The Barometer: The Phoenix Foundation, Alicia Keys, Rain Machine, Rolling Stones, Animal Collective, and The Muppets
What’s hot on our playlist
Friday 27 November 2009
The Phoenix Foundation
New Zealand psych-rockers find the missing link between Ennio Morricone and Pink Floyd.
Alicia Keys Dreaming
A soulful, luscious cut from the singer's forthcoming album, The Element of Freedom.
Rain Machine Smiling Black Faces
The solo album by TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone has been out for a few months but we keep returning to this stirring and stunning ballad about racism in America.
Rolling Stones Wild Horses
Their 1971 mellow ballad is soon to be troubling the charts following a reissue on digital format.
Animal Collective What Would I Want? Sky
Not content with making one of the best albums of 2009, they're back with an EP, "Fall Be Kind", another gorgeous expression of their ever-evolving sound.
The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody
Yes, the puppets have done their own unique take on the Queen epic. See it on YouTube. It's just fantastic.
Listen to this week’s free playlist on Spotify at www.independent.co.uk/mixtape
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 Northern Lights in the UK: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Merry Xmas Everybody: Slade tops 'most-streamed' Spotify Christmas tunes of 2014
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever