Aural Delights Radio Show – 28th December 2011 – Albums of the Year Part 4 and other whitterings

And so here we are with the top 14 albums of the year as selected by some SCR DJs, some Fall Frenz, and myself.

The big  pressure vote from a lot of folks was for Fucked Up’s “David Comes To Life” to win but the local vote swung it toward the eventual champion, which is both adjacent to Salford and excellent.

The final top 14  is heavily biased towards the North West of England and specifically the Greater Manchester conurbation mainly due to the fact that the music is current to these parts, and that’s what our community radio station is all about. Also notable that two of the american participants in this final list played in the city this year (albeit Ripley was in his Moon Duo guise when he did it).

The year has been dominated by the neu Prog and the neu Psyche – a lot of this featured in the preceding three shows to this one – but also the main emphasis has been those musicians who can craft albums at home and produce masterpieces – whether it be time served guys who have been around as long as I have, or the new breed.  Tony Thornborough coined an appropriate phrase at the Factory Star/Blimp gig at FAC251 earlier in the year viz “Old is the new Young”  spot on – and I have to say in all honesty the most aural pleasure this year has been derived from watching musicians who have spent many years crafting their art and have reached a new creative peak.  I just enjoy seeing these guys perform great material which is considerably superior to the Elbow/Coldplay clones attempting to forge a career in the biz. I think I am going to be a little harsher in my responses to bands submitting material next year – my first response will be to direct them to the artists featured on this show…….don’t copy Garvey and Martin look around a little wider.

Wooden Shjips –  Black Smoke Rise – West (September) – the first Shjips album to get proper studio treatment and their best yet.  Everything from pyschedelia, via psychobilly through to motorik rhythms – marvellous and mesmerising music.

Vinny Peculiar –  Artrockers – Other People Like Me  (October) – In which local residents Mr Wilkes demonstrates his flair for lyricism and great tunes. Some pure pieces of poetry on this album which reflects back to an older less complicated world.

The Fall – Cosmos 7 – Ersatz GB (November) – the 29th Studio album from the bard of Prestwich and his band of travelling troubadours. This one divided opinion quite markedly and led to wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters contrasted with unapologetic worship in others. Would have been higher but for a seriously loud no vote from the Clifton area.

Shoshin – Here Comes My Favourite – City of  Patience (July) – I guess the rest of them will catch up on this one eventually as I appear to be the only one who likes this – but I like it lots – I think I have played every track from it. Grab it – you don’t know what you are missing! Also if you can get the link between the preceding album and this one you win a patronising pat on the back.

Moff Skellington – In the Helter Skelter  Suburb – Embers of the Rapid Eye (?) – not released as yet I don’t think  but definitely Moff’s album of 2011. The usual mix of other worldliness and DIY musical ethic which makes this artist utterly unique and rather marvellous. Many of the tracks appeared on a session on the old Reformation show.  It just makes me smile to listen to this music and wordplay within it.

Fall Fan Dave and the Lap Top Dancers – Juggernaut – Yelling Boil (March) – Dave and Ian’s second outing and rather groovy it is too. Another productive year for the duo with a new album planned for 2012. A variety of selections on this one but this track is one Dave prepared for a Reformation session.

Danny Short – Your Kingdom – You Must Not Play (November) – the second of two albums released this year by the very productive Mr Short. His best yet I think as it captures both his punk-prog-pop side as well as his more experimental leanings.

Crystal Stilts – Sycamore Tree – In Love With Oblivion (April) – a stunning second album with some stand out tracks. Described as noise pop meets ’60s psych somewhere – I think they go beyond that and have created a signature sound which is centred around Hargett’s laconic vocal delivery.

Kin – Chemistry Set – Flickering (December) – actually out in physical form in rather groovy packaging earlier in the year but just made available on Bandcamp. This was all it promised to be in the “Dot Dot Dot” ep on Invisible Girl but took the form and schema to a new place entirely. New stuff on the way from the amazing talent that is Kin. I also get a mention on the album sleeve notes along with a few others….

The Wild Swans – English Electric Lightning – The Coldest Winter In A Hundred Years (August)  Claiming to have “unfinished business,” former Teardrop Explodes keyboardist Paul Simpson returned with  Wild Swans’ first album since 1990’s Space Flower and a new super-group line-up which included the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Ricky Maymi, Echo & the Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson, and Spiritualized’s Mike Mooney, just to name a few. The chosen track is just pure magic – wonderful lyrics. The first of two Occultation releases in the top 15.

Monster Island – Pilot Whales – Cathedral Steps (November) Stephen, Lewis and Wesley are back with their third album which further develops their unique approach to music and their lyrical genius in respect of the world that surrounds us and them. Utterly wonderful. Get it from Bandcamp. Note to self – make sure we get them at a gig in Salford next year.

Half Man Half Biscuit – Somethings Rotten in the back of Iceland – 90 Bisodol (Crimond) (September) – the 12th album in the canon and they show no signs of running out of ideas – the usual Blackwell obsessions remain – footie, indie bands and obscure soap stars. There are three constants in my life – the wife, The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit (oh and Joseph Holts Bitter – so that’s four).

Fucked Up – Queen of Hearts – David Comes To Life (June) – a “Tommy” for the I-Pad generation? Possibly – but then again so much more than that. Immense vocals, searing guitars and exceptional tunes. As mentioned above many had this as number one for the year but the jury over turned that verdict and came up with the one below.

Factory Star – Stone Tumbling Stream – Enter Castle Perilous (April) – we said this immediately it came out – Album of the Year – a bit of a bold statement given we were only four months into the year. Having seen the new line-up do the whole album in order at FAC 251 and having been somewhat blown away it was good to get hold of it and revel in its quality. Some of Martin Bramahs’ most exquisite lyrics appear on this release revealing him as a poet of some distinction, and the tunes are just as memorable. The album was recorded “live” and this works on so many levels as it captures the intensity of the experience of catching this band in the flesh.  My review of the album is still the most read blog on this site. Occultation records again demonstrating exceptional taste.

So in conclusion:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR : Factory Star – Enter Castle Perilous ; Runner-Up – Fucked Up – David Comes to Life

RECORD LABLE OF THE YEAR : Occultation ; Runner-up – Bandcamp

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Salford city Radio Music Scene Show – 25th October 2011

On this show

  • Irk the River – Vallette – Sways lable trio with a fine turn of tune – I went to see the Adolphe Valette exhibition at The Lowry last week which prompted me to dig this one out from earlier in the year…..
  • The Louche FC – Hands – new single, free download – very nice!
  • Sandells – Alien Intelligence – new recording from the Salford Music Festival – best capture of the band so far – guitarist Johann Kloos has a solo gig at the Crescent this Friday…….
  • White Noise Box – Selective Hearing – from Stockport – just had a name change and show great promise with this rather impressive tune….
  • Our Day Remains – Lights Go Out – new single released last Friday, Bolton based band….
  • Positronik – When the Bitch Knows Your Dub – Captain Black delivers a great reworking of the new single in a rub-a-dub stylee…….tune-age as the bass player is known to say
  • AAAK – Get in the real world – EP out in December on Electric Tremor – exclusive track from the latest recording sessions – which features “special guests” ….. looking forward to finding out who they might be……
  • Stop the Blackout – Headlights – debut single out in November….from Manchester
  • The Rainband featuring Rowetta – The Prodigal – new single out in November…..been around for a couple of years and have a lot of good words being said about them…..
  • The God Damn Electric – Something More – catch them live at Dry Bar on December 5th……
  • White Noise Box – Black Cider – another track showing the versatility of this band…..
  • Shoshin – Ridiculous – another great track from the “City of Patience” album – one of my albums of the year
  • Ash Mountain – Tequila – from the new album Flux and Limbo – Fall nerds will note that Mr Dave Milner appears on this album, and the main songwriter in the band is Tim Scott who used to be in Trigger Happy.
  • The Fall – Fantastic Life – one the great Fall singles , took this one from the Hip Priest and Kamerads compilation
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Salford Music Scene – 18th October 2011

So,well and here we are again……a trundle through the music scene around and about the Salford and Greater Manchester area……

On this show……

  • The Happy Fallen – Sold Gaze – Neal James continues to supply us with a raft of great tunes – this finds him on a motorik tip…..
  • The Vanity Project – Structure of An Atom – a three piece from East Lancs who started earlier this year. Haunting and memorable acoustic music which makes a welcome change from the music purported to be nu-folk.
  • Danny Short – Your Kingdom – Another track from our free download “Every Now & Then”  which you can get here. Here Dan demonstrates his skill with melody on a beautiful song with one of those choruses that sticks in your head.
  • The Loaded Dice – Hollow Man – from the new album “Hindsight of a brand new soul – Halo of Fire Flies” which is out on November 5th. Based in Manchester but originally from Dolgellau. Powerful and melodic, energetic and careful not to adopt the usual rock tropes, this band have produced five albums to date and have another in the pipeline.
  • Shoshin – City of Patience – the title track from an album which has had pretty extensive play on this show  – a band you need to catch soon as they are very good indeed.
  • The Vanity Project – We Will Rise
  • Kill for Company – Mind Over Mouth – another track from the very productive and dynamic duo……the fifth track on the “Money Now EP” – lots more of there stuff here
  • Veladrome – Violent Deer – new track from Tom and Lisa which is rather fine indeed, atmospheric and ambient and building into something rather marvellous – catch them at Alter Ego in Manc this Saturday (22nd October).
  • Danny Short – Unknown, Alone
  • Well North of Watford – Make Sense of Loneliness – as featured previously in acoustic version this artist from Little Hulton has been in studio ….
  • The Loaded Dice – Maniac
  • Martin Bramah – When Sleep Won’t Come – Martin did a solo session for me last year as part of the Reformation show and I thought i’d have a listen to it again and I liked it so much I thought I would play a track from it again – this song is also on the “Enter Castle Perilous” album of which…..
  • Factory Star – Fall of GB – there will be some discussions about album of the year amongst the SCR DJ Alliance about album of the year but I think this one will be getting a fair few votes as the front runner. A christmas single “Lucybel” will be out soon
  • The Fall – Rebellious Jukebox – a classic from the first Fall album completing a trio of Bramah related tunes to conclude the show…..
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Salford Music Scene – 11th October 2011

A cavalcade of gorgeousness on this one…….

  • Monster Island – Pilot Whales – Pilot Whales/Secret Shopper – a simply marvellous band with their new EP which you can grab here 
  • GlassHeads – Boys Dont’ Cry – a cover of the Cure classic by Wigan’s finest – watch the vid-chip here 
  • Shoshin – Here comes my favourite – City of Patience – a great band….
  • Mancini Fires – Ghosts – Rise – they are in studio so expect new product soon….
  • Danny Short – Sing Song – Every Now and Then – our latest free download here
  • Jez Kerr – Technicolour Dawn – Numb Mouth Eat Waste – from the new album
  • Vinny Peculiar – The Ballad of Vinny Peculiar – Gone – from the first album
  • Periscope – Ride – a new track from the rather wonderful Peri…..
  • Wonderland Trip – Wonderland Trip – saw this band during the Salford Music Festival
  • Shoshin – Levity -City of Patience
  • Monster Island – Secret Shopper – Pilot Whales/Secret Shopper
  • Jordan Madani – Oh Soldier(I Told You) – he’s appearing at the regional finals of Open Mic live at the Willows on the 16th October…..he says “now signed to Major Sinner Records! Expect a lot more to be going on the near future, including the ‘I L**e You EP’, singles, photography, music videos, a website and so on!”
  • Moff Skellington – Inside The Marrow – Embers from the Rapid Eye – not sure when this album will be out but check out the website for more info on the magical Moff…
  • The Fall – Free Range – Code : Selfish – new album out soon…..bite on this to tide you over
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Salford Music Scene – 4th October 2011

Featuring on this show:

  • Danny Short – Every Now And Then – available as part of an EP from our free download service  at Salford City Radio. Danny has a new album out in November called “You Must Not Play”.
  • Taser Puppets – DIM – a remix of a great tune with Emma on vocals – they play the “Guzzlin’ Goose” in Ashton on 8th October with the Blimp and Danny Cusick (see later) – it’s Shaun’s birthday as well!
  • Day Release – There’s No Cure – as promised more tracks from this very promising band.
  • Ryan Jarvis – Tomorrow Lasts Forever – another tune from the songsmith from Gorton.
  • Mandrake – If I had all the answers – just signed a publishing deal and about to go into the studio to start work on the second album which will be called “Sunrise Epitath”. This track is from the debut album “Glory Days”
  • Kit B – Fear of Flying – Danny Cusick is currently putting together a band to play his music live – this is a home recording which demonstrates the quality of his songwriting.
  • No Tokyo – All My All – a new demo from the band which they sent my way a couple of weeks ago.
  • Shoshin – Litterbug – from the the excellent “City of Patience” album – this band has next big thing written through them like a stick of Salford rock.
  • Taser Puppets – Beautiful Song For The Ripper – another tune from the Chorley meistersingers.
  • Milk Maid – Dead Wrong – not normally one for playing signed stuff on this show but this one impressed me.
  • Day Release – Wrong and Right – and another one from them….
  • Taser Puppets – Transmission – live track ….. with the Puppets take on JD.
  • Johann Kloos – Storm Petal Suzie – Johann has a solo gig at the Crescent on 28th October with Sam Smith and Mancini Fires.
  • Kill For Company – Now You Know – the break through band of the year for me and a few others at SCR…..
  • The Fall – Cary Grant’s Wedding – a classic track from Totales Turns featuring Michael John Leigh on the drums who you can catch with Taser Puppets and Danny Cusick at the Guzzlin’ Goose on the 8th October.
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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
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Salford Music Scene – 27th September 2011 by Bobonscr on Mixcloud