Music Diary #29 – 31st January 2012 – Salford Music Scene Radio Show

Well as the month draws to a chilly end it’s worth reflecting on the first month of the calender year…….well over 50 new bands , whether demos, singles or albums have come my way in 31 days and that’s not counting the absolute dross I have had to reject on the grounds of public well-being taste and decency. That’s a dizzying amount of new music to absorb in the context of having lots of older stuff to recall and bring forward for consideration. On the most part things have been good and the standard, variety and uniqueness of the material is all very high indeed.

However having said that today’s listening has been somewhat marred by a pile of things which I will not even bother listing – awful in extremis…..somewhat rescued by….

My recommendation of the day which is:

  • Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral : chap out of the “Screaming Trees” for those who know them, also “QOTSA” and “The Twilight Singers” amongst other things….his latest release is out next week and I have to say it’s rather fine indeed – dense and intense bluesy material which sort of sums up and concentrates into one excellent package the material he has produced over his previous six albums.

On this weeks Salford Music Scene…….to listen click here…only one deliberete error this time when I describe Novelty as being Dead Souls…..

Tone Puppets Late Nights Demo
Joy Division Novelty Plus/Minus
Death to the Strange Vertigo Dreams Demo Album Tracks
The Ascension Precipice Blood on The Rose
Humanizer A Fine Farewell Demo
Stolen Mushrooms Soulfly Out of Zone
Kingdom Lost Englands Grey Unpleasant Land Demo
Kit B Rock-Ola Rocket Demo
Long Hat Pins Already Stone Compilation Album
Tone Puppets All I Know Demo
The Ascension Useless Gift Blood on The Rose
Kill Pretty Happy Families Live at Brixton Jamm
The Fall 2×4 The Wonderful and Frightening World of
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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

Salford Music Scene – 13th September 2011

On this weeks show a preview of bands playing on the Friday Night of the forthcoming Salford Music Festival…….plus some new stuff….and a couple of blasts from the past as they say…… not much spare time this week so the info is a bit sparse

  • Syd BoZko – Come Get me – playing Salford Music Festival – New Oxford 10pm
  • Rawcuss – John Travolta – playing Salford Music Festival – The Crescent 11pm
  • Stalagmites – Lovers – not now playing Salford Music Festival  was going to be the Ashley Brook but they cannae do it now…..the perils of pre-recorded radio shows….
  • Mancini Fires – Paint White – playing Salford Music Festival – Wangies 8:30pm
  • The Blimp – Fake Tan – playing Salford Music Festival – Town Hall Eccles – 10:45pm
  • Positronik – The Bitch Knows Your Name – playing Salford Music Festival – note Saturday! 7ish – this is the new single
  • Zap Zap Zap – Brick Windows – playing Salford Music Festival – Ashley Brook 10pm
  • The Taser Puppets – Dim (Radio Edit) – new track via Chorley’s finest and thanks to Shaun for removing the offending word
  • Ryan Jarvis – Thought of You – new artist from Gorton who sent me his material via our unsigned page
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – That Would Be The Normal Reaction – as per last week and more to come next week – they are keen to play live so any promoters give them a call!
  • Joy Division – New Dawn Fades – from the Still album
  • Black River -Turn Your Face – blown away by this one…..
  • The Room – Ups and Downs – another one via the unsigned page
  • Total Bloody Chaos – Work Together – a preview of tomorrow night’s show which looks at the forthcoming Punk Weekend at the Crescent
  • The Fall – Lie Dream of a Casino Soul – a classic from the early 80s…..from one of the great Fall line-ups – Smith, Scanlon, Hanley, Riley, Hanley, Burns
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Salford Music Scene – 17th May 2011

On this show you will find:

1 Joy Division – Atmosphere – The Best of Joy Division : bit of a theme on tonights show and three versions of this very song – thought I would do a bit of compare and contrast to see how the tune(age) differs with passing of the years.

2 Peter Hook and The Light  with Rowetta – Atmosphere – 11022011 : and thus here is the most up to date version of said classic – and you can catch Monty interviewing Mr Hook and Rowetta in his show on this occasion. See how good we are to you at Salford City Radio?

3 Neuron No – Saving the World – EP : more musical munificence from the titantic trio. Catch them at Mayfest on Saturday!

4 Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single : These guys beat the bejazus out of most of the so-called nu-folk wannabees you get on R6 and other such stations – they harmonise to perfection and they have the wonderful aural ambience of Mr Sewell floating in the ether behind them as well. Topping the bill at Mayfest and doing a charity gig on the same day.

5 Phil Davies and the Ninja Smoke Bombs  – Enid Blyton – Regulation Specification : significantly excellent lyrics with a melodic musical backbone and a very pleasant singing voice. Expect excellence and it will be exceeded. Also on the bill at Mayfest (did I mention it’s only a fiver?)

6 Rawcuss – John Travolta – Single : A “Radio Stars” for the 21st Century – possibly? Brash and not the least bit bashful. They are in the second round of a Supajam competition to play at Benicassim so give them your votes! Vote here……

7 Belle Vue  – With Glue – Belle Vue : as reviewed elsewhere in this blog -hyperintelligent math pop with a melodic angle and some great musicianship.

8 The Overeasies – Lock the Door – Reverbnation Track : rapidly growing as we speak – last time I saw them face to face there were three of them- now there are considerably more. Tunes keep appearing on what seems to be a daily basis and I would suggest thier own style is starting to emerge from the raft of influences in the band.

9 Peter Hook and The Light – Pictures – 11022011 : another tune(age) from the new EP and thanks to Mr Monty for the nod in this direction and….

10 Codeine – Atmosphere – A Means to an End : The Music of Joy Division : keeping with the “Atmospheric” theme (see how I did that) a reading of the aforementioned classic by the New York slowcore trio….an interesting if somewhat tense reading in keeping with Codeine’s methodology, as it were.

11 The Overeasies – Come Over Here – Reverbnation Track

12 Belle Vue – Quite Love – Belle Vue

13 Rawcuss -TV Fantasies – Single

14 Positronik – Give Me Some Passion – Demo Track : and to round things off another band on at Mayfest on Saturday and also performing their debut gig. A rather groovy website has been put together and gives some initial clues about the band.

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Salford Music Scene – 22nd March 2011

On this show you can hear……

1.       Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single – currently on tour in Germany but will be back soon and are appearing at the Helmets for Men Stage at Sounds From The Other City on May 1st and the Salford City Radio Mayfest at Islington Mill on May 21st.

2.       Mancini Fires – Ghosts – Rise EP – Formed in 2009, the North Manchester/Salford – based 4 piece have finally completed their line – up, and are now working hard recording their new material… Combining strong vocals with an acoustic guitar underpinning them, a solid, dynamic rhythm section and melodic echoing lead guitar. The sound the band have in mind is reminiscent of early Coldplay with a nod to U2. Their songwriting conveys both heartbreak and hope in equal measure, it’s clear that this is a band with a lot of potential… From the bleak desperation of Tomorrow Yesterday to the uplifting highs of I Am Not The Same, Mancini Fires put an atmospheric twist on the classic quiet – loud formula, and also an intimate sound with a hint of Damien Rice and Doves can be heard on songs such as Ghosts. Appearing at Mayfest.

3.       The Black Paths – Our North is Rising –  Ibiza & The Hangover – Little Hulton’s master of the synthesizer with tunes inspired by a trip to the Balearics.

4.       Neuron No – Digital Doom – Free Download – Also appearing at Mayfest – i’ve waxed lyrical about the new EP elsewhere on this blog – this is a track that did not quite make it onto the EP.

5.       Samir Hamim – Red Dress – Single – master balladeer and tunesmith from Salford with a lovely song.

6.       Mandrake – Last Orders – Glory Days – another track from the new album from the Manchester band that rehearses and records in Salford. Watch out for them they are great songwriters.

7.       The Fall – Last Orders – Live at the Witch Trial Expanded Edition – one of the earliest recorded pieces of work by longest surviving band in known history with any merit – featuring the second great line up of Smith, Bramah, Baines, Friel and Burns. Live at the famed Electric Circus in 1976.

8.       Jealous – Between the Streets and the Stars – Single – Swinton’s own with their new single.

9.       Kin – Flies – Flickering – another track from the best album so far this year – recorded at the remarkably groovy 6dB studios.

10.   The Black Paths – In the Zoo – Ibiza & The Hangover – more synth fettling from the western suburbs!

11.   Joy Division – Warsaw – An Ideal for Living – just after the switch from Warsaw to Joy Division and the band showing early punk leanings. 1976 when the summer was hot and the world was changing.

12.   Easterhouse – Get Back To Russia – Contenders – another blast from the past, a band which should have had much more success than it did.

13.   Mancini Fires – Paint White – Rise EP – as above

14.   Warm Widow – In A Blackout – Widower – amazing band with an amazing EP – check it out….

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