Sunday, September 16, 2007

BBC 6 - must listen music

I was in the middle of many things today, so I'm now working on my research into the current political situation in Russia and listening to the Stephen Merchant show on BBC 6 Music online.

If you're a music person (and I know many of you are,) you really owe it to yourself to spend two hours a week listening to this show. It's available on demand here. The premise is that Stephen Merchant (who viewers of Extras and the British version of The Office will know as Darren Lamb (Andy's agent) and Oggy respectively,) sits in the studio with Harry, Sammy, Rufus and Dan and they bullshit and offer up songs that you are likely not to have heard or hear often. The music is great and the conversation is funny. Today, for instance, they are discussing Harry's rather anti-climactic proposal to his fiance this week and why chopsticks have endured when the Chinese are obviously aware of the fork. (Good question, frankly.) And I am regularly getting ideas for new and new to me music, which makes me and my iPod mixes much cooler. Today's playlist looks like this:

Morrissey - Everyday Is Like A Sunday
Concretes - You Can't Hurry Love
A Hawk And A Hacksaw - God Bless The Ottoman Empire

Harry's Choice
Veruca Salt - Volcano Girls

Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire - How Indiscreet

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Spread Your Love

Pigeon Hole Tracks
Richard Hawley - Serious
Babyshambles - Delivery
Sia - Buttons

Cocteau Twins - Cherry-Coloured Funk
Foo Fighters - The Pretender
The Connells - 74-75

Listener's Choice
Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Rufus's Choice
Jurassic 5 - Concrete Schoolyard

Van Morrison - The Way Young Lovers Do
Iron And Wine - White Tooth Man

Sammy's Choice
Left Banke - Pretty Ballerina

Primal Scream - Come Together

Here is a video for a song played two weeks ago....both my friend Brad (a converted US listener) and I spotted it and have added it to our collections which is, incidentally, a major exception to my rule of refusing entry to all songs about stalkers. (That James Blunt needs help, bless him.) Seriously. Check this show out.


Pam said...

You're right, of course. That's some quality music radio.

Though I would like to see your streaming BBC and raise you Nic Harcourt, also streaming, from KCRW:

Melinda June said...

I'll give it a try and report back tomorrow.

The Gifted Typist said...

Have just recently tuned into BBC 6 for interesting music. Will look for Merchant who has to be one of the funniest people on the planet. Thanks

Melinda June said...

BBC 6 is magnificent. I'm completely fine with the £75 spent on a DAB portable as long as it's streaming into my living room.