Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How to play sports music of Apple Music on MP3 player

Why we need sports
Physical exercise is good for mind, body and spirit. Furthermore, team sports are good for learning accountability, dedication, and leadership, among many other traits. Putting it all together by playing a sport is a winning combination.
When you playing a sport,
  • Many athletes do better academically. 
  • Sports teach teamwork and help achieve goals. 
  • Sports offer many health benefits, some less obvious. 
  • Sports boost self-esteem. 
  • Playing a sport cuts down on pressure and stress. 
For all of these reasons, it is always a great decision to get involved in the sports arena.

About Sports Music of Apple Music

We all know that, listening to music when you hit the gym may improve your workout. There are various sports music songs on Apple Music.
Music For Sports on iTunes Store
If you don’t want to play them on Apple products and you really like the Sport music playlist on your Apple Music, how to do?
The Apple Music Converter for Mac / Win comes to help you. With its help, you can convert all the Apple Music file to MP3 format and remove the DRM from Apple Music. The only condition is that you need to download them from iCloud before your conversion.

Quick guide to convert Sports music of Apple Music files from M4P to MP3.

Step 1: Install Macsome iTunes Converter and run it.
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Step 2. Load Apple Music files to convert.
Click Add button and choose the Music library and add the files you want to convert.
Step 3. Click Macsome iTunes Converter Menu, and in the drop-down list, choose Preferences, turn to Advanced to set the output format.
Step 4: Click Convert button to start converting Sports music to MP3 format.

After the conversion process is finished, you can play the converted Sport MP3 music files anywhere and anytime as you like.
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Monday, March 14, 2016

Howto play Zootopia movie music “Try Everything” without buying from iTunes Store on MP3 player


The movie Zootopia

Zootopia (known as Zootropolis in some territories) is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 55th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

How about the Movie Zootopia
  • “Disney's 'Zootopia' Is the Number One Film Worldwide for a Second Weekend in a Row”
  • “‘Allegiant’ Pledges $26.7M; ‘Zootopia’ Hops With $83M 5th Frame – Intl B.O. Update”
  • “'Zootopia' Beats '10 Cloverfield Lane' at Box Office with $50M”
  • “Box Office: 'Zootopia' Stays on Top and a Not-So Perfect Opening for 'The Perfect Match'”
  • “'10 Cloverfield Lane' Tops Newcomers While 'Zootopia' Crosses $400 Million Worldwide”
  • “Box Office: ‘Zootopia’ Rules With $50 Million, Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Brothers Grimsby’ Bombs”
And more articles about the movie, you can view from

About the Movie Music Music

The film's score is composed by Michael Giacchino. It marks his first feature-length project for Walt Disney Animation Studios, as he previously scored the Goofy short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, the two Prep & Landing specials and short film, and the short film The Ballad of Nessie. In addition to her voice role of Gazelle, pop star Shakira also contributed an original song to the film titled "Try Everything", which was written by Sia and Stargate. The film's score was recorded with an 80-piece orchestra in November 2015, with Tim Simonec conducting.
In addition, you can purchase Zootopia (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album from iTunes Store

Or you can use your Apple Music to listen to the Zootopia Movie music album without purchase, (Please make sure you have subscribed the Apple Music.).

And if you want to play them on your MP3 player from your Apple Music list, you can ask Macsome iTunes Converter to help you.

Macsome iTunes Converter is an all-in-one yet simple Apple Music Converter which is used to convert any protected iTunes music files to MP3 / AAC and so on. If you can play these iTunes music files, you can use the iTunes Converter to convert them.

Quick guide to convert Apple Music files from M4P to MP3.

Step 1: Install Macsome iTunes Converter and run it.
Tips: Download iTunesConverter.dmg by clicking
Step 2. Load Apple Music files to convert.
Click Add button and choose the Music library and add the files you want to convert.
Step 3. Click Macsome iTunes Converter Menu, and in the drop-down list, choose Preferences, turn to Advanced to set the output format.
Step 4: Click Convert button to start converting Try Everything to MP3 format.
 After the conversion, you can play the Zootopia movie music album on MP3 player anywhere as you like. All the DRM of the Apple Music files have been removed.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A large amount of Free Audio books websites for Children


4tenderheart   offers unique stories for online reading and also two television readings of Sir Pot stories.
ABC Fast Phonics  is a free tutorial that uses cartoons and sounds with audio narrations and clickable words to teach phonics.  A site for begininng readers.
Aesop's Fables     offers 37 of the Aesop fables in audio versions (shown by speaker icon) for free listening online in their RealPlayer audio player.
Alphabetimals an online read and listen alphabet book with animals for each letter.  The sound of the animal and of the word are read outloud when the button is pressed.  There is also a free iPad video.  No registration required.
AlvieTheLittleBrownBurro has seven Alvie stories to read online or download in MP3.
AmazingAdventureSeries offers the children story "June the Prune" for free reading online.  The story can also be heard by pressing the audio button at the top of the page.
Ambling Books has a large collection of free audio books of classic novels for children.  These are all available for free download in MP3 without registration.  Using their Ambling player allows the download in one file, otherwise multiple files need to be downloaded.
A Story Before Bed  has 10 free books that are shown in a flash viewer while the author narrates the book.  The rest of the site is paid where you can narrate the book.
AudioBookCloud an online source of  free audio books run in conjunciton with local libraries.   This library offers free access to all users.  Click on Children link after clicking on link here.  All available for free listening online.
AudioBooksForFree (Childrens) has a few hundred audio books available for free download as MP3s.  However, the quality of the free downloads is 8kbps, which is bearable.  Higher quality recordings cost money.  No sorting for age groups.  The books appear to be mostly for older children.
AudioBookTreasury has 8 classic novels available for free listening online.  They may also be downloaded as MP3 by a right-click on the link and selecting "save link as".
AudioLiterate has 18 free classic audiobooks available for free listening online or free download in MP3 (zipped) without registration.
Barefoot Books  has 20 YouTube sponsored sing-a-long videos for younger children at their site.   They offer more videos, for UK and USA viewers, at their YouTube channel.  They also offer 4 audiobooks in their Podcast Storiessection.
Barnes & Noble offers 16 free video readings of children books , by the authors in their Online Storytime section.    This is in their flash player and the audio is accompanied by the illustrations from the book.
BookBox  has 18 audio books available in a variety of languages available for download in MP3.
Book Pop  has 4 audiobooks for children available for free download in MP3.  These are unique stories read by author, Stephen Cosgrove.
BooksShouldBeFree has a good collection of Childrens and Fairy Tales audio books available for download in MP3 (64kbps) format.  Files are downloaded in Zip format and when extracted are separated into chapters.
BritishCouncil has a very nice collection of flash animated song and audio read-a-long stories.  Games and other activities also available. They also have a YouTube listing.
CatEyeBooks offers Chapter 1 of a 200 page mystery adventure book, Trouble Spots, written by a 10 year old girl.  This is a video presentation with ilustrations in the video accompanying the audio.  Also available at YouTube.  More chapters are due to come for free.  Thanks to howtolou for this suggestion.
CBeebies  has a very large collection of free animated children stories available for free listening online in their flash player.  No registration required.  Stories may be read-a-long if you want.
CinnamonBear is a British site featuring the adventures of Paddy O'Cinnamon available for download in MP3 format.  The quality is very good, but the stories are divided into separate downloads of small sections.  A nice unusual listing though.
Clifford Interactive Storybooks  Scholastic presents several Clifford stories for reading with audio play available.  Animated and presented in flash for free listening online without registration.
Denver Public Library Podcast  has a nice collection of stories and songs available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.  This link is to the Beatrix Potter stories.  If you look on the left, there are other categories available.
Don't Spank Hank  is an online childrens book that also offers a narrated version for online listening.
E-Books Directoryhas links to 4 children's audio books available for free download in MP3.
eChristian has 3 free audiobooks for children.  Free registration is required for free download in MP3.
Feels Like Christmas has 4 Christmas audio stories available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  All professionally narrated by Chuck Brown.
Free Audio  has an interesting collection of free audio books for children.  The link here is to there Land of Oz audio book collection. They also have some free audiobook collections listed here .  The rest of the "free" offerings seem to be come ons to join a pay site (with a free offering).  O)n these free, the links are offsite for free download in MP3 without registration (most at Librivox).
Free Listens  a blog that reviews audiobooks from around the web.  This link is to all posts there tagged children.  Download and listening options vary as the links are offsite.
HighlightsKids has 9 books available for listening and viewing online through a flash player.  The site also has games, puzzles, reading stories and science experiments and stories for children.  Two other stories available here.
Homeschool Freebie Of The Day  has a link to 15 G.A Henry stories at Librivox available for free download in MP3.  Helpful hints in the comments from Lynn about Librivox - you can set them as a subscription in iTunes and they are available at Internet Archive for free download or free listening online.
Johnnie's Story Page most of these are links offsite, but it is a very nice collection and  well sorted for beginning and more advanced readers.  All the ones I looked at were flash presentations and also had audio available.
Kara's Free Audiobooks  over 200 free podcasts of readings of classic books and poems.  All suitable for children and all available for free listening online without registration.
KiddieRecordsWeekly has a very interesting collection of stories.  These were recorded on records during the mid 1940s to the early 1950s.  Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers of the day.  There are around 250 recordings available for download in high quality MP3 format or they can be streamed.  Some are available as one download, but most are available in several segments. (See KidsAudioBooks {below} for easier download).
KidsAudioBooks Very good site which lists many of the same records listed at KiddieRecordsWeekly, but has them all available in one download.  Also has some old time radio shows as well as a small collection of coloring pages (images to be saved) and reading books (pdf download).
KidsEnglishBooks offers 6 free downloadable picture books with matching audio as well as 3 fairy tales in pdf and audio for free download.
Kids Learning Centrehas a nice collection of sing-a-longs and of talking books available for free listening or free download in MP3.
KidsLearnOutLoud has about 160 free audio books and podcasts available for listening or download in various formats (usually MP3).  These are links to other sites so the format and quality can vary, but the few I listened to were of very good quality.  Some interesting entries here.
KidsNurseryRhymes has singalong nursery rhymes for online listening and disco sing alongs for download in MP3 format.
Kids Stories Online  has 4 free audiobooks available for free listening online or free download in MP3 without registration.  Also available are 11 Narrated video presentation.
Kids World Fun has a nice collection of animated short stories for read-a-long.  There are also some animated movies available, but they do not have read-a-long.  Some free ebooks and other learning activities also available.
Kindersite offer a good number of stories in flash for reading and listening online as well as lullabies, music and games for younger children.
KizClub  has a good number of free read-a-long stories available for free listening online in a flash presentation.  The page linked is to Level 1 levels 2 and 3 also have free offerings.  There are other pages at the site to help with reading (some are links to pay products).  No registration needed.
KOL Jr. has 40 free read-a-long video and audiobook for free watching online in their flash player, without registrration.  There are 15 Arthur books included in this collection.
LGfL   the Lancashire Grid for Literacy has a good number of animated flash presentations of children books available for free listening online without registratrion.
Librivox (Childrens) has a good collection of childrens audio books available for download in MP3 (64kbps or 128kbps) or ogg.  Quality of recordings is very good, but the downloads are chapter by chapter.
Librophile  has a very large collection of free classic audiobooks for children.  These cover a large age range.  All are available for free listening online or free download in MP3 (zipped) without registration.  There are also links to reading versions of the books.
LightUpYourBrain has 20 childrens audio books available for download in MP3 or for listening online.  All are read by Chuck Brown.  There is also a large collection of childrens games available at the site.
Lit2Go has a large collection of audio books and poems, which appear to be almost all for children of varying ages (link is to grade level links).   They also have several interesting collections: The Books of Oz (5 books); The Princess Collection (13 books); and The Stratemeyer Syndicate (5 books)    Quality of recordings was very good.  Available for free download in MP3.
Little Critters A dozen free stories in their interactive read and play section presented in a flash player.   Also, sing-a-long songs.
LoudLit  has 8 children stories available for free listening online and free download in MP3 without registration.  Also has read-a-long pages.
MagicKeys has 4 free audio stories available for free listening online.  Not downloadable as they are in flash player.  3 are for young children and 1 is for older children.
MeeGenius  has 6 free classic fairy tales for yoou nger children with the option to read or be read to in their online flash viewer.
Mem Foxreads several of her stories for children aloud.
Mother Goose Club  has a large collection of nursery rhymes available for free listening online without registration.  These are video presentations.
MrsPStorytime Mrs. P reads a few classic stories, some childen written stories and animal stories read by Mrs P in a youtube video, with readalong capttions.
Ms. Simpson's Website For English Language Learners: American Tall Tales  a collection of several classic tall tales available for free listening online.  Some other audio resources at the site also.
My Audio School although also a pay site, they offer a good collection of free audiobooks for free download in MP3 without registration.
My Young Child  provides free online stories to help children build values through reading.  The main link is to the reading page, which has 20 stories available for read-a-long in a flash video.  There are 4 other stories availalbe for free listening and read-a-long in a flash video in their Reading section.
Northpole  good sized colleciton of free Christmas related stories to read on line (or have read aloud).  Flash presentation on main page to access stories and hidden stories to find.
OnlineAudioStories has close to 100 audio stories for free listening.  Most are short poems, but there are a few longer stories mixed in. 
Penguin Group  has 4 of Aesop's Fables available for free listening online without registration.  These are uniquely animated versions presented in  flash video.
PodioBooks has 8 free books for listening online.  They may also be downloaded as MP3 by a right-click and selecting "save link as".
Popular Children's Stories  nice collection of children stories available for free download in MP3 without registration.  Some unique entires here.
PublicDomaineBlog   has links to popular classic works available for free listening online.  They also have links to the reading materials and for most a video (movie).
Reading Bear A phonics learning site for begining readers.  Free audio and visual presentations.
Read To Me has 15 free flash video read-a-long books for free viewing online, without registration.  All are performed by professional performers.
RIFReadingPlanet has 10 free audio stories (with read-a-long) available for listening online.  They are in flash player, so are not downloadable with the DownloadHelper mentioned above.
Robert Munsch has about 60 books by Robert Munsch (and read by him) available for download in MP3 format. 
Rockford's Rock Opera  a free audiobook available for streaming or free download in MP3 without registration.
SillyBooks has nine animated read along books for viewing online.  These are flash animations and are for those learning to read.
Speakaboos has about 100 books available for listening and viewing online through a flash viewer.  Downloads are available for a fee, though some are available free after registering.  They also have a Play area with arts and crafts projects.
Starfall has some read-a-long materials for new readers.  Starting with the ABCs and then some additional material under Learn to Read and I'm Reading as well as some poetry and other activities.  All available for free online listening without registration.
StoriesNow  has 4 famous children stories that were originally performed live at the lux theater for radio broadcast.  the commercials and other extraneous material have been eliminated so that the story flows through.  These are based on the movie versions of the stories and have some of the stars from the movie starring in the radio braodcast.
StoryLineOnline has audio books available for online listening and viewing through a flash player.  There are also activities associated with the book available online or for download in pdf.  This site is a program of the Screen Actors Guild and features well known actors as the readers.
Storynory has a good size collection of interesting children stories.  There are original stories as well as classic novels and fairy tales.  The educational page has Greek myths and Robin Hood stories and some others.  The Junior stories page has books for those just learning to read.  Downloads are very good quality MP3. 
Story Time For Me  has 36 free audiobooks available for free listening online without registration.  About half the stories are for children aged 1 to 4 and the other half for children 4 to 8.
TalesFromTheForest has 11 free audio books available for free listening online or free download in MP3.  4 of the stories are originals and the other 7 are classics.
The Land of Magichas a very nice collection of audiobooks available for free listening online or free download in MP3.
The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd  is a family friendly podcast that has been running since 2004.  All seasons are available for free download in MP3 or free listening online.  Click on "Archive" to access past indiviual shows.  No registratin required.
TheStoryHome  has several free audio stories for listening to online.  These are mostly classics, with some original works.
The Story Spieler has a nice size collection of readings by Roy Trumbull of classics and other works.  All are available for free listening online and free download in MP3, without registration.  There is also a link to the text version of the stories.
Toy Box Productions  has about 25 free audio books for free reading and listening online in a flash player.  The few I looked at were longer books (60+ pages).  They are divided into Time Traveler books of USA historical figures and Bible stories.
TumbleBook Cloud Collections the Huntley Library offers free acces to the excellent collections of TumbleBooks.  The TumbleBook Library and TumbleBook Jr., collections are the best selections for younger readers.  There are read-a-longs and other reading learning features available as well as the AudioBook Cloud collection of 1,000 free audiobooks.
Twirly Girl Theater has several short stories for children available for free download in MP3 without registration.
Uvula Audio Kids & Young Adults offer 23 free classic novels as audiobooks in podcasts.  All are available for free download in MP3 without registration.  See also their RSS Feed.
We Do Listen  offers 11 Howard B. Wigglebottom stories for free viewing/listening online in their popup flash player
WiredForBooks has a nice collection of Beatrix Potter books as well as a few others for online reading and also available in audio. 
Woodlands Junior School  has an excellent collection of links ot online audiobooks for children.  Listening and download options vary as these are links offsite.
WorldofTales  a collection of folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available as audio.
YouTube has a large collection of audio children's books with accompanying video presentation of the book.  There may be additional selections in these playlists, or you may just prefer using the playlists.  These are downloadable as video using the DownloadHelper referenced in the Introduction here.  Also, there are free YouTube to MP3 services on the web.
YouTube Kiddie Record Weekly  the YouTube site for the Kiddie Records Weekly site referenced above.  98 free audiobooks for children available here.  These are classic recordings from the 50s made by popular stars of the day.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How to play audible Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone books on MP3 player

Users can purchase Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's from, and they can also purchase the Audible books as well. But the purchased audiobook is limited AA or AAX format with DRM, that is to say, users cannot play them freely on MP3 player or other audio player as they like?
How can you get the MP3 format of audible Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone books?
It is a problem for some MP3 fans to solve, now Macsome Audiobook Converter gives an ideal solution. One tool, you can finish converting the AA / AAX to MP3 and removing DRM from Audible Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone books.

Step-by-step guide to convert Audible Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone books to MP3 format.

If you have purchased Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone books, make sure that you have authorized it to your computer.
Step 1, go to download Macsome Audio Book Converter, install and run it. The Audio Book Converter loads all playable audiobooks from the iTunes Books library automatically.
Step 2. Click Profile button and select the required profile in Output File Format drop-down list.
Step 3. Click the Macsome Audiobook Converter menu and select Preferences to customize the Output Settings by clicking Choose... to set the destination.
Step 4. Click the Convert button and then the selected files will be listed in the window that pops up. And the Status will keep updating the status of the files until that the conversion finished.
After the conversion is done, you can play  the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone MP3 anywhere you like.
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About Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With the help of his friends, Harry faces an attempted comeback by the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry's parents, but failed to kill Harry when he was just a year old.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

10 Best New Songs of the Week

Every week, Vulture and friends highlight the best new music. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best music.
Sufjan Stevens, “Chicago (Demo)”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard alternate versions of “Chicago,” the ethereal hit from Sufjan Stevens’s 2005 album, Illinois. Stevens released three other versions on The Avalanche, an album devoted to outtakes from Illinois. Personally, I would never object to more versions of this rich, beautiful song. Now, Stevens brings us a tenth-anniversary demo that is surprising, but still immensely listenable. The aggressive guitar brings to mind angsty '00s acoustic rock like “Age Six Racer” by Dashboard Confessional or “Collide” by Howie Day (you’re welcome for reminding you about that last song). It’s fascinating to hear more of Sufjan’s process, but I’m glad that "Chicago" turned out the way it did. —Madeline Raynor (@madelineraynor_)
Corinne Bailey Rae, “Been to the Moon”
After six long years, Corinne Bailey Rae and her enviable hair are back to cast another spell on us. And to think, all this time she'd just been hanging out in outer space waiting for Earthlings to be worthy of her presence again. "When we first collide, the timing wasn't right," she coos, to both some foolish man and to us all, for failing to truly appreciate her the last time she was around. Welcome back to Earth, Corinne: Your voice still sounds so refreshingly out of this world. —Dee Lockett  (@Dee_Lockett)

Iggy Pop, "Sunday"The third early offering from Iggy and Josh Homme's Post Pop Depression (out March 18) delivers a melancholic ode to rest, freedom, and the end of the week. "The key to everything, I crawl for Sunday, when I don't have to move," Iggy croons. "Caught up in dreams untangled one day, where I don't have to prove." The song's beginning indicates how Iggy's classic sonic template will blend with his collaborator's more contemporary vibes on PPD — and to earworm-y effect. But it's the gloomy outro, which arrives and departs with ephemeral beauty like the very thing the track yearns for, that will ultimately hypnotize you into leaving this on repeat. —Sean Fitz-Gerald (@srkfitzgerald)

Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, "Atomic Number"
To what do we owe this musical marriage of queens Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs? Their upcoming collaborative album, case/lang/veirs, apparently all started when lang emailed Case and Veirs about making sweet, sweet music as a threesome, to which they obviously replied duh! and got to working over the last couple years. If harmonies and violin backdrops are your thing, "Atomic Number" is the one. —DL

Miguel, "Waves" (Tame Impala remix)
Was it possible for this song to get any more gorgeously trippy? Apparently. Tame Impala took Miguel's Wildheart hit and enriched it by cranking its waves of color, reverb, and texture to 11. Now it doesn't sound like you're just listening to a great song underwater, but a great underwater song underneath yet another body of water. Ride these waves, and if you like what you hear, there are four more unique iterations — from Kacey Musgraves, Travis Scott, RAC, and Joshua Tree — available on Miguel's recently released Rogue Waves EP. —SFG

Baauer ft. Pusha T and Future, "Kung Fu"
Last year, Pusha noted to Vulture his work with EDM producers: "People wonder why I do these records, but you can love anything that you’re in the mix of once you’re in that element. Who’s not having a good time at any of those festivals?" That idea of genre-blending born out of euphoria is all you need to know about "Kung Fu," a collaboration between trap lords Pusha T and Future off Baauer's new album. Call it "Trap King" — an ode to the "white world of snort" and every white metaphor for the drug (even Macklemore) that Push can come up with. —DL

Elliphant ft. Skrillex, “Spoon Me”
Perhaps the greatest song about spooning ever produced (sorry, Macklemore), Swedish rapper Elliphant and DJ Skrillex deliver an EDM-infused ode to the big and little spoons in your life. “Spoon me (Spoon me tight) / Spoon me (You gotta spoon me right),” the chorus thumps. Of course, it could also be an allusion to illicit drug use at clubs. But we’ll take Netflix and chill to the comedown of “purple gloom,” thank you. —Justin McCraw (@JustinMcCraw)

Mothers, “Hold Your Own Hand”
My OKCupid profile used to say something to the effect of my favorite songs are usually the first or last songs on albums. I thought this said a lot, by saying a little — mostly it said “Don’t date this nerd.” That said, there is truth in them hills. First/last songs tend to show bands’ extremes. First songs — ideally — are short, fast, rave-ups; last songs are slow, ethereal, sad jams. (For an example: Weezer’s debut starts with “My Names Is Jonas” and ends with “Only in Dreams.”) On occasion, artists will subvert this, playing with the vocabulary of musicals, having more of an overture, explaining intro, and a huge, choir-filled finish. (Combining both traditions, Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam” feels much more like an album closer, which it was supposed to be at first — this only makes it more powerful as an opener.) “Hold Your Own Hand” is very much a last song on a record. It starts slow with mostly solo, finger-picked guitar and Kristine Leschper’s incredible voice, but then it builds with choirlike harmonies, and a tuneful guitar jam. All of Mothers’ debut, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, which came out last Friday, is fantastic. This song just shows them at the height of their powers. —Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox)

Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple, "Left Handed Kisses"
Fiona Apple just loves to keep us waiting between albums, which is why I squealed when her new duet with Andrew Bird (for his upcoming album) came along. I'll take new Fiona however I can get it — and here, I get it in the form of a faux love song about the problem with writing love songs. To Bird, it's a taxing process she should appreciate. To Fiona, though, it's all "a few 50-cent words" that amount to nothing. In the words of every woman ever: Do better. —DL

MOTHXR, “Underground”
The Penn Badgley–helmed MOTHXR is that rare actor-turned-musician band that actually works. There’s no semblance of Lonely Boy when Badgley broods over a relationship that ended before it began in “Underground.” Here, he’s more akin to multi-instrumentalist Lo-Fang than a CW heartthrob, although both have TV-ready hair. The album contains only a smattering of highlights compared to the rest, but it’s a solid first for them and anyone trying to reshape their image. —JM
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