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Weekly Update George FitzGerald, Robedoor, My Home, Sinking, Joe Meek, Cold Cave, and more...

A big shout out to all my Norman faithful out there, it’s time to weekly update! You know how we roll by now. Here in Leeds we’ve been entertained by live shows from Matt Berry and RA the Rugged Man this week as the gloomy climate sleepily begins to shake off what’s left of the winter. And whatever’s going on, we’ve always got our steady stream of new sounds to ease our angst, anyway. Here’s what’s been coming in this week.

Many of you will be excited to learn that The Fall are have dropped the chunky rock of the last album and are back to their hypnotic best on their latest, ‘Re-Mit’, while on Ghost Box The Focus Group are back with their latest haunty library masterpiece, and Clan Destine have sent us an excellent split LP of sexy future-murk from Petra Schelm and //ZOO as well as the latest repress of the much-sought-after coldwavey mumblings of The KVB’s excellent ‘Always Then’, on blue vinyl this time. All sorts of modern day synth types have paid tribute to FC Judd on Public Information’s ‘Interpretations On FC Judd’ compilation, Californian composer Michael Pisaro assembles a nine-piece group including Julia Holter for a stunning, slow and playful album of haunting post-pop, and those of you who love your darkness slow and murky should get stuck into Dirty Beaches’ ambitious new double album of noir futurepop or zone out to the finely detailed new decaying piano loops of William Basinski in his first album of new material in four years, or grab the new Robedoor LP of cavernous creaking doom or the multi-instrumental mystical dronings of New York duo Messages, or you could let harp-and-looper specialist Mary Lattimore whisk you on a sensual journey on her debut LP for Desire Path, or even submit to the musique concrete of Yannick Dauby’s new LP, which melts together field recorded amphibians and modular synths to therapeutic effect. Another one that’ll relax you comes from Machinefabriek & Sanja Harris, and something that probably won’t relax you at all is the new live LP of blazing free skronk from Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt!

If indie songwriters are more your bag, not only do we have Mac DeMarco’s insta-classic ‘Rock & Roll Night Club’ debut back in stock, but ex-Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton’s debut sees its first vinyl pressing in a lovely 3LP deluxe edition, Ireland’s The Dudley Corporation return after five years’ silence with a sprightly new LP of post-punky power pop, Scout Niblett has her sixth long-player of intimate guitar pop, and The National and Daft Punk (who also release a ‘Daft Club’ set of live tracks and remixes and stuff from their heyday) ride unrealistic waves of hype with new LPs which some of you may like, so I’ll keep my opinions to myself. It’s a very strong week for reissues as The Byrds’ pre-Columbia recordings are collected in a beautiful 3LP box, The Talking Heads’ classic ‘Speaking In Tongues’ and REM’s ‘Green’ are back on vinyl. NWW list spotters take note: We have not one but SIX reissued albums from classic ‘70s occult-prog-neoclassical visionary Igor Wakhevitch (‘Let’s Start’, ‘Nagual’, ‘Les Fous D’or’, ‘Hathor’, ‘Logos’ and ‘Docteur Faust’), there’s some ‘70s library goodness from Zanagoria, cool collections of Italian library fun which explore the work of Nino Rapicavoli, Alessandro Alessandroni and Daniela Casa, a couple of titty-shakin’ 10” Spoonful comps - ‘Katanga!’ and ‘Ahbe Casabe’, and Back From The Grave volumes 4 and 7 as well as the superb 3LP ‘Kenya Special’ collection. Not only that but there’s a CD of unearthed Joe Meek, and Drag City have a collection of classic jams from Father Yod & The Source Family which soundtrack an imminent documentary on the cult cult. Other albums I don’t have time to tell you more about include The Shouting Matches, dieb13, Nicholas Bullen, Anonymous, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Ian Boddy, The Black Dog, Nancy Elizabeth, Section 25, Come, Monitor, Coyote Clean Up, Russell Haswell & Yasunao Tone, Walo Stahan Gwari, Cindytalk, COH, Lorenzo Montana, King Tubby, Tully, Wanda Group, Wampire, Shannon And The Clams, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Immolation, The Baptist Generals, Little Boots, Co La, Akira Kosemura, Peter Delaney, Tieranniesaur, Net Shaker, My Home, Loch Lomond and Aufgang!

As for the singles, we’re really impressed with Jim Jarmusch’s new psychedelic doom band Squrl, who’ve got a top-notch debut LP of slow and fuzzy guitar crackle, Sic Alps have recorded their most radio-ready EP to date with three garage-psych-pop gems, a Prurient-less Cold Cave impresses with a brand new 7” of gothy synthpop, there’s an incredible James Blake remix of Mala’s ‘Changes’ on a one-sided white label 12”, Om have another of their dub plates, The Replacements reunite for an EP to help a compadre in need, and the other singles are by Koreless, Die & Addison Groove, Kirk Degiorgio, King Garbage/Kuxxan SUUM, Clouds, CK Mann & His Carousel 7, Flying Ibex, Jon Hopkins, Condominium, Vondelpark, Royal Canoe, The Virgins, Nadine Shah, George Fitzgerald, Pearson Sound, Photek, Archie Bronson Outfit and Dirty Projectors! Oh, and if you want something to read we’ve got the most recent Wire and Personal Best, too.

Don’t forget to bring a towel!

Mikeface Killah and the Norm Tang Clan


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

White Fence

Cyclops Reap

9/10 from Clinton

One of those names I’ve seen about for ages yet never heard. Despite my employ in a record emporium, its very easy to miss out on loads of great stuff if you are looking...read on »

Various

The Silence Was Warm Vol.4

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest instalment of Symbolic Interaction’s consistently marvellous ‘The Silence Was Warm’ series, with a host of great contemporary bliss-m...read on »

A Vision Of Love

Lessons In Hate (Part One)

9/10 from Ant

The Avian imprint unleash another beast form a shadowy artist going under the name of A Vision Of Love. Fitting right in with Avian's dark industrial aesthetic we get two trac...read on »

Terrence Dixon

Lost At Sea

9/10 from Ant

This man’s been a true Detroit techno player since the mid 90’s although compared to a lot of producers he hasn’t released a huge amount of records so when t...read on »

Nick Anthony Simoncino / Mark Rogers / DJ Sotofett / Tapes

DJ Sotofett Presents Diggi-Dubbi-Tripp-Mixes Featuring Tapes (In Session)

9/10 from Ant

We finally scored some copies of this smokin' hot 12" from Norway's Sex Tags Mania bossman DJ Sotofett. The A side 'Happy' is an extended trip of luxurious digi-dub complete w...read on »

William Basinski

Nocturnes

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s William Basinski’s first album of new solo material in four years, ‘Nocturnes’. You probably already have a good idea of whether or not you like...read on »

Dirty Beaches

Drifters / Love Is The Devil

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Dirty Beaches, aka Alex Zhung Hungtai, has been peddling his own peculiarly murky brand of outsider analogue driftpop and reverb-drenched Suicidey paranoia for a few years now...read on »

Sic Alps

She's On Top

9/10 from Mike

The ever-prolific Sic Alps are back once again this week, this time spreading three tracks over a 12” for Drag City. They’ve got Chris Woodhouse recording and mixi...read on »

Mala

Changes (James Blake Harmonimix)

9/10 from Mike

Here’s an exciting record which we probably won’t have on our shelves for very long - it’s a one-sided white label where two very different modern bass music...read on »

Petra Schelm + //ZOO

Split

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Glasgow’s excellent Clan Destine have been at it again, this week sending us this 12” of nocturnal emissions from Ohio’s Petra Schelm (aka Mollie Wells) and ...read on »

Robedoor

Primal Sphere

9/10 from Ant

This might just be the record Forest Swords would have made had he been on a really bad trip while the prince of darkness was pushing his face into a meat grinder. 'Primal Sph...read on »

Various

Interpretations On F.C. Judd

9/10 from Ant

I tell you I almost shit myself when news of this came to me through the cables. I completely fell in love with Frederick Charles Judd's posthumous 'Electronics Without Tears'...read on »

Father Yod and The Source Family

The Source Family, Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The infamous Father Yod and his Ya Who Ha 13, or The Source Family, were an enigmatic cult who self-released a series of nine albums recorded over an eleven-month period in &l...read on »

TM404

TM404

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Fans of minimal electronics will be wetting themselves about this one. Andreas Tillander has collected together a load of classic Roland gear for a selection of tracks whose t...read on »

SQURL

EP1

9/10 from Mike

This is a picture disc which comes in a picture sleeve (and a very cool postcard as well) - you’ve got to admire the effort but an opaque sleeve does render the picture ...read on »

CoH

Retro-2038

8/10 from Ant

Ivan Pavlov’s latest album for Editions Mego is a stark contrast to his previous work for the label. Where ‘Iiron’ explored the fringes of metal, ‘Retr...read on »

Pure X

Crawling Up The Stairs

8/10 from Clinton

Thank goodness we have our review database. At a glance I can recall that these lot were once touted as a next big thing,  a tag that is now hard to see not because they ...read on »

Octo Octa

Between Two Selves

8/10 from Clinton

100% Silk. Oh yes. But enough about my pyjamas and onto this utterly wondrous slab of dancefloor melancholy brought to you by the label who rarely put a dancing slipper out of...read on »

Frak

Erase

8/10 from Ant

Swedish artist Jan Svensson has been releasing music as Frak since early cassette releases on his own Börft Records imprint back in 1987 but it's only recently that he se...read on »

Yeti Magazine

Issue 13

8/10 from Clinton

Being an old fashioned sort who likes books an’ ting is nice to see that some still persevere with print media. You know I just can’t read stuff properly off the i...read on »

Messages

Mirage

8/10 from ReviewBot300

“A humid transmission sent straight from the womb” is how the press release describes this new album from New York duo Messages. Well, I say new but this was in fa...read on »

Yannick Dauby

wa jie meng xun

8/10 from ReviewBot300

There are a lot of artists who divide opinions in our office, and one of them is Yannick Dauby. Dauby is a Frenchman who constructs passages of music around field recordings. ...read on »

Mary Lattimore

The Withdrawing Room

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve got a lot of rather difficult records to review this morning. There’s an LP full of new agey drones, an LP of recordings of frogs, and a head-mangling double ...read on »

Archie Bronson Outfit

I Was A Dead Duck / Dead Duck Dub

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I could swear last time I saw the Archie Bronson Outfit they were just your competent indie rock journeyman types, but it would seem that they’ve since decided that chug...read on »

Scout Niblett

It's Up To Emma

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the sixth album from confessional indie songstress Scout Niblett, who has always provided value for money in the past with her intimate fingerpicked guitar and bo...read on »

The Dudley Corporation

Everyone Does Everything Wrong

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ireland’s The Dudley Corporation have been off getting educated and procreating during the half-decade which has passed since their last record, but they’re straig...read on »

The Fall

Re-Mit

8/10 from Mike

I was a little unconvinced by The Fall’s recent ‘Ersatz GB’ long-player, with some of its chunkier rock aspects coming across a little cumbersome for my tast...read on »

Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt

The Raw and the Cooked

8/10 from Mike

Noise-skronk fans will be delighted (and ‘80s pop fans dismayed) to learn that this new LP from Corsano and Orcutt is in fact completely unrelated to the Fine Young Cann...read on »

Cold Cave

Oceans With No End

8/10 from Mike

Cold Cave are back! I’ve always had a soft spot for this lot and their relentlessly chilly synthpop stylings. The press release says it’s for fans of American Nigh...read on »

College

Secret Diary

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The superb synthpop soundtrack to 2011’s ‘Drive’ has been a resounding success and a strong seller here over the past year or two. It’s already made a ...read on »

Michael Pisaro

Tombstones

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Michael Pisaro is, as I gather, Co-chair of the Composition and Experimental Sound Practices department at the California Institute of the Arts, finding himself mentor and col...read on »

Saturday Looks Good To Me

One Kiss Ends It All

8/10 from Ian

Polyvinyl Records release another gem from gentle lo-fi indie-poppers Saturday Looks Good To Me, this really hits the spot for a sunny afternoon, with classic ‘60s pop s...read on »

The Black Dog

Tranklements

8/10 from Ian

IDM legends The Black Dog return with a new album, now consisting of founding member Ken Downie along with Richard and Martin Dust of Dust Science Recordings, ‘Trankleme...read on »

Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs

Be Glamorous

8/10 from ReviewBot300

‘Be Glamorous’ is taken from The Voyeurs’ upcoming full length album ‘Clarietta’, Side A is a bog-standard glam rock stomp straight out of the To...read on »

Eluvium

Nightmare Ending

8/10 from Ian

Portland, Oregon-based ambient musician Matthew Robert Cooper releases his seventh studio album, ‘Nightmare Ending’ is a double CD concept that Cooper has had shel...read on »

Greg Haines

Where We Were

8/10 from ReviewBot300

‘Where We Were’ is the latest on Denovali from composer Greg Haines, Haines has veered away from his usual string laden sound to create something intricate and spa...read on »

Redshape / Steffi

BLPGRN003

8/10 from Ant

Bleep roll out the third instalment in their desirable Green Series of techno 12"s. The man in the red mask Redshape AKA Sebastian Kramer's contribution 'Focus' kicks off with...read on »

Laurel Halo

Behind The Green Door EP

8/10 from Ant

First Jim Lowe, The Cramps then Shakin' Stevens and now Laurel Halo is having a thing with the green door. I think it's probably safe to say that gigging with her Hyperdub lab...read on »

Nicholas Bullen

Component Fixations

8/10 from Ant

Back in 1987 Nik Bullen and friends were responsible for a musical revolution with Napalm Death's debut album 'Scum'. Later he would contribute to early Scorn Material but thi...read on »

Net Shaker

I'm So Cold

8/10 from Ant

This is one of those records where you can clearly identify influences and yet the finished product is entirely their own. 'I'm So Cold' is the debut LP from Los Angeles duo E...read on »

Nancy Elizabeth

Dancing

8/10 from Clinton

There’s a dog that lives down our street, they put it out to bark at night. Sometimes for several hours at a time. It drives me mad. Gentle folkie Nancy Elizabeth has a ...read on »

Pearson Sound

REM

8/10 from Ant

It doesn’t look like Ramadan man is coming back anytime soon as David Kennedy continues to focus on his output as Pearson Sound. ‘REM’ is the second release ...read on »

The Memory Band

On The Chalk (Our Navigation of the Line of the Downs)

8/10 from Clinton

Stephen Cracknell has been making folk inflected acoustronica (sorry!) for quite some time with The Memory Band, The Accidental and others and his records have been pleasant a...read on »

Akira Kosemura

Duo

8/10 from Clinton

My dinner parties are legendary. Full of the most erudite doctors, dentists and lawyers hobnobbing on my polished wooden floors as I mingle, flirt outrageously and pass round ...read on »

Machinefabriek & Sanja Harris

Machine Rooms

8/10 from Clinton

This week’s runner up in the elaborate packaging stakes is this album of minimal drones from the twin behemoths of Machinefabriek and Sanja Harris. Housed in a brown sle...read on »

My Home, Sinking

My Home, Sinking

8/10 from Clinton

Probably reaching the point where intricately prepared packaging moves from the homespun and lovingly prepared into borderline mental illness. Despite my worries about the obs...read on »

James Blake

Voyeur (Dub) / And Holy Ghost

8/10 from Clinton

Debut release on 1800 Dinosaur, a label headed up by Blake himself and the bloke that runs R&S so expect some good things. ‘Voyeur (Dub) is an elongated alternate ve...read on »

The Focus Group

Elektrik Karousel

8/10 from Clinton

It’s always a worry when I arrive for reviewing day and am presented with a potential Album of the Week without having heard it. The Focus Group’s previous effort ...read on »

Featured albums

Petra Schelm + //ZOO
Daniela Casa
Various
Various
Igor Wakhevitch
Igor Wakhevitch
Zanagoria
Alessandro Alessandroni
Various
Various
The Wire
Igor Wakhevitch
dieb13
Nino Rapicavoli
Daft Punk
Peter Delaney
Net Shaker
Yannick Dauby
George FitzGerald
Photek
Flying Ibex
Mala
Pearson Sound
King Garbage / Kuxxan SUUM
Lorenzo Montana
Messages
WANDA GROUP
Mary Lattimore
Malcolm Middleton
Akira Kosemura
My Home, Sinking
Nicholas Bullen
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt
Walo Shatan Gwari
Kirk Degiorgio
CoH
Clouds (Calum Macleod, Liam Robertson)
Russell Haswell & Yasunao Tone
Cindytalk
C.K Mann & His Carousel 7
Cold Cave
Come
Ian Boddy
Various
The Focus Group
The Dudley Corporation
The Baptist Generals
The National
Om
Condominium
Shannon and The Clams
Scout Niblett
Little Boots
Daft Punk
Tieranniesaur
Father Yod and The Source Family
Sic Alps
Jon Hopkins
Saturday Looks Good To Me
Koreless
SQURL
R.E.M.
Robedoor
The Fall
Dirty Projectors
Royal Canoe
Immolation
Aufgang
Machinefabriek & Sanja Harris
Wampire
Nancy Elizabeth
Lee 'Scratch' Perry
The Black Dog
Section 25
Die & Addison Groove
Anonymous
Coyote Clean Up
Joe Meek
King Tubby
Various
Co La
The Replacements
Archie Bronson Outfit
Vondelpark
William Basinski
Michael Pisaro
Various
The Virgins
Nadine Shah
The Shouting Matches
Monitor
The Byrds
Tully
Loch Lomond
Igor Wakhevitch
Igor Wakhevitch
Igor Wakhevitch
Mac DeMarco
The KVB
Talking Heads