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Last published: 22nd September 2016

Record Of The Week

The Early Years - II

Weekly roundup

First up:

Bit nippier out isn’t it? We crawl towards the bleak sweep of winter with a pile of records under our arms for you to check out. Here’s our pick of the Top 50 records due in early Autumn…..hope it gets you through.  

As usual though there’s stuff out this week. Let’s meet and greet.



All new records.  Untouched by human.

  • Shouty punkers Beach Slang have title-described their new record. We could call it a lot worse.
  • Hamilton Leithauser and the guy from Vampire Weekend do a really good song.
  • Quite enjoyed bits of the new Warpaint. Robin didn’t.  
  • The North Sea Radio Orchestra album has sold in droves. So many that we still haven’t heard it.
  • American guitar picker Marisa Anderson has made a really nice album of shimmering pickin’.
  • Flock of Dimes. 45% better than a Flock Of Seagulls.
  • Really sultry singer Hope Sandoval hooks up with the not at all sultry Kurt Vile.
  • Merchandise have to be congratulated in producing this year’s 54000th post-punk influenced release.
  • How To Dress Well spotted googling Savage Garden chords on phone.
  • One time Brit-poppers Spearmint unleash a new one. Shirley this is a good thing (in-joke).
  • Freak-folk mainstay and large beard Devendra Banhart is back!
  • The Early Years mix together our four most used words: shoegaze, kraut and vintage electronics.
  • Lvl Up is the new slacker American lo-fi hero.
  • “DECCA today announces a brand new album entitled ‘Rosetta’ by Vangelis”. Is it 1976?
  • Hannah Peel soundtracks the descent into dementia.
  • Tanya Donelly is the lady who used to be in the Throwing Muses and the Breeders and she’s collected all her recent recordings  together on 3LPs.
  • We shouldn’t dismiss shoegaze-y psych kids Dead Rabbits just because they are half-asleep.

No bullet points for this lot:

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, A real hard rock unit, this lot says Laurie. Boxed In - what are they all about?  Netherlands is the guy from Cibo Matto doing metal stuff. Not a country as we previously thought, True Widow also do metal but better, Billie Marten is a nice lass from Ripon doing sweet songwriting and Dawes are those American guys who aren’t the Doors.


STOP PRESS! A lot of stuff is arriving late today so check our NEW IN page for everything we’ve got.


Our Daily Deal

We virtually give away one record per day. Here is today’s.  

Older lads

Not many this week so you could have a look at these Beck re-issues instead.

  • There’s a comprehensive review of the music of Eyeless In Gaza out.
  • Frank Turner’s first official solo outing ‘Campfire Punk Songs’ is back out.
  • Loads of records by 70’s Radiohead types Pink Floyd are in for our Ian to enjoy again.
  • John Williams latest Star War thing for Ian.

Ant’s Electronic Roundup:

Listening to Laurie Spiegel in the bath.

  • Manuel Göttsching’s seminal, eternal classic ‘E2-E4’ has officially been reissued. Warning: contains (forgivable) guitar widdling.
  • Lush oceanic synth-scapes from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani on RVNG Intl.
  • Elegantly packaged ASUNA + Stijn Hüwels + Dudal + James Murray + Hybernation limited edition CDr of avant-ambient > exclusive to us outside of Japan.
  • Ambient double trouble from Å Asher-Yates and Dimitar Dodovski on Shimmering Moods.
  • Proper electro-futurism for the dancefloor from Arnold Steiner in vintage Metroplex mode. Model 500/ Drexciya heads should so cop this.
  • Ace raw Dutch electro alert: Coupla Electronome’s sought after Viewlexx classics now reissued on Murder Capital. Used to be my secret DJ weapons back in’t day.
  • Alessandro Adriani 12” with superb, sleazy, narcotic remix from Mick Wills.
  • The Smoke Clears = John Daly in melodic ambient mode. LP on Dublin’s All City.
  • 33.10.3402 not our IP address but the handle of Nenad Marković who has his second 12” out on L.I.E.S. and may or may not be the Bosnian former professional basketball player turned coach.
  • Bleepy and acidic deep techno cuts from Wata Igarashi on New York’s The Bunker.
  • In demand Volcov repress 7” on Sounds Familiar. The Kai Alice 7” vanished in a flash. Soz.
  • Rock Action slowly mutate into Not Not Fun (see Umberto) with an album from  80’s horror synth fetishist Xander Harris.
  • Murcof x Wagner rework John Cage, Aphex Twin, Erik Satie etc. Note: Pianist Vanessa Wagner, not Hitler’s favourite composer.
  • Smashing breakbeat techno, electro and broken house from that man J. Albert on Black Opal.


7” Records

Loads this week - are they making a comeback like Bros?


Now that we’ve got to the end of all that we might as well confess that it’s not exactly been the best week for music has it. But next week will be much better with new records due from Pixies, Ultimate Painting, Bon Iver and more. We promise.

Words by Clint and Ant with some strains of Robin going on.

The Normanites this week were Phil, Laurie, Nathon, Jamie and the bard of Croydon House, Ian.


Customer Compliment of the Week:
“As brilliant as bacon”.

Read our Feefo reviews to see how generally good we are.


Top releases this week

Arnold Steiner
Alessandro Adriani
The Early Years
Ultimate Painting
Manuel Göttsching
Marisa Anderson
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
Jason Sharp
Off World
The Stone Roses
Bon Iver
El Perro Del Mar

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