Archive for December, 2011

Happy This Christmas

* Vote for the Top 2011 Music Releases in Malta – poll open until 1 January 2012.


Show notes for the 281st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring Christmas music by performers from or in Malta:

Andrew ZammitPaci fl-Art
This song was actually released last year but it reached me before I started producing the final podcast for 2010, aside from the fact that I didn’t really do a Christmas special last year. Anyway, this sees Andrew at the peak of his creative powers with an adult oriented rock song from the festive season complete with non-cheesy Maltese lyrics. He is fast becoming the most prolific non-household-name musician in Malta.

Ludwig Galea & ChiaraĦelu Bambin
Andrew Zammit has written the music for this new Maltese Christmas song with lyrics by Fr George Ocar Buttigieg. The video, produced by Angie Laus from shots by Charles Ahar, makes it a very special release this yuletide, particularly as it features two of the most widely loved Maltese pop singers, Chiara and Ludwig Galea. Members of the Maltese community club in Melbourne are certainly looking forward to the upcoming show they’re planning to deliver in Australia along with John Gee’s country stylings. I’m sure this will be one of the songs they sing on that occasion.

Divine SinnersAnother Lonely Christmas
No everyone has the same perspective on Christmas, of course. The rest of this podcast presents alternative viewpoints rather than the conventional religious or celebratory songs. The first of these comes from the wry Gozitan duo that has captured the public imagination of the cognoscenti this year. This song was actually recorded/released a couple of years ago but only really came to my attention this year. The accompanying video explains where it comes from and what it’s really all about.

Kyle PaceNinġabru il-Bus Stop
Few Maltese songs ever really capture the zeitgeist of the country. Norm Rejection’s Malta Not For Sale and Marmalja’s Uniformi Blu are obvious exceptions. So I was quite thrilled to hear this little ditty based on Adeste Fideles from someone who is virtually unknown except to his friends. The Arriva fiasco in Malta is undoubtedly one of the most omnipresent 2011 topics of discussion, along with divorce, across the Maltese islands.
Sadly, the very entertaining YouTube video that accompanied this song on its release a few days ago has been removed from public view, but hopefully we’ll be able to archive it in the M3P repository in good time.

Joe DemicoliSanta Klaws Mhux Riesaq Lil Hawn
The undisputed king of humorous and satirical songs in Maltese released no fewer than five Christmas songs on his 2008/09 CD album Assedju3. He performed this on the Christmas edition of Xarabank when the CD was issued and you can see that performance on this YouTube video clip right here. It hasn’t dated much, as yet, but I’m sure it will in good time…and that will make it even more delicious than a generous slice of Christmas log covered in dark chocolate and dripping in seasonal spirits.

The next MMI podcast will appear on Saturday 7th January 2012 and it will feature the top picks by my listeners and others voting on Facebook for the favourite 2011 Maltese music releases. Until then, over the coming days we will once again be releasing Ġorġ Mifsud-Chircop’s special christmas editions of his Tisqifa għall-Għana Tagħna featuring Karmnu Debono l-Pikipakk (from Birkirkara) and Frans Mifsud ta’ Żaren ta’ Vestru (from Żejtun).

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.


I’ve Got A Feeling


Show notes for the 280th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Talitha with Jesper EjrupWhy
Jesper Ejrup returns to the local music scene in this collaboration with Talitha. I must say straight up that I like the sound they make together and I honestly hope there’s more of this in the pipeline. It’s refreshing to get some new blood into the local pop rock sound. Unfortunately this didn’t make it in time for my nominations on the MMI 2011 Mużika Mod Ieħor, and certainly not because it doesn’t deserve to be there. There’s always at least one good track that gets away.

Mama KinTo My Table
I’ve been wanting to play something from the Australian trio for a while; well, at least since my good friend Marlene Galea pointed me to them. I must say that the Maltese connection here is quite strong given that both Danielle Caruana and Michael Caruana are members of this band. Regular followers of the Maltese music scene will more likely know brother Nicky Caruana, better known as Nicky Bomba. In any case, this is good stuff that deserves repeat listening. I’ll be watching out for new material next year, and you can rest assured that I’ll be bringing Mama Kin back to the MMI podcast in 2012.

The Areola Treat
One of the perennial favourites on the local alternative scene has recently started plugging this song from the Pleasure Machine collection. They’re among the Maltese bands you can vote for on the MMI 2011 Mużika Mod Ieħor, which is currently headed by fellow alternative rockers nosnow/noalps. Still, there’s more than two weeks of voting to go, so anything could happen.

Tony GrimaudShine On Me
My good friend Tony Grimaud has made this recording from a couple of years ago available online earlier this week. I thought it too good to pass up the opportunity to play you anything by the man who remains one of Malta’s iconic singer-songwriters from the past 30 years. This is quite a downer of a song, but it’s done in such a way that unless you pay close attention to the lyrics being sung, you don’t really get the sense of doom and gloom that can only be rivaled by sixth form poetry.

Dry_ConnectionsRight From the Start
Fresh from their triumphant Best Upcoming Act award at the 2011 Malta Music Awards, this new band has now released a new recording of the song they performed on the awards night. Incidentally, they were featured on a previous edition of the MMI podcast and they’re also nominated in the Top Online Releases category of the MMI 2011 Mużika Mod Ieħor. Feel free to vote for them and/or whoever else strikes your fancy.

Davinia & MuxuFeel Good Song
To be quite honest I’ve heard better stuff from both Davinia and Muxu this year and I doubt I would have included this song on the MMI podcast at all if it wasn’t for the video that accompanies it, which raises it above the ordinary output that seems to be flooding the local scene aimlessly from time to time. Anyway, perhaps it’s just a matter of taste…so please feel free to vote for this video on the MMI 2011 Mużika Mod Ieħor if you disagree.

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.


Give Up The Ghost

Show notes for the 279th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

K.O.I.Give It All Away
This duo made up of guitarist Wayne Camilleri and Airport Impressions frontman Errol Sammut returns after their fabulous Tears In Your Eyes debut with an equally steering song. As you’d expect this track is nominated on the 2011 MMI Listeners’ Pick poll, which is now open for your votes. And just in case you’ve forgotten, K.O.I. stands for Knowledge Over Instinct.

Scream DaisyAlive
One of the more established rock bands on the local music scene return with another new song that makes it to the 2011 MMI Listeners’ Pick poll. This new song bodes well for another creative round from Scream Daisy and I’m sure that their many fans in Malta will be hoping for more in the coming months.

Jean Claude VancellApril Symphony
I’ve always liked this young singer songwriter, mainly because he breaks away from most of the established modes he could be feeding on (and into) from the local scene. While this song may not be as striking as others he’s given us over the years on first listen, it shows that he’s exploring new territories without diverging too much from what he knows he’s able to do best.

Corazon MizziLooking for You
When Corazon’s name was announced as one of the finalists for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012, I must say that I was surprised that this Maltese singer songwriter would still find that scene to her liking. Still, she’s collaborating with a songwriting duo who have given us some of the better songs on the local contest in recent years. Anyway, before that announcement she had actually released this self-penned song, produced by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek.

TenishiaShores of Eden
Frozen Roads from this electronic chill out duo has got to be one of the more impressive albums released from Malta in 2011. Naturally, I’ve nominated it on the 2011 MMI Listeners’ Pick poll and I’m sure it will garner many votes in the Top Album category. Jovan Grech and Cyprian Cassar have really come of age nicely over the years and they’re now getting some of the much deserved international attention they deserve. In spite of this, or perhaps because of this, I suspect their best is still ahead of them.

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.