Six BBC Introducing Losers

Here are 6 great tracks - sent to our Fresh On The Net inbox last week - that I adored, even though there wasn't room to include them on our Listening Post. I earmarked every one of them for airplay on my BBC Introducing Mixtape. But guess what. Five of them hadn't uploaded the tunes to BBC Introducing. I've said it before, let's say it…

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Welcome To Our New Home

We've had a makeover here at FOTN - well, not so much a makeover as a complete redesign from the ground up - courtsey of web genius Alaric King. Once Team Freshnet came together in March 2012 the blog very quickly outgrew its original design and we now have over a hundred pages of information, nearly four hundred posts by the team - and almost…

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TR Alternative Playlist

An Alternative Playlist of tracks that have caught my fancy in our dropbox over recent weeks. The fact is that there's far more interesting music being made than than we can possibly fit on our Listening Post - and even my BBC Introducing Mixtape only features an hour of music every week. So here's a bonus 90 minutes of uninterrupted quality listening - carefully sequenced…

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Would You Let A Poet Drive You To Work?

Guest rant by Robin Millar Robin is a musician who has conquered blindness to become a world famous record producer with over 150 gold, silver and platinum discs to his credit - not to mention 55 million record sales. He was made a CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours.  He has contributed this post to us at Fresh On The Net - questioning the modern…

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Tinnitus Awareness Week

This week (4th - 10th February) is Tinnitus Awareness Week and UK charity Action on Hearing Loss has been campaigning to raise awareness about Tinnitus and the dangers of exposure to loud music. (more…)

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THE OTHER WOMAN: why 2013 is for the girls

[caption id="attachment_8812" align="aligncenter" width="576"] BBC Sound of... poll winners Haim[/caption] It’s high time we here at The Other Woman stood on our soapbox (er, beer crate) and triumphantly punched the air. It seems 2013 truly is the year of women in pop. Some will scoff at this statement and cite the last ten years as an excellent decade for women in music but that is…

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WELSH LANGUAGE EMBARGO

Bad news for the many fine young Welsh artists currently singing lyrics in their own language, such as Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog (above). A BBC-wide directive has just been issued with immediate effect, stating that no more Welsh Language music can be played on air until further notice: This e-mail is being widely circulated across the BBC in order to ensure that the BBC does not…

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The Truth Behind Touring

Five Things I Learnt From Two Months On Tour Three months ago almost to the day I arrived in Oxford carrying nothing but a bass guitar, an amp and a nervous knot in my stomach. It was a sunny August morning and I was on my way to my first practice with a band I've admired for a long time, Spring Offensive (if you don't…

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THE OTHER WOMAN: MEVROUW TAMARA/ ICONS OF ANDRIA

Mevrouw Tamara - Leiden Musician Adam 'Finglebone' Varney often sends tips our way and when he does they're always a winner. Take Mevrouw Tamara for example, guitar picking Amsterdam native who makes beautiful simple folk music singing her in home tongue. The Guardian got in touch after she was featured on The Other Woman and made this fantastic video about her as part of their…

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Let me see those Jazzhands!

A lot of bands profess to push the boundaries of musicality, to take the conventions of songwriting in new and innovative directions. But let's face it, the format has hardly changed for the last half century. Whether it's electronic or acoustic, dubstep or death metal the line-up changes little with a strong focus upon melody remaining central and the rhythm section relegated to holding everything…

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