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Chrome Hoof returns to orbit

We are very pleased indeed to receive word from Chrome Hoof that their return to our galaxy is imminent. After nearly three years of exploration they are preparing for re-entry, and they are ready to tell the tales of the last few years spent wandering.

We have received the following missive….

Chrome Hoof prepare to launch. (photo by Steve Bliss)

“I, a lone ship’s biscuit, was the only witness of sound enough mind to relay the following events…

Our malfunctioned vessel drifted downwards in the briney ooze while the groaning super-structure straddled Crush Depth – instantaneous pulverization. In these moments pregnant with doom and collective madness, personnel had elected to arm all thirteen torpedos and fire them simultaneously into the black void that cradled their chromium craft. These probes of destruction were equipped with untested launch programs: Crystalline, Labyrinth and the Core Delusion, so no-one aboard knew what abominations were about to be unleashed. Then, Deadly Pressure crackled in the air whilst our spirits were temporarily lifted with tales of Bunker’s Paradise – the legendary domain whereby one can reside for evermore if able to propel themselves forward, beyond the twin guardians of the Anorexic Cyclops and the ever-ravenous Vapourise unit.

The audio platter, known as Crush Depth, serves as a document to the hour that followed.” – M.

The message was accompanied by the audio below.

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An open letter to the BBC Trust

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: [email protected]

and also make a complaint direct to the BBC here

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Southern Records hosting a venue for Camden Crawl

Camden Crawl logo

Southern Records is very pleased to be invited to host a venue at this year’s Camden Crawl.  If you don’t know the Crawl, it’s an “urban festival” in London, spanning two days, 40 venues, and 200 bands, with a focus on new, cutting-edge music.  And they have some “heritage acts” too (that means folks who are old enough to be your parents but still know how to rock out).

We’ll be hosting the Blues Kitchen on Sunday 2nd May.  We don’t know what bands will be playing yet.  The way it works is all of the venue hosts (fancy pants label folks and journalists mostly – but only the cool ones) get to nominate all their favourite bands.  A HUGE LIST (like 400 pages long)(ok maybe only 6 pages long) is then compiled and all the hosts vote for the bands they want to go through.  The bands with the most votes go to the top of the list and the Crawl starts phoning em!   Eventually they end up with a list of bands that have been nominated, voted in, and who are available to play.  Once that list is finalised, they lock all us hosts in a room with no food and water and we fight to the death for the bands we want to play our venue.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress, but for now you can mosey on over to the Crawl site where you can see the confirmed daytime schedule.

Vic Chesnutt 1964 – 2009

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.  We were privileged to work with him for a few short years and we know the world is a less wonderful place without him.

There are some lovely words from friends of Vic on the Constellation web site.  You may also wish to read the announcement in the NY Times, or visit the tribute and donations page set up by Vic’s close friend Kristen Hersh.