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#Bloc Party: Now Playing @6Music tracklist September 30, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 30 September 2011

Bloc Party


Bloc Party have dominated the online music conversation all this week and there’s no end in sight. It all began with the NME reporting the band were set to hold auditions for a new frontman, fuelling speculation on blogs and Twitter that singer Kele Okereke had quit the group.

Kele responded by rubbishing the claims on his blog, while NME have published their original audio interview with Russell Lissack on Soundcloud. So have they or haven’t they?

It’s all still unclear but tonight Now Playing wants you to help build a Bloc Party inspired playlist celebrating the band past, present and future.

Also on the show are music suggestions from bloggers Pigeons and Planes as well as a return from Faded Glamour, and we tell you what’s been streaming this week and new videos.


Bloc Party - Flux

* Coldplay can now proudly boast the crown of being the best represented band online after the results of the BT Digital Music Awards – click here for a full list of winners
* Hip-hop pioneer Sylvia Robinson has died aged 76. The Pillow Talk singer co-owned Sugar Hill Records with her husband, Joe, putting out Rapper’s Delight – the first ever hip-hop’s hit single. More on Hit The Floor
* Spotify have listened to criticism and introduced a new private listening function which will keep your guilty pleasures hidden from your other online contacts on Facebook
* Welsh wonder Gruff Rhys has announced a brand new single, with an accompanying iPhone app. Called Whale Trail, it soundtracks a game of the same name – have a listen on Soundcloud

David Bowie - Suffragette City

#Now Viewing
* tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta (YouTube)
* Holy Ghost! – Hold My Breath (Vimeo)
* Bjork – Moon (YouTube)

#Blogging – Pigeons & Planes
M83 – Midnight City
Childish Gambino – Bonfire
Blah Blah Blah – Soon As I Get Home Tonight


Bloc Party & Kele playlist part 1 - with suggestions from Facebook, Spotify, Twitter and the blog

Bloc Party - Helicopter

Hercules & Love Affair ft. Kele - Step Up

Franz Ferdinand - This Fffire

Sonic Youth - Kool Thing

Hirameka Hi-Fi - The Imperfect Approach

Kele - What Did I Do?

Badly Drawn Boy - Once Around the Block

* A helium filled pig floating above Battersea Power Station was trending on Twitter as Pink Floyd re-released all their albums digitally re-mastered
* Liam Howlett of The Prodigy’s remix of Foo Fighters’ White Limo is up on Soundcloud
* Domino Records have launched a new iPhone app with changing audio content and videos, alongside gig listings from their artists and 200 streamable tracks from their back catalogue
* The Weeknd’s remix of Florence and the Machine’s Shake it Out is getting a lot of hype and is up on YouTube
* Gold Panda has made a brand new track available called An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds’ – it’s available on Soundcloud


Klaxons - Echoes

* Feist – Metals (her site)
* DRC Music – Kinshasa One Two (Hypem)
* Blink 182 – Neighbourhoods (dedicated site)
* Erasure – Tomorrow’s World (The Guardian)
* DJ Shadow – The Less You Know the Better (NPR) #Blogging – Faded Glamour
Yes Lord Sugar
– Wasted Minds
Ellie Makes Music – Home
Shura and Hiatus - First


Bloc Party & Kele playlist part 2 - with suggestions from Facebook, Spotify, e-mail, text and Twitetr

Bloc Party - Banquet

The Chemical Brothers ft. Kele - Believe

Frankie and the Heartstrings - Hunger

Death From Above 1979 - Luno

Tunng - The Pioneers

Tom Waits - Kommine Zo Spat

Digital Digest: Gruff Rhys, Kele retorts, The Weeknd and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:18 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

Gruff Rhys


Whale Trail is the new track from Welsh wonder Gruff Rhys and its up on Soundcloud.

After the announcement, confusion, not-quite-sure-what’s-happening with Bloc Party happening at the moment, Kele has had his say on his blog – and a number of fans have given their opinions on the matter.

The Weeknd has remixed Florence + the Machine’s Shake it Out – loads of blogs are loving it, see if you agree by having a listen on YouTube.

Producer Totally Enormours Extinct Dinosaurs and Donae’o have done an interesting switch-a-roo as they’ve both remixed each other. The tracks in question – TEED’s Garden and When Angels Sing from the London rapper. Have a listen on the Mad Decent blog.

Korn have gone and done the astonishing and announced details of a dubstep album! The Path of Totality will be released on December 5 – with lead track Get Up, already released and produced by Skrillex. Full tracklist at NME.

The Dum Dum Girls have unleashed their kaleidoscopic video for Bedroom Eyes on YouTube.

Now Playing Kele & Bloc Party

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:33 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011



Bloc Party sprung themselves onto the music world without much notice in 2003 after handing 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq a copy of She’s Hearing Voices at a Franz Ferdinand gig – and the rest is history.

Their debut LP, Silent Alarm, was anything but quiet – voted album of the year by the NME in 2005 – and tracks like Banquet and Helicopter winning fans from indie magazines to commercial dance floors.

Two more albums followed – A Weekend in the City and Intimacy – and an ever growing reputation as an exceptionally exciting live act which has seen the band put in special performances on stages from Reading to New Zealand.

The last couple of years have been quiet for Bloc Party, though lead singer Kele Okereke has started an exciting solo career. Moving in a more electronic direction The Boxer was released last year, and the video for new track What Did I Do, featuring Lucy Taylor, has emerged on YouTube over the past seven days.

The future of Bloc Party has been called into question this week, with rehearsals and auditioning for singers going on – but let’s forget that for the time being and celebrate what Kele, Russell, Gordon and Matt have given us.

For the show this Friday we want your:
- Favourite Bloc Party tracks
- Favourite tracks from Kele
- Tracks from bands who have influenced them (Radiohead, Mogwai, Joy Division, Sonic Youth etc)
- How about Franz Ferdinand – that’s the gig where Lamacq was given the demo
- Artists the Bloc Party boys have worked with – Chemical Brothers, Ash...
- Some of the remixes

This really is Pandora’s box!!

Get your requests in the usual way – Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, e-mail or leave a comment here.

And see you on Friday at 7pm on BBC 6 Music.

Now Streaming - DJ Shadow, Feist, DRC Music...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 18:19 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

DJ Shadow


DJ Shadow was in 6 Music to do the 6 Mix at the weekend and now his new album, The Less You Know the Better, is streaming ahead of release at NPR.

Feist is streaming here new album, Metals, through a crafty little widget – which is embedded on The Fader amongst other places.

The full record from the DRC Music collective, including Damon Albarn, Dan the Automator, TEED and a host of local Congalese musicians is no up and streaming on Hypem.

If you head over to Blink 182’s dedicated website for new album, Neighbourhoods, you can listen to the record and chat to people who are also listening to it, well, in your neighbourhood!

The Guardian are streaming the new album from Erasure. Tomorrow’s World is available to purchase next week.

Another album up on NPR is Ryan Adams’ Ashes and Fire – with full length tracks this time.

Clash are streaming the new We Were Promised Jetpacks album – In the Pit of the Stomach – and have done a nice little introduction to the record

Rolling Stone are streaming Spank Rock’s album, Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F****** Liar.

Arts Direct have an exclusive stream of This Time Next Year’s Drop Out of Life, produced by New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert.

Digital Digest: Bloc Party, The Prodigy, Foo Fighters and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:56 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bloc Party


Bloc Party have confirmed to NME they are auditioning for a new singer, but there is no bad blood between them and Kele Okereke.


The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett has continued to demonstrate his love of thrashing guitars and driving beats by remixing the Foo Fighters’ White Limo, after a request from pal Dave Grohl. The result is up on Soundcloud.

And sticking with the Foos, as part of Fallon’s Pink Floyd week, they performed In the Flesh – alongside Roger Walters.

Nirvana’s legendary gig at the Paramount Theatre 20-years ago is currently streaming on Vevo – but be quick, as they’ll be taking it down later.

Bloc Party have confirmed to NME they are auditioning for a new singer, but there is no bad blood between them and Kele Okereke.

Music Ally are reporting an iPhone app from Domino which follows on from their radio station which ran for a week a couple of months ago. It will have weekly changing radio content, tracks from their artists, videos, gig listings and so on.

Holy Ghost! have unveiled the new video for Hold My Breath on Vimeo.

The Cure have announced they will perform their first three albums in full in New York, Los Angeles and London’s Royal Albert Hall. More at Pitchfork.

Rihanna has been causing a bit of a stir in Bangor, Northern Ireland, as the farmer who owns the field where she was shooting a video told her to cover up! The father’s who bought their children down so they could have a look didn’t see the problem. More at Billboard.

Digital Digest: Pink Floyd, Chris Martin, Gold Panda and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:04 UK time, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Pink Floyd


On YouTube, is footage of Pink Floyd live from Wembley in November 1974, with the backdrop being the original touring screen films – its called, The Greatest Gig in the Sky, and restarts every hour.

“One of our favorite bands of all time, R.E.M., for some crazy reason have finished, and it's sad. So with the most respect in the world, this is just to show how much they meant to us,” said Chris Martin just before launching into a rendition of Everybody Hurts by the band which is no more.

Watch some – actually not bad – crowd footage on YouTube.

When Gold Panda releases new music, the internet usually goes crazy. An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds is no exception – have a listen on Soundcloud.

And Yuck have also made a new track available to hear on Soundcloud. Called Sooth Me, it will be part of their deluxe album which is coming out in the US.

The last, of a very long list, of Radiohead remixes have been released. This packages features Jamie xx, SBTRKT and Anstam reworking King of Limbs - listen here.

The video for Apparat’s Song of Los, from the album Devil’s Walk which is out today, is now up on YouTube.

tUnE-yArDs have made their pretty amazing video for Gangsta available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.

Digital Digest: Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Bjork and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:15 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

Pink Floyd - Animals


‘Battersea Power Station’ is trending on Twitter today, as a helium-filled pig is hovering over the disused plant. The landmark gave the cover for Pink Floyd’s album Animals which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. The stunt marks the reissuing of the band’s back catalogue.

Tickets for Coldplay’s tour this December sold out online in minutes this morning, despite people complaining about the cost and the two-per customer limit. Read more at NME.

Bjork’s self produced, one-shot video for Moon is up on Vimeo.

The first fruits from the Metallica and Lou Reed collaboration has surfaced on Soundcloud – its called The View.

With a number of musical films, documentaries and biopics flying about at the moment, Elton John has decided he wants a piece of the action so is producing his own. More at CoS.

Bloc Party’s front… Ur, Kele has released the video to YouTube for new track What Did I Do featuring Lucy Taylor which stays on the electonic tip he’s being exploring by himself.

#R.E.M: Now Playing @6Music tracklist September 23, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011


The biggest news online over the past 24-hours has of course been the break up of R.E.M. The seminal US band who paved the way for so many made the announcement on their official website.

And this is what Michael Stipe uploaded to his Tumblr.

We also invite Rawkblog and A New Band a Day on to tell us about what music they think we should be listening to...


R.E.M – It’s Then End Of The World As We Know It

* The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon have unveiled a charity song, which lasts for a whopping six hours, called I Found This Star on the Ground have a look at One Thirty BPM
* Jamie xx’s rework of Radiohead’s Bloom is on Stereogum
* Spotify CEO Daniel Ek confirmed they now have more than 2-million fully paid-up subscribers, while Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg announced a number of new partnerships with the likes of Netflix and Rdio
* And the lost Daft Punk track, Drive, is now found on YouTube

* Head to the 6Music website for a whole host of past R.E.M footage
* The trailer for the U2 Achtung Baby documentary, From the Sky Down, is now up on YouTube
* The Arctic Monkeys video for Suck it and See is up on YouTube.- and has been quite controversial so be warned!

* Kasabian played new album Velociraptor! in a Boeing 747 – its all up on Vevo
* Manic Street Preachers have covered The The’s This is the Day which is on Vevo
* Wilco played a 63-minute set for David Letterman’s show – have a watch on Stereogum

The Who – Pinball Wizard

#BloggingA New Band a Day
Petit Fantome
– Y^ll^h
Trwbador – Sign in the Winter
Petter Seander – Fortune Cookies

R.E.M inspired playlist part 1 – suggestions from Spotify, the blog, e-mail and Facebook
R.E.M – Orange Crush
The Decemberists – Don’t Carry it All
The Replacements – I Will Dare
Eels – Mr E’s Beautiful Blues
Plyon – Crazy
R.E.M – Carnival of Sorts (Box Car)

* Nirvana will celebrate 20-years of Nevermind tomorrow (Saturday) – have a look at our blog where we collated some of the best online coverage
* M83 is advertising for a new member to join the band on their world tour – full details here
* FIFA 12’s full music line-up has been released – more at Details of My Life So Far
* The Knife have made a Spotify playlist called The Knife/Inspiration - highlighting a number of the female artists who have helped them along their musical paths
* The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Jim Reid unveiled a new track on Soundcloud via Twitter called Black and Blues


Zola Jesus – Conatus (The Guardian)
Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam 20 (Spinner)
Mastodon – The Hunter (YouTube)
Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams (AV Club)
Apparat – The Devil’s Walk (NPR)

#Blogging – Rawkblog
Seeker Lover Keeper – Even Though I’m a Woman
Dude York – David
Minks – Cemetery Rain

The Pixies – Wave of Mutilation

R.E.M inspired playlist part 2 – suggestions from Spotify, the blog, e-mail, Twitter, text, e-mail and Facebook
R.E.M – Can’t Get There From Here
R.E.M – Superman
Gang of Four – I Love a Man in Uniform
Kristin Hersh – Your Ghost

Pavement - The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence

Hindu Love Gods - Raspberry Beret

Guadalcanal Diary - Watsui Rodeo

R.E.M - Electrolite


Digital Digest: Kai Fish, Girls, Wu Lyf and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:21 UK time, Friday, 23 September 2011

Kai Fish


Kai Fish of the Mystery Jets has released the video for his solo track My Anima to YouTube.

The New York Times are streaming the video for Honey Bunny by Girls – the first track from new album Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Pitchfork are streaming the reworked version of We Bros by Wu Lyf which is scheduled for a vinyl release in November.

Dutch Uncles have revealed the video for track The Ink, which gives an insight into how the Mancunian band get ready in the morning.

Digital Digest: R.E.M, Paul McCartney, Spotify

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:59 UK time, Thursday, 22 September 2011

Michael Stipe (REM)


The biggest news online over the past 24-hours has of course been the break up of R.E.M. The seminal US band who paved the way for so many made the announcement on their official website.

Have a look at the blog we posted about it late yesterday afternoon, and find out how to get involved in our R.E.M. special show tomorrow evening.

And this is what Michael Stipe uploaded to his Tumblr.

Elsewhere, the six hour charity song, I Found This Star on the Ground, with Sean Lennon is up on Soundcloud. Fans were able to pay $100 a track to get their name included, it comes on a USB stick from a Strobo Trip Light Phase Illusion Toy – its of course The Flaming Lips. Have a listen at One Thirty BPM.

You can now watch a preview of Paul McCartney’s long awaited ballet, Ocean's Kingdom, on YouTube with members of the New York City Ballet.

The NJ Underground have uploaded Jamie xx’s remix of Radiohead’s Bloom to Soundcloud and a surge of people are heading over to have a listen.

Music Ally are reporting Spotify have reached 2million subscribers – meaning an extra 500,000 since their US launch two and a half months ago.

And the trailor for the U2 documentary on Achtung Baby has been released to YouTube. Called From the Sky Down it will be screened on October 9.

Now Playing - RIP R.E.M.

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Producer Will Producer Will | 18:23 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011


“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band.

“We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

So reads the statement just released by R.E.M confirming the band are no more after more than 30-years together.

It’s hard to underestimate the contribution that R.E.M have made to alternative music over the past three decades. Formed by Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry in Athens, Georgia in 1980, their early albums on I.R.S – most notably Life’s Rich Pageant and Document - were crucial in pushing alternative rock into the mainstream.


The band went on release a further 11-albums on Warner Brothers culminating in this year’s Collapse into Now, headlining Glastonbury Festival and becoming one of the world’s biggest stadium rock bands in the process.

In recent years their output may not have matched the critical and commercial peak of 1991’s Out of Time and 1993’s Automatic For The People, and many argue that the band never recovered from Bill Berry’s departure in 1997 after suffering a brain anurysm during the Monster world tour.


However they leave one of the best back catalogues in rock and an enduring legacy in opening the down the doors for alternative music worldwide. Indeed, you can arguably this week’s other major story, 20 years of Nirvana’s Nevermind, may not have come about if it wasn’t for Stipe and company.

So on this Friday’s Now playing we want to celebrate R.E.M – their music, their influences, those they influenced and key collaborators

- Think stuff from their own back catalogue
- College rock bands who they paved the way for – like Nirvana, Gigolo Aunts, Mudhoney, Wilco and Weezer
- The punk rock artists which inspired them like Patti Smith, Television and The Velvet Underground
- Michael Stipe’s collaborations associations from Placebo to Billy Bragg

- And your memories of when you've seen them live

It’s up to you – give us your suggestions on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and drag tracks onto our collaborative Spotify playlist.

Twenty years of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' - the online hype

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:47 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Nirvana - Nevermind


It’s coming up to the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal album, Nevermind. Steve Lamacq is doing a special on Friday to mark the occasion – and there's been rather a lot of people discussing the milestone online this week…

NME.com asked a number of bands from Arctic Monkeys to Everything Everything and Suede what their favourite Nirvana track is.

American radio station The End 107.7 have three new and unreleased tracks from the band!

Well, kinda.

They have some of the demos which are coming out on the 20th anniversary deluxe box set, including Smells Like Teen Spirit Live From The Paramount – which strictly speaking are unreleased, but not really new as some blogs are saying.

And from that gig, on the Nirvana Vevo page right now there are some clips.

While a cattle of Seattle artists last night performed the album in full, including bassist Krist Novoselic – its up for the rest of the day to watch again so be quick and click here.

Billboard have collated – in their opinion – the best Nirvana covers. Have a look here as Patti Smith does Smells Like Teen Spirit, Yuna has a stab as Come As You Are, and much, much more.

And they’ve had a chat with Novoselic.

There is even a dedicated website – Nevermind20.com – collating a load of the video and photos, giving a comprehensive history of the album and its legacy, while inviting fans to share their memories and stories.

Elsewhere, The Music Fix have listen their top 10 Nirvana live moments.

Consequence of Sound have posted an interesting piece on the Six Degrees off Kurt Cobain: Seeking Outer Nirvana.

And there is so much more

Now Streaming - Pearl Jam, Dum Dum Girls, Mastodon...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:27 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011


Nirvana aren’t the only band with a 20-year anniversary – Pearl Jam have teamed up with director Cameron Crowe for a celebration of the band’s two decades in music with a documentary and album of 29-rare and unreleased tracks which you can stream at Spinner.

The AV Club have the Dum Dum Girls’ new album Only in Dreams up, which follows on from last year’s debut I Will Be.

The Hunter is the new album from Mastodon and you can listen to it in full, interestingly enough, on YouTube. This kind of forces of you to hear it front to back as its down as one 53-minute track with a pretty cool visualiser running throughout.

Modeselektor’s new album Monkeytown is also streaming as a whole. With appearances from Thom YorkeSong Operated are one of a number of sites currently hosting it.

Digital Digest: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Arctic Monkeys, FIFA 12 and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:12 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Arctic Monkeys - Suck it and See


The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Jim Reid has unveiled a new track via Soundcloud and the band’s Twitter called Black and Blues.

The video for the Arctic Monkeys’ Suck it and See has caused a bit of controversy. With two versions – one clean and one not so clean – here’s a link to the former.

You may remember a couple of weeks ago we had a video game special on Now Playing – well in the same vein the line-up for FIFA 12’s soundtrack has just been announced and includes the likes of The Strokes, Kasabian, CSS, TV on the Radio and more – have a look in full on NME.

Warpaint did a session for Rough Trade and it included this version of Billie Holliday which has found its way to YouTube.

There’s a new Wild Beasts track called Thankless Thing - have a listen on Soundcloud.

Washed Out’s video for Amor Fati is up on Vimeo.

Fenech-Soler have been having fun in a photo booth in the making of new video Golden Sun - have a peak on YouTube.

Now Streaming - Twin Sister, Wilco, Apparat...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:00 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Now Streaming - w/c September 19, 2011


Stereogum have an exclusive stream of the new Twin Sister LP. Called In Heaven, you can listen to it in full now ahead of release on September 26. 

Wilco had a sort of listening party for a short time where you could hear their new album The Whole Love in full. Well now you can hear it more traditionally, on NPR, before it comes out next week.

NPR also have The Devil’s Walk by German producer Apparat streaming ahead of release next week.

If you go to Amazon you can listen to snippets from all the tracks on Ryan Adams' new album, Ashes & Fire.

Dominant Legs' new album, Invitation, is now streaming in its entirety courtesy of Hypem before release.

Remember Remember have their new album, The Quickening, streaming thanks to the Soundcloud of their record label Rock Action Records.

And speaking of labels, Wichita Recordings have uploaded a new set to Soundcloud of stuff to expect before the end of the year – including cuts from Los Campesinos!, Mariachi El Bronx and Wild Flag.

Digital Digest: M83, Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:29 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011



M83 have used their official site to advertise for a new member. The successful candidate must be a multi-instrumentalist, who ideally has used Ableton before – and lives in LA. Could it be you? More here.

To launch – aye – their new album, Kasabian played their new record in a Boeing 747 in front of 200 fans in the band’s hometown, Leicester. Head over to Vevo and watch them perform the tracks from Velociraptor!  

The Manic Street Preachers have the video for the first track off their forthcoming album, National Treasures. It’s a cover of The The’s This is the Day – have a peak on YouTube.

Dance music is still getting to grips with the sad passing of DJ Mehdi, and amongst the hundreds of tributes being posted online is this mix uploaded by Ed Banger by Feadz in his honour.

The Knife have made a Spotify playlist called The Knife/Inspiration. Highlighting a number of the female artists who have helped them along their musical paths – have a listen here.

Adele has covered Bon Iver’s cover of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, when she wasn’t ill and performing in Manchester. Have a watch here.

And if you want to be part of Daft Punkwatch this.

Digital Digest: Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sigur Ros and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:12 UK time, Monday, 19 September 2011

Ed Sheeran


Ed Sheeran hit the peak of the UK album chart this week, and to say thanks to his fans he made the appropriately titled Thank You EP a free download – get it here.

The Foo Fighters, dressed as the characters from their controversial Hot Buns video, went on the back of a float to the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and told them just what they think - have a look.

All you want to know about Sigur Ros’ future output – including Inni – is oddly enough on their own website – as well as a link to download for free new track, Festival.

The ‘lost’ Daft Punk track, Drive, is up to listen to on YouTube and available as part of Soma Records’ 20th Anniversary compilation.

While staying with electronic heavyweights, High Contrast has marked his return with The First Note is Silent – he had helping hands from Underworld and Tiesto no less. Have a listen on YouTube.

The first taste of the Metallica and Lou Reed collaboration is up on YouTube. Its only 30-seconds of a 90-minute album – but what do you think?  

Pretty Much Amazing have three new tracks from James Blake, who debuted them during his Essential Mix this last weekend.

#The Cure: Now Playing @6Music tracklist 16/09/11

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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 22:00 UK time, Friday, 16 September 2011

Robert Smith from The Cure




So after their storming Bestival performance at the weekend, what better band to celebrate on Now Playing than the mighty Cure? We were literally bombarded with suggestions of tracks related to the group and boy, have they made an impact on you over the last three decades. From people who walked down to the aisle to ‘Pictures of You’ to couples who’ve named their daughters Charlotte (Sometimes), Robert Smith and company seemed to have touched the 6 Music audience in a way that few other acts have. It was also lovely to see so many messages from people who had seen the band play in early 1980s and were still there in the audience on the Isle of Wight last weekend. Dedication indeed.


Also in the show we heard new music picked by CMU and The Blue Walrus, a fantastic cut from the new Kasabian album out next week and a snippet of a new Thom Yorke track called The Twist. Sample lyric? “The Twist/The Twist/The Twist…” oh, you get the idea.           





The Cure – Friday I’m In Love


#Digital Digest


*Thom Yorke has done a new mix for Mary Anne Hobbs featuring a preview of a new track ‘The Twist.’ You can hear it on MixCloud.  (via, well...every blog basically)

*Stereogum have published their 40 bands to watch in 2011 accompanied by a free 40 song digital mix tape to download for free.

 *MGMT have curated the latest in the 'Late Night Tales' compilation series and recorded a brand new version of Bauhaus’s  ‘All We Ever Wanted Was Everything’ which they’ve uploaded to Soundcloud (va Pitchfork)

 *The Big Pink are back, back, back with the first cut from their second album called ‘Stay Gold’, which you can see on their offical website. 


#Now Viewing


*Time magazine have an exclusive video of Ryan Adams performing ‘Dirty Rain’ from his new LP.

*Abeano are singing the praises of Frank Ocean’s new video which features ‘cowboys and witchcraft. Well, someone’s got to, haven’t they?    

*Evidence that YouTube is going to be renamed Bon IverTube was boosted this week after someome uploaded a video of him covering Don Henley’s If Hollywood Don't Need You (Honey I Still Do) (via Pitchfork) 

*Neon Indian has posted a new video for his new song ‘Polish Girl’ full of cyborgs who look like Daft Punk’s scruffier cousins  (via. Stereogum)




Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)


#Blogging – Andy from CMU


Aluna George – You Know I Like It

Listener - Falling In Love With Glaciers

The Dying Seconds - Mora Minn


Cure Inspired Playlist Pt.1 related playlist part 1 – with suggestions from Facebook, Spotify, the blog and e-mail


The Cure – A Forest

Sarabeth Tucek – Three Imaginary Boys

Dinosaur Jr – Just Like Heaven

Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith – Not In Love

Frida - I Know There’s Something Going On

The Cure – One Hundred Years


The Japanese Popstars feat. Robert Smith – Take Forever


#Now Streaming


The Subways – Money And Celebrity (via NME.com)

Meg Baird – Seasons On Earth (via NPR Music)

Tori Amos – Night Of Hunters (via NPR Music)

Kasabian – Velociraptor! (via The Guardian)


#Blogging – Tim from The  Blue Walrus


Django Django - Waveforms

No Ceremony – Hurt Love

Alt-J - Breezeblocks




Amy Winehouse - Back To Black


Cure Inspired Playlist Pt.2– with suggestions from Facebook, Spotify, the blog and e-mail


Siousxie & The Banshees - Dear Prudence

The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes

Pigbag - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag

Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance

Jimi  Hendrix Experience - Foxy Lady

Nouvelle Vague - A Forest 

The Cure - Pictures Of You 


Friday's Now Playing Is In Love With The Cure

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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 19:55 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

Robert Smith from The Cure

This year's Bestival was notable for many things, not least the amount of people dressed in animal outfits and oversized sunglasses. However in a line up which included the majesty of Bjork, Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey and Primal Scream doing 'Screamadelica' in full, the most talked about artist online by a country mile was Saturday night headliners, The Cure.


Playing a two and a half hour career-spanning set from 'A Forest' and 'Killing An Arab,' via 'Close To Me', 'Friday I'm In Love', though to their later noughties material, Robert Smith and company demonstrated what an essential part they've played in alternative music over the last three decades. 


So on this Friday's Now Playing we want to doff our cap to the band by collaborating on a Cure inspired playlist. What Cure tracks do you want to hear? What about bands who they've influenced like Interpol and Editors? Anyone want to dig out any Robert Smith collaborations? Or how about some of the myriad Cure cover versions from acts as diverse as Dinosaur Jr to The Futureheads?


Leave a suggestion below, chat to us on the 6 Music Facebook page, add a tune to our collaborative Spotify Playlist, or tweet us. Whatever you do, this Friday from 7pm on BBC 6 Music is the time to be in love with The Cure.

Now Streaming - Ladytron, The Subways, Primus...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:16 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Gravity the Seducer, the new LP from Ladytron, may be out this week - but this doesn't stop them from uploading it to Soundcloud to listen to in full if you can't decide whether to buy it or not. 


The Subways' new album Money and Celebrity has been made available to stream in full on NME.com. It is released next Monday and produced by Blur and The Smiths studio-man Stephen Street.


Primus, the artist behind the South Park theme tune, has his new album streaming on the animated series’ Facebook page – its called Green Naugahyde.

An album of sessions from Miles Davis’ 1967 European tour is forming an album - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 – which you can listen to on NPR.

Also on NPR this week is Tori Amos’ new album. Called Night of Hunters, it is released on September 19.

Hip-hop collective, Das Racist, have their new album streaming on Spotify.

Digital Digest: Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Neil Young and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:25 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Coldplay - Paradise


Coldplay are back with another track from new album Mylo Xyloto on YouTube. Its called Paradise – do you agree with the title?  

And the band have also revealed the tracklist of their new album which comes out on October 24.

Pearl Jam have oft covered Neil Young’s Rocking in the Free World. Well, on the anniversary of 9/11, Young himself joined the band on stage in Toronto to perform the track – have a look on YouTube.

Drowned in Sound are currently hosting the new five-track EP from Memoryhouse. Along with a track-by-track guide its called The Years and will come out on Sub Pop on September 19.

Trophy Wife’s video for new single Wolf is up on YouTube.

Digital Digest: Bestival, Radiohead, Jim Carrey and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:18 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

The Cure at Bestival

Andrew Whitton


The Cure played their only European festival date over the weekend at Bestival, and YouTube user topscooter, has a load of songs from their set on his channel.

It could be argued this round-up features the Radiohead boys quite a lot. That would be fair. They do lots of things and normally its quite good.

So today, after leaked versions of Thom Yorke singing (wailing?) on new Modeselektor tracks emerged at the tail end of last week – we now have a stream of the official remix by the German producers of Radiohead’s Good Eveneing Mrs Magpie.

Meanwhile, Jonny Greenwood and Richard D. James of Aphex Twin fame shared a stage with avant-garde composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, in Poland over two nights. Consequence of Sound have some footage.

And the Oxford band have a famous fan – watch this video to see Jim Carrey (yer Pet Detective and The Mask) covering Creep in a New York bar.

Howling Bells' new album is out today and to celebrate – so is the video for track Into the Sky.

Digital Digest: Achtung Baby, The Fall, Pearl Jam and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 18:34 UK time, Sunday, 11 September 2011


Q Magazine are putting together a cover album of U2’s Achtung Baby. The news was broke by Rolling Stone, while the album will see contributions from the likes of Jack White, Patti Smith and Depeche Mode.

The Fall have announced details of a new album and tour dates. Ersatz G.B will be the band’s 29th studio LP – more details at NME.com.

And NME.com also have an exclusive clip from Cameron Crowe’s forthcoming documentary on Pearl Jam, called Pearl Jam Twenty.

A video of Amy Winehouse dueting and discussing her collaboration with Tony Bennett has surfaced on YouTube ahead of the release of Tony Bennett: Duets II on September 20. The video and full version of the two performing Body and Soul will be released on September 14 though – what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday.

The Guardian are exclusively streaming Beriut’s new video, Santa Fe - a homage to Zach Condon's hometown.

#PJ Harvey - Now Playing @6Music tracklist, September 9, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 9 September 2011

PJ Harvey


This week the Mercury Music Prize has dominated the online music world, and in particular, PJ Harvey, who become the first person to pick up a second award with Let England Shake – a decade after her first win with Tales from the City, Tales from the Sea.

There’s been a lot of debate about who should’ve won but it seems Harvey’s victory has been largely well received and as a result, Peej is the basis of this evening’s playlist on Now Playing @6Music.

Also, we wrap up the rest of the week’s biggest online music stories including tracks from Justice and Noel Gallagher, and speak to bloggers My Band’s Better than Your Band and Cruel Rhythm.

PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder

* There are a lot of rumours Adele is in line to record the next James Bond theme – more at MTV.com.
* The Beatles greatest hits album, 1, is now available to download from iTunes and Apple are in talks with Aerosmith about selling their back-catalogue according to the New York Post.
* The latest Fact Mix is up – 280 comes from Swedish duo Air France.
* And the second track from Noel Gallagher’s debut album High Flying Birds has been gaining a lot of traction this week. Called AKA… What a Life, it’s up on a number of sites including Rock on the Streets.


The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition

* Various Artists - True Blood Volume 3 Soundtrack (Entertainment Weekly)
* Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical (3Voor12)
* Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Hypem)
* St Vincent – Strange Mercy (NPR)
* Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know (Guardian)

#Blogging – Cruel Rhythm
– All I Want
FAMY - Arjun
HEALTH – Goth Star

#PJ Harvey related playlist part 1 – with suggestions from Facebook, Spotify, the blog and e-mail
PJ Harvey – This is Love
Marianne Faithfull – The Mystery of Love
Giant Sand – The Weight
Eels – Dog Faced Boy
The Desert Sessions – I Want to Make it With You
Sparklehorse – Piano Fire

* Freddie Mercury would have been 65 this week – check out the Google Doodle tribute, and the messages from musicians ranging from Gerard Way to Miss Piggy on Queen’s official YouTube channel.
* Los Campesinos have made their new track, By Your Hand, available to listen to – its up at Pitchfork.
* The Flaming Lips are planning another crazy stunt – this time they are set to record a six-hour song and you can pay $100 to have your name included. More at SKOA.
* The Guardian music pages are streaming Mogwai’s new EP, Earth Division, in full.
* M83’s Morgan Kibby has remixed Kevin Devine’s 11 17 under his The White Sea moniker – you can download it for free from Soundcloud.
* And Bon Iver recorded an acoustic version of Beth/Rest for NPR’s World Café – have a listen at Pigeons and Planes.

#Now Viewing
* All the performances from this week’s Mercury Prize ceremony are up on the 6 Music website.
* SBTRKT’s video for Pharaohs featuring Roses Gabor is up on YouTube.
* Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy has covered the Black Eyed Peas’ I Got a Feeling – watch here.
* The video for Battles featuring Gary Numan’s vocals on My Machines is also at The Fader.
* The title track from Justice’s new album, Audio, Video, Disco is now up on Daily Motion.



Aerosmith & Run DMC - Walk This Way

#Blogging – My Band’s Better Than Your Band
Outfit – Vehicles
Zulu Winter – Silver Tongue
Space Fight – 22

#PJ Harvey related playlist part 2 – with suggestions from Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, Text, the blog and e-mail

PJ Harvey – 50ft Queenie
Tricky & PJ Harvey – Broken Homes
Mark Lanegan & PJ Harvey – Hit the City
Nirvana – Come as You Are
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ft. PJ Harvey, Kylie Minogue & Shane MacGowan – Death is Not the End

PJ Harvey ft, Thom Yorke - This Mess We're In
PJ Harvey – Sheela Na Gig

Digital Digest: Flaming Lips, Battles, Wilco and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:00 UK time, Friday, 9 September 2011

Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips)


I’ve run out of ways to describe Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips – what you need to know is they are recording a 6-hour song and your name can be in it for $100. Don’t believe me – go to Some Kind of Awesome.

There are a lot of new videos up:
  •      Gary Tweeted about it on Friday during the show, and now the video featuring Mr Numan with Battles for My Machine is up to watch on YouTube.
  •      Justice’s Audio, Video, Disco has found pictures on Daily Motion.
  •      The Ash Eliza Smith directed video for Love Ink’s cover of David Essex’s Rock On is on YouTube.
  •      Wilco’s video for Born Alone on YouTube.
  •      While Jeff Tweedy has covered the Black Eyed Peas', I Got a Feeling.

Digital Digest: The Beatles, Aerosmith, Mogwai and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:31 UK time, Thursday, 8 September 2011

The Beatles


The Beatles have made their album 1 – the most popular of the past decade – finally available on iTunes. More on Clash

While The New York Post are reporting Aerosmith have also struck up a deal with Apple.

The Guardian have a track-by-track guide from Stuart Braithwaite of the new Mogwai EP, Earth Division, which you can also stream ahead of its release on September 12.

The White Sea remix – aka Morgan Kibby from M83 – of Kevin Devine’s 11-17 is available as a free download from Soundcloud.

And as the NME headline says: “Kate Moss drums with The Vaccines then gets naked,” - the video is here.  

Digital Digest: Mercurys, Noel Gallagher, Mastodon and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:55 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011


Of course the Mercury Music Prize has dominated the online blogscape over the past 24-hours. The Guardian asked readers to write reviews of albums and why they should win – the best compiled here - while My Band’s Better Than Your Band, The Huffington Post, and Music OMH are all talking about the first two-time winner, PJ Harvey

The latest track from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album, AKA… What a Life, is available to listen to.

Some Kind of Awesome are kind of excited about the new track from Spank Rock, featuring Santigold, called Car Song.

The third taster from Mastodon’s forthcoming album, The Hunter is up on YouTube and is called Spectrelight.

Chromeo have been talking to US celebrity website, TMZ, about how they are living proof Arabs and Jews can get on.

The Antlers were guest on Fallon in the States and performed I Don’t Want Love.

The latest track from the AV Club is up – and its Peter, Bjorn and John covering Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness.

The self-titled album from Wild Flag is streaming this week, and the video for lead track, Romance, is now up on Vimeo.

Now Playing playlist built around the award winning PJ Harvey

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Producer Will Producer Will | 11:14 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011


By becoming the first person to win two Mercury Music Prizes, PJ Harvey is once again the toast of music across all media – not just online. 

Let England Shake picked up the gong last night, a decade after Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea picked up the award.

So who better to honour in this week’s Now Playing than the darling of British music?!

Help us build a playlist around Polly Jean Harvey by picking:
• Tracks by PJ Harvey
• Collaborators
• Similar Artists
• Those who inspired her
• And people she has subsequently inspired

Let us know what you want to hear on our Facebook page, on Twitter, by e-mailing us, drag a track onto our collaborative Spotify playlist or leave a comment here.

And remember to tune into Now Playing @6Music on Friday night from 7pm with Tom Robinson.

Six tips to get into music journalism

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Producer Will Producer Will | 10:31 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011


by Manu Ekanayake (Beats and Beyond)

Everyone thinks they could be a music journalist. They also assume that it’s one long excuse to hang out with their favourite artists and get into gigs for free… which it can be, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Here’s a few home truths about breaking into the business:

1) Anyone who likes music can be a music journalist, right?
Wrong. School and Uni teach you to write academically, but they don’t teach you to write in an entertaining way. Most people can write, but few can write well. This is where your own reading comes in – if you’re not a voracious reader, give up now. You learn by reading, as this allows you to develop (NOT steal) your own style. And as far as music goes, you’ll not go far without reading about the kind of music you want to write about…

2) Involve yourself in the discourse
Music doesn’t stand still, especially in the digital age where anyone can make music in their bedroom. Because of this, the traditional media that was once so powerful (never talk to music fans over 35 about the NME unless you have hours to spare) now shares its influence with blogs, web-zines, U-streams, messageboards and Facebook & Twitter too.


Somebody, somewhere, is writing about the music you love – so read it, follow it, Tweet about it, get on the forums and generally get involved in your scene. Also make sure you go to clubs and gigs regularly - which should go without saying.

You have to write from a position of knowledge, otherwise why would anyone listen to you?

3) Get loads of work experience
This is one of the dirty little secrets of all journalism – it’s a very middle-class business, for the most part because it runs on ‘internships’, i.e. free (or cheap) labour. A friend of a friend is now a heavy hitter on a national paper but he started out at the nationals by working for another, without pay. That’s an extreme example, but he is extremely successful.

Alexi Duggins has his own TV column in Time Out and more recently became their go-to guy for grime. But before that he was an intern at the Itchy City guides, eventually rising to the post of Features Editor in a young company that put a premium on talent over experience. However he had also been Editor of the London Student in 2004-5. So basically, writing a few articles in your student rag isn’t going to cut it (and neither is just having a degree or even the increasingly common journalism postgrads). Learn by doing, for anyone who will let you – try websites / magazines / blogs… which brings us on to…

4) Getting some clippings together
To get some work experience (and later to get jobs) you will need to have some ‘clippings’ to show people. That means links / print outs / screen captures or even photocopies of your work.

When I started out writing as an amateur the best part of 10 years ago, you sent something to one of the music mags and got some response if you were lucky. However now there’s umpteen websites that won’t offer to pay you (because they can’t afford to) but will publish your work. I even write for one, so if anyone wants to do club reviews in exchange for a couple of guestlists, e-mail me and we’ll chat. But before you write for others, you should:

5) Write for yourself (aka blog)
Literally everyone does it now. I briefly wrote for iDJ magazine, which recently went bust. So now Alex Gwilliam, former Assistant Editor of iDJ, has set up his own blog. Kate Hutchinson, the Clubbing Editor of the wonderful Time Out, also has one.

Why do they bother?

Well, because blogs allow them to publish full versions of interviews – people say a lot more than 1000 words in interviews, trust me – but also so they can talk about other things that they like, as well as their publication’s usual subject. And that can show a bit of breadth to prospective employers – e.g. you can show a film review you’ve done on your own blog when pitching a film article. But as a rookie, you need somewhere you can publish your stuff, to be able to bargain with Music PRs. These guys will send you stories, so you need their goodwill.

6) Don’t give up the day job
Most people in music journalism have a day job – often in music PR, but many just have a straight office gig (I’ve certainly done my time here). Staff jobs are increasingly hard to come by and freelancing for a living can be brutal – chasing money is not fun and doesn’t always lead to success, plus getting paid when so many people write for free is getting ever more difficult.


I’ve recently done bits of PR work and even branched out into doing some technology articles - so cultivate a list of interests, because the more things you can write about, the more employable you are. But for someone starting out, be prepared to write in your leisure time – if you love it enough, you’ll make the sacrifice.

Now Streaming - Laura Marling, Neon Indian, St Vincent...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 15:01 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Now Streaming - Laura Marling, Neon Indian, St Vincent


Laura Marling’s new album A Creature I Don’t Know is streaming via the Guardian’s music pages. After the success of Sophia across both 6 Music and the blogs – the album looks set to only continue the growth of Marling’s reputation. 

Mexican born producer, Neon Indian, has his new album streaming on NPR. Now residing in Texas Era Extraña, click if you like Washed Out, Toro y Moi or Chad Valley.

Annie Clark, or St Vincent as you may know her by, has her album Strange Mercy also streaming on NPR ahead of its release on September 13. She has been a costumed member of the Polyphonic Spree as well as being part of Sufjan Stevens’ band in the past – and is well worth checking out.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have their new album, Hysterical, streaming on 3Voor12 – which is their first studio LP since 2007’s Some Loud Thunder.


Hypem are honouring the Father, Son and Holy Ghost by Girls at the moment ahead of next week's release.

And the soundtrack for American TV show True Blood is up at Entertainment Weekly featuring tracks from Gil Scott-Heron, Massive Attack, PJ Harvey and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club amongst others.

Digital Digest: Freddie Mercury tributes, New Order, Bon Iver and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:38 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Freddie Mercury & Queen at Wembley, 1986


The birthday wishes for Freddie Mercury, who would have just turned 65, have been pilling up over the past 24-hours. My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way said, “Freddie Mercury, to me was probably the most important frontman to me growing up.” Other messages come from musicians as wide and varied as Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters to Miss Piggy – all of which can be found on Queen’s Official YouTube channel.

As well as this, the band are streaming their entire 1986 concert from Wembley, also on YouTube.

New Order are set to play two gigs in Paris and Brussels next month in aid of their friend Michael Shamberg who produced a number of their videos. More information at Gigwise.

Bon Iver have popped by NPR’s World Café and performed an acoustic version of Beth/Rest – its up on Soundcloud.

We had an exclusive clip of Justice’s new track Audio, Video, Disco – and now the full length version has emerged online, Have a listen on Soundcloud.

Fact Magazine have unveiled their latest episode of their mix series – this time from Swedish duo Air France.


And on Drowned in Sound's Facebook page, they are currently taking votes for the Neptune Music Prize - the alternate award to the Mercurys.

Digital Digest: Freddie Mercury, James Bond, Cedella Marley and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:16 UK time, Monday, 5 September 2011

Freddie Mercury - Google Doodle


Shaun Keaveny and 6 Music have been honouring what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday with the Grow a Tash for Freddie campaign – and Google have also marked the occasion with this Doodle.

After having Gary Numan on for our first ever Tweet In, more details of his forthcoming album – Dead Son Rising – is up at NME.com.

A lot of people have been talking about how Mercury nominee Adele’s been dropping hints about singing the next James Bond theme tune, including Fake DIY.

The HitFix are reporting how Facebook are integrating more music services such as Spotify.

Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, has been given the task of designing the Jamaican 2012 Olympic kits - more on Contact Music.

Theophilus London has uploaded the video for his new track I Stand Alone to YouTube.

#Numan6Music - Now Playing @6Music tracklist September 2, 2011

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:00 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011


Now Playing’s virtual guests this evening, Gary Numan and Ade Fenton, confirmed the release date of their brand new album. Dead Son Rising will be released on September 12, and Gary also revealed he’ll release a companion album, Splinter during 2012.

We had a couple of exclusive plays from Dead Son Rising, and were also glad to welcome back The Von Pip Musical Express and The Quietus.


Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric

#Digital Digest
* Beyonce broke a Twitter record this week when she announced her pregnancy at MTV’s Video Music Awards – there were 8,868 tweets per second discussing the news.
* Karen O has announced details of her new opera Stop the Virgins, which are now up on Pitchfork.
* Metronomy have remixed Lady Gaga’s You and I. (Listen here).
* M83 has released the first track from new double album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. Appropriately called Intro and featuring Zola Jesus it is up on YouTube.

# Now StreamingSee the blog post
The Drums – How it Ended

#BloggingThe Von Pip Musical Express
Dum Dum Girls - Bedroom Eyes

#Gary Numan playlist
Gary Numan – M.E.
Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At
Depeche Mode – Walking in My Shoes
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy & William S. Burroughs – Words of Advice for Young People
The Foo Fighters – Down in the Park
Gary Numan – Noise Noise
Damon Albarn – We Have a Technical Problem
Ultravox – Slow Motion
Battles ft. Gary Numan – My Machines
South Central – Crawl
Ade Fenton – Slide Away
Gary Numan – When the Sky Bleeds, He Will Come

#BloggingThe Quietus
Zun Zun Egui - Fandango Fresh

#Now Viewing
* The most talked about event from the Reading and Leeds Festivals was Jarvis Cocker joining The Strokes on stage and performing Just What I Needed by Cars.
* Willie Nelson has done a rather lovely video of Coldplay’s The Scientist which is now on YouTube.
* The Foo Fighters have released a North American tour preview, called Hot Buns, on YouTube.
* My Morning Jacket played their new album Circuita in full for KCRW which is up on NPR.
* And the official video for Joe Goddard’s Gabriel is also up on Vimeo.

Nine Inch Nails - Metal

Guest Blogger - The Von Pip Musical Express

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Producer Will Producer Will | 17:50 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011

Jesus and Mary Chain


And so as the summer and festival season comes to an end, it’s hard to believe there are now just 113-shopping days left before it’s Christmas once more! Maybe it’s not quite time to start compiling your albums of the year list just yet, for September normally heralds the start of some frenzied activity on the album release front after the familiar slowdown during the summer months.

One of the perks of blogging is that you often receive promo copies of albums months in advance of their official release. So I can state, with some degree of confidence that there should be something for everybody to look forward to in the coming months.

Ladytron return with their fifth studio album, Gravity The Seducer (12th September) which finds them at their imperious best and features a mesmerising mix of glacial choral vocals, sinister, symphonic synths and relentless driving beats.

Manchester electro-indie trio The Whip’s much anticipated sophomore album Wired Together (19th September) sees the band embrace a more upbeat sound which may even have even induced Sir Douglas Bader to shake a leg on the dancefloor.

Dum Dum Girls return with their second album Only In Dreams (September 27th) and prove that head honcho Dee-Dee is a songwriter of real depth and talent. This time around the band get the full studio treatement courtesy of legendary producer Richard Gotterer and The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner. At the risk of being accused of indulging in hyperbole it’s my opinion that in any right thinking society this album will be one day viewed as a classic.

It’s quite simply a stunning collection of songs, fusing the girl group sound of yore with a modern twist whilst expanding the template set down on their lo-fi debut I Will Be to produce a mature, sophisticated and on occasion epic sound. It will be there or there about in the album of the year stakes without a doubt.

There’s also the gritty, romantic realism of Prince Edward Island who’s debut album has just been released. This Day Is A Good Enough Day is a real gem, full of twisted wit, wisdom, and sardonic observation which engages the listener from start to finish.

Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band have also released their ‘accidental debut ‘ album – the somewhat belligerently titled F*** You I’m Keith Top Of The Pops and features the likes of Art Brut’s Eddie Argos, Chris Cain from We Are Scientists and Jim Bob from Carter USM. It also includes the factually correct tour de- force that is Two Of The Beatles Are Dead and contains the immortal line ‘If you don’t count Stuart Sutcliffe or the original Paul, then two of the Beatles are dead'.

However the icing on my pre Christmas cake isn’t from some fresh faced whipper snappers, but instead from a band I have loved admired and revered since I was a first became interested in music. It comes in the leather clad shape of The Jesus And Mary Chain whose six studio albums are being reissued as rather wonderful deluxe double albums, each one contains a glossy multi-page booklet with new interviews and photos two CDs and a DVD.

So much better than an admittedly convenient, yet ultimately rather faceless, soulless mp3 download don’t you think?

Oh and I almost forgot, national treasure and jazz hands aficionado John Barrowman makes his bid for the Guinness Book Of Records , as he releases one can safely assume from the title, will be the world’s shortest album Tonight's The Night - The Very Best Of John Barrowman – You have been warned ;)

And there you have it, another summer is almost at an end but I hope you agree there is much to look forward to in the coming months to warm the cockles of your heart and provide musical sustenance as autumn and winter advance.




Many thanks to Andy - for more from him, and The Von Pip Musical Express visit the site.

Now Streaming - The Drums, Big Deal, Jill Scott...

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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:05 UK time, Thursday, 1 September 2011



The Drums’ new album Portamento is streaming at 3voor12. The American band sold 200,000 copies of their self-titled debut, with this offering available to buy on September 5.

Jill Scott’s new album, The Original Jill Scott From the Vault Volume 1 is out now, and you can listen before you buy on Soundcloud.

Big Deal are exclusively streaming their debut album, Lights Out, on NME.com. The album which has been co-produced by Underworld and Dean Reid will be released on September 5 on Mute.

Wild Flag’s self-titled debut LP is NPR’s streaming album this week, which is released on on Merge on September 13.

It isn’t often whole albums are made available to download – but The Dream has done just that. With delays to his forthcoming release, The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man), he’s made another new LP 1977 available as a free download via his website under his real name Terius Nash. (There is some very strong language)

He also Tweeted: "chances 'DefJam' puts a Cease and Desist on 1977 unfortunately Very High. but i think yall will have it before lawyers make me take it down."

Digital Digest: DRC Music, Twitter records, Willie Nelson and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:19 UK time, Thursday, 1 September 2011



Some of the tracks from the DRC Music collaboration, which includes Damon Albarn, Dan the Automator and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs have been made available on Soundcloud. Warp will issue the album in October with all proceeds going to Oxfam to assist with aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They’ve also released a trailer on YouTube.

At MTV’s VMAs Beyonce announced she was pregnant and this has broken Twitter records as the most talked about event on the social networking site. There were 8,868 Tweets per second when the news broke, pushed Japan’s victory in the Women’s World Cup into second place.

Sinead O’Conner has taken to writing intriguing blog posts on her website of late. Not only has she begun appealing for “a very sweet sex-starved man,” but she has written an open letter to Bob Dylan asking to collaborate with him and be his harmonica!?!

Scuba is the latest DJ/Producer to be enlisted to curate a DJ Kicks compilation. As well as this, he has new single Adrenalin coming out which you can listen to at the Boiler Room and find out more details about the comp. 


Willie Nelson has covered Coldplay’s The Scientist with the video now on YouTube and available to download from iTunes.

Los Campesinos! have announced details of their new album Hello Sadness. Head over to Pitchfork for all you need to know.

And Lady Gaga has been remixed again – this time by one of the bands of 2011 and interestingly one who has been remixed to great effect by the likes of The 2 Bears and the 6 Mix’s Erol Alkan. Metronomy have taken You and I and its rather good - take a listen.

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