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Panda Bear And Everybody Else Is Streaming At My Place

There are so many interesting albums streams going on right now, it’s both scary and exciting! NPR is streaming simultaneously Paul Simon’s ’So Beautiful or so what’, Panda Bear’s ‘Tomboy’, Low’s ‘C’mon’, and Alison Krauss and Union Station’s 'Paper Airplane'!

Here are the links:
Paul Simon, 'So Beautiful Or So What'
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/135047046/first-listen-paul-simon-so-beautiful-or-so-what

Panda Bear 'Tomboy'
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/04/134987319/first-listen-panda-bear-tomboy

Low 'C'mon'
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/03/134985366/first-listen-low-cmon

Alison Krauss And Union Station, 'Paper Airplane':
http://www.npr.org/2011/04/03/134979466/first-listen-alison-krauss-and-union-station-paper-airplane

Aol is also streaming several new ones, like Jim Jones’ 'Capo', Britney Spear’s ‘Femme Fatale’, Daft Punk’s 'Tron: Legacy Reconfigured':
http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/1

Or even the Kills’ ‘Blood pressure’, UNKLE’s 'Only the Lonely', The Raveonettes’ 'Raven in the Grave':
http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/1

It’s a new tendency, and it’s an interesting process since you cannot be disappointed when you buy the product, but in a way, it is a weird thing, it’s like having a listening party with the whole world, whereas listening to a new album used to be a private affair. And when you download the real thing, or buy the physical album in the store, there is no more surprise, as you have already listened to it 10 times on line. So it’s a little sad in a way. Also I wonder how many people have found a way to rip off all these album streams.

So far I have managed to listen to Paul Simon and Panda Bear’s new ones once each, but I will need to listen to them many more times!
The first impression did not give me any big surprise for different reasons, Paul Simon’s album seems to remind me a lot of his previous African-inspired albums (not that being a bad thing), and Panda Bear had released several singles (without mentioning all the free downloads that can be found around the blogosphere) that I already knew some of the songs. After the first listening, I would say it’s a dense album full of very busy tracks filled of looping, organic choruses and kaleidoscopic chanting,… But I have to go to this NPR page again!

 

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