Schlagwort Archiv: Ari Roar

Best of 2018

Best Of 2018 Shy Boys The Fernweh Lake Ruth Teenage Fanclub Ari Roar Tony Molina

I listen to an awful lot of music every day, it’s my job and responsibility as a radio presenter. But most of all, it’s a labour of love digging out interesting stuff, making new discoveries in all directions. The end of the year makes me think of my ultimate favourite tunes, which is never an easy thing to do. However, here’s some kind of a Best Of list with some records and artists I especially enjoyed in 2018.

Adrianne Lenker – “Abysskiss” (Saddle Creek)

Some of you are probably familiar with Lenker as a guitarist and vocalist in Brooklyn-based indie rock band Big Thief. Her full-length solo record is a stripped-down singer-/songwriter approach and with this, she’s covering intimate emotions on her stroll along the abyss. In a way it’s hauntingly intense, but nevertheless comfort for your soul. Adrianne Lenker shows a subtle, otherworldly brilliance with her light fingerpicking on acoustic guitar while her songs are thoughtful, deep and poignant. And with this combination, there’s a true affinity to other outstanding artists like Judee Sill or Connie Converse.

 

Ari Roar – “Calm Down” (Bella Union)

Sometimes it’s true: great art comes from great pain. Adrianne Lenker has quite a history with being born into a religious cult and she almost died, when a railroad spike crashed her skull as a kid. And she managed to create something special in the wake of the tragedy, just like Caleb Campbell alias Ari Roar. The Texan singer-songwriter struggled with panic attacks from early on. As a late teenager, he had an operation on the spine, which left him bed-bound for months. Of course, these experiences have an impact. And in this case, he’s doing the best by channelling it into beautiful melodic lo-fi pop. The sweet miniatures on Calm Down might sound effortlessly in the first place, but there’s something else underneath the surface, with traces of doubts and fear. It’s a glorious debut for repeat listens.

 

Clearance – “At Your Leisure” (Topshelf)

This band provides a compelling sound by picking up familiar indie rock in a modern way. They create something fresh and interesting and already got a lot of praise here in my blog. If you like passionate, bright guitar music from the 80ties and 90ties, you should listen to this one.

 

Field Music – “Open Here” (Memphis Industries)

Whenever there’s a new Field Music record, it always ends up in my top ten of the year. Again, the spacious production on Open Here is exquisite, the compositions are intricate and classy. Field Music are ambitious, but they have all the knowledge and the talent to follow their visions. It’s a beautiful and well-crafted record that needs to be heard, because it has something to say. Maybe it’s all a bit too smart to reach the big crowd – but I’m sure the time will eventually come and Field Music get all the praise they deserve.

 

Lake Ruth – “Birds of America” (Feral Child Records)

They like to go under the banner “baroque pop”, but there’s so much more to discover in the music of Lake Ruth: from folk to jazz to avant-pop. I’m a fan of Matt Schulz since his days with Enon – he’s an excellent, versatile drummer. And singer Allison Brice, she has a way of phrasing her poetic lyrics in meandering harmonies like no other. All backed-up by a multi-layered smooth texture with a slight vintage touch. Lake Ruth are quite unique doing their own thing, and Birds of America is nothing less but an awe-inspiring masterpiece.

 

Shy Boys – “Bell House” (Polyvinyl)

Undeniably, these guys know how to sing! And the harmonies all perfectly meld together. It’s a special quality that only happens, when siblings start a band. The family sound is so intriguing because the harmonies are amazingly organic. Music history is filled with such examples and just like Field Music, the Shy Boys are band of brothers, supported by a couple of best friends. I summoned up a rave review earlier this year in my little blog here.

 

Stephen Steinbrink – “Utopia Teased” (Melodic / Western Vinyl)

This singer-/songwriter is a terrific talent. And again, we have an artist here, who knows a lot about the dark stuff in life. Stephen Steinbrink was left devastated after a fateful fire during a warehouse party in Oakland, California that killed 36 people in December 2016. After a couple of months stunned with grief, Steinbrink quit a minimum wage job, locked himself up in a shipping container with all sorts of music equipment, stimulated by a daily diet of LSD. And the songs started pouring out of him. Utopia Teased sounds a bit different, less perfect than his previous records. It’s a bit more daring with field recordings and synthesizers, but again it’s a collection of beautiful songs with substance and a hidden treasure for eternity.

 

Still Parade – “Soon Enough” (Feel Flows)

This is a very fine piece of work from Berlin, but made with love in LA. It feels like Niklas Kramer had a very clear vision for his new Still Parade album and he obviously put a lot of effort and thought into it. It sounds warm like a cozy blanket and puts the listener at ease. Of course, the Beach Boys influence is evident, but in a clever way. Smart harmonies combined with a startling sense of intimacy, and the formidable production brings out a nice vintage flair. It’s the kind of music that makes the world a better place. Sometimes, that’s just what you need.

 

The Fernweh – “The Fernweh” (Skeleton Key)

Yes, I am repeating myself here – I already picked this album for my Best Of list two years ago! Back then, I received a promotional copy from the band directly. Thankfully, it just got a proper release via Skeleton Key because this sublime debut is really exceptional. It’s a beautiful collection of hazy late 60s, early 70s inspired folk and pop, combined with a gentle nod to British psychedelia. Treat yourself & give it a listen, if you’re not already familiar with this. The Fernweh demonstrate an exceptional level of song craft and the record deepens with every listen.

 

Tony Molina – “Kill The Lights” (Slumberland)

Tony Molina is deeply rooted in 60s songwriting and DIY aesthetics. With Kill The Lights, he created a truly glorious pop record by offering 10 tracks in under 15 minutes. His sensitive songs are infectious and short to the point. Just like Ari Roar, Tony Molina is able to put it all into a 60-second song and I never get tired of listening – again and again. This really is a lovely, but as well soul-baring record.

 

Teenage Fanclub – Vinyl-Reissues (Sony)

Why should I be interested into these reissues when I already have all the vinyl of Teenage Fanclub in my collection? Well, guitarist and singer Raymond McGinley of the band explained to me: back in the 90s, the vinyl was just a copy of the CD. But if you want the best vinyl sound, you need a special mastering. That’s basically, what Teenage Fanclub did: they took the original master tapes, worked through all of them at Abbey Road Studios and improved the mastering for this new vinyl edition. And it really does make a difference, especially the new pressing of 1993s Thirteen is now more immediate and has a much better dynamic. Also, each essential album includes a bonus seven-inch single, mostly of tracks which originally appeared only on CD singles and EPs. To promote all these reissues from the Creation era, Teenage Fanclub played a very special concert series in Great Britain. Here’s my review of the nights in Birmingham and London, which also marks my concert highlight of 2018.

 

SUPER 8 – T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies/Turn Around Or…/HI LO (Futureman Rec)

Frequent listeners of my radio show already know about SUPER 8 – Paul Ryan a.k.a. Trip got a lot of airplay in 2018. Not only, because he put out a lovely mix of guitar pop as a one-man-band with all sorts of instruments like cello and trumpet. He also managed to surprise again and again with new top material. Three homemade full lengths were released this year on Futureman Records and it’s hard to pick a favourite album really. Each release is kind of special and filled with a laid-back and sunny charm. Backed up now and again with some thoughtful songs and well-curated cover versions. It looks like SUPER 8 will be back in 2019 with a more acoustic-based album – a thing looking forward to!

23th December 2018

Sommermusik

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik

Singer-/ Songwriter sind keine bedrohte Art. Dass ihr Bestand stabil ist, zeigt sich gerade in den Sommermonaten, wenn die Vertreter*innen dieser Spezies aus ihren Löchern kriechen und das Licht der Öffentlichkeit suchen. Dem saisonalen Phänomen trägt Golden Glades heute Rechnung, mit einer Sendung voll klebriger Melodien, luftig-leichter und warmer Sommermusik von Leuten, die ihr Zeug selber schreiben.

Diese Sendung ist zu hören am Mittwoch, den 04.04.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 07.07. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 09.07. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW27


ArtistTrackLabel
BarrieTal UnoWinspear Records
Joel SarakulaConey Island GetawayLegere Recordings
MUNYATrop TardWinston Wolf Records
Halo MaudTu Sais Comme Je SuisHeavenly
Matt MalteseNightclub LoveAtlantic
Sam EvianWhere Did You Go?Saddle Creek
HalaWhat Is Love? Tell Me, Is It Easy?Balaclava Records
Ari RoarDon't Have a FitBella Union
The SpiresIn PiecesFop Music
The Golden RailFined For Wrestlingthegoldenrail.bandcamp.com
Major MurphyMaryWinspear Records
Charles WatsonEverything Goes RightMoshi Moshi
Kadhja BonetAnother Time LoverFat Possum
June GloomCaliforniaExploding in Sound Records
Simon LoveAll This Dicking AroundTapete
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Blank TapesCandyPIAPTK Recordings
Michael RaultOut of the LightWick Records
The FernwehNext Time AroundSkeleton Key
Sugar Candy MountainThis Time AroundPIAPTK Recordings
MattyVerocaiMatty Unlimited
Kevin KrauterSuddenlyBayonet
Optiganally YoursNight ShopJoyful Noise
Video AgeDays to RememberPosh Rocket
PhoenixSummer DaysParlophone
HovvdyIn the SunDouble Double Whammy
MitskiNobodyDead Oceans
SUPER 8Turn Around OrFutureman Records
The Left BankeShe May Call You up TonightMercury
Lord High AdmiralsJaponica Knotweed Of The Summer BedsFutureman Records
Dot DashSummer LightBeautiful Music

Tonight’s Music

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik

Meine Damen und Herren: Aus einer Rumpelkammer im schönen Bern sendet Sandra Zettpunkt die heutige Golden Glades-Ausgabe zum Thema TONIGHTS’ MUSIC. Anders als bei Jimmy Fallon ist diese Show keine Dauerwerbesendung der Entertainment-Branche, sondern ein Hort des geschmackssicher zusammengestellten Musikguts. Let me überrasch you.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 20.06.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW25


ArtistTrackLabel
Adrian Teacher & the SubsHello Everyoneadrianteacher.bandcamp.com
The Love-BirdsHit My HeadTrouble In Mind
Samara LubelskiBlack DotsDrawing Room Records
Jessica RiskerCut My HairWestern Vinyl
Thad KopecSinging Shadowthadkopec.bandcamp.com
Parks, Squares and AlleysAgelessparkssquaresandalleys.bandcamp.com
FlasherSun Come And GoldenDomino
Simon LoveNot If I See You FirstTapete
We Are MuffyFrosted CandyTapete
Ari RoarPicked The LockBella Union
SUPER 8Serious DrugsFutureman Records
BMX BanditsCan't Wait 'Til I Get HomeElefant
mylittlebrotherSlow DanceBig Stir
SpygeniusS.O.B.Big Stir
gobbinjrbapTopshelf Records
LusterlitRolodexlusterlit.bandcamp.com
Daniel RossenDeerslayerWarp
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Modern StudiesMud and FlameFire Records
The SpiresTonight's MusicFop Music
Rolling Blackouts CFTalking StraightSub Pop
Sam EvianAppleSaddle Creek
Distant ShoreMoving Up Northdistantshore.bandcamp.com
Fenn is coolThis Time of YearZ Tapes
Ryley WalkerOpposite MiddleDead Oceans
LemonheadsIt's A Shame About RayAtlantic
The Golden RailShouldn't Get Hung Up About Itthegoldenrail.bandcamp.com
Nick BatterhamNo ExcusesPopboomerang
The Sea And CakeStarlingThrill Jockey
HussaloniaYou've Got Mailhussalonia.bandcamp.com
The MigrationsCan You Not Here The MusicFun In The Church/Staatsakt
Christopher PellnatCloud Kingchrispellnat.bandcamp.com
Dear NoraCreature of HabitOrindal Music
Phil Yates & The AffiliatesBite Your TongueFutureman Records
Laura VeirsThe MeadowBella Union

Hausapotheke

Golden Glades ByteFM Playlist

Golden Glades widmet sich heute Musikschaffenden, die Pop als Medizin begreifen. Songschreiben dient hier als Ventil und Seelenhygiene (sie fördert aber auch die Durchblutung). Unser Ausschlusskriterium: Die Wirkung entfaltet sich nicht nur auf Produktions-, sondern auch auf Rezeptionsseite, ist also wohltuend für Leib und Seele des Zuhörenden, mehrheitlich ohne Risiken und Nebenwirkungen.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 06.06.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.

Stream online here: ByteFM
Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW23


ArtistTrackLabel
Kevin KrauterRollerskateBayonet
National Jazz Trio Of ScotlandTinnitus LullabyKaraoke Kalk
Dear NoraSunset On HumanityOrindal Records
Gold ConnectionsAlive AgainEggHunt
Major MurphyStep OutWinspear Records
Blake Jones & The Trike ShopAlchemy C'mereBig Stir
Sleep GoodHigh TideYK Records
Jess WilliamsonI See The WhiteMexican Summer
Our GirlI Really Like ItCannibal Hymns
Matt MalteseLike a FishAtlantic
Daggy ManLovers On A Hospital Wingdaggyman.bandcamp.com
Stephen BaileyTake It Upstephenbailey.bandcamp.com
VarsityA Friend Named PaulBaby City Records
TriptidesMy FriendRequiem Pour Un Twister
The SaxophonesTime Is Like a RiverFull Time Hobby
Tracyanne & DannyJacquelineMerge
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Halo MaudWhereverHeavenly
MUNYADes Bisous Partoutmunya.bandcamp.com
Icy DemonsDay Spagriffinrodriguez.bandcamp.com
The Death Of Pop700 SpasLeisure Records
Adrian Teacher and the SubsPop Medicineadrianteacher.bandcamp.com
SUPER 8SmileFutureman Records
Stephen Malkmus & The JicksBike LaneDomino
FlasherPressureDomino
Charles WatsonNow That I'm A RiverMoshi Moshi
Ari RoarCalm DownBella Union
Scott LissMedicinescottliss.bandcamp.com
Adrian WhiteheadSigmund FreudPopboomerang
Alex HightonNobody Can Touch Us NowBB*Island
Olden YolkVital SignTrouble In Mind
Frankie CosmosHerebySub Pop
Hand HabitsYr HeartSaddle Creek

Songs of Loss and Longing

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik

Eine gefühlsstarke Sendung steht uns bevor, immerhin geht es um die Erfahrung von Verlust und Sehnsucht, auch Ängste und Selbstzweifel kommen zur Sprache. Weil aber in der Popkultur hinter jeder Ecke ein dialektischer Umschlag lauert, gibt es heute nicht nur melancholische Kost zu hören, sondern auch zuversichtlich Euphorisches. Das Leben ist schließlich ein Auf und Ab wie’n Flaschenzug.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 23.05.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.

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Berlin: 91.0 MHz // Hamburg: 91.7 MHz

PlaylistGG_KW21


ArtistTrackLabel
Scott MannionYour Kinda LoveLil' Chief Records
Bobby OrozaThis Love Pt. 1Big Crown Records
Damien JuradoMarvin KaplanSecretly Canadian
Young GuvStand In The WayNight School
TV GirlLonely Girlstvgirl.bandcamp.com
Cut WormsDon't Want To Say Good-byeJagjaguwar
Jessica RiskerI See You Among The StarsWestern Vinyl
The Left OutsidesThe Ballad of Elm Tree HillCardinal Fuzz
BarbarismsMoaning TheresaDevil Duck
Slaughter Beach, DogFish FryBig Scary Monsters
Lonely KoreaExcitedZ Tapes
Diamond HandsNow Or Neverdiamondhands.bandcamp.com
The Soda StreamThinkin' AboutOff Ya Tree
Stephen's ShoreCounting DaysMeritorio Records
Fake LaughBetter For MeHeadcount Records
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TwainSolar PilgrimBB*Island
Tracyanne & DannyDeep in the NightMerge
Courtney BarnettSunday RoastMarathon Artists
VarsityMust Be NiceBaby City Records
Adrian Teacher & the SubsSlogging Awayadrianteacher.bandcamp.com
Sea PinksPining AwayCF Records
Ari RoarImplodeBella Union
Totally MildFrom One AnotherChapter Music
LUKANear Collisionlukalives.bandcamp.com
13 Frightened GirlsThe PassingBig Stir
Jared CelosseHere I Am (Knowing Love)Olive Grove
GrouperDrivingKranky
Virginia AstleyA Summer Long Since PassedRough Trade
PlasticsoulMy Heavy SoulBig Stir
Stephen SteinbrinkTry to BelieveMelodic
Pete WiggsHenry's AmusementsForeign Office