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Feed Your Ears With Dine Alone’s Summer Sampler

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Toronto’s Dine Alone Records is one of our favourite companies — an amazing creative storehouse of deliciously diverse artists like The Lumineers, FIDLAR, Brendan Benson, Jimmy Eat World, City and Colour, Kate Nash, and Billy Bragg. If there’s one thread that runs through the spirit of these sounds, it’s strong, memorable songwriting from distinctive musicians. Remarkably, Dine Alone has achieved international acclaim while still remaining fiercely independent.

Our friends at the label have put together this sizzling Dine Alone Summer Sampler 2013 as an introduction or refresher course into the hottest artists in the catalog. Don’t forget to follow Dine Alone Records on Rdio for many more highlights from this vibrant label.

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Tap Your Toes To AUM Fidelity’s Jazz Catalog


New York’s 16-year-old independent label AUM Fidelity was inspired by the do-it-yourself spirit of punk record labels that nurtured and developed original acts through music released without major label assistance. That work ethic as well as the passion to encourage true individuality has been channeled into a different side of the music spectrum to highlight the jazz and avant-garde soul worlds.

Rdio is now home to AUM’s catalog online, and we encourage you to begin exploring it through the work of such label notables as improvisational rock band Shrimp Boat, alto saxophonist Darius Jones, pianist Matthew Shipp, the late saxophonist David S. Ware, and free jazz double bassist William Parker. The term “aum” represents the soundless sound of the harmonious universe, but we think you’ll find that AUM Fidelity represents a wide range of musical ideas.

Start your sonic journey with, Wisdom of Uncertainty, a six-song collaboration between David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, and Susie Ibarra below.

∞  May 1, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Yeasayer, Minus the Bear, and More Secretly Canadian Artists Arrive to Rdio

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During your audio explorations of Rdio you may have noticed new and recent offerings from the likes of Diplo’s party project Major Lazer, Brooklyn’s psychedelic pop stars Yeasayer, or stately Detroit singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. These and many more albums new to Rdio hail from Secretly Canadian, a record label and distributor not-so-obviously based in Bloomington, Indiana. The label has been home to such diverse acts as experimentalists The Books, rock group Explosions In The Sky, indie darlings Dirty Projectors, Swedish pop act Jens Lekman, and the late Jason Molina’s alt-country project Songs: Ohia.

The Secretly Canadian catalog has grown to almost 800 titles since its inception in 1996. The company has even branched out to include sister labels Jagjaguwar, best known for the success of indie folk band Bon Iver, and Dead Oceans, the latter a recent addition boasting luminaries like John Vanderslice. Secretly Canadian includes its own distribution arm, SC Distribution, which was founded in 1997 and now distributes labels like Cloud Recordings, FatCat Records, K Records, The Social Registry, and Western Vinyl, to name just a few.

We suggest beginning what could be an epic journey of discovery with a couple cult classic albums from otherworldly singer slash modern goth princess Zola Jesus and Seattle’s hyper-catchy prog pop indie rock band Minus The Bear, two releases which instantly captivate open ears and also wonderfully hint at the wide spectrum of Secretly Canadian.

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Follow Polyvinyl Records on Rdio


Polyvinyl Records actually began as Polyvinyl Press, the fanzine project founded in 1994 by Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight. Reporting on the local Champaign-Urbana scene in Illinois, the two quickly got to know bands in the area, and by 1995, they’d released a seven-inch with the July issue of their fanzine — Polyvinyl Records was born.

Over the next decade and a half, the label thrived because of Lunsford and Knight’s dedication to the local scene, and their fair treatment of the artists on the Polyvinyl roster. They first found major success when one of their original signees, Braid, released the seminal Frame and Canvas. They found consistent success after from the label’s stacked roster of boundary-pushing acts, among them of Montreal, Deerhoof, Architecture in Helsinki, Xiu Xiu, Japandroids, and Joan of Arc.

Follow Polyvinyl Records on Rdio for the latest from their ever-exciting catalog, including Casio Kids and Loney, Dear. For just a sampling of what to expect, listen to the Polyvinyl Jams playlist.

∞  April 6, 2012 — 10:40AM

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Find Nettwerk Music Group on Rdio


Since its founding in 1984, Nettwerk Music Group facilitated the growth of the Canadian music scene by managing, publishing, and releasing albums by Canadian bands such as Sarah McLachlan, The Be Good Tanyas, Ron Sexsmith, k-os, Great Lake Swimmers, and many others. The company also aided the careers of fun., Nneka, Stereophonics, Datarock, and Matt & Kim.

The multi-faceted music group are active on Rdio, continually adding new music to their collection and promoting their own music on their New Music playlist. Their extensive playlists reflect their interest in the constantly-changing music world. For a quick taste of what Nettwerk is all about, listen to the Nettwerk: 25 Years of Music collection, or to their Best of Singer/Songwriters playlist below. For more of the best music from Canada and around the world, follow Nettwerk Music Group on Rdio.

∞  March 28, 2012 — 12:08PM

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Follow Modular People on Rdio


Quick, name a few of Australia’s most critically-acclaimed, unique bands and artists from the last decade or so: Did The Avalanches, Wolfmother, Cut Copy, Tame Impala, The Presets, or Ladyhawke come to mind? Thank Modular Records.

The Australian independent label responsible for bringing us such remarkable and unique talent began in 1998, just “a few hours before the first release was due to go to press,” according to the label’s founder, Steve Pavlovic. More than a decade later, the label’s sophisticated taste in new music, especially in electronic and dance, made it a tastemaker in modern music. A look at some of the label’s other acts — Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chromeo, The Rapture, and Robyn for example — conveys the label’s panache and style.

The label falls under the Modular People umbrella, which is responsible for Modular Touring, The Modular Agency, Modular Ideas, as well. Their Rdio profile is one worth following, especially if you’re a fan of unique dance and electronic artists.

Want more good music from Modular as they continue into the future? Listen to their playlist below and follow Modular on Rdio.

While you're at it, make sure to explore the Rdio accounts of these Modular bands for more great music:

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Listen to Ace Records on Rdio


It’s arguable that Ace Records technically began in 1971, when Ted Carroll opened the Rock On market stall in London, but it wasn’t until 1975 that they began releasing music as Chiswick Records. The label now known as Ace became a Chiswick Records branch in 1978, and soon after established itself as a home for rock and roll, R&B, blues, and oldies. As the label grew, so did its scope: new genres such as ‘60s soul, jazz, and a host of record imprints like Stax and Westbound gave Ace a formidable reputation.

Through the ‘80s and ‘90s, Ace earned attention for its excellent compilations and box sets, and began to absorb more catalogs. Today, the Ace Records collection contains over 2000 items, including such eclectic and respected artists as The Damned, Millie Jackson, Fatback Band, Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, John Lee Hooker, and Joe Simon.

Their diverse catalog makes Ace the perfect place to acquaint oneself with the musicians and bands whose contribution to music is criminally under-appreciated by all but the most fastidious music historians. Check out Ace Records on Rdio now, and hear Machine Gun Etiquette by The Damned below.

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Follow Thrill Jockey Records on Rdio

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Next year, Thrill Jockey Records turns 20. That’s a remarkable achievement for a label that started in founder Bettina Richards’s Manhattan apartment. Three years later, she moved her venture to Chicago, where it has remained since, putting out records that consistently push genre boundaries.

Thrill Jockey is responsible for some of the most beloved indie acts of the last two decades. The label stays relevant by constantly searching for new, engaging indie bands whose dedication to music matches their ability to break the conventions of it. Thrill Jockey’s Rdio profile reflects their awareness of the current music scene — they follow only the finest users, bands, and other publications, and they’re constantly adding new tunes to their already extensive library.

Amongst Thrill Jockey’s own artists are standby acts like jazz-tinged post-rockers Tortoise, expansive indie rock veterans The Sea And Cake, and the ever-changing, eclectic The Fiery Furnaces. On the newer side are acts like neo-New Romantic outfit Future Islands and the psychedelic, tropicalia-steeped High Places.

Don’t forget to follow Thrill Jockey on Rdio and for more artists from the influential label, check out the Thrill Jockey label page.

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Follow Friendly Fire Recordings on Rdio


Friendly Fire Recordings is a Brooklyn-based record label founded in 2004 by Dan Koplowitz. The label is the proud home of bands like dream-poppers Asobi Seksu, Swedish collective the Concretes, art-pop quartet Elk City, Canadian electronic outfit Faunts, and New York-based Phenomenal Handclap Band.

On Friendly Fire's label page you’ll find more albums from their own roster, but their Rdio profile reveals the extent of their tastes. They crafted a new playlist for each of the last three months, and are constantly adding new tunes to their already impressive library.

But of course it’s their own artists that matter — Friendly Fires’ next release is the debut album from Finnish-Ethiopian singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner, out March 27th. And following that, watch for a new Faunts EP.

Don’t miss out on Friendly Fire Recordings’ extensive discography and their extraordinary taste in all things music — follow Friendly Fire Recordings on Rdio.

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Play Light In The Attic Records on Rdio


Matt Sullivan was on a backpacking trip in Spain when a car crash changed his life forever. A slew of excellent records came tumbling out of the car he hit, and he and its owner (who happened to head Spanish labels Vampi Soul and Munster Records) ended up discussing music. By the end of the afternoon Sullivan had ended his trip, shacked up at the label's home in Madrid, and began absorbing the ins and out of owning a record label.

Upon returning to the US, Sullivan started work on what would become Light in the Attic Records, in his Seattle basement. By 2002 Light in the Attic had secured a reissue deal with jazzy pop quintet The Free Design, and had dedicated itself to putting out great music.

Since then, Light in the Attic has reissued classic music from artists like funk’s First Lady Betty Davis, garage rockers The Monks, blue-eyed soul troupe The Vagrants, and Detroit-born musician Rodriguez. More recent signings like neo-psychedelic group The Black Angels are proof of Light in the Attic’s unwavering commitment to their original promise.

Light in the Attic Records’ perfect balance of undiscovered gems from both the past and future make them a no-brainer when it comes to their status as an Rdio Influencer. The label isn’t about following trends — it’s about starting their own, with bands they think deserve a wider audience. Join that audience now by following Light in the Attic Records on Rdio, and checking out their playlist, Light in the Attic on Rdio.

Light in the Attic’s Top 5 Reissues on Rdio

  • Big Star - Keep an Eye on the Sky
    As the Replacements sang in the song "Alex Chilton", "never go far without a little Big Star." A lavish set for a band that deserves the world.

  • Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
    We're all obsessed with the Velvet Underground box set that came out in 1995. The Velvet Underground & Nico is the second disc in the box. Kinda where it all started.

  • Various Artists - San Francisco Nuggets & Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968
    Enough can't be said about the amazing Nuggets box sets. Exhaustively researched and style for days. Though different types of music, they've been huge inspiration for our Wheedle's Groove and Jamaica To Toronto series. Here are two great albums from the Nuggets series.

  • Nick Drake - Digital Box Set
    The man born with "a skin too few" recorded a scant three albums and then took a trip into the great blue yonder. Essential.

  • The Stooges - Raw Power
    The 3CD/DVD/7" set that came out in 2010 is tops. Blown out and the craziest raw energy ever to be captured.

∞  January 4, 2012 — 10:30AM