July 2011

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Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks: Help is On the Way

Tips & TricksIf you visited Rdio's Help site recently, you may have noticed our design refresh. On this week’s Tips & Tricks, we’re here to give you the lowdown on what's changed.

So, what’s new?

Design facelift aside, you’ll see all of our original articles content, including tips for getting started, troubleshooting articles, and secret hidden features.

Use the "I did"/"I did not find this article helpful" links at the bottom of each article to let us know what we can improve.

What's new in the forums? 

At the bottom of the main page, you can browse Rdio's Community Discussions, which are separated into platform-based categories.

When viewing a discussion, you can respond with a post of your own, and can also vote for other answers as well. Click the up arrow next to a question or answer, and let us know posts you've found most helpful.

On long threads, these votes will help surface the best answers.

Any questions?

Start a new thread, we’d love to hear what you think!

∞  July 29, 2011 — 4:03PM

ExclusivesMusic

Rdio Exclusive: Listen to O.A.R’s New Album, King

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As the band O.A.R. get ready to release their seventh album next Tuesday, we have some good news: you can listen to King right now on Rdio. If you’re a subscriber or still on your Rdio trial, hear them catch the next wave toward the perfect summer soundtrack.

Besides being the only place you can hear their new album, Rdio got O.A.R.’s Chris Culos to answer Five Questions with the Band and create a playlist of “Songs I Am Listening to Right Now.” So get ready to hear a little bit of reggae, catchy rock and killer sax solos.

Five Questions with O.A.R.

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    O.A.R. percussionist Chris Culos: Foster The People is sure to make a very big impact. Their new album Torches has so many songs that could be hits. It's a very fresh sound, the songwriting is really strong, the album is good from front to back, and the band can play live - a combination of things that make me think, watch out….these guys are going to be huge.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    CC: Bob Marley's Babylon By Bus is probably my favorite album of all time. It has an energy, pulse and spirit that was captured in the recording that's my favorite sound ever recorded on a live album. Every time I listen to it, it brings back some of my favorite memories, but I also hear new things I've never heard before. In that sense, it's a very magical album. It captured a moment in time perfectly, but it's also timeless.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    CC: Pearl Jam's Ten would probably be one of the most influential albums of my childhood because it came out right at the time I was hitting the age where music becomes something you identify with and feel like it's a part of your personality. The other reason is because when I heard them perform on MTV's Unplugged it made me want to be in a band. That moment changed everything.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    CC: Happy
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    CC: Songs that sound like summer

∞  July 28, 2011 — 10:58AM

News

Welcome to the Rdio Blog’s New Home

The other day we announced our new help site and now today, Rdio has a beautiful blog redesign. With the same great information and regular Rdio features like Artist, Label and Influencer Spotlights, Exclusives, News, and of course New Music Tuesday, browse blog.rdio.com with ease using the right sidebar.

Stay current by subscribing to our feed, following us on Rdio and Twitter,  and Liking Rdio on Facebook.

Rdio's Editorial staff sends a huge thank-you to Ryan Sims for what we think is definitely the New Hotness.

So what do you think? Let us know in the (newly-available) comments below.

∞  July 28, 2011 — 10:30AM

Artist SpotlightsGiveawaysMusic

All About: The Black Lips

The Black Lips stand apart in Atlanta—though they hail from Georgia, which is typically associated with southern hospitality, these guys unapologetically rock out. Their sixth album, Arabia_Mountain, was their first ever created with the assistance of a producer—Mark Ronson (yes, the same one behind “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix)”).

We have three great things for you related to the Black Lips today (four, if you count the Exclusive remix). Black Lips singer-guitarist and new Rdio Influencer Cole Alexander answered Five Questions with the Band and put together a playlist: “music that the black lips like to listen to on road it inspires us. some of this music sounds nothing like the music we make. but i want to make some music like this.”

Finally, we have a pair of tickets for their Empty Bottle show in Chicago, to celebrate their Lollapalooza appearance and East Coast tour. So press play on this playlist and dig in.

Five Questions with the Black Lips

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Cole Alexander: Robert Lee “Sugar” Hightower (of Slim & The Supreme Angels and The Supreme Angels
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    CA: Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s legendary paper recording of the voice of Abraham Lincoln. Technically it’s phonautograph. Not sure if it actually exists but there is some speculation that it is buried deep in the vaults of the Library of Congress unbeknown to them
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    CA: Nirvana and The Beatles
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    CA: KOOKIE
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    CA: Spiderman being MOLESTED

Win Tickets to See the Black Lips in Chicago

We have two tickets for the August 5th Lips show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago to give away. How do you enter? Tweet a link to the Black Lips’ “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix)” track on Rdio, plus the hashtag #BlackLipsRemix—do that between now and Wednesday, July 27th, 2:00 pm PST and we’ll randomly select a winner. For more information, read the Official Rules.

 

If you can’t see them in Chicago, the Black Lips are coming to a city near you:

  • July 27 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater (tickets)
  • July 28 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (tickets)
  • July 29 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (tickets)
  • July 30 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s (tickets)
  • August 01 Pittsburg, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre (tickets)
  • August 02 Lexington, KY @ Buster’s Billiards and Backroom (tickets)
  • August 03 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (tickets)
  • August 04 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird (tickets)
  • August 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (tickets)
  • August 06 Chicago, IL @ Grant Park - Lollapalooza (tickets)
  • September 08 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre - Hopscotch Festival (tickets)

∞  July 27, 2011 — 3:04PM

News

New Rdio Help, Powered by Assistly

Rdio’s fancy new Help site is live, thanks to the good folks at Assistly, and our very own über-talented Designer, Adam Polselli. We’ve already been using Assistly behind the scenes for a while, to provide support for Rdio’s users in a variety of ways like email, Twitter and Facebook. This launch brings Rdio’s forums into Assistly alongside these other ways of communicating with you, which will let us provide a much more unified and coherent support experience going forward.

∞  July 26, 2011 — 4:23PM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Whether you try something completely new or revisit an artist you liked previously, reward yourself with some new tunes this week. Let your eyes lead you to some catchy album art or pick something from your network’s recent activity—who knows what new greatness you’ll find? For a selected sample of music, try our New Music Tuesday playlist and read our notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Little Dragon, Ritual Union
    The detached, heartbeat-like rhythms and alluring voice of Little Dragon’s third album, Ritual Union, make it hard to fight off the urge to dance.

  • Drake, Marvins Room
    After his rapid rise to fame, Drake uses his distinct combination of singing and rapping to tackle some of the pitfalls of success on his latest single, which is off his upcoming album, Take Care.

  • Wilco, I Might
    Veteran alt-country rockers Wilco drop a long-awaited single from their eight studio album, complete with distorted guitar, some serious organ, and a tried and true garage-band edge.

  • Kelly Rowland, Here I Am (Deluxe Version)
    There are more than just love songs and heart-sick ballads on Kelly Rowland’s third solo album. The former Destiny’s Child singer creates modern pop and dancefloor-ready songs with the help of guests like Lil Wayne and Big Sean.

  • Joss Stone, LP1
    In honor of her newly created label, Joss Stone named her fifth album LP1 for its first album release. Co-written and produced by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Stone executes with raw vocals and an earnest spirit.

∞  July 26, 2011 — 3:18PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction To: Release the Sunbird

Relying heavily on the sound of a simple six-stringed acoustic guitar, Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue sets out to create sweet and memorable songs in his new side project, Release the Sunbird. This debut album weaves his comforting voice with a little bit of melancholy. Not only can you hear the Come Back to Us on Rdio but we also have Five Questions with the Band and a playlist of Release the Sunbird’s “Favorite songs right now with names in the title.

Five Questions with Release the Sunbird

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Zach Rogue: We live in the age of the Internet, so most things have been heard of at this point. There’s this songwriter/musician from Detroit in the 70’s named Ted Lucas who I’ve been enjoying lately. I’m only aware of one of his records, but it is pretty timeless. The guy had an amazing voice and the record I have is really stripped down, just vocals and acoustic guitar, mainly. Pretty much the best Sunday morning music imaginable. Such a great voice.

    Another band I’ve been listening to lately is this Parisian band namedHerman Düne. The 2-piece band is certainly not unknown, but is pretty under appreciated in the US. The singer sorta looks like a hipster Raffiand the songs have a lot of playful wordplay in them. New record (Strange Moosic) came out in May and the songs are really great… 
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    ZR: I have a computer, so I sort of do already. When are these questions from, 1994? That said, the other day I was listening to an old vinyl 7” of Stevie Wonder doing the Beatles “We Can Work It Out” and that was pretty damn awesome. You ever watch YouTube clips of him on Sesame Street? Pure gold. It’s hard to believe how long people were allowed to play music on TV back in the day. I think I saw him do like a 7 or 8 minute song. So cool. Plus, he really knew how to rock a turtleneck.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    ZR: Probably that Marlo Thomas project called Free to Be You and Me. My Mom used to play it all the time, while trying to install far-out fringe hippie ideals like gender equality and freedom of expression. There was also of lot of Carole King, Beatles, Joni MitchellKinksStonesByrdsCSNY,Simon & G-funkJames TaylorTom Petty, and Jefferson Airplane. There was a brief period of Thompson Twins worship, which I found at the time puzzling, but have grown to now appreciate.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    ZR: Under the authority of gravity
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    ZR: Obeying the laws of physics

∞  July 26, 2011 — 12:30PM

ExclusivesMusic

Rdio Exclusive: Mark Ronson Remixes the Black Lips

This week, the only place you’ll find Mark Ronson’s remix of the Black Lips’ song “New Direction” is here on Rdio. Ronson—producer, turntablist and (when backed by his band The Business Intl) recording artist extraordinaire—puts his own spin on the Black Lips in the “New Direction (Mark Ronson Dub Remix).

Is this the best news you’ve heard all week? Stay tuned—we have a Black Lips Chicago ticket giveaway (in case you are missing them at Lollapalooza), playlist, and Five Questions with the Band straight from the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander coming up later this week.

∞  July 25, 2011 — 9:41AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Delicious Vinyl

PharcydeJ DillaTon Lov

The Delicious Vinyl story goes something like this: two Los Angeles DJs with similarly excellent taste start a label and find immediate success. During the beginning, Delicious Vinyl was home of Tone Loc, Young MC, and Def Jef. Delicious Vinyl didn’t limit itself from there—they release dancehall reggae, dance music, Spanish rap, and later helped elevate West Coast rap to minds across the country. Almost 25 years later, Delicious Vinyl maintains its legacy in it’s catalog and new projects.

So find your favorite Delicious Vinyl albums, add them to your collection, hit play and “Bust a Move”.

Delicious Vinyl Artists

For more Delicious Vinyl artists and albums, check out the the Delicious Vinyl label page on Rdio and visit DeliciousVinyl.com. Follow @DeliciousVinyl and Like them on Facebook for updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

∞  July 22, 2011 — 1:30PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction To: Army Navy

Created in Los Angeles, Army Navy began in a bedroom. Although their self-titled debut album initially arrived without much hoopla, its popularity spread through fans dedicated to their habit-forming songs. Their second album, The Last Place, is only a few weeks old and is already in many a Heavy Rotation.

What makes Army Navy tick? What did these fellows grow up listening to? What music inspires them? Find the answers below in Five Questions with Army Navy, and listen to the musical version of their answers in the Army Navy-built playlist.

Five Questions with Army Navy

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Army Navy: I don’t think Teenage Fanclub can ever get enough respect… those albums are pop gems
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    AN: Right this second I was putting on Miles Davis Live At Fillmore East
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    AN: Weird AlThe SmithsT-RexABBAR.E.M.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    ABRV: Singing Along.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    AN:  Girls and trying to write a better song than the last song I wrote

∞  July 22, 2011 — 10:37AM