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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Don't Know Much

As an experiment: I'm thinking of changing the format of my weekly blog entries to match the basic show note page I also create for  my weekly podcast feed. I'd still like to comment on the acts I pick for each podcast, but I'm thinking that a separate entry with bloggy type entries that are not necessarily related to my podcast would be a better way to communicate those thoughts. 

What you see below for the 204th MMI podcast is simply a reproduction of the regular podcast feed entry for this edition. I clearly need to give the idea I expresssed at the top of this blog post some more thought. So perhaps this is just a thought experiment.


Toni Sant presents the 205th in a series of podcasts featuring music by performers in or from Malta. [in Maltese]

Artists featured in this podcast:

  • Muxu
  • Hadrian Mansueto
  • Instincts
  • Salt

    >> Details about this podcast [in English]

    See also:
    - MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page

    - More links to music websites from Malta

    - Toni Sant on | @tonisant on Twitter

    - MaltaMedia Online Network

    (MP3 filesize: 15 MB)

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  • Saturday, March 20, 2010

    Beside You

    One of the joys of academic life comes in the form of conferences and similar gatherings. The last couple of days I've been at the Inaugural Interdisciplinary Conference of the Virtual Communication, Collaboration and Conflict (VIRT3C) Research Group at the University of Hull. We heard a couple of inspirational keynotes, and it was quite pleasant to see Alex Grech present his PhD research project in public for the very first time.

    An event like this makes me see that things are coming along nicely in terms of bringing together my academic activities and my non-academic creative interests into closer dialogue. As you would imagine (if you follow this blog regularly) my weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is an essential part of this equation, so I gladly return to it regularly every weekend.

    The 204th MMI podcast is a potpourri edition featuring different types of songs and acts that give a cross-section view of the current Maltese music scene. Opening with Richard Edwards' new pop song Diesel, we swiftly move on to Tini Kanzunetta from Freddie Portelli's new album Xammar, which was recently launched in Australia.

    A new version of Porn: the Musical is slated open April 6 and run until May 1 with a non-Maltese cast at the London fringe venue Theatre 503 in Battersea Park Road. I thought this called for a song from Kris Spiteri's pre-Porn repertoire, so I've picked Here Comes the Band, which probably showcases his music prowess to the full.

    Pink Pube has issued it's first release for 2010. Lucid Dream's is a dark debut offering from the new duo May We Ask You All For Silence...? The opening track is called Into for Asylums and for all I know there's no typo in that name. As with all other Pink Pube releases, this EP is also available as a free download from the net label's website.

    The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just click here or listen to the podcast on the player right below this text.

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    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    This Charming Life

    These last couple of weeks I spent a substantial number of nights away from my cozy bed. It's great to sample various hotel chains and get a large city buzz from time to time but I certainly wouldn't enjoy living the rat race again full time. I enjoyed meeting people and going places in Malta, Glasgow and London, but now it's back to reality on the holodeck until the next adventure.

    Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast 203 comes up right away among the things that help give my life some structure and what you could call a routine of some sort. This week's edition is packed with tracks that have accumulated in my inbox in recent weeks, starting off with the new song by Dolls for Idols. Dance the Dance is very catchy and comes with a cool music video too. This is undoubtedly one of Malta's foremost pop rock bands right now.

    Areola Treat have released a couple of tracks from their upcoming second album, featuring their new bassist Steve Shaw, who replaced Matthew Cuschieri a few months ago. 100 Silhouettes is also getting some airplay in Malta right now and I'd expect the other track (Second Coming) to get similar treatment once the new album Pleasure Machines comes out.

    During my recent visit to Malta I finally managed to meet that delightful pianist Clifford Borg. He's currently working on his third album, but gave me a copy of his second CD called Origin, as a token of his appreciation for my support for his music over the years. As sophisticated pop music goes, you'll be hard pressed to find anything finer than Clifford Borg emanating from Malta. Worth Waiting? is the tune I've selected from Origin.

    There are some songs and singers that sound better removed from the environment within which they are originally presented. Franklin Calleja is one such singer and his song Give Me Time falls squarely in this category. This teenage singer-songwriter has demonstrated admirable promise as a pop artist and I'd hate to see him swallowed up by misguided delusions of grandeur as has happened to so many others before him. I guess only time can really tell. I hope to come back with more on this in the coming years.

    One of the endearing qualities of the MMI podcast is that it includes quirky stuff that no radio station mindful of retaining its mindless masses dares to include on its playlist. This week we tick this box with a new recording by British ex-pat Ron Cheevers, who made Malta his new home several years ago. You may remember him on a previous edition in this series as part of Mekon Delta, here he gives us a new guitar soundspace to wrap our ears around in Don't You Hear Me Cryin'.

    The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just click here or listen to the podcast on the player right below this text.

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    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Qalb ta' Kampanjol

    I'm saddened to hear of the demise of Maltese '70s pop singer Tony Gauci, who resurfaced on TV just last year thanks to Favourite Channel. I wasn't aware that his health had deteriorated to a life-threatening level as he was still in his mid-60s. Tony will undoubtedly be best remembered in time as one of the strongest links between traditional għana and modern Maltese pop songs. Back in his heydays he was undoubtedly one of Malta's superstars.

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    Saturday, March 06, 2010

    I Don't Want To Go Out

    Having once again witnessed the devastation property development in Malta has leveled at green areas and small towns across the islands, I am glad to see that a group of environment NGOs are taking to the streets to raise awareness about various issues that have ruined the country's environment. Encroachment of urban areas, illegal hunting and trapping, illegal occupation of public land, loss of biodiversity, air pollution, and water conservation are issues that have gone on for far too long.

    Birdlife Malta, Nature Trust Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Ramblers Malta, Friends of the Earth, Moviment Graffiti, Greenhouse, and MOAM are leading a National Rally in Valletta at 10am on Saturday the 13th of March 2010, calling on the Government for effective law enforcement. Protests along the main streets of Valletta seem to be coming thick and fast this year. This one is at least as important as lowering utility tariffs and certainly as significant as free speech. If nothing else, let's hope that the government comes to see that something's rotten in this age of hope. Then again, change is inevitable...even if it's not always the sort of change we're after.

    In spite of this, Malta remains as fascinating as ever. There's no way I'll stop following the complex cultural formations present there, as long as I'm alive and healthy enough to do so. This is why the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast has come to the 202nd edition. I'd like to think that if this podcast was a plant it would probably be an orchid.

    To shake out the Malta EuroSong earwigs out of my head, I've chosen to open this week's podcast with Petra singing All I Need by Keith and Andrew Zammit. This song stands out head and shoulders above most other new Maltese pop tunes I heard in the past weeks. I would have certainly included it on the MMI podcast if it had come to me by any other channel.

    I'm also very pleased to see the new album from Chasing Pandora. The Driver and the Dancer has already yielded two excellent singles - Running in Circles and Time - and now Escape has also been released with a cute music video to help promote the release of the album. It's also quite wonderful that the duo is receiving some much deserved attention from the alternative music media in the UK. So far, this is undoubtedly the most outstanding album released from Malta for 2010.

    From time to time I like to dip back into past episodes of the MMI podcast to catch up with acts I like who have not released any new material for a while. David Agius falls squarely in this category. The Sydney-based singer-songwriter plays a mean guitar and I'd really love to hear some new stuff from him in the coming months. His MySpace page is still active, but no new songs have been forthcoming for a while. While we wait, I've picked I'm Not the One from 2007.

    Closing off this week's podcast is a new release from Stefanos, ahead of the upcoming release of his album Zero Plus. Unlike most of his other recording, My Flower Girl is actually a song, and features the voice of Brendan Jackson, who many MMI podcast listeners will know as the singer from Eve Ransom. His tuneful voice makes this song well worth a listen and perhaps this track will be the highlight of Stefanos soon to be released album.

    The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just click here or listen to the podcast on the player right below this text.

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