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Weekly Update Planningtorock, Walrus Ghost, New Bums, Glenn Branca, The Cult Of Dom Keller, and more...

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. You do know we love you very much, don’t you? We’d just like to take this opportunity to give you all a big fat kiss on the face. Take a look at our Valentine’s Day Misery Top 25 if you don’t believe us!

Anyways enough lurve nonsense and onto this weeks sexy new releases.

This week’s big seller has been the second album by hypno-rock riffers The Cult of Dom Keller which is selling like hotcakes and sure to appeal to fans of The Heads, Toy and other such dirty psych dronesters. It comes on swirly green vinyl.

There’s a brand new opus from Sun Araw which gets Mike’s thumbs up in a 9 out of 10 review. There’s the debut album from the New Bums, who contain Ben ‘Six Organs Of Admittance’ Chasny amongst their personnel and who perform an uncharacteristic brand of simple folky pop. Ol’ funny nose Planningtorock has a politicised new album out full of sexual politics culminating in a brave and seductive work. And there are loads of releases on the Oaken Palace label including a brand new one from Auden Baker’s Nadja project.

An LP that has impressed us all has been the collaborative album by Belfi/Grubbs/Pilia. The Grubbs is David Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol, etc.) and together they produce a kind of blissed-out dusty ambience that hints at Slint’s ‘Spiderland’ and other avant-rock greats. On the other side of the great 90s rock divide are Slothrust who hit the sweet spot between grunge and thoughtful indie rock. There is another album by beer-rock veterans Guided By Voices which hits paydirt on several occasions, whilst Angel Olsen has come out fighting with a crackling rumbling album one-part Marissa Nadler, one-part PJ Harvey.

There is great 60s style pop from Quilt, madcap surf instrumentals from Iran’s premier surf-rock group RPS Surfers, nice Basinski-style orchestral loops from Dollboy and the long, long-awaited solo album home by BVDub’s Brock Van Way on Echospace. Oh, and local lads and lasses Ailsa Craig have a lovely CD of intimate electronic pop available, housed in the most luscious packaging.

Fancy something smaller? Then how about this fantastic 7” of unreleased tracks by neglected maverick proto punks Death on Drag City? Or a brand new single by Joan as Policewoman? If you like Pavement, you are probably going to like Clearance who sound almost exactly the same, whilst Kelley Stolz regals us with a new 7” full of simple and catchy 60s pop.

Enough guitar-laden beasts you say? OK then, the new JJ Doom 12” is quite an exciting affair; firstly, it’s a picture disc but, secondly, it has remixes from Beck, David Sitek, two of the Radioheads and Clams Casino. All on one 12”. Incredible. Also rather nice is the Walrus Ghost album which is a surefooted amalgamation of Tortoise-style jazzy post rock and Fennesz hazed electronica.

Ant’s been busy in his hillside hideaway reviewing the latest electronica and techno releases for your delectation. This includes Russell Haswell’s ‘37 Minute Workout’ which is full of extremely rhythmic noisy techno/electro. He was also keen on the dirty sci-fi electro of Ultradyne’s ‘Vision Of A Past Life’ and Perc’s harsh dark industrial techno opus ‘The Power and the Glory’. And due to an administrative cock up we managed to review Karen Gwyer’s brand new 12” twice. Read the conflicting reviews here.

Finally, a couple of exciting re-issues. First up, the ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Original Soundtrack by Christopher Komeda is finally here on luscious vinyl and rather brilliant it is too. There’s a deserved re-issue for Glenn Branca’s ‘Lesson No1’ which contains a bonus 12” ‘Bad Smells’ featuring Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo. Who likes Suede? Well if you do then we have ‘Suede’, ‘Coming Up’, ‘Head Music’ and ‘Dog Man Star’. Oh, and the ‘Sci-Fi Lullabies’ B sides comp which Brett Anderson reckons is their best album (it wouldn’t be hard).

So thanks for reading ‘til the end. Don’t be too despondent if you are alone this Valentine’s. We are always here, like a big soft teddy bear.

Have stellar weekends.

Clint and the heartbreakers
xxxx


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Christopher Komeda

Rosemary's Baby (Original Motion Picture Score)

10/10 from Mike

Waxwork Records have quickly joined Death Waltz and Mondo as a trusted name for beautifully presented horror soundtrack reissues. First Re-Animator, then Day Of The Dead, and ...read on »

Shoes This High

Straight To Hell

9/10 from Mike

Shoes This High were a New Zealand band who specialised in an unhinged, jagged brand of post-punk and only ever brought out a single 7" before vanishing. That EP was so good t...read on »

Papir

Papir IIII

9/10 from Mike

Danish psych trio Papir are now on their fourth album, the imaginitively titled 'IIII', and as you would probably expect by now, it's got some instrumental psych-rock jams on ...read on »

Charley Patton

Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 4

9/10 from Mike

I haven't always been kind about Third Man Records in the past, as recently as three years ago the label seemed resigned to be little more than a novelty single generator, but...read on »

Connan Mockasin

I'm The Man, That Will Find You

9/10 from Mike

When I first started spinning this new Connan Mockasin single I wasn't sure if I was playing it at the right speed, and I thought it was a cover of some classic soul song. In ...read on »

Various

L.I.E.S. Present Music For Shut-Ins

9/10 from Ant

Like its predecessor ‘American Noise Volume One’ this two disc set rounds up tracks from  a whole bunch of releases on the first disc and then complies unrele...read on »

Duve

Blank Slate 005

9/10 from Mike

Opening with some disjointed musique concrete style percussion samples, my initial reaction to this EP was that it was going to be "hard work", but that initial dread was quic...read on »

Belfi / Grubbs / Pilia

Dust & Mirrors

9/10 from Mike

The trio of Andrea Belfi, David Grubbs and Stefano Pilia have brought out an album together before, but I’ve not heard that. I’m familiar with their individual wor...read on »

Slothrust

Of Course You Do

9/10 from Mike

I think at this point we have established that grunge is well and truly back. I can't dig into a review pile without coming across some heretofore unknown neo-grunge hopefuls,...read on »

Death

North St. / We’re Gonna Make It

9/10 from Mike

Lots has been said about Death in recent years, especially when compared to how much was said about them at the time. The past few years have seen a succession of reissues, ce...read on »

Le Revelateur

Horizon Fears

9/10 from ReviewBot300

Welcome to ReviewBot3000’s Cassette Corner. I’m ReviewBot3000 and today I will be taking you through a rash of new tapes. Tapes on good labels like Winebox Press a...read on »

Valved

Blood on the Controls

9/10 from ReviewBot300

I haven’t encountered Valved before and the press release is telling me precisely nothing about this tape so I’m going to have to guide you through it using only m...read on »

Glenn Branca

Lesson No.1

9/10 from Mike

Well this is a welcome development. Superior Viaduct have reissued the 1980 debut solo album by everyone's favourite no-wave curmudgeon Glenn Branca, and as a special bonus th...read on »

JJ Doom

Bookhead EP

9/10 from Mike

You probably remember JJ Doom's 'Keys To The Kuffs' LP from last year, it wasn't that long ago after all. Well now DOOM and Jnero Jarel are back with a picture disc EP, only E...read on »

RPS Surfers

Danger Beach

9/10 from Mike

Well knock me down! It's a surf record, from Israel! I guess the review gods are smiling on me this week because after a couple of fairly dry weeks I've finally come across so...read on »

Ultradyne

Visions of a Past Life

9/10 from Ant

I’ve been a longtime fan of this masked Detroit duo since way back. They were first introduced to the world at large via the ‘E Coli’ EP for Warp back in 199...read on »

The Cult Of Dom Keller

The Second Bardo

9/10 from Mike

Psych-rockers Cult Of Dom Keller impressed us all last year with their debut LP on Cardinal Fuzz, a label which has established itself as a safe pair of hands in the last coup...read on »

Russell Haswell

37 Minute Workout

9/10 from Ant

Your Mam’s favourite racket peddler Russell Haswell is back, this time with some of his shenanigans pressed up by Diagonal who’ve managed to capture him in beat mo...read on »

New Bums

Voices In A Rented Room

9/10 from Mike

Here's an album from a familiar face and an unfamiliar one - Ben "Six Organs of Admittance" Chasny and Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards. It's full of lovely shuffly acoustic...read on »

Planningtorock

All Love's Legal

9/10 from Mike

"Fall in love with whoever you want to" exclaim Planningtorock repeatedly in the opening salvo of 'All Love's Legal', and sexual equality is a theme which rings heavily throug...read on »

Sun Araw

Belomancie

9/10 from Mike

Any music fan will tell you it's not the notes that matter, it's the space between the notes - and very few people have more space between their notes than Sun Araw, whose ske...read on »

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures

Orange Juice

8/10 from Clinton

THE VINYL IS LIKE A MASSIVE ORANGE!!! This is the guy from Herman Dune with The Wave Pictures. I can hold my hands up and say I’ve never really been a fan of either but ...read on »

Prolife

Overheated / Gold Leaves

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Dark stuff this. Formed by members of Deathrockas Slug Guts with the intention of laying down some bleak minimalist techno, Prolife are strictly in the Cabaret Voltaire, Suici...read on »

Girl Trouble

Hit It Or Quit It

8/10 from Mike

Interesting reissue alert! As you are probably aware by now, grunge is officially back. We've got youngsters like Cloud Nothings, Henry Blacker, Dope Body and Kal Marks turnin...read on »

Les Claypool's Duo De Twang

Four Foot Shack

8/10 from Mike

Plank-slapping goofball Les Claypool's oddball funk-rockers Primus are one of the ultimate "Marmite" bands, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers multiplied by Ween - few people will...read on »

David First

Electronic Works 1976 – 1977

8/10 from ReviewBot300

After these recordings, David First went on to perform in avant-punks The Notekillers before moving to New York to participate in the avant garde and still works as a neoclass...read on »

Koudede

Guitars From Agadez Vol. 7

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Tuareg guitarist and singer Koudede was a greatly respected musician in his native Niger, helping give a voice to "the Tuareg struggle against exploitation and to exalt their ...read on »

Cassie Ramone / Xray Eyeballs

I'm a Freak / Only You

8/10 from Mike

Got a split single here with some cool indie rock on it. On side A there's Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone strumming away at an acoustic guitar and singing about how she's a loser. ...read on »

Charles Hayward

Smell Of Metal

8/10 from Mike

New 2x12" EP here by ex-This Heat man Charles Hayward, with two new tracks on the first disc and remixes on the second. On side A, 'Lopside' mixes live-sounding drum breaks wi...read on »

Sore Eros & Kurt Vile

Jamaica Plain

8/10 from Mike

This Sore Eros & Kurt Vile 10" comes in an uncommonly thick green card sleeve with the artwork screenprinted on it, dead classy. On side A there's the lengthy 'Jamaica Pla...read on »

Atom TM

Ich Bin Meine Maschine - Remixes

8/10 from Mike

This new Atom TM 12" has three remixes followed by the album version of the song being remixed, so I'm going to start on track 4 and work my way backwards if that's alright wi...read on »

EYE

Live At Relay

8/10 from Mike

Speed review time! Here's an LP by a psych-rock quartet called Eye. There are three songs on here and they mix Hawkwind style beardy psych with some vintage synth fiddling tha...read on »

Mississippi Sheiks

Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 4

8/10 from Mike

Jumping into my time machine for another one from that ace Third Man reissue series of the people who influenced the people who influenced your favourite musicians. This is th...read on »

Marissa Nadler

July

8/10 from Clinton

Its always amusing to watch Phil all a quiver at even the mention of Marissa Nadler’s name. Get her swooping voice coming out of the stereogram and he’s a puddle o...read on »

Richard Youngs

Summer Wanderer

8/10 from Mike

The last Richard Youngs record I reviewed only came out last week - a collaborative 7" EP of minimal electronic pop with Andrew Paine. The prolific experimental songster is ba...read on »

Porya Hatami

Shallow

8/10 from Mike

Iranian sound artist Porya Hatami has a CD this week out on Tench. As with so many of the things that fly through our office, I hadn't encountered this artist before today, bu...read on »

Poemss

Poemss

8/10 from Mike

This Poemss CD has turned up at my house with a somewhat sexist note from Norman Towers II's resident post-it goblin - "Venetian Snares In "Gone Soft" Shock - Woman Responsibl...read on »

I Am Robot And Proud

Touch/Tone

8/10 from Mike

I Am Robot And Proud is the alter-ego of Toronto's Shaw-han Liem. It's been nearly six years since his last album 'Uphill City', which I haven't heard, but still I presume tha...read on »

Kelley Stoltz

Cross Your Mind

8/10 from Mike

Prolific psych pop dude Kelley Stoltz has a new 7" this week, which is nice. On the first side we've got 'Cross Your Mind' which is quite a simple and catchy song with lovely ...read on »

Ryonkt & Offthesky

Breathing

8/10 from Mike

This is a lovely little package on Dronarivm, it's a collaboration between Ryo "Ryonkt" Nakata and Jason "Offthesky" Corder, the former of whom made a 45-minute guitar drone o...read on »

Angel Olsen

Burn Your Fire For No Witness

8/10 from Clinton

The initial impression left by the first few tracks of this much anticipated album is the amount of time producer John Congleton spends sloshing digital distortion over everyt...read on »

Quilt

Held In Splendor

8/10 from Clinton

First catching my ear with their Warpaint/Vivian Girls style debut, Quilt have certainly soaked up some West Coast psychedelic influences in the meantime. This is a varied alb...read on »

Walrus Ghost

Uplifting Themes For the Naysayer

8/10 from Clinton

Where do they get these names from? The name, the press release,  even the sleeve don’t promise all that much but once you get the stylus down there are some pretty...read on »

Vtgnike

Dubna

8/10 from Mike

Here's an LP from Moscow's VTGNIKE (pronounced "Vintage Nike"), who also performs under the moniker Myown. It's got nine tracks of blurry and hard to pigeonhole electronica an...read on »

Mark Banning

Journey Into The Light

8/10 from Mike

This LP by Mark Banning was recorded in 1984 but I would never have guessed if I hadn't read the press release, as it contains just the kind of new agey peace vibes that seem ...read on »

Joan As Policewoman

Holy City

8/10 from Mike

Joan As Police Woman is back, complete with a mystifying metallic boob/hand image on the sleeve like she's auditioning for the next James Bond title sequence. 'Holy City' is ...read on »

Macarte / McLean

Invocation One

8/10 from ReviewBot300

This is ace! Phil has thrust a handful of tapes in my direction today, some new, some old, and instructed me to get reviewing. This one came in last September but we still hav...read on »

Kevin Drumm

Shut In

8/10 from ReviewBot300

Everyone’s favourite emotional noise terrorist has a tape out on the reliable Editions Mego this week. Yup, it’s Kevin Drumm. This one might surprise you a bit tho...read on »

Austin Cesear

There's a Crack in Everything

8/10 from Ant

I felt compelled to write a few lines about this record before physically having a copy to hear it in full. I checked out a preview tune on SoundCloud while adding it to the s...read on »

Dollboy

Tuning Loops

8/10 from Mike

Here's an LP of lovely relaxing loops for you. Here, Dollboy has recorded The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment tuning up, and then looped the sounds on aged, mismatched t...read on »

Naram

March Of The Gremlins

8/10 from Mike

I've got a right big pile of reviews to tackle today so I'm starting off with something I can be confident won't be too brain-scrambling or depressing. I'm confident of this b...read on »

Caudal

Forever In Another World

8/10 from Mike

Phil brought these four new LPs on Oaken Palace over to me with a warning that they might be a bit bleak and downbeat, so since it's first thing in the morning I've decided to...read on »

Plurals

Bugenès Melissae

8/10 from Mike

This latest LP from Plurals comes on very pretty translucent orange vinyl, with the labels marked with the letter "A" and a picture of a bee. Very droll. On the sleeve there i...read on »

Nadja

Flipper

8/10 from Mike

Here's the latest offering from the prolific duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff, presumably named after their favourite San Francisco punks. Here they've enlisted the help ...read on »

Parallel Lines

White Fur /// Black Cathedral

8/10 from Mike

This is the fourth of these Oaken Palace LPs I've reviewed today. Phil said they might be hard work but in fact I've enjoyed all four of them! The first one I did was a krautr...read on »

Brock Van Wey

Home

8/10 from Clinton

Ok I want to make it clear that I’m not going to sit through the full three hours of this. Its Valentines Day and as you can imagine I have mountains of cards to open. ...read on »

Prostitutes

Truncheon Cadence (Part Two)

8/10 from Ant

This obviously is the second Truncheon Cadence 10” from Prostitutes via Mira. Well obvious if you can read, which you clearly can as you have your eyeballs pointing at t...read on »

Afterhours

Lowlife

8/10 from Mike

I've not encountered Afterhours before but I'm immediately enjoying this mini-LP on the ever-reliable Not Not Fun. This guy conjures up a distinct style of trip-hop with the w...read on »

Thug Entrancer

Death After Life

8/10 from Mike

Thug Entrancer's 'Death After Life' is an eight-part suite of thumping techno which the press release says "re-frames elements of Chicago Juke and house in long-form design". ...read on »

Perc

The Power & The Glory

8/10 from Ant

Is there a dark hard industrial techno renaissance? I dunno. It’s always been there, I just think it's finally getting more press and attention as artists and labels are...read on »

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