St. Vincent performs “Teenage Talk” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, St. Vincent  chose to perform her new single “Teenage Talk”. Check out the video below.

“Teenage Talk” was originally premiered during an episode of HBO’s Girls, but the full version came online just hours before Annie Clark’s Tonight Show appearance.

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BuzzFeed’s 99 Of 2015’s Best New Songs (So Far)

We recap our favorite pop, electronic, country, rap, and rock for the first quarter of the year. In no particular order.

1. The unabashed swagger of Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD’s spicy, funky “Raygun” featuring DOOM.

2. The sexy, sultry tease anthem by The Weeknd, “Earned It

3. Charli XCX & Rita Ora doing it and doing it and “Doing It” well.

4. The subtle and devastating, subtly devastating “Leaf Off/The Cave” by Swedish smooth crooner José González.

5. The gliding, smooth, danceable “Planes” by Jeremih featuring J. Cole.

6. The punchy, eviscerating “Ego” by Tove Stryke.

7. The melancholic, haunted “Air” by Waxahatchee.

8. The “thank goodness the long wait for their new album is over“-ness of Modest Mouse’s “Coyotes

9. Black Coast’s atmospheric examination of love, “Enough ” featuring M. Maggie.

10. The dizzying “Pendulum” by FKA Twigs.

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FKA twigs

11. The heart-starting, foot-shuffling bounce of MisterWives’ “Our Own House

12. The studied “NO CAPS” cool of Purity Ring’s “begin again.”

13. Ty Dolla $ign’s “Drop That Kitty (ft. Charli XCX and Tinashe)” is either so bad it’s good or so good it’s bad, but either way we can’t stop listening.

14. Speaking of London, London Richards’ “In Love With Fireis fire.

15. U need to listen to Mikky Ekko’s “U.”

16. Toro Y Moi’s funkadelic “Buffalo.”

17. T. Kid’s “Like This/Do Voodoo” is a giant plume of weed smoke and hip-hop through a Middle Eastern filter.

18. The slow-burn of Alabama Shakes’ bluesy, desperate “Gimme All Your Love.”

19. The slinky, sultry lilt of Jarryd James’ “Do You Remember

20. “King” by dance-happy London-based popsters Years & Years.

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YearsAndYearsVEVO

21. The plodding and plotting “Black and White” by Staves.

22. Chester Watson’s “” is, sadly, not a stab at a Nü Metal renaissance but worth listening to nevertheless.

23. “Closure (ft. Szjerdene)” by Lapalux reminds us “there’s no rainbow without the rain.”

24. The Earth-rattling funk that is The Suffers’ “Make Some Room.”

25. Soko’s “Who Wears The Pants ??” is delightfully pissy and sick of it all.

26. Missy Elliott proves she’s still got it on her remix of Jack Ü’s “Take Ü There? (ft. Kiesza).”

27. The sexy, -featuring “Lean On” from Major Lazer.

28. Genevieve’s “Colors” is appropriately colorful, a bright blast of pop pick-me-up. “It’s all in your heaaaaaddd!”

29. Ibeyi’s appropriately haunted “Ghosts

30. The brilliantly boastful “Blessings” by Big Sean featuring Drake and Kanye West.

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31. HAIM do their best Stevie Nicks impression on Calvin Harris’ “Pray to God.”

32. The sun-damaged pop of “What D’You Say?” by The Go! Team.

33. St. Vincent’s glammy “Bad Believer.”

34. The hazy, lo-fi charm and canned, robotic drums of Laura Groves’ “Dream Story

35. Marika Hackman’s light touch on the intoxicating “Animal Fear.”

36. “Be Lazy” by Skizzy Mars is the musical equivalent of a chill Saturday at home.

37. Allie X’s “Catch” is a breakup anthem for the hopeful.

38. New Jersey rapper Nick Catchdubs’ goofy stoner jam “Wuts That (ft. B.I.C.).”

39. The positively entrancing booty shaker “Dare” by GRRL PAL.

40. “M.O.B.” by Tkay Maidza is the sunny, self-confidence anthem you need right now.

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Tkay Maidza

41. Shy Girls’ sultry post-party comedown “Xhampagne (ft. Antwon).”

42. The pop star proof of concept that is “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes.

43. Anushka’s “Kisses” is whimsically upbeat.

44. “I’m A Ruin” is a great disco ballad by Marina And The Diamonds about how ripping someone’s heart out can hurt you too.

45. Britpop soul singer Selah Sue’s “Alone.”

46. Queens rapper Action Bronson’s kooky “Actin Crazy.”

47. Natalie Prass’ clear-eyed throwback “Bird of Prey.”

48. Tala and How To Dress Well’s better-together collaboration “The One.”

49. Tropical house DJ Kygo’s show-stopping “Stole The Show.”

50. The peppy, poppy feet-moving blissfully wistful Florrie, “Too Young To Remember

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51. Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s crunchy “Pedestrian At Best.”

52. Tobias Jesso Jr.’s plaintive piano ballad “How Could You Babe.”

53. The slam dunk that is Travi$ Scott’s “Nothing But Net (ft. Young Thug and Partynextdoor).”

54. This is not a joke, though it is pretty funny: Madonna feat. Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson on “Iconic.” (It features Madonna’s “iconic” half-rapping.)

55. Pictureplane’s trance-y “Hyper Real.”

56. “First Light,” Django Django’s ominously sweet comeback single.

57. The straight-up sex appeal of Lion Babe’s “Treat Me Like Fire.”

58. Angel Haze gets romantic on “CANDLXS.”

59. Say Lou Lou’s airy “Nothing But A Heartbeat.”

60. Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons embrace synths on the soaring “Shots.”

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ImagineDragonsVEVO

61. Alt-country duo Striking Matches’ guitar-driven “Missing You Tonight.”

62. The tropical self-empowerment of Scooter Island’s “#NOTYOURS (ft. JUNGLEPUSSY).”

63. Reptar’s brassy “Ice Black Sand.”

64. The too-cute for words (as in, there are none) “Sunny Day” by Coyote Kisses.

65. “After Below,” a pulsing instrumental from Trackfinger.

66. Julio Bashmore’s dreamy “Kong (ft. Bixby).”

67. English folk queen Laura Marling’s plugged-in “False Hope.”

68. The twangy advice of Kacey Musgraves’ “Biscuits.”

69. Grimes gets a radio-ready makeover from Bleachers on “Entropy.”

70. Bobby Brackins’ kinda meta party track “My Jam (ft. Zendaya and Jeremih).”

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BobbyBrackins

BobbyBrackins

71. Urban Cone uphold Sweden’s power-pop reputation with the impossibly catchy “Come Back To Me (ft. Tove Lo).”

72. The soaring “Hold Me Up” from Australian singer Conrad Sewell.

73. “On To Something Good,” a hopeful country cut from the Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe.

74. MNEK’s kitsch-pop remake of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.”

75. The muted “Home” by Heems.

76. The rattling garage rock of The Sonics’ “Bad Betty.”

77. Tori Kelly got an assist from uber-hitmaker Max Martin on the sultry “Nobody Love.”

78. Kendrick Lamar’s unapologetic “The Blacker The Berry.”

79. The straightforward rock and roll of Highly Suspect’s “Lydia.”

80. Carly Rae Jepsen’s irresistible “I Really Like You.”

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CarlyRaeJepsenVEVO

81. Grime superstar Skepta’s “Shutdown.”

82. Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s surprising banger “Where Are Ü Now.”

83. “Hold My Hand,” a heartwarming bit of house pop from Jess Glynne.

84. The seductive drone of Warpaint’s “No Way Out (Redux).”

85. Dance pop upstarts Mako and Madison Beer’s anti-breakup jam “I Won’t Let You Walk Away.”

86. COMPNY’s sunny “Lovers.”

87. Field Trip’s psychedelic “Song 4 California.”

88. The hypnotic “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala.

89. Carnage’s turn-up anthem “I Like Tuh (ft. ILoveMakonnen).”

90. The gltichy “JAY Z” from mysterious rap collective Goodbye Tomorrow.

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Goodbye Tomorrow

Goodbye Tomorrow

91. Who Is Fancy?’s soulful “Goodbye.”

92. The gorgeous, anthemic “I’m Ready” from Twin Shadows.

93. Clean Bandit’s string-heavy “Real Love.”

94. Drake’s moody “Know Yourself” is perfect for running through the six with your woes (or WOEs).

95. “Push It,” a hard-hitting collab from Pusha T and Swedish producer iSHi.

96. Newcomer Shura’s shimmery “2Shy.”

97. Alxndr London’s spacey”Gunshot.”

98. The lively “Again Animal” from indie-rockers Pearl And The Beard.

99. Sufjan Stevens’ quietly heartbreaking “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross.”

St. Vincent Pens a Heartwarming Grammy Acceptance Letter

Last night, St. Vincent became the first female solo artist in 20 years to win the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. She was unable to attend because she is currently touring in Australia. This afternoon she shared a heartfelt letter  to her supporters.

In 2007, i signed to beggars banquet records. i was living in dallas, texas in my childhood bedroom at the time, which i had fashioned into a makeshift studio in order to record some of what would end up being my debut album “marry me.”

the first days of touring my own songs and as “st. vincent” are very vivid. in early 2007, in anticipation of the release of my record, my (much beloved) agent put me on the road as solo support for jolie holland and midlake. he saw potential in me, but rightfully, thought i needed to get my live act together. get comfortable playing for people. get road-tested. like most of the rest of my career, it was a trial by earth, wind, and fire.

i was performing solo; just my voice, a guitar through an array of effects pedals, a “stomp board” — a homemade device i made out of a piece of plywood and a contact microphone that i ran through a bass EQ pedal, and a keyboard. i thought the keyboard looked unmysterious on it’s own, so i designed a lighted wooden enclosure to go around it. my brother-in-law helped me build it in his garage. it weighed a gazillion pounds and gave me splinters to carry, and i don’t think anyone was under any illusion that there was anything but a keyboard inside it. neither the first nor the last in a series of hilariously ill-fated ideas.

january 2007, i borrowed my father’s station wagon and drove 12 hours from dallas to frozen lincoln, nebraska to open for jolie holland (what a voice) at a half-full 150 capacity carpeted club. i believe the compensation was $250/gig but it could have been as much as $500 — more $ than i’d ever seen for a gig for sure and guaranteed, no less! in my memory, this midwestern jolie tour dovetailed right into opening the midlake tour. they were out in support of their excellent record, “the trials of van occupanther” and were the sweetest good texas boys you could ever hope to meet. the drummer of midlake, mackenzie smith, would later prove to be a great collaborator, playing on actor, strange mercy, and st. vincent.

on this tour, i’d enlisted my dear friend, jamil, to come and sell merch and help do the long drives. we’d just played a show in detroit and while we’d been inside, a blizzard had swept through and covered the stationwagon in snow and ice. it was treacherous. jamil, who always had some incredible hustle going, hired a homeless man named larry to dig the stationwagon out of the snow. (in college, he had a gold lexus, stripped it of the good parts, and resold it. when i asked if he was sad to see it go, he said, “girl, they think they bought a lexus but they bought a corolla.”) i’ll never forget driving out of bombed out-detroit, apocalyptic at 1 AM. interstate 94 tense and quiet, jamil trying to make sure we didn’t crash or stall on the icy road.

i have eaten years of veggie subway sandwiches on highways 10-90, stayed at a super 8 motel behind a kansas federal prison, peed in cups in dressing rooms when there was no bathroom, gotten eaten alive by bedbugs at a cincinnati days inn. i would not trade a single highway or city or moment or person i met for anything. i have loved it all.

i’m very grateful to have received this grammy. thank you to my producer john congleton, thank you family, thank you friends, thank you to all the incredible musicians involved, thank you managers and agents and publishers and labels and publicists and everyone who works hard at their jobs. and thank you guys. thanks for everything.