Aural Delights Radio Show – 4th July 2012

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1 Kit B Beat Those Drums (On A Saturday Night) Salford City Radio Free Download
2 Dave Graney and the MistLY Midnight Cats You’ve Been In My Mind
3 The June Brides A January Moon Moon/Cloud
4 From Ashes Rise Rejoice The End Single
5 High on Fire Blood from Zion The Art of Self Defense
6 Opposite Sex Listen Opposite Sex
7 Moff Skellington Blue Arthritis Thorny Conduits
8 The Wind-Up Dolls Ready to Burn Death By Misadventure
9 Van Der Graaf Generator Extractus Alt
10 Van Der Graaf Generator Tuesday, The Riff Alt
11 Yes Perpetual Change The Yes Album
12 Ded Rabbit Navajo Ice Cream EP
13 General Fiasco Bad Habits Single
14 The Happy Fallen Fire Baby (Disco Remix) Demo
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Music Diary #33 – 8th February 2012 & Aural Delights Radio Show

Mostly listening to new albums over the last few days…..

  1. Lot of noise being made in some quarters about the  Django Django album – was not that impressed, reminded me of dodgy West Coast stuff from the 1960s.
  2. The “Suburban Sunshine” album by Et Tu Brucé is interesting. It is released on 27th February. The quirky, quaint Englishness of it is quite appealing – although I am not completely sold on it as yet. Probably will require several listens to understand what it is all about.
  3. The Valery Trails purports to be akin to The Go-Betweens – not quite, but their album”Ghosts and Gravity” is good enough to stand on its own without reference to other stuff.

On this weeks Aural Delights you will find the following – and you can hear it here :

1 Grand Duchy Silver Boys Exclusive Remix
2 Lydia Loveless Bad Way to Go Indestructible Machine
3 Rebellious Jukebox Crash Single
4 Rocketeer Cupid Single
5 Mark Laneghan The Gravediggers Song Blues Funeral
6 Fairport Convention Crazy Man Michael Liege and Lief
7 Thee Silver Mt Zion What We Loved Was Not Enough 2 The West Will Rise Again
8 Kieland Ridge Sundays Demo
9 The Hello Strangers Oh Hell Drown Introducing Max Schmidt
10 Yes I’ve Seen All Good People The Yes Album
11 Kieland Ridge Let Me Down Demo
12 Moff Skellington Proper Sunday Weather Pukes of  A Hot Cloister
13 The Bats Free All Monsters Free All Monsters

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.

You can listen to the show by following the link below….

aural delights….show one

Broadcast : 1st September 2010

After wearing myself out somewhat with the “high pressure – lots of guests” show “Reformation” I decided to have a break from a radio show that was non-jazz, newer music. However after a lot of comments from friends about the abrupt ending of the old show, I reconsidered and  I asked the station if I could slip into a new later night slot where the emphasis would be more on music with less chat and no session guests – working on the assumption I could put together a show like that with less effort and stress. Fortunately a slot came available at 11pm on Wednesday so a new show called “Aural Delights” emerged. The emphasis, to kick off with, will be catching up on new releases or things I have come across via my nocturnal scouring of the ‘net. Eventually I will want to focus on unsigned bands from the Salford and Greater Manchester area, and this will tie in with a feature Tony Thornborough (Mondays at 9pm) and I will be doing on the station’s website.

So to kick the balance is towards a variety of material from across what might loosely be called the “rock” spectrum. I came across the first band “Meanwhile, Back in Communist Russia” on a progressive rock blog. They are best described as post-rock, they played between 1999-2004 before splitting into several directions. Their album “My Elixir, My Poison” takes the post-rock mores into a different area with Emily Gray’s monologues which make for interesting listening. The track played is “Chinese Lantern”.

Australian band “All India Radio” follow with “Four Three” from the 2006 album “Echo Other” – the music of the group described elsewhere as a mix of Portishead, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, Massive Attack and Cinematic Orchestra. Frankly those comparisons are a tad weak and the band has a great  fresh feel of its own. I was taken with the arrangement of the songs and the atmospheric quality of the production.

“Johnny Dowd” is a not so guilty pleasure. Not necessarily a big Country and Western fan it’s of interest to me to find an artist who can de-construct the medium and make it a little more edgy and less glossy/glitzy than is the norm. There is a sense of the gothic with a rich undercurrent of black humour in his work as typified by “Rose Tattoo” from “The Pawnbrokers Wife” album. I’ve whittered on about the new “Dave Graney” album on these pages in a separate blog so I won’t over-egg the mix – suffice to say he is one of our greatest songwriters and the arrangements on the album “Supermodified” are stunning especially “All our friends were stars”.

In the same ilk as Johnny Dowd, “Those Poor Bastards” are “gothic” country and western and definately not for the faint hearted – with “My Last Dollar” from the aptly entitled “Songs of Desperation”. Californian band “The Plimsouls” have been around since 1978 and after a split in the mid 80s have re-united sporadically since then. The track “Shaky City” is from this years “Live, Beg, Borrow and Steal!” album which is a recording of a gig in 1981.

A touch of jamming psychedelia up next with “Major Stars” and “No Higher Meaning” from “Distant Effect”  who go at it full tilt in retro rock fashion calling to mind late 60s Cream and Hendrix albums … which reminds me I must track down their new album. After that a bit of a career shift from the “I’m having a gap year” work of “Ryan Adams” with the metal influenced “Disappyramid” from the “Orion” album, which is definate move. away from his most recent work with The Cardinals.

After all that loud rock music a bit of progressive ambient music with Boston-based indie electronic artist “Helios” (who is Keith Kenniff) and the track “The Toy Garden” from the “Eingya” album demonstrates his mastery of the post-rock world. Continuing in a similar vein “Hammock”, who effortlessly mix beats with guitar drones to create a lush sound – the track played is “Kenotic” which is also the title of the 2005 album from which it came; and then “God Is An Astronaut” who make a strong claim to being the best Irish indie export of the 2000s (maybe neck and neck with “And So I Watch You From Afar” , thanks to epic melodic of post-rock and a smidgen of Kraut and Space rock. To conclude the prog section of the show a dip in the archives to one of the earlier “Yes”  albums and “Sweet Dreams” from “Time and A Word” with the signature Hammond Sound from Tony Kaye and the pre-Howe stylings of Peter Banks.

The show concludes with a couple of local bands “Suzuki/Method” with “Purple Aki” from their forthcoming EP on Factory Foundation (the band is appearing on Shell Zenner’s show at 9pm Thursday 2nd September on Salford City Radio) and Irlam’s finest “The Black Knights” from with “Vampire Rave” from the great album “Sickle Sell Saturday Night”.

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