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WE’RE IN THE MUSIC BIZ
28 January 2008 / President / CD Album
:: Robots In Disguise ::
An album that will be hugged to death by their grass roots following

MEET THE EELS : ESSENTIAL EELS / USELESS TRINKETS
28 January 2008 / Universal / Simultaneous Release : 24 Trk CD + 50 Trk 2 x CD
:: The Eels ::
By no means represents the end for this evergreen outfit and truly serves as a reminder of their ability to adapt

THAT'S HOW PEOPLE GROW UP
28 January 2008 / Polydor / Decca / 1 Trk CD
:: Morrissey ::
Is this the start of a new Morrissey?

NO FIGHTING IN THE WAR ROOM
28 January 2008 / Melodic / Gronland / 11 Trk CD
:: The Harrisons ::
It’s hard to believe that this is the Sheffield outfit’s debut album

MY LIFELONG PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT
28 January 2008 / Run Out Records / 4 Trk CD
:: The Reverse ::
A fuzzy mixture of what could be The Wedding Present drawn out over a slow motion soundtrack

FALLING OFF THE LAVENDER BRIDGE
28 January 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Lightspeed Champion ::
Lightspeed's debut album announces his arrival as one of 2008's best song writers

HAVING A BALL * recommended *
28 January 2008 / White Heat / 8 Trk CD
:: One More Grain ::
Concoction of suave, loose jazz with a poetic northern attack

GHOSTS
28 January 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 2 Trk CD
:: Laura Marling ::
A gentle country / folk outing shrowded with a misty verve

RUN AMOK
28 January 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Burn The Mona Lisa ::
Bolton’s Mona Lisa are back, with quite a few line up changes

SOMETHING ABOUT HER
28 January 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Carletons ::
The Carletons are a typical my-first-band

YOUNG FREE & SIMPLE
28 January 2008 / Blue Sheep Music / 3 Trk CD
:: Urbnri ::
Scots scallies Urbnri, sneer and growl their way around the pound of big drums and twisted guitar riffs

RELENTLESS
28 January 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Zadita Smith ::
Manchester’s Zadita Smith possesses one thing that is often absent from many singer /songwriters repertoire : a voice

SUN IN MY POCKET * recommended *
28 January 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: Sonicflyer ::
A spellbinding blend of jangling, stratospheric indie

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 21/1/08
21 January 2008 / Various Formats
:: Alter Bridge :: Robyn :: The Raid :: Spilt Milk :: Guru’s Jazzmatazz :: Huw Costin ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major releases w/c 21/1/08

80’s SCI-FI MOVIE
21 January 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Black Black ::
London’s Black Black are a band in love with their brooding sound effects

OH PERILOUS WORLD
21 January 2008 / Filthy Bonnet / 12 Trk CD
:: Rasputina ::
Period dressed freak folk classical revivalists ? It works

DIGGIN DEEP * demo of the week *
21 January 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Bye Bye Johnny ::
A wiry homage to 70’s tower blocks, bus stations and life at the edge of Manchester conurbation

I CAN HEAR YOUR HEART
21 January 2008 / Chemikal Underground / Audio Novel & Musical Callage CD
:: Aidan John Moffat ::
An intriguing collection of short musical movements and authored narrations of a rather stark and saucy nature..

SAINT REMY *recommended *
21 January 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: God’s Little Eskimo ::
Restall is an unassuming talent

LIMITED EDITION EP
21 January 2008 / Dead Planet / 4 Trk CD
:: Intervurt ::
Intervurt mysteriously still seem like a well kept secret

CHASING PAVEMENTS
21 January 2008 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Adele ::
A rare commodity indeed

JUKEBOX
21 January 2008 / Matador Records / 12 Trk edited CD
:: Cat Power ::
A soundtrack shimmering and glowing from the gutter with a heartfelt passion

THAT’S THAT
21 January 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Cass McCombs ::
McCombs is back with a devastatingly handsome song.

SUPERSTAR
21 January 2008 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Lupe Fiasco ::
The latest pop sensation is of course a product of the well oiled hype machine we call the music industry..

THIS GIFT * album of the week *
21 January 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Sons And Daughters ::
I defy you to listen to the chorus of “The Bell” without getting goosebumps. Heartily recommended.

WE’RE NOT WHO YOU THINK WE ARE
21 January 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Kunk ::
A-Ha ! Norwich’s Kunk may well be marooned n the lowlands of East Anglia

ILLEGAL SONGS LP
21 January 2008 / 14 Trk CD
:: John Parkes ::
Personifies the modern movement of singer/songwriters on a mission to relay the original sentiments of guitar folk music

INVITATION SONGS
21 January 2008 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD
:: The Cave Singers ::
A mix of wired torch songs and elegantly natural folkiness

NOT ABOUT A GIRL OR PLACE
14 January 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Jonah Matranga ::
Jonah it seems, may well be on form after all.

BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT
14 January 2008 / Underworld Label / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Underworld ::
This is more J M Jarre than post rave trance

WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG ? * joint single of the week *
14 January 2008 / Universal / Loog / 1 Trk CD
:: The Courteeners ::
Momentous stuff from a band destined for very big things.

TELL ME WHAT IT’S WORTH
14 January 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Lightspeed Champion ::
A pleasantly driving lilting glimpse of sunshine for these rain swept weeks.

CLUB WEDDING
14 January 2008 / 6 Trk Remix CD
:: Trashcan Jack Vs Billy Idol ::
Cliched dance track with horrendous, wedding disco results

MOVING TO NEW YORK * joint single of the week *
14 January 2008 / 14th Floor Records / 4 Trk CD
:: The Wombats ::
A classic in it’s own right and one that celebrates the Californian indie pop scene

NOW
14 January 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Stephen Fretwell ::
Fretwell triumphs once again

SOMETHING IN MY EYE
14 January 2008 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Turin Brakes ::
A magical hybrid of lilting post-folk pop and stadium sized ballads

DO YOU LIKE ROCK MUSIC? * album of the week *
14 January 2008 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
Should (and deserves to) be the monster album of 2008.

NW5
14 January 2008 / Lucky Seven / 1 Trk CD
:: Madness ::
When forced to choose between hits such as “Grey Day” or “Baggy Trousers” you wouldn't pick this

STOP THE CLOCKS
14 January 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / Digital Download
:: Said Mike ::
Exciting stuff from this promising Welsh outfit

YES
14 January 2008 / Morningside Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Oh No Ono ::
Oh No Ono seem gloriously stuck in the 80’s

OUT THERE
07 January 2008 / Now-Again Records / 24 Trk CD
:: The Heliocentrics ::
Tasty and inventive fusion of cut and paste organic cyber-funk

WAVING FLAGS * single of the week *
07 January 2008 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
A fantastically ambitious glimpse of their much anticipated third album

DISCO DANCER
07 January 2008 / Jeepster / 2 Trk CD
:: Parka ::
A row of three cherries on a one armed musical bandit - re-release of potential breakthrough single..

ALL I CAN
07 January 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Clocks ::
Epsom’s quartet Clocks have landed a big deal with their quirky pop

DARLING
07 January 2008 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Sons And Daughters ::
Scottish outfit have woven their bluesy leftfield indie into a bitter sweet mixture of gnarly guitars and danceable excursions

JOY * album of the week *
07 January 2008 / Blowout : Graveyard / 12 Trk CD
:: My Way My Love ::
An album of refreshing contradictions of noise and ideas, all of which are destined for much bigger things in 2008

LIGHT SYNDICATE
07 January 2008 / White Label / 10 Trk CD - Dist: Baked Goods
:: Light Syndicate ::
Light Syndicate conjure up the right emotions and create a canvas of sounds that are hard to ignore

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