Recommended songs for the week of Feb. 24: Find tunes on the web by Fiona Apple, and others

By Ryan Dombal
February 24, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
Fiona Apple: Lester Cohen/Wireimage.com

Download This: Songs by Fiona Apple, and others

FIONA APPLE, ”EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE (LIVE)”
A little less angst goes a long way for Fiona. Accompanied by acoustic guitar, she invokes Edith Piaf’s quivering vocals with a new take on the dulcet title track from her critically acclaimed 2005 album. Buy it on iTunes

LETTA MBULU, ”MAHLALELA”
Uncanny howls launch this groove-heavy track. Marked by the powerful production of one-time Paul Simon cohort Hugh Masekela, it’s featured on a new CD of the South African?s rare material. Download the track for free here

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CLINIC, ”TUSK”
Known for their unique fashion sense — scrubs and surgical asks — these Liverpudlians are a weird bunch. Their eccentricities electrify on this garage-rocking new single and its epilepsy-inducing video. Download the track for free at the artist’s site

MATES OF STATE, ”FRAUD IN THE ’80S”
”You could surely try to be more alive,” insist these San Franciscans on this ebullient song. Fittingly, the married duo offer a springboard to carefree joy with this organ-fueled power-pop wallop. Download the track for free at Barsuk Records

(Some of this week’s links may expire after March 3, 2006.)

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