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Digital Digest: Poly Styrene, Fleet Foxes, Damon Albarn and more

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Producer Will Producer Will | 12:38 UK time, Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Poly Styrene


The blogs never sleep, and while most of the UK has been basking in Marbella-like August sunshine, news, rumour, new music and crazy videos have continued to emerge.

X-Ray Spex singer, Poly Styrene has passed away at the age of 53 after losing her battle with breast cancer. The singer and punk legend released new material just last month and a good tribute and links are up on The Line of Best Fit

Beastie Boys continue their online domination. Despite forming at a time where boomboxes were regarded with the same technological wows as commercial space travel is in 2011, they at the tips of everyone’s fingers and have released the full 30-minute version of Fight for Your Right Revisted on YouTube and their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 in its entirety on Soundcloud - the tracks do contain strong language so please bear this in mind before listening if you are easily offended.

Fleet Foxes are another band who have made their new album available to stream in full. Helplessness Blues is out on May 3 but you can listen to it in full in NPR now. 

Damon Albarn, who must be one of the hardest working musicians around, has joined up with old pals Dan the Automater and Kid Koala. Check out Kid Koala dropping the currently untitled track on New York radio show, Beats in Space, on Vimeo now.

Pitchfolk have released a documentary video charting the rise of electro and it crossing into various other genres since Kanye West sampled Daft Punk in Stronger. The video does contain flashing images.

And if it hasn’t been sent around to you yet, begin a thread yourself, as one of the latest YouTube viral videos is from the Marines of 266 Rein miming to Britney Spears’ Hold it Against Me.


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