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SUMMER CATCH UP - ROUNDUP #1 :: Other Releases W/C 29/9/08
29 September 2008 / Various Formats
:: Weezer :: Sway :: Little Man Tate :: Metronomy :: The Dodos :: Popular Workshop :: Sigur Ros ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 29/09/08 - part 1

SUMMER CATCH UP - ROUNDUP #2 :: Other Releases W/C 29/9/08
29 September 2008 / Various Formats
:: Those Dancing Days :: Underoath :: Mercury Rev :: The Faint :: Calexico :: The Maybes? :: Model Horror :: The Mono Effect :: Manda Rin :: Neimo :: Run Hide Survive ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 29/09/08 - part 2

SUMMER CATCH UP - #3 :: Other Releases W/C 29/9/08
29 September 2008 / Various Formats
:: Funeral For A Friend :: Tindersticks :: KERRANG ! :: Inner Party System :: Rosie And The Goldbug :: SugaRush Beat Company :: Iglu & Hartly :: Avenge Sevenfold :: The Sea :: Rod Thomas :: Yo Majesty :: The Dirty Skirts ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 29/09/08 - part 3

WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM
29 September 2008 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Zutons ::
The latest single from the mighty Zutons’ third album

REVOLVING DOORS
29 September 2008 / Ctrl Alt Del / 11 Trk CD
:: Nelson ::
From Paris / France, Nelson are a band sitting somewhere between doomy new wave guitar music and post electro-clash

SUMMER HAIR = FOREVER YOUNG
29 September 2008 / Fueledbyraman / 1 Trk CD
:: The Academy Is ::
Astute rockers cut from a similar mould as Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco

JUNE * recommended *
29 September 2008 / White Label / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Buddacakes ::
“June” is a pop nugget, peppered with organs, bells and harmonium

MY LITTLE HAUNTING * single of the week *
29 September 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Hot Club de Paris ::
The ever enthralling Hot Club De Paris take another cut from this summer’s album

4
29 September 2008 / Subliminal Sounds / 10 Trk CD
:: Dungen ::
“4” seems to cross the boundaries between rock, leftfield indie jazz and space hippy pop.

SOUND AND FURY
29 September 2008 / Rebel Youth / 10 Trk CD
:: Sound And Fury ::
These Ontarian rockers owe a little to AC/DC and Motley Crue

SEEING DOUBLE
29 September 2008 / Warp / 10 Trk CD
:: Duncan Lloyd ::
Maximo Park’s guitarist Duncan Lloyd has been busily writing his own material

BLUE HANDS
29 September 2008 / THP / 10 Trk CD
:: The Hot Puppies ::
If any band seem to be at the fore-front of Welsh alt.pop then it could well be the Hot Puppies

THINK
29 September 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 7 Trk CD
:: Lovvers ::
The bottled sense of abandoned hope, the angsty clatter and careless lo-fi hiss of guitar...

FIRE TRUCK (single) + BEST LOVED GOODNIGHT TALES (album)
29 September 2008 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD (single) + 11 Trk CD (album)
:: The All New Adventures Of Us ::
The youthful, bookish spirit and flair of The All New Adventures Of Us has convinced One Little Indian that this is band worth backing

THE SAD HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE OF ALNERIQUE
29 September 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 8 Trk CD
:: Dartz! ::
Darts it seems have discovered the art of reinvention.

JEALOUS MINDS THINK LIKE THIS
29 September 2008 / 1 Trk CD
:: You MeAtSix ::
Straddles the coarser intentions of hard edged EMO with the straighter pop sensibilities of generic pop rock bands

FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD
29 September 2008 / Asthmatic Kitty Records / 4 Trk CD
:: My Brightest Diamond ::
Shara Worden continues to impress and send shivers down various spine

LITTLE GARCON
29 September 2008 / Warp / 2 x 7” Vinyl – 2+2 Tracks / 12” Vinyl Remix
:: Born Ruffians ::
Low rent ambling cowboy camp fire country, injected with a nice degree of European folk with a few surprises along the way

WILL GET FOOLED AGAIN
29 September 2008 / Domino / 1 Trk 7” Vinyl and Digital Download
:: Max Tundra ::
A symphony of something akin to a dozen people playing old Sega Mega-Drives in one room, with the volume turned full up

WORK DAY
29 September 2008 / 4 AD / 1 Trk 7” Vinyl and Digital Download
:: It Hugs Back ::
Post indie ? IHB have maybe uncovered the perfect formula.

THE HAWK IS HOWLING * album of the week *
22 September 2008 / Pias / 10 Trk CD
:: Mogwai ::
As Mogwai celebrate well over a dozen years together with their 6th studio album

SENSES ON FIRE
22 September 2008 / V2 / Co-Op / 3 Trk Remix CD
:: Mercury Rev ::
Mercury Rev really deserve to be a trans-global supergroup

THE (OVER) SONG
22 September 2008 / Ctrl Alt Del Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Nelson ::
Smart start from the Parisian retro-New Wavers

SINGLES COLLECTION + MYSTERIES AND RARITIES
22 September 2008 / Deltasonic / 2 x CD (14 + 19 Trks)
:: The Coral ::
A suitable introduction and one that should signpost the listener to an extremely capable back catalogue

KING OF POP
22 September 2008 / SonyBMG / 17 Trk CD
:: Michael Jackson ::
MICHAEL JACKSON KNOWS BETTER THAN MOST HOW TO CREATE HIS OWN UNIVERSE WHERE HIS VISION IS THE ONLY TRUTH

TILLERPOP !
22 September 2008 / White Label / 11 Trk CD
:: Matt Tiller ::
"If you like musical comedy this album isn’t for you..”

MATACHIN
22 September 2008 / Navigator Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Bellowhead ::
A definite classic folk flavour, big band sounds and a rich,adventurous orchestration of strings, brass and melodeon

WE WON’T HAVE TO BE LONESOME
22 September 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
:: Micah P Hinson ::
Utterly charismatic and convincing love song from the new king of waltzing indie rock

COME UP WITH ME
22 September 2008 / 1 Trk CD
:: Thea Gilmore ::
Very capable but entire middle of the road, countrified folk

CRIMEWAVE
22 September 2008 / Pias / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: Crystal Castles ::
Crystal Castles are one of the more inventive electronic duos out there, with their dizzy, underground revisions of indie dance music

PACEY SINGER
22 September 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 5 Trk Remix CD
:: A. Human ::
Another vehicle for Dave Human to reel in another tale

MOONWINK
22 September 2008 / Fierce Panda / 11 Trk CD
:: The Spinto Band ::
Musing vaudeville pop, driven by skittery guitars and slightly wobbly but satisfying vocals

INTRODUCING MR KELLOGG * recommended *
22 September 2008 / Regular Beat Recording Co. / 2 Trk CD
:: Coney Island Sound ::
Clever stuff indeed from Humberside.

HOLIDAY
22 September 2008 / Reveal / 2 Trk CD
:: Joan As Police Woman ::
Taken from this summers “To Survive” album

HYSTERICS
22 September 2008 / Hassle / 11 Trk CD
:: Rolo Tomassi ::
Just maybe the new face of syncopated post-rock

YOU AND ME
22 September 2008 / Aficianado Records / 10 Trk CD
:: Blackflower ::
From Newcastle, the Blackflower quintet zipped off to a farm in Northumberland for 6 months to come up with this lot

ACID TONGUE
22 September 2008 / Rough Trade / 11 Trk CD
:: Jenny Lewis ::
A lively and breath stealing collection of modern, simple, Americanised post folk, country and rock and roll

SPLIT EP
22 September 2008 / Dead Young Club / 4 Trk 10” Vinyl
:: The Cubical :: A Love Supreme ::The Lucid Dream :: Yucatan ::
This EP provides a collection of four new bands on the Dead Young rosta

I HATE THE WAY
22 September 2008 / Mute /
:: Polly Scattergood ::
Contemporary alternative arrangements and a devastatingly moving delivery, that really do unsettle as well as pierce the heart.

HERE SHE COMES
22 September 2008 / White Label / Honey Buzz / 2 Trk CD
:: Kissing Kalina ::
Ye gads, Kissing Kalina are definitely onto something

FADE TO BLACK AND BACK AGAIN
22 September 2008 / 4 Trk Digital Download
:: Spectrum 7 ::
This EP throws Spectrum 7 well and truly into the main artery of the bright new rock movement

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 15/9/08
15 September 2008 / Various Formats
:: Brendan Campbell :: Teddy Thompson :: The Chemical Brothers :: Beck :: Feeder :: Jon Redfern :: The Eye Jab :: Rex The Dog :: The Chemical Brothers :: Drever McCusker & Woomble :: Dan Black :: Pete Greenwood :: Lykke Li ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases for Monday the 15/09/08

IT’S ALL OVER
15 September 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Twilightrobin ::
Manchester based Twilightrobin are a band with all the right moves

16 SECONDS HAPPY * demo of the week *
15 September 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: My Side Of The Mountain ::
A workmanlike charm offensive with stunning results

CAN’T MOVE ON * recommended *
15 September 2008 / White Label / Wing Records / 2 Trk CD
:: 1913 ::
Pleasing anthemic rock fuelled by tornados of precisely controlled, majestic guitar

WHAT ELSE BUT LOVE ?
15 September 2008 / Reveal / 9 Trk CD
:: Jon Redfern ::
A weighty album containing various levels of despair and self reflection

18
15 September 2008 / Rebel Youth / 1 Trk CD
:: Sound And Fury ::
Ontarian rockers Sound And Fury are in part a latter day version of Zodiac Mindwarp

OCEANS AND STREAMS
15 September 2008 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: The Black Keys ::
The Black Keys make great albums, each one an alcohol soaked crawl through the blues

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND
15 September 2008 / Distiller Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Chemists ::
From Bristol The Chemists unleash an attack of darkly tinged driven rock

A MILLION PIECES
15 September 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 4 Trk CD
:: Infadels ::
As The Infadels career progresses it’s obvious they know how to adapt

BEFORE THE RUIN
15 September 2008 / Navigator Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Chris Drever,John McCusker,Roddy Woomble ::
Slowly applied percussion and picked acoustica illuminates an array of soulful folk musings.

DISCO LIES
15 September 2008 / Mute / 2 Trk CD
:: Freemasons :: Moby ::
Set in massive contrast to Mobys’ recent and stripped down backstreet venue tour

THIRTEEN TIMES THE STRENGTH
15 September 2008 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: ASilentFilm ::
There’s a distinct possibility that ASilentFilm’s debut album “The City Sleeps” is going to turn quite a few heads

COME ON OVER (TURN ME ON)
15 September 2008 / V2 / Co-Op / 1 Trk CD
:: Isobel Cambell :: Mark Lanegan ::
Lanegan dominates for much of the song, with shades of midnight blues and backyard jazz

GRIP
15 September 2008 / Epitah / 1 Trk CD
:: zZz ::
They’re Dutch, they’re psychedelic and they love garage soul and rock and roll.

WOULD I STILL HAVE FRIENDS IF I BELIEVED I WAS A WIZARD?
15 September 2008 / 3 Trk CD
:: Such Great Heights ::
Burgeoning potential that really can cross the genres like little else out there now.

DIRTY BIRDS
15 September 2008 / Albino Recordings / 12 Trk CD
:: Kat Flint ::
This Kat Flint’s debut album and despite only two previous singles, it seems as though she’s made a firm enough impact already

FOR EMMA
15 September 2008 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CD
:: Bon Iver ::
Impressive crescendo of grinding acoustic strums betwixt jazzy epic conclusions.

BEAT CONTROL
15 September 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Tilly And The Wall ::
At this juncture, I don’t know if Tilly & The Wall still have a tap dancer amongst their ranks

ADVENTURE
15 September 2008 / Car Park Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Adventure ::
Adventure – aka North Carolina native and Baltimore based Benny Boeldt – delivers an unusual perspective on electronic music

TEN KENS
15 September 2008 / Fat Cat / 11 Trk CD
:: Ten Kens ::
Canadian rockers Ten Kens create a noisy, slightly but happily disorganised crush of distortion

PIROUETTE / A Flame To A Spark
15 September 2008 / The Lost & Lonely Singles Club / 2 Trk Download
:: Stickboy ::
The much admired and often reclusive Stickboy is back with two tracks on the latest new label on the block, The Lost & Lonely Singles Club

JOURNEY TO THE WEST
15 September 2008 / XL / 22 Trk CD
:: Monkey ::
Based on the opera “Monkey : Journey To The West” this is an exciting and high quality concept

WE THE KINGS
15 September 2008 / Virgin (EMI) / 11 Trk CD
:: We The Kings ::
In terms of lightly exploding EMO, We The Kings are a decent proposition

FEELIN’ INSIDE
15 September 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Koodoo ::
Wiganites eventually dispel Welsh sounds for something a little more wholesome...

KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN
15 September 2008 / White Label / 3 Trk CD
:: Butler Williams ::
Butler Williams continue to shine as one of Manchester’s prettiest and more striking purveyors of lilting acoustica.

DADDY’S GONE
08 September 2008 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Glasvegas ::
Whereas JAMC wore leather pants and caused fights at gigs GlasVegas are the staple of Guardian front covers

BEING SOMEBODY ELSE
08 September 2008 / Columbia / 2 Trk CD
:: The Coral ::
The Coral are back with brand new material and an upcoming singles compilation

WAVING FLAGS : re-release
08 September 2008 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
The glorious tones of “Waving Flags” soar almost higher than the eye can see

BLOOD WEDDING
08 September 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Hidden Gem ::
From Hulme, The Hidden Gem explore a world of dark but dreamy narrated pop

PART OF THE WEEKEND NEVER DIES
08 September 2008 / Pias / DVD
:: Soulwax ::
Great for Soulwax fans, but good enough for anyone else too.

GOT NO PLACE TO GO
08 September 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: The Yellhounds ::
The sound of rough and tumbling rock and roll driven by C&W and rugged bluesy guitars

THE CORAL SEA
08 September 2008 / PASK / 2 x CD
:: Patti Smith and Kevin Shields ::
Smith maybe as the bigger legend, wins over as the perfect orator, but with a partial My Bloody Valentine canvas this is all quite compelling.

PAPERWORK
08 September 2008 / Leaf / 10 Trk CD
:: Volcano! ::
Through this haze of noise are fertile ideas and inventive collisions

TWILIGHT EXIT
08 September 2008 / 1965 / 11 Trk CD
:: Holy Ghost Revival ::
This is the sound of Bat Out of Hell being played by Sparks

BANG ON
08 September 2008 / 4 AD / 1 Trk CD
:: The Breeders ::
A definite highlight from an experimental but graceful album

BATCAT
08 September 2008 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 1 Trk CD
:: Mogwai ::
Big, widescreen progressive rock from the first generation innovators.

HARD TIMES ON THE WAY
08 September 2008 / Dust Bowl : Pieces of Eight / 11 Trk CD
:: Black Daniel ::
An agenda that could have been written as a joint venture between Lennon and Jagger had they signed to Creation Records

YOUR FACE
08 September 2008 / Lost And Lonely Singles Club / 2 Trk Digital Download
:: Run Toto Run ::
Charms the hell out of your ears - you must succumb. . .

COLD FACT
08 September 2008 / Light In The Attic / 12 Trk CD
:: Rodriguez ::
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez was working on a building site when he was told that his debut album was something of a cult favourite and should be re-released

FERNDORF
08 September 2008 / FatCat :130701 / 12 Trk CD
:: Hauschka ::
A neo-classical exercise, that proves that the gap between the futuristic folk landscapes of Sigur Ros and almost sombre, traditional emotive chamber music isn’t that big

LEAVE
08 September 2008 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Shortwave Fade ::
This aint no Hamfatter

ME AND ARMINI
08 September 2008 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: Emiliana Torrini ::
Simple, soulful, chilling stuff.

LOVE, LUST & OTHER DISASTERS
08 September 2008 / Weekender Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Kingsize ::
In essence this album sounds like The Wonderstuff trying to be the Arctic Monkeys

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
08 September 2008 / 8 Trk CD
:: Hey Colossus ::
A bit more metaphorical salt being rubbed into slightly bigger and angrier musical wounds.

DO OR DIE
08 September 2008 / Wrath / 11 Trk CD
:: Eureka Machines ::
A collision of riotous rock, punk energy and orchestrated heavy metal guitars welded to solid vocals

LIGHTBULBS
01 September 2008 / Full Time Hobby / 11 Trk CD
:: Fujiya & Miyagi ::
Digital constructions, that lilt in a series of dry, observational, lightly whipped soundtracks.

SOULED OUT
01 September 2008 / Wichita Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Conor Oberst ::
Fake your orgasms now

FRIENDLY FIRES
01 September 2008 / XL / 10 Trk CD
:: Friendly Fires ::
A combination of 4/4 beats and shimmied guitar strokes

WHEN THE HAAR ROLLS IN
01 September 2008 / Domino / 9 Trk CD
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) ::
James remains reflective and composed in his own trademarked manner

UNHOLY MAJESTY
01 September 2008 / One Little Indian / 10 Trk CD
:: Rose Kemp ::
A unique and exceptional hybrid of folk and prog alt rock

THE GOLDON MILE
01 September 2008 / Strangetown Records / 10 Trk CD
:: The Peth ::
This is a record that really does want to be accepted - and which more or less does that without really even trying.

EP
01 September 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: This Is My Lawnmower ::
It's another hint that there’s a little party going on somewhere inside this intriguing band

SEASIDE SURPRISE
01 September 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Simon Connor ::
Arresting tunes imbued with an appealing, sweet irony

HOVERFLY
01 September 2008 / Bloody Awful Poetry / 3 Trk CD
:: The Inconsolables ::
The first few bars of this record make it sound like you’ve just reached a new level on Frogger.

LET’S FALL BACK IN LOVE
01 September 2008 / Moshi Moshi / 5 Trk CD
:: Slow Club ::
One of the best chances for anyone to hear what really can be done with modern folk

WHY DO I NEED IT
01 September 2008 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Royal Vendetta ::
An exciting, danceable proposition and one that once again keep the flag flying for Yorkshire

HELLHOUND
01 September 2008 / Kartel / 3 Trk CD
:: Smother ::
There’s a piano here too frantically plinking away in double time

THE SIX GRAND PLOT
01 September 2008 / We Make Things Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Officer Kicks ::
A decent rock 'n roll record that thrives on transfusions of the blues and crackling distortions

THE ANIMALS STILL RUN THIS CITY
01 September 2008 / Scylla Records / 5 Trk CD
:: Scream!Shout!SayNothing ::
Scream!Shout!SayNothing seem to have cut themselves a fine rock record

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