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November 26, 2005|Chris Lee

Surfing the Web for new music, video and MP3 downloads can be a serious time investment. Picks from Times staff and contributors will help take the drag out of click-and-drag music choices. Some downloads may contain explicit lyrics. All are free, except as noted.

-- Chris Lee


The Chemical Brothers

In this clip, best video winner at MTV Europe's Video Music Awards this month, a terrified factory worker is pursued by a pack of lurching hydraulic Go-bots.


The Game

The Compton gangsta's up-to-the-minute dis of rap rival 50 Cent notes 50 Cent's movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " recently finishing second at the box office behind the animated "Chicken Little": "You lost $100 mil to a cartoon," he seethes.

'We Just Won't Be Defeated'

The Go! Team

Shot through with indie rock drums, cheerleader samples and brassy horns, "Defeated" stakes a middle ground between Fatboy Slim, Sonic Youth and Sesame Street.

'The World May Never Know'

Dr. Dog

Philadelphia's shambolic roots rock revivalists rely on three-part harmonies, analog recording techniques and, in this song's case, a piano sound cribbed from the Beatles "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da."



With their dark harmonies and haunting post-punk tunefulness have come the inevitable Joy Division comparisons. But this British buzz band makes art gloom sound cathartic.


Professor Murder

As-yet-unsigned New York band P-Murder's punk-funk party jam exists as an artier, angstier, more danceable answer to the Rapture's "House of Jealous Lovers."

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