Spotify Playlists

I like to make Spotify playlists. 


The Best of Ambient Rushton in an Hour – 20 shorter ambient tracks I’ve created over the years that I hope you’ll enjoy.

2 Hours of Ambient – A few carry overs from the first list, along with other ambient pieces.

4 Hours of Ambient Rushton – When you need to get through that morning or afternoon at work, or you’re working on a special project.

Long Ambient Instrumental Tracks – Over 7 hours of instrumental ambient tracks by Mark Rushton for background sounds, meditation, helping with concentration, yoga, studying, sleeping, working, white noise, etc.

Short Ambient Electronic Tracks by Mark Rushton – Over 40 of my “bite-sized” ambient musical compositions.

Ambient Dreams – a Playlist by Mark Rushton – ambient music playlist with field recordings mixed in.

Nature Sounds:

Nature Sounds by Linder Valley – variety pack – Wind, rain, birds, thunder, wind chimes.  50 tracks and over 5 hours from one of my “field recording” monikers.

Rain and Thunder – 8 Hours – Raining and Thunderstorms

24 Hours of Rain Sounds

A Variety of Music:

2018 Picks by DJ Rushton – New music in 2018 that I liked.  So far:  The OO-Ray, Dubstar, Noveller, Vinyl Williams, Scott Tuma, Synthikat, OMD, Damien Jurado, Alvvays, Jon Hopkins, David Kollar + Arve Henriksen, Nick Lowe, Chris Carter, Japanese Breakfast, Tycho + Poolside, Peter Hook & The Light, Beaches, Guided by Voices, Virtual Self, Jon Hassell, ikjoyce, Pendulum + Moby, Wooden Shjips.

2017 Picks by DJ Rushton – New music in 2017 that I liked.  Featuring The Breeders, Magnetic Fields, Slowdive, The Clientele, Purity Ring, Alvvays, Wire, The Church, Mary Epworth, Lindstrom, Low Island, Grandaddy, Goldfrapp, John Maus, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Robyn Hitchcock, Barry Adamson, Holy Fuck, Pere Ubu, The Fall, Alexis Taylor featuring Green Gartside, Laraaji, Big Thief, Ulrich Schnauss, The Shins, The Horrors, Saint Etienne, The Jesus & Mary Chain, De Lux, New Pornographers, Vinyl Williams, Guided by Voices, Biosphere, Kauf, Washed Out, Toaster, Gary Numan, Moon Duo, Ariel Pink, Chaz Bundick, Josefin Ohrn, and Deafcult.

Alternative Pop #1 by DJ Rushton – Julian Cope, Air, David Sylvian, Cabaret Voltaire, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Killing Jokes, Tamaryn, Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile, CAN, Wire, Pet Shop Boys, Guided by Voices, Neko Case, Scott Walker, Ultravox, Bill Nelson, Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto, Dum Dum Girls, New Pornographers, Super Furry Animals, Grandaddy, Beta Band, St. Vincent, Beach House, John Maus, New Order, Simple Minds, The Smiths, Paul Simon, Stereolab, Cocteau Twins, Scritti Politti, The Clash

Lost Alternative #1 – curated by Mark Rushton – John Foxx-era Ultravox, Shriekback, Ladytron, Yello + Billy Mackenzie, Prefab Sprout, The Church, Wire, PiL, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker, Bill Nelson, The Clientele, Pure Bathing Culture, Orange Juice, Daniel Lanois, Pulp, Scritti Politti, Lush, Atlas Sound + Laetita Sadier, Simple Minds, Stereolab, The Fall, Pictureplane, David Bowie, Follakzoid, Gang of Four, The Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, Guided by Voices, Grandaddy, Joni Mitchell, The Associates, Roxy Music, Brian Eno + John Cale, The Modern Lovers

The Sound of the Disquiet Junto Participants – Tracks by artists who have contributed to the Disquiet Junto over the years.  Not necessarily Junto-related tracks.  Featuring Punjabi Tea House, Toaster, Ghost Signs, Matt Borghi, severism, Manitou, Mark Rushton, The Bell Mechanical, The OO-Ray, Cinchel, Bad Trails, Nate Trier, Ambient Matyk, and Joe McMahon.

2016 Grab Bag by Mark Rushton – New or new-to-me music in 2016.  Featuring Ulrich Schnauss, Toaster, Pure Bathing Culture, Vinyl Williams, Prince Rama, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, Yello, Innerspace Orchestra, Stone Roses, Dave Douglas, Tomemitsu, Wussy, David Bowie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul Simon, Damien Jurado, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Luigi Tozzi, Teleman, Nonkeen, The Bell Mechanical, Pet Shop Boys, Lush, Wire, The Church, Leo Abrahams, Super Furry Animals, Divine Fits, Case lang Viers, Pantha Du Prince, The Clientele, Peals, Orcas, No Joy, Unloved, Underworld, Daniel Lanois, and TVAM.

Moon Playlist, curated by Mark Rushton.  Songs with Moon in the title or about the Moon, from a wide range of artists:  The Magnetic Fields, Nick Drake, John Maus, Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden, Bill Nelson, Beck, The Police, Van Morrison, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra with Count Basic, Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, Foals, David Sylvian, Simple Minds, Norah Jones, David Bowie, Stereolab, Neko Case, Yello, Billy Mackenzie, Dean Martin, REM, Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, and Molly Nilsson.  This playlist will change over time.

3 Hours of Alt-Old Alt-New – three hours of adult alternative, indie, oldies, new music, electronic, pop ambient, jazz, singer songwriter, hard rock, things I’ve discovered over the year, forgotten music.  Currently featuring David Bowie, Beach House, The Church, John Foxx-era Ultravox, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Broadcast, The OO-Ray, CAN, Super Furry Animals, Pet Shop Boys, Wire, Stereolab, Divine Comedy, Fennesz, Cocteau Twins, Big Data w/ Joywave, Killing Joke, Royksopp, Shriekback, Dave Douglas, Scott Walker, John Maus, Damien Jurado, Gomez, the Beta Band, Ulrich Schnauss, Grinderman, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, New Order, Ladytron, Prefab Sprout, XTC, Fischerspooner, Conduits, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mat Zo.  This playlist may change over time.

Discovery Weekly for Mark Rushton by Spotify – this changes every week, tailored to my alleged tastes.  I’ve found some good previously undiscovered nuggets in here over time, but there’s a lot of stuff I’m indifferent to or just don’t want to hear again.

2014 to 2015 by Mark Rushton – stuff I picked up on from late 2014 into 2015, mostly from Soundhound in stores or on SiriusXM. Father John Misty, Bryan Ferry, Grinderman, Super Furry Animals, Courtney Barnett, Guided by Voices, The Shins, Beck, TV on the Radio, Lia Ices, Lorde, Morrissey, Friendly Fires, John Foxx & Robin Guthrie, Dum Dum Girls, Broods, Holy Fuck, Knightlife, Purity Ring, Best Coast, Jason Lytle, The New Pornographers, Borns, Tame Impala, Twin River, Alvvays, Dear Rouge.

60-1 – a playlist curated by Mark Rushton – Alt pop from a little further out.  Scott Walker, Pulp, Broadcast, CAN, Cocteau Twins, Destroyer, Guided by Voices, Scritti Politti, Prefab Sprout, Shriekback, Royksopp, Ladytron, Ulrich Schnauss, Air, Kurt Vile, Goldfrapp, David Sylvian, Courtney Barnett, Temples, Steve Mason, The Shins, Lower Dens, Lush, Wire, Damien Jurado, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Atlas Sound with Laetita Sadier, Beck, Gomez, Divine Comedy,

Alternative to the Early 80’s – tracks I played on my public radio show in the early to mid 1980s while in high school in Des Moines, Iowa.  Over 200 songs and 14 hours of music featuring Cocteau Twins, The Stranglers, XTC, OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, The The, The Jam, Style Council, Specials, Japan, Heaven 17, Ultravox, Bronski Beat, Yazoo, Cabaret Voltaire, Bauhaus, The Associates, Killing Jokes, Minutemen, Fear, Black Flag, Chrome, Visage, Blancmange, Simple Minds, China Crisis, Roxy Music, Pretenders, The Smiths, The Cure, Southern Death Cult, The Church, REM, Waterboys, Elvis Costello, U2, Replacements, Jesus & Mary Chain, Joy Division, Bill Nelson, The Passage, The Gist, Everything but the Girl, Squeeze, Red Hot Chili Peppers, PiL, Ministry, Howard Devoto, Fun Boy Three, Shriekback, Depeche Mode, Art of Noise, Colourbox, X, English Beat, Wall of Voodoo, Pere Ubu, UB40, David Sylvian, Scritti Politti, Orange Juice, Flipper, Pete Shelley, Fad Gadget, Rain Parade, and more.