Over the past two decades a trip to the festival has become a right of passage for any self-respecting alternative music fan, with the antics of bands on-and-off stage dominating the online music conversation for days after. So what better then to celebrate Reading and Leeds past and present than with two hours of your favourite memories from the event on Now Playing?
You’ve got a who’s who of rock and indie bands to pick from, plus a surprisingly large amount of hip-hop and dance music too – the jukebox is your oyster with this one.
Let us know what your favourite Reading and Leeds memories are – or perhaps the act you’re looking forward to seeing at the festival this year – in the usual ways. Leave a comment here or on Facebook, Tweet using #Reading6Music if you’re in the South or #Leeds6Music if you’re in the North, e-mail us or add a track to our Spotify playlist.
The story which got us most excited in the Now Playing offices this week was news of the Frankenweenie soundtrack - Tim Burton's latest film which features the likes of Robert Smith and the delectable Karen O.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwomen wrote and recorded Strange Love especially for the film's closing credits and with such a number of past collaborations, influences and generally great music associated to her, why not ask our amazing audience to pick an hour of music for Sunday evening.
We also played some of the other most talked about tracks of the week and invited GoldFlakePaint to pick half an hour of music (which went down especially well).
Tracklist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero Animal Collective - Today's Supernatural (new video up on YouTube) Bloc Party - Coliseum (album streaming at The Guardian) Parliament - Fantasy is Reality (from The Interzone Mix by The Klaxons - get it here) Oasis - Wonderwall (Noel had interesting thoughts on Liam's Olympic performance) Zodiac - Points (the controversial producer has an EP forthcoming on Vase)
#Blog6Music - guest blogger this week is Gold Flake Paint Tall Ships - Gallop Foreign Fields - Taller North Bay - Golden Years Kissed Her Little Sister - I Am A Human Being Adolescent - Golden Halls Pt. 2 Idles - 26/72
#KarenO6Music - a Karen O Playlist picked by you Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion Trent Reznor and Karen O - Immigrant Song Kills - Cheap and Cheerful Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control The Strokes - Someday Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With the Night The Cramps - Human Fly The Flaming Lips - The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song Karen O - Strange Love (hear it in full at Pitchfork) TV on the Radio - Modern Romance Karen O & The Kids - All is Love Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message David Lynch ft. Karen O - Pinky's Dream Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
Well, we’re going to have the world exclusive from the movie of the track Strange Love by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ front woman on the show!
But we can’t wait until then to play you the track which will close Tim Burton’s new film – so we’ve got a little clip for you here.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Karen O said: “Tim wanted an unconventional unconditional-love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B-movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film.
“I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it's quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theremin solo it's a marriage made in heaven. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film!
“Frankenweenie is so special, it's an unbelievable honour to be involved with it.”
Want to get involved in Sunday's show? All the details are here.
The full tracklist for the Frankenweenie soundtrack is: Karen O - Strange Love Neon Trees - Electric Heart (Stay Forever) Mark Foster - Polartropic (You Dont Understand Me) Passion Pit - Almost There Plain White T’s - Pet Sematary Kimbra - With My Hands AWOLNATION - Everybody's Got a Secret Kerli - Immortal Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips - My Mechanical Friend Imagine Dragons - Lost Cause Grouplove - Underground Skylar Grey - Building A Monster Robert Smith - Witchcraft Winona Ryder - Praise Be New Holland
Born in South Korea to a Korean mother and Polish father, she moved to New Jersey in her childhood and helped the New York scene explode with some fabulous artists in the early Noughties as art of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and alongside others such as The Strokes.
Ultimately, as always, it’s down to you to help us pick the Ultimate Karen O Playlist to run this Sunday between 7-8pm, but to wet your appetite here’s some ideas: * Your favourite Yeah Yeah Yeahs tracks * Some of the collaborations she’s been involved with, or tracks from artists she’s worked with like Flaming Lips, David Lynch, The White Stripes and Santigold * People who inspired her which could range from Blondie to Patti Smith * Other New York artists who kicked started the 21st century like Julian Casablancas and co, The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem * Right through to breaking acts like Haim and Lana Del Rey who more than likely have a few Karen O records in their collections
Beck has caught the imagination of the music world this week by announcing that his new album won’t be an App or a 'virtual' concept but instead will be a book of sheet music. The 'album' entitled Song Reader will be released in December and consist of 20 unreleased tunes by Mr Hansen on printed manuscript complete with accompanying illustrations. The publishers - Faber - describe it as "an experiment in what an album can be in the 21st century."
Is this the secret the music industry has been missing? Who knows, but we at least think it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate this fantastic musical extrovert on Now Playing this Sunday with a two hour special honouring his work.
Going all the way back to 1993 there’s an absolute plethora of work to include in this playlist, and to give you some inspiration you could go for:
On Monday Jamaica will celebrate it’s 50th year of independence, and we at Now Playing would like you to help us honour the vast array of music the small Caribbean island has given rise to.
Throughout August, BBC 6 Music and 1Xtra will have programmes dedicated to the nation which despite being smaller than Wales in population has helped shape music to what it is today. David Rodigan will host A Month of Sundays throughout the month, while Don Letts will sit in for Gilles Peterson on Saturday afternoons culminating with a Carnival Special on August 25.
Toots and the Maytals and Jimmy Cliff will also be dropping into 6 to perform exclusive sessions, they’ll be Jamaican themed documentaries but we want you to now help us with choosing tracks to be included in the Ultimate Jamaican Playlist.
Where to start (we aren’t sure which is why we’re asking you) but you could go for: * Anything from reggae to dub and ska for starters * Some of the elements which has shaped Jamaican music like American rhythm and blues or calypso and soca from Trinidad and Tobago * The music it has inspired from early hip hop and rap to British jungle in the 90s * And there’s always a certain Marley family which has created some pretty awesome music
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