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What to Download: New Music on iTunes

Tuesdays are big in entertainmentville: Not only do all the new DVD releases hit Netflix, but new music also pours into stores, including iTunes. So I take a spin through each week's iTunes music releases and pick out some albums and tracks worthy of a download. Here are today's selections:


Hip hop hooray: I'm always looking forward to new Common albums and have been especially excited for his eighth release (I made it one of my must haves this month). This new album as a whole is getting mixed reviews that lean toward the negative side but I'm really enjoying several tracks. The title track, "Universal Mind Control (UMC)," is cool, as is his collaboration with Cee-Lo, "Make My Day." His duet with Kanye West, "Punch Drunk Love," is also a great track to download.


Cover girl: Oh boy, I do love me some Cat Power, and I really liked her covers album Jukebox when it was released earlier this year. So I was happy (and surprised) to see that a handful of other songs were originally recorded for that album and were just released today. I've already downloaded her cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" and her amazing take on Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)."

One more still to come, so read more.


A single: The Raconteurs is one of my favorite bands these days, and I've really been enjoying the group's most recent album, Consolers of the Lonely. Today they've released what amounts to a bluegrass remix of a song from that album, "Old Enough," featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe. The harmonies in this version are pretty — well worth the re-do!

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