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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For December, 2008

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

NOT YOUR ORTHODOX
29 December 2008 / Triumphant Sound Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Anonymous Tip ::
DIY at it’s best, shaking out the noise and ripping out messages of hope.

RISE
29 December 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Flobots ::
Flobots parade another decent track from their impressive album

I’M YOURS
29 December 2008 / Atlantic / 1 Trk CD
:: Jason Mraz ::
feeling summer sounds for errm..Christmas.

MIS AMIGOS
29 December 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Dandy Warhols ::
Warhols return rams in all the Latino / Mexicana references it can

UNTITLED 731
29 December 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Untitled 731 ::
I’m not really sure what the inhabitants of the capital for Pork Pies would have to say about fourteen minutes of squalling, scratched out noise

STICKER STAR AND TAPE + REMIXES
29 December 2008 / Alcopop / 7 Trk iTunes Download
:: Sam Isaac ::
Issac’s now extended EP has the additional bonus of some beat heavy remixes from the likes of James Yuill and Rod Thomas

MR NO
29 December 2008 / No Pain In Pop / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl and Download
:: Banjo Or Freakout ::
No Pain In Pop serve up another interesting bedroom based project,

WORDS ARE POISON
29 December 2008 / Burning Bridges / 2 Trk CD
:: Dead Pixels ::
London indie sprites with a guest star drummer

SUGAR FILLED CHEMISTRY EP
29 December 2008 / This Is Art Recording / 4 Trk CD
:: The Voltaires ::
Gareth Williams’ vocal yelp all collides satisfyingly into some rasping early Who-styled chords and an energised blast of wild pop irreverence

ELECTRIC THIGHS
29 December 2008 / Phantom Power Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Screaming Mimi ::
Sheffield outfit who always seem to go for the quirky; whether it be a bit of surf twang or any other style of sharp suited rock n roll mayhem

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 22/12/08
22 December 2008 / Various Formats
:: Speed Circus :: Attic Lights :: The Shortwave Set :: Pacific! :: The Brute Chorus :: Joe Gideon & The Shark :: Concept:MK ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 22/12/08

MASHED ON FASHION
22 December 2008 / 4 Trk CD
:: City Lights ::
City Lights work best with their synth bubbling and the beats taking the lead

YOUR EAR KNOWS FUTURE * album of the week *
22 December 2008 / Melodic / 9 Trk CD
:: Baikonour ::
‘I’m having sex with your mum’ - “It’s a Himalayan shepherd’s joke” explains Krieger

MAYBE WE SHOULD. . .
22 December 2008 / White Label / 10 Trk CD
:: The Monocult ::
Nine people are credited on Monocult’s self released album

DRUNK LULLABIES
22 December 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Ghostfire ::
Overcooked melodies from the Gypsy Punks of London

NIGHT TAPE EP
22 December 2008 / No Pain In Pop / 4 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Gentle Friendly ::
Far far better than even I imagined and as experimental as it is enjoyable.

GOOD AGAINST THE GRUFF
22 December 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Graive Dainger ::
Bad name, even worse photos - it's not all bad though

THE TIME OF THE ASSASSINS
22 December 2008 / Rykodisc / 11 Trk CD
:: Nickel Eye ::
Another day, another Strokes solo project

BAA BAA
22 December 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Joyce ::
Joyce are an upbeat indie pop band

BONELESS
22 December 2008 / City Slang / 2 Trk CD
:: Notwist ::
80s indie-pop songwriting with plenty of off kilter electronic and dreamy folkish musings.

SOUND OF MUSIC * single of the week *
22 December 2008 / White Label / 2 Trk Limited 7” Vinyl / FreeDownload
:: Lowline ::
If ManchesterMusic is going to back at least one new act next year it’s going to have to be Lowline

RUNNING WITH THE BEAST
22 December 2008 / Anti / 11 Trk CD
:: zZz ::
Dutch psychedelic electronica with a punch and a car advert behind it - all worth exploring...

GEE WHIZZ BUT THIS IS A LONESOME TOWN
22 December 2008 / Deschamps & Makeieff / 12 Trk CD
:: Moriarty ::
They’re on the same label as France’s first lady, but that’s something to be overcome

DUST CAN EXPLODE
22 December 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Deltasound ::
a rudimentary demo that makes a good point and very nearly makes it stick

A CALL TO ARMS
22 December 2008 / Divided London Records / 5 Trk CD
:: The Social ::
It’s Christmas. I want to be jolly, don a white beard and laugh heartily

CLOUD SOUNDS PRESENTS * recommended *
22 December 2008 / Cloud Sounds/ 14 Trk CD (+ Jingles)
:: Various Artists ::
Having taken a virtual station into venues, actually sticking it all out on your own compilation seems like an even better idea

GET OVER IT
22 December 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD / Download
:: Solid Gold ::
The electro glide of Minneapolis outfit Solid Gold, bubbles on the back of breezy synths and nonsensical melodie

NOTHING COMES FOR FREE
22 December 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Not Ned ::
Not Ned shamelessly talk of having met in their local

A SNOWFLAKE FELL * crimbo record of the week *
15 December 2008 / SonyBMG / 6 Trk CD
:: Glasvegas ::
Is this THE Christmas record for 2008 ? Most possibly and maybe in with a chance of the coveted #1 spot - where's Jimmy Saville when you need him?

COURS, CAMARADE, LE VIEUX MONDE EST DERRIERE TOI
15 December 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Inertia Blooms ::
Intricacies soon give way to the thunder of battered overdriven guitars, configuring classic rock with the slow motion distillation of post-Math

SHIELDS MYSTICAL
15 December 2008 / Sea Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Broken Arm ::
From Leeds, Broken Arm make some of the greatest rumbling guitar noises to grace these ears and all in the name of rock n roll.

THIEVES AND LOVERS
15 December 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: The Tempus ::
Not music that will change the world, but immensely appealing all the same

PINK SABBATH
15 December 2008 / Best Before / 2 Trk CD
:: Dananananaykroyd ::
Dananananaykroyd [that’s : dana-nana-nay-kroyd]are back...rejoice

NEW FLOWERS
15 December 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: Tanlines ::
Electronic tribal rhythms that seem to be cut from the Eno / Byrne “Bush Of Ghosts Era”

JUST A SILHOUETTE
15 December 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: exLovers ::
“Just A Silhouette” sounds like it’s been merely breathed on by singer Peter Scott

ALBATROSS EP
15 December 2008 / 4 Trk CD
:: Video Nasties ::
A very hot, almost guaranteed tip for 2009 – unfortunately from London, but music does transcend geography.

SURF’S UP, NIGHTMARE
15 December 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Suns ::
A rewarding listen, all provided by the bands quest to create something with their own tilt

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT BROCCOLI IS ? EP
15 December 2008 / The Gulls Trunk Records / 5 Trk 12”Vinyl
:: Chopps Derby ::
Chopps Derby and The Gulls Trunk Records stable are a fucking frustrating proposition

IS THIS CHRISTMAS?
15 December 2008 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Wombats ::
Pour out some sherry, roll back the carpet and have daaance…

LEATHER PENNY
15 December 2008 / Brew Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Kong ::
You really should wear a bomb disposal kit whilst listening to this mathematical racket.

ARE YOU A HUSTLER ?
15 December 2008 / Whimsical / 2 Trk CD
:: Jack Butler ::
Jack Butler is not a man; well OK, there are probably sever thousand Jack Butler’s out there in the telephone directories of Great Britain

UNTITLED NUMBER 2 * demo of the week *
08 December 2008 / White Label / Download / CDR
:: Officer Owl ::
You’d like to think that the computer they must have used to record and build this with, was made from wood and fed on autumn leaves

FLOOD BANK * yesteryear alert *
08 December 2008 / Acute Records / 16 Trk CD
:: The Lines ::
The Lines really do prove that not only can music be timeless, but that every now and again something truly special slips through the net of success

BULIMIA SISTERS
08 December 2008 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 1 Trk CD
:: We Are The Physics ::
This record could make any indie DJ sound good without even suggesting they’re lazy

GLOW
08 December 2008 / Salvia / 2 Trk CD
:: Nic Nell ::
Fitting and cerebral introduction to his one man post-modern act

SEND ME ON MY WAY
08 December 2008 / Drift / 2 Trk CD
:: Le Reno Amps ::
There’s no way you can begrudge this group of Scotsmen from making music this good.

DREAM CARS
08 December 2008 / Lex / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Neon Neon ::
Neon Neon are still plugging away with their dayglo electronica

SUFFRAGETTE SUFFRAGETTE * joint single of the week *
08 December 2008 / Salvia / 2 Trk CD
:: Everything Everything ::
Everything Everything could well be our brightest hopes for 2009

WE’RE ON OUR OWN
08 December 2008 / White Label / 1 Trk CD
:: Exit Calm ::
If there ever was a time to break out and dust down those old 4AD and Creation records, then it’s now

SEASONS OF JULIA
08 December 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Lee F Cullen ::
Folk and maligned pop fused into a weird multi-coloured universe of epic oddities

RADIO BOOTH
08 December 2008 / Distiller / 3 Trk CD
:: The Chemists ::
Upbeat rock and neon stadium sounds drive home

GOOD THING IT’S A GHOST TOWN AROUND HERE
08 December 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Still Flyin ::
Imagine a Polyphonic Spree and Go-Team hybrid writing songs for the school disco

WILLIAM’S BLOOD (MIXES)
08 December 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 5 Trk CD
:: Grace Jones ::
With a return via the magnificent new album “Hurricane”, Jones once again reminds us of how she transformed the soundtracks of nightclubs in 197

INNER CITY ANGST EP
08 December 2008 / Kitsune / 4 Trk CD
:: You Love Her Coz She’s Dead ::
The odds are that this’ll be a bit of a digital cartoon

A HERO FOR OUR TIMES
08 December 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Audibles ::
Great songs and lashings of potential - a twaek is however needed

8 DAYS
08 December 2008 / Eli Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Calvin Party ::
Calvin Party are back to their powerful, stripped back origins

LUCY THE CASTLE * joint single of the week *
08 December 2008 / Columbia / 3 Trk CD / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Twisted Wheel ::
A home grown anthem that takes the trio nearer to the swirling, leather jacketed gang attack of authentic, underground punk rock

SEE CLEAR NOW
08 December 2008 / 11 Trk CD
:: Wiley ::
Wiley has picked up strands of soul and selected some superb samples to accompany his quick fire but svelte vocal skills

THE HUMAN TOUCH
08 December 2008 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Heads We Dance ::
After taking the helm of Nailgun, a Leeds based electro clubnight, Pete Wurlitzer and company have locked themselves in a sound control booth with an apparent host of technological wonders

THE VERSAILLES SESSIONS * recommended *
01 December 2008 / Leaf / 6 Trk CD
:: Murcof ::
A truly pivotal and successfully experimental album to challenge and inspire many.

THE SNOW LEOPARD EP
01 December 2008 / Matador Records / 7 Trk CD / Download
:: Shearwater ::
Shearwater are certainly more spectacular than anything from any aligned genre.

TRICK OF THE NIGHT
01 December 2008 / Toe Music / 10 Trk CD
:: Six Toes ::
Pleasing, quietly off-kilter weird acoustica

DARK END OF THE STREET
01 December 2008 / Matador Records / 6 Trk 10” Vinyl / Download
:: Cat Power ::
A laid back, soulful affair by which Cat Power explores aspects of her voice and music that may otherwise have remained dormant.

BLACK DIAMOND
01 December 2008 / Fabric / 13 Trk CD
:: Buraka Som Sistema ::
Buraka Som Siesta, a loose collective of contributors from around the globe are also informed by African loops

A DISTANT VOICE * album of the week *
01 December 2008 / Little Red Rabbit Records / 9 Trk CD
:: Fuzzy Lights ::
Cambridge's Fuzzy Lights dazzle on new Manc label Little Red Rabbit

ROAR LION ROAR
01 December 2008 / Much Better Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Viva Stereo ::
The third album of a trilogy, “Roar Lion Roar” is an album about the urban come-down

BISON
01 December 2008 / Demo / Free Download
:: Awash With Antler ::
More of a story book than a song and if it does one thing,it marks Awash With Antler as hugely original.

BURN * recommended *
01 December 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Deadly Brotherhood Of The Gun ::
A fine conclusion of deep, dark, menacing blues amplified though a devastating veil of angst

MAKIN’ IT EASY
01 December 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: New Vinyl ::
The exciting swirl of keys and busy, XXL guitars seems to be influenced by The Who

SAME MISTAKES
01 December 2008 / Spank Records / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Voo ::
Voo may sound like a regular new pop band

[o=o]
01 December 2008 / Salvia / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Dowload
:: Kwes ::
A strange collection of sounds, but at times a quite riveting affair.

TWO SPARKS, TWO STARS
01 December 2008 / Kids / 4 Trk CD
:: Kyte ::
Beautiful, slowly unwinding love songs, existing only on careful, graceful sequencing and sublime melodies

BEEN HERE BEFORE
01 December 2008 / Redemption / 2 Trk CD
:: The Wireless ::
From Hackney, The Wireless suffer a little from over eager and over emphasised vocals.

TITUS ANDRONICUS * recommended *
01 December 2008 / Merok / 3 Trk CD
:: Titus Andronicus ::
Don’t be confused, be enthralled.

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
01 December 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Airship ::
Airship prove that their West Coast melodies and tumbling guitars can create an infectious rumble

BY THE SEA * demo of the week *
01 December 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Beat The Radar ::
Beat The Radar have honed their rock into an invigorating sound

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