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Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

LIVE AT READING * dvd of the week *
30 November 2009 / Geffen / 25 Trk DVD & 24 Trk Audio CD
:: Nirvana ::
I don’t think it’s possible to review a Nirvana release any more...

YEAR END ISSUE
30 November 2009 / Because / 1 Trk CD
:: Krystle Warren ::
A new soulful sound rooted in the 60's

NME THE ALBUM 2009
30 November 2009 / Rhino / 40 Trk 2 x CD
:: Various Artists ::
Don't download at a quid a track - buy this super value family sized slice of essential indie rock..

FIND A PLACE TO BE SAFE * recommended *
30 November 2009 / Sister Jack / 11 Trk CD
:: Collapse Under The Empire ::
The sound of new German ambient post rock...

WALK ON
30 November 2009 / Our Broadcast / 3 Trk CD
:: Young Rebel Set ::
Very northern and peppered with romantic soul searching

WHAT IS LIGHT ? WHERE IS LAUGHTER
30 November 2009 / Red Bull Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Twin Atlantic ::
The sound of orchestras and the crash of heavy distortions, Glasgow style.

RESTLESS
30 November 2009 / Fabric Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Buraka Som Sistema ::
Loose limbed beats aplenty

SER ETICO * demo of the week *
30 November 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Switch ::
The Switch is most definitely on...

QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO
30 November 2009 / Salty Cat / 3 Trk CD
:: New Rhodes ::
New Rhodes seem to be gently and deliberately changing direction with each record

AN EVENING * recommended *
30 November 2009 / Stressed Sumo Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Kidnapper Bell ::
Both enchantingly pretty and coarsely driven

MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY - SLADE PARTY HITS * xmas alert *
30 November 2009 / Universal / 20 Trk CD
:: Slade ::
Yes lads and lassies it’s time to serve up the turkey and stuffing cup-a-soups

SILENT HOUR * single of the week *
30 November 2009 / Buy A Life Records / 3 Trk CD
:: An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump ::
Deconstructed collisions of back-to-the-drawing board early 80’s guitar experimentation and arthouse lo-fi.

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 23/11/09
23 November 2009 / Various Formats
:: The Blizzards :: The Cribs :: Frank Turner :: Wolfmother :: Daniel Merriweather :: Iglu & Hartly :: Little Comets :: The Nextmen feat Dynamite MC :: Ingrid Michaelson ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases leading up to the 23rd November 2009 >>

HARSH FINAL * recommended *
23 November 2009 / White Box / 7 Trk CD
:: Danny Saul ::
The puzzle, the challenge and the sense of the incidental are an exciting perspective to Danny Saul’s continued command of the leftfield

PATHOLOGY * classic mancunian re-issue *
23 November 2009 / Messthetics / 17 Trk CD
:: Gods Gift ::
No wonder that an institution of mental health (or lack of it) should inspire seminal 70's local alt.wave outfit Gods Gift to generate their own alternate realities ..

TO THE CITY FROM THE SEA * album of the week *
23 November 2009 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 10 Trk CD
:: Beat The Radar ::
Pop soaked,compulsive rock overtones and ambitious, rich, stabbing cavalcades of wonderfully structured post-rock

FUTURE RELICS
23 November 2009 / Geek Pie Records / 15 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Long live Geek Pie and all of their innovators

SONGS FOR BABES / RUSTIC BULLSHIT
23 November 2009 / Mie Music / 12 Trk LP with CDR : 12 Trk CD-R
:: Talons’ (Mike Tolan) ::
An encyclopedic mix of acoustic and electric burbles

INTO THE WILD * recommended *
23 November 2009 / Distiller Records / 7 Trk CD
:: Sparrow And The Workshop ::
Beautifully tumbled up genres served with an eclectic sparkle

I LOVE EVERYONE
23 November 2009 / Charborough / 2 Trk CD
:: Albino ::
Imagine a more serious side to Mulligan and O'Hare

THE HEARTFELT EP
23 November 2009 / Philophobia Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Imp ::Jeremiah ::
Another fine helping of inter-Pennine broadcasts from the loveable and mightily impressive Philophobia

THERE ARE LISTED BUILDINGS
23 November 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Los Campesinos! ::
A tantalising glimpse of their new material ahead of their new 2010 LP

THE 21st CENTURY
23 November 2009 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: The Souvenirs ::
An agile quartet from Derby, with a speciality in quick fire pop, well honed tunes and buzzing guitars.

ODDS & EVENS
23 November 2009 / Grandpa Stan / 1 Trk CD
:: The High Wire ::
A generous helping of delightfully depressive pop, preserved by a dreamy series of harmonies

END SEASON
23 November 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl & Download
:: The Rifle Volunteer ::
It’s month eleven of 2009 and therefore the 11th instalment of Too Pure’s single club is upon us

BARCELONA
23 November 2009 / Because / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Plasticines ::
Pleasant, but the saccharine pop hype has already put big cracks in the warning dials

A LESSER OF TWO EVILS
23 November 2009 / Dead Planet Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Fighting Fiction ::
A damn fine impact, on a well thought out and constructed debut EP

THE CAPTAIN
16 November 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
“The Captain” provides another symphonic boost to their impenetrable rock sound

HIGHER THAN THE STARS * joint record of the week *
16 November 2009 / 6 Trk CD
:: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart ::
Beautiful, perfect dreamy pop with pulsing bass lines and smart guitar hooks lifted straight off the 4AD back catalogue

HOME AND MINOR * joint record of the week *
16 November 2009 / SPV / Superball / 6 Trk CD
:: Oceansize ::
Don’t wait for the fuzz pedal or stack sized distortion, because this EP is about sparkling electric guitar picks, pianos and synthesisers, with the brush of drums and entranced loops and delays

IF THESE ARE THE GOOD TIMES
16 November 2009 / Series 8 records / 10 trk CD
:: The Pony Collaboration ::
A favorably lumbering outlook, accompanied by the shaken tremolo of a clean guitar and the distant hover of strings

THE APPLE AND THE TOOTH
19 November 2009 / Warp / 12 Trk CD & Ltd 12” Vinyl (1000 Copies)
:: Bibio ::
Four brand new tracks, each a sellotaped, off kilter collection of challenging electronic stirrings

EVACUATE
16 November 2009 / White Label / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: The Boxer Rebellion ::
A stadium sound built for in your face gigs

HATARI
16 November 2009 / 4 AD / 3 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Tune-Yards ::
tUnE-YaRdS is one Merril Garbus, a singular song writer from New England

MODERN MEN
09 November 2009 / Just Good Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Dead Shores ::
From Wigan, The Dead Shores are fed up with the Metro-Sexual Male

KNEES, TOES, TEETH
09 November 2009 / Epitah / 1 Trk CD
:: The Ghost Of A Thousand ::
Very likely to make you deaf. In Brighton.

I FEEL CREAM
09 November 2009 / XL / 6 Trk Remix CD
:: Peaches ::
Peaches explores the dancefloor with even more commitment, cutting and pasting torch holding synth hooks against a well designed beat

HOLDING ON
09 November 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Fine Lines ::
Fine Lines parade a muscular ability for fine indie rock ballads lined emotional awareness

BAD TIMES IN SUMMER EP * demo of the week *
09 November 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Drink And Drive ::
An exciting new addition to the regions’ alt.new- wave strike force

FORCE OF HABIT EP
09 November 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Dead Orchestra ::
Ambitious indie from Yorkshire that works

COVERS
09 November 2009 / Humble Soul / 7 Trk CD
:: The Miserable Rich ::
The Miserable Rich are a clever outfit, but picking on such a bunch of popular classics means they can never compete with the original song

BEGGAR JOE
02 November 2009 / CAT Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Beggar Joe ::
Slow motion indie with a nimble, dexterous, sensitive veneer of soul

36 GUNS NO SOULS
02 November 2009 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Marry Another ::
Impressive, lilting debut from north Manchester

DO SOMETHING
02 November 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Obscene Levels ::
Hook riddled semi-trance themes that bounces off some contemporary Drum n Bass ideas

HAVE YOU SEEN ANNETTE?
02 November 2009 / Drive By Shouting / 2 Trk CDR
:: Who Shot Who? ::
An energetic and alternative rock sound bite fuelled by gun shots and fire crackers.

BREATHE IN DEEP
02 November 2009 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Suspect Audio ::
Impressive EP that almost mutates from Ibiza to mid- west America, in the space of less than twenty minutes

WALL (REMIX)
02 November 2009 / 1 Trk Download
:: Enter Shikari ::
Fan pleasing remix, created by Drum n Bass conscript High Contrast

WHOLE NEW WAY
02 November 2009 / XL / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: The Horrors ::
Re-recorded bonus track from their Japanese only version of “Primary Colours”

HENRY FABIAN FLYNN
02 November 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 3 Trk CD
:: Crazy Arm ::
Darren Johns takes us on an attack rammed with social sciences and a post-folk rock crescendo that ATDI would have killed for

LOVE COMES CLOSE
02 November 2009 / Matador Records / 9 Trk CD
:: Cold Cave ::
Cold Cave are from the US, but like many of their country men they are now plundering the previously forgotten, but now celebrated archives of bands like Cabaret Voltaire

FUTURE ECHOES EP
02 November 2009 / 3 Trk CD
:: Advantage ::
Admirable attack of metallised mariachi

KANETOWN CITY RIPS
02 November 2009 / Head Girl / Half Machine Records / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Jumbling Towers ::
Infectious for what seems absolutely no reason at all

REBEL BLUES
02 November 2009 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Outraze ::
A sure fire post–Oasis romp

INTO THE HEART
02 November 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Mirrors ::
Brighton’s plugged in young combo create an 80’s revival within an 80’s revival

ALL WALKS OF LIFE * recommended *
02 November 2009 / Bright Antenna / Download
:: MC Rut ::
MC Rut create compact sonic explosions that can no doubt be heard all the way from their home town of Sacramento

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