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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For April, 2008

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

SMOKE
28 April 2008 / Domino / Double Six / 10 Trk CD
:: White Williams ::
On the face of it , it seems all too simple, but look a little deeper and there are dozens of things going

MY PAPER MADE MEN
28 April 2008 / 19 Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Amy Studt ::
Studt creates a gothic outlook on the whole singer/songwriter versus rock chick sound

HEARTCORE * joint album of the week *
28 April 2008 / Leaf / 12 Trk CD
:: Wildbirds & Peacedrums ::
Be prepared for an altogether beautiful and different sound.

CRYSTAL CASTLES
28 April 2008 / Pias / 16 Trk CD
:: Crystal Castles ::
If only everything strived to be as original as this.

THE HUNGRY SAW
28 April 2008 / Beggars Banquet / 12 Trk CD
:: Tindersticks ::
In my mind it’s over rated, in my heart it’s overblown.

TONIGHT, I HAVE TO LEAVE IT
28 April 2008 / Weekender / 1 Trk CD
:: Shout Out Louds ::
A great single from the Swedish pop quintet Shout Out Louds

CLUB THING * recommended *
28 April 2008 / Island / 1 Trk CD
:: Yoav ::
Quite brilliant and no doubt chart bound.

BLACK MOON
28 April 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 2 Trk CD
:: A. Human ::
I’m not sure why it takes six people to make this record.

DWELL
28 April 2008 / Mercury / 12 Trk CD
:: The Envy Corps ::
Modern scratching indie soul and fractured guitar symphonies

WHO BUILT THE ROAD
28 April 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Mark Lanegan :: Isobel Cambell ::
Dark country music to perfection

LOOK FOR THE WOMAN
28 April 2008 / Sunday Best / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip ::
Could this be the break through for Le Sac and Scroobius?

CHRISTOPHER, YOU’RE A SOLDIER NOW
28 April 2008 / Albino : Idioglossia / 2 Trk CD
:: Kat Flint ::
Gives further gravitas to Flint's growing reputation

THE BLACK SWAN
28 April 2008 / Epitah / 13 Trk CD
:: Story Of The Year ::
Cue polished deathly new rock with screamo bound progressive packages of intimidating rock

ST. JUDE * joint album of the week *
28 April 2008 / Universal / A&M Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The Courteeners ::
You get the feeling that despite the initial success, they have maybe only just started.

OTHER APRIL 2008 RELEASES
21 April 2008 / Various Formats
:: The Triffids :: Roebeck :: Helen Boulding :: Tindersticks :: Björk :: Boy Kill Boy :: Panic At The Disco :: Navvy :: The Business :: Angus & Julia Stone :: Estelle :: Sasha :: Lights. Action ! :: White Williams :: Royal Treatment Plant :: Asia :: Kid Captain :: Broken Records :: Robyn :: The Last Shadow Puppets :: C R Avery :: Headway :: ::
Other April 2008 releases covered in detail including Trifids, Angus & Julia Stone, plus that record from the Last Shadow Puppets

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 21/04/08
21 April 2008 / Various Formats
:: The Indelicates :: Tokyo Police Club :: Cajun Dance Party :: 4 or 5 Magicians :: The Envy Corps :: Duels :: Parka :: Pushbike Army :: The Hidden Messages :: Idle Lovers :: Atomic Hooligan :: Captain Phoenix :: FlyKKiller :: Rogue Wave :: Black Tide :: My Little Problem ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 21/04/08

HESPERUS * album of the week*
21 April 2008 / Torgtuga Recordings / 7 Trk CD
:: 5IVE ::
I think you could bang on all day on the subject of who 5ive sound like

SHE’S A WEAPON * joint single of the week *
21 April 2008 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: Twisted Wheel ::
Stacks up as one of the more exciting surprises of 2008.

WE GO HUNTING * joint single of the week *
21 April 2008 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
:: I Like Trains ::
Always good value, always creative

JOHN & JEHN
21 April 2008 / White Label / 10 Trk CD
:: John & Jehn ::
John and Jehn are both a couple and band mates which I’m sure aids the creative process as well as chucking in few tensions too

FOXES * recommended *
21 April 2008 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Cats In Paris ::
Sounds like a games console stuck inside a David Lynch movie

100 DAYS 100 NIGHTS (single)
21 April 2008 / Daptone / 2 Trk CD
:: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings ::
Something old seems like something wondrously new.

KITCH BITCH
21 April 2008 / Art Goes Pop / 2 Trk CD
:: Isosceles ::
Subconcious rework of "Gay Bar" ?

MY BEST FRIENDS GOING OUT WITH A GIRL I LIKE
21 April 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: David Cronenberg’s Wife ::
“Don’t go down the alley way, what I’ll do to him I’d better not say..”

TIME IS NOT A LINE AND I AM NOT A ROCK / CHUTES
21 April 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / Split 2 Trk 7” Single
:: Rotary Ten :: Colour ::
Double Header that perhaps fails to be the sum of its parts..

DEAD FISH
21 April 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Dandretta ::
The Dandretta are one of this city’s more traditional bands

NO SOCIAL
21 April 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 4 Trk CD
:: The Shortwave Set ::
One for for the indie dancefloor

ELECTRONIC PROJECTS FOR MUSICIANS
21 April 2008 / Yep Roc : Simian / 14 Trk CD
:: The Apples In Stereo ::
Even for the uninitiated it provides a mind blowing glimpse of a band whose off-cuts can create an album as good as this

RINGER
21 April 2008 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Four Tet ::
This may be Four Tet’s most unassuming and accessible score to date.

SUNKEN PUBLIC SQUARES * demo album of the week *
21 April 2008 / Demo / 11 Trk CDR
:: Monster Island ::
Something important is going on here.

DOUBT / HOPE
24 April 2008 / Leaf / 1 Trk CD
:: Wildbirds & Peacedrums ::
This Swedish duo are certainly taking female fronted music off the beaten track

COLLECTED GHOST STORIES * demo e.p. of the week *
24 April 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: God’s Little Eskimo ::
A superb way to happily soundtrack the disheartened.

SQUEEZE ME
24 April 2008 / 7 Trk CD
:: Kraak & Smaak ::
Sounds like they’ve been slaving behind the keyboard of their computer to make this dance orientated DJ’s delight

BODIES MADE FOR LOVE AND PAIN
24 April 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: The Counter Culture ::
You suspect it’s still and early demo and from that perspective it’s a damn good attempt.

CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT
24 April 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Satellite Towns ::
A band who actually live up to their claims of sounding just that little bit different.

THIS CITY DRAWS MAPS
21 April 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 8 Trk CD
:: The Rosie Taylor Project ::
A rather handsome collection of intricate and original songs

I SUPPOSE
14 April 2008 / Dead Young Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Jonjo Feather ::
Nineteen year old Jonjo Feather brandishes what he calls “Other Other Pop

LIFE PROCESSES
14 April 2008 / Cooking Vinyl / 11 Trk CD
:: ¡Forward, Russia! ::
This is an album to be listened to, to invest in and to understand

DO IT! * album of the week *
14 April 2008 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: Clinic ::
Clinic it seems, are keeping their practice very much alive.

CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY
14 April 2008 / XL / 14 Trk CD
:: The Raconteurs ::
Freak control to major jack...14 tracks of mellow, riffing music that will essentially appeal to the 40+ demographic.

FLUNKIES
14 April 2008 / Taboo Music / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Deodates ::
It’s pretty much testament to their song writing abilities that “Flunkies” seems so memorable despite only one listen

FLEETING * demo of the week *
14 April 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Fog Lights ::
A demo wracked with potential

FADED
14 April 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: My Captive Audience ::
Initially My Captive Audience sound like a very traditional indie rock band

BEING GOOD IS OK (BUT BEING BAD IS BETTER)
14 April 2008 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Eureka Machines ::
They make the noise of a small army who’ve suddenly found their weapons replaced with the stock of Sound Control

BOB BROWN
14 April 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Lotus Circle ::
Circus sounds from the Lotus Circle

LAUDANUM * EP of the week *
14 April 2008 / The Foreign Office / 5 Trk CD
:: Ursula Minor ::
Ursula find themselves nearer to the dark dreamy chasms of a brilliant first album Verve

ALLOTMENTS
14 April 2008 / Humble Soul / 14 Trk CD
:: Aidan Smith ::
The sound of the countryside were it based in Salford

BOX OF SECRETS
14 April 2008 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Blood Red Shoes ::
Blood Red Shoes are less pretentious and altogether more energetic than their influences

BACKFIRE AT THE DISCO * recommended *
14 April 2008 / 14th Floor Records / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: The Wombats ::
“Backfire At The Disco”, is a track like many in the band's repetoire, that once you’ve heard it, you certainly don’t forget about it.

THERE WERE WOLVES
14 April 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 11 Trk CD
:: The Accidental ::
An engaging and pleasing album for fans of this genre, who’ll be easily pleased by the overall mood and quality of songs.

BACK TO THE CAT *recommended *
14 April 2008 / 10 Trk CD
:: Barry Adamson ::
The latest album “Back To The Cat” really does try to live up to its name

THE GOOD OLD DAYS * hot pick *
14 April 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 2 Trk CD
:: The Lodger ::
Brimming with enough charisma to kick off the summer early

KING OF THE GYPSIES
14 April 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Satellites ::
Imagine for one moment, Coldplay playing Dire Straits covers with Steve Craddock on rhythm guitar

WALK IT OFF
14 April 2008 / XL / 12 Trk CD
:: Tapes n’ Tapes ::
If any recent band can nail down the ideal lo-fi pop sound it has to be Tapes’N Tapes

FLATLINE * recommended*
14 April 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Score ::
Takes the spirit of 1st generation 70’s indie bands and fuels it with the adrenaline of all that’s new.

TRIPTYCH
14 April 2008 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 12 Trk CD
:: Shooting At Unarmed Men ::
John Chappel, has now taken the Shooting name to Australia and reconvened the outfit using local Antipodeans

COLIN MELOY SINGS LIVE !
14 April 2008 / Rough Trade / 17 Trk CD
:: Colin Meloy ::
The Decemberists’ lead singers catalogue of solo songs on the road

GODARD’S GIRLFRIEND
14 April 2008 / Probe Plus / 13 Trk CD
:: Calvin Party ::
This review will only really touch the surface of what Calvin Party are all about

ON THE BONE COMPILATION NUMBER TWO *recommended *
14 April 2008 / On The Bone / 19 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
There’s a wide spread of music but for anyone genuinely interested in the Northern Music Scene, this is an absolute must

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 07/04/08
07 April 2008 / Various Formats
:: Millencolin :: The Black Keys :: Blood Red Shoes :: Clocks :: Merz :: Hush The Many :: The Xcerts :: Camille :: St Vitus Dance :: Jefferson Pepper :: Avengingforce :: Autokratz :: Martin Harley Band :: Daniel Lanois :: Bullet For My Valentine:: The Lacarnos :: Kiko :: Frank Turner :: Loqui ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for 07/04/08

D.I.L.E.M.M.A
07 April 2008 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk 10” Vinyl
:: Grammatics ::
Grammatics have always struggled with their middle-class fop persona

CLOSE YOUR EYES * recommended *
07 April 2008 / Regular Beat Recording Co. / 2 Trk CD
:: Alaska In Winter :: Marianne Dissard ::
A precious commodity indeed.

DON’T WANNA DIE * album of the week *
07 April 2008 / Eye Industries / 12 Trk CD
:: My Federation ::
An accomplished and dazzling, spellbinding album

COUPLES
07 April 2008 / Rough Trade / 10 Trk CD
:: The Long Blondes ::
Whilst the fashions that carried this band so far have dissipated, this re-write of their indie-pop template has left them somewhat marooned

EVALINE
07 April 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Luke Hirst ::
Luke is a solid song writer who can make a demo effort sound like a major label outing

A MAD & FAITHFUL TELLING
07 April 2008 / Anti / 10 Trk CD
:: Devotchka ::
This album dwells even more on Devotchka's eastern European side

DEATH TO THE INDIE DISCO
07 April 2008 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Blah Blah Blah ::
Ironically Londoner’s Blah Blah Blah take great delight in ripping the mick out of the very places that this record may be played at

MANCHASM * recommended *
07 April 2008 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 3 Trk CD
:: Future Of The Left ::
A superb outing from the former Jarcrew / McLuskey school of brilliance

JIM NOIR
07 April 2008 / My Dad / 13 Trk CD
:: Jim Noir ::
Such was the rise of Mr Noir that you couldn’t quite make it round Asda without one of his tunes emanating from their tannoys

SHOP LOCAL
07 April 2008 / Concrete Recordings / 13 Trk CD
:: Orphan Boy ::
Orphan Boy drive out the traditional for their own rather flighty and ultimately angular brand of rock

THE BE ALL AND END ALL
07 April 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Mercia Drift ::
Wakefield’s Mercia Drift sound a bit like a cross between Embrace and James

HANG THEM ALL
07 April 2008 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Tapes n’ Tapes ::
Maybe one day their busking clatter may even appeal to much bigger crowds – it deserves to.

MOUNTAIN BATTLES
07 April 2008 / 4 AD / 13 Trk CD
:: The Breeders ::
The Breeders provided some much needed soul food for those mourning the passing of the Pixies

LAS VEGAS
07 April 2008 / White Label / 1 Trk CD
:: Green Man Says Go ::
When Green Man hit a few more killer tunes out of their hometown, then people might actually start to take notice.

GET AWKWARD * album of the week *
07 April 2008 / XL / 15 Trk CD
:: Be Your Own Pet ::
Angry, precocious, aggressive and vigorous – God bless Nashville.

SHARKIES BONE SYMPHONY * unsigned single of the week *
07 April 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: To The Bones ::
To The Bones are surely shaping up to be one of the regions newest and exciting outfits.

COURTSHIP DATING
07 April 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: Crystal Castles ::
A tortured sense of melody and a theme that dances around a kind of edgy New York club vibe

LOVELY ALLEN
07 April 2008 / Beggars Banquet / Young Turks / 5 Trk Promo available on 12” + 7” & Download
:: Holy Fuck ::
Canada’s Holy Fuck have produced a highlight album of 2007 yet seem strangely missing from the tipsters new years lists

GET TO THE RIVER BEFORE IT RUNS LOW
07 April 2008 / Dangerbird / 5 Trk CD
:: Seawolf ::
Lilt and charm in equal measures with their hushed tones and deceptively bookish songs.

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