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Soda & Radio In Blur’s Future


Dave Rowntree

Coffee Soda

Bassist and fringe-swisher. Farmer and cheesemaker. Hasn’t Alex James done enough? How about a line of cheeky drinks? City A.M. reports that James has quietly submitted a trademark application for a beverage called ‘Britpop.’ While it’s unknown what his plans are pertaining to this trademark, it has been noted that the application covers potables as wide-ranged as ‘beverages enriched with added minerals,’ ‘low alcohol beer,’ and ‘alcopops.’

Hopefully, James will follow up his new libation with some beverage and cheese pairings. During Blur’s hiatus, he purchased a farm in Chipping Norton where he developed his own line of cheeses. James already holds the trademark for several cheese names, including Blue Monday, Figgy Pudding and Farleigh Wallop. While his daring flavors became a favorite at Asda, the grocery chain dropped his everyday cheese range in 2012 describing the flavors as ‘ahead of their time.’ Sadly, we have no idea what the flavor palate of an Alex James-concocted beverage could be, but if his edgy cheeses are any indication, ‘Britpop’ should be an adventure. Though, perhaps it might taste more like ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ than ‘Coffee & TV.’

TV Radio

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is the latest British musician to land his own radio show. His new weekly XFM radio show began last week, and his January 9 debut is available to listen to online. His first selection of songs included John Lennon, Broken Bells, and the Polyphonic Spree. Rowntree’s hour-long slot promises an eclectic mix of music and stories spanning his career.

Rowntree seems to be an enthusiastic presenter. Speaking to XFM, he said, ‘I’m incredibly excited at the prospect of having my own show on XFM. The station is known for its quality music and comedy, and for gambling its whole future on untried, untrusted and usually unwashed presenters. I’m genuinely humbled to be part of that tradition.’

Tune in to Dave Rowntree’s show from 9:00 to 10:00 pm on Thursday nights on 104.9 FM in London, 97.7 in Manchester, and across the UK on digital, mobile and online.

Britpopping since I first heard 'Animal Nitrate' in 1993

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