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New Music Arrives This Tuesday

It seems that this week’s New Music Tuesday is full of musicians who have a giant list of well-received albums already behind them. That doesn’t mean you can’t find something new to love though. Even the most seasoned of this bunch have a new sound or perspective to offer. If you want to take on new music treasure hunting yourself after giving these a shot, be sure to look at Rdio’s New Releases section, where you’ll find debut releases, remixes, new albums waiting for their first listen.

New Albums

Although 10+ years has passed since Jimmy Eat World’s biggest release ever, Clarity, they’ve sustained themselves with a dedicated fanbase and 6 beloved (if not enormously successful) albums. The 7th album is upon us—hear what they Invented.

Music producer Mark Ronson strikes out on his own one more time with Record Collection. With collaborations featuring Q-Tip, Ghostface Killah, Boy George, D’Angelo, Wiley, and former Pipette, Rose.

Eric Clapton’s almighty 19th (!) album has new material and covers alike. Both are treated with the guitar king’s serious licks and distinctive vocals.

Released on his birthday, Lil Wayne’s EP turned full album, I Am Not a Human Being, features everything you’ve come to expect from the lifelong rapper.

What started as a two-man local L.A. band, No Age has evolved into recognized and accomplished performers, recording artists and musicians. Everything in Between is more than Weirdo Rippers, more than Nouns.

Canadian producer Daniel Lanois pairs with Neil Young for an album of solo work. The result is the thick and eclectic-sounding Le Noise.

Ice Cube shakes off his record label and goes at his 9th studio album, I Am the West, independently.

Rich-voiced country star Kenny Chesney’s life might have exploded beyond the borders of his Tennessee hometown but that doesn’t keep him from penning more stories about the everyman and woman in Hemingway’s Whiskey.

If you’re inspired by smoothly crafted songs and German supermodels, grab a taste of Seal’s seventh album, Commitment.

The softly sonic shoegaze band Engineers might have lost two members earlier this year but they gained one more, Ulrich Schnauss. The solo artist joins the band full-time as they support their 3rd album, In Praise of More.


Scottish rockers The Twilight Sad, have The Wrong Car EP for you featuring new songs and two remixes of songs from their previous album, Forget the Night Ahead.

If Daniel Lanois’ name seems familiar, it’s because the producer who worked with Neil Young’s aforementioned album has a project of his own out this week. Black Dub might be different in style but certainly not listenability.


You can almost hear the song title sing itself in the opening riff of My Chemical Romance’s new song, Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na). Mark your calendars, the album Danger Days is expected at the end of November.

Brian Transeau (aka electronic musician BT) treats one song off his album from earlier this year, These Hopeful Machines, to a multitude of remixes by fellow artists like Dave Aude and Morgan Page.

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The Newest Music is on Tuesdays

It didn’t make sense to organize this week’s New Music Tuesday in terms of new albums, EPs and singles. Instead, you’ll find an excellent and eclectic collection of brand new music, new songs from already legendary and careered musicians, and some newly available catalog gems. If you want to see for yourself what’s new in Rdio, browse through the New Releases and queue, review and add new finds to your collection.

Brand New Music

Producer and TV on the Radio member Dave Sitek, strikes out on his own as Maximum Balloon. With the help of famous friends like TVotR’s lead singer, Little Dragon and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, his album is both funky and danceable.

Producer Ski Beatz steps out from behind the Jay-Z, Curren$y and Camp Lo mixing board for a chance to shine on his own in a debut album, 24 Hour Karate School.

Maroon 5 started their journey with Songs About Jane, moved on to It Won’t Be Soon Before Long. and is now in the midst of Hands All Over, their 3rd album.

The first proper country music album to be found in a New Music Tuesday post, Billy Currington has all the likability and laid back storytelling needed to fully Enjoy Yourself.

The sound of Frankie Rose and The Outs’ self-titled album is likely a product of Frankie Rose’s impressive musical history. Her previous experience as the drummer for the Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts has helped her and the band create a sound delicately balanced between surf rock and dream pop.

Diddy, former Danity Kane member Dawn Richard and singer-songwriter Kalenna are Diddy-Dirty Money. With a new album coming out soon, they released their first single Loving You No More.

When one of the country’s top music supervision firms gets behind a record, you give it a listen. In this case, it’s easy to see why Chop Shop might love the ethereal and easy electronic flare of Portland’s Mackintosh Braun. Want to listen to more from Chop Shop? Check out their music projects such as the soundtracks for The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy and The Twilight Saga.

Multi-talented musician and poet Michael Franti joins forces with his band, Spearhead, for one more upbeat and conscientious album, The Sound of Sunshine. Mixing reggae, rap, and elements of rock, saving the world never sounded so good.

New Music from the Already Legendary

Grab a drink and cozy up to the piano where Liza Minnelli and her longtime pianist spin their take on the sultry classics in Confessions.

Culled from the annals of hard rock history, Black Country Communion was formed by some serious notables—guitarist Joe Bonamassa, bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Jason Bonham (son and recent stand-in of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), and keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Alice Cooper). The effect isn’t a bloat of talent but the interwoven virtuosity of 4 men.

All but the hugest Bon Jovi fan may be surprised to hear What Do You Got?, a new single from the stadium rockers. New material preceding a Greatest Hits compilation? Well played, Bon Jovi.

Exploring more classic country music styling, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash’s only child, John Carter Cash, continues the family’s tradition of songwriting in The Family Secret.


Popular hip-hop and R&B label Uptown Records remixes are now available for your auditory enjoyment:

Originally a member of the backing group for Ike & Tina Turner, Gloria Scott’s album What Am I Gonna Do, is hotly sought in vinyl markets. Produced by Barry White in 1974, you can listen to the whole thing in its heart-wrenching entirety.

1980 saw the pairing of Sly Dunbar with The Revolutionaries. Dunbar, better known as one half of the long-running and wildly influential production team Sly & Robbie, created 10 solid dub tracks in Black Ash Dub.

Pop Culture Bonus:

Are you a Gleek? You can revisit tonight’s music in the season opener by checking out the latest from the Glee Cast.

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So Much New Music Tuesday

Today’s New Music Tuesday additions are an eclectic and plentiful bunch. Inject a burst of new music into your queue, collection and recent listens with this fantastic array of albums, EPs and singles. Don’t just take our word for it—browse the new releases on your own and discover (or re-discover) something awesome.

Brand New Albums:

Loosen up, put on your party shoes and jump into Chromeo’s new album, Business Casual, for a good time that’s more sequins than khaki pants. If you’re a Canadian listener, enjoy the Business Casual (Deluxe Edition) with 4 bonus remixes.

The straightforward and Smiths-esque rock of James is prominently on display in this album, which combines their two previous mini-albums, The Morning After The Night Before.

Black Mountain’s Wilderness Heart is an album you’re going to love. Don’t think about it too hard because you aren’t going to know why. Perhaps it’s the psychedelic loops and sparkle, or maybe it’s just the vocal warbling. Either way, enjoy the whole package from beginning to end.

Although the 4 member group of Nortec Collective no longer performs together, they’re still releasing music such as the Latin Grammy nominated Tijuana Sound Machine. This time around, Nortec Colelctive Presents: Bostick + Fussible’s Bulevar 2000. If you want to be surprised by a grooving tuba line, this album is definitely for you.

Of Montreal is already on their tenth studio release, this time with the support of tour-mate Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles. Will False Priest make it a perfect 10?

Guitar soloist Charlie Hunter tackles 11 tracks so old that they have no intellectual rights attached. Don’t believe your ears—you’re listening to only one man play on Public Domain.

It may surprise you that Sex with an X is only the 2nd actual album of a band that was created in 1987. Don’t let that fool you, The Vaselines have sustained a cult-like status thanks to the attention brought about by Nirvana’s 3 covers.

The San Francisco Symphony, under the guidance of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, join singers Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson to embrace Mahler: Songs with Orchestra.

EPs: Short, sweet and to the point

Someone must have given the twin sisters of School of Seven Bells a cup of coffee. The new synthy and energetic sound of the Heart Is Strange EP gives a new lease on their harmonious and soothing creations.

In For the Kill, from La Roux’s self-titled album, gets 4 remixes from 4 producers.

Singles: enjoy bits of coming-soon albums

Ne-Yo hand-claps and falsetto croons his way into your heart, ears and pants with his single, One in a Million.

There’s only a month until Kings of Leon releases their next album, Come Around Sundown. In the meantime, you’ll have to be satisfied with the solid single, Radioactive.

Rihanna doesn’t rely on catchy club hooks for Only Girl (In the World) from her upcoming album, [Loud]( She sings straight from the gut.

Honorable mentions and classic catalog gems:

New Features

New Rdio Features on the Web

Reward your curiosity

If an album catches your eye, you can immediately indulge your musical curiosity with the new, fast album information pop-up. Hover over albums to see the new information icon ( i ), which you can click to see an album’s number of plays, recent listeners, track listing and reviews.


And if you’re using Chrome, it will ask if it can show you Rdio desktop notifications, and you should say yes! If enabled, you’ll be notified when you add or remove music from your collection, add music to your queue, set music to mobile sync, or any of the other actions found inside the action menu. Oh, and Growl notifications are now supported if you’re using Rdio in a Fluid app, too. We think you just ran out of excuses for missing a notification.

Give these two cool new features a test drive and let us know what you think.

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New Music for a New Tuesday

Don’t let the three-day holiday weekend trick you into forgetting that this faux Monday is actually New Music Tuesday. Sidle up to these exciting new albums—queue them up, share what you like on Twitter and Facebook. Go ahead, try something new today. If these releases whet your appetite for more, don’t forget that you can dive into the full list of New Releases.

Robyn continues her pop-greatness quest in this second of three 2010 releases. Following Body Talk Pt. 1, here comes Body Talk Pt 2.

Hugely influential artists are pretty uncommon so when the world finds one, these musicians are celebrated for years after their peak. One example? The inimitable David Bowie. We Were So Turned On, a charity compilation of Bowie covers, is another hat tip to his greatness. It includes contibutions from established performers like Duran Duran, Carla Bruni, and Keren Ann and newer musicians such as Chairlift, Vivian Girls and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

Rhythm & Culture, a record label dedicated to lounge, downtempo and electronic music, released their first artist roster compilation, The Sound of Rhythm and Culture.

Sarah Bareilles, songstress and piano extraordinaire, is at it again with her sweet and earnest 3rd studio album, Kaleidoscope Heart.

Former G-Unit member Young Buck has fought bankruptcy, the law, and beef with 50 Cent to release this 3rd album, The Rehab.

Gold Panda’s music is as warm and enveloping as you think it’d be. Fresh from Ghostly International is this producer’s first full-length album, Lucky Shiner.

Singles- a taste of the future

While it’s not entirely clear if R. Kelly has 1, 2 or 3 new albums coming out, he did just release a single for one of them, When a Woman Loves.

Rapper and mixtape artist Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday isn’t available yet, but her collaboration with is—Check It Out. (Can you i.d. the sample?)

Super spooks Fever Ray cover Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street.

Historic releases- a look at the Past

With the egos put aside, the 1970’s Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel are treated to a Best Of album. Com’mon Steve, Make Me Smile.

Placebo fans, the BBC sessions are waiting here for you. First stop is September 9th, 1996, next is the Simon Mayo Show, followed by The Evening Session and Lamacq Live.

Helmet was supposed to be 1991’s next Nirvana but unfortunately for this 4-piece, that never quite materialized. Remember the band in this expanded version of their sophomore release, Betty.


Some thoughts on Ping & Rdio

Along with the rest of Twitter, we were watching Apple’s keynote earlier today, and are pleased to see that Apple continues to innovate.

Coolest was Apple now agreeing with us that music is better with people and launching their very own “social network for music,” Ping. (Hey, you’re clearly on to something big when Steve Jobs “follows” you.)

A couple of important distinctions worth noting between Rdio and Ping though:

1) Unlike Ping, on Rdio you don’t have to buy individual songs or albums to hear them. For $4.99/month, which is half the price of an album on iTunes, you can play, save and share all 7 million songs in our catalog, in their entirety, as many times as you want, completely ad-free.

2) In addition to iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, Rdio also works on Android & BlackBerry devices, so you can be social with everyone, not just with people who have one kind of phone.

So go on… what are you waiting for? Try Rdio for free today, and tell a friend about it too. If you’ve got any questions about Rdio, we’re listening on Twitter @Rdio.

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New Music Tuesday: Extended

The last few weeks have resulted in some great summer contributions to Rdio’s catalog. We’ll expand our scope a bit this week to bring you the greatest variety of New Music Tuesday yet. What are you in the mood for: A new album? Some singles? A remix perhaps? If those don’t appease your ears, perhaps something from the past will work.

Queue up some of this music, review your fingers off, and let your friends know what your favorite new additions are. And don’t forget that when you’re done here, there’s more music in the New Releases section.

The name Philip Selway might not mean much to most people, until someone says he’s the drummer from Radiohead. Listen in on his first solo album, Familial.

Doug Benson is a man who purposefully recorded his comedy album on 4/20/10 and starred in the documentary Super High Me. Somewhere in between his illegal allegiance and edited Best Week Ever jabs, you’ll find Hypocritical Oaf.

Travel to far-off regions using only a pair of headphones. Travel experts from The Rough Guide have created albums dedicated to regional music like The Music of Afghanistan.

The Singles:

Snippets of upcoming greatness from your favorite musicians

Lloyd will give the world a present on Valentine’s Day with another album, King of Hearts, but first, Lay It Down.

Not content to contain his Pretty Boy Swag, Soulja Boy Tell’em wants you to start Blowing Me Kisses, the 2nd single from unreleased The DeAndre Way.

Side effects of listening to Cee-Lo’s F**k You may include incessant humming, foot tapping and the desire to watch the music video just one more time.

The gentle melodies of Turn The Dirt Over from last September’s Sea Wolf album, White Water, White Bloom, are offset by the electronic chords from Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning.

Who replaced Matt & Kim with the horn and drum line? If the single, Cameras, is any indication, we’re all going to love the new album.


Kaleidoscope got remixed by its own Tiësto as well as Ferry Corsten, Ali Wilson and Phillip D.

Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms is re-imagined with track tweaks by Dntel, YACHT, and Twin Shadow.


Want to make your Recent Listening look a little more retro? Queue up these old school classics and #1 hits.

Bringing together jazz and rock, the Miles Davis masterpiece Bitches Brew is now 40 years old.

It’s the best of the best, listen to Janet Jackson’s top shelf Best of Number Ones.