August 2011

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Must Hear: The One AM Radio


Formerly vocalist Hrishikesh Hirway’s solo pet project, The One AM Radio is now a full-fledged dream-pop trio with four studio albums under their belt. The Los Angeles-based group’s latest album is 2011’s Heaven is Attached by a Slender Thread, which showcases their catchy arrangements and dreamy soundscapes. The band are avid Rdio users—check out their personal One AM Radio profile—and have created a fantastic playlist of songs for driving alone, late at night. Check out 5 questions with the band and listen to the Empty Cities playlist below.

Five Questions with The One AM Radio

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Hrishikesh Hirway: I love the Radio Dept. I’ve never been so happy to feel so sad as when I put on their music. They’ve gotten a lot more attention since when I first heard them, but still, they deserve to be much bigger.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    HH: I’d put on “An Endless Searching for Substance” by 23 degrees. I actually don’t know if it’s good or not! It might very well be a little cheesy. But I listened to it a lot in the mid-90s, when I was first getting into electronic music and didn’t have any guidance. I would just spend hours in record stores listening to whatever I could find, which is how I discovered this record. I was visiting my sister in western Massachusetts, and I came upon this CD. It was downtempo, ambient at times, and I’d often go to sleep listening to it. I lost the disc at some point, years ago, but I thought of it recently and suddenly really wanted to hear it. I tried to buy it online, but it seems to be out of print. I remember being in love with some of the sounds on the record; these pretty, round, bell-like synths.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    HH: My mom and dad had all these cassettes of Indian music that were soundtracks to films I’d never seen. Friends and relatives would bring them from India, or occasionally they’d buy one at an Indian grocery store that doubled as a video rental place. A lot of times there was no cover art, just a dubbed tape with a very neatly handwritten tracklisting. All these different movies had “playback singers” — meaning, the actors on screen would lipsynch, and the voice you actually heard was someone else — and invariably, the female vocals were sung by either Asha Bhosle or Lata Mangeshkar. They’re sisters, and they were (and probably still are) the biggest stars of Indian popular music. Of the two, I had a slight preference for Asha. When I think of music from my childhood, I hear their voices.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    HH: Like the records I just mentioned, we hope people are forming a memory that they’ll look back on with nostalgia when they listen to our music.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    HH: When we wrote music for the new album, we were thinking about the cool shock of air when you first crack a window while driving alone at night, the amber light that gets cast over the whole city when everything’s closed, and how lonely dance records can make you feel.

Check out all the band’s music by following them on Rdio. For more info, check out their official website, and keep up to date with the band on Twitter.

∞  August 31, 2011 — 11:20AM

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New Music Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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August is almost over, but that doesn’t mean summer’s done just yet. With this week’s new releases come a set of summery tunes, including upbeat albums from Bombay Bicycle Club, Cobra Starship, David Guetta and a reissue of Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker. There are also new last-minute, long-awaited summer blockbusters from Lil Wayne and Lenny Kravitz—check them out in this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs
    This week former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello returns to his political acoustic jams under the alias The Nightwatchman. Passion, politics and unbelievable guitar chops make for a potent mix—don't miss this one.
  • Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me
    With the amount of excitement surrounding the UK’s Florence Welch, it’s remarkable that thus far she's only had one album to her name. Her sophomore album features more of her powerful voice and quirky hooks.
  • Lenny Kravitz - Black and White America
    Rock and roll veteran Lenny Kravitz releases his ninth studio album today—this time he’s tackling funk. The first single, “Stand,” gave us a taste, but the whole album is here now—dig in.
  • David Guetta - Nothing But The Beat
    Superstar DJ David Guetta furthers his dream of bridging the gap between hip-hop hits and urban dance music with his latest album, Nothing But the Beat. Filled with singles already climbing the charts, you’ll hear features from VIPs Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Flo-rida, and Ludacris.
  • Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
    Lil Wayne has grown up from a prodigious young rapper to a legitimate pop-star and has quite a reputation to uphold. His newest album has genuine Weezy gems like 6 foot 7 Foot, She Will, and an attention-grabbing response to a recent diss in It’s Good.

An Rdio Exclusive: Hear TV On The Radio’s World Café Live EP

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Brooklyn’s TV On The Radio is one of the most consistent and boundary-pushing bands of the 2000s. Each of their four studio albums to date, including their 2011 effort, Nine Types of Light, garnered widespread critical acclaim for their experimentation with genres as wide-reaching as punk, electronic, jazz and soul.

Today, we’re pleased to reveal their new EP, World Café Live, a live recording of TV On The Radio playing an exclusive set at NPR’s The World Cafe Live hosted by David Dye. Recorded at The Village Studios in Santa Monica, it showcases their eclectic catalog in a dynamic live show—listen below, add it to your music collection and tell your friends to check it out.

Can’t get enough TV On The Radio? Be sure to catch them live live on tour this fall and watch the new video for their single “Second Song”.

∞  August 30, 2011 — 10:30AM

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Now on Rdio: Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV

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Lil Wayne’s first post-prison release is one of 2011's most-anticipated albums. His 2008 bestseller, Tha Carter III, walked away from the Grammy’s with Album of Year and left critics and fans wondering how he would follow it. Weezy just dropped his latest work, and now you can listen to this charismatic rapper spit out madcap metaphors among a star-studded cast that includes Drake, Andre 3000, and Busta Rhymes.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Brett Gurewitz


If you're a music fan but are unfamiliar with his name, you’ve certainly felt Brett Gurewitz's influence at some point in your musical life. In addition to co-founding influential punk band Bad Religion, Gurewitz also founded well-loved independent label Epitaph Records, parent of fellow taste-making labels ANTI-, Fat Possum Records, Burning Heart Records, Hellcat Records and Heart & Skull Records. Epitaph alone released some of the last decade’s best punk and hardcore albums by Bad Religion, Converge, Pennywise, Every Time I Die and Thursday.

Gurewitz’s extensive-yet-discerning Rdio collection demonstrates his excellent taste, which boasts a smorgasbord of veterans to bolster his array of modern classics, many of which come from Epitaph's sub-labels. Follow Brett Gurewitz on Rdio to ensure that you’re current with all the latest cutting edge music, and who knows? It may just lead you to some gems you might have missed. Among Gurewitz’s most-played artists are micro-sampling DJ Gold Panda, dreamy folksters Fleet Foxes, and punk vets Ramones.

If you're looking for a taste of Gurewitz’s punk rock roots, check out his ”Just The Hits” playlist, which collects Black Flag, The Sex Pistols, Descendents, The Clash, and many more of the most influential punk bands to ever make music.


∞  August 29, 2011 — 12:01PM

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Give the Gift of Rdio

Share your love of music by giving your friends and family an Rdio gift card. Starting today, you can purchase Rdio gift cards in any denomination from Give $10, $25, $50, $100 or any other amount toward your best pal’s subscription—they can redeem their card through or our mobile apps.

Do you remember that magical moment when you realized that Rdio means you can listen to whatever you want, try new music just for the heck of it, and discover great music through your friends? Inspire a friend’s Rdio revelation—once they have nearly 11 million songs to listen to anywhere, it’ll be their favorite gift all year.

∞  August 29, 2011 — 10:15AM


Ghostly International + Rdio Present: A Ghostly Label Showcase @ Bumbershoot 2011


This September, the 2011 edition of Seattle’s annual music and arts fest Bumbershoot arrives with a another slew of excellent bands. Rdio is proud to announce that on September 4, we are teaming up with recently-profiled label Ghostly International to bring you “A Ghostly Label Showcase.”

The showcase for the eclectic, cutting-edge label will go down on the festival’s Decibel Stage on Sunday, September 4. Featured onstage will be some of Ghostly’s best talent, including hazy, reverb-drenched beatmaker Com Truise, spacious, emotional soundscaper HTRK and sample-heavy, melodic electronic artist Lusine. Also performing are Ghostly artists School of Seven Bells, Tycho, Shigeto, The Sight Below and Justin Timbreline.

Want to hear a sample of the performing artists? The folks at Ghostly International constructed a playlist just for the occasion. Check out the Ghostly @ Bumbershoot 2011 playlist below or create a collaborative one filled with your favorite tracks of these artists yourself.


For more on Ghostly International and their artists, check out their official website and be sure to follow them on Rdio.

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Win Tickets to Butch Walker in ATL or Toronto

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Butch Walker and The Black Widows' new album is officially out Monday, but if you're on Rdio you can already stream The Spade in its entirety until next Tuesday. Not only that, we have Butch's Five Questions, a playlist of Songs The Black Widows Love and two pairs of tickets to give you—one in his Atlanta hometime and the other in Toronto. Keep reading to learn more about this music veteran, how to see him live, and if you still crave more, follow Butch Walker on Rdio

Five Questions with Butch Walker

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Butch Walker: Is this the part where I'm supposed to say me? Kidding. I think it's probably someone I don't even know of.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    BW: I do have access to it. It's in the next room, as I type. It's probably my rare copy of The Clash (Live At Shea Stadium) given to me by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols as a gift. I asked him if he really wanted to give that away and he said, "never been much of a fan...."
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    BW: The Monkees. Isn't it obvious?
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    BW: Listening?
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    BW: Quitting?


If you're in Atlanta, GA or Toronto, CA, you could see Butch Walker live for free — Rdio has two pairs of tickets to give away. How to enter? Put your name, email address, date and location you wish to win into the form below between now and August 29th at 3:00 PM, and we'll randomly pick one winner per location. For more information, read the Official Rules.

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Now Available: An Rdio for BlackBerry Update


If you have a BlackBerry, don’t miss out on the new Rdio for BlackBerry update we just released—you’ll notice a snazzy updated dashboard and touch-friendly interface. Additionally, you can easily switch from landscape to portrait screen orientation when you’re out and about. These updates are specifically for Storm and Torch models, and we now support the BlackBerry Bold 9930.

Rdio for BlackBerry will auto-update for current users; new users can check it out by going to in their BlackBerry web browsers.

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Getting to know: D. Gookin

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Since he was just five years old, music fascinated Mike Birnbaum. Now he is better known as D. Gookin, the groove-inflected, sound-manipulating solo artist from New Haven, Connecticut.

After learning piano, guitar and drums as a kid, he set off to school for music production, where he found Aphex Twin and Squarepusher's IDM, DJ Shadow's collages, and jazz. In 2008 and 2009, D. Gookin released his first EP, When You’re Lonely, Everybody’s a Celebrity, and self-released an LP, How 2 Deal.

Just yesterday, he released his first full-length album for Moongadget Records, titled Spiral Style, which lists inspirations as wide-ranging as, “slam-dancing, Fat Boy Slim, general grooviness, vocoders, PacSun, and the feeling of freedom that comes with a wandering mind." After you give it a spin, check out D. Gookin’s answers to our “Five Questions,” and his self-chosen playlist, Music that Moves Me.


Five Questions with D. Gookin

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    D. Gookin: Female from New Haven, CT
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    DG: Juiceboxxx's soon to be released 1st full length, I Don’t Wanna Go Into the Darkness.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    DG: "Bad Hair Day" by Weird Al Yankovic.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    DG: Slam-dancing.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    DG: Sizzling parking lots by the beach.

∞  August 24, 2011 — 12:32PM