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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:

Strumming my pain with his fingers: OK, so I'm not really in pain, but if I could choose someone to strum what I was feeling, I'd nominate M. Ward. I can say this with confidence as I've already taken a first listen to this new album of his and found that the tracks offer a more mature rendition of his signature sound. To get a taste of this goodness, check out his duet with Lucinda Williams, "Oh Lonesome Me," and the title track, "Hold Time."

Man with baby: Good news, Morrissey fans: People are liking his new album. One critic says, "his songs now sound informed by an anger-stirring heartbreak," and that is apparently a good thing. I feel like I've been waiting forever for this release! I'm already digging into tracks that include "I'm OK by Myself," "Black Cloud," and "Something Is Squeezing My Skull."

It feels like a rock 'n' roll day today! One more still to come so

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This trail leads to music: And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead is probably an acquired taste, but I happen to enjoy this group a bunch, even when its songs are hitting strange notes. I've seen these guys in concert, and it's good times. This new album is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, and it's getting mixed reviews, but I'm already enjoying tracks like "Luna Park" and "Halcyon Days."

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