Salford Music Scene – 2nd October 2012

On this week’s agenda promo’s for two great gigs coming up in Salford and Chorley – Salford Against The Cuts (Friday 5th) and Bongo’s Birthday Bash (Sunday 7th) plus lots of new music:

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1 Salford Media City Long Deer is Awesome Single
2 Monster Island Ferris Wheel Single
3 Class Actions Hooligan Sound Keep Your Pride
4 Uncle Paul Disney Land W@nk the Cat, Feed The Dog
5 Flies On You Schmutziger Hund Nothing To Write Home About
6 Rapid Pig Little Clean Plane Demo
7 Trojan Horse And the Lights Went Down Trojan Horse
8 Semitt Falls Displacement Monkey See, Monkey Do Doo
9 Saturday Morning Cartoons In My Mind Demo
10 West Coast Sick Line Hanging at Picnic Rock Hope You All Have Nightmares Except Kirsty
11 Sinister Chuckles A Picture of Dorian Gray Blitzkreig Mop
12 Kill Pretty Brown Eyes In 80 Days
13 Da Mutts Dee Dee Jung Demo
14 The Fall Glam Racket The Infotainment Scan
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Salford Music Scene – 26th June 2012

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1 Twisted Hand One Day The 1982 Masters
2 Lucy Rhiannon Home Demo
3 Kit B Let’s Pretend Demo
4 Old House Playground Johnny’s Place (Rebitiko) God Damn That Gold
5 The Systematics It Hurts Single
6 Twinkle and Co Back Into The Light Demo
7 My Little Brother Nose Dive Demo
8 John Mackie Alaska Demo
9 English Mutts A Bar Called Despair Demo
10 Lucy Rhiannon I Wonder Demo
11 Twisted Hand Consequences The 1982 Masters
12 Salford Media City Long Deer is Awesome Demo
13 Sinister Chuckles Mono Brow Demo
14 The Fall New Face In Hell Grotesque After The Gramme

Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 19th June 2012

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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 – May 1st 2012

On this weeks show a look at the artists appearing in gigs over the Bank Holiday weekend in Salford:

1 Trojan Horse Patricroft Way Trojan Horse
2 Rapid Pig Little Clean Plane Demo Track
3 Salford Media City Two Bob …@Futureworks
4 The Loaded Dice Camera Shy Hurricane Hindsight of a Brand New Soul : Halo of Fireflies
5 Kill Pretty  What About Me Demo Track
6 The Blimp Fake Tan 3
7 West Coast Sick Line Hanging at Picnic Rock Demo Track
8 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby (Outlaw Mix) I Am Kathy Kirby EP
9 Mr Heart Vacuum Head Exclusive Pre-release
10 Taser Puppets Dim Twisted Pop
11 The Words I’m Not Listening Single
12 Sinister Chuckles Tony Thornboroughs Sock Blitzkreig Mop
13 Salford Media City Doing Stuff is Fun ….@Futureworks
14 Trojan Horse Fire Fire
15 Mr Heart Lynchpin Exclusive pre-release
16 The Fall Victrola Time Night of the Humerons

Notes in respect of the above….

1/14. Prog-nouveau maestros launch their new EP “Fire” at the Band on the Wall on Thursday May 3rd. A track from their debut album and the lead track from the EP where Frank Zappa meets Black Flag in a microcosm the “Horse’s” work to date (i.e. it is less than two minutes long when there tracks tend generally to exceed six minutes)

2.  Psychedelia meets Kraut-Rock as the new edition of the “Pig” features legendary local musician Tim Lyons (Sandells, Harvey’s Rabbit, The Things) along with one of the hardest working players on the Manc scene the Hop Man Jr – John Paul Moran. Front man Eoin O’Connor has to be seen to be believed – a real force of nature.

3/13. And starting the night on Thursday the David Jackson lead collective who have just released their first EP.

4. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Toska’s Salford Temptation comes to Crescent 20 and the Hope Pub. On Friday night amongst others James Stone from The Loaded Dice is  playing a solo set – I was not aware of that when I recorded the show, I thought the whole band was playing. These things happen in radio.

5. On Saturday you can see one of the finest live bands in existence – I’ve whittered on about this lot elsewhere – they are all chums and rather good at what they do…..this will be on a forthcoming series of EPs I think…..get the album  (the sleeve design is excellent 😉 )

6. The chap who drums for 5. also drums for the his lot – another of the finest live bands in existence – one performance is uniquely different from the next due to the stunning showmanship of the General but it is all held together solidly by Ken and Mike – Sunday at The Hope.

7. Also on Sunday at the Hope the indefatigable Dusty Moonan plays a solo set – not sure whether he will be featuring any “West Coast Sick Line” music

8. The organiser and his aide-de-camp performing a new mix of their most recent song – Toska and Luis will be around for all three nights but take the stage proper on Sunday. Flamboyant doesn’t even get close.

9/15. Exclusive new tracks from the excellent three piece are my highlight for this show – I think they have raised the bar somewhat – not sure whether this is from an EP or an album or both but regardless of that the tunes are excellent.

10. Chorley’s finest export of recent times and the lead track from the Twisted Pop EP – they play Saturday at the Crescent……

11. These are playing but I like the single so much I needed to play the B Side.

12.  Chap from 10. takes the lead vocals for this band as well – Sunday Night at the Hope – a tale of hosiery abuse and the affect of progressive rock on the psyche.

16. New single – music recorded in London – vocals and other shenanigans sorted in Salford.

Salford Music Scene – 27th December 2011 – Best of the Year Part 2/Mixcloud Overflow

Concluding a two part run through of the best of 2011. A very difficult show to put together as I had to leave a lot of fine music out of the mix, however due to the magic of  Mixcloud there is a way around that…..

As is usual at this time of year I have chosen my “best of” and these are:

  • My Band of the Year : The Blimp ;  runners up Factory Star
  • My Gig of the Year : The Hamsters final gig at the Crescent ; runners up Factory Star/The Blimp at FAC 251
  • My New Band of the the Year : Kill for Company ; runners up – Kill Pretty
  • My Session of the year : Kill Pretty on SDs Sonic Diary ; runners up – Bikini Test Failure on Aural Delights
  • My Event of the year : The Helmets for Men stage at Sounds from the Other City; runners up – Mayfest at Islington Mill
  • My Song of the year : Danny Short – Check For Response ; runners up – Factory Star – Angel Steps

I will be announcing my Album of the Year on tomorrow nights Aural Delights Show.

All in all a pretty spectacular year music wise and the following 15 songs I think demonstrate the strength and breadth of the local music scene (with an interloper from Margate who gets included because of his unstinting support and all round glamorous nature!)

  • The Suzukis – Are You Happy With Yourself – a stunning debut album from this band from Wigan
  • The Happy Fallen – The Wheel – Neal James continues to deliver great music from the depths of Crumpsall
  • Periscope –  Sleeping With Ghosts – Martin Swinney the most prolific man in Manchester – album soon I hope.
  • Toby Jughead and His Merry Drones – Media City Ditty – swathed in mystery, superglue and ceramic delight – the abiding question of 2011 is who is Toby J?  Limits Maid Found Corsets.
  • Salford Media City – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – More please next year Mr Jackson.
  • Silver Sound Explosion – Sidekicks – an amazing trio delivering great tunes – featuring the omnipresent C Dutton esquire.
  • Whipcord – Dread Stop Bop – stunning album, great tune.
  • Fall Fan Dave and the Lap Top Dancers – Costa Del Fridge – from the second album – Yelling Boil – a true iconoclast.
  • Toska Wilde – I Am Your Temptation – Margate via Salford for the nail polish guru.
  • Danny Short – Check For Response – from the second of two great albums from the bard of Horwich.  The single most wonderful piece of music I have heard this year.
  • Electric Wood – A Tragic Satire – Kearsley’s finest….
  • Taser Puppets – Dim – the magnificent Puppets with a piece of pop class…
  • Kill Pretty – Babes in the Wood – from the Hamsters they came breathing fire – a phoenix rising – featuring two fifths of Dragnet, 2 Duttons and a Moey…..who could ask for anything more
  • The Blimp – Fake Tan – the best live band in the area at the moment – anchored by a memorable rhythm section and lead by a genuine certified genius, Word- Art!
  • The Fall – Fiery Jack – and to conclude, as I usually do, a bit of magic from the heart of post-punk

This selection of tunes proved to be best of the local material for the year and were broadcast on Salford City Radio.

However there were a number of bands I could not leave out so I put together a mix of my other favourites which was as follows:

  • Trojan Horse – Disciplining The Reserve Army
  • Irk The River – One Year Performance
  • Phil Davies the Ninja Smoke Bombs – Fixed Penalty Points
  • The Vanity Project – Structure of an Atom
  • The Mang Mang Mangs – Is it the Grouse?
  • The Black Lights – In the Dark
  • Emperor Zero – Mental Health Café
  • Kit B – Fear of Flying
  • Girl Peculiar – Destiny
  • Stalagmites – Supply and Demand
  • Death to the Strange – Shades of my mind
  • Positronik – When The Bitch Knows Your Name
  • The Hired Help – Perfect Society
  • Neuron No – Saving the World
  • Mi Amo Simmy – Up With This I Will Not Put
  • Mandrake – Last Orders
  • Well North of Watford – Make Sense of Loneliness
  • Twinkle & Co – Jock Tally
  • Syd Bozko – Come Get Me
  • Urchins – Cabin Fever
  • Wonderland Trip – Bring Back The Sunshine
  • Ha Ha Said The Car – Storm Petal Suzie
  • Open Party – Inertia
  • Warm Widow – Back the Class
  • TG Elias – Southbound Otley Highway
  • The Louche FC – Four Parts Bastard
  • Veladrome – Elvis
  • Early Mojo – Balloon Basket
  • Ghost Outfit – Boy
  • Belle Vue – Platform One
  • Skankadelia – Distinct Lack of Secrecy
This can be streamed from Mixcloud here.

Salford Music Scene – 23rd August 2011

On this show….and while I am at it please support independent music by going to gigs and acquiring music….ta!

  • Geevor – Bitch Cackle – errr…they’ve split up and are no longer available for live appearances ….. this always happens , I record a show and then a band split up, nothing to do with me I hasten to add, just serendipity (or the opposite of it)…… so regardless of whether this is a great track all of this is a bit redundant in the great scheme of previewing this forthcoming saturday’s Helmets for Men at the Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford. My associate Mr Thornborough is working his magic to find a third act to fill the line-up which will also consist of…
  • Still Down Gill – City Limit Sisters – comprising as it does of two ex-Jannocks this band has quality pedigree and delivers a mean slice of blues soaked rock for your delectation and
  • The Calimocho Club – She Told Me – the purple suit and the eye-liner is gone and the plaid shirts and more of an RnB inflection is with us – headlining on Saturday night and proving that metamorphosis is indeed a sensible activity in a lot of instances…and I’m advised its CHO rather than CO in terms of pronunciation….
  • The Happy Fallen – The Wheel – the ever busy Mr Neale James has been hard at work with this excellent new tune…..I think he should get a band together and go out and share this with you all live …..
  • No Flash – Truth or Dare – missed them last week at the BOTW Indie thing due to illness – impressive sound and well worth checking out…will be playing near you soon!
  • Vei – Escebeche – Jonn Dean showing how electronica should be delivered from his recent EP on Mind on Fire. He tells me he is going to record again soon with a more digital slant….
  • The Loaded Dice – Turbo – recently recieved their material via our new and unsigned page…lots of info here on their website
  • Salford Media City – The Lynx Effect –  a band with a lot going on for it but not much material out there so I was pleased to extract this from the recent Found in a Skip release – they will be on at the Salford Music Festival I am advised…..so I look forward to actually seeing them live in a pub close to where I live….
  • Arks – Patterns – new EP out recently and this is from it
  • Fidel and the Castros – Golden 20 – from a demo they sent me and rather fine it is too.
  • Kill for Company – Tongue Tattoo – a new track from my favourite band of the moment – also on at the Salford Music Festival…..
  • Vei – Moths – another one from the “Thank You For Talking” EP.
  • The Fall – Repetition – classic early gruppe from the marvellous debut album “Live at the Witch Trials
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