Yo La Tengo - "Before We Run"
Pressing play on this incredible new Yo La Tengo song ranks up there with that Field Report concert at Rumba in the running for my most marvelous musical experience of the week. Fade is out Jan. 15 on Matador, and it can't come soon enough.
The-Dream - "AK47"
Few men have sung so sweetly about a gun. This is culled from the forthcoming commercial version of The-Dream's 1977 mixtape from last year, which is coming out Dec. 18 courtesy of Radio Killa/Def Jam.
Trent Reznor - "Call of Duty: Black Ops II Theme"
What if I told you Trent Reznor's theme from Call of Duty: Black Ops II is on some straight-up The Fragile-style creeping onminousness? Would that make you want to buy the game more? This is way better than the How to destroy angels_ stuff in my book. Now how about some of that new NIN we've been hearing about?
Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd - "Remember You"
Speaking of creepy music: Maybe it's prudish, but a line like "Girl, take pride in what you wanna do/ Even if that means a new man every night inside of you" seems, um, unsettling. Yep, this one feels like a Weeknd song featuring Wiz, not the other way around. But it's going on the new Wiz album O.N.I.F.C. coming Dec. 4 on Atlantic/Rostrum, which is now 2-for-2 on singles in my book after this one and the quality pop-rap of "Work Hard Play Hard."
Jamie Lidell - "What a Shame"
Jamie Lidell was toying around with new takes on classic R&B sounds long before this year's bumper crop of artful urban crooners (see above). Though he skewed towards the middle there for a few years, "What a Shame" is bursting with energy and new ideas. It's got me curious to hear the rest of the self-titled album Lidell is releasing Feb. 19 via Warp.
Freddie Gibbs - "BFK"
Supposedly the officer who let his police car be filmed for this video got demoted. Sad news him, but we all have to make sacrifices for authenticity, right? As for the music, Gangsta Gibbs just keeps killing it (and hopefully just in a metaphorical sense). Baby Face Killa is out now for free.
Eat Skull - "Where'd You Go"
Pacific Northwest punk band Eat Skull was responsible for one of my favorite songs from back when "shitgaze" was a buzzword, 2009's "Stick to the Formula." They've been relatively quiet since then, but they'll be back this winter with a new album on Woodsist. The aptly titled "Where'd You Go" is on a single coming Dec. 11 in advance of the LP.
Angel Haze - "Gimme That" (produced by Lunice)
Angel Haze is the best new rapper I've heard this year, and Lunice is one of the guys behind this, so "Gimme That" is pretty much a no-brainer for Jams of the Week. It comes courtesy of Adidas Originals and Your Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” series.
Stumbleine - "Honeycomb"
Not much to say about this one, so just enjoy glorious dreampop from a UK project to keep an eye on. Debut album Spiderwebbed is out this week on Monotreme Records.
The Faint - "Evil Voices"
Lastly, I never really got into Danse Macabre, the decade-old underground sensation The Faint is currently performing in full on tour. But for all of you out there who did, here's a new song from the Omaha dance-punks. The Danse Macabre reissue drops Nov. 19 on Saddle Creek, while this song is from a tour-only EP.