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DEMO
29 March 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The New High Spirit ::
The New High Spirit are a five piece who sound as though they want to explore unchartered territory. However for this first demo, it seems their compass has led them to the land of summery Britpop though.

DEMO
29 March 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Whyers ::
The song “My Big Head” is probably the most fitting title on the album which The Whyers should be allowed if they can write tunes like this.

DEMO
29 March 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Butterfly ::
There’s a melodramatic mood to the songs, which make them hard to take seriously, although there are some equally furious parts that ought to level the songs out but instead just confuse the listener.

“DEMONSTRATIONAL RECORDINGS”
29 March 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk
:: Sunnyvale Noise Sub-Element ::
maintains the full character of both Chicago noise and Sheffield electronica and topping it with some memorable, angular melody...

UNLOAD YOUR HEAD
29 March 2005 / Slapdash / 10-Trk CD
:: Cardboard Cowboy ::
Much in the same way that retired teachers with beards seek out special pubs where the beer's called something like "Old Roger's Cocklewarmer", there are, people who insist on their music equally traditional with no artificial ingredients.

DEMO
28 March 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Shmoo ::
Admittedly Dido on a good day, if she ever had one – Rowena’s fine smoky pop-soul voice has rather more depth to it than Ford Focus Man’s favourite...

SOUNDTRACK TO A HEADRUSH LP
28 March 2005 / 10 Trk CD
:: Emanuel ::
Emanuel seem to have got the concept more or less right on this screeching slice of rock

SPLIT SINGLE
28 March 2005 / Sore Point / Split 7” Vinyl Single
:: My Awesome Compilation :: Fall Out Boy ::
Leicester’s My Awesome Compilation shine on split single

A HYPERACTIVE WORKOUT FOR THE FLYING SQUAD
28 March 2005 / Sanctuary / 13 Trk CD
:: Ocean Colour Scene ::
Loads of bluesy influenced Britpop rock outs with Cradocks guitar, breaking out into spliced riffs

WHAT’S HIDEOUS
28 March 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD :: Must Destroy, Atlantic
:: Do Me Bad Things ::
A good or bad thing ? Or just plain dangerous - the juty has gone home...or to the pub

TOPKNOT / HOTROCKS
28 March 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Cornershop :: Feat. Bubbly Kaur ::
Cornershop, mine other than deeper into the world of eastern influenced, dance tracks and soul house funk .

THE LAST RESORT * single of the week *
28 March 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Deltasonic
:: Dead 60’s ::
The angsty dub of a coming of age Joe Strummer, welded to the distant skitery guitar sounds of something as creepily dark as Bauhaus

THE SALT WOUND ROUTINE
28 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Thirteen Senses ::
Superier, young, reflective material from a band that are yet to go far

WHY DO YOU LOVE ME
28 March 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Garbage ::
“I’m not as pretty as those girls in Magazines..” mutters Manson on the opening lines

ODE TO L.A. * preview *
28 March 2005 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo :: Columbia / Sony
:: The Raveonettes ::
Shimmering doo wop structures are heavily doused in a late 50’s / 60’s twang

I DON’T NEED YOU
28 March 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 3 Trk CD
:: Help She Can’t Swim ::
Help She Can’t Swim continue to do their best to drill themselves into the consciousness of the British public

BILE CHANT
28 March 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: Independent
:: The Wonderstuff ::
Remember “Dizzy” - Hunt & Co make spirited come back in single format

LANGUAGE.SEX.VIOLENCE.OTHER?
28 March 2005 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Stereophonics ::
Stereophonics find the "Cure" that gives them success in their lastest album, which sees them drop a number one as casually as a trip to the latrine.

THE BRAVERY
28 March 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: The Bravery ::
With a track as good as “Honest Mistake” then you could be forgiven for expecting that things had peaked within the first 2 minutes

TRIUMPH OF A HEART
28 March 2005 / One Little Indian / 2 Trk CD
:: Björk ::
Single further proves that Bjork is still inherently beautiful and avoiding another purely electronic album is a welcome move

TWISTED UP
28 March 2005 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Fremen ::
Bringing the party to you in a decent, raggedy, exciting style

SHORTER SHORTER
28 March 2005 / Memphis Industries / 3 Trk Vinyl Single
:: Field Music ::
Breathy, angular folk from the North East with some very interesting twists

THE LONELY BEDSIT DWELLER / NOTE RE: A
28 March 2005 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl :: Own Label
:: Pimhole Group ::
Manufactured beats gun underneath the rattle of analogue keyboards stripped right back beyond any signs of an undercoat

ALBUM SAMPLER
21 March 2005 / Grassington Recordings / 11-Trk CD
:: Neon Sleep ::
Save for drug abuse and racial hatred not a lot goes down in Burnley expect in the bedroom of one Rob Ashworth.

DEMO
21 March 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Window Right ::
The musical equivalent of standing on top of a hill watching the skies cloud over, even if by the end I’m starting to wonder if it actually is Doves playing some strange trick on us.

EP 1
21 March 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Ranaboy ::
Folk pop in the tradition of Nick Drake and early acoustic David Gray, all chiming twelve-string and pretty, thoughtful melodies.

EVERYONE IS FROZEN
21 March 2005 / Northern Ambition / 2-Trk CD
:: Omerta ::
Anthemic Northern guitar pop with great descending swathes of minor chords, icy stabs of strings and a trademark floating vocal melody which is equal parts optimism and melancholy...

LIGHT OF DAY – A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
21 March 2005 / 37 Trk 2xCD Album :: Revolver
:: Various Artists ::
Charity Covers Album allows Springsteens songs to shine a second time around

3345
21 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Black Velvets ::
“..shake rattling and rolling..” with stammering, big, big guitars

I AINT SAYING MY GOODBYES
21 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Tummy Touch / Go Beat / Island
:: Tom Vek ::
Vek conspires to embellish and maintain his well deserved mantle as the current leader of young, underground abrasive pop

JUST LET GO
21 March 2005 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: FischerSpooner ::
FS return with a gaggle of bubbling sequencers.

OH YEAH
21 March 2005 / Infectious / 1 Trk CD :: WEA
:: The Subways ::
The Subways live off a bedrock of transistorised fuzz and kitchen sink drums

IT ENDED ON AN OILY STAGE
21 March 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
Bigger, wider and even more splendid, spangled sounding classic

WINTER/WINTER
21 March 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Cherryfalls ::
An impressive and extremely accessible long player bridging new rock with indie pop

DANCE TO THE RADIO – LEEDS
21 March 2005 / 18 Trk CDR :: Transmission
:: Various Artists ::
“Dance To The Radio” ! - TRANSMISSION!- Yes that's right, all of those Joy Division soaked references relate to a club night in... Leeds - Bloody good though!

DAMN DAMN LEASH
21 March 2005 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Be Your Own Pet ::
Captures that pre-Summer Of Hate rattle and embraces cheap guitar manifestos

LIVING THE DREAM
21 March 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Xtra Mile Recordings
:: Million Dead ::
Million Dead have found their stride with sensible melodies and powerhouse guitars

CLUB FOOT * record of the week *
21 March 2005 / BMG / SonyBMG / 2 Trk CD
:: Kasabian ::
Magnificent then, just as magnificent now, this with any justice should be an impending No.1

A FEW STEPS MORE
21 March 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 12 Trk CD
:: Monade ::
An album of contradictions, sometimes melodic and sometimes crammed with fractious anti-pop ideals

LULLABIES TO PARALYZE
21 March 2005 / Universal / CD Album
:: Queens Of The Stone Age ::
No let up in Hommes thirst for good song writing and the careful fusion of traditional rock, leftfield ideas and four chords

WORK
21 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Jimmy Eat World ::
Shudders under the sheer weight of pop values, torch song deliveries and the massive crash of widescreen guitars

RUN TO HER
21 March 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Glaze
:: The Five O’Clock Heroes ::
"Run To Her” is good for everything, that The Five O’Clock Heroes have decided to leave out.

THE SINGLES
21 March 2005 / XL / 15 Trk CD
:: Basement Jaxx ::
Party, Disco, Car or Club Decks – “The Singles” is, as anyone would expect, 15 tracks of unadulterated greatness

FREE MY NAME
14 March 2005 / Sanctuary / 3 Trk Enhanced CD with Video and U-Myx Track
:: Ocean Colour Scene ::
OCS ditch the riffs and go for a sweeping, almost Big Band, soul influenced number

BACK TO ME
14 March 2005 / 5 Trk CD – Album Sampler
:: Kathleen Edwards ::
Undeniably accessible and ultimately refreshing stuff

MY PATCH
14 March 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: My Dad Recordings
:: Jim Noir ::
Melodic inspiration poured across some ingenious guitars and arrangements

CIRCLES (JUST MY GOOD TIME)
14 March 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: Justice Brothers Records
:: Busface feat. Mademoiselle E.B. ::
Computer generated collection of sequenced noises with the fashion obsessed, celeb tagged singers vocal effects, splattered over the whole affair

THE WINDOW EP
14 March 2005 / Northern Ambition / 4 Trk 12” Vinyl
:: Narcissus ::
This is excessively good stuff, dark, moody, but bursting at the seams with ingenuity and a spine tingling chorus

A LETTER FROM THE WHIZ KID * ones to watch *
14 March 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Oak Road Records
:: The Exports ::
The Exports offer some cohesive, clever incisive tunes – all of which could seriously blow the competition out of the water

YC-001
14 March 2005 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 4 Trk CD
:: The Yacht Club ::
The Yacht Clubs clever, genetically modified rock music, poacked with innovation.

MY DRUG
14 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Cherryfalls ::
Rockier, semi-metal outlook, allows Cherryfalls to hint at a more progressive radio friendly sound

ABEL
14 March 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: The National ::
Melancholy, edgy material that bodes well for their upcoming Beggars debut “Alligator”,

LITTLE SISTER
14 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Interscope
:: Queens Of The Stone Age ::
Hommes taster from “Lullabies To Paralyze” is a riotous, anthemic number

SHUT UP
14 March 2005 / Warner / 2 Trk CD :: Atlantic / WEA / Lava
:: Simple Plan ::
(quote) “…this album is a must if you love punky rock music and also if you are a BUSTED fan…”.

YOU GOT NOTHING ON ME
14 March 2005 / Warner / 2 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: The Glitterati ::
A good start, but certainly nothing new by any stretch of the imagination.

I DON’T WANT TO KNOW (IF YOU DON’T WANT ME)
14 March 2005 / Warner / 2 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: The Donnas ::
Bustling with spikey bubblegum pop values and nose-to-grindstone riffs

REINTERPRETATIONS
14 March 2005 / 2 x CD – 24 Trks :: Gronland
:: Lunz ::
Two disc perspective contrasts the relative youth of today and their simplistic beats with the halcyon, perfect realised ambitions of age, experience and a lifetime of emotions

VALE INDUSTRIAL
14 March 2005 / SonyBMG / 6 Trk CD :: 5:15 Records
:: The Tenderfoot ::
An impressive collection of warm, but positive and infectious tunes.

FRANCES THE MUTE * record of the week *
14 March 2005 / Universal / 5, 12 or 18 Trk (whichever way you look at it) CD Album
:: The Mars Volta ::
Conceptual, epic album with the trademark vocals and guitars of spectacular, refined, yet inspired proportions

HELLO AGAIN
08 March 2005 / Cornish Blue / 11-Trk CD
:: Everstrong ::
"unpredictability is their biggest and most promising asset" or "treading a rather beaten old path". You decide. We couldn't.

BREATHE EASY
08 March 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Dan Lyth ::
This is sensational back to basics acoustic bliss. Heavenly. It’s like finally hearing what Belle and Sebastian and Damien Rice as one would sound.

YOU WERE MY BLIZZARD
08 March 2005 / Demo / 10-Trk CD
:: Chas Rigby ::
Perhaps the best word to describe this album is ‘ordinary’. A country acoustic feel accompanies each track, along with an average singing voice which does not convey the many emotions he sings about...

FROM THE NECK DOWN EP
08 March 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Small Adjustment
:: Gabrielle's Wish ::
A stark reminder that only a few people really know what alternative underground Mancunian rock music, at its heart and deepest reaches of its soul, really sounds like

HURRICANE BAR
07 March 2005 / EMI / 14 Trk CD :: Majesty / Capitol / EMI Sweden
:: Mando Diao ::
For people who appreciate a generally consistent tempo and generally easy listen with all the right fashion hallmarks

PORTIONS FOR FOXES
07 March 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Rilo Kiley ::
It won’t take your head off, but it’ll make owning one an altogether more enjoyable experience

SPIT IT OUT *one to watch*
07 March 2005 / V2 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Brendan Benson ::
Benson offers a bright light for those looking for tunes and alternatively flavoured jolly guitars

SHIPWRECKERS
07 March 2005 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) ::
For the real McCoy, look no further than the straight down the line, earthly sounds of Yorkston

THE WIDOW
07 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Island
:: The Mars Volta ::
A suggestive epic with massive peaks and a thrashing, slowly pounding jazzy hard rock outlook

E-PRO
07 March 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Beck ::
A fantastic, infectious, clever and brain ingraining tune.

TRANSISTOR RADIO
07 March 2005 / Matador Records / 16 Trk CD
:: M Ward ::
A vivacious, but sensitive kaleidoscope of acoustic sounds, emotions and originality

GOLDEN OCEAN * joint record of the week *
07 March 2005 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD :: Throwing Music
:: 50 Foot Wave ::
An almost violent but direct album as fresh as any alt.rock stuff out there now.

ROUTINE CHECK
07 March 2005 / 679 / 2 Trk CD :: The Beats
:: The Mitchell Brothers ::
Takes the kind of stuff Skinner lives for and Hip Hops it up a few degrees

TYPICAL ME - Featuring Ghetto
07 March 2005 / 679 / 2 Trk CD
:: Kano ::
Smooth grime / sub-lo, or Eski star points to something even more inventive on the horizon

KRAFTY
07 March 2005 / London / 1 Trk Promo / 5 Trk Remix Promo :: Warner
:: New Order ::
New Order's upcoming album, "Waiting For The Sirens Call" is going to be something special

HOT LOVE
07 March 2005 / Mute / 4 Trk CD :: Novamute
:: Meloboy ::
Harmless fun, with a novelty factor, but it's not going to change your life

CRUISING ON THE 86 * joint record of the week *
07 March 2005 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Loose Canon ::
aA's Loose Canon break out with something that quite literally could be the stuff of legends

DECEMBER HYMNS
07 March 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Mekong Delta
:: Pillow ::
Skewered melodies and a slightly splintered sound that almost hides the subtle harmonies

MOON I HIDE
07 March 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Eat Sleep
:: Clayhill ::
Clayhill really do the sauntering, slow burning indie well

BLACK LINE NINJA
07 March 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: American Blood Recordings
:: Weapons (Weapons Of Mass Belief) ::
Damn good party they seem to be at- but more blood in the music please.

TSUJI GIRI * joint record of the week *
07 March 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: MunkFaust
:: Tsuji Giri ::
There are very few eponymous underground cult classic, Mancunian albums. But Tsuji Giri have created one.

TRIPPIN / DAY OF DISILLUSION *ones to watch*
07 March 2005 / 2 Trk 7” Single :: High Voltage Sounds
:: The KBC ::
A new sound from the north that puts music and substance first – the times are changing

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