October 2012

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Influencer Profile: Canadian Punk Writer Sam Sutherland

Sam Sutherland

Punk is dead, you say? Think again. Canadian writer Sam Sutherland has spent his life participating in and writing about punk music. He has served as editor for Canadian music magazines Exclaim and currently AUX, as well as fronting the Canuck punk band Junior Battles.

Sutherland released his new book is Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk earlier this month to nationwide acclaim. Listen to the book’s living soundtrack on Rdio now via Sutherland’s new playlist and follow Sam Sutherland on Rdio for the latest punk recommendations.

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New Music Tuesday - October 30, 2012


It’s a head-bobbing kind of week here at Rdio: our office is bumping to the sounds of political hip-hop act The Coup, soul crooner Cee-Lo Green, and metal outfit Flyleaf. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve also got reissued classics like post-hardcore outfit Thrice’s anthology and, just in time for Halloween, The Faint’s remastered Danse Macabre.

As per usual, there’s much more on the New Music Tuesday playlist below. Read out playlist notes for in-depth explanation of some of the week’s big releases, then delve into the Rdio New Releases for all of the week’s latest.

Playlist Notes

  • Toby Keith - Hope On The Rocks
    The sixteenth studio album by the country veteran is a mature country record, although the title of first single, “I Like Girls That Drink Beer,” suggests that he’s still the wise-crackin’ cowboy we know and love.

  • Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory
    This EP complements Bird’s fantastic album, Break It Yourself, from earlier this year, and maintains the same acerbic wit and gorgeous folk instrumentation.

  • Cradle of Filth - The Manticore and Other Horrors
    The UK metal outfit have made a return to the female-voiced harmonies and melodies of their earlier work. Expect an effort that is just as dark as ever.


Listen to Paul McCartney on Rdio

Paul McCartney

Macca fans rejoice — Paul McCartney is on Rdio! As one of the most successful songwriters in history, the former Beatle has been a prolific force over the last forty years, never taking more than four years to release an album. Over that time, he’s also recorded with his former band, Wings, his late wife, Linda McCartney, and has dabbled in classical and electronic music.

Beginning today, start listening to classic McCartney albums such as McCartney, McCartney II, along with his latest album, February’s Kisses on the Bottom. More albums from the McCartney catalog will be available in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


Win a Trip to See Lady Antebellum’s “On This Winter's Night” holiday concert in Nashville

Lady Antebellum

On December 3, Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum will take the stage at Nashville, Tennessee’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to perform a special holiday concert. “On This Winter’s Night” will feature the band performing in their hometown accompanied by a symphony orchestra for a night of holiday songs and their biggest hits.

Rdio is getting in the holiday spirit by giving you the chance to be there for this festive event. One lucky music lover is going to win:

  • Two roundtrip tickets to Nashville
  • Two nights of hotel accommodations
  • Two tickets to the show
  • One 1-year subscription to Rdio Unlimited

Are you that lucky person? All you have to do is like Rdio's Facebook page and enter via the Facebook contest page for a chance to win a trip for you and a guest to see Lady Antebellum's special “On This Winter's Night" concert. Read the Official Rules for more details.

Entries are open now until November 14. While you’re entering, listen to On This Winter’s Night, below, and feel that holiday spirit.


Play Esthero’s Everything is Expensive a Week Early on Rdio

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After her propulsive 2005 album Wikked Lil’ Grrrls, Toronto electro-pop chanteuse Esthero took a bit of a break to consider where she was headed next. Then, it all came flooding back, as she was overcome with inspiration from all angles: her fans, peers like Kanye West and Timbaland, and the realization that she had the skills and drive to deliver an album worthy of her own high standards.

That album is Everything Is Expensive, seven years’ worth of life lessons all rolled into one cohesive pop album. It’s out next week, but you can hear Everything Is Expensive on Rdio, below.

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New Music Tuesday - October 23, 2012


Grand ‘80s-pop from UK songstress Bat For Lashes, house bangers from Swedish House Mafia, a rarities collection from Atlanta indie-poppers of Montreal, sky-reaching screamo from Further Seems Forever, and a punishing new album from grindcore outfit Pig Destroyer — what more could you ask for?

More dance, hip-hop and every other kind of music under the sun? If you say so: just jam the New Music Tuesday playlist below, while you read our Playlist Notes. If you still aren’t satisfied, delve into the Rdio New Releases for all of the week’s latest.

Playlist Notes

  • Diamond Rings - Free Dimensional
    The Canadian glam-pop diva drops his major label debut, full of big, danceable beats and his big baritone croon.

  • Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
    With his last mixtape, Black Hippy crew member Kendrick Lamar caught the attention of Dr. Dre. Now, his first album is dropping to huge anticipation — hear the next wave of West Coast hip-hop now.

  • ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Lost Songs
    The band whose name is as epic as their proggy, theatrical songs release their eighth studio album today. The album deals with real world events, such as tyranny, despotism, and the Syrian civil war.

  • Yellow Ostrich - Ghost
    Brooklyn indie rockers’ new EP builds on the tender, yearning ambience of its title track.

  • Paul Banks - Banks
    The Interpol frontman releases his first album under his own name rather than his pseudonym, Julian Plenti. Unlike his Plenti albums, Banks seemingly retains the sombre themes of his band, and expands on their sonic palette with clean, arpeggiated guitar and strings.


Youngblood Hawke Pay Homage to the West Coast on “Ocean Jams” Playlist

Youngblood Hawke

L.A. electro-pop outfit Youngblood Hawke only released their debut EP last month, but already, indie dance anthem “We Come Running” is burning up the web with its gigantic choruses, ringing bells, and throbbing synth bass. Like any good SoCal band, Youngblood Hawke’s music evokes sounds of the beach, so they’ve created a heartfelt homage to it on new playlist “Ocean Jams”.

Listen to UB40, Bob Dylan, Boyz II Men, and more on the playlist below, and give Youngblood Hawke a spin on Rdio now — we bet you can’t listen just once.


of Montreal Celebrate Their B-Side Collection with a Playlist of Favorite Rarities


Talk about prolific: of Montreal have only been releasing music since 1997, and have already recorded 11 albums. In that time, they’ve moved from fey, lo-fi indie pop to glammed-up funk, and have broadened their sound on each release. With such a vast back catalog to choose, Kevin Barnes and co. have just released Daughter of Cloud, a collection of the best b-sides and rarities from the of Montreal archives. You can hear it now, a week early, on Rdio.

Of course, every band has at least a few quality b-sides lying around — that’s why Barnes compiled an Rdio-exclusive playlist of his favorite rarities by other musicians on The Knives of Others playlist. Listen to the best songs you’ve never heard, below:

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New Music Tuesday - October 16, 2012


This week’s New Releases bring a plethora of great tunes to your ears. New music from the likes of Swedish dance-pop troupe Icona Pop, piano songstress A Fine Frenzy, lo-fi slacker Mac DeMarco, hip-hop standard-bearer K’Naan, and quirky pop songwriter Mika promise a week’s worth of listening, but as per usual, there’s more.

“Like what,” you ask? Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and read our Playlist Notes to start, then delve into the Rdio New Releases for all of the week’s latest.

Playlist Notes

  • The Luyas - Animator
    The new full-length by the indie-pop outfit, known for their eclectic instrumentation, is a cathartic album that explores themes of tragedy and mortality. Don’t miss them at our Rdio Live in NYC show on October 20!

  • Jason Lytle - Dept. Of Disappearance
    The former Grandaddy frontman fuses themes of everyday life with grand, sweeping beauty on his latest solo album.

  • Jason Aldean - Night Train
    Country star Jason Aldean can be as rough’n’tumble as he can be heartfelt. Fifth album balances both, all punctuated by his smooth country croon.

  • Placebo - B3 EP
    The glammy Brits bridge the distance between their 2009 album Battle for the Sun and their next album with a five-song EP. Give a listen for hints as to what their forthcoming seventh studio album might sound like.

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New Rdio Beta Mobile App for Android

Rdio For Android

We're inviting our tech savvy users to be the first to try the beta version of our new Android app and help us shape the next generation of Rdio for Android.

As a beta tester, you’ll notice an updated look and feel, including a redesigned player, new side-bar navigation, and a new remote control feature. During the beta period, we will be continuously refining and improving the app, so expect frequent updates as your feedback comes in. It’s important to note that if you choose to beta test, the beta app download will replace your existing Rdio app, and quickly migrate your synced music.

Rdio Android users can participate in the beta and share their thoughts directly with us. To become a beta tester, simply join the Android Google Group. From there, you can download and install the app on your Android device and leave feedback.

We’ll let you know when Rdio for Android will be available for everyone on Google Play.