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Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

WINDOWS SHUT / THIS ROOM
31 October 2005 / Poptones / 3 Trk CD
:: Echelon ::
Echelon simmer and froth but will they boil ?

A DESPERATE CRY FOR HELP
31 October 2005 / 3 Trk CD,Snapper,
:: The Beauty Shop ::
Like a melodic cement mixer loaded up wth gravel, Jack D and four pints of Tate & Lyle treacle

GRAND UNIFICATION
31 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Fightstar ::
Goes off like a badly lit firework in a 13 year olds pocket

NO WOW * recommended *
31 October 2005 / Domino / 1 Trk CD + 4 Remixes Promo CD
:: The Kills ::
Another engaging and filthy excursion

FINAL WARNING
31 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Versity
:: Infrasound ::
It seems Infrasound are suddenly relevant in todays current climate

WRATH 31 – Super Seven #10
31 October 2005 / Wrath / 3 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: Champion Kickboxer :: The Interiors :: Chuck ::
More Wrath music drives the point home with a big , brilliant, musical onslaught

WRATH 30 – Super Seven #9
31 October 2005 / Wrath / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: Piskie Sits :: The Old House ::
Why is Leeds so Good ? - more compelling evidence.

WAKE UP CALL
31 October 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Orgy Records
:: Reculver ::
Nice to hear you, to hear you nice

NEVER TOO LATE
31 October 2005 / Albert Productions / 4 Trk CD
:: The Answer ::
Like every tight trousered land mark before them, The Answer seem to revel in a world of classic rock

NOTHING BUT GREEN LIGHTS
31 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Tom Vek ::
A long time begging for a single release - this track makes a welcome and uncompromising appearance

GOODBYE NEW YORK
31 October 2005 / 2 Trk / White Label / CD
:: The Shakes ::
Sprightly concoction of slightly drug addled guitar pop

THE INTENTION CRAFT
31 October 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Pure Reason Revolution ::
Jeff Wayne ballad-weight epics, set to the sound of a 60’s melee between Deep Purple and the Mamas And The Papas

SISTER JACK
31 October 2005 / Matador Records / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Spoon ::
Spoon drop the synths and go all mid-western folk - well almost

22 GRAND JOB
31 October 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
When Thatcher dies, we will dance in the street. The Rakes on the other hand, will probably be at the funeral, mourning.

SUPER EXTRA GRAVITY * recommended *
31 October 2005 / Universal / 14 Trk CD
:: The Cardigans ::
Their best album yet ? Cardigans shine once more.

REHEARSING MY CHOIR
31 October 2005 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
A concept album, built around the experiences of Eleanor Friedbergers grandmother

SOON THERE WILL BE...
31 October 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 9 Trk CD
:: Shooting At Unarmed Men ::
Uncompromising and raw and worth investing some assured hearing loss

COLUMBUS CONDUCTOR
31 October 2005 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Beverley’s Bust ::
Whether Beverley would be pleased that there’s a tribute to either her chest size or financial position is one matter

PATIENCE
31 October 2005 / My Dad / 4 Trk CD
:: Dear Eskimo ::
Leaves a memorable buzz rattling around inside your head

MACHINE PARTS
31 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD
:: Fighting With Wire ::
Yes. Yes. We do need more of this

BRING HIS HEAD
31 October 2005 / 8-Trk CD / Something In Construction
:: Christian Silva ::
Comparisons to Muse are inevitable. This is of the same melodramatic pomp rock ilk, only Christian Silva favour pianos over guitars which is not necessarily a band thing so long as you don’t sound like Keane.

SEX LINES ARE EXPENSIVE COMEDY
31 October 2005 / 2-Trk CD / One Records
:: Drive By Argument ::
A mountain of melodic jabbing guitars, angst-ridden vocals and tour-de-force choruses.

FOR SCREENING PURPOSES ONLY - *Record of the Week*
31 October 2005 / Domino / 13-Trk CD
:: Test Icicles ::
Uncompromising and probably the most unrestrained record you’ll hear this year.

WEASEL - *Recommended*
31 October 2005 / Memphis Industries / 2-Trk CD
:: Absentee ::
A real treasure building from a lazy, boozy afternoon vibe into a widescreen pop adventure, trumpets an all.

WHITE GIRLS
31 October 2005 / 2-Trk CD / Glaze
:: Five O'clock Heroes ::
Do we really need another NYC band that sounds like The Strokes?

JUST FRIENDS
31 October 2005 / Island / 1-Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps ::
The potential for more is clearly in evidence but this will at least have indie discos bouncing well into next year.

EVERYTHING YOU DO
31 October 2005 / 2-Trk CD / Tough Cookie
:: The Suffrajets ::
Move over Harry! Here we have another group attempting to trade off from the “We’re all pretty girls and we play our own instruments and everything” ethos.

BETWEEN WORLDS OF WHORES AND GODS
31 October 2005 / Skinny Dog / 11-Trk CD
:: Jackie O ::
Lest you forgot ‘rock n roll’ was originally a term that meant getting your freak on. Clearly JackieO’s memory stays true with this debut that shudders with sexual tension.

Modular Presents LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIND
24 October 2005 / V2 / 18 Trk Mixed CD plus 14 Trk Unmixed Version – 2 x CD
:: Various Artists ::
A worthy treat, although its serves as much as a taster for the bands who haven’t quite got enough NME coverage as yet.

AIDAN SMITH’S FANCY BARREL
24 October 2005 / 15 Trk CD :: Analogue Catalogue
:: Aidan Smith ::
Kitchen sink lyrics and charming melodies mix up a cartoon world with the harsh realities of just about anyone’s day to day life

TIME CAPSULE – THE FIRST FIVE YEARS * recommended *
24 October 2005 / Grand Central / 13 Trk CD
:: Fingathing ::
Fingathing are far bigger and far cleverer than you could possibly imagine

NEXT
24 October 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Winedark
:: Sevendust ::
Deep, heavy rock with lyrics that drive a steel pole right through the very heart of English literature

THE MAN WHO ATE THE MAN
24 October 2005 / 4 AD / 13 Trk CD
:: Magnetophone ::
A basketful of cut and paste electro grinds and aspiring tunes.

SHOT TO PIECES
24 October 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: 1000 Watt
:: David R Black ::
A triumphant genetic cross between pop, grunge and simple, ambitiously big sounds

PLAN B / WECANDRINKOURWAYTHROUGHTHIS
24 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Engine Room Records
:: Vatican Jet :: The Smokestacks ::
A witty jaunt backed up by a big, fun time, dizzy rumble of rock and roll.

RECOGNISE US
24 October 2005 / 7” Single :: Boobytrap
:: TV-OD ::
In the original TVOD era, the most familiar pieces of electronic equipment were things like an Iron and a wildly curved tube Telly

LEEDS : 2005
24 October 2005 / 18 Trk CD :: Engine Room Records * album of the week *
:: Bilge Pump :: This Et Al :: I Like Trains :: The Somatics :: Bilge Pump :: Vatican Jet :: The Sunshine :: The Acutes :: O Fracas :: Buen Chico :: New Minds Eye :: The Bad Beat Revue :: The Breech :: The Young Professionals :: The Smokestacks :: Samsa :: Downdime :: David Thomas Broughton ::
In the fast paced, fast evolving music world we find ourselves in, this next generation of new Leeds based music is a pretty astounding collection

THE BLACK HOLE
24 October 2005 / 15 Trk CD :: SL Records / There’s A Riot Going On Records
:: Misty's Big Adventure ::
Misty's LP recipe of ‘space’ rock, as in Hawkwind and lots of special ‘cake’.

THE NIGHT DON BENITO SAVED MY LIFE
24 October 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Jealous Records
:: This Ain't Vegas ::
Rasping rock and slacker epics,jammed with crashing guitars

SOMETIMES
24 October 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Own Label
:: Baby Blue ::
A straight shot of unfettered, but still commercial hip/pop.

LOCAL BOY
24 October 2005 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rifles ::
Anger along the lines of waiting too long in a queue at the newsagents or the sound of a bright future ?

SET TO GO
24 October 2005 / Sore Point / 1 Trk CD
:: My Awesome Compilation ::
Guitars cut across each other like a chicken run across a dual carriageway

JANE FALLS DOWN
24 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Modern ::
Plenty of Eurotrash melodies, big slabs of sequencing and excellent fusions of first gen electronica

APPLY SOME PRESSURE * recommended *
24 October 2005 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
The same old / same fantastic, slice of ace Geordie alt.rock

RING A DING DING
24 October 2005 / Rough Trade / 4 Trk CD
:: Brakes ::
Off the shoulder mid-West rough indie guitar slinging, that made modern alt.guitar.music what it is today

MTV HARD ROCK LIVE
24 October 2005 / Warner / 14 Trk CD :: Lava
:: Simple Plan ::
Blink 182 for the post Britney generation - live

WITCHING HOUR
24 October 2005 / Universal / 13 Trk CD
:: Ladytron ::
There are some albums which you know you’re going to like from the first beat

LIVE AT FREAKSCENE
17 October 2005 / 16 Trk DVD :: Red Snapper
:: Hundred Reasons ::
New record deal, new releases and a mini-tour - HR set the hare running with this rather intense live footage

SET & DRIFT * recommended *
17 October 2005 / 12 Trk CD
:: Diefenbach ::
Seriously if this catches on, it could be quite massive

A ROOK HOUSE FOR BOBBY * single of the week *
17 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Kids
:: I Like Trains ::
A genius soundtrack to the 1950’s review of the national rail network

SUMMER’S GONE
17 October 2005 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: Aberfeldy ::
Summers gone but they’re back..

SINGLES * album of the week *
17 October 2005 / London / 31 Trk 2xCD
:: New Order ::
An essential record, which should lead you directly to some of their remarkable albums

HERE WE GO AGAIN
17 October 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Nomadic
:: Vanlustbader ::
Do we need more than one Kasabian ?

I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR
17 October 2005 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
More northern tales of teenage life, gritty experiences and hyper active guitar playing

THE GOSPEL TRAIN
17 October 2005 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
:: Alabama3 ::
If you're stuck for a soundtrack to your coffee and re-fried beans, hear it is

SORRY
17 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Poptones / Mercury
:: The Paddingtons ::
“Sorry” continues the bands mystifying status as “signed

UGLY
17 October 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Winedark
:: Sevendust ::
Second chance saloon for Sevendust, comes with a noisy smile

BROKEN VALLEY
17 October 2005 / 13 Trk CD :: Epic / Hassle Records
:: Life Of Agony ::
Brooding, fresh, heavy rock that demands repeated listens

THEIR LAW – THE SINGLES 1990 – 2005 * recommended *
17 October 2005 / XL / 15 Trk CD
:: The Prodigy ::
Fifteen years - and still fresh - an essential collection

ERECT THE YOUTH PROBLEM
17 October 2005 / 19 Trk CD :: Sweet Nothing
:: Wives ::
The bass lines pummel at your chest like a jackhammer aiming for the inside of your back

THEIR WAY
17 October 2005 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Pete Doherty :: Littl’ans Feat. Peter Doherty ::
The pair tip toe around a Carnaby Street inspired camp fire song.

OUT OF SPACE / VOODOO PEOPLE
17 October 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: The Prodigy ::
Retro songs re-inforce the bands musclebound super electronica status

JAGGER ‘67
17 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Wall Of Sound
:: Infadels ::
Interesting, leftfield , Radio4-ish off the wall outing

22 GRAND JOB IN THE CITY
17 October 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD – Plus remixes
:: The Rakes ::
"22 grand" probably gets you the post of Office Worker in a London Borough Council, so its hardly Gordon-fucking-Gekko

CIRCLE. SQUARE. TRIANGLE
17 October 2005 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Test Icicles ::
It's patently obvious that TI are far from your ordinary new band

SHE WAITS FOR ME
17 October 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Protocol ::
A slight rip off of She’s Lost Control” and Cooper Temple Clause analogue mightiness, but great all the same

PERFECT
17 October 2005 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: John Cale ::
Cale creates a follow up doused with equally exciting slices of power alt.pop

FILL MY LITTLE WORLD
17 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Feeling ::
It isn’t different – it is nice – but ultimately that could also make it rather boring

DIVISION DEMOTION
10 October 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: TuneTribe
:: Three Miles From ::
Welsh rockers blast out some metal from London.

BLACK STUFF
10 October 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Random
:: Earth The Californian Love Dream ::
Earth' deliver yet more promise through fat bass lines, scuzzy guitars and a good sense of a strong tune

OFF THE RECORD
10 October 2005 / RCA / 1 Trk CD :: SonyBMG
:: My Morning Jacket ::
Jangly pop originals shine as part Brain Wilson, part Hawaii Five-O and part Supertramp

JESUSLAND
10 October 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: Epic / SonyBMG
:: Ben Folds ::
Long before Keane thought that a piano and drum kit constituted a full band, Ben Folds was happily plonking away, front of stage

ON & ON * single of the week *
10 October 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Film School ::
There aren’t many bands you’d be inclined to fall in love with on a first listen, but Filmschool could easily pass that test

THE PINK INK / ENAMEL * recommended *
10 October 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: Shooting At Unarmed Men ::
Mclusky are dead, long live Shooting At Unarmed Men!

YGWM / YOU’RE GONNA WANT ME
10 October 2005 / Pias / 2 Trk CD
:: Tiga ::
American club sequencing and synths - thick sliced electronica with a guy who’s wearing Brian Ferry's old clothes

ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
10 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Island
:: U2 ::
Another explosion of decibel defying pop from Bobo and co.

NEW YORK
10 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Fiction / Polydor
:: Stephen Fretwell ::
Have this pre-loaded into your CD autocahnger at your local BMW garage before delivery of your new SUV

DO YOUR THING
10 October 2005 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Basement Jaxx ::
More Blues Brothers than deep soul, with its flamboyant trumpet sounds and wedding disco values

DOESN’T REMIND ME
10 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Audioslave ::
Sometimes it's ok to like heavy rock.

MUESILI
10 October 2005 / 4 AD / 12” Vinyl / Download
:: Minotaur Shock ::
An unfussy but sophisticated EP that’s worth your attention

WINTER COAT
10 October 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 2 Trk CD
:: Umlaut ::
An exercise in foppishness set to a backdrop of badly timed jangles

RIOT RADIO * recommended *
10 October 2005 / Deltasonic / 13 Trk CD
:: Dead 60’s ::
A glimmer of Coventry sounds, leading most of all to the captured spirit of Strummer’s intoxication with Jamaican dub

1000 Bulbs
10 October 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Own Label
:: Four Day Hombre ::
Driven by the desire to make good music rather that make money via a collection of simpering anthems

CLOSING IN
10 October 2005 / Matador Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Early Man ::
These guys have balls are they’re rather metallic

LIVE AT THE ICA
10 October 2005 / One Little Indian / 14 Trk CD
:: Queen Adreena ::
Crispin Grays guitars predate and inspire M.Mansons stadium grungeouts and each guitar solo is lucky to break more than half a dozen notes

DREAM BROTHER * recommended *
10 October 2005 / 14 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby
:: Micah P Hinson :: Tunng :: The Magic Numbers :: Kathryn Williams :: Various Artists :: The Earlies :: Stephen Fretwell :: Engineers ::
In any other hands this would have you reaching for the hammer, but looking at the track listing alone, this turns up a fantastic schedule of contributing artists

AS IS NOW
10 October 2005 / V2 / 14 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
With 14 tracks to chew on, there's a chance for the relatively successful mellow spots to compensate for the more mediocre moments

DISTORT YOURSELF
10 October 2005 / Universal / 14 Trk CD
:: Institute ::
Rossdale spearheads new material whcih is infectious enough to warrant a sustained listen

THE SOULS EP
04 October 2005 / 4-Trk CD :: Six More Miles
:: The Cheshire Cat ::
The sound of a man repeatedly intoning “See him standing on the pavement looking for attention” in a register low enough to communicate with whales actually had my carefully selected focus group falling about the floor laughing.

ESCAPE ROUTINE * single of the week *
03 October 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: SL Records
:: Decoration ::
Escape Routine" is everything that’s good about northern music

LEAVE LAND FOR WATER
03 October 2005 / 6 Trk CD :: Sink & Stove Records
:: Leave Land For water ::
A widescreen mixture of effects and acoustics

NEVER LOSE THAT FEELING
03 October 2005 / 16 Trk CD :: Club AC30
:: Various Artists :: Amusement Parks On Fire :: Televise :: Air Formation :: Douglas Heart :: Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa :: Audiotransparent ::
A clever compilation that manages to preserve the world of retro sound effects and dark atmospheric landscapes

PALISADE * album of the week *
03 October 2005 / StolenWine / 10 Trk CD
:: Anna Kashfi ::
The trail of heartbreaking singles leads us here to an utterly complete and compelling album

UNTITLED (HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN TO ME?)
03 October 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Simple Kid ::
Puppy love / teenage social comment without changing anything musically in the world, ever

FOREVER
03 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Wandering Star
:: Meeky Rosie ::
Interesting, mellow material with the odd boost of a Marshall stack.

I NEED SOME FINE WINE AND YOU, YOU NEED TO NICER
03 October 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Cardigans ::
Energetic and melodically charged enough to worry the top ten and appeal to hip gunslingers

TRUE CROWN FOUNDATION SONGS LP
03 October 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Hassle
:: The Lucky Nine ::
Is this officially a 'super' group - even so The Lucky Nine have come up with something quite good..

BIRD BLOBS
03 October 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Sweet Nothing / Cargo
:: Bird Blobs ::
Non-conformist ozzie beefhearts with bleeding guitars

CULTURE FOR THE PIGEON
03 October 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 11 Trk CD
:: Tracy + The Plastics ::
Wynne Greenwoods basic, yet so clever and undeniably original split level band are well worth exploring

THE ONLY MEDICINE
03 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Immortal Records
:: Scary Kids Scaring Kids ::
By no means innovative but SKSK at least try and make it sound convincing

49 PERCENT
03 October 2005 / EMI / 1 Trk CD - plus Remixes :: Virgin / Labels / Wall Of Sound
:: Royksopp ::
Pure soul, welded to an ambient dance tune via the duos synth twiddling

PULL THE CURTAINS
03 October 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Grandaddy ::
Sounds like The Thrills with a rocket up their backside – or do the Thrills sound like Grandaddy on downers ?

...AND MAY YOUR LAST WORDS BE A CHANCE TO MAKE THINGS BETTER
03 October 2005 / 4 AD / 2 Trk – 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Magnetophone ::
Fractured baets and the distant grizzle of a fuzzy guitar provide a haunting, beautiful outing

THE MAGIC OF SPAIN
03 October 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Sub Tub Players
:: RSL ::
Eclectic, mellow Mediterranean adventure is well worth a look

SISTER IN LOVE
03 October 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Brille
:: Envelopes ::
A car crash of lo-fi folky proposrtions - but in a David Cronenberg sort of way..

YOU COULD HAVE IT SO MUCH BETTER * recommended *
03 October 2005 / Domino / 13 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
FF's eargerly awaited 2nd album, seeks to deliberately debunk the myth that signed bands only have an album in them every couple of years or so

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