By the good graces of Hola, I am now able to get Spotify in Malaysia (as well as Hulu and other copyright banned sites of music and classic tv/movies). For the last few years, I have been using Grooveshark to stream music for my listening pleasure while writing or just hanging out.
So which is better – Spotify or Grooveshark?
Hard question to answer. I find it easier to sort songs into playlists in Grooveshark and also there is no advertising there. In addition, you don’t need to be logged into Grooveshark to stream music. The biggest advantage Grooveshark has at this point in time is that it just has more music to stream. Sptofy might have three albums out of a band’s discography whereas Grooveshark has every one.
On the other hand, Spotify’s display and playing area is easier to navigate and you can put an entire band’s discography up and pick and choose songs. Also while Grooveshark has more songs on it, I’ve found some real rarities, some old favorites on Spotify such as....
DAY AFTER DAY by Ballroom
I wrote this on a forum I used to belong to “BALLROOM's great 1998 cd DAY AFTER DAY was pushed back when their original record company went of business which was one of many pitfalls they had and caused them to break up after this one release. This is too bad because Ballroom to me was the perfect mix of Oasis Britpop Beatles swagger and The Smiths as filtered through Suede's glam rock revival....In other words, I felt they were the best link musically between the disparate sub genres of Britpop....and the songs speak for themselves (Don't Stop, Heads or Tails, Household Names, Take It, Bionic, Someone like you) Not a bad one here.... “
THE BEST OF THE LEMON PIPERS: GREEN TAMBORINE by The Lemon Pipers
The Lemon Pipers were a 1960’s group from Ohio that played a very enjoyable variation of psychedelic pop. As a teenager, I owned both their albums, the result of the generous booty of used record shops. The debut was much more poppier full of songs about green tamborines, orange marmalade, rainbow trees and featuring sitars, backward strings, weird keyboards, the works. The second record was harder and more of a badder trip with acid tinged guitar but also still had a number of catchy songs. This greatest hits collection showcases the best songs of both records although I could do without the 11 minute IN A GADDA DA VIDA clone Dead End Street/Half Light.