July 2012

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Only on Rdio: Listen to Orfeo’s Self-Titled EP a Week Early

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Los Angeles-based singer Orfeo might be classically-trained, but he finds equal inspiration in the singers of the 20th century, such as Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer and Sylvester. His first release is the self-titled EP Orfeo, which was produced by Robin Hannibal after he discovered Orfeo’s singing voice via a video online.

Their collaborative new tracks, “No Substitution” and “Quiet Nights,” are on the EP, which is on Rdio now, a week before its official release.

∞  July 11, 2012 — 10:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - July 10, 2012

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Whether it’s the experimental pop sprawl of Dirty Projectors’s new album, the solo work of System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, the dance-pop of Marina & the Diamonds, or the spacious indie rock of Deep Time, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into on this week’s New Music Tuesday playlist. For more, check out our playlist notes below, and browse all of this week’s New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Zac Brown Band - Uncaged
    Brown himself has described his group's fifth album as “your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record.” We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves.

  • Woody Guthrie - Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
    To celebrate the folk legend’s centenary, Smithsonian Folkways compiled his best-known songs, unreleased live performances, and some never-before-heard gems from the archives. His music is your music.

  • Twin Shadow - Fortune
    Twin Shadow’s second album takes the same influences — David Bowie and ‘80s new-wave — and amplifies them. The result is an album as emotionally affecting as his first, but with added volume, speed, and bombast.

  • Band of Horses - “Knock Knock”
    The Americana quintet embraced country twang and employed grandiose pop hooks on their last album. “Knock Knock” is the first look at the band’s fourth yet-unnamed album.

  • Iggy Pop - “Let’s Boot and Rally” (feat. Bethany Cosentino)
    Iggy Pop and Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino’s new song for True Blood is all propulsive guitars, drawling vocals, and maybe just a little bit of gasoline. Music lovers, start your engines.

∞  July 10, 2012 — 10:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: July 2 - 6, 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.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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∞  July 6, 2012 — 1:00PM

EventsNew Features

From Rdio Engineering: Rdio Hack Day #2

Rdio’s inaugural Hack Day in April was a great success, so we decided to continue the tradition. Rdio’s engineers took last Friday to work on any Rdio project they wanted. This gave engineers the freedom to create any feature they wanted to see in the product, jump into some unexplored code, or create web apps using the Rdio API. We saw cool results — read on for some highlights.

Drag and drop interaction on mobile
Jimmy O’Neil added drag and drop functionality to the iPhone Rdio app, so by long-pressing on a track, you can drag onto a collection or playlist.

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Keyboard Controls and Multi-Select
Matt Montag went to work on improving the Rdio web experience in playlist and album views so that users can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the track lists and select multiple items. He also added a popularity indicator to each track so you can tell which items are getting the most plays.

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Heavy Listeners
Sure, you can claim you’re the world’s biggest Radiohead fan, but where’s your proof? Drew Bazan added a section to each artist page that would list all the heaviest Rdio listeners of each artist.

Automated Front End Testing
Rob Ferguson worked with Sikuli Script (front end automation with screen shots) and Python to batch together front-end testing. Instead of writing long scripts to automate the full process, the new method allowed users to drop in tiny scripts directly from the Sikuli IDE and automatically batch them together.

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Mix in Related Artists
One feature that didn’t make it into new Rdio was the control to mix in related artists when playing an artist radio station. Raul Agrait remedied this situation with his Hack Day project, adding in this control to the iPhone app.

Source-busters

Commit Music Tracker
Pat Tuckey and Jonathan Klobucar teamed up to create a tracker that shows the most recent code commits to the Rdio code repository, along with the Rdio music that the programmer was listening to when they made the commit. This may help prove once and for all that good code cannot be written while listening to anything but electronic music.

Custom Playlist Artwork
Justin Tulloss added an image upload feature to your playlists so that you can assign your own image to the playlist cover art.

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New Releases Discovery and Collection Items with Low Play Counts
Devin Sevilla created two external tools using the Rdio API. The first one suggests new releases that are by artists you have in your collection, and the second shows you items you have in your collection that you’ve only played once, so you can rediscover some old favorites. You can try Devin’s hack for yourself here.

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Album Shuffle
Eric Fikus added a feature to the player that lets you shuffle complete albums. For those of you who like to randomize everything except your albums.

iPhone Visualizer
If pretty pictures are your jam, Brett Duncavage created a visualizer on iPhone that analyzes your music and flips through a series of images along with the beat of the music.

Play Top Songs
Gautam Joshi added a play button to artist pages that will play a set of the artist’s most played tracks. Sometimes you want to know “what is best?” rather than “what is new?”

Integrated Build Tests
Matt Crocker created a practical hack: a triple integration between Jenkins (our test running system), Phabricator (our bug tracking and code review tool) and Skype (our internal chat tool). Now when engineers submit code in Phabricator, Jenkins runs the unit tests associated with the code and comments on reviews. Jenkins also congratulates or shames engineers in our group internal Skype chat, using emoticons and image macros for additional effect.

∞  July 6, 2012 — 10:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

At Rdio Sessions: Missy Higgins

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Australian songstress Missy Higgins is hot off her tour with Gotye and back with her new single "Hello Hello" — she stopped by the Rdio HQ Penthouse for a performance last Friday. With the city of San Francisco as her backdrop, the Melbourne musician moved dexterously from the keyboards to guitar.

Ever wanted to know Missy’s favorite city to play and the song she can’t get out of her head? She indulged us and filled out an Rdio Survey. Find her answers below and view some fantastic photos of the event on Facebook.

Rdio Sessions - Missy Higgins

∞  July 5, 2012 — 1:00PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

At Rdio Sessions: Dent May

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Mississippi singer-songwriter Dent May may have very well become a yoga instructor had Paw Tracks failed to come across the budding musician — at least that’s what Dent claimed on the Rdio Survey.

Lucky for us, Dent May seems to have a long career of funky folk beats and falsetto wailing ahead of him if his new album Do Things is any indication. Last Friday Dent May stopped by Rdio HQ’s penthouse for a soulful jam session. Take a scroll through the pictures on our Facebook and get the 411 on Dent May with his handwritten Rdio Survey.

Rdio Sessions - Dent May

∞  July 5, 2012 — 12:00PM

Label SpotlightsMusic

Now on Rdio: Defected Records

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If you love house music, then Defected Records needs no introduction. For the uninitiated: Defected started in 1999, with the release of Soulsearcher’s “I Can’t Get Enough”. Since then, the label has released hundreds of the best-known house anthems, helping define the genre in the process.

The label is perhaps best known for their Defected in the House compilations, dedicated to clubbing capitals like Miami and Ibiza, but they’ve also released albums and singles by the genre’s biggest names, including Bob Sinclar, Candi Staton, Dennis Ferrer, Martin Solveig, and Gilles Peterson.

The Defected Records catalog is now on Rdio, so you can listen to the biggest and best in house music any time you like. For a taste, try the label’s Bodymusic mix below.

∞  July 5, 2012 — 10:42AM

EventsMusic

“New State Anthems”: An Independence Day Playlist


It’s nearly the Fourth of July! Parades, flags, fireworks, the whole shebang. All that’s left for your perfect celebration of independence is the perfect soundtrack.

We got you covered: introducing the “New State Anthems” playlist. Sure, there are already anthems for all of the 50 American states, but are they as bangin’ as “California Love”? As uplifting as “Come On! Feel the Illinoise!”? As beautiful as “Oh My Sweet Carolina”? Didn’t think so.

Dig into the “New State Anthems” playlist below, and represent your state — and your country — with pride.

∞  July 3, 2012 — 11:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - July 3, 2012

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New albums by angular pop quintet Maximo Park and Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy are only the beginning of this week’s New Music Tuesday. There’s also a 50-year live retrospective by music legend Quincy Jones, and of course, much more on the New Music Tuesday playlist, in our New Releases and in our playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Flo Rida - Wild Ones
    The hit-making rapper from the Sunshine State returns with his fourth album since 2008. Wild Ones includes guests Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, and LMFAO’s RedFoo, so expect a couple more number-ones from the gruff-voiced rapper.

  • Doug Benson - Smug Life
    Doug Benson’s fifth comedy album finds the irreverent comedian as silly as ever, riffing on pot, movies, and other pop cultural detritus with a smirk.

  • Chris Brown - Fortune
    Brown’s fifth album features collaborations with Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and Nas, among others. It features dubstep production alongside his typical R&B leanings.

  • Wisin & Yandel - Líderes
    The reggaeton duo’s ninth album is another party, and guests include Chris Brown, T-Pain, and, on first single “Follow The Leader,” Jennifer Lopez. Looks like you might be on the guest list, too.

∞  July 3, 2012 — 10:25AM

MusicRdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: June 2012

Unless you had time to listen to every song that came out last month, we’re betting there’s some excellent music you might have missed. Not to worry — the monthly Rdio Recommends playlist is here to help.

Rdio Recommends: June 2012 features all the tunes we here at Rdio felt didn’t get their due in the month of June. Check it out below and let us know what you think by reviewing the playlist on Rdio. What were we missing?

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.

∞  July 2, 2012 — 10:15AM