August 2011

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An Rdio Pre-Release: Hear The Stellas' Debut Album Now

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Sweet-as-pie country-pop duo The Stellas drop their debut, self-titled album next Tuesday, but they’re graciously sharing it with Rdio a week early. The pair (married couple Brad and Marylynne Stella) recently gathered a ton of buzz by winning Country Music Television’s show, Can You Duet?

More recently, The Stellas released a video of their first single, “Perfect,” which you can see here. Listen to The Stellas now and share it from Rdio.

 

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Today's Polaris Record Club Stream: Galaxie's Tigre et Diesel

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Today’s Polaris Record Club entry is Galaxie’s Tigre et Diesel. The album is the Montreal quintet’s first since 2006’s Le Temps au point mort, and marks a departure from their garage-centric sound into more electronic territory. Tigre et Diesel is a grand, sparkling album of dense synths and huge riffs, and could just be the second consecutive Francophone album to walk away with the Polaris Music Prize. Check it out now, if you haven’t already.

 

If you’re unfamiliar with the Polaris Record Club, this year Rdio has joined with the Polaris Music Prize to power a series of nominated album streams. Twice a week, leading up to the Polaris Gala event on September 19, Rdio will enable free full-album streaming of Short List-nominated albums on the Polaris Music Prize website for a 24-hour period. Rdio subscribers can listen to Destroyer anytime, as well as the other Short List-nominated albums. Follow Polaris on Rdio to listen to their latest discoveries and exclusive playlists.

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Give the Gift of Rdio

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Share your love of music by giving your friends and family an Rdio gift card. Starting today, you can purchase Rdio gift cards in any denomination from rdio.com/gift. Give $10, $25, $50, $100 or any other amount toward your best pal’s subscription—they can redeem their card through rdio.com or our mobile apps.

Do you remember that magical moment when you realized that Rdio means you can listen to whatever you want, try new music just for the heck of it, and discover great music through your friends? Inspire a friend’s Rdio revelation—once they have nearly 11 million songs to listen to anywhere, it’ll be their favorite gift all year.

Note: this is coming to Canada soon.

∞  August 29, 2011 — 10:19AM

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True North Records on Rdio

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True North Records is not only the oldest indie label in Canada, it’s also one of the largest. Since 1969 when it was founded in Toronto by Bernie Finkelstein, True North has been releasing records from a wide array of some of the nation's most beloved artists, from folk and country origins and beyond. Their latest release is The Nylons’ Skin Tight, but Rdio has hundreds more of True North's CanRock classics by artists such as:

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For a complete list of all of True North’s releases since 1969, check out the True North Catalogue.

Follow True North Records on Twitter, and of course, check out their label page on Rdio for the latest in Canadian roots music.

∞  August 26, 2011 — 11:34AM

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Now Available: An Rdio for BlackBerry Update

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If you have a BlackBerry, don’t miss out on the new Rdio for BlackBerry update we just released—you’ll notice a snazzy updated dashboard and touch-friendly interface. Additionally, you can easily switch from landscape to portrait screen orientation when you’re out and about. These updates are specifically for Monza, Storm and Torch models, and we now support the BlackBerry Bold 9930.

Rdio for BlackBerry will auto-update for current users; new users can check it out by going to www.rdio.com in their BlackBerry web browsers.

 

∞  August 26, 2011 — 10:06AM

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Listen To Today's Polaris Record Club Stream: Destroyer's Kaputt

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Today, the Polaris Record Club continues with Destroyer’s fantastic 2011 LP, Kaputt. Despite a prolific career and a dedicated fanbase, the Vancouver, BC-native (and integral member of Canadian supergroup New Pornographers) has been shortlisted for the first time this year. Anchored by the lofty epic “Bay of Pigs,” Kaputt is a smooth and atmospheric listen whose long-overdue appearance on this year’s Polaris Music Prize shortlist is a strong one.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Polaris Record Club, this year Rdio has joined with the Polaris Music Prize to power a series of nominated album streams. Twice a week, leading up to the Polaris Gala event on September 19, Rdio will enable free full-album streaming of Short List-nominated albums on the Polaris Music Prize website for a 24-hour period. Rdio subscribers can listen to Destroyer anytime, as well as the other Short List-nominated albums. Follow Polaris on Rdio to listen to their latest discoveries and exclusive playlists.

∞  August 25, 2011 — 11:27AM

Kid Rock on Rdio

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If you love his trademark mix of countrified rock ‘n roll mixed with beats and rap, today is a good day—you can now listen to Kid Rock’s catalog on Rdio. From his very first album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, to his most recent, Born Free, head to Rdio and get your Kid Rock fix.

∞  August 24, 2011 — 11:16AM

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New Music Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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This week’s new releases are an eclectic bunch—there’s something for every musical taste. Rapper The Game returns with his long-awaited Red Album, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks release a new album, the first since Pavement’s 2010 reunion. Looking for something a more mature? Barbra Streisand and Patti Smith both have new offerings as well—check out these artists and more in today's New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Tom Waits - Bad As Me
    Revered folk experimentalist Tom Waits set more than a few tongues wagging last week when a cryptic message on his website promised new music of some sort on August 23. Now that the day has come, you can hear the new track, “Bad As Me,” and begin speculation on what might be next from the musical icon.
  • Stephin Merritt - Obscurities 
    Stephin Merritt, singer of indie fave Magnetic Fields, is extremely prolific—just look to his epic 1999 triple-LP, 69 Love Songs for proof. Today he released Obscurities, a collection of rarities and b-sides that no indie diehard should be without. 
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic 
    Pavement's singer, Stephen Malkmus, returned once again with his band, the Jicks, to offer 15 tracks of pure guitar-pop perfection. It’s a definite return to form, and a must-hear.
  • Muppets: The Green Album
    Don’t call it a comeback, the Muppets, despite being active for years, have a new movie and coming out and a fun album to accompany it. In one of the most fun releases of this summer, bands like Ok Go, Sondre Leche, Andrew Bird, and My Morning Jacket cover original songs from the Muppet Show.
  • Junip - Without You
    The Jose Gonzalez-led trio from Sweden just released an EP featuring a digital single and 3 remixes, each one unique take on one of the prettiest and most hypnotic tracks from their album Fields.
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Introducing: The Polaris Record Club on Rdio

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For the uninitiated, the Polaris Music Prize is an annual award bestowed upon the Best Canadian album of the past year, based on artistic merit alone. An initial long list of 40 eligible albums is announced in June, and is pared down to ten in early July. The winner is decided by a panel of Canadian journalists, media figures, and musicians, and is chosen regardless of genre, sales, or record label.

This year, Rdio has joined with the Polaris Music Prize to power a series of nominated album streams called the Polaris Record Club. Starting today, August 23, Rdio will enable free full album streaming of Short List nominated albums on the Polaris Music Prize website at www.polarismusicprize.ca. Twice a week, leading up to the Polaris Gala event on September 19 in Toronto, listeners in Canada can hear the following albums in their entirety, each for a 24 hour period.

But you can listen anytime on Rdio to the nominated artists and albums, which include:

The award, which recently grew from $20,000 to $30,000, was established in 2006. Past winners have included Patrick Watson’s Close to Paradise , Caribou’s Andorra, and Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life .

First up on the Polaris Record Club is BraidsNative Speaker, an album that, since its release in January, set critics’ keypads ablaze in Canada and abroad. The album is the Montreal-based band’s second, and first since relocating to Montreal from Calgary. Native Speaker finds them experimenting with both electronic-based soundscapes and complex textures that bring to mind Feels-era Animal Collective. The mesmerizing rhythms and washes of sound are anchored by singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s emphatic alto, which also lends the album a sense of whimsy that is both hypnotic and catchy.

We'll continue to preview the albums nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, follow Polaris on Rdio to stay on top of their latest discoveries and listen to their exclusive playlists, and be sure to check out PolarisMusicPrize.ca for all award-related info.

∞  August 23, 2011 — 10:19AM

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Introducing: Rdio Family Plans

For many people sharing music starts at home, between parents, kids and significant others. Starting today, sharing music in a household isn’t just convenient, it’s also more economical—we’re proud to announce Rdio’s family subscription plan.

Did debating what to listen to replace the age-old TV remote struggle? Hopefully no longer—Rdio’s family plan makes it easy for everyone in your household to use Rdio simultaneously, wherever they are. Here’s how it works: each family member gets their own Rdio Unlimited account, with control over their own music collection, Rdio stations, network of followers, playlists, and all of Rdio’s other great features.

Someone in your family will use the main account, and he or she can add sub-accounts to their subscription. The first two accounts you add come with a great discount, but you can add as many as you like after that, all managed from one place.

The pricing details:

  • Two accounts cost $17.99 per month 
  • Three accounts cost $22.99 per month

Time to get the rest of your family listening to their favorite music—no matter what their musical preferences, they can listen on Rdio.

∞  August 22, 2011 — 10:16AM