24 HOURS OF EARS
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Erik Satie Party (with special guest, Paul Morley)
Mark Holub (a.k.a. "the drummer from Led Bib")
Pet Shop Boys
Richard Williams (discussing Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue)
The London Ear began life as a newspaper column in the Independent on Sunday in 2003. It’s initial objective was straightforward - to act as a counter-balance to the anti-London bias which was so distressingly prevalent in the national UK media at that time. But on moving to Resonance 104.4 FM in 2004, a more ambitious series of goals began to take shape. Might it be possible to combine Studs Terkel’s unimpeachable musical taste, Howard Stern’s instinctive grasp of oral history, Desert Island Discs' in-depth psychological profiles and the technical infallibility of John Peel? Only you, the listener, can judge the extent to which this dream has been realised. Either way, thanks are due to all at www.resonancefm.com for institutional patronage, Sun Ra's The Nu Sounds for the theme tune, Nicola Barker for listening regularly, free-floating ether eminence Russell Davies for web guidance, hotshot FT illustrator Stuart Briers for use of his excellent skull/groove image, and all other copyright holders whose rights have been infringed in the interest of broadening their global reach. Plans for a sessions album - London EarWax Vol 1 - featuring other live guests possibly including Jack Rose, Bill “Smog” Callahan, Freakwater, Infinite Livez, Department of Eagles, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Vetiver, Speech Debelle, One More Grain, Gerry Mitchell, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, North Sea Radio Orchestra and Kurt "Lambchop" Wagner are currently almost in hand. An hour-long historical outreach project (which The Observer generously dubbed a "lovely London soundscape") can be accessed for a limited period only within the inviting maw of the Domino Radio archive. And anyone who wishes to contact Ben Thompson in the meantime is welcome to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.