Spotisfaction Wednesday 24/03/10 – Guest Mix by Neil Hamilton

Yo. Comin’ atcha from Spotisfaction Towers is Wednesdays playlist coutesy of Neil “Goose” Hamilton. But before that, some blurb.

As you know, I’ve been sat on Dave’s lap hard in thought about how to take Spotisfaction forward. I love the fact that so many of you have submitted fantastic playlists, please keep them coming. What we’re also looking for now is some feedback and maybe a few suggestions on how to move forward with this. All comments welcome – probably the easiest way would be to send an email to, I guess. Get on it. Oh, before I forget, can I get a big load of respect Jam for yesterdays submission? Woody’s awesome playlist was for me proof that music can conquer all.

Right, without further wossnames, over to Neil.

Peace from the bear most high


Neil says:


I figured I would jump on the boat and send in a playlist as I have listened to a lot of the other ones and I don’t want to be all take take take so link is below

New <—— Playlist be here.

  1. I want you – Danko Jones
  2. Ride – The Vines
  3. Nothing – A
  4. Rescue Me – Buckcherry
  5. Get Free – The Vines
  6. 3’s & 7’s – Queens of the stone age
  7. Get Over It – OK GO
  8. Monster – The Automatic
  9. Filmstar – Suede
  10. Why Bother – Weezer
  11. Somebody Loved Me – Reel Big Fish
  12. Satuday Morning – Eels
  13. Spin – Lifehouse
  14. Semi-Charmed Man – Third Eye Blind
  15. Better off with him – A
  16. Beer – Reel big fish
  17. Ridin – Classic
  18. I Suck – Mark Ronson
  19. Ch-Check it out – Beastie Boys
  20. Back in the Mud – Bubba Sparxxx
  21. Woman (remix) – Wolfmother
  22. Deliverance – Bubba Sparxxx
  23. Flash Light – Parliament
  24. Around the World – Daft Punk
  25. Three MCs and one DJ – Beastie Boys
  26. Voodoo People (remix)  – Prodigy

Ok my bloggy bit :-s

Ok so recently I have been listening to peoples playlists and I have been liking them so I figure why not share one of my playlists with everyone else. As some of you know my music taste can be a little here and there with some absolute essential CDs in the CD collection. Unfortunately as Spotify hasn’t caught on to the lyrical genius of PJ and Duncan quite yet I have had to settle for the playlist above/below or where ever they choose to place the playlist (deleted items perhaps).

Basically the songs in the play list are probably all songs that most of you have heard before but essentially they are songs I can listen to and they put me in a good mood, or songs that I can listen to and relate to. Hopefully your like the playlist and will put you all in a good mood after you listen to it.



Spotisfaction Tuesday 23/03/10 – Guest Mix by Woody Whyte

Tuesday. Oh Tuesday. So what if we’re only one-fifth of the way through another dreary week? There’s music to be listened to, goshdarnit.

Today’s playlist was crafted lovingly by Woody, and it’s a blinder. So, without further ado, here he is.

Get the playlist here. No, wait… HERE.


Another Life

  1. Girls – Darling
  2. Violent Femmes – Kiss Off
  3. The Moldy Peaches – Jorge Regula
  4. Feist – I Feel It All
  5. Atlas Sound – Shelia
  6. Cat Power – He War
  7. Rilo Kiley – Go Ahead
  8. Joseph Arthur – A Smile That Explodes
  9. Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
  10. The Antlers – Kettering
  11. Beach House – Walk In The Park
  12. Giant Drag – Smashing
  13. Beirut – Scenic World
  14. PJ Harvey – Shame
  15. Elliott Smith – Bled White
  16. Bright Eyes – Make War
  17. Electrelane – Oh Sombra!
  18. Ruby Suns – Maasai Mara
  19. R.E.M. – Half A World Away
  20. Lucinda Williams – Like A Rose
  21. Jenny Owen Youngs – Fuck Was I
  22. The Weakerthans – One Great City!
  23. Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again

I started the playlist because I watched a film set in Argentina about a kid who listened to the Violent Femmes. This was my first exposure to them and within a couple of hours of watching the film I went out and bought their first album and pretty much fell in love with them. They are such an underrated band.

But anywho, for some reason that just put me in the mood to make a playlist of American acoustic/folk/indie music. Something to play in the sunshine and pretend I was somewhere else.

I didn’t want to just put songs I already knew on it or the artists most famous songs, so I looked up not so obvious choices and other artists I hadn’t listened to before from recommendations on etc that I would probably like such as Rilo Kiley, Atlas Sound and Amadou and Mariam, which as luck turns out, i did like.  Most of all I wanted it to flow well, create a “mood” or something like that. No sudden drum’n’bass suddenly pumping out, but maybe one or two well placed random tracks. I will apologize about the Fleetwood Mac at the end. I don’t know what is wrong with me at the moment, it’s embarrassing. I’m seeking help.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it


Spotisfaction Monday 22/03/10 – Thom Lavelle

Ok, it’s Monday. It’s the springtime of our lives. This playlist is all over the shop, much like my mind right now. I can’t centre on anything right now. My mind is alive and the sun is out. I’m WRITING IN CAPS happy right now. Shut up, Thom. I’d planned to do some work on this site this weekend but events happened. I will conspire with Dave to bring you a better Spotisfaction experience soon. I’ll do a news post earlier later with some further details (fingers crossed).

Right, here is todays playlist.

1. Miyavi – SURVIVE
2. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Come Saturday
3. Japandroids – The Boys Are Leaving Town
4. Ungdomskulen – Osaka
5. Ulrich Schnauss – Nobody’s Home
6. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
7. The Dodos – Fools
8. James Holden – Lump
9. Luke Abbot – Whitebox Stereo
10. Four Tet – Sing
11. Royksopp – The Girl And The Robot
12. Anthony Shakir – Here, There & Nowhere
13. Esben And The Witch – Skeleton Swoon
14. Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
15. Bear In Heaven – Lovesick Teenagers
16. The XX – Crystalised
17. Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
18. Cornelius – Drop
19. The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
20. Sparklehorse – Don’t Take My Sunshine Away
21. Streetlight Manifesto – Riding The Fourth Wave
22. Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
23. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt This Place
24. Titus Andronicus – Upon Viewing Brueghel’s “Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus”
25. Joy Wants Eternity – Above The Clouds Lies Eternal Sun
26. Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane
27. Ash – I’m Gonna Fall

Okay, I’ve had one or two comments that my later blurbs are a bit more tame than the early stuff I was putting up. Simply put, I’ve shifted my style for this format. I could sit and write half a paragraph that no-one reads, pouring my heart and soul into a detailed analysis of each track. But I’m not here to review my playlists, I’m here to draw attention to some of the highlights and justify why I’ve added them. With that in mind, here is a quick run down:

Kicking this off with Miyavi with “SURVIVE”. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve got a big love for Japanese music. This is the only thing I can find on here other than some of the more recent Dir En Grey stuff.Miyavi is actually quite a talent himself, he is fantastic at guitar, a great showman and is actually part of the superband SKIN with Gackt (Malice Mizer), Sugizo (Luna Sea) and Yoshiki (X Japan). Check out his cover of Nirvana’s “Blew” here to see the man in action. This track, whilst not my favourite Miyavi track, still seems to have a certain funk to it’s step.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart were my favourite band this weekend. As I had already put “This Love Is Fucking Right” on a playlist previously, I decided to put “Come Saturday” on as well, as it reminds me of waking up on a Saturday morning and having a cigarette out of the window whilst watching the world go by.

Ungdomskulen’s track “Osaka” takes the place of the song I was going to put into this playlist, which was King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man. Nobody wanted an 11 minute prog rock epic this early on a Monday though, did they?

Everyone knows I like James Holden. I rate him very highly indeed. The track “Lump” was taken from his awesome album “The Idiots Are Winning”. If this track tickles you as it does me, then make sure you check it out. Along with the follow up track by Luke Abbot entitled “Whitebox Stereo”.

The XX is a band that I didn’t click with at first, although I had a huge amount of respect for what they were putting out. “Crystalised” is the first track that clicked with me, which is why it is here. It’s got the minimal.

I couldn’t run a playlist without a Sparklehorse track in memory of Mark Linkous, who died earlier this month. I would seriously recommend Sparklehorse to anyone, and “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away” is as good a place as any to start.

I’m going through a bit of a Streetlight Manifesto crush at the moment, this track is basically being used to bridge Sparklehorse and the next track – Beastie Boys – “Shake Your Rump”. Little known fact, I know more Beastie Boys lyrics than actual English words. This track, taken from the fantastic album Paul’s Boutique, is often just kicking around my head, causing me to bark out lines and hooks from it like some angry new yorker with tourettes.

The Rual Alberta Advantage are a great find. Seriously, check these guys out. “Don’t Haunt This Place”.

Finally, rounding up the playlist is the sublime “Sugar Kane” by Sonic Youth and Ash’s “I’m Gonna Fall” (Taken from the oft overlooked album Nu-Clear Sounds). I figured this was a good enough end to a playlist that has been a bit all over the place.

More to follow… Bears and robots for now, Sailors.


Features News

Spotisfaction Meet-Up – Come see Broken Social Scene with us!

Yo! So, one of my all-time favourite bands are playing in Birmingham on Saturday 26th June. The Spotisfaction crew are going, and we’d like you guys to come too.

I’ve set up a Facebook event with further details, including where to buy the tickets from and a rough idea of what the plan will be.

Give us a shout if you’d like to come with us, and we’ll send you an invite! You can find me on Facebook at:



Spotisfaction Friday 19/03/10 – Guest Mix by Dan Base

Good morning! Feeling a lot happier today – found my little ginger kitty (thank buggery, tbh), and have just found out that Broken Social Scene are playing in Birmingham in June after I spent days moping around when London tickets sold out :D So, who’s coming? SPOTISFACTION MEET-UP HAPPY TIMES ARE NAO!


It’s Friday! We’re alive! The weather is… uh… ok, I guess. So, today calls for an upbeat, uplifting playlist to celebrate. And, no better man for the job than Mr. Dan Base! *applause*.

Will hand you over to The Basinator shortly, but before I do I wanted to say a couple of things.

Part The First: Such a good shout on the Incubus track, man. Truly inspired.

Part The Second: Kids, thanks for all the submissions. Still steadily ticking over even after a couple of weeks, which is mind-bogglingly awesome. If you’re reading/listening and are inspired to make one of your own, please do. We play every single one that gets submitted.

Safe as trucks!

Get the playlist WHILE IT’S HOT…

  1. Ash – Walking Barefoot
  2. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
  3. Pixes – Debaser
  4. The Coral – Pass It On
  5. The Futureheads – Decent Days And Nights
  6. Radiohead – You
  7. Sonic Youth – Kissability
  8. Millencolin – No Cigar
  9. Blind Melon – No Rain
  10. Incubus – Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)
  11. Ash – Angel Interceptor
  12. Jimmy Eat World – A Praise Chorus
  13. Skunk Anansie – Lately
  14. Super Furry Animals – Hello Sunshine
  15. The Cure – Just Like Heaven
  16. Pearl Jam – State Of Love And Trust
  17. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
  18. Infadels – Make Mistakes
  19. The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
  20. Queen – You’re My Best Friend
  21. R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People
  22. Madness – It Must Be Love
  23. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
  24. Supergrass – Moving
  25. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

There is a light and it never goes out

It’s spring and the sun is shining.  It’s time to catch our collective breath before the insanity of this summer kicks off, so here are some songs to listen to whilst we do so.  The title song is of course The Smiths’ classic and sets the tone I’m looking for; uplifting songs to elate, inspire, brighten and (especially) embolden.

I saw the Infadels at Glastonbury a few years ago.  I was grumpy, exhausted and hungover after a brilliant (but sleepless) Friday night until I stumbled across these guys in one of the dance tents.  An ice cream, the Infadels’ set and some of my trademark awful dancing was more than enough to renew my enthusiasm for the rest of the weekend.

I’ve picked two Ash songs – what of it?  If there’s a band that soundtrack the beginning of a summer better than Ash I’m yet to hear them.  If you like The Futureheads, by the way, they’re playing the Guild Hall in Gloucester on 7 May.  I’m going, so should you.

“Debaser” by The Pixies is a glorious song and an explanation of why it’s on here would be pointless.  A song about debasing morality through art it may be (as far as I can tell) but dammit, it’s a singalong

The inclusion of R.E.M.’s “Shiny Happy People” on a playlist of uplifting songs nicely sums up the limits of my imagination but if you can listen to this without smiling then you must be a cold, dead automaton with the personality of a cheap toaster.  Stay away from me you soulless freak.

“Motorcycle Emptiness” by the Manic Street Preachers may be a ludicrous cock-rock anthem from a band who loved to talk up their punk credentials but who cares?  Put on your daftest sunglasses, put your fist in the air and enjoy it.

I was roundly mocked at school for liking Radiohead: “Alright Base, are you going home to listen to some Radiohead and slit your wrists?  Durrr-hurr-hurr”.  I’ve always found them pretty uplifting though and “You” is the best song on their first album.

And now an inspirational quotation to end on: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Michael Hutchence



Spotisfaction Thursday 18/03/10

Yo. Today is Thursday, and it’s a doozy. Thought I’d start by sharing this nugget from Mr. Andrew WK:

Get today’s playlist ———-> HERE

Blurbles underneath, and such.


  1. Machinefabriek – Porselein
  2. Sun Kil Moon – Exit Does Not Exist
  3. The Big Eyes Family Players – For Gorecki
  4. Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me, Ohio
  5. Benjamin Finger – Woods of Broccoli
  6. Nils Frahm – Ambre
  7. Message To Bears – Running Through Woodland
  8. Eluvium – Prelude For Time Feelers
  9. Adrian Crowley – Theft By Starlight
  10. F.S. Blumm – Fehlsprung
  11. Alasdair Roberts – Com, My Darling Polly
  12. Damian Jurado – Omaha
  13. Small Sur – Ohhhhh Part 1
  14. Beneva, Clark Nova – Two Men Being Hospitalized When Only One Had To Be
  15. Murcof – Lully’s “Turquerie” As Interpreted By An Advanced Script
  16. Vladislav Delay – Melankolia
  17. Sunburned Hand Of The Man – Nice Butterfly Mask
  18. Proem – Bites Their Tongue
  19. Monolake – Tetris
  20. Access To Arasaka – Monoscan
  21. Venetian Snares – Vida
  22. Autechre – Fermium
  23. Amon Tobin – The Lighthouse
  24. Clint Mansell – “We’re Not Programs, GERTY, We’re People”
  25. Aphex Twin – Blue Calx

Today is a bit dark, I’m afraid. Got some stuff going on that I won’t bore you with (side note: if any of you see a small ginger kitten wondering the streets of Tredworth, pick him up and gimme a call), and it’s bled into my playlist so I’m sorry but this one’s not a workday pick-me-up.

I won’t write too much about why these songs are personal to me, but I’ll pick out some of my standouts. I hope that some of the choices resonate with you too. That’s what I love about this whole Spotisfaction endeavour – it gives such an amazing insight into someone’s whole being. So thanks for sharing with us, and allowing us to do the same.

I’m really proud of the transition between Benjamin Finger’s “Woods of Broccoli” and Nils Frahm’s “Ambre”. Those two songs are completely complimentary to each other, almost two halves of the same track. I’m not sure where I heard of Nils Frahm, but I gave Benjamin Finger a shot after a mammoth click-through session on Spotify. Very glad that I did. Going out to buy the “Woods of Broccoli” LP ASAP. Gentle nostalgia and breathtakingly sad piano parts make both of these tracks jump out at me.

Adrian Crowley is someone I’ve never really given enough credit to. He’s got such a haunting sound. “Theft By Starlight” is depressing, soul-destroying, and yet so utterly beautiful it hurts. In-fact, this whole section of the playlist I find very tough to listen to, but by equal measures so rewarding too.

The start of the “glitchy” section of the playlist is marked by Beneva vs Clark Nova. I’m not going to lie, I’d never heard of them but I randomly found them on a Mixloud experimental/glitch cloudcast. Please make sure you check out Mixcloud – it’s completely amazing. Moving into this latter half of the playlist, I wanted to try and get over my self-induced slump by playing some tracks I’d either not heard in a while (in the case of Autechre, Venetian Snares and Amon Tobin) or wanted to explore a bit more. The tracks in this half of the list represent a time in my life just after I finished Uni, but before I found full-time work. These tracks are permiated by a solid theme, but are hectic and unfocussed at times, brutally self-indulgant at others, relentlessly forward-thinking and always challenging. I think the music here reflects my life during that time a lot more than I realised. The whole purpose of including these tracks here was to act as a reminder that I’m not that same person, nor do I have to be. I know that sounds wanky and pretentious, but hey.

Finished with one of my all-time favourite Aphex Twin tracks, “Blue Calx”. Stunning.

Love and stuff.


Mukinabaht: Save Our Interwubs

Link: Mukinabaht: Save Our Interwubs

I haven’t had chance to post recently, it’s been a pretty wild April that has managed to near bankrupt me. Lots of news, lots of news. I’d planed to update later this week with enough stuff to make up for the last week or so of quiet. However, this couldn’t really wait.

The Digital Economy Bill

Sit up and take note, people. This is important. It damn well is. Trust me, sitting this one out will piss the Spotisfaction boys to no end. So make sure you damn well read it. And ACT, for the love of God. Unless you are a soul-less, ball-less no brain who is happy to sit on and smile whilst the condiments that are your liberties are being taken from the dinner table that is your life. I for one love a bit of wasabi. Don’t let them take our wasabi!


Spotisfaction Wednesday 17/03/10 – Guest Mix by Ben Hawling

Morning kids. How good was yesterday’s playlist? Good god-damn. Well played, Fozz, well played.

Today’s playlist looks equally as sharp and comes courtesy of Mr. Ben Hawling. I, for one, am very excited about this one – even the S Club Juniors track. Yep, that’s right, I said it. I’m a queen, I don’t even care.

With that shocking revelation, Imma hand over to Ben now.




1. One More Time – Daft Punk
2. Ready To Go – Boy Kill Boy
3. Across The Avenue – Howling Bells
4. Courtesy Laughs – Phoenix
5. We Never Change – Coldplay
6. Michael Douglas – Neon Neon
7. Break My Stride – Blue Lagoon
8. Nicotine And Gravy – Beck 9.
Our Mutual Friend – Daisy Chapman
10. Jane – Ben Folds Five
11. Must Be Dreaming – Frou Frou
12. The Gospel Of Goro Adachi – The Boxer Rebellion
13. Maybe – 6 Day Riot
14. True To Life – Royksopp
15. Brother Sport – Animal Collective
16. Do It All Over Again – Spiritualized
17. Paris (Aeroplane Remix) – Friendly Fires
18. Like Spinning Plates (Live) – Radiohead
19. Direct To Helmet – The Spinto Band
20. Perfect Lovesong – The Divine Comedy
21. Eyes As Candles – Passion Pit
22. Not Even Jail – Interpol
23. I Believe In Symmetry – Bright Eyes
24. Different Names For The Same Place – Death Cab For Cutie
25. Jeds Other Poem (Beautiful Ground) – Grandaddy
26. Wish I Stayed (Demo) – Ellie Goulding
27. One Step Closer – S Club Juniors
28. Being A Girl – Mansun

Ahhh here goes (said in Keenan and Kel style………..):

The glorious playlist that you are currently listening to represents, quite simply, all my pasts and futures.

I was trying to think of a really smart, over arching statement to adequetly sum up my general thought direction, but then my noodles had finished boiling, so everything else in the world suddenly didnt matter. Anyway, half the songs on here have been with me through thick and thin, and have moulded my life in bizzare, yet beautiful ways. The other half are tunes that have hit me between the eyes in recent times, and are screaming to be heard and adored. If you’re really that interested, the tracks that have acted as my parachutes through the years include, ‘One More Time’ by Daft Punk, which incidentally is my favourite ever song for the soul purpose that always seems to playing when i’m at my most happiest, and makes me smile out loud! Also, ‘Like Spinning Plates’ by Radiohead, as makes me feel like I’m completly relaxed upon a mesh of lasers, and calms the storms in my head, seriously. And ‘Being A Girl’ by Mansun, simply because anything that this band have ever done pretty much sums up what my mind looks and sounds like; every glitchy, sparkly, muddled bit of it.

So there you go. No fancy bullshit. This playlist is my life as it has been, is, and will be, i hope! Nuff said!


Spotisfaction Tuesday 16/03/10 – Fozz

I’m really looking forward to this one. What am I saying? I look forward to all of them. I’m hoping that I’m going to get down and craft one of these myself this week, my head is spinning to listen to new music. I had the pleasure of meeting today’s guest at a Cheltenham Underground night and I have to say, he was pretty awesome. Much sexier and more charming than David. Anyway, plug in and listen to this stuff.

Also, submissions people. PLAEZ CAN WE HAZ MOAR SUBMISSIONS. I’m going to do an overhall of everything at the weekend, so making submissios is going to be easier going forward. In fact, big ideas – coming soon. Right, I’m gonna drink this here orange juice and listen to todays mix. Over to Fozz. Oh, and serious respect for the blurb. You are winner.


Playlist is here
Tracklist below:

1. Röyksopp – What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix)
2. Mvsevm – French Jeans (Dada Life Remix)
3. Late of the Pier – Bathroom Gurgle (Breakbot Remix)
4. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember (Caspa Remix)
5. MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
6. The Priors – What You Need (Hey Champ Remix)
7. Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex the Dog Remix)
8. Heartsrevolution – Ultraviolence (Vitalic Remix)
9. Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got the Love (The xx Remix)
10. Röyksopp – Happy Up Here (Boys Noize Remix)
11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
12. Hawa – Dance
13. Delphic – This Momentary (Le Matos Remix)
14. Tiga – Sex O’Clock (Matthias Aguayo Remix)
15. Matt & Kim – Daylight (Troublemaker Remix feat. De La Soul)
16. Nneka – Heartbeat (Chase & Status We Just Bought a Guitar Mix)
17. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Breakage’s Tight Rope Remix)
18. Annie – Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix)
19. Gossip – Heavy Cross (Fred Falke Remix)
20. The Kills – Cheap and Cheerful (Sebastian Remix)

OK, so Dave asked me to come up with a playlist for this malarkey a while ago so I thought I’d throw a handful tracks together and see what happens. While the previous playlists have had some awesome tracks in them I felt that a few more remixes were needed. I know the rules say to try and keep things varied, and most of these tracks are quite electro, but I though I’d push the boat out. A lot of the stuff in my list has been blogged about fairly recently on the Hype Machine and, to be honest, I’m quite surprised that I managed to find a lot of it on Spotify. I don’t really have any personal reasons for choosing any of the tracks other than the fact that I think they sound freakin’ kick-ass. Simple as. So crank up the volume and enjoy.

I thought I’d kick things off with Trentemøller’s remix of “What Else Is There?” by Röyksopp, which is probably my favourite track in the list. I first heard Trentemøller’s album “The Last Resort” a couple of years ago and was instantly hooked by the haunting minimalistic and downtempo beats. I’m also a big fan of Röyksopp, so the combination of the two was destined for awesomeness.

I’ve listened to a few Breakbot remixes lately and I find that they can be very hit-and-miss. Fortunately, this remix of “Bathroom Gurgle” by Late of the Pier really hits the spot for me. In a non-sexual way that is.

The Hey Champ remix of “What You Need” is a down-right sublime track. If this doesn’t bring back memories of lazy summer days, supping on a beer then nothing will.

I tried to avoid duplicating artists in my list, but there are so many awesome remixes of various Röyksopp songs out there that I just had to include the Boys Noize remix of “Happy Up Here” as well. Hell, I could probably make an entire playlist consisting purely of Röyksopp remixes, but I thought that might be pushing my luck just a little bit.

“Dance” by Hawa is not a remix but is actually a rather quirky cover of “D.A.N.C.E.” by Justice, done brilliantly in a 1960s soul-funk style. I stuck it somewhere near the middle of the list to break things up a bit and so that I could say I’d added a bit of variety!

I’m really not a massive fan of Tiga in the slightest, I think he can be an arrogant and irritating, and this also tends to manifest itself in his music. But I must admit that there is something annoyingly catchy about “Sex O’Clock”, and this remix of it certainly improves on the original.

“Paradise Circus” is off the “Heligoland” album, the latest offering from Massive Attack, and luckily the version of the album on Spotify comes with Breakage’s remix.

The Sebastian remix of “Cheap and Cheerful” by The Kills has been around for a couple of years now, but it is an old favourite of mine so I thought I’d tack it onto the end just to round things off nicely.

Over and out.


Spotisfaction Monday 15/03/10 – Sean Ferguson

Good morning, people.

Today is a bit alfresco. Got a few playlists lined up for the week but we need more. I haven’t been keeping up with the music the last week or so, so I’m dependant on you guys submitting lists for me to listen to so I can broaden my horizons and be inspired.

The line up for the week looks to be Sean Ferguson today, Fozz tomorrow and Ben Hawling on Wednesday, with one from Dave or myself on Thursday. We’ll leave Friday open for now and see how things go.

Dave is actually ill today, so big love to the David, who is probably sat at home in his pants AS I TYPE. Hotness. Oh but today, I’ll post Seans. He hasn’t had time to write out the blurb, or even a tracklist as he’s rock and roll, so I’ll do that when I get some time later. In the meantime, get submitting us some more music you music whores!

Peace and fucking, believe.


Sean’s playlist is here, with tracklistings to follow.


Spotisfaction Friday 12/03/10 – Guest Mix by Whit Tye *sniff*

So, after working with Thom and I forever, our friend Whit is leaving the country. It makes us sad. We love you, Whit, so it was only fitting that we post this beautiful poem to send you off. I’ll hand over to Whit for today’s playlist – fly true, young one.

Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
‘Cause I saw the end before we’d begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.
So I took what’s mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won’t stop there,
I am here for you if you’d only care.
You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you.
I’ve kissed your lips and held your hand.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I’ve been addicted to you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I am a dreamer and when i wake,
You can’t break my spirit – it’s my dreams you take.
And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be
I’ve seen you cry, I’ve seen you smile.
I’ve watched you sleeping for a while.
I’d be the father of your child.
I’d spend a lifetime with you.
I know your fears and you know mine.
We’ve had our doubts but now we’re fine,
And I love you, I swear that’s true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I’m asleep.
And I will bare my soul in time,
When I’m kneeling at your feet.
Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I’m so hollow, baby, I’m so hollow.
I’m so, I’m so, I’m so hollow.
I’m so hollow, baby, I’m so hollow.
I’m so, I’m so, I’m so hollow.
*Cries like a baby*


Get the playlist here!!

  1. Therapy? – Diane
  2. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
  3. Ani DiFranco – Gravel
  4. Green Day – Paper Lanterns
  5. Opeth – Soldier of Fortune
  6. Inquisition – We’ve Got a Bomb
  7. Third Eye Blind – Jumper
  8. Clawfinger – Biggest & The Best
  9. Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
  10. Avail – Simple Song
  11. Ann Beretta – Angry All the Time
  12. Face to Face – Disconnected
  13. Gwar – Saddam A GoGo
  14. Propagandhi – …And We Thought the Nation States Were a Bad Idea…
  15. The Ataris – In This Diary
  16. Papa Roach – Scars
  17. The Smashing Pumpkins – Mayonaise
  18. No Use For A Name – Why Doesn’t Anybody Like Me?
  19. Faith No More – Easy
  20. EMF – Unbelievable
  21. Soul Asylum – Somebody to Shove
  22. Moby – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
  23. Alkaline Trio – Stupid Kid
  24. Everlast – What It’s Like
  25. Frank Turner – Long Live the Queen
  26. Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
  27. SR-71 – Politically Incorrect
  28. Eels – Beautiful Freak

The thing that’s always drew me to music is the fact that it’s so emotive.  That, to me, is its primary purpose.  To draw up some sense of emotion, whether based around the lyrics, the music, the beat, or the memories associated with the song.  Whether I’m taken back to a time in my life, thinking back on a person, or just finding a song that seems to have been written for me, by me, or even about me, through the highs, through the lows, music has always been my never waiving partner.  There’s old friends that you go a length of time never hearing, ones you listen to on repeat, and ones that draw up such powerful emotions, you prefer not to hear them at all.

The playlist below is based around the songs that evoke the most emotion out of me.  Each one represents a significant feeling, milestone, event, or person in my life, hence the varied nature across genres and decades.

Due to the personal nature behind each selection, I’m *not* going to delve into a breakdown of each song, as per the norm.  I’m just going to ask you to sit back, give it a listen, and come to your own conclusions.


Spotisfaction Thursday 11/03/10 – Thom Lavelle

I had coleslaw for breakfast today. Apologies for the delayed update, it’s been a crazy ride for the last few days. The below playlist is a few tracks I cobbled together that I fancied listening to today. Blurb to follow.

Oh and also, the last few playlists have been fantastic. A huge thank you to everyone who has submitted. Please submit more so I can take more days off and listen to your awesome tastes in music. Much love.

Playlist lives here


  1. The Whitest Boy Alive – Burning
  2. Kings Of Convenience – Singing Softly To Me
  3. Erlend Oye – Sheltered Life
  4. Broken Bells – The High Road
  5. MGMT – The Youth
  6. Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix)
  7. Xploding Plastix – Treat Me Mean, I Need The Reputation
  8. Ellen Allien – Do Not Break
  9. T. Raumschmiere – Zartbitter
  10. The Mars Volta – Son et Lumiere & Inertiatic Esp
  11. Pixies – Break My Body
  12. Screaming Trees – Butterfly
  13. Suede – Filmstar
  14. Terrorvision – Josephine
  15. Fang Island – Daisy
  16. Ungdomskulen – Idunno
  17. Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
  18. Serena Maneesh – Drain Cosmetics
  19. My Bloody Valentine – When You Sleep
  20. Explosions in the Sky – Magic Hours
  21. Broken Social Scene – Ibi Dreams Of pavement (A Better Day)

Quick justification run down then. It will be quick, as times are a-busy at present. Here we go. Be warned – this is quick. For reasons I can’t go into I’m not going to be so wordy today. My mouthbox is all broked up.

Interest in the Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience stem from my love for Erlend Øye. Maybe it’s the subtle voice, but it seems to work with so many applications. This triple slice of honesty is enough to kick off the slightly more chilled and introspective playlist.

Broken Bells put out their first album this week. “The High Road” has been on constant rotation on my personal playlists for a while now. I’ve always been a sucker for Mercer’s voice and this track showcases just what it is I love about it beautifully.

I’m not a regular passenger on the MGMT express train, but “Youth” is so the song to curl up to, all starcrossed, in a quiet bar without a care in the world :-)

Xploding Plastix’s “Treat Me Mean, I Need The Reputation” has no place on this list. I’ve been meaning to put it on one of my Spotisfactions for a while. It’s just a slice of buttered chaos-on-toast of drums, bass and some a piano straight from the ball room of hell. Oh, also, it kills any “chilled vibe” this playlist had with a spastic hammer.

“Idunno” by Ungdomskulen really grabbed me when I heard it last week. It just sounds like a guitar rendition of a theme you’d find on Rygar on the NES. Nobody can pronounce the band name though.

Serena Maneesh – “Drain Cosmetics” is a wicked track. These guys are starting a tour with The Depreciation Guild this month I think. I think these guys are pretty special and definitely worth a listen.

Yes, it’s short. It’s not fantastically descriptive. I will make great pains to go into more detail for my next post. Think you can do better? Prove it and submit some playlists. I know there are a few of you out there who have expressed interest in a playlist and haven’t sent on yet. Please, please do. And the playlists we’ve had thus far have been fantastic and I want to thank each and every one of you personally with words and a drink. This is fact. Submit playlists, get beer. Until next time, bye.



Spotisfaction Wednesday 10/03/10 – Guest Mix by Kev Atkinson

Morning ladies and gents. Today is a very special day. The most special, in-fact. So super-special it’s making my knees tingle. No, not Christmas… That’s right! It’s Kev’s birthday!

Even though the norm is to receive presents on your birthday instead of giving them yourself, Kev’s kindly made us a wicked playlist. I’ll hand over to him nao.

Happy birthday dude. Don’t drink too much tonight.


Get the playlist here!

  1. The Levellers – 15 Years
  2. Grant Lee Buffalo – Wish You Well
  3. Buffalo Tom – Taillights Fade
  4. Ride – Drive Blind
  5. Sonic Youth – The Sprawl
  6. Cocteau Twins – Persephone
  7. Lush – Ladykillers
  8. Carter USM – Bloodsport For All
  9. The Wonder Stuff – Don’t Let Me Down, Gently
  10. James – Ring The Bells
  11. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green
  12. Eat – First Time Love Song
  13. New Model Army – Green And Grey
  14. The Wedding Present – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
  15. Dinosaur Jr. – Blowing It
  16. Jesus Jones – I’m Burning
  17. Teenage Fanclub – Pet Rock
  18. Screaming Trees – Shadow Of The Season
  19. Pop Will Eat Itself – Wise Up Sucker
  20. The Soup Dragons – I’m Free
  21. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  22. Throwing Muses – Bright Yellow Gun
  23. Split Enz – I See Red
  24. INXS – The Swing
  25. Big Pig – Charlie
  26. Hunters & Collectors – Do You See What I See?
  27. Midnight Oil – Bedlam Bridge
  28. Crowded House – Into Temptation

What can I say about this playlist?

No seriously what can I say about this playlist as I don’t know where to start, I haven’t written anything more than a sarcastic comment or two in a journal in the call logging system at work in quite some time but I’ll see what I can do.

This measly collection of songs is a bit of a trip down memory lane for me, it’s entitled “Old School” because I am old and this is some of the stuff I listened to when I was in school and started me on the musical journey that I am currently travelling.

I start with the Levellers for the reason that they were the first band I ever saw live and this track is the first song of theirs that I ever heard so it seemed like a logical choice.

From there I proceed to meander through the world of independent music from the late 80s and early 90s, my reasons for choosing many of the tracks is simply because I haven’t listen to those artists for a while, others are there because when I think back to that time I simply couldn’t leave them out, inevitably there are some that I couldn’t find on Spotify and there are many, many more that I have left out simply because I had to keep the length of the playlist down.

There is a mix of shoegaze, grunge, alternative, grebo, madchester, indie, techno, punk, dance and many more made up genres that leads me to think my tastes were more diverse back then than I gave myself credit for. Many of these you may know but hopefully there will be some that are new to you as well.

The ending is more of a playlist within a playlist, those of you who know me know that there is quite an antipodean streak through my musical collection and here is where all that started. I was a bit disappointed by the selection of Hunters & Collectors available on Spotify so this isn’t their best track but the best from what I had to choose from.

And to finish? Well who else could I end on than the mighty Crowded House. I am a huge fan of the Finns and could write a whole blurb on them alone but I will keep that for another day and just let their music speak for them.

So have a listen and enjoy…….

or don’t……..

it’s entirely up to you really


Spotisfaction Tuesday 09/03/10

“Out of some desire to do something other than sit around and rot, the men known as David Prowse and Thom Lavelle decided to sit around and rot whilst swapping Spotify playlists and blogging about them…”

Well hello there. It’s Tuesday. By now you should all know how I feel about Tuesdays. But today is different. Today we have the quite amazing Jo Hawling to save us from what is quite possibly the worst day of the week, generally speaking. I’ll hand over to her… now.

Playlist is here


Jo says:
Thought you could use a lick of retro so here’s a free pass to a very good summer that I spent in headphones, blissfully ignorant of the outside that is. Designed to drag you from apathy to bliss via angst, what? and random.

Dusty nuggets include ‘Twinkle’ by whipping boy which is like so the most, ‘Teen Age Riot’ by Sonic Youth which is a ninja head butt, ‘Girl at the bus stop’ by my drug hell which hooks you with hookness and ‘Halcyon and on and on’ by orbital which is stealth and soul and quite simply, music to fuck to.



  1. Twinkle – Whipping Boy
  2. La Tristesse Durera (scream to a sigh) – Manic Street Preachers
  3. Volcano Girls – Veruca Salt
  4. 36 Degrees – Placebo
  5. Lenny Valentino – The Auteurs
  6. The Only Living Boy in New Cross – Carter USM
  7. Jesus Christ – Longpigs
  8. Snakedriver – Jesus and Mary Chain
  9. The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen
  10. Thinking About You – Radiohead
  11. Gigantic – Pixies
  12. Guacamole – Super Furry Animals
  13. Cantina Band – Ash
  14. Happy Sad – Pizziacato Five
  15. Girl at the Bus Stop – My Drug Hell
  16. Percolator – Stereolab
  17. Star Fruits Surf Rider – Cornelius
  18. Teen Age Riot – Sonic Youth
  19. Sometimes – My Bloody Valentine
  20. The First Big Weekend – Arab Strap
  21. Leave them all behind – Ride
  22. Halcyon And On And On – Orbital

Spotisfaction Monday 08/03/10

“Out of some desire to do something other than sit around and rot, the men known as David Prowse and Thom Lavelle decided to sit around and rot whilst swapping Spotify playlists and blogging about them…”

Morning beautifuls. Today’s playlist is a bit hit or miss, I think. Wanted to showcase some of the, perhaps, lesser known bands I’ve been listening to over the last couple of months. If you enjoy any of them, check them out – a lot of them have more stuff on Spotify.

Get the playlist here!

  1. The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage
  2. Local Natives – Shape Shifter
  3. Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Note I Love You + 100
  4. Soap&Skin – Turbine Womb
  5. Ohbijou – Cliff Jumps
  6. Ramona Falls – Salt Sack
  7. Forest Fire – Fortune Teller
  8. Volcano Choir – Island, IS
  9. Mew, Mathias Friis-Hansen – Hawaii
  10. The Big Pink – Velvet
  11. YACHT – Psychic City – Edit
  12. Mos Def – Quiet Dog
  13. The Pastels, Tenniscoats – Vivid Youth
  14. King Creosote – No Way She Exists
  15. Emmy The Great – We Almost Had A Baby
  16. Slaraffenland – The Right Place
  17. Stars, The Most Serene Republic – Ageless Beauty
  18. Animal Collective – My Girls
  19. Nacho Patrol – Africa Space Program
  20. The xx – Basic Space (Sampha Remix)
  21. Kelpe – Yippee Space Ghost
  22. The Phenominal Handclap Band – 15 to 20 – The David E. Sugar 5 10 Replay
  23. Invisible – OK
  24. Feist – 1234 – Van She Remix
  25. The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage – Fred Falke Remix


Blurb to follow later…

Love, etc.