Adam Walton playlist and show info: Sunday 23 October 2011
This week's show is now available via the BBC iPlayer. Please visit the link any time between now and the start of the next programme.
The show is - inevitably - flavoured by the excellence of the past weekend's Swn Festival. Sŵn is a breathless and brilliant celebration of new (mostly) leftfield music across an impressive spread of Cardiff's venues and hostelries. It's the best weekend of the year - much better than Christmas... because who'd think to wrap Brandyman up and gift you them on Christmas morning?
My Sŵn was, this year, a little different from years gone by. I did a bit more DJing and had the honour of presenting the inaugural Welsh Music Prize (the award for the best album of Welsh origin 2011). And, although there were a few fluffed lines, it was a magnificent, humbling experience. Handing the award over to Gruff was one of the happiest moments of my life - as can be seen quite clearly from my facial expression as I make the announcement.
And Radio Wales spent much of Saturday hosting our Best of Sŵn (slightly self-aggrandising, but who isn't these days?) acoustic sessions at KuKu Club in the bowels of one of Cardiff's swankiest hotels. I co-hosted with the most excellent Bethan Elfyn and you can hear some of the Welsh highlights from those sessions during this show: tracks from Race Horses, Sam Airey and Denuo.
I didn't get to see as many bands this year (hence the lack of the traditional really, really long blogs on the subject), but I do play a selection of the best bands I did manage to catch.
Hwyl Sŵn 2011 - you were amazing. I can't wait for 2012.
Elsewhere in the show you'll hear a selection of the best new Welsh sounds that have arrived in my inbox this week.
Don't be shy in getting any demos/new releases/tips to me. The email address for download links/mp3s etc is email@example.com
This coming Sunday night's show (30 October) will feature a woofer-worrying mix of bass attuned brilliance from Jay Robinson and a live set from Paper Aeroplanes (recorded at Focus Wales in Wrexham back in May - it's beautiful!).
I have a number of Welsh music events coming up that I'll be DJing at, and it'd be excellent if you could join the throng:
Sunday 30 October: The Dulcimer, Manchester - Meredith Nights present Plant Duw/Yucatan/Tom Edney & me & DJ Fuzzyfelt DJing
Friday 4 November: Connah's Quay Civic Hall - The Keys/The Method/Houdini Dax & me DJing
Friday 18 November: Telfords Warehouse, Chester - Yr Ods & (you guessed it) me DJing
Tuesday 22 November: Telfords Warehouse, Chester - Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog/Georgia Ruth + band & me DJing (shameless!)
For the stattoes amongst you (probably just me) here are some show-related statistics automatically generated by my Orwellian show database:
1384 unique songs/ 1773 Total. 770 Artists in 42 shows since 1st, Jan '11 (~songs per show:42, unique artists per show:18) Welsh:92%
Thank you for listening (feel free, please do, to share the iPlayer link with whoever you love the most).
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Polymers Are Forever'
GRUFF RHYS - 'Sensations In The Dark'
KEYS, THE - 'People Meet People'
ASTROID BOYS - 'Punkrock Crowd ( Exotope Clean Edit )'
BRANDYMAN - 'Heavy Metal Uncle'
RACE HORSES - 'What Am I To Do? ( Best Of Sŵn Live Session )'
DAUWD - 'Ikopol'
S T D - 'Petit Mal'
SHY AND THE FIGHT - 'All That We See Or Seem'
TEXAS RADIO BAND - 'See What You're Saying'
STRUCK A NERVE - 'Can't Lose Out'
BILLY PHONO - 'Cavity'
ALEMBIC - 'Dundun'
London ( Welsh Label )
PETER BRUNTNELL - 'Drive Away'
BOATBAR TO HAMBURG - 'Comfort Eating'
FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'New Adventures'
JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'Cradle'
BASTIONS - 'The Lengths ( When Wants Become Needs )'
MASTERS IN FRANCE - 'Orbitoclast'
LOS CAMPESINOS - 'Hello Sadness'
MY PET MONSTER - 'School Ii'
SEX HANDS - 'Way No Way'
DOGBONES, THE - 'Cool'
SAM AIREY - 'Endless Sea ( Best Of Sŵn Live Session )'
TRUCKERS OF HUSK - 'Person For The Person'
FRIENDS ELECTRIC - 'Puzzle Pieces'
BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE, THE - 'Devil's Pinch'
HENRY'S FUNERAL SHOE - 'Anvil And Chains'
BITFORM - 'Halloween Bass Bash Opener'
JAY ROBINSON - 'Get Mad Now'
DAN AMOR - 'Run You Like A River'
LAURA J. MARTIN - 'Salamander ( Featuring Euros Childs )'
COLORAMA - 'V Moyn T'
CATE LE BON - 'Puts Me To Work'
EXIT INTERNATIONAL - 'Bowie's Ghost'
CRASH DISCO - 'G T F O'
Y NIWL - 'Un'
HOUDINI DAX - 'Robin You Lie'
THREATMANTICS - 'Dumpamundo'
DENUO - 'Boston ( Best Of Sŵn Live Session )'
JOHN LAWRENCE - 'Sunday Song'
BLACK EAGLE CHILD - 'The Lost Button'
Milwaukee/ Bridgend (label)