Hello Goodbye And dB-Sides – A Near Mint Double Bill

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Hello You. A very special double-bill of Near Mint this week, bought to you by Resonance FM royalty, Mr. Richard Dexter Bentley. One of the station’s veteran programme-makers, Richard can usually be found helming long-running Resonance institution The Hello Goodbye Show on Saturday afternoons, a delightfully chaotic zoo of a programme featuring as many live bands, gig listings, random poets and interviews as can possibly be jammed into ninety minutes and a medium-sized radio studio. For these two very special editions of the nation’s favourite programme about obsessive vinyl consumption, Richard has dipped into his own mammoth archive with a self-imposed rule of strictly choosing only 7″ B-sides with black and white artwork, which might just be the most super-niche thing that we’ve ever done on what is already a pretty niche-y kind of show. Mind you, if the results are always this good we’ll certainly be doing it again. There’s punk, post-punk, wonky pop, electronics, ska and many more obscure delights besides, and it’s certainly curious how such a narrow selection process can lead to such varied riches. Fill your boots both above and below.

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This brings us neatly onto the subject of Resonance FM‘s imminent 2017 Fundraiser, which officially commences next week. As ever, the nation’s finest community arts radio station needs YOUR help to keep it on air for another year – and in our current climate we surely need them as well, more than ever! For his part, Richard is organising another two-part special, ‘The Pay As You Go Hello Goodbye Show’, in which his programmes on 11th and 18th of December will be auctioned off at the rate of £10 per minute, so do visit his website here and buy yourself some airtime for a good cause. These shows are always a lot of fun, with listeners, programme makers and a myriad of former guests sending in all manner of quirky delights to fill up the gaps. I’ve just bought three minutes of my own and still have no idea what I’m going to do with them. Must dig out the old thinking cap…

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As well as my one hundred and eighty seconds in the spotlight, I shall be guest-hosting two fundraising specials of Jonny Trunk’s OST Show later on in the afternoon on the very same dates, but more on that later. In the meantime, there’s a whole programme of fundraising events and special auction items up for grabs, so do dig deep for a good cause and visit the Resonance FM Fundraising Website here. After all, the thought of a London and indeed a world without stations like Resonance just doesn’t bear thinking about…

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