Singles File: Allison Stewart's Top Five Songs of the Week

Joell Ortiz reworks
Joell Ortiz reworks "Get Money." (
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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

Pearl Jam: "Santa Cruz"

Some of Pearl Jam's best, loosest songs have been the fan-club singles the band releases every Christmas, like "Last Kiss" (Xmas '98) and that Dead Boys cover they did that one time. This new, superbly mellow track, which suggests a post-Buffalo Springfield Neil Young, is their belated Christmas 2008 contribution.

Joell Ortiz: "Get Money"

Ortiz's seriously excellent new mix tape features 33 rapid-fire re-imaginings of classic hip-hop beats, including this reworking of the famed Junior M.A.F.I.A. track.

Esmée Denters featuring Justin Timberlake: "Casanova"

In what may be his least smolder-y performance ever, Timberlake plays Greek chorus-big brother to his Dutch pop protege Denters on this track from her upcoming debut.

Zee Avi: "Bitter Heart"

The Malaysian YouTube star (screen name: KokoKaina) makes like a cross between Jack Johnson and Colbie Caillat on this sprightly pop song from her self-titled debut, out today on Johnson's Brushfire Records.

The National and Bon Iver: "Vanderlylle Cry Baby" (live)

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-- Allison Stewart

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