Established March 26th 2007, BBO was started by two aging music fans (jkneale and angrybonbon), one resident in Manchester and the other in London (both UK!) because they never got a fanzine together. In June 2015 they were joined by two more writers (Matthew Petty and Pete Collins), united by the desire to review, rant and ramble on about tunes and bands in the vain hope someone might listen to what they have to say.

All music is posted to give you a taste of the music we love. If we post a file it will only be available for seven days (or in some cases 100 downloads). If you like it go and buy it. We recommend these record shops:

If you have a problem with us putting any file up please contact us at bothbarson@yahoo.co.uk. Feel free to contact us at this address for any other reason, but bear in mind we both have other things to do…

And in case you’ve missed those buttons up there in the header, we have a Facebook page and a Twitter.


Angrybonbon, jkneale, matthewpetty and Pete.

  1. Hello

    Requesting your participation in the third annual UK Blogger Album Of The Year poll, where we find out who the online British music writing community think should follow 2005’s Funeral (http://tinyurl.com/2ctayv) and 2006’s Return To Cookie Mountain (http://tinyurl.com/22nov3) as their choice of the the year’s best album. Just send us your top ten of the year before December 30th – the only qualification being nominees have to be a full-length that has received its first UK release this year – and watch for the results on January 1st.

    Sweeping The Nation

  2. Can I join your blogroll?

  3. Consider it done Babelwebuk!

  4. Hey,
    I noticed you guys were part of the Sweeping The Nation blog album poll… I was wondering if you want to swap links for blogrolls? 🙂 Let us know.


  5. It is done Luu! Nice site btw.

  6. Picked up your blog through the Sweeping the Nation Blogger Album of the year post and love it. I’ve stuck a link on my blog and look forward to keeping up with your thoughts 🙂

  7. Thanks Andy for your support!

  8. Hello gentlemen

    Do you have a contact email I could reach you both on



  9. Andre McDonald

    I emailed you guys and you never got back to me, *holds chest in bout of pain*

  10. Thanks for the kind words about my blog/podcast. Sorry I didn’t even notice the comment until now. Still trying to figure out if I want to work to get the word out a bit more or just let folks stumble across it as you apparently did. I haven’t even figured out how to add the RSS feed thingy to it (or what one even is), and I just recently started creating mp3s of each installment that function as mobile podcasts (laboriously, in Garageband). I’m a total tech layman, but any advice would be appreciated, if you’ve the time/inclination. I’ll add you to my blogroll as well – good stuff!

    • Hi BeeDub – I’m the clueless half of this team, technically speaking, but we’ll think about any tips we might have! Music-wise you don’t need any help from me. That Feb podcast was exactly what we’re after and the March one looks great too. We take our hats off.

  11. Back atcha JK. Cheers!

  12. fullisnotheavyasempty

    Hi, thank you for including me in your blogroll. Appreciate it a lot.

  13. First of all, I wanna say I really love your blog. I’ve found some great music through it and I wanna say thank you for that.

    I’m an independent artist from San Francisco and release music under the name Rabbit Hole Revelations. I recently released my second album, which has been in the making for over a year. It’s a mix of electronic and hip-hop with folk, funk, jazz, ambient and a bunch of other stuff. I think you will enjoy it and it would really mean a lot to me if you gave it a listen.

    You can download it for free here: http://rabbitholerev.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-broken-ears

    Best of luck!


  14. Hey my name is Brad and I’mthe Songwriter of Gurls Play. I am interested in getting our music featured on your blog. Soundcloud.com/gurlsplay If you need an mp3 please let me know and i will send it over. Thank you

  15. A pleasure to have made your acquaintance x

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