Rdio Playlist: 35 Songs to Get Up &…Work?

Working from home gives me the opportunity to dj my life for 8+ hours a day. I rely pretty heavily on Rdio these days as it has everything I loved about other streaming music services: artist specific radio stations, playlist, good coverage of new releases, and lots of indie and electronic. It also built on some things I didn’t like about other services, specifically the ability to listen ONLY to the artist you specified for an artist radio station, no overt p2p networking and it only costs $4 a month.

I spend a lot of time in darker droning music so I need something full of bounce and a little cheese to get me going sometimes. Here’s the 35 songs I’ve got on my upbeat get to work playlist currently. It’s good any time of the day but if I want to work after 10pm it’s the only way to go.

If you’re a rdio subscriber or if you have the free rdio account you’ll be able to listen to the playlist below, otherwise you will only get 30 second clips of each song. I highly recommend getting at least a free account as it does give you a decent amount of free, ad free songs to listen to each month. I signed up before I hit my limit but I listened for 2 weeks without running out.

Another night with my favorite band

Minus the Bear

Soundgarden at the Showbox 4/16/10


It was the coming of age of my 10 year old 5th grade self, that awkward pre-teen girl who lived in the glow in the dark Superunknown shirt. Jason and I were lucky enough to get 2 of the 700 tickets allotted for the general public thanks in part to KEXP/Slacker.com DJ Marco Collins who repeatedly encouraged people to sign up on Soundgarden's website.

I was barely alive in Soundgarden's glory days and aside from that I was in Oklahoma, but the importance of this concert wasn't lost on me. Quick peeks around online of people driving from California and catching flights from San Diego before the show was confirmed said enough. There was something new about Seattle that seemed to come alive in reverence, especially since it was a mess of rumors and possibilites of the "Nudedragons" until 12 hours before Soundgarden took the stage.

Photo by Matt Gamboa

At 10am an email went out to everyone on Soundgarden's email list. For many people those emails didn't arrive until hours after the show had sold out, myself included. Jason however got the email and had purchased tickets right at 10:08. A few dozen people who happened to sleep out on the sidewalk in front of Showbox at the Market were mostly (and unfortunately) left out since it was internet only. Doors were at 7.

Showbox has a left and right bar and the right bar was roped off for the 300 or so "friends and family" with special invites leaving no chairs for the rest of us. We took to an elevated perch in the left and drank and made new friends until the band finally took the stage at 10.

Then it was an hour and a half of Kim Thayil playing the sludge chords he perfected and Chris Cornell hitting the high notes that always set him apart. As for Matt and Ben, their constant smiles struck me more than their playing. Every single person in that building was just incredibly happy to be there, the band included.

There's a bootleg recording of the show floating around and you might be able to find it. It starts off rough as "Spoonman" had some speed and vocal edges, but the rest of it is completely solid including my favorite "Beyond the Wheel"

Muse at Key Arena

Muse last song of set

Muse Lasers

Key Arena iPhone Autostitch Panorama

1. The last song of the main set always ends with giant confetti filled balloons. 2. Lasers! 3. Bad panorama of Key Arena taken between the openers, Silversun Pickups, and Muse.

All iPhone pictures, the pictures of Muse taken with QuadCam and the panorama taken with the iPhone camera and stitched with the Autostitch App.


Minus the Bear poster

Just need to take a moment to call out what an awesome guy Jason is.

A friend works for a company that is music related and they frequently have artists come to their office and play. My favorite band for the last 8 years, Minus the Bear, played there today and being a Tuesday afternoon I couldn’t go. Luckily Jason went and saw a 4 song acoustic set from about 3 feet away. Then he got a poster signed by them all and had the lead singer Jake Snider personalize it for me.

Very sad I couldn’t be there, but this totally made my week.