File under, music I want to follow me from bar to bar on a long, bingeful night: Bar-Kays, “A Hard Day’s Night” (1968). Also file under: Friday Night. Also see: the entirety of the wonderful Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968.
That’s it. The leaked tracks (despite the blah lyrics of “Helplessness Blues”) are amazing. So, yup: I’m excited. About the album, dropping 5/3 on SubPop. About their show at Philly’s gorgeous Tower Theater on 5/21 [Tickets]. About the many hours I’ll spend this year listening to them, basking in melancholy.
And, to continue our New Zealand vs. Australia fight, my other favorite song of the same, “Throw Your Arms Around Me” by Australia’s Hunters and Collectors. Which I first heard as sung by Eddie Vedder. And no, I’m not ashamed by that*.
There are a lot of reasons to ignore Tyga’s “Really Raw,” from his forthcoming album Careless World. Some real clunkers of lines (which is more cringe-worthy? Tyga’s “Ever seen Piranha? It’s like the movie Jaws again” or Pharrell’s “Watching pornos on the iPad, thats really raw”). Snoop Dogg’s unnecessary presence. Even though he’s at his best, the reminder that The Game is still around. Tyga’s confusing “Chilly raw cheesesteak made up in Philly.” Inquiring minds want to know: which cheesesteak shop is selling raw cheesesteaks? My money’s on Geno’s.
But… Jesus. The way Tyga raps himself around the production. That detuned guitar. The horn hits. Pitchfork calls it “a cocktail bar cover of classic RZA, an almost cartoonish Cuban Linx tribute.” That sounds about right. Against all odds, the Neptunes are back, and they are, iPads or no, really raw.
Last time we checked in with Work Drugs for an interview, they had only released one track. Sure, anybody can roll with a one hitter, but were Work Drugs in it for the full bong? Two tracks later and the answer is a definitive yes. Gauzy beauty follows:
1. Big Ben
2. We’re pretty sure it was a Steelers fan who hacked our site this weekend because of our “laying a pillow down where we’re going to post a song” policy
3. Lil Wayne exploding all over Wiz Khalifa’s track: “I’m a Cheesehead, y’all n***** Cheez Wiz”
If it had been announced, Cass McCombs’ WIT’s END, to be released 4/12 on Domino, would have made a serious dent (#4? #5?) in our most anticipated releases of 2011. Catacombs was my third most favorite album of 2009. To call WIT’s first song “organ-drenched” would be a wild understatement. This song has Southern river baptism-levels of organ. I can’t wait.