New albums by Yo La Tengo and Dropkick Murphys headline this week's selection of free album previews. And on the occasion of David Bowie's 66th birthday today, Ziggy Stardust is giving the gifts, in the form of a new song and video ("Where Are We Now?," below) and the promise of a new album, "The Next Day," to come in March. It's his first album of new music in 10 years; read more in Rolling Stone.
And to commemorate Bowie's big day, CBC Music has put together a video collection of seven of the best (and worst) Bowie collaborations, from "Under Pressure" (with Queen) and "Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy" (with Bing Crosby). You can guess which category those tunes belong in.
Yo La Tengo played some of the songs from its new album, "Fade," at its Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's last month, and now you can hear the whole album below at Pitchfork.
NPR Music is streaming new music I wasn't familiar with, including The Lone Bellow, a group it compares to Mumford & Sons and The Civil Wars, and the soundtrack to the film "Hecho En Mexico," which features songs by a number of contemporary Mexican performers, including Lila Downs, Ruben Albarran of Café Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, and Kinky.
Check it all out below...
"Fade" by Yo La Tengo
NPR First Listen:
"The Lone Below" by The Lone Bellow
"Somewhere Else" by Indians
"Hecho En Mexico (Soundtrack)" by various artists
Spinner.com's Listening Party:
"Signed and Sealed in Blood" by Dropkick Murphys
"Gangster Squad (Original Soundtrack)" by various artists
"5-4-3-2-1...Perhaps?" by Snuff