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1. SlothBear - Empathize (My Space)
This is one of five tracks you can download for free from the New York bands Myspace page. Apparently the band are still unsigned. If only I had a label.
2. Chop Chop - Play ()
Taken from the new album "Screens".
3. Kaly Live Dub - Ravmone.Exe (Pias)
Taken from the album "Fragments" which is rather good to say the least. I like not knowing too much about a record or the way it's made and this record is a perfect example. I like to imagine this pumping out of a massive system at bone crushing volume and being recorded as it happens. I know this is probably not the case and with no UK gigs anywhere in sight I'll just have to go on dreaming.
4. The Hospitals - Scan The Floor For Food (Self Released)
From time to time a record comes along that makes you want to rush out into the street shouting wildly about the fact that very few people own this record and therefore have a hole in their lives. I know what your thinking, calm down son, but this really is excellent. It reminded me of the feeling I had the first time I heard Sonic Youth and couldn't quite believe what my ears had just told me. The album is called "Hairdryer Peace" and although the band have been releasing stuff for the last five years or so this is by far their finest work. I played it to Nix yesterday and she said it's the biggest pile of crap she's heard since the last pile of crap which is a sure sign of a winner (she doesn't like The Fall either).
5. Ballboy - A Relatively Famous Victory (Pony Proof)
It's been a while since Ballboy graced us with their presence. Four years to be precise since their last album "The Royal Theatre". The new album "I Worked On The Ships" is a decent return and sees the band in a bit too much of an acoustic mood for my liking but they've always had a knack of knocking out a top tune and this album continues that tradition.
6. The Melons - From Hell To Helsinki (Damaged Goods)
7" single from 1995
7. The Container Drivers - It Must Be The Pipes (Topplers)
The Container Drivers have been around for ages and have finally got around to releasing a single. I hope they plan to do an album at some point because this is quite frankly brillo. You can get your hands on one for the princely sum of £1 from HERE.
10th October - Leeds, Tiny Cat @ Rio's
30th October - Oldham, The Castle (Dandelion Radio night)
8. Sennen - Falling For You (Hungry Audio)
Taken from the album "Where The Light Gets In".
14th September - Oxford, Bullingdon
15th September - Hertford, Marquee
16th September - York, City Screen Basement (I think I'll be going to this one)
17th September - Newcastle, The End
18th September - Glasgow, The Captains Rest
19th September - Carlisle, The Brickyard
20th September - Manchester, The Deaf Institute
21st September - Brighton, Freebutt
23rd September - Leicester, The Charlotte
24th September - Cambridge, Portland Arms
25th September - London, Water Rats
26th September - Norwich, Arts Centre
9. Los Campesinos - Ways To Make It Through The Wall (Wichita)
Two albums in eight months? You certainly can't knock their enthusiasm. You can't knock this record either. It's not as some people have suggested full of stuff that didn't get on to "Hold On Now Youngster" rather a continuation on the theme. Ten brand new songs and every one a winner. The album is called "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed" and will be released on 13th October through Wichita after which the Cardiff seven piece will be touring the nation with No Age and Times New Viking on the cunningly titled "Shred Yr Face Tour".
14th October - Brighton, Komedia
15th October - Liverpool, Carling Academy 2
16th October - Leeds, Irish Centre
17th October - Dublin, Whelans
18th October - Glasgow, School Of Arts
20th October - London, Electric Ballroom
21st October - Bristol, Fleece
22nd October - Manchester, Academy 3
10. Funckarma - Woodface (Highpoint Lowlife)
This EP is pretty much a permanent fixture on the Burning World i-pod at the moment.
11. Herman Dune - Lovers Are Waterproof (EMI)
Taken from the excellent new album "New Year Year In Zion" which will be released in the UK on 13th October.
12. The Raincoats - Fairytale In The Supermarket (Rough Trade)
Taken from the bands classic debut from 1979.
13. Little Man Tate - Nigel (Skint)
This is the b-side from the vinyl version of the new single "Hey Little Sweetie". This copy seems to be pressed slightly off centre but you can only really tell in the later stages. The Sheffield band have loads of gigs coming up in support of their new album "Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy".
16th September - Bristol, Thekla
17th September - Liverpool, Academy
18th September - Stoke, Sugarmill
19th September - Peterborough, The Park
20th September - Northampton, Roadmenders
22nd September - Bedford, Esquires
23rd September - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
24th September - London, Islington Academy
25th September - Aldershot, West End Centre
26th September - Harlow, The Square
29th September - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
30th September - Gateshead, Sage
1st October - Glasgow, Garage
2nd October - Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
3rd October - Dundee, Fat Sams
4th October - Aberdeen, Moshulu
6th October - Swansea, Sin City
7th October - Colchester, Arts Centre
9th October - Leicester, Charlotte
10th October - Sheffield, Academy
18th October - Birmingham, Barfly
14. Whip & The Body - Taken Teeth (Dais)
15. Alt-Ctrl-Sleep - Lies (Lakeshore)
Alt-Ctrl-Sleep consist of Joe and April Diaco who despite being married seem to be able to work together in harmony. They come from Huntersville, North Carolina and have just released what I presume to be their debut album "Atl-Ctrl-Sleep" through Lakeshore records.