Neil Halstead’s classic solo album, ‘Palindrome Hunches’, is once again available on vinyl.


We originally released the Slowdive and Mojave 3 man’s third solo effort in late-2012, and there were only 300 copies pressed for the European market (Neil’s US label Brushfire pressed up another 500 copies). Not surprisingly, it hasn’t been readily available since.

We have now released 300 copies on beautiful transparent ochre vinyl, so grab a copy before they’re just an expensive memory on Discogs yet again. All copies come with a free Bandcamp download. Just in case you need reminding how incredible ‘Palindrome Hunches’ is, here’s the opening track ‘Digging Shelters’ and you can listen to the whole thing on Spotify below.


When Spectres went on tour following the release of their debut album ‘Dying’ two years ago, they were followed by filmmaker James Hankins, who has also worked with the band on their videos for ‘Where Flies Sleep’ and ‘This Purgatory’, among others.

The results are contained in the candid film, ‘Slug Life’, which is by turns funny, poignant, depressing and often just downright mundane. It’s the perfect depiction of life on the road in the 21st century; a seemingly endless whirl of load-ins and load-outs, badly promoted shows, cheap noodles and bizarre otter stories – plus instores at The Drift Record Shop in Totnes, Pop Recs Ltd in Sunderland and an emotional return to their hometown of Barnstaple in North Devon.

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There will be an exclusive screening of the film at The Betsey Trotwood in London on Wednesday, March 22. Entry is free. Doors are at 7pm, with the screening at 8.30, followed by Sonic Cathedral and Spectres DJs until closing time. There’s more info on the Facebook event page here.

Spectres’ tour continues the following night at Birthdays in London — the full list of dates and ticket links can be found here.

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Mexican psych duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete release a new single in April to coincide with their forthcoming tour.

‘The Sound Of All Things’ is taken from last year’s acclaimed fourth album, ‘Balance’. It’s the long song where lapping, ambient beauty gives way to a stormy sea of psych-rock, like Moon Duo tripping out with The Orb. According to the band, it’s all inspired by John Cage and the ocean near their home in Ensenada, Baja California. It comes backed with a brand new remix by the wonderful Russian band Gnoomes, who have turned it into an electro-psych monster. The remix was recently premiered on the Clash website and can be heard below.

The single will be available digitally from April 7. It will also be available on a limited-edition red vinyl 7″ which will be available on the Sonic Cathedral stall at the Independent Label Market on April 1, then from the band’s merch stall at their UK shows. Any remaining copies will be sold in the Sonic Cathedral Shop from Monday, April 10.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete play the following shows:

23/03/17 – CH – Thun – Cafe Bar Mokka
24/03/17 – CH – St Gallen – Palace
25/03/17 – DE – Esslingen – Komma
26/03/17 – DE – Leipzig – Akko Bar
27/03/17 – AT – Vienna – dasBACH
28/03/17 – DE – Berlin – Bi Nuu
29/03/17 – DE – Frankfurt – Dreikönigskeller
01/04/17 – ES – Oriheula – La Gramola
03/04/17 – FR – Marseille – Le Molotov
04/04/17 – FR – Lyon – Sonic
05/04/17 – FR – Paris – Supersonic
06/04/17 – UK – London – The Brewhouse – Tickets
07/04/17 – UK – Falmouth – Beerwolf Books – Tickets
08/04/17 – UK – Manchester – Aatma – Tickets
09/04/17 – UK – Brighton – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Tickets

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17358755_10154415790352844_4676527129742832639_o Spectres have announced a mammoth tour of the UK and Europe to support the release of their second album, ‘Condition’, which is out now.

21/03/17 – UK – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall – Tickets
23/03/17 – UK – London – Birthdays – Tickets
25/03/17 – UK – Falmouth – Mono – Tickets
29/03/17 – FR – Paris – Supersonic
30/03/17 – FR – Bordeaux – Le Wunderbar
31/03/17 – ES – Barcelona – Psych Fest
02/04/17 – ES – Victoria-Gasteiz – Ahotsgora
05/04/17 – FR – Grenoble – Venue TBC
06/04/17 – IT – Mikasa – Bologna
07/04/17 – IT – Brescia – Lio Bar
08/04/17 – CH – Basel – Hirscheneck
09/04/17 – DE – Frankfurt – Montez
10/04/17 – DE – Leipzig – Akko
11/04/17 – DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
12/04/17 – DE – Berlin – Cortina Bob
13/04/17 – DK – Aarhus – Radar
14/04/17 – DK – Aalborg – 1000Fryd
15/04/17 – DK – Copenhagen – Musikcaféen
19/04/17 – UK – Nottingham – The Angel – Tickets
20/04/17 – UK – Sheffield – Picture House Social – Tickets
21/04/17 – UK – Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy – Tickets
22/04/17 – UK – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s – Tickets
23/04/17 – UK – Sunderland – The Museum Vaults – afternoon show
23/04/17 – UK – Newcastle – The Tyne Bar – evening show
24/04/17 – UK – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club – Tickets
25/04/17 – UK – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – Tickets
26/04/17 – UK – Oxford – The Cellar – Tickets
27/04/17 – UK – Rugby – West Indian Social Club Tickets
28/04/17 – UK – Brighton – The Hope & Ruin – Tickets
29/04/17 – UK – Bristol – The Exchange – Tickets
30/04/17 – UK – Salford – Sounds From The Other City – Tickets

Buy ‘Condition’ on limited edition gatefold cream or black vinyl – smarturl.it/conditionvinyl

Buy ‘Condition’ on CD – smarturl.it/conditioncd

Buy ‘Condition’ on iTunes – smarturl.it/conditionitunes

Buy ‘Condition’ on Bandcamp – smarturl.it/conditionbandcamp


As a spin-off from Sonic Realities – our regular online radio show with Ulrich Schnauss – we have launched a new monthly night at our old haunt The Social in London. Entry is free, doors open at 7.

Called Ambience Chasers, it will feature lots of the music that both myself and Ulrich always seem to play on every episode of Sonic Realities, our default musical setting, namely ambient techno and electronica, but with maybe a few surprises thrown in to keep everyone awake. Or, as we describe it on the poster, an ocean of sound from Aphex to Eno, Terry Riley to Vini Reilly.

Each month we will welcome guest DJs and live acts. The first night – on Tuesday, February 28 – features a DJ set from the man himself, Ulrich Schnauss, and a live set from Immersion – the mimimal techno project of Colin Newman from Wire, and Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact. They released their first album in 17 years, ‘Analogue Creatures Living On An Island’, late last year.

Here’s the Facebook event. Entry is free. Doors open at 7pm and this month we will also be screening Al Reinert’s ‘For All Mankind’ and Godfrey Reggio’s classic ‘Koyaanisqatsi’.

There are 20 hand-printed and numbered copies of the poster for sale on the night and also in the Sonic Cathedral Shop.