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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 30/07/2007
30 July 2007 / Various Formats
:: We Start Fires :: Linkin Park :: Aqualung :: Alterkicks :: Garbage :: Ali Love :: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club :: Caribou :: Wallis Bird :: A Silent Film :: W.A.S.P. :: Hanoi Rocks :: Garbage :: The Rosie Taylor Project :: The King Blues :: Frankie Valli & the Fours Seasons ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 30/07/07 : including a superb Frankie Valli collection, Garbage’s swan-song, Rosie Taylor Project's smart little single plus highlights from BRMC, Alterkicks, Hanoi Rocks and more..

IT ALL MEANS NOTHING TO ME * single of the week *
30 July 2007 / Kum Ba Yah Records / 2 Trk 7
:: Julian Donkey-Boy ::
Biting pop soundbites and shuffling riffs can now be found on one of the city's best records

HANG ME UP TO DRY
30 July 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Cold War Kids ::
A sharp, stuttering, staggering single

RIVER OF GOLD
30 July 2007 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Rushmore ::
Londoners Rushmore aren’t too bothered about current musical fashions

THE LOVE & HATE OF MR BRINDLE
30 July 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Raiz ::
Raiz’s answer to splitting up from his band is to plug in his guitar and to fire up his computer

SHAME
30 July 2007 / Exile / 3 Trk CD
:: Mexicolas ::
The Mexicolas are an indie rock band in the most traditional sense

STAND UP
30 July 2007 / Deltasonic / 2 Trk CD
:: Dead 60’s ::
A superb return that seems far less dubby than their remarkable debut album

THE WALTZERS
30 July 2007 / Memphis Industries / 2 Trk CD
:: Bricolage ::
Nods right back to seedy Postcard Records era venues.

MOVING PICTURES
30 July 2007 / Wichita Recordings / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Cribs ::
The Cribs best single to date is perhaps also their most involving.

BACK TO BIZZNIZZ
30 July 2007 / V2 / 13 Trk CD
:: Lethal Bizzle ::
The second album from Grindie master Lethal Bizzle

TEENAGER
30 July 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 11 Trk CD
:: The Thrills ::
Fine return from the from the Irish 'Californians'

HAND BUILT BY ROBOTS *recommended *
30 July 2007 / SonyBMG / 17 Trk CD
:: Newton Faulkner ::
Faulkner displays the work of a very talented individual indeed.

REAL LIFE
30 July 2007 / Reveal / 1 Trk CD
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
A slow, moody affair, which drifts along on a calming sway of pianos and of course Joan's masterful vocals

WARMING UP THE BRAIN FARM – THE BEST OF
30 July 2007 / Skint / 15 Trk CD + 12 Trk Bonus Disc
:: Lo Fidelity Allstars ::
Celebrated strong brew of anthemic dance cuts and strong flavoured loops in extensive bargain compilation

THE UNBELIEVER * recommended *
30 July 2007 / In At The Deep End / 10 Trk CD
:: Shaped By Fate ::
An intelligent album with snap tight timings and superb guitar moments

HEART IT RACES
30 July 2007 / Tailem Bend / 1 Trk CD
:: Architecture In Helsinki ::
An anti-dote to the continued of jousting of choppy guitars elsewhere

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
30 July 2007 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: Elvis Perkins ::
Charming stuff from the Psychos son

I COULDN’T GET OFF
30 July 2007 / Blang Records / 2 Trk CD
:: David Cronenberg’s Wife ::
Weird name, weird ideas and a knack for turning a modest phrase into something quite anarchic

WILDERNESS MUSIC
30 July 2007 / Re-Action / 11 Trk CD
:: Adventure Club ::
An impressive debut album supported by great songs and a performance to match

IN THE GARDEN EP
30 July 2007 / 4 Trk CD
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
They’re grubbier, meaner and they’re back

GRAPHS, MAPS & TREES
30 July 2007 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Assembly Now ::
Fashionably drops aitches and misses out tees

TRAFFIC AND WEATHER
30 July 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 14 Trk CD
:: Fountains Of Wayne ::
The Waynes wield a brand of American power popping rock on this new album

....ARE DEAD....AND THEN SOME
30 July 2007 / Shifty Disco / 11 Trk CD
:: The Young Knives ::
A welcome re-release for The Young Knives' debut album

CONTROL
30 July 2007 / Columbia / 12 Trk CD
:: GoodBooks ::
The kind of music that is infinitely difficult to tear yourself away from

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 23/07/2007
23 July 2007 / Various Formats
:: Kate Walsh :: Arcade Fire :: Garbage :: Razorlight :: Dead 60’s :: Groove Armada :: Nelly Furtado :: DMX :: Shiny Toy Guns :: Dead 60’s ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 23/07/07 : including the best bits of Garbage, Furtado's next slice from her multi-million copy album, The Dead 60’s lively return and this summers stalwarts, Arcade Fire

KAMIKAZE KARMA
23 July 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Stines ::
Round and a round I’m a merry go round.

IS IS * EP of the week *
23 July 2007 / Universal / 5 Trk CD
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ::
The elastic twangs of “10x10” are as relevant now as the band's first album

OVER MY DEAD BODY * album of the week *
23 July 2007 / Fierce Panda / 13-Trk CD
:: The Hot Puppies ::
This is a fine record in its own right that re-affirms The Hot Puppies as one of the finest pop bands in Britain

WE ARE THE NIGHT
23 July 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 12 Trk CD
:: The Chemical Brothers ::
Album number six is certainly the best since their peak at the end of the last millennium.

BROKEN DOLLS
23 July 2007 / Southern Fried Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Broken Dolls ::
You want to give these guys a break, but really they need to give themselves one first.

FREE SCHOOL MILK
23 July 2007 / EMI / Parlophone / 12 Trk CD
:: Tiny Dancers ::
With their City still flooded , Sheffield’s Tiny Dancer pilot their rescue steamboat into troubled waters

1234
23 July 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Feist ::
Pretty, fun and unbelievably sparse.

HARDCORE PORN
23 July 2007 / Setanta Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Tacticians ::
A decent ramble through their own particular brand of social observation

I WON’T DO YOU ANY HARM
23 July 2007 / 1 Trk CD
:: VWF ::
Being invited to play London’s Koko twice, by a leading weekly music paper isn't a good credential

A BIT OF EDUCATION
23 July 2007 / Distiller Records / 1 Trk CD – available on 7” Vinyl + Download
:: Undercut ::
Undercut avoid many of the current clichés and shine quite brightl

DÉJÀ VU
23 July 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: Bobby Cook ::
Bobby Cooks impressive, maverick, blend of alt.indie and singer/songwriter motives

SONGS FOR DAYS * recommended *
23 July 2007 / JWB Records / 13 Trk CD + Download
:: Joff Winks Band ::
An intelligent album littered with light melodies and a pleasing degree of twisting semi-prog

TAKE ME THERE
23 July 2007 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
:: The Checks ::
The Checks hark back to mid-70's pub rock

DREAM CATCH ME
23 July 2007 / SonyBMG / Ugly Truth / 1 Trk CD
:: Newton Faulkner ::
Newton Faulkner is unashamedly proud that he’s alive – and there’s no shame in that

MOVING TARGETS * demo of the week *
23 July 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Optional Wallace ::
Searing gem of new wave that traverses the borders of EMO and rock

DISCO / RETRO
23 July 2007 / Louder Than Bombs / 2 Trk CD
:: The Hair ::
The Hair are gradually mutating into some sort of strange hybrid of The Rapture and Klaxons

LIKE YOU A LOT
23 July 2007 / Exercise 1 / 1 Trk CD
:: Twin Thousands ::
“Like You A Lot” lives up to its promise

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 16/07/2007
16 July 2007 / Various Formats
:: Mark Ronson :: Josh Pyke :: yourcodenameis:milo :: Bloc Party ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 16/07/07 including yourcodenameis:milo in chart mode, the jewish indie folk of Oi Va Voi, Mark Ronson and Lily plus Bloc Party and more.

ARTS & CRAFTS - *Joint Record of the Week*
16 July 2007 / Treat Records / 5 Trk CD
:: The Cape Of Good Hope ::
Arts & Crafts is one of most eclectic, invigorating and frankly dazzling records of its ilk

747
16 July 2007 / Tragic Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Trash Money ::
Rather like a daft version of Death In Vegas which is no bad thing

STRONGER
16 July 2007 / Southern Fried Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Broken Dolls ::
Fancy another slice of homogenous 80s-influenced indie-rock?

LET ME FEEL THE LOVE
16 July 2007 / Hill Valley Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Plastic Toys ::
Hang on a bit longer for “Superfreak” and you'll be rewarded with a song with the right power and knock out, burnt-out riffs

GALAXY OF THE LOST * recommended *
16 July 2007 / Domino / 3 Trk CD (album)
:: Lightspeed Champion ::
Marvellous stuff that jumps the composer from a former life spent the wrong side of trash electro to the dizzy, scuzzy world of acoustica

GENNI'S SONG
16 July 2007 / Angelic / 1 Trk CD
:: Rosie Oddie ::
Dark, well crafted indie swing, set in an acoustic world

IT’S YOUR TOUCH
16 July 2007 / Southern Fried Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Black Ghosts ::
Another interesting single from The Black Ghosts

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
16 July 2007 / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: The Electric City ::
Pyrotechnic blends of rock guitar and express train sequencing

ASOBI SEKSU * joint album of the week *
16 July 2007 / One Little Indian / 13 Trk CD
:: Asobi Seksu ::
Willingly drowns with pleasure in a tornado of guitar bouts culled from the Kevin Shields book of noise

FOLDING STARS * recommended *
16 July 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Four albums in, they deserve nothing less than astounding success

I FELL TO YOU UNDER WINTER SUN
16 July 2007 / on The Bone / 3 Trk CD
:: Fran Rodgers ::
she could find herself carrying a folk award around with her some time soon

SNOBS
16 July 2007 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Computer Club ::
Will we remember this in five years time ?

ANAEMIA
16 July 2007 / Hassle / 1 Trk CD
:: Zico Chain ::
Sets them up for success well beyond the scorched earth of Blighty

READY WHEN YOU ARE
16 July 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Shadowcops ::
Shadowcops joined the ranks of Manchester’s already ignited punk legions – invasion anytime soon.

FOUND IT HARD TO FIND YOUR FEEL
16 July 2007 / 4 Trk CD
:: Held By Hands ::
A seamless, emotional body of work that seems carefully and lovingly constructed

NOW NOW
16 July 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
:: St Vincent ::
Complex, pretty, intelligent and starkly original

GUTS
16 July 2007 / 4 Trk CD
:: Shock Defeat ::
Twisted sound of cheap seat operatics and shuffling almost shambolic rattles.

ECHOIN’ * demo of the week *
16 July 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Maudite Dance ::
It’s very probably the sound of the future – I hope so

LORD I'VE BEEN ON FIRE
16 July 2007 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD
:: B.C. Camplight ::
Agreeably bittersweet without being saccharine

FAT CHILDREN
16 July 2007 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Jarvis Cocker ::
Fat Children = Big Fat Hit

BIZZLE BIZZLE / BABYLONS BURNING
16 July 2007 / V2 / 3 Trk CD
:: Lethal Bizzle ::
The frenetic cut and paste hip hop of Lethal Bizzle jerks across the stereo like an urban jumble sale of old 45’s

GRIP LIKE A VICE
16 July 2007 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: The GO! Team ::
As infectious as MRSA

THE WORLD WAS A MESS BUT HIS HAIR WAS PERFECT
16 July 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
Classic cut from the bands very impressive second album

BLINK OF A NIHILIST
16 July 2007 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD
:: B.C. Camplight ::
Joyfully sulky tunes, with super wound up springs in their heels

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 09/07/2007
09 July 2007 / Various Formats
:: Justice :: Malcolm Middleton :: Dragonette :: Garbage :: Queens Of The Stone Age :: Sum41 :: Pelican :: Bergraven :: Ruarri Joseph :: Milk Kan :: Kingsize :: Black Daniel :: Brinkman :: Franki Valli :: Angus & Julia Stone ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 09/07/07 including some deathly Swedish metal, Malcolm Middleton’s superb new single, the unmissable Justice album out just in time for summer, QOTSA’s savage return plus Sum41 et al

SEE YOU'RE ALONE
09 July 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Contact Mo ::
Contact Mo definitely cut across the grain of haircut fuelled bands

REMIXES COMPILED
09 July 2007 / Hefty Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Various Artists :: Telefon Tel Aviv ::
A truly interesting combination of futuristic sounds and twisted reworkings.

CAVORTING.. * single of the week *
09 July 2007 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Courteeners ::
The Courteeners are ready to take this out into the world at larg

WAR STORIES * album of the week *
09 July 2007 / Surrender All / 13 Trk CD
:: Unkle ::
An album of our time – and one to be cherished.

LESSON 2
09 July 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Nursery Of Naughtiness ::
Exponents of big post-rave fat beats and the kind of music that sound tracked games on the first Playstation

ICKY THUMP
09 July 2007 / XL / 13 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
An essential piece of rock and roll

WE’LL LIVE AND DIE IN THESE IN THESE TIMES
09 July 2007 / Warner / 11 Trk CD
:: The Enemy ::
A satisfying parade of three minute assaults.

COLOSSAL YOUTH
09 July 2007 / Domino / 2 x CD (15trk + 26 Trk)
:: The Young Marble Giants ::
Ground breaking and brave, especially from a time when having band members missing wasn’t so fashionable

FLUORESCENT ADOLESCENT
09 July 2007 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
So young, yet in some quarters still setting the benchmarks of 2007’s guitar pop

KITE
09 July 2007 / Chrysalis / EMI / 13 Trk CD
:: Steven Lindsay ::
Is this a commercial singer trying to be alternative - or a maverick indie artist trying to be mainstream ?

JULIAN GASKELL AND HIS RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS
09 July 2007 / White Label / 18 Trk CD
:: Julian Gaskell (& His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists) ::
Julian Gaskell is one of Britain’s few, truly original folk masters.

COLOURS WILL FLY * recommended *
09 July 2007 / Cypress Grove / 14 Trk CD
:: Patrick Briscoe ::
Both breathtaking and full of heartfelt intentions, informed by wonderful guitar playing and Briscoe’s soothing narrative.

TWILIGHT OF THE INNOCENTS
09 July 2007 / Infectious / Infectious / 12 Trk CD
:: Ash ::
The trio are back to basics with a greater and more effective desire to write incendiary rock songs

BOMBING THE UNDERGROUND
09 July 2007 / Demo / CD
:: Terrorists (we do not negotiate with) ::
Terrorists are far from a conventional band.

BAD WIZARD * Demo Single Of The Week *
09 July 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: My Side Of The Mountain ::
My Side Of The Mountain evoke a more glacial and gentle sound

GA GA GA GA GA
09 July 2007 / Epitah / Merge / 10 Trk CD
:: Spoon ::
Austin,Texas brings us once again, the mighty Spoon

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 02/07/2007
02 July 2007 / Various Formats
:: Good Shoes :: The Hold Steady :: 30 Seconds To Mars :: The Bees :: Goose :: Wholeskymonitor :: Alloy Mental :: Tesla :: The Indelicates :: El-P :: Truck Driver Jnr ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 02/07/07 :

DON’T YOU FAKE IT
02 July 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 11 Trk CD
:: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus ::
Jumpsuit sound like the genuine article but where are the tunes ?

STUNNERS 130
02 July 2007 / Promo / 18 Trk CD
:: Various Artists :: Akira The Don :: Wade Cresent ::
Akira The Don and Wade Crescent go mad with samplers

THE EVOLUTION OF ROBIN THICKE
02 July 2007 / Interscope / 17 Trk CD
:: Robin Thicke ::
Why people can get so rich peddling this tosh is beyond me

WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER EP + Live Studio Demo
02 July 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD plus Live Tracks
:: Paul Oska ::
Certainly different to the general folk-ish strums and ambling muse of his peers

COME ON UP TO OUR HOUSE
02 July 2007 / 2 Trk CD / Sensible
:: Captain Black ::
Another slice of joke rock from the streets of London

I CAN COUNT Vol 2
02 July 2007 / I Can Count / 12 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Brings a dozen new and interesting acts onto your record player.

LA LA LA LEY
02 July 2007 / Shifty Disco / 4 Trk CD
:: Seagull Strange ::
A bizarrely catchy song

PASSENGER
02 July 2007 / Nefarious / Chalkmark Records / 5 Trk Sampler
:: Passenger ::
Mike Rosenberg’s helium voiced singing, suggests this is a far from ordinary collection.

TREE
02 July 2007 / Walk Fast Die Young / 4 Trk CD
:: Ji ::
A wild mixture of Elbow and Biffy chewing on some mathematical EMO

SHUTTERSPEED
02 July 2007 / Run Out / 4 Trk CD
:: The Reverse ::
The Reverse like to experiment with their formula which is generally based around effected guitars

FAINT VIOLET WHIFF
02 July 2007 / Year Of The Gallon / 6 Trk CD
:: Dead Leaf Echo ::
Dead Leaf Echo focus on sounds frozen in time and shrouded in a lost kind of beauty

JUST A SONG ABOUT PING PONG
02 July 2007 / Brille / 2 Trk CD
:: Operator Please ::
Antipodean mid-teen wonders give post-grad lo-fi musicians a generation slap

I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU
02 July 2007 / !K7 / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Koop ::
Koop deliver a jazzy soundtrack for 50’s films

GOODBYE * recommended *
02 July 2007 / Independiente / 10 Trk CD
:: Ulrich Schnauss ::
Mixes carefully curated ideas into one big melting pot of sonic conflict and melodic intent

BACK TO ANYWHERE
02 July 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: High Roller ::
Could develop into something far bigger than they imagined

THE POLICE
02 July 2007 / Universal / 30 Trk 2xCD
:: The Police ::
The Police get their best tracks collared for this retrospective

BE HE ME
02 July 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 15 Trk CD
:: Annuals ::
Annuals are a weird outfit - but infectious

(WE ARE) PERFORMANCE * album of the week *
02 July 2007 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: Performance ::
(we are) Performance strike back with Manchester's first electro classic of the noughties.

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