1.”The Debtor” by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
“Not sure that I want to stay alive … it’s so expensive, it’s cheap to die,” sings Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. While critics love to harp on the dark, morose side of his songs, it’s the humor in lyrics like these that stand out the most.
2. “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys
Heartland rock for hipsters? Just a thought, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless. Regardless, I’m a big fan of the album and the 1,000 commercials that they licensed their songs to.
3.”Last Night at the Jetty” by Panda Bear
The second single off of Panda Bear’s most recent solo album Tomboy is eerily similar (in a good way) to Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.
4. “Need You Now” by Cut Copy
Someone’s been having some disturbing dreams lately, and I’m looking at you, Cut Copy. Check out the music video to the second single off their most recent album, Zonoscope, and you will see what I mean.
5. “Oh What a Night” by Cam’ron
Ha ha ha, Cam’ron rapping over the 1975 pop classic “Oh What a Night” by The Four Seasons.
6. “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles (Bassnectar Remix)
Toppling 30-year-old dictatorship regimes every week on the “13 Beats of the Week.”
7. “Ready to Start” by Arcade Fire
This is in commemoration of their recent Grammy for album of the year, beating out the likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
8.”Home” by LCD Soundsytem
The astute rapper Lil Wayne once proclaimed, “You retire out when you die out,” and this is precisely why I’m not buying the impending end of LCD Soundsystem this April. They’ll be back, but for now let’s just be grateful for their body of work.
9. “NY Is Killing Me” by Gil Scott Heron
Breath easy Knicks fans, Melo is indeed a Knick and so begins the three-year plan in which the Knicks win their first championship since 1973.
10. “TV Luv Song” by Wavves
Coming in at a brisk minute and 44 seconds, the Ramones would be proud.
11.”Revolving Doors” by Gorillaz
Pleasant surprise from Damon Albarn, mastermind behind Gorillaz. He made their most recent album on his iPad while touring across America this past Christmas. Very experimental, but what can you expect from an album recorded on an iPad.
12.”I’m Going Down” by Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend recorded a 6-track EP this past December for iTunes. Sort of sounds like the Fray, but it’s cool because, well, they’re not the Fray.
13. “Youth Knows no Pain” by Lykke Li
Sounds like some messed up Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane revival, but I like it.