Musik kann als Rettungsanker fungieren in dem sie eine Welt bietet, in die es sich flüchten lässt. Sie kann uns Trost und Hoffnung spenden. Oder zumindest ein gutes Mittel gegen Langeweile sein (kommt natürlich auf die Musikauswahl an).

Auch für Musikschaffende selbst ist das Songschreiben oft ein Anker, der Halt gibt und Ordnung in eine chaotische Gefühlwelt bringt. So versteht sich das Debütwerk «Yesterday Is Gone» von Dana Gavanski als klassisches Trennungsalbum. Die Songs sind eine Abrechnung der serbisch-kanadischen Künstlerin mit sich selbst und ihrer jüngst gescheiterten Beziehung. Ihre sorgfältig und clever produzierten Tracks vermitteln ein Gefühl von Sehnsucht, aber auch von Aufbruch. Wir werden uns dem ausführlicher heute widmen.

Zuversichtliche Songs bieten uns in dieser Sendung weiterhin die Sophisti-Pop Band LAKE aus Olympia, WA und die liebenswürdigen Girlatones aus Melbourne.

Der Rettungsanker war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 08.04.20 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 11.04. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


We the PeopleIn the PastAce Records
James ElkingtonNowhere Time (edit)Paradise of Bachelors
Nap EyesEven Though I Can't Read Your MindParadise of Bachelors
Stephen MalkmusCash UpDomino
Damien JuradoBirds Tricked Into the TreesLoose Music
Dana GavanskiSmall FavoursFull Time Hobby
Star Trip y Hank IdoryVuelves a
LAKEResolutionOff Tempo
Peel Dream MagazineEmotional Devotion CreatorSlumberland
Peel Dream MagazineToo DumbSlumberland
Jerry PaperQuicksandStones Throw
LithicsHandsTrouble In Mind
Stephen SteinbrinkCall You LaterHoly Page
Stephen SteinbrinkDeny Your CreatorLost Sound Tapes
Yani MartinelliWild And FreeFox Food Records
Dumb ThingsNo One Comes AroundBobo Integral
Soccer MommyBloodstreamCaroline/Universal
Gary OlsonGiovanna PleaseTapete
Alex IzenbergDisraeli WomanWeird World
Human BarbieDon't Run AwayPoor Man Records
Dana GavanskiYesterday Is GoneFull Time Hobby
Dana GavanskiWhat We HadFull Time Hobby
ElrichmanCop On A HorseBobo Integral
DropkickTomorrowBobo Integral / Sound Asleep
GirlatonesOutside Of OurselvesMeritorio Records
GirlatonesCan't ComplainMeritorio Records
Benjamin SchoosCatching in PassingFreaksville Music
Grimm GrimmThe Ghost of Madame
MalojianChinooksRollercoaster Records
Doug TuttleDarkness Under
The Hannah Barberas(I Wanna Go) OutSubjangle/Spinout Nuggets
Ian BroudieHome from HomeNeedle Mythology

Best of 2018

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

Super Duper

Es geht heute nicht weniger als erstklassig zu bei Golden Glades: Wir haben zum Beispiel super duper Lo-fi-Tunes von Lindsey Rae Radice im Angebot. Als Krankenschwester hat die Songschreiberin aus New Jersey bestimmt keinen einfachen Job. Dafür macht sie in ihrer Freizeit als PYNKIE besonders frohsinnige und leichtherzige Musik.

Super duper ist auch die komplexe Songwriter-Kunst von Niklas Kramer alias Still Parade. Sein neues Album Soon Enough wurde in kalifornische Sonne getaucht und klingt super-nostalgisch.

Schließlich kann auch der aktuelle Output von Stephen Steinbrink mehr als überzeugen, obwohl der amerikanische Songwriter mit Utopia Teased tief in seiner Gefühlswelt gräbt, um ein Trauma zu verarbeiten. Doch auch das ist, wie man es auch drehen und wenden mag, super duper. Da gibt’s nichts dran zu rütteln.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 21.11.18 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 24.11. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 26.11. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

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


Marble SoundsThe Advice to Travel LightZealrecords
Cornelius Brothers & Sister RoseToo Late to Turn Back NowUnited Artists
Dylan MondegreenA Place In The SunSkiPop Records
Holly GolightlyObstaclesDamaged Goods
Salad BoysHatredTrouble In Mind
The Golden RailDon't Let Go Of The LightCandlestick Records
GospelbeacHFreeway to the CanyonAlive Naturalsound
Attic LightsNever By MyselfElefant
Stephen SteinbrinkA Part of Me is a Part of YouMelodic
Stephen SteinbrinkZappa DreamMelodic
Fenn is coolVertigoZ Tapes
Sky MataLucilleJigsaw
PaintTrue Love (Is Hard To Find)Mexican Summer
The Last DetailFairweather FriendElefant
ClickClickDeckerLŠuft Es Eher DanebenAudiolith
FoxwarrenIn Another LifeAnti
Patrick Siegfried ZimmerEternityPSZ Recordings
International MusicFarbiges LichtStaatsakt
WwomanFOAFuture Gods
The SeamsHold StillMeritorio Records
Pearl & The OystersMermaid ParadeCroque Madame
Still ParadePortalsFeel Flows
Still ParadeCanyonFeel Flows
Vinyl WilliamsEternityRequiem Pour Un Twister
Sea PinksA Man in My ConditionCF Records
PYNKIEShrinking VioletPlastic Response Records
PYNKIELooneyTunePlastic Response Records
Nicholas KrgovichTimeTin Angel Records
Advance BaseDolores & KimberlyRun For Cover
Big TideHide Me In Your SpaceshipA Turntable Friend
Po!Ever Been HadRutland Records

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!

Quality Pop

Quality Pop – darunter verstehen wir in der heutigen Sendung Künstlerinnen und Künstler, die sich im Zeitalter von Mikrotrends wenig um aktuelle Strömungen kümmern; furchtlose Haudegen, die ihre zeitlosen Platten nach konsequent eigener Maßgabe produzieren. Diese Spezies zeichnet sich durch unbestechliches Kennertum aus. Zu ihr zählen Teenage Fanclub, Ryley Walker und Wilco, aber auch weniger bekannte Exemplare.


Benjamin Francis LeftwichSome Other ArmsDirty Hit
Shotgun JimmieLove LetterYou've Changed Rec.
Mild High ClubTesselationStones Throw
The Explorers ClubNo Strings AttachedGoldstar Recordings
Ryley WalkerA Choir ApartDead Oceans
Stephen SteinbrinkI'm Turning Inside OutMelodic
WilcoIf I Ever Was a ChildAnti
Harry NilssonThe Moonbeam SongRCA
Divine ComedyForeverlandDivine Comedy Records
Work DrugsMethod
Soft HairLying Has To StopDomino
Zach SchimpfWormy, Old
OwenA Burning SoulPolyvinyl
These Bashful
The SubmissivesDo You Really Love Me?Fixture Records
Cotton MatherNever Be ItApple Kingdom
Teenage FanclubIt's A SignPeMa
Teenage FanclubHold OnPeMa
Lawrence ArabiaBrain
There Is No MountainListening to SadnessORG Music
The Monochrome SetCosmonautTapete
Cool GhoulsDaysMelodic
Allah-Las200 South La BreaMexican Summer
The Twilight HoursSioux City
Matthias Arfmann presents: Ballet JeunesseSŠbeltanz feat. Schorsch KamerunDecca/Universal
Post SocialEyes
Angel OlsenThose Were The DaysJagjaguwar
King CreosoteLove LifeDomino
Community RadioSick in the
Papa TopoOberturaElefant

Playlist 08.06.2016

Pop Does Not Mean Popular

Pop Does Not Mean Popular – so heißt eine Retrospektive des amerikanischen lo-fi Künstlers Hussalonia, die in der heutigen Golden Glades-Ausgabe eingehend vorgestellt wird. Der Titel ist zugleich so etwas wie das Grundprinzip dieser Sendung, die alle zwei Wochen aufs Neue erklärt, dass Popmusik nicht immer auch populäre Musik ist. So stehen auch heute wieder meisterhafte Popexperten auf dem Programm, die ihrer Entdeckung für den großen Markt harren – oder aber an dieser Entdeckung gar kein Interesse haben, darunter Stephen Steinbrink, Roar, Lowpines u.v.a.


HussaloniaThe Hussalonia
HussaloniaHistory Is
Fruit BatsHumbug Mountain SongEasy Sound
POSTFeedback on a Concrete
Working for a Nuclear Free CityTurned To TightMelodic
The LiminanasKostasBecause Music
Mick HarveyDon't Say A ThingMute
Sam MeansTaking It Back to
RoarExplosion of
The Beach BoysHere TodayCapitol
Andy ShaufThe MagicianAnti-
Stephen SteinbrinkBuilding MachinesMelodic
The Julie RuinI DecideHardly Art
The Goon SaxTargetChapter Music
Two White CranesHead Over
Kid ChameleonTypical Me & Typical
HussaloniaYou Can't Stay
HussaloniaMake Way for My Depression!
WhitneyFollowSecretly Canadian
American Sound LtdDon't Leave Me BabyNumero Group
The GreyhoundsGettin Out AliveArdent Music
Foxtails BrigadeNun But The
Chris CohenAs if ApartCaptured Tracks
ModularLas Flores Del GurœElefant
AlohaOne Hundred MillionPolyvinyl
Marthas & ArthursOn The Streets Of Old Gay
Panic is PerfectUp ThereStrange Loop
LowpinesThat Bridge Washed Away In The
Whyte HorsesThe SnowfallsCRC
Randolph's LeapGoodbyeOlive Grove
Sonny and the SunsetsCheck OutPolyvinyl

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