Heroes & Villains

Allerhand Musik aus dem südlichen Kalifornien gibt es heute zu hören, denn Grapefruit Records gewährt einen umfassenden Überblick über die Musikszene aus und um Hollywood der späten 60er Jahre: «Heroes And Villains: The Sound Of Los Angeles 1965-68» heißt die gut vierstündige Kompilation. Sie bietet eine gute Mischung aus Sunshine-, Surf- und Harmony-Pop bis hin zu Heavy- und Garagenrock. Musikalische Helden wie The Byrds und The Beach Boys sind vertreten, aber auch tatsächliche Villains (also Schurken!) konnten wir im Line-Up ausmachen.

Passende Ergänzung aus der Jetztzeit: Von Montreal nach Los Angeles ausgewandert ist der Songschreiber Michael Rault. Er veröffentlichte gerade sein selbstbetiteltes Album für Wick Records. Hier treffen üppige Harmonien auf den geräumigen Sound der 1970er – fast könnte man vergessen, dass es sich um ein zeitgenössisches Werk handelt.

Heroes & Villains war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 29.06.22 – 17:00-19:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Donnerstag, 30.06. von 7:00-9:00 Uhr und Samstag, 02.07. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

Stream online here: ByteFM
Hamburg UKW: 91,7 & 104,0 MHz & DAB+
Berlin DAB+: Kanal 7B

Michael RaultExactly What I NeededWick Records
Bells LarsenDouble AquariusNext Door Records
Die SterneDie Welt wird knusprigPias
Kelley StoltzIt's a Cold WorldAgitated Records
The Churchill DownsDon't Turn The Light OffGrapefruit
Mark EricMove with the DawnGrapefruit
Michael RaultWant for NothingWick Records
Michael RaultNeither Love Nor MoneyWick Records
Cool SoundsHello, Alright, You Got That?Chapter Music
Partner LookGrasshopperTrouble In Mind
The ChesterfieldsOur Songbird Has GoneMr. Mellow's Music
The OrchidsThis Boy is A MessSkep Wax
Alex GRunnerDomino
Carlos Perea Millatactile /Superpolar
Orca, AttackYou Won't Remember ThisSuperpolar
Deer ScoutCupCarpark
The Beach BoysHeroes And VillainsBrother
Jesca HoopHatred Has A MotherMemphis Industries
DrugdealerMadisonMexican Summer
Marina AllenSuperrealityFire Records
Sunny & the SunlinersIf I Could See You NowBig Crown Records
Sunny & the SunlinersRunawayBig Crown Records
Ghost WomanAlongFull Time Hobby
Dan WeltmanRivers In My MindGlass Modern
WilcoSad Kind of WayWords Ampersand Music
WilcoLove Is Everywhere (Beware)dBm Records
Touching Box1989 in ChicagoReckless Yes
Doug TuttleRatchetdougtuttle.bandcamp.com
MapachePolishing A BandInnovative Leisure
The Peppermint Trolley Company9 O'Clock Business ManGrapefruit
Ruthann FriedmanWindy (Demo)Grapefruit
Naima BockCampervanSub Pop
Apollo GhostsAnxious Love Pt. 2You've Changed Rec.


Über die vergangenen zwei Jahre ist viel Musik in inselhaften Situationen entstanden. Inmitten der Instrumente saß man allein zuhause, vielleicht traf gelegentlich eine Datei mit Aufnahmen anderer Inselbewohner*innen ein. In etwa so darf man sich die Zusammenarbeit von Lavinia Blackwall und Laura J Martin vorstellen, die nun unter dem Projektnamen Wyndow veröffentlicht wurde. Musikalische Postkarten sind es, die zwischen Clydebank bei Glasgow und Merseyside hin- und hergingen. Klassisch geschult, und doch voller Seele.

Und noch eine Insel in Liverpool: Novelty Island ist das Soloprojekt von Tom McConnell, seines Zeichens bekennender Beatles-Fan. «How Are You Coping With This Century?» fragt sein Debutalbum, das ebenfalls fast gänzlich in den heimischen vier Wänden entstand. Zwölf melodienverliebte Songs, von denen keiner überflüssig ist.

Musikinseln war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 03.11.21 – 19:00-21:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 06.11. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr und Montag, 08.11. 08:00-10:00 Uhr

Novelty IslandListenThink Like A Key Music
Doug TuttleLead MaskWild Honey Records
Le Futur PompisteDelusionsShelflife
Astral BrainBehind Our HouseShelflife
Astral BrainA DreamShelflife
Pearl & The OystersEvening SunTip Top Recordings
Cindy1:2Paisley Shirt Records
Screaming Trees/Beat HappeningPolly Pereguin53rd & 3rd
Isobel Campbell & Mark LaneganBallad Of The Broken SeasV2
Dean WarehamRobin & RichardDouble Feature Records
Lazy SmokeUnder SkysArf! Arf!
Novelty IslandMichael AfternoonThink Like A Key Music
Novelty IslandJangleheartThink Like A Key Music
The HawksBig StoreSeventeen Records
Tyler BurkhartRacheltylerburkhart.bandcamp.com
Hand HabitsGold/RustSaddle Creek
The Mighty ObserverAnother Song Called MexicoCae Gwyn Records
The PastelsLonely Planet BoyGlass Modern
Sonic YouthPersonality CrisisGlass Modern
The Bevis FrondHold Your HorsesFire Records
La LuzMetal ManHardly Art
WyndowFree Will and TestamentSummer Critics
WyndowPulling on a StringSummer Critics
Good MorningTreePolyvinyl
TreesThe Great SilkieEarth Recordings
Great SilkieSilly BoyCrocodile Laboratories
Andy ShaufBelieve MeAnti- Records
Helado NegroPurple Tones4AD
Rozi PlainSilent FanMemphis Industries
Constant FollowerOne Word AwayShimmy Disc/Joyful Noise

Best Of 2019

Is it too late for a roundup of my favourite albums of 2019? I’m actually glad I waited so long, because a very good album from last year only recently came on to my radar.

Here’s my selection of records I highly recommend listening to, if you don’t already know them.

Tandem Felix: Rom-Com

While everyone kept raving about the latest Wilco release Ode To Joy, I’d like to make sure, this sort of like-minded band from Dublin gets some attention: Tandem Felix is the project of David Tapley, a subtle singer-/songwriter who is giving insights into his and other people’s life. It’s kind of downhearted but witty, filled with splendid melodies and a quality of mellow comfort. In-between showing moments of a slacker attitude and some psycherock tendency with the song “Oil Money”. Surprisingly, Rom-Com is a debut full-length. You wouldn’t expect that, because it shows a very fine and thought through production. The arrangements are meticulous and the song collection is cohesive. And most of all: I can listen to it every day without getting tired of it. Also, worth mentioning is the well-chosen artwork by French surrealist Guy Billout. It perfectly reflects the oeuvre of Tandem Felix.

Vanishing Twin: The Age Of Immunology

Well known for their lead single “Magician’s Success” which comes with a space pop vibe à la Stereolab meets Broadcast, Vanishing Twin have way more to offer. Seeing the band live in early December 2019 in Hamburg was mind-blowing. Percussionist Valentina Magaletti impressed with a versatile playing and obviously enjoyed keeping the group together with her jazzy shuffles, shouting commands to her three international colleagues on bass, guitar and vintage keys. Vanishing Twin are a genre bending affair and nothing like the usual indie outfit. They are modern visionaries taking a different approach in every track: old film scores, psychedelic krautrock, melodic art pop and jazzy soundscapes. The Age Of Immunology takes the listener on to an exciting adventure.

Cate Le Bon: Reward

I always liked Cate Le Bon. Her songs sometimes are kind of strange – but in a beautiful, haunting way. And after all these years, the Nico comparison still lingers on. Not only the light and dark tone of Le Bon’s voice and her Welsh accent reminds of the German singer, it’s also embodied in the artistic self-image. With a credo like: show courage and never confine your sound and vision. The music on Reward isn’t trying to please the mainstream, it’s experimental and playful. But there’s also a pop- and folk-feel and there’s always a connection between the composition and the emotion. It’s open-minded and passionate and with this combination, Cate Le Bon creates songs that sound like nothing else. She’s also an awe-inspiring producer and responsible for the slick production of Deerhunter’s latest album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? It was a pretty good year for Cate Le Bon and she’s definitely one of the most exciting artists of 2019.

Doug Tuttle: Dream Road

I fell in love with Doug Tuttle’s songwriting a few years back when he started with his psychedelic band project Mmoss. But then he started recording songs alone in his bedroom studio and he got better with every release. On his fourth solo album Dream Road, multi-instrumentalist Tuttle perfected his elegant nostalgia-soaked sound. His vocals are quite hazy, but with full of emotive lyrical content. And although this downer pop moves into delicate grounds, it’s soothing and hopeful. The fragile harmonies are hypnotic, deep and warm. Doug Tuttle’s songwriting recalls all the lost good moments of late 60s and early 70s pop with a haunting touch of psyche and Americana. I have found myself returning to this beautiful record a lot last year and it keeps on spinning on my turntable.

Kiwi jr: Football Money

This fantastic record was released in March 2019 and re-released earlier this year on a label from Leipzig (Germany) called Persona Non Grata – I still remember Persona Non Grata from the 90s, when they started out as a low-key Fanzine, covering all the Indie rock bands I was into at that time. And here’s the thing: Kiwi jr from Canada just as well could have been your favourite act from the 90s. Every track on Football Money sounds familiar: there are jangly guitars and beatific melodies. Catchy hooks and choruses to sing along are combined with a great sense of humour. It’s this kind of nonchalance we fell in love with listening to Orange Juice or Pavement. A ferocious feel-good energy is running through the veins of this debut album. It’s astute and not too calculating in referring to all the familiar sounds. It’s fun! And I hope there’s more to come from Kiwi jr.

Further records I really enjoyed in 2019:

Pernice Brothers: Spread The Feeling

Lens Mozer: Don’t Stop

Max Gowan: Bygones 

Sunbeam Sound Machine: Goodness Gracious 

Froth: Duress

2019 was a pretty decent year for music and it looks like 2020 is going to be a good one too! Stay tuned…

Slightly Psychedelic

Das Golden Glades-Tagesgeschäft präsentiert sich heute slightly psychedelic, u.a. mit neuer Musik von Doug Tuttle. Der in Boston ansässige Songschreiber sorgt auf seinem bislang stärksten Solowerk Dream Road für einen geschmeidigen Sixties-Sound. Jede Harmoniewendung und jeder Klangband mit Bedacht gewählt. Der Mann weiß genau, wie er seine Gefühle kommunikativ verpackt. Doug Tuttle kann nicht nur als Songwriter und Multiinstrumentalist überzeugen, er baut auch Effektgeräte für Gitarren.

Als Soundarchitekten der besonderen Art verstehen sich Vanishing Twin. Der kosmopolitische Haufen aus London sorgt für ein audiovisuelles Gesamtpaket im retro-futuristischen Gewand. Mit seinem neuen Album The Age Of Immunology gibt das Quintett ein Statement ab, für weniger Grenzen und mehr Toleranz. Auch musikalisch gestatten Vanishing Twin keinerlei Schranken: Avant-Pop trifft auf hörspielartige Klangcollagen, experimentierfreudiger Krautrock auf italienische Soundtracks. Und eine gute Prise Psychedelia darf auch hier nicht fehlen!

Ebenfalls vielversprechend und slightly psychedelic: brandneue Tracks von (Sandy) Alex G, Oscilla und Order of the Toad.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 19.06.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 22.06. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


Lucille FursSooner Than LaterRequiem Pour Un Twister
NazzForget All About ItSGC
The Babe RainbowSomething New30th Century Records
Vanishing TwinMagician's SuccessFire Records
(Sandy) Alex GGretelDomino
TomorrowMy White BicycleParlaphone
Oro Swimming HourLyyyyyDeertone Records
Ada LeaThe PartySaddle Creek
Teal MossLewistealmoss.bandcamp.com
Doug TuttleTwilightBurger Records
Crosby, Stills and NashGuinnevereAtlantic
James Clark FiveThe Redemption Of Casper GreenBeautiful Music
Benjamin Lazar DavisChoosing SidesBLD Records
MontageSong Is LoveSundaze
Mike GaleEvery Cloud Has A Cloudy Liningmikegale.bandcamp.com
East SisterMildlyRed Brick Chapel
Vanishing TwinChoose Your Own AdventureSoundway Records
Vanishing TwinLanguage Is A City (Let Me Out!)Fire Records
Order of the ToadJust BecausePermanent Slump
The Black WatchGet Me Out Of Echo ParkATOM Records
Paul Den HeyerTechnicolor Summer SunshineA Turntable Friend
The RoostersOne of These DaysAce Records
BlonderLong Way to GoCool World Records
WhitneyGiving UpSecretly Canadian
Doug TuttleBut Not for YouBurger Records
Doug TuttleFadeBurger Records
The Divine ComedyPhilip & Steve's Furniture RemovalÉDivine Comedy Records
Southern PineWay Back Homesouthernpine.bandcamp.com

Große Erwartungen

Bei Golden Glades werfen heute große Ereignisse ihre Schatten voraus: Mit diversen ersten Singleauskopplungen kündigt sich ein viel versprechender Musiksommer an, zudem gibt es einen Ausblick auf das diesjährige Primavera Sound-Festival in Barcelona sowie sprießende Knospen einer musikalischen Protestkultur gegen die Trump-Agenda.


BMX BanditsIt's Time (w/ Dr. Cosmo's Tape Lab)Elefant Records
Slow DecadesSleep It Offslowdecades.bandcamp.com
Kevin MorbyAboard My TrainDead Oceans
Katie Von SchleicherParanoiaFull Time Hobby
WhitneyYou've Got a WomanSecretly Canadian
Mac DeMarcoMy Old ManCaptured Tracks
Magnetic FieldsRock'n'Roll Will Ruin Your LifeNonesuch
The Make-UpWalking on the DuneK Records
The New YearRecent HistoryGrand Hotel Van Cleef
DeerhoofFight the PowerLionfish Music
Wet DreamBasement Under the OceanThrone Age
Toro Y MoiOmahaSecretly Canadian
Jay SomTurn The Other CheekSecretly Canadian
Fujiya & MiyagiSerotonin RushesImpossible Objects of Desire
StellaCome CollectInner Ear Records
Jake Xerxes FussellHave You Ever Seen PeachesÉParadise of Bachelors
James ElkingtonMake It UpParadise of Bachelors
Tara Jane O'NeilBlowGnomonsong
Cory HansonThe Garden of DelightDrag City
Minta & The Brook TroutPlaid And Denimminta.bandcamp.com
Los Angeles Police DepartmentDrugsAnti-Record
FazerdazeLast To SleepGrönland
MerkTreehouse Clubmerkscoolsongs.bandcamp.com
Nana GrizolNightlights IOrange Twin
The John-PaulsBackwards DisasterAagoo Records
Wesley GonzalezI Am A TelescopeMoshi Moshi
Doug TuttleOnly in a DreamTrouble In Mind
BalduinBohemian Gardenbalduin.bandcamp.com
VLIVMI Take a WalkDiscos de Kilrlian
(SANDY) ALEX GCountyDomino
Dead Leaf EchoI Will Do (Anything)Reptile Music

Best of 2016

Golden Glades – Best Of 2016

I think it’s been a pretty good year for music and it was not easy to make a final decision, but here they are: my highlights of 2016!

Best album:

Teenage Fanclub: Here (PeMa)
Field Music: Commontime (Memphis Industries)
Andy Shauf: The Party (Anti)
Leapling: Suspended Animation (Exploding in Sound)
Whitney: Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian)
The Divine Comedy: Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Dropkick: Balance The Light (self-released)
The Fernweh: The Fernweh (self-released)
NZCA Lines: Infinite Summer (Memphis Industries)
Stephen Steinbrink: Anagrams (Melodic)

Best song:

Ryley Walker: A Choir Apart (Dead Oceans)
Drugdealer: Suddenly (ft. Weyes Blood) (Weird World)
Lawrence Arabia: Sweet Dissatisfaction (Flying Nun)
Jons: Trip Ads (self-released)
Roar: Explosion Of Birds (self-released)
Soft Hair: Lying Has To Stop (Weird World)
Chris Cohen: Yesterday’s on My Mind (Captured Tracks)
Doug Tuttle: Make Good Time (Trouble In Mind)
Hologram Teen: Marsangst (Happy Robots)
Teleman: Düsseldorf (Moshi Moshi)

If you missed some of these, please check them out – you won’t regret it!

Playlist 16.03.2016

Emitt und die Popexperten

Der Amerikaner Emitt Rhodes meldet sich nach 43 Jahren mit einem neuen Album zurück. Grund genug, die heutige Ausgabe einer raren Spezies zu widmen, die wir „Popexperten“ nennen wollen. Das sind Musikschaffende, die ihr Handwerk bestens verstehen, ausgefeilte Arrangements lieben und die Melodieführung stets in den Mittelpunkt stellen.


BibioTown & CountryWarp
Freedom FryThe Wordsfreedomfry.bandcamp.com
The BeatlesIn My LifeEMI
Field MusicThey Want You to RememberMemphis Industries
NozartJust Let It Gosoundcloud.com/nozartsounds
Eric MatthewsFanfareSub Pop
Emitt RhodesLive Till You DieDunhill
Emitt RhodesIsn't It SoOmnivore
EhosukVisitorElectric Muse
The High LlamasMcKain JamesDrag City
Giorgio TumaBright HugsElefant
The SchoolShoulderElefant
Frankie CosmosSinisterBayonet
Stereo TotalJe m'en fousStaatsakt
Mystic BravesDown On Memysticbraves.bandcamp.com
Jordan Andrew JeffersonGhost By The Waterjordanandrewjefferson.bandcamp.com
NZCA LinesTwo HeartsMemphis Industries
GourmetGood With a Nosebleed1-9-9-1.com
Community RadioOne Book a Treasurecommunityradio.bandcamp.com
HoopsFeelin FineWarm Ratio
Dr. DogBring My Baby BackAnti
Sam MeansHow to Singmusic.means.am
Skylar GudaszKick Out the ChairDaniel 13
Emma PollockDon't Make Me WaitChemikal Underground
YuckStranger ThingsMame Records
Doug TuttleMake Good TimeTrouble In Mind
The ShivasWhateverK Records
Chris CohenTorrey PineCaptured Tracks
Jim NoirThe Broadway Jetsself-released
The NinesDoesn't Matter What I Doself-released

Playlist 02.03.2016


Die heutige Ausgabe zeigt, dass nicht wenige Musiker ihr künstlerisches Schaffen als selbstgemachte Therapie einsetzen – von der einfachen Sinnfrage bis hin zum schweren Schicksalsschlag geht die Bandbreite an Themen, die oft erstaunlich wohlklingend in Songs verpackt werden. Mit dabei sind Doug Tuttle, Nap Eyes und Radiation City.


Basia BulatTimeSecret City
Iko ChŽrieIf Every Song Could Break Your HeartElefant
Jordan KlassenGlory BNevado Music
Hey MarseillesAnother LifeShanachie
Karl BartosLifeTrocadero
Dr. DogFire on My BackAnti
Peter Stringer-HyeSunday GirlsTrouble In Mind
Thom BylesIn Your Bloodthombyles.bandcamp.com
Emily YacinaLoseremilyyacina.bandcamp.com
Mass GothicEvery Night You've Got to Save MeSub Pop
Tuff LoveFlamingoLost Map
Would-Be-GoodsCecil Beaton's ScrapbookCherry Red
TinderFree Fall Morningtindermusic.bandcamp.com
WhitneyNo WomanSecretly Canadian
High HighsSunNever Leave Never Sleep
Connie ConstanceAnswerconnieconstance.bandcamp.com
Wall Of DeathFor A LoverInnovative Leisure
Radiation CityCome and GoPolyvinyl
Young RivalBent Out of Shape62TV
Nap EyesStargazerParadise of Bachelors
The SpiresTea With Demonsthespires.bandcamp.com
LanternHe Is A PinballFixture Records
Animal DaydreamCitrusJigsaw Records
Doug TuttleFalling to BelieveTrouble In Mind
Sound of CeresBryn MarinaJoyful Noise
FloristThe Birds Outside SangDouble Double Whammy
De RosaFalling WaterRock Action
Cavern Of Anti-MatterMelody In High Feedback TonesDuophonic
Ms. John SodaHero WhalesMorr Music
The WaltersCottage Roadsyourwalters.com
QuiltEliot St.Mexican Summer
Emitt RhodesSomebody Made For MeDunhill
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