Albums Out This Week: W/C 26th October 2009

With yet another album available this week, you can literally listen to Morrissey until you drop.

He missed his biggest opportunity this week though. Morrissey on last weeks Question Time? Classic potential we think. If a certain music gossip mag was right, it'd have descended into a Morrissey/Griffin love-in about the gold old days of an England gone by.

If they were wrong, maybe Morrissey would have done something useful with that Daffodil for once. Then there is the third option, both are dogged by rumours of being homosexual. Nothing says must-see TV like David Dimbleby looking on as Hitler Mk. II makes out with Liberace Mk. II.

We don't get it ourselves though. Personally, we love Johnny Foreigner.

Hidden Cameras - Origin: Orphan

Moving to the Arts & Craft Record label for their fifth album together, another offering is made for those who love nothing more than a Canadian indie band with a large pool of rotating band members. Commonly self-described as "gay church folk music", we're sure the homosexual, religious, middle-American hipster market will appreciate it.

Morrissey: Swords

We've stopped counting how many albums Morrissey has under his belt now. The word "prolific" was invented for people like him. Additionally, if you need us to explain to you to whom the name 'Morrissey' refers, you have bigger problems likely resulting from over-exposure to rock-dwelling.

R.E.M.: Live at the Olympia

Recorded at the band's five-night residency at Ireland's Olympia Theatre in Dublin. This live album is culled from across all the dates which took place between June 30 and July 5, 2007. The album will be a two-Compact Disc release, and is slated to contain 39 songs. In addition, a DVD of the performance entitled 'This Is Not a Show' directed by Vincent Moon will be included.

Wolfmother: Cosmic Egg

It's a familiar story. Boy meets boy, meets other boy: decides to form an Australian rock band (of course they just call them 'rock bands' in Australia. Then everyone decides to leave the first boy, breaking his heart, but not his desire to make more music using an already marketable band name. He finds new boys and then releases a new album with them. This is such an album.

Various Artists: Live Lounge 4

Collecting together 38 songs from sessions on Jo Whiley's Live Lounge show on BBC Radio 1. Expect to hear large numbers of bizarre cover version combinations. Newton Faulker covers Pixie Lott; Biffy Clyro cover Ciara; Jamie T. covers Beyoncé; Kasabian cover Gwen Stefani. You probably get the picture now.

Krystle Warren: Circles

An American singer-songwriter on a French label. Cue lots of jokes about him turning up late to gigs, promptly surrendering and then producing a thousand blockbuster films detailing how it was 'he' all along who played a fantastic set and changed the course of music with the help of no one else.

Oceansize: Home & Minor

A somewhat self-descriptive band name, until recently they constructed noisescapes the size of oceanic bodies. On this E.P though, the band explain a different stylistic approach on the record; "There’s no big blast beats, no metal, there’s no riffs, there’s no ‘loud loud’ on it. The whole E.P is a more gentle affair.

Miike Snow: Miike Snow

Lead singer Andrew Wyatt took a brief moment to ruminate on the electropop band's surging profile (i.e. a song of theirs was used on Gossip Girl) "I don't think our project was that thought out when we started. We just wanted to make music together. Three people just messing about. I don't think we anticipated the level of attention that it's getting right now. We didn't even think about touring when we started the album."

Charlie Winston: Hobo

Brother of Tom Baxter and one of the few decent musical exports of Cornwall (no, we do not count Thirteen Senses and Muse are from Devon), Winston made the wise choice to move to Suffolk as swiftly as possible.  Famous for incurring the wrath of the RSPCA for an advert forcing a dog to mime to one of his songs.

Tegan & Sara: Sainthood

Identical twins doing cool stuff don't just belong in the circus you know, they also occasionally pop up in the music charts, and not in the sense of gold hotpants, liberal democrat M.P boyfriends and songs about 'bum touching'. This is strictly for the indie crowd since they possess actual talent. Always a plus. It is doubtful that they own gold hotpants though, definitely a minus.

Johnny Foreigner: Grace and the Bigger Picture

Nutjob Birmingham three-piece Johnny Foreigner bring their bonkers Futureheads style around for another shot. After one album and two E.Ps, this is no longer considered a warning shot. Buy the album, that way front-man Alexei Berrow can finally pay his council tax.

Cymbals Eat Guitars: Why There Are Mountains

We spent longer than we're proud of intently pondering upon the deeper meaning of this band's chosen moniker. Why can't people take a Ronseal approach to band naming, like that one called "Computer Vs. Banjo" or "4 Poofs and a Piano". It really doesn't help when we're forced to think. You know it's not a good look for us!

Metallic Falcons: Desert Doughnuts

With one album behind them already, Metallic Falcons began existence back in 2006 when Sierra Casady and Matteah Baim, the former of which is probably best known for her participation in CocoRosie formed a band. The girls define their music as Baby Metal, which is like heavy metal, but for babies. Surely "lightweight aluminium" would be a better genre name then?

Langhorne Slim: Be Set Free

Recently seen on tours with Cake, The Avett Brothers, Jeffrey Lewis, Eugene Mirman and Lucero, Slim is a folk singer originally from Pennsylvania, now operating out of New York.

Devendra Banhart: What Will Be Will Be

One of the most popular artists to emerge from the Freak Folk stable, Banhart also spends his time playing with the band Vetiver. This week however, the attention belongs solely to his seventh solo effort, co-produced with Paul Butler from A Band of Bees.

Boo Hewerdine: God Bless the Pretty Things

Boo Hewerdine, known to his mother as Mark Hewerdine is an English singer-songwriter. His work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film soundtracks.

Broadcast: Broadcast & the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age [EP]

Another band hailing from Burm-ming-gum England. Ostensibly a duo, Trish Keenan and James Cargill are still waiting on a permanent drummer for the band. Nonetheless, we're sure that album title is liable to pique some interest.

Espers: Espers III

Taking their name from the ability to communicate telepathically, the Philly new-folk band confuse matters by calling their fourth album "III". We'll let it slide, just as long as their telepathic skills don't result in head explosions. Damn you Cronenberg, you ruined telepathy for us all!

Eat Static: Prepare Your Spirit

It's probably best if you don't though. It can carry the side-effect of deadness, and to be frank, sounds a little Scientology-ish. Still, with 20 years behind them, the Somerset-based electro band found themselves without a founding member - Joie Hinton - for this new album.

The Antlers: Hospice

The Antlers are an organized group of rowdy University of Missouri student basketball fans known for heckling the opposing teams. It was at this point we realised the folly of using Wikipedia without double-checking. Not that an album of heckling wouldn't be entertaining... but we're sure you'd prefer a Brooklyn indie-rock band fronted by Peter Silberman.

Mercury Rev: The Complete Peel Sessions [Box set]

"Well I got us on a hiway, I got us in a car / I got us going faster than we've ever gone before / And I know it ain't gonna last / When I see your eyes arrive, they explode like two bugs on glass." Anyone still remember that song. We used to love it so. It may have something to do with the boxset, it may not. It's a mystery.

Exxasens: Beyond the Universe

"Not having a defined music style is certainly the main appeal of Exxasens. The Exxasens universe is full of sound landscapes which take the listener to a rich world of beautiful and powerful melodies. This could be the homeland of post-rock bands such as Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Exxasens' style tries to go beyond by introducing progressive metal influences." - we shouldn't use last.fm either. Too press-releasy.

Space: The Best Of

You'd think this'd be a very short disc, but apparently Space have had a long and illustrious career. It's not just duets with Catatonia and "You and Me Versus the World". Happily, this is the better Space. The French one, so we need make no further mention of the British one... ever.

Get Back Guinozzi!: Carpet Madness

Signed to Fat Cat Records, this male-female duo both dress like tropical fish and sound like them, filtered through a lo-fi lens of course. Listing their influence as Can, Talking Heads, Moldy Peaches and Roy Orbison, there'll be a fair few people tapping on the glass to this tank.

The So So Glos: Tourism/Terrorism

Brooklyn punk by way of four brothers. Together they also created the Market Hotel, a space where they live and play shows.  It is quickly becoming a sought after venue in the New York punk scene. So, if the whole band thing doesn't work out, at least they have a back-up plan.

Ben's Brother: Battling Giants

Jamie Hartman always considered himself the "beta male" as he was growing up, constantly in the shadow of the colossus that was his older brother Ben. Most people have this problem, few bother about it once they hit 12, even fewer name their band after it. Personally, we want to hear Ben's band, it'll clearly be better.

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