Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
PHARRELL WILLIAMS Marilyn Monroe
When Oasis released Round Are Way in the mid-1990s, it appeared that the band had become so mega successful their label no longer had the nerve to point out glaring spelling mistakes in their song titles. Fresh off a string of huge worldwide chart toppers, Pharrell Williams may be equally unassailable today. His new single lists the various types of women he likes to date. He mentions Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra . . . and Joan of Arc. Now I’m pretty certain Pharrell means Helen of Troy. Helen, famously, was the face that launched a thousand ships. Whereas Joan of Arc was plain, chaste and probably mentally ill. (Which, in fact, makes her more like the kind of women I like to date. Ba-dum-tish!)
RCA “Horsemeat in the burgers, people commit murders,” rants Tom Meighan, in unfettered, Bobby Gillespiemeets-Jim Corr free association mode. “Everyone’s on Bugle, we’re being watched by Google.” (Oh, I don’t know about that, Tom. I’m sure even the NSA guys hit the Skip button from time to time.) Kasabian’s fifth album, titled 48:13, drops in June. They headline The Ticket on June 13th and the Glastonbury festival a few weeks later.
THE ROOTS When the People Cheer
Just as they risked becoming better known as Jimmy Fallon’s peerless latenight house band than as one of hip-hop’s most versatile and venerable recording artists, The Roots have returned to the studio. The single is called Tomorrow, but When the People Cheer is the real keeper. An album, . . . And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, follows on May 13th.
DAVE AUDE VS LUCIANA You Only Talk in #Hashtag
Audacious Records The first line of this hashtagthemed single is “LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL.” And then the quality control begins to slip somewhat. As annoying novelty songs go, this one makes the Crazy Frog guy sound like Bach. Oh, God, just make it stop.
Def Jam Recordings