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DOWNLOAD: Ding Dong, "Go Away" (mp3)

This track is basically the only thing we can listen to right now. It's the most shocking, revelatory song we've heard since . . . oh, we dunno, "Lip Gloss" at least. For those of us who missed the boat on the fact that M.I.A. is now blogging (thus rendering the 60-percent of the blogosphere dedicated to chronicling her every move redundant), her posting of this track was a double whammy: "hi I'm one of you, by the way here's a song that nobody's ever heard but is going to change the world. l8r!" Given that we don't know shit about Afro-Caribbean politics, we have no idea if the Africa-representing singer (who's apparently from Jamaica -- check this flyer: "hosted by Rolling Stones!") is breaking any treaties or putting himself on an Amnesty International watchlist by threatening the "you" in this song with death if "you" don't get the fuck out of his village, which "you" have brought shame to. If you remember the shock of hearing Bonde do Role's first tracks -- the contrast between the favela-squashed 808s with the "Man in the Box" guitars, and the hair-raising excitement of how perfectly it fit -- then you'll likely freak out about "Go Away." Jamaica-via-Nigeria-via-MaximumRockNRoll: The bass lines are pure Touch N Go/Am Rep circa late-80s/early 90s, the guitars are early-80s DIY hardcore, but the drum machine bucks like some of that kuduro stuff the cool kids have been importing. For even more fun, check the YouTube version, where the hypeman shrieks like Adam Horowitz circa "Cookie Puss." Attn Internerds: please pull Steve Albini out of that poker thread and play this for him. It might change his life.

Rap music, like you hadn't noticed, is currently going through one of its periodic fascinations with rock and roll. And, coming as this trendlet does on the heels of a looooong period of rock and roll being fascinated with rap music -- and mostly fucking it up in the process -- we find ourselves giddy with delight. One of the great constants of commercial rap music, dating back to the mid-80s, is that monster hits will spawn legions of imitators almost immediately. And like our parents, who collected rare R&B knockoff and novelty hits of the 1950s and '60s, we've often found ourselves committing the sin of getting more excited about the copies than about the originals. Ding Dong has pretty much knocked us back to our senses, but we'd be lying if we said we hadn't got caught up in the current rash of "Vans" and "Party Like a Rockstar" rips. We're grumpy people, generally, but the mere sight of young black teenagers reclaiming rock and roll -- even if only by goofing on it -- brings us pleasure beyond description, in ways that are as much aesthetic as sensory. (Nick Sylvester disagrees with that specific example, but also sums up our attitude towards this stuff with this line: "Just because rock stars don’t party like rock stars doesn’t mean partying like a rock star is any less unimpeachably awesome.") Maybe part of the reason "Go Away" is so unexpected is that, well, here's a song that's absorbed punk and rap perfectly at a time where street kids and huge corporations and Delillo-esque-grand-forces seem to be trying to push the two together on what's essentially a marketing level, for the most part acting like zookeepers trying to mate sick elephants or something. It must be the cloying-liberal-asshole in OTD's DNA, but at some elemental level that we're embarassed to enunciate, we still hope, like Red Staters waiting for Jesus's return, that black kids will someday come back to save rock and roll from white people, even if what they're saving is simply rock and roll as a cheesy set of cliched symbols, since with the exception of Velvet Revolver, most rock bands don't even bother to get that right. Below: some shit that's fun to play at parties: 

DOWNLOAD: Thrill Da Playa, "Erybody Rock" (mp3)
DOWNLOAD: J Author, "Rock And Roll" (mp3)
DOWNLOAD: Diligentz, "Punk Rock (Pack Remix)" (mp3) >>VIDEO

To put this in perspective, a list of Things-that-excited-us-last-week-but-not-quite-as-much-as-"Go Away":

>> Justin Timberlake remixed by Justice
>> New M.I.A. track remixed by Eli Escobar.
>> Catchdubs teams up with Mark Ronson-associated rapper Wale for a mixtape
>> Clinton Sparks making a Cardinal Offishal mixtape that doesn't suck
>> Yellow Wolf and B.O.B., "Run" shows up on TJSDJS.

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