Jams of the Week: Dinosaur Jr., Foxygen, Lana Del Rey hearts A$AP Rocky

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Dinosaur Jr. - "Watch the Corners"

Rolling Stone premiered this typically guitar-glorious Dinosaur Jr. slab from their next LP "I Bet On Sky." It's out Sept. 18 on Jagjaguwar, and if the rest of the album is anywhere near as good as this song, it will be so gnarly.

Lana Del Rey - "National Anthem"

Musically, this week's other Lana Del Rey/A$AP Rocky collab is far superior to the utmost ridiculousness that is "National Anthem." But when you cast Rocky as JFK and yourself as both Jackie and Marilyn, you're pretty much guaranteeing I will watch your music video. Let the absurdity begin.

Foxygen - "Waitin' 4 U"

With a name like Foxygen, I assumed I would be hearing yet another half-baked hipster dance pop project. Instead, you get a rapturous Stones track with hints of VU, Van Morrison and Marc Bolan. This is beautiful music, and I need more of it now. Mini-album "Take the Kids Off Broadway" is out July 24 on Jagjaguwar.

DJ Khaled featuring Kanye West & Rick Ross - "I Wish You Would"

This might be the breaking point for me on post-808s nihilistic Yeezy. Definitely not at the breaking point for post-cred Rozay. And I don't think I'll ever tire of hearing Khaled scream his own name, which seems to be one of his two discernable skills. (The other one, of course, is wrangling A-List rap stars for obnoxiously in-your-face posse cuts.)

DJ Drama featuring 2 Chainz, Meek Mill & Jerimih - "My Moment"

Speaking of dudes who like to yell their own names and who are exceptionally good at getting powerful rappers to join forces, here's DJ Drama doing his thing. "My Moment" finds three rising urban stars reminiscing about the days before their big break. It's so obviously influenced by Drake, but it's such an exceptional Drake ripoff that I can't help but love it. This one's going into heavy rotation in my car.

The Antlers - "Drift Dive"

I've never completely bought into The Antlers' anthemic indie pop, but this track might be what breaks me. Gorgeous stuff from the "Undersea" EP coming July 24 on Anti-.

Little Dragon - "Sunshine"

These Swedes were just in Columbus opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers, but here's hoping they stop through sometime soon at a venue less expansive than the Schott. I have mixed feelings about their music for the same reason I feel split about Pearl Jam: They're really good at what they do, but every quality track synth-pop track like "Sunshine" will inspire a legion of absolutely lifeless imitations.

Meyhem Lauren - "Drug Lords"

This week's requisite NYC-hype-fiend-rapper-who's-actually-quite-good is Greedhead associate Meyhem Lauren, whose new album "Respect the Fly Shit" was recorded during two apparently boisterous days in a hotel room at SXSW. Download the whole thing for free via The Fader.

WHY? - "Sod In the Seed"

Yoni Wolf's band continues to be among the most unusual, intriguing and surprisingly satisfying in indie rock. WHY?'s records are great, but you should definitely see their live show, in which Wolf morphs into a slow-motion one-man whirlwind. It's a totally immersive experience. "Sod In the Seed" is the title track from their new EP, which is out August 13 on Anticon.

Angel Haze - "New York"

Every rapper claims they run New York, but when this lady claims it, you don't dispute. This is way better than any Azealia Banks song.