Today is a good day. For weeks, I have been feeling guilty about not being able to come up with any kind of new and interesting music to write about for This Bonus Track, and feeling completely uninspired, I was just about ready to give up. However, yesterday a good friend of mine solved my dilemma by telling me about a free app for the iPhone and Android called Songza. I know that this sounds like some kind of promotional pitch, but I swear to you that it isn’t. This is just me sharing my honest excitement with all of you!
Described online as a program that “plays you the right music at the right time,” Songza allows you to listen to a mass of full-length songs from a variety of different genres including folk, indie, jazz, rap, rock, dubstep, dance, bluegrass, oldies, singer-songwriter, and even film scores. Designed to provide the perfect playlist for every occasion, Songza offers mixes that are both incredibly detailed and insanely obscure.
Whether you wish to choose a playlist based on your current mood (mellow? gloomy? happy?), the activity that you are engaging in (working out? singing in the shower? on a road trip?), or the type of person that you are (an over-worked and tired mom? a nervous airplane traveller? a newly independent college student?), Songza guarantees to have the perfect playlist for you.
As a committed indie fan, I have been drawn to playlists such as “Sleepytime Indie” (featuring Iron and Wine and Fleet Foxes), “Indie Roots Rock” (featuring Beach House and The Head and the Heart), and “Harvest Moon” (featuring The Tallest Man on Earth, Nick Drake, and The Avett Brothers); but still, I am excited to expand my music collection and to explore some of the other genres that deserve just as much attention.
Below are some of the gems that I have discovered so far. If you’re interested, take a listen and download the free app for yourself; and if you don’t have a fancy phone, don’t worry. All of the playlists can be listened to on the Songza website here.
I can guarantee that it will keep you happy, inspired, and entertained for months to come!
Percussion Gun – White Rabbits (Indie Roots Rock Playlist)
Myth – Beach House (Cool New Music: Spring 2012 Playlist)
Wait – M83 (Airplane Zen Playlist)