To commence a Happy Birthday to Farley my ex-pat chum who resides in Christchurch, New Zealand and provides me with regular scoop fulls of interesting music from the other side of the planet.
Now then – yesterday proved to be very busy with a ton of new stuff coming in – so I will point out:
– Stolen Mushrooms – who are from Luton and sound a little like the RHCPs but have their own style and stance, there’s also a slight smattering of Marr guitaring mixed in with a crisp afro-beat feel and the interplay is reminiscent of early Yes to some degree. If you are confused by that confusing description I suggest you give them a gander via Facebook and reach your own conclusions.
– The Ascension – Macclesfields’ finest rocking beat combo are still looking for a drummer but have put together a new five track EP “Blood Upon The Rose” which will be out shortly. Recorded in Salford and then mixed/produced by Mr Archer at 6dB studios I am advised. Doug (bass, vocals, keys) has sent me a couple of tracks over and they are rather marvellous.
– Kit B – who don’t appear to have a Facebook page yet – have been joined by my chum Mr John Montague on the bass guitar – they are looking for a drummer as well (bit of a trend here) – and the fruits of their early collaboration have emerged with a new tune “Rock-Ola Rocket”. Both Mr Leigh and Mr Montague (ex of the very excellent Pearl Divers) are getting very close to the “three band” magnificence of Mr Dutton – one wonders if Mr Dutton will form another combo in order to maintain a reasonable gap?
– Joy Division – the 10CD/7 vinyl/download compilation “Plus Minus” appears to be excellent value for money as long as you don’t opt for the vinyl option. In terms of rescuing the planet from environmental meltdown I don’t quite see the logic of producing all the plastic and paper but I suppose it’s art. Whether you have all these already and want to splash out your cash is a moot point which I guess reflects the pricing structure. In any event the re-mastering does refresh the sound somewhat and it’s good to have all the stuff in one place on the hard drive I guess.
– Lambchop’s new album – out in three weeks – is dedicated to Vic Chesnutt. It’s called “Mr M” – i’ve always been a fan of Kurt Wagners pained lyricism and this album is packed with it – whether it is just a little bit too lacking in grit I suppose is the key issue. It’s late night music, relaxed, reflective and to some degree a little too laid back for me.
– In a similar vein – The Hello Strangers – play a laid back and utterly melodic form of bluesy Americana. The promo is pretty good on this one – “Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can accomplish. Timeless imagery and fables accompany each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter and a man gone wrong.” I was particularly struck by “Conococheague” with it’s eerie guitar intro and insistent folky sound. I got six tracks from their “Introducing Max Schmidt” release from a couple of years back. Very impressed.
And on this evenings Aural Delights Radio show you will find the following dear listener:
|The Nectarine No: 9||Holes of Corpus Christie||D’un Echantillon De Marchandises EP|
|The Sexual Objects||Here Come The Rubber Cops||Cucumber|
|Hero and Leander||Collider||Collider EP|
|The Umbilical Chords||Evil Idle||EP|
|Future Pilots||Assange||Future Pilots EP|
|Vic Godard||End of the Surrey People||D’un Echantillon De Marchandises EP|
|Kill Pretty||Joey Stefano||Demo|
|Factory Star||When Sleep Won’t Come||Enter Castle Perilous|
|50 Foot Wave||Rushing||With Love From The Men’s Room|
|The Sexual Objects||Outta Place Again||Cucumber|
|Moff Skellington||Dashboard Photo||Pukes of A Hot Cloister|
|Kill Pretty||Babes in the Wood||Demo|
|Sandells||Girl from Iphegenia||Reformation Session (TFAB Remix)|
You can listen to the show here