The Singles File

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.

Beck: "Nausea"

The loser returneth, spitting his dadaist do-re-mis over a beat that struts and stutters: "I push a shopping cart over in an Aztec ruin." Ramble on, dude.

DJ BC: "Dirty Brass"

A wedding DJ from Boston strikes mash-up gold, coupling a vintage ODB verse with the hustling horns of New Orleans's Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Download it at .

Young and Restless: "Satan"

Australian for "Be Your Own Pet," the young Melbourne band likes its punk rock fast and furious.

Rihanna: "Happy"

The line between art and commerce goes blurry with Rihanna's latest -- a fluffy R&B tune endorsing the Happy fragrance from Clinique. Sure smells purty.

Basement Jaxx: "Hush Boy"

The London electronic duo blurts out a deliriously zippy dance track about the importance of slowing things down.

Darker My Love: "Summer Is Here"

No, summer is over -- but denial is the first stage of the grieving process. Roll down the windows, crank up the volume and bask in the psych-rock sunshine.

-- Chris Richards

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