Where do I start? Because there's so much to tell you about - so much bristling aural content - in this week's programme, it's difficult to know where to begin.
Let's start with the man whose unfettered imagination, wily chord changes, and penchant for dynamic shifts and bellowings that'd shake black holes off their hinges changed music forever. Without Pixies there'd be no Nirvana. It's impossible to gauge the exact depth and breadth of the Boston band's influence. But if you have friends who don't feel an affinity with Gouge Away, Gigantic, Wave Of Mutilation, Where Is My Mind? etc. then I would seriously reconsider your relationship with. One day, they may bring a James Morrison CD into the house.
How quaint! I said "CD".
Anyway, the man who wrote the songs listed above was Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV aka Black Francis aka (following Pixies' initial split) Frank Black. And in this week's show we have a play for the recently re-discovered acoustic session he recorded for me in Mold on 17 May 1994. It's ace. Hands down.
Hands up who wants to hear some fine Welsh electronica as performed with great adroitness at this year's Gwyl Gardd Goll? You do? Excellent. We have 14 minutes of Land of Bingo's glorious, bass and cinematic melody-heavy set from that glorious Saturday evening.
In amongst the 40-ish slabs of tuneage and creativity, I have a first play for the lead track from Future of the Left's forthcoming EP. It's called Polymers Are Forever. It is monumental in its aceness and has a coda that'd transfix a rabid bear.
There are proper first time plays for Alembic and Rajesh David. Ben Hayes thrills us with some Aussie horn punk. Lara Catrin translates Datblygu. And there are sounds to thrill, beguile, annoy and inspire you.
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I highly recommend reading these articles before you send in your tracks. They go into exhaustive detail about what I'm looking for, and highlight some of the things you can do to improve your chances of radio play: submitting music to the show - dos and don'ts: #1, #2, #3, #4.
JULIAN COPE - 'I Come From Another Planet, Baby'
ALEMBIC - 'Dundun'
London ( Welsh Label )
CODEX LEICESTER - 'Oh Wichita'
Mold / Leicester
CRASH DISCO - 'Chezza V'
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Cradle'
VVOLVES - 'Clearer ( E P Version )'
Monmouth / Cardiff
FRANK BLACK - 'The Man Who Was Too Loud ( Acoustic Session 1994 )'
JONATHAN RICHMAN - 'Ice Cream Man'
GRUFF RHYS - 'Whale Trail'
STEREOLAB - 'Mellotron'
GIRLS - 'Just A Song'
San Francisco ( Welsh Management )
HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT - 'Tommy Walsh's Eco House'
LOS CAMPESINOS - 'By Your Hand'
SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'All That We See Or Seem'
Chester / Llangollen
KLING KLANG - 'Rocker'
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Polymers Are Forever'
JESUS LIZARD, THE - 'Mouth Breather'
Austin, Texas, US
S T D - 'Quantum Stupor'
FRANK BLACK - 'The Men In Black ( Acoustic Session 1994 )'
SLEEPY PANDA CLUB - 'Ghost In The Mirrorr'
CATE LE BON - 'Puts Me To Work'
LOWLAND HUNDRED, THE - 'Salt Water Bathing'
MC MABON - 'The Futility And The Greatness'
DOOM - 'Ballskin'
ALICE CLARK - 'You Hit Me ( Right Where It Hurt Me )'
AKIRA THE DON - 'Babydoll'
GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leppard'
SEX HANDS - 'Way No Way'
Dwygfylchi / Llanfairfechan / Conwy
BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE - 'Release The Bats'
FALCON LAKE - 'Gold Cult'
Newport / Cardiff
LAND OF BINGO - 'Live Set From Gwyl Gardd Goll 2011'
Mold / Manchester
RICHARD JAMES - 'Do You Know The Way To My Heart?'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog
LANDSLIDE - 'World Keeps Spinning ( Monky Remix )'
LARA CATRIN - 'Spoken Contribution'
Bangor / Cardiff
DATBLYGU - 'Nos Iau Ar Y Arfordir'
COLORAMA - 'Mas Ar Y Dre'
FRANK BLACK - 'Calistan ( Acoustic Session 1994 )'
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
SAINTS, THE - 'Know Your Product'
RAJESH DAVID - 'Mirabai'
BOARDS OF CANADA - 'Olson'