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The Most Important Music Links on the Web EVER (for now)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. How many of you hit the stores at the crack of dawn for some Black Friday fun? Any big scores you want to tell us about? Any amazing music deals going on today for Cyber Monday that we should know about? If so, let us know below!

LinksIt’s that time again when we share with you some of the most important music links on the web EVER (for now). I love these posts because it gives us a chance to share with you some of the sites that WE like to frequent for good music, stories, and music news. There are so many wonderful music sites out there, and we like to touch on some new ones each time we put together a Most Important Music Links on the Web EVER (for now) post. Hopefully we’ll turn you on to a few sites and sounds you hadn’t heard about before.

Cover Me – Cover Me has an extensive list of the hottest and most interesting holiday albums you can grab this season.

The 6149 – Our friend Judd at The 6149 has another excelled Rock & Roll Three Way post up on the site featuring The Doors, The Band, and Big Joe Turner. It also includes a bonus cut from Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcom. Dig it.

Slicing Up Eyeballs – Slicing Up Eyeballs will debut a brand new weekly radio show on Strangeways Radio tomorrow. The show, like the site, will spotlight the classic indie, post-punk, synthpop and alternative music of the college-rock era. More details and links to listen are included in the post.

Indie Rock Cafe – A little something to get you in the holiday spirit: Download More Indie & Alternative Rock Christmas Songs, Vol III: The White Stripes, Mark Kozelek, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips

Popblerd – Check out Popblerd’s highly entertaining Soul Train Awards Not-So-Live-Blog. Complete with pics, video, and humor, he covers it all from start to finish.

Blogness on the Edge of Town – Blogness has once again compiled a great list of Springsteen links and videos, including Jimmy Fallon giving the lowdown on the “Whip My Hair” number (with backstage video).

Jeff Vrabel – Speaking of Springsteen, this “OK, Self, you’re talking to Bruce Springsteen” post by friend of the site, Jeff Vrabel, is a must-read… and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Popdose – Popdose is back with its 15th Popdose Podcast, where the topic is Reunions… the reunions they remember the most, the bands they still want to see reunite, and the bands that should have stayed broken up. These guys are always entertaining.

Concert Vault – The Concert Vault on Wolfgang’s Vault has a great new concert up from Hot Tuna, live in March 1991. While there, make sure to check out today’s Download Deal of the Day.

TwentyFourBit – Hear Nick Cave cover 28 different songs by the likes of Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison, Ramones, and more.

Captains Dead – Captains Dead has a great treat for Black Sabbath fans… a rare show from 1970 that you can download and enjoy. Check it out.

My Old Kentucky Blog – MOKB premieres a new song from Colin Caulfield (aka Young Man), titled “Strangers”. Preview and download.

We All Want Someone to Shout For – Check out the new single from Iron & Wine, “Walking Far From Home,” which was released as an exclusive Black Friday single.

Pitchfork – Pitchfork has video of Liz Phair performing “Fuck and Run” at Matador’s 21st anniversary celebration in Las Vegas, along with some commentary from Liz herself.

Consequence of Sound – If you’re a fan of the New Kids on the Block and/or Backstreet Boys, you’re in for a treat. The two bands are coming together to co-headline a tour next summer, and CoS has a complete list of tour dates.

AntiDuckface – “Stop Making That Duckface!” This site never fails to make me laugh.

To close things out today, we’re once again providing you with some fun remixes we’ve found along the way. Man alive, don’t you just love a good remix?

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Into The Night (CFCF Remix) – Azari & III
Download: Honey Mine (Lissvik Remix) – Korallreven
Download: Cosmic Love (Slick Werk Remix) – Florence & The Machine
Download: Well, Well, Well! (Dan Clare Club Remix) – Duffy
Download: Muscle Museum (Soulwax Remix) – Muse
Download: Excuses (The Golden Filter Remix) – The Morning Benders
Download: When I’m Small (Chuck Brody Remix) – Phantogram
Download: The Antler Orchard (Peter Silberman Remix) – Ra Ra Riot
Download: Dancing With The DJ (Monsieur Adi remix) – The Knocks
Download: Heart is Strange (Active Child Remix) – School of Seven Bells
Download: That’s My Bitch – Jay-Z & Kanye West Ft. Elly Jackson of La Roux
Download: Dog Days Are Over (Yeasayer Remix) – Florence & The Machine (ft. Gilbere Forte)
Download: Cry So Well (Suntan Mix) – Typewriter
Download: Once And For All (Little Loud Remix) – Clock Opera
Download: Barbra Streisand (Nick Thayer Remix) – Duck Sauce
Download: Without Lies (Breakbot Remix) – Aeroplane

Kanye West Good Friday - The Joy

MP3: Kanye West – “The Joy” (feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi) + My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Tracklist


At the beginning of this G.O.O.D. Friday adventure, Kanye West said he wanted to release a new song each week until Christmas, and so far he’s on his way to doing just that. This week’s track is called “The Joy” and once again shows us that Kanye has got a LOT of friends. Contributors this week include Jay-Z, Pete Rock, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and Kid Cudi.

But in even BIGGER news, check out the latest straight from Kanye’s Twitter last night:

What is it we’re toasting, you ask? Take a look:

Say it with me, people: “WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!” The new album is DONE!!!! Check out the official tracklist below:

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Tracklist:

01. Dark Fantasy
02. Gorgeous
03. Power
04. All of the Lights (Interlude)
05. All of the Lights
06. Monster
07. So Appalled
08. Devil in a New Dress
09. Runaway
10. Hell of a Life
11. Blame Game/The Best Birthday
12. Lost In The World
13. Who Will Survive In America

Grab this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday track, “The Joy” below.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: The Joy – Kanye West (feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi)

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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GOOD Friday MP3: Child Rebel Soldier – “Don’t Stop” + Kanye West Updates on Album, Film, etc…

This week’s G.O.O.D. Friday drop by Kanye West isn’t so much by Kanye West, but by a trio he’s a part of.

Child Rebel Soldier is a hip-hop “supergroup” made up of Kanye West, Pharrell & Lupe Fiasco. They released a track, “Us Placers” back in 2007 that appeared on West’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape. The song ended up on Rolling Stone‘s Top 100 Songs of 2007.

So they’ve got that going for them… which is nice.

Well, this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday drop from Kanye West reforms the trio, and even I have to say that it’s a pretty frikkin’ cool track. I have no idea what they’re talking about, but it’s probably about not stopping something.

Anyhow, Kanye has had quite a week and I’m going to try to catch you all up on his going-ons. I swear, I think there’s more news on him on a weekly basis than there is about any other artist nowadays. What’s really crazy is that he’s going to keep it up until December. That’s a month and a half away. Wow. The guy’s on fire.

Cover art for new album via Amazon.com

– In case you didn’t know already, his upcoming album is officially called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I kind of liked the original would-be title, Good Ass Job, but since Kanye West doesn’t listen or care about a word I say, I suppose My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will do.

– Some of his G.O.O.D. Friday songs will appear on the record. The first song on the album is called “Dark Fantasy” and is produced by The Rza and co-produced by West and No I.D.

– The album drops on November 22nd. You can pre-order it here.

– He debuted his film, Runaway, in London. Prior to the screening, he explained, “Purple Rain, The Wall, Michael Jackson’s Thriller – I wanted to do a modern version of that.” I haven’t seen the film, so I have no idea what it look like… next time I’m on Kanye’s yacht, I’ll ask to view it.

– Kanye announced that the film would be packaged with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Sweet! Now I won’t need to ask about it next time I’m on his yacht, and I can focus on steering.

– The first single off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, “Runaway,” is available for purchase on iTunes.

– West remixed the song, “In For The Kill,” for La Roux and is planned to be in the video. La Roux is also set to appear on Kanye’s upcoming record as well. I scratch your back, you scratch mine! Nice.

– Other guests on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are supposedly Jay-Z, M.I.A., No I.D., Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Bon Iver and John Legend (who seems to be EVERYWHERE now).

Ok, I think that’s it. Did I miss anything, Kanye?

Sounds good to me, man. Good ass job!

Your Dig-It Download:

Don’t Stop – Child Rebel Soldier

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Kanye West – “So Appalled” (feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Cyhi the Prynce)

Kanye West tweeted the artwork for his seventh G.O.O.D. Friday track, “So Appalled”, pretty early yesterday. And not too long after that, he tweeted the link to the download.

“So Appalled” features RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Cyhi the Prynce.

I have no idea who most of those people are.

What I’ve been trying to figure out is how all of these people are involved in this track. I mean, that’s six people (including Kanye) for one track. That’s just a few dozen shy of another USA for Africa. They each appear to take a turn rapping, but isn’t that a bit too much? Can’t they get the point across with just three of them?

Anyhow, “So Appalled” doesn’t quite agree with me like his last few have. The track is over six minutes long and well, that’s about 3 minutes too long for me to sit through. I’m sure it’s a fine hip-hop track, just not one for me.

Kanye has been maintaining his Twitter presence… he talks about some random stuff, but recently he hit on something that people latched on to. Take a look at this tweet:

Then not long after that, he tweeted:

Kanye Lipstick Tweet

And he was right… check it out:

Then he tweeted:

Kanye Lipstick Tweet

I don’t get what he has against black lipstick.

Check out “So Appalled” below.

“So Appalled” – Kanye West (feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Cyhi the Prynce)

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

Kanye West Monster

New Music: Kanye West – “Monster” ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj


I just love following Kanye West on Twitter. One minute he’s tweeting about french fries being the devil, and the next minute he’s tweeting links to download new music.

Earlier this week Kanye announced that he’d be dropping one new song every weekend until Christmas, calling it “good Fridays” – or G.O.O.D. Fridays, to go along with his label name. Anyway, yesterday was one of those good Fridays, as Kanye dropped a track off his upcoming project with Jay-Z, a 5 track EP that he announced as Watch the Throne.

About three hours after announcing Watch the Throne, Kanye tweeted the following: ‘MONSTER’ ….. Happy GOOD Friday!!! The second song off of me and Jay album!. The tweet included a link his website, kanyeuniversecity.com, where you could download the track. As you can see on the image to the right, “Monster” features Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj.

Before even listening to the track, I read through some of the comments on Kanye’s site. It’s always fun to see what others have to say. And judging by the majority of the comments, I’m thinking they dig the track:

WHATSHOTNOW: that’s one kanye’s best song EVER !!

TAK08810: SHIT WAS FIRE. KANYE KEEPING HIP HOP ALIVE

DANILO: maannn WOWOW kanye donendid it again man i got to marte to see u cuz dats where tis nikka is from

FONZI: .OH MY FUCKING GOD.

FONZI (again): .BEST SONG EVER. FORGOT TO SAY THAT LOL OH MY FUCKING GOD.

Swizz Meatzzz YO KANYE THIS SHIT IS ILL AS HELLLLLL BRO

MATTHIAS: Bon Iver is so dope!!! But Kanye the drums are to quiet, please change the drums and make some more banging…like in the snippet…it would be the nr1 song!

MATTHIAS (again): The song is so dope Bon Iver killed it!! But are you happy with the drums? Need more banging, more poping more bass

Take a listen for yourself and let us know what you think… do you agree with MATTHIAS? Does the track, in fact, need more banging?

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Monster

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
Jay-Z on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
Rick Ross on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
Bon Iver on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
Nicki Minaj on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Kanye West – “Power” Remix featuring Jay Z & Swizz Beatz


Ever since Kanye West revealed to Angie Martinez on Hot 97 that there would be a “Power” remix featuring Jay Z, fans have been waiting on pins and needles to hear it.

Well, the wait is finally over.

Based on the title of this post, you can probably guess that the remix finally hit the web. I mean, what ELSE could this post be about? Poundcake? Speaking of poundcake, I tweeted that I would LOVE some… and then got a reply from @blueben that said, “One pound of butter, one pound of sugar, one pound of flour. Get to it!” I was SHOCKED!

THAT’S the recipe for poundcake????

I couldn’t believe it! I’ve been eating poundcake my entire life… do NOT tell me that I’ve been shoving one pound of sugar, butter, and flour into my body! That’s just disgusting! But so is mayonnaise…

So anyway, I did a search for “poundcake recipes” and discovered that THIS is the way grandmother makes it (courtesy of allrecipes.com):

Ingredients
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
1 teaspoon butter flavored extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and water. Beat until moistened. Add eggs and beat well. Add flavorings. Beat 6 to 8 minutes on medium high speed. Batter will be very thick.
Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Pretty cool, huh? Well, so is this remix.

Take a listen and knock yourself out!

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Power (Remix featuring Jay Z & Swizz Beatz)

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]