Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Mercury Prize on Spotify (one prize, five playlists)

XX celebrate the Mercury

From Wikipedia: "The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was established by the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers in 1992 as an alternative to the industry-dominated Brit Awards. (...) Nominations are chosen by a selected panel of musicians, music executives, journalists and other figures in the music industry in the UK and Ireland".

Few days ago the XX have been awarded with Mercury Prize 2010.

I must confess one thing. Though I was musically born with Achtung Baby and I grew with Kurt, Eddie and the other boys from the grunge generation, my musical heaven is the UK. Especially the UK of the late nineties and early naughties. Most of my favourite albums and artists have been shortlisted (and sometimes won) the Mercury Prize: Radiohead, Doves, Belle & Sebastian, Portishead, Massive Attack, Blur, Oasis, Coldplay, Verve, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers, PJ Harvey, Beth Orton, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Coral... The list is long.  So, when I read the news about XX I decided to celebrate the prize with a Spotirama special. Not just one, but five playlists about it.
Here they come. Enjoy! :o)

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THE PLAYLISTS (updated 07/09/2011!!!)

Mercury Prize 2010 - Winners and shortlisted nominees
(12 albums out of 12, bingo!)

The XX - XX (winner)
Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue n' Cheek
Foals – Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot – Sky at Night
Kit Downes Trio – Golden
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI. (SR0207)

Mercury Prize Winners (1992-2010)
(20 albums out of 20, bingo!)

1992 Primal Scream - Screamadelica
1993 Suede - Suede
1994 M People - Elegant Slumming
1995 Portishead - Dummy
1996 Pulp - Different Class
1997 Roni Size/Reprazent - New Forms
1998 Gomez - Bring It On
1999 Talvin Singh - Ok
2000 Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of the Bewilderbeast
2001 PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
2002 Ms. Dinamyte - A Little Deeper
2003 Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
2004 Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
2005 Antony and the Johnsons - I'm a Bird Now
2006 Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
2007 Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
2008 Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
2009 Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy
2010 The XX - XX
2011 PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI. (SR0208)

The Complete Mercury Prize - Winners and Shortlisted Nominees, 1992-2010 (mammoth, full albums)
(207 albums out of 228, 90,78%)

(classical music albums are not always the original ones)

Primal Scream - Screamadelica (winner)
Barry Adamson – Soul Murder
Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Honey's Dead (partially available)
Bheki Mseleku – Celebration
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
Simply Red – Stars
U2 – Achtung Baby
John Tavener & Steven Isserlis –The Protecting Veil
Young Disciples – Road to Freedom

Suede - Suede (winner)
Apache Indian – No Reservations
The Auteurs – New Wave
Gavin Bryars – Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Dina Carroll – So Close
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
New Order – Republic
Stereo MCs – Connected
Sting – Ten Summoner's Tales
Stan Tracey – Portraits Plus

M People - Elegant Slumming (winner)
Blur – Parklife
Ian McNabb – Head Like A Rock
Shara Nelson – What Silence Knows
Michael Nyman – The Piano Concerto and MGV
The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
Pulp – His 'n' Hers
Take That – Everything Changes
Therapy? – Troublegum
Paul Weller – Wild Wood

Portishead - Dummy (winner)
Guy Barker – Into the Blue
Elastica – Elastica
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
Leftfield – Leftism
James MacMillan – Seven Last Words from the Cross
Van Morrison – Days Like This
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Supergrass – I Should Coco
Tricky – Maxinquaye

Pulp - Different Class (winner)
Artists for War Child – Help
Black Grape – It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah
Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philharmonic – The Beltane Fire / Caroline Mathilde
Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
Oasis – (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Courtney Pine – Modern Day Jazz Stories
Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants
Norma Waterson – Norma Waterson

Roni Size/Reprazent - New Forms (winner)
The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
Beth Orton – Trailer Park
Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
Radiohead – OK Computer
Spice Girls – Spice
Suede – Coming Up
John Tavener – Svyati
Mark-Anthony Turnage – Your Rockaby

Gomez - Bring It On (winner)
4hero – Two Pages
Asian Dub Foundation – Rafi's Revenge
Eliza Carthy – Red Rice
Catatonia – International Velvet
Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Propellerheads – Decksandrumsandrockandroll
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
John Surman – Proverbs & Songs
The Verve – Urban Hymns
Robbie Williams – Life thru a Lens

Talvin Singh - Ok (winner)
Thomas Adès – Asyla
Denys Baptiste – Be Where You Are
Black Star Liner – Bengali Bantam Youth Experience!
Blur – 13
The Chemical Brothers – Surrender
Faithless – Sunday 8PM
Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
Beth Orton – Central Reservation
Kate Rusby – Sleepless
Stereophonics – Performance and Cocktails
Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast (winner)
Richard Ashcroft – Alone with Everybody
Coldplay – Parachutes
M. J. Cole – Sincere
Death in Vegas – The Contino Sessions
The Delgados – The Great Eastern
Doves – Lost Souls
Helicopter Girl – How to Steal the World
Leftfield – Rhythm and Stealth
Nicholas Maw – Violin Concerto
Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin
Kathryn Williams – Little Black Numbers

PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (winner)
Basement Jaxx – Rooty
Elbow – Asleep in the Back
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
Gorillaz – Gorillaz (nomination withdrawn at the request of the band)
Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters
Tom McRae – Tom McRae
Radiohead – Amnesiac
Susheela Raman – Salt Rain
Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
Zero 7 – Simple Things

Ms. Dynamite - A Little Deeper (winner)
Guy Barker – Soundtrack
The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me
David Bowie – Heathen
The Coral – The Coral
Doves – The Last Broadcast
The Electric Soft Parade – Holes in the Wall
Gemma Hayes – Night on My Side
Beverley Knight – Who I Am
Roots Manuva – Run Come Save Me
Joanna MacGregor – Play
The Streets – Original Pirate Material

Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner (winner)
Athlete – Vehicles and Animals
Eliza Carthy – Anglicana
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Darkness – Permission to Land
Floetry – Floetic
Soweto Kinch – Conversations with the Unseen
Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons
The Thrills – So Much for the City
Martina Topley-Bird – Quixotic
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Terri Walker – Untitled

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand (winner)
Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Jamelia – Thank You
Keane – Hopes and Fears
Snow Patrol – Final Straw
Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions
The Streets – A Grand Don't Come for Free
Ty – Upwards
Amy Winehouse – Frank
Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland
The Zutons – Who Killed...... The Zutons?

Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now (winner)
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
Coldplay – X&Y
Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV
Kaiser Chiefs – Employment
KT Tunstall – Eye to the Telescope
M.I.A. – Arular
Maxïmo Park – A Certain Trigger
Polar Bear – Held on the Tips of Fingers
Seth Lakeman – Kitty Jay
The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike
The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (winner)
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
Editors – The Back Room
Guillemots – Through the Windowpane
Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
Hot Chip – The Warning
Muse – Black Holes & Revelations
Zoe Rahman – Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes – Beloved One
Scritti Politti – White Bread Black Beer
Sway – This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke – The Eraser

Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future (winner)
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford – Basquiat Strings
Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold
Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English
Maps – We Can Create
New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom
Fionn Regan – The End of History
Jamie T – Panic Prevention
The View – Hats Off to the Buskers
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Young Knives – Voices of Animals and Men

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid (winner)
Adele – 19
British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial – Untrue
Estelle – Shine
The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement
Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon – Stainless Style
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
Portico Quartet – Knee Deep In The North Sea
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – The Bairns

Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy (winner)
Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
Florence and the Machine – Lungs
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires
Glasvegas – Glasvegas
Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
The Horrors – Primary Colours
The Invisible – The Invisible
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
La Roux – La Roux
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men

The xx - xx (winner)
Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
Dizzee Rascal – Tongue n' Cheek
Foals – Total Life Forever
I Am Kloot – Sky at Night
Kit Downes Trio – Golden
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
Wild Beasts – Two Dancers

Adele - 21
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Gwilym Simcock - Good Days at Schloss Elmau
James Blake - James Blake
Katy B - On A Mission
King Creosote & John Hopkins - Diamond Mine
Metronomy - The English Riviera
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Tinie Tempah - Discovery

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI. (SR0209)

The Complete Mercury Prize - Winners and Shortlisted Nominees, 1992-2010 (lite, one song each album)
(207 tracks out of 228, 90,78%)

This is a playlist I made for people who want just to get a taste of mercuryprized-oriented music. I selected one song (usually, the most famous) from each album of the previous playlist. Only exclusion, for length reasons: Mark-Anthony Turnage – Your Rockaby.

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI. (SR0210)

The Mercury Prize 69
(69 tracks, about 4 hours)

Last but not least, this is a personal playlist. I made it essentially for myself, choosing my favourite 69 songs from winners and shortlisted albums from 1992 to 2010 (no more than one track each album). Essentially, that's because I wanted a good jogging playlist, not too big, made only by songs that I really liked (and like) to hear. Maybe some of you share similar music tastes, who knows?

Primal Scream – Movin' On Up
U2 – The Fly
Suede – So Young
Blur – End Of A Century
Paul Weller – Wild Wood
Portishead – Roads
PJ Harvey – Down By The Water
Oasis – Supersonic
Supergrass – Alright
Tricky – Hell Is Round The Corner
Pulp – Disco 2000
Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
Oasis – Some Might Say
The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin' Beats
Beth Orton – She Cries Your Name
Primal Scream – Star
Prodigy – Firestarter
Radiohead – Let Down
Gomez – Get Myself Arrested
Catatonia – Mulder And Scully
Massive Attack – Teardrop
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
The Verve – Sonnet
Blur – Coffee And TV
Beth Orton – Stolen Car
Badly Drawn Boy – Disillusion
Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers
Coldplay – Don't Panic
Doves – Catch The Sun
PJ Harvey – This Mess We're In
Elbow – Red
Goldfrapp – Lovely Head
Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
Ed Harcourt – Apple Of My Eye
Radiohead – Life In A Glasshouse
Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me)
The Coral – Dreaming Of You
Doves – There Goes The Fear
The Electric Soft Parade – There's A Silence
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
The Thrills – Big Sur
Radiohead – Where I End And You Begin
Franz Ferdinand – Darts Of Pleasure
Belle and Sebastian – I'm A Cuckoo
Snow Patrol – Run
The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
Bloc Party – Banquet
Coldplay – White Shadows
Hard-FI – Cash Machine
Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
The Magic Numbers – Love Me Like You
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Editors – Munich
Richard Hawley – The Ocean
Hot Chip – Over And Over
Muse – Starlight
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
Klaxons – Golden Skans
Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Elbow – Grounds For Divorce
Adele – Chasing Pavements
British Sea Power – Waving Flags
The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next To Me
Bat For Lashes – Daniel
Friendly Fires – Paris
The xx – Crystalised
James Blake - Limit To Your Love
Anna Calvi - Desire

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI. (SR0211)

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