Each week Playlist’s Glenn Peoples looks at exclusive and featured tracks from the iTunes Music Store and other online music services. Check out these tracks for the week of April 25th.
The big pre-release at iTunes is currently the Dave Matthews Band’s “>“American Baby.” It’s already at #3 on iTunes’ top songs chart. The song is from the upcoming album Stand Up , in stores on May 10th.
The Foo Fighters are giving fans a taste of their upcoming album by putting the song “>“Best of You” on iTunes. It’s taken from the album In Your Honor, a double album — one CD rock, one CD acoustic — that Dave Grohl calls “by far the most ambitious project I have ever had anything to do with in my entire life.”
Bjork fans are known for feverishly consuming everything the artist releases. Here’s another album they’ll love: Army of Me Remixes and Covers. Bjork and song co-writer Graham Massey (808 State) received over 600 tracks and chose 20 for the album.
For you fans of spoken word downloads, how about the 28-minute audiobook of Vice-president Dick Cheney and comedian Lewis Black addressing the 61st Radio and Television Correspondants Association dinner? It’s currently on iTunes’ pre-release section.
Perhaps a more anticipated pre-release is “Ever (Foreign Flag)” by Team Sleep. This is the long-awaited side project from the Deftones’ Chino Moreno. The self-titled album (released by Maverick) will be in stores on May 10th, and a tour starts in Northern California on May 3rd. This isn’t a Deftones clone. Team Sleep is quieter and has underlying samples and loops. Moreno’s easily identifiable voice is the band’s cornerstone.
David Banner’s Ain’t Got Nothing/Certified EP is in iTunes prerelease section. It has three versions of each song.
Another prerelease is The Click Five’s “Just The Girl.”
iTunes free download of the week is “>“Come Touch Me” by Bobby Valentino. He’s the latest artist from Ludacris’ Disturbing the Peace label.
Rhapsody has added another in its string of exclusive Rolling Stone Original EPs. This one is a four-song EP by Brian McKnight featuring the songs “What We Do Here,” “Every Time You Go Away,” “Back at One” and “Your Song.”
Of special note on Rhapsody is the addition of albums on underground rock/electronic label Darla Records. Imagine my surprise when I saw that Mirza’s Anadromous: Bliss Out V.7 is now available, as is Sweet Trip’s contribution to the label’s Bliss Out series.
Also recently added to Rhapsody, as well as Connect, Napster and MSN Music and all the usual players, is the Gorillaz’ infectious new single “Feel Good, Inc.”
Sony Connect has something new called “Exclusive Track by Track Interview.” It lists each song on an album and underneath each one there’s a transcript of the artist explaining what when into the writing and recording of each one. Acceptance lead singer Jason Vena explains the making of Phantoms, and Baby Bash talks about the track of his album “>Super Saucy .