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WE LOVE YULE
26 December 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: We Love You / Wall Of Sound
:: I Am Kloot :: The Bees :: Diefenbach :: Royksopp :: Bent :: Cathy Davey :: Dibium :: Remington :: Paul Steel :: Shawn Lee :: Fakesensations :: The Girls :: Mother And The Addicts ::
Funny and interesting, tastefully sidestepping a novelty status
ROCK AND ROLL SYNDROME
26 December 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: El Condorez ::
Designed for modern rockers who like to smoke, get drunk and have the odd fight after hours.
26 December 2005 / Free Download / 1 Trk CD / Too Young To Die
:: The Boy Least Likely To ::
All that’s missing is a kids school choir
26 December 2005 / Free Download :: Brille Records
:: Envelopes ::
This outfit used to be called The Nicotines but there’s no government health warning needed here
JUST LIKE I GOT USED TO SAYING COURTNEY COX ARQUETTE
26 December 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: One Records
:: Fickle Public ::
Scots juggle with prog/post rock and splitered sub-punk sub-pop values
26 December 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Hard-Fi ::
More appropriate, then any impromptu doorstep recitals of “Away In A Manger”
DO YOU THINK OF ME?
26 December 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Shirley-Jane ::
‘Do You Think of Me’ seems to have seldom seen daylight. It has however seen plenty of dark, marijuana smoke-filled with trip hop sounds crackling from an old gramophone.
JUST IN TIME FOR NOTHING
26 December 2005 / 10-Trk CD / 114 Music
:: The Spectacle Experiment ::
Don’t assume by appropriating immaculate influences that you’ll sound great by default. This is particularly true with these shoegazer loving yanks.
26 December 2005 / 12-Trk CD / AAZ
:: John Parkes ::
Allegedly Parkes is something of a cult figure; probably among his friends. ‘Faithlessness’ is rather like an old dog. It’s friendly and loyal but also rather tired and stale smelling.
YOU CAN’T HAVE ME
26 December 2005 / 2-Trk CD
:: Fizzgig ::
Like a can of soda pop they’re sickly and equally disposable with childish melodies reminiscent at best, of an immature Weezer and at worst, Blink 182.
THE LUDDENDEN FOOT EP
26 December 2005 / 3-Trk CD / Drophandle
:: Modeliste ::
Uh oh, funk-rock! This reminds me of a time at school in the mid-90s where every bass player wanted to be Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
19 December 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Out Of The Gray ::
Acoustic outfit from Bolton prove fashion isn't their passion and make it work too
19 December 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: SL Records
:: Decoration ::
Rght in the frame and ballpark of dry, gritty, interesting bands with a tune
19 December 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Rotary Ten ::
Lincoln is our heart, Sheffield is our limbs, and the A57 is our pulmonary artery
WRATH 34 – Super Seven #12
19 December 2005 / Wrath / 4 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Playmates :: Farming Incident :: The Terminals :: Instant Species ::
One of those “why the fuck isn’t this on a major label” moments
WRATH 33 – Super Seven #11
19 December 2005 / Wrath / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Scaramanga Six :: Me Against Them ::
Is this THE Yorkshire split single of the year ?
THE FEMINIST THIRD
19 December 2005 / Wrath / 7 Trk CD
:: Sarandon ::
Sarandans fractured, slightly lampooned landscapes are well worth exploring.
DRIVE-THRU RECORDS GREATEST HITS
19 December 2005 / 16 Trk CD :: Drive Thru
:: Finch :: Something Corporate :: New Found Glory :: The Starting Line :: Senses Fail :: Midtown :: Fenix TX :: The Early November :: Allister :: Hellogoodbye ::
Psuedo rock collection representing the one part of America that is far from original and is one that arguably, the world doesn't need
THE WHEEL GOES AROUND * recommended *
19 December 2005 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Stickboy ::
A demo collection that maps Stickboys ascent yet further, to greater and pleasingly bigger sounds
MOVEMENT / THRIVE UNDER PRESSURE * demo of the week *
19 December 2005 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl :: Slogan
:: Big Cash Prizes ::
This as good an anthem as you’re going to get in the 21st Century
ONE WAY TICKET TO HELL...AND BACK
19 December 2005 / Warner / 10 Trk CD
:: The Darkness ::
An easy handful of singles and certainly much less ‘cock’ in the rock than on their debut
CURTAIN CALL – THE HITS
19 December 2005 / Universal / 5 Trk Sampler
:: Eminem ::
The 'most dangerous threat to American teenagers since Polio' gets it on Greatest Hits stylee
SHORTHAND FOR LOVE
19 December 2005 / Slapdash / 12-Trk CD
:: Cardboard Cowboy ::
If you like your music straightforward and conventional, won’t venture past Ocean Colour Scene and (probably) still prefer steam power this will doubtlessly appeal.
19 December 2005 / 3-Trk CD / FDM
:: Nizlopi ::
Lovingly captures a simpler time as does the excellent animated video that’s included.
FALL AT YOUR FEET
19 December 2005 / 2-Trk / Atlantic
:: Magnet ::
The words “eclectic”, “summery” and “pop” immediately spring to mind when Swede Even Johansen (a.k.a. Magnet) is mentioned. ‘Fall at Your Feet’ is one such outing...
19 December 2005 / 1-Trk CD / Full Time Hobby
:: Viva Voce ::
We like quirks and we like pop. We especially love quirky pop.
19 December 2005 / 2-Trk CD / White Noise
:: The Aeroplanes ::
Jeff Bridges likes The Aeroplanes. So what? So do Kate Moss and Liam Gallagher. Ok. This isn’t turning into a recommendation.
KING WITHOUT A CROWN
19 December 2005 / SonyBMG / 1-Trk CD
:: Matisyahu ::
Oy Vay! Fundamentalist Judaism and Reggae don’t usually mix.
YOU’RE GONNA LOSE US / WRONG WAY TO BE
12 December 2005 / Wichita Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cribs ::
The three Jarman brothers from Wakefield wrap up a wrath releasing impatient plea in this AA sided exposure of piercing sound.
OUT OF HERE * Buy This *
12 December 2005 / Northern Ambition / 6 Trk CD
:: Pioneers ::
The perfect Mancunian album ? – the sounds of dark storm clouds hovering overhead set to the tune of a warm sunny interior
DEATH OF A NATION
12 December 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: American Blood Recordings
:: Weapons (Weapons Of Mass Belief) ::
WOMB still have some guts although this has the kind of chorus that wouldn’t seem out of place on a Linkin Park album
IT DAWNED ON ME
12 December 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Calla ::
Calla recounting human emotion and swing it around their heads without smiling
TAXI * recommended *
12 December 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 Trk CD
:: Kubichek ::
Kubichek march ever on with an impressive secind single and the potential to take them to even bigger places.
ON THE EDGE OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL (AT 12 AM)
12 December 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Every Move A Picture ::
Sounds a little like a Bravery single being played at a rather slow 33rpm
12 December 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo
:: Boy Kill Boy ::
So audacious that even Jerry Springer would put down his cigar and take note.
TAKE ME HOME PLEASE
12 December 2005 / Vagrant - 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Reggie & The Full Effect ::
The Polymorphism of Reggie has been quite illuminating to behold
STEAL THEIR GOLD /THOUSAND CUTS * recommended *
12 December 2005 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: Wolf & Cub ::
Awesome, fractured blend of progressive, lo-fi disco, pumped up to the gills with burgeoning bass lines and skatty, edgy chorus themes.
12 December 2005 / 2-Trk / Sedna
:: Mark Owen ::
Mr. Nice from Take That returns with another well, rather nice blustery anthem. No surprises there then.
FACE FIT FOR THE RADIO / SOME THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE
12 December 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Deadskool
:: Blind Jackson ::
Makes Hot Hot Heat sound like a bunch of amateurs in the rehearsal room next door.
SICK 2 DEF
12 December 2005 / 679 / 2-Trk CD
:: Plan B ::
A pretty poisonous record recommended only for sadomasochists.
12 December 2005 / 2-Trk / Instant Karma
:: Jaed ::
Full of the kind of pop appeal that majority of riot grrl so painfully lacked.
12 December 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Vagrant
:: The Bled ::
The Bled can knife out a compelling chorus and plenty of fractured guitar breaks
THE TROUBLED LIFE OF NO ONE ELSE
12 December 2005 / 3-Trk CD / Crunch
:: The Sessions ::
This isn’t bad, it’s just AVERAGE and inoffensive and tired. Bands like Omerta have proven that you can be northern and gritty but still fresh. Time to move on.
DIAMONDS - * Recommended *
12 December 2005 / 4 AD / 1-Trk CD
:: Celebration ::
Pulsating Wulitzer and Katrina Ford’s androgynous whoop lead this maudlin and raw ballad on a big dipper journey that’s fresh, arty and not particularly farty.
BLING BLING BABY
12 December 2005 / 3-Trk CD / Play It Again
:: Milk Kan ::
‘Bling Bling Baby’ - a dismissal of treadmill modern living - sounds like Subterranean Homesick Blues performed by Chas and Dave on acid, cartoon sound effect included.
NO WAY OUT - * Record of the Week *
12 December 2005 / 2-Trk / The Passport Label
:: Love of Diagrams ::
‘No Way Out’ treads a very similar path to Bloc Party digesting 80s new wave influences from both sides of the pond. Thankfully, like London’s most loved they manage to spin it into something that is catchy without being overly derivative.
KIDS AND THIEVES
12 December 2005 / Mate / 5 Trk CD
:: Roger ::
Ethereal and poppy, yet still doused in inner city flavours and urbanite attitudes
LOVE/POP/NOISE/SPEED - * Recommended *
06 December 2005 / 14-Trk CD
:: Nutronstars ::
Sounds like a jazzed up children’s cartoon theme in an intriguing rather than annoying way explaining the Banana Splits comparisons.
06 December 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Waxplanet ::
Wax Planet are capable of irritating and enthralling with equal efficiency. If you like your Britpop revivalism with only subtle knobs on then you’ll be in the former crowd.
06 December 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Angel Benolo Singers ::
We still may be in the dark as to who The Angel Benolo Singers are but at least we know that they make a mighty fine noise.
06 December 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Tacoma ::
Tacoma is somewhere near Seattle. Clearly choosing such a name was no coincidence, more an unhealthy obsession with all that happened in the US northwest about 12 years ago.
06 December 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk
:: Reverend Coyote ::
As the rather daft name suggests, The Reverend Coyote possess more than a passing interest in all things Tex Mex, at least the stuff you saw on something like The Mark of Zorro.
06 December 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Nightjars ::
While Polytechnic brim with up tempo knife-edge tension, The Nightjars seem somewhat calmer and more resigned. Thankfully too, they’re equally competent.
05 December 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Little Man Tate ::
Well, doesn’t this sound exactly like The Arctic Monkeys? Would it come as surprise if I told you that Little Man Tate are also from Sheffield?
KEEP THE GRIME ON
05 December 2005 / 15-Trk CD / VU
:: Visionary Underground ::
Visionary Underground could confidently be deemed “phat”. The bass really couldn’t get any more corpulent...
05 December 2005 / 10-Trk CD / Clear
:: Damien Dempsey ::
It’s always spiriting to find someone who has an opinion. Sadly Dempsey really would benefit from finding a better way to express it.
05 December 2005 / Domino / 3-Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
Franz Ferdinand partially drop their angular 80s fixation for a more downbeat, introspective ballad. It still sounds as retrospective as chord flares, though.
GOOD CLEAN FUN
05 December 2005 / Domino / 1-Trk CD
:: Clearlake ::
It seems that Clearlake have gone all shoegazer on us. Hypnotic fuzzy guitars, breathy vocal and tight harmonies recall the better earlier day of Ride...
QUIET SOUNDS AND SIMPLE ACTIONS - *Recommended*
05 December 2005 / 5-Trk CD / Half Inch Originals
:: Adzuki ::
Everything here is as potent as an export strength spirit and just as intoxicating.
05 December 2005 / V2 / 1-Trk CD
:: Amusement Parks On Fire ::
Contains all the elements – atmosphere, power, melody – that good modern rock anthems should.
SO LONG * recommended *
06 December 2005 / Northern Ambition / 2 Trk CD
:: Pioneers ::
Songs like “So Long” are hewn out of large casts of heart and soul, replayed using rather large guitars
05 December 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD * recommended *
:: The Mars Volta ::
This 72 minute compendium of extended conceptual interludes, is a triumph.
BORN ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE
05 December 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Kids
:: Paper Cuts ::
Papercuts powerpunk mantras may be with us for a while
TOWER OF LOVE * record of the week *
05 December 2005 / My Dad / 12 Trk CD
:: Jim Noir ::
Overflows with wry love songs, uplifting observational wit, all recounted over a sparkling soundtrack of west coast 60's pop and umcompromising pop sensibilities.
05 December 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD * recommended *
:: The Strokes ::
That’s the Strokes for you. They’re good. Twats
COMMITTING SOCIAL SUICIDE EP
05 December 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 4 Trk CD
:: Help She Can’t Swim ::
Careers down a hill like a gaggle of Ikara Colts being pushed off in a barely safe soapbox racer by the 80’s Matchbox
BEGGARS BELIEF EP
05 December 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Shy
:: Story One ::
Almost epic torch songs are wound up, remarkably without breaking too much of a sweat
TRAINS TO BRAZIL
05 December 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 2 Trk CD
:: Guillemots ::
Guillemots look like Penguins with wings and they typically lay a single pear shaped egg on their nesting ledge
05 December 2005 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CD
:: Ampop ::
Ampop seem rather genuine, unknown and altogether more interested in stirring up real states of being
05 December 2005 / Must Destroy / 3 Trk CD
:: Computerman ::
Even in Nottingham, haircuts are amassing, to cut and paste from the 70’s, the 80’s , the 90’s
05 December 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Southern
:: Why? ::
Towering like a heavier, rattling, raw guitar version of They Might Be Giants
SUMMER STORM * album of the week *
05 December 2005 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD :: Tugboat
:: Pellumair ::
Inspirational, homegrown relief for those trying to get over the disappointing experience of listening to Nada Surfs recent album
TOMMYLAND THE RIDE
05 December 2005 / 12 Trk CD
:: Tommy Lee ::
Former Crue madman spews out a rather bloody good album for rock fans every and any where