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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 26/11/07
26 November 2007 / Various Formats
:: Scout Niblett :: Good Shoes :: The Hold Steady :: Shy Child :: Zico Chain :: Danava :: Saviours :: Wilburnsilver :: Captain Phoenix ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major releases w/c 26/11/07

SAFETY BRICKS
26 November 2007 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD
:: Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) ::
A wistful offering of subtlety and intrigue.

DON’T WORRY LADY
26 November 2007 / Density:Vagrant / 10 Trk CD
:: i hate sally ::
From vivid instrumental breaks to IHS use of Biblical Ladies names on each and every song title

FADING OUT
26 November 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Underclass ::
Budget stuff but there’s something shining like a diamond underneath it all

PIKUL * recommended *
26 November 2007 / Dangerbird / 6 Trk CD
:: Silversun Pickups ::
Noisy, beautiful, refined and skuzzy in equal measures

ASSEMBLY
26 November 2007 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
Trash or genius, it’s walking a fine line

MARINA GASOLINA
26 November 2007 / Domino / 5 Trk CD
:: Bonde Do Role ::
Another melodic boom! Boom! from Bonde

THE ALCHEMY INDEX
26 November 2007 / 12 Trk 2xCD
:: Thrice ::
It would probably be an understatement to describe Thrice as ambitious

EMPIRE FALL
26 November 2007 / Lavaland / 11 Trk CD
:: Eliza ::
Former Bellatrix singer Eliza Newman is back with that distinctive voice

GRACE & SPEED
26 November 2007 / Gypsy Eyes / 10 Trk CD
:: Vandaveer ::
Trad' folk, Eastern European flavoured strums and straight up jolly pop.

DITZY SCENE * single of the week *
26 November 2007 / 3 Trk CD
:: Cardiacs ::
The sound of a dizzy choir urgently flying skywards in the belly of a jet powered tune

BREATHE
26 November 2007 / Maid In Sheffield Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Helen Boulding ::
As a talented song writer and singer this deserves plenty of recognition

HOW TO FALL DOWN GRACEFULLY
26 November 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Indet ::
A punk trio from Californ..no..Caldicot in Monmouthshire

MATCHBOOK SEEKS MANIAC
26 November 2007 / ATP Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Deerhoof ::
By their own admission, Deerhoof are radical

GRANITE
26 November 2007 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Pendulum ::
Heavy rock Euro-Disco, despite the Australian roots

SEND ME YOUR CHAMPION * recommended *
26 November 2007 / Fat Northerner / 12 Trk CD
:: Grand Volume ::
It’s been a long time coming, but Grand Volume have at last made their mark.

ACUPUNCTURE MAN * recommended *
26 November 2007 / 2 Trk CD
:: My Way My Love ::
Joyful J-Punk noise that's the sound of two hundred versions of Iggy & The Stooges being thrown down the stairs

THE WRATH OF MARCIE
26 November 2007 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: The GO! Team ::
Another brilliant single that sound as though it's been recorded on cheap cassettes

HEIST
26 November 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Spartan Program ::
Blazingly ace in parts with buckets of potential.

LEAVE IT ALONE
26 November 2007 / Brille / 1 Trk CD
:: Operator Please ::
Those Aussie teenagers are back - no it's not a Home & Away repeat..

PART FOUR
26 November 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: AOMC ::
Will there be a part 5

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 19/11/07
19 November 2007 / Various Formats
:: Willy Mason :: The Shaky Hands :: The Warlocks :: Look See Proof :: :: Chri T-T :: Zurich :: Cynic Guru :: The Wolfman :: Peter Cincotti ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major releases w/c 19/11/07

QUARTERWAY
19 November 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Manyanas ::
The Manyanas come from Oldham and avoid any obvious clichés - promising stuff

SPACEMAN
19 November 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Beat The Radar ::
Post rock demo time from Beat The Radar

GO GET HER
19 November 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Cut ::
Slick and magnificently produced rock.

THE WAY
19 November 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Fusiliers ::
Smashes its way into your heart with a wall to wall bluster of guitars

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
19 November 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Richard Walker ::
A spirited effort that benefits from a certain flair

PASS THE HAT AROUND EP
19 November 2007 / Fantastic Plastic / 4 Trk Digital EP
:: Help She Can’t Swim ::
Beautiful by their standards.

WAY TO MY HEART
19 November 2007 / Bad Sneakers Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Sugars ::
The Sugars have novelty in spades

I FOUND OUT
19 November 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
What a year it’s been, but justifiably so.

RAW
19 November 2007 / Influx : Dim Mak / 3 Trk CD
:: Scanners ::
Relative works of art splattered across the walls

THE AWESOME MAGNET
19 November 2007 / On The Bone / 2 Trk 7” Picture Disc Vinyl with DVD + Download
:: That Fucking Tank ::
Explosive, orchestrated blisters of noise from Leeds finest

FACTFINDING * EP of the week *
19 November 2007 / 4 Trk 10” Vinyl + Download
:: O Fracas ::
A band who shouldn't remain a relative secret for long

FLUX
19 November 2007 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Bloc Party ::
Bloc Party shag a synth with staggering results

DISCORDIA
19 November 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Dust ::
Blackpool rock from Dust

JONI
19 November 2007 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Correcto ::
Correcto is more than just a side project for Franz Ferdinand stickman Paul Thomson

PUSH THE GHOSTS
19 November 2007 / Universal / B-Unique / 1 Trk CD
:: The Twang ::
A large number of people are still wondering how and why a band like The Twang managed to get a record deal

LINDA BOOM
19 November 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Fayre ::
A great little EP that deserves so much more than just a push as demo

HISTORY
19 November 2007 / Fat Northerner / 2 Trk CD
:: Grand Volume ::
Debut album “Bring Me Your Champion” beckons like a thunderstorm

DOWN TO REST *recommended *
19 November 2007 / City Slang / 3 Trk CD
:: O’Death ::
The New Yorkers forsake whiskey and go straight for the Meths on this back alley hymn of boisterous abandon

TWO EYES
19 November 2007 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Daler Mehndi :: Feat. The Wolfmen ::
Bhangra legend Daler Mehndi teams up with an Ant..

HOLD MUSIC
19 November 2007 / Cooperative Music / 2 Trk CD
:: Architecture In Helsinki ::
Don’t worry if you think your CD player is broken when you put Architecture’s “Hold Music” on. It’s meant to sound like that

STARING AT THE RUDE BOIS * recommended *
19 November 2007 / Warner / 2 Trk CD
:: Gallows ::
A poignant, delightful racket.

CLASSIC CLICHÉ
19 November 2007 / 6 Trk CD
:: Elektrons ::
A refreshing tonic amongst all the boys (and girls) with guitars

PUBLIC FACE
19 November 2007 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Rebbeca ::
Hits the falsetto more often than Freddie Mercury at this peak, whilst the rest of the band industriously burn hot coals

NIGHT OWL
19 November 2007 / Defence : Much Better Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Viva Stereo ::
A hypnotic and slightly dazzling EP with plenty of unexpected turns.

ALDERLEY EDGE * single of the week *
19 November 2007 / Concrete Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Orphan Boy ::
Orphan Boy are one of the best rock and roll bands in Britain right now

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 12/11/07
12 November 2007 / Various Formats
:: Elvis Perkins :: Angels & Airwaves :: Freemasons :: Mika :: Groove Armada :: Yeasayer :: Fergie :: Estelle :: Richard Fleeshman :: Grace ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major releases w/c 12/11/07

TIGER MY FRIEND
12 November 2007 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: Psapp ::
If you fell for last years “The Only Thing I Ever Wanted”, you’ll definitely love this album too

THE SCENE & THE UNSEEN
12 November 2007 / !K7 / 12 Trk CD
:: Stoney ::
Mark Stoney creates some blissfully melodic tunes

APPROXIMATE HELLHOUND VS THE MONKEY DEMON
12 November 2007 / 10 Trk CD
:: Reid Paley :: Reid Paley Trio ::
An album about broken promises, ruined lives and climbing out of social mires

THE SHAKY HANDS
12 November 2007 / Memphis Industries / 13 Trk CD
:: The Shaky Hands ::
Romantically ramshackle, but equally powerful for reassuringly good reasons

ENGLABORN
12 November 2007 / 4 AD / 16 Trk CD
:: Johann Johannsson ::
Johannsson’s re-released 16 track collection follows on the heels of last year’s astounding epi

THE ZONE * recommended *
12 November 2007 / 8 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
It’s been a staggering year for Enter Shikari

UNDER THE BIRCH TREE
12 November 2007 / WeLikeDanger! / 9 Trk CD
:: M S Thomason ::
Delightful moonlit collection of soothing, inner city acoustica with a slightly dark heart.

HIDE & SLEEP
12 November 2007 / 3 Trk CD
:: Leander ::
A menacingly mellow concoction of barely registering rhythms and triggered sounds

I KNOW KUNG FU
12 November 2007 / Fierce Panda / 2 Trk CD
:: Shit Disco ::
Only Shit Disco can mnake you dance to a Radioclit remix

ALL RIGHT
12 November 2007 / My Dad / 4 Trk CD
:: Jim Noir ::
It’s good to have Jimbo back.

SISTER SIAM * single of the week *
12 November 2007 / Southern Fried Records / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: The Whip ::
A refined slice of upmarket city centre electronica

HOPE IS A WAKING DREAM
12 November 2007 / White Label / 5 Trk CD
:: Laboratory Noise ::
A mesmerising collection

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 05/11/07
05 November 2007 / Various Formats
:: Gay For Johnny Depp :: GymClassHeroes :: Palladium :: Stoney :: The Cribs :: Capdown :: Hundred Reasons :: Escalade :: Esprit De Corps :: The Eagles :: Ra Ra Riot :: Capdown :: Outcry Collective :: Blake :: Groove Armada :: Kevin Michael :: Fables Last Stand ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major releases w/c 5/11/07 including stuff that got stuck in the post.

NEW YORK CITY
05 November 2007 / !K7 / 17 Trk Live DVD
:: The Cult ::
Brit rockers the Cult return to the stage in this concert performed at New York City's Irving Plaza

HIDEOUT * album of the week *
05 November 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 13 Trk CD
:: Film School ::
An essential record and some may even argue, as time passes, a classic

VIETNAM
05 November 2007 / Kemado Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Vietnam ::
A countrified collection of new wave ballads and blues

TOWARDS LIGHT * recommended *
05 November 2007 / Reveal / 7 Trk CD
:: The Nightjars ::
There’s a lot of competition this week, but let’s just say that this is the best record from Manchester on the table.

I KNOW WHAT I SAW
05 November 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Red Star Rebels ::
A visible presence at ITC with their collection of winkle pickers and 1980’s heavy rock outfits

TORPEDO LIBIDO
05 November 2007 / Big Scary Monsters / 2 Trk CD
:: The New 1920 ::
New 1920 appear indifferent despite this CD being well executed

APARTMENT STORY
05 November 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
:: The National ::
A brilliant winter soundtrack

EP1
05 November 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Pattern Theory ::
The Pattern Theory have made a distinguished attempt at doing things differently

VELVET NEVER DRIES
05 November 2007 / 7 Trk CD
:: Modernaire ::
The synths gargle like low voltage robots gasping for breath

THE BEST OF..TIME FOR HEROES
05 November 2007 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: The Libertines ::
A little slice of recent history that’s well worth having.

A GUIDE TO LOVE,LOSS & DESPERATION * recommended *
05 November 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 13 Trk CD
:: The Wombats ::
Indispensable, modern, glittering intelligent indie with a sense of humour

FATHOMS
05 November 2007 / We Hate You Records / 8 Trk CD
:: The Yacht Club ::
Innovative and irrepressible in equal and exciting measures.

TAXI
05 November 2007 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Author ::
These guys maybe just don’t know how lucky they are

YOU BETTER NOT WASTE MY TIME
05 November 2007 / Polydor / 3 Trk CD
:: N Dubz ::
N Dubz self created rap overtures seem to work well

TWO WORDS & A GESTURE
05 November 2007 / Cuckundoo Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Vessels ::
Vessels begin to create their own references

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