Fingertips Music Guide to betterPropaganda: March 07

Our collaboration with one of our favorite bloggers, Jeremy Schlosberg from Fingertips, continues. Start reading this months Top 5 recommendations and don't forget to check out Fingertips while you're at it for more in depth reviews.

1) "Black Mirror" - Arcade Fire
This first single from the Arcade Fire's eagerly-awaited second CD, Neon Bible, shows us almost instantly that Funeral, their memorable debut, was no fluke. Here the intriguing combination of ominous rumbling, acoustic rhythm guitars, eccentric orchestration, and Win Butler's distinctive warble produces another winning, if disconcerting, song. This Montreal septet is the real thing, and perhaps the 21st century's first truly great rock band.

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2) "Heretics" - Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird has a sleepy, elastic way of singing his elusive, layered, unusual, and engaging songs. I don't hear a lot of standard hooks in a song like "Heretics," nor do I have much of a clue about what's going on, but the ultimate effect is somehow magical, rooted perhaps in the skillful way Bird, a classically trained violinist, uses intertwining melodic themes and precise instrumentation. Let this one sink in and see if it doesn't stick.

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3) "The Sons of Cain" - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
An itchy, punk-tinged rave-up from the redoubtable Mr. Leo. I like the sense of barely controlled uproar he sustains in such brisk, incisive song; I like the unexpected acoustic guitar break in the middle--it's so jittery and edgy it may as well be an electric wail.

4) "Golden Star (Alias Remix)" - My Brightest Diamond
I'm not sure the My Brightest Diamond CD Bring Me the Workhorse got quite the props it should have last year, so I'm all for revisiting it in remix fashion if it helps introduce Shara Worden's music to a wider audience. The Alias remix of "Golden Star" does a nice job transforming a swooping, string-based Kate Bushian melodrama into a boopy-scratchy piece of driving yet spacy electronica.

5) "Four Winds" - Bright Eyes
Conor Oberst seems to have loosened up a bit in the rollicking tune, with its brisk fiddling and sing-along chorus--his voice looser, friendlier, and less angst-ridden than in previous efforts. His endearingly wordy lyrics ramble and intrigue as usual, however.

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