You know, now that I'm not linking out to YouTube, I suppose I don't have to do these intros, do I? I mean, I don't have to do any of this, I suppose.
Oneohtrix Point Never, "Same"
Our first go-around with Oneohtrix Point Never, with a track off his best album since Replica. Rather than diving deep on a time period and exploring all the sounds from there, Age Of draws widely from whatever noises Daniel Lopatin wants to use. The result is unpredictable, but always interesting, and not a bad spot to start listening to OPN.
The McRackins, "100 Rifles"
Clash worship doesn't get much more obvious than this, but whatever. You could do worse!
Public Enemy, "The Enemy Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
At this point, Public Enemy has 11 studio albums they've released after Apocalypse '91, a post-peak that's now almost four times longer than the crucial part of their career. I'm not sure why I'm putting this here, because I'm kind of just bumming myself out.
The Mekons, "Honeymoon In Hell"
The star-crossed Mekons were, for a long time, possibly your favorite band's favorite band, but a combination of band in-fighting, record label jackassery, and stylistic restlessness all combined to keep their popularity low. There were a bunch of pretty distinct periods in their career, with this song coming at the end of a three album run of great straight ahead rock records.
The Flaming Lips, "Suicide and Extraordinary Mistakes"
I'm going to take a bold stand, are you ready for it? There are nowhere near enough timpani in modern music. Anyway, Christmas On Mars is a film score, and nothing more than that. It's interesting enough, but don't expect any peaks like you get on their best work.