February 2012

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Exclusive: Listen to Dreamend’s New Album Early on Rdio


After Dreamend released 2010’s So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite, the singer-songwriter relocated, bringing his Chicago life with him to Savannah, Georgia. Unfortunately, a large portion of his massive instrument collection — a cello, a bell set, an organ, a banjo, and a microphone — was wrecked in the move. Determined, he set out to record his follow-up. New full-length And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave was recorded using those same instruments, in the state they were in following their trek in a moving truck. The result is a record that conveys brokenness and raw emotion.

Though its official release is a week away, you can hear And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave right now, exclusively on Rdio.

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: February 13 - February 17, 2012

This Week on Rdio

To keep up with the latest musical happenings, you can like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or, for the sake of convenience, drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

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Recommended By Rdio

Listen to: Django Django

“Listening to Django Django, I am taken back to when I first heard the Beta Band's The Three E.P.’s and Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk at Cubist Castle. Amazing, vaguely psychedelic pop, with a penchant for Beatle-isms, a pocket full of Pet Sounds and a pulsing minimalist disco beat.

Their name is a variation of Quando Quango, Factory Record's disco outfit from the early ‘80s. I'm hearing all sorts of odd references here: Arthur Russell, Flat Earth Society, Dick Dale, Radiophonic Workshop, DJ Rush, Bush Tetras, Elephant 6, and, yes, the aforementioned Beta Band. Best of all, these guys sound like they are having a blast making music: this record is resplendent with joyous, youthful sonic adventure.”

Tod Nelson

Artist SpotlightsExclusives

Exclusive: Listen to Dirty Ghosts’ Debut Album and “Pre-Show Jams”


San Francisco trio Dirty Ghosts make the kind of edgy, street-smart rock that conveys attitude in its dirty riffs and singer Allyson Baker’s aching vocals. Their debut album, Metal Moon, drops next week but you can hear it today, exclusively on Rdio.

Get to know Dirty Ghosts better by listening to Baker’s “Pre-Show Jams” — she also answers our 5 Questions below. Listen to Metal Moon and be the first to tell your friends about this excellent album.

Five Questions with Dirty Ghosts

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Singer-songwriter Allyson Baker: Damon Edge.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    AB: The first Mothmen record - Pay Attention.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    AB: Duran Duran - Duran Duran and Platinum Blonde - Standing in the Dark.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    AB: All musical phases I went through in my life, from when I was a kid up until right now.

New on Rdio for Roku


Playing music in your home is easy with the Rdio for Roku app. Today we are pleased to share some nifty new features we hope Roku users will love.

New features on Rdio for Roku

  • A new Collection view — see Artists, Albums and Songs
  • Playlists — search for and read playlist descriptions
  • ‘Now Playing’ — easily control the music you're hearing

In addition to these features, you can still search and play albums, artists and songs, see each week’s New Releases, Top Charts, and music Recommendations specifically for you. Scan Rdio’s Heavy Rotation for what’s popular, play music from your Web Queue and check your music listening History.

If you have a Roku and an Unlimited Rdio subscription, turn on your TV, check out the Roku Marketplace and re-authorize Rdio for Roku. Not an Rdio user yet? Be sure to sign up for a 7-day free trial on the web before test driving this sweet home music setup.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - February 14, 2012

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For some, the love espoused by Valentine’s Day pales in comparison to the love of music. In the spirit of both Valentine’s and New Music Tuesday, here’s a whole batch of new music for you to fall head over heels for: new albums by hip-hop producer extraordinaire Ski Beatz, punks The Heartless Bastards, and indie folk group Shearwater. Fans of now-defunct influential post-metal troupe Isis will find plenty to love in the band’s new live album, recorded in 2007.

Playlist Notes

  • Islands - A Sleep & A Forgetting
    Relentlessly catchy Canadian pop troupe Islands release their fourth album today. According to frontman Nick Thorburn, it’s their most personal — it was written last Valentine’s Day, and released this one.

  • Tennis - Young & Old
    Husband and wife duo Tennis’ sophomore release expands on the lo-fi sound of the debut album with bigger, bolder production to put the focus on their songwriting chops.

  • Young Magic - Melt
    Brooklyn psych-pop outfit Young Magic weave a rich musical tapestry that includes threads of West African rhythm, psychedelia, soul, and ethereal beats — Melt is their debut album.

  • R. Kelly - “Share My Love”
    The King of R&B will release his umpteenth full-length, Write Me Back. This first single is a slab of funked-up disco, complete with grooving bassline, plucky guitars and harmonized croons.

  • Chris Brown - “Turn Up The Music”
    ”Turn Up The Music” is the squelching electronic new single from Brown’s forthcoming album, Fortune.


Do Valentine’s Day Your Way With a Well-Picked Playlist


Another year, another Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time again to feel that rush of emotions — be they warm-and-fuzzy feelings of love, bitter heartbreak, romance, or a general antipathy towards the whole thing. What better way to express those feelings than through a grade-A playlist? Check out some of the finest below.

Valentine’s Day, in playlists

How are you feeling today? Express it through a playlist, and be sure to share it — what’s your way of doing Valentine’s Day?


Hear O.A.R. Give Exclusive Commentary on King


Back in July, we talked to O.A.R., aka Of a Revolution, about their seventh studio full-length, King, and offered an exclusive first listen to it. Now the band celebrates King's success with another exclusive: a track-by-track breakdown of King, including how the songs were written and the inspiration behind them.

The commentary is available in only two places: on the band’s DVD accompaniment to the album, and here on Rdio. Listen to the band’s King commentary now.

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: February 6 - February 10, 2012

This Week on Rdio

To keep up with all the latest musical goings-on, you can like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. But for people with packed schedules, Rdio’s biggest news is all included in our Friday blog round-up.

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Dig Sean Born’s Exclusive '90s Rap Playlist on Rdio


Earlier this week, D.C.-hailing rapper Sean Born released his debut full-length, Behind the Scale, the culmination of years of hard work. The album features “Go Hard,” the single that first brought Born to listeners’ attention.

As an homage to the rappers who inspired him, Born compiled an exclusive playlist of his favorite ‘90s rap, including Notorious B.I.G., Nas, 2pac, and other legendary MCs. Peep the playlist, along with Born’s notes, below, and don’t forget to check out Behind the Scale.

Sean Born ‘90s Playlist

  • Eric B. & Rakim - “I Know You Got Soul”
    My mom gave me a little tape player and a mixtape when I was young. This and “I Ain't No Joke” helped me pop that tape.

  • Slick Rick - “Children’s Story”
    “Dave the dope fiend, shooting dope / Don't know the meanin’ of water nor soap.” Ricky D was doin’ stuff with his flow that few can do today.

  • NWA - “Appetite for Destruction”
    Hardest sh*t ever.

  • Ice Cube - “Jackin’ for Beats”
    “Gimme that beat fool...”

  • Snoop Dogg - “Doggy Dogg World”
    This song crushes stuff people put out today... Timeless, just like Snoop.

  • Redman - “Tonight’s Da Night”
    Dopest sh*t I ever heard at the time... Remember “Head Banger”? Hit/Def squad salute.

  • Scarface - “Jesse James”
    Diary was a classic!!

  • Nas - “New York State of Mind”
    “Str8 out the f*ckin’ dungeons of rap...” “I ran like a cheetah wit thoughts of an assassin...” Nas raps visual and Primo is a legend.

  • Notorious B.I.G. - “Unbelievable”
    “It ain't nuffin, you know Big be handlin’ / With the Mac in the Ac door panelin’...” Primo with another classic.

  • Gangstarr - “Mass Appeal”
    We were lucky enough to come from an era where hip hop was played on the radio. This and Jeru used to knock in D.C.

  • Method Man - “Biscuits”/”What The Blood Clot”
    I could thru “C.R.E.A.M.” or “Bring Da Ruckus,” but these two songs are perfect WU to me. I gotta listen to both anytime I play Wu.

  • 2pac - “Me Against The World”
    Pre-Death Wow Pac at his best. One of my favorite albums.

  • Nas - “The World Is Yours”
    Will Nas ever do another Pete Rock song? I hope so.

  • Raekwon - “Glaciers of Ice”
    I ran this joint into the ground trying to figure out what RZA did. Don't waste your time doing the same. Check the fly sh*t!

  • Raekwon - “Verbal Intercourse” (feat. Nas & Ghostface Killah)
    Nobody has ever come close to topping Nas' verse on here, IMO.

  • Notorious B.I.G. - “Kick In The Door”
    I heard Puff wasn't feelin’ this at first... WTF? “Nothin’ in hip hop tops hearin’ a Primo beat for the first time” - Kenn Starr.. I agree.

  • Notorious B.I.G. - “Ten Crack Commandments”
    Lol... Cheat code... Even if you don’t like BIG, you have to say he was the best.

  • Ghostface Killah - “Motherless Child”
    I don’t even have a comment for this.

  • Max B - “I’m So High”
    Always wanted to use that sample and Max killed it. Salute!