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Weekly Update Tropics, John Foxx, Valerie June, Stagecoach, Sparrow And The Workshop, and more...

We’re all being battered by ailments at the moment here at Norman Records, so we’ve been extra pushed to get everything done this week but as always we continue taking records out of boxes and then putting them into other boxes because you pay us to (and because we’re obsessed with records, naturally) and motoring through the week’s new releases in search of the latest hidden treasure. As always, of course, we’ve found some, so I hope you’ve got your wallets at the ready because I’m about to get started! Before I do, though, I should mention that we’ve got a few fast-selling RSD titles back in which other retailers hadn’t shifted, including the likes of Moon Duo, James Blake, The Beta Band, Pussy Galore and Damon & Naomi - we only just put them on the site before sending this weekly update so I strongly recommend you take a look at our ‘Back In Stock’ page sharpish to see if there’s anything you missed on the day!


Psych rock fans will find themselves light-of-pocket as The Cosmic Dead drop a second 2LP even better and more far-out than the first, Expo ‘70 returns in mind-expanding stoner dirge psych mode with a cracking new LP as well as a couple of repressed old ones on LP and cassette, the mysterious Cop Music collective have sent another of their mind-bending limited tapes of lo-fi dirge rock and broken electronics, the mighty Rocket Recordings have finally done a vinyl pressing of ‘Orphaned By The Ocean’ by Teeth of the Sea, and we’ve had a whole heap of titles from Fuzz Club from bands like Dead Rabbits and Radar Men from the Moon, and one our Ian was particularly taken by one from Norway’s Electric Eye. Closer to home, Leeds’s Frozen Geese chill the hell out on their latest album of druggy psychedelia, and further away from home Chile’s WatchOut! have an infectious and totally unique LP of hypnotic psych pop mixed with Latin American rhythms and instrumentation. Also supergroup Melt Yourself Down’s debut LP of tumbling party-jazz insanity is finally here. We like that one.


If you’re into your indie-pop you’ll probably be quite excited to learn that Glasgow legends The Pastels have their first album since 1997 out this week, Come’s ‘90s classic ‘11:11’ has a fancy box set reissue, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks have a new one on Woodsist with more effortlessly brilliant songwriting and various Woods and Real Estate folks chipping in, the ridiculously named Majical Cloudz have an arresting record of stripped back synthpop, and Li’l Biz came out of review retirement to write about the new LP of smooth synthpop from Sean Nicholas Savage. There’s a couple of terribly classy and quite different approaches to the live drums and keys set-up on LPs on Hapna from Sagor & Swing, who cut a disc of bouncy instrumental library-esque synthpop while Tape’s Tomas Hallonsten joins Fire!’s rhythm section for something a bit more jazzy and understated as Time Is A Mountain, while on a laid back garage rock tip, Cramps/Gun Club icon Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds have put together their most entertaining album yet for In The Red. Mount Kimbie’s new album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ is totally chilled summer fare and a worthy follow-up to their brilliant ‘Crooks & Lovers’, The EP and LP of cool synthpop by College (of ‘Drive’ main theme fame) on Invada are here, Ian Hawgood has teamed up with a rake of illustrious friends including Aaron Martin and bvdub to name but two for a 2CD reworking of his ‘Wolfskin’ album, which was Hibernate’s inaugural release, and Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) has gone right to the edge of the crater of a volcano just to capture the noise it makes! Not one but four LPs have been reissued by Billy Childish’s massively influential Thee Mighty Caesars, Julia Holter’s ‘Tragedy’ is back on 2LP, Trunk have unearthed some hypnotic and somewhat creepy recordings of music for children by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, and there are also a couple of indisputably classic and very wantable reissue LPs by Magazine and Public Image Limited. Also other albums have happened for Charles Manson (that’s right, Charlie fucking Manson!), Anonymous, Not Waving, The Three O’Clock, Ruts DC, John Roberts, Conrad Schnitzler, Schnitzler/Schnitzler, AP Musik, Erkki Kurenniemi, Converge, Maurizio Bianchi, Altar Of Flies, John Coltrane, Brothers Unconnected, Tucker Martine, Sorrow, Lawrence English, Acid Mothers Temple, AcidMothersGuruGuru, Ariel Pink, The Boys, Dark Dark Horse, These Monsters, Rabih Beaini, Metasplice, Guida, Shampoo Boy, Bed Rugs, Stagecoach, Exhaustion, Damien Jurado, Field Report, Hooded Fang, Brazos, We Are Loud Whispers, Crystal Fighters, Tim Burgess, Tricky, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Lovesliescrushing, MX-80 Sound, Peter Jefferies, Mordecai, Cool Ghouls, Lee Noble, Moshimoss, Netherworld, Friedman & Liebezeit, Sparrow & The Workshop, Throats, Nick Drake, Mike Patton, The Microphones, Michael Warren, Primordial Undermind, Black Star Riders, and CD box sets from Cleaners From Venus and The Woodentops! Well I never.


As for the short-players, frustratingly the clear top single of this week, Hookworms’ ‘Radio Tokyo’, is very nearly sold out so it’s SOTW until they’re all gone and then it’ll revert to our number two choice from Teardrop Factory, and there are still plenty of other good singles you can buy as Holden throws out a little taster of his amazing forthcoming album, as do party-jazz supergroup Melt Yourself Down, and there’s more from the likes of Ike Yard, Wild Nothing, Rolando, John Tejada, Taffy, Victoria and Jacob, Mungo’s Hi Fi ft Yellowman & Mr Williamz, John Foxx, Walton, Rhye, Redshape/Steffi, Shams, 3 Leafs, Tropics, The Soul Investigators, Bonobo, Animal Collective, Christopher Owens and Valerie June. Bam!


You has a flavor.


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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

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 »

Frozen Geese

Geese On Ice

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the latest offering from leading Leeds space-head Dave Lazonby’s Geese offshoot Frozen Geese, with eight brand new tracks of palatable krauty psychedelia to...read on »

Cop Music

II

9/10 from ReviewBot300

A year or so back we got a mysterious tape labelled ‘Cop Music’ in the office, full of crazy experimental lo-fi madness that had us right intrigued, so it did. Tha...read on »

Expo '70

Virtually From The Unknown

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The reliable Justin “Expo ‘70” Wright is back this week with ‘Virtually From The Unknown’, his latest 12” slab with three lengthy tracks ex...read on »

The Cosmic Dead

The Exalted King

9/10 from Mike

The Cosmic Dead’s debut tape recently got a vinyl pressing on Leeds’s insta-cult new psych label Cardinal Fuzz and sold like hot cakes, so I’m sure many of y...read on »

The Pastels

Slow Summits

9/10 from Ian

It’s been 16 long years since the last proper Pastels studio album, after an interesting collaboration with Japanese popsters Tenniscoats and ‘The Last Great Wilde...read on »

Electric Eye

Pick Up, Lift Off, Space, Time

9/10 from Ian

Here’s a great little mini LP from Norway’s Electric Eye on the Fuzz Club label. This is full-on bluesy space rock with more emphasis on the rock then the usual st...read on »

Teeth of The Sea

Orphaned By The Ocean

9/10 from Brian

Here's what our Brian had to say about the CD edition of this album way back in January 2009!   "Next up is a disc on Rocket from Teeth Of The Sea which has pricked our...read on »

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

Haunted Head

9/10 from Mike

Look who’s back! It’s Cramps/Gun Club/Bad Seeds legend Kid Congo Powers & his Pink Monkey Birds with a brand new platter for the unparalleled In The Red record...read on »

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks

How Far Away

9/10 from Mike

Oh, how delightful, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks have a new album out on Woodsist. The assembled Freaks on this record include characters from Woods and his other band R...read on »

Sagor & Swing

Botvid Grenlunds Park

9/10 from Mike

It’s been nearly 10 years since Eric Malmberg’s Sagor & Swing have brought out a record and he has so far passed under my radar altogether, but I’m delig...read on »

Lovesliescrushing

Ghost Colored Halo

9/10 from Ant

I had no idea that lovesliescrushing had been going since the early 90's. Judging by the fact that all previous titles we've carried by them have all sold out I think it's saf...read on »

Metasplice

Infratracts

9/10 from Ant

I've been digging what this Philadelphia duo have been up to recently and so have been awaiting their debut album with huge anticipation. I have to confess though to being som...read on »

Mount Kimbie

Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

9/10 from Clinton

Despite its red herring sleeve featuring a big fat arse, Mount Kimbie’s ‘Crooks and Lovers’ was one of those slow burning classics, an unclassifiable post du...read on »

Teardrop Factory

Topshop EP

9/10 from Clinton

Limited to just 300 copies, this is the debut effort from a Brighton group who are in thrall to all our sloppy indie rock heroes yet bring their own slant to the proceedings. ...read on »

Hookworms

Radio Tokyo

9/10 from Mike

Currently riding high on a wave of critical and public acclaim, Leeds’ psychedelic heroes Hookworms return this week with a 7” on Too Pure featuring two brand new ...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 »

Ian Hawgood and Friends

Wolven (A Modern Interpretation)

8/10 from Mike

Ian Hawgood’s ‘Wolfskin’ was Hibernate’s inaugural release way back in the heady days of 2009, with seven tracks documenting Hawgood’s nocturnal ...read on »

Majical Cloudz

Impersonator

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Majical Cloudz is the alter-ego of Montreal’s Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto, who play minimal electronic pop with bold vocals and understated rhythmic patterns and synth ...read on »

Holden

Gone Feral

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The new Holden album was spinning on the office stereo when I turned up this morning and I can report that it is very good, with Phil boldly announcing that it will be “...read on »

At The Drive In

One Armed Scissor (The Field Remix)

8/10 from Mike

Here’s something I didn’t expect. It’s a limited one-sided 12” featuring my teenage idols At The Drive-In dismantled by Swedish ambient techno master A...read on »

Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman

Music For Children (Schulwerk)

8/10 from Phil

Here’s a new record on Trunk by Carl Orff who is more famously known as the composer of ‘Carmina Burana’ (theme from ‘The Omen’) and Gunild Keetm...read on »

Moshimoss

Endless Endings

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Moshimoss, aka Kosuke Anamizu, is a Japanese musician and producer who makes gentle drifty melodic ambience. I’ve not encountered his sleepy tones before but it turns ou...read on »

Watchout!

Flashbacker

8/10 from ReviewBot300

After Chile’s WatchOut! received lots of love with very little exposure for their insanely limited debut album (previously only available on CD and super-ltd lathe cut),...read on »

Sean Nicholas Savage

Other Life

8/10 from ReviewBot300

It’s been a while since I last reviewed a record. ‘Other Life’ by Montreal resident and best kept lo-fi pop secret Sean Nicholas Savage has been having a pos...read on »

Time Is a Mountain

Time Is a Mountain

8/10 from Mike

Here’s another of those Scandinavian supergroups that seem to happen so often. This time Tape’s Tomas Hallonsten has welded himself onto the Fire! rhythm section o...read on »

Shampoo Boy

Licht

8/10 from Ant

Christian Schachinger, Christina Nemec and Peter Rehberg are the Vienna trio that comprise Shampoo Boy. Utilizing guitar bass and electronics the counjor up som...read on »

Not Waving

Umwelt

8/10 from Clinton

Records are coming out thick and fast, they are being thrown at me almost as quick as I can listen to them. My dad asked how we do it when we are reviewing in ‘real time...read on »

Veronica Falls

Waiting For Something To Happen

8/10 from Clinton

Even a cynical oaf like me couldn’t fail to be wowed by jangly, summery popsters Veronica Falls, even though I read that they slagged off York as the worst place they&rs...read on »

AP Musik

MU3

8/10 from Clinton

New on Rephlex. This album of electronic goodness explores “The Colundi Sequence; a series of mathematically-related and non-related and specifically resonant microtones...read on »

Foxygen

No Destruction / Where’s The Money?

8/10 from Clinton

“Our Best Album Yet” stated the sticker on the front of the recent Foxygen album. Well, they should know. It’s my favourite bit of promotion since an un-name...read on »

Melt Yourself Down

Release

8/10 from Clinton

Tuning into ‘Later with Jools Holland’ this week propensibly to watch the mesmerising Low, I sat through some hit and miss stuff but was struck by this group who r...read on »

Hooded Fang

Gravez

8/10 from Clinton

I thought nothing of Hooded Fang’s first record but I have kind of enjoyed this second one, they’ve developed their garage rock sound further on to the point that ...read on »

Featured albums

Sagor & Swing
Maurizio Bianchi / M.B
Time Is a Mountain
Altar Of Flies
Dead Rabbits
Electric Eye
Lovesliescrushing
Radar Men From The Moon
The Cosmic Dead
Cool Ghouls
Lee Noble
Mordecai
Lee Noble
Melt Yourself Down
Teardrop Factory
Primordial Undermind
Holden
Frozen Geese
Michael Warren
The Soul Investigators
Cop Music
Netherworld
Victoria and Jacob
Tropics
Geir Jenssen
The Microphones
Conrad Schnitzler & Gregor Schnitzler
Conrad Schnitzler
Redshape / Steffi
Valerie June
Expo '70
Expo '70
Moshimoss
John Tejada
Rolando
AP Musik
The Woodentops
Metasplice
Black Star Riders
Majical Cloudz
Field Report
Brazos
Animal Collective
John Roberts
The Pastels
Hooded Fang
Mount Kimbie
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
Sparrow And The Workshop
Tricky
Tim Burgess
Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs
3 Leafs
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Crystal Fighters
Ian Hawgood and Friends
Erkki Kurenniemi
Ruts DC
Taffy
Converge
Come
Bonobo
Christopher Owens
Sean Nicholas Savage
Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman
Mungo's Hi Fi Ft Yellowman & Mr Williamz
Sorrow
Ariel Pink
These Monsters
Thee Mighty Caesars
Thee Mighty Caesars
Shampoo Boy
Dark Dark Horse
Rabih Beaini
Thee Mighty Caesars
Walton
Thee Mighty Caesars
Anonymous
Wild Nothing
Not Waving
Mike Patton
Public Image Limited
The Three O'Clock
Magazine
Peter Jefferies
Exhaustion
College
We Are Loud Whispers
College
Bed Rugs
Nick Drake
Cleaners From Venus
Stagecoach
Watchout!
Hookworms
Brothers Unconnected
Tucker Martine
Teeth of The Sea
John Foxx
John Coltrane
Friedman & Liebezeit
MX-80 Sound
The Boys
The Boys
Shams
Rhye
Giuda
Lawrence English
Charles Manson
Expo '70
Julia Holter
Throats
Acid Mothers Temple
AcidMothersGuruGuru
Damien Jurado