- Album of the Week….
- It’s not quite the end of the year yet...here’s The Best of November
- Read the Quietus' Albums of the Year...in association with...us!
- Christmas Vinyl Competition: spend £75 or more and you might win a free album every month next year.
- Vinyl Advent Calendar 25% off randomly selected items til the big day.
- You already know all about our Double NormanPoints for the festive season, yeah?
- And, of course, our Christmas Gift Guide
- And last but not least, check out the long lists for our Best Albums and Best Reissues of 2018.
OK, Clint’s off and everyone else who can write wittily is too busy packing records at the moment. So let’s just get down to business. Here’s what’s happened this week that you might want to know about.
- We're very relieved we have Public Service Broadcasting to teach us about the Titanic.
- The Bevis Frond. Remember the time he fell down a hole?
- Hammock. Our office could do with one of them.
- Super Furry Animals.
- Posthumous album from Richard Swift.
- Lubomyr Melnyk. I imagine he looks sort of like Mr Tickle.
- Charlemagne Palestine.
- Aidan Moffatt & RM Hubbert both wish you a miserable Christmas.
- ZOFFF. So good they’ve got three F’s.
- Anal Trump pay tribute to grindcore pioneers Anal C*nt through the words of a man who embodies that band’s name.
- Amor are a Glasgow dance outfit with dancing man Richard Youngs and one of the Franz Ferdinand.
- Surrey successes Disclosure.
- The Physics House Band do the math (rock).
- Virtuoso guitarist Mansur Brown twiddles over neo soul.
- Psychedelic ear candy from The Sand Pebbles.
- Weedpecker’s music is exactly how you imagine the music of a band called Weedpecker to sound like.
- As ever there are a few re-issues by The Durutti Column to plough through.
- Ween during their cowboy phase.
- Luxury all-butter This Mortal Coil re-issues.
- Laurie Spiegel’s classic synth tone opus is now even longer.
- Karen Dalton.
- King Creosote makes folk pop from the banks of the riven Leven.
- Quietus faves Manic Street Preachers re-brand ‘This is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.
- Atmospheric Midwest post-punkers For Against with a few rebrands.
- Redd Kross and even stuff when they were called Red Cross.
- Even melodic West coast grungers The Spinanes get re-issued.
- Buyer beware: Denis Wise isn’t the pint-sized former Wimbledon and Chelsea irritant.
- The Sight Below make lovely late night things with dub and shoegaze.
- David Attenborough is both the oldest and wisest person on this week’s list.
Ant’s Electronic Round Up
He’s dreaming of a Whitehouse Christmas.
- SOPHIE knows what electronic pop music should sound like in 2018.
- Chris Carter of TG/ Chris & Cosey et al. box set on Mute featuring some previously unreleased archival tracks and a couple of albums on vinyl for the first time.
- Mana serve up Luc Ferrari’s 1990 Spanish National radio electro-acoustic / radio-play / travelogue type thing ‘L'Escalier Des Aveugles' on wax.
- Submerge into mystical, aquatic ambient from The Doubtful Guest on Arcola.
- Joe Cocherell (Dva Damas / Frozen Border) deconstructs and reconstructs UK bass music in his own vision as Bone Head. Also on Arcola.
- O/V/R (Regis & James Ruskin) EP of menacing techno on Downwards. Plus Ruskin & Broom do the same on Blueprint.
- Jim O'Rourke and Group A rework Langham Research Centre.
- The Modern Institute cassette with risographed artwork & encased in coalesced molten candy floss blue and pink expandable foam! AKA Golden Teacher lads.
- Ace compilation of Christoph de Babalon darkside droning breakcore/jungle mutants.
- Agnarkea LP on Natural Sciences like some Wolf Eyes, Memphis Rap, Techno Animal hybrid spawn.
- No Messin’ club trax from Greg Beato - previously banged on Apron and L.I.E.S.
- Delroy Edwards & Dean Blunt LP of hazy, L.A. heat warped ditties. Limited copies.
- Caterina Barbieri, Space Afrika, Nkisi, Mannerfelt, Mumdance & Logos exclusive tracks from Mumdance’s ‘Shared Meanings’ mix. Edition 400 stamped 12” EPs.
- Triplet of fine LPs on VAAGNER - vinyl editions of sought-after tapes from OAKE, Zen Zsigo (Cremation Lily) and Acronym w Korridor. All come recommended.
- The Sight Below AKA Rafael Anton Irisarri gets his dubby techno/shoegaze gem 'Glider 10' back on wax.
- Gothic ambient 7” on Ancient Methods label from Young Hunting aka Dalhous.
- Anthony “Shake” Shakir’s sought after 1993 ace ‘5% solution’ re-pressed on Juan Atkins hallowed Metroplex. Classic Detroit techno.
- ‘Peace Radio Dublab’ compilation incl. Matthewdavid, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Suzanne Kraft, Mary Lattimore, Secret Circuit, Daedelus, Gifted & Blessed etc.
- Off-kilter dancey wonk from Japanese producer Foodman (Sun Ark) on Palto Flats.
- Tantalizingly weird and all over the place record from Mołr Drammaz on Lullabies For Insomniacs. Edition of 300 copies.
- Darkside blinders from Pessimist, Overlook, Talker, Karim Maas.
- Lola 'Wax The van' official repress 12" of Arthur Russell / Bob Blank disco classic.
- Machinefabriek with Anne Bakker compact disc - Zuydervelt creates engaging new works from Bakker's violin and viola.
- Kukangendai × Ryuichi Sakamoto limited edition Japanese import 12".
- Robert Hood in Floorplan mode remixing Barbara Tucker's 1994 Strictly Rhythm soulful house tune 'Beautiful People'.
- Тпсб album on Blackest Ever Black - rightfully back in print.
- +++ Albums from Positive Centre on Horo, ASC on Auxiliary, Kolorit (Kassem Mosse & Lowtec), Hieroglyphic Being & The Truth Theory Trio on Hivern Discs +++
- Party anthems for your Christmas mayhem from Oh Gunguit.
- Green Seagulls discuss the comforts of the festive season (high winds, exhausts, snarl ups etc).
- Rachael Dadd tries to warm your heart over the yuletide season.
- Ty Segall sings a non Christmas song about Fanny.
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A sad farewell to our customer service battler Joan who has run off to join the circus (literally: she’s left Norman Records to join the circus). Apologies in advance to everyone who now has the grumpy tones of Phil and Clint to put up with when they contact us. We still have a few staff left though, and all being well no more will have fled before next week. See you then.
Words: Clint, Ant.
Work: Benn, Nathon, Fred, Daoud, Phil and What the World Needs Now is Ian Love.
Customer Compliment of the Week: “I keep coming back!” Read even more impressive compliments in our Feefo reviews...which, with Joan out of the picture, having joined the circus, will slowly but surely become less impressive and complimentary.