Albums of the year 2013

Hey dear good people!

Here are my personal album favorites of the year 2013 (in alphabetically order):

ANDI ALMQVIST – Warsaw Holiday

BildTHE BUILDERS & THE BUTCHERS – Western Medicine

BildNICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Live From KCRW

BildHELLDORADO – Bones In The Closet

BildMONSTER TRUCK – Furiosity

BildMURDER BY DEATH – Who Will Survive & What Will Be Left Of Them?
(10th Anniversary Edition)

BildPEARL JAM – Lightning Bolt

BildRODRIGUEZ – Searching For Sugar Man (Album and DVD)

BildSLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB –  SCAC 102:
An Introduction For Young And Old Europe

BildTHE STERLING SISTERS – Hale

BildVARIOUS ARTISTS – Rockin‘ Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White

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And what are your favorites?

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

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Music Diary – 3rd November

Welcome to another entry in my personal music diary – today for the 3rd November!

Back in 1995, when I was still a huge Jethro Tull fan (yes, I outed myself RIGHT NOW!) I received the first solo album from long-time guitar player Martin Barre called „A Trick of Memory„. I was very curious about this one, because it was the very first time to hear Mr. Barre singing! Well, it turned out quite well 😉

In 2009 I auctioned a very rare collector via ebay from the Denver record shop „Twist and Shout„. The promo package of Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots! This one comes in a brown paper back with some nice additions (picture, promo facts printed out on used paper!) and features the following six songs: „Song Rebecca calls,’That Birdcage Song‘, which never was though now Kind of is because of her Influence…„, „Big Black Bull comes like a Caesar„, „Old Service Road„, „Goose walking over my Grave„, „Of Silas Fauntleroys Willingness to influence the Panel“ and „River Forktine Tippecanoe„.

Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots - Promo Package © Alex Melomane

Munly & The Lee Lewis Harlots – Promo Package © Alex Melomane

Well, this album is one of my all time favorites. If you don’t know this one do yourself a favor and listen to these outstanding songs!

And in 2010 I added another fine album by The Builders And The Butchers (another outstanding band!) to my collection: „Dead Reckoning“ is another masterpiece after the self-titled debut and „Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well„.

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 13th July

Hey Musiclovers all around the world – welcome to my music diary again!

Today back in 2011 I received a very nice and special release from Murder By Death: This awesome band from Bloomington (Indiana) started a split vinyl single project for which they invite a group or musician who covers a Murder By Death song – and vice versa. In this case The Builders And The Butchers recorded the tracks „Ball and Chain“ and „Until Morale improves the Beatings will continue“. In reverse, Adam Turla, Sarah Balliet, Matt Armstrong,  Dagan Thogerson and Scott Brackett recorded their versions of „In the Branches“ and „Down this Hole“.

BildThe singles of this fine project are very limited editions of 1.000 copies worldwide. Before this release Murder By Death did the same with William Elliott Whitmore, O’Death, Amanda Palmer (from The Dresden Dolls) and Sam Lowry. More information about the 7 series you can find here:
http://murderbydeath.bandcamp.com

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Radio Shows

RADIO SHOWS WITH LIVE PERFORMANCES:

When I worked for the Austrian independent radio station B138 I invited several musicians for special radio performances – here you can stream some of the wonderful shows – enjoy!

In November 2009 Andrea Schroeder was our live guest for the radio show „Unerhört Spezial“ – stream it here:

 

The Songs:

Blackbird“ (Studio)
„Blackbird“ (live)
„Rainlight“ (live)
„Farmen“ (from the Farmen album „Farmen“)
„Ghost Ship“ (live)
Bebop Blues“ (Studio)
„Dark Nightingales“ (live)
„My Heart is just a Song“ (live)
„Then“ (live)
„Fly me to the Sky“ (Studio)

Line up:
Andrea Schroeder – Vocals
Jesper Lehmkuhl – Guitar
Karsten Helmbold – Percussion

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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In February 2010 Austrian musician Manuel Normal was our live guest – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

1. Doima (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
2. Marionettn (live)
3. Soiche Leit (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
4. Sicher ned Du (live)
5. Hau Di her (live)
6. Rosnkraunz (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
7. Dumm (live)
8. Saumthaundschuach (vom Album „Frontal„)
9. Saumthaundschuach (live)
10. 1000 Allergien (vom Album „Frontal„)
11. Nochfrogn (live)
12. Treibsaund (vom Album „Frontal„)
13. Hedwig (CD – Toter Roter Fisch: Verzeih mir doch, ich denke)
14. Chance 2006 (CD – Toter Roter Fisch: Verzeih mir doch, ich denke)
15. 99 Voitrottln (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
16. Linz (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)
17. Doima (Zanshin Imado Wiedamisch) (vom Album „De Wöd Steht Nimma Laung„)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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In 2010 Jazz singer Marina Zettl was our live guest – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

1. Wonderful Day (live)
2. Too close (from „Fikus„)
3. Almost written (live)
4. Ride the Tide (from „Fikus„)
5. Fikus (live)
6. Love on a Landline (live)
7. Goodbye (from „Fikus„)

Line Up:
Marina Zettl – Vocals
Thomas Mauerhofer – Guitar
Christian Bakanic – Accordion

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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Also in 2010 the Austrian band Dealer performed in the studio of the radio b138 – stream this unplugged session here:

 

The Songs:

1. Dig a Hole (Studio Version)
2. Dig a Hole (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
3. Ain’t getting better (Studio Version)
4. Ain’t getting better (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
5. Desperately united (Studio Version)
6. Cocain Woman (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
7. Remedy (THE BLACK CROWES)
8. This is not California (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
9. The Weight (The Band Cover) (live Unplugged at Radio B138)
10. Coming ‚round again (live)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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In August  2010 Austrian musician Agnès Milewski was our live guest – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

1. Ready steady go (Studio Version)
2. Chasing the Wind (live)
3. One God for me (Studio Version)
4. Learn to swim (live)
5. Falling from Grace (live)
6. Ugly duckling (live)
7. Not Andrea (Studio Version)
8. For Lucifer, the fallen (live)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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With The Glamour Street a very young and talented duo was one of our live guests – stream this very special unplugged show here:

 

The Songs:

Mr. Universe
Nervous Shaking Dead And Gone
Wonderland
My Dear
(all taken from the album „Introducing The Famous„)
Chapman (live)
Underwater (live)
Not Under Your Skin (live)

Shortly after this show singer Medina Rekic was our guest and we did an interview, Medina played some of her favorite songs and also did a very fine unplugged solo performance!


The Setlist:

Placebo – Kitty Litter
Medina – Let me down (live)
KaroThe Sailor
Cat PowerKeep on running (Edit)
Medina – A Way out (live)
The Glamour StreetWonderland
Medina – Caught (live)
Dixie ChicksReady to run
Medina – Nineteen (Tegan and Sara Cover)(live)
Nina SimoneDo I move you
Medina – I’m incapable (live)

ACHTUNG: The interview is in German!

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For the Austrian independent radio station B138 I hosted the programme called „Unerhört„. It was a weekly feature and broadcasted 72 times. Here is a small selection of my personal favorites and for your streaming pleasure – enjoy 😉

Volume 72:
MURDER: „Gospel Of Man“ (DK)
SARAH JAFFE: „Suburban Nature“ (USA)
FINGERS OF THE SUN: „Fingers Of The Sun“ (USA)
SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB: „Unentitled“ (USA)
VENA: „Nomadic“ (NOR)

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Volume 71:
LOVESICK EMPIRE: „The Grind““ (USA)
THE RAVEN AND THE WRITING DESK: „Recidivist“ (USA)
OH, STARLING: „Noel“ (USA)
STONE CARPET: „The Sound Of A Thousand“ (SWEDEN)

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Volume 69:
ELEPHANT REVIVAL: „Break In The Clouds“ (USA)
SONS OF PERDITION: „Psalms Of The Spitually Dead“ (USA)
BUDDY AND THE HUDDLE: „Farrago“ (GERMANY)
R.F. HORNE: „Collections“ (CANADA)

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Volume 68:
KAL CAHOONE: „Saints And Stars“ (USA)
GRITCH: „The World Was Asleep“/“Sunday Morning Train EP“/“Arrivals And Departures“ (USA)
AMAZING TWIN: „New Wives‘ Tale“ (USA)

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Volume 60:
THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS: „Dead Reckoning“
THE DUKES: „Resilient Lovers“ (EP)
TV BUDDHAS: „Dying At The Party“

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Volume 58:
STEVE WYNN & THE MIRACLE 3 (USA): „Northern Aggression“ (Album)

Resolution
We don’t talk about it
No One ever drowns
The Death of Donny B
On the Mend

RAY DAVIES & FRIENDS: „See my Friends

Better Things“ (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
Days/This Time Tomorrow“ (feat. Mumford & Sons)
You really got me“ (feat. Metallica)
Lola“ (feat. Paloma Faith)
Waterloo Sunset“ (feat. Jackson Browne)

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Volume 57:
OVERCASTERS (USA)
THE GREAT BERTHOLINIS (HUNGARY)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS (SWEDEN)
DIRK NELLY BRILL (GERMANY)
SERGIO MENDES (BRASIL)
PRIESMASTA FLASH (AUSTRIA)

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Volume 56:
Fjieri (ITALY)
Clan Edison (FRANCE)
Trouble Over Tokyo (UK)
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (USA)

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Volume 54:
Munly And The Lupercalians (USA)
Suicide Syndicate (SWEDEN)

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Volume 51:
Volbeat (DENMARK)
Robert Plant (UK)
Andrew Giddings (UK)
Amanda Shires (USA)
Aedos Cluster Of The Waterfall (ITALY)
Pulled Apart By Horses (UK)
Spayroll (FRANCE)
James Yuill (UK)
The Miserable Rich (UK)

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Volume 49:
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (USA)
Robert Plant (UK)
T-Model Ford (USA)
LDX Productions (UK)
Dark Patrick (UK/UKRAINE)
Loz Tinitoz (GERMANY)

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Volume 44:
Mumford & Sons: „Sigh No More“ (Album)

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Volume 42:
Dust On The Breakers (USA)
John Grant (USA)
The Drums (USA)
Roshi feat. Pars Radio (UK)
This Ambitious Orchestra (USA)

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Volume 39:
Kal Cahoone (USA)
Lilium (USA)
Angie Mattson (USA)
Forgetallrocktaughtyou (USA)
Lost Robots (UK)
The Monotrol Kid (BELGIUM)

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Volume 34:
WOVEN HAND (David Eugene Edwards) – „The Threshing Floor“ (Album)

The Songs:
Sinking Hands
The Threshingfloor
A Holy Measure
Raise Her Hands
His Rest
Singing Grass
Behind Your Breath
Truth“ (New Order Cover)
Terre Haute

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Volume 33:
PAUL WELLER – „Wake Up The Nation“ (Album)
MURDER BY DEATH – „Good Morning, Magpie“ (Album)

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Volume 28:
Johnny Cash (USA)
Katzenjammer (NORWAY)
Alley Sin (BULGARIA)
Fiddler’s Green (GERMANY)
Magnapop (USA)
Angela Tröndle (AUSTRIA)
Gary Heffern (USA/FINLAND)

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Volume 16:
Elin Palmer (SWEDEN/USA)
Herbert Froehler (AUSTRIA)
Silent Art Orchestra (GERMANY)
Devolution (AUSTRIA)
The Pussybats (GERMANY)
Herb Sinus (AUSTRIA)
Tri State Corner (GERMANY)

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Volume 4:
Elin Palmer (USA)
Killed By 9 Volt Batteries (AUSTRIA)
Saori Jo (FRANCE)
Gschu (AUSTRIA)
Jade (AUSTRIA)
Patti Rothberg (USA)
Sonic Adventure Project (AUSTRIA)
Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People (CANDA)
A Life, A Song, A Cigarette (AUSTRIA)

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Follow this link to stream/download my radio show called “Die musikalische Buchstabensupe eines Melomanen”, which I hosted also for the Austrian independent radio station B138. It’s a series through my private music collection from A (like AC/DC) until Z (like ZZ Top). Also I recorded some other broadcasts, like a special about the release of Johnny Cash’s album “American Recordings VI – Ain’t No Grave” (ed. 2010) which features also some speeches of John Carter Cash, the son of the Man in Black. Also I did two broadcasts which features my personal favorites of the year 2010 – like Woven Hand, Munly & The Lupercalians, Clan Edison or Murder By Death. Tune in and enjoy!

The setlist of this series:
Setlist_A_bis_Z