November 2011

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Hear an Exclusive Stream of Zomby’s New EP

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As if 2011 wasn’t a big enough year for Zomby, he’s ready to drop a followup to his well-received sophomore album, Dedication.

November 28th marks the debut of Nothing, a seven-song EP that doesn’t just follow Dedication's minimalist grooves but telegraphs his next musical path. At just 22 minutes, the album mixes together Zomby’s influences from jungle, rave and grime into something considerably lighter than you might expect.

Luckily, there's no wait to hear Nothing — listen right now, a week before its official release, here on Rdio.

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Angels & Airwaves’ Love Project and Dual Playlists

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Though Blink-182 recently made their return to recorded music, Tom Delonge’s other band for the past five years remains quite active. Angels & Airwaves is his creative playground to explore grand, serious musical and lyrical themes.

Their latest endeavor is the Love Project, a pair of albums that provide the musical counterpart to a full-length science-fiction flick of the same name, directed by William Eubank. Love, Pt. 1 was released in 2010, and along with the release of Love, Pt. 2 last week, they also released a box set featuring both albums and the film.

To celebrate the completion of their project, Angels & Airwaves compiled two playlists they enjoy playing before and after gigs, among other "extracurricular" activities. Listen to the aptly-titled, “Foreplay” below, then dial up “Afterglow”. In their own words, "For us, playing a show is much like making love. This is our soundtrack for both."

Find Rdio on the Kobo Vox

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Would you like some music with your reading material? To compliment their new social eReader, Kobo picked Rdio to come pre-loaded on the new Android-powered Kobo Vox.

Much like Kobo Vox’s social reading features, Rdio helps you discover music through other people — find the perfect reading soundtrack like this Instrumental Music for Reading playlist or the IQ84 book soundtrack.

The next chance you get to sit down and read, add music to the mix.

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Exclusive: Luke Bryan Live from the Capitol Street Party

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Next up in our series of exclusive live performances from the Capitol Street Party is a contribution from Georgia native Luke Bryan, whose third album, Tailgates & Tanlines, was released just this past August.

The baritone-voiced country singer played the 2010 edition of the festival, and we’re pleased to have three tracks from his upbeat set exclusively on Rdio — listen to Luke Bryan’s Live From Capitol Street Party EP now.

Country fans, stay tuned to the Rdio blog for more live exclusives from the Nashville Capitol Street Party.

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A Hirsute and Hilarious Exclusive: Hear the Beards of Comedy

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Comedians Andy Sandford, Joe Zimmerman, TJ Young and Dave Stone are more than just a bunch of funny men — they’re the Beards of Comedy, a quartet of sharp young comedians whose attention to detail highlights the hilarious quirks of everyday existence. Their online short films, such as “The Fan,” “Basketball,” and the hilarious “Breakfast Banditos” (the latter of which was a front-page feature on FunnyOrDie.com) slyly use cinematic conventions to set the tone for their subtle skewering of genre-classics like Westerns and Art films.

On November 22, the bearded foursome drop a second comedy album in the form of Cardio Mix. The album features more of the troupe’s insightful pop culture jabs. If you want to hear the album a week before its release, you’ve come to the right place; Rdio is now streaming Cardio Mix in its entirety as part of our Comedy Central Exclusives series.

Listen to Cardio Mix now, and stay tuned — there are just two more exclusives left in this hilarious series.

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New Music Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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This week’s new releases have a distinctly Canadian flavor. Alongside the much-heralded return of the great white northern's own rap wunderkind Drake, pop-rock twins Tegan and Sara's excellent live show gets its due.

Outside of Canada's prolific musicianship, hear the comprehensive best from classic crooner Frank Sinatra and a fresh album from Ricky Martin along with TV-themed releases like Glee’s second Christmas album and the debut disc from Community’s Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino. Rounding out this week's New Releases are new tunes by Gym Class Heroes, Sigur Rós, and the recently-disbanded R.E.M..


Playlist Notes

  • R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011
    Following the band’s surprise break-up last month, iconic indie rock pioneers R.E.M. are issuing one final compendium of their acclaimed catalog's best songs. The compilation includes three new songs, which could be their last ever.

  • Drake - Take Care
    Hyper-popular Toronto singer/rapper Aubrey “Drake” Graham returns to the game today with his sophomore studio album. Drake mentions that he took his time with this album, to make sure it was his best yet. Take Care and decide for yourself by giving it a listen.

  • Childish Gambino - Camp
    Fans of NBC’s hit college comedy Community might not know that actor Donald Glover (Troy Barnes) is also a talented musician. After a number of successful mixtapes, the double-threat is finally dropping his debut studio album, Camp, this week.

  • Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2
    Gleeks everywhere will be excited to hear that their favorite group of musical misfits are releasing a continuation of last year’s Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album. The second volume includes more Glee-ful takes on Christmas classics, including “Santa Baby,” “Let It Snow,” and “Blue Christmas.”

  • deadmau5/Melleefresh - Melleefresh vs. deadmau5: At Play
    Electro-house artists deadmau5 and Melleefresh team up this week to present At Play, a set of tunes on which the duo collaborated. Melleefresh’s sultry alto plays perfectly over deadmau5’s classic bangers, making for a collaboration that has electronic music fans eagerly awaiting its release.

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Exclusive: Stream Serenades' Debut EP

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It’s only been a year since we last heard from Swedish indie-poppers Shout Out Louds, but that’s plenty of time for the band’s songwriter Adam Olenius to craft an entire album with fellow countryman and singer-songwriter Markus Krunegård. The duo, known as Serenades, will release a studio full-length soon, but they’re whetting appetites with a new lush EP, titled Come Home, first.

On Come Home, the pair fuse indie pop with a grander musical vision, as strings and drums lend Serenades’ songs the same big sound that you might find in other similar bands like Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses.

The EP is due November 21, but you can hear it a week early, exclusively on Rdio. Listen to the Come Home EP now.

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Exclusive: Hear a Sneak Peak of Nick Carter's Remix Album

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Nick Carter is back — this time he has a remix album, and we have the exclusive preview for you with the track, "Not The Other Guy (Saulius V Remix)". Look for I'm Taking Off: Relaunched & Remixed in New Releases next week.

Get To Know: LIGHTS

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Canadian synth-pop chanteuse LIGHTS has done a lot of growing over the past few years. The Timmins, Ontario-born Valerie Poxleitner catapulted into the spotlight after releasing her self-titled debut EP in 2008, a milestone she quickly followed by releasing her debut full-length, The Listening.

Last month she released her sophomore album, Siberia, to widespread critical acclaim, demonstrating that she was ready to open up to new, developed sounds and textures. Siberia is far grittier than the pitch-perfect pop of LIGHTS’ earlier releases, thanks in no small part to a collaboration with fellow Canucks from electronic sound experimentalist Holy F***.

Fans curious about the origin of LIGHTS’ newfound inspiration should check out her playlist, “Songs I listen to as I drink a little juice and tend to my plants,” as well as a short interview with her, below.


Five Questions with Lights

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    LIGHTS: Canadian rapper, Shad. He's so talented and a genuinely good soul, not to mention brilliant. He deserves so much attention. I featured him on my new record, it was an honour to have him!
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    L: Right at this moment I would put on Feels by Animal Collective. Man, that record is so creative and easy to listen to.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    L: Joshua Tree by U2 is definitely up there. There are pictures of me sitting by/standing beside/sleeping on the vinyl when I was a wee kid. My dad jammed it all the time.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    L: Inspired and at peace.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    L: Beats, bass, and honesty.
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Comedy Exclusive: Pete Holmes — Impregnated With Wonder

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Pete Holmes is the kind of comedian who can make you laugh with just the look on his face, but he hardly relies on that. His wry, often self-deprecating observations about modern life as an adult are the work of a man whose timing and physical humor is matched by his wit and perception. Holmes uses his experience as a writer (both for NBC's "Outsourced" and FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter") to fuel his funny, which has brought him, in just the last year, appearances on Conan and his own half-hour Comedy Central special.

Next week, Holmes will release Impregnated With Wonder, his debut collection of stand-up. It features some of Holmes’ best material to date, including his “Fun Dad” sketch, in which Holmes pokes fun both at himself and stereotypical middle-class fathers who need validation from their children and their friends.

Can’t wait to hear it? Rdio is streaming the album now, a week before its official release date. Listen to Impregnated With Wonder now.

Love a good laugh? We have more Comedy Central pre-release albums coming up in the next few weeks. Listen (and chuckle) a week before you can find them anywhere else.