May 2012

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Listen to Preteen Zenith’s Debut Album now, Only on Rdio

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Preteen Zenith is the new project by Tim DeLaughter, current member of The Polyphonic Spree, and former Tripping Daisy member. What began as merely recording song ideas for posterity became something bigger when DeLaughter visited Philip E. Karnats in Chicago. Karnats’ ideas for the songs, both on an instrumental and recording level, led to a partnership that eventually yielded a full album, titled Rubble Guts and BB Eye.

That album will see release next week, but you can hear the whole thing now, only on Rdio. Fans of cinematic, colorful indie pop, listen up:

∞  May 22, 2012 — 11:00AM

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New Music Tuesday - May 22, 2012

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It’s New Music Tuesday again, so get your ears ready — we’ve got a ton of new music just waiting to find its way into your regular Rdio rotation. UK singer-songwriter Cold Specks, and texas-bred punks The Riverboat Gamblers all have new albums this week. Sade’s got a new live album, and Sir Paul McCartney is reissuing his classic album, Ram.

For even more, read our playlist notes below, listen to the weekly New Music Tuesday playlist and peruse this week’s New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Kimbra - Vows
    You already know Kimbra’s voice from Gotye’s ubiquitous “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but now it’s her turn in the spotlight. Vows spawned three hit singles in Australia, and with the release of her debut in North America, it’s just a matter of time before they’re hits here, too.

  • Haley Reinhart - Listen Up!
    The debut album from this 2011 American Idol finalist prominently displays the powerful voice that took Reinhart to the top of the Idol rankings. Listen now to see what the fuss is about, and keep your ears perked for the guest spot from rapper B.o.B.

  • Aziz Ansari - Dangerously Delicious
    Known for his role on Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari releases his second album of stand-up this week. Expect wry observations delivered in a hilarious, deadpan fashion.

  • Far East Movement - Dirty Bass
    World-music influenced, bass-heavy hip-hop quartet follows up their breakout 2010 album with Free Wired. It’s another album of foundation-shaking dance-party rap.

  • John Mayer - Born and Raised
    Having conquered the world of pop rock already, Mayer heads in a folkier, more mature direction with Born and Raised.

∞  May 22, 2012 — 10:00AM

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An Rdio Exclusive: Listen to Ladyhawke’s Anxiety

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Four years ago: New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke emerges fully-formed with a debut album that showcased her love for synth-based, new wave-inspired songwriting. Her sound immediately wins her a rabid fan-base and critical adoration.

Next week: Ladyhawke returns with Anxiety, her long-awaited sophomore effort. It turns the synths up even louder, and adds guitar and big beats to the mix.

Today: You can hear Anxiety, only on Rdio, a week before its release. Excited? You should be. The soundtrack to your summer awaits you.

∞  May 22, 2012 — 9:00AM

This Week on Rdio: May 14 - 18, 2012

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Here's what happened this week on Rdio. Don't miss a thing — like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

∞  May 18, 2012 — 5:05PM

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Goin’ to the Cottage: Tunes for your May 2-4

The May 2-4 is a Canadian tradition. The first three-day weekend of nice weather means meeting up with good friends, packing into the car, and hauling butt up to the cottage. Of course, the place will need a spit-shine, but once the cobwebs are dusted away, it’s time for beers, boating, and campfires — and nothing sets the mood like a little good-times cottage music.

In that spirit, we’ve started a Goin’ to the Cottage playlist to soundtrack your long weekend, but it wouldn’t be the same without input from a few friends. What tunes remind you of a weekend at the cottage? What songs go over well around the campfire? Let us know by adding to the Goin’ to the Cottage playlist above.

∞  May 17, 2012 — 9:00AM

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New Music Tuesday - May 15, 2012

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By now, your summer playlists should at least be started, if not already well on their way to road trip-ready perfection. But don’t sign, seal, and deliver just yet — there’s still plenty of new music to add. UK garage-pop outfit The Cribs, Jack Black’s tongue-in-cheek rock duo Tenacious D, and party-starter Rye Rye all have new albums for your waiting playlists.

There’s more, too — listen to our weekly New Music Tuesday playlist, read our playlist notes to ensure you get all that’s good this week and cruise the New Releases for a peek at what’s new.

Playlist Notes

  • Best Coast - The Only Place
    Break out the sunglasses and beach towel: California girl Bethany Cosentino and cohort Bobb Bruno return with their second album of sunny SoCal pop this week.

  • Beach House - Bloom
    Beach House’s break-out 2010 album Teen Dream was lauded for its sweeping grandeur and haunting melodies. Their new album builds on that formula with even more majesty imbued into each track, so expect to hears lots about Bloom this year.

  • Craft Spells - Gallery
    Craft Spells is the one-man project of Justin Paul Vallesteros. His new EP melds his love of dreamy melodies with his penchant for uplifting, beat-driven electronic dance music.

  • Willie Nelson - Heroes
    Country hero Willie Nelson’s new full-length is an inclusive mix of covers and originals, featuring cameos by Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, and other celebrity collaborations.

  • Scissor Sisters - “Only The Horses”
    The Sisters are back — Jake Shears, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis, and Randy Real teamed with producer and DJ Calvin Harris to create this single off their upcoming fourth studio album, Magic Hour.

∞  May 15, 2012 — 12:02PM

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An Rdio Exclusive: Listen to A Lanky Swede’s Soon, Soon, Soon

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A Lanky Swede is the new project of Ola Klüft, former frontman of Swedish indie rockers The Perishers. His new sound is mellower and prettier than his previous work, throwing his gentle croon into a new, softer light. A Lanky Swede’s debut album is Soon, Soon, Soon, and it’s out next week.

But you can listen to the album soon, soon, sooner than you thought — Soon, Soon, Soon is on Rdio now, a week before its official release. Listen to it below and add the album to your Rdio collection.

∞  May 15, 2012 — 9:00AM

News

Welcome to the New Rdio

Change is good. Which is why we’re please to share that starting today, the new Rdio is available to all. We’ve taken everything that already makes Rdio the best way to discover and listen to music and redesigned it to be even faster, simpler and more social.

The completely redesigned new Rdio is available on Rdio.com and the Rdio desktop apps. You'll find an updated Collection, drag and drop playlist creation, a personalized Heavy Rotation, and private playlists and much more.

Get the most out of the new Rdio

  • A new look and feel — More than just a boring spreadsheet of songs, new Rdio puts music and people front and center.
  • All in one place — Spend less time navigating. Music, playlists and your network are in one view.
  • Add entire albums to playlists — One of Rdio’s most-requested features is now a reality.
  • Browse even faster — Find music at lightning speed because pages remember your place. Browse a continuous stream of albums, explore one and easily return to the place you left off.
  • Listen with your network — From the People Sidebar, see what your network is listening to in real-time and listen along with one-click.
  • Let your network inspire your listening — Wondering if you’ll like an album in the charts or why it appeared in your Heavy Rotation? Under every album, hover over photos to see exactly who listened to it.
  • Sharing made simple — Drag and drop music into playlists or collection and share with others on Rdio without missing a beat. Music can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
  • Create private playlists – In addition to public and collaborative playlists, now private playlists can be created and shared with just a select few.
  • Easily discover people to follow — Check out Rdio’s latest music influencers in the People Sidebar and find others to follow such as artists, critics, record labels and brands.

Visit www.rdio.com/new to learn more and let us know what you think by Tweeting about #NewRdio.

If you encounter anything out of the ordinary, get in touch with our support team via the help site or @RdioHelp.

∞  May 14, 2012 — 2:11PM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: May 7 - 11, 2012

This Week on Rdio

Here's what happened this week on Rdio. Don't miss a thing — like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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∞  May 11, 2012 — 1:07PM

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Mother’s Day Music: Share What Your Mama Gave Ya

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — it’s your chance to show ol’ Mumsy just how much you appreciate everything she's done for you. What better way to start thinking about how she influenced your life than by thinking about the music she introduced you to?

Did your mom spin records for you at a young age? Play classical while you were in the womb? Take you to your first rock and roll show? Think about the music, good or bad, that you might never have found without her, and add it to the “Thanks, Ma” playlist on Rdio. And don't forget to tell her about it. Have a happy Mother's Day!

∞  May 10, 2012 — 10:00AM