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Final Track: 7 Must-Hear Songs Of The Week


It’s impossible to cover every 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: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Twin Shadow, Nippsey Hussle with Rick Ross, and more.



“45” by the Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem, who hail from New Brunswick, New Jersey, is the result of a bunch of punk rock guys being influenced as much by Jawbreaker as Bruce Springsteen. “45” has an unrelenting, chugging pace to go along with its huge sound. Can’t wait for their fourth album, Handwritten, which comes out in July.

“Come Near” by Lykke Li

Swedish singer Lykke Li released one of 2011’s finest albums in Wounded Rhymes. Her first release in 2012, “Come Near,” appears on a compilation for her new label, Ingrid, and although it doesn’t have the same buried-but-there hooks as, say, “Sadness Is a Blessing,” it’s still enchanting, in a very primal way.

“Millions” by Eternal Summers

Just the right amount of indie pop “sweet,” bolstered by better production compared to their first album and the addition of a pulse-providing bassist to the group. Tougher to accomplish than it sounds.

“No Lie” by 2 Chainz ft. Drake

The single’s artwork is f*cking terrible, but the song itself, from 2 Chainz’s upcoming Def Jam release Based on a T.R.U. Story, is really good. You’re gonna hear it A LOT this summer, so might as well know it.

“Oh Susannah” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Is it a great song? No. But it is Neil Young’s first recorded work with the original line-up of Crazy Horse since 1996’s Broken Arrow. Therefore, it’s Must-Hear Worthy.

“Proud of That” by Nipsey Hussle ft. Rick Ross

Without listening to the song, what do you think the “that” that they’re proud of is referring to?

1. That Nipsey isn’t known by his real name, Ermias Asghedom?
2. That Nipsey starred in the Ving Rhames classic, Wrath of Cain?
3. That Rick Ross discovered he could use doughnuts instead of bread for a sandwich, and doughnuts instead of lettuce on a sandwich, and doughnuts instead of tomatoes on a sandwich, and that he calls sandwiches “doughnutwiches” now?

Probably not that last one. The real answer: “Been to everything, but I rode on/And I never quit to take no loss.” Eh, I like the doughnut thing more. Still, good song.

“Five Seconds” by Twin Shadow

I saw Twin Shadow in Brooklyn last night, and “Five Seconds,” which will appear on his sophomore album Forget (due out on July 10), absolutely killed. It’s very romantic and New Wave and driven by synths, but there’s a vague Prince-like swagger to it that separates it from other 80s revivalists. Remember this band.

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