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Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

THE ROCK & ROLL SHOW
29 June 2009 / Top Two / 9 Trk CD
:: The Jokers ::
From Hoyland, Wigan, The Jokers are definitely classic rocker

THE NIGHTJARS * recommended *
29 June 2009 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: The Nightjars ::
The Nightjars continue to present themselves as the best Mancunian rock band that people really do need to know about

BITTE ORCA
29 June 2009 / Domino / 9 Trk CD
:: Dirty Projectors ::
Wild falsettos wander freely amongst notions of prog indie rock, freak out folk and dislocated disco music

SUMMERTIME CLOTHES
29 June 2009 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Animal Collective ::
If you just stuck this into permanent loop, some kook would dance to it until they were dead.

STOP THE WORLD
29 June 2009 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CD
:: The Big Pink ::
An epic wash of electro rock and drowning chords, but this track sounds somewhat familiar...

I DON’T KNOW
29 June 2009 / Hoop Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Lisa Hannigan ::
A handsome tune from Hannigan's lovely album “Sea Sew”

TABASCO SOLE
29 June 2009 / Split Records / 4 Trk CD
:: The Voluntary Butler Scheme ::
The Voluntary Butler Scheme (in real life called Rob) is an unlikely experiment in retro psychedelia

SELF-TAUGHT LEARNER
29 June 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 6 Trk CD
:: Lissy Trullie ::
Lissie Trullie isn't too bad a tumble through the rock formula

CHRISTIAN COURTIN
29 June 2009 / Nonesuch / 10 Trk CD
:: Christina Courtin ::
Should we stop this American invasion ?...

GO HARD
29 June 2009 / LBR / 3 Trk CD
:: Lethal Bizzle ::
The Biz is back

YEAH SO
29 June 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 12 Trk CD
:: Slow Club ::
Moshi Moshi step forward into the world of lovely, contemporary, youthfully voiced folk musi

FROZEN HEART EP
29 June 2009 / Music For Heroes / 5 Trk CD
:: Smoke Fairies ::
Celebrated underground female duo strip back their music to haunting wisps and an enveloping musical mist

FARM
29 June 2009 / Pias / 12 Trk CD
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
New Dinosaur Jr records are if anything as essential as ever.

WASNOTWAS
29 June 2009 / The Lab / 2 Trk CD
:: Kid A ::
Kid A is 20 year old Anni T, resident of Chesapeake Virginia in the good old US of A

DELUXE RELEASES – PYROMANIA / ADRENALIZE
29 June 2009 / Universal / Enhanced Double CD Editions
:: Def Leppard ::
The kings of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal reigned long and hard, capturing the hearts of American rockers..here's why

SURREAL
29 June 2009 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Man Raze ::
A pedigree personnel list offers moments of good old honest rock and roll

OPEN HEARTS *** Album Of The Week ***
29 June 2009 / Melodic / 11 Trk Download (CD/LP due October 2009)
:: The Longcut ::
24 hours ago The Longcut suddenly announced the immediate release of their second album. Angrier, harder, more f**ked up but more heartfelt, it's The Longcut we knew and loved only more so. Out now, the above date is just to get it at the top of the page.

ALL DRESSED UP * demo of the week *
22 June 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Ian Adamson ::
There’s nothing complicated about the song structures on Ian Adamson’s songs - but it works

BETTER THAN LIFE
22 June 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Lazy Two ::
The name of the band is a little awkward but the music, I reckon could take the duo very far indeed

FOR OUR ELEGANT CASTE
22 June 2009 / Polyvinyl / 1 Trk CD
:: Of Montreal ::
A decent romp of falsetto and wonky funk, ferried along on a neatly bobbing fusion of electronica

NEW HOPES, NEW DEMONSTRATIONS
22 June 2009 / Epitah / 11 Trk CD
:: The Ghost Of A Thousand ::
Brighton, England – home to the crushing chords and distorted widescreen rock of The Ghost Of A Thousand

STAND IN YOUR SHOES
22 June 2009 / Heist / 2 trk CD
:: Love Like Fire ::
Eloquent, but marvellously simple new alternative rock

YOUR HEART FEELS
22 June 2009 / Sea You Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Thieves Like Us ::
Broken melodies and throbbing two note basslines taken straight from an early 80’s New Order remix

ALL THE PLANS
22 June 2009 / Virgin (EMI) / 3 Trk CD
:: Starsailor ::
“...married life and international politics are some of the key ingredients...We've tried to write classic songs..." Ahemm >>

FITS
22 June 2009 / Full Time Hobby / 12 Trk CD
:: White Denim ::
Austin Texas trio White Denim serve up a good album - maybe not as good as Workout Holiday but good enough..

AMBIVALENCE AVENUE
22 June 2009 / Warp / 12 Trk CD
:: Bibio ::
An unsteady album, dripping in folk and funk and wobbling on a bed of psychedelic electronica

THE ETERNAL * album of the week *
22 June 2009 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Sonic Youth ::
There’s no reason why “The Eternal” can not be marked down as one of their truly classic albums

CLOCKS SCREAM
22 June 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Lost Calm ::
Pretty epic, built on crashing chords and bubbling emotion

EVERYTHING IS NEW
22 June 2009 / XL / 9 Trk CD
:: Jack Peñate ::
Nine tracks on this album is short change indeed, but if it is any consolation, every track is a potential single

DIE TONIGHT
22 June 2009 / Kids / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Defend Moscow ::
Respectable slice of leftfield fluffy pop, accompanied by some fairly useless dance mixes

TRAVELS WITH MYSELF AND ANOTHER
22 June 2009 / 4 AD / 12 trk CD
:: Future Of The Left ::
Future Of The Left continue to blow up in your face with a heft pedigree

BE THE ONE
15 June 2009 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Peñate ::
With second album “Everything Is New” on the horizon, things are still looking good

DISSOLVING TIME
15 June 2009 / Missing Page / 3 Trk CD
:: Shirley Lee ::
It’s “MR Shirley” to you...

ARCHITECTS
15 June 2009 / Distiller Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Sound Of Guns ::
Big, like the universe itself, with music matter flung in all directions and all over the place

TIME FOR TEA
15 June 2009 / Filthy Little Angels / 6 Trk CD
:: Tiny Tigers ::
As the EP progresses you may wonder of they’re short of ideas, but then they’ll cram in a smart sounding chord, in just the right place

TRUE STORIES
15 June 2009 / 12 Trk CD
:: Mouthwash ::
“True Stories” is an ingenious mongrel breed of rap, rock and chewing gum punk

SOME SWEET RELIEF
15 June 2009 / Carrot Top / 9 Trk CD
:: Speck Mountain ::
The second album from the DreamCountry, Chicago based outfit

LAST LAUGH
15 June 2009 / Double Six (Domino) / 14 Trk CD
:: Joker’s Daughter ::
Folk meets Danger Mouse - literally..

SKELETONS
15 June 2009 / Mute / 11 Trk CD
:: Tiny Masters Of Today ::
When they say Tiny, they mean Tiny

THE BEST OF
15 June 2009 / Universal / UMTV / 14 Trk CD
:: Black Sabbath ::
At fourteen tracks, the selection on this latest Best Of has been pretty discerning.

THE DOCTOR
15 June 2009 / White Label / 1 Trk CD
:: The Loyal Trooper ::
“The Doctor” is certainly a cure for melancholy

BROKEN BY THE WHEEL
15 June 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Crazy Arm ::
Plymouth based Crazy Arm serve up an ample combination of country punk, cut with occasional swathes of Math rock guitar

COMMON DREADS
15 June 2009 / Ambush Reality / 15 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
There’s not a massive change of direction, more a firm tug on the steering wheel

OVER IT
15 June 2009 / Pias / 2 Trk CD
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
A return to the heavier, “Where You Been” LP era.

JUST GO HOME
15 June 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: The Xcerts ::
The Xcerts revel in the fact that they sound like a “Pissed Off Scotland”

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 8th June 2009
08 June 2009 / Various Formats
:: You MeAtSix :: Sky Larkin :: Dub Pistols :: Eddi Reader :: Daniel Merriweather :: Cotheria :: Draven :: Livid :: Hollywood Undead :: Bashy :: The Coronas :: Ebony Bones :: ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by June 8th 2009

UNKNOWN COLOURS
08 June 2009 / Sonic Cathedral / 13 Trk CD
:: Sad Day For Puppets ::
Quite possibly on of the best alternative pop albums so far for 2009.

LAST ONE TO DIE
08 June 2009 / Epitah / Hellcat / 1 Trk CD
:: Rancid ::
In an ideal world, every band would like to be The Clash and every tune would be a riotous anthem

WHO KILLED ROB ?
08 June 2009 / 3 Trk CD
:: Foxes! ::
A real mix of wistful pop, swirled in echoes and nursery rock

PLASTIC GOLD
08 June 2009 / The Lost And Lonely Singles Club/ 3 Trk CD
:: Run Toto Run ::
A lovely feeling of both lullabies and lo-fi

HIGHBALL ROLLER
08 June 2009 / Undergroove/ 12 Trk CD
:: Sorry And The Sinatras ::
Highball Roller finds them shouting from the roof tops and snarling in a New York Dolls new wave style

WHIRRING * single of the week *
08 June 2009 / Friends Vs Records/ 4 Trk CD
:: The Joy Formidable ::
Think Pixies tearing through Alan McGees mid-career sonic scrapbook with an angel on vocals

START / STOP / SYNCHRO
08 June 2009 / 2 Trk CD
:: Rose Elinor Dougall ::
“Start / Start / Synchro” shines though, purely for refusing to be press ganged into a particular decade

TIP TOE RECORDS COMPILATION
08 June 2009 / Tip Toe Records/ 16 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
On any day of the week, listening to brand new talent is worth half an hour of anyone’s time...

TELEPHONE CONVERSATION * recommended *
08 June 2009 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 1 Trk CD
:: Beat The Radar ::
There's a urgency and vibrancy that seems as though it was written to echo down our streets

MAKE LISTS DO SOMETHING * album of the week *
08 June 2009 / Switchflicker / 12 Trk CD
:: Magic Arm ::
Rigelsford drives out a depth and punch that many solo artists struggle to achieve

EATING US
08 June 2009 / Memphis Industries / 11 Trk CD
:: Black Moth Super Rainbow ::
Epic, effected, studio cut layers of electronica and intergalactic melodies are the watermark to the this LP’s blissful but trance like, light edged pop

DRESSED TO DIGRESS
08 June 2009 / B-Unique / 1 Trk CD
:: Boy Crisis ::
From Brooklyn, the NYC suburb for buzz bands

WATER IN THE GROUND
08 June 2009 / True North / 12 Trk CD
:: Catherine Maclellan ::
If you love female fronted folk-country with a modern, liberal edge then MacLellan is maybe just the ticket

EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING * album of the week *
01 June 2009 / Teknostan / 10 Trk CD
:: Autorotation ::
A refreshing and accomplished album of fresh invention

LOVE IS A WAVE
01 June 2009 / 2 Trk CD
:: Crystal Stilts ::
A truly unique, but strangely pop derived revelation from the East coast scene.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE
01 June 2009 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Outraze ::
Outraze re-invent stadium baggy..

DROWNING MEN
01 June 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Fanfarlo ::
With Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) at the production wheel, it suits Fanfarlo's thumping, drum beating anthemic sound

JUGGERNAUTS * recommended *
01 June 2009 / Ambush Reality / 1 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
Enter Shikari have been working hard in St Albans

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
01 June 2009 / Dreambrother / 1 Trk CD
:: Placebo ::
The B-Side is Nik Kershaw’s “Wouldn’t It Be Good” – I like Placebo covers...

WAXING GIBBONS
01 June 2009 / Full Time Hobby / 10 Trk CD
:: Malcolm Middleton ::
Another efficient and engaging series of rather tremendous tunes

KITSUNE MAISON COMPILATION #7 * album of the week *
01 June 2009 / Kitsune / 19 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
The seventh Kitsuné Maison compilation - the lucky one...

LOVE TECHNOLOGY
01 June 2009 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Heads We Dance ::
HWD dance allude as much to Kraftwerk as they do luscious clubland pop

CATACOMBS
01 June 2009 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: Cass McCombs ::
McCombs is the king of acoustic sway, uplifting anyone’s spirit along the way

PLAY MUSIC
01 June 2009 / Seayou Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Thieves Like Us ::
Celebrates a time when men were androgynous and Synths were analogue

HEADFIRST EP
01 June 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Phil Davies ::
A very easy listening, but no less applaudable demo

FLUENT IN SEVEN TYPES OF MONOTONE * recommended *
01 June 2009 / White Label / 10 Trk CD
:: Cyril Snear ::
This is officially the Snears' debut album released through the band’s own label, Weatherface Records

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