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Top 10 MP3s of the Week (8/30)

on August 30, 2013, 12:00am
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Whether we like or not, summer is slowly fading away, and some artists (Los Campesinos! & Willis Earl Beal] are blunt in coming to grips with it. On the bright side, others revealed tracks this week that can put a little groove in our step (Darkside), influence the inner headbanger (Migrant Kids & Throwing Muses), or just simply blow us away (Paul McCartney & TV on the Radio). Be sure to wake up with a brighter smile this weekend, and take a listen to these MP3s.

10. Jacuzzi Boys – “Be My Prism”

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Jaccuzi Boys newest reveal from their upcoming LP may be the most uplifting garage rock song ever. They know “you want a riot”, and they don’t play to disappoint. The band cruises with contagious chords and gang harmonies to draw listeners in, but throw their groove in multiple directions when it approaches its half-time chorus, commanding their audience to “wake up!” If that isn’t enough, the blaring horns sections encourages vigorous fist-pumping, even if there isn’t a party of people around. Prepare your fists for their third self-titled release to hit shelves on September 10th via Hardly Art. –Sam Willett

9. Los Campesinos! – “What Death Leaves Behind”

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Los Campesinos! sure know to blend the transition to Fall with a smooth rock ballad of tumbling summer blues with their new single, “What Death Leaves Behind Me”. The band illustrates this foggy “portmanteau” with bright synthesizers as Gareth Campesinos! likens such a feeling to waking up from a bad dream, yearning to return to the emotional happiness and solitude. It leaves quite an impressive start for the band’s upcoming album, No Blues, due October 29th via Wichita Recordings/Turnstile/Heart Swells. –Sam Willett

8. Gorguts – “Le toit du monde”


Arguably the strongest extreme-metal release of the year, Gorguts’ Colored Sands is a spiraling exercise in brutal technicality, with Tibetan lyrical themes to boot. Six-minute opening track “Le toit du monde” acts as a prologue of sorts, easing the listener in with atonal ambience and muted growls. The track’s title is French for “The Roof of the World”, which refers to the region of Asia that includes the Himalayas, and the melodic intro and outro evoke Tibetan music. Mere bookends for the crushing death-metal midsection, a blast-beat onslaught that’s patently Gorguts (and a far cry from their grindcore roots).–Jon Hadusek

7. Sebadoh – “State of Mind”

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After the pensive single “I Will”, Sebadoh return to our countdown with the country-tinged “State of Mine”. Rather than hit the listener with angst, this track rollicks along at a more comfortable pace. Nevertheless, Lou Barlow remains a little low, fearing that “failure is a state of mine” and that his inabilities are his own fault. Sebadoh’s Defend Yourself drops September 17th (via Joyful Noise). –Jon Hadusek

6. Willis Earl Beal feat. Cat Power – “Coming Through”


While Willis Earl Beal’s “Too Dry to Cry” carries an avant-garde nature similar to crooners like Tom Waits, “Coming Though” unleashes some of his smoothest tones yet. (Lyrically, it’s probably for good reason.) Looking in a similar direction as MGMT, Beal and guest vocalist Cat Power reveal that your life is a lie but in the most easy-going way possible. Beal’s sophomore album, Nobody knows, will be released September 10th via XL Records. –Sam Willett

5. Throwing Muses – “sleepwalking 1”

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Throwing Muses are making up for lost time. Fresh off a 10-year hiatus, the New England trio are cramming 32 tracks onto their forthcoming LP, Purgatory/Paradise (out November 11th), and “sleepwalking 1” is the first tease from that collection. It’s a ragged slew of power chords — the ideal setting for Kristin Hersh’s equally ragged voice. Purveyors of the lo-fi aesthetic in the ’90s, Throwing Muses stick to their proven methods, limiting the production in favor of candid honesty. The unpredictability sounds right when they do it. –Jon Hadusek

4. Darkside – “Golden Arrow”

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Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside made spacey strides in remixing Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories earlier this year; now, the duo has unleashed some funk of their own. The track’s bombastic and irresistible nature is its unexpected bass groove that could define a suspenseful showdown and chase in a movie. Being the first 11-minutes from Darkside’s upcoming venture, hopefully more funk will be delivered when it’s completed. –Sam Willett

3. Paul McCartney – “New”

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Produced by Mark Ronson, the latest single from Paul McCartney harkens back to the Revolver sessions, with horns and bouncing keys. And despite his age, Macca sounds spry and sharp — not a single crack in his voice. “New” is the title track to the eponymous (out October 15th), which features all new songs from the former Beatle.–Jon Hadusek

2. Migrant Kids – “Lucktear”

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“Lucktear” opens with uneasy serenity: arpeggios jangling in the distance, vocals obscured by airy reverb. This atmosphere lingers as the percussion grows quicker and the guitars louder. The buildup is gradual, yet the track’s second half — a massive post-rock explosion — still jars the listener with its sheer force. Fans of Russian Circles and Mogwai’s heavier material will appreciate the loud-soft dynamics, which were inspired by “David Lynch and the method acting techniques of Stanislavski,” according to Migrant Kids’ website–Jon Hadusek

1. TV on the Radio – “Million Miles”

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If TV on the Radio is only comfortable releasing singles as they come, I say keep ’em coming. After their successful return with their hypersonic playground “Mercy”, “Million Miles” capitalizes on beautiful accents from a Wurlitzer, some brass, and atmospheric guitar work. And not surprisingly, Kyp Malone’s smooth falsetto gently sews a heart back together in “the golden hour” of a chorus. TV on the Radio’s impressive bag of surprises has lifted rock-infused drives and, now, a blissful dream. What’s next? –Sam Willett

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