Today in mooching: Free streaming CDs!

9283__ludacris_lThe sun’s high in the sky, and I’m only now emerging from AOL Music, where I’ve had my snout in the free-streaming CD trough all morning. Before today, I’d never actively entered the aural realm of Ludacris (pictured), knowing him more for his movie career and his high-profile beefs (Oprah, Bill O’Reilly. T.I.) than for his music. And I must admit, when I saw the title and cover art for Release Therapy, I braced myself for the Luda-quivalent of Sting’s Mercury Falling. Luckily, this isn’t the case. The latest from Chris Bridges is a bundle of schizoid energy: part airing of grievances (”Tell It Like It Is,” a small-biz PSA for aspiring rappers, and the weirdly atmospheric ”Ultimate Satisfaction”), and part weightless mating calls (the already ubiquitous ”Money Maker”). I’m not entirely sure which category ”Woozy” belongs to; with creepy yet endlessly fascinating lyrical contributions by R. Kelly, it’s a seduction song on roofies, hypnotic and 100 percent disturbing. It lacks only a midget.

Also streaming this week: Evan Dando’s newest offering, The Lemonheads, which kinda took me back to high school. I remember noticing cooler, punkier kids listening to Dando’s band, and wondering, ”Who are these… Lemon-Heads?” while Weird Al entered his fourth rotation on my Walkman. ”No Backbone” appears to be the track they’re breaking out, but ”Poughkeepsie” gets my vote, if only because it’s high time someone wrote a song about the fun-to-say upstate New York burg.

And holy moly, Tori Amos has an 86-song collection out. I feel like the oldest emo lesbian on earth — seems like just yesterday I was picking out ”Winter” on the piano to impress alternachicks. Wonder if that tactic’s any more effective now.

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  • Phil

    I have every cd Ludacris has ever released since he is one of the few rappers that actually entertain me with his beats and his lyrics. His new release, RELEASE THERAPY opens & closes with tracks that find ‘Cris coming at Oprah for misappropriating his comments on her show regarding hip-hop when he appeared over a year ago to promote the Oscar-award winning film, CRASH, in which he co-starred. This might seems like, a well, LUDACROUS idea, but since Luda hasn’t dropped a solo disc since 2004′s RED LIGHT DISTRICT, its not all that far-fetched. The last half of the disc with the R.Kelly collabo “Woozy”, and the duet with Mary J. Blige “Runaway Love” can be described as sextactular (I think R.Kelly 1st used this term in the late 90′s!!!). The stand out track on the cd though, is the dark “DO YOUR TIME” with a bevy of guests susch as recently released inmates Beanie Sigel, & Pimp C who trade verses back and forth about the hardships of jailtime. This is quite inspiring for me right now, as I face the inevitable loss of a relative heading off to jail in the next few weeks. Thank you Luda & Def Jam for creating a song at such that touched me at such a crucial time when I truly need to have hope. I’m not going to prison, but my twin brother is, & I feel like a piece of me is going with him…
    For any of you doubting on whether you want to support janet’s latest offering, “20 Y.O.”, AOL is streaming the entire disc as well. I’m still asking die-hard janet fans to listen to track #4, “Get It Out Me” and tell me those drum snares are not IDENTICAL to the ones used in Amerie’s “Touch” from last year! Other than that, the album is surprisingly not as bland or boring as the 1st single “Call On Me” with Nelly led me to believe. “So Excited” is growing on me, “This Body” & the breezy “Enjoy” are also jam worthy.
    If you’ve heard of the Scissor Sisters, but not sure if they’re just an over-hyped hipster phenomenon (although thousands of Brits can’t be wrong, CAN they??)go give their “TA-DAH” a solid listen. “She’s My Man” and “Ooh” are my fave tracks and should have you tapping your toes along with the pencil on your desk!
    The latest Ultra Trance double disc cd is one of the better trance cds that have been released lately incporporating both vocals & hypnotic synth beats. Many songs on here have already found release elsewhere, such as the opening tracks from Natasha Bedingfield and Depeche Mode, but fans of international superstar DJ Tiesto should rejoice as his latest single, with Faithless frontman, Maxi Jazz “Dance4Life” kicks off disc 2.
    I haven’t worked my way through the new Tony Bennet duets disc, but if anyone else has, please let me know if the songs are inspired, or just…insipid.

  • Meier

    Blah blah blah blah blah Ludacris blah blah blah blah Scissor Sisters blah blah blah blah R. Kelly blah blah blah.
    The only CD I’m dropping a Jackson for today is “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Straight Outta Lynwood.”

  • Nick R

    As much as I love Ms. Slezak, Scott Brown just jumped the charts with his admitting to being an overaged lesbian. I’d agree, but he’s probably not hairy enough.

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