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 Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 has been delayed for a couple of years–long enough that it used to be called Part 1–but it’s finally coming out next Tuesday. The entire album is streaming at its own dedicated site; they’ve also got a half-hour mini-movie called “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)” playing over at Hulu, in which Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen play the Boys of 25 years or so ago. (The short version of it is the “Make Some Noise” video, which features a ton of celebrity cameos.)

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2. The iPad (and now iPhone) game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP made a splash when it debuted a few weeks ago, in part for its distinctive music by singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie (who actually puts in an appearance or two in the game). Guthrie has now released his soundtrack as an LP–yes, on vinyl, as the spinning-record iconography of the game suggests–although it’s also available in digital form. The whole thing is streaming for free at Guthrie’s Bandcamp site.

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3. The great punk singer Poly Styrene died on Monday, April 25, just as her album Generation Indigo was about to be released. The single from it, “Virtual Boyfriend,” has its own video; it’s an electro-pop take on her familiar themes of technology, fakeness and desire. But to understand what she was famous for, you need to see her in her youthful, howling, braces-wearing glory as the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex in the late ’70s–check out the performance videos for “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” and “Identity.”