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Weekly Update Ariel Pink, Adam Leonard, Bruno Spoerri and Betha Sarasin, Codeine, Björk, and more...

Hola, Normdudes and Normdon’ts, welcome to this week’s weekly round-up. It’s been another very strong week for new releases, too, which is great except the ones I want are coming out a lot faster than I can buy them, which is frustrating. On the bright side I did manage to escape the rat race for a long weekend eating ice cream on the beach in Norfolk and the weather even briefly cooperated with my holiday plans, which was kind I thought. Now I’m back in the office it’s back to being horrible again, though. They told me in school that’s called pathetic fallacy and I’m starting to see what they meant.

One thing in my life that’s not pathetic or false is records, though. They don’t let me down, and there’s been all sorts of gems brightening up our miserable summer this week. Before I get started on those, boss man Phil has asked me to tell you all about a handy new feature we’ve added - label and artist alerts! When you’re logged into your account, do a search for the artist or label you’re after and you and you’ll see there’s now an option to get email alerts automatically when something new gets added by that artist or label, thus reducing your chances of missing out on those stupidly limited releases by your favourite bands!

We’ve also made it possible to access sold out items on the site if you’re browsing in the genres section - this way you can see them if you want to, and ask for an alert if they come back in, but they won’t clutter up your shopping experience if you’re looking for stuff you can actually buy! Also Phil wants to say sorry to the people who signed up for daily updates for the two daily updates he missed this week. He insists that it is not his fault as his post-it note reminder fell off his computer [Twice! - Phil x], and it has nothing to do with his mind being addled from years of booze and pipes.

One label I’d consider setting up an alert on is the brand new horror soundtrack themed imprint Death Waltz, which has sliced our collective faces off with its inaugural two releases - a 45rpm LP of Fabio Frizzi’s classic Zombie Flesh Eaters soundtrack and an alarmingly limited repress of John Carpenter’s seminal Escape From New York soundtrack with a mammoth six previously unreleased cuts! We’re also taking pre-orders for their next one: Michael Andrews’s score from Donnie Darko. And while I’m on the topic of soundtrack reissues I’m going to take the time to highlight Finders Keepers’ mindblowing new pressings of classic Andrzej Korzynski soundtracks which throw out a dizzying mix of overblown garage psychedelia and orchestral jazz and pure synth tension. Soul Jazz have a really excellent archive soundtrack comp out too this week - the self-explanatorily-titled TV Sound And Image: British TV, film and Library composers 1955-78. In fact this week’s reissues all round the board are very strong - 4 Men With Beards have repressed some vintage Basho, SF first-wave punks Avengers’ definitive pink LP and a couple from the Monochrome Set, Guersen have reissued a couple of albums of classic late ‘60s/early ‘70s hard psych by Wicked Lady, all three Codeine albums have got the super-deluxe reissue treatment in an insanely plush box set (nearly all gone at the time of writing) and also separately, Those of you with taste, an interest in music history and deep pockets will probably be excited about the beautiful 7LP Southern Folk Heritage Series by Alan Lomax that I’ve been staring at wistfully. Vinyl Lovers have the first vinyl pressing of Klaus Schulze’s ‘Midi Klassik’ interpretations of classical classics, and early electronic crate-diggers Dead-Cert have a head-scratching LP from ‘83 where Bruno Spoerri collaborates with sculptor Betha Sarasin. Other represses include this from Maurizio, a couple from Basic Channel, a handful on Main Street Recordings and the best of Blairmailer.

We do have new records too though! Notably this week we’ve got the second album from folk-poppy Epic45 dude My Autumn Empire. Boutique electrokraut Great Pop Supplement offshoot Deep Distance have a couple more of their consistently impressive and mysterious limited LPs with single-colour embossed sleeves - this time a black one from Black Unicorn and a red one from Kohn. Another thing that’s really excited me this week is this cosmic Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70 / Faceplant four-way split 2LP on Immune, where every artist has a full side to show off their amazing skills - hard to pick a favourite but Expo 70’s side (as a full-blown stoner rock trio) left me surprised and delighted, and on the darker side of the astral spectrum, Decimus’s brilliant latest one on Digitalis could be the most exciting slice of dark ambience we’ve heard from the NNCK man yet, there’s an excellent cassette of Burroughs-themed Blade Runner-esque soundscapery from the mysterious TVO which comes with loads of little bits of gubbins in the box for a fiddly and immersive listening experience, and Celer has the third of his mega-limited LP series out as well as a new tape! Pan have sent us a couple more of their beautifully presented highbrow queasy listening platters with this accomplished bit of blurry, coagulated, organic dark ambience from Bird of Delay Helm and those with stronger constitutions might be interested in the LP built from unpleasant and difficult to listen to tones by the mega-team of Mika Vainio, Kevin Drumm, Axel Dorner and Lucio Capice. If you’re more into the kind of music that contains songs and tunes and stuff, The Clean’s David Kilgour’s new one is very lovely, and you might also be interested in Mike Watt’s new Hand To Man Band (is it just me or does that sound like a Sunburned Hand of the Man side-project?). The new Piano Magic is finally in on vinyl and the Forest Swords and Alice Cohen LPs you were waiting for have come back in too. Other long-players this week include offerings from Dan Le Sac, Dirty Projectors, Deep Time, Milk Maid, Twin Shadow, (etre), Rhian Sheehan, Paul & Maurey, Bengalfuel and Adam Leonard.

There are a few singles that have really impressed me this week too. Southend’s Wobbly Lamps’ debut 7” of brash summery garage-pop on the brand new Polyvinyl Craftsmen imprint (nothing to do with the American Polyvinyl as far as I can tell) is pretty infectious, as is the ‘90s slacker rock nostalgia on the debut 12” EP from Cheatahs on Marshall Teller. A Beta Band dude and his buddy make some crazy upbeat acid party jamz and a Scottish rapper drops some lo-fi electro bangers on this SteXis/Jonnie Common Split 10” for Fence Records’ De-Fence offshoot, and there’s a 7” of lovely swirling ethereal pop from Manchester’s Money, the latest remix offerings from Bjork and Hauschka, Richard Youngs has his collaborating hat on again, this time duelling with Andrew Paine, Jazzman have a 3x7” Essential Seven B Collection and their offshoot Jukebox Jam have been reissuing more lost classics including sevens from Hubert Robinson and Barrett Strong and a ‘Jukebox Mambo’ 10” of brassy ‘50s mambo scorchers. Other singles this week come courtesy of The Temper Trap, Wrangler, Frank Eddie, Der Zyklus, Kryptic Minds, Cedric Stevens, Nosotrash, Red Rack’em, Rudi Zygadlo, Vaccines and finally your favourite Lana Del Rey.

Now buy some records and then piss off and smoke some drugs. We love you.

‘Towler’ Mike Anthony and the Vision Norm Wear party crew - now with added RB3K!

PS. The Ariel Pink single has just landed and it’s awesomely good!


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Nazoranai

Nazoranai

9/10 from Ant

Oren Ambarchi and Haino have been playing together a fair bit recently. I guess it was only a matter of time before Stephen O\'Malley got in on the action. On this occasion ...read on »

Yola Fatoush

Yola Fatoush EP

9/10 from Clinton

Lots of 7”s this week but this must surely be one of the best. Opener ‘Celine’ is a kind of Shangaan Electro mashed up with Washed Out blast of lopsided summ...read on »

Transllusion

The Third Eye EP

9/10 from Ant

Ahhh I can remember the first time I put the needle on this record back in 2002. It was a moment I will never forget - and I do forget a lot of shit as my brain is slowly turn...read on »

John Carpenter

Escape From New York

9/10 from Mike

This is an exciting release for me on so many levels. I still remember videotaping ‘Escape From New York’ off the TV when I was in my early teens and being blow...read on »

Decimus

11

9/10 from Mike

I don’t know if it’s the long weekend I just spent by the seaside or the fact that the sun is out or what, but this album is totally slicing my onions right now...read on »

Fabio Frizzi

Zombi 2 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters)

9/10 from Li'l Biz

I’ve never seen Lucio Fulci’s Italian horror classic Zombie Flesh Eaters before (also known as Zombie, Zombi 2, Island of the Living Dead, Zombie Island and Woodoo...read on »

Black Unicorn

Rediscovering Infinity

9/10 from Li'l Biz

The Great Pop Supplement offshoot Deep Distance returns with two new limited LPs this week from Kohn and the one I’m listening to now from Black Unicorn. These are ultra...read on »

My Autumn Empire

II

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here at Norman we’re rather fond of Epic45, and as far as we can tell you guys are too, so it’s a treat when something like this comes in from their Wayside & ...read on »

Avengers

Avengers

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh yeah! About time this LP saw the light of day again! This collection of Avengers studio recordings from the original punk era (entirely recorded between ‘77 and &l...read on »

Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70 / Faceplant

Split

9/10 from Mike

Well, four-way splits don’t come much more cosmic than this, do they? Immune have put together a stellar line-up for this, with Pulse Emitter, Date Palms, Expo 70 and...read on »

TVO

Red Night

9/10 from Mike

This is a really mysterious thing. I opened it up and all sorts of gubbins fell out...a download card, some kinda label ident card, a fragment that’s been chopped out...read on »

Adam Leonard

Nature Recordings

9/10 from Phil

Ooh here’s another CD in a box on Northwestern Recordings which includes some cardy insert things, a numbered insert AND... wait for it... a leafy thing in a small pl...read on »

Andrzej Korzynski

Third Part of the Night

9/10 from Mike

This is one of two Andrzej Korzynski scores for Andrzej Zulawski films we’ve got in today from Finders Keepers and I have to say that in a week of amazing classic film s...read on »

Wobbly Lamps

Neon Tepee

9/10 from Mike

I’ve had to review a load of “difficult” experimental records all day and my brain is totally mashed so I’m delighted to pick up a couple of gems so ...read on »

Various

Jukebox Mambo

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Jazzman’s Jukebox Jam series has a treat for you fans of vintage recordings this week in the shape of this 10” (with a little sticker like an old-style 78) with a...read on »

CN

RA

9/10 from Li'l Biz

More action from the Weme label here with an EP from CN (aka EOD), a man making waves in the electronic scene with his Detroit influenced cuts. Apparently he’s recently ...read on »

Andrzej Korzynski

Possession

9/10 from Mike

I reviewed the 10” ‘Third Part of the Night’ soundtrack yesterday, a collaboration between the same director and composer as this soundtrack here but from ...read on »

Various

TV Sound And Image: British TV, Film and Library composers 1955-78

9/10 from Mike

Library synth tones and vintage soundtracks couldn’t be much hotter right now, and lo and behold even Soul Jazz are getting in on the action with this marvellous collect...read on »

Blairmailer

Best Of

9/10 from Clinton

Ah, Blairmailer. Strummy, tuneful Aussie greats who emerged out of the ashes of Crabstick, a band who single-handedly soundtracked my sloppy drunken late teenage years. Cra...read on »

Ariel Pink

Baby

9/10 from Clinton

Here he comes to save the day...after a morning of wet, wet rain and many so-so singles we finally have one that made everyone’s ears in the office prick into action....read on »

Various

Air Texture Volume 2

8/10 from Clinton

Feeling stressed? My curtain rail came down yesterday and it’s fair to say I went completely bananas. Started attacking it with a hammer and then I spilt polyfilla ev...read on »

The June Brides

Moon / Cloud

8/10 from Clinton

What year is this? I ask because I have in my hands a new single from The June Brides. For a band who split up in 1986 they sound remarkably youthful and untouched by the p...read on »

Black Tambourine

Onetwothreefour

8/10 from Clinton

You’ve all got the Black Tambourine comp CD, right? It’s an essential purchase for fans of the early My Bloody Valentine guide to noise and strum. They were around...read on »

Fear of Men

Green Sea

8/10 from Clinton

At first it sounds slight but this is a gorgeous tune, it has the spindly intensity of The Chills’ ‘Pink Frost’, the vocals resemble Throwing Muses and it sl...read on »

Mount Eerie

Clear Moon / Ocean Roar

8/10 from Clinton

Here's a review of Clear Moon from back in the day....  Right, it’s about bloody time we had a decent record to review. Not just an ‘okay’ one but a gr...read on »

MONEY

Solong (Godisdead) EP

8/10 from Mike

I’ve not come across Manchester lads Money before but this is sounding very nice to my ears right now. Apparently they’ve been pretty busy over the past year re...read on »

Cheatahs

Coared EP

8/10 from Mike

This 12” from London’s Cheatahs (featuring a Weird Dream and a Male Bonding) has four songs in roughly 13 minutes, which kind of makes me question why it needed ...read on »

Helm

Impossible Symmetry

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Floppy-haired London funster Luke Younger has matured from his youthful days as a Light! Alive!, through his numerous Birds Of projects, into a proper highbrow grown up with ...read on »

Kohn

Soulastalgia

8/10 from Mike

It’s cosmic synth time. This is one of the newest releases on the newest GPS offshoot Deep Distance, set up for a specialist string of all things cosmic and krauty, hou...read on »

Celer

Relief And Altruism

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Will Long continues his series of super limited self released 12”s. ‘Relief And Altruism’ is the third in the series that Long has constructed from reel-t...read on »

Red Rack'em

Chirpsin / All Alone

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Don’t know anything about Red Rack’em but RAMP rarely disappoints - its peripheral vision in the dance music world always catching something everyone else is missi...read on »

SteXis / Jonnie Common

Split

8/10 from Mike

Fence Records have sent us another of these split 10”s on their ‘De-Fence’ offshoot imprint. These have tended to have pretty illustrious artists doing so...read on »

Mika Vainio / Kevin Drumm / Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece

Venexia

8/10 from Mike

This week Phil is making me review all of the experimental weirdos. I’ve been trying to spread them out and punctuate them with more melodic and pleasant stuff for th...read on »

Bruno Spoerri and Betha Sarasin

AX+BY+CZ+D=0 (AKA Kunst Am Computer)

8/10 from Mike

Dead Cert is a new label which is a team effort between the good people at Pre-Cert and Finders Keepers, dedicated to breathing new life into archival electronic recordings, ...read on »

Ashley Paul & Maurey

Satellite

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This awkward little lad comes housed in a very lovely screened/painted sleeve which has been screenprinted by none other than Eli Keszler. On the LP itself Ashley Paul and Sa...read on »

Bengalfuel

Roeblin

8/10 from Phil

If you’ve not been squished to death by the huge drone mountain that has been growing over the last few years and you’re wanting more to soothe your battered mi...read on »

Rhian Sheehan

Standing In Silence / Seven Tales Of The North Wind

8/10 from Phil

Okay, I’ve not heard of this dude before but he’s a fella from New Zealand who’s been doing the whole music thing since 2001. So he’s successfully a...read on »

(etre)

Abitacolo Ostile (2006 – 2011)

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I’ve been getting a few quite confusing records this week and this is most definitely one of them. It’s full of curious disjointed ambient loops and moods which...read on »

Hand To Man Band

You Are Always On Our Minds

8/10 from ReviewBot300

On this record multiple earth humans from famous bands make music which is a little more explorative and challenging than they can get away with in their primary projects. ...read on »

Cedric Stevens

Stardust

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Warm stretched out astral guitar dronings on this very limited Cedric Stevens 7” here, performed and composed in 2010. It’s different to what I was expecting from...read on »

Der Zyklus

Krypton 84

8/10 from Li'l Biz

So it’s looks like I’m the new Ant. I show a little interest in dance music and suddenly I’m lumbered with the weeks totally obscure 12” cuts by art...read on »

Wrangler

Mind Your Own Sequence

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Okay, I’ve got no supporting info for this release and my brain isn’t really functioning at its best so please forgive me if my factual info is a little off... ...read on »

Hubert Robinson

High Class Woman

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Jukebox Jam hit us with another selection of golden oldies this week. I’ve got a couple of stompin’ blues cuts recorded for Houston label Macy’s from local...read on »

Rudi Zygadlo

Melpomene / Arrows

8/10 from Clinton

Not the best of weeks for singles but I’m liking this. On the A side there’s an instrumental of partial interest with a slight neoclassical sound to it - it&rsq...read on »

David Kilgour

Here Come The Cars

8/10 from Clinton

David Kilgour was one of the people in The Clean who were an excellent band from New Zealand who, in a nice twist, have gained some much deserved props from younger bands inf...read on »

Hauschka

Salon Des Amateurs Remix EP2

8/10 from Clinton

You have to wonder why everything has to be in a series. Phil reckons it goes all the way back to Pokemon. There’s a ‘collect the set’ mentality about a l...read on »

Patterns

Blood

8/10 from Clinton

Despite the affectation many bands are suffering from of having a vocalist who sounds eerily like the Animal Collective guy - those guys really have had an enormous influence ...read on »

Barrett Strong

Misery / Let's Rock

8/10 from Clinton

My brother once had a girlfriend whose name was pronounced ‘misery’ and therefore pretty perfect match for his then mind frame. This is a nice old school R&...read on »

Featured albums

Ariel Pink
Celer
Michael Andrews
Wobbly Lamps
Hauschka
(etre)
Cedric Stevens
Hand To Man Band
Björk
Fabio Frizzi
Andrew Paine & Richard Youngs
Robbie Basho
The Monochrome Set
Klaus Schulze
John Carpenter
TVO
Avengers
The Monochrome Set
Various
Black Unicorn
Celer
Bengalfuel
Kohn
Ashley Paul & Maurey
Barrett Strong
Frank Eddie
Kryptic Minds
Hubert Robinson
Various
Wrangler
Der Zyklus
Various
SteXis / Jonnie Common
Blairmailer
Decimus
Helm
Red Rack'em
Mika Vainio / Kevin Drumm / Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece
The Vaccines
Bruno Spoerri and Betha Sarasin
Nosotrash
Lana Del Rey
My Autumn Empire
Deep Time
The Temper Trap
Twin Shadow
Dirty Projectors
Milk Maid
Dan Le Sac
Alice Cohen
Various
Rudi Zygadlo
Piano Magic
MONEY
Codeine
David Kilgour
Forest Swords
Adam Leonard
Basic Channel
Maurizio
Basic Channel