MTV News’ #MusicMonday: OK Go, R.E.M. And Yeasayer

Really, you should be listening to music every day, but thanks to Twitter, Monday has become the best day of the week to discover new songs, show some love to the tune currently dominating your iPod playlist and quietly judge the listening habits of your closest friends. Yes, it’s #MusicMonday, one of Twitter’s most enduring trending topic. Hence “MTV News’ #MusicMonday,” a weekly look at the songs we’re obsessing about here in the Newsroom. Here’s what’s on our playlists right now.

April Richardson: “I already play something by R.E.M. at least weekly, but in honor of my hero Michael Stipe’s 50th birthday today, I have to say that I’ve recently rediscovered how great ‘Circus Envy’ is after hearing the version on their recent Live at the Olympia album. Sure, there are more copies of Monster than anything else in used CD stores everywhere, but people make a lot of poor decisions. You should go buy back your copy and listen again.”

Kyle Anderson: “So I’ve never been much of a fan of OK Go (yeah, I’m anti-treadmill), but I’ve been obsessed with their new single ‘WTF?’ It was produced by David Fridmann (he of Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods and all of the 21st century Flaming Lips albums) and has that same sort of psychedelic garage sound that the Lips’ Embryonic has. There’s a little bit of Barry White funk in there (no, really!) along with a super-distorted guitar solo and a lot of creepy noises. Who knew the guys who wrote ‘You’re So Damn Hot’ had this in them? They’ve got a record coming out next week called Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, which is an amazing title. Check it out at their MySpace page.”

Joel Hanek: “I’m really into Yeasayer‘s new single ‘Ambling Alp.’ Jim Cantiello told me to check out Yeasayer after their new album, Odd Blood, had leaked. Usually I would dimiss anything Jim Cantiello suggests because I hate him, but when he said it resembled ‘a 2009 version of Tears for Fears,’ I was definitely intrigued. Yeasayer reminds me of everything I love about ’80s bands like Oingo Boingo and Talking Heads: A complex torrent of electronics and jangly guitars provide the bed for some of the catchiest pop-driven hooks I’ve ever heard. It combines the best of the nostalgia with the new without feeling forced. It’s such a natural feel good song. You can even download it for free at amblingalp.com!”