June Beats presented by @thursplay

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

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Closing the month of June with 15 awesome hand picked songs on June Beats by @thursplay [2013]: listen to Kisses with their very catchy “Funny Heartbeat”, Husky Rescue has new music out, check out “Treehouse”! Also with new music is Swedish group Club 8, listen to “Into Air” from their latest album “Above the City”.

What else? Oh yeah, listen to brand new music from American indie rock band The National with “Don’t Swallow the Cap”, Rhye with their ever so smooth sound with the song “Last Dance”, British singer Sivu with “Better Man than He” and Vampire Weekend with “Unbelievers”.

Still on this playlist: When Saints Go Machine, She & Him, Laura Marling and a beautiful song by David Lynch & Lykke Li.

 

What were your favorite releases during June?

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

 

June Beats presented by @thursplay

thursplay

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

Closing the month of June with 15 awesome hand picked songs on June Beats by @thursplay [2013]: listen to Kisses with their very catchy “Funny Heartbeat”, Husky Rescue has new music out, check out “Treehouse”! Also with new music is Swedish group Club 8, listen to “Into Air” from their latest album “Above the City”.

What else? Oh yeah, listen to brand new music from American indie rock band The National with “Don’t Swallow the Cap”, Rhye with their ever so smooth sound with the song “Last Dance”, British singer Sivu with “Better Man than He” and Vampire Weekend with “Unbelievers”.

Still on this playlist: When Saints Go Machine, She & Him, Laura Marling and a beautiful song by David Lynch & Lykke Li.

What were your favorite releases during June?

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

Testa dina musikkunskaper med Expressens Introquiz App

Nu släpper Expressen sin egen musikquiz i Spotify – Introquiz. Med Introquiz kan du utmana dina vänner i musikkunskap, vem känner först igen vilken låt som spelas? Spela med slumpade låtar från Spotify eller använd en av dina egna spellistor.

Det enda du behöver göra är att klicka på “App Finder” till vänster i menyn inne i Spotify, välj “Introquiz” och sen är du redo att börja tävla mot dina vänner! Välj en spelledare som fördelar poäng vid rätt svar och ni är igång. I appen följer även Expressens senaste musikrecensioner med som kan användas som inspiration för låtar att använda i spelet.

Du hittar Introquiz här.

*Introquiz är endast tillgänglig från din dator.

Listen to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ – remixed by Daft Punk!

There’s no doubt that 2013 belongs to two French DJs in masks. When electronic music pioneers Daft Punk released ‘Get Lucky’ earlier this year, it broke the Spotify record for most streams on a track’s release day. It’s already become the soundtrack to the summer, so we’re very excited to bring you a special surprise…

‘Get Lucky’ has been remixed by Daft Punk themselves – and from today you can listen to it on Spotify! These guys rarely do remixes of their own songs, so check it out now and lose yourself to dance!

Eagles äntligen på Spotify

Eagles är och har sedan det tidiga 70-talet varit en av countryrockens mest tongivande akter. Nu finns deras kompletta katalog – från 1972 års självbetitlade debut till comeback-albumet “Long Road Out of Eden” – äntligen att ta del av via Spotify.

Nyligen var det Pink Floyd och nu gör ytterligare en musikalisk tungviktare entré i Spotifys värld. Från och med idag – tisdagen den 25 juni – finns Eagles och deras fyra decennier av musikhistoria tillgänglig för spotifyanvändare världen över

Eagles bildades 1971 av Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon och Randy Meisner, som alla spelade i Linda Ronstadts kompband. Debutalbumet – självbetitlade “Eagles” – spelades in under tre veckor i London och släpptes den 1 januari 1972. Albumet kom att bli något av en milstolpe för Kaliforniens countryrock och dess genomslag.

Sammanlagt har de under sina dryga 40 år som band givit ut sju album. Det var med 1975 års “One of These Nights” de uppmärksammades utanför Amerikas gränser och med uppföljaren “Hotel California” de blev ikoner på den internationella rockscenen. Albumet – och inte minst singeln med samma titel – har på många håll analyserats och menats innehålla sataniska budskap. Bland annat har den figur som skymtas i ett fönster på en av konvolutets bilder sagts föreställa Anton LaVey, grundaren av Church of Satan. Bandets själva har dock dementerat dessa teorier och i dokumentären “The Story of an American Band” beskriver Don Henley låten som “a song about a journey from innocence to experience”.

Eagles beslutade 1980 att gå skilda vägar, för att 14 år senare åter sluta samman. 1994 gjorde en turné som resulterade i live-albumet “Hell Freezes Over”. Dess titel är en referens till Don Henleys kommentar att de skulle återförenas “when hell freezes over”. Med “Long Road out of Eden” släppte de i oktober 2007 sitt första studioalbum på 27 år.

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

We start a new week with beachy indie pop from Santa Monica, California. “A Summer Thing” by “Cayucas”! Cayucas is the latest project for Zach Yudin, who some of you may know formerly as “Oregon Bike Trails”. The song A Summer Thing is taken from Cayucas debut album “Bigfoot” released a few months ago.

We continue with a favorite English/Spanish five-piece; “Crystal Fighters” and their catchy song “Wave”.

Next we have the single called “Laura Palmer” from British “Bastille”`s newly released debut album “Bad Blood”.

And then time for “A Pound of Flesh” by Florida-based “Radical Face” also known as singer/songwriter “Ben Cooper”. Ben is also a member of a band called “Electric President” and next we have a song by them called “Safe and Sound”.

The last song in our playlist this week is a song by an old American indie rock favorite: “Easy/Lucky/Free” by “Bright Eyes”.

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.

Follow Sigur Rós on tour!

What tunes do Sigur Rós listen to before heading onstage? What’s on their afterparty playlist? And how’s the view from the top deck of the tourbus?

The Icelandic post-rockers are touring the globe supporting their acclaimed new album Kveikur – and for the next three weeks you can follow them on the road.

Sigur Rós will be posting exclusive live versions of tracks from Kveikur, special playlists, photos and videos from the tour.

Check it out now!

What should The Rolling Stones play on Glastonbury this Saturday night?

So many songs, so little time… To celebrate their debut Glastonbury performance, the Rolling Stones will be launching their official Soundrop room on Monday 24th June. Users will be able to join the room on Spotify and begin adding the classic songs that they think the band should play that night.

During the performance one question will be asked to the fans in the chat room – the 50th fan to answer correctly will automatically win an official set list!

Click here to join the official Rolling Stones Soundrop room.

Our Interview with Robert DeLong

“I had a giant lever for a while, but it just made me look stupid…”

Robert DeLong is the only artist we’ve ever had in the office whose session was so incredibly loud every single other company in our building complained. This, we think, is something he ought to be very, very proud of.

“It’s lucky I only did 18 minutes,” Robert says, a huge smile plastered across his face, “or they might have called the police…”

Believe me, they were this close. A hardcore Seattle indie-kid raised on folk and rock, Robert, like his father before him, started out on the drums, but these days you’re more likely to find him manhandling a bunch of hacked joysticks and remotes, using them as controllers, if not whole new instruments, alongside his keyboards, mixer and FX units. Robert’s new single, Global Concepts is a proper riot of dubstep shudder, electro throb and straight-up pop noise, while his album Just Movement takes the one-man band approach to brilliantly new and original places. No one looks like him, no one sounds like him – Robert is one of your actual originals.

“I got into dance music as a drummer,” he says. “I can listen to the same drum beat for hours and hours, but now what I want to do is humanise the electronics. I love minimal techno – but what I do is rock and roll, song and soul…”

So, exactly how hard is it to hack a Wii remote?

Well, I have some software that converts any sort of joystick or mouse into a MIDI controller…

So it’s remarkably simple?

It really is!

That’s a bit upsetting. I had you down as a mad genius.

No, it’s quite easy to hack them – and it’s fun as it’s so visual.

Is there anything you can’t you make a racket out of?

Ha – loads of things! I was working with a giant lever for a while, but you had to move it so slowly it just made you look stupid.

You were in bands at school, right? I’m sensing a shoegazing past.

Oh yeah! I grew up in Seattle so I had a lot of the post-shoegaze scene going on; Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and Sunny Day Real Estate all really influenced me. Same with Radiohead, Brian Eno and Sigur Ros – they were were huge for me.

What was playing in the house when you were growing up?

My dad was into Big Band music and contemporary jazz – stuff like The Rippingtons and Pat Metheny. In fact, he was my first gig. I don’t know how much his music influenced me, but he has a strong sense of melody and I focus on that.

What five records made you who you are?

That would be Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper, Music Has the Right To Children by Boards of Canada, OK Computer by Radiohead and It’s Hard To Find A Friend by Pedro the Lion – that’s an old Seattle favourite!

Is there something that links all of those albums?

There is some connection – apart from It’s Hard to Find a Friend, they all have an ambient part to them, there are field recordings or sonic landscapes unrelated to the song. I love a 3:30 pop song as much as anyone – it’s a great way to communicate ideas with people – but an album is a great thing. I love the idea of thematic and sonic consistency. It’s a great way to spread your ideas, like a show or an opera.

Where do you look for new music?

I play so many shows I end up finding new music that way. The newest thing I’ve been listening to a lot is Lucy, this hypnotic techno producer who’s from Paris and now lives in Berlin. It’s a bit like Boards of Canada, textural and very brooding. I listen to songs once or twice to collect the information then I move on. The music I listen to when I’m relaxing is very simple and repetitive. Something to turn my mind off to.

Who do you look at and think, they really ran their career right?

Well, for the fact they can still sustain and play shows, I’d say the Rolling Stones. Brian Eno too – he’s always doing something new, even if I don’t like it. A few years ago I would have said Radiohead, but I’ve not dug their last few albums.

Does the perfect song exist?

No! Definitely not. Songs exist in a time and a place. The best songs, the more universally relevant – Bach, Mozart and The Beatles – will always survive, but other things are more genre specific and get trapped in that.

What music was playing in your head when you woke up this morning?

Oh, I hate this song, but it was Starship’s We Built This City. That song is such an earworm, they really hit something there!

Finally – crucially! – what’s your favourite noise?

Oh wow – probably the ocean from a 100 yards back. That’s so soothing, it’s pure, repetitive, white-noise pleasure. And it puts me to sleep…

Best places in Stockholm to celebrate Midsummer – from Yelp!

Midsummer. Strawberry cake, snaps, mosquitoes – and all your friends gathered. Can it get any better than this? When you’re laying there on a warm cliff in the sun, looking out over the water, what music do want to listen to?

Our friends at Yelp Stockholm have created a playlist together with their Yelpers for those magic midsummer moments and the lazy summer days to come.

Check it out!

Do you want to experience Stockholm’s Archipelago this summer? Here’s a fresh list from Yelp Stockholm with suggestions:

Bockholmen (Bergshamra)

Skärgårdskrogen (Saltsjöbaden)

Fejans Skärgårdskrog (Norrtälje)

Lidö Värdshus (Norrtälje)

Kastellet B&B (Vaxholm)

Nåttarö Stugby (Nynäshamn)

Nynäs Havsbad (Nynäshamn)

Enjoy!