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Win Tickets to Mexican Summer’s Five-Year Anniversary Fest

Mexican Summer

When the independent label Mexican Summer started as a club five years ago in Brooklyn, the focus was on producing beautiful and limited edition vinyl records. Since then, the label, which is still proudly based in the Greenpoint neighborhood, has grown into a broader recording company that heavily flirts with both analog and digital music media.

Now they’re celebrating with a big blowout for their five-year anniversary from October 11-12. Come down to see a section of their artist roster including Ariel Pink, Spiritualized, and Tamaryn at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn — or, better yet, win tickets to the music festival from Rdio by entering below! We’re giving away three sets of prizes — a pair of tickets for Friday, a pair of tickets for Saturday, and the deluxe prize: A pair of tickets for both days, VIP access, and exclusive merch.

Thanks for entering our giveaway for Mexican Summer's Five Year Anniversary Festival! Winners have been contacted as of 10/4.

With more than 100 releases in a diverse catalog that includes work from artists like Best Coast, Washed Out, Kurt Vile, and Oneohtrix Point Never, there’s a lot to discover at Mexican Summer and subsidiary label Software. Start with these five favorites (listed in no particular order), all of which have made essential contributions to the identity of the label.

FIVE ESSENTIAL MEXICAN SUMMER AND SOFTWARE ALBUMS

  • Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
    Mexican Summer introduced this New Zealand-born singer to the world, and solidified a place for a new international shoegaze queen on this debut.

  • Peaking Lights - Lucifer
    A psychedelic pop couple from the Midwest, Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis have grown up with the label, even including their young son’s vocals on this third album.

  • The Fresh & Onlys - Long Slow Dance
    San Francisco’s indie darlings joined the label in 2012 and blew beyond being a regional best-kept secret with this effort.

  • The Young - Voyagers Of Legend
    The members of the Austin rock outfit came into their own sound with the haunting, punk-tagged ballads on their 2010 album.

  • Mike Wexler - Dispossession
    The second album from Brooklyn’s boundary-bypassing singer/guitarist was his first for Mexican Summer.

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Listen to This: Recommendations on Rdio

Recommends

What to play next? Rdio always has the answer. Recommendations is back and better than ever, surfacing gems from our catalog of more than 20 million songs and personalizing the picks based on your taste.

Hot on the heels of our Stations launch, we’ve built Recommendations as another great means of effortless music discovery. Powered by technology from The Echo Nest, the new feature provides a steady stream of new music recommendations — including albums, stations, and playlists — based on what you listen to most and who you’re following.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Album Recommendations — As you listen to music on Rdio, we compile albums you’re likely to enjoy based on your history. Every time you visit Recommendations, more new music is waiting.
  • Station & Playlist Recommendations — Discover what stations and playlists are popular in your network and in your area.

Recommendations is rolling out to the web starting today and will be available on iOS and Android soon.

Exclusives

Pepper Wishes They Wrote These Songs

Pepper

Fans of Pepper have long admired the band’s kick-back-and-relax songs. Now the reggae-tinged rock group has a confession to make — this exclusive playlist entitled “Songs I Wish I Wrote” reveals the tunes that the guys admire to the point of envy. Listen below, for some of the inclusions might really surprise you, whether it’s “Mrs. Brownstone” by the almighty Guns N Roses, “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by living legend Willie Nelson, or the ever-catchy croon of “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman.

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Rdio Revs Up The Sounds of Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island

We're psyched to share that Rdio is bringing the beats to Treasure Island Music Festival's site. Listen to the official 2013 playlist on the homepage or take a deeper dive into the headliners with individual playlists on each artist page.

San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival takes place on October 19-20 with a power-packed lineup that includes acts like Beck, James Blake, Sleigh Bells, Animal Collective, and Major Lazer, to name just a few. Give the mixes a listen and stay tuned for more jam-packed news about one of Bay Area's finest festivals.

Follow Noise Pop, the geniuses behind the musical getaway on Rdio for a flow of awesome sounds.

Recommended By Rdio

Inside the Sounds of NCIS: Benchmark

NCIS

The NCIS: Benchmark soundtrack dropped yesterday from the 10-season-long police drama NCIS, but unlike many film or television soundtracks, this one has a special twist. Both Pauley Perrette (who plays Abby Sciuto) and Michael Weatherly (Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo) have contributed original songs to the collection, which also features artists such as Lady Antebellum, Neon Trees, Patty Griffin, and Hank Williams. To celebrate, Perrette and Weatherly have made exclusive playlists for Rdio listeners that offer insight into their musical lives.

Pauley Perrette
Perrette’s collection, featuring bands like Modest Mouse, Indigo Girls, Capital Cities, and Vintage Trouble, “are tracks in the family of songs that I like to listen to when I’m down,” says the actress, “Songs that inspire and make me feel better!”

Michael Weatherly
Weatherly has selected wistful and melodic songs with a hint of hope and longing from artists like The Kinks, Elvis Costello, The Police, and Fleetwood Mac. “It is the mystery in them that keeps me returning to them year after year,” he reveals.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Icona Pop on New Music Weekly

Fall head over heels for this week’s New Music Weekly video. “Then We Kiss”, from the new album by Swedish dance party duo Icona Pop, provides the sugary soundtrack to the effervescent animation.

We’re smitten with the beautiful work from video artist, Holbrooks:

"This track is saccharine sweet. Like most of Icona Pop's music, it is energetic but also romantic... in a kind of caffeinated, high-gear way. We were looking for a way to underscore the aspect of romance and attraction. Our jumping off point was the culture of online dating that has become so prevalent. Because the track is so quick and bubbly, we wanted it to feel almost like a session of speed dating that ends in a real love connection. The idea of new love born out of online encounters seemed to fit perfectly with the song and also gave us the opportunity to offer a bit of commentary regarding the state of relationships in an increasingly digital age."

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 24, 2013

CHVRCHESDrakeKings Of Leon

This week, we are excited about the return of singer Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star after a 17-year recording absence. We’re also amped for new albums from Jamaican dancehall veteran Mr. Vegas, West Coast house and techno producer Claude VonStroke, and Canadian electro-jazz act Misteur Valaire. And that’s just to name a few!

Start with our New Music Weekly playlist for our recommendations of the very best of what has just come out, including these artists and much more. If you’re hungry for further sonic exploration after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases section.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the seminal Seattle band released the final album, but the Anniversary Edition expands the picture with the inclusion of pre-album demos.

  • Icona Pop - THIS IS...ICONA POP
    The sassy Swedish duo behind the carefree dance number “I Don’t Care” return with more party anthems like “All Night” and “Ready for the Weekend.”

  • Drake - Nothing Was The Same
    With a tribute to Wu-Tang Clan and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the rapper/crooner’s third album reaches back as well as into the future.

  • Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
    The Followills return with more of the same powerful guitars and anthemic vocals that have made them multiplatinum-selling Southern rock heroes on their sixth full-length.

  • CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
    A fun full-length debut from a Scottish synthpop act with a growing fan base thanks to tours with Passion Pit and Depeche Mode.

Exclusives

Crystal Stilts Presents A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss

Crystal Stilts

After a decade together, the guys in Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts have had their share of insights about the art of romance. The indie rockers, whose new album Nature Noir, has just dropped, have assembled a heartfelt playlist for you called Crystal Stilts: A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss. Let the words and sounds of individualists like Sonny Bono, Rotary Connection, Hilton Valentine, Terry Stafford, Love, and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band guide you through the good and bad times.

Enjoy below and follow Sacred Bones on Rdio for more from the label that Crystal Stilts now calls home.

Events

Typhoon and Turntable Kitchen Present: A Food Blog On Tour

Typhoon

Oregon’s Typhoon is cooking up something special with Turntable Kitchen, a website dedicated to exploring the delicious intersection between food and music. As the band hits the road in support of the new album White Lighter, they’ll be blogging about the sights and bites they encounter in each city, dubbing the series “Tour Pairings”. Each stop will also be paired with a song that you can check out on an evolving playlist. Read the first post which features Vancouver, Harry Nilsson, and a hearty breakfast.

Hungry for more? Follow Typhoon’s whirlwind tour through these tasty cities below and subscribe to their ever filling playlist on Rdio now.

Part 1: Vancouver, BC, Canada (9/13)
Part 2: Denver, CO (9/18)
Part 3: St. Louis, MO (9/20)
Part 4: Chicago, IL (9/23)
Part 5: Cleveland, OH (9/26)
Part 6: Brooklyn, NY (9/30)
Part 7: Boston, MA (10/3)
Part 8: Philadelphia, PA (10/7)
Part 9: Nashville, TN (10/10)
Part 10: Austin, TX (10/14)
Part 11: San Diego, CA (10/16)
Part 12: Los Angeles, CA (10/18)
Part 13: Eugene, OR (10/21)

Exclusives

Avicii Picks His Favorite Hits For an Rdio Playlist

Avicii

Avicii is one of the bright stars of the young EDM movement, but one listen to his new debut album True reveals that the Swedish DJ/producer has both a multitude of influences and the ability to reach out beyond what he’s been known for over the past few years. In honor of the release of True, the man born Tim Bergling is sharing an exclusive playlist with Rdio listeners called Avicii’s Favorite Songs of the Moment. Press play and you’ll soon be jamming to artists like Disclosure, Axwell, Jay-Z, and, of course, Avicii, whose own “Wake Me Up” and “I Could Be The One” sound great here.