Teddybears feat. the Flaming Lips
"Crystal Meth Christian"
Swedish beatmasters (and Robyn producers) cook up warm, gurgling funk while the Lips' Wayne Coyne gets nasty, telling the titular Christian, "You take a diamond and make it sand." | More »
"Drink the Kool-Aid"
In the video, Cube wears a T-shirt with a gangsta-fied Kool-Aid smiley face — a great metaphor for his journey from N.W.A to TBS. The gutbucket beat is crackin', but Cube wastes time dissing "young bucks" who might step up to him on the mic. That's beneath his stature. | More »
Jerry Lee Lewis
"Mean Old Man"
Kris Kristofferson sang the original version of this country stomper, but its hard-edged crankiness is pure Jerry Lee. "If I look like a voodoo doll . . . who'd rather bite you back than crawl, that's what I am," Lewis snarls on the single, the first from his upcoming album, Mean Old Man. Amid an intense beat and slide guitar from the Stones' Ronnie Wood, the 74-year-old's voice is in prime form — pitch-perfect and tough as nails. Never has "Get off my lawn!" sounded thi... | More »
Kanye West feat. Beyonce and Charlie Wilson
"See Me Now"
"I'm Socrates, but my skin more chocolaty," shouts Kanye, who goes on to detail several feats of attention-whore behavior — cruising in Ferraris, rocking fur coats, walking into high-end restaurants with no shoes on. But the sound is remarkably warm, a gospel-style mix of heartfelt crooning (from Beyoncé and ex-Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson) and plush accompaniment that's perfect for worshipping at the altar of Yeezy. | More »
It's odd how Rivers Cuomo and Eminem always seem to drop new records at the same time. They both represent a lost golden era to their fanboy cult, and they get knee-jerk hostility from the same Stans who wildly overrated them 10 years ago. But the rest of the world still likes them as much as ever. "Memories," the first single from the forthcoming Hurley, is a clever goof that skewers the Weezer cult by making fun of Nineties nostalgia. Over a chugging groove built on synths and power ch... | More »
Yes, we know: It's tough watching the kids grow up. And here's Taylor Swift, once the voice of heartbroken fifteen year olds everywhere now singing about living in sin with a college dude, imagining "a drawer of my things" at his crib while her dude assures her "we'll never make my parents' mistakes." (Uh-huh.) Sure, it's formula: spare, acoustic guitar-driven opening; big fat chorus; lyrical perspective-shift, from hers to his, for the feel-good final verse. But it... | More »