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“Zero”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | 2009

The trio didn't make music for those who wanted to stand there with their arms crossed – they wanted to instigate responses. "You wanted to just smack them, you know? Break a beer bottle over their head, to wake 'em up and make them feel something, and that's still what we want to do now," frontwoman Karen O. said about handling indifferent fans. "We want to shake the unshakable, to stir things up, and that's a lot of the spirit of "Zero"; it's like 'Come on man! Come on! Just feel something, escape, whatever, whatever the emotion is just feel it!'"

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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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