As usual, we’re going to stick with our theme of three songs that no one person would ever consciously listen to in a row, just to keep people feeling woozy and off-balance —that’ll make you all ripe for our sinister plot. You won’t even see it coming.
“We Are the 99%” by Tom Morello, Tim McIlrath, and Serj Tankian
In a songwriting effort that sounds about as organized as the protests it’s meant to inspire, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian have released their earnest new single “We Are the 99%” this weekend. It’s available for free at Rolling Stone, which should come as good news to all these Occupy good-for-nothings looking for a free hand out all the time, am I right? As is often the case in too many cooks in the kitchen songs like this one, this essentially sounds like a Rise Against gang vocal chant over a leftover Rage riff, and then I guess they let Tankian do like 3 seconds of his sinister acoustic la-da-da-ing at the end. This song won’t even inspire you to start a revolution in getting off the couch and into the shower never mind overthrowing the capitalist oppressors, but it’s cool of them to have tried anyway. Listen here.
“Everything Is Embarassing” by Sky Ferreira
Glad you brought that up first, Sky, because we were just thinking the same thing. Kidding, kidding, we <3 Sky here in this super kewt video version of what most of us do in front of our Mac Photo Booth cameras for an hour before settling on that one perfect angle that’s going to convince the social media world that we’re hot. “We are the 40% more attractive than we actually are IRL” she should have titled this. Start a revolution with your face. The song, upon which the harrumphing king-makers at Pitchfork bestowed their “Best New Track” superlative, is a romantic, breathy piano and 808 drums trip that sounds exactly like that picture up there would lead you to think it sounds.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Ok, this is why you should listen to a song more than once before writing about it, because 7 listens later and this is currently the jam of the week.
“Spinning Centers” by Chelsea Wolfe
I don’t want to listen to this one too many times because I’m afraid if I breathe on it it might shatter into a thousand shards of glass and tears. Instead I’ll just keep it under a plastic tarp in the living room next to the nice couch no one is allowed to sit on. This live video recording captures the orchestral folkies Chelsea Wolfe in their native habitat — an enchanted elf hamlet in the roiling mists of a primitive forest. It sounds so pretty you just want to bundle it up in your arms and toss it off a cliff as an offering to the water gods doesn’t it? Don’t do that though because that seems kind of insane in retrospect.