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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

VP new reviews - 27feb06

Added to www.vanityproject.co.uk today

Album Reviews
*Air Formation – Daylight Storms (Club AC30).
*Airport Girl – Slow Light (Fortuna Pop!).
*Antifamily – Antifamily (Difficult Fun).
*Autokat – Late Night Shopping (Akoustik Anarkhy).
*Betika – Halflove (Pawthorn).
*Captain Polaroid – Other Short Stories And Better Works of Fiction (Filthy Little Angels).
*Desert Hearts – Hotsy Totsy Nagasaki (Gargleblast/No Dancing).
*The Fall – Reformation Post TLC (Slogan).
*Hot Gossip – Angles (Ghost).
*Jerry Fels – Live In Your Bedroom (Nobodys Favorite).
*Manatees – Untitled (Motivesounds).
*Nat Baldwin – Lights Out (Broken Sparrow).
*Patrick Wolf - The Magic Potion (Polydor).
*Phelan Sheppard – Harps Old Master (Leaf).
*Piskie Sits – The Secret Sickliness (Wrath).
*The Playing Fields – Hello New World (CactiShed).
*Riotmind – Start.
*Sailboats Are White – Turbo! (Poptones).
*The Scaramanga Six – The Dance Of Death (Wrath).
*Stuffy/The Fuses - Angels Are Ace (Advanced Cat Skills).
*Superkings – Secret Chiefs.

Single Reviews
*Armstrong – Reinvent The Scene (Organic).
*Balor Knights – Tornado/Get Straight (Phantom Power).
*Chris Hallam – Silhouettes (Ordinary Life).
*The Hermit Crabs – Feel Good Factor EP (Matinée).
*Pan Electric – Ethiopia (Chillosophy).
*South Central – Nothing Can Go Wrong (art/goes/pop).
*Sovereign Heights – 81.
*Steveless/Syd Howells – Cutlery (FuKu).
*Steveless/Syd Howells – Teeth Like Tombstones, Eyes Like Coal (FuKu).
*The Walk Off – Vader Fader (Hungry Audio).

Live Reviews
*16 Bronsons. Portsmouth Registry. 15feb07.
*Autons. Shoreditch Cargo. 06feb07.
*Das Wanderlust, Retro Spankees, Persil, Inner City Pirates. Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre. 16feb07.
*Miss Odd Kid, Big Joan, Shuffle, Cruiser Chimps. Hoxton Macbeth. 24feb07.

Zine Reviews
*Shadowplay #19

and that, I'm sad to say, is yer lot.

Thanks for your support of Vanity Project.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

VP writers best of 2006

In the following 3 posts, you will find the Top 10s (or thereabouts) for 3 of VP's regular contributors.

You can scroll down or link directly, should you have ended up in this post and are not sure how.

Skif's Top 10's

Grebo's Top 10's

David Adair's Top 10

On his own blog, Silent Words Speak Loudest, another of our contributors, Ben, has supplied extensive personal listings for 2006.

SWSL Top 10 Albums

SWSL Top Singles

SWSL Top 10 Gigs

VP writers best of 2006: Skif

The Gasman – This One’s For You
North Sea Radio Orchestra – North Sea Radio Orchestra
Scott Walker – The Drift
James Yorkston – The Year Of The Leopard
Dufus – The Last Classed Blast
Gareth S. Brown – Iron Henry
Smokers Die Younger – X Wants The Meat
That Fucking Tank - Day Of Death By Bono Adrenalin Shot
Zea – Insert Parallel Universe
Various – This Is Love

Soft Priest – Done It! EP
Cannonball Jane – Take It To Fantastic
Mew – Why Are You Looking Grave?
Xerox Teens – Round/Sometimes It’s Hard To Beat A Woman
Electroluvs – Boy Don’t Bother/Teenage Timebomb
Dungen - Festival
Be Your Own Pet – Adventure
Dilated Peoples – Back Again
Kings Have Long Arms – Lisa Riley/It Feels Like I’m In Love
Catnap – Have You Seen Larry?

Cardiacs. London Astoria. 10nov06.
Shitdisco. Liverpool Barfly. 16mar06.
Only Son. Liverpool Carling Academy. 30jan06.
Stuffy/The Fuses. Herne Hill Half moon. 21dec06.
Gogol Bordello. Manchester Academy 2. 11mar06.
The Research. Liverpool Barfly. 18jan06.
White Rose Movement. Liverpool Barfly. 01mar06.
Blanche. London Luminaire. 04dec06.
Nina Nastasia + Jeffrey Lewis. London Scala. 28nov06.
Daniel Johnston & friends. London Barbican Hall. 14apr06.

VP writers best of 2006: Grebo

Trash Money – Trash Money (Tragic Records)
John Kastner – Have You Seen Lucky (Boss Tuneage)
Loop Guru – Elderberry Shiftglass (Elsewhen)
Rusty Sheriff – d.e.a.f.? (Twenty Seven Percent)
Lucinda Sieger – Silver Life (Elsewhen)
The Bonesaw Romance – The Bonesaw Romance (Boss Tuneage)
Steve Turner & His Bad Ideas – New Wave Punk Asshole (Funhouse)
Comets On Fire – Avatar (Sub Pop)
Slayer – Christ Illusion (American)
You’re Smiling Now But We’ll all Turn Into Demons – Black Demon Time (Beware The Priest)

Noisettes – Don’t Give Up (Vertigo)
Edgar Jones & The Joneses – More Than You’ve Ever Had! (Viper)
Bluesky Research - True Spirit (Research Recordings)
Dead Kids – The Dead Wife Pills (Fierce Panda)
The Hedrons – I Need You (Measured Records)
The Exits – You Gotta Help Me Out (Demo)
Mach Schau – Necessary Evils (Demo)
The Horrors – Count In Fives (Loog)
Gene Serene – I Can Do Anything/Sound Of The Crowd EP (ORG)
Ninja Massacre – The Masterplan (Self Released)

Rusty Sheriff + friends @ The Frog On The Front, Portsmouth.
Motorhead + Clutch @ Portsmouth Guildhall.
Wills & The Willing @ The Frog On The Front, Portsmouth.
Little London + $10 Hookers @ The Frog On The Front.
Trash Money @ The Frog On The Front, Portsmouth.
Aberfeldy @ Portsmouth Guildhall.
Little London + Dragon Eye Morrison + Hellcyon @ The Registry, Portsmouth.
Contra + The Carter Affair + Underdog @ The Frog On The Front, Portsmouth
The Strange Death Of Liberal England + The Demons + Big Squirrel @ The Registry, Portsmouth.
The Exits @ The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth.
The Bees @ The Albert Tavern, South Parade Pier, Portsmouth.

Worst gig
Guns N Roses @ Nottingham Arena. (Thank the lord I was paid to be there working, because if I had wasted money on that shower of shit I may have killed myself. Complete rubbish!)

VP writers best of 2006: David Adair

1. Lloyd Cole; Antidepressant (Factory Records)
2. Be Your Own Pet; Be Your Own Pet (XL Recordings)
3. Breed 77; In My Blood (Albert Productions)
4. Scott Mathews; Passing Strangers (San Remo)
5. Alexisonfire; Crisis (Hassle Records)
6. Amy Winehouse; Back To Black (Universal Records)
7. The Hold Steady; Boys & Girls In America (Vagrant)
8. Kathryn Williams; Leave To Remain (Caw Records)
9. Mogwai; Zidane A 21st Century Portrait (Pias)
10. Hot Gossip; Hot Gossip (Ghost Records)

Monday, February 05, 2007

VP new reviews - 05feb07

updated on www.vanityproject.co.uk today

Album Reviews
*+ 44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating (Polydor).
*Anon – Violent (Non Applicable Records).
*Arachnotaur – Slo=w Pertinacious Threnody On The Abnegation Of Succour.
*Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity (ATP).
*Dragon or Emperor – Dragon Or Emperor (Pickled Egg).
*The Drones – Gala Mill (ATP).
*Everything On Black – Stain (Something To Listen To).
*Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby (Polydor).
*Little Barrie - Stand Your Ground (Genuine).
*Loop Guru – Elderberry Shiftglass (Elsewhen).
*L Pierre – Dip (Melodic).
*Mandalay – Virgin Passages (Fire).
*Musti Laiton – Collection.
*The Pines – It’s Been A While (Matinée).
*Plus Device – Puncture (Hefty).
*Radicalfashion – Odori (Hefty).
*Transmitters – I Fear No-One (Elsewhen).
*Trash Money – Trash Money (Tragic Records).
*William D. Drake – Briny Hooves (She Bear).
*William D. Drake – Yew’s Paw (Onomatopoeia).
*You Judas – Happiness (Fight Me).

Single Reviews
*Beangrowers – I Like You (Series 8).
*Fanfarlo – Talking Backwards (Fortuna Pop!).
*Gindrinker – Demo.
*Grand Prix ’86 – Everybody’s Dancing/Lights In Your Eyes (I Can Count).
*Grand Volume – History/Fire Come Soon (Fat Northerner) .
*The Hip Priests – Numbers Of The Priests.
*The Hold Steady – Chips Ahoy! (Vagrant).
*The Isles – Summer Loans (Melodic).
*It’s A Buffalo – Broken Toy /Climb Climb (Akoustik Anarkhy).
*Listen With Sarah – My Little Hula Girl/Animal Boum (Cherryade).
*Listen With Sarah – The World Of Listen With Sarah (Cherryade).
*The Maple State – Joanna/Wood and Rain (High Volatge).
*Mark Ronson - Toxic (Columbia).
*Midas – Don’t Dance (Killsound).
*The Nightjars – Cease To Exist (Kiss The Death).
*Switches - Drama Queen (Atlantic).
*X1 – Hypnosis (Curve).

Live Reviews
*Arachnotaur, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, Sons Of Caine, Frosthold. Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms. 10Jan07.
*The Good, The Bad And The Queen. Portsmouth South Parade Pier. 28jan07.
*Jamie T, The Macabees. Portsmouth Pyramids. 30jan07.
*Little London, Dragon Eye Morrison, Fivemiledrive, Sons Of Caine, Big Squirrel. Portsmouth Guildhall. 27jan07.

Friday, January 19, 2007

VP new reviews - 19jan07

updated on www.vanityproject.co.uk today

Album Reviews
*Animal Collective - Hollinndagain (Paw Tracks).
*Benoît Pioulard - Précis (Kranky).
*Bone-Box – Death Of A Prize Fighter (Fat Northerner).
*The Boyfriends – The Boyfriends (Boobytrap).
*Brighter – Out To Sea (Matinée).
*Dextro – Consequence Music (Grönland).
*Gareth S. Brown – Iron Henry (Misplaced).
*Griddle – Klimty Favela (Your Permanent).
*Horowitz – Frosty Cat Songs (Kitchen).
*Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul (Barsuk Records).
*Kid Congo Powers – Solo Cholo (Transsolar).
*Kultur Shock – We Came To Take Your Jobs Away (Koolarrow).
*Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion (Casablanca).
*North Sea Radio Orchestra - North Sea Radio Orchestra (Oof!).
*The Pocket Gods – Sandringtonsput.
*Shalloboi – Petals.
*The Skygreen Leopards – 1000 Bird Ceremony (Cosmos).
*Various – Ammehoelahop (Transformed Dreams).
*Various – Furthest Branches From The Trunk (Timbreland).
*Various – See Dee Compilation (Topplers).
*Various - This is the New (art/goes/pop).
*Various – The Topography Of Chance (Sonic Arts Network).
*Various – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The 22 Of Us (Twisted By Design).
*You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons – Black Demon Time/The Freewheelin’ Demons/Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Demons! (Beware The Priest).

Single Reviews
*The Distance – When The Wheels Came Off (Tokyotron).
*Ferry Corsten ft Guru - Junk (Positiva).
*Findlay Brown - Come Home (Peacefrog/BMG).
*Hammer Vs. The Snake – Goods (Lossless).
*Harper Lee – He Holds A Flame EP (Matinée).
*Jeremy Warmsley - Dirty Blue Jeans (Transgressive).
*Joe Matson – DTA.
*Johnny Foreigner – Sometimes, In The Bullring (Laundrette).
*Linda Draper – Traces Of (Skipping Stones).
*The Loves – Xs and Os/She’ll Break Your Heart Again EP (Fortuna Pop!).
*The Maccabees - First Love (Fiction).
*Mr Hudson & The Library - Bread & Roses (Genepool).
*Mr Luggs – Neeby Deep Ma Gubboch (Topplers).
*Outputmessage – Sommeil Remixes (Melodic).
*Screaming Mimi/RepoMen – Who Is Louise?/Trophy (Phantom Power).
*The Sound Movement – Modern Condition (Truck).
*Stuffy/The Fuses + The Aprons – Joe C (Is An Idiot) + Chase Me Mean Man (Hungry Audio).
*Unexploded Shells – Made In The Same City As You.

Live Reviews
*Blanche. London Luminaire. 04dec06.
*Jarvis Cocker. Camden Roundhouse. 16dec06.
*Mr David Viner. London Luminaire. 04dec06.
*Nina Nastasia, Jeffrey Lewis. London Scala. 28nov06.
*Xerox Teens, Bolt Action Five, Tim Ten Yen. London Buffalo Bar. 13jan06.

Friday, November 03, 2006

VP new reviews - 03nov06

updated on www.vanityproject.co.uk today

Album Reviews
*Various – Digital Northerner Volume Two (Fat Northerner).
*Various – Stressed Vol. 3 (Stressed).
*Viva Voce – Get Yr Blood Sucked Out (Full Time Hobby).

Single Reviews
*Boy From Brazil – Out Of The Past…Into The Future (Transsolar).
*Costar – Too Much Talk (Popfiction).
*Courtney Tidewell - Missing Link (Ever).
*DJ Shadow - This Time (I’m Gonna Try It My Way) (Island).
*H Bird – Pink Lights & Champagne (Dog Box).
*The Horrors - Count In Fives (Loog).
*Juliette and the Licks - Sticky Honey (Hassle).
*Klaxons - Magick (Polydor).
*Tunng - Jenny Again (Fulltime Hobby).

Live Reviews
*The Gossip, Comonechi. Liverpool Carling Academy 2. 29oct06.
*The Young Knives, The Grates. Liverpool Academy 2. 27oct06.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

VP new reviews - 17oct06

Added to www.vanityproject.co.uk today

Album Reviews
*Angel Tech – Angel Tech.
*The Black Angels – Passover (Light In The Attic).
*Duke Fame – Too Proud To Practice (Geeves).
*DYRĐIN - DYRĐIN (Skipping Stones).
*Entrance – Prayer Of Death (Tee Pee).
*Fiel Garvie – Caught Laughing (Words-on-music).
*Harlan t Bobo – Too Much Love (Transsolar).
*Helios – Eingya (type).
*Humanzi - Out On A Wire (Fiction).
*James Yorkston – The Year Of The Leopard (Domino).
*Luxembourg – Front (Dog Box).
*The Meeting Places – Numbered Days (Words On Music).
*Mercury Rev - The Essential Mercury Rev, Stillness Breathes (V2).
*Milburn - Well Well Well (Mercury).
*The Nightingales – Out Of True (Iron Man).
*Pipas – Sorry Love (Long Lost Cousin).
*Sound Team - Movie Monster (Parlophone).
*Spotlight Kid – Departure (Club AC30).

Single Reviews
*Blackbud - Forever (Independiente).
*The Broken Family Band – You’re Like A Woman (Track And Field).
*Buswell – Don’t Go Wasting Time (4th Street).
*Circuits – Say No Say Yeah (Try Science!).
*Dirty Pretty Things - Wondering (Vertigo).
*Education – Cool As You/Charles.
*Henrik Schwarz - Imagination Limitation (K7).
*The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again (Rough Trade).
*Ooze feat. TishK – Random Wondrous Things (Chillosophy).
*Piranha Deathray – Dolly Dolly/Last Australian In Space (Dog Box).
*Piskie Sits – What Is The Point? (Wrath).
*Psapp – Hi (Domino).
*Quad Throw Salchow – The Unwelcome Guest/Speed (Try Science!).
*The Scaramanga Six – Baggage (Wrath).
*Shuffle – My Friend’s Girlfriend/An Old Uprising (Tummy Touch).
*Stoneleaf – Each Last Act.
*The Upwelling – The Upwelling.

Live Reviews
*Dear Eskimo, The Spoons. Manchester Night & Day Café. 26sep06.
*Shepherds Pi. Manchester Night & Day Café. 26sep06.
*The Tigerpicks. Manchester Night & Day Café. 26sep06.