#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

We kick off a new week with an American electro-pop act; “Penguin Prison” with their catchy song “The Worse it Gets”. We continue with yet another band from New York City; “The Virgins” with their big hit from 2008: “Rich Girls”.

Next in our playlist we find Norwegian “Harrys Gym” with their dreamy song “The Escape”. If this band is new to you I recommend you check out their debut album from 2008 (“Harrys Gym”). So many great tracks from that album! Start with “Brother”! You should also check out their new single called “Horses” that came out just a few days ago.

“Of Monsters and Men” is a six piece indie folk/pop band from Iceland. You have probably heard their single “Little Talks” on the radio. This week I chose to add their song “Sloom” to our playlist.

The last song in our playlist this week is the Scottish indie rock band “Frightened Rabbit”. I really love their single “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” (2009)

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Enjoy!

April Beats presented by @thursplay

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Our friends at @thursplay have compiled this playlist for April.

Time to listen to the mix of the beats played on repeat during April.

A little of everything, starting with the impossible-not-to-move-your-feet “Take me Over” by Cut Copy, which is a song you can find on their latest album “Zonoscope”, released last year. Going a little more back in time, a beautiful song by Local Natives, “Cards & Quarters” that’s worth being remembered…

Enjoy the uptempo female voice by U.K indie pop trio Standard Fare singing “Suitcase”. More female voices? You got them: Class Actress, Little Majorette, Grimes, Ladyhawke back with her brand new single “Sunday Drive”, White Sea and more.

Get a good chill vibe from Tunng with their live version of “Naked in the rain”, The Head and The Herat with “Sounds Like Hallelujah” and “Stealing Tomorrow” by Great Lake Swimmers. Just the right amount of slow motion.

And don’t miss the very indie sounds of Architecture in Helsinki, Team Me, Palpitation and many more: there are 25 tracks hand picked for you to enjoy!

What were your April favorite tracks? Share with us today on #thursplay!

Win an Onkyo TX-NR515 Network Receiver

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#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

As always I have prepared a playlist for you containing old and new songs and also a mix between a lot of different genres. We start this week’s playlist with a beautiful song called “Fool´s Gold” by “The Abramson Singers”. If you like melancholic folk music with great vocals, you will love this first song!

Next one out this week is the Norwegian singer/songwriter “Bellman” with his hit from 2009; “Spaceship, Move Slow”.

We continue with “For You” by “Tin Sparrow”. As they describe themselves on Twitter: “Happy folk for happy folks”. “Pocketbooks” is a pop band from London, combining melodic harmonies, spiraling guitars and descriptive storytelling. I like their song “Promises, Promises”.

The last song in this week’s playlist is an Estonian indie-rock band; “Ewert and The Two Dragons” with their cute song “(In the End) There’s Only Love”.

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Enjoy!

Spotify celebrates Record Store Day – April 21, 2012

Tomorrow we celebrate Record Store Day along with millions of music fans. This is the one day that all of the independently-owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music.

Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. This year boasts special editions from M. Ward, Lana Del Rey, Fun. and M83 to name a few.

Check out this playlist to get a taste of the artists who are releasing exclusive Record Store Day products – one time only this Saturday at your local record store! Head to www.RecordStoreDay.com to learn more and see what’s in store.

Spotify for Android now available for preview

It’s here. Spotify for Android is getting a complete overhaul and we wanted you to get a special preview. Here’s what’s coming:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • Even more social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view – available for the first time on mobile
  • ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
  • So much faster!

That’s not the end of it. We’re working hard on adding further features, including folders and Last FM scrobbling, before the app goes live in Google Play.

Android Preview

In order to get your hands on the all-new Android preview, firstly set your phone to allow installation from ‘Unknown Sources’ by going to the Settings > Applications > Unknown sources menu. Once that’s done, click on the button below on your phone to get the update.

As with all Spotify Mobile apps, you’ll need a Premium subscription to get your music on the move. Head over here to sign up for our 30-day Spotify Premium trial.

Your feedback as ever is really important to us. Please let us know what you think by visiting The Spotify Community.

The sounds of April courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

Share My Playlists

We present you the music selection that our friends from Sharemyplaylists have handpicked for this month.

Easy Like Sunday Mornings Vol.4

Our first must-hear mixtape this month comes in the shape of Kieron‘s latest, eagerly-anticipated edition of Easy Like Sunday Mornings. Volume four is brimming with mellow tunes, old and new, that will make any day feel like a lazy Sunday – Roy Ayers, Teddy Pendergrass, Maxwell, Ray Charles, Herb Alpert and many more.

My Name is Brian (and I’m awesome)

Without a shadow of a doubt, our playlist of the month is My Name is Brian (and I’m awesome) . Now, admittedly, that is a pretty poor title. But it’s true – Brian really is awesome. He’s created a mixtape that doubles as a job application – read the track titles in order. And guess what … Brian received job offers! Well done that man.

NME’s Best Songs Of The 60s

The good old NME is 60 this year! To mark the occasion, they’re celebrating with the best music from each decade of their lifetime. On this playlist, they count down the best tracks from the 1960s – from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan, The Stooges to The Velvet Underground, Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin and beyond.

Don Draper Seduction Music

Having a spot of bother with the opposite sex? Ask yourself this: What would Don do? And, more importantly, what would Don listen to while he’s doing it? The answer is, of course womanising and anything seductive and 60s. If you’re planning some womanising or indeed manising (that’s definitely a thing – don’t bother checking it) this month, these are the sultry sounds you need to help you on your way. Do it Donnystyle.

Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service

The last time SMP saw Jarvis Cocker, at T in the Park 2011, he proceeded to wipe his backside on notorious and now defunct British tabloid newspaper. It was strange and glorious dirty protest. We love him. He’s a national treasure. A musical genius. And his radio show is pretty cool, too. Check out the tunes he plays here.

Berlin techno

Next up, a killer collection of dancefloor-destroying, mind-bending, sub-troubling, party-starting, hands-in-the-air tunes. This is one of the best electronic music mixtapes we’ve heard in ages – a real must-hear weekend party playlist. Check out tunes from rising stars of the underground, like Russ Yallop, Maya Jane Coles and Art Department, alongside house legends, such as Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard and Marco Carola.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik

Another favourite this month comes courtesy of Afront and his “loosely chronological” mixtape journeying through German electronic music – old-school and modern synthpop, futurepop, EBM and electro-industrial, ending with a selection of minimal synthpop, ambient and Kosmische Musik. A must-hear playlist.

Gilles Peterson Jukebox

SMP was saddened – no, devastated – to hear Gilles Peterson’s Radio 1 show has been cancelled. And we reckon grohs probably felt the same: “A selection of tracks that Gilles Peterson may have on his own jukebox,” goes the description to this mixtape. Thankfully, GP is back on BBC Radio 6 Music with bigger, better show. But this one’s still a must-hear for Gilles fans.

80 x Hip Hop in the 80′s

This mixtapes features 80 of the finest, most ground-breaking hip-hop records from the 80s. Everyone’s here. From Afrika Bambaataa to Slick Rick, Eric B & Rakim to RUN-DMC, Ice Cube to LL Cool J – over 10 hours of the finest rap music ever put to wax. If you’re into hip-hop and you don’t listen to this playlist in its entirety – all 80 tracks – consider our friendship over. Word.

New Releases 2012

Last but certainly not least, we have the playlist that is home to best new music in 2012, the SMP New Releases mixtape. We update this mixtape every week with the best new tracks on Spotify – subscribe for automatic updates. Added this month: Spiritualized, Graham Coxon, Orbital, Richard Hawley, The Futureheads, Plan B, Arcade Fire, Paul Weller and more. Lots more.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday‘s music recommendations.

First I would like to start with saying thank you for all the nice suggestions that you all have been sending me! Much appreciated! And now, to this week’s music.

The Norwegian indie band “HighasaKite” came out with a debut album in 2012. “All That Floats Will Rain”. There is a lot of really nice songs on this album and I have had a few of them in my Music Monday playlist before. We start this weeks Music Monday with their song “Indian Summer”. You should also check out “Son of A Bitch” and “Winners Don´t Come Easy”. All very good songs. I’m really looking forward to see “HighasaKite” live on festivals in Scandinavia this summer!

Next band out this week is “Firekites”. An Australian band formed from Newcastle, New South Wales. They play amazing acoustic music and I really like their song “Last Ships” from their first album “The Bowery”. Then time for indie pop! Mauro Remiddi known as “Porcelain Raft” is an Italian-born singer/songwriter. I like his dreamy songs and especially “Tip of your Tongue”

The last artist out this week is another Norwegian artist; “Mr Little Jeans”. She just came out with a new single called “Runaway”. If you never heard her sing before I recommend you also check out some of her earlier singles. I would start with “Rescue Song”. A very cute and catchy song!

If you have song suggestion for next week’s playlist feel free to drop them in my Spotify Inbox.

Here you can find the playlist: http://spoti.fi/music-mondays – Subscribe and you will get a mix of twenty new feel-good tracks every Monday.

Enjoy!

Spotify Just Got Even Better on Your Boxee

Today Spotify is getting a great update on Boxee Boxes, these great devices that find many of your favorite shows, movies and Spotify playlists and put them on your TV. a lot more functionality to explore while enjoying music using your Boxee and Spotify Premium.

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Now you can easily search, find and play any track, artist or album, even if it’s not in one of your playlists. Listen to whatever you want from Spotify’s millions of tracks.

You can now access your Spotify Inbox. You’ll get notified when your friends share a song, album or playlist with you.

And you can now play your music in shuffle mode. It lets you sit back and relax while Spotify does the DJ work with your tracks.

If you are a Premium subscriber, you can enjoy all of these functions on Boxee. Haven’t checked out the Boxee Boxes yet? Come this way.