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Ghostly International on Rdio

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A name like Ghostly is apt for a record label whose output is as varied and shapeshifting as that of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Ghostly International. Ghostly was founded in 1999, when Sam Valenti IV met Matthew Dear at a house party and they bonded over a shared love of electronic music, especially Detroit Techno. They released Dear’s “Hands Up for Detroit” 12-inch shortly thereafter, and Ghostly has grown ever since.

The two branched out after that, incorporating Italo Disco and various elements of other sub-genres into their eclectic roster, not to mention things non-musical: design, visual art, and technology such as apps and other sound-related tools. Musically, Ghostly is divided two ways: they release “avant-pop,” music that challenges and experiments with pop's existing boundaries by infusing it with new and exciting sounds, while Spectral Sound is their dance music imprint.

“To define Ghostly International,” notes their website, “would only be to limit it.” They’re right—today, Ghostly’s roster features too broad a variety of musical acts and artists to pigeonhole them with words. It’s better to listen to some of their hottest new acts (which you can find on the Rdio Ghostly International label page) like Com Truise, Dabrye or Gold Panda, to get a taste of what Ghostly are up to lately.

Follow Ghostly International on Rdio to keep up with all things avant-pop, and check out their outstanding influencer playlist, 2011 Cuts by SV4, curated by Sam Valenti IV himself. As one of Rdio's influencers, discover Ghostly’s staff picks and more from their roster below.

GHOSTLY STAFF’S 5 FAVORITE NEW ALBUMS

GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

For the complete Ghostly International story, roster and more, check out Ghostly.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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New on Rdio: Dischord Records

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In 1980, a young punk band in Washington, D.C. named the Teen Idles, broke up. Unsure what to do with their leftover band fund, they decided to self-release a record; it was the Minor Disturbance EP, and it was Dischord Records #1. A year later, two of the young men from the Teen Idles, Ian Mackaye and Jeff Nelson, were settled in a new bungalow-style house in Arlington, Virginia, and were putting out records by fellow Washington punk bands S.O.A., Government IssueYouth Brigade, and Mackaye and Nelson’s own new group, Minor Threat.

Despite hard times along the way - finding distribution, pressing records on their own dime - the DIY record label survives today. Dischord Records retains the same ethos they’ve always had, limiting exorbitant scalping by keeping all of their releases in print, and releasing new records by deserving underground bands every year. Some of the world’s most legendary hardcore has been released by Dischord, as evidenced below.


Dischord Records Artists

For the complete history of Dischord, and a list of current bands and alumni, visit the official site at Dischord.com. Make sure your Dashboard is complete—follow Dischord Records on Rdio.

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Because Music on Rdio

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French indie label Because Music has headquarters in Paris, a perfect fit for their music, which is as progressive, sleek and sophisticated as the city itself. Founded in 2006 by Emmanuel De Buretel (a former Director of Virgin Publishing, chosen by Richard Branson himself), the label began by releasing Amadou & Mariam’s Dimanche à Bamako before signing established veterans and up-and-comers, such as Justice and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Nowadays, Because is home to an eclectic variety of artists from all kinds of genres. Whether it’s hip-hop, house, nu-rave, afro-pop or otherwise, Because has maintained a refined taste in exciting new artists, especially in France, where they release records by the likes of the heavy-hitting names below.

Because Music Artists

Check out the Because Music label page on Rdio to hear more of their music, and be sure to follow @becausemusic on Twitter and Like them on Facebook or  swing by their website, Because.tv, for updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

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New on Rdio: Delicious Vinyl

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The Delicious Vinyl story goes something like this: two Los Angeles DJs with similarly excellent taste start a label and find immediate success. During the beginning, Delicious Vinyl was home of Tone Loc, Young MC, and Def Jef. Delicious Vinyl didn’t limit itself from there—they release dancehall reggae, dance music, Spanish rap, and later helped elevate West Coast rap to minds across the country. Almost 25 years later, Delicious Vinyl maintains its legacy in it’s catalog and new projects.

So find your favorite Delicious Vinyl albums, add them to your collection, hit play and “Bust a Move”.

Delicious Vinyl Artists

For more Delicious Vinyl artists and albums, check out the the Delicious Vinyl label page on Rdio and visit DeliciousVinyl.com. Follow @DeliciousVinyl and Like them on Facebook for updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

∞  July 22, 2011 — 1:30PM

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Paper Bag Records on Rdio

Toronto-based Paper Bag Records started nearly 10 years ago as a hyper-local venture, focusing on Toronto’s vibrant music community. Soon enough their roster expanded to include bands from across Canada such as The Acorn and You Say Party! We Say Die!—then they jumped the ocean, releasing albums from Sally Shapiro and Under Byen. Paper Bag Records has a history of releasing critically-recognized music, such as the 2011 Long List Polaris Music Prize-nominated PS I Love You album, Meet Me At The Muster Station, and Young Galaxy’s Shapeshifting.

Paper Bag Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Paper Bag Records, check Wikipedia or PaperBagRecords.com. Follow @PaperBagRecords and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information. You can also browse their albums on their Rdio label page.

∞  July 15, 2011 — 3:23PM

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New on Rdio: !K7

Short for Kaiserdamm 7, the original address of their Berlin office, Germany’s !K7 and !K7 Records have been at the forefront of independent electronic music for over 25 years.

First known for !K7 Records’ innovative DJ Kicks albums, this was one of the first compilation series that asked well-known underground DJs to create mixes emphasizing their signature sound while sharing their unique musical influences. Dozens of artists, including Kruder & Dorfmeister, Carl Craig and Chromeo stepped up to the challenge, blending and showcasing tracks that were often rare, previously unavailable, or only released on limited vinyl pressing. Simultaneously, the label championed individual artist releases, including critically acclaimed acts such as Matthew Herbert, Tosca, A Guy Called Gerald, Swayzak and Jimmy Edgar.

!K7 also distributes an acclaimed roster of artist-driven international labels including Damian Lazarus’ Crosstown Rebels, Dixon’s Innervisions, Tiga’s Turbo Records, and Wagon Repair from artists Graham Boothby, Mathew Jonson, Konrad Black and Loose Change.

Discover and listen to tracks from !K7 Records and its specialty imprints. If you need a primer, we put together a playlist featuring a selected discography:

!K7 Distributed Labels

Search the complete !K7 discography of artists and releases on their website, k7.com and stay up-to-date on new artists, albums, news and touring information, by liking K7Records on Facebook.

Previous label features include: Warp Records, Death Row Records, Get Physical, Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Kill Rock Stars, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  July 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Warp

A few record store clerks and a producer set out to create a music label of their own. Over twenty years later, their creation, Warp Records, not only left an indelible impression on electronic music but also brought about the creation of BAFTA-winning Warp Films and bleep.com, an online music and merch store. If you’d like to learn more about the label, read about Warp in the Labels Unlimited series. Listen to and add these classic Warp artists to your Collection, Queue and playlists.

Not sure where to start? Try the Warp10+2 Classics 89-92 or Warp20 (Unheard) compilations.

Newer Warp Artists

Classic Warp Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Warp Records, check Wikipedia or Warp.net. Follow @Warpbot and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: Death Row Records, Get Physical, Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Kill Rock Stars, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  July 5, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Death Row Records

Young Andre “Dr. Dre” Young teamed up with Marion “Suge” Knight Jr. in the early 90’s to form Death Row Records. Together, they released early albums from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and 2pac—and the rest of the Death Row Records’ story is long and involved. Although it went through some turbulent times, Death Row remains influential and iconic in its shaping of rap and west coast hip-hop.

Notable Death Row Rappers

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Death Row Records, check Wikipedia or DeathRowMusic.com. Follow @deathrowmusic and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: Get Physical, Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Kill Rock Stars, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  June 24, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Get Physical

Get Physical’s founders have seen the music industry’s inner workings from every angle. Of its founders, Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y and DJ T. are accomplished in an impressive list of roles: DJ, Producer, club operator and Label owner, to name a few. It’s not difficult to see how this team was able to put together a collective of artists known for their impact on electronic music, and their passion for creating tracks to “hit the nerve of the boiling dance floor.” Designed to get you dancing, dive into Get Physical’s catalog.

Get Physical Featured Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Get Physical, check Wikipedia or physical-music.com. Follow @GetPhysical and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: Sub Pop Records, Hydra Head Pschent Righteous Babe Records Kill Rock Stars Saddle Creek Yep Roc Hyperdub, ]Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  June 17, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Sub Pop Records on Rdio

Subterranean Pop, a fanzine started by college student Bruce Pavitt in 1986, was Sub Pop Records’ first incarnation. The zine’s written word gave way to bits of music as Pavitt created and sent compilation tapes between issues. Eventually Sub Pop released its first compilation LP, and an album from Green River. Next, Pavitt teamed up with Jonathan Poneman, who financed the first Soundgarden single and EP.

The two dedicated themselves to making Sub Pop a working label, shrewdly studying the success of other legendary labels and focusing on building the Seattle music scene (and Sub Pop’a brand). Then came releases from Mudhoney and Nirvana, and the Sub Pop Singles Club, which rewarded subscribers with a new single every month, ensuring they’d get one of the limited-release singles that frequently sold out in stores.

If you’d like to read more, Sub Pop’s rise is well documented, starting with a lengthy label history celebrating their 20th birthday, an exhaustive Wikipedia page, and a Pitchfork interview with founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman.

Twenty years later, Sub Pop has seen quite a bit of change, from the graduation of Seattle grunge to the adoption of bands like The Postal Service, Flight of the Conchords, The Shins and Fleet Foxes. They also weathered the switch from vinyl to cassettes and CDs to newer ways of listening to music, like Rdio. That’s why you’ll find Sub Pop Records’ music on Rdio, as well as their presence.

Follow Sub Pop on Rdio to see what they’re listening to right now. Plus, you won’t miss any of their great playlists, like Please Enjoy This Music, a playlist of bands Sub Pop is working with—some with records already out, and some from bands with new records coming soon.

Some of the Sub Pop staff’s Favorite Albums

Active Sub Pop Artists

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Inactive Sub Pop Artists

For an impressively long list of artists who are or have been on Sub Pop Records, check SubPop.com or see what Wikipedia has to say. Follow @SubPop and Like them on Facebook for news about Sub Pop artists, albums, and touring information.


Previous label features include: Hydra Head, Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  June 10, 2011 — 12:00AM