Okkervil River Takes Things Literally

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1. Okkervil River, "Big Black Car" (Big Star cover)
England's "Black Cab Sessions" Web show provides musicians the opportunity to perform in the backseat of a black car, the ideal venue for Okkervil to play this song about being in a black car. [Black Cab Sessions]

2. Lightspeed Champion, "Everyone I Know Is Listening to Crunk"
Here's a strummy country song which posits that crunk is a symptom of the world going crazy. We're convinced! [Chromewaves]

3. The Rosebuds, "Push It"
Raleigh's Rosebuds post a fun cover (plus an adorable video) of Salt-N-Pepa's signature track. [Pitchfork]

4. NoLay, "Swagger"
An interesting grime track (featuring production that sounds like it was ripped from a black-and-white horror movie) from a rapper with a hilariously awful name. Maybe it's just lost in translation. [First Up]

5. Yael Naim, "New Soul"
Just as Feist persuaded us to buy this iPod shuffle we don't really need, Naim — featured in ads for the new Macbook Air — will likely make us buy a laptop. Damn you, Apple marketers! [Between Thought and Expression]
—Ehren Gresehover