June 2011

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Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: Your Queue to Enter

Tips & Tricks With New Releases, friends’ favorites and Recommendations aplenty on Rdio, it’s hard to know what to listen to next. Luckily, your Queue is here to help.

Not ready to commit a new find to your Collection? Re-discover a favorite album? Need a few hours of music for a long afternoon at work? The Queue is a great resting place for tunes you’re anxious to hear — add anything to it: albums, songs, playlists or Rdio Stations.

Ready, set, Queue.

Quickly add new music to your Queue from the action menu, or shortcut an album to the top of your Queue with a quick CMD (or CTRL on PC) + click.

Once what you’re currently listening to finishes, your Queue will start playing.

Let’s see what you’ve got.

Access and organize your Queue directly from your Dashboard. From there you can view or reorganize your picks, and even quick-click a track straight to the top. Gotten a little too click-happy? You can clear your Queue here too.

Check out our full guide to Queueing, and as always, let us know if you have questions or feedback!

∞  June 30, 2011 — 12:00AM

News

Now Available: Rdio for Windows

Since we launched Rdio for Mac, we’ve been saying that Rdio for Windows was coming soon, and your wait is now over. Today, we’re happy to announce that PC fans can now use Rdio for Windows.

Besides listening to music and managing your Rdio MP3 downloads, here are some other things you can do with Rdio for Windows:

  • Use your keyboard’s media keys to control your music—play, pause and skip tracks directly from your keyboard.
  • Listen to music outside your browser—enjoy Rdio.com’s features, such as New Releases, Top Charts and Recommendations, from your desktop.
  • Build your music stash—use Match Collection to see which music from your iTunes (or Windows Media Player) Library is in Rdio’s catalog and automatically add it to your Collection.

If you’re already using the Adobe Air-based Rdio desktop app, launch and update it to automatically download our new desktop app. So go ahead and try it—let us know what you think in our Desktop Forum or on Twitter.

∞  June 29, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There may be some novelty to this week’s New Releases, but don’t let that distract you from finding something amazing. Here are some highlights from today’s New Music Tuesday playlist—read on for a few extra-special highlights. And if we missed your favorite new album, make sure to collaborate and add a track to the mix.

Playlist Notes

  • Tame Impala, InnerSpeaker: Tame Impala borrows from quite a few different musical styles. Whether you like the psychedelic jam-band or exploratory noise that sometimes pops up, this Aussie band’s debut album is a balanced and even approach making these sounds their own.

  • Thievery Corporation, Culture Of Fear: Although Thievery Corporation initially came to public consciousness thanks to a well-placed spot on the Garden State soundtrack, there’s much more to them than a few singles. Their sixth studio album is diverse, with elements of reggae, dub and DJ scratches.

  • David Guetta, Little Bad Girl (feat.Taio Cruz & Ludacris): If One Love was any indication, David Guetta has the secret formula: How to Make People Dance. This single is from his upcoming fifth album, Nothing But the Beat.

  • Graham Wright, Shirts vs. Skins: After toying with other musical projects, Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright ventured out on his own to release his first official studio album. It’s fun, like a summer day in the park.

  • Curren$y, Weekend at Burnie’s: In a brilliant combination of interests, Curren$y’s sixth album, Weekend at Burnie’s, is a rhythm-and-beats homage to a love of smoking pot, and also the classic movie, Weekend at Bernie’s.

  • Beyoncé, 4: To describe her career as incredible would be an understatement. Since starting with Destiny’s Child and moving on to solo albums like Dangerously In Love, I Am…Sasha Fierce and Dream Girls, Beyoncé brings it again in her fouth album, 4.

∞  June 28, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction to: Diamond Rings

John O’Regan didn’t begin as Diamond Rings—he started with The D’Urbervilles and art school. After moving from the ‘burbs into Toronto, he then began creating music anew as Diamond Rings, releasing it with accompanying music videos. Astralwerks recently re-released his debut album, Special Affections, which got him nominated for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize.

What’s next for John O and Diamond Rings? You’ll have to Wait & See. In the meantime, learn more about what inspires him, and listen to his Astralwerks-hosted Diamond Rings’ playlist.

Five Questions with Diamond Rings

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  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Diamond Rings: Klaus Nomi
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    DR: Speaking In Tongues by the Talking Heads. But it’d have to be the one with the super limited edition Robert Rauschenberg designed album cover.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    DR: Bruce Springsteen
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    DR: Open minded
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    DR: Myself

∞  June 27, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Death Row Records

Young Andre “Dr. Dre” Young teamed up with Marion “Suge” Knight Jr. in the early 90’s to form Death Row Records. Together, they released early albums from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and 2pac—and the rest of the Death Row Records’ story is long and involved. Although it went through some turbulent times, Death Row remains influential and iconic in its shaping of rap and west coast hip-hop.

Notable Death Row Rappers

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Death Row Records, check Wikipedia or DeathRowMusic.com. Follow @deathrowmusic and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: Get Physical, Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, 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

∞  June 24, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Sam Roberts

 

Sam Roberts isn’t only a singer-songwriter—he’s also, unsurprisingly, the Sam Roberts Band’s front-man. Although he released music such as the Juno-winning albums We Were Born in a Flame and Love at the End of the World, he aimed to capture the same bottled lightning with the Sam Roberts Band, which recently released their first album, Collider. Sam Roberts himself took time to chat with us and create a playlist, which is hosted on Universal Music Canada’s Rdio profile. Listen now to Sam Roberts Made Us A Playlist! and keep reading to learn more about the man and musician.

Five Questions with Sam Roberts

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Sam Roberts: Rodriguez..He is a great singer-songwriter from the 60’s and 70’s who never got his due in North America although he hails from Detroit.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    SR: His album Cold Fact became a cult-classic in South Africa where my family is from and so his music was a part of our upbringing. 30 years after the fact, he was brought down to South Africa where (to his surprise) he played a sold-out tour, featuring the iconic songs from Cold Fact, with every soul in the audience singing every word. That doesn’t happen every day.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    SR: Let’s call it a given that the Beatles, the Stones and Bob Dylan featured heavily during my childhood. That being said, Paul Simon’s Gracelanddefined my whole musical world when I was 11. It stood out so completely from everything else on the radio at time and blended his amazing voice and lyricism with the South African music I had always loved.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    SR: Dancing uncontrollably
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    SR:  The !!!FUTURE!!!!

∞  June 22, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This week’s New Music Tuesday is full of big-name musicians; people have been talking about Bon Iver, Skrillex, LMFAO and When Saints Go Machine for weeks already. At last, you can hear their albums and more here on Rdio—don’t miss all the fantastic music in this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Liam Finn, FOMO: Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) had a son—Liam—who’s grown into a mature, stand-out musician. Besides touring with the re-united Crowed House, he also recorded his second solo album, complete with an earnest pop flair.

  • Metronomy, The Bay: This London-based group released their third full-length album, The English Riveria, this past April, and their newest release features remixes of one of their favored tracks, the Bay. These dance-friendly remixes (and the original video) make this song a top candidate for this summer’s theme song.

  • Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Famously, Bon Iver retired to a cabin in the woods to record their gentle first album, For Emma, Forever Ago. In this sophomore recording, they didn’t repeat this approach. Instead the songs are fuller, more intricate and emotionally balanced, without the same sense of sadness and loss—a reassuring change of pace.

  • Big Talk, The Next One Living: The latest song from Big Talk’s upcoming self-titled debut is a charming tune. Ronnie Vannucci, Jr., best known as the The Killers’ drummer, is the driving force behind this mostly-solo project. Check and see if Vannucci will be making an appearance near you during his “little tour”.

  • Pitbull, Planet Pit: Pitbull, one of Miami’s biggest names, had equally big names working on his sixth album—David Guetta, Dr. Luke, and Jim Jonsin to name a few. Planet Pit is one big dance party.

∞  June 21, 2011 — 12:00AM

Giveaways

Rdio Celebrates Gay Pride Month

June is Gay Pride Month in the US, and here at Rdio we really like parties and celebrations. And thus we are celebrating in a variety of ways.

First of all we’re thrilled to present, “I….Amanda Lepore”, a live concert event in New York City on June 25. Not only will the legendary Amanda Lepore make her concert debut, but you will also see The Ones, Kat DeLuna, Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters, and our very own Rdio influencer Cazwell. To win a pair of tickets to this show, see the info below.

Speaking of Rdio Influencers, we’re celebrating Pride with some loud and proud new additions. The one and only Jake Shears (also of the Scissor Sisters) is newly on board, as is PeaceBisquit Records (home of Colton Ford, Cazwell, Ultra Nate, Crystal Waters and more). And if you follow music on other blogs, you’ll see Arjan Writes and Towleroad on Rdio, picking and clicking along with you. And for our Canadian friends, über media honcho Shaun Proulx is now recommending music to his followers as well.

Since we are all about the music, we curated a The New Sound of Gay Pride Playlist that is anything but old fashioned! Check it out and collaborate—you’ll see our Influencers adding to it regularly. Happy Pride everyone!

Win Tickets to “I….Amanda Lepore”

If you’re in New York City next weekend, you could win tickets to attend the “I….Amanda Lepore” show. How does one enter to win? Tweet @Rdio your favorite song to celebrate Pride and use the hashtag #RdioPride between now and midnight tomorrow. We’ll randomly pick someone to win two tickets to the June 25th “I…Amanda Lepore” show at the Highline Ballroom. Read the Official Rules for more information.

∞  June 20, 2011 — 12:00AM

EventsMusic

Listen to the Polaris Music Prize Long List on Rdio

Yesterday one of Canada’s most esteemed awards, the Polaris Music Prize, released their long list of album nominees. These albums, nominated by a jury of Canadian music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters alike, represent Canada’s outstanding contribution to music.

Luckily for us, the Polaris Music Prize is an Rdio Influencer. Follow them to keep tabs on these albums, and listen to their great curated playlists, like this year’s 2011 Long List Sampler (which you can listen to below), as well as past years’ nominations and winners.

The Polaris Prize Long List

∞  June 17, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Get Physical

Get Physical’s founders have seen the music industry’s inner workings from every angle. Of its founders, Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y and DJ T. are accomplished in an impressive list of roles: DJ, Producer, club operator and Label owner, to name a few. It’s not difficult to see how this team was able to put together a collective of artists known for their impact on electronic music, and their passion for creating tracks to “hit the nerve of the boiling dance floor.” Designed to get you dancing, dive into Get Physical’s catalog.

Get Physical Featured Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Get Physical, check Wikipedia or physical-music.com. Follow @GetPhysical and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head Pschent Righteous Babe Records 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

∞  June 17, 2011 — 12:00AM