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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (2/3)

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    Yep, it’s Friday again. And you know what that means: 10 of the week’s bestest, freshest songs arranged for your listening pleasure in descending alphabetical order. Today, we’ve got new material on deck from Jack White, Orbital, and M. Ward among others. TGIF, indeed.

    Möhammad Choudhery
    Staff Writer

    Beach Fossils – “Shallow”

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    At the beginning of February, it seems strange to embrace the warm, sunny sounds of Beach Fossils, but that’s why it’s great! There’s a major shortage during this time of the year of jangly surf pop, which makes this track stick out all the more. There is no sophomore album announced at the moment, but the Shallow single will be out 2/24 via Captured Tracks. –WR

    Beach Fossils – “Shallow”

    Daniel Rossen – “Silent Song”

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    Grizzly Bear is one of the most fascinating acts today. Altogether, the dynamics of each individual member are barely noticeable, but when one steps away, you can immediately pick out what that person adds to Grizzly Bear. In Rossen’s case, it’s some twangy melody and a high, straining set of pipes. You gotta go to Rolling Stone to hear it, but I promise it’s worth the trip. The Grizzly Bear off-season has been very fruitful thus far. Rossen’s debut solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, arrives March 20th via Warp. -WR

    Jack White – “Love Interruption”

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    This past Tuesday, Jack White finally announced the news we’ve been half-expecting for years now, detailing the release of his long-awaited debut solo record, Blunderbuss. The album’s spare lead single, “Love Interruption”, finds White in a surprisingly candid mood (sample lyric: “I want love to roll me over slowly, stick a knife inside me, and twist it all around.” And that’s only the first line.) over sparkling keys and backing vocals, courtesy of fellow Nashville singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu. Blunderbuss is out April 24th on White’s own Third Man Records. -MC

    M. Ward – “The First Time I Ran Away”

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    You know those rare mornings when you wake up and you’re just instantly and naturally ready to go? That’s exactly what the first offering from M. Ward’s upcoming Wasteland Companion (out 4/10 via Merge) feels like. It takes off at a sprint, like these songs are hankering for sunshine, as if they’ve been sitting in some dusty corner of M. Ward’s brain for far too long. Bodes well for the album, that much is certain. –WR

    M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

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    Just a few days off from her scheduled performance with Madonna at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, M.I.A. dropped this gem of a track, the first she’s released in awhile. A Danja rework of the “Bad Girls” that appeared on her Vicki Leekx mixtape last year, it’s the first we’re hearing of her soon-to-be-released fourth LP, out this summer on Interscope Records.  –MC

    Maffew Ragazino feat. Das Racist – “Jackson Pollock”

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    While he’s not the first MC to sample Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”, that goes to Gambino, Maffew Ragazino brings a whole new swagger to the track, one that arguably blows Gambino’s track out of the water. And once Das Racist joins the party, it’s with more passion than their usual lazy, stoner mantra. It’s the kind of rapping, in fact, where you’re so riveted by the verses that it’s easy to forget you were listening to Grizzly Bear. - WR

    Nite Jewel – “Visions” (Stevie Wonder cover)

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    Don’t be worried, you didn’t miss Nite Jewel’s new album, that’s still scheduled for a March 6th release. This track is just a one offand for a good cause. The 7″ single is available now via Yours Truly’s Bandcamp and each order comes with a $1 donation to the Lauren Abramson Memorial Fund. Romona Gonzalez (aka Nite Jewel) sticks to the basics on this track resulting in a hollow, gorgeous cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Visions”. –WR

    Nite Jewel – “Visions” (Stevie Wonder cover)

    oOoOO – “NoWayBack (feat. Butterclock)”

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    Chris Greenspan’s debut EP as oOoOO last year was one of the best parts of Tri Angle Records’ hallmark 2011. Greenspan looks to follow it up this spring with another equally creepy-looking EP, Our Loving Is Hurting Us. The first single is “NoWayBack”, which features hazy guest vocals from Berlin up-and-comer Butterclock. It’s a striking first impression of Our Loving Is Hurting Us, out April 10th on Tri Angle Records. –MC

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