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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 Our summary of all that is good & new
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- Synth thumb-twiddler Pye Corner Audio knocks off another one. Expected some time this week.
- Shit and Shine decrees grindcore a form of dance music.
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.
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.
- Two releases out on Joachim Nordwall’s iDEAL Recordings label. A gnarly LP with Henrik Rylander as Saturn and The Sun plus DAIS label dude Ryan Martin & Joachim Nordwall bust the synths out.
- Seattle’s Further Records dish out some darker strains of ambient goodness from Human Rays and one from The Exaltics alias Crotaphytus.
- Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards LP on Blackest Ever Black. Whispered hints of post-dub, ambient and what they call “death jazz”.
- Field recordings action from Bethan Kellough CD on Touch and Kate Carr CD/ LP on Rivertones
- Now That’s What I Call Kompakt Total 16.
- Debut solo album from Studio Barnhus man Kornél Kovács.
- Textural drone and dark ambient collage meet contextual storytelling on Kemper Norton’s latest, says our man Jamie.
- Kiwi covers Carmen’s 1986 electro funk hit ‘Throwdown’ on Optimo Music.
- Brandon Vare is the latest maker of in-vogue taped cinema sounds
- Trainspotter alert: Latest installment in the Rail Cables compilation series features Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five.
- Nurse With Wound freaks should check the Andrew Liles disc on Stapleton’s legendary United Dairies.
- Instant beard sprouting LP/ CD from Pauline Oliveros + Musiques Nouvelles - Four Meditations / Sound Geometrics on Sub Rosa.
- Imminent arrivals: Levon Vincent 12” on his Novel Sound label, Alessandro Cortini ‘SPIE’ LP, Lutto Lento 7”, SPACEROCKS 12” on Invisible INC.
Pick the best Smedley’s do.
- The Dillinger Escape Plan. They’re really, really noisy.
- Warpaint give us a ‘New Song’. It’s really, really bad.
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.
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