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New Music Weekly - May 20, 2014

Subscribe to our lovingly hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always be right on top of the best offerings. This week, we’re digging new albums by EDM star Afrojack and Mr. Bright Eyes Conor Oberst, singles from Keith Urban tourmate Jerrod Niemann and Chicago rap titan Lupe Fiasco, and delicious demos from seminal rockers Green Day. Plus we've got Miranda Lambert's new duet with Carrie Underwood performed at Sunday night's BBMA's.

Press play for highlights from these works and more illuminated in the Playlist Notes below and check back next Tuesday for a fresh set. And when you’re ready to tackle the complete collection, jump over to the Rdio New Releases and go crazy!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye (LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden)
    James Murphy’s acclaimed alt-dance act retired in 2011, but that final performance is finally available to relive or experience for the first time.

  • Phillip Phillips - Behind The Lights (Deluxe)
    The 2012 American Idol champ explores the power of love on his sophomore album.

  • Jason Mraz - “Love Someone”
    The singer-songwriter returns with an all-girl backing band called Raining Jane and the first single to the summer album YES!

  • Lady Antebellum - “Bartender”
    Belly up to the first taste from the country trio’s forthcoming sixth album as they look for love at the bottom of a bottle.

∞  May 20, 2014 — 8:56AM

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New Music Weekly - May 13, 2014

With so many new releases emerging in all genres, it’s a great time to be a listener with broad tastes. This week, it’s time to explore the highly anticipated debut from Southern electronic duo Sylvan Esso, take in the latest efforts from New York indie pop act Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Regina Spektor and Of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi and rising country star Sturgill Simpson. Also, pay tribute to the late Lou Reed with a new collection of his songs performed by Peter Gabriel protege Joseph Arthur.

Tune in to the New Music Weekly playlist to hear curated highlights from these and other artists who have just dropped fresh material. If you want to stay in the groove, you can now subscribe to the playlist, then check back each Tuesday as a fresh set drops. Don’t forget to visit the Rdio New Releases for the wide view of all the latest songs!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
    The soulful Swedish electronic act’s fourth album breaks out beyond the dancefloor into even more experimental territory.

  • Michael Jackson - Xscape
    The King of Pop’s prolific nature in the studio and some modern finesse from executive producers Timbaland and L.A. Reid made this second posthumous album of previously unreleased songs possible.

  • Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
    The incomparable singer unleashes an incredible 42nd album that includes a duet with Kenny Rogers and covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi.

  • Chromeo - White Women
    The cheeky electro duo’s fourth album is fleshed out with guitars and strings and features a motley crew of collaborators including Toro Y Moi, Solange Knowles, LCD Soundsystem and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

  • Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
    With songs inspired by visual artists like post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and photographer Diane Arbus, the singer-songwriter’s 14th full-length is an exploration of art pop.

∞  May 13, 2014 — 8:01AM

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New Music Weekly — May 6, 2014

This week's new releases mark the return of icons and classics, plus plenty of fresh and exciting faces. A great way to start tackling it all is with a little guidance.

First, try reacquainting yourself with Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li, British alt-rockers Morning Parade, the ultimate guitar hero Santana, or the always rock-chic Garbage.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these artists plus more picks for the most compelling songs that have just come out. After listening, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to explore even more.

And now our New Music Weekly playlist is dynamically updated each Tuesday. So subscribe once then check back to the playlist (from the left hand nav) each week for the latest new releases!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Hunter Hayes - Storyline
    The 22-year-old country singer and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana expands from his one-man-band self-sufficiency and brings in guest musicians for his sophomore album.

  • Lily Allen - Sheezus
    The British pop star with a knack for tongue in cheek grooves and courting controversy comes back all guns blazing, Yeezus style.

  • Tune-Yards - Nikki Nack
    Merrill Garbus’ third album (and second since 2011’s international breakout Whokill) reflects on time spent in Haiti and focuses on simple yet honest and dark messages.

  • Usher - “Good Kisser”
    It’s been two years since the R&B heartthrob (and coach on The Voice) has dropped an album, but he’s teasing his next full-length with this naughty sizzler.

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∞  May 7, 2014 — 1:11PM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Snoopzilla on New Music Weekly

Snoop Dogg has teamed up with SoCal producer Dam-Funk and adopted the new moniker Snoopzilla to produce the smooth but hard hitting 7 Days of Funk, which is available to stream exclusively on Rdio two weeks early with an Rdio-only bonus track.

7 Days of Funk shines with Snoop’s self-assured smoothness and fresh beats that blend with the retro vibe layered throughout the album. The funk masterpiece was a natural pick to spotlight in this week’s New Music Weekly Video Series, where new music inspires new art. Taking the stage with Snoop is video artist Golden Wolf, who plays puppet master with the Doggfather and Dam-Funk to create this whimsical motion art companion piece for the funktastic track, "Do My Thang."

On what inspired the concept video, Golden Wolf reminisced:

"We got a pretty instantaneous hit of visuals when we first heard "Do My Thang." Being children of the 80s it was a nostalgic mix of our parents' vinyl collection and kids TV like the Muppets and Fraggle rock. Building on this we knew we had to transport Snoopzilla and Dam Funk into the world of puppets. We felt that a track as simple and smooth as this needed a video that stripped away all the fuss and really let Dam and Snoop do their thing, 80s style."

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For Your Eyes and Ears: alt-J on New Music Weekly

 

It may be Thanksgiving this week, but alt-J’s new Summer Remix EP feels perfectly timed. The new EP compiles remixes by Jim James, Dave Sitek, Ben Lovett, The Internet of Odd Future, Hanz, and Ben De Vries. We are especially excited about the treatment “Dissolve Me” (Ben Lovett Remix) gets in this week’s extended-length New Music Weekly video. Where does your mind go when you listen and watch? Video Artist Oskar Wrangö tells the story of this week’s motion art:

"Great music always takes my imagination to new and interesting places. With this song Dissolve Me, I envisioned a fragile and special visual character. We embodied chemical substances and created something we have never seen before. It was also important for the narration to give this character a context as a strong contrast to it's appearance. Contrasts, form and color are always very important to me. Special things happen when music meet images, something bigger can appear if you are lucky. This short piece is an open story."

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Grizzly Bear on New Music Weekly

Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear is back with Shields: B-Sides, offering new tracks, demos, and remixes from their 2012 studio album. These songs are so stark and beautiful, we had to give Grizzly Bear the stage in this week’s New Music Weekly video. Artists Nessim Higson and Camille Herren shine the spotlight on the concept art:

"We took two bodies and wanted to morph them into an ecstatic, surreal and abstract dance performance that evolved over time. In order to abstract the film further and give it a unique look, we decided to distort, print, xerox and scan in every frame (yes, laborious) resulting in a starker contrast and unique texture."

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New Music Weekly - November 12, 2013

FlumeLady GagaThe Killers

This is the week that all the Little Monsters have been waiting for: Lady Gaga’s album release week. But before we get to ARTPOP, we’re enjoying a holiday offering from her pal Tamar Braxton, the new album from Mexican singer-songwriter Horacio Palencia, a 10th anniversary re-release from Southern metal act Lamb of God, and B-sides from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear. (You can’t say we don’t have eclectic tastes around here!)

Our New Music Weekly playlist will get you acquainted with selections from these artists and more (Mother Monster, too!) and the Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel. You can also click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse even more songs and albums.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Mother Monster’s highly anticipated third album features guest appearances by R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Twista, and Too $hort.

  • The Killers - Direct Hits
    Almost a decade after the first album Hot Fuss was released, the Vegas rockers have amassed enough successful singles for this retrospective including two new tracks, produced by M83 and Stuart Price respectively.

  • Flume - Flume: Deluxe Edition
    The Australian electronic producer who made international waves with his single “Holdin On” enlists Ghostface Killah, How To Dress Well, and Twin Shadow for his new mixtape.

  • Mariah Carey - “The Art Of Letting Go”
    Mimi returns with a classy taste of her upcoming album, an epic ballad about moving on from relationships.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Cut Copy on New Music Weekly

Let’s get metaphysical in this week’s New Music Weekly video. What do you get when you combine Cut Copy’s track off their new album, Free Your Mind, with the mind-expanding artists at Geremy & Georgie:

*“Don't think we're alone in saying that Cut Copy's “Dark Corners And Mountain Tops” conjures up images of bearded female gurus levitating into the 4th dimension while rainbow skeletons do rhythmic elliptical cardio in low rent gym monasteries ordained by day glow CPR angels puking up white flowers. It's just that kind of tune.”

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New Music Weekly - November 5, 2013

EminemCut CopyM.I.A.

November’s off to a great musical start on our stereo with the third album by dreamy English-Irish boy band The Wanted, the first new solo album in eight years from Creed frontman Scott Stapp, the return of mighty Bay Area rap duo Latyryx, and the latest from New Zealand’s psychedelic pop star Connan Mockasin. Our New Music Weekly playlist is an express route to the cream of the crop from these and other artists releasing music right now. You can also chart your own course through the latest and greatest by taking on the entire collection of Rdio New Releases. Choose your own adventure!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
    The reclusive rapper tries to capture lightning in a bottle again with the help of super-producer Rick Rubin and sequel-like references to his most important album.

  • Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
    The Australian synth-pop favorites unleash a fourth album with a clever international campaign involving billboards and a loosened-up vibe.

  • M.I.A. - Matangi
    The British singer and producer’s long-awaited fourth album features two duets with Canadian artist The Weeknd.

  • Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
    Originally recorded in 2002 and sold exclusively through Saddle Creek’s store to benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project, this holiday album is finally receiving its first wide release.

  • Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne
    Duets with husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger highlight Lavigne’s fifth full-length.

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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.”