Day Late, Dollar Short
8

  • Thrones
  • Southern Lord
  • 2005-07-25

The hammering drum barrage of “Reddleman” is typical of the noise feel of much of the album and comparing it to the quirky elements of “A Quick One” brings out again the varying range of styles which Preston’s song writing and this compilation embraces.

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Wait and See
8

  • Tiefschwarz
  • Fine
  • 2005-07-04

German brothers, Tiefschwarz, are rather old hands at this ‘Electro’ business. Genius remixers, they have worked on Kelis and The Rapture and their rework of Kinda New by Spektrum could be considered one of the best. Ever.

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The First Drop
10

  • Fireapple Red
  • Visible Noise
  • 2005-06-27

Of the three studio recorded tracks, “Another Season” is the pick of the bunch; it hits you like a sledge hammer to the head.

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Capture and Release EP
10

  • Khanate
  • Hydrahead
  • 2005-08-23

In the dark underworld of doom metal, Khanate are seated on the throne of extremity, setting an incredibly high standard for experimental music

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The Superimposers
8

  • The Superimposers
  • Little League
  • 2005-09-05

This album is more than just a retro pastiche of a previous era’s styles. The subtle use of pastoral samples drifts through the songs giving depth to the orchestral swells and chiming guitars.

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You Could Have It So Much Better With...
10

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Domino
  • 2005-10-03

I mentioned earlier the developing template; whilst their first record stuck to one theme they knew worked (i.e high tempo guitar pop) “You Could Have It…” adds more.

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Live it Out
6

  • Metric
  • Last Gang Records
  • 2005-10-04

If this record were a car, it would be sitting on a snowy embankment, trying to get its engine to turn over. The same way that one lays their head on the steering wheel and pleads with the pistons to begin their cyclical journeys, Live It Out, contains a promise, which is hinted at but isn’t ever fully delivered upon.

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Feels
10

  • Animal Collective
  • FatCat
  • 2005-10-18

The quartet is not afraid of shying away from the blippity pop blop and is proving so with many of the tracks on Feels, a very delightfully odd transition from their previous album Sung Tongs.

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Lapsus Linguae / Hunter's Loaf
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Bull & Gate
  • 2005-10-19

What matters most about the music of Lapsus Linguae — for me at least — is that they evade every convention or expectation you could have in music. Yet they haven’t done this by releasing records that are purely a whisper or no sound at all; they’ve given the listener everything that’s fucking great in music wrapped in one picnic basket of joy.

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Kosmic Renaissance
10

  • San Jose, California
  • United States
  • Repertory Theatre
  • 2005-08-12

From squeaks and yelps to clicks and shouts, they busted the wall in my head of how an instrument can be played. There were no breaks in their set, rather, the music was orchestrated into movements

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Wives / Collapse
6

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Catch 22
  • 2005-10-11

That aura of intensity was reflected in their attitude, which was loose, and somehow feral. In fact, they embodied everything that is exciting about the punk aesthetic, but without the crap music that traditionally accompanies it.

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USAisamonster
8

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Tonic
  • 2005-09-20

In between tracks the drummer made some comments summarising some of the songs, which sounded quite interesting — something about the difference between the mythology of the American Dream, and the realities of the modern United States.

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Melvins
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Koko
  • 2005-10-04

When i got “Honey Bucket” it was fast and mental, Buzz Osbourne proving his power and presence as a guitarist and front man to be much more than just big hair

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Malcfest 2005

Four years ago, a man named Malcolm had a vision — that he could put on a festival in his Catford flat, with all his mates’ bands playing in his living room. Now in its fourth year, Malcfest continued to grow, surpassing all previous expectations.

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Part Chimp / Deerhoof
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Koko
  • 2005-10-04

There’s nothing more impulsive in music right now than Deerhoof, an angular pop band that will throw books at you from a library full of strange variants and catchy, catchy tunes.

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Ex Models / Ack Ack Ack
8

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • The Freebutt
  • 2005-09-08

the two Ex Models launched at intervals into the staccato high-pitched vocals and careful guitar call and responses which have made the band so interesting

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Buzz Osbourne

  • Melvins
  • 2005-10-04

We caught up with Buzz Osbourne (Guitar, Vocals) for an insight into the intricacies of a marriage The Melvins have made with music for over twenty years.

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Cove / I'm Being Good / Lords / Epideme
10

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • Freebutt
  • 2005-08-07

and so although Cove may continue in some form or another, this was the last to chance to catch the storming behemoth before a third of its body fell off.

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