We’ve been too busy eating candy canes and ripping through presents to put together a New Music playlist for this week. Instead of a regularly scheduled New Music Tuesday, let’s reminisce to simpler times—2010.
Those kids and their music these days. In honor of the youth, Josh Hemsley created a playlist of songs guaranteed to get Grandma to turn her hearing aids off. The fellows of Maroon 5, Blink 182, and Spinal Tap all offer their takes on heartbreak and cheer.
The latest firmware update for the Sprint Evo 4G (v3.70.651.1) has broken Rdio’s ability to stream music over cellular data, and we’re investigating potential fixes. Google, HTC and Sprint are aware of the issue, which is also affecting other streaming apps.
Playback should still work over wifi; see this forum thread for other potential workarounds.
Thanks for your patience while we work on addressing it, and stay tuned here (and our Twitter account) for news of a fix.
Update, 2011-01-17 — Sprint is working on an OTA update for this issue, but Sprint Customer Care can push an update to your Evo if you call them and ask about it. Here’s what to do via the forum thread:
Call Sprint @ 877-639-8351 from a phone other than your EVO
Enter your EVO’s phone #
Hit “3” for tech support
Hit “5” for other
Hit “0” for operator
Mention you’re running 3.70.651.1 and have the “streaming audio issue”
If you don’t care to hear another precious glockenspiel or the gentle jingling of bells, turn up the volume on compilation Blues for Christmas. Guitars and banjos abound in this lo-fi ode to the less perfect parts of Christmas.
Love it or leave it, Glee was even more impossible to miss this year as they wrapped up the most recent season by releasing an adorable album of Christmas songs. The underdog group of McKinley High schoolers tackle Christmas classics in their very special bubblegum way that’ll surely brightened up your gift wrapping station.
Don’t mind this week’s abbreviated New Music Tuesday selections—instead we’re treating you to a 2010 retrospective. More important than what we liked is what you listened to this year. Add your favorite tracks to the Best of New Music Tuesday: 2010 playlist and help us create the ultimate Year in Review.
After studying each week’s top albums, we noticed some trends. Keep reading to find out what we saw as this year’s top rap albums, party music, frequent Heavy Rotation albums and more.
Do you visit Rdio when you need something to play for your dinner party or BBQ? In all likelihood, you could pick the latest popular albums from LCD Soundsystem, Taio Cruz or super-producer Mark Ronson and set the mood for a very hopping fiesta.
Frequent Heavy Rotation Albums
Some albums seem to stick around longer than others in Heavy Rotation. Depending on your network’s preferences, these popular albums from The Black Keys or (Grammy nominated) Mumford & Sons might have graced your Heavy Rotation for weeks at a time. Haven’t listened to them yet? Why fight it? Queue them up right now and satisfy your lingering curiosity.
Defying categorization beyond being largely appreciated by people who listened to them, Big Boi, Tokyo Police Club and Janelle Monáe are albums you may want to test drive if you haven’t heard them before.
Back to New Music
If those are the top 2010 albums, what’s new since last week? Listen to the New Music Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 playlist below—collaborate and add your favorites.
Interested in something more familiar? Nerdgirl’s playlist, Xmas Jingley Belly Tunage undoubtedly contains the songs and memories of your childhood Christmas vacation. What’s December without a little A Charlie Brown Christmas or The Carpenters? Enjoy almost 4 hours of music that’ll inspire even the Grinch to sip some spiked eggnog.