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For the Realm: Game of Thrones’ Soundtrack

Game of Thrones

Now that the tears have dried and your jaw has been picked up off the floor, we’ve got something to cheer up you Game of Thrones fans. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has unveiled his latest soundtrack for the the HBO series just in time for what’s sure to be a heart-stopping season finale on June 9. Included in this collection are some special guest appearances by indie outfit The Hold Steady (“The Bear and the Maiden Fair”) and Kerry Ingram who plays Shireen Baratheon (“It’s Always Summer Under the Sea”).

The series is going into hibernation for the summer, but you can continue to make everything seem epic with the soundtrack.

∞  June 5, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Discover The Sounds of MUTEK Montreal

One of the world’s leading electronic music festivals, MUTEK Montreal, has already kicked off in Montreal on May 29 and will play on until June 2. The official MUTEK 2013 playlist provides a colorful musical window into this dynamic annual undertaking for everyone in case you’re not able to attend in person. MUTEK features both established and new artists and that’s represented in this set, which showcases vets like John Tejada, Steve Reich, and Jamie Lidell with up-and-comers such as Brandt Brauer Frick, Lukid, and Hobo Cubes.

∞  May 30, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Rob Zombie Will Loosen Up Your Mind

Rob Zombie

Musical and cinematic madman Rob Zombie has crafted a playlist just for Rdio listeners. The 94-minute playlist is called Songs To Loosen Up Your Mind to get those knots out of your brain immediately. It’s got memorable tunes from the likes of David Bowie, Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, Nico, and Syd Barrett, and of course he shares his own personal original Zombie favourites.

Hit play and loosen up to the mix below — and then put on Zombie's latest effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

∞  May 23, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Mother’s Day Sounds Sweet With Our Dear Mama Playlist

Mom


Everyone from Ozzy to Kanye has expressed appreciation for their mother through music, and Dear Mama - A Musical Tribute explores a wide range of love. The playlist includes songs of acknowledgement and adoration for the near and dear mamas by such diverse voices as 2Pac, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. Is your mom more into Danzig or Justin Bieber? Play her this set and let the lyrics speak for themselves.

∞  May 8, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Celebrating Willie Nelson's 80th Birthday

Willie Nelson

The incomparable music star and activist Willie Nelson turns a glorious 80-years-old today. The occasion is marked by the recently released album, Let’s Face The Music And Dance recorded by Willie and the Family, his touring band (started with sister Bobbie in 1973) for the past 40 years.

Play this album of 20th century classics and standards of pop, rock, jazz, and country loud and light a birthday candle for the man who takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Unleashes Catalog on Rdio

Red Hot Chili Peppers

From classics like Blood Sugar Sex Magik to more recent releases like Stadium Arcadium to forever favourites like Californication and One Hot Minute, there’s now plenty of Red Hot Chili Peppers action on Rdio to spice up your ears to whatever level of heat you desire. The L.A.-bred band is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year with the verve and effervescence of musicians much younger and greener — evidence that RHCP shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you start at the beginning or work backwards from the newest releases, the catalog is sure to offer insights, surprises, and old favourites.

We’re giving you a quick taste of the Chili Peppers with our RHCP Retrospective playlist — rock on below.

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New Music Weekly - April 23, 2013

PhoenixSnoop LionWild Nothing

Among the sonic highlights available this week are the anticipated debut albums from The X Factor winner/country crooner Tate Stevens and L.A. indie band The Neighbourhood, a set of duets between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and the latest from Rob Zombie, all strong evidence that there really is something out there for everyone.

We’ve lovingly crafted this New Music Weekly playlist to offer you the best of what’s out there right now. And if you want to launch a mission of discovery on your own, greet the entire batch of Rdio New Releases and get to listening!


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Michael Bublé - To Be Loved
    Yesterday the Canadian jazz crooner was hosting the Juno Awards but today he drops his eighth album, which was preceded by the single “It’s a Beautiful Day.”

  • Phoenix - Bankrupt!
    Fresh from a star set at Coachella (with special guest R. Kelly), the heavenly French alt-rockers drop a fifth album of cheeky tunes like “Trying To Be Cool” and “Drakkar Noir.”

  • Snoop Lion - Reincarnated
    Ready for reggae from a legendary rap star? Snoop looks to the islands for inspiration on this album, which includes a great collaboration with his daughter Cori B. You can also follow Snoop on Rdio.

  • Wild Nothing - “A Dancing Shell”
    One-man dream pop act Jack Tatum, who Pitchfork called “simply one of the best songwriters in this field,” is back to offer a taste of the forthcoming third album with this single.

∞  April 23, 2013 — 11:00AM

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New Music Weekly - April 16, 2013

Yeah Yeah YeahsSean KingstonMajor Lazer

This is one of those weeks where you might find yourself wishing that you had more than one pair of ears to take in all the new music at once. There are many anticipated albums that have finally emerged today, including album number six from both respected New York rapper Styles P and Portland lo-fi masters The Thermals, the hit full-length from British singer-songwriter Olly Murs, and a Nashville recording from Swedish metal act Ghost B.C..

The New Music Weekly playlist is a careful curation of the very best of this week’s offerings for your listening pleasure. After listening, don’t forget you can also choose to dive into the whole catalog of fresh cuts in the Rdio New Releases section.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Major Lazer - Free The Universe
    Diplo’s party-heavy second album under the multi-faceted Major Lazer guise features collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Shaggy, and more.

  • Kid Cudi - Indicud
    The rapper slash actor’s third album (and the last for Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label) features guest spots by hip-hop luminaries RZA and Too $hort as well as improbable pals Father John Misty and Michael Bolton.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito (Deluxe)
    Karen O and company return for an exceptionally raw fourth album that exposes a darker and moodier side to the band.

  • Jessie Ware - [Devotion][10]
    This debut from the soulful British pop singer who just crushed it at Coachella has already gone top five in the U.K.

  • Sean Kingston featuring Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa - “Beat It”
    The Jamaican-American singer bounces back from a near-death jet skiing accident in 2011 to deliver a taste of his forthcoming album Back 2 Life.

∞  April 16, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Tuesday - April 9, 2013

ParamoreTygaJake Bugg

This week is a particularly good one for fresh and distinctive voices in music, including the debut from young French dance producer Breakbot, Swedish electro duo The Knife’s first album in seven years, the fifth solo album by indie rock star Kurt Vile, and M83’s thrilling soundtrack to Tom Cruise’s new film Oblivion.

Don’t be intimidated by the volume of what’s out there (or the volume you choose to play it at); the New Music Tuesday playlist, assisted by the Playlist Notes below, will get you up to speed with the best of the new bunch right away. And there’s even more to consider over in the Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Paramore - Paramore
    This is the band’s genre-breaking fourth album and first in four years. Turn it up to hear how Hayley, Jeremy, and Taylor have grown up.

  • Brad Paisley - Wheelhouse (Deluxe)
    The handsome country star’s ninth album is receiving praise for its mission to earn the genre a wider audience.

  • Tyga - Hotel California
    The L.A. rapper tries flying like Eagles with his third album, which features collaborations with label boss Lil Wayne, Game, and 2 Chainz.

  • Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
    The British singer-songwriter has stolen critics’ hearts with his debut album, which has already gone to the top of the U.K. charts.

  • The Postal Service - Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, and Jenny Lewis first got us swooning to their electronic pop on this platinum-selling debut.

∞  April 9, 2013 — 10:00AM

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The Black Angels Reveal The Current Soundtrack To Their Lives

The Black Angels

Austin band The Black Angels recently released the fourth studio album Indigo Meadow to the delight of a growing legion of fans of their honest psychedelic rock sound. The members of the group, which was named after Velvet Underground’s song “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” are voracious listeners and fans of other artists. They have been cool enough to reveal some personal favorites in this exclusive playlist, which includes artists like Ty Segall, Deerhunter, Silver Apples, and even legendary throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu. Alex Maas, Christian Bland, and Kyle Hunt also share some thoughts about the wide array of tunes in the Playlist Notes below.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Silver Apples - "Oscillations” and “I Have Known Love”
    Way to create something that is 100 years before your time. Way to go. Yes, I’m kind of jealous...

  • Huun-huur Tu - "Taraan-Taraam"
    A taste of Mongolia. Great groove, beautiful melodies. I want them to play for me in my home or at Austin Psych Fest 7.

  • Tricky - "Christiansands"
    Dark, honest, brooding, amazing in depth sonically. It’s Tricky's Mona Lisa.

  • Juan Trip - "Acid Cat"
    Put this on when you get home with your partner. The rest is history.

  • Billy Nicholls - “Feeling Easy”
    Lost album from 1968’s Would You Believe — a good tune to listen to after a hard day’s work is behind you.

  • Holy Wave - “Golden Truth”
    Latest release on The Reverberation Appreciation Society. A new band from Austin, Texas with hints of Crystal Stilts and early Pink Floyd.

  • Clinic - “See Saw”
    Off their 2012 album Free Reign. These guys have been a big influence on the Black Angels’ sound since the beginning.

  • Deerhunter - "Revival" and "Coronado"
    I have been digging the Dearhunter album Halcyon Digest lately. They are playing Psych fest this year. I love the instrumentation, pianos, acoustics, sax, and synth bass all working well together, sometimes sounding lo-fi and gritty as well as lush and vibrant — reminiscent of Pet Sounds. Just good songs!

∞  April 5, 2013 — 10:00AM