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Download This: Tom Morello as the Nightwatchman

Check out ”California’s Dark” from Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman project, plus new music from Diddy, Voxtrot, The Greyboy Allstars, and Busdriver

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Download This: Tom Morello as the Nightwatchman

THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, ”California’s Dark”
According to Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, the much-missed revolutionaries decided to reunite this year in order ”to see if we can knock the Bush administration out in one fell swoop.” For that reason, if no other, they’re sure to top many Coachella attendees’ must-see lists this weekend. But explosive rap-rock isn’t the only injustice-fighting weapon in Morello’s arsenal, as anyone who’s seen his recent semi-solo shows under the alias the Nightwatchman can attest. The Nightwatchman’s just-released debut is packed with Billy Bragg-style folk songs like this one, with light acoustic jangle backing a righteous prophecy: ”It’ll start with a spark, and a great fire will grow/Don’t know how I know it, man, yeah, but I just know.” (Stream it from AOL Music)

DIDDY FEAT. KEYSHIA COLE, YUNG JOC, THE GAME, BIG BOI, AND RICH BOY, ”Last Night (Remix)”
Sean Combs might not have invented the remix, as he dubiously claimed in 2002, but there’s no denying he’s got a distinct knack for ’em. He’s just transformed his own ’80s-flavored single ”Last Night” into a full-blown synth-pop number, restructuring it around a heavily reverbed drum-machine loop that could have been lifted from ”When Doves Cry” — and, more importantly, padding his own off-key crooning with guest verses from a crowd of more talented rappers. This pancoastal posse cut is probably as close as we’ll get to another Flava in Ya Ear from Diddy these days. (Stream it from Diddy’s Myspace)

VOXTROT, ”Kid Gloves”
Adoring bloggers made this Austin indie-pop quintet a bona fide buzz band before they so much as recorded a full-length. Their debut will hit shelves at last next month; happily enough, it just about lives up to the hype. ”Cheer me up, cheer me up, I’m a miserable f—,” frontman Ramesh Srivastava begs on this teaser track, crying out over a tight guitar-and-xylophone groove that makes for much more than an average adolescent mope session. (Download it from label Beggars Group’s website)

THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS FEAT. THE LIVING SISTERS, ”How Glad I Am”
A trio of indie chanteuses — the bird and the bee’s Inara George, Lavender Diamond‘s Becky Stark, and Eleni Mandell — lend their sweetly seductive voices to the lead single from jazzy combo the Greyboy Allstars’ latest album. As spring begins to heat up into summer, the combination of their feather-light harmonies and the Allstars’ chilled-out syncopation sounds particularly refreshing. (Buy it on iTunes)

BUSDRIVER, ”Sun Shower (Cadence Weapon remix)”
The music made by West Coast avant-rapper Busdriver is a dense mishmash of knotty lyrics and unpredictable sounds; to take that aesthetic one step further on his latest single, he turned to Canadian rapper/producer/critic Cadence Weapon — no mean experimentalist himself. True to form, Cadence Weapon shatters ”Sun Shower” into a thousand glitchy shards and reassembles them nearly at random. The result is a deliciously disorienting way to spend five minutes. (Buy it on iTunes)