Spotify and HuffPost share several key strands of DNA: we're both deeply social, community-fueled platforms that aim to help our users discover, experience and share the best of what you can find online. Which is why I'm delighted to announce a new partnership with Spotify.
I listened to it, and I didn't throw up. I need a medal. But since breaking down summer playlists is a thing , let's break it down.
Hearing a few decent tunes never fails to calm me down, keep me sane, reassure me that - in the words of The Killers - everything will be all right. So I made a playlist. Each tune on the playlist is from a different EU country.
Everything was falling apart, but that book was pushing forward, and it was the only thing I had to look forward to. I had to believe that if I could just make it to the launch date, our lives would change.
With the assistance of my publication of choice, Melody Maker, my eyes were opened to an increasingly large list of often ridiculously-named bands. The movement's zenith for me will always be the early 1990s; but time (i.e. the press) has not been kind to the memory of the indie music from this period.
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner next week? If you're using our handy-dandy party planning checklist, you know that now's the time to think about those other drumsticks, the beats that will set the tone for your Turkey Day soirée.
For the last 11 years, I've released an annual list of my favorite albums, intended primarily for those who want to hear new music but have a hard time sorting through the hundreds of new titles that are released each year.
To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.
Last week we honored the sixth birthday of Maria's farm Country Kitchen with a couple of old favorites from the kitchen. Today, I'd like to bring it ...
It's a simple phrase heard in music all the time. The famous la-la-la has crossed genres and is sung by nearly every singer from Minnie Riperton to Blue Oyster Cult. Using Spotify, I compiled a 10-track playlist with music's favorite catch phrase. Who do you think sang it best?
A year ago I lost my job, felt sorry for myself for 48 hours and then got back on the bus and started my own phenomenally successful (almost) media consultancy. My latest playlist selection was, I thought, entirely random. But today I realised it's not - it's all about me. Or at least me and work - losing, winning and everything in between.
I've come up with a playlist of tunes that if they don't turn that frown upside down, will at least warm your heart against the chilly winter storm aftermath in preparation for what I hope will be an early spring.
Exhaustion seems to make me a more forgiving listener.
Music always makes unpleasant things just a little bit more enjoyable: cleaning, commuting, working out, breaking up. So it occurred to me, why not make a playlist for getting divorced? After all, isn't divorce the ultimate "break-up"?
I turned on the radio. The station we usually listen to was playing a holiday song, and that was followed by another. From past years, I knew that their playlist would now be straight-up holiday music for the next month or so. That's when I got the idea.
Election Day is tomorrow, and you can use your playlists to supercharge as you get out and vote. Find tunes that will charge you up with the right energy and send you the motivational message you need to be hearing, as well as reward you for doing something good and important.