Top 10 MP3s of the Week (2/15)

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The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.

10. Black Pus – “1000 Years”

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Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale has made the move to Thrill Jockey for his solo output as Black Pus, and the skronking thunder of “1000 Years” acts as the fanfare. Manipulating an oscillator with his feet, the mysterious masked man builds to a tooth-rattling mass of tom thumping and synth squealing. Add a vocal hook (albeit likely crowed through that mask-mounted Bane mic), and you’ve got a wild-eyed bruiser to build anticipation All My Relations, which will hit your stereo on March 19th. -Adam Kivel

9. The Postal Service – “Tattered Line of String”

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If the songs of The Postal Service don’t take you back to the spring of ’03, then your nostalgia bone is broken. This new track, “Tattered Line of String”, included on the deluxe reissue of Give Up, is a perfect addendum to the 10 songs we already know and cherish. All the bleeping and blooping electronics are in place; same goes for Ben Gibbard’s promiscuous puppy love: “When we woke, we agreed / That we would not ever speak of this night to anyone.” Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis guests on backing vocals, creating the effect that this secret couple is singing the song together. -Jon Hadusek

8. Nü Sensae – “Throw”

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The No Wave tremors of “Throw”, the latest single from Vancouver’s Nü Sensae, match the leather jacketed wolf depicted on the cover. “I won’t give it to you,” vocalist/bassist Andrea Lukic howls, her vocals ringing closer to Kim Gordon thanks to clanging guitar tones of new addition Brody McKnight. Steady wooly mammoth drumming from Daniel Pitout builds to a thundering rampage, everything fading out just when you start to wonder if Lukic’s vocal chords could possibly hold up to this kind of distress. The fuming tune acts as the B-side to a single from labelmates The Coathangers, due in the near future via Suicide Squeeze. -Adam Kivel

7. EULA – “I Collapse”

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Like a galloping take on something from PJ Harvey, EULA’s “I Collapse” rumbles from lithe picking to chunky aggression in seconds flat. “Will you toss me in a river?” Alyse Lamb coos in anticipation, knowing full well that she’s saving some burning aggression for what’s about to come next, the “nasty weather” rolling into town any day now. Jeffrey Maleri’s concrete-coated bassline anchors the whole mass, smashing down like golf cart-sized hail. Lamb’s only able to hold the intensity back for awhile, the jaw-clenching riffage returning en masse. This shuddering new single is due February 19th from God Mode.  -Adam Kivel

6. !!! – “Slyd”

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For their forthcoming album, THR!!!ER (out April 30th on Warp Records), !!! (Chk Chk Chk) wanted to pay homage to old-school dance tunes — the ones you could shake your ass to on a Friday night at the club. They did this by “sampling” themselves, recording bits of music and vocal snippets, and then layering everything for maximum danceability. Lead single “Slyd” exemplifies this process: a funky bassline plods away, while ancient drums and snappy breakbeats keep the pace. Guest singers Teresa Eggers and Molly Schnick drop tropes like “I don’t really like you but I like you on the inside,” which are sampled throughout the track. Simply put, it belongs on your house-party playlist. -Jon Hadusek

5. The Strokes – “All the Time”

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The Strokes are at their best when they keep it simple. No theatrics: just chords, riffs, and Julian Casablancas’ vocals. “All the Time” is exactly that, and, appropriately, it’s the lead single from their forthcoming LP, Comedown Machine (out March 26th via RCA). Casablancas does a sort of Bono impersonation during the song’s initial verse, but then he pulls back, restrains himself, and follows the steady lead guitar of Albert Hammond, Jr.,  who knocks out an extremely melodic solo halfway through the track. “All the time, in the world, is all that’s necessary,” croons Casablancas during the chorus. The track’s not infectious in the radio-airplay sense, but it touts the reassuring warmth and attitude that defined the band’s early records. -Jon Hadusek

4. ShowYouSuck – “Rap Game Karate”

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A bunch of Chicago rappers are fighting their way up the ranks, but the One Man Pizza Party known as ShowYouSuck is claiming a black belt. On the new “Rap Game Karate”, the sensei boasts his ability to turn grandmas on, compares himself to Henry Rollins, and talks about “playing Sega while watching Tegan & Sara.” Enter the sensei’s dojo at your own risk, as you might just get a Street Fighter “Hadouken!” Equal parts chop-heavy intimidation and pop culture reference, this sick slice comes from AEMPP Hip Hop’s upcoming The Prerequisite. -Adam Kivel

3. Warm Soda – “Waiting For Your Call”

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Matthew Melton formed Warm Soda when his previous band, Bare Wires, spontaneously combusted on stage at last year’s SXSW. It was a natural transition for Melton, seguing from the Wires’ feisty pop-punk to the spunky power-pop of Warm Soda (and let it be known that Melton has a serious knack for great band names). “Waiting For Your Call” is the lead single from Warm Soda’s debut, Someone For You (out March 26th via Castle Face Records), and a catchy one at that. Over fuzzy power chords, Melton yearns for that phone to ring and for the person on the other end to be the girl his heart’s set on. He sings in a sort of melodic deadpan, with his mouth too close to the microphone (a la T.Rex or early Strokes). -Jon Hadusek

2. HAIM – “Falling”

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The Haim sisters bring a shot of California sunshine to those of us in colder climes with their new single, “Falling”. The funky ’80s sheen, tribal percussion, and glow stick guitar swing are the stuff of FM-pop legend. HAIM’s push and pull multi-part vocals keep things saccharine, promising that they’ll “never look back and never give up.” If you need to either put yourself in a vintage training montage or dance the night away, this’ll do nicely. “Falling” is the title track from HAIM’s upcoming Columbia Records debut EP, due April 1st. -Adam Kivel

1. Kurt Vile – “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day”

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Things are looking up for Kurt Vile. On 2011’s Smoke Ring for My Halo, he was very sad and deeply introspective. The music was great — such emotional states go hand-in-hand with rock ‘n roll — but it was bleak, pessimistic, and self-deprecating. Unless you were feeling similarly, Smoke Ring was a downer. Suffice it to say, the sorta title track from his upcoming album, “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day”, is a more optimistic composition, the sound of Vile looking out into the world rather than inside his mind.

The song certainly isn’t cheerful, but it sounds confident, sure of itself. And at nine-minutes in length, it damn well better be sure of itself. Vile and producer John Agnello find a luscious guitar tone, smoothed of any abrasion or acerbity. The words are still mumbled in Vile’s signature way, yet they’re a little brighter. Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze is due April 9th via Matador. -Jon Hadusek

Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”

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