May 2013

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Music Discovery: Now Easier Than Ever

Rdio Friends

At Rdio, we’re all about helping you find new music. From Heavy Rotation to label pages, music discovery is always at the forefront of our design. We’re introducing new features to personalize your music exploration and give you more control over the music you’re listening to, as you’re listening to it. Today, we’ll walk you through the first of these updates that you may have already noticed in our web and desktop apps.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

  • Welcome to Rdio — New listeners will immediately be greeted by fellow Rdio friends (based on connected Twitter and Facebook accounts), awesome influencers, and the tunes they love when they first sign up. After all, music should be social.

  • Find People — Just like in the updated iOS and Android apps, current listeners can view a curated list of recommended friends alongside hand-picked artists and influencers to follow.

  • AutoPlay — Never again wonder, “What should I listen to next?” AutoPlay is a personalized station that plays more music similar to the last song you listened to.

  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down — We’re debuting one of our most-requested features. When playing an artist station, song station, or AutoPlay, just roll over the tracklist to vote on current and upcoming songs. Each time you click, Rdio learns more about your tastes, curating more of the music you love.

  • Start Station — Can’t get enough of what’s currently playing? Now you can start a new station based on the song you’re listening to by hitting the Start Station button on the album art.

  • New Player — We’ve integrated the album artwork from the currently playing song for a beautiful and visually-evolving listening experience. Access the full view by clicking the player button on the bottom right. Here you’ll be able to see what’s now playing and the tracklist of upcoming music.

    We’re excited for our listeners to take these features for a spin.

∞  May 31, 2013 — 11:00AM

Music

The Songs Wampire Can't Possibly Live Without

Wampire

In honor of the release of the eclectic debut album Curiosity, Portland’s Wampire are digging deep into their music collection to share their favorite tunes with us. Included in the playlist of Songs Wampire Can't Live Without are the tunes that have taken over their whole summer, tickled their funny bone, and opened the gateway into whole new realms of sound, all by the likes of Ariel Pink, The Clash, The Misfits, and Kraftwerk. Read more in their Playlist Notes below and follow Wampire on Rdio.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Misfits - "Some Kinda Hate"
    Static Age took over a summer of mine a few years ago. My best friend and I were working at a late night crepe cart here in Portland and it really sucked. Our boss was a pompous jag, a lot of the customers were drunk assholes, and we would be stuck there until 6am. After work we would put this record on, rip cigs, pound beers, and sing "Some Kinda Hate" to each other as we cleaned. Very cathartic. Years later and I can't stop listening. Fuggin' punk perfection.

  • The Strokes - "Someday"
    I was in middle school when Is This It first came out. I know for a lot of people that makes me pretty young. Anyway, this band changed my life. Growing up, my mom listened to the Titanic soundtrack and Boston so to hear something this raw to my young suburban ears with that dark tinge that courses through my veins was so electrifying. Also Casablanca's stream of consciousness like lyrics were total poetry to me.

  • Ariel Pink - "Round and Round"
    At first Ariel piqued my interest just because it was one of the first things that exposed me to lo-fi, and how so much of it goes beyond sounding old and goes further into that dark hole. Kind of like that scene in Star Wars where Luke uses the Tauntaun for warmth — people nowadays are rolling off that high end for means of survival. For the longest time I kind of wrote off Ariel Pink as background music until I saw him and his Haunted Graffiti perform "Round and Round" on Fallon. I realized then how important that man is to me and music itself.

  • Peter Schilling - "Major Tom"
    I once played this song while DJing a party and a childhood friend of mine described it as "the exact music I'd imagine you'd make." If I could make a song this perfect, I'd crap myself. FOOUUUUR THREEEEE TWOOOOOO OOOOONE.

  • The Clash - "Straight to Hell"
    When we went in to the studio to record Curiosity and we started talking about sounds we wanted to go after, The Clash came up a bunch, mainly their guitar work. We were trying to avoid having too much "strummy" guitar and swapped a lot of that out with guitar "stabs." This helped us define some of our sound that has kind of come to define us. Besides, this song is absolutely perfect.

  • Gorillaz - "On Melancholy Hill"
    This song really wiggles my funny bone. I finally gave Plastic Beach a listen a couple summers ago on a road trip down the West Coast and I got the chills when this song came on. Definitely the stand out on that record, and just one of my favorite songs ever now.

  • Yello - "Oh Yeah"
    This song is dedicated to everyone that's reviewed the album and claimed that it's too light hearted. Lighten up, BBs. If you can't look past a synth tone or whatever you're fixating on, then my advice to you would be the opposite of what you want from us. So track 7 goes out to those that give zero cares.

  • Art Department - "Without You"
    I remember the first time hearing this song and just screaming — SCREAMING — about how amazing it is. If you haven't heard this song yet, then you might end up doing the same. The beat cuts so hard it's incredible.

  • Kraftwerk - "Metropolis"
    It's hard to pick a favorite Kraftwerk song, but I've had "Metropolis" on repeat for quite a while now. Listen to this song turned up as load as it can go, it only gets better.

  • Girls - "Substance"
    I used to work for Unknown Mortal Orchestra as a tour manager a while back and one of the tours they did was with the band Girls. I would watch them play every night and never got sick of it. The stand out of the set was always the song "Substance". So sad and beautiful, it's the perfect way to wrap up a playlist of songs I couldn't live without.

∞  May 30, 2013 — 10:00AM

Exclusives

On An On Turns It Up for Rdio Sessions

On An On

Midwest band On An On features three former members of Scattered Trees who have embarked on a new journey of genre-breaking experimentation. The band performed “The Hunter,” “War Is Gone,” and “Ghosts” from the acclaimed debut album Give In for this exclusive Rdio Session. Recorded live in Austin during this year’s SXSW fest, hit play to hear On An On turn it up for their fans.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  May 29, 2013 — 1:00PM

Exclusives

City and Colour Plays Old Favorites and New Song at Rdio Sessions

City And Colour

Singer, songwriter, and hardcore multi-instrumentalist Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, swung by Rdio Sessions during SXSW for an intense and intimate performance. As a special treat for die-hard fans on Rdio, City and Colour performed the song "Of Space And Time" from his forthcoming album The Hurry and the Harm, which is set to release on June 4. Luckily, we captured the Rdio Session so you, too, can enjoy his amazing show and a preview of the new album all in one listen.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  May 29, 2013 — 10:00AM

Exclusives

Preview CocoRosie’s Tales Exclusively on Rdio

CocoRosie

Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady fly the freak folk flag as CocoRosie, a dynamic duo who now have five albums under their belts with the release of the latest full-length. The Casady sisters are pleased to share Tales of a Grass Widow with Rdio users via this exclusive preview. This new album was produced by Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson and features a guest appearance by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Take Tales of a Grass Widow for a spin now.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 1:00PM

Exclusives

Mount Moriah Climbs The Rdio Sessions Stage

Hailing from North Carolina, Mount Moriah is the classic American folk and rock side project of Jenks Miller (from heavy psych/metal act Horseback), Heather McEntire (from post punk group Bellafea), and Casey Toll (who joined the duo in 2010). The trio’s new Rdio Session showcases the songs “Bright Light,” “Eureka Springs,” “I Built a Town,” and “Miracle Temple Holiness,” all taken from the latest album Miracle Temple.

This Rdio Session with Mount Moriah is the first filmed in partnership with Yours Truly during SXSW — watch the video of their performance above and hit play below to listen to the exclusive set.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 28, 2013

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Up for your listening consideration this week are new albums by roots rock hero John Fogerty, Canada’s electro-industrial titans Skinny Puppy, bilingual Mexican star Frankie J, and young British folk icon Laura Marling. Our lovingly crafted New Music Weekly playlist will get you right up to speed with highlights from these and other top offerings that have just dropped; check the playlist notes for some supporting info. And if you want even more, head over to the Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Crystal Fighters - Cave Rave
    The sophomore album from the English/Spanish band boldly mixes Basque folk with dubstep and other EDM sounds.

  • The-Dream - IV Play
    The R&B producer known for making hits for Rihanna and Beyonce returns with a saucy fifth solo album featuring contributions by Bey and Jay-Z.

  • Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
    The UK electronic duo comes into its own sound on this sophomore album.

  • The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    It’s an all-star party on this sixth full-length, with guest stars like Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.

  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
    The third album from the New York indie rockers reveals a conscious push into new sonic experimentation.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 10:00AM

EventsMusic

Free People Tailors the Sounds of Sasquatch to You

Sasquatch 2013

This year’s Sasquatch Festival takes place on Memorial Day Weekend at the picturesque Gorge in central Washington state and features acts such as Mumford & Sons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The xx, Vampire Weekend, and Imagine Dragons, just to name a very few. Our stylish friends at Free People have weaved together this Sasquatch Festival 2013 playlist of their favorite artists from this year’s lineup to get you ready to experience the event in person or simply in spirit. Thanks to them, Sasquatch starts... now!

∞  May 23, 2013 — 1:00PM

Music

Rob Zombie Will Loosen Up Your Mind

Rob Zombie

Musical and cinematic madman Rob Zombie has crafted a playlist just for Rdio listeners. The 100-minute playlist is called Songs To Loosen Up Your Mind to get those knots out of your brain immediately. It’s got memorable tunes from the likes of David Bowie, Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, Nico, and Syd Barrett, and of course he shares his own personal original Zombie favorites.

Hit play and loosen up to the mix below — and then put on Zombie's latest effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

∞  May 23, 2013 — 10:00AM

Exclusives

Rdio Sessions: Ivan & Alyosha

Ivan & Alyosha

We were the first to share the debut album of Seattle’s hotly tipped folk pop/indie rock outfit Ivan & Alyosha, and the band has now given our community even more love with a live performance for our exclusive series Rdio Sessions. The five-song set includes songs like “Easy To Love” and “On My Way” and was recorded live at The Driskill in Austin during this year’s South By Southwest extravaganza. Give it a whirl and stay tuned for more Rdio Sessions recordings from The Driskill.


Rdio Sessions as an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  May 22, 2013 — 1:00PM