by marisa brown

I’m blaming it on the dead of winter, but I found it hard to focus on a theme, or even genre, for this round of Fistful of Dollars. Still, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Check out how to get your $20 worth after the jump…

Artist: Los Campesinos!
Song: You! Me! Dancing!
Artist: Black Milk, LMNO, and more
Song: Heaven Or Hell


Los Campesinos! – Sticking Fingers Into Sockets

Wales’s Los Campesinos! have a new album out this week, Romance Is Boring, and it’s all good and fine, but in my opinion, nothing they’ve done compares to their first EP, Sticking Fingers Into Sockets, which was released in July 2007. “We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives” and “You! Me! Dancing!” are both great, but it was the second song on it that sold me, the very wonderful “It Started With A Mixx.” “Trying to find the perfect match between pretentious and pop/Some crappy artwork that took way, way too long to draw” Gareth and Aleks sing to one another, mixing romance and puns with a sweetness that maybe only comes if you’re part of a seven-piece indie pop band. A song about making mixtapes with male/female vocals?! I don’t think they’ve done anything better since.


Georgia Anne Muldrow – Heaven or Hell EP

In case you haven’t heard of her, Georgia Anne Muldrow is a young musician, songwriter, and singer whose work falls between that of Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra, and Madlib. Like Madlib, she’s alarmingly prolific, which means you sometimes have to pick and choose with her output to find the good stuff. Fortunately, her long-awaited collaboration with Dudley Perkins (or Declaime, as he goes by here) is one of those that you choose. The three-song digital version of the Heaven or Hell EP, the precursor to the LP SomeOthaShip, features some of my favorite rappers -  Black Milk, Kool Keith, Big Pooh and M.E.D. – and treads the line between left-coast freak-rap and the edgy East Coast. It’s spacey and tense and makes me more than excited to hear the full-length in February. Well worth the three bucks and more.



Million Young – Be So True EP

Ok, first of all I’m going to try to pretend that I’m not mostly excited about this because it comes in CASSETTE (plus digi download, because, let’s be honest, unlike vinyl, there’s nothing sexy about tapes. Sorry.). But I’m also excited because Million Young makes indie-electronica (with a good dose of house) that’s both sad and danceable. Kinda perfect for winter. Kinda great.


Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Sticking with the winter theme here (I guess that’s what I have going on) is Bill Withers’s classic “Ain’t No Sunshine,” inspired not only by my Vitamin D deficiency but the fact the documentary about his life, Still Bill, had its premiere at New York’s IFC Wednesday. Everyone knows this song, but not everyone knows that when it was first released in 1971, on Sussex Records, “Ain’t No Sunshine” (produced by Booker T.) was the b-side to the still-good, but obviously inferior “Harlem.” This is a clear case in which buying the 45 makes sense. I found it in good condition online for $4. Feels like a steal.



Grand Total: $19.94

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