The Last Aural Delights – 31st October 2012

To finish after three years and six months on the steam radio our Reverbnation Artist of the Week for this week and last week  and a selection of my favourite artists.

Notable by their absence are Moff Skellington, Danny Short and Fall Fan Dave & The Lap Top Dancers who will in all likelyhood be the subject of a special podcast  in the not too distant future.

Listen to the show here…..

  • The Happy Fallen – Ultrawave – a new track from the ever productive Mr Neale James
  • Easter – Damp Patch – a track from one of the albums of the year “Innocence Man”
  • The Gin Circle – Sinderella Story – our reverbnation artist of the week , a trio from Leicester
  • Factory Star – Incorruptible – one of the best bands around at the moment from the “New Sacral” release
  • AAAK – Regenerate – another one of the best bands around at the moment – stunning at Salford Music Festival – from “Totalitarian Tip Toe” and featuring another particular favourite – Kin.
  • Neuron No – Limonchik – from the “Little Lemon EP” – a band who never fail to amaze me with their musical abilities….
  • Taser Puppets – Wasp – yet another one of the best bands around at the moment – great songs and a great attitude……
  • We Could Be Astronauts – Loose Lips – were our Reverbnation Artist of the Week last week but I neglected to play them – and being a man of my word I am rectifying that omission.
  • The Gin Circle – Lost To Be Found – as above
  • Da Mutts – Albion Summer – an abiding love for this band and their song-crafting skills…..
  • Kit B – Hulmenoid – Danny Cusick is one of our best song writers and here is another example of his abilities
  • Positronik – Don’t Come Crying – this should be in the charts not that tedious N-Dubz crap
  • Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton – Glamoflage – so should this…..
  • Kill Pretty – The Year of 13 Moons – best tune of the year for me, so I thought I would go out on a high

Thanks for listening – Aural Delights will be back in podcast form in about two weeks on – http://www.mixcloud.com/BobonSCR/……

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 12th June 2012

On this weeks show……which you can listen to here……the featured artists are:

1 White Vinyl Where Art Thou Demo
2 Mamoroux Pointless Demo
3 Lauren Housley You Gotta Believe One Step Closer
4 Saturday Morning Cartoons In my mind Demo
5 Twisted Hand A New Place to Begin The 1982 Masters
6 Neuron No Drain the Lake Little Lemon EP
7 The Lazy Maybees Wildfever Lining Up Spoons
8 Adesire Vocation Paradise A History 1980-83
9 Danny Short Couldn’t Stay High Remnants
10 Air Cav The Way I Think About My Life Single
11 Wailer Pilot Study Fall Forward Demo
12 Fuschi4 Blue Whales Blues Can’t Hold Out
13 Lee Goulden with John Hamlin Through the Eyes Demo
14 My Little Brother Films Demo
15 The Fall Printhead Dragnet

(Salford) Music Scene Radio Show – June 5th 2012

On this weeks show…..listen here

1 Easter Damp Patch Innocence Man
2 Lauren Housley My Baby Cry One Step Closer
3 The Lazy Maybees Old Ghost Lining Up Spoons
4 The Ascension Blood Upon The Rose Blood Upon The Rose
5 The Black Paths Our North Is Rising Ibiza and the Hangover
6 Twisted Hand Dawning The 1982 Masters
7 The Hamsters Stupid Songs The Disparate Cogniscienti
8 Kill Pretty Stupid Club In 80 Days
9 Danny Short Head in the Sand Remnants
10 Neuron No Limonchik Little Lemon EP
11 Glass Jungle Stay the Same Crystal Lies
12 Periscope Diggin You Out Demo
13 Adesire 60s Film Adesire A History 1980-3
14 The Fall Slags, Slates Etc Slates

(Salford) Music Scene Radio Show – 29th May 2012

On this weeks show you will find the following (Listen here):

1 Sinister Chuckles Big Banana Song Demo
2 The Howling Pitbull
3 The Vex Fools Desire
4 Electric River Monsters Ball
5 AAAK Everything’s Real Totalitarian Tip-Toe
6 Danny Short I’m A Zombie Remnants
7 The Lazy Maybees Monkey Tree Lining Up Spoons
8 Fuschi4 Sinner Can’t Hold Out
9 Neuron No The Motivational Song Little Lemon EP
10 John Mackie 9.5 Grams Single
11 Wailer Pilot Study Duress to Impress Single
12 My Little Brother My Hypocritical Friend Demo
13 Twisted Hand Spear The 1982 Masters
14 Neuron No Sleep Incidents Little Lemon EP
14 The Fall Green Eyed Loco Man The Real New Fall LP

notes in respect of the above

  1. Chorley’s riposte to the Ramones offer an erudite exposition on the impact of yellow fruit on life – a demo from the increasingly infamous Sad Row Studios – https://www.facebook.com/groups/399163703431262/
  2. https://bobonscr.com/2012/05/18/head-north-young-men/
  3. as above
  4. as above
  5. The album gets launched on Sunday at the Kings Arms – more details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/399012156788771/
  6. New album from Tall Dan – a compilation of older tunes which have been fettled up – http://dannyshort.bandcamp.com/
  7. From the new album – catch them live at Night and Day on Wednesday – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Maybees/194897357220276
  8. From the recent album – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fuschi4/219859931385895
  9. New EP from the titantic trio – http://neuronno.bandcamp.com/
  10. New single – launched last week at the Kings Arms – http://www.zylotonerecords.co.uk/
  11. As featured last week – quite a bit of a buzz developing about this lot – they are in Camden tonight – https://www.facebook.com/TheWailerPilotStudy?ref=ts
  12. Impressive song-writing from this group – download the FREE EP – Nosedive, at www.soundcloud.com/mylittlebrother
  13. Ultra rare recordings of the other band Mike Leigh was in when he was in The Fall
  14. as 9
  15. A Watts/Smith classic from The Real New Fall LP

Salford Music Scene 27th September 2011

Mostly new stuff on this show……due to lots of other things going on at the moment I have no time for the usual paragraph on each of the bands – suffice to say these are a selection of some of the great bands around these parts at this time…..follow the links for more details….I’ll try and get round to doing features on each of the newer bands when the weather turns bad again and I am not required to spend the day up a ladder or behind a lawnmower……..

  • Secret Pilot – Lucy
  • Clockwork Radio – So Will I
  • Periscope – Deansgate Cowgirls
  • Day Release – Story of our lives
  • The Slow Readers Club – Sirens
  • Periscope – Bye Bye Three Wheeled Bicycle
  • So Shush – Girls
  • Nowhere Again – Han Shot First
  • Shoshin – Surrounded
  • Neuron No – A Holy Dustcloud
  • Day Release – Broken Paths
  • So Shush – And We Bask In The Light of the Sun
  • Periscope – Armadillo
  • Secret Pilot – No Sign of the Truth
  • The Fall – Kicker Conspiracy
 To listen to the show click on the link below

Salford Music Scene – 27th September 2011 by Bobonscr on Mixcloud

Salford Music Scene – 20th September 2011

Previewing the Salford Music Festival again this week with music from (bands in bold are playing the festival):

  • Kill for Company – Pink Fluffy Dynamite – a new track from the dynamic duo
  • Claw the Thin Ice – Comfort Zone – interesting change of direction from Ian Breen on this recent release
  • Trojan Horse – And the lights went down – from the album……which you can now get for free from their bandcamp page
  • Early Mojo – Dirt – Walkden’s finest from the Beergasm Demo – leave them a message on Facebook if you want a copy
  • Mr Heart – Mr Heart – from the excellent “The Hide” release from last year which coincidentally Tamsin gave a me a Sneaky preview copy of at the main stage event of last years festival
  • Sandells – Cockroaches – a new track from the titanic trio which moves from free jazz improv into kraut-motorik with amazing ease…..
  • Neuron No – Limonchik – another trio demonstrating excellent musical dexterity
  • Hot Vestry – Turn On –  and yet another trio proving that the future of good music is secure….
  • Positronik – The Bitch Knows Your Name – i’m incredibly biased about this lot as they are my chums, and I do their website for them, but I have to say this is very good indeed….another trio by the way…must be a trend
  • AAAK – We Fall Alone  –  if you have not seen these live then do yourself a favour and catch them at the Salford Music Festival – they are duo mostly but sometimes a trio and rarely a quartet
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – Side By Side – another track from a rather impressive duo – they are seeking live opportunities at the moment so if any promoters are interested please contact them…
  • Girl Peculiar – Destiny – the last single and rather excellent it is too…..
  • The Fall – No Bulbs – saw them do this at the International 2 in 1986 – typical of the Brix era with a focus on lead guitar lines and a punchy rhythm
To listen to the show click on the link below

Information about the bands playing at the festival can be found here 

Aural Delights Radio Show – 29th July 2011

Some Fumbles from Farley mixed in with new and not so new things on this show…….

Neuron No – Limonchik – live track : according to Michael from the band – “It’s about Laika the Russian space dog (also known as Limonchik/little lemon) and how on realizing she was sent on a suicide mission, refuses to complete her mission and radios the Russian space centre telling them the sun is a wilted sunflower and the stars are rusted fish hooks etc in order to scupper their future space program.” Indeed and rather fine it is too.

Farley’s Fumble No:1 – Modern Folk Quartet – This could be the night – Back to Mono (Disc 3) – After the Byrds made it big, the Modern Folk Quartet, like  other similar groups, modernized their sound and went into electric folk-rock, and subsequently attracted the attention of Phil Spector. They recorded this Spector-produced,  Harry Nilsson song,  which was used as the theme to the rock concert film “The Big TNT Show”. The song was never released mainly down to  Spector’s  withdrawal  from the music business   in 1966, although it is on the  Back to Mono box set which compiles the producers work. The band disbanded shortly afterwards.

Farley’s Fumble No:2 – The Noisettes – The Bubble – Oconee Meadows – from their first album, an interesting track which is perhaps not indicative of their later work.

Danko Jones – Samuel Sin – I’m Alive and On Fire – a Canadian hard rock trio whose blues/rock style stems from the work of  Thin Lizzy and AC/DC – but with a punk edge – this is from a self-released collection of their early years between 1996 and 1999.

Matt Pond PA – Canadian Song – The Green Fury – from the debut album released in 2002.  Good songwriting here and a good introduction to the band.

Farley’s Fumble No: 3 – Vulgar Unicorn – Tierce De Picardie – Jet Set Radio – Farley indulging in a little prog rock – which suprised me. Nice track, from their most interesting album.

Farley’s Fumble No: 4 –  The National – Baby We’ll Be Fine – Alligator – Their first album on Beggars Banquet which was released in 2005.

Talkative – Stupid Children – Lights Years – got this from Bandcamp – rather groovy.

The Pigeon Detectives – Lost(Radio Edit) – the new single.

Farley’s Fumble No: 5 -Von Hemmling – Carson City – J.W. Kellogg EP – Another one from Farley’s fave Elephant 6 recording collective. Lo-fi, experimental pop from ormer Apples in Stereo bassist Jim McIntyre, this is from the  one-sided 12-inch J.W. Kellogg from early 1999, some serious editing required to the end of this due the potty mouthed behaviour of the protagonists.

Farley’s Fumble No: 6 – The Wedding Present – Crawl – Sea Monsters – the Weddoes fourth album, produced by Steve Albini, is perhaps their noisiest (not surprising given the producer) but Gedge’s song-writing comes through it all unblemished.

Cosmic Psychos – Psycho Sylvia – Self  Totalled – an Australian band who cover, amongst other things, shooting the neighbor’s cat, S&M, psychotic girlfriends, drinking, and fighting, on this album. Pure punk ethic effectively realised.

Crystal Antlers – Summer Solstice – Two Way Mirror – Out yesterday and the second album from the wacky denizens of Long Beach.

Bong – Across the Time Stream (Edit) – Beyond Ancient Space – as a bit of a prelude to next weeks show which is going to concentrate on the doomier/darker side of metal. From their 23rd release in four years – this is all about psychelic drone doom rock – but listen for the nuances and subtleties hidden amongst the fuzzed over-amped wall of sound. This is the first five minutes of a 25 minute epic.

To listen to the show click on the link below

Salford Music Scene – 17th May 2011

On this show you will find:

1 Joy Division – Atmosphere – The Best of Joy Division : bit of a theme on tonights show and three versions of this very song – thought I would do a bit of compare and contrast to see how the tune(age) differs with passing of the years.

2 Peter Hook and The Light  with Rowetta – Atmosphere – 11022011 : and thus here is the most up to date version of said classic – and you can catch Monty interviewing Mr Hook and Rowetta in his show on this occasion. See how good we are to you at Salford City Radio?

3 Neuron No – Saving the World – EP : more musical munificence from the titantic trio. Catch them at Mayfest on Saturday!

4 Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single : These guys beat the bejazus out of most of the so-called nu-folk wannabees you get on R6 and other such stations – they harmonise to perfection and they have the wonderful aural ambience of Mr Sewell floating in the ether behind them as well. Topping the bill at Mayfest and doing a charity gig on the same day.

5 Phil Davies and the Ninja Smoke Bombs  – Enid Blyton – Regulation Specification : significantly excellent lyrics with a melodic musical backbone and a very pleasant singing voice. Expect excellence and it will be exceeded. Also on the bill at Mayfest (did I mention it’s only a fiver?)

6 Rawcuss – John Travolta – Single : A “Radio Stars” for the 21st Century – possibly? Brash and not the least bit bashful. They are in the second round of a Supajam competition to play at Benicassim so give them your votes! Vote here……

7 Belle Vue  – With Glue – Belle Vue : as reviewed elsewhere in this blog -hyperintelligent math pop with a melodic angle and some great musicianship.

8 The Overeasies – Lock the Door – Reverbnation Track : rapidly growing as we speak – last time I saw them face to face there were three of them- now there are considerably more. Tunes keep appearing on what seems to be a daily basis and I would suggest thier own style is starting to emerge from the raft of influences in the band.

9 Peter Hook and The Light – Pictures – 11022011 : another tune(age) from the new EP and thanks to Mr Monty for the nod in this direction and….

10 Codeine – Atmosphere – A Means to an End : The Music of Joy Division : keeping with the “Atmospheric” theme (see how I did that) a reading of the aforementioned classic by the New York slowcore trio….an interesting if somewhat tense reading in keeping with Codeine’s methodology, as it were.

11 The Overeasies – Come Over Here – Reverbnation Track

12 Belle Vue – Quite Love – Belle Vue

13 Rawcuss -TV Fantasies – Single

14 Positronik – Give Me Some Passion – Demo Track : and to round things off another band on at Mayfest on Saturday and also performing their debut gig. A rather groovy website has been put together and gives some initial clues about the band.

To listen to the show click on the link below

Salford Music Scene – 22nd March 2011

On this show you can hear……

1.       Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single – currently on tour in Germany but will be back soon and are appearing at the Helmets for Men Stage at Sounds From The Other City on May 1st and the Salford City Radio Mayfest at Islington Mill on May 21st.

2.       Mancini Fires – Ghosts – Rise EP – Formed in 2009, the North Manchester/Salford – based 4 piece have finally completed their line – up, and are now working hard recording their new material… Combining strong vocals with an acoustic guitar underpinning them, a solid, dynamic rhythm section and melodic echoing lead guitar. The sound the band have in mind is reminiscent of early Coldplay with a nod to U2. Their songwriting conveys both heartbreak and hope in equal measure, it’s clear that this is a band with a lot of potential… From the bleak desperation of Tomorrow Yesterday to the uplifting highs of I Am Not The Same, Mancini Fires put an atmospheric twist on the classic quiet – loud formula, and also an intimate sound with a hint of Damien Rice and Doves can be heard on songs such as Ghosts. Appearing at Mayfest.

3.       The Black Paths – Our North is Rising –  Ibiza & The Hangover – Little Hulton’s master of the synthesizer with tunes inspired by a trip to the Balearics.

4.       Neuron No – Digital Doom – Free Download – Also appearing at Mayfest – i’ve waxed lyrical about the new EP elsewhere on this blog – this is a track that did not quite make it onto the EP.

5.       Samir Hamim – Red Dress – Single – master balladeer and tunesmith from Salford with a lovely song.

6.       Mandrake – Last Orders – Glory Days – another track from the new album from the Manchester band that rehearses and records in Salford. Watch out for them they are great songwriters.

7.       The Fall – Last Orders – Live at the Witch Trial Expanded Edition – one of the earliest recorded pieces of work by longest surviving band in known history with any merit – featuring the second great line up of Smith, Bramah, Baines, Friel and Burns. Live at the famed Electric Circus in 1976.

8.       Jealous – Between the Streets and the Stars – Single – Swinton’s own with their new single.

9.       Kin – Flies – Flickering – another track from the best album so far this year – recorded at the remarkably groovy 6dB studios.

10.   The Black Paths – In the Zoo – Ibiza & The Hangover – more synth fettling from the western suburbs!

11.   Joy Division – Warsaw – An Ideal for Living – just after the switch from Warsaw to Joy Division and the band showing early punk leanings. 1976 when the summer was hot and the world was changing.

12.   Easterhouse – Get Back To Russia – Contenders – another blast from the past, a band which should have had much more success than it did.

13.   Mancini Fires – Paint White – Rise EP – as above

14.   Warm Widow – In A Blackout – Widower – amazing band with an amazing EP – check it out….

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Salford Music Scene – 15th March 2011

Almost the calm before the storm as we gather our strength for a busy period of gigging over the next few months. On tonights show:

  1. Neuron No – Saving the World – EP : The Planets recently split with Stephen Evans leaving to join Twisted Wheel. The core of the band relaunched themselves as eclectic trio “Neuron No” whose new EP is absolutely spiffing. They play our Mayfest show on May 21st, expect exemplary musicianship and great tunes from Chadwick, Bowes and Roscoe.
  2. God’s Gift – Anaesthetic – Pathology : the legendary God’s Gift were the other great band to come out of Prestwich in the 1970s and produced a stunning set of classic post punk tunes. From the marvellous retrospective on the Mezzthetics lable.
  3. Kin – Flickering – Flickering – a stunning album which deserves constant airplay – Kin has now started her new solo career in Holland – we wish her success!
  4. Pearl Divers – Afro Pop – Demo – they are back, after a short hiatus the master of funky indie are ready to perform live again with a new line-up and they will also be playing at the Mayfest event.
  5. Kit B – Everything Sounds Like Something Else – Demo – The Hidden Gem have split up but Paul and Danny from the band have started work on putting together a new line-up and Danny has been demoing a few songs which he has shared with me, and rather good they are to!
  6. Mandrake – If I Had All the Answers -Glory Days – a Manchester band but they record and rehearse at Blueprint so they are part of the local scene. Melodic rock with an indie edge…..the album is on its way to me.
  7. Ha Ha Said The Car – Storm Petal Suzie – Demo – another stunning track from the fertile imagination and talented fingers of Johann Kloos of the Sandells. Johann has sent me an album’s worth of material all of which is excellent and I shall be sharing that with you in future weeks.
  8. Kin – The Humming – Flickering – another track from the excellent album – have I mentioned it’s excellent yet?
  9. Neuron No – Spiders Last Moment – EP – as above
  10. Twinkle & Co – Meltdown – Demo – another couple of tunes from the pop-tastic duo …..
  11. Twinkle & Co – Temptation – Demo – as above
  12. Kit B – A Natural Ending – Demo – as above – the melodies on this are stunning!
  13. The Souls – Caught In A Whisper – an acoustic version recorded on Tony Thornborough’s show which i’ve done a bit of mixing on….Brad with an acoustic guitar….hopefully they are playing Mayfest as well if they can sort out a bass player.
  14. Pearl Divers – Super Heavy Black – the Divers at their funky best with Midi Maestro Cap’n Black operating several dozen devices at once……. and the new line up is Lingard, Montague, Black, Byrne and Carter…..
To listen to the show hit the link below – but do it gently………
 

Salford Music Scene – March 15th 2011 by Bobonscr on Mixcloud