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Before I get into this week’s picks, allow me to point out that Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea made a video for a song called “Booty.” Hype Williams directed it. It is exactly what you expect it to be. It came out a few years ago, and it has five million views already. At this point, anyone who includes anything other than straight ass-jiggling in their music videos deserves some kind of hero’s treatment, as do the people who manage to do something interesting with ass-jiggling. “Booty” is not among this week’s picks. Check out the videos that made the cut below.

A few weeks ago, the young Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins made an impact with The Water[s], the sort of mixtape that turns underground rappers into stars. Today, he released his first single since that mixtape arrived. Kaytranada, the rising Montreal dance producer, produced “Rain,” which samples Missy Elliott’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” turning its skeletal thump into a hazy miasma. It’s an ideal context for Jenkins’ gravelly, incisive rap style. There’s a decent chance this guy will turn into the next Kendrick Lamar, so it might behoove you to listen to the track below.

For this season of Squidbillies, the Adult Swim cartoon about yokel squids, a different artist will sing the theme song of every episode. King Khan And The Shrines, Dwight Yoakam, and Todd Rundgren are all on tap for the rest of the season, but for the debut episode, we get to hear Neko Case do the song. (We also posted Lampchop’s cover a little while ago.) Listen to the Neko version below.

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 +3Posted on Sep 19th | re: Laura Jane Grace Slams Ex-Against Me!/New Slipknot Drummer (15 comments)

The drummer’s Daddy, it might be worth mentioning, is Max Weinberg. Also, Jay was really fun to watch onstage, and he totally acted like he was the frontman of the band. SO MUCH stick-twirling.

 +1Posted on Sep 18th | re: DJ Quik - "That Getter" (3 comments)

Great answer. I was thinking possibly Scarface too, but he’s been pretty inactive for the past few years.

 +10Posted on Sep 11th | re: Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence (144 comments)

These are the things that happen when you’re trying to speed-write. Fixed, thank you.

 +78Posted on Aug 29th | re: Riff Raff To Sam Smith: "Your Face Is Super Huge" (50 comments)

You have to adjust for distance. Sam Smith is sitting one mile away from the camera.

 +1Posted on Aug 22nd | re: Dummy Turns 20 (43 comments)

They were great! Early on, anyway! But the idea of grouping them into a hot-new-scene with Portishead was a fundamental misunderstanding of everything all 3 of them were doing, as was the idea that they represented the music of the future.

Yes. This is not up for debate. Nobody has ever cried to Aesop.

 0Posted on Jul 31st | re: Tom Petty's Lackluster New Album Will Be His First #1 (16 comments)

Man I’m just fucking with you. Lese Majesty is a fine piece of arty rap splurge, but I don’t love it the way so many of y’all do. And I can’t get my mind around the idea that it’s better than a sparkling, insightful, gorgeously recorded Jenny Lewis album.

 +3Posted on Jul 28th | re: Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul (100 comments)

Thanks guys. Fixed.

 +1Posted on Jul 24th | re: Chance The Rapper Teases New Music In Video (3 comments)

You are exactly right. My brain is breaking.