Sunday, March 13, 2011

CMC Radio: Blackout

We haven't done it in a while, but I feel it's time for another CMC Radio web-broadcast, the seventh in the series and the first one for 2011. The latest 12-song mixtape has a running time of 49:02 and if we are to believe the genre descriptions given on the artists' MySpace profiles then you're about to listen to an eclectic mix of tango, alternative rock, experimental blues, post punk, gothic grunge, easy listening garage, southern rock, religious glam, electro and minimalistic new wave. In other words some really cool music from mostly new names that came to my attention recently and I believe that they deserve your attention. Click the link below to find the playlist on MySpace and keep on reading this post to find out what's on offer in our seventh mix:

1. Blackout - Anna Calvi

As you may already know, Anna Calvi is one of our favorite new artists of the year, and the title track of our playlist is one of the highlights of her excellent self-titled debut as well as her latest single release. It is out on March 21st and is backed by a cover of the Elvis Presley classic "Surrender".

2. Glass Prayer - Religious To Damn

A very new and exciting discovery; Religious To Damn's debut "Glass Prayer" was  Rough Trade Shops' "Album of the week" this week and as they put it in their newsletter it is "a must hear for fans of Zola Jesus, Siouxise and Fever Ray". I haven't listened to it yet, but both tracks that are available for streaming here are excellent. The title track features an ethereal vocal performance from singer Zohra Atash which brings to mind Cocteau Twins' Elisabeth Fraser while the bass-line sounds like a tribute to Japan's late, great Mick Karn.

3. (Bounce House) Demons - Chelsea Wolfe

An impressive track from Wolfe's blood-chilling album "The Grime and the Glow" released at the end of 2010 on Pendu Sound. A beautiful gothic nightmare.

4. Lick My Fins - Clara Engel

And speaking of beautiful gothic nightmares, here's Clara Engel and one of the standout tracks from her 2009 release "Secret Beasts", an intense, dark folk-blues record with influences ranging from opera to Diamanda Galas. The track is available for free download here, where you'll also be able to stream her quite impressive discography.

5. Philadelphia - Standard Fare

The track that topped 2010's Festive 50 at Dandelion Radio. It's from their 2010 debut "The Noyelle Beat", while here you can check out their brand new single "Suitcase".

6. Belong - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

The title track from the upcoming, highly-anticipated sophomore album from The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, which adds a surprising Smashing Pumpkins influence to the mix.

7. Austere - The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable's formidable debut "The Big Roar" offers more evidence that the big rock sound of '90s bands like the Pumpkins is about to make an impressive comeback.

8. White Horse - Cold In Berlin

More '90s influenced gothic grunge-punk from Cold In Berlin who released their debut "Give Me Walls" at the end of last year.

9. Wooden Bones - Follow That Bird

My favorite band from last year's excellent Matador compilation "Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010" offers a new (?) track on their MySpace page and promises a full length some time this year according to their website. Fingers crossed!

10. Stilyagi - Puro Instinct (ft. Ariel Pink)

Puro Instinct are sisters Piper and Skylar Kaplan and this dreamy single featuring Ariel Pink is taken from their recently released debut "Headbangers In Ecstasy". Fun fact: the title "Stilyagi" is Russian and translates to "style hunter" or "hipster". Check out here the brand new video for the song.

11. In 20 Years - Void Vision

For the electro finale of our playlist, two highlights from the excellent "Rough Trade Shops: Synth Wave 10" compilation, notable for their sensual female vocals. Void Vision's offering was originally released as a limited 7" on Blind Prophet in 2010 while Cosmetics' kinky "Black Leather Gloves" comes from the "Soft Skin" 7" which came out the same year on Captured Tracks.

12. Black Leather Gloves - Cosmetics

Bonus track: Religious To Damn's "Drifter" from the album "Glass Prayer" on M'lady's Records - here's the video:

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