Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 3 April 2011
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Yes, I do bang on a bit. And given the parameters of this 'role' (is that too poncey a word?) an occasional lack of perspective is understandable, isn't it? There are probably football scout equivalents of me scattered throughout the country. Men (probably) who brave damp Sunday mornings to seek out rare sparks of talent on windswept, municipal football pitches.
OK, a rather romanticised self image. Point being, when you're looking for sparks sometimes it's easy to mistake the brightest ones for supernovae. How many next Ryan Giggs/Gareth Bales/Aaron Ramsays get discovered every week by enthusiastic, amateur coaches in padded anoraks? All 'cause a kid shows a bit of aptitude with both feet, or looks up rather than thundering on blindly like Forrest Gump every time they have the ball.
So objectivity is important. Not allowing the dizzying rush of potential to befuddle your judgement is vital. Because being measured might mean that when you pick up the phone to A*ex F**guson or Arse** Wenger and say: "put the drink down, Alec - this kid really is the business," they listen, a kid's life gets transformed, that spark of potential gets the opportunity to go supernova.
I wish I could be that measured. I do. I'll make it my April Resolution.
Bearing that in mind. Saturday's Kids are just about the best young band in Wales at the moment. They're Gareth Bale splintering the osteoporotic Milanese - but with guitars and fearless imaginations that mean they take the sum part of their hardcore influences and weave them into something new. Their noise is full of deft touches and there are no unnecessary step-overs.
Their greatest ability is the telepathic alchemy that exists between them. It's Dalglish/Rush levels of innate, intuitive understanding (praise comes no higher). Noise created in a state of grace.
You can find this out for yourself by investing in their latest vinyl release, a 10" on Art For Blind/Bombed Out and Time As A Color Records. It's released on Thursday at Undertone in Cardiff, and to coincide, this week's show features the vast seething session they recorded for us back in January. make your mind up whether it's worthy of a call to one of the Big Four. My mind - clearly - is already decided.
Alan Holmes comes in to perplex and delight us with some Alphane Moon and Ben Hayes brings in the finest psychedelic single ever.
And sounds from all over Wales will spread forth from your speakers, including debut plays for Landslide, David Neale, Rachel Lloyd, Y Bwgan, Hit Or Miss and Max Six.
Please send demos / new releases etc to email@example.com (download links or .mp3s).
Or post to:
BBC Radio Wales
Canolfan y Diwydiannau Creadigol / The Centre for the Creative Industries
Prifysgol Glyndŵr / Glyndŵr University
Wrecsam / Wrexham
I'm off for a lie down. I've been up since 5am jogging circuits of the pitch in a luminous bib.
Have an excellent music-filled week,
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM & JOHN CALE - 'All My Friends'
SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Neurological Design'
HARBOUR - 'Trempanation'
LANDSLIDE - 'Dig Deeper'
EVM (EVERMEAN) - 'Groove Content'
BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT - 'How To Make A Heart'
RACHEL LLOYD - 'Calling'
FEEDER - 'Side By Side'
METHOD, THE - 'Dissidents Dancers'
Y NIWL - 'Un Deg Chwech'
KEYS, THE - 'Everyone Loves You'
Resolven / Cardiff
EXOTOPE - 'Rituals'
GALLOPS - 'Joust'
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Throwing Bricks At Trains'
MANIC STREET PREACHERS - 'Revol'
HOWL GRIFF - 'Bluebirds'
CRASH DISCO - 'Lemon Juice'
DAVID JAMES NEALE - 'Something Small'
GENTLE GOOD, THE - 'Llosgi Pontydd'
JONNY - 'You Was Me'
BADFINGER - 'Love Time'
ALAN HOLMES - 'Spoken Contribution'
ALPHANE MOON - 'Alphane Moon'
MAX SIX - 'Down'
KITTY COWELL - 'Take It Back'
SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Grey On White ( Session Version )'
SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Unattainable ( Session Version )'
SATURDAY'S KIDS - 'Theorem ( Session Version )'
ZABRINSKI - 'Executive Decision'
SEN SEGUR - 'Sarah 57 ( Sarah Was An Android )'
BWGAN, Y - 'Branwen'
Porthmadog / Caernarfon
KORELESS - '4d'
ANNI ROSSI - 'Land Majestic'
Chicago / New York (cardiff Label)
HOUDINI DAX - 'Whatever You Feel'
MASTERS IN FRANCE - 'Little Girl'
HIT OR MISS - 'You Can't Kill A Dead Shark'
HIGH SOCIETY, THE - 'Space 3.5'
LLEUWEN - 'Ar Goulou Bev'
FRIENDS ELECTRIC - 'Something You Should Know'
TOY HORSES - 'Interrupt (radio Edit)'
PETE LAWRIE - 'All That We Keep'
HEADCASE LADZ, THE - 'Porky Pies'
BEN HAYES (+ TRACK) - 'Spoken Contribution'
PRETTY THINGS, THE - 'Defecting Grey'
SHOOTER - 'Burn Deep'