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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 31/03/08
31 March 2008 / Various Formats
:: Radiohead :: Clinic :: Ungdomskulen :: Camille :: Pennywise :: Kiki :: Lowgold :: Jaded Sun :: Slaves To Gravity :: New Adventures :: Felix Da Housecat :: Turbowolf :: Son Of Dave :: James Murray :: The Author ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 31/03/08

ORACULAR SPECTACULAR
31 March 2008 / SonyBMG / 11 Trk CD
:: MGMT ::
An intriguing collage of sounds that sound satisfyingly familiar

THIS EXPERIMENT REQUIRES YOU TO CONTINUE
31 March 2008 / UBiK Records / 9 Trk CDR
:: Stray Dog Café ::
The origins, background or indeed the age of Stray Dog Café are pretty much shrouded in mystery

MY BLOODY UNDERGROUND
31 March 2008 / Captains Of Industry / A Records-Cargo / 13 Trk CD
:: Brian Jonestown Massacre ::
I don’t know whether to love it or ponder whether Newcombe has his head stuck up his own backside

NOT NINETEEN FOREVER * record of the week *
31 March 2008 / Universal / A&M-Loog / 1 Trk CD
:: The Courteeners ::
There’s a certain pleasure to reviewing a Courteeners record these days.

CATCH OF THE DAY VOLUME 3 * album of the week *
31 March 2008 / 8 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Kipper Records are back with another example of the ultimate DIY record

WE MADE THIS OURSELVES *recommended*
31 March 2008 / Leaf / 10 Trk CD
:: Essie Jain ::
It’s that good, that warmly chilling, that comforting and that moving

OTHER CARS GO
31 March 2008 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: It Hugs Back ::
Flows along on effortless whispers, before the guitars spits out a flurry of pre-heart attack notes

COMFORT IN FEAR
31 March 2008 / Music To Bleed To / 11 Trk CD
:: Heroes Of Switzerland ::
Heroes of Switzerland exploit both lo-fi extremes and expansive stadium rock with little effort

ACRES OF DEAD SPACE CADETS (album) / MEANWHILE IN HOLLYWOOD (single)
31 March 2008 / Brighton Electric / 11 Trk CD / 3 Trk CD
:: Elle Milano ::
A refreshingly new outlook on modern guitar pop.

UNOBTRUSIVE
31 March 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: John Herring ::
Accomplished display of his acoustic guitar playing and utilisation of dreamy effects

WHAT GOES AROUND
31 March 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Optional Wallace ::
Another impressive outing from the iridescent Optionals.

LOOK!
31 March 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Morning Sparks ::
Sort of like Robert Plant aged 21 after listening to a slow Muse track and the Deep Elm back catalogue.

BEEPER
31 March 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: The Count & Sinden ::
The chorus has come in again and I’m going to have to smash my CD player against the ….. (* bang! * )

A GOOD CAFÉ ON GEORGE STREET
31 March 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rosie Taylor Project ::
A wistful, yet joyful foray of gently affirmative melodies

HOMELESS MAN
31 March 2008 / Demo / 7 Trk CDR
:: Switchboard Spectacular ::
Beneath it all there’s an interesting and likeable quality to this bands songs.

PASS FAIL
31 March 2008 / 11 Trk CD
:: Leander ::
Seems to borrow heavily from a range of British and French artists, interlacing loops and samples with the tasty hooklines of guitar and bass

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 24/03/08
24 March 2008 / Various Formats
:: Computer Club :: Newton Faulkner :: Sparkadia :: Paige :: The Martin Harley Band :: Gabriella Cilmi :: The Ike Reilly Assassination :: David Garrett ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 24/03/08

JOYS OF SPRING
24 March 2008 / Humble Soul / 11 Trk CD
:: John Fairhurst ::
An album of skilled guitar work, brimming with prog mischief

PICTURE HOUSE SOUL
24 March 2008 / CD Album
:: Watch This Fire Spread ::
Although from Sheffield, Watch This Fire Spread sound absolutely nothing like Arctic Monkeys or The Human League

BRACE, BRACE
24 March 2008 / Urban Cow / 15 Trk CD
:: Chikinki ::
Chikinki always had an ear for a rollicking good tune

MIDNIGHT BOOM * recommended *
24 March 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
This may just go to prove just how far ahead The Kills were five years ago

TWENTY ONE
24 March 2008 / 679 / 11 Trk CD
:: Mystery Jets ::
An ear opening collection of slightly bizarre and intriguing songs.

X MARKS DESTINATION * album of the week *
24 March 2008 / Southern Fried Records / 10 Trk CD
:: The Whip ::
Plug in, dance, get trashed and Whip it up.

ATTACK OF THE SOUND MARSHALLS
24 March 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Sound Marshals ::
Guitars cascade beneath the appealing vocal skills of Chris Cox.

DON’T WANNA DIE * recommended *
24 March 2008 / Eye Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: My Federation ::
If only everyone made records like this, the world would be a much happier place.

HUMMINGBIRD
24 March 2008 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
:: Born Ruffians ::
A fitting home for the band’s rattling DIY sounds and excitable, almost pyrotechnic abilities

THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU
24 March 2008 / Warner / 6 Trk Remix CD
:: The Enemy ::
A cigarette lighter moment is another source of evidence of their versatility

CENTURY
24 March 2008 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: The Long Blondes ::
There are big changes at the Long Blondes camp

AMERICA
24 March 2008 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Indelicates ::
A tune that sounds exactly like The Levellers first demo (maybe?)

OUTPUT 1
24 March 2008 / Baby Boom / 12 Trk CD
:: Quietland ::
Stadium bound, searching hybrid of Seattle / MOR / New Rock sounds

STRANGE TIMES
24 March 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Black Keys ::
A kind of lo-fi antidote to the polished product of many an American band

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 17/03/08
17 March 2008 / Various Formats
:: The Teenagers :: The Maybes? :: Boy Kill Boy :: Neon Neon :: Taio Cruz :: Slaves To Gravity :: Chris T-T :: The Humanity :: Model Horror :: Moby :: The Elvis Suicide ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 17/03/08

ROCKFERRY
17 March 2008 / Universal / A&M / 10 Trk CD
:: Duffy ::
Duffy it seems is here to stay and for once talent seems to have won over marketing

THE SELDOM SEEN KID * recommended *
17 March 2008 / Universal / Fiction - Polydor / 11 Trk CD
:: Elbow ::
“The Seldom Seen Kid” seems at last to be the perfect distillation of the very best of Elbow's traits.

CODA
17 March 2008 / 10 Trk CD
:: MIT ::
There’s definitely something non-commercial and innovative going on here

TRASH
17 March 2008 / Southern Fried Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Whip ::
The Whip don’t necessarily wanna be adored, they want to be trashed

NIGHT RIPPER
17 March 2008 / Illegal Art / 16 Trk CD
:: Girl Talk ::
Gillis has a good stab at turning the sampling game on its head, with mixed results

PRESUME TOO MUCH
17 March 2008 / Geffen / Gronland / 3 Trk CD
:: Merz ::
Beautiful, fly away music that melts in your ears

YES YES VINDICTIVE (album) + GET WHAT YOU WANT (single)
17 March 2008 / Brille / 12 Trk CD (album) + 2 Trk CD (single)
:: Operator Please ::
Operator Please, please with a fine angular chunk of bubblegum alt.indie

INCHES album / PATTY LEE b\w THE SWEAT DESCENDS single * album of the week*
17 March 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 18 Trk CD (album) & 3 Trk CD (Single)
:: Les Savy Fav ::
A cohesive album of vinyl best bits plus another mind blowing single- yep, it's Mr Harrington and friends once more..

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ALAMO PART 7
17 March 2008 / Promo / 1 Trk CDR
:: This Is Seb Clarke ::
Lords of bombast and brass, you can imagine This Is Seb Clarke appearing on Jools Holland

TOO BUSY FOR FRAMING * demo of the week *
17 March 2008 / Demo / 10 Trk CD
:: Ben McGarvey ::
Accomplished album that twists alternative folk with the traditional, yet uses technology to compelling effect

DON’T LOOK BACK * recommended *
17 March 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: George Agan ::
George Agan has always pretty much worn his heart on his sleeve

LAZY
17 March 2008 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: Dels ::
Hot Chip are heavily involved in “Lazy” the debut from hip-hopper Del

FOOTSTEPS
17 March 2008 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: Bricolage ::
Charming and effective stuff from Glasgow’s Bricolage

TROUBLE IN DREAMS
17 March 2008 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Destroyer ::
A pretty, innovative outing all round, combining much of his previous efforts with almost unexpected results

TELL HER TODAY
17 March 2008 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Tom Baxter ::
Seems happy to soak in a Latino / Mediterranean influence as Baxter swoops over the tune, closely in unison with a bank of violins.

RESTLESS
17 March 2008 / !K7 / 1 Trk CD
:: Unkle ::
The pairing of James Lavelle-versus-Josh Homme is always going to be an attractive proposition

NINE IN THE AFTERNOON
17 March 2008 / Warner / Fueledbyramen / 1 Trk CD
:: Panic At The Disco ::
Panic At The Disco are one of those weird American bands that sounded big from their very first single

SPINNING
17 March 2008 / Surbia / 2 Trk 7 “Vinyl + 2 Trk CD
:: Plenty ::
“Your new, old favourite band..” goes the PR

SUPER SOAKED + BLACK HOLE
17 March 2008 / XL / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl Series (4 singles)
:: Be Your Own Pet ::
The nastier side of Nashville rules once again

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 10/03/08
10 March 2008 / Various Formats
:: Frank Turner :: Jack Johnson :: The Cardigans :: The Kooks :: Akira The Don :: Royworld :: Ida Maria :: Kate Walsh :: Mark Ronson :: The Turn :: City & Colour :: Inner Party System :: Secret Handshake :: Kalliopi :: Gabriella Cilmi :: Estelle :: Flyleaf :: Look See Proof :: Kamera :: Utah Saints :: Milke :: Envy Corps :: Colin Macintyre :: Filthy Dukes :: The Metros :: The B-52s :: Robots In Dis ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 10/03/08

HUMDRUM VIRTUE * album of the week*
10 March 2008 / Humble Soul / 8 Trk CD
:: Denis Jones ::
A kaleidoscope of sound that, one can only assume, was the inspiration for the Virtue part of the title

THE BOYS WILL BE OUT FOR A FIGHT
10 March 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Filthy Souls ::
You’d be forgiven for thinking that The Filthy Souls were a slice of the obvious - Far from it

CLOCK EP
10 March 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: Simian Mobile Disco ::
It seems a new generation of synth heads are picking up the mantle of electroclash

YOU CAN’T TAKE HIM ANYWHERE
10 March 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: Friends Of The Bride ::
One look at the label and you know that you’re about to listen to something that's just a little differen

I LUST U
10 March 2008 / Lex Records / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Neon Neon ::
A dance / pop vehicle for DJ Boom Bip and SFA’s Gruff Rhys.

LOVE NO
10 March 2008 / Merok : XL / 1 Trk CD
:: The Teenagers ::
As their name suggests, The Teenagers are aiming for the world of poppy soundbites

YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE * recommended *
10 March 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 2 Trk CD
:: The Old Romantic Killer Band ::
This outfit have rock n roll prog ambitions, without at all sounding like Jack & Meg

YOUNG LOVE
10 March 2008 / 679 / 10 Trk CD
:: Mystery Jets ::
Eel Pie Island’s Mystery Jets hook up with Laura Marling

RAPID * recommended *
10 March 2008 / Because / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Metronomy ::
Metronomy have always found themselves on the weirder side of the new disco scene

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE GETTING YOURSELF INTO...
10 March 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 10 Trk CD
:: Does It Offend You Yeah ? ::
A (short) album that actually does grow on you with each listen.

SIXES & SEVENS
10 March 2008 / Rough Trade / 20 Trk CD
:: Adam Green ::
Easy listening eloquently transferred to a world of country and new wave jangles

THE COLEOPTEROUS CUCKOOS COLLUDE
10 March 2008 / Red Deer Club / 18 Trk CD (Ltd 400 copies)
:: David A. Jaycock ::
Inventive material and performances from Jaycock

FEEBLE
10 March 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Cookie Cutterr ::
“New Friend” is the kind of song you would play to someone you really hate

REAL EMOTIONAL TRASH
10 March 2008 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Stephen Malkmus ::
Stephen Malkmus returns with his Jicks for his fourth solo outing

PRETTY GIRLS
10 March 2008 / Yodel / 2 Trk CD
:: Josh Weller ::
Hurrah! A new champion!

QUAGMIRE EP
10 March 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: This Is My Lawnmower ::
If there’s one thing you can’t accuse This Is My Lawnmower of, it’s toeing the party line

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 03/03/08
03 March 2008 / Various Formats
:: Vampire Weekend :: Billy Bragg :: Revere :: Jimmy Eat World :: Levellers :: Sine Star Project :: Fightstar :: Butterfly :: Taio Cruz :: Our Last Night :: Go_Audio :: Headway :: Lenny Kravitz ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 03/03/08

PICKING UP PIECES * single of the week *
03 March 2008 / White Label / 3 Trk CD : Limited Releases In Fopp Stores
:: Onions ::
More sublime melodies from our favourite vegetables

SLEIGHT OF HEART
03 March 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 9 Trk CD
:: Malcolm Middleton ::
Another inviting and talented effort from MM

CROSSING THE RED SEA WITH THE ADVERTS LIVE AT THE CLUB
03 March 2008 / WDF Productions / 16 Trk Live DVD (54 mins) plus Interview & Solo Set
:: T.V. Smith & The Bored Teenagers ::
To some this may be a curiosity to others it will be a necessary celebration. T.V. Smith though, will be forever quoted in punk history.

SEMI-NORMAL * demo of the week *
03 March 2008 / Demo / 9 Trk CDR
:: Mr. Fist ::
Mr Fist are an instrumental band, delving into the deepest regions of noise and distortion

BLACK AND WHITE MASS
03 March 2008 / Pickled Egg / 27 Trk-CD
:: a.P.A.t.T ::
An album where happy sounds seem to be twisted into something altogether more nightmarish

IN AT THE DEEP END
03 March 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Dukes of Portland ::
The Dukes are back and Northwich’s finest seem to have cranked up the volume a bit

PUT YOUR HEART INTO THIS
03 March 2008 / Inhaler / 5 Trk CD
:: Above Them ::
West Yorkshire’s Above Them look towards Mid-America for their hard indie rock influences

TOAST & MARMALADE
03 March 2008 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Stardeath And White Dwarfs ::
A feverishly lush and staggeringly drug infused double header from Oklahoma

THE PUNISHER OF IV30
03 March 2008 / Armellodie / 3 Trk CD
:: Cuddly Shark ::
Irreverent post rock music via the strains of abused, clean channel guitars

SOMETHING BETTER
03 March 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Audibles ::
The more you listen to the Audibles record, the more you get out of it

SAY SCIENTIST * album of the week *
03 March 2008 / High Voltage / 6 Trk CD
:: The Maple State ::
There's something about Maple State's latest foray that just gives you goosebumps

THE MYSTERY
03 March 2008 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Doug Walker ::
With Dougs debut you can’t help but wish that he get himself established in the upper echelons of the charts.

SEA LION
03 March 2008 / Memphis Industries / 10 Trk CD
:: The Ruby Suns ::
Definitely The Ruby Suns at their best even though the album can be a bit of trawl.

LIFE IS BORING
03 March 2008 / Kitsune / 3 Trk CD
:: Cazals ::
Something a little different though and maybe more interesting from Cazals

BROKEN BOYS WITH BROKEN TOYS
03 March 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Redwire ::
Bradford's new blood rattle out a convincing demo

MERCY
03 March 2008 / Universal / A&M / 1 Trk CD
:: Duffy ::
A hit well versed in retro rock and roll and the deep Motown sound of the 60’s

OUT COME THE WOLVES
03 March 2008 / Echo (Universal) / 2 Trk CD
:: Jacob Golden ::
Jacob Golden sounds very much like Justin Haywood wild on mind bending drugs

CHEAP AND CHEERFUL
03 March 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
Two and a half minutes of rousing leftfield fuzz, synth and guitar work

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