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Listen to Slant‘s 25 Best Singles of 2013

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2013

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Listen to Slant’s 25 Best Singles of 2013

Last year’s biggest hits heralded the return of good times unto perpetuity, eternal youth and the enduring pleasure of receiving your first phone call from the set of washboard abs next door. Perhaps taking a cue from Britney Spears’s prescriptive “Till the World Ends,” maybe just drunk on borrowed time, 2013’s biggest singles took the pleasure principle to reckless new, solipsistic heights. It was the sort of year when the real-life counterpart to Mike Seaver could slick his thick hair up and let the devil horns sprout, betting the farm that nothing unlocks a good girl faster than “agreeing” with her with a wink in your eye that lets you both know you’re lying. Still, the year’s best tracks invariably stared down the lies of the moment and opted instead for sincerity and honesty. And the truth often hurts. This embittered sincerity gave listeners a whole new set of hashtags to test out in the hope that, next year, everybody will be dancing and be doin’ it right.

House Playlist Karen O, Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Frankie Rose, & MØ featuring Diplo

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House Playlist: Karen O, Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Frankie Rose, & MØ featuring Diplo

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House Playlist: Karen O, Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Frankie Rose, & MØ featuring Diplo

Karen O, “The Moon Song”: After getting a preview of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O’s “The Moon Song” in the trailer for Spike Jonze’s upcoming film, Her, the singer has released the full version and is giving away 10,000 free downloads of the track here. O and Jonze previously collaborated on 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack. Her will be released in theaters at the end of the year. Expect the soundtrack around the same time.

 

Track Review: Santigold featuring Karen O, “GO”

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Track Review: Santigold featuring Karen O, “GO”
Track Review: Santigold featuring Karen O, “GO”

Every year I curate a running playlist of powerhouse tracks featuring female vocalists. I call it “Fuck Yeah Divas!” and previous installments have prominently featured both pop powerhouse Santigold, a.k.a. Santogold, a.k.a. Santi White, and Karen O’s reliably manic Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The opportunities presented by a crossover are considerable, and so the same is necessarily true of expectations. Last time I got this excited about seeing two women’s names in such close proximity, they were “Phoenix” and “Chun Li” and I was salivating over the release of the latest Marvel v. Capcom game.