Every week, The Tune will publish a survey of the newest songs making their way around the internets and the music world in general. Despite the name, it is not just reserved for newly-released CD singles, but rather for any new songs from albums that have not been released yet. The songs will mostly be ones that have leaked/been published over the former week, but occasionally we will throw in little-known tracks from the last few weeks or months that never made it onto our survey. Again, the only condition is that the album has not been released yet. EPs and singles are okay. We are also introducing a new rating system for singles, one that is somewhat unique. Rather than rating the songs based on a 5-star scale, a thumbs up/down scale, or having no rating system (isn’t that annoying?), we will give them prizes not unlike sporting events: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Shit.
Here in July, we’re only a few months into this concept of an entire week’s worth of new songs in one place, with streaming links and our new rating system, so make sure to leave us some feedback and let us know what you think! You can comment at the bottom of the post or email us with the form on the right (and slightly down).
This week’s survey includes new, free MP3s from 3OH!3, Patrick Stump, Moonface, Surfer Blood, Björk, Mariachi El Bronx, Wu-Tang Clan, James Blake, Mastodon, Tennis, T.I., Chiddy Bang, and many more! This is one of our biggest Single Surveys to date, so take your time and make sure to listen to some of the unreviewed tracks at the bottom! If you’d like to write a review for any, go to our Staff page and apply to write for The Tune. Also, look for the red MP3 tag for free and legal downloadable songs!
The Icelandic singer’s newest song, which has been tearing up the interwebs this week, clings and clangs its way through five minutes that are far more epic than you’d expect from a bunch of bells. In an oversatured music world, Björk always seems fresh and new, and that’s a feat in itself. Check out the insane Radiohead-ish drums near the end.
“If you’re born without a heart, put your hands up,” the Boulder duo spit on their newest single, which is somewhere between Devo, The Lonely Island, and a Katy Perry song recorded for Transformers. The song employs just about every gimmick in the book and the lyrics are ridiculously mindless, but hell, you’ll probably listen again. Especially if you’ve had a drink or two.
Oh, Pete Wentz. You may look like a douchebag and occasionally act like one, but at least you wrote the witty, creative lyrics that marked Fall Out Boy as unique. Without you, your former singer Mr. Stump is left to elementary, stereotypical lyrics like “this city is my city/ and I love it/ and I love it.” Problem is, it sounds like a summer jam that pop radio might love, so we could be hearing it over…and over…and over.
Russian-American singer/songwriter Nika Roza Danilova caught our attention (and many others’) with her project Zola Jesus’ song “Night” last year, and her newest song continues the darktronica sounds of her previous albums. Danilova has a way of appealing to the dark sides of the soul, and “Vessel” is no different — a sharp knife of a song, calling out for you to wield it at every second as it builds from a lone stalker of a bass drum to an electronic murder in the final seconds.
Ryan Adams – “Empty Room” (Folk/Pop-Rock)
The North Carolinian singer/songwriter sounds a little more like Neil Young every day, and this one almost feels like a Nick Drake composition. It’s great to hear a guitar solo, even if it’s much shorter than the three minutes in which Adams contemplates his “empty room.” From a tour 7″ — count yourself lucky to hear it!
Sublime with Rome – “Lovers Rock” (Pop-Rock)
A sunny day at the beach with a beautiful girl — that’s exactly what this song feels like. Sublime (with Rome) are consistently putting out good songs a decade and a half after they were supposedly “done.” Keep tuned for an album review.
All of the titles of Spencer Krug’s (of Wolf Parade) upcoming 2011 release are kooky: even the album is title Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped. The music matches in eccentricity, featuring eight minutes of spacey scales and reverb-drenched vocals that sound like a surrealist painting on fire.
The definitive cover of the 1984 hit by The Eagles member has always The Ataris’ pop-punk version — at least in my book. But Brooklyn-based dream pop group Au Revoir Simone are challenging that assumption with a synthesized organ and monotone vocals that lend the track the breezy air of a long day completed.
Butch Walker & The Black Widows – “Summer Of ’89″ (Pop-Rock)
Last year’s I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart received a solid 4.0 from The Tune, and singer/songwriter Butch Walker doesn’t take a break. August 30 marks the release of The Spade, his sixth album in nine years, and the first single is part Bryan Adams heartland rock and part ’70s radio anthem. Butch always finds a way to sneak in hilarious lines, and this song goes “back to where I was a winner” like Charlie Sheen during the bridge: “steal a beer, gettin’ fucked by a girl twice my age, makin’ minimum wage.” Go grab it now.
Hailing from West Palm Beach, this indie rock band’s new track (a cover of the theme song from the ’90s TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete) might as well be the city’s theme song.
One of the oddest evolutions in music — ever — occurred when L.A. hardcore rock band The Bronx donned outfits, picked up traditional instruments, and created an alter ego entitled Mariachi El Bronx. The first album they released, 2009′s self-titled effort, was full of melodramatic fusions of rock songwriting and mariachi music like “Holy,” and “48 Roses” is better than anything on that disc. Even if you can’t imagine enjoying it, listen anyway — you might be in for a surprise.
Blockbuster rap collabs can go either way — Kanye‘s “Monster” or this. You’d think between the four of them they could’ve created something with more force, more panache, more character. But there’s no charisma behind this beat.
Minimalist blurps, beeps, and buh-b-buhs highlight these two instrumental tracks from the increasingly popular dubstep producer. These tracks don’t present much crossover potential, however, likely increasing Blake’s reputation only in dubstep circles. And they aren’t exactly…immediately appealing.
Odd kung fu movie samples add little to this new effort.
Synth hooks and an ’80s club feel keep the first single from this Elizabeth Harper project’s debut album moving right along, and though it feels a bit dated, somehow you’ll come back to it gladly.
The London rock group received some critical acclaim for their 2006 self-titled debut, but the 2009 follow-up Radio Wars went the way of the sophomore slump. Now the band is back with a third album, introduced by this Concrete Blonde/Jefferson Airplane mash-up that sits in a single corner of the aural spectrum and solemnly plays its parts.
-the redeeming part of a Swift song is the vocals…but AVP whine their way through