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August 31, 2011

{Cansei de Ser Sexy}

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Brazilian electro-dance-rock band Cansei de Ser Sexy or CSS (Portuguese translation 'I'm tired of being sexy') have just released their third full-length album La Liberación (via V2).

Here's the first single...

"Hits Me Like A Rock"

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{Korallreven}

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To celebrate their debut album by Korallreven, 'An Album By Korallreven', the Swedish duo have put out a free mixtape titled A Dream Within A Dream. There's a Brittany Spears remix, a Velvet Underground remix, as well as some lesser known tunes.

Download the mixtape (or purchase the album) right here

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{Blind Pilot}

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NPR is streaming Portland, Ore alt-country band Blind Pilot's new album We Are The Tide.

Stream the album right here

Purchase the album here

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{Husky}

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Monterrey, Mexico band Husky has been religiously touring the indie circuit. The song "Miami" is the catchy first single off their EP Weekend Lovers.

Have a listen...

"Miami"

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August 25, 2011

{Summer Dance Mix '11}

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I meant to put this out after my original Summer Mix, but hey better late than never!

Have a listen...

"Summer Dance Mix '11"

Here's the track listing:
Toomy Disco - "Outstanding" (Gap Band)
Los Rakas - "Abrazame"
(Uproot Andy Remix)
Alfonzo - "Don't Stop"
Cicada- "Psycho Thrills"
Liquid Liquid - "Cavern"
Artful Dodger (ft. Craig David)- "Re-rewind"
Mike & Cody - "Let's Go"
Adrianigual - "Me Gusta La Noche"


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August 24, 2011

{Ryan Adams}

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Ryan Adams' put out the first single "Lucky Now" off his forthcoming album Ashes & Fire (due out on Oct. 11th). I just can't stop listening to this song.

Have a listen...


Lucky Now by ryanadams

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{Youth Lagoon}

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With simple melodies and slow building lo-fi anthems Youth Lagoon gets comparisons to something of a cross between Perfume Genius and Washed Out. Fat Possum signed the Boise-based singer/songwriter (Trevor Powers) and are set to re-release his full-length debut, The Year of Hibernation, on September 27th. This album sort of sneaks up on you, and it just might land in my top ten of the year.

They are giving away two tunes "July" and "Cannons"...



Here's one more "Daydream"...


Youth Lagoon - Daydream by bangkokerror-2

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August 23, 2011

{Andrea Echeverri}

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Andrea Echeverri's (of Colombian rock band Aterciopelados) new album Dos is now streaming over on NPR.

Lsten to the album in it's entirety right here

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{Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin}

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Springfield, Missouri indie pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have released a new double album called Tape Club (via Polyvinyl Records). It's a 26 song collection of unreleased songs, B-sides, and remastered rare recordings that span the length of their 10-year career. You can stream the whole album over on SSLYBY Bandcamp page.

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{The Rapture}

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NY post punks The Rapture are set to release In The Grace Of Your Love (via DFA Sept.25th). I've spent some time with the album and it's grown on me quite a bit. There are however, a few standouts for me that I feel compelled to mention.

There’s the house piano driven single “How Deep Is Your Love?”...


The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love by DFA Records

The accordion driven dance tune (with a breakdown at the 2:50 mark)...


The Rapture - Come Back To Me by hugsandgus

The laidback and insanely catchy mid-tempo tune...

"It Takes Time To Be A Man" (courtesy of Fluxblog)

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{Naturalesa Salvatge}

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I'm really digging lo-fi Barcelona group Naturalesa Salvatge's ('Wild Nature') new EP titled Una llum infinita. The '90s indie rock spirit is alive and well with them.

Here's a couple standouts...





Or listen to the whole thing right here (or here)



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August 18, 2011

{Francisca Valenzuela}

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The Chilean pop army continues with Francisca Valenzuela, who has gotten less rock and more pop on her latest album Buen Soldado. The album is a mix of Fiona Apple influenced ballads and really great Chilean pop (in the last few years, Chile has become a breeding grounds for incredibly good pop music). Have a listen to some songs from what might be one of the best pop albums released this year.

"Quiero Verte Mas"...


Quiero Verte Mas by franciscavalenzuelamusic

"Que Seria"...


Que Sería by franciscavalenzuelamusic


"Mujer Modelo"...



"Los Que Siempre Arrancan"...



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{Girls}

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San Francisco’s Girls will release their second album and third record Father, Son, Holy Ghost on September 13th. The album comes two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club). It's got a more of a psychedelic vibe than anything they've done, but there's still some of their signature pop tunes ("Saying I Love You", "Magic", "My Ma").

Have a listen...

"Saying I Love You" (Courtesy of Fuck Yeah! Go Team!)

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{Black Rebel Motorcycle Club}

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Volume 3 of the True Blood soundtrack includes a reworking of The Zombies’ classic “She’s Not There” recorded by Neko Case and Nick Cave and a new version of the True Blood theme song “Bad Things” re-imagined by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Here's the track listing:
1. “Season Of The Witch” - Karen Elson featuring Donovan
2. “Me And The Devil” - Gil Scott-Heron
3. “Te Ni Nee Ni Nu” - Slim Harpo
4. “She's Not There” - Neko Case and Nick Cave
5. “Hitting The Ground” - PJ Harvey and Gordon Gano
6. “Spellbound” - Siouxsie and the Banshees
7. “9 Crimes (Demo)” - Damien Rice
8. “Cold Grey Light Of Dawn” - Nick Lowe
9. “Hell's Bells” - Cary Ann Hearst
10. “Gonna Be A Darkness” - Jakob Dylan and Gary Louris
11. “What You Do To Me” - BlakRoc
12. “Paradise Circus” - Massive Attack
13. “And When I Die” - The Heavy
14. “Bad Things” - Jace Everett
15. “Bad Things” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
16. “She’s Not There” Dick Isreal And The Soothsayer
17. “She’s Not There” L’Avventura
18. “She’s Not There” Paper Pilots

Have a listen to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's version of "Bad Things"...

"Bad Things"

Have a listen to the original...



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{Pallers}

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I've got Pallers hypnotic single 'Come Rain, Come Sunshine' on repeat. The song is off the Swedish duo's forthcoming album, The Sea of Memories, out Sept. 28 via Labrador. They refer to their sound as “dance music for the lazy, the blazers and for the slightly depressed”.

Have a listen...

"Come Rain, Come Shine"

Here's another standout...


Pallers - Wicked by EDPMC Vincent

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August 16, 2011

{Stephen Malkmus}

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Former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his post-‘90s band The Jicks are back with a brand new album, titled Mirror Traffic, which was produced by Beck (to release August 23rd via Matador Records).

Have a listen...

"Senator"

"Tigers"

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{M83}

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French dreamy electro band M83's catchy new single ‘Midnight City‘ ain't your typical summer anthem. The song is off the forthcoming double album titled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (to be released on October 18th on Mute Records).

Have a listen...

"Midnight City"

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{Los Jardineres de Bruselas}

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Argentine band Los Jardines de Bruselas new album Floating In Dreams is full of dreamy pop tunes and clearly draws some influence from The Pixies.

Here's a couple standouts...


Diamonds by Los Jardines de Bruselas


Los Jardines de Bruselas - Prisoner of the Past by Los Jardines de Bruselas

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August 15, 2011

{Yuck}

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Drawing comparisons to '90s indie rock bands like Sonic Youth and Pavement, London's Yuck's self-titled debut album has been taking up quite of my listening time lately.

Here's a couple of my favs...

"Stutter"

"Shook Down"...

Shook Down by Yuck

Here's their Insound Studio Session of "Stutter"...



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August 11, 2011

{The Beat is Law- Fanfare For The Common People}

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This is a documentary following the story of Pulp and the wider Sheffield music scene from around 1984 through to Pulp's success with Common People and their triumphant headlining appearance at Glastonbury in 1995. Themes covered include the miners' strike, industrial decline and the mass unemployment of the 80s; the band Chakk and the establishment of the FON studio and label; Warp records and the early techno/house scene. Richard Hawley's former band, The Longpigs, are also featured.

Watch the trailer here or right here...

The Beat Is The Law - Fanfare For The Common People: Trailer from thebeatisthelaw on Vimeo.



Here's the video for "Common People"...



Here's the video for "Disco 2000"...



Ok, just one more. Here's "Babies"...



Order the DVD right here (As of now I can only find oversea links. If I find a US distributor, I'll update this post)

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{DJ Raff}

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Chilean mixmaster DJ Raff makes his US debut with Latino & Proud, a d bi-lingual fusion of electronica. His song "I Need a Beat" (featuring Maka Melendez) is KCRW's is Today's Top Tune.

Have a listen right here

Hear more DJ Raff's Soundcloud

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August 10, 2011

{Visionary Sounds Music Festival}

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Hey locals, our friends over at Mucho Music are throwing their Visionary Sounds Music Festival on August 20th at The Echoplex in LA with acts ranging from electro-cumbia to hip hop to indie rock, to roots reggae. The lineup includes: Upground, Torreblanca, Master Blaster, Ninca Dioz, Orlando and the Shantelles, Viirey, Street Spirit, Andrea Balency, Josh (of Yellow Red Sparks) and more to be announced.

Here's a few tracks from a few of the artists headlining.

Nina Dioz "Prefiero El Asfalto"...



Torreblanca "Defensa"...



Orlando and The Shantelles "Solo Dios Sabe" (live basement version)...


Orlando and the Shantelles - Solo Dios Sabe (live basement version) by Orlando

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{The Interrupters}

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The film tells the moving story of three Violence Interrupters in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

This film is currently screening in select theaters

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Bunraku}

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Kind of on the fence on this one, I'll let you be the judge. The world of Bunraku is past and present, shadow-play fantasy, Samurai and Western all combined. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, and Kevin McKidd.

Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{I'm Glad My Mother is Alive}

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I'm Glad My Mother is Alive (Je Suis Heureux Que Ma Mère Soit Vivante) is a French film about a boy looking for his biological mother.

Look for the film in select theaters September 2nd.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Like Crazy}

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Like Crazy is a tragic tale of young love. The film stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones.

Look for the film in select theaters October 28th.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Anita}

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Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome meticulously cared for by her mother in Buenos Aires. One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed.

Anita is currently screening in select theaters.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life}

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Joann Sfar (comic book artist) delivers a biography of French singer Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). The film follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar, as well as his many relationships.

Look for the film in select theaters August 31st.

View the trailer here or right here...



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{Vandaveer}

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Alt-folk rock band Vandaveer recently released their latest album Dig Down Deep.

Have a listen...

"Concerning Past & Future Conquests"


Concerning Past & Future Conquests - Vandaveer by OWNImusic

"Beat Beat My Heart"...


Beat, Beat, My Heart by Vandaveer

"AOK"...


AOK by Vandaveer

Here's the video for "Dig Down Deep"...



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{Young Girls}

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Texas garage punk trio Young Girls have just released their self-titled album, which has been on my regular rotation lately.

Have a listen...

"Lil' Darlin"

"Mexico in December"

"Scene in Paraguay"...


Scene in paraguay by young girls

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{Ximena Sarinana}

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Ximena Sariñana has just released her self-titled English language debut album. I was skeptical at first, but Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Bird and the Bee) does a great job of playing to her strengths. Plus, she's unbelievably adorable.

Here's the video for "Shine Down"...



Here's the video for "Different"...



Here's the lone Spanish tune...


Ximena Sariñana - Tu y Yo by clubfonograma

Also, she made her debut on American tv on Jay Leno last night. Watch it right here

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{Dum Dum Girls}

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Dum Dum Girls give us a taste of their forthcoming album Only In Dreams (due September 26 via Sub Pop). You can download the slow rocker "Coming Down" in exchange for your email address.



Also hear them play (another new song) "Teardrops on my Pillow" Right Here

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{Jay Z & Kanye West}

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Jay-Z and Kanye West’s forthcoming album Watch The Throne drops digitally August 1st. Personally, I think the best moments come when they sample Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, or Cassius.

Have a listen...

"Otis"

"New Day"

"Why I Love You"

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{Jens Lekman}

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Swedish pop maestro Jens Lekman released the song "An Argument with Myself" off his forthcoming EP of the same name (out Sept. 23rd).

Have a listen...

"An Argument with Myself"

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August 03, 2011

{Ursula 1000}

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Brooklyn-based producer/DJ/multi-instrumentalist Ursula 100 (aka Alex Gimeno) is set to release his '60s inspired album Mondo Beyondo on August 16th.

Have a listen...

"Red Hot Mama"

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{Richard Buckner}

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Alt country/folk troubadour Richard Buckner returns with a new album titled Our Blood.

Here's one my favs...

"Confession"

"Traitor" (courtesy of RCRDLBL)

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{Neon Indian}

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NPR is streaming Neon Indian’s catchy new dance track "Polish Girl". The song is off his forthcoming album Era Extraña.

Have a listen...

"Polish Girl"

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{Wu Lyf}

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I've had UK indie rockers Wu Lyf's debut album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain on regular rotation lately.

Have a listen...

WU LYF - DIRT from LUCIFER YOUTH FOUNDATION on Vimeo.




Wu Lyf - "Cave Song" by Marco Collins

Also hear the moody rocker "Heavy Pop" courtesy of Altered Zones

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{Jon Spencer Blues Explosion}

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Jon Spencer covers Leadbelly's 'Black Betty' on a new split 7".

Have a listen...


The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Black Betty (split 7") by 1000songs

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August 02, 2011

{SBTRKT}

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I've had SBTRKT's (pronounced subtract) debut self-titled album on repeat lately.

Have a listen to standouts...

"Wildfire"

"Pharaohs" (courtesy of Blah Blah Blah Science)

'Something Goes Right'...


SBTRKT - Something Goes Right (feat. Sampha) by Aeros

'Hold On'...



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{Frightened Rabbit}

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Frightened Rabbit are currently on tour with Death Cab For Cutie and they released a tour EP simply titled A Frightened Rabbit EP. You can listen to all three tunes courtesy of Listen Before You Buy. I think it's worth my money for 'The Work' alone.

'The Work'(feat. Archie Fisher)...


Frightened Rabbit - The Work (Featuring Archie Fisher) by ListenBeforeYouBuy

'Scottish Winds'...


Frightened Rabbit - Scottish Winds by ListenBeforeYouBuy

'Fuck This Place' (feat. Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura)...


Frightened Rabbit - Fuck This Place (Featuring Tracyanne Campbell From Camera Obscura) by ListenBeforeYouBuy

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{Bandana Splits}

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The Bandana Splits are a vintage-inspired three-piece girl group. For their debut, the adorable Brooklyn trio borrow from Motown, Northern Soul, Brazillian Psych and Country Western.

Have a listen...

"Sometimes"

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{Never Let Me Go}

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I read and loved Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go. I put off seeing the film adaptation because I feared they would not do it justice. It wasn't horrible, but it was nowhere near as good as the book. The film did however feature what was only previously noted as a fictional song ('Never Let Me Go') by a fictional singer (Judy Bridgewater). The song is actually sung by Jane Monheit. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear this in the film and I've had it on repeat lately. Sorry if this is old news to some of you, surely this is news to someone!

Have a listen...

"Never Let Me Go"

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{Amy Winehouse}

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I (like everyone else) have been listening to quite a bit Amy Winehouse lately. This one is still one of my favs, just because I love that Northern soul-style beat.

Have a listen...

"He Can Only Hold Her"

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{Free Sampler Download}

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NPR is offering a free music sampler through eMusic. This sampler is available for free to U.S. residents only. The offer expires August 23rd. You do not have to be an eMusic subscriber to enjoy this sampler.

The sampler features tunes from: Washed Out, A Tribe Called Quest, Gaby Moreno, Little Dragon, Brian Eno,and more.

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{Drake}

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Drake just dropped the potential first single "Headlines", off his forthcoming album Take Care. Apparently he's been working With Stevie Wonder.

Have a listen...

"Headlines" (courtesy of Fader)

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