Each week, Playlist’s Glenn Peoples looks at special tracks offered by the iTunes Music Store and other select online music merchants. Here are the selections for the week of March 21st.
The big iTunes song, many would say, is currently “The Hand That Feeds” by Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor’s album is finally coming out on May 3rd and the pre-release track is worth the wait. It’s classic Reznor.
Another long-awaited album is by the cartoon supergroup Gorillaz. iTunes has their new single, “Dirty Harry.”
iTunes is offering Moby’s new album, Hotel, with a bonus track, “35 Minutes,” with purchase of the entire album. It’s only a bit over five minutes long, not 35 minutes.
The buzzed about debut album by Louis XIV has two bonus songs at iTunes, “It’s The Girl That Makes Him Happy” and “The Grand Apartment.”
Speaking of buzz, the Futureheads are a very buzzed-about band, and a blistering live band as well. Think Devo meets the Jam. They’ve got a two-song EP at iTunes, “Le Garage” (Live at the Garage).”
Speaking of bonus tracks, buy the new punk-flavored album Devil’s Playground by the legendary Billy Idol and you’ll get the song “Good to Go,” an iTunes exclusive.
Rapper Ludacris has a three-song Sessions@AOL EP at iTunes. The songs are “Get Back,” “Number One Spot” and “The Potion.”
Stevie Wonder is back. iTunes has his new single, “So What The Fuss,” as well as the radio edit. His upcoming album, A Time To Love , will be out May 3rd. American Idol Kelly Clarkson has a single at iTunes, “Since U Been Gone,” with eight remixes by Jason Nevins.
Cake, the pride of Sacramento, has a five-song EP at iTunes called “Wheels.”
iTunes’ free download of the week is “Telescope Eyes” by Eisley. The young Texas band’s melodic music sounds like it was crafted specifically for a show on the WB network.
With the annual South By Southwest music conference recently happening in Austin, Texas, a few music stores built a special section to profile its music. MSN Music has a special section, Best of SWSX, it its “MSN Music Spotlight” section.
Interesting additions to Rhapdsody… Free Sentridoh Songs from Loobiecore , the 2002 20-track lo-fi album that brought back the Sentridoh project of indie rock legend Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebidoh, Folk Implosion). Many of Charles Mingus’ Atlantic albums ranging from the early ’60s to the mid ’70s were recently added, including the 41-song box set Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings and the two-song Cumbia & Jazz Fusion .
Also in Rhapsody are two albums by The Dead Kennedys, Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust, Inc. and Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death .
MSN Music is busy adding all kinds of titles. It now has Chain Letter by Brooke Valentine, Tori Amos’ new The Beekeeper, The Wallflowers’ 1992 debut and, just in time for their new album, two older albums by dance group Dance Punk, Homework and Discovery. It also has Nolita, the beautiful new Blue Note album by Keren Ann.
New to the FYE Download Zone is Yr Atal Genhedlaeth , the Welsch-language solo album by Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals.
Recently added to Bleep.com are the “I Predict A Riot” single by The Kaiser Chiefs, and Out of Breach by Mu, which has the underground hit song “Paris Hilton.”