Category: Digital Music

Preview 2 tracks from OMD’s ‘History of Modern,’ first new album in 14 years

Preview 2 tracks from OMD’s ‘History of Modern,’ first new album in 14 years

Synthpop favorites Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are letting fans get a taste of two tracks — including first single ‘If You Want It’ — from the forthcoming ‘History of Modern,’ the reunited band’s first new album in 14 years.

Wire announces ‘Legal Bootleg Series,’ preps 12th studio album for January release

Wire announces ‘Legal Bootleg Series,’ preps 12th studio album for January release

Reactivated U.K. post-punk greats Wire — who are eying a January release for their as-yet-unnamed 12th album — have announced the launch of their ‘Legal Bootleg Series,’ a download-only concert series that kicks off with choice gigs recorded in 1978, 1988 and 2000.

Audio: Listen to U2’s ‘Soon,’ outtake left over from the ‘No Line on the Horizon’ sessions

Audio: Listen to U2’s ‘Soon,’ outtake left over from the ‘No Line on the Horizon’ sessions

Fans who shelled out big cash for the just-issued mega-deluxe edition of U2’s new ‘U2 360° at the Rose Bowl’ concert DVD received a nice bonus: a red-vinyl 7-inch single featuring the previously unreleased song ‘Soon,’ a 2-minute track left over from the ‘No Line on the Horizon’ sessions.

R.E.M.’s ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ reissue: Hear 2 unreleased demos

R.E.M.’s ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ reissue: Hear 2 unreleased demos

With the expanded reissue of R.E.M.’s third album, 1985’s ‘Fables of the Reconstruction,’ now just two weeks away, the folks at Capitol/I.R.S. are starting to give fans a taste of some of the 14 previously unreleased demos that will make up the second disc of the set.

David Byrne covers Peter Gabriel’s ‘I Don’t Remember’ for ‘Scratch My Back’ project

Today sees the release of the sixth double A-side single from Peter Gabriel’s orchestral covers album ‘Scratch My Back’: his version of the Talking Heads’ ‘Remain in Light’ track ‘Listening Wind,’ backed by David Byrne’s take on ‘I Don’t Remember,’ off Gabriel’s third self-titled album.

Squeeze’s Chris Difford releasing new album, ‘Cashmere If You Can,’ one track at a time

Squeeze’s Chris Difford releasing new album, ‘Cashmere If You Can,’ one track at a time

Squeeze co-leader Chris Difford is in the midst of releasing his third solo album, ‘Cashmere If You Can,’ piece-by-piece each week through the Saturday Morning Music Club, which delivers multimedia bundles to subscribers’ desktop apps each Saturday.

The Smiths Project: Janice Whaley recording vocal covers of every Smiths song in 2010

The Smiths Project: Janice Whaley recording vocal covers of every Smiths song in 2010

This year may be nearly half over, but it’s certainly not too late to catch up with The Smiths Project, an ambitious and impressive effort by San Jose, Calif., musician Janice Whaley to record layered vocal arrangements of every song ever released by The Smiths — all by the end of 2010.

Video + free download: The Shins’ James Mercer covers Squeeze’s ‘Goodbye Girl’

Video + free download: The Shins’ James Mercer covers Squeeze’s ‘Goodbye Girl’

In this clip recorded for Levi’s ‘Pioneer Sessions,’ James Mercer — leader of The Shins and one-half of Broken Bells — throws down a solo-acoustic cover of Squeeze’s classic ‘Goodbye Girl,’ which also is available as a free download.

The Vaselines unveil new album ‘Sex With An X,’ offer download of ‘I Hate the ’80s’

The Vaselines unveil new album ‘Sex With An X,’ offer download of ‘I Hate the ’80s’

Reunited Scottish indie-pop faves The Vaselines today announced they’ll release a new album called ‘Sex With An X’ — only their second ever, the follow-up to 1989’s ‘Dum-Dum’ — in September, and are previewing it with a free download of the track ‘I Hate the ’80s.’ Plus, they’ll mount a 10-date tour of the U.K. this fall.

Free download: Lou Barlow + Missingmen’s ‘Losercore’ off new ‘= Sentridoh III’ EP

Free download: Lou Barlow + Missingmen’s ‘Losercore’ off new ‘= Sentridoh III’ EP

Taking a pause from the ongoing Dinosaur Jr reunion, Lou Barlow this week released a new digital EP called ‘= Sentridoh III’ — recorded with his current backing band, The Missingmen — and announced two rounds of North American summer dates.

The The airs tracks from unreleased ‘Gun Sluts,’ ‘2 Blocks Below Canal’ albums

The The airs tracks from unreleased ‘Gun Sluts,’ ‘2 Blocks Below Canal’ albums

Enigmatic The The mastermind Matt Johnson continues to use his web show ‘Radio Cineola’ to treat fans to never-before-heard music, and this month is no different, with songs from the unreleased ‘Gun Sluts’ and ‘2 Blocks Below Canals’ albums making their debut.

Audio: Hear full Primavera Sound sets by Wire, Gary Numan, Marc Almond via WFMU

Audio: Hear full Primavera Sound sets by Wire, Gary Numan, Marc Almond via WFMU

New Jersey-based radio station WFMU is once again streaming full sets from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain, today and Saturday, with performance on tap from Wire, Gary Numan, Soft Cell’s Marc Almond and Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera, among others.

Download: The Cure plays ‘Disintegration’ live at the Dallas Starplex on 1989’s Prayer Tour

Download: The Cure plays ‘Disintegration’ live at the Dallas Starplex on 1989’s Prayer Tour

As promised, Robert Smith this week started streaming The Cure’s live performance of ‘Disintegration’ — recorded at Dallas’ Starplex Amphitheatre on 1989’s Prayer Tour — on the band’s microsite for the new reissue.