April 2012

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New Music Tuesday - April 17, 2012


It’s Tuesday again, which means another serving of new music for your Rdio playlists and collections. Comedy fans will be thrilled to know that stand-up comedian Lisa Lampanelli is releasing a new album today, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug releases an ambitious new Moonface full-length. Not only that, Hank Williams III has a new rock-tinged country album, glam-pop outfit Neon Trees are back with a sophomore effort, and surf-pop specialist Jack Johnson has a collaborative new live recording.

For those with sundry taste, there’s still something for you — listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read the playlist notes below for the low-down on even more new tunes.

Playlist Notes

  • Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
    Beloved British space-rock outfit Spiritualized release their seventh album this week. Sweet Heart Sweet Light is their first album since 2008, and was influenced by the band’s recent tour playing the entirety of their 1997 opus, Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space.

  • Maroon 5 - “Payphone”
    Chart-burning Maroon 5’s new album comes out in June. The first single is “Payphone”, featuring rhymes from rapper Wiz Khalifa.

  • Rick Ross - “Stay Schemin’”
    Rozay’s new track is a bumping mid-tempo think piece featuring Drake, with French Montana on the chorus.

  • Jason Mraz - Love Is A Four Letter Word
    According to the man himself, pop-rock troubadour Jason Mraz’s much-anticipated follow-up to We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. features mellow, mid-tempo tunes.

  • Train - California 37
    Train’s new album was written on the road, over the last three years. If new single “Drive By” is anything to go by, the group still has a knack for punchy pop tunes with sweet melodies.


Listen to a Preview of the Dandy Warhols’ New Album


On April 23, The Dandy Warhols will release their ninth studio album. Titled This Machine, the album features the Warhols’ cult-favorite psychedelic sound, along with tinges of the electronica that marked their 2003 standout, Welcome to the Monkey House.

For those who can’t wait that long, we’re pleased to share the This Machine Rdio sneak peek — a three-song sampler of the new album, including tracks “Sad Vacation,” “The Autumn Carnival,” and “Well They're Gone.” Play this new music, and look out for the entire This Machine on April 23.

Artist Spotlights

Listen to Whispertown’s Parallel on Rdio


Whispertown is the indie folk project of Los Angeles’ Morgan Nagler and a rotating cast of her friends. Formerly dubbed The Whispertown 2000, Nagler perfected her indie folk sound on tours with The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and She & Him, among others. Her full-length discography includes was 2008’s Swim, and Parallel, which updated her sound with touches of Postal Service-style electronica.

Parallel is now available on Rdio, courtesy of Gillian Welch’s record label, Acony. Listen to Parallel now, and catch Whispertown on their current tour with Margo & The Nuclear So and So’s.

∞  April 16, 2012 — 10:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: April 9 - 13, 2012

This Week on Rdio

Here's what happened this week on Rdio. Don't miss a thing — like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

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Recommended By Rdio

Listen to: Getz Plays Jobim: The Girl From Ipanema

“If you have never heard this album before and consider yourself to be a jazz aficionado, turn in your membership card at once! This collaboration of Getz, Jobim, and the "Keely Smith" type vocals of Astrud Gilberto rocked the music world in the ‘60s.

The thing is, just like Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue," this has stood the test of time and sounds just as fresh and innovative as the day it was released on a vinyl LP.”

Rick Chandler


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∞  April 13, 2012 — 12:38PM

Tips & Tricks

New Rdio Spotlight: Stations

This week, we’re diving into new Rdio’s Stations — Stations provide easy, instant mixes for those who are in the mood to sit back and listen. Wherever you see a Play Station button, click Play to hear a shuffled mix based on the music from that page.


Here are three types of Stations you’ll see as you browse new Rdio:

Heavy Rotation: Want to hear a sample of the great tunes your Network is listening to? If so, the Heavy Rotation Station is for you.

Collection: Create a Station from your Collection (or anyone else’s) to play a shuffled mix of songs — then relax and bask in the carefully-curated musical glory.

Artist: With Artist Stations, you’ll get a mix of songs from both your selected Artist, and similar Artists.

Prefer to hear a shuffled mix of tunes from the selected Artist only? Press the play button from the page header to start an Artist-only station.


That about wraps it up for this week — if you’re using new Rdio, and have have questions or suggestions, get in touch with us via @Rdiohelp or help@rdio.com.

Curious? New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio. The completely redesigned new Rdio is available to all Web and Unlimited subscribers.

∞  April 12, 2012 — 12:09PM


Only on Rdio: Hear Pete Seeger’s Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960


On May 3, iconic folk singer Pete Seeger will be 93, but that doesn’t mean he’s hung up his gloves just yet. In 2008, he released the appropriately titled At 89, and now, he’s reissuing his 1960 performance at Bowdoin College in its entirety, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways.

The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960 was recorded during Seeger’s targeting by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee. Despite being blacklisted and indicted for refusing to answer questions about his political beliefs, Seeger trekked across the continent, playing “community concerts” to fans who saw Seeger as a trailblazing songwriter and social activist.

The entire recorded concert will be released next week, but you can listen to The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960, a week early on Rdio. Listen to it below, and follow influencer Smithsonian Folkways for more significant recordings from America’s musical past.


Experience Coachella Near or Far with Playlists by Goldenvoice


This weekend, those lucky enough to snag tickets are heading to Coachella. The annual music festival is famous for opening festival season each year. It's also known for bringing together lineups that mix up-and-comers and veterans, and, more often than not, reunite beloved bands you thought might never play together again.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect road trip mix or staying home and want to feel like a part of the action, festival promoters Goldenvoice has you covered. They created a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday playlist featuring music from the bands playing each day.

Follow Goldenvoice on Rdio for more monthly playlists featuring artists playing shows in California, and listen to their Friday Coachella playlist below. For more, check out some of the user-created Coachella playlists or make one of your own.

∞  April 11, 2012 — 11:51AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - April 10, 2012


With festival season about to begin, a lot of very summery albums are seeing the light of day this week: Florence + The Machine, dubstep DJ Bassnectar, Canuck indie troupe Eight and a Half to start. There's also folk songstress Bonnie Raitt, UK balladeers Scars on 45, surf-infused punk rockers FIDLAR, and Aussie dance outfit Gold Fields who have new albums ready for your waiting ears. Want even more new music? Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read the playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
    Garage quartet Alabama Shakes are finally releasing their debut album, which blows up the bluesy goodness of single “Hold On” to album size.

  • Kanye West - “Mercy”
    The biggest name in hip-hop releases a taste of his forthcoming collaborative mixtape in the form of “Mercy,” an unusually dark instrumental featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz.

  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - “Never Go Back”
    The slinky “Never Go Back” is the first single from The Lion the Beast the Beat, the fourth album by this Coachella-bound folk-rock quartet.

  • M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
    The singer-songwriter, also known as the male half of She & Him, releases his seventh studio album today. It's his first in three years.

  • Curren$y - “What It Look Like (feat. Wale)
    Two prolific hip-hop champs unite over a stirring instrumental of sweeping strings and undulating harp.

∞  April 10, 2012 — 11:56AM