Playlist: Psy and Hammer, plus 10 more
Posted November 19, 2012
How do you extend the life of the year's biggest pop-music fad? Bring the Hammer down with Gangnam Style/2 Legit 2 Quit. The rap icon's appearance with the South Korean YouTube sensation was the biggest, best surprise of Sunday's American Music Awards, and the mash-up is a blast, too. One thing's for sure: Hammer won't hurt him. -- Brian Mansfield
USA TODAY music critic Jerry Shriver highlights 10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening.
Danko/Manuel, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The intensity of this meditation on The Band's singers is overwhelming; from the new Live from Alabama.
High Up Over the Wall, The Big Cats.
Fab Four-inspired harmonies just pour out of the new The Ancient Art of Leaving: Two Parts.
I'll Remember You, Elvis Presley.
The man from Memphis wooed NYC in '72 with concerts captured on new Elvis: Prince from Another Planet.
Cleveland, Low Cut Connie.
Eric Burdon's Animals anthems echo through this track from the roots-rockers' new Call Me Sylvia.
Crazy Dreams, Beres Hammond.
Despite the title, this is a sweet, soul-soothing slice of reggae.
There is No Greater Love, Clifford Brown.
The trumpeter led The Singers Sessions with Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Helen Merrill.
Since I've Been Loving You, Led Zeppelin.
The live Plant-Page interplay is astonishing; from the new Celebration Day 2007 reunion.
Little Aches and Pains, Paul Kelly.
"What doesn't kill you makes you weaker,'' laments the Australian singer on the new Spring and Fall.
Snake Oil Capitol of the World, Graham Parker.
On the new Three Chords Good, the Brit pub-rocker reunites with The Rumour for first time in 30 years.
Souvenir, Clayton Brothers and Friends.
Benny Carter's moving ballad gets a tender workout on the new The Gathering
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