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Recent Badly Drawn Boy tour mate ADEM sounds like a folkier version of his fellow British singer-songwriter on ”Let it Burn,” a haunting, whisper-soft dirge. DOMINORECORDCO.COM/USA/DOWNLOADS/

Replete with Dickensian narration, THE WALKMEN’s Joyfully tossed-off ”Christmas Party” is a free preview of their upcoming three-song limited-edition EP. MARCATA.NET/WALKMEN/MUSIC.HTM

On a remix of his very Cars-sounding ”Through the Walls,” underground turntable mastermind RJD2 gets (who else?) the Cars’ Ric Ocasek to provide uncanny guest vocals. ITUNES.COM

Whether he’s in post-rock mode as the Sea and Cake’s guitarist or in full pop-rock effect on his own CDs, ARCHER PREWITT is a smooth guy. ”We Go Alone” is a highlight from his new solo disc. THRILLJOCKEY.COM

Originally posted December 6 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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