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Its bleak, its cold, its dark but nevermind we are here to brighten your day with the best and the rest of all the wonderful music that is hoisted up the stairs by those marvellous delivery persons.

It's been a tremendously busy week here at the Towers, but that’s just the way we like it.

As I write, the marvellous new compilation on Soul Jazz entitled Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States of America, Vol. 1. 1973-1980 is battering the doors down, veering as it does around the killer and the obscure punk rock that eminated from that big place across the puddle. If we still had an Album of The week it would undoubtedly be by Shopping: the un-Googleable post-punkers have delivered a tremendous take on music that sounds like it should have been on Rough Trade circa 79.

Wooden Shjps return with an album of increasingly warm, woozy hypno-rock. If you like them, you’ll like it. Grass House are getting plenty of plaudits and their debut album showcases an impressive brand of widescreen Triffids-style guitar music. The Dale Cooper Quartet showcase Twin Peaks-inspired spooky jazz, while this weeks guest host Brian was enthralled by Ron Morelli’s murky back room techno racket. For the insomniacs out there we have new soothing sounds from Celer and BVdub but both are trumped by the magnificent re-issue of Harold Budd and Andy Partridge’s ambient classic ‘Through The Hill’ now on vinyl with two extra tracks.

Ducktails have a neat little 5 track EP out which is a nice annexe to their ‘The Flower Lane’ album, while noisy Brighton hopefuls Royal Blood’s debut 7” has been hurtling out the shop at a rate of knots that suggests it won’t be around long. Similarly London psych rockers Telegram’s debut 7” has annoyed our pickers with the rate you keep buying it. John Davis, a regular name on the lo-fi DIY scene of the mid-90s, releases his first album in 15 years on Shrimper, while sounding that they should be from the 90s but are actually from now are are Swearin’ whose second album of highly accessible post-grunge college rock is now available for you to purchase. Pampers, as well as being a brand of baby soiling products, also produce a fuzzy kind of caveman punk which had ReviewBot 3000 malfunctioning with excitement.

Plenty of re-issues too. Goblin’s ‘Roller’ was enjoyed/endured by the entire office as Mike got so excited he couldn’t wait another second to play it, culminating in top marks for the legendary Italians. We finally got the much talked about William Onyeabor ‘Who Is William Onyeabor?’ album. He now runs a flour mill but then he produced totally unique idiosyncratic and infectious Afro-funk. The most bizzare record of the week has to be ‘Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman’ which collects 16 different takes on the world famous TV theme.

And on that typically surreal note we will bid goodbye. You may not have heard but there’s a big fat weekend on its way. Whether it’s two days of non-stop partying or moping tragically about the house, make sure you enjoy it and we’ll see again you on Monday.

Remember, be nice to everyone at all times (with a few important exceptions).

Love

Clint and the gang


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Goblin

Roller

10/10 from Mike

When the Goblin reissues turned up yesterday I proceeded to force the office to listen to Goblin for a good portion of the afternoon, long enough in fact for Phil to declare t...read on »

Various

Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States of America, Vol. 1. 1973-1980

10/10 from Mike

These Soul Jazz comps never fail to impress do they? This time around they’ve taken it upon themselves to distil the development of punk rock in the 1970s into a concise...read on »

Kevin Drumm

Humid Weather

9/10 from Ant

It’s always a good score to get my mitts on some Kevin Drumm vinyl. ‘Humid Weather’ is no exception. Originally released as a CDr in a micro edition of 20 co...read on »

Kal Marks

Life Is Murder

9/10 from Mike

The Frogs, Vic Chesnutt, Pere Ubu, Billy Corgan, Kermit the Frog...throughout history there are frequent notable examples of men with weird nasal voices making guitar pop so u...read on »

The Fat White Family

Champagne Holocaust

9/10 from Nathon

Prompted by the arrival of this one on a CD promo and the somewhat arsey customer review wondering why we'd not reviewed this (because we don't always have time, fella!!) I th...read on »

Safiyya

Shareek Hayaat

9/10 from Mike

Oh nice! I’d heard that this was happening so it’s a pleasure to see the finished article plonked in my review pile. Safiyya is the remarkable combination of two o...read on »

William Onyeabor

World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

9/10 from Mike

Here’s the long-awaited collection on Luaka Bop from the mysterious William Onyeabor, a Nigerian who studied film in Russia, returned to set up a film and music studio i...read on »

Gooch Palms

Novos

9/10 from ReviewBot300

As you may know, much of the music we stock is Very Serious Music, which has an entirely valid place on the musical landscape and all but when you have to listen to every reco...read on »

Pampers

Pampers

9/10 from ReviewBot300

It’s always a good day when something new arrives from In The Red Records and today is no exception, with this debut LP from Brooklyn’s self-anointed “thug p...read on »

Joanna Gruesome

Sugarcrush

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Joanna Gruesome’s ace debut LP ‘Weird Sister’ has been selling by the bucketload (and deservedly so), and they’re riding that wave of attention with an...read on »

Madlib

Pill Jar

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Madlib’s ‘Medicine Show’ series is restlessly brilliant but intimidating in its scale, with ‘Lib churning out 13 albums in little over a year, a dizzyi...read on »

John Davis

Spare Parts

9/10 from ReviewBot300

This is the first album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Davis in over 15 years, apparently. As a spring chicken of only 30 years myself, I suppose that ...read on »

Mike Ratledge

Riddles Of The Sphinx

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a fascinating discovery from Mordant Music, a synthesizer score from 1977 to Laura Mulvey’s experimental film ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’, performed...read on »

Wooden Shjips

Back To Land

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Oh, look what’s here! Everyone’s favourite hypno-rockers Wooden Shjips return this week with their latest long-player ‘Back To Land’, the follow-up to ...read on »

The Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones

Quatorze Pieces de Menace

9/10 from Ian

Fans of Twin Peaks will know that The Dale Cooper Quartet got their name from the special FBI agent played by Kyle MacLachlan in the now classic TV show. The TP references don...read on »

Girl One And The Grease Guns

(Here Come The) Catastrophe Machines

9/10 from Brian

'(Here Come The) Catastrophe Machines' is the first record I've played today. I've got a headache and I didn't sleep very well last night so a rumbling and repetitive slab of ...read on »

Ron Morelli

Spit

9/10 from Brian

It's taken me around six listens to get into this NY-dwelling, house-music-abusing miscreant's debut album. It's absolutely corking stuff once you get your head around the ble...read on »

Shopping

Consumer Complaints

9/10 from Clinton

I’d hate there to be such a thing as a ‘Norman Records band'. I prefer to think of ourselves as admiring everything from Pigbag to Pigface to...oh god I’ve g...read on »

Andy Partridge & Harold Budd

Through The Hill

9/10 from Clinton

I’ve always wanted to hear this album (to which you may respond “well why the hell haven’t you since it’s been out since 1994?”). The answer is I...read on »

L.B. Dub Corp

Unknown Origin

9/10 from Ant

One of my all time favourite techno producers finally unleashes a full length as LB Dub Corp, seven years after he debuted the alias on his own Mote-Evolver label. LB Dub Corp...read on »

Mutation

Error 500

8/10 from Clinton

What would an album which features the talents of Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts) and Jon Poole (Cardiacs), with guest appearances from Mark E S...read on »

Popstrangers

Rats In The Palms Trees

8/10 from Li'l Biz

This Popstrangers band are shaping up to be a worthy addition to New Zealands cannon of fine indie-pop exports. Echos of The 3Ds, The Verlaines and The Chills permeate everyth...read on »

PC Worship

Preach Under Cooked / Yellow Moon

8/10 from Mike

As well as the lesson in indie rock perfection from Kal Marks, Sophomore Lounge have this week sent us this 7” by experimental indie chameleons PC Worship, which comes i...read on »

Various

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batman

8/10 from Mike

Here’s one for collectors of the Caped Crusader! 1966 have put together this limited red LP (just 300 copies!) containing 16 different renditions of the famous ‘Ba...read on »

Swearin'

Surfing Strange

8/10 from Mike

I could swear (no pun intended) that I had to review this band’s debut album only about a month ago. It turns out this isn’t because they’re outrageously fas...read on »

Pinkcourtesyphone

Please Pick Up

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Serious chinstroking bod, Basinski collaborator and LINE honcho Richard Chartier is back under his more playful (but still pretty serious) Pinkcourtesyphone alter-ego this wee...read on »

Cut Hands

Damballah 58

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Ex-Whitehouse dude William Bennett is well settled in to his Cut Hands alter ego by now, so you’ve probably got an idea what to expect from this newest EP on Blackest Ev...read on »

Gary War / Purple Pilgrims

Split

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a split 12” on the reliable Upset the Rhythm from someone I know and someone I don’t. I’m familiar with Gary War from his excellent recent &lsqu...read on »

Celer

Climbing Formation

8/10 from ReviewBot300

The indefatigably prolific Will “Celer” Long returns this week with ‘Climbing Formation’. You probably think you know what to expect from Celer after 1...read on »

Penny Penny

Shaka Bundu

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Awesome Tapes from Africa have been at it again, this week they’re dropping a reissue of the 1994 debut by South African singer Penny Penny, a man with an astonishing ba...read on »

Secret Pyramid

Movements Of Night

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Secret Pyramid is the alter-ego of Vancouver’s Amir Abbey, who on this LP sculpts a series of blackened ambient drone drifts which cycle through deceptively melodic prog...read on »

D.D Dumbo

D.D Dumbo

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a debut 12” EP from Melbourne’s D.D Dumbo, aka Oliver Perry. It’s a beautifully presented white vinyl 12” containing five songs. Mr Dumbo ...read on »

Theo Verney

Heavy Sunn EP

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s the latest from Brighton bedroom maverick Theo Verney, who recorded every instrument on this five-song EP of grunge-splattered psychedelic garage pop, opening wit...read on »

Batsumi

Batsumi

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Here’s a reissue of some classic African jazz from 1974, the latest in Matsuli’s series of rare Afro-jazz reissues. This Sowetan eight-piece put together an urgent...read on »

Grass House

A Sun Full And Drowning

8/10 from Clinton

Aah...in confirmation that my brain does, in fact, work, the brooding menace of ‘And Now For The Wild’ reminds me that I have heard this lot before, this aforement...read on »

Dan Haywood

Dapple

8/10 from Clinton

Damn, another bell is struck. I remember loving Dan Haywood’s New Hawks record of a couple of years back which I only didn’t fall in love with because weeks after ...read on »

Ducktails

Wish Hotel EP

8/10 from Clinton

Ducktails are about to be at the end of an experiment that sees the reviewer write whilst exceedingly hungry. If a record sounds great when you are as hungry as I am then it m...read on »

Featured albums

bvdub
Andy Partridge & Harold Budd
Ducktails
Telegram
Various
Wooden Shjips
Various
Royal Blood
Swearin'
William Onyeabor
Ron Morelli
Goblin
John Davis
Pampers
Grass House
Celer
The Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones