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Helping us through the Big Stuff

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Frequently – when I'm fighting paper tigers somewhere southeast of reality – music does seem like the (joint) most important thing in the world (with cake... I mean 'family')... but it isn't really. Not compared to the truly big stuff.

What music can do, though - and what it has done since mankind first banged one bone against another and thought "we'd better take a step back down the evolutionary chain to find a drummer who'll do this, while we ponce about over the top" - is serve as a way to help us through the Big Stuff.

A friend of mine - a friend of many south Wales-based music fans - passed away in a very untimely fashion last week. This programme is dedicated to the memory of Peter James – or Pete II - the Swiss Penknife Thief, as I knew him. We're all shocked and greatly saddened at his passing. Thankfully every other memory we have of Pete will be a happy one.

Elsewhere on this week's show, we preview this weekend's Rhondda Rocks festival. An excellent bill of Welsh artists is bolstered by some touring artists from indie's past.

Subversive Pooh Sticks front-man, pop subversive, situationist and the man once half-responsible for herding 60ft Dolls, Mr Huw Williams, joins us with one of John Cale's less-celebrated productions. But it's a class - and cosmopolitan - one. So good, I've just paid through the nose for a copy off eBay.

Ben Hayes tricks us into thinking he's not talking about Colin Blunstone when he is.

We have debut plays for the excellent States and Empires, Tarsiers, AC Fear and 2Rude (although Mark from Newport's 2Rude tells me that I did play his previous band The Calm back a few years ago. I always wondered what had happened to them.)

Please throw new music at the BBC Introducing Uploader, or via themysterytour@gmail.com.

I'm off for a quick canoe down the high street.

WE ARE ANIMAL - 'Royal Wolf'
Bethel/Caernarfon

SWEET BABOO - 'C'mon Let's Mosh'
Bangor/Cardiff

MR HUW - 'Cariad Afiach'
Caernarfon

FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'F**k The Countryside Alliance'
Cardiff

REM - 'I've Been High'
USA

MANIC STREET PREACHERS - 'The Everlasting'
Blackwood

JOANNA GRUESOME - 'Secret Surprise [Radio Edit]'
Cardiff

STATES AND EMPIRES - 'Say Anything'
Cardiff

CAMERA - 'Shine On You'
Wrexham

DRAW ME STORIES - 'Human Machine'
Cardiff

HARRY KEYWORTH - 'Solar [Rollo Remix]'
Hebron, Pembrokeshire

METABEATS - 'Music (Part One) Ft. Ralph Rip Sh!t Edit'
Cardiff

IFAN DAFYDD - 'Celwydd (Feat. Alys Williams)'
Llanrug

HYPERMETRIX - 'My Favourite Riots Are Liquid'
Newport

GEORGIA RUTH - 'In Luna'
Aberystwyth/Cardiff

TARSIERS - 'Camel'
Cardiff

AC FEAR - 'Another Day'
Pontypridd

2RUDE - 'Rudeboy Can't Get No Bail'
Newport

SKINDRED - 'Warning'
Newport

SEAZOO - 'Carp And Man'
Wrexham

HUW WILLIAMS - 'Spoken Contribution'
Swansea

MARIE ET LES GARCONS - 'Rebop'
Welsh Producer

IRMA VEP - 'Recluse Man'
Llanfairfechan

JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Silent Treatment'
Mold

QUIET NOISE - 'Working Against The Wind'
Pembrokeshire

RUFFSTYLZ - 'Prison To Paradise'
Cardiff

ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, THE - 'Call The Coroner'
Rhyl/Bristol

SOFT-HEARTED SCIENTISTS - 'The Centaur Of Uttoxeter'
Cardiff

SWEET BENFICA - 'Sliding Stones Of Death Valley'
Neath

HEAL THE LAST STAND - 'The Gathering'
Wrexham

LUTHER - 'Cincinnati Harry'
Pontypridd

GOLDEN FABLE - 'Always Golden'
Ewloe

ISLET - 'Triangulation Station'
Cardiff

HELEN LOVE - 'Day - Glo Dreams'
Swansea

FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'The Male Gaze'
Cardiff

DORA NADINE - '2 Step'
Holyhead

BEN HAYES - 'Spoken Contribution'
Ruthin

NEIL MACARTHUR - 'She's Not There'
England

RICHARD JAMES - 'Joe Punk'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog

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