Best new music on the blogs: M.I.A., Pop Massacre, Toro Y Moi, Klaxons

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M.I.A.
Maya Arulpragasam celebrated New Year’s Eve by releasing a free 36 minute mixtape called Vicki Leekx consisting of out-takes from her last album /\/\/\Y/\ and newer material.
http://vickileekx.com

Pop Massacre
A group of electronic artists curated by label Friends Of Friends including names like Daedelus and DNTEL cover big pop hits from the likes of Abba, Prince, Katy Perry, A-Ha, Britney and Beach Boys. Free download.
Listen at Bandcamp

Toro Y Moi
After a successful 2010, Chaz Bundick will release his second album Underneath The Pine in late February but has already dropped Still Sound, the first substantial taster from the record.
Listen at Disco Ball Breaker

Klaxons free EP
Landmarks Of Lunacy was the band’s Christmas gift, a 5-track EP of material recorded in 2008 with producer James Ford and ultimately rejected by the label.
http://www.klaxons.net

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Sites of the Week: MeltinPop, ChartStats, Save a Few Bob

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MeltinPop
A collaborative Youtube playlist site. Choose a theme and you can listen to or add to any playlist. Current active playlists inclue ‘Animals’ , ‘Girls with Harps’ and “Songs about Tomorrow’.
http://www.meltinpop.com

ChartStats
Fascinating graphs by artist, single or album show just how well a musician is doing in the UK charts. Bliss for music and number nerds.
http://www.chartstats.com

Save a Few Bob
Sites like CityDeal.ie are taking off as we all get used to frugality and Save A Few Bob is one of the best local options with articles on best credit card rates, a guide to buying a HD TV and the best deals on nearly anything you can think of spending your money on.
http://www.saveafewbob.ie

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Pogo’s Joburg Jam

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Australian mashup artist Pogo’s new mashup series sees him kicking off the World Remix project, where he hopes to record a mashup of every major culture in the world through funding from Kickstarter. Johannesburg, South Africa is the first of such cultures. He’s already almost raised his funding goal so next stop, Tibet.

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