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Top 10 Songs of the Week (8/12)

on August 12, 2016, 3:00am

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If anyone had money down saying Kurt Cobain’s spawn would wind up playing music, that relatively safe gamble probably won’t pay off all that much. But if you predicted a cover of Jimmy Eat World for his progeny’s first recorded performance, well, you might just be earning some cold, hard cash. Sure enough, Frances Bean recorded herself playing a bit of “The Middle”, in a Fred Flinstone shirt no less. It’s only four seconds, but it sure happened! If you want something equally (or, let’s face it, more) thrilling and something that lasts significantly longer, check out our list of new songs below.

10. The White Stripes – “City Lights”

Jack White

Love ’em or hate ’em, The White Stripes benefited from a sizable share of luck to land the fame they still hold. Meg White’s straightforward drumming and Jack White’s snug riffs didn’t strike as anything out of the ordinary. There’s a chemistry between the two, though, that elevates their work, adding a bit of elementary charm that, with enough repetition, feels staple. Early cuts demonstrate this clearly, and new-but-old song “City Lights” does so. Originally written for 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan, the song was uncovered for a 2015 Record Store Day vinyl reissue and now will surface on Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 due out September 9th via Third Man Records. The acoustic number sees White whittling down a guitar’s strings, layering his voice with scratchy backing parts and mellow bellows. Meg’s shaker keeps the beat throughout. Again, it’s simple like much of the duo’s catalog, and yet it feels memorable on first listen. There’s a playfulness in those guitar trills, a happiness in the way his words taper, a sense of safety in a shaker that patiently keeps the time, eventually fading out as quickly as it started. –Nina Corcoran


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