Larry Ryan: Caught in the Net

In mid-January, at about 10am on a Tuesday, the Los Angeles-based radio station Indie 103.1 played the Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious versions of "My Way" followed by a recorded announcement that the station was ceasing its FM broadcast and would in future broadcast only online – another media venture suffering in these recessionary times.

The station was acclaimed for its eclecticism and for its roster of high-profile DJs, including Rob Zombie and Steve Jones. The former Sex Pistols guitarist's midday show, Jonesy's Jukebox, was the station's signature programme, but it is not surviving the downsizing to the online-only incarnation. Other station DJs though, including Henry Rollins, are continuing online – hear them at http://www.indie1031.fm.

Rollins, writing on his own website, http://21361.com, was philosophical about the station's move: "The Downsides: No more being on the radio – can't tune in from your car, etc. It sure was fun. The Upsides: No FCC [Federal Communications Commission] – we don't have to censor the music any more. No commercial breaks."

Whether they are online-only stations or fully-fledged radio stations also streaming online, the web has brilliantly opened up radio with listeners able to find stations far beyond the tuning dial. With the confident slogan, "the future of rock and roll", woxy.com ( http://woxy.lala.com), is a radio station based in Cincinnati, which launched in 1983, started simultaneously broadcasting online in 1998, and went web-only in 2004. In many ways, the station points the way forward for alternative radio stations attempting to broadcast varied and interesting music that's slightly off the beaten track. Through the station's website you can also buy tracks to download and they have a nice blog to keep you abreast of new music.

East Village Radio is another web radio station with a brilliantly wide selection of music; find it at http://www.eastvillageradio.com. Launched in 2003, this free station broadcasts from 6am to 2am (New York time) every day, with each show running in two-hour slots. Pretty much every genre of music is covered during the week-long schedule; it's rather impressive. On Friday evenings, writers from the music magazine The Fader ( http://www.thefader.com) host a show called The Let Out, focusing largely on new music, while the Mark Ronson-hosted show Authentic Shit follows that. The timing isn't convenient for us Greenwich Mean Timers but podcasts can be heard for up to a week after the original broadcast.

Somewhat closer to home is a radio show that broadcasts in Ireland called An Taobh Tuathail ("The Other Side"). Granted, the show (Monday to Friday, 11pm) is on the country's Irish-speaking channel Radio na Gaeltachta, so some might find it daunting, but host Cian O'Ciobhain keeps the chat to a minimum and lets the often brilliant music do the talking instead. The show is streamed live and as a podcast for up to a week after the broadcast at http://tinyurl.com/bonly8. With electronic music as its base, the show also spreads its nets wider into other genres. O'Ciobhain has released two compilation albums of some of his favourite music from the show – the second can be heard at http://tinyurl.com/dz9hyu.

Meanwhile, in the UK an interesting under-the-radar station is Sub FM, which states its intention to "giving you the best in online pirate soundz". It's a particularly good source for hearing the latest developments in dubstep, but also offers "Garage, Grime, Dub, Niche, Wonky and more!" I won't lie: I can't say I knew what wonky was before now, but some quick research tells me it's a form of techno. Well, there you have it – http://www.subfm.com.

PICK OF THE WEEK

The homeless G-funk beatboxer
An intriguing performance has been posted on YouTube by the Los Angeles gallery HVW8 ( http://www.hvw8.com). The gallery claims that, late last year, a homeless man calling himself Red turned up outside their building and performed his own song "I Should Tell Ya Mama On You", which they filmed. He then implored the gallery folk to help him get a record deal, which apparently seems to be on the way, with Red recording an official version of the song for a single. It's a strange song, melding human beatbox, G-funk and raspy singing to make a sound you may think only a computer could create. See http://tinyurl.com/awgmy7.

Arts and Entertainment
Comedian 'Weird Al' Yankovic

Is the comedy album making a comeback?

comedy
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
film
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the first-look Fifty Shades of Grey movie still

film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre
theatreReview: Shakespeare in Love has moments of sheer stage poetry mixed with effervescent fun
Arts and Entertainment
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules

film
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'

film
Arts and Entertainment
<p><strong>2008</strong></p>
<p>Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr cements his comeback from drug problems by bagging the lead role in Iron Man. Two further films follow</p>

film
Arts and Entertainment

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book

books
Arts and Entertainment
Panic! In The Disco's Brendon Urie performs on stage

music
Arts and Entertainment

film
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

film
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Radio 4's Today programme host Evan Davis has been announced as the new face of Newsnight

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams performing on the Main Stage at the Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park, north London

music
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Mathison returns to the field in the fourth season of Showtime's Homeland

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Crowds soak up the atmosphere at Latitude Festival

music
Arts and Entertainment
Meyne Wyatt and Caren Pistorus arrive for the AACTA Aawrds in Sydney, Australia

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rick Astley's original music video for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' has been removed from YouTube

music
Arts and Entertainment
Quentin Blake's 'Artists on the beach'

Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beach

art
Arts and Entertainment
MusicFans were left disappointed after technical issues
Arts and Entertainment
'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665
artWhat is it about the period that so enthrals novelists?
Arts and Entertainment
Into the woods: The Merry Wives of Windsor at Petersfield
theatreOpen-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

    Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

    The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

    Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

    Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
    German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

    Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

    Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
    BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

    BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

    The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
    Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

    Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

    Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
    How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

    Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

    Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
    Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

    Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

    Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
    10 best reed diffusers

    Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

    Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

    Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

    There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
    Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

    Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

    It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
    Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

    Screwing your way to the top?

    Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
    Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

    Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

    Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
    Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

    Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

    The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
    The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

    The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

    Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
    US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

    Meet the US Army's shooting star

    Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform