Monday, April 04, 2011

I'm Listening to: Radcliffe and Maconie

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie have moved from BBC Radio 2 (Monday through Wednesday evenings) to digital-only station BBC 6 Music (1-4pm Monday through Friday). This is terrific for me, as I now have a couple of favorite UK DJs to listen to during the afternoons at work. Their show is so eclectic, and I never know what gem I might hear them play.

I was delighted to be able to hear their first new 6 Music show this afternoon. I'm sure it's the first of many to come...although not everybody is happy about their move.

Oh...and The Chain continues as well!


Sunday, April 03, 2011

I'm Listening To: Jazz FM

What a delight to discover, over the weekend, that Jazz FM is now being broadcast all over the UK on DAB radio! Up until now, I could sometimes pick it up on one of the DABs in the upstairs of our house, only with the antenna fully extended and pointed toward the West Midlands...and then only sometimes! The station was available online, but it's so much more convenient to now pick it up using DAB radios.

So far the broadcasts are at a low bit rate and are in mono. But that's set to change.

Because of this, it also means I can listen at work, when I need to "chill". And that need happens from time to time, by the way.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Concert Review: Rumer, Oxford New Theatre, March 2011

Well, last night's Rumer concert was absolutely amazing.

I've poured out my heart over on my main blog, Lord Celery, and there's little to add here. So take a trip over there and have a look.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

I'm About to See: Rumer

Time for a cross-post, I think.

I've just written a post about singer/songwriter Rumer on my main blog, Lord Celery.

I'll write more here once we've seen her perform tonight!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

I'm Listening To: KGSR in Austin

I just posted an item on my main blog, Lord Celery, which belongs here, too. It's about what I'm listening to on my new internet radio.

Here's the post.

Believe it or not, we now have a total of four internet radios in our home. Three of them, Roberts units, plug into the wall. So they aren't exactly "portable". But they have wonderful sound, whether through their own speaker or linked into to a larger stereo unit. John gave me the first one last Christmas, and it's plugged into our living room stereo. I then got a second one for the guest room upstairs (which also doubles as "my room"), and then John decided he wanted one for his own bedroom as well. (We do actually share the master bedroom, by the way; we also each have a room for most of our own things. Call it a sanity-saver for a couple who married in middle age!)

Recently I discovered that Pure makes a portable indoor/outdoor digital and internet radio. I just got myself one, and it sits on the windowsill of my bathroom. As UK bathrooms don't have power plugs (apart from plugs for shavers), I didn't have access to digital or internet radio from my bathroom. I listen to a lot of radio in there, too, and now that can even include internet radio! And, as I wrote in my Lord Celery blog, it also means that this radio can go outside with us.

So I can listen to nice-quality internet radio outdoors, as long as I don't stray too far away from our wireless box! And what a joy it is to be listening to Austin, Texas radio as I'm sitting on my patio in North Oxfordshire. I just love technology!