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Weekly Roundup - Various Releases : w/c 28/8/06
29 August 2006 / Various
:: The Victorian English Gentlemans Club :: Amp Fiddler :: PET :: AXWELL :: The Reverse :: Mekon ::
Various Releases - roundup for w/c 28.08.06

AS SEEN ON TV
28 August 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Black Jackson ::
Rustically rumbling riffs and the clanging percussion set off an accomblished demo from the Bury outfit

LEARNING TO BREATHE
29 August 2006 / 3 Trk CD :: Albino Records
:: Revere ::
Fuses early 90’s miserablism with epic ambitions and a desire to have a hookline lurking behind each musical bar

ROMO-GOTH
29 August 2006 / Melodic / 4 Trk CD
:: Department Of Eagles ::
A world of melodic twang where surprises don’t necessarily depend on big noises

CAUGHT:WHITE BUTTERFLY
29 August 2006 / 17 Trk CD :: Snapper Music
:: INME ::
"..Every motherfucker sing.. along in this entire place, even those at the back who think they’re fucking cool"

BLACK NOISE * demo of the week *
29 August 2006 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Second Floor ::
A display that could most likely be a meeting of minds between Brian Wilson and Jim Reid

BABY BOOM
28 August 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Crimea ::
This is The Crimeas best hope for the big time

THE CITY IS AT A STANDSTILL
28 August 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Lavolta
:: Liam Frost :: And The Slowdown Family ::
Frosty reaches once again for the rooftops

HUGGING MY GRUDGE
28 August 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Too Young To Die
:: The Boy Least Likely To ::
After waiting for the world to catch up "Hugging" should break The Boy Least Likely To

NOTHING COMES CLOSE
28 August 2006 / 2 Trk CD
:: Palace Fires ::
Nice.Indie.Jangles

MOTHERSHIP * recommended *
28 August 2006 / Free Download :: Ambush Reality
:: Enter Shikari ::
Eneter Shikari are fucking about with genres for fun

CRYSTAL BALL
28 August 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Keane ::
Another Keane anthem is bubbling over

DON’T WAIT
28 August 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Vagrant
:: Dashboard Confessional ::
This single marks a sad day

GET MYSELF INTO IT
28 August 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rapture ::
A bigger sounding song with exciting prospects marks a welcome retrun for The rapture.

NEVER BE LONELY
28 August 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Feeling ::
The Feeling dig another hit up from the realms of the 1970’s bubble they live in

LEAVE BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME ON
28 August 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
Arctics bookend their first chaoter with a new, compulsive surefire hit

SEALED WITH A LOVING FLICK * album of the week *
28 August 2006 / 14 Trk CD :: Switchflicker
:: Gideon Conn :: Valerie :: Beats For Beginners :: John Stammers :: The Unheard :: Jan Wolstenholme :: Curvelinear :: Magic Arm :: My Side Of The Mountain :: Invisible Girl :: Belle Of Les Bois :: Sporting Heroe :: Dave Potts ::
Switchflicker serve a tempting slice of Manchester’s underworld

HUSH AWAY
28 August 2006 / 7” Vinyl / Download
:: The Violets ::
A basic version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or cutting edge..?

HAPPY TOGETHER
28 August 2006 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl / download :: Propoganda
:: Johnny Panic ::
Johnny P deliver a better version than Jason Donovan did (at the peak of his hair and Kylie dating)

DAMAGED
28 August 2006 / EMI / 10 Trks :: City Slang
:: Lambchop ::
Sulky , classy long player, embarassingly rich in ideas

HOUSE PARTY AT BOOTHY’S
28 August 2006 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Little Man Tate ::
Do Little Man crave to play shiny pop, or whatever it takes to get ahead in this business or do they just like Jodie Foster?

GET IT ON / THE CYCLE
28 August 2006 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Trap_6 ::
Caught in a trap...

HARROWDOWN HILL *recommended *
28 August 2006 / XL / 1 Trk CD / Digital Download
:: Thom Yorke ::
If only pop musics was always this intelligent and creative

GET LONELY * recommended *
28 August 2006 / 4 AD / 12 Trk CD
:: The Mountain Goats ::
John Darnielle leads an annual album of reflective, inspiring intropsection

SHHH...
28 August 2006 / One Little Indian / 2 Trk CD
:: Astrid Williamson ::
Stylish, pure, glassy, expansive modern folk

SUMMER GIRLS
28 August 2006 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Needles ::
Rekindling the post punk joy of the original Power Pop movement

I BELIEVE IN LOVE
28 August 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Storys ::
Emotional musings that often sound good at Christmas

LIVING IN A GIANT CANDLE WINKING AT GOD
28 August 2006 / 12 Trk CD :: Malicious Damage
:: Transit Kings ::
Trance beats and neat, spontaneous sampling jammed with high quality ideas

BEYOND LIGHT
28 August 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: Malicious Damage
:: Transmission ::
Veers dangerously close to the edge of being a slightly post rock soundtrack to the Eden Project

CHRIST ILLUSION
28 August 2006 / 10 Trk CD :: American Recordings
:: Slayer ::
Ironically Slayer inadvertently rustle up racial hatred with their misguided political mantras

HARD TIMES ARE IN FASHION
28 August 2006 / Rubyworks / 11 Trk CD
:: Koufax ::
A cunningly different, but very upfront album.

RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE
21 August 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD plus Remixes :: Wall Of Sound/Pias
:: Amp Fiddler ::
It really is two and a half years since Mr Fiddlers last album..

WHY CAN’T I MAKE YOU HIGH
21 August 2006 / !K7 / 1 Trk CD
:: Dani Siciliano ::
Dani Siciliano draws out a very neat line in sultry, upbeat almost urban rhythms

CRISIS
21 August 2006 / 11 Trk CD
:: Alexisonfire ::
Powerhouse of Nu-Rock that verges on metal

THE COMPLETIST’S LIBRARY
21 August 2006 / Wrath / 28 Trk CD Album / 12” Vinyl / Download
:: Sarandon ::
Truncated nuggets of growling epic kitchen sink musings

WHY WON’T YOU
21 August 2006 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: The Rogers Sisters ::
Just as lean as their earlier offerings as it smashes its way around with a blues rock riff

IF TRAGEDY IS APPEALING, THEN DISASTER’S AN ADDICTION
21 August 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Vagrant
:: Moneen ::
A pretty positive statement that heavy rock and pop are alive and living well together

ONE WAS A SPIDER * ONE WAS A BIRD
21 August 2006 / EMI / 13 Trk CD :: Virgin
:: The Sleepy Jackson ::
Antipodean weirdos two years to write and three months to record epic

AWAKE
21 August 2006 / Sore Point / 1 Trk CD
:: My Awesome Compilation ::
A slightly bizarre slice of mellow pop

MICRO * recommended *
21 August 2006 / High Voltage / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: redcarsgofaster ::
Unlocks the musical cabinet of the embryonic years of 4AD

I WANT YOU SO HARD (BOY’S BAD NEWS)
21 August 2006 / 1 Trk CD :: Downtown / 20-20
:: Eagles Of Death Metal ::
A jokey excursion with big guitars

SPLIT EP *radar alert!*
21 August 2006 / 4 Trk 10” Vinyl
:: Kubichek :: The Motorettes ::
North East rock beacons they both are , presented here as two double slices of each bands driving tunes

IT’S MAGNETIC
21 August 2006 / Kids / 2 Trk CD
:: Assembly Now ::
An exciting brand of energised crunchy rock

BAGGAGE / VESUVIUS
21 August 2006 / Wrath / 2 Trk CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
A marvellously bloody fusion of prog-indie-rock wearing a high collared black cape

THE DISSIDENTS * single of the week *
21 August 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Art/Goes/Pop
:: The Clerks ::
A single crammed full of trans-European panche and equal amounts of guts

A CLEARING
21 August 2006 / Promo / 9 Trk CD
:: The Midnight Orchestra ::
Some highlighted sparkles of jazzed / dance brilliance

IN THE MORNING
21 August 2006 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Junior Boys ::
Sadly doesn’t rework Edward Woodward’s cult TV outings, but does dish up some modern hip indie funk

SEROTONIN
21 August 2006 / 2 Trk CD :: Empire Records
:: Kobai ::
With the right manifesto this has all the makings of something rather big.

DYNAMO MERCURIAL
21 August 2006 / Promo / 7 Trk CD
:: The Somatics ::
A slice of the first-generation of the latest generation, post-Britpop indie aspirationists of Yorkshire ...errr

ARTS & CRAFTS * recommended *
21 August 2006 / Memphis Industries / 10 Trk CD
:: The Black Neon ::
Sounds that seemed lost forever are now lovingly resurrected by means of The Black Neon's songbook

SUPPORT IN THE DOWNTIME
21 August 2006 / 5 Trk CD :: Positive Impact Records
:: They Drove Me To It ::
Convincing armoured rock from the London outfit

WORRY ABOUT IT LATER * recommended *
21 August 2006 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Futureheads ::
Futureheads eschew the trappings of the pure pop mainstream

KICK UP THE DUST
21 August 2006 / V2 / 12 Trk CD
:: The Blood Meridian ::
An almost drunken, drug fuelled duel of melody and bluesy transatlantic folk

FLOWERS OF DECEIT
21 August 2006 / !K7 / 1 Trk CD
:: Bricolage ::
Bricolage apparently wear their guitars high

GANG OF LOSERS
21 August 2006 / V2 / 12 Trk CD :: Bella Union
:: The Dears ::
The Dears dreamy, ambitious pop lives on in this new long player

SUNNY MORNING EP
21 August 2006 / 4 Trk CD :: Ever Records
:: Cyann & Ben ::
All rather ingenious if not slightly troubling stuff

ME, MYSELF & RYE
07 August 2006 / Memphis Industries / 13 Trk CD
:: The Russian Futurists ::
A one man Brian Wilson meets Arcade Fire introduces you to what he's been up to for the past five years...

SHADOWS IN THE SHADE * DEMO OF THE WEEK *
14 August 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Cohesion ::
Chiming chords, optimistic vocals and cinematic, soaring Northern guitar pop at its very best.

THIS AWAKENING
14 August 2006 / OnlyEver / 4 Trk CD
:: Costar ::
The band go by the ridiculous names of Brighton Gay, Boris Flashback, Boy Volvo and Johnny Highway - but the record just goes on and on and on...

170
14 August 2006 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Kobai ::
Four shots of acid-soaked loose-fit indie-jam from Scotland, but with a distinctly Mancunian flavour.

GOD THIS HURTS
14 August 2006 / Universal / 1 Trk CD / Promo
:: Betty Curse ::
Teenage glamour goth with boyfriend trouble, but is this the 21st century Transvision Vamp?

WASTED LITTLE DJ'S
14 August 2006 / 1965 / 1 Trk CD / Promo
:: The View ::
Bursting with the raw energy of teenagers from a nowhere town.

HOUSE ON FIRE
14 August 2006 / 2 Trk CD (Self Released)
:: Deaf Stereo ::
Scratchy guitars and a disco beat made for trendy club nights

KEEPING YOU IN MIND
14 August 2006 / Kids / 2 Trk 7
:: Mighty Six Ninety ::
A double-helping of instantly hummable lightweight 80s pop-rock packed with hooks as tasty as its lyrics are cheesy

ASCENSION
14 August 2006 / Scourge / 34 Trk 2 X DVD
:: The Chameleons ::
Two entire gigs from the much-loved and much-missed Chameleons, recorded in San Francisco in 2002.

ANTI-ANTI
14 August 2006 / Jade Tree / 11 Trk CD
:: Snowden ::
A chilling, sombre pub-crawl through life-grappling emo.

FIRE! FIRE!
14 August 2006 / 2 Trk CD / 7" (Self Released)
:: Rotating Leslie ::
Wanders between mod-punk urgency and borderline jangliness like it's not quite sure where to pitch up.

SHH, PUT THE SHIV TO MY THROAT (BLACKSMOKE REMIX) * SINGLE OF THE WEEK *
14 August 2006 / Captains Of Industry / 2 Trk CD
:: Gay For Johnny Depp ::
A mashed-up electrometal mess with the drum machine set to Pneumatic Drill.

AIR MIAMI
14 August 2006 / Brille / 4 Trk CD / Single
:: Whirlwind Heat ::
Mind expanding, inhibition releasing eccentricity from Michigan's fuzzy Moog-driven trio.

YOU DON'T NEED ME
07 August 2006 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Royal Treatment Plant ::
Jagged-edged post-punk guitars with enough tasty pop hooks to draw you in and one hell of a feisty frontwoman.

WHEN THE NIGHT TURNS COLD
07 August 2006 / Poptones / 2 Trk CD
:: Tobias Froberg ::
Does the world need a one man The Mamas & The Papas? Of course it does.

PORTRAIT
07 August 2006 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Duke Special ::
Jazzy lounge indie soul from a man out of time, but very much in tune

BOOZOO BAJOU: JUKE JOINT II
07 August 2006 / !K7 / 23-Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
The spirit a of Deep South hangout where the air is thick with reefer-smoke and the humidity never drops below dripping - brought to you by Germans.

HED KANDI: BEACH HOUSE
07 August 2006 / Hed Kandi / 26 Trk 2xCD
:: Various Artists ::
A game of two halves from the renowned dance label, with one CD of Club 18-30 vocal house and one with all sorts of ace Balearic electro and samba cuts. Unfortunately they only come as a set...

ROCK S’COOL
07 August 2006 / Steamhammer / 31 Trk DVD + extras
:: Amplifier :: Raging Speedhorn :: Skid Row :: Saxon :: Motorhead :: and more ::
Death-metal opera, bikini-clad girls boxing in a disused factory and the Queen onstage with Motorhead (sort of) - your beginner's guide to heavy metal.

SUBURBAN KINGS
07 August 2006 / MA2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Rosemary ::
Is there some bit of London somewhere, where it’s forever 1979?

ETERNAL FLAME
07 August 2006 / Reveal / 3 Trk CD
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
We're supposed to be impressed.

HAPPINESS
07 August 2006 / Mercury / 1 Trk CD
:: Orson ::
Sludgy soft rock from the world's most unnecessary band.

HEAT EXCHANGE
07 August 2006 / Sugarlow / 2 Trk CD
:: The Electric Cinema ::
Mid-paced vaguely epic stadium indie rock, shot through with Flaming Lips orchestration and a few mildly interesting synth noises

TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT * Single Of The Week *
07 August 2006 / Columbia / 1 Trk CD / Promo
:: Lorraine ::
A glorious rush of cinematic electropop laced with melancholy.

YOU AND ME
07 August 2006 / Columbia / 2 Trk CD / 10"
:: Vega4 ::
They sound a bit like lots of other bands who have been very popular in the last year, is there room for one more?

IT'S GETTING LIGHT OUTSIDE
07 August 2006 / Domino / 2 Trk CD / Single
:: Clearlake ::
A decent, rumbling early 80s influenced indie-rock tune gets its guitars chopped into stop-start mode, a few acid bleeps sprinkled in and the odd squidgy techno noise...

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