Poison Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Maintain Dwindling Relevance

Look what the cat dragged in: Bret Michaels.Photo: Kelly A. Swift / Retna

The latest MP3s to hit the blogs.

1. Poison, “SexyBack” (Justin Timberlake cover)
Every rose has its thorn, just like every night has its dawn … just like every copy of Poison’s new album purchased at Wal-Mart includes this sad, sad bid for ironic appreciation as a bonus track. [Stereogum]

2. Vanessa Paradis, “Divine Idylle”
As a famous recording artist (in France, anyway) and the live-in girlfriend of Johnny Depp, Paradis has been forced to adopt a highly nuanced view of piracy. (Get it? Piracy? Oh, what’s the point!) [Filles Sourires]

3. Rick Ross, “Shot to the Heart”
Sampling Heart’s “What About Love” may seem like an odd choice for rapper Rick Ross, but hasn’t the song touched all of us at some point in our lives? We’re sure Ross is no exception. [Discobelle]

4. Liars, “Plaster Casts of Everything”
Don’t let the hip haircuts or nonsensical studio experimentation of their previous album fool you: These Brooklyn art punks enjoy Led Zeppelin just the same as everyone else. [Pitchfork]

5. Franz Ferdinand, “Live New Songs (Stream)”
The Glaswegian quartet prove that they’re still impressively capable of writing catchy pop songs that sound sort of like the theme from The Kids in the Hall. [Tea With Tufty]
—Lane Brown

Poison Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Maintain Dwindling Relevance