We practiced last week but

We practiced last week but today we’re officially kicking off New Music Tuesday with four new releases, plus one bonus catalog gem. Swing by the blog every Tuesday for a smattering of the newest songs and albums playing in our ears and in the office.

Perhaps overshadowed by the untimely passing of Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, Dark Night of the Soul remains an intriguing collaboration between Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse. Hear what they created with the help of The Flaming Lips, David Lynch, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Iggy Pop and many more.

If you liked her recent single, XXXO, M.I.A.’s newest album, /\/\/\Y/\, is ready for a test drive. Will her newest music vehicle be a lemon or an instant classic?

Perhaps you’re not familiar with Will Holland of Quantic. That’s OK — take the time now for a proper introduction to his newest project, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno. Dog with a Rope might be the perfect warm weather soundtrack — a little bit mambo, hip-hop and reggae, and as NPR said, “These juxtapositions can be startling, but they never feel out of place.”

Darius Rucker… why does that name sound so familiar? To jog your memory, he was the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish! Since that time, he’s made a name for himself with a resurrected career in country music. Curiosity piqued? We’ve got his first new single, Come Back Song.

Wish you could vacation in Graceland? Are you Still Crazy After All These Years? Were you childhood best friends with Rhymin’ Simon? Then point your browser to Paul Simon’s artist page. You have the pick of his catalog right there. (Were you more of a Simon fan when he was with Garfunkel? We have that too.)

If you love what you’ve heard so far, be sure to check out New Releases on Rdio. These tunes are ripe for the picking—add them to your queue, a playlist or write a review to spread the good word.

∞  July 13, 2010 — 12:00AM