Let's first mention that Lucky Soul's Add Your Light To Mine Baby is even more difficult to find then we suggested last week if its physical release date is moved forward. So yeah, go and buy it this week instead. A great leap, and about six and a half extra minutes, away we find the majestically stratospheric latest offering from Leeds' brooding post-rock mavericks iLiKETRAiNS. Spencer Perceval at least helps our cause by naming their latest historical subject in its title, the only British prime minister to be assassinated. Somewhat less indebted to swirling noisescapes and more three minute skanking party are south coast bundles of energy Sixnationstate, who release Where Are You Now. Producer Iain Gore has previously worked with Brakes, Rumble Strips and Larrikin Love, which actually explains what it sounds like better than our prose can. Cwmbran's Gethin Pearson must be sick of people telling him how much he sounds like Conor Oberst, but it's all we can do for the moment while he's still in the file marked Up And Coming, debut EP Hang On... Hang On... showcasing his own tremulous barbed indie-folk. Speaking of which, cult (ah, here we go) anti-folkers Herman Dune follow a Richman-meets-Sufjan line of least emotional resistance on I Wish That I Could See You Soon. Vinyl? Plenty to go round - suave indie-loungecore storytellers Friends Of The Bride (as featured on a full page in Metro this week, bizarrely) bring us Buckle Up, Sunshine! through the mostly reliable (ie we'll let them get away with the odd Libertilike) Young & Lost, the Archie Bronson Outfit attempt to prop up all that advertising time Domino bought for them on MTV2 last year by reissuing the thundering Dart For My Sweetheart, Fields plough their own dreampop path again with Charming The Flames and the ragged folky glory of the Mules makes it to both 7" and 12" with We're Good People, the former harbouring a CSS remix.
A slower week in the middle of frenzied release activity - well, we weren't about to plug Kelly Jones' low-key solo album about girls' names. The Apples In Stereo have always been a trifle overshadowed, firstly by the co-operatives in the Elephant 6 movement they pretty much started, then by being the last out of the blocks when the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev et al made for the mainstream, and even now New Magnetic Wonder is being sold more as the first release on Elijah Wood's own Simian Records with attendant press pieces astonished that he's heard of some music not in the charts. Polymath Robert Schneider's offkilter Beatles/Beach Boys melodies are still in working order regardless. Brett Anderson's solo debut is in one way not a surprise - he's always been his own man with his own obsessions, after all - and in another way an interesting move given he's always relied to an extent on having people around him to feed off, or at least to do the work while he feeds off the stuff he bought round the corner. Going, interestingly, the non-major route via DrownedInSound, it's all brooding, introspective balladry round these parts now. A combination of the daughter of the singer from Little Feat and Lily Allen's occasional producer shouldn't work in the slightest, but we're attracted to Inara George and Greg Kurstin's bristling bossa nova tack-sharpness as The Bird And The Bee - think a jazzpop Feist. One band that's never really been paid their due in the two and a half years of post-Peel commemoration has been the Wedding Present, whom John only had in nine times but were nevertheless a fixture of playlist, Festive 50s and appreciative Gedge communication. The Complete Peel Sessions 1986-2004 rounds everything up in a remastered fashion, and by everything we mean the covers (Altered Images, Orange Juice, the theme to White Horses), sets from Phoenix and Reading festivals and Leeds Sound City, studio interviews, the live set at Peel's fiftieth birthday party and the infamous Ukrainians session. A handful of albums by sardonic late singer-songwriter Warren Zevon have been remastered and expanded, your first port of call ideally being his biggest seller Excitable Boy as it's got Werewolves Of London on it. Inspiral Carpets A-sides/B-sides/DVD disc compilation Cool As is back out, Skatalites compilations such as the 2CD Anthology need treading carefully around due to the myriad of lineups and rights holders but what the hell, it's the Skatalites, and Babylon's Burning is an extraordinary chronological four CD punk box set to tie in with a recently released history of the scene book featuring - and here comes some major league padding out - the Modern Lovers, New York Dolls, Suicide, Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Rocket From The Tombs, Pere Ubu, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Radio Birdman, the Saints, Dr Feelgood, Kilburn & The High Roads, the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, the Damned, Wreckless Eric, the Subway Sect, Slaughter & The Dogs, the Lurkers, X-Ray Spex, Wire, the Adverts, the Slits, the Only Ones, Alternative TV, Penetration, the Rezillos, the Fall, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias, the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, the Ruts and possibly the least punk bandname we've ever seen, Dave Goodman And Friends. Apparently it was a Paul Cook and Steve Jones side project.