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Show notes for the 379th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

KrokusLong Stick
Taken from their newly released live album Long Stick Goes Boom Live from Da House of Rust, this track is simply one of many others that capture the indomitable sound of this veteran metal band. Marc Storace’s voice sounds better than ever and it’s a pleasure to be able to open this week’s podcast with this live recording by Krokus.

In The Name OfFlesh Will Suffice
No strangers to the MMI podcast, the hardcore metal band from Malta appear here to mark the relatively recent release (22 March 2014 on Bandcamp) of their EP Glutton Kings. They remain a force to be reckoned with on the local scene and if they keep it up this way, given their contacts, I see no reason for them not to pick up even more fans on the international circuit.

Norm RejectionPeltier

Rising SunsetThe Battle of Thermopylae
Taken from their forthcoming album Decretum, this track seems this band move into more than a decade of activity on the local metal scene. This will be their third album and I’m sure you’ll hear another track from it on this series of podcasts when it comes out.

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.


Postcards


Show notes for the 378th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

JogelleThe Struggle
Maltese-born Johanna Gauci Loporto is a US-based singer recording as Jogelle (a name derived from her initials, or so it seems) who was brought to my attention by Mario Axiaq. She has recorded a number of songs and seems to be exploring the best style for her voice. I like what she has produced so far so much that I’ve chosen to open this week’s podcast with this song.

Melchior SultanaPeacefully
This Maltese musician continues to be one of the most underrated artists of his generation. Perhaps he prefers it that way. The only time I met him in person, about 7 years ago, he was a very quiet and unassuming individual. That certainly comes across in his music and I probably like it more for this reason.

FabrickaBreak It Down (Nostalgia)
This is one of those mystery acts from Malta that appear online from time to time. I came across this one on Soundcloud as was instantly mesmerized by what I heard. There’s a Facebook page for Fabricka too, but that doesn’t shed any further light on this project or whoever is behind it. I’d really like to know more!

FastidjuKukkużejt

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 enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Something Better


Show notes for the 377th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

KantilenaĠaħan

Norm RejectionIl-Vo(j)t
One of my favourite Maltese bands of all time are back with this gem, just in time for the upcoming European Parliament elections. It’s blindingly good and will undoubtedly receive next to no airplay in Malta. What a shame.

Domino EffectChasing Paradise

Chris & MoiraBeautiful World
Their long-awaited album was released on the 1st of May and this is the track they’re using to promote it. It’s also fitting that I’ve included them on today’s podcast since I’m actually watching the Eurovision Song Contest as I write this.

They Come In TwosStatic Made Me This Way
Outstanding post-punk duo from Gozo with credentials including bands like Uncharted, Saving Alexis and Ascendor. The musicians pulling all this together are Christian Farrugia and Paul Formosa. It’s a ready corker for the end of this week’s podcast and I hope you like it too.

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.


Coming Home


I’ve been asked to comment about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest but I find myself at a time in my professional career where I am once again distancing myself from this annual television event.

Unlike recent years, I am not active within the Eurovision Research Network at the heart of things as they play out in Copenhagen. I haven’t even blogged about the event or made any special mention about it on my weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast.

The only thing I’ve done is agreed to give some comments about “controversial” aspects of the Eurovision Song Contest to my good friend Marlene Scicluna for SBS Radio in Australia. You can listen to the conversation/interview here:

And, in case you’re wondering, I think Malta has a decent entry this year with Firelight’s Coming Home, but I’m not expecting them to do much better than last year’s entry. That’s not due to any major shortcoming from the performers but just an honest “informed” opinion, for whatever it’s worth.


So Be It

Show notes for the 376th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Airport ImpressionsBerlin

DriphtPaċifista

Plato’s Dream MachineFlien

Deluge of SorrowOn Oceans of Failure
This doom metal band from Malta has been around for some years now but have finally started recording their material is a systematic way. This is the first of what should be several other releases from this band. I am particularly playing this for my old friend Alex Fenech, who recently gleefully confessed to liking doom very much, and also to Dino Mifsud Lepre, the band’s drummer, who is also one of the coolest human beings I have ever met.

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.


Supernova


Show notes for the 375th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

The Kite ProjectDon’t Hesitate

Dana McKeonStreet Art

YewsWatch the Sky
Earlier this year, Yasmin Kuymizakis released an EP entitled Selene as Yews. Although this Yews EP has now been available to download from Bandcamp or stream on Soundcloud for several months, it has escaped the MMI playlist. Well, this has now been rectified and I hope to play another track from it soon enough, especially if one those lovely Yews videos makes its way to YouTube over the coming weeks/months.

Cinnamon WarBrightest Light

Up and coming new band who have apparently been gigging on the local scene for a couple of years. Their debut release showed up in my inbox and it sounds like the sort of thing that will likely receive decent airplay in Malta too. This is one of those bands from whom I’ll look forward to hearing more over the coming months.

Gianluca Bezzina

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.


Cloudbusting


Show notes for the 374th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta. All the songs featured in this podcast are by artists from L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014:

L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2014
Denise SpiteriPupa

Teddie ZammitImmigrant Regolari

Tmien ĦabbietRutina

Frank O’Neill, Christabelle Curmi & Il-LajksKif Xrobtuli l-Menti

Karen DeBattistaJien Ma Naħdimx

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 enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


Temple


Show notes for the 373rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

The RifffsWhole Lot of Nothing
I’m thrilled that they’re back again…even if it is with a whole lot of nothing!

Nadine AxisaLight Me Up
I would have liked to hear more tracks in Maltese on Nadine Axisa’s jazz album Velvet, which was released just a few days ago. The production on this album is quite good and she’s an excellent singer. Hopefully her next album will feature more songs in Maltese, whether its jazz or not, at a level of production featuring top level Maltese musicians as this one.

TroffaHamra y los mechonesDonde estás tú
After featuring Ruth Abela in the previous edition of the MMI podcast, it’s now time to preview her band’s second album, which is officially released on 27 March 2014. Todo es más bonito is the title of the album and it’s already available through Bandcamp. The track I’ve selected to play is sung in both Maltese and Spanish, making for a rather unusual offering. It’s quite pleasant.

Lejla MaltijaIl-Pjazzetta Baħħ
After 15 years based in Poland, Maltese-born Mario Cordina has embarked on a project exploring some of the Maltese sounds and traditions of his fore-bearers. The result is utterly delicious and here’s a sample from it. More to come in future editions of the MMI podcast…you can be sure of that!

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 enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.


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