January 2012

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New Music Tuesday - January 31, 2012

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Another Tuesday means another batch a fresh new music for your listening pleasure. Former Beatle Ringo Starr has a new one this week, as do avant-pop group Hospitality and electronic post-rockers Errors. Those looking for something a little heavier today will find it in Bleeding Through’s seventh studio album of melodic metal. Want even more? Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read the playlist notes on five more important new releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
    Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey’s full-length is finally out, after months of buzz and anticipation. Born to Die includes “Video Games,” “Blue Jeans,” and 13 new tracks for your LDR fix.

  • K’Naan - More Beautiful Than Silence
    The poignant Canadian rapper breaks a three year silence with his new EP — featuring appearances by Nas and Nelly Furtado.

  • Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
    Almost eight years since his last full-length, the veteran poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has more to give. Old Ideas marks the 45th year of Cohen’s illustrious career.

  • Imperial Teen- Feel the Sound
    San Francisco’s Imperial Teen release Feel the Sound today, their fifth studio album to date. This Merge Records release marks the band’s first since 2007’s The Hair the TV the Baby and the Band.

  • Fanfarlo - “Shiny Things”
    2012 is the year that folk-inflected UK troupe Fanfarlo will release their follow-up to debut Reservoir. The first single is “Shiny Things ” — listen now.

Label Spotlights

Listen to Ace Records on Rdio

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It’s arguable that Ace Records technically began in 1971, when Ted Carroll opened the Rock On market stall in London, but it wasn’t until 1975 that they began releasing music as Chiswick Records. The label now known as Ace became a Chiswick Records branch in 1978, and soon after established itself as a home for rock and roll, R&B, blues, and oldies. As the label grew, so did its scope: new genres such as ‘60s soul, jazz, and a host of record imprints like Stax and Westbound gave Ace a formidable reputation.

Through the ‘80s and ‘90s, Ace earned attention for its excellent compilations and box sets, and began to absorb more catalogs. Today, the Ace Records collection contains over 2000 items, including such eclectic and respected artists as The Damned, Millie Jackson, Fatback Band, Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, BB King, John Lee Hooker, and Joe Simon.

Their diverse catalog makes Ace the perfect place to acquaint oneself with the musicians and bands whose contribution to music is criminally under-appreciated by all but the most fastidious music historians. Check out Ace Records on Rdio now, and hear Machine Gun Etiquette by The Damned below.

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: January 23 - 27, 2012

This Week on Rdio

The Rdio blog is your one-stop shop for all Rdio news, happenings, and exclusives, but even if you like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio, you might’ve overlooked some exciting news. Find what you might have missed in our weekly wrap-up below.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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Listen to Sufjan Stevens on Rdio

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The wait is over for Sufjan Stevens fans — you can now listen to his music on Rdio.

The Michigan-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is the mind behind acclaimed gems like Michigan, Illinois, and Seven Swans. Stevens is responsible for some of the most beloved music of the past decade, and has continued to lead fans down his intriguing rabbit-hole in the new decade — 2010’s genre-bending The Age of Adz was Steven’s most ambitious record to date, ending with a 25-minute suite that included auto-tuned vocals.

Add the Sufjan Stevens discography to your collection today, and share his music with your friends. If you haven’t listened to Stevens yet, today is a good time to start.

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Con Bro Chill Bring The Party

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Con Bro Chill isn't just a band — it's a multifarious project featuring wacky videos, party anthems, and band-branded clothing. What started as lacrosse-pro Connor Martin’s alter ego soon became a movement. He collaborated with his brother on a series of Youtube videos and friends Ty Andre and Steve Felts joined. The foursome is an unstoppable creative and enthusiastic force.

Though the band has a number of Youtube videos and the ConBroChill.com website elaborates on their fun philosophy, 3D Music represents the heart of the group as their first studio full-length. The party is available to hear exclusively on Rdio.

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Play The Big Sleep’s Nature Experiments

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It’s been a few years since fans heard from Brooklyn’s The Big Sleep, but it’s a break that the post-rock trio is glad they took. After the hectic touring schedule following 2008’s Sleep Forever, the band decided to make an album free from time constraints. The result is Nature Experiments, an album that more accurately reflects the thoughtful songwriting dynamics of The Big Sleep’s Sonya Balchandani and Danny Barria.

Nature Experiments isn’t widely available until later this month, but you can play it now, exclusively on Rdio.

Exclusives

Exclusive: Hear Dion's Tank Full of Blues Commentary

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Singer-songwriter Dion found fame with his 1961 hit “Runaround Sue.” Since then, his music’s grown in both maturity and introspection. Dion’s new album, Tank Full of Blues, continues this tradition.

Listen to Dion’s latest music along with an exclusive Tank Full of Blues commentary edition featuring Dion’s own track-by-track notes.

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New Music Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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It’s an epic week for new releases, so hold onto your headphones. In the indie pop world, Chairlift, Nada Surf, and a pleasantly aggressive new album from Cloud Nothings arrive, not to mention a Kurt Vile offshoot single from The War on Drugs. Elsewhere, folk duo First Aid Kit releases their second album, grime godfather Wiley drops an ambitious new album, and Canadian folkie John K. Samson compiles his seven-inch series named after Manitoban highways. Listen to new music from these artists and beyond in the New Music Tuesday playlist.


Playlist Notes

  • Chairlift - Something
    The Brooklyn dream-pop duo’s second album finds the band playing with more confidence than ever, and their crisp arrangements and production evince their chops. Even Caroline Polachek’s voice sounds strong — fans of Chairlift’s first effort will love this.

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52
    Mexico’s finest (and fastest!) guitar duo add a 13-piece Cuban orchestra to expand on their already unique sound. The question is, can the orchestra keep up?

  • Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
    Long-running indie mainstays Nada Surf release their seventh studio album this week. It features their first full set of original songs since 2008’s Lucky.

  • First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar
    Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are two sisters whose smooth, rich voices blend together harmoniously. This should be the album that earns the band the audience their pristine melodies deserve.

  • Andrew Bird - “Eyeoneye”
    Andrew Bird returns this week with “Eyeoneye,” the uncharacteristically brash first single from his upcoming album, Break It Yourself. Bird’s skills as a multi-instrumentalist and his balance of different tones and timbres ensure that he explores new musical territory with every release. “Eyeoneye” is another breath of fresh air from the songwriter.

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s Concept Band, One Model Nation

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One Model Nation is the creative and intriguing side-project of The Dandy Warhol’s Courtney Taylor-Taylor, but it bears some explaining. The new album, Totalwerks Vol. 1 (1967-1977), was created by Taylor-Taylor and producer Donovan Leitch under the guise of fictional 1970’s German band One Model Nation. The band’s full story is told in a complementary graphic novel, but we’ll let the band explain the basics below. Keep your ears busy with One Model Nation's Totalwerks Vol. 1 (1967-1977) and Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s One Model Nation-inspiration playlist.


Questions with One Model Nation


  1. Who is One Model Nation?

    One Model Nation: To make a long story short, One Model Nation is a real life incarnation of what started as a fictional band set in suppressive late seventies Germany. The four real life members of OMN have basically done an auditory character study of this imagined band, similar to an actor immersing himself in a role. The living, breathing members of OMN exist as a band in this contextualized reality as a jumping off point to making music that is inspired by the past and our imagination of that time, but also thoroughly driven by our need to make modern sound systems catch fire.

  2. What inspired the One Model Nation story?

    OMN: Injustice, and the strong willed freaky people that have the nerve to do right in spite of that.
  3. What musicians would One Model nation have influenced?
    OMN: Bands that wear their ethos on their sleeve, whether that be political or stylistic. Past bands like The Clash, long-running bands such as Primal Scream, or newer bands like Handsome Furs or Ratatat.
This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: January 16 - 20, 2012

This Week on Rdio

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