Playlist for the 30 New Welsh Artists Challenge: 29 August 2010

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This week's show demonstrates how a rather absurd and ill-thought out idea can metamorphosise into something quite good, actually*.

This time last week, mindful that the playlist for that Sunday's programme - good though it was - contained hardly any new names, I set myself the task of finding 30 artists I'd never played before. And I made a song and dance about it in these here blogs. In retrospect, what I was really saying was this:

Hey, everyone! I haven't been doing my job properly recently... read all about it here, and help me dig myself out of the deep hole I dug with my spade wrought from complacency and my pick wielded by nepotistic laziness.

Yep, that's what I was really saying.

But the response to the blog was fantastic. Word spread quickly. I got to speak on proper morning radio with Lisa Rogers (who agreed with me, far too readily I thought, that I'm a bit pompous about these things). Tens of mates, colleagues, listeners, bands and savvy strangers, decorated my inbox with brilliant recommendations. The end result was a pile of .mp3s that would - if manifested as individual CDs and stacked in a teetering pile - have reached all the way to the moon. Well, okay, the top of a stunted fruit tree.

I tell you, there was a lot of listening.

Every meal was taken goggle-eared in front of the computer. I became a hermit devoted to fuzz and bedroom recordings.

My beard tickled the floor.

My daughter grew a whole new ponytail.

Thinking I'd finally got lost up my own bum, my wife cashed in a life insurance policy and treated herself to a Bounty with the proceeds.

And, on occasion, I whooped with joy during those long hours unaware of whether it was day or night. Mostly I growled in frustration. Or hammered a sanctimonious fist into the desk in front of me. Because there is far more rubbish music in the world than great music. And although I want to hear the best in everything that is sent to me, there are an inexplicable number of bands out there who are determined to make that impossible. Most of them have names that glory in deliberate misspellings. At least I hope they're deliberate. And none of them sound like they like music very much.

I sent some far-too-honest emails during those long, small hours. I'll definitely have to go in disguise if I ever visit Crickhowell.

But here it is, the end result of all that invigorating aural cross pollination. It's a show that is built entirely on a foundation of goodwill and great tips. Thank you, each and every one of you, for taking the trouble to bother my inbox. The rubbish stuff just threw into excellent stark contrast the brilliant music that also arrived.

And the quest continues... more music, please, to themysterytour@gmail.com - fresh innovation will receive much positive discrimination.

This show is my favourite of recent times, for what that's worth. Check it out, if you have time and the inclination. Greatness lurks within.

Thank you / diolch yn fawr!

* this is false modesty multiplied to the power of disingenuous self-deprecation. I think the show is brilliant.

PERRY WIMBLETON (Aberystwyth)
Lavalamp

MINOR CHARACTERS (Cardiff)
Through

ALTERNATIVE EXPRESSION (Mountain Ash)
9 In 10

H HAWKLINE (Cardiff)
Clown Catches Fly

COLOUR OF SOUND (Newport)
Open Room

THE JOY FORMIDABLE (Mold)
I Don't Want To See You Like This

RHODO4 (Pontypool)
Ookami

A THOUSAND ARROWS (Cardiff)
Man Vs. Horse

EMMY'S UNICORN (Swansea)
Call Out

WILLIAM GRAY (Monmouthshire)
Sparks Don't Fly

GUN SMOKE CITY (Newport)
Sit Tight

THE FAILED NASA EXPERIMENT (Cardiff)
Fata Morgana (excerpt)

ISLET (Cardiff)
Holly (tidal Barrage Remix)

THE SWEET SPOTS (Cardiff)
I'm Gone

EDITIONS (Newport)
Ready Set Go

JOHNNY FLYNN
Session Track For Beth Elfyn From Green Man

CONEK4 (Cardiff)
Autumn

BILLY PHONO (Ammanford)
Ten

THE MODERN FAREWELL (Cardiff)
In Hiding (demo)

MAX AND THE MARGINALIZED (Cardiff label)
Prison Driveway 159bpm

HAIL THE PLANES (Cardiff)
Brother

STRIBLO (Newport)
When She Hurt Me

FIELD COMMANDER SHORT SHORTS (Wrexham)
Looking Like A Fairytale

DOGBONES (Holyhead)
Mae Dy Ffrindiau (gyd Am Dy Ladd Di)

COLAK (Wrexham)
Morning Caergwrle

SWEET BABOO (Bangor)
Two Moles

CASS MEURIG/NIAL CAIN (Caernarfon)
Y Gog Lwydlas

ATHENA (Cardiff)
Into Ashes

QUINOLINE YELLOW (Cardiff)
Spion Kop

SNAKES (Cardiff)
Refrigerator Blues

HEADFALL (Cardiff)
Alicetone

JACK HADLEY (Valleys)
Grasshopper

MUTE LEO (Buckley label)
Creative Thinking

BLUE GILLESPIE (Newport)
Beat Oven

BADHAIR (Cardiff)
Advice For A Device

PAPER AEROPLANES (Milford Haven)
Not As Old

THE MISSIVE (Rhondda)
Shame On You

STARING AT SPORTS CARS CRYING
It's Raining

VANITY FAIR (Cardiff)
Love Lost To Melody

THE DIRECTION (Swansea)
Ignorance

TARA BUSCH (Cardiff)
You're So Good To Me

THE LOVES FEATURING DOUG YULE (Cardiff)
End Of The World

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