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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For October, 2009

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

HELLO DIGGER
26 October 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Married To The Sea ::
Married To The Sea, describe their music as ‘rowdy pop’ and the evidence here is that they deliver

ELEMENTARY OF YOUTH EP
26 October 2009 / Distiller Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Sound Of Guns ::
Sound Of Guns evoke a sound that tries to be massive

LITTLE EYES ON THE UNIVERSE
26 October 2009 / 5 Trk CD Sampler
:: The Roseville Band ::
These are exciting songs, with bits of great spontaneous guitar bursts and smart , effective bouts of feedback. Then the helium fuelled vocals start

COLOSSAL
26 October 2009 / Hockey Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Moscow Drive ::
This tries to sings from the roof tops, but only seems to have made it up the first three floors

FEET TO THE SKY
26 October 2009 / Voga Parochia / 2 Trk CD
:: Lulu & The Lampshades ::
A kind of acceptable,clever face of quirky London folk

WRONG DIRECTION
26 October 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Copy Haho ::
From Stonehaven in Scotland, Copy Haho have already popped up on various BBC unsigned radars

STRAWBERRY CABLES
26 October 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: The Wave Pictures ::
Another broken hearted musical plea played out with the help of someone shuffling a drum kit in the back room

TOUCH AND FEEL
26 October 2009 / 2 Trk CD
:: Vegas Nights ::
Driven with a little more of an influence from Brian Wilson had he perhaps been a member of the Buzzcocks

SURGERY 1984
26 October 2009 / Whimsical / 2 Trk CD
:: Jack Butler ::
Stirling quartet Jack Butler, deliver a searching example of their high reaching modern rock

18,19,20,21,22 * single of the week *
26 October 2009 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 1 Trk CD & Download
:: Beat The Radar ::
This is their best track released as yet, pending their anticipated album “To The City, From The Sea”

TONGUE N’ CHEEK
26 October 2009 / XL / Dirtee Stank / 11 Trk CD
:: Dizzee Rascal ::
I’m not sure how many 24 year olds are on their fourth album or at the forefront of their genre or have been interviewed by Paxman for their views on Obama...it's not many

WHY ARE THERE NO MOUNTAINS
26 October 2009 / Memphis Industries / 9 Trk CD
:: Cymbals Eat Guitars ::
Joseph D'Agostino eats up the vocal lines with wirey melodies and screaming peaks, as songs fall apart in echoes

AT PLAY IN BORLEY RECTORY * unsigned album of the week *
26 October 2009 / White Label / Artscare / 10 Trk CD
:: God’s Little Eskimo ::
God’s Little Eskimo never fail to present a captivating display of creativity

HOW TO DO BATTLE
26 October 2009 / Imprint Music / 13 Trk CD
:: Senser ::
Senser take the post rave generation and set it to blistering guitars

SO SILENT THE NIGHT
26 October 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 7 Trk CD
:: Spectrum 7 ::
Technically this is amazingly tense, wrapped up in finely detailed explosions of drums and sparkling guitars

YOUR NICE HABITS
26 October 2009 / 10 Trk CD
:: The Banshee ::
A wonderfully worthwhile collection of beats and jerky dancefloor fun

SAMSON & DELILAH
19 October 2009 / Little Red Rabbit / 10 Trk CD
:: Samson & Delilah ::
Carefully orchestrated acoustica, strings and brass, complete with an organic, natural sounding sense of performance

FEAR OF A WACK PLANET * album of the week *
19 October 2009 / Brainlove / 27 Trk CD
:: Various ::
2009 has been missing a truly indispensable compilation and barometer of what’s good out there – Brainlove just served it up – with fries

…TO THE SHITHOUSE
19 October 2009 / Young And Lost Club / 4 Trk CD
:: Lord Auch ::
Strange, intriguing stuff from London town.

AGAINST ENTITLEMENT
19 October 2009 / Little Red Rabbit / 9 Trk CD
:: Lazarus Clamp ::
Midlands established Lazarus Clamp have, according to official web references “only themselves to blame for their low profile”

LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND
19 October 2009 / Dark City / 14 Trk CD
:: Flood Of Red ::
Flood of Red are a six piece epic rock band from Glasgow

I AM THE SOUND * EP of the week *
19 October 2009 / Silver Machine / Pure Groove / 4 Trk CD
:: My Tiger My Timing ::
The most understated anthem this side of the year 2000 ?

THE REAL FEEL
19 October 2009 / Domino / 10 Trk Cd
:: Spiral Stairs ::
It’s hard to evaluate an album that explores so many spheres of influence and style

RESERVOIR
19 October 2009 / Own Label / 11 Trk CD
:: Fanfarlo ::
It's incredibly easy to appreciate why it might mean so much to avid listeners of the Radio 2 / Radio 6 music movement

STANDING STILL
19 October 2009 / Rocket Girl / 2 Trk CD & Vinyl
:: The Brothers Movement ::
Genuinely direct rock and roll psychedelia, informed by the inertia of c86

ISLANDS
19 October 2009 / Young Turks (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: The XX ::
Impressive, ethereal release from hot new kids The XX

ALBUM
19 October 2009 / Turnstile / Fantasy Technician / 12 Trk CD
:: Girls ::
Could well have been produced in Phil Spector’s back yard. At night. Under gun point

TAKING DRUGS AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK
19 October 2009 / Gift Music / 1 Trk CD
:: Silent Years ::
Another superbly atmospheric record from Detroit’s Silent Years

SUMMERTIME! EP
19 October 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 7 trk CD
:: The Drums ::
I’d dare you not to whistle along to “Let’s Go Surfing”

CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS
19 October 2009 / 12 Trk CD
:: Absent Elk ::
Pop rock hopefuls fresh from supporting pop's sell out trash

NEW ROARS ON THE BLOCK
19 October 2009 / Holy Roar / 6 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Easy Hips :: Run,Walk! :: Dreamboats :: Le Swing ::
Holy Roar curate a splendid taster of four of the UK’s finest new rock acts

THE SLEEPER
19 October 2009 / Full Time Hobby / 11 Trk CD
:: The Leisure Society ::
A very jolly, often dryly humoured affair, steeped in 60’s hippy melodics

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 12/10/09
12 October 2009 / Various Formats
:: Boy Crisis :: Lethal Bizzle :: The Dodos :: Wolfmother :: Eight Legs :: Yonder Boy :: Just Shake Hands (We’re British) :: Eyedea & Abilities :: The Fire And I :: Bowling For Soup :: The Unkindness of Ravens ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases leading up to the 12th October 2009 >>

SAVE IT FOR SOMEONE ELSE * (mini) album of the week *
12 October 2009 / Willow Records / 5 Trk Vinyl + Download
:: Butler Williams ::
This EP most probably marks BW's long awaited ascent from the quieter unplugged circuits of Manchester’s thriving acoustic underground

Medical Records / 12 Trk CD
12 October 2009 / 12 Trk CD
:: Baddies ::
Infectiously tough rock n roll – and ridiculously so.

MYSTERY WITH HERMIT FOIL
12 October 2009 / White Label / 13 Trk CD
:: Electric Free Time Machine ::
Wonderfully twisted, clattered but almost perfectly synchronised funk, found wrestling on the floor with bits of jazz wreckage

POPULAR SONGS
12 October 2009 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Yo La Tengo ::
With a band with such a long career there have been inevitably, highs and lows, but here they seem to have found their stride

HAPPENS SECRETLY
12 October 2009 / Brainlove / 7 Trk CD
:: Kippi Kaninus ::
Whilst it may sound like a series of strange noodlings, “Happens Secretly” finds itself at the credible end of experimental electro-folk

WOLVES * recommended *
12 October 2009 / 8 Trk CD
:: EastStrikeWest ::
“The Architect” provides a superb combination of rock outs and ethereal interludes

SUGOI INDEED
12 October 2009 / Rodestar / 10 Trk CD
:: Electric Eel Shock ::
It’s head’s down no nonsense boogie with the incendiary Electric Eel Shoc

ISABELLA * single of the week *
12 October 2009 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: TeenagersInTokyo ::
Haunting, angelic voices and the effected interruption of a brooding guitar and keyboards, all drenched in atmospheric oscillations

ANGER MANAGEMENT
12 October 2009 / Rebel Alliance / Enhanced CD – 5 Audio + 1 Video Tracks
:: Random Hand ::
They’re still stoking up the steam in Keighley, West York

BANG!
12 October 2009 / Fierce Panda / 2 Trk CD
:: The Raveonettes ::
This lead single pretty much lives up to their love of 60’s shimmering pop and c86 / JAMC fuelled retrospectives

BEAR IT IN MIND
12 October 2009 / Brainlove / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: Stairs To Korea ::
Play if you're a sucker for The Cure’s intoxicating other worldly pop and love eccentric song structures

DEMO
12 October 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: James Stokes ::
There’s much to admire in James Stokes and if justice be served, he’ll be making a suitable impact on the local circuit this year

CONTACT
12 October 2009 / 2 Trk CD
:: Foreign Beggars ::
The glimmer of hope here is that they could go a lot more old school

CANTERBURY TALES
12 October 2009 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Onlookers ::
History has a habit of rewriting itself and too many people have forgotten the MOR madness of bands like Hothouse Flowers

I AM THE PRESIDENT OF YOUR FAN CLUB (AND LAST NIGHT I FOLLOWED YOU HOME)
12 October 2009 / Riley Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Cancel The Astronauts ::
Edinburgh combo produce an elaborate range of quite snappy and attractively jangled tune

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 05/10/09
05 October 2009 / Various Formats
:: Kila Kela :: Frank Turner :: The Xcerts :: Eureka Machines :: The Leisure Society :: Strike The Colours :: French For Cartridge :: Fake Problems :: Boy Crisis :: Family Force 5 :: John Alexander Ericson ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases leading up to the 5th October 2009 >>

SHARPEN UP THE KNIVES * joint album of the week *
05 October 2009 / Caserta Red / 15 Trk CD
:: Puressence ::
Classic compilation plus new tracks make this an essential for Mancunian alt.rock fans..

CHILDISH PRODIGY
05 October 2009 / Matador Records / 9 Trk CD
:: Kurt Vile ::
A slightly mad, partly psychedelic, but inspired journey

BOOK
05 October 2009 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Bugs In Ember ::
Bugs In Ember take a more direct musical route, but ensure there's at least one distractingly abstract outing to stoke your curiosity..

THE TRAGEDY & HOPE EP
05 October 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Inego ::
Inego, ironically, have a lot to celebrate and write some quite fine songs along the way

WE ARE NOT ROBOTS
05 October 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Satellite Towns ::
Thank heavens therefore, for bands like The Satellite Towns who dare not to be trendy

YOU CAN STAY
05 October 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Laureates ::
Enough genuinely authentic first generation synth pop to mark them out for future attention

ADELAIDE LIGHTNING STORM No.12 * unsigned record of the week *
05 October 2009 / 1 Trk Cd / Download
:: Islands Lost At Sea ::
Bubbles with electronic oscillations, peeling, jangling guitar and some brassy melodics

IN AND OUT OF CONTROL
05 October 2009 / Fierce Panda / 11 Trk CD
:: The Raveonettes ::
Danish duo Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo return

KILL IT KID
05 October 2009 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD
:: Kill It Kid ::
The whiskey growl and American folk blues swagger of someone who really sounds as though they lived through the 70’s but can’t remember anything

WROUGHT IRON * joint album of the week *
05 October 2009 / Leaf / 11 Trk CD
:: Nancy Elizabeth ::
If any one album is representative of the north’s modern folk heritage, it’s this

TONGUE TANGLED HAIR
05 October 2009 / Tartaruga Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Bleeding Heart Narrative ::
A progressive collection of tones, drones, atmospherics and star gazing and stuck-on-repeat noodles

ALL THE KING’S MEN
05 October 2009 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
Wild Beasts sing about girls from both Shipley and Whitby...

GOODNIGHT UNKNOWN
05 October 2009 / Domino / 14 Trk CD
:: Lou Barlow ::
Even with the latest Dinosaur Jr. album flying exceptionally high, Lou Barlow has found time for this...

MY KEYS, YOUR BOYFRIEND * single of the week *
05 October 2009 / Young & Lost Club / 1 Trk CD
:: Everything Everything ::
The ever wonderful Everything Everything, continue to establish their own conventions

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