Aural Delights Radio Show – 17th October 2012

You can listen to it here

And this is what I played……

1 Curry Quiche Social Barrier Thing Demo
2 The Cornelius Crane Don’t Blame This Heart of Mine E.P. Too
3 Damn Vandals This Amazing Done for Desire
4 Eugene Twist If There’s Love Where I’m Going The Boy Who Had Everything
5 Devilman 93 Devilman
6 Curry Quiche Phonaphobia Demo
7 Flies On You The Last Pop Song Nothing To Write Home About
8 Lola Dutronic L’Amour Est Bleu Everyone’s a star
9 Man Kerosene Winos, Rhinos and Lunatics
10 Me and My Friends Green Back Dollar Breath A Level Head
11 Moff Skellington Said Naughty Norman Gravy On A Plate of Food
12 Journal-Keepers Still Here Demo
13 Curry Quiche Love Went with the rest Demo
14 Peter Hammill Red Shift The Peel Session

New Stuff – mid-October 2012 or “I should never have had that flu jab” ……

A general round-up as I have not done one for a while…….mainly due to the fact I’ve been busy plus at the moment I have the time as I am confined to the domicile due to the post flu jab nastiness that always besets me at this time of year……anyway enough of my medical nonsense , this is what has come in through the ether lately…..

  • Chelsea Wolfe has released a set of Rudimentary Peni covers – “Prayer for the Unborn” –  as part of Southern Records “Latitudes” series……similarly Bardo Pond have released a set of three improvs as part of the samepromo packshot series…..both very entertaining but Chelsea just about wins the race in terms of content and delivery…..
  • At the same time Chelsea has released a set of acoustic songs called “Unknown  Rooms” which compliments the “Live at Roadburn” album and demonstrates the quieter and more reflective side of her work.
  • Factory Acts are releasing their second self-released single “Senseless” (nice bit of alliteration there) on October 25th and rather marvellous it is too. No one else hitherto has quite managed to mingle electronica with dance and a post-punk feel in such a unique and arresting style. Excellent live and worthy of your listening time I would suggest.
  • The new Godspeed You Black Emperor album “‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” is immense – well worth the ten year wait ……
  • The new album from Leeds band Me and My Friends is called “Breath A Level Head” is an excellent cornucopia of styles and influences – breathtakingly quirky and highly entertaining.
  • We’ve all been getting extremely excited about Flies on You and their album “Nothing to write home about” which is best described as a “modern post punk primer” packed with ideas and variety and loveliness.
  • In a similar vein Lost Cassettes from Huddersfield have released, on Bandcamp, a remarkably listenable EP called “What We Doing After?”. It’s free so why no have a gander? Punky and full energy – toe tappingly good say I.
  • Lola Dutronic’s album “Everyone’s A Star” is as perfect a slice of electro-pop you will hear all year – and the single Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead has some of the best lyrics i’ve heard all year.
  • Streetswimmers are Lee Goulden, John Hamlin, and Jay Hughes and blend various musical styles together to create a marvellous fresh sound with nods towards folk, rock and indie – check them out on Bandcamp.
  • Skeleton Suite appear to have emerged from the ashes of Hans Island and have posted a couple of tracks to date on Facebook – very good indie sound.
  • Very impressed by Uncle Paul  from Blackpool who have a unique and rather compelling sound – their EP is rather good and takes its’ title from a Fall lyric so they obviously know what they are on about.
  • Kit B  continue to deliver excellent tunes – someone find them a drummer so we can catch them live – the latest two are up to the high standard we expect.

Aural Delights Radio Show – 10th October

The show can be listened to here

The tracks that I played were:

1 Lost Cassettes HD1 What We Doing After
2 Pharoahs From The Grave Machines Pharoahs From The Grave
3 Mercury 13 Searchlight Single
4 Me and My Friends A Penguin Samba Breath A Level Head
5 Destroy All Monsters Bored Bored
6 The Como Brothers Band Underneath It All The Speed Of Sound
7 The Fresh and Only’s 20 Days and 20 Nights Long Slow Dance
8 Mercury 13 Again Again Again Single
9 Journal-Keepers Stay Fools Demo
10 Moff Skellington Who’s that coming up the stairs today Gravy On A Plate of Food
12 Me and My Friends Level Head Breath A Level Head
12 Flies On You Dub Cities Nothing To Write Home About
13 Lost Cassettes Beat Motel What We Doing After
14 Electric Moon Gefährliche Planetengirls Lunatics

Aural Delights Radio Show – 4th May 2011

Busy busy busy so no time to whitter on about the bands – you can find it all via google anyway – a mix of international and local on this weeks show with a quick trip to the Midlands and Yorkshire for a few of tracks….

  1. The Tapestry – Rode Your Luck – Single
  2. Lisbon – Memory Song – The Vulnerable Mind
  3. Me and My Friends – Freegan Couple – Demo Track
  4. Dave Graney – Rock n Roll is where I hide – Rock n Roll is where I hide
  5. Sugar – Helpless – Copper Blue
  6. Claw The Thin Ice – Ghostwood – Sleep is not for us
  7. Arks – Ontario – Demo Track
  8. Camper Van Beethoven – Take the Skinheads Bowling – Telephone Free Landslide Victory
  9. Moff Skellington – Confident of Pending Treats – Session Track
  10. Julia Dowler – Sweet FA – Demo Track
  11. Throwing Muses – Film – Demo Track
  12. Elk – Return to Sender – First Love
  13. The Black Angels – Black Grease – Another Nice Pair
  14. Robert Forster – Baby Stones – Danger in the Past
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World of Jazz – 21st April 2011 – Tribute to Billy Bang

A tribute to the recently departed jazz violinist Billy Bang interspersed with new music which hovers on the edge of jazz.

Billy Bang’s virtuosity and technique brought the violin into modern jazz  and his work in various sub-genres of the music can be found over a series of great records, especially his work with Kahil el Zabar’s Ritual Trio. On the show a dip into some of his best work.

  1. Billy Bang – Music for the Love of it – Sweet Space – Recorded live at the Loeb Student Center, New York University, November 15, 1979. Billy Bang – violin, Frank Lowe – tenor sax, Luther Thomas – alto sax, Butch Morris – cornet, Curtis Clark – piano, Wilbur Morris – bass, Steve McCall – drums.
  2. Me and My Friends – Un Sentiment Inespere – Promo EP – A Leeds based band with an interesting blend of jazz and folk. Nick Rasle – vocals, guitar; Emma Coleman – vocals, cello; Aurielie Labrosse – vocals, saxophone; Michael Sprack -percussion ; James Grunwell – (additional) Bass.
  3. Beak – Diving for Mackeral – The Red Edition – fascinating band from Sunderland blending jazz and rock in an exciting new sound – you can get the EP for free from here.
  4. Billy Bang – P.M. – Valve No 10 – In 1988, Billy Bang traveled to Italy on the eve of a new European tour with his current quartet, laying down seven tracks for an album which partially was a  tribute album to John Coltrane. Billy Bang- violin, Frank Lowe- tenor sax, Sirone- bass, Denis Charles – drums.
  5. Me and My Friends – Warm Up – Promo EP
  6. Julia Dowler – Let Me – Direct from the Artist – the smoky bluesy jazz stylings of Stoke of Trent’s Julia which in this instance get very close structurally to 70s prog.
  7. Kahil El Zabar’s Ritual Trio with Billy Bang – Big M – Big M, a tribute to Malachi Favors
  8. Beak – Birds on the Moon – The Red Edition
  9. Billy Bang – Ru Con – Vietnam: Reflections – one of a pair of albums reflecting on Billy’s time in Vietnam as a member of the armed forces. Billy Bang – violin, James Spauling – alto sax & flute, Henry Threadgill – flute, Ted Daniel – trumpet, John Hicks – piano, Curtis Lundy – bass, Michael Carvin – drums, Ron Brown – percussion, Co Boi Nguyen – vocalist, Nihan Thanh Ngo – dan tranh.
  10. Phil Woods – Star Eyes – Birds of a Feather – This 1981 album was pianist Hal Galper’s first recording as a member of the Phil Woods band,  bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin make up the rest of the quartet.   When it comes to modern bebop Phil Woods is one of the best and his solos on this album are consistently   inventive and exciting.
  11. Billy Bang – Bien Hoa Blues – Vietnam : The Aftermath – the other Vietnam album this time the line-up is Billy Bang – violin, Frank Lowe – tenor sax, Sonny Fortune – flute. John Hicks – piano, Curtis Lundy – bass, Ron Brown – percussion, Michael Carvin – drums
  12. Ella Fitzgerald – Cryin’ Mood – That Old Black Magic – confusingly there are three Ella albums with this title – this is the Laserlight compilation from 2002.
To listen to the show click on the link below