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Well, what a week for Spotify, eh? Apple announcing support for a Spotify iPhone application may have seemed like a formality, but the news is welcomed by those fortunate enough to have iPhones.
And then there's this week's Spotifriday malarkey - perhaps less significant but equally as fun. As we tell you pretty much every week, you're going to need the free music streaming service/application Spotify to listen to it. Anyway, here's the playlist.
1.The Breeders - 'Huffer'
Earlier in the week, Elle Magazine named their top 12 female electric axe-wives of all time and Breeders guitarisy Kelley Deal featured, naturally. 'Huffer' sees lots of 'na na nas' and 'da da das' which makes it at least 0.3 times better than if they had used actual words instead.
2.Slow Club - 'Because We're Dead'
This Sheffield two-piece were one of the many bands featured at last weekend's V Festival with Dom Gourlay describing them as prize-winners for the "most out of place band on a festival line-up". One place they definitely belong is in this playlist.
3.The Big Pink - 'Velvet'
Earmarked by DiS Editor Sean Adams as one of his 20 must-see acts at this weekend's Reading and Leeds fests. Even if you aren't particularly sold on The Big Pink, you have to recognise what a fuzz-laden four-minutes of fun this one is. It also made Pitchfork's Top 500 Songs Of The Decade. Just. It came in at 500.
4.Katy Perry - 'I Kissed A Girl' (Rock Version)
Katy Perry once appeared on Later...with Jools Holland where she performed the more rockin' version of 'I Kissed A Girl'. It was, without a doubt, one of the finer performances of the night as the emphasis on "cherry chapstick" became more and more strained. She also performed in a specially-made bra at V Festival.
5.Lily Allen - 'F**k You'
As did the certifiably cricket-obsessed Lily Allen, who was slightly more suitably dressed for the occasion. DiS snapper Helen Boast did take some nice ones of Ms. A, though. This version of the song has all of the naughty words censored out in a moderately comical way.
6.Mew - 'Introducing Palace Players'
Danish art-rockers Mew released No More Stories earlier this week and we liked it so much we gave it 8 out of 10. 'Introducing Palace Players' starts off more jerky than a Jamaican dinner party but picks up more than a semblance of unity as it progresses and turns into something altogether more wonderful.
7.Soulsavers - 'The Seventh Proof'
Though this meanders gently into "slightly dull" territory, there remains a beauty and serenity throughout - one which would perfectly accompany the breaking of bad news in a film, or a very, very slow and acrobatic death scene. We reviewed their record here on Monday.
8.Mos Def - 'Auditorium'
If The Ecstatic isn't a return to form (as well as a return to rapping...) for Mos Def then there's nothing he could ever do to convince. 'Auditorium' also features one-eyed, English-American rapper Slick Rick, which can only ever be a good thing.
9.Radiohead - 'Idioteque'
We re-assessed the re-releases of Kid A, Hail To The Thief and Amnesiac this week. Picking one track from that lot is a thankless task but, as this made a particularly high appearance in Pitchfork's Noughties list we thought we'd better stick it in.
10.Massive Attack - 'Risingson'
The Bristol trip-hop duo Massive Attack this week returned to our airwaves with a new track and a new EP, entitled Splitting The Atom. There was also news of a new album featuring Damon Albarn, too. Exciting times.
11.Ash - 'Lose Control'
Ash have been around for a long, long time. They're going to be around for at least a little while longer, too, as they announced an alphabetical tour of the UK, taking in Newport, Zennor, Exmoor and East Grange. Those people who played computer games in the late '90s may remember this particular track from Gran Turismo. Those of you who didn't may remember this track as an absolute foot-stomping shit-kicker of song.
12.Gang Of Four - 'I Found That Essence Rare'
That Helen Boast gets everywhere, doesn't she? Not only was she at V Festival, she also moseyed on down/up to the Macbeth to see and shoot post-punk pioneers Gang Of Four showcasing their wares. That's entertainment!
13.Rival Schools - 'Used For Glue'
As if anyone thought Sean wouldn't stick Rival Schools in his 20 Must See Acts for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals. This band, along with Deftones (below) make us wish every year was 2001.
14.Deftones - 'Back To School'
OK, so this one was released in 2000 but it also featured one of the greatest videos at the time and maybe even ever. It invited us to act on the school-yard rebellion that was deeply harboured but never materialised. Or it maybe just made you want to cry in the corner and skip P.E.
15.Sleater-Kinney - 'Banned From The End Of The World'
The only Sleater-Kinney song available on Spotify, sadly. Carrie Brownstein was also named as one of Elle's 12 greatest female electric guitarists and we don't really disagree, why would we? Evidence enough in this one track.
16.Black Sabbath - 'Sweet Leaf'
There's probably not enough Sabbath love here on DiS. Not that they really need any more, what with being the band that helped "invent" heavy metal, though perhaps more than a nod should go to Motorhead for their work. More re-issues from the Brum bandits are due later in the year.
Click here for this week's Spotifriday playlist.
We've also had a couple of other Spotify playlists knocking about the last week or so. They are available below.
Click here for our 'Greatest Hits of Reading and Leeds' playlist.
Click here for our 'Be My Bloody Baby'/Ellie Greenwich tribute playlist.
DiSer Yesiamaduck's collated playlist of Pitchfork's top 500 songs of the decade can be found here. It may not contain all 500 songs but there's 375 on there, which is exactly 75 per cent by my calculations. Sterling effort, ducky.
And there's also the Editor's picks of 'ninety from the noughties', available here.
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