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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (6/24)

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    Week three of the program, and we’re glad you keep comin’ back. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions as we continue to tweak this new feature. One new incentive: You can now download the mp3 of a song (that is, if it’s available), so you can add these newly minted tracks to your virtual music shelves. Outside of that, every song in this week’s entry is serving aces like Federer. From Bonnie Raitt covers, to dub-lounge jams, to a nine-and-a-half minute pop-psych journey, here’s what’s floated our boats through the chop of this week. It’s summer, so turn it up.

    Gold Panda – “MPB”

     Top 10 mp3s of the Week (6/24)

    Before the glitched and pinched house beats kick, there’s a little marimba riff that keeps the track in the air. Gold Panda loops in layer after layer of synth riffs, but the track remains as curious and wistful as the initial moments with the marimba. Could be for a club, but mostly “MPB” is some electro for a sunny day.

    Gold Panda – “MPB”

    Weird Owl – “Built Your Beast A Fire I”

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    “Build Your Beast A Fire I” (I= “part 1”, not the proper pronoun), a new track from the Brooklyn psych-rock group is too short, so it initially pissed me off. But this teaser from their forthcoming album of the same name awoke all those dormant Deep Purple vibes, mixed with some transcendental riffage, which the band describes “as krautrock channeled through the goings-on at an Ayahuasca freakout.” With that, I got over my anger forthwith and just put this song on repeat.

    Weird Owl – “Build Your Beast A Fire I”

    Zorch – “Cosmic Gloss”

     Top 10 mp3s of the Week (6/24)

    For as frenetic and eccentric as this track is, for its massive patchwork of sounds hinged together, and for a newly-delivered band, it’s shocking that every element of this song stays suspended and engaging for for nine-and-a-half minutes. That’s no easy feat, but the Austin ADD-noise-pop duo Zorch nail it with this track. The density of the jam is tempered by that recurring hook, and the length of the jam is tempered by how awesome it is. You can stream/download Zorch’s new EP Cosmic Gloss/E.M.F. here.

    Zorch – “Cosmic Gloss”

    How To Dress Well – “Us in the Sense Of Forever”

     Top 10 mp3s of the Week (6/24)

    So long as How To Dress Well plucks my heart strings with melancholic/halcyon R&B infused mood pieces that give a little nod to Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There”, you’ll see him on here a lot. How can he be so far in the distance but so damn close? And thanks to Adult Swim for continuing to bring us some fantastic singles. You’re the faucet from which we lap that sweet, sweet music water.

    How To Dress Well – “Us in the Sense of Forever”

    John Maus – “Head for the Country”

     Top 10 mp3s of the Week (6/24)

    John Maus is releasing an album next week called We Must Become Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves. In addition to bringing back dope, long-ass album names, Maus has crafted a group of songs that are confounding, disturbing, possibly supremely ironic, and infinitely enjoyable. His love (or hate?) for the ’80s shines on this track, with a reverb so thick and distant he doesn’t even sound like his voice should be there. It’s like Lynchian new-wave, like something that’s not supposed to be there but it is and you have to deal with it. John Maus: deal with it.

    John Maus – “Head For The Country”

    Bon Iver – “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time”

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    Unless you’ve been holed up in a dark cave for the past few months without access to any media outlets whatsoever, you know that Bon Iver just released their second full-length effort, Bon Iver, to universal acclaim. Those 10 tracks not quite enough to satiate your thirst for dreamy, sweet melodies? This one’s for you. “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time” is Bon Iver’s all out tribute to Bonnie Raitt, and is the impeccable B-side to the album’s lead single, “Calgary”.

    Bon Iver – “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time”

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