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Music news and albums reviews from 2018

Albums of the Year 2018 + few preorders + Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at Norman Records!

  • Published: Monday 31st December 2018

Noyzelab, Gnod, Polytechnic Youth, Objekt, Peggy Gou, Last-Minute In-Stock Gifts

Our final round-up of the year. Last-minute gift ideas, 2018's Best Sellers, and our very best Christmas wishes!  

  • Published: Thursday 20th December 2018

Polytechnic Youth, 2018's Best Sellers, Peggy Gou, The Gentleman Losers, Space Afrika

Final shouts for Christmas, plus a smattering of newbies, some decent reissues, 2018's best sellers, Atmosphere re-press, Mark Leckey 10”, Shinichi Atobe and...not much more.

  • Published: Tuesday 18th December 2018

Kamaal Williams, Olan Mill, Teenage Fanclub, Elektroids, and more

It's the penultimate update before Christmas so the releases are slowing down, but we've still got record-shaped things from The Beta Band, Siouxsie, Berceuse Heroique and the Guttersnipe person - as well as a load of preorders to look forward to.

  • Published: Thursday 13th December 2018

Super Furry Animals, Denis Sulta, Death in Vegas, Polytechnic Youth

The new releases slow down now so it's a reissue-fest this week, including Beastie Boys, Atmosphere, The Clangers, and Bivouac. But there are plenty of preorders to sniff around too.

  • Published: Tuesday 11th December 2018

Chris Carter, Aidan Moffatt & RM Hubbert, This Mortal Coil, Delroy Edwards & Dean Blunt

All this week’s stuff including Amor, Public Service Broadcasting, The Sight Below, King Creosote and lots more.

  • Published: Thursday 6th December 2018

SOPHIE, This Mortal Coil, Charlemagne Palestine, Aidan Moffatt & RM Hubbert

..and Public Service Broadcasting, Denis Sulta, Laurie Spiegel - plus our Christmas Gift Guide, Vinyl Advent Calendar and a rundown of December's best pre-orders. 

  • Published: Tuesday 4th December 2018

The Fernweh, Drew McDowell, Northerner, Ed Harcourt, Daughters

The records that soundtracked the misery of travelling on Northern Rail, getting soaked to near death by relentless rain, standing in endless queues at shops, Black Friday, and the oncoming Slade/Band Aid/Wizzard apocalypse.

  • Published: Monday 3rd December 2018

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jason Williamson, The Fernweh, David Firth

All the week’s stuff including Drew McDowell, The 1975, Yellow6, John Carpenter, Rrose, Pixies, and Acid Mothers Temple. 

  • Published: Thursday 29th November 2018

Pixies, Brian Jonestown Massacre, David Bowie, Opal Tapes, The Fernweh

Another week of things including Yellow6, Why?, Jeff Tweedy, Idles, David Bowie, Opal Tapes, Kate Bush and everything in between.

  • Published: Tuesday 27th November 2018

Polytechnic Youth, Vessel, NYZ, The Breeders, Bong, Northerner

Jacco Gardner, Songs Ohia, Ostgut Ton, Ed Harcourt, Bong, Free Love, and a Black Friday preview for you.

  • Published: Thursday 22nd November 2018

Polytechnic Youth, Songs Ohia, Rick and Morty, Northerner, Bong

A sneak preview of our Album of the Year, Black Friday releases, Jacco Gardner, Loscil, Laibach, The Go-Betweens and all sorts.  

  • Published: Tuesday 20th November 2018

Colin Potter, Bagpuss, Ryley Walker, Hen Ogledd, Brian Eno, King Gizzard

All this week’s new stuff in one place. Try these for size: Kate Bush, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Josephine Foster, the Mistys, the Beatles, Eliane Radigue and so much more...  

  • Published: Thursday 15th November 2018

Brian Eno, Bagpuss, Kate Bush, King Gizzard, Smashing Pumpkins

New stuff coming from The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Ryley Walker, Robert Hood, Colin Potter, B12, Hen Ogledd.

  • Published: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Brian Eno, Bagpuss, Kate Bush, King Gizzard, Smashing Pumpkins

New stuff coming from The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Ryley Walker, Robert Hood, Colin Potter, B12, Hen Ogledd.

  • Published: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Stereolab, Sufjan Stevens, Studio Ghibli, Sun Kil Moon, J Mascis

All the new things from Stephen Steinbrink, Goat, Sun Kil Moon, WIDT x Christoph de Babalon, ZULI, Sh*t & Shine, BEAST.

  • Published: Thursday 8th November 2018

Thom Yorke, Julia Holter, Daniel Brandt, Kristin Hersh, Hairband, Guttersnipe

The best records ready to be drowned out by the sound of our heaters whirring into life. Best listened to through industrial strength ear muffs.

  • Published: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Stereolab, J Mascis, Charles Bradley, the Beatles, Studio Ghibli

Tuesday-friendly stuff from Bibio, Sun Kil Moon, Objekt, the Wave Pictures, Noyzelab and Stephen Steinbrink.

  • Published: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Ian William Craig, Benoit Pioulard, Thought Gang, Demdike Stare, OCS & more!

All this week's stuff including Malcolm Middleton, Dead Can Dance, Jon Spencer, Liars, Causa Sui, Guttersnipe.

  • Published: Thursday 1st November 2018

Ian William Craig, Deerhunter, Polytechnic Youth, Guttersnipe, OCS

Early week arrivals from Dead Can Dance, Causa Sui, Kode 9 & Burial, Blawan and Bruce Springsteen plus all your latest pre-orders.

  • Published: Tuesday 30th October 2018

Thom Yorke, Julia Holter, Cardinal Fuzz, Jessica Moss

New stuff in from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Klaus Johann Grobe, Ty Segall, Dopplereffekt, Kiran Leonard, Spacemen 3, Twilight Sad.   

  • Published: Thursday 25th October 2018

Thom Yorke, Julia Holter, Ty Segall This Mortal Coil

Stuff due from Concretism, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Current 93, Guttersnipe, Craven Faults and the Kinks!  

  • Published: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Will Oldham, David Sylvian, Songs: Ohia, Neneh Cherry

Lots of newbies, including The Lucid Dream, Charalambides, Blue Orchids and Hairband. Plus a round-up of the best upcoming pre-orders.  

  • Published: Thursday 18th October 2018

King Gizzard, Stereolab, the Lucid Dream, Coil, John Carpenter

New Will Oldham, Insecure Men, a Jason Williamson book, David Sylvian and Silver Jews re-issues and another of our genre guides to chew over. 

  • Published: Tuesday 16th October 2018

Goatman, Daniel Brandt, Kurt Vile, The KVB, Carla Dal Forno

Goat side project fun, new Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, a good the Fall re-issue, William Basinski + Lawrence English get deep, cheap Evil Hoodoo titles. Bye Robin.

  • Published: Thursday 11th October 2018

Goatman, the KVB, Kate Bush, Connan Mockasin

Actual records and things for the week including Kurt Vile, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Yves Tumor, Factory Floor, John Grant.  

  • Published: Tuesday 9th October 2018

Cat Power, Brian Eno, Benoit Pioulard, Kristin Hersh

Loads of Brian Eno re-issues to pre-order. Plus new stuff from Cat Power, Kristen Hersh, Fecked Up, Matt Berry and Uncle Acid. There's even some new-but-not-new Echo & The Bunnymen.

  • Published: Thursday 4th October 2018

Lonnie Holly, Sarah Davachi, The Declining Winter, BEAK, Tim Hecker, Macintosh Plus

Autumn already, eh? Let's delve through the last few weeks before the heating goes on permanently. Lots of good things happened last month, and there are some good things to look forward to in October too.

  • Published: Thursday 4th October 2018

Sharon Van Etten, Cat Power, Puce Mary, Mount Eerie, Blood Orange

Pre-order the new Mount Eerie live album plus have a glance at this week’s releases including Kristin Hersh, Swearin’ and Cat Power.

  • Published: Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Tim Hecker, Pixies, Macintosh Plus, Stereolab, The Caretaker

Big box Pixies and Stereolab records to help you remember your indie roots plus new ambient music from Tim Hecker and the Caretaker and so many Pigs you won’t know what to do with them.

  • Published: Thursday 27th September 2018

Pixies, the Caretaker, Stereolab, Tim Hecker, Halloween III

Loads of re-issues and a few actual new records including several Pigs, Danielson, Marissa Nadler, John Carpenter, plus 50+ hand picked pre-orders.

  • Published: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Beak, Brainfeeder, Gazelle Twin, Johann Johannsson, The Declining Winter, Felt

Loads of things including three (!) Albums of the Week plus new Brainfeeder, Villagers, Suede, Felt, Prince, The Field, Christine & The Queens and lots of other good stuff. Well done us!

  • Published: Thursday 20th September 2018

BEAK, The Field, The Declining Winter, Felt, Johann Johannsson

Another big week full of quality items such as a new record by Prince, the next batch of Felt re-issues, a wonderful the Durutti Column retrospective, and Johann Johannsson’s final work.

  • Published: Tuesday 18th September 2018

Aphex Twin, Low, Sleaford Mods, Throbbing Gristle, bvdub, Mark McGuire

Our busiest week yet, with autumn's big hitters beginning to land including Aphex Twin, Low, Mark McGuire, Sleaford Mods, The Goon Sax, The Chills, Pale Waves, The Beta Band, Sarah Davachi and loads more.

  • Published: Thursday 13th September 2018

Aphex Twin, Low, Sleaford Mods, Throbbing Gristle

Just look at those big-hitters. But that’s not all. There's more: The Goon Sax, The Chills, Jungle, Coil and even some Siouxsie and the Banshees reissues. Phew.

  • Published: Tuesday 11th September 2018

Spiritualized, Sauna Youth, The Cardiacs, Julia Holter

Plenty to offer this week for the discerning buyer of records with new ones from Julia Holter, Teleman, Waxahatchee, Menace Beach, Per Norgard, Thomas Fehlmann, and more.

  • Published: Thursday 6th September 2018

Thom Yorke, Spiritualized, Teleman, Deepchord, The Cardiacs, and a useful pre-orders round-up for you

Our early week look at all the exciting things due in stock such as Deepchord, Menace Beach, Karen Dalton, Spiritualized and whoever else.

  • Published: Tuesday 4th September 2018

Tirzah, Mitski, Kathryn Joseph, Oh Sees, Death Cab For Cutie

Well, August was august. Geddit? Respected. Impressive. Never mind. Without further ado, let's wade into our monthly round up of the bits we liked and what we can look forward to in September.

  • Published: Friday 31st August 2018

Mogwai, Sufjan Stevens, Thou, Idles, Anna Calvi

Stare down inertia with brand new records from Mogwai, Thou, Marie Davidson, Mogwho, Big Red Machine, Mogwhen, Tomberlin, Eartheater… and lots moregwai.

  • Published: Thursday 30th August 2018

Mogwai, Thou, Eartheater, Mac DeMarco demos

  • Published: Tuesday 28th August 2018

White Denim, Tunng, Autechre, Sleep, Interpol

Here we are again with all this week’s stuff. Choose from a wonderful collection of new vinyl from the likes of Autechre, Interpol, Tape Loop Orchestra, John T Gast and many more.

  • Published: Thursday 23rd August 2018

Autechre, Interpol, Blood Orange, Sleep, Japan

Loads of exciting new things this week including those Autechre NTS Sessions, new White Denim, Tunng, Interpol.

  • Published: Tuesday 21st August 2018

Mitski, Oh Sees, Papa M, Stereolab, Animal Collective

Packed with Stereolab vinyl reissues, new records from Oh Sees and Papa M, plus a billion other reissues including Why? and This Heat. Oof. Too many.

  • Published: Thursday 16th August 2018

Oh Sees, Papa M, Animal Collective, Craven Faults, Coil, Why?

Best pre-orders for August and beyond, Oh Sees, Death Cab For Cutie, Anna Meredith, This Heat and so much more.

  • Published: Tuesday 14th August 2018

Aphex Twin, Goatman, Teenage Fanclub, Tirzah, Kathryn Joseph

Enjoy amazin’ new records from Tirzah and Kathryn Joseph, and also continue to anticipate Aphex Twin, because we know you, and that’s what you like to do.

  • Published: Thursday 9th August 2018

Tony Molina, Laurel Halo, Helena Hauff, Shawty Pimp, and more

It's been a real polymath month, has July. Gems all over the shop. It's hard to know where to start, so let's just get talking.

  • Published: Wednesday 8th August 2018

Tirzah, Teenage Fanclub, Kathryn Joseph, The Fall

Loads of records to keep you going while we wait for the Aphex Twin to get announced.

  • Published: Tuesday 7th August 2018









Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Virginia Wing, Kamasi Washington, Mark Fell, and more

Here we are again with a quick round-up of what happened musically in June 2018. We won't mention the football.

  • Published: Monday 9th July 2018


Pram, Tim Hecker, Boards of Canada, Sarah Records, Reductions

It's blistering hot, so naturally there's a new album from The Chills of all people to add to the mental torture.

  • Published: Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Wire, Raime, Miss Red, John Coltrane, NYZ, Gorillaz

  • Published: Thursday 28th June 2018

Aphex Twin, Let’s Eat Grandma, John Coltrane, Tropics

Who knew of the secret contained within the new Kamazi Washington vinyl? Not us. Warning: involves knives.

  • Published: Tuesday 26th June 2018





Virginia Wing, Sleaford Mods, serpentwithfeet, Gruff Rhys, cheap stuff!

A week notable mainly for an exceptionally good debut album.

  • Published: Thursday 7th June 2018



Arctic Monkeys, Courtney Barnett, Half Man Half Biscuit, Ryley Walker, and more

May has been good. It contained one enormo-surprise and some records as worthy as anything else released in 2018.

  • Published: Wednesday 30th May 2018




Courtney Barnett, Ryley Walker, Parquet Courts, GAS

  • Published: Thursday 17th May 2018

GAS, Gnod, Courtney Barnett, Ryley Walker, Wire

  • Published: Tuesday 15th May 2018

Beach House, Arctic Monkeys, Idris Ackamoor

  • Published: Thursday 10th May 2018

Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, Shinichi Atobe

  • Published: Tuesday 8th May 2018

Iceage, Gnod, Pinkshinyultrablast, Slows

  • Published: Thursday 3rd May 2018


The Best Records of April 2018

  • Published: Friday 27th April 2018

Coil, Grouper, Speedy Ortiz, Deep Distance, Huerco S

  • Published: Thursday 26th April 2018


Belong, Stars of the Lid, Sufjan Stevens, Mouse on Mars

  • Published: Thursday 19th April 2018

Stars of the Lid, Concretism, Belong, Drinks

  • Published: Tuesday 17th April 2018


Kamasi Washington, The Caretaker, Sarah Davachi, u-Ziq

  • Published: Tuesday 10th April 2018








Young Fathers, Eric Chenaux, Oneida, Clay Pipe

  • Published: Thursday 8th March 2018




Lake Ruth, The Other People Place, Felt, Palm, Taylor Deupree

  • Published: Thursday 22nd February 2018


Thundercat, Ride, Sun Kil Moon, Ought, Courtney Barnett

  • Published: Thursday 15th February 2018


Coil, Disco Inferno, Mica Levi, Franz Ferdinand

  • Published: Thursday 8th February 2018




Nils Frahm, Khruangbin, Ty Segall, Time Released Sound

  • Published: Thursday 25th January 2018


Yo La Tengo, Cocteau Twins, Shopping, Tuneyards

  • Published: Thursday 18th January 2018


Cavern of Anti-Matter, The Breeders, MALK, Harbinger Sound

  • Published: Thursday 11th January 2018




Music news and albums reviews from 2017














Tricky, The Killers, Ufomammut, NAD, Ben Frost, and more...

  • Published: Thursday 21st September 2017


Belief Defect, Blondes, Laraaji, E.F.A., Four Tet, and more...

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Sneaks, Brooch, Wire, Pere Ubu, Tall Ships, and more...

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Music news and albums reviews from 2016















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Jameszoo, The Amazing, Mogador, NYZ, ASUNA, and more...

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Music news and albums reviews from 2015







Nots, Hodge, Floating Points, Ride, Arash Moori, and more...

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Music news and albums reviews from 2014



Cowbell, Powell, Blurt, Lost Twin, Ormonde, and more...

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Furrow, MV&EE / Woods, WOO, Goblin, Simon Lord, and more...

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Music news and albums reviews from 2012



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