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New Music Today, Jonas Brothers, Black Lips, K'naan

What to Download: New Music Today

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: Not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores. So I take a spin through each week's music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download. In addition to my pics below, you can download Jonas Brothers tunes from their upcoming 3D movie experience thingy, too. Here are today's selections:


Let's rock! Sometimes I'm in the mood for some good old-fashioned garage rock, and Black Lips usually fits the bill. The band's fifth album is out and it's full of good stuff. If you're new to the band, start with "Starting Over" and the swinging "Drugs." I'm also liking the slower, psychedelic, slightly depressing "Drop I Hold."


Cover art: I'm always a little wary of covers (why mess with the original?) but when an album of covers is for a good cause and has intriguing tunes, I figure why not give it a chance? I already took a listen to TV On the Radio's cover of David Bowie's "Heroes" from this new album of covers, the proceeds from which go to War Child, a nonprofit that helps children affected by war. I'm also enjoying Estelle's take on Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," The Hold Steady's version of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City," and Franz Ferdinand singing Blondie's "Call Me." The album's just $3.99 at Amazon's mp3 store today.

One more still to come, so read more.


Jamming: K'naan (born Kanaan Warsame) fled Somalia in 1991 to escape the horrors of a civil war, and it's this experience with conflict that so clearly influences his music and most of the songs on his second album. He's also clearly taken some cues from Bob Marley and Wyclef, which should give you a sense of what he's all about. I'm taking a listen to tracks like "Bang Bang,", which features Maroon 5's Adam Levine singing the chorus, and the hopeful anthem "Wavin' Flag."

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