This week, Miguel featured J. Cole on an album version of a previous single, Neil Young released his 39th studio album, and rapper DMX dropped an absurd cover of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Miguel — “Come Through and Chill” (feat. J. Cole)
Miguel added two emotionally and politically charged J. Cole verses to his previously released, Salaam Remi-produced single “Come Through and Chill.” The spare, guitar-led track appears on Miguel’s new album, “War & Leisure.”
Wilco — “Myrna Lee”
Wilco released a deluxe edition of its debut album, “A.M.,” on Friday, and it features a number of previously unreleased songs. The standout bonus track, “Myrna Lee,” has a wistful, country-twang sound that’s unlike any of the band’s subsequent material.
The Orwells — “Vanilla”
Illinois-based rock band The Orwells crafts a traditional punk track with “Vanilla,” a satirical takedown of the prejudices and “S.U.V.-vanilla” values of “Middle America.”
Neil Young — “Fly By Night Deal” (feat. Promise of the Real)
Among the many overlong songs on Neil Young’s 39th solo LP, “The Visitor,” one oddly compelling album track, “Fly By Night Deal,” features verses of Young shouting spoken-word-like lyrics about forest conservation over solid instrumentation.
DMX — “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer”
Five years after rapping an absurd, ad-libbed edition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in a viral video, rapper DMX has put the Christmas classic on (digital) wax for a Spotify Single. (DMX’s version is titled “Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer.)