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Forbes.com Hearts Arjan Writes

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A big, BIG thank you to the editors over at the fabulous Forbes.com for including Arjan Writes in their annual Best of Blog round-up this month. I'm flattered! Click over to Forbes.com to read the entire verdict. Also thanks to all those other great blogs that made a mention of it (or emailed me): Trent, David, David, Chris, GolfoAndy and Juliano.

July 26, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (8)

Stream New stellastarr* Single

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Check out an exclusive stream of the new stellastarr* single "Sweet Troubled Soul." The song is taken from their upcoming album "Harmonies for the Haunted" that will hit stores on September 13. The new tune is a stellar mixture of the Bravery with the Killers and a hint of Interpol with David Byrne.

Listen to stellastarr* "Sweet Troubled Soul"

UPDATE: It gets better. Here is a totally legal MP3 of the song for you to have:

Download stellastarr* "Sweet Troubled Soul" [MP3]

July 26, 2005 in Rare & Exclusive | Permalink | Comments (2)

Kelly Clarkson "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (VH1 Acoustic)

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Check out the fierce single cover of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" in the UK. The Texan is making a huge transformation from a timid American Idol contestant to an emerging international pop powerhouse. I met Kelly at the VMAs in 2001 a week before she won American Idol and I remember how genuine and friendly she was. Something that clearly comes across in her music. This August, she will return to the VMAs as a headlining performer.

One of her best performances to date is the acoustic version of "Behind These Hazel Eyes" that was recorded for VH1. Hear how she belts out "I don't cry on the outside anymore" towards the end of the song. It sends chills up my spine. (Click here to purchase Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" at Amazon.)

Listen to Kelly Clarkson "Behind These Hazel Eyes" (VH1 Acoustic)

July 25, 2005 in MP3 Exclusives | Permalink | Comments (35)

Bloc Party "Positive Tension" Remix

Ryan emailed me about his remix of Bloc Party's "Positive Tension." Check it out here (click on the "music" button). Nice one, Ryan.

Listen to Block Party "Positive Tension" (A Million Billion Mix)

July 25, 2005 in MP3 Exclusives | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday Reader Mail

I often receive questions from readers about songs that they are looking for. I'm not always able to answer those questions (extensively), but maybe other readers can? Here are a few I received this weekend...

"I need to know about a remix of This Is Radio Clash? They were playing it @ East/West last night and it was hot. It had no vocal. Do you know who did it?"

"Can you tell me what that excellent dance song that the DSquared boys used in their Womens wear Fall 2005 show.  The theme was the 'Church of Dsquared'.  They have snippets of the show on style.com. Right at the beginning of the show a model mimes to a song 'Everybody  Free' then it slides into this gospel edged dance song. Do ya know what it is?"

"I have a hard time staying current with what is new, and cool music for Europe. Any feedback you could give me would be greatly appreciated."

July 25, 2005 in Mailbox | Permalink | Comments (7)