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LAST IN LINE (re-release)
19 January 2009 / Pushbike Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Light Syndicate ::
Not many unsigned bands can pull off a full length album

THE CRYING LIGHT
19 January 2009 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Antony And The Johnsons ::
Big Tone is back

SHEMPI
19 January 2009 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Ratatat ::
Ratatat take “Shempi” from their aptly named third album “LP3”

LA VIDA TOMBOLA
19 January 2009 / Because / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Manu Chao ::
Manu's attention is fixed on the life of Diego Maradona, the Argentinean football legend and now, national coach

DANCE IT AWAY EP
19 January 2009 / Silverdoor / 4 Trk CD
:: LR Rockets ::
Speedball EP provides cheering doses of electronic indie

SNOWFLAKE
19 January 2009 / Invada / B-Block / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Malakai ::
Malakai has fallen through a time loop to the present day, whilst he was setting up what sounds like a Procol Harem recording session

ULYSSES
19 January 2009 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
Franz are back with big recording and production values and of course killer tunes

HOW IT ENDS
19 January 2009 / ANTI / 1 Trk CD
:: Devotchka ::
The signature tune to a violent futuristic blaster of a game that even I can’t complete on the first level

GMN / GLOW
19 January 2009 / ANTI / 2 Trk CD
:: Screaming Lights ::
Screaming Lights are a young, thoroughly viable and potentially exciting proposition

WEDDING BELLS * demo of the week *
19 January 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Bugs In Ember ::
Bugs In Ember serve an exceptionally original brew of sound

UNTITLED
19 January 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Holden Avenue ::
From Wroclaw, Poland, Holden Avenue sound just like they may have come from an English suburb

THOU SHALT ALWAYS KILL
19 January 2009 / Sunday Best / 7 Trk Remix CD
:: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip :: feat Pos Plug Won ::
the next big thing, just a band...

TIE ME UP WITH JACKETS
19 January 2009 / Model Citizen / 3 Trk CD
:: Fight Like Apes ::
Maybe their monkey really does go to heaven.

YOUNG BLOODS
19 January 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: The Bronx ::
The Bronx do their bit to save one more bit of the rock and roll puzzle.

NIGHTMARES
19 January 2009 / Fat Northerner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Hidden Revolution ::
Grandiose indie rock via intertwining, heady, melodic peaks

MESSTHETICS # 106 – The Manchester Musicians Collective 1977-1982 * Album of The Week *
12 January 2009 / Hyped To Death / 21 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
THE MANCHESTER MUSICIANS COLLECTIVE - Where maybe the past is more contemporary than the present - say hello to the issue of one of most important documents so far on Manchester Musical History - from 30 years ago, I present THE FUTURE !

I FELL IN LOVE
12 January 2009 / White Label / 6 Trk CDR
:: Beta Rays ::
McFly styled power pop, admittedly with plenty more verve

UNTIL THE MORNING LIGHT
12 January 2009 / 11 Trk CD
:: Daniel Ward-Murphy ::
The end result of this web enabled self funded method of releasing records, provides an album that is actually a lot better than formally signed stuff

NOBODY’S FOOL
12 January 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Deadschool ::
Deadschool revel in punk sensibilities, whilst chewing on the abrasive, playful end of rock and roll

RETALIATION
12 January 2009 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: The Yalla Yallas ::
Superbly refined and powerful A.1. punk rock.

THE FIRST THREE YEARS
12 January 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 23 Trk CD
:: Frank Turner ::
Frank has already built an extensive catalogue for himself post- Million Dead ; here's even more material from his archives

DANCING CHOOSE
12 January 2009 / 4 AD / 4 Trk 12” Vinyl / Download
:: TV On The Radio ::
“Dear Science” is TV On The Radio’s most celebrated album so far

WOODY WOODPECKER
12 January 2009 / Armellodie Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Cuddly Shark ::
There’s a jangle to Cuddly Shark’s scuttled punk rattles

THE SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS
12 January 2009 / Rough Trade / 18 Trk CD
:: Eddi Reader ::
Reader awarda herself the accolade of reaching more ears with the Burns lyric than any one else before

UP YER HOUSE
12 January 2009 / Promo / Satellite Records / 11 Trk CDR
:: Café Assassin ::
It always worries me when an unsigned band put together an album of some length

SUPER 7
12 January 2009 / White Label / 7 Trk CD
:: Ivan Campo ::
Engaging mini-album of merry ballads and refreshingly re-invented Mersey sounds

SHOWDOWN
12 January 2009 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Pendulum ::
Through the art of stage shows and video re-invention Pendulum are down in everyone’s book as a big rock band

WAIT FOR A MINUTE
12 January 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Carletons ::
Preston youngsters serve up a perpexing and rather smart indie riddle

MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING
12 January 2009 / Dunham : Daptone / 10 Trk CD
:: Menahan Street Band ::
If we ever forget what music actually is, then what better reminder than this.

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