A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind...
J. Cole: "Home for the Holidays"
The Next Big Thing contemplates dropping out of college and signing with Jay-Z on the maybe-best track off his new, hype-justifying "Friday Night Lights" mix tape, downloadable in full at the link.
Secret Mountains: "Rejoice"
Baltimore's latest heirs to Animal Collective follow up the strange, beloved "Kaddish" with this irresistible psych-pop track, now in handy video form.
Laura Marling: "The Needle and the Damage Done" (Neil Young cover)
The British folkie teams with producer Jack White on this spartan, dead-on cover of Young's "Harvest" standard.
Girls: "Thee Oh So Protective One"
With its horns and vaguely flamenco-y guitars, this cut from Girls' upcoming EP "Broken Dreams Club" may be the closest the band ever gets to mid-'70s Springsteen.
jj: "Let Them"
The delicate Swedes' fondness for giving hip-hop joints (in this instance, T.I.'s "Let 'Em Talk") ethereal, cuss-heavy makeovers never gets old. With a B-side which, as is their wont, summons Lil Wayne.