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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

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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

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New Music Tuesday - April 2, 2013

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The new month begins strong with more releases than one pair of ears can handle. Some great places to start include the debut album from the British psychedelic electro-rock band Dark Horses, the hopefully-not-last-album from New York folk outfit Hem, and the latest full-lengths from Scottish deathcore act Bleed From Within, and Seattle rock supergroup Mad Season.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist brings you the best of the bunch for the week. Read the Playlist Notes below for a little extra info as you listen, and click over to the Rdio New Releases for the full shebang of what’s out right now.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal (Deluxe Edition)
    The British metalcore band reaches out into softer sonic territory like ambient and even pop for the fourth album.

  • The Band Perry - Pioneer
    Following the number one country hit single “Better Dig Two,” these three siblings release the anticipated followup to their 2010 self-titled debut.

  • Tyler, The Creator - Wolf
    The third album from Odd Future’s provocative poster child features collaborations with Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean.

  • The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
    The Austin-based group named after Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song” drops a fifth album of psychedelic bliss.

  • Snoop Lion - “No Guns Allowed” (feat. Drake & Cori B)
    The former Doggfather enlists his own daughter Cori B. to sing and Drake to rap a guest verse in this uplifting tease from his forthcoming reggae album.

∞  April 2, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Tuesday - March 26, 2013

Depeche ModeDiploThompson Square

Welcome to an exciting week of new music featuring fresh voices and sounds such as the long-awaited debut studio albums from New York rapper Papoose and Dublin five-piece country-rock band Little Green Cars, the third album by Tennessee Americana heroes The Black Lillies, and the sophomore effort by Northern California pop punk crew The Story So Far.

Please allow our New Music Tuesday playlist to reacquaint you with some old favourite artists and discover some new ones. Read the Playlist Notes below for some more information as you listen, and then hop on over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Wavves - Afraid of Heights
    Fresh off the band’s collaboration with OutKast rapper Big Boi, the San Diego surf-inflected indie rockers spring forth with this fourth album.

  • The Strokes - Comedown Machine
    Julian Casablancas and crew sound even more adventurous (and sexy!) on their fifth album of American rock.

  • Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
    The seminal British electronic band drops a lucky 13th album and the first in four years.

  • Thompson Square - Just Feels Good
    The country music duo (and real life couple) of Kiefer and Shawna Thompson succeed the hit single “If I Didn’t Have You” with the followup to their self-titled 2011 debut.

  • Diplo - Express Yourself Remix EP
    Producers such as DJ Mustard, CRNKN, Sleepy Tom, Expendable Youth & Krusha season Diplo’s already party-worthy original songs with doses of ratchet, trap, jungle, and other hyped up sounds.

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New Music Tuesday - March 19, 2013

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A batch of new songs and albums have bloomed just in time for spring. This week’s releases bring the latest from San Francisco rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Estonian pop princess Kerli, New York singer Alice Smith, and Britpop masters The London Suede.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist will whisk you away on an audio tour of the finest tunes of the week. Read the Playlist Notes below as you listen for more key highlights. And if you’re ready for even more, the next step is to go ahead and jump right into the big Rdio New Releases collection.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Low - The Invisible Way
    The mighty Midwesterners drop an impressive 10th album, this one produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

  • Woodkid - The Golden Age
    Yoann Lemoine, who has directed videos for Katy Perry (“Teenage Dream”) and Lana Del Rey (“Born to Die”), puts his musician hat on for this debut album.

  • Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
    In his first full-length release since 2006, Timberlake once again brings sexy back — but this time with the benefit of mature hindsight.

  • Hadouken! - Every Weekend
    The London-based band, named after the “surge fist” move from the Street Fighter video game, launch a sonic wave attack on eager ears with a long-awaited third album.

  • Little Boots - “Broken Record”
    Also from the UK, electropop ingenue Victoria Hesketh serves up a teaser from her next album Nocturnes, due out in May.

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New Music Tuesday - March 12, 2013

She & HimDavid BowieBon Jovi

If naming your most preferred style of music is as difficult as, say, naming your most loved child, then we won’t make you play favourites in this week’s new music releases.

Feel free to equally embrace the eighth album from the incomparable Devendra Banhart, the anticipated debut from Chicago indie rock siblings Wild Belle, a killer Golden State collab between rising rappers Problem & IamSu, and the new EP by UK electronic legend Squarepusher. That’s just for starters. Spin the New Music Tuesday playlist to hear the latest from these and many more artists. The Playlist Notes below add a few more details. And the Rdio New Releases section contains the full granddaddy of this week’s new tunes.


PLAYLIST NOTES

Bon Jovi - What About Now
The more things change, the more they stay the same: New Jersey’s finest is back with a rockin’ twelfth album and a big arena tour.

David Bowie - The Next Day (Deluxe Version)
One of music’s biggest icons returns with his 24th album — his first in a decade and its already hit number one in eleven countries.

Brandt Brauer Frick - Miami
Berlin’s self-described “techno without the technology” trio dedicates an album to the music capital of sunny Florida.

Atoms For Peace - Amok
The supergroup anchored by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea hands in an epic debut.

She & Him - “Never Wanted Your Love”
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward return with the first taste from their forthcoming album Volume 3.

The Summer Set - “Boomerang”
The pop-punk act repping Scottsdale come back around with a second single to preview next month’s Legendary album.

∞  March 12, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Tuesday - March 5, 2013

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This week’s new releases truly celebrate music’s global culture. With one quick click, you can be on your virtual way to Norway to enjoy the debut album from Young Dreams, spin the Argentinean-Uruguyan tango stylings of Bajofondo, indulge in a little “Girl Talk” in the UK with Kate Nash, or waxing poetic in Brooklyn with Waxahatchee.

Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist for a solid overview of what’s happening right now in the wide world of sound; the Playlist Notes below offer some facts on key offerings. Ready for even more planetary delights? Dive into the Rdio New Releases to discover our full collection of newly-minted tunes.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Tim McGraw - Two Lanes of Freedom
    The twelfth album from the Louisiana crooner features the sassy single “Truck Yeah” and the sweeter “One of Those Nights.”

  • Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angel
    As astonishing as it might seem, this album presents a dozen original studio recordings from the legend that have never before been released.

  • Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse
    Trevor Powers’ sophomore album explores a more metaphysical side of pop music.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Sacrilege”
    The triple Ys offer the first taste of the fourth album Mosquito, due out in April.

∞  March 5, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Tuesday - February 26, 2013

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Ready for some brand new beats in your ears? The last release date in February includes the long-awaited full-length debut from Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha, the latest from Berlin techno DJ Ellen Allien, and the fourth LP by Kansas City rapper Kutt Calhoun. We also have a little somethin' extra for you today: Rdio-exclusive bonus tracks from California indie pop act Finish Ticket's debut album.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist will quickly give you an idea of the breadth and depth of this week’s offerings. The Playlist Notes below point out more key releases, and if you’re like Depeche Mode and you “Just Can’t Get Enough” (music nerd humor alert), there’s even more to explore in the Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Kavinsky - OutRun
    After seven years of dropping singles, the French house producer emerges with a full-length debut said to be influenced by Miami Vice and early video games.

  • The Mavericks - In Time
    Miami’s platinum-selling, neotraditional country band has reunited to release the first album in a decade (and seventh overall).

  • Shout Out Louds - Optica
    The fourth album from these Swedish indie rockers pays tribute to ‘80s pop stylings.

  • Boy - Mutual Friends
    The debut from this Swiss-German pop duo called Boy (who are actually two women) has been described as reminiscent of Feist.

  • Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple
    North Carolina’s favorite “alt-Americana” act returns with its Merge Records debut.

  • Icona Pop - "I Love It” (Remixes Pt. 2)
    The Swedish duo’s Charli XCX-guested single gets a dozen re-dubs from the likes of Cobra Starship and Sick Individuals.

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New Music Tuesday - February 19, 2013

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This week’s music releases finds the spotlight shining on a number of unique artists. Among the diverse selection of offerings are Buckcherry’s rock opus about the seven deadly sins, a live album from British soul singer Emeli Sandé, Oklahoma folk singer-songwriter Samantha Crain, and the latest “jamtronica” from Lotus.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist brings you what we consider to be the best songs of the week. The Playlist Notes below point out the week’s sonic highlights as you listen. And if too much is never enough, make your next stop at the Rdio New Releases for even more new music.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Beach Fossils - Clash the Truth
    The Brooklyn indie rockers aim for a wider palette of sounds on the second album.

  • Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell
    After making music in his native England and in Germany, Lidell’s fifth album bears his name and the influence from living and recording it in Nashville.

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
    The legendary group’s 15th album is the first recorded in France and without original member Mick Harvey.

  • Kylie Minogue - "Whistle"
    The Aussie pop star turns in a beautiful and unexpected collaboration with Iceland’s experimental group múm.

  • Phoenix - "Entertainment"
    Coachella’s French headliner offers the first taste of the fifth album Bankrupt! Expect it to drop in April.