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  • Au Revoir Simone - Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation. They were the all-girl electropop outfit who supported Architecture In Helsinki. They sounded promising, so I picked up their CD, in order to have a better listen to it.
  • The Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever. I've heard good things about this.
  • Jens Lekman - When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog. I've been listening to p1r4t3d MP3s of this, and rather liked it. I'll be sure to get the EP compilation that 3RRR have been flogging to death and that's coming out here soon.
  • Club 8 - Strangely Beautiful. Swedish indiepop band, on Labrador.
  • The Radio Dept. - Lesser Matters; I have a copy of that in Melbourne, but found one here for £3, and so picked it up in the event of DJing from CDs.
  • Kings of Convenience - Riot on an Empty Street. Another second-hand purchase, and the UK one is a proper, non-corrupt CD, guaranteed to not choke your PowerBook or install RIAA-approved malware on your Windows box.
  • South Ambulance - s/t. More Swedish indiepop; they did a song titled Die Five Times Times Five, which is sort of like today's answer to You Should All Be Murdered. One of the songs is titled Brunswick Hotel, and the booklet inaide the case contains a postcard apparently to a teddy bear at a hotel on Brunswick St., Brisbane.
  • And, continuing the Swedish indie-pop theme, Records Make Great Pets Volume 1/Sweden, featuring a number of bands I've heard of, like Sambassadeur, and some I haven't.
  • The Pooh Sticks - Optimistic Fool. One of the more whimsical C86 bands, and a steal at £5.
  • Cinnamon - Pony Up. Described, intriguingly enough, as "Japanese electro helium pop!". I wasn't sure what they were like, but £2 sounded like a reasonable price for finding out. They sound a little like Takako Minekawa, only with more Joy Division samples.
  • Hot Hot Heat - Elevator; to see whether the fuss is justified.
  • Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Remixed. I found the original album to be rather uninteresting, with all the tracks sounding much like the same wall of NME-Carling-Xfm new-wave rehashing; here they employ some interesting remixers, including M83, Mogwai and Four Tet.
  • Cagedbaby - Will See You Now. In an electro-house vein, and picked up largely on the strength of Disco Biscuit.
  • The Rapture - Echoes. Pioneers of the whole punk-house thing. Sounds like dirty garage rock, but is actually carefully engineered to function as four-on-the-floor dance music.
  • Bravecaptain - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace. The frontman of the Boo Radleys' solo effort. The back of the CD features a kitten and a PowerBook. 'Nuff said.
  • Lorna - Static Patterns and Souvenirs. The clerk compared it to the Clientele, and the card with the disc compared it to the Field Mice, so I decided to check it out.
  • Current Music:
    Cinnamon - Untitled 2
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    On October 30th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC), somethingforzoe commented:
    Manchester has some fantastic record shops... I think it outdoes London.
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    On October 31st, 2005 10:33 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
    Quite possibly. That and the fact that second-hand CDs in London are overpriced. (You can often buy something new from Amazon for less than a second-hand copy at Music & Video Exchange would set you back.)

    Perhaps it has something to do with there being more tourists (and locals) passing through London, picking off the cool rarities and buying enough of the other CDs to keep prices up.
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