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ARM YOUR CHILDREN
30 November 2004 / Snazzy Records / 4-Trk CD
:: doublejoHngrey ::
Local synth angst boys beat up on the enfeebled arm of electroclash and have it crying out like the class runt it is.

BLOODY MOTHER FUCKING ASSHOLE
29 November 2004 / Drowned In Sound / 4-Trk CD
:: Martha Wainwright ::
Rarely does anger sound this sexual. Strains out husky, velvet-toned angst like Bonnie Tyler on a tsunami-sized blob strop.

TRANSITION
29 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Deltasonic
:: The Longcut ::
An epic landscape of scraping guitars and adrenalised drumming

ABBA ARE THE ENEMY
29 November 2004 / 12 Trk Enhanced CD :: NewMemorabillia
:: Tom Hingley / Tom Hingley & The Lovers ::
Tom Hingleys revitalised Lovers provide something far hungrier and noisier with an entirely relevant album to the music scene's flirtation with original new wave

CRACKS
29 November 2004 / Captains Of Industry / 3 Trk CD
:: 21 Gun Salute ::
Full of cathedral swamping reverbs and big widescreen strings, set against big vocal movements

STICKERS ON KEYS
29 November 2004 / Twisted Nerve / 10 Trk CD
:: Rebelski ::
This really is an album where the instruments seem to be in control, eking out every ounce of sound possible

TALES TOLD
29 November 2004 / SonyBMG / 11 Trk CD :: Deltasonic
:: Ian Broudie ::
Interesting and intriguing stuff from the Lightening Seed

RIP IT UP
29 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo
:: Razorlight ::
here’s the album version of “Rip It Up”... for the third overall outing of the track

ROCKER
29 November 2004 / Skint / 1 Tk CD
:: Alter Ego ::
So simple it verges on the genius. Which all just goes to show that if it’s a simple idea, it’s probably one of the best

WONDERFUL NIGHT
29 November 2004 / Skint / 1 Trk CD
:: Fat Boy Slim ::
Skanking, Skats, Skittering around a Skit on New Skool beats

STAY WITH YOU
29 November 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Lemon Jelly ::
Tripping, skipping beats are always met with mellow, but positive loops

PEARL NECKLACE FOR HER MAJESTY
29 November 2004 / Riverman / 3 Trk CD :: (PIAS)
:: Colour Of Fire ::
CoF manage to round off their sound into a satisfying concoction with this cut from their album.

DEMONSEED
29 November 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: 69 Corp ::
Synth and beat box sounds all mangled up into a digitised baggy beat

FALLING LIKE STARS
29 November 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Ice Cream
:: Bird ::
Lovely, lilting 'Bird' is also a softly singing Cello player

KILLAMANGIRO * record of the week *
29 November 2004 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: Babyshambles ::
Full of angsty ambition, ideas and cut throat deliveries

GIRLS FIGHTING
29 November 2004 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: Earth The Californian Love Dream ::
A pretty awesome turn out of guitars and incendiary riffs, but it does goes on to show that this isn't a band that just make a noise

DOWNLOAD
29 November 2004 / 2 Trk Demo
:: Dead Fly Buchowski ::
Dead Fly Buchowski could lead a rock and roll renaissance. And all from an angle that no-one else seems yet to have discovered.

HIGH VOLTAGE ! - POWER & DEMONSTRATIONS
29 November 2004 / 4 Trk 10
:: The Sonar Yen :: The Longcut :: Lisa Brown :: Performance ::
If you wanted a postcard of what was hot up here right now,‘Power and Demonstrations’ would be the one with an artistic photo of a renowned monument

MICAH P HINSON
22 November 2004 / Sketchbook / 3-Trk CD
:: Micah P Hinson ::
Cautionary tales of woe from a man old before his age but in a good way.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 22.11.04
22 November 2004 / Various
:: The A.M. :: M.I.A :: <209> :: NFD :: Drill Queen :: Fuzzbox :: Tommy Evans :: Riton :: 5 O'Clock Heroes ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 22nd November 2004

MESSED UP
22 November 2004 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Beat Up ::
There’s no denying the energy of this but "Messed Up" is just formulaic garage rock in this instance

HELP SHE CAN’T SWIM PRESENT FASHIONISTA SUPER DANCE TROUPE
22 November 2004 / Fantastic Plastic / 11 Trk CD
:: Help She Can’t Swim ::
The more you listen and the more you sense that Help She Can’t Swim are sending themselves up along with everyone around them

A THOUSAND DREAMERS
22 November 2004 / Twisted Nerve / 12 Trk CD
:: Jukes ::
Refreshingly simple, enjoyable, very clever stuff indeed

CATCH THE RAIN
22 November 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Sunday Morning
:: Six.By Seven ::
A bit like a light breakfast served up with a dash of Jack Daniels

HAMMER TO THE HORNETS NEST
22 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Gravity DIP
:: Twofold ::
Another good addition to the rock armoury.

DIARY FIRE EP
22 November 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Gronland Ltd
:: Half Cousin ::
Like the idea of listening to someone tuning in their radio?

LADYFLASH
22 November 2004 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: The GO! Team ::
Shards of Motown and bits of Hip Hop are added to a real 60’s shine, dustbin drums and neat, pieced together samples

LOST IN A MELODY
22 November 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
Delays end their full debut year with a taste of new material

LOW WITHOUT SOUND
22 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD
:: Trap2 ::
Cloudy atmospherics, harmonica effects and a churning rock and roll riffs,

THIS IS THE LAST TIME
22 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Keane ::
The only person to make a piano really rock was Jerry Lee Lewis and he had to set it on fire.

COULD BE WELL IN
22 November 2004 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Streets ::
The Streets have something worth saying and Mike Skinner makes a good storytelling journeyman

TAKE THE PAIN
22 November 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Jalapeno
:: Ian Britt ::
Taking a lead from lightly floating 60’s melodies and more contemporary and often heavier references

COSMOPOLITAN
22 November 2004 / Melodic / 2 Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps ::
Nine Black Alps come from an all together underground scene – one at the coal face of new music, where the spirit of rock and roll is being re-invented

FANS OF KATE EP
22 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Headwrecker
:: Fans Of Kate ::
Uplifting stuff that really has it’s roots in sensible indie music

JOLENE
22 November 2004 / XL / 2 Trk Cd
:: The White Stripes ::
Taken from the bands recording of their appearance last January at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

FUTURES
22 November 2004 / Interscope / 13 Trk CD
:: Jimmy Eat World ::
Heart on sleeve melodies and a handful of big big songs

THIS ISLAND
22 November 2004 / Universal / 14 Trk CD
:: Le Tigre ::
Sounding like Polystyrene from X-Ray Spex is a great thing in my book

THE SMALL ROCKET EP
22 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Best Before
:: Num ::
Moonshine runs played by The Monkees whilst listening to Simon And Garfunkel

BEST OF
22 November 2004 / Warner / 26 Trk CD
:: Babes In Toyland :: Kate Bjelland ::
The equivalent of a female version of UK Subs

AUDIT IN PROGRESS
22 November 2004 / One Little Indian / 12 Trk CD
:: Hot Snakes ::
The more you listen, the more you feed off its style

AT THE HOP
22 November 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Devendra Banhart ::
Cook Me In Your Breakfast and Put Me On your Plate - Because You Know I Taste Great

THINKING OF YOU
22 November 2004 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
Radio 2 indeed, beckons

THIS FFFIRE
22 November 2004 / Domino / Download
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
Have YOU got pants that tight ?

PARALYZED
22 November 2004 / Mute / 3 Trk CD (Majesty)
:: Mando Diao ::
Hammers just one note and throws a piano down stairs before breaking into speeded up stammers

OUT TO GO
22 November 2004 / Skinny Dog / 12 Trk CD
:: Moco ::
Hard not to immediately push your head right into the bass bins (if you have any attached to your stereo of course)

DEMO
16 November 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Voicecoil ::
What's pleasing about Voicecoil is their songwriting ability that seems to compliment the singer’s vocal talent tenfold.

DEMO
16 November 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Kni9hts ::
Knights in shining armour or just white satin? Never let a bad name get in the way of a decent tune...

TWO THOUSAND PLACES
15 November 2004 / Good / 3 Trk CD
:: The Polyphonic Spree ::
Yes folks – this is out just 5 weeks before Christmas. Get shopping...

AOK
15 November 2004 / 8 Trk CD :: Stuck Up Music
:: Fleeing New York ::
FNY could sound very fashionable indeed. Instead they opt for keeping things interesting

STATE OF ALERT
15 November 2004 / EMI / 3 Trk CD (City Slang)
:: Radio 4 ::
Radio 4 may just be the right leaders for the real re-invention of four for the floor with guitars

CISTM K0NFLIQT
15 November 2004 / Gut / 15 Trk CD enhanced with 1 video
:: The Mad Capsule Markets ::
Dream of “Happy Ride” with its Ramones meets Amstrad sounds, hitting the top ten – why not

CHUCK
15 November 2004 / 4 AD / 14 Trk CD
:: Sum41 ::
Solid hooklines , but SUM41 are getting dangerously near to Linkin Park territory.

AMERICAN IDIOT
15 November 2004 / Warner / 13 Trk CD
:: Green Day ::
An album filled with incisive, mind numbingly massive, rock and roll and conceptual epic numbers

MINISTRY OF SOUND – THE ANNUAL 2005 BOX SET
15 November 2004 / Limited Edition 41 Trk 2xCD plus 20 Trk DVD :: Ministry Of Sound
:: Various Artists ::
If you know someone who likes the club vibe this is the perfect present for Crimbo

SECRET FOR A SONG
15 November 2004 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Mercury Rev ::
Mercury Rev awake to find that planet Earth has at last caught up with them

UNCONDITIONAL
15 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Loog)
:: The Bravery ::
Happy and sad at the same time, drenched in hooklines and an energy that can’t be ignored

AGHAST AGAPE * record of the week *
15 November 2004 / Matador Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Prosaics ::
Dark, dangerous and full of perfect references as it shouts from the gallows,

IF YOU WANT
15 November 2004 / 4 Trk CD
:: Tom Vek ::
Forget the bullshit press releases and anal retentitive hype. This is actually a good record

QUE SE YO
15 November 2004 / V2 / 12 Trk CD :: (Spain)
:: Budnubac ::
weird blend of South American flavours and hardcore dub values

COMPILATION
15 November 2004 / 10 Trk CD :: Bagatelle
:: Bronze Age Fox ::
Bronze Age Fox have something crafty going on that not only sounds sweet but which is also riddled with smart ideas

EP :: Gronland Ltd
15 November 2004 / 5 Trk CD
:: Lunz ::
The calm sound of going under the waves for the last time and sinking to the sea bed as consciousness slips away

NOT ENOUGH
15 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Karam Lion / Plummet
:: Elviss ::
With the rise of skinny leather jackets and gelled mullets, Elviss are now entirely relevant.

THE TALE OF GIDEON STRANGE
09 November 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Bastion 4 ::
Bastion 4 move into the dangerous waters of sounding like a British Good Charlotte. This probably isn't such a great thing.

DEMO
09 November 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Cut ::
Clever pacey rhythmic sounds that recall The Rapture and The Music plunge out alongside an insanely catchy chorus.

DEMO
09 November 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk Demo
:: The Boyfriends ::
The Boyfriends are anything but your usual boy-next-door pop drivel as their name suggests. Their catchy brand of indie pop, easily memorable choruses and humorous lyrics make this a pleasure to listen to.

DEMO
09 November 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Dukes of Portland ::
Hailing from Northwich you wouldn’t believe it when you listen to the beautiful melodies and rich western feel you instead imagine they’re all sitting in the sun on a luxury porch in the warmth of California jamming.

DEMO
09 November 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Ashen Son ::
Mesmeric dreamy electronica thick with gorgeous Bjork like melodies. Get in!

MAKE THE NOISE
09 November 2004 / Demo / 10-Trk CD
:: Emmet ::
It sometimes tends towards background music – albeit excellent background music. With a bit of budget behind them they could manage to make the Orbital jump to great home listening too.

ANOTHER FREQUENCY EP
02 November 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Big Setup ::
Intriguing hybrid of Interpol and Sonic Youth, all distorted effects over minor chords and post-punk rhythms.

2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY
02 November 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Silent Partners ::
Is silence always golden? Well, it's not bad here.

TRIGGERBOX
02 November 2004 / F-Slip / 4-Trk CD
:: Triggerbox ::
Smarter, edgier and more abrasive than your average indie-schmindie, Trigger Box still run the risk of blending into the dull foliage of Britpop’s tired ghost.

THE WILDHEARTS STRIKE BACK
08 November 2004 / Gut / 19-Trk Double CD
:: The Wildhearts ::
As well as death and taxes you can guarantee two other things. The Wildhearts will put out yet another record.

MR M
08 November 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Alamo
:: Four Day Hombre ::
Elbow versus Coldplay moodiness

RINGROAD / STEPPENWOLF
08 November 2004 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD :: Blue Cat Records
:: Desolation Angels ::
Desolation Angels have begun to craft such wonderfully beautiful songs is no surprise

HIT THE CITY
08 November 2004 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: P J Harvey :: Mark Lanegan :: ( Mark Lanegan Band ) ::
Maybe the best broken, deep grinding voice since the late great days of Johnny Cash

DREAM
08 November 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Dizzee Rascal ::
It’s when the music is missing that Dizzee shows up with some truly skilled, imaginative and inspired rap

WHO IS IT
08 November 2004 / One Little Indian / 2 Trk CD
:: Björk ::
Quite ground breaking in some respects, but be prepared for the unconventional.

YOUR MOTHERS GOT A PENIS
08 November 2004 / Warner / 2 Trk CD (Atlantic)
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
Basically it’s some cheap comedy about someone’s mater having a “cock”.

GOLD MEDAL
08 November 2004 / Warner / 11 Trk CD
:: The Donnas ::
New album sees their bubblegum chic and dirty trousered axe wielding, taken to the limits of production

THE ROYAL SOCIETY
08 November 2004 / Universal / 13 Trk CD
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
An album crammed full of ideas and still brimming with a barely hidden madness.

AHA SHAKE HEARTBREAK
08 November 2004 / 13 Trk CD :: Hand Me Down
:: Kings Of Leon ::
Kings Of Leon have come up with an impressive second album.

QUEEN ON FIRE
08 November 2004 / EMI / 25 Trk Double CD
:: Queen ::
Easily testament to the power of Queens live performance, flying the face of post punk revolutions

WHAT YOU WAITING FOR ?
08 November 2004 / Interscope / 1 Trk CD
:: Gwen Stefani ::
More energy in its middle eight, than any of her previous bands relatively feeble chart hits

JUST LOSE IT
08 November 2004 / Interscope / 1 Trk CD
:: Eminem ::
Full of snipes (watch out Jacko) , self parody and self destruction in equal measures

VERTIGO
08 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: U2 ::
U2 are back !...........again

GET ON YOUR LIFE
08 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Vertigo)
:: The Black Velvets ::
Quite a sleazy trip, but essentially is the back end of LA rock replayed for a 21st Century audience

HERE HE COMES * record of the week *
08 November 2004 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
Solid, gutsy stuff that makes Kings Of Leon sound like Girls Aloud

VIVA LA DIFFERENCE!
08 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Island)
:: Portobella ::
Not going to change the world, but it may make it a bit more bearable for a few minutes.

THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY
08 November 2004 / 11 Trk CD :: Eat Sleep
:: French Kicks ::
Sort of a sign of the times rather than a milestone. This is though, a slightly fluffy and endearing animal all the same.

I WANT MORE
02 November 2004 / 12-Trk CD
:: Dean Walker ::
This is unabashed pop entertainment. A challenge one presumes to the likes of Robbie Williams and Daniel Bedingfield both of whom he outstrips by a long chalk...

LABYRINTH
02 November 2004 / Demo / 10-Trk CD
:: The Children ::
Remember when R'n'B meant rhythm and blues not ring tones and bling? And how good it could be?

DEMO
01 November 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Afterview ::
Energy and oomph that makes you feel young and cheeky and like pushing your luck, as all good pop punk should.

DEMO
01 November 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Alps ::
From the moment the first track, rushes through the stereo, there are hooks a million and there’s a nice balance to each track.

EXTENDED PLAY
01 November 2004 / Regular Beat Recording Co. / 4-Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
This is a nice CD yet can be too easily dismissed as merely coffee table music that only evokes a boredom that could taint Regular Beat Recordings with a mistakenly middle aged image.

DEMO
01 November 2004 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Danny Mahon ::
Still we find it difficult to escape our geographic and resultant musical roots and right now, why should we want to? After all it’s still grim up north no matter how many shiny yuppie flats and retail parks arrive...

DEMO 2004
01 November 2004 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Champion Kickboxer ::
The first known release from a band so quirky it makes Pavement and Modest Mouse look like amateurs at their own game. This is a pop CD that has been turned on its head.

DEMO
01 November 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Drat ::
Classy, clever indie pop from Belfast via Todmorden.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 1.11.04
01 November 2004 / Various
:: The Rasmus :: Film School :: Pedro :: V :: Slow Roosevelt :: Rocky Votolato :: Sia ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 1st November 2004

THE END HAS NO END
01 November 2004 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: The Strokes ::
Splashes of grandeur with looping guitar parts and a crashing, almost rusty chorus section

PORCELAIN
01 November 2004 / 4 AD / 4 Trk Sampler CD
:: Sparta ::
Like an 18 wheeler smashing into the shop window of a Virgin Megastore

GIRLS BEST FRIEND
01 November 2004 / V2 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Datsuns ::
Festering blend of dirty rock and roll, blistering with distorted guitars and moody rawk vocals

SHE’S NOT LEAVING
01 November 2004 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: The Research ::
Sounds like someone playing two chords on a keyboard. Mainly because they are playing two chords on a keyboard

IRIS
01 November 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD (Tugboat)
:: Pellumair ::
Pellumair make a serious, infectious debut.

BABY * record of the week *
01 November 2004 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: The Detroit Cobras ::
If you like the Detroit Cobras genuine interpretations of trash, blues, swamp and twisted rockabilly then this album is a gift

GERMANY TO GERMANY
01 November 2004 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: Ratatat ::
The next Scotland World Cup Anthem backed by the funkier vibe of “Green Onions” meets Death In Vegas

BLOOD
01 November 2004 / 6 Trk CD :: Co-Pop
:: Ox (UK) ::
Perfectly arranged, packed with ambience and sparkling effects

NEVER ENOUGH
01 November 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Loog, Polydor)
:: The Open ::
Roars and pushes to the very limits of it's widescreen persective

ROMANTIC RIGHTS
01 November 2004 / 679 / 4 Trk CD
:: Death From Above 1979 ::
As commanding as a collection of Kraftwerk albums played at 45 rpm

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