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ROUNDUP :: Other Releases For March 2009
30 March 2009 / Various Formats
:: Funeral For A Friend :: Milk Kan :: Thursday :: The All New Adventures Of Us :: Grammatics :: Animal Collective :: The Tunics :: You MeAtSix :: Anni Rossie :: Fake Problems :: Video Nasties :: Joe Gideon & The Shark :: Therapy? :: New Found Glory :: J J Cale :: The Saturdays :: Black Lips :: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band :: Starsailor :: Friendly Fires :: Oh Atoms :: Steven Wilson :: Sam Isaac :: Metric :: BM Linx ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases due out in March 2009

CARNIVAL MILITIA
30 March 2009 / TNS Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Stand Out Riot ::
Stand Out Riot drive their Two Tone ska crashes through a searing metal-core

PARANOID * classic album *
30 March 2009 / Universal / 8 Trk CD (Available as 3xCD Version)
:: Black Sabbath ::
A carefully re-mastered LP in this glorious, play-it-loud collection of classic tracks

IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT EP
30 March 2009 / CatCutter Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Mr Bones & The Dreamers ::
The story of a man who’s lost the ability to distinguish between ‘what is moving and what is static’

DEATH OF A MATADOR
30 March 2009 / Skinny Dog / 7 Trk CD
:: Indigo Jones ::
An exciting ramble through the American heartland, complete with the electric twang of guitar and Scott Alexander’s pleasingly off kilter, low end melodies

DEMONSTRATION
30 March 2009 / Pink Hedgehog Records / 4 Trk CD
:: Si Jubb ::
Si Jubb hails from London, but has the kind of dulcet tones that could have him figured for a northerner

FOLLOW YOU EP
30 March 2009 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: The Tempus ::
This all sounds quite exceptional at times, but the breakthrough track is still yet to come

THICK AS THIEVES / MOVING AWAY TO START AGAIN
30 March 2009 / Inhaler / Split 2 Trk CD
:: Cocean :: Lines In Sand ::
Cocean team up with Lines In Sand on this latest record on Doncaster’s Inhaler label - a CD stuffed with progressive tendencies

I WANT THAT
30 March 2009 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: Psapp ::
Galia Durant and Carim Classman return with another collection of sonic oddments

DRAGON’S BREATH * recommended *
30 March 2009 / Red Deer Club / 20 Trk CD
:: Paddy Steer ::
Steer adds another intriguing volume to his own fascinating library of Mancunian music.

ROCKET FOOTAGE EP
30 March 2009 / Philophobia / 4 Trk Split EP
:: Sponge Wings :: Lapels ::
Split EP from Yorkshire where Philophobia look for the unusual and succeed once again..

RULES
30 March 2009 / Bubbles Records / 11 Trk CD
:: The Whitest Boy Alive ::
Erlend Øye's latest vehicle is full of little bits of funk, dance and indie pop but remains true to his indie ideal

DON’T LET GO
30 March 2009 / Domino / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Yo Majesty ::
Snatched from their debut album “Fantastically Speaking...Never Be Afraid”

WE ARE US * single of the week *
30 March 2009 / Columbia / 1 Trk CD
:: Twisted Wheel ::
“We Are Us” is the band's heavy calibre stadium anthem

95 CHARING CROSS ROAD
30 March 2009 / Promo / 1 Trk Download
:: The Penny Black remedy ::
A relative stir of ska and European gypsy folk-punk

THE SINGER
30 March 2009 / A&G Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Teitur ::
Provides a worthy introduction to Teitur’s uniquely accomplished vocal style

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
30 March 2009 / Side One Dummy / 3 Trk CD
:: The Gaslight Anthem ::
The Gaslight Anthem are (un)remarkable for the fact that they sound almost exactly like The Killers

DIRTY PUBS & BOUNCING ROOMS * Unsigned Album Of The Week *
30 March 2009 / Changes Music / 12 Trk CD
:: All The Kings Men ::
An exciting guitar album taken from our rain swept streets and dimly lit drinking holes, lacing tales with anti-establishment rhetoric

A HORSE TO BE RECKONED WITH
30 March 2009 / Slicethepie Records / Download Album
:: Walk.DontWalk ::
I’d prefer a cooler soundtrack to buy my trouser to

TEAR IT OPEN
23 March 2009 / Drift Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Le Reno Amps ::
Le Reno Amps hurtle along the horizon, barely visible at the cusp of the vanishing point

CONTACT! CONTACT!
23 March 2009 / Drums Don’t Kill Records / 13 Trk CD
:: Tellison ::
Emo electro album does much to put Tellison on the map

KICKS
23 March 2009 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
:: 1990s ::
It’s a good three years since the 1990’s first came onto the scene and two years since their last album

THE HAZARDS OF LOVE
23 March 2009 / Rough Trade / 17 Trk CD
:: The Decemberists ::
This fifth album carries forward The Decemberists' mature mix of folk, edgy Americana and carefully arranged lush studio mastery

FUCKBOOK
23 March 2009 / Matador Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Condo Fucks ::
The Condo Fucks are not robots disguise, but they are something else - side project gets edgy on cover versions

ALL THE ROADS
23 March 2009 / Demo / CDR
:: The Words ::
Coasts along on a groove of mid-tempo rhythm and low key, blues pop hued vocals

IoTa * recommended *
23 March 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: In The Black ::
Riot filled, impressive three chord exploits.

ON A WIRE
23 March 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Nicotine ::
There are gallons of riffs going on, but Nicotine go more for a straight aimed delivery

BLACK BALLOON EP * recommended *
23 March 2009 / Domino / 3 Trk 10” Vinyl & Download
:: The Kills ::
“Black Balloon” takes The Kills to an even bigger sound

INTERFERENCE
23 March 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Phre The Eon ::
Phre The Eon are experts in executing vibrantly lit indie songs

NO KIND WORDS * single of the week *
23 March 2009 / Fiction (Polydor / Universal) /
:: The Maccabees ::
Brighton based quintet bounce back with maybe one of 2009’s best indie singles

SNAKE OIL MIRACLES
23 March 2009 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR
:: The Hidden Gem ::
Another demo of lilting, self produced guitar-love-pop

MUSCLE BEACH
23 March 2009 / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: The Siegfried Sassoon ::
A contemporary dose of post-Math emo fuelled by Casio keyboards and the odd poppy soundbite

BOOTSY BOOTSY * EP of the week *
23 March 2009 / Switchflicker / Peacefrog / 5 Trk CD
:: Magic Arm ::
Buying a Yamaha CS-10 in Cash Converter was the biggest influence on my sound

KIDS ON FIRE EP * demo of the week *
23 March 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Arkaic ::
Last time out, the band had lost their drummer, but now they actually have one, but have instead misplaced their second guitarist - end result is still of note

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 16/03/09
16 March 2009 / Various Formats
:: Saint Etienne :: Snow Patrol :: The Rasmus :: The Prodigy :: My Chemical Romance :: Polly Scattergood :: Ida Maria :: Micachu & The Shapes :: Filthy Dukes :: Wednesday13 :: Chasing Ora :: Schwab :: Chelsea smiles :: La Roux :: Metro Nation :: Freeland :: Operahouse ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 16/03/09

NO LINE ON THE HORIZON
16 March 2009 / Mercury / 11 Trk CD
:: U2 ::
U2, a post punk product of the new wave scene are now ridiculously successful

BEWARE
16 March 2009 / Domino / 13 Trk CD
:: Bonnie "Prince" Billy ::
“Beware” is maybe Will Oldham's most accessible LP to date

DON’T BE SCARED
16 March 2009 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 10 Trk CD
:: Its A Buffalo ::
its a buffalo would have you thinking that they’d written this in a log cabin somewhere on the wild plains of Oklahoma, rather than a flat in Didsbury

YOU’VE CREATED A MONSTER
16 March 2009 / PopArtLondon / 7 Trk CD
:: Brontosaurus Chorus ::
A ramshackle school orchestra approach that teeters on the sheer adrenaline of the performance,

OVER THE SUN
16 March 2009 / White Label / 12 Trk CD
:: Rodina ::
Rodina unrelentlessly emphasizes quality and jazzy sweetness

MY CIRCUITBOARD CITY
16 March 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: The Wombats ::
“Circuitboard City” seems more direct and less tongue in cheek than the material on their last album

DELETIA
16 March 2009 / 11 Trk CD
:: Shortwave Fade ::
Great debut album and a superb exercise in proving record labels can be taken out of the music equation

KEEP ON WALKING
16 March 2009 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Scouting For Girls ::
Listen - Scouting For Girls do have some good qualities - honest

TURN THE LIGHTS OUT
16 March 2009 / Split Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Computer Club ::
“Turn The Lights Out” peels off a crescendo of superbly pompous indie rock

CRISIS IN THE SLOW LANE
16 March 2009 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: The Xcerts ::
Xcerts were and still should be, a hotly tipped trio

DAY FROM HELL
16 March 2009 / Slicethepie Records / 1 Trk Download
:: Walk.DontWalk ::
Walk.DontWalk froth up their own particular giddy spin of choppy guitars and brassed up hooklines

ADDICTION * recommended *
09 March 2009 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Scar ::
Sacr proudly wear the battle scarred leather jackets of both JAMC and BRMC

THINGS WE SAID IN THE BEDROOM
09 March 2009 / Philophobia / CD Album & Download
:: St Gregory Orange ::
There is something wholly moving about the sounds and shapes thrown up by the rotating shimmer of synths and the pulse of the dragged percussion

THE WORD ON THE STREET
09 March 2009 / THP Records / 3 Trk CD
:: The Hot Puppies ::
A clunky semi-electronic stumble through a drunken house party disco

FINE FASCINATION * album of the week *
09 March 2009 / Lavolta / 10 Trk CD
:: Red Light Company ::
A piece of superb 80’s influenced rock music

JEWELLERY
09 March 2009 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: Micachu & The Shapes ::
A sonically manically depressed album

DESOLATE ICICLE
09 March 2009 / Sideways Saloon / 1 Trk CD
:: The Travelling Band ::
If we’re lucky, this may well just be the sound of the summer.

JUNGLE DRUM
09 March 2009 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Emiliana Torrini ::
An edgy slab of low slung pop, conveyed via bits of electronic programming and rhythmic, muted electric guitars

PICTURES & PUZZLES EP
09 March 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Fox Force Five ::
Fox Force Five are obviously inspired by Tarantino

SMALL WORLD
09 March 2009 / 1 Trk CD
:: Jake Flowers ::
Jake Flowers’ unassuming, almost quiet, but substantial vocals leave a pleasant memory

DEAD OF THE MODERN
09 March 2009 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Gentleman Starkey ::
An EP of 60’s / 70’s not-quite-Rockabilly

DISMAL RESULTS
09 March 2009 / The Firm / 4 Trk CD
:: The Firm ::
The Firm are good at mixing gothic yet heartening indie with some excellent little themes

WHOLE WORLD ON IT’S HEAD * single of the week *
09 March 2009 / Chess Club / 3 Trk CD
:: Post War Years ::
PWY mix superb indie funk basslines with little drops of electronica

ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 02/03/09
02 March 2009 / Various Formats
:: Esser :: Red Light Company :: Antony And The Johnsons :: Sky Larkin :: Blue Roses :: Lemar :: Groove Amada :: Artery :: Arthemis :: The Coronas :: V V Brown :: Shinedown :: Voodoo Johnson :: The Smoking Rolo Sideshow :: The Ex-Men ::
Summary & review of other interesting releases leading up to for Monday the 02/03/09

MULTIVERSE
02 March 2009 / Soviet Union / 10 Trk CD
:: SAY (Say Jansfield) ::
“Multiverse” really is the culmination of everything that Say have achieved so far

FOR NOW * recommended *
02 March 2009 / W2 Records / 14 Trk CD
:: The Bishops ::
An authentic succession of sharp suited, serious, razor sharp guitar power pop tunes

EDITH
02 March 2009 / Epitah / 1 Trk CD
:: The Hot Melts ::
The Hot Melts seem to get ever bigger and better

SUCK EP
02 March 2009 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: The Rapscallions ::
The Rapscallions sound pretty much like Chas N Dave had they been in babyshambles.

RADIO WARS * album of the week *
02 March 2009 / Independiente / 10 Trk CD
:: Howling Bells ::
Astounding album from the already celebrated Howling Bells - this time they've managed something to be celebrated for a long time to come...

I THINK WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT
02 March 2009 / Southern Fried Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The BPA ::
Fat Boy is back with another alter-ego..

BETTER THAN HEAVY
02 March 2009 / Wall Of Sound (pias) / 11 Trk CD
:: Mongrel ::
Former Arctics bass player mixes Dub, reggae and straight up rock with a starry cast of indie names

THIS BAND HAS EATEN ALL OUR MONEY * ones to watch *
02 March 2009 / Rekordmeister / 1 Trk CD
:: 28 Costumes ::
Probably the most astutely observed account of the multi-billion pound record industry.

HEY HEY * recommended *
02 March 2009 / Fatcat Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Brakes ::
Twisted up riffs reek of refinement and conversely, acres of damaging, cart wheeling mayhem

NICE BOYS
02 March 2009 / 19 records / 7 Trk Remix CD
:: Amy Studt ::
A hefty slice of mainstream ballad pop as Studt cuts a decent swathe through the acres of latter day lady singers,

SO BORED
02 March 2009 / Young Turks (Beggars) / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Wavves ::
Nathan Williams is a pre-occupied 22 year old Californian who records lower-than-lo-fi music in what sound like his bathroom

YOUTH AGAINST EMPIRE
02 March 2009 / Catcutter Records / 1 Trk CD
:: King Of Conspiracy ::
From Paris, France, King Of Conspiracy spit their sound right into the heart of your skull

I LOVE IT
02 March 2009 / 14th Floor Records / 4 Trk Remix CD
:: Sneaky Sound System ::
This is the sound of 80’s electro, just a whisker away from the cheesy but serious boundaries of TOTP

DRUNKEN TREES
02 March 2009 / Wichita Recordings / 7 Trk CD
:: First Aid Kit ::
Vividly illuminated mountain top folk, that revels in the sound of slow burning country music, both past and present

MARBLE GODS * single of the week *
02 March 2009 / Sonic Cathedral / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
:: Sad Day For Puppets ::
SDFP stay true to the soulful, electric, ecclesiastical sound of this ever evolving and impassioned genre

SOUND OF KUDURO
02 March 2009 / Fabric Recordings / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: Buraka Som Sistema :: Feat MIA ::
The latest single from Buraka Som Sistema brings on board the substantial prowess of MIA

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