February 2011

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Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: XL Recordings

Rooted in the early days of techno, rave, drum and bass (they call it Acid House), XL Recordings has grown into a bastion of musicians and artists with a strong, original vision and voice. Much like their sister Labels under Beggars Group, XL Recordings sprung from a record store and other music projects coupled with a keen ear and some fortunate breaks.

Following their early projects, which can be heard in their First Chapters compilation, XL scored big with The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, and later with Mercury Prize-winning Badly Drawn Boy and Dizzee Rascal. Today, they maintain their reputation for one-of-a-kind projects.

Current XL Recordings Artists

XL Recordings Alumni

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on XL Recordings, check Wikipedia or XLRecordings.com, where you’ll also find their tumblelog and lifestream. Follow @XLRECORDINGS and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new releases and touring information.

Previous label features include: Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

News

Now Available: Rdio on Roku

No matter your choice of preferred home media setup, we want you listening to Rdio. Starting today, Roku users can do just that—presenting Rdio for Roku.

Things you can do with Rdio for Roku

  • View and build your Rdio music Collection
  • Enjoy playlists
  • Search and play albums, artists and songs
  • See each week’s New Releases, Top Charts, and music Recommendations specifically for you
  • Scan Rdio’s Heavy Rotation for what’s popular
  • Play music from your Web Queue
  • Check out your music listening History

If you have a Roku and an Unlimited Rdio subscription, turn on your TV, check out the Roku Marketplace and snag the new Rdio channel. Not an Rdio user yet? Be sure to sign up for a 7-day free trial on the web before test driving this sweet new setup.

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Introducing: Your New Rdio Collection

You’ve spent hours, or even days, building your Rdio Collection. That is precisely the reason we’re giving you more ways sort and find the music you like so much. In the mood for a particular artist? Want to see, at a glance, which artist you listen to the most? How about which album you added to your Collection first? Find all that information in your new Collection page.

Here are some other things you can do with your new Collection:

  • Move between your Artists, Albums or Songs and sort by Most Played, Recently Added and more.
  • View or hide the bubble visualization.
  • Access easy album information with an info pop-up.
  • Glance at Artists and see which of their Songs and Albums are in your Collection.
  • Instantly sort, search and filter your Collection.

Pair your new Collection with your Collection’s Rdio Station and enjoy this zippier way to view, modify, search, sort and play your unique music collection.

MusicNew Music Weekly

A Little Bit Country —New Music Tuesday

If you listen closely, there’s a decidedly Country and Americana flair to this week’s New Releases round-up. Amid the twang and slide guitar-inspired sounds of King Creosote, G. Love, and The Cave Singers, you’ll also find the electronic swells of Teeel, Death Kit, Pandit. Set against those contrasting sounds are the serious piano features of Adele, Dustin O’Halloran and Josh T. Pearson—it’s a very satisfying playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • G. Love, Fixin to Die: Yes, this is that G. Love. Riding sans Special Sauce, he reaches back to find, or more literally, rediscover his roots. This enjoyable tryst in country music was produced by the Avett Brothers. G. Love’s signature talk-rapping remains.

  • Adele, 21: With a striking voice mature beyond her years, Adele’s second album is an expertly arranged sophomore album full of sadness yet a little joy.

  • Dustin O’Halloran, Lumiere: Thank heavens for Fat Cat Records. They’ve become champions of modern classical—much like the dark, moving music of Max Richter, their most recent album is a complex and beautiful debut of piano and accompanying instrumentation by Dustin O’Halloran.

  • Various Artists, Sounds of Om 2011: As a tremendous supporter of electronic music, it’s not surprising that Om Records’ 2011 compilation would be brimming full of incredible music and remixes from artists like Dirty Vegas, Groove Armada, Kaskade, Samantha James and more.

  • Diplo, Riddimentary: Diplo selects Greensleeves: Diplo, the Philly-based DJ and producer, has had an incredible run these past few years. Besides running Mad Decent and diving into the side-project Major Lazer, he somehow had time to spend deep in the catalog of dancehall and reggae stalwart Greensleeves—enough time that a compilation of his favorite music was in order.

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: The Dears

Nearly a week since their fifth studio album hit your heads and hearts, we got to ask Montreal-based The Dears Five Questions, and enjoy a history lesson in playlist form.

Five Questions with The Dears

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Rob Benvie from The Dears: Though many know his name, few people today recognize the amazingness ofJoe Meek, who was basically the most significant innovator in pioneering experimental/home recording and production. Seek out I Hear a New World, from 1959.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    RB: My dream album would be Lee “Scratch” Perry producing NWA in 1989.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    RB: The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks. If I ever have a child, that will be their gift on their twelfth birthday.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    RB: Looting Pottery Barn
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    RB: Devouring the universe

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Compliments of their label, Dangerbird Records, listen to a quick History of The Dears as a playlist. 

For more on the bands they represent, like The Dearsfollow Dangerbird Records on Rdio.

Thanks to The Dears for playing. If you haven’t already, be sure to listen to their new album, Degeneration Street and stay tuned for more Five Questions with the Band.

 

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Rough Trade Records

As we continue to highlight the artists and Labels that recently joined the Rdio catalog, we’re on to the next Label from the Beggars Group umbrella. Joining 4AD and Matador Records, Rough Trade Records is a London-based testament to music industry’s rich history.

Much like its sister label 4AD, Rough Trade Records sprung from a record store. Building off the early success of bands like The Smiths, Scritti Politti and Stiff Little Fingers, their subsequent years saw enormous growth and belief in a DIY-ethos. Although their business side is complex, we’ll let their catalog of past and present artists speak for itself. Among their roster are Mercury Prize-winning (and nominated) bands like Antony & The Johnsons, Arcade Fire and British Sea Power.

If you crave more background from this storied Label, check out their 2006-published history, Rough Trade: Labels Unlimited. You can also find a shorter version of their history on the Rough Trade website.

Old School Rough Trade Artists

Second Generation Rough Trade Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Rough Trade Records, check Wikipedia or RoughTradeRecords.com, where you’ll also find news and their blog. Follow @roughtraderecs for immediate updates on their new releases and touring information.

Previous label features include: Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Sharing

This week’s Tips and Tricks feature is here to show you how to share your impeccable taste in music with people you like. With so many tunes at your fingertips and a vast network of listeners and tastemakers by your side, you’re bound to come across something that’s simply too good to keep to yourself.

Rdio makes it easy for you to share that great new find on Twitter, post it on Facebook, email it to your buddy, or even embed it on your blog or website. While you’re busy earning trendsetter-cred by showing off that awesome unknown band, Rdio will scrobble all your listens to Last.fm.

The first step to sharing is connecting your other accounts to Rdio.

Go to your Settings (don’t know how? Just mouse over your name in the upper right corner of the site and click Settings) and click External. From there you can connect your Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm accounts.

Once you’ve got them connected, go to any artist, album, song, or playlist and click the little dropdown menu (see below). At the bottom of this menu you’ll see, “Share this album.” On artists pages, Sharing is in the right sidebar, above the artist’s description.

And voila! All your sharing options are in one location.

Link to it: Copy and paste the short link anywhere you’d like to share it.

Embed it: You can use the Embed code to put a customizable embedded music player on your blog or website.

Share on: Post your music on Facebook by clicking the Facebook button—you’ll be able to add a message that will appear with the album art on your wall. You can even post on a friend’s wall by typing their name (in the bottom of the Share menu) and selecting their Facebook profile.

Tweet the album by clicking Twitter. (Tip: Rdio will auto-generate “♫ Listening to” and a short link of your music to tweet for you. You can delete the message and customize the text if you’d like.)

Recommend this album to a friend: Want to email the album to one of your followers on Rdio? Type their name and choose their Rdio profile from the menu. Select “Add a Message” to send a note along with the recommendation.

Extra bonus: Once your external accounts are connected to Rdio, you’ll also have the option to let everyone know about the fantastically clever review you’re writing. Select Post to Facebook and/or Post to Twitter then click Post to broadcast your brilliance.

And thus concludes this installment of Tips and Tricks. We hope this information will change your life as you know it. Or at least we hope you’ve learned another fun way to connect with your network of music-loving friends.

If you’ve got any questions, comments or suggestions, do let us know.

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Announcing: Rdio for iPhone 1.0

Step aside old app, here comes the brand-new, re-imagined Rdio for iPhone 1.0. It’s got a new layout, does more of what you want and boy, is it pretty. Not only does the new Springboard home screen have 9 handy navigational icons—Collection, Playlists, Web Queue, Heavy Rotation, Activity, History, New Releases, Top Charts and Recommended—it’s also customizable and includes an easy-access Search area.

Additional Features

  • Search for Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists, and People from the home screen
  • Browse the profiles of people in your network and see their Heavy Rotation, Web Queue, Listening History, who they follow, who follows them, Playlists and their Collection
  • Check your network’s Heavy Rotation and Recent Activity
  • Keep tabs on each week’s New Releases and the Top Charts for Albums, Songs and Playlists
  • Filter your Collection and Playlists by their synced music
  • Get recommended albums, just for you, and view your History and Web Queue
  • Look at what’s Now Playing in the bottom bar and expand it to skip tracks, shuffle, or view your list of queued songs
  • Modify your Settings from the home screen, including the Advanced setting that controls when your phone Syncs

With all this new stuff, what hasn’t changed in the Rdio for iPhone app? You can still sync music for offline listening, access millions of songs, listen to Artist Rdio Stations and enjoy all the previous Rdio for iPhone features.

Check the iTunes App Store to get this new update now.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday: Of Strings and Amps

Guitars, reverb and dreamy vocals embody the spirit of this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist. Are all the New Releases like this? Sample it for yourself, or have a listen from the mix we’ve put together below.

Besides obvious pop anthems from the kids of Glee, Lady Gaga and remixed Justin Bieber, the seriousness of Mogwai, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Dears make for a solid introduction to your old and favorite new musicians. And don’t overlook new contributions from newcomers Dom, Yuck, La Sera, and Telekinesis.

Playlist Notes

  • Mogwai, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will: Come for the instrumentals, stay for the vast build and release, song after song. These Scottish rockers perfect their relationship with distortion, sustain and massive sounds.

  • PJ Harvey, Let England Shake: A musician known for reinventing her sound but not her focus, PJ Harvey’s eighth album will satisfy her older fans while capturing the attention of new converts using her familiar tools—lyrics and musicianship.

  • The Dears, Degeneration Street: Powered by an unmistakable voice since The Dears’ 2000 debut, this fifth album has the same spirit and sense of drama for which they’re known and loved.

  • Lady Gaga, Born This Way: Gathering her Little Monsters around her, Lady Gaga glams up another anthem of in-your-face self confidence in preparation for her upcoming album of the same name, Born This Way.

  • The Strokes, Under the Cover of Darkness: Despite taking off a handful of years, The Strokes’ new single picks up with the plucky strumming and late-night dance vibe that all began with Is This It.

  • Glee, PYT, Silly Love Songs, When I Get You Alone, Firework, Fat Bottomed Girls: The Gleeks of William McKinley High are back from their holiday vacation with a sweet, syrupy bouquet of love songs just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  • The Bloody Beetroots, Best Of…Remixes: Some musicians create an album of their songs remixed by other people—not this Italian party duo. Blazing through 23 tracks of remixes, no one, including The All American Rejects, Robyn, and the Wu-Tang Clan, is safe from The Bloody Beetroots’ digital wizardry.

Artist SpotlightsGiveawaysMusic

Valentine ’s Day with Rdio + Hellogoodbye

It’s hard to miss the over-the-top romance and cynicism that comes with February 14th. This year, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with the help of Hellogoodbye.

What’s in your Valentine’s Day gift from Rdio + Hellogoodbye? Answers to our super-sweet 5 Questions with Hellogoodbye, a love-themed playlist, and the best piece of chocolate in the box—we’re giving away two tickets for Hellogoodbye’s San Francisco show at Slim’s on 2/28. Let’s get to it…

Five Questions with Hellogoodbye

  1. What is your favorite Hellogoodbye love song?
    Hellogoodbye: hmm wow. the thoughts that give me the creeps means a lot to me… but i think if someone was gonna play one at their wedding or something like that probably oh it is love..
  2. Who is your favorite musician couple?
    HGB: im gonna say caycee and jess from now, now. cause we’re on tour with them right now and sometimes they politely snuggle.
  3. If you had to pick an album to put on after sitting down for your Valentine’s Day dinner, what would it be?
    HGBso after dinner… we’re talking about romantic time… i like something mellow. im gonna say little joy’s record but the tough part is that that record is pretty suitable for a ton of occasions.
  4. If you were to make a mixtape for your girlfriend/boyfriend/secret crush, what’s the opening track?
    HGB: “you’re a ten” by rich creamy paint
  5. We hope people are _____________ when they listen to our Valentines Day playlist on Rdio.
    HGB: hugging. or desperately alone, and our playlist helps them feel a little better.

What’s that—playlist from Hellogoodbye? Embrace your inner softie with their love-jam mix.

Last but not least, we’re giving away two tickets to the San Francisco Hellogoodbye show on Februrary 28th at Sim’s. How do you enter? Tweet @Rdio your favorite Hellogoodbye song and include the hashtag #HGBtickets between now and Wednesday, February 16th, 11:00 am PST. We’ll pick a random winner—free Hellogoodbye tickets are that easy. Full list of Official Rules

Catch Hellogoodbye on their North American tour, going on now:

  • Feb 15th 2011 @ Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
  • Feb 16th 2011 @ Eagle Theatre in Pontiac, MI
  • Feb 17th 2011 @ The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL
  • Feb 18th 2011 @ The Blue Moose in Iowa City, IA
  • Feb 19th 2011 @ The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS
  • Feb 20th 2011 @ Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO
  • Feb 22nd 2011 @ The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Feb 23rd 2011 @ The Venue in Boise, ID
  • Feb 25th 2011 @ El Corazon in Seattle, WA
  • Feb 26th 2011 @ Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR
  • Feb 28th 2011 @ Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
  • Mar 2nd 2011 @ Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA
  • Jun 24th 2011 @ Warped Tour - Superpages.com Center in Dallas, TX
  • Jun 25th 2011 @ Warped Tour - The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, TX
  • Jun 26th 2011 @ Warped Tour - AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
  • Jun 29th 2011 @ Warped Tour - NMSU Practice Field in Las Cruces, NM
  • Jun 30th 2011 @ Warped Tour - TBA in Las Vegas, NV
  • Jul 1st 2011 @ Warped Tour - Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, CA
  • Jul 2nd 2011 @ Warped Tour - Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA
  • Jul 3rd 2011 @ Warped Tour - Ventura Country Fairground At Seaside Park in Ventura, CA
  • Jul 6th 2011 @ Warped Tour - Sandstone Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs, KS
  • Jul 7th 2011 @ Warped Tour - Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, IN
  • Jul 8th 2011 @ Warped Tour - Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
  • Jul 9th 2011 @ Warped Tour - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre in Tinley Park, IL
  • Jul 10th 2011 @ Warped Tour - Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN