our five favorite songs of the week!

by ellen carpenter

Lupe Fiasco "The Show Goes On"

Any song is fair game for sampling these days (Lil Wayne and Eminem's use of Haddaway's "What Is Love" being the most bizarre recent example), but I was still shocked to hear Modest Mouse's "Float On" lead off Lupe Fiasco's new single. Sped up and fortified with electro trumpets, it works. Really well. But it's still weird.

Matt & Kim "Cameras"

In an age when most people watch a concert through the screen on their iphone as they record it for posterity (or Facebook), Matt and Kim's spunky new single is a call to arms to live in the moment. "No time for cameras, we'll use our eyes instead," Matt sings over space-age synths, blaring marching band horns, and clacking beats. Catch one of their shows this week and see if fans actually heed this request.

Discodeine featuring Jarvis Cocker "Synchronize"

If Jarvis Cocker does something, we're gonna love it. That's just a fact. So we're grateful to French disco duo Discodeine for bringing in the Britpop superstar to croon over some smooth synths and Saturday Night Fever beats. If you close your eyes, you can almost see him do the Hustle across a stage.

Trophy Wife "Microlite"

This Oxford trio have described their music as "ambitionless office disco," which doesn't make much sense considering it's not at all reminiscent of disco and actually sounds pretty darn ambitious. I'd call it meticulously produced melancholic pop and recommend that you all listen to it immediately.

Pearl and the Beard "Douglas Douglass"

Brooklyn trio Pearl and the Beard make sweet and soulful campfire folk, but when they play live, they add in a jolt of quirk that takes their music to the next level. They recorded this foot-stomping track for The Sleepover Sessions, a great acoustic web series run by Boston music lovers Aviv Rubinstien and Rob and Kelly Ribera.