Searching for the Best Music for Spotify Playlists

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Searching for the Best Music for Spotify Playlists

Music is my life. Really, it’s as important to me as food, air, and all the other essentials we humans need to live. So I’ve been creating and curating some of the best music for Spotify playlists that I can uncover. I’m finding songs that are old, new, or new to me and also adding tracks that are all time faves too.

So far I’ve broken down my playlists into different genres. They are: Indie Anthems (90s), Acoustic/Coffee House type tunes, even some Old School R&B for good measure. I’ll be adding to them as I remember tracks or I come across them. I’ll do a Classic Rock (what I call Junior High tunes), and maybe a Love songs playlist next. The playlist opportunities are endless.

Revisiting Spotify

It’s funny really – because I’ve been a Spotify account holder for nearly decade (it launched in Sweden in October of 2018) – but for many years, I simply didn’t use it, at all. I am not sure why. Then maybe two years ago, I picked it up and started to create playlists on it more diligently.

I figure, if I can’t be on the radio, this could be the next best thing. So playlist-building I began.

Thea's Indie Anthems - 1990s - Playlist on Spotify

Indie Anthems – US and UK

There are two Indie Anthems playlists on Spotify. There is one for Indie music from USA (mostly) and another for tracks from the UK (mostly).

Music can bring up so many good memories can’t it? Hearing some of these 90s songs brings me right back to different experiences – whether it was University days in Northern California or the move to Scotland and being on the radio – where many awesome bands came into my radio show to do interviews and sessions.

Travel Playlists

I created a few location playlists. They are both called “Oh the Places We Go”. They will take you on a journey – to places in the USA or to musical hot spots in EuropeThe European one is my newest one and so it’s not good to much on it. There are songs about London, Berlin and I’ll find some for Glasgow I am sure…

Thea's Coffee Shop Sounds Playlist on Spotify

Acoustic/Coffee House Sounds

Well I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like hanging out in the them. I often love music that plays in coffee shops, the cool ones anyway…(Gosh I miss Beanscene in Scotland…) Anyway two of these playlists are pretty chill/similar actually. They’re perfect for home, the office or wherever you want some nice background music going on.

The older I get the more the acoustic stuff has become my mainstay. It’s probably what I listen to most.


Reach out to me…

I love trying to find the best music for Spotify Playlists – so if you have any musical suggestions – be sure to reach out to me on Spotify with them or by commenting in the comments below here.

The possibilities for playlists are endless. Scottish tracks, Body Parts, TV show inspired – you name it, there’s an opportunity for it.

Hope we can connect on Spotify, or over on my Thea’s Things Facebook page (thanks to the algorithm there it doesn’t get much love and engagement)

Thea Newcomb Presents: Canyon City in Glasgow Feb 5, 2018

Canyon City in Glasgow - Get Midnight Waves before the show!

Canyon City in Glasgow - Live on Feb 5, 2018 at Collabor8te

Thea Newcomb Presents: Canyon City in Glasgow Feb 5, 2018

Delighted to be presenting Canyon City in Glasgow on February 5, 2018 at Collabor8te co-working space. This unique event is the first ever Canyon City  (CC) show in Scotland and, along with London (and possibly Leicester), will be among the first few CC dates in the UK ever.

It’s  an absolute honour to be bringing such an esteemed musician to do this private, free concert in my beautiful city.

Read on to learn who Canyon City is, how this unique gig came about, and how to claim your FREE ticket to see this live and exclusive show…

Who is Canyon City?

Canyon City is the moniker for Nashville-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Paul Johnson. Don’t be fooled by the city he is coming from. Though he’s based in Nashville, it’s not what I would call “country music”. Paul actually writes and performs catchy, acoustic, indie pop tunes overlaid with dulcet lyrical tones. (I’m not sure that makes sense but it does in my head).

To date there are two full length albums Midnight Waves (2016) and Constellation (2017). His music has appeared in Gerard Butler’s film ‘A Family Man’, as well as the Hallmark TV program ‘Chesapeake Shores’ (a personal fave of mine). Among others.

I first discovered Canyon City via – a wonderful site to discover all kinds of fabulous creators (not just music but books are on there too).

I downloaded what was simply titled ‘Canyon City Full Catalog’ in April of 2016.

From the opening bars “Smoke and Ash”, I was hooked on Canyon City. Threw a CD mix together for my car that day and off I went to work in Campbelltown.

Canyon City provided a beautiful soundtrack for the 140 miles. Whenever I hear those earlier CC tracks now, it reminds me of that idyllic drive. Always.

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

Since discovering CC nearly two years ago, I’ve been playing tracks on my various radio shows, getting to “know him” via social media and keeping up to date via the Canyon City Mailing list.

That’s how I learned of the upcoming London show in February. Not wasting a moment, I immediately reached out and invited him to Glasgow. I said I’d book him a hotel room and find the venue. Basically “get yourself here and I’ll do the rest”. Somewhat surprisingly, he agreed.

My first thought was to host it at Celtic Music Radio (where I do the odd show), but then I decided the room where they have their living room shows was too small…

The next thought was Collabor8te. I wanted something different, and because it’s a great space, it’s central and, hey, it’s my second home in Glasgow…it was sorted. Teresa, Collabor8te’s owner, was delighted to host Canyon City as she’s always looking for innovative ways to both use her space and promote it to wider audiences.

Here’s a recent video to see Paul in action…

The Glasgow Gig

The Canyon City show in Glasgow is a FREE, private, intimate show. We’re the capping the guest list quite low. Though he doesn’t know it yet, I’ll likely interview him just as I would if he were appearing on my radio show. He’ll be playing an unplugged set – most likely without a mic or any amps (numbers permitting).

So if you’d like to come along to the Glasgow show you need to register on the Canyon City Glasgow Eventbrite link.

If you are within traveling distance of Glasgow then this is a show you won’t want to miss.

I guarantee you that the next time you see Canyon City in Glasgow, it will be to much larger crowds. Tuts. Barrowlands. Hydro. Larger. Mark my words friends, this show will be unmissable.

If you want to feature Canyon City in press or on the radio – please reach out to me on 0141 416 1492. Thanks!

Canyon City in Glasgow - Get Midnight Waves before the show!


In Case You Missed It…

Did you see my T-shirt Day 2017 post? Or the post about my new re-purposed Thea’s Things Facebook Page?

I have been remiss with my blogging but will endeavour to do better going forward in 2018. Until next time, I’m Thea saying “see ya”! 🙂

UPDATE: 10 JAN 2018

This brand new video was just shared on social media – premiering on The Blue Grass Station website – but as their video looks all wonky on the page, I thought I’d share the video here…straight from YT. It’s already added to Thea’s Canyon City Playlist on my YT channel.

#TshirtDay2017 – It’s T-Shirt Day

It's #tshirtday 2017 - 10th anniversary 6 Music BBC

It's #tshirtday 2017 - 10th anniversary 6 Music BBC

#TshirtDay – It’s T-Shirt Day 2017

It’s the 10th Anniversary of #tshirtday – which started by 6music, the Alternative radio station – BBC 6 Music. I’ve been hearing about it on my way to work for the past week or two and debating on which old (or new I guess) band shirt I would wear to work. Most of music shirts are old, some are very old…

I thought maybe the Rolling Stones. Or I could do Ac/Dc but neither of those two shirts are proper vintage. So then I thought some more….who do I have shirts for? The Smiths. That wasn’t a vintage shirt either though I am sure I’ve had it more than 20 years.

Roddy Frame. He’s my favourite Scot so that one was a contender.

#tshirtday 2017 - thea's picture one

Do I Really Have This Many Band T-Shirts?

I have so many music shirts that it was hard to remember which ones I had until I went digging in the drawer and went “Oh I forgot about that” – Everything But the Girl, “Oh wow I didn’t remember that one either” The Housemartins…So many cool bands to choose from.

It’s incredible how many shirts I have. I’d forgotten about most of them.

Last trip home to California I sold off some band t-shirts. The most lucrative t-shirt sale was of the Inspiral Carpets ‘Moo’ Shirt. It went for an insanely high amount. I guess it was really quite rare. I am sure many of them are.

#tshirtday 2017 Thea's band tees - Picture two

Few New Shirts

I don’t seem to have any real new band or artist t-shirts. I simply don’t buy them anymore. I guess I really have enough tees to last a life time.

Speaking of which I’ve started designing my own t-shirts and have two stores on Red Bubble. One is to promote my dad’s Ralph Says Things project. The other store is simply my own designs. Designs from a non-designer if you will.

Recent Radio Work….

In case you missed it, I was recently on Celtic Music Radio playing some of my top tunes…in both October and again last week 3 November. If you’re fast you’ll be able to hear the replay of the show last week over on the Celtic Music Radio website. I was standing in for Mike Dillon Singers and Songwriters…While it may not have been my best effort the music was pretty freakin’ fantastic (if I do say so myself)…


The Thea Newcomb Show – August 2017 All 4 Playlists

4 Radio Six International Playlists for The Thea Newcomb Show August 2017

4 Radio Six International Playlists for The Thea Newcomb Show August 2017

4 Playlists – Aug 2017 Radio Six International

Hey all, so I have just wrapped another month of shows on Radio Six International. As I’ve been a bit remiss about listing the playlists on social media each week, I thought I’d do a 4 Playlists post for all the August 2017 shows…It’s been fun. Some great new music (if not new track, new to me acts) this series. Some of them were so good I played them a couple of times. Incidentally – my fave band of the year so far is Cigarettes After Sex (US or try UK here). Hat tip to my Ex, Kenny for that one.

Also liked the BNQT (the super group known as “Banquet”) a fair bit too. Good to play some new music by Canyon City, Andrew Belle and the Souther boys Knox Hamilton* as well. (Got to see them* live in SF this summer which was pretty fantabulous).

Anywhere here are the 4 playlists, in order, for my August 2017 series of show.

SHOW 1 (First Aired: Sat August 5, 2017)

  1. WAR ON DRUGS – Holding On
  2. WEEZER – Feels Like Summer 
  3. TAYLOR KNOX – Runnning Into Love
  4. KNOX HAMILTON – We Get Back 
  5. STRFKR – Open Your Eyes 
  6. ANDREW BELLE – Dive Deep
  7. ELLIOT ROOT – 10,000
  8. GREAT HARE – A Second Chance
  9. AGES & AGES – My Cold Reflection
  10. ALVVAYS – In Undertow 
  11. CANYON CITY – Olivia 
  12. RACHAEL YAMAGATA – Let Me Be Your Girl
  13. NOVO AMOR – Anchor

SHOW 2 (First Aired: Sat August 12, 2017)

  1. ANIMALI – The Alchemist
  2. ARCADE FIRE – Everything Now
  3. BNQT – Unlikely Force
  4. BEACH FOSSILS – This Year
  5. SLOW DANCER – It Goes On
  6. JOSHUA RADIN – High and Low
  7. RACHEL YAMAGATA – Let Me Be Your Girl
  8. JOHN MURRY – Under a Darker Moon
  9. AINSLEY FARRELL – Dark Hours
  10. SOMETHING PERSONAL – Come Out of the Dark
  12. CONOR OBERST – Barbary Coast

SHOW 3 (First Aired: Sat August 19, 2017)

  1. SLOAN – Money City Maniacs
  2. FARRO – Walkways
  4. GRIZZLY BEAR – Mourning Sound
  5. THIS IS THE KIT – Moonshine Freeze
  6. ODESZA – Line of Sight
  7. OYSTER KIDS – Lips
  8. VANCE JOY – Lay it On Me
  9. OLD S RESORT – Melt Me Down
  10. TWIN LIMB – Red Sun
  11. SAID THE WHALE – Miscarriage
  12. CANYON CITY – Midnight Flight
  13. CLOUD CONTROL – Rainbow City
  14. LUCA FOGLE – Hannah
  15. THEA GILMORE – Think of Me

Show 4 (First Aired: Sat August 26, 2017)

  1. TAYLOR KNOX – The Stars
  2. THE RARE OCCASIONS – Backwards
  4. JOSEPH – Blood and Tears
  5. JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD – Sorry is Gone
  6. BASEMENT REVOLVER – Johnny Pt 2
  7. JON & ROY – Runner
  8. THE JUNCTION – Changes
  9. ULRIKA SPACEK – Full of Men
  10. LEA PORCELAIN – A Year From Here
  11. THE WOODEN SKY – Riding on the Wind
  12. SIMEN MITLID – Competition
  13. PAPER COMPASS – Future Letter
  14. ASTROCOLOR – Push Too Hard
  15. TASHAKI MIYAKI – Out of My Head

Well that’s all for this series on Radio Six International, and possibly ever on Radio Six, I am not really sure…I never say never…so we’ll see.

I had a lot of tracks I wanted to play but simply too hard to cram into an hour…I also had intended on doing a Scottish show and never did that. Apart from the two chaps in BNQT – I didn’t really play any Scottish acts. Maybe somewhere else, some time else. We’ll see.

Did you see the last post about the Dixie Chicks, if not go here.

Not Ready to Make Nice

Shut Up and Sing on DVD @ Amazon

Not Ready to Make Nice

I have not been blogging personally much, but aim to change that now. Anyway I was surfing through the Interwebs looking for good Father/Daughter content to share on the Ralph Says Thing page when I stumbled across a site I’d never heard of…On there amongst their trending links I saw “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks. I was never a huge Dixie Chicks fan UNTIL that whole controversy happened actually…

Sure, I can understand how they are not everyone’s cup of tea but frankly I like the Dixie Chicks. I especially liked that Natalie Maines said what was on her mind, and dare to criticise the president.

Though I can’t say I’ve noticed but I suspect she’d have a whole lot more about the current muppet in office…but that’s neither here nor there. I did see this reference to Mr T. and this recent pic on Insta…Ha ha.

Shut Up and Sing

Shut Up and Sing on DVD @ Amazon
Shut up and Sing – Not Ready to Make Nice

To this day, one of my all time fave documentaries is the Dixie Chicks’ film Shut Up and Sing. It came out in 2006 and it made me laugh, cry, smile and yes, sing…Maybe I can relate to it because at times I too have a “Big Mouth” which causes me to upset people, alienate people and sometimes lose friends as a result. So yeah it hit home. I have been wondering if Natalie was still with her Hero husband Adrian Pasdar and it seems she’s not (as of last month). Perhaps this is/was a blog that should have been posted on So You’ve Been Dumped? She’s been wearing her heart on her Instagram sleeve…Makes me wonder what the real story is there.

Anyway if you like music and documentaries then this Dixie Chicks film is worth a view, in my humble opinion.

Shut up and Sing on
Shut up and Sing on Amazon UK

If you don’t want to buy it you can find it online to view, I am sure.


Incidentally they do have a new box set DCX coming out September 1, so suspect we’ll be seeing more Dixie Chicks popping up in our feeds.

DCX MMXVI Live Amazon UK

DCX MMXV1 LiveAmazon US