”Louisa” - Lord Huron
It's not secret that Darren and I are big fans of Lord Huron. I haven't been able to listen to Strange Trails just yet, but "Louisa" is a good example of their capabilities. Their folk music is more Dirty Harry than it is George and Lenny, filled with doubled over vocals and guitars. "The World Ender" is my favorite of theirs, but "Louisa" is really nice, too.
”1,2 1,2” - Raekwon, Snoop Dogg
If Ethan says that this song "is the only song we're ever covering on the site ever again", I feel like this deserves a spin. By the way, along with his work on FlyLo's "Dead Man's Tetris" and Kendrick's "Institutionalized", Snoop Dogg's verse here is evidence of a low-key comeback after going Rastafarian on Snoop Lion. So glad that era of his career is over.
”’Cause I’m A Man” - Tame Impala
I’m struggling with this one. The slowly paced synth ballad comes off a little too 80’s for my taste. However, Tame Impala is about 10 steps ahead of everyone in New Music Tuesday and deserve a spot. Honestly, let me know what you think because I can’t lose my mind over it like I did with “Let It Happen
”Shame” - Young Feathers
A little 8-bit rock never hurt nobody. They remind me a little of TV On the Radio. Also, Young Feathers' album name is called White Men Are Black Men Too making them either the most racially progressive or racially recessive band we have, with no in between.
PORTER'S PICK OF THE WEEK: ”Teenage Talk” - St. Vincent
The career Annie Clark has had is fascinating. She was part of the (literally) biggest gimmick band ever in The Polyphonic Spree, then went solo as St. Vincent and won a grammy for her eponymous album. "Teenage Talk" is a demo holdover that didn't make that album, but found itself on an episode of Girls.
The song capture Clark's teenage years, as a slacker who would joyride her parent's car, run from the cops, throw up from binge drinking and "carve the state of Texas in our forearms". Teenagers are stupid, and Clark argues that some of these past memories that evoke nostalgia isn't always a good feeling. In classic St. Vincent fashion, it's as subversive as it is poignant.