Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds stopped by Maida Vale Studios this past week to play a three-song set for the BBC Radio 2 Piano Room series.
Rhino Records this fall will release what’s being billed as the “definitive edition” of New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies, reissuing the 1983 album in a five-disc, multi-format box set that will include 13 previously unreleased tracks from the group’s writing sessions and BBC appearances. Full details right here.
New Order will release a new vinyl pressing of the group’s 1982 studio session with legendary BBC broadcaster John Peel on Record Store Day this year, complete with what is being advertised as a new sleeve created by the band’s longtime graphic designer Peter Saville. Full details right here.
Last week Morrissey helped the BBC kick off its 6 Music Live week, a series of live-on-the-air performances at the British broadcaster’s Maida Vale studios that also featured Mogwai, alt-J, Loyle Carner and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. Watch Morrissey’s full 55-minute set here.
The BBC has announced that Morrissey will kick off its 6 Music Live week in October, a series of live-on-the-air performances at the British broadcaster’s Maida Vale studios that also will feature Mogwai, alt-J, Loyle Carner and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.
An XTC fan in the U.K. has launched a petition to convince the BBC to air a new documentary about the band called “This Is Pop” following reports the British television broadcaster has passed on showing Special Treats Productions’ film. By Saturday, the petition had collected more than 1,600 digital signatures.
On New Year’s Day, the UK’s BBC Four aired a new 75-minute documentary called “The Clash: New Year’s Day ’77” put together by filmmaker Julien Temple and built around his own, previously unseen footage of the of the band performing on Jan. 1, 1977, at the Roxy club.
Kitchens of Distinction on Wednesday formally announced the release this fall of their first new album in 19 years, then proceeded to debut the first track off that collection — “Japan to Jupiter” — on Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC’s 6 Music. Below, check out the full track via YouTube uploader Sandpaper Duvet.
Last month, the BBC program “Culture Show” ran a special on The Smiths tied to the 30th anniversary of the release of “Hand in Glove,” a half-hour examination of the band’s ever-growing legacy through “the look, the lyrics, the issues and the riffs.” You can now watch the entire special via uploader hipsterdisco2.
With a handful of U.K. concert appearances coming up this month, Johnny Marr stopped by BBC Two’s “Later… With Jools Holland” this week, with the program airing a pair of tunes (“The Right Thing Right” off The Messenger and The Smiths’ “Bigmouth Strikes Again”).
Britain’s BBC Two last weekend aired a new, 90-minute documentary by Francis Whatley called “David Bowie: Five Years” that, as its title suggests, examines five key years in the Thin White Duke’s career (the years in question all fall between 1971 to 1983. Watch the whole thing thanks to Videodrome Discothèque.
As he ramps up for the release of his new solo album early next year, Johnny Marr has been appearing on some U.K. radio programs, most recently recording a session for Dermot O’Leary’s show on BBC Radio 2 earlier this week that aired today. Check out his performance of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.”
Back in 2008, the BBC first aired an hour-long radio documentary on the life and work of post-punk guitar legend John McGeoch, who played with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd. and Magazine, among others. If you’ve never heard the program, or don’t know much about McGeoch, you can stream it here.