This weeks sow was a Glasto special of sorts, with a few of the bands who were part of the huge Emerging Talent competition. Thousand os bands entered to play the John Peel, Dance, acoustic and jazzworld stages. Liz Green was the overall winner, an acoustic singer who has this amazing voice,like something from a 1940's black and white film (I think. I'm not a 1940's black and white film expert by any means). So I was in Piltons Working Mens Club for a few days and am now well looking forward to Glastonbury and all the madness and fun it brings to the world.
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Went to see I Was a Cub Scout last week, and they were well good. Synth-tastic at times but without the grating, generic sound other bands seem to make. And they make a helluva racket for two blokes, Pink Squares sounded ACE. Good inbetween song banter too. very important:)
...in one piece I'm pleased to say. SXSW was amazing, bigger than the previous two years I've been and full of ace new music. Quite where to begin I'm not sure, so I'll go through it methodically on my myspace HERE and blog it up, trying to remember all the good stuff I saw and heard. Tomorrow's show is a SXSW special, two hours with an A-Z of just what SXSW is all about, and the best new music from around the world....
Haven't blogged for a while, been off while Beth Elfyn kindly took the reigns of the show last week and a million thanks to her for that. It was a Leeds special with the Middleman session sounding ace. beth played all the ace Leeds tracks that I've been coming across the last few months too, so it was good to get them on air! I'm off to South by South West in Texas tomorrow, the huge music industry conference/festical that happens every year, on the lookout for ace new music to play you on next weeks show. This week though, Mr Rory McConnell will be lloking after you on Wednesday night with the best two hours of unsigned tunes you've probably ever heard. So be nice to him, and I'll see you next week with tales of Texas
Since St Davids Day i've been on a Welsh gigging frenzy, seeing Gruff Rhys and Lisa Jen singing beautiful, epic songs with giant Candylions on stage, Euros Childs singing jaunty tunes from his ace new album, Radio Luxembourg singing about SunScreen, Richard James break hearts with his gentle banjo-dabbling folk, and I went to see a musical full of puppets. The last part wasn't strictly a gig, nor was it a Welsh one, but it was a lot of fun. I have too many albums I want to listen to. Is there a way of listening to albums faster than normal, without missing any of the good bits? Folk say the album is dead. They're probably right. But the album is only dead when no one wants to make albums any more. And there's loads of ace bands still making albums, so albums are not dead. There, it's official.
Been going through the MASSIVE mailbag of demos form the last week at Radio 1 towers, and listenign tot he albums I bought over the weekend - Loney, Dear's new one, a Camille album I heard on Gilles Peterson's show, the Rough Trade Counter Culture albums, and albums that have arrived before they're out by Manics (great songs, witha sense of humour, a sense of adventure, and if they ever wnet away, a return to form), Aurevoir Simone (so so lovely) and Coco Rosie (odd, ske-whiff, beautiful).
ps - I saw David Dimbleby at the train station today. and Karl Pilkington from Ricky gervais fame. I'm going to start a celebrity spotting blog here I think
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus! To all you Welshers around the world and round here too....
Gwisg Cenhinen yn dy gap a gwisg un yn dy galon. Ie!
Live from Wrexham - lots of fun last night at Central Station - Gwildor did an East 17 Cover. East 17 are back on tour. These two things aren't unrelated. Beth dropped in on the show last with her Tipster hat on, and it was crammed full of good tunes from Middleman (in session next week!) You Remind me of Rasputin, Vessels were the band picked to support Brett Anderson on his date, Special Relationship session was good - they covered Kelis! and it was all a lot of fun. So listen again if you missed it. Off to interview Euros Childs now and he's recording an acoustic session for the show tonight on Radio 1 Wales.