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Show notes for the 366th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Godzilla Power HourSomething I’d Decline

ClandestinesYouth Will Get You Far

The Lenient GeniesPay Your Dues
I know nothing about this band except for three things: (a) they’re a duo, (b) they played a gig at Muddy Waters in St Julians last year, and (c) I like this song. Now, let’s see what else comes in on the M3P page over he coming days/weeks/months/years.

ChessVanity

Rumbull feat. ManagePulse of a Rebel

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Year of the Cat


Show notes for the 365th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Youngheart feat. MatinaRise (Hoxton Whores Mix)

Clinton PaulDance With the Enemy

Airport ImpressionsHymns of June

Jane DoeBreathe

The Sylvan Aaron MassacreThe Thrill

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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Memory of the Future


Show notes for the 364th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

This podcast includes the results from the 2013 MMI Listeners’ Picks Poll.

  • Top Overseas-based Release:
    Joseph Calleja – Amore (on Decca Records)

  • Top Online Release:
    Divine Sinners
    - Jekk Tfakkarni Ismek

  • Top Album:
    Ira Losco – Fire

  • Top Video:
    AdieFeel

  • Top Single:
    Winter Moods
    - Days of My Life

    Top EP:
    Loathe
    - Wolves in the Fold

  • Many thanks to Kenneth J. Vella for developing the Facebook app for the MMI Listeners’ Picks Poll.

    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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


  • Salvation

    * Vote for the Top 2013 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 31 December 2013.



    Show notes for the 363rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring Christmas music by performers from or in Malta:

    Paul GiordimainaTifkira tal-Milied
    Fr George Ocar Buttigieg has done it again! Following on the success of the song Ħelu Bambin, which he co-wrote with Andrew Zammit for singers Maltese Eurovision singers Ludwig Galea and Chaira, we now get a 21 track CD album featuring Maltese lyrics for all sorts of Christmas tunes, sung by a wide array of Maltese singers. I’ve picked this corker by Paul Giordimaina as it strikes me as the most sincere musical arrangement of all, bringing out the best musical qualities of this singer, who is really one of Malta’s foremost jazz artists.

    Carmen SchembriIl-Milied it-Tajjeb
    One of the most beloved Maltese singers returns with yet another Christmas song, but this one is quite special. Well, first there’s her delicious voice, of course, but then I’m really pleased to hear Carmen’s husband Enzo Gusman provide excellent Maltese lyrics for this wartime American Christmas standard, first released by Bing Crosby 70 years ago.

    Animae feat. Isaac MerciecaNinni La Tibkix Iżjed
    Here’s a live version of the same song played during the podcast. I prefer the studio version, but this is quite a good live rendition anyway:

    Kurt AquilinaSilent Night
    This YouTube recording was picked as record of the week on Radio Malta 2 last week.

    Kevin BorgChristmas Time
    Watch the fan video for Kevin Borg’s 2012 Christmas offering (record company couldn’t be bothered so it’s no wonder that it took me a whole year to discover this song!):

    Fr Rob GaleaEmmanuel

    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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


    The Last Ship


    Show notes for the 362nd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    Stefanos Everyone Is A World
    Stefanos is preparing a new album called Everyone Is A World, which is set to be released in March 2014. To open up the final podcast of 2013 ahead of the Christmas edition, we have the title track from said forthcoming album. Enjoy!

    MisturaIntrospezzjoni Stellari
    Another excellent track from the duo that gave us a another release earlier this year called Kollox L-Istess. They’ve managed to get voted into second place in the Top Online Release category of the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll. Will they manage to beat title holders Divine Sinners to the top spot this year? Voting is open until Tuesday 31 December 2013 via Facebook.

    FellowFishMan On A Boat
    Had this free download been released a couple of weeks earlier it would have probably made it into the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll too. As it happens it’s just a preview of whatever greater plans this band has for 2013. It’s a cool track and one I’m sure many will enjoy even without a promotional music video.

    GergisKollox
    Here’s a new Maltese rapper to add to the growing list of local hip hop performers. He seems to be well connected to others in the scene and has received kudos from all sides. I like it enough to include on my podcast. In any case, here’s someone I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on, and hopefully an ear too.

    Steve Id-DelliId-Diska tal-Ġugar Bar
    Steve Delia never disappoints me. Whether its as Brikkuni guitarist, a solo performer (or should that be performance artist?), or a guitar technician for Marc Galea, he always gives 100% of whatever he can. I believe that he is possibly one of the most underrated contemporary artists in Malta. It therefore give me great pleasure to close up my podcasts for 2013 (ahead of next week’s Christmas edition) with this new song, which seems like the sort of thing he pulls out of thin air for all to enjoy. Godspeed, Delli!

    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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


    Number 46664

    Show notes for the 361st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    Mind’s Eye DubAmandla Awethu Mandela Dub
    I considered playing Manwel T’s Umtha Welanga – The Vuvuzelas Mix featuring Mind’s Eye Dub, to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, but I’ve already played that on a previous edition of the MMI podcast. So I’ve picked this one instead. I don’t have much to say about Mandela except that his death has made me realize, yet again, how selective amnesia works for some people, especially those who wield some kind of power.

    Clandestines Serbian Dog
    After a couple of years of frantic activity, this teenage band from Malta has finally released its debut album. They had a launch gig at the Beach Haven in Xemxija yesterday (Friday 5 December 2013), and invited Dolls and Idols to play at the party too. I’m sure that this release will go down well with their growing legion of fans.

    The Areola TreatBlood Red Thing
    Their previous single from their second album Walk Into Nothing is nominated in the Top Video category of the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll. This new song doesn’t come with its own music video, but that has probably made me observe a strange fact: singer Lisa Micallef Grimaud has similar lower tones in her voice to the lovely Judith Durham, or even Carmen Tanti, of course. Not sure whether this will mean much to anyone under the age of 40. I’d actually be interested in seeing what people who know all these singer think.

    Husko feat. Charlotte HainingReal
    Another one of the tracks that could have made it to this year’s MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll but didn’t simply because it reached me after the cut-off date. I particularly like the Nirvana sample. I understand it’s also managed to acquire some airtime on certain Maltese radio stations. Good on you, Husko!

    Chapter ZeroAgainst the Grain
    I saw Digby (or was it Chapter Zero? they’re one and the same, anyway) perform live as an opening act at the No Bling Show concert I attended in September at the Old Corradino Prison in Malta. It was a good support act for what is undoubtedly Malta’s better known hip-hop group. Not sure why he prefers to stick to rapping in English, but I’m glad to see that his sensibilities resonate better with Maltese culture than they did a while back. The music video for this track, produced by Keith Falzon, is both honest and raw, I think.

    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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


    Thunder


    Show notes for the 360th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    Jean Claude VancellWhen the City Lights Turn Blue
    I’ve followed Jean Claude Vancell for a number of years now so I was very amused when he posted about how thrilled he was to (finally?) hear his music played on Radio Malta 2. It’s the second single from his upcoming EP Constellation, which is set to be released on 1 March 2014. You can already pre-order it on Bandcamp, where you’ll also find the previous single Superman, which is nominated in the Top Video category of the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll, which opens for voting in the coming days.

    Caravana SunGaia
    Although this song shares a name with the young Maltese singer selected to perform at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev this evening, the similarity stop there. Luke Caruana has appeared on the MMI podcast several time, and in recent years he has done that with this band, based in Sydney, Australia. They have just released an album called Aya. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a music video to promote the song.

    Walrus and the CarpenterStairway to the Moon
    Staying in New South Wales, my attention was recently drawn to this new folk trio based in Mullumbimby. Matthew Engerer, who is also the singer in this band, is Maltese. They have a cool selection of songs, which you can hear most easily through their Soundcloud page. I like them so much that I think they should at the very least also be nominated in the Top Overseas Releases category of the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll.

    A LilyThe Sparrow in the Lemon Tree
    James Vella is A Lily. No, that’s not a taunt. He’s a Maltese musician who has the distinction of being the first one of his kind to be featured on the Rolling Stone website; albeit the Italian edition. I only discovered A Lily and the Lupa EP, from which this song is taken, when I recently went to view another Rolling Stone website appearance from nosnow/noalps a couple of weeks ago; as featured in a previous MMI podcast. The video and the EP are now both nominated on the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll, of course.

    Daniel MuscatI Already Know
    During a casual exchange of views about the preliminary selections for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014, I met a young singer called Daniel Muscat. Although he has been trying to break into the pop scene for a while, I had never heard of him before. I then discovered that the song that I’ve picked to close this week’s podcast was also one of the discarded entries for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest a couple of years ago. An Italian version of this song, called Tu Lo Sai, took part in last year’s Microfono D’Oro Festival. The song is written by Rita Pace and while it’s nothing to write home about really, it certainly is not the sort of thing that should be completely discarded either.

    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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


    Voyeur

    Show notes for the 359th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    I don’t really have much more to add about the songs I’ve selected for this week’s podcast other than what I’ve already said during the podcast itself. Below you’ll find M3P links for all the musicians and singers, along with videos for all but one of the tracks you can hear on this edition of the MMI podcast.

    Plan Zero – Shooting Star

    Kurt CallejaLove On Mars

    Cyberia – Maskri

    Tenishia feat. Ivan GrechGhost of Love
    There’s no video for this single lifted off last year’s album by Tenishia In any case, it is nominated along with all the tracks played during this week’s podcast for the MMI 2013 Listeners’ Picks Poll, which opens up for voting via Facebook very soon.

    Dario Genovese & Rebecca MifsudAway From You

    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. An archive of MMI podcast is also available on Mixcloud. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


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