September 2012

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New Music Tuesday - September 25, 2012


Hip-hoppers Lupe Fiasco and Murs and Fashawn lead the charge this New Music Tuesday, along with new albums by Canuck electro outfit Dragonette, jazz innovators Medeski, Martin & Wood, and folk-pop composers Efterklang.

For even more new music, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist while you read the Playlist Notes below, and browse all the new titles in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Green Day - ¡Uno!
    The first in Green Day’s new album trilogy is out this week, and eschews the epic nature of their last few albums in favor of punchier, poppier fare. Pace yourself — there are two more to come!

  • Mumford & Sons - Babel
    The folksy Brits took their time to follow up their breakthrough debut, to ensure it was perfect. Listen to the album now, and decide for yourself.

  • No Doubt - Push And Shove
    After a decade of solo projects, tours, pregnancies, and rest, the SoCal ska-pop outfit return this week with their sixth album. New single “Settle Down” suggests a world-inspired, dance flavor, but you’ll have to hit play to hear the rest.

  • Tegan And Sara - “Closer”
    The Canadian duo hint at a seventh album with “Closer”, a yearning, synth-driven banger that expands on their guitar-based, folk-pop palette.


Hear The Raveonettes’ Rdio-Only Commentary on New Album Observator


Danish noise-pop duo The Raveonettes released their sixth album, Observator last week. Recorded in just three weeks, the album was inspired by Sune Rose Wagner’s travels along Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, and the people he met there.

It sounded like an interesting way to gain inspiration for an album, so we got to thinking: Why not hear about the album’s writing and recording process from Wagner himself? Below, listen to Wagner discussing just that on the Rdio-only Commentary Version of Observator.


Listen to The Lost Brothers’ Ornate Folk Sound a Week Early on Rdio


Golden-throated Irish folk duo The Lost Brothers make the kind of uplifting, string-decorated folk music that as affecting as it is pleasing to the ears. The band’s subtle ‘50s sound is a mix of beauty and melancholy, with songs that evoke a bygone era whose timeless sound lives on.

Their third album, The Passing of the Night is being previewed on Rdio now, before it’s officially released. Listen below:


Exclusive: Hear The Week’s New EP, Gutter Gaunt Gangster, Now on Rdio


Jackson, Mississippi rockers The Weeks imbue their songs with passion and energy, channeling the frustrations of youth into cathartic recordings and live shows. The band are currently working on a new full-length, and they’re previewing it with the eight-song Gutter Gaunt Gangster EP.

The EP is the fruit of years of hard work and growing together as a band. It’s not out until next week, but you can hear Gutter Gaunt Gangster early on Rdio below.


Preview Cellist Ben Sollee’s New Album a Week Early on Rdio


Ben Sollee puts everything he has into his music, especially when it comes to instruments: horns, banjo, guitars, and sounds of all other sorts surround his famous cello playing. He also puts his heart and personality into his music, especially on new album, Half Made Man, on which Sollee shares himself through personal lyrics that relate to his role as father, husband, and musician.

Half Made Man is on Rdio now, a week before its official release. Just another way Sollee likes to share.

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New Music Tuesday - September 18, 2012


Some of the biggest names in the music biz have new releases this week: Reggae-pop superstar Sean Paul and epic rock songsmiths The Killers have new albums out today. Kanye West has finally released his posse album Cruel Summer and Michael Jackson's Bad celebrates 25 years, and hasn’t aged a bit. In more indie fare, the elegant new Grizzly Bear album is finally ready for your ears, and so is the loud, guitar-centric Dinosaur Jr..

There’s more, too: consult our playlist notes below, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and peruse all the new titles every week in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Ben Folds Five - The Sounds Of The Life Of The Mind
    The reconvened Ben Folds Five release their first album since 1999. Listen to hear how the group dynamics have changed in the past decade.

  • Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock
    The Americana folk-pop troupe release their second major-label album, on which the band are more “loose” and “raw,” according to singer Ben Bridwell.

  • Kreayshawn - Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay
    The diss-slingin’, bling-heavy rapper releases her debut album after three mixtapes and the viral hit “Gucci Gucci.”

  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss
    This is crazy but here's the viral pop sensation's full album — so listen, maybe?

  • Down - Down IV Part I — The Purple EP
    The heavy metal supergroup’s fourth album is being released in a series of EPs, and was four years in the making. Hear how the band have progressed since their 2007 effort, Over the Under.


Hear Zemaria’s Infectious Synth-Pop Sound on Their New EP


Electro-pop outfit Zemaria have already had a taste of success — their 2010 track “The Space Ahead” was chosen for inclusion in a Levi’s ad and will feature on the new FIFA 13 game for Xbox 360, Playstation, and Wii. They’ve been nominated for the Brazilian MTV Awards, and they made a splash at their US debut at SXSW this past March.

Next week, the band will release more of their groovy, pop-driven sound on their Past 2 EP, but you can hear it now, a week early, on Rdio. Listen to the EP below, and share the band’s infectious sound with your friends.


Win Tickets to see Earlimart and Reptar at Rdio Live in Hollywood

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We here at Rdio love live music, (Maybe we saw you at Twin Shadow this past summer?) and we’re committed to bringing listeners close to their favorite bands. In that spirit, we’re proud to announce another Rdio Live concert event, and we want you to be there. So, we’re giving away tickets!

On Sunday, September 23, Rdio Live presents Reptar and Earlimart at The Cat and Fiddle in Hollywood, California, at 2:00pm. Want to be there? It’s simple: Fill out the entry form below with your name, email, and Rdio username to win one of 30 pairs of tickets. Read the Official Rules for details.

We’ll also be giving away ten pairs on Twitter later this week. Follow @Rdio and keep an eye on Twitter to snag one of the remaining pairs. Listen to Reptar’s new album Body Faucet below to get hyped for the show — we hope to see you there.

UPDATE: The entry form is now closed. Thank you for participating!

Developer App

Developer App: Fathom


Searching for music similar to your favorite artists? Find them hanging out in the same “neighborhood” on Fathom, this month’s Developer App.

Hop over to Fathom and look up an artist in the search bar. A visual “neighborhood” of suggested albums are laid out — the app pulls recommendations from and plays the tunes from Rdio. You have the choice to give any album a listen, add it to a queue for later, or delete it and a new recommendation will slide right into the empty space. Each album you click on brings new suggestions, letting you surf the music relationships for hours. Follow Fathom on Twitter for future news about the app.

Want to learn more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and start building. Feel free to check out our sample code and libraries on Github and join our API Google Group. Need more incentive? You can even earn some dough via the Rdio Affiliate Program.

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New Music Tuesday - September 11, 2012


Prep the dance floor: ‘80s vets Pet Shop Boys, EDM king David Guetta, and indie-dance outfit The Presets all have new albums out this week to get your feet moving. For louder fare, listen to passionate Canuck punks Billy Talent, or JAMC-style noise-pop duo The Raveonettes.

For something with a little boom-bap, some folksy goodness, or otherwise, listen to the weekly New Music Tuesday playlist. Our playlist notes are below, too: consult them for more new music while you peruse all the new titles in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Calexico - Algiers
    The roots rock veterans recorded their new album in a church in New Orleans. Should we expect a more blues-y sound this time around, or more reverent, divine inspiration? Hopefully both.

  • The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
    The Carpenter is the North Carolina folk-rock band’s first album since their major label debut, and it should be a statement record — can they continue the same kind of momentum they had with I and Love and You? Listen to find out.

  • Dave Matthews Band - Away From The World
    The Grammy-winning rock outfit’s eighth album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, the same guy behind the boards for their 1996 album Crash. We smell a DMB renaissance.

  • The xx - Coexist
    The beloved minimalist avant-R&B trio follows up their debut with even better songwriting and production, highlighting their penchant for clean, captivating guitar lines and hushed vocals.