The Three Songs You Need to Download This Week

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There’s a lot of music online–more than most people have time to keep up with. That’s why you’ve got us. Every week, we’ll point you toward three excellent new downloads or videos from chart-topping stars, cult favorites and unknown geniuses.

1. The dance-rock geniuses of LCD Soundsystem played their final shows in their home town of New York a couple weeks ago, but they’ve still got at least one more recording due out. This weekend, for Record Store Day, they’re releasing a thumping cover of fellow dance-rock geniuses Franz Ferdinand’s “Live Alone”; you can hear it at Domino Records’ SoundCloud, along with a handful of other RSD tracks, notably the new Arctic Monkeys single, “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.”

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2. TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light came out this week, and rather than making a video for just one song, the Brooklyn rockers made videos for the whole damn thing–with ten different directors–and turned them into an hourlong movie, with interstitial material directed by singer Tunde Adebimpe. If you want a sample, fast-forward to the 45:30 mark for a pretty hilarious discussion of what TVOTR did during their year off, followed by the memorable video for “You,” featuring Adebimpe in a very familiar purple-and-white outfit. You can also download the rather INXS-ish “Caffeinated Consciousness” over at the band’s own site.

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3. The Baltimore-based rapper/singer/producer Blaqstarr has been collaborating with M.I.A. a lot in recent years. She returns the favor on his new Blaqstarr: The Mixtape (available as a free download), putting in an appearance on “Never Hesitant”; it’s a high-energy, all-over-the-place mix, also featuring guest shots by Talib Kweli and Mos Def (of the unrelated Black Star), some production by Diplo, and a gender-flipped cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.”

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