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What to Download: New Music on iTunes

Tuesdays are big in entertainment-ville: 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:

Psychedelic Beck: The buzz around Beck's new album, Modern Guilt, is really, really good, and he's just the sort of artist to give voice (and music) to some of the most troubling and complex issues of our time. At first listen, I get the feeling that the state of the world has Beck sincerely concerned — and, in his view, the future ain't so bright. Tracks like "Chemtrails" and "Youthless" are heavy, but I can't stop listening. It's all very trippy and retro, and I'll probably end up downloading the whole thing.

Get the party started: Yay! Even though Abba's greatest hits are available to us at any time, I'm excited to check out the movie soundtrack for Mamma Mia! and hear all the stars sing. Definitely give a listen to Meryl Streep singing the title track, "Mamma Mia." Also, Amanda Seyfried sounds amazing on songs like "I Have a Dream." I just cannot wait for July 18!

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Pretty folk songs: This Portland, Oregon duo is a sound for sore ears and a nice addition to my iTunes mix. Think Bright Eyes or the softer side of the Shins. Their album, 3 Rounds and a Sound, is lovely, and I've downloaded — and am enjoying — "The Story I Heard" and "One Red Thread."

When the greats get together: Back in January 2007, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis performed together at Lincoln Center, wowing crowds with their shared love of jazz and blues. Now, you can get the performance for yourself. I'm a sucker for old standards like "Georgia on My Mind," and Willie Nelson's voice coupled with this gorgeous jazz sound is a total treat.

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