Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 30 May 2010

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This week's show is mostly a celebration of uneasy listening. Our first track is a remarkable piece from David Wrench's new album Spades & Hoes & Plows. If only our Eurovision entry had been A Radical Song the outcome wouldn't have been any different, and we'd have probably got kicked out of the EU, but it would have been worth it to see the despair on all those happy, flaggy faces for the song's 10 minute duration.

It's a fascinating interpretation of a 19th century folk song that revels in the defiance and pain of the source material, rather than glossing over it with finger-in-the-ear 'la di da' harmonies and faux folkish earnestness. Frankly it's terrifying. It reminds you that there is a history of yawing inequalities behind us and, no doubt, stretching long into the future.

It also underlined to me that there is a dearth of radical music out there; certainly with regards to the music I receive. If you can disprove that generalisation, PLEASE DO SO. The e-mail address for music submissions is themysterytour@gmail.com. Be horrible, be confrontational, but please don't swear. :-D

And I ended that sentence with a smiley. What a fraud.

On the surface, The Lowland Hundred's debut album, Under Cambrian Sky, is an easy listen. Its heart-rending piano, bruised sky melodies and layered atmospherics sound like somewhere you could rest your head. But there's a ceaseless movement, a hum in the background that pervades the whole with something unsettling, restless and captivating.

The album was founded on field recordings collected in a number of beautiful locations around Aberystwyth. So, rather than corralling Tim and Paul in a box of a BBC studio I asked them to ask me to visit some of the locations that inspired their music so that I could share the inspiration, and the music, with you. It was a day of breathtaking scenery and widescreen enlightenment. I hope you're as fascinated by the results as I was.

Wrexham's Trader played the first of the Yr Wythnos Fach fringe gigs for Radio 1's Big Weekend at Central Station in Wrexham. Twelve minutes of their set of mini epics glistens in the latter half of the programme. And oxymoronic as it sounds, they are 'mini epics'. Check the set out and you'll know what I mean. Maybe.

Huw Pooh breaks off from Pooh Sticks' rehearsals to remind us of the short, sharp, punkish glory of The Tunnel Runners.

Lara Catrin translates Eitha Tal Ffranco's Organ Aur Huw. And Ben Hayes inspires us with a curiosity featuring the recently deceased - and much missed - Ronnie James Dio.

Then there are the new Welsh tunes, a grab bag of the most interesting music that has come my way in the past week. I hope you enjoy them.

Please send demos / releases to: themysterytour@gmail.com (with a short biog and a contact number, please.) Any gig info / announcements / general correspondence can go to the same address, please.

Right, it's my birthday (had I mentioned that?) and I have a book token to spend and a second hand record shop to find / raid.

See you next Sunday!

Tracklisting:

DAVID WRENCH / BLACK SHEEP
A Radical Song

KLAUS KINSKI
Skellington Horse

THE SCHOOL
All I Wanna Do

KATELL KEINEG
At The Mermaid Parade

SPENCER MCGARRY SEASON
Great Enemies

SPENCER MCGARRY SEASON VS PHANTON [PRESENCE]
Great Enemies [dressing Metal Mickey As Lee Perry Stereo Mix]

THE TUNNEL RUNNERS
Colours

TARA BUSCH
Climb On O Pilot

KUTOSIS
Small Cities

THE LOWLAND HUNDRED
Anemone

PLYCI
Blodau

STRAIGHT LINES
Loose Change

TRADER
Live From Central Station Wrexham

THE LOWLAND HUNDRED
Allt-glais

ZWOLF
Caesura

ALUN TAN LAN
Oni Byth

EITHA TAL FFRANCO
Organ Aur Huw

CRASH DISCO
Gtfo
http://myspace.com/crashdiscomusic

ATTACK! ATTACK!
You And Me

ROGER GLOVER AND GUESTS
Love Is All

SATURDAY'S KIDS
No Scream From Him

THE LOWLAND HUNDRED
The Air Loom



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