It's the end of another year and Cyclic Defrost have asked me to name five albums I've discovered and presumably want to share.
Once again I'm reminded how little new music I seek out. Most weeks I listen to a bunch of Junto tracks, as well as mixes like Solid Steel and sometimes responses to Naviar Records' haikus, although not so much of the latter since Soundcloud took away Groups -- but I won't write further about those can'ts here.
Sometimes I listen to albums from Bandcamp, mostly friends' recordings and things that have caught their ears.
Otherwise most new music I hear is on the radio if I go out during lunchtime, since current affairs and local news dominates the mornings and Phillip Adams' conversations in the afternoons.
Currently there's concern among my musician friends that the channel will no longer run programs that feature music.
One of the things that I haven't seen discussed in this programming decision is the role the network plays in promoting music for adults.
There aren't many radio stations in regional Australia, let alone stations that promote music for a discerning audience. They've got a niche on the dial that commercial radio can't afford to focus on.
It's a shame they don't recognise the distinct place they occupy and capitalise on it because I won't be looking for the podcasts they're saying will replace the programs being canned.
Record labels should be concerned because Radio National sells music better than advertising.
I write this as a sometime critic for websites who sees plenty of emails and sponsored content but is not moved to engage. Yet it's also rare for me to change the radio station even though much of what is on RN is not the style of music I'd seek out.