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Dan Cocker, Producer
This Sunday (6pm-8pm) Tom Robinson needs you to create a playlist that looks ahead to next week’s 6 Music Festival via #Bristol6Music
On Sunday’s Now Playing (6-8pm) we’re raising the curtain on next week’s 6 Music Festival in Brizzle.
Some may argue that Bristol's most iconic attraction is Brunel's wonderful Clifton Suspension Bridge, which has spanned the Avon Gorge for 150 years. But we would say, “Surely the finest example of Bristolian culture is Massive Attack?”
Of course you’ll get great views of the bridge from Clifton village, and a fine view from below at Cumberland Basin, but have you listened to Portishead’s seminal album ‘Dummy’?
Perhaps these two giants of Avon-based pioneering trip-hop will be the most selected on Sunday’s Now Playing, but they are also the tip of the South West music scene iceberg, which is clearly why we’ve chosen the Bristol to host next weekend’s 6 Music Festival.
The jewel of the South West can boast million-selling bands, iconic solo performers and even a genre all of its own (the Bristol...
Some people don’t like the idea of supergroups. They might think it’s a bit like one of those charity football matches where retired world-class players come together to play a pretty mediocre but well-natured pedestrian game with allowances made for lack of fitness. No one tries very hard and no one gets hurt. This is perhaps the exact opposite of what rock n’ roll should be.
However, there are exceptions. This week Iggy Pop surprised us with the announcement of a new album, on which he teams up with Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita & Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Sure it’s not the first time Josh Homme has been part of a supergroup. One of his many side projects, Them Crooked Vultures, features Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.
Dave Grohl, another promiscuous musician, regularly teams up with myriad of homies, one of the most memorable collaborations coming from his Sound City project featuring Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear and Paul McCartney. Which leads us to another supergroup, Wings, who were as Alan Partridge says “the band The Beatles could’ve been”.
There are absolutely loads of supergroups – i.e. bands formed from...
“This is the greatest and best song in the world. Tribute.” – Tenacious D
As we finally begin to get over the loss of David Bowie, normal service is gradually resuming. Almost.
Did you hear this week about Kanye West supposedly planning to record and release a Bowie tribute album? But said album has been railroaded via an online petition, presumably signed by irate Bowie fans, in order to put the kibosh on said Kanye tribute album? Only then for Kanye to say it was all just a silly rumour in the first place. We love the internet.
Kanye’s (not happening) tribute isn’t the sole nod to the Thin White Duke. Take That’s Howard Donald was so moved by the ‘Space Oddity’ singer’s death that he named his new son Bowie Donald, born two days after David’s passing.
Other tribute news this week included the announcement of a Fleetwood Mac tribute concert to be held over two days in Los Angeles next month. The non-too-shabby line-up paying homage to Mick Fleetwood & co includes Mark Ronson, Cold War Kids, The Kills and Joanna Newsom.
You could say the notion of ‘the tribute’ is big news at the moment, so we want your examples of when artists have paid tribute to their...
For most of us, Monday began in a haze of bewilderment. The incredibly sad news of David Bowie’s passing came as a complete shock, reflected on air and online not just for the remainder of Monday but also across the week.
On this Sunday’s Now Playing @6Music Tom Robinson invites 6 Music listeners to create a tracklist in honour of one of the most extraordinary artists in the history of pop music via social media as well as reading your tribute messages.
David Bowie’s music will be at the heart of Sunday’s show but we’ll also welcome track and artist suggestions from his collaborators,...
Well we could’ve gone one of two ways this week: either the reformation of the original (or is it?) Guns N’ Roses line-up or the return of LCD Soundsystem. Both could yield inspiring but very different music suggestions, hefty fan bases and plenty of freak-show style intrigue (especially from the GNR fraternity).
However, casting the capable Now Playing net further afield, we see that 2016 could well shape-up to be the Year of Comebacks, as we eagerly await new material and/or appearances from artists who’ve been away for far too long.
Where have you been Kings of Leon? What’s taking you...
A couple of weeks ago Now Playing celebrated the best music bits of 2015, and oh boy you did us proud. But on this week’s show (3 January 2016) we need YOU to tell us what you’re looking forward to over the next twelve months.
2015 is so last year. 2016 is the new kid on the block, and it’s desperate to bounce up and catch us square in the face like a violently coiled spring. Acts who ‘blew up’ last year included Slaves, Soak and Kwabs. But who’s going to do a Benjamin Clementine and enjoy success in 2016?
We need you to cast your musical net and help us create a playlist based on the...
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
It is a period of great musical celebration. 6 Music listeners, striking from a hidden Internet presence, have won their first victory against the final weekend of Christmas shopping.
During the battle, Rebel music lovers managed to ascertain the not-so-secret hashtag for the Empire's ultimate weapon, TWITTER, an interactive social media platform with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Tom Robinson races home within his studio, custodian of the hashtag that can save his listeners and restore freedom...
And here they are:
1) Black Honey
2) Wolf Alice
3) Oh Wonder
5) The Japanese House
6) Dilly Dally
7) Sleaford Mods
9) Marika Hackman
10) Joanna Gruesome
11) Jack Garratt
13) Girls Names
15) Years And Years
18) Unknown Mortal Orchestra
20) LA Priest
Information courtest of The Hype Machine
We're doing this a tad early this year, but that'll all be explained in due time!
BUT, this past year has been quite the musical doozy, no? A fine vintage, 2015 has given us a smorgasbord of brand new music, era-defining gig moments, break ups, comebacks and other weird and wonderful moments and talking points from the land of music.
So in the natural fashion, let us know, what was YOUR musical highlight of the last twelve months?
This week saw the best music news story EVER.
Old-school hip hop fan Kevin Wells was in the right place at the right time (nods to Flavor Flav), when his beloved Public Enemy were left stranded in the middle of Sheffield ahead of their gig at the city’s Arena.
A taxi booked by the seminal group had failed to show, so Kevin did the decent thing and gave them a lift to the venue in his Ford Focus. Apparently they even sang Queen's ‘Bo Rap’ in the style of Wayne’s World. You couldn’t make it up!
Kevin had an encounter with his musical heroes that he’ll never forget, and that’s the theme of...