Girl in a Band: A Kim Gordon playlist

Musician, visual artist, fashion designer, mom, best-selling author: Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon is all those things, and more.

Kim’s recent memoir, Girl in a Band, documents her career as an artist and musician, as well as her marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore. It's an international success, inspiring legions of new fans to explore her work.

Much of the book chronicles Kim’s inspirations and recollections on some seminal Sonic Youth tracks recorded during the band’s 30-year career.

For old fans, it’s an opportunity to revisit classic Sonic Youth tracks and learn the stories behind them. For new fans, these songs are a great introduction to a truly influential band.

Check out Rdio’s curated playlist of songs Kim discusses in the book here.

Shaking Hell (Confusion is Sex) “On a more personal level, ‘Shaking Hell’ mirrors my struggle with my own identity and the anger I felt at who I was.”

Death Valley ‘69 (Bad Moon Rising) “[I] preferred to sing about the darkness shimmering beneath the shiny quilt of American pop culture.”

Shadow of a Doubt (Evol) “I was trying to describe the connection you feel when your eyes meet another person’s.”

Schizophrenia (Sister) “Oddly enough, [Thurston] was the one who wrote the lyrics to “Schizophrenia,” somehow making the words sound as though they were mine.”

Addicted to Love (Ciccone Youth: The Whitey Album) “I chose ‘Addicted to Love’ because I liked Robert Palmer’s video, with its background cast of zombie models identically dressed and holding guitars.”

The Sprawl (Daydream Nation) “The whole time I was writing it, I was thinking back on what it felt like being a teenager in Southern California…”

Tunic (Song for Karen) (Goo) “Who is Karen Carpenter, really, besides the sad girl with the extraordinarily beautiful, soulful voice?”

Kool Thing (Goo) “If the song made people uneasy, or if it caused them to question things, well, good, even if they got it wrong.”

Swimsuit Issue (Dirty) “I found it strange that Geffen, like a lot of companies, had a ‘Secretary’s Day,’ but secretaries never seemed to get promoted to anything above that level. “

Little Trouble Girl (Washing Machine) “ ultimate homage to the Shangri-La’s half singing, half speaking style.”

Sympathy for the Strawberry (Murray St.) “I remember what a challenge it was coming up with vocal ideas of large masses of abstract music.”

Cotton Crown (Sister) New York City is forever kitty/I’m wasted in time and you’re never ready/Fading fading celebrating/I got your cotton crown.

Girl in a Band is out now, published by Dey Street, $27.99.

∞  April 14, 2015 — 1:37PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 14, 2015

Subscribe to the lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll never miss another beat from the best sound picks of the week! This week, we’re welcoming back acts like legendary English rockers Wire, road trip gurus Dwight Yoakam and Calexico and New York rhythm mavericks Ava Luna, plus more heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Love what you hear? Tune in to the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page!


  • Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb
    Odd Future’s irreverent rap leader collaborates with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Schoolboy Q on his third album.

  • Reba McEntire - Love Somebody
    The country star listened to thousands of songs to find the best eclectic mix for her first album in five years.

  • Shawn Mendes - Handwritten (Deluxe)
    Canada’s latest teen heartthrob with a guitar, known for “Life of the Party,” plays a romantic on his first album.

  • Halestorm - Into The Wild Life (Deluxe) [Explicit]
    The third full-length from Lizzy Hale’s hard rock act features a new level of polished power chords and hot guitar solos.

  • The Wombats - Glitterbug (Deluxe Version)
    Liverpool’s indie rock darlings pack the third album with big singalong songs with heavy repeat appeal.

  • Sabrina Carpenter - Eyes Wide Open
    A pop music debut from the young Disney Channel actress who plays Maya Hart on Girl Meets World.

  • Kodaline - Coming Up for Air
    The Irish rockers hand in big and emotional anthems for the sophomore album.

∞  April 14, 2015 — 8:55AM

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#MonoMonday: The Replacements - "Pleased To Meet Me"

The Replacements are currently re-energized and on the first tour in 25 years, which makes it a perfect time to spotlight this important band’s career with the help of today’s MonoMonday, their 1987 release, Pleased To Meet Me. Recorded in Memphis, this album featured Big Star singer Alex Chilton on Can’t Hardly Wait and includes the now iconic track, Alex Chilton. Tomorrow finds the band releasing The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990, which encompasses all seven seminal studio releases of the alternative rock icons in one package: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, Hootenanny, Let It Be, Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down. Get ready to hear in one place how The Replacements provided the roots for a lush family tree of influenced bands all over the world.

∞  April 13, 2015 — 10:01AM

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Send More Ravens - More Game of Thrones Characters Musically Battle It Out

Ok, so we've totally been waiting for Season 5 of “Game Of Thrones” to start. Our calendars are set, our phone alarms will go off to the tune of “The Main Title" by Ramin Djawadi, and we're ready. Really really ready.

But in case you're not as prepared, some new character profiles have been creeping into Rdio and with that comes character playlists.

Welcome Cersei Lannister (and being careful to do so with a smile on our faces). She brings a ruthless yet somehow sensitive playlist she's called "Love Is Poison!” Covering her favorite "I'm in charge" or "I'm sorta lonely but I can't tell you" songs. Listen and favorite "Love Is Poison" or else, here:

Theon Greyjoy is back and has brought out some of his all time favorite 90's songs with him. His playlist "The World Is A Vampire" is all about being held captive and stuff. But really Theon's playlist probably helps him put the past behind him because who really has any idea what he'll do next?

Sansa Stark's "Porcelain, To Ivory, To Steel" helps her get through those tough relationships she's been through. When she's down, Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, and Drake keep her head up, and remind her just how strong she really is. Kudos Sansa kudos.

Samwell Tarly cuts deep with his "The World Is Full Of Cravens" playlist. He shows us what it really feels like to have lived within the walls of Castle Black. With tracks from Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Cure you'll have a pretty clear understanding of the men behind the wall. We're rooting for you Samwell hang tough.

Stay tuned for more musical selections from these Game of Thrones characters throughout the season and be sure to watch the season opener Sunday, April 12th when it airs on HBO.

∞  April 10, 2015 — 8:07AM

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Celebrate Billie Holiday's Centenary

This week we celebrate the life and music of Billie Holiday, who would have turned 100 on Tuesday. She brought real emotion to the American songbook and set the standard for nearly every jazz vocalist to follow. Completely ahead of her time, Lady Day's struggles in her own life came through her art, creating a singular legacy that still moves listeners even today.

Generations of singers have also been moved by Billie’s talent. Artists as diverse as Bjork, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, and Sam Smith have all credited Billie Holiday as a formative influence in their own work.

To mark this centenary occasion, songstress Cassandra Wilson (who in the past has covered songs by U2, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and even the Monkees) has released a new album this week, Coming Forth by Day, featuring unique new interpretations of Billie Holiday’s signature songs with an innovative twist.

∞  April 9, 2015 — 12:57PM

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New Features

From the Rdio page to the concert stage: Find out when your favorites are playing near you

Rdio is bringing you even closer to your favorite bands. Now with our Songkick integration, you can easily see who’s scheduled to be in concert near you, as soon as tour dates are announced. You can even grab tickets while you listen!

Watch for tour dates in a couple of places:

  • Home.
    As you scroll through Home, look for a new story, “Concerts recommended for you.” Here you’ll find upcoming shows from your favorite bands at venues near you. As you favorite and listen more, we’ll recommend more shows.

  • Artist pages.
    If a favorite artist is playing near you, you’ll see a green “On Tour” icon at the top of their page, letting you know when and where you can see them live.

From either page, you can click through to purchase tickets. We’re rolling out this feature on web starting now, and will make it available on mobile in the coming months.

Enjoy the show!

∞  April 8, 2015 — 7:22AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 7, 2015

Play the latest New Music Weekly playlist for your personal tour of the best sounds dropping right now! This week, that means the return of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and other heavy hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below, plus buzzy acts like Sydney DJ Alison Wonderland, Nashville singer Jessie Baylin, UK electronic act East India Youth and LA groover Shlohmo.

Subscribe to get a new well-rounded, genre-hopping set each week and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection of what’s just come out, including the full albums for all these projects mentioned here. Happy listening!


  • Toro Y Moi - What For?
    Nostalgic pop flows on the latest project by Chazwick Bundick’s one-man synth band.

  • Priory - Need To Know
    Portland’s “Weekend” warriors load their sophomore album with chilled pop, rock and dance beats.

  • Lord Huron - Strange Trails
    LA’s indie folk act diverts from its debut sound to take a darker path on the follow-up album.

  • Matt and Kim - New Glow
    The Brooklyn pop duo lets loose with an especially adventurous and eclectic album.

  • Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
    Katie Crutchfield broadens her sound while balancing themes of the past and the future.

  • All Time Low - Future Hearts
    Baltimore’s pop punk act joins forces with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden.

  • Say Lou Lou - Lucid Dreaming (Deluxe Edition)
    For their first album, Australian/Swedish twins Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson ride the dream wave.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:45AM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising: Introducing Cam

Tune in to our Nashville Rising station, featured in our Top Stations and Country categories under Browse, to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in Music City!

This month’s featured artist is Cam, a singer-songwriter who has been steadily drawing praise for her commitment to craftsmanship and quality. Rooted in country thanks to her family, this versatile lady has also penned songs from some of the biggest in the pop music business; her most visible contribution so far is “Maybe You’re Right” from Miley Cyrus’ 2013 album Bangerz. On the road, she’s opened for artists like Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, and Dan + Shay and performed on stage with Emmylou Harris, Heart and Jason Mraz in 2014.

Take a whirl with her first EP Welcome to Cam Country and get acquainted with this special artist who is rising to the top via her attention-demanding instrumentation, storytelling prowess and powerhouse production from GRAMMY® winner Jeff Bhasker (who’s worked with artists like Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, and Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Mikky Ekko). Stay tuned for news from Cam all month long on Rdio.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:00AM

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Experience the San Francisco Giants on Rdio

Today marks the opening of the world champion San Francisco Giants season. After winning the last World Series, this team is unstoppable! Rdio is thrilled to be the exclusive streaming music service for the team for 2015. During all 81 home games, you'll discover musical moments inside the ballpark with special in-game features using Rdio.

Inside of Rdio, press play on the new and free San Francisco Giants radio station at You’ll hear a fun lineup of classic baseball anthems like Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” alongside the latest walk-up songs from star pitchers like Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Fans can also follow the team at where they’ll be revealing exclusive playlists throughout the season, including their first selection below. We Are SF, We Are Giant!

∞  April 6, 2015 — 12:59PM

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#MonoMonday: "Smile" With Brian Wilson

Today we look back at a remarkable album that almost never saw the light of day! Brian Wilson first created Smile for the Beach Boys in 1966 and hoped to release it after their iconic Pet Sounds album, but the project was ultimately shelved due to a series of obstacles. Decades later, Wilson revisited the material live in concert with his chief collaborator Van Dyke Parks and then revitalized the material for this 2004 release. Enjoy all three movements and bonus songs from this modern classic with an extraordinary story.

Good news: Wilson will release his 11th album No Pier Pressure tomorrow, featuring collaborations with Zooey Deschanel, Kasey Musgraves, Sebu Simonian from Capital Cities and Nate Reuss of Fun.

∞  April 6, 2015 — 9:00AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:00AM in MonoMonday |