November 2010

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Try New Music Tuesday

This week’s New Music Tuesday picks are varied and cover a huge stretch of musical terrain. Enjoy the refined sounds of The Lady Killer and of the woodsy Wild Orchid Children, see how the new Elvis sounds when it meets a Loretta Lynn tribute album—the combination of new additions to your Rdio Queue and Collection are almost overwhelming. Find something new to have on repeat this week, or introduce yourself to a new album every day from New Releases.

Listening to Cee-Lo’s new album, The Lady Killer, is the pop-culture equivalent of watching a Tony-winning Broadway musical based on a movie. It’s fantastic fun and the high-quality production belays the care with which it was created. The result is incredibly high-highs and very mellow lows, an addictive combination.

A little over a year since his first album, Kid Cudi went back to the studio and created his second album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Ranger. Complete with haunting verse and equally upbeat hooks, it’s the perfect music for moonwalking.

Diverging from the sound that introduced them to many, Hellogoobye goes for more upbeat, pop-inspired horn and tambourine guitars in Would It Kill You?.

With the squawky, strained-vocals similar to Rage Against the Machine, Wild Orchid Children are actually more psychadelic than you’d think. Their debut album, The Wild Orchid Children Are Alexander Supertramp, is full of big-sounding glory music.

From the bass player of War on Drugs comes Nightlands. A strangely delicate and multi-layered first album, Forget the Mantra goes as far as recording The Beach Boys in an almost unrecognizably elegant cover.

Crank it—country music star Blake Shelton compiled his Greatest Hits and also threw in a new single for good measure.

EPs + Singles

Tobacco’s LA UTI EP has the same grip on weird-o sounds and noisy music in a similarly listenable manner as Black Moth Super Rainbow, which makes sense.

With a more modern Bob Dylan voice and quiet, persistent guitaring, The Tallest Man On Earth’s EP, Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird, captures the intimacy and immediacy of a one-man performance.

Can you name that sample heard in Lupe Fiasco’s single, The Show Goes On?

Dirty Dancing with The Black Eyed Peas.

Duffy’s album, due out later this month, is of the same name as her softly sweet single, Endlessly.

Old music with a new twist

In what almost looks like a list of Billboard’s most successful musicians of the last few years, Quincy Jones lends his hits for reinterpretation to acts like Akon, Amy Winehouse, T.I., B.o.B., and Jennifer Hudson. With Quincy Jones behind the mixingboard, the result of Q: Soul Bossa Nova is not at all unsatisfying.

Coal Miner’s Daughter was originally the title of a biographical movie about Loretta Lynn but now, it is a musical tribute to her. Featuring bands like Carrie Underwood, Lucinda Williams, and Sheryl Crow, the Coal Miner’s Daughter is celebrated once again.

In what might be a controversial move by Elvis Presley purists, 2010 sees a new album dedicated to reworked Elvis classics. Viva Elvis tries to distill what made The King a performer and apply it to more modern-day musicianship.


Rdio for Windows Phone 7 Unveiled

If you’re the lucky owner of a brand-new Windows Phone 7 device, or are thinking about getting one, we have some excellent news for you today—the Rdio for Windows Phone 7 app is now available in the Marketplace. Joining the ranks of Rdio for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, Rdio for Windows Phone 7 gives you unlimited access to music from your mobile phone.

What does it do?

Rdio for Windows Phone 7 is full of features that are easy to navigate on your phone while you’re out and about:

  • Browse and listen to your Rdio music collection and playlists
  • Search, find and play albums and songs on-demand
  • Listen to artist Rdio stations with one-click
  • Discover new music and see what your friends are listening to with the eye-catching Heavy Rotation

We haven’t implemented Sync to mobile yet, but we’re hard at work on that all-important feature.

How do you get it?

Visit the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace from your phone and search for Rdio to download the app. If you’re new to Rdio, sign-up for the free 3-day trial and give Rdio a shot. You can also subscribe to Rdio Unlimited, which includes Rdio web and mobile access, straight from the app for $9.99/month. If you have a Rdio web-only account, sign in and upgrade to Rdio Unlimited.


We’d love to hear how Rdio for Windows Phone 7 is working for you. Please post your thoughts, questions and feedback in our Windows Phone 7 forum.

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Notable New Music

This week’s New Music Tuesday is full of surprisingly feel-good and old-school albums, singles, remixes and re-issues. Old favorites like Weezer, N.E.R.D. and Elvis Costello make an appearance right next to newcomers like Mini Mansions, Matt & Kim and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. in New Releases. Add this music to your queue, or maybe your Collection, and after a few spins, write a review.

Matt & Kim’s energetic enthusiasm and joie de vivre is only a little bit of what they’re about. The tremendous keyboardist and drummer twosome have run naked through the streets to arrive at their third album, Sidewalks.

It might be a sleepy Tuesday workday, but you can bring a little Saturday night partying to right now. N.E.R.D.’s fourth go-around, Nothing, adds a female counterpart to Pharrell, new singer Rhea.

Ever the old-time gentleman, Elvis Costello’s ballads are most reminiscent of a modern wandering minstrel. Don’t keep walking, stop and listen while he busks with guests like Vince Gill and Leon Russell in National Ransom.

  • When the first word sung on a first track is the title of a new album, you might have a concept album on your hands. Cardiology is the exploration of Good Charlotte’s heart, with the returning right and left ventricles, the Madden brothers, and the newest pacemaker, drummer Dean Butterworth.

  • Another Queens of the Stone Age spin-off sprouts up as one band member teams up with some old friends. A little bit wandering carnival with some Beatles distortion, Mini Mansionsself-titled debut album sounds surprisingly classic.

  • If the dynamic single I Believe in You from Black Dub was to your liking, then queue up the self-titled full-length project from Daniel Lanois and Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Chris Whitley. More raw singing, low-key beats and pure musicianship shine through.

Singles + Remixes

Most people wouldn’t immediately record a song with Chris Brown after having been sentenced to go to prison. Then again, most people aren’t rap stars. Here’s what T.I. had to say after learning he was heading back to lock-up, Get Back Up.

Force of nature and dance explosion Ciara slips you a sneak peak from her upcoming Basic Instinct album with the sparse, intense and bass-heavy Gimmie Dat.

Just when you thought there wasn’t anything more to like about the cheerful and quirky Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., you can hear that their music sounds fun even when other people like Kasper Bjorke, Deastro and Diego and The Dissidents remix it.

Cover Albums, Greatest Hits and Re-Issues

Are you left feeling overwhelmed by all the new selections this week? Enlist the help of other people on Rdio by checking out BikerChick’s playlist of 11/2/10 music.