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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. In addition to my picks below, both Neil Young and Rascal Flatts have new albums out today. Here are today's selections:

Ready for some dance music with attitude?: As I was skimming all the new music out today I saw the name Lady Sovereign and thought, "How do I know that name?" And then: "Ch Ching"! That was a fun song of hers from a couple years ago that made its way onto all my party mixes. The British rapper also toured with Gwen Stefani once upon a time. Her new album is out today and I can see rotating tracks like "Let's Be Mates" and "I Got You Dancing" into new mixes.

Pop-punk from Portland: The Thermals are a fun (and political) punk trio out of Portland whose music I've enjoyed in the past. Their fourth album out today sounds upbeat and hopeful at first, but when I listened carefully I realized most of the album is being sung from the perspective of a dead person (the song "When I Died" tipped me off), which gives it a sarcastic vibe. I'm loving the intelligent lyrics and how rocking this album is in general. Check out "When We Were Alive" and "We Were Sick" for a taste of their music.

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