The National, Glassjaw, & Logic Shine In Top Songs Of The Week - December 1
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:10:49
December is finally here and as we all drag our bloated bellies into the final month of 2017, artists around the globe made sure to make the final days of November memorable. From holidays tracks to celebrations and returns, this last week proved to be one of the most intriguing of the year.
The National commemorated the holidays season by unveiling their newest cover of a Bob's Burgers song. Logic celebrated his two Grammy nominations by releasing a new collaboration with Rag'n'Bone Man. Glassjaw, meanwhile, released the second single from their just-announced forthcoming album.
Ty Segall unveiled another new track and took a shot at anyone who complains about the amount of new material he has been releasing. Calexico debuted the second single from their upcoming release. And that was only the beginning for a week that was filled with new tunes. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top songs of the week:
The National — "Give it to Teddy" (Bob's Burgers Cover)
If there is one moment that truly signifies the holiday season, it's The National covering a Bob's Burgers song. Just like all of their somber, yet somewhat hilarious tv show-cover efforts, "Give it to Teddy" is a darker rendition of the already black humor-ridden track from the Thanksgiving episode of the Fox cartoon show. Happy Holidays!
Glassjaw — "Shira"
This week, hardcore Long Island rockers Glassjaw announced their first new album in 15 years, Material Control. The LP is due out tomorrow — exactly two years after the release of its first single, "New White Extremity" — and along with the announcement came record's second single, "Shira".
Calexico — "Voices in the Field"
Calexico have released a new song, "Voices In The Field", off their forthcoming album The Thread That Keeps Us, which is due out in late January. Calexico co-founder Joey Burns said of the new LP, "There's a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we've done in the past," which reflects "where we're at right now as a planet… Whenever we're writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, 'That feels good, but let's keep going and see what else we can uncover.' It's been really important to the arc of this band's evolution for us to always keep on trying new things."
Ty Segall — "The Main Pretender"
The description on Ty Segall's bandcamp says of "The Main Pretender", "Bang, bang, blammo! Ty Segall can't stop pumping out the songs — and if your problem is that he's got too many songs for you to hear, lucky you with your cute little problem! As Ty switches gears from rock to punk to pop music and then elsewhere, a wealth of great songs and singing and music is coming down fast; later we'll have time to think about it. For now, ponder this new one: "The Main Pretender" aims to cull the herd by focusing its sights on a greatest common multiple of our society — people who just can't get see the forest for the head up their a**! Driven by an acidulous alto sax lick and a roiling bass line, "The Main Pretender" bounces like rubber and sticks like glue, exploding into a middle-eight-chorus progression that there's no coming back from — and so there's no need to even try. Mikal Cronin's saxophone, so urbane and sophisticated on the previous "My Lady's On Fire", here reaches for notes that were never wrote (perhaps a suggestion to pretenders everywhere to get free and reach for something outside of themselves instead!), setting the stage for a burning guitars-and-saxes-and-vocs climax. The production, with rough edges not only intact but deployed for maximum positive impact, is a marvel, forcing "The Main Pretender" into our frontal lobes, where it just won't quit. They never do!"
Logic & Rag 'n' Bone Man — "Broken People"
On Tuesday, Logic was nominated for two Grammys — Song of the Year and Best Music Video — for his single "1-800-273-8255". To celebrate the exciting day, the rapper released a new collaboration with Rag'n'Bone Man titled "Broken People" from the forthcoming film Bright, which is due out on Netflix in December. Much like his most recent album, Everybody, the new single addresses issues within society at large.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff