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One of the most notable exclusives coming out this Record Store Day is American Beauty, an EP of four new songs from Bruce Springsteen. One of those songs is “Hurry Up Sundown,” a simple and charged old-school bar-rocker with a few flashes of Springsteen singing in his upper register. Springsteen played every instrument on the song, except drums, which Guns N’ Roses’ Josh Freese handled, and he even sang his own doo-wop backing vocals. It’s a fun song, and you can hear it now at NPR.

American Beauty is out 4/19, Record Store Day.

The Queens rap bruiser Meyhem Lauren is probably best-known as an Action Bronson associate, but he’s landed in the Mixtape Of The Week column twice, for 2012′s Respect The Fly Shit and Mandatory Brunch Meetings. And now he’s prepping the awesomely titled Silk Pyramids, a collaborative EP with the veteran New York rap producer Buckwild. The first single is called “Silk Shirts & Yellow Gold,” and it’s a tough, no-bullshit example of classicist hard-nosed New York rap. Listen below.

I Never Learn, the new album from the Swede-pop goddess Lykke Li, looms, and she’s already shared two songs, the twin dirges “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” and “No Rest For The Wicked.” “Gunshot,” the third song she’s shared from the album, is still something of a ballad, but it’s more of a midtempo ’80s power-ballad type of thing, with cavernous drums and a chorus that will rip you right open and steal your soul. It rivals Twin Shadow’s “To The Top” as the best Phil Collins song I’ve heard this week, and it’s streaming at this site, which also features the song’s lyrics (via Pitchfork).

I Never Learn is out 5/6 via LL/Atlantic.


 +6Posted on Mar 27th | re: EMA - "3Jane" (9 comments)

Dude there’s a song on the album called “Chthulu.” She is not messing around.

 +8Posted on Mar 25th | re: Album Of The Week: Future Islands Singles (54 comments)

In the great art-pop vs. art-rock battle, I will always side with art-pop. Also don’t get me started on art-rap.

 +3Posted on Mar 19th | re: Wu-Tang Clan - "Keep Watch" (10 comments)

If someone wants to write an argument for why this is a classic Wu-banger, I will listen. I wrote like 2000 words articulating my position on that YG album. As it stands, I like every song on 8 Diagrams better than this. (8 Diagrams is deeply, deeply underrated.)

 +2Posted on Mar 18th | re: Neneh Cherry (Feat. Robyn) - "Out Of The Black" Video (7 comments)

From hearing “Bufflao Stance” in 1989?

 +1Posted on Mar 13th | re: Future Islands Owned Last Night At SXSW (12 comments)

Weird, maybe my show memories are just wrong. But now they’re playing bigger stages, and he has more room to move around.

 +1Posted on Mar 12th | re: Album Of The Week: Le1f Hey (15 comments)

Figured I’d wait for the American release, but you’re probably right.

 0Posted on Mar 12th | re: Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream (69 comments)

Close! Charlottesville.

 -7Posted on Mar 4th | re: Watch Wild Beasts Cover Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" (10 comments)

It would be less annoying if Wild Beasts had ever written a song anywhere near as good as “Wrecking Ball.”

 +5Posted on Feb 28th | re: Mellow Gold Turns 20 (53 comments)

This is an awesome idea, but there are a lot of blurry edges there. Like is the Beta Band’s “Dry the Rain” a post-Beck single? Or “Novocaine For The Soul”?

 +8Posted on Feb 28th | re: Mellow Gold Turns 20 (53 comments)

Produced by the Dust Brothers in the immediate aftermath of Odelay, busy breakbeat shuffle, DJ scratching deep in the mix. It’s not a blatant rip like “Pepper” or whatever, but the influence is definitely there. Also all three Hanson brothers absolutely had Beck-esque haircuts.