BRUCE HAACK - FARAD: THE ELECTRIC VOICE (Stones Throw) double LP £19
This is an album of vocoder-based recordings from 1970 to 1983 of the electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack.
Farad: The Electric Voice includes out of print and previously unreleased tracks and specifically focuses on tracks using Haack's self-made vocoder, which he named "Farad". This was the one of the first truly musical vocoders, and the first to be used on a pop album, pre-dating Kraftwerk’s "Autobahn" by several years.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - THE MINIMAL WAVE TAPES: VOLUME ONE (Stones Throw) double LP £19
Minimal Wave is both a genre of underground DIY electronic music from North America and Europe in the late 70s and 80s and the name of the label devoted to unearthing these recordings.
The Minimal Wave Tapes is the first official anthology of Minimal Wave music from this label. Most of the songs were originally released on limited edition
cassettes or vinyl by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them. They’ve been remastered from their analogue source tapes and compiled here by Minimal Wave's Veronica Vasicka and Stones Throw's Peanut Butter Wolf.
The album has tracks from Linear Movement, Crash Course In Science, Oppenheimer Analysis, Mark Lane, Tara Cross, Turquoise Days, Bene Gesserit, Esplendor Geometrico, Das Ding, Martin Dupont, Deux, Somnambulist, Ohama and Das Kabinette.
TENDER TRAP - DANSETTE DANSETTE (Fortuna Pop!) LP with download code £13
This band features the wonderful indie pop goddess Amelia Fletcher (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and occasional contributor to The Wedding Present, The Pooh Sticks and Hefner) and this, the band's third album celebrates all things indie pop and twee (in a good way, of course!).
One of the better mid-80s indiepop revival sounding bands...but then again, Amelia was there, she knows how to do it properly. The album comes with a download code to get an mp3 version of the album.
MAN FOREVER - MAN FOREVER (St. Ives) LP £18
This is a solo project of Kid Millions, drummer for Oneida and it comes in a beautifully silk screened cover.
More abstract than most of Oneida's work, it's Kid Millions on tuned drums and Richard Hoffman on bass. Two long tracks, split over two sides of the LP, and an interesting listen for open-minded folk willing to take a risk into
something improvised and of course, experimental.
PEOPLE OF THE NORTH - DEEP TISSUE (Brah/Jagjaguwar) LP with download code £16
Another Oneida offshoot, featuring Kid Millions again, and Bobby Matador, the band's keyboard player at the core, although all of Oneida have played with the band on occasion.
While there are no clearly defined boundaries separating this band from Oneida, it might be fair to say that the music tends to be more along the lines of minimalism, repetition, and improvisation. Suicide, Silver Apples and CLuster could all be suggested as reference points for this release. Well worth dipping your ears into.
THE BLACK KEYS - THE BIG COME UP (Alive) swirled vinyl LP £15
This is The Black Keys' debut album, released in 2002. It is by far the band's rawest album, and it is pretty much amazing. A bluesy, rocking, swaggering beast of an album from Dan Auerbach (vocals/guitar) and Pat Carney (drums).
There are a few covers (Junior Kimbrough, The Beatles, The Stooges) amongst the band's originals, and it all makes for a great listen. There are so many great tracks on here, you'll wonder what you did without it.
AWESOME COLOR - MASSA HYPNOS (Ecstatic Peace!) LP with dowload code and poster £15 / CD £13
Coming out with their third album on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label, Awesome Color delivers powerful psych garage rock with definite inspiration from The Stooges and MC5 (two of the three in the band are from Michigan,
after all). Quality riffage.
WARPAINT - EXQUISITE CORPSE (Manimal) LP £13 / CD £10
This band's getting quite a lot of attention at the moment, and it's much deserved. This LA-based female quartet make interesting experimental psychedelic rock, and this record has been described as "a collection of magical
psychedelia drifting over sublime moments of raw melody courtesy of the three free ethereal vocalists”.
The band is playing at Dublin's Crawdaddy on 21 October. They've also contributed to a David Bowie covers project, more info about that is below.
WARPAINT / SISTER CRAYON - ASHES TO ASHES / BEWLAY BROTHERS (Manimal) red vinyl 7" £4
It seems that some of these have been incorrectly pressed, so side A is side B, and vice versa, but that doesn't matter too much when the music's top notch.
Warpaint's cover is pretty much very faithful to the original, although a tad slower, and it's very lovely. Sister Crayon take a departure from the original, so there's no acoustic guitar in there, and it's pretty synth-heavy. This single is in aid of the charity War Child so there's another good reason for picking it up.
WHITE NOISE SOUND - WHITE NOISE SOUND (Alive) purple vinyl LP £16 / CD £13
This is on in the shop at the moment, for its fourth time in succession, soon to be its fifth.
To say this Welsh sextet has been listening to Spacemen 3, Loop, The Stooges and Suicide might be a tiny understatement, but that is what makes them so utterly fabulous. There are riffs, there is repetition, there is heaviness, there are waves, there are keyboards, there are delays, there are dreamy vocals...you get the picture.
This is going to be well up there in my favourite albums of the year. The vinyl is a lovely shade of purple, and Cian Ciaran of Super Furry Animals gets a thank you in the liner notes, as does Pete Kember. SHOCKER!
DEAN & BRITTA - 13 MOST BEAUTIFUL...SONGS FOR ANDY WARHOL'S SCREEN TESTS (Double Feature) double CD £16
Pete Kember appears again, this time remixing two tracks on this deluxe gatefold package, which is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. The package contains a twelve page booklet with an essay by Dean Wareham and stills from Warhol's screen tests.
Dean and Britta have created thirteen pieces of music to accompany the original screen tests, which were all silent, and the album comprises brand new, unused or unfinished Dean & Britta songs, plus two covers, Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine" and The Velvet Underground's "Not a Young Man Anymore". A lovely package.