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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For December, 2006

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BREATHE DEEPER
18 December 2006 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: The Mescalitas ::
Excitable stuff from the attractively noisy trio

GONNA START WINNING / I.H.C.
18 December 2006 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: One Man And His Beard ::
It was nothing short of a gross injustice that Beard's quite unique World Cup single wasn't picked up by some cigar-chewing industry mogul

GABRIEL AND THE VAGABOND / INDISCRIMINATE ACT OF KINDNESS
18 December 2006 / Wurdamouth Records
:: Foy Vance ::
Remember that wife swap programme where two contrasting households come together?

SET FIRE TO THE THIRD BAR
18 December 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Snow Patrol :: Martha Wainwright ::
Wainwright’s crystalline banter edges up to Mr Lightbody’s welcoming tenor

BIDE YOUR TIME * demo of the week *
18 December 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Courteeners ::
"northern white trash that talks back"

COME FOLLOW ME
18 December 2006 / Albert Productions / Digital Download
:: The Answer ::
A spiralling kick that will most probably need Air Traffic Control clearance

CONFIDENCE
18 December 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Mono Effect ::
At least they don't feel the urge to put on stupid American accents in which to do this >>

RHYTHMS DEL MUNDO
18 December 2006 / Universal / 16 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Odd versions of popular songs can often end in disaster. In this case Cuban style wins.

FOREVER : THE SINGLES DVD
18 December 2006 / Universal / 18 Trk Promo Vids plus 11 Trk Live Cuts DVD
:: The Charlatans ::
The Charlatans luckily for everyone, shine on - this time in pictures...

SUMMER LOANS * recommended *
18 December 2006 / Melodic / 3 Trk CD
:: The Isles ::
The Isles deliver via a triumph of lazy and powerful emotions

DEMO
18 December 2006 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Darker The Day ::
One of those demos where you forget you're listening to an unsigned band.

DIRTY BLUE JEANS
18 December 2006 / Transgressive :: 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Jeremy Warmsley ::
Warmsley’s bouncing pop, boosted by electronic noodlings a is all nicely topped off with his Bamber Gascoine look

THE GOOD SENSE
18 December 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Superkings ::
Evokes a potential that points to much grander and epic things

DICTATOR
18 December 2006 / Double Dragon / 2 Trk CD
:: The Terminals ::
If this isn’t a smash, there’s surely another waiting in the wings

A SANTA CAUSE : IT’S A PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS Vol.2
18 December 2006 / 22 Tracks :: Immortal Records
:: Various Artists ::
A fun collection and one that a family Crimbo lunch could well tolerate.

HENRY AFTER A NIGHTLIFE
18 December 2006 / Pink Hedgehog :: 11 Trk CD
:: Mondo Jet Set ::
Plenty of stuff going on to turn the heads of those who prefer their breathy tunes dipped in a little bit of post-modern bleakness

TOO MUCH TALK
18 December 2006 / PopFiction :: Download
:: Costar ::
An authentic, searching, rough edged jangling indie joy

DON’T YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU
18 December 2006 / Peace Frog :: 5 Trk CD
:: Findlay Brown ::
A fine collection, that lassoes up sadness

BEHAVE EP
18 December 2006 / Little Sister Records :: 3 Trk CD
:: Charlotte Hatherley ::
A four minute exploration of pop music as it should be - accessible but quirky

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 11/12/06
11 December 2006 / Various Formats
:: Amy Winehouse :: The Flaming Lips :: AFI :: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead :: Orson :: The Noisettes :: Taking Back Sunday :: Wolfmother :: Josh Pyke :: JAG :: The Killer Heels :: Rex Radio :: The Black Ghosts :: Kharma45 :: South :: Jarvis :: Taking Back Sunday ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 11/12/06

I CAN’T COME DOWN
11 December 2006 / Independiente / 2 Trk CD
:: Embrace ::
Trend defying Yorkshire outfit march on..

A STITCH IN TIME
11 December 2006 / One Little Indian / 5 Trk CD
:: Twilight Singers ::
The sound of a band who clearly aren’t in a rush

PEACE BURIAL AT SEA * recommended *
11 December 2006 / Ghostwritten Recordings :: 11 Trk CD
:: Peace Burial At Sea ::
From mellow prog to sounds that break off in mid-flight like ice from the wings of a supersonic jet

VANDALS
11 December 2006 / 2 Trk CD
:: The Ripps ::
An eddy of No-Wave skitters and Blank Generation mantras

MR 100 PERCENT
11 December 2006 / B-Unique :: 1 Trk CD / FREE Download
:: Pull Tiger Tail ::
Pull Tiger Tails first release on B-Unique Records wil be free and it's also good - which is a bonus these days..

FLAGS OF THE SACRED HARP
11 December 2006 / !K7 / ATP Recordings :: 7 Trk CD
:: Jackie O Motherfucker ::
Very experimental, yet so tellingly traditional

THE BEST KIDS CHRISTMAS ALBUM IN THE WORLD EVER EVER EVER
11 December 2006 / Kids / 11 Trk CD
:: The Wombats :: Mighty Six Ninety :: Kids Allstarz :: Oppenheimer :: It Hugs Back :: Young Playthings :: West End Girls :: Findlay Brown :: Popular Workshop :: Sam Elliot :: Captain Kidd ::
Ho Ho Ho – It’s that time of the year already

HEAVY METAL MACHINE
11 December 2006 / Rampant Records :: 2 Trk CD
:: Spidersimpson ::
Named after a character in the now cult classic film “Angel Heart” apparently

YOU KNOW MY NAME
11 December 2006 / Suretone :: 1 Trk CD
:: Chris Cornell ::
Makes the film sound rather exciting – which it is – apparently

LOST PILOT
11 December 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: My Side Of The Mountain ::
From the rolling peaks of Derbyshire MSOTM's sound is filled with bustling, swinging guitars, picking banjos, electric organs and mellow tones.

MATRIZ / FIN * demo of the week *
11 December 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Deadtape
:: Monomania ::
Delivered with the full spirit and within sight, of a Mancunian skyline.

THE RUBY SUNS
11 December 2006 / Memphis Industries / 12 Trk CD
:: The Ruby Suns ::
Whilst it sneaks on the shelf at the 11th hour of this year, this is a band to thoroughly check out during 2007.

RECONCILIATION
11 December 2006 / Cooking Vinyl :: 3 Trk CD
:: Buzzcocks ::
Incredibly Buzzcocks can still write compelling pop songs

FASTER THAN A DEAD HORSE
11 December 2006 / Full Time Hobby :: 2 Trk CD
:: Viva Voce ::
Kevin and Anita Robinson, continue to frustrate pop purists

KITSUNE MAISON COMPILATION #3
11 December 2006 / Kitsune :: 14 Trk CD
:: The Whip :: Dead Disco :: Klaxons :: Simian Mobile Disco :: The Lovely Feathers :: Fox N Wolf :: Freeform Five:: Boys Noise :: Gossip :: Alex Gopher :: The World Domination :: The Valentinos :: Oh No Oh My:: The Whitest Boy Alive ::
Underground indie disco franchise Kitsune, lash together a fine collection of upcoming acts and rising stars

LOST AND BROKEN RECORDINGS *album of the week *
04 December 2006 / Promo / 8 Trk CD
:: doublejoHngrey ::
Welds uncompromising rock to the glorious days of Acid House

W.A.Y.U.H (People Don’t Dance No More)
04 December 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rapture ::
As necessary as tequila spiked punch at a party.

NEX
04 December 2006 / 13 Trk CD
:: Nex ::
Huddersfield’s Nex take New Yorkshire heavy rock into another dimension

BABY MACHINE
04 December 2006 / 11 Trk CD
:: This Et Al ::
I just wish they’d released this 18 months ago

BIRTHING THE GIANT
04 December 2006 / 11 Trk CD
:: Cancer Bats ::
There is more than enough to suggest that this is a potentially seminal band

PATCHWORK GUILT
04 December 2006 / Kids / 2 Trk
:: Paul Hartnoll ::
It’s that Paul Hartnoll, but this time without brother Phil

NOW PLUVIAL E.P. * recommended *
04 December 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Angular Recording Corporation
:: These New Puritans ::
More bags of potential than the Christmas post.

LENI
04 December 2006 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: GoodBooks ::
Every now and again a record comes from nowhere and takes you somewhat by surprise

MAYBE
04 December 2006 / My Dad / 4 Trk CD
:: Crash My Model Car ::
Scots fuellled sunny, muscular indie pop

TICKET CRYSTALS * recommended *
04 December 2006 / ATP Recordings :: 8 Trk CD
:: Bardo Pond ::
A heavy, hazy, epic journey into distant landscapes of sunshine and fog

FURROWED BROW
04 December 2006 / ATP/Recordings :: 7 Trk CD
:: Alexander Tucker ::
Intriguing stuff with mesmerising,dreamy flights of fancy.

A REMIX SELECTION
04 December 2006 / Play Louder :: 10 Trk CD
:: Black Strobe :: Various Artists ::
Requires some specialist attention – the results however are somewhat worth the effort.

101
04 December 2006 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Albert Hammond, Jr. ::
‘Bert does a fine job of slicing off the one track from his album that sounds the most like The Strokes.

PALISADES * single of the week *
04 December 2006 / 2 Trk CD / 10 Inch Vinyl
:: Puressence ::
Puressence just crash out with one of the greatest things they've ever written

OUTWARDS * recommended *
04 December 2006 / 3030 Recordings :: 1 Trk CD
:: Kubichek ::
Kubichek! cunningly disguise their revolution as something quite accessible to us all

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