The Playlist: Beck, Blur and a Black Keys Side Project
1. The Arcs, “Stay in My Corner”
Dan Auerbach’s got a brand-new band! The first thing we’ve heard from the Black Keys frontman’s side gig is this sweet, laid-back slice of falsetto soul, with a melody that reminds us of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” We’re psyched for the Arcs’ debut album, Yours, Dreamily, in September.
2. Beck, “Dreams”
We love sad-folkie Beck as much as anyone, but dance-y Beck is even better. This funky little groove is giving us Midnite Vultures flashbacks in the best way possible.
3. Blur, “Ong Ong” (video)
A soft-serve ice cream cone and a bouncing smiley-face emoji star in the supercute clip for this hummable highlight from the Brit-pop heroes’ new The Magic Whip. Sweet!
4. Yo La Tengo, “Deeper Into Movies”
This song was a noisy highlight of YLT’s ’97 classic I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One. For their new Stuff Like That There, they remade it as a dreamy, lovely lullaby.
5. The Rolling Stones, ”Brown Sugar (Alternate Version)”
Check the deluxe Sticky Fingers re-issue for this 1970 outtake, made at a wild party with Eric Clapton on guitar.
6. Kacey Musgraves, “Family Is Family”
Musgraves brings wit and warmth to this new tune, singing affectionately about relatives who “own too much wicker and drink too much liquor.”
7. Sunflower Bean, “I Hear Voices“
Four minutes of dark psychedelic sludge and sunny melody from the rising New York band, sort of like Black Sabbath covering the Kinks.