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.

Listen to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ – remixed by Daft Punk. Only on Spotify!

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!

The Eagles have landed!

They’re one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with seven number one singles and six chart-topping albums over 30 years.

So we’re thrilled to announce that the Eagles’ albums are now yours to stream on Spotify – from debut classic ‘Take it Easy’ to their signature hit ‘Hotel California’. Listen now!

#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…

#60Inspirations: 60 Songs That Have Inspired 60 Years of Creativity

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where some of the world’s brightest creative minds gather to celebrate the year’s best ideas.

In anticipation of the event, we launched #60inspirations, a celebration of music and creativity within the advertising industry. We asked ten of the world’s most inspiring creative thinkers, from Arianna Huffington to John Legend, about the music that inspires them.

The concept was simple: each Creative Titan contributed a 6-song playlist of music that inspired their life and career – along with the stories behind their selections – resulting in the ultimate inspirational playlist.

Despite their varied backgrounds, the 10 Titans all have one thing in common – they are each playing an important role at Cannes. Some are speaking (Steve Stoute, David Droga, Arianna Huffington), some are giving awards (Shelly Lazarus), some are leading juries (Bob Greenberg, David Lubars), winning awards (Wendy Clark), or a combination the above (John Boiler, Maurice Levy). John Legend, who will be performing at our VIP Dinner for clients honoring the Titans in Cannes, rounds out our list with his own 6-song playlist and commentary.

Learn their stories, hear their songs and get inspired… explore #60Inspirations here!

Fans Unlock Pink Floyd Catalogue on Spotify

Fans around the world streamed Pink Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here 1 million times over the weekend to unlock their entire music catalogue on Spotify.

Starting today Spotify users can listen to every track from every Pink Floyd album on-demand, free – including The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals and Division Bell – they are all there!

On Friday, June 14th Spotify launched a global campaign to engage Pink Floyd fans around their iconic song “Wish You Were Here” – the deal was once we hit 1 million streams, then the full catalogue would go live. That happened earlier this morning.

Spotify is the only free streaming music service to have the entire Pink Floyd catalogue.

Check it out now: http://spoti.fi/pinkFloyd