Gute Geschichten

Heute dreht sich bei Golden Glades alles um gute Geschichten. Aufhänger ist das Album «Merlynn Belle» von Tele Novella, das streckenweise wie eine Märchenstunde klingt – in etwa so, als habe ein weiblicher Lee Hazlewood die tschechischen Fantasy-Serien der 1970er Jahre verinnerlicht. Tele Novella bezeichnen ihre Musik als «medieval pop», dabei pflegt das texanische Duo einen spielerischen Umgang mit der analogen Soundpalette, irgendwo zwischen Indie-Folk und Psyche-Pop.

Ebenfalls analog und eigenwillig unterwegs sind Freelove Fenner. «The Punishment Zone» ist das zweite Album des gemischten Doppels aus Montreal. Nach sieben Jahren Funkstille bietet es minimalen Pop mit einem sanften vintage Flair. Freelove Fenner betonen, durchaus keine Snobs zu sein, sondern schlicht die Herausforderung zu schätzen, die die Arbeit mit einer 8-Spur Bandmaschine mit sich bringt.

Weitere gute Geschichten zwischen abstrakter Poesie und klassischem Storytelling gibt es zu hören von The Burning Hell, XTC sowie Tomberlin.

Gute Geschichten war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 10.02.21 – 19:00-21:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 30.01. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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

Kelley StoltzThe Quiet OnesAgitated Records
The Burning HellFriday the
Chad VanGaalenSamurai SwordSub Pop
Freelove FennerAugust PartiesMoone Records
Freelove FennerLED MuseumMoone Records
The SpiresHalf An
Soft on CrimeI Won't TryEats It Records & Tapes
XTCScissor ManVirgin
James Yorkston & The Second Hand OrchestraElla Mary LeatherDomino
The BeatlesEleanor RigbyParlophon
TomberlinSinSaddle Creek
JullanderMartin Luther Verliert Die GeduldSunday Service
Tandem FelixThe Assassinationself-released
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessRose Tinted GlassBobo Integral
Kiwi Jr.Maid Marian's ToastSub Pop
Stoop KidWe'll Be Right Back After ThisUhmYeahSure Records
Emma KupaNothing At AllFika
Midnight SisterMy Elevator SongJagjaguwar
Hilton ValentineListenCapitol
Hilton ValentineGirl From AllemagneCapitol
3 A.M. AgainSubjects and ObjectsSubjangle
Theatre RoyalCount Your BlessingsVacilando '68 Recordings
Die RegierungDer Witz IstStaatsakt
wojtek the bearFerme la boucheLast Night From Glasgow
Tele NovellaOne Little PearlKill Rock Stars
Tele NovellaCrystal WitchKill Rock Stars
Chris CacavasE-Z LivingNormal
Daniel RomanoNothing Is
Belle and SebastianSeeing Other PeopleJeepster
Goat GirlThe CrackRough Trade
RaveloeOld TreeOlive Grove
MnevisStar WarsRed Brick Chapel
NilssonClosingRCA Victor

Musikalische Jahresuhr

Ein mehr als schwieriges Jahr geht zu Ende, in dem die Live-Bühnen dieser Welt weitgehend verstummt sind – und niemand vermag mit Sicherheit zu sagen, inwieweit sich die Lage 2021 erholen wird. Doch die Erde dreht sich weiter, das Kalenderjahr schreitet wie gewohnt voran und Golden Glades nimmt den Jahreswechsel einmal mehr zum Anlass, Musik rund ums Jahr zu präsentieren. Wir hören ein Lied zu jedem Monat, eine Ode zu jeder Saison. Wir erleben im Schnelldurchlauf, wie die Erde auf ihrem Weg um die Sonne etwa 940 Millionen Kilometer zurücklegt und begegnen dabei so freundlichen Zeitgenossen wie Joe Pernice, Ron Sexsmith und James Elkington.

Die „Musikalische Jahresuhr“ war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 30.12.20 – 19:00-21:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 02.01. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


The FinksMy Year of
Aztec CameraWalk Out to WinterWarner
Ali BarterJanuaryPIAS / Interia
Wil MaloneFebruary FaceFontana
Tandem FelixMaking Dinner on Valentine's Dayself-released
Art GarfunkelWaters Of MarchAce Records
John SouthworthSo Glad It's Finally SpringTin Angel Records
Ron SexsmithSpring of the Following YearCooking Vinyl
The Legendary LightnessApril HeartsRonin Rhythm Records
BibioPatchouli MayWarp
Remington Super 60Dreaming of SummerCafe Superstar /Z Tapes
The KinksRainy Day In JuneSanctuary
The PearlfishersWe're Gonna Save the SummerMarina Records
SnailsHot DayGlass Modern
Pete JollySeasonsBoutique
MaunoSummertimeTin Angel Records
Freezing HandsBorn in JulyHidden Volume
Kid ChameleonAugust Sun, November
Darren HaymanFirst Flush, Second Flush, Autumn FlushGare du Nord
UnicornAutumn WineOmnivore
Joe PerniceHere Comes SeptemberAshmont
Vigrass And OsborneForever AutumnAce Records
LunchboxThree Cheers for AutumntimeSlumberland
James ElkingtonGo Easy on OctoberParadise of Bachelors
The ShinsYoung PilgrimsSub Pop
The Left OutsidesNovember On My MindCardinal Fuzz
Mac DemarcoCooking Up Something GoodCaptured Tracks
J FernandezVolcanic WinterJoyful Noise
Green SeagullFirst Snow Of WinterSnowflakes Christmas
Wendy & BonnieDecember SunSundazed
Long Tall JeffersonChristmas SongRed Brick Chapel
NicoThe Fairest Of The SeasonsPolydor
BroadcastLong Was The YearWarp

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…

November Blues

Von Weltuntergangsstimmung bis zum Herzschmerz in Reinform: Golden Glades wird sich heute der Schwermut hingeben, denn sie gehört zu dieser schummrigen Jahreszeit so obligatorisch wie das Amen in der Kirche. Klang gewordenen November bieten u.a. neue Tracks von The Lilac Time, Girl Gaze und Boduf Songs.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 20.11.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 23.11. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


Patrick WatsonDream for DreamingDomino
Shannon LayNovemberSub Pop
Wendy & BonnieThe Ice Cream Man SongSundazed
The Lilac TimeMarch to the DocksBMG
TindersticksTake Care In Your DreamsCity Slang
Girl GazeMy RoomTeam Love
Mount Eerie w/ Julie DoironEnduring the WavesP.W. Elverum & Sun
Matt MalteseCurl Up & Die7476
VetiverUp On HighLoose Music
Wished BoneSap
Major MurphyMy C. C. BluesWinspear Records
Lazy FliesHell Is Other
The FinksNo One ElseMilk! Records
Night HeronBlown
James Clark FiveMaireadBeautiful Music
Ally KerrRagged ManMuch Obliged
Boduf SongsUnseen Forces and How to Use ThemOrindal Music
Dana GavanskiOff AgainFull Time Hobby
Jeffrey Lewis & The VoltageDepression! Despair!Moshi Moshi
lowly loverboiStephen
Simon JoynerThe Last Time I Saw You, BillyBB*Island
Dave BixbyWaiting For The RainsGuerssen Records
The Left BankeThere's Gonna Be a StormMercury
Teenage FanclubDark CloudsPeMa
Tandem FelixBravo
FloristAs AloneDouble Double Whammy
Those Pretty WrongsTonight, Tonight, TonightBurger Records
Bill FayFilled With Wonder Once AgainDead Oceans
Rozi PlainWhen There is No SunMemphis Industries

Zwischen Art-Pop und Westcoast

Musik kann sich wie ein langer, warmer Sommerabend anfühlen. Süffige Melodien umschmeicheln das Ohr, sehnsüchtig entspannt oder kunstvoll-verquer. Das Feld ist weit, die AnwärterInnen kommen aus allen Gegenden der Welt.

Besondere Aufmerksamkeit widmen wir einem Album von der irischen Ostküste: Rom-Com von Tandem Felix. Deren Songwriter David Tapley präsentiert sich offenherzig wie Jeff Tweedy von Wilco. Tapley sorgt für lebensnahe Songs, raffiniert angelegt und sensibel produziert (nur das große Publikum fehlt noch). Ebenso im Fokus: der aufgeweckte Bedroom-Pop von Hovvdy und der verführerische Westküsten-Pop von Ashley Rhodus alias Wished Bone.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 06.11.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 26.10. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


Sam CohenLet the Sun Come Through30th Century Records
VetiverAll We Could WantLoose Music
The Late PioneersInto The
Pinetop SaunaLend You Some
Tandem FelixNightclub (I Sold My Soul to the Devil)
Tram CopsHappy as Can
HovvdyKeep It UpDouble Double Whammy
HovvdyWatergunDouble Double Whammy
Lake RuthStrange InteriorsSlumberland
Common HollyJoshua SnakesBarsuk
Sean O'HaganI Am HereDrag City
Sean O'HaganThe Paykan (Laili's Song)Drag City
John HowardIdiot DaysYou Are The Cosmos
The Last DetailPlacesElefant
BananagunTop CatFull Time Hobby
ZardtJesterRed Brick Chapel
Andy ShaufThe Things I DoAnti-
Wished BoneHold
Wished BoneTrees We Couldn't Tell The Size
Berta BigtoeThe CreekAcrophase Records
OmniSkeleton KeySub Pop
Modern NatureFootstepsBella Union
Desert SoulsTurtleKleine Untergrund Schallplatten
SingleUn Roce Al PasoElefant
West Coast Pop Art Exp. BandTransparent DayReprise
Ancient ShapesA Flower That Wouldn't BloomYou've Changed Rec.
Ancient ShapesGlass CurtainYou've Changed Rec.
Tandem FelixNow I'm a
Tandem FelixTapley Takes a
Allah-LasOn Our WayMexican Summer

Schön verzweifelt

In der heutigen Sendung begegnen uns Erzählerstimmen, die mit sich und der Welt hadern. «That’s right I’m fucked up and it can’t get any better», singt etwa Danny Bateman alias Frog auf seinem neuen Album Count Bateman. Doch selbst, wenn das Innere schonungslos nach Außen gekehrt wird, wie auf Niels Freverts Putzlicht. Es kann eine befreiende Art der Verzweiflung sein, aufrichtig und damit hoffnungsvoll gestimmt. Dies gilt erst recht für YVON (aka Carsten Erobique Meyer, Jaques Palminger und Yvon Jansen), die Krisen und Kreisgedanken-Probleme nonchalant in Easy Listening zu verpacken wissen – Mut machende Verzweiflung zum Mitsingen.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 09.10.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 12.10. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


Field GuidesFake Calder, Pt. 2Whatever's Clever
HovvdyCathedralDouble Double Whammy
Andrew TaylorWhat I Really MeanRock Indiana Records
Night HeronRead the
The Last DetailKilling TimeElefant
The Grief BrothersA Small Town Gone To HellCountry Mile Records
FrogRIP to the Empire State Flea MarketAudio Antihero
FrogIt's Something I DoAudio Antihero
Penelope IslesUnderwater Record StoreBella Union
Say Sue MeYour BookDamnably
YVONBootsfahrt Mit Geschrei_Asexy
Field MusicOnly In A Mans WorldMemphis Industries
Richard DawsonTwo HalvesDomino
Monnone AloneThe Dystopian Days Of YoreMeritorio Records
DIE REALIT€TNur die RealitŠtTrikont
Tandem FelixOil Moneyself-released
Human BarbieWe
MNNQNSFall DownFatCat
Dry CleaningSit Down MealIt's OK
Strawberry GuyBirch TreeMelodic
Strawberry GuyMrs MagicMelodic
Francis LungUnnecessary LoveMemphis Industries
EdwinLucky PennyDogs On Tour Records
Niels FrevertDas mit dem GlŸcklichsein ist relativGršönland
Niels FrevertImmer Noch Die MusikGršönland
Pernice BrothersEvidently SoAshmont Records
Frankie CosmosWith Great PurposeSub Pop
Beno”t PioulardKeepMorr Music

More Music More Happy

Das Motto der heutigen Ausgabe sah ich unlängst in einem Winterthurer Schaufenster, und es stimmt ja ohne Frage: Musik hat einen ungeheuren Einfluss auf unsere Stimmung. Selbst Landwirte drehen im Stall die Lautsprecher auf, damit die Kühe glücklicher sind und – so das perfide Kalkül – die Milch zügiger fließe. Glückseligkeit ohne Produktionszwang winkt all denen, die heute Golden Glades einschalten. Unter anderem gibt’s einen ausführlichen Ausblick auf das kommende Reeperbahnfestival sowie neue Musik lebensfroher Zeitgenossen wie Alvvays, Ariel Pink und Lee Ranaldo.


Aunt SisFastest AnimalSorry Records
Human HeatBest For YouOffline Records
Abram ShookNo ReturnWestern Vinyl
Archer PrewittO, KYThrill Jockey
AlvvaysPlimsoll PunksTransgressive Records
No MenPart Time PunksBeautiful Music
Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby JamesonKemado
Bobby JamesonCandy Colored DragonVerve
MunicipalityRemnantsHuman Sounds
Travis BretzerEvergreenHuman Sounds
Tandem FelixWere You
Lord YouthParable BluesBB*Island
Caroline SaysGod KnowsWestern Vinyl
unhappybirthdayHimitsuWave Tension Records
Griffin RodriguezCandyCimiotti Tapes
The Parson Red HeadsTime After TimeYou Are The Cosmos
Jon Cohen ExperimentalFeed On MeSugar Gator Records
MaunoHow LongTin Angel Records
Owen PallettOn A PathDomino
SuperorganismSomething For Your M.I.N.D.Domino
King CreosoteLove LifeDomino
This Is the KitMoonshine FreezeRough Trade
Marika HackmanRound We GoSub Pop
Jane WeaverDid You See Butterflies?Fire Records
Nadine ShahPlace Like This1965 Records
Jen CloherForgot MyselfMarathon Artists
Lee RanaldoCircular (Right As Rain)Mute
The Babe RainbowPeace Blossom BoogyFlightless
Angelo De AugustineFadeAsthmatic Kitty
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