The latest MP3s to hit the blogs.
1. Marilyn Manson, "Heart Shaped Glasses"
Manson has said that the first single from Eat Me, Drink Me was inspired by his girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, instead of the usual bats, necrophilia, and vomit. [Idolator]
2. Fabolous featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy, "Block on Smash"
If you're wondering why Jay doesn't compare himself to Spider-Man, pimp Budweiser Select, or mention dinners with Bill Clinton at the Spotted Pig on this guest spot from Caesar's new Definition of Empire mix tape, it's because his verse is recycled from a non-album track he recorded back in 2003 before he did things like that. [Fluo Kids]
3. Queens of the Stone Age featuring Trent Reznor, "Era Vulgaris"
QOTSA asked Reznor to help out on their forthcoming album (also called Era Vulgaris) but ultimately decided not to include any of his contributions — a strategy that might well have paid off on the new Nine Inch Nails record. [The Music Miz]
4. Travis, "Closer"
These affable Glaswegians are widely credited as the inventors of Coldplay. This new Nigel Godrich–produced single won't make you forgive them, but it's still kind of nice. [Quick Before It Melts]
5. Franz Ferdinand, "All My Friends" (LCD Soundsystem cover)
Thirty-five-year-old Alex Kapranos sings this New Order–y Sounds of Silver track about being an aging hipster with such full-throated conviction, it's almost as if he knows what it's like to be an aging hipster. [Kwaya Na Kisser] —Lane Brown