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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For August, 2008

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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 25/8/08
25 August 2008 / Various Formats
:: Various Artists :: Minotaur Shock :: Minotaur Shock :: Sway :: Does It Offend You Yeah ? :: Metronomy :: Steve Ellis :: Manda Rin :: Rex The Dog ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases for Monday the 25/8/08

EARTH TO THE DANDY WARHOLS
25 August 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: The Dandy Warhols ::
There really aren’t any anthems on here, merely scuzzy ballads with depressing vocals

PRESIDENT
25 August 2008 / Genepool Records / 1 Trk CD
:: IAMX ::
Chris Corner the singer from Sneaker Pimps is IAMX

TWO SILVER TREES
25 August 2008 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD
:: Calexico ::
The world seems to have caught up with their dusty, husky semi-acoustica

MOUNTAINS * single of the week *
25 August 2008 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
I really do hope that it’s truly payola time for Biffy

COURTCASE 2000 * album of the week *
25 August 2008 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 11 Trk CD
:: Cats In Paris ::
It’s almost a relief to stumble across this record – a tonic for anyone who’s tired of the same old same old

HALF IN LOVE WITH ELIZABETH
25 August 2008 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: Mystery Jets ::
Mystery Jets provide more mastery of live wire tunes, that tumble straight out of a time warp

RESURFACE
25 August 2008 / Melodic / 7 Trk CD
:: OutputMessage ::
New York born Bernard Farley is a master of instrumental electronica and purveyor of atmospheric synths and the burble of retro sounding equipment

MECCANO
25 August 2008 / Lavolta / 1 Trk CD
:: Red Light Company ::
Red Light Company are a band that thrive on big productions and the gloss of the studio.

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25 August 2008 / !K7 / 9 Trk CD
:: Milosh ::
A refreshing wash of electronic sounds for weary ears, which are these days it seems, are constantly assaulted by flagellated guitars.

CHAIRKICKERS
25 August 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Dead Letter Office ::
“Chairkickers” is a light version of the Manics

BUILDING BLOCKS
25 August 2008 / gronland / 8 Trk CD
:: Broadcast 2000 ::
A comforting and refreshing mixture of contemporary modern pop, folk and sweet English acoustic soul.

THIEVES AND LOVERS
25 August 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Tempus ::
A thoughtful mixture of jangles, with hints of The Bluetones and a sombre melody that could have been stolen from a Radiohead track

YOU MADE YOUR BED EP
25 August 2008 / Planet Clique / 6 Trk CD
:: Red Blooded Women ::
Whilst notes of caution need to be issued for Red Blooded Women, it’s easy to like their creepy electro chords

BEC & BETH EP
25 August 2008 / Purr / 4 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Bec & Beth ::
Bec & Beth are of course the female contingent of The Hot Puppies

CAPE COD KWASSA KWASSA
25 August 2008 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Vampire Weekend ::
Jerky African rhythms and joyful hooklines embrace the melody and interrupted bass lines of their stripped down sound

SEND FLOWERS
25 August 2008 / 9 Trk CD
:: Black Lungs ::
Black Lungs happily think out of the box and it largely works

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 18/8/08
18 August 2008 / Various Formats
:: Natty :: Stereolab :: Xavier Rudd :: Mark Ruebery :: T V Smith :: Sound And Fury :: Doksod :: The Alligators :: Woody’s Room :: Ross Drummond ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases for Monday the 18/8/08

ONE DAY AS A LION * recommended *
18 August 2008 / 5 Trk CD
:: One Day As A Lion ::
Exciting collaboration between RATM’s Zack de la Rocha and former Mars Volta member John Theodore

EVIL DEAD * recommended *
18 August 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Planets ::
Surprisingly for a band with such a high output, the recording values are also extremely high

WE’RE NOT FRENCH * recommended *
18 August 2008 / Promo / 7 Trk CD
:: The French Quarter ::
Subdued roller coaster of shifting sounds and quietly exhilarating cinematics

STEVE McQUEEN
18 August 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Automatic ::
The new sound and direction offers a lot of promise

WHITE FIELDS AND OPEN DEVICES * album of the week *
18 August 2008 / Cuckundoo / 10 Trk CD
:: Vessels ::
Vessels are special enough to be all things to all fans of modern epic progressive rock.

EMBRACE THE HATE
18 August 2008 / 1965 / 2 Trk CD
:: Holy Ghost Revival ::
A wardrobe and look that seems to have been stolen from the dressing room of The Cult

THE WEEK THAT WAS
18 August 2008 / Memphis Industries / 8 Trk CD
:: The Week That Was :: (Peter Brewis : A Field Music Production) ::
A refreshing approach as well as an intriguingly attractive sound from Mr Brewis

!FRANCHESCAAR!
18 August 2008 / Orgy Music / 5 Trk CD
:: Charli XCX ::
Adds up to something that’s both bloody catchy and interesting, not least for its sound clashes

EXPECTATIONS
18 August 2008 / 679 / 1 Trk CD
:: Cut Off Your Hands ::
The New Zealanders seem to have travelled a long way to come up with the kind of formula that has already been long created in the back streets of Camden..

GRAVES
18 August 2008 / Memphis Industries / 1 Trk CD
:: Tokyo Police Club ::
TPC have hit on a fantastic formula of fashionable styles and pretty timeless song writing

TWISTS AND TURNS
18 August 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Switchboard Spectacular ::
Switchboard Spectacular provide some startling abbreviations whilst still demo-ing hard

BEES DREAM OF FLOWERS AND YOUR SUMMER’S MEADOW BREATH
18 August 2008 / Hungry Hill / 4 Trk CD
:: Anthony Reynolds :: With Vashti Bunyan & Charlotte Greig ::
An easy recommendation, not least a stunning record to study over the summer

PICTURES OF ME
18 August 2008 / 2 Trk CD / We Make Things
:: Officer Kicks ::
Officer Kicks have put together this rather catchy track

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 11/8/08
11 August 2008 / Various Formats
:: Indian Apple :: Mark Morriss :: We Are Scientists :: Soft Cell :: Get Well Soon :: Katy Perry :: Exit Ten :: The Ryes :: Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir :: Go:Audio :: The Sea ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for Monday the 11/8/08

IN STRANGE LINES AND DISTANCES... * album of the week *
11 August 2008 / TV Records / 7 Trk CD
:: Laymar ::
Laymar provide an apocalyptic canvas, without the need for the thunder of special effects

ON YOUR TV * demo of the week *
11 August 2008 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Cal Roberts ::
Obsessively northern and superbly rendered

REVERIES
11 August 2008 / Half Machine Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Pacific! ::
Pacific! Are an oddly camp and cheesey electronic band who hail from Gothenburg

MERCURY
11 August 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Bloc Party ::
Winds of change blow at Bloc Party central...just don't mention the Sex Pistols...shhh!

BLUEBEARDS ROOMS
11 August 2008 / Blang / 11 Trk CD
:: David Cronenberg’s Wife ::
An album of raucous lo-fi new wave janglings and rough edged pop

KISS KISS BANG BANG * single of the week *
11 August 2008 / 3 Trk CD
:: International Trust ::
If you’re not jumping round the room by the end of this lot you might like to check you’re not dead

SLASH & LAUGH
11 August 2008 / 13 Trk CD
:: Marble Valley ::
As the press sheet suggests, this really is 'groovy indie'

31ST FLOOR / COME TOGETHER
11 August 2008 / Beatmo Records / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Tamborines ::
Happy music for people who don’t like happy music?

TWO THOUSAND AND ACE
11 August 2008 / Brainlove / 27 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
A Brainlove compilation - expect outlandish indie..

THE SPIKE
11 August 2008 / Polydor / 1 Trk CD
:: The Music ::
How to re-educate our youth on what a good and proper wig out really is

KEEP IT SIMPLE
11 August 2008 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
Another tantalising taster from Delays

SMILE DOWN UPON US
11 August 2008 / 11 Trk CD
:: Smile Down Upon Us ::
Strangers at both ends of the world collaborate like they're next door neighbours..

SPRING WAS IN BLOOM
11 August 2008 / I Blame The Parents Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Spinmaster Plantpot ::
Yes, it’s shit, but the sort of amiable shit that beats market-friendly sludge any day of the week

DON’T GET LOST OR HURT
11 August 2008 / 8 Trk CD
:: Lonely Ghosts ::
Help She Can’t Swim's Tom Denney impresses with his project Lonely Ghosts.

AFRICA JUST WANTS TO HAVE FUN
11 August 2008 / Leaf / 3 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: Volcano! ::
Sounds like Vampire Weekend falling down the stairs complete with instruments

BRATISLAVA
11 August 2008 / Promo / 12 Trk CD
:: Big Block 454 ::
I seem to remember there being a track about sausages...

KNOTS / MY ATOMS
11 August 2008 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: The Search Map ::
A conclusive, sharp, collision of guitars that decay like a sonar signal lost at sea

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
11 August 2008 / Promo / DTM Records / 11 Trk CD
:: DILE ::
A picture of the recent history of working-class England so vivid it might as well have been filmed by Shane Meadow

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 4/8/08
04 August 2008 / Various Formats
:: The Prodigy :: Magistrates :: The Cool Kids :: Das Pop :: Carla Bruni :: Ava Leigh :: The Glimmers :: Si Phili :: zZz ::
Summary & review of other interesting major released for Monday the 4/8/08

NOW TIL ‘69
04 August 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 6 Trk Remix CD
:: The Shortwave Set ::
Danger Mouse is at it again, this time with the glam pop of The Shortwave Set

UFO
04 August 2008 / Gumball Machine / 1 Trk CD
:: Poppy & The Jezebels ::
If you could design a new age pop band from scratch, then Poppy & Co would be a good starting point

NORTHERN NAMASTE
04 August 2008 / Camoci / 9 Trk CD
:: Arun Ghosh ::
Arun Ghosh manages to transcend all boundaries

FREE YOUR MIND AND WIN A PONY
04 August 2008 / Happy Parts Recordings / 11 Trk CD
:: Golden Animals ::
Golden Animals don’t wear red and don’t seem related to each other in any particular way

GRAMERCY ARMS
04 August 2008 / Reveal / 10 Trk CD
:: Gramercy ::
Lovers of shuffling American indie pop will delight in the authentic glow of this self titled album

GOLDEN TAPESTRY
04 August 2008 / Promo / 10 Trk CD
:: Tramps & Horses ::
Pretty much a middle of the road electric folk band

END TITLES...STORIES FOR A FILM
04 August 2008 / Surrender All / 22 Trk CD
:: Unkle ::
You still get the keen, slightly malevolent undertone that comes with any Unkle album

INSIDE A BOY
04 August 2008 / Asthmatic Kitty / 2 Trk CD
:: My Brightest Diamond ::
Worden pleasurably skips up the scales like a girl possessed by a symphonic Bauhaus and Kate Bush

TAKE ME TO THE SEA
04 August 2008 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Jaguar Love ::
A wild ride with some unforgiving peaks of indulgence amongst some purely remarkable strokes of genius along the way

WASP’S NEST / NIGHT OF THE PENCILS
04 August 2008 / 2 Trk Split 7” Vinyl
:: Tellison / Tubelord ::
A platter of two halves..but within this is something quite special from the South..

JUST LIKE A DRUMMER EP
04 August 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 6 Trk CD
:: The Wave Pictures ::
Roughly hewn charms pay off handsomely.

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