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15 songs EW's music staff is loving this winter: Stream them all here

EW‘s music staff dug into the best of what’s new and next this January, from crisp electro jams to pop stompers and rising indie-blog anthems.

Stream them all via our Spotify playlist below (minus a few currently only available online; we’ve provided separate links for those).

Miguel — “Coffee”

On this slinky number from his new EP, the R&B virtuoso manages a nearly impossible feat—murmuring “I just wanna watch you sleep” without making us want to file a restraining order.

Listen on Soundcloud.

Tove Lo — “Talking Body”

Upholding her rep as radio’s raunchy new darling, the Swedish nymphet trills about the bedroom activities on her docket. Hint: Neither HBO Go nor napping is involved.

Purity Ring — “Begin Again”

Glitchy and gorgeous, the latest off the Canadian synth duo’s second LP is like a dying star: a mixture of gloom and shimmering sweetness.

Nicki Minaj — “Four Door Aventador”

Rappers can be demanding, but on her woozy trip-hop track, Nicki merely asks that you double-tap her Instagram pics… while she cruises the Sunset Strip with Shia LaBeouf and Donna Karan.

Petite Noir — “Chess”

The much-buzzed Cape Town, South Africa resident’s otherworldly voice swoops from fluttering falsetto to creamy baritone on this thrumming slow-burn ballad. Checkmate, new friend. Checkmate.

Waxahatchee — “Air”

“I left you out like a carton of milk,” the Alabama-bred songwriter born Katie Crutchfield coos on this cinematic beauty. With a song so hauntingly pretty, how mad can you get that she’s careless with dairy?

Johnny Flynn — “In April”

Song partners and real-life paramours Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice penned this yearning, folksy ramble for the Anne Hathaway indie drama Song One.

Tink feat. Charlamagne Tha God — “Around the Clock”

Quoting Wu-Tang lines older than she is over a swaying Timbaland beat, the 19-year-old Chi-town native stakes out her territory with raspy try-and-step-to-me defiance.

Heems — “Sometimes”

The newly solo MC, formerly of rap hucksters Das Racist, spits light-speed low-self-esteem boasts (“Sometimes I hate compliments/They make me blush!”) over a fidgety electro-hop backdrop.

Listen on YouTube.

Hanni El Khatib — “The Teeth”

While the Black Keys are busier these days tumbling down psychedelic rabbit holes, fans of oil-stained garage blues can hop aboard this chugging scuzz-rock express.

Rae Sremmurd — “My X”

The purest yawp in youth culture currently belongs to the barely legal Sremmurd boys. Producer Young Chop’s doomsday drums perfectly match their primal bellows.

Charli XCX — “Gold Coins”

The bratty Brit doesn’t mean to brag, but she’s got “offshore bank accounts,” Bentleys, and one hell of a knack for pop hooks.

Mark Ronson feat. Mystikal — “Feel Right”

Growling with delight over strutting horns, Mystikal sounds like rap’s answer to the Muppets’ Animal on this funk-filled call-and-response banger.

Jazmine Sullivan — “Mascara”

Her melting ballad about superficiality may seem satirical, but with lines like “My tits give me trips to places I can’t pronounce,” we really want to hack her Orbitz account.

Modest Mouse — “Lampshades on Fire”

The long-absent indie titans unfurl their first official single since 2007, a bouncing tale about humanity destroying then abandoning the Earth. (Way more fun than it sounds.)

See the artwork for Modest Mouse's new album


Last week Modest Mouse began hinting at new music and over the weekend their new single and album title leaked. The band has now shared the artwork (that’s it above) and pre-order options for Strangers to Ourselves, a 15-song double LP slated to drop March 3.

Learn more about the Strangers to Ourselves here and listen to the “Lampshades On Fire”—the fresh track that sounds a lot like the band’s more recent records—below.

Modest Mouse makes Instagram debut, maybe hints at new music

It’s been seven and a half years since Modest Mouse released the excellent We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank—back then, Twitter was less than a year old and Instagram didn’t exist. But now they’ve hinted at fresh tunes via their brand-new Instagram account. Welcome to the Digital Age, Modest Mouse.

The post shows a plain 45, with “Side A: Lampshades on Fire” written on it. Sounds like the name of a Modest Mouse single if there ever was one.


What would Kurt Cobain's music sound like today?

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, I ruminate over the anniversary of the death of one of the last great rock stars with a simple question: Had he not died in April 1994, what might Kurt Cobain’s music have sounded like now?

In order to find some possible answers, I talked to Cobain’s friends and collaborators about his potential musical directions; the master playlist craftspeople at Beats Audio took those cues and built a batch of songs that help extrapolate what Cobain might have sounded like had he lived.

“Cobain always seemed like an old soul and I agree that he would have continued to explore more acoustic music, as opposed to electric,” says Beats’ Scott Plagenhoef. “He wrote personal lyrics but they were opaque and non-linear and he never wrote narratives. There is also a temptation to assume major creative forces like Cobain would remain progressive into their older age but the fact of the matter is that was never a quality that he displayed even during his lifetime. There is no indication he would have embraced electronic music, for example.”

The playlist includes a handful of tracks that seem like inevitable Cobain compositions (Elliott Smith’s “Waltz No. 2 (XO),” Wilco’s “How To Fight Loneliness,” The White Stripes’ “We’re Going To Be Friends”), as well as some reasonable stretches (EMA’s “California,” Cat Power’s “He War,” Lambchop’s “My Face Your Ass”). Spin the whole thing here while you consider what might have been.

What do you think Kurt Cobain would have sounded like in 2014? Let us know in the comments.

Heath Ledger: Watch the video he directed for Modest Mouse

Heath-Ledger-Isaac-Brock_lA new video directed by Heath Ledger has been released by Modest Mouse. The animated clip is for the song “King Rat” and shows humans being hunted and killed at sea by whales, reflecting the late actor’s opposition to the commercial whale hunting which takes place off the coast of his native Australia.

Ledger approached Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock with the idea for the video in January 2007. According to a press release issued by Modest Mouse, “The video was fully conceived down to the last detail but unfinished when Heath passed away in January 2008. In the interest of fully realizing Heath’s final work as a visual artist, THE MASSES (a film and music company which Heath was partner in) finished the video in his honor, with the support and advocacy of Isaac Brock.” The clip will be available for download on iTunes from August 7th.

In my opinion, the result is a weird, well crafted, and compelling piece of polemic reminiscent of the animated work of Ledger’s friend and two-time director Terry Gilliam. Do you agree? And do you think it is appropriate for the video to have been finished after Ledger’s tragic death?

More from EW’s Music Mix:
Ramona Falls: An exclusive stream
Biz Markie, “Just A Friend”: The literal video!
Dean and Britta pay tribute to Andy Warhol in Prospect Park
Matisyahu: Exclusive stream

Photo Credit: Ledger: Laura Cavanaugh/Landov; Brock: David Atlas/Retna Ltd

Saturday video roundup: Phoenix, Modest Mouse and Marilyn Manson

New videos from Phoenix, Modest Mouse and Marilyn Manson have hit the world wide web, and forgive me for being biased, but one of them is ginormously more awesome than the rest: PHOENIX! Those Frenchies really know how to (alt)rock, and their song "1901" is breezy, infectious and just plain great — easily making it one of our picks for a song of the summer. Just 10 days until the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix album releases, kids. I hear it’s pretty swell. Check out their artsy/shadowy performance-based video below.

Phoenix: "1901"

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your tastes), the Marilyn Manson video is not embeddable, so head here to view it in full. I’ve always said Marilyn Manson is a lot like a fine wine, and would only get better with time. Actually, neither I nor anyone else in the history of time has ever said that. Someone needs to tell the dude to grow the hell up. His song is actually titled "Arma-Goddamn-Motherf*****-Geddon." Really? My soul is the corner crying, so thanks for nothing, Marilyn.

Also terrifying, but not in a so-bad-it-makes-your-ears-bleed kind of way, is Modest Mouse’s video for "Satellite Skin." The song isn’t the greatest, but the imaginative video has aliens, bald children in cloaks, and walking animated mailboxes (or are they birdhouses?) Cool stuff! But not as cool as the Phoenix video, or as cool as I’m sure Marilyn Manson thinks he is. Which is your favorite?

Modest Mouse: "Satellite Skin"

More from EW’s Music Mix:
Tuesday video roundup: Rob Thomas, Maxwell, Gavin Rossdale, and Mos Def
New Danger Mouse album halted by label
EW Exclusive: MySpace offers free album streams of Eminem, Tori Amos, Method Man and more this weekend

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