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Did You Hear? Jolene

I wish they would re-record this. It’s a kick-ass song from Cake’s early career, with incredible energy and a great arrangement. But the mix kind of sucks, and the drums sound horrible — like when I tap on my steering wheel and my drummer friend says it sounds like banging on wet sandbags. This is an incredible song, but I keep turning it up to try and compensate.

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Did You Hear? Life of the Liar

I love this track–it’s got a late-70s Elvis Costello / John Lennon feel to it, and it manages to cram a lot of layered instruments into a seamless mix. Great chord changes, an awesome woody bass line, a synth, an accordion, some trumpets… can’t go wrong!

This track is one of 64 that were written by the band to each represent one hexagram of the I Ching… 30 have been released so far.

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Did You Hear? Bohemian Rhapsody

While waiting to see a live Green Day show in Hyde Park, the massive crowd of over 65,000 people, without being told to, sung a rousing version of the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Man, it’s nice to see a huge group of people acting collectively to create something beautiful. Skip to ~4:00 for the obligatory head-banging; it’s kind of like stuffing 65,000 people into Wayne and Garth’s car.

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Did You Hear? Radiohead OKNOTOK

 

Radiohead’s OK COMPUTER came out 20 summers ago. To mark the occasion, today the band released OKNOTOK, a remastered version of the original album, along with a lot of really good b-sides and three previously unreleased tracks. You can listen to it all on Apple Music and Spotify, or get it the old fashioned way from Radiohead’s site. I know “Paranoid Android” is considered the album’s most revolutionary track, but 20 years later I think we all understand that the better choice is the video above for “No Surprises.” It is simply extraordinary.

I won’t burden the world with two decades of feels from someone who was graduating high school the same year the greatest artwork ever made on modern sadness was produced. No one wants that, and there is already a ton to read about it over at Pitchfork. I’ll just say that listening to OK COMPUTER again today, sitting in my office, in these times, was like running into an old friend when you’re in a tough spot. A reminder.

-Mike Moats

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Did You Hear? Romeo

Big, gaudy, and loud, this is some great pop music that pulls influences from all over the map. It’s a little bit St. Vincent, a little bit Sneaker Pimps, and maybe even a little Cranberries. There’s synth pop, drum n bass, and a few other styles jammed into one compact package. Love it.

Brook Reeder

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Did You Hear? Why iii Love the Moon

There are few things better than watching talented people make great music.

In this session, Phony PpL worked with Just Blaze (Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z), and just ripped the top off of this song.

(We posted another track from these guys back in 2015.)

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