Spotify is now available on your Sonos wireless music system

This morning our friends at Sonos, the wireless music system experts, released an update to their software which includes the much-anticipated Spotify integration that we announced earlier this month. This means that the entire Spotify catalogue, including all your playlists, can now be heard through any Sonos system!

If you’re an existing Sonos user all you need to do is to get Spotify Premium to access our entire catalogue in any room of your home. If you’re an existing Spotify Premium user and considering fixing up your pad with a superb wireless multi-room audio solution, Sonos has a variety of superb music players to choose from. You can check out their web store for more information.

Also be sure to check out the video below to see how seamlessly Spotify works with the Sonos wireless music system.

Note: Spotify is temporarily unavailable from the Sonos iPhone Controller until an update is published on the App store. The Sonos App is currently pending approval.

Drowned in September


Another month, another fine selection of playlists from the UK’s original music blog and social network, DrownedinSound…

Drowned in September 2010

September saw the sun set on a summer of festivals (all of our coverage is compiled here) and the twilight of 2k10 begin. Over at http://drownedinsound.com we’ve been getting dewy-eyed, looking back at the 10 years since our website tumbled onto the internet. This has included a week dedicated to dubstep (one of the most inventive and pioneering underground music movements of the past decade), we’ve encouraged 50 of our favourite people to reveal one of their favourite records in our Favourite 50 (available as a playlist here), plus we’ve had days dedicated to acts we’ve loved and lost like Arab Strap and Grammatics.

All the while Sept bought with it the rain of literally hundreds of great records, including new albums from DiS-favourites Weezer, Interpol and Blonde Redhead. That’s not to mention the launch of Ping (thoughts?), The Mercury Music prize and DrownedinSound’s alternative Mercury prize: The Neptune Music Prize. Busy doesn’t come close but hopefully this playlist provides a digestible short-cut into what a fantastic month September has been in our world.
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Mark Ronson’s new album and interactive app

Mark Ronson is back and this time more than ever, he means business – the Business Intl, in fact.

Record Collection‘ is the third album headed up by the mid-Atlantic muso mastermind and, as usual, he’s bought a host of famous friends and former collaborators along for the ride. The follow up to 2007’s triple platinum ‘Version’ – which sold one million copies in the UK and saw Ronson score the Best Male Solo Artist gong at the Brit Awards – is every bit as impressive as it’s predecessor.

Starting today Spotify Premium listeners can enjoy a special five-track preview of ‘Record Collection‘ before its wide release on September 27th.

Along with the album today we have a super cool interactive app built by the good people over at MXP4. The app lets fans to play with three Ronson tracks – Bang Bang Bang, The Bike Song, and Somebody To Love Me, in a game-like fashion. The individual elements of each song can be turned on and off as each track plays, allowing you to create your own unique versions of the songs. Enjoy!

Spotify Premium – Usher’s “Versus” featuring Jay-Z, will.i.am & Enrique Iglesias

Usher has hit up the charts this summer with the global hit “OMG” and follow-up single “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” produced by Max Martin. The new album “Versus” is a hit-medley packed with co-operations featuring artists like Jay-Z, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and many more.

Versus” is released on Monday, but Spotify Premium users in Sweden, Finland and Norway can start the party early and enjoy the album right now.

Volbeat’s new album and tickets to see them live in Oslo

Volbeat are happy to release their new album Beyond Hell / Above Heaven, which is their most random album to date. The album is featuring Barney from Napalm Death, Mille from Kreator and Michael Denner from Mercyfull Fate/King Diamond, so you’re in for an old school treatment.

Lyrically they have two songs finishing the Guitar Gangster story from the last album along with some personal songs and some for Volbeat classic tragic lovesongs.

If you are wondering what Beyond Hell / Above Heaven sounds like. Let’s put it very simple: It sounds like VOLBEAT !

If you want to hear some of the bands favourite songs they’ve made a playlist for you.

We’ve also got two tickets to see Volbeat live in Norway on October 23rd. Sign up here to participate in the contest to their show in Oslo and a metal belt buckle.

Bjørn Johan Muri’s debut album Airwaves

Finally, the album “Airwaves” is out! This is Bjørn Johan Muri’s debut album, which he’s been working on since signing with Universal Music in February 2008. “Airwaves” has become an electronic pop album with influences both from the 80’s and modern club music.

Airwaves” is produced by Simen Eriksrud and Espen Berg (Donkeyboy, Briskeby, D’Sound), while Simone Larsen has written the songs in collaboration with the guys from Livingroom and myself.

If you want to hear some of Bjørn’s favourite songs he’s made a playlist for you: Spotify BJM

Spotify Premium – hear Linkin Park’s new album first

World-dominating rockers Linkin Park release their ground breaking fourth album ‘A Thousand Suns’ next week, but we’re giving Premium users a chance to hear the album in advance over the weekend.

A Thousand Suns addresses various issues close to the band’s heart, from the recession to the conflicts in the Middle East, and is produced by legendary producer/guru Rick Rubin in collaboration with Mike Shinoda.

Lead vocalist Chester Bennington explains: “We’re not just making an album. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds, amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.”

He continues: “We wanted to make a record that felt conceptual, a record that felt like as a whole that it told a story, a story that was very powerful and thoughtful. The album has some kind of feeling of that the entire album takes you on a journey and leads you down this path that is very visual and very emotionally charged.”

Click on the image above or here for an exclusive insight into the making of the album.

Enjoy!

Spotify Premium – check out The Black Angels’ new album

The Black Angels album is the highly anticipated Phosphene Dream, set for release on September 13th. “Phosphene Dream” marks a giant leap forward for the band – produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother,Black Mountain) over a period of six months in Los Angeles, the album showcases both sonically and musically a bold new direction for the band, a fresh take on the neo-Psychedelic movement they’ve been at the forefront of for a number of years.

Spotify Premium users can now hear the new album in full. All Spotify users can listen to the album on the official street release date (13th September).

The band plans to celebrate the release with a new tour. Having already performed all over Europe this summer (Reading and Leeds Festivals and Rock En Seine to name but a few) the guys are set to be back in Europe later this year on the following dates:

Thu 23 Sep – Vox Hall, Aarhus, Denmark
Fri 24 Sep – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sat 25 Sep – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Sun 26 Sep – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mon 27 Sep – Comet Club, Berlin, Germany
Wed 29 Sep – Abart, Zurich, Switzerland
Thu 30 Sep – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
Fri 1 Oct – Bronson, Ravenna, Italy
Sat 2 Oct – Tunnel, Milan, Italy
Mon 4 Oct – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
Wed 6 Oct – Thekla, Bristol
Thu 7 Oct – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Sat 9 Oct – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
Sun 10 Oct – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Mon 11 Oct – Crawdaddy, Dublin

Spotify Premium – Robert Plant exclusive EP

When Robert Plant collected the 2009 Grammy for Album of the Year for Raising Sand, and a further five more for his work with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, it confirmed that Plant was hungry to build on his substantial musical legacy.

His new album, Band Of Joy, was recorded at Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ Woodland studio in Nashville, an important hub from the Seventies which the pair rescued from closure. Despite Plant’s name being above the album’s title, Band of Joy – named in honour of his pre-Zeppelin psychedelic blues outfit – is a collective endeavour built on a mutual love of high-powered roots rock, country, folk and gospel.

“After all the things I’ve done, the idea of just stepping forward with other people and letting them take the lead is an exciting prospect,” says Plant. “Nothing is daunting for me – but forever challenging. I have to be able to just get out there into the great drift of music and possibility, and hang onto great themes and ideas.”

The album makes for Plant’s most eclectic work so far, an album which continues the explorations of Raising Sand into exciting new territory.

Spotify Premium users can now get a first glimpse of his new album Band Of Joy on an exclusive six-track Spotify EP – plus from the 13th they’ll be able to hear the
album in full.

Give your ears a workout with Harrys Gym

The latest album from Norwegian quartet Harrys Gym, enticingly-titled What Was Ours Can’t Be Yours, was recorded throughout the autumn and winter of 2009/2010.

Fans of the band, made up of Anne Lise Frøkedal (vocals, guitar), Erlend Ringseth (keyboard), Bjarne Stensli (drums) and Ole Myrvold (bass guitar) will recognise similarities to their eponymous debut album, released in 2006. But you’ll also notice a number of ways their sound has evolved: listen out for the foresty synths, world drums, vocal layers and guitars alongside the programmed beats and sounds.

“We decided to name the album ‘What Was Ours Can’t Be Yours’ following months of travelling,” says lead singer Anne Lise, “as it described an everyday nightmare – a lack of ability to share, and the sensation of merely being an observer of one’s own life.”

To hear a playlist comprising of some of Harrys Gym’s favourite songs, check out their playlist here.

The band is also offering Norwegian fans the chance to win tickets to see them live in concert. Click here to enter.

Feel the burn!