Monday, September 30, 2013

B-Monkeys - The Complete Collection of Arctic Monkeys B-Sides

Info: Since 2005, along with five studio albums, Arctic Monkeys recorded a plethora of songs that have been published in singles & EPs. All of them are available on Spotify and are now collected in this playlist
Source: Wikipedia discography page
Date of publication: 2005-2013
Spotify playlist latest update: 20th january 2016
Spotify playlist direct links: URI / HTTP

Full list

All songs are available on Spotify. Some song may not be available in all countries.

1. Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts (from I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor single, oct 2005)
2. Chun-Li's Flying Bird Kicks (I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, oct 2005)
3. Stickin' to the Floor (When the Sun Goes Down, jan 2006)
4. 7 (When the Sun Goes Down, jan 2006)
5. Settle for a Draw (When the Sun Goes Down, jan 2006)
6. Cigarette Smoker Fiona (Who the Fuck Are the Arctic Monkeys?, EP, apr 2006)
7. Despair in the Departure Lounge (Who the Fuck Are the Arctic Monkeys?, EP, apr 2006)
8. No Buses (Who the Fuck Are the Arctic Monkeys?, EP, apr 2006)
9. Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? (Who the Fuck Are the Arctic Monkeys?, EP, apr 2006)
10. Put Your Dukes Up John (Leave Before the Lights Come On, aug 2006)
11. Baby I'm Yours (Leave Before the Lights Come On, aug 2006) 
12. If You Found This It's Probably Too Late (Brianstorm, jan 2007)
13. Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend (Brianstorm, jan 2007)
14. What If You Were Right the First Time? (Brianstorm, jan 2007)
15. Da Frame 2R (Matador/Da Frame 2R, jun 2007)
16. Matador (Matador/Da Frame 2R, jun 2007)
17. The Bakery (Fluorescent Adolescent (jul 2007)
18. Plastic Tramp (Fluorescent Adolescent (jul 2007)
19. Too Much To Ask (Fluorescent Adolescent (jul 2007)
20. Bad Woman (Teddy Picker, dec 2007)
21. The Death Ramps (Teddy Picker, dec 2007)
22. Nettles (Teddy Picker, dec 2007)
23. Red Right Hand (Crying Lightning, jul 2009)
24. I Haven't Got My Strange (Crying Lightning, jul 2009)
25. Catapult (Cornerstone, nov 2009)
26. Sketchhead (Cornerstone, nov 2009)
27. Fright Lined Dining Room (Cornerstone, nov 2009)
28. Joining the Dots (My Propeller, mar 2010)
29. The Afternoon's Hat (My Propeller, mar 2010)
30. Don't Forget Whose Legs You're On (My Propeller, mar 2010)
31. The Blond-O-Sonic Shimmer Trap (Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair, apr 2011) 
33. Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler) (The Hellcat Spangled Shalala, aug 2011)
34. Evil Twin (Suck It And See, oct 2011)
35. You and I (Black Treacle, jan 2012) 
36. Electricity (R U Mine?, feb 2012) 
37. 2013 (Do I Wanna Know?, jun 2013)
38. Stop the World I Wanna Get Off With You (Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, aug 2013)
39. You're So Dark (One for the Road, dec 2013)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kranky Style - 2 playlists to celebrate 20 years of Kranky Records

When people talk about Chicago's history of fiercely independent record labels, they usually bring up Touch and Go, Drag City, and Thrill Jockey. It's too bad that Kranky Records, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, doesn't come to mind more often, because it certainly belongs in that company—it's proved just as reliable, creative, and uncompromising as any of those better-known imprints. (from Kranky's 20 Uncompromising Years, Chicago Reader)
I was not a fine connoisseur of Kranky Records music, but when I read articles such the one above, or this one, or this other one, I wanted to know (& listen to) something more about this label. So I entered in a world made with the kosmic kranky sounds of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Tim Hecker, Low, Grouper, Labradford, Out Hud... And I liked it.  

Results: two playlists. The first one is a kind of unofficial and absolutely questionable best of, compiled basically on the preferences of community, revised by some personal aesthetics. The second one is a new evidence of the incurable encyclopedical pathology affecting myself, made possible by Kranky official website: a complete archive of all Kranky albums I found on Spotify (it's a heavy one: 1385 tracks). 

So you have two roads diverging in the dark Kranky wonderwood, you can enjoy the most travelled one or shuffle into the infinite forest. Both, I slowly discovered, may give you great satisfactions. 



* Chronologically following the catalog numbers, from the oldest to the newest. I haven't found just 14 of almost 200 albums: Beat (Bowery Electric, Krank014), Pan American (Pan American, Krank025), 360 Business / 360 Bypass (Pan American, Krank041), F (Fontanelle, Krank048), The River Made No Sound (Pan American, Krank051), Avec Laudenum (Stars of the Lid, Krank059), The Soul of the Rainbow and the Harmony of Light (Growing, Krank073), Kranky Compilation (Various Artists, Krank077), Cached (Nudge, Krank083), The Pyschic Nature of Being (Linches, Krank086), Precis (Benoit Pioulard, Kranky098), Temper/Precis (Benoit Pioulard, Krank123), Nothing Ever Happened (7") (Deerhunter, Krank126), A Winged Victory for the Sullen (A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Krank157). As usual, their lack may be local, in my own country's Spotify catalog. 

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Polaris Music Prize Spotify Encyclopedia

('Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! cover!)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! won the Polaris Music Prize 2013, "an annual award given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales or record label". Their statement of appreciation was not so appreciating. Anyway, in this month-long wait for the new album of another well-known (but not very spotify-friendly) Canadian band, I decided to update some previous playlists I made about the Polaris Prize. And I added two new ones!

playlist #1(the new one): all winning albums from 2006 to 2013.
playlist #2 (the other new one): all shortlisted 2013 albums, just to catch the Canadian sound of the year
playlist #3 (updated): mammoth with all shortlisted albums from 2006 to 2013
playlist #4 (updated): mammoth lite, with three songs each shortlisted album from 2006 to 2013


(two albums missing: Final Fantasy's He Poos Clouds, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs)

(all 10 albums, bingo!)

(full albums / 927 songs)

(3-tracks each album / 237 songs)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mercury Prize Collection on Spotify (update: 2013 Shortlist)

Arctic Monkeys and Savages, I love them. 
But I love Laura Marling more: give her the Mercury, judges! 

Time to fly to Mercury again.

Let Pitchfork explain why:
The shortlist of nominees for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which honors the best British album of the past year, as chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry folks, has been announced. Last year's winner was Alt-J. Previous winners have included PJ Harvey, the xx, Pulp, Portishead, Arctic Monkeys, Antony and the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand, and more This year's shortlist is: 
Arctic Monkeys: AM
David Bowie: The Next Day
Disclosure: Settle
Foals: Holy Fire
Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg
James Blake: Overgrown
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Laura Marling: Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon
Rudimental: Home
Savages: Silence Yourself
Villagers: Awayland
They are all on Spotify and you can listen to them in the first embedded playlist below. While if you wanna dig in the past, the other two playlists are some old Spotirama peanuts, just updated: Mercury Prize Winners from 1992 to 2012 and the huge The Complete Mercury Prize Mammoth (1992-2013).


(all 12 shortlisted albums)

(all 21 winning albums from 1992 to 2012, 2013 yet to be announced)

(all shortlisted & winners from 1992 to 2013) 

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Take care, this last one is huge: 231 albums, 2730 songs

Missing albums: 21
("missing" means "missing from my italian Spotify", maybe they're available in other countries; the year refers to when the album was shortlisted)
Rising Above Bedlam (Jah Wobble, 1992)
Head Like a Rock (Ian McNabb, 1994)
Into the Blue (Guy Barker, 1995)
Elastica (Elastica, 1995)
Seven Last Words From the Cross (James MacMillan, 1995)
Days Like This (Van Morrison, 1995)
Help (Artists For War Child, 1996)
The Beltane Fire/Caroline Mathilde (Peter Maxwell Davies/BBC Philarmonic, 1996)
Proverbs & Songs (John Surman, 1998)
Sleepless (Kate Rusby, 1999)
Violin Concerto (Nicholas Maw, 2000)
Sunshine Hit Me (The Bees, 2002)
Conversations With the Unseen (Soweto Kinch, 2003)
Untitled (Terri Walker, 2003)
Melting Pot (Zoe Rahman, 2006)
This Is My Demo (Sway, 2006)
The Eraser (Thom Yorke, 2006)
Basquiat Strings (Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford, 2007)
In Rainbows (Radiohead, 2008)
Sensible Shoes (Led Bib, 2009)
Tongue n'Cheek (Dizzee Rascal, 2010)