Fascinating Things : Issue 47

And so here we are again with a pile of new stuff to wander through. It’s been a busy year so far with little time to properly absorb the vast array of excellent new things that have arrived, so in order to catch up here is quick list of recommended things……

  • Tulipomania’s fourth album ‘This Gilded Age’ was released on February 26, 2016 and is pretty damn fine….if you are not sucked in by the moody opener “Hold On” then I fear for your mortal soul dear reader!
  • Previously featured Milton Keynes duo The Rusty G’s have their debut album ‘Low’ out on 9th May. It’s take no prisoners blues-rock with a grunge backbone throughout. Great! They play Gullivers in Manchester on 31st May as part of an eleven date UK tour. White Stripes meets Nirvana…..
  •  Corrina Jane (who I think I featured back in the radio days, unless there’s another Corinna Jane out there) has been getting some national recognition and no surprising given her penchant for catchy pop ditties. This tune is out on February 29th presaging four dates in March, one in the peoples republic of Moulton in sunny Northampton, I wonder if my chum The Great Gibbo will be attending. Anyhow this is a bit of a guilty pleasure one.
  • Mamiffer (the duo of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner [Sumac, Old Man Gloom]) have shared the second single from their dynamic and compelling new album The World Unseen, due out April 1st on their own SIGE Records. No embed code on this one so you’ll have to jump over there yourself. On this evidence sounds like an interesting album to grab when it arrives.
  • The excellent David “Yorkie” Palmer is back with a new Moongoose album called ‘Missives from the Memory Machine’ and bloody good it is too. Expect the usual stunning aural adventures as rock and electronica mix seemlessly to create a joyous adventure. It knocks the increasingly repetitive Public Service Broadcasting into a cocked hat (whatever one of those is).
  • Shauna from Shameless (and faves Ummagma) sent through news of a new EP from The Veldt. ‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’ is a 5-track set, and the band comprises  identical twins Daniel and Danny Chavis, along with Hayato Nakao. This is their first EP as The Veldt in 20 years,  combining soul, shoegaze, RnB, and alternative rock. They were also previously known as Apollo Heights and are known for their long-term collaborative relationship with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), who produced several previous releases. To be released on vinyl, CD and digially via UK-based Leonard Skully Records. You’ll be able to get your grubby paws on it on March 18th,
  • The British connoisseurs of guitar driven alternative rock release news of their forthcoming April 2016 UK tour. Joining the Bath (UK) based Scout Killers on their crusade across English cities are support acts Amongst Thieves and The Loose Cut. The 5 piece outfit of Scott Cox (Vox), Julien Morrez (Guitar/vox), Beau Stevens (Guitar), Josh Ellis (Bass) and Chris Phillips (Drums)head out on tour following the release their latest single ‘Rip Me Apart’ out 28th March 2016. Having made loyal fans through extensive touring and their acclaimed 2014 EP – ‘Stand Your Ground’, Scout Killers are fresh out of the recording studio with new material to unleash during this year. Expect huge sonics, atmospheric guitar work and emotive vocals from the band who effectively know how to create anthemic rock tracks. They play Manchester Aatma on 9th April. Might be a bit too epic indie for some but it has a certain something.
  • Previously featured Aussie Hayden Calnin has put out ‘Cut Love Pt. 1’ which  is the first part of his  soon to be released debut album due for release in early March. It’s fascinating left field stuff.  Unfortunately for you the playlist is private so I can’t embed anything but fear not there are some tracks on next week but ones Aural Delights podcast. People who like Sigur Ros will love this stuff.

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  • Chorley’s Taser Puppets are back on March 18th with a four track EP called ‘Fossil’ via German Shepherd. With the flute now firmly embedded in the band’s sound this is a huge step forward for Shaun Ali Bongo and co. Highly recommended and here’s a taster.
  • French artist Fabian Aubry aka At Dawn We Are Kings has a new collection out called ‘Night Swim’  – a slight move on from his earlier releases this is strong material with a rich emotional content. You can grab it on I-Tunes. Fabian tells me he is relocating to Bristol soon, so hopefully there will be some UK dates from this talented chap.

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Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 19th June 2012

You can listen to the show here

1 The Fall Garden Perverted By Language
2 Moongoose Late Night Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
3 Adesire Blue A History 1980-83
4 Twisted Hand Some Regrets The 1982 Masters
5 Easter Something American Innocence Man
6 English Mutts Song to….goodbye Demo
7 The Lazy Maybees Litterbug Lining Up Spoons
8 Salford Media City Prince Philip at Futureworks
9 Tigerside La La Samba Demo
10 My Little Brother 48 Blues Eyes Demo
11 Kill Pretty Kill Pretty In 80 Days

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 10th April 2012

The playlist for this show is below (with notes this time round) – listen here

1 Velocets Sophie Single
2 Tall for Jockeys Louie TherouXXX Get Japan On The Phone
3 AAAK Out Here Totalitarian Tip-Toe
4 Moongoose Mr Valdemar-Mr Huxley Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
5 So Shush Sad Princess A Mirror Gaze
6 The Slow Show Dirty Little Secret
7 Last Harbour The Heath
8 Modern Blonde Memory Sorry
9 Bourbon Street Beat A Stone By The Coast Demo
10 Fall Fan Dave and the Laptop Dancers Maglev to Anywhere But Essex Beat on the Moans
11 AAAK Re-Generate Totalitarian Tip-Toe
12 Sptfyr Creeper Commercial Terrorist
13 Moongoose In A House Made Of Light Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
14 So Shush Fragile Me A Mirror Gaze
15 The Fall The War Against Intelligence Shift-Work

Notes

1. You can catch Velocets live gig at The Dry Bar tomorrow night {Wednesday)start time 7.00. It is a Backstage Live promotion and is in aid of Francis House Childrens Hospice tickets are £5.
Bands
Dale Coleridge 7:45 – 7:50
The Melancholy 8:00 – 8:20
The Masquerade 8:35– 8:55
Brad Wilde 9:05 – 9:25
Velocets: 9:35 – 9:55
The Centrals 10:05 – 10:30

2. From Manchester – used to be Robot House – Facebook

3/11.  Have now got a brand spanking new website which has got some free downloads on it. Mr Montague and myself get a mention…..- Website

4/13. You can get this excellent album here – and happy birthday to “Yorkie” (it was last week)

5/14. So Shush are a female fronted alternative rock band with influences ranging from sixties pop to obscure indie. Since the release of their self titled debut album in autumn 2008 and second album ‘Wistful Wanders’ in spring 2009 So Shush have featured on numerous North American and European radio shows and playlists and were   at 12 in Neil Young’s LWWT video chart! – Facebook

6. From the new EP which came out on April 2nd –  Website

7. Free download from their website – the drummer is Howard from the Kin band, who also guests on the new AAAK album.

8. From the Sorry album – but there is already another new album on bandcamp…..productive!

9.  Bourbon Street Beat are a 3 piece Rock’n’ Roll band based in Manchester who draw their influences from genres including 1960’s rock/ Blues/ 50’s rock’n’roll/ country/indie, to name a few. Since forming in early 2010 the band have been gigging around the Manchester/Greater Manchester venues gaining a high interest and decent following, supporting signed and established acts such as Tom Gray (Gomez), Hot Club De Paris and The Lambrettas. Positive reviews for the band’s performances have already been displayed in local papers and by well known promoters. The band have recently finished working in the studio on a 3 track demo which is available to hear on their myspace page www.myspace.com/bourbonstreetbeat

10. From the forthcoming album “Beat on the Moans” – this is an early as yet completed version.

12. From the forthcoming album which was recorded at Blueprint and released on local (and I mean local- Eccles!) record lable Stutter – Facebook – details of album launch party are here

15.  Concluding as usual with something from The Fall – more details on this album here 

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 3rd April 2012

On this edition…..listen here….

1 AAAK Achilles Heel Totalitarian Tip-Toe
2 Modern Blonde Tropical Sorry
3 Kingdom Lost Stay Together Desire Lines
4 Moongoose An Incident on Pelham Grove Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
5 Bourbon Street Beat The Gamblers Demo
6 Hunting Bears I’m Of A Mind Demo
7 Stalagmites Lost Bones Zulus
8 The Centrals Pretty Face Demo
9 Moongoose Organic Technology Organic Technology : Reaction Music II
10 AAAK Trigger Finger Totalitarian Tip-Toe
11 Sptfyr Commercial Terrorist Commercial Terrorist
12 The Vow A Walk In The Sunshine Single
13 The Fall Last Nacht I am Kurious Oranj

Music Diary #46

I dunno – you don’t see any new music for a couple of weeks and then a shed load appears all at once…….

  • Moongoose – Organic Technology: Reaction Music II – debut album from the Liverpool based pioneers of all things electronic. More details of how to get it here – as with their predecessor releases (Footprints, Sihouettes and Shadows) this all rather marvellous – capturing the heart of motorik kraut rock and taking it on electronic explorations of layered sound. Andy Diagram, Pete Wylie, Ian Templeton, Carl Hunter and Steve Grimes perform cameo roles. Have only got a five track sampler (of a ten track album) but if the rest of it is like this it’s a must buy for lovers of electronic. Out on April 7th on thier own “Imprint of Quality” lable.
  • Velocets – new band – a trio who used to be in other bands – dark manc pop rock balladeering in a post punk stylee – couple of tracks both of which are rather fine indeed – more info here
  • Kodakid – band from Waterford with a good blues feel….
  • So Shush – A Mirror Gaze – great new album from Carole and Ian….fourth album …..one of Salford’s great bands who seem to slip under the local radar but get international recognition….
  • Opposite Sex – from New Zealand (a place of some serendipity due to the location of the mighty Farley who suggests tunes for the show) interesting and quirky indie pop of some merit – the album is out on 23rd April and I would recommend you give it a spin on Bandcamp

More tomorrow – need to go and drink beer and listen to Steve Doyle on SCR now…..

 

 

Aural Delights Radio Show – 14th September 2011 – Punk Weekend Special

This show promotes the Punk Weekend at the Crescent in Salford which runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September – there are also some new tunes which have been sent my way……and a couple of classics

  • Early Mojo – Balloon Basket – they come from Walkden, they are a trio, and they open up the Punk Weekend on the Friday evening. From their “Beergasm” release which will be getting more plays on the Salford Music Scene show.
  • Kill For Company – Now You Know – the most exciting new band of the year so far for me…..a mancunian duo with a unique and compelling sound – also play Fridays event
  • Dead Circus – Paranoia – also on Friday – a trio from Manchester.
  • Wire – The Agfers of Kodack – Read and Burn 01 – the first studio collaboration by the band  since Manscape, proving that time had not mellowed them.
  • Moongoose – Stepping into Shadow – Silhouettes and Shadows – another track from the excellent EP by this great band.
  • The Distrakted – Mancunian Werewolf in Oldham – five piece from Manchester playing Saturday night at the Punk Weekend.
  • Total Bloody Chaos – NHS Death Squads – five piece from various parts of Lancashire…..also playing Saturday night at the Punk Weekend
  • Kick to Kill – Mushroom Cloud – excellent Glasgow quartet on the Flowers in the Dustbin lable.
  • Flying Man Shark – Just A Habit – another track from this excellent band from Scotland – click the link to access a free download of their music.
  • For Abel – On TV – another excellent band from the Flowers in the Dustbin lable.
  • Kill Pretty – Babes In The Wood-  out on the road soon with a settled line-up – more info on our website unsigned page – http://www.salordcityradio.org
  • Girlfixer – Casualty Condemn Me – four piece from Nottingham with an excellent lead singer with a great voice…..they close the Punk Weekend at the Crescent on the Sunday Night.
  • Baby Strange – Brick and Bones – the “headline” act of the Friday night at the Punk Weekend.
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – The Sleepwalkers – Godbluff – arpeggiating keyboards, manic time signatures and all out Hammill word mastery on this classic from the come-back album. I saw them do this in London on one the great come back gigs for the band – having been at the Cambridge Folk Festival watching Bert Jansch the day before it was a bit of a head spinner.
To listen to the show click on the link below…..

Aural Delights – 7th September 2011

Decided to go a bit Audio Visual this week……so here we go again….and these are tunes featured on this weeks show….follow the links for Facebook stuff and other info….

You can listen to the show here
Or you can watch these vidchips……not quite in the same order as they are on the show….

Aural Delights Radio Show – 31st August 2011

A mixed bag of old and new featuring three fumbles from Farley……

  • Van Der Graaf – Cat’s Eye, Yellow Fever (Running) – The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Demo – they dropped the “generator” part of the name for this 1977 release, possibly the coolest prog rock band in the universe at the time given Hammill’s approbation by the likes of Smith and Lydon….this finds Hammill and Evans reunited with Nic Potter and adding Graeme Smith from “String Driven Thing” to create a unique mix of punk ethic and prog excess. A great album and well worth searching out for a listen.
  • Moongoose – Slumber (There is light) – Silhouettes and Shadows – well we’ve all been getting a little bit excited about this band at Salford City Radio and my chums SD and Monty have been playing their music – thanks to James for getting this one to me. Exceptional stuff.
  • Voix Bulgares – Polegnala E Todala – Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares – fond memories of this album from the Peel show and thanks to Farley for recommending it as a “fumble” for this weeks show.
  • Siglo 21 – She’s The One – Residents of Temporary Homes – I received a pile of CDs from the lovely folks at Sleepy Music and was impressed by all of them. This band write great tunes.
  • Steamkings – The Heavenly B&B – The Full English – Songs about illicit weekends in Brighton, encroaching adult responsibilities and how to avoid them. Unreleased until recently , and with extra bonus tracks from the sessions. Great album.
  • Twin Atlantic – Make A Beast of Myself – Single – out soon, not been too keen on this lot until now but this single is damn good.
  • Robedoor – Solid State – Bored Fortress – another Farley recommendation – this band have had a split release with local heroes “Gnod” – in essence Alex and Britt Brown doyens of the underground scene who run the Not Not Fun lable. Loose, improvisational and trancey.
  • Moongoose – Dark Forces Walking – Silhouettes and Shadow – another excellent track from a rather marvellous combo.
  • Forgery Lit – Innocence – Demo – as featured on last weeks show.
  • Honey – Counting Seasons – Taste It and See – as featured for the last four weeks this is the remaining  track from the recent EP that I have not played yet.
  • Sen Segur – Cyfoeth Gwylb – Pen Rhydd – as featured for the last four weeks this is the remaining track from the last but one EP that I have not played yet. Loosely translates from the Welsh as Power Wet….or is it Wet Power?
  • Orchestra of Spheres – Spontaneous Symmetry – Nonogonic Now – the last Farley “Fumble” of the evening, barking mad and rather fine indeed.
  • Scientist and Prince Jammy – Buck Rogers in the Black Hole –  Scientist and Jammy Strike Back! – Linval Thompson and the Roots Radics at their dubby best.
To listen to all of this click on the linkage below…..

Aural Delights Radio Show – 3rd August 2011

On this show:

  • The 3Ds – Sing Song – We Bury the Living – i’ve been sent a few tunes by New Zealand bands to play so I will be featuring them over the next few weeks
  • Vladimir – I Fight Fire – Single – band from Dundee
  • Moongoose – Continental Drift – Footprints – featuring the whole of this EP on this show – because it is so good…..website here
  • Ninetails – I.F. – Preview track from a great new EP on Superstar Destroyer which will be out on 10th October – very excited about this band who seem to be able to blend math rock with african guitar sounds and early Yes vocals….
  • Moongoose – Organic Technology – Footprints
  • Meniscus – Cursed – War of Currents – excellent new album from this Australian band
  • Moongoose – By Train – Footprints
  • The Steam Kings – Happy Full And Fond of You – from the Sleepy Music Level from Brighton
  • Medications – Long Day – Completely Removed – Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter formed the band from the ashes of Faraquet – they made an EP and we’ve had to wait five years for the latest release.
  • The Book of Knots – Microgravity – Garden of Fainting Stars -coming out on 29th August – the promo says  “The Book Of Knots has had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the worlds most talented musicians, including Tom Waits, Mike Patton, David Thomas, Blixa Bargeld, Jon Langford, and Carla Bozulich. Founding members Matthias Bossi (Skeleton Key, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), Joel Hamilton (producer/engineer for BlakRoc, Pretty Lights), Carla Kihlstedt (Tin Hat Trio, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, Frank Black, Bob Mould) forge a sound both epic and intimate, empowering and devastating. Cinematic, symphonic landscapes give way to crumbling acoustic chamber ballads. Broken guitars and beautifully warped orchestras describe the ungraceful demise of boats, blast furnaces and bloated industries. Accounts of the failed adventures of tragic would-be heroes are given voice in the band’s two previous critically-acclaimed releases. Their newest album serves as the final chapter in the bands “By Sea, By Land, By Air” trilogy. GARDEN OF FAINTING STARS gives dissonant sendoffs to the doomed travellers and early astronauts that plied the skies in a quest for the final frontier: Space. The imagined utopias that await them at the other end of their fantastical journeys inevitably give way to the grim realization which mankind has faced again and again: at every hopeful turn, commonplace realities await us. A vast and empty universe, stretching far beyond infinity, capable of containing the countless imaginary creatures, civilizations, and otherwise terrestrial impossibilities that inhabit our dreams, dies in the fluorescent lighting of the laundry soap aisle at WalMart.”
  • Moongoose – The Traveller – Footprints
  • Uncaused Creation – Anticipation – Demo – London band who sent me a demo
  • Pailhead – Ballad – Trait – a short-lived side project of the industrial metal band Ministry, which featured Ian MacKaye on vocals (formerly of The Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Skewbald/Grand Union, Embrace, and Fugazi and currently of The Evens). The band’s sound was a dark combination of menacing industrial beats and hardcore punk, predating what Ministry would later do with Jello Biafra in Lard.
  • The Bilders – Alien – Beatin’ Hearts – Bilders is the professional appellation for many different groups led by New Zealand singer-songwriter Bill Direen. Direen began recording in 1978, when working as a community reporter and DJ for a provincial radio station (Radio Marlborough). He is known for literate lyrics, challenging song-subjects and a hands-on recording style that has produced “many genuine classic compositions” [John Dix, Stranded in Paradise]
Click the link below to the listen to the show…..