Bob Dylan - "Duquesne Whistle"
Nice comeback single from Bob, whose new album "Tempest" is coming Sept. 11 on Columbia. ("Fun" fact: Dylan also released an album on THE Sept. 11.) Love that this video basically skewers the sort of quirky indie romance usually populated by Manic Pixie Dream Girls, and I love that Bob shows up to roam the streets with his posse. That said, the fact that I'm embedding this from "BobDylanVEVO" is just too bizarre. Speaking of bizarre...
2 Chainz featuring Kanye West - "Birthday Song"
This song seemed truly stupid when I was listening to the underwhelming 2 Chainz album, but after watching that video it just seems truly weird. Everything about this makes me feel like a terrible human being. "Based on a T.R.U. Story" is out now on Def Jam, women should not be objectified as birthday cakes, and that show at Long Street was still terrible.
No Doubt - "Push and Shove"
Tony Kanal calls this No Doubt's own "Bohemian Rhapsody." Not even close, but I think I'm glad to have them back in the limelight anyhow. The Diplo-produced "Push and Shove" is the title track from No Doubt's first album in 11 years, out Sept. 25 on Interscope.
Converge - "Aimless Arrow"
Just might be willing to go out on a limb and say there is no better heavy band in operation these days than Converge. Better go see these guys Oct. 15 at Skully's, because they rule. "Aimless Arrow" hails from Converge's new album "All We Love We Leave Behind," out Oct. 9 on Epitaph.
Ben Gibbard - "Teardrop Windows"
Ben Gibbard's first solo single sounds like... Death Cab for Cutie! But maybe Death Cab through a John Vanderslice filter. But I don't like it as much as Death Cab or John Vanderslice, so there's that. Gibbard's album "Former Lives" is out Oct. 16 via Barsuk, the label that released fine Death Cab recordings like this one.
Flight of the Conchords - "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"
So good to have Bret, Jemaine and Murray back, if only for a moment. "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)" supports New Zealand charity event Red Nose Day.
DJ Scream feat. Rick Ross, Slim Thug & Bun B - "Cassette Deck"
Love hearing these dudes on a chilled-yet-zesty beat like "Cassette Deck," even if Rozay's reading of "pocket full of stooooooones" reminds me of Krispy Kreme. DJ Scream's "Long Live the Hustle" is coming Nov. 20.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz - "Thrift Shop"
This goofy, fun, very literal tribute to thrift shopping comes from the same dudes who just released an emotional anthem in support of same-sex marriage. They are pretty good at both sides of the spectrum. The next Macklemore & Ryan Lewis LP, "The Heist," is coming in October.
Win Win - "Salt Days +"
Good to see somebody's still making LCD Soundsystem songs even if James Murphy's not. Like all the best LCD tracks, "Salt Days +" grooves like party music yet grabs me by the heartstrings. It makes me want to get my carpo-tunnelly little hands on Win Win's album, "Double Vision," out via Vice Oct. 16.
Nas - "Bye, Baby"
And if you thought things couldn't get any mistier up in here, check Nasir Jones' farewell to his ex-wife Kelis. "Life Is Good" may be the title of Nas' great comeback album on Def Jam, but sometimes it hurts, babe.