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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

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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."

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New Music Weekly - September 3, 2013

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It’s an unquestionably diverse week for new music, which sees the second soundtrack to HBO’s Prohibition era series Boardwalk Empire and the return of Hawaiian reggae rock band Pepper as well as the anticipated debuts of Manchester indie act The 1975 and American reality star Tamar Braxton. Our New Music Weekly playlist, which includes these artists and many more, is your express ticket to the best songs of the moment. You can also take a trip over to the Rdio New Releases section to make your own playlist from the latest and greatest.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
    The singer-songwriter explores the range of emotions involved with grief with this album following the loss of a family member.

  • Volcano Choir - Repave
    Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon returns with his side project with former members of Collections of Colonies of Bees.

  • Ariana Grande - Yours Truly
    The Nickelodeon star has been compared to a young Mariah Carey, and she shows a similar affinity to rappers through collaborations with Big Sean and Mac Miller on this debut album.

  • John Legend - Love In The Future
    The crooner’s fourth album is executive produced by Kanye West and features a new collaboration with Rick Ross.

  • Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
    Trent Reznor’s eighth album under the mighty NIN moniker is also the first to be released in five years and motivated the reclusive star to tour again.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Black Joe Lewis on New Music Weekly

Show off your fancy footwork (and roller skating skills) with our 15-second New Music Weekly video. We’re blasting blues master, Black Joe Lewis’ funky-fresh track “Come To My Party” from his new album Electric Slave.

Let video artist Chat Howitt and production company Wolf & Crow skate you through the creative process:

"'Come To My Party' by Black Joe Lewis has that amazing old school funk sound and it makes you want to move. So those seemed like the two most natural points to focus on. To fulfill those needs, I chose a Pinto. Because nothing says 'retro', 'movement', and 'party', like a yellow Ford Pinto. NOTHING. I don't know where the roller skaters came from, but it seems to have worked out for the best."

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New Music Weekly - August 27, 2013

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If you’re hungry for new music this week, you can start by feasting your ears on the sweet Southern multi-instrumentalist Dent May, a debut from viral video sensations Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, feel-good dance music from Australia’s Charles Murdoch, or the latest from Buenos Aires’ psych rockers Capsula. Our New Music Weekly playlist will introduce you to the sounds of these and other artists who we think have put out the best releases of the week. The Playlist Notes below provide additional context on key releases. Once you’ve checked it out, you’ll be ready to tackle the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
    Four years on since the last album and Scotland’s indie rock leaders are back, this time with musings on a skeptic’s search for optimism.

  • Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
    The British synth pop ingenue expands on her momentous Halcyon album with 10 new songs

  • Big Sean - Hall of Fame
    The Detroit MC makes his bid for classic status with his second official studio album, which features appearances from Nas, Nicki Minaj, and more.

  • Juicy J - Stay Trippy
    The Three 6 Mafia man and Oscar winner enjoys a second wind with his newly popular solo career and a third album with guest stars like Justin Timberlake.

  • Black Joe Lewis - Electric Slave
    Austin’s new-school blues and funk leader, now sans his Honeybears, turns up the party vibes.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Typhoon on New Music Weekly

Creativity and inspiration bloom from our brains so it’s only logical that that’s what triggered the idea behind this week’s New Music Weekly video featuring “Artificial Light” from Oregon indie band Typhoon’s new album, White Lighter.

Get into the mind of Upperfirst, the video artist behind the beautiful short:

"The original core idea came from thoughts about the brain, about the idea that the brain is split into two parts, each very different than the other. One part is structured and logical, the other is creative and more chaotic. This made us want to explore contrasts more and we thought about old vs new, this is where the classic bust came from. We also wanted the colors to be strong contrasts, still with the different brain halves in mind. Colorful and chaotic versus structured and logical again. Rdio is a lot about discovery and this is why we started the piece without showing too much objects coming out and then spawning more and more as it goes. It was important that we had a good variety of objects to keep giving the impression of creativity and chaos. Inspiration came from corals. Corals have a great variety of shapes and colors but still stay in the same style universe. Therefore we mixed in plastic, glass and gold to keep playing with the contrasts and the chaotic feel.

Most important was the notion that creativity and beauty comes from the brain, that our creativity and imagination is limitless. We wanted to leave the viewer with a sense that the creativity would keep going, that the objects would keep spawning, keep creating and discovering wonderful things."

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New Music Weekly - August 20, 2013

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Looking for what’s hot and new? Music lovers, you’ve come to the right place! Among the highlights of the week, we meet two young rap voices, Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg and New Orleans-bred newcomer August Alsina, and welcome the return of blues act Tedeschi Trucks Band and punk-experimental duo No Age. But that’s just to name a few.

Our New Music Weekly playlist, supported by the Playlist Notes below, is designed to introduce you to these artists as well as what we think are the standout selections of the week. If you’re the kind of listener who prefers to do all the picking yourself, you can also head on over to the Rdio New Releases to browse all of the latest songs.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Typhoon - White Lighter
    Oregon’s indie pride and joy turns back on for an album that explores the emotions of a near-death experience.

  • John Mayer - Paradise Valley
    The guitar-armed crooner and tabloid magnet’s sixth studio album features his former beau Katy Perry and friend Frank Ocean.

  • Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    The 19-year-old rapper from the Odd Future collective emerges from island exile (aka boarding school) with his long-awaited debut album.

  • Jennifer Nettles - “That Girl”
    The Sugarland singer steps out on her own for this sassy single inflected with Spanish guitar.

  • Ludacris - “Helluva Night”
    Luda enlists the ratchet talents of DJ Mustard on the beat for a wild ride through an untame evening.