Supergrass: At Least 500 Times Better Than the White Stripes

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1. Supergrass, “Diamond Hoo Ha Man”
On their brilliant new single, the ‘Grass rip off the White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid” so well, it makes us wonder why we ever liked Jack and Meg in the first place. Plus, the song’s called “Diamond Hoo Ha Man.” [MySpace]

2. Magnetic Fields, “Three Way”
For a band that owes much of its success to the clever wordplay, it’s puzzling to see that the first track leaked from their upcoming record sounds like My Bloody Valentine covering a surf-rock instrumental. [Quick Before It Melts]

3. Hercules and Love Affair, “Hercules Theme”
Sure, this track from Hercules and Love Affair is totally disco-riffic, but it’s just a little too ironic, even by DFA standards. [Pop Cultereddd]

4. Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down, “Swimming Pools”
On this summery banjo-pop track from her new album, Thao Nguyen sings from the point of view of kids who cannonball into the pool, getting chlorine in their eyes. Ouch! [Pitchfork]

5. Beans, “Beans Freestyle (Ratatat Remix)”
Tracks from the new Ratatat mixtape have been leaking on to the Web for a while now, but these last few are available only now that the full release has popped up online. Here, “Beans Freestyle” is refried with a deep low-end and an enigmatic guitar sample. [Macktronic]
—Ehren Gresehover

Supergrass: At Least 500 Times Better Than the White Stripes