January 2012

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Recommended By Rdio

Listen to Gotye’s Making Mirrors on Rdio

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When not recording with his three-piece pop band The Basics, multi-instrumentalist Wally De Backer writes and performs as Gotye. This Australian phenomenon has already recorded three albums under the moniker — Making Mirrors is his third.

Making Mirrors is now available on Rdio for your listening pleasure — don’t let this gem go unheard.

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Play Tenor Troubadour Bhi Bhiman’s Debut

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Sri Lankan-born, American-raised Bhi Bhiman’s music is surprising. The singer-songwriter’s robust tenor evokes years of experience and hardship — but Bhiman came of age in 1990’s St. Louis before moving to the Bay Area. His debut album is an eclectic mix featuring warm, genuine musings.

Though the album isn’t out yet, people on Rdio get exclusive access to Bhiman. Listen to his tremendous debut and if you like what you hear, share it with a friend on Twitter or Facebook.

Label Spotlights

Follow Thrill Jockey Records on Rdio

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Next year, Thrill Jockey Records turns 20. That’s a remarkable achievement for a label that started in founder Bettina Richards’s Manhattan apartment. Three years later, she moved her venture to Chicago, where it has remained since, putting out records that consistently push genre boundaries.

Thrill Jockey is responsible for some of the most beloved indie acts of the last two decades. The label stays relevant by constantly searching for new, engaging indie bands whose dedication to music matches their ability to break the conventions of it. Thrill Jockey’s Rdio profile reflects their awareness of the current music scene — they follow only the finest users, bands, and other publications, and they’re constantly adding new tunes to their already extensive library.

Amongst Thrill Jockey’s own artists are standby acts like jazz-tinged post-rockers Tortoise, expansive indie rock veterans The Sea And Cake, and the ever-changing, eclectic The Fiery Furnaces. On the newer side are acts like neo-New Romantic outfit Future Islands and the psychedelic, tropicalia-steeped High Places.

Don’t forget to follow Thrill Jockey on Rdio and for more artists from the influential label, check out the Thrill Jockey label page.

Exclusives

Hear an Exclusive Cut Copy Cover by Chamberlin

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When folk outfit Chamberlin shared their Passion Pit “Little Secrets” cover last winter, their bluesy take garnered glowing reviews. Hoping to recreate more stripped-down songs by their contemporaries, the band took to a cabin in the woods. They enlisted fans to help pick the songs and began recording what is now the Rock Boat EP.

People on Rdio get a special treat: a bonus Cut Copy cover. Listen to the song “Feel the Love” along with songs popularized by Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Cults, and Kanye West/Bon Iver on Rock Boat.

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New Music Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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2012 is in full effect — there’s a robust selection of new music for you to pick from this week. Hear new albums from Matthew Dear, UK shoegazers Big Pink, and female singer-songwriters Cate Le Bon, Kathleen Edwards, and Ani DiFranco. Sample these fresh new tunes and many more in the New Music Tuesday playlist.


Playlist Notes

  • Matthew Dear - Headcage
    Forward-thinking songwriter and DJ Matthew Dear prepares for his fifth studio album with Headcage, an EP that hints at Dear’s sound experimentation.

  • Sleigh Bells - “Comeback Kid”
    Noisy Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells blew minds and speakers alike with their critic-approved first album. With their second album is due in February, “Comeback Kid” is the long-awaited first taste.

  • Deerhoof/David Bazan - Deerbazan
    San Francisco art-pop quartet Deerhoof continue their collaborative single series with David Bazan. The single re-imagines Vs. Evil’s “No One Asked to Dance” with Bazan at the vocal helm.

  • Van Halen - “Tattoo”
    More than 30 years into their career, Van Halen is moments away from releasing the studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. Listen to “Tattoo” — their bombastic, bluesy first single.

  • School of Seven Bells - “Lafaye”
    “Lafaye” is the reverb-heavy precedent to the dream-pop trio’s third album.

Exclusives

Exclusive: Listen to the Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor and May Day

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Matt Pryor is a busy guy — he has commitments to The New Amsterdams, his children’s music group The Terrible Twos, and is the Get Up Kids' main singer-songwriter.

During his active 2011, Pryor found the time to record a full-length followup to his 2008 solo debut, Confidence Man. The new album, May Day, wasn’t just Pryor’s doing — he enlisted the help of his audience through a fan-funded Kickstarter campaign. And the response was tremendous — Pryor earned twice what he needed to craft the album. May Day is the work of a singer-songwriter whose commitment to his fans over the years was gladly and enthusiastically reciprocated.

Rdio is proud to have his new music a week early — hear the new album now.

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: January 9 - 13, 2012

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It’s Friday, which means a recap of the past week’s posts, in case you haven’t been keeping up. Of course, you can ensure you don’t miss a beat by liking Rdio on Facebook, subscribing to the Rdio blog feed, and following @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Nobody’s perfect, though — see what you might have missed below.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

FOLLOW THIS WEEK’S NEWEST INFLUENCERS:

Artist Spotlights

Hear the Yo Gotti Favorite Cuts Playlist

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This week, Memphis, Tennessee rapper Yo Gotti released his debut studio album — his first on a major label. Live From The Kitchen is the culmination of a decade of hard work, during which he sought inspiration from other great rappers. Yo Gotti compiled a playlist of some of his favorite cuts and shared commentary for each track, which you can read below.


Playlist Notes

  • Akon - “Sorry, Blame It On Me”
    This is a record I relate to everyday, from being on the road, to all of the mistakes that I’ve made in my life, I always get a chance to step back from my hectic life and reflect.

  • 50 Cent - “Wanksta”
    This is a classic right here!!! I remember hearing this joint about 8 years ago and it still gives me the same feeling I felt when I first heard it, thinking about all of these dudes pretending to be something they clearly can not and will not be.

  • Yo Gotti - “Women Lie, Men Lie”
    This joint is so hard and Weezy killed it! (Hold ya head, Weezy!) This record is so true because people can say what they want but numbers don’t have emotions, or feelings, just facts. Dope sound, dope meaning.

  • Alicia Keys - “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”
    Ms. Keys killed this cut and the beat was so banging for an R&B record…I love it.

  • Nicki Minaj & Gucci Mane - “Freaky Girl”
    I remember when this song dropped, I attached to it immediately because of the hook. I still love it because of the hook.

  • Yo Gotti - “5 Star Remix”
    The remix helped make the original be bigger than it already was and Nicki…she ripped the track to shreds.

  • Soulja Boy - “Turn My Swag On”
    This is my joint!! It’s just a banging record that is very fun. Whenever I’m just hopping out the bed, I get my chain, my stack, turn my swag on.

  • Clipse - “Grindin’”
    I love this joint!!! There is one word to describe this cut, classic. This is probably the all time D-Boy Anthem.

  • T.I. - “Rubber Band Man’”
    If “Grindin’” is the D-Boy anthem then this is the celebration of that lifetime. There is nothing like stacks in a rubber band.

  • T.I. - “What You Know”
    This record is so amazing. The beat was so beautiful and T.I. ripped it, straight classic.

  • T.I. - “You Don’t Know Me”
    This record was so catchy and so big, this is again a personal favorite of mine, especially when I don’t want to be bothered, like don’t mess wit me boy, cause you don’t know me!!!

  • T.I. - “Still Ain’t Forgave Myself”
    This is another retrospective joint that I love that shows that all men are equal, no matter how tough you portray yourself to be.

  • Young Jeezy - “Air Forces”
    Same as “Trap or die”, this is a classic Jeezy cut that’s one of my all time favorites from da Snowman.

  • Plies - “100 Years”
    This is such a real record that everybody gotta feel. I love how truthful Plies get especially on this record, a very touching cut.

  • Plies - “Sumbody”
    This is another favorite from my homie Plies. This record again hits home because of its touching subject matter. I love this cut.

  • Drake - “Forever”
    This joint was so hard, plus all four dudes, Drake, ‘Ye, Weezy, and Em all murdered a banging beat. This was one of my favorite joints from 2009.

  • Lil Wayne - “Money On My Mind”
    This joint was just Weezy at probably his finest, he was so hungry and so ill with the bars, this is one of my favorite joints from that era.

  • Rick Ross - “Hustlin’”
    This is what put Ross on the map and it’s simple and sweet; everyday I’m hustling to stay alive and live well. Whether in the dope game or in any type of hustle, this record speaks to all who are trying to be somebody. I love this song.

News

Introducing: Rdio in Germany

Rdio is giving people around the world a new way to listen to music, which is why we're excited to launch Rdio in Germany today. And since Rdio is available in several other countries as well, including the US, Canada and Brazil, finding new music is even more fun because people from all over the world are also sharing their discoveries.

Sprechen sie Deutsch? This is just the beginning — make sure to follow @RdioDE on Twitter, Like Rdio on Facebook, and subscribe to our Germany blog’s RSS feed for the latest announcements, new music, and to learn more about Rdio.

Label Spotlights

Follow Friendly Fire Recordings on Rdio

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Friendly Fire Recordings is a Brooklyn-based record label founded in 2004 by Dan Koplowitz. The label is the proud home of bands like dream-poppers Asobi Seksu, Swedish collective the Concretes, art-pop quartet Elk City, Canadian electronic outfit Faunts, and New York-based Phenomenal Handclap Band.

On Friendly Fire's label page you’ll find more albums from their own roster, but their Rdio profile reveals the extent of their tastes. They crafted a new playlist for each of the last three months, and are constantly adding new tunes to their already impressive library.

But of course it’s their own artists that matter — Friendly Fires’ next release is the debut album from Finnish-Ethiopian singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner, out March 27th. And following that, watch for a new Faunts EP.

Don’t miss out on Friendly Fire Recordings’ extensive discography and their extraordinary taste in all things music — follow Friendly Fire Recordings on Rdio.