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The 12 Days of Swn-fest: Part 12 – The Drums

The Drums

The Drums

Dreamy, intoxicating surf-pop and Factory Records urban basslines: never the twain shall meet? Only in Brooklyn’s contagious awesome foursome. Hooks to hang your coat on with the potential for Swn-stealing glory – sshh!

It starts with whistling that feels like ice cubes trickling down your back. The bass teases in, like the Shins, but if the Shins grew up on a diet of Factory 12 inches. Vocals, pure surf-lovely vocals: “Oh mama, I wanna go surfing / Oh mama, I don’t care about nothing”. Yeah baby, “Let’s Go Surfing” is fucking awesome.

The Drums play the Moshi Moshi night at Cardiff Dempsey’s on 24 October

You’ll be dreaming about them by Christmas.

(Yes, The Drums was Part 1 – but seriously they’re soo good they have to be Part 12 as well…)

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The 12 Days of Swn-fest: Part 11 – Loose Alldayer with Pipettes, Leisure Society, Lucky Soul et al

Tim and Sams Tim And Sam Band

Tim and Sam's Tim And Sam Band

Emotive, folk-drenched instrumental pop that resonates with flutters of Sigur Ros, Grizzly Bear and Gonzales – all summer skies and tiny crescendos – Tim and Sam’s Tim And Sam Band tremble and tickle with equal measure. Music made for goosebumps.

Debut single Summer Solstice is a wondrous post-folk marvel, a breezy effervescent ride of glockenspiel and banjo with a gorgeous lo-fi cover of Elbow’s One Day Like This on the flipside.

Tim and Sam are joined by Lucky Soul, Leisure Society and the Pipettes. Girl-pop made for daydreams; if the Pipettes buried a time capsule it would contains records by Burt Bacharach and the Chordettes, copies of Jackie and Smash Hits and be covered with polka dots.

Also playing this excellent all-dayer from Cardiff’s delicious Loose are Chris TT, Mitchell Museum, Zissou, All Darlin’, Cat Mouse Cat and the penultimate final ever show from Broken Family Band.

Things kick off at 2.30pm at Chapter while there will also be SWN Mo Wrestling (in the car park 12.00pm-4.00pm), Oxjam Second Hand Record Fayre (in the bar 2.00pm-8.00pm) and Parents + Toddlers DJ Sets (in the bar 12.00pm-6.00pm).

Loose Alldayer with Pipettes, Leisure Society, Lucky Soul et al is at Chapter Arts Centre today.

Broken Family Band – Love Your Man, Love Your Woman

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The 12 Days of Swn-Fest: Part 10 – Girls

Girls

Girls

Listening to Girls feels like slow-dancing at dusk on a wind-swept beach, arms-outstretched and care-free; the cool breeze in your hair, the salty air on your tongue and the taste of the day slipping into memory.

The songs on Album, their debut record, are simple and delicious – hazy guitars, oozing melodies and Christopher Owens’ glorious, almost distant vocals delivering stories of heartbreak, love, loneliness and partying. The Guardian labelled it potential “modern classic”, giving Album a full 5 stars. I heartedly agree.

The Girls play Y Fuwch Goch on 23 October

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The 12 Days of Swn-fest: Part 9: Extra Curricular Activities – swn=sound / seminars / scrabble / Gwdihw

sound

swn=sound

The drunken brainchild of Geraint Ffrancon and Gerallt Ruggiero, Swn=Sound is an audio experiment where Ffrancon+Ruggiero will be creating a Swn festival electronic set out of the festival itself.

During the course of the exciting Swn weekend they will be running around like fools recording all sorts of sounds. Later – after a lot of vodka and no sleep – those sounds will be transformed into a magical array of textures, rhythms and vibrations ready to be performed live.

To hear if this experiment works on any sort of level make your way to the Model Inn on Saturday the 24th of October at 6pm! the experiment will be followed by live music from John Grindell, Pencadlys + many more.

Free Daytime Seminars

In conjunction with the Welsh Music Foundation Swn will be running free seminars once again. The sessions below will be held at The Toucan Club, Womanby St, Cardiff (near Clwb Ifor Bach) and are free to attend, on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact kieron@welshmusicfoundation.com.

Friday 23rd October 2009

CUBE Interactive Sessions
11.30 Tim Morgan / Mint Digital – The Real-time web and the web/tv 2-screen experience
12.30 / Martyn Davies / BBC Future Media and Music – BBC Introducing’s uploader and music distribution across local stations
13.30 Panel Discussion / Digital Wales – We’ve seen the Digital Britain Report. Now what would a Digital Wales report look like? Ewan McIntosh, Channel 4’s 4IP Fund, Tim Morgan, Mint Digital, Martyn Davies, BBC,  Wil Stephens, Cube, Chaired by Robert Andrews, UK Editor, paidContent: UK
15.30-16.30 – Promoting new Music – If you’re an artist or label with music to release and promote, a panel of experts will be giving advice on the most useful steps to take in the current music business maze. With… Huw Stephens – C2 / Radio 1 / Bandit / SWN Festival, Guto Brychan – Rasal / Clwb Ifor Bach / Maes B , Dilwyn Llwyd – Cwmni Coll / Yucatan, Bethan Elfyn – BBC Radio 1 Introducing / C2, (this session will be conducted in Welsh – translation facilities will be available)
17.00-18.00  – Welsh Language Music Industry – The good, the bad and the money : Strengths and Weaknesses of the scene. – A no-holds-barred analysis of the Welsh-language music scene as it stands, comparing changes throughout the years to establish a realistic portrayal of where we are and what the future holds. With… Deian ap Rhisiart – Bangor University Feasability Study, Guto Brychan – Rasal/ Clwb Ifor Bach/ Maes B, Dilwyn Llwyd – Cwmni Coll/ Yucatan
Bethan Elfyn – BBC Radio 1 Introducing/ C2, (this session will be conducted in Welsh – translation facilities will be available)

Saturday 24th October 2009

11.30 – 12.30 – Meet The PRS Foundation – The PRSF is the UK’s only independent funder of new music across all genres and supports a huge range of new music activity – everything from unsigned band showcases to composer residencies, from ground-breaking commissions to live electronica. Find out how the organisation could help your venture. With… Eleanor Ward – PRS Foundation www.prsfoundation.co.uk
13.00-14.00 – Good Lizard Media presents : How to market your music digitally – David Riley, who has spear-headed digital marketing campaigns and fanbase success stories for artists including The Prodigy, Charlatans, Nitin Sawhney (and hundreds of others) shares his hints and tips and how you can apply them to your music releases.  www.goodlizardmedia.com
14.30 – 15.30 – What a difference a year makes – The panel will take a retrospective look at what’s happened in the music industry over the last year.  With… Jamie Fullerton – NME, David Riley – Good Lizard Media, Gareth Dobson – Fear and Records, John Rostron – Swn / Association of Promoters and Events : Cardiff, Martin Carr – TBC
16:00-17.00 – ‘I know you get hundreds of these, but…‘ : Lamacq’s mail sack. – Best practice tips on how to submit your music to radio. With… Steve Lamacq

Scrabble!

It can’t be Swn without scrabble – get your mind-dictionaries down to the City Arms on Womanby St on Saturday for some letter action.

Gwdihw

Sssshh! Swn come-down party at Gwdihw on Sunday. Super Furry Gruff Rhys and others DJing, much fun. Come!

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The need to support music in Wales

Thought-provoking post by John Rostron from Plug 2 and co-promoter with Huw Stephens of Swn Festival.

Events like Swn don’t just fall into your lap, they’re dragged up from the pits of creativity, passion and courage. It’s a shame that an event that raises the profile of Cardiff/Wales and encourages much positive exposure for the cultural arts here – not to mention the global links it forges by bringing over international acts – is still struggling to source funding.

It makes you wonder if there wasn’t a ‘name’ like Huw Stephens behind it if Swn would have existed at all….

Read the post and bear it in mind if you’re ever in the circles of the people of influence.

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The 12 Days of Swn-fest: Part 8 – Three Trapped Tigers

Three Trapped Tigers

Three Trapped Tigers

Cerebral fusion of exploratory electronica and jarring instrumentalism that suggests Lightening Bolt pondering the Warp back catalogue, Three Trapped Tigers employ a classically-trained background with a desire to create their own fine anomaly in sound.

It’s their rejection of the actual tools of electronica that makes them so interesting however. Informed by artists like Squarepusher, Aphex Twin and DJ Shadow, Three Traped Tigers explore the possibilities and mental emotion of such music by refusing to rely on  any backing tracks at their shows and recording their music entirely live, without overubs and absolutely no computer sequencing.

The stubborn concept is intriguing and if their name creates an image of primeval beasts exploring their own confinement through wondrous self-rage then the subtle, emerging symphonies and improvisation certainly live up to that expectation.

Three Trapped Tigers play the Kruger gig at Y Fuwch Goch on 22 October. Also appearing are PortasoundNot CoolJonquilFiction and Brainlove DJs.

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The 12 Days of Swn-fest: Part 7 – Sons of Noel and Adrian

Sons of Adrian and Noel

Sons of Adrian and Noel

Drawing members from Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, Sons of Noel and Adrian‘s quivering, floating stories of dusk, love and loneliness straddle the unspoken area between Mumford and Sons’ haunting folk and Rachel’s chamber-led crescendos.

Don’t just trust me, listen to this and watch this

Hype Machine

Sons of Noel and Adrian play Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach on 24 October before supporting Efterklang and Jaga Jazzist at London Barbican on 28 October.

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