Schlagwort Archiv: Max Gowan

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…

13th February 2020

Melody Makers

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik Keine Sauregurkenzeit

Schräge oder sperrige Klänge haben für einmal keine Chance auf Airplay, denn heute stehen Melody Makers auf dem Programm. Die Melodie ist also Trumpf, harmonische Bögen werden bis in den Pop-Olymp gesponnen. Hinter der schönen Oberfläche gibt es dennoch Raum für Tiefe, für gelegentliche Ausflüge in die Avantgarde und in die Politik. Wie das zusammen geht, das zeigen uns u.a. Cate Le Bon, Stereolab und Olden Yolk.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 22.05.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 25.05. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW21


ArtistTrackLabel
Parekh & SinghCrystallinePeacefrog
The La'sTimeless MelodyGo Disc
FellAtom Bombself-released
Ari RoarBombs AwayBella Union
SmilesGone For GoodSlumberland
JeaninesWhere I StandSlumberland
JeaninesWhySlumberland
DrugdealerLost In My DreamsMexican Summer
Sheer AgonyCareersCouple Skate Records
Big TideMake A BabyA Turntable Friend
Big TideYou Can't Live Your Life On An EmailA Turntable Friend
Big ThiefUFOF4AD
Heather Woods BroderickNightcrawlerWestern Vinyl
Max GowanMylenaZ Tapes
Ralph CastelliBetter Thingsralphcastelli.bandcamp.com
Cate Le BonHere It Comes AgainMexican Summer
David BowieThe London BoysAce Records
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The KindlingLow Low Lowthekindling.bandcamp.com
Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverIn the CapitalSub Pop
Human BarbieThe Village PriestHappyfoot Sadfoot Rec.
Francis Lung2 RealMemphis Industries
Olden YolkCotton and CaneTrouble In Mind
StereolabThree-Dee MelodieWarp
James Clark FiveWhat Do You Know About RayBeautiful Music
James Clark FiveJust A SmileBeautiful Music
Jesca HoopShoulder ChargeMemphis Industries
Aldous HardingFixture Picture4AD
MerkMelodyFlying Out
Stereo TotalCinemascopeTapete Records
Rosie TuckerGay BarNew Professor
Norma TanegaIllusionAnthology Recordings
Molly DrakeWoods In MaySquirrel Thing Records

Boys & Girls

Playlist ByteFM Webradio für gute Musik Keine Sauregurkenzeit

Rap und Hip-Hop gehören nicht unbedingt zur musikalischen Baustelle von Golden Glades. Aber für die Beastie Boys wird heute eine Ausnahme gemacht, denn die drei jüdischen Jungs aus New York City absolvierten bis zum tragischen Krebstod von Adam «MCA» Yauch eine beispiellose popkulturelle Karriere und verliehen dem Genre neue Anknüpfungspunkte. Dass Humor und Albernheit dabei eine große Rolle spielten, wird auch in ihrer jüngst veröffentlichten Autobiografie – dem Beastie Boys Buch – deutlich: Die verbliebenen zwei Mitglieder haben viele kleine Geschichten zusammengetragen und bringen mit diesem reich bebilderten Format ihr Gesamtwerk zu einen gloriosen Abschluss.

Und warum heißt die Sendung «Boys & Girls»? Weil es neben biestigen, schüchternen und nervösen Jungs auch allerhand Mädchen zu hören gibt.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 27.02.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 02.03. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 04.03. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW09


ArtistTrackLabel
Bobby OrozaYour Love Is Too ColdBig Crown Records
TelekinesisSet a CourseMerge
Lost ShipsBest Laid PlansSubjangle
Lost ShipsHere's What You Could Have WonSubjangle
RaysSubwayTrouble In Mind
Marine GirlsLove To KnowCherry Red
Golden DazeBlue BellAutumn Tone
Rozi PlainConditionsMemphis Industries
GirlpoolLucky JokeAnti-
GirlpoolSwamp And BayAnti-
Tim Presley's White FenceI Can See YouDrag City
KiDDTomorrow Skykidd.bandcamp.com
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessTBWTPNPretty Olivia
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessClose The DoorsPretty Olivia
Stephen BaileyHydeCardinal Fuzz
The Golden RailThe Sky is Always BlueCandlestick Records
Shy BoysBrick By BrickPolyvinyl
Eerie WandaMagnetic WomanJoyful Noise
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AnemoneSunshine (Back to the Start)Luminelle Recordings
ThreatmanticsShadow On Your HeartFfatbyrg Records
Beastie BoysRoot DownCapitol
Beastie BoysGirlsDef Jam
Silver ApplesProgramGeffen
DrugdealerFoolsMexican Summer
Weyes BloodEverydaySub Pop
Big StarDaisy GlazeArdent Music
Teenage FanclubEverything Is Falling ApartPeMa
TothSong To Make You Fall in Love With MeFigureight Records
Max Gowan7th DayZ Tapes
Cass McCombsSleeping VolcanoesAnti-
Holiday GhostsStuck HerePNKSLM
Tony MolinaBefore You GoSlumberland
Girl GazeWordsTeam Love

Gratiskultur

Golden Glades Songwriter, die scheitern mussten: Lost, Obscured, Restored

Wir leben in einer Gratiskultur. Es gibt viele Gründe, weshalb sich Labels oder Musikschaffende dazu entschließen, Songs gratis ins Netz zu stellen. So verstehen manche Plattenfirmen ihre Sampler mit hauseigenen Künstlern als Schnupper-Download: potenzielle Fans sollen belohnt oder geködert werden. Dagegen verschenken zahlreiche Feierabendmusiker ihre Stücke, weil sich mit ihnen eh kaum noch Geld verdienen lässt. Zudem brauchen Home-Recorder keine Studiokosten einzuspielen. Für die meisten Musikschaffenden ist es schlicht wichtig, dass ihre Songs gehört werden – und mit etwas Glück landen sie vielleicht sogar in der Playlist eines Streamingdienstes oder einer Vorabendserie.

Golden Glades widmet sich heute frei erhältlicher Musik, u.a. von Gretchen’s Wheel, dem schottischen Indiefolk von State Broadcasters und französischen Outsider-Pop von Midget.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 10.10.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.

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


ArtistTrackLabel
Max GowanTime Waits Patientmaxgowan.bandcamp.com
Cabin EssenceInto The Skycabinessence.bandcamp.com
BARBHavin a babybarb.bandcamp.com
RocketshipWhat's The Use of Books?rocketship.bandcamp.com
StarwheelSafaristarwheel.bandcamp.com
Sir QuiltLove Her Waysirquilt.bandcamp.com
Hong Kong In The 60sOut In The Coldhongkonginthe60s.com
Ed LingVelocity Girlfadeawayradiate.bandcamp.com
Roman LakesThe ColdBleeding Gold
Josh RouseWomen and the Windyeprocrecords.bandcamp.com
Gretchen's WheelUntetheredgretchenswheel.bandcamp.com
Minta & The Brook TroutFuture Meminta.bandcamp.com
Simen MitlidThis Timesoundcloud.com/simenmitlid
The FishermanFree Fallsoundcloud.com/the-fisherman
Robyn GibsonQueen Of EyesFutureman Records
Inner WaveSolarhumansoundsrecords.bandcamp.com
State BroadcastersBreak My Fallstatebroadcasters.bandcamp.com
WazonekCaliforniawazonek.bandcamp.com
DinersFifteen On A Skateboarddiners.bandcamp.com
Monster RallySunny Slothmonsterrally.bandcamp.com
Lost ShipsBest Laid Planslostships.bandcamp.com
Bear DriverColours Runbeardriver.bandcamp.com
Midget!Au ciel ouvertsouterraine.biz
Antoine LeonpaulChambre noiresouterraine.biz
The Greek TheatreJust a Little Drop of Raintheactivelistener.bandcamp.com
The Rotten MangosMoose Knucklestherottenmangos.bandcamp.com
MMOSSThymemmoss.bandcamp.com
The FinksGood Intentionsmilkrecordsprojects.bandcamp.com
Dominique LeoneDomestic Blissdominiqueleone.bandcamp.com
The Loch Ness MouseSommersangicecreammanrecords.bandcamp.com
Goodbye MaxThe Rest Is A Liefoxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com
Suko PyramidRat Guts And Pork Hoovessukopyramidbc.bandcamp.com

Jahresausklang

Jahresausklang Golden Glades Playlist

Sich zum Jahresende mit einem schnöden Rückblick aufzuhalten, dafür bleibt diesmal keine Zeit: Zu viele Anwärter stehen Schlange, um sich bei Golden Glades noch schnell die verdiente Aufmerksamkeit einzuholen. Für einen fulminanten Jahresausklang 2017 sorgen in der heutigen Ausgabe Usselman, Nicholas Krgovich und SISTERS.

Diese Sendung ist zu hören am Mittwoch, den 20.12.17 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 23.12. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 25.12. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

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

PlaylistGG_KW51


ArtistTrackLabel
So Many MountainsVery Quiet Splashsomanymountains.bandcamp.com
UsselmanTongue TiedBlow Up Records
HeatersKingsdayBeyond Beyond is Beyond
The Legendary LightnessOh How She SwaysRonin Rhythm Records
The 23rd Turn OffMichael AngeloDeram Records
Lake RuthThe Great Selkietheactivelistener.bandcamp.com
Max GowanNursing HomeZ Tapes
Cool AmericanGreat at PartiesTopshelf Records
State BroadcastersAll Our Christmas DaysOlive Grove
The Spirit Of The BeehiveCops Come LookingTiny Engines
Linda PerhacsParallelogramsSunbeam Records
Tony, Caro & JohnEclipse Of The MoonTapete
Clear LightHow Many Days Have PassedElektra
Simon JoynerI'll Fly AwayBB*Island
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Jon Cohen ExperimentalSun SalutationsSugar Gator Records
OmniEquestrianTrouble In Mind
CanariRangi Hotelsouterraine.biz
Okay MondayEverybody Lies62TV
The Tourist CompanyPedestalsDevil Duck
Alien StadiumThis One's For The HumansDouble Six
TelemanNights On EarthMoshi Moshi
SISTERSScene HereTender Loving Empire
CorridorDu Moyen Age a l'age moyenRequiem Pour Un Twister
Corridor & Halo MaudDeux coeurscorridormtl.bandcamp.com
Nick J.D. HodgsonSuitablePrediction Records
AmbulanceMurphy's LawBulbart
Mo KenneyUngluedturtlemusic / Rough Trade
Nicholas KrgovichParadeTin Angel Records
Mile Me DeafLight Ltd.Siluh Records
Remington Super 60Another Christmas SongCafe Superstar recordings