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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


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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aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I love Depeche Mode and cant wait to see them in September. This album came out on my birthday and what a great birthday gift for me :) They will always be one of my favorite bands because REALLY after 30 years, they still have their own style, the original members and can make my heart skip a techno beat. Depeche Mode is the reason we have so much of the music today. Open your ears.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"My first reaction to music from these guys was "Really?" Yes really, they never stopped making music, i find your amazement ridiculous.
Papaver Papaver 8 years
Seriously? It reminds me more of weaker parts of Construction Time Again mixed with Playing The Angel... I WISH they would make something Violator/MFTM worth... It's sad, my fave band and such a weak album... i'm trying to warm up to it but it's just not working.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I am very anxious to get this new Depeche Mode. I am loving the tracks I've heard so far. It's a return to Music for the Masses and Violator.
Papaver Papaver 8 years
anyway, it's not THE Depeche Mode I really love, their last perfect album was released in 1997 - Ultra. That was magic.
Papaver Papaver 8 years
wow, you're semi-covering new DM album! ;) the best song from SOTU is In Chains, Wrong (first single) is good as well and Peace (which will be the 2nd single) has a potential... I'm still warming up to the rest.
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