is made in Hamburg, mastered in Leeds, yet sounding like a warm take on Detroit techno. Thats three towns/cities ...read on »

Kode9

Xingfu Lu / Kan

8/10 from Clinton

Apologies to Kode9 and Hyperdub but I’m trying to get this review done before I go to the toilet. I’ve been wanting to go since about 8am - that’s about thre...read on »

Melvins

Everybody Loves Sausages

8/10 from ReviewBot300

You always know what to expect with the Melvins, if that thing is something totally bloody weird and obnoxious and surprising. This time around, just like last time around, th...read on »

Pan American

Cloud Room, Glass Room

8/10 from Clinton

Yo. Anyone out like sleeping? Know what I’m saying? Great isn’t it. Alas, it seems I don’t do it anymore. It’s a drag I guess and something that makes ...read on »

Micah Blue Smaldone

The Ring Of The Rise

8/10 from Clinton

I have to do this review in double quick time, not (as happened earlier today) that I urgently  require the lavatory but because we are quickly running out of time and be...read on »

Featured albums

Coliseum
Let's Say We Did
Dean Blunt
Forest City
Vampire Weekend
Hero & Leander
Fur Blend
Drowningman
Glorytellers
Buen Chico
The Wire
TILT/THE/SKIES
Coyote Clean Up
Mississippi Sheiks
Shovels & Rope
Charley Patton
Temple Music
Xenia Rubinos
Blind Willie McTell
Owl
Ramble Tamble
Hannes Rasmus
Mike Rep and The Quotas
Micah Blue Smaldone
Merzbow
Tiago Sousa
The Pigeon Detectives
Animal Kingdom
Daughter
Akron/ Family
The Computers
Iggy & The Stooges
Guards
Palma Violets
Black Moth
Cayucas
Daniel Johnston / Various Artists
The Phoenix Foundation
Orchid
Chico Mann
Geoff Mullen
Har Mar Superstar
Pan American
Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Miss Kittin
The Boy Least Likely To
Melvins
SP:MC
Paal Nilssen Love & Terrie Ex
Kinski
Broaddaylight
Art Brut
Bushman's Revenge
Kode9
Alessi's Ark
Evening Hymns
The Lovely Eggs
Guided By Voices
Delta Funktionen
Jonas Reinhardt
Wolf People
Brutality Will Prevail
Jenny Hval
Population
Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu
COMA
Ghost Capsules
Black Bug
Schonwald
Don Cherry
Miles Davis
Various
Cowtown
Pinch & Roska
ASC
Colin Stetson
Vangelis
Arrington De Diosyno's Malakait Dan Singa
Paul White ft Danny Brown
The Heliocentrics
Loren Connors
Charlie Parr
!!! (chk chk chk)
Kavinsky
APC
Moss
Pokey LaFarge
Gnod / White Hills
Grass Widow
Tortoise/ The Ex