Wednesday 15 October 2014, 12:35
This Sunday (19 October, 6-8pm) we want your help creating an unmissable playlist of the best alternative cover songs.
Wednesday 15 October 2014, 12:35
Wednesday 8 October 2014, 13:01
This Sunday (12 October, 6-8pm) Now Playing brings 6 Music Live’s week of events to a triumphant close by handing over programming to YOU – as we create a playlist of your all-time favourite live performances from the BBC archive and beyond.
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You could pick your favourite sessions from this year’s 6 Music Live at Maida Vale shows, hosted by Lauren Laverne and featuring Johnny Marr, First Aid Kit, Underworld, La Roux and James.
Plus we’re throwing open the BBC archive, so you could chose your most memorable sessions from the past 50 years – whether a Peel Session, something from Glastonbury Festival, Radio 1’s Evening Session, a Live Lounge or a past session or concert recorded especially for 6 Music.
Or you could pick a track from your favourite live albums – whether The White Stripes’ ‘Under Great Northern Lights’, Pink Floyd’s ‘Pulse’, Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged in New York’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Live at Fillmore West’, Johnny Cash’s ‘Live at Fulsom Prison’... it’s up to you.
Check out our Instagram video for more inspiration here.
So what live track should make our Ultimate Live Music Playlist – and why?
Friday 3 October 2014, 13:16
On this Sunday’s show (5 October, 6-8pm), we’re celebrating vinyl’s comeback following news this week that sales are likely to hit the one million mark by the end of the year - having already outsold last year’s total with three months still to go.
Arctic Monkey’s 'AM' tops the list with the most vinyl sales so far, followed by Jack White's 'Lazaretto', Oasis's first album 'Definitely Maybe' and then the self-titled debuts from Royal Blood and Led Zeppelin.
Online music sites and bloggers have been reporting the news unveiled by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), which also reveals that vinyl sales are at their highest since 1997 and have already sold four times as many as compared to 2008.
So this week, Now Playing is acting as a virtual jukebox for YOUR prized vinyl. We simply want you to send in a photo of yourself with your beloved piece of vinyl plus with the name of the track you’d like us to play from it and why – for a place in our special vinyl celebration playlist.
And if you can give a brief reason why your chosen piece of vinyl is so special to you, even better. It could be the artwork, how you acquired it, if it’s signed – whatever!
Thursday 25 September 2014, 16:07
So The Who are back… and created a stir online this week with the release of their first new material in eight years, as they mark their 50th, yes, 50th, year in the music business.
It’s ahead of their 50th anniversary tour which kicks off in November, the same month as the release of their ‘Who Hits 50’ career-spanning compilation, featuring their very first recordings as The High Numbers right up through to present...
Wednesday 17 September 2014, 12:57
With the legendary Warp Records hosting a series of 25th anniversary gigs this week, we thought we’d join in the celebrations at Now Playing towers by dedicating a playlist to this pioneering label (Sunday 21 September, 6-8pm). Happy birthday Warp!
It also follows recent online buzz around the label’s famous son Aphex Twin (aka Richard D James), after teaser tracklistings were posted on Twitter ahead of the official news of him releasing sixth studio album, Syro (out Monday).
Warp was founded in Sheffield in 1989 by Steve Beckett and the late Rob Mitchell, and credited with discovering...
Thursday 11 September 2014, 18:43
So the nominations for this year’s Mercury Prize have been announced (Wednesday 10 September). Cue: the usual online frenzy of “told-you-sos” and “shock absences” surrounding the shortlist – with one even angrily headlining their story with “Why No Ed Sheeran in the Mercury Prize nominations?”
As ever, the 12 albums nominated include several names you could’ve quite confidently bet your prized record collection on such as Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, Damon Alban’s ‘Everyday Robots’ and performance poet Kate Tempest’s ‘Everybody Down’ (the former two being...
Wednesday 3 September 2014, 21:27
So, you wait ages for new Radiohead material, and, like buses, several delights come along at once.Radiohead's Thom Yorke
The online world was buzzing this week after the band released brand new material and artwork via its free PolyFauna app. It features what are thought to be snippets of new tracks woven together as an atmospheric soundscape accompanied by mysterious imagery. Thom Yorke also had been cryptically Tweeting similar images just ahead of the app content update.
Jonny Greenwood revealed to 6 Music earlier this year that the band were heading back into the studio this September...
Wednesday 27 August 2014, 19:28
This Sunday (31 August) Now Playing wants your help to create the ultimate John Peel playlist as we celebrate the man and the music he championed.What tracks must be in Now Playing @6Music's ultimate John Peel playlist?
Thursday 21 August 2014, 12:56
It’s Notting Hill Carnival AND Leeds Carnival this weekend (SIREN), so this Sunday (24 Aug, 6-8pm) Tom Robinson invites 6 Music listeners to celebrate this with a playlist featuring music linked to all things carnival.
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive with the sounds of music from traditional steel bands, Soca & Calypso to the various sound systems playing Reggae, Soul, Funk and House.
Leeds Carnival has been running since 1967 and is the longest...
Thursday 14 August 2014, 14:52
Turntable legend Grandmaster Flash is our latest Tweet In guest as he curates a unique playlist selected from the tracks you suggest live during the show (Sunday 17 August, 6-8pm).
The pioneer of scratch and cut and backspin mixing will be live on Twitter, chatting with you and sifting through suggestions sent in via #GrandmasterFlash6Music for the first 90 minutes of this unmissable Now Playing show.
Then from 7.30-8pm, Flash will then live mix some of his all-time favourite tracks to showcase his infamous turntable skills and end the show with a bang.
Watch this special video blog...