July 2011

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Find The King of Limbs on Rdio

You watched the music video, hunted down the newspaper edition, and listened to the remixes—now add it to your Collection.

Radiohead’s newest album, The King of Limbs, is available on Rdio.

∞  July 12, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction To: dos

Dueling isn’t the word for this two-bassist band. Created by members Mike Watt (from bands like the Minutemen, the reunited StoogesfIREHOSE, The Reactionaries and Banyan) and Black Flag’s Kira Roessler, dos’ mellow and unusual sound is rounded out by the mixing talents of Yuka Honda (Cibo MattoPlastic Ono Band). If you liked these bands’ roving bass-lines, try out Dos’ third album, dos y dos, which is available today. Read on for Kira Roessler’s musical musings and Mike Watt’s punk and blues playlist.

Five Questions with dos

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    dos’ Kira Roessler: Petra Haden, D Boon (The Minutemen), Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets)
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    KR: Bille Holiday - any of them “Always” From Lady Sings The Blues (if I have to pick one)
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    KR: David BowieBillie Holiday
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    KR: Surprised and moved
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    ABRV: Two basses dancing with emotion

∞  July 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: !K7

Short for Kaiserdamm 7, the original address of their Berlin office, Germany’s !K7 and !K7 Records have been at the forefront of independent electronic music for over 25 years.

First known for !K7 Records’ innovative DJ Kicks albums, this was one of the first compilation series that asked well-known underground DJs to create mixes emphasizing their signature sound while sharing their unique musical influences. Dozens of artists, including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Carl Craig and Chromeo stepped up to the challenge, blending and showcasing tracks that were often rare, previously unavailable, or only released on limited vinyl pressing. Simultaneously, the label championed individual artist releases, including critically acclaimed acts such as Matthew Herbert, Tosca, A Guy Called Gerald, Swayzak and Jimmy Edgar.

!K7 also distributes an acclaimed roster of artist-driven international labels including Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, Dixon’s Innervisions, Tiga’s Turbo Records, and Wagon Repair from artists Graham Boothby, Mathew Jonson, Konrad Black and Loose Change.

Discover and listen to tracks from !K7 Records and its specialty imprints. If you need a primer, we put together a playlist featuring a selected discography:

!K7 Distributed Labels

Search the complete !K7 discography of artists and releases on their website, k7.com and stay up-to-date on new artists, albums, news and touring information, by liking K7Records on Facebook.

Previous label features include: Warp Records, Death Row Records, 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

∞  July 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

An Introduction to: The Japanese Popstars

Bands don’t get musicians like The Cure’s Robert Smith, the Editors’ Tom Smith, Jon SpencerLisa HanniganM83’s Morgan Kibby, or singer-songwriterJames Vincent McMorrow to perform on their new album without good reason. The Japanese Popstars? It’s likely that their high caliber list of guest musicians is due to their electric live shows and Irish notoriety. Learn more about the global-minded Japanese Popstars, listen to their new albumControlling Your Allegiance (featuring all the above superstars), and queue-up their playlist, Tour Bus Jams.

Five Questions with The Japanese Popstars

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    The Japanese Popstars: Bill Conti. He composed the music for the Rocky movies. Me and my friends were all big Stallone fans, still are. Those tracks defined a big part of my youth and still give me goose bumps today. Just amazing work.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    JP: Shobaleader One – Cryptic Motion. I don’t know why I just woke up today with it in my head.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    JP: I know it’s not very original but I was a big Michael Jackson fan, the first album that I bought was Bad, so that’s probably the one most associated with my youth.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    JP: Uplighted
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    JP: Dominos

∞  July 6, 2011 — 12:00AM

Music

Listen to the Polaris Music Prize Short List on Rdio

We’re one step closer to finding out which artist and album will receive the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, an award given by a Canadian jury to one lucky album per year. The Polaris Music Prize, also an Rdio Influencer, made a fantastic playlist featuring short list samples—listen now and follow them to keep up with their big announcements… Who will win?

The Polaris Prize Short List

∞  July 6, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Warp

A few record store clerks and a producer set out to create a music label of their own. Over twenty years later, their creation, Warp Records, not only left an indelible impression on electronic music but also brought about the creation of BAFTA-winning Warp Films and bleep.com, an online music and merch store. If you’d like to learn more about the label, read about Warp in the Labels Unlimited series. Listen to and add these classic Warp artists to your Collection, Queue and playlists.

Not sure where to start? Try the Warp10+2 Classics 89-92 or Warp20 (Unheard) compilations.

Newer Warp Artists

Classic Warp Artists

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

Previous label features include: Death Row Records, 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

∞  July 5, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The mid-summer stretch is a good time to find great singles off upcoming albums—singles so good you’ll want put their album release date on your calendar. But not to be outshone, there are some great finds among this week’s new albums. Browse the New Releases, turn up the volume and find something new to fill your Heavy Rotation.

Playlist Notes

  • Little Dragon - Ritual Union EP
    Little Dragon represents the work of four dedicated Swedish musicians. Although Yukimi Nagano’s voice is at the forefront, don’t miss what’s going on behind her. The Ritual Union EP contains a single off their upcoming album, and selected remixes.

  • Deerhoof / Woom - Woom On Hoof 
    Experimental rockers Deerhoof try to make music another way, by recording an instrumental track and collaborating with other musicians to add the vocal layer. This edition is thanks to WOOM, who created and performed the lyrics on these two songs.

  • Memory Tapes - Player Piano
    While listening to this album, try to remember that one man created it. It’s hard to believe that such a complex and layered album is entirely from one brain, but given his focus and talent, something like Player Piano can exist.

  • CSS - Hits Me Like A Rock
    They could have been one-hit wonders but Cansei de Ser Sexy is too tough for that. The single from their upcoming third album La Liberación boasts heart, a beat and a hook.

  • Teddybears - Devil’s Music
    The renamed Teddybears proudly present their sixth studio album, Devil’s Music, as a follow-up to 2006’s Soft Machine. Listen for collaborations with Wayne Coyne (of The Flaming Lips), Cee-Lo, The B-52’s, and Robyn.

  • Lloyd - King of Hearts
    In his fourth studio album, Lloyd tries to persuade you that he really is the King of Hearts. As for the foot tapping bits, this album had production help from Jim Jonsin, Awesome Jones, and Bruno Mars.

∞  July 5, 2011 — 12:00AM

Music

Party in the USA + Canada

As the long weekend stretches out before you, here are some outstanding celebration playlists to amp up the mood and assist in your party planning.

Celebrate Canada Day

If you’re most excited about Canada’s creation, here are the playlists for you.

Celebrate July 4th

Grill out and watch the fireworks with these American Independence Day tunes, curated by your fellow Independence enthuiastists on Rdio.

∞  July 1, 2011 — 12:00AM