April 2011

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Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction to: Found

This particular band of cheeky Scottish rockers also happens to have an alter ego—Found is half rock ‘n roll and half experimental arts collective. Like a brain, it’s clear that each side influences the other. This is evidenced by their musical side project, Cybraphon the Autonomous Emotional Robot Band, and their second full-length album, factorycraft. It features clever lyrics and swelling melodies, occasionally embracing sparse electronic elements.

If you like Frightened RabbitThe Twilight SadThe Beta Band or even The National, try something new—queue it up, read bass (and synth) player Tommy’s Five Questions with Found, and check out their playlist, “A rainy Monday morning in Edinburgh in Tommy’s kitchen with Kev and Tea.”

Five Questions with Found

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Found bassist and synth player, Tommy: King Creosote
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    T: JVC Force - Doin Damage
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    T: Frank ZappaIan Dury & The BlockheadsIron Maiden (Paul Dianno era)
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    T: Responsibly drunk
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    T: Factories

∞  April 29, 2011 — 12:00AM

News

Subscribe to Rdio with Amazon Payments

Amazon customers and Rdio fans alike—it’s now even easier to buy an Rdio Web or Unlimited subscription with Amazon Payments. Anyone who has an Amazon account can now use their Amazon Payments information as a secure payment method—it makes subscribing to Rdio a smooth proposition.

And with that sorted, you can then focus on the best part of Rdio—listening to, discovering and sharing great music.

If you’d like to upgrade to Rdio Unlimited or modify your billing information, visit your Rdio Subscription page.

∞  April 27, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It’s a week of light-hearted and playful music—the rising temperatures outside are mirrored in this week’s new music selection, with dreamy albums from Thao & Mirah, Girls Names, Burial and RJD2. Lest you get too relaxed, the more aggressive sounds of Curren$y, MF Doom, Poly Styrene, and KMFDM will snap you back into reality. So dial up this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist and find something new to love.

Playlist Notes

∞  April 26, 2011 — 12:00AM

ExclusivesMusic

Rdio Exclusive: DJ Felli Fel feat. Akon, Pitbull & Jermaine Dupri

You may know him as a DJ at LA’s popular Power 106 radio station — when he’s not on-air, DJ Felli Fel makes music for after-hours party time. Featuring artists Akon, Pitbull and Jermaine Dupri, Boomerang is the first single off DJ Felli Fel’s upcoming album, Go DJ!

Rdio is the only place you can stream Boomerang for the next few weeks, so queue it up and have some fun.

∞  April 25, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Yep Roc

Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen, friends since kindergarten, took their passion for music and transformed it from a basement project to a successful international Label. Since 1996, the duo has remained dedicated to putting out the best music they can find. Their impressive roster of artists isn’t bound by genre or style—queue up any of their artists, from guitar-strumming soloists like Loudon Wainwright III to electronic indie pop like The Apples in Stereo. Check out their website to get a taste of what this soulful label has to offer.

Current Yep Roc Arists

Past Yep Roc Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Yep Roc, check Wikipedia or yeproc.com. Follow the Yep Roc Music Group on Rdio or @yeproc on Twitter and like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Blood & Fire, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  April 22, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicRecommended By Rdio

Beyonc é and the Girls (Who Run The World)

Pop powerhouse Beyoncé’s fourth studio album release is nearly upon us. Until then, her first single, Girls (Who Run The World), is available on Rdio.

Does the beat sound familiar? It’s sampled from another Rdio fan-favorite, the Major Lazer song Pon De Floor.

Beyoncé yet-untitled album is out May 23rd.

∞  April 22, 2011 — 12:00AM

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Search

We’re sure you’re familiar with the old saying “Give a listener a song and she’ll listen for a couple minutes. Teach a listener to search on Rdio, and she’ll rock out forever.” This week we’re here to help you fine-tune your tune-finding skills.

Your jumping-off point for Search is, of course, the search bar itself:

Type the name of an artist, album, song, or playlist into the search bar, and results will magically appear in a dropdown list, separated by category.

To see more, select Show All Results (or hit your Enter key), and browse through the tabs at the top of the Search page.

Pro Tip: When searching for a tune, you can also see all user-created Playlists that include the song—just click the song title, then select the Playlists tab.

“Nice tips, but where are the tricks?” you may say. Don’t worry, we’ve got some up our sleeve.

Trying to find something but don’t want to go through 10 pages of results? You can narrow things down by putting quotation marks around your search term, or use the hyphen character (-) to exclude words from the search. (“The The” is a favorite search-befuddling band.)

Still seeing too much noise? Check out more search-related tips in our Help site. And if you still have questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

∞  April 21, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

An International New Music Tuesday

An Australian songstress, the Los Angeles Cambodia-inspired rock band, old-school samba masters, an Afro-Peruvian legend, a burgeoning French pop group, and psychedelic Swedish rock band—today’s New Music Tuesday is a tour of today’s global modern music space. No matter the origin, enjoy an exotic and catchy blend of pop, rap, electronica and many territories in between.

Playlist Notes

  • Dengue Fever - Cannibal Courtship
    It started like a story out of Hollywood—L.A. brothers seek singer for Cambodian-inspired rock. They recruit a former-Cambodian pop-star turned stateside resident and the magic happens. Two albums later, Dengue Fever evolves fully into a groovy and original take on their rocking third album, Cannibal Courtship.
  • Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks
    Is Plan B a rapper or singer? He’s both. On his second album, Plan B explores the smooth-talking part of his persona—the lovesick crooner—in a style that’s reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Aloe Blacc.
  • Azymuth - Aurora
    Don’t let the opening track, with serious Mr. Rogers Neighborhood-like chimes, throw you off. Disco and samba masters Azymuth have created music for over 30 years, inspiring modern musicians and lounge singers alike.
  • French Horn Rebellion - The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion
    Not since Kanye West has the regal French horn seen this much action in pop music. Although their namesake instrumentation is sparse, this debut album is rollicking, danceable and fun.
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape - Otherman / Love is the Drug (Feat Cha Cha)
    If you’re not a huge dubstep fan, but are familiar with the name Kode9, perhaps it’s in part from the DJ’s day job as Hyperdub's owner. Turn on this sample of his upcoming album, Black Sun.
  • O’Death - Outside
    This hungry New York band has created a widely inspired brand of folk music that is authentic, original and a welcome version of Americana as something new.
  • The Watson Twins - Night Covers
    The big-voiced sister duo cover six songs from contemporaries and legends alike: PJ HarveyBill Withers, Sade, The Turtles, Eurythmics and The Black Keys. The result is occasionally precious and often thoughtful in its re-interpretation.

∞  April 20, 2011 — 11:58AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Yellowcard

Started after high school, Yellowcard has been creating music for 14 years. Their latest, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, is their 7th studio album—it’s sophisticated beyond what could potentially be called a band’s gawky teenage years. Full of upbeat, frenetic melodies about relationships and growing-up, Yellowcard keeps it fresh. Below we have our Five Questions with the Band, as well as their playlist of pre-show jams—oh, it’s good.

Five Questions with Yellowcard  

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Person’s Name: Sara Watkins. She played violin and sang in Nickel Creek but now is making her own records. She’s amazing.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    ABRV: The new “Explosions in the Sky” record which is called Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    ABRV: Michael Jackson
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    ABRV: Inspired
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    ABRV: Shows

Yellowcard’s label, Hopeless Records, is hosting a playlist of Yellowcard’s Pre-show Jams on their Rdio profile. These guys are touring through the summer, so you can go see them completely energized and ready-to-rock, post-jams.

∞  April 20, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

An International New Music Tuesday

An Australian songstress, the Los Angeles Cambodia-inspired rock band, old-school samba masters, an Afro-Peruvian legend, a burgeoning French pop group, and psychedelic Swedish rock band—today’s New Music Tuesday is a tour around today’s global modern music space. No matter the origin, this playlist treats us to an exotic and catchy blend of pop, rap, electronica and many territories in between.

Playlist Notes

  • Dengue Fever, Cannibal Courtship: It started like a story out of Hollywood—L.A. brothers seek singer for Cambodian-inspired rock. They recruit a former-Cambodian pop-star turned stateside resident and the magic happens. Two albums later, Dengue Fever evolves fully into a groovy and original take on their rocking third album, Cannibal Courtship.

  • Plan B, The Defamation of Strickland Banks: Is Plan B a rapper or singer? He’s both. On his second album, Plan B explores the smooth-talking part of his persona—the lovesick crooner—in a style that’s reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Aloe Blacc.

  • Azymuth, Aurora: Don’t let the opening track, with serious Mr. Rogers Neighborhood-like chimes, throw you off. Disco and samba masters Azymuth have created music for over 30 years, inspiring modern musicians and lounge singers alike.

  • French Horn Rebellion, The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion: Not since Kanye West has the regal French horn seen this much action in pop music. Although their namesake instrumentation is sparse, this debut album is rollicking, danceable and fun.

  • Kode9 & the Spaceape, Otherman / Love is the Drug (Feat Cha Cha): If you’re not a huge dubstep fan, but are familiar with the name Kode9, perhaps it’s in part from the DJ’s day job as Hyperdub’s owner. Turn on this sample of his upcoming album, Black Sun.

  • O’Death, Outside: This hungry New York band has created a widely inspired brand of folk music that is authentic, original and a welcome version of Americana as something new.

  • The Watson Twins, Night Covers: The big-voiced sister duo cover six songs from contemporaries and legends alike: PJ Harvey, Bill Withers, Sade, The Turtles, Eurythmics and The Black Keys. The result is occasionally precious and often thoughtful in its re-interpretation.

∞  April 19, 2011 — 12:00AM