(Salford) Music Scene Radio Show – June 5th 2012

On this weeks show…..listen here

1 Easter Damp Patch Innocence Man
2 Lauren Housley My Baby Cry One Step Closer
3 The Lazy Maybees Old Ghost Lining Up Spoons
4 The Ascension Blood Upon The Rose Blood Upon The Rose
5 The Black Paths Our North Is Rising Ibiza and the Hangover
6 Twisted Hand Dawning The 1982 Masters
7 The Hamsters Stupid Songs The Disparate Cogniscienti
8 Kill Pretty Stupid Club In 80 Days
9 Danny Short Head in the Sand Remnants
10 Neuron No Limonchik Little Lemon EP
11 Glass Jungle Stay the Same Crystal Lies
12 Periscope Diggin You Out Demo
13 Adesire 60s Film Adesire A History 1980-3
14 The Fall Slags, Slates Etc Slates
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Salford Music Scene – 25th April 2012

The significance and sometimes downside of pre-recording radio shows is that things change in between you recording them and them being aired. So that Everyday Goldfish who are listed below are not now playing the Grunge Revival at The Crescent – however Cable 35 who I have featured on the Aural Delights Show are instead. So the show comprises (and can be listened to here):

1 The Words Head Over Heels Single
2 Dead Circus Paranoia Demo
3 Well Wisher Breathe In Summer Gangs
4 Everyday Goldfish Second Thoughts Demo
5 Kurb Get On Your Knees and Pray Demo
6 The Ascension The Rift Blood Upon The Rose
7 Lipstick Traces D Minor Demo
8 English Mutts Proud Man Demo
9 Positronik Don’t Come Crying Single
10 Our Day Remains Take This Night Single
11 Saturday Morning Cartoons The Ditch Single (Radio Edit)
12 The Black Paths Wake Up Hold Fast To That Which Is Good
13 Trojan Horse Fire Fire EP
14 Dead Sea Apes Astral House Astral House
15 The Fall Cosmos 7 Ersazt GB

Notes in respect of the above artistes

1. The new single…..a fine follow up to the excellent “Demons”

2.  One of the bands appearing at the Grunge Revival at the TNT Experience at The Crescent Salford on Friday – they are from Manchester

3. From the recent EP “Summer Gangs” – skittish math rock lunacy – featuring Mr Ian Breen who is nearly in as many bands as Hop Man Jr (nearly but not quite)

4. This lot were supposed to be playing at the Grunge thing at the Crescent on Friday but got pulled after I had recorded the show Instead of these on Friday at the Crescent you get these (who I have featured before):

5. From Macclesfield – they need a bass player and a drummer if anyone is interested (serious shortage of drummers around at the moment for some reason…..). Hopefully they will send me some more tracks as I rather like them.

6. Here’s a track from the new EP which is launched at the Kings Arms on May 9th (Kin made the video……very good…)

7.  Another new band from Salford (new to me anyway) describe themselves as “dirty blues” – more from them in future weeks.

8.  Another pop classic from the lovely Mutts from Moston……reminded me a bit of quality era Hall and Oates this – but without the nonsensical ululating of Mr Hall.

9. Inevitably biased towards this lot as they are all my chums but I have to say this is a bit of a pop classic from Jeff, Danielle and John. They will be gigging soon I hope, after a bit of a rest over the last few months.

10. New single from this young combo from Bolton.

11. The other band playing at the grunge gig on Friday – from Little Hulton (an area steeped in musical heritage) – very impressed by these lads although I had to edit out the naughty word.

12. From next door in Walkden Mr Von Black Paths sooths us with his electronic wizardry….a track from a forthcoming album which he is going to let us have in bits – the little tease.

13. The iconoclastic marriage of Frank Zappa, Black Flag and Yes encapsulated in a small bite sized chunk – from the forthcoming EP of the same name which will be launched on May 3rd at the Kings Arms as part of New Music Series (more of this on next weeks show).

14. Stunning track from a recent EP of the same name – marvellous ambient psychedelia….the companion CD “Lupus” is similarly wonderful…

15 From the last but one single – the new single arrived too late for me to feature it on this weeks show – so you will get it next week

Aural Delights Radio Show – 29th June 2011 – Electronica/Ambient Special

Well I’ve been promising this to various luminaries round these parts over the last six months so it’s about time I got off my bottom and put a show together of this nature. The genre specification is a tad obtuse here as some of the things on the show are outside of the broad boundaries of Electronica/Ambient but i’ve generally kept pretty close to the brief and in doing so I’ve managed to incorporate quite a bit of “local” stuff.

  1. Cabaret Voltaire – The Voice of America/Damage is Done – The Voice of America : the masters of electronic ambience with the opening track from their second album. Most of this was analogue which demonstrates the need to junk all this digital VST tomfoolery and get back to playing source instruments. They were never as good after Chris Watson left and the first three albums still hold up as classics. This music had a great affect on me post-punk and built on my love of industrial/electronic sounds.
  2. Borland – Hot Orion – Supernova Lovers  : The aim was to ensure that local acts got a good look see on the show and who else would I include but the mighty Borland who I have been championing for nigh on 3 years now. A new set of tunes is promised when Breen and Gregg can drag themselves away from their other projects (see later in the show) so in anticipation of that a track from the trio of releases from last year which are still available for nowt on Bandcamp.
  3. Borland (Vei Remix) – Clockmen – from the added twiddly bits that came out of the first release on Gulf we hear the Jonn Dean take on the Borland sound with his own unique stamp on the music. Edgy, thought provoking and utterly mesmerising.
  4. The Black Paths – A sneaky preview of a remix of ‘Plan it’ by caro snatch! – thanks Anthony. From Salford tha’ knows. More please Anthony!
  5. Archaeopteryx Eloigns Ichthyosaur – The Actual Cartographer – Sings Paeans To Euphoria And Destruction : I got this in the post from the other side of the world. Streaming on the link at the moment. A fascinating album. The creator of this artefact wishes to remain anonymous.
  6. Toxic Idol – Spooks – Quarter Life : a product of the increasingly mysterious Captain Malibu from the nether regions of Blackrod. Watch this space for more illuminating aural delights in the near future.
  7. Day for Airstrikes– How Do You Know Anything? – Adam, Wez, Ian , John, Danny, Rita, Sue, and Bob too : a marvellous album – available from Bandcamp. A one-off for the band but perhaps one of their greatest achievements. Discuss.
  8. Claw the Thin Ice – Witches at Dusk – Sleep is not for us -Are you quoting Floyd here I wonder Mr Breen? As featured before a debut solo project for one half of Borland with another one following swiftly I am advised.
  9. Hey Colossus – Teased From The Nest- RRR : the promo quite astutely says – “the seventh album for Hey Colossus, and the third for Riot Season. RRR is definitely more varied than previous Colossus records and it explores more subdued, quieter passages. Such moments of calm are not the only varied thing about the new record, Hey Colossus also explore the swooping filmic sounds akin to many a film score, think along the lines of Taxi Driver and Spaghetti Westerns. Some Krautrock-esque mantras also come into the fold, combined with a Nurse With Wound / DNA influence. Alongside this, ‘The Drang’ keeps up the one riff, one tune – like Sabbath done through NEU! That HC are heavily influenced by. There is a choice Berlusconi baiting Can inspired clangathon, ‘I Am Bunga Bunga’, with a rant that is buried but audible. The result of all of these amalgamating sounds is a Hey Colossus album unlike any other, out with the old and in with the new. RRR is the perfect soundtrack for the spring and summer months, assuming you like the idea of the Butthole Surfers manning the BBQ, Faust cleaning out the pool, and GG Allin manning the bar.”
  10. Pikacyu*Makoto – Loid Mlinikata – OM Sweet Home : We Are Shining Stars from the Darkside – I can’t say more than this rather revealing promo –  “An alliance between two figureheads of underground Japanese psych/pop, the musically promiscuous Kawabata Makoto (most famous for his leadership of the legendary Acid Mothers Temple), andAfrirampo’s Pikacyu. No strangers to one another, the pair have not only gigged together with their respective bands but also recorded together, when these two outfits temporarily fused in 2005 to become Acid Mothers Afrirampo (releasing an album of the same name). Now they have distilled their collaboration, all other players being stripped away to leave the core of Pikacyu’s manic drums and vocals, and Makoto’s schizoid guitar conjurings. OM Sweet Home: We Are Shining Stars From Darkside is unlike anything either culprit has produced before, both structured and freeform, tuneless and beautiful. Pikacyu’s drums pummel, jitter, crash and stumble, but steadfastly refuse to groove. She layers her voice several times, competing with maniacally pitch-shifted versions of herself to bring you what is, in their words, “a story about the cosmic shaman Pikacyu vs the master of the darkness Makoto… including the full love from the universe!!”. Makoto attacks his guitar, cloaking himself in reverb to produce a wall-of-sound, alternating between melody and noise.”
  11. Tangerine Dream –  Circulation of Events – Atem : from one of three early albums which are infinitely superior to the mid 70s stuff and beyond as heard played by Fluff Freeman on the Saturday back in the pre-punk days when the summers were hot and the music was cool.
  12. Perplexa – Tribal – Gone Beyond : as introduced by the Outlier lot to our Tony and then passed onto me. Tony and I both reckon this is going to be one of the albums of the year. Marvellous laminal stuff.
  13. The Church of Frozen Tears – Nightmares of a Damaged Brain – Primary Invocation – another Borland side project, or is it adjacent, or even parallel?  Rob Gregg with a chum (not sure who) doing interesting stuff….slight remix by me to allow radio play due to the heavy bass going on in parts.
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Salford Music Scene – 22nd March 2011

On this show you can hear……

1.       Death to the Strange – Drink and the Devil – Single – currently on tour in Germany but will be back soon and are appearing at the Helmets for Men Stage at Sounds From The Other City on May 1st and the Salford City Radio Mayfest at Islington Mill on May 21st.

2.       Mancini Fires – Ghosts – Rise EP – Formed in 2009, the North Manchester/Salford – based 4 piece have finally completed their line – up, and are now working hard recording their new material… Combining strong vocals with an acoustic guitar underpinning them, a solid, dynamic rhythm section and melodic echoing lead guitar. The sound the band have in mind is reminiscent of early Coldplay with a nod to U2. Their songwriting conveys both heartbreak and hope in equal measure, it’s clear that this is a band with a lot of potential… From the bleak desperation of Tomorrow Yesterday to the uplifting highs of I Am Not The Same, Mancini Fires put an atmospheric twist on the classic quiet – loud formula, and also an intimate sound with a hint of Damien Rice and Doves can be heard on songs such as Ghosts. Appearing at Mayfest.

3.       The Black Paths – Our North is Rising –  Ibiza & The Hangover – Little Hulton’s master of the synthesizer with tunes inspired by a trip to the Balearics.

4.       Neuron No – Digital Doom – Free Download – Also appearing at Mayfest – i’ve waxed lyrical about the new EP elsewhere on this blog – this is a track that did not quite make it onto the EP.

5.       Samir Hamim – Red Dress – Single – master balladeer and tunesmith from Salford with a lovely song.

6.       Mandrake – Last Orders – Glory Days – another track from the new album from the Manchester band that rehearses and records in Salford. Watch out for them they are great songwriters.

7.       The Fall – Last Orders – Live at the Witch Trial Expanded Edition – one of the earliest recorded pieces of work by longest surviving band in known history with any merit – featuring the second great line up of Smith, Bramah, Baines, Friel and Burns. Live at the famed Electric Circus in 1976.

8.       Jealous – Between the Streets and the Stars – Single – Swinton’s own with their new single.

9.       Kin – Flies – Flickering – another track from the best album so far this year – recorded at the remarkably groovy 6dB studios.

10.   The Black Paths – In the Zoo – Ibiza & The Hangover – more synth fettling from the western suburbs!

11.   Joy Division – Warsaw – An Ideal for Living – just after the switch from Warsaw to Joy Division and the band showing early punk leanings. 1976 when the summer was hot and the world was changing.

12.   Easterhouse – Get Back To Russia – Contenders – another blast from the past, a band which should have had much more success than it did.

13.   Mancini Fires – Paint White – Rise EP – as above

14.   Warm Widow – In A Blackout – Widower – amazing band with an amazing EP – check it out….

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