NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED - 22/09/2005
Nov 01 - Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Nov 02 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nov 05 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Nov 06 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Nov 07 - Boston, MA - The Roxy
Nov 08 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Nov 09 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Nov 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Nov 12 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
Nov 15 - Houston, TX - Meridian Red Room
Nov 16 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
Nov 17 - Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea room
Nov 19 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
Nov 20 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Nov 21 - Minneapolisa, MN - Fine Line Music
Nov 24 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Ricahrd
Nov 25 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Nov 26 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov 28 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Nov 29 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Nov 30 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Dec 01 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
w/ Caribou on all dates
B-PERCUSSION: Gruff DJ Session - 4./08/2005
August 4, 2005
B-PERCUSSION: Gruff DJ Session
B-Music Stage, D-Percussion, Castlefield, Manchester
6th August 2005
Imagine if you will, an all day free festival in the middle of the city inhabited by upwards of 40,000 alternative music fans who have travelled from near and far to listen and dance to the finest psychedelic krautrocking space-jazz, acidic-folk and fuzzed up Turkish delights played by some of the most adventurous, industrious record crate archeologists from around the world and then pinch yourself twice.
Perhaps this is never going to happen in our lifetimes but this summer ,in a fit of forward-thinking creative madness, the kind organisers of Manchester's D-Percussion free festival enlisted the services of B-Music to curate an accidental world music stage who on August 6th will organise a tag-team marathon vintage vinyl-spinning session at Barca in the heart of Castlefield.
The Corona Extra-sponsored B-Music stage will run between the hours of 12 noon and 11.00pm but the fun doesn't end there. For those who want to continue their late night fuzz-fest experience into the early hours we present the first of our BURN YOUR BOOKS sporadic live club nights as the official B-Music stage aftershow party.
B-Music Stage running times:
12.00 Midday - Vox Pop
12.45 - Friends of Music
1.30 - Graham Massey
2.15 - Gruff Rhys (SFA)
3.00 - Finders Keepers (Dom Thomas, Doug Shipton & Andy Votel)
3.40 - Sonic Boom
4.30 - Marc Rowlands
5.15 - Marc Riley
6.00 - Bob Stanley
7.00 - David Holmes
8.00 - Jay Taylor
8.45 - Cherrystones
9.30 - Chris McBride
10.15 - B-Music (Dom Thomas and Andy Votel)
11.00 - Close (and off to Night & Day!)
GRUFF TALKS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE WELSH MUSIC SCENE - 22/08/2005
CYMRU FEEL THE NOISE
Super Furry Animals' frontman Gruff Rhys traces his country's homegrown sounds from their timid orgins to today's burgeoning catalogue of styles
Sunday August 21, 2005
The Welsh rock and pop scene is very strong at the moment, but then it always has been. As a child, I recall my parents owning a lot of welsh records and, later, i bought a substantial amount myself. I also saw a lot of the bands live; bands that put out records on labels like sain, recordiau'r dryw, cambrian and welsh teledisc. To us, Welsh music existed in a parallel universe to anglo-american pop culture.
The first Welsh language long-haired, psychedelic pop record came out in 1968 by a band called Y Blew. This really was the starting point, not least because it marked a break from the music's polite past. There were an unusually high proportion of women in Sixties Welsh pop, most of whom were in uniform, in girl groups and on the Cambrian label. In fact, Mary Hopkin started out singing in Welsh before being discovered by Paul McCartney, signing to Apple and scoring a transatlantic number one.
Meic Stevens is the pivotal figure in Welsh music. When he returned from the London folk circuit of the Sixties he had various hippies in tow, like Syd Barrett. Stevens released records at some time or another on most of the Welsh labels, though his most notable album is 1972's Gwymon. People liked him because he was a lot more world-weary and rock'n'roll than all these polite bands born out of singing at Eisteddfod meetings. And he really is the boss, a real free spirit.
In the late Sixties, for example, he formed a subversive prank folk band called Y Bara Menyn with Geraint Jarman and Heather Jones. Which was the holy trinity of Welsh pop in one group.
The main concert promoters of this period were The Welsh Language Society, a youthful political pressure group that organised direct yet non-violent campaigning to fight for more rights for the language. There was a lot of political turmoil in those days, which is reflected in the lyrics. The flooding of the Tryweryn Valley in 1965 really kickstarted a new insurgency among the Welsh speakers; ramshackle guerrilla organisations such as The Free Wales Army and the Welsh Defence Movement were set up.
After the Welsh referendum for devolution was lost in 1979, though, lyrics became less self-conscious. People sang in Welsh because it was their first language rather than out of political or moral duty. The result was the Eighties' post-punk scene, which was angry yet creative. It displayed an urge to engage with the outside world and take the music to an international audience.
Out of this period came bands like Y Brodyr, Anhrefn, Datblygu and Y Cyrff. Fronted by David Edwards, Datblygu were the most influential band of the Eighties and Nineties, evoking the Fall crossed with Serge Gainsbourg.
Anhrefn Records released a series of fine punk records and compilations in the Eighties that were championed on the European anarcho-punk circuit and by John Peel; Ofn Records, run by future Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Super Furry Animals' producer Gorwel Owen, released great electronic music by Ofnus and Eirin Peryglus; and Ankst was the dominant label for Nineties guitar bands such as Topper and Fflaps. They faced stiff competition, though, from Fflach and Crai. The latter were responsible for early Welsh language records by Catatonia, who later gatecrashed the national charts alongside the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals.
Now because of the explosion in digital home recording there's an enormously vibrant new music scene epitomised by online shops like www.sebon.co.uk and labels such as Fitamin Un, Slacyr, Recordiau and Boobytrap.
Meanwhile at this year's National Eisteddfod in Bangor people will be eagerly awaiting new material by ace acoustic singer-songwriter Alun Tan Lan , who se 2004 album, Aderyn Papur, set a new benchmark for Welsh-language rock.