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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 27/11/06
27 November 2006 / Various Formats
:: Brian Setzer :: Tiga :: C/O/R/D :: The Heights :: Sidecar Kisses :: Slyde ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 27/11/06

HELLBOUND & HEARTLESS
27 November 2006 / Hellcat Records :: 12 Trk CD
:: The Heart Attacks ::
The Heart Attacks not so much wear their influences on their sleeve, but tattoo them all over with an unashamed pride.

FOOLS WITH MONEY EP
27 November 2006 / Universal / 4 Trk CD
:: Luke Toms ::
The vacant post of mediator between the sounds of Rufus Wainwright and Van Morrison has now been well and truly filled

FIRST LOVE
27 November 2006 / Universal / 4 Trk CD
:: Maccabees ::
The Maccabees manage to add energy to justify their reflective interludes

JUNK
27 November 2006 / Positiva Records :: 4 Trk CD
:: Ferry Corsten ft. Guru ::
The third single to be taken from his reputation enhancing and attitude oozing album

CRAP ATTACK
27 November 2006 / Virgin (EMI) / 15 Trk CD + DVD
:: We Are Scientists ::
It’s not a bad deal when after only a first album, a band come up with a CD full of bits and pieces that sound rather good..

9 CRIMES
27 November 2006 / 14th Floor :: 2 Trk CD
:: Damien Rice ::
Superbly crafted material

WE USED TO VACATION
27 November 2006 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Cold War Kids ::
Cold War Kids splinter out their ballads, fracture their melodies and crash out their lo-fi strums

FERGALICIOUS - FEATURING WILL.I.AM
27 November 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Fergie ::
Something different that you hope may dent the charts

Album: SKINNY GRIN / Single : SALTWATER
27 November 2006 / V2 / Album : 13 Trk CD / Single : 2 Trk CD
:: Acoustic Ladyland ::
A shocking coherence to with solid Saxophone riffing ,a bizarre punk weirdness which seems to make strange reassuring sense.

GIRL IN THE WAR
27 November 2006 / V2 / 7 Trk CD
:: Josh Ritter ::
Crafted from the gentle sway of acoustic guitars and Ritters clear throated, sublime vocals

IN REGARDS TO MYSELF
27 November 2006 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk CD
:: Underoath ::
A combination that will intrigue alternative sound seekers

SHINING BRIGHT STAR
27 November 2006 / 1 Trk CD / Ltd 12” Single
:: Black Strobe ::
Cutting the ice cold heart out of 1980’s goth electronica and welding it to the massive sounds of the 21st Century

KNIGHTS OF CYDONIA
27 November 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Muse ::
Muse maintain their spectacular ascent with a tongue in cheek sci-fi spaghetti theme

AN INVITATION TO THE PERMISSIVE SOCIETY * recommended *
27 November 2006 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Permissive Society ::
A further twist and turn to the Permissive brand of off-kilter rock

PINK SQUARES
27 November 2006 / Abeano :: 2 Trk CD
:: I Was A Cub Scout ::
They’ve deconstructed modern rock and rebuilt it with completely different instruments and technology.

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES
27 November 2006 / Fierce Panda / 2 Trk CD
:: Capdown ::
A few years down the line since their last excursions Capdown are back on Fierce Panda

JUMPING THE GREAT WHITE
27 November 2006 / Gronland :: 2 Trk CD
:: My Luminaries ::
This single deserves to be considered as a double header

RED RED WINE *recommended *
27 November 2006 / Forecast :: 1 Trk Download
:: Lucy & The Caterpillar ::
All the right ingredients for a modern folk song

FUTURE LOVE SONGS
27 November 2006 / Angular Recording Corporation:: 16 Trk CD
:: The Long Blondes :: Klaxons :: To My Boy :: Twisted Charm :: The Lodger :: Cause Commotion :: These New Puritans :: Theoretical Girl :: Violets :: Lost Penguin :: The Be Be See :: Vinchy Government :: Navvy :: Wetdog :: Low edges :: Mitten ::
Another compilation that imprints the New Cross scene into another critical compilation

TEST THE WATER
20 November 2006 / High Voltage / 1 Trk CD
:: The KBC ::
The KBC provide the perfect antidote to scruffy designer indie

INSIDER * album of the week *
20 November 2006 / Steamhammer / 12 Trk CD
:: Amplifier ::
A huge sound that delivers and deserves huge rewards.

YOU BRING ME DOWN
20 November 2006 / Abeano :: 1 Trk CD
:: Blood Red Shoes ::
Muscular adventures in lo-fi.

VIOLENCE
20 November 2006 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD
:: Rose Kemp ::
You're lulled into a false sense of security as “Violence” seeps out

BRAVE BULGING BUOYANT CLAIRVOYANTS
20 November 2006 / Bad Sneakers :: 2 Trk CD and 7” Vinyl
:: Wild Beasts ::
From the other side of the Pennines, one of the weirdest ideas this year

REACH FOR THE SUN (Mik Mak Mok) / FAINT AND PORCELAIN (Lazybones) * recommended *
20 November 2006 / Gardensticks :: 4 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Lazybones :: Mik Mak Mok ::
This release from the Garden Sticks stable won’t disappoint, reassuring us that they are trustworthy guardians of the modern folk underworld

STICKEY HONEY
20 November 2006 / Hassle :: 1 Trk CD
:: Juliette & The Licks ::
Stand out contender for single from the bands impressive second album

IF YOU FAIL, WE ALL FAIL * single of the week *
20 November 2006 / Warner / Atlantic :: 2 Trk CD
:: Fields ::
Enough evidence so far to cement a skuzzy, glorious future

A BROKEDOWN MELODY
20 November 2006 / Universal / 13 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
The search for haunting tunes and a diverse selection of artists pays off admirably.

NOTHING CAN GO WRONG
20 November 2006 / Art/Goes/Pop :: 3 Trks – Over 7” and 12” Vinyl Formats
:: South Central ::
An indisputably infectious slice of dance floor indie

NINETEEN
20 November 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: ¡Forward, Russia! ::
Full of the same kind of magic that defines them as a true post rocking bunch of alt.rock pioneers

THIS IS THE NEW
20 November 2006 / Art/Goes/Pop :: 8 Trk 12” Vinyl
:: Popup :: The Low Miffs :: Heads We Dance :: Stinky Munchkins ::
Art/Goes/Pop plug into the different, peripheral segments of music scenes that require a plugged in brain and open mindedness

CEASE TO EXIST
20 November 2006 / Kiss Of Death / Reveal Records :: 2 Trk CD
:: The Nightjars ::
Nightjars’ own zestfully imprinted, brittle rock is rewritten for our modern northern landscapes.

9 * recommended *
20 November 2006 / 14th Floor Records :: 10 Trk CD
:: Damien Rice ::
A journey of variation, emotion and inspiration.

BRING IT ON BACK
20 November 2006 / Warner / Atlantic :: 1 Trk CD
:: Jet ::
Whilst this won’t change the world, this is a dose of star spangled pop/rock

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 13/11/06
13 November 2006 / Various Formats
:: Peaches :: Little Man Tate :: Blue October :: Koop :: Protest The Hero :: Senses Fail :: (+44) :: Nigel Clarke :: BlackFlower :: Moira Stewart :: Deadline :: Richard Swift :: Entrance :: Sandira :: John Zealey ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 13/11/06

I AM BLISTERS, I AM
13 November 2006 / Kitchenware Records :: 2 Trk CD
:: The Motorettes ::
Motorettes’ streetwise edge and no fuss rocking will surely strike a cord with genuine musos

THE DUST OF RETREAT
13 November 2006 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s ::
The understanding between the two lead men of Edwards and Andy Fry belies a chance meeting in a pet shop just over two years ago

COLD & WET
13 November 2006 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Bonnie "Prince" Billy ::
One thing to expect from Bonnie “Prince” Billie is of course the unexpected.

ZIDANE A 21st CENTURY PORTRAIT * album of the week *
13 November 2006 / Pias / Wall Of Sound / Rock Action :: 10 Trk CD
:: Mogwai ::
Written for the film/documentary which is of course all about the headbutting French footballer

ON A HOLIDAY
13 November 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Alterkicks ::
Good honest fun but refreshingly without any novelty factor

IT’S BECAUSE...WE’VE GOT HAIR
13 November 2006 / Full Time Hobby :: 2 Trk Promo CD
:: Tunng ::
I doubt if Tunng have a rehearsal room

ACT OF FIRE
13 November 2006 / Duurtlang Records :: 3 Trk CD
:: Voicst ::
Steady Dutch rockers Voicst Vock out !

YOU’RE SO PRETTY, WE’RE SO PRETTY (2006 YOUTH REMIX)
13 November 2006 / Sanctuary / 2 Trk CD
:: The Charlatans ::
A magnificent single that sums up everything that’s good about The Charlatans

CHIPS AHOY
13 November 2006 / Vagrant :: 1 Trk CD – To Be Released on 7” Vinyl
:: The Hold Steady ::
Seems to sit somewhere between Men Without Hats, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty

WORDS * single of the week *
13 November 2006 / Ever Records :: 2 Trk CD
:: Cyann & Ben ::
A dazzling journey of off-track beats and sweeping, dipping rock melodies

ALUMINIUM
13 November 2006 / XL / 10 Trk CD
:: Aluminium ::
There’s something definitely life affirming about Jack White's Aluminium.

FIRST BLOOD * recommended *
13 November 2006 / Must Destroy / 5 Trk CD
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Only the best in Sega / Nintendo gaming sound effects and slithering, headslicing low frequency synthesisers

HISTORY * Recommended *
13 November 2006 / Fat Northerner / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Grand Volume ::
A bloody juggernaught, slamming it’s stop/start verse, hooking your head via a noose of jerky chords and banging your skull against the walls of the regular beat

THE DROP
13 November 2006 / Captains Of Industry / 3 Trk CD
:: Sucioperro ::
Taken from the bands excellent album “Random Acts Of Intimacy”

WE KNOW U KNOW IT
13 November 2006 / V2 / Nude :: 2 Trk CD
:: Foreign Islands ::
Foreign Islands unlock all of the energetic promise found on their summer single

3AM
13 November 2006 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / plus Download Trk
:: 52 Teenagers ::
[52]Teenagers brandish their powerful, imposing rock

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 6/11/06
06 November 2006 / Various Formats
:: Boy Kill Boy :: Damn Arms :: Joan As Police Woman :: Keane :: The Others :: Green Day :: Fat Boy Slim :: U2 :: The Cooper Temple Clause :: Favouritesons :: Starky :: Ben Onono :: The Third Eye Foundation :: Matt Elliot :: Six Nation State :: Mekon :: Zebrahead ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 6/11/06

MAGICK
06 November 2006 / Polydor / 2 Trk CD
:: Klaxons ::
Ever wondered what music would be played on a space buggy ride

COUNT IN FIVES
06 November 2006 / Universal / Loog :: 1 Trk CD
:: The Horrors ::
The stuff you’d listen to on repeat whilst trying to run a marathon dressed up as a Clingon from Star Trek

I’LL BE A VIRGIN, I’LL BE A MOUNTAIN
06 November 2006 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: Maximillian Hecker ::
A quiet album that still leaves a lasting impression.

LAMENT
06 November 2006 / 11 Trk CD
:: The Faces Of Sarah ::
There seems to be a bit of a Goth-Rock revival

OMAHA
06 November 2006 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Tapes n’ Tapes ::
Simple and to the point - and more effective stff from the Tapes

WOWEE ZOWEE !
06 November 2006 / Domino / 2 x CD – 29 + 21 Trks
:: Pavement ::
A collection of contradictions and required perseverance but no less a classic re-issue

DREAM
06 November 2006 / Blow Up :: 3 Trk CD
:: Neon Plastix ::
A speeded up Blondie track that’s dismantling The Bravery with the wrong sized spanners, whilst mugging Bronski Beat.

THE PEEL SESSIONS 1991 – 2004 * recommended *
06 November 2006 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: P J Harvey ::
Definitely one for admirers of the artist and broadcaster alike

MISSING LINK
06 November 2006 / Ever Records :: 2 Trk CD
:: Cortney Tidwell ::
Swooning, earnest, rewritten pop

FURTHEST BRANCHES FROM THE TRUNK * recommended *
06 November 2006 / Timbreland Recordings :: 16 Trk CD
:: Various Artists :: Josephine Oniyama :: Dan Haywoods New Hawks :: We Mythical Kings :: Little Pebble :: Autopilot :: Tycoons Follies :: The Wisemen :: Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe :: LA77 :: Salty Dogs ::
“Furthest Branches From The Trunk” proves that Manchester still has many threads, many scenes and plenty of fresh new ideas.

THE GULAG ORKESTAR & THE LON GISLAND EP *recommended *
06 November 2006 / 4 AD / 15 Trk CD
:: Beirut ::
An essential, unique, but also very moving collection of Beirut’s work so far

ANTIFAMILY
06 November 2006 / 13 Trk CD
:: Antifamily ::
The “open-ended collective” of Antifamily boasts up to 15 different collaborators

I FOUND OUT
06 November 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 3 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
The Pigeon Detectives high school bopping provides one of the best records out of Yorkshire so far

WILD BLUE YONDER
06 November 2006 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
The Weller dares to be catchy as well as noisy.

HIT PARADE
06 November 2006 / Universal / 23 Trk CD
:: Paul Weller ::
It’d be difficult to begrudge him the title of Sir Weller in later life

THE CHANCE
06 November 2006 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Hundred Reasons ::
In any other world this is a double A –side

THE GRID
06 November 2006 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: To My Boy ::
Sam White and Jack Snape are having fun and they’ve left an open invitation for us all to join in.

HERE LIES
06 November 2006 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler CD
:: Betty Curse ::
An anthem for all disaffected youth alright..

TROPHIES OF LOVE
06 November 2006 / 2 Trk Enhanced CD :: Concrete Recordings
:: Orphan Boy ::
Ehh Up !

LIFE IS
06 November 2006 / Gunky Music :: 11 Trk CD
:: Only Man Shouting ::
Paul Taylor may well just have something rather special wrapped up in all of this.

UNLEASH THE SANDS OF ALL TIME
06 November 2006 / 3 Trk CD
:: Lost Alone ::
The sound of considered, spontaneously head busting rock.

DRUG FREE!
06 November 2006 / Pink Hedgehog :: 13 Trk CD
:: Anton Barbeau ::
Anton Barbeau brews another slightly psychedelic cocktail of folk and trippy soundtracks

CALLING ALL CARS
06 November 2006 / 1 Trk CD
:: Senses Fail ::
Senses Fail warm up the reception with their EMO / Rock friendly tones

DON’T GO WASTING MY TIME
06 November 2006 / 4th Street :: 4 Trk CD
::
Shaun Buswell sings songs

FOREVER – THE SINGLES
06 November 2006 / Universal / 18 Trk CD ( DVD Version Available)
:: The Charlatans ::
Legendary ? – Yes, whether you knew it or not.

TAPE IT
06 November 2006 / Hungry Kid :: 2 Trk CD
:: Winterkids ::
It'd be very disappointing if this band weren’t destined for much bigger things.

FACELESS
06 November 2006 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: Xi ::
Xi straddle a curious ground between heavy rock, alternative indie and chart searching tunefulness

HIGH VOLTAGE - FULL CHARGE
06 November 2006 / High Voltage / 19 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Not so much a compilation, but arguably in some way a mini-greatest hits package from the mighty High Voltage stable

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