Yr Ods- Ble’r Aeth yr Haul


Sengl Newydd yr Ods, mi fydd hon allan ddiwedd mis Awst ar IKACHING. Cafodd y label ei henwi yn Label yr Wythnos gan gylchgrawn NME yn ddiweddar- grêt gweld eu gwaith caled yn cael cydnabyddiaeth. Yr Ods fydd yn cloi’r noson ar faes yr Eisteddfod nos Sadwrn hefyd…yn syth ar ôl Yws Gwynedd. Da.

Yr Ods’ new single will be out at the end of August on IKACHING Records, who were recently named Label of the Week by the NME. After a quiet spell, the boys will be headlining the festivities on the last night of the Eisteddfod in Meifod next week. More to come on this before too long.

Ani Glass

Ani Saunders of The Lovely Wars and The Pipettes is reincarnated as Ani Glass with some awesome new tunes. Ffôl is available to download, as well as Little Things on her bandcamp. Link below. 👸🏽
Yr hyfryd Ani Saunders yn ôl dan enw newydd, Ani Glass. Mae Ffôl a’i sengl arall Little Things ar gael i’w lawrlwytho ar bandcamp Ani, isod. Mwynhewch. 💁🏽



I’ve just bought the new Palenco album and it’s wonderful. Track 8, Actorion, is my standout track, but you’ll have to buy the whole thing to hear it. You can buy it in all good (Welsh) record shops and here, on IKACHING’s website.

Here’s a taster:

Yr Ods’ Griff Lynch

Yr Ods have been quiet recently, although their headline gig at the Eisteddfod next month is eagerly awaited. In the mean time, feast your ears on frontman Griff Lynch’s solo offerings. Sneakily posted on soundcloud last week, these new tracks have the familiar Ods combination of pointed lyrics and poppy sound…. but a little grumpier. An accolade with which Griff would be quite happy, I imagine. What do you think?

Wrth edrych ymlaen at gig fawr yr Ods ar faes yr Eisteddfod ym Meifod fis nesa, mae hwn yn damed i aros pryd. Dyma ganeuon cafodd eu postio ar soundcloud Griff Lynch, y prif leisydd, yn ddiweddar. Os ‘da chi’n nabod Griff, a mae lot ohonoch chi yn, newch chi adnabod geiriau pigog yr Ods, y swn popi melys yna mae nhw’n wneud mor arbennig…. a mae cymeriad dyn blin mwyaf hoffus Cymru i’w glywed yn glir yn y ddwy gan isod. Be ‘da chi’n feddwl?

Gwyll Arall

We’re going on a magical journey….from the mean streets of Cardiff to the even meaner streets of Caernarfon. This festival has grown from a tiny event a few years back to a great line-up in an amazing setting.

Highlights include Geraint Jarman, Meic Stevens and Nesdi Jones with a full bhangra band and Carcharorion in Caernarfon castle on Saturday night. Don’t miss another chance to see the Bur Hoff Bau film either, it’s good.

Esgus eitha da i heglu hi am adra… mae’r nos Sadwrn yn y castall yn mynd i fod yn noson i’w chofio wrth i Carcharorion a Meic Stevens rannu llwyfan gyda Nesdi Jones a’i band bhangra a Geraint Jarman. A manteisiwch ar y cyfle i weld y Bur Hoff Bau, os nad ydych chi wedi gwneud hynny’n barod.

Am fwy o wybodaeth, ac i weld y rhaglen yn ei gyfanrwydd, cliciwch ar y poster isod.

For more information, and to see the full programme of events, click on the poster below.

Gwyl Arall, Caernarfon

Gwyl Arall, Caernarfon

Tree of Wolves

Here is a new band to Juxtapozed, Tree of Wolves. Tom Robinson from 6 music described them as, “Highly promising… A snare-driven rhythm track that crackles with energy topped by yearning vocals that carry absolute conviction”.

They’re a 5 piece band from Carmarthen comprising Aled Thomas, Gruffydd Wyn Owen, Mark Howells, Ray Thomas and Charli Bicknell. This is a ‘preface’ to the band’s forthcoming EP, Sleepwalking. Check out Shapes, below, or head to their soundcloud for further listening.

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H. Hawkline: “You’re only as good as the next thing you do. I’d like to record another album before the end of the year”


I caught a glimpse of the H. Hawkline residency in Clwb on Thursday. It was Great. The album is also excellent. Here’s a great interview with Huw by the Green Grass Podcast- another blog you should follow!

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Mr. H. Hawkline has had a busy few weeks touring the UK with his new album.  In The Pink Of Condition was produced by Cate Le Bon in LA and released last month on Heavenly Recordings. Listen above, or read on below!

The tour has included a four-week residency at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, and it’s here that we take shelter from the rain in the doorway of Clwb’s smoking area. As I wait for Huw to finish his cigarette, his phone rings: “Dingers!” he answers happily – it’s Alex Dingley, one of tonight’s support artists, and they quickly arrange to meet somewhere they can “sit in the warm and drink a couple of beers”.  It’s really starting to piss it down, so we head upstairs to the cosy middle floor of the venue, and I start by asking him all about Heavenly.

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#SFA2015 Super Furry Animals Tour

First this: Then THIS: NOW IT’S TRUE!!!!! IT’S HAPPENING! That’s right, you heard it… Super Furry Animals are doing a UK tour and re-issuing Mwng. The tour includes two Cardiff dates- Cardiff University’s Great Hall on May 1st and 2nd. Tickets go on sale next Thursday at 9am.

1st May – Cardiff University Great Hall

2nd May – Cardiff University Great Hall

5th May – Glasgow O2 Academy

6th May – Manchester Albert Hall

8th May – London O2 Academy Brixton

Unknown You can pre-order Mwng as a deluxe TRIPLE LP, a deluxe CD or a standard LP from here. The deluxe editions contain five tracks previously released on the US version of Mwng under the name Mwng Bach as well as a previously unreleased Peel session and a full live show recorded at ATP. Here is a reminder of why we love them and a clue as to the inspiration for the name of this blog.

Gwobrau’r Selar// Y Selar Magazine Awards

Roedd ‘na dros 700 o bobl wedi heidio o bob cornel o Gymru i’r Undeb yn Aberystwyth ddydd Sadwrn ar gyfer Gwobrau’r Selar. Llongyfarchiadau i’r tim sy’n trefnu, mae nhw wedi llwyddo i greu gwyl-ganol-gaeaf sy’n denu cynulleidfa i gystadlu efo Maes B. Dyma rhai o f’uchafbwyntiau i.

Over 700 people packed the Student’s union in Aberystwyth on Saturday to enjoy the Selar Magazine’s annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to the organising team for making Gwobrau’r Selar one of the most important dates in the Welsh Music Scene calendar. Here are some of my highlights.

Ysgol Sul

Y peth cyntaf wnes i fore dydd Sul, ar ol brecwasd seimllyd- obvs, oedd lawr-lwytho sengl Aberystwyth yn y Glaw gan Ysgol Sul. Mi wnaethon nhw lwyddo i greu argraff fawr ar y gynulleidfa nos Sadwrn, ac ar y pleidleiswyr, yn amlwg. Dyma Artist Newydd Gorau Cymru, yn ol darllenwyr y Selar.

The first thing I did on Sunday morning was download Ysgol Sul’s Aberystwyth yn y Glaw (Aber in the rain). An appropriate song for that dreary hungover Sunday. They managed to make quite an impression on the crowd on Saturday night, and on the voters evidently. Here is the winner of the Best New Artist award.

Y Reu

Nid dyma’r tro cyntaf i mi son am faint ‘dw i’n mwynhau cerddoriaeth Y Reu, ond man a man i fi ailadrodd fy hun yn y cyd-destyn yma. Roedd o’n siom peidio gweld eu henw ar y rhestr fer, ond mae’n debyg bod siomi rhywun yn anochel pan mai dim ond tri enw sydd ar y rhestr fer ym mhob cateogori. Byddai’n braf gweld mwy o enwau ar y rhestr fer y flwyddyn nesa, fel bod mwy o amyrwiaeth o fandiau’n cael  cydnabyddiaeth am y gwaith mae’n nhw’n ei wneud drwy’r flwyddyn. Ta waeth, roedd y perfformiad ar y noson yn unioni’r cam.

This isn’t my first ode to Y Reu, however I may as well repeat myself in this context. I was disappointed that they didn’t appear on the short list for the awards, however it is inevitable that someone will be disappointed when only three names appear on the short list for each category. Next year, I would love to see more names on the short list so that more artists get recognition for their work throughout the year. 

Y Ffug

Mi oeddwn i’n siomedig na chafodd Y Ffug unrhyw wobr, nos Sadwrn. Ond ‘dw i’n siwr fysa nhw ddim balchach beth bynnag. Pwy sydd isio bod yn boblogaidd? Na finna chwaith. Gewch chi’r wobr gan Juxtapozed am y band mwya cwl. Ac am solo gitar gora’r noson hefyd.

I was disappointed that Y Ffug didn’t win any of the awards on Saturday. However I’m not sure whether they would really appreciate public admiration anyway… too populist, maybe? I agree. Juxtapozed awards you the coolest band award. Oh, and the award for the virtuoso guitar performance of the night. It has absolutely no currency, at all, but it’s all yours.

Yws Gwynedd a Sŵnami

Peidiwch a phoeni, it’s the thought that counts. Mae’ch brwdfrydedd i’w glodfori, ond yn anffodus, dyma rhywun yn colli peint dros rhywbeth hanfodol drydanol a chwythu’r lle i gyd. Cyn hynny, roedd set Swnami yn mynd lawr yn dda iawn a phawb yn mwynhau enillwyr Record Fer y Flwyddyn.

Gan symyd ymlaen, Yws Gwynedd aeth a hi efo’r gwobrau- mi gath o dri- a’r tri mawr hefyd. Y Record Hir, neu Albym, orau, Yr Artist Unigol Gorau a’r Gan Orau am Neb ar ol. Roedd hi’n siom na chafodd o’i gyfle mawr ar y llwyfan, ond dyna i chi reswm da i sicrhau eich bod chi yn ei gig nesa fo.

It’s the thought that counts, of course, and it was a noble thought. Yws Gwynedd came on to close Sŵnami’s set, however electricity and beer do not make good bedfellows. Before that, Sŵnami were a triumph and the crowd were absolutely loving the winners of the best E.P. award.

However, the big winner on the night was Yws Gwynedd. The former Frizbee frontman won three awards, Best Album, Best individual artist and Best Song for Neb ar ol. It was a great shame that he didn’t have the chance to play on Saturday night, but I’m sure three awards  made up for it.


Cyn i mi ddechrau, mae’n rhaid i mi ddweud nad ydw i’n gallu bod yn ddi-duedd gyda Carcharorion. Wedi dweud hynny, ‘dw i’n ffyddiog bod pawb oedd yno’n cytuno gyda’r ffaith eu bod nhw’n wych nos Sadwrn. Mae hefyd yn briodol iawn, ar y diwrnod a fu Dr Meredydd Evans, rhywun mae arnom ni ddyled mawr iddo yng Nghymru, eu bod nhw wedi chwarae eu fersiwn nhw o Beth yw’r Haf i Mi?

Before I start, it’s important that I declare my interest in one half of Carcharorion. Having said that, I’m sure everyone else will agree that they were great on Saturday night. It was also very apt that they played their version of Beth yw’r Haf i Mi, on the very day that Dr Meredydd Evans died. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for his lifetime’s work to Wales, the Welsh language and, particularly it’s music.


Fel y byddech chi’n ei ddisgwyl daeth Candelas a’r noson i ben gyda’i steil arferol. Roedd hi’n gret clywed eu deunydd newydd oddi ar y record ddiweddara, Bodoli’n Ddistaw. Y nhw oedd enillwyr Band y Flwyddyn a Gwaith Celf y Flwyddyn. Cydnabyddiaeth mae nhw’n ei haeddu oherwydd eu bod nhw wedi bod mor weithgar ar hyd y flwyddyn.

As you would expect, Candelas brought the house down as headliners with a trademark polished rock set. Their hard work throughout the year was recognised with a Band of the Year award and Best Artwork award. Congratulations boys. 

Gwaith Celf Gorau- Gwobrau Selar 2015

Gwaith Celf Gorau- Gwobrau Selar 2015