MGMT’s new album a week early on Rdio

Controversy over how streaming service royalties are divvied up aside, I really enjoy our Rdio subscription. I listen to a lot more music, try a lot of things and find new stuff I really love in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise. Rdio are much more album-oriented than Spotify which I prefer too.

Just got an email from them promoting their exclusive access to the new MGMT album, along with a pretty trippy video experience that ties in with the music, called the OPTIMISER.

The triply crab-head humanoid thingy wants you to dance

Got to say, I’m new to MGMT but I seem to remember someone telling me about them before so I’m giving it a go and so far it seems like a sort of hippy funky electro psychedelic opera kinda vibe. I’m liking it, but I think a lot of that has to do with the dancing crab-head humanoid drawing me through a weird 1990s-era computerised vortex video effects. It’s not subtle, but it’s pretty fun! As you get drawn into the visuals, glance down to see the avatars of other Rdio users float along the timeline as they watch too. Which is nice.

Sign into Rdio now and check it out just for the weirdness. But you know – in a good way.

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The music of Harry Bosch on Rdio and Spotify

Michael Connelly’s series of crime thrillers featuring LA detective Harry Bosch are amongst my favourite reads of all time, rubbing shoulders with the creations of Chuck Palahniuk, Douglas Adams, Douglas Coupland and Jo Nesbo. The books are flavoured with references to the music Harry unwinds to and it was through these references that I was introduced, ashamedly late in life, to the likes of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Art Pepper and more.

There’s a handy page over at Michael Connelly’s site listing the artists, albums and tracks mentioned in all his books (including the non-Bosch books), and a link to a short Spotify playlist but that only has a dozen or so tracks so I thought I’d put together a fuller version using Connelly’s list.

I’m an Rdio subscriber so I’ve done one for both Rdio and Spotify:

The Music of Harry Bosch on Rdio

The Music of Harry Bosch on Spotify

Where only artists are mentioned I’ve left them out for now until I can research the best tracks to add. There’s also some gaps due to unavailability (the elusive Tomasz Stanko, please stand up) and I’ve elected not to include a few things (sorry Rod Stewart, you’re just not my bag, baby), but with around 50 tracks there’s plenty to get your ears around.

Enjoy – and if you’d like to suggest some additions feel free to get in touch in the comments.