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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 28/07/08
28 July 2008 / Various Formats
:: Beck :: XXTeens :: Black Daniel :: Kid Rock :: Katy Perry :: Pendulum :: Maroon 5 feat Rihanna :: Bo-Peep :: 80Blast :: Kayodot ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 28/07/08

DEATH OF A MATADOR
28 July 2008 / Skinny Dog / 7 Trk CD
:: Indigo Jones ::
A sun kissed, alcoholic mix of the blues, urban folk and tales of distorted love and country rock

MORNING TIDE
28 July 2008 / Heavenly / 1 Trk CD
:: The Little Ones ::
Happy pills all round please.

EMMA / WASH IT AWAY
28 July 2008 / Island / 2 Trk CD
:: The Satin Peaches ::
Detroit’s finest new band The Satin Peaches, return with something just a little different

ALL OR NOTHING
28 July 2008 / Infectious / 12 Trk CD
:: The Subways ::
The Subways didn’t just threaten to be good, they were, right from the off

LETTER FROM GOD TO MAN * recommended *
28 July 2008 / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip ::
Utterly, utterly, utterly (butterly) brilliant stuff from Scrubious and Dan

FEAR FEAR FEAR
28 July 2008 / Faculty Records / 2 Trk CD
:: John & Jehn ::
John & Jehn meddle with our ears and minds with the shuffled “Fear Fear Fear”

YOU STOLE THE SUN * joint single of the week *
28 July 2008 / Columbia / 5 Trk CD
:: Twisted Wheel ::
A short, sharp pop attack, crammed with observations of love, northern towns and fuelled by a wistful angst

LAURA * album of the week *
28 July 2008 / Red Deer Club / 10 Trk CD
:: Benjamin Wetherill ::
It’s another typically triumphant release from the Red Deer stable as Benjamin Wetherill exerts another of his feathery folk excursions

BUSINESSMEN & GHOSTS
28 July 2008 / Melodic / 2 x CD - 29 Trk CD
:: Working For A Nuclear Free City ::
A delicious backbone of Oldham Street beats and sounds that could easily breach the Beetham Tower roof line

THE REAL SOUND OF MOOCHING
28 July 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR.
:: Bad Moon ::
This Colchester trio provide an odd mixture of big throaty rock vocals

BROTHERHOOD
28 July 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 14 Trk CD
:: The Chemical Brothers ::
The Chems provide us all with a refresher course via this ‘Best Of’ collection

LIVING WITH GHOSTS
28 July 2008 / Promo / 2 Trk CD
:: Smoke Fairies ::
Smoke Fairies are the kind of innovative thinkers to steal your heart

EVERYBODY WANTS ME
28 July 2008 / Dance To The Radio / 1 Trk CD
:: The Pigeon Detectives ::
Another rather smart tune from the Pidge's second LP >>

I COULD NEVER LIE
28 July 2008 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rifles ::
Guitar work – obvious, song quality – Excellent…

YOU ARE HERE
28 July 2008 / Genepool Records / 14 Trk CD
:: South ::
Perhaps slightly better known within the US (thanks to song features on the OC and Six Feet Under)

ROTATION
28 July 2008 / 11 Trk CD
:: Cute Is What We Aim For ::
It may be a bit slick but there’s an exciting slant to the whole plot here

YESTERDAY IS HISTORY
28 July 2008 / 12 Trk CD / Carbon Room
:: Bushart ::
Slightly doomy, yet exciting melodic rock with effected guitars

BLOOD OF A DOVE * joint single of the week *
28 July 2008 / Brew Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Kong ::
volumous rock, probably the likes of which you haven’t heard before

JAPANESE HAPPENING
28 July 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Black Affair ::
BA live up to their name and this single is pleasurably serious

ON A SCALE
28 July 2008 / Shifty Disco / 1 Trk CD
:: The Raid ::
“On A Scale” is by the numbers and so far completely unremarkable

CREAM
28 July 2008 / Filthy Little Angels / 3 Trk CD
:: The Housewives ::
Strange but utterly compelling.

SUBMISSION
28 July 2008 / Promo / 3 Trk CDR / MySpace Stream
:: Delphic ::
The only thing that’s potentially missing here is a full on release date

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 21/07/08
20 July 2008 / Various Formats
:: Rosie & The Golden :: The Chakras :: Venom :: Sparkadia :: Kid Rock :: ASilentFilm :: Natasha England :: Sebastian Bach ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 21/07/08

MOON IS THE NEW EARTH
21 July 2008 / !K7 / 12 Trk CD
:: Rose Hill Drive ::
A very listenable classic hard rock affair

BEAUTIFUL FUTURE * album of the week *
21 July 2008 / B-Unique / 11 Trk CD
:: Primal Scream ::
They’re back with possibly their best album since XTRMNTR …

LIKE A SUICIDE * single of the week *
21 July 2008 / Sonic Cathedral / 2 Trk 7” Coloured Vinyl
:: The Early Years ::
Step change in direction at least on the A-side of this latest impressive outing from The Early Years

IN OUR HANDS
21 July 2008 / Faded Grandeur / 2 Trk Vinyl / Download
:: New Adventures ::
A stadium stomping drive of indie rock, replete with soaring vocals.

THIS IS NOT A TEST
21 July 2008 / Double Six (Domino) / 1 Trk CD
:: She & Him ::
Cinematic yet intimate, She & Him could be another rather special act for 2008

PAINTED SKELETON
21 July 2008 / Philo Phobia / 2 Trk CDR
:: Lapels ::
Philophobia is a label based in and they’re certainly working on a tight budget

NEW WAVE HIPPIES
21 July 2008 / Half Machine / 5 Trk CD
:: Psychedelic Horseshit ::
...it really is..

WE CAN LOVE EACH OTHER
21 July 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Beaux ::
Beaux delve into the better parts of early 80's electro and doom-glam

SECOND TIME
21 July 2008 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Sacred ::
Sacred are in this for the duration and seem quite prepared to feed this mushroom cloud of heavy rock

VANISHED
21 July 2008 / Pias / 1 Trk CD
:: Crystal Castles ::
CC continue to impress and breach the mainstream

DAYLIGHT CAME / EP
21 July 2008 / 3 Trk CD / Download
:: Hope & Social ::
Hope & Social seem to be on a mission to lead us all on the path to redemption

MILK CRISIS
21 July 2008 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk Free Download
:: The GO! Team ::
A summer gift from The GO! Team

DONKEY
21 July 2008 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: CSS / Cansei de Ser Sexy ::
A mixed album that never-the-less should attract commercial fortune

THE VANISHING OF MARIA SCHNEIDER
21 July 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: dEUS ::
Accessible, euphoric, but lovingly understated rock, from those Belgian legends.

COLOURFUL LIFE
21 July 2008 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Cajun Dance Party ::
Tends to gallop along like a miniature pony with an excited schoolgirl clinging desperately to the reins

SIDEWAYS
21 July 2008 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl – Too Pure Singles Club
:: Die! Die ! Die! ::
A very satisfying double header from the Too Pure Singles Club

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 14/07/08
14 July 2008 / Various Formats
:: Ida Maria :: Adele :: Natty :: Cage The Elephant :: Cut Copy :: Five O'clock Heroes :: Albert Hammond, Jr. :: Funeral For A Friend :: The Rifles :: The Raid :: Das Pop :: Charl XCX :: Sneaky Sound System :: 4Hero :: Atomic :: Golden Silvers :: Jupiter One :: The Stupids ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for next Monday the 14/07/08

THE CROSS EYED RAMBLER
14 July 2008 / W14 Music / 12 Trk CD
:: Paul Heaton ::
An album peppered with sprightly tunes and dry, reflective, Northern charm.

RUNAWAY PRAM
14 July 2008 / Blang Records / 4 Trk Multi-lingual CD
:: David Cronenberg’s Wife ::
A great little pocket-sized post-new-wave twang

VISITOR
14 July 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 14 Trk CD
:: The Dodos ::
The Dodos want to be filed under “San Franciscan psych-folk-pop”

GROW FINS
14 July 2008 / White Label / 21 Trk CD
:: The Brute Chorus ::
This is pretty much unsigned band territory.

CAN’T GO BACK
14 July 2008 / 3 Trk - single/album /edit Mix CD
:: Primal Scream ::
That’s what rock’s all about isn’t it ?

BLACKOUT * recommended *
14 July 2008 / Southern Fried Records / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: The Whip ::
There’s no reason why their successful fusions couldn’t carry on for a lifetime.

WIDTHS AND HEIGHTS * single of the week *
14 July 2008 / Switchflicker / 2 Trk CD
:: Magic Arm ::
Magic Arm provides enough aural goodness to convince the press and listeners alike that folk music has at last arrived in the electronic age.

ONLY YOU
14 July 2008 / Mute / 1 Trk CD
:: XXTeens ::
Has little substance, but plenty of cerebral, gutsy nonsense.

MICAH P HINSON AND THE RED EMPIRE ORCHESTRA
14 July 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 11 Trk CD
:: Micah P Hinson ::
A record that captures emotion and down to earth kitchen sink poetry

ANGELOU
14 July 2008 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Strange Death Of Liberal England ::
It’s not a very good week for records

THE FAMOUS POET DEREK MEINS - COLLECTED WORKS
14 July 2008 / 1965 / 10 Trk CD
:: Derek Meins ::
“I’m so fucking cool, I slice my own bread..”

I TOLD HER ON ALDERAAN
14 July 2008 / Lex Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Neon Neon ::
An interesting journey so far for Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys

STAY POSITIVE
14 July 2008 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: The Hold Steady ::
“Stay Positive” is a good recipe for success on both sides of the Atlantic.

THE BLAKES
14 July 2008 / Light In The Attic Records / 13 Trk CD
:: The Blakes ::
The Blakes are as raw as a rusty saw, chewing out the blues like The Rapture having a bar room fight with The Strokes

LEFT BEHIND
14 July 2008 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: CSS / Cansei de Ser Sexy ::
Threaten at times to feed off strands of classic Blondie, but it’s largely an unimaginative and uneventful affair

VOLUME ONE
14 July 2008 / Double Six (Domino) / 12 Trk CD
:: She & Him ::
A beautiful mélange of retro pop, folk and country

MORNING LIGHT
07 July 2008 / Ark / 1 Trk Download
:: Sparkadia ::
Expect a dose of sparkles and lightly paced drumming that picks up on the more guitary bits of Northern Soul

STANDING NEXT TO ME
07 July 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: The Last Shadow Puppets ::
The Last Shadow Puppets are much, much more than a side project hobby

RUN RUN
07 July 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Those Dancing Days ::
An impish style, that seems almost entirely inspired by 80’s indie pop

BRING YOU DOWN * recommended *
07 July 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Attic Lights ::
Attic Lights are another overwhelmingly good band from North of the Border

DON’T WANT THAT NOW
07 July 2008 / Light In The Attic Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Blakes ::
“Don’t Want To Know” would have been hailed as a counterpart to The Strokes had The Blakes surfaced about 5 years ago

SINGLES 2001-2005 * album of the week *
07 July 2008 / Beggars Banquet / 12 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
With three previous albums under their belt on Beggars Banquet, Biffy Clyro were already a weighty proposition

ALL YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO * single of the week *
07 July 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 2 Trk CD
:: White Denim ::
Punches in the walls dividing post-rock, indie-strums and classic rock and roll jangles.

THE CURSE OF THE SUGARS
07 July 2008 / Bad Sneakers / 11 Trk CD
:: The Sugars ::
The Sugars are certainly not cursed in any way, shape, or form.

Independents Day – ID08
07 July 2008 / Promo / 2xCD (14 + 15 trks)
:: Various Artists ::
Independents Day is a celebration of the re-ascendence of the independent record label

WHEN WE EMBRACED
07 July 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
:: Micah P Hinson ::
In true Micah P Hinson style, this provides a kind of upbeat sadness

YOU SMASH IT, WE’LL BUILD AROUND IT * recommended *
07 July 2008 / 30:30 Recordings / 12 Trk CD
:: The Outline ::
An impressively familiar but original album.

STILLETTOS
07 July 2008 / Concrete Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Orphan Boy ::
“Stillettos” is another of the band’s urgent post new wave rock skirmishes

ACROSS THE PENNINES 6 * recommended *
07 July 2008 / ATP / 10 Trk CDR
:: Various Artists ::
More good stuff from the king of compilations, Across The Pennines

CAUSE AND RESOLVE
07 July 2008 / Pronoia / 1 Trk CD
:: Prego ::
Prego could be destined to be rather massive, although the name is something of an enigma

BREAKDOWN
07 July 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Parade ::
For those of you who have prowled the Manchester Music scene as long we have, you may remember a band called Roller

PAPER * recommended *
07 July 2008 / Promo / Free 1 Trk CD
:: The Get Out Clause ::
“Paper” is classic TGOC, with soaring vocals and softened melodies spliced into a poppy rock chorus

RASCALIZE
07 July 2008 / Deltasonic / 12 Trk CD
:: The Rascals ::
A repeated player that encourages a growing appreciation

KNOWLE WEST BOY
07 July 2008 / Domino / 13 Trk CD
:: Tricky ::
Tricky's had a damn good dabble with anything that can expand his formula

YEARS
07 July 2008 / Big Scary Monsters / 12 Trk CD
:: Secondsmile ::
Certainly an album of contrasts, there’s no denying that just maybe Secondsmile are as innovative as they are brave.

THE FIRST BRAINWASH COMPILATION
07 July 2008 / Children No More Records / 14 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
DIY compilations that are well informed and passionate about the music they’re championing, succeed admirably here's another

NOTHING IS REAL
07 July 2008 / White Label / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: El Condorez ::
El Condorez have been quietly assembling an even shinier, radiant and expectedly explosive angle to their brand of searching, classic rock

ROUTINE LIFE
01 July 2008 / Soviet Union / 2 Trk Enhanced CD
:: The Tides ::
If Manchester required its own modern soundtrack, who better than The Tides to provide that gritty realism, illuminated by showers of industrial sparks

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