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New Music Tuesday - June 12, 2012

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A few greatest hits collection kick off this New Music Tuesday, as both Aussie electro-pop chanteuse Kylie Minogue and hardcore outfit Senses Fail celebrate successful and ongoing careers. Elsewhere, one half of The Swell Season Glen Hansard releases his first solo album, and singer Cat Power releases a brand new single.

Find way more music in the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and in the New Releases. For highlights, consult our weekly playlist notes.

Playlist Notes

  • Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
    It’s been seven years, but Fiona Apple finally has a new full-length. The power and dexterity of first single “Every Single Night” showed Apple retains her fire and form, so this is one to hear.

  • Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
    BIlly Corgan and co. release the next chapter in the ongoing mega-album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope this week. It’s alleged to be less heavy than most Pumpkins albums, in favor of space and dreaminess, but you’ll have to listen and decide for yourself.

  • Nickodemus - Moon People
    World-influenced DJ Nickodemus fuses music from all corners of the globe into his eclectic, party-ready sound — his new album is no different. Your summer barbecue will thank you.

  • Justin Bieber - Believe
    The teen pop sensation’s second album is a more mature take on his upbeat, melodic sound, as evidenced by first single “Boyfriend” and a guest feature by Nicki Minaj.

  • Meek Mill - “Amen (feat. Drake)”
    Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s new single is all lighthearted boasting and playful piano — it features a verse from TO’s finest.

  • Kenny Chesney - Welcome to the Fishbowl
    Country music hitmaker Kenny Chesney’s fifteenth album is an examination of life in the spotlight, and features guest spots from fellow crooner Tim McGraw and blues-rocker Grace Potter.

∞  June 19, 2012 — 10:32AM


Only on Rdio: Listen to Nada Surf Live at the Bowery Ballroom


New York trio Nada Surf make quirky, self-referential rock music — it’s the kind that came to define indie music as we know it today. Earlier this year, the band released their seventh studio album to date, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, capping off twenty successful years making music. They also went on another country-wide tour to support it.

While on the road, Nada Surf recorded their hometown gig — Live at the Bowery Ballroom, January 24, 2012. Listen to their killer live set, only on Rdio.

∞  June 19, 2012 — 9:00AM


Now Available: Rdio for Roku

No matter your choice of preferred home media setup, we want you listening to Rdio. Starting today, Roku users can do just that—presenting Rdio for Roku.



  • View and build your Rdio music Collection
  • Enjoy playlists
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  • See each week’s New Releases, Top Charts, and Recent Activity
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  • Play music from your Web Queue
  • Check out your music listening History

If you have a Roku and an Unlimited Rdio subscription, turn on your TV, check out the Roku Marketplace and snag the new Rdio channel.

∞  June 18, 2012 — 10:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 11 - 15, 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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∞  June 15, 2012 — 3:29PM


Only on Rdio: Hear Para One’s Passion


Since earning the attention of music fans with his blippy Intelligent Dance Music and techno grooves, French beat-maker Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, aka Para One has embraced a number of new styles. In the process, he became a go-to producer and remixer for bands like Daft Punk and Justice. His new full-length, Passion, is another step forward for him, fusing sensuous R&B vocals with warmer production for a sound not yet heard in his ever-widening oeuvre.

Passion will drop next week, but you can hear an exclusive album preview over the weekend here on Rdio. Dim the lights and hit play.

∞  June 15, 2012 — 10:49AM

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Listen to Rhett Miller’s Fave Songs Playlist on Rdio


Old 97s frontman and solo singer-songwriter Rhett Miller’s popularity rose steadily thanks to his strong songwriting and singing — no gimmicks. His latest album, The Dreamer, is another solid set from Miller. To celebrate the occasion, he’s wrangled his favorite songs into the playlist found below.

Rock, folk, pop — play Rhett Miller’s Faves now, and read his well-written notes on why he picked each song.

  • The New Pornographers - “Mutiny, I Promise You”
    Carl Newman writes great songs. Thorny, dense things, devoid of obvious handles and hooks, but sticky and slippery in the best way. Oh yeah, and Neko Case as a vocal counterpoint? Pretty sweet.

  • Guster - “Do You Love Me”
    Do you love handclaps? Do you love bells? Do you love songs that will keep you awake at night out of sheer catchiness? Then you will love this song.

  • Guided By Voices - “Teenage FBI”
    Once upon a time, The Cars' Ric Ocasek produced a record for the kings of lo-fi indie rock and this song came into being. At less than two minutes, this song challenges you not to play it again.

  • Redd Kross - “Peach Kelli Pop”
    This ultimate rocker, off their historic Neurotica album, will start any day off right. I wanted to include "Stay Away From Downtown" off their upcoming album Researching The Blues, which features the classic Neurotica lineup, but that album doesn't drop until August. In the meantime, you should be researching Redd Kross.

  • The Head and The Heart - “Lost in My Mind”
    Seems these guys are blowing up these days. And rightly so. THATH are a great combination of the sweet little things I love about music (simple melodies, sparse moments), and the huge, fun things (mallet-wielding monster drummer, massive multi-part harmonies), and are, thus, one of my favorite new bands.

  • Carolina Chocolate Drops - “Cornbread and Butterbeans”
    I just love these guys. I hesitate to describe them too much. You should just find out for yourself. This song contains my new motto: “Eatin' beans and makin’ love as long as I am able".

  • Crowded House - “Fall At Your Feet”
    I toured with Neil Finn years ago and came away from the experience with a newfound respect for his enormous talent and admirable work ethic. Oh, and this new favorite song.

  • Sarah Jaffe - “Clementine”
    This track appears on her new record Suburban Nature. It's a sweetheart of a song and a perfect showcase for the husky beauty of her pipes. To have such a special voice and the ability to write a song like this? An embarrassment of riches for my young friend Sarah.

  • Dawes - “When My Time Comes”
    With songs like this, Dawes time should be coming... Right. About. Now.

  • The Pixies - “Wave of Mutilation”
    The greatest song of all time. That's all.

Yrs, Rhett

∞  June 15, 2012 — 9:00AM


Dad Deserves a Good ol’ Playlist

This Sunday, Dad gets his due — it’s Father’s Day. Don’t forget to make him feel special for everything he’s done for you: send a card, take him out to a ball game, or sit back and have a chat. While you do that, bump the appropriate playlist.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far is a compilation of songs by musical fathers and their kin: Bob and Jakob Dylan, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and many more. Have we forgotten any good ones? Add it to our collaborative playlist above and have a very happy Father’s Day.

Still not sure what to get Dad to say thanks? If you love Rdio, he might just love it too. Give him a gift certificate.

∞  June 14, 2012 — 10:00AM

Developer AppRecommended By Rdio

Developer Apps: Typing Karaoke

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Say farewell to productivity for the next half hour — this month’s featured Developer App is Typing Karaoke.

Developed by Travis Chen at the most recent Hollywood Hackday, Typing Karaoke is described as Mavis Beacon meets Guitar Hero. Pick from a selection of songs like Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” or Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and try your best to type along to the lyrics. Make sure to warm up those digits because the faster and more accurate you are, the more points you’ll score. Are you dying to transcribe a certain tune? Follow Travis on Twitter and suggest a song.

Think you have what it takes to make the next awesome app? Then have a look at Rdio’s Developer’s Page to register for an API key. We have a Github and API Google Group to help you get started. Who knows? Your creation can be worth some money through the Rdio Affiliate Program.

∞  June 13, 2012 — 9:00AM


Only on Rdio: Preview Smoke DZA’s New Album


Harlem rapper Smoke DZA is a member of Curren$y’s Jet Life posse. His lilting, laid-back cadence has been heard on tours and records with Curren$y, but his own discography is standalone strong. DZA already has a number of releases under his belt, and his new full-length, Rugby Thompson, is just around the corner.

You don’t have to wait, though. Starting today, four tracks from the album will be available to play as a preview of what’s to come. Play a selection of Rugby Thompson and get ready for the rest.

∞  June 12, 2012 — 1:00PM


An Rdio Exclusive: Whale Tooth’s Search Party

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Toronto five-piece Whale Tooth pride themselves on their live show — their debut album conveyed the same kind of raucous urgency and technical prowess. New album Search Party has that same urgency, and with Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans) behind the boards, the band was able to capture that mood entirely.

Search Party will be out next month, but until then, you can hear the album exclusively on Rdio. We’re digging it so much, we’ve invited them to play our North by Northeast shindig on June 15. Even if you won't be there, turn up Search Party and throw one of your own.

∞  June 12, 2012 — 11:24AM