The Zombies - Odyssey and the OracleWe bring you another week of great music.  From indie dance giants Foals to the bewitching melodies of Bat for Lashes to the pop songcraft of Taio Cruz, we offer you up a steaming hot fresh plate of music.  Hope you enjoy it!

Indie Rock

What’s a Girl to Do? – Bat for Lashes
Notes:
The clearly Donnie Darko inspired music video is terrific — at least as good as the song.  And the song is pretty good as well.  The lyrics themselves kind of remind one of the influx of vampire themed commercial slag being onloaded onto the market, but if you can… er… get over that fact, this is an outstanding and oft overlooked track. “My heart grows colder with each day.”  Poetic much? [Note this track dates back to 2007, predating the vampire craze.]
Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes

Say No To Love – Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Notes:
Only a handful of current gen indie rockers — Stars, The Arcade Fire, etc. — truly deserve to be lofted with all time greats like Belle and Sebastian, Deathcab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, or The Shins.  However, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, a NYC outfit seem dangerously close to joining that elite list.  This new track is infectiously catchy. [Does anyone else think the instrumentals sound strangely similar to those of "Dancing With Myself"?]

You Can’t Beat Alone -All Saints Day
Notes:
Soft vocals layered over rolling guitars please and relax you.  This lo-fi track is easily worth a second listen.  The breakdown towards the end is also worth minor excitement.
Frozen Zoo – Tera Melos
Notes:
Pushing the borders of twee pop and lo-fi noise Tera Melos has cooked up a truly baffling and bizarre track here.  This thing is so layered and complex that it almost hurts yet it all seems to come together — on some level at least.  This almost didn’t make the list because some of the melodies clash so badly — but then again, that’s probably the point.  It sounds strangely alive.
Rap
Untitled - araabMUZIK
Notes:
This hardcore-edged rap song is offset by high pitched vocals.  The intensity here makes this a compelling listen for rap afficionados.
Notes:
Interesting.  A college rapper?  Well, it’s pretty decent lyrically and beat-wise.  Kinda of a catchy, sorta Young Jeezy-like.
Dance/Electronica/House
Notes:
Is it indie?  Is it dance?  Hard to say.  But it does have a rolling almost new-waveish beat that it’s not hard to see American Outfitters shoppers dancing too.  Obviously heavily inspired by the B-52s.  Is twee dance funk a genre?  Perhaps that’s what this could be called…
Miami - Foals
Notes:

The song is great, catchy dance rock riff.  The video, is equally great/hilarious, but be warned its about the most disturbed and messed up thing that may border on being “safe for work”.  We warned you.

Foals -  Miami

Foals - Miami

Professional Widow ft. Rachel – Miss Babayaga and DJ Josh Blackwell
Notes:
Fundamental house beats create an approachable track that even non electrophiles can appreciate.  The vocals come in mid-track and offer an alluring, fast-paced addition to the beats.  Soundtrackish material right here.  [Warning -- Pic on attached video may be NSFW by some workplace's standards, though no nudity is had]
Shake It (Original Mix) – DJ Dowlla
Notes:
This song has a bit of prog. house, electroclash character to it.  The mix of male and female vocals plays out very nicely on this track.  Prepare to dance your butt off.  [Warning -- Pic on attached video may be NSFW by some workplace's standards, though no nudity is had]
Pop
Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz
Notes:
Do NOT download the crappy remix featuring Ludacris.  Maybe I’m growing cynical and bitter, but Ludacris’s rhymes are sounding increasingly tired and forced.  Taio Cruz, on the other hand, a British songwriter shows why he was able to make hits out of the likes of tired pop stars like Britney Spears.  Pop music is hard to recommend to a cultured crowd, but the original version of this song is dance-ready, noteworthy, and a good track.
Classic Rock
Time of the Season – The Zombies
Notes:
This iconic song helped define the course of music exiting the 60s (it was recorded in 1968), yet is often forgotten… as is the band who performed it, The Zombies.  It concisely summed up the “Summer of Love” and captivates with its backing lyrics.
I’d Love to Change the World – Alvin Lee and Ten Years Later
Notes:
The appearance of a seemingly conservative rock song shocked the hippie movement when Alvin Lee’s British blues rock band released the album Space of Time in 1971.  Ultimately the song seems less an earnest call for abandoning social change, and more a monologue on the growing frustrations with the love and peace movement.  For all the idealism and hope, there was much progress, but still far too little.  And led by a slew of false prophets and self-serving leaders many in the progressive youth movement were becoming disillusioned.  Ten Years After gave a voice to the frustration.
Country/Alt. Country
Black River Killer – Blitzen Trapper
Notes:

This song clearly has country trappings and melodies.  Yet it somber, dark tone reminds one more of Dylan or Cash than of the recent country trash.  For anyone who hates country rock, you really should listen to this song.  It just might change your mind.  They are signed on Subpop if that helps justify listening in your mind…

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

I Love You, But Goodbye – Langhorne Slim
Notes:
Even more hardcore into the realm of country, this track may not appeal to some.  Yet indie country artist Slim’s earnest raw delivery and acoustic stylings may appeal to those with an open mind. Reminds one of the tribulations when things come to the end.