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THE ESSENTIAL..
27 November 2003 / SonyBMG / 40 Trk 2-CD Collection
:: Simon & Garfunkle ::
This 40 Track retrospective follows on the heels of various compilations over the years, but is perhaps one of the largest collections so far that embraces their well known hits and popular album tracks

LATE NIGHT AND STAGE FRIGHT
27 November 2003 / 3 Trk CD
:: Flawed ::
I first came across FLAWED when they had a song about Kylies Bum

THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON
24 November 2003 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
Nonetheless more evidence that The White Stripes were much more than a mere fashion band

NEW REVOLUTIONARIES
24 November 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Gravity :: DIP
:: Capdown ::
Something of musical firework – explosive and raucous but rather short-lived fun

LA ULTIMATA HORA
24 November 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Albert
:: Breed77 ::
Breed 77 are more a band of brigands than a breakdown service that pilfer the remaining the wood panels from a long abandoned, burnt-out coach

LUCKY STAR
24 November 2003 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Basement Jaxx :: feat. Dizzee Rascal ::
A deeply unpleasant but worthy addition to a predictable but authoritative return to form

LAVINIA
24 November 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: The Veils ::
For the moment, The Veils sound most like a talented singer and his three lost little boys

DEMO
24 November 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Garron Frith ::
Part of a constant rotation of acoustic acts that thrive from a regular interest in the current scene, spurred on by visiting alt-Country acts from the US and the embers of the “new acoustic movement”.

HANDS ON THE MONEY
24 November 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Island)
:: Kid Symphony. ::
There is something distinctly Terrorvision about this single from Kid Symphony

GREATIST HITS
24 November 2003 / Matador Records / 13 Trk CD
:: The Fucking Champs ::
This 3 piece band from California USA, consists of 2 guitarists and a drummer/guitarist, and this album demonstrates a possibly unhealthy virtuoso approach to hard rock guitars

RUN THRU
24 November 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo
:: My Morning Jacket ::
MMJ can rock out (there are still shades of things like Blue Oyster Cult….) but there’s a bohemian undertow that keeps the whole plot firmly on the ground

SISTER SAVIOUR
24 November 2003 / Mercury / 3 Trk CD (Vertigo :: DFA)
:: The Rapture ::
More success beckons for The Rapture and it’ll be interesting to see where they go with all of this over their next few recordings.

SHE WAS JUST A GIRL
24 November 2003 / Double Dragon / 2 Trk CD
:: Ludes ::
Londoners Ludes play exactly the same kind of lo-fi retro that MOCO have producing for the last three years.

THE STEREO AND GOD *single of the week*
24 November 2003 / Mercury / 6 Trk CD (Vertigo / Mercury / 13 Amp)
:: Joy Zipper ::
A long awaited and joyous revelation. Pixies and My Bloody Valentine fans can now get excited.

ONE ROBOT
24 November 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Eat Sleep / Modular
:: Rocket Science ::
Rocket Sciences latest single is a pretty swaggering blend of off kilter electro indie and shuffling baggy beats

LOSING CONTROL
18 November 2003 / Dead Digital / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: Escape Pod ::
A complete and intelligent release which blends together nu-beats with nu-acoustic values

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 17.11.03
17 November 2003 /
:: Releases Weekly Round Up :: Sahrem Jey :: Eastern Lane :: Reuben :: Stapleton ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 17th November 2003

THREE GIRL RHUMBA
17 November 2003 / Southern Fried Records / 1 Trk Promo
:: Klonhertz ::
"You Want To Avoid The Inevitable So You Do The Impossible. …” Record Of The Week by far..

THE FUTURE FREAKS ME OUT
17 November 2003 / Epitah / 3 Trk CD
:: Motion City Soundtrack ::
A commercial enterprise that sounds reasonably fresh and slightly leftfield enough to distinguish it from other bland guitar efforts

DRUGS
17 November 2003 / 2 Trk Cd :: 2 MV
:: Simple Kid ::
The sludgy swamp folk of Becks “Loser” thrown in the blender with Stevie Wonders “Superstition

WAKING ME UP AGAIN
17 November 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: 5:15
:: The Tenderfoot ::
Brighton's The Tenderfoot brandish their acoustics well

NEVER ENOUGH
17 November 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Loog
:: The Open ::
The lead track is a bit too obvious but the supporting numbers expose a meatier more exciting and interesting angle to the Open's debut

CAUSE=TIME
17 November 2003 / Mercury / 1 Trk Promo (Vertigo)
:: Broken Social Scene ::
Restrained, but soaked in moody echoes with fed back guitars waiting in the wings

CAN’T FEEL A THING
17 November 2003 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Clearlake ::
A new drummer and a reworked version of “Can’t Feel A Thing” has Clearlake back on top form

STEP INTO MY OFFICE BABY
17 November 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
A bit more interesting than having a barrage of rasping guitars, this release celebrates california harmonies and tweedy acoustic shuffles

BREATHE FOR ME
17 November 2003 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD (Alberts)
:: Happylife ::
"Breathe For Me” sounds incredibly like Placebo. This isn’t a bad thing

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 10.11.03
10 November 2003 /
:: Releases Weekly Round Up :: :: Blind jackson :: blink 182 :: Jamiroquai / Late Night Tales :: ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 10th November 2003

SOME VELVET MORNING
10 November 2003 / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD (Columbia)
:: Primal Scream :: (Feat. Kate Moss) ::
spooky loops and quite contemporary stripped back sequencers. It all adds up to far more than you would expect

ASSASSINATOR 13
10 November 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Island)
:: Chikinki ::
Very 'Now', but thicky sliced sequencers and off the wall melodics worka treat

BLIND PILOTS
10 November 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD (Morning)
:: The Cooper Temple Clause ::
Another trademark, veritable powerhouse, crunching up the best parts of Britpop with some Sci-Fi atmospherics

HAIL!
10 November 2003 / 9 Trk CD :: Sioux Records
:: The Creatures ::
Superbly mixes their groundbreaking dark tomes and tribal drumming with a traditional far east asian influence

RINSE
10 November 2003 / Melodic / 11 Trk Cd
:: Minotaur Shock ::
May well have limited appeal, although it’s technical prowess and inventiveness is undeniable

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 03.11.03
03 November 2003 / Various
:: Small Victories :: Releases Weekly Round Up :: Something Corporate :: Tim Burgess :: The Cornerstones :: Donderevo ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 3rd November 2003

IN A STATE
03 November 2003 / Universal / 2 Trk Cd (Mo Wax)
:: Unkle ::
If I ever wanted an atmospheric Xmas No.1, this would be it.

RIP IT UP
03 November 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (vertigo)
:: Razorlight ::
Stop start, stabbing punctuations from retro Razorlight exploits its identity crisis

SCENT OF THE OBSCENE
03 November 2003 / Gut / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Sikth ::
Groundbreaking, headshrinking stuff in the world of metal from pioneers Sikth

TOP OF THE WORLD
03 November 2003 / Gut /
:: The Wildhearts ::
You probably couldn’t fit any more guitars onto the available tracks in the Wildhearts recording studio

BACK ON THE RADIO
03 November 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Polydor)
:: The Hiss ::
Whatever you do, don’t underrate The Hiss

LONG TIME COMING
03 November 2003 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk Promo
:: Delays ::
Rough Trades sunniest band

THE GREAT TEST
03 November 2003 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo (Columbia)
:: Hundred Reasons ::
Builds on Hundred Reasons debut album. Only better, bigger, stronger - album two may well be something to behold

CRAWL HOME
03 November 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: Desert Sessions ::
An ample introduction to a must-have album for QOTSA and PJ Fans everywhere.

THE CONSULTANCY
03 November 2003 / Music For Nations / 2 Trk CD
:: Amplifier ::
One of the most moving and exciting introductions to a newly signed band you’ll get this side of Christmas

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