September 2011

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Five Questions with MuteMath

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Earlier this week we announced an Rdio exclusive stream of MuteMath’s new album, Odd Soul, and this week the New Orleans band has curated an exclusive playlist for you. While you listen, read our interview below to learn more about this funk-loving quartet.

Five Questions with MuteMath

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    MuteMath: David Axelrod, especially ”The Human Abstract” and “The Fly.”
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MM: James Brown - Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MM: Darren - Paula Abdul, Paul - Huey Lewis and the News, Roy - Buddy Holly and U2, Todd - Mozart.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MM: Tickle fighting in a space walk.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MM: Nice things.

Playlist Notes

What we've been listening to lately”: 
1. Jamie XX - Far Nearer
2. Little Dragon - Ritual Union

Just a reminder of one of the greatest moments in recorded music history”:
3. James Brown - There Was A Time

Great recent records we can't seem to stop listening to”:
4. The Stepkids - La La
5. Bibio - Lovers Carvings
6. Tame Impala - Solitude is Bliss

Reminds us of New Orleans”:
7. The Meters - Fire on the Bayou
8. Nina Simone - Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter

Good friends doing good things”: 
9. Son Lux - All the Right Things

Classic good-vibe ginger soul”:
10. Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes

Pink Floyd’s Remastered Catalog comes to Rdio

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Pink Floyd is arguably one of the most unique and iconic bands of all time, so it’s no wonder that diehards and casual fans alike were excited to hear that the band’s catalog was getting a major revamp. Together with their long-time label, EMI, Pink Floyd are today launching a massive reissue of their studio catalog, and they’re calling it “Why Pink Floyd...?” As if it needed to be asked.

For Rdio users this means access to remastered, deluxe versions of all 14 of the band’s studio albums, from 1967’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn all the way to 1994’s The Division Bell. Every album will be included in the Discovery Boxset, or individually. For a taste, listen to the remastered version of the band’s classic Dark Side of the Moon in the playlist below.

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An Rdio Exclusive: Hear Ryan Adams' Ashes & Fire now

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Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is a busy artist. He’s released an album a year since dropping his solo debut in 2000, and has explored genres as diverse as folk and metal, so it’s no wonder he’s making good use of 2011. On October 11th Adams will release Ashes & Fire, his thirteenth studio album — it is one of the most sparse and laid-back LPs of his career.

Listen to Rdio’s exclusive stream of Ashes & Fire, a full week before its official release, now.

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New Music Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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As can be expected in September, there are almost too many quality albums coming out to mention, but we’re doing our best to get through them. Much of what’s on this week's playlist seems to have been long in the works: it’s been over two years since Atlanta metalheads Mastodon released their last LP, while indie-pop gang Twin Sister are finally releasing their debut album. Also new this week are albums from Dum Dum Girls, Machine Head, Dan Mangan, and comedian Lewis Black. Don’t miss new singles from Rihanna, Nickelback, and T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen.

  • Wilco - The Whole Love
    Alt-folk critical darlings Wilco release their eighth studio album this week, and it’s a slight return to their experimental side following two albums of more straightforward folk. Everyone wins!
  • Justice - Audio, Video, Disco EP
    It’s been five years since French electronic duo blew up with their massive single ”D.A.N.C.E.”. Later this year they’ll release their second full-length album, Audio, Video, Disco, but for now they’re keeping fans happy with an EP featuring the album's title track.
  • Blink 182 - Neighborhoods
    California trio Blink 182 return this week with their first full-length studio album in over eight years. Want to hear what pop-punk sounds like, all grown up? Check out Neighborhoods.
  • Spank Rock - Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F***ing Liar
    Baltimore MC Spank Rock mentioned that his second album will take more inspiration from pop and rock melodies, as well as the electronic and hip-hop he featured on his acclaimed debut. Find out just how much his sound has evolved on Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F***ing Liar, and listen to Spank Rock’s explanations on our exclusive Commentary Version of the album.
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An Rdio Exclusive Pre-Release: MuteMath’s Odd Soul

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New Orleans rock quartet MuteMath returns with Odd Soul, their third full-length studio release. Due October 4th, Odd Soul is a high-spirited, power-pop romp that should please fans of guitar-based rock. Listen to the exclusive stream of "Odd Soul" now—a week before its official release—and stay tuned for Five Questions with MuteMath this Thursday, only on Rdio.

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Exclusive: Listen to Spank Rock's New Album Now

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Naeem Juwan is Spank Rock, the Baltimore MC who lit the rap world aflame in 2006 when he dropped the decadent YoYoYoYoYoYo. After five years of relative silence, Juwan returns this week with his sophomore effort, Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F***ing Liar .

The album’s title alone is enough to spark curiosity, but so is the fact that he’s taken a new musical direction. In contrast to the club-based sound of Yo, Everything is Boring is more melodic, informed by his newfound interest in pop and rock music. The bulk of the album was produced by Boys Noize, who also manned the boards for first single, "Energy."

Listen to the Rdio exclusive commentary version of the album Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F***ing Liar (Commentary Version) now.

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Five Questions with Dominant Legs

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When San Francisco’s Ryan Lynch got laid off from his day job, he decided to spend his free time writing songs. Today, he and compatriot Hannah Hunt perform those songs under the name Dominant Legs. The two work together to turn Lynch’s unpolished pop songs into nuggets of 80s-indebted retro pop—which they’ve been recording since 2010—when they released a four-song EP titled Young at Love and Life.

This week, the band is releasing their debut full-length album, Invitation. The aptly-named LP is as danceable and catchy as their first release, and should hook any music fan upon first listen. Check it out now, and get to know the band by tuning into their “Favorite Songs Right Now” playlist and reading our interview with Lynch himself.

Five Questions with Dominant Legs

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Ryan Lynch: My friends in the band Terry Malts have been heard, but definitely not enough.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    RL: Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    RL: The Jackson 5’s Greatest Hits and Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    RL: Uplifted.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    RL: how we would like to introduce ourselves in a way that was fun and exciting yet honest...
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Five Questions with The Civil Wars

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Joy Williams and John Paul White are The Civil Wars, a gorgeously haunting folk duo hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. The two met in 2008, at a music studio where they were both attending a songwriting session. Just three years later, following the success of an online-only EP of their live performances in a Georgia music club, The Civil Wars recently released Barton Hollow, their debut full-length of tenderly plucked ditties. We got in touch with them to ask our Five Questions, and to share a playlist of the songs that inspire them.

Five Questions with The Civil Wars

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Joy Williams: Karen Dalton.
    John Paul White: Jeff Mangum.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    Joy: St. Vincent - Strange Mercy.
    John Paul: The Band - The Band.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    Joy: The Carpenters.
    John Paul: Merle Haggard - 20 Greatest Hits.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    Joy: Drinking whiskey.
    John Paul: Having relations.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    Joy: Too many things to fit into one sentence.
    John Paul: World dominance.
Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: CBC Radio 3

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If you’re looking for the newest in Canadian music, look no further than CBC Radio 3. The online, cutting-edge branch of CBC’s radio division was born out of CBC Radio 2 in the late nineties, and firmly established itself as a full online magazine in 2002, when it won three Webbys and 20 other awards for excellence. Today, Radio 3 is the place to hear a mix of your favourite new Canadian artists, established faves, and those who just don’t get their due elsewhere. Excellent taste in Canadian music and care for artists at a grassroots level make CBC Radio 3 a must-follow on Rdio. Below is a smattering of tunes you might expect to hear on CBC Radio 3’s Rdio page, courtesy of online personality Bren Hodge.

Check out the CBC Rdio3-30! playlist for suggested music, and check in weekly for new additions to their Rdio collection.

Now Playing on Facebook

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Here's some news we're sure you'll like: Rdio is now one of Facebook's official music partners. Instantly play music on Facebook using Rdio, and share what you're listening to in your News Feed and Ticker. Anytime you see shared Rdio tracks on Facebook, click Play to hear them immediately.

You don't need to download anything to get started, just connect Rdio to your Facebook profile. If you've already connected your Rdio and Facebook accounts, you'll need to re-connect them here. Your Facebook friends who've never used Rdio can simply click any Rdio Play button, and we'll automatically create an account for them.

Everyone has that one friend, right? The one who knows the best new bands long before everyone else. Now you can be that friend on Facebook, and your friends will love you for it.