Aural Delights Radio Show – 29th February 2012

This weeks show is pretty much a continuation of last weeks with many of the bands previously featured – however a big focus on Ektoise and related off-shot bands forms the  core of the show, plus a new artist – Ben Whitehead. There’s the usual Farley Fumble and a new feature the Gibbo Nomination – both selections made by chums for material to include in the show…….so here we go again and you can listen to it here.…..

1 Bacchanal Party We Missed Half The Night Single
2 Ben Whitehead The Hook Album
3 Departures Surrender Departures
4 Ektoise The Shoreline By Midnight Live at Beetle Bar
5 Et Tu Bruce Dress Me Up In Bruises Suburban Sunshine
6 Hero and Leander Kettle Collider EP
7 Iggy Pop Fire Engine Fire Engine
8 Moff Skellington Four Peg Wooden Unit Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
9 Subsea Anenome En La Lejania
10 The Coke Authority Strange Orange Demo
11 The Finest Hour Janey Single
12 The Walkabouts Soul Thief Travels in the Outland
13 Kick to Kill Avalance Single
14 West Coast Sick Line Vunt Demo
15 Magnetic Island Morning Feedback Magnetic Island
16 Magnetic Island Whatever You Wanted Magnetic Island
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Music Diary #37 – Aural Delights Radio Show – 15th February 2012

And here we are again with another Wednesday of music…..in through the ethergate in the last 24 hours music from

  • Manna – sort of a sultry version of PJ Harvey, on one of the tracks she sings with Mark Laneghan – interesting stuff and bears repeated listening
  • Pint Shot Riot –   new single “Starting to Fly” not bad but very much of its ilk – once it gets going ’tis quite impressive in some areas.
  • Torche – single off of the new album -which is on its way to me – noisy, loud guitars etc – v.good!
  • The Imogen Styles – fascinating art pop duo with a strong image and a DIY approach to music/vids. Something quite captivating about what they do….but I doubt if I would play it….there you go
  • Paul Weller – single called “That Dangerous Age” sounding somewhat like Ray Davies in parts – alright I suppose if you like that sort of thing….
  • The Finest Hour – good stuff – new single called Janey/Feel The Same

And on this weeks show a variety of newer things with a prog classic of the week, Moff moment and Farley Kiwi fumble…most of the bands are on Facebook and you can look them up there……listen here….

1 Disappears Love Drug Pre Language
2 Safari Doubt Single
3 The Explorers Collective Nothing at All Single
4 Et Tu Bruce This City Suburban Sunshine
5 Future Pilots Take It All Future Pilots EP
6 This Wicked Tongue Ray Mears vs Bear Grylls EP
7 The Coke Authority Malice Demo
8 Van Der Graaf Generator The Emperor in His War Room H to He Who Am The Only One
9 Safari Are We Ready Single
10 Comet Sands This Too Shall Pass Recordings and Live Demos
11 This Harbour Union Little Mountain Town This Harbour Union
12 Moff Skellington Life on the orb of Pangaea Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
13 The Statler Project Your Opinion My Opinion Your Opinion My Opinion

Music Diary #30 – 1st February & Aural Delights Radio Show

After the recent biblical amount of e-mails of late things have been relatively quiet today……so what have we got?

  • Recommendation of the day is the new Thee Silver Mt Zion release which hangs precariously between an EP and an album. It is called “The West Will Rise Again” (notebooks out Fall fans!!) and has all the usual TSMZ tropes i.e. Menucks angst ridden vocals, layers and layers of guitars and strings, and airy choral stuff in the background – very good indeed
  • The new Noel Gallagher single arrived – ho-hum…….
  • Lydia Loveless is an interesting americana punky country artiste with a good vocal style who nestles comfortably between Springsteen and Earle and has the right sort of attitude. Her “Indestructible Machine” album is worth a punt.
  • Alice Niamh has a new single out and it’s suitably non-Florence enough to get my interest. She is from Torquay, a place I visited many years ago.
  • Mightily impressed by a couple of older releases from Squadra Omega which have come my way. They mix kraut-rock, psyche and out-there jazz in a heady brew of mantra-rock which catches the old ossicles quite by surprise – there’s a touch of early Floyd/A Duul about them.
  • Tony T sent a couple of Leeds bands my way – Hookworks and Nope – both very good indeed, check them out on Bandcamp…….

And so to tonight’s radio offering…..listen in here…..

1 50 Foot Wave Radiant Addict With Love From The Men’s Room
2 The Sexual Objects Merrie England Cucumber
3 The King Blues Does Anyone Care About Us Single
4 The Coke Authority Act a Fool Demo
5 Disappears Fear of Darkness Pre Language
6 Moff Skellington The Perm Doctors Wife Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
7 The Hello Strangers Conococheague Introducing Max Schmidt
8 Hero and Leander One Mississippi Two Collider EP
9 The Go-Betweens Head Full of Steam Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express
10 The Umbilical Chords One Cool Panther Demo CD
11 The Sexual Objects Queen City of the 4th Dimension Cucumber
12 Moff Skellington Twixt the Leg Whispers Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
13 Crippled Black Phoenix Get Down And Live With It (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
14 The Tall Dwarfs Lowlands Let Them Eat Pavlova

Music Diary #11 – 11th January 2012 – Aural Delights Radio Show

A relatively quiet day on the new things in box so I will concentrate on this day’s show….which is notable for the large proportion of new things being played.

I would single out the new Disappears album (Pre-Language)  as something to look forward to – now with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums this new release has moved on considerably from last years “Guider”. Also pleased to see at last the album from Limbs (Olympics) which further demonstrates Mike Chadwick’s exceptional compositional skill – for fans of quirkly English music this is one to check out. The second part of Earths two-fer “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light” moves into a far more improvisational area – this is considered music, painfully slow at times, but rich with ideas and sentiment. With the exception of the closing Farley Kiwi Fumble and a classic from The Walkabouts the bulk of the rest is new and unsigned work from around the country. You can find all of these people on Facebook easily.

The playlist is…..and you can hear it here

1 The Cosmonauts The Howl EP
2 Limbs The Worms Want Blood Olympics
3 Streaming Lights Wait A Minute Single
4 Comet Sands The Beautiful and Damned Recordings and Live Demos
5 Curry Quiche Love Went With All The Rest Demo
6 Earth The Corascene Dog Angels of Darkness Demons of Light II
7 Disappears All Gone White Pre Language
8 Invoke Nothings Changed Single
9 Toska Wilde and Luis Drayton Forbidden Fruit EP
10 The Walkabouts Lazarus Heart Ended Up A Stranger
11 After The Ordeal We Divide Single
12 The Coke Authority Great Expectations Demo
13 Magnetic Island Acadia Magnetic Island
14 The Sunshine Fix Last Night I Had A Dream The Future History of the Sunshine Fix

Music Diary – 1st January 2012

New Years Resolution – as the New Year starts – keep a daily diary of new music received so as to have some sort of record – not a bad idea given my memory…..so to kick of…and from the last week or so ….

  • Five new demo tracks from Kill Pretty – which will form part of a twelve track album coming out in January – all rather marvellous. Recorded in Stockport. Some classic Ian Moss lyrics and great playing from the Duttons and Mr Leigh. The band to watch in 2012 I prophesy somewhat giddily.
  • Got some new demos from The Coke Authority just before Christmas which are all rather good – and include a new version of the rather excellent Act A Fool. Another band to keep an eye out for.
  • Three tracks from various members of Day For Airtrikes (all getting a bit Animal Collective this lads!!) viz Little Idiot, Mi Amo Simmy (as featured earlier in 2011) and Claw The Thin Ice (aka Ian Breen) – all great especially the Breen track. Perversely, released on the edge of Xmas, meaning calling it an Xmas release was a little odd, the music transcends any seasonal association. Catch the seperate Little Idiot release on Bandcamp,  an interesting ambient work-out, plus the EPs etc from the other two – all good stuff. Fascinating how the various elements of DFA sound totally different from the combined sound.
  • New music from Toska Wilde received – now working with Luis Drayton. Three tunes which mix sci-fi melodrama, oriental melodies and electro-pop. The menacing blend of Drayton’s deeper voice and Wilde’s lighter tones with the ambient sounds are interesting indeed.
  • New album received from Lisa of Magnetic Island – rather fine – will definitely get some serious airplay – able to mix dream pop with a harder New York sound with ease.
  • Very impressed by Comet Sands who gave me a link to the their Bandcamp stuff – definately a band to watch out for in 2012. Their tune Andromeda has an immediacy and quirky likeability that demands hearing.
  • The interestingly named Curry Quiche sent me some tunes……..they have an acceptably listenable blend of 60s garage sensibility and psychedelic weirdness that sets them apart from the rest.
  • And at a local level the new single from John Herring has arrived (starts in the usual JH reflective fashion and then builds into a memorable piece of motorik melodicism) , also  have new tunes from Turrentine Jones and Hunting Bears. All great!
  • Marcus Miller has “revisited” Miles Davis first Warners album “Tutu” – two CDs of live stuff wherein the original vignettes are extended to overlong funky jams – also includes music not on Tutu – e.g. Jean Pierre (wherein we get three or four minutes of slap bass before the theme kicks in) – quite impressed with the ambient reworkings of some of the source material – nice loose feel – and Christian Scott does a passable Miles impression, but generally I guess I wish it was one CD shorter and he had got a producer in who knows when less is more. Can’t fault the production which is as sharp as you can get.

You can hear most of these, if not all, on my shows week beginning January 4th and 9th.

Aural Delights Radio Show – 9th November 2011

On this show

  • Lydia Lunch and Big Sexy Noise – Devils Working Overtime – Trust the Witch – Lydia formed Big Sexy Noise in 2009 with James Johnston and Terry Edwards (both members of the band Gallon Drunk). This new album is a marked improvement on their debut eponymous EP.
  • Otalgia – Juniper – Is that Squirrel Relevant? – from a limited edition freebie EP given away at the Unpeeled Gig in Preston last month. Features Ted Chippington – always a good thing. Thanks to Mike for getting this to me. And if you are wondering what Otalgia is – well it’s the medical name for earache.
  • Invoke – Second Time Lucky – new single from the band from Gateshead.
  • The Ettes – Red In Tooth and Claw – Do You Want Power – a little garage rock from the new album
  • Super-Cannes – New York, London, Paris Tokyo – Idee Fixe – from Liverpool, came in through our “new and unsigned” page.
  • The Room – Fly Away – this should really have been on the Salford Music Scene show but I was doing The Fall specials. They will be the  support for Shanty Town’s farewell gig on November 12th at Moho Live.
  • The Cheek of Her – 27 – Passionate Shit – The Cheek of Her writes quirky, Alternative, Pop/Rock with generally miserable lyrics and performs live with Musician friends and foes! Official website: http://www.thecheekofher.com/
  • The Coke Authority – Malice – as played last week – a band with a lot of promise.
  • Richie Barron and the three Soul Brothers – I’ ve Got News – Freeway Lover – from the new album.
  • Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla – Inni – from the live album released this week.
  • The Room – Not Enough
  • Thee Oh Sees – Crack In Your Eye – Carrion Crawler/The Dream – the acceptable face of modern american music…….
  • Super-Cannes – When People Die In Small Rooms
  • This City of Takers – Winter Wheat – Felt – an Indie-Rock band from St. Louis playing Post-Punk music compared to such diverse artist as Sonic Youth, Cursive, and Spoon to name a few.
Listen via the link below

Aural Delights Radio Show – 2nd November 2011

The playlist for this show was

  • Matadors – Battles – all the info is here………  http://www.matadorsofficial.com/
  • Don’t Touch the Walls – Echoes – Don’t Touch the Walls are an alternative/folk/rock band from Birmingham. Their music is made up of strong rhythms, driving guitar and cutting male-female vocal harmonies. With influences coming from the worlds of folk, rock, funk and pop they are working hard at bringing their music to new listeners.
  • Periscope – Paper Flowers – Released on 21/10/2011 as a free download single with the option to donate to http://www.savethechildren.net/ for more info                   visit http://www.myspace.com/periscope2010
  • The Criminal Crew – Edgar Wallace – THE CRIMINAL CREW is a fun project by Markus Gather, Markus Reinartz and Carola Kickers. It combines elements of Swing, Rap and Hip Hop and is meant as an irreverent homage on the German Edgar Wallace movies made in the 60s. The Criminal Crew’s “Edgar Wallace – The Midnight Movie Mix” is being re-released to coincide with the release of the forthcoming UK horror film “The Zombie King”
  • The Ventures – Psychedelic Venture – a raver from the vaults
  • Matadors – Moscow
  • Moff Skellington – Thought Kidney Syndrome – from the new album “Embers from the Rapid Eye”
  • Don’t Touch The Walls – The Flood
  • Silent Thinkers – A Silent Thinker – David Affleck is the former frontman & songwriter of a UK band from North East England, called ‘This City Romance’ who performed in a major UK music festival and at ‘E4’s Secret Skins Party’ (Skins is a popular UK TV show for young adults). David then went solo, and has had his one of songs featured on the award winning Soundtrack to the feature film ‘The Dinner Party’. Affleck is now a student at London’s Tech Schools, one of the leading schools in the UK for musicians, where he met up with guitarist Matt Bloomer from the North West of England, and formed the new band ‘Silent Thinkers’. Silent Thinkers debut is a 3 track Concept demo entitled ‘The Soldier Of Romance’. Each song tells a different story about the same person & his life’s journey.
  • Perplexa – Mariposa – one of my albums of the year
  • The Coke Authority – Act A Fool – Although the band gave themselves their name, purely because they liked the sound of it, other people have been coming up with various ideas on how their name came about, one suggestion being The Coke Authority’s music is commentary on the institution of addictive behaviour in youth.
    With the band having members from Latvia, Norway and Italy, they are now beginning to attract an international following, with their popularity resulting in headline gigs at a number of top venues in London to date. Information on soon to be announced gig dates along with further details on The Coke Authority can be found on their website http://www.myspace.com/thecokeauthorityband
  • Matadors – Grace’s Trigger
  • Don’t Touch The Walls – Witches
  • Spirits of the Dead – White Lady Black Rave – a psychedelic-stoner-folk-rock band with one foot in the electric magic of the seventies and the other in the modern electric rock sound of 2012.
To listen to the show click on the link below