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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For February, 2009

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

GOD BLESS
23 February 2009 / Errata Porridge / 10 Trk CD
:: FKT ::
...imagine, if you can, Chameleons remixed by Maps or Ulrich Schnauss or someone.

FONZ
23 February 2009 / Domino / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: Eugene McGuinness ::
Eugene's brightest and most infectious dose of indie pop so far.

FOREVER DUDES
23 February 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 1 Trk CD
:: Still Flyin ::
San Francisco’s Sean Rawls is back with another dose of jumbled cosmopolitan music.

POT KETTLE BLACK
23 February 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 3 Trk CD
:: Tilly And The Wall ::
“Pot Kettle Black” finds this curious band at the peak of their mischievous indie rock and roll best

YOU ARE THE BEST THING
23 February 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Ray Lamontagne ::
Ray isn’t too hard a leap for the average listener looking for some added sophistication

NOW AND AGAIN * single of the week *
23 February 2009 / 4 AD / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / Download
:: It Hugs Back ::
A wonderful glimpse of what “Inside Your Guitar” has to offer when it comes out this April.

KNOWING TOO MUCH
23 February 2009 / Squirrel Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Downdime ::
An album full of British Pop tunes, toughened up with burst of guitars and frenetic jangles.

CARDBOARD CUT OUT
23 February 2009 / Toppler’s Lite / 2 Trk CD
:: The Paraffins ::
Effectively a possible tribute to Phil Spector and the beat generation played out on a Sega Mega Drive

REPEAT TO FADE
23 February 2009 / Armed & Equal / 10 Trk CD
:: Echoes ::
Effects and off kilter dance beats fuel this collection of studio tuned indie epics

ASTEROIDS
23 February 2009 / Xup kitchen / 11 Trk CD
:: XUP ::
An album stripped bare of any multi-tracking over-dubs with a lo-fi eye on twisted up, Eraserhead styled new wave soundtracks

OPEN COLLAR
23 February 2009 / Ballast Records / 2 Trk Sampler CD
:: Monster Island ::
This isn’t just a few pistol whipped words, instead it’s almost a novella

EP
23 February 2009 / Holy Roar / 4 Trk CD
:: Holy State ::
Lashings of riotus rock and roll over which the vocals barely break

DON’T SLEEP
23 February 2009 / Pink Hedgehog / 10 Trk CD
:: Eye ::
Three English gentlemen Rick Hammond, Simon Swarbrick and Andy Trimm are Eye.

LISTEN UP
23 February 2009 / Cityscape / 2 Trk CD
:: Merchandise ::
Merchandise prepare us for the summer with another dose of bright guitar pop

ALPIMISMS
23 February 2009 / Full Time Hobby / 11 Trk CD
:: School Of Seven Bells ::
Former Secret Machines lynchpin finds two angels to accompany on his musical quest - the album now gets an official UK release

MANIFESTO
23 February 2009 / Kids / 4 Trk Download / Limited 7” Vinyl
:: Defend Moscow ::
Defend Moscow are not as you’d be expecting, a gnarly politicised guitar band

SECRET MACHINES
16 February 2009 / 8 Trk CD
:: Secret Machines ::
Curtis effectively killed the old Secret Machines with his departure, but it would appear that version #2 has something different to offer;

TO LOSE MY LIFE
16 February 2009 / Fiction (Polydor / Universal) / 10 Trk CD
:: White Lies ::
Dreadfully disappointing album from a band that promised so much with what appears to be a one hit wonder...

INHALE / EXHALE
16 February 2009 / Rebel Alliance / 12 Trk CD
:: Random Hand ::
From Keighley, West Yorks, home of the remote railway and bastion of preserved steam engines

EVERYBODY LOVES A SCENE
16 February 2009 / Salty Cat / 11 Trk CD
:: New Rhodes ::
New Rhodes lightly whisk 80’s melodramatic pop into a bevy of bright, entertaining tunes

CITIES BURNING DOWN * recommended *
16 February 2009 / Independiente / 1 Trk CD
:: Howling Bells ::
Howling Bells provide another preview of what is going to be a groundbreaking album

FACTORY RECORDS : COMMUNICATIONS 1978-92
16 February 2009 / Rhino / 63-Trk 4xCD Pack
:: Various Artists ::
Even with celluloid and it seems only fitting that the 30th anniversary of Factory, Manchester be celebrated yet further

ENGINE * single of the week *
16 February 2009 / 12" One-Sided Vinyl
:: Stranger Son ::
An affirming outing from SSOWB with their sparse, yet cutting mechanised glacial themes, fried up on the broken crankshafts of big pistoned new wave

CHANGING OF THE SEASONS
16 February 2009 / Determine Records : Balloon Ranger Recordings / 15 Trk CD
:: Ane Brun ::
If you haven’t already OD’d on last years bumper crop of female singer/songwriters here’s another one from Scandinavia

FIGHT LIKE APES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN MEDALLION
16 February 2009 / 12 Trk CD
:: Fight Like Apes ::
There’s just song after song of pushy post-romance b-movie songs, carried by Maykay who occasionally lets loose like a banshee

ALIGHT OF NIGHT
16 February 2009 / Angular Recording Corporation / 11 Trk CD
:: Crystal Stilts ::
Crystal Stilts unleash a debut album that’s short of chords and refuses to vary its textures yet loses none of its innovation

IF YOU LEAVE TODAY
16 February 2009 / W2 Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Bishops ::
The Bishops are wholly informed by the sharp suits of the beat generation

KID GLOVES
16 February 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Marmaduke Duke ::
Biffy's Neil and Sucioperro's Reid continue their odd journey..

HOLD TIME
16 February 2009 / 4 AD / 14 Trk CD
:: M Ward ::
M.Ward continues to explore the blues and country infested back roads of Portland

LITTLE BIRD
16 February 2009 / Double Six (Domino) / 2 Trk Digital Download
:: Threatmantics ::
It's no surprise that Threatmantics have shared a stage with Clinic

I COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU
16 February 2009 / Island / 2 Trk CD
:: Attic Lights ::
The signature theme lives on, as does surprisingly, the career of Shane Ritchie

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 09/02/09
09 February 2009 / Various Formats
:: Manifesto :: Firesuite :: Mitsu’s Run :: Endeci :: Timmy Vegas & Bad Lay-Dee :: Mongrel :: David Anderson :: Alan :: DMT :: Swanton Bombs :: The Do :: Iglu & Hartly :: Ruben Angel :: Radio Dynamics :: Spiesinlimbo ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 09/02/09

BETTER
09 February 2009 / Geffen / 2 Trk CD
:: Guns & Roses ::
‘Better’, bears out some of the flaws of this supposed GnR rejuvenation

TONIGHT: FRANZ FERDINAND
09 February 2009 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
Franz have this album down as something a little more experimental, but it’s certainly more commercial in terms of its acceptance of other genres

AN ELUARDIAN INSTANCE
09 February 2009 / Polyvinyl / 3 Trk CD Polyvinyl
:: Of Montreal ::
Attractive, innovative melodies from Georgia

THE AIRING OF GRIEVANCES
09 February 2009 / XL / 11 Trk CD
:: Titus Andronicus ::
Titus Andronicus - re-inventing the American sound...

BONE GARDEN
09 February 2009 / Epitah / 1 Trk CD
:: I Am Ghost ::
I Am Ghost, continue to hammer home their growing importance on the post-hardcore scene

RIP OUT YOUR HEART
09 February 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Kansasburns ::
Energetic and satisfyingly measured epic new rock and roll from the NE

HOW DID IT GET TO THIS
09 February 2009 / Cargo / 11 Trk CD
:: We Rock Like Girls Don’t ::
They’re back, but this time with bigger pedals

SOAP FACTORY
09 February 2009 / 2 Trk CDR
:: Monster Island ::
Monster Island are remarkable for their guitar mis-shapes and off key orchestrations

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
09 February 2009 / Fortuna Pop! / 10 Trk CD
:: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart ::
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart soak their genteel distortions in the graceful charms of British indie from the musical heartlands of the early 90’s

WHICH BITCH ?
09 February 2009 / 1965 / 14 Trk CD
:: The View ::
The View through the wonders of “Which Bitch?”, are reborn

DEPARTURE
09 February 2009 / Angular Recording Corporation / 2 Trk CD
:: Crystal Stilts ::
Abrasive, gothic, boozy garage guitar stuff from Brooklyn, New York

WHO DO WE CARE FOR ?
09 February 2009 / Saddle Creek / 1 Trk CD
:: Sebastien Grainger ::
A promising prospect of stoner 4/4 indie rock.

FOXTROT BRAVADO
09 February 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Clockwork Radio ::
An accomplished demo with a vibrant, live feel to the proceedings

COLONIA
09 February 2009 / Reveal / 12 Trk CD
:: A Camp ::
A Camp is a re-union of an intriguing off-shoot group, featuring members of 90s legends groups such as The Cardigans (Nina Persson) and Atomic Swing (Niclas Frisk)

THE DREAM TEAM RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
09 February 2009 / Side One Dummy / 1 Trk CD
:: Fake Problems ::
Fake Problems excel at copy-cat rock and roll

CHANGE
09 February 2009 / Columbia / Allido / 1 Trk CD
:: Daniel Merriweather ::
There are shades of soul, Motown and hip hop on this melodic merry-go-round

DENNIS BERGKAMP
02 February 2009 / Grenade Records / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Guildean Gang ::
Guildean Gang pick up a footballing reference for their strangely sounding swirl of electronic effects and twisty indie-isms

I PUNCHED A LION IN THE THROAT
02 February 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: Pulled Apart By Horses ::
Dense rock and slick riffs brutally smashed together with a vocalist who seems to get very agitate

SAM KILLS TWO
02 February 2009 / Rocket Girl / 10 Trk CD
:: Sam Kills Two ::
Hypnotic guitar loops and the semi-baritone velvet vocalisations of one Fred Bjorkvall

OH MY GOD
02 February 2009 / Waterfall / 1 Trk CD
:: Ida Maria ::
Everyone it seems, now ‘likes’ Ida

TO LOSE MY LIFE * single of the week *
02 February 2009 / Fiction (Polydor / Universal) / 1 Trk CD
:: White Lies ::
Hats off to white Lies with an 80’s hurrah !

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF DE WITT A STANTON
02 February 2009 / Red Deer Club / 12 Trk Digital Download
:: Awesome Wells ::
Awesome may still retain some elements of his enigma but this is sure to raise his profile somewhat

CHICKENHAWK * album of the week *
02 February 2009 / 12 Trk CD
:: Chickenhawk ::
...The nose bleeds come free.

MERRIWEATHER POTS PAVILION
02 February 2009 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: Animal Collective ::
Loops and merry dischords, seem to create a raft of welcoming, orchestrated nuggets of weird pop

SILVER & GOLD
02 February 2009 / Dcypha / 2 Trk CD
:: Sway :: Feat AKON ::
Teaming up with Akon is perhaps the best thing that Sway has done for obvious reasons

HER BIRTHDAY
02 February 2009 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Popular Workshop ::
Almost perfect displays of angular guitar thrusts welded to wild pop anthems

BEELINE
02 February 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk Download
:: Sky Larkin ::
Sky Larkin produce yet more female fronted guitar splashed indie

CHECKMATE SAVAGE
02 February 2009 / Captains Of Industry / 9 Trk CD
:: The Phantom Band ::
The Phantom Band have, it’s reported, taken to performing with paper bags placed over their heads

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