January 2012

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New Music Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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The music world is waking up to 2012, and it’s kicking off with new albums from The Little Willies, and the long-awaited debut from rapper Yo Gotti. And there’s no shortage of new singles this week — indie rock royalty The Shins, dance maestro David Guetta, and French electro-pop duo AIR all have new singles and remixes ready for your waiting ears.

Playlist Notes

  • The Little Willies - For the Good Times
    The Little Willies are a country music cover band whose lineup includes none other than Grammy-winning jazz chanteuse Norah Jones. The quintet release their second album of country favorites this week, including tracks from Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and more.

  • Yo Gotti - Live From The Kitchen
    After a decade of mixtapes, Southern rap mainstay Yo Gotti is ready to release his debut major label album this week — listen to this culmination of a decade’s work.

  • The Shins - “Simple Song”
    Though James Mercer saw success as Broken Bells, his main musical outlet remains the Shins, with whom he has returned to record fourth album Port of Morrow — this is its first single.

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Rdio Recommends: December 2011

Welcome to the third edition of Rdio Recommends. Now that the mistletoe and eggnog haze has lifted, here’s some of December’s notable new music. This is the good stuff you might've overlooked in the midst of the holiday music binge.

What do you think of Rdio Recommends: December 2011? Review it and let us know what you think — did you discover something great?

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  January 9, 2012 — 12:00PM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: January 2 - 6, 2012

This Week on Rdio

It’s a new year, and there’s plenty to look forward to in 2012, but let’s take a quick look back at This Week on Rdio. Those of you who like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter are already keeping up with the week’s news, but just in case you missed something, this is our weekly recap. Are you following Rdio on Rdio yet?

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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Gymmin' It: New Years Resolution Music

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It’s a new year, which means it's a chance for us all to shake up our routines and change ourselves for the better. For many that means shedding those turkey- and chocolate-induced holiday pounds, and what better way to do it than with a playlist of upbeat tunes that get your blood pumping?

A number of Rdio users have already created their own playlists for getting healthy, including “Workout Jams” and “Music to burn fat to”. The band Ra Ra Riot has made not one but two running playlists — but we want to know what YOU listen to when you hit the treadmill.

Skrillex? Cut Copy? How many beats per minute? Share the music that motivates you to hit the gym in the comments, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Label Spotlights

Play Light In The Attic Records on Rdio

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Matt Sullivan was on a backpacking trip in Spain when a car crash changed his life forever. A slew of excellent records came tumbling out of the car he hit, and he and its owner (who happened to head Spanish labels Vampi Soul and Munster Records) ended up discussing music. By the end of the afternoon Sullivan had ended his trip, shacked up at the label's home in Madrid, and began absorbing the ins and out of owning a record label.

Upon returning to the US, Sullivan started work on what would become Light in the Attic Records, in his Seattle basement. By 2002 Light in the Attic had secured a reissue deal with jazzy pop quintet The Free Design, and had dedicated itself to putting out great music.

Since then, Light in the Attic has reissued classic music from artists like funk’s First Lady Betty Davis, garage rockers The Monks, blue-eyed soul troupe The Vagrants, and Detroit-born musician Rodriguez. More recent signings like neo-psychedelic group The Black Angels are proof of Light in the Attic’s unwavering commitment to their original promise.

Light in the Attic Records’ perfect balance of undiscovered gems from both the past and future make them a no-brainer when it comes to their status as an Rdio Influencer. The label isn’t about following trends — it’s about starting their own, with bands they think deserve a wider audience. Join that audience now by following Light in the Attic Records on Rdio, and checking out their playlist, Light in the Attic on Rdio.

Light in the Attic’s Top 5 Reissues on Rdio

  • Big Star - Keep an Eye on the Sky
    As the Replacements sang in the song "Alex Chilton", "never go far without a little Big Star." A lavish set for a band that deserves the world.

  • Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
    We're all obsessed with the Velvet Underground box set that came out in 1995. The Velvet Underground & Nico is the second disc in the box. Kinda where it all started.

  • Various Artists - San Francisco Nuggets & Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968
    Enough can't be said about the amazing Nuggets box sets. Exhaustively researched and style for days. Though different types of music, they've been huge inspiration for our Wheedle's Groove and Jamaica To Toronto series. Here are two great albums from the Nuggets series.

  • Nick Drake - Digital Box Set
    The man born with "a skin too few" recorded a scant three albums and then took a trip into the great blue yonder. Essential.

  • The Stooges - Raw Power
    The 3CD/DVD/7" set that came out in 2010 is tops. Blown out and the craziest raw energy ever to be captured.

∞  January 4, 2012 — 10:30AM

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Play the Hype Machine’s Music Blog Zeitgeist with Rdio

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Since 2007, the Hype Machine has polled the music blogging community annually to unearth the best music of the year. 2011’s Top 50 Albums list is extra-special because you can easily listen to each one on Rdio.

As explained by the Hype Machine: “The Top 50 Albums of 2011 sourced from 403 bloggers' personal Top 10 lists weighted according to their ranking. Click the album cover to stream in its entirety from Rdio.”

Part 1, albums #41-50, is up now. Tune in this week for the remainder of the Hype Machine's Top 50 countdown — visit hypem.com/zeitgeist to start listening.

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Get Ready for 2012 New Music Tuesdays

For New Music Tuesday this week we’re celebrating 2012's upcoming new albums. To help spread the excitement, we made a playlist of singles from artist who have albums slated for 2012. Sure, some of this year’s biggest albums don't have any music out yet — No Doubt, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, Silversun Pickups, Sleigh Bells, Matthew Dear to name a few — but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to them.

For a more complete list of what to expect in 2012, scan Stereogum’s lengthy list, The 50+ Most Anticipated Albums Of 2012.

∞  January 3, 2012 — 10:54AM