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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For February, 2008

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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 25/02/08
25 February 2008 / Various Formats
:: Ali Whitton :: Scanners :: Katie Melua :: Chris T-T :: Carl Craig :: Lenny Kravitz :: Twem :: Subliminal Girls :: Apocalyptica :: Cut Off You Hands :: Magic Wands :: Basia Bulat :: Black Tide ::
Joined up summary & review of other interesting major released up to w/c 25/02/08

GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE * joint single of the week *
25 February 2008 / Polydor / Fiction / 1 Trk CD
:: Elbow ::
Something very special could be coming our way.

WE RULE THE WORLD (T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.)
25 February 2008 / Polydor / 2 Trk CD
:: The Hives ::
The Hives have put Pharrell Williams behind the desk and the results are understandably funky

FASCINATION
25 February 2008 / EMI / Charisma / 1 Trk CD
:: Alphabeat ::
Is this an Aqua for the indie kid generation?

DO THE CIRCUS CIRCUS
25 February 2008 / Art Goes Pop / 3 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: James Severy At The Circus Circus ::
The intellectual humdrum of life day in, day out. A perfect slice of the everyday.

FUNKY NASSAU – THE COMPASS POINT STORY 1980-1986
25 February 2008 / Universal / CD Album
:: Various Artists ::
Celebrating the work of Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records (who also helped pioneer Ska and Reggae) this album cherry picks some of Compass Point Studio’s output.

HOLD ON NOW, YOUNGSTER...
25 February 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 11 Trk CD
:: Los Campesinos! ::
“Hold On Now, Youngster..” is a bit like taking a sneaky look at a teenagers diary

IT’S MY OWN CHEATING HEART THAT MAKES ME CRY * joint single of the week *
25 February 2008 / Sane Man / 3 Trk CD
:: Glasvegas ::
Shatters any high frequency abilities that your ears may still have remaining

HIGHNESS
25 February 2008 / Universal / A&M / 1 Trk CD
:: Envy & Other Sins ::
You might be seeking a much greater reward for being force fed the mumblings of Alex (nu-middle class) James and and the ever pouting Jo (where's the mirror?) Wiley.

LAST ONE STANDING
25 February 2008 / Vinyl Revival / 2 Trk CD
:: Rambo And Leroy ::
Exciting, broad , emotional rock on an ambitiously epic scale

ROTTON HELL
25 February 2008 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD
:: Menomena ::
Already a live set highlight, “Rotten Hell” makes it off the album “Friend Or Foe”

PICTURES FADE
25 February 2008 / Seduction Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Cocean ::
Cocean are from Barnsley, a town steeped in brass bands & Arthur Scargill

AFTER HOURS
25 February 2008 / !K7 / 1 Trk CD
:: We Are Scientists ::
We Are Scientists are very much in the throws of redesigning their sound

JUST BECAUSE YOU SLEEP NEXT TO ME DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE SAFE
25 February 2008 / Warner / 2 Trk CD
:: Gallows ::
Please Gallows, can you put “Orchestra Of Wolves” down now?

I’M A REALIST * recommended *
25 February 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cribs ::
The Cribs have totally, well and truly, found their stride

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 18/02/08
18 February 2008 / Various Formats
:: Paramore :: Herzoga :: Stars :: Adele :: Bullet For My Valentine :: Goldenboy :: This Is Pop :: Fabonacci :: Kenneth Ishak ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major released up to w/c 18/02/08

REPLICAS REDUX * recommended *
18 February 2008 / Beggars Banquet / 2 x (14+13 Trk ) CD
:: Gary Numan :: Tubeway Army ::
Classic Re-issue : Replicas finds Numan and Tubeway Army moving away from the cliché of post punk pub rock and delving heartily into a whole new world of science fiction

ALONE IN MUSIC * recommended *
18 February 2008 / We Hate You / 9 Trk CD & Downloads
:: The Forest ::
There’s no hint whatsoever that the ideas are running out at the Forest farm

SHOOTING CABIN SONGS
18 February 2008 / Red Deer Club / 10 Trk CD
:: George Thomas And The Owls ::
Strangely different and disturbingly compelling >>

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN * album of the week *
18 February 2008 / Pickled Egg / 12 Trk CD
:: Suzy Mangion ::
A spectacularly wonderful range of vocal cuts and rather amazing tunes make this Mangion’s finest hour.

THE SECOND EP
18 February 2008 / Beggars Banquet / Young Turks / 6 Trk CD
:: Kid Harpoon ::
His initial outing setting a bit of benchmark - here's #2

PART FIVE * recommended *
18 February 2008 / White Label / 2 Trk CDR
:: AOMC ::
AOMC are more pre-occupied with tasty hooklines and off kilter handbrake turns, than the more mundane chore of just writing a pop song.

THE DERBY RAM
18 February 2008 / On The Bone Records / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Benjamin Wetherill ::
Class material from the dark side of the Pennines.

TOKYO MOON
18 February 2008 / Melodic / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl, Download
:: Windmill ::
Full-bodied pop jaunt that mingles urban poetry with positive prose

KYTE
18 February 2008 / Kids / 7 Trk CD
:: Kyte ::
Does the world need another Sigur Rós ?

I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE * recommended *
18 February 2008 / Abeano (Beggars) / 11 Trk CD
:: I Was A Cub Scout ::
A pretty astounding collection of ethereal, synth driven rock songs

HERETIC PRIDE
18 February 2008 / 4 AD / 13 Trk CD
:: The Mountain Goats ::
An album of edgy but compelling new age American folk

WE ARE ROCK STARS
18 February 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: Does It Offend You Yeah ? ::
fucking dance..why ? read on >>

KYOTO
18 February 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Ayatana ::
Ayatana are strict purveyors of classic stoner heavy rock

ALAS I CANNOT SWIM
18 February 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 12 Trk CD
:: Laura Marling ::
Exceptional exercises in revealing Laura Marling’s truly capable talents

SUSPICIOUS WIT
18 February 2008 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rascals ::
Rascals have got Liverpool running through the centre, like a stick of rock.

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 11/02/08
11 February 2008 / Various Formats
:: I Was A Cub Scout :: Singles :: NiTasha Jackon :: 1984 :: Bob Mould ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major released up to w/c 11/02/08

LIGHTHOUSE
11 February 2008 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Speed Circus ::
Merry-go-round of guitars and rousing oompah’s of fairground rock and roll.

THIS CITY HOLDS US ALL EP * hot pick *
11 February 2008 / Tough Love / 4 Trk CD
:: The Situationists ::
Four excellent tracks from a band who offer a complex, melodic theme to modern living – big things should beckon

GOD I AM
11 February 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: King Coma ::
Ireland’s King Coma are certainly on a mission

PICKING UP PIECES * recommended *
11 February 2008 / White Label / 3 Trk CD : Limited Releases In Fopp Stores
:: Onions ::
Sublime melodies are passed between the band members like a shared “cigarette”.

HARPSICHORD TREACLE
11 February 2008 / Wonderful Sound / 11 Trk CD
:: The Superimposers ::
The Superimposers may have just unleashed one of the sleeper albums for 2008

HLLLYH
11 February 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 14 Trk CD
:: The Mae-Shi ::
Strangely “HLLLYH” becomes more compelling with each crazy spin

STARTED A FIRE
11 February 2008 / Universal / 10 Trk CD
:: One Night Only ::
One Night Only nervously avoid being labelled the New Kooks – thank god – via an upbeat taste for flamboyant pop rock

T-REX
11 February 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Endorphins ::
They’re from Manchester and they make a racket

Kitsune Maison COMPILATION 5
11 February 2008 / 17 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Any Kitsune compilation is pretty much like getting a bit of an early Christmas present

SAFETY IN NUMBERS
11 February 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Toaster Razzu ::
Twisted Sheff based punk rock..

ALLIANCE * single of the week *
11 February 2008 / Surbia / 2 Trk CD / 7” Vinyl
:: Air Cav ::
True love requires few words..

PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU
11 February 2008 / Everyonelable / 6 Trk CD
:: Spokes ::
A distant violin tries to break through the ringing crunch of guitar strings that posture on the point of a barrage

LIKE THE TIDES * recommended *
11 February 2008 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Rachael Kichenside ::
Devastatingly pretty clockwork acoustica

FOR ALL YOUR INVENTIONS
11 February 2008 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: Speed Hearse ::
A brilliantly constructed home made release from Speed Hearse

DARK LANE
11 February 2008 / We Hate You Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Andrew Rowley ::
Rowley to those in the know, is the talented driving force behind Yacht Club

VAMPIRE WEEKEND *recommended *
11 February 2008 / XL / 11 Trk CD
:: Vampire Weekend ::
New York based minimalistic indie, flavoured by the kind of music that could calm down even a later day Andy Kershaw in full stalking mode

LUCKY
11 February 2008 / City Slang / 11 Trk CD
:: Nada Surf ::
Nada Surf are a band forever battling against their own excellence

THE ESSENTIAL
11 February 2008 / Demo / 21 Trk CDR
:: Picnic Area ::
Chewing through 21 cuts of rambling noise can be a rather disturbing experience

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 04/02/08
04 February 2008 / Various Formats
:: One Night Only :: The Mars Volta :: The Charlatans :: The Duke Spirit :: 30 Seconds To Mars :: Undercut :: Nirvana :: Korn :: The Brute Chorus :: Those Dancing Days :: Matt Costa :: Eastern Conference Champions :: Olympic Lifts :: Khamer 45 ::
Detailed summary & review of other interesting major released up to w/c 04/02/08

COPENHAGEN
04 February 2008 / Maid In Sheffield / 1 Trk CD
:: Helen Boulding ::
An air of romance and sophistication that transcends any folky, singer / songwriter scene

RADIO
04 February 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Lookout Joe ::
Potential is rife within the trio’s repertoire but maybe this isn’t the record to prove it

MONSTRE COSMIC
04 February 2008 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 10 Trk CD
:: Monade ::
A dark, but markedly upbeat collection of romantic and wistful songs

CONTROVERSY
04 February 2008 / !K7 / Rapster/ 13 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Entirely appropriate and extremely well constructed tribute to the purple one

HEART OF GLUE
04 February 2008 / Robot! Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Man From Michael ::
Man From Michael, hail from Merseyside

DO IT BETTER
04 February 2008 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Correcto ::
Not a call to improve on your computing skills, but rather an urgent barrage of post punk, guitar grinding

LUCKY JACK
04 February 2008 / Brew Records / 2 Trk CD
:: i concur ::
Highbrow lo-fi anyone?

LOWLIFE
04 February 2008 / Dim Mak / 3 Trk CD
:: Scanners ::
London’s Scanners come from the school of frugal guitar lines and 4/4 drum beats

TWO TIMES
04 February 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: The Blakes ::
Another relative coup for Light In The Attic who gave us the amazing Black Angels last year.

FOR TONIGHT ONLY
04 February 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: Plastic Toys ::
Over thirteen tracks Plastic Toys maybe try out every possible heavy rock influence along the way.

I LIKE WHAT YOU SAY
04 February 2008 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD
:: Nada Surf ::
Matthew Caws’ voice is as ever sublime

YOU BRING ME DOWN
04 February 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Blood Red Shoes ::
Shouty, anthemic, blistering and full of deliciously sustained rock guitar chords

WHO’S GOT A MATCH?
04 February 2008 / 14th Floor Records / 2 x 7” Vinyl, CD & Download
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Enough terraced fuelled sing-a-longs and a suitably explosive closure, to burn the hairs off the back of your neck

BEGGAR MAN
04 February 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Nolan Watkinson ::
The disintegration of The Second Floor is somewhat compensated for by the first solo material from former frontman Nolan Watkinson

NEVER GET SICK OF THE SEA
04 February 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Attic Lights ::
Their debut album is out in early summer and it’s certainly going to be on my radar,glasgow

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