Monday, 29 July 2013

My name is Claire and I'm addicted to BBC Radio 6 Music

Between the hours of 7 and 10am you are very likely to catch me tweeting about music, whether it's song lyrics, what I think of the new Franz single (a grower) or why I wish I'd gone to Latitude festival this year. It might not be a classic #fbloggers topic, but my weekday morning is not complete without Shaun Keaveny's dad jokes (and I'd be lying if I said I didn't fancy him a little bit a lot).

My current obsessions, from top left: John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts | Eels - Wonderful, Glorious | Groove Armada - Paper Romance | Bibio - Silver Wilkinson | Cheetahs - Sans EP | Haim - Don't Save Me | Phoenix - Bankrupt | Teleman - Cristina | Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain

When Best British Bloggers got in touch to see if I'd like to review any of Phones4U accessories, the obvious choice was a gadget that could enhance my obsession with BBC Radio 6 Music even more. Some speakers!

Alas, I had to leave my record player at my parents' house when I moved because it's bloomin' MASSIVE, but since the arrival of Spotify, Deezer, and other streaming services, it has meant my iPhone is now the number one source for my tunes.

What I love about digital radio is the clarity, and in 6's case, the creativity. They're a station that doesn't feel the need to play whatever is popular. The focus is on good, influential and uplifting music, however old. You'll be just as likely to hear an old Smokey Robinson accoustic as you would the new Arctic Monkeys single, so there is always something new for me to get my teeth into - even if it's not necessarily new to anyone else.

My love for music is an ongoing education. The more I hear, the more I crave, and the more my tastes develop. I've always had a penchant for a good beat and clever hip hop, as well as classic dirty indie music. My favourite show is 6pm on a Thursday, when round table gets together a group of music heads to talk about the week's releases. It reminds me of when I was at school and my pals would pick apart what we heard on MTV2 and plan our diaries around the nearest NME tours.

So my new KitSound BoomDock couldn't be more perfect for my needs. The sound quality is just incredibly rich, unlike lots of other sound systems I've looked at - it's sleek and streamlined and, I think, rather pretty.

Are you guys 6 fans? I occasionally see Lil agreeing with me (especially when I'm sharing the love for Beth Jeans Houghton on Twitter) and I know that the likes of Gemma and Rebecca share the indie love. Tell me what you're listening to right now and I'll seek it out - and let me know what you think of my recommendations up top!


  1. I am also loving HAIM Don't Save Me at the mo, great track. The speakers look really swish! :) xo

  2. Ooh I'll have to give 6 a listen!

    Rosie x

  3. Meh, some of the guys in my office have 6music on all day and I find it a bit irritating, all I seem to hear all day is the same few playlist tunes, but I guess that's commercial radio for you.

  4. I love me a bit of 6Music, I do wish they would add a few extra tracks to the day time playlist. Love hearing old gigs from the archives in the evening too, the BBC have such an amazing collection. I've been listening to Echo & The Bunnymen recently and if you like them you might want to try Felt & McCarthy who are similar but a little less well known. Nicky from the Manics likes them and talks about them a lot.

    Used to be obsessed with Gonzo on MTV2 xx

  5. I love Eels! Every album is different x

  6. Haha I love 6Music, my morning wouldn't be complete without Sean introducing Matt (my fav is still the Brokeback Mountain intros, too funny), and the Middle Aged Shout Outs are rather good too- I was pretty happy to see Sean at Glasto doing some comedy.. I'm still loving Foals at the mo, Teleman, Phoenix too and most 6Music stuff!xx

  7. I only listen to 3 radio stations, 6 music, xfm i and a country music channel called k92 is the other. Bloody love the mix of stuff on six music. It's so varied and the stuff I want to listen too, hip hop, rock lots of 90s stuff and new. it's all good!

    thanks for the RT before Claire and your recent comments! Also a pleasure coming from you my dudey.

  8. Whenever I hear someone talking about 6Music it always reminds me of you and our trip to Bristol!

    Maria xxx

  9. I bloody LOVE Sean Keaveny! He absolutely makes my mornings, BBC6 was the default radio station in my uni house <3 and yep I've defs got a bit of a DILF crush on him too haha.


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