April 2012

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: April 23 - 27, 2012

This Week on Rdio

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Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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Only on Rdio: Listen to Greylag’s The Only Way to Kill You

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Portland duo Greylag are Andrew Stonestreet and Daniel Dixon — two friends who loved jamming together. In mid-2009, the two seriously began their creative endeavour, and they began crafting sparse, acoustic folk songs as Greylag. Their debut EP is titled The Only Way to Kill You, and will be released next week by Ninth Street Opus Records.

The Only Way to Kill You is on Rdio now for your listening pleasure, a week before its release.

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New Music Tuesday - April 24, 2012

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Now that Coachella’s over, we all need some new music to fill the void, right? Say no more — this week’s new releases include a live EP from retro-futurist Toro Y Moi, a long-awaited new full length from SoCal punk-poppers Eve 6. It also includes the new Torche album, an EP of hazy pop noir from The Raveonettes, and the latest album from Canadian piano singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

For still more new music, consult our notes below, listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist and browse the New Releases yourself.


Playlist Notes

  • Jack White - Blunderbuss
    Jack White is now solo, and his first full-length is more personal than anything he did as a White Stripe.

  • Electric Guest - Mondo
    Los Angeles electronic pop duo Electric Guest drop their debut album this week. The Danger Mouse-produced album is punctuated by chanted vocals, pop hooks, and groovy bass — it’s perfect for your summer playlist.

  • Ed Sheeran and Yelawolf - The Slumdon Bridge EP
    This collaborative EP from UK vocalist Ed Sheeran and Alabama rapper Yelawolf is the product of a 10-hour recording studio marathon. Try out the four tracks born from their whirlwind session.

  • Azealia Banks - “212’”
    The internet sensation’s debut single, “212,” is a rollicking ride through Banks’ multiple talents — her silver tongue, filthy mouth, and soulful croon, all delivered in broad strokes via her larger than life personality. If you haven’t heard this track yet, do yourself a favor.

∞  April 24, 2012 — 10:49AM

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An Rdio Exclusive: Listen to The Spinto Band’s New Album

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Delaware five-piece The Spinto Band created quite a buzz in the latter half of the 2000s, with albums like 2005’s Nice and Nicely Done and 2008’s Moonwink. That pair of albums demonstrated their knack for pop hooks and quirky instrumentation. They’ve been relatively silent since but on May 1, The Spinto Band returns with Shy Pursuit, their first album in over four years, and seventh overall.

Want to hear what The Spinto Band’s been working on these last few years? Rdio has an exclusive of the new album, a week before its official release date. Listen to Shy Pursuit below, and add it to your collection now.

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Listen to Santigold’s Master of My Make-Believe Early on Rdio

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There’s no pinning down pop songstress Santigold. She fronted a punk band, was featured on hip-hop tracks, and wrote songs for pop stars like Lily Allen. Her 2008 debut merged her varying influences to make a musical feast for music fans with eclectic taste. Next week, Santigold releases her sophomore album Master of my Make-Believe.

For those who can’t wait that long, Rdio has you covered — listen to Master of my Make-Believe in its entirety right now.

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Now on Rdio: Hüsker Dü

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Hüsker Dü started as a straightforward hardcore group, but they became much more. Frustrated by the restrictions of hardcore music, they toyed with the genre’s formula, thereby setting the bar for what alternative and indie rock could be with albums like Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, and Flip Your Wig. If your favorite band can even loosely be categorized as punk, indie, hardcore, DIY, or alternative rock, they owe something to this pioneering quartet.

We’re happy to announce that Hüsker Dü’s catalog is now on Rdio for your listening pleasure. Listen to the revered Zen Arcade below. Then, at long last, add the rest of the band’s albums to your collection.

∞  April 20, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Listen to Kate Campbell’s New Album and Playlist

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After almost 20 years of recording songs on the acoustic guitar, folk singer Kate Campbell is returning to the instrument on which she was introduced to music: the piano. 1000 Pound Machine is a sparse and moody album, characterized by her subtle piano playing and Will Kimbrough’s elegant guitar. The album features guest spots from legends like Spooner Oldham, Emmylou Harris, and Sloan Wainwright — it is on Rdio now for your listening pleasure.

As an added bonus, Campbell selected a playlist of her Favorite Artists. Listen to 1000 Pound Machine and playlist, along with Campbell’s notes on her song choices, below.

Playlist Notes

  • The Allman Brothers Band - “Midnight Rider”
    I think “Midnight Rider” is a haunting song. I listen to it at least once a day when I'm on the road and even have it as a ring tone.

  • Will Kimbrough - “Interstate”
    Will Kimbrough is the producer of my new album and “Interstate” is another one of those life on the road songs I'm so partial to.

  • Jimmy Webb - “Galveston”
    I don't know if I need to say anything about “Galveston” and Jimmy Webb but the song usually makes me cry and I don't know why.

  • The Rolling Stones - “Moonlight Mile”
    I am currently re-listening to all of the Rolling Stones albums and working on collecting all of their re-releases.

  • Dolly Parton - “Down From Dover”

  • Emmylou Harris - “If You Were A Bluebird”

  • Shirley Horn - “If You Go Away”
    Like most of the tunes on my playlist, I always carry with me a CD by Dolly, Emmylou and Shirley Horn. These three tunes always stay at the top of my list. Dolly wrote “Down From Dover” and Emmylou and Shirley's interpretations of “If You Were A Bluebird” and “If You Go Away” are near perfect.

  • Marc Ribot - “Sous Le Ciel De Paris”
    I like so much of Marc Ribot's work, and “Sous Le Ciel De Paris” is what I call a landscape tune.

  • Glenn Gould - The Complete Goldberg Variations (1955 & 1981): A State Of Wonder
    I always carry some classical music on the road. In honor of my new piano CD, I'm listening to Glenn Gould's brilliant A State of Wonder. This is a set of Bach's Goldberg Variations containing Gould's 1955 recording and the later 1981 interpretation. Really almost beyond words.

Recommended By Rdio

Unofficial Rdio Apps: Anthm

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In this installment of awesome apps created using the Rdio API, we're happy to present Anthm. Think of Anthm as a majority-rule interactive jukebox.

Download the app to your iPhone and invite your friends to create a playlist with you using Rdio’s music library. Once songs are added, you and your friends can vote for what you want to hear — vote up to play the track sooner, vote down to eventually remove the song. Plug your phone into any speaker and pump up your perfect party mix.

Get music recommendations from the app-makers themselves — you can also follow Anthm on Rdio.

Interested in learning more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and change how people listen to music. You can even earn some cash through the Rdio Affiliate Program. We even have sample code and libraries available on Github and an API Google Group to help spur your idea.

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Listen to Killing Joke’s MMXII a Week Early, Exclusively on Rdio

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The UK’s Killing Joke began as a slow and heavy metal band in 1978. Over the last twenty years, their sound turned chameleonic — they added elements of goth rock, synth-pop, alternative rock, and electronica to their music. The band will release their fifteenth album, MMXII, later this month.

Fans who want to hear where the Killing Joke’s sound is now need wait no further — the album is available now, a week before its release, only on Rdio. Listen to MMXII.

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New Music Tuesday - April 17, 2012

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It’s Tuesday again, which means another serving of new music for your Rdio playlists and collections. Comedy fans will be thrilled to know that stand-up comedian Lisa Lampanelli is releasing a new album today, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug releases an ambitious new Moonface full-length. Not only that, Hank Williams III has a new rock-tinged country album, glam-pop outfit Neon Trees are back with a sophomore effort, and surf-pop specialist Jack Johnson has a collaborative new live recording.

For those with sundry taste, there’s still something for you — listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read the playlist notes below for the low-down on even more new tunes.

Playlist Notes

  • Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
    Beloved British space-rock outfit Spiritualized release their seventh album this week. Sweet Heart Sweet Light is their first album since 2008, and was influenced by the band’s recent tour playing the entirety of their 1997 opus, Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space.

  • Rick Ross - “Stay Schemin’”
    Rozay’s new track is a bumping mid-tempo think piece featuring Drake, with French Montana on the chorus.

  • Jason Mraz - Love Is A Four Letter Word
    According to the man himself, pop-rock troubadour Jason Mraz’s much-anticipated follow-up to We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. features mellow, mid-tempo tunes.

  • Train - California 37
    Train’s new album was written on the road, over the last three years. If new single “Drive By” is anything to go by, the group still has a knack for punchy pop tunes with sweet melodies.