Music Diary #37 – Aural Delights Radio Show – 15th February 2012

And here we are again with another Wednesday of music…..in through the ethergate in the last 24 hours music from

  • Manna – sort of a sultry version of PJ Harvey, on one of the tracks she sings with Mark Laneghan – interesting stuff and bears repeated listening
  • Pint Shot Riot –   new single “Starting to Fly” not bad but very much of its ilk – once it gets going ’tis quite impressive in some areas.
  • Torche – single off of the new album -which is on its way to me – noisy, loud guitars etc – v.good!
  • The Imogen Styles – fascinating art pop duo with a strong image and a DIY approach to music/vids. Something quite captivating about what they do….but I doubt if I would play it….there you go
  • Paul Weller – single called “That Dangerous Age” sounding somewhat like Ray Davies in parts – alright I suppose if you like that sort of thing….
  • The Finest Hour – good stuff – new single called Janey/Feel The Same

And on this weeks show a variety of newer things with a prog classic of the week, Moff moment and Farley Kiwi fumble…most of the bands are on Facebook and you can look them up there……listen here….

1 Disappears Love Drug Pre Language
2 Safari Doubt Single
3 The Explorers Collective Nothing at All Single
4 Et Tu Bruce This City Suburban Sunshine
5 Future Pilots Take It All Future Pilots EP
6 This Wicked Tongue Ray Mears vs Bear Grylls EP
7 The Coke Authority Malice Demo
8 Van Der Graaf Generator The Emperor in His War Room H to He Who Am The Only One
9 Safari Are We Ready Single
10 Comet Sands This Too Shall Pass Recordings and Live Demos
11 This Harbour Union Little Mountain Town This Harbour Union
12 Moff Skellington Life on the orb of Pangaea Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
13 The Statler Project Your Opinion My Opinion Your Opinion My Opinion
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Music Diary #25 – 25th January 2012 – Aural Delights Radio Show

To commence a Happy Birthday to Farley my ex-pat chum who resides in Christchurch, New Zealand and provides me with regular scoop fulls of interesting music from the other side of the planet.

Now then – yesterday proved to be very busy with a ton of new stuff coming in – so I will point out:

Stolen Mushrooms – who are from Luton and sound a little like the RHCPs but have their own style and stance, there’s also a slight smattering of Marr guitaring mixed in with a crisp afro-beat feel and the interplay is reminiscent of early Yes to some degree. If you are confused by that confusing description I suggest you give them a gander via Facebook and reach your own conclusions.

The Ascension – Macclesfields’ finest rocking beat combo are still looking for a drummer but have put together a new five track EP  “Blood Upon The Rose” which will be out shortly. Recorded in Salford and then mixed/produced by Mr Archer at 6dB studios I am advised. Doug (bass, vocals, keys) has sent me a couple of tracks over and they are rather marvellous.

– Kit B  – who don’t appear to have a Facebook page yet – have been joined by my chum Mr John Montague on the bass guitar – they are looking for a drummer as well (bit of a trend here) – and the fruits of their early collaboration have emerged with a new tune “Rock-Ola Rocket”. Both Mr Leigh and Mr Montague (ex of the very excellent Pearl Divers) are getting very close to the “three band” magnificence of Mr Dutton – one wonders if Mr Dutton will form another combo in order to maintain a reasonable gap?

– Joy Division – the 10CD/7 vinyl/download compilation “Plus Minus” appears to be excellent value for money as long as you don’t opt for the vinyl option. In terms of rescuing the planet from environmental meltdown I don’t quite see the logic of producing all the plastic and paper but I suppose it’s art. Whether you have all these already and want to splash out your cash is a moot point which I guess reflects the pricing structure. In any event the re-mastering does refresh the sound somewhat and it’s good to have all the stuff in one place on the hard drive I guess.

– Lambchop’s new album – out in three weeks – is dedicated to Vic Chesnutt. It’s called “Mr M” – i’ve always been a fan of Kurt Wagners pained lyricism and this album is packed with it – whether it is just a little bit too lacking in grit I suppose is the key issue. It’s late night music, relaxed, reflective and to some degree a little too laid back for me.

– In a similar vein – The Hello Strangers – play a laid back and utterly melodic form of bluesy Americana. The promo is pretty good on this one – “Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can accomplish. Timeless imagery and fables accompany each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter and a man gone wrong.” I was particularly struck by “Conococheague”  with it’s eerie guitar intro and insistent folky sound. I got six tracks from their “Introducing Max Schmidt” release from a couple of years back. Very impressed.

And on this evenings Aural Delights Radio show you will find the following dear listener:

The Nectarine No: 9 Holes of Corpus Christie D’un Echantillon De Marchandises EP
The Sexual Objects Here Come The Rubber Cops Cucumber
Kill Pretty Stress Demo
Hero and Leander Collider Collider EP
Ronin Benevento Fenice
The Umbilical Chords Evil Idle EP
Future Pilots Assange Future Pilots EP
Vic Godard End of the Surrey People D’un Echantillon De Marchandises EP
Kill Pretty Joey Stefano Demo
Factory Star When Sleep Won’t Come Enter Castle Perilous
50 Foot Wave Rushing With Love From The Men’s Room
The Sexual Objects Outta Place Again Cucumber
Moff Skellington Dashboard Photo Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
Kill Pretty Babes in the Wood Demo
Sandells Girl from Iphegenia Reformation Session (TFAB Remix)

You can listen to the show here