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  1. #TheWho6Music - help create a Who 50th anniversary playlist

    Thursday 25 September 2014, 16:07

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    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.

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    ‘Be Lucky’ was unveiled on Thursday, with all royalties from the single set to be donated to Teen Cancer, the charity set up by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend in 2011.

    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 day.

    So with these icons of rock’n’roll hitting such as landmark year, we thought it was only right to celebrate with a special playlist in their honour – put together with your help. You could chose:

    • Classic tracks or rarities from band itself.
    • Music from their 60s Mod peers.
    • Acts they’ve influenced or been influenced by.
    • Collaborations or covers.

    … any other musical link that deserves a track claiming a place on the playlist.

    Here’s an Instagram video to help spark more music ideas.

    Send in your track suggestions – including your reasons for your choices – via Twitter using...

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  2. #Warp6Music - help create a Warp Records inspired playlist

    Wednesday 17 September 2014, 12:57

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    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!

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    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 experimental electronic artists.

    As well as signature acts such as Aphex Twin, Square Pusher, Nightmares on Wax and Mira Calix, Warp's roster has also included Mount Kimbie, Maximo Park, Boards of Canada, Flying Lotus and the latest Eno/Hyde project.

    So what tracks do you think deserve a place in our special 25th anniversary Warp playlist – and why?

    • Those by artists mentioned above, or fellow labelmates Grizzly Bear, Jamie Lidell, Battles, Bibio and Kwes? The list goes on…
    • Anything from their ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Series?
    • What about releases from Warp’s imprint labels Lex Records...

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  3. #Mercury6Music – what is missing from the Mercury Prize shortlist?

    Thursday 11 September 2014, 18:43

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    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?”

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    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 the favourites to win at the awards ceremony on 30 October). Then there are the curveballs that the judges like to throw in there to keep us on our toes, including FKA Twigs’ ‘LP1’and the splendidly named jazz trio, GoGo Penguin with ‘v2.0’.

    But with so many great albums from the last 12 months not even getting a peep in (James? Elbow? La Roux?), we thought we’d hand Sunday’s show (14 September, 6-8pm) over to you to celebrate YOUR favourite records of 2014 from the UK and Ireland. 

    So what tracks should we play from albums you reckon are criminally MISSING from this year...

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  4. #Radiohead6Music - what must be in our Radiohead inspired playlist?

    Wednesday 3 September 2014, 21:27

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    So, you wait ages for new Radiohead material, and, like buses, several delights come along at once.

    Radiohead's Thom Yorke 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...

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  5. #Peel6Music - help create the ultimate John Peel playlist

    Wednesday 27 August 2014, 19:28

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    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? What tracks must be in Now Playing @6Music's ultimate John Peel playlist?
    30 August would have marked the 75th birthday of the inimitable DJ, who sadly passed away 10 years ago this coming October after a heart attack.

    His now legendary Peel Sessions have given a platform to more than two thousand acts: from David Bowie and Led Zeppelin, through to The Undertones, Misty In Roots, The Fall, Nirvana, Pulp, The White Stripes - and beyond.

    So what tracks...

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  6. #Carnival6Music – help create a Carnival inspired playlist

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 12:56

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    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.

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    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...

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  7. #GrandmasterFlash6Music - join the DJ legend for a special Tweet In and live mix

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 14:52

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    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).  

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    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...

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  8. #6MusicXL - help create an XL Recordings inspired playlist

    Thursday 7 August 2014, 13:20

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    With the news online this week that independent record label XL Recordings are releasing a compilation album to mark 25 years in the business, this Sunday's themed playlist (10 Aug, 6-8pm) is an XL one. Extra Large.

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    In the sleeve notes to the album, XL owner Richard Russell writes: "XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution”. Gil Scott Heron also once said to not even consider XL an "independent" because everything is connected.

    But that's just it, it is an Independent record label, which is incredible when you look at the vast and...

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  9. #TomFoolery6Music - what should make our alternative silly season playlist?

    Friday 1 August 2014, 13:27

    Kellie Redmond Kellie Redmond Radio producer

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    With this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicking off and raft of daft stories creating a buzz online this week, this Sunday's themed playlist (3 August, 6-8pm) has its tongue firmly in its cheek.

     

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    As the comedy world began descending on the Scottish capital for the annual giggle-fest, Twitter was already amusing itself with news of 6 Music's very own Jarvis Cocker hosting a Pulp covers karaoke competition in The States and of ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic topping the US charts with his own daft covers album, Mandatory Fun. Even Spotify was having a giggle to itself by announcing the UK...

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  10. #Glasgow6Music - help create a playlist celebrating the musical heritage of the city

    Friday 25 July 2014, 16:29

    Alex Burnard Alex Burnard Content Producer

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    With the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow kicking off this week, we’re inviting you to create a playlist celebrating the city’s rich music heritage (Sunday 27 July, 6-8pm).

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    Twitter was abuzz with comments from those watching the opening ceremony on Wednesday night (23 July) which featured live performances from artists such as Rod Stewart (who has Scottish ancestry) to Glaswegian band and 6 Music favourites Primal Scream.

    Sir Chris Hoy tweeted: “What an atmosphere!! Just Amazing!” Plus there were the inevitable music requests such as “BIFFY CLYRO AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY PLEASE...

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