June 2011

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Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Let’s Play

Tips & TricksWith so much great new music coming out each and every week, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the all the variety. And sometimes what you need is just a simple, well-curated playlist.

Playlists are the perfect way to find, organize and share music on Rdio — whether you’re creating or listening, there’s always something new to discover.

How do I create a playlist? Hover over the Action menu next to a song and select Add to Playlist. A pop-up will appear — select an existing playlist, or choose Create Playlist to make a new one. Give your playlist a name and description, then click Create. Allow other people to join the fun by making your playlists Collaborative.

Now what?

Get creative! Share ideas, play musical games, and take advantage of other Rdio-ers’ vast musical knowledge. Use Playlists to:

To cruise the best of the best, check out Rdio’s Playlist Charts, featuring our Top Playlists of all time, this month, this week or today.

Have you already mastered the art of the incredible playlist? Tell people about it—embed it on your blog or Tweet about it. We are always on the lookout for the next great playlist!

∞  June 16, 2011 — 12:00AM


Rdio in Canada: NXNE

This week, Canada gets its own SXSW. Featuring a familiar roster of Film, Music and Interactive elements, NXNE has something for everyone. While there are many things to check out, we’re most excited about what began today: music.

In addition to The Postelles (which we mentioned Monday), you can see over 600 bands performing in Toronto. Not sure where to start? Canadian magazine and Rdio Influencer Exclaim Magazine created an awesome playlist of their favorite NXNE picks.

While you’re enjoying NXNE, make sure to hang out on Saturday, June 18th at the Rdio Presents: Thee Festive Afternoon Hangover Cure located at Reposado from 4-7 PM. Watch Chains of Love, Hot Kid, Modern Superstitions and Two Koreas for free, while enjoying free refreshments. And if you can’t make it, turn up Last Gang’s Afternoon Hangover Cure playlist and pretend you’re there.

∞  June 15, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Young talent and experienced, old school performers compete for your ears in this week’s New Releases. Soprano Jackie Evancho’s blossoming talent, the Emily’s Army teens, name-bending Com Truise, and British singer-songwriter Emmy the Great would like your attention. And not to be forgotten are popular musicians Madeleine Peyroux, Paul McCartney, Sebadoh and Lenny Kravitz, who have something new (or a spiffy re-issue) ready for you. Luckily you can try them all on Rdio, so sample this week’s music in our New Music Tuesday playlist and find your next favorite album or artist.

Playlist Notes

  • Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel:
    Two hyper-successful Detroit rappers, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”, keep it interesting by joining forces and expanding on the original Bad Meets Evil, first introduced on the Slim Shady LP. But which is bad and which is evil?

  • Emily’s Army, Don’t Be A Dick: You could call Emily’s Army Green Day 2.0. After all, this teen group is wrapped up in pop punk history — their drummer is son to Green Day guitarist (and proud papa) Billie Joe Armstrong, who also produced the album.

  • Junior Boys, It’s All True: The Canadian electronica team conquer their fourth album in almost 10 years with docile beats and a mellow vibe.

  • Skylar Grey, Dance Without You: Skylar Grey released her first album in 2006 (under the name Holly Brook), but it wasn’t until recently that her writing contributions to the Eminem and Rhianna track Love the Way You Lie earned her a Grammy nomination and some long-awaited recognition. Her new full-length album is coming this fall.

  • Vetiver, The Errant Charm: If you read last week’s Sub Pop Records blog post, you might recognize this band’s name from their artist roster. Transplanted from North Carolina to San Francisco, Vetiver’s folksy rockers have every reason to be proud of their fifth album’s meandering melodies.

∞  June 14, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction to: The Postelles

Capturing the simple joy of rock ‘n roll, The Postelles’ sound is at once familiar yet refreshingly new. There are no Golden Oldies here, just the debut of a young Manhattan band. Listen to their self-titled album while you learn more about The Postelles in Five Questions with the Band, queue up a playlist ofSongs That Inspire them, and go see them live at NXNE this week in Toronto.

Five Questions with The Postelles

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    The Postelles: Don Covay and the Goodtimers
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    TP: Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    TP: The White Album by The Beatles
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    TP: Taking the walk of shame from a girl or guy’s house
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    TP: Taking the walk of shame

The Postelles @ NXNE

The Postelles have already played alongside bands like The KillsVampire WeekendKings of Leon and Interpol, so if you’re in Toronto, now is your chance to see them live. The Postelles are performing as part of this week’s NXNE music, film and interactive festival—they’ll be at The Garrison on Wednesday, June 15.

∞  June 13, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

Sub Pop Records on Rdio

Subterranean Pop, a fanzine started by college student Bruce Pavitt in 1986, was Sub Pop Records’ first incarnation. The zine’s written word gave way to bits of music as Pavitt created and sent compilation tapes between issues. Eventually Sub Pop released its first compilation LP, and an album from Green River. Next, Pavitt teamed up with Jonathan Poneman, who financed the first Soundgarden single and EP.

The two dedicated themselves to making Sub Pop a working label, shrewdly studying the success of other legendary labels and focusing on building the Seattle music scene (and Sub Pop’a brand). Then came releases from Mudhoney and Nirvana, and the Sub Pop Singles Club, which rewarded subscribers with a new single every month, ensuring they’d get one of the limited-release singles that frequently sold out in stores.

If you’d like to read more, Sub Pop’s rise is well documented, starting with a lengthy label history celebrating their 20th birthday, an exhaustive Wikipedia page, and a Pitchfork interview with founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman.

Twenty years later, Sub Pop has seen quite a bit of change, from the graduation of Seattle grunge to the adoption of bands like The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, The Shins and Fleet Foxes. They also weathered the switch from vinyl to cassettes and CDs to newer ways of listening to music, like Rdio. That’s why you’ll find Sub Pop Records’ music on Rdio, as well as their presence.

Follow Sub Pop on Rdio to see what they’re listening to right now. Plus, you won’t miss any of their great playlists, like Please Enjoy This Music, a playlist of bands Sub Pop is working with—some with records already out, and some from bands with new records coming soon.

Some of the Sub Pop staff’s Favorite Albums

Active Sub Pop Artists

(*Indicates the band has an upcoming new release)

Inactive Sub Pop Artists

For an impressively long list of artists who are or have been on Sub Pop Records, check SubPop.com or see what Wikipedia has to say. Follow @SubPop and Like them on Facebook for news about Sub Pop artists, albums, and touring information.

Previous label features include: Hydra Head, Pschent, 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

∞  June 10, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Colour Revolt

Started by a gang of Mississippi high school boys, the band Colour Revolt has seen a lot change, including college and a recording session interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Thus, parts of their sound and spirit grew into what you’ll hear in the newly released deluxe version of their second studio album, The Cradle. Learn more about them through their singer, guitar and keyboard player, Sean Kirkpatrick, as he answers Five Questions with Colour Revolt. While you’re reading, listen to Colour Revolt’s Songs That Never Get Old.

Five Questions with Colour Revolt

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Colour Revolt: There’s a guy named Sam Amidon who has really struck my fancy as of late. He does great revisions of old folk songs. His unique approach to these tunes is obviously apparent from the first moment you hear his voice. Rarely do I hear artists make someone else’s song seem like something completely their own.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    CR: I would love to listen to the record School House Rock Rocks. Where else are you going to find great School House Rock covers by the likes ofPavementDaniel Johnston and Biz Markie?
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    CR: The Presidents of the United States of America’s self titled record still reminds of the finer times of my childhood. Even to this day I can pop that record in and sing every single word.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    CR: In a tizzy
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    CR: The flight of the Kitty Hawk

∞  June 9, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Atari Teenage Riot

Crafting quasi-political music with a punk influence and techno beats, German band Atari Teenage Riot paved the way for a new genre called digital hardcore when they emerged in 1992. After a 10 year hiatus, they reformed and released their fourth studio album today, Is This Hyperreal?. Learn more about this intriguing set of musicians in this Five Questions with the Band and playlist below. 

Five Questions with Atari Teenage Riot

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Alec Empire: Merzbow. He pioneered noise music. Why musicians like him are important is because all music gets noisier in our times, pop music, hip hop, rock music, and of course dance. The human brain just demands more and wants to be challenged. Even reactionary music scenes only seem to find their place because of the absence of noise. Noise is a mix of many many frequencies appearing at the same time, without getting too much into the technical details here. It is information. Music works like language. We process a lot of infos in our decade. Almost like standing next to a river with a teacup. That is why noise adds excitement to music. It’s challenging our senses and makes us euphoric when done well.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    AE: Miles Davis ‘In a silent way’. I fell in love with this record first time I heard it, it never gets old…
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    AE: Grandmaster Flash “The Message” this was the first record that really make me feel something. I am still wondering why that was…as a kid growing up in Berlin when it was still divided by the Wall.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    AE: Getting the physical experience and starting to think about issues they weren’t before
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    AE: Freedoms and dangers of the Internet in our decade

Would you like to understand how Atari Teenage Riot’s brains are wired? Good—there’s a playlist for that, compliments of the band.

∞  June 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Occasionally an album isn’t just an album and new music is synonymous with a short story. Beyond listening, many of this week’s new releases have an interesting bit of information associated with their creation. So pick something from New Releases and try applying your best Google-fu—we’ll get you started with the Rdio Playlist Notes.

Playlist Notes

  • Tech N9ne, All 6’s And 7’s: Proudly boasting to be the “#1 Independent Rapper in the World”, Tech N9ne uses his notoriety to recruit big-name guests Lil Wayne, B.O.B., Busta Rhymes, Yelawolf, and Snoop Dogg on his eighth studio album.

  • Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy: Both Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo emerged from musical families to become influential jazz musicians. The main difference in their paths? Their choice of instrument—Marsalis dedicated himself to the saxophone while Calderazzo committed to the piano. Half of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, this duo recorded a technically impressive, musically superior collection of old and new songs.

  • Brent Hinds Presents, Fiend Without A Face/West End Motel Don’t Shiver, You’re A Winner: As one of the singers from intense metal band Mastodon, Brent Hinds did some experimenting with other styles of music. In this double-debut album, listen to his two other bands—surf rockers Fiend Without a Face and loose, hard-partying West End Motel.

  • Okkervil River, Rider b/w I Guess We Lost: Texas rockers Okkervil River released another single from their upcoming LP, I Am Very Far. Queue up this dark, romantic track to gear up for the band’s 2011 summer tour.

  • Beyonce: Best Thing I Never Had: The latest single from Beyonce’s upcoming album, 4, is the perfect vehicle to show off her impressive vocals—this is why she’s a pop superstar.

∞  June 7, 2011 — 12:00AM


Here Comes Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo, the four-day music and arts festival, is about to celebrate its 10th birthday. The bands are poised and ready, and the stages are almost set—whether or not you have plans to attend, you can embrace the spirit of the fest from your office chair or your road-tripping caravan’s passenger seat.

Prime your ears for this year’s line-up with the Bonnaroo Festival on Rdio. Check out the Bonnaroo 2011 playist, see what’s in store for this weekend by browsing their Collection, and follow them on Rdio for year-round musical updates.

∞  June 6, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicRecommended By Rdio

Hear Coldplay ’s New Single: Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

Chris Martin and the rest of the Coldplay crew have been busy since 2008’s Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends. They toured the world, released a holiday single called Christmas Time, and started work on their yet-unnamed fifth studio album. Listen now to their first single, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.

∞  June 3, 2011 — 12:00AM