Votes due Friday, June 17th at 8:00 P.M. The right side of Division E has a little bit of everything: some rap, some string instruments, some folk, some summer radio. Not one of these match-ups is in anyway genre specific, and I have not an inkling of an idea how the People are going to lean on these. Grooveshark link is here, votes are due by Friday, June 17th at 8:00 PM.
#2 Tall Trees (Lost In The Trees) vs. #15 Shake It (Metro Station): Chapel Hill, NC based folk orchestra Lost In The Trees opened for Neko Case for a few shows earlier this year- they’re heavy on the string instruments. Metro Station began when Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus met on the set of Hannah Montana, where Trace was picking up his little sister Miley. That is a very interesting fact I did not know until right this instant.
#7 Untitled/Fantastic (Slum Village) vs. #10 Songbird (Fleetwood Mac) Detroit underground late 90s hip hop meets another Rumors track.
#3 The High Road (Broken Bells) vs. #14 Gangsta Gangsta (NWA) Broken Bells is the combination of Danger Mouse (the same one that did the Grey Album way back when) and James Mercer, lead singer of The Shins. With NWA, another entrant likely to dissuade older voters, but the importance of the collaborative work of these gentlemen can’t be denied. These are the definitive fathers of the gangster rap sub-genre and the voice of Compton and West Coast rap in the late 80s. And check out this 2010 MC Ren interview I found online.
#6 Elvis Presley Blues (Gillian Welch) vs. #11 Bad Reputation (Joan Jett) A battle between two incredibly talented women singing about very different things at very different volume levels.