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. To commemorate the end of their most recent American tour, the neo-disco group Scissor Sisters have released an hourlong mixtape put together by the German DJ Boys Noize, featuring remixes of half a dozen of their own songs (including Erol Alkan’s take on the mighty “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”) among likeminded high-tempo Euro-house by other artists. Should you have the urge to work out (or just work it), Scissor Sisters Vs. Boys Noize is available as a free download–or in streaming form–at their own site.
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2. Music videos or cat videos? Why choose? The video (directed by Whitey McConnaughy) for the Chapel Hill indie-rock quartet Superchunk’s “Crossed Wires” suggests what bassist Laura Ballance’s cat gets up to when nobody’s around; to say much more would spoil the joke, but, you know, cats aren’t to be trusted. The Merge Records site has half a dozen free Superchunk MP3s, and the band’s own site has a bunch more freebies and streaming tracks.
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3. “Honor thy error as a hidden intention,” superproducer/”non-musician”/conceptual genius Brian Eno wrote in the 1970s. Eno has just announced a forthcoming album called Drums Between the Bells–a set of pieces, constructed around texts by poet Rick Holland, that use both human and machine voices. The first song from it is “Glitch,” streaming at Eno’s own site, and as its title suggests, it does miraculous things with the sound of digital errors.