Every week, The Tune publishes a survey of the newest songs making their way around the internetz 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.
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This week’s survey includes new, free MP3s from Matt & Kim, Chris Brown, Primus, Wise Blood, Cass McCombs, Pusha T, Veronica Falls, Zola Jesus, Kevin Devine, STS, Future Islands, Eve 6, and many more! 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!
If you’re slightly confused by the randomness of the collaboration, you’re not the only one — but it might help to learn that it comes from Converse’s “Three Artists in One Song” series. Indie pop-rock band Matt & Kim’s ultra-catchy chorus carries the track, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it in a commercial like “Daylight” sometimes soon.
Believe it or not — and you probably won’t — the best part of this David Banner-produced track from Chris Brown’s Boy In Detention mixtape is Justin Bieber rapping. His flow isn’t half bad, and it sure trumps Brown’s whining on the chorus. So how long before Bieber starts dating Rihanna?
Thrice – “Promises” (Hard Rock)
The second song from Thrice’s upcoming September release Major/Minor sees the band turning back to Beggars-style rock. No-one does epic like Thrice does it, and this song “promises” another amazing rock release from the California group.
The writers of the South Park theme song are back with a banging, bleeping, funk rock piece that sounds like Rage Against the Machine-for-kids — except for the whole religious chick and apocalypse thing.
Jack’s Mannequin – “Amy, I” (Pop-Rock)
“Amy, I never felt this kind of cold before,” Andrew McMahon warbles in his immediately recognizable vocals on the newest Jack’s Mannequin song. For the first time, they sound like they’re almost back to Everything In Transit form — and the return is wonderful. You may be rocking out to this for awhile.
Elvis Costello – “Sparkling Day” (Pop-Rock)
Off the soundtrack for One Day, a new movie starring Anne Hathaway, here’s Elvis Costello’s newest whimsical ballad, a Georgia-tinged peach of a track.
On August 30, Wise Blood will drop the These Wings EP, and this swirly vampire-referencing piece is part indie rock guitar pumpernickel and part cinematic rye. It’s certainly not the best he’s ever put forth — that honor belongs to “Loud Mouths” — but its ethereal edge is strangely hypnotic. Listen, mofo, listen!
When was the last time YOU released two albums in one year? The notoriously odd-yet-brilliant Cass McCombs already scored a lofty 4.3 with April’s Wit’s End, and he’ll be back with Humor Risk on November 7. From the sound of it, he’s toned down the jazziness and gravitated further towards folk rock for this album — “The Same Thing” barrels along at 40 MPH on a Northern California morning, sometime around 11 A.M. Remember, his SILVER is most artists’ GOLD.
Good luck figuring out anything Nika Danilova is singing on her newest song, performed live for Daytrotter Session — it’s as mysterious as Björk‘s Icelandic vocals. Definitely sounds like it comes from further north than that, though. There’s a certain tension to Zola Jesus’ music, something like a Siberian exile.
After the GOLDed “Answer,” this second cut off of the Grizzly Bear bassist’s September 13 release Dreams Come True nearly maintains the momentum, featuring a growling electric bass behind electronic beats and sparkly Disney-on-drugs synths. “Things I haven’t told you/ You won’t believe” — oh yes, we will.
Everlast – “I Get By” (Hip-Hop)
I honestly thought that the “What It’s Like” singer had stopped making music — seems he joined a hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra for awhile along with other original members of House of Pain. His newest is certainly no empathetic ode… it’s an anti-government lower-class anthem with multi-tracked vocals and a plucky chorus that sounds half-gangsta and half-indie pop. “I told y’all I would break the law to put food in my baby girl’s belly,” he sings, reminding us that he’s still as conscientious as ever.
A little over a month ago “Come On Over” scored a SILVER from us, but this ’60s-pop influenced beachy tune tops even that. “I’ve got a bad feeling/ And it’s not going away” may not win any songwriting awards, but hell, do you really want your indie pop to win anything? Love the insistent guitars and the “ahh-ahhs” in the bridge.
The Long Island indie pop group also scored a SILVER from us in July, and another song from September 27′s In Heaven references a name that doesn’t reveal a lot when Googled. But we do know that the song is fun as hell and feels much fuller than its 2:20 would imply. It’s almost like a phoenix bursting out from sun, newborn to the world.
I found out about this guy through Manchester Orchestra, like many of his fans — but unlike them, when I saw him live I was wholly underwhelmed, and his studio recordings are worse in that they generally lack his contagious energy. This one is no different, as its 3:15 explosion feels underwhelming and weak, like the entire band was holding back.