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Last published: 25th August 2016

Record Of The Week

Elizabeth Parker at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - The Living Planet

Weekly roundup

First up:

This week none of us have been Phil. So if you were expecting a Phil, he’s not here. Instead we’ve had a dog in the office for two days and a Clint here for a record-breaking five days. Time for a lie down, we think, but before we do that let’s have a look at everything that is new. Soundtracked by the rain tip tapping at the window pane.


New Brands:

So new we haven’t taken the tag off yet.

  • Gentle post-rock like 2005 never happened. Reacquaint yourselves with the glistening sounds of The Album Leaf.
  • Motion Graphics makes clever electronic pop that lollops.
  • Hoops make ace jangle pop to jump through sprinklers to.
  • Organ-wielding Quasi guy Sam Coomes asks us to ‘Bugger Me’.
  • Slushy Guts would never use the word “fidelity” in a game of scrabble.
  • It was a sunny day once. Morgan Delt knows.
  • Glass Animals teach us how to live through grand pop tribulations.
  • Cass McCombs continues to poke at folk music with a stick.
  • Band of psychedelic men The Parrots are the ‘70s.
  • LA Salami does lots under troubadour guise on new LP.
  • Puppy dog happy psych rock from NZ dreamers Ghost Wave.
  • Vinyl Williams make wandering dream pop like their label boss Toro Y Moi.
  • Brutalist bludgeoning hardcore from Lies.
  • In one of the worst ideas ever, Paul Banks (Interpol) has hooked up with RZA (Wu-Tang) for an album of the inexplicable as Banks and Steelz.
  • JUST IN! Day of the Dead limited charidee 12” starring Bonnie Prince Billy, Lee Ranaldo and the National folks.


Things from the past re-coagulated.... just like the all new ‘Are You Being Served’.

  • William Burroughs cut-up, Throbbing Gristle curated comp ‘Nothing Here But the Music’ gets a re-issue.
  • Prime BBC Radiophonic Workshop action on Elizabeth Parker’s ‘The Living Planet’ soundtrack.
  • Cheeky chappy cockneys Blur get their ‘Leisure’ reissued
  • Reissues of all them sweet-hearted Kyuss slow jams.
  • Really big and really serious synth lads Depeche Mode have loads of dead gloomy albums reissued on vinyl.
  • As I wasn’t here last week I’m just going to remind you of the Prophet Hens and that their ‘Popular People Do Popular People’ LP re-issue is the sort of thing you should be buying.
  • Dr Hooker are not Dr Hook. Let’s make that clear.
  • Fire. Let’s revisit Phil’s review of Mats Gustaffson’s jazzers... "not my f*cking tempo"
  • Last but not least re-listen to the time Pink Floyd drove each other up ‘The Wall’.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

He's just finished up his jigsaw puzzle of Anglesey techno.

7” Corner

Pick the best Smedley’s do.

That’s it from us. Remember that Monday is a Bank Holiday in the UK so we’ll be sleeping. See you Tuesday I suppose.

Words by Robin, Clint and Ant.

The Normanites this week were Kim, Laurie, Office Nathon, Jamie and Ian.

Dog of the week was Lulu.


Customer Compliment of the Week:

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Top releases this week

Pye Corner Audio
Kate Carr
Shit & Shine
Brandon Vare
Cara & Mike Gangloff with the Great American Drone Orchestra
Saturn and the Sun
Elizabeth Parker at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Morgan Delt
Ghost Wave
The Album Leaf
Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five
Kemper Norton
David Allred
Traversable Wormhole
Gap Dream
Terence Fixmer
The Bug

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