By John Curley
Welcome to the Sounds From Across The Pond blog. In this blog I will be discussing the best of the music from the UK. I will be covering many genres—rock, pop, electronica, punk, indie—and discussing bands and artists from the classic-rock era all the way up to today.
My love of music from the UK started with my interest in The Beatles when I was a child and grew by leaps and bounds when I discovered all of the other great UK acts whose music was being played on the rock radio outlets in the New York City area during my teenage years. When I visited the UK for the first time in 2000, I was floored by the absolutely amazing music that I was hearing. A great deal of that music was, for whatever reason, not getting airplay here in America. So, when I got back from the UK, I started to listen to some of the UK-based radio stations that were available on the Internet. I continue to listen to those stations today.
A great Web site to access music radio (and many other kinds of stations) from the UK is http://www.radiofeeds.co.uk/. The Radio Feeds site is broken down into subsites that offer radio audio in Real Player, Windows Media, Streaming MP3, and other formats. And it offers links to both the individual radio-station Web sites and the live audio feeds. Some of my favorite stations are, in no particular order:
NME Radio: Indie/modern rock for the nationwide UK audience, http://www.nme.com/radio.
Absolute Radio: Contemporary rock for the nationwide UK audience, http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk.
BBC 6 Music: Adult alternative for the nationwide UK audience, http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music. (NOTE: BBC 6 Music might be shut down in the near future due to cost-cutting measures by the BBC. And that would be a real shame, as it is a fantastic station.)
BBC Radio 1: Pop/dance/R&B/rock for the nationwide UK audience, http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1.
BBC Radio 2: Adult contemporary for the nationwide UK audience, http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2.
Capital FM: Pop hits for the greater London area, http://www.capitalfm.com.
Please note that most of the stations that I have listed above have a Listen Again function on their Web sites which enables the listener to hear programs for up to seven days after their broadcast.
I will be reporting about upcoming happenings on UK music radio, so that you will be aware of where and when you can hear specific programs. I will also be writing about many other facets of the UK music scene. I hope that you enjoy the blog.