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Country, rhythm and blues..

..is back with a bang! What? It never went away?… well maybe it was just under the radar a tad…

This year has seen some amazing country and blues debut album releases from Harper Simon, Dylan Leblanc and Caitlin Rose..plus you must have been living in a hole not to realise the legend that is Seasick Steve has been headlining all over this festival season.. I managed to see him at Summer Sundae and what more can I say than the guys amazing!

In homage to this new wave of country and blues.. theres a little taster of the newer stuff below:

Dylan Leblanc

Caitlin Rose

Harper Simon – the day i interviewed him..

A radio update – Shows now up for listen again:

Peggy Sue – talking one sided accordion playing, Rosa and Katy confusion and eclectic drumming..

Thai Brides and Teacakes – Rob Lees new play hits Manchester soon and he joins me alongside The Naughtys who wrote the soundtrack to the play. WARNING – This show is full of northern cheek and charm, plus the odd teacake.. with fruit bits and all..

Funeral Party – The LA punk rockers joined me to talk gambling addictions, lo-fi, NYC vs LA and more..

Plenty more coming up in future weeks too with interviews to air from Caitlin Rose, Zola Jesus, Neon Indian and more..

Tomorrows show features an interview with Rose Elinor Dougall, her debut stunning album entitled ‘Without Why’ was released this week and deserves every success in my view.. Rose joins me to talk about where this album takes her, working with Mark Ronson and Ex Dirty Pretty Things/Libertines guitarist Anthony Rossamundo and err being Jesus?!

So don’t forget to tune in 5pm on 94.4fm or http://www.salfordcityradio.org

I’ve got a couple of big promo blogs coming up in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled but in the meantime get your ears around these:


Orphan Boy

Frankie Rose and the Outs – I blogged her last time but this album is so good it needs sharing..

Zola Jesus

Phillip Selway

The Black Angels

The Frankie and the Outs, Orphan Boy and Black Angels albums could well be a few of my top albums of 2010 on what i’ve heard so far. Immense.

til next time.. x


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

I will be..

blogging mainly.. naah, its a shifty reference to the Dum Dums Girls album which was my album of the month in April, can’t get enough of it, and I was fortunate to see them live last week along with brand new drummer Sandy.. Dee Dee joined me for a chat and told me why ‘Oh Mein M’ was written in german as well as more about her album and plans for world domination!

see what the fuss is all about in this video taken at SXSW…

Three more radio shows are up for listen again since the last time I blogged, i guess this is what happens when you air twice a week, click the links on the name to listen again

* Local Natives

* Wild Beasts

* Little Comets

In other radio news, I’m joining Matt White and a couple of others to comment on new singles on BBC Manchester TONIGHT at 11pm, so tune in on 95.1fm or online on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/playlive/bbc_radio_manchester/

Also, Chorlton Arts Festival is currently ongoing and I’m honoured to have a weekly slot 8-10pm on a Thursday, which aired this thursday and will air next thursday, you can listen to an older show from 8pm and my brand new show airing simultaneously on both Chorlton Arts Radio on www.chorltonartsradio.com and Salford City Radio 94.4fm on www.salfordcityradio.org at 9pm…. Groovy eh? get involved!

Sundays show at 5pm on Salford City Radio 94.4fm features an interview with welsh pysche rockers El Goodo, they are totally underrated and I for one want to change that, unfortunately they HATE computers which means finding anything about them online is near on impossible, but trust me if you like an equipment list and sound straight out of 1965, check them out..

In other news the Exit Calm album is out and I advise you to BUY IT! If you really need a taster to justify it,  heres a former single and stand out track..

In gig news, I met the legend that is Harper Simon, son of Paul Simon, yes the voice is similar when you speak to him and when he sings, but credit where credits due.. Harper has taken his own path, gaining his own influences and creating an absolutely stunning self titled album enlisting the legendary Bob Johnston on production duties.  In a world where singer-songwriters seem ten-a-penny, Harpers simple set up of an electro-acoustic and microphone was all he needed to make an impact at the night and day.

How many bands have been around for twenty years? The Stones? U2? The Charlatans?

Yep! Can you believe it? The Charlatans released debut album ‘Some friendly’ twenty years ago and to celebrate the fact they are playing three gigs, I was lucky enough to catch them at Blackpool where I enjoyed tracks from ‘Between 10th and 11th’ in addition to tracks from ‘Some friendly’… Jon joined me for a chat after the gig to tell me why album ‘Some friendly’ defines them as a band and where they go from here.. airing soon..

It must a time for new beginnings too, as I was shocked to see Matt Hollywood playing back with the Brian Jonestown Massacre in Manchester this week.. I don’t know why? a nifty bit of homework could have informed me that he played with the band at festivals recently and that he played on and helped record the BJMs latest album ‘Who Killed Sgt Pepper’.. Nicely put for those of us that struggle to spell Sergeant in full.. Awesomeness, apart from the lager heads who won’t desist from talking or SHOUTING at gigs, even my pleas of ‘can’t you see Matt Hollywoods singing?, please be quiet’ were mocked.. I hope you can sleep at night…imbecile.

In more upbeat news I’m hoping to get to Indie Tracks festival to see The Pains of Being Pure at Heart again..their forthcoming single is here in all its glory for you to hear, and it’s a corker… way to go Kip!

As always a selection of what is currently being enjoyed in my merry-go-round for a head…

Have a wicked weekend!