Wednesday 31 July 2013, 16:37
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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.)
I'm off for a quick canoe down the high street.
WE ARE ANIMAL - 'Royal Wolf'
SWEET BABOO - 'C'mon Let's Mosh'
MR HUW - 'Cariad Afiach'
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'F**k The
REM - 'I've Been High'
MANIC STREET PREACHERS - 'The
JOANNA GRUESOME - 'Secret
Surprise [Radio Edit]'
STATES AND EMPIRES - 'Say Anything'
CAMERA - 'Shine On You'
DRAW ME STORIES - 'Human
HARRY KEYWORTH - 'Solar [Rollo Remix]'
METABEATS - 'Music (Part One) Ft.
Ralph Rip Sh!t Edit'
IFAN DAFYDD - 'Celwydd (Feat.
HYPERMETRIX - 'My
Favourite Riots Are Liquid'
GEORGIA RUTH - 'In Luna'
TARSIERS - 'Camel'
AC FEAR - 'Another Day'
2RUDE - 'Rudeboy Can't Get No Bail'
SKINDRED - 'Warning'
SEAZOO - 'Carp
HUW WILLIAMS - 'Spoken Contribution'
MARIE ET LES GARCONS - 'Rebop'
IRMA VEP - 'Recluse
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Silent
QUIET NOISE - 'Working
Against The Wind'
RUFFSTYLZ - 'Prison To Paradise'
ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, THE -
'Call The Coroner'
SOFT-HEARTED SCIENTISTS - 'The
Centaur Of Uttoxeter'
SWEET BENFICA - 'Sliding
Stones Of Death Valley'
HEAL THE LAST STAND -
LUTHER - 'Cincinnati Harry'
GOLDEN FABLE - 'Always Golden'
ISLET - 'Triangulation Station'
HELEN LOVE - 'Day - Glo
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'The Male Gaze'
DORA NADINE - '2 Step'
BEN HAYES - 'Spoken
NEIL MACARTHUR - 'She's Not There'
RICHARD JAMES - 'Joe Punk'
Croes - Y - Ceiliog