Happy Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day prediction playlists

In the United States and Canada, the 2nd of February is marked as Groundhog Day, a holiday dedicated to a prognosticating rodent. The most famous of these ground squirrels is Punxsutawney Phil, who–along with the rest–emerges from his burrow each February to predict either early spring or six more weeks of winter. According to folklore, […]

The Beatles last live performance

It Happened In Music: The End of an Era

On January 30, 1969, The Beatles play a lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes, it is the last time The Beatles perform live. The performance, which was filmed for the Let It Be movie, is stopped early by police after neighbors […]

Nirvana, circa 1988

It Happened In Music: The Birth of Grunge

On January 23, 1988, Nirvana records a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. It was this tape that made it into the hands of  Jonathan Poneman, one of the founders of Sub Pop records. After hearing the demo, he offers to put out a Nirvana single. This historic event set the Seattle sound into motion, […]

MLK Playlist

An uplifting playlist inspired by Martin Luther King

On the third January of each year, the United States celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement was an iconic figure in American history, known especially for his non-violent methods of inspiring change and revolution. It’s fitting, then, that the holiday honoring MLK be marked […]

Grantland 2011 playlist

Grantland’s favorite songs of 2011

The folks over at Grantland have their fingers on the pulse of pop culture, so it’s no surprise that they kept a keen eye on the course of music over 2011. What’s the consensus? “It got real weird.” We’ll let you be the judge of that, but if you’re looking for an interesting cross-section of […]

Yoga Soup

Listening out loud at Yoga Soup

Listening out loud plays an important role for yoga classes at Yoga Soup in Santa Barbara, CA. We stopped by this unique studio to chat with owner Eddie Ellner about how music inspires his methods. Do you use music to motivate you to maintain a healthy mind and body?

NYE

Spinner’s New Year’s Eve playlist

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, and music is an integral part of that revelry. Our 12th day of playlists features a mix inspired by Spinner’s Party Rock Anthems (that aren’t “Party Rock Anthem”).  As you reflect on the trials, tribulations, and successes of 2011 and get ready […]

Billboard Top 25 of 2011

Billboard’s top 25 tracks of 2011 playlist

As 2011 draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on all of the new music that made its way into heavy rotation throughout the year. Our day 11 playlist is a compilation of the top 25 tracks of 2011 according to the charts at Billboard.com. Spotify users can subscribe to the playlist […]

Indie Winter Wonderland

Rhapsody’s Indie Winter Wonderland playlist

As Rhapsody Editorial so astutely points out: Holiday music is not just reserved for the fair crooner. In fact, many an indie artist has been struck with yuletide fever–or has at least shivered enough through a December day to be inspired to sing about hard winters and white snow. So this isn’t strictly hall-decking, bell-jingling […]

Christmas in Australia

Songl’s Summer Set playlist

Frozen lakes, roaring fires, and snow-dusted pine trees do not comprise the standard holiday scenery for everyone. Our friends Down Under are more likely to be setting out the patio furniture, firing up the grill, and hitting the surf during the last weeks of December. To that end, Australian music service Songl (formerly Anubis.fm) has […]