The holiday covers have started rolling in, along with some (surprise!) holiday originals. That’s not all that’s on deck this week, though. Check out a particularly badass new track from St. Vincent, a new jawn from a dynamic duo of mixtape kings, and an angsty new track from a Boston trio that has had a particularly good year.


1. St. Vincent – “Birth In Reverse”
Annie Clarke, also known as St. Vincent, returns with a burning new track which will appear on her self-titled fourth LP, due out in February. Clarke recorded the album with producer John Congleton, the same guy who produced her previous “Strange Mercy” and “Actor” albums, as well as last year’s collaboration with David Byrne, “Love This Giant.”

2. Krill – “Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears”
The lead track off of a self-described “failed concept album” from Boston trio Krill is about a couple of friends who realize that they are characters in a song by fellow Boston band Pile, so they try to form a band to be able to play with Pile, but realize that they aren’t good enough so they ultimately become depressed. It’s as weird as it sounds and at least 10 times more awesome.

Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears by Krill

3. Vic Mensa (feat. Chance the Rapper) – “Suitcase”
Two of hip-hop’s rookies of the year team up for a chilled out rhymefest called “Suitcase.” The two Chicago-bred MCs write about time away from home while touring, and how these “business trips” have taken a toll.

4. Dr. Dog – “Christmas Party”
The Philly vintage rockers put out an entire holiday song EP this week, with all proceeds benefiting Feeding America. Lead track “Christmas Party” has plenty of lyrical cheese, but musically, all of the tracks sound more like Dr. Dog’s best albums than any stuff from the band’s previous two full-lengths.

5. Seiho – “Gold”
Osaka, Japan’s Seiho produces a housey dance floor banger that traces back to early ’90s synth-pop, but instead of cheesy pop lyrics, he just commands with an echo-y vocal sample.

6. Damien Jurado – “Silver Timothy”
Seattle’s Damien Jurado has been a widely overlooked songwriter of the past decade, but “Silver Timothy” is a new turn for Jurado, as he mixes latin Santana-esque grooves with spacey psychedelic vibes.

7. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low”
The My Morning Jacket frontman tries a Bob Marley tune on for size. While it’s not the futuristic falsetto of recent James recordings, he treats the cover like an early MMJ tune, with plenty of honky-tonk piano licks and twangy guitar contributions. The track will be the first on “Sweetheart 2014,” a new Valentine’s day compilation featuring covers from the likes of Fiona Apple and Vampire Weekend.

8. Summer Camp – “Last Christmas”
This Wham! tune has become a holiday staple over the years, but British husband-wife duo Summer Camp give the tune a solid guitar-based treatment. It’s kind of like if you caught Best Coast and Dr. Dog caroling outside your door.