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New Music Weekly - October 8, 2013

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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."*

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New Music Weekly - October 1, 2013

Justin TimberlakeHAIMLorde

This week, we’re turning up the volume full blast on the Warp Records debut of Brooklyn electronic experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never, a solo turn from legendary hip-hop producer Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fugees), the return of 311 frontman’s The Nick Hexum Quintet, and the latest from pop punk favorites All Time Low. And we’re just getting warmed up!

Our New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these releases and much more. It’s the quickest way to get you up to speed with the best of the new bunch, but you can also hit up the Rdio New Releases to put together your own playlists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lorde - Pure Heroine
    This New Zealand teenager who captured the world’s attention with her smart, skewering single “Royals” shows why she’s the real deal on this debut.

  • Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
    The sequel to this summer’s blockbuster The 20/20 Experience features appearances by Drake and Jay Z and an even more “grown and sexy” style.

  • Nelly - M.O.
    The St. Louis rapper’s seventh album tributes his home state and features unexpected collaborations by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Furtado, and Trey Songz.

  • HAIM - Days Are Gone
    The Haim sisters finally drop their dreamy indie rock debut, which won’t help them dodge the honor of continued Fleetwood Mac comparisons.

  • Dr. Dog - B-Room
    The psychedelic rockers’ eighth full-length release was recorded in the band’s new custom studio and reflects a more involved level of collaboration amongst the members.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Icona Pop on New Music Weekly

Fall head over heels for this week’s New Music Weekly video. “Then We Kiss”, from the new album by Swedish dance party duo Icona Pop, provides the sugary soundtrack to the effervescent animation.

We’re smitten with the beautiful work from video artist, Holbrooks:

"This track is saccharine sweet. Like most of Icona Pop's music, it is energetic but also romantic... in a kind of caffeinated, high-gear way. We were looking for a way to underscore the aspect of romance and attraction. Our jumping off point was the culture of online dating that has become so prevalent. Because the track is so quick and bubbly, we wanted it to feel almost like a session of speed dating that ends in a real love connection. The idea of new love born out of online encounters seemed to fit perfectly with the song and also gave us the opportunity to offer a bit of commentary regarding the state of relationships in an increasingly digital age."

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New Music Weekly - September 24, 2013

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This week, we are excited about the return of singer Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star after a 17-year recording absence. We’re also amped for new albums from Jamaican dancehall veteran Mr. Vegas, West Coast house and techno producer Claude VonStroke, and Canadian electro-jazz act Misteur Valaire. And that’s just to name a few!

Start with our New Music Weekly playlist for our recommendations of the very best of what has just come out, including these artists and much more. If you’re hungry for further sonic exploration after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases section.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the seminal Seattle band released the final album, but the Anniversary Edition expands the picture with the inclusion of pre-album demos.

  • Icona Pop - THIS IS...ICONA POP
    The sassy Swedish duo behind the carefree dance number “I Don’t Care” return with more party anthems like “All Night” and “Ready for the Weekend.”

  • Drake - Nothing Was The Same
    With a tribute to Wu-Tang Clan and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the rapper/crooner’s third album reaches back as well as into the future.

  • Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
    The Followills return with more of the same powerful guitars and anthemic vocals that have made them multiplatinum-selling Southern rock heroes on their sixth full-length.

  • CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
    A fun full-length debut from a Scottish synthpop act with a growing fan base thanks to tours with Passion Pit and Depeche Mode.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Elvis Costello and The Roots on New Music Weekly

Is this the epic collaboration of the year or what? Elvis Costello and The Roots join forces on the new album, Wise Up Ghost, out today. We couldn’t help but feature the track “Come The MEANTIMES” from these cool cats in our shiny New Music Weekly video.

We’re not the only ones whose minds were blown by the music. Video artist Bart Hess weighs in on the bold-as-brass sound:

"After hearing the track I wanted to create a brass band, an extraordinary brass band. The heads of the musicians are reshaped into golden instruments, which the band members hit and blow to create shape and sound. The video is a play on elastic materials that I gave a new appearance using light and shine spray while molding them over objects that transform the face."

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New Music Weekly - September 17, 2013

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This week’s new releases bring goodies from Nashville heartthrob Billy Currington, Disney star Zendaya, the piano-rock of Five for Fighting, and the party pumping prowess of Norwegian electronic star Ralph Myerz, just to name a few. Our New Music Weekly playlist will give you a peek at the best songs from these artists as well as key players highlighted in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready to take on the complete catalog of what’s available this week, click over to the Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Devil Wears Prada - 8:18:00
    The prolific metal band (who, for you fashionistas, aren’t associated with the film of the same name) returns right on time with a fifth full-length of relentlessness.

  • Grouplove - Spreading Rumours
    The indie pop darlings behind Never Trust a Happy Song are back with extra sassiness on their sophomore effort.

  • Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
    This unlikely collaboration was borne out of Costello’s musical appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots are the house band.

  • The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves
    The second album from these New Zealand-based alt-rockers is buoyed by the fun single “Hearts Like Ours.”

  • Tom Odell - Long Way Down
    The young British singer-songwriter has already been winning over fans and critics in the UK with this debut album.

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New Music Weekly - September 10, 2013

Arctic MonkeysArcade FireThe Weeknd

Where to start with this week’s new offerings? You can have a wee boogie with Scottish post-disco artist Grum and chill out with American psychedelic soul family The Stepkids, admit that you swoon for country star Keith Urban, and rediscover your love for The Clash via three new compilations.

Our New Music Weekly playlist, supported by the Playlist Notes below, brings you a taste of these and other releases that we think really stand out right now. And if you’re the kind of music listener who wants more, the Rdio New Releases section has plenty more to hear right now.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Arctic Monkeys - AM
    The fifth effort from the indie rock giants pays tribute to the Velvet Underground in title (a reference to the classic VU album) and includes a collaboration with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age.

  • 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S II #METIME
    The ATL rapper drops a swagged-out sequel to his last gold album to proclaim that his time has come.

  • The Weeknd - Kiss Land
    After a trilogy of hotly-tipped mixtapes, the dreamy Canadian singer unleashes an official debut featuring his friend and supporter Drake.

  • Sean Kingston - Back 2 Life
    The international pop star’s third album, featuring guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, and more, is all the more meaningful since it’s the first since his near-fatal jet skiing accident.

  • Arcade Fire - “Reflektor”
    The title track off the band’s forthcoming album, due out on October 29, is the centerpiece of a short film produced with Google.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: MGMT on New Music Weekly

This is a very special week for our New Music Weekly video. Get an exclusive 15-second taste of MGMT’s self-titled new album and the “Optimizer”, the unique visual accompaniment created by the band. Experience the entire album and video right here — you'll only find the one-week preview on Rdio!

Let video artists Andrew Benson, Alejandro Crawford, Emilio Gomariz, Geoffrey Lillemon, and Chris Timms transport you out of this world:

"MGMT's psyche-pop space-rock has always hinted at alien, other-wordly origins; a rich territory for the possibilities of CGI and virtual worlds. Drawing on the unnatural vibrant colours and strange and mysterious landscapes of alien worlds, each of the artists who contributed to the optimizer project presents their unique virtual illumination of MGMT's alien origin, produced and arranged by MGMT's live show video instrumentalist Alejandro Crawford."

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Volcano Choir on New Music Weekly

Engulf yourself in a forest of sound with this week’s New Music Weekly video. We paired the track “Dancepack” by Volcano Choir, a project from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, with production crew Wolf & Crow and artist Chad Howitt to create an artificial world of real artistry:

"I grew up in a small town called Los Angeles, where my first job was at a record store. I've worked with people who moved here from other places, and watched their hopes and dreams get crushed by the city, turning them inside out. This was my inspiration.

Also, because we have minimal amounts of nature here, I thought it best we recreate it on the computer. Live action casting for stag beetles didn't go very well at all. There were also issues with trying to put lights inside of them."