April 23rd, 2012

The Weekly Feed: 4.23.2012 

The Weekly Feed’s Kyle Meredith shares his top five songs of the week including tracks from Beach House, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent and Major Lazer.

Beach House - “Equal Mind”

The near religious experience, Record Store Day 2012 has come and gone, but not without plenty of treasures to drool over.  We spoke about Beach House’s release for event last week, an early leak of their 45, Lazuli, but now that the little black circle is in circulation, it wasn’t long before the b-side started making the rounds.  Most bands would kill for a track as good as Equal Mind for their A-side.  The fact that this duo can toss it to the back is proof of more than just their talent, but the attention they command.  

The Flaming Lips - “God Only Knows”

I’d call this the band on a roll, but The Lips seem to be perpetually on that roll for the better part of the last decade.  I mean, seriously, just how many new ideas can they possibly still have brewing?  Even something as simple as a cover turns into an all out experience.  In the three minutes that it takes to tackle the classic Beach Boys chestnut for Mojo, Wayne Coyne ignites a whole new debate.  We’ve had it wrong this whole time. I’ve always likened them to Pink Floyd, when yeah, it makes a lot more sense to say that they were probably listening to Pet Sounds the whole time.  Just wonderful.  

St. Vincent - “Krokodil”

More Record Store Day fodder (and notable that Stereogum nailed it twice this week), St. Vincent drops two new cuts and my oh my, what fun.  Annie goes riot grrl on our ass, screaming a chorus that breaks between early Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Le Tigre.  I could totally go for an amped up full length of this stuff.  S don’t be shy, Ms. Clark.  We’ll just have to find a way to throw the devil horns without indie irony. 

Alabama Shakes - “On Your Way”

The Musical Alliance Pact always uncovers a full roster of exciting new artists from around the world, and April’s edition is no different.  What’s even more exciting is that the Alabama Shakes were chosen as the U.S.’s contribution this time around.  A whole lot of southern soul with a definite nod to Janis, this young band has all but blown up already since releasing an EP last year, followed by their major label (ATO) debut earlier this month.  Brittany Howard and crew have something special going on.  It’d do you good to pay attention.  

Big Time Video: Major Lazer feat. Amber Coffman- “Get Free”

One of our favorite animated one man warriors, Major Lazer is feeling pretty contemplative these days.  I’m guessing that’ll happen during your down time when one of your arms is a mechanic death weapon.  What better voice to soundtrack those thousand yard stares that Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors.  Those soaring notes that she’s become famous for are otherworldly themselves, and a pretty nice match for Diplo and Switch’s production style.  But let’s not take the attention away from Lazer.  The poor guy.  Probably just needs a hug.  


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