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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 26/05/08
26 May 2008 / Various Formats
:: Sons And Daughters :: Whole Sky Monitor :: The Long Blondes :: Lorraine :: Urbnri :: Islands :: James Pants :: Plantlife :: Jacob Golden :: Lights And Sounds :: Rogue Wave :: Black Affair :: XXTeens :: Sacred Mother Tongue ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 26/05/08

REPLACEMENTS BACK CATALOGUE REISSUE
26 May 2008 / Rhino / Various CD Formats
:: The Replacments ::
Alongside REM, Husker Du and Fugazi, The Replacements made vital underground rock music which helped shape the fabric of today's rock music

SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE (25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
26 May 2008 / Promo / 12 Trk CD + 15 Trk CD
:: The Chameleons ::
It’s difficult to know where to start with an album like this, the debut from Manchester’s legendary pioneers of powerful, dark guitar stadium rock

HOPE
26 May 2008 / Wurda Youth / 15 Trk CD
:: Foy Vance ::
Highs and lows abound, mainly because of the length of the album, but Vance displays plenty of talent along the way

OXFORD COMMA
26 May 2008 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Vampire Weekend ::
Another fine statement of their worship for “Graceland” and the use of contemporary African melodies

WHAT OF OUR FUTURE
26 May 2008 / Kitsune / 11 Trk CD
:: Cazals ::
Sometimes it's hard to know what to make of Cazals

MADE UP STORIES
26 May 2008 / Epic / 1 Trk CD
:: Go:Audio ::
Go:Audio are quite upfront about their own particular brand of bubblegum rock

SILENT MOVIE
26 May 2008 / !K7 / 12 Trk CD
:: Quiet Village ::
!K7 can frequently be relied upon to bring us something very different indeed

HEY HOUSE BRICK
26 May 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Hot Club de Paris ::
It sounds almost impossible but it may just soundtrack your summer.

EMERGENCY
26 May 2008 / Dance To The Radio / 13 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
The Pigeon Detectives second album is just worth having for the opening title track

HAIL DESTROYER
26 May 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: Cancer Bats ::
Sorry Guv - you can't come in. Security blunder at Cancer Bats HQ

EASTERN CULTURE
26 May 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The 66 ::
The 66 are Warrington’s own echo of the great epic sounds of Madchester

HARD DRIVE * album of the week *
26 May 2008 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: The Sorry Kisses ::
Fuses in everything from 60’s Spector to classic 80’s / 90’s leftfield guitar indie as covered from both sides of the Atlantic

THE LAB : ONE * Recommended *
26 May 2008 / The Lab / 10 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Emerging Manchester label The Lab, provide a peek into the world of carefully selected alt.rock.pop

ALBUM
26 May 2008 / Promo / 13 Trk CDR
:: Stickboy ::
For some reason, there’s only one slice of genius in any music scene that seems to be forever hidden

HEREBY NO ONE
26 May 2008 / White Label / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Carlis Star ::
It’s a change of pace for Carlis Star but one that absolutely suits them

MAD ABOUT THE BOY
26 May 2008 / Valentine / 1 Trk CD
:: Ava Leigh ::
Ava is another artist who sees Reggae as a long lost mainstream sound

SOME COULD LOVE YOU BETTER
26 May 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Black Velvet Band ::
Withington would seem an unlikely place to find the next Tom Waits.

FER DE LANCE
26 May 2008 / Southern Fried Records / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Rochelle ::
You’d half expect Rochelle to have emerged from the French underground. They're from Yorkshire..

LIE DOWN IN THE LIGHT
26 May 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Bonnie "Prince" Billy ::
This really is an album to thrust him into the commercial arena, without him even trying.

THE JUDGE * demo of the week *
26 May 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: The Marder ::
The Marder don’t need to try too hard to impress

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 19/05/08
18 May 2008 / Various Formats
:: Paramore :: One Night Only :: Duels :: Harper :: Get Well Soon :: Outside Royalty :: Wave Pictures :: Goodnight And I Wish :: Jason Ringenberg :: Crimes of the Future :: Warner E. Hodges :: Kelly Rowland ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 19/05/08

COLD TOWN
19 May 2008 / Vibes & Pressure / 1 Trk CD
:: Natty ::
It’s good to hear someone digging into a different past to present something new

FEEL GOOD HITS OF A NUCLEAR WINTER
19 May 2008 / Double Six (Domino) / 8 Trk CD
:: The Laurel Collective ::
Genuinely different.

ANGLES * album of the week *
19 May 2008 / Sunday Best / 12 Trk CD
:: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip ::
They are perhaps more the sound of a modern London than anyone else out there

EPIC LAST SONG
19 May 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk CD
:: Does It Offend You Yeah ? ::
“Epic Last Song” is as capable as it is obvious

NEW YORK * recommended *
19 May 2008 / Roseangle Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Hazey Janes ::
Pleasant Scottish pop with a transatlantic drive, in more ways than one.

COST OF LIVING
19 May 2008 / Manta Ray / 2 Trk CD
:: The Tunics ::
They’ve possibly got everything right apart from the songs themselves

A FIRE BORN IN DALLAS
19 May 2008 / Pay For The Piano Recordings / 3 Trk CD
:: Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire ::
A sharper sound from the city that has so far delivered some of the UK’s most intriguing rock music in recent years.

ARM’S WAY
19 May 2008 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Islands ::
At times a demanding album, which can only be tamed with a series of listens

LIEJACKER
19 May 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: Thea Gilmore ::
Pretty much the sound of lush singer / songwriter material spun out for wider consumption on Radio 2

TAKES
19 May 2008 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Adem ::
Compilation (spanning 1991-2001)of covers re-interpreted by Adem

GANG OF THIEVES
19 May 2008 / 1 Trk CD
:: State Radio ::
A politically fuelled agenda that rages against the U.S. Administration

WAKE UP
19 May 2008 / Epitah / 1 Trk CD
:: Story Of The Year ::
From Story Of The Year’s current album “The Black Swan” this is perhaps the bands biggest anthem

WALKING THROUGH HOUSES * recommended *
19 May 2008 / Wrath / 2 Trk CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
Possibly The Scaramanga Six’s finest moment so far

THE BLACK AND WHITE EP * demo of the week *
19 May 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Inego ::
Now, normally I would baulk at the thought of a six track demo from any band

SMOKE FAIRIES * recommended *
12 May 2008 / White Label / 9 Trk CD
:: Smoke Fairies ::
Striking, essential, pastoral sounds from a captivating duo

THE FLIGHTCASE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
12 May 2008 / White Label / 17 Trk CD (+ 17 Trk Acoustic Version)
:: Avant Gardner ::
Very much a missed opportunity for someone with an obvious talent.

YOU CROSS MY PATH * album of the week *
12 May 2008 / Cooking Vinyl / 10 Trk CD
:: The Charlatans ::
The Charlatans once again proving that they are capable legends

FOR EMMA, FOREVER
12 May 2008 / 4 AD / 9 Trk CD
:: Bon Iver ::
One of this years better takes on acoustica.

OUR III WILLS
12 May 2008 / Weekender Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Shout Out Louds ::
A very poppy and convincing outing for this very promising Scando quintet.

A FORCE OF ONE
12 May 2008 / Bongo Best Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Ari Shine ::
A thoughtful and considered album.

FITS & STARTS
12 May 2008 / I Can Count / 12 Trk CD
:: O Fracas ::
Schizoid moments populated by wirey, math, lo-fi punches and an abundance of twisted, disco discord

RED, YELLOW AND BLUE
12 May 2008 / Warp / 11 Trk CD
:: Born Ruffians ::
Another import from Toronto, Born Ruffians bring over another rattled collection of songs

VANTAGE POINT
12 May 2008 / V2 / 10 Trk CD
:: dEUS ::
You can’t help but feel that acts like this should be given prominent slots at the upcoming summer festivals.

ELEPHANT SHELL * recommended *
12 May 2008 / Memphis Industries / 11 Trk CD
:: Tokyo Police Club ::
Canada’s Tokyo Police Club seem to have had mixed fortunes

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
12 May 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Accolade ::
A massively competent record with a broad brush of appeal

SERAFIN * demo of the week *
12 May 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Spectrum 7 ::
The powerful new rock sounds of Spectrum 7 are carefully crafted in Surrey basements

QUEEN OF THE WORLD
12 May 2008 / RCA / 1 Trk CD
:: Ida Maria ::
With a jiggery beat and a reasonable chorus this is a pretty good party song.

WEATHER’S COMING . . .
12 May 2008 / Pias / 12 Trk CD
:: Phoebe Killdeer and the Short Straws ::
From Australia, Ms Killdeer..

RIP IT OFF
12 May 2008 / Matador Records / 16 Trk CD
:: Times New Viking ::
This is one band that are guaranteed to sound better live than they do on record.

TELL THE NEIGHBOURS EP
12 May 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Mendoza ::
Metallised ructions from Manchester's Mendoza

SOMETIMES
12 May 2008 / Cityscape / 2 Trk CD
:: Merchandise ::
There aren’t many bands around these days who are capable of making genuinely happy music

GOD
12 May 2008 / Universal / 3 Trk Enhanced CDR
:: Attic Lights ::
This is actually far better than Nada Surf's current album

KILL THE CAPTAINS EP
12 May 2008 / Armellodie / 4 Trk CD
:: Kill The Captains ::
An edgy, syncopated release that bangs on quite well with a few new ideas

CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE
12 May 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Sidewaysdown ::
The name makes this band sound average but they are far, far from ordinary

I CAN HEAR YOUR VOICE
12 May 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
:: The Accidental ::
So simple yet so effective

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 28/04/08
05 May 2008 / Various Formats
:: Adele :: Vatican DC :: Jont :: Langhorne Slim :: The Rivers :: A Silent Film :: Jamie Lidel :: What Would Jesus Drive :: Kraak& Smaak :: Kelly Rowland ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 28/04/08

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY * joint single of the week *
05 May 2008 / Dance To The Radio / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
Just how good is this record ?

LIFE IS SWEET * recommended *
05 May 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 11 Trk CD
:: The Lodger ::
No “Pig’s Cysts” here though – just delightful jangles

WATER CURSES
05 May 2008 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Animal Collective ::
Recently they came, they saw and they conquered

BUBBLE & SCRAPE
05 May 2008 / Domino / 32 Trk CD
:: Sebadoh ::
Another thoughtful re-issue by Domino Record

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT * joint single of the week *
05 May 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
:: White Denim ::
Explore this band further and you will be both surprised and certainly not disappointed

REPLICA SUN MACHINE
05 May 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 11 Trk CD
:: The Shortwave Set ::
The Shortwave Set prove their point with a credible collection of substance.

JULIA
05 May 2008 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: The Steers ::
This quartet make music for the indie dancefloor

LET THE BLIND LEAD THOSE WHO CAN SEE BUT CANNOT FEEL
05 May 2008 / 4 AD / Kranky / 14 Trk CD
:: Atlas Sound ::
Atlas Sound is Braford Cox who is also the front man of Deerhunter

BLACK MORNING
05 May 2008 / Chess Club / 3 Trk CD
:: Post War Years :: Post War Years ::
A fantastic cover that features a great picture of Tiger - the music's good too!

VUITTON BLUES
05 May 2008 / Double Six (Domino) / 2 Trk CD
:: The Laurel Collective ::
Converges on an impressive chorus before ricocheting into some dizzy twangy turbulence

THE LAST TYCOON
05 May 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Peter Morén ::
Peter is the chap from Peter Bjorn and John

FOR THE TEMPERATE LIVES * download of the week *
05 May 2008 / High Voltage / Digital Download
:: The Maple State ::
“Temperate Lives” is Maple State's definitive EMO statement

WE ARE THE PHYSICS ARE OK AT MUSIC
05 May 2008 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 12 Trk CD
:: We Are The Physics ::
If there is actually anything new and interesting about We Are Physics, then it’s hard to fathom

VICTORIA
05 May 2008 / Weekender Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Official Secrets Act ::
A talented bunch with enough of a quirky slant to supplement their slightly more retro brand of rock and roll

SUN SICK
05 May 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Death To The Ghosts ::
Post grunge and post-hardcore snapshots of guitar kept tightly in line with some skilfully sharp drumming

ACROSS THE PENNINES Vol.5 * album of the week *
05 May 2008 / Across The Pennines/ 10 Trk CD R
:: Various Artists ::
ATP do all the hard work, you just have to place it in a CD player and listen – it’d be wrong not to..

KINGDOM HEARTS EP
05 May 2008 / 14 Sandwiches / 4 Trk CD
:: The Star Fighter Pilot ::
A pinnacle, you could argue in The Star Fighter Pilot's catalogue so far.

MIND ON FIRE COLLECTIVE
05 May 2008 / Mind On Fire / 12 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Mind On Fire provide a real education for us all.

THE FIGURE EIGHT EP
05 May 2008 / On The Bone / 4 Trk CD
:: This Et Al ::
This Et Al return with songs you can now really get your teeth into

MOON SAFARI
05 May 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 10 Trk CD + 10 Trk Remix Disc
:: Air ::
Benchmarks in how to make just a few keyboard noises sound like a more sophisticated proposition

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