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#Numan6Music - Gary Numan live on Now Playing this week

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:20 UK time, Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Gary Numan


We’re delighted to be able to say Gary Numan will be our first ever virtual guest on Now Playing @6Music, this Friday (September 2). 

Gary will be the subject of this week’s themed playlist and during the two hour show from 7pm, him and collaborator Ade Fenton will be reacting live to your suggestions, telling you what they think of your ideas for related tracks and throwing some curve balls in of their own.

But before all that, we need you to help compile the first half of the playlist based around Gary Numan – one of UK music’s pioneers of electronic music and use of synthesisers. Gary himself will then look at all of the tracks sent in and filter them to create the music for the first half of the show.

To give you some starting points:

• Gary Numan and Tubeway Army tracks
• Influences like David Bowie or Marc Bolan
• Contemporaries such as The Human League or Depeche Mode
• Bands who Gary has worked with - Battles or Nine Inch Nails who he performed with at Wembley
• Artists influenced by him – Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Beck, Damon Albarn, Queens of the Stone Age, Noel Fielding (?!)
• Artists who’ve sampled his work – Basement Jaxx, Armand van Helden or the, err, Sugarbabes

Talking about Gary Numan and tracks related to him is like lifting open Pandora’s Box – we want your suggestions and why – be as clever or obvious as you want, as all we require is an awesome selection of music, curated by you and filtered by Gary and Ade themselves! You'll also be able to hear a couple of exclusive tracks from Gary's brand new album 'Dead Son Rising' during the show.


There's  no time like the present to get in touch with us – join the discussion on our Facebook page, Tweet us using the #Numan6Music hashtag, e-mail us, or add tracks to our collaborative Spotify playlist.

We are all really looking forward to hearing from you and remember to listen to the results on Friday with Tom Robinson between 7-9pm.

Digital Digest: Jarvis joins The Strokes, DJ Shadow, Karen O's opera and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:55 UK time, Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Jarvis Cocker joins The Strokes on stage at Reading


Reading and Leeds headliners The Strokes and Jarvis Cocker joined forces and performed Cars’ Just What I Needed – take a look on YouTube.

Another collaborator on DJ Shadow’s new album is Tom Vek, the result being Warning Call. Up now on Soundcloud it is much more Vek than Shadow and very much worth a listen.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has announced details of her opera. For more on Stop the Virgins go to Pitchfork, which has had a bit of a face-lift!

Roots Manuva has made next single, Get the Get, available to stream on Soundcloud.

Lost in the Sound have all the remixes for M83’s Midnight City up.

Kyla la Grange has made single Heavy Stone a free download from her Soundcloud.

Justin Bieber has remixed Drake’s Trust Issues – taking the track, slowing it down and making the language a bit more accessible for his tween-fans. Lots of blogs seem to like it – have a listen yourself on YouTube.

The first annual Northern Ireland Rock Music Awards are launching this week – head over to Fame Mag for details.

Now Playing @6Music tracklist August 29, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 19:00 UK time, Monday, 29 August 2011


Bank Holiday Monday and we were delighted to take the hot seat from Steve Lamacq during drive – but I guess it isn’t drive on Bank Holiday… So let’s say cocktail hours maybe?

And it was pretty hectic!

For the first hour we played tracks which summed up your favourite memories from Reading and Leeds in bygone years. The likes of The Offspring, TV on the Radio and Symposium – which Producer Rowan has particularly vivid memories of.

Then we moved onto crazy cover versions in light of the success The Muppets’ Green Album is having. Everything from Hayseed Dixie, William Shatner and Girls AloudArctic Monkeys anyway doing their Love Machine.

It was a packed show, and we just about managed to squeeze in some #NowPlayings and welcomed Slutty Fringe, Robot Pigeon and The Mahogany Blog onto the show.


Reading & Leeds Playlist
Arcade Fire – Wake Up
The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright
L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
JJ72 – Oxygen

White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

Reading & Leeds Playlist
Manic Street Preachers – PCP
Pixies – Where Is My Mind
The Wedding Present – Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
Symposium – Fair Weather Friend

#Blogging - The Mahogany Blog
Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready (From Lounge on the Farm)
New Navy  - Zimbabwe
Lovebirds ft. Stee Downes – Want You In My Soul

Crazy Covers Playlist
OK Go – The Muppet Show Theme
China Drum – Wuthering Heights
The Fall – Lost in Music
Flowered Up – Don’t Talk Just Kiss

Outkast - Roses

Crazy Covers Playlist
Schneider TM – The Light
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Surfin USA
The Flaming Lips – Can’t Get You Out of My Head
Regina Spektor – Real Love

#Blogging - Slutty Fringe
Death in Vegas - Your Loft My Acid
Soft Metals - Voices
My Tiger My Timing – Endless Summer (Kinema Remix)

Crazy Covers Playlist
Stina Nordenstam – Purple Rain
Placebo – Running Up That Hill
Futureheads – Hounds of Love
Snuff – I Think We’re Alone Now
William Shatner – Common People
Ben Folds – In Between Days

#Blogging - Robot Pigeon
Sneaky Soundsystem - Big
Japanese Popstars ft. James Vincent McMorrow – Shells of Silver (White Sea Remix)
Raized By Wolves – The Call

Crazy Covers Playlist
Devo – Satisfaction
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine – Trouble
Dinosaur Jr. – Just Like Heaven
Hayseed Dixie – Walk This Way
Arctic Monkeys – Love Machine
Joey Ramone – What A Wonderful World
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Primal Scream – Some Velvet Morning
The Specials – Maggie’s Farm
Sid Vicious – My Way

Now Playing @6Music tracklist August 26, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 26 August 2011

Florence and the Machine


Florence and the Machine returned this week with the first fruits from her sophomore album. Steve Lamacq had the world exclusive play of What the Water Gave Me on Tuesday afternoon, just before the track was uploaded to YouTube. Since then more than one million people have viewed it online.

Bombay Bicycle Club’s album was made available to stream on Spotify this week so we played one of the album tracks from that. And of course, how could we not play the collaboration between James Blake and Bon IverFall Creek Boys Choir – to say that hasn’t been everywhere this week would simply be a lie!

The guest bloggers we have on this week come in the shape of The 405 and Beats and Beyond – frankly it was a pleasure having them and they picked some stonking tracks.

Florence and the Machine – A Kiss With a Fist

* The Weeknd has made the latest in his series of mixtapes available to download. Called Thursday you can get it from his official website.
* Steve Jobs has announced his resignation as CEO of Apple. He will hand control of the company over to Tim Cook with immediate effect, but will still remain as chairman of Apple’s board.
* Bjork will be recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Music at the inaugural Independent Music Awards this November.
* And James Blake and Bon Iver released their collaboration, Fall Creek Boys Choir, onto YouTube.

Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk

#Now StreamingSee the blog
Bombay Bicycle Club
– Your Eyes

#BloggingThe 405
Active Child
– You Are All I See

Florence and the Machine inspired playlist part 1
Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love
Candi Staton – You’ve Got the Love
Dark, Dark, Dark – Daydreaming
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van
Bat For Lashes – What’s a Girl to Do
Beirut – Postcards from Italy

#Digital Digest
*The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album, I’m With You, became the first LP ever to be made available to stream in full on iTunes. Out on Monday, the band will play a gig the following day which will be beamed live to cinemas across the world.
* New material from Horrors’ front man Faris Badwin’s side project Cat's Eyes emerged this week – head over to Pitchfork to have a listen to two new tracks.
* Details of Summer Camp’s fan funded (via Pledge Music) album, Welcome to Condale, are up at God is in the TV Zine.
* Tokyo Police Club have embarked on an ambitious new project which will see them cover ten songs from ten different years, and releasing one to a different blog every 24 hours. They’ve enlisted the help of M83’s Morgan Kibby for the first – Moby’s South Side’ from 2000 – which is now available now on Entertainment Weekly.
* Tom Waits’ has a new album called Bad As Me which will be released on October 25th – title track is up on YouTube.

#Now Playing

Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs - Zero

* Wilco covering Nick Lowe’s I Love My Label is up now on YouTube.
* The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s two-part documentary on Geroge Harrison has been doing the rounds before airing in October.
* A video with OK Go and The Muppets – its going to be good isn’t it!! Check out The Muppets Theme Tune on YouTube now.
* The album came out this week and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks also put out the video for No One Is (As I Are Be) on the New York Times website.
* DJ Shadow’s latest video for I’m Excited features Afrikan Boy on vocals while wearing a mixture of hospital, World War Two and bed-time attire. You can watch it now on YouTube.

#BloggingBeats and Beyond

The Whip – Movement

Florence and the Machine inspired playlist part 2

The xx ft. Florence and the Machine - You've Got the Love

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up

Gang Gang Dance - House Jam

Sukarita - Judy Tzuke

Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name Of

Guest Blogger - The 405

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:47 UK time, Thursday, 25 August 2011


Late last year we put together a mini band guide in the hope that we could help unsigned (or new-ish) bands find their feet. It was mainly a selfish way of us saying “if you're going to email us, please don't do the following...” but it managed to be a bit more useful than that, with guest posts from industry folk sharing their advice on everything from 'how to book a show', to how to promote yourself.

The guide was supposed to be an ongoing project, but due to us building a new site, we haven't had time to do so. However, today I'm going to briefly talk about the best way to approach a blog/site if you want them to hear your music.

It's worth noting that this is just a drop in the ocean of 'contact etiquette', but hopefully it will point you in the right direction.

1. Research, research, research
Our contact details are clearly listed on our contact page. My name is not 'The 405', and it's definitely never been Pete, or Dave, or Steve. That might come across as being arrogant but would you accept it in a real life situation?

I'm never that offended by it really, I just laugh and press delete. If you got our email address, or any of the editors email addresses, then you know our names.

Not only that, but make sure you research the site you contact and try to make it personal. Personal does not mean “Hey, how you doing? I really loved that piece you did on [insert latest article posted on site as it's easy to copy and paste].” Make sure you only approach sites that cover the sort of music you make.

Why would you contact an indie-centric site if you make thrash metal, at best they won't even bother replying, and at worst they'll give your record a really bad review.

2. Never attach an mp3
We receive about 300 emails every day (just think what a site like the Quietus must get?) and a fair chunk of my time as the editor is to reply to those emails. If someone sends us an mp3 attached to an email, I cry. Google mail also cries, and because I'm so upset, I forget to feed my cat.

Do you want my cat to go hungry?

Seriously though. Don't do it. Get yourself signed up to Soundcloud (you don't need anything else) and just send the link over. It's quick and painless.

3. Genres
If I had a pound for every time someone suggested their band sounded like Radiohead/Strokes/King of Leon/Animal Collective (that's my favourite) I would genuinely be quite rich. It lacks imagination, and is probably not true. Making up a genre for your music is also pretty lame, but can at least be funny.

So rather than saying that you sound like 'Sex On Fire era KOL', make up a new genre like 'cowboybootwave' (Note: Always add 'wave' at the end).

4. M.I.S.S
The classic 'Make It Simple Stupid' approach. Most editors will have limited time to read/reply to emails, and most of those that have been doing it for a while will have a pretty quick process of dealing with those emails. If an unsolicited email drops into my inbox, I immediately scan the email for a link (please don't include a MySpace link – it shows that you haven't moved with the times, and it's damn slow) and then I listen to the music before deciding what to do next.

Your email should be a quick hello (see point 1) why you think we'll like your music (see point 3), a link to your bands music (see point 2) and a goodbye. That's it.

Remember, nothing is more important than making good music. If you're not doing that, or believe you're doing that, then everything above is just meaningless.


Many thanks to Oliver, editor of The 405 for these words on how best to get in touch with blogs if you are a band, musician, artist etc. while caring for cats.

Digital Digest: Fall Creek Boys Choir, Paul McCartney, Steve Jobs and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:23 UK time, Thursday, 25 August 2011

James Blake & Bon Iver


As prophesised on James Blake’s Twitter last week, a collaboration between he and Bon Iver came out on YouTube last night which has sent blogs, well, potty! Called Fall Creek Boys Choir, there may be even more stuff to come... 

Nearly 50 years ago Decca Records said The Beatles had “no future in show business” – well half a century on and they have just signed Paul McCartney – go figure at MSN Music.

Steve Jobs has resigned from his position of CEO at Apple and has moved to become chairman. No official reason has been given and he will be replaced by Tim Cook. Billboard have more.

The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison film has found its way onto YouTube.

Via Pledge Music, Summer Camp have announced details of their new album. AU Magazine have the tracklist, artwork and video for one of the singles from Welcome to Condale.

The first of Tokyo Police Club’s ten tracks in ten days has come out on Entertainment Weekly. Teaming up with M83’s Morgan Kibby, they have done Moby and Gwen Stefani’s Southside.

Now Playing goes Florence + the Machine

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:48 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Florence and the Machine


Florence + the Machine are back – it’s official. Steve Lamacq had the world exclusive play of What the Water Gave Me and since then it has caused a wave spreading across blogs of all varieties.

There is really only one way we can take Now Playing this week, therefore, and that’s with Miss Welch and her supporting mechanics.

Send us your suggestions for tracks you would pick related to Florence:

• Your favourite tracks from Lungs
• Tracks from artists she’s worked with
• Female songstresses who she’s taken a lead from – Kate Bush anyone
• Her contemporaries - Bat for Lashes, La Roux etc.
• Music from machines?

And also let us know what has water given you…

Suggestions on a postcard, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, e-mailor right here on the blog and we look forward to you joining us on Friday from 7pm.

Digital Digest: Florence and the Machine, Tom Waits, Independent Music Awards and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:11 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011


So that big Florence and the Machine announcement – well it was new track What the Water Gave Me. Steve Lamacq had the world exclusive on his show yesterday on 6 Music and a lot of blogs have been trying to answer what exactly water has given to Florence Welch. Watch the video here.

And Tom Waits is also back. He has announced details of new album Bad As Me and posted the video for the title track to YouTube. More information at Stereogum on the LP.

Bjork will be recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Music at the inaugural Independent Music Awards this November, while Domino founder Laurence Bell will be awarded the Pioneer Award. More information at Drowned in Sound.

Wilco have released the video for I Love My Label – a cover of Nick Lowe’s track – which will also appear on the deluxe version of their album, I Might, which comes out next month.

NME are reporting how some New York businesses are fearing riots when Metallica play Yankee Stadium in the city next month and are appealing for more police.


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Now Streaming - Thundercat, RHCP, Lenny Kravitz...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 10:21 UK time, Wednesday, 24 August 2011



The Flying Lotus produced Thundercat album is streaming ahead of release on Hypem. Called The Golden Age of Apocalypse it comes out on the producer’s Brainfeeder label.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album I’m With You is streaming on iTunes and 91x.com. It’s the band’s 10th studio album and is released on August 30.

Lenny Kravitz has collaborated with a host of artists including Jay Z and Drake on new album Black and White America, and you can take a listen to the whole thing now at NME.com.

Neon Indian has put up a 21-track playlist on Soundcloud of tracks old, new and remixed ahead of the release of new album Era Extrana, which is out on 10/10 on Transgressive Records.

Ganglians’ Still Living is streaming at Spinner before it comes out on August 29.

Digital Digest: Lou Reed & Metallica, The Muppets & OK Go, Wretch 32 & Emeli Sande and still more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:33 UK time, Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Lou Reed and Metallica


Metallica and Lou Reed have launched a website for their collaboration. There are a few bits of information up there, including the release date for album Lulu will be October 31.

The Green Album was streaming last week and the video from The Mupperts and OK Go was inevitably going to be pretty cool – well, you can watch it now on Vevo.

According to the frontwoman’s Twitter, Florence and the Machine are set to, probably, unveil some new material on their website at 5pm this afternoon (Tuesday, August 23).

CMU have details of a new subscription streaming service Blackberry makers RIM have in development.

The New York Times have the video for the new Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks track No One Is (As I Are Be).

NPR have the video for The Decemberists and Calamity Song.

And currently occupying the top two spots in the UK singles chart, Wretch 32 and Emeli Sande have recorded a track together and is currently flying around only. Called Underground Law, you can download it at Mitch & Suave.

Now Playing Bank Holiday Special

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:21 UK time, Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Reading Festival


We are very excited to be sitting in for Steve Lamacq on Bank Holiday Monday as part of 6 Music’s DIY Weekend as well as kicking the whole thing off, as usual, on Friday from 7pm.

The Friday show is still up-in-the-air and we will be asking you what music news story we should cover in due course – but as for the Monday show, we’re going to be looking at:

• Classic Reading and Leeds Festival performances – think Nirvana, The Fall, Radiohead
• Alternative cover versions – as there has been a lot of strange things happening this August – namely the Muppets Green Album and Wild Beasts covering Lady Gaga!

We want to know what you want to hear for either list, and we will strive to get them played on the show this Monday.

Leave an idea here, head over to our new Now Playing Facebook page where you can leave a comment and jump into the discussion and e-mail us.

Or add to our Spotify lists: Reading and Leeds, or, Strange Covers.

We look forward to hearing from you!!

Digital Digest: Cat's Eyes, Tokyo Police Club, Amy Winehouse and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:58 UK time, Monday, 22 August 2011

Cat's Eyes


Pitchfork have two new tracks from Cat’s Eyes – the collective talents of Horrors front man Faris Badwin and Rachel Zaffira – including a cover of My Bloody Valentine’s To Here Knows When.

Tokyo Police Club are recording ten cover songs from ten years in ten days and are going to release them via a couple of different blogs. Head over to their official site to find out all the information.

This recording of Amy Winehouse, supposedly her last recorded session, has surfaced. Dueting with Tony Bennett, the track is called Body and Soul and will come out on September 20 as parts of Duets II.

While Rock it Out Blog have another rather bizarre collaboration – Kasabian with LL Cool J. It's called Days are Forgotten and you can listen here.

You can stream a new Pearl Jam track called Crown of Thrones taken from their upcoming album Twenty.

And we’d like to send our deepest condolences to the family of Richard Turner. The Friendly Fires trumpeter sadly passed away last week aged just 27. NME have more.

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Exclusive: Clip of Justice's 'Audio, Video, Disco'

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:10 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011

Justice - Audio, Video, Disco


There has always been a lot of hype about Justice online. When they first burst onto the scene, speculation was rife as to whether they were in fact a clever guise for Daft Punk – an avenue for Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to release music without the automatic stigma and attention it would undoubtedly receive coming from the biggest act in dance music.

Well, since then, Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosney have gone on to win a Grammy and themselves become one of the most sought after properties in dance music off the back of their 2007 album, .

Four years later they are making a comeback and blogs are equally as excited. Return single Civilisation marked a return to form, and made the 6 Music playlist with even Steve Lemacq seen to nod his head along to it.

Last week, Xavier gave an interview to Pitchfork where he revealed details about their forthcoming album Audio, Video, Disco and Ed Banger label manager Busy P was filmed dropping the track in America during one of his Busy Pictionary sets with So Me.

We are delighted to have an exclusive clip of the track, which we premiered in the Digital Digest this evening, which you can listen to below.

Its pretty brief – but equally leaves me for one desperate for more!

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Now Playing @6Music tracklist August 19, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011


One of the biggest talking points online this week has been the new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks album streaming on both The Guardian’s music site and NPR. Called Mirror Traffic the album is the first new material from Malkmus since 2008’s Real Emotional Trash.


We also look at the videos which have been streaming this week which included The Rapture's live listening party, and play some of the hottest new music around such as L-Vis 1990's Lost in Love. Blogs Oh Deary Me and The World's Greatest Music Blog pop by and recommend some music to us.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Stick Fingers in Love

* “24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir"” was the message posted on James Blake’s official Twitter – have the two collaborated?
* One thing which is certainly not going to happen, is the return of the original Black Sabbath line-up. Guitarist Tony Iommi was quoted on the Birmingham Mail’s website as saying Ozzy Osborne and co had been recording new material. Twitter caught hold of it and the story went round the world before Iommi quashed it by releasing a statement later the same day on his own website denying the report.
* Mute have uploaded the first single from Erasure’s forthcoming album, Tomorrow’s World to their Soundcloud account called When I Start To Break it All Down.
* L-Vis 1990’s latest track with Javeon McCarthy Lost in Love has been spread around blogs like wildfire – have a listen on YouTube.

#NowStreaming – check out the Now Streaming blog

MGMT – Time to Pretend

#Blogging – World’s Greatest Music Blog
Garth Brooks – The Dance
Wise Blood – Loud Mouths
Hall & Oates – When the Morning Comes

Stephen Malkmus Playlist Part 1
Pavement – Cut Your Hair
Yo La Tengo – Sugercube
Marble Valley – Triple-e
The Fall – LA
Black Heart Generator – Serpentine Pad
Beck – Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime
Silver Jews – Smith & Jones Forever

* Sigur Ros released a mysterious video called Inni – a trailer for a new film which will be premiered at the Venice Film Festival, which begins later this month. As well as this, the band also announced they will be releasing a double live album featuring their 2008 show at Alexandra Palace.
* We also have a very special exclusive clip of the title track from Justice’s new album, Audio, Video, Disco – have a listen on our blog.
* A lost Neil Young cover by Dinosaur Jr. has found the light of day on Soundcloud.
* A track performed by Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, The Hot Rats and Feist has emerged on Soundcloud. The artists were all in Paris for a celebration of the Velvet Underground and performed their track Femme Fatale.
* And Everything Everything have made the demo version of MY KZ UR BF available as a free download from their Soundcloud page when it was called Airstrike on Your Forehead.

Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier

* A lost 12-minute Smiths documentary was uncovered with week and uploaded to YouTube.
* Ahead of their new album, The Hunter, metal group Mastodon have uploaded the video for new track Curl of the Burl onto YouTube.
* The Whip , Tim Burgess and Mike Joyce came together and performed the Buzzcock’s track, You Don’t Love Me.
* Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know has become somewhat of an internet sensation. It has surpassed 2.1 million views on YouTube, been tweeted by top celebrities such as Lily Allen and Ashton Kutcher and was today perched on top of the Hypem buzz chart.
* The Rapture held the listening party for their new album In the Grace of Your Love live online. The band also fielded questions from fans on Twitter before the LP was played. If you missed it, don’t worry you might still be able to catch it on UStream.

#Blogging – Oh Deary Me
The Widowmaker - Black Monday
Rebekah Dobbins - Burn Your Houses Down
Oh Land – White Nights

Stephen Malkmus Playlist Part 2

Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing

Pavement - The Classical

The Tindersticks - Here

The Wedding Present - Box Elder

Half Man Half Biscuit - Lark Descending

Echo and the Bunnymen - Killing Moon

Guest Blogger - Oh Deary Me

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:51 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011


‘Get busy living or get busy dying’ Shawshank Redemption.

My name is Becki Burrows, and I run a video blog called Oh Deary Me.

I returned to the UK from a short stint teaching English in South Korea in January this year. My inspiration levels were flat lining. I was down to my last ten pounds and desperate for work. I thus found myself in a terrible temp job that only just covered the rent. As I was cold calling away my mothers shrill voice would echo through my mind "I told you you should have…"

My head was spinning and I was in a creative black hole. But I wasn’t going to admit defeat. No way. I needed to do something. Fast. A few years ago I had embarked on a project to blag it into twenty festivals – get backstage and interview some famous musicians, editing and uploading the videos swiftly overnight on a Sunday ready for a Monday morning where I would then go to my day job. From that I was lucky enough to win some online competitions that resulted in two things; a video camera and a laptop.


This got me thinking.

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." — Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

Life needed to be re-evaluated. I needed to get inspired…motivated…to take some steps to reach some goals. I had lost my way. And… I desperately needed a haircut. The hairdresser I had visited in Korea had not understood my hand gestures and I was sporting an awful ginger mess which made me want to cry every time I looked in the mirror. Life was not where I wanted it to be.

Fittingly Aloe Blacc came on the radio "I need a dollar dollar, a dollar is what I need".. this got me to thinking. About wants vs needs.. living vs surviving.

‘The best way to think about reality, I had decided, was to get as far away from it as possible’ (Haruki Murakami)

I decided to embark on a personal creative project. I would call it ‘The Inspiration Series’. It would be a journey of self discovery. I would follow in the footsteps of Brian Topp from Spaced and drive myself artistically using the attributes: anger, pain, fear and aggression to get myself into a more marketable position. I would explore the question ‘how far can you get with a little help from the right places’.

"I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life." Paulo Coelho (Eleven Minutes)


Surrounded by rising unemployment levels – I had to think creatively how I could possibly work around my situation.

‘Be like water making its way through cracks’ Bruce Lee


With a lot of perseverance and hard work I went about filming/editing and presenting a series of short video blogs getting help from friends who wanted some experience. Using brand interaction and taking opportunities as soon as they landed my way… my summer… went a bit like this:

Vlog One feat. Friends Electric and The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Inspiration Series – A Day Out With Chilly Gonzales 

The Inspiration Series Does Fashion Vlogging Featuring Ms Dynamite and Lemar 

The Inspiration Series does Food Vlogging at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival  

The Inspiration Series introduces The Patrick James Pearson Band 

The Inspiration Series goes to Camp Bestival featuring Ed Sheeran and Groove Armada 

I hope you got something out of that. We are certainly living in tough times. So I will leave you with a quote that I found motivating from Michael Jordan…

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan Or as Lucas from Empire Records says’.. ‘Damn the Man…'

Guest Blogger - World's Greatest Music

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:30 UK time, Friday, 19 August 2011


by Joe Taylor, founder of The World's Greatest Music

The internet is the best thing that's happened to music fans since recorded sound. When I was a youngster I would hear John Peel or Mark Radcliffe play a great track on Radio 1, then I'd scour the NME every week in the hope of gleaning more information about the band in question, whose name I might have misheard. Sometimes I'd never hear them or hear of them again. Nowadays, with the help of Shazam, iPlayer, YouTube, iTunes and the rest, the great song I hear on the radio can be on my iPod before the DJ has finished playing it.

The concept behind The World's Greatest Music is that me and my dad Phil blog some of the greatest music of all time. We source most of the music from YouTube, and once in a while I'll upload a track to YouTube if it's something I want to blog about which isn't there already. In doing so, I'm adding to the greatest music library of all-time - i.e. the internet. This is an activity that appeals to me greatly, so I wanted to highlight four blogs that are doing it on a bigger scale than me and my dad could ever manage.

I discovered nyctaper recently when I was checking out the band Wise Blood on the Hype Machine. This guy (I think it's safe to assume it's a guy) goes along to gigs in the New York area and, with permission from the venue and the band, records the sound then posts entire live sets on his blog. I haven't seen Wise Blood live yet but I feel like I have because I've heard their set on nyctaper.

Brian Shimkovitz used to live in Africa and has travelled there extensively, collecting loads of African music along the way, most of it on cassette. His Awesome Tapes from Africa blog features the audio from those cassettes alongside the artwork, which is generally amazing. As Brian says on the blog, "This is music you won't easily find anywhere else - except, perhaps in its region of origin."

Dalston Oxfam Shop is another blog featuring mp3s ripped from cassettes, but this time purchased from an Oxfam shop in East London.

So Many Records, So Little Time is another New York-based blog, run by Kevin Patrick, the manager of Matt & Kim and formerly a record company A&R man (he signed Wheatus of Teenage Dirtbag fame, and worked with The Pogues). He has been an avid collector of 7" singles since his teens, and now he blogs the audio and artwork from one of those singles every day without fail. Some of the artists are very well known, some of the music is amazing, yet a lot of it can't be found anywhere else on the internet.

Which should we include in the Ultimate Stephen Malkmus Playlist?

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:45 UK time, Thursday, 18 August 2011

Stephen Malkmus


After discussing the possibilities with you on Facebook, it appears building a playlist around Stephen Malkmus of Pavement, and more recently the Jicks, is the best topic for the show tomorrow night (August 19).

Malkmus has been a hot topic of conversation this week with his new album, Mirror Traffic, produced by Beck, streaming at the Guardian ahead of its release – and in fact it’s even going to be 6 Music’s album of the day on Monday when it comes out.

We would like your suggestions of tracks to hear on the show tomorrow, such as:

* Tracks from Stephen Malkmus himself
* Anything from Pavement or perhaps the Silver Jews
* How about something from Beck – either his own stuff or other bits he’s produced like Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Jamie Lidell or something from Twilight!
* Domino artists
* Artists from California
* People Stephen Malkmus was inspired by or who he has subsequently inspired
* Nigel Godrich produced Pavement's Terror Twilight so maybe something Radiohead, Supergrass or REM
* Or maybe even The Fall as Mark E. Smith once called Pavement a “rip-off” of his band


Please let us know your ideas – we’d love to hear them either by leaving a comment here, going over to our Facebook page, Tweeting or e-mailing us or drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist.

We look forward to hearing from you and join us tomorrow, with Tom Robinson, from 7pm on BBC 6 Music.

Digital Digest: David Bowie, James Blake & Bon Iver, Kiss and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:13 UK time, Thursday, 18 August 2011

Bjork - Biophillia


A lot of speculation has been going around in the past 24-hours as to whether David Bowie has retired. His biographer and ex-editor in chief at Mojo, Paul Trynka, said in an interview to Spinner the singer is unlikely to make a return. More at CMU.

And continuing the online rumour mill, “24th August 2011 - James Blake & Bon Iver "Fall Creek Boys Choir"” from James Blake’s Twitter account has got bloggers up in arms as to whether the two have collaborated/are collaborating/are going for tea.. Ahh the possibilities are endless!!!

Kiss were set to perform at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff alongside the likes of JLS and Leona Lewis, but have now been pulled in light of comments Gene Simmons made about the King of Pop – Holy Moly have a run down of the whole, bizarre tale.

A lost Neil Young cover by Dinosaur Jr. has found the light of day 13-years after it was recorded. Their version of I’ve Been Waiting for You was done for the The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young, which also featured contributions from Nick Cave, Sonic Youth and Flaming Lips amongst others. Have a listen on Soundcloud.

Ahead of new album The Hunter, here is Mastodon’s Curl of the Burl on YouTube.

The Whip, Tim Burgess and Mike Joyce teamed up and covered Buzzcocks’ You Say You Don’t Love Me. See the results on YouTube.

And Bjork Tweeted the album cover for new album Biophila – its at the top, what do you think?

Digital Digest: Black Sabbath, The Rapture, Velvet Underground

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:32 UK time, Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Black Sabbath


Twitter was alight last night after an article on the Birmingham Mail’s site seemed to confirm the original line-up of Black Sabbath were getting back together. A lot of excitement built up across the world, only for guitarist Tony Iommi to squash the quotes he supposedly made with an official statement on his personal website denying the suggestion and apologising to fans.

Last night The Rapture held an online listening party for their new album In the Grace of Your Love on UStream. The band also fielded questions from fans on Twitter and the LP can still be listened to for a short time here.

In Paris there was a Velvet Underground love in with a host of huge names jogging down and doing a turn. Just uploaded onto Soundcloud, this is Radiohead bassist Collin Greenwood, The Hot Rats (which features two members of Supergrass and long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich) and Feist performing Femme Fatale.

The video for the Kaiser Chiefs’ Man on Mars is up on Vevo, filmed when the band went to Japan.

The Drums have released UK tour dates for December – The Music Fix has them all.

Now Streaming - Scott Matthews, The Muppets, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:00 UK time, Tuesday, 16 August 2011

OK Go with Kermit


Scott Matthews’ has tracks from his new album, What the Night Delivers, up on his MySpace page. It’s the singer’s third album who is also set to begin a UK tour next month.

The Muppets was famous for bringing the great and good of music into its furry puppet world – something they have only gone and done again with The Green Album. A host of artists including My Morning Jacket, OK Go and Weezer have all come together and covered classic Muppets tracks – you can stream it at NPR now.

Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus has been working predominantly over the last few years with new band, The Jicks, and for their new album Mirror Traffic he's also enlisted the help of Beck. Have a listen to the result again at NPR ahead of its release next week.

Sao Paulo’s quirky – that’s a conservative way of putting it – dance rock group are back. CSS haven’t released an album for three years, and La Liberacion, is now available to stream. Intrigued to see what Lovefoxxx and co have been up to – head over to Spin.

And to finish off the trio of albums from NPR – they also have Chelsea Wolfe’s Apokalypsis – think gothicy female femme fatales such as Zola Jesus and Portishead’s Beth Gibbons if you’re unsure.


Hypem have the new album from Active Child streaming on their site. Called You Are All I See the 405 for one are very excited.

Digital Digest: The Smiths, Erasure, Roy Harper and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 11:53 UK time, Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Smiths


A 12-minute Smiths documentary has been uncovered from 1992 which was reportedly commissioned to support Best. Take a look on YouTube now or go to Consequence of Sound for more information.

Mute have uploaded to their Soundcloud the first single from Erasure’s forthcoming album, When I Start To (Break it All Down). The LP – Tomorrow’s World – is set for release on August 29.

Drowned in Sound have two of the new Roy Harper tracks off new album Songs of Love and Loss streaming now.

L-Vis 1990 is half of London’s hugely influential Night Slugs label and club night. He has his debut album, Neon Dreams, coming out next month and the first single called Lost in Love (listen here) featuring Javeon McCarthy is getting an awful lot of love.

Sampha, who sings with SBTRKT and performs live with the masked producer, is also making tracks in his own right – Indecision has just been put up on Soundcloud.

Last week Weezer covered Foster the People and this week they have swapped roles – as the LA band sang Say It Ain’t So in Brooklyn (watch on YouTube).

And Pitchfork is turning 15 – congratulations to them!!.

Digital Digest: Sigur Ros, Factory Records, Feist and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:19 UK time, Monday, 15 August 2011

Sigur Ros screengrab from Inni trailer


Well there’s weird, mysterious video which bands have been releasing of late and then there’s this from Sigur Ros. Called Inni it turns out its a trailer for a film which is going to be premiered at the Venice Film Festival as a "surprise film event." Filmed by Vincent Morisset, it is thought to be a product of their live shows.... But we won't find out until it's shown at the festival which kicks off at the end of the month. Take a look at the trailer.  

Where as Wilco’s equivilant album preview is pretty simple – watch here - but you can win a customised Wilco bike from their website. Its silly season again!

Factory Records are set to release a two-disc retrospective album called FAC. DANCE. It’ll actually come out on Strut Records and feature 24-tracks taken from their back-catalogue which kicked into gear in 1978. Full tracklist at Data Transmission.

Not content with the biggest collaboration of the year with Jay Z, Kanye West has teamed up with an absolute legend – Prince. ‘Ye joined the man who was once known around the world as simply a symbol in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the Way Out West festival, watch here.

As we were going on air on Friday the new single from Feist was breaking online – have a listen to How Come You Never Go There, which is set to be part of album Metals out on October 4.

Bibio’s remix of Gotye’s Somebody I Used to Know is getting some love from the likes of Song Operated and Inertia Music, and NME where you can download it for free.  The video for the original has surpassed 1.75-million views on YouTube and even Lily Allen and Hollywood A-Lister, Ashton Kutcher, have tweeted about it.

Fame Magazine have a free download from Everything Everything which they have decided to give away in light of their Mercury nomination – and it’s the original demo of their track MY KZ UR BF which was initially titled Airstrike on Your Forehead.

And Ganglians have also made a track available to download for free – you can grab Drop the Act from their Soundcloud if you like.

Cee Lo Green is back with another uplifting, fun and altogether four minutes of visual fun with the video for Cry Baby.

Now Playing @6Music tracklist August 12, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 12 August 2011


There’s been a huge outpouring of support this week for the 165-independent labels who were hit by the huge fire which burnt down the PIAS distribution warehouse in Enfield. Some of the labels affected include XL, Soma, Loose Music and Domino.

PIAS have set up a Facebook page where you can find out more info about the bands affected, and a number of blogs are organising support for the independent label community - Drowned In Sound, The Quietus and This is Fake DIY amongst others have more info.

We also invite Creative Boom onto the show and Dummy Mag who picked some music for us, and we wrap up what else has been going on online.

The Jim Jones Revue – High Horse (PIAS)

* A number of musicians supported the #RiotCleanup campaign this week. The Twitter account has accrued nearly 90,000 followers including the likes of Ricky from the Kaiser Chiefs cleaning up the streets in Camden and rapper Skepta helping out in Tottenham.
* After weeks of Radiohead drip-releasing remixes from King of Limbs, an album collating them all is going to be released on October 10. Called TKOL RMX 1234567 there will be additional rework from Jamie xx, Modeselektor and SBTRKT.
* Kanye West and Jay-Z’s released Watch the Throne this week as an iTunes exclusive – and has subsequently gone to number one worldwide. The duo also released their Spike Jonze directed video for Otis, while the album can be streamed as a Grooveshark playlist.

Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus

#NowStreamingsee the blog
– The Rip Tide

#Blogging - Dummy Mag
– Romantic Streams
Pattern – Blue Mosaic
Hudson Mohawke – All Your Love

PIAS playlist part 1 – suggestions from Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, the Blog and E-Mail
Wild Beasts – The Devil’s Crayon (Domino)
Flowers & Sea Creatures – A.M (Ewan Pearson Re-Edit) (Buzzin Fly)
The Delgados –Pull The Wires From The Wall (Chemikal Underground)
Silicone Soul – Right On (Soma)
Dels ft. Joe Goddard & Roots Manuva – Capsize (Big Dada)
Grand Drive – The Guy Who Carried On (Loose Music)

* Coldplay have announced details of their brand new album Mylo Xyloto – it will come out on October 24 and features tracks produced by Markus Dravs and Brian Eno. More over at the band’s official website.
* Justice have confirmed their new album Audio Video, Disco will be released on October 24. Xavier from the duo gave more information during an interview with Pitchfork.
* Niki and the Dove have made their latest track, Last Night, available to stream on Soundcloud right now.
* And Air France have made their new track, It Feels Good to Be Around You, available to download for free.

Feist – How Come You Never Go There


David Bowie – Starman

The Decemberists – If I Can’t Change Your Mind

#Blogging - Creative Boom
Matt Thomson
– The Pines
Stan’s Magic Foot - Amelia Ate to Ameliorate
Cheap Jazz – The Trouble with Harry

# PIAS playlist part 2 – suggestions from Facebook, Twitter, Text and E-Mail
Battles – Ice Cream (Warp)
Aztec Camera - Walk Back to Winter (Rough Trade)

Frank Turner - Photosynthesis (Xtra Mile)

The Normal - TVOD (Mute)

Susan Christie - For the Love of a Soldier (Finders Keppers)

Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip - Get Better (Sunday Best)

Guest Blogger - Creative Boom

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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:21 UK time, Friday, 12 August 2011

Stan's Magic Foot


By Katy Cowan - founder of Creative Boom

I’ve always been the kind of person who enjoys helping others, so when I realised new musicians and bands weren’t getting the recognition they deserved, I set up Creative Boom to give them more exposure.

The site is an online magazine and network community for the creative industries I created and run in my spare time. It’s there to shout about bands, artists and anyone else who need to get their name out there.

There’s a news section if you want to share your latest stories like album/single releases and I interview people. Then there’s a ‘tips’ section, which shares a load of advice to try and give musicians pointers about becoming a success.

For example, it’s really important for bands to know how to promote themselves online and there are a few suggestions up there about how to best utilise social media and organise yourself with a website or blog. And there is another section with tips about how to build a strong Twitter following which a lot of people are quite concerned about.

Another great great thing about running an e-zine like this is the talent you discover. Two of the artists I picked for the show I discovered through the site for instance - Stan’s Magic Foot and Cheap Jazz who hail from Derby – its all pretty exciting!

Digital Digest: Lou Reed, Warpaint, SBTRKT and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 11:27 UK time, Thursday, 11 August 2011

Lou Reed


Lou Reed is one of the latest artists to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse. At a gig in Rome he played an improved version of Rehab – have a look on YouTube.

The Fader have the repackaged version of Warpaint’s Billie Holiday. They have had help from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante.

Mitch and Suave are chatting about how Tinie Tempah is looking to work with heavyweights Pharrell Williams, Usher and Adele on his follow up album to Mercury nominated Disc-Overy.

SBTRKT has revealed his autumn/winter schedule of live performances. Check out This is Fake DIY for the full list, including support slots alongside Friendly Fires.

Muse’s Facebook page has been hacked – as the San Francisco Weekly’s website reports the band who headline festivals and stadiums were set to play a tiny bar. Read all here.

Now Streaming - Beirut, The Throne, Blood Orange...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 10:40 UK time, Thursday, 11 August 2011

Beirut - The Rip Tide


Beirut are back with their third album, The Rip Tide. Up now on NPR to listen to, it’s the band’s third album and is out on August 29. 

Kanye West and Jay-Z, together The Throne. There has been so much chat about this album online keyboards across the world haven’t been able to prepare themselves for the frequent use of ‘Z’. Anyway, Watch the Throne is out now on iTunes and a number of sites, including Soul Culture, have created a playlist of the whole thing using Grooveshark.

Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) has been working on a new project and you can hear the first album from it now now on Hypem. Called Blood Orange and the album is called Coastal GroovesSong Operated cast their ear over it.

And a lot of blogs are quite excited about Mister Heavenly’s debut album. Out next week on Sub Pop, the super group contains Man Man’s Honus Honus, Islands’ Nick Diamonds and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer – have a listen at One Thirty BPM.

Digital Digest: Muse, M83, The Decemberists and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:26 UK time, Wednesday, 10 August 2011



Muse are headling the Reading and Leeds Festivals later this month and have just confirmed when the sweat has dried from those performances they will be in the studio working on their next album. Gigwise have details.

One Thirty BPM are celebrating the return of M83 – they have the new artwork for the artists album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – as well a video for Midnight City made by a rather enthusiastic fan.

Head over to the A.V. Club and watch The Decemberists cover Sugar.

You can listen to the B-Side of the Arctic Monkeys’ new track, The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala, now over at Spin. Called Little Illusion Machine, it features guest vocals from Miles Kane who will be their main support on their upcoming tour.

Stream the new Niki and the Dove track, Last Night, over at NME.com.

Mercury nominated Ghostpoet has released the video for new track Liines which is forthcoming on Brownswood.

The Dum Dum Girls have released a trailer for their new album Only in Dreams on YouTube which will be released on Sub Pop on September 27.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, after dropping remix after remix over the past couple of months, Radiohead are going to release a remix album with all of them – according to At Ease.

Now Playing & Lauren Laverne honour the labels hit by the Enfield fire

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Producer Will Producer Will | 10:30 UK time, Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Sony Warehouse Fire


Lauren Laverne’s show and Now Playing are coming together to ask you for your tracks from the labels which have been affected by huge fire which took place in Enfield on Monday evening.

A Sony warehouse was burnt which included a large amount of stock from Play It Again Sam (PIAS) – one of the UKs leading distributors for independent labels, some 165!


Lauren's People Playlist tomorrow (Thursday, August 10) will be extended to an hour while Now Playing, as usual, will go out from 7-9pm on Friday (August 11) and play the tracks you have suggested to us from the affected labels. 

The full list of labels is below, and includes the likes of Rough Trade, Domino, Ninja Tune, Warp, Soma, Soul Jazz, Brownswood, Dirtee Stank, Buzzin Fly and many many more.

See what Lauren’s show are saying, and let us here your suggestions by leaving a comment on this blog, add a Facebook comment, Tweet us, e-mail, or drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist.

[PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings Belgium, 4AD, A Camp, Absynthe Minded, Accidental, AEI Music, Air Recordings, ALC Music, Alsation, Ambush Reality, Ancient & Modern, Angular Recording Corporation, Arcady Records, Ark Recordings, Asthmatic Kitty Records, Atlantic Jaxx Recordings, Bad Magic, Balling The Jack, Banquet Records, Battered Ornaments Records, Beggars Banquet, Best Before, Big Brother, Big Dada, Bird Records, Blackmaps, Bloody Chamber, Blowout Music, Blue Chopsticks, Border Community, Borstal Beats, Boysnoize Records, BPM, Brainfeeder, Brassland, Bright Star Recordings, Brille, Broken Sound Music, Bronzerat, Brothers and Sisters, Brownswood Recordings, Buzzin' Fly, Cache Cache, Cadenza Records, Celluloid Records, Chalkmark / IE, Chemikal Underground Records, Cocoon, Control Tower, Counter Records, Dance To The Radio, Dead Oceans, Deceptive, Defenders, Ent UK, DESOLAT, Dessous, Different, Dirtee Stank, Divine Comedy Records, Domino Records, Double Six Records, Drag City, Dreambrother, Drive Thru Records, Drowned In Sound, Dummy Records, Duophonic, Eat Sleep Records, Fabric Worldwide, Fake Diamonds, FantasyTrashcan, Fatcat Records, Fence, Feraltone, Finders Keepers Records, Flock Music, Flying Circus, Freerange Records, Friends Vs Records, Full Pupp, Full Time Hobby, Gang Of Four Recordings, Geographic, Ghost Ship, Glaze Recordings, Groenland Records, G-Unit, Hardly Art, Hassle Records, Helpless, Hem Hem Records, HFN Music, Immune, Independiente, Infant, Infectious, Jagjaguwar, Kartel, Kitchenware, Kitsune, KMS Records / Fabric, Laughing Stock, Lex Records, Lipservice, Little Sister Recordings, LO-MAX Records, Loose Music, Lovepump United, Low Life Records, Lucky Number Music, Lucky Seven Records, Mantra, Matador, Memphis Industries, Merok, Metric Music International, Metroline Limited, Model Citizen, Moikai, Motion Audio, MyMajorLabel Ltd, Nation, Ninja Tune, No Quarter, NovaMute, Nusic Sounds, One Four Seven Records Ltd, One Little Indian, Organs, Outcaste, OVNI, P.I.L., Peartree, Records, PeMa, People In The Sky, People Tree, Pirates Blend Records Inc, Planet Function, Play It Again Sam, Playlouder, Poker Flat, Polyvinyl, Records, Poseidon Records, Post Present, Pschent, Raw Canvas, Red Cord Records, REK'D, Rekids, Rekords Rekords, Renaissance, Reveal Records, Riverman Records, Rock Action Records, Roots Records, Rough Trade Records, Rubyworks, Sea Note, Search and Destroy, Secretly Canadian, Setanta, Shape, SideOneDummy Records, Silva Screen, Slam Dunk Records, Smekkleysa, Soma, Sonic Cathedral, Soul Jazz Records, South Paw, Southern Fried Records, Stereo Bang Media, Stolen Recordings, Stranger Records, Streamline, Sub Pop, Suicide Squeeze, Sunday Best, Thrill Jockey, Tirk, Too Pure, Torque Records, Touch & Go Records, Transmission Recordings, Tri Tone, Trouble Records, True Panther, Try Harder, Turnstile, Twisted Nerve Recordings, Universal Sound, Victory Records, Wagram, Wall of Sound, Warp, Watergate, We Love You, Wiiija, Willkommen Records Ltd, Wonderfulsound, XL, Xtra Mile Recordings, Yaala Yaala, Young Turks

Digital Digest: PIAS, Nathan 'Flutebox' Lee, Justice and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:03 UK time, Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Nathan 'Flutebox' Lee


The fire in London have hit independent music makers by setting a Sony DADC distribution building on fire, which contains a large amount of stock from distributors PIAS – including records from XL, Beggers, and Sonic Cathedral. Clash have more details, but the full extent is still unconfirmed and some speculation as to how much actual damage to material is still unsure.

And they are also reporting about how a number of musicians including Ricky from the Kaiser Chiefs in Camden and Skepta in Tottenham are urging people to help in the clear up.

While in Tulsa, it’s a storm putting pay to a Flaming Lips gig as the stage collapses before their set.

Muisc Ally are reporting Spotify have already reached one million users in the USA.

Now if you haven’t seen or heard of Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee make sure you watch this now – he makes incredible music with a flute which Mozart would never have dreamed of!

Marina and the Diamonds is back with new track, Fear and Loathing - watch it on YouTube.

Busy P dropped the new Justice track Audio, Video, Disco at the end his Busy Pictionary set in LA. The YouTube video isn’t great, but still worth checking out.

While also in LA, Rebecca Black joined Katy Perry on stage to perform YouTube hit, Friday.

Digital Digest: The Throne, Lollapalooza, Death in Vegas and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:19 UK time, Monday, 8 August 2011

The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)


The release of The Throne’s first album together Watch the Throne has got most people talking today online. Individually known as Kanye West and Jay-Z, That Grape Juice have a Grooveshark playlist, streaming most of the album. While there is also an interesting video on Vimeo of Kanye launching into an almost five-minute soliloquy at the Big Chill.

Some Kind of Awesome have a round up of day two at Lollapalooza in video – including performances from the Deftones, The Drums, Friendly Fires and Lykke Li.

Death in Vegas are on the comeback trail as well and have just uploaded a remix of Hurts’ Better Than Love.

One Thirty BPM have links to tracks which have been recorded by Daniel Rossen and could well be new Grizzly Bear material.

Bjork’s next track, Virus, is up on YouTube.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will celebrate the launch of their new album with a gig in Cologne, Germany, which will be broadcast via satellite to 450 cinemas in America. I’m With You is released on August 30 and the gig takes place on the same day.

Feist has been throwing a number of teasers on YouTube ahead of her new album, but this one seems to be 45-seconds of an actual track for the first time.

Weezer have been covering Foster the People on their North American tour - have a look on YouTube.

And now Laura Marling has uploaded the official video to accompany her new track – Sophia – onto YouTube.

Now Playing @6Music tracklist August 5, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 5 August 2011

Daft Punk - Discovery


A new track from Daft Punk – one of the acts most speculated about on blogs – is coming out next month it emerged this week, as part of Scottish label Soma Records’ 20th Anniversary Compilation CD.

The track is called Drive, and was discovered in a pile of 17-year old DATs at the label’s offices – it was meant to be part of their first release with them but was replaced by Da Funk – the track which began dance fans love affair with the two Frenchmen.

Staying on a European flex, The Recommender comes on and tells us about why Scandinavian music is so good – amongst some other gems – as does the editor of Drowned in Sound.


Daft Punk – Da Funk

* Jay-Z’s website – Life and Times – have turned Hello! with an ‘at home with the Eavis’ interview’.
* The latest set of Radiohead remixes are up – this time courtesy of Lone, Four Tet and Pearson Sound. Have a listen at Radiohead.com.
* The Quietus have been very excited about their stage at Field Day this weekend – have a look at their preview and accompanying Spotify list.
* Best Coast posted a brand new track, How They Want Me To Be, this week on Soundcloud.

Muse - Starlight

* The Foo Fighters played a number of garages throughout April, creating some pretty unique memories for a few lucky people, and an accompanying 40-minute Garage Tour documentary now up on YouTube.
* Wayne Coyne continues to baffle. His latest stunt – marrying a couple on stage in Canada with the bride and groom both dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz. See it to believe it on YouTube.
* Pitchfork TV have the exclusive stream of the new video from American chillwave artist, Toro y Moi.
* DFA’s Holy Ghost! have a pretty cool new video up now on Vimeo by animator Michael McDonald for track Some Children.
* And the Mahogany Blog have a session from Lounge on the Farm up with Jamie Woon. Mark from the site has written a post about it where you can also watch Woon perform new track Blue Truthtake a look.

#Blogged – Drowned in Sound
Low – Try to Sleep
Crosses - This is a Trick
New Look - The Ballad

Ultimate Daft Punk Playlist Part 1 – contributions from Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail, Spotify, and the Daft Club, Erol Alkan and Drowned in Sound forums.
Daft Punk – 909
Together – Together
Justice – D.A.N.C.E
Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby
Simian Mobile Disco – It’s the Beat

Air - Sexy Boy

* There’s been speculation online all week about Arctic Monkeys after reports have suggested the group are about to become the subject of a major bidding war as the band’s deal with Domino runs out at the end of current album Suck It and See.
* Jamie xx has announced that he’ll be collaborating with film maker Quayola on a brand new audio-visual project to be premiered next week. More info at FACT magazine’s site.
* Canadian rapper Drake has again grabbed headlines after Stevie Wonder joined him on stage at the OVO Festival. You can watch the collaboration on YouTube and it’s also been confirmed that Stevie will appear on Drake’s next album.
* This week sitting on the top of Hype Machine’s buzz chart is Neon Indian – head over to Hypem and hear what all the fuss is about.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Atlas Hands (Mike Skinner Remix)

#Blogged – The Recommender
Grenades for the Wall – Fight Your Battles with Me
Loose Talk Costs Lives - Hemlock
Ms Mr – Time of My Life


Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child of Mine

Ultimate Daft Punk Playlist Part 2 – contributions from Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail and Text

Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You

Friendly Fires - Blue Cassette  

Stereolab - French Disco
Kraftwerk - The Robots

Scott Grooves - Mothership Reconnection (Daft Punk edit)

Kanye West - Stronger

Daft Punk - Derezzed

New Jamie Woon track from the Mahogany Blog

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Producer Will Producer Will | 19:00 UK time, Friday, 5 August 2011

Jamie Woon


Mark Murdoch from The Mahogany Blog telling us why we need to be excited about Jamie Woon

Jamie Woon has been at the top of our priority list since the Mahogany Sessions channel launched a little over a year ago (July 2010) so meeting up with him at Lounge on the Farm festival in Kent back in July was massively exciting for the entire crew.

Jamie released his critically acclaimed debut album, Mirrorwriting, earlier this year which sent publications, magazines and blogs alike insane and I've been a massive fan since watching his acoustic version of Wayfaring Stranger from a few years back.

I picked him up on a festival buggy and we drove just off-site where he performed two acoustic exclusives for us. Firstly one of my favourites from the album, Street, and secondly a new track which you can watch below titled Blue Truth - check out the full session here.

Shape the ultimate Daft Punk playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:58 UK time, Thursday, 4 August 2011

Daft Punk


Oh my – there is a new Daft Punk track, so what better excuse is there to celebrate the wonderful beats, bleeps and flashing robot masks then building a playlist around the marvellous music of the dynamic duo.

Well, calling it a new track is slightly misleading – it’s a ‘lost’ track, called Drive, originally sent to Soma Records along with Rollin’ and Scratchin’. The label asked the Frenchmen to do some more work on it, and Da Funk was put out in its place – the track which became a prophet if dance music was a religion.

Now Playing with Tom Robinson is going to celebrate Daft Punk and their influence tomorrow on the show, and it’s up to you what we play…

Tracks could include:

The choice is up to you!

Let us know what you want to hear by leaving a comment on this blog, go to our Facebook page, send us a Tweet or an e-mail, or drag a track onto our Spotify playlist.

And remember to listen to the show tomorrow (Friday, August 5) from 7pm for the Ultimate Daft Punk Playlist.

(I’m very excited!!!)

Digital Digest: Daft Punk, at home with the Eavis', Mike Skinner and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:30 UK time, Thursday, 4 August 2011

Daft Punk


Finally – Daft Punk are back!

Well, sort of if you jump in a time machine and go back 17-years, because a previously unreleased track called Drive has been unearthed by Soma Records who put out groundbreaking Da Funk and will feature on their 20th anniversary compilation. For more details on the Daft Punk track head over to Exclaim and go to Soma’s Soundcloud to hear clips from some of the other tracks which made the album.

After his wife’s barnstorming headline closing set, Jay-Z’s website – Life and Times – have an at home with the Eavis’ interview. They talk about the evolution of Glastonbury, modern music and much more.

Mike Skinner has proven there is life in the old dog after The Streets even before The Streets have come to an end. The front man has penned ten original tracks for The Inbetweeners’ movie soundtrack – Pop Dash have more information.

Fact Mag are getting very excited about a new audio-visual project undertaken by Jamie xx and Quayola which will be debuted in London on August 11.

Complex have put together a comprehensive list of the 25 must follow (predominately) hip-hop writers on Twitter.

The video for one of the most hyped bands this summer, Azari & III, have their new video for Manic now up on YouTube.

Digital Digest: Wayne Coyne, Jamie Woon, Arctic Monkeys and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:54 UK time, Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)


The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne continues to make what is commonly regarded as ridiculous seem normal and make himself the most unpredictable yet fantastic man around. This time, he has wedded two people on stage in Canada – while the bride and groom were dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz. See it to believe it on YouTube (there is some choice language).

The Mahogany Blog have launched the festival editions of their video session – starting with Jamie Woon at Lounge on the Farm. Performing Street and the exclusive Blue Truth, head over to check it out and stay tuned for more from the likes of Michael Kiwanuka.

Speculation is rife online as to whether the Arctic Monkeys are about to start a bidding war between major labels. Their deal with Domino is coming up and a bit like the football transfer window, there are a number of suitors after the Sheffield band. In the News has more.

Clips from Lenny Kravitz’s new album, Black and White America, have emerged online featuring guest vocals from Jay Z and Drake – have a listen at Rap Up.

Pitchfork TV have the new video from American chillwave artist, Toro y Moi, called How I Know.

Details of Wilco’s new album, The Whole Love, have surfaced online – the Music Fix one site with tracklist and release date.

Best Coast have premiered the full version of their video for Our Deal. Directed by American sweetheart Drew Barrymore, you can watch it on YouTube.

And Belgian dance producer Aeroplane has remixed George Michael – yes that’s right. Listen to Faith re-done with a big bassline on Soundcloud.

Now Streaming - Beady Eye mixtapes, Arcade Fire, Modeslektor...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:30 UK time, Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Now Streaming


Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell has made two mixes and uploaded them to Mixcloud. Eastbound and Down is taken from a DJ set Bell spun in New York and features the likes of Bob Dylan, Wanda Jackson and The Beatles vs. Oasis, while Drifting boasts the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Patti SmithClash were suitably impressed this week anyway.

The Daily Beast have the exclusive stream of the new (of sorts) Arcade Fire album. It’s a repackaged version of The Suburbs with two new tracks and some extended versions from the Grammy winning album. Have a listen anyway.


Modeselektor, Berlin based producers, have released samples of all tracks from their album, Monkeytown, which comes out in Spetember onto Soundcloud. Guest vocals on two of the tracks is none-other than Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

And in an interesting move, the Urban Outfitters site is streaming the new album from War on Drugs called Slave Ambient for a limited time.


On Souncloud, Mathieu Santos has his new album, Massachusetts 2010, streaming.

Guest Blogger - Drunken Werewolf

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:39 UK time, Tuesday, 2 August 2011



by Tiffany Daniels

When I started DrunkenWerewolf I didn’t have a specific idea of what I wanted to do – I just knew I wanted to do something. Propelled by a lack of decent, fresh blood amongst the pages of mainstream music publications, the internet offered a timely platform for my writing.

The first few entries on the blog were a hectic sprawl of words, mainly about The Cooper Temple Clause and Ludes. My need to keep everything meticulously organised soon kicked in, and even the spam reacted.


One day I got a comment from a Viagra website that read, “I like the structure of your blog, it’s very different”. I got myself into a routine – find new band on MySpace, write an off the wall description, post a photo, post a download. Then the Viagra websites of the world started to take over MySpace and I was forced to resort back to word of mouth and gigs – how antiquated!


Eventually a barrage of PR emails and recommendations came my way – all fed straight into DrunkenWerewolf, who spits out many but consumes a significant amount of talent.

Over the years I’ve developed a clearer understanding of what exactly I’m fighting for. Music that doesn’t rely on the past is too often ignored in favour of accessible artists. I’m all for dance floor joy and summery optimism, but if it sounds exactly the same as the stuff out last year, I don’t really see the point. I also have a softness for unusual vocals and poignant lyrics, though that’s not a rule.

I featured three of the acts that stand testament to these ‘likes’ on the show. The first was Tristen, a singer-songwriter from Nashville who definitely takes influence from beach wave and 60s pop, but doesn’t let it consume her music.


Promoting someone closer to home, London’s Roxy Rawson shrieks enough to intimidate any classically trained violinist out of the room, and Laura Stevenson & The Cans bluntly does something no one else has even attempted – whoever thought punk, bluegrass, folk and rock could work with trumpets! Excellent.

Digital Digest: Foo Fighters, Drake & Stevie Wonder, Four Tet and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:58 UK time, Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Foo Fighters on their Garage Tour


Throughout April the Foo Fighters went to fan’s houses, set up in their garages, and rocked out as if they were playing Wembley – and they called it the Garage Tour. The result – some pretty amazing memories for some really lucky fans, and this 40-minute video on YouTube documents it all.

Canadian rapper Drake has grabbed headlines. Stevie Wonder joined him on stage at the OVO Festival – watch on YouTube - and then it was confirmed the two are working together on Drake’s next album.

The next batch of Radiohead remixes – this time from Lone, Four Tet and Pearson Sound – have been made available to stream. CMU have them all.

Four Tet also has a new track, Locked (TEXT 011) up on Soundcloud.

Michael McDonald has made a pretty awesome animated video for Holy Ghosts’ Some Children which is now up on Vimeo.

And likewise, Simian Mobile Disco’s video for Gizzard is on YouTube featuring lots of fluorescent insects and other small biological items.

Field Day is one of the bloggiest festivals on the calender and is taking place this weekend. The Quietus are one of the first to get a preview up – they are also hosting a stage – and have a Spotify playlist alongside it to give you a flavour of what to expect.

Kasabian have their next single, Days Are Forgotten, up on YouTube for you to listen to.

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