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DEMO
27 June 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Tacoma ::
Tacoma is a place in Washington State, USA, not far from Seattle. Have you guessed what this is going to sound like yet?

DEMO
27 June 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Tides ::
Uplifting, melodic swathes of windswept Northern passion. Chameleons fans’ hearts will be stirred...

I LACK INSIGHT * joint single of the week *
27 June 2005 / Blowout Records / 2-Trk CD
:: Behind Green Lights ::
It blows any Franz-a-like out of the water and laughs in the faces of people that thought that Bloc Party’s ‘Banquet’ was a good debut single. You, my friends, haven’t heard anything yet.

ANTI PATRIA
27 June 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Dance To The Radio
:: Napoleon IIIrd ::
Don't think of this as some sort of pissed up version of The Flaming Lips

VIVA DESTROY
27 June 2005 / Promo / 11 Trk CD
:: Gecko ::
Post Britpop Manchester guitar sounds fired out through a melodic scatter gun.

A QUIET LIFE * joint single of the week *
27 June 2005 / Deltasonic / 3 Trk D
:: The Longcut ::
A heavy, almost immovable undercurrent of rich, semi-distorted sounds

MIRROR KISSES
27 June 2005 / Wichita Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: The Cribs ::
Two wonderful, fuzzy, roughly hewn tunes

BLACK LEATHER
27 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: 5:15
:: She Said! ::
The spirit of Marlene Dietrich mulling over a collection of Morrissey records.

BLACK SHEEP BOY * album of the week *
27 June 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: JagJaguwar
:: Okkervil River ::
A hidden gem amongst a burgeoning genre of singer/songwriters and American folk sub-culture

WORTH IT
27 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Fume
:: Narco ::
Ploughs through the streets like a bus with bricks stuck on the gas pedal

GIRL
27 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Beck ::
Eloquent, twisted pop, as sharp as knives and as infectious as smallpox.

BE THERE
27 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: FA
:: Leon ::
Enough throw away melodies to keep you going until the middle of next week.

SLOWLY,SLOWLY
27 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Ice Cream Records
:: Bird ::
A neat balance of somewhere between ELO and Dido

THE SHRINKING PROCESS
27 June 2005 / 6 Trk CD :: Robot!
:: Tuco ::
Provides open ended possibilities for TUCO

BETTER OFF WITH HIM
27 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: A ::
Sees the band slip back slightly, to their chart leading form of “Hi-Fi Serious

KNIFE SONG * recommended*
27 June 2005 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD :: Of Naked Design
:: The Irrepressibles ::
The Irrespressibles create epic, artistic results without pretension

SHIVER
27 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Protest
:: The Sweet Chap ::
Strange combination of folk and as Mr Chap himself claims, “disco”.

GLASTONBURY UNSIGNED BANDS 2005
27 June 2005 / 25 Trk 2xCD :: Concrete Recordings
:: Various Artists ::
Sums up the festivals open minded attitude, benevolence and free spirited enthusiasm.

HUMMING BIRD BY THE FLOWERED VINE
27 June 2005 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Laura Cantrell ::
A smart antidote to garage band blueprints.

DON’T LET THE MAN
27 June 2005 / Skint / 1 Trk CD
:: Fat Boy Slim ::
And The Sign Says, Long Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply

NY EXCUSE
27 June 2005 / Pias / 1 Trk CD
:: Soulwax ::
Dark, bouncing, light weight, but fascinatingly effective romp

HI HO BASTARD
27 June 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Filthy Home Recordings
:: LoneLady ::
Like a bastard busker outside HMV on Market Street with blood soaked, cut and splintered guitars

CRUEL SISTER
27 June 2005 / 13 Trk CD
:: Rachel Unthank & The Winterset ::
Maybe one of the best collections of traditional music, stimulating a true crossover of folk into modern singer/songwriter territory.

LINKING TOGETHER A PERFECT WORKING MACHINE
20 June 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Shadowcops ::
Rather like Funeral For A Friend but with the pretention and identikit haircuts.

A CURSE BENEATH THE SURFACE
20 June 2005 / Demo / 7-Trk CD
:: I-Def-I ::
Any act that considered themselves a pacemaker for modern metal should be warned that the bar has been raised.

THE WORLD ENDED
27 June 2005 / High Voltage / Limited Edition 3 Trk 7" Vinyl
:: (Nick Ainsworth and) The Former Bullies ::
Chorley duo The Former Bullies are one such act (re)creating not so much the sounds of the gritty north but more the ‘alt-country’ or ‘anti-folk’ sounds of mid-west America.

MAKE WAY FOR NOBODY
20 June 2005 / Golden Lab / 5-Trk CD
:: The Former Bullies ::
Slower, darker and more ponderous than their previous release, the Chorley duo are beginning to exhibit greater intricacy and abstraction.

SEEK AND BETRAY
20 June 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk
:: Purgatory State ::
Riot Grrrl was a bit shit, wasn’t it really? The intention was good but until its exponents actually discovered how to play their instruments and write proper songs it rarely amounted to much more than tuneless thrashings.

GEHTS NOCH?
20 June 2005 / Skint / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Roman Flugel ::
Amazingly approximately 25 seconds of ideas have been “compressed” into this sub seven minute monotone epic

GET BEHIND ME SATAN * joint album of the week *
20 June 2005 / XL / 13 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
Magically twists their commercial ability and provides a new reference point for us all.

U DON'T KNOW ME
20 June 2005 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Basement Jaxx ::
No wonder Basement Jaxx have got that last slot at Glasto

ROCKSTAR
20 June 2005 / Sanctuary / 1 Trk CD
:: Bizarre ::
Typical of Mr Mathers own handywork - gangster bling has a subsiduary

THE HEAT CAN MELT YOUR BRAIN * joint album of the week *
20 June 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Minty Fresh / Full Time Hobby
:: Viva Voce ::
A folky My Bloody Valentine played with jumbo acoustics, bells and strings ?

QUERELLE
20 June 2005 / 7 Trk CD :: Sink & Stove
:: Querelle ::
Casual melodic indie pop Vs. fedback rock outs

TO DIE FOR
20 June 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Distiler
:: Undercut ::
Suitably acceptable stadium rocking charm.

THE NEW INDIE 2005
20 June 2005 / Universal / 2 x CD 30 Trk Album
:: Various Artists ::
No point preaching to the converted – a tenner for more or less 30 decent tracks is pretty bang on

HARD TO BEAT
20 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Hard-Fi ::
Suitably fashioned lo-fidelity vibes with all the hallmarks of 80’s indie glam disco

STOP
20 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Jackson Analogue ::
Could just be the kind of dirty sound we’re waiting for this summer

FUCK IT UP
20 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: TVT
:: Towers Of London ::
A bastard mongrol cross between Tenpole Tudor and Twisted Sister

C-C (YOU SET THE FIRE IN ME)
20 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Tummy Touch / Go Beat,
:: Tom Vek ::
Plenty of excuses for freaky dancefloor moves and hope for any geeky kids mucking around with a 4 track in the loft.

ROCK & ROLL QUEEN
20 June 2005 / Infectious / 1 Trk CD
:: The Subways ::
The ghosts of Marc Bolan and The Pixies in one big, bloody blender

WELCOME TO MY LIFE
20 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Simple Plan ::
If the 8-15 year old public have the buying power to stick the Crazy Frog at number one, this may in fact go far

HOURS
20 June 2005 / Warner / 11 Trk CD :: Atlantic
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
Second full album with the expected heavy rock references,provides some glimmers of a wider ambition

RESCUE TEAM EP
20 June 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Mang Mang Mangs ::
“Despair To Nowhere” soundtrack is cunningly effective

I BELIEVE IN THE WAY YOU MOVE
20 June 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Exercise1
:: Jeremy Warmsley ::
A one man band, supported by an array of drum machine beats, organ fuelled sounds and a splash of guitar

BABY
20 June 2005 / EMI / 2 Trk CD
:: Melody Club ::
A love of Office Party Disco Music and dancefloors full of frizzy perms and dayglo outfits.

FIVE MINUTES WITH ARCTIC MONKEYS * single of the week *
20 June 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Wildlife
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
You’re not from New York City you’re from Rotherham...

CYNICAL WONDERFUL
13 June 2005 / Demo / 11-Trk CD
:: Colours Run ::
Pianos bother me. Having been one of those kids whose parents randomly inherited a piano from some unknown relative...

RECIDIVISM
13 June 2005 / Demo / 9-Trk CD
:: Rugged ::
Rugged’s vast demo CD ‘Recidivism’ is a wealth of eclectic surprises: a genius blend of British hip-hop and ethereal electronica.

DEMO
13 June 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Lava Beds ::
Strong yet melodic vocals and a nice line in acoustic guitar parts lift this above average, but it’s still all rather 1991.

DEMO
13 June 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Sabbit ::
Technically a four-track prog rocker’s dream; with no detectable chorus/verse/chorus structure in any of the songs it seems the entire demo an extended, unresolved jam session.

BLUE ORCHID
13 June 2005 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
As a taster of the new album , “Blue Orchid” is a hit making, inimitable start

BLUE SKIES
13 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Special Needs ::
“To The Left , To The Right, Run Diddy....” - odd but effective.

HOLD THAT GUN * Joint Record Of The Week *
13 June 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Lucky Number
:: Keith ::
Knotted loops, circular guitar riffs and surfacing-for-air bass lines

MARITIME
16 June 2005 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: Minotaur Shock ::
Daid Edwards AKA Minotaur Shock moves to leftfield, legendary label 4AD

I BELIEVE
13 June 2005 / Echo (Universal) / 1 Trk CD
:: I Am Kloot ::
Contains all of the bands rustic, rock influenced folk leanings

SUGAR
13 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Ladytron ::
Ladytron may have been away, but now they’re back with bigger synths

SUPERMAN
13 June 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Stereophonics ::
Stereophonics take a double barrelled shotgun and hold up Robert Smith

SEX IS NOT THE ENEMY
13 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Garbage ::
Garbage shun their ability to turn their backs on convention rather than absolutely embrace it

HEAD GAMES
13 June 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Glaze
:: The Five O’Clock Heroes ::
Chopped up indie pop, that could cut a dash over the late 70's alt.airwaves

ALTERCATION
13 June 2005 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Loose Canon ::
Original, wall paper stripping work outs

A KICK IN THE MOUTH
13 June 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Reuben ::
Reuben deserve more top profiles with this effective razor lined guitar outing

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
13 June 2005 / 679 / 4 Trk CD
:: Death From Above 1979 ::
Weld massive bass lines to churning masses of electronica

WHAT ARE YOU WAITIN’ FOR
13 June 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Fat Northerner
:: Earl ::
Pure elecro pop, spliced up with some heavy guitar riffs

PUT YOUR DUKES UP JOHN
13 June 2005 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Little Flames ::
Something special that spills off the walls with random spontaneity

LOADED GUN
13 June 2005 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: Dead 60’s ::
Full of heat packing p-funk bass lines and underground disco guitar scuffles

PRIMITIVE (THE WAY I TREAT YOU)
13 June 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: TVT
:: Ambulance Ltd ::
Surreptitiously lodges itself in your skull

MOVE IN STEREO (LIV ULMAN ON DRUMS)
13 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Do Me Bad Things ::
Partial Elton John moments and heavy rock spliced in with fuzzy guitars and multiple, split harmonies

GOOD PEOPLE
13 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Johnson ::
Sounds like a modern Alan Price with plenty of blustery acoustics thrown in

FIRE DEPARTMENT
13 June 2005 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Be Your Own Pet ::
If Devoto / Shelley are feeling benevolent or flattered, they may get away with this

GLAMSTAR
13 June 2005 / 4 AD / 1 Trk CD
:: The Black Velvets ::
Medium Wave Radio and cigarettes behind the bike shed rather than a stadium rock out.

HISTORY AND RADIO
07 June 2005 / 12-Trk CD
:: Scout ::
Scout seem to have refined some eclectic elements into a fairly smooth mix only it seems a little too smooth for it’s own good.

DEMO
07 June 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Keel Theory ::
Keel Theory or Hybrid Theory? One can’t help wonder what’s in a name sometimes as this brand of pop rather than heavy metal bears more than a resemblence to Linkin Park.

5 HOME RECORDINGS *Joint Record Of The Week *
13 June 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Danny Saul ::
For anybody blown away by the sheer depth and intricacy of guitar work in Danny’s main band Tsuji Giri now might by a good time as Danny says “to take a deep breath” and “compose yourself”.

HABLO DIABLO
07 June 2005 / Contrade / 12-Trk CD
:: Superstring :: Rev Porl ::
RevPorl probably doesn’t like you, me, or anyone that much, and as Mark E Smith really can’t go on for ever (or maybe he can – there’s a scary thought) this town needs a new observer-in-chief.

DEMO
07 June 2005 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: The Dukes of Portland ::
The kind of MOR that gets people asking for More.

PRETTY PRETTY
07 June 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Sandbox ::
Firm and effectively four chord rock, set like a sharpened razor blade.

JUST LIKE GRAVITY * recommended*
07 June 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Hype Foundation ::
Late teen exponents of post rock epics

MINE’S A WHISKY
07 June 2005 / Demo / 8 Trk CDR
:: Black Manalishi ::
Recorded in Kirby, but more in common with cowboy boots and a long straight road in Texas

SOME THINGS CHANGE
07 June 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Underdogs ::
Sounds like their first ever demo, if not their first band

WHEREVER EP
07 June 2005 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: The Motion Pictures ::
New-New Acoustic with fantastic production values, brimming with towering arrangements

DANCE LE ROBOTIC
07 June 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Megarider ::
Modern, synthesised living at its dizzy best.

UTUNC
07 June 2005 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: Slims ::
Slims evoke bluesy tinged hard rock, in as ever a capable fashion

BEAKERISER * recommended *
07 June 2005 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: To The Bones ::
Barely held together jangles introduce a rolling train of post rock grindings

GOODBYE
07 June 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Backlash ::
Fledgling demo provides good indie workout

COME WITH ME
07 June 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Nervous Shakedown ::
Bone crunching rock qualifies the bands own quoted influence of QOTSA

STORIES FOR THE DISLOCATED * recommended*
07 June 2005 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Love Ends Disaster ::
Hooked by the swimming, brilliant jangles and odd feedback squeals

WILL YOU BE
07 June 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Lookin ::
Lookin prove once more they can execute smart punk rock pop songs and, when they feel like it, all out metallic joyrides

GET FAST
07 June 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Interruptions ::
Sounds like a cross between Nirvana and Squeeze, if such a thing were possible

PRETEND IT’S THE END EP
07 June 2005 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Lander ::
Local rockers dish up an intelligent and ambitious proposition.

THIS IS RAZORLIGHT
06 June 2005 / Universal / 16 Trk DVD
:: Razorlight ::
A veritable bargain featuring 95 minutes of music

DRIVE AWAY
06 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Gratitude ::
Melodic, gard, incisive rock with a Radio 2 attitude

PAINT YOUR TARGET
06 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Fightstar ::
Is allowing Busted to reinvent themselves as 'serious' rock, an affront ?

TWISTED
06 June 2005 / Universal / 19 Trk 2 x CD :: Vertigo
:: Scissor Sisters :: Thirteen Senses :: Kasabian :: The Rapture :: Portobella :: The Killers :: Bloc Party :: Soulwax :: The Bravery :: BodyRockers :: The Futureheads :: Spektrum :: Parker Knoll :: Depeche Mode ::
Succeeds with a surprisingly indie line up, despite some dodgy fillers from the dance fraternity

AAA EP
06 June 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: Akira The Don ::
The very refreshing face of new rap, which takes the values of The Streets and suspends it over a plot of cinematic scale.

EVERYTHING IS * record of the week *
06 June 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps ::
In terms of a record produced by a band from Manchester, this is surely a classic

THE REPULSION BOX * Recommended *
06 June 2005 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Sons And Daughters ::
A wholly original and enjoyably exciting rattle.

ON MY WAY TO ABSENCE
06 June 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Secretly Canadian
:: Damien Jurado ::
Not Johnny Cash, but something spiritually close

THE INVISIBLE INVASION * recommended *
06 June 2005 / Deltasonic / 12 Trk CD
:: The Coral ::
Clearly one of The Corals equally good if not best albums

IT’S A HIT
06 June 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Rilo Kiley ::
When insurrection and moody objectionable viewpoints are needed, how pretty a way to say it.

CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS
06 June 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: U2 ::
A bit like watching a repeat of “The Great Escape” every Christmas

ARTISTS CANNIBALS POETS THIEVES
06 June 2005 / 9 Trk CD :: Saturday Night Sunday Morning Records
:: Six.By Seven ::
No cock sure posing with dressed up pop songs, this is big, fuck-off, serious music

MELODIC TODAY * recommended *
06 June 2005 / Melodic / 13 Trk CD & Limited 5 Trk 12" Sampler
:: Various Artists ::
A daring, effective but blindingly and progressively tasteful collection

SHAKE
06 June 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 2 Trk CD
:: The Sinking Citizenship ::
Amidst the sonic wrangling, The Sinking Citizenship undoubtedly have a wider musical ambition

THIS STATION IS NON-OPERATIONAL
06 June 2005 / V2 / 18 Trk CD
:: At.The.Drive-In ::
The stuff of legends and a very capable collection of knock out rock outs

A KISS IN THE DARKNESS / WORSE THAN A GIRL
06 June 2005 / Mate / Split 7” Vinyl
:: Roger :: Boys Of Scandanavia ::
Double header sees return of the electro pioneers backed with some pals that inserts goth into a sequencer on the flipside

CHEMICAL BURNS
06 June 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: Every Move A Picture ::
Hard up recording values work completely in its favour

ALL NIGHT DISCO PARTY
06 June 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Brakes ::
Cool indie supergroup boast a danceable underground masterpiece - next stop the charts ?

THE HEARTLIGHT SET
06 June 2005 / Universal / 13 Trk CD
:: Joy Zipper ::
Do JZ now embrace the sound of flowery, but driving alternative folk ?

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