The Last Salford Music Scene – 30th October 2012

On 22nd February last year (2011) I inherited Jon Coupe’s mantle of producing a Salford Music themed radio show – seemed sensible to me to have a radio show about Salford music on a community radio station in Salford….bit of a no-brainer really.

There had been a lot of debate at the station amongst a few of us about wanting to feature more Salford music on the programmes. Tony Thornborough, Becs Marshall, Ian Rothwell, Eddie Mann, Eddie Legge, Zac and Paul, Monty and SD were all doing their part in promoting new music in the city but it seemed to me we could go a bit further and increase the percentage of airplay given to local bands. I mean does anyone really want to hear the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays again and again when there are excellent bands like AAAK, Mr Heart, Suzuki Method, Lipsticks Traces, Positronik, Death to the Strange, Saturday Morning Cartoons et al who deserve airplay and more exposure?

So 88 episodes later it’s all coming to a close for a number of reasons far too complicated to waste your time on – all I will say is that one reason I am quitting  is I was becomingly increasingly frustrated at the inability to further increase the amount of music from local bands and singers on the station. So i’m off to do it somewhere else…..

So what am I going to be doing? Well this show and the Aural Delights show will be combined into a semi-regular podcast on Mixcloud. I have managed to keep a lot of my record company/promo company contacts despite me giving up broadcast radio…..and there will hopefully be more detail on this blog about the music than there has been hitherto. Also Jon, Tony and myself are bring back the Salford Music Website which you can now see here……

Thanks to all the bands that have contributed music over the last few years to make this show what is has been – extra special thanks to Ding, Tamsin, Toby Jughead, John Herring, The Inflictors (wherever you are!), Brad, Mr Moss, MJ Leigh, The Duttons, Dusty, Shaun, The General, Ken, Toska, Luis, Stephen, Martin B, Tim, Kin, the Borland boys and all the other bands Mr. Breen is in,  Hop Man Jr, Danny Short, Dave Bromwich, Andy & Michelle Quayle,  Mr Coupe  and the other three horsemen of radio apocalypse Tony, Monty and SD.

So for the final show…..new stuff and a bit of a self-indulgence with my favourite local bands – listen here……

  1. Sinister Chuckles – Bottle of Pop – another snippet of pop-punk loveliness from Sad Row studios and the legendary Shaun “Ali Bongo” Maxwell……in this outing he appears to have transmogrified into a thespian……
  2. Kill for Company – Mind Over Mouth – supporting both Twisted Wheel and Mr Heart in two seperate outings this coming Friday – a marvellous band which I am very pleased to have featured on the radio……
  3. Mr Heart – Stones …..from the exceptional new album “The Unspeakable Mr Heart” which is launched Friday Night at The Castle on Oldham Street……
  4. Kill Pretty – Mirror Factory ……. the best live band in the world…..from the new album “Dark Heart”” ……..catch them live you will not regret it
  5. Palomino – Price We Pay – a brand new band from Salford which is what this show is all about…….
  6. Rapid Pig – Flight – from the marvellous new album “Wildlife” …… another band which need to be seen
  7. The Blimp – Miniature – the other best live band in the world ….from the 3-4 EP which we released as a free download from SCR…….saw them last Friday and they were stunning….
  8. Alarms – Man With Gun – another new band – keeping in with the spirit of the show
  9. Journal Keepers – Clearest Day – one of the more recent discoveries and I have to say I’m glad they wrote in – bloomin’ brilliant….
  10. Kingdom Lost – Let’s Stay Together – from the new free EP “Naked from the Waist Down”
  11. West Coast Sick Line – This Ain’t London – not from Salford but we’ve adopted him – the mercurial songwriting talent of Dusty Moonan from his new album “I hope everybody gets nightmares except Kirsty”
  12. The Fall – Reformation – well I started with this back in 2009 so I may as well finish with it…….

So that’s your lot ……. thanks for listening….

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Salford Music Scene – 9th October 2012

On this show……which you can stream here

1 Rapid Pig To The Mountain Pre-release
2 Midnight Mafia Love is Dead Single
3 WithiN All Inside Demo
4 Epic Noise Guy Automation Demo
5 Joe Thomas Falling from Grace Demo
6 Sunny Sunday From Down Here Demo
7 Tender Machine As We Promised Demo
8 Rapid Pig Super Dura Pre-release
9 Midnight Mafia Gorton Girls Single
10 Epic Noise Guy Alpen Demo
11 Sinister Chuckles Dalek Logic Demo
12 Cactus Knife Buze Demo
13 The Fall Sing! Harpy Extricate

Bedtime for Bongo…or the mystery of the vanishing melodica….

I don’t usually go out on a Sunday – I usually prepare radio shows and listen to a lot of the new music material that comes in…..but this particularly Sunday the musical treats on offer were just too tempting to ignore….plus it was Shaun Maxwell’s birthday party (he of the Taser Puppets and Sinister Chuckles) so it would have been churlish, nay impolite, to turn down the invite.

I have commented previously on Mr Christopher Dutton’s navigational skills and I am pleased to report that this time around they were just as fascinating as they have been in the past – more of that later.

A pleasant Sunday afternoon/evening drive up the M61 to the people’s republic of Chorley and the delightful “Railway” pub. As we arrive we spot Dusty Moonan indulging in a swift ciggie and MJ Leigh unloading his gear. Into the pub and a quick hello to Mike, Shaun, Dusty and Luis Drayton who is up from the deepest south for the weekend.

Sound checks, melodica practising and then SD, Moet and entourage arrive, having been busy watching United beat Newcastle at the Salford Arms, and finding a train to get them to Chorley.

A few pints of “Boondocker” some technical jiggery-pokery and then it’s time for a short set from the aforementioned Mr Moonan. Dusty’s self-effacing approach is charming – he is actually a lot better than he pretends to be and delivers a handful of songs including a lovely rendition of “This Ain’t London” from the new album, and finishes with a Half Man Half Biscuit cover.

By this time it is safe to say that our host has exceeded the legal limit for alcohol intake and is having jolly old time of it. The Sinister Chuckles perform a set of manic punk classics and Luis joins in on a couple of tunes. Stand outs are “Wiggy Brown” and “Mono Brow” and the impressive “Picture of Dorian Gray”. Interesting to see Shaun without a guitar taking the centre stage role with a degree of aplomb, and some great moves. They are fun, fast and rather special.

Luis is up next and delivers a scatological tirade against humanity,life and more or less everything else in his eye-line – with some degree of venom – more or less every anglo-saxon epithet I am aware of plus one or two others that are new to me make an appearance. Luis is a force of nature but I would honestly prefer to see him with a full band, rather than backing tapes, as the evidence from his two numbers with the Chuckles is that there is something quite memorable about his style and delivery.

Hot Pot Supper is dispensed and then up next the always dependable and rather marvellous Kill Pretty – I am invited to play melodica on the opening “Dark Heart” but cannot hear what I am doing so I shake a few percussion type thingies – it lasts a good ten minutes and feels pretty damn good from where I am standing between the two Duttons. Back out into the audience, and we get the usual raft of memorable KP tunes including “Rob A Bank”, “Breakdown Man” and “13 Moons” which has Dusty beaming in admiration. There is a brand new tune – which I didn’t catch the title of – which sounds very promising indeed. SD and myself provide backing vocals on “I’m A Cunt”, the crowd demands an encore, and everyone is very happy with the performance.

By this time our erstwhile host has vanished into the night…..time for bed , it’s been a long day!

More ales are quaffed as Cactus Knife set-up. I had heard a couple of tracks from the band – courtesy of Shaun – which I found to be very impressive indeed – so I was looking forward to seeing them. I was not disappointed – the excellent twin vocal line-up of Bobby and Rachel sets the band apart from the general spiky indie morass of the current north west scene – they deliver quality music floating mysteriously between psyche pop/surf music and a general late 60s/early 70s San Francisco feel plus a fair smattering of post-punk energy and delivery. What is impressive is the tightness of the band and the arrangements, and it’s clear a great deal of thought has gone into the song-writing. Definitely a band to catch live if you are in a search for something new and exciting.

And it’s all over – a few more beers and a lively debate follows on the state of the music scene around Mancunia and then we notice the melodica has disappeared – fortunately after 24 hours of extensive investigation it turns out Moet has taken it home with him. It lives to play another day. Hoorah! The car is loaded up and we are off…..

And so it’s back onto the motorway network in the general direction of Salford but due to the aforementioned navigational problems – mostly down to me nodding off and missing the turn we end up heading toward Leeds for some reason – however a few quick alterations to direction and we are homeward bound again. We drop SD off and then for some reason Chris forgets you can’t go west from Swinton on the M60 so we head east and take a quick detour around Prestwich before heading back to the general Eccles direction.

A marvellous evening’s entertainment, a great pub with great beer, and a rather tasty hot pot….and great company.

Let’s do it again sometime!

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:

Stream from here

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

Aural Delights Radio Show – 19th September 2012

This time around it’s mostly new music which has been sent in to me…..I encourage you to check these bands out they are all rather good…….and i’ve got off my backside and done some notes this time…..

You can stream the show here

1 Sinister Chuckles Master of the Atom Demo
2 The Jacobs Waifs and Strays Single
3 Progress Abbie Demo
4 The Suns Last of the Lonely Hearts Single
5 Moff Skellington Picture a Pavilion Eddodi
6 Moff Skellington The Bearing Down of Juggernauts Eddodi
7 Journal-Keepers What’s Inside Demo
8 White Rose Talking to a Timebomb Fanimal
9 The Apparrells Change the Way You Are Demo
10 Skeleton Suite Nothing Better than the English Weather Demo
11 Not By Design Lesser Limits Come Together/Live Forever
12 Epsilon One Spirals Spirals EP
13 Butterflies on Strings Burning Slowly A Boy Named Crow
14 At Dawn We Are Kings Healing Demo
15 Van Der Graaf Generator The Sphinx in the Face The Box

Notes:

  1. Mr Ali Bongo keeps turning out the tunes at the Sad Row recording studio. I was particular taken with the early 60s sci-fi references on this one.
  2. Unsigned, just about to record their debut EP, they have done a UK tour and string of festivals and London gigs.
  3. As featured last week I am pretty damn impressed by this trio of teens from St Helens – I’ve been asked would it be possible to plug a gig they’re playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool this coming Sunday.  They’re playing an under 18’s showcase there. Cash, the vocalist and guitarist apparently is really chuffed as he’s a big Beatles fan.
  4. As Tony T said the other night the best band to come out of Chester – ever, unless you count Michael Owen and the Dodgy Knees. The new single further cements their reputation as a band of quality.
  5. A new album is in the offing – here is a couple of tracks from the first album by the mighty Moff.
  6. as above
  7. An acoustic collective from Manchester….they hope to make new fans and friends and start releasing EPs late this/early next year. They say they are  going for a romantic, acoustic sound and are big fans of Nick Drake, Jacques Brel and Scott Walker. They have  played Night and Day, Band On The Wall and most recently supported Chris Helme and Blind Atlas at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford.
  8. From Darlington and from their EP Fanimal…..they describe themselves as Indie Rock with a Northern Soul…..
  9. Quite excited about this lot – a four piece from Glasgow – reminded me of The Distractions/Go-Betweens – I threw them a curve ball by picking this song – I will be featuring them again. Highly recommended.
  10. A mysterious lot whose Facebook page reveals not a jot of info about their background, purpose or manifesto- though apparently they like listening to Zac Peach on SCR – the release is entitled – § – indeed …..it’s a symbol for a Section….
  11. From Birmingham – and again not much of a bio on Facebook but there appears to be five of them in the picture….
  12. Epsilon One – Monty got ahead of me by featuring this lot last night – New release from DOGS GOT A BONE RECORDS (based around an internet radio station)  Spirals EP by Epsilon One is out on September 17th 2012. Self formed in 2011; ‘Epsilon One’ is a solo Lo-Fi indie project from Leith, Edinburgh.  Recording mostly on a ‘tonic’ stained 8 track, ‘Epsilon One’ mix dirty pulsing bass and mellow vocals with the sounds of broken synths and a guitar line or four, and all in the tradition of the Lo-Fi Alternative.
  13. On 7th September 2012, Butterflies On Strings released their self-produced studio EP ‘A Boy Named Crow’ on The Kaleidoscope Label.
  14. As featured last week – and who went down a proverbial storm with the foul mouthed ingrates that chat with me on Facebook……
  15. Classic mid-period Graaf with the chap from String Driven Thing (Graham Smith) on violin – Nadir-esque rocking from PJAH and his motley band…..Hammill, Smith, Potter and Evans – a good line-up of the band.

Aural Delights Radio Show – 5th September 2012

On this show – which you can listen to here

1 Monster Island Citizen Spy Idle Fret Presents Friday Night At the London Palladium
2 The Modern Boys Can Dance Single
3 Nightwatchmen Stereotypes The Man Who Killed The Hamsters
4 Purge Local Loco EP No 1
5 The Klang All I Know
6 The Shakedown Project Prisoners Cinema The Shakedown Project EP
7 Da Mutts Albion Summer Salford City Radio Free Download
8 Moff Skellington Locomotion Scissors Eddodi
9 Veladrome Violent Deer (Acoustic) Demo
10 Wailer Pilot Study Sparks Pre-release
11 West Coast Sick Line Terror-Formin’ Pre-release
12 Straw 4 Aveline Single
13 Periscope Falling Down (Did You Ever Lose A Tear) Single
14 Sinister Chuckles The Amazing Angry Dad Bagganley Boggert EP
15 The Madding Crowd Darling  Demo
16 813 Erotica Blend EP

Aural Delights Radio Show – 29th August 2012

On this show – some brand new things for you to listen to…..you can stream the show from here……

1 Twisted Wheel Ride Do It Again
2 Kill Pretty Raining Blood Dark Heart
3 Sinister Chuckles Sacred Cow (Electro) Bagganley Boggert EP
4 Cheap Cuts A Message of Support for our boys A Message of Support for our boys
5 Straw (I can’t) Walk Away Demo
6 Paint Happy Fever On My Mind The Demo
7 The Baccilus Dark Side I can’t adapt to this prison you call society
8 Moff Skellington The Contraption of My Boots Eddodi
9 Boy Del Mundo Swiss Electrocution Swiss Electrocution
10 Carnabells Rock N Roll Beat She’s A Rollercoaster
11 We Wanted to be the Sky Fire Demo
12 Mark of a 1000 Evils Icarus Wires EP
13 Da Mutts When A Star Don’t Shine Demo
14 Twisted Wheel Honey Girl Do It Again
15 Metallic Taste of Blood Twitch Metallic Taste of Blood