May 2016:
Zully Adler – Casual Junk (Second Edition) (House Rules, 2016)
Officer! – Never Mind The Bucket (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black / Life & Living)
John T. Gast - Invocations II (self-released, 2016)
Whitehouse – The Sound Of Being Alive (Susan Lawly, 2016)
David Kavanagh – The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry For The Prize (Virgin, 2001)
Carla dal Forno – You Know What It’s Like (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
Richard Pinhas & John Livengood – Cyborg Sally (SouffleContinu, 2016)
Lerosa – IDLE038 (forthcoming Idle Hands)
Pandilla – Street Manifest (Project London Raw, 2016)
Futers – 12″ (777 Recordings, 2016)
Metropolis – Angstpolitiek (Pinkman Broken Dreams, 2016)
Joanne Harris – Gentlemen & Players (Doubleday, 2005)
Various – B12 Records Archive: Volume 5 (B12, 2009)


 

 

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March/April 2016:
Jesse Jarnow – Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America (Da Capo Press, 2016)
Sue Townsend – Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Michael Joseph, 1999)
Kevin Pearce – You Know The Name: The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Bobby Scott (Your Heart Out, 2015)
David Keenan – England’s Hidden Reverse (revised & expanded) (Strange Attractor Press, 2016)
The Invitation (dir. Karyn Kusama, 2015)
Mikey & Nicky (dir. Elaine May, 1976)
Stephen Armstrong – The White Island: The Extraordinary History of the Mediterranean’s Capital of Hedonism (Black Swan, 2005)


 

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Carla dal Forno live at Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne, on March 31, with Primo and Perfume. More information here. News and pre-order of CDF 7″ on Blackest Ever Black coming next week.


 

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January 2016:
Raime – Title TBA (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
David Bowie – Blackstar (ISO/Columbia/Sony, 2016)
Michael Peppiatt – Francis Bacon In Your Blood (Bloomsbury Circus, 2015)
The Guests – Red Scare ’15 (Wilsuns Recording Company, 2016)
Pessimist – Balaklava (forthcoming A14)
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – unreleased tracks
Michael White – Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Acre – Better Strangers (Tectonic, 2015)
Maureen Callahan – Champagne Supernova: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and the 90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion (Simon & Schuster, 2015)
Naaahhh – Themes (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
Alex Ogg – Independence Days: The Story of UK Independent Record Labels (Cherry Red Books, 2009)
M. Del Rio – ‘Cleft Skull’ (forthcoming Personnel)
Topdown Dialectic – 09 (Aught, 2015)
Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll (BBC, 2016)
Paid Reach – I Ping (Paid Reach, 2015)
Sam Kidel – ? (forthcoming The Death Of Rave)
Dean Wareham & Britta Philips – Mistress America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Moebius Literary / Editions Milan, 2015)


 

 

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Some records of the year.

LP/CD/CS:
Af Ursin – De Overkant (La Scie Dorée)
Blue Suede Platforms – S/T (All Gone)
Brunnen – Sometimes My Arms Bend Back (Vrystaete)
Coneheads – L.P.1 Aka 14 Year Old High School PC-Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo For The Sake Of Extorting $$$ From Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P. (Erste Theke Tonträger)
Cooper Bowman – Uexkull ‎ (Altered States Tapes)
David West – Drop Out of Collage (Happy Endin’)
Diat – Positive Energy (Adagio 830 / Iron Lung)
Dubkasm vs Gorgon Sound – Live At The Trinity Centre (Peng Sound)
Enhet For Fri Musik – Dokument 1: Improvisationer Och Bandmusik For Vilt Dansande Sjalar (Holidays)
F ingers – Trilogy: They Got The Best Heart (Self-released)
The Frightening Lights – Untitled (Bruit Direct Disques)
Hour House – Chiltern (Penultimate Press)
Hutte – Child of The King (Сигнал)
John T. Gast – Excerpts (Planet Mu)
The Lloyd Pack – A Tribute (Amish)
LST – Th Duo (Another Dark Age)
O$VMV$M – O$VMV$M (Idle Hands)
Pigeons – The Bower (MIE Music)
Russell St Bombings – Russell St Bombings (Smartguy)
Schoolhouse – Herd (Tombed Visions)
Toilet Roll Dolls – Toilet Roll Dolls (Breakdance The Dawn)

12″/10″/7″:
Beatrice Dillon – Face A/B (Where To Now?)
Busen – Busen (General Elektro)
Chiwiniso – Zvichapera (Nyami Nyami)
Codex Empire – Kingsevil (Aufnahme + Wiedergabe)
DJ Slyngshot – Battlecat (YAPPIN)
DJ Sotofett – TDD-DDRR-IPP MIX (Laton)
Domenique Dumont – Comme Ça (Antinote)
Felix K & Wan2 – Antitheorie (Hidden Hawaii)
Flesh World – Just To Tear Me Down (Iron Lung)
Mix-O-Rap – For Thugz (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
Orson & Skratch – Nucleus (Version)
Pact Infernal – The Descent (Samurai Music Horo)
Ruffhouse – Straight 9’s / UVB-76 (Samurai)
Silvia Kastel – 39 / Subtract (Phase!)
SPR – Concubine (V-I-S)
Strict Face – Into Stone / Widows Version (Different Circles)
Susanna Gartmayer – AOUIE (God / Chmafu Nocords)
Wiley – From The Outside (Actress’s Generation 4 Constellation Mix) (Big Dada)

Reissue/archival:
Ashtray Navigations – A Shimmering Replica (VHF)
Boche – Beats (Entr’acte)
Caroline K – Now Wait For Last Year (Klanggalerie)
The Cocoon – While The Recording Engineer Sleeps (Staubgold)
Female – Angel Plague (Downwards)
Joshua Burkett – Gold Cosmos (Feeding Tube)
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Collected Recordings 1983-1989 (Universal/Polydor)
Michael Head & The Strands – The Magical World of The Strands (Megaphone)
Mount Vernon Arts Lab – The Seance at Hobbs Lane (Ghost Box)
Normil Hawaiians – Return of The Ranters (Upset The Rhythm)
Paki Vasnadi – Imaginary Choreography (Antinote)
Psychick Warriors of Gaia – 1989 (Sacred Summits)
Ricardo Villalobos - Easy Lee / Dexter (Sei Es Drum)
Sunday Painters – In My Dreams (What’s Your Rupture?)
VA – Neu Konservatiw (Walter Ulbricht Schallfolien)
Vincent Over The Sink – 22 Coloured Bull Terriers (Another Dark Age)
Whitehouse – Halogen (Dirter Promotions)

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October 2015:
Gabriel Saloman - Movement Building Pt.1 (Shelter Press, 2015)
Bill James – Gospel (1991 | The Murder Room, 2013)
Phil Norman – A History of Television in 100 Programmes (The Friday Project, 2015)
Dalhous – The Composite Moods Collection Vol.1 (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
London Spy (BBC, 2015)
Tarquin Manek – Do You Know The Mind Of A Bullet? (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
Isolation – Isolation (Riverside, 1973)
Cocoon – While The Recording Engineer Sleeps (Staubgold reissue, 2015)
Jazzateers – Don’t Let Your Son Grow Up To Be A Cowboy (Cherry Red, 201
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace – Catbirds & Cardinals (Northern Spy, 2011)
Beauty Contest – Feel Fault (What’s So Funny About…, 1985)
Helios Creed – X-Rated Fairytales (Subterranean, 1985)
Idea Fire Company – Lost At Sea (Recital, 2015)
Normil Hawaiians – Return Of The Ranters (Upset The Rhythm, 2015)
Regis – The Boys Are Here mixtape (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
Besombes/Rizet – Pole (Gonzai reissue, 2015)


 

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August/September 2015:

Dior and I (dir. Frederic Tcheng, 2015)
Rob Chapman – Psychedelia and Other Colours (Faber & Faber, 2015)
Carla dal Forno – Title TBC (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
The Pretty Things – Emotions (Fontana, 1967)
Edward St Aubyn – Bad News (Picador, 2012)
45 Years (dir. Andrew Haigh, 2015)
Hanna Mekonnen – Ali New Biye (Version) (Eastern Connection, 2015)
Dr Yen Lo – Days With Dr Yen Lo (Pavlov Institute, 2015)
Various Artists – The Rubble Collection Vol. 2 - Pop Sike Pipe Dreams (Bam Caruso, 1984)
L. Sae – The West End As It Will Be (Timedance, 2015)
David Cavanagh – Good Night And Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life (Faber & Faber, 2015)
The Times – Go! With The Times (Pastell, 1985)
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve, 2015)
Stephen Witt – How Music Got Free: What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? (Vintage, 2015)
Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train (Doubleday / Transworld Digital, 2015)
The Groundhogs – BBC Session (7th December 1972) (Parlophone, 2009)
Martin Newell – Teatime Assortment (Captured Tracks, 2015)
The Decline of Western Civilization Collection (dir. Penelope Spheeris) (Second Sight, 2015)
Michael Head and The Strands – The Magical World of the Strands (Megaphone reissue, 2015)
Ashtray Navigations – Title TBC (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)


 

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July 2015:

Tom McCarthy – Satin Island (Jonathan Cape, 2015)
Zbigniew Preisner – Dekalog: Original Film Soundtrack (Because Music reissue, 2015)
The Tenant (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974)
Tomorrow The Rain Will Fall Upwards – Title TBC (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
O$VMV$M – O$VMV$M (Idle Hands, 2015)
Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney (John Murray, 2015)
Amy (dir. Asif Kapadia, 2015)
Enhet For Fri Musik – Dokument 1: Improvisationer Och Bandmusik For Vilt Dansande Sjalar (Holidays 2015)
F ingers – Trilogy: They Got The Best Heart (self-released, 2015)
John Buchan – Memory Hold-The-Door (White Press, 2015)
Dubkasm vs Gorgon Sound – Live At Trinity Centre 30/01/15 (Teachings In Dub / Peng Sound, 2015)
Various Artists – Jazz In Polish Cinema: Out Of The Underground 1958-1967 (Jazz On Film Records, 2014)
Listen Up Philip (dir. Alex Ross Perry, 2014)
Ashtray Navigations – A Shimmering Replica (VHF, 2015)
True Detective: Season Two (HBO, 2015)
Hour House – Chiltern (Penultimate Press, 2015)


 

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Raime / Black Rain – ‘Letting It Run’ / ‘Now I’m Just A Number Distort 2′
(Zweikommesieben / Edition Gris, 2012)
Split 10″ single. Edition of 30.


 

 

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May/June 2015:

Ashtray Navigations – Infinite Ceiling Feeling (Memoirs of an Aesthete, 2015)
Michael Gillard & Laurie Flynn – Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice and Racism in Scotland Yard (Bloomsbury Reader, 2012)
Diat – Positive Energy LP (forthcoming Iron Lung)
Klute (dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1971)
Orson & Skratch – ‘Nucleus’ (Version, 2015)
Jah Wobble & Evan Parker – Passage to Hades (30 Hertz, 2001)
Owen Sheers – I Saw A Man (Faber & Faber, 2015)
The Sandbaggers: The Complete Series (Network, 2009)
Various Artists – The Fresh Records Anthology: Compiled By Bill Brewster (Harmless, 2015)
B-Movie: Lust & Sound In Berlin 1979-89 (dir. Jorg A. Hopper et al, 2015)
Stuart David – In The All Night Cafe (Little, Brown, 2015)
Brunnen – Sometimes My Arms Bend Back (Vrystaete, 2015)
Martin Hannett / Steve Hopkins – The Invisible Girls (Factory Benelux, 2015)
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (dir. Mike Hodges, 2003)
Pascal Comelade - L’Argo du Bruit (Delabel, 1998)
Bloodline (Netflix, 2015)
Shawn Coyne - The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know (Black Irish, 2015)
Vito Ricci - I Was Crossing A Bridge (Music From Memory, 2015)
Cherry Boys – ‘Kardomah Cafe’ (Crash, 1983)
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – Left Soft (Merge, 2011)


 

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April 2015:

Hypnotic Sleep – Hypnotic Sleep (Static Age, 2013)
Jonathan Meades – Pedigree Mongrel (Test Centre, 2015)
Squadra Omega – Il Serpente Nel Cielo (Holidays, 2015)
Beatriz Ferreyra – GRM Works (Recollection GRM, 2015)
Richard King – Original Rockers (Faber & Faber, 2015)
Pact Infernal – The Descent (Chapter 1) (Samurai Horo, 2015)
Henry Krutzen – Silances (Creel Pone, 2015)
LST – Th Duo (Another Dark Age, 2015)
James Wood – The Nearest Thing To Life (Vintage, 2015)
Zoviet France - Just An Illusion (Staalplaat, 1990)


 

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March 2015:

Andre Almuro – Depli (Elica, 1999)
Graham Lambkin & Michael Pisaro – Schwarze Riesenfalter (Erstwhile, 2015)
Geoff Dyer – Out Of Sheer Rage: In The Shadow of D.H. Lawrence (Canongate, 2012)
Maggie Hannan – Liar, Jones (Bloodaxe, 1997)
Benjamin Lew – Compiled Electronic Landscapes (Crammed Discs, 2003)
The American (Anton Corbijn, 2010)
Amiina – Kurr (Ever Records, 2007)
Lindsay Cooper - Rarities Volumes 1 & 2 (ReR Megacorp, 2014)
Paki Visnadi – Imaginary Choreography (Antinote, 2015)
Peer Raben – The Music from Rainer Werner Fassbinder Films (UbuWeb)
Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls (Profound Lore, 2015)


 

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February 2015:

John Higgs – The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band Who Burned A Million Pounds (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013)
Nina – guest mix for Berlin Community Radio
Mix-O-Rap – ‘For Thugz’ (Peoples Potenital Unlimited, 2015)
Rat Columns – Leaf (R.I.P. Society, 2014)
Gareth Murphy – Cowboys & Indies: The Epic History of The Record Industry (Serpent’s Tail, 2015)
Sheer Mag – EP (Static Shock, 2014)
John Banville – The Book of Evidence (Picador, 2014)
Russell St. Bombings – Russell St. Bombings (Smartguy, 2015)
Douglas Dunn – A Rumoured City: New Poets From Hull (Bloodaxe, 1982)
Alex Ogg - No More Heroes: A Complete History of UK Punk 1976-1980 (Cherry Red Books, 2012)


 

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January 2015:

Jac Berrocal – Fatal Encounters (Megaphone, 1993)
GG King – Unending Darkness (Scavenger Of Death, 2014)
Dreamsalon – Soft Stab (Dragnet / Sweet Rot, 2014)
Arena: The Private Dirk Bogarde (dir. Adam Low, BBC, 2001) (YouTube)
Various Artists - I Can’t Give You The Life You Want (forthcoming Blackest Ever Black)
Lino Capra Vaccina – Antico Adagio (1978) (Die Schachtel, 2014)
Alain Bashung – L’imprudence (Barclay, 2002)
Marcel Theroux – The Paperchase (Harcourt, 2001)
Cathi Unsworth – Weirdo (Serpent’s Tail, 2013)
Omar-S – ‘I Wanna Know’ (Extramental Mix) (FXHE, 2015)
The Guest (dir. Adam Wingard) (Icon, 2014)
David West – Drop Out Of Collage (Happy Endin’, 2014)
Thief (dir. Michael Mann, 1981) (Arrow Video, 2015)
Elli and Bev – Might Not Look Like It To You (Albert’s Basement, 2014)


 

Some records of the year

LP:
Jac Berrocal – MDLV (Sub Rosa)
Ignatz & De Stervende Honden – Teenage Boys (Ultra Eczema)
Acolytes – Acolytes (Alter)
Fourth World Magazine - Pinhead In Fantasia (Pacific City Sound Visions)
Drew Mulholland – Norwood Variations (Self-released)
Amateur Childbirth – Pripyat (Disembraining Machine)
Copeland – Because I’m Worth It (Self-Released)
Eastlink – Eastlink (In The Red)
Function & Vatican Shadow – Games Have Rules (Hospital Productions)
People Skills – Tricephalic Head (Siltbreeze)
Predator – The Complete Earth (Scavenger Of Death)
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)
Lisa & Kroffe – Gardetsession (Klanfigur Audio Artefacts)
Siobhan – Southgate (Opal Tapes)
The Lowest Form – Negative Ecstasy (Iron Lung)
Tomas Boden – Kundtjanst (Zeon Light)

Single:
Shines Production – ‘Goblin’ (Shines)
Delivery – ‘BAHGTFO’ (LA Club Resource)
Dresvn – Untitled (DJ Sotofett Acido-Inna-Jungle Mix) (Acido)
Flexi, Bendi, Adopo – WIRR1 (Atelier)
Late Echo Express – Untitled (Hidden Hawaii Sub)
The Maghreban – ‘Amok Time’ (Zoot)
St. Julien – ‘Jupiter’ (Apron)
Snorre Magnar Solberg – No-No 2 (Club No-No)
Healing Force Project – ‘Strange Apparitions In My House’ (Berceuse Heroique)
Spoiled Drama – ‘Black Drama’ (Nous)
Ishan Sound – ‘Forward’ (ZamZam)
Itinerant Dubs – Record Store Day 7” (Itinerant Dubs)

Reissue:
Various Artists – Black Symbol Presents Handsworth Explosion Vol.1 (Reggae Archive)
The Moles – Flashbacks and Dream Sequences (Fire)
Officer! – Ossification (Megaphone/Knock ‘Em Dead)
Drunk Elk – Oceanus Procellarum (Wormwood Grasshopper)
The Mover – Waves of Life (Forbidden Planet)
Rentboy – King Of Knives (Albert’s Basement)
Simon Finn – Pass The Distance (Little Big Chief)
Suede – Dog Man Star (2014 Edition) (Demon)
SND – Travelog (Special Extended Edition) (SND)
Small Cruel Party – Unroof The House Of The Fishes (Harbinger Sound)
Naffi Sandwich - Hoochie Poochie / Space Alligator: Freddie Viaduct at Naffi H.Q., 1979-83 (EM)
The Spies – Battle of Bosworth Terrace (Siltbreeze)
Rentboy – King Of Knives (Albert’s Basement)


 

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989. Schleimer K – ‘She’s Gone’ (Glass, 1982)
990. More Rockers – ‘Gimme More Rockers’ (More Rockers, 1995)
991. And Also The Trees – ‘L’Unica Strada’ (Reflex, 1987)


 

 

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CUT HANDS – FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD
Track notes by William Bennett

 

The Claw
based on a powerful modern visualisation spell

I Know What I Must Do
originally composed for a traditional Greek music project I was working on

Damballah 58
after spending months working and imagining beats like this without getting anywhere, suddenly and with great relief, the theme appeared from nowhere as if from the heavens

Parataxic Distortion

Festival Of The Dead
the basic beat came out of the blue one night and I made several very different versions of this title track, the mood of this one seemed to fit in best with the record

Belladonna Theme
music from the documentary film about superstar porn actress Belladonna

Vaudou Take Me High
original version of this was nearly twenty minutes long!

Inlightenment
this is a sister piece to Impassion and Inchantment from previous releases, hence the unusual spelling

None Of Your Bones Are Broken
inspired after watching the same incredible film three times consecutively, if you’ve seen it you’ll know which it is

Madwoman (Festival Remix)
after trying out all sorts of Madwoman variations in a live setting, this one had the type of sound that best seemed to work

Fruit Is Ripe
originally written for a soundtrack (sadly never used)

Fire Ends The Day
currently working on a lot more of this type of sound


 

 

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“Demo” from T.M. – lathe cut with hand-painted sleeve. Worth the wait. Yours, expanded, in 2015.


 

 

 

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992. Little G & Big T – ‘Little World’ (Rupture, 2002)
993. Revelation – ‘Synth-It’ – Original Mix (Atmosphere, 1990)
994. King Kong – ‘I Nuh Cry When A Soundboy Die’ (Black Solidarity, 2009 RP)


 

 

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995. Dislocation Dance – ‘Baby Blue’ (Rough Trade, 1983)
996. Meat Beat Manifesto – ‘Paradise Found’ (PIAS, 1991)
997. Mark Isham / Art Lande – ‘The Melancholy of Departure’ (ECM, 1987)


 

 

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You’ve probably seen this already, but in case not: the ’77-’85 gospel according to Jon Dale.


 

 

 

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September 2014:

Robert Forster – The Evangelist (Tag 5, 2008)
A Room With A View (dir. James Ivory, 1995)
The Cannanes – Witchetty Pole: 1986/87 Recordings (Feel Good All Over, 1993)
Danny McGirr – Chemical Trigger (Self-released, 2013)
Alan Wall – The School of Night (Martin Secker & Warburg, 2001)
Gloria Ann Taylor – Deep Inside You (Music Gallery Recordings, 2014)
Jac Holzman & Gavan Daws – Follow The Music (FirstMedia Books, 1998)
Edward St. Aubyn – Never Mind (Picador, 1992)
Derek Raymond – The Hidden Files (Little Brown, 1992)
Richard Youngs – Primary Concrete Attack (Fourth Dimension, 2014)
Madalyn Merkey – Valley Girl (New Images, 2014)
Lisa & Kroffe – Gärdet Session (Klangifur Audio Artefacts, 2014)


 

 

 

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  • 998. Silent Guests – ‘House of Wax’ (TW Records, 1982)
  • 999. Skanfrom – ‘Are You Alone?’ (The All-Clear, 2009)
  • 1000. The Poems – ‘Achieving Unity’ (Polka Records, 1981)

 

 

 

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August 2014:

The Changes (dir. John Prowse) (BFI DVD, 2014)
Tomas Boden – Kundtjänst (Zeon Light MC, 2014)
Rupert Thomson – The Book of Revelation (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Ed Kuepper – Jean Lee and the Yellow Dog (Hot CD, 2007)
Diät – Everyday (Iron Lung 7″, 2013)
Simon Napier-Bell – Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay: The dodgy business of popular music (Unbound, 2014)
Jack Clemo – Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 1988)
The Honourable Woman (dir. Hugo Blick) (BBC, 2014)
David Stubbs – Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany (Faber, 2014)
Dan Davies - In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Saville (Quercus, 2014)
Jac Berrocal – MDLV (Sub Rosa, 2014)
Small World Experience – Shelf-Life (Either Way CD, 1994)