Final Track: 7 Must-Hear Songs Of The Week

Senior Pop Culture Editor

It’s impossible to cover each bit of new music that comes out during the week, so every Friday, we’ll be doing an end of the week music roundup. It’s called Final Track, and we’ll count off a few songs released during the week that are worth giving a listen to. (Banner via)

Today, we’ve got selections from Death, Juicy J, Big K.R.I.T., and more.

“Politicians in My Eyes” by Death


Death is a Detroit-based protopunk band that released one single in the 1970s, before Drag City put out the indispensable …For the Whole World to See, a 12-track album made up of dirty rock ‘n’ roll that Clive Davis refused to released decades prior because of their band name, in 2009. I get how obnoxious that sounds, but really, Death is awesome, and there’s a documentary, A Band Called Death, out there about them that’s worth seeing, too. In it, you hear a 12-minute version of their rallying cry, “Politicians In My Eyes.” You can also check it out above.

“Shine On” by Big K.R.I.T. and Bun B

For more on the first official single from King Remembered In Time, check out the Smoking Section.

“Constant Conversations” by Juicy J

Why did Three 6 Mafia-member Juicy J decide to remix a Passion Pit song? No idea, though those “oh”s were meant to be sampled, but I’m really glad he did. It’s like rap-rock…BUT GOOD.

“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket sure knows how to pick a killer cover. Their take on the Band’s “It Makes No Difference” brings tears to the ol’ eyes every time, and on “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” taken from the John Denver tribute album The Music Is You, Jim James’ soaring, sad voice matches perfectly to the bittersweet lyrics. /begins crying again

“Barely Legal” by Azealia Banks

The Final Track of Covers continues with Azealia Banks’s bonkers take on the Strokes’ “Barely Legal.” What began as a scruffy rumbler is now an all-out seductive dance track, with Banks teasing her way around Julian Casablancas’s lyrics. It’s…something.

“That Awful Sound” by Jackson Scott

Built to Spill for the dive bar crowd.

“Race In” by School of Rock

To quote Pitchfork:

School of Rock is a franchise of music schools throughout North and South America that teaches kids how “to rock on stage and in life” through lessons, camps, and workshops. The school has a program called “Epic Albums”, in which students learn to play iconic records, usually by the likes of big bands like Radiohead, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.

The kids in the video above covered, of all albums, Mirrored by Battles, the excellent math rock band. The only thing missing is Jack Black (and Kyle Gass, obviously.)

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