New Kelly Clarkson - “Let Me Down”

America’s first Idol, Kelly Clarkson, is gearing up for the long-awaited release of her as-yet-untitled fifth studio album in October. Thankfully for anxious fans, Clarkson’s presumed lead single “Let Me Down” leaked today and it’s not far removed from the moody pop/rock sounds of the pop princess’ past efforts. Amidst a glut of pop songs vying to be Song of the Summer, we may have our first official contender…or maybe just a killer demo. Either way, can’t wait to hear the rest of the tunes, which are said to be influenced by Prince, Tina Turner, and, um…Radiohead. What do you think?

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Kelly Clarkson - “Let Me Down”

Amy Winehouse Covers Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party”

Fact: Quincy Jone’s iPhone contact list is more interesting than yours. As evidence, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, a tribute to the Jones, will drop next week.

Featuring all-star collaborations of songs associated with the pop-soul sensei, a notable track is perennial partier Amy Winehouse’s Mark Ronson-produced take on Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party.” So what if the vocal is a bit late-night, runny-mascara, too-many-Zimas? The track is a perfect cover choice and kind of a charming mess - like Wino herself.

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Amy Winehouse - “It’s My Party (feat. Quincy Jones)”
Lesley Gore - “It’s My Party”

New Decemberists - “Down by the Water”

The DecemberistsColin Meloy has confirmed that his group’s new album will be released January 18 and will be titled The King Is Dead. Even better, The Decemberists have offered up a track from the album entitled “Down by the Water,” featuring Gillian Welch on backing vox and Peter Buck on guitar!

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Conan’s “First”/Zero Musical Guest Is…Steel Train

In anticipation of his immanent return to TV return next week, Conan O’Brien streamed a mini-show tonight. Dubbed “Show Zero,” the short four-minute clip featured one guest (Jim Parsons of “Big Bang Theory” nerd fame) and one band, NJ-based quintet Steel Train, playing literally one chord.

So, what does Coco’s first music guest sound like beyond one chord? Rambunctious, spastic pop as evidenced by “Soldier In The Army” from their 2010 self-titled release. Speaking of armies, “Seven Nation Army”-rocker Jack White will be Cone-Zone’s first musical guest when “Conan” officially debuts on TBS on Monday.

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Steel Train - “Soldier In The Army”
The White Stripes - “Seven Nation Army”

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New Beach House - “Norway”

Relax - that explosion you heard earlier was just the blogosphere blowing up over the release of “Norway,” the first blissful new tune from Beach House’s forthcoming (and mega-appropriately titled) Teen Dream. Strap yourself down before listening, kids - you might just get washed away in this gorgeously lush track.

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Beach House - “Norway”