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Streams: Big Star, Jay-Z, Q-Tip

Tune in!AOL/Spinner is streaming the following albums through Sunday, September 20, so listen while you can.

Big Star, ‘Keep an Eye on the Sky’

Jay-Z, ‘Blueprint 3’

Q-Tip, ‘Kamaal the Abstract’ (MP3)

Sunny Day Real Estate, ‘Diary’ (MP3)

Sunny Day Real Estate, ‘LP2’

More streams after the jump, and as always, let us know if you hear anything good!

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Jeremy Enigk – World Waits

Jeremy Enigk - World WaitsJeremy EnigkWorld Waits (Lewis Hollow)

In the days before Jon Stewart provided the country’s youth with news, he provided some edgy rock and roll. When Sunny Day Real Estate took the stage on The Jon Stewart Show to perform their song “Seven,” the world got its first glimpse of Jeremy Enigk in all of his Billy Corgan-bald-headed glory as he effortlessly pumped out the alt-rock anthem that would spawn innumerable emo copycats. Even then, Enigk possessed a smooth swagger that exuded poise and self-control, but a certain moment in which Enigk’s eyes, which had remained closed with a deadly focus, darted toward the sky, gave the impression of restlessness and striking ambition. Unable to be repressed, the singer followed his longing for more ornate projects, veering away from the unrefined crunch of his previous band in favor of textured rock symphonies.

Too often new music takes the back seat to prior accomplishments, and in this case former Sunny Day Real Estate front man Jeremy Enigk lives in the shadow of his seminal group. Here, he creates a swirling dreamland of sugary harmonies and grand soundscapes that soar and surround you, and which despite their anthemic, arena-ready qualities remain one of independent music’s best-kept secrets. Released on Enigk’s own label, no one batted at an eye at this late-year release, but the optimism conveyed in the singer’s howl is too gripping to be ignored. The orchestral flourishes that pepper the ten tracks create a sweeping flow of hope and build a rich ambiance that carries through the duration of the record.

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