Here's a round-up of the ten best free downloads you can find elsewhere on the internet this week.
1. 30 Seconds To Mars — ‘Bad Romance'
Jared Leto and co. recently visited the BBC Radio One Live Lounge and performed a stripped-down rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’. Maybe they’ll take on ‘Telephone’ next?
2. Hole — ‘Samantha’
Good news for Hole fans: yet another song off the band’s comeback album just premiered over at Stereogum. Apparently written years ago by Linda Perry and Billy Corgan and intended for a Courtney Love solo album, we think it works better as a grungy Hole-infused tune – especially with the copious amounts of “f**k”-shouting involved.
3. Sugar & Gold — ‘Stay Soft’
Last year, Sugar & Gold opened for of Montreal on tour in the States, and they fit in just fine with the wacky madness that took place on stage. Think 80s keyboard and a funk-soul groove, with a touch of glitter and glam, performed by a frontman in a hairnet and lipstick. Here’s a hot number off their upcoming album 'Get Wet!'.
4. Suckers — ‘Black Sheep’
Things are looking good for this Brooklyn band. They’ve opened for MGMT, have recently signed to a new label, will soon be embarking on a tour with Local Natives and have a debut album due out this summer. Garnering a great deal of comparison to Modest Mouse, this single definitely has hit potential.
5. Jay-Z vs Black Kids— ‘Not Gunna Encore (Ha! Yes mash-up)’
And here we have a mash-up of Jay-Z’s ‘Encore’ and The Twelves’ remix of ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ by the Black Kids (what ever happened to the Black Kids, anyway?).
6. Rufus Wainwright — ‘Who Are You New York?’
Rufus has returned to his roots of powerful vocals and a piano. We gave readers a brief introduction to Wainwright’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album, ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu’, with a track-by-track first listen review. Head over to Stereogum for a free download of this insanely beautiful ballad and judge for yourselves.
7. Ben Kweller — ‘It All Happened (Somewhere in Mississippi)’
When Esquire Magazine asked Ben Kweller (along with musicians Dierks Bentley, Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider and Griffin House) to write, perform and record songs including the phrase ‘Somewhere in Mississippi’, Kweller produced this nearly eight-minute acoustic track on the spot. Head over to Esquire.com to hear what the other participants came up with.
8. Wait What — ‘Juicy-R (The Notorious B.I.G. vs. The xx)’
Imagine The xx’s entire album mashed up with The Notorious B.I.G., and you’ll get ‘The Notorious xx’, produced by Wait What. We were skeptical at first, but the simplistic beats of ‘VCR’ are a perfect background match for Biggie’s raps.
9. Ke$sha vs. Owl City — ‘Tik Tok vs. Hello Seattle (Mashpower Mash-Up)’
It must be the week of mash-ups, because quite a few good ones are floating around the Web, including this merger of hits from these two recent breakout stars.
10. The Black Keys — ‘Next Girl’
For those that purchased pre-sale tickets from The Black Keys' website, two songs off their new album 'Brothers' (due out in May) were gifted. There's really not much more to say about this track, except that it's super sexy and bluesy.