March 2012

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Exclusive: Listen to Sydney Wayser’s Bell Choir Coast

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(Photograph by Shervin Lainez)

When Los Angeles singer-songwriter Sydney Wayser was in New York to record her new album, she found the weather dreary. So, she crept back into her mind, where the warm, beautiful beach she envisioned was waiting — there, she found the inspiration she needed to evoke the laid-back, fun-loving atmosphere of her native city. Based off that vision, Wayser created her third album, Bell Choir Coast. It is the sound of Wayser’s fantasy land: banjos, whistled melodies, gentle chimes, and strummed guitar.

The album will be released a week from now, but you can listen to the whole thing now, only on Rdio. Hear Bell Choir Coast below.

∞  March 21, 2012 — 10:10AM

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New Music Tuesday - March 20, 2012

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This week’s New Music Tuesday features three musicians striking out from their respective bands: Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Maroon 5's PJ Morton — all have new music available this week. That’s not all, though: Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, political punks Anti-Flag, orchestral folk outfit Lost In The Trees, and space-rock trio White Hills and many other artists all have new albums ready for your listening pleasure. Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and consult our notes below for more of this week’s brightest new releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Beach House - “Myth”
    The mesmerizing pop duo tease the release of their new album with the new single, “Myth.” Hypnotic guitar, thumping drums, and Victoria Legrand’s ethereal vocals on the track will make you wish May was just a little closer.

  • The Shins - Port Of Morrow
    Five years since their last album, the Shins release Port of Morrow, fusing all the strengths of the band’s first three albums — charm, inventiveness, and sharp production — into one tight package.

  • Various Artists - The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond
    The soundtrack to the much-anticipated film features Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Maroon 5, The Civil Wars, the Decemberists, and more.

  • Odd Future - The OF Tape Vol. 2
    The incendiary hip-hop group capitalize on their popularity with a second mixtape as a unit, including cuts by Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creater, Hodgy Beats, Syd the Kid, and all the other OFWGKTA members.

Exclusives

Exclusive: Listen to The Veer Union’s Divide the Blackened Sky

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Vancouver, British Columbia’s The Veer Union released their indie debut in 2006 and just three years later, the band signed to a major label — their second album was 2009’s Against the Grain. Since then, The Veer Union perfected their aggressive brand of grunge and heavy alternative and toured with bands like Hinder, Theory of a Deadman, and Seether.

Fast forward to now and The Veer Union is ready to drop Divide the Blackened Sky, the next step in their ascending career. According to the band, it’s their heaviest and darkest album yet, and represents “all the hard times we have been through over the last couple of years.” The album is out next week, but you can listen to Divide the Blackened Sky now, exclusively on Rdio.

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: March 12 - 16, 2012

This Week on Rdio

To say that this week was a big week on Rdio would be an understatement. It isn’t every day we get to share something like the new Rdio. Don’t miss any news or the latest musical happenings — Like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

Recommended By Rdio

Listen to: Opera Explained: Mozart - Cosi Fan Tutte (Smillie)


“I’m all a wallow in hog heaven and had to share. Have stumbled on a series of ‘Opera Explained’ discs that walk you through 29 of the world’s best operas (or series — an excellent Wagner covers the Ring series in 2 discs). Each disc provides background on the composer, his life and times, in an academic (some may feel pedantic) voice over including numerous excerpts from the opera as well as the composer’s other works.

Most commentary by Thomson Smillie, an opera scholar and impresario, who is as enjoyable as the works themselves. Entertaining and insightful, if your enquiring mind wants to know, here is all you need to take your opera experience to the next level. Sou-ee!”

Jon Parsons

Follow Jon Parsons on Rdio for more insightful classical music reviews.

∞  March 16, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Exclusive: Cursive Complement I Am Gemini with a “World of Hurt” Playlist

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Omaha, Nebraska outfit Cursive formed in 1995, long enough ago to be indie-rock veterans. Cursive’s emotive, unpredictable sound was an integral part of their label Saddle Creek’s meteoric rise in the early 2000s. The way the band’s sound changed on each of their releases over the years earned them a rabid fan-base and a long, rewarding career. The quartet’s latest album is I Am Gemini, a concept album about “twin brothers separated at birth, one good and one evil, their unexpected reunion in a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul.”

To complement this dark theme, the guys from Cursive compiled the gut-wrenching World of Hurt playlist, comprising songs of heartbreak, longing, and regret — it’s only on Rdio. Listen to I Am Gemini and their curated playlist, below.

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Unofficial Rdio Apps: Anthm

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In this installment of awesome apps created using the Rdio API, we're happy to present Anthm. Think of Anthm as a majority-rule interactive jukebox.

Download the app to your iPhone and invite your friends to create a playlist with you using Rdio’s music library. Once songs are added, you and your friends can vote for what you want to hear — vote up to play the track sooner, vote down to eventually remove the song. Plug your phone into any speaker and pump up your perfect party mix.

Get music recommendations from the app-makers themselves — you can also follow Anthm on Rdio.

Interested in learning more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and change how people listen to music. You can even earn some cash through the Rdio Affiliate Program. We even have sample code and libraries available on Github and an API Google Group to help spur your idea.

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New Music Tuesday - March 13, 2012

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A fresh new Tuesday means fresh new tunes for your Rdio enjoyment. UK songstress Katie Melua leads the new releases this week with an albums comprised of both original compositions and covers of her influences. Elsewhere, emo piano outfit Say Anything, folk and soul group Delta Spirit, and hard rockers Soulfly all have new albums, as does Twilight soundtrack-featured newcomer Anya Marina. Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and consult our notes below for more of this week’s new releases.

Playlist Notes

  • The Decemberists - We All Raise Our Voices To The Air
    The fantastical, narrative-obsessed indie rock troupe recorded their epic live show for home consumption, including songs from all six of their albums.

  • The Ting Tings - Sounds From Nowheresville
    The electro-pop duo responsible for the gigantic 2008 smash “Shut Up and Let Me Go” returns this year with more energetic pop songs to get your toes tapping.

  • Tech N9ne - Klusterf-uk EP
    Over ten years into his career, underground rap veteran Tech N9ne is finally getting the respect he deserves. His new release is a six-song EP follow-up his thirteenth album, 2011’s Welcome To Strangeland.

  • Keane - “Silenced by the Night”
    UK piano-pop balladeers Keane drop the lead single for their fourth album this week.

  • Dr. John - “Revolution”
    71-year-old bluesman Dr. John’s first album since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. “Revolution” is the album’s first single.

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Introducing: New Rdio

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Welcome to new Rdio. We built it for you — it’s faster, simpler, and more social.

New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio’s massive catalogue of 15 million songs. New features include the oft requested drag and drop playlist creation, a more personalized Heavy Rotation, and private playlists.

The completely redesigned new Rdio is available on Rdio.com and the Rdio desktop apps to all Web and Unlimited subscribers. Switch on new Rdio from the drop down menu under your name and “Try New Rdio.”

What you’ll find in new Rdio

  • A new look and feel — More than just a boring spreadsheet of songs, new Rdio puts music and people front and center.
  • All in one place — Spend less time navigating. Music, playlists and your network are in one view.
  • Add entire albums to playlists — One of Rdio’s most-requested features is now a reality.
  • Browse even faster — Find music at lightning speed because pages remember your place. Browse a continuous stream of albums, explore one and easily return to the place you left off.
  • Listen with your network — From the People Sidebar, see what your network is listening to in real-time and listen along with one-click.
  • Let your network inspire your listening — Wondering if you’ll like an album in the charts or why it appeared in your Heavy Rotation? Under every album, hover over photos to see exactly who listened to it.
  • Sharing made simple — Drag and drop music into playlists or collection and share with others on Rdio without missing a beat. Music can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
  • Create private playlists – In addition to public and collaborative playlists, now private playlists can be created and shared with just a select few.
  • Easily discover people to follow — Check out Rdio’s latest music influencers in the People Sidebar and find others to follow such as artists, critics, record labels and brands.

New Rdio will be available in the near future to everyone else with an account, like those using Rdio free. If your curiosity is too much to bear, upgrade to a Web or Unlimited subscription and see how you like people-powered music discovery.

Visit www.rdio.com/new to learn more about new Rdio. Tweet about #NewRdio to let everyone know what you think.

As with anything new, we hope you’ll forgive the occasional hiccup. If you encounter anything out of the ordinary, get in touch with our support team via the help site or @RdioHelp.

Update: Watch the #NewRdio presentation from Livestream.

Exclusives

Hear Alabama Shakes’ New Single and Playlist

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Athens, Alabama quartet Alabama Shakes are gearing up for the release of their debut album on April 9. New single, “Hold On”, is available now — along with a playlist the band put together just for Rdio. Get a sense of where their bluesy rock and roll sound comes from — listen to “Hold On” now and enjoy Alabama Shakes’ hand-picked playlist, below.