August 2013

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Dent May Turns On the Music and Charm

Dent May

The sweet, psychedelia-tinged pop from Mississippi’s Dent May is enough to make anyone swoon, but he’s taking it one step further for your affections. Today, in honor of his new album Warm Blanket, he has cooked up a smoldering set of love songs for you in Where Is My Other Half: A Mix by Dent May. It’s a wild ride through different sounds with a singular message as artists like Style Council and Stacey Q get romantic in their own special ways.

For even more from Mr. May, you can also take a listen to his intimate live show in our exclusive Rdio Sessions series.

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Captured Tracks Turns Five

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks, the Brooklyn-based record label that brings you artists such as Beach Fossils, Mac DeMarco, The Soft Moon, and DIIV, is marking five years in business this year. To celebrate that momentous landmark, Captured Tracks is celebrating with a two-day outdoor music festival featuring these and more artists at The Well in their home turf Brooklyn from August 31-September 1. The event provides a time capsule into how far this label has come in just a few years, capturing the imagination of the world with a solid roster of indie rock, darkwave, shoegaze, and more boundary-pushing explorations of music.

Tune in to the Captured Tracks anniversary playlist, which we’ve made with care in order to introduce you to some of the most enduring highlights of this cool catalog, and follow Captured Tracks on Rdio for more sonic goodness from a label with no signs of slowing down.

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CeeLo Selects the Best of Goodie Mob

Cee-Lo

Long before the incomparable CeeLo was judging singing contestants on The Voice and starring in a dazzling Las Vegas revue, he was one-quarter of Goodie Mob, Atlanta’s seminal rap group that coined the “Dirty South” genre with an early song of the same name and rose to prominence alongside the likes of Dungeon Family affiliates OutKast. Now, for the first time since 1999’s World Party album, Cee Lo has joined Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp for Age Against the Machine, Goodie Mob’s fifth album and first in nine years.

Cee-Lo’s hand-picked Best of Goodie Mob playlist will get you up to speed with the group’s legacy whether you’re discovering them for the first time or have been down since day one. Goodie Mob’s impact on Southern rap music still resonates today. Press play for timeless lyrical wisdom and “Soul Food” for your ears.

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Early Listen: Depeche Mode Meets The Jim Jones Revue

Depeche Mode

Remixes just got taken to a whole new level! UK garage rock mavericks The Jim Jones Revue has just completed a wild and unexpected new version of “Should Be Higher” by the legendary electronic group Depeche Mode. Enjoy this early exclusive listen of a very special remix and prepare to be blown away by the creativity.

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Billboard Brings The Hits To Michael Jackson's Birthday

Michael Jackson

In honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday today, we’ve teamed up with Billboard to assemble a playlist of the King of Pop’s biggest Billboard hits. We think you’ll agree that it is an impressive collection of favorites that are forever woven into the fabric of time. These songs span over the course of two decades and include his legendary solo hits as well as hits recorded with his brothers both as the Jackson Five and the Jacksons.

How many do you know by heart? It’s time to relive the magic in tribute to MJ’s amazing musical legacy.

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Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favorite Songs

Black Joe Lewis

Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favorite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  August 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Through Music

March On Washington

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for rights in U.S. history and where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his unforgettable “I Have A Dream” speech. Our friends at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are looking back at the Civil Rights Movement through the key music that soundtracked the events, protests, and strides.

In the curators’ own words, the Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement from Smithsonian Folkways playlist is composed of “seminal recordings that highlight the important role that music played in uniting, energizing, expressing, and sustaining momentum among participants in the African American civil rights movement.”

Listen to the emotions and the messages, and never forget how far we have come. In the word of the Broadside Singers, who close out this important set, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.”

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Black Joe Lewis on New Music Weekly

Show off your fancy footwork (and roller skating skills) with our 15-second New Music Weekly video. We’re blasting blues master, Black Joe Lewis’ funky-fresh track “Come To My Party” from his new album Electric Slave.

Let video artist Chat Howitt and production company Wolf & Crow skate you through the creative process:

"'Come To My Party' by Black Joe Lewis has that amazing old school funk sound and it makes you want to move. So those seemed like the two most natural points to focus on. To fulfill those needs, I chose a Pinto. Because nothing says 'retro', 'movement', and 'party', like a yellow Ford Pinto. NOTHING. I don't know where the roller skaters came from, but it seems to have worked out for the best."

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New Music Weekly - August 27, 2013

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If you’re hungry for new music this week, you can start by feasting your ears on the sweet Southern multi-instrumentalist Dent May, a debut from viral video sensations Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, feel-good dance music from Australia’s Charles Murdoch, or the latest from Buenos Aires’ psych rockers Capsula. Our New Music Weekly playlist will introduce you to the sounds of these and other artists who we think have put out the best releases of the week. The Playlist Notes below provide additional context on key releases. Once you’ve checked it out, you’ll be ready to tackle the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
    Four years on since the last album and Scotland’s indie rock leaders are back, this time with musings on a skeptic’s search for optimism.

  • Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
    The British synth pop ingenue expands on her momentous Halcyon album with 10 new songs

  • Big Sean - Hall of Fame
    The Detroit MC makes his bid for classic status with his second official studio album, which features appearances from Nas, Nicki Minaj, and more.

  • Juicy J - Stay Trippy
    The Three 6 Mafia man and Oscar winner enjoys a second wind with his newly popular solo career and a third album with guest stars like Justin Timberlake.

  • Black Joe Lewis - Electric Slave
    Austin’s new-school blues and funk leader, now sans his Honeybears, turns up the party vibes.

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It’s Gonna Be VMAs: *NSYNC Reunion and Playlist

*NSYNC

Break out the body glitter and practice the “Bye Bye Bye” choreography (not that you ever forgot it) — the MTV VMAs this Sunday may be winding back the clock to the early 2000s with the reunion of boy band behemoth *NSYNC. It’s rumored that the former bandmates will make a surprise appearance during Justin Timberlake’s performance at the award show. Whether or not that’s true, we threw together a Dirty Pop: An *NSYNC Retrospective playlist to highlight the hits and solo endeavors from one of our all-time favorite bubblegum pop groups.

Hit play below — you won’t be disappointed (this we promise you).