25 August 2010
Left and to the Back on Spotify
Hopefully Spotify isn't an unknown service to most readers of this blog - and if it is, you've been missing out on a treat which at one point I felt might make mp3 blogging as we know it redundant. As their music library became ever more extensive, taking in comedy records, exotica, sixties beat and psychedelia and long-forgotten novelty flops, I grew ever more convinced that my blog entries would eventually just contain links back to them.
The reality is that Spotify hasn't been quite so revolutionary as this yet. The rapid expansion of their music library seemed to slow to a steady trickle recently, and the work of some artists even disappeared altogether - but for all these setbacks, it's still remains an impressive service, and it's easy enough to waste an entire evening away digging through their virtual vaults.
Readers of this blog might like to know that there is now a "Left and to the Back" playlist over there, featuring artists we've talked about before. Naturally, the amount of crossover between us and them is rather paltry to say the least - they don't even have a copy of "Fish and Chips in Spain" by Grahame Lister on their catalogues, the idle bastards, and don't even bother looking for astrological predictions with Maurice Woodruff - but given that this blog is now well over 250 entries old, there's more than enough similar content to create a medium sized audio buffet from.
Take a look here. And yes, this entry is my way of apologising for the fact that I haven't managed to find a mid-week mp3 upload as would usually be the arrangement. But the tail-end of August is a good time to catch one's breath - I've sometimes felt that for the number of people paying attention at this time of year, you might as well just leave a CDR of some obscure recording on a stranger's garden wall.
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