Salford Music Scene 11th September 2012 – Salford Music Festival Preview #3

As with the last two weeks I am previewing some of the 200 acts that are playing Salford Music Festival this year between 20th-23rd September.

Listen to a stream of the show here

1 Dysphonia Distances Who Ate All The Pigeons The Crescent – 22/09/12 – 9pm
2 Kill Pretty Rob A Bank Single The Crescent – 22/09/12 – 10pm
3 The Ascension Precipice Blood Upon The Rose The Crescent – 21/09/12 – 7:30pm
4 Lipstick Traces Cirque De La Mort Demo The Ship – 23/09/12 – 7pm
5 Emma Black Lies Swimming in the Moon The Lowry – 22/09/12 – 6:45pm
6 Fishing for Compliments Murky Water Demo The Drop Inn – 22/09/12 – 7pm
7 The Jar Family In For A Penny The Jar Family The Winston – 22/09/12 – ?
8 Kraul Up In This Piece dB The Ship – 23/09/12 – 5pm
9 My Lyrical Mind Drop Me A  Line Demo Deli Lama – 21/09/12 – 10pm
10 Shauna Mackin Holy Ghost Salford Noise Compilation/Little Blue Ashley Brook – 22/09/12 – 8pm/The Star Inn – 22/09/12 – 10:30pm
11 The Disappeared Eight Miles Down Demo The Hope – 21/09/12 – 8pm
12 The Uncanny Valley Pandemonium Demo The Crescent – 21/09/12 – 10pm
13 Uncle Paul Song About Ducks Demo The Blue Bell – 22/09/12 – 8pm
14 The Fall Cosmos 7 Lap Top Dog Single 20th – Lowry 22nd – Lower Kersal Social Clubs 23rd – Lowry
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Aural Delights Radio Show – 14th December 2011 – Albums of the Year Part #2

Part the second of a rapid scurry through the best releases of the year as nominated by some Salford City Radio DJs and a select band of followers of The Fall

Deerhoof – Secret Mobilization – vs Evil (January) – the slow drip release technique was either a clever marketing ploy or the sign of a band that knows it’s audience. In any event their best yet in that it retains the quirky nature of the bands work to date whilst adopting a more accessible approach. The selected track merges a funk approach with astringent rock in a sort of 1970s aesthetic.

Gnod – Visions of Load – Chaudelande Volume One (November) – the second album this year from our local space rock monsters. They started their last European tour by spending a couple of days in the Studio Chaudelande, a small house in the Normandy countryside. The sessions will be as a two volumes LP series on Tamed Records, of which this is the first. I sense a slight change in direction here but the core Gnod manifesto still persists. Unfortunately due to the need to fit a lot into the show only half of this track could be played.

Dum Dum Girls – Bedroom Eyes – Only In Dreams (September) Does the Raveonettes production wreck the original lo-fi wonderment of the Dum Dum Girls?  Well you can hear Dee Dee’s voice a lot more clearly and the production is clearly more “professional” as it were. Adding a proper band for this album tends to shift the emphasis away from her as musician and develop her more as vocalist/lyricist. The original charm of the band may have been lost but this is a fine album, and the selected tracks is a fine piece of American pop.

Girls – Alex – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (September) – some grumpiness about this in the reviews – too polished and not as adventurous was one comment. Disagree completely – this is original brain flipping stuff – almost subversive in it’s adoption of pop mores into the area of psych and prog. Owens and White write well and put some effort and thought into the music.

Feist – Caught A Long Wind – Metals (October) I’m not completely sold on this nu-folk stuff (especially the UK end of things) but Leslie Feist is able to take the core elements of this genre and develop it into something a little more compelling. There is a gentle feel to this album which provides a nice counterpoint to a lot of the stuff I listen to. There are times where is gets a tad chocolate box cover in parts but generally more agreeable.

Thurston Moore – Illuminine – Demolished Thoughts (May) In which Thurston works with Beck to go in a Nick Drake direction – well to my ears anyway in the string arrangements if nothing else. Some said it was similar to Murray Street, which as far as I am concerned is damn fine, as that’s one of Sonic Youth’s best albums. With the dissolution of his marrage to Kim, and the future of the Youth uncertain one wonders where he will go next.

Tom Waits – Get Lost – Bad As Me (October) a common theme of the albums in this exercise is artists coming back to form after a long lay off – this time seven years. Tom is back to his gnarly, bluesy, jazzy best on this album.  An enjoyable set of songs proving he still has it in him to deliver cutting edge music.

The Jar Family – Debt – The Jar Family (November) a collective of five singer-songwriters from Hartlepool – this is their debut and rather impressive it is too. There is a variety of excellent writing and styles on this album. I would guess world domination is not far away for these as they certainly have the  tunes.

Efrim Manuel Menuck – I am no longer a motherless child – Plays High Gospel (May) debut album from the chap behind Godspeed!You Black Emperor and A Silver Mount Zion. Some serious guitar distress on this album with walls of heavily processed sound allied to Efrim’s trademark keening vocalisations (my good lady leaves the home when I play ASMZ tracks she thinks he is in pain). Some nods back to early Eno material with Frippisms appearing in places.

Mike Patton – Calculus of Finite Differences – The Solitude of Prime Numbers (November) Patton’s third film soundtrack to date and his most accessible. Simply put its sounds nothing like he has done before, in his many incarnations in the business.  If you like his more extreme work be in for a shock, this is formally constructed, ambient in parts, and definitely highly listenable.

Perplexa – Tribal – Gone Beyond (January) – Detroit’s space-rockers moving into entirely new territory with a bold world music sound.  There are links to Spaceman 3 here with Caruthers on bass and some stunning cello work from Phil Myers. Marvellous!

Peaking Lights – Hey Sparrow – 936 (February) fascinating stuff – drifting, dub, space-rock psyche from Wisconsin. Drum machine, basic keyboards,  guitar, and   bass grooves make for gorgeous low-fi pop. Vashtu Bunyan guests on this selection.

This City of Takers – This City is a Pipe Bomb – The Felt (November)  Indie-Rock band from St. Louis playing Post-Punk music not dissimilar to Sonic Youth, Cursive, and Spoon.  Self released album on Bandcamp which is free also…..mightily impressive sound.

Psychic Ills – Midnight Moon – Hazed Dream (October) and to close a beautiful piece of dreamy psychedelia…….

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Aural Delights Radio Show – 23rd November 2011

On this show – too busy for links this week – just search for them on Facebook or Google…….

  • Andre Williams and the Goldstars – Nightclub
  • Can – Mushroom
  • Whipcord – Dread Stop Bop
  • Gnod – Tron
  • The Granite Shore – When Sleep Won’t Come
  • The Jar Family – In for a penny
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Gun and the E-Kid – Shoot!
  • Pete and the Pirates – Ill  Love – Little Death
  • West Coast Sick Line – No Wife No Kids
  • Otalgia – Demi Stars
  • Crystal Stilts – Still As The Night
  • This City of Takers – This City Is A Pipe Bomb
  • Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want for Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit
  • Half Man Half Biscuit – The Trumpton Riots

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Aural Delights Radio Show – 6th April 2011

  1. Factory Star – Angel Steps – Enter Castle Perilous – as reviewed elsewhere on this blog – an absolutely stunning album from Martin Bramah and his band of strolling minstrels. This is the opening track from the release – just listen to the poetry in the lyrics.
  2. Miacca – I’ve Got A Boyfriend Now – Demo – amazing stuff from Swansea’s high tempo ska specialists.
  3. The Jar Family – In for a penny – Livingston Session EP – another track from this fine EP from a North East collective now living down south Cambridge way.
  4. Bikini Test Failure – Sarah Tonin – Fleecing the Easily Pleased – another glorious track from James’ second album.
  5. My Pet Monster – Soundtrack – Demo – for some reason I am getting a lot of demos from South Wales – here is another band from the Cardiff area
  6. Vessels – Monoform – Helioscope – post rock chaps from Leeds ….. this is from the new album which was recorded in Dallas (that would be Texas)
  7. Moff Skellington – Following The Dead Men Home – Embers From The Rapid Eye – glorious new music from the as yet unreleased new album, which is brimming with marvellous new music, from Otley’s eccentric and amazing troubadour.
  8. Dubside – Child Don’t You Cry – Demo – a little bit of dub reggae from Manchester.
  9. Crystal Stilts – Sycamore Tree – In Love With The Oblivion – a phenomenal new album from New Yorks finest exponents of minimalist psychedelia – every track is a classic and none more so than the opener.
  10. The Suns – Surf’s Up Nightmare – EP – Chester’s finest proponents of garage, and surf. They play Sounds from the Other City on May 1st at the Crescent (with a C).
  11. Six Organs of Admittance – Brilliant Blue Sea Between Us – Asleep On The Floodplain – another album from the very productive Ben Chasny – around about number 16 (or possibly more) in the series of releases.
  12. Factory Star – Stone Tumbling Stream – Enter Castle Perilous – and they also play the Sounds from the other city gig on May 1st.
  13. Yes – Roundabout – Fragile – a guilty pleasure, I remember being gob-smacked by how different this was from the Yes Album when it came out.

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Aural Delights – 23rd March 2011

On tonights show lots of new things to listen to ……

1. For Abel – Yorkshire – Greater Inventions – one of the excellent new Glasgow bands on the Flowers in the Dustbin lable….. more info here

2. Miacca – Anger – Demo – immense Ska band from Swansea – more of these in future weeks! Breathtakingly good ….. more info here

3. Earth – Old Black – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Lights : 1 – from the new album, they play Islington Mill on April 2nd, the masters and progenitors of  drone doom, they seem to have done a bit country and a bit jazz of late…….more info here

4. The Narrows – Noir – Through Constant Decay – from their excellent new EP “Through Constant Decay” available to download at http://www.thenarrows.bandcamp.com…they are on at the Castle in Manchester on Thursday.

5. Taost – Take Me Home –Single – great band from New York defined quite well by themselves as – Taost – 1. n. Good time psychedelic rock with punk sensibilities. 2. a state of personal music zen. example: By the time the 3rd song started, I was totally taost……more info here ….. also Marky Ramone guest drums on this track!

6. Jackson’s Warehouse – Ska Face – Getting Away With It – Jacksons Warehouse formed in 2004. Having worked hard to get a record deal they released ‘Hotel by the Sea’ with SX Records. The single, and its b-sides, received great reviews and an unexpected amount of radio play on XFM, Radio 6 and receiving ‘Track of the week’ status on many student radio’s culminating in a successful tour of Scotland and the North of England as well expanding an ever growing fan base around Essex and London……more stuff here

7. Your Last Drive – Decoys – Simple Solutions Made Complex – Apologies – a lot of factual errors on this show – I say they are from Wigan when they are from Lancaster…….they say of themselves “Your Last Drive and we consist of Luke, Callum, Paul, Joey and the new addition Nathan. We’re based in Lancaster, Lancashire. We have been active for roughly 6 months and are quickly progressing and spreading from our home town, with fans in many areas of the country and a few outside of it. It’s definitely safe to say that our music is from the heart. We don’t make what people want to hear, we make what we like as music, in our opinion, should be. We take a lot of influence from both Hardcore/Post-Hardcore bands such as Alexisonfire, We Are The Ocean and Yashin as well as bands from the original emo scene like Halifax and Hawthorne Heights. We are an extremely hard working band and are always pushing ourselves to breaking point in terms of blowing away the crowd at live performances and securing new opportunities for ourselves as a band. At the rate we are progressing you should look out for us hitting a music scene near you very soon, we have a lot of exciting opportunities in the pipeline and can’t wait to get out there this year!” You can get the EP here for nowt.

8. The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Nature Boy – Psalms, Hymns,and Spiritual Songs – comprehensive website here

9. Glyn Bailey & The Many Splendored Things – The Old Illawallah – The Disturbance – this came into me at the station and I was impressed by the sound – more details here

10. The Jar Family – The Poolie Strut – The Livingston Session – collective of singer songwriters from the North East who have decamped down south – many apologies again …. for calling them the Jar Band on the show – it’s my age you see, I tend to forget things easily and get them muddled up….more info here … and you can get this song as a free download here….The new EP, ‘The Livingston Session’ was recorded in the summer of 2010 and is now available to download via the music section on the site….and very good it is too..

11. The Love Load –  The Human Resourceful – The Human Resourceful – “Dischord veteran, ALKEM creator, and drummer extraordinaire Ben Azzara picks up his sticks and hits the skins behind singer/songwriter Ted Watts, and aided by musical and technical prodigy, Blaine Misner, created the impulse debut album by The Love Load entitled The Human Resourceful. While the band and record are new, the players are neither new to the game or each other. Watts and Azzara have composed the rhythm section of D.C. based Pup Tent for most of the last five years. Both Azzara and Watts have extensive resumes.” – website here

12. The Explorers Collective – The Factory – Single – impressive new band with a great sound which reminds me of bands like Atomic Rooster – info here

13. Water Signs – Toka Toka – don’t know too much about these other than they have three great EPs on Bandcamp – info here and bandcamp here – they play Kraak gallery on April 28th…..

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