August 2011

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Kid Rock on Rdio

Kid Rock

If you love his trademark mix of countrified rock ‘n roll mixed with beats and rap, today is a good day—you can now listen to Kid Rock’s catalog on Rdio. From his very first album, Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast, to his most recent, Born Free, head to Rdio and get your Kid Rock fix.

∞  August 24, 2011 — 11:15AM

ExclusivesMusic

An Rdio Pre-Release: Listen to Butch Walker and The Black Widows' The Spade

Butch Walker

You might not have heard of Butch Walker, but you definitely know his music. As a producer and songwriter, he's worked with mega-bands and musicians like Weezer, Avril Lavigne, P!nk, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry and Panic! At The Disco. His own musical legacy includes forming Atlanta cult-hit  Marvelous 3, and six solo albums including two with his band Black Widows.

Rdio is pleased to share his new album, The Spade, a week early. Curious what someone with such a pop-music pedigree would create? Spade is a rollicking, genre-spanning gem, touching elements of country, pop punk and good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll. Listen below, add it to your collection or share it with a friend.  

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New Music Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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This week’s new releases are an eclectic bunch—there’s something for every musical taste. Rapper The Game returns with his long-awaited Red Album, electro-poppers CSS bring another slab of catchy goodness to the table, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks release a new album, the first since Pavement’s 2010 reunion. Looking for something a more mature? Barbra Streisand and Patti Smith both have new offerings as well—check out these artists and more in today's New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Tom Waits - Bad As Me
    Revered folk experimentalist Tom Waits set more than a few tongues wagging last week when a cryptic message on his website promised new music of some sort on August 23. Now that the day has come, you can hear the new track, “Bad As Me,” and begin speculation on what might be next from the musical icon.
  • Stephin Merritt - Obscurities 
    Stephin Merritt, singer of indie fave Magnetic Fields, is extremely prolific—just look to his epic 1999 triple-LP, 69 Love Songs for proof. Today he released Obscurities, a collection of rarities and b-sides that no indie diehard should be without. 
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic 
    Pavement's singer, Stephen Malkmus, returned once again with his band, the Jicks, to offer 15 tracks of pure guitar-pop perfection. It’s a definite return to form, and a must-hear.
  • Muppets: The Green Album
    Don’t call it a comeback, the Muppets, despite being active for years, have a new movie and coming out and a fun album to accompany it. In one of the most fun releases of this summer, bands like Ok Go, Sondre Leche, Andrew Bird, and My Morning Jacket cover original songs from the Muppet Show.
  • Junip - Without You
    The Jose Gonzalez-led trio from Sweden just released an EP featuring a digital single and 3 remixes, each one unique take on one of the prettiest and most hypnotic tracks from their album Fields.
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Rdio and the Identity Festival Ticket Giveaway, Pt. 2

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We're back with part 2 of the Identity Festival ticket giveaway, touted as America’s very first touring electronic festival. Who can you catch live? The lineup is peppered with all the names you'd wish for on such an occasion: KaskadeSteve AokiSteve LawlerHercules & Love AffairAeroplaneDJ ShadowSkrillexRusko and a slew of your other favorite electronic artists will all play sets in cities across the nation. Listen to a preview of the festivities on the Identity Festival's Official Playlist.

  • August 27: The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods
  • August 28: Dallas, TX, GEXA Energy Pavilion
  • August 30: Albuquerque, NM, Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
  • September 2: Chula Vista, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • September 3: Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • September 4: San Bernadino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheatre
  • September 5: Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
  • September 10: Gorge, WA, The Gorge

Win Identity Festival Tickets

If you're in the southwest (or are a west coast dweller) you'll be excited to hear that we’ve got pairs of tickets to give away for shows running August 27-September 10 in: Texas, New Mexico, California, Las Vegas and Washington state. How to enter? Put your name, email address, date and location you wish to win into the form below between now and August 24 at 1:00 PM, and we'll randomly pick one winner per location. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Updated: we have our winners! Thanks for entering.

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Introducing: Rdio Family Plans

For many people sharing music starts at home, between parents, kids and significant others. Starting today, sharing music in a household isn’t just convenient, it’s also more economical—we’re proud to announce Rdio’s family subscription plan.

Did debating what to listen to replace the age-old TV remote struggle? Hopefully no longer—Rdio’s family plan makes it easy for everyone in your household to use Rdio simultaneously, wherever they are. Here’s how it works: each family member gets their own Rdio Unlimited account, with control over their own music collection, Rdio stations, network of followers, playlists, and all of Rdio’s other great features.

Someone in your family will use the main account, and he or she can add sub-accounts to their subscription. The first two accounts you add come with a great discount, but you can add as many as you like after that, all managed from one place.

Pricing details:

  • Two accounts cost $17.99 per month 
  • Three accounts cost $22.99 per month

Time to get the rest of your family listening to their favorite music—no matter what their musical preferences, they can listen on Rdio.

∞  August 22, 2011 — 10:09AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

Ghostly International on Rdio

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A name like Ghostly is apt for a record label whose output is as varied and shapeshifting as that of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Ghostly International. Ghostly was founded in 1999, when Sam Valenti IV met Matthew Dear at a house party and they bonded over a shared love of electronic music, especially Detroit Techno. They released Dear’s “Hands Up for Detroit” 12-inch shortly thereafter, and Ghostly has grown ever since.

The two branched out after that, incorporating Italo Disco and various elements of other sub-genres into their eclectic roster, not to mention things non-musical: design, visual art, and technology such as apps and other sound-related tools. Musically, Ghostly is divided two ways: they release “avant-pop,” music that challenges and experiments with pop's existing boundaries by infusing it with new and exciting sounds, while Spectral Sound is their dance music imprint.

“To define Ghostly International,” notes their website, “would only be to limit it.” They’re right—today, Ghostly’s roster features too broad a variety of musical acts and artists to pigeonhole them with words. It’s better to listen to some of their hottest new acts (which you can find on the Rdio Ghostly International label page) like Com Truise, Dabrye or Gold Panda, to get a taste of what Ghostly are up to lately.

Follow Ghostly International on Rdio to keep up with all things avant-pop, and check out their outstanding influencer playlist, 2011 Cuts by SV4, curated by Sam Valenti IV himself. As one of Rdio's influencers, discover Ghostly’s staff picks and more from their roster below.

GHOSTLY STAFF’S 5 FAVORITE NEW ALBUMS

GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

For the complete Ghostly International story, roster and more, check out Ghostly.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Celebrities! ...making music

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They may be the golden gods of big and small screens alike, but when it comes to making music, celebrities can be somewhat of a motley crew. For every Zooey Deschanel, Jenny Lewis, or Jamie Foxx, there’s a Heidi Montag and a David Hasselhoff.

We’ve done some sifting around to find the good and the most (shall we say) interesting mix of celebrities making music, and as you might have imagined, there’s more of the latter. Sure, Scarlett Johansson and Tim Robbins legitimately know how to jam — much of their albums are even pretty good — and William Shatner is likable, in an ironic kind of way.

But then we have the downright questionable, brand-extending schmaltz: Paris Hilton, whose single was ironically titled “Stars Are Blind”; Shaquille O’Neal, whose rapping mostly focused on (Surprise!) basketball; and Lindsay Lohan, about whom the less is said, the better. Still, the songs are worth a listen — some of them are good, most of them are hilarious. Take a listen to our  Celebrities Making Music playlist and decide for yourself.

Know of some other good celebrity albums, or some worth checking out? Make your own celebrity music playlist, or comment on others’. In the words of our friend Leonard Nimoy, not enjoying some celebrity-made music today would be a Highly Illogical decision.

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Win VIP Tickets to Mad Decent's Los Angeles Block Party

There's still one more chance to experience a block party this summer on Saturday, August 20th when the Mad Decent crew comes to LA for the final leg of their 4-week showcase. 

Diplo himself will perform as Major Lazer; he’ll be joined by Bosco DelreyLunice, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Kito, Sinden, Paul Devro, Death Grips, Derek Allen, Jillionaire, Mia Moretti & Caitlin Mo.

If the above video isn't enough to inspire you, listen to Diplo's brand new and truly original playlist along with a slew of other cool thematic ones Mad Decent created during the past few weeks. 

Go VIP

Rdio is giving away five pairs of VIP tickets for this highly anticipated final block party. Skip the lines and enjoy guaranteed admission, plus access to the VIP viewing area. For more information, read the Official Rules

Update: we have our five VIPs! Thanks for entering, everyone!

Mad Decent LA

∞  August 17, 2011 — 11:01AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: Blue October

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Thanks to the golden ears of a music vet (Kid Rock’s former Manager), Blue October exploded from their Texas homebase to the rest of the nation. Sixteen years later, the rock quintet (including the brothers Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld) still delights fans with new music and their awesome live shows. Today’s new album, Any Man in America, covers difficult but heartfelt subjects like divorce and separation.

Curious what makes Blue October tick? Rdio heard from bassist Matt Noveskey—listen to his playlist, “Songs I'm listening to right now” and read Five Questions with Blue October.

Five Questions with Blue October

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Blue October bass player, Matt Noveskey: Jeremy Enigk—founder of Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft. He's been imitated by legions of musicians and songwriters, many of whom may not even realize it.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MN: Will Hoge - Blackbird On A Lonely Wire
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MN: Fleetwood Mac or Michael Jackson
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MN: Connected
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MN: Telling it like it is
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Rdio and the Identity Festival

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Believe it or not, the Identity Festival is America’s very first touring electronic festival. Recognizing this, the folks at Identity (along with Rdio) are proud to bring you a lineup with all the names you'd  wish for on such an occasion: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Steve Lawler, Hercules & Love Affair, Aeroplane, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, Rusko and a slew of your other favorite electronic artists will all play sets in cities across the nation.

What can you expect from this dynamic lineup? Find out by checking out the Official Identity Playlist on Rdio now. And there will be plenty more where that came from: many of the DJs featured on the tour will be posting exclusive playlists in the coming weeks.

Win Identity Festival Tickets

The festival is only four dates in, so there are many left to catch. If you're on the Eastern seaboard you'll be excited to hear that we’ve got pairs of tickets for shows running August 19-25 in: Camden, NJ,  Mansfield, MA and Wantagh, NY or if you're in Atlanta, Tampa and Miami. How to enter? Put your name, email address, date and location you wish to win in the form below between now and August 17 at 1:00 PM, and we'll randomly pick one winner per location. For more information, read the Official Rules.

If you're elsewhere in the US, we have another Identity Festival ticket giveaway in store for you next week. In the meantime, check out the entire Identity Festival lineup at IDFestival.com.

Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for first Identity Festival Ticket Giveaway is now closed.