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Britains tiniest vinyl record shop opens in Peterborough
Oct 24, 2014 6:30am | Fact Magazine

A shop claiming to be the UK’s smallest vinyl record shop has opened its, er, door.

Owner Matthew Hawton cut the ribbon of Marrs Plectrum Records this week in the garden of his house in Peterborough. “It was simply impossible to open a shop in the town centre,” he says of his miniature shopfront. “This way we can keep the costs down which is great for our customers.  I cant complain about the commute to work either.”

The recent growth in vinyl sales encouraged Hawton to launch a physical store. “For many of us, vinyl has never been away, but its popularity is certainly on the rise,” he says. “Its an exciting time for record collectors.

Despite its limited capacity, the shop stocks several thousand new and old vinyl records across all genres. Judging from the photographs, they’ve got LPs by Nas, St Vincent, De La Soul, Ramones, Morrissey, and Sleaford Mods twice, which is very commendable.

Its not just about the records that your mum and dad played,” adds Hawton. “New and relevant bands are all releasing their music on vinyl again. Its at the point where the pressing plants cant keep up with demand.  Thats why were mixing new releases with the classics and collectables.

The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday from 11am to 2pm find it at 387 Fulbridge Road, Peterborough, PE4 6SF. [via...

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - St. Georges Church, Brighton, 17/10/14
Oct 24, 2014 6:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
A demanding but beautiful indulgence in orchestral drone, in fittingly grandiose settings.>

Wolf Alice Backstage with Best Fit
Oct 24, 2014 6:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The North London four-piece behind the scenes by Daniel Alexander Harris.>

That Token Jazz Column #1: GoGo Penguin Interview
Oct 24, 2014 5:51am | Drowned In Sound

Ahead of this year's Mercury prize, DiS in partnership with Naim Audio's new wireless music system, mu-so, will help you GoDeeper into 2014's nominated albums. Today, we would like to turn your attention to jazz trio GoGo Penguin, with the launch of our new jazz column. Visit our Mercury mini-site for for our review of their album, plus more coverage of all of this year's nominees.

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Gogo Penguin. Polar Bear. Jazz bands. Mercury Prize Nominees. The formula to their success? Names that include animals from our planet's extremities. Obviously. In all seriousness, the appearance of two jazz acts amongst the nominees may finally put pay to the Token Jazz Band tag that has hung over past jazz nominees like a bad smell. The Mercury prize purports to help give artists a boost in both sales and popularity, however previous TJBs (see Roller Trio, Gwilym Simcock, Led Bib - all by the way still very much active and still very good) have experienced a brief moment in the sun before drifting out of sight of the mainstream eye, forever 'Jazz Famous' and forever pre-fixed by 'Mercury Nominated'.

Polar Bear are of course no strangers to the award, having been nominated in 2005, and they are one of the few TJBs who have maintained a semblance of mainstream presence since then. The absence of a "who the fuck are Polar Bear?" reaction this time round said a lot about their enduring popularity and, it should be noted, fairly ...

Run the Jewels release new album RTJ2 as free download listen
Oct 24, 2014 5:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

The duo of El-P and Killer Mike (tka Run the Jewels) will technically will release their sophomore album, RTJ2, on October 28th via Mass Appeal. However, this morning, El-P tweeted a link to download the album for free. Grab it here.

Severing as the follow-up to the duo’s excellent 2013 self-titled debut, the 11-track effort features collaborations with Rage Against the Machines Zack de la Rocha (“Close Your Eyes”), Blink 182s Travis Barker, Beyoncé collaborator Boots, and Foxygen offshoot Diane Coffee.

In an interview with XXL, El-P described how people might react upon hearing the album for the first time:

They are going to jump out the window. They are going to run through the wall like the Juggernaut. Its a relentless record and its got some depth to it that we didnt touch on in the same way in the last album. Hopefully people just enjoy it and have an experience with it. We feel really lucky for having people paying attention. Were trying to make something beautiful for people and something that gets us excited about music. Hopefully people feel the same way. You can only hope for that, hope for the best and that people feel connected to what you are doing. I think people are going to be amped off this music in a sense its the type of music that amps you up. Theres some moments of beauty on here that Im really excited about. Me and Mike came together did some shit on here that ...

Listen: NZCA Lines - New Atmosphere [Premiere]
Oct 24, 2014 5:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
NZCA LINES picks up right where he left off with "New Atmosphere". And that's a very good thing.>

Obliterations - Poison Everything
Oct 24, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Find an angrier hardcore release this year than Obliterations' full-length debut. We dare you.

Einstürzende Neubauten to release World War I-inspired LAMENT on Rough Trade
Oct 24, 2014 5:25am | Fact Magazine

Prisoners’ testimonies used as source material in industrial icons’ new album.

Einstürzende Neubauten have announced a Rough Trade release for their WWI-themed composition that will have its premiere in Belgium next month.

Titled LAMENT, the piece is inspired by testimonies of prisoners of war dating between 1914 and 1916, which the band have been exploring in the sound archives at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv (German Broadcasting Archives).

The LP, which is set for release on vinyl, CD and digital on November 7, attempts to evoke “the filth and terror of the industrialized 20th-century world at war with itself,” says Rough Trade, adding that archaic nationalist songs, dadaist writing and algorithmic composition techniques were also an influence.

The piece will be performed in Diksmuide on November 8 as part of an event called Against The Neglection: Gone West, the Fall of Diksmuide 1914-2014, and then taken on tour across Europe  see the dates below. [via RA]


01. Kriegsmaschinerie
02. Hymnen
03. The Willy Nicky Telegrams
04. In De Loopgraaf
05. Der 1. Weltkrieg (Percussion Version)
06. On Patrol In No Mans Land
07. Achterland
08. Lament: 1. Lament
09. Lament: 2. Abwärstsspirale
10. Lament: 3. Pater Pecca...

Murlo made his own animated video for Into Mist and its brilliantly surreal
Oct 24, 2014 4:54am | Fact Magazine

He’s just showing off now.

By now everyone should know that Murlo is one of the most exciting new producers around, but they might not have realised that the boy’s got mad skills as an illustrator and animator too. To demonstrate, the Midlands-via-London grime producer has unveiled his own video for Boxed anthem ‘Into Mist’, the lead track on a new EP due on Rinse next month.

Immerse yourself in his surreal world of floating globules and marble statues above and hear another track from the EP, ‘Vertigo’. Don’t miss his FACT mix from the beginning of the year, either.

Watch: Pinkshinyultrablast - Umi [Premiere]
Oct 24, 2014 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Russian five-piece Pinkshinuultrablast showcase their modern take on shoegaze in the video for the spirited and stirring, "Umi".>

Laura Doggett Backstage with Best Fit
Oct 24, 2014 4:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The fast rising singer-songwriter behind the scenes at the Royal Albert Hall in London.>

House hero Mr. Beatnick serves up Marshmallows EP on Tief
Oct 24, 2014 4:24am | Fact Magazine

Sweet treats from the London scene stalwart.

Mr. Beatnick, producer, DJ, NTS host and writer of this parish, will release his first original material of the year next month on Tief, the label arm of the Corsica Studios club night.

The Marshmallows EP follows Nick Wilson’s essential Synthetes trilogy, which appeared on Don’t Be Afraid in three annual doses before being compiled onto a full-length last year. The new four-track EP is due for release at the end of November and features three original tracks and a remix from Melbourne producer Francis Inferno Orchestra.

Wilson also moonlights as FACT’s resident Sun Ra expert, and earlier this year he marked the space jazz pioneer’s centenary with a special two-hour mix and an interview with a Sun Ra reissue specialist. Take a tip from his FACT mix from 2013 too. [via JunoPlus]


A1. Marshmallows
A2. Ice Cream Strut
B1. Ice Cream Strut (Francis Inferno Orchestra Remix)
B2. Oxytocin

Listen: Oceaán - Veritas
Oct 24, 2014 3:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
While Oceaán prepares for his first UK tour in 2015, he shares his chilliest cut to date, "Veritas".>

Johnny Marr at Brixton Academy in London
Oct 24, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The former Smiths guitarist plays a headline sell out show in South London. Gaëlle Beri went to photograph.>

Grouper - Ruins
Oct 24, 2014 3:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Liz Harris songs often sound like artefacts from another time, but this is the first time she's shown an interest in examining the ruins of her own past.
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