Thursday 28 November 2013, 19:46The Jesus and Mary Chain
On this Sunday’s show we’re celebrating the 30th birthday of indie favourites The Jesus and Mary Chain, so we want you to help us create a playlist inspired by the Scot alt-rockers…
Formed by brothers Jim and William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain came into being three decades ago in East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow. Between 1983 and their split in 1999, they released 11 albums, and gained notoriety in their early days for short live shows – sometimes not even facing the audience whilst they played.
The group's distortion-led guitar sounds are often credited as paving the way for the shoegazing scene that followed in the mid 80s to early 90s.
To mark their big 3-0, the band are also releasing a vinyl boxset this weekend, including all of the band’s six studio albums, as well as all BBC sessions, plus rarities and B-sides selected by fans… Sound familiar?
We want you to help us pick tracks for the Ultimate Jesus and Mary Chain Playlist for this week’s Now Playing. But what do you think must be included to celebrate their sound and impact?
Thursday 21 November 2013, 18:25
Wear Your Old Band T Shirt To Work Day
This Sunday, for one night only, Now Playing will be rebranded as 'Now Wearing', as we extend 6 Music's Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day celebrations.
Now in sixth year and spearheaded by The King of Band T ShirtsTM aka Steve Lamacq, T-Shirt Day basically involves (yes, you guessed it) digging out your favourite band top and proudly sporting it at work on Friday November 22.
But T-Shirt Day isn’t just about a celebration of the art of the band t-shirt. Oh no. It’s also about being a music fan and the relationship we have with the groups who we follow.
So in honour, we're asking you and your beloved band t-shirt to get involved in Sunday's show to create a very special 'Now Wearing' playlist. Simply send us a picture of you in your favourite band top and we’ll try and play tracks by as many of those bands and artists as we can during the two hour show…
It’s up to you where we take the music. So let us know what you want us to play by Tweeting us – using #TShirtDay - comment on this blog and our Facebook page, add a track to our collaborative Spotify and Rdio playlists or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org… And don...
Wednesday 13 November 2013, 10:00
This week on Now Playing we’re delighted to welcome Gaz Coombes
and in doing so hand him control of BBC 6 Music for two hours to play the music
he loves - with help from you.
He’ll be joining us live via Twitter and needs you to suggest songs which you think he should pick to fill the schedule between 6-8pm this Sunday (November 17).
Gareth ‘Gaz’ Coombes burst onto the music scene aged just sixteen with his first band The Jennifers, which eventually spawned alt-rock heavyweights Supergrass. Over seventeen years the band released six albums before their split in 2010.
Along with fellow Supergrass member Danny Goffey the pair went on to release a covers album under the moniker The HotRats, before Gaz went solo releasing Here Come The Bombs in 2012. He’s setting off on an intimate UK tour next week, having released new single Buffalo last month.
Gaz will kick off the playlist with some of his own choices but
then the rest of the show is up for grabs and this is the sort of thing he’s
Sunday 10 November 2013, 13:50After hearing about the man who has put his entire record shop up for auction online this week, we thought why not ask you for the first record you ever bought - and then pick the ones with the best stories to create the Ultimate First Record Playlist.
Friday 1 November 2013, 14:22
Original Virgin Records shop in 1971
This Sunday we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of Britain’s most eclectic record labels: Virgin Records.
From rallying cries of ‘Anarchy in the UK’ to calls to ‘Spice Up Your Life’, the label co-founded by Richard Branson in the 70s, has certainly given us a smörgåsbord of sounds – thanks to it being the home (at one time or other) to The Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Kelis, Massive Attack, Human League, Depeche Mode, Blur, Placebo, Captain Beefheart, Daft Punk, N*E*R*D*, The Chemical Brothers, Culture...
Thursday 24 October 2013, 17:34
With help from producer James Murphy, Arcade Fire surprised fans this week in Brooklyn and uploaded a new track to YouTube all ahead of unleashing their new album Reflektor this coming Monday.
The follow-up to the band's Grammy and BRIT Award winning third album, Suburbs, has already had reviews from Digital Spy while Rolling Stone have been talking with Win Butler about the influences - so we want you to help us pick tracks for the Ultimate Arcade Fire Playlist.
Since their debut record, Funeral – they’ve won our hearts and ears with their distinctive blend of chilling vocals and multi...
Friday 18 October 2013, 11:39
One of the most eagerly awaited autobiographies in music was – finally – released this week, and unsurprisingly Morrissey didn’t hold back. Fans queued all night to get their hands on the book and as soon as some of its content got out it sparked a fury of online conversation.
So we thought on Now Playing we’d ask you to help us celebrate his music.
After rising to fame in the 1980s as the unmistakable lead man of The Smiths, he turned his hand to solo work and became an icon for a plethora of musicians and others who just wanted to be like him.
To give you a hand through the Lancastrian...
Wednesday 9 October 2013, 16:41
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) have launched a huge online portal of manuscripts and archive from the collections of Frank Sidgwick, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and many others - so we thought why not join in with this celebration of the music by asking you to pick the Ultimate Folk Playlist.
You can rummage through all 58,400 of the items – the largest collection in the world – and rediscover some hidden gems in the form of manuscripts, letters and song sheets. An indeed that’s exactly what folk singer Fay Hield did, who along with a team of musicians including...
Thursday 3 October 2013, 11:29The internet (almost) stopped working when out of nowhere Pixies returned with new music in the form of four tracks. Since then we’ve fallen in love with them all over again as they had the the audience on Later eating out of their hands and stunned us at Maida Vale when they came in for Steve Lamacq – an exclusive performance you’ll be able to watch on the Red Button from Thursday, October 10.
Tuesday 24 September 2013, 23:34
This week on Now Playing we’re delighted to welcome Moby and in doing so hand him control of BBC 6 Music for two hours to play the music he loves - with help from you.
He’ll be joining us live from LA via Twitter and needs you to suggest songs which you think he should fill the schedule with between 6-8pm GMT this Sunday (September 29).
Moby, real name Richard Melville Hall, has been at the vanguard of electronic music for more than 20-years, creating iconic tracks like Go, Porcelain, We Are All Made of Stars and Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?. He's now set to release his 11th studio album, Innocents, which features collaborations with the likes of Mark Lanegan and Wayne Coyne.
Moby will kick off the playlist with some of his own choices but then the rest of the show is up for grabs and this is the sort of thing he’s after: