Karen O. Debuts Dubious New Vocal Technique

Karen O. assaulting the mic.Photo: Tom Callins / Retna

The latest MP3s to hit the blogs.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Rockers to Swallow" (live)
This live version of a song from YYY's forthcoming Is Is EP was evidently recorded during the brief period when the band's vocal duties were handled by a werewolf. [Productshop]

2. The Rakes, "When Tom Cruise Cries"
According to this English post-punk quartet, it's not just during South Park reruns. [Café Eclectica]

3. Shara Worden, "I Will Always Love You" (Dolly Parton cover)
My Brightest Diamond's front woman makes a strong argument for inviting a classically trained opera singer to your next karaoke session. [Stereogum]

4. Freeway feat. Jay-Z, "Big Spender"
Freeway boasts about his recent bling expenditures, then his label president shows up to remind him that Def Jam is still waiting to recoup his advance. [Nah Right]

5. SunN.Y. feat. Biz Markie, "Girls"
The Rochester rapper invites Biz Markie to share everything he knows about the fairer sex, which, predictably, isn't much. [Spine Magazine]
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