Yo La Tengo (Matador Records)
Five songs I'm listening to this week:
Yo La Tengo, "You Can Have It All" (from "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out"):
The kind of song that you need a lobotomy to get out of your head. Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-baa-ba ...
Freddie King, "Going Down" (from "Getting Ready ..."):
This down-and-dirty blues ditty is the perfect theme song for "Eastbound & Down," HBO's riotous series about a down-on-his-luck ex-ballplayer, which is officially becoming the greatest TV show of all-time -- one inning at a time. If this song is good enough for Kenny Powers, it's good enough for me.
The-Dream, "Kelly's 12 Play" (from "Love Vs. Money"):
The-Dream essentially remakes his hit "Falsetto" and turns it into an ode to R. Kelly's "12 Play." The clock is already ticking on an ironic indie-rock cover version: Will be it be Ben Folds or Ted Leo?
The Silent Years, "Open Up Your Eyes" (from "The Globe"):
Lasting image from Blowout 2009: Josh Epstein leading a Snuggie-clad choir through the crowd at the K of C while chanting the chorus of this dreamy song. As huge as you can get in a converted bingo hall.
V Count Macula, "Smooth Wizardz" (from "Dead Sexy"):
The weirdo, mask-clad Detroit rapper goes on about girls, the value of his crew and, oh yes, girls, with a flow so laid back it makes Snoop Dogg sound like Twista.