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15th Jun 2010 at 2:09 pm

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New singles, by Jenny Pashkova

GUILLEMOT Kriss Kross 8/10

An irresistable double A-side which sees the band move from lo-fi into glam rock with a touch of Flaming Lips surrealism. Fyfe Dangerfield's voice is bursting with emotion, and it suits them well.

NATALIA Perfect Day 5/10 A supposed R&B anthem, though nothing that Jennifer Lopez or Kelly Rowland haven't done before. Same old, same old.

1/6.

New singles out this week

GRINDERMAN No Pussy Blues Remixes 5/10

Whilst the original is no shrinking violet, with thumping drums and ferocious guitars, a further five remixes were deemed necessary for this "love song". Do we need so many techno versions of this track?

LAGUNA METH Sugar Shack 5/10

Like Darren Hayes singing a psychedelic melody, with tambourines and dreamy keyboards. A little too trippy for its own good.

2/6.

New singles out next week

JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN Holiday 6/10

Another croontastic ballad where Joan flexes her singing muscle in the key of KT Tunstall and Dido with better lyrics. Radio-friendly, safe and mainstream written all over it.

A SILENT FILM Thirteen Times The Strength 7/10

The Oxford four-piece are picking up where Interpol and Editors have left off. A brooding and melancholy monster that hits between the eyes.

3/6.

New singles out next week

ADAM GREEN Twee Twee Dee 8/10

A mellow and groovy offering, more akin to Jens Lekman than his usual crooning. It's addictive, and serves as a reminder that we should not forget Green yet.

INNERPARTYSYSTEM Die Tonight, Live Forever 7/10

If Depeche Mode made techno punk music, then it would sound like this. Their thumping energy is hard to miss, though repetitive.

4/6.

New singles out this week

TREMORS World Won't Stop 6/10

Another London outfit, another foot-shuffling attempt at recreating Kooks albeit with more handclaps and a guitar solo bridge. Catchy enough, though original ideas are lacking.

OH, ATOMS Sugar Mouse 7/10

A gleeful debut featuring too many instruments to count. It's as sweet as candy floss on a sunny day and just in time for the last bit of our belated summer.

5/6.

New singles out next week

LAUREL COLLECTIVE International Love Affair 6/10

Elements of '80s pop presented here with collective twee choruses, keyboards and frenzied drums. However, Mystery Jets have this genre revival covered.

POLLY SCATTERGOOD i Hate The Way 8/10

A darker side of an acoustic pop song that gathers pace. Like a young Tori Amos, armed with a trembling voice and powerful lyrics, you'll believe every word.

6/6.

Teletext page 823; 18th of September, 2008.

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15th Jun 2010 at 2:13 pm

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Secret's safe

I don't think people need to keep explaining things to me; it's not like I'm an idiot. OK, maybe that time I couldn't tell the difference between the fridge and freezer, and now everyone has hard milk and runny ice cream, but that was a one-off. It was a two-off, really; just don't let anyone know.

Haryuu No Hanekata

Don't worry; no-one reads these pages.

Zine; 6th of February, 2007; 4/6.
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15th Jun 2010 at 2:16 pm

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I love Simon The Big Gay for his Ashlee Simpson praise. Bittersweet World left me uplifted too. Katy Perry's album is good, but relies too much on shock tactics. Ashlee was brave to go so pop, especially as carrying on with rock would have been the obvious thing to do after marrying Pete Wentz. Little Miss Obsessive

i thought Ariel was pretentious and scary on X Factor, but it was cool when she said she was Bullet For My Valentine's vocal coach. Strawberry

The Void; Teletext page 827; 19th of September, 2008; 4/7.
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15th Jun 2010 at 2:20 pm

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Camp crimpers

Rude Boy: I'd like to put hairdressers who prod your hair into Room 101.
Me: i know. Is your hairdresser gay?
Rude Boy: Yeah.
Me: Maybe he does it to compensate for his campness.
Rude Boy: That's very astute of you.
Me: Maybe all hairdressers have a bet, to see how many prods they can do before the customer starts complaining.
Rude Boy: Yeah.

Juicy Strawberry, Hector's House

How very dare you!

Zine; 6th of February, 2007; 5/6.
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Rayanne Graff

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15th Jun 2010 at 5:03 pm

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Katy Perry/ One of The Boys

Reviews by John Earls

Hmm. i Kissed A Girls' frothy fun is a red herring on an album regrettably full of bland LA vacuity.

Glen Ballard, Dr Luke and Dave Why God Why Stewart subsume any of Perry's personality behind the rock-lite polish Pink made a regrettable career from.

It's a shame, as Hot N Cold's breezy chorus shows Perry has some finesse for power-pop. A two-hit wonder, if there's any justice. 4/10

1/6.

Little Man Tate/ Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

The common view that they were lucky to get signed in the wake of the Arctics is a misconception.

If rarely fashionable, pop this sturdy always merits its place, and being wrongly lumped in with a scene detracts from their own heightened melodic air.

Two albums in, and they're again great detailers of everyday life, with the commonplace touch for burly singalongs leavened by deft songs. Terrific. 8/10

2/6.

David Vandervelde/ Waiting For The Sunrise

Newly signed to Secretly Canadian, the New Yorker doesn't quite follow through the promise of his Moonstation House Band debut.

Aiming for emotional rawness, his vocals aaren't distinct enough to carry off the sparse arrangements, too coarse to linger in the memory.

Fine background music, but Vandervelde drifts uncomfortably close to Gary Bonds AOR at times. 6/10

3/6.

Calexico/ Carried To Dust

Reviews by Jenny Pashkova

Having made music for nearly two decades, it seems the duo have lost none of their inspiration.

Their equivalent of musical novels are dramatic and rich in American West iconography mixed with beautifully subtle South American notes.

Centred, at least partially, around the story of a writer during the LA writers' strikes, this is as soothing and ethereal as ever. 8/10

4/6.

Dartz/ The Sad History of The Village of Almerique 5/10

Following up on their 2007 debut, the Middlesbrough trio are armed with short and snappy indie pop that makes up this mini-album.

At times, their unassuming charm and modest style captivates, though it's more often that the tracks melt into one song that only occasionally changes pace.

The monotonous voice and instrument combination needs an upbeat injection.

5/6.

Wovenhand/ Ten Stones

It's possible that David Eugene Edwards set out to make this record just to show how many music styles he has up his sleeve.

The American western twinge of Cohawkin Road lulls you into a false sense of security, while White Knuckle Grip sways frenetically between psychedelia and lo-fi rock.

An entirely surprising journey that never gets dull. 7/10

6/6.

Teletext page 824; 18th of September, 2008.
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Rayanne Graff

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15th Jun 2010 at 5:07 pm

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Pasty Head I would like to complain about the lack of footwear available for penguins.

Where are the shiny brogues to go with the dinner jacket?

Porcelain Shattered Bull Cringe Whistle I've lost my thesaurus.

Misplaced your book of synonyms? Oh no...

The Brigadier My vinyl 45 records are still a pleasure to listen to. These new fangled I-pad things are not pictorially pleasing.

They're not great for playing CDs on either.

Zine; 27th of August, 2004; 1/8.
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15th Jun 2010 at 5:16 pm

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My baby daughter was born on Tuesday. I look forward to the day in about 16 years, when she asks who was No 1 the week she was born. I can proudly give her the Kings of Leon single and Metallica album (though I'd prefer it to have been Glasvegas). Kyle Servera

Queen have cheapened their past with a dated, lyrically inept new album. Even We Will Rock You crops up in one song. Calling it Queen smacks of desperation and is a sad epilogue. SpoonBoy

The Void; Teletext page 827; 19th of September, 2008; 5/7.
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15th Jun 2010 at 5:19 pm

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Help Me!

The holidays have certainly had an effect on me:

I sample those pine tree things that hang in your car.
I feel attracted to the mop (but the bucket is still evil).
I've memorised the menu of every take-away.

And that's how I was before!

Destructive Gerbil

When you say 'sample', what exactly do you mean? I'm concerned.

Zine; 27th of August, 2004; 2/8.
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Rayanne Graff

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15th Jun 2010 at 5:23 pm

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Girls Aloud are the most overrated band ever, loved by fashionistas who don't love pop at all. They've become the hip name to drop to prove you're not a dull indie snob.

There's nothing interesting about the dead-eted Tiger Tiger slappers. I acknowledge they've had a handful of fantastic singles, but that's because organ-grinders Xenomania could have made The Reynolds Girls sound half decent on occasiion. Bateman

The Void; Teletext page 827; 19th of September, 2008; 6/7.
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Rayanne Graff

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15th Jun 2010 at 5:26 pm

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Greetings To You

I would just like to say hi to The Vampire King.

It was so good to see another vampire/ person who likes HIM. I almost smiled.

Let me offer you a piece of my precious Bournville as a friendly gesture. Yep, that's right, friendly.

Her Infernal Majesty

When you meet up you can hang around together. Upside-down.

Zine; 27th of August, 2004; 3/8.
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Rayanne Graff

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15th Jun 2010 at 6:06 pm

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Mogwai/ The Hawk Is Howling

Reviews by John Earls

Returning to the lengthy majesty of earlier work, Mogwai also stick to instrumentals again.

Not that this is safe ground, even if i Love You re-interprets Know Jesus by extending its riffs into the ether.

But the pummelling Batcat and 20-minute closing triptych are proud experiments, the opposite of empty bombast. A series of intricate hymnals that batter and caress with equal strength. 8/10

1/6.

Kings of Leon/ Only By The Night

Written so that they'd have new songs to play while headlining Glastonbury, you can tell they had one eye on festivals and stadiums.

While it resembles California Waiting, the wonderful S*x On Fire is misleading, a rare return here to their early youthful vigour.

Several songs are too epic: Caleb Followill's voice is stronger, but the music lacks intimacy.

2/6.

Kings of Leon/ Only By The Night

The middle of the album is ponderous, the likes of 17 and Revelry striving for The Joshua Tree and forgetting to pack any hooks along the way.

When it works, the balladry is impressive. Use Somebody is a dream festival closer, and Cold Desert a grandiose distillation of desolution.

It's so everyman, it'll doubtless achieve their aim of making them bigger: but not necessarily better. 6/10

3/6.

Jenny Lewis/ Acid Tongue 7/10

Chris Robinson and She & Him are among many guests on the Rilo Kiley singer's second solo album.

elvis Costello burbles happily on cute film noir duet Carpetbaggers, while See Fernando is a magnificent euphoric holler, as celebratory as any Kiley.

While the last seven songs are superb country-pop with trademark erudite lyrics, it takes a while to get going, early songs anonymous Nashville fare.

4/6.

Detroit Social Club/ London Water Rats

Attention: get down the bookies and have some money on DSC to win the Mercury Prize in 2010. More of An Event than a gig by the end; David Burn hollering into the heavens over a gargantuan psychbluesfunkrock groove. It's become clear that there is no new band like them.

The s*xtet don't muck about. This is music that doesn't care about genres; just loud music played with soul.

5/6.

Detroit Social Club/ London Water Rats

They start strong, with the Music-esque tribal dance of Soldiers, and keep getting more powerful.

Switching between Silver's industrial and the street fighting man swagger of Rivers, it's as if they've swallowed the history of music since the '30s and are playing it all at the same time.

In their heads, it's headlining the mainstage of Glastonbury. The reality will follow soon enough.

6/6.

Teletext page 824; 19th of September, 2008.
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15th Jun 2010 at 6:10 pm

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A Note On Equality

Since we live in an equal world for men and women, there should be an equal number of posts for males and females every week. They should also go: boy, girl, boy, girl in that order.

Can you imagine if the females found their posts shunted to the back pages? It would be like a cat in an asylum, with a tin whistle.

Mercy Nuts

I once sent a cat of mine to an asylum after it ate its tin whistle.

Zine; 27th of August, 2004; 4/8.
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15th Jun 2010 at 6:17 pm

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Madge and Guy mystery

Guy Ritchie and Madonna amuse me. She's the queen of pop, a chameleon who reinvents herself, changing with the times and sets trends. He's a one-trick pony, recycling the same idea so many times he has the smallest carbon footprint in film. I guess opposites attract! S Ramsay, Cheshire

Vortex; Teletext page 817; 19th of September, 2008; 1/6.
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15th Jun 2010 at 6:20 pm

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What I Learned On My Trip To V-Fest

Keane are rock gods who could eviscerate Busted with an icy stare.

Fat men over 40 shouldn't walk around with their tops off, no matter how hot it is.

Being 6'2" isn't a curse- it comes in handy.

The Bonafide Authenticated Real McCoy

6ft2? Ha! Try being 9ft 10. PS did ya try the Toblerone smoothie?

Zine; 27th of August, 2004; 5/8.
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15th Jun 2010 at 9:40 pm

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Batman's voice

Damien, how do you expect Batman to speak? Exactly like Bruce Wayne? That wouldn't be a good way to keep a secret identity, would it?

As for the score, Zimmer stated he didn't want Batman to have a heroic theme you can hum along to because Batman is not yor stereotypical hero. I thought the Batman Begins score was one of the best in recent years. Name supplied

Vortex; Teletext page 827; 19th of September, 2008; 2/6.
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