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New Music Tuesday: Of Indie Rock and R & B

End-of-year releases can be a bit scattered, but this week’s playlist really showcases the best of what’s now available. R&B shines through, with songs about adoration, disappointment and rocky relationships from Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Tank, and Kandi. Alternatively, singles from the sonically-diverse Panda Bear, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cold War Kids and VVolves are available, hinting at their upcoming new albums.

Playlist Notes

  • Lykke Li, Get Some (Beck Remix): Culled from Wounded Rhythm, a new Lykke Li album to look for in 2011, Beck remixed Get Some.

  • Michael Jackson, Michael: Although he passed away before completing his next album, Michael Jackson’s last songs live on thanks to his many producers, contributors and supporters.

  • Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, III/IV: From the glut of songs recorded for 2007’s Easy Tiger come the contents of III/IV. They might be several years old, but for the most part they’re an excellent bunch of songs from the now-disbanded Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.

  • R. Kelly, Love Letter: Sentimental, saccharine and occasionally eyebrow-raising, R. Kelly records his new album in the style of old-school crooners like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

  • The Damned Things, Ironiclast: Formed by members of Fall Out Boy, Anthrax and Every Time I Die, their debut release sounds like they’re having hardcore fun.

  • Cold War Kids, Louder Than Ever: The somewhat rustic and hard-working Cold War Kids are releasing their third album, Mine if Yours, in January.

  • Diddy - Dirty Money, Last Train to Paris: It’s not clear in which dirty money Diddy could be dabbling given his lengthy stay in the pop culture spotlight, but perhaps it’s that alter ego of his. This is a concept album, where Diddy’s alter ego travels to Paris (apparently through clubs and dance halls) to get the girl.

Special Feature

Although typically limited to brand new music, this week’s playlist includes a song from each of the following newly available albums from The Smiths.

Add these classics from The Smiths to your Collection and Queue now: