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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For September, 2009

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

DON’T PANIC
16 September 2009 / Performing Chimp / 11 trk CD
:: Jon Gomm ::
King of the acoustic arpeggios, Gomm explores a far more progressive frontier

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 28/09/09
28 September 2009 / Various Formats
:: The Cribs :: Kila Kela :: 12 Stone Toddler :: Lethal Bizzle :: Jason Mraz :: The YeahYou’s :: Addictive :: Carolina Liar :: Dot Allison feat Paul Weller :: Dot Allison :: Girls ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases leading up to the 28th September 2009 >>

BACK 2 SKOOL
28 September 2009 / Rebel Alliance Recordings / 3 Trk CD
:: Sonic Boom Six ::
An impulsive mix of early 90’s rock, jacking the best of Flowered Up onto the wheels of modern punk ska

GONE TIL WINTER
28 September 2009 / Headroom Records / Code 7 / CD Mini Album
:: Gone Til Winter ::
An attractive combination of romantic rock, that straddles the confusing borders between gothic and metal

IVY LEAGUE EP
28 September 2009 / Toy Soldier Records / 6 Trk CD
:: Curly Hair ::
Why don't all acts and bands pay this amount of attention to detail

NO MORE STORIES / ARE TOLD TODAY / I'M SORRY / THEY WASHED AWAY // NO MORE STORIES / THE WORLD IS GREY / I'M TIRED / LET'S WASH AWAY * album of the week *
28 September 2009 / Sony Music / 14 Trk CD
:: Mew ::
Shuddered, synchopated, sometimes oddly placed tempos illuminate the uniquely glacial and spectacular voice of Jonas Bjerre

LET'S GO SURFING
28 September 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: The Drums ::
It's the simplest track this week and certainly one of the cleverest and most appealing

TROPHY ROOM
28 September 2009 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
:: Slow Club ::
A superb example of their fusion of low key acoustica, pinned to a sweeping electronic bedrock.

TURNING THE MIND * recommended *
28 September 2009 / Mute / 12 Trk CD
:: Maps ::
An addictive synth driven theme from beginning to end, as it explores both dance music and a variety of leftfield, alternative atmospheric manoeuvres

CHILDSPLAY
28 September 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Franks Wild Years ::
From Wigan / Manchester, Franks' Wild Years are a three piece who have studied hard at the temple of classic rock

BILLY'S LAST STAND * unsigned single of the week *
28 September 2009 / White Label / 3 Trk CDR / Download
:: The 66 ::
'I have a fire inside me ' sings Daniel Rimmer before dragging you onto a rollercoaster of chanting melodies

YOUR HISTORY IS MINE 2002-2009
28 September 2009 / Warner / Atlantic / 16 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
Signing off their past therefore with this compilation, FFAF it seems are embarking on a fiercer sound altogether

TEMECULA SUNRISE
28 September 2009 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Dirty Projectors ::
At times this could be a school orchestra playing something the music teacher wrote whilst on a batch of crazy drugs

ONCE
28 September 2009 / Young Turks (Beggars) / 12 Trk CD
:: Kid Harpoon ::
With louder break outs of firmer material,thankfully the acoustic and country flavoured aspects of Kid Harpoons work are also preserved

ON SAFARI
28 September 2009 / ATIC / 11 Trk CD
:: The Witch And The Robot ::
I mean how do you even get near a song with that title. With a big long stick and a baffled look ?

BLUEPRINT FOR A BETTER TIME * recommeded *
28 September 2009 / Inhaler / 11 Trk CD
:: Above Them ::
Above Them fit easily into contemporary rock circles, but put quite simply, they may well have produced a best newcomers album

1976 * demo of the week *
28 September 2009 / Demo / 7 Trk CDR
:: Transmission 13 ::
Electronic scores that capture the spirit, essence and mood of people living on the fringes of a post- industrial city.

I WANTED YOU MORE THAN YOU WANTED ME
28 September 2009 / SiZe Records / 2 Trk CD
:: The Shallow Call ::
Celebrates Manchester from 1985 on, whilst brimming with the flair of American alternative rock

DEMO (no tracklisting)
28 September 2009 / Demo / CDR
:: Chaos:Baby ::
Indebted to third generation post-Oi punk rock, built on almost rap like shouts and the basic re-workings of the 'punk is (not) dead' movement

DR FEELGOOD
21 September 2009 / Universal / 2 x CD – (11 Trk Original + 9 Trk Deluxe Disc)
:: Motley Crue ::
Selling over 6 million copies Stateside, this is Crue’s benchmark

VOL 4 / SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH / SABOTAGE / TECHNICAL ECSTASY / NEVER SAY DIE! * classic album re-issue *
21 September 2009 / Universal / CD Albums
:: Black Sabbath ::
Black Sabbath are a band to be celebrated and in this continued series of album remasters, we have five complete classic LPs at our disposal

PIECES
21 September 2009 / Pias / 1 Trk CD
:: Dinosaur Jr. ::
Another cut from the band’s fabulous album “The Farm”

THE DOOMSDAY EP
21 September 2009 / XL / 6 Trk CD
:: Elvis Perkins ::
“There’s a guy down the chip shop thinks he’s Elvis...Perkins”

HAPPY ENDING
21 September 2009 / Lovely Horse Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The Phoenix Foundation ::
An impressive album of psychedelic flavours and laid back new grooves.

PURDY
21 September 2009 / Just Music / 6 Trk Remix CD
:: William Orbit ::
Purdy” is a definite highlight crammed with familiar Soundbites

THE ANIMAL
21 September 2009 / Kartel Creative / 10 Trk CD
:: Richard Walters ::
“The Animal” is a refined and respectable collection of considered songs but prepare yourself for an emotional overload

BORN AGAIN REVISITED * recommended *
21 September 2009 / Matador Records / 15 Trk CD
:: Times New Viking ::
“No Time, No Hope” sounds like plastic shattering, but contains within it a superb anthemic riot of considered, fractured tunes.

FEELINGS GONE
21 September 2009 / XL / 1 Trk CD
:: Basement Jaxx ::
Basement Jaxx still appear hungry in their quest to dominate dancefloors and the charts

THE STAND OFF EP
21 September 2009 / Drift Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Le Reno Amps ::
Le Reno Amps are something of an indie music factory

THE BACKSEAT
21 September 2009 / Side One Dummy / 1 Trk CD
:: The Gaslight Anthem ::
Is the Boss right ? Are Gaslight rock's greatest new band ?..

DOWN THE YEARS
21 September 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Hidden Gem ::
With various band members listed as Twitter Dan, Vic Flange, Dusty Bandingo and Diamond Bill it’s worth giving marks just for that

HERE THE BRUTE HARPIES MAKE THEIR NESTS * album of the week *
21 September 2009 / RTP Recordings / 15 Trk CD
:: Julian Gaskell (& His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists) ::
A Bulgarian traditional tune is excitedly hacked and brushed up into a fragmented wig-out, in what can only can be described as some kind of gypsy punk prog rock melee

IF YOU’VE BEEN THERE * demo of the week *
21 September 2009 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: Glass Ankle ::
Pure, infectious song writing, which whilst mainly acoustic, abandons the convention of folk and other low volume templates

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 14/09/09
14 September 2009 / Various Formats
:: Twin Atlantic :: You MeAtSix :: Million Dead :: Tiga :: Frank Turner :: Dancer Vs Politician :: Goodbye Good :: Dan Edelstyn & The Orchestra of Cardboard :: Leo Sayer :: ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases w/c 14/09/09

TEAR YOURSELVES AWAY
14 September 2009 / Heist / 11 Trk CD
:: Love Like Fire ::
American band LoveLikeFire began by sharing The Killers rehearsal space in Las Vegas before moving to the bohemia of San Francisco

FEATHERHEAD * unsigned record of the week *
14 September 2009 / Demo / 8 Trk CDR
:: Motion Theory ::
They sound like anyone’s first band in some respects ; budget recordings and slightly under developed songs, but...

HUMBUG * recommended *
14 September 2009 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Arctic Monkeys ::
This album will quite possibly be revered in the future

POST-NOTHING
14 September 2009 / Polyvinyl Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Japandroids ::
An album of two halves therefore, but with the final four tracks giving Japandroids the definite edge

WE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO UNIVERSITY
14 September 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 32 Trk 2xCD
:: Reuben ::
Reuben fan relevant release completes your home archive

RESISTANCE NOW * recommended *
14 September 2009 / Imprint music / 3 Trk CD
:: Senser ::
The continued renaissance of a band who have succeeded in ever improving their own genre of rapcore

HOPING & WAITING
14 September 2009 / White Label / CD Single
:: The Hush Now ::
Sits somewhere The Boo Radleys and the Californian surf pop scene

EPCOT STARFIELDS
14 September 2009 / Melodic / 10 Trk CD
:: Windmill ::
A magical, almost pleasingly surreal journey into someone else’s memories

A COLLIER’S WIFE
14 September 2009 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: The Crookes ::
The Crookes are from Sheffield and sound like it too.

EP
14 September 2009 / 5 Trk 10” Vinyl & Download
:: exLovers ::
Sunlit splash of Pacific Coast indie pop

THE YEARLING
14 September 2009 / Hotel Records / 16 Trk CD
:: Piney Gir ::
Where Gir is going with this, is really the big point in question

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 07/09/09
07 September 2009 / Various Formats
:: Joker’s Daughter :: Thomas Dybdahl :: Twin Atlantic :: The Mojo Fins :: Metronomy :: Newton Faulkner :: Paramore :: Billy Talent :: Dan Arborise :: Carolina Liar :: Jay-Z feat Rihanna & Kanye West :: Madison Violet :: Rebellious Jukebox ::
Summary and review and videos of other interesting major releases w/c 07/09/09

THANK GOD I'M AN ATHEIST
07 September 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Al Baker (& The Dole Queue) ::
There’s never been a more pleasant way to listen to someone on a soapbox

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EDWARD
07 September 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Shanty Town ::
Shanty Town seem to have bundles of energy and passion to boil out the melodies and heated lo-fi indie rock, into this fine collection of sing-a-long everyday songs

THE KNOT * recommended *
07 September 2009 / Affairs Of The Heart / 10 Trk CD
:: Wye Oak ::
If American rock had to evolve into anything, then the nation should be grateful that Wye Oak are infallible ambassadors of anything that is great about true American

THE NEVER-ENDING WHY
07 September 2009 / Dreambrother / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download (with bonus remix track)
:: Placebo ::
Placebo hang onto their recent, newly found energy

MEAN EVERTHING TO NOTHING
07 September 2009 / SonyBMG / 11 Trk CD
:: Manchester Orchestra ::
They’re not from Manchester and they’re not an orchestra either

LOVE ON AN OIL RIG * album of the week *
07 September 2009 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The Victorian English Gentlemans Club ::
This is one album that should make it onto people’s end of year lists.

FOR THOSE WHO PAVED THE WAY * recommended *
07 September 2009 / Inhaler / 1 Trk Download
:: Above Them ::
Pontefract rocks..

AYO TECHNOLOGY
07 September 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Milow ::
This is pop.

RENEE LOVES LOSERS
07 September 2009 / Ctrl.Alt.Del. Records / 2 Trk 7” Picture Disc Vinyl
:: LR Rockets ::
They hail from both the South and Yorkshire – the northern side makes sure the angst is maintained at the right levels

AU NATUREL / WEASEL * unsigned record of the week *
07 September 2009 / Philophobia / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: The Compression ::
If only most modern music were as direct and unfettered as this.

DOMINOS
07 September 2009 / 4 AD / 2 Trk CD
:: The Big Pink ::
The Big Pink have a name that suggests that they are the antithesis of a band wanting to dominate bedroom walls

TWO SUNSETS
07 September 2009 / Domino / Geographic / 12 Trk CD
:: The Pastels / Tenniscoats ::
Two acts caught in an almost perfect crossfire of harmony and inspiration

MY HEART * recommended *
07 September 2009 / Domino / 2 Trl Ltd 7” Vinyl & 4 Trk Remix Digital Package
:: Wildbirds & Peacedrums ::
Walletin’s harmonies seem to close in around her beautifully positioned and delivered leftfield soul

DEPARTURE
07 September 2009 / End Game / 3 Trk CD
:: Motion Picture Soundtrack ::
This EP balances itself between disappointment and triumph

ONE MORE RIDE
07 September 2009 / White Label / 1 Trk CD
:: Wall Street Riots ::
It’s not entirely ground breaking, but Wall Street Riots are honing an enviable talent

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