Kanye West feat. & John Legend – “Eyes Closed”
Utilizing the popular Jimmy Spicer "Money" sample, “Eyes Closed” is said to be from Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions, but in its present state its highest hopes could be for a B-side. "I went in and cut the vocal in a few minutes," Legend said. "It was among a bunch of stuff we did around the same time, including ‘Blame Game.’ " Download here.
Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday (Full Album Stream)
Cage The Elephant’s forthcoming LP Thank You Happy Birthday is available for listening in full before the record officially drops on Tuesday, on January 11, 2011. Enjoy!
Gorillaz Free Live Album
As if a brand new free Gorillaz album on Christmas morning wasn’t enough, Plastic Beach Live is a 2 disc compilation paying tribute to the Gorillaz sprawling 2010 tour. Disc 1 features the whole of Plastic Beach live including all the collaborators recording live, compiled from various gigs from the best possible sources. Disc 2 is the best recordings of the other 17 tracks performed around the world, featuring collaborators where possible. Download here and enjoy some more free Gorillaz!
Iron & Wine – Full Album
Iron & Wine’s special live full-album preview of their new album Kiss Each Other Clean takes place before the record’s release later this month, serving as our first taste of new material in almost 4 years following up 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. Performing for New York radio station WNYC, the band showcased some exciting samples of what’s to come on Jan. 25!
Nine Inch Nails – "Somewhat Damaged" (Bowery Ballroom)
Trent Reznor has offered up some memory-lane videos for fans who are still having a rough time that the NIN-mastermind called it quits on the live circuit with the project. This final-tour performance video of "Somewhat Damaged" from the Bowery Ballroom is a stunner, as is "Just Like You Imagined" beneath it, filmed at LA’s Henry Fonda Theater on September 8th, 2009.
Nine Inch Nails – "Just Like You Imagined" (Henry Fonda Theater)
Diddy-Dirty Money feat. Eminem – “Hello Good Morning”
We think Diddy’s body of work speaks for itself: corny fad-riding nonsense that bites hard off other artists, by and large. But every so often he shocks us all by putting out a track that’s actually pretty damned listenable – and no, we’re not talking about "Ass On The Floor". Check out the new jam featuring Eminem and decide for yourself…
Retribution Gospel Choir – "Your Bird" video
Check out an awesome new video for the song "Your Bird," from a band you’re likely to become more familiar with in 2011. See if it strikes you:
COVER: "Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Because we’re a bunch of softies, we’re also shoving this far-too-cute-to-be-ignored clip down your throats. Jorge Narvaez and his daughter Alexa perform an acoustic cover of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. The girl’s got soul!