Archive for March, 2012

Freedom

Show notes for the 292nd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

The Common TalkFind a Way
Claudia Faniello is now the singer in a rock band. Joining up with bassist Daniel Genius, guitarist Wayne Camilleri and drummer Darryl Curmi, this debut sounds to me like they’re saving better material for later. In any case, I am curious to see what their next step will be. Whatever it is, I’m quite sure I’ll be featuring it on a future edition of the MMI podcast.

Bridget BoneGregory Jackson
No longer the new kids on the block, Bridget Bone serve up a fierce follow-up to last years smash hit Jackie the Stripper. This song is named after a broadcast journalist who reported the death of guitar god Jimi Hendrix way back in 1970. I have a feeling they’re a video in the making for this song, mainly because that’s the way this band rolls. It’s certainly one of their endearing qualities, along with catchy riffs and tuneful melodies.

Mystic RainSplit Ends
A new song from a band that’s been kicking about for some time. No sure what they’re really on about, but Bex Galea’s voice is certainly charming. It develops towards the end of this song and if this band know what’s good for them they’ll make more use of her better qualities in their next offering.

SubvertsTheatre of the Absurd
It’s no secret that this is one of my favourite Maltese bands not just of the 1980s but of all times. This recording comes from their final formation towards the end of that faithful decade. Their activities were cut short by the tragic work-related death of drummer Charles “Chalkie” Cutajar in December 1989 and the total demise of the Tigne Rokarja scene. This sound was inspired by the activities at Ateatru, the fringe theatre within the AST complex, which presented productions of absurd theatre, among other things, throughout most of the 1980s. Tonight’s (31/3/12) Rokarja reunion at the Black Pearl will most certainly feature an airing of this song and number of members of this band will most likely be present to mingle and reminisce about damp rehearsal rooms, extortionate tax rates on musical equipment, and how great it all was back then when we were young.

Bark Bark DiscoLet’s Do This
A few weeks ago, on Monday 12 March 2012, to be precise, a live music webcast was presented under the name So Lo Fi, featuring YEWS, MegaFun and Bark Bark Disco. This recording made by Ian Schranz is from the soundtrack of that live stream. Possibly the first such event for the Maltese music scene (please correct me if I’m wrong) but I’m surprised that there haven’t already been more. This is really the way of the future.

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The Carpet Crawlers


Show notes for the 291st Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Carrie HaberCrash & Burn (aka Mr Taxi Man)
Recorded live in the studio this is a lovely prelude for Carrie Haber’s upcoming EP Taurus, which is due to be released on Thursday 26 April 2012 at The Bedford in London. Slowly, but surely, Carrie is finding her own voice and establishing herself as a prolific artist in her own right. The video for this live track shows what a remarkable performer she really is.

AdieCry For You
Last year’s video for Adie’s Reaction was voted as the Top Video in the 2011 MMI Listeners’ Picks poll. This follow up is even better than last year’s offering, so I’m expecting it to receive a considerable amount of votes come the 2012 poll towards the end of this year. Adie’s voice too sounds better to me on this song and if she keeps at it this way I’m sure that things can only get better in the coming years.

BruwtalMother in Pain
Christian Navarro from Naxxar records some rather dark ambient sounds under the name Bruwtal. This is just one o the tracks he has released via SoundCloud this year. If you like the one I’ve selected I’m sure you’ll like the rest.

AtlamVictims Overture
More than three decades before Kizum Klof decided it was a good idea to spell things backwards, there was Atlam. They came together in early 1980 with a line up consisting of three Xuereb brothers: Charles on guitars, Lizio on bass and Stephen on drums, and their cousin Charlie on keyboards. In 1983, they started working on a rock opera called Victims. The musicial was never performed in public as they encountered some authoritative resistance to their drug references. The music was recorded anyway in 1986 using a 4-track cassette player.

Sempliciment tat-Triq & MarmaljaSpirtu Pront 2012
Zdongrap and Lapes are the voices of the respective projects behind this recording of Maltese-language hip hop, capturing the sound of Maltese rap in 2012. Building on previous material we’ve heard from them separately, this particular track sees them maturing considerably in their choice of words and topics, while remaining true to their roots and musical preferences. Although they are far from popular on mainstream media, this is a real sound of Maltese contemporary pop music stemming from traditional għana tal-pront. In time I believe that this lineage will become even more evident than it already is to anyone who wants to hear it that way.

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That Dangerous Age

Show notes for the 290th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Kizum KlofNutjeż
This new act with a rather unusual name stands out as much as their decision to spell things backwards. Acoustic guitarists Glenn Paul Pace and Kevin Borg are tapping into a long tradition of Maltese folk music and they not only know it but clearly relish in it. This debut single demonstrates both their virtuosity and promise which I’m quite sure will be greatly welcome on the local scene in ways that many may not expect. I know they have already attracted a relatively large cult following, and this can only grow and grow until they move away from Maltese shores where they will undoubtedly make an indelible mark on a global scene that has lots of room for this sort of ethnic offering that’s not produced exclusively for tourists.

For Strings InnJulie July
Not quite as impressive as their earlier work, this new single from For Strings Inn is still surely good enough to get them back on the airwaves of many local stations. The accompanying video will give this song a life beyond the radio and I must say that Nick Morales has really applied some of the more elaborate music video techniques he has learned over the years, as he places himself clearly on the forefront of the Maltese video production scene.

Stolen CreepWolves
This band’s sound has matured considerably since their last offering. If they keep going this way, I have a feeling that they will eventually make an indelible mark on the local alternative music scene. They are releasing an EP, from which this song is taken, on Sunday 18 March 2012 at V-Gen in Paceville. At that launch event, they will be supported by Alex Alden and Hey Sus.

Hey SusBoo Bay
I thought it would be fitting to end this week’s podcast with a recording from this seemingly fun loving duo who came together as a recording band last year. They have quite a cool looking website too and I’m hoping that they’ll eventually live up to their promise of releasing more recordings. When they do, I’m pretty sure I’ll be playing them again on my podcast…particularly because I never understood why surf pop never achieved greater popularity in the Maltese islands.

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Pafff… Bum!


Show notes for the 289th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Nicky BombaHighgrade
I saw Nicky Bomba live at the Earth Garden Festival last summer and I must say that he is a top class live entertainer. Listening to this song from him I can see that he is very deliberate in setting up the building blocks that make him such an excellent entertainer on stage with a live audience in front of him. The video is also testimony of his respect for the reggae music of Jamaica. I expect that he will eventually demonstrate a similar level of respect to the homeland of his Maltese ancestors, as he has already shown quite a bit of appreciation for his blood roots.

The Sylvan Aaron MassacreLove This City
Their follow up to the stunning debut Come On (Come On) is a little more radio friendly, and certainly the most likely offering from Sy Borg to receive any significant airtime in Malta. In any case, this duo continues to be championed by my dear friend and colleague Michael Bugeja who is always more than happy to play them on this radio shows. A few days after the podcast this video appeared too.

Freddie PortelliDoin’ Alright
In a recent email, Freddie Portelli explained to me that he had written this song back in the 1960s, but never recorded it with his then band The Malta Bums or even with The Black Train, with whom he recorded extensively throughout most of the 1970s. He finally recorded it just a few weeks ago, from memory, with a rather recognizable arrangement/style that we’ve come to expect from the man now, as a mature veteran of the local pop rock scene.

Fr Rob GaleaReach Out
I am always impressed with the elegance in the productions presented by this young Maltese priest based in Australia. He is also very subtle with his religious messages, for the most part. I’m sure he has fans who are not simply followers of Christian pop rock music. Anyway, if you’ve never paid particular attention to his songs before, listen to this one on this week’s podcast and take a look at the video right here.

Brian VassalloEmbracing Pathway
I’m very appreciative when local artists bother to inform me of their new releases and send them to me to include on my podcast. For the most part, I include (almost) everything that’s sent to me directly but I probably would have gone out to chase after the new one from Brian Vassallo because I find his electronic sounds quite soothing. I’m sure you’ll be hard-pressed to disagree with me.

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.