Friday 20 November 2009, 10:48
Mother of Six are a storm that has been gathering over Wrexham for the last 18 months. All the black clouds, ominous rumblings and spectacular flashes are about to reach some kind of apotheosis with the release of their eponymous debut EP on Monday 30 November.
Wednesday 18 November 2009, 15:50Sometimes I have to bite down on the hyperbole. Great Big Billboard Statements Proclaiming Boundless Musical Brilliance do more harm than good, I suspect. But when I have something to share with you that is so good it feels like a fusion-powered bluebottle buzzing round in my skull, the hyperbole is...
Wednesday 18 November 2009, 14:08This week's show features an exclusive session from Wales' finest exponents of what some might call 'power pop', except in the skilled hands of Swansea's The Owls power pop melds the urgent, effulgent melodies of Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish and Big Star with a spiritual sensibility traceable back to The...
Friday 13 November 2009, 09:30
I hauled my heavy ass up Moel Famau this morning. A freakish morning devoid of rain must have addled my big head.
I eschewed the silence and birdsong in favour of some choice Welsh demos on the iPod. I think I heard the first two. The rest of the country's nascent musical efforts were obliterated by...
Tuesday 10 November 2009, 14:10
Ben Powell, a.k.a. Mank, has been making unsettling and beautiful electronic music for almost a decade.
Monday 9 November 2009, 17:00This week's show features a live set from the monumythical, bearded hat and primal storm of piano that is Aberystwyth's Son Capson, recorded at last month's Sŵn Festival in Cardiff.
Thursday 5 November 2009, 16:19I'm sitting on a train to Manchester, over-priced, magma-hot coffee on the shaky table, flush with the familiar disappointment of having left Something Important at home.
Friday 30 October 2009, 14:28I've promoted the occasional gig over the years.
Thursday 29 October 2009, 16:42Bang Bangor is, and I quote the promoters because they put it far more succinctly than I can, "An exciting new festival - a chance to experience a range of live music and culture, around the city of Bangor, over four days."
Thursday 29 October 2009, 12:23Sometime yesterday afternoon Twitter had me shouting "yeahs!" to the heavens and cranking my stereo up to window-rattling volumes.
Wednesday 28 October 2009, 10:55
Anglesey's Johnny R is about as close as music in North Wales has to an out-and-out iconoclast.
Tuesday 27 October 2009, 11:41So, Swn 2009 is over. The hangover still lingers, as do the memories of so many great bands, so many friendly faces and good people. Swn was so good it could transform the most charismatic conversationalist into a pub bore, banging on and on (and... on) about who they saw over the weekend while the unblessed...
Wednesday 21 October 2009, 11:36With few exceptions, every piece that gets written about culture in north east Wales begins by saying there isn't all that much of it, really; as if culture comes in measurable and readily identifiable units rubber-stamped by philosophical bureaucrats in Brussels.
Monday 19 October 2009, 16:30There are only four days to go until this year's Swn Festival lavishes Cardiff with multitudinous gifts of musical ace.
Thursday 15 October 2009, 11:09In a little over a week I'll be hopping down to Cardiff for the annual Swn Festival. Swn is an intimate sprawl of excellent leftfield music spread around many of Cardiff's venues, clubs and pubs. Radio 1 and C2's Huw Stephens told me that the festival was inspired by other city-based music events, like...
Wednesday 14 October 2009, 16:08Hi,
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 16:18
I'm increasingly of the opinion that we're very much in the midst of an unprecedented, restrictive, musical conservatism - at least with regards to the bands that receive support in the mainstream media and achieve commercial success.
Monday 12 October 2009, 16:27My philosophy regarding reactions and criticisms of music that is submitted to my radio show is a simple one: I am absolutely - some would say brutally - honest to those kind enough to send me their difficultly-wrought music. To fob these people off with platitudes or a standard rejection slip would...
Wednesday 7 October 2009, 12:45When the idea of writing a regular blog on music in North Wales was suggested to me - "Maybe, you know, two or three pieces a week," they said - I was a little concerned, deep down inside, that I'd have to start making stuff up to fill the hungry spaces on these pages. It hasn't worked out like that...
Tuesday 6 October 2009, 15:20
Gwenno is a proper, old school pop star. That's a rarity, these days, when generally the only qualification for the role is the ability to sing Mariah or Whitney in front of Simon Cowell as if your life depended on it
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