The National – Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

With fifteen minutes to kill, I stood in the precipice of a Ritz Carlton bathroom door, staring down a mirror adorned lavishly with a gold-plated frame. While my face looked stern and determined, my feet betrayed my confidence by tapping in a nervous cadence. Presumably, I saw some macho action hero do this in a movie at some point.

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Animal Collective – Painting With

Animal Collective announced Painting With alongside the release of “Floridada”; a bouncy, summery jam that showed the band unironically sampling Wipeout and channeling fucking “Kokomo” of all things. For a band whose catalog is bereft of what you’d consider a traditional “single”, it was an exhilarating statement of what Animal Collective could sound like if they cared to make fun, radio-friendly music instead of scoring art-house films.

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