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The weekend is almost here. Get some tunes on. A quick poll around the office, came up with these Friday afternoon suggestions:

Morgan Baskin

The National “Slow Show”

He wants to put on a slow, dumb show for you. And crack you up.

Daughter “Medicine”

The perfect balance of angst and melancholy to dramatically serve as the backdrop to you brooding/staring out of a window/reconsidering your life.

Outkast “Roses”

In honor of their impending reunion: only Outkast can make “I hope you crash into a ditch” sound so bumpin’ and non-threatening.

Daphne Bolotas

Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go “Cinema”
Get pumped, stayed pumped.

Svetlana Legetic

The Knife just announced their tour dates. So, that’s the good news. The bad news: there is NO DC date and I am pretty sure that Terminal 5 situation sold out in about 3 min while you were brushing your teeth and/or picking your nose. I am so positive that happened, I’m not even going to check. Drown your sorrows by getting freaked out by the scary beauty of it all all over again.


and then…throw some FEVER RAY on top too, just so this journey feels complete:

Steven Place

Resistor “Vincent van Gogh”

Resistor is a brand new band from Philly. Founded by former of Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies, Resistor is trying out a new sound and so far it’s pretty fucking cool. I’m excited to see what they do this year.

Phil Runco

Wolfmother “Woman (Avalanches Remix)”

A New Year. A New Hope. Avalanches LP2 2014.

Jim O’Rourke “Memory Lame”

Change We Can Believe In. Jim O’Rourke Pop Record 2014.

Clipse “Pussy”

Oh Shit This Might Actually Happen. Neptunes-Produced Pusha T Album 2014.

Farrah Skeiky

Against Me! “True Trans Soul Rebel”
This is the EP version of the lead single of the new Against Me! Album, which is streaming on NPR right now. There are ups and downs, like any album, but overall this is a great album that’s important for many reasons.

 

Aaliyah “Rock the Boat”

Yesterday was Aaliyah’s birthday. She would have been 35. For some reason, my commute to and from work wasn’t filled with non-stop Aaliyah on any of our three DMV hip hop stations. This is ridiculous, guys. Aaliyah gave us Romeo Must Die. We can do better.

Deerhunter “Monomania”
I used to think this album was a summertime album, but this is actually an album for all occasions. Or maybe it’s just the weird winter weather talking.

 

Priests “Lillian Helman”
I thought I was in love with Priests before I caught them at DC9 last week, but as it turns out, that was merely infatuation compared to what I feel now. They’re playing Black Cat next month with Pissed Jeans, and if you miss them, you’re an idiot.

 

Schoolyard Heroes “All-You-Can-Eat Cancer”
This is a small-ish Seattle band I used to listen to in middle school when I still lived in the good ol’ Pacific Northwest. They broke up a few years later and it’s kind of a bummer to read about them in the past tense, but I guess horror-punk isn’t exactly thriving right now.

Alana Wise

Blood, Sweat & Tears “40,000 Headmen”
I spent the past month back home with my dad and was reminded how truly shitty my taste in music had become. BST in the David Clayton-Thomas era is my anchor.

 

Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower”
Jimi doesn’t require explanation.
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