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Friday 26 January 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 31

After all the excitement and celebration of 2017, the I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show reaches number 31 tonight and now it's looking forward. There was over double the time to choose from on my initial long list this time, which means there will be plenty to choose from next week.

It also means that Volume 31 is brimming with great stuff. 21 songs are crammed in to a Golden Hour. There's also no space for any Archive songs this week.

The show is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the first thirty shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Nick Piunti - Behind The Smile
02 The Virtues - Subcultural
03 Unlikely Friends - Fifteen Rounds
04 The Shellye Valauskas Experience - Over The Top
05 Tiny Little Houses - Entitled Generation
06 Super 8 - Catsuit
07 Balkan Falcon - Tommy Roe
08 Sea Pinks - Places She Goes
09 Green Buzzard - Do You Ever Glow?
10 The Rallies - No One Knows
11 Amoeba Teen - (Coming On) Stronger
12 In Deed - Don't Need, Don't Care
13 The Number Ones - Lie To Me
14 Green Seagull - Not Like You And Me
15 Lola's - Indigo
16 Mark Lane - If You See the Girl
17 Smart Patrol - I Won't Go Back To Work
18 The Brass Buttons - Seven Seasons
19 The Menzingers - Thick As Thieves
20 Jared Lekites - Freebird
21 Ty Segall - Alta

Wednesday 24 January 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Albums Of The Year 2017 : The Top 10

Here's the Top 10 and nearly the end of looking back. Over the weekend there'll be a special award post and maybe even the spoof awards that were mentioned.

Chris Price is the deserved Number 1. The other nine in any other year would be winners.

The original reviews are linked. I've also added a few extra words about each, explaining briefly why I chose them.

01 Chris Price - Stop Talking   REVIEW 

Chris Price's 2012 album, Homesick, is one of the great lost albums. Five Years later, he's achieved the impossible and bettered it. A masterclass in Pop Rock writing and playing.

02 The Sunset Spirit - From The Top   REVIEW 

The Sunset Strip could so easily have been number one. I've loved it from the day I heard it. The follow up is being recorded as we speak and I would hope that the breakthrough comes this year. A Squeeze for this generation or perhaps more apt, bearing in mind the band's roots, this year's Aztec  Camera.

03 Daisy House - Crossroads   REVIEW

The band that have created the most hoo hah this year. At one stage it seemed everyone wanted to know about them. I've been fortunate enough to hear a lot of what will be this year's album. It should blow most out of the water.

04 Ian McNabb - Star Smile Strong   REVIEW

I'm loathe to say a return to form, but SSS would easily fit in with the magnificent first three solo albums. Very much a Merseybeast II, it rocks when it should, the McNabb choruses are in full flow. He confirms his reputation as one of the great Scouse songwriters.

05 Sparks - Hippopotamus   REVIEW

As original as ever, but Hippotamus is the closest Sparks have been to those definitive Island Years for a long time. They've moved far away from the early years, but here they bring what they've developed since to enhance what they started out as. Ron Mael is one of the finest lyricists around.

06 The Nines - Colour Radio (American Transistor)   REVIEW

There's always been real quality control to what Steve Eggers brings to the public. But the addition of Bill Majoros has taken The Nines to an even higher level. Slanted more towards Jeff Lynne than Andy Partridge these days, but this is great melodic pop.

07 Mothboxer - The Secret Art Of Saying Nothing   REVIEW 

Mothboxer are similar to Spygenius in the quality of what they do. I do wish Dave Ody would push himself forward more. Mothboxer have a back catalogue to die for and this latest album could be the best ever. Add them to the "I have no idea why they are not more famous" list.

08 Caper Clowns - The Buca Bus   REVIEW 

There is some fantastic Scandinavian Pop around at present. These young Danes are about the best of it. Imagine a young Crowded House. Very much like The Sunset Spirit , I'd expect 2018 to be the breakthrough year with their highly anticipated follow up.

09 Nick Heyward - Woodland Echoes   REVIEW

It's like he's never been away. Woodland Echoes is a delightful pastoral album that breaks out unexpectedly into the Jangle Pop he's noted for. This was one of the 2017 albums that I eagerly anticipated. It didn't disappoint, quite the reverse.

10 Chris Church - Limitations Of Source Tape   REVIEW

Anyone who can out Matthew Sweet, Matthew Sweet deserves to be heard. Limitations Of Source Tape is a fine album. Soaring melodies, beautifully arranged with choruses to get your vocal chords moving.

I Don't Hear A Single Albums Of The Year 2017 : 11 - 20

As it says above!

11 Cait Brennan - Third   REVIEW

12 The Singles - Sweet Tooth   REVIEW

13 Fernando Perdomo - The Golden Hour   REVIEW

14 Gretchen's Wheel - Sad Scientist   REVIEW

15 The John Sally Ride - A New Set Of Downs   REVIEW

16 Fastball - Step Into Light   REVIEW

17 Captain Wilberforce - Black Sky Thinking   REVIEW

18 Third of Never - Austerity   REVIEW

19 Groovy Uncle - A Clip Round The Ear   REVIEW

20 Partner - In Search Of Lost Time   REVIEW

I Don't Hear A Single Albums Of The Year 2017 : 21 - 30

Halfway There Now!

21 The Well Wishers - Comes And Goes   REVIEW

22 Dave Kerzner - Static   REVIEW

23 Plasticsoul - Therapy   REVIEW

24 Boo Hewerdine - Swimming In Mercury   REVIEW

25 The Lunar Laugh - Mama's Boy   REVIEW

26 David James Situation - Aquarian Comedown   REVIEW

27 Colin's Godson - The Timely Demise Of Colin's Godson   REVIEW

28 Felix Hagan & The Family - Attention Seeker   REVIEW

29 The Golden Rail - Electric Trails From Nowhere   REVIEW

30 Richard Turgeon - In Between The Spaces   REVIEW

I Don't Hear A Single Albums Of The Year 2017 : 31 - 40

The countdown continues. Review Links are indicated.

31 Deer Tick - Deer Tick Vol.1 and Deer Tick Vol.2   REVIEW

32 Greg Ieronimo - Never Leaving California   REVIEW

33 Odd Robot - A Late Night Panic   REVIEW

34 The Granite Shore - Suspended Second   REVIEW

35 Jonny Weathers - Jonny Weathers And Cosmic Scream   REVIEW

36 Justin Levinson - Yes Man   REVIEW

37 Crime Scene - Alter Life   REVIEW

38 Arts & Leisure - Rescued Objects   REVIEW

39 Terry Shaughnessy - Songs From Another Life   REVIEW

40 Shrug Life - Shrug Life   REVIEW 

I Don't Hear A Single Albums Of The Year 2017 : 41 - 50

Here are the first ten of my favourite albums of 2017. The order will change daily, but it's at this point that the snapshot is taken. Just a few criteria. The album can be available as a physical release or a download. It has to have been reviewed on this Blog throughout 2017. A link to the original review is shown.

The review criteria means some albums that have been reviewed by me elsewhere will not appear. There may be the odd album released in the year before. The criteria is that I reviewed it in 2017. Only new albums are included, reissues aren't.

41 Fast Romantics - American Love   REVIEW

42 Cheap Trick - We're All Alright! Deluxe Edition   REVIEW

43 Michael Slawter - An Assassination Of Someone You Knew  REVIEW

44 Hornal - The Game Begins With The Lights Out   REVIEW

45 The Successful Failures - Ichor Of Nettle   REVIEW

46 Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott - Crooked Calypso Deluxe Edition   REVIEW

47 Berwanger - Exorcism Rock   REVIEW

48 My Little Hum - Remembering Houses   REVIEW

49 Corin Ashley - Broken Biscuits   REVIEW

50 Floating Opera - Pop Song On The Elevator Down   REVIEW

Best Six Reissues Of 2017

I have always avoided doing Lists. My tastes change daily and to be honest, I'd rather listen than rate. But I agreed to this year and so coming up today are what I would consider to be my favourite 50 albums of 2017. The order might be different daily, but I do think the 50 choices would be there, but perhaps in a different position.

I Don't Hear A Single is really about new albums, so reviews on reissues are generally posted elsewhere. I'm currently considering what to do about reissues. Do I include them on IDHAS, continue to write elsewhere about them or start up an offshoot? The latter is the least favourable.

So before we get on to those 50 albums, here are my favourite half dozen reissues of 2017, all have been featured on here. Links to the reviews of the albums are included.

01 Liverpool Express - The Albums (3CD)

Review here.

02 XTC - Black Sea (2017 Expanded Edition) CD and Bluray

Review here.

03 The Dangtrippers - Days Between Stations (Expanded Edition)

Review here.

04 The Red Button - Now It's All This (2CD)

Review here.

05 Artful Dodger - The Complete Columbia Recordings (2CD)

Review here.

06 The Searchers - Another Night : The Sire Recordings 1979 - 1981

Review here.

Tuesday 23 January 2018

That Was 2017

Over the next couple of days, I bid a belated farewell to 2017. Today it's an overview of what we heard throughout the year.. It's not artist specific that comes tomorrow Having read most of the Best Of Lists, my own thoughts of it being a great year for Pop And Rock, away from the mainstream of course, have been challenged. John Borack's musing hasn't appeared yet and that's what I nod at most, so I may change my thoughts again.

However, this years lists have concurred on quite a few albums and those are certainly the cream of the crop, it's been on the edges that it's been disappointing. Normally you look at these lists to see what you've missed and get quite a few delights, this year there has been less of that. most of the things that I hadn't heard, I'm not sorry I missed.

The year itself has been punctuated by the untimely deaths of artists that we love. Some of that of course comes with age and a realisation that something that is called New Wave was 40 years ago. The most relevant to me was the shocking news of the passing of Tommy Keene. A Beacon Of Power Pop, a lover of music and one of the nicest guys ever. It's still hard to believe. I was shocked by Will Owsley at the time, more so by Tommy's passing.

Genre wise, thankfully there's been an easing of the wave of Tame Impala and Nada Surf wannabes. There was so much bad Psych Pop around, that hopefully it will now be left to the likes of Luck Of Eden Hall who can do it properly. Sadly the waving of goodbye to this irritation as coincided with the revival of shoegazing, it was boring first time round.

Prog has had some revival and it's refreshing for an old man to see. What once was derided, is now celebrated. The reforming of the old with at least some original members included and the Steven Wilson reworking of the past has brought Nostalgia to a peak. But it's the new that perks my interest most. Big Big Train hitting the mainstream and the likes of Dave Kerzner have made Prog melodic again. The Billy Sherwood over produced Modern Prog seems to be in decline which is a good thing. Also Prog is a constant beacon of keeping the art of listening to a full album relevant in this 99p a track world.

Indie wise, C86 seems to be back in the spotlight. Pale Lights in particular, shine through, I can imagine a much younger me in Glasgow, not having to sit down every five minutes. Having derided Psych Pop a bit, mainly because so many jumped on the bandwagon, Medway continues to provide glorious 60's themed Psych that is a joy to listen to.

The spirit of Deaf School is still around with the Theatrical Rock of Felix Hagan And The Family, V Sparks and Ward XVI. Three bands that are incredibly inventive, yet can still cut it Live. The return of Sparks and Nick Heyward with stunning albums is also to be celebrated. Both show that you don't have to rely on Back Catalogue, both have produced albums as good as anything from their past.

The Live scene is infuriating. People will pay silly prices to watch names they know at enormodomes, yet would rather have a four pack of Carlsberg and a Pizza than take a chance on someone playing in their town for a tenner. First it was Pubs that closed, now it's the venues.

The UK scene is really hard at the moment. There are some artists breaking through such as The Ragamuffins, but these are less and less. IDHAS is incredibly popular, probably because so few in the UK cover the stuff it does.

My beloved Power Pop and Pop Rock is so underrated in the UK and the dominant scene at the moment seems to be Scandinavia, although Australia is undergoing a resurgence. The likes of Caper Clowns sound more British than the Brits.

IPO Liverpool was good as ever, although it is a little long these days, meaning it can run out of steam or you out of energy. It was great to see the Big Stir guys there and on the subsequent tour. Plasticsoul have released one of the finest albums this year and with a new album by The Armoires and a Spygenius release on the way, all is exciting in the camp. Seeing those guys over here was special.

There's some cracking Record Labels around, but special mention must go to three. Futureman Records as a digital label comes up with some fantastic pop. Sugarbush is a superb Vinyl label, constantly surprising me with it's individual and somewhat unique choices.

Omnivore is inspired, true it's a bit Big Star fixated, but isn't everyone, but the releases from Cait Brennan and Chris Price this year are exceptional and it's mixture of old and new is exemplary. I should also mention Cherry Red who have discovered New Wave and are bringinging albums to CD that I never thought would make it. Nest Up Yachts!

So that's my shoes and sweet thoughts on 2017. Tomorrow it will become artist specific as I celebrate my Best Of The Year. 2017 was a pretty dim year for me personally, but music wise it was ok and shows that great pop and rock is still there to delight far more than it manages to.

Thursday 18 January 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 4

I haven't taken a vow of silence. In one of those situations when you are told things are so easy, we changed ISP and you can guess the rest. 10 days later we finally have broadband again, by going back to the previous supplier.

So I've tons to catch up on and in a new year new broom, I went for a space saving keyboard that means I am spending most of my review time correcting Fat Fingered typing. So there's been no chance of recording a new Radio Show this week.

Therefore I've gone back to the past and plumped for a great show line up that wasn't promoted on here originally. Show 4 was broadcast in June 2017 and it's a cracker. This will be broadcast on KOR Radio this week.

I will also upload last week's 30th show on Mixcloud later.

The show is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the first twenty nine shows and two Xmas Specials here. Episode 30 will be up on Mixcloud, as stated, later.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 Ian McNabb - Loveless Age (Waifs And Strays Version)
02 Berwanger - Exorcism Rock
03 Huxley Rittman And The Rusty Hitmen - Stay With Me
04 Captain Wilberforce - The Johnny Depp Memorial Cafe
05 The Pot Beach - Bloody School
06 Daniel Wylie's Cosmic Rough Riders - I Hear You Call My Name
07 Suzy And Los Quattro - Radio! Stereo!
08 Hornal - She Doesn't Have Anyone
09 Greg Ieronimo - Roller Coaster Ride
10 Dot Dash - The Infinite
11 Justin Levinson - Together Forever
12 The Sugarplastic - Polly Brown
13 Michael Carpenter - I've Got No More To Say
14 Terrorvision - Perseverance
15 Daisy House - Night Of The Hunter
16 Rob Clarke And The Wooltones - Jump In My Igloo
17 Bongley Dead - Set It On Fire

Thursday 11 January 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 30

IDHAS Radio hits 30 and this week's show sounds as great as ever. I pondered about the Archive Tracks this week and finally settled on just one. It closes the show and is nine minutes long, but probably one of the best nine minutes you'll spend this year. It's accompanied by 16 poptastic new songs.

The show is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the first twenty nine shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here's this week's playlist :

01 The Mylars - What Do You Got To Lose
02 Mo Troper - Your Brand
03 The Menzingers - Tellin' Lies
04 Freezing Hands - Comeback Kid
05 Timothy Monger - Plough King
06 Matt Hectorne - It Don't Matter At All
07 Pep - Pep In My Step
08 The Riptides - Couldn't Care Less
09 Jules Shear - A Color That Barely Exists
10 The Orange Constant - Something We Can Use
11 Burgess Meredith - Summers End
12 Kelley Ryan - The Darkest Stars
13 Balduin - Leave To Seek The Light
14 Steve Thompson - Rose Tinted Glasses
15 Goodman - Modern Girl
16 The Rallies - Whatever You Thought
17 Wizzard - Wear A Fast Gun

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Nick's Albums Of The Year

I'm always slow to kick of January. This is largely because the first half of the month is always awash with Best Of The Previous Year lists and so ends up with people searching backward rather than the forward I prefer.

I can tell you that 2017 was one of the better years for the music that we like and knowing what's coming, 2018 promises to be exceptional. So as I don't feel out of kilter, here's Nick's Best 15 albums of 2017. It's also heartening to look at other writer's lists and see that we haven't missed much.

I've mentioned previously that Nick Fletcher is essential to what has become a surprisingly popular Blog. We talk about the new a lot and get excited when we hear something that we haven't heard before.

For every gem that I come up with, Nick responds with another. Our tastes sort of meet in the middle. He's into Country, Americana and AOR and I'm Psych and Prog, but the Pop and Rock middle ground is where we collide and you see the benefit's here.

Nick now lives in Sweden and so whilst I am left battling with the frustrations of shouting loudly in an empty UK room, he's busy chasing Elks. So here you have Nick's 15 Best Albums of 2017. The list is alphabetical, not position related. So any of these albums is the winner.

Captain Wilberforce – Black Sky Thinking

Cheap Trick - We're All Alright!

Daisy House - Crossroads

Dream Machine – The Illusion

Fastball – Step Into Light

Per Gessle – En Vacker Natt

Boo Hewerdine – Swimming In Mercury

Ian McNabb – Star Smile Strong

The Mono LPs – States Of Decay

The Popguns – Sugar Kisses

Chris Price – Stop Talking

John Southworth – Small Town Watertower

Sparks - Hippopotamus

The Sunset Spirit – From The Top

Pete Wylie – Pete Sounds

Thursday 4 January 2018

I Don't Hear A Single Radio Show Episode 29

Continued Microphone problems at this end mean that the Album Of The Year Awards and accompanying Broadcast are on hold. Hopefully, they will be broadcast next week, so tomorrow night's Radio Show will be a normal edition.

I'll give it until the weekend and if the Mic problems continue, we may just go to a non talking End Of Year Awards Show next week, with the explanations of choices on the Blog here. The spoof awards will be released ahead after the weekend, allowing further time to sort the channel problems here.

I remarked on Facebook, about the quality of Guitar releases that continues. There's not been the usual quiet period from the middle of December. Except for the majors of course whose Marketing has started in earnest today.

There are so many great offerings around that this week's show has no Archive songs. 18 Songs from new albums are here to delight your ears.

The show is broadcast on KOR Radio at 8pm UK Time on Fridays, repeated at the same time on Saturdays. Due to increased popularity, a Monday Night Repeat has been added at 8pm.

You can listen to it here.

Also, a reminder that the show is archived the following week on Mixcloud. You can listen to the first twenty eight shows and two Xmas Specials here.

Here is this week's show playlist :

01 The Green Pajamas - Kill The Power
02 Odd Robot - A Late Night Panic
03 Green Buzzard - Tear My Heart Away
04 Anny Celsi Nelson Bragg And Duncan Maitland - Heavenly Day
05 Almost Charlie - Ambivalent
06 The Dream Rebel - Hurt Me Bad
07 Daisy - Little Love
08 Terry Anderson - Punchline
09 Fernando Perdomo - Burned Out Heart
10 First Base - Eastchester Avenue
11 Calexico - End of the World With You
12 Watts - Sunlight Alleys
13 Davie Allan And The Arrows - Heartache (Feat. Lisa Mychols)
14 Bret Bingham - On Your Own
15 Simon Felton - Lost And Found
16 The Glad Machine - 18 Days
17 Heggarty - I Only Dream
18 Henry Priestman And Les Glover - Sing It Like You Mean It