Salford Music Scene – 27th December 2011 – Best of the Year Part 2/Mixcloud Overflow

Concluding a two part run through of the best of 2011. A very difficult show to put together as I had to leave a lot of fine music out of the mix, however due to the magic of  Mixcloud there is a way around that…..

As is usual at this time of year I have chosen my “best of” and these are:

  • My Band of the Year : The Blimp ;  runners up Factory Star
  • My Gig of the Year : The Hamsters final gig at the Crescent ; runners up Factory Star/The Blimp at FAC 251
  • My New Band of the the Year : Kill for Company ; runners up – Kill Pretty
  • My Session of the year : Kill Pretty on SDs Sonic Diary ; runners up – Bikini Test Failure on Aural Delights
  • My Event of the year : The Helmets for Men stage at Sounds from the Other City; runners up – Mayfest at Islington Mill
  • My Song of the year : Danny Short – Check For Response ; runners up – Factory Star – Angel Steps

I will be announcing my Album of the Year on tomorrow nights Aural Delights Show.

All in all a pretty spectacular year music wise and the following 15 songs I think demonstrate the strength and breadth of the local music scene (with an interloper from Margate who gets included because of his unstinting support and all round glamorous nature!)

  • The Suzukis – Are You Happy With Yourself – a stunning debut album from this band from Wigan
  • The Happy Fallen – The Wheel – Neal James continues to deliver great music from the depths of Crumpsall
  • Periscope –  Sleeping With Ghosts – Martin Swinney the most prolific man in Manchester – album soon I hope.
  • Toby Jughead and His Merry Drones – Media City Ditty – swathed in mystery, superglue and ceramic delight – the abiding question of 2011 is who is Toby J?  Limits Maid Found Corsets.
  • Salford Media City – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – More please next year Mr Jackson.
  • Silver Sound Explosion – Sidekicks – an amazing trio delivering great tunes – featuring the omnipresent C Dutton esquire.
  • Whipcord – Dread Stop Bop – stunning album, great tune.
  • Fall Fan Dave and the Lap Top Dancers – Costa Del Fridge – from the second album – Yelling Boil – a true iconoclast.
  • Toska Wilde – I Am Your Temptation – Margate via Salford for the nail polish guru.
  • Danny Short – Check For Response – from the second of two great albums from the bard of Horwich.  The single most wonderful piece of music I have heard this year.
  • Electric Wood – A Tragic Satire – Kearsley’s finest….
  • Taser Puppets – Dim – the magnificent Puppets with a piece of pop class…
  • Kill Pretty – Babes in the Wood – from the Hamsters they came breathing fire – a phoenix rising – featuring two fifths of Dragnet, 2 Duttons and a Moey…..who could ask for anything more
  • The Blimp – Fake Tan – the best live band in the area at the moment – anchored by a memorable rhythm section and lead by a genuine certified genius, Word- Art!
  • The Fall – Fiery Jack – and to conclude, as I usually do, a bit of magic from the heart of post-punk

This selection of tunes proved to be best of the local material for the year and were broadcast on Salford City Radio.

However there were a number of bands I could not leave out so I put together a mix of my other favourites which was as follows:

  • Trojan Horse – Disciplining The Reserve Army
  • Irk The River – One Year Performance
  • Phil Davies the Ninja Smoke Bombs – Fixed Penalty Points
  • The Vanity Project – Structure of an Atom
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – Is it the Grouse?
  • The Black Lights – In the Dark
  • Emperor Zero – Mental Health Café
  • Kit B – Fear of Flying
  • Girl Peculiar – Destiny
  • Stalagmites – Supply and Demand
  • Death to the Strange – Shades of my mind
  • Positronik – When The Bitch Knows Your Name
  • The Hired Help – Perfect Society
  • Neuron No – Saving the World
  • Mi Amo Simmy – Up With This I Will Not Put
  • Mandrake – Last Orders
  • Well North of Watford – Make Sense of Loneliness
  • Twinkle & Co – Jock Tally
  • Syd Bozko – Come Get Me
  • Urchins – Cabin Fever
  • Wonderland Trip – Bring Back The Sunshine
  • Ha Ha Said The Car – Storm Petal Suzie
  • Open Party – Inertia
  • Warm Widow – Back the Class
  • TG Elias – Southbound Otley Highway
  • The Louche FC – Four Parts Bastard
  • Veladrome – Elvis
  • Early Mojo – Balloon Basket
  • Ghost Outfit – Boy
  • Belle Vue – Platform One
  • Skankadelia – Distinct Lack of Secrecy
This can be streamed from Mixcloud here.
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