Aural Delights Radio Show – 21st December 2011 – Albums of the Year Part 3

The third of four shows dedicated to my albums of the year as selected by myself, fellow Salford City Radio DJs and a group of ne’er-do-wells from a Fall forum somewhere in etherspace

Deerhunter – Wash Off  – Rhapsody Original (June) – recorded live in Austin at the annual Rhapsody Rocks SXSW party. A memorable opening track from a damn fine album.

Moon Duo – Run Around – Mazes (March) – The Wooden Shjips Ripley Johnson and organist Sanae Yamada in full psyche drone mode for their second album. Also remixed.

Magazine – Do The Meaning – No Thyself (October) – I wasn’t too sure on this one myself but the weight of opinion amongst the chums was that it was a return to form. I was a little perplexed with some of the lyrics and I thought their was an element of self parody in parts.

Dr Tequila – Dr Tequila – Dr Tequila (September) – Blues soaked latino dance craziness from Ritchie Barron and his coterie of experienced Californian musicians who create great party music.

Across Tundras – In the Name of the Rio Grande – Sage (May) – Southern Gothic metal americana with a smattering of country. Real in your face music with an attitude.

White Fence – And By Always – In Growing Faith (January) – trippy, distortion-laced, psychedelic pop from Tim Presley who seems to be making this his main project following the demise of Darker My Love, apart from occasional paternity leave cover for The Fall.

The Suzukis – Built In – The Suzukis (July) – marvellous first outing from this band from Wigan – big things are predicted and it is justified.

Van Der Graaf Generator – Highly Strung – A Grounding In Numbers (March) – the 12th studio album by my reckoning and a real return to form after the disappointment of Trisector. Also remarkably short songs for this band but still with their trademark punk-prog approach.

Peter Hammill – Central Hotel – PNO, GTR, VOX (October) – PJAH hard at work, on his own, over two discs live at various venues throughout the land – including sunny Salford (I was present at said event). Disc One is Peter with piano, Disc Two is Peter with Guitar. An amazing version of the closing track from the 1981 album Sitting Targets.

Day For Airstrikes – Get In My Car – Adam, Wez, Ian, John, Danny, Rita, Sue and Bob Too (May) – the new soundtrack to the film of the latter part of the album title which was performed only once at the Sounds from the Other City Festival in May. The lovely mop-tops from South Manchester get into an altogether more reflective mood.

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Salford Music Scene – 14th June 2011

On this show a lot of new material which has come my way recently……

  • Girl Peculiar – Destiny – (Single)- released last week – great new single from Jenny and co available from I Tunes/Amazon.
  • Vinny Peculiar – My Generation (I said Goodbye) – Other People Like Me (Album)  – fantastic new album from Vinny is out digitally on 4th July and as cd/vinyl on 12th September. His first album “Gone” (not Get Gone as I say on the show) can be downloaded free from the website.
  • Black Lights – We Can Fly – In the Dark (EP) – play Manchester Academy on 9th July
  • Kranius – Crucified (Single) – I’m not sure how many metal bands there are active in the city at the moment but Kranius are the front runners with a great sound. Check out their Bandcamp page for lots of older material. The gig I announced on the show on 23rd has now been put back to 29th  and they are also on at the Crescent on 2nd July along with Not Above Evil. Soma Dark and one TBC.
  • AAAK – Everything’s Real  (Exclusive Demo) – Ding has sent me some new work which I will be featuring in a fortnight. The dynamic duo play The Bar Galleon, Blackpool on 22nd July and the next Helmets for Men at Islington Mill the following week. This is a great track that they put together a while back. Looking forward to seeing them live again.
  • Periscope – The Sunshine House – the ever ebullient Mr Swinney has been extremely busy as the album draws towards its inevitable completion around Christmas time (approx) – this is a rather marvellous up tempo glorious celebration of stuff with a stunning bass riff
  • Gods Gift – Another Government Day (Exclusive Track to Salford City Radio) – worth playing this again – excellent return for a great band.
  • Vinny Peculiar – Artrockers – Other People Like Me (Album) – evoking the great times in mid 70s when Art Rock emerged in full force…..excellent song. Any song which mentions Cadbury’s Flake is ok with me.
  • Magazine -I want your heart –  Second Hand Daylight (Album) Given Vinny mentioned Howard in the previous song I thought I would play a classic from the ex denizen of Lower Broughton Road.
  • The Blimp – Art Job (from the band) – do not play Ruby Lounge on 23rd June now as I announced, cancelled unfortunately,  and I’m not sure about the Guzzlin’ Goose gig on 25th June – I suggest you check their Facebook page for updates.  A remarkable track  this from a remarkable band. All three of them are adopted Salfordians now. And it completes a nice little trilogy of arty tunes.
  • Kranius – All The Same – Evilution (EP)
  • Periscope – Ethereal (Pre-release)
  • Black Lights – In the Dark – In the Dark (EP)
  • Periscope – Quicksand (Pre-release)
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