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Last day to save BBC 6 Music


There’s still time – just – to share your views with the BBC Trust through their online consultation here

I posted this to them earlier today:

I absolutely disagree with the proposed closure of 6 Music. 

– It is a standard bearer for exactly the kind of niche programming that the BBC is chartered to provide. 

– It is a vital channel for new musicians trying to find exposure

– It is a cultural ambassador for the UK

In the end it is a special thing that should be cherished. I am from the USA, a place where commercial radio has been consolidated and commoditised so much that whole multi-state regions are served by the same bland, corporate, middle of the road mega-stations where innovation is a dirty word, and music from the 1990s is still paraded as “alternative”. BBC 6 Music IS alternative. 

The idea of trying to serve the current listeners of 6 Music by channelling them towards Radio 1 and 2 is extremely ill-conceived. Those stations have very distinct demographics and neither their audiences nor the 6 Music audience would be well served by some sort of compromise where the occasional hour or two of “niche” music were squeezed into an otherwise completely different schedule. 

Finally I believe the perceived lack of audience (at the original time of the decision) has been discredited by the uptick to over 1 million listeners over the course of the consultation period. Furthermore the listening figures this was based on are suspect A) because young people are less likely to accurately fill their radio surveys and B) because of the still-relatively-small uptake of DAB. If 6 Music were an FM station I believe it would make a massive difference in audience size. 

Who’s missing from the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll? | Music | guardian.co.uk


The 2010 list is by far the most uninspiring ‘Sound Of…’ I’ve seen EVER.

Whilst I’ve heard Ellie Goulding’s name mentioned over the past few months, the moment I heard her I dismissed her as completely talentless and uninteresting. The less said about her, the better.

Everything Everything appear to be mildly interesting in a sort-of XTC/They Might Be Giants wacky-indie-pop kind of way which is likely to appeal to fans of semi-intelligent music. Whether they will make a dent in the charts, however, is another thing altogether.

Delphic are growing on me – and for me, the best of the list. They could almost be flatmates with The Big Pink, but for me their album’s the one to watch – I think they’ll be next year’s White Lies.

Just who the hell is Daisy Dares You? How come, in all the blogs I’ve read and contributed to, DDY’s name has never once cropped up. On the basis that she’s holding an acoustic guitar in the picture on the BBC website, I gave her video a screening and it seriously disappointed.

I’m also seriously struggling to believe that Stornoway have any chance at all of selling out the O2 Arena any time soon. In fact, if they end up as support on a future Levellers tour, I think that this could be considered the pinnacle of their career.

So… what’s missing???

Firstly, Exit Calm. Hailing from Barnsley, Yorkshire, their music manages to be exciting, dynamic and widescreen all at the same time. Their 2009 single ‘We’re On Our Own’ was my Song Of The Year. Their album’s released in the Spring – for me, they’re the big name of 2010. Watch this space…

Next up – London-based The Domino State. With three excellent singles and a Coldplay support to their name, it’s a wonder that the excellent Domino State aren’t on more people’s lips, but the release of their album early in 2010 should change all that. Excerpts of tracks on the forthcoming album are available now on their myspace site.

Finally, from America, the excellent Yeasayer. Their fab debut album All Hour Cymbals was a great listen but if new single Ambling Alp (available now in the US and early Jan in the UK) is anything to go by, they’ve developed a more-commercial sound which will appeal to fans of Vampire Weekend and The Strokes. A new album and a UK tour early next year are planned.

I suspect that once again “the sound of 20xx” won’t be known till closer to mid-year, when popular opinion coalesces and someone rather new gets a controversially high slot on a main stage at a summer festival or two.

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