October 2013

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Barsuk Records Turns 15

Barsuk

Happy Birthday, Barsuk Records! From the days of split 7-inch vinyl singles through to today’s digital offerings, the vital Seattle label was first to champion acts such as Death Cab for Cutie (Barsuk released the 10th Anniversary Edition of the band’s album Transatlanticism just this week), Menomena, Phantogram, Nada Surf, and Rilo Kiley. These and other Barsuk-nurtured groups have all weathered a fickle music industry to garner international acclaim. The label’s roots actually go back close to 20 years, but officially, it’s turning a sophisticated 15 this year.

Listen to the Barsuk Records: Celebrating 15 Years playlist to quickly acquire a deep understanding of the company’s musical triumphs. While these artists are definitely diverse on the surface, you’ll soon discover an indefinable thread of originality that ties them all together.

New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan on New Music Weekly

UZU, the new album by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is rich, layered, and haunting, just like this week’s New Music Weekly video. Drown in the wondrous sounds of the featured track, "Seasickness Pt2” in the player above. Tendril, the Toronto design studio behind the Bloc Party and Michael Franti spots, are dive deep into the concept behind their third video:

“Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's sound is both raw and beautiful. When we got to work concepting this piece we were inspired to tap into the experimental and theatrical aspects of Yamantaka and the apparent collision of cultural and artistic references. We also wanted to create something that resonated against what the music made us feel. The piece depicts an otherworldly act of creation — a kind of highly art-directed alchemist meets designer at work in her laboratory workshop. The activation and fueling of a mysterious sculptural entity with a heart-like crystal and liquid gold core is the culmination of the creative ritual.”

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 29, 2013

Death Cab For CutieArcade FireKelly Clarkson

It may be Halloween this week, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas thanks to new holiday albums by country crooner Trace Adkins and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson. We’ve also got the new mixtape from New York rapper Joey Bada$$, the latest album from SoCal indie pop act Hellogoodbye, and a retrospective by South Africa’s Seether in heavy rotation right now.

Hit up the New Music Weekly playlist for more of our picks of the top tunes of the week, and then you can consider doing some exploration of your own in the Rdio New Releases department.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    The Canadian indie rockers stretch out with a double full-length release for the fourth studio album.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red
    The American Idol presents her first Christmas album, which includes original songs as well as covers of classics.

  • Linkin Park - RECHARGED
    This companion to the Living Things album contains remixes featuring rappers Pusha T and Bun B, master producer Rick Rubin, and more.

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Ben Gibbard and the boys’ fourth album gets remastered and re-released with bonus demo tracks of all the songs a decade after its debut.

  • One Direction - “Story Of My Life”
    This single from The X Factor UK-bred boy band offers a teaser of November’s album Midnight Memories.

EventsExclusives

A Disney Halloween: Mickey’s Monster Bash and More

Disney

Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Tigger are among your favorite characters who make A Disney Halloween come alive. Inside this exclusive playlist, you’ll find nearly an hour of highlights from classic spooky collections such as Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs and composer Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas (which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month), plus archival scary sounds and more. Make way for the Heffalumps and Woozles, too!

Press play and enjoy one of Disney’s favorite holidays of the year: Halloween!

Exclusives

Goin’ Loco: Play Enrique Iglesias’ Favorite Songs

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias is heating things up in anticipation of his new album (due out in November) with an insane exclusive for Rdio listeners. He’s mixed this playlist of his current favorites, including friends and collaborators like Pitbull, Juan Luis Guerra, and Alejandro Sanz. He also shares his own steamy new single “Loco” featuring Romeo Santos.

Enjoy this crazy good mix of songs while waiting for Enrique’s new album:

Exclusives

AFI Reveals a Secret Writing Soundtrack to Rdio

AFI

Post-hardcore legend AFI just released a new album yesterday and they’ve created a special playlist to reveal What We Were Listening to While Writing Burials. Hear this set, which is exclusively for Rdio listeners, and you’ll have a great idea of the creative fuel that powered Burials songs like “I Hope You Suffer” and “Anxious.” The playlist includes cuts from Spiritualized, The Cure, Low, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. With such a diverse soundtrack, it only makes sense that AFI takes on a new sound on Burials.

New Music Weekly

For Your Eyes and Ears: Poliça on New Music Weekly

Take an ocular trip with indie synth band Poliça in the New Music Weekly video, and then ride the soundwaves from their newly released album, Shulamith, which is out today. Though the journey isn’t long, we can’t put into words what exactly goes on in the 15-second piece which samples the track “Torre”, so we’ll let video artist BRTHR take it away:

”Endlessly, an array of amusing things pop out of a listener's mouth and follow a psychedelic path inspired by contemporary digital gif-culture and the synth-pop of Poliça's "Torre". We see dancing cheerleaders, aliens, cultural familiarities, and bizarre things of nature all emerge as the music guides the story. This is a journey within the digital space both musically and visually.”

Exclusives

Exclusive: Daughter Stays in SF to Record Rdio Sessions

Daughter

London trio Daughter is the latest awesome act to join the roster of our intimate live concert series that we throw with Rdio fans in attendance. The band performed at the Converse pop-up store in San Francisco for their Rdio Sessions set of six songs from the debut album, If You Leave.

Hear below how Daughter is contributing to the rich musical legacy of the Glassnote label, and check the Rdio Sessions archives for more from this must-hear series for music fanatics.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 22, 2013

Katy PerryEric ChurchPolica

So far this week, we’ve been tuning in to the latest star-studded collaboration compilation from hip-hop giant DJ Khaled, albums from California acts like low-fi duo Best Coast and alt-rockers AFI, and a new EP from the hauntingly beautiful electronic artist Active Child

There are two ways to discover what’s just come out from these and many more artists: Take our personalized roadmap, the New Music Weekly playlist, to hear what we think are the best of the bunch, or chart your own course with the full collection in the Rdio New Releases section. The Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel on some of the key offerings of the week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Katy Perry - Prism
    The pop star’s fourth album is backed by the worldwide hit “Roar” and features a collaboration with twerk king Juicy J.

  • Waka Flocka Flame - From Roaches to Rollies
    This new mixtape from Atlanta’s party starter keeps the energy up until the next album arrives.

  • Fifth Harmony - Better Together
    A Simon Cowell creation formed from last season’s X-Factor in America gets a slickly produced debut to chart the course of good girls going (not too) bad.

  • POLIÇA - Shulasmith
    The eerie electro-indie pop act from Minneapolis takes a bow and arrow to the heart of materialism on the sophomore album.

  • Eric Church - “The Outsiders”
    The Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter emerges with a taste of his fourth full-length.

NewsRecommended By Rdio

Today’s Harvest: Boards of Canada’s Catalog Comes To Rdio

Boards of Canada

Great news for electronic fans as well as enthusiasts of genre-bending sounds: Boards of Canada’s catalog has arrived to Rdio! In addition to the latest album Tomorrow’s Harvest, you’ll soon be able to hear the milestones in the dreamy Scottish electronic duo’s (brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison) discography.

Seminal albums Music Has The Right To Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002) and The Campfire Headphase (2005) are all available today. The BoC debut Twoism (1995), EPs In a Beautiful Place in the Country (2000) and Trans Canada Highway (2006) will all follow in late November.

Turn up the volume and reap today’s harvest from Boards of Canada now.