True Blood

True Blood Season 4 premiered last Sunday.

The debut show was entitled “She’s Not There”.

The Zombies’ song of the same title was rerecorded for the show by Neko Case and Nick Cave.

The combination of these two voices with the production of Louisiana musician CC Adcock adds a particularly eerie Cajun sound to this classic song.

Free download here.

Beastie Boys w/Santigold

The new single from Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the latest from the Beastie Boys, is “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”.

The sound of the Beasties is enhanced on this track by a savory vocal collaboration with Santigold.

This version of the song was remixed by the production duo Major Lazer.

David Lynch and Iggy Pop

DLF Music is filmmaker David Lynch’s music company created to benefit the David Lynch Foundation.

“The Foundation exists for consciousness-based education and world peace. The David Lynch Foundation was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities including Transcendental Meditation, for at-risk populations such as underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high suicide rates; homeless men participating in re-entry programs striving to overcome addictions; and incarcerated juveniles and adults.”

Of note, all of the funds from DLF Music sales go directly to the charitable programs and none to the support staff.

The first DLF Music album Music That Changes the World (Vol.1) will soon be released including songs from Ozomatli, Iggy Pop, Jakob Dylan/Daryl Hannah, Arrested Development, Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Heather Nova, Andy Summers/Geeta Novotny, Dave Stewart, Tom Waits, Ben Folds and Neon Trees.

Iggy Pop sings the blues classic “Milk Cow Blues”.


From the Basement is an artist-friendly video music series of live performances without a host or an audience.

It was created by Nigel Godrich, best known for his production work with Radiohead.

“Staircase” is a new song from the band with the help of an additional drummer, Clive Deamer, who has worked with the likes of Portishead, Jeff Beck, Siouxsie Sioux, Hawkwind, Robert Plant and his own jazz/rock band Get the Blessing.

The entire Radiohead performance will air on July 1st

Music To Know

Glastonbury is currently in full sway in England, but a smaller festival closer to home will take place in East Hampton, NY, August 13-14.

MTK: Music to Know Festival will feature Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Tom Tom Club, Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot , Fitz & the Tantrums, Cold War Kids, M. Ward, Tame Impala, The Naked and Famous, Chromeo, We Are Scientists and Ellie Goulding among others.

MTK is also a first of its kind as fashion will play a prominent role. Merchants large and small will be displaying and selling their wares.

RCRDLBL has a free download of mosto of the performing bands including a two remixes of “Genius of Love”, a hit song from the always wonderful Tom Tom Club.

“Genius of Love (Senor Coconut)

“Genius of Love (The Pinker Tones)


Glastonbury, the world’s largest music and arts festival, takes place this weekend in South West England.

Traditionally the last weekend in June, Glastonbury has been going strong since 1970 when T.Rex was the headliner.

Today, the line-up is daunting with hundreds of bands and performing artists on numerous stages covering 900 acres.

RCRDLBL has a free download of thirty-one of the bands appearing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, including The Kills, Lykke Li, Janelle Monae, Battles, Fleet Foxes, Warpaint, Wu-Tang Clan and, and this song “Celestica” from Crystal Castles remixed by Thurston Moore.

Best Coast

Last year Best Coast gave us one of the songs of the summer with “Boyfriend”.

This West Coast trio evokes the best of the girl-group pop sound, and we now have a new song from Best Coast just in time for summer 2011.

“Gone Again” is a free download from Adult Swim.

Mr. Little Jeans

Mr. Little Jeans is the pseudonym deftly utilized by Monica Birkenes.

The name comes from a character in the film Rushmore.

She’s a Norwegian, living in London and recording recently in Los Angeles.

She delicately and lovingly and hauntingly transforms Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” into her own song.

Free download here.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have slated a new album, Mirror Traffic, for a late August release.

Produced by Beck, this will be the Pavement frontman’s fifth album with the Jicks.

On the first offering from the album, SM sings of the “Senator” and what the man truly wants. He’s also giving the song away for free.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Hysterical, the third album from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is scheduled for September.

It’s been over three years since we have last heard from this much-lauded Brooklyn-based quintet as they’ve been pursuing personal projects in the interim.

CYHSY is offering a free download of “Same Mistake”, the first track from the new album.

Sign-up below for yours.


The band Yacht, not to be confused with the late 70s British New Wave band Yachts, hails from Portland, Oregon.

Led by the duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, their album Shangri-La is due next week.

“Dystopia”, an ominous song of environmental doom, is from the album and a free download.

“The Earth is on fire
We don’t have no daughter
Let the motherfucker burn”


Battles is an experimental rock trio from New York with a strong emphasis on instrumentation.

Gloss Drop, their just released second album, is primarily instrumental, with vocals on only four tracks by guest performers.

The quirky infectious song “Ice Cream” features the voice of clubkid, DJ, producer Matias Aguayo and is a free download from Spin.

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten is appearing at Bonnaroo this weekend.

The music of this singer/songwriter from Brooklyn via Tennessee and New Jersey is included in a Spin free download of 20 Bonnaroo bands, along with the likes of My Morning Jacket, the Walkmen, Robert Plant and Twin Shadow.

The vulnerable beauty heard in “Don’t Do It” is from Van Etten’s 2010 album Epic.


Bonnaroo, the four day music and arts festival, begins today in Manchester, Tennessee.

This is the tenth year and the lineup is stellar.

In celebration of Bonnaroo, RCRDLBL has released from their archives a free download of 24 bands performing this year including Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine, Sleigh Bells, Best Coast, Iron & Wine, and the Black Angels among others.

Featured here is Twin Shadow, the nom de plume of George Lewis, Jr., who developed his chops in Boston before reinventing himself in Brooklyn.

“I Can’t Wait” is from his debut album Forget.

The Shaggs Off-Broadway

The Shaggs are considered either the worst band of all-time or the greatest.

Three sisters from New Hampshire were forced by their father to form a band. The Wiggin girls recorded one studio album, Philosophy of The World, in 1969.

They couldn’t play and they couldn’t sing.

Adored by the likes of Kurt Cobain and Frank Zappa, the great rock writer Lester Bangs pronounced that the Shaggs were better than the Beatles. (Read his Village Voice review here.)

And now Shaggs: Philosophy of The World is an off-Broadway musical. (Read the New York Times review here.)

Listen to the title track from this landmark album. You be the judge.

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