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Weekly Update Sleaford Mods, Guided By Voices, Kouhei Matsunaga, No Neck Blues Band, Giuseppe Ielasi, and more...

Hello everyone and Happy Friday. Its a big ‘un this week, with a few enormo-releases guaranteed to get your whistles wet on this January day.

First up, post-rock behemoths Mogwai return with their eighth studio album ‘Rave Tapes’ which comes on various formats including a massive box set stuffed full with pretty much everything ever made in the world...ever. Bound to sell fast. Eeee, I remember when they were just bairns...

If that's not enough for you then those other post-rock overlords Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra release the typically succinctly titled and very noisy ‘Feck Off, Get Free, We Pour Light On Everything’ opus which comes on double LP (with poster) or CD if you like.

The third big one is Warpaint’s second (I said second - not sophomore) album which is self titled and really rather good. We have the limited edition indies only vinyl which we are hopeful you will enjoy just as much as us.

The best of the rest features Damien Jurado who has upped the ante and created some kind of swirling Americana referencing the 70s cosmic-rock of Gene Clark and the like.

We have 5 (five) Guided By Voices singles, all of which feature tracks taken from their forthcoming ‘Motivational Jumpsuit’ album. Sounding rather great too, though they might have all sold out by the time you read this. Also possibly sold out by now is a new single by Sleaford Mods and a great LP by Negra Branca. Why am I telling you this? Perhaps just to make you all jealous.

Spectres release a 7” on Too Pure that may well appeal to those who enjoyed last weeks Menace Beach set. There is a heady mix of Nuggets-style garage fun from The Shine Brothers on Cardinal Fuzz. A fantastic if lengthily titled 12” by Actual Taped Voices presents Phantom Whistle is a storming blast of battering ram pulsing electronica and dubbed out haze.

The week wouldn’t be complete without some John Carpenter referencing synth doom and this time it comes with a re-issue of Zombi’s ‘Cosmos’ showcasing their nascent work circa 1994. And if thats not enough we also have Zombi’s 2006 album ‘Surface to Air’ which has been nicely re-issued at the same time. Big tens all round for Hartmut Geerken's Rock and Free Jazz Group Kabul unearthed from 1976 whose bonkers jazz whirlwind had Mike grinning from ear to ear. The man from No Neck Blues band had the most brilliant beard on the recent John Fahey doc, see if their mid 2000’s recorded ‘Furamingo Josei’ album can live up to it by having a listen to their free form improvisational clatter. On a similarly worldly tip, Residual Echoes interprete some tunes from Tajakstan and India on nice 7” on Casual Acid Tea.

Two things to mention that are too nice to open and play. First up is Giuseppe Lelasi’s ‘Stunt’ project which comes as a three 7” box set comprising of sounds sourced only from the actual turntable itself. While Kouhei Matsunaga’s ‘Drawings’ project comprises a 7” of his more dance orientated music and a lovely bound book full to the brim of his ridiculous drawings.

That's it from us for the week. Enjoy your records and your weekend!

Clint and the rest

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Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Zombi

Surface To Air

10/10 from Mike

Here's the second Zombi reissue of the week. This one is 2006's 'Surface To Air' on grey vinyl. You probably already know what to expect here, and I've already talked about th...read on »

Hartmut Geerken

Live in Kabul 1976

10/10 from Mike

Hartmut Geerken is what you might call a modern-day renaissance man. Not content to settle for just being an artist and art organiser, he's also a prolific writer and academic...read on »

Ubre Blanca

Polygon Mountain

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Well this is pretty frickin’ exciting! Two of Glasgow’s creative underground heavyweights Joel Stone (ex-Shitdisco) and Andy Brown (ex-Divorce, current Remember Re...read on »

Menace Beach

Lowtalker

9/10 from Li'l Biz

The meteoric rise of local scuzz-rock upstarts Menace Beach is almost beyond comprehension. I should probably fact check this but I’m sure they’d signed to Memphis...read on »

Big Ups

Eighteen Hours of Static

9/10 from Mike

I’m back in the office after a bit of a sabbatical and Team Norm must be happy to see me back because I’ve got some real gems in my review pile this morning by the...read on »

Kosmonaut

Future Machines

9/10 from Mike

Shadowy Texan synth-fiddler Patrick Park dropped my favourite new synth album of 2013 with his orange-sleeved LP on Deep Distance (now sadly long gone), so I’m delighted...read on »

The Servants

Small Time / Hey Hey We're The Manques

9/10 from Clinton

Lets get it out the way, The Servants were England’s answer to The Go-Betweens. They had the strummy guitars, 60’s influenced pop moves and oddball time and chord ...read on »

Damien Jurado

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

9/10 from Clinton

Did I miss the memo or something? Was I asleep when Jurado turned from lo-fi troubador to Cosmic American trailblazer? This is a really stunning effort which sits up there wit...read on »

Actual Taped Voices

The Sound Of The Phantom Whistle

9/10 from Clinton

Lord,  I’m tired. Tired of a non-sleep. Tired of a croaky throat, tired of a coffee hangover. Yes, I get hangovers off coffee....and pizza. However, this 12” ...read on »

Sleaford Mods

Mr. Jolly Fucker / Tweet Tweet Tweet

9/10 from Ian

As you may know,  Nottingham’s finest Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn aka Sleaford Mods have been creating a bit of a stir here at Norman HQ recently, it’s ...read on »

Mogwai

Rave Tapes

9/10 from Ian

‘Rave Tapes’ is the eighth studio album from the Glasgow boys, pretty amazing really as personally I’ve watched them blossom from wee scamps back in the mid ...read on »

The Shine Brothers

Hello Griefbirds!

9/10 from Mike

Mr Cardinal Fuzz has been at it again; this week he's got a limited UK pressing of this debut LP by masked Los Angeleans The Shine Brothers, who feature alumni from the likes ...read on »

Zombi

Cosmos

9/10 from Mike

"A title never before released on LP" boasts the press release; not strictly true, although in fairness this is its first vinyl release on Relapse and so the first pressing to...read on »

Residual Echoes

Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 3 (India / Tajikstan)

9/10 from Mike

Here's the third instalment of Casual Acid Tea's excellent 'Secret History of Kind Men' series, in which modern artists cover pieces from the epic 'Secret History of Mankind' ...read on »

Mark McGuire

Along The Way

9/10 from Mike

When Mark McGuire's 12-minute-long 'The Instinct' dropped on 12" late last year with a similarly epic B-side, I was under the misapprehension that it was a small but perfectly...read on »

Balduin

The Glamour Forest EP

9/10 from Mike

This is ace! When this 7" was handed to me I eyed it with suspicion. A funny-looking guy stands next to some kind of gnome house, proudly clutching a large stick he has found....read on »

Gold Panda

Quitters Raga

9/10 from Mike

Gold Panda is back with a new 7" featuring not one but two brand new cuts! Now before I get started let's recap some facts we know about Gold Panda. Firstly, his most recent a...read on »

POW!

Hi-tech Boom

9/10 from Mike

Castle Face time! Here's the debut LP by San Francisco's POW!, a short but sweet 45rpm statement of intent. The formula is simple - scrappy lo-fi garage tones and a primitivis...read on »

Marijuana Deathsquads

Oh My Sexy Lord

9/10 from Brian

Mad assed album this, loved it for the last two weeks. The main thing that captures you is the brooding apocalyptic nature of their music which weighs in some place between Cr...read on »

John Wizards

Muizenberg

8/10 from Clinton

The chunter. Its the chunter that gets you. Chunter on this chunter on that. Lets remove their tongues and enjoy the music. John Wizards are a band not a man but the singer is...read on »

September Girls

Cursing The Sea

8/10 from Clinton

The process of doling out reviews to our various staff is more fraught than you may think. This record seems to have been knocking about forever and still we wait on the revie...read on »

Lubomyr Melnyk

Windmills

8/10 from Mike

What a delight it is to have a new record in from legendary Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, and so soon after the last one! Actually he seems to have been uncharacteristical...read on »

Ghedalia Tazartes

Voyage à l‘ombre

8/10 from Mike

Hinterzimmer are really spoiling us this week. Not only have they sent us a stunning new hour-long CD by Lubomyr Melnyk, there’s also this new offering from another unde...read on »

Blank Realm

Grassed Inn

8/10 from Mike

Blank Realm’s last album ‘Go Easy’ was excellent, so it’s nice to see another full-length from these Aussies so soon. They really seem to have pulled o...read on »

Pitreleh

Pitreleh

8/10 from Mike

Pure tone fans have a reason to celebrate this week as Important drop the much-anticipated collaborative LP from two leading lights in the genre. Former pro-skater Duane Pitre...read on »

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust

Revolution Blues / Bushes and Briars

8/10 from Clinton

Sonic Youth grey-hair Lee Ranaldo has been forging a nice little rockin’ solo career for himself since the presumed dissolution of his old group. He’s moved into a...read on »

Negra Branca

NB

8/10 from Clinton

Recorded in both Salford and Ibiza,  this is a re-issue of the debut release from Gnod’s Marlene Ribeiro, previously released on a cassette edition of 50 so if you ...read on »

Guided By Voices

Planet Score

8/10 from Clinton

We’ve just got 5 Guided By Voices singles in stock. Will they ever stop releasing things? I hope not. I’ve recently realised that ALL their recent albums have mome...read on »

Hospitality

Trouble

8/10 from Mike

Hospitality's self-titled debut album completely passed me by when it first came out, but now that we're finally getting acquainted I have to admit I'm enjoying what they have...read on »

Peggy Sue

Choir of Echoes

8/10 from Mike

With their third album coming out this week, I've just realised (from the press release) that Peggy Sue are in fact a band and not an individual as I had previously thought. N...read on »

Doug Tuttle

Doug Tuttle

8/10 from Mike

Former Mmoss man Doug Tuttle has dusted himself off after their demise and crafted this debut album under his own name, although I think it's fair to say that he's pretty much...read on »

Spectres

The Sky Of All Places

8/10 from Mike

Too Pure see in 2014 with this lurid yellowy-green 7" by Spectres. It's quite good. The bass sounds really clangy which I always like and there's lots of splattery JAMC-esque ...read on »

Seesselberg

Synthetik 1

8/10 from Mike

Here's an absolutely fascinating and beautifully reproduced reissue of an LP of early modular synth experiments by two German brothers, Eckart and Wolf Seesselberg. This maver...read on »

Warpaint

Warpaint

8/10 from Brian

This man was initially unsure about what to make of the new Warpaint album. Then either my cluttered house or our chaotic office "ate" the promo, my computer with the MP3 brok...read on »

Featured albums

Guided By Voices
Actual Taped Voices
Negra Branca
Residual Echoes
Zombi
Spectres
Zombi
Giuseppe Ielasi
No Neck Blues Band
The Shine Brothers
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Warpaint
Damien Jurado
Kouhei Matsunaga
Mogwai
Seesselberg
Sleaford Mods