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Release Archive
< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For November, 2008

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

THE SWAN WITH TWO NECKS
08 November 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 9 Trk CD
:: The Old Romantic Killer Band ::
An album that contains more than one interpretation of how the blues can be transposed onto a more modern music scene

ALPINISMS
24 November 2008 / Ghostly International / 11 Trk CD
:: School Of Seven Bells ::
“Alpinisms” is the latest evolutionary step for shoegaze

JUST ANOTHER DARK AGE
24 November 2008 / 7 Trk CD
:: Nunbient One ::
Joff Winks and Matt Baber have whipped together this collection of electro field recordings.

EVERYBODY LOVES A SCENE
24 November 2008 / Salty Cat / Free Download
:: New Rhodes ::
A recommended dose of urgent, melodic 21st century, hard hitting pop

MAGIC BEANS
24 November 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Boudica ::
Boudica tick some very nice boxes

TWELVE WAYS TO COUNT
24 November 2008 / Humble Soul / 12 Trk CD
:: The Miserable Rich ::
Brighton's Miserable Rich find a welcome home with Humble Soul

ROCKING HORSE
24 November 2008 / One Little Indian / 13 Trk CD
:: Kelli Ali ::
Ex-Sneaker Pimps singer builds on third solo studio album

THE MOORS
24 November 2008 / SOIF Music / 3 Trk CD
:: Society Of Imaginary Friends ::
Another spine tingling cross genre, operatic performance

THE GREEN LIGHT
24 November 2008 / Little Red Rabbit / 9 Trk CD
:: Crazy Man Michael ::
A classic rendition from the growing movement of edgy folk that exists in the less well known but no less important segments of the local acoustic underground

THE BBC SESSIONS
24 November 2008 / BBC / Jeepster / 14 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
A useful compilation covering the B&S BBC sessions from 1996 to 2001

VIO SPILUM ENDALAST (WE PLAY ENDLESSLY)
24 November 2008 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Sigur Ros ::
Hopefully Sigur Ros didn’t have too much of their cash stashed in Landsbanki

SING FOR YOU
24 November 2008 / Elektra / 1 Trk CD
:: Tracy Chapman ::
“Sing For You” is certainly an older and more reflective Chapman

CHURCH BELL BLUES
24 November 2008 / True North / 12 Trk CD
:: Catherine Maclellan ::
Introspective stuff from Canada.

THE COUNTRY & EASTERN BAND
24 November 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: Paula Darwish ::
An effective rendition of a Western gateway to the East

LET'S HAVE A DANCE * single of the week *
24 November 2008 / White Label / 1 Trk Download
:: International Trust ::
The credit is crunching, rising energy bills mean fewer end-terraces turned into Blackpool Illuminations for us all to take the piss out of; what we need is the definitive festive record to cheer everyone up

WE ARE BEAUTIFUL WE ARE DOOMED
24 November 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Los Campesinos! ::
With their debut LP only hitting the shelves just before Easter, Cardiff’s Los Campesinos! are immediately back in the fray with album number two

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 17/11/08
17 November 2008 / Various Formats
:: Mercury Rev :: Nick Harrison :: The Elements :: Morning Call :: The Lazarus Plot :: Answers On Postcards :: ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 17/11/08

NO TEARS FOR THE CREATURES
17 November 2008 / United By Fate Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Johnny Truant ::
A punishing album of growls and modern new rock manoeuvres

POLYP
17 November 2008 / Blast First/ 6 Trk CD
:: Youthmovies ::
Despite moments of alt.jazz, the behind the covers of opener “Magic Diamond” there’s still something menacing or unnerving lurking in the back ground

LAKE TOBA
17 November 2008 / Phone Me (Tuba) Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Lukestar ::
From the icy metropolis of Oslo, Lukestar combine their Scando rock with some very neat, leftfield tricks

GOOD DAY EP
17 November 2008 / Cutlass Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: Kenan Bell ::
Whichever way you view it, Kenan Bell has stumbled upon an otherwise obvious but highly effective cross genre formula

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS * album of the week *
17 November 2008 / 10 Trk CD
:: A Place To Bury Strangers ::
The loudest band in New York ? MBV's impact on noisy dream rockers is writ large here..

IF CHILDREN
17 November 2008 / Affairs Of The Heart / 11 Trk CD
:: Wye Oak ::
Hailing from Baltimore Maryland, Wye Oak have apparently, named themselves after the state’s honorary tree

THE INBETWEEN
17 November 2008 / Leaf / 12 Trk CD
:: Essie Jain ::
Barely 6 months after the release of “We Made This Ourselves” Essie Jain is back with another albums worth of her pretty, light footed melodies

IN THE OCEAN
17 November 2008 / Alcopop! / 1 Trk CD
:: Stars And Sons ::
Mike Lord is full of tall tales of working in zoos and selling hot dogs but here it's his other role as a geeky bedroom based musician

TURN THE CAR AROUND
17 November 2008 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Petals On A Wet Black Bough ::
A haunting electronic and ethereal suspense treading a fine line between ballad and rock

MARBLES
17 November 2008 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Its A Buffalo ::
This could easily elevate its a buffalo from local treasures to widely admired slackers

I DON’T WANT TO DIE (IN THE HOSPITAL)
17 November 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Conor Oberst ::
A refreshingly witty title and the lyrics to go with it, but there endeth the good bits..

THE BRONX
17 November 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 11 Trk CD
:: The Bronx ::
The band’s third eponymous album...

SELF OBSESSION IS AN ART FORM
17 November 2008 / Pop-Art/ 3 Trk CD
:: Subliminal Girls ::
Subliminal Girls commit themselves to the artist Stuart Semple’s Pop-Art records

NOTES FROM THE TURNCOAT CAMPAIGN
17 November 2008 / 6 Trk Split CD
:: Throats :: the_Network ::
Another split EP release from the hard charging stable of Holy Roar

INTO THE CHAOS
17 November 2008 / Independiente / 1 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Howling Bells ::
The biggest sounding Howling Bells song to date

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
17 November 2008 / Stiff / 4 Trk CD
:: Jay Jay Pistolet ::
Don’t let the name put you off. Jay Jay Pistolet is in fact the alter ego of one Justin Hayward Young

GOLDEN EP
17 November 2008 / Guerrilla Music / 4 Trk CD
:: Bear Hands ::
It's easy to be fixated and mesmerised by their unconventional mix of indie scrambles, new wave angles and progressive growls

UPBEAT LOVE
10 November 2008 / Double Six (Domino) / 8 Trk CD
:: Threatmantics ::
It’s not an easy name to chew over is it ?

DUKE TYPE A * album of the week *
10 November 2008 / Medici Records / 10 Trk CD
:: To The Bones ::
The very first quivering rumble of “Judith” is like an earthquake…

SKELETAL LAMPING
10 November 2008 / Polyvinyl / 15 Trk CD
:: Of Montreal ::
Of Montreal's ninth studio album comes almost a decade after their landmark “The Gay Parade”

DEPROGRAMMING
10 November 2008 / White Label / 8 Trk CD
:: Lifescreen ::
From Leeds, Lifescreen are a three piece who revel in carefully delivered hard metal

CITY OF REFUGE
10 November 2008 / Asthmatic Kitty / 15 Trk CD
:: Castanets ::
Ray Raposa,Castanets,Asthmatic Kitty

SEX-CASE
10 November 2008 / White Label / CD Album
:: The Rantallion ::
An admirable effort but not just good or clever enough.

UNDER THE PAVEMENT
10 November 2008 / Sideways Saloon / 11 Trk CD
:: The Travelling Band ::
The Travelling Band are something of a collective of musicians, brought together from the folk soundtracked back streets of Manchester

REMIX MARKS DESTINATION
10 November 2008 / Southern Fried Records / 10 Trk Download Album
:: The Whip ::
This is an essential companion to the bands debut album, as it splashes in extra lashings of electronica and twists some of the songs inside out.

NOTHING PRECIOUS ENOUGH FOR US
10 November 2008 / Sub Pop / 10 Trk CD
:: Death Vessel ::
Off kilter,folk fuelled brilliance

SATISFIED
10 November 2008 / Taste / Transgressive / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Esser ::
Already recognised for his creepy, bohemian dancefloor waltzes, Esser has been feted by his more contemporary peers

LA PHYSIQUE
10 November 2008 / White Label / 5 Trk CD
:: Les Gars ::
Les Gars are a noisy brash bunch of post punk rock ‘n rollers

THIS TIME WE STAND
10 November 2008 / Search & Destroy / 1 Trk CD
:: In Case Of Fire ::
Exciting new rock produced by Gil Norton and mixed by Chris Sheldon – a formidable production team

PARIS
10 November 2008 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Friendly Fires ::
Take a taster here and let it signpost you to their excellent album.

REBEL GET BY
10 November 2008 / Another Music=Another Kitchen / 1 Trk CD
:: General Fiasco ::
General Fiasco have a sound built firmly on the foundations of Strokes records

KIDS AFLAME
10 November 2008 / Melodic / 1 Trk CD
:: Arms ::
An great excerpt from Todd Goldstein’s debut album

STARING STARS DOWN
10 November 2008 / Absolute / 2 Trk CD
:: The Beat Poets ::
BP take meaty slabs of MC5 and stuff in a little bit of U2 via raw guitar lines and a steady handed bass

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 3/11/08
03 November 2008 / Various Formats
:: Eugene McGuinness :: Sky Larkin :: Port O’Brien :: She & Him :: Frank Turner :: Ray Lamontagne :: Arctic Monkeys :: The Research :: The Hot Puppies :: The Faint :: Euros Child :: New Education :: Chris T-T :: Little Joy :: Dan Baird ::Loyal Trooper :: Pete Greenwood ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 3/11/08

WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES / BENJAMIN’S ROOM * single of the week *
04 November 2008 / Sonic Cathedral / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Daniel Land And The Modern Painters ::
So good we reviewed it twice...

WE CAN BREATHE IN SPACE
04 November 2008 / Ambush Reality / 1 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
Enter Shikari are back and a second album beckons

THE OWL OF MINERVA * recommended *
04 November 2008 / White Label / 9 Trk CD
:: South Central ::
It seems that MM have in general, become fans of this mysterious and often hooded collective

FORDLÂNDIA
04 November 2008 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: Johann Johannsson ::
As far as concept albums go, few can match the intricate and ambitious goals set by Jóhann Jóhannsson

MOTION TO REJOIN
04 November 2008 / Matador Records / 9 Trk CD
:: BrightBlack Morning Light ::
“Motion To Rejoin” is another resulting brew of remote musical landscapes and themes that cut from Ry Cooder, to brassy transcendental segments of world music

TAXI
04 November 2008 / Dead Young / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Jonjo Feather ::
Jonjo has to be the biggest rock star in Hebden Bridge

SEASIDE ROCK
04 November 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Peter, Bjorn And John ::
good news is that “Seaside Rock” contains similar sensibilities to "Writers Block" but on a lazier template

SCHEME EUGENE
04 November 2008 / Lavolta / 1 Trk CD
:: Red Light Company ::
A light touch style of rock celebrating both the Killers, spangled pop and the cruising distortions of EMO

LOVE YOUR GROUND EP
04 November 2008 / Chess Club / 4 Trk CD
:: Mumford & Sons ::
Mumford & Sons present themselves as another genuine and authentic slice of modern folk and protest song

LAST NIGHT REMIXED
04 November 2008 / Mute / 14 Trk CD
:: Moby ::
It must be great on anyone’s CV, to have the claim to have remixed one of Moby’s tracks

THE CAMELS BACK
04 November 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Psapp ::
Psapp can be relied upon to produced albums crammed with soul, life and some distinctly odd sampling

BEFORE THE WALLS CAME DOWN
03 November 2008 / 12 Trk CD
:: Computer Club ::
From Birmingham, Computerclub are a band once again claiming to have drawn influence from twenty years ago

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN – 1983-2006 RETROSPECTIVE
03 November 2008 / Illegal Art / 2 x CD Album
:: Steinski ::
Steve Stein (aka Steinski) is widely regarded as a major influence on modern day DJs

BROKEN WING
03 November 2008 / White Label / Hi Lo Songs / 1 Trk CD
:: Daniel Tse ::
Tse is from Chester and was a former waiter in the uber-posh district of Alderley Edge

LOVE IS OVERTAKING ME
03 November 2008 / Rough Trade / CD Album
:: Arthur Russell ::
Given the fact that this is just another facet of someone with an already incredible career, it is doubly astounding

WAR OF THE ROSES
03 November 2008 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Nick Miller ::
What marks Miller out from other artist is that this isn’t just another bloke with an acoustic guitar

YES OR NO
03 November 2008 / Half Machine / 10 Trk CD
:: Francois Virot ::
France, François began to play the guitar when he was seven, because he wanted to impersonate Kurt Cobain, Prong and Brian Adams

STAY POSITIVE
03 November 2008 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: The Hold Steady ::
A wholly retrospective take on MoR rock that ironically, is the freshest thing out there.

DON’T DISAPPPOINT ME NOW
03 November 2008 / !K7 / 17 Trk CD
:: Decoration ::
Decoration have been long term favourites of ManchesterMusic and this release for the US market brings together their first album together with some additional tracks

KITSUNE MAISON COMPILATION 6
03 November 2008 / Kitsune / 18 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Kitsune provide maybe the best barometer of emerging electro talent..

MICROCASTLE
03 November 2008 / 4 AD / 12 Trk CD
:: Deerhunter ::
Pretty epic even if it sometimes begins to stall into an array of sound effects and echoes

THIS IS WIDESCREEN (SESSIONS 2008)
03 November 2008 / Demo / 12 Trk CD
:: Kids On Bridges ::
For what effectively is a collection of demos, Kids On Bridges do appear to already have a convincing back catalogue

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