February 17, 2012


Free Music: Wiz Khalifa, Pete Yorn Covers the Beach Boys & More

Darren Ankenman
Darren Ankenman

Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J: “My Favorite Song”
Wiz is joined by Dirty South rapper Juicy J on this warped reinterpretation of a track from The-Dream. They talk about money, which apparently they both like an awful lot. Who knew? It’s from Khalifa’s upcoming mixtape Taylor Allderice. [The Fader]

Pete Yorn: "Surfer Girl"
Pete Yorn must not have been impressed by Adam Levine’s cover of the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl” at the GRAMMYs, because he went ahead and recorded his own lovely take on the classic ballad. Listen to it here and tell us who you think did it better.

Tyga ft. Wale & Nas: “Kings & Queens”
Harsh realism meets somber sentimentalist when Tyga, Wale and Nas team up on this arresting new collaboration. [XXL

Austra: “None of Dem”
Toronto electronic band Austra—fronted by the full-throated Katie Stelmanis—takes on Robyn’s collaboration with Röyksopp, “None of Dem,” emphasizing the angry yearning that bubbled under the surface of the original. [Stereogum]

Tanlines: “Brothers”
A 360 degree video is an excusable gimmick as far as I’m concerned. You can spend the whole music video spinning in a stomach-churning rotation! What’s not to like? The song is pretty good, too: This Brooklyn duo has its influence in earnest '80s British synth-pop. Which is usually a good thing. [Stereogum]

Chromatics: “Lady”
Last week they turned out a forlorn electronic version of Neil Young’s "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black),” and today they’re back with a new song AND video for this come-hither tune, sung by breathy electro chanteuse Ruth Radelet and backed by what sounds like Giorgio Moroder’s take on Kraftwerk's “Trans-Europe Express.” [CoS]

Cymbals: “No Bad Decisions”
Nervous falsettos, stiff synths and nervous yelping make this band a likeable but slightly contrived continuation of Talking Heads. [The Fader

The Men: “Ex-Dreams”
An extended jam from these Brooklyn punks with a little bit of wah-wah pedal thrown in for fun. [Pitchfork]