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Veruca Salt, circa 2014. (photo by Piper Ferguson)

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear In July

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We’re in a weird stretch of the summer that’s not only a typical dead zone for albums, but also sees the music industry shifting its weekly release day from Tuesday (in the US at least) to Friday world-wide. This means that the first releases for July aren’t out until next Friday, and pre-release streams won’t hit until last this week. So, in the meantime, get excited for these albums, which include strong showings from Tame Impala, Jason Isbell, Mas Ysa, Lianne La Havas, and a reunited Veruca Salt.
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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Angel Haze, Against Me!

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We’re almost there. A few more days. And then everyone can sleep for a week. (Well, everyone except your diligent Flavorwire editors, who’ll be here over the Christmas/New Year period.) But anyway! The point is that we’re nearly at the end of the year, the amount of music being released is negligible, and yet there are still at least five tracks that surfaced this week that are worth hearing. They await you after the jump, and involve Angel Haze (of course), along with another new Against Me! track, Tears for Fears covering Animal Collective (seriously), some unreleased Four Tet, and a load of Clams Casino instrumentals.
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The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: M.I.A., The Flaming Lips

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It’s Friday, which means that it’s nearly the weekend, and also that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. This week there’s a fresh M.I.A. track (in which she discusses reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul, no less), along with The Flaming Lips reminding us why we used to love them, beautiful new tracks from Four Tet and Woods bassist Kevin Morby, Angel Haze covering Miley Cyrus (really), and a whole lot more. None of this action will cost you a cent, so click through and get listening!
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10 Unlikely Remixes That Shouldn’t Work But Do

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If you happen to be a Spiritualized überfan like me — or even just someone who has any sort of cursory familiarity with Jason Pierce and his oeuvre — you might have been rather taken aback to find that Australian electro plodders Cut Copy somehow convinced him to do a remix of their song “Free Your Mind.” The remix, it must be said, is a pretty fine piece of work, and it got us thinking about other unlikely remixes from over the years that have somehow worked a treat. We’ve put together a playlist of such unexpected gems — click through and check out our choices (and, y’know, feel free to add to the list if so inclined).
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Anatomy of a Hoax: Four Tet Is Not Burial, and People Will Believe Anything

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There are always people who want to believe in conspiracy theories, and to impose their own narratives on situations where actual concrete information is lacking or entirely absent. So it was no surprise to see the “Burial is actually Kieran Hebden from Four Tet” theory raise its head again yesterday, this time after an article in hitherto obscure music magazine Equalizer, which used what appeared to be a doctored screenshot from Hebden’s Facebook page to support the idea, along with a satirical tweet from Caribou dating from early May, in which he wrote, “How has it taken me this long to figure out that Four Tet is Burial?”
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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Stars, Four Tet

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It’s Friday, which means that we’re awaiting the arrival of the latest snowpocalypse, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. This week there’s a free EP from Stars and their touring buddies, along with a bunch of interesting remixes (featuring Tame Impala, Diana and Doldrums, and others), a free Dilla-inspired beat compilation from Shigeto, new tracks from Four Tet and Leech, a pretty ace mixtape from Kilo Kish, and plenty more where that all came from. None of this will cost you a dime, so we suggest you click through and get downloading ASAP.
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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Frank Ocean, Pissed Jeans

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It’s Friday, which means that we’re hungover as hell from our very own Silent Drape Runners’ Lil B party last night, and also that it’s time for our regular roundup of new music to get your hands on this week. Happily, the music industry is back in full swing after the holiday season, so much so that we’re back on the downloading kick from this week onwards. This week stuff you can get for free includes an Outkast reunion, sort of, along with new tracks from Lost Animal, Pissed Jeans and Junip, a bunch of antipodean indie pop, Blood Orange covering Kindness, and three entire albums (a new one from rising NYC rapper MaG, a rarities comp from Four Tet, and a new EP from Raekwon.) Get hold of all this action after the jump.
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10 Albums You Need to Hear in August

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The last couple of weeks have been a pretty dire time for album releases, but happily, there’s respite to be had in August — there’s a fair selection of worthwhile records due out over the next four weeks, and as ever, we’ve pored over the release schedules to bring you our selection of the 10 best, along with a quick roundup of other notable upcoming releases. There’s an eclectic selection to be found after the jump: everything from cerebral piano-led ambience to neo-dreampop and the return of Ariel Pink — and at least one genuine album of the year contender. (Spoiler alert: SWANS.) Let us know in the comments section what’s on your shopping list for August.
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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: A Place to Bury Strangers, Led Er Est

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It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness, both from around the web and from our own servers. This week there’s a new eardrum-rupturer from A Place to Bury Strangers, along with new stuff from Led Er Est and White Denim, interesting remixes of Burial/Four Tet and Spank Rock/Santigold, the return of Tom Jones (yay!), and, um, a disco version of Sonic Youth. In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately.
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