Category Archives: Minutemusic

Filing the Bar-Kays’ “A Hard Day’s Night”

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.

The Bar-Kays, “A Hard Day’s Night”

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The old Stones vs. Beatles argument has been decided

…by this 1964 Rolling Stones Rice Krispies commercial.

Rolling Stones, “Rice Krispies Jingle”

Sorry, world, find something else to argue about.

[Via Bill Wyman’s excellent Slate piece about the end of musical rareness, which for some bizarre reason pretends that MOG, RDIO, et al don’t exist]

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I could not be more excited about the Fleet Foxes

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.

Fleet Foxes, “Montezuma”

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To my Wisconsin brethren, via the Mountain Goats

Power In A Union from JD on Vimeo.

The Mountain Goats, “Power in a Union”

And while you’re listening, make sure to withdraw all your money from good ol’ M&I.

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New TV on the Radio: “Will Do”

Oh boy. Nine Types of Light out 4/12.

TV On The Radio – Will Do by Interscope Records

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Summer Fiction releases video for “Throw Your Arms Around Me”

Summer Fiction has released a video for their self-titled’s show stopper, “Throw Your Arms Around Me.” The video, like the song, is gorgeous.

Summer Fiction, “Throw Your Arms Around Me” [Buy]

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*.

Hunters and Collectors, “Throw Your Arms Around Me” [Buy]
Eddie Vedder, “Throw Your Arms Around Me” [Buy]

* Okay, I’m a little ashamed by that.

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Tyga’s Chilly Raw Cheesteak

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.

Tyga, “Really Raw (ft. Pharrell, The Game, Snoop Dogg)” [Buy other Tyga tracks]

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Catching up with Work Drugs

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:

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Three reasons Noise Narcs Is Rooting for Green Bay

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”

Let’s go Packs.

Lil Wayne, “Green And Yellow”

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Cass McCombs new album, song “County Line”

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.

Cass McCombs – County Line by DominoRecordCo

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