New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 12, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a new hand-picked set every seven days. This week, we’re dancing to the digital debut of Benny Benassi featuring John Legend, taking in the sophomore album by British singer-songwriter Alex Clare and the first EP by Southern country singer Sam Hunt and trying to play it cool and not like we have the new Ryan Adams song on repeat. You can read about more highlights from this week’s set in the Playlist Notes below and click over to the Rdio New Releases page to do more browsing.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • FKA twigs - LP1
    A British singer also known for her extensive experience as a dancer is about to leap out in a big way with this boundary-pushing debut album.

  • The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (Deluxe)
    The New Jersey rockers take a departure from their homegrown sound with an album overtly inspired by Pearl Jam and Northwest grunge.

  • Porter Robinson - Worlds
    One of American EDM’s brightest young stars unveils his long-awaited debut album, featuring guest appearances by indie pop acts Urban Cone and Imaginary Cities.

  • Tank - Stronger
    R&B’s rugged ladies’ man drops a sixth solo album following his TGT collaboration with Tyrese and Ginuwine.

  • Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Deluxe)
    Also on a sixth album is LA’s renowned hip-hop trio, back for the first time in eight years with heavyweight production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder and Alchemist.

  • Kenny Chesney - Flora-Bama
    The country crooner’s latest single is a tribute to his August beach concert Flora-Bama-Jama.

∞  August 12, 2014 — 9:09AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 5, 2014

This week’s New Music Weekly playlist is a super lively one, and we’ve been practicing our dance moves with the help of the Step Up: All In Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and some hip-shaking retro tunes from Elvis Presley. We have also been getting loud with the latest long player from Florida rockers New Found Glory, basking in the cool weirdness from UK singer FKA twigs and taking in the soothing tones of a new single from “Same Love” singer Mary Lambert. For more on the best tunes of the week, press play and check out the Playlist Notes below.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Spoon - They Want My Soul
    The indie rockers’ eighth album is the first for their new record label Loma Vista Recordings, a bright recharge after taking a few years off that can be heard through the joy of clever lyrics, raw melodies and wonderfully loud walls of sound.

  • Arkells - High Noon
    The multiple Juno Award-winning rockers deliver power pop choruses and big room sounds on their third album.

  • Godsmack - 1000hp
    The Seattle metal gods sought an even rawer sound for their first album in four years, created in their brand new recording studio.

  • Nicki Minaj - “Anaconda”
    A sassy single freaked over samples from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” provides a taste of Nicki’s next album The Pink Print.

  • Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
    The Chicago act’s second album bears audible influence from big name legends like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Beach Boys.

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∞  August 5, 2014 — 9:23AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Merge Picks a Quarter Century of Essential Songs

The mighty Merge Records turns 25 this year, and hot on the heels of the label’s anniversary festival, they’ve created an exclusive playlist of their must-hear songs just for Rdio listeners.

Clocking in at over 400 minutes (!), Merge25: The Essentials spans the label’s history, which grew from a tiny indie label pressing up 7-inch records in 1989 to the internationally respected music company it is today. The playlist brings together more than 100 tracks from key artists like Arcade Fire, Redd Kross, Lou Barlow, Spoon, The Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel and, of course, Superchunk (whose members Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan started the label). You’ll find all you need here to become a Merge expert right away! Follow Merge Records on Rdio for more playlists from the label.

∞  July 30, 2014 — 4:50PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 29, 2014

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always know the best highlights of the moment. This week, we’re tasting some local delights, including the debut album from Drake-affiliated singer PARTYNEXTDOOR, previously unheard songs from extinct indie rockers The Unicorns, and an infectious new single from Fences featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. We’re also rocking out to the return of the old school sound from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and reveling in the guilty pleasure of the new pop collabo between Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

There’s a lot more to hear in this set, so press play and check out the Playlist Notes for more tidbits — including an amazing social media music success story. Want to do your own picking? The Rdio New Releases section gives you the unfiltered access to everything.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
    The American singer-songwriter worked with fellow recording artist Ryan Adams to produce her first album in six years, the creative result of a difficult period of insomnia that has turned pain into some of her poppiest and happiest sounding work to date.

  • Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes EP
    A first collection of songs from the 15-year-old Canadian singer who went from posting six-second covers on Vine to a record-breaking debut single (“Life of the Party”) that hit the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of social media.

  • James Brown - Get On Up - The James Brown Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The soundtrack for the Godfather of Soul’s new biopic features studio and live takes of seminal cuts as well as previously unreleased live recordings.

  • Tweedy - “Fake Fur Coat”
    Fresh off having the song “Summer Noon” in the new movie Boyhood, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer tease out another taste of their upcoming fall album.

  • Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    The hotly buzzed intergalactic hip-hop duo of Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler (known as Butterfly in the Nineties) and Tendai Maraire created seven suites of songs on their second album.

∞  July 29, 2014 — 7:15AM

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Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Ethan Hawke Shares His Black Album Playlist from "Boyhood"

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Richard Linklater’s acclaimed film Boyhood was shot over the course of a dozen years, so you can see actor Ellar Coltrane age from 6 to 18 in a dizzying flash. This is not the only powerful dose of reality in this movie by a long shot, and you’re about to hear one of the most special examples.

In the movie, star Ethan Hawke shares a special playlist called The Black Album with his son (played by Coltrane), a set culling all the best solo tunes from each member of The Beatles. Hawke actually created this playlist for his daughter in real life, modifying it slightly for the film but preserving the same magic of sharing timeless music across generations. As much as we love hearing John, Paul, George and Ringo together, Hawke’s loving collection shows the strength that each musician has as a solo artist.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio for more playlists from this extraordinary cinematic release, including one charting the musical highlights from each year of the film. Boyhood is in theaters now.

∞  July 25, 2014 — 3:34PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 22, 2014

Time is precious, so why not cut to the chase and just hear the best new songs of the week right away? Riders of the fast lane, kindly direct your listening attention to the New Music Weekly playlist, which features the first taste of upcoming albums by Jessie Ware and Weezer, plus the latest party banger from Lil Jon featuring Tyga, a new single from Jason Aldean, and the Record Store Day EP release from The Black Angels; read the Playlist Notes below for some fun facts on some of the biggies.

Listen below and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to automatically get the new playlist every Tuesday. Looking for more, more more? The Rdio New Releases page houses all the latest offerings unfiltered for your limitless exploration.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alvvays - Alvvays
    The Toronto-based quartet pronounced always emerges with a debut album of timeless, sun-soaked indie pop.

  • Lights - Up We Go
    The Toronto electropop star returns with her first release since giving birth to daughter Rocket Wild Bokan.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer (Deluxe Edition)
    The Aussie YouTube stars known for their pop cover tunes finally emerge with a debut album of original songs.

  • Banks - “Beggin for Thread”
    A haunting new single from the Los Angeles singer-songwriter born Jillian Banks and one of Rdio's 2014 Artists To Watch is a preview from her forthcoming debut album Goddess, which is expected in September.

  • The Raveonettes - Pe’ahi
    The Danish indie rock duo of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner name their seventh album after a Hawaiian surf spot.

∞  July 22, 2014 — 8:55AM

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Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Hear a Dozen Years of Music From Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" Opening Today

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Director Richard Linklater’s latest film Boyhood packs groundbreaking reality into a fictional film. American actor Ellar Coltrane, who stars with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, was cast at age six in 2002 with filming took place one week a year over the course of a dozen years.

Follow Boyhood on Rdio and celebrate each year caught in the movie through a musical soundtrack. A few choice yearly highlights of the Boyhood playlists include:

2002: Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Kylie Minogue
2003: Outkast, Evanescence, Kelis
2004: Britney Spears, Usher, M.I.A.
2005: Kanye West, Bloc Party, Gorillaz
2006: Neko Case, Rihanna, My Chemical Romance
2007: Amy Winehouse, Vampire Weekend, Alicia Keys
2008: Katy Perry, Soulja Boy, MGMT
2009: Cobra Starship, Flo Rida, Animal Collective
2010: Ke$ha, Arcade Fire, Robyn
2011: Adele, Gotye, LMFAO
2012: Carly Rae Jepsen, DIIV, fun.
2013: Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Washed Out

This trip through the musical eras will help you chart Mason’s growth from a little kid to the brink of being an adult in the most fun way possible. Don’t worry, though; you clearly haven’t aged a day.

Boyhood opens today.

∞  July 18, 2014 — 8:41AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 15, 2014

We listen to everything that comes out each week in order to assemble the best songs in one place just for you. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a new hand-picked set each Tuesday.

This week’s edition brings a taste of the first album in five years from British crooner Morrissey and debuts from his electronic-leaning countrymen The Acid and Jungle, plus the return of modern goth queen Zola Jesus and the introduction of new country duo Maddie and Tae.

Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from this week’s best offerings, and click over to the Rdio New Releases when you’re ready to do even more exploring on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Deluxe)
    The deluxe version of the UK singer’s long-awaited debut contains an acoustic version of “Latch,” his hit with dance duo Disclosure.

  • Jason Mraz - Yes!
    Love and happiness are explored on the pop rock singer’s fifth album with the help of all-female band Raining Jane.

  • Rise Against - The Black Market
    Chicago’s veteran punk act takes a surprisingly introspective turn for the seventh album, melding the political with the personal.

  • Richard Reed Parry - Music for Heart and Breath
    The Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist experiments with melding classic music with his sampled heartbeats and breaths on his debut solo album.

  • Bleachers - Strange Desire
    Another high-profile solo debut this week is an Eighties-inspired full-length from Jack Antonoff of fun.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:13AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Hear Joyce Manor's New Album One Week Early

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Southern California pop punk specialists Joyce Manor have joined the legendary Epitaph Records (home of acts like Rancid, Weezer and Social Distortion) for their third album Never Hungover Again. Clocking in at just 19 minutes, it’s a concise effort by most standards, but is actually on the long side for a band that favors peppering wit and wisdom about love and loss over brief beats and infectious riffs.

The album’s official release date isn’t until July 22, but we’ve got an exclusive early listen for you right now so you can toast to the end of hangovers with Joyce Manor!

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:07AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: The Maine Unleashes Surprises on Rdio Sessions

One of our most special types of exclusives is the Rdio Sessions series, which captures live recordings of intimate sets played for Rdio fans. Arizona rockers and Warped Tour favorites The Maine recently stopped by Faultline Studios in San Francisco to play a concert comprised of surprises.

Listen to Rdio Sessions by The Maine to hear the band’s unexpected set list, which bypasses the singles from 2013’s Forever Halloween (produced by Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs) in favor of less-spotlighted gems like “Kennedy Curse” and “F--ked Up Kids” and even unearths a previously hidden song from 2011’s Pioneer.

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more cool sets from Rdio favorites like Passenger, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and STRFKR.

∞  July 15, 2014 — 8:04AM

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