Archive for February, 2011

Uprising

Show notes for the 247th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Jon Lukas WoodenmanNever Go Away
As resilient as ever, Malta’s most venerable ever pop export returns with his first recording post-cancer treatment. With a reduced lung capacity he’s still as delightful as ever to listen to and, at least to my ears, if anything his style seems to have matured even more than it had when Jon Lukas reinvented himself as Woodenman about a decade or so ago.

Pete MolinariSince You’ve Been Gone
Bruce Springsteen is among is his most notable fans, and yet Pete Molinari remains relatively unknown to many people in Malta, one of countries that gives him the blood and genetic characteristics that he has. Taken from last year’s album A Train Bound for Glory, this song is being released officially as a single on Tuesday 1 March 2011.

Sonitus EcoInfinite Chord
Justin Meli returns as Sonitus Eco with Pink Pube’s first release for 2011: Steel Plateau was released on 21 February. This type of electronic music is super extra chilled out and rather minimalistic, to such a degree that it may even please those listeners who normally don’t care much about electronica.

Hunters PalaceTal-Metall
It’s very unusual for anyone to release a single on vinyl these days.  A 10-inch single is even rarer than that, and yet Hunters Place have done both. You can hear side A from this release on this week’s podcast. Even better than all that is the fact that this song from one of Malta’s more progressive bands is in Maltese. I’m really looking forward to getting my copy of the 10-inch release, even though I no longer have a turntable to play it on. Perhaps this will drive me to either buy a USB-enable record player or see about re-engineering an old turntable to add to my rather simple playback arsenal.

X-Bones & QotonFilgħodu Kmieni
I’m so glad to have found a digitized recording of this 45 rpm release from 1977. It gives me great pleasure to play it on this week’s podcast because it also gives me the opportunity to focus some attention on it and the musicians and singers involved (both directly and indirectly) with it in the M3P database. It’s a part of the soundtrack of my childhood too and I have a feeling that this will be the very first time that a new generation will be hearing this recording. Please feel free to comment below if you’ve never heard this song before, or if you haven’t heard this in a while and it brings back memories from over 30 years ago.

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Little By Little

Show notes for the 246th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Friday PMMilky Way
The M3P is slowly but surely becoming a place for me to discover material to include on my podcast. The years during which this band was active coincide with the first few years of my departure for Malta. During those years (before I started doing the MMI podcast in 2005) I had lost touch almost completely with the local music scene. I’m so glad to have discovered the music of Friday PM and the various recordings they made during the years they were together. This genre of music has rarely been recorded by Maltese musicians, and it makes it even more special just for that.

ZamphyrePrinces of Psychedelia
I was delighted to hear this relatively long track from a new band whose sound and musical style hark back to the late 1960s and early 1970s when Pink Floyd made this type of music obligatory listening for a whole generation. The song has a befitting title that almost fits this band because they are certainly not kings of psychedelia, even though they may have the potential to raise the genre to a notable status in the spectrum of music recordings made in Malta.

Ruben Zahra & MPOPastorale Pastiche
Again harking back to another time when unusual instruments were combined with orchestras, Ruben Zahra has finally managed to do what no one else before him really did with any success: introduce the Maltese traditional żaqq (bagpipe) into a piece of contemporary orchestral music as a solo instrument. Zahra’s Pastorale Pastiche is presented here from a video released recently of the concert given my the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on 9 January 2011, better known as the President’s New Year Concert.

The GranulesThe Gut
A few months ago I placed a track from the defunct Maltese rock band Lord Adder. I also mentioned that their singer, Mark Spiteri, is now working with a new group, which back then was working under the name The Gut Lads. That band has now become The Granules and one of their very first recordings, released with a YouTube slideshow featuring photos from the glory days of Strada Stretta/Strait Strett in Valletta, certainly embodies the name the band had originally adopted. This is all marvelous stuff for the M3P and I’m sure others will enjoy it too in other contexts, for which it is actually intended.

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.


Looking For Somebody

Show notes for the 245th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Airport ImpressionsElusive
Last year’s runner-up on three of the MMI Listeners’ Picks categories returns to delight fans with another single from their album Minutes of  a Lifetime. The album is packed with memorable melodies and very enjoyable pop rock, which is undoubtedly made even more palatable with Errol Sammut’s distinctive voice, which makes every song by this band unmistakably theirs.

Daniel GenuisListen To Me
Better known on the local music scene as Bitterside’s frontman, this singer has now released a number of songs as a solo act. The one you can hear on this week’s podcast is the one that’s currently doing the rounds on radio stations in Malta. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Daniel Genuis in the coming months and years, with or without Bitterside.

FootprintsThe Long-Lined Road
After 10 years together, this Christian rock band has produced an album called 777. The song they’ve released from it as a promotional single comes with a nicely produced video that showcases some of the unique scenery of Malta without being too touristy. To my ears, the band has never sounded better than this either.

South CentralThe Day I Die
Now that they’ve managed to capture a fan base in their native Malta, this electronica duo continues to remind everyone of their unusual take on life and the universe through the video produced for this track by director Steve Glashier. I found the video quite disturbing on first viewing but I’m pretty sure that this is the effect that our dynamic duo are after.

DimalShe The Party
Dimal is a familiar name to regular listeners of the MMI podcast. His tracks often have an unusual twist that helps make them standout among the many other similar sounding club tracks from all over the place. This one sees him feature American vocalist TuneSmith76 along with backing vocalist Dominic Cini.

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.


What Makes You Think You’re The One

Show notes for the 244th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta. This is a special edition to coincide with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

I was a judge on the official panel selecting last year’s entry from Malta to the Eurovision Song Contest, so I couldn’t comment publicly about any of the songs nor did I present any of them in my Mużika Mod Ieħor series of podcasts, ahead of the contest. In any case, it was hard to pick enough decent songs for a whole podcast last year. However, I’m glad to say that it’s certainly not the case this year. Mercifully, there are several songs I’d happily include on any edition of the MMI podcast. So here are five I’ve picked for this week’s podcast. I’ve already commented on each of these songs on my blog, so I don’t really have anything to add…at least not just yet.

  • Kurt CallejaOver and Over
  • Wayne MicallefEverybody Sing
  • AmberCatch 22
  • BaklavaMoon Dance
  • Kelly SchembriLove Me Like You Love Your Money
  • Pressed to pick the other 11 singers/songs I think will make it to next Saturday’s final, my list looks like this (in order of appearance at the semifinal):

    Claudia FanielloMovie in my Mind
    Klinsmann Coleiro & Ben DarmaninThis Love
    Eleanor CassarHypnotized
    RaquelaIf I Could Do It All Again
    SophieLove to Love You
    Petra ZammitUnintentional
    Glen VellaOne Life
    J.AnvilTopsy Turvy
    Fabrizio FanielloNo Surrender
    AllyNumb
    Richard EdwardsFinally

    Although the next MMI podcast will be a “normal” edition, featuring some of the new releases coming my way from musicians from or in Malta, and therefore not related to the national Eurovision selection, I’ll most probably post an entry in my blog with some comments ahead of or immediately after the final. The place to look for my Eurovision related blog entries is right here.

    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.