John Peel has just passed away.
If you are unawares, John Peel was a radio broadcaster for the BBC, and showcased new and innovative bands for the last 30 years or so. Punk, new wave, grunge, industrial, on and on, were often first heard on a large scale on his program and helped jumpstart many musical careers. There really is no equivalent in the U.S.
Placed alongside the recent Ashlee Simpson/SNL "scandal" (like it was a big shock that she lip synchs) it's a sad marker for the state of the music industry.
I'll post something writerly later; just felt this was big enough to share. John Peel will be missed.