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146 Spotisfaction Friday 03/12/10 – World Series Of Pong!

Friday. The end of the week. Time to listen to more music, wind down at work (amirite?), and get ready for another weekend of resting, loving, playing.

Playing being the operative word, because tomorrow, Saturday the 4th, it’s the final of the World Series Of Pong! Now I love a bit of Ping Pong, except when I lose because my team mate is a big gayer, but to big up the competition at the Tooting Tram and Social in South London, Ben Mercer has put together an entirely Pong-based playlist which is so hilarious I had to feature it. Described on their blog as ‘a combination of pun based team names, beer, banter, dance-offs and pong‘ and with DJs and live installation art through the day, it’ll be hilarious, so even though I’m not in the competition anymore I’ll see you down there.

Click on for more deets about the competition. Enjoy the playlist.

James

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145 Spotisfaction Wednesday 01/12/10 – Simon Mogg

Afternoon guys and gals. So, 1st December. Crazy, huh? I’m actually feeling pretty Christmassy today which I think is making my colleagues want to punch me in the face. I’m OK with that, though. When is it too early to start with the mince pies? Never too early, you say? Fine! I’m all over it.

Today’s playlist is by regular Simon “Moggy” Mogg, and comes off the back of the recent Apple announcement regarding The Beatles. He’s titled today’s playlist “The Beatles?”, and you can view his blurb after the break.

Hope you have a lovely one, kids, and remember: just because it’s 25 days to go ’til Christmas doesn’t mean it’s OK to listen to Whigfield. That is all.
Dave

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144 Spotisfaction Monday 29/11/10 – Paul “Fozz” Foster

Morning ladies and lads. I don’t like to be one to state the obvious, but good goddamn it’s cold. So cold, in fact, that I’ve come down with a bout of ManFlu (the horror!). So, I’m sat here trying to warm my poor hands whilst sipping a steaming mug of Lemsip. Great times, sirs. Great times.

Today’s playlist is by Gig Rig extraordinaire, Paul “Fozz” Foster, and is a fantastic concept – hit the links contained in the blurb below to see the music videos that go with his playlist. Nice work, Fozz.

As always, if you have an idea for a playlist (or if you just have a playlist you enjoy listening to, concept or not), then wing it our way and we’d love to publish it.

Love, hugs and mealy grubs.
Dave

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143 Spotisfaction Friday 26/11/10 – Graham Terris

Afternoon, kids. Friday, once again. This week has been completely nuts – we’ve been trying to balance full-time jobs with running the site, and it’s really taking it’s toll at the moment. So, honestly, we need to expand and attract more contributors, editors, and people to help run the site. If you’re interested, then please do get in touch – we’d love to have you.

Today’s playlist is by first-time contributor Graham Terris (give him a wave and a lovey warm Spotisfaction welcome), and is entitled “2010 Live”. Honestly, I’m incredibly jealous – someone want to pay for me to attend that many gigs for 2011 please? Thanks for the playlist, Graham, it’s hugely appreciated. Hit the link to read his blurb.

Anyway, that’s it for another week. Keep your eyes pealed this afternoon for Gig Rig, and have yourselves a fabulous weekend.

Love, etc.
Dave

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142 Spotisfaction Wednesday 24/11/10 – Rhys Howell

Arg mad rush over here today, so a very late playlist. But hopefully it means you’ll all chill out this evening and listen to this one in the comfort of your own home. We’re very busy these days thanks to the success of the site, and are looking for more contributors to provide us with playlists and articles, and to give us a helping hand to start publishing more of our articles. So, fancy being a part of running a blog? Love making playlists or writing about music? Then contact us! Facebook or Twitter us, or send us a message through the site, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Now, todays playlist is brought to you by Rhys Howell, and it’s a delightful classical playlist to smooth you over the hump of the week. Enjoy!

James

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141 Spotisfaction Monday 22/11/10 – Hyperdub

Morning folks. Quick call to arms for you this morning – for the first time since our launch, we’re running really short on playlists. If you have a Spotify playlist that you’re quite proud of, or would like other people to see, then please get in touch in the usual fashion (Twitter, email, on the site, etc.). Seriously, anything you can send to us will be gratefully received and used – we survive on your content, guys and dolls, so please get it to us!

Anyway, to business. We have something a wee bit different for you today. Today’s playlist is one that was recently published by prolific dubstep label Hyperdub, and features many of the label’s artists such as Kode9 and Burial. It’s a cracking playlist, and one I’ve very much enjoyed listening to – I hope you enjoy, too.

Take it easy, friends.
Dave

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140 Spotisfaction Friday 19/11/10 – Dan Herlin

Afternoon all! Sorry for the slight delay in getting the playlist to you today – I had this morning off as holiday and quite short-sightedly forgot to ask anyone to cover! Oops. My apologies. Tonight is episode 3 of The Walking Dead, which is ridiculously exciting – I’ve not been this gripped by a series in a long time. Are you watching it? If so, what are your thoughts so far? Having said that, I guess, I was equally as engaged by Lost season 1, and look how seasons 2 and 3 panned out…

Anyway!

Today’s playlist is by Dan Herlin and is entitled “Paraphrasing”. It’s a long one, but stick with it as it’s very enjoyable – some great versions in there, kudos to you Dan!

Have a lovely weekend, kids, and see you next week.

Dave

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139 Spotisfaction Wednesday 17/11/10 – Dave Christensen

Hey hey Spotisfaction crew! Bit of a rush of things this morning so I may have to be brief. I’d like to echo Dave P’s Black Ops shout out – add me on Xbox live (Mr Strangent) for some zombie nonsense. Saw Holy Fuck on Monday night at the Electric Ballroom, absolutely incredible; I’ve been a very lucky boy for amazing gigs this year, and long may it continue.

Still always need your playlist submissions. You don’t want to hear from me all the time do you? We love all the quirky little playlists and all the reasons you guys listen to the music you do, so all those playlists you’ve got saved on the right hand bar of your Spotify account? Think about submitting them!

Now, on to today’s playlist, a great showcase of the Old Guard still making great music, from Dave Christensen.

James

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138 Spotisfaction Monday 15/11/10 – Simon Mogg

Morning guys and dolls. I trust your weekends were great? My wife spent the weekend at her sister’s, so I spent a large amount of my weekend sat on the sofa in my pants, grinding out levels in Black Ops’ multiplayer. Good times! A wasted weekend, you say? How very dare you. This week should be pretty good – James T and I have a few live reviews for you, along with our regular mix of content and playlists.

As always, if there’s something you’d like to see us cover, or even if you’d like to cover said thing yourself, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Anyway, to business! I shall hand you over to Moggy for todays playlist, and his passionate defence of Nu-Metal. Readers of a nervous disposition are probably best advised to stop here; readers with a sense of humour are encouraged to read on.

Take it easy, kid-faces.
Dave

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137 Spotisfaction Friday 12/11/10 – Kev Atkinson

Friday, we’ve made it to the weekend. Let us know what your plans are for the next couple of days – where are the places to be this weekend? It’s been a busy few days for Spotisfaction – they took a dislike to Davey P at the 3 Daft Monkey’s gig last night and nearly didn’t let him through the door, but he convinced them in the end. The Mystery Jets and Fenech-Soler were on top form for me over the last two nights; Dave and I will be preping our reviews this weekend.

Now, following my Last.FM playlist on Wednesday, Kev Atkinson has taken up the idea and done his own. This might be a good idea for everyone to pick up on, so lets see an influx of Last.FM based playlists in our inbox soon! It’s a simple idea, so if you’re struggling for playlist inspiration, give this a try! Anyway, here’s Kev’s contribution, so I’ll hand you over to him.

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136 Spotisfaction Wednesday 10/11/10 – James TAE

It’s Wednesday, the hump of the week. You look like you need another playlist – if you’re like me, your entire life is spent listening to music, and each day is a joy because of it. We’ve got some great live reviews coming up: yours truly will be going to see Fenech-Soler at London’s Heaven this evening, and the Mystery Jets at Camden’s Roundhouse tomorrow evening. Spotisveteran Dave Prowse will be seeing 3 Daft Monkeys at Gloucester’s Guildhall tomorrow evening too, following my review of them a fortnight ago. Keep your eyes peeled over the next week or so for these.

Now, today I have done a playlist generated exclusively by my Last.FM page, taking the top 20 artists and making a playlist from them. I’m going to start doing this more regularly, and perhaps every few weeks will submit a playlist of my ‘most listened to’ of the proceeding week. For now, this is the top of everything I’ve listened to, so read on for the blurb.

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FEATURE: Classics Collected

Hi everyone, and welcome to another edition of Classics Collected, where we at Spotisfaction grab our musical scuba gear and go skin diving through the deeps of the Spotify oceans searching for hidden treasure. This weeks hefty booty that we’ve managed to haul to the surface is below, and we hope you enjoy each shining, jewel encrusted example…. can I get a “yarrrrrrr?”

Portishead – Dummy – At the time trip-hop was at it’s peak, this album was an absolute blockbuster. A fantastic mix of trip hop beats, haunting vocals and musical craftsmanship. It was an album that was almost too great for its own good, and it caused the group tremendous strain trying to follow it up and produce something as successful, or that would be received in the same vein. Whilst follow up albums have also been fantastic, Dummy has never quite been beaten. Its sufficiently accessible that even if you weren’t the biggest fan of the genre you could still appreciate it.

The Specials – The Specials – Unknown to some, revered by others The Specials managed to produce some of the most innovative music of their age. Deftly weaving punk sensibilities with ska beats and twotone styles, they single handled restarted a ska revival in the late 70’s which kept going into the 80’s. This album is a shining example of what started the movement and what made them such a powerful force of their age.

Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing – Not their first album (which is also excellent), but certainly I think the album with the most impact which they have released to date. It certainly moved them as a band with a certain hype to serious contenders in terms of mainstream appeal. A little dark and melancholy in places, but musically a fantastic collection of songs.

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135 Spotisfaction Monday 08/11/10 – Kev Atkinson

Morning all. Hope you had a good weekend? I had a weekend of mixed fortunes – my computer died on Friday and shows no signs of recovery; I went to Craven Cottage to watch my team (Villa, the best team the word has ever seen, the chant confirms) decimate Fulham and then concede deep in injury time for a draw; then had a killer night listening to Jackmode at Counter Culture – still going strong and still plenty more to go, get yourself down to London Bridge asap.

Today’s playlist is one designed to be off the cuff, totally random and the essence of putting your MP3 players full library on shuffle. In an effort to tidy up the look of the post, I’ve split the tracklisting in two, hopefully it makes sense and looks a little tidier. Now, I’ll hand you over to Kev.

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134 Spotisfaction Friday 05/11/10 – Simon Mogg

Morning everyone. I trust your weeks have been lovely? Mine’s been, to be honest, incredibly busy – so, my apologies for the slight slow-down on content this week. On that note, though, if you ever fancied having your writing published, then we’re always looking for news, reviews, features, opinion-pieces and other such stuff, as well as our usual tri-weekly playlists. Get in touch if you are interested.

Today’s playlist is by staff-member Simon Mogg, and is entitled “I’m 27” – appropriate, since we went to Alton Towers to celebrate his birthday last weekend, and he turns 27 tomorrow bless him. Happy birthday, old bean.

See you next week guys and dolls.
Dave

Moggy Says:

Tomorrow I am 27 years old. Congratulations to me another year, and I’m not dead yet. To celebrate such an unimpressive landmark I decided to make a playlist to see how musical taste in Britain has changed over the years I’ve been alive. So I’ve been perusing the UK number 1 single lists and picked one number 1 for every year I’ve been alive and here they are:

1983: The Police – Every Breath You Take
I love the Police. They’re awesome.
1984: Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You – Single Version
1985: Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Original 7″ Mix
1986: Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
1987: M. – Pump Up The Volume (7″)
1988: Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
1989: Jive Bunny – Swing The Mood
Jive Bunny had 3 number ones this year. Crikey I only thought they did this one song.
1990: Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me

Hit the link for the rest:

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133 Spotisfaction Wednesday 03/11/10 – James Battin

Morning all. Running a wee bit late today, so I won’t bore you with much blurb – let’s just rip back the blurby wrapper and get to the juicy, gooey playlist centre yeah?

Today’s playlist is from Tomorrow’s Sounds Today / Classics Collected czar, James Battin and is entitled “Around the World In 18 Tunes”. Ta, fella.

Take care,
Dave

James Says:

So, today I don my top hat and Phileas Battinski invites you to come around the world in 18 tunes. The concept behind this playlist was to really try and demonstrate that there is a huge wealth of music out there in the world, and often in places you might not expect to look. Most of the general public, I worry, are out there being drip fed their X Factor pop pound spinners and they often don’t have a look around them.

I’ve chosen 18 tracks from 18 different locations to highlight that you really can find some great music out there in that world of ours. In this first run I’ve not even gone that far off spectrum and tried to include more established acts – so as not to go all out on the first trip.

Grab your passports and get ready as we visit the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Japan, China, Brazil and more.

Hit the link for the breakdown…