February 23, 2012


Free Music: Rufus Wainwright, Wiz Khalifa & More

Kevin Westenberg
Kevin Westenberg

Rufus Wainwright: “Out of the Game”
Rufus oftentimes sounds like he’s mining music’s distant past for inspiration, but on this new track he jumps decades ahead… to the 1970s! Very Steely Dan-ish, in the sense that’s it’s intelligent, non-pandering soft-rock. [Stereogum

Bruce Springsteen: “Death to My Hometown”
Another day, another new track from Springsteen’s upcoming 17th album. You’d think the novelty would wear off, but hey, he’s the Boss. He delivers. [CoS]

Wiz Khalifa: “Mary x3”
Releasing new tunes this week almost as regularly as Springsteen, this new Khalifa joint is about—what else?—joints. But honestly, it’s kind of a generic song. Let’s call it Mary Jane Doe. [XXL]

BJ the Chicago Kid ft. Kendrick Lamar: “The World Is a Ghetto”
Here’s some atmospheric soul from a newcomer who brings to mind Curtis Mayfield. Throw in a few James Brown yelps, some funky wah-wah guitar and a hot verse from one of today’s most relevant MCs, and you’ve got yourself a stew, baby.

Mirrorring: “Fell Sound”
Mirrorring is a misspelling. It’s also a fascinating collaboration between spacey folk weirdo Grouper and abstract folk weirdo Tiny Vipers. Their powers combined, these two ladies make a gentle, inviting ambient track that’s not to be missed if you dig that sort of thing. 

Joachim Cooder ft. Matt Costa: “Strike Up Your Matches”
Much better than you would expect from a song written by the son of a famous musician (his daddy is Ry) and sung by a former pro skateboarder. In fact, it’s sort of beautiful. [CoS]

Yasiin Bey: “N----s in Poorest”
The Artist Usually Known As Mos Def released a video for his philosophically diametric response/remix of Kanye and Jay-Z’s “N----- In Paris” to commemorate Malcolm X. If the original was a celebration of the high life, this is a no-bull reminder that most people don’t share that socio-economic stability. [HuffingtonPost