Fresh Faves: Batch 292

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by musician, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and Fresh On The Net founder Tom Robinson this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. BEATS & PIECES BIG BAND - Nois Blimey. Working in the jaded world of music radio at the age of 68 it's…

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George Lyward

Sorry - another piece from me that isn't anything to do with music. But several people have asked for more info on Finchden Manor - mentioned last week in my piece about mental illness. So here's an article I wrote for The Times in 2003 about the the visonary educationalist George Lyward who founded it... One night in the winter of 1966 I swallowed a handful…

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Depression & Mental Illness

Photo and text from Mind Out for Mental Health‘s 1 in 4 project, 2002. One way of looking at mental health problems is as a gap between the way we view the world internally and the way we experience it externally. If there’s too big a gap we get into trouble. I went to a co-ed boarding school in the 60s and fell in love…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 277

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by musician, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and Fresh On The Net founder Tom Robinson this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. AILBHE REDDY - Nothing To Doubt A trance-like mood runs through Nothing To Doubt from start to finish - from the dreamy…

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Fresh Faves: Batch 260

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend - and reviewed by musician, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and Fresh On The Net founder Tom Robinson this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here. ADAM WEIKERT - Sloth Earlier this year Adam Weikert gave us I May Be Some Time - a poised, enchanting 83 second…

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Tom Robinson On Tour In October

This is a quick heads-up to artists and bands that I'm going to be away from Fresh On The Net until November. Next week I'll be co-hosting the BBC Introducing 10th birthday party at Brixton Academy and presenting two sessions at The BBC's Amplify event in London next week, and hosting my weekend radio shows. But after that I'm heading out on tour with my…

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The KLF – The White Room

The KLF - or Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu as they've always preferred to be known - are simply unique. That said, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty always had that anarchic Malcolm McLaren vibe of “destroy, subvert and undermine expectations…” and of simply improvising their strategy in response to each new idea or opportunity as it cropped up. That's why The White Room - far…

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Loud & Proud on BBC 6 Music

BBC Radio 6 Music's Loud and Proud season The 1967 Sexual Offences Act marked the start of a long journey towards LGBT equality in the UK. 6 Music will be marking its 50th anniversary with a season of programmes celebrating queer culture and its journey through the intervening decades as part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season. FRIDAY 28 JULY 1600–1900 Steve Lamacq with Tom Robinson Tom…

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Less Is More

Once again, Monday finds me sitting down to build next week's BBC Introducing Mixtape, and as usual it's a case of trying to cram a quart into a pint pot. That's the expression we used in the old days before decimalisation: somehow trying to cram a litre into a half-litre pot doesn't quite have the same ring. But you get the idea. Each week I…

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No Upload = No Airplay

QUESTION: Does sending my music to Fresh On The Net automatically get it considered for radio play on BBC Introducing? ANSWER: No, not automatically. Here's why... BBC INTRODUCING helps independent UK artists get their music heard on the radio free of charge - bypassing the music biz machinery of pluggers, publicists, publishers, managers, agents and labels. Simply upload your music to BBC Introducing and if any presenters or…

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