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Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011
A long list of songs compiled to heat up the summer, including tunes from Wavves, Beastie Boys, Art Brut, Raphael Saadiq, Hooray For Earth, Elbow and more.

With the 4th of July holiday over, summer is in full swing and here’s a new tunes playlist ready to provide a soundtrack for everything on the list. From picnics and BBQs to hanging at the beach, the season is just meant to be lived outdoors. A bevy of new releases filled much of the space, rounded out by a few tracks saved from earlier in the year since they seemed more suited for summer. Enjoy!


 

1. “Make Some Noise” - Beastie Boys
Doing their thing since 1979, the Beastie Boys return with a new release, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. (The part one was put aside as Adam “MCA” Yauch underwent treatment for cancer.) This lead track is unapologetically recognizable as a Beastie Boys creation, finding new influences from the current music scene.


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Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011
Stream or download the new song "Culture of Fear" and get news on a Thievery's contest, tour and forthcoming live DVD.

Eighteenth Street Lounge‘s Thievery Corporation has kindly provided PopMatters readers access to the title track from their new album Culture of Fear.


“Culture of Fear” by Thievery Corporation


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Friday, Jun 17, 2011

New York-based Common Prayer released their cover of Talking Heads’ “Love -> A Building on Fire” this week. The song is the band’s first new material since last year’s acclaimed full-length debut, There Is a Mountain and is part of a compilation benefiting the O+ Festival, a progressive three-day music and arts showcase where participants are paid with free health, dental and other wellness services.


Common Prayer is joined on the O+ compilation by artists like Silent League, Tracey Bonham, Monogold and Hopewell, a band which also features Common Prayer’s Jason Sebastian Russo.


The O+ compilation can be streamed at the festival’s official website (opositivefestival.org), and Common Prayer’s Talking Heads cover is available as a free download. The track, which continues the band’s heady all-in approach to pastoral psychedelia, is something of a bridge between the debut album and their forthcoming second LP.


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Thursday, Jun 16, 2011

Duran Duran have had to cancel a number of dates on their tour supporting this year’s All You Need Is Now due to Simon LeBon’s vocal problems.


As sort of a consolation, the band are offering free downloads of their entire May 12 performance in Rome. The nine-song set was performed for a small audience of radio contest winners. It’s a nice mix of classics and standout tracks from the surprisingly strong new album. (via Slicingupeyeballs)


[Listen on Soundcloud]



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Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

This past Friday the former Smiths mainman, Morrissey, stopped by the BBC London studios to play three new tunes for Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 program. The songs, “Action Is My Middle Name”, “The Kid’s a Looker” and “People Are the Same Everywhere”, will ostensibly appear on the artist’s forthcoming album for which their is no release date set yet. [via TheNJUnderground.com]


Morrissey - Action Is My Middle Name (BBC Session) by TheNJUnderground


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