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Some kind of salvation..

First of all – I’ve given the blog a little makeover, this is part of a re-branding type exercise! I’ve also created a new youtube channel which you can check out videos of the gigs I’m attending HERE I’ll try and concentrate on the newer bands to give you a better taster of what to expect.. but this video is an ace starting point, the fantastic Hundred in the Hands

Secondly, there are three new radio shows up for listen again to check out the interviews, press play and off you go.. remember they are only up for a limited time..

Dum Dum Girls

Harper Simon

Chapel Club

Coming up on this weeks shows, interviews with:

NME buzz band – The Smith Westerns, Cullen joins me for a chat on this afternoons show:

The Cheek join me on Thursdays show to talk two tyre blow outs, Dot to Dot festival, Glastonbury and more..

Talking of Glastonbury I said I would post a list of the bands I checked out so here goes:

Thursday – Two Door Cinema Club, Micachu, The Cheek, Local Natives

Highlight of the day – Local Natives

Friday – Detroit Social Club, Lissie, Beth Jeans Houghton, The Courteeners, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kele, Snoop Dogg, Vampire Weekend, Florence and the Machine, Hot Chip, Gorillaz, Groove Armada, Flaming Lips

Highlight of the day – Flaming Lips

Saturday – Two Door Cinema Club, The Lightning Seeds, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Strange Boys, Beach House, The National, Foals, The xx, Pet Shop Boys, Midlake

Highlight of the day – Foals

Sunday – Avi Buffalo, The Temper Trap, Ray Davies, We are Scientists, MGMT, LCD soundsystem, Stevie Wonder

Highlight of the day – Stevie Wonder

In gig news, I caught up with The Black Keys this week to talk all things ‘Brothers’ and to see them play to a sold out crowd at Academy 1, they’ve certainly come a long way since playing the same venue two years ago under capacity.. Whether this is the extra exposure from Dan’s solo album, the Blackroc collaboration or just down to the immense quality of their new album, who knows, but after being a fan for a good 6 years they deserve it!  Brothers certainly has a soulful undertone to it, and it my view it’s their best album yet, and saying that is no mean feat as I adore Rubber Factory..

I was pleased to find The Features supporting the Black Keys at their gig, that made it twice in a week for me.. having caught them at the Roadhouse last weekend after their gig was rescheduled, yep that volcano hit me right where it hurt a couple of months back..

The Tennessee rockers, who’s latest album ‘Some kind of salvation’ was released on the Kings of Leon’s imprint, had played Hyde Park the previous week.  If you didn’t manage to hear single ‘Lions’ when it was released earlier this year, this is a sneak peek at what you have been missing out on:

The new edition of Chimp Magazine is out in the shops NOW, so go buy it.. it’s the best Manchester monthly whats on guide around..

My monthly single reviews are now available then.. please note Lee Ryan was not my idea… awful awful.

Thanks to Matt White for asking me onto his show as part of a panel of guests to review the latest singles on friday, it was great fun, and i’m now looking to strengthen my role as a basket weaver in response..

Listen again HERE from about 1 hour and 7 minutes in..

Now for a bumper edition of the new music floating my boat the last couple of weeks:

Freelance Whales




School of seven bells


Happy Birthday to ya..

..happy birthday to ya, happy birthday.. GLASTONBURY!!

Yep, 40 years old at the weekend, how time flies when you’re having fun?!.. i’ve had fun for 6 years in a row, obviously excluding the fallow year.  This year was no exception,  Stevie Wonder finishing an amazing 5 days of ‘fun in the sun’.. although it was more like ‘hide in the shade’ for the duration as the festival site scorched in temperatures approaching 30 degrees.. try sleeping in a  tent when its that hot.. NO NO!

Ray Davies also put on a great show, and he played this tune to my absolute delight!

I’ll put a list up of the bands I saw at Glastonbury in due course, but for now I’ve got some other stuff to share!

Namely two radio shows up for listen again:

1.  The eclectic CocoRosie join me for a quick chat.. I caught up with Sierra and Bianca to talk nightwear, gigs in cathedrals and games they played as kids.  The show also features new music by Exit Calm, Crystal Castles, Foals, Tokyo Police club and more..

2. The energetic african rhythms of LA band Fools Gold made for an amazing gig at the Ruby Lounge, I caught up with them to discuss the famous gold rush, the party vibe at their gigs and their new material.  Also featuring brand new music from Kele, The Dead Weather, The Gayngs, Avi Buffalo, Born Ruffians and more..

Coming up on this weeks shows interviews with…

Thursday : Chapel Club

Sunday: Harper Simon

I’m in a bit of shock I think! I only started to interview bands properly in September last year and last night I collated a list of bands that I’ve spoken to.. find it below:

19/03/09 Liam Frost (live in the studio)

02/07/09 The Longcut

0309/09 Its a Buffalo (live in the studio)

24/09/09 Jersey Budd

08/10/09 The Temper Trap

15/10/09 Slow Club

22/10/09 Local Natives

29/10/09 Little Comets

05/11/09 Flashguns

12/11/09 Beat the radar

19/11/09 A mountain of one

26/11/09 Boxer Rebellion

03/12/09 Datarock

10/12/09 Dutch Uncles

17/12/09 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

14/01/10 Elliot Minor

21/01/10 Hatcham Social

28/01/10 Memory Tapes

04/02/10 Midlake

11/02/10 Twisted Wheel

18/02/10 Lightspeed Champion

25/02/10 The Raveonettes

04/03/10 Chew Lips

04/03/10 Detroit Social Club

11/03/10 Beach House

11/03/10 Lawrence Arabia

18/03/10 Babybird

18/03/10 Run Toto Run

25/03/10 Los Campesnos!

25/03/10 Swanton Bombs

01/04/10 Fenech Soler

01/04/10 Groove Armada

08/04/10 The Soft Pack

08/04/10 Ash

15/04/10 The Travelling Band (live in the studio)

18/04/10 Teenagers in Tokyo

22/04/10 Field Music

25/04/10 Editors

13/05/10 Local Natives (x2)

16/05/10 Wild Beasts

20/05/10 Little Comets (x2)

23/05/10 El Goodo

27/05/10 Darwin Deez

30/05/10 The Bluetones

03/06/10 Blackchords (live in the studio)

06/06/10 The Crookes

10/06/10 Surfer Blood

13/06/10 The Acorn

17/06/10 The Screening

20/06/10 The Charlatans

24/06/10 Fools Gold

27/06/10 CocoRosie

Not bad for under a year eh?!

Before I go, I have to leave you with this.. the wonderful Sky Larkin, their album just landed in my in tray… woo! their new single Still Windmills is killer too..

Remember there’s more to music than hits alone.. x

epic blog not epilogue..

It’s that time again yep, I really need to update el blogo.. i’ve even got a post it note with stuff i’ve done to remind me, gees times is hard eh..

right kicking off to start off links to the last four shows.. yep if you don’t already know I have two radio shows that air a week on Salford City Radio 94.4fm or http://www.salfordcityradio.org.. 5pm on a sunday and 9pm on a thursday..

The last fortnights shows are linked below, featuring interviews with the following artists (click on the artist to link to the show):

* The Bluetones – back with a brand new album ‘A new athens’, they join me to talk about the record and more..

* Blackchords – play live in the studio, all the way from Australia..

* The Crookes – join me to talk about Russels boxer shorts and beak, animation and their calypso sound..

* Surfer Blood – Floridas other sons.. (not forgetting the drums) talk about ‘Astro Coast’ and recording in dorm rooms..

Now to get back to business, its been a hive of activity this month, i’ve got a double page spread in Chimp Magazine reviewing the latest singles.. Now out and available in most Newsagents in Greater Manchester.  Go buy it to find out which single ET does backing vocals on..

Other stuff of interest this month, I interviewed and had my ears blown off by  the epic A place to bury strangers supported by the awesome Crocodiles at the Deaf Institute, one of whom is married to Dee Dee from the Dum Dum Girls.  Latest single Ego Death..

I went to see the band who wrote Guy Garveys favourite album of 2008, The Acorn who played St Clements Church as part of Chorlton Arts Festival and to promote the release of their second record ‘No Ghost’, Rolf joins me for a chat  about new single Restoration, touring with Elbow and recording in a cottage by a lake on this sundays radio show..

The power of the internet as it is, you can see a video from the gig..

Great support from local band Blind Atlas too, i’ve heard good things about these guys and the new single ‘Take a while’ sounds really pretty.. check it here:

I finally tracked down Goldheart Assembly as they played Manchester twice in a week, great guys who played a storming set at Dot to Dot Festival, sad to hear the news about one of the band leaving.. the news had left the band in a state of upheaval trying to learn bits of songs in the back of the van on the way to the gig. No one would have known.. and their album ‘Wolves and thieves’ is every bit as sublime as i hoped, well worth checking out people.

I also managed to catch up with the hotly tipped Chapel Club to talk about new single ‘Five Trees’ and their forthcoming album

After that I caught up with The Cheek who endured a tyre blowout on the M1 on the way up from Nottingham but still played a storming set without a soundcheck. Check out their new single ‘Just one night’, these guys are going to be HUGE, they played to a packed out room…

My choice of bands for the day Beach House, Blood Red Shoes, Field Music, The Cheek, Chapel Club, Goldheart Assembly, Mystery Jets, Wild Beasts, Twisted Wheel and Yuck.  Gutted to miss The Crookes and Fenech-Soler but theres only so many places you can be at once.. respect to the organisers of Dot to Dot festival, the best urban festival line up around this year.  They’re already selling early bird tickets for 2011… http://www.dottodotfestival.co.uk/

Last week was the weekend of the sports party.. yes no one would know the World Cup was imminent! Umbro on friday night, Adidas saturday.  Umbro are responsible for the new England away kit and if you missed Kasabians Tom Meighan debuting the shirt at a gig in Europe then you must be living in a hole..

Not only are they responsible for some of the best sports gear around, they also do a lot of work in the community and with local bands…their  website boasts ‘band of the month’ and they also run both ‘Tailored in Manchester’ to give a leg up for local bands and ‘Umbro Industries’, a programme of funding for creative projects looking to become established.   Their party continued this theme by laying on an array of Manchesters finest acts.. Dutch Uncles, Run Toto Run, Orphan Boy and 1913. Well done guys, great local bands, a great night and tasty south african cuisine all in the trendiest sports shop in town, understated but who needs to be flashy when you clearly put the effort in all year long, all hail Umbro!

Adidas clearly wear their hearts  (or stripes) on their sleeves.. as did I dragging out my vintage 70s Adidas for the occasion..

.. yep, not a peep out of them all year and then bam! All very secretive stuff, texts will be sent at noon on the day to advise you of the location etc etc.. and where was it? ..

Coronation Street..  just truly unbelievable.  They pulled out all the stops and the attention to detail was immense,  I know i’m bombarding the blog with photos today but you had to see it to believe it. Picnic tables down the length of Coronation Street with an array of cakes, fruit and food.  The teapots had Seabreeze cocktails in them too.. Cakes made to look like shoe boxes, dancers, adidas umbrellas and deckchairs, an acoustic set from Badly Drawn Boy and a huge stage with sets from The Whip, Bad Lieutenant and more.. but for me it was all about this place..

..only Betty and her hotpot could have topped it really, great stuff. Thanks Adidas!

Enough of the shallow partying and back to the music..on the lo-fi wave of things, I managed to catch up with The Smith Westerns and Male Bonding, interviews to air in the coming weeks..

I managed to catch Band of Horses this week, a tuning screw up made for much merriment.. and this was a stand out track:

New music floating my boat..

The Lysergic Suite – the debut single ‘Ghosts on Crusade’ from the Leicester three piece is out on Monday and I have the first radio airing of the track on the show on sunday at 5pm! featuring vocals from Tom Meighan (Kasabian) and production from Tim Holmes (Death in Vegas), epic brooding guitar dirge..whats not to love..  http://www.myspace.com/thelysergicsuite

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back with a brand new single ‘Say no to love’ and it rocks, the thing i love about this band is they are just so simple but effective.  The b sides are always just as good too.. bring on indie Tracks! The new single:

To end this epic blog.. Zola Jesus, another dark and brooding number, but forthcoming single Night really has something about it.. her vocals certainly have a ‘florence-ness’ about them.. Night all x