More proof that the Veronicas should be superstars
THE VERONICAS, ''EVERYTHING I'M NOT (JASON NEVINS REMIX)''
I politely ask you, dear reader, how are the Veronicas not massive here in America? They're cute. They're Australian. They're freaking twins! And they released one of the best radio-ready pop-rock records so far this year, The Secret Life of the Veronicas, which peaked on the Billboard albums chart back in March...at No. 133. Maybe this Internet-only track from a new EP that gives their kiss-off anthem ''Everything I'm Not'' three different dance floor makeovers will finally do the trick. Did I mention they're twins?! Buy the remix at iTunes and check out the video for the original on YouTube.
LOUIS LOGIC & J.J. BROWN, ''THE LINE''
Long Island-born, Queens-bred indie rapper Louis Logic is talking about that tenuous line that keeps him from making a move on his best friend's lady here. Laying out his moral priorities, he tells his buddy, ''I'm not even shoplifting, I'm browsing,'' though he can't hide his lust for the untouchable beauty. Logic's love triangle boasts earnest humor and a soul-sampling beat that does its part to heighten the drama. Download the track for free here
HANDSOME FAMILY, ''TESLA'S HOTEL ROOM''
It's an old-fashioned waltz that mysteriously describes the final days of famed scientist Nicola Tesla, who died mad and alone in a New York City hotel in 1943. ''Dreamed of a death ray to disintegrate matter/ Detected Morse code from faraway planets,'' sings Brett Sparks, telling of the song's namesake with disarming wistfulness. The odd tune brings a long-dead, semi-obscure genius down to earth with choice detail and a casual country delivery. Download the track for free here
GIRL TALK, ''ONCE AGAIN''
This hyped-up song collage sounds like your favorite mash-up DJ after about 11 espressos. Copyright terrorist Gregg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk) brushes off ownership rights in search of a post-post-euphoria made up of instantly recognizable snippets of hit songs skillfully sliding over each other. But instead of simply, say, throwing Christina Aguilera over the Strokes, Gillis brings in bits of Ludacris, Oasis, Ciara, Slim Thug, and others. The track's greatest coup briefly pairs the Ying Yang Twins' ''(Wait) The Whisper Song'' vocals over the Verve's ''Bittersweet Symphony'' which was already based on a Rolling Stones sample. Clever. Download the track for free here