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#6Music2012 - Help pick the Ultimate 2012 Playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:45 UK time, Thursday, 27 December 2012


We’ve had a pretty amazing 2012 at BBC 6 Music – everyone from Blur to Primal Scream, through Kindness and ending with The Specials have played for us live at Maida Vale; Gilles Peterson and Edith Bowman joined the team; and well, we were named Best Station at the Sony Awards. 

But you, the listeners, are the people who make our station so fantastic and we want you to help us celebrate everything which has happened in the past 12-months by picking the Ultimate 2012 Playlist which Tom Robinson will play out on Sunday from 6pm for two hours.

There’s loads of stuff you could pick from including:
* A session we had in the Hub or at Maida Vale which you loved listening to or were lucky enough to be at.
* Your favourite live music moment of the year – was it the return of The Stone Roses? Or perhaps discovering a new band in a BBC Introducing tent somewhere?
* A new act who has just grabbed you – Jake Bugg, Alt-J or Disclosure for example.
* Someone who made their comeback this year and showed why they are still great – Hot Chip, The Rolling Stones or Field Music perhaps.
* Or simply your favourite track of 2012.

Let us know by leaving a comment on this blog or on the BBC 6 Music Facebook page, Tweet #6Music2012, add a track to our collaborative Spotify Playlist or send us an e-mail.

And remember to listen into the Ultimate 2012 Playlist from 6pm on Sunday.

#Strummer6Music - help pick the Ultimate Joe Strummer Playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 14:00 UK time, Thursday, 20 December 2012


An inspiration to a whole generation of musicians and music fans, Joe Strummer was truly a renaissance man; punk, film score composer, actor and even BBC broadcaster. 

Ten years on and Strummer’s star burns as brightly as ever, from the charity set up in his name – Strummerville – to a host of contemporary musicians including Emmy The Great and Frank Turner citing him as an influence.

To mark the tenth anniversary of his death we want you to help us create the Ultimate Joe Strummer Playlist for this very special Now Playing.

So what do you want to hear? It could be:
• Your favourite Clash tracks, B-sides, rarities or bits from his other projects
• Early rock and roll which influenced him like Little Richard, The Beach Boys and Woody Guthrie
• Other bands he played in, from The Mescaleros to The Pogues and Big Audio Dynamite
• Someone you’ve seen at the area named after him at Glastonbury
• Any of Joe’s friends from Billy Bragg and Lilly Allen to Shaun Ryder

You need to tell us what to play so leave a comment on our Facebook page or this blog, Tweet #Strummer6Music, send us an e-mail or drag a track onto our Spotify playlist.

And remember, if you’re a Joe Strummer fan, tune in on Sunday at 6pm.

2012 UK Music Blog Zeitgeist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 20:00 UK time, Sunday, 16 December 2012



We can reveal AlunaGeorge have been the most written about artist on UK music blogs this year - thanks to data compiled by Hype Machine.

After looking at 137-sites ranging from 20 Jazz Funk Greats to The Von Pip Musical Express, Abeano and Too Many Sebastians, the Your Drums, Your Love duo have come out top.

They've of course also made the long list for BBC Sound of 2013, and in total four of the acts on that list also feature as one of the most blogged artists in the UK this year - Haim, Savages and Chvrches with AlunaGeorge - showing the importance and significance blogs have in music today, as well as demonstrating if you want to find some new music searching some of these sites is not a bad idea.

Listen to George Reid talking about this accolade, blogging more generally, and other ways he discovers new music.

Check out the full list below and if you aren’t familiar with some of these artists, why don’t you listen to the show again, or check out this Spotify playlist

2012 UK Music Blog Zeitgeist:
1. Aluna George
2. Haim
3. Lana Del Rey
4. Pins
5. Alt-J
6. Daughter
7. Savages
8. Jessie Ware
9. Alice Jemima
10. Fear of Men
11. Curxes
12. Torches
13. Seasfire
14. Disclosure
15. Bicep
16. Randolph's Leap
17. Four Tet
18. Friends
19. Chvrches
20. Django Django
21. The xx
23. Azealia Banks
24. Niki & The Dove
25. Grimes

Help BBC 6 Music make some Ultimate End of Year Lists

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Producer Will Producer Will | 21:36 UK time, Thursday, 13 December 2012


At the end of the year there’s one thing which dominates the online music world – lists – and over the next few weeks at Now Playing @6Music we are going to do a series of list-based shows which we need your help with.

1. #Blog6Music - Hype Machine 2012 UK Blog Zeitgeist (December 16)
Hype Machine is the biggest music blog aggregator in the world, pulling together well over 650-different sites to track what is the most talked about music at that moment. They’ve already revealed their overall end of year lists but we’ve especially commissioned them to create the Top 25 most blogged artists in just the UK.

They’ve taken this data from the 137-active blogs which they database – including regular Now Playing contributors The Mahogany Blog, The Line of Best Fit and A New Band A Day. Who will come top? Find out on Sunday and join in the conversation by using #Blog6Music on Twitter.

2. #6Music2012 – the Ultimate 2012 Playlist (December 30)
What is the best track you’ve heard this year? What song will instantly take you back to a 2012 memory? What was your best live moment of the past 12-months.

With just 30-hours left of the year we will run down some of your favourite tracks of the past year with your input on Twitter using #6Music2012, Facebook, here on the blog and on this collaborative Spotify Playlist which you can add track to.

Can you remember what you thought would be big in 2012 this time last year? Well here’s the Spotify playlist you helped put together…

3. #6Music2013 – the Ultimate 2013 Playlist? (January 6)
A lot of people help to put together the BBC Sound of 2013 list, and equally a number of blogs tip artists to shine – but what we want to know is who do our 6 Music listeners think will go from nobodies to stars in the next 12-months.

But it doesn’t just have to be new acts. If your favourite artist is returning in 2013 and you just can’t wait to have them back – like Klaxons, Johnny Marr or perhaps even Daft Punk – we want to know that as well.

And as always, we want your suggestions on Twitter by using #6Music2013, Facebook, here on the blog and on this collaborative Spotify playlist.

So there’s a lot for you to get your teeth into – but we know you’re up for the challenge.

#Specials6Music - help pick the Ultimate Specials Playlist

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Producer Will Producer Will | 16:00 UK time, Wednesday, 5 December 2012


On Wednesday December 12 The Specials join Steve Lamacq at our world famous Maida Vale studios for a very err…special live session full of festive cheer.

To celebrate such a legendary band gracing 6 Music’s airwaves, we thought we thought what better time to ask you to put together the Ultimate Specials Playlist for two hours this Sunday evening?

We don’t have to tell you how important The Specials are – after forming in 1977 their music captured the political & social tensions the early 1980s in a string of brilliant Top 10 singles before their split in 1984.

Their unique style is instantly recognizable and put 2-Tone and ska in the hearts of many a British music fan.

But, for the Ultimate Specials Playlist what do you think we simply must include?

It could be:
* Your favourite Specials tracks, b-side and rarities
* The music that inspired them, from Prince Buster to Toots & The Maytals
* Collaborators and conspirators from The Clash, to Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello to Belinda Carlisle
* Terry Hall’s other work, from Fun Boy Three and The Dub Pistols to his perhaps his collaborations with Damon Albarn and Tricky?
* Other pioneers of 2-Tone & ska scene from Madness and The Beat to The Selecter and Bad Manners
* Other iconic Midland musicians – from Ozzy Osbourne to Mike Skinner

You need to tell us what to play so leave a comment on our Facebook page or this blog, Tweet #Specials6Music, send us an e-mailor drag a track onto our Spotify playlist.

And remember, if you’re a Specials fan, tune in on Sunday at 6pm. Pork pie hats optional.

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