Band of Blogs: Danger Mouse’s summer playlist, Modest Mouse rarity, Chromeo, Skeleton Jones

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Danger Mouse’s summer playlist
The producer known for The Grey Album, Dark Night Of the Soul and Gnarls Barkley picked 170 songs for your summer gatherings available on Youtube, Spotify and iTunes.
Listen at Nialler9

Skeleton Jones
A former member of Irish band 8Ball, Ken McAllister has been making jangly indie-pop under this new moniker and it’s promising stuff indeed.
Listen at Nialler9

Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On
The ’80s synth revivalists will release their third album Business Casual in September. Don’t Turn The Lights On is a perfect example of the loved-up retro electro funk they do so well. So hot right now.
Listen at Stereogum

Rare Modest Mouse download
A 1993 cassette release – Tube Fruit, All Smiles and Chocolate was recently made available for free download after it was found on eBay.
Download via State

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Sites of the Week: Swap My City Pad, Flowing Data, One Photo Reviews

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Swap My City Pad
Swap your apartment with like-minded people in other cities throughout the world and keep the cost of a holiday down considerably.
http://www.swapmycitypad.com

Flowing Data
The ultimate site for data geeks, filled with maps, charts and diagrams which visualise data from a wide-range of topics like video games, sports, history, films and business.
http://flowingdata.com

One Photo Reviews
Scott reviews the latest film blockbusters not with flowing prose but with single shot profile pics of himself.
http://onephotoreviews.tumblr.com

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Band of Blogs: Tennis, Tinie Tempah, Cocknbullkid, Soulwax remix LCD Soundsystem

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Tennis
One of the most-blogged new artists from last week, this Denver husband and wife clearly impressed with their whimsical indie-pop charms. Debut 7” is sure to sell out fast.
http://www.myspace.com/tennisinc

Tinie Tempah and Snoop Dogg
USA meets England and this time it’s not a draw. Snoop adds an extra flavour to Tinie Tempah’s smash hit Pass Out.
http://bit.ly/snooptempah

Cockandbullkid
After a quiet period, promising pop star Anita Blay (pictured) returns with a song called er, Cockandbullkid. Despite the lack of imagination in song-naming, the string-assisted tune itself is superb pop.
http://bit.ly/cocknbull

Soulwax remix LCD Soundsystem
The Belgian brothers (who play Dublin during August Bank Holiday weekend) do their thing with LCD album track You Wanted A Hit.
http://bit.ly/lcdwax

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The wisdom of crowds

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Have you ever wanted to create your own music but were too lazy to do so? Fret not dear reader, help is at hand. Thanks to beatbuilder.ie, you too can get behind the mixing desk, or in this case the internet as accessed from your laptop keyboard. 15 Irish-based musicians appear on screen like an episode of TV game show Celebrity Squares but instead of being asked vexing trivia questions, the musicians who vary from drummers to beat boxers and er, dancers perform a looped sequence of music and it’s up to you to decide who is worthy of your mixing skills.

Venerable geek bible Wired recently had a similar attempt in crowdsourced music - http://bit.ly/wiredsong. Provided with a bass, drum and guitar track, readers and the community at Indabamusic.com – an online remix and collaboration site, were given the month of May to record the best song they could with the materials provided. Many artists collaborated and the results are interesting, if a tad bit generic. Wired plans to extend the crowdsourcing concept by asking readers to pick a winner, which will then be remixed too, which may answer the age old question – can you turn dung into dollars, or more accurately, a few thousand online streams?
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