September 2012

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An Rdio Exclusive: Listen to The Great Bloomers’ Distant Fires a Week Early


Toronto country troupe Great Bloomers’ debut, Speak of Trouble, earned the group accolades for their balance of influences, which range from honky-tonk rock’n’roll to ‘60s psychedelia. Their second album, Distant Fires, finds the band channeling the same influences, but with added muscle: bigger, anthemic choruses, more grit and more energy.

Distant Fires is closer than you think — the whole album’s on Rdio starting today, a week before its official release date next week. Turn it up below:

Be sure to also follow Great Bloomers on Rdio to hear what they're jamming.

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New Music Tuesday - September 11, 2012


Prep the dance floor: ‘80s vets Pet Shop Boys, EDM king David Guetta, and indie-dance outfit The Presets all have new albums out this week to get your feet moving. For louder fare, listen to passionate Canuck punks Billy Talent, or JAMC-style noise-pop duo The Raveonettes.

For something with a little boom-bap, some folksy goodness, or otherwise, listen to the weekly New Music Tuesday playlist. Our playlist notes are below, too: consult them for more new music while you peruse all the new titles in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Calexico - Algiers
    The roots rock veterans recorded their new album in a church in New Orleans. Should we expect a more blues-y sound this time around, or more reverent, divine inspiration? Hopefully both.

  • The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
    The Carpenter is the North Carolina folk-rock band’s first album since their major label debut, and it should be a statement record — can they continue the same kind of momentum they had with I and Love and You? Listen to find out.

  • Dave Matthews Band - Away From The World
    The Grammy-winning rock outfit’s eighth album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, the same guy behind the boards for their 1996 album Crash. We smell a DMB renaissance.

  • The xx - Coexist
    The beloved minimalist avant-R&B trio follows up their debut with even better songwriting and production, highlighting their penchant for clean, captivating guitar lines and hushed vocals.


“Enjoy The Company” of The Whigs’ Fourth Album a Week Early


Garage-rockers The WhigsEnjoy The Company was recorded with producer John Agnello. Known for his work with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, Agnello adds the perfect amount of guitar fuzz to the band’s already formidable din.

Though it’s not officially out until next Tuesday, fans can get noisy earlier than expected — the whole album is on Rdio now. Enjoy The Company below:

Can't get enough of The Whigs' presence? Frontman Parker Gispert put together a playlist just for Rdio users — enjoy that, too!

New Features

Now Accepting: PayPal on Rdio


Get all the music you want from Rdio without whipping out the plastic. Starting today Rdio accepts PayPal.

If you’ve been waiting for PayPal to subscribe, head to the Payment tab in your Settings and select it as your payment option. Connect your PayPal account to your Rdio profile online and enjoy Rdio Web or Rdio Unlimited without having to reach for your wallet again. Now you’ll never miss a beat.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: August 2012

August was chock full of warm weather and hot tunes. But we’re guessing that, like us, you just couldn’t fit all the sun and songs you wanted into your month. Luckily, our Rdio Recommends: August 2012 is here to save the day.

Have a listen to our mix and review it to let us know if your favorite August release slipped by our radar.

About Rdio Recommends: The first week of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.


Stars presents The North and The Greatest Pop Songs playlist


Canadian orchestral pop troupe Stars have been one of the most consistent indie groups of the last decade, releasing beautiful variations on their lush, melancholic sound. But they’re pop songsmiths at heart — their albums have been slowly focusing more and more on songcraft as they progress, and their latest album, The North, is no exception.

Stars teamed up with Rdio to create The Greatest Pop Songs curated by Stars, a playlist of great pop songs that never made it to the top forty. You may not have heard them before, but you won’t forget them now. Listen below:

New Features

Now Available on Rdio: Protected Accounts

Protected Accounts

Rdio is all about discovering new music and sharing it with your social network. But it can also be about putting your guilty pleasures on repeat. That’s why today we’re rolling out the first tool of our new privacy features.

What does it mean to have a Protected Account? You have the power to peruse and approve new followers before they can get a glimpse of your collection, playlists, activity, and full profile. Unapproved users will simply see a lock icon next to the username and a Request to Follow button when they view a Protected Account.

Take a peek at your privacy controls by clicking the Advanced tab in your Settings. Your profile is public by default so that other users can join in on your new music finds, but hit Set Account to Protected to change this.

Now you can play all the Top 40s you want without prying eyes and ears.

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New Music Tuesday - September 4, 2012


It’s an “alternative” kind of New Music Tuesday: San Francisco garage-pop outfit The Fresh & Onlys, former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould, and UK indie quartet The Vaccines all have new albums this week. The sharp-tongued romantic singer-songwriter Jens Lekman’s got a new one, too, and metal vets Judas Priest are reissuing their classic Screaming for Vengeance.

Screaming for more? Lend an ear to the weekly New Music Tuesday playlist and the rest of this week’s new albums in the Rdio New Releases, and check our playlist notes below for highlights.

Playlist Notes

  • Deerhoof - Breakup Song
    The eccentric pop troupe switch genres like clothing, always successfully. This time around, it’s a playful mix of tropicalia, funk, and electro-pop.

  • Stars - The North
    The Canadian noir-pop band’s sixth album continues in the brooding, orchestral sound that they do so well.

  • Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
    The band’s follow-up to their beloved debut promises all the dance-floor-ready disco-punk you could ask for. Slip on your dancing shoes.

  • Cat Power - Sun
    The folk and bluesy Chan Marshall takes a left-turn on her new album, opting for dance-oriented, electronic flourishes in place of her acoustic, guitar-based arrangements.

  • Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
    The shapeshifting, boundary pushing indie rock collective has described this as their most “alien” album. We hear it’s out of this world.


An Rdio Exclusive: Hear Sea Wolf’s Personal Third Album Now


Indie-folk outfit Sea Wolf’s Alex Brown Church has worked with producers Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Band of Horses, The Shins) and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward), and has written with a rotating cast of musicians, but for his third full-length, he decided to take some time alone to write and pushing himself as a musician. It’s a decidedly less fussed-over affair, with minimal instrumentation that lets Church’s songs speak for themselves, free of any context.

The album, Old World Romance won’t be out for another week, but you can hear it now on Rdio. Preview the whole thing below: