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Weekly Update Various, Egyptian Sports Network, John Carpenter, V.I.V.E.K, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and more...

It's getting nearer and nearer to that big splurge of money, chocolate, booze and beards that we call Christmas and, like everyone on the planet, we will be unveiling our Top 50 records of the year very soon. Next Monday is the day earmarked for the occasion so set your alarms, take a day off work, and we’ll arm ourselves with our tin hats. We have some treats up our sleeves for next week too, so please stay tuned.

Meanwhile, despite the shortening days, people just won’t stop releasing records. Below is a swift, easy-to-swallow resumé.

There are strong releases this week from Woods and The Babies man Kevin Morby with his excellent Dylan-referencing collection of plaintive guitar pop. Sapphire Slows whack us with their elegant, haunted debut on Not Not Fun. Ol’ gloomster Matt Elliott emerges from the shadows with a preposterously-titled yet darkly folky album of new musings. Is skronk your thing? Then get the new album by The Thing who create a heady jazz racket with their first outpourings since that Neneh Cherry hook-up. Egyptian Sports Network feature Real Estate/Ducktails lad Matt Mondanile who keeps making unique and pretension-free otherworldly future-jams.

For the grunge rockers out there, Soundgarden have seen fit to release ‘Screaming Life/Fopp’, a collection of two EPs from the days before they became rock megastars. Supergroup (of sorts) Lumbar release this week's finest loud record with a pulverising, churning metal opus on Southern Lord that simply must be heard. There’s more supergroup action from The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries which features Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine) and Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission Of Burma) producing crunching post-hardcore and classic punk songwriting.

On your 12” tip, V.I.V.E.K releases some dark dubstep to make your soundsystem cry. London hip cats Patten dish up their debut on Warp, living up to hype with a mind-blowing smorgasboard of sound. “This record is total genius!”: not my words, the words of our overlord Phil on the new Excepter 12”. Popular lad Kurt Vile rounds the year off nicely with a 12” of new and reworked tunes. And TLAOTLON bamboozle with madcap multi-layered techno extravaganza. Ltd to just 100!

Many things have been released with potential Christmas present ideas in mind, such as the magnificently opulent There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-71 (CD box set), John Carpenter's ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ (LP, CD or recession-busting tape), or Krzysztof Komeda’s well regarded (and well eerie) soundtrack for Roman Polanski's ‘The Dance of the Vampires' (LP). More Christmas goodies - if you're lucky - to be found on our new boxsets page page and, of course, the ever-tempting and similarly boxset-heavy expensive shit page.

Not many 7”s. Two of them are on Cacophonic, both featuring the first computer generated music created at Bell Laboratories by Max Mathews and John Robinson Pierce respectively. Lil’ Biz dug the Karen Novotny X / Samantha Glass split - allegedly from 1978 but the word on the street suggests not. And The Brian Jonestown Massacre release a new 7” (or CD) with a new tune amongst some sort-of-new tunes.

That's it from us. I hope you can find something to enjoy amongst that little lot. Goodbye!

Clint and the dream team. xx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Sleaford Mods

Austerity Dogs

10/10 from Nathon

Months ago, back when I first started seeing this album on this site, I had it judged by its cover, title and band name. "Brilliant," I thought, "more wannabe 'Mod' twats sell...read on »

John Carpenter

Assault On Precinct 13

10/10 from Ant

Ahhhhhh a welcome reissue of one of my most beloved soundtracks of all time. I’d been after this on vinyl for years and then some ten years ago prayers were answered whe...read on »

Hieroglyphic Being

A Synthetic Love Life

9/10 from Ant

Jamal Moss’s Mathematics sub-label +++ is responsible for what is in my opinion some of his finest work. An outlet for his more experimental cosmic house and techno. &ls...read on »

A Vision Of Love

Lessons In Hate (Part 2)

9/10 from Ant

Round 2 for A Vision Of Love’s ‘Lesson In Hate’ series, and hopefully not the last. Two cuts here from this shadowy producer which I’m guessing is anot...read on »

Arcing Seas

Ophidian

9/10 from Ant

Zero messin’ club tools here on Sigha’s label. ‘Ophidian’ is deep an denneling with massive bass, shuffling shakers and driving kicks. The bassline rec...read on »

Roque Banos

Evil Dead 2013 Original Score

9/10 from Ian

Modern remakes of classic horror films can be a little hit and miss these days, with the advent of computer generated gore in place of real gunge and buckets full of fake bloo...read on »

Excepter

Christisland

9/10 from Phil

Here’s a new Excepter record. It’s their first in 5 years following the Paw Tracks release  ‘Debt Debt’ which we were obviously too busy to review...read on »

The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries

Mass. Grave

9/10 from Ian

A supergroup featuring the talents of Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), the mighty Bob Weston (Shellac, Mission Of Burma) and Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots) is gonna be pretty tasty no ...read on »

Egyptian Sports Network

Interstitial Luxor

9/10 from Li'l Biz

This has been available for a while but we had a mix-up with the distributor so they only just arrived today. With that in mind I’ll keep this short. Spencer Clark (Ska...read on »

Karen Novotny X / Samantha Glass

Split

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Ah the mysterious Karen Novotny X, what’s the deal with this ‘entity’? Almost too perfect to be over-looked all these years me thinks. ‘Join Hands&rsq...read on »

Kevin Morby

Harlem River

9/10 from Clinton

This is the solo vehicle from the man who, as well as being one half of The Babies, also acts as Woods bassist. A very busy lad, but not busy enough to write this quite lovely...read on »

Various

There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-71

9/10 from Clinton

Possessor of one of the best moustaches of the last 30 years (alongside Zappa, Beefheart, Crosby et al) and now with a series of important re-issues it is becoming more and mo...read on »

Shifted

Under A Single Banner

9/10 from Brian

I've not really had the pleasure of checking Shifted's material in the past. Myriad 12"s have appeared and vanished as quickly from our shelves. His last album on Luke Slater'...read on »

TLAOTLON

Calavities

9/10 from Brian

Here we have a guy who has totally bewildered our Clinton, so much so that the poor soul e-mailed me at home with a link to the guy's bandcamp pleading with me to try make sen...read on »

The Humble Bee

Henrietta

8/10 from Clinton

Winning the race of the two ex Remote Viewer guys to get their new recordings onto vinyl (Andrew Johnson’s A New Line (Related) album is coming soon and will be worth th...read on »

BLK w/BEAR

The Final Mapping Of New Constellations

8/10 from Brian

An intriguing disc here. What we have is a remix album of sorts by BLK w/BEAR, the source material being ‘The Stars Look Down’ by Last Harbour who I recall are a G...read on »

Richard Moult

Aonaran

8/10 from Brian

This chap is a member of cult Irish collective United Bible Studies and the album we have here developed from incidental piano-based excursions recorded around the time of his...read on »

Papir Meets Electric Moon

The Papermoon Sessions

8/10 from Phil

Papir are part of the Danish pysch rock scene along with the likes of Causa Sui and the rest of the El Paraiso roster. Electric Moon appear to be a German psych rock band who ...read on »

Samantha Glass

Midnight Arrival

8/10 from Ian

Out on Deep Distance records is the latest long player from Wisconsin based Beau Devereaux aka Samantha Glass. Pressed on gorgeous transparent blue vinyl and limited to 300, ...read on »

Kurt Vile And The Violators

it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)

8/10 from Ian

After this year's something-of-a-breakthrough album, ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’, it has been a good year for Mr Vile and his friends. This 12" is a mixture of new s...read on »

Jeremiah Jae

Dirty Collections Vol. 1

8/10 from Li'l Biz

After an excellent debut for FlyLo’s Brainfeeder Jeremiah Jae returns with new wax on Warp. ‘Dirty Collections Vol. 1’ is the first in a series of three 7&rd...read on »

Soundgarden

Screaming Life / Fopp

8/10 from Ian

Let's go back to those amazing times back in the early nineties when grunge was just a mere twinkle in Seattle’s eye, before Nirvana were perhaps the biggest band on the...read on »

Stranger Son

Last Days of Butterfly

8/10 from Clinton

More music from the strange sons of the bleak Manchester overcoat brigade. Using churning post punk riffs and the type of tinny keyboards Bernard Sumner started tinkering with...read on »

Ausmuteants

Amusements

8/10 from Clinton

This is a lot better than song titles like ‘Stepped in Shit’ and ‘Pissed Myself Twice’ might have you believe. ‘Flushing Problems’ (....yea...read on »

Sapphire Slows

Allegoria

8/10 from Li'l Biz

After the triumph of debut EP ‘True Breath’ and a split with Magic Touch on 100% Silk it’s a pleasure to see Sapphire Slows back so soon with a full length L...read on »

Matt Elliott

Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart

8/10 from Ian

You may know Matt Elliott from his former affiliations with the Bristol space rock scene as founder and mainstay of noisy drum and bass pioneers The Third Eye Foundation as we...read on »

The Thing

Boot

8/10 from Ian

Freeform jazz/garage skronkers The Thing bring you this latest album and the first for their own Thing Records label. I feel kinda bad reviewing this really as Our Mike here w...read on »

Lumbar

The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome

8/10 from Clinton

In a parallel of one of those employee exchange programs which sees the managing director sweep the floor for a day, I’ve been given this monolithic slab of crushing son...read on »

Gold Panda

Reprise

8/10 from Clinton

Gold Panda is a little worky ticket. He’s not put his name anywhere on this EP and the cover art is different to on the site so I sat through the first track trying to w...read on »

patten

EOLIAN INSTATE

8/10 from Clinton

New on Warp and on absolutely insane coloured vinyl -   a cut and paste collage featuring random objects; a butterfly, a tree,  a few atoms. The weird thing is,...read on »

Krzysztof Komeda

The Dance of the Vampires

8/10 from Clinton

This is the first ever release of Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda’s score for Roman Polanski’s 1967 camp horror classic ‘Dance of the Vampires’. Th...read on »

V.I.V.E.K

Mantra

8/10 from Ant

Vivek Sharda first emerged on the dubstep scene in 2007 but only really came to prominence in 2009 with his first of six releases for Mala’s Deep Medi Musik imprint. He&...read on »

Featured albums

V.I.V.E.K
Krzysztof Komeda
Karen Novotny X / Samantha Glass
TLAOTLON
Kevin Morby
Sapphire Slows
Max Mathews
Soundgarden
patten
Excepter
Kurt Vile And The Violators
Matt Elliott
The Thing
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
John Carpenter
Various
Lumbar
The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries
Egyptian Sports Network
Neneh Cherry & The Thing