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VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
31 May 2004 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk Promo – Not On Release
:: Aberfeldy ::
With a single proper and album due this summer, Aberfeldy is certainly place worth visiting

CROSSING THE INVISIBLE LINE
31 May 2004 / Sanctuary / 11 Trk CD :: On U.S. Release
:: Buddahead ::
Sounds at least natural so it stands out from the fistfulls of jelly moulded chart acts

EVE, THE APPLE OF MY EYE
31 May 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD (Island)
:: BellX1 ::
The rough cut charm of the album pand its angular chunks of melody, contrasts to this perfectly formed, smooth as glass production

ON MY WAY
31 May 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 11 Trk CD
:: Ben Kweller ::
A few surprises in this album, not least those that run with the tempo

FREDDY KREUGER
31 May 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: X-Tra Mile
:: Reuben ::
Refreshing to hear a band like Reuben just smash the current contrived crop to pieces

THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT !
31 May 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 12 Trk CD
:: White Light Motorcade ::
The lip curled noises make up the better side of “White Light…” on this mixed, but at times impressive bag

THE QUIET THINGS THAT NO ONE EVER KNOWS
31 May 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Sore Point (Triple Crown)
:: Brand New ::
A nice anti-dote to the horrible American (and McBusteds) version of bubble gum punk

A GRAND DON’T COME FOR FREE
31 May 2004 / 679 / 11 Trk CD
:: The Streets ::
Continues the plotline with aplomb and with an original sincerity we should all respect

MASS DESTRUCTION
31 May 2004 / 5 Trk CD
:: Faithless ::
Drenched with hooklines and simple, sparse ideas

THERE’S A MILLION WAYS TO SING THE BLUES
31 May 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: The Features ::
Expect to end up nodding your head to this on MTV2 soon

ACROSS THE WIRE
31 May 2004 / Memphis Industries / 3 Trk CD
:: Blue States ::
Effected landscapes, nerve jangling pop and stiffly delivered hi-brow alternative musings

AKOUSTIC ANARKHY PRESENT COMMUNITY SERVICE
31 May 2004 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 6 Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps :: Autokat :: Loose Canon :: Sam & Me :: The Exports :: The Soft Priest ::
A guiding, often insurrectionary light, aA pave and point the way from their own independent corner

LATE SEPTEMBER
31 May 2004 / Ministry Of Sound / 10 Trk CD
:: Deepest Blue ::
Lack of overall adventure allows Deepest Blue to clip their own wings

REJOICING IN THE HANDS OF THE GOLDEN EMPRESS
24 May 2004 / XL / 4-Trk CD
:: Devendra Banhart ::
Gorgeous folk encompassing 500 years of traditional popular song.

MAKESHIFT HEAVEN
24 May 2004 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: The Forgotten Cowboy ::
An odd eclectic cocktail with minimum production values of trashy garage rock interspersed with peculiar loops and samples.

UP AT THE LAKE
24 May 2004 / Universal / 12 Trk CD (MCA / Island)
:: The Charlatans ::
Mixes some really great moments with some of their best songwriting

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 24.05.04
24 May 2004 / Various
:: Danko Jones :: New Found Glory :: Senser :: Deepest Blue ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 24th May 2004

NEW HOME NEW LIFE
24 May 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: Snapper
:: The Alarm ::
Too much piano and a sterile guitar solo

MELTDOWN
24 May 2004 / Infectious / 11 Trk CD
:: Ash ::
Great in a world of monotonous maintstream. In the reality of originality and decent musical exploration peppered with genuinely infectious pop, its mediocre

ALL KNEEL
24 May 2004 / Integrity Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Katastrophy Wife ::
“Liberty Belle” is dirty. Greasy floor dirty, head down the toilet dirty

DO NO WRONG
24 May 2004 / Mercury / 1 Trk CD (Vertigo / Universal)
:: Thirteen Senses ::
Never overblown,a moving song that touches falsetto peaks and atmospheric crescendos

AMERICA
24 May 2004 / EMI / 3 Trk CD
:: M83 ::
Melts the legacy of Jean Michel Jarre and shags it with robots and supercomputers

WAKE IN THE CITY
24 May 2004 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 TRk CD
:: Ikara Colt ::
Grinds along like “Honeys Dead” JAMC, but still with the swagger of the Fall-esque ‘Colts first album

TREDDIN' ON THIN ICE
17 May 2004 / XL / 15-Trk CD
:: Wiley ::
The Eskibeat whatever that is. The manifesto for future urban sounds. Quite nice, actually.

ON THE BLOCK
17 May 2004 / 4 AD / 12-Trk CD
:: Vinny Miller ::
Austere wierdo solo antics.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND YOU IS THAT I'M NOT ON FIRE
17 May 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 13-Trk CD
:: McLusky ::
McLusky return in thankfully unrepentant form. Oh and the songs titles aren't bad.

PEACE AND LOVE
18 May 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Shallow Call ::
Rich and vivid, its foily beats amplifying its gathering, stormcloud menace with stannic echoes

KICKING THE NATIONAL HABIT
18 May 2004 / 10 Trk CD :: Sunday Best
:: Grand National ::
Prime slices of slingback electro / indie crossover, disco beats and DJ dreams played with the full sound of a band

SING FOR ABSOLUTION
18 May 2004 / Taste / 1 Trk Promo CD
:: Muse ::
Full of orchestrated moments that could take Queen on, at least in terms of sheer pomposity

END OF THE ROAD
18 May 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: RubyWorks
:: Hot House Flowers ::
HHF, we should remember, wrote the copybook on this lilting ear friendly folky pop.

FOR ALL MY SINS
18 May 2004 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Cherryfalls ::
The latest digital technology allows the Radiohead sound of ‘93-’96 to be copied and diluted into yet newer facsimilies

CHANNEL SURFING
18 May 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: Catskills:Projects
:: Feature Cast ::
Gracing the advert soundtracks for all sorts of modern things like iPods

OUR TROUBLES END TONIGHT
18 May 2004 / Skint / 10 Trk CD
:: Lucky Jim ::
Allows the sweeping strings and smoking barrel smooth folky blues to ooze out sufficiently

TRINITY * record of the week *
18 May 2004 / 6 Trk CD :: 1000 Watt Recordings
:: David R Black ::
The grind of the powerhouse guitar, the locked in Bass / Drums and Dave Naylor’s Bono-challenging rooftop chorus

DEMO
10 May 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Indra ::
Reasonable if vague atmospheric crossover stylings from Lancashire.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 17.05.04
17 May 2004 / Various
:: Blind Jackson :: Kane :: Magnus :: Nick Drake :: The Calling :: Earl Okin ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 17th May 2004

THESE ARE YOUR FRIENDS
17 May 2004 / Domino / 5 Trk CD
:: Adem ::
Adem fires up more catgut strung, non-amplified musings

THE LETTER
17 May 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: P J Harvey ::
The jagged basslines and general lo-fi intentions seem to be more in tune with latter day Radiohead with a dash of Siouxsie Sioux

LOVE AND LIGHT
17 May 2004 / 12 Trk CD :: Redemption
:: Proud Mary ::
Proud Mary have rediscovered themselves quite admirably

ASYLUM
17 May 2004 / 4 Trk CD :: Blue Cat
:: Desolation Angels ::
Crumbling notes only just make it out of the guitar, but this purely organic, almost monotone anthem is a wondrous thing

THIS IS FOR THE POOR
17 May 2004 / Poptones / 3 Trk CD
:: The Others ::
Could be very early Gang Of Four moshing with Jesus of Mary Chain all with Mark Perry sneering over the top.

JUST RIDE
17 May 2004 / Skint / 3 Trk CD
:: Dave Clarke ::
A soundtrack for sedated minds tranced out in a thousand clubs in any town

BLUE VALIENT
17 May 2004 / Integrity Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Katastrophy Wife :: feat: Carina Round ::
A spectacular prowl through Bjellands sonically blasting mantras

YOU ARE THE QUARRY
17 May 2004 / Sanctuary / 12 Trk CD
:: Morrissey ::
Will not disappoint and still has plenty of potential classics hidden within it to herald a suitable return

DEMO
09 May 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Psychedelic Breakfast ::
Timothy Leary chewing All Bran sprinkled with angel dust...

DEMO
09 May 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Jackdaws ::
The reviewer despairs and it’s not because this record is particularly bad.

ALL ROADS TO FAULT
10 May 2004 / Universal / 7 Trk Enhanced CD ( Fiction / Polydor )
:: yourcodenameis:milo ::
Epic angles that doesn’t just swamp the listener in angle grinding guitars - Newcastle brings forth its own new form of rock

DON’T TELL ME
10 May 2004 / Arista / 1 Trk CD (BMG)
:: Avril Lavigne ::
Commercial pop played with fuzzy guitars, produced by men in suits

DARK IS LIGHT ENOUGH
10 May 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Loog)
:: The Duke Spirit ::
Full of lazy swagger and jagged guitar moves, that flow under sedated vocals

STUPID ONES
10 May 2004 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: The Blueskins ::
Shaking heads and rasping harmonies could be straight out of Carnaby Street

FIRE IN THE CITY
10 May 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Versity
:: Infrasound ::
Brandishes 'Pistols guitars and a paced but punky thrill, swamped with shouty vocals

SUPERHORNY
10 May 2004 / Storm / 4 Trk CD
:: David Wrench ::
Fuelled by Champagne and creamy cheese from the valleys, his car fails to negotiate a bend

THAT GREAT LOVE SOUND (Remixes)
10 May 2004 / EMI / 4 Trk CD (Columbia)
:: The Raveonettes ::
It's still crucially worth investigating the spangled Spectre Vs JAMC

CLUB FOOT
10 May 2004 / 1 Trk Promo
:: Kasabian ::
Sounds like New Order being played by the Incredible Hulk

IRISH BLOOD, ENGLISH HEART
10 May 2004 / Sanctuary / 1 Trk Promo ( Attack )
:: Morrissey ::
A fitting anthem to Mid-Summer Moz madness as he dominates the festival circuit. Unmissable

PIXIES
10 May 2004 / 4 AD / Live (15 Trk) And Video (7 Trk) DVD plus 2 Documentaries
:: Pixies ::
Just plain straight performing - with some rather cheap T-Shirts on - an excellent testimonial to an influential act

BEST OF PIXIES -WAVE OF MUTILATION
10 May 2004 / 4 AD / 23 Trk CD
:: Pixies ::
Black’s vocals verge on angelic growling as the grinding rhythms stamp over the punched bass lines - this is what legends are made of

AMPLIFIER
10 May 2004 / Music For Nations / 10 Trk CD
:: Amplifier ::
A new breed of gigantic guitar bands who can write anthems with the right scale of performance and delivery. Massive

DEMO
03 May 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Mantra ::
"Mantra A" spits out The Happy Mondays at 200mph. "Mantra B" is more content with a cup of tea and a good cry by the fire.

DEMO
03 May 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Visitor ::
Competent but every average in every last nook and cranny...

SHE GIVES ME NOTHING
03 May 2004 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Instant Species ::
Instant Species have a genre of their own -“cheeky rock”.

ANOTHER SHEEP GONE SEE WITH ALL THEM DOTS
03 May 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Fenks ::
Discordant guitars infected with a squeeze of funk and occasional yelps hint at a glimmer of individuality...

DEMO
03 May 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Jacks The Man ::
Microdot flamenco sea shanties...

LANDSLIDES
03 May 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Cardinals ::
Stadium bound or just venue busting, The Cardinals have everything to offer.

ONE BIG LEAP
03 May 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Sintra ::
A great debut and one that leaves the door widely open for more.

AMSTERDAMMED (RED LIGHT)
03 May 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Permissive Society ::
The sound of two dozen simultaneous knifepoint muggings, the towing of a corpse behind a nitro dragster , or the destruction of military installations in the dead of night

FLOOD THE TANKS
03 May 2004 / Pias / 10 Trk CD (Bright Star)
:: Iain Archer ::
A great self contained album, crammed with great songwriting and a good mix of upbeat songs

CULTURA
03 May 2004 / Albert Productions / 13 rk CD
:: Breed77 ::
Breed succeed though in their Spanish references and acknowledgements to their obvious influences.

ORPHEUS
03 May 2004 / Infectious / 1 Trk Promo CD (Warner)
:: Ash ::
Shows that Wheeler and Co. can flex some muscle, some of the time. Top 30

UP AT THE LAKE
03 May 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Charlatans ::
From their upcoming 8th album, this snippet shows the band back on the upbeat, with some wry grins and hip slung guitars

EVERYBODY’S CHANGING
03 May 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Keane ::
Both compelling, but feels as though it’s being drawn towards the bright light shining at the centre of MOR

SOME ALCOHOL
03 May 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: 2020
:: Dios ::
With acts like The Bees making this sort of carry on acceptable, it will be difficult to deny Dios at least a sniff

UNCHUMBAWAMBA
03 May 2004 / EMI / 12 Trk CD (Mutt Records)
:: Chumbawamba ::
Like the Beautiful South with an agenda. Except the “agenda” is more like an angry shopping list for Sainsbury’s

BLACK SKIES IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
03 May 2004 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler (Loog)
:: Living Things ::
It’s real, it’s mean and it should be taken in copious amounts. Until you die.

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