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HOT MILK EP
29 March 2004 / Melodic / 4-Track CD
:: Baikonour ::
If you haven't got the original, fret not. This is still a lovely set of progressive/psychedelic electro adventures in it's own right.

NEW YORK: A MIX ODYSSEY
29 March 2004 / Southern Fried Records / 17-Track CD
:: Armand Van Helden ::
The entire history of the New York club scene on one CD? Somebody's got to be having a laugh!

DEMONSTRATION #2
29 March 2004 / Demo / 6-Track CD
:: The Scheme ::
Imposing a traditional “round the fire on a winter’s night” feel it again displays a hint of unforeseen competency and a welcome move away from tired fallow indie.

THE DIRTY FUTHAFUCKERS! E.P
23 March 2004 / Demo / CD
:: Dr. Freak's Padded Cell ::
The druggy opener sounds like someone’s given Steve Evets (Vocals) too much coffee and let him loose on the leaders on the world.

LAY LADY LAY
22 March 2004 / Ultimate Dilemma / 3-Track CD Single
:: Magnet :: Gemma Hayes ::
Warmer than your average British summer before the advent of global warming, it’s not that strange to find that this was created by a Norwegian in a pigeon loft in Lockerbie.

THE WAY YOU MOVE
22 March 2004 / Arista / 1-Track CD Promo
:: Outkast ::
One can feel several conceptions arising from this record.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 29.03.04
29 March 2004 / Various
:: South :: Automato :: Shirokuma ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 29th March 2004

JOIN ME OR DIE
29 March 2004 / Wrath / 12 Trk CD
:: Stuffy / The Fuses ::
The delight of twin pack tracks “Billybob Thornton” and “Angelina Jolie” get the blood warmed and the excitement peaking.

FROM TENSE TO LOOSE TO SLACK
29 March 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 4 Trk CD
:: The Keys ::
The Keys continue with their brilliantly bohemian alt.folk which twists giddily around heavy ‘60’s influences

LEAVES OF GRASS
29 March 2004 / HTI / 1 Trk Promo
:: Adam Snyder ::
Shimmers with jangling Americana and the heady pedal steel of BJ Cole

TAKE YOUR MAMA
29 March 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Polydor)
:: Scissor Sisters ::
No snarling synths, no bleak robotic beats, no cascading electronic strings

LOCKDOWN PROJECT
29 March 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Gronland Records
:: Lockdown Project ::
By all rights this should be peppered with gimmicks and one trick clichés. But it isn’t. It's fun.

HERE COME THE BRIDES
09 March 2004 / Sanctuary / 9-Track CD
:: Brides of Destruction ::
Featuring Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Tracii of The La Guns, it’s not surprising to find that this record has the mental age of about 14.

BASEMENT APES
09 March 2004 / Steamhammer / 12-Track CD LP
:: Gluecifer ::
“Basement Apes” is actually a rather fuel-injected effort whose zany Nordic charm lifts it slightly out of mediocrity central.

MISERY IS A BUTTERFLY
22 March 2004 / 4 AD / 11-Track LP
:: Blonde Redhead ::
This is a pop band doing things that you’ll love but not necessarily expect.

SLOW PICTURE
29 March 2004 / Soviet Union / 12 Trk CD
:: The Sonar Yen ::
There is a new, thrilling pace about the Yen that adds to the overall edginess by flaring out of nowhere when you least expect it

LUCKY LIPSTICK
22 March 2004 / EMI / 3 Trk CD
:: Suferosa ::
Powerful Scando Electro Rock from femme fronted Surferosa

MORE LEMONADE
22 March 2004 / Southern Fried Records / 6 Trk CD
:: Bucci Bag ::
A bit like someone hammering in nails for about two hours whilst the Gibbs falsetto the t*ts off the whole plot

THIS IS IT
22 March 2004 / Mercury / 1 Trk Cd
:: Ryan Adams ::
A rebel rousing anthem, with a vocal line that's distinctly unhinged but energetically appealing

NEON
22 March 2004 / Music For Nations / 3 Trk CD
:: Amplifier ::
This is a welcome signpost to what is, a stunning debut album.

UNDER THE CITY
22 March 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Dangerous Records
:: The Needles ::
Promises a lot with its thrusting bass line and pulsating guitars, but it never quite goes off

NEARER THAN HEAVEN
22 March 2004 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk Promo
:: Delays ::
Delays current single is a breezy, if not brazen sparkle of jangling guitars and falsetto vocals

UNDER THE WHEEL EP
22 March 2004 / Faith & Hope / 4 Trk CD
:: Grand Transmitter ::
Easily appreciated tunes are not only crammed with carefully drawn arrangements, but also add up to far, far more than the deliberately modest sum of its parts.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 15.03.04
15 March 2004 / Various
:: Guns 'N' Roses :: Hothouse Flowers ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 15th March 2004

CHUTES TOO NARROW *Record Of The Week*
15 March 2004 / Sub Pop / 10 Trk CD
:: The Shins ::
Crammed full of sparkling, chiming guitars and sunny west coast vocals, the songs veer from edgy cutting guitar pop to rumbling acoustically driven bohemian rock

KNOCK ME DOWN
15 March 2004 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: My Red Cell ::
Lo-Fi, Lo-Rent jangly guitars and carefully constructed presentation nearly make the grade (*smash*).

HOTEL REGAN
15 March 2004 / Anvil / 5 Trk CD
:: Fionn Regan ::
Great voice and Regan's tunes are really as narrative as they are tuneful, in that inimitable singer / songwriter style

THE HUNGER
15 March 2004 / Warner / 1 Trk Promo
:: The Distillers ::
This isn’t by Hole, but it sounds just like them. And the singers seeing that bloke from QOTSA

MEET YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
15 March 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: Kid Symphony. ::
The Leeds duo continue to confound and shatter any preconceptions - MSGH or Mansun ?

THE DOWNPOUR EP
15 March 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Reveal ::
Against the tousled ribbons of guitarwork that guide them, these lines speak with an honesty

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 8.03.04
08 March 2004 / AS
:: Happylife :: Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club :: Amp Fiddler ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 8th March 2004

ZIG ZAG
08 March 2004 / Sanctuary / 10 Trk CD
:: Earl Slick ::
Updated classic rock played with very high production values indeed, supported by a range of session musicians

SO SAYS I
08 March 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Sub Pop
:: The Shins ::
Full of 60’s energy, lush lo-fi vox and crunchy guitars

LIKE IT OR LEAVE IT
08 March 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Island)
:: Chikinki ::
one to electrify our ears and set hairs upstanding. Not as persuasive as previous efforts but a respectable contributor to a growing collection of credible crossovers

ONE BIG HOLIDAY
08 March 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo
:: My Morning Jacket ::
As much spontaneity and hard charging sounds as they dare apply, for fear of the fragile rock structure splitting at the seams

LAUGH, POINT & WAVE
08 March 2004 / Music For Nations / 3 Trk CD
:: XisLOADED ::
A band who have proved capable of making their mark on their upcoming debut album.

THERE MUST BE SOME WAY TO STOP THEM
08 March 2004 / Music For Nations / 11 Trk Cd
:: Vaux ::
It may not be long before Vaux are considered in reverential terms

ASYLUM
08 March 2004 / 13 Trk CD :: Blue Cat
:: Desolation Angels ::
Desolation Angels not only want to wrestle with their own emotions, they want to grapple with yours too

4 Track Demo
08 March 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps ::
Sticks two fingers at over-production and celebrates the almighty power of garage bands, past, present - here and now

UNBROKEN (HOTEL BABY)
01 March 2004 / 1 Trk Promo (Spv)
:: Monster Magnet ::
Heavy metal mayhem via the melodic, rock anthems of stalwarts, Monster Magnet

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 1.03.04
01 March 2004 / Various
:: Flight16 :: Hothouse Flowers :: Deckard :: Turin Brakes ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 1st March 2004

WORDY RAPPING HOOD
01 March 2004 / EMI / 3 Trk CD
:: Chicks On Speed ::
Weymouth lends support as does Miss Kitten on this modified rapola for todays club / electro kids

CLOSE MY EYES *record of the week*
01 March 2004 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Loog / Polydor)
:: The Open ::
Full of early 80’s melodrama, pop and chopping guitars set to lush effects and appropriate production values

OMERTA
01 March 2004 / 11 Trk CD :: Eat Sleep
:: The Belles ::
Breezy, complex and quite light songs, anchored to the sounds of misty Californian alt.folk.pop.rock

A
01 March 2004 / 4 AD / 11 Trk Cd
:: Cass McCombs ::
McCombs minimalist songs remember American songwriting at its most melancholy

NO SLEEP NO NEED EP
01 March 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Red Flag / Lucky 7
:: The Vaults ::
More back to basics is needed on this without doubt. “No Sleep No Need” sounds like a Pub Rock Motorhead cover

THRU THE GLASS
01 March 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD (Vertigo)
:: Thirteen Senses ::
More alt.rock, more poppy and addictive than the other runners out there. Thirteen Senses are to be enjoyed.

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