Heiter bis wolkig

Die Aussichten für Golden Glades sind heiter bis wolkig. Über Westschottland liegt ein stabiles Hochdruckdruckgebiet, das nur durch melancholische Regenintermezzi unterbrochen wird: Der klassisch geschulte C Duncan präsentiert mit «Alluvium» erneut seine schwelgerischen und texturreichen Klänge. Dem perfekten Pop dicht auf der Spur bleiben David Scott und seine Band The Pearlfishers, von denen einige Alben neu als Doppel-Vinyl erhältlich sind. Und die Glasgower Indie-Darlings Belle and Sebastian legen nach sieben Jahren ein neues Studioalbum vor, das selbst an grauen Tagen eine Portion Trost zu spenden vermag.

Heiter bis wolkig war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 18.05.22 – 17:00-19:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Donnerstag, 19.05. von 7:00-9:00 Uhr und Samstag, 21.05. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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

Belle & SebastianUnnecessary DramaMatador
The SmithsBigmouth Strikes AgainRough Trade
David Long & Shane O'NeillBruisedCountry Pylon Rec.
The StroppiesI'm in the WaterTough Love
The Wave PicturesBlink The SunMoshi Moshi
Melody's Echo ChamberEmotional EternalDomino
C. DuncanYou Don't Come AroundBella Union
C. DuncanHeavenBella Union
Eliza NiemiMurphysTin Angel Records
Martin CourtneyCorncobDomino
The PearlfishersUp with the LarksMarina Records
The PearlfishersAlways Running AwayMarina Records
SorryThereÕs So Many People That WantÉDomino
Man Behind TreeCalifornia ZephyrSubjangle
SpiritualizedBest Thing You Never HadBella Union
Bart DavenportWireless MoonTapete Records
Die SterneAlles was ich willPias
The Boys With The Perpetual NervousnessLook BackBobo Integral
Astrel KFlickering iDuophonic
Ghost PowerZome PrimerDuophonic
Dana GavanskiBend Away and FallFull Time Hobby
Robert WyattJust As You AreDomino
Butcher BoyDear JohnNeedle Mythology
The MuldoonsAudacityLast Night From Glasgow
Built to SpillGonna LoseSub Pop
Kathleen Hanna, Erica Dawn Lyle, Vice CoolerMirrorballBandcamp.com
Slack TimesLook At YouMeritorio
The Magic LanternEnoughHectic Eclectic
Charles WatsonReared In The WestMoshi Moshi

Pop Division

Zur aktuellen ByteFM-Themenwoche «Ian Curtis/ Joy Division» hat Golden Glades nicht viel beizutragen. Immerhin lautet unsere Devise ‘Pop Division’ – sie soll uns leiten bei der Erkundung melodienseliger Musik jenseits des Mainstreams. Wir wollen uns harmonischen Wendungen hingeben, engelsgleichen Gesängen und butterweichen Sounds. Mit dabei: die schönen Debütalben von Gary Olson und Brandi Ediss sowie der retro-futuristische Kammerpop von Orwell.

Pop Division ist zu hören am Mittwoch, den 20.05.20 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 23.05. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr

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


Rolling Blackouts CFFalling ThunderSub Pop
Christian Lee HutsonGet The Old Band Back TogetherAnti- Records
Brandi EdissBees and Bees and BeesFutureman Records
Brandi EdissCount to ThreeFutureman Records
Cass McCombsThe Wine Of LebanonAnti- Records
Jon McKielMourning DoveYou've Changed Rec.
Girlatones2 Young 2 ForgetMeritorio Records
The StroppiesBurning BrightTough Love
Gary OlsonSome AdviceTapete
Gary OlsonAfternoon Into EveningTapete
Lavinia BlackwallWhen Will All Come To Lightlaviniablackwall.bandcamp.com
Odessey & OracleChercher MamanAnother Record / Dur et Doux
Kyle ForesterMarigoldkyleforester.bandcamp.com
Katie Von SchleicherNowhereFull Time Hobby
Nap EyesFool Thinking WaysJagjaguwar
yumboThe Devil SongMorr Music/Alien Transistor
Jetstream PonyI Close My EyesKleine Untergrund Schallplatten
RVGAlexandraFire Records
RVGPerfect DayFire Records
AltadoreAll That Weightaltadore.bandcamp.com
Marker StarlingStarved For GlamourTin Angel Records
OrwellPourquoi Savoir?Hot Puma
OrwellLoneHot Puma
BarbagalloMichaelLa Souterraine
LAKEHanged ManOff Tempo
French QuarterGoodbye Alligator SkinOff Tempo
DinersBig MoonLauren Records
BibioSleep On The WingWarp
Pop Co-OpPersistence of MemoryFutureman Records
The Eighteenth Day Of MayCold Early MorningCardinal Fuzz
Lake RuthEasy To Leave MeKleine Untergrund Schallplatten

Reeperbahn Festival 2019

It’s that time of the year again: the famous Kiez of St. Pauli buzzing with sounds, words and music fans during the 14th edition of the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. Four festival days packed with numerous talks, awards and meetings – Same procedure as last year? The answer is both yes and no.

Taking part at the annual RBF almost feels like a very pleasant class reunion: meeting up with dear old friends I only get see once a year like Dino, who works for Redeye Distribution in Berlin or my dear colleague Alice from Aachen. She runs the fabulous blog Offbeat Music and also cares for music in her radio shows for ByteFM and NovumFM. And of course, there’s loads of music to hear and to discover! Sometimes too much at once with 90 venues on board for 600 shows. Not really a bad thing, right?

W.H. Lung

I wasn’t at all familiar with the first band I watched on Wednesday evening and had no idea what to expect. W.H. Lung hail from Manchester, played as a five piece and mix several goods from the 70ties to 90ties: some kind of motorik synthie-pop, combined with a shoegaze guitar sound and a slight dark wave attitude. Imagine Stone Roses married to Neu! while flirting with Joy Division. It was a wild combination, groovy and forceful. The lanky singer of W.H. Lung exposed some versatile skills in body balance while his bare feet showed a daring collection of colourful toenails.

Bobby Oroza

Another flamboyant detail popped up later this evening when the Finnish soul singer Bobby Oroza played his showcase at Angie’s Nightclub. He presented his soul-soaked tunes in a matching wardrobe from head to foot with classy dark suit, pocket square and shiny black shoes. All topped up with magenta-coloured socks! Oroza’s handsome appearance and sentimental sound may feel like being caught in a long-lost time warp, but that’s fine. His heartfelt crooning was perfectly harmonized, relaxed and comforting, sometimes refined with jazzy guitar chops and an up-tempo rhythm section. At one point he apologized: “I only got love songs. I hope that’s alright?”. No doubt about it, Bobby Oroza’s a humble artist with exceptional style and talent.


Thursday for me at the Reeperbahn Fest was a bit of a dilemma. Three showcases I wanted to see shared the same time slot. Bummer! In the end I chose Sasami and I think this was a pretty good decision. The classically trained indie-songwriter Sasami Ashworth is anything but ordinary. She’s an artist making her own way and transformed her songs to an inspiring live experience as a trio. Sometimes I worried her long hair might get tangled up between the strings of her guitar. Her performance was raw and powerful with a refreshing and healthy “fuck this!” attitude. Sasami never intended to please the crowd. But she’s on a mission and she cares for female empowerment. Again and again she mentioned the hashtag #empoweringwoman. Right on! Some people in the audience were overwhelmed, if not disturbed by her statements, and she obviously touched a raw nerve.

And here’s the thing: The Reeperbahn Festival signed up to Keychange, an international initiative who cares about gender equality in the music industry. This year’s line-up was indeed progressive, lots of female artists included like Sasami from California and her excellent female rhythm section. But the harsh truth is: the venue for her was only half-filled and the audience mostly male. Sasami definitely deserved better.

The Stroppies Melbourne live in concert @ Molotow Hamburg RBF#19

The Stroppies

My next musical highlight happened on Friday, shortly after midday. Australia was this year’s focus country and thankfully not only big names like Feist were thrown into the festival field, also the less known Indiepop act The Stroppies played two shows.

The stage at Molotow for The Stroppies was tiny and the PA system wasn’t the best. Nevertheless, the four-piece from Melbourne managed to play an enjoyable and charismatic set of old school jangly guitar tunes. I quite liked the enthusiasm of the drummer, who sang along all the time although he had no mike. The bass player was super cool and her deadpan vocals added a light post-punk feel in to the mix while the other singer changed between strumming the guitar or dealing with the vintage keyboard. Sometimes on his knees and with his head on the keys. Above all, it was fun and fresh. The Stroppies finished off with delights and the brooding vibe of Cellophane Car – this alone was already worth doing the festival trip to Hamburg! But hold on, there was more good stuff to follow.

Penelope Isles

When the Brighton quartet Penelope Isles released their debut album on Bella Union this year, I worshipped a few tracks. But live, they were incredibly impactful and impressive. With up to four voices in the mix, Penelope Isles presented a super tight and powerful performance of harmony-laden indie rock galore and beyond. The band acted like a solid unit, easily managed to shift between instruments and genres. Maybe it’s because the two singers and songwriters are brother and sister – it’s a family affair with a deeper understanding for sonic aesthetics and expression. Their song Gnarbone ended up as a ten-minute adventure of captivating heavy psyche-rock dynamics. At some point the track ended, but suddenly they start again and the audience just went crazy. It was one of these special goosebumps’ moments, a rare treat in live music these days.

Thank you Penelope Isles and thank you Reeperbahn Festival 2019. It was a real pleasure again.


27th September 2019

Like Yesterday

Like Yesterday klingen viele Songs von heute. Dieser Rückgriff auf althergebrachte Strukturen und Sounds: ist das nun als zeitlos zu bewerten? Oder als hoffnungslos nostalgisch? Oder gar als reaktionär? Oft genug kommt es vor, dass das Klangmaterial allein keine zuverlässige Aussage mehr darüber zulässt, ob ein Song nun alt oder neu ist, denn manch heutige Musikschaffende sind historisch so gut informiert, dass das popmusikalische Zeitkolorit bis ins kleinste Detail rekonstruiert wird. Mit Like Yesterday wollen wir uns heute diesem Phänomen widmen und hören aktuelle Sounds, die sich aus vergangenen Tagen speisen, zwischen Sixties Beat, Krautrock und Power Pop.

Diese Sendung war zu hören am Mittwoch, den 27.03.19 – 20:00-22:00 Uhr.
Wdh.: Samstag, 30.03. von 15:00-17:00 Uhr & Montag, 01.04. von 08:00-10:00 Uhr

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


Violet SwellsHere Comes YesterdayStrong Island Recordings
AnemoneOn Your OwnLuminelle Recordings
BeachtapeFix It UpPNKSLM
Justus ProffitLaughing On the InsideBar/None Records
Masha QrellaDay After DayStaatsakt
Ex HexTough EnoughMerge
The StroppiesPresent TenseTough Love
The StroppiesNothing At AllTough Love
Michael ParadiseGoldPowell Productions
Shy BoysDim The LightPolyvinyl
Faye WebsterRoom TemperatureSecretly Canadian
Salami Rose Joe LouisNostalgic MontageBrainfeeder
Gretchen's WheelAlways LoveFutureman Records
ElvaTailwindTapete Records
The DatesAny Other NiteBurger Records
William TylerFail SafeMerge
American FootballSilhouettesPolyvinyl
The Proper OrnamentsCrepuscular ChildTapete Records
Green SeagullSimeon BrownMega Dodo
The FernwehSunriseSkeleton Key
Lucille FursAnother LandRequiem Pour Un Twister
Lucille FursPaint Euphrosyne BlueRequiem Pour Un Twister
Ex OkaysInvolvementexokays.bandcamp.com
Paul CherryLike YesterdayFeeltrip
I Was a KingBubbleself-released
I Was a KingHatchetself-released
Von SparExtend The Song (w/ L¾titia Sadier)Tapete Records
Stephen MalkmusViktor BorgiaDomino
Tim Presley's White FenceFog CityDrag City
Dana GavanskiOne By OneFull Time Hobby
Bobby JamesonDo You Believe In YesterdayVerve
Chris CohenTwice in a LifetimeCaptured Tracks
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