ON DECK: Arcade Fire, Brandon Flowers, Crystal Castles x Bear In Heaven, Pantha Du Prince x Animal Collective, M.I.A. x Jay-Z

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Arcade Fire - "We Used To Wait"

Over a monotonous piano chord, Win Butler singles "I used to write letters/I used to sign my name" in new song, "We Used To Wait", recalling LCD Soundsystem's nostalgic, lamenting "All My Friends". It's hard not to compare the two, but it's quite easy to see that unlike "All My Friends," "We Used To Wait" shows signs of a glimmer of hope. (Continue reading to listen)

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Arcade Fire - "Ready To Start"

"Ready To Start" is Arcade Fire at their The Smiths-iest, while still religiously reading from the book of "Keep The Car Running". (Continue reading to listen)

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DEBUT SOLO SINGLE: Brandon Flowers - "Crossfire"

And so Brandon Flowers' debut solo single hits the radio somewhere, propelling a high quality radio rip into the interwebs and onto my lap. (Continue reading to listen)

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Crystal Castles - "Celestica" (Bear In Heaven Remix)

Bear In Heaven join the ranks among the gold-starred artists that have remixed Crystal Castles in recent months with their re-imagination of fan favorite "Celestica". (Continue reading)

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Pantha Du Prince - "Welt Am Draht" (Animal Collective Remix)

Animal Collective have lent their (sometimes shoddy) remixing skills to "Welt Am Draht", a personal favorite of mine from Pantha Du Prince's excellent Black Noise LP. (Continue Reading)

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M.I.A. - "Stepping Up"

Double new M.I.A. today. This one, however, is a bit more mysterious. The new M.I.A. song, "Stepping Up" was premiered by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe and its said to be a possible new single. The funny thing is that "Stepping Up" is nowhere on the tracklist for /\/\ /\ Y /\. Either Maya is adding new tracks to her album, "Stepping Up" is mis-labeled, or this song is being sent off to the new Step Up 3D soundtrack. Whatever the situation is, there is a new M.I.A. track available for you to hear, and it's quite good. Listen to it here.

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M.I.A. - "XXXO" (Jay-Z Remix)

While M.I.A.'s new single, "XXXO" is still growing on me with every listen, this remix featuring a verse from Jay-Z himself sure doesn't hurt. While it won't be on it, mark your calendars for the July 13th release of M.I.A.'s new LP / \ / \ / \ Y / \, which sounds like Skinny Puppy and gives Diplo nightmares. Continue reading to stream or download the "XXXO" Jay-Z remix.