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…..
Busy today but a lot of what came in was not up to scratch – the highlights of which were…..
Received a handful of tracks from Berks/Bucks band Kieland Ridge who have a good gritty sound – impressive.
Just taken delivery of the new Guile single “I Walk Alone” and very good it is too – of you sign up for their newsletter you can get it for nowt. Twangy guitars, scribbly guitars, plectrum worrying guitars and Cash-like vocalising. Also The King Blues single “Does Anybody Care About Us” made it’s way onto the dansette – not been too keen to listen to these guys because of all the hype but this is quite good.
Liverpool band Tone Puppets have been sent in our direction before – and they have new things to hear which are a good listen.
On this weeks show the emphasis is on a couple of upcoming gigs – the Salford City Radio Music Night at the Kings Arms on Thursday, and the Section 25/AAAK gig at Gullivers on Saturday…..also new band Hellbound Rebels, more from Ruby Tuesday and Long Hat Pins and another track from that new Borland release…… listen here
||Any Kind of State
||Colour, Movement, Sex & Violence
||Colour, Movement, Sex & Violence
||The Hymek Manoeuvre
||Find It Yourself
||Long Hat Pins
||Heartbeat of a Heartbreakr
||Enter Castle Perilous
||Away Dull Care
||Enter Castle Perilous
||Blood Outta Stone
The arrival, in the post, of a new Moff Skellington album cheered me up considerably. It is called “The Pukes of a Hot Cloister” and it is rather marvellous, as we have come to expect with Moff’s work. He advises me that the website will soon be updated to facilitate access to his back catalogue and the new one.
Ronin, the Italian avant garde quartet heavily inspired by Morricone, who blend country, psychedelia, jazz noir and americana can be heard on their new release “Fenice”. The album’s opening three tracks – “Spade”, Benvenuto” and “Selce” – are a pure mix of country-pyschedelic, almost as if the soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s masterpiece “El Topo” had been played by Ry Cooder.
And so it’s time for Salford Music Scene again……the show is dominated by the new release by those cheeky ailurophiles Breen and Gregg aka Borland who have weaved their magic to create a stunning new slab of electronic loveliness (reviewed elsewhere on this blog) ……i’m also introducing a couple of hitherto unheard bands Conquer Rio and Ruby Tuesday…..and delighting in the sound of Taser Puppets…..playing a couple of requests (I know it’s the slippery slope to being the hairy cornflake) and another excellent tune from Long Hat Pins.
On the show for today therefore …… and you can hear it here……
||Rode Your Luck
||Spirit and Soul
||Down from Mars
||Long Hat Pins
||An Understanding Light
||Fire, Ice and Dynamite
||James Bond in Drag
||Stay A Little While
||Moondog (Radio Edit)
A pop orientated influx of music today from Mausi, Thom Cross, Soulmagic and the oddly named Rainy Boy Sleep – all fine stuff but unlikely to be played on my shows as they just don’t fit – however I have shared them with colleagues at the station and hopefully they will pick up on them. Some interesting rock music from America’s “BrokenRail” (sic) which again doesn’t quite get on my playlist but might get picked up by others.
Pleased to see another release from “Danny Short” in his DDS guise – this is the more experimental side of his music which is closer to ambient and free improvisation – anyway you can get it here free.
Taking the opportunity for this show to play some four of the five demo tracks “Kill Pretty” laid down earlier in the month in Stockport. They have further recordings planned in February and March with Craig Scanlon and Larry Gott guesting which should be interesting. As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog I’m somewhat excited with what Ian Moss and his band of merry funsters are cooking up. In terms of gigs you can catch them- Thursday January 26th , with Sandells/Factory Star at Kings Arms , Salford; Saturday February 25th , with Taser Puppets at the Railway Chorley. Dates to be confirmed but also March gigs at the Verge, Hyde with Subway Sect , and Ashton under Lyne’s Guzzlin Goose with Taser puppets.
In their usual perverse way the Day for Airstrikes chaps released a three track EP on bandcamp on Christmas Eve (fascinating marketing concept chaps!) – comprising of music from three of their component parts ( Adam Skerritt (aka Little Idiot), John Simpson (aka Mi Amo Simmy) and Ian Breen (aka Claw The Thin Ice)) – regardless of the Christmassy association this music is required listening. Fascinating also that those components separately sound nothing like the whole.
Featuring also – as I will be for the next few weeks – music from the excellent “Long Hat Pins” – who continues to amaze with the variety of music he produces. Also another track from recently featured “Hunting Bears” – and the new single from Turrentine Jones which is a remarkably good move on from their previous work.
Also very pleased to be featuring the new single from John Herring – which is a precursor to his second album which will be out in due course. You can catch him at the Deaf Institute on March 17th he has a hell of a good band behind him now and this latest song is damn fine indeed. Looking forward to hearing the album.
In tonights fun packed radio spectacular therefore the playlist is : (listen in here)
1 Turrentine Jones – Candy Snake – Single
2 John Herring – It Starts Again- Single
3 Kill Pretty – Emperors New Clothes – Demo
4 Claw The Thin Ice Lonely Animal EP – A Christmas Miracle
5 Kin No Outline Demo
6 Kill Pretty Stupid Club Demo
7 Long Hat Pins Men Marching, Men Running Demo
8 Hunting Bears My Own Child Demo
9 Mi Amo Simmy Yes Is The Answer to Everything EP – A Christmas Miracle
10 Turrentine Jones Slam the Door Single
11 Kill Pretty Brown Eyes Demo
12 Little Idiot It Aint Easy being Svarte Piet EP – A Christmas Miracle
13 Kill Pretty Black Dog City Blues Demo
14 The Fall Get A Hotel – The Frenz Experiment
Diary Day 3 and the first radio show of 2012.
Nothing much to report in terms of new music other than I spotted a various artists compilation called “The Great Australian Song Book” which perversely excludes The Go-Betweens, Dave Graney and The Triffids amongst others. Also got the new single in from The Silver Seas who appear to be able to write good, albeit derivative pop tunes (they used to be The Bees and had a lot of success last year which passed me by to some extent).
Also details of the new John Herring album and first gig of 2012 have emerged via the interweb viz (note the usual geographical attempt to annexe Salford into the place next door, it’s bad enough with the boundary commission doing daft stuff, we don’t need copywriters doing it as well)….
Singer-Songwriter John Herring is set to release the follow up album to, ‘Tales From a Northern City’ called ‘It Starts Again’ in 2012.
John has returned to Blueprint Studios (home of Elbow) to record the new material and is again working with engineer and co-producer, Gary Vaughan-Hadfield .
The new single, ‘It Starts Again’ is an interesting mix of soulful and driving song according to Herring. ‘It shows off my style of songwriting, and the talented line-up I am working with. Unlike the last album I now have a steady band of excellent musicians, so there is a real cohesiveness to the album.’
In addition to the four piece the album again sees Herring scoring strings, trumpets and choirs, and indeed a live choir features briefly on the new single – recorded at their last gig at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford. John’s first gig in his hometown (err no he is from Salford) in 2012 at The Deaf Institute will be a gig to remember – with support from the excellent Phil Davies and the ninjasmokebombs.
No changes to the format of this show for 2012 – I’ll be featuring new, independent and unsigned music from Salford, Greater Manchester and the North-West, and featuring a track from the mighty Fall to conclude…..
So to kick off:
- Handsome Shaun & The Swingers – Break Out The Dansette – otherwise Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets with a little thing he knocked together at home. Caught the Puppet
- Always Awake – Sparks – from the EP of the same name – which was released digitally on December12th – I will leave the words to my colleague Rebecca Marshall who says ““Always Awake are a perfect example of the fresh sounding talent Manchester has to offer today. A talented band and bunch of young singer songwriters with a really amazing sound which proves talent is not always found on a TV show.”
- Kit B – Death of Clown – another tune from the remarkable work of Mr Danny Cusick. Still aiming to put a band together.
- Kin – Awkward House – another of the new ones from the remarkable Kin.
- Long Hat Pins – The Sound of Summer In The Rain – another one from Tim, who will be a regular feature of the show in the next few weeks.
- The Inflictors – Spits Fire – not seen this lot in a while, we keep missing each other, I aim to remedy that in 2012. Further evidence they still have their Mojo’s intact.
- Younger Dryes – Implore – Stockport based band I have been featuring of late.
- English Mutts – Ramdom Axe of Violence – woof! Ran into Stan from the band at the Crescent before Christmas
- 7 Day Weekend – Seasons Like These – The PR says “All aged 18 or below, 7 Day Weekend are a pop punk/ alternative band from Warrington England. With catchy guitar riffs, and strong emotionally driven lyrics. Theyʼve drawn comparisons to You Me At Six and Young Guns (can’t say I have heard of either of those).
- Kin – Make Way For The )Sad) Emperor – another marvellous track from a real talent
- Stupid Little Cars – Chico – before Taser Puppets Shaun Maxwell ran this rocking beat combo.
- Younger Dryes – And We’re Still Here – another track from this great band
- The Fall – Guest Informant – a marvelous example of riff-tastic magic from The Frenz Experiment – an album produced when the group were at the height of their chart success.
Anyway you can listen to it here….
Now then the trouble with starting a diary like this is that the day you do it you get struck down with a virus and don’t really feel like doing much other than lying in bed and watching old episodes of Stargate SG-1 (one of those Guilty Pleasure things that Stephen Doyle likes broadcasting about). However a steaming cup of Lemsip and a deep breath and here we go again…….
- Pleased as punch to see SCR get included by FMS as the station that does the best work for unsigned bands in its Independent Top Ten of 2011. Thanks Paul.
- Interested to see Drowned in Sounds top nine Mancunia of 2011 – i’ve played three of them (Gnod, Air Cav and FTKOSQ) but had not heard of any of the others which demonstrates to some degree the vast amount of music out there – not enough hours in the day.
- Half way through reading an advance copy of Stephen Dobson’s excellent biography of Ian “Moet” Moss of Hamsters, Sicknurse and Kill Pretty fame. A fascinating read – will be writing a review once I have got rid of these germs.
- Just trying to finalise the line-up for what we hope will be the first of a series of SCR nights at the Kings Arms featuring local independent artists – thanks to Roland via Paul and Zena for the support in getting this going. Watch this space for details.
- A little embarrassed by the article on myself by a Mr Coupe (a teacher in Oldham allegedly) on the ‘Zeen webpages. Such things are very nice but do tend to divert one from the job in hand.
- Another new track in from the excellent “Long Hat Pins” who I will be featuring regularly on the Tuesday night show in this new year of ours.
- Three new tracks in from Ruby Tuesday – another guitar/drums duo (are bass players a dying breed I ask myself ?- not if Josh Dutton/Lord Sophie are anything to go by – I quickly respond). A great dirty blues sound with some serious rock hooks. Expect some airplay in due course.
- Local band Ninetails can be voted for in one of those MTV new band of 2012 thingies – being technically inept in this etherweb nonsense I am struggling to find out how to vote for them mind you – which I would like to do. Ahah – the lads have responded quickly to my plea to them on Frazzlebuch – vote here and vote often!
- Richard Youngs album “Amaranthine” is released on vinyl on the 16th January 2012. You can stream 2 tracks from the LP here and pre-order it here – there are only 500 copies.
- Rachmaninov got the number one spot in the Classic FM chart of charts – there you go.
Right – that’s enough for today – back to Major Samantha Carter and the other three.
Due to other commitments I have not got the time to write copious notes on this weeks offering – however links to the bands are provided where available:
- Factory Star – Away Dull Care – catch them for the last time this year at Gullivers on Oldham Street, Manchester this Thursday – supported by
- Rapid Pig – Aristonean – who have Tim Lyons of Sandells on bass for the aforementioned gig. I’m not sure this is the correct title for this tune but it’s close
- Inspiral Carpets – You’re Too Good For Me – new single and original singer back
- Orange Room – Noise and Confusion – from Liverpool
- Long Hat Pins – Tlcking Box – from Salford and more to come from this excellent solo artist who has sent me an album full of tunes
- The Ninth Watch – The Optimist – the second tune from this Manchester band
- Whipcord – Thistledown – from the new album, which is great
- Bob Dean – Forest of Fear – a Manchester based rock band who have just released a debut album “Volcanic Music” on iTunes and are looking to promote it across the UK. Its taken us just over 2 years to complete and they say they are extremely proud to now show the world their music. The sound of the album is best described in the title. We are based in Manchester but are an international mix of 2 Icelandic’s, 2 guys from the UK and a Californian
- Danny Short – A Question – from the new album which is excellent.
- Younger Dryes – Dynamo – based in Stockport and are currently working on new material. Will be playing more of them as they are very impressive….
- Orange Room – Coffee and Tea
- Bob Dean – Hide from the Pain
- Long Hat Pins – Ayramba
- The Fall – Blindness – from the last Peel Session
To listen click the link
The usual mix of new local talent from the hinterlands of the Greater Salford area – Facebook and My Space links will take you to more information …….
A preview of the forthcoming Suzuki\Method & Helmets for Men club night plus lots of new tunes
- Suzuki Method – Purple Aki – headlining at Islington Mill this coming Friday in the first of a new club night in partnership with Helmets for Men
- The Rialto Burns – Show Me Your Colours – opening on Friday
- Working for A Nuclear Free City – Black Rivers – in the middle on Friday
- Glassheads – Double Hard Bastard – new tunes from Wigans finest
- Periscope – Burst – new tunes from the extremely productive Peri….
- Hunting Bears – Good Mood Music – are after gigs if you want to contact them – I think you should Mr Promoter!
- Long Hat Pins – Hurricane – Salford based – doesn’t gig unfortunately because he is damn good
- The Disappeared – Eight Miles Down – playing The Castle, Oldham this Friday
- The Portlands – Blue Sea Blues – played these before – they are very good – new releases in the New Year
- The Fall – Monocard – from the new album Ersazt GB – a singular piece of Fall wonderment
- Glassheads – Pressure Cooker – another one from the Wigan lads
- Periscope – Ethereal – an another one from Peri
- The Disappeared – Welcome Back – and another one from them
- Working for a Nuclear Free City – Dead Fingers Talking – and another one from them, looking forward to these on Friday
To listen to the show click on the link below…….