Friday 21 November 2014, 16:03
This Sunday (23 November, 6-8pm), Now Wearing is back for a triumphant second year, as we kick-off 6 Music's Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day celebrations.
Friday 21 November 2014, 16:03
Now in it’s seventh year and firmly part of the 6 Music calendar, T-Shirt Day basically is all about you, dear listener, wearing a band T-shirt to work (or play) on 28 November. Pull on your old Nirvana shirt before dropping the kids off at school. Climb into that well-worn Beastie Boys top to liven-up your Friday commute. Stick it to the man with a Ramones tee ahead of your work appraisal.
To get you in the mood for Steve Lamacq's T-Shirt Day next week, Now Playing becomes Now Wearing, and we need you and your favourite band t-shirt to get involved in Sunday's show to create a very special 'Now Wearing' playlist.
Send us a picture of you in your favourite band top and we’ll play tracks by as many of those bands and artists as we can during the two-hour show.
But beware – no shirt, no song!
Get your music band T-shirt-inspired song suggestions – including the reasons why you love that raggedy old shirt so much - into us by tweeting #6MusicTShirtDay, comment on the Now Playing Facebook page, here on the blog, email email@example.com or drag tracks onto our Spotify and Rdio playlists.
… And don’t forget to send us a picture!
Friday 14 November 2014, 15:09
This Sunday (16 November, 6-8pm), we’re after your musical inspirations for the greatest music videos ever.
With a back-catalogue of engaging and often obsessive one-take videos, each getting more and more complicated with every new release, OK Go are the current kings of creative music videos. It all started with 2006’s ‘Here It Goes Again’, a video that featured the four band members dancing on treadmills, notching up over 52 million views before removing it from their YouTube channel.
‘I Won’t Let You Down’ is an altogether more epic production, featuring a cast of hundreds (possibly thousands) and some rather nifty personal transporters.
So we require your help to compile the ultimate music video-inspired playlist. The best, the boldest, the weirdest, the beautiful and maybe most underrated music ever committed to video. Any genre, any era, any budget. What should be on it?
You could pick:
* Classic videos from the heyday of 1980s MTV (Peter ‘Sledgehammer’ Gabriel we’re looking at you)
* Brand new innovative videos from contemporary artists (this is where OK Go comes in)
Friday 7 November 2014, 13:22
After a 27-year career, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine are going out in style, playing their last ever sold-out shows at Brixton Academy later this month. But before they do, Jim Bob and Fruitbat will be in the studio with Tom Robinson and will be tweeting throughout Sunday’s show between 6-8pm.
We want your music suggestions for this special farewell Carter playlist, which could include tracks by their early 90s indie peers, fellow witty musical wordsmiths, artists they've been influenced by or in turn have influenced, collaborators or any other interesting musical connection.
Get your Carter-inspired suggestions to the duo via the hashtag #Carter6Music to help create a playlist.
If you’re still struggling for inspiration, watch this special video Jim Bob and Fruitbat recorded for ideas...
You can also suggest Carter USM collaborations, covers… or any other interesting connections you can come up with.
Thursday 30 October 2014, 15:06
Neil Young isn't one to rest on his laurels, even after five decades in the biz. This week, his latest album 'Storytone' (his second this year… 35th in total) was streamed online to the delight of fans ahead of its release next week.
Complete with a 92-piece orchestra, big bang and choir, this latest record is a perfect counterbalance to May's covers album 'A Letter Home', which was a much more lo-fi affair recorded using Jack White's Voice-O-Graph booth at his Third Man Records studio. 'Storytone' will also be available as a two-disc edition, featuring stripped back...
Thursday 23 October 2014, 16:38
With news this week that Lorde, Arcade Fire and Foals are all involved in separate soundtrack projects, this Sunday (26 October, 6-8pm) we thought we’d celebrate the best music from the big screen.
The online world has been buzzing after the tracklist was revealed for the Lorde-curated soundtrack for the new Hunger Games film, Mockingjay, Pt 1, featuring music from The Chemical Brothers, Grace Jones, Kanye West, Bat For Lashes and more.
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire also tweeted about bandmember Will Butler (brother of frontman Win) providing music for a new movie about a Barack...
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.
Now Playing @6Music #6MusicLive
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...
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...
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...