My MegaPlaylist Archive Now on Spotify

So, starting in 2010, I started making 6hr+ MegaPlaylists. Initially this began when I needed a mix CD (mp3 CD at the time) to play for my shifts at work. Then, once I got a real job, I kept making them because this has turned into a wondrous addiction. Since then, I’ve created 16 playlists, and I’ve just completed the arduous undertaking of transcribing them all to Spotify. Also, purely for fun and not because I have a problem, I made cover art and set lists of the artists included on each.

So what’s the deal with these exactly? Essentially it’s the music I’m discovering/into at the time, and music I felt like sharing. It’s really as simple as that. EXCEPT IT’S NOT, because I did go through the effort of crafting the arrangement, so it’s not “on-shuffle”, per se, and the tracks have a natural flow and progression to them. This has nothing to do with a problem I don’t have.

It’s kind of neat to see that the first 4, which I made to be played in a public environment, are tailored more to the every-man crowd (ish), and then after that I just do whatever the hell I want.

Anyway, sharing them all today. They’re all public on Spotify, so if you find me, you should be able to find them anyway. Enjoy!

VOLUME 1: Submitted for Your Refusal (March 2010)

 

VOLUME 2: If at First You Don’t Succeed (June 2010)

 

VOLUME 3: And Now the Moment (September 2010)

 

VOLUME 4: End of the Tunnel (February 2011)

 

VOLUME 5: The Other River (September 2011)

 

VOLUME 6: DAWN BEFORE DARK (June 2012)

 

VOLUME 7: Two Roads Diverged (April 2013)

 

VOLUME 8: Pathless (May 2013)

 

VOLUME 9: Ungone (November 2013)

 

VOLUME 10: All Horizons (June 2014)

 

VOLUME 11: Premier Season (September 2014)

 

VOLUME 12: Homebound (March 2015)

 

VOLUME 13: Days Rewound (August 2015)

 

VOLUME 14: Forget and Forgive (March 2016)

 

VOLUME 15: Good for What Isn’t (May 2016)

 

VOLUME 16: Unready, Unsteady (July 2016)

ALTERED STATES

By Jason.

Welcome to Altered States. A weekly playlist to help your weekend’s adventure get to the right destination. Featuring music left of center and slightly askew; ranging from post psychedelia, psybient, jam, ambient, hip hop, and world music. Whatever I’m listening to during the week that I feel might help you through life’s journey.

Today is a special extra list. As I was putting together Altered States 11 I thought some might be interested in hearing some of the music that doesn’t make the weekly list. Since we started a new Volume 2 of Altered States I’m purging myself of all the back logged music I’ve been saving. I present to you: Altered States Out-Takes Volume 1. Everything that either has been cut from a previous list or that I’d been saving for a future list but never quite fit.

To be clear, it’s a mish-mash of music. With each Altered States list I take the time to craft a flow and a specific theme (regardless of whether that’s apparent), this is NOT that. This is just a listing of all the music that hasn’t yet made the cut. It’s a long list filled with some great tunes. I hope you enjoy:

 

ALTERED STATES

By Jason.

Welcome to Altered States. A weekly playlist to help your weekend’s adventure get to the right destination. Featuring music left of center and slightly askew; ranging from post psychedelia, psybient, jam, ambient, hip hop, and world music. Whatever I’m listening to during the week that I feel might help you through life’s journey.

This week’s journey takes off with the Scottish band The Aliens, from their 2007 debut album , Astronomy for Dogs.

Put your headphones on, sit back, and enjoy the ride:

I post 2 play lists. This week’s list and the running main list. If you like what you hear, follow the running main list at the bottom. The weekly list gets deleted and fed into the main list. I started a new main playlist to follow. It’s called  Altered States Volume 2. Follow that one.  I will still provide the link to the first one for a few weeks as the Volume 2 grows.

Altered States Volume 2:

 

Altered States Volume 1:

ALTERED STATES

by Jason.

Welcome to holiday edition of Altered States. A weekly playlist to help your weekend’s adventure get to the right destination. Featuring music left of center and slightly askew; ranging from post psychedelia, psybient, jam, ambient, hip hop, and world music. Whatever I’m listening to during the week that I feel might help you through life’s journey.

I’ve done a good job staying away from my jamband love on this list so far, to make up for that, you’re getting an entire Christmas album from one of the most prolific jam bands of the last 25 years. This week’s list features one of my favorite bands moe.

 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Altered States

by Jason.

Welcome to Altered States. A weekly playlist to help your weekend’s adventure get to the right destination. Featuring music left of center and slightly askew; ranging from post psychedelia, psybient, jam, ambient, hip hop, and world music. Whatever I’m listening to during the week that I feel might help you through life’s journey.

This week your trip is short. I’ve paired down the weekly playlist  for a more succinct ride. This week’s list uses Inspired Flight’s song It’s the Chemicals and Sky With Hand’s Blue Sky Black Death as it’s two main centerpieces. The list builds to and peaks with these selections before evening out with a rare Beach Boys selection Feel Flows.

Like every other week here at Altered States, I post 2 play lists. This week’s list and the running main list. If you like what you hear, follow the running main list at the bottom. The weekly list gets deleted every week and fed into the running list.

Without further ado,

Altered States Weekly #8

 

And now the main Altered States playlist:

 

Altered States

By Jason.

Welcome to Altered States. A weekly playlist to help your weekend’s adventure get to the right destination. Featuring music left of center and slightly askew; ranging from post psychedelia, psybient, jam, ambient, hip hop, and world music. Whatever I’m listening to during the week that I feel might help you through life’s journey.

 

 

Last week in my own “altered state” I accidentally deleted the master playlist. Every week after this is posted I move the previous weeks list into 1 playlist. That would be the one for you to follow. It’s posted below for you. If you’ve followed it previously, you’ll need to re-follow. The master list, follow this one: 

Midnight Clear

Hi everyone, and happy holidays! Long time followers of mine will remember that every year I arrange a MegaPlaylist of totally listenable Christmas music. I started this tradition when I began working retail, and needed to fight back against the overwhelming onslaught of terrible, terrible holiday tunes.

This is my 14th annual mix, very available on Spotify, entitled “Midnight Clear”.

Imagine it like a music festival, if it makes you feel better.

Imagine it like a music festival, if it makes you feel better.

The only tracks missing from the Spotify version from my own personal version are several fantastic renditions by Sleeping at Last, which you can find for free here: http://noisetrade.com/sleepingatlast/christmas-collection-2015

 

Oh, and the Spotify playlist is also free, and here: