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Elisha Sessions Elisha Sessions | 13:05 UK time, Friday, 17 August 2012

During the week, we tweet about programmes across the BBC we'd like to draw your attention to. But not everyone's on Twitter of course, and those who are won't necessarily see every tweet that comes in.

So each Friday we'll aim to recap what's caught our ears (and sometimes eyes) over the last five days. Most programmes will still be available for catch-up listening, so we hope this will be a useful way of reminding you about your last chance to see or hear these shows. And we'll give you a couple of ideas about what the BBC is planning for the weekend. If you have your own suggestions, let us know in the comments!

We also review loads of records every week, so we'll round up our reviews of the new releases at the bottom.

This week...

On Monday we told you about Ronnie Spector's 4-part series on the rise and fall of doo-wop, originally broadcast in 2007 on Radio 2. The current episode is Part 2, when doo-wop starts hitting the charts with groups like the Ravens and the Orioles.

You've got until Sunday night at 20:00 to listen to it. Then Part 3 comes online, covering groups with evocatively naive names like the Moonglows, the Penguins, the Cadillacs and the Five Satins, when doo-wop began moving fully into the mainstream of American popular culture.

DOOM performs live

DOOM aka MF DOOM aka JJ DOOM

On Tuesday we pointed out that DOOM - the rapper sometimes known as MF Doom - was on Loose Ends over the weekend on Radio 4, doing a rare appearance with a live band and chatting a bit with Clive Anderson. Clive's uncertainty over how to handle a studio guest wearing a large metal mask is frankly adorable, and DOOM shows he's no joke with a terrific performance over a languid, smoky jazz backing.

Wednesday we steered you to Radio 1's Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, which played Andrew W.K.'s live session tracks from BBC's Maida Vale studios amongst the usual heavy riffage. Mr W.K. himself was in contact with the studio via, what else, Twitter, answering listener questions on proper party techniques.

Thursday we let you know about 1Xtra's 10th birthday, punctuated by Trevor Nelson doing a special two-hour show on both Radio 1 and 1Xtra. There were live performances from Professor Green and Jessie J, as well as an impressive 8-minute vocal medley of classic RnB from Cleo Sol and Angel.

Today we'd like to point you toward a fascinating documentary about whether musical tastes evolve according to Darwin's theories of natural selection. Darwin's Tunes talks with composers and evolutionary biologists, as well as a bioinformatician who's created a computer programme that creates a menu of beats and loops that users can rate in order to produce the "fittest" music.

Coming up...

Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn Brown

Saturday night at 10pm on Dave Pearce's Dance Years, the legendary Jocelyn Brown joins Dave in the studio to talk about her favourite songs and some of the highlights from a career that includes diva duties for everyone from Chic to Cerrone.

Proms 2012 continues its stately march toward the end of summer. There is an unbelievable variety of music on tap, so check out the radio schedule and the TV schedule to find out what's happening when.

New albums

This week we reviewed new albums by Cheek Mountain Thief; James Yorkston; Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band; Karima Francis; Karine Polwart; Oris Jay Darqwan; Ride; Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus; Spector; The Brilliant Things; The Kinks; bands doing a Fleetwood Mac tribute; artists from WOMAD; While She Sleeps and WHY?

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