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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 30/06/08
29 June 2008 / Various Formats
:: Amy Winehouse :: Goldfrapp :: Madonna :: Freemasons :: Lykke Li :: The Secret Handshake :: Dorp :: Leon Jean Marie :: Elliot Minor :: Royal Treatment Plant :: Ladyhawke :: Annie :: The Rushes :: Melee :: The Thirst :: Wooden :: Madcon :: Estelle ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 30/06/08

PENETRATE / WARRINGTON
30 June 2008 / I Blame The Parents Records / 2 Trk 7"Vinyl
:: Extradition Order ::
Sharp riffs, wibbling organ and a vocal best described as demonic; this actually sounds like it's got the dust and scratches of 30 years in a bar-room jukebox ingrained into it

WE WANNA SNIFF SOME GLUE
30 June 2008 / I Blame The Parents Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Dozal Brothers ::
Four gloriously deranged minutes is all it takes to decide The Dozal Brothers are ace

WEEZER (III / Red Album)
30 June 2008 / Interscope / 12 Trk CD
:: Weezer ::
Third eponymously titled album from America’s distorted pop outfit

LIFE BEYOND MARS – BOWIE COVERED
30 June 2008 / !K7 / Rapster / 2 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
“Life On Mars” by The Thing, sounds nothing like “Life On Mars” but sounds more like actual life on Mars if you get my meaning...

A HUNDRED TIMES IN EVERY DIRECTION * recommended *
30 June 2008 / Cuckundoo Records / 4 Trk Digital EP
:: Vessels ::
Vessels continue to develop themselves into one of the more interesting new acts emerging from the haze of progressive guitar pop

RED AND PURPLE
30 June 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: The Dodos ::
Dodos are something a little different, removing the need to insert any easy extinct-bird-references

I WOKE UP TODAY
30 June 2008 / City Slang / 2 Trk CD
:: Port O’Brien ::
Port O’Brien are more relentless with an attacking, repeated theme that just won’t give up

COUNCIL ESTATE
30 June 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Tricky ::
Tricky dips into the world of new wave, two-tone and classic urban music

ABSTRACT * recommended *
30 June 2008 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Lo-Fi Culture Scene ::
Guitars with a big enough punch to knock a grown man down, but with a chorus fuelled by pre-pubescent melody

SADNESS IS A BRIDGE TO LOVE * recommended *
30 June 2008 / Soif Music / 10 Trk CD
:: Society Of Imaginary Friends ::
If you like to jumble your genres and have a particular taste for classical folk and opera check this out

THE DEVILS CRAYON
30 June 2008 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
Taken from one of the more unusual albums of the year

BUTCHERS SON
30 June 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Titus Stacks ::
Lancashire’s The Titus Stacks have gone the extra mile and crafted this expertly produced demo

ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT
30 June 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Learys ::
The only really burning question is are they all really brothers ?

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
30 June 2008 / Polydor / 12 Trk CD
:: The Music ::
The Music may just turn out to be the Superstadium band they’ve threatened to be ever since they sat their GCSEs.

TAKE WHAT YOU WANT * single of the week *
30 June 2008 / Ditch The Bitch / 2 Trk CD
:: Red Vinyl Fur ::
A box of musical razor blades and their toughest broadside yet

FUNKCHESTER
30 June 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Would Be Emperors ::
What we’re talking about here is a busy flurry of sequencing and almost-to-the-point-of-sampled guitar loops followed up by a staple of indie pop - yum...

THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY * demo of the week *
23 June 2008 / Demo / 7 Trk CD
:: Blood Moon ::
From somewhere deep in the heart of an old warehouse in Stockport comes an unearthly soun

WASTING MY TIME
23 June 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Plague Doctors ::
"Snipping Off Your Face" is, frankly, disturbing

SONGS IN A&E
23 June 2008 / Sanctuary / 18 Trk CD
:: Spiritualized ::
Amazingly, Spiritualized formed 18 years ago

ELEVATE
23 June 2008 / Whimsical 21 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Released by Edinburgh label Whimsical, this 21 track album promises to deliver “21 pop and indie gems from the underground”

ELECTRIC FEEL
23 June 2008 / Columbia / 1 Trk CD
:: MGMT ::
MGMT may have already provided us with the feel good hit of the summer but here's another

LOVE THE WORLD
23 June 2008 / Promo / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Karoshi Bros ::
At first I thought this record was stuck / skipping

LOVER NOT A FIGHTER
23 June 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: Son Of Dave ::
Son Of Dave seems to be the work of one man

DEMO
23 June 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Underdogs ::
Anyone who hosts a club night called “English Gentleman’s Drinking Club” is probably due a visit from the Equal Opportunities Commission

TOUCH ME I’M GOING TO SCREAM PT. 2
23 June 2008 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: My Morning Jacket ::
There are somethings in the MMJ catalogue that are just too hard to ignore

IN A CAVE
23 June 2008 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: Tokyo Police Club ::
Tokyo Police Club continue their rather excellent current run

FOUR LEAVED CLOVER
23 June 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: Six Toes ::
A cosmopolitan cry with a stripped back to the bones delivery.

SOON / TOUCHED
23 June 2008 / Salsoul / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Japancakes ::
Whose insane idea was this then?

CHEMTRAILS * single of the week *
23 June 2008 / XL / 1 Trk Promo / 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Beck ::
It could be argued in some quarters that Beck takes some inspiration from Bowie

DEMON REBEL / LET THE SUN
23 June 2008 / Graston Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Them Is Me ::
Just two minutes of explosive three chord mashing and a tidy middle eight would have done...

EP
23 June 2008 / Demo / Preston Noise Dept / 5 Trk CDR
:: Closed Eyes Are Dancing ::
This record is wonderfully depressing.

WHOSE LADY R U ?
23 June 2008 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Night Marchers ::
Continues a legacy from Rocket From The Crypt and more importantly, the exceptionally brilliant Hot Snakes

WORKOUT HOLIDAY *album of the week*
23 June 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 12 Trk CD
:: White Denim ::
White Denim are maybe one of the more original alt.indie bands to have come out of America this year.

SILENT CRY
23 June 2008 / Echo (Universal) / 13 Trk CD
:: Feeder ::
With sky scraping fuzztones, this is thankfully Feeder in a more sophisticated mode.

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 16/06/08
16 June 2008 / Various Formats
:: Feeder :: The Maybes? :: The Kooks :: The Black Keys :: White Williams :: Alphabeat :: Panic At The Disco :: Decline Of The Pacific Northwest Seattle Rock N Roll Circa :: Rogue Wave :: A Fine Frenzy :: Polka Party :: Honeytrap :: The Wireless :: Pendulum ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 16/06/08

LET IT SLIP EP
19 June 2008 / Elefant / 4 Trk CDR
:: The School ::
This is music for a high school prom informed by Phil Spector and bolstered with rolling echoes of drums and the twang of guitars

DEMO
19 June 2008 / Surbia
:: Hayley Faye ::
Hayley Faye to those in the know has been a presence on the local music scene since her mid-teens

THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC
19 June 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
If you love good off-kilter guitar music, listen hard

DEMO
19 June 2008 / Demo / CDR
:: Gindrinker ::
Cardiff based Gindrinker already provide a hint via their name of how (un)organised their blinding, scuzzed rock and roll is.

MY HEART IS SET ON YOU
19 June 2008 / Pure Groove / 2 Trk CD
:: Heads We Dance ::
Delightful leftfield electro pop

WHERE WE ALL HANG AROUND * recommended *
19 June 2008 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Shallow Call ::
Shallow Call are definitely Manchester’s answer to the power pop conundrum.

DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER
19 June 2008 / 3 Trk CD
:: Puressence ::
Puressence provide yet more evidence of the convincing success of current album

PICTURE PERFECT EP
19 June 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Inside View ::
Wigan quartet specialise in jangling, almost falsetto pop

BLACK FRIDAY
19 June 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 2 Trk CD
:: The Sugars ::
Neatly pressed riffing and just the right quiver of a whammy bar

EMBERS * joint single of the week *
19 June 2008 / Surbia / 2 Trk CD + ltd 7
:: Air Cav ::
The best chorus the city’s skyline has probably heard all year

SAY PLAY SWAY EP
19 June 2008 / Red Deer Club / 5 Trk CD
:: Sophie’s Pigeons ::
Another hot release from Red Deer’s carefully selected and impeccable cross section of the wild and wonderful

LIVE AT DEAD LAKE * recommended *
19 June 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 14 Trk CD
:: Hot Club de Paris ::
A powerful LP from the Liverpool trio, crammed with anthems and passionate guitar loops

TWILIGHT BIRD EP
19 June 2008 / Everybody / 4 Trk CD
:: Brendan Campbell ::
Campbell’s sound relies heavily on volumes of generous vocal multi-tracking.

LIMBO, PANTO
19 June 2008 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
A debut album due from Wild Beasts will be both strange and melodically inspired

FUN WITH WIZARD STENCILS * album of the week *
16 June 2008 / On The Bone / 6 Trk CD
:: Wintermute ::
The best of the twisted mellow instrumental breaks and lashings of cruising punch drunk guitar slams

OUT OF THE DARK
09 June 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Arkaic ::
At times the discordant guitars cut like short, razor sharp knives before melting into rivers of fuzzy joy

PETERLOO
09 June 2008 / Promo / Animal Farm / 3 Trk CD
:: All The Kings Men ::
All The Kings Men have mastered the art of a hair raising chorus

DAY OF THE BURNING
09 June 2008 / Red Deer Club / 6 Trk CD
:: By The Fireside ::
A stimulating collection that borders on the unique.

STATION * album of the week *
09 June 2008 / Suicide Squeeze Records / 6 Trk CD
:: Russian Circles ::
A sensual, razor sharp foray into heavy rock and instrumental heaven

KIDS AFLAME * recommended *
09 June 2008 / Melodic / 13 Trk CD
:: Arms ::
Explores a rattled wall of sound with a touch of JAMC and crooning indie melody

NEIL ARMSTRONG * demo of the week *
09 June 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Sykes ::
Sykes love pop, but have their own quite unique of constructing it

SPLIT EP
09 June 2008 / Holy Roar / 10 Trk CD
:: Maths :: Throats ::
Holy Roar, bastions of innovative new rock / metal split this noisy ten track album

KISS AND MAKE UP
09 June 2008 / Promo / 1 Trk CD
:: Kotki DWA ::
Stuffing in big basslines and edgy clattering guitar hooks fed through a £9.99 distortion pedal...

TOWN TOPIC EP
09 June 2008 / 4 Trk CD
:: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone ::
Rousing array of bleeps and transistorised electronics

FREAKBEAT PHANTOM
09 June 2008 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rascals ::
This could actually be The Rascals finest moment so far.

CLAP YOUR HANDS
09 June 2008 / !K7 / 2 Trk CD
:: The Herbaliser ::
It always helps when there’s a fun filled sing-a-long chorus

3
09 June 2008 / 2 Trk CD
:: The Brightlights ::
Sounds just a little like an upbeat Kings of Leon

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 2/06/08
02 June 2008 / Various Formats
:: A. Human :: Alphabeat :: Half Man Half Biscuit :: Chokehold :: Dave Rave and Mark McCarron :: Anti-Flag :: Animal Alpha :: Two Fingers Of Firewater :: Torche ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 2/06/08

TOMORROW IS NOW * joint single of the week *
02 June 2008 / Promo / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Underclass ::
Fresh, knockout guitar powerpop of the highest order

SUPER 8
02 June 2008 / White Label / Filthy Home Recordings / 1 Trk CDR
:: Warm Widow ::
A gratifying, satisfying chunk of angry hi-frequency distortion

SUNSHINE
02 June 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR
:: Fallen Leaves ::
There's a sanguine platform to this new EP from the Barrow outfit

TO SURVIVE
02 June 2008 / Reveal / 10 Trk CD
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
Joan As Policewoman is back with her own definition of “Heartfelt”

MEMORY MUSCLE
02 June 2008 / 11 Trk CD
:: Mark Morriss ::
Mark Morriss releases this , his first solo album

CRYPTIC
02 June 2008 / M1 / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Pin Me Down ::
Melina Mepris met Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack at the Knitting Factory in New York

THE LAST OF THE LOOKERS
02 June 2008 / 1965 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Metros ::
Has a target audience that would most likely only consist of the population of the Old Kent Road

FIRST TO GO * joint single of the week *
02 June 2008 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Fear Of Music ::
There’s definitely an air of ambition about the bands maturing sound

KISS WITH A FIST
02 June 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Florence & The Machine ::
The virtues of domestic violence are extolled enthusiastically by Florence

SURROUNDED BY ANGELS (LOVE ALL AROUND)
02 June 2008 / In The City Records / 10 Trk CD
:: The Nouvelles ::
There aren’t that many bands in Manchester who wear their hearts on their sleeve quite as proudly as The Nouvelles

WILD YAMS
02 June 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: Marble Valley ::
A pretty infectious round of choral, fuzzy, campfire indie

GARDENIA
02 June 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Stephen Malkmus ::
It’s hard not to think that Malkmus sounds as if he’s at his happiest

TRANSMISSIONS EP
02 June 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Radio Dynamics ::
Dry, budget minded and pretty raw

2
02 June 2008 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: Semifinalists ::
Semifinalists have always been a little unconventional

ROOK * recommended *
02 June 2008 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Shearwater ::
Shearwater linchpin Jonathan Meiburg, lulls you into a false sense of security

EVIL URGES
02 June 2008 / Rough Trade / 14 Trk CD
:: My Morning Jacket ::
The fifth album from My Morning Jacket is quite a drawn out progressive affair

THESE ARE OUR HANDS * album of the week *
02 June 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 11 Trk CD
:: Rotary Ten ::
At long last their debut album has arrived just in time to do them some justice

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