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Weekly Update Montibus Communitas, Various, Perc & Truss, The Prophet Hens, Meatbingo, and more...

Good afternoon my Normeneren, last weekend I left you in the capable hands of my colleagues and ran off to Norway to celebrate turning 30 in style by watching some bands of varying quality. The good ones included Goat, Motorpsycho, Monster Magnet (I was sceptical but they’ve still got it!), Carmen Villain and Savages. Anyway, now I’m back in England where the beers are cheap and the weather is muggy, and it’s back to the old treadmill of listening to records and describing what they sound like. That’s how we roll here.

As usual, there’s some strong stuff. Front-runner for Album of the Week at the time of writing has to be the new Forest Swords LP, a silky late night sprawl of post-dubby cool, dark ambient spookiness and evocative Morricone-esque guitar twanging. I’m a little bit addicted to that one at the moment.

Also impressing me this week, Peruvian psychedelicists Montibus Communitas have an LP of hypnotic jams on Trouble In Mind which is just as good as I’d hoped it’d be, Gaslamp Killer has a 12”/LP of screwed and dub-echoed reworks of the Heliocentrics which will warp your brain, and on the subject of unlikely reworks Donato Dozzy takes on the material of Bee Mask on a remarkable LP for Spectrum Spools.

There’s a couple of chilled out concoctions from Detroit courtesy of Shigeto with some downtempo Gold Panda-ish post-electro and veteran Fuxa with his latest full-length of warm synthy head-nodders including an unlikely ‘Stand By Me’ cover. Speaking of unlikely covers, David Tibet, Peter Hook, Baby Dee, Andrew WK, Julia Kent, Matt Sweeney and a buttload more great characters assemble to play ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘House of the Rising Sun’ realllly slowly as Post Romantic Empire.

Our shadowy out-of-office reviewer and things-to-website-adder Ant had words to say about an album of techno/dark ambient/minimal strangeness from Zeitgeber; Dominick “Prurient” Fernow’s second Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement offering; Worn’s new 10” featuring The KVB; and he’s also examined the new Perc & Truss 12” of techno techno techno techno.

Lovers of indie-rock might be interested in supergroup The Proper Ornaments’ debut full-lengther, and also might want to take a gamble on the perfect New Zealand indiepop of The Prophet Hens which has had our oft-cynical Clint in raptures, or the spunky Aussie garage pop of The Living Eyes which our ReviewBot powerfully enjoyed, while my own personal antipodean pick of the week has to be the gnarly noise punk of Sewers.

They can also get their hands on the Microphones reissues on PW Elverum & Sun, all five of which are finally in our office this week, including the first ever appearance of ‘Mount Eerie’ on vinyl and will probably also be excited to see that The Dismemberment Plan’s ‘Emergency & I’ expanded 2LP has been repressed for the benefit of those who missed it first time round. Also back in for the last time is the ‘Blake’s Gold’ edition of Death Waltz’s deluxe 2LP version of John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’.

What else? I’m running out of space! Todd Tamanend Clark’s ‘77 album of Doors/Zappa worshipping far-out psych has a very cool limited repress, teenage crooner King Krule impresses with his debut full-length, the legendary Belle & Sebastian have an album of deep cuts from the last decade, and there’s good singles from the likes of Uncle Acid (with a Charles Manson cover on the B side) and the latest Kinsella project Their/They’re/There. What have I forgotten? Meatbingo tape! Lots more on the site if you care to look.

Until next time, stay crispy.

The Mike-rophone at Mount Normie


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

The Dismemberment Plan

Emergency & I

10/10 from Mike

When The Dismemberment Plan’s magnum opus ‘Emergency & I’ finally emerged on vinyl two or three years ago demand must’ve been underestimated, resul...read on »

Forest Swords

Engravings

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I just listened to the execrable new album from Money, or at least as much of it as the office could bear before Phil insisted I switch it off some way into track four. My des...read on »

Shigeto

No Better Time Than Now

9/10 from Mike

Here’s a new one on the reliable Ghostly International which our nocturnal promo-listener Brian has left one of his trademark post-it notes on. This one says &ldquo...read on »

Sewers

Hoisted

9/10 from ReviewBot300

A sticker on this record declares it to be “A stew of Australia’s deadliest exports like King Snake Roost, Feedtime and Lubricated Goat combined with the cunning o...read on »

The Gaslamp Killer

Helio X Glk

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh, nice! I thought this was just a regular 12” but upon opening the sleeve I’ve discovered there’s a whole album’s worth of material here. As you may ...read on »

Astral Social Club

Metal Guru / Moonage Daydream

9/10 from ReviewBot300

The prolific Neil “Astral Social Club” Campbell is back this week with a new 7”, accompanied by a CD containing extended versions of the tracks on the single...read on »

Their / They’re / There

Their / They’re / There

9/10 from Ian

It’s definitely a good day when I get to review a Kinsella project, especially when it’s Mike, my favourite of the K brothers. If you’re reading this review ...read on »

The Living Eyes

The Living Eyes

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Ooh, nice. I just had to review something I really didn’t like but that’s over now and I can listen to this LP by The Living Eyes. They’re antipodean kids pl...read on »

Montibus Communitas

Hacia Aquellos Bosques de Inmensidad

9/10 from Mike

Those reliable psychedelicists at Trouble In Mind have sent us another treat this week in the form of some exotic flavours from Lima, Peru, by quartet Montibus Communitas, who...read on »

The Prophet Hens

Popular People Do Popular People

9/10 from Clinton

Ah, this is what I’ve been after. The last few weeks have seen a slew of re-issues from bands of varying vintage emanating from New Zealand and they are all very good an...read on »

A Model Authority

Model001

9/10 from Ant

A super heavyweight collaboration here from two of UK techno's shining stars Shifted and Sigha (Hotflush, Blueprint, Our Circula Sound). The pairs productions share a similar ...read on »

Mark Fell

n-Dimensional Analysis

9/10 from Ant

Mute's Liberation Technologies imprint is shaping up to be quite a label with releases from King Felix (Laurel Halo), British Murder Boys, Bandshell, Powell and now Sheffield'...read on »

Donato Dozzy

Plays Bee Mask

9/10 from Ant

Here Italian producer Donato Dozzy reworks material from Bee Mask's 'Vaporware' release for Room 40. Apparently the two met a Labyrinth which is a Japanese techno/ electronic ...read on »

Akos Rozmann

Images of the Dream and Death

9/10 from Ant

I hold this record in my hand and immediately want to hear it. Everything from the title to the sleeve art and sleeve notes scream "Play me". Plus I adored the '12 Stationer V...read on »

Kandodo

k2o

8/10 from Clinton

This is the second album by Simon Price better known as one of the men in The Heads, a hugely popular group amongst you lot, our beloved consumers. This is nothing like his pa...read on »

No Age

An Object

8/10 from Clinton

I called this lot New Age last week  - its very much like having your grandad writing reviews. Anyway this is their 4th album. They are one of those bands with two people...read on »

White Hills

So You Are… So You'll Be

8/10 from Clinton

They say I’m past it. Clint they say, you just don’t understand what the kids are listening to these days. White Hills seem to have made an alarming amount of reco...read on »

Mountains

Mountains Mountains Mountains

8/10 from Clinton

Wow. This is lovely. “You haven’t heard Mountains???????????” Screamed Ian at me in horror. Nope. Never heard them before (although officially I have because...read on »

Todd Tamanend Clark

New Gods: Aardvark Through Zymurgy

8/10 from Mike

Here’s an album of truly out-there (and Julian Cope-approved) psychedelia from the proto-punk era. Todd Tamanend Clark released this piece of wild and weird rock music b...read on »

Metal Rouge

Soft Erase

8/10 from Mike

I just had the dubious pleasure of reviewing the heaving mass of collaborative darkness from Costin Chioreanu and friends and now I’m heading to similarly bleak places w...read on »

John Layton / Christopher Wood

The Green Curve

8/10 from Mike

Phil tells me we’ve been given a Norm-sclusive on this latest CD from John Layton and Christopher Wood, the third in a series following ‘Sfumato’ and ‘...read on »

Fuxa

Dirty D

8/10 from Mike

I was complaining earlier about all the records I had to review today being too dark, and the music gods seem to have been listening because everything I’ve had since ha...read on »

Dadamah

Violet Stains Red / Absent And Erotic Lives

8/10 from Mike

It’s taken us a long time to get our last order from Mississippi, an expensive and drawn out international postage ordeal. One of the things contained within was this 7&...read on »

Kryptic Minds & Sleeper

Axis Shift / Solarized Formation

8/10 from ReviewBot300

It took me a while to figure out what speed this 12” played at. I don’t like to dance, see, so I like things sloooow. Turns out it actually plays at a danceable 45...read on »

Charles Bradley

Confusion / Where Do We Go From Here

8/10 from ReviewBot300

I played the intro to this song at 45 and it sounded so weird I thought I’d put it on at the wrong speed, then started it again at 33, and then the song kicked in and it...read on »

Gap Dream

Chill Spot

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a nice 7” of slacker pop on Burger Records from Gap Dream, who I’ve not heard before. King Tuff took the picture on the cover. ‘Chill Spot&rsquo...read on »

Meatbingo

Trendy Robots

8/10 from Li'l Biz

I don’t know who Meatbingo is/are? Could be VHS Head related as this supposed supergroup hail from the same seaside town of Blackpool. It’s not-so-subtly hinted at...read on »

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Mind Crawler

8/10 from Mike

Aw yeah, here’s another 7” from culty cheeseball ‘70s metallers Uncle Acid! ‘Mind Crawler’ is a highlight from their recent ‘Mind Control&r...read on »

King Krule

6 Feet Beneath The Moon

8/10 from Clinton

Looking somewhat like my little brother aged six and armed with a voice something like a Billy Bragg who has the slathering, jowely mouth of a bloodhound, King Krule is certai...read on »

French For Cartridge

Boxes/ Piff Paff Pow

8/10 from Clinton

Housed in very nice thick card. Very good girth. Last night we had a storm of epic proportions, the rain pounded down. I walked to the open bedroom window and said to my accom...read on »

Sharron Kraus

Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails

8/10 from Clinton

I’ve saved this until last as I was in a bad mood earlier and just couldn’t be bothered with winsome folk. In fact, about an hour ago I may have punched its lights...read on »

Worn

Feminist

8/10 from Ant

Avian sub-label Mira reaches its fourth release with an impressive 10" from Worn which is an alias of Ventress. As with all Mira releases this isn't straight up techno but ret...read on »

Perc & Truss

Spiker

8/10 from Ant

You can pretty much guarantee when you get this pair of nutters together on wax there's gonna be some carnage. What we have here are three cuts all recorded live in a single t...read on »

Zeitgeber

Zeitgeber

8/10 from Ant

Zeitgeber is a collaboration featuring Joachem Paap (Speedy J) and Lucy who runs the Stroboscopic Artefacts label. Lucy is an artist I've been increasingly taking an interest ...read on »

Featured albums

Todd Tamanend Clark
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
The Prophet Hens
Sewers
Montibus Communitas
The Living Eyes
Forest Swords
Donato Dozzy
Meatbingo
Zeitgeber
The Proper Ornaments
Fuxa
The Dismemberment Plan
The Gaslamp Killer
Shigeto
Their / They’re / There
King Krule
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Worn
Perc & Truss
Belle and Sebastian
John Carpenter
Various