Instant Playlist - May 5 2011
Modern Art (Vice)
Our trips to the art gallery were never so, well, trippy as the one described in this ’60s-style garage stomper. Then again, we never took ketamine and ecstasy before we went, and that might have made all the difference.
Sleep ? Over
Casual Diamond (Hippos in Tanks)
"Casual Diamond" sounds like a Cocteau Twins song played on a melted cassette, and the lo-fi drones seem like they could go on forever—which seems about right for a band with the sign for infinity in its name.
Eyes Be Closed (Sub Pop)
Just when you thought you were so over reverb, along comes a track with plenty of it all over everything, and suddenly you’re floating through some half-remembered dream. Hopefully not the one where your teeth are falling out.
The Lonely Island
Turtleneck & Chain (Universal)
If you love turtleneck sweaters, light beer, and thin-ass chains as much as the Lonely Island (and, apparently, Snoop Dogg) does, this is your joint from now until, like, whenever.
Summer Solstice (Recreation Ltd.)
With the torrential downpours of spring time finally subsiding, it’s time to start plan ning that summer playlist. The waves of feedback and tortured-soul emoting here aren’t exactly beach-friendly, but who the fuck goes to the beach?
Cathode Girls (Ghostly International)
Oh, Com Truise, we loved you in movies like Merry Jaguire and Main Ran. We had no idea you were making music now, too. The chilled-out vibe is very now, even if the beats and synth sounds are strictly ’80s—like something out of Gop Tun.
Thao & Mirah
Spaced Out Orbit (Kill Rock Stars)
Thao & Mirah’s mellow, wide-eyed rumina tion on what lies beyond is easily the best alien-related thing since the Carpenters’ "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day)".
My Morning Jacket
Holdin On to Black Metal (ATO)
Truthfully speaking, Yim Yames and company don’t exactly sound like they’re gunning for the crowns of Venom or Bathory, but that does nothing to diminish the appeal of this horn-powered, funk-lite jam.
Lee Majors Come Again (Capitol) The most famous other white MCs in hip- hip drop the mikes, pick up the bass, guitar, and drumsticks, and revisit their punk rock roots. Think Bad Brains back before it all went off the rails.
The Answer Was You (Outside)
We’re the first to admit that the sun-sweetened power pop of "The Answer Was You" isn’t going to make anyone forget "Underwhelmed", but, face it, few things in this world are.
Smells Like Teen Spirit (live video)
This one makes the list only because, whether they’ll admit it or not, everyone loves to watch a train wreck—the grislier the better.