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Mash-up maestro Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk (due at Boulder's Fox Theatre on Friday, July 11), is hopping on the bandwagon and letting fans set the price for his latest LP, Feed the Animals. The Pittsburgh DJ's fourth album blends everything from Hot Chip to Ice Cube into one seamless mix. Download it at the Illegal Art Records site, but expect a slight, one-question guilt trip if you decide to go the cheapskate route. Feeling generous? In addition to the CD-quality files, $5 scores you the FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) version, and for $10, he'll throw in a physical copy once the record becomes available — and a sense of superiority, to boot. Now, that's priceless.

The San Francisco punk-rock supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is going back in time (more than usual) for its forthcoming LP of covers, Have Another Ball. Out July 8, the band's latest installment of '60s and '70s remakes features out-of-print B-sides and leftovers from its decade-old debut, including amped-up interpretations of Paul Simon, Diana Ross and Hall & Oates. Click on the album cover at the Fat Wreck Chords site for the full track list and a free download of Me First's rendition of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Sure, it isn't as timeless as the original, but it beats the hell out of Olivia Newton-John's version.

After signing with ATO Records and announcing her upcoming sixth album, Liz Phair told reporters, "I can honestly say, for the first time in fifteen years, I feel creative." The release date is still in limbo, but we'll settle for Exile in Guyville 15th Anniversary Reissue and its companion DVD. The updated version of Phair's song-for-song answer to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. is padded with a few unreleased B-sides, but mainly it boasts well-deserved remastering of classics such as "Fuck and Run" and "Stratford on Guy." Download a bonus track, "Ant in Alaska," for free at Stereogum.

 
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