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Turbulence
Do Good

Several of Turbulence's more recent releases had began to have a mechanical feel to them. This includes the X Girlfriend album and especially the Songs of Solomon album, and while Do Good does at times suffer from the stock and trade feel (some of that is due to Brotherman of course), it rises above falling into that category with its timing. Ob...view item »

The Mighty Roars
Daddy Oh

"Daddy Oh" is their third single, this on One Little Indian. Female fronted spiky punk-pop, wailing vocals, rowdy guitars and that!...view item »

Dan Sartain
Thought It Over

"Thought It Over", another artist on One Little Indian's roster gaining kudos from Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2. Personally I didn't have to mull over the decision to come and work at Norman Towers, they offered more money than I was already earning so there was no contest, didn't even have to hand in a c...view item »

Pattie Blingh And The Akebula 5
Sagala

Worthnothings and Olesi were neck-snapping in their originality and execution. This record doesn't hold together as well, seems a little too loose. It would be ridiculous to say the songs are "better" (her songwriting mechanisms elude common theory and this review doesn't provide enough space for a truly genuine deconstruction of it) but I can s...view item »

The Low Lows
Elizabeth Pier

The Low Lows single on Monotreme is a fuzzed out trip through Spacemen 3/ Mary Chain (again) territory. Elizabeth Pier CD single only and rather good we thought. Well early 90's! ...view item »

Wolfgang
Not In love (Not True)

Wolfgang Cds and 7" (on 3 colours of vinyl!) called Not In Love. Nice robot on the sleeve... this is electro indie pop. The vocals are put through some special box which makes 'em sound like they're a robot or something. Most novelty indeed but I'm sure beneath the nuts and bolts there's a heartfelt message there... somewhere......view item »

Great Lakes
Diamond Times

This is a fairly solid album from Great Lakes. The band have loose associations with the Elephant 6 collective (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power). There'...view item »

Lonely Boy
.. And Other Tragedies

Next Up On Same label we have LONELY BOY which is a collaboration between ex-Hefner drummer Antony Harding and Norwegian poet Eivind Kirkeby. Now I know the Darren Hayman connection I can hear the similarities. Charming aching soft gentle pop. This is their first combined attempt at wooi...view item »

The Bishops
The Only Place I Can Look Is Down

Now I have The Bishops new 7" on 1234 records. Saw these cheeky chaps live and it was like being in the Cavern all over again. Not the one when Jesus (or someone like that) hid from the Romans .... The Beatles man!! (said in New York accent)... It irritated me at the time actually... they even had the shaky mop...view item »

Mando Diao
Long Before Rock 'n Roll

I've heard a lot of people compare Mando Diao to the Hives, but the only comparison I really see is they're both Swedish and rock bands. Mando Diao-Unbeknownst to the boys in the band, the name means something a bit inappropriate in Chinese. However, who cares when after you hear Long Before Rock n Roll you’ll be thinking about the music. People...view item »

Regina Spektor
Fidelity

Regina Spektor is a really great artist and this song is one of her better ones. She seems to have two types of songs. The ones that are a little weird and and ones that are like this that are a little more serious. The former are great, but I usually prefer the latter. "Fidelity" has a deceptive simplicity with thoughtful lyrics underlying the lig...view item »

Charlotte Hatherley
The Deep Blue

Second solo album from former Ash guitarist/guitarist for hire (Bryan Ferry, Bat for Lashes, KT Tunstall) Charlotte Hatherley, The Deep Blue is not as immediately accessible as her very punk-pop/new wave-ish debut album Grey Will Fade. It doesn't have the quirky radio singles like "Bastardo", "Kim Wilde", and "Summer",...view item »

Output Message
Sommeil (Remixed)

I quite enjoyed that OUTPUTMESSAGE album that came out on Output. Not enough to take one but I was happy that it was on in the background while I constantly confuse myself. Here is a 12" (vinyl only release) which features 5 remixes of Sommeil thanks to those people at Melodic Records.  The mixes aren't really by ...view item »

Mr Hudson & The Library
A Tale of Two Cities

I heard this compared to Bowie with a hint of reggae...maybe so, but I think a more accurate comparison is to Thomas Dolby and Prefab Sprout. In making this analogy, Hudson's album doesn't compare to Sprout's Two Wheels Good - which I personally consider a masterpiece - but does offer a strong set of consistent tunes for those that enjoy the lik...view item »

The Fighting Cocks
Music For Lapdancers

This music goes beyond classification unless "complete and total fun" is now a music genre. The genius combination of all sorts of genres of music and audio clips into something cool and amazing to listen to is no small feat. Not noise, just musical genius. For instance, the first track on this disc "Hellraiser" combines audio clips, punk beats,...view item »

Trick Daddy
Back by Thug Demand

I was ready to stop listening to Trick after that tepid release Thug Matrimony but I decided to give him a chance with this album. The first single Bet That (featuring Chamillionaire) is alright but in comparison to tracks like Tuck Ya Ice (feat Birdman), You Damn Right and Breaka Breaka, it's easily forgotten. If Trick Daddy fans are disappoint...view item »

A Touch of Class
A Touch Of Class Still Sucks

The mixing is tight, there's plenty of energy and it strikes a fine balance between eclecticism and monotony. But in the end, too much of this just seems like uninteresting pop rock fused with dance elements we've heard before. No doubt this album would go over well in a club or at a party because there are plenty of dancers and listeners who wi...view item »

Goldrush
The Heart Is The Place

Sat in a bar somewhere in the sprawl Seville, Spain has become in early 2008, a music loving friend asked me what they best album of the previous year was. The answer I gave him was Goldrush – The Heart Is The Place. Even at the time I was aware that this wasn't because this album is a hidden classic but much...view item »

Minus The Bear
Interpretaciones Del Oso

It goes without saying that this shouldn't be your first MTB album. Menos is the masterpiece. At the same time, you have to understand this album for what it is: it is a remix album. Tracks 1,2, and 8 are amazing. Then you have the rest. I have no idea what some of these DJs were thinking. Some didn't use any of the words from the originals and ...view item »

Superthriller
The Blank Album

Stupid release of the week goes to SUPERTHRILLER who's cunning marketing ploy is thus..... The CD is called The Blank album and it is in fact a blank disc. Bargain oui?? Well inside there's a code for you to download the whole album. So not only do you have to go to the bother of buying the thing.. you then have to go to the bother of downloading i...view item »

Hot Club De Paris
Shipwreck

first up in my fire hazardous hands I have HOT CLUB DE PARIS with 'Shipwreck' It's a pretty fun record with fast intricate bass action with sing along vocals and jerking rhythms and stuff. Seems this sort of thing comes easy to the lads and its got a laid back feel to it that neither strikes the match of joy or bores the bones. Only got o...view item »

Liam Frost & The Slowdown Family
She Painted Pictures

Liam Frost I can't do with either. His new single is called She Painted Pictures and I don't like it at all. It's like Badly Drawn Boy gone wrong. Correctly Drawn Boy perhaps?? Polished pop music and ultimately bland!!...view item »

The Hours
Narcissus Road

This album has some great elements from bands its musicians had formerly played in, as well as new ingredients all of its own. "Narcissus Road" is the single for two summers ago that I never heard. There are songs I like on this album and I mean REALLY like (which is most of them), but there are a couple that I don't really like and I skip every...view item »

The Secret Show
Impressionist Roadmap Of The West

Tracks LOVERS TWO DROWNED RATS IN THE DESERT THE GIRL FROM CHAPEL HILL WE BLAZE A TRAIL IMPRESSIONIST ROAD MAP OF THE WEST THE DUKE MAÑANA THE WIDO OLD BLACKTOP EVERYONE'S A CRITIC THE ONE THAT I LOVE ...view item »

Clouds
Legendary Demo

I really didn't know what to expect from this release honestly, but since I love Cave In, I decided to start checking out the many member's side projects. Adam McGrath's Clouds completely and totally blew me away. They managed to make a pummelling 70's rock album that fuses just enough modern sounds in it to not sou...view item »

David Vandervelde
The Moonstation House Band

David Vandervelde's debut album "The Moonstation House Band" was recorded in ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett's basement studio and released in 2007. The most striking thing about the record is that his voice sounds a lot like Marc Bolan check out "Feet Of A Liar". The music is of a kind of retro '70s singer/songwriter sty...view item »

Sancho
Mystery Year

Seed Records have finally released the SANCHO 'Mystery Year' album after we got a promo of it about 7 months ago. Again this is a slight change in direction for the label with this not being an entirely electronic record. Traditional instruments such as piano, viola, trumpet etc are all augmented and fiddled with and glitched ...view item »

Hollowblue
What You Left Behind

Also on Suiteside is HOLLOWBLUE who have a CD single out called What You Left Behind. This features Anthony Reynolds from Jack and I'm not a massive fan of Jack or this if I'm honest. Consequently I can't think of much to say about it.  I guess it will appeal to folks who like aforementioned Jack band, D...view item »

Honeytrap
The Naked Dancing EP

I'm having to listen to HONEYTRAP's 'Naked Dancing' EP on their Myspace page as the CD is locked in it's sleeve by a cute little love heart wax stamp. The sound quality on these computer speakers isn't great so rather than me waffling on about how tinny it sounds go have listen for yourself on their myspace....view item »

David Karsten Daniels
Sharp Teeth

Not content with one release this week Fat Cat deliver a full length from DAVID KARSTEN DANIELS. The bare bones of 'Sharp Teeth' is one man and his guitar augmented by a more than competent selection of strings, horns, slide guitar, piano, viola, cello, organ, glockenspiel etc. His vocal is tender lyrics sharp and soul search...view item »

The Lucky Sperms
Somewhat Humorous

This is a beautiful return to form for Daniel and Jad, with help from an unknown newcomer named Chris Bultman. A noisier (mostly) acoustic album one could not ask for, from their strange-but-somehow-straightforward retooling of "Ruby Tuesday" to the brilliant clatter of "Pancakes Flop". Reportedly written and recorded during a stay in Daniel's p...view item »

Little Barrie
Love You

LITTLE BARRIE is some funk dude on Genuine Records. Only on his new single Love You he seems to have dropped the funk and gone for an early 60's pop motif. I can't help feeling that if Jamiroquai was any good he'd make records like this. Quite bouncy sounding fun pop tune which doesn't fit in with any current trends. An enormous bonus in my book....view item »

Planningtorock
Have It All Stringed Up

I love that PLANNINGTOROCK album on Chicksonspeed Records. You all largely ignored me though... This new CD Ep (called Have It All Stringed Up) is one of those enhanced jobs that has videos on there well. I believe you need a computer for that. Mind you if you're reading this then you'll probably sorted on that one. A potentiall...view item »

Summer Hymns
Backward Masks

More devoted fans of this indie neo-psych band tied loosely with the Elephant 6 collective (with the inclusion of Derek Almstead [of Montreal, Marshmallow Coast]) should get more out of this CD than I did. I Didn't enjoy this 2006 release as much as I did Summer Hymn's A Celebrity Arm Gesture effort. Simply a bit too light-weight for me. However...view item »

Patrick Wolf
Wind In The Wires

Future generations always will have their whizzkids, some musical prodigy troubadours to produce forward thinking, inventive & thrilling sounds from the stale mire the scene has milked so badly the climate resembles a looted slag heap. Why oh why does Pete Doherty get so many press inches when all he is is a caricature of a fucked up...view item »

Pine Am
Pull The Rabbit Ears

This is the perfect record for nippophiles. PINE*am is three girls from Japan. This is an amazing little record. This band met in Osaka and released their first album in 2000. Now part of the band lives in Vancouver. Some songs have weird synth kiddie sounds like "Pull The Rabbit Ears." But there are some pop elements like on "Starlight, Star Br...view item »

Black Strobe
A Remix Selection

I'm a huge fan of Black Strobe, but their recent decision to feature Arnaud Rebotini's vocals on more and more tracks seems like a mistake. He's clearly a great producer, but his voice is just not up to the task of supporting a song that features vocals as its main source of melody. Tracks like "Me and Madonna" and "Chemical Sweet Girl" work bec...view item »

The Isles
Summer Loans

Don't totally get THE ISLES. Their tunes kinda pass me by in a foot tapping Orange Juice/C86 way. A yank hybrid take on the 80's that i'm sure Voxtrot do better. It's nice music, well done with a bit of soul but the Pixies basslines don't make their schtick any easier to love. I think they're a little airy. Don't...view item »

Swan Lake
Beast Moans

Swan Lake -- for the most part -- delivers, with its weaves of lo-fi fuzz, acoustic guitar and wavery synth. It starts off a little weakly, but quickly gains steam and barrels on like the Decemberists on really good acid. The music itself is a glorious mess of the lo-fi and experimental, dabbling in sing-alongs and poetry recitals. There are rou...view item »

Dave Fischoff
The Crawl

If you appreciate intelligent lyricism in your music, look no further: "A crowd spinning its calligraphy of voices/ surrounds me with its talk. / Strands of conversation unwind/ around my ear like a vine." A former librarian, Fischoff obviously understands poetry and his magical observations about real life read as well as they sound. Fischoff h...view item »

Greenwich Resident
I Hid My Heroes

Next up is a 5 track EP from GREENWICH RESIDENT. 'I Hid My Heroes' immediately makes me think of Badly Drawn Boy albeit slightly more twee and without the Bruce Springsteen obsession. Whether they wear hats all the time I'm afraid I can't tell you. This has commercial appeal as the songs are strong and the production is polished...view item »

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