We are very pleased indeed to receive word from Chrome Hoof that their return to our galaxy is imminent.
Dear Sir/Madam I wish to strenuously protest the proposed closure of 6 Music. Just two weeks ago, the BBC Trust published a review of 6 Music which described the digital station as "distinctive and well-liked by its listeners", so it does boggle the mind why the Trust would permit its closure. When one compares the cost of running the station to the extraordinary salaries paid to "celebrities" like Chris Moyles, it becomes even more incomprehensible. If the BBC's remit is to provide quality programming which would otherwise not exist in a purely commercial environment, how can this be justified?
6 Music plays a wide range of music not heard elsewhere and introduces many listeners to music that is new to them - with a particularly strong emphasis on British talent. As a UK based independent label, such outlets are vital to our continued existence. We are operating in a niche which is not well served by other BBC stations or your commercial counterparts. The closure of the station would deprive many labels such of ourselves, and the talent they are struggling to develop, of any hope of reaching our audience - and would in my view be a staggering blow to the the health of the UK music industry. The UK has always been seen as an innovator and a proving ground for new music talent and trends and the effect on it is certainly something that the Trust must consider when contemplating the closure of 6 Music.
I am counting on the Trust to exhaust all other alternatives (such as reducing the salaries of Radio 1 "celebrity talent") before concluding that the closure of 6 Music would benefit its license payers.
Yours sincerely, Allison Schnackenberg
Write to the BBC Trust: firstname.lastname@example.org
and also make a complaint direct to the BBC here www.bbc.co.uk/complaints
Hot off the press, a new video from Tartufi with stills from their 2009 tour of the US!
We are very excited to announce Steve Ignorant's plans for a tour he is calling The Last Supper. Please see the full announcement below for all the details!
The dates are
SEP 24 bristol academy
SEP 25 birmingham academy
OCT 1 manchester academy
OCT 2 edinburgh liquid rooms
Tickets available now from www.gigbox.co.uk and the usual venue outlets.
In the process of closing our warehouse and moving the shop late last year, we dug up some boxes of stuff that we'll gradually be adding to the shop. Our first box is a real find - copies of two now out-of-print CDs issued in 2007 on Guy Piccotto's Peterbilt label.
Back in 1990, Peterbilt issued limited 12 inch pressings of two previously unreleased tapes by early Washington DC hardcore bands Rain and Deadline. Both singles have long been high on the want lists of collectors of rare DCHC. In 2007 Peterbilt pressed up CDs of the two releases - as far as we can tell only 1000 of each were pressed. We found 23 copies of each CD and you can buy them while they last in the shop.
Our Christmas day was darkened by the passing of Mr. Vic Chesnutt, a very special person who brought much light into the world with his creative energy and unique and beautiful perspective on life.