Jamie Cullum on Spotify

This is the first of our guest blog posts. Jamie Cullum is an award-winning musician and a big fan of Spotify.

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I can’t work it out. I have been a music consumer my whole life. Obsessed by it, saved for it, longed for it. Now it appears that feverish collecting is coming to an end. Spotify even has those hard to find, Japanese Herbie Hancock albums. It is however missing quite a few independent gems. Hardly any Rhythm and Sound – a lot of stuff on some great labels – Stones Throw etc. Maybe physical releases will be purely for muso-head types, pitchforkers. I still go to Soul Jazz in Soho, Rough Trade in Notting Hill for recommendations and ensuing purchases. Always Ray’s Jazz for jazz; Portobello road for vinyl – Intoxica, Honest Jon’s. But I’ve also been buying stuff off of Boomkat for three years now – in fact a lot of my new artist discoveries come from their brilliant emails. I also am an Emusic subscriber – like iTunes with a better independent catalogue and much better editorial – like subscribing to melody maker with the ability to have each act you read about. Beatport for the finest selection of electronic music. And then of course iTunes itself – easy, massive and reliable. Deep down I still love to physically OWN music but Spotify……..oh my are we having a love affair!

Spotify is easy and beautiful. I had a Herbie Hancock day yesterday – building big, beautiful playlists from his interstellar catalogue. Who knows what I’ll decide to listen to today – maybe a Deep Purple day?

I don’t know what this means as a musician, but as a listener it’s very exciting.

In an idealist, rose tinted world it means that you only survive if you push yourself to be great, greater, unhomogenised. When everything is available with one click there is no need to keep listening. So you’d better make it brilliant. Perhaps in the real world it will mean it is even harder for the seething mass of undiscovered talent to peek through. I guess then, that is what record companies will still be needed for – nurturing and breaking talent.

I’m off now to finish my album to make sure sure it is brilliant.

Typed at great speed in the back of a cab.

Jamie’s new album will be released later this year and you can catch him on the Jazz World Stage at Glastonbury on 27th June. For priority on gig tickets, the latest news and exclusive content, sign up to the mailing list on jamiecullum.com. Also check out the playlist he’s put together with some of his favorite tunes.

Spotify pumps up punk content with Epitaph

Epitaph Records

In the past couple of months we’ve announced a number of deals to add more classical and indie content to Spotify. Today we’re announcing something a little different, we’re really happy to let you know that we’ll be bolstering our punk and alternative rock catalogue with amazing content from Epitaph Records.

Epitaph is a California based label owned by Brett Gurewitz, founding member of Bad Religion. From its California punk rock roots with bands such as The Offsping, Rancid, Pennywise and NOFX, Epitaph has evolved into a leading independent label. It’s current artists range from Converge to Escape The Fate, Set Your Goals, New Found Glory, Ghost Of A Thousand, The Blackout and Every Time I Die.

They launched The Anti label in the late nineties which features Tom Waits, Neko Case, Bettye Lavette, Joe Henry, Booker T, Jason Lytle and William Elliot Whitmore, just to name a few. Burning Heart Records is also part of the Epitaph group and has albums released by Millencolin, Refused, Kid Down, Raised Fist and The Hives.

And while announcements are great, even better is actually getting the music so we’re really excited that the first batch of music from Epitaph is available in today’s music update.

Spotify music catalogue updated with 14,826 new tracks

Today we have some great new content, especially for the punk and alt rock fans out there. We’ve added 1,175 albums and singles today, in total 14,826 new tracks are now available.

A lot of today’s update comes from from Epitaph, our new label search comes in handy here. Bands like Bad Religion,The Offsping, Rancid, Pennywise and NOFX among others, are all included in this update

For a full listing of today’s additions please have a look at the Google Doc. As with every update not all albums listed may be available in your country and some tracks previously available may no longer be playable due to regional restrictions.