Ah, a new blog, at last. It's been a while coming, but there is new 'new' stock in the shop, as in new (or at least recent-ish) releases - feast your eyes on this, then come into the shop for an ear feast.
We start off with indie pop alternative rock, or whatever you want to call it, followed by your electronica stuff, onto hardcore/punk and finishing off with metal.
DEERHOOF - VS. EVIL (ATP Recordings)
First up, on sale from Monday 14 February, and not before, is the new album by DEERHOOF, "VS. EVIL". This one's limited to 1000 copies, and comes on 180g pink vinyl with a coupon to download the entire album. It's weird and poppy, striking and catchy. There's still the psychedelic noise rock too, as well as the cuteness. For fans of BLONDE REDHEAD - MELT-BANANA - ERASE ERRATA - SONIC YOUTH - BECK - XIU XIU - DIRTY PROJECTORS - THE MAE SHI. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £16.
Everything else on this blog is already for sale, so come in and have a look if something tickles your fancy.
THE YOUNG GODS - EVERYBODY KNOWS (Two Gentlemen)
180g double LP from the Swiss sonic terrorists. This one's a blend of acoustic, electric, electronic, vintage and avant garde. Hard rock, minimal ambience, new wave dance - it's a mixture of styles, and still cutting edge. For fans of SWANS - NINE INCH NAILS - LOOP - CURVE - DEPECHE MODE - FRONT 242. Double LP £20.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - HERE COMES THE INDIAN (Paw Tracks)
If psychedelic noise folk was a genre, then that's where this album would fit in. The LP includes a coupon to download the entire album. For fans of PANDA BEAR - AVEY TARE - MERCURY REV - FOUR TET - CARIBOU - THE BEACH BOYS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £18.
PANDA BEAR - PERSON PITCH (Paw Tracks)
On double vinyl, this brilliant album comes from PANDA BEAR of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE. The opener, "COMFY IN NAUTICA" is pretty much perfect. The album is both moody and playful. A highly memorable album, full of wonderful sonic textures. Highly recommended! For fans of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - THE BEACH BOYS - PINK FLOYD - CAN - KRAFTWERK - PERFECT POP MUSIC. Double LP £18.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ - TYCHOZORENTE (Rodriguez Lopez)
This is a beautiful-looking gatefold LP, and strangely enough, doesn't feature any guitar - but don't let that put you off. The man is still full of ideas, and this time they come to life using sequencers, programming, xylophone, bass, mellotron and vocals. Moody, atmospheric and foreboding. For fans of THE MARS VOLTA - AT THE DRIVE-IN - EXPERIMENTAL/PROG ROCK. LP £19.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ - CIZAÑA DE LOS AMORES (Rodriguez Lopez)
I'm told that's "Weeds Of Love" for all the non-Spanish speakers out there. Noisy Latin fusion with vocals from LISA PAPIEAU of BIG SIR. Alternative pop/rock for fans of THE MARS VOLTA - AT THE DRIVE-IN - SANTANA - FRANK ZAPPA - ROBERT FRIPP. LP £19.
THE SOFT BOYS - A CAN OF BEES (Yep Roc)
On 180g vinyl, this LP comes with a coupon to download the entire album plus nine tracks of rare and unreleased music. This is the first time the album's been in print for 25 years. It's a fantastic mix of 60s prog, 70s punk and perfect pop, which makes it a guitar driven onslaught of edgy rock. For fans of ROBYN HITCHCOCK - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - PINK FLOYD - NICK LOWE - THE BEATLES - REM - THE BYRDS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £17.
THE SOFT BOYS - UNDERWATER MOONLIGHT (Yep Roc)
On 180g vinyl, this LP comes with a coupon to download the entire album plus 30 tracks of rare and unreleased music. This one's a neo-psych masterpiece with rock solid hooks and melodies. Jangling melodic underground guitar pop. For fans of ROBYN HITCHCOCK - CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - PINK FLOYD - NICK LOWE - THE BEATLES - REM - THE BYRDS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £17.
DUNGEN - SKIT I ALLT (Subliminal Sounds)
I am told that that is Swedish for "fuck it all". Nice. Anyway, here is some dreamy psychedelia from this great Swedish band. This one's not so much of a Hendrix-fuelled assault as some of the band's previous output, it's perhaps less rock-orientated and more sophisticated - not a bad thing! For fans of LOVE - THE CREATION - PINK FLOYD - EXPERIMENTAL JAZZ/ROCK. LP £18.
THOMAS FEHLMANN - TITAN ONE / DFM (Kompakt)
Limited to 600 individually numbered copies, this 12" comes from a man who has been part of the German electronic scene since the 70s. Here, he reinterprets GUSTAV MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 1 (also known as "TITAN") and on the flip there's "DU FEHLST MIR". Hypnotic loops and delays mix with the MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, all recorded live. For fans of THE ORB - KRAFTWERK - STEVE REICH - GERMAN ELECTRONICA - ROBERT FRIPP - THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON - KOMPAKT RECORDS. 12" £7.
CLUSTER - 71 (Bureau B)
On 180g vinyl, this is a key piece of the electronic avant garde. MOEBIUS and ROEDELIUS, along with CONNY PLANCK, created this masterwork of creepy space music. Noise, atmospherics and soundscapes makes for experimental electronic ambient Krautrock. For fans of SPECTRUM - JOHN CAGE - NEU! - PINK FLOYD - FAUST - POPUL VUH - ARP - HAROLD BUDD - TANGERINE DREAM. LP £17.
CHRIS CARTER - THE SPACES BETWEEN (Optimo Music)
Recorded between 1974 and 1978, this was CHRIS CARTER's debut album, and was originally released in 1980, while he was still a member of THROBBING GRISTLE. This is an important document in the history of electronic music. It was compiled by JD TWITCH, of OPTIMO, and he chose his favourite tracks from the original tape release to put onto this LP, the first time it's ever been on vinyl. For fans of THROBBING GRISTLE - LAIBACH - CURRENT 93 - EARLY ELECTRONICA - SYNTH MUSIC - PSYCHIC TV. LP £15.
JEFF PHELPS - MAGNETIC EYES (Tomlab)
Initially released privately in 1985, this was composed, arranged, performed, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by JEFF PHELPS. This is electrosoul of the highest order. Anyone with an interest in off-the-wall electronica and soul should definitely pick this up. Totally recommended! For fans of ARIEL PINK - DâM-FunK - MINIMALISM - STONES THROW RECORDS - NITE JEWEL. LP £16.
DAG NASTY - DAG WITH SHAWN / CAN I SAY / WIG OUT AT DENKO'S (Dischord)
These three albums come from one of DC's most influential bands. DAG WITH SHAWN was recorded in 1985 with the original line up, and is, in my opinion, their finest album. CAN I SAY was recorded in 1986 with new vocalist DAVE SMALLEY, and that comes with six extra tracks that weren't on the original version, while WIG OUT AT DENKO'S was recorded in 1987, with another new vocalist, PETE CORTNER. This one comes with seven extra tracks that weren't on the original release. For fans of FUGAZI - MINOR THREAT - BLACK FLAG - NAKED RAYGUN - DC HC. CDs, £11 each.
NAILS - UNSILENT DEATH (Southern Lord)
Oh yes. This one blew me awy when I stuck it on. Hard grind crust speed fury punk intensity. Brutal. Incredibly recommended! For fans of DISCHARGE - NAPALM DEATH - DEATH - ENTOMBED - BRUTAL TRUTH - SOUTHERN LORD. CD £10.
THE SECRET - SOLVE ET COAGULA (Southern Lord)
Extremely brutal, nihilistic, blackened hardcore crust from Italy. A terrifying and unrelenting sonic assault. For fans of CULT OF LUNA - IN FLAMES - CONVERGE. CD £13.
NEUROSIS - THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD (Southern Lord)
Ambient prog death metal, if you want to give it a name. For fans of PANTERA - BLACK SABBATH - CULT OF LUNA - ISIS - PELICAN - KYLESA. CD £13.
NEUROSIS - TIMES OF GRACE AND TRIBES OF NEUROT'S GRACE (Southern Lord)
This double CD is meant to be listened to simultaneously, so for those of you with more than one CD player, give it a go. Otherwise, for those of us with just the one, it's two albums of proggy death metal. An hypnotic semi-industrial dirge, in a good way. For fans of TOOL - EARTH - GOJIRA - NAPALM DEATH. Double CD £15.
TWILIGHT - MONUMENT TO TIME END (Southern Lord)
This black metal supergroup has contributions from members of NACHTMYSTIUM, KRIEG, LEVIATHAN, ISIS, OM, MINSK, THE ATLAS MOTH AND LICHENS. This band elevates metal to its blackened dimension. CD £14.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM - TWO HUNTERS (Southern Lord)
Menacing black metal, grim and unhinged. It starts off with something not dissimilar to EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, MOGWAI or GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR and after that it's metallic all the way, with some lovely vocals and soundscapes. For fans of OPETH, DARKTHRONE, WEAKLING. CD £13.
That's your lot for now. Thanks for reading. Until next time...