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OH NO
27 February 2006 / EMI / 13 Trk CD
:: OKGO ::
Snappy dresses rpovide a snappy album with some interesting surprises.

STEPPING / THE EDGE
27 February 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Play It Again 7
:: The Far Cries ::
A dry roasted concoction of wiry modern rock 'n' roll

WE CAN NEVER SAY GOODBYE
27 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Open ::
Reminiscent of TalkTalk in a bad mood with bigger guitars

ALL THE YOUNG CHILDREN ON CRACK
27 February 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: The Television Personalities ::
When on earth you would ever feel the need to play this record

WASTE A MOMENT
27 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Fightstar ::
“BOOM!!!” there’s one less

DART FOR MY SWEET HEART
27 February 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
The Archie Bronson Outfit prepare us for album #2 - it's looking good..

RISE UP WITH FISTS !!
27 February 2006 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Jenny Lewis :: With The Watson Twins ::
Worldly ponderings have never sounded so alluring

I’M GONNA TAKE YOUR GIRL
27 February 2006 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: The Loungs ::
Clear and concise St. Helens six piece deliver a cosmic feel

I WANT YOU
27 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD
:: Elena ::
Twisted love song with a bemused, elevating chorus

ELEMENTAL
27 February 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Engine Room Records
:: The Somatics ::
Every seemingly obscure component suddenly locks together to create a gargantuan, orchestrated masterpiece

SOMETHING TO BANG
27 February 2006 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: Absentee ::
A large appetite for big tunes, of the ilk not seen since the early days of Dexy’s

MY WAY
27 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Instant Karma
:: Jaed ::
She’s Australian, had a difficult childhood, is an ex-junkie and is extremely pissed off

BETTER TOGETHER
27 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Johnson ::
More than ready to jump out and soundtrack your rainy Sunday afternoons

RUGBY ROAD
27 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: ToughCookie
:: Gliss ::
Rasps out its rock and roll litany before departing into a sonic cave

SEWN
27 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Feeling ::
The Feeing are pretty honest about their general theme

NO TOMORROW
27 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Orson ::
This lot just ended straight up on Saturday morning kids TV

WILDERNESS IS PARADISE NOW
27 February 2006 / EMI / 11 Trk CD :: Parlophone
:: Morning Runner ::
Oozes an anthemic urgency underwritten by some quite personal moments

WANT YOU TO KNOW
27 February 2006 / SonyBMG / 2 Trk CD
:: The Freelance Hellraiser ::
The legend behind a “Stroke Of Genius” drums up a pretty Summery affair

I WANT IT ALL
27 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby / Star Time
:: dios (malos), ::
George Harrison running on only three cylinders kind of thing

BE GENTLE WITH ME
27 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Too Young To Die
:: The Boy Least Likely To ::
The charm and the tunes to carry the whole thing off are ever present

BOM BOM BOM
27 February 2006 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Living Things ::
Livings Things are very much alive.

ALL TOO HUMAN
27 February 2006 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
A Blur facsimile, sellotaped to a messy flash of guitar chords

mcluskyISM
27 February 2006 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 12 Trk CD
:: McLusky ::
A diary of potential that could have seen the band reach an even giddier peak – RIP but not forgotten.

UNDER ATTACK
20 February 2006 / EMI / 13 Trk CD
:: The Alarm ::
Alarm wake up with shockingly good teenage rampage album

TONI JAMES
20 February 2006 / Demo / 10 Trk CD
:: Toni James ::
Simply Red without any proper choruses or clubland pioneer ?

TAKE YOUR TIME
20 February 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Shallowface ::
Promising classic rock outing from the nightmarishly named

...WHY ARE YOU LOOKING GRAVE?
20 February 2006 / SonyBMG / Ltd Ed – Enhanced 9 Trk CD (7 Audio, 2 Video)
:: Mew ::
Like blood stains in the snow , the result of a sinister collaboration of moods

SILENT SHOUT
20 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Brille / Rabid
:: The Knife ::
Flat Eric nightmare populated by Star Trek characters

VALENTINE * single of the week *
20 February 2006 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
Delays blend pure pop with inventive dance tricks and come up with a "gonna-be-big" formula

BURN
20 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Hassle/ Vagrant
:: Alkaline Trio ::
Smart turnaround and excellent remixes from the Alkaline troupe

QUARTERBACK HAIRDO
20 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD
:: Dirty Perfect ::
Inoffensive fizzling grunge pop with an indie twist

THE CURVES AND THE BENDS
20 February 2006 / Universal / 3 Trk CD :: Fallout
:: Louie ::
Impressive lip curling snarls that require a leather jacket and plenty of pogo practice

STITCH ME BACK
20 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Try Harder
:: Blood Red Shoes ::
A homage to Ginger Rogers' haemoglobin soiled white dancing footwear

WAR
20 February 2006 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CD
:: Celebration ::
The Birthday Party with Liza Manelli on vocals playing a set in a 1950’s gangster nightclub

SORRY
20 February 2006 / Warner / 3 Trk CD
:: Madonna ::
Stand back people...move on..nothing to see here

BLOODLUST CASUALTY
20 February 2006 / 6 Trk CD
:: I-Def-I ::
Hardcore, dirty urban attitudes from one of the citys proper rock bands

SEXOR
20 February 2006 / Pias / 14 Trk CD
:: Tiga ::
Sexy amn with a pet sequencer steadily churning over a series of squelchy beats

THE HOURS GO FASTER
20 February 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Azure Glow ::
Sure footed debut from former Kid Conspirators

MAKERS
20 February 2006 / Eat Sleep / 12 Trk CD
:: Rocky Votolato ::
A traditional outlook, modified to include modern observations and contemporary pop melodies

ALBUM SAMPLER
20 February 2006 / Universal / 5 Trk CD
:: Humanzi ::
Stabs along to a bass line most probably being played on telegraph pole wires

IS IT JUST ME ?
20 February 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Darkness ::
The comic book is for once thrown away to be replaced by the hard rock manual

SWALLOWED A STAR
20 February 2006 / One Little Indian / 10 Trk CD
:: Daniel Ágúst ::
Former GusGus frontman Ágúst doesn’t disappoint his Icelandic musical heritage

MOVE ALONG
20 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The All American Rejects ::
AAR ensure that chart orientated gems like this, actually do work

CRAZY
20 February 2006 / Warner / 3 Trk CD
:: Simple Plan ::
Even with Bob Rock at the helm there’s the sin bound “key change and repeat chorus to end” moment

ADVICE
20 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Catskills
:: Hardkandy ::
Jazzy Folk dance crossover features rousing reggae mix

KEYS TO THE WORLD
20 February 2006 / EMI / 10 Trk CD
:: Richard Ashcroft ::
Powerful reflection, coupled with winding guitar led melodies - is Dick, Dylan ?

I WANT YOU TO STAY
20 February 2006 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
North East quintet slow down a little and take in the scenery

ROSES FOR THE DEAD
20 February 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
Sad song with a beat sees the quintet firmly back on song

LOOSE IN THE AIR
20 February 2006 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD
:: The Double ::
An edgy, curious fusion of melodies, torch songs and haunting camp fire tales.

YOU KNOW NO MORE EP
20 February 2006 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Stickboy ::
A rolling ambush of blues and harmonica set to swing beats

1/2 * album of the week *
20 February 2006 / White Label Music :: CD Mini-Album
:: Hiem ::
Transcends Sheffields media attention and gets back to the real root ssof the 'League and Warp

DRAIN COSMETICS * record of the week *
14 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Playlouder Recordings
:: Serena Maneesh ::
The guitar fuzzes with the kind of echoes only found inside inner city ginnels

THE LINE FROM A-B
14 February 2006 / Captains Of Industry / 10 Trk CD
:: Team ::
Plenty of hard rock references, from contemporary skitters to massive slabs of epic prog

BAUHAUS - SHADOW OF LIGHT - ARCHIVE
14 February 2006 / Beggars Banquet / DVD
:: Bauhaus ::
Long lost collection sees light on DVD for the leading / cutting edge figureheads for a label that emerged out of punk

BELOW THE BRANCHES
13 February 2006 / Sub Pop / 13 Trk CD
:: Kelley Stoltz ::
The San Franciscan tunesmith utilises his thought provoking and polished style

SHARE MY BLUES
13 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: JWR
:: Joff Winks Band ::
For those who prefer their music to cause some degree of harm, Joff is armed with a basketful of nice..

KICK
13 February 2006 / Independiente / 11 Trk CD
:: White Rose Movement ::
New album proves an ability to switch emotions and tempo whilst being heartily provocative

THE AGENT
13 February 2006 / 2 Trk Promo CD
:: Little Man Tate ::
Hot new stuff or pre-New Wave pub rock, influenced by the blues ?

FREE JAZZ
13 February 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Brille
:: Envelopes ::
Far from obvious, not diluted by conformity – but absolutely listenable leftfield stuff.

FRUSTRATION
13 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Kids
:: The Whip ::
A yearning New Order style romp, catapulted by punchy and strolling vocals

MORE
13 February 2006 / Wrath / 2 Trk CD
:: YSN ::
When your singer is called Pete Wurlitzer, you could say you're already half way to stardom

BOYS DON’T BOTHER
13 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD / Download :: NinthWave Records
:: Electroluvs ::
Hybrid of shimmering pop melodies and punchy electro

THE FIRST WORD IS THE HARDEST
13 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Alamo
:: Four Day Hombre ::
Gargantuan passions and dense atmospherics, intricately layered with harmonies

BACK AGAIN
13 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Boy Kill Boy ::
Fantastic, carefree splash of jagged guitars

BLUE NOTE * single of the week *
13 February 2006 / Melodic / 2 Trk CD
:: The Harrisons ::
Be adventurous - you never quite know what you're missing

WE ARE NOT THE INFADELS * recommended *
13 February 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Wall Of Sound
:: Infadels ::
Infadels surprise with a rounded and incredible, debut album

HOWIE BECK
13 February 2006 / 13 Trk CD :: Ever Records
:: Howie Beck ::
Intricate album provides the perfect antidote to all things Blunt

LONG TIME COMING
13 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Humanzi ::
Energetic, grizzly indie from Dublin.

DEVIL’S BROOM
13 February 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: 14th Floor
:: Joseph Arthur ::
Emotive Morrissey styled lyricism with a speckle of the troubled cry of Jeff Buckley

LADY FLASH * recommended *
13 February 2006 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: The GO! Team ::
Perfect lo-fi clatter that they’ve always made, showered with shards of Motown

ATTACK! ATTACK! ATTACK!
13 February 2006 / Free Download :: 48 Crash
:: Black Wire ::
Black Wires rasping coils of static charged angst, are worth anyones time,

SUGAR WE’RE GOIN DOWN
06 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Fall Out Boy ::
Listenable heavy rock proposition, critically, with tunes

LETS GET SANDY (BIG PROBLEM) * record of the week *
06 February 2006 / XL / 2 Trk CD
:: Be Your Own Pet ::
58 seconds of noise smashes your face right into the middle of next week.

PAPER CUT MOON
06 February 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Cargo
:: Cherubs ::
Cherubs have yet to deliver everything that’s hidden up their seemingly long sleeves.

GRAND UNION
06 February 2006 / 12 Trk CD :: Seeca
:: The Lights ::
Easy listening indie with an impressive spread of themes, sounds and styles

THIS IS MY DEMO
06 February 2006 / Pias / 14 Trk CD :: All City / Dcypha
:: Sway ::
Dereck Andrew Safo has the perfect vehicle for success

THIS WAR WILL LAST FOREVER
06 February 2006 / 12 Trk CD :: Rising Records
:: Mendeed ::
bass drum is being hit so hard, it sounds like a secretary hammering away at a typewriter.

WHEN GRAVITY FAILS
06 February 2006 / 7 Trk CD :: Nought Recordings
:: When Gravity Fails ::
Thick sliced rock outs set around two or three chords. But metal no less.

COLLISIONS
06 February 2006 / Beggars Banquet / 12 Trk CD
:: Calla ::
An emotional retelling of angular alternative indie rock, that's compelling and ultimately quite different

OUT OF ORDER
06 February 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Versity
:: Infrasound ::
A soaring, searing eleven tracks of elevated guitar distortions and anthemic vocals

THE GREATEST
06 February 2006 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Cat Power ::
Cat Power's instantly accessible soul and melody strikes again

TO THE MUSIC
06 February 2006 / CD Single plus Remixes
:: Colder ::
Mellow, slightly dark, basement sound are pretty essential stuff

BLUE BORN EARTH BOY
06 February 2006 / One Little Indian / 9 Trk CD
:: Sine Star Project ::
Deliberately avoids coherence by insisting on deviating from tangiable, connected melodies

GROW
06 February 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Kubb ::
A uniqueness that deserves a wider, appreciative audience

TURN THIS THING AROUND
06 February 2006 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: El Presidente ::
An infectious dancefloor hit with real soul.

THESE DAYS
06 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Popfiction
:: At The Lake ::
Twangy single note guitar riffs, chopping rhythms and bleak, atmospheric soundscapes, doused in pop - sound familiar?

THE LIFE PURSUIT
06 February 2006 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
Belle & Sebastian honed their craft, which reached giddy acclaim even before they’d really set off a long time ago. Amazing then, that they continue to dish out albums as good as this

STATUES
06 February 2006 / Universal / 10 Trk CD :: Loog / Polydor
:: The Open ::
An epic album filled with melody and smothered in a devastatingly dark theme

PLEASE PASS ME MY ANTI-ROBOTICS
06 February 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: Damn Arms ::
Punky chords, an electronic stuffing and fabulous, exciting hooklines

STANDING IN THE RIGHT PLACE
06 February 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Precious
:: Belarus ::
Remember Spacehopper ?

RED SKY
06 February 2006 / Universal / 2 Trk CD :: Mercury
:: Thrice ::
A less conventional, darker, epic, dreamy new rock set piece

PRIDE BEFORE THE FALL / POISONOUS EMBLEM * single of the week *
06 February 2006 / High Voltage / 2 Trk CD
:: The KBC ::
The soul burning call to arms of “Poisonous Emblem” presents itself as the first contender for single of year

A CALL TO ARMS
06 February 2006 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Air Cav ::
Epic, writ large rock with violins !

"THE FIRST DEMO"
06 February 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Nursing Home ::
Cloud parting conclusive rumbles, say we’ve got it all wrong and that maybe THIS, is the way to do it

VICTORIANA
06 February 2006 / 11 Trk CD
:: The Most Terrifying Thing ::
Curious blend of indie guitar flourishes with a Seattle grind

FRIEND OF THE NIGHT
06 February 2006 / Pias / 1 Trk CD :: Rock Action
:: Mogwai ::
Maybe their best is yet to come on “Mr Beast”...

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