App of the Week: SoundTracking

Share the soundtrack to your life with the fantastic new Spotify app from our friends at SoundTracking!

SoundTracking is an easy, fun and expressive way to share your favorite songs and current jams with your friends, family and fans. Instantly identify the music playing around you and then share the song with a photo, location, and a comment. With a few taps of your phone, you’ll be able to not only share your music moments, but also follow the favorite songs of friends, music artists, DJs and celebrities.

Now a Spotify App, SoundTracking brings their stellar mobile experience to the Spotify platform with enhanced features, including:

  • Share music moments right from Spotify: While listening to music in Spotify, you can now share songs, photos and captions directly to your friends using the SoundTracking app.
  • Stream full songs: View music moments shared in SoundTracking and stream full songs. Lean back, listen and enjoy!
  • Add Instagram photos to your music moments: Connect your Instagram account and add your awesome pics to SoundTracking posts.
  • Instantly create playlists from SoundTracking feeds: Whether it’s your own soundtrack, your favorite DJ’s or a friend’s favorite tunes, you can now create Spotify playlists from anyone’s feed in SoundTracking.
  • Show your love: It’s not just a listening experience… use those likes, loves and comments to let people know what you think of their favorite jams!

We’re hooked! Get the SoundTracking App today and join the artists, DJs, celebrities, and music fans sharing the SoundTrack to their lives. Add it here!

Logitech UE presents – The One AM Radio

Our friends from Logitech UE present to you the Logitech UE Artist of the Week.

The One AM Radio is a project based in Los Angeles, where the sun hasn’t completely thawed its New England roots. Songwriter/producer Hrishikesh Hirway makes music about the feeling you get while driving home, fast, late at night, through half-empty streets.

The project began in the Northeast, where Hrishikesh was studying design and photography at Yale. With a borrowed guitar, a 4-track, and a drum machine, he made cassettes for his friends and his sister to fall asleep to—instrumental lullabies mixed with “staticky” murmurs of talk radio. He started writing lyrics and singing over his music, and began performing, using what he’d written on the label on the first cassette — “The One AM Radio” — as a moniker.

Hrishikesh started making the album “Heaven Is Attached by a Slender Thread” during sleepless nights in his adopted home, Los Angeles. The new LP is about living on the fumes of dreams and hopes, the forces that drive people to come to a city like LA, forces that are in constant danger of burning out. At one point, Hrishikesh’s idea was to make a dance record, and now, he admits, that’s not really how it turned out. But the album does make you want to move, to run, to get in the car and drive fast through the empty city in the middle of the night — to remember how tenuous your hold is everything things you have, and want, and long for.

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Check out The Q Awards’ Winners Playlist

Central London was gridlocked with genuine music legends today as Q, the UK’s leading monthly music magazine, held their annual awards bash.

Hosted by comedian Al Murray, in the guise of his alter-ego The Pub Landlord, guest presenters included new Radio Breakfast Show DJ Nick Grimshaw, the genius behind the Olympics Opening Ceremony, director Danny Boyle and mascara-strewn king of the Rock Zombies, Alice Cooper.

In all 15 awards were presented – but to who?

Well, Blur won Best Live Act after their amazing Summer shows, Emeli Sande was named Best Solo Artist (beating both Noel Gallagher and Adele), while Muse took home Best Act In The World Today having seen off the Stone Roses, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. Django Django won Best New Act, while for Ben Drew – AKA Plan B – it was a double celebration as he won Best Track for his amazing single ill Manors on his actual birthday. Content with one source of happiness were the reformed Pulp who scored the Q Inspiration Award presented by John Peel’s widow, Sheila. Soon after Smiths legendary guitarist Johnny Marr was honoured as Q Hero, while the brilliant Bobby Womack won Album of the Year Award for his Bravest Man In The Universe LP and Brandon Flowers was named as this year’s Q Idol.


Our Interview with Jake Bugg

If I knew how to write the perfect song I’d be writing it now!”, Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg has been enjoying a remarkable year. 12 months ago the 18-year-old from Clifton in Nottingham was playing tiny club gigs up and down the country. More recently he’s toured with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, supported the Stone Roses on their comeback shows and now his debut album has gone straight in at Number One Album in the UK. As you can see, things are happening very fast, but no so fast that Jake couldn’t make time to come into the Spotify office to play four songs – Taste It, Two Fingers, Country Song and Lightning Bolt – from that really rather brilliant debut.

“I really enjoyed that,” he said afterwards. “That was cool!”

Hello Jake, tell us, what music was playing in your house when you were growing up?
My mum used to play everything from Beethoven to Take That. It was a huge mix, but it was my uncle who introduced me to Beatles and Dylan and I started tracing the music back on the internet. I’d read books and pick up on names and then people would tell me about other things and off I’d go.

What was the first record you fell in love with?
Don McLean’s American Pie album – that’s great. When I was 13 or 14 I fell for that, particularly Vincent. That’s an amazing track, so well written and it sounds amazing. That was the first record I bought too.

What made you want to pick up the guitar?
My uncle really, he showed me the basic chords. I was playing cover versions of things at 14 or 15 and that taught me about songs, how they fit together, their structure and melody. I learnt from them. The first songs I wrote weren’t that great, but some I still play. I have old demos of some really rough, terrible recordings! I still play Someplace occasionally, that’s on the album and one called I See Her Cryin’ – that’s an old tune.

What five records couldn’t Jake Bugg exist without?
Please, Please Me by The Beatles, Fairytale by Donovan, Jimi Hendrix Bold As Love, Nick Drake Pink Moon and John Martyn’s Solid Air.

What connects all those records for you?
I think it’s just that they sound so good. I can stick each one on and enjoy every moment. So they all stand out to my ears, but I couldn’t tell you why!

Does the perfect song exist?
Yeah – there’s a few. Don McLean’s Vincent is perfect. Might not be for everyone else, but it is for me. Smells Like Teen Spirit is a perfect song and the perfect performance too. If I knew how to write the perfect song I’d be writing it now!

Trouble Town is quite hard on your hometown, has anyone from there ever come back to you on that?
No, not really. That’s about where I grew up and there’s loads of places like it. Most of my friends – most people I’ve spoken to – agree with my on it.

What have you learnt from playing with Noel Gallagher, or the Stone Roses?
Just practice! That’s all it is. Noel’s such a real inspiration, everything he’s done is cool.

Finally, and most importantly, what’s your favourite noise?
Ha! Well, I love the sound of Table Tennis. I love playing it and the sound is so good. If you get a good rhythm going it’s quite hypnotic – but you need to have someone with some real skill playing it to get to that point!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

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

We kick off a new week with an African-inspired folk pop band from Sydney, Australia: “Jinja Safari” and their catchy song “Toothless Grin”. We continue with Liverpool-based “Dan Croll” and his great debut single “From Nowhere”.

Next band in our playlist this week is a band based out of Cleveland, Ohio: “The Lighthouse And The Whaler”. I love their song “Pioneers”. “Milo Greene” is an indie folk quintet from Los Angeles, California. Next song in our playlist is their dreamy song “1957”.

Last song in our playlist this week is Ellie Goulding’s beautiful cover of “Hanging On” by Active Child.

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.