SXSW ’15 – here we come!

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We are so excited to be returning to Austin for our 4th year to celebrate SXSW! From March 15 – 20, The Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind, discover the best new artists and take part in unique experiences.

Our 2015 line-up boasts 30+ must-see-acts including breakout talent Marian Hill, Conrad, Cam and many more. Everyday, we’ll have live performances on two stages, so come ready to rock. You can check out the full daily line-up here. We’ll also be serving up the best local Austin eats, curated by our friends at SUPPER.

To kick start each day, The Spotify House will be hosting a unique SoulCycle pop-up experience. Each morning, live DJ sets and the best fitness instructors in the world will take Spotify fans on the ride of their lives, set to a once in a lifetime musical experience. SoulCycle fans will be riding to some of the world’s best DJ’s, including Ryan Hemsworth and Hudson Mohawke throughout the week. Check out the daily schedule here to sign up for a ride.

We’ve also teamed up with Bose, Squarespace and truth to bring to life one-of-a-kind experiences for guests.

  • Bose: Spotify is excited to launch Unveiled in partnership with Bose at this year’s SXSW. Unveiled provides music fans with a once in a lifetime experience of seeing their favorite artists perform their newest or soon-to-be-released album live, for the first time. Inaugural artists include James Bay, MisterWives and other special guests. Music fans visiting The Spotify House will also experience the power of Spotify through Bose® SoundTouch™ Wi-Fi® music systems.
  • Squarespace: Each day at The Spotify House, Austin-based Squarespace visual artists explore the intersection between music and art, creating new pieces inspired by the music of the day.
  • truth Truck is making its way to Austin to inspire people to #FinishIt. truth Tour Riders will keep visitors entertained with special guest DJs scratching from the iconic orange truck and with #LeftSwipeDat themed listening booths.

For additional information about The Spotify House, RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news! And, be sure to follow us on Vine, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

Rammstein, now on Spotify

The world’s biggest industrial metal band has landed!

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Today we welcome Berlin’s mighty Rammstein to Spotify with six exclusive and brilliant albums. So, to get us all in the mood, here are 15 facts you really ought to know about this outrageous rock band.

  1. Rammstein emerged from East Germany’s renegade D.I.Y. punk scene.
  2. They’re named after the German word for “battering ram” and a town infamous as the location for a 1988 air-show tragedy where 80 people were killed.
  3. They once proclaimed, “All we want to do is entertain. With flamethrowers.”
  4. During live versions of “Bück Dich” (“Bend down”) singer Till Lindemann would drop his trousers to reveal a huge dildo through which he would then spray white liquid over the front rows.
  5. They are as brilliantly, uniquely German as Kraftwerk, Neu! and Einstürzende Neubauten.
  6. Rammstein’s debut CD single, “Du Riechst So Gut” (“You smell so good”) first appeared in as a perfumed digipak.
  7. Tickets sold out in only thirty minutes for Rammstein’s legendary performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  8. Lindemann’s other most famous on-stage prop was his 140 pound metal coat that was covered in flammable paste and set on fire.
  9. World-renowned director David Lynch put two Rammstein songs in his film Lost Highway.
  10. They are the only German-speaking band to ever crack the US market.
  11. The song “Mein Teil” (“My Part”) was inspired by the case of a German cannibal who posted an ad asking for a volunteer to be killed and eaten.
  12. Rammstein was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 1999 and 2006.
  13. The former head of their record label described them as, “theatre for the millennium generation: metallic-techno posing with bizarre sado-masochistic elements…”
  14. Fittingly, the band’s motto is, “Do your own thing – and overdo it!”
  15. Keyboardist “Flake” once said, “We like audiences to grapple with our music”, so what are you waiting for?

 Start with the very best of Rammstein here.

 

Take a ride with Ricki-Lee and Uber, only in Sydney.

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On Monday we revealed how you can now choose the music when you ride with Uber.

Tomorrow, fans in Sydney have the chance to be picked up and driven around by Ricki-Lee. Yes, you read that right!

Get your first ride free (up to 10) at www.uber.com/spotify 

So how do you take part?

  1. Open up the Uber app at 14.30 on Friday November 21st.
  2. Link your Spotify account.
  3. Request the special car.
  4. If you’re lucky, get ready for the ride of your life!

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Want to get a jump on the action? Connect your Spotify account to Uber right now

 

 

Spotify Landmark: Led Zeppelin’s IV

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To round out the month of Rocktober, Spotify Landmark – our series documenting music’s greatest moments in the words of those who made them – sets its sights on one of rock’s defining albums, Led Zeppelin’s “IV.” We bring you the “aural history” of the album in newly recorded interviews with the legendary band’s surviving members: guitarist and producer Jimmy Page; bassist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones; and singer/lyricist Robert Plant.

Led Zeppelin recounts the story behind “IV,” and sheds light on their on-going re-issue campaign, which features each of their original studio releases re-mastered and packed full with never-before-heard companion audio.

It’s all here, only on Spotify Landmark.

 

 

Artists to Watch

This year has already seen a lot of Spotify’s favorite Artists to Watch enter our charts and make the festival rounds. Here’s a round-up of exclusive, live sets from some of our sure bets — many of whom performed at SXSW for us this year as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo. Check out our Artists to Watch exclusive playlist here!

Scroll down to see exclusive photo sets of our Artists To Watch below.

 

Passenger’s Exclusive #SpotifySession + Video

Passenger recently visited Australian shores and, during that trip, hosted a pop up gig for fans on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The performance was recorded, and we’ve turned that into an exclusive Spotify Session.

The Pixies – like you’ve never seen them before!

During the height of 2013’s blizzard season, the Pixies treated us to a rare, in-studio acoustic performance at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. Their gig for the night cancelled, they delved into a selection of new tracks and classics. Here’s “Silver Snail,” one of the highlight’s of their just-released new album “Indie Cindy”.

Stream the full album here and Follow the band to be the first to hear their acoustic Spotify Session, coming soon.

Syd Barrett: Pink Floyd’s Madcap Genius – enjoy his solo albums

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Roger Keith Barrett – the nickname “Syd” first appeared when he was around 14 – was one of the true geniuses of British rock music. Born in Cambridge in 1948, he met his future Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters while still at primary school, while David Gilmour was a teenage friend. The talented product of a musical family, young Syd – a fan of jazz and obscure blues – was an accomplished piano player, guitarist, artist and poet even before he moved to London to attend Camberwell Art College. When Roger’s band Sigma 6, which already featured Richard Wright and Nick Mason, suddenly lost two members, Syd joined up immediately and by the summer of 1965 they were known as The Pink Floyd, a name conjured up by Syd and inspired by American blues artists Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

As 1965 became 1966, the fast-developing UK psychedelic music scene gave this new band the chance to develop Syd’s performance-based ideas into something truly unique and by late 1966 Pink Floyd were the biggest underground band in the land. They signed to EMI Records in February 1967 (for an advance of £5000), releasing the brilliant singles Arnold Layne and See Emily Play – both written by Syd – and followed that up with the Piper At The Gates Of Dawn LP – again, mostly composed by Syd – which has long been recognised as one of the greatest ever British psychedelic albums. However, as the band’s fan base grew and grew, it became clear that Syd’s own approach to writing, performing and recording – favouring the spontaneous over the rehearsed – was increasingly at odds with the expectations of a musical scene that was still very conservative, especially outside the Pink Floyd’s London base.

Possibly exacerbated by Syd’s frequent experimentation with psychedelic drugs, his behaviour became more erratic. Pink Floyd decided to add a second guitarist for live performances, the idea was that Syd’s compositional genius would survive in the studio, while David Gilmour would step-up for the live shows – but this well-meaning experiment didn’t work and, in January 1968, after a handful of shows as a five-piece, the band chose not to pick Syd up on the way to a Southampton University show. Two months later, he was no longer a member of Pink Floyd.

In April 1969 EMI’s new Harvest label commissioned a solo Syd LP and The Madcap Laughs, featuring both Gilmour and Waters, was released in January 1970. The album was well received and sold reasonably, so a follow-up was called for straight away and in late February 1970, with David Gilmour as producer, Richard Wright on keyboards and Humble Pie’s Jerry Shirley on drums, the album Barrett was begun. Released in November that year, it would be the last official Syd Barrett album. Both albums were popular on American FM Radio in the mid-70s, but by August 1974 Syd had withdrawn entirely from the music industry and returned home to Cambridge where he spent his time painting, creating large abstract canvases.

Roger “Syd” Barrett died of pancreatic cancer in July 2006 and a tribute concert was held at London’s Barbican Theatre the following summer. Curated by Nick Laird-Clowes it featured Joe Boyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, Damon Albarn, Captain Sensible, Robyn Hitchcock, Chrissie Hynde, John Paul Jones and more. His endlessly striking creations had, over 40 years, developed a life and a following of their own. As early as 1976, bands like the Sex Pistols and The Damned had been talking about Syd’s influence – indeed, both tried to get him to produce their debut albums. Later David Bowie, R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Primal Scream covered his songs, while Echo & the Bunnymen, The Smiths’ Johnny Marr and, most famously, Blur took their love of Syd’s music onwards to whole new generations. And now Syd’s uniquely wonderful music is available on Spotify. Explore it, love it, share it – there’s a whole world to discover here.

According to Anders Fridén: from the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin

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Post by: Anders Fridén, lead singer of In Flames.

Hope you’re well, music lovers. I’m three weeks into the recording of the next In Flames album. We’re in Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin and it’s fantastic. Such a legendary place, so many great musicians and producers have been within these halls. And now, I am a part of that history. Whatever that might mean to others and/or the history of music – I don’t know – but at least for me this is a big deal. I really do feel that it’s affecting us all though. It’s more than just going to a studio and hammering down the tracks. It’s like you want to perform at a higher level, with a new touch, because otherwise David Bowie or Iggy will crawl out of the walls and tell you that you suck. That would be a real mood killer….

So what’s it going to sound like? Honestly, I don’t really know at this point. The music reinvents itself every time each musician puts his hand on it and does his thing. But obviously you’ll know it’s In Flames as soon as you’ll hear the sweet melodies and snappy riffing.

One thing I can say is that I’m a bit tired of German pilsner. I’m in need of some great IPA’s and some heavy stouts, so my mission in the coming days is to find a good store that can help me quench my thirst for this fine nectar.

Since we’re in Germany I’ve had to add some German metal to the list. I’ve also added some of the artists that recorded at Hansa. I warned you that I might leave the metal field a little at some points, but this time it’s more because I rediscovered some of the artists who recorded here. Promise to be back on track next month.

According to Anders Fridén: How It All Began

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Post by: Anders Fridén, lead singer of In Flames.

So where do I begin? When I was just 5 years of age, sitting next to my parents stereo with enormous headphones going through all of their vinyls? When I was 10, begging my mom I could stay up late to watch a live broadcast from Dortmund Westfalenhallen with artist such as Judas priest, Iron maiden, Scorpions, Ozzy and Quiet riot to name a few (this show had a giant impact on little Anders)?

When I was 16 and joined the band that was to become Dark tranquility? When I was 20 and begged the owner of Studio Fredman to give me an internship? When I was 22 and joined In flames? 3 years ago when I decided to start a record company or just a year ago when I joined forces with Razzia records and we started Razzia notes?

All I can say is that I love music, I’m married to music and that is something I will try show you through this playlist the coming months (or however long they want me to roam the net). This first one, I just try to show you where I come from and some songs that inspired me. Also I threw in some stuff from my label, Razzia notes. Artists that I’m extremely proud of.

For the love of music, take a moment…