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Hot Jam of the Day (05.23.12): SoKo, “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” (Video NSFW)

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SoKo “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” I Thought I Was An Alien (Babycat) If there’s one thing French singer-songwriter/actress Stéphanie “SoKo” Sokolinski understands, it’s how to find the beauty in the small things in life. Her recent single, the best track from her divisive debut I Thought I Was An Alien, is definitive proof of that. Over a spare arraignment with an impossibly delicate melody, Sokolinski delivers a spellbinding vocal performance. Don’t mistake her quiet voice for meekness. It’s quite the opposite. Over …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.21.12): Nico Jaar+Sasha Spielberg (Just Friends): “Avalanche”

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Nico Jaar+Sasha Spielberg (aka Just Friends) “Avalanche” The Prism I probably should kind of hate Nico Jaar. I’ve never met the man, but from the outside looking in, it seems like when he’s not DJing ultra-exclusive NYC club nights, playing sold-out shows, and being 194% more handsome than me, he’s making impossibly sexy jams with young Hollywood royalty. Coming off the back of his stunning collaboration with Scout LaRue Willis (Bruce and Demi’s daughter) “With Just One Glance,” he returns with a typically airy …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.18.12): Lemonade, “Softkiss”

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Lemonade “Softkiss” Diver (True Panther) The same week we got a tasty video for the BK-via-SF 80’s-obsessed trio’s spellbinding slow jam, “Neptune,” they grace us with another slice of synth-slathered gold.  Though it’s a much more upbeat affair, it is cut from the same cloth as “Neptune” (one of the best ten songs of 2012 so far). Moody, expressive, and dripping with nostalgia, “Softkiss” again sees vocalist Callan Clendenin pinning over a lost lover. In the wrong hands, a refrain like “do …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.17.12): Lil’ B, “3 Stacks”

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Lil’ B “3 Stacks” Unreleased  I’LL NEVER LET GO BASED GOD! #TYBG

Hot Jam of the Day (05.16.12): Yeasayer, “Henrietta”

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Yeasayer “Henrietta” Unnamed Upcoming LP (Secretly Canadian)  Oh Sayers of Yea, it’s so nice to have you back. Your bizzaro, vaguely-ethnic pop feels like an old sweater on our creaking bones, and it feels so long since you sprinkled your Odd Blood upon us and bludgeoned us into submission with All Hour Cymbals. Oh you benevolent Brooklynites, enchant us again with your delectable vocal harmonies and sonorous shapeshifting. My fair mates and I have spent countless hours lost in your majestic meadow of musical madness and look forward to many …

Terius Tuesday: “Fancy”

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A lot of people ask me why I love The-Dream so much. The answer is simple; Terius “The-Dream” Nash is a pop music Jedi, and I fuckin’ love pop music. Every Tuesday, Thunder Penguin will celebrate and examine one of his best songs, for no other reason than to get a little more Terius in our lives. The-Dream “Fancy” Love vs Money (Radio Killa, 2009) We begin our journey through Terius Town with his finest work: the swirling, expansive centerpiece of …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.15.12): The Tallest Man on Earth, “1904”

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The Tallest Man on Earth “1904” There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans) Ok, people. It’s officially time to start taking Swedish folk singer Kristian Matsson seriously. The whole Dylan rip-off criticism needs to be put to bed. In a relatively short five years, he has cultivated an army of excellent folk songs and has crafted his own signature sound. On this, the first single from his upcoming third album There’s No Leaving Now (due out June 11), the diminutive Swede flexes his songwriting muscle, matching a light, meandering …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.14.12): Twin Shadow, “Five Seconds”

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Twin Shadow “Five Seconds” Confess (4AD) I must confess (yuk yuk yuk) that I’ve been a little slow posting this because I simply can’t quite tell whether I like it or not. Like so many others, I absolutely fell in love with artist officially known as George Lewis Jr’s hyper-slick 2010 debut, Forget, and while this undoubtedly still sounds like Twin Shadow, it still feels different to me. There are a ton of ideas living in this track, which feels like it weighs it down …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.13.12): Best Coast, “How They Want Me To Be”

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Best Coast “How They Want Me To Be” The Only Place (Mexican Summer) Without a doubt, no album has taken me off guard this year like the shimmering sophomore LP from the divisive Eagle Rock duo. As I’ll get into more when I review The Only Place later this week, it’s just such a huge step forward for the group. Channeling one of her heroes, Stevie Nicks, oft-derided vocalist/songwriter Bethany Cosentino dials back the reverb and really lets her voice shine, and …

Hot Jam of the Day (05.12.12): Jacques Greene & Ango, “Untitled

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Jacques Greene & Ango “Untitled” Unreleased Montreal-based post-dubstep producer Jacques Greene has made a career of creating moods rather than songs. Airy, spacious cuts like “Another Girl” bubble and build in a way that pop songs just don’t. All of this makes his recent collaboration with mercurial Canadian vocalist Ango all the more spellbinding, as it is a decidedly non-pop take on the traditional typical pop/R&B formula. Driven by Ango’s smooth vocal and a typically urbane drum machine line, it …