Archive for December, 2010

One in Ten

  • Vote for the Top 2010 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 1 January 2011.

  • Show notes for the 239th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta.

    Joe MizziTen Hills
    The first album I’ll be expecting in 2011 will be Joe Mizzi’s Angels Fall. This is a track from it, released online ahead of the album launch. It has one of Malta’s most venerable rock exports at his very best. After three decades of doing this, there’s no denying that Joe Mizzi has got it right, even if, in my humble opinion, he has been underrated by many both in Malta and overseas.

    Red ElectrickMiss Crane
    The MMI 2010 Listeners’ Picks poll has several days to go before the actual top picks are revealed, however, Red Electrick are currently at the top of three of the six categories: albums, singles and videos. With just under 450 listeners already casting their votes, things are still wide open. So, if you haven’t voted yet, now is the time to do it…and it’s unlikely that this band won’t be a top pick on at least one of the three categories in which they’re currently riding high.

    Clinton PaulBadass Soldier
    Nominated in the video category of the MMI 2010 Listeners’ Picks poll, this song has attracted quite a broad range of attention over the last several months since it was released.  I’ve been wanting to include it for several weeks and as this the last podcast for 2010 I certainly couldn’t put it off any longer. Whether Clinton Paul’s brand of music is your cup of tea or not, there’s no denying that he puts all the resources available to him in presenting his songs. His latest release (Madhouse) is clear testament to this. Just check out the videos produced by iSPY Media Production House and you’ll sure make up your own mind about this.

    Irene FargoFor a Lifetime
    Paul Abela and Joe Julian Farrugia have written many songs together, so it comes as no surprise that Italian singer Irene Fargo has recorded one of them, written specifically for her. People who like these types of songs will find that there’s masterful hands involved in this one, and Irene’s voice is certainly as good as it ever was.

    ColorSupernova Lifestyle
    Kurt Chricop has appeared on the MMI series several times before, most as l urk. He also records under the name Color and this particular track is one of 9 in an album of remixes called Circle When Remixed, based on Jazzyspoon’s 2010 self-released album Circle When Finished. Color is a more melodic side of Kurt Chircop and I’m sure that people who like his l urk material will not be disappointed with this either. I for one find it very appropriate for ending this year’s final podcast.

    The MMI series will be taking a break over the next couple of weeks and, as in previous years, you’ll be able to hear a two-part special edition of Ġorġ Mifsud-Chircop’s Tisqifa għall-Għana Tagħna, featuring traditional Maltese singing with a Christmas theme.

    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.


    Power to the People

  • Vote for the Top 2010 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 1 January 2011.

  • Show notes for the 238th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta. This edition features songs from L-Għanja tal-Poplu 2010:

    Danjeli & Justin GaleaL-Għanja tal-Għażżien
    I’ve always been a great fan of Danjeli. He dan do no wrong by me. I’ve met Justin in person a number of times during my recent visits to Malta and he struck me as one of the most decent people I’ve ever encountered: someone I know I could call a true friend in different circumstances than the ones we live in that separate our lives by a few thousand miles. So you can imagine how delighted I was to see that the two have collaborated for this year’s Għanja tal-Poplu.  Must you ask why I’ve opened this week’s podcast with their song?

    Justin Galea & Antonio OlivariBażar
    Antonio Olivari is one of the oldest friends (and listeners) that this podcast has. I’ve included his music on the series whenever I could.  He collaborated with Justin at last year’s L-Għanja tal-Poplu, doing better in the final vote count than they did this year. Still, this is a decent song from them, so I see absolutely no reason not to include it as my second pick from this year’s Għanja tal-Poplu.

    Rita PaceIndunajt
    It’s no secret to any of my regular podcast listeners that Rita Pace is one of my favourite Maltese singer-songwriters. It was such a thrill having her perform live at the launch of the M3P last September. She did well in the Indifest this year, and it’s no suprise that her song has placed among the top three at this year’s Għanja tal-Poplu. This particular song has some very interesting moments, and as solid as the unplugged version proved to be in the contest, I really live the production on the studio version of this song.

    Petra ZammitRakkont ta’ Omm
    Slowly but surely Petra Zammit is proving to be the Maltese blues singer. Now that I’ve heard her sing blues in Maltese, she reigns supreme as the queen of Maltese blues in my mind. She’s quite young and gives me no reason to believe that she has the blues in her heart, but she certainly has the vocal chords and the feeling for it. I’d love to hear her sing more blues in Maltese…and something tells me that this is inevitable in the coming years. She has made an impact at other contests, so she certainly deserves second place at this year’s L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

    Corazon & l-Ħbieb tal-Qalb – Mill-Għajnejn ta’ Tifla
    Joining other Għanja tal-Poplu notables like Manwel Mifsud (a judge on this year’s contest) and Walter Micallef (the special guest at the 2010 show), Corazon has managed to win 3 out of the last 4 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. She is well-known to One TV daytime viewers of course, but she’s made little impact on the local music and/or entertainment scene outside this festival. There’s nothing wrong with that, or rather it’s a shame that this song contest seems to be relegated to anything less than year round media attention. Unlike Malta’s annual attempts to send entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, this contest yields a substantial number of songs that I (and others) certainly wouldn’t mind hearing again and again for years to come.

    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.


    Fade Like a Shadow

  • Vote for the Top 2010 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 1 January 2011.

  • Show notes for the 237th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    ScarUntenable
    Scar front man Konrad Pulé was in the news this week due to a failed murder attempt on him while working at his office with fellow traffic expert Peter Ripard. Major Ripard has series injuries from the bomb that exploded in Konrad’s office at Malta Transport in Sa Maison, but thankfully Pulé sustained no substantial physical harm. I take this opportunity to wish them both a speedy recovery.

    Cable 35Boogie Man
    One of the very first tracks featured on this year’s MMI podcast was a video by Cable 35 for their song Harry. Now they return with a new video for another song from their Hygene EP, Boogie Man. I believe they’re working on new recordings, which I expect they’ll release sometime in the new year. When that happens you can rest assured that I’ll be featuring them in a future edition of the MMI podcast. Meanwhile, if you like this band you can vote for them on the 2010 MMI Listeners’ Picks poll via Facebook.

    The MeteorsThey Call Me Creepy
    I’ve been wanting to including something by the kings of psychobilly for quite some time. They qualify for inclusion of the MMI series by virtue of the fact that the band’s lead singer and guitarist P. Paul Fenech is of course of Maltese origin. They’ve maintained their raw spirit for over thirty years and this may explain why they are not better known in Malta. This song is from their 2009 album entitled Hell Train Rollin’.

    For The GodlessSave Our Strength
    I saw Max Vassallo play drums during the M3P launch concert during Notte Bianca last September when he temporarily filled in the vacant drummer’s seat for Loathe. He struck me as an amazing force and the band was enriched by his precence, even though they are quite tight anyway, particularly in terms of their rapport with their die hard fans. Here we can hear him playing drums and providing vocals for his own band on a track that comes with an excellent video to showcase his talents.

    StefanosDon’t Fall Off the Edge
    Preparing for his second CD album to follow up on Zero Plus, guitarist Stefanos has released this track as a taster. He contacted me a few days ago to tell me that he’s also recording an acoustic number, which should be more to my taste than some of his MIDI-driven material. To be honest, I’d really like to hear him play with a live band as I think it would highlight his guitar playing skills even better than plonking along to a fully quantized drum machine. And the same goes for his producer Demis Fenech.

    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.