St. Vincent, “Kerosene”
Where I heard it: brain radio, for the last six months
Why it’s awesome:
1. This was at the Our Band Could Be Your Life tribute concert, and stood out even among a list of performances that included Ted Leo (doing Minor Threat), Titus Andronicus (Replacements), and Dirty Projectors (Black Flag), among many others. It’s raw and abrasive and perfectly captures, I think, what Albini et al were shooting for 25 years ago
2. The live performance of it is fucking amazing - kinetic and exciting in a way that videos posted on YouTube rarely are. Seriously, aside from listening to this song, I could watch it every day.