November 2011

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Last Laugh: Hear Ryan Stout’s Comedy Album A Week Early


Ryan Stout’s standup comedy borders on the morally reprehensible, but it’s not because he’s laughing at serious issues — it’s because we are. Stout’s aloofness and seeming objectivity give his biting takes on morality philosophical weight, but it’s the huge laughs he gets for his straight-faced delivery that have made him a hot commodity. Stout has been to countless international comedy festivals, and has enjoyed spots on Conan and MTV, not to mention his own half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special.

Stout’s debut comedy album is titled Touché, and it’s out next week, but if you can't wait there’s hope: Rdio has an exclusive stream of the album, starting today. Listen to Touché now, and don’t forget to check out all of Comedy Central’s recordings, from some of today’s hottest and most hilarious comedians.

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New Music Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Last week’s new music picks were from a legendary and storied bunch of musicians, and this week’s New Releases are no slouch either. You’ll find the 1990’s-created Gorillaz, Smashing Pumpkins and Reel Big Fish reissues, as well as relative newcomers like Mickey Moonlight, Hot Chelle Rae and Sharon Van Etten. Cruise this week’s New Releases and discover something new.

Playlist Notes

  • Trey Songz, Inevitable
    A precursor to his next album, Chapter V, this 5-song EP is ripe with Trey Songz' trademark suave, loverboy musings.

  • Smashing Pumpkins Reissues, Gish and Siamese Dream
    One of the nineties' most prestigious alt-rockers, the Smashing Pumpkins see two of their seminal works reissued this week. Gish and Siamese Dream are presented in remastered glory and also feature a variety of demos, new versions, mixes and beyond.

  • Tiësto & Steve Aoki, “Tornado”
    Los Angeles party-starter and Dim Mak head Steve Aoki teams up with ultra-famous Dutch producer Tiësto to create a dance single that blends their electronic sensibilities.

  • Gorillaz, The Singles Collection 2001-2011
    Started in 1998 by former Blur front-man Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz was the virtual band that could. This retrospective of singles goes to show how much sway a digi-group can have.

  • Hot Chelle Rae, Whatever
    Whatever is the perfectly-timed second studio album from Nashville quartet Hot Chelle Raw — the group just walked away from the American Music Awards as New Artist of the Year. If you missed their pop country stylings, now is your chance to give them a try.

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Now Available on Rdio for iOS: Sharing


You play music everywhere. Now it’s time to share the music you’re listening to no matter where you are — on the bus, in the car, or on your beach vacation. Post to Twitter and Facebook, and send recommendations to your Rdio friends directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Visit the App Store now to download the update.

If you’re not using iOS, sharing is coming to our other mobile apps soon.

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Win a James Durbin-Autographed Lithograph Poster

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You don’t have to win American Idol to conquer it — rocker James Durbin is proof of that. His larger-than-life personality, and ability to channel his love of old-fashioned rock’n’roll with his booming voice, turned more than enough heads to make Durbin a winner in his own right.

Ready to put the competition behind him, last week Durbin released his debut full-length, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster — a showcase of his rock influences and raw talent. For a better look into where he gets his inspiration, Durbin constructed a playlist of his favorite tunes for us, Some of James Durbin's All Time Favorites.

Win an Autographed Lithograph Print

Rdio has a lithograph poster signed by James Durbin to give away to one lucky fan. Simply subscribe to the playlist to be entered for a chance to take the poster home. For more information, read the Official Rules, and see the Lithograph, pictured above.


Exclusive: Hear Mickey Moonlight’s Long-Awaited Debut


Electro-pop eccentric Mickey Moonlight hasn’t even released an album yet, and already he has music fans clamoring for his first full-length project. Moonlight spent the last few years creating two tropical-tinged EPs, the critcially-beloved Love Pattern and Interplanetary Music. He’s also remixed the likes of Justice, Franz Ferdinand, and Tame Impala, among others.

This Tuesday the wait for Mickey Moonlight’s debut finally ends, but starting today on Rdio you can hear ...And The Time Axis Manipulation Corporation, courtesy of Because Music.

Find featured guests George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow), ex-Bonde do Role member Marina Gasloina, Canadian groove-popper Sandro Perri, The New Pony Club’s Lou Hayter and Tahita Bulmer, and many others in the mix. It’s an album sure to please the pop music fan who wants music that moves the body and the brain.

Listen to Mickey Moonlight’s ...And The Time Axis Manipulation Corporation now. To learn more about Moonlight’s illustrious label, check out our previous blog feature about Because Music.

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Now Available: Shuffle on Rdio for Blackberry


The time, effort, and strategy of building the perfect music collection can now be fully appreciated on Rdio for BlackBerry — our latest version adds collection shuffling. Add some spontaneity to your music listening experience by shuffling your entire collection.

And remember, if you don’t have a BlackBerry, Rdio is also available for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, Android and Windows Phone 7.


Comedy Exclusive: Rachel Feinstein’s Thug Tears


Rachel Feinstein is about as versatile a comedian as they come. For years she’s been writing (for The Onion and Heeb Magazine), lending her voice to television (Spike TV and Adult Swim), and performing in her preferred mode of comedy (standup), which has garnered her appearances on Last Comic Standing, Just for Laughs, and a half-hour special for Comedy Central. Feinstein’s comedy is based on cultural critique — she uses her spot-on impersonations of movie characters, cultural stereotypes such as thugs, and yes, even her own mother to make incisive observations about the often unfair way the world works. On November 28th, Feinstein will bring her white-hot wit and host of impersonations to her debut comedy album, Thug Tears.

Fans eager to hear the album sooner are in luck — Thug Tears is available for streaming right now, exclusively on Rdio.

Those familiar with Feinstein will also know one of her best characters: Ice Cold Rhoda. Ice Cold Rhoda, the OGG, Original Gangster Grandma is typically a hater, but of course as the OGG she’s got some love to show, so she put together a playlist of her favorite hip-hop songs. Check it out below.


Mark Kozelek on Desertshore’s Drawing of Threes and His Favorite Songs Playlist


When Desertshore sat down to write their second full-length, it was supposed to be like their debut — all instrumental. Chris Connolly’s classically-trained piano would enchant and converse with the plucks and twangs of Phil Carney’s electric guitar. When the duo started recording their new tunes with Carney’s former Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon bandmate as producer, Mark Kozelek, the album took on a new dimension: besides adding guitar and bass, Kozelek supplied lyrics and vocals to six of the ten tracks.

The collaboration’s result is new album Drawing of Threes, which is now available for streaming. To mark the occasion, Mark Kozelek constructed a playlist exclusively for Rdio of “Road Songs” by some of his favorite artists, as well as a series of notes on why he picked them.

Playlist Notes

  • Ravel - “Pavane for a Dead Princess”
    My favorite piece of piano music, by Ravel. My favorite version is the guitar performance by Laurindo Almeida.

  • Judy Collins - “Send in the Clowns”
    The world stops when I hear this song. It’s the most beautiful vocal ever recorded.

  • Andrés Segovia - “Asturius”
    One of my favorite Albeniz pieces.

  • Hüsker Dü - “Celebrated Summer”
    I almost saw them in ’86, or ’87, but they cancelled.

  • Desertshore - “Mercy”
    This is the best piece of music Phil Carney ever wrote.

  • Kath Bloom - “Let’s Get Living”
    My favorite Kath song.

  • The Doors - “Indian Summer”
    I covered this for the vinyl version of the my Finally LP.

  • Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - “New Year’s Kiss”
    I might cover this some day.

  • Magnetic Fields - “I Have The Moon”
    Good band.

  • Death Cab for Cutie - “Cath”
    Great lyricists.

  • Retribution Gospel Choir - “Somebody’s Someone”
    Best live band out there.

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New Music Tuesday, November 22, 2011


With the Holiday season fast approaching, this week’s releases include a series of titles from hugely important and culturally significant artists. Two of the biggest names in pop music are up first, as Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga both drop remix albums, and pop star Rihanna releases her sixth studio album. In rock, the Rolling Stones are reissuing classic album Some Girls, and new music is out from Nickelback and Chris Cornell. UK songstress Kate Bush, country legend Willie Nelson and the lovable Muppets all have new albums out as well. Check out these and more in this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist.

Playlist Notes

  • Nickelback - Here And Now
    Canadian alt-rock troupe Nickelback are riding a rich wave of success right now, as their last three albums went platinum. This week they’re looking to make it four in a row, as they drop Here And Now, their seventh studio album.

  • Rihanna - Talk That Talk
    Prolific pop singer Rihanna has averaged an album a year since she stormed the music world seven years ago. This year's album, Talk That Talk, started with the first single “We Found Love” and hints at a dance-oriented sound.

  • Mary J. Blige - My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)
    R&B Queen Mary J. Blige returns to the scene this week with her tenth studio album, titled as the sequel to her 1994 album My Life. The backwards nod should remind fans just how long Blige has been successfully following her muse.

  • Daughtry - Break The Spell
    The band formed by American Idol’s famous rock winner Chris Daughtry drops their third studio full-length this week — an album that Daughtry himself has claimed features a more positive sound, both musically and lyrically.

  • Michael Jackson - Immortal
    Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to the late Michael Jackson wouldn’t be complete without a rousing soundtrack that remixed and resequenced his most famous songs for their elaborate gymnastic performances. Hear the entire soundtrack, from the comfort of your home, now.


Win Tickets to Catch Ha Ha Tonka and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on their West Coast Tour

Bluegrass and folk-influenced indie-rock group Ha Ha Tonka and guitar-pop quartet Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have both had pretty solid years, with the releases of their third and fourth albums, respectively. The former’s Death of a Decade was recorded in a barn to capture the rugged spirit of the Ozark hills, while the latter’s Tape Club is a compilation of some of the group’s best songs since they began Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin ten years ago.

To top off the year, the two Missouri-based bands will hit the west coast on a co-headlining tour. They’ve each made “West Coast Tour” playlists for the occasion with each playlist featuring one inspired song per location. Want to hear more about why they picked certain songs? Check out the playlist notes at the bottom of the post.

Ticket Giveaway

Want to win tickets to the tour stop of your choice? Just subscribe to your favorite playlist below, enter your name, email address and ticket choice into the Google Form and you’ll be entered to win tickets to your choice of the cities below. Read the official Rules for more information.

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Ha Ha Tonka’s West Coast Tour-Inspired Playlist:

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s West Coast Tour-Inspired Playlist:

Playlist Notes


  • John Denver - “Rocky Mountain High”
    THE quintessential song about being high in Colorado. - HHT
  • Neil Young - “Cripple Creek Ferry”
    I went to Cripple Creek, Colorado with my dad when I was a kid. - SSLYBY

Salt Lake City

  • Band of Horses - “The Great Salt Lake”
    We've listened to this song while literally coming off the Rocky Mountains westbound on I-80 and descending into Salt Lake City and it sounds absolutely perfect. - HHT
  • Weezer - “Mykel and Carli”
    Mykel and Carli were from Salt Lake City. Also, Leia Bell (Brian's sister) lives in SLC and she made a poster for us one time. - SSLYBY


  • Rocky Votolato - “White Daisy Passing”
    We toured with Rocky last year and were amazed night in and night out. Incredible songwriter, incredible dude... average poker player. - HHT
  • The Fastbacks - “555 Part Two”/Telekinesis - “Please Ask For Help”
    We had to pick two songs for Seattle. The Fastbacks are a Seattle band we discovered from the movie Hype. Telekinesis is a nice band we toured with last year. - SSLYBY


  • The Ramones - “Danny Says”
    Every now and then we all have to go Idaho. - HHT
  • Built to Spill - “Big Dipper”
    We camped out in Glenns Ferry, Idaho on our last tour. We met the mayor at a diner in the morning. She said her son is in a band called Cheese Dixx and they play in Boise all the time. I couldn't find them on Rdio. - SSLYBY


  • Nickelback - “How You Remind Me”
    This underrated indie band from north of the border has yet to be discovered, but keep an eye out. - HHT


  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - “Oregon Girl”
    Our bros just so happened to have penned the best song ever about Oregon...and maybe girls. - HHT
  • Ha Ha Tonka - “Dead Man’s Hand”/“Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart”
    They both sound like they could be on Neil Young’s Zuma and they would be the best songs on the album. - SSLYBY

San Francisco

  • The Mamas & The Papas - “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”
    Another quintessential location themed song. - HHT
  • The Mommyheads - “Jaded”
    Adam and Michael from The Mommyheads really helped our band out in the beginning. They used to live in San Francisco. This is the perfect pop song. - SSLYBY

Los Angeles

  • Phantom Planet - “California”
    This pick could easily be replaced by any song the Red Hot Chili Peppers have ever written. - HHT
  • Fleetwood Mac - “I Walk A Thin Line”
    It’s like LA. I can’t figure it out. - SSLYBY

San Diego

  • Will Ferrell - “Afternoon Delight”
    Ron Burgundy wrote this tune, right? When I think of San Diego I usually think of perfect weather, Tony Gwynn and this song. - HHT
  • Sly & The Family Stone - “Runnin’ Away”
    Wikipedia says their drummer is from San Diego. I hope Deerhoof covers it someday. - SSLYBY

Tour Dates

  • November 30 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
  • December 01 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
  • December 02 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
  • December 03 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
  • December 05 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
  • December 06 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
  • December 08 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
  • December 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Bar
  • December 10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar