Also Released - Music
Grand Archives - The Grand Archives (Sub Pop) The debut album for this band of sunshiny Seattle-ites who celebrate the non-ironic joys of The Beach Boys, Bee Gees and the Mamas and the Papas and come out somewhere between Belle and Sebastian and The Flaming Lips. An album of understated, joyful magic.
The Just Joans - Virgin Lips (www.myspace.com /thejustjoans) These devilish local sauce-pots charm the underwear off us again with their insightful brand of tongue-in-cheek indie spunk on this new mini-album.
Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals (Now We Are Free) The welcome reissue of this brave and fun long player, which throws tribal rhythms in with Fleetwood Mac shimmer and absurd progisms that is way better than the sum of its parts.
Various - Dead Man’s Hand – Poker Flat Vol 6 (Poker Flat) DJ/ producer/all-round stand up bloke Steve Bug compiles this cunning mix CD that runs the gamut from nerve jangling disco vibes through blinging house to crunching bass monsters.
Iain Morrison - Skimming Stones . . . Sinking Boats (Peatfiresmoke) Lewis-born singer-songwriter who takes time out of his role as frontman of Crash My Model Car to regale us with his own sweet, intimate, folksy tales. Highly recommended. www.myspace.com/iainmorrisonpeatfire
Foals - Antidote (Transgressive) After the atomic energy of their first clutch of early singles this awkward bunch come good with a debut album. Not the revolutionary record that was mooted but still a collection of rasping, insidiously catchy songs.