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/……

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Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 19th June 2012

You can listen to the show here

1 The Fall Garden Perverted By Language
2 Moongoose Late Night Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
3 Adesire Blue A History 1980-83
4 Twisted Hand Some Regrets The 1982 Masters
5 Easter Something American Innocence Man
6 English Mutts Song to….goodbye Demo
7 The Lazy Maybees Litterbug Lining Up Spoons
8 Salford Media City Prince Philip at Futureworks
9 Tigerside La La Samba Demo
10 My Little Brother 48 Blues Eyes Demo
11 Kill Pretty Kill Pretty In 80 Days

(Salford) Music Scene Radio Show – June 5th 2012

On this weeks show…..listen here

1 Easter Damp Patch Innocence Man
2 Lauren Housley My Baby Cry One Step Closer
3 The Lazy Maybees Old Ghost Lining Up Spoons
4 The Ascension Blood Upon The Rose Blood Upon The Rose
5 The Black Paths Our North Is Rising Ibiza and the Hangover
6 Twisted Hand Dawning The 1982 Masters
7 The Hamsters Stupid Songs The Disparate Cogniscienti
8 Kill Pretty Stupid Club In 80 Days
9 Danny Short Head in the Sand Remnants
10 Neuron No Limonchik Little Lemon EP
11 Glass Jungle Stay the Same Crystal Lies
12 Periscope Diggin You Out Demo
13 Adesire 60s Film Adesire A History 1980-3
14 The Fall Slags, Slates Etc Slates

Crumpsall Pipe Dreams

When I lived in the peoples republic of Crumpsall (a northern suburb of Manchester) there was never music like this about.

Thomas Long comes from Crumpsall and  has been writing, jamming and gigging in the city since he was fifteen.

Easter is the outlet for his songs,  a band that has existed in some form since 2009.

After initial success and plaudits for the bands first EP  it was tough to find a settled band and gain momentum but after two years of drifting Easter have an excellent line up of musicians in place – Lonelady drummer Andrew Cheetham, experimental musician Danny Saul on guitar, and bass player Gavin Clarke.

On 11th June 2012 their debut album Innocence Man will be released on White Box Recordings. The album was recorded live in a single night in a Northern Quarter loft studio – it should have been two but the first session was completely erased and with no spare cash or time left, this served only to enhance the raw, intense vibe of a perfectly lo-fi recording situation.

This is a perfect album.

It’s laminal wash of guitar distress merged with laconic heartfelt songs and busy, almost martial, drumming is one of the best things I have heard in a long time.

When you hear local musicians praising a band then you know that you are on to something good – and they do with this band and are fulsome in that praise.

The obvious comparison is with Sonic Youth with the cascading interplay between the two guitars but Easter manage to transcend the SY schema and have developed an impressive array of licks and riffs which when coupled with Long’s rich voice, which is as emotionally strong as Nick Drake at his best, deliver something special indeed.

Noticeably the band manage to effortlessly mix strong melody with intense guitar distress in a massive wall of sound.

Innocence Man also features,  on backing vocals & cello –  Julie Campbell, on the americana infused centre-piece Begin Again, up there with Kurt Wagner at there best, and as memorable a piece of music as i’ve heard in a long while.

The opener Somethin’ American sets the bar high for an exceptional album…..however the bar keeps getting raised as the album progresses… the single Damp Patch is stunning, and the howling guitar coda of Never Me is breathtaking. The mammoth closer Holy Island melds folk idioms with a combination of mammoth post-rock cinematics and airy guitar picking.

A very strong candidate for album of the year as far as I am concerned.

The album launch is at Kraak which is a performance and exhibition space in the Northern Quarter. It’s down a cobbled street, just behind Fit To Dance off Stevenson Square. It’s on Friday June 22nd

http://www.easterband.co.uk/

Salford Music Scene – 26th March 2012

A bit of a departure for this weeks show ….. as you will note below…. for your aural pleasure I offer the following …..

  • Kit B – Dogma I am God – which you will have noticed is a palindrome. The latest offering from Danny C,  J Monty and co – and old Hidden Gem tune which has a new title and interesting backing vocals from the Montmeister (need to let them trousers out a bit young padowan…..)
  • Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers – another taster from the forthcoming “Beat on the Moans” album – this is a wonderful piece of Bromwich logic in which he makes the point that Untattoed Ladies are now the rarity rather than the norm.
  • Kingdom Lost – As Dawn Travels – from the debut album “Desire Lines” which is packed with great tunes……
  • Robert Mitchell 3io – Alberto Balsam – yes I know its jazz and they aren’t from Salford but they are playing at the Band on the Wall in Manchester on Thursday and previewing the gig on the jazz show which will be on after the gig has finished would have been a tad silly. From “The Embrace” album – and an Aphex Twin tune to boot.
  • Ambrose Akinmusire – Jaya – as above but in this instance the album is called “When the Heart Emerges Glistening” and Richard James has nowt to do with it. This guy is being touted as the new Miles Davis…..not sure about that but he is very good.
  • Easter – Begin Again – another track from the very excellent “Innocence Man” album which is out soonish.
  • One and A Zero – Pretty Please – impressive outfit from Salford/Manchester –  www.oneandazero.com
  • The Vow – Holy Roller – From the “For A Dreamer” album – more info at  www.noexit-thevow.co.uk
  • English Mutts – Someone’s Pinched God – another piece of class from the Mutts from Moston – new lad Martin takes the vocal chores from Stanley.
  • The Centrals – Naughty Romance – very good this band and another great track – hoping to get them in for a session in the near future
  • The Fall – a couple of classic cuts from Grotesque After The Gramme….catch them at the Frank Sidebottom thing on Saturday…..I guarantee they will sound nothing like this…..

And you can listen to it here…….

Salford Music Scene – 20th March 2012

On this weeks show…….listen here

1 Syd Bozko Hidden Soul Single
2 The Ninth Watch Concrete Boots Demo Track
3 Premise Beach Hold Me Now Working for a Nuclear Free City remix
4 Easter Never Me Innocence Man
5 John Herring In My Head It Starts Again
6 One and A Zero Code Decode Demo Track
7 No*Tokyo Ego Healer (featuring N.Trance) Single
8 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Funny Boys and Pretty Girls Beat on the Moans
9 GlassHeads Pressure Cooker Single
10 The Vow Spacedust For A Dreamer
11 Glass Ankle Something More Demo Track
12 The Centrals The Likes of Me and You Demo Track
13 The Fall Leave the Capital Slates

Salford Music Scene – 13th March 2012

On this weeks show ( you can hear it here):

1 The Centrals Lack of Love Demo Track
2 Premise Beach Hold Me Now Single
3 John Herring I Haven’t Got A Clue It Starts Again
4 Emma Elisabeth If I Could The Coldness of Winter
5 The Kindest of Thieves Go To Town On Me Ever The Optimist
6 Easter Pages Innocence Man
7 Beyond Recognition The Illusion The Illusion
8 White Cliff You Know Demo Track
9 Today They Are Older Anger is more useful than despair Demo Track
10 Mandrake The Old Church Chapel Demo Track
12 Glass Ankle Without You Here Demo Track
12 John Herring Moments Like This It Starts Again
13 The Fall Impression of J Temperance Grotesque After The Gramme