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Adam Walton playlist and show info: Saturday 9 June 2012

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This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please visit the link below any time between now and the start of the next programme.

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, an esteemed music journalist mailed me asking why the artist he was then representing, something noodly and sub-Gong from west Wales, weren't getting airplay on my show when Future Of The Left were?

His band (he wasn't in them, just acting as their advocate) were, he said, selling tens of thousands of albums worldwide, yet barely merited a mention on my show. Future Of The Left, on the other hand, sold an awful lot fewer albums, yet I'd genuflect all over them, and would probably lavish airplay on them breaking wind, if they'd let me.

I hadn't really seen things from his perspective before. I did the right thing and questioned myself rigourously, doing the whole good cop/bad cop thing:

"There's nothing wrong with unquestioningly fawning over a band, Adam - I can call you Adam, can't I? Would you like a cigarette? Just tell us all about it and we can go home..."

"You pathetic slaaaag, Walton! If you climbed any further inside their backsides the BBC'd have to install a studio up there so you could do your crummy, sycophantic bumlick of a show without ever having to listen to anything else. ADMIT IT OR I'LL BELT YOUR FACE OFF!"

It's OK - I'm part psychopathic Gemini.

So, I listened to his band/then I listened to Future Of The Left's album of that time - Travels With Myself And Another - and I realised I was indubitably right, and I've slept soundly (over this, at least) ever since.

The journalist in question - let's call him Colin because it is, indeed, his name - isn't going to like this week's programme much, I fear.

It centres on an in-depth interview about Future Of The Left's phenomenal new album The Plot Against Common Sense.

It is a phenomenal album. It's phenomenal that they managed to record it and get it released at all, after line-up changes; three years' worth of perfunctory, unromantic struggle; three years of steadfast refusal to compromise; three years of temping in anaesthetising jobs; three years of occasionally wondering whether it was all worth it, and - no doubt - whether it would be easier if they went a bit sub-Gong and moved to west Wales.

Mostly it's phenomenal because that three years of frustration has 15 shades of holy hell beaten out of it on this album. 15 (well, 16, without wishing to spoil the ending) songs of defiance, vitriolic resignation, hard-earned wisdom, barbed tunes and lyrical genius. Dedicating an hour of this show to that album, and the excellent people who've made it, is the least I could do.

So, I paid to go to Belgium to see them as a birthday present to myself and interviewed them to death on the ferry back home.

It's a band interview. We hear from all members of the band. Jack says "funk" and it is ace.

Contrast in this week's show comes from a shimmering and utterly beautiful live set from Richard James. Dare I say it's even better than his recent album Pictures In The Morning? There's just something magical about the atmosphere of the recording. Truly wonderful. I do hope you enjoy it.

Elsewhere, Alan Holmes treats us to something on the verge of being forgotten from north Wales, from The Kaseo Kid. And Ben Hayes trots in tweedily with musical inspiration from elsewhere.

Please send demos/new releases/recommendations/law-suits etc to themysterytour@gmail.com. A high quality mp3 or download link is preferred, please.

Many thanks/diolch o galon. I hope you enjoy the ride - well, the ferry journey.

Future Of The Left - 'Goals In Slow Motion'
Cardiff

VESTALS, THE - 'Perfect Pain'
Cardiff

CATE LE BON - 'Falcon Eyed'
Penboyr

MOWBIRD - 'Thank You, You Are Revolting'
Wrexham

SEX HANDS - 'Gay Marriage'
Dwygfylchi/Llanfairfechan/Conwy

IRMA VEP - 'What's That In Your Mouth? ( Album Version )'
Llanfairfechan

Future Of The Left - 'European Interview 2012 Pt. 1'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'Beneath The Waves An Ocean'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'European Interview 2012 Pt. 2'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'I Am The Least Of Your Problems ( Album Version )'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'European Interview 2012 Pt. 3'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'Cosmo's Ladder [ Album Version ]'
Cardiff

HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT - 'Depressed Beyond Tablets'
Birkenhead

ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Bangor

KASEO KID, THE - 'Trendy Nightspots'
Bangor

MARTIN CARR - 'I Will Build A Road'
Cardiff

GULP - 'Game Love'
Cardiff

RICHARD JAMES - 'All Gone [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Baby Blue [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Say It Ain't No Lie [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Cariad Y Wawr [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Down To My Heart [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Shake My Heart [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Familiar Roads [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Sinners And Movers [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

RICHARD JAMES - 'Yes My Love Died [ Live At Crackling Vinyl ]'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

EUROS CHILDS - 'Spin That Girl Around [ Single Version ]'
Pembrokeshire

Future Of The Left - 'European Interview 2012 Pt. 4'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'Sorry Dad, I Was Late For The Riots'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'European Interview 2012 Pt. 5'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'Podcast Extract'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'European Interview 2012 Pt. 6'
Cardiff

Future Of The Left - 'Notes On Achieving Orbit [ Radio Edit ]'
Cardiff

BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Ruthin

PANABRITE - 'Station'
Seattle/Welsh Label

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