2009 retrospective: a year in sessions, shows and songs

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4 January 2009: Nia Morgan in session; Huw Pooh on The Four Horsemen; Soundhog on Kim Fowley; Damir Bojanic 'Demo of the Week'.

11 January: Bastions in session; the Pixies' Black Francis/Frank Black/Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV's Words of Wisdom; Huw Pooh on Meic Stevens; Soundhog on The Orb; Sibrydion talk about their album Campfire Classics.

18 January: Solutions in session; The Joy Formidable interviewed at the Glasfryn, Mold on A Balloon Called Moaning; Huw Pooh on The Bystanders; Kim Fowley's Words of Wisdom; Soundhog on Egg; Threatmantics talk about Upbeat Love.

25 January: Sweet n Tender Hooligans in session, Manda Rin, Huw Pooh on Aimee Duffy, Peppermint Patti, Groovelands mix and Gemma White from Oxjam on 'How do I organise an event with Oxjam?' (FAQ section)

1 February: Red Stripe in session, Alex Paterson (the Orb), Akira the Don's monthly blog, Mr Phormula's (Ed Holden) phantasmagoric hip hop workshops *AND* Marc Bowen, Wichita Records, explaining the best practice for submitting demos to record labels.

8 February: El Goodo in session, Clive Langer's words of wisdom, Huw Pooh on Budgie, spotlight on the Quiet Revolution and West Wales, Ann Matthews' monthly audio blog for the show and Carl Morris on Spotify.

15 February
: Bomb the Sun in session. Words of Wisdom from Colin Newman (Wire and Githead), The Joy Formidable talking about their mini album out on Pure Groove Records, Huw Pooh on Patrick Jones's 'Commemoration and Amnesia', feature on theABSURD ('the alternative culture magazine for North Wales').

22 February: Georgia Ruth Williams in session; David Gedge's (the Wedding Present) Words of Wisdom; feature on the new War Child album; Akira the Don; Huw Williams on Mary Hopkin; Emyr Glyn Williams on 'SAUNDERS LEWIS vs ANDY WARHOL' ( a ffilm found on the stockroom floor) ( 2008 ) - Eighteen Short Films About Late 20th Century Welsh Language Rock Music; the National Museum of Wales's 'Respond' project; Soundhog on Broadcast.

1 March: ** St David's Day Special ** Huw Williams and I play three hours of the most interesting Welsh music past that we can get our hands on.

8 March: Polly Mackey in session; Kristin Hersh's Words of Wisdom; Peppermint Patti and John Rostron on the demise of The Point; Huw Williams on Gene Loves Jezebel; Grooveland Records mix; John Davies on Hammerfest; FAQ with record producer Greg Haver on making a professional-sounding home recording.

15 March: Loose Kites in session; the Yellow Moon Band talking about their debut album; Richard Parfitt's Words of Wisdom; Huw Williams on the Spencer Davis Group.

22 March: The Mams (Llanelli) in session; Jon Langford's (the Mekons) Words of Wisdom; Matthew Davis talking about 'Out With the Touts'; Pete Fowler on the new Monsterism Island comp; Ann Matthews' monthly blog.

29 March: The Roseville Band ( Wrexham) in session; Graham Jones on 'Last Shop Standing'; Deke Leonard's (Man) Words of Wisdom.

5 April: The School (Cardiff) in session; Pete Waterman's Words of Wisdom; Record Shop Road-Trip #1 - Cob Records, Bangor; Polly Mackey's SXSW Diary; Michael Botzaropoulous from Grassroots Youth Project in Cardiff; Huw Pooh on Dave Edmunds.

12 April: Henry's Funeral Shoe in session; Words of Wisdom from living leg-end Neil Innes; GLC talking about 'ASBO 4 Life'; Huw Pooh on Sassefras; yourspace 03 from Avan Rijs and Soundhog on LeafHound.

19 April: Mr Huw in session; Huw Pooh recounts part I of the Visage story; Demo of the Week from Wrexham's Jamie Cee and the Chimerical Band; Tom Robinson's 'Words of Wisdom'; Soundhog amazes us with 'The Hush'; Gruff Rhys on Super Furry Animals' exemplary new album Dark Days/Light Years. And Peppermint Patti eulogise the independent record shop.

26 April: A Welsh electronic special featuring: a session from Wrexham's 'Gallops'; Huw 'Pooh' Williams completes the Visage story; chat with Matthew Applegate, aka pixelh8; Martin Carr's Words of Wisdom; Pete Acid Casual; ConcreteDog; Annalogue (Matthews!); yourspace 04 from Aberdare's Little Eris; Soundhog on Phillips R&D; a demo of the week (from West Wales' Vanguard).

3 May: Camera in session (Wrexham); Christopher Rees on his new album; legendary DJ Graeme Park's Words of Wisdom; Akira the Don's monthly blog.

10 May: The Keys (Resolven/Cardiff) in session; Associated Minds blog #1; Kings Fest (Llanidloes); Riot Act Promotions on Love Music Hate Racism; Huw Pooh on Victimize; Spundhog on The Sorrows; Demo of the Week from Rosie Probert.

17 May: Joy of Sex in session; Huw Pooh on The Alarm and Words of Wisdom from Mike Peters; Jon Blake on the Adamsdown Song; The Loves talk about their album 3; Soundhog on Adam Ant; Demo of the Week from The Peach.

24 May: The Boy in session; Ceri Rhys Matthews and the children of Ysgol Gynradd Dolgellau; Rhys Roberts from Gwallgofiaid, Blaenau Ffestiniog; the Joy Formidable's Musical DNA; Dez Williams' Yourspace; Peppermint Patti; Huw Williams on Fay Ray; Soundhog on Fat Truckers.

31 May
: the Phantasmagoric 3 Hour Mixtape - featuring selections from: Matt Hepburn, Frivolous Laura, Steve Redstripe, New City Order, Urban Legends, The School, Gruff Rhys, Bastions, The Boy, eViLs, Brad Gallops, Georgia Ruth Williams, Ann Matthews, Mal Pope, Caitlin and Helen Love, Son Capson, Jon Mam, Carl Bevan, Bethan Elfyn, ConcreteDog, Rob Glow, Spencer McGarry, Akira the Don, Pete Acid Casual, Sicknote/Tantrum, Organ Morgan, Simon Love, Le B, Huw Pooh, Nathan Soft-Hearted Scientist, Jo Bartlett, Alan Holmes, Mank, Soundhog, Martin Carr, Klaus Kinski, Sarah Howells, Bright Light Bright Light, Tommy 4Sticks, Associated Minds and Jamie Cee...

7 June: Emerging Young Welsh Music Special featuring: Houdini Dax in session; Words of Wisdom from Marina and the Diamonds; exclusive mix from VanGuard; a chat with Ruby Samba; The Stilletoes talking about their debut album 'ADH Dreams'; Soundhog on Nick Drake.

14 June: Ann Matthews' monthly blog; Andrea talking about the Workhouse Festival; Gemma White from Oxjam on some recruitment opportunities for their annual music festivals; Huw Pooh talks about Scritti Politti and Soundhog beguiles us with Wonderwall... but not *that* one.

21 June: Future of the Left session and interview; Sophie Mac in session, too; Words of Wisdom from Ray Davies (the Kinks); Huw Pooh on Young Marble Giants; Soundhog on 50ft Hose.

28 June: part one of Patrick Jones on 'Tongues For a Stammering Time'; Poet in Residence - Rhys Trimble; Jo Bartlett on the Green Man Festival; Demo of the Week from Bagpipe Whiskey; Huw Pooh on The Modernaires; Soundhog on Topo D. Bil.

5 July: part two of Patrick Jones on Tongues For a Stammering Time; exclusive half hour electronic collage from Dez Williams; Akira the Don's monthly blog; Demo of the Week from Golau Glau; Huw Pooh on Eyes of Blue; Soundhog on The Sharp Five.

12 July: The Loves in session; Martin Carr's Musical DNA; Ann Matthews' monthly blog; Huw Pooh on Y Blew; Sophie and Andy from Y Ffin Festival; Soundhog on Pigbag; Demo of the Week from English Maths Science.

19 July: zWolf's 'Function Follows Form' mixtape; Carrot on Celtic Blue Rock Festival; Huw on Shakin' Stevens; Demo of the Week from the Visionary Brotherhood; Soundhog on Sparks.

26 July: Words of Wisdom from Mansun's Paul Draper; Associated Minds blog #2; Poet in Residence: Nick Major; focus on Deeside's Panic Promotions; Huw Pooh on Andy Pandemonium; Soundhog on Pete Townshend; Demo of the Week from Tim James Roberts featuring Bryn's Brain.

2 August: Words of Wisdom from Benji Skindred; exclusive half hour mix from eViLs; Efa Stilleto's audio blog; Mei Lewis with tips on taking pictures of live bands; Huw Pooh on Clive John; Soundhog on Vodka Collins; Demo of the Week from Delicate Hammers.

9 August: Sweet Baboo in session; The School's Musical DNA; Huw Williams throws some shapes to a Northern Soul floorfiller from Tom Jones; Lara Catrin reports back from the musical shenanigans at last week's National Eisteddfod in Bala; Mike and John from Grassroots and Soundscene respectively talk to us about the Under Construction Festival (FREE!) at Maindy Stadium in Cardiff next Saturday; Pro photographer Mei Lewis from Mission Photographic shares some excellent tips on effective and striking band portraiture.

16 August: Visionary Brotherhood mix; Words of Wisdom from The Barracuda's Jeremy Gluck offered his Words of Wisdom; Jonny Janiero on the Meze Festival; Ceri Frost on Manifestations'; Huw Pooh had me creaking my back to the sweet modish sounds of Tawny Reed; Soundhog reminded us about Mickey Jupp and Bethan introduced us to Rico and the Thieves.

23 August: the Victorian English Gentlemens Club in session; Nathan from the Soft-Hearted Scientists talks about their new album, 'Scarecrow Smile'; Eminent music journalist and Manics' biographer, Simon Price, offers his Words of Wisdom to aspiring music writers; Akira the Don blog; Huw Williams reminds us of The Triban and Soundhog brings wonder into our ears in the shape of Johnny Harris.

30 August: Retrac's Som Bom mix; Carwyn from Colorama on Magic Lantern Show; Poet in Residence: Cris Paul; Huw Pooh on John Cale; Soundhog on LFO.

6 September: Cardiff singer/songwriter (Jack/Jacques/as a solo artist) Anthony Reynolds talking about his engrossing biography of The Walker Brothers, The Impossible Dream; Huw Pooh reminds us of the ongoing brilliance of Croesyceiliog's Jon Langford; Ectogram's Ann Matthews blogs about the band's appearance at an avant garde festival; Soundhog reacts to the media storm surrounding the release of the Beatles' remastered albums (and Rock Band game) by playing us some Rolling Stones.

13 September: Words of Wisdom from Cornershop's Tjinder Singh; Bears From Labrador in session; Rob from the Voluntary Butler Scheme on 'Breakfast, Dinner, Tea'; Huw Pooh reminds us of Cardiff's hugely successful Waterfront; Efa Stilleto blogs about her hectic summer of music; Soundhog explores Godley and Creme's magnificent sonic folly, Consequences.

20 September: Bastions in session; Charlie Francis' Words of Wisdom; Adam from the Victorian English Gentlemens Club on their new Love On An Oil Rig LP; Huw Williams on Perrerin; Andrew Falkous' Future of the Left tour blog; Soundhog on Cliff Richard.

27 September
: Andrew Falkous' Future of the Left tour blog; 9bach on their eponymous debut album; Melys' Musical DNA; Huw Williams on Buzz Linhart; Soundhog on Keith Mansfield.

4 October: Andrew Falkous' Future of the Left tour blog #3; Cate Le Bon on her remarkable debut album, Me Oh My; Gwenno Pipette's Musical DNA; Huw Williams on Mia Lewis

11 October: Islet session tracks, Chromekids mix, Andrew Falkous' Future of the Left tour blog #4; Huw Williams on Morgan ' Thunderclap' Jones; Ann Matthews and Soundhog on The Beach Boys.

18 October: Mechanical Owl in session, Huw Stephens on Swn Festival, Andrew Falkous' Future of the Left tour blog #5; Huw Williams on Endaf Emlyn and Soundhog on Giorgio Moroder.

25 October: Swn Festival Special featuring live set from Martin Carr; Peppermint Patti; the Pipettes; Future of the Left tour blog #6; Huw Pooh on Billy Sproud with the Rock n Roll Six; Soundhog on Rheingold.

1 November: the Death of Her Money (session), Future of the Left tour blog #7, Akira the Don's Musical DNA, World Exclusive of new Pipettes single!, DJ Methodist sound collage, Huw Pooh on David Gray, Soundhog on OMD and Beth Elfyn with Marina and the Diamonds

8 November: Son Capson live from Swn, Future of the Left tour blog #8, John Lawrence on Rainy Night, Lara Catrin, Huw Pooh on Gene Latter, Soundhog on Saint Etienne

15 November: The Owls in session, People in Planes Musical DNA, Banda Bacana interview, Huw Pooh on The Perfectors, Soundhog on ELO.

22 November: Science Bastard live from Swn Festival, Victorian English Gentlemens Club's Musical DNA, Sarah Howells from People in Planes, Huw Pooh on mohobishopi, Soundhog on The Dakotas.

29 November: A Owen acoustic session, half hour mix from Underpass, Wall-to-Wall new Welsh music 01

6 December: Self-Raising Records special featuring Rod Thomas (Bright Light Bright Light), Martipants, exclusive Bright Light Bright Light remixes from Gallops, Friends Electric and Soundhog; Huw Pooh on Aimee Duffy + Mint Royale, Soundhog on Dave and Ansel Collins and Lara Catrin translating Ysbeidiau Heulog.

13 December: Featuring a home-recorded session from Soft-Hearted Scientists; Deian Ap Rhisiart, aka MC Saizmundo, on Doc Feistr; Huw Pooh on Alcatraz; WMF's Lisa Matthews;
Bethan Elfyn shares her favourite live recording with us and Soundhog reveals all about James Last!

20 December: My Favourite Session Tracks from 2009, Future of the Left Tour Blog Redux and zWolf's Function Follows Form mixtape and Kristin Hersh's Words of Wisdom.

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