It’s the third anniversary of the birth of Spotify, the music service that allows you to listen to good-sounding music free of charge, assuming you can deal with the commercials.
(Can anyone identify the accent of the announcer? “Spaughtify.” Sounds vaguely Chicago-ish.)
With that in mind, it’s a good day to fire up the desktop and headphones for some deep listening while you toil away at whatever it is you do everyday. Here are 10 playlists to check out.
Spotify’s Third Birthday (songs from three years ago, mostly). A meta-list. A lot of these songs are from 2008, but then there are a few that aren’t (Paul McCartney/Wings’ “Live and Let Die,” eg.). Mostly I think these are songs they want to promote, so take it or leave it.
1992 ... underappreciated year in music history? “Creep,” “Erotica,” “So What’cha Want,” yeah, pretty decent year.
An hour of music from the late great Bert Jansch (R.I.P.). 17 tracks from the British guitarist who set the folk scene on fire with Pentangle.
A hundred hours (or so it seems) from the cast of Glee. Not for the casual fan.
Good Morning America’s surprisingly addictive 80 best songs of the 80s. Sure, it’s a little cheesy. But "Africa," "Danger Zone," "867-5309 (Jenny)," right?
Jack’s Mannequin Discography (including the new People and Things). They just released their new album this week and performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. So, have at it.
"I’m Alan Partridge" (British TV comedy series): songs from Alan’s autobiography. This is a very funny comedy show that not too many people over here are familiar with, but go ahead and start that process. The playlist: a lot of ’70s and early ’80s stuff.
A playlist for people who are getting divorced. Spread nicely between sad-bastard stuff and “I Hate Everything About You.”
Songs about places in California. “Los Angeles” (Frank Black), “Big Sur” (The Thrills), “Tulare Dust” (Merle Haggard). A really interesting, well thought-out playlist.
The new St. Vincent record. You’re welcome.