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  • 'Keep the Ships at Bay' by Total Slacker - Free MP3

    November 15, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist:  Total SlackerSong: "Keep the Ships at Bay"Album: Slip Away "This song is about next leveling," Tucker Rountree tells Rolling Stone. "Taking things in and then pushing it out farther than before to reach the summit of ourselves."  | More »

  • 'Hedonic Treadmill' by Clara Moto - Free MP3

    November 14, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: Clara MotoSong: "Hedonic Treadmill"Album: Blue Distance "'Hedonic Treadmill' describes the tendency of people to adapt to good events – or bad – and then return to the same level of happiness," Clara Moto tells Rolling Stone.  "In other words, we don't gain more happiness with, example, more money, as our expectations rise proportionately. So better jump off as it is ultimately unsatisfying."  | More »

  • 'The Hunting Owl' by Merz and Julian Sartorius - Free MP3

    November 13, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist:  Merz and Julian SartoriusSong: "The Hunting Owl" Album: No Compass Will Find Home (Julian Sartorius Drum & Vocal Renditions)"It's a pretty heavy story, but I wrote this song after watching my brother-in-law barely survive a week in a coma,"  Conrad Lambert tells Rolling Stone. "During this whole week, his life was hanging by a thread. He's a youngish guy and this experience gave me a perspective on the arbitrary nature of death. Death, like an owl that sw...  | More »

  • 'Every 1's A Winner' by Bing Ji Ling - Free MP3

    November 12, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: Bing Ji LingSong: "Every 1's A Winner"Album: Por Cada Nube"When given the opportunity to raid the RAK vaults for tracks to cover, Hot Chocolate's material was our first port of call," Quinn Luke tells Rolling Stone. "'Every 1's A Winner' has always been one of my favorites by them, with incredible synthy-guitar textures. Trying to capture those sounds was made easier by virtue of the fact that we were able to record in the same exact studios at RAK where ...  | More »

  • 'That Feeling' by Gossling - Free MP3

    November 11, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: GosslingSong: "That Feeling"Album: Harvest of Gold "'That Feeling' is about trying to recreate an experience or feeling that spontaneously occurred one new years' eve," Helen Croome tells Rolling Stone. "It's a feeling or euphoric state that's unattainable and impossible to regenerate no matter how hard you try."  | More »

  • 'Flowerbomb' by Crushed Stars - Free MP3

    November 8, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: Crushed StarsSong: "Flowerbomb"Album: Farewell Young Lovers "This will sound like a cliché, but I was standing in a cafe line and was intrigued by the fragrance of the person in front of me, so I asked what it was," Todd Gautreau tells Rolling Stone. "She answered Flowerbomb, which I thought was an interesting word since you don't normally associate the gentleness of a flower with the intensity of an explosion. So I was inspired to write a song about a hypothetical girl wh...  | More »

  • 'Jobsworth' by The Caribbean - Free MP3

    November 7, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: The CaribbeanSong: "Jobsworth"Album: Moon Sickness "A jobsworth is generally a Brit term describing someone who uses his job or position to possibly appear more important than he is, or to manipulate people and situations," Michael Kentoff tells Rolling Stone. "The story is simple. I was angry with someone – a number of people, actually. I believed they were using their positions to put me in a very difficult place. It wound up being a song about how important it is to fin...  | More »

  • 'This Is It' by Maria Taylor - Free MP3

    November 6, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: Maria TaylorSong: "This Is It" Album: Something About Knowing "'This Is It' is the last song I wrote and recorded for the record," Maria Taylor tells Rolling Stone. "The chorus came to me while I was driving. I pulled over and sang the melody into my iPhone. Once this song was recorded, I knew the record was complete!"  | More »

  • 'Bottom Of The Ladder' by Vikesh Kapoor - Free MP3

    November 5, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: Vikesh KapoorSong: "Bottom Of The Ladder"Album: The Ballad Of Willy Robbins  "'Bottom Of The Ladder' is inspired by the frustration of being stuck in limbo – climbing some ladder, sticking to some societal framework, and doing so seemingly forever and without progress," Vikesh Kapoor tells Rolling Stone. "My debut album follows a narrative and within that context this opening song shows the speaker struggling to come to terms with expectation versus self-fulfill...  | More »

  • 'Perish In Hilton' by Pinkunoizu - Free MP3

    November 4, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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    Artist: PinkunoizuSong: "Perish In Hilton"Album: The Drop"'Perish In Hilton' is a b-side from our recording sessions for The Drop," Andreas Pallisgaard tells Rolling Stone. "I remember how the initial idea for the song came from visiting the Hỏa Lò prison in Vietnam – the prison better known as Hanoi Hilton. This was where the American troops were held during the Vietnam War. The title also hints at Hollywood glitter culture and its flip side."  | More »

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