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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 28/05/2007
28 May 2007 / Various Formats
:: We Start Fires :: Arcade Fire :: Twisted Charm :: New Young Pony Club :: Eskimo Disco :: I Am Finn :: The Fray :: Friendly Fires :: Ripchord :: G.Love ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 28/05/07 – including Arcade Fire, New Young Pony Club’s debut album and more from The Fray

DIRTY LITTLE SHOP
28 May 2007 / Weekender Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
You can’t deny Dogs’ ability to fine tune a song into a sharp and potent force

LOSING THE WILL TO SURVIVE - * Recommended *
28 May 2007 / !K7 / 3 Trk CD
:: Findlay Brown ::
Brown's folk is as ever, delicious

HEART SHAPED GLASSES
28 May 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Marilyn Manson ::
MM serves up a dark and uncomfortable slice of new wave

THE GIRLS
28 May 2007 / SonyBMG / 4 Trk CD
:: Calvin Harris ::
Electro disco heavily influenced by the decade that gave us T’Pau, Tiffany and Thatcher

WE CAN BE STRONG
28 May 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: Willy Mason ::
Downbeat, acoustic country swing with introspective, wry lyrics

LIHKOLAS * single of the week *
28 May 2007 / Ever Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Adjagas ::
Lihkolas (happiness) is quite wonderful and, yes, unique

ABANDON SHIP - * Recommended *
28 May 2007 / Black Envelope Records / 1 Trk CD + Download
:: Gallows ::
“The future of punk rock” ? - if that’s true, the future isn’t looking too bad.

WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOR
28 May 2007 / EMI / 1 Trk CD
:: Unklejam ::
If Sly Stone had been in Eurythmics it’d sound like this

KISS YOU OFF
28 May 2007 / Universal / Polydor Fiction / 1 Trk CD, Download
:: Scissor Sisters ::
Scissor sister Ana Matronic takes lead vocal duties for this 80s inspired anthem

THE GATES
28 May 2007 / 24-100 Records / 2 Trk Download Only
:: Freemaker ::
It’s almost as if Liverpool quintet Freemaker made this with music television and daytime radio in mind

BREATH
28 May 2007 / Positive Records / 2 Trk CD
:: I.E. ::
I.E. are Hovis and margarine indie

NEW BREATH
28 May 2007 / Alt
:: Kap Bambino ::
There’s so little to it, but it’s probably the most powerful thing you’ll hear this week

ANGELA
28 May 2007 / Because : City Rockers / 1 Trk CD
:: The Blood Arm ::
The Blood Arm come out of this sounding like a cut and shunt between The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand

FROM THE GROUND UP
28 May 2007 / Static Caravan / 11 Trk CD
:: Shady Bard ::
Birmingham’s Shady Bard crank out romantic ballads and camp fire indie operas

DEMO
28 May 2007 / !K7 / 4 Trk CD
:: This Is My Lawnmower ::
A neat little five piece from Tameside, This Is My Lawnmower are taking their very first steps into the big wide music world

CAN WE RELY ON THEM
28 May 2007 / Imagination Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Dharma ::
A genuine, wholesome beating heart of music from Leeds

STEREO SUSHI
28 May 2007 / Hed Kandi / 25 Trk 2xCD
:: Various Artists ::
Effectively a house disco in your pocket.

WAIT FOR ME
28 May 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 12 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
Seriously, a great debut (chirrup..).

FOR REAL
28 May 2007 / Best Before : Channelfly / 2 Trk CD
:: The Heights ::
A very interesting band in the making.

MOTORCYCLE
28 May 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rumble Strips ::
The Rumblestrips come up with a two wheeled answer to that old Madness Tune

WE ARE THE CHAMP * album of the week *
28 May 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 13 Trk CD
:: The Loungs ::
The Loungs’ debut album is a dizzy collection of modern, bustling folk rock

THE SCHEME
28 May 2007 / Universal / 4 Trk CD
:: Stephen Fretwell ::
As Stephen Fretwell approaches his second album he’s especially reflective

PIANOS & STICKS EP
28 May 2007 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Microphone Stand ::
Microphone Stand have provided an experimental EP that sounds as though it’s been recorded in a bedroom

KICKBACK
28 May 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Elivation ::
At first this sounds like they've cobbled together their first band and first demo

HEART TUNED TO D.E.A.D
28 May 2007 / Warner / HEART TUNED TO D.E.A.D
:: Switches ::
Ready-to-go formula where harmonies and synth hooklines dish up a the retro blow away sound

ABSTEHEN DER OHREN * demo of the week *
28 May 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: GNOD ::
Gnod refreshingly fail to recognise boundaries, the charts or fashion as the driver for creative, new music

TROMATIC REFLEXXIONS
28 May 2007 / Domino / 12 Trk CD * recommended *
:: Von Sudenfed ::
Long playing collaboration between the North Manchester vocal of mass destruction, Mark E Smith and Andi Thoma and Jan St Werner from Deutsch outfit Mouse On Mars

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 21/05/2007
21 May 2007 / Various Formats
:: Tiga :: Sway :: Groove Amada :: Maxi Geil! & PlayColt :: Strange Mutant Virus :: David Judson Clemmons & The Fullbliss :: Subliminal Girls :: Michael Andrews :: Kris Drever :: Lau ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 21/05/07 - including Groove Armada, Sway, MIMS and the impressive Subliminal Girls

BRANCHES * demo of the week *
21 May 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Air Cav ::
Air Cav deliver another impressive demo..

GOOD TIME BOY
21 May 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Juno Ashes ::
Juno Ashes need to realise how rich their heritage really is and use it with a vengeance

WE CAN CREATE * recommended *
21 May 2007 / Mute / 11 Trk CD
:: Maps ::
A spectacular, deliberately understated album

THESE THINGS MOVE IN THREES
21 May 2007 / SonyBMG / 11 Trk CD
:: Mumm-Ra ::
A much better debut than you’d expect from the Bexhill-On–Sea lot.

SNAKES & ARROWS
21 May 2007 / Warner / 14 Trk CD
:: Rush ::
With a quality album like “Snakes & Arrows” there’s little to disappoint

SPLIT SINGLE
21 May 2007 / The Laundrette Record Co / 4 Trk CD
:: Johnny Foreigner :: Sunset Cinema ::
From the label that brought you the fabulous Ape Drape Escape - two hot Birmingham bands

TIO BITAR * recommended *
21 May 2007 / Subliminal Sounds / 10 Trk CD
:: Dungen ::
On their fourth album already, Dungen make no promises whatsoever of ever threatening to be commercially successful

I’M NOT SORRY
21 May 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
Plenty of people are already in a flap over the Pigeon Detectives' ever ascending road to success

CONCERT FOR TWO BICYCLES * album of the week *
21 May 2007 / 11 Trk CD
:: George Thomas And The Owls ::
Those who have already experienced George’s slightly fractured performances, should delight in this slightly unnerving but rather brilliant record.

LET THE LOVE BACK IN * recommended *
21 May 2007 / Blackbird / 3 Trk CD
:: The Orange Lights ::
The Orange Lights are still pretty much an unknown quantity, but already this single and the forthcoming album are causing a stir

MEN’S NEED’S, WOMEN’S NEEDS, WHATEVER
21 May 2007 / Wichita Recordings / 12 Trk CD
:: The Cribs ::
A successful formula as the three Jarman brothers team up with producer Alex Kopranos.

NOISE WON’T STOP
21 May 2007 / Wall Of Sound / 11 Trk CD
:: Shy Child ::
“Noise Won’t Stop” is an album with a single driven purpose

THE FUNERAL
21 May 2007 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Band Of Horses ::
Grandiose jangling over which Ben Bridwell emotively pours over pots of retro sounding vocals

ADRENALINE
21 May 2007 / 4 AD / 1 Trk CD
:: Emma Pollock ::
Pretty and also powerful, former Delgado, Pollock seems to have captured the essence of 80’s / 90’s indie

BLOOD SWEAT TEARS
21 May 2007 / 2 Trk CD
:: Eight Legs ::
Another welcome outing for Eight Legs' fusion of New Wave and enjoyable indie pop

BOXER
21 May 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 12 Trk CD
:: The National ::
American indie fused to roots and soul help imprint a much more experimental and searching L.P

OFFICE BOY
21 May 2007 / Domino / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Bonde Do Role ::
Weird but fun style from the Southern Brazil trio

FLEDERMAUS CAN’T GET IT
21 May 2007 / Domino / 4 Trk CD / Digital Download
:: Von Sudenfed ::
“Teaming up” with Mark E is a dangerous occupation by all accounts

ALL THE WAY TO YELLOW
21 May 2007 / MassiveUK / 2 Trk CD
:: Becky Higg ::
Higg is essentially as free as a bird, in this upbeat cartoon lullaby.

THIS IS GUN CITY
21 May 2007 / In At The Deep End / 10 Trk CD
:: Sanzen ::
Big and noisy.

DO IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
21 May 2007 / Nede / 12 Trk CD
:: The Random ::
While variety might be the spice of life some people simply don't like to experiment

LE CIRQUE DE VIE / CLOCKWORK PROPAGANDA * single of the week *
21 May 2007 / Into The Black / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl / 2Trk CD
:: iDresden :: The Ending Of . . . ::
The motto is 'loud is not enough' - this split single provides the missing ingredients

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 14/05/2007
14 May 2007 / Various Formats
:: dEUS :: Jean Michel Jarre :: Cold War Kids :: The Hold Steady :: The Procession :: Soulsavers :: Amp Fiddler :: Captain Phoenix :: Natasha Bedingfield :: Groove Amada :: DJ Jazzy Jeff :: Does It Offend You Yeah? :: Rise Against ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 14/05/07 - Read about another dozen cuts- from Cold War Kid’s latest, Natasha Bedingfield’s 6.5 million commercial unit sales, The Hold Steady’s wired ascent, to Jazzy Jeff

2nd OR 3rd EP
14 May 2007 / Promo / 3 Trk CD
:: 4 or 5 Magicians ::
Cagey about influences? - this Brighton quartet declare them with pride

CRYSTAL
14 May 2007 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Helzuki ::
London-based antipodeans trade in piano-driven rock

PART ONE EP
14 May 2007 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Star Chamber ::
There’s even a widdly guitar solo, which Eddie Van Halen would be proud of

SHE’S GOT YOU HIGH
14 May 2007 / SonyBMG / 2 Trk CD
:: Mumm-Ra ::
Of all the not-at-all-scary animated Thundercats,Mumm-Ra was probably the loudest and most frightening

THE RUM DIARY
14 May 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Audibles ::
Named after a Hunter S Thompson novel

MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
14 May 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: The National ::
Matt Berninger’s pessimistic vocals are more convincing

LAST NIGHT I NEARLY DIED ( re-release)
14 May 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Duke Special ::
A perfect example of melody and upbeat melancholy

AND THE FIRST NOISE *recommended *
14 May 2007 / Rekabet / CD
:: Simon Mastrantone ::
Condenses a huge range of influences into cogent three-and-a-half minute mouthful

IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
14 May 2007 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Benjy Ferree ::
Essentially he’s bonkers.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTION EP
14 May 2007 / Fake Indie / 6 Trk CD
:: Shin Jin Rui ::
Quirky pop bolstered by wry social observation

BLOOD RED BLOOD
14 May 2007 / Playlouder (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: Voxtrot ::
Voxtrot’s tight indie rock still sparkles with a pop sheen

SOMETIMES THE LINE WALKS YOU
14 May 2007 / 4 Trk CD / Cooking Vinyl
:: Murder By Death ::
Murder By Death could only hail from Texas..and Detroit...and Kentucky

KEEP YOUR WITS SHARP (HER WORDS ARE QUICK)
14 May 2007 / On The Bone / 2 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: Mother Vulpine ::
This Leeds quartet are essentially Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA)

LIVING IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE EVERYTHING DIES * single of the week *
14 May 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Must be one of their most outstanding and mind blowing songs yet.

ISLANDS LOST AT SEA Vs. SOFT PRIEST
14 May 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Soft Priest :: Islands Lost At Sea ::
Double header from the aA stable with the new Islands Lost At See and Charlie Bayley's enigmatic Soft Priest

YOUR CONSCIENCE OR MINE
14 May 2007 / Senf Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Sam I Am ::
Another riot of flaming guitars and brazen vocals

WAITING FOR THE SUNSHINE
14 May 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Greyaye ::
Greyaye dwells on the lilting output of his laid back, remote,looped,country songs

WHATEVER IT’S GOING TO BE
14 May 2007 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: i concur ::
I Concur prefer to discuss scientific errors and prehistoric animals

DEMO
14 May 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: To The Bones ::
To The Bones it seems, are coming of age

KING OF CARDS
14 May 2007 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Tom McRae ::
The fourth album from the Mercury Prize-nominated Tom McRae

MOSAIC
14 May 2007 / Matador Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Love of Diagrams ::
LOD provide a more inspired and satisfying post-punk experience

HUMDRUM VIRTUE
14 May 2007 / Humble Soul / 8 Trk CD & Download
:: Denis Jones ::
Showcases an array of beautifully composed simple tracks that, like the finest couture, are actually made up of complex layers

EXECUTION SONG EP
14 May 2007 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Johnossi ::
Stockholm duo throw the level meters into the red

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 07/05/2007
07 May 2007 / Various Formats
:: Linkin Park :: The Kaiser Chiefs :: Breed77 :: William :: DJ Mehdi :: Burn :: Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta Orchestra :: Jon Redfern :: Gilles Peterson :: Kris Drever :: Feist :: Travis :: The Young Gods ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 07/05/07 Read about the Kaisers latest chart attempts plus the return of Travis. Ones to watch are The Young Gods who blister as newcomers to watch whilst there’s a Latino compilation overload

FOURTEEN AUTUMNS AND FIFTEEN WINTERS * album of the week *
07 May 2007 / 9 Trk CD
:: The Twilight Sad ::
Intricately woven progressive rock songs influenced by what sounds like folk and Kevin Shields.

NOISE WON’T STOP
07 May 2007 / Pias / Wall Of Sound / 2 Trk CD
:: Shy Child ::
From so little comes so much on this dance friendly uber modern slice of future disco

THROUGH THE DARK NIGHT
07 May 2007 / Bad Sneakers / 2 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
Last small time release for the much hyped Kendal mint cakes

TROMPE-L’OEIL
07 May 2007 / City Slang / 12 Trk CD
:: Malajube ::
Sunny, lazy, slightly intoxicating but all the same, rather weird

IF YOU WANNA?
07 May 2007 / 3 Trk CD
:: Parka ::
Throaty punk inspired song for a night out

PAY TO JOIN
07 May 2007 / Pias / Genuine :: Wall Of Sound / 2 Trk CD
:: Little Barrie ::
Melting pot of rock and roll, jazz and the blues with a youthful glare of post retro twangs

THE ILLNESS * recommended *
07 May 2007 / SonyBMG / 2 Trk CD
:: GoodBooks ::
Another dazzling outing from those Good Books

MIDDLE OF THE HILL
07 May 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Josh Pyke ::
Tales of dogs with their throats axed out and phoneboxes stuffed with cash

WHERE WOULD YOU RATHER BE?
07 May 2007 / 1 Trk CD
:: Zico Chain ::
A celebration of QOTSA plastered to a trashy chorus and spittled vocal lines

MUST BE THE MOON
07 May 2007 / Warp / 3 Trk CD
:: ! ! ! (Chk Chk Chk) ::
!!! provide a bass riffing slice of material from their new album

THE REAL DAMAGE EP
07 May 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 5 Trk CD
:: Frank Turner ::
Frank Turner is one of the few artists to have successfully made the real transistion from hard rock to genuine folk

POGO
07 May 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 4 Trk CD
:: Digitalism ::
“Pogo” can make your feet tap, but won't set off any alarms

BEYOND
07 May 2007 / Pias / 11 Trk CD
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
Some bands just feed off their own quality and this late career album indicates what we’ve all been missing

HEART ATTACK
07 May 2007 / Marrakesh Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Low Vs Diamond ::
If you want to “fit in” – buy it.

PRIMADONNA * single of the week *
07 May 2007 / Science Fiction Theatre / 2 Trk CD
:: The Stations ::
Cosmopolitan rock and roll for this city’s streets.

YELLOW BENTINES
07 May 2007 / Demo / 10 Trk CD
:: Yellow Bentines ::
Their eponymous album is a creative delight and it's free to download now..

BETTER OFF ALONE
07 May 2007 / Light In The Attic Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Black Angels ::
You’ll be lucky if you find more than two chords throughout this whole magnificent song

BATS! BATS! BATS!
07 May 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: The Scare ::
One of the more interesting bands to hit or shores this year

HUMMER
07 May 2007 / Transgressive / 2 Trk CD
:: Foals ::
Sheer energy abounds on this disco driven nu-indie funk outing

FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE
07 May 2007 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
Arctics sophomore L.P. is made of broader stuff

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