[MP3] Pusha T from The Clipse: “My God”

I forgot that Pusha T signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Records, so this release of his solo track “My God” was a minor surprise. But if you enjoy the Clipse, you’l… oh hell. If you’re a fan of the Clipse you’re already downloading this and I don’t need to do any more convincing.

MP3: Pusha T – My God

[VIDEO/MP3] NewVillager: “LightHouse”

MP3: NewVillager – LightHouse

On Tuesday I told you NewVillager’s new song “LightHouse” would be one to watch. Turns out that the official debut of the MP3 and video was just three days later! Crazy. The track is like a collaboration between Owen Pallett and the Hidden Cameras. Man, just saying that gives me chills — and so does this song.

Stereogum debuted the video and MP3.

[MP3] Childish Gambino: “Freeks & Geeks”

If Donald Glover keeps this level of heat up, soon TV writers will be introducing their pieces with lines like “…better known as the rapper Childish Gambino” instead of now wherein I’m still obligated to say that, yeah, this is Troy from Community.

MP3: Childish Gambino – Freeks & Geeks
This one’s just madness. I think if Childish Gambino can tighten things up just a touch he could pretty much be a ghostwriter for Lil Wayne. So many puns and subculture in-jokes in this one that I have the feeling I’ll still be unlocking its LULZ a year from now.

[MP3/VIDEO] Lettercamp: “You Won’t Want Me”

I was poking around the internet last night and ran across Detroit synth pop band Lettercamp. Some of you from the area might know this better as Liz Wittman’s (Friendly Foes) solo debut, but this is my first introduction to her. It’s catchy and it’s got a fresh air about it, so I’m sold.

MP3: Lettercamp – You Won’t Want Me

[MP3/VIDEO] new My Morning Jacket: “Circuital”

Here’s the newest song to come out of the My Morning Jacket camp. “Circuital” is a great acoustic/electric song that makes me think this new album is going to have a strong influence of Jim James’ presumably favorite Beatle, George Harrison.

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Circuital

And of course, we’ve still got that great track “Friends Again” which should accompany “Circuital” on the next LP.

[MP3] new Elf Power: “Stranger in the Window”

Stereogum just premiered this new Elf Power track off their upcoming self titled record. Looks like we’re getting a listen sooner than I thought!

MP3: Elf Power – Stranger in the Window
Elf Power’s last record had some strong riffs and hooks, but “Stranger in the Window” is a lot more gentle. I’m taking a trip to the beach next month and I’ll for sure be adding this to my “sitting by the ocean” playlist.

Elf Power on Myspace

[MP3] new My Morning Jacket: “Friends Again” + “Carried Away” (live debut)

Unfortunately my plans to see My Morning Jacket with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in either Atlanta or Nashville fell through. I’ve been listening to the bootlegs from those shows, though, and it seems that anyone who made it out was in for a real treat. For starters, the group gave us our first taste of the next record in “Friends Again.”

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Friends Again (new; live)

Normally songs don’t fully win me over until I hear the studio version, but this one is already near-classic MMJ just for only hearing a bootleg. It’s a great example of this band’s strength: writing songs that sound as good in the stadium as they do in your bedroom stereo. It’s powerful, but still intimate.

And they also got what I can only assume is a new MMJ track, “Carried Away,” sung by backing guitarist Carl Broemel. It’s the slower of the pair, but still a good one. UPDATE: Turns out this is a solo song by Carl. You can hear it on his Myspace page.

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Carried Away (new; live)

And as you might expect, they are trotting out some new covers on this tour. Given that they just played the New Orleans Jazzfest and are touring with a jazz band, these should make perfect sense…

MP3: My Morning Jacket – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Mother In Law (Ernie K-Doe)
MP3: My Morning Jacket – Carnival Time (Al Johnson)

Of course you can download those covers and 70 more at the My Morning Jacket covers archive that I’ve been updating for a while now.

The Arcade Fire covers archive :: 18 covers and counting!

Now that it’s official that the Arcade Fire will be making their return to the stage, I figured it’d be fun to add them to the long list of covers archives I’ve put together. So sure, everyone knows the Arcade Fire used to do a mean cover of the Talking Heads, but did you know they’ve done Smiths, Clinic and Sam Cooke covers?

The Arcade Fire covers archive :: 18 covers and counting!

MP3: Arcade Fire – A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Age of Consent (New Order)
MP3: Arcade Fire – All The Umbrellas in London (Magnetic Fields)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Born In The U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Born On A Train (Magnetic Fields)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Brazil (Ary Baroso/Ed Russel)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Distortions (Clinic)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Five Years (David Bowie)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cindi Lauper)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Guns Of Brixton (the Clash)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Kiss Off (Violent Femmes)
MP3: Arcade Fire – The Last Time (Rolling Stones)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Heroes (David Bowie)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son (France Gall)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Still Ill (The Smiths)
MP3: Arcade Fire – State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Such a Shame (Jay Reatard)
MP3: Arcade Fire – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads)
MP3: Arcade Fire – Wave of Mutilation (Pixies)

And there are a few that I don’t have MP3s for, but we have video of: “Bizarre Love Triangle” “Boys Don’t Cry” “Dancing in the Dark / Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

Thanks to the Torture Garden and the fine folks at the Us Kids Know message board for making this possible and a lot easier. If you’ve got any covers I’m missing, leave a link in the comments or email them on over!