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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: The Dismemberment Plan on New Music Weekly

News of The Dismemberment Plan’s reunion got our toes tapping, and we hope this week’s New Music Weekly video gets you moving as well. Uncanney Valley is the first studio album from D-Plan since the D.C. band broke up 10 years ago. Cut loose to “Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer” and check out video artist Dvein’s vision for the animation:

“'Symbiosis' is as a game about the interaction of a character and a camera. He operates the camera with his movements: the zoom, the focus, the edition. He's an elegant guy, a modern classic, iconic, stylish. He is a stubborn control-freak but on top of that, he's a 'real good dancer'.”

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New Music Weekly - October 15, 2013

Pearl JamDavid BowieThe Dismemberment Plan

With Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, and TLC all offering new music right now, it’s a fine time for the return of international musical legends to work their magic. It’s also a strong week for Canadian music, with new releases from rockers Silverstein and electronic producer Tim Hecker, and we’re excited about the return of Stateside acts like Oakland’s Beats Antique and Portland’s Red Fang.

When you’re ready to check out these artists and more from the best releases that have just dropped, our New Music Weekly playlist will bring you up to speed with the quickness. You can also head over to the Rdio New Releases section to browse on your own.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Dismemberment Plan - Uncanny Valley
    20 years after the post-hardcore group first formed in Washington D.C., they’ve reformed and return with the first album in a dozen years.

  • Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
    The Seattle rock act’s tenth album is already being heralded as a rival to the group’s best.

  • TLC - 20
    This greatest hits collection is released in conjunction with the Vh1 movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and features “Meant to Be,” the first new song from the R&B group in a decade.

  • David Bowie - “Love Is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for DFA)
    More than a remix, this 10-minute reconstruction of a song from Bowie’s The Next Day album stars on an upcoming collector’s edition of the album.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: of Montreal on New Music Weekly

Get animated to of Montreal and our New Music Weekly video. We’re spotlighting the track "Triumph of Disintegration" from the Georgia rock outfit’s new album, lousy with sylvianbriar, which was inspired by Sylvia Plath, Grateful Dead, and frontman Kevin Barnes’ isolation experiment in San Francisco. The influences seem like downers but the new music and video should cheer you right up — at least that’s what artist André Saraiva thinks:

"When I received the track, I immediately thought Mr. A should be dancing around and doing magic tricks. The vintage image treatment is in line with my idea of this dancing magician gone wild."

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New Music Weekly - October 8, 2013

of MontrealMiley CyrusRJD2

There is undeniable youthful energy in this week’s new releases. We’re feeling it in the soul-stirring electronic pop movements of St. Lucia and the anthemic quality of Papa, the new band from Girls drummer Darren Weiss. You can hear it in the Southern rock of Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade and in modern acoustics of 17-year-old singer Ryan Beatty. And then there’s Miley. . . and so much more.

Our New Music Weekly playlist will fast forward you into the heart of the best songs that these artists and more have just put out. After you listen, head over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of what’s new.

Welcome to New Music Weekly: The turn up starts now!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • of Montreal - lousy with sylvanbriar
    Frontman Kevin Barnes left the band’s Georgia environs for some solitude in San Francisco and emerged with much of the writing for the 12th album.

  • Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
    One of Kanye’s favorite rappers (and one-half of Clipse), the Virginia MC steps out on his own with the help of West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.

  • Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
    After dropping two provocative singles and videos for “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the 20-year-old returns with Britney and more for a strong bid for the top of the charts.

  • RJD2 - More Is Than Isn’t
    The man behind the Mad Men theme emerges with his fifth album of electronic and hip-hop explorations.

  • Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
    The UK electronic producer drops his debut LP after months of making waves through the EDM scene.

∞  October 8, 2013 — 10:00AM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Haim on New Music Weekly

“Whoa” — it’s the first word that comes to mind when we blast Haim’s new album Days Gone By and watch the New Music Weekly video featuring the track “My Song 5”. The L.A. band of sisters have blown us away with their dream-pop debut LP and the video art by DVEIN moves us just the same.

*"Overall the sculpture embodies the duality found in everybody. The sculpture presents what the future expects from us and what we have left behind, all in a visual metaphor made of this elements.

We have two faces, one facing the past and the other one facing the intriguing future, an artificial construction of what is expected.The tentacles represent the organic order of the past, developing in unexpected ways, and the future is represented by the bust, geometric, perfectly handmade, but menacing and attracting. All charged by a motor, life, propelling us forward."*