January 2012

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This Week on Rdio: January 16 - 20, 2012

This Week on Rdio

If you don’t get the chance to check the Rdio blog on a regular basis, we’ve got you covered. Like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio to get up-to-the-minute news.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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Recommended By Rdio

Listen to Gotye’s Making Mirrors on Rdio

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When not recording with his three-piece pop band The Basics, multi-instrumentalist Wally De Backer writes and performs as Gotye. This Australian phenomenon has already recorded three albums under the moniker — Making Mirrors is his third.

Making Mirrors is now available on Rdio for your listening pleasure — don’t let this gem go unheard.

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Play Tenor Troubadour Bhi Bhiman’s Debut

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Sri Lankan-born, American-raised Bhi Bhiman’s music is surprising. The singer-songwriter’s robust tenor evokes years of experience and hardship — but Bhiman came of age in 1990’s St. Louis before moving to the Bay Area. His debut album is an eclectic mix featuring warm, genuine musings.

Though the album isn’t out yet, people on Rdio get exclusive access to Bhiman. Listen to his tremendous debut and if you like what you hear, share it with a friend on Twitter or Facebook.

Label Spotlights

Follow Thrill Jockey Records on Rdio

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Next year, Thrill Jockey Records turns 20. That’s a remarkable achievement for a label that started in founder Bettina Richards’s Manhattan apartment. Three years later, she moved her venture to Chicago, where it has remained since, putting out records that consistently push genre boundaries.

Thrill Jockey is responsible for some of the most beloved indie acts of the last two decades. The label stays relevant by constantly searching for new, engaging indie bands whose dedication to music matches their ability to break the conventions of it. Thrill Jockey’s Rdio profile reflects their awareness of the current music scene — they follow only the finest users, bands, and other publications, and they’re constantly adding new tunes to their already extensive library.

Amongst Thrill Jockey’s own artists are standby acts like jazz-tinged post-rockers Tortoise, expansive indie rock veterans The Sea And Cake, and the ever-changing, eclectic The Fiery Furnaces. On the newer side are acts like neo-New Romantic outfit Future Islands and the psychedelic, tropicalia-steeped High Places.

Don’t forget to follow Thrill Jockey on Rdio and for more artists from the influential label, check out the Thrill Jockey label page.

Exclusives

Hear an Exclusive Cut Copy Cover by Chamberlin

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When folk outfit Chamberlin shared their Passion Pit “Little Secrets” cover last winter, their bluesy take garnered glowing reviews. Hoping to recreate more stripped-down songs by their contemporaries, the band took to a cabin in the woods. They enlisted fans to help pick the songs and began recording what is now the Rock Boat EP.

People on Rdio get a special treat: a bonus Cut Copy cover. Listen to the song “Feel the Love” along with songs popularized by Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Cults, and Kanye West/Bon Iver on Rock Boat.

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New Music Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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2012 is in full effect — there’s a robust selection of new music for you to pick from this week. Hear new albums from Matthew Dear, UK shoegazers Big Pink, and female singer-songwriters Cate Le Bon, Kathleen Edwards, and Ani DiFranco. Sample these fresh new tunes and many more in the New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Matthew Dear - Headcage
    Forward-thinking songwriter and DJ Matthew Dear prepares for his fifth studio album with Headcage, an EP that hints at Dear’s sound experimentation.

  • Sleigh Bells - “Comeback Kid”
    Noisy Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells blew minds and speakers alike with their critic-approved first album. With their second album is due in February, “Comeback Kid” is the long-awaited first taste.

  • Deerhoof/David Bazan - Deerbazan
    San Francisco art-pop quartet Deerhoof continue their collaborative single series with David Bazan. The single re-imagines Vs. Evil’s “No One Asked to Dance” with Bazan at the vocal helm.

  • Van Halen - “Tattoo”
    More than 30 years into their career, Van Halen is moments away from releasing the studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. Listen to “Tattoo” — their bombastic, bluesy first single.

  • School of Seven Bells - “Lafaye”
    “Lafaye” is the reverb-heavy precedent to the dream-pop trio’s third album.

Exclusives

Exclusive: Listen to the Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor and May Day

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Matt Pryor is a busy guy — he has commitments to The New Amsterdams, his children’s music group The Terrible Twos, and is the Get Up Kids' main singer-songwriter.

During his active 2011, Pryor found the time to record a full-length followup to his 2008 solo debut, Confidence Man. The new album, May Day, wasn’t just Pryor’s doing — he enlisted the help of his audience through a fan-funded Kickstarter campaign. And the response was tremendous — Pryor earned twice what he needed to craft the album. May Day is the work of a singer-songwriter whose commitment to his fans over the years was gladly and enthusiastically reciprocated.

Rdio is proud to have his new music a week early — hear the new album now.

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: January 9 - 13, 2012

This Week on Rdio

It’s Friday, which means a recap of the past week’s posts, in case you haven’t been keeping up. Of course, you can ensure you don’t miss a beat by liking Rdio on Facebook, subscribing to the Rdio blog feed, and following @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Nobody’s perfect, though — see what you might have missed below.

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Label Spotlights

Follow Friendly Fire Recordings on Rdio

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Friendly Fire Recordings is a Brooklyn-based record label founded in 2004 by Dan Koplowitz. The label is the proud home of bands like dream-poppers Asobi Seksu, Swedish collective the Concretes, art-pop quartet Elk City, Canadian electronic outfit Faunts, and New York-based Phenomenal Handclap Band.

On Friendly Fire's label page you’ll find more albums from their own roster, but their Rdio profile reveals the extent of their tastes. They crafted a new playlist for each of the last three months, and are constantly adding new tunes to their already impressive library.

But of course it’s their own artists that matter — Friendly Fires’ next release is the debut album from Finnish-Ethiopian singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner, out March 27th. And following that, watch for a new Faunts EP.

Don’t miss out on Friendly Fire Recordings’ extensive discography and their extraordinary taste in all things music — follow Friendly Fire Recordings on Rdio.

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New Music Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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The music world is waking up to 2012, and it’s kicking off with new albums from The Little Willies and Snow Patrol. And there’s no shortage of new singles this week — indie rock royalty The Shins, San Francisco's alternative hit-makers Train, dance maestro David Guetta, and French electro-pop duo AIR all have new singles and remixes ready for your waiting ears.

Playlist Notes

  • The Little Willies - For the Good Times
    The Little Willies are a country music cover band whose lineup includes none other than Grammy-winning jazz chanteuse Norah Jones. The quintet release their second album of country faves this week, including tracks from Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and more.

  • The Shins - “Simple Song”
    Though James Mercer saw success as Broken Bells, his main musical outlet remains the Shins, with whom he's returned to record fourth album Port of Morrow — this is its first single.

  • Train - “Drive By”
    When Train hit the heights with 2001’s “Drops of Jupiter,” few could have predicted they’d follow it up with hit after hit since. The latest single from the San Francisco band is “Drive By,” the first taste from their forthcoming sixth studio album.