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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 25/06/2007
25 June 2007 / Various Formats
:: Jet :: Ironweed :: Trabrant :: Just Jack :: Stateless :: Snow Man :: AOMC :: Guile :: Ham Fatter :: Art Of Dying :: Devon Pennant :: Adventure Club :: The Rivers :: Paramore :: Steven Lindsay ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 25/06/07 : Including Yorkshire’s AOMC, Trabants eclectic debut LP, IronWeed’s next big single, Just Jacks breakthrough, Paramore’s lively outing plus the new Stateless single + More !..

MATHS + ENGLISH * album of the week *
25 June 2007 / XL / 14-Trk CD
:: Dizzee Rascal ::
A lot can happen in four years especially if you're Dizzee a.k.a. Dylan Mills

BLAH BLAH BLAH
25 June 2007 / Bad Sneakers Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Middleman ::
Freshness and catchiness aren't always a sure fire route to quality

SONG FOR THE FIELDS * joint single of the week *
25 June 2007 / Warner / 2 Trk CD
:: Fields ::
Why not just let this softly melt your face off.

MONSTERS UNDER THE BED
25 June 2007 / Domino / Double Six / 2 Trk CD
:: Eugene McGuinness ::
If only phobias were this much fun.

A PYRRHIC VICTORY EP
25 June 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: My Vitriol ::
My Vitriol are back and it’s no less than a wake up call.

ELUSIVE
25 June 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Scott Mathews ::
'Elusive' is certainly last-thing-before-bed dark, but it isn't bleak

HELLO LOVE
25 June 2007 / 11 Trk CD
:: The Broken Family Band ::
A comforting blend of sparkling pop, folk and at times country, effortlessly fuels all eleven of the tracks here

PEG
25 June 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Nerina Pallot ::
You can't help but think Nerina has been listening to Scissor Sisters

WITHOUT FEATHERS
25 June 2007 / Drowned In Sound / 13 Trk CD
:: The Stills ::
The reconfigured The Stills are very different but a no less ambitious band

LOST WITHOUT U
25 June 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Robin Thicke ::
Cheese-tastic smooth lovin' guitars that'd have Barry White longing for a bit of Napalm Death

BLACK LIVES AT THE GOLDEN COAST
25 June 2007 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: The Icarus Line ::
An eclectic and resonating triumph of noise, timings and soundscapes at its best

THEN AND NOW : 1964-2007
25 June 2007 / Universal / 20 Trk CD
:: The Who ::
The Who are a classic British institution and even this relative snapshot is still enough to make that point with a convincing force.

LOST ALL TIME
25 June 2007 / Fierce Panda / 13 Trk CD
:: You Say Party ! We Say Die! ::
Canadian indie rockers mix Sci-Fi punk rock with edgy, dreamy Sonic Youth-ish slams

GOD DAMN
25 June 2007 / Demo / 9 Trk CD
:: Blues & Snake ::
A band that have settled into a unique and intriguing hybrid of old and new schools of rock.

KILL THE DIRECTOR * joint single of the week *
25 June 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Wombats ::
The Wombats are spitting distance from being Britain's most exciting new band

OUTDOOR GAMES EP * recommended *
25 June 2007 / Switchflicker / 7 Trk CD
:: Magic Arm ::
For lovers of a good tune, post dance culture fans and aficionados of modern urban folk and roots - this is an absolute must

HOT IN THE DOLLS HOUSE
25 June 2007 / My Passion / Trk CD
:: My Passion ::
Cleverly fused together as a dancefloor hit with moshable highlights

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU E.P.
25 June 2007 / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD
:: Scouting For Girls ::
One of the few bands who can define themselves on the strength of their music alone

HAD ENOUGH
25 June 2007 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Enemy ::
The Enemy have plenty of energy in their young bones

ELEPHANT GUN
25 June 2007 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: Beirut ::
Condon's most genuine mix of Radiohead and Eastern European funeral themes

INTERMISSION
25 June 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 2xCD 13+13 Trk Dble CD
:: Robert Forster / Grant McLennan ::
Deluxe set of selected tracks from the former Go-Betweens writing partnership

THE FREED MAN
25 June 2007 / Domino / 52 Trk CD
:: Sebadoh ::
A ground breaking record that paved the way for a generation of American artists a decade later

LOVE IT WHEN I FEEL LIKE THIS
25 June 2007 / Universal / 11 Trk CD
:: The Twang ::
Midlanders struggle with mixed bag of source material and sketchy ideas

AFRO STRUT
25 June 2007 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 12 Trk CD
:: Amp Fiddler ::
This takes the Fiddler even further than possibly he imagined.

MY PIANO
25 June 2007 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: Hot Chip ::
Far more focussed than their more chart challenging numbers

PERSONAL JESUS
25 June 2007 / Hydrogen Jukebox / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Metamatics ::
In 1976 while on a school field trip to the Arndale Centre in Manchester, England he became distracted whilst wetting himself

QUICKSAND MEMORY EP
25 June 2007 / Independiente / 4 Trk CD
:: Ulrich Schnauss ::
Littered with some of the most luscious and dreamy soundscapes possible

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 18/06/2007
18 June 2007 / Various Formats
:: Dub Pistols :: Kate Nash :: Ash :: Dizzee Rascal :: Ryan Adams :: Charlotte Hatherley :: The Answer :: Asobi Seksu :: The Envy Corps :: Ciara :: Sage Francis :: The Nextmen ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 18/06/07

WORST LUCK
18 June 2007 / EMI / 3 Trk CD
:: Kid Acne ::
The man who coined the phrase “Council Pop” with his second, 2003 album

TIL THE SUN TURNS BLACK
18 June 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Ray Lamontagne ::
New Hampshire’s Ray LaMontagne has already caused a stir with his recent UK tours

TAKIN’ IT EASY * joint album of the week *
18 June 2007 / Demo / 8 Trk CD
:: Alexis McLean ::
Here’s to their next album being recorded at the gates to Nashville

ROARING THE GOSPEL
18 June 2007 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) ::
Of all the current bearded greats, James Yorkston can effortlessly have an album constructed out of his B-Sides

OPEN FIELD
18 June 2007 / Rough Trade / 10 Trk CD
:: Taken By Trees ::
The most creatively captivating of hushed moments from the former Concretes front lady

I CREATED DISCO
18 June 2007 / Universal / 14 Trk CD
:: Calvin Harris ::
No You didn't...

LOVES YOU
18 June 2007 / Full Time Hobby / 8 Trk CD
:: Viva Voce ::
Viva Voce haven’t been away for long, yet this is pretty much a perfect return.

HURRICANES
18 June 2007 / B-Unique / 2 Trk CD
:: Pull Tiger Tail ::
Not the sound of the future, but the sound of the in-house tannoy at Top Shop

RAISE THE ROOF
18 June 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 4 Trk CD
:: Tracey Thorn ::
Tracey Thorn may be getting on a bit, but her work with Everything But The Girl and Massive Attack still lives on in her voice

JONNY SNIPER
18 June 2007 / Ambush Reality / 1 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
This is Enter Shikari in pop-mode and it ain’t half bad

KURR
18 June 2007 / Ever / 12 Trk CD
:: Amiina ::
“Kurr” is packed with the same kind of mellow glacial sounds as their fellow countrymen Sigur Rós

GREATEST HITS
18 June 2007 / Epitah / 12 Trk CD
:: Social Distortion ::
Social Distortion should have been a much bigger band indeed on the evidence of this hefty sounding collection

MY SECRET LIFE * joint album of the week *
18 June 2007 / 12 Trk CD / Filthy Little Angels
:: Billy Ruffian ::
The charms of Billy Ruffian are translated onto this is intriguing collection of tunes and stories

LOVE YOUR MAN, LOVE YOUR WOMAN * recommended *
18 June 2007 / 2 Trk CD / Track & Field
:: The Broken Family Band ::
A beefy cub scout camp fire song gone wrong ?

STATELESS
18 June 2007 / !K7 / 10 Trk CD
:: Stateless ::
A refreshingly different perspective on modern indie rock from Stateless

SHE IS THE NEW THING
18 June 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Horrors ::
No-one as yet has come up with as unique a proposition as Southend’s finest

BOOKS FROM BOXES
18 June 2007 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
A more measured cut from “Our Earthly Pleasures”

CINDERELLA
18 June 2007 / SonyBMG / 2 Trk CD
:: Aqualung ::
More epic than anything their subsequent peers could ever come up with

SILENT HOTELS * single of the week *
18 June 2007 / High Voltage / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Answering Machine ::
Up tempo scribbles of pleasing shimmers and transplanted hooklines.

FUNF
18 June 2007 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Clinic ::
A modest collection of tracks from Clinic's somewhat low key but acclaimed career of the last ten years

POISON LETTER
18 June 2007 / 2 Trk CD
:: Le Reno Amps ::
Le Reno Amps continue to spin the impression that they’re an act living in beach hut off the coast of Santa Barbara

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 11/06/2007
11 June 2007 / Various Formats
:: Sounds Like Violence :: Blood Red Shoes :: Dandi Wind :: The Icarus Line :: Dead Man’s Root :: Beyond All Reason ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 11/06/07

GROWN-UPS * joint album of the week *
11 June 2007 / Angular Recording Corporation / 14 Trk CD
:: The Lodger ::
The Lodger have put together an almighty album

BURN YOUR OWN CHURCH
11 June 2007 / Playlouder (Beggars) / 11 Trk CD
:: Black Strobe ::
Not even a hint of pretension or a Toni & Guy haircut

ICKY THUMP
11 June 2007 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
North Manchester Goodies Fans look away now - and please, please don't mention the Lancashire Hotpots

DIVORCE SONG * joint single of the week *
11 June 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Its A Buffalo ::
Its a buffalo’s charming, slightly folkish rock treads the path between weird and mainstream impossibly well

SEXOR – Collectors Edition (repackaged re-release)
11 June 2007 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 2xCD : 14 Trk + 11 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Tiga ::
Tiga’s “Sexor” now has a companion disc of remixes and different track versions

WON’T YOU COME AROUND * recommended *
11 June 2007 / Shatterproof / 1 Trk CD
:: Polytechnic ::
One of their best songs, summing up and justifying their popularity so well.

POSTCARDS
11 June 2007 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Neil McSweeney ::
Certainly different to the humble musings of many a northern hack.

CLOCKWORK TOY
11 June 2007 / Moshi Moshi / 3 Trk CD
:: Hot Club de Paris ::
Liverpool’s Hot Club De Paris excel on this glittering display of fretboard juggling riffs

TORN ON THE PLATFORM
11 June 2007 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Peñate ::
Very much in keeping with his previous happy-go-lucky collections

MESSAGES
11 June 2007 / Abeano (Beggars) / 11 Trk CD
:: To My Boy ::
If they have staying power TMB may even surprise themselves with their own potential

ORCHESTRA OF WOLVES * joint album of the week *
11 June 2007 / Warner / 12Trk + 9Trk : 2xCD
:: Gallows ::
A wake up call for you all

BIG UMBRELLA
11 June 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Dorne ::
Where is Guide Bridge?

STUTTER
11 June 2007 / 30:30 Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Kubichek ::
Kubichek! are out to prove that their hybrid sound of moody, soaring guitars is more than just a passing phase

ASH WEDNESDAY
11 June 2007 / XL / 11 Trk CD
:: Elvis Perkins ::
Elvis lives

BROTHER * radar / hot pick *
11 June 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk CD
:: Annuals ::
A soft tension that then builds into small explosions and a shattering crescendo

TALK OF THE TOWN * joint single of the week *
11 June 2007 / Redlace Records / 4 Trk CD
:: International Trust ::
Is this the sound of New,New Yorkshire ?

YOU AND ME
11 June 2007 / 3 Trk CD
:: Scott Christian ::
Scott Christian comes complete with an A4 promotional package

BRIGHT LIGHTS
11 June 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Tom McRae ::
This may not be the best cut from McRae’s new album “King Of Cards”

JOHNOSSI
11 June 2007 / V2 / 11 Trk CD
:: Johnossi ::
The long player from Stockholm’s Johnossi is a game of two halves but the two halves are all completely mixed up

GET BACK IN YA CADILLAC
11 June 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Jim Burgess ::
Goo songs with a strange voice

HOLIDAY
11 June 2007 / Catskills / 3 Trk CD
:: The Ripps ::
Proves that The Ripps have a little bit more about them than you’d first thought

R.E.
11 June 2007 / Crunch Music / 3 Trk CD
:: Red Go Green Stop ::
Red Go Green Stop (formerly Jinzena but no less excellent) have gone a bit more contemporary

SO THIS IS GOODBYE - SPECIAL EDITION
11 June 2007 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Junior Boys ::
An expanded edition including some crucial remixes as a boost to those yet to buy the album.

TOYS AND KINGS
11 June 2007 / Best Before / 12 Trk CD
:: The Heights ::
This band are far more capable once they dispense with the required machinations of todays indie top 30.

EAT ME, DRINK ME
11 June 2007 / Universal / 13 Trk CD
:: Marilyn Manson ::
Perhaps this is one of his more interesting albums so far

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 04/06/2007
04 June 2007 / Various Formats
:: Jesse Malin :: Björk :: Xi :: The Hold Steady :: Alexisonfire :: The Crimea :: Trabrant :: Elvis Perkins :: Cornelius :: Chairmen Of The Board :: Hot Chip :: The Checks :: The Next Men :: Laura Critchley :: Kamelot :: The Sinister Cleaners :: Sophie Ellis-Bextor ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 04/06/07 – including Bjork’s cut from her innovative new album, The Hold Steady’s revitalised sound of America, Crimea’s generous free download album and rising star Elvis Perkins

FULL THROTTLE AND WHISKEY BOTTLE
04 June 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: King Nothing ::
She's a dirty bitch / She makes my balls itch

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
04 June 2007 / 3 Trk CD
:: Reverend And The Makers ::
Considering 'new rave' is currently the new black, The Reverend and The Makers couldn't have timed better

EVERYDAY I SAY A PRAYER FOR KATHY AND MADE A ONE INCH SQUARE * recommended *
04 June 2007 / 11 Trk CD
:: Wheat ::
Wheat seem to be having an identity crisis that works on this fourth album

HYMNS FOR THE HELLBOUND
04 June 2007 / I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The M3T3ORS ::
No-brain entertainment and after pushing the same theme for so long, it's unlikely original M3TEOR Fenech is bothered

YOU AND I ARE A GANG OF LOSERS
04 June 2007 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: The Dears ::
If there’s one place in where the gap between the rich and the poor is too hardcore

PUZZLE * album of the week *
04 June 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Biffy Clyro’s committed fan base looks set to expand exponentially.

DIVEBOMB * recommended *
04 June 2007 / Kitsune / 12” Vinyl
:: The Whip ::
An even brighter future beckons for The Whip

I’M A MAN
04 June 2007 / Playlouder (Beggars) / 5 Trk CD
:: Black Strobe ::
An electrified version of Bo Diddley’s guitar strung classic

ADEADENEMYALWAYSSMELLSGOOD
04 June 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Future Of The Left ::
Gratifyingly different and unruly.

WE TRAVELLED WITHOUT MENTIONING IT * recommended *
04 June 2007 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Rotary Ten ::
Charming, buzzing indie pop from a band that may soon bother the charts

HERE ARE THE ROSES
04 June 2007 / 10 Trk CD
:: Dragons ::
This really doesn’t copy anything any more than anyone else these days.

KITSUNE MAISON COMPILATION 4
04 June 2007 / Kitsune Maison / 13 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Essential cuts of modern electronic music, with a particularly metropolitan style.

NO FIGHTING IN THE WAR ROOM
04 June 2007 / Melodic / 11 Trk CD
:: The Harrisons ::
A refreshingly different sound from their part of Yorkshire

SETTLE DOWN
04 June 2007 / Rhythm Bank / 1 Trk CD
:: Some Velvet Morning ::
Dead basic and yet rather inspired stuff from SVM

MER DU JAPON
04 June 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk CD
:: Air ::
Air maintain their space age Gallic flavour

DO IT AGAIN
04 June 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: The Chemical Brothers ::
Not as exciting as their previous highlights

MODEL
04 June 2007 / Abeano (Beggars) / 1 Trk CD
:: To My Boy ::
All along they’ve been making this in science class

LIFE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL
04 June 2007 / Blackbird / 10 Trk CD
:: The Orange Lights ::
Pleasing, modern emotional pop

WE WALK UNBALANCED EP
04 June 2007 / Holy Roar / 5 Trk CD
:: Chronicles Of Adam West ::
Chronicles Of Adam West are a head exploding thrash/death outfit who take no prisoners

THAT’S NOT MY NAME * single of the week *
04 June 2007 / Switchflicker / 2 Trk CD
:: The Ting Tings ::
Ting Tings literally have it all as they mix their sequenced tracks with bustling drums, catchy as hell melodies and memorable lyrics

DANCE PARTY IN THE BALKANS
04 June 2007 / Regular Beat Recording Co. / 13 Trk CD
:: Alaska In Winter ::
An exciting release alone for the fact that Zach Condon (Beirut)collaborates with Brandon Bethancourt and Heather Trost (A Hawk And A Hacksaw)

THE BLEAKEND STARTS HERE
04 June 2007 / Regular Beat Recording Co. / 9 Trk CD
:: Mitch & Murray ::
Quartet Mitch & Murray trade in bleak-ish (hence the title perhaps), twangy songs about the very meaning of life

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
04 June 2007 / Feedback Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Superkings ::
A funny mixture of pianos and cello/violins cut into a traditional set up of guitars and bass.

TALL STORIES FROM UNDER THE TABLE
04 June 2007 / Weekender Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
Keeping track of Dogs' progress requires a tight leash

FINGERS & THUMBS
04 June 2007 / One Little Indian / 10 Trk CD
:: Polly Paulusma ::
Filled with more of her electrifying jangles and that unassuming voice

BONDE DO ROLE WITH LASERS
04 June 2007 / Domino / 12 Trk CD
:: Bonde Do Role ::
Are they bonkers? – are they any good ? – Probably,yes.

HOLD IT DOWN
04 June 2007 / Tummy Touch / 4 Trk EP + Remixes
:: Striplight ::
Straight out of Only Fools And Horses territory but set in 1976

THE IDEAL CONDITION
04 June 2007 / ACP Recordings / 9 Trk CD
:: Paul Hartnoll ::
As one former half of Orbital, Paul Hartnoll’s debut is sure to share the same ambition and cinematic flair of his previous work

MARCH OF THE LONELY
04 June 2007 / 11 Trk CD
:: Martin Grech ::
Grech pours out his soul over this evocative release of introspective passion

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