Rolling Stone's latest playlist features familiar artists in surprising contexts, including a track from Neil Young's new nature-sounds-plus-live-rock LP and the first taste of Jenny Lewis' upbeat electropop venture Nice as Fuck. Also featured: a retro-leaning gem from Esme Patterson and Disclosure's sultry take on Al Green.
A low-flying post-punk torpedo from Jenny Lewis and her new awesomely named band, Nice as Fuck. The droning bass and stark, spacey production imply moody drama, but Lewis' voice is warm and friendly: "Don't close the door/We are so close," she sings. It's like Joy Division or Public Image Ltd bathed in California light.
Young's new ecology-themed live album, Earth, closes with "Love and Only Love," from 1990's Ragged Glory, stretching out for nearly half an hour of cloud-burst distortion and raging hope.
U.K. house-music whiz kids flip a bit of Green's 1972 hit "I'm Still in Love With You" for a glistening late-night dance-floor come-on.
A subtle Sixties soul throwback from rootsy pop artist Patterson, who sings, "I can't keep running, I'm no river," fighting against life's weird flow with elegant determination.
Truckers main man Patterson Hood recently moved from his native South to Portland, Oregon. But the DBTs still can't escape the burden of history. This barreling rocker, written by co-leader Mike Cooley, takes on Dixie holdouts over scorched-earth guitars.
A previously unreleased gem from a new reissue of Morrison's classic 1974 live LP, It's Too Late to Stop Now. He turns Kermit the Frog's greatest hit into a blues scorcher.
The shape-shifting Detroit rapper's first song in some time is worth the wait. Over a five-alarm EDM-heavy beat, Brown hollers, "When it rain, when it pour, get your ass on the floor," making desperation feel like a party.