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 […]

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 […]

Hanukkah playlist

Matisyahu’s Hanukkah 2011 playlist

Fittingly, our seventh day of playlists falls on the seventh day of Hanukkah, and so we proffer up a mix of songs to complement these last two days of the Festival of Lights. Access the playlist here on Spotify. No Spotify? Create your own version using the track listing below. Are any of your own […]

Dark Santa

Rhapsody’s Dark Side of Santa playlist

Our fifth day of playlists falls on the one day a year that Santa has to work his hardest. Can you blame him if he’s not in the best mood? In that spirit, Rhapsody has compiled The Dark Side of Santa playlist–and offers the following Christmas Eve tale: Kris Kringle is quite the mystery. Some […]

Smithsonian Folkways

Holiday music from Smithsonian Folkways

Around the world and throughout history, people celebrate holidays with music. With the weather getting colder in the and the days getting shorter in the Northern hemisphere, people often turn to tradition, family, and music to lighten their lives in the middle of winter. In this playlist, listen to songs of Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza. […]

Funky Fresh Christmas playlist

MOG’s Funky Fresh Christmas playlist

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the cloud, The holiday music was tired, the volume far from loud. The MOG staff was determined, our noses to laptop screens, To bring a breath of fresh air to the music we all need. When out of the speakers there came such a sound! Something so […]

Beethoven

It Happened In Music: Follow in the Footsteps

On December 12, 1792, Ludwig van Beethoven received his first music lesson from renowned composer Joseph Haydn. They initially met almost two years earlier when Haydn, travelling from Vienna, stopped in Bonn on his way to perform in London. When Haydn saw Beethoven again on his return journey, he was so impressed with the young […]