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WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT * recommended*
30 January 2006 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
If this had been over produced it would have been completely ruined. 2006's most important album ?

YARD OF BLONDE GIRLS (MPH) / PLEASANT STREET (VV)
30 January 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby
:: Viva Voce :: Micah P Hinson ::
If you haven’t yet bought Dream Brother then do so.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT, BUT I KNOW WHAT I NEED
30 January 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Mainspring
:: Helen Boulding ::
A pristine song delivery that’ll probably have you in tears by the time you've listened to a full album

THE GREATEST
30 January 2006 / Matador Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Cat Power ::
A devastating car crash of melody and carefree arrangements.

FIVE SUNSETS IN FOUR DAYS
30 January 2006 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 6 Trk CD
:: Young People ::
Katie Eastburns vocals though have some elements of country and some really smart, curt and sharp Siouxsie inflections

SHOW ME WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF
30 January 2006 / 4 AD / 1 Trk CD :: SLK Music
:: Stephanie Kirkham ::
Kirham's fresh singing voice and pretty organic live sound point to commercial success

A_DAY_IN_THE_LIFE _OF_A_POOL_SHARK
30 January 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Idiot Pilot ::
Nicely disjointed, slightly bleak, slice of noisy fun

ALL ONES AND ZEROS * single of the week *
30 January 2006 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: The Early Years ::
Dreamy, swirling, sometimes brittle brand of space rock, masterfully crammed into an effected tunnel of dark, energetic semi-instrumental workouts

GUEROLITO
30 January 2006 / Universal / Album Sampler
:: Beck ::
Becks remix invitation has yielded some compelling results

FILM SCHOOL * album of the week *
30 January 2006 / Beggars Banquet / 11 Trk CD
:: Film School ::
Magnificent, of our time, but by no means obvious

BOYFRIEND
30 January 2006 / Geffen / 1 Trk CD
:: Ashlee Simpson ::
Hits the right mark, at least for new teens everywhere

SESSIONS MIXED BY STEVE ANGELO
30 January 2006 / Ministry Of Sound / 25 Trk 2xCD
:: Various Artists ::
Credible leave-it-playing-along collection for both electro fans and tracksuited car owners.

LANDSLIDE
30 January 2006 / 4 Trk CD :: Own Label
:: Maria Jordan ::
Packs a new, heftier punch with a set of songs that facilitate her shining, often dazzling voice

GETTING SOMEWHERE
30 January 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Thursday Road Club ::
Lilting passages of guitar picking and cleverly designed interludes

BACK TO MINE
30 January 2006 / 22 Trk CD :: DMC
:: Various Artists ::
Liam Howlett slams together maybe one of the best BTM compilations so far

CRACKS AND LINES
30 January 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Get Out Clause ::
TGOC are not afraid to write torch songs and wear a melodic indie badge of pride, pinned firmly on their guitar strumming sleeve

DEMO
25 January 2006 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: El Pedro ::
El Pedro a.k.a. Pete Whitely cites influence from King Tubby to The Specials and most things in between which is a pretty accurate summation of what Whitely’s first demo sounds like.

CALUSARI
25 January 2006 / 3-Trk CD / Pro-Sonic
:: Calusari ::
The double-headed beast of funk-rock returns only this time rather than steal from The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ petty cash tin, Calusari head straight back to the early 1970s.

THE PARTY'S OVER EP
24 January 2006 / Chrysalis / EMI / 6 Trk CD
:: Akayzia Parker ::
Sharp and snappy lyrics decorate this offering of six sumptuous songs

EVE OF THE BATTLE
24 January 2006 / Melodic /
:: The Isles ::
Slow and catchy NYC bubble pop finds favour with a proud indie label from Manchester

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
24 January 2006 / City Slang / 14 TRk CD - plus free EP
:: Broken Social Scene ::
Surely something on this two-for-one offering for everyone

EVEN THO
24 January 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: 14th Floor
:: Joseph Arthur ::
What would make Keanu Reeves switch off his mobile phone and travel over a hundred miles to Manchester on a cold and cloudy evening

DEMO
24 January 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Kippered Experience ::
Sheffield kids homecook a demo that's from your amateurish teen kitchen-sink demo

ROCK ACOUSTICA
24 January 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD :: Sound Vs Science
:: This Is Chi-Chi ::
The PR pic may be normally reserved for chick-lit novels that never made it anywhere near hardback, but this does not necessarily mean it’s going to be the sort of shit people who don’t like music play at dinner parties.

SOLIS
24 January 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Silverstones ::
You could go and watch Silverstones, have four pints and a kebab on the way home and still have change from a twenty

ELECTRIC REVERIE
23 January 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: Plastichead
:: Emmerhoff & The Melonchany Babies ::
A strange mix of crooing, prog and melodrama, demanding repeated, extended plays

29
23 January 2006 / Universal / 9 Trk CD
:: Ryan Adams ::
A reflective album, that regardless of tempo, is an exciting collection of atmospheric brilliance

SET IT OFF
23 January 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Graffiti Recordings
:: Stereo MCs ::
Picks up where the band left off commercially, but does it create the same level of 'baggy' appeal?

RABBIT FUR COAT
23 January 2006 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Jenny Lewis :: with The Watson Twins ::
Jenny Lewis temporarily jumps ship from vocal duties with Rilo Kiley to produce this intriguingly impressive debut solo album

SIGNALS
23 January 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Fading Ways
:: Meet.John.Doe ::
A genuine thirst for apocalyptical post rock epics and ...er EMO

AMBER * recommended *
23 January 2006 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Clearlake ::
Clearlake have wheeled out the dynamics and put their earplugs firmly in, for album number three

HEY PEOPLE !
23 January 2006 / Domino / 9 Trk CD
:: The Beautiful New Born Children ::
Lovely, noisy, fuzzy, messy, stuff to sufficiently dirty your ears.

CAN’T GET ENOUGH
23 January 2006 / 5 Trk - Across Formats Sampler :: Wall Of Sound
:: Infadels ::
Infadels storm into 2006 with razor sharp guitar twangs and heavy doses of electronica

CLOSE YOUR EYES * album of the week *
23 January 2006 / 12 Trk CD :: Own Label
:: Isobel Heyworth ::
Long awaited, thoroughly modern portfolio, of love songs and urban observations

FLYBUZZ
23 January 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: White Duke
:: YourVegas ::
Fuzzy guitars and anthemic hooklines, emit the kind of power that made the 80’s great

DAY OF DEATH BY BONO ADRENALINE SHOT * recommended *
23 January 2006 / 14 Trk CD :: Jealous Records
:: That Fucking Tank ::
A gritty northern splintering of sounds, crushed out like shattered bricks from a soundtrack that’s hypnotic and powerfully noisy

GOOD AS IT GETS
23 January 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Seeca
:: The Lights ::
Like a Eurozone pop song and then all of a sudden it’s a ballad

INTERNATIONAL DATELINE
23 January 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Island
:: Ladytron ::
Bleak pop never sounded so good.

GHETTOCHIP MALFUNCTION HELL YES
23 January 2006 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Beck ::
No less infectious and still remarkably demanding of your attention

DEMO
16 January 2006 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Mekkits ::
Madcap and colourful The Mekkits are a breath of fresh, carefree air in a world that takes itself far too seriously.

KING MARTHA - * Recommended *
16 January 2006 / 13-Trk CD / Pink Box
:: Ist ::
Ist peddle powerful, positive pop anthems; the kind that have experienced the dark side and lived to tell the tale from a stoical, romantic angle.

BALANCE EP - * Record of the Week *
16 January 2006 / 4-Trk CD / Filthy Home
:: Danny Saul ::
The range of influences is genuinely humungous, citing everything from Richard Thompson to Big Black. The difference here is that The Balance EP actually verifies this.

LUXEMBOURG VS GREAT BRITAIN
16 January 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: DogBox
:: Luxembourg ::
A tricky fusion of The Smiths Vs Idlewild, oddly mixed with over-clean guitars and big dollops of keyboards

LITTLE DEREK
16 January 2006 / Pias / 3 Trk CD :: Dcypha / All City Music
:: Sway ::
Strongly worded rap from within a wildly ironic and mellow outlook

WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
16 January 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
As long as Artic Monkeys can keep making Franz Ferdinand sound like prog-rock dinosaurs, they’ll do another No.1 quite easily.

ALONE, JEALOUS AND STONED
16 January 2006 / 679 / 12” Vinyl :: Reprise / Warner
:: Secret Machines ::
Six and half minutes of stereophonic grandeur, spiced with hints of stadium filling greatness

THINGS ALWAYS CHANGE
16 January 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Seeca
:: The Most Terrifying Thing ::
Is this too much too soon ? Can The Most Terrifying Thing live up to their name ?

WHAT’S YOUR DAMAGE?
16 January 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Test Icicles ::
If sonically, you could drop a skip on your head, loaded with crushed up Ford Cortinas, then this is it.

TWELVE
16 January 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: ¡Forward, Russia! ::
Whilst music genres are only fashionable for only about 60 seconds these days, ¡Forward Russia! wrap up their tunes with enough rocket fuel to sustain a credible orbit

HEAVEN SAY MONKEY DO * recommended *
09 January 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Black Paths ::
The Black Paths apparently used to cruise around Manchester playing mix tapes in their cars

BURN THE WITCH
09 January 2006 / Universal / 2 Trk CD :: Interscope / Polydor
:: Queens Of The Stone Age ::
Spins like BB King on a fairground ride with his distortion pedal plugged directly into the mains

LIFE GOES ON
09 January 2006 / 13 Trk CD :: Black / Revolver
:: The OneThree ::
Boorer teams up with The OneThree to produce a stunning side project that's vastly original

LOTTERY WINNERS ON ACID
09 January 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Crimea ::
Mesmerizing and refreshing Irish quartet continue to dazzle and puzzle listeners alike

DEMO - * Recommended *
03 January 2006 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Pete Hickman ::
A multi-faceted mini epic full of minor key guitars and dynamic shifts.

CARTRIDGE - * Demo of the Week *
03 January 2006 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Cartridge ::
Possibly the product of years spent studying the world’s entire musical output Cartridge produce bizarre masterful music that positively defies categorisation.

ALL MY FRIENDS TAKE DRUGS NOW
03 January 2006 / Demo / 1-Trk CD
:: Crimson ::
Preston four-piece Crimson are unlikely to storm the world considering the glut of similar such bands currently residing in the wake of The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys etc.

BITTER/SWEET
03 January 2006 / Demo / 1-Trk CD
:: Fevercaine ::
Taking influence from corporate nu-metal pap like The Lost Prophets is hardly the equivalent of mining a musical goldmine.

SEVEN PLUMS SYNDROME
03 January 2006 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: Sabbit ::
The gothic sounds of 80s Britain seem to have spread as far as Osaka, Japan as Sabbit’s second release bares many such hallmarks.

LOOK BOTH WAYS
03 January 2006 / Demo / 11-Trk CD
:: Cogna ::
To say that it comes across as a bit of schizophrenic mess is something of an understatement but it’s probably deliberate...

SCHADENFREUDE
03 January 2006 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Handbags At Dawn ::
Handbags at Dawn are essentially London’s equivalent of The Macc Lads, and thus “Schadenfreude” is essentially the same kind of obnoxious punk rock only with better tunes.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EARTH
02 January 2006 / Rough Trade / 14 Trk CD
:: The Strokes ::
New single ‘Juicebox’ features early on, indicative of the new bounce and defiance that The Strokes have garnered for this third album.

SUPER HEARTBEATS
02 January 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Kitchenware Records
:: The Motorettes ::
Stammering vocals swim with a willing beat and a provocative pinch

TEMPEST/MERCURY
02 January 2006 / Free Download
:: Semaphore ::
A crafted single, raising the signs that indicate a promising future

FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE
02 January 2006 / Mercury / 13 Trk CD :: Universal
:: Fall Out Boy ::
Lurking around in the bowels of post-rock, emo and pop/punk genres are Fallout Boy

FUNNY LITTLE FROG
16 January 2006 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
A colourful and crafted offering from the Scottish soothers of B & S

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF MAY
02 January 2006 / 12 Trk CD :: Hannibal
:: The Eighteenth Day Of May ::
The six strong, rovers of The Eighteenth Day Of May may need to get a bit more steam up

NO GOODBYES
02 January 2006 / Infectious / 1 Trk CD
:: The Subways ::
For those who do prefer the bands more incendiary moments, this is more like a campfire song.

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