Friday Music

Another week, another Mixtape of Teh Intarwebs.

Discovered a new group this week: 4hero, a UK-based neo-soul/electronica outfit. Brilliant stuff, as I think this track exemplifies: 4hero – “Morning Child.” Can’t wait to hear more.

Richard Kelly, director of Donnie Darko, released a new film last year, Southland Tales — apparently about the end of the world (in as much as Richard Kelly’s films can be about anything). Anyway — in it, Sarah Michelle Gellar plays an ex-pornstar, who now has a music career. Her big single is an “issue song.” The issue? Teen horniness. They put the track on the soundtrack, and it’s damn near perfect slap at the style of Britney Spears, et. al.: Sarah Michelle Gellar – “Teen Horniness is Not a Crime.”

Heavy riff? Check. Blistering guitar solos? Check. Over-the-top swords-and-sorcery lyrics? Check. Bow before the metal majesty that is: Nevermore – “The Psalm of Lydia.” “Now sullen the demons fade away and summon their final call….Lydia slayed them all!”

This track from The National’s new album makes me think a bit of Joy Division, and other bands of that period….and that’s not a bad thing: The National – “Mistaken For Strangers.”

Because it’s fun, and because I haven’t heard it in ages, a goofy caper film in song: The Refreshments – “Banditos.”

If you only know Berlin by “Take My Breath Away” (shudder), or, at best, “Sex (I’m A…)”, then you’re missing out. One of my favorite new wave acts, this is my favorite song from them, before they were swallowed whole by adult-contemporary, movie-tie-in balladry: Berlin – “Masquerade.”

One more track from the Samurai Champloo soundtrack — this time, the opening theme of the series: Nujabes feat. Shing02 – “Battlecry.”

There you go, kids. Enjoy!