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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For March, 2006

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

TERRY RILEY DISCO
27 March 2006 / 4 Trk Remix CD :: Playlouder Recordings
:: Simon Bookish ::
A weird blend of computer, bedroom based programming

KILLING STREET
27 March 2006 / Seeca / 2 Trk CD
:: The Common Redstarts ::
Jury are not only out, theyíre down the pub until further notice

GET DROPPED QUICK / INDIE KIDS
27 March 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 7Ē Vinyl
:: Yes Boss ::
Ironic, true and bloody clever

SING
27 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Dresden Dolls ::
Funny costumes and a slightly deluded sense of inspiration

BROTHER
26 March 2006 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: The Organ ::
The Organ have something quite unique coming out of their pipes

WATERS OF NAZARETH
27 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Ed Banger Records
:: Justice ::
The theme for a large Cathedral bathed in the pitch black of night

OFF THE FLOOR
27 March 2006 / Demo / CDR EP
:: We See Foxes ::
Locks the beat down like an enthusiastic joiner nailing on a coffin lid

IíM WIRED YOUíRE BEAUTIFUL * record of the week *
27 March 2006 / Demo / 12 Trk CD
:: Then Thickens ::
Looking for something that doesn't just avoid the hype, but physically blows up the radar..? Here it is

PUSH ON
27 March 2006 / Promo / 4 Trk CD :: Own Label
:: The Call ::
Spirited and well developed effort that could yield yet bigger things

DEMO
27 March 2006 / Demo / CDR
:: Kni9hts ::
The guitars can cut an influential loop or just flap out the chord strikes as good as the next

NEVER LEARN TO CRY *recommended*
27 March 2006 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: The Rogers Sisters ::
A crescendo that sounds like the B52ís arm wrestling the Pixies

HEART IN A CAGE
27 March 2006 / 4 AD / 1 Trk CD
:: The Strokes ::
Most people are happy for their favourite band to produce more of the same

LETíS GET NICE
27 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Tall Order
:: Big Strides ::
Big Strides are still playing Ronnie Scotts

WEíRE HERE
27 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Guillemots ::
The pop romance of Prefab Sprout with a melody not seen since Pete Wylies Wah!Heat

WEST OF HERE * single/ep of the week *
27 March 2006 / Universal / 4 Trk CD
:: Jackson Analogue ::
Retro pieces packed with melody and the spirit of something like 1972

WHEN YOU WASNíT FAMOUS
27 March 2006 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Streets ::
Content thatís more realistic and gritty than a Pete Doherty autobiography

GLITTER GULCH *recommended*
27 March 2006 / Universal / 6 Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps ::
Unleashes some slightly obscure classics and also gives a fitting example of NBAs versatility

JAMES HOLDEN AT THE CONTROLS
27 March 2006 / 32 Trk 2xCD :: Resist
:: Various Artists ::
Holdons eclectic taste in dance provides a collection for the Berlin nightclubs.

SILENT SHOUT
27 March 2006 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: The Knife ::
electro third album, apparently recorded in an old Carbon-Dioxide factory

PARLOUR SESSIONS: Vol 1
27 March 2006 / 12 Trk CD :: Parlour 9
:: Salvo :: The BÍtes Noires :: Empty Vessels :: Dolium ::
An intriguing collection of buzzy, calculated rock

THIS WEEKS HEAVY METAL COLLECTION
27 March 2006 / Various Formats :: Escapi Music
:: Torture :: Trouble :: Body Count ::
Let metal mayhen commence ! - They may be slightly older than The Darkness, but these middle aged gents can still lay it on thick..

NIGHTMARE OF YOU
27 March 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby
:: Nightmare Of You ::
NOY should really be on a massive label having capitalist chart bound fights with bands like Orson

FIELD RECORDINGS
27 March 2006 / 4 Trk CD :: Regular Beat Recordings
:: Various Artists :: Ambrose Tomkins :: Yellow Kid :: Mathew Wood :: The Rawkus Beeston Empire :: Mitch and Murray ::
A quartet of sounds that takes its inspiration from the fringes but proves that melodies often come from the most surprising of places

PLAYTHING / SHE MACHINE
27 March 2006 / Fat Northerner / 2 Trk CD
:: Shmoo ::
A commercially bent blend of disco, sequencing and cabaret

JUVENILIA * recommended *
27 March 2006 / 21 Trk CD :: New Memorabilia
:: Too Much Texas ::
Echoes of a previous generation and glimpses of the present day

DONíT DISAPPOINT ME NOW *recommended*
27 March 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: SL
:: Decoration ::
A triumph of words, guitars and North/South rail travel

THE FALLEN
27 March 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
The guitars riff up and down sonic escalators

NEW PIN * recommended*
27 March 2006 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
:: Oceansize ::
A shift change from the stark confrontation of their earlier material

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN
20 March 2006 / 6 Trk CD :: Reveal
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
Indie acoustica that bobs and weaves like Tyson in his prime

FORCEFEDLIES EP
20 March 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Serotonin (Portsmouth) ::
Almost make me want to agree with those nutters who phone up local radio demanding to bring back national service.

PERFUME DAUGHTER
20 March 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Ending Of . . . ::
Floods layers of shimmering, delayed guitar over a racing, driving beat

SOS
20 March 2006 / Demo / Trk CD
:: The Flood ::
Accomplished three-tracker feels more like a fully-formed EP than a bunch of demos

DEMO
21 March 2006 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Blue Vinyl ::
Right now Blue Vinyl might have found their window

TRAGEDY OF BEING A GIRL
21 March 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: A Woman Of No Importance ::
Four young men with floppy hair, apparently digging into a rather small cake with a variety of implements

WHY BOTHER AT ALL
20 March 2006 / Rubyworks / 4 Trk CD
:: Koufax ::
Detroitís Koufax command respect for their emotion laden bite

THE SMELL
20 March 2006 / Sanctuary / Cd Album
:: Engerica ::
Dave Gardners survival tips are doled out with unsentimental poignancy

YOU HAVE KILLED ME
20 March 2006 / Sanctuary / 1 Trk CD
:: Morrissey ::
Relies on a swooning pop melody to deliver a lurid tale of nothingness and redemption from that fate

ROYAL SHIT * album of the week *
20 March 2006 / CD Album :: Supermarket Records
:: Superqueens ::
A piercing pistol of beats and whizzing synths from the mancunian word mauling outfit

GET LUCKY * single of the week *
20 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Noize
:: New Young Pony Club ::
A minimalist blend of guitars, the like of which probably havenít been heard since Byrne twanged for an embryonic Talking Heads

ROUTE DE LA SLACK
20 March 2006 / 20 Trk 2xCD
:: Swayzak ::
A series of slow moving, atmospheric pieces, pierced with emotional drama and almost film score qualities - and pumping house..

WE ARE NOT THE SAME
20 March 2006 / 4 Trk CD :: Brille
:: Good Shoes ::
Good Shoes are as fashionable, as well....any new pair of shoes

ROCK N ROLL PART III
20 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Nomadic
:: Vanlustbader ::
A sort of indie kids Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction for 2006

MY SWEET ROSE
20 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Niblick / Giraffe
:: Jim Moray ::
Atmospheric orchestrations with a painted face ala Steve Strange

QUEENS OF KINGS CROSS
20 March 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: iDresden ::
Dresden obviously have no money, but all is not lost

ALL OVER THIS TOWN
20 March 2006 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: The Upper Room ::
Written at Christmas inbetween lunch courses, Alex Miller has come up with the perfect accompaniment

GOLD LION
20 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ::
YYY are back after a brace of successes, riding the crest of the new/New-Wave/wave

DOO-WOP (SUGAR SO SWEET)
20 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Bad Sneakers
:: The Sugars ::
A brothel creeping, sweet, pure blast of fun

POLITICS AND CIGARETTES
20 March 2006 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Voom Blooms ::
Out of bloom for the Voom Blooms or blooming marvellous?

HOW IT ALL WENT WRONG
20 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: White Heat
:: Les Incompetents ::
Sham69 trapped in the vaudeville world of ďThe Good Old DaysĒ

MIDNIGHT GARDEN
20 March 2006 / Fantastic Plastic / 3 Trk CD
:: Help She Canít Swim ::
more cartoon capers via the rattling joy of this new track

WHITE RUSSIAN GALAXY
20 March 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Crimea ::
The bands most entertaining and rousing foray so far

JUST ASHES
20 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Woodhill
:: Last Stop China Town ::
....The same seed that planted the likes of Bauhaus...and Killing Joke

SO CALM
20 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD
:: Sunday International ::
Hints that Sunday International are hiding a majestic hit away somewhere

THE FIRST DEMO
13 March 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Pooler ::
Crushing metal mantras are the order of the day

BIG DAY
13 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Tahiti80 ::
Gallic dance impresarios wind out another funky bassline

JUST
13 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Rapster
:: Exit Music : Mark Ronson Feat. Alex Greenwald ::
A track from one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century and someone has effectively taken a squat on it

ADVENTURE * record of the week *
13 March 2006 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Be Your Own Pet ::
BYOP plot a spontaneous riot of high frequency crescendos and crazy punk growls

THE EXCHANGE SESSION VOL 1
13 March 2006 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Kieran Hebden And Steve Reid ::
Former FourTet and famous drummer provide less of a record and more of an art installation

BURN
13 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Nabouchaka
:: Idiot Boy ::
Idiot Boy prove they are Oxford obsessives, irrefutably hooked into The Bends

WATCHINí
13 March 2006 / 6 Trk Enhanced CD :: Loaded
:: Freemasons :: (feat Amanda Wilson) ::
A disco formula thatís being doing the rounds since 1979

ARE YOU THINKING WHAT IíM THINKING
13 March 2006 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler
:: The Like ::
The Like unleash an album that promises plenty this summer, without even trying

ENERGY CZAR
13 March 2006 / 12 Trk CD
:: Hunting Lodge ::
HL arenít so much trying to break down musical barriers, more like chewing them up with blood soaked ploughs

ANOTHER PLACE TO FALL
13 March 2006 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: KT Tunstall ::
Jazzy, soulful singing that digs deep into the realms once occupied by Portishead's Beth Gibbons.

PANGS OF GUILT
13 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Brille
:: The Bridge Gang ::
Beautifully formed two minute riot, a punch in the mouth in the nicest possible way

YOUR KISSES ARE WASTED ON ME
13 March 2006 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pipettes ::
A neat lesson in retro pop music from the beehive worshippers

NOFUNCITY EP
13 March 2006 / 4 Trk Enahnced CD :: Noize
:: Dandi Wind ::
Whilst the vocals seem to miss any form of melody, this EP is impressively uncompromising

DIRTY DAYS
13 March 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Instant Karma
:: Jaed ::
Jaed debut may be slightly flawed but the signs are good.

VOLUME 1
13 March 2006 / 14 Trk Sampler (release format : 7xCD 2xDVD) :: Cooking Vinyl
:: Billy Bragg ::
Stark battered solo electric guitar and protest vocals

THE TRIP curated by JARVIS COCKER & STEVE MACKEY
13 March 2006 / Universal / 35 Trk 2xCD :: Family Recordings
:: Various Artists ::
ex-Pulpsters Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey drum up a banging, esential set of opposites

THE TRIP navigated by JOEY NEGRO
13 March 2006 / Universal / 38 Trk 2xCD
:: Various Artists ::
These arenít just any ordinary compilations -Joey N goes retro with soul, electronica and 60's swing

CREATURES
13 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: New Memorabilia
:: Karma Kops ::
A comic book excursion, that doesnít aim to take itself too seriously

CORTNEY TIDWELL * recommended *
13 March 2006 / 6 Trk CD :: Ever
:: Cortney Tidwell ::
Strikes with a unique sense of sound, soul and sensibility

BELIEVABLE
13 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD
:: Mighty Six Ninety ::
Mighty Six Ninety put down their calculators and Burrow away into their parents Aha and Talk Talk album collections

HI-SKIES
13 March 2006 / 4 Trk CD :: Best Before
:: The Morning After Girls ::
Hotly tipped they may be, as the band veer from riot rock to c86

WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG
13 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Decadent
:: The Tamborines ::
Seem to be looking at their Winkle-Pickers rather gazing at a pair of Doc Martens

KEY OF C
13 March 2006 / My Dad / 3 Trk CD * single of the week *
:: Jim Noir ::
A multi-colour dream conjured up with Sgt Pepper in mind and the Beach Boys at heart

PROMO CD
13 March 2006 / Demo / 14 Trk CD
:: The Flairs ::
Former Tuuli femme-rocker gets muscles and some rollicking tunes to boot.

EXPERIMENTS IN LIVING
13 March 2006 / Cd Album :: Alamo Music
:: Four Day Hombre ::
Leeds rocker make waves of with their emotive, swaggering, epics

ATLANTIC JAXX RECORDINGS VOL2
06 March 2006 / 13 Trk CD :: Atlantic Jaxx
:: Various Artists ::
Basement Jaxx's original homegrown outlet for their material and remixes is now used to promote other like minded musings

WHAT WE ALL WANT
06 March 2006 / Dance To The Radio / 22 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Letís hope yet more leftfield artists like these, busying themselves at the real rock n roll coalface get a chance to shine.

WE ALL NEED SOMEONE TO TAUNT
06 March 2006 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 5 Trk CD
:: Soft Priest ::
Despite unashamed eclectic madness, this is full of charming and quite loveable theme tunes

KOMMINICATOR
06 March 2006 / 11 Trk CD :: Rapster Records
:: Five Deez ::
Suspended somewhere between L.A and a hot summers night in central London

BREATHE
06 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Booze Sponsored
:: Abs*l*t Kravitz ::
What next ? B*ddingtons Buzzcocks

CELEBRATION
06 March 2006 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: Celebration ::
The sounds of a cabaret slot in Blackpool Tower, hijacked by Bjork and voiced by Siouxsie Sioux

UNDER A BILLION SUNS
06 March 2006 / Sub Pop / 11 Trk CD
:: Mudhoney ::
To survive the grunge era and live to tell the tale is a laudable feat for any Seattle band

KILL YOUR OWN
06 March 2006 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Hundred Reasons ::
This abrasive and soul searching offering makes you feel like their debut album was only yesterday

FAB FOUR SUTURE
06 March 2006 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 12 Trk CD
:: Stereolab ::
Stereolab twist a few melons before shining brilliantly with their oddball synth pop

INDUSTRY REMIXES #1
06 March 2006 / Universal / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: The Modern ::
Indirectly cites the Human League and the rougher, cooler end of the sequencing profession, but with a cheesy flair

WILDER THAN THIS
06 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Kong Tiki, PopFiction
:: Cadillac ::
A big, ambitious, spine tingling two track adventure

GETTING INTO YOU
06 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Freezer
:: Leon ::
Leon Blackís Derby outfit still bravely march on under their own steam

MY DARK PLACES
06 March 2006 / Domino / 16 Trk CD
:: The Television Personalities ::
Twisted genius or the ramblings of a madman?..no actually it's rubbish

TOTALLY RE-F***KED
06 March 2006 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Test Icicles ::
The Icicles go Grime in an intense reworking of their noisy manifesto

JUNE GLOOM
06 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Like ::
Above the brusing guiatrs that, oh-so-sweet voice really capture your heart

NOBODY GETS AWAY * recommended *
06 March 2006 / 3 Trk Remix CDR :: Wandering Star
:: Meeky Rosie ::
With Alan Moulder at the helm, the mid-80ís vibe is firmly in place

RED DRESS / I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR
06 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Sugababes ::
The Worst Record Of The Decade So Far

LOVING ME / GALDUR
06 March 2006 / Southern Fried Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Trabrant ::
A jumbling bag of disco beats and broken up guitars

DISCORD * recommended *
06 March 2006 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Fire Engines ::
The raw teenage energy of one of Scotlands most influential and unique bands still sounds amazing 25 years later

SYMPATHY * joint single of the week *
06 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: ProperMusic
:: Fizzgig ::
Theyíre from Cincinnati and theyíre absolutely brilliant

VOLCANO SEASON
06 March 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Exercise1
:: A Million Billion ::
Ryan Smiths keyboard led excursion from The Silent League

TROUBLE
06 March 2006 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Madeleines ::
Three track bag of new wave pop, is firmly driven by pulsating basslines and bustling guitars.

THIS TOWN * joint single of the week *
06 March 2006 / Fierce Panda / 2 Trk 7Ē Vinyl :: Label Fandango
:: The OnOffs ::
Extremely neat power punk pop supported by a cast of hooklines

THE EXCLUSIVES
06 March 2006 / 14 Trk CD :: !K7
:: Various Artists ::
A real, swerving mix of old and new DJ mixes, that dishes up some pleasing results along the way.

CREEPIN UP THE BACKSTAIRS
06 March 2006 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: The Fratellis ::
Will do well to make themselves heard in a world already crammed with the fizzling sounds of garage rock.

MR BEAST * album of the week *
06 March 2006 / Pias / 10 Trk CD :: Rock Action
:: Mogwai ::
ďMr BeastĒ is the dynamic breakthrough the band have threatened

MAKE HER CRY
06 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Marshals ::
More garage stuff played on the latest line of fashionably twangy Fenders

THE DAYS GO BY OH SO SLOW
06 March 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Full Time Hobby
:: Nightmare Of You ::
One can only imagine that they have the cuts and bruises to show for it

FLAME
06 March 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: BellX1 ::
Most certainly a set piece in natural progression

SPEAKING THROUGH THE GAPS
06 March 2006 / 7 Trk CD :: JSNTGM
:: Litterbug ::
Bucket and spades of promise...they may one day 'tower' above us all - seaside sedition..

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