Music Diary and Salford Music Scene Radio Show – 3rd January 2012

Diary Day 3 and the first radio show of 2012.

Nothing much to report in terms of new music other than I spotted a various artists compilation called “The Great Australian Song Book” which perversely excludes The Go-Betweens, Dave Graney and The Triffids amongst others. Also got the new single in from The Silver Seas who appear to be able to write good, albeit derivative pop tunes (they used to be The Bees and had a lot of success last year which passed me by to some extent).

Also details of the new John Herring album and first gig of 2012 have emerged via the interweb viz (note the usual geographical attempt to annexe Salford into the place next door, it’s bad enough with the boundary commission doing daft stuff, we don’t need copywriters doing it as well)….

Singer-Songwriter John Herring is set to release the follow up album to, ‘Tales From a Northern City’ called ‘It Starts Again’ in 2012.

John has returned to Blueprint Studios (home of Elbow) to record the new material and is again working with engineer and co-producer, Gary Vaughan-Hadfield .

The new single, ‘It Starts Again’ is an interesting mix of soulful and driving song according to Herring. ‘It shows off my style of songwriting, and the talented line-up I am working with. Unlike the last album I now have a steady band of excellent musicians, so there is a real cohesiveness to the album.’

In addition to the four piece the album again sees Herring scoring strings, trumpets and choirs, and indeed a live choir features briefly on the new single – recorded at their last gig at Sacred Trinity Church in Salford. John’s first gig in his hometown (err no he is from Salford)  in 2012 at The Deaf Institute will be a gig to remember – with support from the excellent Phil Davies and the ninjasmokebombs.

No changes to the format of this show for 2012 – I’ll be featuring new, independent and unsigned music from Salford, Greater Manchester and the North-West, and featuring a track from the mighty Fall to conclude…..

So to kick off:

  • Handsome Shaun & The Swingers  – Break Out The Dansette – otherwise Shaun Maxwell of Taser Puppets with a little thing he knocked together at home. Caught the Puppet
  • Always Awake – Sparks – from the EP of the same name – which was released digitally on December12th – I will leave the words to my colleague Rebecca Marshall who says ““Always Awake are a perfect example of the fresh sounding talent Manchester has to offer today. A talented band and bunch of young singer songwriters with a really amazing sound which proves talent is not always found on a TV show.”
  • Kit B – Death of Clown – another tune from the remarkable work of Mr Danny Cusick. Still aiming to put a band together.
  • Kin – Awkward House – another of the new ones from the remarkable Kin.
  • Long Hat Pins – The Sound of Summer  In The Rain – another one from Tim, who will be a regular feature of the show in the next few weeks.
  • The Inflictors – Spits Fire – not seen this lot in a while, we keep missing each other, I aim to remedy that in 2012. Further evidence they still have their Mojo’s intact.
  • Younger Dryes – Implore – Stockport based band I have been featuring of late.
  • English Mutts – Ramdom Axe of Violence – woof! Ran into Stan from the band at the Crescent before Christmas
  • 7 Day Weekend – Seasons Like These – The PR says “All aged 18 or below, 7 Day Weekend are a pop punk/ alternative band from Warrington England. With catchy guitar riffs, and strong emotionally driven lyrics. Theyʼve drawn comparisons to You Me At Six and Young Guns (can’t say I have heard of either of those).
  • Kin – Make Way For The )Sad) Emperor  – another marvellous track from a real talent
  • Stupid Little Cars – Chico – before Taser Puppets Shaun Maxwell ran this rocking beat combo.
  • Younger Dryes – And We’re Still Here – another track from this great band
  • The Fall – Guest Informant – a marvelous example of riff-tastic magic from The Frenz Experiment – an album produced when the group were at the height of their chart success.

Anyway you can listen to it here….

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Salford Music Scene – 20th December 2011 – Best of the Year Part One

Part One of two weeks worth of what I consider to be some of the best music to come out of Salford and Greater Manchester in the last year. So many good bands and singers had to be left out to fit everything in. Also new bands get an airing, a new track from Kin, and an exclusive radio mix of a track from the forthcoming AAAK with a special guest on vocals! But we start with some festive cheer from The Fall from 1978……

  • The Fall – No Xmas for John Key – from the first Peel Session, a seasonal ditty from the gruppe…..
  • Pacific – See What I See – from Northwich – out now on I-Tunes
  • Younger Dryes – All The Questions – from Stockport – more of these in the new year
  • Kin – Nervous Grins – new demos from the rather talented chanteuse
  • AAAK – Into Stranger Times – an exclusive track from Ding and Paul for me for Crimb0 – features Kin and Howard from the Kin Band….
  • Glassheads – Double Hard Bastard – from Wigan
  • The Loaded Dice – Maniac – From Manchester via Wales – great album this year
  • The Calimocho Club– Baby’s  Got A Switchblade – from Whoa Whoa Hey Hey
  • Rawcuss – John Travolta – one of the many singles this year
  • Doctrines – Anglophobia – another great release this year
  • Suzuki Method – Be Cruel Be Kind – the future is Suzuki Shaped
  • Zap Zap Zap– Brick Windows – great tune
  • Bare in the Woods – Bare Faced Liar – another one of those great tunes
  • Sandells – Alien Intelligence – the psychedelic warlords

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Salford Music Scene – 13th December 2011

Due to other commitments I have not got the time to write copious notes on this weeks offering – however links to the bands are provided where available:

  • Factory Star – Away Dull Care – catch them for the last time this year at Gullivers on Oldham Street, Manchester this Thursday – supported by
  • Rapid Pig – Aristonean – who have Tim Lyons of Sandells on bass for the aforementioned gig. I’m not sure this is the correct title for this tune but it’s close
  • Inspiral Carpets – You’re Too Good For Me – new single and original singer back
  • Orange Room – Noise and Confusion – from Liverpool
  • Long Hat Pins – Tlcking Box – from Salford and more to come from this excellent solo artist who has sent me an album full of tunes
  • The Ninth Watch – The Optimist – the second tune from this Manchester band
  • Whipcord – Thistledown – from the new album, which is great
  • Bob Dean – Forest of Fear – a Manchester based rock band who have just released a debut album “Volcanic Music” on iTunes and are looking to promote it across the UK. Its taken us just over 2 years to complete and they say they are extremely proud to now show the world their music. The sound of the album is best described in the title. We are based in Manchester but are an international mix of 2 Icelandic’s, 2 guys from the UK and a Californian
  • Danny Short – A Question – from the new album which is excellent.
  • Younger Dryes – Dynamo –  based in Stockport and are currently working on new material. Will be playing more of them as they are very impressive….
  • Orange Room – Coffee and Tea
  • Bob Dean – Hide from the Pain
  • Long Hat Pins – Ayramba
  • The Fall – Blindness – from the last Peel Session

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