6 Music

Since installing Ubuntu I’ve not been able to get XMMS to play my music that I stream from home.

I’ve done enough digging to realise the problem is in my code – I’ve just not fixed it yet.

So, in the meantime I’ve been listening to my radio again!

As usual I listen to 6 Music all day.

The latest nutty little tune doing the rounds on 6 Music is Peter Bjorn and John‘s single; Young Folks.

I’ve already got the album on pre-order at Amazon.

Then this morning I realised that I had been following a pattern.

1. Hear song I really like on 6 Music.

2. Buy album on the basis of that one song.

3. Generally be disappointed with rest of album.

Albums and bands that have fallen into that category so far:

Let Us Never Speak Of It Again by Out Hud

Speakerboxxx by OutKast

Give Up by The Postal Service

Riot On An Empty Street by Kings of Convenience

The Futureheads by The Futureheads

Thunder Lightning Strike by The Go! Team

You Are The Quarry by Morrissey

Perhaps I should try to listen to more than one song from the album before I part with my cash this time then.

There again, “everyone loves a great whistling record“.

I miss that little radio

Once upon a time, I bought a radio – a portable digital radio no less.

Life was good – I listened to that radio on the bus to work – and at work – and on the bus on the way home too.

Then, I moved out into the sticks and started catching the train to work.

The commute was longer but the radio served me well.

6 Music was my station of choice.

A station for people that are too old for Radio 1 and too cool for Radio 2 as The Guardian once called it.

The station that once played the full version of Marquee Moon by Television on the breakfast show (I was sat on the train grinning like an idiot when they did that).

Completely advert and shite music free – I really enjoyed it.

Then one day, South West Trains introduced new trains.

New comfortable trains – with comfier seats, and aircon and all that kind of stuff.

That and some clever “feature” that completely blocks the signal of my radio.

At first it was the occasional train – that I could deal with.

But now nearly every train I catch is the new style 🙁

Eventually I gave up using my radio, it now sits at home, gathering dust.

It has occasional outings – like when the cricket is on.

And I’ve since bought an iPod.

But it’s not the same.

I really miss that little radio.