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l LISTENERS to 6 Music are being asked to vote for the greatest track played during the BBC digital radio station's 10-year life.

The poll was launched yesterday on Steve Lamacq's show. In the past decade, more than one million songs have been played on 6 Music, but this has been whittled down to a shortlist of 100 by the station's presenters, producers and researchers. Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out and Primal Scream's Country Girl are the only Scottish entries on the list, which ranges from Hometown Glory by Adele, pictured, to Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Maps. Voting takes place through the 6 Music website at bbc.co.uk/ 6music, listeners are limited to one vote each, and the closing date is January 25. The Top 100 will then be broadcast in rising order of popularity on February 1.

l AVALANCHE Records, the independent record shop now based in Edinburgh's Grassmarket, has this week relaunched its online shop. The emphasis is on Scottish indie, with many of the albums recently featured in the Sunday Herald's Top 50 Scottish Albums of 2012 – including Jo Mango, PAWS, Unwinding Hours, Human Don't Be Angry, Trapped Mice and Meursault – available here under one virtual roof.

www.avalancherecords.co.uk/shop

l SCOTLAND'S only festival of reggae and dub music, The Wee Dub Festival, spreads across various Old Town venues in Edinburgh from February 1-3. In the space of a couple of years, the festival has grown from a single-night event into a three-day extravaganza, and is now organised into five "sessions" with individual advance/on-the-door prices (plus fringe events including children's workshops and screenings), all within walking distance of each other. This year's highlights include Bristol reggae stars Laid Blak (Studio 24, February 2, from 7pm), Zion Train in full band form (The Caves, February 2, from 11pm) and Scottish Album of the Year 2012 nominees Mungo's Hi-Fi (The Caves, February 3, from 9pm).

www.weedubfestival.co.uk

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