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THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 31/08/2009
31 August 2009 / Various Formats
:: Milk Kan :: The Mojo Fins :: Simian Mobile Disco :: Lovvers :: The Black Box Revelation :: Broadway Calls :: Cymbals Eat Guitars :: Black Lips :: Lumina :: The Nextmen :: Mariachi El Bronx :: The X Why :: The Gay Blades :: Mapei :: Pentatonik ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases w/c 31/08/09

COME SATURDAY
31 August 2009 / Fortuna POP! / 2 Trk CD
:: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart ::
Brooklyn ’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have plugged right into the new c86 revival

SMALL WAVES EP
31 August 2009 / Red Deer Club / 4 Trk Download plus Ltd 7” Vinyl
:: Young British Artists ::
YBA are part of a fresh new generation of bands connecting past movements of modern indie and futuristic guitar music into a fresh new mish mash of original style

CRUNCH EP
31 August 2009 / Promo / 3 Trk CDR / Free Download
:: The Black Paths ::
The Black Paths plot their revolutions in Tydelsey and as a reaction to, or in sympathy with, the current economic recession, this latest EP will be made available as free download

LET’S PRETEND
31 August 2009 / Demo / 2 trk CDR
:: Last Temple Orchestra ::
Last Temple Orchestra are Yakshire [sic], yet their brooding stadium guitar rock is cut from the same kind of template as many North American bands

ENGLAND’S GREY UNPLEASANT LAND
31 August 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Lazy Two ::
Lazy Two continue to peddle their quite successful early recording sessions, smiting both Rock Radio and Tom Robinson’s Introducing

TALES FROM A NORTHERN CITY
31 August 2009 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: John Herring ::
Herring eschews the grimy post industrial smell that still prevails in some parts of the city, for a much brighter and optimistic acoustic outlook

A. OR NOT ? * recommended *
31 August 2009 / 3 Trk CD
:: Chickenhawk ::
Those in search of melody may be disappointed, but those who like to stand in front of speakers whilst their skin is shredded by guitars on 11 will certainly smile

KISS OF LIFE
31 August 2009 / XL / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: Friendly Fires ::
With a Mercury nomination they’re possible favourites to get that big gong in just a few weeks time

PLATYPUS FINK
31 August 2009 / Stay Warm / 2 Trk Download
:: Islands Lost At Sea ::
This is a unique wonky rock sound for the Greater Manchester scene

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LOVE
31 August 2009 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD
:: The Big Pink ::
With the swirl of 1986 getting a re-focus through rose tinted hearing aids, The Big Pink’s timing is impeccable,

PIPEAGE
31 August 2009 / Rekord-Meister / 2 Trk CD
:: House That Jack Built ::
You’d think that by late summer 2009, stabbing, chopped guitars and jerky pop rhythms may just be a tad old hat - House TJB buck the trend

IT WAS THIS OR FOOTBALL
31 August 2009 / Mercury / 12 Trk Album (2 x 6 Trk CD)
:: Kid British ::
The album, best viewed and observed as a very capable and complete collection, explores the pop of Madness, ELO and at its peaks takes on reggae

APRIL MAYBE MAY
31 August 2009 / Seahouse Records / 11 Trk CD
:: April Maybe May ::
We once described the former outfit Fallen Leaves as the sound of the countryside - this album holds this idea almost equally well

SHAPE OF THE SHAPE * album of the week
24 August 2009 / Static Caravan / 8 Trk CD
:: Starless And Bible Black ::
Ingenious, moving and beautifully crafted, “Shape Of The Shape” looks very much like a Manchester classic

CITY
24 August 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Up To The Rafters ::
Competent demo with a good fusion of synth and guitars..

EXOTIC INTERLUDE
24 August 2009 / Humble Soul / 10 Trk CD
:: Homelife ::
An album of experimental and proven forays into yet more of Homelife’s unique hybrid theories and attitude

THAT GOLDEN RULE * single of the week *
24 August 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
This time they really have ramped up the amps into a classic rock dense crush of distortion

MESSING AROUND
24 August 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Louis McTeggart ::
A singer songwriter originally from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland

PULL MY HEART AWAY
24 August 2009 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Jack Peñate ::
Rousing peaks of anthemic, wirey pop glory

THE SHERIFF
24 August 2009 / Armellodie / 4 Trk CD
:: Cuddly Shark ::
Modern indie punk with a bass line that sounds like it’s being played on suspension bridge cables

LOITERING…WITH INTENT TO DANCE
24 August 2009 / Demo / 21 Trk CD
:: Avant Gardner ::
Very pleasant, accomplished material

CURSED WORDS
24 August 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Yellhounds ::
The Yellhounds continue to produce some of Manchester’s most endearing country rock

POINT AND SHOOT
24 August 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Life Among People ::
There’s just three of them despite the gargantuan dimensions of this EP

TUMMAA
24 August 2009 / Leaf / 7 trk CD
:: Vladislav Delay ::
Even allowing for the exotic European locations, that’s probably enough odd names for today

SONGS FROM THE UNDERBELLY Part 1
24 August 2009 / Eli Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Vincent Black Lightning ::
Vincent Black Lightning have cut a growing reputation on the local live scene with their memorable rock and roll anecdotes

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 17/08/2009
17 August 2009 / Various Formats
:: The Xcerts :: The Twang :: St Gregory Orange :: Broadway Calls :: The Silent Years :: ?Telley :: Kites :: Strawbs :: [ist] :: Dan Arborise ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases w/c 17/08/09

MR ENGELS SAYS * unsigned record of the week *
17 August 2009 / Promo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Trojan Horse ::
Amazing, surprising stuff that’ll I’ll be playing well into next month.

REGRESS
17 August 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: The Vanguards ::
This is a band who don’t pretend to be anything more than mainstream

THE BATTLE OF HEMSBY
17 August 2009 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 13 Trk CD
:: Sam and Me ::
Here at long last and of course on the right label, is Sam & Me's debut album.

THE RISE OF THE TIGER SHADOW
17 August 2009 / White Label / 11 Trk CD
:: Tiger Shadow ::
A cross-over MC project that fuses electronic compositions with effects and live instruments

DIVIDED
17 August 2009 / Memphis Industries / 12 Trk CD
:: Theoretical Girl ::
A very theatrical, maybe even lavish piece

NO SLEEP TONIGHT
17 August 2009 / Ambush Reality / 1 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
A sustained attack of melody and skilfully fused electronica, peppered with a post rock guitar skuzz

XX
17 August 2009 / Young Turks (Beggars) / 11 Trk CD
:: The XX ::
South West London quartet continue their hook fuelled experimental collision of electronics and live instruments

WELCOME JOY
17 August 2009 / Matador Records / 10 Trk CD
:: The Cave Singers ::
A dramatic, sometimes sad collection of songs with exciting crescendos guaranteed

LETTING GO
17 August 2009 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Team Waterpolo ::
Team Waterpolo continue to fly the flag for Preston

JUST TWO GIRLS
17 August 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / Blood & Biscuits / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: The Vivians ::
Where the hell is Richard Hell ?

HEARTS & BONES PARTS ONE & TWO
17 August 2009 / Airbag / 5 Trk + 5 Trk CD
:: Thom Stone ::
Impressive double release from Manchester based Stone

TO CLEAN
17 August 2009 / Beggars Banquet / Half Machine / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Woods ::
A bedroom recorded splash of Brooklyn lo-fi

DAYLIGHT
17 August 2009 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Knievel Genius ::
Hard hitting rock from London town..

THE WHISPERERS * recommended *
17 August 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Ten Percenter ::
An excellent, very listenable debut

THE STONE ROSES * classic album *
17 August 2009 / SonyBMG / Silvertone / 12 Trk CD plus various Special edition Formats
:: The Stone Roses ::
The band had been together for five years before this great album eventually made the shelves

THOUGHT FORMS * album of the week *
17 August 2009 / Invada / 9 Trk CD
:: Thought Forms ::
Thought Forms' self titled album is an abrasive humdrum of suggested feedback, jumbled echoes and raw guitar settings

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 10/08/2009
10 August 2009 / Various Formats
:: Red Light Company :: Lovvers :: Maximo Park :: Ash :: My Toys Like Me :: Fightstar :: Theoretical Girl :: Spectrum 7 :: Malcolm Middleton :: Plastic Toys :: The Stupids :: The Troubadours :: Hot Gossip :: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros :: Hayze :: Joshua Radin :: Ghostlight :: Charlie Winston :: John Mullin :: Echaskech :: Spinnerette :: The Nextmen featuring Ms Dynamite & Andy Cato :: Simian Moble Disco ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases w/c 10/08/09

ELEPHANT STONE / MADE OF STONE / SHE BANG’S THE DRUMS / FOOLS GOLD / ONE LOVE * unmissable *
10 August 2009 / SonyBMG / 7” Vinyl, CD and Download Single Re-Issues
:: The Stone Roses ::
Precursor single releases prior to the 20th Anniversary editions of the Roses debut album...

PANIC * unsigned record of the week *
10 August 2009 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: Serpentine Pad ::
It’s a brave move when an unsigned band puts together its first album - here's Serpentine Pad's second >>

WATERFALL * single of the week *
10 August 2009 / Sideways Saloon / 1 Trk CD
:: The Travelling Band ::
I don’t think The Travelling Band needed to be respectful – they’ve just done this the only way they know how and that’s tribute enough

WATCHING THE BURGLARS * recommended *
10 August 2009 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Victorian English Gentlemans Club ::
yet more superb stuff from Cardiff - TVEGC continue a bloody good run..

THE HOT CHORD IS STRUCK
10 August 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 1 Trk CD
:: Still Flyin ::
Still Flyin’ are, well still flying...

CRYING LIGHTNING
10 August 2009 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
Alex Turner’s (replete with new long hair-do) vocals have been polished in velvet and wrapped in understatement

NO ONE HAD IT BETTER (remix)
10 August 2009 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
:: King Creosote ::
A remix far removed from Anderson’s regular sounds

FOLK SONGS
10 August 2009 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) :: The Big Eyes Family Players ::
Any album’s worth of low key work by Yorkston is ordinarily sublime, but when embracing some strictly traditional sounds it just seems beyond anything he’s done before

...IS SKYSCRAPER
10 August 2009 / Matador Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Julian Plenti ::
Matador are more than an efficient barometer of alternative talent and sumptuous, edgy melodic music

LIGHTSPEED
10 August 2009 / Promo / Free Download / 2 Trk CD
:: Twin Atlantic ::
Twin Atlantic sound very Americanised - they are actually from Glasgow...

WHEN THE MONSTERS ARRIVE
10 August 2009 / Sad Sentry Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Stick In A Pot ::
Stick In Pot engage in a fuzzy blur of traditional British folk and shiny happy pop

PERVESITY, DESPERATION AND DEATH
10 August 2009 / Genepool Records / Machat / 11 Trk CD
:: Singapore Sling ::
They’re not from London, they’re not from Glasgow or indeed Singapore and they are definitely not from Brooklyn, New York

C45
10 August 2009 / The Animal Farm / 3 Trk CD
:: I Remember Tapes ::
“Indecisive” finds them at the best, rippling the muscles of the bass guitar

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases To The 3rd August 2009
03 August 2009 / Various Formats
:: The Chemists :: Metric :: Ryan Paul & The Ardent :: Sondura :: Coco Electrik :: Ocean Reid :: Jukebox Collective ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out by 3rd August 2009

THE ANCHOR * joint album of the week *
03 August 2009 / White Label / 10 Trk CD
:: Monster Island ::
Monster Island operate knowingly at the fringes

AT THE STILL POINT * joint album of the week *
03 August 2009 / Sturm Und Drag Recordings / 12 Trk CD
:: Ten City Nation ::
A spirited and accomplished second album from an act we should all be hearing a lot more about

SEVENTEEN FOREVER
03 August 2009 / Columbia / 4 Trk CD
:: Metro Station ::
Metro Station look like Guns N Roses, but trump out young electro-pop

MARTINMAS TIME * single of the week *
03 August 2009 / Domino / 2 Trk 7”, CD & Download
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) :: (& The Big Eyes Family Players) ::
Domino

TWO DANCERS
03 August 2009 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Wild Beasts ::
Less off kilter than their debut and dazzlingly pretty at times, this is a long player that will inevitably grow on you.

LASTMANONEARTH
03 August 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Kafka ::
Blinding modern, muscular new wave rock music with guitars set firmly on 11

VIVID YOUTH / ABOUT YOU
03 August 2009 / 3 Trk 7” Split Single
:: The Pastels :: The Tenniscoats ::
The perfect way to visit yesteryear is with something that can equally influence folks today - The Pastels are back...

FILLING THE VOID
03 August 2009 / Demo / 8 Trk CDR
:: Untitled 731 ::
The title track that sounds like the Clangers making a car from sheet metal with hammers, on Venus

1000 FEET
03 August 2009 / Stage Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Ivyrise ::
This London band sound more like Def Leppard at their peak

SPACE MEN & MONSTERS
03 August 2009 / Promo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Aimee Newsome Stone ::
Strange beats and timings don't throw Aimee of track on her entertaining demo

BASIC SPACE
03 August 2009 / Young Turks (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7”, 12” & Download
:: The XX ::
The Xx Impress again with their cross genre electro / moody guitar work

GOLDEN ISLANDS
03 August 2009 / Friends Vs Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Citadels ::
A heavy synthesized noise for dayglo dancefloors.

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