Not a lot of time this week, so posts will be short and sporadic. But this might be a good time to give a shout out to 6music, the BBC radio station that heard the BBC will probably close the station at the end of the year (or next year). No fin de siècle doom if you tune in though, just of the better alternative radio stations out there. When 6music closes, people like me will be forced even more into the worlds of music blogs, Spotify, Last.fm and the likes.
One thing is good though: since the announcement the station’s listening figures seemed to have grown significantly (from 700.000 a year ago to just over a million now). In the words of former DJ Phill Jupitus (in an article for The Guardian): “As I listen to 6 Music today, I keep hearing tracks and thinking, where else would I hear this kind of radio during the day? The tragic answer to that question is nowhere. The end of 6 Music at this moment in the BBC’s history is not only an act of cultural vandalism, it’s also an affront to the memory of John Peel and a slap in the face to thousands of licence-payers.”
So don’t forget to tune in before it’s too late.
Edit (Jun 15): the Avenue’s computer is no more. All hail the new Avenue computer! I’m trying to get my sparkly new computer as ready as it should be. Which means the next update will be posted later than usual.