Current Listening: Lonsdale Boys Club – Light Me Up (DEMS Remix)

Having recently toured with Azealia Banks, DEMS are certainly establishing themselves as 'ones to watch'. The trio recently released this remix of Lonsdale Boys Club's 'Light Me Up', in celebration of the latter group's first headline UK tour. Take a listen DEMS' SoundCloud page can be found here

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Spring Offensive prepare for a spring offensive…

Oxford based five-piece, Spring Offensive, have been firm Fresh On The Net favourites for a long time now. Since first being played on the 6Music show back in 2009, the self confessed “wimpy miserablists” have gone from strength to strength, consistently churning out tunes that tug on our heartstrings. Mixing complex poly-rhythms and dashes of post-rock exuberance with devastatingly beautiful harmonies, the band alternate between…

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A Howl Of Rage

Today's track is Your Time Is Gonna Come  by V.A.P.A. - fast, furious and with an echo of Pop Will Eat Itself at their agitrap finest. Can't tell you anything about this mob - with absolutely zero online info apart from the lyrics, the only hint is offered by a contact email at the bottom of the page which suggests the hand of our friends…

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Pioneering UK Indie?

This week, in the run-up to the AIM Independent Music Awards this November I was asked to nominate the most pioneering UK Indie label founder and most inspirational Uk indie artist of all time. Before choosing it seemed wise to take soundings from my friends on Twitter and I duly threw out the question. There were so many excellent suggestions that I've posted the whole…

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On My iPod…

Full length version of a contribution to the March 2011 edition of  'M' - the PRS For Music members' magazine. They asked for ten tracks and a brief description of what was appealing about each song. It was hard to resist trying to slip in an extra track so there are eleven here - and the descriptions ramble on a bit too, but hey. If…

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The Alexis Korner Collection

The great bluesman and broadcaster Alexis Korner died in 1984 - at the age of 54 - having helped shape the course of postwar popular music. From the late 50s to the early 80s he mentored and inspired the young musicians who would later form the Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Cream, Manfred Mann, Free, Led Zeppelin and many other bands - including my own. As…

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The People Speak: Sun Oct 31

A wide cross-section of performers - including myself - joined forces with Colin Firth recently for a unique stage performance and documentary film celebrating moments in UK history when ordinary people have spoken out for change. This is a UK edition of THE PEOPLE SPEAK and was directed by Anthony Arnove. Anthony co-founded the original US  project of this name, inspired by Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking books…

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Hold Your Horse Is: Genius Video

Far and away the funniest, sharpest band performance video I've seen in ages, this is the new single from Hold Your Horse Is "You Show Up" - which they're currently offering as a free download. The vid was made by John Peddie's JProductions company: in an era of constantly tracking camera angles, flashy VR effects and dancing casts of thousands, it goes to prove that…

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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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UK Radio Directory

Just stumbled across the 2008 Music Week guide to UK radio stations. MW is the trade publication of the UK Music Industry and this PDF seems to have been created for subscribers to their free weekly newsletters (you can sign up  here). Meantime click on the map above to download the hi res wall chart - which  includes a key with contact information for all…

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