Getting Very Near The End

BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net has been broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music every week since 28 October 2008 and will end on 2 April 2012. It started out as a single 120 minute show that went out every Saturday night from midnight (technically Sunday morning). In June 2008 it was expanded to two shows a week which went out at 1am every Sunday…

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THE BIG NOWHERE

To The End of The World is a jugband anthem for extinction by Glasgow's THE BIG NOWHERE - a group sketched out in 2008 on the back of a cigarette packet by Doctors Billy Crowe & Simon Sinclair. Both claim to be "graduates from the school of lifemanship who hold Phds in Rapscallionry, Fisticuffs and Female Anatomy." I find it impossible to stop singing this…

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Eno’s BBC Plea

OK - I was forwarded an email from Brian Eno this afternoon, asking people to circulate it as widely as possible. To declare an interest, I work for the BBC where the cynically-named Delivering Quality First cuts are about to take a bite out of my little corner of the world. So if this had come from some BBC apparatchick or other interested party like…

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New Show: Now Playing @6Music

The independent radio production company Somethin’ Else have been commissioned to create a brand new cross-platform project for BBC 6 Music, fusing music with  digital content. The commission – called Now Playing @6Music – will consist of a weekly radio show hosted by Tom Robinson, airing the most shared, recommended and discussed music online and a blog ‘living’ seven days a week online. The show…

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New BBC blog launched this week

Maida Vale audience  [photo: Richard Banks] My new BBC blog launched this week - with a first post covering this week's happenings on 6 Music's BBC Introducing Week, and a new post today about last night's Maida Vale event - which I co-hosted with Steve Lamacq. We presented four of our favourite artists: Babe Shadow,  Let's Buy Happiness, The Neat and Post War Years -…

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BBC Introducing Mixtape: 29 March 2010

This week on 6 Music Introducing we bring you a free mixtape featuring some of our favourite artists from the first three months of 2010, available as two 16-track downloads via the podcast links below. Share and enjoy! Mixtape Side A POLAR SETS - Then A Girl Falls In Your Arms http://polarsets.bandcamp.com STEALING SHEEP - Love You Are A Record http://www.myspace.com/stealingsheep COSMO JARVIS - Crazy…

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Centres Of Excellence

Yes of course I'm gutted about the proposed closure of 6 Music.  Steve Lamacq has already said pretty much everything a presenter can say on the subject on his blog - though keep an eye on Adam Buxton in the next few days... However I haven't read as much about the impact that closing Asian Network will have on the huge and thriving South Asian…

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How to play 2-4-6-8 Motorway

All things considered, "The Axe Factor" is an ironic choice of name for a new feature on BBC 6 Music in March 2010. But hey - why not click on the link and go vote for your favourite alt/indie guitar player of the last 30 years. Meanwhile the 6 Music Interactive team handed me their in-house guitar and asked me to explain on camera how…

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North East Beat Unsigned

When music fans start campaigning for a BBC Introducing show in their region, it shows that in little over two years Introducing has not only arrived but become an integral part of the independent music scene. Actually there are now only three BBC regions that don't have a specialist Introducing show: Somerset, Cumbria and - bafflingly -  Tyne & Wear where BBC Newcastle's reach covers…

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Sending Us Your Music

Just a quick posting to say thanks to the people who've been emailing and messaging via MySpace to suggest music for my radio show. Also to those who've asked where they can send their music on CD.  Instead - let me introduce the Recommend Music form on our BBC webpages. We actually have a special page at http://bit.ly/recommendmusic where ANYBODY is welcome to suggest new online…

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