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“Freak Out”

Liars | 2007

According to Liars multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hemphill, the song "Freak Out" almost didn't make it onto 2007's Liars, the band's fourth album. "I almost didn't put it on the CD I sent to Angus [Andrews],” he said. “We don't know what fits for Liars or what will make a good record." The fuzzy, distorted guitar-infused track ultimately did make the cut, though, and Hemphill has no regrets. “I think that's the greatest thing, too--you never know what you're going to get when you're creative.”

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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