We’re on a roll! The several posts today represent what should have gone up ages ago but due to sickness and my beloved sony vaio collecting it’s pension, have had to wait until now. Apologies if some the dates in this one have passed. Most, however are still valid.
Not a great deal of music on TV this Christmas that hasn’t already been seen before as far as I can tell. But here’s a reasonably comprehensive (if such a phrase ought to exist) guide:
John Peel’s Record Box gets a repeat airing on digital channel More4 at 23:55, Thursday 22nd December.
Tuesday 20th December, between 23:00 & 01:00, sees Huw Stephens and Ras Kwame (whoever they are!) present the ‘First ever OneMusic Festive 50. Inspired by the late John Peel’s annual countdown of listener’s 50 favourite tracks of the year., is what they say Tonight: 50 to 36.’ Might be of some use if you feel a little out of touch, as I think I probably am. Rob Da Bank (tsk!) joins in to conclude the countdown at the same time over the following two nights.
Later with…Jools Holland dusts off both series from this year for a repeat run from Saturday 17th December on late night BBC2. Highlights (depending upon your viewpoint) being…
The Fall, Robert Plant, The Go! Team & Athlete: Sunday 18th
Kaiser Chiefs, Martha Wainwright, Eels & Frank Black: Monday 19th
Rufus Wainwright, the Coral & New Order: Tuesday 20th December
Beck, Doves & M Ward: Wednesday 21st
Coldplay, Anthony and the Johnsons, the Magic Numbers & the great Billy Preston: Thursday 22n December
Goldfrapp Rufus Wainwright -again (must have a family season ticket), & Editors: Friday 23rd December
Mylo, Arctic Monkeys & Ms Dynamite: Christmas Eve R*bbie Willi*ms (more a warning than a recommendation), KT Tunstall, Maximo Park & the wonderfully sublime Vashti Bunyan: Christmas Day P*ul W*ller (fore-warned is fore-armed), & Sigur Ros: Boxing Day Baby Shambles: Tuesday 27th
Richard Hawley & the National: Wednesday 28th
Artic Monkeys, Editors, Kaiser Chiefs, Morissey, the Libertines, Radiohead, Hard-Fi, & the Verve in the dreadfully named Cool Britannia 2: Thursday 29th.
The Jools’s Annual Hootenanny – Saturday 31 December 11:00pm to 1:00am on BBC2 hosts: Goldfrapp, James Blunt, Kaiser Chiefs, Corinne Bailey Rae, Robin Gibb, Irma Thomas, Marc Almond, Kate Rusby along with Jools’ own Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. More info here…
Also don’t miss
The Unique Dave Allen 6x30min episodes from Christmas Day 23:05 – Genius!
If anyone wants rid of their old Sony Vaio FX series laptop (FX101 in particular) – I’m buying for spares, so let me know!