Songs for the Conclave

Very soon the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church from around the world will gather in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to choose the next Pope and spiritual leader of over 1 billion Catholics.

Before the results are broadcast to the world via smoke signal, we wanted to present a special conclave themed playlist to celebrate this rare, historic occasion. We’ve partnered with Tim O’Malley, Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and Concurrent Professor, Department of Theology; and Carolyn Pirtle, Assistant Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy to create a playlist of hymns and choral music from the Spotify catalog.

Dr. O’Malley gave us his interpretation of the music selection:

“The playlist consists of motifs central to the Catholic imagination relative to the election of a Pope. It focuses upon certain themes, including the Church’s asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit during this time of transition; the Church’s crying out to God for mercy that we might be found worthy to receive a successor of Peter, who unites the Church in love; and praise for the God, who guides the Church through the twists and turns of history. The playlist is intended to give the listener a disposition of wonder, of contemplation, of prayer to the God who first loved us.”

Listen in now!

New update for iOS devices – 0.6.0

We’re happy to announce we have updated our App for iOS 5 devices. This update includes:

  • New: Shiny new interface. You can navigate around the app with a new sidebar. Check it out by swiping left-to-right, or by pressing the ≣ button in the top left of the app.
  • New: Now Playing bar. You’ll always see what you’re listening to along the bottom of Spotify. To switch tracks, just swipe along it. Tap or drag to see more information about the current track. Tap the cover art in the extended view to use AirPlay, and disable/enable shuffle and repeat.
  • New: Track menu. Tap the … button on any track to see a redesigned context menu.
  • Fixed: “Track only available online” issues. This would sometimes appear after start-up, or when you’d been offline for a little while. Not any more.
  • Fixed: Lock screen will now always display the correct track.
  • Fixed: Shuffle now switches off after you’ve used “Shuffle Play” on an album or playlist.

If you have any feedback, come and tell us at the Spotify Community.

Coming Soon: Control Spotify in your Ford vehicle using SYNC AppLink

We have been working directly with Ford to deliver a safe, convenient, voice-activated in-car music solution for your car. And soon you’ll be able to access our huge catalogue on the move by voice control, while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Available on select Ford vehicles, SYNC AppLink uses voice-activated technology to build a hands-free bridge between you and your smartphone applications.

This coming update of SYNC AppLink will enable you to control Spotify songs and playlists using voice commands including: “shuffle”, “repeat”, “star/unstar track”, “choose playlist”, “play music”, “recently played”, and “now playing”.

Ford SYNC AppLink is already available in over one million vehicles in the USA, and on which Spotify will roll out in the coming weeks. In Europe it will be featured in selected Ford vehicles by the end of this year.

For more information about Ford SYNC AppLink, click here.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start a new week with the dreamy sound of Neil and Sumul Shah, also known as the American band “Wildlife Control”. First song in our playlist is their latest single “Different” released back in January. We follow up a new favorite band; a Dallas indie folk-pop quintet called “Air Review” and their song “Young”.

Next band in our playlist is an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia: “Buchanan” and their song “Mr Keeperman”.

We continue with two bands from Los Angeles: Frist; a song called “Time To Run” by an indie folk group: “Lord Huron” and then time for “Baby Monster” and their song “The Fear of Charlie Sunrise”.

Last song in our playlist this week is “Skeleton Key” by a favorite trio from Austin, Texas: “Love Inks”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

February Beats presented by @thursplay

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Here’s what you’ll listen to on this February Beats by our friends at @thursplay :

A lot of new music released during this month! On this February Beats by @thursplay [2013] you can listen to the new single by The Postal Service “A Tattered Line of String”, James Blake’s latest release “Retrograde”, American duo The Peach Kings with “Fisherman” and English rock band Foals with “My Number” from their latest album “Holy Fire”.

Still on this playlist: Swedish The Deer Tracks with “Ram Ram” and YAST with “Robin”, Indians beautiful song “La Femme”, new single by Canadian indie pop/dream Young Galaxy “Pretty Boy” from their album of same name, the amazing Alabama Shakes with “Heartbreaker”. Songs by Gossling, Jake Bugg, Hot Chip, Mesita, Gossip and Ducktails complete all handpicked indie tracks for you to enjoy this month.

What were your favorite releases during February?

Share them with us today on Twitter using the hashtag #thursplay.

Check out Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ live stream performance from the Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles.

This exclusive sold out show marks the release of the new album ‘Push The Sky Away’ worldwide, bringing the experience direct to fans across the globe as it happens.

And you will be able to watch the show in real time on Spotify!

You will be able to access the show on the next link: http://spoti.fi/Nick-Cave-Live

In the meantime, listen to ‘Push The Sky Away’ here on Spotify :

Nick Cave Live Stream Timing:

Thursday 21st February 2013

8:55pm (PST)

Friday 22nd February 2013

4:55am (GMT) – UK

5:55am (GMT) – Nordics

5:55am (CET) – Germany

3:55 PM (Australian time).

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start with the song “Skyscraper” from a new favorite London-based dream-pop duo called “Elephant” (also know as Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck). We continue with yet another London-based band. A quartet called “Post War Years” and their song “Glass House”. I’m looking forward to check out their new album “Galapagos” set to be released next Monday.

We have an American indie rock duo next, “Generationals”, consisting of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer. The song “Trust” is from an EP they released back in 2010. Then time for a slice of indie-pop from the Australian duo “High Highs”. (Jack Milas and Oli Chang) “Open Season” is from their debut LP released in 2011.

“The Dig” is an indie rock band based in New York City. “All Tied” is from the band’s most recent album, Midnight Flowers, released in 2012.

Last song in our playlist this week is “Bellio” by the English “Dutch Uncles”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

Subscribe to the playlist and you will get a mix of twenty new Feel-Good tracks every Monday.

Featured Playlist Poetry

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve been spreading the love with Playlist Poems! It’s been a blast creating love poems using song titles and some of our artist friends jumped on board!

Check out these featured love poems:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Will You Be Their Valentine?

So, how many cards did you get? We stopped counting at around, oh, well a lot. You know, a really big number. Anyway – moving swiftly on – now Valentine’s Day is finally here we’ve got two amazing playlists to celebrate with. In the dimple-fuelled, carrot-cut trouser corner we have the mighty One Direction – a five-headed pop monster who destroy all pretenders on contact (and, it seems, know stuff about Greek mythology too). They’re making noise for singer-songwriter Cosmo Jarvis, Brit-rock ledge Eric Clapton, Jazz queen Etta James and our own, our very own, Adele, among others…

Meanwhile, in the ex-family band from the San Fernando Valley corner are the hamazing Haim – a sisterly trio who have reinvented super-slick 80s pop in their own image. They’re giving it up for Justin Timberlake, lip-curling knee-drop superstar Elvis Presley, bed-haired noise-pop brethren the Jesus and Mary Chain and Bob Dylan and a host of others…

The only question that remains is, who will you play it to? And when? The clock, as ever, is ticking…

The sounds of February courtesy of Sharemyplaylists.com

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

25 songs inspired by Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk are currently playing their way through an eight-night residency at London’s Tate Modern, performing the albums, in full, that have gone on to prove so influential throughout pop music. SMP user Stef Galley has put together this mixtape, which gives 25 examples of artists influenced or inspired by Ralf Hütter and co – everyone from Felix Da Housecat, Kris Menace and Sub Focus to Pet Shop Boys, Electric Six and the Human League. A really well thought out playlist.

Ultimate Valentine’s Day Playlist

Valentine’s Day brings with it enough stress without having to worry about what music to play while you’re being all romantic and chivalrous and stuff. With that in mind, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a mixtape featuring 250 mood-setting songs: tracks by artists such as Omar, Teddy Pendergrass, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Barry White … Need we say anymore?

Anti Valentine’s Day Playlist

Valentine’s Day is, of course, not for everyone. We understand that. That’s why we’ve put together a playlist for all the single ladies and the gentleman flying solo, those unlucky in love and those not looking for love … Lily Allen, Kate Bush, the Smiths, N.W.A., Kraftwerk, Talking Hits, Johnny Cash, Billy Bragg and more feature here. They’ve all penned tunes that could dampen a romantic mood quicker than a Crazy Frog impersonation.

The Soundtrack to February 2013

Who’s up for some new music? “50 tracks to knock you out,” says Phil Wilce. “February’s punching well above its weight.” He recommends tunes by Toro Y Moi, Alex Metric, Bonobo and, particularly, B.J. Smith. We think you should also check out the brooding new Burial release, Claude VonStroke’s killer remix of Infinity Ink and the glorious return of Yo La Tengo, all featured here. Like a fine wine, The Soundtrack to just gets better with age.

Daft Punk Is Playing At My House

After years of rumour and speculation, it’s been announced Daft Punk WILL release new material – this year! Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel’s first studio album in eight years – their forth release – is due in May. SMP user Ditto Ramirez is celebrating the news with a mixtape of Daft Punk, Daft Punk-inspired and Daft Punk-sampled music: featuring, alongside the French duo, everyone from LCD Soundsystem to Gorillaz. Well-worth a listen.

Granola Rock

Chris Junkin is sick of it. He’s had enough of “looped drum beats” and “samples from 80′s hits.” In response to the homogeneous music which proliferates the charts, he’s created a mixtape “containing some of today’s – and yesterday’s – best natural sounding music.” Providing the “organic sound” is everyone from the National, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver to Neil Young, the Band and Van Morrison. A must-hear playlist, this one.

One-hit Wonders

Ah, the one-hit wonder – music’s curiosities, the oddballs and misfits, the talent-squanderers and those who achieved far more than their talent warranted. This is a cracking collection of fleeting chart successes, created by SMP user kapotjeplov, which includes acts such Babylon Zoo, Ann Lee and House of Pain, China Crisis, Belinda Carlisle and Mel & Kim. The inclusion of the Verve, Echo and the Bunnymen and Edwyn Collins is more than a little unfair, but this is a solid playlist nonetheless.

Ultimate Piano House

If you’re looking for a little audio pick-me-up, why not check out our expertly put together – even if we do say ourselves – mixtape full of the very best in piano-led house from the late 80s and early 90s. Featured here, everyone from Inner City, Joe Smooth and Marshall Jefferson to K-Klass, Robin S and N-Trance. A proper feel-good collection of tracks. Play loud!

Future Tarantino Tracks?

“I like the way you make mixtapes, boy.” Our Django impression, there, directed at hoxsd1. He’s the SMP user behind this creation, “a collection of songs that sound like they could, some day, make their way into a Quentin Tarantino film.” From Count Five, Johnny Cash and the Herbaliser, to John Lee Hooker, the 13th Floor Elevators and the Pogues, you can imagine a Tarantino plot unfolding to all of these tunes. A great idea, well put together.

A Starter’s Guide to Noise Rock

Ah, nothing there’s nothing quite like a nice, mellow, undemanding mixtape: SMP user Slavoj Zizek’s A Starter’s Guide to Noise Rock, for example! Featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and the Birthday Party, this playlist is a superb introduction to the post-punk genre – one of a series offering a beginner’s guide to some of the more obscure musical sounds. See also: A Starter’s Guide to Instrumental Hip-Hop, Minimalism, Math Rock and others, on Zizek’s profile page.