As music listening habits become more specialized, it's easier than ever to miss a new song. Unless it gets put in constant rotation on the radio, earns a coveted spot on your favorite playlist, or pops up on the soundtrack to that hot new TV show, most tracks -- even from big artists -- fly under the radar for the casual music fan. Thankfully, we've got you covered.
Below, you'll find five new songs of the moment that are worth taking time out of your busy day for. It doesn't matter what genre the song comes from or how popular the artist is. If it's good, we want you to hear it -- and then listen again.
The score for Dario Argento's classic ballet horror film Suspiria was composed by the Italian progressive rock band Goblin, and it remains a completely unnerving, haunting piece of work. With Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino putting what looks like a baroque spin on the material this fall, it makes sense that the filmmaker would recruit an artist like Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke to handle the music. What's refreshing about this track is how little Yorke attempts to riff on Goblin's sound; instead, he concocts a piano-based composition that enchants, beguiles, and terrifies with its delicate, twitchy approach. Even while working in his stylistic comfort zone, Yorke can still creep you out.
"Kick in the World," Haru Nemuri
When the guitars finally arrive on the chorus of "Kick in the World," an anthemic hard rock track from Japanese artist Haru Nemuri, you'll feel like you've taken flight. It's one of the more genuinely cathartic musical moments of the year, a head-banging release of freedom and joy, and somehow the song manages to pack multiple compositional shifts like that into a pop package under four minutes. There's a professional sheen to the production and a handcrafted approach to the actual songwriting, giving the track the type of tension that makes the hairs on your arms stand up.
A song of elegant refinement and spiritual mystery, "Regal" only has one verse and two choruses, but it opens up a larger world with each carefully arranged syllable. Whether she's rapping about lying warm inside a casket or calling out "Rice-A-Roni politics," the Chicago rapper sounds completely in control of her sound. Her voice can be wry and cool, but she's not detached: Each of the tracks on Room 25, the follow-up album to her acclaimed mixtape Telefone from 2016, are earnestly working through larger personal and political struggles. It's a careful mapping of singular mental territory carried out with a regal eye.
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"Alaska," YBN Cordae
The YBN origin story involves rapping and joking around while streaming Grand Theft Auto on XBOX Live, but the youthful hip-hop collective clearly means business. You can sense that on tracks like "Alaska," a showcase for rythmically nimble North Carolina-raised member YBN Cordae. The track also goes by the name "Scotty Pippen," and it's got the type of athletic, Iverson-crossover flow that helps distinguish a rapper emerging as part of a larger crew. It's an autobiographical sketch filled with revealing details -- "Momma's car got stolen, took the shuttle pass/Re-up from three bucks copped the duffle bag," he raps at one point -- and it should leave an impression whether you check it out on YouTube or as part of the group's new YBN: The Mixtape project, which dropped earlier this month.
"Love Wins," Carrie Underwood
On a lyrical and thematic level, "Love Wins" is a mealy-mouthed appeal to the country's political center. Underwood, the country star and former American Idol winner, is disturbed that "everybody's gotta pick a side" and she believes "we'll never fall if we walk hand in hand." Not exactly galvanizing stuff. But on a formal level, this soaring power ballad is invigorating, like getting corn syrup injected right into your veins or being pelted with a t-shirt cannon. Even if you roll your eyes at the familiar message, you might find yourself waving your hands along to the chorus.
Check out a Spotify playlist of the Best New Songs of 2018 below.
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It's arguable that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already expansive enough. So far, there have been 20 films released over 10 years, plus various one-shots, a couple of ABC series, and more than 100 episodes of supposedlyedgiermaterial over on Netflix. But Disney has a streaming service on the way, and if it is going to beat Netflix at its own game, it needs to bring out the big guns. And by guns, we mean muscles. Superhero ones.
Variety reports that the studio is working to bring some of its movie stars to the small screen for a slew of limited series that hopefully will be enticing enough to get audiences to sign up for a whole new monthly subscription. The plan right now is to make six-to-eight episode series focusing on lesser MCU characters who didn't get their own standalone films. Early whispers are centered around shows dedicated to Thor's lovable asshole of a half-brother, Loki, and Avengers B-Team member Scarlet Witch, with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their respective roles. Perhaps the latter will explain whatever happened to the Russian accent Wanda Maximoff had in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Or maybe it will just be a lowkey romance between Wanda and Vision, sort of like their version of the Before trilogy. Anyway, we're assuming these would likely be prequels considering -- spoiler -- Loki met an unceremonious end at the beginning of Infinity War.
Meet The Eateries Reimagining the Northeast’s Most Iconic Dishes
It’s safe to say we know what a good meal looks like. So we’ve partnered with Coca-Cola to pair their timeless beverage with new twists on regional dishes -- a perfect chance to recognize the innovators who find the essence of beloved standards. The chefs below keep what everyone loves about localfare, while developing it into something new -- a true expression of how a society develops, and how it’s reflected in the meals we enjoy. And with a bottle of Coca-Cola, it’s a pairing of two American classics.
It takes guts to put a new spin on a classic, no matter where you are. But it takes serious guts to do it in the Northeast, home to some of the most passionate food debates in the country. Pat’s or Geno’s? The best slice in Manhattan? Should a lobster roll be made with mayo or butter? Simply put, this can be hostile territory. But these 10 eateries didn’t hold back. Instead, they reimagined regional specialities in ways so creative, a few sparked debates of their own. Check out their stories below and start mapping out your road trip; you’re going to want to taste these invigorated icons.
Sony Is Releasing a Mini PlayStation Classic With 20 Pre-Loaded Games
Just when you thought everyone had left Nintendo to dominate the retro console market with its NES Classic, SNES Classic, and rumored N64 Classic editions, Sony is finally getting in on the nostalgia party with its own miniature console. To the delight of '90s kids everywhere, the company is unleashing what's aptly dubbed as the PlayStation Classic this December -- nearly 25 years after it launched the PlayStation.
Sony officially announced the new console on Tuesday, saying it will come pre-loaded with 20 "legendary" classic PlayStation titles when it arrives in stores just in time for the holiday shopping season on December 3. The tiny console looks just like the OG Playstation (even the controllers and packaging), but is 45% smaller and, of course, doesn't sport an actual disc drive. Sony claims that all of the included games will be playable in the original PS1 formats. The console connects to your TV via an HDMI cable, and it'll come with two controllers for multiplayer game support as well as a USB cable.