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Idlewild - Make A New World

Idlewild - Make A New World

Fifth studio album from the Scots is an impressive return to form. Richard Hughes reviews.

David Vandervelde - The Moonstation House Band

David Vandervelde - The Moonstation House Band

An enjoyable romp of a debut record with strong hints of Bolan and Bowie glam rock. Richard Hughes reviews.

Manic Street Preachers give away new music

Manic Street Preachers give away new music

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/manicsphoto.jpg"></center>On 19th March <B>Manic Street Preachers</b> will be giving away <I>Underdogs</i>, the first new music to be taken from the forthcoming album <I>Send Away The Tigers</i>. It will be available away as a free MP3 download on the redesigned and rebuilt website <a href="http://www.manics.co.uk">www.manics.co.uk</a>. It is more of a thank you to the loyal fans that have supported the band over the years than the first single from the album.Nicky Wire, not one to blow his own trumpet, had this to say... "All out punk metal - Alice Cooper - Stooges guitar outro. Could have been on Generation Terrorist. A celebration of the unique, a post 'Everything Must Go' address to the fans 10 years after the first time we did it. In a Britain dominated by generic, one diametrical multi branding, let us embrace the difference - the downtrodden - the losers and the opposition. Let us fall in love with individuality again".<I>Send Away The Tigers</i> will be released on Columbia on May 7th.

LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum

LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum

First single from the upcoming second album from uber-producer James Murphy.

Random News Outburst 23rd Feb 2007

Random News Outburst 23rd Feb 2007

Some random information on two up and coming bands, both with debut albums and singles to be released in the next couple of weeks.<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/love-is-all-band-shot.jpg"></center>First up is <B>Love Is All</b>. They've got a couple of live dates in March, both headlining and supporting the quite excellent Rakes.The live dates are: 15-Mar - London, Cargo (Headline Show) 16-Mar - Bristol, Carling Academy 17-Mar - Southampton Joiners19-Mar - Nottingham Rock City w/ The Rakes 20-Mar - Dublin Vicar St The Rakes 21-Mar - Glasgow Barrowlands The Rakes 22-Mar - Sheffield Octagon w/ The Rakes 23-Mar - Norwich UEA w/ The RakesJust to give you a bit of a taster, there's some online resources for your to peruse. An interview with the band in glorious <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=d0b76d46-bc5b-4fd8-946c-d842167ee04a&delivery=stream">RealPlayer</a> or marvellous <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=b55cb587-23e4-4852-9a91-328a09e5cabb&delivery=stream">Windows Media Player</a> style links. As for their music, they've kindly put online a video for their upcoming single <I>Ageing Had Never Been His Friend</i>. Real Player - <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=fd38a81a-b32d-4e49-aae7-e107bebd7618&delivery=stream">High</a> / <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=8feccbf8-abb2-4af4-af08-f3b943c15059&delivery=stream">Low</a> | Windows Media - <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=e9d93d66-51aa-43a2-8417-704051b4322b&delivery=stream">Hight</a> / <a href="http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=a4f2f73a-7cfc-4e4f-9ef9-0db7816e8824&delivery=stream">Low</a><CENTER><a href="http://www.myspace.com/loveisall8">www.myspace.com/loveisall8</a></center><center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/rippsLongLive.jpg"></center>Next up is the Mod loving <B>Ripps</b> who having a single called <i>Loco</i> out on March 5th and have a couple of live dates.24-Feb - Made in Cov @ The Ricoh, Coventry onstage 1pm 27-Feb - ARTROCKER @ The Buffalo Bar, London 02-Mar - Audio, Brighton 16-Mar - Carnage, Redditch onstage 9:30pm 17-Mar - ALBUM LAUNCH + DJ SET @ COLLY SUPERCLUB!, Coventry onstage midnight 16-Apr - Reach Out And Fuck Somebody @ Fusion, Telford onstage 10pm<CENTER><a href="http://www.myspace.com/theripps">www.myspace.com/theripps</a></center>

Big Business back in business

Big Business back in business

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/bigbusinessHereComeTheWaterworks.jpg"></center>Release Date: March 19th, 2007 Artist: Big Business Title: Here Come the Waterworks Catalog #: HYH-121 Label: Hydra Head Records Format: CDDESCRIPTION: Big Business is bigger and better than ever, with better hair, bigger hits, and the kind of overwhelming Norman Schwarzkopf-style force that rolls like thunder, stings like a missile, and—above all—takes no shit. On Here Come the Waterworks, their second full-length, bassist/vocalist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis unfurl all the mammoth riffs, furious vocals and blazing drum work you’ve come to expect—nay, DEMAND—from LA’s answer to Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. No, wait... make that Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs. Either way, there’s a new sheriff in town—two of ’em, actually.“SELLING POINTS”: This is the new Big Business album, and it's better than their first: harder, faster, and catchier. But since that first long player was so damn good, we're left with no choice but to already proclaim Here Come the Waterworks as one of the top releases of 2007.Putting on Here Come the Waterworks induces instant first pumping. Its ethos is triumph and absolute PMA -Positive Mental Attitude. In fact, you're likely to find your mind wandering back to the best scenes in Vision Quest, and that closing moment of greatness in Over the Top when Stallone turns his ball cap around and pummels the competition.Big Business always tour the shit out of their records because they're rock machines. I mean, they even record tour EPs! Plan to catch them in your town and at festivals this summer laying waste to the competition. They're already scheduled for Roadburn, an awesome festival in Holland that will see them join Neurosis, OM, Pelican, and many others.<CENTER><a href="http://www.hydrahead.com">www.hydrahead.com</a> | <a href="http://www.bigbigbusiness.com">www.bigbigbusiness.com</a></center>

Grinderman - No Pussy Blues

Grinderman - No Pussy Blues

Nick Cave's sleezy, blues tinged project. It's dirty, it's flithy. It's brilliant.

Don't Look Back 2007 Season - Sonic Youth, Slint, House of Love UPDATE

Don't Look Back 2007 Season - Sonic Youth, Slint, House of Love UPDATE

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/DontLookBackATP2007.jpg"></center><CENTER><B>DON'T LOOK BACK 2007 SEASON FIRST 3 ACTS CONFIRMED: SONIC YOUTH, SLINT, HOUSE OF LOVE</b> SONIC YOUTH TO PERFORM DAYDREAM NATION LIVE!</center><B>Sonic Youth have added a second London date as part of 2007's Don't Look Back season as the first date, 31 August has now sold out.In addition to the 31 August date, they will now also play Daydream Nation at The Roundhouse on 1 September as well.</b>In August 2005, ATP introduced a new season in London called “Don’t Look Back” inviting artists to present a retrospective of one of their works in its entirety. We kicked off the season with The Stooges performing Fun House from start to finish in one amazing show at the Hammersmith Apollo that saw grown men cry. The season finale was the inimitable Dirty Three (with special guest pianist, Nick Cave) performing the stunningly beautiful Ocean Songs at The Barbican. Since then, we have seen seminal albums performed including Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub who stirred up a melting crowd at The Forum, Tindersticks playing the exquisite Tindersticks II at The Barbican and Ennio Morricone proving why he is The Maestro as he lead 200 musicians through his classic film scores at the Hammersmith Apollo. Don’t Look Back Concerts is proud to announce the first dates for our 2007 season. <B>Slint</b> <I>performing Spiderland</i> Koko, London 22 August £22.50<B>Sonic Youth</b> <I>performing Daydream Nation</i> Roundhouse, London 31 August £25.00<B>House of Love</b> <I>performing The House of Love</i> 13 September £17.50Tickets are all available at www.seetickets.com (0870 264 3333) www.wegottickets.com, Stargreen (0207 734 8932) and the venues box office.

Weekly singles round-up: 19th February

Weekly singles round-up: 19th February

The CD Times aural sack of pleasure is brimming with singles this week. Richard Hughes listens so you don't have to!

Wilco announce album details

Wilco announce album details

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/wilcobandphoto.jpg"></center><B>Wilco</b> have announced further details of their new album <I>Sky Blue Sky</i> which is released on May 14th, the tracklisting looks something like:'Either Way' 'You Are My Face' 'Impossible Germany' 'Sky Blue Sky' 'Side with the Seeds' 'Shake it Off' 'Please Be Patient With Me' 'Hate it Here' 'Leave Me (Like You Found Me)' 'Walken' 'What Light' 'On and On and On'Most of these songs have been previewed on, what seems like, their constant tour of the States over the past two years. Fingers crossed for some dates to support this release in the UK later in the year, especially for a slot at ATP 2007...

Jesu - Conqueror

Jesu - Conqueror

Most accessible album to date from former Napalm Death musician Justin Broadrick's Jesu project. Post-metal? Well, it's something a little more than that. Richard Hughes investigates.

Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

Stunning album from the Texas post-rockers. Richard Hughes reviews.

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

Major label debut and UK release for this stunning album brimming with tunes and tales. Richard Hughes reviews.

The Little Ones - Sing Song EP

The Little Ones - Sing Song EP

Dreamy sunshine filled indie-pop from California. Richard Hughes basks in the loveliness.

Tim Pare - Trans-Siberian Express

Tim Pare - Trans-Siberian Express

Written on a battered guitar swapped for a bottle of vodka, these are deeply personal songs from a new voice from Sheffield. Richard Hughes reviews.

The Shins - Wincing The Night Away

The Shins - Wincing The Night Away

Third album of sugary sweet indie-pop courtesy of the The Shins. Richard Hughes has a listen.

KLUB KERRANG! February has The Blackout!

KLUB KERRANG! February has The Blackout!

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/klubkerrangfeb.jpg"></center>The <B>Klub Kerrang!</b> launch night at Koko in January was so good that we still have shell shocked people sat by the fire exits refusing to leave. With both Bassknives and the incredible Gallows almost blowing the roof off the venue, the capacity crowd could do nothing but have a great time!People might think this type of night is only a once in a blue moon happening, but not with Klub Kerrang! The carnage is going to take off again at Koko on Saturday 17th February with The Ghost Of A Thousand opening proceedings in raucous fashion before Wales’ finest export since The Lostprophets and Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout take over.And don’t forget the special deal for Klub Kerrang! If you come with a flyer before 11pm, you can get in for just £4. You can print the flyer off from the Koko website at <a href="http://www.koko.uk.com">www.koko.uk.com</a>, <a href="http://www.kerrang.com">www.kerrang.com</a> or from the Crossfire website.So here are all the details that matter:THE BLACKOUT + THE GHOST OF A THOUSAND + Resident DJs James Sherry and Emma Johnston + Crossfire DJ Zac Slack in the Crossfire room + guestsSaturday 17th February 2007 (Every third Saturday of the month)Doors open 10.00pm to late £6 before 11.00pm and £8 after. Flyers and NUS cards £4 before 11.00pm Tickets 0870 998 8888 or right now on www.aloud.com Drinks offers all night shooters £1.50 Fosters Twist £2 Strictly over 18’s only KOKO 1A CAMDEN HIGH ST LONDON NW1

The Ataris return with new album and tour

The Ataris return with new album and tour

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/theatarisWelcomeTheNight.jpg"></center><B>The Ataris</b> return with their fifth album on the 19th February 2007 entitled "Welcome The Night", we've had a copy at CD Times HQ for a couple of weeks already and it's rather good!Joining original Ataris members Kristopher Roe (vocals, guitar, percussion) and John Collura (guitar and piano) are new members Paul Carabello (guitar, percussion and vocals), Sean Hansen, (bass and vocals) and Shane Chikeles (drums and percussion).Recorded in an old house in the valleys of Los Angeles through several cold and wet winter months, ‘Welcome the Night’ saw The Ataris work with legendary producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Talking Heads, and Silverchair). Launay allowed the band go back to basics and record the entire album on tape without the use of computers and pro tools to the give the album a much rawer and classic feel. See the band perform on their UK Tour in April/May 2007:Sun 29th April Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms Mon 30th April Leeds, Cockpit Tues 1st May Manchester, Academy 3 Wed 2nd May Birmingham, Academy 2 Thurs 3rd May Glasgow, The Garage Fri 4th May London, Mean FiddlerTickets are priced £12 (£15 London) and are subject to a booking fee.Tickets are available from box offices (numbers above) or <a href="http://www.gigsandtours.com">www.gigsandtours.com</a> / <a href="http://www.seetickets.com">www.seetickets.com</a> or 24hr cc hotline 0871 2200 260 all dates apart from Glasgow.Glasgow available through <a href="http://www.ticketweb.co.uk">www.ticketweb.co.uk</a> or 24hr cc hotline 0870 220 1116.

Deftones March tour confirmed

Deftones March tour confirmed

<center><img src="http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=RichardHughes/deftonesSaturdayNightWrist.jpg"></center><B>Deftones</b> will embark upon their first full UK tour since the release of their fifth Maverick album ‘Saturday Night Wrist’ in March. The tour follows their recent low-key gig and London’s Electric Ballroom and a slot at this summer’s Download festival, second on the bill to Tool.Deftones will play the following shows in March :8th - Liverpool University 9th - Leeds University 11th - Manchester Academy 12th - Glasgow Academy 13th - Newcastle Academy 14th - Nottingham Rock City 15th - Birmingham Academy 16th - Norwich UEA 18th - Bristol Academy 19th - Portsmouth Guildhall 20th - London Brixton AcademyTickets are available from <a href="http://www.livenation.co.uk">www.livenation.co.uk</a> at a price of £20 for London and £17.50 for all regional dates.

Future Of The Left - Fingers Become Thumbs!

Future Of The Left - Fingers Become Thumbs!

Debut single from the other half of Mclusky. And it's bloody good. Richard Hughes reviews.