Weekly Update Featuring Sharon Van Etten, The Twilight Sad, Deerhunter, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and another Dinked for ya.
Loads of stuff including Cinematic Orchestra, 4AD, Julian Lynch, Bardo Pond, Steven Stapleton and David Tibet, loads of pre-orders and the return of our legendary reviews!
- The Cinematic Orchestra release their first newbie in a looooong time.
- Speaking of bands you rarely ever hear from these days: The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
- Another limited-edition, super-colourful Dinked release for your growing collection.
- Here are 30 more New Year pre-orders, hand picked by ourselves.
- Label Watch: 4AD. The indie heavyweight turns 40 this year...we take a look at their best bits.
- Album of the Week is back! A tough call this week, but because it’s winter and a bit bleak this one wins.
“Time, it's a flyer, sunny days fly away, English summers are gone”. So said Pilot on their 1975 smash ‘January’ which sums up exactly how we are feeling right now. Instead of sunshine and summer we bring you frost-bitten records blown in on ‘Beast From The East 2’ (the sequel). Let’s see what we got for you…
As bright as new pins.
- The Twilight Sad record is as big as an aircraft hanger but no-one does emotional big rock as well as them.
- I’m pleased to say that the Steve Mason album isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever heard... exactly.
- You’ll get five really good songs out of the Deerhunter album. Guaranteed.
- Unfortunately we can’t accept albums as half-arsed as the new Toro Y Moi one.
- Big bold new record from Sharon Van Etten. Passed the Congleton-o-meter with flying colours.
- Angelo De Augustine weighs down on the Justin Vernon side of the Bon Iver/Sufjan Stevens coin.
- Oh! The music industry - the tales we could tell you! M Ward celebrates this wonderful industry.
- Real Estate saviour Julian Lynch with delightfully titled new album.
- David Bazan was and now is again Pedro the Lion.
- The Steve Gunn album is good but one song sounds so much like ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ that I just can’t concentrate on anything else right now.
- The Dead C have been experimenting for 32 years. At least.
- Gospel and country from Liz Brasher.
- Dodie do a new album on doddleoddle. Wow! She’s ‘enjoyed’ over 350 million streams!
- Frances Cone’s life sounds pretty good….and she covers Miracle Legion. Respect.
- Aesop Rock & TOBACCO. Tobacco built the beats, Aesop Rock rhymed.
- Need a film soundtrack doing? Try Clint Mansell.
Manky, rusty, old nails.
- Bardo Pond. A “toad smoking psychedelic frenzy” said Ant back in 2010.
- Dude it’s The Big Lebowski soundtrack.
- They’ll Need A (nother) Cranes re-issue.
- Loads of re-issues from stadium dwelling Irishmen Snoi Patroil.
- Who else thought Private Sponge was the great underrated character in Dad’s Army? No?
- Johnny Cash or Pat Cash….or Pat Fish... Who is the best?
- Cacophonous power trio Caspar Brötzmann Massaker.
- Fist Of Facts is the thing the guy out of Liquid Liquid did after Liquid Liquid.
- The Posies named their album after the thing you lick when cake making.
Ant’s Electronic Round-Up:
Part of the Ilkley and District Cybergrind set.
- Crucial Laurie Spiegel reissues; ‘Unseen Worlds’ CD and first time vinyl edition, plus ‘The Expanding Universe’ back on CD and vinyl now featuring loads more tracks not on the initial wax reissue. Both highly recommended!!!
- 108+bpm rhythms and syncopated loops from Jay Mitta on Nyege Nyege Tapes. Relentlessly infectious dance music outta Singeli.
- echospace [detroit] chaps Rod Modell & Stephen Hitchell continue to explore/refine their vision of Basic Channel dub techno blueprint as cv313. 2LP on Minimood.
- ‘23’ from pre-Coil industrial/ritual fiends Zos Kia pressed to triple vinyl.
- Anthony Naples second album has the NYC producer in a chilled post-rave mode.
- Ace, deep and immersive minimalism 2LP from France Jobin + Richard Chartier.
- Further out-takes from Nurse With Wound/Current 93 chaps Steven Stapleton & David Tibet's ‘Musical Pumpkin Cottage’ sessions. LP on Dirter Promotions.
- Fresh, innovative, dark Kudoro tracks from Angolan producer Nazar on Hyperdub.
- Modeselektor monkey around town with a 12” of heavy dancefloor techno ammo.
- First-time vinyl reissue of Richard Pinhas sci-fi chiller ‘Iceland’. Brrrrrr.
- Beatmaker Budgie samples ‘90s Gospel records mutating them into chipmunked modern soul/hip-hop.
- Sophomore GAS album ‘Zauberberg’ comes around once again.
- Jeff Mills inaugurates a new series of his unique and influential futurist techno visions and is in fine form on ‘Str Mrkd.
- Stripped back, gritty, slightly wonky club trax from Mix Mup on The Trilogy Tapes.
- The enigmatic Pom Pom arrives on Ostgut Ton siter label A-TON for a fine LP. Less straight up bangin’ and more post-punk electronix inspired.
- Machinefabriek incorporates some human voices into his latest work with contributions from Peter Broderick, Richard Young, Marissa Nadler et al.
- Futuristic industrial tribalism and more chilled moments from Ricardo Donoso.
- Zimiamvian Night returns to Infraction with an epic 2CD set of subtle and delicate ambient via piano, field recordings and beyond.
- Scored some Softman tapes on Evening Chants, all the way from Singapore. Delightful ambient sampling old records and processed with Max/MSP.
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Still looking forward to 2019:
Go on. Be off with you. And wrap up warm. Get those ear muffs on.
Words: Clint, Ant
Work: Benn, Nathon, Daoud, Phil and I’m Not Ian Love.
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