Aural Delights Radio Show – 30th March 2011

All new stuff on this show with a couple of tracks from the first release on new lable Gulf Records and some things that have been sent my way by bands and lables:

1. Mummy Short Arms – Cigarette Smuggling – Single – very excited by this band out of Glasgow. They are  James Allan (voc), Stu Brown (gtr), Fraser Gillies (gtr), Cammy Findlay (bass), Craig Brown (rhythm gtr/percussion), Dean McClure (synth), Gary Pinkerton (drums)  http://www.myspace.com/mummyshortarms.
The single is released on 30th May on  http://www.flowersinthedustbin.org
2. Van Der Graaf Generator – Bunsho – A Grounding in Numbers – from the amazing new album which has just been released. Peter Hammill advises they were aiming to deliver one of the great concept albums in the style of “A Wizard/A True Star” – it’s an amazing piece of work and you can get more info here
3. From the Kites of San Quentin – Chet Beaverbrooke – Split 12″ with Borland – to celebrate the launch of the new Gulf lable I am playing both lead track from  the split 12inch…..the launch party is at Centro on Tib Street in Manchester this Friday – details on Facebook. There will be a remix CD available with the ltd. edition screenprinted vinyl from April 4th, and also digitally from http://gulfrecords.tumblr.com/. The latter of which I am quite excited about for reasons I will not go into. FTKOSQ have always demonstrated a great feel for soulful moody chilled out electronica and this track is no exception – an excellent way to launch the new lable.
4. Periscope – Afterlife – Unreleased direct from Artist – Martin Swinney continues to produce excellent music and this latest piece of work raises the bar even further – hopefully the long awaited album will emerge soon.
5. Miacca – The Cat – Unreleased direct from Artist -another track from this amazing band from Swansea – really great songs and a fantastic voice as well.
6. Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit – Back Again In the DHSS – pure poetry from the Wirral Peninsula
7. Borland – Clockmen – Split 12″ with From the Kites of San Quentin – the other part of the Gulf release with the cheeky Borland chappies in their element with an absolute classic. I played an earlier iteration of this tune on the show some time back and they have fettled it in their inimitable way since then. As usual with Rob and Ian it builds into a mammoth piece of noise from small beginnings. There is a hell of a lot to listen to here so its worth concentrating on the laminal nature of structure.
8. The Love Load – Candy Dish – The Human Resourceful – as played last week – an excellent band from the other side of the Atlantic.
9. Boris – Jackson Head – New Album – the jury is still out on this album which oscillates madly between J-Rock and Techno – not what I was expecting. This is a more traditional Boris tune.
10. Letters to Fiesta – Traveller – Unreleased direct from Artist – another track from this band from Mancunia – I see great things for them as they are unique and rather refreshing in a scene where indie wailing clones predominate.
11. The Suuns – Up Past the Nursery – Zeroes QC – a rather fascinating Canadian band with an altogether unique feel…..from the impressive new album.
12. Garfield Mayor – Let Love Be Your Energy – Take and Take – In 2007 Garfield Mayor finally got the break he’d been looking for… Picked up by 3 times Grammy Award winning US artist Rob Thomas he was immediately signed to Thomas’ new label RTEL Records (Sony BMG). Mayor’s debut album ‘Take and Take’ was made in between London, New York and his home in Coventry.
13. Greenfire – Constant Rewind – Time is the Enemy – Manchester band featuring ex Sicknurse bass player Jon Rowlinson.
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Aural Delights 9th March

Mostly new things on this weeks show with a couple of classics for good measure

  1. Orange Juice – Felicity – Coals to Newcastle – from the excellently constructed compilation an equally excellently constructed piece of pop magic.
  2. The Crookes – Godless Girl – Single – from the new album “Chasing After Ghosts” this Sheffield band play FAC 251 on 26th March (or maybe 25th it’s a bit confusing on their My Space page)
  3. Little Volcanoes – Drum Roll at the Cash Machine – Pre-release – Manc wunderkinds doing what they do best……
  4. Periscope – Barefoot – Charity Download – the ever lovely and talented Mr Swinney regales our ears with more musical magic – hope over here and download it and then donate something – it’s for a good cause.
  5. Electric Furnace – Goodnight Bloodsuckers –Sound and Fury EP – a bit of metal from the Rhondda to liven up your ossicles…..
  6. Fidel and the Castros – Take It Away – Demo – great name and a great demo sent in by this band …. I predict great things
  7. Traffic – 40,000 Headmen –  Welcome to the Canteen – classic track from one of Traffics best albums.
  8. Letters to Fiesta – Blue Giants – Demo – interesting name and an excellent sound from another Manc band.
  9. Danny Short – Bottles of Red Wine– Love Has Gone – Another great track from Dan’s new album which is out in April…be sure to check out the free download of his Reputation EP here.
  10. Drama – Iso – Single – The single being released on March 14th is now to appear on Classic Rock Magazine’s May Edition covermount CD which is released in April.
  11. The Winchester Club – Negative Liberty – Negative Liberty – new album out 23rd March, touring soon but not playing north of London unfortunately.
  12. Twilight Hotel – The Master – When the Wolves Go Blind – rather marvellous new album from the musical partnership of Brandy Zdan & Dave Quanbury. I like them because I can’t pigeon hole them!
  13. The Counterpoints – Catalyst – Promo – from Berkshire, and described as being echoes of the entire history of British popular music, you can find out what all the fuss is about by visiting their websites http://www.thecounterpoints.com and http://www.myspace.com/counterpoints
  14. Grails – Future Primitive – Deep  Politics – I whitter on endlessly about how good this is elsewhere on this blog. Another contender for album of the year.

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