Singles File

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


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

Fight Like Apes: "I'm Beginning to Think You Prefer Beverly Hills 90210 to Me"

The up-and-coming Irish synth-punkers bring the crazy with this zeitgeist-channeling, misanthropic musical pink slip.

Bettye LaVette: "Heart of Gold" (Neil Young cover)

The Duchess of Deep Soul turns in a slowed-down and sublime version of Young's '72 classic. From a New York club performance earlier this month.

Superchunk: "Learned to Surf"

The lead-off track from Superchunk's first disc in eight years is fast, uncomplicated, lacking in melody, and seems to be about nothing in particular. Plus, it's awesome. So basically it sounds like all the band's other songs, ever.

Bloc Party: "Signs" (Armand Van Helden remix)

Van Helden punches up the bass line on this track from Bloc Party's upcoming "Intimacy Remixed" collection. Even more noteworthy: the accompanying, David Fincher-like video, which is already infamous for its shots of singing genitalia. Yes, you read that right.

Snoop Dogg featuring Tanvi Shah: "Snoop Dogg Millionaire"

Never one to let a trend from six months ago pass him by, Snoop Dogg goes Bollywood on this uneven new track, which features an ostensibly cred-boosting assist from "Jai Ho" backing vocalist Shah.

-- Allison Stewart

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