1. Poptastic - Hold Me (Seeland)
A little bit strange but incredibly good. It reminds me a little bit of the first Adventures In Stereo album. I'm not sure exactly when this is released but it's well worth checking out. The album is called "The Teen Pop Noise Virus" and will be released, if it hasn't been already through Seeland Records.
2. Stars For The Innocent - I Can See You (Rusted Lung)
There's nothing like a blast of white noise to get your day off to a winning start. This track comes from an album called "It's You And Them".
3. Shrag- Mark E Smith (Where It's At)
Excellent stuff. This is a track from a record you'll be hearing a lot more from in 2009. Shragare yet another great band to come out of Brighton which is a place I've never been to but it must be great judging by the quality of bands it produces. The Manchester of the south? The debut album from Shrag is released through Where It's At on 19th January.
9th January - London, Twee As Fuck @ Buffalo Bar
22nd January - Manchester, Night & Day
26th February - Brighton, Artrocker
4. Ultra Vivid Scene - Special One (4AD)
Classic slab of wax from 1990
5. Future Loop Foundation - The Sea & Sky (Trenchman Remix) (Just Music)
6. The Joy Formidable - Cradle (Kyte Remix) (Try Harder)
This track is one of four on a double 7" pack which features Cradle/The Last Drop on the first platter and remixes of the above on the second. I actually prefer the remixes and in particular this one. If you pop over to the Try Harder websiteyou can pre order your copy which will be released on 12th January.
7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Everything With You (Slumberland) Currently supporting The Wedding Present on tour.
8. Pilot Cloud - Star Redoubt (Self Released)
Taken from the album "In Transition" which it seems you can acquire simply by going here.
9. Sexy Kids - Sisters Are Forever (Slumberland)
10. South Central - Higher State Of Consciousness (mp3)
11. Miss Halliwell - Doggers Dog (Shabby)
This track was apparently recorded at some point in August when the weather was warm and the lager was cold.
27th December - Birmingham, Tropical Hotdog Christmas @ The Victoria
14th January - Walsall, Modus Vivendi
17th January - Birmingham, The Moseley Arms
6th March - Birmingham, 444 Club @ The Rainbow Digbeth
12. Richard Youngs- Track 3 (No Fans)
This record really is too damn good. From the album "Three Handed Star". I still need to find out if this is going to get a proper release. If not I'm gonna give you the whole damn thing!
13. Bubbegum Lemonade - My Dreams Of You (Matinee)
Another track from the brilliant debut "Doubleplusgood".
14. The Monroe Transfer - Silent Night