#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!

This week’s music news and competitions

This week we’ve added a great mix of new music to Spotify.

Foreign Beggars’ latest single ‘Palm Of My Hand’ just dropped and of course we’ve got it up and ready for you to stream, so you as good as have it in the palm of yours!

Quirky rock veteran Marilyn Manson’s latest album ‘Born Villain’ will be out next week, but since we’re such an impatient bunch here at Spotify we’ve managed to get a 4 track sampler to tide us over until the full release is here.

The former White Stripes guitarist has finally released his highly anticipated debut album ‘Blunderbuss’. It had all the critics and DJs itching to have a listen and now you can listen for yourself.

Rufus Wainwright’s latest album is out now on Spotify, but since we all know that songs mean a whole lot more when you understand where they came from we are not only bringing you the album, but a track by track commentary of how each song came into being.

American model turned songstress Hannah Cohen just released her debut album the provocatively titled ‘Child Bride’, and has also created a playlist of the music she’s currently listening to. Miss Cohen has been listening to a lot of Brazilian music and so the Latin vibe is unmistakeable.

A biopic film has just been released to celebrate the life of the legend that was Bob Marley. Here at Spotify we’re always keen to join in with festivities, so we’ve teamed up with Universal music to give you the chance to win a limited edition vinyl signed by the Marley family. Simply click here, enter your details and you could be the proud owner of a priceless bundle of music! You can also listen to the soundtrack for the film on Spotify now!

Polica have decided they have a rather unusual gift to share. Their new album ‘Give You The Ghost is now out and of course we are sharing this delightful present with you….we hope you’ll receive it with open ears!

Win an Onkyo TX-NR515 Network Receiver

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Our friends at Onkyo are giving away TX-NR515 Network Receivers. Would you like to win one? Read on.

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Want music? You can use the TX-NR515 as your primary home theater high quality device, — with 7.2-ch and the Dolby/DTS HD audio decoding and control it using iPod touch/iPhone and Android phones. There’s home networking for playback of your multi-format PC-based library, and full integration of Spotify — the perfect companion for your Premium subscription!

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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.

This week’s music news and competitions

This week we’ve added a great mix of new music to Spotify.

For those of you after sweet, relaxing tones you’ll be pleased to know that Hannah Cohen – Child Bride is available to stream a whole week before its release.

Huoratron – Cryptocracy is also available to stream prior to its release on 24th April, featuring loud synths and stomping kicks this is a record to party hard to.

Moving back to the chilled vibes, and to celebrate the release of Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word, we’ve launched an interactive puzzle which can be completed right in Spotify itself. To have a go you just need to click here or, on a Jason Mraz banner, and you’ll be taken through to a page which will also provide up coming tour information, as well as a track by track commentary of the album.

Marvel’s ‘Avengers Assemble Live’ graffiti competition launched today. You can watch on Facebook as the artists create their works of art, and because no picture is complete without great music you can also listen to a specially selected Spotify playlist in Facebook while you watch the masters at work.

We’ve also had a couple of great artists put together playlists of music that they love and find inspiring. So do check out both Anthony Joseph’s playlist and Grant Nicholas – My Driving Playlist which features ‘quality tunes’ chosen by Grant Nicholas the lead guitarist of Feeder.

Listen to Brendan Benson’s Los Angeles Concert exclusively on Spotify.

Brendan Benson toured the US extensively during the winter of 2010 and with the backing of some incredible musicians he took America by storm. Here at Spotify we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on some audio footage from this tour, which we just couldn’t wait to share.

You can now listen to ‘Brendan Benson – Concert Los Angeles’ exclusively on Spotify. This should tide us all over nicely until the release of his new album also titled ‘Concert Los Angeles’ which will be released on 23rd April.