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Must-Hear Music Podcast: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & More

Must Hear Music Podcast featuring Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & Gwen Stefani

Must Hear Music Podcast featuring Taylor Swift, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters & Gwen Stefani

It's a week of comebacks on the Must-Hear Music podcast.

Gwen Stefani returns to her solo career with a nice but lackluster single, while Sleater-Kinney drop their (awesome) first new song since reuniting after a nine-year break.

We also chat about Foo Fighters' first single from Sonic Highways, an album you've heard a lot about -- even if you've barely heard anything from it. Lorde's killer Hunger Games track with Miguel and Chemical Brothers also gets discussed, and, of course, Taylor Swift's divisive ode to New York City.

Listen to Jason Lipshutz, Joe Lynch and Erin Strecker dissect this week's best new tunes below. And beneath the SoundCloud, listen to the songs we're chatting about, along with highlights from our discussion.

Gwen Stefani: "Baby Don't Lie"

Joe: Comeback is a strong word for this since she's really never been out of the public eye, but Gwen's "comeback" song is good, although, to me, it sounds like something better suited for Shakira.

Jason: This song is pretty good, but compared to any other Gwen Stefani single, it doesn't measure up.

Erin: I was surprised that it didn't sound like a new era of Gwen -- it sounds like a forgotten track from The Sweet Escape. I'm surprised she's not trying something new.

Taylor Swift: "Welcome to New York"

Joe: This is the first song from 1989 that actually sounds like an '80s song. The synths that open this song are totally Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, very John Hughes movie.

Erin: This will be the theme song to every fall show next year.

Jason: I'm picturing Sean Hayes sitting on a park bench, pointing to the skyline while Taylor sings, "Welcome to New York."

Joe: I actually think this is a strong song, although she's expressing a lot of platitudes. But her New York is different from ours -- the actual New York is not "waiting for you," it's a cold bastard of a city that does not care you're here. Maybe it's waiting for her, though, because she's insanely rich.

Jason: This is good, but not a great song. I get tripped up on the lyrics. It's not working for me.

Erin: It's the first song on the album, and I love that the ending fades out -- it gives you a sense of anticipation for the rest of it.

Chemical Brothers ft. Miguel & Lorde

Joe: Hats off to Lorde for curating a soundtrack and making it interesting. The Twilight soundtracks had great artists, but the songs felt like b-sides. But Lorde is bringing people together you'd never expect: Big beat pioneers like Chemical Brothers and an R&B smoothie like Miguel.

Jason: This is such a cool song. I can't believe that at 17, Lorde is so much cooler than all of us.

Erin: It's great she took the time to put these pairings together. She should get a Grammy for this.

Sleater-Kinney: "Bury Our Friends"

Jason: I'm just so happy Sleater-Kinney's back. I'm so pumped to see them live and listen to the full album. It's hard for me to critically judge the song, because I'm just so happy they're back.

Joe: Obviously it sounds like Sleater-Kinney, but it's not retreading past albums. It doesn't sound like The Woods or the off-kilter punk of their early days -- it's the sound of a maturing Sleater-Kinney.

Foo Fighters "Something From Nothing"

Joe: This is not the strongest Foo Fighters single, though I really like the swampy guitar bit that comes in mid-song.

Jason: Each song on this album is recorded in a different city, and this is the Chicago song -- it's supposedly about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But I don't really know what to make about the massive marketing of this album with the HBO series and everything.

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