Love SoundHound? So do we! Today, there’s even more to love with the launch of a rich ‘Add to Spotify’ integration for iOS enabling users to convert SoundHound music discoveries seamlessly into Spotify playlists. Now you can add newly discovered and previously searched tracks to a playlist within Spotify without ever leaving the SoundHound App! It’s simple to set up – just link your SoundHound and Spotify accounts. Once linked, you can opt to have discovered songs added to your playlist either automatically or manually by tapping the Spotify icon. You can then listen to the full track, add it to other playlists or share directly with friends using your favorite social networks. The SoundHound app is available for free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices.
John Newman creates the type of jazz-soul infused pop that really never leaves your head. Having seen the no.1 chart position for both his song “Love Me Again” and his collaboration with Rudimental “Feel The Love”, John Newman is finally bringing his undeniably infectious tunes to Australia in support of his debut album, Tribute.
Alongside playing dates on the East Coast, John Newman will be preforming at 56TH TV WEEK Logie Awards.
Sun 27 April 56TH TV WEEK Logie Awards on Channel Nine
Tue 29 April Melbourne | Palace Theatre (18+)
Ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
Thu 1 May Sydney | The Hi-Fi (18+)
thehifi.com.au | Ph: 1300 762 545
Sat 3 May Brisbane | Eatons Hill Hotel (18+)
Oztix.com.au | Ph: 1300 762 545
We’re back with this year’s first #FavoriteFollow, David Whiting, from our Stockholm office. Listen to some of his favourite tunes and learn stuff about David you never knew you didn’t know!
Where are you from and how did you end up at Spotify?
I grew up in the UK, moving around various parts of the west country playing in all kinds of bands, studying Mathematics in Bath and eventually ending up in London doing Data Engineering for Last.fm. In early 2013 when the pace of London life all got a bit much for my rural roots, I crossed the North Sea to join Spotify in Stockholm.
What is your role at Spotify?
I work on the Data Infrastructure team, which supplies the technology necessary to process the huge amounts of data that Spotify produces every day. A lot of the time this means trying to solve tough programming problems with headphones on and the volume up to 11.
What is your most memorable concert?
As an attendee, probably the time I saw Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires and White Lies all on the same bill for around £10 in early 2008. It was at this really cool venue called Thekla in Bristol, which is a boat permanently moored near the city centre with space for about 300 people. All three of the bands went on to be massive, so It’s amazing that I saw them all in one go.
As a performer, it’s almost certainly playing to a 500-strong entirely captive audience while opening for VNV Nation at the O2 Academy in Islington, London last month with my band Heretics.
What has been one of your coolest moments while working at Spotify?
In September I got the chance to go to NYC for a couple of weeks to work with colleagues in the office there and to give a talk at the local Hadoop User Group, which was a really great trip.
Which album would you say defined your adolescence and why?
When I was 17 years old, my music taste was limited mostly to old 80s electronic bands and brit-pop from the 90s. A friend lent me a copy of Brand New’s “Deja Entendu” and it opened me up to a whole world of music and concerts and friends. In the end, it’s probably the only album from that alternative emo rock scene which still sounds great today; there was a load more albums from various bands that I used to listen to at the time, but this is the only one I still come back to.
If you had to describe yourself in one song, what song would it be?
It’s a bit of a cheat because I wrote it, but I think it sums up my attitude to life pretty well.
What song do you have on repeat right now?
What is the best band name ever?
If you could choose to be in any band throughout history, which would it be?
I think being in Kraftwerk in the 70s and helping to shape the whole future of popular music by the pioneering use of synthesisers would be amazing.
Tell me about your picks.
My music taste is really varied, so I’ve tried to include a representative sample from lots of different styles, compiled from a combination of my Spotify playlists, my jams on This Is My Jam and my Last.fm listening data. You’ll hear synthpop, indie, nu-disco, electro-swing, chiptune, acoustic, folk and dark electronics in the playlist, so if you don’t like what you’re hearing, then you might well find something you like if you skip a few.
Check out David’s picks here and be sure to Follow him on Spotify!
For a third, fantastic year, we will be painting Austin green. From March 10th through the 14th, the Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind and discover the best in new music.
This year, we’re moving to a brand new venue with more room to check out bands and catch up with friends.
Our 2014 lineup boasts 30+ must-see acts – including emerging stars G-Eazy and MØ, along with Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Jungle and Betty Who, to electro rockers Phantogram, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and many more – we’ve got something for everyone! In years past, Spotify has hosted a number of break-out artists during SXSW such as Kimbra, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Odell and St. Lucia and this year will be no different. Get the full line-up day by day here.
The CW Network, partner of The Spotify House and home of shows including The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural, will have stars from the upcoming sci-fi drama The 100 and other hit series stopping by to hang with some of the coolest new bands.
For even more awesomeness on the ground, we’ll be introducing a music-themed mosaic photo booth created by The Brigade, an interactive playlist generator as well as music trivia installation created by Beak Labs.
RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways! You can also subscribe to our text line [Text YES to 61235] to get up-to-the-minute updates from all the activity on the ground. With so much on the go, be sure to follow us on Vine and Instagram for more information about our SXSW plans this year.
See you at SXSW!
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After smashing Splendour In The Grass 2012 and playing shows to critical acclaim around the country, this June, Southampton rock trio Band Of Skulls are returning to Australia in support of their upcoming LP ‘Himalayan’. With their last album ‘Sweet Sour‘ hitting the the ARIA album charts at #35 and spawning a stream of killer singles including, ”The Devil Takes Care Of his Own” and “Sweet Sour”, the burning blues riffs and master melodies of Band of Skulls are gladly back on their upcoming album (produced by Nick Launay of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Arcade Fire fame).
Sharing stages with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Black Keys, Band of Skulls are no newbies to the live setting. Make sure you catch the grit-rock force of three at their upcoming shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Having just finished touring nationally with Laneway Festival, embarked on dates around the UK and oh, scored the number one spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 with his knockout single ‘Riptide’, Vance Joy really is the man of the hour.
It doesn’t stop there though. Vance Joy has just announced a tour presented by Spotify to align with his Groovin The Moo festival dates, hitting venues in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. With supports from Gossling and Teeth & Tongue, there’s no doubt that these shows will sell out quickly.
Thu Apr 24 – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide SA (All Ages)
www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545
Tue May 6 - The Hi Fi, Brisbane, QLD (18+)
www.thehifi.com.au | 1300 THE HIFI (1300 843 443) and all Oztix outlets
Thu May 8 – The Bakery, Perth, WA (18+)
www.nowbaking.com.au | 08 9227 6288
Fri May 16 - The Metro, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849
Fri May 23 – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC (18+)
www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100
You asked and we listened! Today we rolled out a highly requested feature from our users, repeat one . That’s right — you can now listen to that favourite song over and over and over again.
Clicking on repeat now toggles between “no-repeat”, “repeat-all” and “repeat-one.”
We’ve rolled it to 100% users, available right now on Desktop 0.9.7+. Android and iOS will be supported in upcoming releases – watch this space!
It is said that all good things come in threes and today Ball Park Music made a triple announcement that is guaranteed to excite their fans: a new single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There”, a National album tour, and the release date for their third album ‘Puddinghead’.
‘Puddinghead’ will be released on Friday 4th April 2014 via Stop Start and Intertia. This new record is the follow up to their 2012 sophomore release, ‘Museum’.
Unlike the band’s first two albums, which were penned and recorded in between a relentless touring schedule, 2013 provided the first opportunity for the band to write and record in a controlled environment. The result is ‘Puddinghead’, the band’s third album in 24 months, and without doubt their most accomplished to date.
They say the word “puddinghead” is a Shakespearean insult offered to “someone who manages to mess up even the most basic tasks…”
Determined to leave their own print, Ball Park Music opted to self-produce and take the recording of ‘Puddinghead’ into their own hands. Renting a dirt-cheap property in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, they endured the overwhelming heat of their 70s fibro shack, scooped the mud from the doorway, smashed in the broken door, cleaned away the rotten food and insects and recorded to the sweet backdrop of leaky taps, magpies and main roads. It was far from the comforts of a professional recording studio, but somehow it worked.
The first taste of the band’s new material is the lead single “She Only Loves Me When I’m There”. It’s also the opening track on the record and sets the tone for an album that celebrates their underdog leanings and rejoices in the love, loss and banalities of suburban Australian life. The track and album was mixed by Grammy nominated Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, Phoenix, Air, and M83).
This new and exciting chapter for Ball Park Music comes off the back of an incredible three years that’s seen them secure two J Award album nominations for previous albums ‘Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs’ and ‘Museum’, a top 10 ARIA debut for ‘Museum’, numerous sold out headline tours alongside becoming one of Australia’s most loved festival bands via performances at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound, Homebake and Big Day Out.
To celebrate the release of ‘Puddinghead’, Ball Park Music is hitting the road for a national tour. The tour will be supported by triple j and Spotify and they will be joined by special guests Papa vs Pretty, Holy Holy (NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC) and Jesse Davidson (TAS, WA, NT, SA).
Tickets on sale Wednesday 12th
Saturday 15th March – Mountain Sounds Festival
Thursday 3rd April – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Friday 4th April – Zierholz @ UC, Canberra
Saturday 5th April – Metro Theatre, Sydney *ALL AGES
Wednesday 9th April – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
Thursday 10th April – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Friday 11th April – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday 12th April – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
Sunday 13th April – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane *Under 18s Daytime
Thursday 17th April – Hotel New York, Launceston
Friday 18th April – Butter Factory, Burnie
Saturday 19th April & Sunday 20th April – Republic Bar, Hobart
Thursday 24th April – Astor Theatre, Perth
Friday 25th April – Studio 146, Albany
Saturday 26th April – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Sunday 27th April – Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Wednesday 30th April – Railway Club, Darwin
Friday 2nd May – The Gov, Adelaide * ALL AGES
Saturday 3rd May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne *Under 18s Daytime
Saturday 3rd May & Sunday 4th May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
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Fashion week is upon us and globally acclaimed fashion designer Zac Posen just launched his latest ZAC Zac Posen (his high contemporary line) collection images via Spotify with the music that inspired him in the creative process.
It is the first time that a designer decided to link their creations to music in such a viral fashion!
Each look from the ZAC Zac Posen Autumn-Winter 2014 collection will be displayed as the playlist image, and said playlist will be linked to his Instagram where you can get a larger image and engage in social conversations with the designer.
The tunes range from Ke$ha to Lisa Minelli, from Madonna to the Majors. His playlists showcase decades of music and an eclectic array of genres that have inspired the creations, the look, and the images.
Click here to be transported into his world of fashionable tunes.