1. Spoon, "Peace Like a River" (Paul Simon cover)
Britt Daniel & Co. do a version of the non-single from Simon's solo debut and make it sound more or less like a Billy Joel song. We do not object. [Daytrotter via Stereogum]
2. Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z, "Mr. Carter (Alternate Version)"
As Weezy awaits news on whether Carter III sold a million copies in its first week (or just an embarrassing 970,000), someone's leaked the unmastered original version of his Jay-Z collaboration. The mix is sort of crappy, so this is for educational purposes only. [Nah Right]
3. Vampire Weekend feat. Andrew W.K., "Don't Come Around Here No More" (Tom Petty cover)
For the lucky few that braved Saturday's monsoon to catch Vampire Weekend and Andrew W.K. at SummerStage, they performed this excellent, semi-inexplicable cover. Now, someone's put it on YouTube, making us feel better about our decision to stay home. [Stereogum]
4. Lloyd, "Money on the Brain"
Likely torpedoing his chances in this year's competitive race for Song of the Summer, Lloyd makes the baffling decision to promote a new (admittedly still-not-bad) single over his vastly superior, weeks-old previous one, "Girls Around the World." For shame, Lloyd. [Idolator]
5. Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, "Me + Yr Daughter"
Despite their stupid name, this Seattle electro-pop quintet is, happily, only a little stupid. [Largehearted Boy]