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. As we noted yesterday, David Bowie’s got a “Golden Years” app coming out in a couple of months. Turns out it’s actually going to be promoting a “Golden Years” EP, featuring four remixes done last year by KCRW DJs. You can stream all four of them over at KCRW’s site. The niftiest is probably the Jeremy Sole version, which applies Bowie’s original vocal to a totally new–but retro–backing track. It’s a quasi-mid-’70s Jamaican arrangement, played by a bunch of musicians associated with the Daptone Records crew, led by Antibalas/Amy Winehouse keyboardist Victor Axelrod. (And the whole thing was recorded on analog tape on pre-1975 equipment.)

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2. Liturgy are a black metal band from Brooklyn–very powerful, very aggressive, incredibly smart. Over at the Village Voice‘s Yes In My Backyard blog, there’s an interview with the band, and a free MP3 of the “keystone” of their forthcoming album Aesthethica: “Generation,” a flabbergasting seven-minute ultra-prog instrumental carpetbombing of a single chord with an impossible rhythmic figure. It’s the headiest headbanger of the year so far.

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3. The legendary British punk band Wire first convened in 1976, and they’ve played together in several incarnations since then (separated by a couple of protracted intermissions), radically retooling their sound and style with nearly every record. They’re currently on tour in the U.S., promoting their new album Red Barked Tree; these days, they also have a label of their own, Pink Flag (named after their first album), and offer a nice sampling of free MP3s, some of them previously unavailable recordings. Start with the new “Two Minutes” and the vintage “Dot Dash” and “Heartbeat.”