He Who Has Ears

1. Jens Lekman –“A Postcard to Nina”

A Scandinavian Curtis Mayfield tune, R&B tremulous and open-hearted, in which the singer offers to serve as beard to a German lesbian, and a lesson in the realness of fake things.

2. Sleigh Bells – TREATS

Sure, it heralds the whitewashing of M.I.A.’s sound, replacing her favela dubstepping and worldbeat from the Planet of Slums with pseudo-samples of songs you already have on your iPhone. Where Maya had aborigine children, Sleigh Bells are content to offprint The Pixies. They manage to take an old P-Funk cut and leave it sounding like “Sugar Sugar.” But I like The Pixies—and The Archies, too—and an ecstatic whiteness is better than most.


…because I’ve been watching Season 4 of The Wire, and I miss Stringer Bell, and this helps.

4. Cat Power – “Colors and the Kids”

5. Willie Nelson – NAKED WILLIE

6. Keegan DeWitt – “Say La La”

7. Modest Mouse – NO ONE’S FIRST & YOU’RE NEXT

8. Karen O & The Kids – “Hidaway”

9. Beeda Weeda – “Baserock Babies”

10. Hayes Carll – “She Left Me For Jesus”

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