Regina Spektor, “Us”

Try as I might, I have never met anyone else who owned a copy of Regina Spektor’s first album, Soviet Kitsch, which I found last night as I packed away several hundred CDs. I’m sure that if I did meet another, we would also bond immediately over this song. Out of all of her material, this is my favorite. The piano is insistent, but never over the top; always allowing Spektor’s voice to do the heavy lifting. I love the little jump you hear at the end of the word “contagious.” I think she wrote this track with the idea that beyond the lyrical meaning, the song itself is also pretty contagious. Give it a listen, you’ll see what I mean.

“Us” is available for download if you click here.

Super Mash Bros., “Monsieur Fischel, La Tour Eiffel”

One subgenre that I actively seek new and interesting artists in, (as opposed to using blogs to decide my taste for me,) is the mashup. Ever since having my musical world turned upside-down by first hearing Freelance Hellraiser’s mashup of the Strokes and Christina Aguilera, aptly titled “A Stroke of Genie-us,” in 2001, I have appreciated mashups further and further. Of course, it was Girl Talk who probably tipped me into mashup insanity, but that’s neither here nor there.

This duo, (as introduced to me by the always lovable Morgan,) have put out their debut album, Fuck Bitches, Get Euros. on their Myspace so you can head there to get the whole thing. I especially appreciate the part of the set I have posted here, if only for the beautiful idea of “Come On Eileen” and “Tell Me When To Go” folding into the drumline from Justice’s “Let There Be Light.” SMB really put their all into that 1:00, and while the entire set can’t ride that high, it definitely keeps moving and stays interesting.

The other peak of the album comes at the last two tracks, first with “D.G.A.F.L.Y.F.,” in which “Crank That” is dropped over Darude’s “Sandstorm,” pretty much combining the two most overplayed tracks from their respective genres. However, that isn’t enough, as suddenly “Boom Boom Boom Boom” by the Vengaboys is swapped in as the beat. Finally, the CD finishes up with a nice slow burn in the house-fueled “Testarossas For Everyone,” which wraps it up nicely. It is definitely worth enjoying the middle of the CD for the excellent entry and exit.

So, again, go to the Myspace and download the damn thing.

The Bird and the Bee, “Love Letter To Japan”

So if you’ve been near me or spoken to me or even heard my name in the past two weeks, you’ve probably heard this song. While the songwriting here might not be the most innovative or exciting, it will be stuck in your head. Forever. And you will like it. I bet even my Music Business professor would love this song. Give it a taste and then let it’s pop-sugariness flow over your entire brain. Give in. Let go. Turn off.

Because I’m going to burglarize your house.

Download the track here.