Blog posts by year and month December 2010

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  1. Clwyd Theatr Cymru is set to present one of Dylan Thomas' most loved works later this week as the festive season draws ever closer. Dylan Thomas A Child's Christmas in Wales at Clwyd Theatr Cymru A Child's Christmas In Wales was published in 1955, and is an anecdotal sketch of the ...

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  2. The beauty of the BBC Radio 1 show, since the start, has been its natural support of brand new music. It might not be famous, it might not be on a major label, but even at its rawest, if it sounds good, and there's a gem of a song there, then we'd play it - which is exactly what happened with Texas Radio Band. Texas Radio Band in 2002 I was a fan of their self-recorded demo long before hosting BBC Radio 1, so when we started the show, they were first on the list for a session. To find out what they thought of their sessions for Radio 1, I spoke to Rhodri 'Tony' Davies from Texas Radio Band. Beth: What do you remember about the Radio 1 Wales sessions you recorded? Rhodri: Radio 1 Wales picked us up just after we'd started recording - we'd been doing some bedroom recordings at a friend's house and then you sent us to Rockfield studios. We were blown away by the history and had a great time trying to make the best of the facilities. It was quite incredible for us at the time. I remember driving round Monmouth looking for the place and being really chuffed when we found the studio. Everything there was new to us - the size of the mixing desk, the live room, the living quarters - it was unbelievable. We tried to make the most of the set-up, but luckily our inexperience was well managed by producer George. I think we put four tracks down - Hess, The Father And The Son, Rollin' Mollin' and Maybe Baby. A while later, we were invited to do another session - this time in Lostprophets' studio in an industrial estate near Caerphilly with Richard Jackson. The facilities were more modest, but they probably suited us a bit better. We recorded one of my favourite TRB songs there - a tongue in cheek riff orientated rock song called Dementia, as well as Lemon Entry and Already Knew. Beth: What did that support mean to the band? Rhodri: At the time it was great that someone was showing an interest in the band. We'd met you and Huw a few times and for them to have the confidence in us to put us on a platform like that in turn gave us confidence which helped us pen together the first album Baccta' Crackin'. And of course it probably helped us get our first national airplay by the big man John Peel, RIP. Beth: What's your fondest memory of the Texas Radio Band days? Rhodri: My fondest memory of TRB days was being a group of wide-eyed youngsters traveling around Wales visiting studios and venues for the first time and learning the trade of being in a band. Not that we're seasoned professionals now, but there was a certain excitement about doing it all for the first time when everything was fresh. Another highlight for me was playing to a rammed Clwb Ifor Bach with a prime time slot at the first Sŵn festival - again thanks to Huw! I like to think of that set as a cornerstone for Sŵn festival and the Cardiff music scene. Beth: Can people still get hold of your music? Rhodri: All of our back catalogue is available in mp3 format on www.kimberleyrecords.co.uk - like the music, the website is a bit old but still works. There's also some CD copies of the second album Gavin for sale on there and maybe some bright orange t-shirts. We never got proper online distribution, so I don't think we're on iTunes and Spotify (although maybe it's worth checking every now and then) - it's kind of in the band's character that we're backward in going forward. Beth: What does the future hold for Texas Radio Band? Rhodri: The future is jumbled for TRB - we have recorded a finished album - it's called Bluescreen but so far it's totally unreleased; not even on Kimberley Records. It was recorded at Ariel studios in Brechfa and we are all really chuffed with the songs and the sounds but we're indecisive as to how to get it out there; there's always next year. At the moment, if you want to hear it, the best bet is to get in touch with the band on Myspace and we'll burn and post you a CD-R. Currently it's geographically difficult to get us all in one place for any length of time so rehearsal is difficult - but we all still write and record stuff amongst ourselves. Listen to Texas Radio Band performing Hess, recorded at Rockfield studios in March 2000, after we'd heard their very first demo. The band (Matthew Williams, Rhydian 'Squids' Jones, Alex Dingley, Rhodri Davies, Gruff Ifan and Brychan Englandwere) all went to school in Llansteffan near Carmarthen. They released Baccta Crackin in 2004 and Gavin in 2008. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  3. There's just one week to go to tell us about your favourite Welsh album of 2010. We're asking for your suggestions until midnight next Monday (13 December). We've had hundreds of emails, tweets and comments so far. You can let us know your thoughts as a comment below, email wales.music@bbc.co.uk or tweet us via @bbcwalesmusic. Among the artists suggested so far have been: Lostprophets, The Storys, The Automatic, Straight Lines, Bullet For My Valentine, Manic Street Preachers, The Arteries, El Goodo, The Last Republic, Rob Thompson and Kids In Glass Houses. Do you have a favourite? Make sure you let us know. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  4. As 2010 comes to a close, and the end of another decade it seems a good time to re-visit some of my favourite sessions from bands who made quite a mark on the show back in the day. So many have sadly come and gone in the time that I've been broadcasting, but these pieces of music seem timeless, ...

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  5. As I prepare for a big move away from the Radio One Wales show, I'm taking the opportunity to dig out some archive sessions from the last decade of welsh music and give them another spin. Its been amazing looking back at photos and listening to these recordings again - they've reminded me of ...

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  6. As part of the current BBC Hands on History campaign, Radio Wales has been examining the state of the high street in Wales. You can view details on Radio Wales' programmes in a previous Wales History blog. In 1999, broadcaster and journalist, Jaci Stephen visited three very different high streets in Wales in a series called Shop Talk. You can view a clip from each of the programmes below. Clifton Street,Cardiff: Jaci Stephen visits a charity shop. Machynlleth: Jaci meets the people who attend this weekly market. Cowbridge: Jaci Stephen meets some ladies who love shopping in the town.

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  7. A novel by Pembrokeshire-born author Sarah Waters is one of 25 titles that will be handed out free of charge in a massive book giveaway as part of World Book Night 2011. World Book Night will take place on Saturday 5 March 2011, two days after the annual nationwide reading campaign World Book ...

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  8. BBC News has a fascinating article on how the body of a dead Welsh tramp was shipped to southern Spain as part of an audacious British plot to fool the Nazis during World War Two. The plot, known as Operation Mincemeat was the brainchild of James Bond creator Ian Flemming. Welshman Glyndwr M...

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  9. I imagined a concise list of 10 songs to cover the whole of 2010. Who was I kidding? Even reducing the first half of the year to 40 songs involved choices that will have me screaming in my sleep. So, the only reason this is so long is because 2010 was a very good year. In fact, coupled with the ...

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  10. A few years back, I was advising each band or artist I spoke to to have a Myspace presence. It was a one-stop shop - a depository - for biography, pictures, tour dates and, most importantly, streamed mp3s. It was an A&R man's dream: not having to root through mounds of badly-written letters a...

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