June 2011

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Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Hydra Head

Most people don’t think about how music makes its way from musicians to the general public, for listening and enjoyment. High-schooler Aaron Turner, however, gave it some thought and decided to start Hydra Head Records. 18 years later, the Label is still representing heavy metal, and Turner added Isis frontman to his list of accomplishments. Keep reading for a primer on Hydra Head’s bands and musicians, which we have here on Rdio.

Hydra Head Artists

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

Previous label features include: 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 3, 2011 — 12:00AM

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: We’re Here For You

We, the folks behind Rdio, want to hear what you have to say. Whether it’s a feature request, bug report, or some heart-felt praise, we’re all ears. This week’s Tip and Tricks is here to show you the best ways to be heard by someone at Rdio. We get great emails, tweets, and posts from Rdio’s awesome community every day, and we want to keep the conversation going.

Contact Us

Short and sweet: Got a question, feature request, or issue that fits in 140 characters or less? Send a tweet to @Rdio or @Rdiohelp and we’ll try to help.

One on one: Need more space to explain what you’re seeing, or have something for our eyes only? You can reach us by email. We’ll do our best to respond as soon as possible, usually within one business day. help@rdio.com is great place to let us know about bugs, mislabeled tracks, or feature requests.

Sharing is caring: Want to open up the conversation? You can search our forums or start a new thread to find out if anyone else has requested the same feature, or is experiencing the same issue—and we’ll chime in. You can also submit a message directly to us from a form on the Help page.

Like Us: Rdio is on Facebook. Like Rdio to get news on the latest updates—new music, features and contests (like the GaGawesome one happening now). Join in on the fun and post on our Wall if you have questions, praise, or feedback.

Build It: If you’re creating something using Rdio’s API, there are several ways you can ask questions—check out the Developer Forum, join the Rdio API Google Group (which is where you’re likely to get the quickest reply), or follow @RdioAPI on Twitter.

Have a question about something? We want to hear from you, and now you know what to do.

∞  June 2, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly combines two seemingly opposite styles of music—the traditional sound of Irish song with modern punk rock. Their new album, Speed of Darkness, is a testament to how much you can do with high-energy fiddles, guitars and enthusiastic singers. Today we have Five Questions with Flogging Molly and a special-edition playlist from band member Dennis Casey, so keep reading to learn more about Flogging Molly. 

Five Questions with Flogging Molly

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Bridget Regan of Flogging Molly: Manu Chao
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    BR: An original copy of Tigermilk.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    BR: The Smiths
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    BR: Inspired
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    BR: Being honest

Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly created a playlist of “Songs I Love” and includes a story for each one below…

Playlist Notes

1. Avey Tare, Lucky 1: Great sounding record, grab your headphones and turn it up. This record sounds like it was recorded underwater and at times on a submarine.
2. Snooks Eaglin, Funky Malaguena: Snooks Eaglin was a guitarist I found out about while in New Orleans. He was a great guitar player and singer as this song shows. He has a very loose style and a very welcoming voice. It just makes you smile and want to hear it again. He is usually called a Blues artist but a songster is more like it. He does sing and play the blues like a master but he also pulls out songs like this. You can’t go wrong with this guy.
3. Cyro Baptista, Bird Boy: This is a cool record, by a Brazilian percussionist. So you can bet this is all about rhythm and using percussion at times as a voice. It takes you to other places.
4. The Drowning Men, Rita: These guys did a few tours with us. This song was stuck in my head from day one. I found myself singing it in my head day and night. Great song. It’s nice when that happens with a great song. Check them out.
5. Jimmy Hendrix, Manic Depression: Nate, George and I like to play various covers at sound check before the whole band gets there. Nate came up with this one. So I have been listening to it to learn it. Then just getting hooked on it. Jimi Hendrix never ceases to amaze me and inspire me.
6. Billy Childish, Joe Strummers Grave: Put this song on 10 after a few beers and a few shots of whiskey. This song has a swagger all its own delivered with a snarling cockney accent. Great lyrics on top of all of that.
7. James Booker, St James Infirmary: This guy sounds like his fingers are spiders on a piano, and he sings with all the soul a man could. This is one of my favorite American folk songs. He does a haunting version.
8. Billy Bragg & Wilco, One by One: This song has such a beautiful sound, these guys really nailed it on this. They matched Woody Guthrie’s lyrics and sentiment perfectly with the music they wrote for his lyrics. It’s such a sad but true lyric.
9. Black Sabbath, N.I.B.: Heaveyyyyyyyy. One of the hugest guitar riffs ever. Who else can start a song with a bass solo and pull it off?
10. Bob Dylan, I’ll Keep it with Mine: I like the way he plays the piano on this song. It’s a nice change from the guitar he usually uses. Also the lyrics are, well, It’s Bob Dylan so enough said there.
11. Paul Westerberg, It’s a Wonderful Lie: This song is my hangover song. I can listen to it till it goes way. I have a lot of them. But this one is my current hangover soundtrack.
12. Radiohead, Reckoner: I purchased the version with all the separate tracks, you can import into Garage Band and remix it. It’s really interesting to hear all the parts of this song, as you wish to. It seems like a complex song, but when you isolate certain tracks you can hear the basic song with vocal and acoustic guitar or which ever way you like. I wish more artists did this.

∞  June 1, 2011 — 12:00AM