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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. Here are today's selections:


Still making music 30 years later: Heads up, there's a new Depeche Mode album. My first reaction to music from these guys was "Really?" I was curious to see if they can still surprise us. But their new music is getting stellar reviews. One reviewer goes so far as to say the band succeeds once again at "crafting an inimitable sonic atmosphere that almost never sounds dated." Tracks I'm enjoying include "Wrong" and "Peace."


New music from Merge: I was just celebrating all the good music from Merge Records and here's even more music to love from the indie label. I'm a little late on this, but I'm really enjoying this debut album from singer-songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner, who makes music under the name Telekinesis. The album was produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie and the music has an emo-pop sound that's similar to Death Cab's. I am really enjoying "Coast of Carolina," and I think "I Saw Lightning" is so pretty and romantic.

One more up next, so read more.


Teen bop: I have no idea if the women of Meg & Dia are actually teenagers themselves, but they perform the kind of music on their latest album that I imagine makes the young ones swoon. Most of the songs on this album are upbeat, but Dia's voice has a nice little edge to it that makes it more interesting than your average MySpace band fare. Check out a cute duet called "Bored of Your Love" featuring Tom Higgenson from Plain White T's, and the fun "Hug Me."

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