December 2011

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: December 25 - 30, 2011

This Week on Rdio

The week between the holidays and New Year's Eve can be a quiet one, but there was plenty worth reading about. This Week on Rdio keeps you up-to-date on the weekly happenings on Rdio: new music, Rdio news, and beyond. This week’s roundup is below, but to make sure you don’t miss a beat, like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to Rdio's blog feed, follow @Rdio on Twitter, and of course, on Rdio itself.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week.

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A New Year’s Eve Playlist for Every Mood

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There are still a few days until New Year’s Eve, but by now you should at least have a hazy idea what your plans are for ushering in the new year. When it comes to music, we’re here to help you celebrate — whether that means a night of partying, or a mellow, contemplative night spent at home.

If you're planning to get your party on, you'll find plenty of fist-pumping excellence in our “Party Rock New Years” playlist, which features the best in glitzy-glam party rock anthems and dance-floor bangers. Hosting a soiree or an all-night rager? Going for a night on the town? Whether you’re getting sprayed with confetti, champagne or both, this playlist should suit all your New Year’s Eve needs.

If you're spending the night relaxing, we’ve got another kind of playlist for you. Whether you’ve just moved to a new city, been through a messy break-up, or are otherwise feeling introspective, we’ve got the perfect mix of down-and-out dirges and quiet ballads to help you savor that mood. Pour yourself another another scotch, settle into your armchair, and enjoy the “A No-Plans New Year's Eve”.

From all of us at Rdio, Happy New Year, and all the best for 2012.

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The Rdio Guide to Kids Music That Won’t Drive You Crazy

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Let’s face it: music for kids can be more exhausting to your patience than your own little ones. It can be noisy, repetitive, and overly chipper — in some cases adults would rather eat a spoonful of baby food than hear another moment of it. At its best, music for children can be a hoot, which is why a growing number of established and well-respected musicians started recording albums that both meet kids on their level, and please the adults who have to sit through it.

Laura Veirs’ Tumble Bee, Kimya Dawson’s hilarious Alphabutt, and They Might Be Giants’ Here Come the ABCs all provide excellent examples of a joyful and fun kind of music. The compilation See You on the Moon - Songs for Kids of All Ages is another, with artists like Sufjan Stevens, Junior Boys, Broken Social Scene, Mark Kozelek, Hot Chip, and Kid Koala all contributing songs.

A number of adults are also dedicating themselves to making quality tunes for youngsters and adults alike — there's the cleverly-titled Recess Monkeys, a trio of Seattle teachers are The Not-Its (whose singer formerly fronted 90s indie-pop group Velocity Girl), and Caspar Babypants, who is former frontman for The Presidents.

Other people on Rdio ensured that they don’t go kids-music-crazy by creating their own playlists of songs they love that go over well with their children. “Dancing Music for Kids of Hipster Parents” is sure to tucker out any energetic young thing, while “Kids Music That Won’t Drive You Crazy” and “Songs for My Kids (That Don’t Suck)” promise musical fun for all ages.

Kids will be kids, and sometimes they just want to hear the tried and true, familiar classics from Yo Gabba Gabba!, Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, The Wiggles, Raffi, and the folks at Nick Records. You could also make your own playlists of the songs your kids like that you too can stand, as listeners have done with “Stories for Bedtime” and “A Christmas Playlist for Kids”. So let's hear it, when the kids want music, what do you play for them without compromising your sanity?

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Your Best of 2011

Best of 2011

The week before a new year begins is often one of reflection. For some that means goal-setting, resolutions, and other such weighty things. Luckily for us though, our reflection is all about music.

So set aside your heavy thoughts and think about this: what music caught your attention in 2011? We asked on Facebook and you gave us an earful — see the list below to check out what fellow Rdio-ans loved this year, after the jump.

Did you create a Best of 2011 playlist? Leave a link in the comments here, or on the Facebook thread. Explore these Best of 2011 playlists, and if you love someone's playlist picks, follow them on Rdio for year-round musical updates.

Your Best of 2011 Playlists

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: December 19 - 23, 2011

This Week on Rdio

It’s been a quiet week here at Rdio as we gear up for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay well-informed and up to date on what we’ve been up to. Our posts from this week are below. Like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter to keep on top of all the latest news. Don’t forget to follow us on Rdio for the latest tunes, too.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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Snowed In and Watching Movies: A Holiday Playlist

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The holidays aren’t just about hustling here and bustling there, looking for perfect gifts — they're as much about those cold nights spent at home, snuggled up by the fire, spending quality time with the ones you love. For many this means watching favorite holiday movies, and hearing their accompanying songs.

In that spirit, for 12 Days of Sonos, Rdio created a playlist featuring all the songs that make those holiday movies memorable. Curl up by the fire, with family and friends and enjoy:

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New Music Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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‘Twas a week before Christmas, and all through Rdio, new releases were still stirring. Along with long-awaited new albums this week, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Tegan And Sara, and Jason Derulo are mining the past with a B-sides collection, a fan-demanded demo collection, and a remix album. New EPs from IDM act Telefon Tel Aviv and singer Leona Lewis provide a little extra bang for your musical buck. Listen to our New Music Tuesday playlist and try some new music on for size.

Playlist Notes

  • Young Jeezy - TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition
    Atlanta-bred rapper Young Jeezy’s first album in over two years features guest spots by Andre 3000, Jay-Z, T.I., Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Future, and Jadakiss. With a guest list like that, Hustlerz Ambition is a party you won’t want to miss.

  • Common - The Dreamer, The Believer
    After the aggressive electronic style of 2008’s Universal Mind Control, Common returns to his soul roots on his ninth studio album, The Dreamer, The Believer.

  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Time!
    This week, these neo-soul revivalists follow up their 2010 studio album I Learned the Hard Way with a collection of all the singles they’ve recorded since, including a cover of Shuggie Otis’ “Inspiration Information.”

  • Telefon Tel Aviv - You Are The Worst Thing in the World
    IDM act Telefon Tel Aviv, aka Joshua Eustis, has been quiet for the past few years, but he emerges this week with a remix single for Immolate Yourself track “You Are The Worst Thing in the World.” The single includes new remixes by Jay Haze and Gaiser, plus fellow Immolate Yourself tune “Your Mouth.”

  • AIR - “Parade”
    French electronic act AIR are known for their smooth, romantic sound punctuated by burbling and arpeggiated synths, but the duo opted for more organic, orchestral sounds on their last album. It’s anyone’s guess where AIR will go on their forthcoming album and soundtrack for the classic silent-film Le Voyage Dans La Lune, but its first single “Parade” should give an indication.

Artist Spotlights

Five Questions with Ra Ra Riot

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Mathieu Santos is the bassist in Ra Ra Riot, an orchestral pop sextet based in Syracuse, New York. He plays a subtle role in the group but after contributing “Massachusetts” to The Orchard, the band’s sophomore album, he stepped into the spotlight with his own solo debut, also called Massachusetts 2010.

It's been a while since they released new music, but Ra Ra Riot are anything but dormant on Rdio. Follow the band to see what kind of music they’re into lately (hint: Danger Mouse, New Order, and elbow are favorites), and read our interview with Santos.

Five Questions with Ra Ra Riot

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Mathieu Santos: Delicate Steve! I've been a huge fan from the moment Milo (Bonacci, guitarist) first introduced me to his album. He's a pretty electrifying guitarist — very fun and idiosyncratic. Right now, we're actually on tour with him, and he and his band are quite a juggernaut live! They put on amazing performances every night, and it's a joy to be able to watch them. I'd also mention Sam Buck Rosen — we played a couple of shows with him a few years ago, and his drummer, Gabe, would eventually join our band. They recorded a great session for Daytrotter.com, you can download it there for free!
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MS: Well, at this very moment I'd have to say either Miles Davis's Kind of Blue or Weather Report's Heavy Weather.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MS: I don't know if there's one in particular — it's more of a mash-up of my parents' cassette collection, which for years was essentially me and my sister's sole source of music. I mostly remember a mix of The Beatles, The Romantics, The Dave Clark Five, Luther Vandross, Robert Palmer, The Power Station, Gary Morris, and The Manhattan Transfer! There were probably a few others, but that's basically the playlist of my childhood.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MS: Really pumped.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MS: Peaches.
This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: December 12 - 16, 2011

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio keeps you up-to-date on the weekly happenings on Rdio: new music, Rdio news, new Influencers, and more. This week’s roundup is below, but to make sure you don’t miss a beat, like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to Rdio's blog feed, follow @Rdio on Twitter, and of course, on Rdio itself.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week.

  • Best of 2011: Staff Favorites — The minds behind Rdio are constantly listening to music. In the interest of sharing (isn’t that what Rdio is about?), we’ve compiled a playlist of the music that stuck with us all year, for your listening pleasure.

  • Best of 2011: Influencer Picks & Playlists — All year, we alert you to the magazines, individual, brands and companies whose Rdio accounts are worth following. They’ve gotten in on the year-end list-making fun — check out their music picks for 2011 now.

  • Unofficial Rdio Apps: Trnsmit — Rdio can already import your iTunes library, but this new fan-built application, TRNSMIT, can transfer all your playlists too, simply and easily.

  • New Music Tuesday, December 13, 2011 — This week’s new releases included new albums from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Anthony Hamilton, a new single from Silversun Pickups, and many more.

  • Follow and Listen to Rhino Records on Rdio — Rhino Records is your go-to destination for reissues of classic artists, using the best audio quality possible. They’re also busy releasing records from hot new artists, so follow them now for the best of both worlds.

  • Five Questions with Scott Ellis, Drummer for She Wants Revenge — Scott Ellis is the drummer for She Wants Revenge, and a new music fanatic with an incredible collection of early punk rock and hardcore. This is an Influencer you’ll want to follow.

Follow this week's newest influencers.

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Best of 2011: Influencer Picks & Playlists

Best of 2011

With the end of each musical year comes the scrutinizing of what happened over the last 12 months — Who released the best album? The worst? The most overrated? Yesterday we gave you our Rdio picks for the best music of the year. Today we’re letting our Influencers do the talking — they're the arbiters of musical taste who, provided you’ve been following them, have been letting you in on the hottest artists all year.

The staff at Prefix Mag, Paste Magazine, Absolute Punk, and Filter Magazine put together lists of the Best Songs of 2011, and XLR8R did the same, albeit in a collaborative way so that fans can add their own favorites to the list.

Exclaim! organized their lists by genre, with three songs from each album included on their year-end lists. The Dumbing of America got creative, too — they’ve included year-end Rdio playlists not only by their own staff, but by a number of influential artists too, including members of The Head and the Heart, The Joy Formidable, Crocodiles, and Joy Division/New Order veteran Peter Hook, among others.

Follow these Influencers on Rdio to see all the latest music in 2012.