We first introduced you to New York synth-pop fourpiece Hooray For Earth in our Music Issue. With a booming atmospheric sound filled with major guitar riffs, big-time choruses, and slightly scuzzy vibe, their debut album True Loves isn’t just catchy, it’s clever. So it seems only fitting that frontman Noel Heroux made a playlist filled with “get smart” songs. In other words, these are tracks he’d play for his (unborn) kids to make them total geniuses. We can’t guarantee it will have the same effect for you, but they’re all so good, it doesn’t even matter. Nirvana - “All Apologies”, In UteroYo La Tengo - “Saturday”, And then nothing turned itself inside-outTricky - “Poems,” Nearly GodSuede - “Still Life,” Dogman StarScott Walker - “It’s Raining Today”, Scott 3Radiohead - “Kid A”, Kid AAphex Twin - “4″, Richard D James AlbumBjork - “Hyperballad”, PostBeck - “Loser”, Mellow GoldThe Lemonheads - “The Turnpike Down”, It’s a Shame About RayHum - “Ms. Lazarus”, Downward is HeavenwardThe Jesus and Mary Chain - “The Living End”, PsychocandyLightning Bolt - “Dead Cowboy”, Hypermagic MountainBrian Eno - “1/1 (16.39)”, Music for AirportsThe Flaming Lips - “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton”, The Soft BulletinBroadcast - “Corporeal”, Tender ButtonsDownload their single “No Love” here!
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