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
And since the last diary entry:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Enjoying the Paper Tiger Illuminated EP on Mind on Fire – fascinating mix of styles.
- Impressed with the sound of Naked Veins from Swinton – just waiting for some tracks from the band.
- 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……
||Kill for Company
||Black and White
||Dread Stop Bop
||Live at Brixton Jamm
||Blue Sea Blues
||Death to the Strange
||On the Clock
||I Hope You See
||The Greatest Hits EP
||Out of Zone
||Out of Zone
||Every Word I Sing
||Better Than Life
||Words of Expectation
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…..