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Brooklyn's most visible band, at least in terms of Radio City appearances and New York magazine covers, spent the year shaking off their trademark choirboy delicacy with an album full of oddly extroverted, disfigured songs (see: "Speak in Rounds"). Coupled with this track, they sound refreshed and alive.
When we were 17, we listened to a lot of MF Doom, which is exactly what borough prodigy Joey Bada$$ is doing at 17. The only difference is that it's 2012, not the 1990s, and it already landed him an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. (Another difference might be the talent. He has a lot of it.)
While jangle-pop mainstays Beach Fossils took a pause, bassist John Pena released a solo record of a woozier degree, here sounding ever so punchy... but mostly still woozy.
The other Beach Fossil-offshoot, who started the year out as Dive (memories!), also released an album but flopped Heavenly Beats' woozy to punchy proportions. Here we have one of the predominantly punchy, slightly woozy singles.