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New Music Tuesday - July 31, 2012

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It’s the week of Blur! The brit-pop heroes are reissuing special editions of their classic albums Think Tank, 13, Parklife, The Great Escape, and debut Blur, but of course, there’s a ton of other excellent music just waiting to be heard: dance-pop crooner Conor Maynard’s full-length hits Rdio this week, as do new EPs from eclectic hip-hop duo Blackalicious and former Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante.

Want even more? Check our playlist notes, sample this week’s releases on the New Music Tuesday playlist, below, and find all of this week’s new albums in the Rdio New Releases.


Playlist Notes

  • Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don’t
    The Teflon Don’s new gangster opus is finally finished, including “Three Kings,” the track featuring him, Jay-Z, and Dr. Dre. Other guests include Drake, Usher, Andre 3000, and other hip-hop heavyweights.

  • Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2
    The British soul-pop chanteuse is releasing her second volume of soul standards, sung in her sultry alto. Perfect for a romantic evening, or a night of wine on the patio.

  • Yellowcard - “Here I Am Alive”
    The Florida pop-punks are quickly following up their 2011 album with another batch of energetic beach music. First single “Here I Am Alive” is a bouncy, guitar-driven summer anthem, and it’s on Rdio now.

  • Mastodon/Feist - Split Single
    Ever wondered what folk-pop singer Feist would sound like covering a song by prog-metal outfit Mastodon, and vice-versa? Find out on this intriguing split single.

  • Calexico - “Splitter”
    The new single from the alt-country sextet is uplifting and grand, the perfect way to entice fans to check out their forthcoming seventh album, Algiers.

∞  July 31, 2012 — 10:00AM

Exclusives

An Rdio Exclusive: The Used’s Vulnerable Album Release Show

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Back in March, post-hardcore quartet The Used dropped their fifth album, Vulnerable at a special album release party at Los Angeles’ The Troubadour. Rdio was at the exclusive event, and now we’ve got a special souvenir: an Rdio-only recording of four songs from the evening’s setlist.

If you missed the show, here’s your chance to relive the sounds — the Rdio Presents Vulnerable Release Show EP is below.

∞  July 31, 2012 — 9:00AM

Music

Paul Banks’ Julian Plenti and others on Alter Egos: The Playlist

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When he’s not surrounded by his bandmates, Interpol’s Paul Banks is Julian Plenti. His musical alter ego explores genres Interpol’s moody oeuvre never approached: folk ditties, art-rock anthems, electronic-tinged ballads, and straight-up rock and roll. This week, he’s releasing Julian Plenti Lives..., the EP follow-up to his debut album, Skyscraper, and you can hear it on Rdio now.

Banks’ alias got us thinking about other famous musicians who found success behind a character of their invention, including David Bowie, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Blur’s Damon Albarn, and others. With no further ado, we’re pleased to present Alter Egos: The Playlist, below.

∞  July 27, 2012 — 11:00AM

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Festival Watch: Newport Folk Festival

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Since 1959, the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island has been the go-to music festival for folk music fans. In the past few decades, the fest has widened its scope to include sub-genres like folk-punk, indie folk, and alternative country.

This year’s edition features My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, City and Colour, Alabama Shakes, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Conor Oberst, Tallest Man on Earth, Tune-Yards, Jackson Browne, and a smattering of other artists from North America and abroad. Find them all on the Newport State of Mind playlist, below, or get out to the Ocean State and experience the folksy goodness yourself!

∞  July 25, 2012 — 9:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - July 24, 2012

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This week, future pop duo Purity Ring, spiky indie trio Eternal Summers, energetic guitar-wreckers Fang Island, metal troupe Slipknot, and comedian Todd Barry all have new albums, and Jennifer Lopez is releasing her greatest hits.

As always, there’s tons more: check our playlist notes and sample this week’s releases on the New Music Tuesday playlist, below, and find all of this week’s new albums in the New Releases.


Playlist Notes

  • The Antlers - Undersea
    The Brooklyn indie rock act made their name with emotive, propulsive tracks that reached towering climaxes. Their latest EP finds them in a more introspective mood, happy to float along mesmerizing, synth-y passages with warbling melodies.

  • Passion Pit - Gossamer
    Michael Angelakos’ electropop outfit hit it big with debut Manners, but its follow-up, Gossamer, is earmarked to be even bigger. Angelakos’ knack for pop hooks remains intact, but he’s put even more of himself into this one, meaning there’s more emotion infused into these dance-floor tunes than ever.

  • Rodriguez - Searching for Sugar Man
    The psychedelic folk-rocker brings his guitar stylings and gravely voice to a soundtrack for the film Searching for Sugar Man.

  • The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
    The Jersey band’s fourth album harkens back to their first — big, Springsteen-esque choruses and arrangements, and more punk leanings than folk.

  • The-Dream - “Dope Bitch”
    The R&B auteur’s new track is a cruising, piano-led beat featuring his trademark mellifluous tenor.

  • Two Door Cinema Club - “Sleep Alone”
    The Irish dance-y post-punk trio debuted “Sleep Alone” at last year’s Glastonbury, and now it’s available for your Rdio collection, in all it’s hi-hat tapping glory.

∞  July 24, 2012 — 10:00AM

New Features

Introducing: Custom Playlist Artwork on Rdio

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Personalize your playlist on Rdio with one of the most popular features from our last Hack Day: Custom Playlist Artwork.

Open one of your mixes and hover over the existing artwork at the top. Click on the pencil icon to upload your own image. Make sure the image is at least 72 dpi for the best results. For those with high resolution displays, upload a hi-res photo and prepare to see music in a whole new way.

Try out the new feature and enjoy designing your own playlist cover art.

∞  July 23, 2012 — 11:00AM

New Features

New on Rdio: Notifications

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Today we're pleased to share the new Notifications feature on our web and desktop apps.

Simply click on the new bell icon in the upper right-hand corner to find out what notifications are waiting for you. The number next to the bell represents how many new notifications you have.

What will Notifications tell you?

  • You have a new follower
  • A song, album or playlist has been shared with you
  • Your playlist has been subscribed to, reviewed or updated
  • A Facebook or Twitter friend joined Rdio

Stay up to date with all your notifications in one place now on Rdio.

∞  July 19, 2012 — 5:08PM

Developer App

Developer Apps: Roadtrip Mixtape

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Near, far, wherever you are — this month’s Developer App is ready to DJ your next drive. Roadtrip Mixtape customizes mixes for you based on your route.

Head over to the site and plug in your start and end destinations. Roadtrip Mixtape will then create a playlist of local artists from the areas you’ll pass through according to the Google Maps directions. Driving through Los Angeles? Get ready for some Skrillex or Tenacious D. Passing by Toronto? Drake or Metric may grace your speakers. Not hitting the road any time soon? Click any city on the map to see and play the most popular artists from that area.

If you think you’ve got the next big app idea, then take a look at Rdio’s Developer page and register for an API key. We even have an API Google Group and a Github page to get you going. Need another reason? Your app can earn you some cash from the Rdio Affiliate program.

∞  July 18, 2012 — 9:00AM

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Hear Reverend Horton Heat’s Live Album a Week Early

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Storming stages since 1985, Texan rockabilly outfit Reverend Horton Heat bring the energetic rockabilly maelstrom. Finally, someone had the good sense to document the experience — next week, the group will release 25 to Life: Live, a compilation of live tracks by the band.

But why wait? The album is on Rdio now, a week prior to its official release. Listen to their countrified bluster now.

∞  July 17, 2012 — 1:00PM

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New Music Tuesday - July 17, 2012

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It’s a big week for new releases, so let’s get right to it: fuzzed-out party-rockers JEFF The Brotherhood, afro-pop outfit The Very Best, and Aussie singer-songwriter Missy Higgins all have new albums this week. Folkies The Be Good Tanyas are releasing a career retrospective, and avant-R&B crooner Frank Ocean is releasing his long-awaited studio debut.

For more, check our playlist notes and sample this week’s releases on the New Music Tuesday playlist, below. As usual, you can find all of this week’s new albums in New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Baroness - Yellow & Green
    The progressive metal outfit has eschewed sheer volume in favor of pushing genre boundaries. Their latest, a double-album, is their biggest release yet, giving them plenty of room for further experimentation.

  • HELLYEAH - Band of Brothers
    HELLYEAH is the hard-rock supergroup featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Nothingface, Damageplan and Rebel Meets Rebel. Their third album is titled after their thunderous new single, which signals a darker sound for the band this time around.

  • Nas - Life Is Good
    Unlike the rapper’s recent albums, Nas’ new one is concept-free, a back-to-basics collection of beats and slice-of-life storytelling.

  • Com Truise - In Decay
    The chopped-up beat-maker follows up his 2011 breakout with another album of fractured, synth-heavy soundscapes.

Singles

This week brings new singles from a wide array of artists, all hinting at what’s next. The songs below provide a first taste for big bands close to revealing new full-lengths.

∞  July 17, 2012 — 10:00AM