May 2012

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ExclusivesMusic

Only on Rdio: Listen to The Mynabirds New Album, GENERALS

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Where The Mynabirdsdebut quietly cooed, their follow-up, GENERALS, stomps, claps, and buzzes to the whims of frontwoman Laura Burhenn. Powered by a decade’s worth of frustrations, both personal and political, Burhenn was ready to make a statement. GENERALS, which fuses influences as varied as Nina Simone, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, hip-hop, and African rhythm, is that statement.

The album isn’t available to everyone just yet, but you can hear it now, exclusively on Rdio. Listen below and get your righteous freak on.

∞  05/28/2012 — 6:00PM

News

Thanks for the Nomination, Good Design!

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We were excited to hear the news — Rdio has been nominated for the Australian International Design Awards!

For those not familiar, Good Design presents the annual Australian International Design Award to a product or service that meets their criteria for function, quality, and more. We’re in the Business and Technology category right next to HP and Motorola, lofty company to be in. We’re thrilled to be among the entries for 2012. Thanks, Good Design Australia!

∞  05/24/2012 — 6:00PM

Events

Festival Watch: Vivid Sydney Brings the Lights, Ideas, and Music

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For the next two weeks, the skies above Sydney will once again be painted a hundred wonderful hues, as the Vivid Sydney festival returns for its fourth annual edition. Besides its signature light installations and projection, the festival of light, music and ideas will once again bring a crop of thriving talent, both national and international — think Amon Tobin, Sufjan Stevens, Zola Jesus, Florence + The Machine, Karen O, Janelle Monae, The Temper Trap, and more — to the nation’s capital.

Planning to go? Listen to one of the many excellent festival playlists assembled by Rdio Influencers such as inthemix, FasterLouder, and Drum Media, to get yourself in the mood... as if you needed it.

∞  05/23/2012 — 6:00PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Listen to Adalita Srsen’s “Ultimate Faves Of The Moment” playlist

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The Magic Dirt may be on indefinite hiatus, but front-woman Adalita Srsen is hardly sitting on her laurels. Early last year, she released her eponymous debut album and toured it throughout Australia for the remainder of 2011.

Now that she’s back from the road, this Rdio Influencer took the time to create a playlist of her Ultimate Faves Of The Moment, for your listening pleasure. Give it a listen and read the accompanying selection of playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • The Knife - “Heartbeats”
    The first song I heard from The Knife was “Pass This On” which has that beautiful video clip and it led me to this amazing track. I've loved them ever since.

  • Half Japanese - “Silver & Katherine”
    I got introduced to the music of Half Japanese through a friend and I really like it. It's kind of kooky outsider music.

  • Yuck - “Suck”
    Sounds like early nineties Pavement. A really pretty song, great guitar sounds.

  • Wolf Gang - “Back To Back”
    I don't listen to much new music but I heard this track in a shop one day and asked the girl who worked there what it was. Rather obsessed with it.

  • Kate Bush - “Suspended In Gaffa”
    Kate Bush has been a huge inspiration. This is one of her lesser known songs but it's one of my all time favourites, up there with “Wuthering Heights” and “Running Up That Hill.”

  • Kurt Vile - “Runner Ups”
    Absolutely obsessed with this album. First song I heard was this one when a friend put it on in the tour van. Hooked straight away.

  • HTRK - “Eat Yr Heart”
    Love love love this band. I think they're music is tastefully produced. This track is so elegant and hypnotic.

  • The Go-Betweens - “Quiet Heart”
    Wow! What a song. I've always loved The Go-Betweens but have only just discovered this album.

  • Galaxie 500 - “Temperature’s Rising”
    I listened to Galaxie 500 a lot back in my uni days and a friend recently re-introduced me to them. This is such a cool song.

  • Buffalo Tom - “Frozen Lake”
    Good ol Buffalo Tom. And what a voice on Bill Janovitz. This is an incredibly beautiful love song. Delicate but tough.

∞  05/21/2012 — 4:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

An Rdio Exclusive: Listen to Ladyhawke’s Anxiety

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Four years ago: New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke emerges fully-formed with a debut album that showcased her love for synth-based, new wave-inspired songwriting. Her sound immediately wins her a rabid fan-base and critical adoration.

Next week: Ladyhawke returns with Anxiety, her long-awaited sophomore effort. It turns the synths up even louder, and adds guitar and big beats to the mix.

Today: You can hear Anxiety, only on Rdio, a week before its release. Excited? You should be. The soundtrack to your summer awaits you below.

∞  05/17/2012 — 4:00PM

Artist SpotlightsEventsMusic

Catch the Raveonettes on Tour and Listen Their Rdio Playlist

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Fuzzy noir pop duo The Raveonettes just released their Into the Night EP, a four-song stopover between their 2011 album Raven in the Grave and their next full-length. They kick-off a seven-date Australian tour tonight, hitting Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Newcastle until May 25.

Still not enough Raveonettes for you? Listen to their Rdio playlist, featuring co-founder Sune Rose Wagner’s commentary on songs that helped shape the band, and what they’re listening to now.

  • The Everly Brothers - “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
    The song that started it all for us.

  • Bob Dylan - “Masters of War”
    Poetry and music, a lethal combination.

  • Gram Parsons - “Return of the Grievous Angel”
    Boy/girl harmonies to die for.

  • The Raveonettes - “My Heartbeat’s Dying”
    My tribute to The Cookies.

  • Grimes - “Oblivion”
    Just like heaven.

  • The Smiths - “This Charming Man”
    You just gotta love it.

  • Bob Marley - “Redemption Song”
    The power of music.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - “Bring Da Ruckus”
    Get ready to be blown away.

  • Schoolly D - “Am I Black Enough for You”
    The song that started it all for us.

  • Dolly Parton - “I Will Always Love You”
    Crying, crying, crying.

  • Buddy Holly - “Everyday”
    Simplicity takes over the world.

  • Husker Du - “New Day Rising”
    Three chord assault.

  • The Ramones - “Rockaway Beach”
    Summer in the city.

  • OMD - “Enola Gay”
    A vibe to kill.

∞  05/16/2012 — 4:20PM

News

Welcome to the New Rdio

Change is good. Which is why we’re pleased to share that starting today, the new Rdio is available to all. We’ve taken everything that already makes Rdio the best way to discover and listen to music and redesigned it to be even faster, simpler and more social.

The completely redesigned new Rdio is available on Rdio.com and the Rdio desktop apps. You'll find an updated Collection, drag and drop playlist creation, a personalized Heavy Rotation, and private playlists and much more.

Get the most out of the new Rdio

  • A new look and feel — More than just a boring spreadsheet of songs, new Rdio puts music and people front and center.
  • All in one place — Spend less time navigating. Music, playlists and your network are in one view.
  • Add entire albums to playlists — One of Rdio’s most-requested features is now a reality.
  • Browse even faster — Find music at lightning speed because pages remember your place. Browse a continuous stream of albums, explore one and easily return to the place you left off.
  • Listen with your network — From the People Sidebar, see what your network is listening to in real-time and listen along with one-click.
  • Let your network inspire your listening — Wondering if you’ll like an album in the charts or why it appeared in your Heavy Rotation? Under every album, hover over photos to see exactly who listened to it.
  • Sharing made simple — Drag and drop music into playlists or collection and share with others on Rdio without missing a beat. Music can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
  • Create private playlists – In addition to public and collaborative playlists, now private playlists can be created and shared with just a select few.
  • Easily discover people to follow — Check out Rdio’s latest music influencers in the People Sidebar and find others to follow such as artists, critics, record labels and brands.

Visit www.rdio.com/new to learn more and let us know what you think by Tweeting about #NewRdio.

If you encounter anything out of the ordinary, get in touch with our support team via the help site or @RdioHelp.

∞  05/14/2012 — 4:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

Hear Expatriate’s New Single and Exclusive B-side

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It’s been awhile since Australian indie rock outfit Expatriate released their debut album, but patience is a virtue — the Sydney quartet just released new single “Do You Remember”, and it provides a hint of where the band is headed next.

Notably, the single’s b-side, “Dreamer Move On”, is available to hear in only one place: Rdio! Listen to the two tracks below, and keep your ears to the ground — that new album could be just around the corner.

∞  05/13/2012 — 4:00PM

EventsMusic

Mother’s Day Music: Share What Your Mama Gave Ya

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — it’s your chance to show ol’ Mumsy just how much you appreciate everything she's done for you. What better way to start thinking about how she influenced your life than by thinking about the music she introduced you to?

Did your mom spin records for you at a young age? Play classical while you were in the womb? Take you to your first rock and roll show? Think about the music, good or bad, that you might never have found without her, and add it to the “Thanks, Ma” playlist on Rdio. And don't forget to tell her about it. Have a happy Mother's Day!

∞  05/10/2012 — 5:00PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Follow Eskimo Joe on Rdio

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Eskimo Joe need no introduction. The Western Australia alt-rock trio have been a band for fifteen years now, and have garnered plenty of accolades for their tuneful blend of piano and guitar. They’ve won eight ARIA Music Awards, two APRA Awards, and have been nominated for Channel V and MTV Australia Awards. They’ve also played in venues all over the world, performing at festivals such as Big Day Out, Live Earth, and CMJ in New York. Last year, the band released their fifth studio album, Ghosts of the Past, to worldwide acclaim.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what kind of music makes this rock outfit tick, now’s your chance — Eskimo Joe are now on Rdio. Follow the band now to see what they’re listening to, and play mixes like their 10 Best Driving Songs playlist. Follow it up with a walk through Eskimo Joe's discography.

∞  05/09/2012 — 5:07PM