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10 Songs to Download Now: Mikal Cronin, Hanni El Khatib, Cayucas, Classixx, Small Black and More

Posted by Billy Gil, May 14, 2013 12:29pm | Post a Comment

Starting a new feature to highlight some recent tracks available to download on the Amoeba site. Take a listen and if you like them, add them to your Amoeba shopping cart (you won’t be charged until you check out). All downloads are in the $.98 MP3 format; visit the album page to pick up higher-res M4A or WAV files.

 

mikal cronin mciiMikal Cronin – “Weight”

Starting with a stately piano and acoustic jangle, “Weight” opens Mikal Cronin’s excellent MCII on a classy note. Those Rubber Soul-style harmonies and crunching guitars at the chorus don’t hurt, either. This one’s a free download. (From the album MCII)

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ancient animalsAncient Animals – “Teen Wolf”

L.A. duo Ancient Animals make lo-fi noise pop in the twisted vein of The Cramps and PJ Harvey. Check out the feral “Teen Wolf” for free, and see them May 17 at The Smell.

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hanni el khatib head in the dirtHanni El Khatib – “Penny”

The catchiest song on Hanni El Khatib’s new album is a power-pop gem. Check out “Penny” and the rest of Head in the Dirt, as well its Classixx remix and a free download of the song “Family.” If that weren’t enough Hanni, I did an interview with him as well. (From the album Head in the Dirt)

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cayucasCayucas – “Cayucos”

Feelin’ the new Vampire Weekend but you also kinda wish they’d just make fun, winsome pop all the time? Check out So. Cal.’s Cayucas. Their theme song of sorts has a great summery jangle and singalong melodies. (From the album Bigfoot)

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classixx hanging gardensClassixx – “All You’re Waiting For (feat. Nancy Whang)”

Classixx’s neo-disco sound reaches its zenith on this track, featuring LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang on vocals. (From the album Hanging Gardens)

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vampire weekend vampires of the cityVampire Weekend – “Worship You”

One of my favorite songs on the new Vampire Weekend album is the galloping “Worship You,” featuring dynamic vocals from Ezra Koenig. (From the album Modern Vampires of the City)

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deerhunter monomaniaDeerhunter – “The Missing”

The best song on the new Deerhunter album comes from guitarist/vocalist Lockett Pundt, who also leads the excellent Lotus Plaza. “The Missing’s” gleam is a breath of fresh air on the great and grimy Monomania. (From the album Monomania)

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!!! thr!!!er!!! – “One Girl / One Boy”

 

!!!’s fun new album has a ton of great jams; “One Girl / One Boy” is maybe the best party-starter of the bunch. (From the album Thr!!!ler)

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small black limits of desireSmall Black – “No Stranger”

Small Black’s summery Limits of Desire hits its stride on this mellow electro-pop single. (From the album Limits of Desire)

 

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savages silence yourselfSavages – “I Am Here”

All of Savages’ brilliant Silence Yourself is worth getting, but the lacerating “I Am Here” is an awesome highlight. (From the album Silence Yourself)

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