Singles File: Jonas Brothers and Common, Plus Regina Spektor, Lil Wayne, Oasis
A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.
Jonas Brothers featuring Common: "Don't Charge Me for the Crime"
The cred-chasing Jonai and the shame-free Common merge for this actually-sort-of-riveting track about a bank robbery. We had always figured that if the trio were ever charged with a crime, it would be for felonious use of hair gel or being mean to Taylor Swift, but whatever gets them off the streets is fine with us.
Regina Spektor: "Folding Chair"
If you've always loved the hiccup-y, determinedly quirky Spektor and thought the only thing that could make her music better was gratuitous fake dolphin noises, today is your lucky day. Everyone else can just skip ahead to the track's two-minute mark.
The Twilight Singers featuring Apollonia: "When Doves Cry" (Prince cover)
This respectable if surprisingly un-smoldering Greg Dulli/Apollonia duet comes courtesy of Spin magazine, which commissioned a tribute disc in commemoration of the upcoming 25th (!) anniversary of "Purple Rain."
Lil Wayne: "Kobe Bryant"
The rapper/sports blogger assembles a detailed musical hagiography of the Lakers star that includes sportscaster commentary samples and, naturally, plenty of favorable comparisons ("Basketball beast/Rap monster") to Weezy himself.
Oasis: "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady" (Devendra Banhart remix)
Hairy forest creature Banhart gives Oasis the freak folk treatment in this trippy remix of the newish track.
-- Allison Stewart