July 2011

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Rdio Exclusive: Listen to O.A.R’s New Album, King

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As the band O.A.R. get ready to release their seventh album next Tuesday, we have some good news: you can listen to King right now on Rdio. If you’re a subscriber or still on your Rdio trial, hear them catch the next wave toward the perfect summer soundtrack.

Besides being the only place you can hear their new album, Rdio got O.A.R.’s Chris Culos to answer Five Questions with the Band and create a playlist of “Songs I Am Listening to Right Now.” So get ready to hear a little bit of reggae, catchy rock and killer sax solos.

Five Questions with O.A.R.

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    O.A.R. percussionist Chris Culos: Foster The People is sure to make a very big impact. Their new album Torches has so many songs that could be hits. It's a very fresh sound, the songwriting is really strong, the album is good from front to back, and the band can play live - a combination of things that make me think, watch out….these guys are going to be huge.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    CC: Bob Marley's Babylon By Bus is probably my favorite album of all time. It has an energy, pulse and spirit that was captured in the recording that's my favorite sound ever recorded on a live album. Every time I listen to it, it brings back some of my favorite memories, but I also hear new things I've never heard before. In that sense, it's a very magical album. It captured a moment in time perfectly, but it's also timeless.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    CC: Pearl Jam's Ten would probably be one of the most influential albums of my childhood because it came out right at the time I was hitting the age where music becomes something you identify with and feel like it's a part of your personality. The other reason is because when I heard them perform on MTV's Unplugged it made me want to be in a band. That moment changed everything.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    CC: Happy
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    CC: Songs that sound like summer

∞  July 28, 2011 — 3:25PM

Artist SpotlightsGiveawaysMusic

All About: The Black Lips

The Black Lips stand apart in Atlanta—though they hail from Georgia, which is typically associated with southern hospitality, these guys unapologetically rock out. Their sixth album, Arabia_Mountain, was their first ever created with the assistance of a producer—Mark Ronson (yes, the same one behind “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix)”).

We have three great things for you related to the Black Lips today (four, if you count the Exclusive remix). Black Lips singer-guitarist and new Rdio Influencer Cole Alexander answered Five Questions with the Band and put together a playlist: “music that the black lips like to listen to on road it inspires us. some of this music sounds nothing like the music we make. but i want to make some music like this.”

Finally, we have a pair of tickets for their Empty Bottle show in Chicago, to celebrate their Lollapalooza appearance and East Coast tour. So press play on this playlist and dig in.

Five Questions with the Black Lips

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Cole Alexander: Robert Lee “Sugar” Hightower (of Slim & The Supreme Angels and The Supreme Angels
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    CA: Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s legendary paper recording of the voice of Abraham Lincoln. Technically it’s phonautograph. Not sure if it actually exists but there is some speculation that it is buried deep in the vaults of the Library of Congress unbeknown to them
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    CA: Nirvana and The Beatles
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    CA: KOOKIE
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    CA: Spiderman being MOLESTED

Win Tickets to See the Black Lips in Chicago

We have two tickets for the August 5th Lips show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago to give away. How do you enter? Tweet a link to the Black Lips’ “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix)” track on Rdio, plus the hashtag #BlackLipsRemix—do that between now and Wednesday, July 27th, 2:00 pm PST and we’ll randomly select a winner. For more information, read the Official Rules.

 

If you can’t see them in Chicago, the Black Lips are coming to a city near you:

  • August 03 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (tickets)
  • August 04 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird (tickets)
  • August 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (tickets)
  • August 06 Chicago, IL @ Grant Park - Lollapalooza (tickets)
  • September 08 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre - Hopscotch Festival (tickets)

∞  July 27, 2011 — 3:36PM

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New Music Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Whether you try something completely new or revisit an artist you liked previously, reward yourself with some new tunes this week. Let your eyes lead you to some catchy album art or pick something from your network’s recent activity—who knows what new greatness you’ll find? For a selected sample of music, try our New Music Tuesday playlist and read our notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Little Dragon, Ritual Union
    The detached, heartbeat-like rhythms and alluring voice of Little Dragon’s third album, Ritual Union, make it hard to fight off the urge to dance.

  • Drake, Marvins Room
    After his rapid rise to fame, Drake uses his distinct combination of singing and rapping to tackle some of the pitfalls of success on his latest single, which is off his upcoming album, Take Care.

  • Wilco, I Might
    Veteran alt-country rockers Wilco drop a long-awaited single from their eight studio album, complete with distorted guitar, some serious organ, and a tried and true garage-band edge.

  • Kelly Rowland, Here I Am (Deluxe Version)
    There are more than just love songs and heart-sick ballads on Kelly Rowland’s third solo album. The former Destiny’s Child singer creates modern pop and dancefloor-ready songs with the help of guests like Lil Wayne and Big Sean.

  • Joss Stone, LP1
    In honor of her newly created label, Joss Stone named her fifth album LP1 for its first album release. Co-written and produced by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Stone executes with raw vocals and an earnest spirit.

∞  July 26, 2011 — 3:27PM

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Rdio Exclusive: Mark Ronson Remixes the Black Lips

This week, the only place you’ll find Mark Ronson’s remix of the Black Lips’ song “New Direction” is here on Rdio. Ronson—producer, turntablist and (when backed by his band The Business Intl) recording artist extraordinaire—puts his own spin on the Black Lips in the “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix).

Is this the best news you’ve heard all week? Stay tuned—we have a Black Lips Chicago ticket giveaway (in case you are missing them at Lollapalooza), playlist, and Five Questions with the Band straight from the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander coming up later this week.

∞  July 25, 2011 — 3:25PM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Delicious Vinyl

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The Delicious Vinyl story goes something like this: two Los Angeles DJs with similarly excellent taste start a label and find immediate success. During the beginning, Delicious Vinyl was home of Tone Loc, Young MC, and Def Jef. Delicious Vinyl didn’t limit itself from there—they release dancehall reggae, dance music, Spanish rap, and later helped elevate West Coast rap to minds across the country. Almost 25 years later, Delicious Vinyl maintains its legacy in it’s catalog and new projects.

So find your favorite Delicious Vinyl albums, add them to your collection, hit play and “Bust a Move”.

Delicious Vinyl Artists

For more Delicious Vinyl artists and albums, check out the the Delicious Vinyl label page on Rdio and visit DeliciousVinyl.com. Follow @DeliciousVinyl and Like them on Facebook for updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

∞  July 22, 2011 — 4:04PM

Influencer SpotlightsMusic

Influencer Spotlight: Arjan Writes

“The pop don’t stop.” is a pretty good summary of today’s featured Rdio influencer, Arjan Writes. Armed with his oft-read blog, pop culture, music (and video) Twitter stream, Arjan brings his expansive knowledge of pop music to Rdio. Blogging since 2002, Arjan is an official blogger for the GRAMMYs, contributes on-air to CNN, and is involved in a variety of music-related projects.

What can you expect if you follow him? Get an early introduction to music like his Hot Picks.

ArjanWrites.com Hot Picks:

Pop fans, as if you needed any more reasons to follow Arjan on Rdio, try one of his expertly-created playlists — Indie PopNo Doubt Essentials and music inspired by HBO’s True Blood, Season 4.

∞  July 21, 2011 — 4:25PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Sondre Lerche

Norweigan singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche mastered a lot of music from beyond his hometown—he’s a student of world. His latest album, a self-titled sixth album, touches on the sound of America, Rock ‘n Roll, with an undercurrent of complex guitar rhythms. If you’re curious about his musical past, who he believes contributed significantly to music, or what he listens to before a show, read (and listen) below.

Five Questions with Sondre Lerche

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Sondre Lerche: Van Dyke Parks is an amazing composer, arranger and all around guy whose work and spirit I really treasure. His album Song Cycle is a great, wild place to start.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    SL: I’ve yet to hear Meaninglessness by Jon Brion. It seems impossible to come by and I’m really curious what it sounds like. Also looking for A Tabua de Esmeralda and Africa Brasil by Jorge Ben.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    SL: Pretty much anything that was playing on MTV from 89 to 92.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    SL: Into
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    SL: lots of things I won’t bore you with

∞  July 21, 2011 — 3:40PM

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New Music Tuesday, July 19, 2011

There’s a solid roundup of albums in this week’s New Music Tuesday picks, but don’t forget about the singles—listen to brand new music from 50 Cent,CommonWaleChiddy Bang and more. Hit play on this week’s New Music playlist and keep reading to learn more.

Playlist Notes

  • Crystal Antlers, Two-Way Mirror
    As you previously read, Crystal Antlers are a Long Beach-based band that crushes many musical styles into one wicked package.

  • Imogen Heap, Propeller Seeds
    Multi-talented musician Imogen Heap is well known for her work with duo Frou Frou, but she is also a prolific solo artist. Her latest single is an intricately layered, atmospheric track with a very cool back story. Put on your headphones and hit play to fully experience this song’s inventive sound-scape and mesmerizing vocals.

  • Portugal. The Man, In The Mountain In The Cloud
     If you’ve heard Portugal. The Man mentioned in casual conversation, they’ve paid their dues—it’s time to pay attention and give their music a spin. Their sixth album is an enthusiastic nod toward addictive rock rhythms.

  • Blink-182, Up All Night
    Since the band went on hiatus, Blink-182’s members have kept busy. Lead singer Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker created +44 while Barker also appeared on reality television and added his drum soundtrack to hits which snowballed into a solo album. Meanwhile the third band member, Tom DeLonge, created the band Angels & Airwaves. The boys are back together now, touring with My Chemical Romance—this single is the first off their sixth album, Neighborhoods.

  • Theophilus London, Timez Are Weird These Days
    He’s a little bit old school, very inventive and an absolute original. Borrowing from history, Theophilus London’s debut album was also assisted by TV on the Radio andSantigold’s producers.

∞  July 19, 2011 — 3:28PM

Label SpotlightsMusic

Paper Bag Records on Rdio

Toronto-based Paper Bag Records started nearly 10 years ago as a hyper-local venture, focusing on Toronto’s vibrant music community. Soon enough their roster expanded to include bands from across Canada such as The Acorn and You Say Party! We Say Die!—then they jumped the ocean, releasing albums from Sally Shapiro and Under Byen. Paper Bag Records has a history of releasing critically-recognized music, such as the 2011 Long List Polaris Music Prize-nominated PS I Love You album, Meet Me At The Muster Station, and Young Galaxy’s Shapeshifting.

Paper Bag Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Paper Bag Records, check Wikipedia or PaperBagRecords.com. Follow @PaperBagRecords and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information. You can also browse their albums on their Rdio label page.

∞  July 15, 2011 — 12:13PM

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All About: Ellie Goulding

Although she left drama school to become a musician, there’s a sense of the dramatic in Ellie Goulding’s music. Breaking into the British mainstream, she worked with Frankmusic and was chosen in the BBC’s music critic poll as the “Sound of 2010.” Ellie hasn’t disappointed, with an incredibly popular (and as you may see on Rdio) heavily listened-to debut album, Lights. Ellie answered Five Questions for Rdio which reveals much about her musical heritage. She also created a playlist reflecting her trademark blend of electronic and pop.

Five Questions with Ellie Goulding

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Ellie Goulding: I know this seems ridiculous, but it is surprising how many young people don’t know who Stevie Nicks is. She has inspired so so many female singers and songwriters, and yet a lot of people still think she is a “he” because of the name. I was in the same room as her lately and felt truly honoured. Her voice really gives me chills and shivers and she has had an incredible life.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    EG: It would be Wild Beasts’ new record, Smother on vinyl. They get labelled as dream indie pop, but you can never quite pigeon hole them. They make distinct melodic piano driven pop songs about love and sexual desire, with really beautiful guitar riffs, and the singer Hayden has an incredible vibrato. It’s all I listen to at the moment.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    EG: The PretendersSimply Red and Seal. Random I know, but whenever I squint my eyes and think really hard about what music I used to be around, I always concluded with these artists. We lived in the middle of nowhere so we were always driving to somewhere with a CD on.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    EG: Hopeful
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    EG: My childhood

∞  July 13, 2011 — 3:41PM