I've Been Listening to Kate Nash, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, & MGMT"/>
Kate Nash; Made of Bricks: I was introduced to Nash by the editor at my first post-college job. "You have to listen to this song," he said. "It reminds me you." He played for me "Foundations," an infectious pop gem about a girl in a futile relationship. I wasn't pleased with his assessment of my life, but I liked the song. Nash's 2007 album--recorded when she was only 20--contains anecdotes on breakups, unrequited love, and, as she puts it, "dickheads." Her neurotic ramblings are made all the more charming by her cute British accent.
MGMT; Oracular Spectacular: I'm on a major MGMT kick these days. I recently bought the vinyl copy of their album and changed my cell phone's ring tone to the funky come-hither song "Electric Feel." The Brooklyn hailing duo's brand of psychedelic electro-pop is full of wacky beats and teasing lyrics like, "I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars/ You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars." Oracular Spectacular sounds like it was made by a couple of David Bowie wannabes in their college dorm room while they were tripping on acid--and I mean that in a good way.