Archive for June, 2011

Staircase

Show notes for the 260th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

I don’t really have much to say about this week’s selection other than the fact that most of these songs will receive (or are receiving) decent airplay on a number of radio stations in Malta right now. The notable exception is Marty Rivers song, which is an excellent specimen of country music by a Maltese performer. What follows is a list of the tracks as they appear on the podcast with links to the respective M3P page for each singer; in some cases there’s very little or nothing at all on the M3P so feel free to add whatever you know or can as needed.

  • Kevin BorgSunrise
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  • RaquelaEntertain Me
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  • Aaron Benjamin – Friend To You
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  • Marty RiversRun Angel Run
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  • Davinia – Bottleded My Teardrops
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    The Party’s Over

    Show notes for the 259th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    Three Stops To ChinaThe Courtney Effect
    3S2C are back, as I had hoped when I first featured them on an earlier edition of the MMI podcast, and they certainly don’t disappoint. They are clearly poised to be the next big act in the local rock scene. The video they have produced for this track is all the evidence anyone needs that they are here to stay…at least for quite a while.

    Cable 35Cow Head
    The launch of the new Cable35 album has been postponed to Tuesday 28 June at V-Gen. 3S2C will be the opening act on the night and although I’m sure they will do an excellent job at warming up the crowd, I’m sure that Cable 35 will blow the audience away on their own steam. I say this because the new material I’ve heard from the new album so far, including of course this new track and accompanying video, show that the trio is maturing faster than teenage war veterans. I’m very much looking forward to hearing the whole album and I’m sure it’s going to be one of the strongest releases from Malta this year.

    Airport ImpressionsRetro Star
    Following on from their recent gig at the Tierp Arena in Sweden, Airport Impressions will be performing a full live electric gig at Numero Uno on Saturday 25 June. They will also be releasing this new single on that day and you can be sure that it will be played on most, if not all, radio stations in Malta throughout this summer.

    Toby feat. Errol SammutTomorrow
    Just in case you haven’t had enough of Errol Sammut’s distinctive voice from the previous offering on this week’s podcast, you can catch the Airport Impressions singer again on this tune by Toby. It was originally released on 20 November 2010 but it has only been making the rounds more broadly on the local scene in the last couple of weeks. I didn’t manage to get my hands on it before Christmas, but I heard it on Nathan D’s Top 10 on Bay Radio and thought it was the appropriate time to hunt it down and share it with my podcast listeners.

    Andrew ZammitMy Everything
    I’m always thrilled when podcast listeners’, particularly musicians and singers, contact me to tell me about their most recent work. This is exactly how I got my hands on this new song by Andrew Zammit, with lyrics by Keith Zammit. This is the same team behind Petra’s delicious All I Need from Malta Eurosong 2010. It’s really good when musicians, composers, and lyricists produce material that’s not for a song contest because it shows that they’re more than one-trick ponies.

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    Down By The Water

    Show notes for the 258th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

    Walter MicallefĦażin
    On Friday 3 June 2011, the second ‘You Rarely Hear This On The Radio!’ event organized by M3P took place at V-Gen. This song was beautifully covered by Duo Kukkanja, which at that point comprised Justin Galea (from PDM and BBB) and Steve “Id-Delli” Delia (from Brikkuni). As they played this song, it struck me that it’s quite a shame that this song is not one that Malta’s younger generations identify with. I have my own theories as to why it is so (the title of the event is a dead giveaway!) but I’m hoping that including it at the start of this week’s podcast will start the process of redressing this vacuum.

    StalkoIn A Hurry
    I went to watch this band live at the original Wirdien event in Mtarfa last year, but it rained buckets before they even got on stage and the gig was postponed. This is their first new release since then and I heard that they’re still drawing attention to themselves in good ways, most recently with an appearance at the legendary Cafe Riche in Cottonera, where Charles Clews was a regular two or three generations ago.

    Richard EdwardsYou’re Gonna Thank Me
    The Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2011 brought Richard Edwards to public attention (and acclaim) in Malta, as he placed second with just a few points behind Glen Vella. I believe that if he had taken part in the contest with this song he would have very possibly ended up as this year’s entry from Malta in Düsseldorf. I’m not sure if it would have made it to the final, but that’s actually irrelevant now. This song shows that this singer is not going away any time soon, and you can bet good money on his return to Malta’s Eurovision selection in 2012.

    Freddie CastellettiMalta Ħanina
    Aquarius and the Johnny Mick Band were two of the foremost Maltese bands in the 1970s, and Freddie Castelletti was one common thread between them. He returned in 2009 with a CD album of songs written by Alfred C. Sant. However, it’s only recently that I became aware of all this and only managed to hear tracks from this CD just a few days ago. The song I’ve chosen to include on this edition of the MMI podcast sounds wonderful to my ears, particularly because it captures various elements of popular Maltese songs from the last century.

    Malta’s Lost Voices: Ġiużeppi Burlo’ & Orkestra Carabott – Rigal F’Banju
    Listening to Freddie Castelletti and Walter Micallef as I prepared this edition of the MMI podcast, I thought it was essential (and about time) that I include something from Andrew Alamango’s outstanding double-CD production Malta’s Lost Voices 1931-32. It was also the mention of Big Band Brothers reinterpreting a number of songs from these original recordings at this weekend’s Għanafest that led me to pick this particular track. Justin Galea tells me that this song was particularly well received as an encore. Thankfully the show was also recorded for television by PBS, which still manages to capture some of the more significant moments of live music in Malta from time to time.

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