Music Diary #36 – 14th February 2012 plus Salford Music Scene Radio Show

I’d been concerned for some time that there was not enough new local stuff to play on this radio show – however things have improved of late and the selection on this weeks broadcast reflects a very healthy scene across Salford & Manchester and the surrounding boroughs (with a sideways trip to Margate to reflect a forthcoming extravaganza at the Crescent).

So the track listing for this show is – and you can listen here

1 Naked Veins Ride EP
2 The Kindest of Thieves Personal Best Ever The Optimist
3 Boomin Chocolate Demo
4 The Christophers Wisdom Single
5 Kingdom Lost Reverence Demos
6 The Fevers Dead Single
7 Death to the Strange Fill Up The Days Album Demos
8 The Kindest of Thieves Bones Ever The Optimist
9 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton I Am Kathy Kirby EP
10 Naked Veins Second Nature EP
11 The Words Demons Single
12 The Words Siren Single
13 Stolen Mushrooms Miami Demos
14 The Fall Smile Perverted By Language
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Music Diary #32 – 7th February 2012 and Salford Music Scene Radio Show

And since the last diary entry:

  1. The new Tim Berne album on ECM which is rather fine indeed – typical Berne performances however this time with a modicum of modal meandering which is perhaps more in keeping with his first leader role on the famous record lable.
  2. A couple of new tracks from the impressive Comet Sands  available here – tracks 1 and 2 are the new ones. And very fine they are as a well.
  3. The Christophers  are offering a free download of their new single “Wisdom” here – up to their usual standard I have to say. You can see them  live opening for Brooklyn based band The Static Jacks at `the Manchester Roadhouse on February 26th (sunday) from 7pm. For more info visit www.thechristophersmusic.co.uk
  4. Enjoying the Paper Tiger Illuminated EP on Mind on Fire – fascinating mix of styles.
  5. Impressed with the sound of Naked Veins from Swinton – just waiting for some tracks from the band.
  6. As reviewed elsewhere on the blog the new EP from The Kindest of Thieves is rather yummy.

Vis a vis this weeks Salford Music Scene show – the mix is as follows….and you can hear it here……

1 Mr Heart Boredoms Device The Hide
2 Kill for Company Black and White Demo
3 Whipcord Dread Stop Bop Whipcord
4 Solar Race Get Ahead Homespun
5 Kill Pretty Brown Eyes Live at Brixton Jamm
6 The Portlands Blue Sea Blues EP
7 Death to the Strange On the Clock Album Demos
8 Boomin Buckaroo Single
9 Kingdom Lost I Hope You See Demo
10 The Fiction Bragging Rights The Greatest Hits EP
11 Stolen Mushrooms Out of Zone Out of Zone
12 The Portlands Every Word I Sing EP
13 Kingdom Lost Better Than Life Demo
14 The Fall Deer Park Words of Expectation


Music Diary #29 – 31st January 2012 – Salford Music Scene Radio Show

Well as the month draws to a chilly end it’s worth reflecting on the first month of the calender year…….well over 50 new bands , whether demos, singles or albums have come my way in 31 days and that’s not counting the absolute dross I have had to reject on the grounds of public well-being taste and decency. That’s a dizzying amount of new music to absorb in the context of having lots of older stuff to recall and bring forward for consideration. On the most part things have been good and the standard, variety and uniqueness of the material is all very high indeed.

However having said that today’s listening has been somewhat marred by a pile of things which I will not even bother listing – awful in extremis…..somewhat rescued by….

My recommendation of the day which is:

  • Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral : chap out of the “Screaming Trees” for those who know them, also “QOTSA” and “The Twilight Singers” amongst other things….his latest release is out next week and I have to say it’s rather fine indeed – dense and intense bluesy material which sort of sums up and concentrates into one excellent package the material he has produced over his previous six albums.

On this weeks Salford Music Scene…….to listen click here…only one deliberete error this time when I describe Novelty as being Dead Souls…..

Tone Puppets Late Nights Demo
Joy Division Novelty Plus/Minus
Death to the Strange Vertigo Dreams Demo Album Tracks
The Ascension Precipice Blood on The Rose
Humanizer A Fine Farewell Demo
Stolen Mushrooms Soulfly Out of Zone
Kingdom Lost Englands Grey Unpleasant Land Demo
Kit B Rock-Ola Rocket Demo
Long Hat Pins Already Stone Compilation Album
Tone Puppets All I Know Demo
The Ascension Useless Gift Blood on The Rose
Kill Pretty Happy Families Live at Brixton Jamm
The Fall 2×4 The Wonderful and Frightening World of