I sort of feel like Coach Eric Taylor in a Friday Night Lights halftime speech every time I jump behind the wheel here to write these intros every Friday. Its all pep talk banter: weve been scouring the internet this, and were gonna soldier on no matter what that. But in all reality, how much pep talking do you really need? Its 10 bang-up tracks, simple as that. So, for this week, lets eliminate the superfluous speeches, and get right down to the nitty gritty. A couple streams of unmatched quality (were talking Caribou remixing Radiohead and brand spanking new Tallest Man On Earth good), and a handful of this weeks best and brightest mp3s. TGIF indeed. Winston Robbins
Common feat. Nas – “Ghetto Dreams”
What has gotten into Nas these days? A few weeks back, he unveiled the unbelievably cool one-off “Nasty”, now we have this piping hot collaboration with Common? Is he making a final run for his spot as the king of hip hop? Could be! Whatever his intentions, he’s spitting with more energy and more excitement than he has in almost a decade. See below, where he raps showstopping-ly about his shortcomings, his inhibitions, and, of course, his ghetto credentials.
Fair Ohs – “Baldessari”
Fair Ohs (formerly Thee Fair Ohs) share an ambitious, jangly pop cut from their forthcoming major label debut LP. Filled to the brim with tropical rhythms, speedy guitar riffs, and a very sing-a-long chorus, this one’s truly fit for summer.
The Avalanches – “Since I Left You (Stereolab Remix)”
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of their incendiary album Since I Left You, The Avalanches will be re-releasing the album with a bonus disc, which will include re-works from MF Doom, El Guincho, and Black Dice. This Stereolab remix of the title track is not on that bonus disc, but is an existing remix that, up until a few days ago, was only available on vinyl. The remix basically re-routes the song in every possible direction slowing it down, speeding it up, making it heavier, stripping it down but never once does it lose its charm or the charm of the original, which, in our book, makes this remix a complete winner.
The Knux feat. Kid Cudi – “Run”
When they’re not busy wrecking your house, The Knux are pumping their efforts into their forthcoming LP, Eraser. We’ve already had one studio cut, but this second one may have actually topped that stellar track. The Kid Cudi featuring “Run” is supremely catchy. And Cudi sounds right at home beside The Knux’s guitar based beats. Who knew?
Dominant Legs – “Hoop of Love”
With its quick harmonies, easy to follow guitar progressions, and genuinely loveable vocals, Dominant Legs are sure to churn some major waves when their LP, Invitation, drops in September. Case in point: the first taste of said LP, Hoop of Love. Dominant Legs is the brainchild of frequent Girls collaborator Ryan William Lynch, and its easy to see why the two parties get along so well. Bright (if at times a bit too simple) pop at its finest.
Elite Gymnastics – “o m a m o r i”
Psychedelic Minneapolis duo Elite Gymnastics aren’t even going for the “pay what you like” method for their latest installments of music – though I’m sure they’d accept donations if you’re in a lavishly giving mood. Standout track “o m a m o r i” is as pop-savvy as it is ethereally psychedelic, and well worth your listen, too. Also, both of their EPs are available for free via their wicked awesome tumblr. We recommend you get over there pronto.
Active Child – “Hanging On”
I cant decide whats more exciting about this piece the unbelievably sexed-up beats looming underneath the pristine vocals that fill the track from start to finish, or the fact that this is the second single from Pat Grossis (aka Active Child) forthcoming LP, the first being yet another installment in the Adult Swim Singles project — his collaboration with fellow sexy-crooner How To Dress Well. If the whole album shapes out to be anywhere near as good as the singles, were going to have quite a record on our hands.
Veronica Falls – “Come On Over”
“Oh great,” you’re thinking. “Another song that pivots around the words ‘crimson and clover.’ in the chorus.” Tropes-be-damned! This is a galloping indie rock track with a delicate male/female vocal pairing that earns what some other dream-pop bands think they deserve. It gets an A for Effort, but not in the pejorative sense.
The Tallest Man On Earth – “The Weather of a Killing Kind”
I’m speechless because now that I’ve heard almost every The Tallest Man On Earth song, I can safely say there isn’t a rotten apple in the whole bushel. His commitment to the folk form throughout his short years as a songwriter reveals Kristian Matsson to be our generation’s folk laureate. This early, previously unreleased track ranks among his best.
Radiohead – “Little By Little (Caribou Remix)”/”Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene Remix)”
Searching Google for “Radiohead remix” will produce over 12,000,000 results, but here’s two of the best (though I would be remiss not to mention AmpLive’s In Rainbows remix). Radiohead is just kind of like open source code now, huh? Open to anyone who wants to mess around with it? Come at the king, and you better drop a sick remix at the throne.