And so it came to pass that I thought to myself “Jed, Phoenix FM doesn’t have a Chart Show… isn’t this one of your main memories of growing up? Didn’t you used to huddle around the radio on a Sunday afternoon, waiting for the slick DJ to announce the arbitrary line up of the most popular bands in the UK? Didn’t this excite you and influence you in your formative years?”
The answer is a resounding “No”. I’ve never been the kind of person to care what was in the charts, preferring to discover new music organically through word of mouth, going to gigs, finding cds on buses and the lost art of the magical mixtape. (as an aside, if anyone wants to make me a mixtape, please do and send it in to phoenix for me!)
So why on earth am I doing a chart show then?
Good question and the answer is simple. This is no ordinary chart show. This is the Alternative Chart Show. It is not based on number of sales, because the masses usually get things wrong. This is why reality shows do so well because they cater for the lowest common denominator. This chart is based on the music that is REALLY getting talked about on music blogs across the world.
How does it work then?
There are hundreds of very very good music blogs out there; some popular, some not so popular. I pretty much read them all. I like to think I know whats out there in the zeitgeist and make a emphatic effort to discover new music. I am helped by the fact that there are systems and websites out there that aggregate all of the information on these blogs and spit out what bands and songs are being mentioned at that precise moment, by day, by week, by month, by any other factor you can think of. This means that I can accurately gauge which songs are REALLY about to blow up; which songs are really being discussed and fawned over; which songs deserve a place in the all new Phoenix FM Alternative Chart Show!
Phoenix FM Alternative Chart Show – 4-6pm – Sunday 19th of January 2013
10. banquise – round and round
9. the airplanes – paper hearts
8. albert ryan – we meet again
7. sin fang – young boys
6. the antlers & brent arnold – empty castles (no windows refracted)
5. magnetic poetry – paper hands
4. mndr – feed me diamonds (rac mix)
3. bowmont – ruphmiup
2. dems – christabel
1. iyes – lighthouse
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