ON DECK 11/3

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NEW: Amy Winehouse - "It's My Party" (Mark Ronson Produced)

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I’m not even going to go into Amy Winehouse’s personal life here and I’m just going to talk about her voice, because who has such a voice? (Continue Reading)

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REC'D: Smith Westerns - "Weekend"

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Precocious Chicago indie rockers Smith Westerns are back with the lead single from their upcoming second record Dye it Blonde, “Weekend.” If this track’s anything to go by — and I hope it is — the new record, going for a January 18 release, will be more tuneful and better produced than its well-received, self-titled predecessor. (Continue Reading)

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NEW: Ladytron - "Ace of Hz"

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Liverpool's heady synthpop troup Ladytron are dropping their first single in two years, "Ace of Hz" (say it like "hearts"), on November 30. (Continue Reading)

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NEW: Nicki Minaj - "Roman's Revenge" f/ Eminem

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Can we talk about this song’s opening rhyme for a second? Over a beat that’s basically lasers, driving synthesized strings, and superfast drum machine, Nicki Minaj raps “I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin.” Nicki just told you everything you need to know about her, her flow, her everything: she isn’t a hanger-on Disney princess; she is the boss. (Continue Reading)

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MP3: The Decemberists - "Down By The Water"

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The Decemberists’ sixth studio record, following up 2009’s Hazards of Love, will be mid-January’s “The King is Dead.” On teaser track “Down By The Water” the band keep some of the classic sea-shanty flavor they’re (in)famous for (those harmonicas! Colin Meloy’s signature wistful voice!) while working in some echo-y R.E.M.-style guitar while folk vanguard Gillian Welch provides haunting backup vocals –- it could easily be mistaken for something you might hear on college radio in 1992. (Continue Reading)