Archives for September 2007

Weekend...

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 23:47 UK time, Saturday, 29 September 2007

Dan le Sac vs Scroobious Pip were great the other night in Cardiff - bouncy brilliance with wise words and a fresh flow. 'The Beat that My Heart Skipped Sounded like THIS!' On Friday I went to Derby to play music inbetween bands at the Stressed Records night. Stressed put out music by the finest Derby bands and have three compilations that showcase some of the best tracks. The gig at the First Floor venue was great - nice to meet everyone there and thanks for all the cd's! You Slut, Dragon Flies Draw Flame, Plans and Apologies and You No Go Die, topped off byt he brilliant Fixit Kid were a joy to hear. Derby rocks, and Stressed captures the energy and enthusiasm for you to sample, so do it!

Radio 1 turns 40 this weekend. A happy birthday to the station, and how brilliant it feels to be part of something so special, and have the pleasure of playing and sharing so much great new music on the shows that I do with everyone who listens to the show. Hip hip!

Roman Numericals.....

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 19:06 UK time, Thursday, 27 September 2007

I'm rubbish at maths, and Roman Numericals. Clean George IV are in session on this week's show. That's fourth in case you didn't know (like me. I'm ashamed). They're a brilliant band, as loved by Vic Galloway and Colin Murray, and the session sounds mighty fine: rambling, eloquent, angry and soulful. Had a blast on the show, lots of new hip hop by Raw Linx, Forbidden Tongues and Frequencies of Life to check out.

Before the show I popped out to see Threatmantics, the viola playing threesome from Cardiff. I like them a lot, it was good to see them on top form last night supporting Euros Childs. My view on Euros is that he's a musical genius, his songs take me to another dimension. So good.

Tonight on Radio 1 in Wales, Beth and me have the pleasure of Dan le Sac vs Scroobious Pip's company. Can't wait

Bovine....

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 23:58 UK time, Tuesday, 25 September 2007

You wait for one song with the word 'bovine' int he title, then two come along at once. I'm on about the brilliant Cribs song Our Bovine Public, and a track by Mclusky which is on one of my favourite albums of this year thus far, Curses. just got back from seeing them playing a mighty fine show. First time I saw them in Cardiff two weeks back was great, tonight's show at Water Rats in London was ace also. They're tight, have genius lyrics, and should get recognition soon! And when a member of the audience suggested to singer Andy Falkous "get an office job", you should have heard theminutes of abuse cominf rom the singer's mouth.
Last night I caught Menomena playing a show, a band whos album I really like, another highlight from this year, and then headed to a Shifty Disco night. The Oxford label contine to release great indie records (they brought us the Young Knives first, back in the day), and I saw the end of Brighton's My Device set. Played them a bit on the show, and I saw The Cages headline - their rock n roll demanding attention.

Kotki Carnage down the Social!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 11:05 UK time, Thursday, 20 September 2007

Kotki dwa have had a good week! The brilliant band from Milton Keyes won the Tate Tracks competition I wrote bout in previous post, and last night there was general beautiful chaos at their gig down the Social for my 2nd Introducing night, with the wonderful Kate Goes opening up, the drummer-less Texas Radio Band sounding top and scratching-beatboxing genius Red sounding amazing. And George Pringle turned up and played an impromptu set! Word of the day that, impromptu. Thanks to everyone who came down to see the bands - hope to see you in October!
Loved this weeks show - Noah and the Whale sounding so good in session - listen again if you missed it, from 1am onwards. And check out the Cats and Cats and Cats, Grammatics, Miaoux Miaoux and Riz MC tracks for some highlights!

His Art said one thing, his head another....

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 14:30 UK time, Monday, 17 September 2007

Back in January on a particularly cultured day out I went to the Tate Modern in London and heard a track by Roll Deep which accompanied an amazing work of art, as part of Tate Track Other artists who've made a piece of music inspired by art include Klaxons, Basement Jaxx, The Chemical Brothers, Graham Coxon, The Long Blondes and Lethal Bizzle - all in the Tate and available to listen to. They wanted an extra track though, and so invited unsigned musicians to record and send in a track. Online votes picked the top 20 from the Tate Tracks Myspace site, and today down the AMAZING Tate gallery it was announced that Kotki Dwa won with their track La Beau Charcutier. Well done to them, they did a brilliant session for the show recently, and are such an exciting band. It's an interesting competition, has brought a lot of talented people together and all details are available form the links on this blog. I'll be Playing the winning Kotki Dwa track on Wednesdays show, straight after they play my night at the Social in London!

More gigs!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 10:38 UK time, Saturday, 15 September 2007

The Steers have some anthemic indie tunes that they're gonna be pushing on us for the forseeable future. I went to see them play the Barfly in London this week, and they have some tunes just as colourful as their cartoon t-shirts. Formed in Cardiff, their debut single is out this week called Rewind/Repeat on the Kids label, the very same one that brought us the first Wombats singles. Steers were in sesison on Radio 1 Wales on Thursday, and are suportng Stereoponics very soon. Yup, the Stereophonics.
Also saw ace LA hip hop/electro producer Daedelus play (the fourth time I've seen him play in about a month!) and he was fatastic, weaving beats and melodies, rap vocals and spoken word to create this epic dance experience. Supporting was unsigned grindcore mash-up producer Wav. I'll be playign a track of his on the Introducing show this week.

gigs

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 00:33 UK time, Thursday, 13 September 2007

Got to see Future of the Left playing last week, an incredible band with a new album coming out on Too Pure soon called Curses. Live they're one of the best and I was pleased to see them 'cos I've been trying to catch them live for about a year. Last night I saw the end of Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds at Club Fandango at the Dublin Castle - great band with ace quirky pop tunes - I've asked them to do a session too for the show. Sweet!

Essex Introducing....

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 19:59 UK time, Wednesday, 12 September 2007

On this weeks show I'm joined my Mike and Ollie, the two brand new presenters from BBC Essex Introducing. They;re 16 years old and love music, and will be playing the best from their local area every Friday on BBC Radio Essex at 7pm - Check their show HERE

Electric Proms - Brilliant news!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 19:03 UK time, Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Last year the BBC's Electric Proms was so good, and this year looks like it might well be even better! The good news is that Introducing is involved - with Radio luxembourg, Riff Raff and Riz MC, Sam Isaac and NEw Cassettes all performing and creating some truly unique music at the Electric Proms!
Full details are HERE!

Introducing at The Social

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:15 UK time, Wednesday, 12 September 2007

This is what happened at the first ever Huw Stephens Introducing...at the Social night!
it was loads of fun and the next one is next Wednesday the 19th Sept with
Kotki Dwa, Texas Radio Band, Red and Kate Goes! It's at the Social, Little Portland St, London, just off Oxford St

Back from Bestival!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 21:40 UK time, Monday, 10 September 2007

Bestival was brilliant - so much amazing music pouring out of the BBC Introducing stage, and there'll be highlights from some of the bands on the show this week. I really enjoyed Oppenheimer and The Loungs too, two bands I've been playing in the past but hadn't seen live yet. There was so much on all across the Bestival site, having a small cold didn't help though!
And the fancy dress was insane! I was pleased to have taken a pirate hat and gloves. Oh yes, pirate gloves. I didn't want to take them off on the mainland. I might be wearing them now.....

Off to Bestival!

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 14:23 UK time, Friday, 7 September 2007

This weeks show features a session by Emmy the Great. With Lilly Allens and Kate Nash's, Bat For Lashes and Adele taking quality female singer songwriting to the masses all the time, there's always room for a little experimentalism and sometimes simplicity, as folks like George Pringle, Kate Goes and most definitely Emmy the Great proves. The session is wonderful and I urge you to listen!

There's a few tracks from it on the Introducing Podcast too this week, as wel as tracks by Model Horror, Larsen B and Hugo Frusslinky from the Isle of Wight.

That's where I'm of now for Bestival! The BBC Introducing stage is there all weekend and there's highlights recorded from there on Rob's show Sunday night and on my show next Wednesday.
Have a good weekend

Bestival!

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 13:36 UK time, Friday, 7 September 2007

This weeks show features a session by Emmy the Great. With Lilly Allens and Kate Nash's, Bat For Lashes and Adele taking quality female singer songwriting to the masses all the time, there's always room for a little experimentalism and sometimes simplicity, as folks like George Pringle, Kate Goes and most definitely Emmy the Great proves. The session is wonderful and I urge you to listen!
There's a few tracks from it on the Introducing Podcast too this week, as wel as tracks by Model Horror, Larsen B and Hugo Frusslinky from the Isle of Wight.
That's where I'm of now for Bestival! The BBC Introducing stage is there all weekend and there's highlights recorded from there on Rob's show Sunday night and on my show next Wednesday.
Have a good weekend
h

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