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Run the NYC Marathon with Rdio

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Tens of thousands of runners are getting ready for the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, and one thoughtful Rdio super user has made not one, but two soundtracks for it!

Jon Farb, who describes himself as a “NYC tech scene nerd,” has made two playlists to keep himself and you pumped through the whole day. “The only way I've been able to keep the motivation and power through time intensive training has been listening exclusively to Rdio playlists,” he says, “Both my very strategically crafted playlists as well as other users’.”

His playlist "Pow!" hits hard with songs by the loud likes of Rancid, Adolescents, and Sick Of It All, while "Wham!" stars classic punk and rock bands like the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and X. Hey, it takes a lot of energy to run 26.2 miles, so you need all the help you can get.

Thanks for the playlists, Jon! You can track his progress by following his bib number, 42630 on Sunday. Good luck to everyone who is running the marathon!

EventsLabel Spotlights

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.

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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!

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Premiering Red Bull Stratos Documentary, Exclusively on Rdio

Red Bull Stratos

The countdown is over — Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story Behind Red Bull Stratos, the dynamic documentary of the record-breaking jump, is now live.

Watch the entire film plus exclusive content such as never-before-seen clips and "Oh Boy", an original song written and recorded for the documentary by Portugal. The Man, at on.rdio.com/redbullstratos. All you need is an Rdio profile which you can sign up for free here.

Today is the one-year anniversary of the space dive where Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the speed of sound with his own body from over 128,000 feet, accelerating to 843.6 miles per hour. We invite you to go where no man has gone before and watch Mission to the Edge of Space, premiering today and only on Rdio.

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Snoop Hijacks @Rdio Twitter to Talk Music, Influences and BET Awards

Snoop Dogg

Our friend Snoop Dogg is the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards, which airs on Tuesday, October 15. That day, Tha Doggfather himself will be tweeting from our @Rdio Twitter account to share exclusive photos, favorite jams, BET Awards insights, and lots of giveaways with you. This the first time ever that we've hosted a Twitter takeover — it should only be fitting that we let the D-O-double G take the reins.

Tweet him back with the hashtag #SnoopRdio and you’ll have a chance to win one-year subscriptions to Rdio every half hour. Whether you call him Dogg or Lion, catch Snoop in action on our Twitter feed from 1pm-3pm EST / 10am-12pm PST next Tuesday.

In the meantime, follow Snoop on Rdio and bump his BET Awards playlist below!

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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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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.

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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)

EventsInfluencer Spotlights

Hood By Air and More Design Sounds for MADE Fashion Week

MilkMade

As the catwalks of MADE Fashion Week wind down, we’ve partnered with MilkMADE and Jawbone to discover the sounds that inspire the fashion artistry with exclusive playlists from three hot designers who have revealed their sonic influences for the Rdio community:

Creatures of the Wind

The label known for achieving the enviable task of bringing fantastically mystical creations to the realm of real people wearability offers a fun playlist with iconic ladies like Patti Smith and Siouxsie And The Banshees mixed with up-and-coming names Tirzah and Lower Dens.

Pamela Love

This New York-based jewelry company stands out not only for its stunning designs but for the use of ethically-sourced stones and recycled metal. Love shows in her playlist that she grooves to the beat of a wide variety of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Roxy Music, and the Black Angels.

Hood By Air

The cult streetwear label has taken over the world with the wry HBA-stamped brand that has significantly grown in influence internationally. The company’s playlist is as surprising as the subtle yet meaningful tweaks on Americana outfits, lingering with ladies like Anita Baker, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.

Like what you hear? Follow Jawbone on Rdio for more stylish playlists from their friends.

EventsLabel Spotlights

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.