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

It’s been awhile since we’ve shared some of the most important music links on the web EVER (for now) with you. There are so many wonderful music sites out there, and we try to touch on some new ones each time we put together one of these posts. Hopefully we’ll turn you on to a few sites and sounds you hadn’t heard about before.

LinksIf you’ve got some sites and sounds that YOU want to turn US onto, make sure to post some info and a link to the site down in the comments section. We may be busy with school (and crime fighting) these days, but we’re always interested in knowing what our readers are digging.

Here’s what we’re digging:

Popblerd – Check out Popblerd’s Popdose Guide to Raphael Saadiq plus a 20 track playlist he put together that represents the best Mr. Saadiq has to offer.

Concert Vault – Always great deals and downloads at the Concert Vault. This weekend you can download B.B. King Live at Fillmore East (New York, NY) Jun 19, 1971 – on sale for only $5. Check it out.

Blogness on the Edge of Town – Our buddy Pete writes about a woman who wants the chance to sing with Bruce Springsteen. So, she started a blog that she bills as “A Yearlong Campaign to Sing With the Boss.” Check out the post, interview, and free downloads of a couple of her Springsteen covers.

The 6149 – If you don’t visit TheSixOneFourNine.com on a regular basis, you are truly missing out on some great writing. Judd has an excellent post up this week titled Stronger Than a Cup of Coffee (afternoon edition): Coffee Schmoffee, these tunes pack a whollup, which features three songs stronger than a cup of coffee. Don’t miss it.

Popdose – Very cool post by the Popdose Staff: In Through the Out Door: Cover Songs We Heard Before the Classic Originals. Complete with commentary, video, and free mp3 downloads… another must-read.

Addicted to Vinyl – ATV always has the goods on upcoming shows, releases, re-releases, and more. In this post Matt takes a look at Joey’s Song: Volume One and Joey’s Song for Kids: Volume One, compilations with contributions from artists such as Del Amitri, Cowboy Junkies, Neko Case, Michael McDermott, Lowen & Navarro, the Crash Test Dummies, Matthew Ryan and tons more. Proceeds benefit the Joseph Gomoll Foundation. Great post. Great music. Great cause. Check it out.

Rolling Stone – Check out video of Justin Townes Earle at the Rolling Stone office playing some new songs inspired by his time as a homeless drug addict.

Listen Before You Buy – Listen Before You Buy is always sharing new music, videos, and news. Check out the new video for “Cameras” by Matt & Kim. While you’re there, check out their other posts… always new music to be discovered on the site.

Cover Me – Check out electro-rockers We Are Like the Spider covering both The Stooges and Ace of Base… yes, Ace of Base. Greg at Cover Me says, “The band takes a song that stalked many a grunge aficionado in 1993 and not only makes it listenable, but actually makes it enjoyable.” Do you agree? Stop by and see.

Captains Dead – Another one of our favorite sites to visit, Captains Dead features the duo Kort, which is a collaboration between Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Nashville’s Cortney Tidwell. Their new album, Invariable Heartache, is a collection of classic country-pop covers. Preview the album and grab a download of a track off the album, “Wild Mountain Berries”.

Consequence of Sound – For all (and we mean ALL) the news on upcoming festivals, check out CoS’s Festival Outlook section. While you’re there, check out the new Video Section of the site.

Tsururadio – Stop by Tsururadio to preview a few tracks off Starfucker’s latest album, Reptilians (out March 2011), and grab a couple free downloads off the album while you’re there.

Knox Road – Check out what the Chicago Tribune’s music critic Greg Kot has to say about the current state of music criticism in Knox Road’s latest post, [Hyper Hype Hooray] The War of the Critics: “May the best bloggers win”.

Indie Rock Cafe – A look at this week’s new releases, including highly anticipated albums from The Decemberists, R.E.M., and more. Plus, a bunch of free downloads from many of the week’s releases.

NPR – Speaking of The Decemberists’ new album, a couple days ago the full band performed the album for the first time in front of a live studio audience at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Swing on over to NPR to watch not only the performance, but also the band answering questions from the studio audience.

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

To close things out, we’re once again providing you with some fun remixes we’ve found along the way. Thank you always for reading and for being a part of TheFrontloader.com. Have a great weekend!

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: The Truth (Jump Jump Dance Dance Remix) – PNAU
Download: Days (Azari & III Remix) – CREEP
Download: I Know (Com Truise Remix) – Franklin
Download: Hot Mess (Duck Sauce Remix) – Chromeo
Download: White Nights (Twin Shadow Remix) – Oh Land
Download: American West (Solar Bears Remix) – Sun Airway
Download: Disque Oh! (Eumig & Chinon Remix) – BeatauCue
Download: Take Me Over (Thee Loving Hand Remix) – Cut Copy
Download: Mine is Yours (Passion Pit Remix) – Cold War Kids
Download: Power (Paper Diamond Remix) – Kanye West
Download: Slow (Van Rivers Remix) – Twin Shadow
Download: Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith) (Sane Smith Remix) – Crystal Castles

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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 Chain Heavy

MP3: Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli & Consequence – “Chain Heavy” + More

Kanye West drops another GOOD Friday track, this time collaborating with Talib Kweli and Consequence, both of which appeared on West’s debut album, The College Dropout.

It’s been another Kanye West kind of week. His new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, leaked and Rolling Stone gave it 5-stars, stating that “he [Kanye] makes everybody else on the radio sound laughably meek.”

I’m definitely looking forward to spinning the record. I’ve never claimed to be an authority on hip-hop, but since I’ve enjoyed all of his previous albums, I have no doubt that I’ll dig this one as well. Kanye is actually the only hip-hop artist that I have followed since his debut… I’ll admit that his (horribly stupid) antics have made it difficult to continue supporting his music, but I think he’s found his ground and hopefully this will stick.

I will say, though, that I’m kind of torn on what to think about West’s whole Today Show thing with Matt Lauer that happened last week. If you recall back in 2005 with hurricane Katrina, West basically called George W. Bush a racist by claiming that Bush “doesn’t care about black people.” Bush didn’t appreciate it, but West apparently apologized during the Lauer interview, saying that “I would tell George Bush, in my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist. But I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don’t always choose the right words. And that’s why I’m here.”

After Lauer played the apology for Bush, the former president was asked if he could accept the apology. Bush replied, “Absolutely. I’m not a hater, I didn’t hate Conway West, I was talking about an environment in which people were willing to say things that hurt. It wasn’t just Conway… Kanye West who was talking like that during Katrina.”

Well, all seemed pretty hunky-dory until West tweeted, “HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS” and “It was very brutal … It’s all a fucking set up!!!!”

So I’m left wondering what answers Kanye felt he was forced into. I guess we’ll never know.

West has cancelled his November 26 appearance on the Today Show. I wonder if that’s the best move on his part because that’s Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year… he just might be missing out on some album sales.

By the way, since I missed GOOD Friday last week (sorry), I’m including it below.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Chain Heavy (Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli & Consequence)
Download: Looking For Trouble (Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole)

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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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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MP3: Kanye West – “Don’t Look Down” (feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean)

Ahhh… another G.O.O.D. Friday track and all is well with the world.

Anyway, on to this weeks G.O.O.D. Friday track. This one features Mos Def, Big Sean, and Lupe Fiasco… at least I recognize these names.

There have been a couple of interesting bits of news for Kanye West this past week. First off, he revealed that his teeth are diamonds. Yes. Diamonds. As in real friggin’ diamonds. “I just thought that diamonds were cooler,” he told Ellen Degeneres when he visited her show the other day.

He then added, “It’s really my real teeth. I replaced my bottom row of teeth. I guess there’s just certain things that rock stars are supposed to do.”

Well, I guess he can finally eat glass… at least with his bottom teeth. His top row will be crushed and he’ll probably bleed to death through his gums, but f*** it, his bottom teeth will be gooood to go.

THAT, my friends, is nothing short of pure awesomenessicitinessocity.

An another Kanye-related article, Speakeasy wonders if the whole 2009 VMA awards incident with Taylor Swift help Swift’s career. “The Kanye incident brought attention to Taylor, to an audience that did not really know her or her music,” says Scott Borchetta, the president of Big Machine, the record label that puts out Swift’s music. “And when they did check it out, they discovered that they really liked it” (Speakeasy, 2010).

Check it out for a story that should just die but won’t.

And finally, earlier this week Kanye tweeted this:

Then a few minutes later tweeted this:

What came after that was a shower of retweets from Kanye… I am pretty sure he retweeted every single reply with every single line he’s ever said – and then some.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at his Twitter profile – that’s a whole lot of retweet action.

I’m not sure if he has shared his favorite yet, but he did share this little bit of news Thursday morning:

Okay then… but I really don’t think that will happen until you put real diamonds on your top row of teeth.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Don’t Look Down (feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, and Big Sean)

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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Kanye West’s New Album Cover Gets Banned

A week just isn’t a week without Kanye West news… and it’s just Monday.

He tweeted this yesterday:

Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few…

I said to myself, “Self? How bad could the album cover be?”

Well, I found out a couple of hours later. Dig it:

Kanye was not pleased. He tweeted, “Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!”

Isn't THIS a phoenix?

Uh, “phoenix?” I thought a phoenix was a mythological bird that rises from the flames as it is reborn or something… you know, something like the bird on the right there.

Not this weird looking white-winged, no-armed, fanged, brown-haired, spotted tailed, thigh-high booted, angel/fairy mess with big breasts that Kanye is sporting. I’m assuming that’s Kanye there… it IS, after all, his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

He then goes on to tweet:

So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings

Man, that’s not a “monster,” Kanye… that’s a big-breasted angel with no arms who has a pretty nice backside. Her face is a bit weird, but that’s something even I could overlook if I were heavily intoxicated.

Call me conservative, but I think there’s a big difference between Nirvana‘s Nevermind album cover and your psuedo-pornographic one, Kanye. I’m digging on what you’re doing, but even I have to say… “Dude, what did you expect?”

By the way, I don’t even know who banned the cover.

Your thoughts?

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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MP3: Kanye West – “Take One for the Team” (feat. Keri Hilson, Pusha T & Cyhi Da Prince)

Ahhh… another G.O.O.D. Friday track and all is well with the world. This week’s track, “Take One for the Team,” features a couple of artists that I’ve frankly never heard of.

The first one is R&B singer Keri Hilson, who got her start as a songwriter with group of writers/producers known as The Clutch. This collective wrote songs for the likes of Britney Spears (“Radar”), Timbaland (“The Way I Are”), Menudo (“More Than Words (A E I O U)”) and surprisingly enough, Chris Cornell (“Never Far Away” and “Part Of Me”).

Hilson‘s debut album, In A Perfect World, hit gold and earned her a nomination for Best New Artist at the last Grammy awards.

Wow. She was nominated for a Grammy and I’ve never heard of her. Guess that goes to show you just how much I play attention to Grammys…

The second artist is Cyhi Da Prince, who is apparently a G.O.O.D. Music artist, should NOT be mistaken with Cyhi THE Prince, who is a golden retriever owned by Mr. and Mrs. Helman Bodenheimer of 2853 N. Surrogate Road in Omaha.

I’m kind of confused to why Cyhi is labeled as “Cyhi THE Prince” on the graphic for this track… that’s definitely NOT a golden retriever in the song.

Hmmm… there’s a Dooney Da Prince as well. Interesting.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Take One for the Team (feat. Keri Hilson, Pusha T & Cyhi the Prince

Kanye West on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
Keri Hilson on: [Amazon] [iTunes]

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La Roux (ft. Kanye West) – “In For the Kill” Remix

Yes, it’s time again for a post that mentions Kanye West. It’s been what, four days since our last post with Kanye’s name in it?

If you recall the last Kanye post, we told you about the remix he did for La Roux‘s “In For the Kill.” Well, the remix turned up on the web and it’s become quite a hit.

La Roux is an electropop duo made up of Elly Jackson (vocals, keyboards, co-producer) and Ben Langmaid (keyboards, co-producer). The track, “In For the Kill,” was actually released back in 2009 off their debut record, Bulletproof… the song got a huge bump when it was featured in the HBO series, Entourage. According to Spin.com, online sales went up 600% after it appeared on the show.

TV is the new radio.

Jackson explained to MTV’s The Seven, that working with Kanye was a “one-of-a-kind experience.”

“He’s a very exciting person to be around. He’s a special breed of person. He’s not quite like anyone I’ve ever met before,” she said. “He’s very, very, very creative. He comes up with ideas every five seconds. We’ve had a very interesting three days. It’s a very interesting mix of things. (MTV.com)

Kanye is set to appear on the video for “In For the Kill.” Here’s a behind-the-scenes look on the making of the video (via Popeater.com):

Take a listen to the remix below. I’m digging the rap Kanye puts in… definitely adds another dimension to the song.

Your Dig-It But Sorry Can’t Download:

In For the Kill (remix) – La Roux (ft. Kanye West)
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La Roux on: [Amazon] [iTunes]
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]