Afternoon, folks. We hope you’re enjoying the new website. We certainly are, that’s for sure. I loved Tumblr, but this new site is a breeze to use from an editing point of view, and hopefully it’s a lot easier to navigate, too. We’ve still got a list as long as our arms of things we’d like to implement, so you’ll see the site improve over time. Exciting stuffs!
Anyway, you’re probably a bit bored of me going on about the new website by now so let’s talk about today’s playlist.
Thom and I crafted this “Best Of” playlist a couple of months ago, and it contains our picks of our favourite tracks from the first few months of Spotisfaction’s life. We think it’s a fairly accurate representation of the diversity of playlists in those early days (and even to this day). Those of you who have been with us since the beginning, let us know if you’d have changed any of these selections!
We’re trying out a new method of displaying the tracklists for our playlists so that they’re more visible on the homepage, and you’re seeing the result of this on the right. Hit the “Tracklist” link to open the playlist.
Thanks again for everyone who has stuck with us since the early days of the site, and hi to anyone that’s new to the party. Thanks for your ongoing support.
And you know what that means. Yes, after 99 Spotisfactions and numerous features over the last 6 months, I am leaving the Spotisfaction team.
Since it’s birth back in February, Spotisfaction has grown from two frustrated 20-somethings swapping playlists into, well, what you’re reading right now – A fully featured music blog with news, reviews and a handful of dedicated and enthusiastic contributors. I wish Dave and the rest of the team all the best in the coming months and look forward to seeing the further growth of our little baby.
Right, so without further delay, here is Thom Lavelle, posting a Spotisfaction playlist for the last time.
[Dave’s Note: Goodbye Thom, it’s been a massive pleasure my young sir. Stay safe, and keep us updated with your goings on. PEACE and TRUCKING]
Bonjouretmercrediheureux. Apportez la discothÃ¨que! Todayâ€™s playlist is one of mine and is a combination of funky tracks that have got me through the last few days of stressful moving and acts that played 2000trees festival. All in all, itâ€™s a pretty good mix. Check it.
As an aside, weâ€™re really short staffed at the moment. So if youâ€™ve submitted something please bear with us. We will try and get back to you as soon as possible.
Terry Poison – Commecicomme ca (The Twelves Remix)
Goldheart Assembly – King Of Rome
Klaxons – Forgotten Works
Errors – A Rumor In Africa
Trentemoller – Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!
65daysofstatic – Dance Dance Dance
Abe Vigoda – House
Tubelord – Night Of Pencils
Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars
Desaparecidos – Popnâ€™ Off At The F
Little Fish – Am I Crazy
Sky Larkin – Octopus â€˜08
The Xcerts – Home Versus Home
And So I Watched You From Afar – Set Guitars To Kill
Vessels – Altered Beast
Three Trapped Tigers – 6
Maybeshewill – He Films The Clouds Pt. 2
Daft Punk – Too Long (Gonzales Version)
Air – So Light Is Her Footfall
Metronomy – Love Song For Dog
Havenâ€™t got much to say about this playlist. I just knocked it up as I fancied listening to a few tracks. Kicking off is The Twelves Remix of â€œCommecicomme caâ€, which in typical Twelves style brings the disco. If youâ€™ve never heard these Brazillian love bastards at work, this is a fantastic place to start. I slipped Goldheart Assemblyâ€™s â€œKing Of Romeâ€ in next because it just feels good, you know? Letâ€™s keep things happy for now, eh? Tubelordwere at 2000trees, unfortunately I missed them. To make up for it, Iâ€™ll just leave â€œNight Of Pencilsâ€ here. I also missed Sky Larkin at the recent Broken Social Scene gig, which is a shame as they are fantastic – â€œOctopus â€˜08â€ highlights this, then underlines it. Then draws a lightening bolt behind it. Kickinâ€™ rad aces.
And So I Watched You From Afar were one of my favourite acts I did see at 2000trees. They were tight, they were vibrant and â€œSet Guitars To Killâ€ really sets the scene for the second half of the playlist.
Gonzales has a knack for picking fantastic tracks to re-imagining, and Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll remember the reworking of â€œToo Longâ€ from Daft Punkâ€™s catalogue.
Closing this playlist is Airâ€™s sublime â€œSo Light Is Her Footfallâ€ and Metronomyâ€™s â€œLove Song For A Dogâ€, which to be fair feels a little out of place, but I just wanted to end with it. They were fantastic at 2000trees and I know for a fact made a few converts to their cause with their sublime set.
Right, gotta get this done a bit quick today as Iâ€™m swamped. Iâ€™m now out of the loop for a week whilst I move house and attend 2000trees so I thought Iâ€™d give you a bit of personal love with todayâ€™s playlist. Yes, itâ€™s one of mine. Iâ€™ve also split it into two acts. The first act is something designed to drag you out of the fuzzy haze of a drizzly Monday. The great British summertime. Itâ€™s a bit of a slow burner, but stick with it and youâ€™ll soon be moving your feet to the beat.
The second half of the playlist continues in the same vein as the end of the first, however it tails off into the hauntingly vacant. There are a couple of fantastic new tracks on todayâ€™s creation as well as a couple of classics.
Thom Yorke – Black Swan (Christian Vogel Spare Parts Remix)
Ariel Pinkâ€™s Haunted Graffiti – Fright Night (Nevermore)
Tangerine Dream – The Dream Is Always The Same
Disasterpeace – Dying A Meaningful Death
Yes, this playlist does have video game music on. Little skits from Castlevania, Contra and a metal rendition of a Megaman track. The two halves of this playlist reflect my working day. For once, Iâ€™ll let the music speak for itself. Have a great week and Iâ€™ll catch you all next Monday.
A new feature on Spotisfaction. Every now and again one of us will cobble together some rare (read: probably not on Spotisfaction) tracks that have made their way into our playlists for you to download. Yes, music to download. This week, I have:
The Shins – Strange Powers (Magnetic Fields Cover)
Between The Shins and Broken Bells, I would almost forgive you if youâ€™d had enough of James Mercerâ€™s fantastic and distinct voice by now. Almost, but not quite. Perhaps this cover is just what The Magnetic Fields need to open up their music to a wider fanbase.
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Acoustic Spin Session)
Lisztomania (or Wrestlemania, as it has become known as in Spotisfaction Towers) is a fantasic song, and hearing it live and acoustic just reinforces the fact that Franceâ€™s hottest export Phoenix write beautiful songs.
Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)
Iâ€™m not the greatest fan of Florence + The Machine, truth be told. But this reworking by The XX really hits the spot for me.
Good news for UK fans of The Depreciation Guild, who had to cancel the European leg of their Spirit Youth tour earlier this year. The word on the street is that they are looking to play some UK dates in September. This is fantastic news and I urge everyone to consider checking them out. In the meantime, check out their reworking of â€œBroken Bonesâ€ by Chatelaine. Chatelaine is the solo project of Toni Halliday of Curve fame.
To cheer yourself up if youâ€™re not heading to Glastonbury this year, check out the video forÂ â€Say No To Loveâ€Â by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
Also, theyâ€™ve currently got a few UK dates lined up for next monthâ€¦
18/7 – Suffolk, Latitude Festival
23/7 – Spain, Contempopranea Festival
24/7 – Spain, San Sebastian Festival
25/7 – Derbyshire, Indietracks Festival
28/7 – Brighton, Concorde 2
29/7 – London, Heaven
31/7 – Stirling, U18s Festival
Just a quick bit of information I wish to share with you all. Are you new to this Spotisfaction thing? Do you want to listen to a playlist that some bloke with a shaved afro and dangerously long fingernails posted last month but donâ€™t want to trawl through the entire blog looking for it? Well youâ€™re in luck, because you can now head over to the Spotisfaction Archives here (or if youâ€™re prejudice against clicking text links you could click that little clock icon on the top right of this blog). Contained within is every single submission weâ€™ve published. Woot. Is that still too much effort, then you can head over to either Daveâ€™s Spotify profile or my Spotify profile, which also feature the entire Spotisfaction back catalogue.
Link: Mukinabaht: Feature: What Is The Cheltenham Underground?
It would appear that for some unknown reason, Thom decided to write an article about the Cheltenham Underground on his day off from Spotisfaction. In the absence of a playlist today, head on over to his blog and have a good olâ€™ fashioned read.
Time to start beating the drum about this coming weekend, then. From Thursday 27th May, Messrs Madden and Base are putting on a show of overwhelming proportions, showcasing just shy of 20 acts over the course of 4 days. Cheltenham Underground presents: The Decent Days And Nights Weekend.
A quick and dirty piece about Cheltenham Undergrounds Decent Days and Nights weekender. I feel that there may be further coverage to come on this matter. Please, go on down and support a) the charity b) the bands and c) Cheltenham Underground.
Three is a prime number and todayâ€™s playlist is nothing if not prime. (However please note that there is no Primus on todayâ€™s playlist). See if you can spot the theme here. Answers on a postcard.
Today myself, David and our evil minion Kev decided to stick 10 tracks each onto a collaboration and share it with the world. Or at least the part of the world that cares.
Coming up next week weâ€™ve got a variety of fantastic guest playlists to stir things up a bit. Weâ€™re still waiting for a few submissions to trickle in (John Brobyn, Iâ€™m looking at you here) so hurry your pants and get them in.
Husker Du – Donâ€™t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
The Lemonheads – Second Chance
Temple Of The Dog – Pushinâ€™ Forward Back
The Toadies – Possum Kingdom
Tad – Throat Locust
Local H – Back In The Day
Mudhoney – Suck You Dry
Sonic Youth – Kill Yr. Idols
Nirvana – Oh The Guilt
Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers
Maggot Brain – Extreme And Hard Boogie
Silverchair – Pure Massacre
Screaming Trees – Beyond This Horizon
Queens Of The Stoneage – The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret
Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore
Pearl Jam – Garden
Alice In Chains – Them Bones
Silversun Pickups – Melatonin
Blind Melon – Tones Of Home
Meat Puppets – Plateau
Rival Schools – Holding Sand
The Get Up Kids – Grunge Pig
Nada Surf – Popular
Soundgarden – Spoonman
Audioslave – Like A Stone
AM/FM – Come Suck Down A Cloud
Oceansize – Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs
Quicksand – Fazer
Rage Against The Machine – Guerrilla Radio
As an aside, how do you all think Spotisfaction is going? As I stood on my faux-balcony this morning, having my post wake-up cigarette I wondered what the future had in store for this blog. Is radio dead? Are people so saturated with music choice that they have no idea what to listen to? What makes music journalists so damn snooty they think they can decree the success of otherwise of a band with their sub-par, horribly subjective and bland reviews? Iâ€™m getting the tickle that states something must be done. This summer, we have to take some kind of action. Please upload your ideas into my brain along with a bit of alcohol so I can get something moving.
Dave has returned to Spotisfaction Towers, one more exam behind him. Well done to Dave for passing yesterdays hardship. To celebrate, weâ€™ve created a joint playlist. The first half is largely quite upbeat. The second half is more chilled. A special mention goes to the track by The Futureheads â€œDecent Days And Nightsâ€. Two reasons. Firstly, tonight we are going to see the Futureheads. The second reason is â€œDecent Days And Nightsâ€ is the name of the Cheltenham Underground weekend extravaganza. More information on this is here, and no doubt there will be further news posts over the weekend about it.
Anyway, enjoy today. If people could start leaving some feedback the world will be abetter place. See you all Monday.
Dave is sitting his ISCW today. So everyone send him luck and good vibes.
Okay, so the music today. I fancied something a bit different. We kick off this playlist with some music from the other side of the world. Japan, to be exact. Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a huge Japanophile sometimes and one thing that I was a bit upset about was the lack of Japanese music on Spotify. This seems to be changing, slowly but surely.
As for the rest of the list, I have to admit that most of these tracks are new to me.
Stick with todayâ€™s playlist, you might find something you like. Also, if you have any more submissions for us then get them sent in – next week I believe weâ€™re starting to run guest mixes again – so please share some playlists with us. To all that have submitted, I extend my thanks and I promise that they will be ran shortly.
So, ah, David is currently studying to become some kind of Cisco networking guru. Last I heard he was climbing a mountain in Tibet to learn the art of Zen routing. Good luck to him, I say. You unlucky people have to put up with Thom flavoured Spotisfaction until his return.
Again, todays playlist is just a bunch a tracks that I want to listen to. Nothing else behind it.
And So I Watch You From Afar – If Itâ€™s Ainâ€™t Broke, Break It
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Some Trees
Sparklehorse – Piano Fire
Asobi Seksu – Familiar Light
Deerhunger – Microcastle
The Besnard lakes – Thomasina
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Ashes Maths
worriedaboutsatan – The Butterfly Effect
Howling Bells – Wishing Stone
Volcano Choir – Seeplymouth
Yo La Tengo – Walking Away From You
Jon Hopkins – Light Through The Veins
amina – Kolapot
Balmorhea – San Solomon (Reprise)
The Orb – Towers Of Dub
Tycho – The Daydream
Nathan Fake – Basic Mountain
Umek – Complikator
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
Kings Of Convenience – The Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Instrumental)
Beck – Broken Drum (Boards Of Canada Remix)
The Whitest Boy Alive – 1517
MONO – Everlasting Light
The Future Sound Of London – Appendage
Stars – Take Me To The Riot
â€œJust Like Honeyâ€ by The Jesus And Mary Chain kicks this off. I watched Lost In Translation for the first time and really loved the soundtrack. One of the last tracks in the film was this, so I had an urge to listen to it. The rest of the tracks on here are, pretty much, last.fm recommendations with a smattering of tracks that I love but havenâ€™t heard in a while. Hopefully youâ€™ll find something you like. So, er, give it a listen.
So no David today, then. Yes, it has been a long weekend. Hope everyone had a good one. Mine was pretty fantastic, there was music, there were parties, there were surprise announcements. Needless to say, Iâ€™m the happiest, luckiest person alive today. So with that in mind, I created the below playlist. Itâ€™s not fantastically upbeat or happy, there is no structure, no elitism or any of that rubbish. Itâ€™s just a few tracks that I havenâ€™t heard in a while lumped together in Spotisfaction form.
Manic Street Preachers – La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) Chemical Brothers remix
Placebo – Spite And Malice
Explosions In The Sky – First Breath After A Coma
M83 – Skin Of The Night
The Album Leaf – Twentytwofourteen
Four Tet – Angel Echoes
Thom Yorke – Atoms For Peace
Radiohead – 2+2=5
Blur – Coffee and TV
Beck – Modern Guilt
Eels – Flyswatter
The Dandy Warhols – Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
There really isnâ€™t much of an order to this list. As stated, I just wanted to listen to these tracks. Special mention to Chemical Brothers â€œLeave Homeâ€, as this track reminds me plenty of my youth. I totally wore out my copy of â€œExit Planet Dustâ€ which I had on the magic medium of cassette tape. Explosions In The Sky are one of my favourite bands and â€œFirst Breath After A Comaâ€ is probably the track that got me into the band. Finally, Blurâ€™s classic â€œCoffee & TVâ€, which Tom Mitchell taught me to play whilst I was rather drunk at a party on Saturday. Good work, sir.
Anyway, get back to it and I will catch you on the other side.