The Last Aural Delights – 31st October 2012

To finish after three years and six months on the steam radio our Reverbnation Artist of the Week for this week and last week  and a selection of my favourite artists.

Notable by their absence are Moff Skellington, Danny Short and Fall Fan Dave & The Lap Top Dancers who will in all likelyhood be the subject of a special podcast  in the not too distant future.

Listen to the show here…..

  • The Happy Fallen – Ultrawave – a new track from the ever productive Mr Neale James
  • Easter – Damp Patch – a track from one of the albums of the year “Innocence Man”
  • The Gin Circle – Sinderella Story – our reverbnation artist of the week , a trio from Leicester
  • Factory Star – Incorruptible – one of the best bands around at the moment from the “New Sacral” release
  • AAAK – Regenerate – another one of the best bands around at the moment – stunning at Salford Music Festival – from “Totalitarian Tip Toe” and featuring another particular favourite – Kin.
  • Neuron No – Limonchik – from the “Little Lemon EP” – a band who never fail to amaze me with their musical abilities….
  • Taser Puppets – Wasp – yet another one of the best bands around at the moment – great songs and a great attitude……
  • We Could Be Astronauts – Loose Lips – were our Reverbnation Artist of the Week last week but I neglected to play them – and being a man of my word I am rectifying that omission.
  • The Gin Circle – Lost To Be Found – as above
  • Da Mutts – Albion Summer – an abiding love for this band and their song-crafting skills…..
  • Kit B – Hulmenoid – Danny Cusick is one of our best song writers and here is another example of his abilities
  • Positronik – Don’t Come Crying – this should be in the charts not that tedious N-Dubz crap
  • Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton – Glamoflage – so should this…..
  • Kill Pretty – The Year of 13 Moons – best tune of the year for me, so I thought I would go out on a high

Thanks for listening – Aural Delights will be back in podcast form in about two weeks on – http://www.mixcloud.com/BobonSCR/……

Salford Music Scene – 18th September 2012

The final part of my four week preview of this years Salford Music Festival featuring a snap-shot of some of the 200+ artists appearing at 20 venues around the city from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd September.

You can stream the show from here…….

  1. AAAK – Out Here – Totalitarian Tip Toe
  2. Curry Quiche – Dry Handkerchief – EP
  3. Girl Peculiar – Believe – Single
  4. Miss Lucid – Another Pathogen – EP
  5. Saturday Morning Cartoons – Lady In A Radiator – Demo
  6. Sheena Bratt – Fire In Your Eyes – Demo
  7. Boz Hayward – Invasion of the Ditty Dots – Single
  8. John Mackie – 9.5 Grams – Single
  9. I Invented Fire – Absence is Distant (And Distant Works) (Radio Edit) – Demo
  10. Jed Is Dead – Damaged – Demo
  11. Silver Sound Explosion – Sidekicks – Single
  12. Kill Pretty – Breakdown Man – Dark Heart
  13. TeamAVsTeamB – That First Love – Demo
  14. The Fall – Lap Top Dog – Single

For details of all the gigs and all the venues go to the festival website

Salford Music Scene 10th July 2012 – AAAK Special

At the end of the 80’s the duo known as As Able As Kane(AAAK)  first stalked the streets of the NW, bullying audiences with their Buildingscape Beats – a mutant offspring of the Electronic Body Music scene.

They  took their name from a song by Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel and their influences from European acts like Laibach, The Young Gods and Front 242, as well as Essex’s Nitzer Ebb.

At the time, Manchester was in the midst of Stone Roses and Happy Monday madness (how history repeats itself)  and so the hard-edged industrial sound of AAAK appealed to only a handful [of special] people. The band signed 2 record deals and 2 albums were released back then.

Photograph by Chris Power from AAAKs most recent gig at the Kings Arms

John Peel liked them and so it seemed did the Europeans. The second album in the recently released John Peel on-line album collection happens to be a AAAK release…..

In 1992 the band split and it seemed like they were quickly forgotten. Ding, the music man in the outfit, continued a career in music, building up a recording studio and finding himself playing bass for the likes of The Fall , PJ Harvey and Frank Black over the years. More recently he played with Bobbie Peru and Kin.

Then, in 2009, Ding was approached by Electric Tremor records about having these earlier works re-released, an idea which quickly escalated into them being re-recorded and the band reforming after tracking down the band’s singer, Paul R.

A 2CD release entitled ‘The Collection’ was released in June 2010, with the band returning to the stage for the first time in nearly 20 years too. There were showcases in hometown Salford (at Sacred Trinity Church)  and over in Germany & Belgium .Performances were incredibly well received, with the band employing the use of video, lighting and circuit-bent technology to put the shows together. AAAK continue to go out of their way to be as awkward and ill-placed as they were 20 years ago by doing nothing like the norm.


Throughout 2011 they combined playing further live shows with the writing of a new LP. This is now out and entitled “Totalitarian Tip-Toe” – you can find my review here. Ding and Paul have expanded the line up of the band with guitarist Neil Rowbotham of The Words (“a much better guitarist than me” says Ding), and Tamsin A lead chanteuse and guitarist with Mr Heart. Special guests on the album were Kim F and Howard J from Kin. In the most recent live appearance the band was a five piece with Neil, Howard and Tamsin joining Paul and Ding on stage.

In April 2012 the band set up their own website where their early work is now available for free download. The website contains free downloads of the bands first two releases which Ding has remastered – plus other rare material.

www.aaak.co.uk

The show – which you can listen to here – contains the following tracks:

1 AAAK Sharpshooter The Collection
2 AAAK Outland Demo Version
3 AAAK Kingpin Totalitarian Tip-Toe
4 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby (AAAK Remix) I Am Kathy Kirby EP
5 AAAK Sleep Freeze The Collection
6 AAAK Get In The Real World Totalitarian Tip-Toe
7  AAAK Train to the West Big Fist
8 The Hired Help Perfect Society Exclusive Track
9 Kin Army of Ruined Buildings Flickering
10 AAAK We Fall Alone The Collection
11 The Fall Recovery Kit #2 We Wish You A Protein Xmas
12 AAAK Better Off Dead Totalitarian Tip-Toe
13 AAAK Sharpshooter (2012 – Shadow of Progress Remix) Exclusive Track

Totalitarians Turns

It was raining.

The hard rain that usually fell on the city next to the rainy city.

I pulled my chinos up so the bottoms would not drag in the puddles, and shuffled down the lane to the bus stop.

The 100 bus arrived on time, just – it meandered through the streets of the city, via the Precinct area,  and onto the main road into the other city.

It was diamond jubilee pageant day. Down south they were sailing boats, up here in the north we were playing music.

I got off the 100 at the end of Chapel Street, and strolled past the new developments to Bloom Street and the Kings Arms. It was unseasonably cold for June.

Annoyingly I had missed two of the bands I wanted to see – Zap Zap Zap, and Saturday Morning Cartoons (members of which were eating chips in the vestibule as I approached the pub).

A pint of Unicorn and a chance to see the last couple of tracks by Ben Peel and the Bradford City Wool Band  who got better as the set progressed. Then  the guitar and drum duo of Ruby Tuesday  who like The Calimocho Club and Kill for Company manage to deliver a big sound with just two players. Intense modern blues rock which demands further hearing. Another pint and then a listen to Dear Sherlock  who came over all Muse/Octopus and didn’t appeal so I nipped off for a bag of crisps and  a natter with Mr Jon Coupe who arrived in his usual dapper attire.

Neale James changes the line up of  The Happy Fallen  every time I see them – this time he has Mike Murray (of Easterhouse fame) alongside him and they work their way through some fine psych garage rock. Would really like to see Neale with a full band behind him as I reckon it could be a hell of a thing to witness.

Downstairs for a rum and coke –  and had a chat with Tamsin about the progress of the Mr Heart album – which is nearly ready.

Another line-up change this time for the next band  Stalagmites who are down to a trio with Brad and Alex sharing bass and guitar duties (“it’s easier for us to write the tunes with this line-up” says Brad) – hadn’t seen the band for a while (about a year) so there has been significant change and I confess I did not recognise a lot of the material. Most enjoyable though and I look forward to more from them – Brad is one our better singers and deserves a wider audience and the group certainly create a huge sound. They will be doing some recording at 6dB in the near future.

Downstairs for another rum and coke and a short chat with Doug and Neil from The Ascension and a meet up with Monty, who has arrived fashionably late, and then back upstairs to watch headliners AAAK. This time around it’s a five piece with Howard Jones on drum pads, Neil Rowbotham on guitar, and Tamsin on vocals and hitting things with sticks, joining Ding and Paul. They are launching the new album Totalitarian Tip Toe and are in breathtakingly good form. It translates well to the live setting and the  additional band members bring an added dynamic to the sound. This music is brave, bold and modern – totally in your face and top tappingly good.  Ding remarks that some of us are dad-dancing and wants us to move a bit more – doesn’t he know we are getting on a bit? Selected tracks from the new album, a new tune (whose name I didn’t catch but which was rather fine indeed) and then the return of the excellent “Sharpshooter” to the set list made for an entertaining 30 minutes – I could have done with a lot more frankly as the grooves were exquisite although I did get an Alannah Currie flashback with Tamsin’s moves when she was menacing the drum pad with a stick. If you haven’t caught AAAK live then I suggest you should as they an excellent outfit and deserve a large audience.

Afterwards a quick lager and another rum and coke with Monty and Chris from Factory Star and then home (thanks to Chris for the lift and the sneaky preview of some excellent music) – it had stopped raining by then.

Kudos to Paul Travis for putting on an excellent day of entertainment – sadly there were not a huge number of people there and if you weren’t and you are local then you missed a belter.

Aural Delights Radio Show – 30th May 2012

On this weeks show (which you can listen to here):

1 The Happy Fallen What Good Is Your Rock?  Demo
2 Zap Zap Zap Brick Windows  Demo
3 Stalagmites Zulu  Single
4 Saturday Morning Cartoons The Ditch  Single
5 Ruby Tuesday Spirit and Soul  Single
6 AAAK Regenerate Totalitarian Tip-Toe
7 Chastity Brown House Been Burning  Back-Road Highways
8 Bruce Bherman Big Sized Untagged EP
9 The Membranes Everything’s Brilliant If you enter the arena….
10 Dope Body Alpha Punk Natural History
11 Charlie Barnes This Boy Blind  Living Room EP
12 E-mute Flying (Turning Point)  Too Proud to say loud
13 Moff Skellington Bring it home to me Thorny Conduits
14 Fossil Collective Let It Go  Single
15 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Tropical Hot Dog Night Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Notes in respect of….

1 -6 Featuring bands from this Sundays event at the Kings Arms – https://www.facebook.com/events/399012156788771/ – good local talent from Salford and the surrounding boroughs

7 – Excellent roots artist from the States – check her out! She’ll put a spell on you. Sweet as molasses and woodsmoke, clear and burning as summer sun, Chastity Brown casts magic. Her voice brings you to the crossroads with every turn, warms, comforts and challenges you. She is the inheritor of Leadbelly, Nina Simone, Bonnie Raitt and Roberta Flack. She is past, present and future. She is fire, earth, air and water. She’s a natural. http://www.chastitybrownmusic.com

8. Bruce Bherman is a singer-songwriter, fequent Europe-NY-Nashville flyer and a guitarafficionado deluxe. His backcatalogue consists already of 6 CD’s, some vinyl (12’ & 10’) and a load of singles – http://www.brucebherman.com

9. From the recent AAA single…..

10. From the excellent new album ….. http://www.dopebody.info

11. A recent EP of live stuff from the big voice of Charlie Barnes ….my favourite track from his album

12. As featured as last week – E-MUTE is a new band ready to shake the foundations of the rock scene! Some of the top musicians in London, who between them, have collaborated with artists such as Moby, TheDrifters, Scott James (Stereophonics), ChakaKhan, Vanessa Mae, Pip Williams and more, unite to deliver a new fresh sound under the banner of E-MUTE. E-MUTE is also the main singer and songwriter of the band. Great melodies, dark edgy rock, electronica and philosophical lyrics are the recipe of the band.  www.emutemusic.com

13. From the latest album “Thorny Conduits” – http://www.moffskellington.org.uk/

14. Playing Night and Day tomorrow night – Fossil Collective, a two-piece from Leeds, consists of multi instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker. Their first recordings saw them taking inspiration from classic albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel and suggested comparisons with more contemporary artists such as Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Bon Iver. But in truth their exquisitely structured songs and glorious, rich harmonies owe as much, if not more, to a solid English song tradition, and their material holds that distinct English quality that many North American artists hanker after. http://www.FossilCollective.com

15. And a piece of magic from Don to conclude with….


(Salford) Music Scene Radio Show – 29th May 2012

On this weeks show you will find the following (Listen here):

1 Sinister Chuckles Big Banana Song Demo
2 The Howling Pitbull
3 The Vex Fools Desire
4 Electric River Monsters Ball
5 AAAK Everything’s Real Totalitarian Tip-Toe
6 Danny Short I’m A Zombie Remnants
7 The Lazy Maybees Monkey Tree Lining Up Spoons
8 Fuschi4 Sinner Can’t Hold Out
9 Neuron No The Motivational Song Little Lemon EP
10 John Mackie 9.5 Grams Single
11 Wailer Pilot Study Duress to Impress Single
12 My Little Brother My Hypocritical Friend Demo
13 Twisted Hand Spear The 1982 Masters
14 Neuron No Sleep Incidents Little Lemon EP
14 The Fall Green Eyed Loco Man The Real New Fall LP

notes in respect of the above

  1. Chorley’s riposte to the Ramones offer an erudite exposition on the impact of yellow fruit on life – a demo from the increasingly infamous Sad Row Studios – https://www.facebook.com/groups/399163703431262/
  2. https://bobonscr.com/2012/05/18/head-north-young-men/
  3. as above
  4. as above
  5. The album gets launched on Sunday at the Kings Arms – more details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/399012156788771/
  6. New album from Tall Dan – a compilation of older tunes which have been fettled up – http://dannyshort.bandcamp.com/
  7. From the new album – catch them live at Night and Day on Wednesday – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Maybees/194897357220276
  8. From the recent album – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuschi4/219859931385895
  9. New EP from the titantic trio – http://neuronno.bandcamp.com/
  10. New single – launched last week at the Kings Arms – http://www.zylotonerecords.co.uk/
  11. As featured last week – quite a bit of a buzz developing about this lot – they are in Camden tonight – https://www.facebook.com/TheWailerPilotStudy?ref=ts
  12. Impressive song-writing from this group – download the FREE EP – Nosedive, at www.soundcloud.com/mylittlebrother
  13. Ultra rare recordings of the other band Mike Leigh was in when he was in The Fall
  14. as 9
  15. A Watts/Smith classic from The Real New Fall LP

Aural Delights Radio Show – May 2nd 2012

A slight departure from the norm for this edition of the show with a continuation of the preview of some of the acts playing at the various gigs in Salford this week – however there is also lots of new music to tittilate the ossicles, plus some classic tracks…listen here:

1 The Three Johns The World of the Workers Do The Square Thing
2 John Hyatt and Periscope Machine Machine
3 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
4 The Blimp 50CC No Silencer Curse Curse Bang Bang
5 Toska Wilde I Am Your Temptation Cindy Darling
6 Luis Drayton Sex Junk Nazi Furs Pretty Sick/Dub Sick
7 Sinister Chuckles I Wanna Be Batman Blitzkreig Mop
8 Sinister Chuckles Dorian Gray Blitzkreig Mop
9 Sinister Chuckles The Ghost of Marilyn  Monroe Blitzkreig Mop
10 Tuxedomoon In The Name of Talent Desire
11 Doctrines Climbing Yggdrasil-Everybody Loves Ray Kay Bandcamp
12 Vladimir Cold Winter Grasp Single
13 Kill Pretty  Stupid Club In 80 Days
14 Taser Puppets Wasp Single
15 AAAK Crash Big Fist
16 Johnny Cooper Hot Mess Single

Notes in respect of the above

1. A sort of an intro to the following piece – from what I regard as their best release “Do the Square Thing” – they are playing Gulliver in Manc on May 8th.

2. Mr Hiatt of the aforementioned combo working with the ever busy Periscope  – excellent and out now

3. Further promotion of said bands EP launch this Thursday at the Kings Arms

4. Playing at the Hope, Eccles Old Road, as part of Toska’s Salford Temptation – doubt if they will play this one but I like it…..

5. The aforementioned TW and well a bit of a theme tune for the weekend

6. The co-conspirator of 5. above from a forthcoming album this is the pre-mastered version – slightly edited by me for content

7/8/9 Three exclusives of the tracks that will be on sale on the Sunday at The Hope from this bunch of miscreants….from Chorley which has a lot of roundabouts

10. Classic post-punk from one of my favourite albums – a very inventive band who never quite got the recognition they deserved

11. They are back and with a bang – from a forthcoming EP I think – they also just been signed to Alcopop Records.

12. Featured this band last year – this is their recent single – most impressive – hopefully a local promoter will entice them down

13. The ever lovely Kill Pretty with a track from their excellent album (have I mentioned how good the cover is?) – playing Saturday at the Crescent as are….

14.  Another band from Chorley (who share a singer with 7,8, and 9 – where do these musicians find the time to be in several bands at onece – I can’t keep up)

15. Mr Ding has been remixing the original AAAK releases and has made them available free of charge from their website – a classic piece early piece of Buildingscape Beats

16. This American gentleman caught my attention recently – impressed by his approach – this is the B Side to this recent single