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153 Spotisfaction Wednesday 08/03/11 – Dave Christensen

Good morning folks. I’m going to be an honest bunny and put my hands up – I’ve been slacking horrendously with Spotisfaction. I won’t bore you with the excuses, but I will tell you that I’m going to try and find time to update a little more often. I got a little burnt out with running the site over Christmas, but I’m re-energised and ready to share some more Spotify playlists with you all. On that note, of course, if you have one you’re working on, send it our way ;)

I’ve spent this evening going through our backlog (wow, you guys have been busy! I’ll work through them over the next couple of weeks, I promise <3), so here’s one out of my “I’ve been listening to this playlist quite a lot, I should probably give it the post it deserves!” list! It comes from my favourite Dave, Dave Christensen, and is entitled “Fleeting Love”.

Enjoy.

Dave

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150 Spotisfaction Friday 21/1/11 – Dave Christensen

Morning all. Just a quick one to let you know that we’d love your playlists like they were our first born children. They deserve a good home, yo, so send them to us. We have candy.

Also, as you may have noticed, we’ve relaxed our update schedule a wee bit – we decided that a formally scheduled, magazine style format wasn’t really for us (tbh, it was a bit too much like real work). This means that there should be an awful lot less pressure for contributors to come up with stuff, so if the reason you didn’t want to get involved in the site previously was that you didn’t have enough time to commit, then fret ye not! If you want to write a paragraph about a new album that’s exciting you then great! Want to run a poll on the public’s favourite Descendents album (everyone knows it’s Milo Goes to College. Fact)? Perfect! Less structure, less rigidity, fewer (no) deadlines, more fun. That’s the aim, anyway. Get in touch if this sounds good to you.

Got a new playlist for you today, courtesy of the mighty Dave Christensen. I love playlists like this, to be honest – something about a good instrumental tune that truly helps you get through the day.

Anyway, catch you on the other side (of the weekend)!
Dave

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131 Spotisfaction Friday 29/10/10 – Dave Christensen

I’m not sure if it’s WordPress being annoying, me failing, or people not refreshing their browsers before editing stuff (*cough*), but for some reason today’s post reverted back to it’s pre-edit version and we lost all the changes. So here, again, is Dave Christensen with his “2009” playlist. Thanks, fella.

Hopefully this now works!
Dave

Dave C Says:

Ahhh 2009, that was a good year, wasn’t it? Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be…

We have two great features on Spotisfaction – Tomorrow’s Sounds Today and Classics Collected. The first tries to introduce us to a new selection of albums with some clever connection. The other forces us to “blow the dust off some records” that we might not have heard for a while or might have missed. ‘Why is there no middle ground?’ I think, while I struggle to find a niche for myself as a new contributor here. Well, maybe I’ve found it, or maybe this is just a single playlist. Yeah, it’s just a playlist.

So, I made a massive playlist of albums that were released in 2009 and that I listened to loads last year, but not much since. Then I listened to the lot and narrowed it down to an appropriately sized playlist. I think these are some great tracks from mostly brilliant albums (not Phrazes For The Young, that was awful). I hope you enjoy it. If not, make your own damn 2009 playlist. It took bloody ages.

Dave

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119 Spotisfaction Friday 01/10/10 – Dave Christensen

Happy Friday, kids. Another week, another inbox full of cracking submissions from you lovely people. If you’ve recently started reading/listening to Spotisfaction and you’d like to get involved, send us your playlists, reviews, articles, news and anything else you find interesting. We’re always looking for the odd one-off piece, and we’re also looking for a couple of regular staff members, too. Let us know if you’re interested.

Today’s playlist is by Dave Christensen and is entitled “Accent”. I really enjoyed the blurb today, and I’m finding it quite fun Googling interviews with some of these singers to see just what they sound like in real life. Thanks hugely for the submission!

Take care, folks.
Dave

Dave Says:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7922639/Rock-n-roll-best-sung-in-American-accents.html

I’m a scientist and I hate it when science is reported badly or when bad science is reported. This article from the Daily Telegraph really irritated me because it was obviously rubbish. The word “science” isn’t actually used in the article and the researcher doesn’t claim to be a scientist, but it is written by their science correspondent and is found in the science section on the website. So it is reporting the work as science, which, I feel, is unfairly associating those researchers doing useful things with their time with people like Andy Gibson. If you can’t be bothered to read the article (and it’s only short so you should), it’s suggesting that it’s more natural to sing pop or rock songs with an American accent and that it’s actually difficult to sing in your own accent. Of course it is possible to put on accents when singing, like the “Mockney” of Lily Allen or my own imitation of whoever I’m singing along with, but where the spoken voice of a singer has a similar sound to the singing voice, surely this would suggest a natural accent? Obviously not, so here are a load of fakers with accents as bad as Dick van Dyke’s.

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110 Spotisfaction Friday 10/09/10 – Dave Christensen

Hi kids. So, Friday. Your loving embrace warms the very extremes of my cold, worn heart… or something like that, anyway. I hope you’re all well today.

We’re sending out the first of our brand-new Newsletters today [rain delayed play, so to speak – once technical difficulties are sorted we’ll get them out], so if you’ve not yet subscribed then you can do so here. After you’ve read it, please feel free to let us know what you thought – it’s a new format for us, so your suggestions on what to include in the future would be appreciated.

To business! Today’s playlist is from guest author Dave Christensen, and is hugely enjoyable in my opinion. Without ruining Dave’s blurb, I shall certainly be watching the show based on his recommendation so thanks hugely for the submission!

See you Monday.
Dave

Dave C Says:

Ordinarily I don’t really get playlists for TV series, but Treme (the latest offering from David Simon – one of the guys behind The Wire) is no ordinary TV series. Treme (pronounced treh-may) is about New Orleans in the months after Hurricane Katrina and tells this story through a mixed group of people and through the music they play and love. Even though there are some quite depressing storylines, the spirit of the characters and the enjoyment they get out of their music keeps the programme watchable and uplifting. Sorry, I’m not really supposed to do a TV review here, so I’ll focus on the music… It’s great. And quite a few of these artists in this playlist also appear in the show, including Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte and Steve Earle. Listen to this playlist, but more importantly watch the TV show.