May 2011

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MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, May 31, 2011

There are some big names in this week’s New Releases—bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder, Beyoncé, My Morning Jacket and Dave Matthews Band. But the music poised to make the biggest impact on you might just be from bands you haven’t heard yet. So listen to something new from your favorite bands, but queue up new music from Favourite Sons, Frank Ocean, Sebastian or The Vaccines.

Playlist Notes

  • Eddie Vedder, Ukulele Songs: Eddie Vedder’s second solo album is very literally Ukulele Songs. While some people might question why the Pearl Jam lead singer picked the 5-string lute, it’s a delightful showcase of Vedder’s distinctive voice and talent.

  • Jessica 6, White Horse (Remix): Jessica 6 is an NYC trio featuring Nomi Ruiz, from Hercules and the Love Affair. This soulful single and its accompanying music video are making the rounds on the web—check out this teaser and stay tuned for their upcoming album, See the Light.

  • Death Cab for Cutie, Codes and Keys: If You Are A Tourist’s favorable reception is any indication, new and old fans alike will love Death Cab for Cutie’s seventh studio album. It’s rich with Ben Gibbard’s familiar vocals and features more songwriting from guitarist Chris Walla.

  • The Vaccines, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?: After releasing a steady stream of singles, these buzzing Brits have dropped their debut album stateside. Their sub-three minute tracks and indie rock sound brings a few iconic bands to mind (The Ramones, The Clash, The Smiths), but this foursome has an addictive sound all their own.

  • Favourite Sons, The Great Deal of Love: Featuring homegrown warmth similar to Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Favourite Sons pave their own way with sweet call-and-response and a sound that recalls music played on a back porch in summer.

∞  May 31, 2011 — 12:00AM

News

Put Rdio in Your Car with Pioneer’s AppRadio

Pioneer-appradio

If you really want to hear whatever you want, wherever you are, it’s time to introduce Rdio to your car. Starting today, taking Rdio on the road goes beyond our mobile apps—you can now use Pioneer’s new AppRadio.

By using your already-familiar iOS mobile device, AppRadio lets you hook up your iPhone or iPod Touch and manage Rdio directly from your car’s dashboard. So put on your favorite New Release as a new drive-time soundtrack.

Pioneer’s AppRadio is available June 22nd—visit Pioneer.com for more information.

∞  May 27, 2011 — 2:04PM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Pschent

French independent label Pschent takes music very seriously. They’re best known for their Hôtel Costes music series—a selection curated by DJ Stéphane Pompougnac representing the Parisian hotel of the same name. Synonymous with chic, listen to a selection of their artists and albums here on Rdio—it may transport you to another world.

Pschent Artists

Notable Pschent Albums

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Pschent, check Pschent.com. Follow @pschent and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Righteous Babe Records, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 27, 2011 — 12:00AM

News

Put Rdio in Your Car with Pioneer ’s AppRadio

If you really want to hear whatever you want, wherever you are, it’s time to introduce Rdio to your car. Starting today, taking Rdio on the road goes beyond our mobile apps—you can now use Pioneer’s new AppRadio.

By using your already-familiar iOS mobile device, AppRadio lets you hook up your iPhone or iPod Touch and manage Rdio directly from your car’s dashboard. So put on your favorite New Release as a new drive-time soundtrack.

Pioneer’s AppRadio is available June 22nd—visit Pioneer.com for more information.

∞  May 26, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It’s a strong week for many lesser-heard musical specialties on Rdio—reggae (King Tubby, Stephen Marley), hard rock (Against Me!, Boris, Black Tusk) and country music (Brad Paisley, Edens Edge, Ralph de Jongh & Crazy Hearts). Take a listen to this week’s new music playlist and find your next favorite album. Don’t just take our word for it—explore Rdio’s New Releases yourself and discover something great.

  • MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1: MMG, the Maybach Music Group, is fronted by Rick Ross and his band of merry rappers Wale, Meek Mill and Pill. Also featured on this semi-compilation mixtape are verses by J. Cole, Drake, and Jadakiss.

  • Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Special Edition): The queen supreme tackles her sophomore album with stylistic aplomb and danceable vigor. We’re so excited about this album that we’re giving away Free Music For Life on Facebook to one lucky winner.

  • Thurston Moore, Demolished Thoughts: Sonic Youth’s lead singer Thurston Moore unplugs and starts strumming while Beck mans the producer’s chair.

  • Kreayshawn, Bumpin Bumpin: With catchy hooks and cartoon-like outfits, this young female rapper (whose name is pronounced “chrison”) is quickly building buzz on the Internet. Check out the viral video from this Berkeley film-school dropout and member of the White Girl Mob, and listen to her latest single, Bumpin Bumpin.

  • Foster the People, Torches: For such a young band, Foster the People built an impressive following from just one EP. Listen to their debut album, Torches, to hear what there is to love.

∞  May 24, 2011 — 12:00AM

Giveaways

Win Free Music for Life from Rdio to Celebrate Born This Way by Lady Gaga

If you were born to love music and born to rock out, then we have a very special giveaway for you today.

Win Free Music for Life from Rdio to celebrate the release of Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way.

To get started, Like the Rdio Facebook page and enter your details. When you’re done tweeting and sharing it with friends on Facebook, we have something else extra-special for you, curated by Lady Gaga herself—the Born This Way playlist.

That’s three kinds of great news—not only can you listen to Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, and listen to her playlist, but you could also win Free Music For Life from Rdio. GaGawesome.

Here’s the fine print: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for details.

∞  May 23, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Righteous Babe Records

Beyond putting out the works of unique and talented musicians, Righteous Babe Records can also say that they saved a New York landmark, the Asbury Delaware Methodist Church. Grammy-winning artist Ani DiFranco (and Righteous Babe Records’ Founder) wanted the Label to support her hometown’s growth and development. When that meant preserving this historic structure, they fought to rescue it from destruction, and have since turned it into a multi-purpose venue and headquarters for artists, musicians, and the people of Buffalo, NY. Check out their amazing story on the Babeville website, and enjoy their musical catalog on Rdio.

Righteous Babe Records Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Righteous Babe Records, check Wikipedia or RighteousBabe.com. Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Kill Rock Stars Saddle Creek Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 20, 2011 — 12:00AM

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: If You Like It, Then You Should Review It

You are a music listener of distinguished taste. You have opinions and it’s important to share them with your Rdio friends and followers. Luckily, Rdio has a way for you to inspire them with your words.

This week, Tips and Tricks is about Reviews. Reviews are an excellent way to let your Network know what you think about your latest discovery, rediscovery, or time-tested favorites.

How do I write a review?

You can review any artist, album or playlist by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking Write a Review. Have something to say about one song in particular? Choose the song from the dropdown menu.

Pro Tip: Ever wonder how people end up on the People to Follow Page? One of the things we’re on the lookout for is well-written, thoughtful, clever, or just plain awesome reviews from Rdio’s community. Keep up the good work and you could be one of our next Suggested Users.

Next step: Let the world know

You can show off your clever reviews to even more people in your network by posting them to Facebook and Twitter. Make sure your accounts are connected, then choose where you’d like to spread the word.

Bonus: Sharing on Twitter will automatically include an embed in #NewTwitter’s sidebar.

Ready, Set, Review!

Think of something you’d like to see in an upcoming Tips & Tricks? Let us know, as we’d love to hear what you have to say.

∞  May 19, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On one hand, this week’s New Releases are thinking music. There are Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi’s quiet, contemplative mood moves, Armor De Días’ organic sounds, and Hajime Sakita’s unique Saw instrumentals. Then there’s Moby and Arms and Sleepers’ measured electronica. But on the other hand, you’ll find loud and brash party music—Jahcoozi’s traditional club sounds bounce off Flo Rida and Pitbull, while Company of Thieves rock out after Ladytron. No matter which type of music you’re in the mood for, this New Music Tuesday playlist will introduce you to some excellent new sounds.

Playlist Notes

  • Ladytron, White Elephant: This single is a taste of their upcoming album, Gravity the Seducer. Dreamy synthesizer music and trademark harmonies come together in a hypnotic way—their polished sound hints that this New Wave group from Glasgow has evolved since their 2008 release Velocifero.

  • Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Rome: Ever-collaborating Danger Mouse and music composer Daniele Luppi teamed up to create a faux film soundtrack, based on the scoring you’ll traditionally hear in spaghetti westerns. Alongside their instrumentation, you’ll hear Jack White and Norah Jones’ expert vocals, which complete the mood.

  • DJ Shadow, I Gotta Rokk: Fans hoped that DJ Shadow had something in the works since his 2006 album, The Outsider. This EP should assuage their fears, providing listeners with three new tracks and complimentary remixes.

  • Tinie Tempah, Disc-Overy: British rapper Tinie Tempah’s debut album finally made it stateside. In a refreshing change of pace, electronic music strongly influences this album beats and rhythms—take note, U.S. rappers.

  • The Elected, Bury Me In My Rings: It’s impossible to outshine child star turned lead singer Jenny Lewis, but bandmate and Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett tackles his other band’s album with aplomb and panache. It’s a little bit summer romance and poppy sanguine sentiment.

∞  May 17, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Kill Rock Stars

Slim Moon wanted a way to put out music and spoken-word works, of both his and his friends’ creation, so he founded Kill Rock Stars. The unassuming beginnings of this artist-driven project have grown into the female-run Indie Label that carries the likes of influential singer-songwriter Elliot Smith, The Decemberists’ early albums, and Thao & Mirah’s just-released debut. You can read all about their evolution (including the origin of the Label’s name) on the Kill Rock Stars timeline while checking out their expansive list of artists on Rdio.

Kill Rock Stars Featured Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Kill Rock Stars, check Wikipedia or Kill Rock Stars. Follow @KRSStaff and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Saddle Creek, Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 13, 2011 — 12:00AM