Surfing the Web for new music, video...
Surfing the Web for new music, video and MP3 downloads can be a serious time investment. Picks from Times staff and contributors will help take the drag out of click-and-drag music choices. Some downloads may contain explicit lyrics. All are free, except as noted.
Chris Parnell & Andy Samberg
“Saturday Night Live” regulars Parnell and Samberg trade raps with a surprisingly credible gangsta flow that’s undercut only by their subject matter -- eating cupcakes, using MapQuest.com and answering “Friends” trivia en route to a matinee of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
“Rock and Roll Evacuation”
In the vein of Tenacious D’s musically virtuosic alt-rock comedy, the Six crafted this stadium-worthy guitar workout that includes the lyrical couplet: “Mr. President, make a little money sending people you don’t know to Iraq / Mr. President, I don’t like you -- you don’t know how to rock!”
“Wicked Light Sleepers”
Credit the Joggers’ casually synchronous rhythm section for “Sleepers’ ” delicate yet muscular indie rock groove with its analog echoes of Dinosaur Jr. and late ‘70s Blondie.
” ... Mixtape Boombox Blast”
This cringe-inducing video chronicles New York stand-up comic Ansari’s penance for losing a challenge to create the worst pop song mix-tape. He wanders crowded streets armed with a giant CD player blasting triumphantly terrible music from Limp Bizkit, Gloria Estefan, Sarah MacLachlan and LFO.
(featuring Joe Scudda)”
North Carolina’s rap purists use the first single from their self-described “ ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit"-filled concept album, “The Minstrel Show,” to admonish unworthy MC competition over a quality soul sample and one of the sweetest R&B; hooks of the year.
“No Good (dame dame)”
Proving ghetto-fabulosity transcends all national borders -- and can exist even in Hello Kitty’s universe -- Tokyo’s answer to Foxy Brown rhymes strong over a pared down Neptunes-esque beat in this Pop Art-y video.