My favorite regular posts on this blog have always been the weekly 20-song playlists that I keep trying to resume. I like making them, and I tend to listen to them myself when I want a hand-picked ‘radio’ background while doing chores and reading. In fact, if your song shows up on one of my 20-song playlists, chances are I know every word by heart by now, and I might not be immediately aware any longer of the fact that not all the songs on those playlists are not universally recognized mainstream tunes. Whether that means my readers also know these songs as well, I have no idea. I hope my playlists at least occasionally introduce my readers and followers to new songs and artists they fall madly in love with.
In any case, starting the first week of January, my weekly playlists are back.
I’ve been putting together playlists for January through March this week, roadtesting them while I wrap presents and polish my end-of-the-year book lists and blog posts. If you (or someone you know) have a band with music on spotify that you think I might like, send me a message or leave a comment with a link to the band/artist spotify page or album page and I’ll check it out for future playlist inclusion. I will also be posting supplemental music features (mini-playlists, extra playlists, youtube videos, bandcamp albums, etc.) that can include music not available on spotify, so if you are an artist who dislikes using spotify, I may still want to know about your music for future blog attention.
(Yes, I sympathize with the complaints about how poorly spotify pays artists, but at the same time, spotify is a great tool for radio-like dissemination of music. I discover new music primarily through spotify, and many other listeners also use spotify to discover new music, very much the way we used to discover music on AM/FM radio decades ago. Sure, don’t give away your whole album on spotify if album sales are what pay your bills, but releasing a few songs off each album allows listeners to find your music and allows fans to show off your music to their friends. If you generally don’t make much money off album sales anyway, I could see putting the whole album on spotify and making sure you have merch and a good facebook/website show schedule available. Either way, I am, as a music blogger, a big fan of spotify, whatever its flaws. Now that most radio stations are owned by the same handful of corporations, without spotify there would be practically nowhere I could hear most of the music I prefer (songs written by real songwriters, not teams, performed by real musicians, no autotune required, and with more substance and variety than mainstream genre music usually offers).)