Image left is the cover of Joy Division’s first release. Having taken their name from a wing of a Nazi concentration camp mentioned in the novel “The House of Dolls”.
On this week’s Anti-Broadcast (8th of Mar 2013) we listen to and celebrate the genius of Joy Division. Formed in 1970′s Manchester after being inspired by seeing The Sex Pistols live and in response to dour and depressing consequences of English Industrialism, Joy Division was spearheaded by a flailing Shamanic lead singer who gave voice to the band and it’s generation’s angry and bitter voice. Although the band wouldn’t have been what it was without all members, Howard and Francesca don’t care much for any members besides their lead singer: Ian Curtis.
Joy Division are known by millions even today, but only by their pop hits such as “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. Lesser known are the fuller instrumentals, soul touching lyrics, and the spasmodic dancing of Ian Curtis – the concoction that placed them in equal footing with their contemporary rock and punk heroes. We’ll be celebrating these qualities tonight.
The remaining members (Bernard Summer, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris) did not continue as Joy Division after Curtis’ death in 1980 and instead renamed themselves to “New Order” – a terrible band responsible for shallow lyrics and repetitive (yet disgustingly catchy) melodies and sounds. We wont be talking about them in this broadcast.
I’m making this week’s Featured Artist a combo feature with Paul McDonagh and the band he sings for – Strider.
Based in the music hub of Ireland, Galway, and mutating from the rock band Giggleweed (who we featured last year), Strider is a rock band who reaches many ends on the genre’s spectrum including some grungy, blues, & classic numbers as well as soulful & solemn one too.
Paul himself is a multi-talented and inspired artist with a keen sense of parody – exemplified below by his track “Dick Suckin Bitches” released under his pseudo hip-hop name “Chili P.” I imagine that as well as P standing for Paul it stands for “Pee”, but I haven’t confirmed that.
The Flying Pickets, named so for their involvement in the miners strike action in England, are an a cappella band who produced many great covers during the 1980s and ’90s, including (but absolutely not limited to) “Only You” (Yazoo), “Space Oddity” (David Bowie), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), and “Buffallo Soldier” (Bob Marley and Noel G. “King Sporty” Williams) etc…
They’re this week’s Featured Artist (15th of February 2013), and the first of the year. I chose this particular band because I listened to them as a young teen, enjoyed their work a lot, and (along with many other artists) helped me understand the beauty of music and the creative mind/body. I genuinely hope that I help people discover this amazing jewel and they touch you as they have done me.
A Galway (Ireland) mix artist/DJ who hosts “Sirenium”, a monthly show featuring a selection of juicy ambient and deep techno presented in a shockingly seamless format. Dave also hosts “Outer Limits” on Via Sound Radio, featuring a more upbeat and techno selection.
I can turn on a set from this guy and completely trust that I’m not going to be assaulted with some garbage. I know what I’m getting every time, which is quality. As a humble radio jock myself, I hold in high regard the talent of introducing the right track at the right second, the INSTINCT needed to forge a smooth and synchronice path through the artistic input of yourself and others and come out the other end with we call a “set” or a “show”. Which is why I prescribe Sirenium to lovers of sensual ambient techno.
As I listen to his most recent “Outer Limits” broadcast as I write this review, I’m giving my thumbs up to this show too.
This week I’m going to feature my friend’s SoundCloud uploads under the name Yewlogy. The following music is his explorations of funk and other groovy genres with some collaborations with friends up there too.
Mikey is an apprentice of the guitar, saxophone, flute and others (I’m sure). He composes funk, classical-funk, chill, a little psy. One thing he is not is faithfully attached to genres which makes his artistic gifts to the world what they are.
Thula Borah are an Alt/Post Rock band with two independent studio albums; “Mind River Matter” (2010) and their recent release “Live Secretly” (2012). Check them out on their SoundCloud and hear a preview of “Live Secretly” on their BandCamp.
I really enjoy the diversity they achieve with all their music with their warm rock and ambiance. “Live Secretly” is the kind of album you can put on the stereo and go about doing some evening cleaning or maybe laying on your back sweetly contemplating life.
An Ambient/New Age solo project started by Mark Mendieta in 2006 that resulted in the recently released album “The Calling Whisper”, which I gather is Mark’s magnum opus. His new album tells the story of the search for meaning in life, which I think is told quite well without the use of a single word. It’s an often solemn sound, at times a little harrowing, reflecting a little of his contribution to Progressive Rock band “Subject to Thoughts”. I find myself suspended in the mood of each song from the beginning to the end, it certainly is a ride to listen throughout but can stand alone in a randomized playlist.
Check this guy’s music out, show your friends, and maybe get the album.
I recently found this band whilst looking for industrial and synth music to share on the radio – I rarely see a self-released band so I jumped at opportunity to explore a new sound and artistic vortex.
I found 9,000,009 to have a very unique sound and diversity of effect. The genre is synth/industrial, but it’s not particularly heavy or overbearing, I find that I can listen to it most of the time when industrial music (from Nine Inch Nails, for example) takes me to be in the appropriate (usually dark and speedy) mood. I can indulge my darkness and speediness with these guys but at the same time enjoy a smooth mood, to accompany the introspective and individualistic lyrics common to its genre.
Their music is free to download via .torrent, but the higher quality version of their debut album can be purchased for $4.90 on Bandcamp. Click to preview and purchase.