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Must-Hear Music Podcast: Weezer, Charli XCX, Flying Lotus, Jessie Ware & More
It's an eclectic collection of songs on this week's Must-Hear Music podcast.
We tackle a Ramones-inspired new track from Billboard cover star Charli XCX, a new Jessie Ware song, a deep cut from Flying Lotus' You're Dead! album and the three-song "Futurescope Trilogy" that ends Weezer's new album, Everything Will Be Alright In the End.
Download the podcast on iTunes (and rate us!) or listen to it below. And beneath that, you can listen to all the songs we talk about and see highlights from our conversation. Weezer: "The Futurescope Trilogy II: Anonymous"
Joe: It's great to hear Weezer being this ambitious. The three-song "Futurescope Trilogy" starts with an Alice Cooper-y, Halloween-y riff and moves into enormous, heart-on-sleeve power pop. And then it wraps with some serious hair metal guitar squiggling. It's cool.
Chris: Rivers Cuomo always talks about being a metalhead, but you never really hear it in Weezer these days -- but you definitely do on this one.
Jessie Ware: "Pieces" Erika: She's released a few singles and leaked a few songs, so there's a lot out from her Tough Love album. People can start figuring out what it will actually sound like.
Chris: I like it more than the other songs I've heard from Tough Love. The strings are so dramatic.
Charli XCX: "London Queen"
Chris: She'd didn't go full-on punk with her Ramones homage, but it has that simple, driving guitar riff.
Joe: I was surprised how much I love this. That chugging riff and '80s drum pad really makes me want to get in a car and drive to this.
Rome Fortune ft. ILoveMakonnen: "FriendsMaybe" Erika: We premiered Rome Fortune's album this week. This song with Makonnen paints him as a funnier, wackier Andre 3000. It also has a Biz Markie fun feel to it.
Joe: You're stealing all my comments! I felt the Biz Markie thing for sure. And the production is so retro-video game, but it still sounds so fresh. It's great.
Chris: I like the line about "Williamsburg apartment turned to Jumanji." I've been in Williamsburg apartments where the snow falls and the cracks in the ceiling grow larger.
Flying Lotus ft. Angel Deradoorian: "Siren Song"
Joe: Flying Lotus was tweeting about this song and said he wanted Pharrell on it. That surprised me because this is more of a dreamy lullaby than a proper pop or R&B song.
Erika: Pharrell does work in fairytale soundscapes sometimes, but I can't really hear Pharrell on this.
Chris: Flying Lotus said the album is all about death, and Pharrell said that's why he turned this down.
Betty Who: "Runaways"
Chris: This is a song from her album not a lot of people know yet. When I interviewed her, she said it was about taking an impromptu road trip to Mexico with these people she knew she shouldn't be with, even though it was very fun.
Erika: That story goes perfectly with this song. This sounds like music for driving to me -- I also got a Katy Perry feel to this one.
Danity Kane: "Tell Me" Erika: It's a steamy type of song the girls are really good at. It's bittersweet, because they recently broke up, again, even though they still fit into the R&B scene.