I like to make Spotify playlists.
I make playlists that cater to the “adult alternative” demographic. This is typically older musicians who work in alternative rock, pop, and electronic genres. There are some exceptions. I also create field recording playlists, such as rain sounds.
AAA Pop 2017 #1 – curated by Mark Rushton – featuring Barry Adamson, Magnetic Fields, Wire Goldfrapp, The Shins, Big Thief, Lindstrom, Low Island, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Grandaddy, Robyn Hitchcock, Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2, Alexis Taylor, Chrome, Ulrich Schnauss, Toaster, De lux, Vinyl Williams, Speedy Ortiz, Kauf, Josefin Ohrn, and Nadine Shah. (25 tracks)
The Best of Mark Rushton in About An Hour – 18 tracks in just under an hour. I like all the music I release, but these I can listen to over and over and over again.
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.
Rain Sounds Playlist – Over 5 hours of heavy rain, light rain, passing thunderstorms, etc.
Long Ambient Instrumental Tracks – Over 6 hours of instrumental ambient tracks by Mark Rushton for background sounds, meditation, helping with concentration, yoga, studying, sleeping, working, white noise, etc.
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.
4 Hours of Ambient Rushton – lots of my music
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.
2 Hours of Ambient – of and by Mark Rushton
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,
10 in 35 – Ten Mark Rushton tracks in 35 minutes, a short guide.
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.