Aural Delights Radio Show – 30th March 2011

All new stuff on this show with a couple of tracks from the first release on new lable Gulf Records and some things that have been sent my way by bands and lables:

1. Mummy Short Arms – Cigarette Smuggling – Single – very excited by this band out of Glasgow. They are  James Allan (voc), Stu Brown (gtr), Fraser Gillies (gtr), Cammy Findlay (bass), Craig Brown (rhythm gtr/percussion), Dean McClure (synth), Gary Pinkerton (drums)  http://www.myspace.com/mummyshortarms.
The single is released on 30th May on  http://www.flowersinthedustbin.org
2. Van Der Graaf Generator – Bunsho – A Grounding in Numbers – from the amazing new album which has just been released. Peter Hammill advises they were aiming to deliver one of the great concept albums in the style of “A Wizard/A True Star” – it’s an amazing piece of work and you can get more info here
3. From the Kites of San Quentin – Chet Beaverbrooke – Split 12″ with Borland – to celebrate the launch of the new Gulf lable I am playing both lead track from  the split 12inch…..the launch party is at Centro on Tib Street in Manchester this Friday – details on Facebook. There will be a remix CD available with the ltd. edition screenprinted vinyl from April 4th, and also digitally from http://gulfrecords.tumblr.com/. The latter of which I am quite excited about for reasons I will not go into. FTKOSQ have always demonstrated a great feel for soulful moody chilled out electronica and this track is no exception – an excellent way to launch the new lable.
4. Periscope – Afterlife – Unreleased direct from Artist – Martin Swinney continues to produce excellent music and this latest piece of work raises the bar even further – hopefully the long awaited album will emerge soon.
5. Miacca – The Cat – Unreleased direct from Artist -another track from this amazing band from Swansea – really great songs and a fantastic voice as well.
6. Half Man Half Biscuit – All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit – Back Again In the DHSS – pure poetry from the Wirral Peninsula
7. Borland – Clockmen – Split 12″ with From the Kites of San Quentin – the other part of the Gulf release with the cheeky Borland chappies in their element with an absolute classic. I played an earlier iteration of this tune on the show some time back and they have fettled it in their inimitable way since then. As usual with Rob and Ian it builds into a mammoth piece of noise from small beginnings. There is a hell of a lot to listen to here so its worth concentrating on the laminal nature of structure.
8. The Love Load – Candy Dish – The Human Resourceful – as played last week – an excellent band from the other side of the Atlantic.
9. Boris – Jackson Head – New Album – the jury is still out on this album which oscillates madly between J-Rock and Techno – not what I was expecting. This is a more traditional Boris tune.
10. Letters to Fiesta – Traveller – Unreleased direct from Artist – another track from this band from Mancunia – I see great things for them as they are unique and rather refreshing in a scene where indie wailing clones predominate.
11. The Suuns – Up Past the Nursery – Zeroes QC – a rather fascinating Canadian band with an altogether unique feel…..from the impressive new album.
12. Garfield Mayor – Let Love Be Your Energy – Take and Take – In 2007 Garfield Mayor finally got the break he’d been looking for… Picked up by 3 times Grammy Award winning US artist Rob Thomas he was immediately signed to Thomas’ new label RTEL Records (Sony BMG). Mayor’s debut album ‘Take and Take’ was made in between London, New York and his home in Coventry.
13. Greenfire – Constant Rewind – Time is the Enemy – Manchester band featuring ex Sicknurse bass player Jon Rowlinson.
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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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