Friday, 2 July 2010

New arrivals - King Midas Sound, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and many more

Quite a few new things to tell you about today.

First off, the rock and pop kind of stuff:

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - probably one of the best indie rock/pop bands out there at the minute. You can't not love Come Saturday, surely? We've got their album in on vinyl and also a few copies of their new 7" single, which includes a download code.

MANHATTAN LOVE SUICIDES - Dandelion Radio Session is in on CD. The CD includes stereo and mono mixes of the session. They're styled in The Velvet Underground / The Jesus & Mary Chain school of noise, good stuff.

SUICIDE COVERS - the full set of 10" records that Blast First Petite has been releasing are in. They're all covers of Suicide songs, done by Peaches, The Klaxons, The Horrors, Bruce Springsteen, Gavin Friday, Primal Scream and others. They're all limited editions too.

THEE HEADCOATEES - we've got the LPs of Here Comes Cessation, Bostik Haze, Have Love Will Travel and Ballad Of The Insolent Pup in stock at the minute. You probably know who they are, but in case you don't, they're an all-girl quartet that play the songs of Billy Childish (who also produces the albums). The band features Holly Golightly in case you didn't know. They also do a few covers (Road Runner, Have Love Will Travel, Baby Come Closer, Big Boss Man, I'm Gonna Make You Mine, I Want Candy and You'll Never Do It Baby). Absolutely top notch stuff, you really can't go wrong.

FABIENNE DELSOL & THE BRISTOLS - the Best Of LP has arrived in. This has Fabienne's work prior to her solo work when she was lead singer of The Bristols. The Bristols were Liam Watson of Toe Rag and Ed Deegan’s idea, along with Parsley, Owen Thomas, Cyril Roy, Johnny Maben with Fabienne on vocals. The majority of their songs are interpretations of classic 60s stuff plus a few originals. This compilation features track from both albums they released plus hard to find singles and compilation tracks, all of which have been remastered and remixed by Liam. Very classic sounding pop, with echo aplenty.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE - Loveless has arrived in on LP. I don't think I really need to type anything about this one.

Moving onto experimental noise type stuff, we have:

GNOD / WHITE HILLS - the split double LP is in from these psychedelic warriors. 1,000 copies only worldwide, so if you want it, get it. Think Krautrock, think Neu!, think Cluster, think of dropping out. One of the best of the recent space rock type of releases I've heard. Highly recommended.

MUGSTAR - ...Sun, Broken... is in on CD on Important Records. This Liverpool band has been doing the experimental Krautrock psychedelic thing for about six or seven years now, and has released some good stuff through Trensmat and Critical MASS and has also done sessions for John Peel and Huw Stephens. Neu! springs to mind again, as does Stereolab, Hawkwind and Circle. I suppose you could call it intense space rock...?

BILGE PUMP - one of my favourite Leeds bands is back with a new 10", called The Fucking Cunts Still Treat Us Like Pricks. Four tracks of excellence. If you saw them last year in Belfast you'll know how good they are.

THE LOCUST - the band's latest release is an LP of their John Peel Session from August 19, 2001. Sixteen tracks of inventive madness. You know you want it.

Psychedelia is up next:

TIMOTHY LEARY - You Can Be Anyone This Time Around has arrived in on LP. Originally released in 1970, this is a reminder to the world that he was still here and as far out as ever. Stephen Stills, Buddy Miles, Jimi Hendrix and others feature on the record, providing background music. One side is an edited press-conference with Leary presenting his political program, the other side has the title track (a sequel to his earlier drug guide recordings) followed by Dr. Leary presenting an early version of hislater infatuation with high tech - the human body being likened to a computer in a rather inspired and fact-laden discourse.

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND - You're A Very Lovely Woman, featuring Emitt Rhodes is in on LP. Folk rock of the highest order, often compared to the debut albums of Buffalo Springfield, Love and The Byrds. Emitt Rhodes is a great songwriter, and if I didn't mention Paul McCartney and The Beatles then that would just be silly, because Emitt Rhodes is clearly in that stable of songwriting. The record is mastered from the original analogue tapes and is pressed on high-quality high-definition vinyl. It also includes complete, meticulously reproduced original cover art.

Other stuff that came in was:

KING MIDAS SOUND - Waiting For You is in on double LP and single CD. This is Kevin Martin's latest project, featuring Roger Robinson on vocals. It's released on Hyperdub so it's of the highest quality, as expected from Kevin Martin. Dub stylings once again, some lovers rock, brooding, sinister, hopeful...I'm pretty sure this will feature in a lot of 2010 best of lists.

ANGOLA PRISONERS' BLUES - featuring Robert Pete Williams, Matthew 'Hogman' Maxey and Robert 'Guitar' Welch, this LP features nine tracks recorded at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisina in 1959 by Dr. Harry Oster. This is on 180g virgin vinyl and has extensive notes. Acoustic prison blues at its finest.

That's all for now. More updates as and when.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you in the shop sometime.


  1. Can you blog your prices too please ?

  2. some great stuff listed there, very cool. I read on fastfude that you got some Woods stuff in, vinyl is it? cheers.....

  3. Thanks Gary - Woods is vinyl and CD, take your pick. It's the new one, At Echo Lake.