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New Music Weekly - November 18, 2014

Soundtracks get some peak screen time in this week’s New Music Weekly playlist with highlights from Annie (featuring Sia) and the new concert film by Depeche Mode. There’s also a spotlight on veteran stars such as Bryan Ferry and international electronic acts like France’s Gotan Project and Canada’s Loscil, but you’ll hear much more once you press play. Subscribe to get the new playlist each week and hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • TV On The Radio - Seeds
    The Brooklyn indie rock act known for conscious chaos adopts a more melodic approach to love songs on the fifth album.

  • One Direction - Four (Deluxe)
    The fourth album from the English-Irish boy band titans topped pre-sale charts around the world before release.

  • Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    The debut album from the fusion-minded classical/electronic group hit number 3 in their native UK.

  • Ariel Pink - pom pom
    The provocative LA artist who is known for ruffling feathers returns with a new album of smart retro pop.

  • Thalia - Amore Mio (Deluxe Edition)
    The 12th studio album (and 17th overall) from the Latin pop siren features a more acoustic feel.

  • Willow - 3
    14-year-old actress and singer Willow Smith (daughter of Will and Jada) drops a sophisticated and soulful EP.

  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address (Explicit)
    The eighth album from the Canadian rockers tries on some stylistic departures, such as a collaboration with rapper Flo Rida.

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#MonoMonday: The Smiths - "Hatful of Hollow"

Less than a year after The Smiths released their self-titled debut album in 1984, the band emerged with Hatful of Hollow, a compilation album of singles, B-Sides and songs recorded at BBC Radio 1 that has come to be just as seminal. Though three decades have passed, this collection remains a timeless reminder of the potency of this legendary British act.

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#MonoMonday: Kraftwerk's "Autobahn"

Kraftwerk, the pioneering German act that has put its indelible stamp on hip-hop and electronic music for nearly half a century, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its fourth album Autobahn. The cruising 22-minute title track about the infamously fast motorway was an international hit and broke the group from experimental circles to mainstream exposure.

Listen to Autobahn (2009 Remastered Version) to hear how the “robots” were architects of sounds that are still relevant today with the benefit of modern engineering.

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#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favorite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”

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Trick or Treat: Rdio’s Halloween Stations Are Alive!

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Relax, Rdio’s Halloween Stations have you so completely covered for the holiday, all you really have to worry about now is what your costume will be and how much candy you plan on eating. (Pro tip: The calories don’t really count when everything is “fun sized.”)

Whether you are having a Halloween party, looking for the perfect soundtrack to wait for your trick or treaters or simply want to be filled with the spirit of the occasion, there are plenty of options to consider:

Halloween Hits Station – A genre - and sometimes gender-bending mix of hallowed hits by everyone from Marilyn Manson to Johnny Cash.

Heavy Halloween Station – Black Sabbath, KISS and Iron Maiden lead the hard rock Halloween charge.

Halloween Party Station – Let Michael Jackson, Outkast, New Order and other party kings pump up your crowd.

Hipster Halloween Station – Beach House, Echo & the Bunnymen and more spin the indie take on All Saints’ Eve.

Country Halloween Station – Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn herald the holiday with a country twist.

Halloween Sounds Station – Tune in for all the creepy sounds of Halloween horror from things that go bump in the night that you could possibly need.

Kids’ Halloween Station – Disney favorites, the cast of Glee and more make for a child-friendly playlist.

Happy Halloween Week!

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#MonoMonday: Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

Though Thriller wasn't released until a month after Halloween in 1982, Michael Jackson's seminal album is still an ardent tribute to the holiday that embraced the King of Pop's passions for costume and fantasy — as best evidenced in the glorious 14-minute music video for the title track that's replete with dancing zombies shaking their dead thangs. Halloween week is the perfect time to relive the Jackson magic or discover this mega-classic and best-selling album of all time for the very first time.

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#MonoMonday: John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy"

Time to turn back the clocks to 1980 to experience Double Fantasy, the epic final release by John Lennon. A double album recorded with his wife Yoko Ono, it marked a renaissance in creativity for the artist, who hadn’t released any albums in five years and who had also had a near-death sailing experience. It is also the tragic last output from the beloved artist, who was killed just a few weeks after the release. Happily, the musical legacy of John Lennon will live on forever. Double Fantasy is just your starting point for his work that’s now available on Rdio, including eight studio albums and collector’s compilations. Listen to them all today.

Studio Albums
Double Fantasy
Milk And Honey
Plastic Ono Band
Rock 'N' Roll
Imagine
Mind Games
Sometime In New York City
Walls And Bridges

Compilations
Gimme Some Truth
Signature Box
Power To The People - The Hits

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5 Questions with Cliff Martinez, Composer of "The Knick"

Film composer Cliff Martinez may have begun his career as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but in the past two decades, he has emerged as one of Hollywood's most prolific film composers. A long-time relationship with the director Steven Soderbergh has led him to collaborate on over a dozen projects from Sex, Lies & Videotape to Solaris and Contagion. Recent acclaimed work includes his score for Spring Breakers and Drive. Out today is his latest project for Soderbergh's new medical drama, The Knick, currently on Cinemax.

1. When you think of a TV show set in turn of the 20th century New York, you don’t normally imagine a very modern score full of haunting synths. What made you choose this sound?

The choice to go modern was Steven’s idea. Many of the ideas for sounds came from Steven’s temp score, which included Contagion, Spring Breakers and Only God Forgives.

2. You began your career as a drummer (for the Red Hot Chili Peppers) before you became a composer. Do you think first and foremost in beats and rhythm? Or has that changed over time?

Sometimes, yes. Tempo is one of the first parameters I try to figure out before any actual writing begins. If rhythm or beats feel like they will be dominant elements in a scene, then I will often start with that.

3. Do you imagine the sound of it evolving as the show transpires? What new sound elements would you like to add?

I can’t say for sure until I see it. I can imagine another minimal electronic score but perhaps with a hint of the diverse ethnicity that was transforming New York in 1900.

4. You’ve worked with Steven Soderbergh almost a dozen times over many decades. What have been your favorite musical moments together?

One that comes to mind is Kafka. I went to Prague to watch the film being shot. Steven introduced me to a Czech bar band (that is featured in the film) and we both fell in love with an exotic East European folk instrument called the cimbalom. We both knew that that would be the dominant instrument to be used in the score.

5. The Knick has already been picked up for a 2nd season. Are you going to continue with the project?

I haven’t been asked officially but if I was, yes I would continue with it.

Watch The Knick Fridays at 10pm ET/PT on Cinemax.

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Who's Buzzing at SXSW: Rdio Influencers Share Lineups & Picks!

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As the music portion of South by Southwest gets underway this week our amazing Rdio Influencers have put together a buzzworthy swath of playlists that feature bands to see, lineups at the various SXSW parties, and picks for who to keep an eye on (whether you're in Austin or sitting in the comfort of your own home).

Check out these Rdio playlists to help guide your SXSW experience and check out the artists that will be blowing up this week in Austin — and beyond!

New York City based Music blog Brooklyn Vegan helps you cut through the SXSW clutter with 3 killer playlists that highlight their picks for Best of SXSW 2014, NYC Artists @ SXSW 2014, and a special edition for bubbling up metal bands, SXSW 2014 Metal.

Need an indie fix? The Dumbing of America brings you The Best SXSW Indie Bands featuring their favorite bands at the festival who will keep your indie cred alive and make your hipster heart go a-flutter. Check out tracks from Eagulls, Hospitality, OFF!, Ski Lodge and much more.

Our satirical friends at The Onion want you to take this playlist seriously! Music Editor Marah Eakin has put together a selection of favorite artists at SXSW 2014 to guide you through the SXSW noise with picks that include Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings, Speedy Ortiz, and Jarvis Cocker.

Press play on ModCloth's SXSW Lineup Favorites for a curated sampler of their favorite artists to to see live in Austin this year, including Wye Oak, St. Vincent and Phantogram.

If you're down in Austin, don't miss the Paste Magazine music day parties — and listen to the stellar lineup on Rdio with Paste's 2014 SXSW Day Parties playlist featuring Wild Club, Thumpers, Lucius, and gardens & villa.

Our friends at Hype Machine have put together a playlist to preview the Hype Hotel at SXSW which will showcase 5 days of music picked by awesome blogs. Check out the lineup with Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel 2014 playlist and RSVP here to drop by Hype Hotel.

Want more scoop from SXSW? Keep up with Rdio at SXSW on our Twitter and Instagram pages and check out the artists playing SXSW Rdio Sessions here.

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The Voice Is Back: Blake Shelton Picks His Favorite Songs

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The Voice returns to NBC tonight at 8pm/7pm CT with Shakira and Usher rejoining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the superstar coaching panel. To celebrate the kick-off of our favorite TV singing competition (that doesn’t judge a book by its cover), we are turning our chairs around and thrilled to share this exclusive Rdio playlist from Blake Shelton himself.

Listen to Blake Shelton’s Favorite Songs for tunes by Team Blake singers and contestants from The Voice, along with songs from the show's coaches and advisors (including his wife Miranda Lambert).

Need more tunes to get in the mood for The Voice? Check out music from coaches Adam Levine of Maroon 5, R&B star Usher, and Latin sensation Shakira.

Want more Blake? Follow Blake Shelton’s artist page to hear more of his own catalog of work, including the hit album “Based On a True Story”.

Bring on the Blind Auditions!

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