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ULYSSES
21 December 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Future of Transporte ::
A glorious mess that'll have Keane fans running for their security blankets; it's good enough to be taken seriously yet so ridiculous you can't.

XMAS / STOP THE CAVALRY
22 December 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Ormondroyd ::
As far as the season goes, this is the musical equivalent of a roaring log fire

YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHO DIED
22 December 2004 / Warner / 3 Trk CD :: (La Salle, Atlantic)
:: The Kinison ::
They can carry a tune, make it sharp enough to cut your ears on and big enough, without making it pompously overblown

BORN WITHOUT
22 December 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Redemption
:: Johnny 4 ::
With a name that they don’t have to live up to, Johnny 4 could be a quite exciting listen in 2005.

SAD AND LONELY
22 December 2004 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: Secret Machines ::
Secret Machines pin down real alt.indie values and construct them into some quite epic spounds.

LOVING YOU IS EASY
22 December 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Charlatans ::
Fitting that 15 years after the Madchester explosion, that this song can easily stand tall within the top 30

BRILLIANT PEBBLES
21 December 2004 / Demo / 6-Trk CD
:: Joycopter ::
Experimentation is all well and good but it requires some careful arrangement to yield anything that roughly equates to a tune.

DEMO 2
21 December 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Virtuoso ::
While there are improvements, most notably in Danny’s delay soaked guitars it’s still business as usual. Rather like another day at the office, perhaps this time with an expected giggle at lunch time.

NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER
21 December 2004 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: Vert ::
As well as boasting about chunky, bum-kicking metal anthems. What it doesn’t mention is oddly what Vert seem to excel at.

1 AM
21 December 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Subways ::
It sneaks up behind you, boxes your ears and runs away chuckling before you’ve had time to even contemplate retaliation.

WE RODE THE STORM
20 December 2004 / Wrath / 4 Track CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
The sound of the Stranglers singing the blues with their guitar / amp buttons glued to 11

BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
20 December 2004 / Warner / 3 Trk CD
:: Green Day ::
Makes Blink-182 and Busted sound like the shallow poop that they really are

RADIO GA GA
20 December 2004 / Warner / 3 Trk CD
:: Electric Six ::
It’s difficult to lampoon something that itself was an caricature and steeped in incredible camp irony

EWAN
20 December 2004 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: The Radio Dept. ::
Dustbin sounding drums bash out a beat straight from the early New Order catalogue, whilst guitars jangle and get strangled in white noise

HOW TO DISMANTALE AN ATOMIC BOMB
20 December 2004 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: U2 ::
The staggered grind of the over amplified leather trousered “Vertigo” kicks off a party that belies the collective age of U2

COMBAT BABY
20 December 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Everloving
:: Metric ::
Armed with all the right buttons, they just need to bash the one marked “Do Not Press”.

EMPTY SOULS
20 December 2004 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Manic Street Preachers ::
A clever but still commercial number - it’s got much more focus than anything they’ve produced in the last five years

LESBIA
20 December 2004 / Skint / 3 Trk CD
:: Lucky Jim ::
Adds up to a rather enjoyable and inspiring few minutes of my, or for that matter, anyone's time

WARM NIGHT SEEMS FINE SHUFFLE
20 December 2004 / EMI / 2 Trk CD
:: The Concretes ::
Ineveitably it ends up sounding like Mary Hopkins lost on the set of “Deliverance"

ACID MAN * record of the week *
20 December 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Young Offenders Institute ::
“Don’t Hold Me In – Just Give Me The Fuckin’ Key..." – It may all sound ironic but it’s probably the most relevant statement from any unsigned band right now

A SIMPLE DEDICATION TO OURSELVES…OR AT LEAST THE RENEGADES THAT WE USED TO BE
14 December 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Tired Irie ::
Gloriously eerie vocal post-rock from Leicester.

THE BEST PARTY EVER
14 December 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Too Young To Die
:: The Boy Least Likely To ::
An album here that should be the talk of the music press.

FEATHERS
14 December 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Urban Blue ::
Just one short step away from a breakthrough, but a good sound all the same

CHRISTMAS AT MY HOUSE
14 December 2004 / 1 Trk CD ( Free On Request )
:: The Wandering Step ::
Blends in 50’s and 60’s rock and roll and slaps it into a frame that could be the envy of The Strokes

THE NIGHT THAT FATHER CHRISTMAS FELL IN LOVE
14 December 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Forgotten Cowboy ::
Don’t take the often offbeat Forgotten Cowboy literally, but always, always, take him seriously

3 DEEP AT THE BAR
14 December 2004 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Grand Volume ::
You’re allowed to take a breath as they leave the message – “Fuck You. There’s More... Plenty More - to mcome"

EANIE MEANY
14 December 2004 / 5 Trk CD :: My Dad
:: Jim Noir ::
Noir gets added to the list of new and inventive performers, who use previous references to embellish their intriguing insight and irrefutable skill

ENDORMI ET RÊVER (Album Sampler)
13 December 2004 / Grassington Recordings / 3-Trk CD
:: Neon Sleep ::
Rainy days and steamed up windows are documented by Argos guitars and lo-fi synths and chimes.

VERA LYNN
13 December 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Pinkertons ::
Young things’ first outing certainly displays youthful enthusiasm and a basic grasp of pop craftsmanship but this seems like very early days.

DEMO TWO
13 December 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Kubichek ::
Kubichek’s cutting live intensity, here it positively bursts through it all it’s defined and immense splendour. The grit is still very much in tact, only this time it’s there in clear bold print.

BEST OF
13 December 2004 / Warner / 15 Trk CD + 13 Trk DVD
:: Siobhan Fahey / Shakespeares Sister ::
A much darker collection of songs than I’m sure anyone would expect, with a pleasing count of hits

FIFTY GRAND FOR CHRISTMAS
13 December 2004 / Sanctuary / 3 Trk CD
:: Paul Holt ::
Cowell flippantly offered to pay Paul Holt £50k if he got a record contact and got a UK No1. Will he do it ?

AWAKE – THE BEST OF LIVE
13 December 2004 / 19 Trk CD plus 22 Trk DVD
:: Live ::
Countries that lap up rubbish rock music like the US, Australia, Holland, South Africa, Canada, Belgium and New Zealand are almost solely responsible for allowing Live to be successful

RIGHT ABOUT NOW
13 December 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: Free 2 Air
:: Mousse-T :: feat. Emma Langford ::
Catchy enough for "Now" Compilations and Dance Compendiums the world over

I HAVE FORGIVEN JESUS
13 December 2004 / Sanctuary / 2 Trk CD (Attack)
:: Morrissey ::
Remarkably near to late Smiths and earlier Morrissey material with a modern climatic flair

THE ENTHUSIAST
13 December 2004 / 21 Trk CD :: Janomi Records
:: Evil Ed ::
With 20 emcees and 4DJs on board, Evil Ed has dished up a heady collection of really accessible but far from diluted range of sounds.

PSYCHO
13 December 2004 / 5 Trk CD
:: Goldblade :: Feat: Outl4w and Buzzbomb ::
Fully vindicated by a churning bite of thunderous rock and roll and post ’77 Clash punk sensibilities

CRUNK JUICE (Album Sampler)
13 December 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: TVT
:: Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ::
This is one heavy, as they say, “Mother F*cker

SACRED HEART / TWINS
13 December 2004 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CD
:: Cass McCombs ::
A pre-cursor to new album “PREfection” and the immediate difference is its upbeat, flighty outlook

NUMB / ENCORE
13 December 2004 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Linkin Park :: Jay Z ::
Not earth shaking stuff by any means but one for the popularist vote

YOU KNOWS I LOVES YOU
13 December 2004 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
Stranded somewhere in limbo

CLOSE
13 December 2004 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Alarm ::
Credible, despite the news that the band embark on a tour with Status Quo

LOVE LIFE * record of the week *
13 December 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Guilty Feet
:: Performance ::
Nearest thing to electronic rock and roll, since the darn thing was invented all those years ago

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO ?
06 December 2004 / Warner / 11 Trk CD :: (Atlantic)
:: The Kinison ::
An exciting, abrasive and modern mangle of chiming guitars, frantic drums and screeching vocals

PRETTY (UGLY BEFORE)
06 December 2004 / Domino / 1 Trk CD * joint record of the week *
:: Elliot Smith ::
If ever the sound of winter could be sprinkled with sunshine - more wonderous from the late Elliot Smith

RENEGADE CAVALCADE
06 December 2004 / Warner / 1 Trk CD :: (Atlantic)
:: Ash ::
A light coating of melody to the industrial strength fireworks of a band on form.

ALWAYS
06 December 2004 / Geffen / 1 Trk CD :: (Universal)
:: Blink 182 ::
Their next album could be well worth waiting for, if they continue to push their own boundaries

RADIO
06 December 2004 / Double Dragon / 1 Trk DVD
:: Ludes ::
Ludes deserve the chance to enchant the nation. Or at least get them skanking.

BREATHE
06 December 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: The Silent League ::
Ex-Mercury Rev Keys Man dishes up sunny and etheral limited UK debut

CHEMICAL GIRLFRIEND
06 December 2004 / 1 Trk CD / Download Release
:: Johnny Panic ::
Big production values and a swagger that would easily be comfortable on MTV2 - and all for charidy mate

TELL MORE LIES
06 December 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: Big Cat
:: Republic Of Loose ::
Deliberately lazy, slightly cheesy pop with few hang-ups

HUMANS * joint record of the week *
06 December 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Broken Horse
:: Silver Ray ::
Fantastically balanced and incredibly drenched in mellow hooks

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