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Last published: 24th April 2015

Weekly roundup 24th April 2015

They think it’s all over...it is soon. We’re onto the last lap of our Record Store Day shenanigans as everything that is left over will go online at 00:01 on Saturday 25th April 2015. Just to be clear, that's one minute after midnight on Friday 24th April. OK? Good stuff. So stay up late or set your alarm clocks and get clicking. You should read our rules and tips first, and it will also help you greatly if you already have an account set up with us with a shipping address stored. Good luck! And please be patient if, as our Nathon is nervously dreading, the site decides that this is the year when “enough is enough” and decides it needs a little break.

Speaking of breaks...coffee. Did you know we have our own Norman Records coffee? Well we do and, as of tomorrow morning, you will be able to buy that online too.

Meanwhile, away from all that RSD gubbins, there are plenty of releases about to prove that Record Store Day didn’t kill music after all. Take this Death and Vanilla LP for example. It’s on orange vinyl and comes with a bonus 4 track CD…and it’s great, and it is available nearly two weeks before the official release! In other news...they’ve been away for awhile but now they are back  - yes it’s a new album from Blue…sorry Blur. It took me over a day to come with that joke. We also have more copies of our number 2 album from last year Ian William Craig’s ‘A Turn of Breath’.

Also out now:-

  • Those famed raggle-taggle psych-sters (fronted by the man who called our Laurie “Pingu”) The Brian Jonestown Massacre have a new soundtrack-styled album out.
  • Colin Stetson has done something that I never thought possible. He’s made the saxophone enjoyable to listen to. He’s collab’d with Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld for what a 10/10 wielding Robin describes as “the most exciting work of their respective careers”.
  • Useless Eaters’ new album is called ‘Singles 2011-14’. Guess what it contains...no go on.
  • Sonic Jesus create dark, heavy, psychedelic/kraut music reminiscent of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Dead Skeletons.
  • Revitalised ahead-of-their-time garage punks Death have released an unexpected new album.
  • Mark Tranmer from Gnac releases a gnice CD of piano-led gninstrumentals.
  • More pianos to be found on Delia Gonzalez’s hurried and unrelenting music.  
  • Want to be happy? Randolph’s Leap seem super happy on this live album of Belle and Sebastian on uppers pop.
  • Noir-pop wizardess Ela Orleans has released a new album of super electronic pop. Free copy for anyone who can read every word of Brian’s mammoth review.
  • Ian’s enjoyment of his first review in ages of the new Braids album is ruined by ‘cloth-eared’ office idiots.
  • Local lad Eaves is loud then quiet then loud on his debut album of folky pop.
  • Prepost-a-rockers Mew make another album of “Yes meets ‘90s indie” clever clever stadium pop.
  • American Wrestlers reference all four of Bruce Hornsby, Mark Knopfler, Sparklehorse and Sarah Records on enjoyable new LP.
  • William S Burroughs in dub. Sounds exactly how you’d imagine.
  • Where is ex-Normster Mike when you need him? He’d have loved this epic sonic pantomime from Motorpsycho.
  • The psychedelic rock mountain shows no sign of abating. Here’s a new one from White Hills.
  • Quiet coos and strums in the vein of Jose Gonzalez from David Allred.
  • Foot Hair are angry lads from Newcastle. We don’t know why they are angry - could it be Mike Ashley?  
  • This I Speak Machine album will go down well with  fans of Death Waltz, John Carpenter and Gazelle Twin.
  • Stranger Cat followed Sufjan Stevens around on tour. Now she’s wringing out grandiose choruses with spinning theatre synths.
  • Old Man Gloom are a crew of sludgy old men birthed from many a Hydra Head, Deathwish and Southern Lord act.
  • Morricone-influenced overtures on the Various Artists ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ on Death Waltz.

Electronica

Welcome to the future. Here are the robots:

  • There’s another Caribou remix 12”. This time Shed re-wires it under his Head High alias.
  • Also in alias mode is Robert Hood who splits a 12” with himself as Floorplan. Who needs anyone else eh?
  • Electronica and horses make strange bedfellows but the Falty DL guy under his own Drew Lustman name doesn’t care about that. He bravely sits on top of an equine thing on the front cover to this new album of old school Bukem -ish breaks.
  • Music for pickaxes from Detroit techno influenced Jared Wilson.
  • Skilled technerds Mark Broom & James Ruskin have given you a nice 10” taster for what could be to come as The Fear Ratio.
  • Terrifying, electro-acoustic, dark ambient vibes by Shampoo Boy on Blackest Ever Black.
  • Oni Ayhun (The Knife), Jaguar Woman, rRoxymore and Aquarian Jugs get together, put all their ideas in a hat, make mind-bending electronica and techno experiments, and call it ‘Decon/Recon’.
  • Remember Leftfield? Well they are back with a one sided 12” taster for a forthcoming album.

Re-issues...

  • Vintage synth gear from the wibbly prog-tastic Bruce Ditmus.
  • Vintage synth stuff from high-concept electronic manipulator Beatriz Ferreyra.
  • Vintage synth music from splashy synth surfer Michel Redolfi.
  • Pity Sex’s ‘Feast of Love’ has been out before. In 2013 when the emo revival was new and scary.
  • Oh...don’t forget the last ever re-issue of Ian William Craig’s ‘A Turn of Breath’.
  • Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore as MG chooses making sturdy sci fi electronica over eating gold or whatever it is rich people do.

7”s

Amazingly The Lovely Eggs are grown-ups and not children. Their latest 7” comes on onion green vinyl. There’s got to be another one...there just has to be! Yup it’s this summer-ready split between Tuff Love and Lazy Day.

Tapes

Hazy London 5 piece Dignan Porch win tape of the week ahead of...erm no competition with their ‘creme’ cassette. What’s your favorite creme  - egg or Lol?

That’s it  - see you on the site just after midnight. Or you could go to sleep instead. I know which I’d choose...

Words by Clinton.
Other work done by Everyone Else.
xx

Top releases this week

Colin Stetson And Sarah Neufeld
Death And Vanilla
Death
The Fear Ratio
Mark Tranmer
Michel Redolfi
MG
William Basinski
Beatriz Ferreyra
Braids
Intrusion
Drew Lustman
Dignan Porch
Various
Delia Gonzalez
White Hills
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
Blur
Foot Hair
Mew


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Timestamp: Monday 27th April, 16:30:38