Ill Poetic Presents: Joe Budden vs. Portishead [Mixtape]
At long last, someone saw fit to fill the iPod of the ghoul in Edvard Munch's The Scream. It's like, he's scary, but he needs to work out, too. This mash-up of Joe Budden and the new Portishead record should be just the thing.
Annie, "I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me" [Get Shakes Remix]
Presumptuously titled new single from former blog-sweetheart Annie finally arrives, a shocking four years after her debut. It's slinky and sinister and this remix is a knockout, but let's face it: in blog years, Annie is already Cher. This is the Internet! We have no time for second albums! Bring us that nine year-old who's mastered Serato and name-checks the Backyardigans and Tago Mago, stat!
Kate Nash, "Purple Rain" [Prince Cover]
Two can play at that game: just hours before Prince reinvented Radiohead, Kate Nash turns "Purple Rain" into a speedy little coffeehouse jam.
Mountain Goats feat. Aesop Rock, "Lovecraft in Brooklyn" [Remix]
Two wordsmiths unite on a track that is three solid minutes of wallop. It's like that rap record that Salinger made. Um, we mean, that rap record we heard Salinger made. From a bunch of unconfirmed sources. We don't, like, have copies of it or anything. Or even a few unfinished demos.
Various Artists, Christian Song Demos [Odd Outtakes]
Praise the Lord: a whole treasure trove of demos from failed Christian pop singers. At the advice of Music for Maniacs, we started with "Safe Sex is Just a Fantasy," where we learned AIDS doesn't just kill the "high and gay." Educational!