“Oh Yeah” — Chris Brown ft. 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg
Between getting into bar fights with Drake’s entourage and leaking a new song, Chris Brown has sure had a busy week. The young rap star just released a new single “Oh Yeah” as a promotional song for his upcoming album Fortune. And while fans might already recognize the single since Breezy released a solo version back in April, this new version enlists the help of his rap buddies 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg. I listened to both versions and got sick of Brown’s autotuned rapping within the first 30 seconds, but this new version has some extra padding in the form of clear rhymes by the two big name rappers. I would advise you to check out both versions and make your judgments accordingly. Fortune hits shelves on July 3.
“Liquorice” — Azaelia Banks
Azaelia Banks is a “Wild West Liquorice Bitch” (her words, not mine) in the video for her new single “Liquorice.” As usual, her song mashes genres together, this time laying her feisty raps over a retro house/ dance track. The video itself plays out all the stereotypes of a typical western – leather chaps, riding horses alone through a valley, cowgirl on cowgirl showdown, hot dogs, …wait what? Okay, so I lied. The video is anything but typical, and with styling by Nicola Formichetti (of Lady Gaga fame) and direction by fashion photographer Rankin, the video is a must-see.
“The Only Place” — Best Coast
From California duo Best Coast comes the first single “The Only Place,” off their most recent album of the same name. The song is pretty much a travel ad for the state of California as the band repeatedly asks why anyone would live anywhere else. With jangly guitars, and a sunny attitude, the song is a great summer jam and the video itself is super fun with the duo running around destroying things and frolicking on the beach. I can’t help but feel a twinge of animosity toward the band though. I meannnnn if I could, I would also “sit around and stare at the mountains, birds, ocean, trees, and have fun when I please.” But some of us have responsibilities. Now excuse me while I sell all my belongings, buy a car, and move to California.
Ben Gibbard – Set Yourself On Fire cover
Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard recently posted this cover of Canadian band Stars’ “Set Yourself On Fire,” which he produced for Stars’ covers and remixes album Do You Trust Your Friends? Gibbard’s version didn’t make it onto the album as Stars chose to feature Canadian electronic musician Montag’s cover instead. Four years later, here is Gibbard’s lost version. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.
Superchunk – This Summer
I remember jamming out to Bananarama’s ’83 smash hit Cruel Summer when I was a young’un thanks to my mom’s impeccable retro music taste. And by that I mean she would play hits from her heyday incessantly until they were ingrained in my head. Anyway, enter Superchunk, an American indie-punk band who released their cover of “Cruel Summer,” with their own electric spin. This is definitely a track to play while lounging by a pool.